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I was a native, and actually my father owned slot machines, and slot machines were a big thing in the county. They were everywhere if you went to the bathroom youd see a slot machine.
- J. Frank Raley, former state senator, in a 2010 interview.

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Former state senator J. Frank Raley, credited with setting the foundations for many of the modern institutions in St. Marys County, passed away Tuesday. He was 85.

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New Septic Rules Lay Down Even More Unattainable Goals
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer New regulations that will require property owners installing new septic systems to upgrade to the highest level of nitrogen removal technology is still likely to take effect despite calls from local leaders for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to delay its implementation. MDE Secretary Robert Summers wrote to the Board of County Commissioners last week outlining the objectives the new regulations aim to achieve, specifically removing thousands of pounds of nitrogen per year from the watershed for the next quarter century. The state believes ever stronger regulations on septic systems will help the state meet strict federal goals per a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) that aims to reduce pollutant loads in the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding watershed. But Summers said in his letter that the state is willing to talk more about the new rules. MDE has agreed to an additional meeting with MACo (Maryland Association of Counties) to further discuss the local government perspective on the proposed regulation. Homeowners who already have septic systems would not have to move on to best available technologies (BAT) for nitrogen removal, Summers wrote, but the regulation if implemented would affect just short of 56,000 septic systems throughout the state. BAT-enhanced septic systems allow just half of the nitrogen into local waters that conventional septic systems do, Summers stated. The state estimates that moving to the better technology would remove a total of nearly 650,000 pounds of nitrogen from the environment and almost 250,000 pounds from surface waters by the 25th year of their implementation. For the county, the states plans mean incredible costs for unsure gains in improving the health of the bay and local waters. County Administrator John Savich said the WIP alone, which the county sent to the state without the support of the county commissioners, would costs perhaps the entire operating budget for a year or more. The plan now is to continue to press for time and concessions from the state or suffer from the crippling economic effects of such regulations. Were asking for more time and more flexibility, Savich said. Its a hard juggling act and were the fastest growing county in the state. Savich said county officials weary that limiting development in the county would only strangle the technology-based economy here that counts on continual defense programs and qualified workers to move here. This is so we dont spend millions on something and not achieve what we want, Savich said.

Former Powerboat Racers Sought

Photo courtesy of David Nelson and Calvert Marine Museum Start of marathon race at Capt. Sams, Bushwood, in 1970

The Calvert Marine Museum is documenting the history of outboard powerboat racing for a new exhibit in 2013 and would like to hear from you. Outboard powerboat racing was one of the largest and most popular spectator sports in Southern Maryland after World War II. Thousands of fans flocked to venues like Capt. Sams in Bushwood, Abells Wharf in Leonardtown, and Swanns Pier in Piney Point. Most racers were members of the Southern Maryland Boat Club. The Calvert Marine Museum is interviewing former racers and gathering photographs and memorabilia for the new exhibit on display in 2013. A reunion of former racers and family members is planned for June of the same year. If you have information that you would like to share and can help, please contact Robert Hurry at 410 326-2042 ext. 35 or email at







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United Way Ready For Next Funding Push

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The United Way of St. Marys County is preparing for its annual Kick Off Breakfast, Day of Caring and a generally busy season on the whole. Local United Way Executive Director Jennifer Hollingsworth celebrated her first anniversary with the United Way this week, having started on the first day of school in 2011. During the coming year and fundraising campaign, she has three goals promote snack sacks, increase the United Ways presence in local businesses and streamline paperwork process for partner agencies. Hollingsworth said she learned a lot about the day-to-day workings of the United Way during the past year, and she is excited to begin her second year. Im in a much better place than I was last year, she said. Being introduced during the kick off breakfast, Sept. 14, will be this years honorary chairpersons: Rear Adm. Charles H. Bert Johnston, Jr. and Beverly Johnston, USN-Ret. Were excited to have them, Hollingsworth said. The couple will be taking the place of last years honorary chairperson, former county commissioner Daniel Raley. Hollingsworth said the position is a oneyear appointment, and the person holding the position helps the non-profit forge contacts in the community to benefit partner agencies. Normally, the honorary chairperson has been in the county for a long time and has ties to the community and local businesses. The Johnstons also have ties to the NAS Patuxent River, which Hollingsworth said will be a benefit. Though Raley will no longer be the honorary chairperson, Hollingsworth said the individuals who held that position often remain involved, lending their connections and experience to benefit the United Way. Also at the kick off breakfast, the local United Way will introduce three new members of the Board of Directors Leonardtown Town Councilman Hayden Hammett, of Community Bank of Tri County, local defense contractor Kendra Vieweg, and a third yet-to-be confirmed member. In addition to the breakfast, Hollingsworth is gearing up for the annual Day of Caring on Oct. 12. Volunteers will gather to complete projects for a number of organizations, including the Greenwell Foundation, the Literacy Council, Leahs House, the Three Oaks Shelter and others. Hollingsworth said this years Day of Caring is shaping up to be much larger than last year, with groups of volunteers coming from several business county wide, as well as individuals from the community. Projects are designed to be completed in one day, and the United Way will accept volunteers until Sept. 28. This year will also be the second for the Snack Sak program. There were 31 weeks in last years program and 64 children from four schools took home 8,269 pounds of food, according to information on This year, Hollingsworth aims to expand the program and serve more children from more schools. Hollingsworth intends to highlight the Snack Sak program at the kick off breakfast, and this will be the first year donations will be accepted directly for the program itself. For more information, visit

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Vandals Strike Again at Leonardtown Wharf

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Ever since the Leonardtown Wharf opened in 2008 the site has been popular as a secluded park but it has also drawn in thieves and vandals. Town officials reported that the latest incident involved the taking of a historical interpretation sign and the destruction of the pedestal it was on. Town Administrator Laschelle McKay said the sign not only cost several thousand dollars, but the pictures and art depicted on it took significant work to retrieve. The stolen sign had graphics tracked down through National Geographic, McKay said. A lot of effort went into designing these signs. Its frustrating, it takes it away from everyone, she said. This is the most costly of the incidents of theft and vandalism to hit the wharf yet, McKay said, though past incidents included stolen life rings, stolen flags and graffiti scribbled on the pavilion. McKay said that there was little chance of retrieving the sign now. Its probably in the water for all we know, McKay said, noting the theft was not about profit for whoever did it. Its just about destruction, she said. Its just senseless and it ends up costing the taxpayer. The continual vandalism there has moved the town commissioners to place surveillance cameras at the wharf. First there were eight but now the town plans to add six more for a total of 14 cameras. So far the cameras already there have revealed some information about the recent sign theft. Weve seen some things on the camera, so we have some leads, McKay said. Mayor Dan Burris said the theft of items from the wharf are an annoyance except when it involves one of the life rings kept there that are meant to rescue anyone who falls into the bay. Burris said the cameras would likely help curb the problems at the Wharf but the real answer would be the planned development of the wharf to include a

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Waldorf Ranked Among Best Places to Live
By David Noss CNN's Money Magazine has included the city of Waldorf in Charles County on its list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live ranking it at number 20. According to Money Magazine, the list features terrific, small cities that offer what American families care about most--strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care, and plenty to do. The brief summary describes Waldorf as a major retail spot in Southern Maryland with a welcoming vibe and safe streets. The city is noted for being an appealing location for homeowners because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and for its low median home prices as compared to others cities in the region. Having extensive experience over the last 20 years working with communities in Waldorf, this is comes as a well-deserved accolade Waldorf is an example of smart growth, Charles County Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly said in a press release. As of Tuesday, there were seven pages of reader comments on the CNN site regarding Waldorf and few of them are complementary. Most commentators cite high crime as the number one reason for their dismay at CNN's conclusion. I live near Waldorf and won't even go there after dark, and I rarely go to that mall, wrote Dana Thingelstad. Other commentators cite rude drivers, bad attitudes, and the dominance of corporate chain stores as other negatives. Waldorf is just about the worst town in southern maryland [sic], wrote Jessa Jeffries Agner. So full of franchises, no quaint local store fronts, no open natural spaces, no friendly neighborhood farmers markets. Many other commentators also agreed with Agner's conclusion about how the town was selected. They must just crunch numbers to pick these [towns on the Top 100 list], Agner concluded. One person even took a shot at the County Commissioners. What makes it so desirable? The rising crime rate, the fact that this is solely a commuter town with no sense of community, or the commissioners who are forcing development on the people who live here because they are married to commercial developers? wrote a person with the handle commish123. Several readers also noted that the retail shops depicted in the photo on the CNN Web site have been vacant for a long period of time. While there are a few positive com-

ments, most are posted as rebuttals to negative comments left by other readers. But at least one person feels that Waldorf's bad reputation is not a reflection on the entire area. Charles County overall isn't bad, but Waldorf definitely is a low

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Ocean City Lifeguard Stands Often Occupied by Southern Marylanders
By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Late morning at the beginning of July, Chris Barton, of Lusby, was on his lifeguard stand in Ocean City watching the people in the water. He saw a man floating face down, but wasnt initially concerned when swimmers nearby were not showing signs of distress. Twenty seconds later, he looked back and the man was still floating face down and those around him were moving toward him. I whistled twice, calling my crew for assistance and then ran into the water. He was about 100 yards out, near a sandbar. By the time I got to him, two other swimmers were trying to lift him out of the water, but his face was still down. Having practiced the exact skill only a few days before, Barton was prepared. I said, Turn him over. When they did, I could see foam coming out of his mouth. Barton went underneath the swimmer and held his neck in a Hawaiian sling to prevent further neck and back injury. Then he began backing out of the water back to the beach. By this time, his fellow crew members in the stands to his north and south, were helping to carry the legs. One of those fellow rescuers was Vince Martirano, son of St. Marys County Public School Superintendent Michael Martirano. Once on the shore, they set him down and administered two rescue breaths and began CPR. Barton did the chest compressions while his crew chief did the breathing. However, with the foam coming out of the mans mouth, it was hard to get air into his lungs, Barton said. Almost immediately, another supervisor arrived on an ATV, then the local EMS squad arrived and took over. By that point Barton said he felt he could do more good by moving back up into the stand to keep his eye Vince Martirano, son of St. Marys County Public School Superintendent Michael Martirano, is one of many Southern Marylanders out for the other swimmers. who work summers in Ocean City. Unfortunately, these types of injuries are too common, according tempting a flip in the middle of a parking lot for to Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) Public Re- fear of striking the ground. However, many of lations Coordinator Kristin Joson. these same individuals will attempt these aerial Approximately 60 percent of the head, maneuvers on the beach or into a few inches of neck and spinal cord injuries the patrol re- ocean water, Jorson said. With the all too ofsponds to are because swimmers ride waves ten result of witnessing our spinal injury maninto shore incorrectly. The other 40 percent agement technique first hand. are swimmers diving into shallow water or atOcean City Beach Patrol averages 2,500 tempting tricks. rescues, 1,500 minor first aid and 500 lost perMost people would never think of at- son a year. Ocean City Beach Patrol is holding testing for next summers lifeguards on Sept. 1. No pre-certification or experience in ocean rescues is necessary. The qualifying candidates are eligible for appointment to an eightday Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Academy scheduled for next May and June. Registration for the full day of testing begins at 10 a.m. The tests include swimming 500 meters, running 300 meters, swim/water rescues and demonstrating running fast in timed sprints. Living in Southern Maryland need not be a deterrent for interested candidates as many crew members hail from this area. The current captain, Melbourne Butch Arbin III, of Charles County has been with the patrol for 40 years and leading its 200 employees since 1997. Joson is also from Charles County. Barton is from Calvert and Martirano is from St. Marys. For more information go to ocbp or call 410-289 7556.

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We have some great news, the 21st Annual Golf Tournament that benefits The Center for Life Enrichment and Special Olympics St. Marys County will feature a Hole in One Contest, win $10,000 on designated hole and your choice of a set of Cleveland Irons, Kindle Fire or $500 Visa Gift Card on all other par 3s for a hole in one. Tournament to be held on Friday, September 28th, 2012 at the Wicomico Shores Golf Course located in Chaptico, MD. Remember the great golf, the good food and that warm feeling that comes from helping others, here is your chance to do it all again. The tournament is a Captains Choice Foursome with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $340 per team and includes green fees, cart, refreshments during play and a luncheon reception after the tournament. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams based on flights, also a putting contest, straightest drive, longest drive (men & women), closest to the pin and door prizes! And, dont forget our first time ever Hole in One events. Special Olympics is a year-round comprehensive sports program of training and competition designed to provide the maximum fun and benefit for individuals with intellectual and physical challenges. The program offers continuing opportunities to over 325 athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and participate in a variety of individual and team sports at local, state, national, and international levels. Special Olympics is open to individuals regardless of the degree of the disability. The Center for Life Enrichment provides pre-vocational, vocational, socialization and transportation services for approximately 250 adult individuals with disabilities. Assembly work, mailings, custodial work, shelf stocking, thrift stores, meter reading and recycling activities are utilized as training opportunities. Our mission is to provide programs and support services that will increase the vocational and personal potential of individuals with disabilities. In pursuit of our mission the Center for Life Enrichment last year paid well over a half a million dollars in wages to individuals with disabilities. Hurry and send in your registration now, the tournament is 1st come 1st serve and is open to the first 128 paid entrants. Complete the enclosed entry form and include a check made out to The Center for Life Enrichment and mail it to P. O. Box 610 Hollywood, MD 20636. Entry deadline is Friday, September 14th, 2012. So sign up now! In addition to enjoying a great round of golf we hope that you and/or your business would consider being a sponsor of our 21st Annual Golf Tournament. We offer various ways that you can provide financial support and receive positive benefits for your business. Please consider being a Hole Sponsor and/or donate a gift as a door prize. Need more information about our Sponsorship Plans or Tournament Registration please contact Laurie at (301) 373-8100 extension *814. Best regards,
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John, This is Mike

Behind The Scenes in Annapolis

Miller In Command

By Len Lazarick No one doubts that this months special session of the General Assembly to expand gaming wouldnt have happened without the insistence and persistence of Senate President Mike Miller, whos been pushing slots and gambling for a decade. A few loose ends from the session point out Millers command of the process and close attention to every stray vote. On Friday, Aug. 10, the Senate convened at 10:22 a.m., and debated the long and complicated gaming bill for nearly five hours, long enough that Miller took a break and let Senate President Pro-Tem Nathaniel McFadden preside for a while. When Miller returned to the rostrum five pounds lighter, observed McFadden he took up another of the two dozen amendments that were mostly rejected, then picked up the phone. Reporters and senators often wonder whom he is calling. In this case, at around 2:26 p.m., there was no doubt the nature of the call. Miller had inadvertently left his microphone on.

John, this is Mike, says Miller in the archived recording. Im really disappointed that Simonaire voted with me and you didnt on that f***ing amendment and then Miller goes silent. His chief of staff, Vicki Gruber, standing on the rostrum a few feet away, was gesturing to him as he talked on the phone, then went up and switched off his mic. Only one senator is named John, John Astle of Annapolis, and Astle had just voted to approve an amendment by Baltimore County Democrat Jim Brochin that scraps the entire sixth casino, Brochin said. Brochin and a few other Democrats Sens. Jim Mathias of Ocean City and Anthony Muse of Upper Marlboro had voted for a bunch of the hostile amendments offered and supported mainly by Republicans, like Anne Arundel Sen. Bryan Simonaire. But on Brochins amendment, which failed 9 to 33, Astle vice chair of the Finance Committee and a member of Senate leadership voted against Miller, the only instance in recorded votes on 22 amendments that day that he opposed Miller. Brochins amendment would have left the bill intact the addition of table games, 24-hour gaming, reduced casino taxes, restrictions on campaign contributions and so on but stripped the one prize Miller clearly wanted, a large sixth casino in Prince Georges County, which is opposed by the owners of Maryland Live! at Arundel Mills in Astles home county. Brochin often votes with Republicans on fiscal issues, and is a constant aggravation to Miller, so much so that Miller had Brochins Towson Senate district redrawn to make it more Republican by taking it to the Pennsylvania line. Miller has been caught at least once in the past dropping the f-bomb from the rostrum, but that came at the end of a session, and it was edited out of the recording in barely an hour. The Aug. 10 recording of the phone call is preserved for posterity, at least for the moment.

Three days, Three Days Not Four

Late on Tuesday Aug. 14, as the gaming bill was nearing its final passage, Senate Republican Leader E.J. Pipkin, another thorn in Millers side, brought up the constitutional provision that prohibits one house of the legislature from leaving town for more than three days without the consent of the other chamber. The Senate adjourned Friday evening, Aug. 10, and didnt come back into session until Tuesday night. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, said Pipkin four days. We havent been gone more than three days, Miller

responded. Its been four, said Pipkin. The chair rules that it was three days, Miller said with finality. Three days, three days. Pipkins House colleague, Del. Michael Smigiel, had actually sued over the same issue after a special session in 2007, but the Court of Appeals ruled against him. Assistant Attorney General Dan Friedman, the general counsel to the General Assembly, had been consulted this time, and he said it was three legislative days, Miller said. (Friedman later said it was not clear whether Sunday counted in the three days, although Sundays and holidays all count for the legislatures 90-day regular session.) We leave here on Friday at 6 and came back on Tuesday, Pipkin insisted. Im saying we havent been gone more than three days three, Miller reiterated. Ive been here every day. The chair rules that we havent been gone more than three days. Pipkin stopped arguing and sat down. Under Millers counting, when Jesus died on a Friday and rose on the third day, as the scriptures say, Christians might well be observing Tuesday as the Lords Day. In its opinion (p. 26), the Court of Appeals gave little solace to Pipkin and Smigiel on the constitutional provision. The petitioners have asked this Court to invalidate the legislation passed by the General Assembly during its 2007 Extraordinary Session because the Senate adjourned for more than three days without, according to the petitioners, obtaining the consent of the House of Delegates. The petitioners, in effect, are asking this Court to direct the General Assembly on the exact parameters that must be followed for one chamber to obtain the consent of the other in adjourning for more than three days. The judges pleaded separation of powers and said the question is an internal procedural issue for the General Assembly that is best, and properly, resolved by it. Thus, we hold that the second question presented by the petitioners is a political question and nonjusticiable. In other words, it aint up to us, guys. Its up to politicians like Mike Miller. Marylands high court doesnt really want to be pointing fingers about timelines required in the state constitution. That document declares the opinions of the appeals court shall be filed within three months of the argument, but the court has ruled long ago that it need not follow that directive and seldom does. Case in point: The opinion in the 2007 Smigiel lawsuit was filed in August 2009 more than 17 months after the case was heard.

$20,000 in Equipment Missing from Govs Offices

By Tricia McCarter-Joseph The Executive Department and governors office had missing computer equipment, improper handling of cash receipts and unreliable inventory records, state auditors found, and some of the problems had been uncovered in previous audits. The report by the Office of Legislative Audits found that documentation for two years worth of physical inventory could not be provided by some offices, which include boards and commission under the governors office. Notably, offices lacked accurate physical inventory records for missing equipment totaling over $20,000, including a laptop computer and printer, two of which were eventually found. In addition, auditors found that a required separation of duties for handling cash receipts was not being practiced and that employees were not properly endorsing receipts and did not do so in a timely manner as required by the states Accounting Procedures Manual. Auditors reported that such deficiencies were adversely affecting the Executive Departments ability to maintain reliable financial records and to operate efficiently. The governors office has a budget of about $9.5 million and the boards, offices and commissions in the Executive Department have budgets of $112 million. The offices have about $4.6 million in equipment. Longstanding procedural breaches continued at the Governors Office of Community Initiatives, the Governors Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Governors Finance Office. Community Initiatives handled $244,000 in cash last year and Crime Control had cash receipts of $71,000. Chief of staff promises improvements In response to the auditors report, OMalley Chief of Staff Matthew Gallagher accepted all of the findings and said changes have been made to the procedures regarding cash receipts, record keeping and separation of duties. Also, two new hires were made to reorganize the inventory and equipment management system. According to the departments response the missing equipment situation was investigated and some were immediately found. However, others remained missing and were approved for disposition by Department of General Services, meaning they had likely been thrown out. Despite the problems, Acting Legislative Auditor Thomas Barnickle III, said that there were no indications that cash receipts were not deposited in the states bank accounts or that any funds are missing.


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Thursday, August 23, 2012


Japanese Plays Coming to College

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Patrons of St. Marys College of Marylands upcoming kyogen comedies will learn about traditional Japanese culture, while enjoying easily understood slap-stick comedy. SMCM recently announced the return of the comedies to St. Marys, under the direction of Associate Professor of Theatre Holly Blumner, for the first time since 2008. Kyogen plays commonly consist of large movements, and strong and deep voice work, Blumner explained. It was created as a form of lighter entertainment to supplement the more serious Buddhist influenced plays. As a result, kyogen plays are short, often very funny and often act as social critiques of the different social classes in traditional Japan, she said. Blummer feels the shows provides exposure to another culture and history, and explained how unique the plays can be to Southern Maryland theatre. They introduce audiences to a traditional Japanese culture in small ways, she said, such as the movements and stylized voice typically found in kyogen comedy. Blumner added that the plays at the college will replicate the movements and voice used as best they can, in order to portray kyogen as accurately as possible. The plays are staged with a kyogen stage and kyogen costumes, Blumner said. So they can get a feeling of what Japanese theatre is like here in Southern Maryland. Blumner believes audience members of the show will particularly enjoy the plays because they are timeless and their messages travel easily across cultures. Most everyone feels joy, most everyone feels sorrow, she said. These emotions are well represented in the plays. She also believes due to the clarity the emotions displayed in traditional kyogens, the show would be understood by the audience even if it were to be performed in Japanese. St. Marys College will begin holding open auditions on Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. No previous acting experience is required. The program is seeking actors comfortable using their body and open to trying new ways of movement while acting, because kyogen acting is highly choreographed and requires formal vocabulary movement. This is not psychological acting, Blumner said, and that can be a challenge for some actors. Auditions will take place in the Bruce Davis Theatre Sept. 4-5 and the shows performance dates are scheduled for Nov. 8-11 and again Nov. 15-18. General admission tickets will be available for $6, or $4 for St. Marys College students, faculty and staff according to SMCM Associate Professor of Theatre Mark Rhoda. Blumner said the college encourages anyone in the community interested in theatre or Asia to attend. Blumner has been teaching Asian theatre at St. Marys College since 2001. She is directing the plays at St. Marys College for the third time, and studied with the Shigeyama family of actors who have performed kyogen in Washington, DC for the last three years in Japan for 10 years in the Okura School. (The plays) promise to be a smash hit, as they have been in the past, Rhoda said. To purchase tickets call 240-895-4243 or visit For additional information on the upcoming kyogen series, contact Blumner at



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By Alex Panos Staff Writer School Superintendent Michael Martirano led a group of officials, including Delegate John Bohanan and Capt. Ben Shevchuk, Executive Officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, down the halls of a few public schools to welcome students into the new school year Wednesday. In all, there were six groups of school administrators and elected officials that toured at least four schools each in the St. Marys County Public School System. Martirano, a teacher at heart, started the annual school tours because of the importance and value he places on beginning school on a positive note. It shows support to our students and our schools (staff and administrators) that everyone is invested in their education, Martirano said. His groups tour began at Spring Ridge Middle School, greeting students and staff as they returned to school, before moving on to Great Mills High School. Everything is up and running and going smooth, Great Mills Principal Jake Heibel told the group as they entered the high schools lobby. At Great Mills High School, which Heibel said has a clear vision to address the new Common Core Standards, the group visited the biology class of Beth Dyson and the advanced placement art history class of Debbie Bowen. Shevchuk, participating in the tour for the first time, was taken away by the supreme facilities in the school system and the eager students desire to begin the school year. I like to see students focused, Shevchuk told The County Times. They seem alert and ready to go. As the group left the art room, Martirano told the students how proud he was they were stretching themselves by signing up for a challenging advanced placement course even giving his business card out to a student who may need a job reference from him one day. Along with helping students find jobs, Martirano said an important goal is to have every child in the school system be job ready, regardless of outside factors or challenges the student may face. Many students at Fairlead Academy the groups third destination on the tour face circumstances that threaten their academic success. Students qualify for Fairlead Academy based on their academic performance, attendance record and behavior, or from recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors. We define our community by taking care of those who need support, Martirano said. This defines our school system. He added that seeing kids succeed, particularly those facing strenuous circumstances in their home lives, is a very emotional experience for him. All teachers at Fairlead are hand-selected, he continued, in order to ensure the best candidates who will build positive relationships with the kids are hired. U.S. history teacher Brandon Reaser shook hands with student as they walked through the door and entered his classroom. Its 1-to-12 teacher-student ratio helps Fairlead keep track of every student. We have two kids that didnt show up (today), and were looking for them, Fairlead Academic Dean Rebecca Cline said. Keeping small ratios is emphasized throughout the conventional public schools as well, particularly in kindergarten, according to Martirano. At Lexington Park Elementary, the final stop on the four-school tour, kindergartners enjoy an average of a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio because there are two educators in each classroom, he said, adding that schools in Marylands other counties have student-teacher ratios of 20-1. St. Marys County Public Schools puts a lot of emphasis on encouraging teachers to come in as paraeducators first. So when they get hired, they are certified, Martirano said. Martirano plans to visit every school in the county within the next two weeks, and work toward his goal of a 100 percent student graduation rate. Last year, students in St. Marys County Public Schools had an 89.4 percent graduation rate, the highest in the history of the county and nearly 20 percent higher than the national average of 70 percent.

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I read with interest Mr. Lawrences Aug. 16 response to Calvin Briens letter of Aug. 9 thanking President Obama for lessening the financial burden on him, a young man who took the initiative to pursue higher education and go into deep debt to better himself successfully. Mr. Lawrences tirade against the Presidents policies did not debate the issue of the young people in our country who are faced with the challenge of bettering themselves and successfully overcoming it to become productive members of our society.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012


I Vote For You

Misconduct? Judge Densford, I voted for you in the temporary election and I will vote for you again in November. If you expect less conduct from Stanalonis coming from the States Attorneys office I think not. Misconduct. In an upcoming Post Conviction Review they wanted to let a Judge that was Deputy States Attorney at the inmates original trial sit in on the Post Conviction Review. The inmate said, I wanted to ask if they are crazy. We need real justice in our town. I have lived in St. Marys County most all my life. I said it at your temporary election: Time for a cool change. We need the justice system just that not the good ole boys making their own laws. I vote for you Mr. Densford. Best Wishes. Glenda Abell Leonardtown, MD

Give Young People Credit

I say we should give these young people the credit they deserve as the future of our society, and offer them all the assistance we can. If anyone does not agree with the present administrations policies, they should vote against them at election time, as we all have the right to do in this free country where we can openly disagree without becoming personally critical. Tom Brien Lexington Park, MD

Teach a Man to Fish And He Wont Need Government Handouts

Last week I read a letter titled President Obama, Thank You. I would like to thank Calvin for his expressive insight. He mentions that in 2008 that he and many other young people naively voted for a first-term Senator from Illinois because the candidate was young, energetic, and could grab a crowd. What a resume for the leader of the free world and our Commander-in-Chief. I notice there was no mention of knowledge, experience, or capability. Guess those points dont count. Calvin also discusses how the middle class and people his age have benefited by allowing them to leach off of their parents and the rest of society rather than having to pay their own way. Well I am so happy that he is managing to save money while I, who am also middle class but not so young, have to pay the bill for him and all the others who dont contribute. I have news for you, Calvin. It is a zero sum game. While you get something for nothing, others of us have to work and pay for both you and ourselves. I sincerely hope that the money you are saving is not being applied for something critical like customizing a car. You know the kind that I mean. One of those little cars that those same young people drive with the obnoxiously loud exhaust system, custom paint, spoilers, and tiny very expensive tires on equally very expensive rims. It makes me so happy to know that people are saving money on insurance to spend so wisely on such essentials. Yes, I do understand what it means for some to enjoy extra money in their pockets. At least now I do. But not when I was 22. I paid for my own school, working 35 hours per week during the school year and more in the summer months. I paid my own rent. I paid for every car I ever owned. Yet I still managed to buy my first house when I was 22. It wasnt much. I spent the next 10 years learning how to fix and replace just about everything in it because I couldnt afford to have someone else do it. But it was mine; paid for with my time, energy, and money. Things are much better for me now because I made them that way. Oh by the way, I still do much of my own work; some for the feeling of personal accomplishment and some still to save money that I would prefer to use for other things. And the very last thing that I want my hard earned money to be used for is others who dont want to pay their own way so that they can have the extra money to enjoy. This may be harsh. It is also life. Live it and learn to love it. In the end you may appreciate things more if you have actually earned them. Have you ever heard the expression, Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat forever. Dennis Ritaldato Hollywood, MD

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As we come to another major election and we see the tactics of the political parties, Im reminded of what our first President George Washington had to say about them. When referring to the formation of the Federalists and the Democrat-Republicans he said, The formation of these organizations is one of the meanest (lowest) things that could happen to our United States. As soon as the parties formed, they devised ways to buy votes. Initially it was buying voters drinks at the local tavern so they felt they were getting something for their votes. This was followed by the political machines of Tammany Hall and the Daley Machine, which gave their supporters local jobs in return for voting a straight ticket. Over the years measures have been taken to minimize the buying of votes most notably the closing of bars on Election Day. Everyone has come to realize that votes should not be influenced by the money of the candidates. Relatively recently we have come to experience another, most insidious, example of vote buying. It is voters who vote Democrat only because they get paid for it. The money comes in the form of welfare, food stamps, earned income tax credits, and child tax credits. These voters vote Democrat because Democrats are the candidates that will provide them with free money. These voters, white and black, have little concern for our national debt as long as the money keeps coming to them. Candidates who speak of balanced budgets and decreases in discretionary spending hardly stand a chance when these paid voters enter the election booth. This country was founded on the premise of No taxation without representation. Perhaps we should look at the corollary and follow the edict of, No representation without taxation. Who has a better right to decide on fiscal policies than the people actually paying taxes? That would disenfranchise the millionaire who paid no taxes as well as the welfare parent. Glenn Weder Hollywood, MD

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The Commissioners of Leonardtown will be accepting bids to improve the following streets in Leonardtown: Shadrick St, Pope St., and Camalier Drive. The work will consist of demo, concrete placement, milling asphalt and asphalt placement. Interested bidders shall obtain a copy of the bid specification by contacting The Commissioners of Leonardtown at P.O. Box 1, 41660 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, Maryland, 20650 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Requests may also be made by calling 301-475-9791 or by fax at 301-475-5350. A mandatory, pre-bid meeting will be held September 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at The Commissioners of Leonardtown conference room. A project walk thru will follow the pre bid meeting. If you should have any questions please contact Tony Wheatley at 301475-9791. Bids will be due by 10:00 a.m., September 20, 2012. The Commissioners of Leonardtown reserve the right to reject any and all bids and proposals, and to accept any proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the Town. 8/23/2012

Its OK for the Liberal Media

In response to Brenda Coates letter from the Aug. 16 edition, "Show Me The Money", I'd like to suggest to Ms. Coates that there is no law stating a candidate has to show 2, 5, or 10 years of back returns. But I am sure of this, Romney has paid more in taxes in one year than Ms. Coates or I together will make in our lives. Near the end of her letter she notes "we're electing a president and that means finding out in advance about the candidates character and integrity". That sure was not the case with candidate Obama; they had to pry his birth certificate from Hawaii two years after the election. And try getting a glimpse of his college records from Columbia University or Georgetown Law, those records are sealed, and it's my understanding that someone paid big bucks to keep them that way. Obama was not properly vetted and yet that's OK with the liberal media. Paul Lawrence California, MD


Thursday, August 23, 2012

The County Times

To The Editor
English Should Be Our National Language
national language in amendments to immigration reform bills, but none of these bills has become law with the amendment intact. U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica on Thursday testified before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution in support of H.R. 997, a bill that would make English the official language of the United States. Mar 11, 2011 Two conservative Republican lawmakers, Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), introduced a bill making English the official language of the United States... Feb 15, 2008 Fifty-two countries throughout the world have designated English as their official language, and the United States still has not Capt. Larry Lutz Lexington Park, MD

Teach Your Children Well

I received an e-mail that says it as it is. The e-mail showed a picture of two of our young spoiled Americans. The gist of the conversation was as follows, he says to her Ill run over and pick up both our welfare checks. Then drop by the University to see whats holding up our Federal Education Grants. Meanwhile, you go to the free clinic for a pregnancy test and, if its positive, fill out the necessary papers for assistance and a baby bonus. Oh, and pick up my free glasses. And then we will meet at the Federal building at noon for the mass picketing the stinking establishment. The above represents some of our spoiled youths way of thinking. This proves there is a way to collect benefits, even if you dont deserve them. It is a shame that welfare recipients do not have to take a urine test to collect there benefits. The working Americans have to take a urine test to get a job to help pay for these benefits. Does this make sense? What have we done to our children? In days of old, the most popular form of welfare was relief. People were ashamed to be collecting relief. Today, there are generations of people who live on welfare. There are so many ways to collect welfare type programs. The taxpayers are feeling used and our so called legislators say we must help those in need. Many of these people have put themselves in their situation. Nobody forced our children to start using drugs and to be reckless in their romantic endeavors. Our children are receiving too much money from their parents and other sources to relieve their boredom with life as it is in our present time. The worst thing a parent can say: my child will have more than I had when I was growing up. Make your children work for their extravagant allowances. Teach them the value of money. As Thomas Jefferson said; the democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give it to those who would not. Daniel J. Wilson Leonardtown

Commissioners Corner

In answer to Mike McGinns umbrage (Use of English is Proper, Aug. 16), here are just a few references he may call up to verify the question regarding English (more specifically American English) as the official language of our country. While American English is the common language of a majority of our citizens, and declared the language of use in completing immigration processes, it has yet to be enacted to be our Official language. He may Google the question to find several more items. From Languages_of_the_United_States English is the de facto national language of the United States, with 82% of the population claiming it as a mother tongue, and some 96% claiming to speak it well or very well. However, no official language exists at the federal level. There have been several proposals to make English the

Lets Let Science Take Center Stage

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The Maryland Department of the Environment has proposed changes to the states septic regulations which would have a dramatic impact on St. Marys County. The current regulations require Best Available Technology (BAT) systems within 1000 feet of the Chesapeake Bay, the Critical Area. The proposed regs would require BATs outside the Critical Area in all new construction and in cases where a building addition requires a larger septic system. What is the cost differential between an ordinary septic system and a BAT system? $8,000 at a minimum. So, if these regulations go forward, the cost of a new home in the county will go up by at least $8,000. On Aug. 10, the Board of County Commissioners sent a letter to Governor OMalley, pointing out the discrepancy between the proposed septic regulations and the Watershed Implementation Plan or WIP. The nitrogen delivery rates instituted by the MDE eas, each conventional septic system discharges on averin the WIP Model - 30% 50% 80% - contradict the logic age 23.2 pounds of nitrogen per year to the environment of mandating BATs for new construction outside the and 8.8 pounds per year to surface water. Such claims sound convincing until you realize that Critical Area. Clearly, MDE should recognize the value of focusing this nitrogen reduction MDEs nitrogen numbers are based on the Bay Model and assumptions with little or no data to back them up, technology solely in the Critical Area. MDEs new 30% 50% 80% delivery rate as was shown during the debate on PlanMaryland. The Maryland Department of the Environment will scheme is problematic in another important way. The historically accepted nitrogen de- be meeting with the Maryland Association of Counties livery rate is 40 percent. In fact, all the other and others to discuss these regulations. For the sake of state jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Wa- the Bay and the citizens who cherish it lets hope genuine science and sound policy prevail. tershed utilize the 40 percent delivery rate. Under this new scheme St. Marys County will experience an additional cost of $45 million dollars to address the septic sector nitrogen reduction goal. $45 million dollars is a gigantic expense for St. Marys Notice is hereby given that the following vessel has County to bear. apparently been abandoned for 90 days on the property of Cape On Aug. 15, Maryland Department of Saint Marys Marina 27290 Holly Lane Mechanicsville MD the Environment Secretary Robert Summers 20659, phone # 618 567 6288. The vessel is described as hull sent a reply letter on the Governors behalf. # 412-064, relax, Morgan 41, white. Application for title will be He did not address the discrepancy between made in accordance with section 8-722 of the annotated code of the proposed septic regulations and the WIP. Maryland natural resources article if this vessel is not claimed In defense of the proposed regulations and removed from the property within 30 days. 8/16/2012 he made this claim: Outside the critical ar-

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Thursday, August 23, 2012


Congressman Visits Leonardtown For Art Reception

her pieces. Its my signature, Pearson said. With the help of Fenwick Street Used Books and Music owner Joe Orlando and other local art enthusiasts, the 16-year-old Pearson plans to get her name out there and pursue an art career. The overwhelming opportunity has gotten her a lot of attention and business cards - she might even try to build her own studio after majoring in graphic and interior design. Ill always do my own work on the side, Pearson said. Moriah Morgan, dis- Jenna Pearson, of North Point High School, with her hand-drawn trict competition winner in dragon. 2006, still does her work on mary goal. Morgan said would be pleased the side in her own studio as an artist to see some of the participants eventually in residence in Leonardtown Arts Cen- set up their own studio in Leonardtown ter. Morgan recalled her experience win- Arts Center and become her colleagues. ning the district competition and visiting I hope they see it as a goal down the Washington, DC with every other district road, she said. winner around the country. Hoyer has all the work from the disIt was wonderful, Morgan said, trict on display in this Waldorf office, and taken away by the famous artists and ce- will be rotating the pieces into his capitol lebrities on hand. My mom and I got a office every couple of weeks, Dudziec tour of the Capitol Building. said. Morgan said a lot this years parThe work of first place winner Victicipants have superb artistic skill, but toria Wolf, a painting of the Constitumost of the kids she spoke to dont see tion cut out in the shape of the U.S. and becoming a professional artist as a pri- being held in the hands of The Statue of Liberty, will be on display in the Cannon Tunnel of the State House. Entering her senior year at Calvert High School, Wolf said it was a humbling experience to be around such prenominal artists and mind-blowing to see her painting hanging on the wall in the Capitol building. Wolf added that during the reception at the Leonardtown Arts Center, it was great to see the sense of community and promotion of art. Leonardtown Arts Center Business Manager Barbara Dudziec said because of the success of St. Marys participants, Congressman Hoyer decided to host this years reception in the county. According to Dudziec, once Hoyer decided to host the reception in St. Marys, he selected Leonardtown Arts Center at the recommendation of the St. Marys County Arts Council. Hoyer believes due to the arts centers central location in downtown Leonardtown, many people have the opportunity to circulate through the gallery and enjoy the work of local artists. Leonardtown Arts Center is also a great place to come and purchase the works of local artists, he said.

riety, mediums and subjects, Hoyer told The County Times. Chopticon senior Sarah Sindelar, 17, Leonardtown hosted a reception for said she appreciated Hoyers presence, the annual Fifth District Congressional and how important he said it is for AmerArt Competition on Friday. Of the 20 icans to continue to share expressions winners from this years district-wide through artwork. You wouldnt think he would mencompetition, nine are St. Marys County tion (art) first [because hes a major politiresidents. All participants were high school cian], but its really cool he did, she said, students, many of which were taking part adding how much the reception meant to her and how she appreciated everyone in an art competition for the first time. Congressman Steny Hoyer was in being recognized, even though they were Leonardtown to offer his praise and not all district winners. Its really nice and special how they thanks to the local artists during the reput this together, said Sindelar. ception at the Leonardtown Arts Center. Sindelar submitted a photograph she I was very struck at the talent, vatook, a robins nest she saw outside of her home, for the contest. Although painting and drawing are usually her forte, it was such a beautiful representation of St. Marys County nature that she had to submit the picture. Its really representative of the area, a theme participants were encouraged to follow, Sindelar said. Jenna Pearson, of North Point High School in Charles County, chose to submit a detailed drawing of a dragon instead of following the suggested theme. The drawing is entirely black and white, with just a hint of red around the Sarah Sindelar, 17, poses with her picture of a robins nest. Sin- eyes a color found in each of
delar is a senior at Chopticon High School.

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Man charged in child sex abuse case
On Aug. 12, police units responded to a residence in Lexington Park for the report of suspected child abuse. Upon arrival at the residence, officers learned several children, under the age of 10, made disclosures to a family member that a babysitter had allegedly been touching them inappropriately. Detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations were contacted and assumed the investigation, which resulted in the arrest of Ronald Christopher Sparks, 53 of Great Mills on Aug. 15. Sparks was charged with child sexual abuse, third-degree sex offense and incarcerated in the St. Marys County Detention Center. Sparks was later released by a District Court Commissioner after posting a $5,000 bond. Additional charges are pending a review with the States Attorneys Office.

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Raid nets drugs, money and suspects

Vice/narcotics detectives were assisted by St. Marys County Emergency Services Team, St. Marys County K-9 deputies, members of the vice/narcotics support team and Calvert County Sheriffs Office Special Operations Team for the execution of a search and seizure warrant on Kavanaugh Road in Mechanicsville. Suspects attempted to flee the front yard of the residence through the woods to the rear of the target home, where they were met by the participating officers. Crack cocaine, marijuana, nearly $3,200, digital scales, and related paraphernalia was seized, police said. William Andrew Holt, 25, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and James Roy Chase Jr., 25, was charged with possession of cocaine. Two additional suspects were arrested on open warrants. Kevin Francis Thompson, 23, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an open indictment for theft. Colin Dion Cutchember, 34, was charged for the alleged marijuana he had on his person and he was served the arrest indictment for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Additional arrests and charges are pending a review with the States Attorney.


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Sex offender jailed

On Aug. 10, detectives from the St. Marys County Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Sex Offender Unit, apprehended Rodney W. Wright, 42, of Lexington Park, after he allegedly failed to register as a sex offender as required. Wright is a Tier III offender and was released from incarceration on July 30, 2012. Wright failed to register within three days of being released from custody, police said.




Man charged in Charlotte Hall robbery

On Aug. 17, at 1:36am, Trooper E. Mersman responded to Dash In, located at 30100 Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall, for a reported robbery. Upon arrival, Mersman made contact with the complainant, 21, of Mechanicsville who said the suspect was still inside the store. Once additional units arrived on scene of the Dash In, Mersman entered the establishment and made contact with Kevin Lee Kramer, 51, of Gambrills. Kramer was behind the counter with an undisclosed amount of money in his hands, police said. Kramer was asked to put the money down, come from behind the counter and lay on the floor. Kramer was arrested and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center, police said. He was charged accordingly and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Architect of Modern St. Marys Passes Away

and community reforms in the county starting nearly half a century ago when he won a state senate seat in 1962. Raley was a key member of a slate of candidates that ran in direct opposition to what some called the Dorsey Machine of politics, then headed by Walter Dorsey, who was best known as the countys states attorney. From 1955 to 1959 Raley served as a delegate in the State House. Judge John Hanson Briscoe, who followed on the slate and started his political career as a state representative, told The County Times this week they were able to successfully fill their ballot and win in virtually every race that year. [The Dorsey Machine] really controlled politics in St. Marys County for about 25 years, said Briscoe, who later went on to be the Speaker of the House. He [Raley] felt that St. Marys County was lagging significantly in infrastructure and government. Briscoe said the county lacked modern

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I participated as a runner before I could vote, and when you were down here, the sides would have their people lined up giving out whisky or money or whatnot to get votes they did a lot of that, whisky and money, Raley told The County Times about politics in the 1960s during a May 2010 interview.
roads, modern law enforcement, a finance office for the county commissioners and central water and sewer authority. At that time the chief drivers of the local economy were agriculture, the Navy base and slot machines, he said. We just didnt have it and this was the 1960s, Briscoe said of modern institutions. His idea was to keep St. Marys County modern. If the county could be modernized, Briscoe said, Raley believed it could be more attractive to more diverse business



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interests. Raley drafted legislation that allowed the County Commissioners more authority in modernizing its operations as well as the law that established the Metropolitan Commission that controls water and sewer for the Lexington Park Development District. Briscoe said he believed wholeheartedly in Raleys vision for the county and gave full credit to his friend for the achievements. He was the sole architect of what we came to know as St. Marys County, Briscoe said. There was no question about it he was the idea man. But Raleys victory would be short-lived as he lost his seat to Paul Bailey, who was supported by the Dorsey group, mainly because Raley opposed slots and did nothing stop legislation that did away with them. Still, Raley continued with his insurance company and development endeavors, cementing himself as a pillar of the community. He also remained active in other facets of public service outside of elected office. J. Ernest Bell, LeonardtownPhotos by Frank Marquart based attorney and former state delegate, chaired the countys first Raley hits his own head during an interview with The County in 2010, while committee to study going to the Times slots machines, talking about his opposition to unregulated which led in part to him being voted charter form of government with out of office.

Raley, who sat as the vice-chair. While that form of government never came about, the process helped to formulate many of the arms of county government we see today, Bell said. He proved you didnt have to be an elected official to accomplish things, Bell said. In the 40 years that followed [his political career] he had his hands on events here in St. Marys County.


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I was a native, and actually my father owned slot machines, and slot machines were a big thing in the county. They were everywhere if you went to the bathroom youd see a slot machine, Raley said, laughing, during his 2010 interview. But the slot machines were really a problem. They werent regulated at all.
Bell said Raley had a keen mind and enjoyed the political process of seeing laws and policy enacted. He was good in the debating process, he did what he thought were in the best interests of St. Marys County, Bell said. He liked the process of government. He relished it. But the other sort of politics, the side that brings many politicians out to community events to mingle with people and make alliances, Raley had little stomach for, Briscoe said. J. Frank never liked politics, Briscoe said. It just wasnt in him. He was a statesman and statesmen dont last very long. Instead of always seeking advice and approval from his fellow citizens, Raley trusted they would instead see that the work he was doing was in their best interests and would choose to keep him in office, Briscoe said. He was not a socialite, he never really socialized, Briscoe said, adding that he chose to spend his time with a select group of friends. Briscoe was one of them, and both men had a keen interest in hunting, which Raley pursued with a passion, Briscoe said.

J. Frank Raley, 85
Former Maryland senator J. Frank Raley, 85, of St. Mary's City died Aug. 21, 2012, at his home. Born Sept. 13, 1926, in Park Hall, he was the son of J. Frank Raley Sr. and Ruth Zimmerly Raley. Never living more than 10 miles from his birthplace, he attended St. Mary's County parochial schools, Charlotte Hall Military Academy and later graduated from Georgetown University. He always looked back fondly to his early years growing up in his father's bar, known as Jay's Place. His lifelong love for hunting, walking in the woods and baseball started during this time. Locally known as a good baseball player, he played for St. Michael's and later The Hustlers, winning the St. Mary's County championship in 1951. Later in life, he always looked forward to the old-timers game in Ridge. He grew up in a family of politicians and was drawn to politics at an early age. He served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1955 through 1959. From 1963 to 1966, he served in the Maryland Senate. As a state senator, he is largely credited with providing most of the infrastructure that was required to develop St. Mary's County. This facilitated bringing needed schools, roads and bridges to the growing county. He chaired the public buildings committee his entire Senate term. Following his Senate term, he became a delegate to the 1967 Constitutional Convention of Maryland. He was also a former member of the Maryland Economic Development Committee and former president of the Lexington Park Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the St. Mary's County Planning and Zoning Commission, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission. As a member of the business community, he was the owner of J. Frank Raley Insurance, Inc. in Lexington Park and was a founding member of Maryland Capital Savings and Loan. He cofounded the Tri-County Council to move the regional Southern Maryland agenda to Annapolis. In recent years, he was a member of the Navy Alliance and Patuxent Partnership, helping to mesh the mission of the Navy and the mission of the local community. His efforts were largely credited for the BRAC decisions that kept Patuxent River and St. Inigoes intact. He was a longtime supporter of St. Mary's College of Maryland. In 1966, he helped turn the college into a four-year liberal arts institution. He served on the board of trustees for the college from 1967 to 1991. For his dedication to the college, he was awarded the college's highest honor, the Order of the Ark and Dove. In addition to the award, the college's dining hall in the campus center was officially named the Raley Great Room. An oil portrait hangs on the wall of the great room to honor the trustee emeritus. Always interested in democracy and education, he was instrumental in establishing the Center for Democracy at the college. He also served as a member of the St. Mary's City Commission and served on the Task Force on Affiliation between Historic St. Mary's City and St Mary's College of Maryland. He was recognized for his contributions when he was awarded the Cross Bottony award in 1999. A steward of the environment, a pet project was re-establishing his farm in Scotland as a wildlife habitat, planting crops to lure birds and establishing hedgerows and borders for wildlife shelter. He is survived by his stepson, John P. Cook Jr.; granddaughter, Julia P.C. Dobson; sister, Ruth D. "Peaches" Raley; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen D. Raley; and his brother, William E. Raley. Family will receive friends for Mr. Raley's Life Celebration on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 from 2 until 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 16555 Three Notch Road, Ridge, MD 20680. Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Lee Fangmyer on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Tom Daugherty, John W. Raley, John Bohanan, Jay Scott Ridgell, David Raley and Jim Darcey. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Keith Fairfax, Michael Raley, Ford Dean, the Honorable James Kenney, the Honorable John Briscoe, the Honorable Marvin Kaminetz, the Honorable John Slade, the Honorable Harry Hughes and Congressman Steny Hoyer. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Raley was in many ways polar opposites of his main political rival Walter Dorsey. Not a big man, he was dwarfed by the much larger Dorsey. And Dorsey, who passed away in 2009, relished talking with citizens and being the center of attention in politics, Bell said. Both men were part of a dwindling breed of pioneering politicians, he said. They certainly both served us well, Bell said of the two men.



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Julia Alvey, 87
On Sunday, August 12, 2012, Julia Fulton Williams Alvey 87 of Lusby, MD died of natural causes at Solomons Nursing Center. Mrs. Alvey had been fighting dementia for the past five years. She was the granddaughter of John Sharp Williams, U.S. Senator from Mississippi in the early 1900s. Julia Alvey was born in Memphis, TN and grew up in Washington, DC. Most of her adult life she and her husband lived in Arlington, VA, where she raised her children and was an active member of Little Falls Presbyterian Church. In 1981, Bob and Julia Alvey retired to Hawley Manor Farm in Dameron, MD, where she lived for about the next 26 years. The last five years of her life, Mrs. Alvey was a resident of Solomons Nursing Center. A long time member of Our Fathers House Assembly of God Church (formerly Patuxent River Assembly of God) in California, MD, Mrs. Alvey was very active and devoted to her church. In addition to attending services there, she volunteered to work in the administrative offices. Mrs. Alvey also formerly served one term as an elected member of the Republican Central Committee of St. Marys County and volunteered at the Pregnancy Care Center of Southern MD. Julia Alvey was well known for her easy going manner, positive outlook, and good sense of humor, as well as her deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. Her kindness, enthusiasm, and devotion to church and family will be sorely missed by all. Survivors include their three children, Paul (Stony) Robert Alvey, Jr. (Wendy) of Rockville, MD; Tracy Alvey Huley (Peter) of Burlington, NC; and Christopher Townley Alvey (Karen) of Lusby, MD. She also leaves behind six grandchildren Krista Huley Ingle (Mark) of Louisville, CO; Kevin Michael Alvey (Angela) of Burke, VA; Colleen Hart Huley of Queens, NY; Bryan David Alvey of Los Angeles, CA; Jason Christopher Alvey of Lusby, MD; and Lindsay Caitlin Alvey of Lusby, MD; and two great grandsons James Wagoner Ingle and Cooper Madden Ingle, also of CO. She was predeceased by her parents, Christopher Harris Williams and Gladys Virginia Walter Williams, brother, Christopher Harris Williams, and sister, Gladys Walter Williams Scott, and by her husband, Paul Robert (Bob) Alvey, who died in 1983, after 38 years of marriage. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Young Life of Maryland (www., Habitat for Humanity (www.,) or Our Fathers House, Assembly of God ( A Celebration of Life was scheduled at Our Fathers House Assembly of God, 45020 Patuxent Beach Rd., California, MD 20619, on Saturday, August 18, 2012. There was a reception for family and friends after the service. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Brenda Delong, 47
Brenda Kay DeLong,47, was born in Flint, MI on June 5, 1965 to Eugene and Jeanette DeLong. Brenda was the first of four children and was raised in Millington, MI. She later moved to Flint, MI to pursue a career in the medical field. From there she moved to Detroit, MI and later to Oxon Hill, MD with her two children Jarelle DeLong and Aaliyah Jackson, where she resided until her death on August 9, 2012. Brenda attended PG College and Sanford Brown College in Maryland to further her career in the medical field. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, family, and friends. She had a great passion for reading, the outdoors, music, and more. Her favorite artists were Michael Jackson, Tupac, Whitney Houston, Prince, and R. Kelly. Brenda worked at DaVita Dialysis in Clinton, Maryland as a dialysis technician where she devoted her time and services to helping others within her community. Although Brenda was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) at a very young age and was a kidney dialysis patient herself, she never let it deter her from helping others through their time of need. Brenda leaves behind her two children Jarelle DeLong and Aaliyah Jackson; her brother Mark DeLong, sisters Theresa DeLong and Lorie DeLong; her grandchildren Jaylen DeLong and Serenity Jessup; her dog Bailey DeLong; and many other family members. She was preceded in death by her mother Jeanette Louise Revesz and her father Eugene Harold DeLong. Memorial services will be held in Michigan at a later date. Arrangements handled by BriscoeTonic Funeral Home, Waldorf, MD.

rant in South East Washington. DC. Mrs. Eckard enjoyed gardening, bingo, and helping others at Cedar Lane Apartments, most people called her the angel of Cedar Lane. The family received friends on Saturday, August 18, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, with Father John Dakes officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, MD. Pallbearers were: Glenn Wood, Danny Greenwell, Bill Knott, Rick Wood, Joseph Hall, and Ryan Greenwell. Contributions may be made to the Cedar Lane Apartments 22680 Cedar Lane Court Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Margaret Guiles, 51
Margaret Eileen Guiles, 51, of Leonardtown, MD, died at St. Marys Hospital on August 11, 2012. Margaret fought cou rageously over the last year from multiple myeloma and its complications. Margaret was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on November 10, 1960 to Harold Stewart Guiles of Leonardtown, MD and the late Joan Patricia (McSally) Guiles. Margaret loved animals, especially her dog, Max. She was into cars, and will be remembered for her giving, big heart. In addition to her father, she is survived by her brothers, Gary Guiles, Sr. of Mechanicsville, MD; Kenneth Guiles of New Haven, CT; sisters, Elizabeth Guiles of Jacksonville, FL; and Lisa Cates of Leonardtown, MD; 6 nieces; 1 nephew; and 17 great nieces and nephews. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Margaret may be directed to the Humane Society, 71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Helen Eckard, 87
Helen Elizabeth Eckard, 87, of Leonardtown, MD passed away surround by her loving family on August 15, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on July 30, 1925 in Hollywood, MD., she was the daughter of the late Leo Aloysius and Violet Frances Johnson Lathroum. Helen was the loving wife of the late Samuel K. Eckard whom she married on March 21, 1967 in Upper Marlboro, MD and who preceded her in death on June 16, 1974. Helen is survived by her children: Shirley Conklin of Huntingtown, MD., Sherry Wood (Glen) of Mechanicsville, MD., 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren, and niece Sandy Greenwell (Danny) of Hollywood, MD. Mrs. Eckard is also survived by her siblings: Lillian Anderson of Abell, MD, Theresa (Bootie) Knight of Loveville, MD., Catherine (Gertie) Burke of Bowie, MD., Wallace Lathroum, Beanie Lathroum both of Leonardtown, MD., Jimmy Lathroum of Abell, MD, and Mary C. Kelley of Compton, MD. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Estelle Farrell of Avenue, MD., Agnes (Doll) Card of Baltimore, MD., and Margaret C. Quade of Hollywood, MD. Helen was a waitress for the Pacific Restau-

ceived several medals including the Navy/ Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Navy Expeditionary Medal. After his retirement from the Navy, he returned to work for the federal government as a Supervisor General Supply Specialist at Patuxent River Naval Air Station for the next five years. In June 1996, he married his beloved wife, Donna Jo Houck in Graceville, Florida. David is a life member of the Association of Aviation Ordnanceman, the American Legion Post (#), Boy Scout Troop 48 for 12 years, and the Ebenezar Evangelical Congregational Church in Brownstown, PA. David was an avid sports fan, playing soccer in high school and while serving in the Navy. He loved the Phillies, the Eagles and the Flyers. He was also a fan of NASCAR. He took great pride in coaching his son, Alex, in football and baseball. In addition to his parents and wife, he is also survived by his children, Gabrielle Marie Houck of Providence, RI and Alexander Lee Houck of Lexington Park, MD; his step-daughter, Justine Brieanna Woodburn (Scott) of Cincinnati, OH; his sister, Janice Elaine Hauck of Ephrata, PA, his niece, Jessica Bitner (Todd) of Ephrata, PA; nephews, Christopher Hauck (Sue) of Abington, PA and Steven Hauck of Randallstown, MD, one great nephew, Logan Bitner of Ephrata, PA and two great nieces, Avery and Cameron Bitner of Ephrata, PA. Family received friends for Davids Life Celebration on Monday, August 20, 2012, at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 with prayers recited. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; American Cancer Society, 1041, Route 3 North, Bldg. A, Gambrills, MD 21054, or the Patuxent River Monsters Youth Travel Baseball Team, P.O. Box 665 Great Mills, MD 20634. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Sylvia Mast, 86
Sylvia Guy Mast 86 of Mechanicsville Md died August 17, 2012 at the family farm. Born on August 30, 1925 in Clements, Md. she was the daughter of the late Lewis & Nellie Guy. Sylvia was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Virgil Henry Dutch Mast on March 5th, 2004, her sister Corrine and Albert Mac McMullen, Sr. of Bear, Delaware and brother-in-law James Woodburn of Bushwood, Md.. Sylvia is survived by her sisters Alice Virginia Guy and Elsye Mae Woodburn

David Houck, 52
David Lee Houck, 52, of Lexington Park, MD, passed away on August 15, 2012, at his home surrounded by family and friends. David was born on February 11, 1960 in Lancaster, PA to George Houck and Edith Fryberger Houck of New Holland, PA. In 1978, David graduated from Garden Spot High School in New Holland, PA. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1978 and spent 20 years honorably serving his country. He was honorably discharged in September 1998. During his career he re-


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both of Bushwood, Md., her sons Wayne (Glenda) Mast and John (Judy) Mast of Helen, Md., her grandchildren Erica Mast (Bobby) Buckler of Clements, Md., Daniel (Beth) Mast of Helen, Md., Joshua (Noelle) Mast of Helen, Md. and Katherine (AJ) Bartz of Hollywood, Md., and her greatgrandchildren Brooke Paige Buckler, Wyatt Henry Mast and twins (Boy/Girl) due in November. Sylvia spent most of her youth growing up in Clements, Md. She attended St. Josephs Catholic School and St. Marys Academy. Married Virgil (Dutch) Mast September 1, 1947 Sylvia loved St. Marys County and never had the urge to leave. She was a very dedicated parishioner of St. Josephs Catholic Church. Sylvia was an member of the Women of the Moose of the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. She made many friends and memories over the years while playing cards and dancing at Hills Country Store, Hills Club, Mechanicsville Moose Lodge and many other social gathering places in St. Marys county. The great-grandchildren always made her smile.

Christopher Mattingly, 55
Christopher OConnell Mattingly, 55, of L e on a rdt ow n , 9th child of Mary Catherine OConnell of L e on a rdt ow n , MD and the late Judge Joseph A. Mattingly, Sr., passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 19, 2012 surrounded by the love of his family. Born May 11, 1957 at St. Marys Hospital in Leonardtown and raised in Medleys Neck, he attended Father Andrew White for grades 1-4 then transferred to Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy in Leonardtown for grades 5-8. Chris graduated from Chopticon High School in 1975. In 1982, Chris received the Presidents highest honor for outstanding school performance from Sacramento City College in California. He graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In 1986, Chris came home to start a family with Rita Harnapp. He was committed to his children -- a very involved father when they were young -- always straightforward and supportive of Megan and Robbie. Chris was a truth-teller, even if the truth was hard to digest. He enjoyed reading, intellectual conversation, and time spent with family and friends. Chris battled a rare form of cancer. He left his paying job as shipping manager at Animas Corporation (provider of insulin pumps) in January of 2008 and took on multiple volunteer projects; it was important to him to remain useful, in spite of his own battle. He volunteered with Chore Connection-Surrey Services in Havertown, PA driving seniors to medical appointments and providing a variety of other helps to the people he served -- helping overwhelmed seniors sort through, organize and dispose

of clutter; packing and unpacking several seniors for moves (at times soliciting additional help from his family); and making special Thanksgiving and Christmas food deliveries. He also took a number of seniors under his wing; taking them to lunch or coffee after a stressful medical appointment and being a listening ear in the midst of loss or failing health. It was not unusual for Chris to show up for Thanksgiving dinner with one of his senior friends. His care and befriending provided a real safety net for many of the people he served. His efforts allowed many seniors to remain longer independently in their own homes, and also coordinated necessary moves, when that was no longer safe. Since 2010 when their database began, Chris provided nearly 2000 hours of reported service reported, because as he developed relationships beyond a formal ride, he stopped recording hours. He didnt record hours spent with strangers that had become friends. Chris also volunteered regularly at Thorncroft Therapeutic Riding Program serving special needs populations. He was a big, strong man, but his demeanor was kind and gentle. Chris is survived by his mother, Mary Catherine OConnell Billie Mattingly, his two children, Megan Catherine Mattingly of Lansdale, PA and Robert Brendan Mattingly of Sanford, NC; his eleven brothers and sisters, Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr. of Leonardtown; Helen Victor of Falls Church, VA, Jane and her husband Dal Beavers of Hollywood, MD; John F. Mattingly of Leonardtown; Louise and her husband Bob Mann of Dameron, MD; Martha Mattingly and her two children Connell and Caroline Derksen of New York, NY; Patricia, her husband Dennis, and their four children Anita, Beth, Tony and Brooke Strittmatter of Bowie, MD; Robert, his wife Darcie, and their two children Kevin and Jane Mattingly of Hollywood, MD; Thomas Mattingly of Ocean City, MD; Lillian and her three children Nathan, Alex and Maggie Mills of Hollywood, MD; and Leila and her two children Mathew and Brian Rothschild of Austin, TX. Chris was preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary, and his father, Judge Joseph A. Mattingly, Sr. Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Our Ladys Church Cemetery in Medleys Neck. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris nephews: Joe, Andy, Steven and Kevin Mattingly, Nathan and Alex Mills, Connell Derksen, Tony Strittmatter, and Mathew and Brian Rothschild. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Chore Connection Surrey Services, 1105 Earlington Road, Havertown, PA 19083 (610-5175962) or Thorncroft Therapeutic Riding Program, 190 Line Road, Malvern, PA 19355 (610-644-1963). Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Patricia Newman, 74
Patricia Jean Newman, 74 of Lexington Park, MD died August 18, 2012 at her residence. Born January 16, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Howard Ball and Muriel (Miller) Ball. Patricia volunteered at the commissary at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station for thirty-five years. She enjoyed softball, basketball and playing the Maryland State Lottery. She also enjoyed shopping. Patricia is survived by her children, Andrew Kevin Newman (Samantha) of Lexington Park, MD, Teri Newman of Lexington Park, MD and Kim Fowler (Matthew) of Galant Green, MD; siblings, Neal Ball of Bath, NY, and Clifford Kip Ball of Bath, NY; grandchildren, Stephen and Christopher Nelson, Brandon, Zoe, and Joshua Newman; great grandchildren, Eva and Chase Nelson. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death in January of 2006 by her husband of 48 years, Andrew Earl Newman and grandson, Kevin Newman, II in 2000. Family received friends for Patri-

cias Life Celebration on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A graveside service was conducted by Reverend John Ball on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Tri-County Animal Shelter, 6707 Animal Shelter Road, Hughesville, MD 20637. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Angel Padgett, infant

Angel Wathen Padgett, infant, died on August 16, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital. Angel was the beloved daughter of Frank Padgett and Mary Wathen of Waldorf, MD. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sisters, Ryhan Padgett, Journey Padgett, and Billie Padgett; her brother, Ghavin Padgett; her grandparents, John Wathen of King George, VA, Mary Katsakis of Centerville, VA, and Arthur Padgett of California, MD. A Graveside Service will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Elizabeth Peeler, 79
Elizabeth Betty Cecilia Peeler, 79, of L e on a rdt ow n , MD, died on August 13, 2012 at St. Marys Nursing Center. Betty was born in Leonardtown, MD on October 22, 1932 to the late Anna Cecilia (Miedzinski) Laschalt and Killian Laschalt. She was born and raised on a farm in Leonardtown. Betty liked to travel and spent some years living in Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina before moving back to St. Marys county. She attended St. Josephs Catholic Church in Morganza. She loved the beach and being with her family. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Harold Peeler of Leonardtown, Md; children, Eva Hall (George) of Loveville, MD; Earleen Snyder of Mechanicsville, MD; Noreen Vallandingham of Lexington Park, MD; Linda Wilkes of Hollywood, MD; Deanna Upchurch (Ray) of S. Carolina; Wade Peeler (Lisa) of S. Carolina and the late Earl Vallandingham; brother Killian Laschalt of VA; and the late Bernard Laschalt. Also survived by 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Family received friends for Bettys Life Celebration on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. Funeral Services was held on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the funeral home. Services were officiated by Deacon Ammon Ripple. Interment followed in St. Josephs Catholic Church Cemetery, 29119 Point Lookout Road, Morganza, MD. 20660. For those desiring, contributions in

memory of Betty may be directed to St. Marys Nursing Center, St. Mary's Nursing Center, Inc., 21585 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Eleanor Quade, 90
Eleanor Estelle Quade, age 90, of Clements, MD, died on August 19, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born September 27, 1921, in Clements, MD., she was the daughter of the late William Francis and Esther Odie Gatton Pilkerton. She was predeceased in 2007 by her loving husband of 64 years, Joseph Leonard Quade, Sr., whom she married at Sacred Heart Church in Bushwood, MD., on April 27, 1944. Her five children and their spouses survive her: Joseph Leonard Quade, Jr., (Teressa), William Carroll Quade, Sr. (Trudy), Karen Lynn Boszko (Dave, Sr.,). Fraternal twins John Kevin Quade )(Sherry), and Sharon Annette Lacey (Tony, Sr.). Fourteen grandchildren: Lenny Quade, III, Leann Quade, Erin Herche (Doug), Kim Quade, Kristina Vanessa (Conrad), Kimberly Chandler (Randy, Sr.), Willie Quade, Jr., David Boszko, Jr., (Mary), Justin Boszko, Sr. (Heather), Jessica Anderson (Tim), Tony Lacey Jr. (Rishawn), Cassandra Lea (Derek), Chris Lacey (Tammy) and Jesse Lacey, Sr. (Savannah). Twenty-seven great grandchildren; Brandon, Leah, and J.L., IV., Quade; Max, Aidan, and Emma Herche, Cossette and Aurora Browning, Randy, Jr., and Wally Chandler, Caleb Miller,

Kaylee, Khloe, Kenzie, JJ, Jr., and Cheyane Boszko, Kody, Lexi, and Kris Anderson, Daylon, Darian, Brooklyn Jo, and Katlyn Lea, Presley, Jesse, Jr., Erica, and Sophie Lacey. Eleanor, the youngest of 13 children was predeceased by her 12 brothers and sisters: Edwin Pilkerton, Effie Stewart, John Pilkerton, Eugene Pilkerton, Frances Buckler, and Joseph (Turner) Pilkerton, Elizabeth (Bet Quade, Mary Alvey, Pearl Jenkins, Theresa Floyd, William Pilkerton, and Richard Pilkerton. She is survived by many relatives and friends. Eleanor was a lifelong St. Marys County resident and was a homemaker. She graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1938. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Buswood, MD., where she took great pride in working the cake stand at the churchs annual summer festival and fall dinner. She was also an active member of the Margaret Brent Alumni Association, and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She cherished spending time with and cooking for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; enjoyed country music and dancing. She was called upon by many relatives and friends over the years to prepare her infamous coleslaw, pound cakes, and jello salads for wedding and special events. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 5 p.m. 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD with Father Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lenny Quade, David Boszko, Justin Boszko, Doug Herche, Willie Quade, and Chris Lacey. Contributions may be made to the 7th District Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609 and or Hospice of St. Marys P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

In Memory Of... Anna E Kimble, 88

Anna E Kimble born December 6, 1923 in Washington, DC to the late Walter and Elizabeth Grant. On July 19, 2012 the Lord peacefully called her to her eternal resting place with her Lord and savior. Anna was raised in Prince Georges County, later in years she was married to the late Joseph Carter Kimble Sr. Anna was employed with Perpetual Savings & Loan as a supervisor for many years until she retired to spend time with her loving husband before his passing away. Anna devoted her life to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and enjoyed having friends in her home for Bible study and fellowship. She was a loving mother of five children, Son: Larry Robey Sr (wife Jane) of Chesapeake Beach ,MD, Daughter: Betty Jo (husband James) Saunders of Cobb Island, MD, Daughter :Patricia Kimble Quereshi (preceded in death) of South Carolina, Daughter: Gloria J Kimble (preceded in death) of Waldorf, MD, Son: Joseph C Kimble Jr of Port Tobacco, MD. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren.

Walter Sawyer, 68
Walter W. Sawyer III, 68, of Tall Timbers died August 12, 2012 at his home surrounded by family and close friends. Born April 24, 1944 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Dr. Walter W. Sawyer, Jr. and Miriam Sherlock Sawyer. He graduated from Great Mills High School in 1962, St. Marys College in 1965, and Towson State College in 1967. He served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant from 1968 to 1971 and saw duty in Vietnam, Guam and San Francisco, CA. After serving his country he enrolled in the University of Baltimore where he received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1973 and his Legum Magister (Master of Laws, LL.M.) from the University of Miami in 1974. He started practicing law in 1974 and was an Assistant States Attorney and a

Deputy States Attorney for St Marys County. He was a law partner with Roger J. Myerberg in the Law Firm of Sawyer & Myerberg, P.A. of Lexington Park for 32 years. Known for being able to reduce complicated issues down to one-sentence explanations he prided himself on being a champion for the underdog and the poor. He always spoke the truth and believed that honesty and integrity were the most important values in his practice of law and his personal life. He had great respect for the judicial system but understood that justice was indeed blind and always told his clients to bring your toothbrush when going to court because nobody knew for certain what a judge or jury would decide. Walter enjoyed collecting art, reading, traveling and speculating on real estate. He especially enjoyed supporting local artists and attended North End Gallery openings whenever possible. His collection of Marylyn Monroe memorabilia was extensive and hung along with the works of Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Charlie Hewitt and Candy Cummings. His love of art was joined by his love of sports. A former Great Mills High School Athlete of the Year in Basketball, he followed the Washington area teams and was passionate about the Wizards and the Redskins. He is survived by his wife Margaret Campion Sawyer, his two sons, Walter Wilson Sawyer of Washington, DC and Wesley Sherlock Sawyer of Stevensville, MD, his stepchildren, Christopher Frazier of Osan, A.F.B., South Korea and Molly Reynolds of Charlotte Hall, MD and his sister, Sara Margaret Sawyer and her husband Bill of St John, Virgin Islands. A Memorial Service will be held at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of St Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Southern Maryland Food Bank, P.O. Box 613, Hughesville, MD 20637. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Viola Wilcox, 79
Viola Wilcox, 79, of Lexington Park, MD passed away peacefully on August 14, 2012, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Maryland. She was the loving and devoted mother of Deborah L. Wilcox. Viola will be greatly missed by all of her family and many friends. Homegoing service took place on August 21, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 47359 Lincoln Ave, Lexington Park Maryland. Visitation was until time of service. Reverend Roderick McClanahan officiated. Interment was private. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD


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St. Marys Department of Aging Programs and Activities

On Friday, August 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a fun time dancing around with 1950s Sock Hop music performed by entertainer Ron Collins. An old fashioned cheeseburger lunch will be served with fixing including oven cooked fries, baked beans, soda pops and apple crisp. Purchase your ticket while supplies last, before noon on Thursday, August 23, at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The cost is a $7 suggested donation which includes your meal, refreshments and entertainment. There is plenty of time to check out the antique car show in the parking lot before or after lunch.

Tickets Available for 50s Sock Hop & Antique Car Show

To ensure that you get the most out of the program, attendance is recommended at all six sessions. Registration is limited, so sign up now by calling 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. Start off your holiday season with a trip to the Big Apple! This trip takes place December 7-9, 2012 and includes: 3 days/2 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 holiday decorations tour. The cost is $900 pp double occupancy. For more information call Joyce at 301.737.5670, ext. 1656 or email: Thursday, September 13, Game Time is 12:35 p.m. Pick-up in St. Marys 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 snack on the bus. Stop by any of the Senior Activity Centers in St. Marys County to make your payment (thus reserving your space). Call Joyce at 301.737.5670, ext. 1656 for more information. On Friday, August 31 at noon, the Garvey Senior Activity Center staff will serve a meal featuring Mo-

New York City Holiday Tour

roccan Chicken and Couscous, Cucumber Raita Salad, Pita Bread, Coconut and Almond Truffles, Grape Juice/ Milk/Coffee/Tea. After lunch, enjoy a belly dancing demonstration by the Evolve belly dancers. Lunch cost is by donation for those ages 60 and above and $5.50 for those under the age of 60. Sign up in advance by calling 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. Let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day and good conversation with others. Breakfast is being prepared and served by Paula on Wednesday, September 5, at 9 a.m. featuring fried ham, seasoned home fries and a fruit special. Beverages are also included. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Please call 301.475.4002, ext. 1001 with any questions.

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The St. Marys County Department of Aging, along with St. Marys Hospital Health Connections is excited to offer a series of affordable workshops for people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, you name it! In the Living Welltake Charge of your Health Workshop, you will learn how to manage symptoms, how to communicate effectively with doctors, how to lessen frustration, how to fight fatigue, how to make daily tasks easier, and how to get more out of life! The workshop will be held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays, September 4 through October 9, from 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Living WellTake Charge of your Health

Trip to see Orioles Play Tampa Bay Rays

Staff Prepared Luncheon

Hot off the press and into your mailbox is the Fall 2012 booklet of LIFE classes offered by the Department of Aging & Human Services. If you have not yet received your booklet in the mail, you may pick one up at your local St. Marys County Senior Activity Center. Registration opens Monday, August 27. Register early as space is limited.

Fall 2012 LIFE (Learning is ForEver) Program Booklet & Registration

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Visit the Department of Agings website at for the most up-to date information.

Treatment Options Abound for Arthritis Sufferers

Arthritis affects millions of people and can be a debilitating condition that impacts a person's mobility and quality of life. The March 2010 issue of Arthritis Care & Research revealed that 18.7 percent of Americans and 16.9 percent of Canadians suffer from some type of arthritis. The word "arthritis" refers to more than 100 separate medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system and specifically the joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis-related joint problems cause pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of the bones, enabling them to glide against one another) and surrounding structures. Such damage can lead to joint weakness, instability and visible deformities that, depending on the location of joint involvement, can interfere with the most basic daily tasks, including walking, climbing stairs, using a computer keyboard, cutting food, or brushing teeth. Arthritis has no cure, though medications and physical therapy may be prescribed to help manage pain and improve mobility. There are many different medicines that may be used to treat arthritis. Here is a look at some of the most common. Topical pain relievers These drugs are applied to areas of concern and are absorbed by the body to relieve pain. They are generally effective for people who have mild symptoms in just a few areas of the body. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers These pain medicines may be over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are common painkillers, as are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS. Prescription doses may be helpful for more painful symptoms. Narcotic pain relievers For pain that is not controlled by NSAIDS and other methods, arthritis sufferers may be prescribed narcotic drugs that are more potent. While effective, narcotic drugs are addictive. They also may cause side effects, including constipation. Antidepressants Some doctors prescribe antidepressants to relieve pain. It is not fully understood how the medications affect the body's interpretation of pain, but the role of these drugs on brain chemicals may be the connection. Drowsiness and dry mouth may occur from these drugs. Steroids For a variety of reasons, steroids are very useful at reducing inflammation in the body. But prolonged use -- especially when taken orally -- can result in a number of side effects, including weight gain and acne breakouts. Doctors try to avoid these problems by injecting the steroid into the affected joint or trying other medications in combination with steroids to keep the dose of steroids as low as possible. Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) These drugs are often used for diseases of the autoimmune system, especially rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. These medications work by interfering with or suppressing the immune system that attacks its own joints in people with these conditions. These medications can cause serious side effects because they essentially slow down the body's ability to fend off illnesses. But for some people they are the best plan of attack for symptoms.

By Scott Loflin Contributing Writer With the summer concert season winding down at other venues, Calvert Marine Museum showed the season is still going strong at last weeks show with the Sam Grow Band opening for the 1970s powerhouse Boston. With a sold out crowd of over 5,000 people, the Sam Grow Band took the stage with their brand of hard driving music. The Sam Grow Band is one of Southern Marylands homegrown bands with Sam growing up in the area. While other groups may refer to their followers as fans or groupies Sam calls his the Sam Grow Band Family. According to Sam, they draw strength from the love and support of their family and their real families. While studying for a degree in business, Sam felt the pull of music stronger than getting a degree. With his mothers blessing he left college and started performing full time. His father is also one of his biggest boosters. Sam recounted being at a show at the museum years ago with his father. Telling his father one day he would be up there on stage performing and Thursday was a dream fulfilled. With the crowd warmed up, Boston took the stage. With Tom Scholz leading the current lineup they immediately launched into their long string of hits. While the stage show was minimal, Boston performed the songs with the tightness of many years playing on the road. In

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Library items
Open Office class set for adults For those who do not have Microsoft Office, a class will be offered on Aug. 28 at Charlotte Hall at 10 a.m. on using Open Office, a free tool to use in place of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Registration is required. Lexington Park will offer the basic computer classes at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in September starting Sept. 4. The four basis classes include an introduction to computers, Windows, Internet and email. Registration is also required for each class. Storytimes to resume Evening storytime will be held at 6 p.m. at Lexington Park branch on Sept. 5 and at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown branches on Sept. 6. Following storytime at both Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown will be LEGO fun at 6:30 p.m. Daytime storytimes will resume the week of Sept. 10 at all three branches. Days and times are posted on the librarys website. Starting Sept. 7, Stories and More will resume at Lexington Park branch. These are drop-in storytimes conducted by St. Marys College students on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Opening reception planned for artist An opening reception for local artist Ruth Collins is scheduled September 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery. Her artwork which will be on display during September consists of landscapes and portraits in acrylic. Adults can learn research paper basics Adults can learn the basics of writing a college level research paper on Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Park library. Research Papers 101 will also cover online research, print sources, library catalog, plagiarism/paraphrasing, citing sources, and formatting in Word. Registration is required. Back to school resources to be presented Students and parents can learn about the resources and services the library provides to help with school work at the Back to School programs scheduled on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., at Charlotte Hall on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. and at Leonardtown on Sept. 28 at 2:30 p.m.

the crowd were many of those who sported much longer hair when they were listening to Boston on vinyl, but also a surprising contingent of younger fans. In attendance was Robert Jorgensen who traveled from Pittsburgh to see the show. Jorgensen is one of Bostons younger fans but his ties are strong. On his back was tattooed the classic Boston spaceship logo with the bands autographs. When asked why he had the tattoo, he replied that his mother had sung backup on Boston songs and he grew up with the band. With the Calvert Marine Museum entering in a partnership with PNC Bank Southern Maryland can look forward to having larger and more sought after bands playing the venue.

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First Every Recovery Block Party Set

ture arts & crafts, wellness activities, food, music/entertainment, prizes, 50/50 raffle, tours of Beacon of Hope, and informational displays from recovery community organizations and groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Celebrate Recovery, Joy Lane Healing Center, Narcotics Anonymous, National Alliance on Mental Illness, On Our Own of St. Marys, and Overeaters Anonymous. Newly designed t-shirts with recovery themes are also planned to be on sale at the event; proceeds will raise funds for recovery support services. Sponsors will be accepted through Thursday, Sept. 13. For more information about attending or sponsoring the Recovery Block Party, please contact Laura Webb at 301-997-1300 x 804 or You may also visit

Hello my name is Penny. My siblings and I are looking for our permanent homes. We are fully vetted. We cost $125 each or two for $200. Included 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. If you would like to adopt one or two of us please fill out an application at www. and email it to You can call Diane at 301-481-0171 if you have any questions. I will love you always, Penny

On Sept 16, Waldens Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center will celebrate National Recovery Month with the communitys first ever Recovery Block Party. This free public event will be held rain or shine at Beacon of Hope and its adjacent parking lot in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Beacon of Hope is located at 21800 N. Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park, on the interior section of Millison Plaza, and the block party will go from 1 to 4 p.m. What is a Recovery Block Party? It is a family friendly afternoon celebrating those who have addressed addiction and/or other mental health issues through the processes of treatment and recovery. It is also a chance to celebrate the loved ones of recoverees, who also battle addiction and/or mental illness and their impact on the family. The Recovery Block Party will fea-


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Whats Your Game?

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Leonardtown hosted its first-ever poker walk, benefiting Southern Maryland Vacation for Veterans. Local businesses around Leonardtown set up dealer tables where participants obtained their cards. Instead of driving or riding from venue to venue, as is traditionally done in poker runs, participants instead took part in a poker walk around the square. Its walking poker because Leonardtown is a walk-


Leonardtown Hosts 5 and 7 Card Poker Walk

ing town, said Leonardtown Events Coordinator Maria Fleming. Proceeds went to the Southern Maryland Vacation for Veterans Foundation to ensure former soldiers can continue to visit Greenwell State Park. While there is still enough money for this years veterans vacation weekend at Greenwell, due to recent budget cuts veterans might lose out on trips in upcoming years, said Greenwell Foundation Executive Director Jolanda Campbell. There were cuts in funding, so its the perfect time to have this fundraiser to make sure vets can continue to vacation, Fleming said. The Southern Maryland Corvette Club, St. Marys Rod and Classic car club, Harley Owners Group, Abate Contributing coordinator and County Commissioner Dan Morris anand the Blue Knights all participated in the walk. swers participants questions before they begin the poker walk. Local businesses participating in the walk included Fenwick Used Books and Music, Good Earth, Olde Town modated veterans, continues to provide the best available Pub, Caf de Artistes, Big Larrys Comic Book Caf, equipment such as golf carts veterans use to travel around Ogas Asian Cuisine, Kevin Thompsons Corner Caf, the park and provides easy access to all veterans in the The Front Porch, Leonardtown Art Center, Winegardner home. The handicapped can get everywhere, Pennington Chevy and the Leonardtown Grille. Rum Runners performed a variety of classic and said, adding Greenwell is an ideal close-by location, and modern rock, blues, reggae and country throughout the veterans seem to especially enjoy the beautiful, private and quiet atmosphere Greenwell offers. evening. It is a chance for them to forget about their traumatIt was a fabulous idea, Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets founder Connie Pennington said, because it ic experiences, according to a vacation for vets pamphlet. People interested volunteering with or providing serfound a family oriented way to help the wounded warvices to the foundation should e-mail cpennington@csc. riors of Southern Maryland. I love the idea, added Campbell, who said it was com. Over the last four years, Vacation for Vets has sponlike a neighborhood block party she took part in when she sored trips for over 300 veterans. was 14 years old. Pennington said Greenwell continues to be their first choice as a vacation spot. The park has always accom-

Downtown Tunes Wraps Up Saturday

Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets now on sale! $50, $45, $40

Bob Schaller, left, and Robin Guyther will lead GeeZer into the last Downtown Tunes Concert this year on Saturday, with special guest Dickie Hammett.

Leonardtowns Downtown Tunes Concert Series concludes another successful season this Saturday with area favorites GeeZer and their special guest, singer Dickie Hammett. Originally the date was set to have GeeZer and Wiskers, Hammetts band. However, several of the Wiskers developed conflicts with the date. We decided to combine the bands and asked Dickie to sing with us, said Robin Guyther of GeeZer. Both bands play a lot of classic rock, so it was pretty easy to bring Dickie in. Chuck Bowling, also from Wiskers, will sit in on drums, subbing for GeeZer singerdrummer Mickey Ramos, who broke his arm in July. The rest of the group will consist of Dennis Logan on keyboards, Pierre Thuot on Bass, Frank Taylor on guitar, Bobby Schaller on lead guitar and Robin Guyther on guitar. The concert is on the Square in Leonardtown. Admission is free, but concert-goers should bring something to sit on. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 26.

Tickets available at Bayside Toyota, 1-800-551-SEAT, and at the firehouse on Saturday from 10:00 am - Noon. Rain or shine - No refunds or exchanges

200 Calvert Beach Road St. Leonard, Maryland 20685 (410) 586-1713

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Thursday, Aug. 23
Zumba Fitness St. Marys Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) 6 p.m. Robyn is teaching Zumba Fitness every Tuesday night from 6:00-7:00pm at St. Marys Sunshine Center in Leonardtown on Moakley St. The cost is $7 per class or $25 for a 5 class pass. Mobile Career Center Charlotte Hall Library (37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall) 9 a.m. 1 p.m. The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center (MCC), a free job resource, will be available at selected Southern Maryland County Public Library System branches in a partnership with JobSource to make job-hunting tools accessible to community members. The portable facility is a converted bus filled, not with seats, but with 12 computer stations. One can complete an online job search, resume and a cover letter at the station. The computers also have Internet access via satellite, which allows the opportunity for people to conduct searches for local, state and national jobs. JobSource staff can help individuals plan job searches, apply for jobs on-line, create resumes and cover letters and answer career-development questions. Visitors to the mobile career center can continue their work inside libraries where they can access newspaper classifieds, sign up to use computers in the library, and check out the latest books on job hunting and career management. Attendees should bring a flash drive to save their work. The bus is wheelchair-accessible. Services at the JobSource Mobile Career Center are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on JobSource or the services they provide, please visit www. or call JobSource at 301-880-2800.

the River is from Park Hall. Band members are Crystal Brandt (songwriter, vocals, guitar), Scott Taylor (guitar), Jason Fletcher (drums), and Casey Brandt (bass). Everyone in the band is originally from Southern Maryland.

Saturday, Aug. 25
Cornhole for a Cure Tiki Bar (Solomons Island) 3 p.m. The Tiki Bar will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on August 25th, 2012. Come by land or by sea to have a great time while supporting a worthy cause. Throughout the day well be having drink specials, chances to win great prizes including a custom made Cornhole set and a VIP Membership to the Tiki Bar! Then of course there will be a single. Elimination Cornhole Tournament for cash prizes! A $10 donation to the CF Foundation is encouraged to join the festivities for the day! Registration is $40 per team to be paid on the day of the event. Participants in the tournament will be excluded from the $10 cover fee. Structure of the tournament will be determined based on the number of teams registered. Cash payout amount is to be determined. For additional information or to register please contact Aaron Stocks at 240-446-5285 or astocks@cff. org, Jack OSteen at 301-609-2893 or or Joe Kurley at Sotterley Barn Bash Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) 5 p.m. Sotterley Plantation is pleased to announce a fun family-friendly night of live music and dancing featuring The Country Memories Band. Gates open 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person at the gate. Food by Bear Creek BBQ, beer and wine for purchase. Star Party Myrtle Point Park (24050 Patuxent Boulevard, California) 9:30 p.m. Join the Friends of Myrtle Point Park for a night with the stars brought to you by the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society. Discover some of the delights of the evening sky at one of your favorite places. This is one of the few times that the park is open for night visitation. Contact or call 443-4045549 for details. However, in the event of rain or stormy weather the program will be cancelled. Call for Actors, Tech and Make-up Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) 10 a.m. Sotterley Plantation is pleased to announce open auditions for two of our annual signature events: Ghosts of Sotterley and Sotterley Holiday Candlelight. Auditions will be held at the Sotterley Warehouse on: Saturday, August 25, 10-12 p.m. Ghosts of Sotterley 2012 entitled, 1918: Influenza, War, and Restless Spirits, will run on October 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 from 710:30 p.m. While restoring Sotterley Plantation to its former glory, owner, Herbert Satterlee disturbs more than the bricks and mortar as the country is in the midst of a flu pandemic and the remains

of the Great War. This outdoor production takes place on the Sotterley grounds. This years Sotterley Holiday Candlelight entitled, From This Day Forward will run on November 29 for Members Night, then November 30 and December 1 for the general public from 610 p.m. In this living history production set within the 1703 Plantation House, visitors will encounter Sotterleys past Christmas seasons and the families who lived and worked here. Share love, laughter and sometimes bittersweet memories at home on the plantation. For more information, contact Linda Tucker Jones at or 301-373-2280.

Monday, Aug. 27
Hooping Class Annemarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 11 a.m. Youre invited to learn hooping in the beautiful atmosphere of Annemarie Garden. Bring your own hoop or use one available to borrow. Light beginner hoops will be for sale for $10. Lots of fun, beautiful surroundings and great exercise! To RSVP visit www.facebook. com/JudayPerformanceArts?ref=hl#!/ events/311231618975709. Entry is free for children under 12, $5 for all others.

Sunday, Aug. 26
Sealed with a Kiss EXPO Hilton Garden Inn Solomons (13100 Dowell Road, Dowell) 12-4 p.m. This is an EXPO that is sure to please all involved. Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities are available, but there are limits for each category. Dont delay in registering for this one of a kind event. This is an event unlike any other. The Exhibitor that brings in the most clients to the EXPO (as indicated on the registration form) will win a special Give-Away. For more information about how to sponsor or to be an exhibitor, please contact Monique Melton at This event is for engaged and married couples, but singles are welcome too. The event features workshops that will benefit couples of all walks of life. Couples will explore the many different services offered by the Expos elite businesses. We will host a meeting one week before the show. Please see the Vendor registration form for more details. We Are United in Christ St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church (22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown) -3 p.m. The Southern Maryland Community Gospel Choir presents We Are United in Christ under the director of Dr. Robert L. Jefferson. A free will offering will be accepted. Kids Fishing Tournament Long Point on Waterview Drive (Golden Beach/Mechanicsville) 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association is sponsoring a Kids Fishing Tournament for kids up to age 16 to raise money for next years fireworks fund. Admission is $5 per child. Trophies will be awarded. For information call Ronnie at 301-609-1005. Food and drink are available for purchase. BDVFD Associates All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Bay District Volunteer Fire Department (46900 South Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park) 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Come to an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Station 3. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12 (kids under five are free). Come enjoy an assortment of eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, apples, fruit, pancakes (plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip), French toast, coffee, and juice. All proceeds go to help the BDVFD programs.

Tuesday, Aug. 28
Learn to use Open Office Charlotte Hall Library (37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall) 10 a.m. Dont have Microsoft Office? Adults can learn how to use the free tool, Open Office, in place of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Free. Registration required. 301-884-2211 or

Wednesday, Aug. 29
Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) 7 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.

Thursday, Aug. 30
African American Civil War Memorial & Museum Sotterley Plantation Barn (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) 3 p.m. Sotterley Plantation is proud to partner with The Boeing Company in announcing the upcoming 2012 Speaker Series presentation entitled African American Civil War Memorial and Museum by Frank Smith, Ph.D. Fulfilling a lifelong dream to honor African Americans who fought for freedom as United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, he is the founder and president of this significant Washington, D.C., memorial and museum. The United States Colored Troops made up over 10 percent of the Union or Northern Army even though they were prohibited from joining until July 1862, 15 months into the war. They comprised 25 percent of the Union Navy. Yet, only one percent of the Northern population was African American. Clearly overrepresented in the military, African Americans played a decisive role in the Civil War. African Americans fought in every major campaign and battle during the last two years of the war earning 25 Medals of Honor. Abraham Lincoln, recognizing their contributions, declared, Without the military help of the black freedmen, the war against the South could not have been won. This event is free to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301373-2280 for more information or to make your reservation.

Friday, Aug. 24
CoEd Youth Roller Hockey Registration Leonard Hall Recreation Center (23145 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown) 6-8 p.m. Registration Dates: Aug. 24, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 St. Marys County Recreation and Parks and the Board of Commissioners invites the public to register for CoEd Youth Roller Hockey at Leonard Hall Recreation Center. Registration will be held for youths ages 6 17. Online registration will be accepted Aug. 13-Sept. 9. Registration is $75 per individual and includes jerseys. Game dates are Wednesday and Sunday afternoons beginning Sept. 16. Equipment needed includes gloves, helmet with shield, roller blades, shoulder pads, stick and pants with pads. Contact Kenny Sothoron, Sports Supervisor, at 301-475-1800 ext. 1830 for more information. Light It Up Album Release Three Notch Theater (21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park) 7 p.m. Crystal Brandt and the River, will host an album release event celebrate the release of their fourth CD, Light It Up. Ticket price is $10. Crystal Brandt and


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Join Scouting Night Loffler Center in Chancellors Run Park 6-8 p.m. Come get information about the Boy Scouts. Pack 413 usually meets on Wednesdays on Base at the Religious Program Center (Bldg 401) from 6:30 - 7:30pm. They have monthly events planned for the boys as well as the families. They go camping, have fun activities, go on fun trips and all the while the boys learn a solid foundation they can build upon and they make new friends as well. Base access is required to get to our normal meetings. For more information, visit

have camp outs, wood car races, museum sleepovers. Hot, fresh doughnuts made the morning of the sale! For more information, visit 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. Concessions include pizza, cheeseburgers and hamburgers, hotdogs and french fries. Pull Tabs with $500 payouts with some having multiple winners and more. For more information, visit our website

R&B, Hardcore, Metalcore, Metal, Death metal, Melodic Metal, Fantasy Metal and Hip-Hop. The Park Rock Fest also features a food court, market place and community center. A special free pre-fest concert will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Back for a second year is a huge Carnival with rides and games. The Carnival access is free and will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All ages are welcome. Park Rock Fest is drug free, alcohol free, and an obscenity free event. For more information go to or call 240-925-8659.

Children of all ages will enjoy trying crafts and skills throughout the day, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Special activities are included in general admission to the museum: $10 adult, $6.00 for children ages 6-18, and free for Friends and those under 5 years. For more information, call the museum at 1-800762-1634, 240-895-4990,, or visit the museums web site,

Friday, Aug. 31
Eric Skow and Bob Pfeiffer Lotus Kitchen (14618 Solomons Island Road S, Solomons) 6 p.m. Acoustic Guitar Duo Eric Skow and Bob Pfeiffer.

Saturday, Sept. 8
Woodland Indian Discovery Day Historic St. Marys City 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Long before the English settled these shores, American Indians had mastered living off the land and enjoyed rich cultural lives. At Woodland Indian Discovery Day on Sept. 8 at Historic St. Marys City, you will discover how the Yaocomaco people found or made everything they needed to live comfortably in this environment. At Woodland Indian Discovery Day, you can learn to shoot a bow and arrow, throw an atlatl, step a traditional dance, and make a rattle to keep the beat. Experiment with making tools from rocks and learn which familiar plants were used for food, tools, and building material. Shape a bowl from clay and help tan animal hides.

Sunday, Sept. 16
Recovery Block Party Beacon of Hope (21800 N. Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park) 1-4 p.m. Waldens Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center will celebrate National Recovery Month with the communitys first ever Recovery Block Party. This free public event will be held rain or shine at Beacon of Hope and its adjacent parking lot in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Beacon of Hope is located at 21800 N. Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park, on the interior section of Millison Plaza, and the block party will go from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Recovery Block Party will feature family fun, arts & crafts, wellness activities, food, music/entertainment, prizes, 50/50 raffle, tours of Beacon of Hope, and informational displays from recovery community organizations and groups.

Sunday, Sept. 2
Park Rock Fest 2012 Chancellors Run Regional Park (Great Mills) 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Come celebrate the 10th annual Park Rock Fest produced by the Power Jam Music Alliance Inc. and sponsored by St. Marys County and the Maryland State Arts Council. There will be more than 75 bands performing on one of four concurrent music venues; two of which have two stages for non-stop music! The stages feature Pop, Punk, Emo, Screamo, Hard Rock, Alternative, Inde, Acoustic, Electronic,

Saturday, Sept. 1
Krispy Kreme Sale Cub Scouts Lowes (45075 Worth Avenue, California) and Giant 45101 First Colony Boulevard, California) 8:30 a.m. Annual fundraiser to support Cub Scout Pack 1785. All proceeds go directly to support the Packs scouting events. We

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Colossus of Clout
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Barely out of the starting gate and with only a few months under their belt as a band, Colossus of Clout has already played a couple venues on both sides of the bridge, as well as the first ever Sun and Music Fest in Calvert. The band consists of Barry Grubbs, Sid James and Alex Bizzarro, along with the occasional saxophonist and other back up musicians. The guys are all from the area and have been playing in groups together since high school. Grubbs said he first met Bizzarro at Patuxent High School when Bizzarro would sneak out of his jazz band class and into Grubbs guitar lesson. The two would hang around and jam during class and after school. Their varied musicals backgrounds come out in the selections they play. From blues and rock to jazz and beachy music, Grubbs said they have a little bit of something for everybody. He said because the band members are familiar with such a wide array of music, he said they can usually play requests and, in the off chance none of the band members are familiar with it, they can normally find a satisfactory alternative. They have played Hendrix, Sublime, and even classic country standards. They even play original songs composed by the members of Colossus of Clout. Nothing is off limits, Grubbs said. The variety is beneficial for the members of the band as well. We all get board real easily, so we like to change up things we do a lot, he said. Their abilities range not only in the types of songs they can play, but the instruments they are proficient on as well. Bizzarro plays guitar, piano and percussion as well as clarinet. He said playing a variety of instruments and genres helps keep musicians from losing some of your creativeness. For Bizzarro, his favorite music involves up beat, groovin, funk things. Colossus of Clout is not the only project the band members have going. Individual band members can be found at open mic nights at Jake & Als Chophouse and the Ruddy Duck or even in other groups, which Grubbs said is normal for musicians in Southern Maryland. That goes for a lot of us, we all have side projects, Grubbs said. Grubbs and Bizzarro have played in blues jams in North Beach, Leonardtown and even St. Marys City. Bizzarro and Grubbs recently graduated from college. Having played together for so long makes it very natural, Bizzarro said. Sometimes, we dont even have to say anything to know where to go, he said. When you get to that level of playing with someone, its pretty cool. Currently, the band is taking a break from playing venues while they rehearse and get more songs in their set list, though Grubbs said they will play at events or engagements that catch their interest, or if they are invited to play. Playing in Southern Maryland affords musicians the opportunity to play with other high quality groups. There are a lot of great artists down here, Bizzarro said, adding the people in Southern Maryland seem to welcome and actively support their local bands. For more information, including upcoming concerts and booking information, visit www.facebook. com/ColossusOfCloutMusic.
Colossus of Clout at the Southern Maryland Sun and Music Fest


Presidential Memorabilia Exhibit St. Clements Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point) 10 a.m.

Poker Tournament Counseling Service of Hollywood (24930 Old 3 Notch Rd Hollywood) 7 p.m. Live Music: Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m.

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Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane , Hollywood) 5 p.m. Hand Dancing American Legion (3330 Chesapeake Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach) 6:30 p.m. Free Concert at the Back to School Block Party Trinity United Methodist Church (90 Church St. Prince Frederick) 3 p.m.

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Crystal Brandt and the River Album Release Event Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) 8 p.m. Live Music: Mac Walter and John Cronin Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) 7 p.m. Live Music: Tony Lapera Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 5 p.m. Live Music: Lizzie Deere Lotus Kitchen (14618 Solmons Island Rd, Solomons) 6 p.m. Texas Holdem Poker Tournament Mechanicsville Fire House (28165 Hills Club Rd, Mechanicsville) 6:30 p.m. Live Music: Sara Gray The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) Sunset Concert Festival: Karen Collins and the Backroads Band ODonnell Lake Restaurant Park (10440 ODonnell Place, Waldorf) 7 p.m. Live Music: Benji, Dominic, and Fox Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m.

Live Music: Hate The Toy Veras White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 3 p.m. Live Music: One Louder Veras White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 9:30 p.m. Live Music: Dee Jay Brittney The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) Live Music: Diane Daly The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m. Live Music: Synergy Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8 p.m. Live Music: Mike Butler Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 12 p.m. Live Music: Radio Caroline Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 1 p.m. Kids Fishing Tournament (Long Beach, Water Drive, Golden Beach, Mecahnicsville) 9 a.m.


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Monday, Aug. 27
Team Trivia DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 25
Downtown Tunes with Live Music GeezZer feat. Dickie Hammett Town square, Leonardtown 6 p.m. Live Music: The Colliders Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Cornhole for a Cure The Tiki Bar (85 Charles Street, Solomons) 3 p.m. Live Music: R&R Train Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) 9 p.m. Sotterley Barn Bash feat. Live Music: Country Memories Band

Tuesday, Aug. 28
No Limit Poker Tourney and Cash Game Counseling Service of Hollywood (24930 Old 3 Notch Road, Hollywood) 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 29
Live Music: Mason Sebastian DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Free Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Rd, Hughesville) 7 p.m.


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Farm Workers Face Dangers

Many occupations are hazardous, few more so than agricultural labor. Farmers recognize that they must be diligent in their efforts to prevent nonfatal and fatal injuries. According to the most recent statistics, farmers face a fatality rate of 25.1 for every 100,000 workers. In 2008, 456 farmers and farm workers lost their lives to work-related injuries. Whats particularly risky about agricultural work is that it tends to be a family profession. That puts all members of the family at risk for injury. On average, 113 youth under the age of 20 die annually from farm-related injuries. Tractor rollover injuries, inhalation of chemical pesticides and lacerations from farm equipment top the list of prime agriculture-related occupational injuries. With scores of different mechanical equipment and chemicals, not to mention lengthy exposure to the elements on a normal working day, the risk of injury is considerable. There are key ways to prevent injuries on the farm. Here are a few considerations. * Proper training of new employees on the use required equipment is essential. If certification is needed, be sure employees have been trained and practice on equipment prior to independent use. Safety gear should be used at all times, when required. Workers should be careful to keep hair tied back to prevent entanglement in equipment. * Care should be used when working in the elements. Workers should be properly dressed for the temperature and conditions. Beverage breaks should be taken so that dehydration is not a risk. * Knowledge of chemical pesticides and fertilizers should be fully understood. Safety equipment, such as ventilators, eye guards and gloves, should be used when handling caustic chemicals. * Machinery should be maintained according to OSHA and other federal guidelines. Equipment in good working order is less likely to cause injury. * Caution should always be used around livestock. * Operating equipment when impaired is a hazard in any profession. Alcohol and drug use do not mix in a farm setting. Individuals who seem intoxicated should not be allowed to work. * Children and adolescents should be carefully monitored around the farm. Because of their developing bodies, youngsters should not be allowed to do any activity that is overly strenuous and might tax growing bodies, such as heavy lifting. * There should be training in general first aid and CPR so that help can be given to an injured worker before a response team is able to make it to the location.

Wind as an Energy Option

As both businesses and private citizens continue to look for alternative sources of energy to help the environment, wind continues to generate a back and forth discussion as to its efficacy as an energy solution. While there are pros and cons to wind, it's also important to note there are certain myths and misconceptions about wind that can cloud the discussion. Before discussing the advantages and disadvantages of wind, it's helpful to examine certain elements of the argument that might be more rooted in myth than fact. One of the more commonly cited issues surrounding the use of wind turbines to generate energy is their potentially harmful effects on avian life. In reality, wind turbines are much less harmful to birds than felines. According to HealthLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing individuals about environmental risks to human health, studies have shown that wind turbines may be responsible for 1.5 to 2 deaths per year in most areas. Cats, on the other hand, are responsible for 8 to 10 bird deaths a year in most areas. Another myth with regard to wind power is the safety risk of wind turbines should weather turn severe. While this was once a genuine concern, as wind turbine technology has evolved, the safety risk has decreased significantly. Today's wind turbines are designed to prevent them from being active in severe weather, meaning there is essentially no turbined-related risk to surrounding residents should a storm occur. In addition to safety concerns, some homeowners are worried that wind turbines will increase their property taxes. This concern is rooted in fact, but not necessarily costly to homeowners. Wind turbines often do increase property value because they represent a means for homeowners to produce long-term income. However, the majority of land-lease agreements include provisions stating that the wind developer will cover any additional property taxes that result from the installation of a wind turbine.

Myths About Wind

nancial benefits to homeowners who agree to lease their land to wind developers. While the amount a homeowner can earn depends on the size of the wind turbine and how productive it is, projects in Minnesota and Iowa saw landowners earn between 2 and 4 percent of the turbine's annual gross revenue. For a turbine that earns $200,000 per year in gross revenue, that's an annual payment of $2,000 to landowners, a hefty windfall for homeowners, particularly in today's economy. Reduced energy loss is another potential benefit of wind turbines. Energy is often lost via transfer through energy lines, with some estimates suggesting as much as 50 percent of all total energy is being lost to energy line transfers. Locally produced power, however, is much more efficient.

Arguably the greatest benefit of wind turbines is their environmental impact. Once the turbine has been constructed, its environmental impact is minimal. Wind turbines produce zero emissions, meaning there will be no CO2, sulfur, particulates, or nitrogen oxide entering the atmosphere from wind turbines. And because environmental conditions have been linked to a host of medical maladies, it's safe to say wind turbines could help improve human health. Another benefit of wind turbines is the potential fi-

Benefits of Wind Turbines

One of the more widely cited disadvantages to wind turbines is the noise they create. Large-scale wind turbines, at the peak of their production, can be very noisy. However, today's turbines are much less noisy than those of yesteryear, often being compared to the noise generated from a modern refrigerator. In fact, the wind generated from today's turbines often drowns out the noise generated from the turbine itself. The cost of wind turbines is commonly considered the greatest disadvantage. This isn't a great concern for homeowners, as most wind turbines are owned by investors who then lease lands once the turbine has been built. However, the tenuous nature of the economy has led many investors to more closely examine where their money is going, and some investors might question if wind turbines are the best way to invest their money. Safety also must be considered when considering the installation of a wind turbine. Large turbines could pose risks in areas with frequent air traffic. That's a genuine concern in rural areas, where small personal aircrafts are often employed for farming purposes. To learn more about wind power, visit the Environmental Protection Agency at

Disadvantages Of Wind Turbines

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

A Journey Through Time



Last Thursday was a great night. We were not originally planning on going to the Boston concert at Calvert Marine Museum that night. By chance we came across tickets that a friend of a friend was selling and thought it might be fun. When the tickets came in the mail, I barely glanced at them, figuring wed find out where they were when we got to the concert. I like surprises once in a while. We normally make our concert nights over in Solomons into a mini-vacation, since we havent been away on a weeks vacation for a number of years. We stay at the Comfort Inn, and try to get to the Inn between 3 or 4 p.m. so there is time to relax and have a nice dinner. It is so convenient that the Captains Table Restaurant is in the back lot of the hotel. You walk there and you walk to the concert. Their food and service is very good and reasonable. We walked over to the concert just as the gates were opening. The smells of barbecue, pizza, and seafood wafted over from the food court. It smelled so good I could have eaten again. Part of the fun, or what my husband and I enjoy, is seeing old friends and people watching. I always see people I graduated high school with at the concerts. Lots of band memorabilia is for sale outside too. My husband even bought me a Sam Grow t-shirt. We were both surprised when we went to find our seats before walking around. The seats were three rows back from the stage. WooHoo! Later in the evening, we would begin to regret that. The seats were also under a stack of six speakers hanging from a crane. I kept watch on those speakers throughout the night. Thirty-five years ago I wouldnt have cared, but now my head rings for days, and every time I try to answer it nobodys home. What really got me excited was when I found out a few days before the event that our local hometown musicians, The Sam Grow Band were going to be opening for Boston. I think I was more excited about seeing them than seeing Boston. Sam Grow and his fellow musicians deserve all the acclaim and opportunities they are receiving. I think we first heard them at Sea Breeze Restaurant several years ago, and I thought wow this band, and his voice, is fantastic. I believe it was Sams Father who was handing out CDs of their album Ignition to those of us standing around the railing. Ive listened to that CD so many times (at least until I lent it out and cant remember whom I lent it to) and told so many people that they are musical geniuses and that every song on the album is great. As are the bands last few releases. If I know they are playing somewhere I am there if possible. Yes Boston put on a good show, and I sang along with every song. I went to a few of their concerts in the 70s, so it was sentimental to see them again. The recent revival of all the 70s bands concert tours has been a great thing. I love hearing the songs as I heard them then. Its even better now because the Calvert Marine Museum is such a perfect venue. You can feel the breezes off the water, and hear the night creatures sounds blending in with the music. If you havent been to a concert at CMM yet, you should really try to go. I think my husband and I agree the best part of the evening was watching Sam Grows Mother watch her son on stage. She turned to me once with tears in her eyes and said, Thats my baby on stage! A Mothers love is a beautiful thing. I feel the same way about both of my sons. I often say that I am a Mother with a fierce heart. Well, Sams Mother was showing that as well. Her other son plays in another great local band, HydraFX. I told her that we had followed them whenever we could. They play music that would appeal to every age group. As a testament to how Sam and his other band members were raised, several times he would stop between songs and tell the audience how much it meant to him to be up on that stage, and how thankful he was for everyones support. I think their might have been a few tears shed from him. The talent in our county is staggering, we have friends in a local band called Folk Salad Trio, who write quite a number of their songs, and we listen to them, or have them play at my shop as often as we can. Since I will never play an instrument myself, I am just as happy to hear everyone elses talent. But, I just want to say Way to go, Sam Grow!! To each new days adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

On Saturday, August 18 I made my annual trip to Brooklyn, New York to participate in honoring the men of the Maryland 400 who sacrificed themselves to save the American army on August 27, 1776 at the Battle of Brooklyn (aka Battle of Long Island). In June 1776, the Marylanders had gathered in Annapolis where they were transported to the head of the Elk (Cecil County, MD) by barge. The rest of the trip was by foot. Their first stop was in Philadelphia. Major John Adlum of the Pennsylvania Line was present the day the Marylanders arrived in Philadelphia. In 1833 he wrote: Smallwoods regiment arrived in Philadelphia about the middle of July, 1776, the day after the York, Pennsylvania, militia got there. I happened to be on Market street when the regiment was marching down it. They turned up Front street, till they reached the Quaker meeting-house, called the Bank meeting, where they halted for some time, which I presumed was owing to a delicacy on the part of the officers, seeing they were about to be quartered in a place of worship. After a time they moved forward to the door, where the officers halted, and their platoons came up and stood with their hats off, while the soldiers with recovered arms marched into the meeting-house. The officers then retired, and sought quarters elsewhere. The regiment was then said to be eleven hundred strong; and never did a finer, more dignified, and braver body of men face an enemy. They were composed of the flower of Mary-

land, being young gentlemen, the sons of opulent planters, farmers and mechanics. From the colonel to the private, all were attired in hunting-shirts. I afterwards saw this fine corps on their march to join General Washington. In the battle of Long Island, Smallwoods regiment, when engaged with an enemy of overwhelmingly superior force, displayed a courage and discipline that sheds upon its memory an undying lustre, while it was so cut to pieces that in October following, when I again saw the regiment, its remains did not exceed a hundred men. It is from their service that day that Maryland took her nickname as the Old Line State. The Maryland Line, Marylands regiments of regulars, achieved a reputation as the saviors of the Continental Army and the cause of independence. References to the Old Line are a tribute to the Maryland Line, but more specifically, to the first incarnation of the Maryland Line, the men who first mobilized in December 1775 and early 1776 and fought at Long Island on 27 August 1776...The battle-worn survivors of this regiment ostensibly reorganized in December 1777, continuing their enlistments for three years or during the war. But by the close of 1777, few remained from the original line Washington witnessed at Long Island. Bled weak by fighting in the vanguard of the war, they received reinforcements from the Maryland companies of the Flying Camp, and earned recognition for their sacrifices in the form of a nickname.

Book Review
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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer Every morning, when you get up to start your day, you have to decide what youre going to wear. Will it be something fancy, or just a plain old pair of jeans? Will you choose a favorite t-shirt or something brandnew that Grandma bought for you? Is it warm enough for shorts, or should you wear a jacket? Has Mom chosen your outfit for the day, or do you get to pick the colors youll wear? Whatever you put on first thing in the morning, you know you simply will not wear it unless it looks good and feels comfortable. And in the new book Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg, youll see that youre not alone. Arlo is a big, fluffy, furry white dog. There arent many things that Arlo loves more than to play ball but lately, his boy has noticed that Arlo isnt catching very well. Every time Arlos boy threw the ball, it just bounced off Arlos nose. Ouch! Maybe Arlo was having trouble. Maybe he forgot what to do. No, there had to be another problem. Maybe it was time for a visit to the eye doctor. Arlos boy took Arlo for a check-up. The eye doctor put a chart on the wall and asked Arlos boy to read the chart. Then he asked Arlo, but the chart was all fuzzy. He asked Arlo to peek into a big, scary-looking (but not really scary at all) machine. He tested and tested, and the only thing that was clear was that Arlo needed glasses!

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But for a handsome, big, fluffy, furry white dog like Arlo, it just wouldnt do to wear a plain old pair of glasses. Arlos new spectacles needed to be as special as Arlo himself. So he tried on a few pairs. And when he finally found the glasses that made him happy, playing ball was fun again. Arlos boy threw the ball and Arlo could really see it. But guess what? Arlo found a brand-new thing that he loves to do. Do you know what it is? There are two things I know for sure about Arlo Needs Glasses. Number one, its cute as the Dickens. Authorillustrator Barney Saltzberg gives Arlo such wonderful expressions in this book, and Arlos boy does things with him that hed do with a human best friend. Even the accoutrements that come with it make this book make adorable. Which leads me to the other thing I know: this is definitely a book for toddlers, but its one that will get a good work-out. Arlo Needs Glasses includes pull tabs, velcroed bits, folded parts, and four pullout pairs of glasses that are made of paper. Yes, this book is kid-friendly and built for little fingers, which is why you should probably have a roll of tape handy. Its also why you should find this book and read it aloud to your resident 3-to-5-year-old. Imagine the two of you, curled up on the sofa, with Arlo Needs Glasses. Youll both be wearing smiles.

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42. Fell back from flooding 43. Farm state 44. British Isle in the Irish Sea 45. Georgian monetary unit 46. Turkish rulers 48. Utter sounds 49. Mains 50. Fashionable water resorts


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

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STing Op
By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Southern Maryland Sting 15 and under baseball team took second place at their USSSA baseball league season concluding tournament in Florida. As a result of their success during the summer, the Sting are currently ranked first in Maryland, first in the region, and third in the country. Manager Robby Kidwell Sr. said the Sting are one of the fastest teams, and their collective superior speed gave them a competitive advantage against their opponents throughout the entire season. Due to speed from top to bottom in their lineup, the Sting often incorporated steals, hit-and-runs and bunting for base hits into their offensive attack. The fundamentally sound ball club also utilized the sacrifice bunt to move runners over. Even three and four hitters traditionally the power spots in the order Denzel Johnson, of La Plata, and Cal Rye, of Chopticon High, would bunt the ball if the situation called for it, Kidwell said. They know what it takes to win, he said. Doing the little things with the bats was accompanied by the Stings sound play in the field. On defense we make the average play, Kidwell told The County Times, adding that their speed gave them range to make the extraordinary play as well. Line-drives hit in the gap were usually run down for outs or cut off to prevent extra-base hits, particularly by centerfielder Kyle Goddard of St. Marys Ryken High School. According to Kidwell, the raved about two-hitter runs the 60 yard dash in just 6.52 seconds. The Sting relied heavily on the arm of pitcher L Jay Newsome, from Chopticon High School. The strikeout pitcher featured an electric fastball, clocked at 86 miles per hour, which gears hitters up before throwing a devastating 74 mph changeup that leaves them out in front of the pitch and unbalanced in the batters box. The ace of the staff tossed 16 innings during the weeklong tournament in Florida, including two complete games and closing another. Newsome was awarded with the teams defensive MVP award, which Kidwell said is a tribute to the caliber player he is. Calling the games for Newsome was the workhorse on the field, Robby Kidwell Jr. He was responsible for the pitch selection of the entire staff, and made decisions based

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Youth Baseball Team Third in Country

First Row from left - Kyle Goddard, Ryan McCarthy Jr., Tyler Superior, Denzell Johnson, KeAndre Brown, Brian Gilliam, Back Row from left Coach Gary Gray Jr., Brady Snyder, Robby Kidwell Jr., Zach Jerew, Ljay Newsome, Manager Robby Kidwell Sr., Cal Rye, Nick Gray, Dakota Merritt, Wyatt Bowling, Stephen Thomson, Coach Ryan McCarthy Sr.

on his observations of hitters habits and batting style. Theyre smarter in the game of baseball, Kidwell said, explaining if an opponent was crowding the plate the more seasoned battery mates knew to jam him with pitches on the inner-half. Its up to them. The team has been working with hitting instructor Billy Johnson, who also hosts hitting clinics for major league ballplayers, for the last three years. Kidwell believes Johnson plays a crucial role in the development of his players abilities at the plate. Basically, what I do as manager is repeat what Billy tells them, Kidwell said before mentioning that he could see seven or eight of his players playing Division One base-

ball in college. Kidwell added that they raised a lot of eyebrows down in Florida because while the Sting were all 15 or younger, they were playing against 16-year-olds. People ask where were from and I say were just a little team from Southern Maryland, Kidwell said. I dont think a team has ever done what theyve done. The 15U summer 2012 Sting were comprised entirely of Southern Maryland athletes, majority of which are from St. Marys County.

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By Doug Watson Contributing Writer Scotty Nelson became the seventh different winner of the season as he was

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Thursday, August 23, 2012


Yet Another Street Stock Feature Winner

the winner of the 16-lap street stock feature last Friday night at Potomac speedway. Five-time class winner Mike Latham lined up third for the start but would be the race leader by the first lap. Meanwhile Scotty Nelson, who started fifth, reached second by the ninth-lap and set his sights on Latham. Nelson took the lead from Latham on lap-eleven as Latham retired to the pits with mechanical issues. Over the final four-circuits, Nelson held off a pesky Darren Alvey to score his first win of the season and career-first for car owner Scott Wilson. Mart Hanbury scored his career-best Potomac run taking third, rookie Johnny Oliver was fourth and Latham would be credited with fifth. Latham was the heat winner over the 12 cars on hand. Six-laps into the 20-lap ARDC midget feature, late arriving thunderstorms washed out the remainder of the program. The ARDC feature was spun-off at Winchester on Saturday with Tim Buckwalter taking the win. The limited late model, hobby stock, u-car and strictly stock features, which were lost to rain, will be made-up at a date yet to be determined.

Street stock feature finish

1. Scotty Nelson 2. Darren Alvey 3. Marty Hanbury 4. Johnny Oliver 5. Mike Latham 6. Kyle Nelson 7. Mike Raleigh 8. Stuart Wells 9. Kurt Zimmerman 10. Stephen Quade 11. Mark Garner 12. Dale Reamy (DQ)

Jet Wars This Saturday at Maryland International Raceway

On Saturday, Maryland International Raceway will host the 34th annual Jet Wars. You will see the fastest, fire breathing Jet Powered Funny Cars and 300 mph jet dragsters in the country in a fiery side-by-side battle. Check out the stars of the show featuring: Queen of Diamonds, The Beast from the East, Black Ice, Air Force 1, First Strike, and Top Secret. Plus, the insane, out of control Wild Bunch 2 Supercharged Altereds with cars like the Flying Tomato, The Terminator, The Warlock, Sideways Marty, and The Yellow Bandit. In addition the jets and the altereds, Bunny Burkett and the Boys will have a two-car match race along with a Fireworks show and the Full Speed Unlimited ET series. It all happens this Saturday night at the 34th annual Jet Wars. Be sure to bring the kids to this incredible night of speed, fire and thunder. Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. E.T. time trials start at 5 p.m. with eliminations starting at 7:30 p.m. The Jets, Wild Bunch and Funny Cars blast off at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 and that includes a free pit pass. Children 6 to 11 are just $5. Also this weekend on Aug. 24-26 is the 11th annual IHRA Summit Racing Pro Am Tour run along with the Jet Wars on Saturday night. This IHRA division one points race is a Double Header and features complete qualifying and eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. See all the IHRA sportsman classes from Stock Eliminator to Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. The schedule for the IHRA Pro Am Tour is as follows: Friday is a racer move in day with gates opening at 10 a.m. with a racer test session Friday night from 4 to 9 p.m. On Saturday gates open at 7:30 a.m. with time trials and qualifying starting at 9 a.m. and Pro Am eliminations starting after the second time trial. On Sunday gates will open at 8 a.m. with 1 round of qualifying and immediately followed by 1st round eliminations. Admission for the event is $20 for Friday or Sunday and $25 for Saturday or a weekend pass is $40. Children 6 to 11 are $5 per day. General parking is free, and pit side parking is $10. For more info on these events, visit MIRs web site at or call 301-884-RACE.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

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from Point Lookout to beyond Cove Point. Most are being caught by traditional trolling with small spoons and planers. Spanish mackerel should be here well into September. (Since English is likely a second language to these fish, I feel fairly safe in offering this report.) Bluefish have been here for a while now. This should improve for bluefish chasers as the season progresses, and now that school is starting, marauding schools of bigger bluefish should become easier to find. Some anglers have reported catches of big red drum along the main stem of the bay. These fish like flashy spoons trolled deep, so be aware that trolling for Spanish mackerel may result in a surprise if you fish the areas where the red drum roam. Flounder? Not so much! Remember to take a picture of your catch and send it to me with your story at Keith fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

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The Ordinary

Cory Janschek used cut spot to catch this 25 inch speck


By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer The latest mystery: do fishing reports change fish patterns? Last week, I reported that Buzzs Marina declared 2012 to be the year of the speckled trout. Ken Lamb, proprietor of The Tackle Box reported that white perch were so plentiful that they were eating the bottoms off boats! This week, Buzzs Marina reports that there has been a lull in the speckled trout bite in the Honga River area of the Eastern Shore, and Ken Lamb reports that the heat has moved the white perch to deeper waters for a time. So, if this kind of reporting really does change fish patterns, lets talk about the striped bass. Rockfish of a decent size have been difficult to find all summer by most anglers. Sure, some are being caught by those casting top water plugs along the shorelines early in the morning or late in the evening, and others are occasionally catching a decent fish or two by other methods. The fact of the matter is that consistent catches of keepersized stripers have not been happening in this region all summer. In previous years, live-lining spot to catch rockfish has been the staple of striper hunters in this area. All a person has had to do was catch several small spot, head out to the Liquid Natural Gas Docks at Cove Point, anchor up, hook-up a live spot and wait a minute or two. This year, hours go by between catches at the LNG docks, and the fish

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer Mike Rizzo, an elbow scar, a square and a box of crayons. Got it? Okay. Executives and managers utilize many slick analytical tools: fish bone diagrams, Pareto charts and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats) analyses to name a few. Personally, Im goo goo for the risk cube and its straightforward rating of a decisions perils. The risk cube, in its fabulous simplicity, measures the only two things you really need to know when deciding if the gain is worth the pain: the likelihood that a decisions risks will be realized and the severity of the potential consequences. Likelihood is measured along the vertical axis, Consequence along the horizontal axis. The cube is typically colored in stoplight fashion, ranging from a green zone in lower left corner (low likelihood and consequence), through a cautionary yellow zone, to a red zone in upper right corner (high likelihood, severe consequence). In other words, anyone with a drivers license can interpret it. See green and youre good; see red and you better stand on the brakes. Wait, theres more (I can sense your excitementor is it irritation?). The risk cube isnt just for managers. Got kids? Whats the risk rating of turning your 3-year-old loose at the kitchen table with crayons and a coloring book? The likelihood of disaster is extremely high; however the consequences a manageable mess that can be cleaned up quickly (washable crayons, of course) are low. How about sports? Rate the injury risk of Skins quarterback Robert Griffin III playing behind that offensive line and against those NFC East defenses. Can you say blood-red-rated risk? I cringe just typing it. Personal scenarios? The cubes got you covered. For example, theres a high likelihood this dissertation on the risk cube will expose my inner nerd the severe accompanying consequences. But alas, Im a gambler when wielding a quill Theres one last trait of the risk cube its subjectivity thats germane to this

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are often rather small. Anglers further up the Bay toward Sharps Island and Poplar Island are live-lining lots of stripers when they can find the school. Also in previous years, large schools of keeper stripers mixed with bluefish and Spanish mackerel have been found chasing bait to the surface in our entire region of the Bay. This year, the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are there, but the stripers are hard to find. When an angler finds stripers chasing baitfish to the surface, often they are small ones that have to be released. So, being a superstitious sort and acknowledging the changes in speckled trout and white perch patterns since my last report, I have decided that reporting this deficiency in rockfish patterns should benefit all striper hunters. Be sure to let me know how this works out! School starts this week in St. Marys County. Maybe the bigger stripers have been waiting for school to start before schooling up to chase baitfish to the surface! Spanish mackerel have been found with some regularity in the 35 40 feet of water

risks, Colorful Cubes and a Debatable Decision

discussion. Plotting a decisions risks on the magic cube is often a hotly debated exercise. Just ask the guy I mentioned earlier, Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo. At some point this year, Rizzo, either literally or figuratively, plotted the risk of pitching ace Stephen Strasburg, in his first full year back from Tommy John elbow surgery, far beyond the prescribed 160-inning cap this season. He decided the likelihood of re-injury and, probably more importantly, the dire consequences (ruining Strasburgs career) werent worth the gamble. Rizzo position hasnt wavered and, until recently, no one seemed too concerned with countdown to shutdown. Or maybe the publics apathy was because everyone assumed Rizzo would acknowledge the World Series carrot, come to his senses and reconsider the Strasburg decision. He hasnt and hes been roasted for it by nearly every baseball talking head with a microphone. Rizzos decision is so difficult and ripe for criticism because the situation lacks a clear solution. If Strasburg continues to pitch, will he re-injure his arm? Dunno. Can the Nationals win it all without him? Dunno. Would they surely win the Series with him? Dunno. And the only thing that renders this decision moot - a World Series title - remains possible without Strasburg, but much less likely hence the rotisserie Rizzo on menus nationwide. So whats coursing through Rizzos mind? Well, like anyone at the top of an organizational chart, everything is. Rizzo has, undoubtedly, considered similar situations, medical opinions and both the short- and long-term impact on the franchise. He then made and unequivocally owned this gutsy call: pitching Strasburg without limitation was simply colored far too red. Rizzo arrived that that conclusion by tempering any emotion, ignoring the popular opinion and staying true to his convictions, true to his analysis, true to his risk cube. Rizzos process - pragmatic, factbased and resolute - displayed all anyone could ask from leadership, even if the decision itself is frustrating. So is shutting down Strasburg the right move? Thats a question likely to forever lack a definitive answer. But heres whats for sure: the Nationals are in good shape with Mike Rizzo at the top of their decision tree. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com

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Thursday, August 23, 2012





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