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Report Alleges Misconduct in Judge Race
Contentious History Between Densford, Stanalonis Goes Back Years
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A committee formed by the Maryland Judiciary to monitor the election of judges issued a report this week claiming Assistant States Attorney Joseph Stanalonis violated conduct standards in the race against sitting Judge David W. Densford. The allegations of misconduct were levied by a Calvert County lawyer, George E. Meng, and the Maryland Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee, Inc. found that of the 12 allegations, Stanalonis’ campaign as liable for six of them. The committee is an unofficial body, with no formal authority and no power to impose penalties for alleged violations. The list of alleged violations included using photos of Densford that were designed to show him in an unfavorable light as well as making misleading statements on campaign literature about the incumbent’s stances on key legal issues. A key violation, according to the committee’s report, was Stanalonis’ statement in campaign materials that Densford “as a judge has never sentenced a single criminal to jail.” “The flyer was … circulated in March and April, a period of time in which Judge Densford had not yet been assigned a criminal sentencing,” the committee wrote. The committee ruled that the campaign flyer deliberately tried to mislead voters about Densford’s record. “By stating that Judge Densford had ‘never sentenced a criminal to jail,’ the Stanalonis campaign attempted to mislead voters about Judge Densford’s sentencing history,” the report states. Stanalonis’ campaign responded by saying that the flyer was accurate and intended to show Densford’s lack of experience as a judge. The report said Stanalonis’ camp also erred in stating falsely that Densford opposed contested elections for judges, a stance taken up by the Maryland State Bar Association and its local counterpart. “Judge Densford has, in the past, as a member of the Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors, voted in favor of judicial elections,” the report stated. “More recently he has taken the public stance that he has no position on judicial elections.” The report also slammed the Stanalonis camp for acJudge David W. Densford

cusing Densford of opposing sex offender Assistant States Attorney Joseph Stanalonis registration, a claim he has denied. “Judge Densford has made it clear that he has never opposed the statutory scheme for registration of convicted sex offenders and the Stanalonis camp has not offered any evidence to the contrary” the report stated. The Stanalonis campaign stated that Densford, while acting as a criminal defense attorney for clients accused of sex offenses, questioned whether his clients should be required to register per state law, the report stated, but that was a far cry from him actually opposing the concept of registering sex offenders. Stanalonis fired back at the committee, saying he was never given the chance to mount a defense, nor was he allowed to know who specifically was investigating him. He said the sole purpose of the committee is to support incumbent judges. One of the complaints made against Stanalonis was that he used a picture of Densford holding a beer can and dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, designed to portray him in an unserious light. The committee ruled that the picture did not violate one of its standards; Stanalonis said the photo was on Densford’s Facebook page. “We used the photo we had available,” house for a separate issue involving a child. Stanalonis said. “We cropped out the photo Densford said that at the time he wanted to talk to of the guy with the marijuana necklace.” Stanalonis said the lawyer who filed the complaints Stanalonis about the new indictment, but was told by a court has no practice in St. Mary’s County nor is he a registered security officer that Stanalonis was at home for the birth of one of his children. voter here. Stanalonis denies that discussion ever took place, beMeng has made cash contributions to a Prince George’s County political action committee (PAC) that has support- cause none of his children were born in 2003. When both lawyers went to court shortly afterwards ed Densford, Stanalonis said. He also said the law firm of former Democrat state del- in a case against another of Densford’s clients, the two beegate Timothy Maloney, who is a member of the committee came embroiled in an argument when Densford apparently that investigated Meng’s complaints, also donated to that learned that Stanalonis was attempting to bring a plethora of other charges against the defendant. PAC provided cash to Densford’s campaign. Densford said he railed against Stanalonis for being at “These are not rules,” Stanalonis said. “I don’t believe we’ve violated anything in the elections law … If we had home with his own children when Stanalonis had one of I’m sure there would be a complaint with the this clients arrested for trying to be with his, but no threats were made. elections board.” “He got snippy and so did I,” Densford told The CounStanalonis said the standards of the committee are simply a “wish list of what they ty Times. “I never threatened his children; I told him I’d beat him in court and I did.” want to see in judicial elections.” Witness statements in the police report support StanaThe contentious history between Denslonis’s version of events, but Densford called the statements ford and Stanalonis goes back years. Local attorneys and other court officers suspicious when he read them. When The County Times this summer presented have long noticed an enmity between the two men centered around how they do their jobs Densford with the police reports from 2003, he said he nevand conduct themselves in court as prosecutor er knew the documents existed. Stanalonis said he chose to not pursue the charges any and defense attorney. An investigation by The County Times further. “When this happened, it was my opinion that it was found a police report was taken over a verbal dispute between the two in April 2003, in more important to let that case proceed and not have it get which Stanalonis alleged that Densford made delayed,” Stanalonis said, adding that he has chosen not to threats toward his children after a heated argu- bring up the issue as part of the campaign. One of the investigating officers, now court security ment over the handling of a case involving one officer Oliver Stewart, said he could not find any evidence of Densford’s clients. The incident never went beyond the ini- that any threats actually occurred. “There was never any evidence,” Stewart said. “It aptial police report and no charges ever resulted. Stanalonis claimed that Densford meant pears it was a he-said-she-said. “It never went to court. Apparently the victim didn’t the alleged threats, while Densford said that Stanalonis deliberately misrepresented his feel it was worthwhile going forward.” Densford said the incident is meant to distract voters comments. The disputed story, which is compounded from the campaign’s main issue of judicial qualifications. “I’ve got a job to do and a campaign to win,” Densford by the near decade of time that has passed, involves a client of Densford’s who was arrested said. abruptly in the courthouse on a Stanalonis inguyleonard@countytimes.net dictment as the man was coming to the court-

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The extreme heat and drought that has destroyed key grain crops in Southern Maryland means local farmers are being hit particularly hard compared to their counterparts in more northerly sections of the state where rainfall has been good and crop yields plentiful, agricultural experts say. This means farmers here who grow corn and soybeans, staple grains with multiple uses, will likely not be able to take advantage of the much increased prices for grains in the wake of the heavy losses that have been seen in the Midwest, says one local agricultural specialist. “It’s probably one of the worst crops in 50 years,” Ben Beale, director of the University of Maryland’s Cooperative Extension in St. Mary’s County said. “Prices have risen dramatically in the past three months.” In Southern Maryland some farmers have reported as much as half to 75 percent of their crops lost to the drought. Southern Maryland farmers will be able to get higher prices for the corn and soybeans they are able to bring to market, but with yields being so small they are likely to still lose out. “The increase in price is not going to be enough to counteract the loss of production,” Beale said. Thomas Briscoe, president of the Calvert County Farm Bureau, said crop yields, especially corn, are so bad that farmers have to work hard to salvage what they can. He said that right now in his own fields he would be lucky to get 20 or 30 bushels of corn per acre. “I’m hoping for that,” Briscoe said, noting that in an average year his fields can yield 120 to 130 bushels an acre. “The price going up is nice but if you don’t have anything you won’t get it,” Briscoe said. Amy Farrell, director of the Farm Service Agency for both Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, said that they have confirmed reports of 50 to 75 percent corn crop loss for most of St. Mary’s County and the southern section of Calvert. “Northern Calvert is better but it’s still not very good,” Farrell said. Tommy Bowles, of Bowles Farm in St. Mary’s, said crop loss reports will not be fully confirmed until farmers go into the fields in the next couple of weeks and actually began the harvest. He feared that many of the ears of corn are so small that they will not even be picked up by harvesting machines. This could have the net effect of actually increasing the levels of crop loss predicted earlier. “I think it’s worse than people think it is,” Bowles told The County Times. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Kid “Fight Club” at Scotland Camp Under Investigation
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A summer camp for children in Scotland run by the Boys and Girls Club of Washington, D.C. is under investigation by local authorities after allegations that some of the teenage camp counselors there instigated fights among the other campers and may have engaged in some of the beatings themselves. Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations have taken on the case. “It’s an open investigation,” said Lt. David Yingling. “We’re getting full cooperation from the camp.” Sources close to the investigation have told The County Times that as many as two videos made on cell phones show young campers fighting each other while being encouraged to do so by older counselors, some of whom are as old as 18. Sources said there may be more videos of the alleged incidents, but many of the people involved in the case are in Washington, D.C. and still have to be interviewed by investigators. Sources also said that the cell phone videos revealed that some of the older camp counselors were taking part in the beatings on younger campers. The facility in Scotland is advertised as a 168-acre camp for children aged 7 through 13 to give them a chance to experience nature and the outdoors. The camp is named after a former chief of Metropolitan Police and officers from the District are often there at the camp. Sources say that camp administrators contacted local police about the alleged assaults at Camp Ernest W. Brown. There have been no arrests so far in the investigation. The Fox 5 News channel in the District reports that a letter was sent home to parents of campers explaining the situation at the site and why they were being sent home early. The letter posted on their news website states that “some of the Camp Brown counselors who are seasonal staff wrongfully instigated some of our young male campers to participate in inappropriate “fight club” activities during the most recent summer camp session.” The letter goes on to say that there are allegations those counselors may have violated other strict protocols and that the incidents described were of an “isolated” nature. The Boys and Girls Club issued a statement saying that the counselors involved in the alleged incidents were suspended from their employment and removed from the camp population when the allegations were made.

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Weeks following the launch of a new statewide initiative designed to make homeownership more accessible for veterans and members of the military, comes news that several families already have taken advantage of the program, according to a press release from St. Mary’s County Commissioners. Maryland Homefront: the Veterans and Military Family Mortgage program offers qualified veterans and members of the military half a percent rate discount off the regular Maryland Mortgage Program rate and $10,000 for downpayment and settlement costs. As of Aug. 2, five families had received loan reservations, including veterans in St. Mary’s county. St. Mary’s County residents interested in the program can visit DHCD’s website at www.dhcd.state.md.us to learn more about the program as well as record low rates and generous downpayment and settlement cost assistance available through initiatives such as the state’s flagship homeownership program.

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St. Mary’s Nursing Center announced this week the results of the Maryland Healthcare Commission (MHCC) Family Satisfaction Survey for 2012. Maryland Healthcare Commission conducts an annual survey of families with loved who reside in nursing centers throughout the state. Families were contacted by a state agency and surveyed on the quality of the care their loved one receives. St. Mary’s Nursing Center scored excellent in the survey, with 100 percent of those surveyed reporting they would recommend the facility. Marketing Director Cynthia Parker said the center is more than just a nursing facility; the rehab unit offers skilled nursing care and therapy services to those recovering from an accident, major surgery or illness. The secured nursing unit is often most appropriate for elderly residents with symptoms of severe dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, allowing freedom of mobility in a safe environment. As the oldest nursing facility in St. Mary’s County, this nursing and rehabilitation community has grown to meet the constant care needs of our county residents, Parker said in a press release, adding that St. Mary’s Nursing Center has distinguished itself as a quality care provider.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Gov. Martin O’Malley has submitted a formal letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for aid to help counties that have suffered from the recent drought and severe heat that has devastated crops. Particularly in Southern Maryland the critical corn crop has likely lost half to three-quarters of its normal yield. The state said that 13 counties are showing crop losses greater than 30 percent according to recent reports. Ben Beale, director of the University of Maryland’s Cooperative Extension, said a drought declaration from the federal government, along with the aid, would allow farmers to apply for low interest loans to aid their faltering operations. But many would probably not take on those loans, Beale said, because farmers do not want to incur more debt. “It’s only so much help,” Beale said of the low cost loans. But farmers would also be allowed to graze animals or cut hay for their livestock from conservation areas where cutting that grass was usually prohibited, Beale said. “We are concerned that Maryland’s farmers may have trouble paying their bills due to the drought that has been impacting parts of the state during the past several months,” said Earl “Buddy” Hance, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. “We are working closely with both the federal government and local jurisdictions to ensure that Maryland’s farmers are protected during this arid growing season.” State officials say as much as 30 percent of the state is in a severe drought, which Southern Maryland being among the worst hit. Agricultural experts say while the corn crops in the Midwest have been largely destroyed Maryland farmers in the worst hit portions of the state won’t be able to take advantage of the higher prices because of their own low yields. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The county will receive an additional $1.4 million in federal funds to complete a missing section of the Three Notch Trail that stretches from Charlotte Hall to Laurel Grove. The five-mile section is situated between Route 5 in Mechanicsville to Route 6 in New Market. The Phase VI section is planned to be pedestrian and bicycle friendly and county parks and recreation staff say some of the issues surrounding the final construction like private structures being built on the right of the way for the trail have been resolved. While the county was trying to get the trail project going, several property owners who had been living close to where the former Washington, Brandywine and Point Lookout Railroad had once laid had mistakenly built dog houses, sheds and even gardens on the right-of-way. “They may still be there but when we start construction they’re going to be moved,” said Kathy Bailey, executive coordinator of the county’s Recreation and Park’s Department. Recently this latest section of the trail has received wide-spread support for completion, though some had complained that they feared pedestrians and bikers on the trail would be too close to their homes and damage their privacy. County Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said several problems had been solved to ameliorate residents concerns, including filling in a four-foot deep ditch at the Immaculate Conception church where the trail would run. This would make it easier for seniors to go from the church hall to the church, he said. But he is still concerned that the trail’s path crosses Route 5 near the WaWa convenience store in Mechanicsville. Trail users would have to cross the road to continue on the trail, he said and there is no traffic light to warn drivers about pedestrians. “It’s going to be a very dangerous situation,” Morris said. This 5-mile section of the trail will cost $2.87 million, with the $1.4 million in federal funds helping to fulfill that final bill, Bailey said. She said the county will try for more funding from the state’s Project Open Space, Maryland’s Heritage Area and other federal sources to complete the project. Construction is set to begin the summer of next year, Bailey said. “The more funding sources we can find the less the county has to pay,” Bailey said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer From being a radio personality to a Wells-Fargo Financial Network advisor, Steven Richardson has come back to St. Mary’s to help people in his hometown. Medley’s Neck native Richardson is able to offer his clients full-service financial advice right in his Leonardtown office, saving them a trip to metropolitan cities for a top-notch financial plan. Richardson formulates financial plans for each individual, taking into account each varying factor clients have. “There’s not always a project that fits a certain time, risk or circumstance,” he said, adding any good financial planner will do whatever it takes to accommodate each individual client. Be it retirement planning, estate planning, saving money for college or even trading on the stock market, Richardson said he is “going to help clients with all the financial areas of their life.” As a self-proclaimed “generalist,” Richardson provides a wide range of full-service investment products and services. He has been a financial advisor since 1985 and carries 27 years of experience, and said retirement planning is one of the most important services he offers having seen people handle retirements carelessly through the years. The biggest problem, Richardson explained, is people getting ready for retirement either don’t know where they stand or simply don’t have enough money saved up to call it quits, because they failed to “take control of retirement.” Due to the large number of people employed by government contractors at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, there are a lot of people in the area that change employers when contracts change hands, Richardson pointed out. Many times, bits and pieces of an individual’s 401K plan end up floating around several different contractors. “In some cases, it’s a substantial amount of money,” Richardson said. He said he is a perfect resource to consolidate such wandering funds into one organized, crisp and tight portfolio. “My goal is to help clients develop and implement plans for their retirement, and practice good investment dis-

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cipline,” Richardson said. He plans on achieving this goal by developing strong and trusting relationships with each client. “A good relationship helps both,” he said. The client gets experienced advice and the advisor maintains his practice. “It’s a win-win on both sides.” According to Richardson, technology allows him to utilize all resources, and provide the exact same service one would find at a large firm. “Everything offered in DC or in Baltimore is available right here,” he said, pointing at his computer while sitting in his office on Courthouse Drive in Leonardtown. Richardson began his first career in Leonardtown. While in high school at St. Mary’s Ryken, he worked as a parttime intern at WKIK radio station. After graduating from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in business and economics, he continued his career as an on-air radio personality. Before he knew it, he found himself living all over the country, including stints in Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee and Indiana over the course of his 12 year-career as a professional broadcaster. After a while, Richardson changed careers because all the traveling that comes along with being a broadcaster was “starting to get old,” and he wanted to move back to Southern Maryland so his daughter could be around her extended family. Richardson says he would not trade his time as a radio broadcaster for anything, and believes skills he acquired during his previous career help him successfully commu-

nicate with clients. Once he decided to switch careers, he instantly turned to financial advising because he “always liked investing” and wanted to “help people in the very town I call home.” Another factor that influenced his decision was in radio, “the business was changing,” he said. Automated recorders were eliminating jobs once held by on-air personalities. Before the industry changed for good right before his eyes, he began to pursue his new career. The modern-day advancements in technology, which played a role in his decision to get out of the radio business, are what allow him today to provide top-notch metropolitan level service in town square, Leonardtown. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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St. Mary’s Doc New Calvert Health Dept. Head
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Dr. Larry Polsky is taking his experience in private practice to a position in public health as the newest Head of the Calvert County Health Department. Polsky started his position at the Health Department on Wednesday, after finding out he got the position three weeks ago. He has been in Southern Maryland for six years working in private practice as an OB/GYN. He grew up in Baltimore, studied at University of Maryland, did his residency in California and finished his public health degree at Johns Hopkins. Though he has been working in private practice for the past several years, Polsky said he has been involved in public health projects since he’s been in medicine. His experience in private practice will bring a prospective not all health officers have. In private practice he has learned about the day-to-day challenges people face in terms of health care, and Polsky intends to be actively involved in the community. “It’s not just sitting in a meeting room hearing about statistics,” he said. The duties of the Health Department can involve facets of traffic safety, parks and recreation and even physical education in schools. While he has a few ideas, he said he scope of the Health Department is so “nebulous” that he wants to get feedback from the community about what direction to take. “There is no one way to do public health,” he said. He said he looks forward to working with the “wonderfully experienced and dedicated staff ” to bridge gaps in the community and bring people and groups together, like getting public schools and parks and recreation to work together and offer affordable options for kids to supplement physical education offerings and combat childhood obesity. Polsky said he wants to discuss what has and hasn’t worked in the past and find out what the community wants. He intends to spend his first months on the job talking to people and looking at program in other counties for successful ideas that could work in Calvert. “I’m not too proud to borrow ideas from somebody else,” he said. He wants to work with neighboring counties to find ways to bring specialists to the area that normally aren’t attracted to rural communities. “That should be a feasible goal for all of us,” he said. Some challenges in Calvert include the amount of time it takes to drive form location to location in the county. For someone with a spare hour to hit the gym, just driving can eat up half and hour or more, not leaving a lot of time for a workout. There are also economic considerations. Some people can’t afford a gym memberships and enrollments in athletic programs, and while he wants to see those sort of things accessible to all, Polsky said “there is no pack answer, it would be naive to say that.” He applied for the position in April and his application was reviewed at the state and county level. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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Two Charged With Sex Abuse of a Minor
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Two people, one of them a convicted sex offender, have been charged with committing sex acts with an underage girl, in some cases as far back as two years ago. According to charging documents filed against Gregory Scott Morgan, 34, of Mechanicsville, who is listed as a Tier III sex offender, is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the juvenile, who was under 14 years old, from March 1 to March 9 of this year on two separate occasions. Court papers reveal the victim in the case, whose identity was shielded from the public by the court, initially told police of the sex acts which are said to have occurred at a Greenwell Hill Drive address in Leonardtown. Sherry Knott, 32, is alleged to have sexual contact with the same victim from January of 2010 to June of the same year, court papers stated. The victim was known to both susGregory Scott Morgan Sherry Knott

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Arrests Made for Wildewood Thefts, Property Destruction
On Aug. 1, detectives from BCI and deputies from the Special Operations Division made arrests in an ongoing investigation into multiple burglaries and malicious destructions of property in the Wildewood community. During the month of June, Aaron B. Ledbetter, 19, and Steven M. Patrey, 18, both of California, and two juveniles entered the garages of several residences in the Challenger Estates neighborhood in the Wildewood subdivision and stole personal property, police report. Additional information gained during the investigation revealed Ledbetter and a 17-year-old juvenile also broke into a residence in St. Andrews Estates in California causing extensive damage to the residence. On June 14, Ledbetter, Patrey and two juveniles gained entry into the Wildewood swimming pool during the night and caused property damage to the pool area valued at over $4,000. While inside the pool area the suspects also broke into the pool house and stole merchandise valued at over $300, police say. During the investigation, detectives obtained information indicating Ledbetter, 19, at the time of the offense had engaged in a sexual relationship with two 14-year-old females in March. Ledbetter, who is currently being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center on multiple prior charges, was charged with six counts of second degree burglary, one count of fourth degree burglary, six counts of theft, two counts of malicious destruction of Property over $500, and fourth-degree sex offenses. Patrey was charged with first- and second-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property valued at over $500 and theft under $1,000.

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St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office deputies and state troopers are looking for the individuals responsible for two incidents of graffiti at Town Creek Elementary School. The incidents occurred between June 6 and June 25 and again between July 19 and July 26. Anyone who can identify the individuals responsible for spray painting these images or who can provide additional information regarding these images is asked to call Sgt. Koch at 301-475-4200 extension 1963 or Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333. Tipsters can text their tips to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637). Callers and tipsters do not have to leave a name, just the information. If the information leads to the arrest and conviction, the caller/tipster may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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Governor’s Cup Expands to the Potomac
By Bob Donaldson Contributing Writer Sailboat racing on the Potomac River got a boost Friday, with the 39th running of the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race. The race, sponsored by St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is traditionally run from Annapolis to St. Mary’s City. After petitioning from six sailboat racing associations along the Potomac River, the race committee added an additional leg of the race that starts from near the Potomac River Bridge and finished in St. Mary’s City at the same time as the Annapolis Race. The race, which started Friday evening and ended Saturday morning in St. Mary’s City, included 16 boats this year from up and down the length of the Potomac River. Participating boats came from as far away as Alexandria, with entries from Quantico, Dahlgren, Northern Neck of Virginia and six yachts from St. Mary’s County. The first Potomac Leg this year started at 6 pm near the Harry Nice Bridge and ended in the early morning hours Saturday. The overnight race was graced this year with a great southeasterly breeze and a full moon to make it a memorable inaugural event. The competitors and the race committee were all delighted with the event,

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which should continue to grow as sailors along the Potomac learn about this annual event. The winners of the 2012 Potomac Leg of the Governor’s Cup were: Spinnaker Division: 1st Truculent Turtle, 2nd Crow’s Nest, 3rd Shadowfax. Non- Spinnaker Division: 1st What Boat, 2nd Tenounce, 3rd Moovin. The Potomac Leg of the Governor’s Cup was the culmination of an effort by six sailing clubs to promote increased sailing com-

petition along the Potomac. It began earlier this year with the formation of the Potomac Yacht Racing Council (PYRC), which has representatives from the Daingerfield Island Sailing Club, Quantico Yacht Club, Dahlgren Yacht Club, Middle Potomac Sailing Association, Northern Neck Sailing Association and Barnacle Cup Sailing. Each of these clubs will sponsor an annual Regatta, which, along with the Potomac Leg of the Governor’s Cup, will consist of the Potomac River Sailing Championship.

Library to Host Parent Training Seminar
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall library are hosting an “Every Child Ready to Read” parent training seminar today, geared toward helping pre-kindergarten children develop reading, writing and motor skills. The session is designed to teach parents to encourage early literacy skills to their children, said Charlotte Hall children’s librarian Catherine DiCristofaro. Activities focus on ways to develop five main skills – reading, writing, talking, singing and playing – to help kids develop attributes needed read and write. Following the Maryland model for school readiness belief that “reading is a code,” DiCristofaro said that remembering letters and words is something people memorize over time. For children, picking it up right away can be difficult. “This is a process, it’s not going to be quick,” she said. A variety of learning activities will be suggested to parents. For example, DiCristofaro said doing a “picture walk of a book” helps kids accomplish more than just reading. “They have a conversation about a book cover and the illustrations, instead of just reading,” DiCristofaro said, adding how important it is to give the child time to respond when practicing this method. “By parents listening to the kids, it allows them to develop thoughts.” Singing helps kids break down and clarify word pronunciation, DiCristofaro explained, because by changing voice pitch, children have a better chance to hear and understand the syllables in a word’s makeup. Conversing with children by asking questions requiring open-ended responses continues to help kids develop their speaking skills as they prepare for kindergarten. A no mess finger paint tactic, in which the paints are put into a plastic bag, is used to allow the kids to draw and improve their motor, and future writing skills, DiCristofaro said. “These are skills parents already have,” DiCristofaro said. “They just haven’t put the idea together that this is how to increase your child’s skills.” By putting on this event, the library hopes to show parents new ways to help their children learn. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9. While this is the first time the library has held this type of event, DiCristofaro said she would not be surprised if they schedule another similar training seminar in the fall. For more information about upcoming library events and activities, visit www.stmalib.org. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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Ryken Brings in World-Class Softball Coach
Former Arizona State National Champion and Team USA standout Megan Elliott has joined the St. Mary’s Ryken softball coaching staff. Elliott will be associate head coach and will be working with Head Coach Jim Sewell, a press release from the school states. Elliott, who finished her career in 2010 and was a member of the pitching staff at Arizona State University (ASU), is currently ninth all-time in ASU career wins with 59 and tenth in career strikeouts with 372. During her sophomore season at ASU, she posted a flawless 20-0 record with a 2.24 ERA in 131.1 innings as the Sun Devils captured the NCAA National Championship. In her freshman season, she had a 17-4 record with a 2.08 ERA, striking out 130 batters while holding opposing offenses to a .238 batting average and pitching five complete game shutouts. In 2006-2007 as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team, Elliott pitched the team to the gold medal of the International Softball Federation Junior Women’s World Championship softball team to two state championships and was named All-Met four times and “Player of the Year” twice. She graduated in 2006 as one of the best high school softball players in the nation, and holds the high school record of 22 shutouts in a row and of 18 batters struck out in a row, both of which she accomplished in 2003. Elliott is pleased to be returning to Southern Maryland and says, “I’m really excited about joining the Knights softball program and am looking forward to working with the team!” St. Mary’s Ryken is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory school community in Leonardtown operated under the Xaverian Brothers’ sponsorship.

in the USA’s 3-1 victory over two-time defending world champion Japan in the gold medal game. At Calvert High School, Elliott led the

Bus Stops Available Online
St. Mary’s County Public Schools is advising parents and students that they can locate their school bus stop by visiting the St. Mary’s County Public Schools website at www.smcps.org and clicking on the Bus Stop and School Locator link or the Bus Routes link. The Bus Stop and School Locator link will allow you to type in your address and your student’s grade level and then be provided with your bus stop location, bus stop time, and bus number. The Bus Routes link will provide you with the traditional list of each school bus’s route and the stops each school bus makes. If you have any questions, you can contact your student’s school or the St. Mary’s County Public School’s Department of Transportation at (301) 475-4256, ext 2.

College Receives $190K Grant for Colonial Research
St. Mary’s College of Maryland is the recipient of a $190,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the project, “Colonial Encounters: The Lower Potomac River at Contact, 1500-1720 AD.” The grant funds personnel resources who will contribute to research focusing on comparing 33 settlements—archaeological sites occupied by English colonists, enslaved and indentured Africans, and members of the Piscataway, Mattawoman, Potobac, and Patowomeck nations—on both sides of the Potomac (in Maryland and Virginia). Researchers hope to examine the artifacts, architecture, and landscape associated with each settlement in an effort to determine how these various groups interacted during this formative period in American history, a press release from the college states. Specifically, the grant will support two professional alumni researchers along with student researchers in anthropology and chemistry. A second portion goes to the expansion of the website, www.chesapeakearchaeology.org, which houses findings and data from the research, and the University of Tennessee, one of the project collaborators, which will be analyzing colonial diet through animal bone remains. “This is the ‘forgotten century’ of the Potomac—the century before Washington was born—and many people don’t realize the struggles for territory taking place in this early period,” said associate professor of anthropology Dr. Julia King, who is leading the research. “This is a really exciting project and we are thrilled to have this work recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities.” NEH is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States, and supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals.

The St. Mary’s County Teen Court Program is seeking adults 21 years of age or older, with spare time on their hands, a willingness to help the community, and a desire to encourage teenagers to make good decisions. Teen Court is a juvenile justice diversion program, run by teens, where eligible teens appear before a jury of their peers who determine the appropriate penalties to be imposed for a criminal offense. Teen Court offers first-time misdemeanor offenders, aged 11-17, an important second chance to learn from their mistakes without the high cost and stigma of a formal criminal record. Several adults are needed to assist with the on-going operation of the program. Sessions are held monthly on the second and fourth Mondays from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the District Court building, located on the second floor of the Carter State Office Building, 23110 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown. Adults can serve as Community Judge, Bailiff, Clerk, Jury Monitor, and/or training assistant. Legal experience is not necessary and training will be provided. A favorable background check is required. For additional information, go to www.stmarysmd.com/teencourt or contact the Teen Court Coordinator at 301-475-4200 ext. 1852.

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Officials to Visit Schools
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Public school staff and elected county officials will be paying a visit to every public school in St. Mary’s County on Aug. 22, the first school day for students. Teams of officials will tour schools, visit classrooms and welcome everyone back for the start of a new year. “It’s a way for (School Superintendent Michael Martirano), staff and officials to show their support to schools and students,” said Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Beverley Dahlstrom. Tours are also conducted as a way for school support staff and elected officials to improve relationships with teachers, students, parents and the community, Martirano wrote in a letter to The County Times. Dahlstrom said Martirano took initiative to start the program in 2005, when he became superintendent. Prior to that, officials had met students at bus stops. By meeting them at school, the process has become significantly more organized. The tours serve as a great opportunity for Martirano to connect with the kids, Dahlstrom told The County Times, adding that Martirano really enjoys visiting the schools and greeting the children on site in the classrooms. Generally teams of six officials make their rounds to approximately five schools each, Dahlstrom said, and attempt to cover as many schools as they can in that surrounding area. For example, a group that visits Chopticon High School would also visit Margaret Brent Middle School and surrounding elementary schools. Usually the four local state elected representatives John Bohanan, John Wood, Roy Dyson and Tony O’Donnell as well as the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River attend the school tours. Steny Hoyer also has visited the schools during the first day back event in the past as well. Dahlstrom added that while Martirano will only visit a select few schools on the first day, he makes it his goal to visit every school in the county within the first two weeks. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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Matt Alberico, 48

Matt J. Alberico, 48, of Hollywood, MD died August 3, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Matt was born on April 13, 1964 in Salt Lake City, UT to Ted Alberico of Salt Lake City, UT and the late Carroll Alberico. Matt was a graduate of the University of Phoenix in Information Systems. He was employed as a Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Company for 24 years. Matt was passionate about his job. He married the love of his life, Barbara Alberico on August 13, 1993. He loved life and spending time with his family, including his dog, “Red.” He had

many hobbies, but especially enjoyed working on cars, gardening, reading, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and barbequing. He was an avid music lover and a beer connoisseur. In addition to his father and wife, he is also survived by his sister, Jennifer Alberico Schmitz (Michael) of San Diego, CA and his brother, Garrett Alberico of Salt Lake City, UT. Matt is preceded in death by his mother. Family will receive friends for Matt’s Life Celebration on Thursday, August 9, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 with military honors at 7 p.m. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 1232, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Theodore Bush, 77
Theodore Roosevelt Bush, 77, of Chaptico, Maryland, peacefully passed on to be with the Lord on August 4, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born in Mechanicsville,

MD. on November 23, 1934, he was the son of the late Elinor Bush and Samuel Gross. Theodore was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School System. After high school, he was employed by Benny Asher Construction Company where he continued to work until 1985 when his health no longer allowed him to work. On November 15, 1958, Theodore married his wonderful wife, Mary Delores Bush and from this union, they had eight loving children - Agnes, Mary Magdalene, Theodore Christopher, Deborah, Kelvin Scott, Francene, Tier and Joseph Frederick. He was a member of Living Hope First United Pentecostal Church in Lexington Park, MD. Theodore had several out-

door hobbies and interests. To name a few, he coached softball, played baseball, hunted, fished and gardening, which was his favorite hobby. Theodore was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Gross and Elinor Bush; son, Joseph Frederick Bush; sisters, Christine Wilson-Curtis (Eugene). Theodore leaves to cherish his fond memories his wife, Delores; daughters, Agnes, Mary Magdalene (Calvin King), Deborah (Joseph Johnson), Francene (Israel Cruz) and Tier; sons, Theodore Christopher, and Kelvin Scott (Courtney); two sisters, Lorraine Gray (Joseph) and Odessa Curtis (Rasco), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a special friend John Frank Briscoe, Jr. and a host of other family and friends. Visitation will be on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Living Hope First United Pentecostal Church, 46694 Midway Drive, Lexington Park, MD. Interment immediately following at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Arrangements by BriscoeTonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

to all of us lucky enough to have known and worked with her. She leaves behind a stepdaughter (Dory) who admired Mary enough to follow in her path as a CRNA nearby. She was a dog lover and at the time of her death had four “spoiled four-legged” canines that kept her great company over the past few months and stayed with her throughout it all. Mary was an avid world traveler, gifted artist & gemologist, and was a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in MD and greater Cincinnati, OH. Mary is also survived by her brother William P. Fox and wife Susan of Milford, OH and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, James F. Fox, Jr., and sister, Marilynn Fox Chestnut. The family received friends on Monday, August 6, 2012 in the Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD where a funeral service was held with Rev. Steve Fehrman officiating. Interment is private.

Maria Jones, 56

Violet Fletcher, 85
Violet Frances Fletcher, 85, of Leonardtown, MD passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 6, 2012 in Baltimore, MD. Born on June 4, 1927 in Leonardtown, MD she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Alma Abell Wathen. Violet was the loving wife of Evans Milton Fletcher. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 5 – 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Father John Dakes officiating in St. Aloysius Catholic Church Leonardtown, MD. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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Mary Gascon, 59
Mary Theresa (Fox) Gascon, 59, of Lusby, MD, formerly of Milford, OH passed away on August 2, 2012 in Prince Frederick, MD while valiantly battling cancer. She was born on May 16, 1953 in Cincinnati, OH to the late James F. Fox and Marie L. Fox. Mary had a 30-year career as an outstanding CRNA and was well known to many of us throughout this area. She fought her painful battle with uterine cancer with her usual upbeat attitude and smile that endeared her

Maria A. Jones, 56, of Lexington Park, MD passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 3, 2012 in her residence. Born on May 15, 1956 in Scranton, PA., she was the daughter of Ninette Zaccagnino Gordon of Moosic, PA., and the late James Zaccagnino. Maria is survived by her loving husband William Jones of Lexington Park, MD., whom she married in Dunmore, PA on July 27, 1984. Maria is survived by her children: Kelly Marks (Kevin), James Jones and Jacob Jones all of Lexington Park, MD. Her sibling Peter Zaccagnino of Philadelphia, PA, Deborah Cerynik of Hot Bolton, PA., and 3 grandchildren; Alexandra Marks, James Jones, and Mason Marks. Maria attended River Side High School graduating in 1974. Mrs. Jones moved from PA to St. Mary’s County in 1992, and worked as a daycare Provider. The family received friends on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown,

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MD A Memorial Service followed with Pastor David Deaderick officiating. Interment will be private. In Lieu of flowers please help your fellow neighbor.

Simeon Stoltzfus, 38
Simeon Stoltzfus, 38, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away surrounded by his loving family. Born on January 21, 1974 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of Samuel H. and Salina S. Zook Stoltzfus. Simeon was the loving husband of Mollie Stoltzfus whom he married on December 18, 1997 in Mechanicsville, MD. Mr. Stoltzfus is survived by his children: Matthew, Lydiann, Salina, Leonard, William, Nicholas, and Malinda Stoltzfus. Mr. Stoltzfus is also survived by his siblings: Sarah Kanagy, Fannie Stoltzfus, Nancy Gingrich, Malinda Stoltzfus, Emanuel Stoltzfus, Benuel Stoltzfus. A Funeral Service was held at his residents off of Benjamins Place, Mechanicsville, MD on Monday, August 6, 2012. Interment followed in the Hertzler Cemetery, Mechanicsville, MD.

Nellie, Scott, Jenny and five great grandchildren, Ethan, Connor, Jake, Kevin and Emma. In addition to his parents, Mr. Tennyson was predeceased by his brothers, Sterling, Robert Earl, Leland; one sister, Edith T. Price and one grandson, Kevin Tennyson. Family received friends on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral service was conducted by Monsignor Karl Chimiak in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, 22020 Chancellors Run Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Danny Weddle, 67

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Higher Education Center’s Board of Governors. Danny moved to Lexington Park, Maryland in 1968 with Carole after landing a job as a mathematician and aerospace engineer at the Computer Services Directorate on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Although planning only a brief stint in the small town, he completed 33 years of federal service at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. During that time, he helped to develop the first flight simulators for testing naval air jets, created a total quality management program and helped establish the High Performance Computing Modernization Program. His passion for high performance computing led him to the position of Senior Scientist for the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program in Lorton, Virginia as a contractor employed with J.F. Taylor, Inc. He was serving as the Associate Director of Strategic Opportunities & Outreach for the program at the time of his death. Danny’s public service and professional contributions were recognized throughout his career. Most recently he was honored to be named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Lexington

Park, MD. He also received the prestigious HERO Award from the High Performance Computing Modernization Program. As a member of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park, MD, he served as the head timer at the annual St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival for many years. Danny was an avid runner not letting a long workday or extreme weather stand in the way of a five-mile run. One of his greatest loves, besides his family and friends, was reading – always several books at a time Never an unkind word for anyone, family, friends and colleagues cherished his generosity, humility and his unrelenting optimism toward humanity and the world around him. Danny is survived by his wife of 44 years Carole Ann Weddle, daughter Andrea “Missy” Weddle and her partner Raymond J. Felsecker of Washington, DC, son Thaddeus Beamer Weddle of Park Hall, Maryland, brother Jackie Dean Weddle of Roanoke, Virginia in addition to mother-inlaw Margaret Virginia Schneider of Louisville, Kentucky and numerous extended family members and dear friends. A scholarship fund has been

established in his name. Memorial donations can be sent to: Southern Maryland Higher Education Foundation, Inc. “Danny Weddle Scholarship Fund” 44219 Airport Road California, MD 20619 (Please make checks payable to the “Southern Maryland Higher Education Foundation, Inc.” with “Danny Weddle Scholarship Fund” in the memo.) A life celebration service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Middleham & St. Peter’s Parish Hall (phone – 410-326-4948 - http://www. middlehamandstpeters.org/) located at 10210 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby, MD 20657. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Cindy Hayward, 32
Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Rogers Hayward, 32, of Owings, formerly of Churchton, died on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was the wife of the late Frank J. Hayward, Jr. Devoted mother of Frank Jeffrey Hayward, III and the late Natalee Nicole Hayward; Loving daughter of Dorothy

In Loving Memory of
Larry John Bush
Aug. 2, 1950 – Aug 15, 2011
Danny Beamer Weddle, PhD died on August 5, 2012 at the age of 67 at his home in Solomons, Maryland. The cause of death was lung cancer. He was born on September 21, 1944 in Fancy Gap, Virginia to Thomas Luther and Nannie Beamer Weddle and grew up in Hillsville, Virginia. During his childhood, he worked on the family farm with his dad and brother Jackie and enjoyed playing football and trumpet at Hillsville High School where he also was class valedictorian. He married his true love Carole Ann Schneider on March 23, 1968 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After getting his educational start in a one-room schoolhouse, he was a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia where he received a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and master’s in applied mathematics. A life-long student, mentor and teacher, he went on to obtain a master’s of science in operations’ research and a doctor of philosophy in information and decision systems at George Washington University, and to teach at the Florida Institute of Technology. He also served on the Southern Maryland

Daddy not a day goes by that you are not thought of with love. We miss your smiling face and all the good times we’ve shared. But we know that one day we will be united again. Wishing you a Happy Birthday with all the love in our hearts!!!

James Rodman Tennyson, 87 of Great Mills, MD died on July 31, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born February 12, 1925 in Charlotte Hall, MD, he was the son of the late Roderick T. and Bertha (Brookbank) Tennyson. James graduated from Great Mills High School, Class of 1943. He served in the Army during WWII from 1943 to 1946. Mr. Tennyson worked at the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, MD from 1950 until his retirement in June of 1982. In 1970 he served as Commander of the VFW Post 2632 in California, MD. On July 29, 1946 he married Janis A. Combs and they raised a family on Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, MD. He is survived by his wife of 66 years and his six children; Barbara T. Ostrander, J. Melvin (Judy) Tennyson, Jane R. Tennyson, Thomas B. (Becky) Tennyson, David M. Tennyson, and J. Donald (Barbara) Tennyson. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Mike, Krystle, Mark,

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and Tiffany (Matt) Riley. Services were held at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD on Saturday, August 4. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Frank J. Hayward, III Trust, Acct. # 446025775369 at any Bank of America branch.

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L. Rogers and Michael M. Rogers, Sr. and his wife Gayle; Granddaughter of Charles F. Leidy; Sister of Andrew R. Rogers and his wife Jeannine, Brian F. Rogers, Sr. and his wife Tracey and Glenn J. Colbert and his wife Chrissy. She is also survived by her great aunt Charlotte O. Barnette and many other loving family and friends. Family and friends gathered at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, on Monday, where Funeral Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 7. Interment followed Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Frank J. Hayward Educational Fund. www.garylkaufmanfuneralhome.com.

Natalee Hayward, 2
Natalee Nicole Hayward, 2, of Owings, MD, died on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was the beloved daughter of the late Cynthia M. Hayward and the late Frank J. Hayward, Jr.; Granddaughter of Dorothy L. Rogers and Michael M. Rogers, Sr. and his wife Gayle. She is also survived by her greatgrandfather Charles F.Leidy; her brother Frank Jeffrey Hayward, III and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends gathered at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, on Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm where Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, Aug, 7. Interment followed Meadowridge Memorial Park. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Frank J. Hayward, III Educational Fund. www.garylkaufmanfuneralhome.com.

Frank Hayward Jr.
Frank Hayward Jr. died on Tuesday July 31, 2012. He was the husband of the late Cynthia Hayward; father of Frank J. Hayward, III and the late Natalee Hayward; son of Frank (Sigred) Hayward, Sr. and Stephanie (Donald) Patten; brother of Shane (Deirdre) Hayward

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President Obama, Thank You

The recent Chick fil-A flap seems to be part of a trend. I can be a “live and let live” person as long as others leave me alone, but I’m getting tired of some groups cramming their views down my throat as they exercise what they claim to be their rights and then try to demonize anyone who expresses a contrary opinion. I don’t find it appetizing seeing anyone making-out in a public restaurant while I am eating my lunch whether they are homo or heterosexual. I’m not a hunter but as far as I am concerned those who like the sport can hunt all they want as long as they obey the applicable laws. I do some boating and there are those who think watercraft adversely affect our waterways, but as long as I comply with the regulations I don’t want them bugging me. I have pets and there are those who can’t stand animals but as long as I obey the rules I don’t want to hear demands for me to give up my furry friends. If anyone wants to own a firearm, that’s fine with me as long as they obey the laws governing gun ownership and use. I don’t think women should have the right to kill their babies but as long as the law permits it I have to tolerate it. I don’t like my tax dollars being used for causes I don’t support but the only effective recourse I have, without interfering with others, is to vote the pin-heads who allow it to happen out of office. I don’t think anyone has the right to pick and choose what laws they want to follow and what laws they want to ignore but there are those who want to reward illegal behavior while law abiding folks can’t get the same reward. There is one thing for certain, the preponderance of elected officials will be all things to all people to appease each of their constituencies even if one special interest is diametrically opposed to another. All they want is to preserve their own self-interest and get reelected. I had to laugh when Eric Holder, a former high ranking cabinet member for President Obama and now mayor of Chicago, railed against the owner of Chick fil-A for opposing same sex marriage and rolled out the welcome mat for an Islamist group who also opposes same sex marriage. I once scoffed at the notion that many of our elected officials have an anti-Christian agenda but I am starting to rethink that possibility. There is no way to justify tragedies as occurred in Colorado but I am also starting to understand how frustration can affect a person’s judgment. I hope all those who beat their drum for their particular special cause look closer at those who claim to be their allies. The Churches found out that the politicians who they relied upon for some of their righteous causes were the same politicians who trampled on their legitimate rights. Others will find out that broadening eligibility for college funding for one group will shrink the pool of available funds for everyone notwithstanding who abides by the law. We all have enjoyed the benefits of pork barrel projects and social programs that looked so justifiable on paper but added to the national debt and put a millstone around all of our necks that will be painful to reconcile for us, our children and our grandchildren. Most of the politicians who championed these causes are, or will be, enjoying a lucrative retirement at taxpayer’s expense. History has a habit of repeating itself so I hope the electorate is smart enough to look at the complete picture and not view candidates just from the perspective of their personal pet peeve. To win the battle and lose the war is defeat not victory. Pearl Harbor was a great victory for Japan but it led to the demise of the Japanese Empire so we all need to be very careful in selecting who we vote for. David A. Ryan Hollywood, MD

Don’t Cram Your Rights Down My Throat

In 2008 millions of young Americans rallied behind an unknown first-term senator from Illinois who was running for President of the United States. This candidate was a young, energetic person who could really grab a crowd. This drew many young people, including myself, toward his vision for America. This vision was focused on getting the economy out of the Great Recession by strengthening the middle class. I am 22 years old. I do not know a single person my age who can categorize him/herself as anything higher than a middle class American. Thus, if all of us young people are considered either middle class or below, then candidate Obama’s vision for America hits us more deeply than any other age cohort. This is partly why Obama’s popularity among young people was so high in 2008. As we sit back and watch the 2012 campaign unfold, I am writing to inform my fellow young Americans that President Obama’s 2008 vision for strengthening the middle class has greatly benefited people our age. We must not forget that the president will continue to fight for us if reelected; his opponent will not. I am sure most of the people reading this have heard one of the talking points from the Obama camp touting the Affordable Care Act (ACA): 3.1 million young adults who would have been uninsured have coverage through their parents’ plans. This will hold true until these young people turn 26. This is obviously great for young people. But allow me to reiterate the positive impact this facet of the ACA has on people like me. I have a fulltime job which offers a nice health care benefits package. Before I got the job, I was fresh out of college and still on my father’s health care plan. Because the previously mentioned rule was put into place before I graduated, I was able to stay on my father’s health insurance plan. If I choose to get off of his plan and buy my own insurance through work, the price would not change for my father because he has a family structured plan. In other words, he pays the same with or without me on his health care plan! This saves money for me (a middle class American) because I do not have to buy insurance myself and my father does not have to pay extra for me to stay on his insurance. Contrary to popular belief, this facet of the ACA is not meant to benefit merely the people who choose to embrace living with Mom and Dad late into their twenties. It is meant to benefit hard-working middle class young people like myself who enjoy the extra money in their pockets. I need that extra money. I have student debt up to my eyeballs and a hefty rent to pay. President Obama, thank you for helping me pay my bills. I will struggle to make ends meet if this law is repealed. Republicans in Congress and Governor Romney have vowed to repeal the law if they are able to hold onto their majority in the House of Representatives, achieve a filibusterproof Senate, and win the White House. Please join with me in not allowing this to happen. Calvin Brien Lexington Park, MD

Proper Use of English
We have yet to formally establish English as the official language in the United States of America. That much is not new news to most of our citizens. We have deflected Ebonics, forced bi-lingual language (English-Spanish) (English–you-name-it), and most forms of diluted English-ish (new word?) so far. Politically, we have not been so firm in correctness. The biggest example seems to be in correct usage of our major political parties. Republican, Republican Party, et al doesn’t seem to be too much trouble to speak or write. Democrat, on the other hand, seems to be handled differently. Democrat, Democrat Party, for example often morphs into “Democratic”, “Democratic Party”, etc. “Democratic” sounds and reads so much more “democratically”… so much more universally acceptable to our “people” and “workers”… softer, more welcoming … inviting of a community (or nation) working together … so much more … dishonest and close to despicable. Even our Southern Maryland editorial writers are guilty of using that term when referring to “Democrats”. Editorialists, news presenters, politicians, and the public generally are either not thinking or they are ignorant of the proper use of the English language. What is so hard about using correct written and spoken words?

Maybe with your news and editorial staffs’ help we can start a movement to correct this error. If so, you will be assisting, not only correcting a grammar error, but, in the larger sense correcting a mental picture

of who the users of our not-so-universal language are. Capt. Larry Lutz, USN (Ret) Lexington Park, MD

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Children’s Day Draws Big Crowd to St. Clements Island
puts on a variety of different fundraisers throughout the year, such as the recent Bowles Farm lawn mower races, Blessing of The Fleet and fire rescue awareness events to generate serious amounts of donation money. “Then we give it back to the kids,” Norris said sitting at the registration table for free kiddie tractor pull rides “If they need something we provide it.” Optimist member Jim Sandberg echoed Norris’ comments, explaining every penny raised finds its way into community funds. “We have the fundraisers to have the wherewithal to donate back to the kids,” Sandberg said, while Norris cited a few examples such as the donation of money to local schools and the club’s support of little league teams by paying for their registration fees. Most money goes to free community events, such as Children’s Day – a day out of the year when the museum offers its most unique features. A water-taxi service took children and their parents to tiny St. Clement’s Island where participants could walk on the same ground where Maryland’s first settlers did back in 1634. “It’s part of what makes our museum and our site here special,” museum marketing specialist Kim Cullins said, adding that the museum’s main purpose is to share the history of St. Clement’s Island as well as provide patrons with the opportunity to see it with their own eyes. “People learn more than they thought they’d learn when they come here,” she said. “Super Magic Man” Reggie Rice was the afternoon’s headline entertainer. The two-time DC comedy magician of the year performed a wide-range of illusions, baffling children of all ages. His act features magic, which usually requires the aid of audience volunteers, and a mix of comedy targeted at both children and adults. Rice said two tricks his audience typically enjoys the most are when he dumps a bowling ball out of a paper bag and pulls a 50-foot string out of his mouth. He has gained a significant amount of popularity during his 10-year career, but makes it a point to remain humble. As part of his standing friendship with Cullins, Rice turned down a prior engagement to make down St. Clement’s on Saturday. “We have an agreement, no matter how big I get I’ll always come back and do these if I can,” the Hollywood native said as he put on a bright yellow blazer and prepared to take the stage, seemingly unfazed by the sweltering heat. “I’ll always remember where I came from.” “It was a no-brainer,” Cullins said about including Rice as part of the day’s festivities. “The children love Reggie.” Among other organizations involved, such as Community Tri-Banks’s Filip the Frog and representatives from St. Mary’s Library, Andrea Hamilton set up a booth for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. She said an important reason she was at the event was to promote a recent outreach program from MedStar to raise awareness about the dangers of obesity. The community health educator Hamilton was also on hand to check the pulse and heartbeat of stuffed animals. Allowing children to use a stethoscope helped make them more familiar with common tools found in a doctor’s office, Hamilton said, and “takes away fear,” letting the children learn about the “things doctors do and stuff they look for.” “It lets the children know even though they are strangers, they are here to help,” said Hamilton, as she prepared to examine her next patient. “I don’t think he has any bones,” she said to a child while giving a checkup to a rabbit-headed blanket. Along with the interactive animal hospital, the museum provided a series of hands-on children’s games, strategically set up in the shade. Walking on stilts, bean bag toss, marbles, blowing bubbles and attempting to drop a clothes pin into a bottle were a few of the featured vintage games children have been enjoying for generations “The games are rooted to colonial times,” Cullins said. She explained she thinks it’s really neat that the kids will be partaking in these activities in the schoolyard of the old one-room schoolhouse – the same play area where children spent recess centuries ago. “It’s representative of games that kids might have played that went to that school,” she said. The museum provided a unique educational opportunity, she explained, because the kids may be witnessing a one-room schoolhouse or experiencing some of these games for the first time. “They get to see what school was like for kids 100 years ago,” Cullins said. “And kids can realize how different it is today.” Among the more popular attractions Saturday was “Battle of the Buckets,” a game where participants shot water out of a hose, like a firefighter would, using the water pressure to force the bucket to their opponent’s side. Children young and old flocked to the event getting so close to the action that water was striking them as they watched. “It keeps them cool and draws them in,” said Seventh District Head of Fire Prevention Tracy Hecker said, noting the popularity of the water activity in the extreme heat. Despite the heat, Children’s Day had quite a large turnout, which surprised many people that helped make the day possible. Jane Turner has been volunteering at the museum for the last 20 years. Although Saturday was by far the hottest Children’s Day she had ever been a part of, Turner said the turnout was more than she expected. “I’ve given out 205 bags and counting,” Turner said, referencing the free goody bags each child received upon arrival. Cullins said considering it was so hot; she too was surprised by the amount of people that turned out. “Everyone seems to be having a great time,” she said. Norris echoed Cullins claim, and said that the compilation of the community and its members are what make such a great event possible. According to Norris, the Optimist Club is the largest children’s fundraiser in the Seventh District, although he feels they are far from satisfied their duties are complete. “We keep looking for new ways to help,” said Norris. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer Despite sweltering temperatures in Southern Maryland, the turnout for St. Clement’s Island Museum’s Children’s Day exceeded expectations of organizers, as children and their parents spent part of their day enjoying live entertainment, games and a variety of other activities at St. Mary’s first landing point on Saturday. The Optimist Club of the Seventh District – a nonprofit organization whose mission, according to member Bubby Norris, is to do whatever possible to serve as a “friend of the youth” – provided food items for 50 cents each, as well as other activities. The organization also donated two new bicycles, which were raffled off to a couple of lucky youngsters. Chartered in 1968, Norris said everything the Optimist Club does is for the benefit of children, which is why he got involved. They provide kids with resources they otherwise would not have access to. Norris, a former club president, says the organization

Guests exit the water-taxi which takes them to St. Mary’s first landing point, St. Clement’s Island.

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National Night Out Offers Fun, Safe Activities
By Alex Panos Staff Writer St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office set up over 20 venues throughout the county Tuesday night to celebrate National Night Out with an evening of family friendly fun. National Night Out is a proven effective and inexpensive national program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, according to www.natw.org/nno. St. Mary’s County Corporal Angela Delozier incorporated two “incentivized challenges” this year to promote creating a “No Bully Zone.” Now in her second year organizing the night out, Delozier said police officers expect lower crime rates by orchestrating a community-wide event. “Everyone talks,” Delozier said of a low crime community. “We don’t have that sense of community in a (higher) crime neighborhood.” Building a sense of community is a crucial part of the anticrime campaign, she said, because the population in the county far exceeds the number of police officers at the department’s disposal. “We’re only as successful as the news receive,” Delozier said. Over 20 different communities received visits from police officers. Common traits included children’s games, food, door prizes, giveaways and, in some instances, a fire truck “hose down” to spray children with water. All Faith Episcopal Church in Charlotte Hall provided a location for people who may not live in a neighborhood, Delozier said. The church featured music, youth-faith based games and giveaways. At Country Lakes community pavilion in Mechanicsville, Delozier was on hand playing musical chairs with the kids. “Of course I lost,” Delozier said, proving to be no match for the kids’ speed. The Leonardtown Fire Department and SMECO were volunteers in Mechanicsville, and the Sheriff’s Office set up a crime solvers table in hopes of receiving tips. Kids at Country Lakes enjoyed the fire truck hose down, explained Delozier, and also seemed to be impressed with all the fire and rescue squad apparatus on site. Hula-hooping and potato sack races, along with incentive competitions and music performed by a live DJ, created a popular site. “It was an awesome turnout, 100 plus” Delozier claimed. South Hampton community in Lexington Park also had a large turnout, children filtered into the playground on Lincoln Avenue as the night progressed. Sponsored by Community Mediation Center, the community’s event even featured a magician –Super Magic Man Reggie Rice. Rice said one trick children seem to enjoy most is when he dumps a bowling ball out of a paper bag and throws it at them. The bowling ball safely “turns into a balloon” in mid-air. Lindsey Bradley, who runs the mediation center, said they made it a priority to make sure South Hampton got a National Night Out site after missing out last year. Volunteer mediator Ellen Hahm was on hand giving free balloons to kids, tying them around their wrists to ensure it didn’t f loat away. From there kids went on to participate in a variety of games such as a marshmallow eating contests, a rubber duck matching game and arts and crafts stations. Hot dogs, soda and made-to-order cupcakes, featuring a variety of toppings and icing f lavors, were distributed at no charge. Along with Hahm, all people working the booths, food center and clean-up efforts outside the Carver Recreation Center were volunteers with the Community Mediation Center South Hampton is also where one of the two NOOK electronic reading device winners claimed his prize for his victory in the county-wide incentive challenge. The other winner was from Golden Beach. As the event’s county orchestrator and facilitator, Delozier was very pleased with the turnout and efforts of community members, especially considering heat and shaky weather conditions Tuesday evening. “It was a blast,” she said. alexpanos@countytimes.net
Kira Thomas, 7, recieves a balloon from volunteer Ellen Hahm.

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Jaquan Douglas, 10, Emily Bell-Porter, 12, and Josiah Tritt, 7, work as a team to build the tallest marshmellow tower they can.

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the eyes of a Chesapeake Bay waterman, a Greenwell press release states. Dean operates Solomons Island Heritage Tours, aimed at promoting an understanding of environmental impacts and regulation changes that challenge commercial watermen as they strive to maintain their way of life. Ultimately, the goal is to promote a healthy Chesapeake Bay where people can pursue educational, recreational, cultural, and commercial opportunities. Capt. Rachel Dean and her husband Capt. Dale “Simon” Dean are active members of the Calvert County Watermen’s Association where Rachel serves as the association’s secretary and Simon is a member of the board of directors. The Greenwell Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing accessible and inclusive programs, services and facilities for all community members, with and without disabilities, in Southern Maryland. The Foundation operates in Greenwell State Park, a 600-acre property located along the lower Patuxent River in Hollywood.

Capt. Rachel Dean and Jason Williams, with counselors Dan Schuck and Ashley Michael and campers

Jason Williams with campers

Hello, we are all looking for homes. We are fully vetted. We cost OF $125 each or two for $200. Included THE in this price is all 3 of our distemper shots and we are even microchipped. We were born at the end of April. We were living behind a shopping area in Leonardtown and a kind volunteer from Feral Cat Rescue found us when she was doing TNRM. TNRM means trap, neuter, release and maintain. Sometimes when kittens are small enough and there is room in the Feral Cat Rescue system they will take in the kittens and domesticate us so we are loving and adoptable. Right now we live with a wonderful foster family but we need to find permanent homes. There are 5 of us. We are varieties of grey and grey and white. We are all super nice and we love people. Pictured here are Penny, Haylie and Jackie. If you would like to adopt one or two of us please fill out an application at http://www.feralcatrescuemd.org and email it to moonandhunt@hotmail.com You can call Diane at 301-481-0171 if you have any question.

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Basketball Officials Sought
The Maryland Basketball Officials Association is recruiting potential officials to cover high school games in Southern Maryland and in the metro area. Additionally, the association covers recreation games (adult and youth) in the metro area. The Maryland Basketball Officials’ Association is a non-profit service organization serving recreational and high school basketball in the metropolitan area, particularly in Southern Maryland. Classes begin in late September. For more information, contact Chris Sole, Secretary, at 301-899-7346.

Alumni Players Dinner Theater Auditions
Auditions for the Alumni Players next production “Friends Till the End” will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Solomons, in the Providence Room on Aug. 14, and 15, at 7 p.m. Auditions will be for cast and crew. This year’s show will be an audience participation murder mystery dinner theatre. Show dates will be Jan. 25 and 26, and Feb. 1 and 2. For information or questions call Nita Thompson at 410-326-8272.

Sotterley Barn Bash
Sotterley Plantation announced a new fun family-friendly night of live music and dancing featuring “The Country Memories Band.” The goal of this 10-year-old Southern Maryland band, with a mighty following, is to bring back all of your country memories, featuring the traditional sound of the old country classics. Enjoy songs made famous by Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynne and many other country legends. The event begins at 5 p.m., Aug. 25. Admission is $5 per person at the gate. Food will be available from Bear Creek BBQ, along with beer and wine for purchase.

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Honorary Chair Named for Sail for Youth 2012
The Sail for Youth steering committee announced this week that Capt. Christopher Junge has been named the honorary chairman for this year’s Sail for Youth 2012 event that will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25. The event will raise funds for youth programs at Calvert Hospice, Prince Frederick Rotary Foundation and the Southern Maryland Sailing Foundation. “We are very excited to have someone of Captain Junge’s stature to be our honorary chair this year; it’s great to have a representative from PAX River to help support our sailors as we strive to support area youth programs,” Stovy Brown, Sail for Youth creator, said in a press release. Capt. Christopher “CJ” Junge is a native of Huntingburg, IN. He graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign through NROTC. Following flight training in Pensacola, FL, Capt. Junge was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1989 and completed initial E-2C Hawkeye training in May 1990. Capt. Junge’s operational tours include VAW-122 and VAW-115. With VAW-122, he deployed aboard the USS Forrestal and USS Constellation, and with VAW-115, he served as Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer during contingency deployments to the Arabian Gulf aboard the USS Independence and the USS Kitty Hawk. From August of 2010 to April 2011, Capt. Junge was Commander of Task Group 67.8, providing persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance with MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aircraft in the Horn of Africa. Capt. Junge’s NAWC and NAVAIR assignments include a tour as an E-2C and C-2A test pilot at Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20), two tours at US Naval Test Pilot School as an instructor, including as the Chief Flight Instructor, and a tour as an IPT lead in PMA-271, the E-6B TACAMO Program Office. From February 2006 to February 2009, he served as the Chief Test Pilot and Commanding Officer of the VX-30 Bloodhounds at Point Mugu, CA. VX-30 tour highlights includes support of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense test programs, Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, AMRAAM, and SLAM-ER. In March 2009, he reported to NAWCWD as the Military Deputy for AIR 5.3, Threat/Target Systems and in July 2010, he reported to PEO(U&W) for assignement in PMA-242 as the Advanced Technology lead. He reported in July 2012 as the NAWCAD Vice Commander. Capt. Junge graduated with distinction from the USNTPS as part of Class 106. He earned a Masters of Science in Aeronautical Engineering (with Honors) in December of 2001 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and was awarded the prestigious Admiral William Adger Moffett Aeronautics Award for 2002. Capt. Junge has accumulated 4400 hours, including almost 3000 hours in the E-2C Hawkeye, and over 400 arrested landings. His bride is the former Mary Malloy of Grand Blanc, MI and they have three awesome kids – Josh, Paige, and Noah. For more information about Sail for Youth 2012 log on to www.sail4youth.org.

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Capt. Christopher Junge

Calvert Realtor Dies, Leaving Behind 15 Cats
By Anne Vajda Contributing Writer Many local residents are aware of the overwhelming, feral cat populations in their communities. Whether just observing or actively feeding and watering these animals, we wonder how well they will survive and how many litters of kittens will be born to them before they die, increasing the sad and dire problem a hundredfold. Often, folks will do what they can to support the cats, working with animal rescue groups to trap, spay or neuter and provide food and shelter. For most of us, we are gratified if we can do the right thing by just one of these creatures. When Calvert County resident and real estate agent Rita Minion died of cancer on July 24, 2012, after a brief illness, she left behind a population of more than 15 cats dependent upon her for food and shelter, as well as two dogs, inside her small, ranch-style home in Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby. Rita cared deeply for the welfare of animals and found it impossible to turn any needy cat away. With no immediate family in the area, Rita’s friends and neighborhood volunteers stepped forward to tend to the animals while a strategy for their survival was developed. During the past weeks as word of the situation spread, organizations such as Friends of Felines (Cindy Duty), Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center (Ron Wexler and his volunteers) and O’Brien Realty (Monique Hailer and others) have come forward to assist in caring for and moving the animals to a clean and secure location in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates community. With the help and support of these organizations, and many caring individuals, the cats are in the process of receiving updated inoculations and treatment for flea infestation and parasites. Behaviorally, the cats run the gamut from the shy and introverted to the loving and attentionseeking, though all have the capacity for great love, appreciation and loyalty. Supporting such a community requires quantities of materials, such as clumping cat litter, store-brand, pate-style cat food, old newspapers, towels, cat toys and treats, not to mention plenty of love and attention. Donations from organizations, businesses or individuals would be very much appreciated and would allow for the continued support of this cat population as stable, long-term placements are sought. If you would like to contribute in any way, please contact Anne Vajda at 410-394-6735 or annevajda@comcast. net. You may also contact Cindy Duty at Friends of Felines at 410-414-2122 or questions@friendsoffelines.com to contribute or, very importantly, open your home to one of these cats as a foster owner, until a permanent placement can be found. Solid socialization in a home is key to the successful survival of these animals, and foster owners will receive complete support and assistance from Friends of Felines.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer From playing locally at Vera’s Beach Club and Jake and Al’s Chophouse to playing with classic rock legends Boston at the Calvert Marine Museum and preparing to go on tour with Ingram Hill, the Sam Grow Band has come a long way. The band has just made another agreement with Vera’s Beach Club to play there exclusively through the winter when not on tour. They will also be playing a New Year’s Eve gig at Vera’s. “We’re very excited to have him back on board with us,” said Vera’s General manager Casey St. John. She said it is important to offer the general public a chance to see up and coming bands like Sam Grow, and engagements like the New Year’s Eve party offer the chance without needing to buy a ticket. Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Sam Grow echoed St. John’s opinion, saying without their fan base, which he refers to as the “Sam Grow Family,” the band would never have the opportunities they have now. “Without them, none of this is possible,” said drummer Joe Barrick. Fans new and old are the best sort of promotion and publicity, he said. “They’re telling everyone to check you out,” he said. Such support is what sent their latest CD release, “Reveal,” to No. 11 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, with the first four singles charting in the top 15. Their singles are all originals, and Grow said they would never have reached that kind of ranking without their fans.

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Up Coming Local Band Hits the Road
“They treat us like family, they support us,” Barrick said. The rest of the lineup includes Gene Quade on bass and backing vocals and Mike Stacey on lead guitar. The band has been playing full time since 2008 and first signed with Vera’s in 2009, which Grow said was the first professional contract the band signed, then they went to Jake and Al’s Chophouse for a stretch and now is back with an exclusive contract at Vera’s. Grow said it is “awesome to have more than one club that wants to book you.” No matter how long they spend on the road in other states, Grow said it’s important to have places to return to and get back to their roots in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. “It’s cool to have home bases,” Grow said. The band will soon be hitting the road with Ingram Hill. Their first performance is Sept. 5 at the Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, N.C. The rest of the tour will include performances in 10 states, including Ohio, Illinois, New York, Tennessee and Alabama. He said the timing for one of the two performances in New York works out so the band can come home for a mid-tour engagement at Vera’s. Helping the men go on tour is a group of sponsors, including DR Strings, Bully Bling Energy Drink, Hot Licks Guitar Shop, Coors Light, Ernie Ball Music Man and Paul Reed Smith Guitars. Geoff Wanamaker with KIA Of Waldorf hooked the men up with a tour bus. Barrick said without the bus, they’d be traveling in a convoy of jeeps and smaller cars. He said he’s looking forward to getting on the road and bringing the band’s

Sam Grow Opening for Boston

Sam Grow Band

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music to new cities. “We’re going to bring some Southern Maryland on the road with us,” Barrick said. After their September tour is done, Grow said the band will stick around for a couple weeks, then head back out in October on tour with Ernie Halter. The band has gotten interest from some record companies, including Rock Ridge Music, the same company Ingram Hill is signed with, but Grow said they want to stay independent a while longer. Before going on tour in September, Sam Grow will play with legendary Boston at Calvert Marine Museum Aug. 16. There are less than 200 tickets left, and

Grow said they are going fast. Proceeds from the summer concert series support the education and preservation efforts of the Calvert Marine Museum. According to a Calvert Marine Museum press release, Boston has sold more than 31 million albums in the United States. “Distinguished for their ability to perform live with no pre-recorded materials, Boston concerts are celebrated for their crowd-pleasing showmanship and high energy,” the press release reads. Boston’s lineup includes Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl on lead guitar, Tommy DeCarlo on vocals, percussion and keyboards, David Victor on vocals and gui-

Sam Grow

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Joe Barrick

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tar, Tracy Ferrie on bass guitar and Curly Smith on drums. For diehard Boston fans who want to sit in the front row, there is still a chance. Go online and bid on two front row seats and meet and greet passes. Get more details and place a bid in the Fanatic Fan online auction at www.calvertmarinemuseum.org/bids.php. Boston and the Sam Grow Band will perform Aug. 16. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music, food, and drinks available on site. Chairs and coolers are not permitted. For more information, call 1-800-7879454 or visit www.calvertmarinemuseum.com to purchase concert tickets while they last. Grow said getting to be the opening act for Boston involved being vetted by the band and their manager, among other groups. Grow said if the band is ever big enough to headline a venue, he wants to make it easy for small groups to get their foot in the door as opening acts. Being on stage at Calvert Marine Museum is the fulfillment of a dream for

Grow. He said when he was younger, his father took him to a concert there and told him he’d be the one on stage on day. Now that time has come. “It’s pretty amazing for me,” Grow said. Getting the opportunity to play with performers like Boston, Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn, The Wailers, Jeff Scott Soto of Journey, Josh Kelly, Tony Lucca, Sister Hazel, Kanye West, Bill Engvall is “the greatest feeling in the world,” Barrick said. “It’s like Christmas Eve every time,” he added. Every time they go on stage with a band they have looked up to since childhood, Barrick said “it’s like the first time I had an oatmeal cream pie. You can’t stop smiling.” Grow said being on stage with The Kelly Bell Band recently at the Southern Sun and Music Fest was like that for him. “I turned into a 13-year-old girl pretty quick when I got to sing with her,” Grow said, adding they may get another

chance to share a stage with The Kelly Bell Band in the future. “I still can’t believe we get paid to do this,” Grow said. Barrick agreed with Grow, saying the band is comprised of a group of very lucky men. “We’re four local guys living the dream,” Barrick said. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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Thursday, Aug. 9
• Zumba Fitness Classes Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (43256 Rescue Lane, Hollywood) – 5:456:45 p.m. Cost is $7 per class or $25 for five classes. Proceeds benefit Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. For more information call 301-757-2336. • St. Mary’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off Eve Bay District Volunteer Fire Department (46900 South Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. Come to the kick off event for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Volunteers are needed to walk and form teams for the St. Mary’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that takes place October 7. Help the American Cancer Society create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. The American Cancer Society is the most effective breast-cancer fighting organization in the world. Help save lives and put an end to breast cancer! Call 410-7214304, email bridget.germain@cancer.org or visit www.makingstrideswalk. org/somd.

• Chesapeake Orchestra Concert Series Woodlawn Farm (16040 Woodlawn Drive, Ridge) – 7 p.m. The River Concert Series at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is over for the season but its resident orchestra continues Friday night outdoor waterfront concerts through August. The Chesapeake Orchestra presents free classical and jazz concerts August 10 and 17. For more information, call 301-904-2272, e-mail info@woodlawn-farm.com or visit www.chesapeakeorchestra.org. This week, the Chesapeake Orchestra Strings presents The Chesapeake Orchestra presents Sarah Jones and Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars, a romantic evening with the 2004 Billie Holiday Vocal Award Winner and her jazz trio.

Asbury Solomons Retirement Community (11000 Asbury Circle, Solomons) – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This will include Betty’s Closet a resale of new and gently used clothing, accessories and jewelry. The library committee will also have many books for sale at wonderful prices Grannies Treasures will also be selling housewares, furniture and many miscellaneous items. All proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Care Fund 410-394-3483. • Bingo Mother Catherine Spalding School (33883 Chaptico Road, Mechanicsville) – 5 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., Early Birds start at 6:30 p.m. Regular Games start at 7 p.m. $10 admission includes one regular book. Door prizes are available. Concessions include pizza, French fires, hotdogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Visit www.mothercatherine.org for Jackpot updates and other information.

ested in adding new singers to the chorus. There are no auditions required, just the love and enjoyment of singing 4-part (or more) music. The chorus meets about every two weeks, holidays excluded, to learn the music for our concerts, and our concerts usually are scheduled to replace a practice time. Practices move from location to location in Calvert County as we have members in all parts of this long county. Members are from various church choirs but we have a large number of singers from various communities, even a number from outside Calvert County. We do all types of music but since we are usually invited to churches to raise money for a charity of their choice, we do a lot of sacred music. For more information, e-mail lbrown9601@verizon.net.

Monday, Aug. 13
• Saint Maries Musica Auditions Patuxent Presbyterian Church (23421 Kingston Creek Road, California) – 7 p.m. Attention all singers - Saint Maries Musica will be holding auditions for all voice parts. Please come prepared with music for a piece to perform in your voice part, and plan on doing a brief sight reading exercise as well. • Pax River Quilters Guild Meeting Good Samaritan Lutheran Church (20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park) – 6:30 p.m. New members welcome and guest are welcome! For more information, contact Lois Andereck at grannie98@ md.metrocast.net. • Kid’s Music Class Sixty-Six Beans Coffee Lounge (29948 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 10 a.m. Jennifer Anderson is a Musikgarten Instructor from Music Time Studio. She teaches early childhood music classes where kids “sing, dance, play instruments and have a great time!” Bring your little ones out and join us for some music and fun. For more information, visit www.66beans.com, www.facebook. com/66beans, www.twitter.com/66beans.

Saturday, Aug. 11
• Schwan’s Truckload Fundraiser Ridge Volunteer Fire Department (13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge) – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be holding a Schwan’s Truckload Fundraiser on the second Saturday of each month at the fire house. Schwan’s will be available to fill orders. To guarantee the availability of the items, pre-orders may be made on their website at http://www.schwansfundraising.com/ orderForm.aspx using Event ID 39903, Ridge VFD Auxiliary, Ridge, MD 20680. Catalogs may also be requested via their website. Call 301-872-5671 for additional information. • “The Choice – Risking Your Life for Freedom” Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane , Hollywood) – 11 a.m., 12-3 p.m. hourly The third and final War of 1812 Living History event, “The Choice – Risking Your Life for Freedom” 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? 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. • Retirement Community Sale

Sunday, Aug. 12
• All You Can Eat Breakfast Second District Volunteer Fire Department (45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee) – 8-11 a.m. Menu includes scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, grits, spiced applesauce, juices, milk & coffee. Adults - $8, children 6-12 - $4, children 5 and under are free. For more information call 301-994-9924. • Last Day for the Sidewalk Chalkathon Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4-12 Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center invites you to show off your artistic flair during the annual Sidewalk Chalk-a-thon art contest daily. Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in this annual summer tradition. Pick up your bucket of chalk in the Arts Building! No reservations required. Prizes will be awarded in various age groups, including an adult category! Don’t want to get chalky? Just walk the path and enjoy the colorful masterpieces. Cost to enter the Chalk-a-thon is $2 per person; $1 per person for members. Regular site admission fees also apply. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to make some interesting art and stroll a rather colorful pathway! Who knows? You may even win a prize along the way! For more information, visit www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/ content/sidewalk-chalk-thon. • Chesapeake Community Chorus - Singers Wanted Asbury Retirement Community Club House (11100 Asbury Court, Solomons) – 4-6 p.m. The Chesapeake Community Chorus is a volunteer group of over thirty active singers starting its 10th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in mostly Calvert County. Our concerts have raised over $52,000 for charities in Calvert County. We are always inter-

Friday, Aug. 10
• The Newtowne Players Present “Annie” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) 8 p.m. The Newtowne Players Present “Annie” by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan. In this family friendly musical, young orphan Annie finds herself having multiple adventures in her quest to find a family. The Newtowne Players will perform Annie Thursdays through Sundays, July 27 to Aug. 12. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for children and $15 for students, senior citizens and the military. Thursday shows are $13 general admission. Light refreshments and beverages are also available for purchase at the theatre, including treats from Rita’s Italian Ice at select performances. During opening weekend, July 2729, the theater will collect donations of dog toys, treats, food, leashes, collars and harnesses. All proceeds will go to the nonprofit St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League and its foster dogs. On Aug. 5 from 2:30 to 3 p.m., children and their families are invited to take souvenir photos with Annie and the gang in the theater lobby for $2 each. Photos will be distributed at the conclusion of the show. Reservations are recommended. Please make reservations for the show by calling 301-737-5447 or visiting www. newtowneplayers.org. • Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament FRA Branch 93 (21707 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. $50 Buy In/$3,000 in Chips. Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every 20 minutes $10 gets you a 50/50 ticket and a $1000 chip. Check Ins cut off at 7 p.m. Contact Bernie Bernich for additional information at 301-863-8291.

Tuesday, Aug. 14
• Zumba Fitness St. Mary’s Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) 6-7 p.m. Robyn is teaching Zumba Fitness every Tuesday night. The cost is $7 per class or $25 for a 5 class pass. • No Limit Poker Tourney & Cash Game (24930 Old Three Notch Rd Hollywood) – 7 p.m. $40 No Limit Poker Tournament starts at 7 p.m. sharp. $25 goes to the Prize Pool -$5 to the Charity. Buy in gets you $5,000 in chips. Cash games with dealers available with $1/$2 blinds. Playing in the tournaments and cash games will earn your way into a guaranteed $10,000 tournament on Saturday, October 6th to be held at the Hollywood Fire Department Carnival Hall. Earn 60 hours for the full $250 Buy In or 30 hours for half of the buy in. There is a $50 add on for

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additional chips. All food and drinks are free. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics of St.Mary’s County. For more info please contact Jim Bucci, Sr. at 301-3736104 or 240-298-9616

son (July 10 - Nov 3) are Tuesdays from 11a.m.- 3 p.m., Thursdays from 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. • Boston in Concert Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 7:30 p.m. Waterside Concert Series presents Boston. Mark your calendar for this must-see concert. For more information, call 410-326-2042 or visit www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 15
• Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7-7:30 p.m. The Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland offer free beginner line dance lessons every Wednesday night. Guests may stay and watch, or even participate in, the more advanced practice session that follows the beginner lessons. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about these lessons can contact us through the Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland website at www.bootscootersofsomd.blogspot.com. • Southern Maryland Originals Auditions CSM Leonardtown Auditorium (22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. Southern Maryland Originals 2012 will be holding auditions Aug. 15-16. Call-backs will be Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. Southern Maryland Originals is a celebration of local talent and will feature 5 plays written by local playwrights. If you’ve ever even dreamed of becoming an actor here is your chance. There will be approximately 20 roles to fill ranging from ages 12-75. E-mail SMO.producer@ gmail.com if you cannot make the audition times but are interested in participating in the production. • Read! Learn! Grow! Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) – 10:30 a.m. Parents/caregivers can enjoy fun reading activities with their children. No registration required. Call 301-4752846 or visit www.stmalib.org for more information.

Friday, Aug. 17
• Steak and Shrimp Night AL Post 221 (21690 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue) – 5 p.m. American Legion Post 221 has a Steak and Shrimp Night on the third Friday of every month. This is an excellent opportunity to get out and meet people in the community. There are several menu items for the adults and kids to enjoy at a reasonable price. Call 301-884-4071 for further information or visit www.alpost221.webs.com. • The Art of the Waterman, The Simison Collection Opening Reception Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 6-9 p.m. Aug. 17-Feb. 25, 2013 This exhibit features 23 paintings by renowned Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli on loan from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s. Seventeen of the paintings were donated to the museum from the Diane Simison collection. The remaining images are from the artist’s personal collection. For more information, call 410-326-4640 or visit www.annmariegarden.org. • Poker Walk for Vets Vacations Downtown Leonardtown – 5-8 p.m. A Poker Walk and Motor Rally will

be held in Leonardtown. The event is a benefit for the Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets program hosted by the Greenwell Foundation at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood. The rally also will feature live music, food and fun. The Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets program offers recovering servicemen and women and their families a relaxing weekend at Greenwell’s Knott Lodge. Their stay is free thanks to the generosity of volunteers, donations, and local businesses. For more information, call 301373-9775 or visit www.greenwellfoundation.org

ing (22855 Lawrence Avenue, Leonardtown) – 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be holding the first ever Everything Sale. Items will include plants, crafts, baked goods, yard sale items and white elephants. Tables may be rented for $10. They will pick up White Elephants or other donations to the Rescue Squad Auxiliary. For more information, contact Chip Fenwick at 301-2472418, Ricky Chesser at 240-298-5310 or Debbie Springer at 240-298-5444. • Picnic Cruise Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) - 5:30-7 p.m. Bring a picnic basket along and enjoy a cruise on the Patuxent River. Cost for adults is $15, for children 12 and under is $10. Registration is required by Friday, Aug. 17. For more information, call 410326-2042, ext. 41 or visit www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. • Child Suport Awareness 5K Fun Walk/Run Leonardtown Governmental Center – 7:30 a.m. In celebration of Child Support Awareness month, the Child Support Enforcement division of St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services will be sponsoring A 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the local food pantry and soup kitchen. Donations of canned food or dry goods will be accepted onsite the day of the walk. The walk/run route will encircle the Governmental Center grounds. There will be activities for children, prizes and information available on the services offered from affiliate departments. Registration for the walk/run will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race start time will be 8:30 a.m. The registration fee will be $20, cash or check.

Saturday, Aug. 18
• Bluegrass Gospel Express Lexington Park Baptist Church (46855 S. Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. Admission is free. Donations will be acceptes. There will be complimentary refreshments during intermission. For more information call 301-862-2552 or visit www.lpbconline.org. • SunRise Waterside Yoga (Leonardtown Wharf) – 7:30-8:30

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SunRise Yoga will be offered on the Wharf in Leonardtown by Evolve Yoga and Wellness, weather permitting. Please bring your own yoga mat, water and a canned food item for donation to a local food pantry. • Indoor Yard Sale Mechanicsville Fire Department Social Hall (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 a.m. A limited number of tables are available. Rental is $10 per table. To rent a table or for more Information call Lori Greathouse 301-399-1713. • Everything Sale Leonardtown Rescue Squad Build-

Thursday, Aug. 16
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The Tide Is High in Southern Maryland
Blondie, Cheap Trick Coming to Calvert Marine Museum
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Tickets are on sale now for Cheap Trick and Blondie – Calvert Marine Museum’s final Waterside Concert of the year, set for Sept. 30. Along with drawing in some younger fans, the two legendary rock groups will combine on one evening to help people relive their glory days, featuring classic hits “Surrender” and “I Want You To Want Me” from Cheap Trick along with “One Way or Another” as well as “Rapture” by Blondie. “We’re blasting people back to the past,” said Tracy Cimini, the museum’s public relations director. Cimini told The Calvert Gazette because classic rock artists typically have high ratings in the area, the museum tends to contact groups whose songs reached the top of the charts decades ago. “The show has really taken off,” she said. The still substantially popular classic rock artists offer a more affordable option to the museum, as a way to fund services for the community and maintain exhibits, than some of the newer, more modern bands which typically come with a higher pricetag. All proceeds from the Waterside Concerts goes directly to the Calvert Marine Museum to support their educational programs and the preservation of museum property. Cimini said the concerts throughout the summer help finance the museum’s summer camps and programs for children, school field trips throughout the year, lectures for all age groups and the museum’s monthly First Free Friday event. In addition to community programs, the museum uses these monetary resources to preserve buildings such as the J.C. Lore Oyster House, Cove Point and Drum Point lighthouses and maintain the historic craft and boat collection. Cimini summed up the importance of the concerts as crucial to the museum’s up-keep. “The fundraiser helps us to raise money to put back into the museum,” she said. Catering services will be provided by Sunshine Catering, Bear Creek Barbeque and Lenny’s Restau-

rant among others offering guests food, beer, wine, soda and water as refreshments. Merchandise, provided by Cheap Trick and Blondie, will also be available on-site. Cimini believes what patrons are looking forward to the most is that they will not have to drive up to DC or Baltimore to enjoy great music, but rather can enjoy the concert taking place right here, in their own backyard, in scenic Southern Maryland. “Here on the water we have a perfect setting,” she added. The museum’s ability to bring reasonably priced, great music to the Marine Museum has Cimini excited. It’s a great time to meet up with friends, and come out and enjoy the music, she said. “The community comes together,” Cimini said. “People enjoy coming here.” Tickets to the concert, taking place on the museum’s PNC Waterside Pavilion, range between $32 and $52 depending on seat location. To reserve seats, visit calvertmarinemuseum.ticketforce.com or call the museum at 410-326-2042 for additional information. According to Cimini, the concerts would not be

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Simple ways to boost your energy levels
No one is immune to random bouts of fatigue. For many people, fatigue is most common around midafternoon, when the workday starts to drag and that hefty midday meal has inspired thoughts of catnaps. Though an episode of fatigue here or there is likely nothing to worry about, adults who find themselves routinely struggling to muster any energy, whether it’s to finish a project at work or play with the kids at night, might be surprised to learn that boosting daily energy levels is relatively simple. The following are a few easy ways to boost your energy levels and make the most of each and every day. * Get regular exercise. Many adults know the value of exercise but simply can’t find the time in the day to squeeze in a little time on the treadmill or at the gym. But the American Council on Exercise notes that as little as 10 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise at a time each day can boost your energy levels and improve mood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, including at least two days of muscle-strengthening activities, each week. If that’s a A low-calorie bowl of cereal in the morning can help improve energy levels problem, particularly on week- throughout the day. days, squeeze in 10 minutes here meals per day is not an effective way to maintain or there when the opportunity presents itself. But steady energy levels over the course of a typical the more committed you are to regular exercise, day. Instead, smaller, more frequent meals couthe more your energy levels are likely to improve. pled with healthy snacks can stabilize blood sugar * Treat yourself to a massage. Many people levels and help maintain sufficient energy levels, find their energy levels are adversely affected by improving both mental acuity and mood. Instead stress. Too much stress can make you physically of a large omelet platter for breakfast, choose a sick and cause both physical and mental fatigue. small bowl of low-calorie cereal and follow it up There are many ways to more effectively cope three to four hours later with a healthy snack of with stress, and treating yourself to a massage is fresh fruit. When lunchtime arrives three to four one of them. A massage can relieve stress and help hours after your mid-morning snack, choose a overworked muscles recover, boosting energy lev- small lunch with ample protein and follow that up els as a result. a few hours later with a healthy snack of yogurt. * Treat breakfast with the respect it deserves. The specifics of your diet should be discussed When you wake up in the morning, even after a with your physician, but you will likely find that great night’s sleep, your body’s energy reserves eating smaller, more frequent meals and healthy are almost entirely depleted. Consequently, men snacks will drastically improve your energy levels and women who don’t eat a healthy breakfast are throughout the day. almost certain to struggle with their energy levels * Drink more fluids. Your lack of energy throughout the day. Something as simple as a bowl might not be the result of an unhealthy breakfast of low-calorie cereal or some oatmeal with fruit or a lack of exercise. Some people simply don’t can help restore your body’s energy levels and lay drink enough fluids to stay hydrated and feel slugthe groundwork for a productive day. Skipping gish as a result. Symptoms of dehydration mimic breakfast entirely will make you feel sluggish in those of hunger, leading many to purchase unthe morning and increases the risk that you will healthy snacks when they might just need to drink overeat come lunchtime, adversely impacting your more fluids. Those snacks can compound the slugenergy levels for the rest of the day. gishness you feel from being dehydrated, zapping * Focus on maintaining steady energy lev- your energy levels even further. So if you daily els throughout the day. Lacking energy over the routine does not include drinking enough fluids, course of a typical day might be a byproduct of try having a few glasses of water each day and your eating habits beyond the breakfast table. Nu- your energy levels might just improve. merous studies have found that eating three large

What parents should know about childhood tumors
Cancer claims millions of lives across the globe each year. No one is immune from cancer, though some people, either due to genetics or certain lifestyle choices, are at greater risk than others. Among those with a low risk of developing cancer are children. Childhood cancer can occur, but it is generally rare. However, when cancer does strike in children, it comes in one of the two most common forms of leukemia or lymphoma. Leukemia begins in the blood-forming tissue and causes a large number of blood cells to be produced and enter the bloodstream, and lymphoma. The disease lymphoma begins in the cells of the immune system. Brain and spinal cord tumors are the third most common type of childhood cancer. Their cause is unknown, and the symptoms of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors vary from child to child. That said, it’s important for parents to understand brain and spinal cord tumors so they can be better prepared should their children begin to exhibit any symptoms. How does a brain or spinal cord tumor form? There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors. But each type forms when there is an abnormal growth of cells. This abnormal growth can begin in different areas of the brain or spinal cord. Are brain or spinal cord tumors benign or malignant? A tumor on the brain or spinal cord does not always indicate cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, some such tumors are benign. Benign tumors will grow and press on nearby areas of the brain, but these tumors rarely spread into other tissue. Malignant brain tumors grow rapidly and spread into other brain tissue. As a malignant tumor grows into or presses on an area of the brain, that part of the brain it is growing into or pressing on may stop working as it’s supposed to. Whether a brain or spinal cord tumor is benign or malignant, some symptoms, including ones that are unpleasant, will occur, and the tumor will require treatment. What are the symptoms of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors? A tumor on the brain or spinal cord may cause uncomfortable symptoms for a child. However, the appearance of these symptoms does not necessarily mean a child has a brain or spinal cord tumor. The symptoms could be indicative of another condition. Symptoms will also vary depending on where the tumor is. Symptoms of a childhood brain tumor include: - morning headache, or headaches that go away after vomiting - frequent nausea or vomiting - vision, hearing and speech problems - loss of balance and difficulty walking - unusual sleepiness - change in activity level - unusual changes in personality or behavior - increase in head size (in infants) - seizures Symptoms of a childhood spinal tumor include: - back pain or pain that spreads from the back toward the arms or legs - difficulty urinating - a change in bowel habits - weakness in the legs - trouble walking Children suffering from brain or spinal cord tumors may also be unable to reach certain growth and development milestones. This includes sitting up, walking and talking in sentences. How do doctors determine if a child has a brain or spinal cord tumor? There are several tests and procedures a doctor can employ to determine if a child has a brain or spinal cord tumor. * Physical exam and history: A doctor may perform an exam of the body to check for signs of disease, including lumps or anything out of the ordinary. The doctor will also want to know the child’s medical history, include past illnesses and treatments. * Neurological exam: A neurological exam is a series of questions and tests to check the brain, spinal cord and nerve function. These tests will measure a child’s coordination, his or her ability to walk normally and his or her mental status and will examine how well the muscles, senses and reflexes are working. * Serum tumor marker test: During this procedure, a doctor will take a blood sample to measure the amounts of certain substances released into the blood by organs, tissue or tumor cells. Certain substances are linked to certain types of cancer, so finding more of them in the bloodstream can help the doctor make a more accurate diagnosis. * MRI with gadolinium: This procedure will make a series of detailed pictures of the brain and spinal cord. The gadolinium is injected into the child’s vein and will collect around the cancer cells so they appear brighter in the picture. * CT scan: A CT

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Homecooked Bread to Complement Your Next Dinner Party

Safety in the Sun
Make your Backyard Barbecue as Safe as it is Fun

Entertaining family and friends often entails sitting down to a good meal. Hosts can have the meal catered, but many prefer to whip up a favorite recipe or try something new. While the entree often gets the bulk of the attention, hosts who want to go the extra mile can spend some extra time supplementing the meal with some homecooked side dishes. Bread makes a perfect side dish or appetizer for many meals, and those who want to try their hand at baking their own bread should consider the following recipe for “Southwest Cornbread” from Linda Collister’s “Quick Breads” (Ryland, Peters & Small).

Grilling over an open flame is a popular warm weather tradition, but one that also carries risks.

Southwest Cornbread
Makes 1 medium bread
2 2/3 1 1/2 1/2 1 1 1 1/4 2 1 1 1 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen cup fine yellow cornmeal teaspoon baking powder teaspoon salt cup pine nuts, toasted rounded teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves scallion, sliced cup unbleached all-purpose flour cup corn oil extra-large eggs cup buttermilk pat of butter 9-inch cast iron, ovenproof skillet or an 8-inch square cake pan

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Put the corn kernels, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, pine nuts, sage, scallion, and flour in a large bowl and mix well. In a separate bowl, beat the oil with the eggs and buttermilk, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a thick batter. If you are using the skillet, heat the pan with the pat of butter in the oven until foaming -- about 3 minutes. If you are using a cake pan, then grease it well. Pour the batter into the hot skillet or the prepared pan and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Serve while still warm, either straight from the skillet or turned out of the pan onto a cutting board and cut into large squares. Best eaten the same day. Not suitable for freezing.

Few summer traditions are as beloved as the backyard barbecue. Typically laid back get-togethers with family and friends, backyard barbecues are synonymous with warm weather and the relaxed atmosphere that such weather promotes. But even the best backyard barbecue comes with some level of risk. Cooking over an open flame will never be risk-free, but there are steps barbecue enthusiasts can take to make their next summer soiree that much safer. * Check for leaks. Due to their ease of use and convenience, propane grills have grown in popularity over the years. However, proponents of propane grills should inspect the propane tank as well as its hoses for leaks, cracks and corrosion. Any of those problems has the potential to be very dangerous, so address any issues before guests arrive. If guests are on their way already, simply visit the local hardware store and purchase a new tank or replace the damaged one. If the hoses are damaged, buy a charcoal grill to fill-in for the propane grill during the party. Charcoal grills are much less expensive than propane grills, and it might be a good idea for households that frequently host guests during grilling season to have a backup grill anyway. * Make the grill area a nonsmoking section. Some guests will want to smoke, and since the party’s outdoors, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, protect the food and reduce the risk of injury by insisting the area surrounding the grill is a nonsmoking section. * Dress in tighter clothing. The party’s grillmaster should not wear loose clothing. Loosefitting clothing, particularly long sleeves, can dip into the grill and potentially catch on fire. Avoid this risk by wearing tighter clothing that doesn’t

hang off the body. * Be certain all briquettes are extinguished. For those who prefer a charcoal grill, once the cooking has been completed be careful to extinguish all briquettes. If briquettes are discarded before they are full extinguished, they could easily spark a fire. Many a garbage can, and considerably more, has been lost to briquettes that were discarded before they were fully extinguished. As a safety measure, pour water over briquettes and never discard any briquettes that are still hot. * Never move the grill indoors. If an unexpected summer rain storm arrives on the night of the party, the grill should stay outside while the guests move indoors. A grill, whether it’s propane or charcoal, should never be used indoors because of the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. * Keep kids and pets clear. It’s easy for kids and pets to suffer burns when around the grill. Kids might not be tall enough to see what’s on the grill and, to make up for that, will grab the grill with their bare hands and push themselves up. This is almost certain to lead to burns. Pets don’t know any better and are likely to get burned or even tip the grill over if they’re allowed near it. * Don’t be liberal with the lighter fluid. When grilling on a charcoal grill, it’s not always easy to get the fire started. As a result, many people look to lighter fluid to help speed the process along. While this can work, it’s important to note that not much lighter fluid is necessary, and fluid should never be applied after the coals have lit. Backyard barbecues are a warm-weather tradition. Make sure such soirees stay safe and everyone goes home with a full belly and a host of good memories.

A Journey Through Time
The
Have you seen the commercials advertising Ancestry.com? The actor generally says “I went to Ancestry.com and clicked one button and was able to find umpty ump generations of my family.” That would be true if you enjoy fiction. Let me give you just one example. I was working just this morning on Clement Mattingly, 1808-1865. I went to Ancestry. com to check census data and just for fun thought I’d check to see if he was listed in any family trees (another of their features). Sure enough, there he was listed by numerous researchers as the son of Zachariah Mattingly and Ann Panny Spalding (daughter of Thomas Spalding and Catherine Cooper). No, he wasn’t. There are many ways I can disprove this, not the least of which is that women who are at well over the age of 50 don’t have babies. Further, Ann Panny had been married twice before she married Zachariah Mattingly and there were no children by either of the first two husbands (Raphael Ford and Joshua Millard, Jr.). There’s every reason to believe that she couldn’t have children. Researching your family tree is fun but it involves a lot of work and dedication

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on your part. You spend a lot of time separating fact from fiction. Just because Aunt Petunia said it was true doesn’t mean it really was. It has to be verified. Having said that, do keep what Aunt Petunia told you in the back of your mind because often her story may contain some information that will lead to the real story. And, have you seen the series Ancestry.com sponsors called “Who Do You Think You Are?” When this started I thought this is going to be great and every Friday evening there I was parked in front of the television. As celebrities traveled all over the U.S. and around the world, they just “happened” to find exactly what they needed to prove their ancestry. No muss, no fuss, no trouble. Then it got to the point it was so “politically correct” I decided it wasn’t worth my time.

Maybe I’m wrong, but my belief is “it is what it is” or “it was what it was.” I’m tired of seeing any celebrity who came from a slave holding family cry crocodile tears… the look of shock and the “oh no” moment. They’re actors—remember? This is why I often tell people “if you can’t stand a little bit of dirt, genealogy is not for you.” You’ll really have to dig for the dirt most times as many families tried to destroy any evidence. Now that I’ve finished bashing Ancestry.com, let me just say they have a multitude of resources at their site that can help you track your family. Use the original sources, e.g., census records, military records, etc. You’re not going to just “happen” to find anything, you’re going to have to work for it and it’s going to take time. Regardless, you’ll learn far more about history than you ever knew and you’ll have fun!

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“Spoiled? What? Tidbit Spoiled?”
Tidbit is waiting to have her real birthday party hopefully tonight. Monday was her 10th birthday, and we bought the smallest ice cream cake available Sunday after church. I knew having anything sweet like this in the house (especially an ice cream cake), even a day ahead of time, would be a difficult feat. My husband was already telling the cashiers that it would be lucky if the cake made it home at all. I knew I had to hide it. But how many places can you hide an ice cream cake. I almost called the neighbors across the street, but with three small children that could be a disaster. In the end I tied several knots in the plastic bag that held the cake and shoved it in the back of the big upright freezer downstairs in the laundry room. Somehow the little cake survived. Well, at least for a while. For various reasons, one of which being that my husband was doing an overnight in the hospital because of a possible reaction to his new antibiotic for Lyme Disease, we could not celebrate her birthday Monday evening. While out and about after leaving the hospital earlier that day, I started wondering if there were any specific dog birthday gifts, and much to my delight I found edible rawhide dog birthday cards, and fun party collars. Yes, I know what you’re thinking…how cute, where can you find these, it wasn’t enough. No? That’s not what you’re thinking? My Mother always had dog birthday parties.

of an Aimless Mind
Normally I would have stayed the entire day with my husband, but he was doing fine and waiting on test results. I was originally hoping that my two sons would come celebrate with us too. My oldest son didn’t sound as keen on the idea. There was the possibility that my youngest son would make it over on his way back down the road. In anticipation of this, I had taken the ice cream cake out of the freezer so it could start to thaw. I then started doing other things, and promptly forgot about it. Sort of like when I place the Half and Half in the pantry and the sugar in the fridge. My son called later and it was getting too late to have a dog party. I told him fine, don’t worry about it maybe we could have Tidbit’s party another night. That’s when I remembered the cake…too late apparently. I tried to un-tape the sides of the box and saw that the “cake” was now a sloshing sea of ice cream and sprinkles that threatened to rush out all over the counter like a tidal wave. I couldn’t even open the box to try it. I had to place the whole thing in one of those disposable tinfoil-baking dishes and try to refreeze it. My husband was looking forward to me coming back up to the hospital that night to bring him a piece of the cake, but that was not going to work at all. I told him there was no way a piece of ice cream cake would make it to him in this heat. So I called him to tell him I could come up but there wouldn’t be any cake. Much to my surprise, he said I didn’t need to drive all the way back up. I bet if the cake was coming he would have said, “How fast can you be here?” After about an hour, I thought I would go down to the freezer to see if the cake had partially re-frozen. I took a bowl and spoon down just in case the cake started to overflow. Happily it had hardened just enough so Tidbit could have a little bowl of her birthday treat. At one point while filling, I believed there was too much ice cream in the bowl and had to spoon some back out of it. Of course I didn’t re-spoon any back into the box – that would be unsanitary. It was best to stand there in the laundry room take care of the overflow myself. Tidbit started at me with a look I could not quite fathom, but took to mean, “How could you?” No amount of reasoning seemed to reassure her that the rest of her ice cream would be safe. I told her she still had her rawhide card upstairs, and that we would still have her party soon. It was only a few bites, and I then took the bowl upstairs to transfer what was left into her food bowl. Somehow what’s left of the ice cream cake doesn’t seem fitting enough to celebrate with now. Tidbit and I have decided that a new cake is in order, and no one will be the wiser. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com

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“Attention All Passengers” by William J. McGee c.2012, Harper $26.99 / $29.99 Canada 354 pages, includes index
You haven’t gained weight. Not an ounce. That’s what you were thinking as you looked at the airplane seat to which you’d been assigned. You hadn’t gained weight, so the only explanation was that the seat was made for first-graders. If you could’ve gotten your knees out from under your chin and pulled the tray-table down without committing Hara Kiri, you might’ve even been comfortable. You thought you’d save a few bucks by booking the f light yourself, on an airline you’re not used to f lying. Was that a mistake? For an answer, grab “Attention All Passengers” by William J. McGee, and strap yourself in… You have an important event that you absolutely can’t miss, and it’s in another corner of the country. So, like a smart consumer, you went online, found a f light, and booked your trip. It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that ticket costs vary, depending on time and location of purchase. What you might not realize, though, is that where you got your ticket and how much you paid determines the customer service (or lack thereof) that you’ll get (or won’t). Wasn’t f lying supposed to be enjoyable? Yes, there was a time, says McGee, when “f lying was fun.” You got on the plane without having to near-undress. Luggage went along, fee-free. Yes, it was a rare treat, it could be very expensive for the average Joe, but it was an exciting pleasure. And then came deregulation. McGee says it was assumed that airlines would regulate themselves but that didn’t happen and it made things worse for consumers. Load factors are now at “theoretical maximum,” so airlines impose ancillary fees to create revenue. They also overbook – something no other business does – and who you book with may not be who you f ly with. Seats are jammed together with mere inches left for “comfort.” But those are just annoyances, compared to deregulation’s effects on safety. Airlines are reluctant to ban unrestrained “lap babies.” Cabin doors are reinforced, but sometimes not very well. Food is rarely inspected, we aren’t informed enough on emergency survival techniques, and airplanes are frighteningly accessible to people without clearance. What’s worse: plane maintenance is usually outsourced, often overseas. For twenty-seven years, author William McGee spent working “in and around aviation,” and when he started this book, he vowed to his mother that he’d make it “good.” He kept his promise. “Attention All Passengers” is eye-opening, irritating, and downright disturbing, despite that f lying is, statistically, safer than other modes of travel. McGee had access to experts, officials, and government agencies in the researching of this book, which gives it an air of authority without sensationalism; that, and the extremely useful hints on individual safety make this an invaluable read for any traveler. If planning a business or pleasure trip gives you personal turbulence, this won’t soothe your fears one bit. But if the sky’s the limit for your travel plans and you want to take a good book along with you, I think “Attention All Passengers” is just the ticket.

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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities
Pokeno Bring your pennies for this bingo-like card game held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Aug. 15 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. Northern Breakfast Cafe Let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day & good conversation with others. Breakfast is being served by Paula on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m. with homemade French toast, fried apples and sausage links. Beverages are also provided. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by noon on August 14. Please call 301-475-4002 ext. 1001 with any questions. New York City Holiday Tour Start off your holiday season with a trip to the Big Apple! This trip takes place Dec. 7-9, 2012 and includes: three days/two nights, two continental breakfasts, two family style dinners, two shows (The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and The Rockettes at Radio Center Music Hall), guided food and history tour of West Village, and a holiday decorations tour. The cost is $900 pp double occupancy. For more information call Joyce at 301-737-5670, ext. 1656 or email: joyce.raum@stmarysmd.com Southern MD Lighthouse to Be Featured in Next Watercolor Class The next “Art with Faith” workshop at Loff ler Senior Activity will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 1-4 p.m. This month’s project will be a depiction of one of the lighthouses here in Southern Maryland. In tandem with traditional watercolor styles, techniques will include dry brush as well as sponge and salt usage. Cost for this class is $40 which includes instruction and all materials needed to complete your painting. Take home a finished product! To sign up call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 by Tuesday, Aug. 14. Trip to see Orioles Play the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Sept. 13. Game time is 12:35 p.m. Pick-up in St. Mary’s County begins at 8:30 a.m. Forget driving and parking hassles, take a luxury bus to the game! Cost of $60 includes transportation, ticket (seats are under sun cover for your comfort), tip for driver and snacks on the bus. Stop by any Senior Activity Center to make your payment which reserves your space. Call Joyce at 301-7375670, ext. 1656 for more information.

Visit the Department of Aging’s website at www.stmarysmd.com/aging for the most up-to date information.

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.

Things To Consider When Building An In-Law Suite
Perhaps thanks to a struggling economy and an unpredictable stock market that has resulted in many retirement nest eggs being decimated, more and more adult children are welcoming their aging parents into their homes. Such living situations have led to a growth in in-law suites. In fact, in 2010 the National Association of Home Builders found that 62 percent of builders surveyed were working on home modifications related to aging. In-law suites are often created by converting a room in the house, such as the basement or even a garage, into a livable suite. Such suites can benefit elderly relatives who might have been dealt an unforeseen financial blow. But inlaw suites can also benefit younger homeowners who want to see their parents more. In addition, when older men and women move in with their adult children, they can provide some necessary relief from the escalating cost of daycare. But before building an in-law suite in their home, homeowners might want to heed the following tips. * Be certain it is legal. Making changes to your home may require a permit, particularly if your in-law suite will be an entirely new addition to your property and not just a strict room remodel. Contact your local zoning board to ensure the project is within your rights as a homeowner. * Consider the health of your in-laws when making plans. Many in-law suites are occupied by aging relatives who might not be able to get up and down stairs as easily as they used to. That makes accessibility of the suite a top priority. Typically, it's best to locate in-law suites on the first floor, so relatives won't find it difficult to get in and out of the suite. * Don't overlook privacy. Just because your parents or in-laws will be moving in doesn't mean they don't still value their privacy. Chances are your relatives will initially feel as though they are invading your space and your privacy, so be sure the suite affords adequate privacy to all members of the household. It might be best to build the suite so it has its own separate entrance from the rest of the home. The suite should also have its own full bathroom and, if possible, its own kitchen area so your in-laws can cook for themselves and entertain their own guests without feeling like a burden. A second kitchen is also something to discuss with a zoning board, as some locales prohibit having two complete kitchens in a single residence. * Tailor certain amenities to the elderly. If your inlaws are older, install certain amenities, such as grab bars in the shower and bathroom, during the initial construction so you won't have to make changes down the road. Install easy-open drawers and make sure the suite has ample lighting. * Remember to install safety features. Safety features like fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a necessity. Make sure the alarms on each of these detectors are loud enough so elderly men and women who have hearing loss can hear them without issue. Make sure all walkways leading to the in-law suite have motion detecting lamps at night to reduce risk of falling. Also, if the suite will be a separate building from your house, such as a converted pool house or detached garage, install an intercom system that connects with the main house so your relatives can easily reach you in case of emergency. In-law suites are becoming more popular as a greater number of older adults are moving in with their adult children. Such suites can bring families closer together and prove beneficial for all parties involved.

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By Doug Watson
Laplata Maryland’s Ryan Hackett was triumphant in last Friday nights 20-lap limited late model feature at Potomac speedway. The win for Hackett, his second Potomac feature win of the 2012 season, came on his 30th birthday. David Puckett and 2011 Natural Bridge (VA) speedway track champion Justin Williams brought the field to down to start the event. Puckett, a one-time Potomac winner this season, shot into the early race lead. Puckett’s lead would only last one-lap as Williams took control of the event on lap-two. As Williams lead, fifth-starting Ryan Hackett reached second by the third-lap and set his sights on Williams. Hackettt and Williams raced hard together for the next five laps before Hackett became the third different leader of the race as he took control on lap-eight. A lapnineteen caution gave the field one more opportunity, but Hackett was up to the challenge and would romp home to the win over runner-up David Puckett. “I sure didn’t want to see that caution.” Hackett stated in victory lane. “I knew we had a good car, but I knew those guy’s were behind me.” Hackett quickly recognized his father after his popular win. “My dad foots all the bills on this car.” Hackett stated. “He’s the reason were here tonight.” Williams settled for third, Tommy Wagner Jr. was fourth and Cody Lear rounded out the top-five. Puckett took the heat race win. Current points leader Kurt Zimmerman ended a personal slump as he scored his first feature win of the season in the 16-lap street stock feature. Zimmerman, who started fourth, assumed control of the race on lap-two. Zimmerman would go on to lead the distance but would have to repel a furious late race rush from five-time winner Mike Latham to post his 22nd career Potomac feature win. Dale Reamy

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had a solid run taking third, Stephen Quade was fourth and Darren Alvey completed the top-five. Zimmerman was the heat winner. The Hobby stocks played host to two features. In the make-up 15-lap contest from July 3, Brian Adkins scored his fourth feature win of the season. Adkins, who started second, jumped into the race lead on the first lap and would never look back as he would take the win over Jerry Deason. Matt Tarbox was third, Brittany Wenk took fourth and Jonathon Raley filled the front-five. In the 20-lap championship event Jimmy Randall continued his hot-streak as he would win for the third time this season and third time in a row. Brian Adkins lead the first five laps before Rusty Alton took over on lap-six. Alton lead until he slid high on the nineteenth-lap allowing Randall to scoot by and grab his 15th career Potomac feature win. Matt Tarbox came home second, Alton settled for third, James Sutphin was fourth and Brian Adkins rounded out the top-five. Heats went to Randall and Alton. In the 15-lap u-car event rookie Kevin Pollard scored his second feature win in a row and third of the season. Pollard, who lined-up eighth, reached second by the seventhlap and then wrestled the race lead from Race Alton on lapnine and would then drive-off to a convincing win. Alton held tough for second, Tom Paddock was third, Justin Bottorff was fourth and David Coates rounded out the top-five. Pollard was the heat winner. Buddy Dunagan scored his first win of the season in the 50-lap strictly stock feature. Dunagan started on the pole and would dominate the race as he would eventually lead all 50-circuits. Ed Pope Sr. was second, Greg Morgan was third, Ray Bucci fourth and Gage Perkins would complete the top-five. Limited late model feature finish 1. Ryan Hackett 2. David Puckett 3. Justin Williams 4. Tommy Wagner Jr. 5. Cody Lear 6. Dave Adams 7. Tyler Emory 8. Ben Bowie 9. Frankie Latham Street stock feature finish 1. Kurt Zimmerman 2. Mike Latham 3. Dale Reamy 4. Stephen Quade 5. Darren Alvey 6. Kyle Nelson 7. Mart Hanbury 8. Will Quinlan 9. Scott Wilson 10. Johnny Oliver 11. Mike Raleigh (DQ) Hobby stock (make-up) 1. Brian Adkins 2. Jerry Deason 3. Matt Tarbox 4. Brittany Wenk 5. Jonathon Raley 6. Jimmy Randall 7. Don Breach 8. Bobby Miexsall 9. John Burch 10. Robbie Gass 11. James Sutphin 12. Brian Maxey (DNS) 13. Tommy Randall (DNS) 14. Travis Hopkins (DNS) 15. Will Nelson (DNS) Hobby stock (regular) 1. Jimmy Randall 2. Matt Tarbox 3. Rusty Alton 4. James Sutphin 5. Brian Adkins 6. Jerry Deason 7. John Burch 8. Jonathon Raley 9. Brittany Wenk 10. Don Breach 11. Bobby Miexsall 12. Robbie Gass 13. Sam Archer u-car feature finish 1. Kevin Pollard 2. Race Alton 3. Tom Paddock 4. Justin Bottorff 5. David Coates 6. Kevin Oates 7. Billy Hill 8. Brandon Coates 9. Ryan Clements 10. Samantha Raley Strictly stock feature finish 1. Buddy Dunagan 2. Ed Pope Sr. 3. Greg Morgan 4. Ray Bucci 5. Gage Perkins 6. Mike Pirner 7. Nabil Guffey 8. JJ Silvious 9. Dave Moseley 10. Corey Almond 11. John Hardesty 12. Tim Steele (DNS) 13. Jimmy Suite (DQ)

Radial cars rolling into MIR
This Friday night, Maryland International Raceway (MIR) will host the Speed Unlimited Midnight Madness series. The Midnight Madness series is a great place to check out street legal drag racing, hang out with your friends, enjoy great food, meet new people, and cruise the pits. You can even enter your own streetcar or street bike into the event for time runs, grudge runs, or trophy racing. It’s safe, fun, affordable, and legal, a press release states. Plus, this Friday night will feature the last X275 Drag Radial points race of the season. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and first round eliminations will start at 10 p.m. for all classes. General admission for adults is $10, and kids 11 & under are free. Race entry fee is only $20. On Saturday, MIR will hold the Mod ET 2K Double Header. Featuring two separate $2,000 to win races on the 1/8 mile for Mod ET. Also the full Speed Unlimited ET series will be run. The first race will be for Mod ET only. The second race will be for all classes and both races count toward points. Spectator and crew is $15. Gates open at 10 am. Mod ET and Test & Tune time runs start at 10:30 a.m., and the first race for Mod ET will start at 1 p.m. Time trials for Top ET and Motorcycle will start at 4 p.m. J/D eliminations will start at 3:30 p.m. Eliminations for all other classes and Mod ET 2nd race will start at 7 p.m. On Sunday, MIR will host another full day Test & Tune. Time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day long! MIR will also have a free $1,000 to win gamblers race for the bracket racers. So bring your grudge matches, street cars, pro cars, bracket cars, imports, motorcycles, and Jr. Dragsters to MIR! Gates open at 10 a.m., eliminations begin at 3 p.m., and the test & tune is over at 6 p.m. Admission is just $15. For more detailed information on these events call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at 301-884-RACE or visit us at www.mirdrag.com.

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The Ordinary

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By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Brandon Demers took time from his job at World Gym in Leonardtown for a morning jog along route 234 on July 27th. As he was jogging, he couldn’t help but notice how the drought is affecting the area. Everything is brown and all the streams and puddles are drying up. The road crosses stream beds in several places. These streams lead to or from local farm ponds or Breton Bay and St. Clements Bay when they are flowing, but most of them are dried up completely from the drought. As Brandon Demers jogged along, he crossed one of these stream beds and noticed that there was little more than a puddle where the stream enters the pipe designed to carry water under the road. The puddle was only four feet across and barely six inches deep; a result of our rainless summer. But wait! Is that a log in that puddle? Brandon poked it with a stick and it was alive; a snakehead! He ran back to his car and collected a fish landing net and a box to get the creature. He netted it and found it to be a rather big snakehead at 26 inches and nearly 10 pounds! It turns out to be his biggest freshwater catch by any method! He sent me an email with pictures right away. It is a mystery to many people how these fish find their way to these remote places, and how, since 2002 when they first became news, that they seem to be everywhere. There are many theories. A female snakehead of the size that Brandon Demers caught can proBrandon Demers

BleaChers
By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer 1984. What’s the reference? No, it’s not to George Orwell’s classic novel. Van Halen’s masterpiece album? Not a bad guess my fellow recovering hair metal aficionados, but wrong again. Apple’s iconic Macintosh advertisement? Negative. Gremlins? Nope, but remember, never expose your Mogwai to sunlight, never get it wet and never…and I mean never…feed it after midnight. One more guess. The Karate Kid!?!? No Daniel-san…and quit chasing flies with chop sticks. 1984 was the year the Olympic bug bit an impressionable 11-yr-old from Leonardtown: me. The Games of the 23rd Summer Olympiad took place on American turf (Los Angeles) and were awash in red, white and blue. After the United States boycotted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, the Soviet Union returned the favor four years later. The home country advantage and absence of America’s primary world and athletic rival of the time set the stage for a dominant performance by American athletes. They didn’t disappoint. The Star Spangled Banner was probably played more during the Games than Bruce Springsteen’s blockbuster Born in the U.S.A album. Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan led the men’s basketball team to gold. The boxing team, with greats like Pernell Whitaker and Evander Holyfield, was unforgettable. Carl Lewis was the most ridiculous athlete I’d ever seen. And Mary Lou Retton’s gold in women’s gymnastic ensured I swallowed this and every subsequent Olympic offering hook… line…and sinker. This summer, the Games returned to London, England for the 30th Olympiad. It was perfect timing. We desperately needed a distraction from the rampant DUI arrests of egomaniacal pro athletes, the lie that was Penn State football, the political mudslinging ahead of November’s election and the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. The Olympics, and more precisely a unifying team and purpose, were the perfect elixir to cleanse our bitter

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duce thousands of baby snakeheads with each spawn. There is considerable evidence that the fish can spawn more than once per year. That’s a lot of babies! Dr. Joe Love, the Tidal Bass Manager for Maryland DNR, says that these clutches of small snakeheads are fiercely protected by the adult snakeheads. If the adults are caught and removed from the horde of small fry, many of them become food for several other species of fish from small mosquito minnows to largemouth bass. While it may be a good thing that the unprotected baby snakeheads are providing food to some of our more desirable species, we can’t help but wonder what happens to the survivors. Hypothetically, let’s set a minnow

trap in a local stream to catch bait for crappy fishing in a local pond. We go fishing and don’t use all of the bait, so what do we do? Typically, we dump the unused bait to swim on and, hopefully, provide more food for the hungry fish in the pond. Suppose there are a few small snakeheads in the minnow bucket that we assumed were just minnows, and they survived. You get the picture? We just introduced snakeheads to the pond. The adult snakeheads have no natural predators in our region and they prey on frogs, crayfish and small fish – including young game fish species – in our waters. Snakeheads are here and there is very little hope that we’re going to eradicate them now. Catch them, kill them, and eat them whenever you can because they are fun to catch, the State wants them killed, and they are good to eat. On the Bay, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are here. A few flounder are being caught, as well. Remember to take a picture of your catch and send it to me with your story at riverdancekeith@gmail.com. Keith fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

Did You see It?
palates. I bet Cleveland’s even cheering U.S.A. Basketball, if not LeBron James individually. Still, nothing, not even the Olympics, can avoid the cynical eye of the modern sports fan. We’ve been trained to assume performance-enhancers aid some athletic accomplishments and that others will eventually be wiped from history by an unforeseeable scandal. And these Games – via badminton teams tanking matches (8 players were disqualified) and a boxing scoring scandal (somewhere Manny Pacquiao’s smiling) – wasted no time validating our skepticism. That said the Olympics still represent the very best in sports and, in many ways, humanity. The Games largely aren’t about the money (gasp), but rather a greater purpose: a love for sport, teammates and country. This mission was worn on the faces of nearly every Olympian that graced our T.V. screens. Did you see it? Did you see athletes embracing teammates in victory or comforting them in defeat? Did you catch the women’s gymnastics team put aside personal achievements and failures to score a team gold medal? Did you see gymnast Gabby Douglas win individual gold? Did you see swimmer Missy Franklin move her parents and coach to tears? Did you see the Williams sisters celebrate their 3rd gold in doubles tennis? Did you see Baltimore native Michael Phelps swell his haul of precious medals to record levels? Did you see 15-year-old Katie Ledecky single-handedly bring her hometown of Bethesda, MD to its feet? And how about the consistent displays of sportsmanship? It was moving to see athletes from all over the globe congratulate one another after hard-fought contests. Did you see that? Did our world leaders? “Begin with the end in mind” was one of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People. A long time ago these athletes began a journey with an Olympic end in mind. And when dream became reality they displayed sportsmanship beyond their years and competed with a level of daring and optimism only possible with a youthful spirit (if not always a youthful body). They believed anything was possible and snuffed out any pessimism (London was an Eeyore-free zone) with their golden results. My goodness they did us proud. This is sport at its best. This is the essence of the Olympics. So it was in 1984; so it still is in 2012. Sing it with me: ”Oh say can you see…” Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com

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