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2012-06-14 The County Times

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Thursday, June 14, 2012


Rising From the Ashes
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“That’s the fear, we’re trying to play it safe … We always budget conservatively.”
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North County Water, Sewer Plan Axed
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to remove plans to install a public water and sewer system in the Charlotte Hall and New Market areas amid concerns that a master plan for overall growth there has yet to be formulated. The project was just $5.3 million out of an entire $187 million capital improvement plan presented by the Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) that passed without any other changes. The MetCom capital building plan is set to run from 2013 to 2018. The county is still deep in developing a master plan for the Lexington Park Development District and planners have yet to sit down and begin development of a similar plan for Charlotte Hall. Charlotte Hall is designated as a town center by the county’s comprehensive plan, but it lacks large-scale water and sewer, save for a few private systems. County planners have said more public water and sewer systems will be required to provide for the anticipated continued growth due to the increasing restrictions being placed on individual septic systems by the state. Commissioner Dan Morris (RMechanicsville) said without a comprehensive plan for Charlotte Hall to guide growth, allowing more water and sewer could result in growth that infrastructure could not handle. “You’d see developments approved and then you’ve got a monster project that roads can’t handle and that schools can’t handle,” Morris said. “It’s not wise, it’s just not wise.” The commissioners voted unanimously to remove the project. Commissioner Todd Morgan said the project could not have moved forward without budgeted funding, and it was important to keep it in the plan to ensure it is not forgotten. “That area’s going to grow, its inevitable,” Morgan said, adding that his approval of removing the project hinged on the fact that it could be put back into the overall building plan. “I’m not real happy with it being removed altogether.” Morgan said. “It’s about the future of the county and its growth. “We can’t continue to say no … the infrastructure has to be there to support that growth.” guyleonard@countytimes.net

The Community Alcohol Coalition and St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office will host a Community Forum to discuss the legal consequences of underage alcohol use. The CAC, through a multi-year grant provided by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, has a priority to reduce underage and binge drinking. Deputy James Stone, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol Enforcement Officer and Joe Stanalonis, Senior Assistant States Attorney for St. Mary’s County will present information on laws, regulations and legal consequences for underage alcohol use and provisions of alcohol to minors. The Forum will conclude with a question and answer session. 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 Chesapeake Building – Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room 41770 Baldridge St. Leonardtown, MD 20650 For information, contact Jaclyn Shaw, 301-475-6184 or email: Jaclyn_Shaw@smhwecare.com

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One Local Non-Profit Raising Money for Another
By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Patuxent River Rugby club held a fundraiser this past Saturday; however, they weren’t raising money for their organization. Instead the benefit was for the regional chapter of Pets for Vets. The club, established in 1990, to promote the sport as well as safe competition, held a “Putts for Pups” event at Chesapeake Hills Golf Course in Lusby. The money was for the Washington, D.C. area chapter of Pets for Vets which serves Maryland, Virginia and D.C. On Saturday, families parked and followed “Putts for Pups” signs around back to the Grille and putting greens. The DJ had “Walking on Sunshine” playing as the smell of grilled hamburgers filled the air. Under a tent, families sat, ate and visited with one another. The event encouraged families to bring “Fido, but he must be on a leash.” At the beginning of the fundraiser, scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m., a dozen dogs participated with their owners in putting tournaments, eating, raffles, sales and donations. Brittany Sovine, director for the regional chapter of Pets for Vets, said the organization rescues shelter dogs and trains them specifically for a returning war veteran who suffers from physical and emotional injuries related to military service. “If a veteran is anxious about people coming up from behind, the dog is trained to let him know someone is approaching,” Sovine said. The money helps the organization train the dogs and provide the new owner with everything they need to start taking care of their new pet. Sovine said her chapter is new and it took some time to find a trainer meeting the requirements of the national Pets for

Both the Patuxent River Rugby Club and Pets for Vets pose for pictures at the “Putts for Pups” fundraising event at Chesapeake Hills Golf Course in Lusby.

Vets organization. So far, the chapter has rescued two dogs but one of the veterans was not able to take care of it. “That’s the unique thing about our organization, if it can’t go to a vet, it stays until we find it a home,” Sovine said. The other dog is currently being trained for a veteran in Hagerstown. “We don’t bring the rescue dogs to fundraising events because our goal is to rescue them and as soon as possible place them. In order to do that, it must stay with the trainer all the time.” Sovine said. Justin Thomson, president of Patuxent River Rugby, said his club searches for other non-profits that they can help. The rugby club’s members come from both Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. He estimates 25-35 serve or have served in the military. In the past, 10 members have gone to Afghani-

stan and all are dog owners. In the past five years, Patuxent Rugby has raised over $8,000 for other organizations such as the American Red Cross and Wounded Warriors. Raising money for Pets for Vets was a natural fit, according to Thomson, who added, the club did not need to spend money to put on the fundraiser, practically everything was donated. “When we do this we make sure our members pay for everything because every hot dog or soda they didn’t pay for translates into a leash or dog collar,” Thomson said. For more information about Patuxent Rugby check out www.paxrugby.com. For more information about Pets for Vets go to www.Pets-for-Vets.com. corrin@somdpublishing.net

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Underage Binge Drinking On the Rise, Officials Say
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Underage drinking and binge drinking by young people has always been difficult to track, but local law enforcement officials say the problem is on the rise. Deputy First Class James Stone, the alcohol enforcement officer for the county, said the proliferation of fake identification cards coming in from foreign countries has had a major impact on the rise of alcohol available to minors. Stone said young people can buy IDs at on-line sites that take their picture and match it up with the drivers license for their state and deliver the finished product in the mail. “They’re nearly exactly the same as what states have,” Stone said. “It’s hard to tell what’s fraudulent and what’s real.” There are about 300,000 fake IDs circulating around Maryland, Stone said, which means there were enough for nearly every man, woman and child in the tri-county area. Social networking and on-line forums help to foment parties where underage drinking occurs. The acquiescence of parents that allow their children to drink at parties involving alcohol is another danger. Stone said parents sometimes facilitate the parties, but there aren’t enough police officers to take action even if they could find them. “It’s really hard to locate these things,” Stone said. “Everyone runs and there’s not enough police to contain it.” A forum set for June 26 at the county government’s Chesapeake Building will address these problems and also share with parents the penalties they face for allowing minors to drink. Stone said adults could face fines of $2,500 for the first underage drinker and then $5,000 for each young person caught after that. “When the kids get ahold of it, they drink it as fast as they can to get as drunk as they can,” Stone said. “That’s all they think about is how drunk they can get.” Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis said drinking hurts young people on a physical and developmental level, but also puts them at risk of being crime victims. “The problem … is that they drink to the point of alcohol poisoning,” Stanalonis said. “We’ve seen an increase in allegations of sex offenses due to excessive drinking.” Stanalonis said adults who allow underage drinking might be in denial about the ramifications of their actions. “It does damage to their [young people’s] bodies, it does damage to their brains,” Stanalonis said. “They’re out there drinking hard liquor. “If parents had more education on that, they would rethink what they do,” he said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Town Prepares For State Tax Take-Back
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Town of Leonardtown officials say that because county officials are concerned they may have received more than the fair share of income tax receipts, the town may have taken in more than it should have as well. In turn, town officials are talking about budgeting conservatively this fiscal year, at least until the state does its revenue reconciliations in November. The town council passed its annual budget Monday of about $1.3 million in operating funds, and also reduced its property tax rate to a constant yield of 12.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. Council members were quick to reiterate that their fund balance was about 50 percent of their operating budget to offset any readjustments by the state. The county received a disbursement this year of $76 million, or 16 percent higher than last fiscal year. This amount has lead both financial officials and elected leaders to express concern that the state might fund at a reduced rate next time or even take some of the funding back. Mayor Dan Burris said the town is budgeting out about five percent of the income tax revenues from the state just in case. “We do have some contingency in our budget,” Burris said. Rebecca Sothoron, finance director for the town, said her conversations with the county’s finance officials prompted her warning to town commissioners Monday. “If the county was overpaid, then the town may have been overpaid,” Sothoron said. “We won’t know until November.” Town Administrator Laschelle McKay said the town will continue to budget conservatively, especially in the face of these possible readjustments from the state. “That’s the fear, we’re trying to play it safe,” McKay said. “We always budget conservatively.” guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Annual Crab Festival Draws Record Crowd
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Approximately 5,400 people attended the 27th Annual Crab Festival last Saturday, hosted by the Leonardtown Lions Club at St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds – the largest crowd in the event’s history. Leonardtown Lions Club President Bob Schaller said officials were expecting a spike in attendance this year because of the decision to hold the festival on a Saturday, rather than Sunday, for the first time. In previous years, the event stopped at 5 p.m. because the following day meant back to work for many. By having the festival on Saturday, the gates remained open until 9 p.m. and people from further away could make the trip into St. Mary’s. “We’re very pleased with the turnout and the number of vendors that stayed,” Schaller said. “We proved we could do this on a Saturday.” In addition to rescheduling the festival, Schaller said the success of the turnout was also a direct result of perfect weather, a concentration on promotion and the effective utilization of social media. Along with consuming mass amounts of crabs to kick off the crabbing season, patrons enjoyed a variety of additional entertainment. Kids enjoyed different activities like crafting crabs out of pipe cleaners, making necklaces, face painting and tattoos offered by the local volunteer rescue squads and a celebrity appearance from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs mascot “Pinch,” which according to Schaller was like having a Disney character on the Fairgrounds. Along with Pinch, Miss American Coed 2012 Miss Maryland Teen Samantha Marshall, a St. Mary’s County native, also made a guest appearance. The featured music provided an array of sounds throughout the day. Country music was performed by “Southbound” in the afternoon for the day-crowd, followed by folksy music from lo-

cal songwriter David Norris and concluded with vibrant, upbeat classic rock performed by “The 25th Hour Band” in the evening. Schaller said he was especially pleased with the performance from The 25th Hour Band because of the lively, dance party atmosphere the band was able to create. “Even the guys from Bear Creek [BBQ] were out dancing because they ran out of food to sell,” Schaller said. Schaller believes despite all the new events, people for the most part came out and had a great time at the local tradition because of the main event - feasting on crabs. “No matter what we add, this festival is still Photos By Joe Dunn done the old fashioned way,” Schaller said, “Peo- Above, St. Mary’s County Commissioner President Jack Russell gives a “Fins and Claws” ple just love eating crabs.” presentation, which included information on how to tell the difference between male alexpanos@countytimes.net

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Pax River Drone Crashes in Eastern Shore
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A sophisticated unmanned air vehicle out of Naval air Station Patuxent River flew across the Chesapeake Bay and crashed into a marsh on the Eastern Shore Monday afternoon. The exact crash zone of the Broad Area Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) was on Bloodsworth Island in Dorchester County, about 22 miles to the east of the Navy base in St. Mary’s County. The Navy reported that no one was injured as a result of the crash and no property was damaged on the deserted island. Navy officials are still investigating the cause of the crash, a statement from the navy.mil website states. A Navy official offered background information and said the drone was undergoing a training flight and this was likely the first crash of its kind for this particular model. The same official said the aircraft, which was transferred from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Navy at no cost in fiscal 2011, had a price tag of $45.9 million. A Government Accountability Office report shows the actual cost of the BAMS-D at about $169 million per unit. With 77 units totaling more than $13 billion actual in program costs, according to the 2012 analysis. According to the Navy’s release, the BAMS-D supports maritime surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance activities and has been operational for more than 5,500 hours in combat situations since 2008. The aircraft that crashed Monday was one of five the Navy acquired from the Air Force to bolster its reconnaissance capabilities. The maritime branch of the service has been using the drone to develop tactics and doctrine for use as a high-altitude patrol aircraft since 2006, the Navy stated. There are currently five BAMS-D aircraft in use by the Navy, officials said. guyleonard@countytimes.net



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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The county sheriff’s office says that a nine-year veteran of the agency, Cpl. Keith Moritz, was the deputy who fired at a suspect last week during tense stand off that developed over the service of child support warrants. Kevin Vincent Bonds, the defendant in the case, is alleged to have exited a room in his St. Inigoes home June 6 and leveled a long gun at Sgt. Harold D. Young who warned other deputies who had entered the house with him that Bond had a weapon. Moritz fired on Bonds in defense of Young’s life, police reports and court charging papers state, but Bonds was not struck. Officers then retreated from the house on Grayson Road, formed up outside and called for backup, court papers state. From there Bonds refused to come out of the house, police say, and a barricade incident ensued. Crisis negotiators responded and the next day Bonds came out of his home and was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree assault as well as failing to pay on five open warrants for child support and failing to appear in court. A later search and seizure warrant executed on the home found that the long gun was in fact a BB gun that had the appearance of a real firearm, police said. Moritz remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into his actions that day. Bonds remains incarcerated at the county detention center. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said calls for service once were categorized as either low-risk or high-risk, but things have changed so officers face an unknown risk in any given situation. This latest encounter which was sparked by child support warrants only reiterates what officers faced from escalating violence, he said. “The tenor, the feeling is there’s a greater sense of violence out there,” Cameron said. “It’s what we’ve always dealt with but proportionately there’s more of it because there are more people.” Despite the long gun turning out to be a BB gun, Cameron said that it was likely that Moritz did not know that at the time. “We judge him on what he perceived at the time, not what we might find out minutes, hours or even days after the fact,” Cameron said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Chamber Gives Awards at Annual Meeting
By Alex Panos Staff Writer The St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting Tuesday night, which featured awards for outstanding members and recognitions for new and departing members. Chamber president Bill Scarafia said the chamber gave a recap of the recommendations the group made to St. Mary’s County this past year; including design standards, property standards and workforce housing. The Chamber of Commerce’s Outgoing Board Chair Joseph Densford Members of the awards Mary Ann Murray the Business Person of the Year Award. chamber’s board also also awarded high school senior Brian Kocupdated the crowd of more than 200 on the ka with a $1,000 college scholarship. number of events they plan to participate in Along with the award winners, Wayne the next year, and gave their financial status, Davis of W.M. Davis, Inc. was recognized which Scarafia was pleased to report is “fi- for 10 years of service and Tom Jarboe of nancially solvent.” Technology Security Associates, Inc. for Three distinct awards and one financial his seven years, as both their terms on the gift were given out this year to notewor- chamber’s board expired. thy individuals. Shirley Pechatsko, of State The chamber’s newest members Chris Farm Insurance, was named the Ambassa- King of Raley, Watts and O’Neill Insurance dor of the Year. and Ernie Williams of Community Bank J. Harry Norris’ 25 years of service, 17 of Tri-County were introduced and welas mayor of Leonardtown, propelled him to comed. The event wrapped up shortly after become this year’s recipient of the Public Chairman of the Board Kenneth Shelley Servant Award. announced the chamber’s new Executive Mary Ann Murray’s commitment to Committee, consisting of Chair-elect Kim business, community involvement and sup- Oliver, of Amelex; First Vice Chair Marport of the chamber earned her the Business geret Sawyer, of Old Line Bank; Second Person of the Year Award. The Chamber Vice Chair Glen Ives, of Sabre Systems Inc.; Treasurer Charles Roach, of Cedar Point Federal Credit Union; and Immediate Past Chair Joseph Densford, attorney at law. Overall, Scarafia said the event at the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall was fantastic because of the great attendance, renewals of friendships and recognition of continued success in St. Mary’s County. “It was the best [event] in several years,” Scarafia said. “It was an event to communicate business but was equally socially successful.” alexpanos@countytimes. net
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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Calvert County police charged a security guard at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in St. Mary’s County with pointing a handgun at a victim outside a Solomons Island restaurant last weekend. According to charging documents filed in county District Court, Damien Feliciano was in one of two groups arguing outside the Calypso Bay bar and crab house June 9 when he allegedly pulled a gun on Shelby Maurice Kerrick. Two witnesses seemed to corroborate Kerrick’s story, charging documents stated, with one saying they saw an undetermined object in Feliciano’s hand while another said they saw him holding the gun in his hand. Feliciano, who is employed by the U.S. Navy, said he retrieved the gun from his vehicle because Kerrick threatened him, charging documents stated. Kerrick told police that Feliciano pointed the gun at him and cocked the hammer. Officers responded to the Solomons establishment after a citizen reported seeing a man point a handgun at another

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Elsie Dean, 66
Elsie Mary Dean, age 66, passed away at Georgetown University Hospital on May 31, 2012. Born on March 22, 1946, in Leonardtown, Maryland, to Alice Ann Long Buckler and Chester David Dean, Sr., Elsie remained in St. Mary’s her entire life. When her father passed away in 1955, she helped her mother raise her five siblings. Later she married and had three children of her own. Elsie enjoyed taking care of others and her home was always open to anyone in need. She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital for about 3-4 years and then at St. Mary’s Nursing Center. Eventually she went into home healthcare and loved taking care of her patients. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and canning. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her late brothers, James Luther Dean, Chester David Dean Jr., and William Henry Alvey. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann Hickey (Tom) of Hollywood, MD; Donna Clarice Lambert (Kenny) of California, MD; and son Clarence Morgan Jr. (Kimberly) of Hollywood, MD; sisters Agnes Nevitt of Hollywood, MD; and Violet McKenney of S. Carolina; grandchildren Thomas E. Hickey IV; Kenneth W. Lambert II; Rachel A. Morgan, Bethany N. Morgan; Kaitlyn J. Lambert and Erin C. Hickey; great grandson Ian Michael Wilson; and step grandchildren Nicole J. Byers, Lynn M. Byers and Michael L. Byers Jr. Family received friends for Elsie’s Life Celebration on Sunday, June 10, in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Memorial Service was held. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory may be directed to the Bassett Hound Rescue League, Inc. P.O. Box 44201, Ft. Washington, MD 20749. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Michael Allan “Pork Chop” Heller, 36, of Lusby, MD passed away suddenly on June 4, 2012 in California, MD. He was born on November 8, 1975 in Silver Spring, MD to Stanley Paul Heller and Sandra Lee Heller Cowan. Pork Chop graduated from Calvert High School and went on to join the Marines where he served for three years. He was currently employed with Subway in Food Service Management. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed cooking, hunting, and gardening. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Cecil Odom. Pork Chop is survived by his grandmother, Susie Farmer Davey of Indian Head, MD; mother, Sandra L. Cowan of Lusby, MD; step-father, Nathan E. Cowan of Lusby, MD; son, Holden Kirby Heller of Leonardtown, MD; brothers, John Deitzel of Waldorf, MD and James Deitzel of Germany; uncles, John Odom of Indian Head, MD and Gary Odom of LaPlata, MD and a multitude of other family and friends. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the American Legion Post 274, 11820 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby, MD. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD.

whom she married on August 20, 1960 in Saint Mary’s, PA. Sarah is survived by her sons; Mike Kronenwetter (Anne) of Pittsburgh, PA, and Dave Kronenwetter (Lynn) of Leonardtown, MD., 4 grandchildren, and siblings; Jim Martin of Ridgeway, PA, and Pat Lorenzo of Sharon, PA. . She is preceded in death by her siblings; Frederick Martin, Maxine Minich, William Martin, Herb Martin, and Martha Fox. Sarah graduated from St. Mary’s high school in 1953 and moved from St. Mary’s, PA to St. Mary’s County in November 2008. Sarah worked as a teacher’s aide for 20 years retiring in 1997. She loved her family especially her grandchildren. The family received friends on Friday, June 8, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Graveside Service was held on Saturday, June 9, in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD., with Pastor Michael Jones officiating. The family request that any contributions be made to the Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road California, MD 20619 in memory of her life and love of the church.

streets), Washington, DC on June 22, 2012 at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a celebration of life and reception. In deep appreciation for the inspiring care provided to Margaret during her illness, the family requests that donations in memory of Margaret be made to help support the cancer research and clinical care/ work of Dr. Jimmy Hwang at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Such memorial gifts should be made to: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In the memo line, please note Dr. Jimmy Hwang/ Lombardi Cancer Center. Checks should be mailed to: The Office of Philanthropy, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, 1 Main, Hospital Administration, Washington, DC 20007. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Jacqueline Thorne, 72
Jacqueline Lee Thorne, age 72, of Sunderland, MD passed away June 6, 2012 at Hospice of St. Mary’s in Valley Lee, MD. She was born February 26, 1940 in Greensburg, PA to Charles Howard and Mary Jane (Keefner) Plate. Jacqueline was raised in Armburst Hill, PA. She attended county schools and was a 1958 graduate of Hempfield High School. Jacqueline was married to Bing David Thorne October 15, 1960 in New Stanton, PA. They resided in Waldorf, MD since 1985. Jacqueline moved to Sunderland in2009. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bing on August 19, 2009, a son Dale Allen Thorne and a daughter Darcy Diane O’Donnell. Surviving are three children Dana Lee Thorne of Las Vegas, NV, Dirk David Thorne and his wife Sherri of Sunderland, MD, and Dray Adam Thorne and his wife Teresa of Mechanicsville, MD, seven grandchildren Brittany M, Nick D, Felicia, Hunter, and Mackenzie Thorne, Gabrielle Ames and Page O’Donnell, a sister Kathy Lynn Pilgrim of Cola, SC, a brother Eric Vaughn Plate of Greensburg, PA and a half sister Amy Louise Huibregtse of Chicago, IL. Friends were received on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home, Inc., 101 S. 4th Street Youngwood, PA 15697 where services were held Monday, June 10, 2012. Interment followed at Westmoreland Cemetery.

Margaret Meringolo, 59
Margaret C. Meringolo, 59, of Hollywood, MD died June 6, 2012 at Georgetown University Hospital following a heroic eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She inspired her family and friends during this period as she maintained an optimistic view of life throughout. Margaret is survived by her loving husband of forty one years, Salvatore (Torre) Meringolo; two daughters, Mariel Meringolo of Ludlow, VT, and Catherine Meringolo of New York City, NY; a son, Robert Meringolo of Denver, CO; parents, Eugene and Evelyn Stadnyk of Hollywood, MD; and brother, Eugene Stadnyk of Boca Raton, FL. A New York native, Margaret graduated from Iona College and began a long pioneering career in computer science that spanned from large main frames to today’s desk top computing. Her career included stints at Great Northern Paper Company, National Gypsum, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Wyle Labs, Inc in Southern Maryland. Along with her active career she was a devoted mother of three wonderful children. Undoubtedly, the greatest joy in her life was the time that she spent nurturing her children through their developmental years and broadening their interests in the arts, natural sciences, and a wide assortment of service activities. Margaret's passion for environmental preservation lead to her involvement with the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, for which she served as president for a number of years until stepping down this past year. Throughout her life, she also had a deep love for gardening and animals of all kinds. Margaret's final days were spent surrounded by family. A memorial Mass, lead by Fr. Joseph Schad SJ, will be held at Holy Trinity Church on 36th St. NW (between N and O

Sarah Kronenwetter, 76
Sarah Martin Kronenwetter, 76, of California, MD., passed away surrounded by her loving family on June 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. Born on August 23, 1935 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Dorothy Martin. Sarah was the loving wife of Ted Kronenwetter

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Southern Maryland and graduated from Chopticon High School in 1985. He was employed as a carpenter and most recently resided in Annapolis, MD. Buck enjoyed music, fishing and spending time with his friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother John Raymond Ward. He is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 7- 8 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, where a memorial service and celebration of Buck’s life will follow at 8 p.m. For additional information visit www.RauschFuneralHomes.com

Agnes Wheeler, 76
Agnes Cecelia “Cele” Wheeler, 76, of Chaptico, MD passed away surrounded by her loving family on June 5, 2012 in Chaptico, MD. Born on December 3, 1935 in Hurry, MD., she was the daughter of the late James Harry Knott, Sr., and Alice Elizabeth “Pet” Thompson Knott. Cele was the loving wife of the late James Leonard “Boots” Wheeler whom she was married to for 57 years, and whom preceded her in death on November 11, 2009. Cele is survived by her children: Debbie Hall (Mike), Betty Riffle (Pat), and James Wheeler, Jr., all of Chaptico, MD. Theresa McKinney (Ricky) of Clements, MD., Joseph Wheeler (Ann) of St. Inigoes, MD., and Mary Wheeler (Significant other, George Kennett) of Avenue, MD, and son in law Roland McKay of St. George’s Island, MD. As well as 19 grandchildren: Beverly McKay, Jason McKay, Candance McKay, Bobby Hall, Deana Click, Tony Hewitt, James “Tater: Hewitt, Fr. Patrick Riffle, John Riffle, Steven Riffle, Hannah Riffle, Becky Riffle, Tiffany Lawerance, Laura McKinney, Robert “Bobby” McKinney, Ryan Wheeler, Katie Ramos, Daniel Hazell, and Joseph Hazell. 17 Great grandchildren: Tyler, Trevor, Joshua, Holly, Erin, Shelby, Amanda, Jason, Paul, Josie, Joshua, Ashlyn, Johnny, Bella, Hunter, Adian, and Blake and 1 great great grandchild Jayden. Cele is also survived by her in laws; Shirley Knott of Clements, MD., Ann Patton of Valley Lee, MD., Agnes Cecelia Lang of Great Mills, MD., Margaret Wheeler of Clements, MD., Delores Wheeler of Hollywood, MD., Elaine Wheeler of Great Mills, MD, and James Patton of Valley Lee, MD. Mrs. Wheeler is preceded in death by her daughter Barbara Gale McKay, son in law Paul A. Hewitt. siblings; James Harry Knott, Jr., Joseph Elmer Knott, Leonard Edward “Ned” Knott, Helen Elizabeth Nelson, Ruth Ann Schuhart, and Mary Louise Wheeler. Cele attended Margaret Brent School and was a homemaker. She was a lifelong resident of St. Mar’s County, MD. Cele could be found planting and tending to

her numerous Flower Gardens, which her entries in the St. Mary’s County Fair won her many ribbons. One of her enjoyments was a game of Bingo with friends and showing off her winning cards. She loved the little things in life, like the baby goslings that followed her around the yard picking at her white tennis shoes till she gained the name of “Mother Goose”. She loved picking fresh vegetables, berries, and fruit on the farm to serve fresh or made into some of her homemade desserts. She was a very competitive crochet player and managed to win no matter how hard others tried to beat her, and she could make the most delicious stuffed hams. She was the life of any family get together, and always made you laugh, even at yourself. The family received friends on Friday, June 8, 2012 with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church with Father Patrick Riffle officiating. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers were her grandchildren; Katie Ramos Bobby Hall, Tony Hewitt, James ‘Tater” Hewitt, Jason McKay, Robert “Bobby” McKinney, and Ryan Wheeler. Contributions may be made to an act of kindness or Charity of your choice.

Helen Yencho, 88
Helen Ann Yencho, age 88, of Lothian, MD passed away June 7, 2012 at Calvert County Nursing Center, Prince Frederick, MD. She was born July 4, 1923 in Pittsburg, PA to Frank and Anna (Marszalek) Domino. She was raised in McKeesport, PA. Surviving are her husband Michael K. Yencho, a daughter MaryAnn Wadginski and her husband James of Mechanicsville, MD, three grandsons Michael Joseph Pena and his wife Stephanie of Glenelg, MD, Kenneth John Pena and his wife Carlene of Columbia, MD and Patrick James Pena of Middle River, MD; four great grandchildren and a sister Bernice Lako of McKeesport, PA. Relatives and friends called at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A.., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Interment followed at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham.

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Trades Foundation Turns Over Keys to Homeowners
By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Last Thursday, the Building Trades Foundation and St. Mary’s County Public Schools held an open-house of the first student-built house to be completed by James A. Forrest Career and Technology students in about a decade. The many contractors, contributors, students and their proud parents joined Tech Center staff and school officials, slipped booties on and toured the immaculate twostory, Cape Cod-style home in Madel Manor in Leonardtown. Carpentry students Kyle Burns, Andy Sprouse and Kyle Hayden were in an upstairs bedroom nitpicking their handiwork, remembering the school day they spent installing the molding in what will soon be a little boy’s room. Two said they planned to seek out careers in the industry while the other said he had plans to enter the military. All three agreed the hands-on project allowed them to not only learn the lessons of the trade, but working directly with professional contractors with years of experience in the field also gave them valuable experience. Burns said he wants to build his own house one day and thought it added to the experience when the home’s buyers began requesting customizations during the build. The house will become the new home to the Bateman family come the July 4th weekend. Scott and Melanie Bateman told The County Times, “it’s beautiful and we’re so happy with it.” Scott said the neighborhood was once his grandfather’s farm and his mother and aunt live right down the road from their new home, adding they had found out about the build in a round about way, but it worked out perfectly for them. “It’s sort of like coming home,” he said. Melanie said the design was great and they were happy to be able to modify a few things, like adding a bathroom for their preteen daughter, but were also thrilled with many design features they didn’t control. She said the open house was part of their contract and they are proud to be the recipients of all the hard work that went into their 2,600-square-foot home. The Building Trades Foundation President, Jim Bacot, along with contractors Adam Stiffler and Gerald Buckler, and many, many others were there every step of the way to guide the construction and give students the first-hand know-how it takes to build a home. And this was accomplished in

Theo Cramer, Forrest center director, presents a key designed and crafted by tech center students to the home’s owners. Pictured from left is Cramer, Adam Stiffler of Meadow Valley Carpentry, Superintendent Michael Martirano, homeowners Melanie and Scott Bateman, and Gerald Buckler of Efficient Home Designs.

less than one year. Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano said this example of high quality teaching, as provided by tech center instructors Troy Kroll, Anthony Cherry, Randy Birch, Daniel Thomas and Ed Carney, and partnerships with the county’s business sector provides “practical connections for real world success.”

“We would never be able to duplicate this in a book or in the classroom,” he said, commenting the end result is “a top notch home.” Martirano and Bacot said they are looking to the future and hoping to continue the student build projects. carriemunn@countytimes.net

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Forrest Center Holding ‘Tech Kids’ Camps
By Alex Panos Staff Writer A variety of hands-on, interactive summer camps designed to capture the attention of St. Mary’s County’s brightest young minds will be held for kids, ages 8 to 14, at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Students attending the camps will be taught by the instructors from the Tech Center and have access to the equipment usually reserved for high school students. Tech Kids Coordinator Mary Selph said the purpose of the kids program is to offer a fun summer school opportunity for upper-elementary to middle school students, as well as to provide an opportunity for young people to gain an idea of what the Tech Center has to offer. “We want the public to get to know the [Forest Technology Center] and the kids in the county to learn what the Tech Center is all about,” Selph said. The goal is to “provide a fun and enriching camp for third to eighth graders.” Signing up for Tech Kids Summer Camps also gives students a chance to partake in an advancement-type program during the sometimes slow and mundane summer months. “[The camps] are extremely hands-on, students can get up and move around and will be making things,” Selph said. “The classes are very different than traditional school.” Selph believes the kids will enjoy the camp because they will be taught cultivating content, unlike the sorts of curriculum taught in school, enabling them to discover new interests and use advanced technology and equipment. Using these tools, the students will accomplish a project over the course of the four-day program, which Selph believes will motivate the students as well as hold their interest. “It’s project based and driven, the kids will be very involved in that way,” Selph said. Camp dates run from June 25-28, July 9-12 and July 16-19. Among the programs offered are classes featuring cooking, video-technology, dental, fire safety and building with steel. A full list of the 2012 Tech Kids Summer Camp classes being offered can be found at smcps.org. Contact Selph at 301-475-0242 ext. 127 for more information. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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BBQ Business Rising From The Ashes
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer March 29 was a bad day for the owners and crew at Bear Creek Bar-B-Q in Callaway, as a fire that started at the grill and wafted up into their attic threatened to burn down the entire establishment and put an end to a family owned business that had been operating for 15 years. But nearly three months later, members of the Bear Creek staff are preparing for a grand re-opening in the first week of July and have kept the grill fires roaring serving take out barbeque in the parking lot of their restaurant as it undergoes repairs and renovations. Curtis Shreve, owner of the establishment along with his wife Angela Robertson, is the man behind the barbeque recipes and was initially depressed by his beloved business nearly going up in smoke. It’s been a struggle to keep the business open but he’s looking forward to getting it back to normal speed. “It’s a hard road, you known because the bills keep coming in,” Shreve told The County Times. “It gets to where I don’t know what I’m doing I’m so used to being here.” “I almost threw in the towel but they [his staff] said we’ve got to find a way to keep it going. The kids were really supportive and so were the people in the community.” Shannon Shreve, Curtis’s son, said that in his mind there was never any doubt that they would continue with the family business. “Never, not once, not even for a second” did he think of giving up, Shannon Shreve said. “It’s too good of a thriving community business to give up.” The day of the fire and just after he and head server Carolyn Thompson said that volunteers from the community, including construction contractors and even off duty deputy sheriffs came by to move salvageable equipment from the main kitchen pit area to a dining room where it would be safe. They also continued to stop by while the business was operating outside with its portable grill to keep the money flowing in. “It was just absolutely amazing,” Thompson said. “People have been constantly calling and stopping by. “And there’s the honking of the horns, after the fire nine out of 10 cars and trucks passing by honked. It was very touching, the community has really supported us.” Shannon Shreve, who manages the day to day operations and does much of the grilling, said that despite business being tough — they do about half as much business as before the fire — the community has been responsible for their survival. “It’s been good but it hasn’t been the same,” he said of the customer flow. “The community came to our rescue, they didn’t have to, but they did.” Right now the business centers around what they can cook on the giant portable barbeque grill. Their popular pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches are still available, for instance, but their sliced beef and sliced pork isn’t, Shannon Shreve said. It’s been a bit of a let down for their customers, especially those who want French fries to go with their meals but can’t get them for want of a fryer. “I never realized how much sliced beef and sliced pork we sold, or how much people wanted fries,” he said. As they prepare for their reopening, they remember the fire that put them in this situation clearly. It’s a day they’ll never forget. “We’ve had some fires we’ve managed to just carry on with and put out ourselves, but this was a major disaster,” Shannon Shreve said. “This was a big one.” He explained that the fire started in the attic from an errant ember that floated up from the grill to the filter just above it. That single spark was all it took, he said. The attic fire destroyed the roof of the establishment and there was the concurrent smoke damage but not before both he and Thompson and others tried to get in the main floor and stop it. “It was stuck up there so we couldn’t get to it,” he said. Thompson said she left before the fire but as she was coming back she saw a plume of smoke. “I knew it was only one thing,” Thompson said. “ I laid on the gas and we went in to put the fire out.” Volunteer firefighters put out the blaze but the damage was done, which meant everything had to be torn out and replaced. “The whole place was gutted, the floor, the electrical, everything,” Shannon Shreve said. With just a few weeks left before reopening the store, Curtis Shreve said it will mark an important point in the business’ continued success. “It’s pretty close to the day we opened up 15 years ago,” he said. “It’s almost like an anniversary.” guyleonard@countytimes.net

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At the time of Buhrman “Yogi” Baird’s death your publication gave excellent coverage to the accident and even gave a tribute to Yogi in one of your issues. State’s Attorney Richard Fritz recently attempted to justify the report his agency prepared on the accident, which once again portrays Yogi as being completely at fault for the accident. The report, as portrayed by Mr. Fritz, is a farce and I would like you to inform your readers that there is more than one side to the circumstances surrounding Yogi’s demise, some with far more merit than others. They can decide for themselves. To rehash the death of Buhrman “Yogi” Baird is an effort in futility but State’s Attorney Richard Fritz’s version is absurd and probably not worthy of a response but in keeping with Yogi’s feisty spirit I will respond (to a recent letter in the Enterprise newspaper). The signs that the fix was in started to show right from the beginning and anytime an agency investigates one of its own, a certain aroma seems to emanate from all that follows. According Mr. Fritz his investigation of the accident was primarily based on eyewitness accounts of the incident. Ironically the two witnesses cited by Mr. Fritz must have been silent at the time of the accident, Yogi was killed on Jan. 19, 2011, and this is the first account of these witnesses recollection. Other eyewitnesses were quoted at the time of the accident and their

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recollection was quite different than those cited by Mr. Fritz. With due deference to all eyewitnesses, it is common knowledge that eyewitness accounts of emergencies are not a reliable source of accurate information. The scars in the asphalt, the red paint on the roadway and the debris left behind are far more reliable earmarks of what actually happened. Evidentially, according to Mr. Fritz, one of his witnesses can’t tell the difference between a lawn mower, a shopping cart, or a bicycle. So much for that eyewitness. Some of the red paint from the lawnmower was well to the side of the road and north of other marks on the pavement in the center of the travel lane. Unless the driver backed up after impact the initial contact was made on the side of the road, not the center. As one who visited the scene within hours after the accident I saw firsthand the irrefutable evidence and there are many others who saw the same things I saw and remember it as clearly as I do. Where was Mr. Fritz for the past 17 months when knowledge of this evidence was being widely circulated? Mr. Fritz also claims another driver narrowly missed Yogi only because they were driving a maneuverable sports car. Yogi no longer could run like a deer so he had to be a near stationary target. If this recollection is accurate and this driver managed to avoided hitting Yogi, why couldn’t an attentive driver who is trained in defensive driving and high speed handling of a vehicle avoid the same target? He

Please Stop The Charade Over Yogi’s Death
wasn’t driving a dump truck! I also would like to know what sports car has a “loud horn”. Judging speed of an oncoming vehicle from another moving vehicle is virtually impossible so the “normal speed” remark by the second witness Mr. Fritz relied upon has zero merit. That being said, normal speed could be well over the speed limit. I believe even the State Police report says the speed limit was exceeded as is common on that stretch of roadway. The travel distance after impact defies any notion that the speed limit was being obeyed. “Normal speed” is as scientifically deficient as Mr. Fritz’s report. Fritz says, “ the roadway was dark and not very well lit at night”. Mr. Fritz should visit the scene and explain how four sodium vapor lights that are on the five poles covering the roadway in the area of the accident from the Day Care Center to the Recreation Center failed to illuminate the roadway. I have stated before and will unequivocally restate that this particular section of roadway is one on the best lighted in the County. I encourage anyone who doesn’t believe me to visit Mervell Dean Road at night between Prep & Play (#24422) and Hollywood Recreation Center (#24400) and judge for themselves. I will meet Mr. Fritz on any night of his choosing so he can show me how lighting was a factor in Yogi’s death. I’m sure he has my number. As far as Mr. Fritz’s words of condolence for the man he claims to have known since he was 16 years old, I wonder why I didn’t see Mr. Fritz at Yogi’s Memorial Service or why I didn’t see his name among the over two hundred postings on the funeral home’s website? If it was such a “tragic” event and such a “loss to our community” where was Fritz when hundreds of people came to honor Yogi? To his credit, even Lieutenant Thompson, commander of the Leonardtown State Police barrack, not only attended the service in uniform but spoke on Yogi’s behalf. Perhaps it was just good public relations but at least he took the time to show Yogi some respect and he probably didn’t know Yogi as well as Fritz claims he did. I bet Yogi twitched in his grave over Fritz’s claims of remorse. Fritz says he couldn’t conclude “…proof beyond reasonable doubt.” or “… grossly negligent as a matter of law.” and quite frankly who cares. The driver involved didn’t intentionally run down Yogi and he has to live with what he did and what he claimed happened. I wish him well but I wish those who try and make Yogi look like some old fool walking down the middle of a road in the dark to justify a conclusion that suits their purpose would stop the charade. Mr. Fritz’s attempt to justify his report affirms what I have said before, to wit, the States Attorney’s Office, not individuals employees of that office, and the Maryland State Police, not the patrol officers on the street, are agencies that should be feared, not trusted or respected. To review the Fritz report, as he has suggested, 17 months after the incident would be a waste of time. The paint on the roadway is gone, the debris is gone and the marks in the pavement are now nonspecific. What a coincidence ! The report isn’t worth the paper it is written on. David A. Ryan Hollywood, MD

Takes a County to Make a Great Library
It truly does take an entire county to make a great library system: • We have elected individuals who recognize the importance of funding the library at an appropriate level so that the library can accomplish its educational mission for all residents, throughout their entire lives. • We have county departments who partner with library staff to help us maintain our facilities and support our management staff: Building Services, Info Technology, Finance, Human Resources, Parks & Recreation, Public Information Office, and the Sheriff deputies. • We have volunteers who want to be part of the library’s success: the amazing Friends of the Library, the 48 individuals who volunteer every week, the more than 150 teens who have helped with the thousands of families participating in the summer reading festivities, and the indomitable Candy Cummings who has been the inspiration and curator for the Lexington Park Library’s Art Gallery for five plus years. • We have local organizations who “adopt their library.” Most recently Don and Laurie Hynes, John and Carol Brown, and Len Lent of First Saints Community Church organized 44 volunteers who swooped onto the grounds of our three libraries trimming back overgrown bushes and weeds, cleaning up litter, and mulching. Our libraries have never looked so well-groomed. And, of course, we have the most committed and knowledgeable Library Board and staff – bar none – which explains why 78% of our county residents have a library card and why we continue to have the 4th highest number of materials checked out, per resident, in the entire state. I look forward to seeing all the children of St. Mary’s County in their library this summer so they can avoid the “summer reading lag” while also having lots of fun! Kathleen Reif, Director St. Mary’s County Library

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Commissioners of Leonardtown Notice of Request for Bid Proposal For Video Surveillance System
The Commissioners of Leonardtown will be accepting bids for a video surveillance system upgrade to be installed at a public park facility. The request includes design, delivery and installation of all necessary equipment to accomplish surveillance goals. Interested bidders should attend a pre bid sight visit to be conducted on June 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Leonardtown Wharf. For questions please contact Laschelle McKay, Town Administrator, Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, 41660 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 or by calling 301-475-9791. Bids are due no later than 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 2, 2012. The Commissioners of Leonardtown reserve the right to reject any and all bids and proposals, and to accept any proposals deemed to be in the best interest of the Town. 6-14-2012

Farewell County Times
I have enjoyed bringing you weekly news stories during my employment with The County Times over the past 8 months and have had the privilege of meeting many wonderful people and learning so much about our community. While I love journalism, I am moving on to pursue a different career path. For the many contacts that frequently send me information, story ideas and comments, thank you and please continue to send them to our bright new staff writer Alex Panos at alexpanos@countytimes.net or to the editor at news@countytimes.net to ensure communication channels remain open. Again, it’s been a pleasure. Carrie Munn Dameron, MD

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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To The Editor
Commissioner’s Corner

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION, ST. MARY’S COUNTY, FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION, AND THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL CONDUCT A JOINT LOCATION/DESIGN PUBLIC HEARING For the MD 5 Leonardtown Project Planning Study from MD 243 (Newtowne Neck Road) to MD 245 (Hollywood Road) in St. Mary’s County Thursday, June 28, 2012 Leonardtown High School 23995 Point Lookout Road Leonardtown, MD 20650 5:00 PM – Displays 7:00 PM – Presentation/Testimony
The purpose of the project is to improve safety and operations for existing and future traffic along MD 5, while supporting existing and planned development in the area. The study will evaluate safety improvements for pedestrian and bicycle traffic and accommodations for horse-and-buggy traffic associated with the Amish and Mennonite communities within the surrounding area. Alternatives under consideration include: Alternative 1 – No-Build, Alternative 2 - Transportation Systems Management (TSM), Alternative 3 – Five Lane Typical Section, and Alternative 4 – Four Lane Divided Typical Section. Options under study for Alternatives 3 and 4 include: Option 2 – Stream Avoidance, Option 3 – Additional Intersection Improvements, and Option 4 – Shopping Center Modified Access. This project is currently funded for Project Planning only. It is not funded for Final Design, Right-of-Way Acquisition, or Construction. More information about the MD 5 Leonardtown Project Planning Study is available on SHA’s website at www.roads.maryland.gov under Projects and Studies, SHA Projects Page, and St. Mary’s County. This study also satisfies the alternatives analysis requirements of the MDE for a Maryland Nontidal Wetlands and Waterways Permit for proposed impacts to nontidal wetlands. In addition, a water quality certification, pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, will be required from MDE. Any written comments concerning the work described above which would relate to water-quality certification should be sent to Mr. Paul Wettlaufer, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230. Section 4(f) of the US Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 USC 303(c)) permits the use of land from a significant publicly-owned public park or recreation area, or significant historic site only if there is no prudent and feasible alternative to the use of such land and if the action includes all possible planning to minimize harm to the protected property resulting from such use. Through consideration of minimization and mitigation measures for the Port of Leonardtown property, the Town of Leonardtown has concurred that the project would not adversely affect the activities, features, and attributes of this property that qualify it for protection under Section 4(f). SHA will seek FHWA’s determination that this impact constitutes a Section 4(f) de minimis (minimal) impact. This public hearing provides the opportunity for public comment regarding this de minimis impact finding.

Our Future is Bright
By Todd B. Morgan St.Mary’sCountyCommissioner, District 4
As we have completed our FY 2013 budget all should know it has been a good year. While there have been differences of opinion amongst Board members and we are enduring through a tight economic reality, St. Mary’s County is faring better than many parts of our nation. As Commissioner from the 4th Commissioner District I’d like to note a few things of interest. The county remains very fiscally conservative. We have held our tax rates below the constant yield and remain at one of the lowest in the State. We have very low debt and are well within any parameters the financial markets use to judge fiscal solvency. There is a budget surplus, which positions us well for the future. Collectively, we have a plan to use this money to carry out much needed projects, as a hedge towards future DOD BRAC’s, and to support our county. More importantly we have recognized the significant accomplishments and dedication of our county employees and our Sheriff’s office and given them a 2% cost of living increase and a $500 stipend. Well done to all of them. We have worked successfully with the Board of Education on a fair and inclusive budget. We have focused on the passing down of teachers’ pensions and future OPEB contributions. Through consensus building we have begun to address critical infrastructure requirements such as FDR Blvd. Collectively these projects must continue to progress as our County grows. Yet at the same time while we can tout these successes we have partially slighted many of those in need during a time of economic uncertainty. We operate our County Government at 1999 staffing levels while we are the fastest growing County and region in Maryland. The future for all of us is a great unknown. To me it is about our collective focus on the future, for a stronger and more vibrant St. Mary’s County. To be willing to accept the challenges placed before us and to act pragmatically to reach objectives and not continue to kick the can down the road. I work for those who have elected me, the citizens of St. Mary’s County. We must remain steadfast on our local needs and wants and not be dragged into the bickering of those in Annapolis or Washington, DC. After all, we must focus on what we can control and effect meaningful change upon. My fellow St. Mary’s County residents, our budget is strong, our community continues to grow and expand in these economic times. We are indeed fortunate, our future is bright. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. Thank you for your support and continual prayers for Maria.

SHA, in consultation with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and other consulting parties, has identified five historic structures in the project’s area of potential effects that are listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic The purpose of this hearing is to provide all interested persons the opportunity to Places (NRHP). These resources and impact determinations for each resource comment on the proposed location, general design, and associated social, economic, are identified in the Environmental Assessment/Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation prepared for this project. SHA determined that the build alternatives would cultural and natural environmental impacts of the project alternatives. require right-of-way from some or all of the five historic properties in order to widen MD 5 and that the project would have an adverse impact only on one Beginning at 5:00 pm, the project alternatives and other information will be on historic property. MHT has concurred with this determination. As the official with display. Public hearing displays will also be available on the Maryland State jurisdiction, MHT has concurred that this project will not adversely affect the Highway Administration (SHA) website (referenced below). Representatives from activities, features, and attributes that qualify the other four properties for the SHA and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be available to discuss the protection under Section 4(f). SHA will also seek FHWA’s determination that project and record your comments. these impacts constitute a de minimis impact. Consistent with the Section 106 procedures of the National Historic Preservation Act, public comments are A formal presentation beginning at 7:00 pm and lasting approximately 30 minutes will requested regarding effects on historic properties. For additional information on include a description of the project alternatives, a summary of environmental SHA’s effect determination, contact the Project Manager. impacts, information on right-of-way acquisition and relocation-assistance procedures, and an explanation of Title VI of the SHA Equal Opportunity Program. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to testify may submit a The presentation will be followed by the receipt of public testimony. request to Mr. Jeremy Beck, Project Manager, Project Management Division, Maryland State Highway Administration, 707 N. Calvert Street, MS C-301, SHA, through consultation with the USACE, has identified Waters of the United Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or may call 410-545-8518 or toll-free 1-800-548-5026, States, including jurisdictional wetlands, which are regulated by Section 404 of the or via email at jbeck@sha.state.md.us on or before June 21, 2012. You may Clean Water Act. This public hearing provides the opportunity to present views, also sign the Speakers List at the registration desk on the date of the hearing. To opinions and information which will be considered by the USACE in evaluating a include written statements and other exhibits in the public hearing transcript, Department of the Army permit. All comments will become part of the formal project submit them to the Project Manager at the above address until July 30, 2012. record. Written statements expressing concern for aquatic resources may be The public hearing transcript will be available for review approximately eight submitted to Mr. Jack Dinne, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CENAB-OP-RMN, P.O. weeks after the public hearing at the locations listed below and on SHA’s Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 21203-1715; or emailed to john.j.dinne@usace.army.mil website. Please contact the Project Manager to confirm the transcript’s availability. until July 30, 2012. The Environmental Assessment may serve as the application for a USACE permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 USC 1344). Coordination with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) also ensures that the document includes alternatives analysis for the state’s wetland permit review. Application of the state permit will be made after the alternative selection process is completed. FEMA-designated 100-year floodplains occurring within the study area are associated with the McIntosh Run drainage basin. Impacts to the designated 100year floodplain range from 3.68 to 5.55 acres for Alternatives 2 and 4 – Option 3, respectively. Impacts to Waters of the US, including wetlands, from each of the build alternatives are anticipated. A total of 19 jurisdictional wetland habitats and 10 watercourse channels were identified within the study corridor. Currently, wetland impacts range from 0.45 acre for Alternative 2 to 0.86 acre for Alternative 4 - Option 3. Maryland Compensatory Mitigation Guidance and MDE guidelines will be utilized for any wetland not considered a Nontidal Wetland of Special State Concern (NWSSC). Several NWSSC were also identified during the field investigations. Impacts to NWSSC are anticipated to range from 0.07 acre for Alternative 2 up to 0.42 acre for Alternative 4 or Alternative 4 - Option 3. The decision to issue the Section 404 permit will be based on the probable impacts of the proposed project on the public interest, including direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts. This decision will reflect the national concern for the protection and use of important resources. The benefits that may reasonably be expected to accrue from the proposed project must be balanced against the reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors that may be relevant to the proposed project will be considered, including cumulative effects. Among these factors are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural values, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplains values, land use, navigational concerns, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, considerations of property ownership, and , in general, the needs and welfare of the people. Elected officials will be given the opportunity to speak first. Persons on the Speakers List will then be called to testify in the order in which their requests were received. Those who did not pre-register will be invited to speak before oral testimony concludes. SHA may set a time limit of three minutes for each speaker if a large number register to testify. Private and written testimony will also be accepted. Persons on the project mailing list will receive information about project developments and opportunities for public involvement as the study progresses. Persons not on the mailing list may add their contact information by phoning, writing, or emailing the Project Manager. Brochures and comment forms will be available at the hearing and will be mailed to persons on the mailing list. Beginning on May 29, 2012 the Environmental Assessment/Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation for the project will be available for inspection and copying during normal business hours at the following locations: St. Mary's County Library Leonardtown Branch 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 (301) 475-2846 Town of Leonardtown 41660 Park Avenue, Leonardtown, MD 20650 (301) 475-9791 State Highway Administration District 5 Office 138 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 841-1000 or (800) 331-5603 State Highway Administration District 5 Leonardtown Shop 26720 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 (301) 475-8035

State Highway Administration The evaluation of the impact that the work described above will have on the public 3rd Floor, 707 N. Calvert Street, Mailstop C-301, interest will include an application of the Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) Baltimore, MD 21202 promulgated by the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under (410) 545-8500 or (800) 548-5026 authority of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE The USACE is soliciting comments from the public; federal, state, and local agencies The Maryland Relay Service can assist teletype users at 711. Persons requiring and officials; Native American Indian Tribes; and other interested parties in order to assistance to participate should contact the Project Manager. SHA will provide consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed activity. The USACE will an interpreter for persons with hearing/speech disabilities or those who need consider these comments when determining whether to issue, modify, condition, or assistance with the English language. To request assistance, please contact the deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, the USACE takes into Project Manager no later than June 21, 2012. account public hearing comments regarding the assessment of impacts on For more information on this and other SHA projects, visit endangered species, historic property, and other public-interest factors listed above. www.roads.maryland.gov and click on Projects and Studies, and Public Meetings.
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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer This year’s Ignite the Night is scheduled for June 16, and there will be a couple changes to the popular Christian music festival, the biggest being a shift from being a day-long music festival to an evening event starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. Among the headliners at this year’s event at the St. Mary’s County Fairground in Leonardtown will be 2012 Dove Award nominee Ashes Remain and hip-hop artist Curvine. There will also be drama performances and spoken word messages from Chris Bernstorf. Every year local talent is also included in the lineup. This year, local sibling trio The Bartons will be returning for their second Ignite the Night engagement. Also performing will be Finally Here and Area 42. Ignite the Night Founder and Coordinator Vicky Bailey said they generally invite local bands to perform with them for two years, and then they try to bring in new talent. “We don’t want to look the same each year,” she said. In addition to performing Saturday night, Curvine will be doing a meet and greet at Life Community Church of God tomorrow night from 7-9 p.m. and sharing

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Ignite the Night – Back for Round Five

Local band The Bartons will be back for a repeat performance during Ignite the Night June 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. Headliners include Ashes Remain and Curvine.

music and ministry at the Leonardtown Church of the Nazarene at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday. Entry is free, but donations are welcome to help offset operational costs. Ignite the Night it is not geared toward one specific age group, but meant to be an evening for the whole family to enjoy. “Its purpose is to provide a night of fun and fellowship with a positive message for everyone,” the Ignite the Night website reads. Bailey said for the past couple of years Ignite the Night has been held on hot days,


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and the shift in time is to help alleviate the effect of the sun. Another change this year will be a salute to the military to kick off the night. “We want to let the military know we love them,” Bailey said, adding the military is often in the thoughts and prayers of the community. Other additions include a classic car and motorcycle show. Bailey said some other changes this year are being kept under wraps until the night of the concert, but she is “really excited” about them. Local youth groups and churches will be selling food, drinks and snacks. All seating is on the lawn, and people are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs, though they are asked to leave large umbrellas, tents and canopies at home. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are also prohibited. Because Ignite the Night will happen rain or shine, it is recommended to prepare for any kind of weather by bringing things

like sunscreen and raincoats. For more information about Ignite the Night, visit www.ignitethenight.com or email info@ignitethenight.com. For more information about the artists, visit www.ashesremain.com, www.myspace.com/curvine and www.facebook.com/chrisbernstorf. Ignite the Night is still looking for volunteers wanting to help out Saturday night. To volunteer, call Vicky or Mike Bailey at 301-373-9731. Bailey said the Ignite the Night organizers are looking for area youth to get involved in the planning of the event. “We’re looking for the younger generation to step up and take over Ignite the Night,” Bailey said, adding they are hoping to transition youths into running the concert and allow the small core group to step back into advisory and support roles. sarahmiller@countytimes.net
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Issued Marriage Applications for May 2012
May 1, 2012 May 8, 2012
Wade Allen Koch 46 Leonardtown, MD Margaret Elisabeth Thomas 36 Leonardtown, MD Paul Morgan Brasher 26 Mechanicsville, MD Tiffanie Renee Hardesty 25 Mechanicsville, MD Turhan Erick Datcher 27 Lexington Park, MD Britney Ileah Spowl 23 Lexington Park, MD Hans Ernst Hunziker, IV 31 Ridge, MD Billie Kathleen Fitzpatrick 32 Ft. Washington, MD Ryan Michael Drury 24 California, MD Katherine Margaret Keefe 23 California, MD

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Steven-Allen Kendall Alvey 22 Charlotte Hall, MD Jordan Alexis Markley 21 Charlotte Hall, MD John Robert Bogner 42 Lusby, MD Melissa Ann Curley 37 California, MD Vernon Ignatius Thomas 62 California, MD Rosetta Ann Butler 54 Lexington Park, MD

May 15, 2012
Charles Casey Wood 32 Scotland, MD Marilien Baloy Legaspi 29 Lexington Park, MD Kenneth Francis Burnham 26 Baltimore, MD Alexandra Carolyn Boris 24 Baltimore, MD Ryan Dale Stauffer 20 Mechanicsville, MD Lorraine Faye Brubacher 20 Leonardtown, MD Kelvin Briley Hughes 41 Mechanicsville, MD Peggy Sue Lowry 44 Mechanicsville, MD Randy Aloysius Wathen 23 California, MD Christine Marie Popp 23 California, MD Elijah Holmes, Sr., 34 Lexington Park, MD Kea Denee Green 28 Lexington Park, MD Robert Stephen Armiger 31 Catonsville, MD Amy Elizabeth Bishop 30 Catonsville, MD

Carter Even Hower 23 Colorado Springs, CO Amber Nicole Gragan 19 Colorado Springs, CO

May 18, 2012
Michael Myron Barton 24 Woodbridge, VA Veronica Lea Loveless 23 Owings, MD Ryan Vincent Casselman 21 Great Mills, MD Bailey Marie Loveless 20 Great Mills, MD

Joshua John Mast 25 Mechanicsville, MD Noelle Kathleen Barnes 20 Clements, MD Peter August Frandsen 56 Silver Spring, MD Reada Rush Robinson 54 Landover, MD

May 25, 2012
David Michael Hafeman 30 California, MD Jocelyn Rae Jahn 30 California, MD Earl Scott Midgett 56 Charlotte Hall, MD Lisa Elaine Miller 47 Charlotte Hall, MD Andrew Lawrence Critelli 25 Ocean Grove, NJ Anna De Laine Phoenix 26 Ocean Grove, NJ Michael Jason Stalcup 25 Mechanicsville, MD Kayla Elsie Bryant 25 Mechanicsville, MD

May 2, 2012
Bruno Renzo Gavilano Liner 23 Lexington Park, MD Lauri Leivic Contreras Espinal 20 Lexington Park, MD

May 21, 2012
Scott Joseph Raley 33 Great Mills, MD Dawn Marie Stauffer 30 Great Mills, MD James Elmer Lacey 33 Avenue, MD Elaine Marie Farrell 27 Avenue, MD David Christopher Norris, Jr., 27 Clements, MD Jana Leigh Osborne 26 Clements, MD Don Edward Salamon 25 Leonardtown, MD Debra Lynn Gillispie 32 Leonardtown, MD

May 9, 2012
Ramon Moniek Stone 43 Mechanicsville, MD Raquel Renee Davis 41 Mechanicsville, MD

May 3, 2012
Benjamin Dermaine Hebb 35 Hollywood, MD Crystal Ann Coontz 22 Hollywood, MD Austin Timothy Williams 25 Waldorf, MD Stephanie Hope Chapman 25 Waldorf, MD Maurice Daryl Mitchell 26 Great Mills, MD Shari Alethia Wellington 26 Great Mills, MD

May 11, 2012
Gary Randall Farrell 25 Chaptico, MD Shannon Emily Goddard 21 Chaptico, MD Trent Edmund Tebeau 38 Great Mills, MD Stacy Rene Cortez 39 Great Mills, MD William Michael Conner 26 California, MD Holly Lynn Owens 23 California, MD Jered Thomas Miller 24 Lexington Park, MD Erika Renee Brown 26 Lexington Park, MD Russell Steven Reagan Jr., 20 Hallsboro, NC Candice Marie Parker 17 Whiteville, NC

May 29, 2012
Rickey Dave Townsend, Jr., 29 Hollywood, MD Christi Lynn Passmore 24 California, MD Michael Grafton Robinson 43 Middle River, MD Rebecca Marie Sweeney 38 Middle River, MD Vincent Damian Lawson 28 Lusby, MD Anna Marie Jean 26 Lusby, MD

May 23, 2012
Franklin Antonio Ventura Romero 26 Hyattsville, MD Nicola Jane Wood 32 Washington, DC Devon Jerome Green 29 Upper Marlboro, MD Adonna Jernaye Bannister 33 Upper Marlboro, MD Jonathan Matthew Emas 26 Holland, PA Rebecca Ann Belote 23 LaPlata, MD

May 4, 2012
Frederic Winslow Rust, IV 33 Washington, DC Kristin Elizabeth Padukiewicz 31 Washington, DC Cameron Martin Leischer 24 Lexington Park, MD Lauren Ashley Gill 24 Pasadena, MD Frank James Fenwick III 37 Dundalk, MD Laura Latrell Patton 38 Lexington Park, MD Bruce Robert Marsh 39 Alexandria, VA Paola Piscioneri 38 Alexandria, VA

May 16, 2012
Timothy Alexander Moran 26 Mechanicsville, MD Brittney Nicole Bradshaw 21 Mechanicsville, MD Brian Robert Johnson 31 Avenue, MD Jessica Marie Norris 26 Avenue, MD Jackson Elias Miller 24 Mechanicsville, MD Kimberly Eleanor Clark 23 Mechanicsville, MD Kevin Lamont Summers, Jr., 23 Lusby, MD Crystal Natasha Moore 24 Lusby, MD

May 30, 2012
Richard Samuel Lerner 23 Patuxent River, MD Samantha Elizabeth Green 18 Patuxent River, MD Luis Eduardo Navarrete 41 Lexington Park, MD Amber Dawn Martinez 31 Fernley, NV

May 14, 2012
Keith Michael Canales 21 Machipongo, VA Adrienne Christine Brunger 21 Hollywood, MD David Benjamin Raum 26 Leonardtown, MD Diane Elizabeth Luc 30 Leonardtown, MD Tony Raymond Bean 33 California, MD Nicole Allison Gandy 30 California, MD

May 24, 2012
Larry Ray Smith 35 Lexington Park, MD Leslie Anne Mintz 34 LeMoore, CA Michael Kieth Ramsey 28 Great Mills, MD Charlie-Marie Coulby Stamm 25 Lexington Park, MD Matthew Jared Hoepfl 25 Bel Alton, MD Meredith Lindsay Queen 26 Baltimore, MD

May 17, 2012
Nathaniel James Murrell 20 Fredericksburg, VA Caitlin Elizabeth Mercer 21 Fredericksburg, VA Harry Michael Faber, III, 33 Piney Point, MD Sarah Elizabeth Lawson 27 Piney Point, MD

May 31, 2012
Edward Wayne Stauffer, Jr., 24 Lusby, MD Lindsay Jane Taylor 22 Lusby, MD William Allen Trice 30 California, MD Tiffany Shivon Bowles 25 California, MD

May 7, 2012
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Mobile Career Centers to visit libraries The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at Lexington Park library on June 18, Charlotte Hall library on June 19 and Leonardtown library on June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. This self-contained vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and provides an array of services to job searchers and others who have workforce related needs. Free showings of Oscar winning films This Friday at 2 p.m. Lexington Park Library will show the movie that won the 2012 Oscar Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. In this R-rated movie Oliver upon meeting Anna is flooded with memories of his late father who came out of the closet at the age of 75 following 44 years of marriage. On June 21 at 2 p.m. the Leonardtown branch will show the 2012 Oscar winning movie about an orphan boy named Hugo who gets caught up in an adventure when he repairs a mechanical man. Talent show planned for teens Lexington Park Library will host a teen talent show on June 21 at 5 p.m. Teens who would like to perform need to register their performance. Teens coming to watch the performances do not need to register. Lexington Park to host stuffed animal sleepover Children can bring a stuffed animal to storytime at Lexington Park branch on June 20 at 6 p.m. and then leave their animal for a

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Cover Crop Program Returning
Following up on the restoration goals outlined in Maryland’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay, Governor Martin O’Malley has allocated approximately $18 million for the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) 2012-2013 Cover Crop Program, a press release states. This popular program provides grants to farmers who plant cover crops in their fields in the fall to conserve nutrients, reduce soil erosion and protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Farmers may sign up for this year’s cover crop program by visiting their local soil conservation district office between June 21 and July 16. “For two years running, Maryland farmers have planted more than 400,000 acres of cover crops on their fields and their efforts are making a difference,” Governor Martin O’Malley said in a statement. This year, farmers who plant traditional cover crops receive a base rate of $45/acre and up to $55/acre in add-on incentives for using highly valued planting practices. Traditional cover crops may not be harvested, but can be grazed or chopped for livestock forage for on-farm use after becoming well established. Farmers who want to harvest their cover crops receive $25/acre plus a $10/acre bonus if rye is planted as the cover crop. Farmers may fill out one application to enroll in both program options. There are no enrollment caps and certain restrictions apply. “Last year’s statewide cover crop planting of 429,000 acres prevented roughly 2.5 million pounds of nitrogen and 85,000 pounds of phosphorus from reaching the Bay and its tributaries,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. Cover crops are cereal grains and winter annual brassicas (plants in the cabbage family) that are planted to take up nutrients that remain in the soil following production of corn, soybeans, sorghum, tobacco or vegetables. Barley, canola, rapeseed, kale, rye, rygrass, spring oats, triticale and wheat planted in the fall of 2012 are eligible. All seed used is required to meet Maryland Seed Law and Regulatory Standards and have a minimum germination rate of 80 percent. Farmers should visit their local soil conservation district office during the June 21 – July 16, 2012 enrollment period. Additional information is available on MDA’s website. Learn more at www.baystat.maryland.gov.

sleepover at the library. When they pick up their stuffed animals the next day, they can watch a slide show of the animal’s overnight adventures. The program will be repeated at both Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall later in the summer. Children can earn prizes in Summer Reading programs Babies through teens can earn prizes by completing fun reading activities in the Summer Reading programs. Those children who complete their game boards receive a book. Children can join at any time by registering at the library or online. The Professional Performance series kicks off on June 25 with a performance by Uncle Pete. Storytimes and crafternoons will also begin the week of June 25 at each branch. Charlotte Hall branch will offer LEGO fun on June 27 at 10 a.m. for ages 3-6 and at 2 p.m. for ages 6 and older. New service tracks library items Customers can now sign up for Library Elf, a new service that will track library items and help them reduce their overdue fines and consolidate library accounts. A custom email is sent alerting customers of what’s due, overdue and the holds on their accounts as well as other family member’s accounts. Customers can sign up for this free service by clicking on Library Elf on the library’s homepage.

Woman’s Club Installs Officers, Awards Scholarships
The new officers of the GFWC Woman’s Club of St. Mary’s County were installed during a recent monthly meeting and luncheon held at the James A. Forrest Technical Center. Pictured from left is President Linda Fry, First Vice President Judy Loflin, Second Vice President Lynn Newkirk, Treasurer Carole Romary, Recording Secretary Joan Springer and Corresponding Secretary Sally Huff. Two $2,000 scholarships were awarded May 21 by the GFWC Woman’s Club of St. Mary’s County during an event held at Lenny’s Restaurant. Katrina Bennett and Trevor Butcher were the recipients. Pictured from left is Carloe Bennett (Katrina’s mother), Katrina Bennett, Scholarship Chairman Sue Watters, Trevor Bennett and William Butcher (Trevor’s father).

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Mobile Career Center Set For Juneteenth
The NAACP St. Mary’s County Branch will man the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee Mobile Career Center at the UCAC’s 9th Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Freedom Park, 1744 S. Coral Place in Lexington Park on Saturday. The event begins at 12 p.m. and the center will be on site all afternoon. The mobile center is an information resource for the community. You will be able to board to find information on employment opportunities in the tri-county area and the resources that are available to assist you in applying for vacancies, a press release states. For more information, visit www.mwejobs.com.



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was born and raised in southern Maryland. Being the sixth child out of nine, she watched the rest of her family go to bed with books, so she would sit in bed with a miniature dictionary. By the time she could read, the basement had been turned into a library, shoved full of books of every genre imaginable on account of the number of people in her family and their very different tastes. Many science fiction and fantasy authors introduced themselves to her in that basement. Eventually, she did start having to buy her own books. The two authors she credits with shaping her love of otherworldly stories are L. Frank Baum and Anne McCaffrey. In fact, the only childhood birthday she can remember with any clarity is the one on which she received the entire Oz series. She hopes to one day inspire other children to dream big the way these authors inspired her. In 2008, Marie began following her own dreams. Her Writers of the Future win is her first professional sale and she has since sold two more stories, one to Daily Science Fiction and another to Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Marie graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in economics and she currently lives in Maryland with her fiancé and their two children. • Gala in the Garden - “Cast Off for the Caribbean” Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) – 6:30 p.m. An event like no other, the Gala in the Garden – “Cast Off for the Caribbean” will take place at Sotterley Plantation. The Mama Jama band’s Caribbean vibe will draw you to the Colonial Revival Garden, where Canard’s Catering will be serving foods kissed by island flavors! The tent will be brimming with magnificent live and silent auction items and refreshing cool drinks, as you cast yourself away on a fantasy of turquoise seas and sugary beaches. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are available online at www.sotterley.org. For more information, call 301-373-2280. The $100 per person admission supports Sotterley’s important educational programming. • Ignite the Night St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 5:30 p.m. Ignite the Night 2012, featuring the Dove Award nominated Ashes Remain, will kick-off at 5:30PM at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, rain or shine. “Ignite the Night” started with a handful of folks from area churches coming together to put on a FREE Christian Concert event at the St. Mary’s County Fair Grounds. It started as a one evening event that is now, this year, celebrating 5 years of reaching out and bringing together our community for an event filled with great music of all kinds, a great time of fellowship, and a great message from many of our local ministries. We don’t want anyone to miss out, this year will be even more exciting as we bring in two nationally known artist, Ashes Remain a contemporary Christian Rock Band, and Curvine who is an amazing speaker as well as Hip-Hop artist. There will be many locally known artists and so much more, too much to list. The funds are raised each year by the planning committee of “Ignite the Night Ministries” to keep this event free to the public. Bring your lawn chairs, your family and friends, and expect to have an amazing time. For more information, call Mike or Vicky Bailey at 301-373-9731

Thursday, June 14
• The War of 1812 – “The Choice” Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) – Tours at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The second War of 1812 Living History event, “The Choice” will be held at Sotterley Plantation. The war with the British brought hardship to the plantation but a chance at freedom for the enslaved. At the living history presentations you will meet the people who lived and labored at Sotterley during the summer of 1814. Come to one of our events and be a part of the drama as slaves must make a difficult and daring choice. What will you decide? In FY2011, Sotterley was awarded grants from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium to create a living history script from Sotterley’s unique story of the War of 1812, as well as the costuming and props needed for the production. Now that the script and costuming had been completed it was time to begin production, and Old Line Bank stepped forward to generously sponsor the production phase of this project. Due to the support from these three organizations, Sotterley will now be able to share a unique story with a perspective rarely told about the War of 1812. This event is free to the public, but space is limited. Advanced reservations can be made by calling the Sotterley office at 301-373-2280.

Sunday, June 17
• All You Can Eat Breakfast Second District Fire Department (Valley Lee) – 8-11 a.m. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, spiced applesauce, juices, milk & coffee. Adults are $8, children 6-12 - $4, children 5 and under are free. For more information call 301-994-9924. • Wine in the Gardens Summerseat Farm (26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 2-6 p.m. Summerseat Farm will provide an afternoon of fine wine, music and food in the beautiful gardens of Summerseat Farm. The cost is $20 per person and includes a commemorative wine glass and a tasting of select wines from wineries of Southern Maryland. Chef Loic of the Café Des Artistes will present hors d’oeuvres to pair with the wine. Summerseat Farm, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operated entirely by volunteers. Your support will help us preserve over 120 acres of historic farmland dating back to the 18th century. For more information, visit www.summerseat.org or call 301-373-6607.

Wednesday, June 20
• Summer Knights offers The College Series – Session 2 St. Mary’s Ryken High School (22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown) – 5:30-8 p.m. Next in The College Series is “Writing the Admission Essay” presented by the Director of Admissions at St. Mary’s College of Maryland Rich Edgar. Edgar is known for his wit and wisdom in his presentations to high school students and will detail the process of deciding what to write about for your application essay and why. Registration is open to students in the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015. You do not need to be a student at St. Mary’s Ryken to sign up. Participants can choose one or all of the workshops. Cost is $75 for each workshop and a light meal is included before each session. For more information, or to register, visit www.smrhs.org/summerknights or call 301-475-2814 ext. 411. • Free Concert with Branches Band Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church (9463 HG Trueman Road, Lusby) – 7 p.m. Branches Band, Milwaukee-based Christian band, will be presenting a concert hosted by Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church. Call 410-231-2075 for more information or directions. For more information about the band, visit www. branchesband.com.

Monday, June 18
• Week Long Summer Art Camp Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn to develop realistic fantasy characters as you learn life drawing techniques and model your drawings after characters that might live in our forest fairy houses and gnome homes. Learn tips and tricks for drawing the human figure and write a short story or poem about your new characters. All illustrations and stories will be composed in a booklet to accompany our Fairy House exhibit. The class is open to students entering grades 10-12. Classes run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 18-22. Cost for member is $85 and non-members are $95. For more information or to register, call 410-326-4640. For more information visit http://www.annmariegarden.org/ annmarie2/teen_workshops

Thursday, June 21
• Summer Knights offers The College Series – Session 3 St. Mary’s Ryken High School (22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown) – 5:30-8 p.m. “Uncovering the truth behind the PSAT/SAT/ACT tests and their importance to your child’s entrance into college” is the third workshop. Learn what role each of these tests plays in your college application and academic career. Registration is open to students in the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015. You do not need to be a student at St. Mary’s Ryken to sign up. Participants can choose one or all of the workshops. Cost is $75 for each workshop and a light meal is included before each session. For more information, or to register, visit www. smrhs.org/summerknights or call 301-4752814 ext. 411. • Free Family Movie - Hugo Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) – 2 p.m. In this PG rated movie, an orearched for and found the cowndependence Day celebration will include some of John Williams’ famous mowebsite or by calling 410-535-0291. Attendees must be 13 or older or accompanied by a parent/ guardian who must give permission to participate. There will be plenty of other brawling going on besides the tournament so everyone will have the opportunity to play. There will be ten matches where two players from Calvert Library will play two players from another library. Those twenty scores make up Calvert Library’s total score to determine whether Calvert Library advances to the Finals. The rules are available on the library website at calvert.lib.md.us. Bring your own controller if you like and costumes are welcome. This tournament is sponsored by Friends of Calvert Library. For more information, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Friday, June 15
• Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament VFW Post 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) – 6:20 p.m. Buy in is $50 with an optional $10 Add-On to receive an extra $1000 and 50/50 entry. Sign In is from 6:20 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tournament starts at 7 p.m. Register and pay by 6:45 p.m. to receive an extra $500 early bird bonus. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Late players will be accepted until the end of the first break. Payouts are determined by the number of entries. The public is welcome. Individuals must be 18 or older to play. Side games are available. For more information or to pre-register contact Brian at poker@vfw2632.com or 240-925-4000. • Men of Honor Simulcast Hughesville Baptist Church (8505 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m. Hughesville Baptist Church will be having a “Men of Honor” simulcast. During this event they will be joining Sherwood Baptist Church and other viewers around the world for a time of Worship. Then they will hear from the main actors in the movie about how God spoke to them during the making of the “Courageous” movie. For more information call 301-8848645 or 301-274-3672 or visit our web site www.hughesvillebaptist.com

Tuesday, June 19
• Rally For the Cure Cedar Point Golf Course (23248 Cedar Point Road, Patuxent River) – 7:45 a.m. Cedar Point Ladies Golf Association (CPLGA) is hosting a Rally for the Cure Honoring our oldest member and a Breast Cancer survivor, Lois O’Connell. A $75 per entry fee covers cart and greens fees, lunch, prizes, goody bag and more! Captain’s Choice Scramble: bring your foursome or we can pair you up! Prizes for winning team(s), Longest Drive, Longest Putt, Closest to the Pin, and Cluster Putt contest and more. Registration and Continental Breakfast by CPLGA is from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Cluster Putt Contest is at 8:45 a.m. and shotgun Start is at 9 a.m. To register, mail a check made out to CPLGA to: Shirley Vatter, CPLGA Chairman/Rally Ambassador, 26377 Hillendale Road, Hollywood MD 20636. Email names of the team members and if Base access is needed to shirleyvatter@yahoo.com. Checks must be received by June 11. Wear pink!

Saturday, June 16
• Marie Croke Book Signing Books-A-MIllion (3304 Crain Highway, Waldorf) – 1-3 p.m. Winner of International Writing/Illustrating Contest and Hollywood resident Marie Croke will be signing copies of “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 28.” Resident of Hollywood. Marie Croke

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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities
Shoe Swap at Northern On Wednesday, June 20, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the annual shoe swap event returns to the Northern Senior Activity Center. Enjoy trading in quality, clean, hardly-worn shoes, for a credit to get another pair of shoes at no charge. This is a ladies dream. You’ll find a place for those special event shoes or something you paid good money for but never got to wear. For each trade in, you’ll get a ticket that you can redeem for a different pair of shoes. You can use your voucher or gift it to someone else. Shoe screening will be very selective -- only very good quality shoes (no slippers or beachwear) with little or no wear will be accepted. Donations are due to the Operations Manager by noon on June 19. For more information, call 301.475.4002, ext. 1001. Press your favorite blooming flowers at Loffler Senior Activity Center Bring some fresh picked flowers and foliage (enough for you and some to share) plus a heavy book and some newspaper to Loffler on Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. We will show you how to press them in the book. Leave your pressed flowers with us and come back the following Friday (June 29) at 10 a.m. and look at your treasures! Bring a picture frame with glass (8x10 or larger) and arrange the little beauties into a masterpiece worthy of your wall. To sign up for this workshop call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658 or stop by the Loffler reception desk by Wednesday, June 20. Make a bracelet with silver and semi-precious stones Hand-made jewelry is the hottest thing in accessories this year so sign up early to make your own bracelet at Loffler Senior Activity Center. Class takes place Monday, July 2 from 2 - 4 p.m. and continues the following Monday (July 9) if you need more time to finish your project. Cost of $20 includes instruction and all materials (including choice of stones) needed to finish your bracelet. Call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658 to register for this class by Thursday, June 28. Pokeno Bring your pennies for this bingo-like card game held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. To sign up for lunch following the game, call the Garvey Senior Activity Center Receptionist at 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program The Garvey Senior Activity Center offers the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. This low-impact physical activity program is proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The routines include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level. Prior to class, participants are invited to participate in an optional, gentle walk around the Governmental Center Campus beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. Mah Jong meets at Loffler Senior Activity Center the 1st and 3rd Thurs. at 1:30 p.m. If you have some experience with this game and would like to play, or if you would like more information call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658. At this time, the group is not be able to teach inexperienced players, but if enough interest is expressed in learning how to play, a class can be arranged.

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Visit the Department of Aging’s website at www.stmarysmd.com/aging for the most up-to date information.

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Wanderings of an

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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer



I don’t know what happens when we head towards Colonial Beach, Virginia. The town must know when we are coming, or at least when I am coming. We now start singing the line from “Hotel California” by the Eagles that says, “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” before we even hit the town. We not only have trouble checking out of town, we have trouble checking in. Even as a young child I was not a good omen for the town. While staying in the old Colonial Beach Hotel, we nearly burned it down. My Mother covered a lamp with a towel in the room so I could nap. I remember waking up to lots of smoke and the lamp shade melted. It’s a good thing she came back from the beach or The Reno when she did. You might remember one of my earlier articles of a stay in Colonial Beach when my husband’s old convertible locked itself and we were unable to get back into it to get our luggage or even my purse. Luckily hotels have all the necessary items needed for emergency stays. This past weekend we were invited to spend the evening with my husband’s son, his wife and two of their three children at Beth Page Campground in Urbanna, Virginia. Saturday was his son’s birthday so we looked forward to a nice evening with them, and then we thought we’d stay in Colonial Beach for the night. I had entered three paintings over at Mattawoman Creek Arts Center’s art show located inside of Smallwood State Park in Charles County. So it made sense (to us anyway) to drive straight from Colonial Beach over the bridge to Marbury the next day for the 1:00 opening reception instead of heading down Rt. 234 to Mechanicsville. I must say at first glance Beth Page looked very plain, but we went on a bumpy yet fun tour of the large campground by golf cart after dinner and were very impressed. In the middle of the campground is lovely Lake LeCompte with a pier leading out to a beautiful gazebo. There are pavilions, and beach, a floating trampoline, and of course the Beth page water park. The far end of the campground is surrounded by Robinson’s Creek leading out to the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay. The lake was beautiful at night with all the camper’s firepits blazing and party lights strung on their decks. Our first indication that the late evening would not turn out well, was when we were leaving the campground; my husband’s son drove us up to the registration parking lot on the golf cart. We found out that the gates close at ten not at eleven. Let’s just say that we had to make a new way out of the park on the grass, finally squeezing between the main gate and a tree with an inch or so to spare. Happily, and blissfully ignorant that the 60th Annual Potomac River Festival was happening over the weekend, we drove on to Colonial Beach. Upon arriving at the Beach Hotel, we were told that there were no rooms to be found anywhere in the Northern Neck. We sadly got back in the car, my husband noisily stuffing his wallet back in the door pocket, clanking all sorts of things around and off we drove to Dahlgren. By the time we got to Dahlgren it was sometime after 12:30 a.m. The desk clerk there told me the same thing. When I came outside my husband was looking all over for his phone. You guessed it. The clinking sound we heard earlier was his cell phone dropping on the Colonial Beach hotel’s pavement. A quick call confirmed this. Yes, we drove back to Colonial Beach. Once there, (by this time it had to be 1:30 a.m.) we begged for any room they had. The desk clerk said they were renovating rooms on the second floor, and there was a room but it had no TV, no alarm clock, and most importantly no door knob or lock. I asked if there was a chair to prop up in front of the door. I have actually stayed in a place like that before. He called his manager, and she said “Okay”. It was actually a fine room, plus they gave it to us for $35.00. And you know waking up on the sparkling “Playground of the Potomac River” was worth it all. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com

It’s almost FaI never cease to be ther’s Day…a time amazed at the number to pay tribute to that of people Matt knows. special man who is Rarely have we been or was always there anywhere that someone for you; who loved hasn’t called out “Hi you unconditionally; Matt!” The first two and who would sacrifice anything for you. jobs he had he got on Whether by birth, adoption, or marriage, his own. While still in he’s your father. school, a group of stuThis week’s article is about a young dents visited Giant in man who will never have that joy and it’s a California, just checkchoice he made himself. Matt, my granding out places where son, is now 27 years old and he was born they might get a job. with learning disabilities. When he was Matt wasn’t there for a seven, he came to live with us. Matt has visit—he was a man on taught me many things, not the least of a mission. Giant hired which is to never underestimate him or his him on the spot and he abilities. Matt and many others like him Matt Dobson, 2007 worked there for two will tell you “I’m slow, not stupid.” Reyears pushing carts. The member that. It’s important. first week the store received a thank you letter from Matt decided about 5 years ago that he didn’t want to take the chance of fathering any children. a customer who had left her purse in a cart--Matt He recognized that they might face the many chal- found her and gave it back. Today he works two part-time jobs, one at lenges he does on a daily basis. We talked about this at great length and waited some time before the Dunkin’ Donuts and the other at Vintage Values. procedure was actually done because I wanted to Had the circumstances been different, I would have to believe Matt would have made a wonderful husensure this was his decision. It was. A couple of years later, he had to have his band and father. Those of us who live in the day-totonsils removed. At the hospital, the nurse was day world look at his cup half-empty and I admit gathering information about Matt’s health record that I often do this. He doesn’t look at it that way, so and asked if he’d had any other surgeries. I told her maybe this is another lesson we can all learn from yes and explained, thinking ahead to what the next Matt and those like him. If you can’t relate to my question might be, but lo and behold I thought I was story, attend a Special Olympics event. You’ll see going to have to go to battle with this self-righteous more courage and joy in one day than most people wench! I have to wonder if that indignation would do in a lifetime. extend to the idiot in Tennessee and the 11 women by whom he’s fathered 30 children. But I digress… Happy Father’s Day!

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The County Times is always looking for more local talent to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail carriemunn@countytimes.net.

Absinthe: ‘Grab a Piece of the Circus’
By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Southern Maryland five-piece Absinthe formed in 2005, when brothers-inlaw Mike a.k.a. Hannibal and Hyde Von Hitchcock decided to re-invent the cover band. Finding more like-minded musicians, that not only rock musically but understand the importance of an entertaining live show, they’ve built up a fan base throughout the region and play bars and pubs, as well as big stages like Ram’s Head Live. Vocalist Hyde Von Hitchcock is from Calvert County and in addition to being Absinthe’s lively frontman, is a full-time father and owner of Hitchcock Automotive and Custom Exhaust. He calls himself an “extreme entertainer” and names David Bowie, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails as a few of many musical influences. Hannibal, originally from Bowie, has been a guitarist for 26 years and said he drew influence from axe icons Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eddie Van Halen. He told The County Times that he’s a dad and husband first, and has a day job, but music has always been his passion and he’d love the opportunity to play full-time. The band’s name, he said, was inspired by one of Hyde’s favorite actors drinking absinthe in the movie “From Hell”. Hyde explained further that absinthe is “one of the most artistically prolific muse-filled drinks of all time.” He said it

had gotten a bad wrap in the late 19th century, labeled deadly and falsely perceived as a hallucinogenic, causing it to be banned in many places. The drink was recently reintroduced in America and the stigmas attached found to be completely false. Drummer Billy the Kid said he’s been keeping beats “forever.” He said Absinthe shows are crazy, because you never know what’s going to happen. He said he has too many influences to name and would love to become a national act. Munky-Bonez, the bassist, hales from Friendship and has been mastering his instrument for 8 years. He said Pantera, Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie have been influential on his music. He is a full-time musician, audio engineer and producer and describes an Absinthe show as “sweet melodic mayhem packed with high energy performances.” Jason, who plays guitar with the group as Dr. X, said he’s been playing for 22 years. He said his influences include Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Who and Hendrix. When asked to describe the band, he said, “We don’t follow what the rest of the world does … we have our own standards of what is acceptable entertainment.” Hyde told The County Times, “We have a vision to express artistically,” adding their very unconventional array of music offers something for everyone. While it might not be songs the audience recognizes or expects, many like what they hear and seek out the material they play after hearing Absinthe’s version. He said fans of DC 101 and 98 Rock will dig their always changing setlist that includes covers from groups like Alice In Chains, Tool and Radiohead. “We have a simple drive to not only entertain, but put on an intense show,” he said. While their gigs are covers, all band members said they’re gradually working on originals. Munky-Bonez said “great things take time,” explaining the group is taking its time to produce work they can

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take pride in and offering originals that will have a bigger impact on the crowds. “We have big dreams on a little budget, and work days, but no road is without turns,” Hyde said. “We have exciting things in the works.” Catch a sonically and visually entertaining performance by Absinthe this weekend with a show at Budd’s Creek in Mechanicsville on Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. or Saturday night, the 16th, at Apehanger’s in Bel Alton at 9 p.m. To find out more about the band, visit their website at absinthehrawk.com. For booking info or to share your comments, email the high energy quintet at trueabsinthe@hotmail.com. carriemunn@countytimes.net


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Thursday, June 14, 2012


Great Mills Introduces New Football Coach
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Great Mills High School formally welcomed their new head football coach – and the first African-American head football coach in St. Mary’s County – Tyrone Bell on Tuesday. Bell, a graduate of Great Mills High School in 1997, comes back to the program where he once was the star with football knowledge and experience he acquired from nearly 20 years of involvement with the sport. Since leaving the area, Tyrone Bell Bell has played football for Towson University and coached at Albany, N.Y., Shippensburg, Penn., Towson, and Shenandoah, Va. “It’s a joy for me to come back,” Bell said. During his introduction speech, Bell compared football to life, stressing the emphasis on character he is going to bring to the program both on and off the field. He said he has had great mentors throughout his life that “stayed on” him and gave him direction. Now that he fills the mentor shoes as a head football coach, he plans on doing the same thing for his players. It is important stay focused and concerned with “life outside the sport,” Bell told the audience of approximately 50 players and parents in the school’s media center, “and make sure the community respects you.” “He’s a strong example of what we want for our kids, and a positive role model,” Great Mills High School Principal Jake Heibel said. Bell, who won many football games and played in championship games during his career, said he was also coming back home to win and to create a winning program at Great Mills. He said he believes winning can only be accomplished as a “by-product of preparation” and plans on doing everything in his power to have his team ready when they step on the field. During a brief question and answer session for the parents following his introduction speech, he touched on his conditioning program, the respect he and his coaching staff will demonstrate towards the players at all times and his encouragement for parent and fan enthusiasm in the stands on gameday. According to Heibel, Great Mills is ecstatic with its newest addition to the football program. “He’s one of us from the community,” Heibel said. “He comes highly recommended and we were fortunate to get someone of his stature.” alexpanos@countytimes.net

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By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Several devoted readers contacted me with concerns that I had abandoned ship. Naw! I was out of town with three fishing buddies for six days last week to fish the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and lower Bay hotspots for flounder. We managed to make the trip worthwhile with enough fish to make everyone happy. Meanwhile, in our area the fish of the week has been croakers – hardhead – because they’re here for all of us to catch. They can be caught in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers and from Point Lookout all the way up the bay to buoy #76 with concentrations in the usual hotspots. Croakers to 19 or 20 inches have been reported by anglers fishing the evenings in shallow waters up to 10 feet deep. If you want to target hardhead, use bloodworms, squid, Fishbites™, or small pieces of cutbait, and fish over oyster bars and rough bottom. The best times are early mornings or evenings on a high tide. With all the fish that are being reported, you should be able to catch them anytime. White perch are also on the structures in the rivers. They’re most aggressive on a high tide in the shallows, but a falling tide will find them around dock pilings and oyster bars. The perch are big this year, presenting opportunities to catch a mess of 9” and bigger fish for those who pursue them. White

favorite method is a “Carolina Rig” baited with minnow. Speckled trout make wonderful table fare! The disappointment so far this season is flounder. I haven’t seen any reports of flounder catches in our area. I have seen several reports of unsuccessful attempts to catch them here. I think they’re coming, but they seem to be slow in moving to our northern reaches of their range. Based on what I found at the Chesapeake From left, Richard Everson, Bill DeLorme, and Bill Luke – the Ordinary Bay Bridge Tunnel, I think Angler Cape Charles crew catches their Flounder Limit. that when they come we’ll perch will take a small jig or spinner bait, but have plenty. the most popular baits are bloodworms, FishThe bonus for us is that the bluefish are bites™ and peeler crab or soft crab pieces. here. They’re easiest to find in schools of There are lots of stripers being caught breaking fish on the Bay. Those folks trollin the area as they begin their summer pat- ing for stripers are also catching them. Some terns. Late evening and early morning high are quite big for this time of year, running as tides will have the rockfish chasing baitfish big as 5 lbs. on the surface. They can also be caught by Spot are here but not in numbers that jigging over and around structure. Top water live-liners would like. If you catch spot, they plugs are beginning to produce in the usual make great bait whether live-lined whole or hotspots. used for cut bait. Speckled trout continue to be caught Remember to take a picture of your around the Eastern Shore islands, and a few catch and send it to me with your story at have been caught by knowing anglers on riverdancekeith@gmail.com. this side of the Bay. The folks at Buzz’s Marina (www.buzzsmarina.com) have posted Keith has been a recreational angler pictures of speckled trout that were report- on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries edly caught at the inlet of St. Jerome’s Creek. for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his Small bucktails or jigs dressed with Gulp!™ small boat during the season, and spends work well on speckled trout. Storm Shad™ his free time supporting local conservation and similar baits also work well. Another organizations.

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer In sports, momentum is as mysterious and elusive as it is powerful. Call it your asset and victory will likely follow; if it remains your stubborn liability, defeat will be a familiar bedfellow. Having a game’s momentum is as exhilarating as a bike ride down a smooth mountain trail. Combating it is as arduous as pedaling back up that same slope where every bump, traction-sapping section of loose dirt and energydraining patch of soggy earth – none of which you noticed on descent - are felt acutely in your burning, lactic acidflooded quadriceps. Every individual competitor or team is just a few big plays from acquiring momentum’s swell or wrestling it from the anxious hands of one’s desperate opponent. Sounds simple enough, but executing a string of such plays into an identifiable reflection point is difficult and the source of momentum’s transitory properties. This time of year, with the stressful NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs winding to a close and the baseball season taking shape, the fickleness and tremendous end-state influence of momentum is acted out nightly. Last Friday, for example, Nationals’ ace Stephen Strasburg was cruising with a 7-2 lead over the Boston Red Sox entering the 6th inning. After retiring the leadoff batter, Strasburg surrendered a single, double and a walk, in succession, to load the bases. Suddenly my beer tasted a little more bitter and I was on the edge of the couch, not comfortably sunk into its doughy depths. Strasburg promptly struck out the next batter and got a borderline strike called on a 3-2 pitch to Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis to end the threat. For a minute there though, momentum was heavily flirting with the Red Sox and the game’s outcome was in serious question. And then there’s sports’ most emotionally perilous ride: the NBA...where 10-point swings are commonplace. During NBA playoff games, momentum, playing the role of an emotional polygamist, whimsically passes be-

A View From The

Charles Darwin Was a sports Fan
tive athletes react to stress - to changes in momentum - with no noticeable response at all. Think about it: the very best athletes - the one’s that win Superbowls, NBA titles, hoist Stanley Cups or win World Series’ - combat inevitable negative swings in momentum with nothing more than calm, steely resolve. There are no childish facial contortions, immature stomping of feet or classless berating of officials. There’s only the next pitch, possession or play…in other words, the next chance to reacquire that mysterious force of momentum and end on the victorious side of the final ledger. Think about something else: doesn’t the same apply in all facets of life? Aren’t we better spouses and parents when we react to family challenges with a calm, solution-oriented approach? Aren’t we better supervisors when we’re consistent, levelheaded and logical? And aren’t we better workers when we accept the latest icky, delegated project with confidence and determination? Charles Darwin: scientist, evolutionary theorist…and (apparently) analytical sports fan and commentator on the modern human condition. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com

tween teams as quickly and naturally as a gigolo bounces between girlfriends. This year alone, the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 0-2 series hole and a double-digit deficit in Game 6 to win the Western Conference and the inconsistent Boston Celtics vacillated between “wise and experienced” and “old and slow” on a game-to-game basis. Which all means what, exactly? Well, nothing if you simply acknowledge that peaks and valleys exist at nearly all levels of athletic competition. But there’s more to momentum’s waxing and waning during the course of an athletic contest than its mere existence and randomness. The “more” is the human reaction to it; and, specifically, the reaction of those combating momentum’s challenge. Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives…It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” At the time he uttered these words, Darwin sought only to describe the ability of surviving species to produce appropriate physical responses to changes in climate, food supply, etc. His evolutionary axiom carries, if not greater, then at least broader application today. Where the animal kingdom’s great survivors change with a changing environment, the most adap-

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