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More Bacteria Infections Expected in Local Waters

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A world-renowned expert on bacteriological infections from the University of Maryland says that local residents must be careful when fishing, crabbing, oystering or even taking pleasure swims in or around the Chesapeake Bay, as vibrio vulnificus, a virulent bacteria that can cause lethal infections is going to be on the rise. Rita Colwell, a professor with the universitys Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, told a gathering of concerned residents at the Calvert Marine Museum that given the apparent incremental rise in water temperature in the bay and surrounding waters the conditions are right for the pathogens successful multiplication. Colwell said climate change is a central factor in this. With respect to global warming, yes, indeed vibrio species will increase, Colwell told the gathering Sept. 16. Vibrio infections literally liquefy internal organs, Colwell said, and are essentially flesh eating. The bacteria can enter the human body through uncooked seafood and also open wounds. Not all infections are fatal or incredibly serious, she said, and indeed there are probably many more that are undiagnosed because those who are younger with strong immune systems simply ride out the infection without seeking medical attention. Sam Sayers, a Ridge resident, contracted a vibrio infection in his leg several years ago and still bears the scars. At the forum he said when he first sought medical treatment the doctors did not put him on antibiotics strong enough to knock out the pathogen that ravaged his flesh. Several years later, despite having survived, he said his one leg is still 30 percent larger than the other and lamented that local physicians were not more aware of the presence of vibrio and the signs of an infection. The doctors have no idea whats going on, Sayers said, who added that a close friend and neighbor who is also a physician saw the signs and was able to get him much stronger treatment. Youre a very lucky guy, Colwell said. He saved your life. One problem though, she said, is to ensure that people understand how the bacteria can infect a person as common sense measures like cooking seafood well eliminate its poisonous effects. Its a conundrum of not wanting to scare the living daylights out of the public by telling them not to eat seafood which doesnt make sense, Colwell said. I just dont eat raw oysters. Sen. Roy Dyson, who also attended the forum, gave statistics showing that reported cases of vibrio infections statewide might be on the rise. Just last year there were 37 such cases with one fatality, so far this year there are already 38 cases but no fatalities. But there have been some amputations, Dyson told The Calvert Gazette, adding that the information came from state and local health departments in both Calvert and St. Marys counties. In 2010 the were 47 cases, a 10-year high, Dyson reported, but no deaths. In 2005 there were 25 cases with four fatalities. Hope is growing though for earlier detection of vibrio infections in people and also for creating predictive models using environmental factors to tell when and where vibrio bacteria would infest local waters, Colwell said. Many times patients would come to see doctors and have to wait nearly a week before getting results that would show the vibrio in their systems, which is why she said she is working to start up a company that would make rapid DNA testing available so you dont have to wait five days. Satellite data can also show salinity and temperature fluctuations in local waters, she said, and using that data scientists can predict vibrio outbreaks, she said. Were looking at maybe a two-to-three month warning system to show which parts of the bay have the potential for a vibrio vulnificus infection, Colwell said.


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2012 St. MaryS County Fair

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8:00 AM 4-H Livestock show starts (SR) 8:00 AM 4-H Horse & Pony Show (GS) 9:00 AM Exhibit buildings open 9:00 AM So. MD Robotics Demo (PAV) 10:00 - 12:00 Cake Decorating Contest (new AUD) 10:00 AM 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest (4-H building) 10:00 AM Decorated Wagon Contest (ARTS) 1:00 PM Spring Ridge Middle School Band (New AUD) 1:30 PM Black Belt Academy Karate (TENT) 2:00 PM Purchase Power Contest (4-H Building) 2:00 PM Speech contest - (New AUD) "The Star Spangled Banner" Great Mills High School Chamber Singers 3:00 PM Registration for Kiddy Tractor Pull (PAV) 4:00 PM Kiddy Tractor Pull (PAV) 4:00 PM St. Mary's County Sheriff Dept. K-9 Demonstration (GS) 4:00 - 6:00 PM WMDM live remote broadcast 5:00 PM Ice Carving (Doug Mackey, NAS Executive Chef) (EXT) 6:00 PM Bicycle drawing - school day activities end 6:00 PM Gracies Guys and Gals (FSA) 6:00 PM 4-H Cake Auction (GS) 7:00 PM Horse pull - light weight (GS) 7:30 PM Boot Scooters line dancing PAV) 9:00 PM Exhibit buildings close 10:00 PM Carnival closes
* Barnyard Runners Pig Races 11:30, 1:00, 3:00, and 4:30 * Masters of the Chain Saw 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 * Mitchell Showboat Marionettes 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00 *Dick Haines, Stilt-walker *Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales on display Small Craft Guild Boat Building demonstration at the Baxter Farm Museum Pat Fulcher Blacksmith demonstrating at the Baxter Farm Museum MDCHIP Child Identification Program 10:00AM - 6:00PM (FSA)

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3:00 PM Gates open to public 4:00 PM Exhibit buildings open to public 5:00 PM Carnival opens (ride all evening for one price) 5:00 PM 4-H Livestock Judging Contest 6:00 PM Pig Races 6:00 PM 4-H Goat Show 6:30 PM Masters of the Chainsaw (FM) 7:00 PM Official Opening (New AUD) Color Guard by Cub Scout Pack 1203 "The Star Spangled Banner" Esperanza Middle School Festival Chorus Introduction of the Queen of Tolerance Court Welcome, John Richards President St. Mary's County Fair Assoc. Crowning of the Queen of Tolerance 7:00 PM 4-H Precision Horse Demonstration (GS) 7:00 PM Mitchell Showboat Marionettes 7:30 PM Masters of the Chainsaw (FM) 8:00 PM Pig Races 9:00 PM Exhibit buildings close 10:00 PM Carnival closes

8:00 AM Open class livestock shows begins 9:00 AM Exhibit buildings open 10:30 AM Fair Parade, "The Star Spangled Banner" Leonardtown High School Potomac Voices 11:30 AM The Daughters of Veda Mid-Eastern Dance Troupe (TENT) 1:00 PM Jousting (GS) 1:00 PM McKays Stuffed Ham Demonstration, Bill Price (FSA) 1:00 PM Small Animal Demonstration (4-H) 1:00 PM Interlocking Building Block Competition 1:00 PM Super Magic Man, Illusions (New AUD) 1:30 PM Syncopated Rhythm Dance Team (PAV) 2:00 PM Master Gardener presentation (FSA) 2:30 PM Master Gardener presentation (FSA) 2:30 PM Super Magic Man, Illusions (New AUD) 3:00 PM 4-H Rabbit showmanship contest (4-H) 3:00 PM Southern MD Concert Band PAV) 4:00 PM Super Magic Man, Illusions (New AUD) 4:30 PM Dreams Studio of Dance (PAV) 5:30 PM Aqua Squares Square Dancing (PAV) 6:00 PM 4-H livestock auction (SR) 7:00 PM Chesapeake Country Cruisers (PAV) 7:00 PM Horse pull - heavy weight (GS) 9:00 PM Exhibit buildings close 10:00 PM Carnival closes
*Mitchell Showboat Marionettes 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 * Barnyard Runners Pig Races 12:00, 2:00, 3:30, & 5:00 *Masters of the Chain Saw 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, & 6:00 *Dick Haines, Stilt-walker *Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales on display Small Crafts Guild Boat Building demonstration at Farm Museum Pat Fulcher Blacksmith demonstrating at the Baxter Farm Museum MDCHIP Child Identification Program 10:00AM - 6:00PM (FSA)

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Open class horse show starts (GS) Exhibit buildings open Open Class & 4-H Breeding Goat Show (SR) Baby show starts (FSA) Antique tractor pull starts (FM) Chesapeake Spinners wool demo. (SHEEP area) 4-H Rabbit Showmanship Contest (4-H) Gospel Choir (TENT) The Star-Spangled Banner Peace Pipers, Chopticon High School (NEW AUD) Intro of the Queen of Tolerance & her Court (NEW AUD) 4-H Visual Presentation Contest (4-H) St. Lukes Gospel Choir (TENT) Southern Maryland Sound Chorus (NEW AUD) St. Peter Clavier Gospel Choir (TENT) So. MD Consolidated Choir New Briscoe Brothers (TENT) 4-H Animal Costume Contest (SR) Gospel Persuaders (TENT) Chain Saw Sculpture Auction Fair closes, see you next year SEPT. 19 - 22, 2013 !!!

*Wool Spinning Demos - Chesapeake Spinners (sheep barn) *Mitchell Showboat Marionettes 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30 *Barnyard Runners Pig Races 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 * Masters of the Chain Saw 11:00, 1:00, 3:00, and 4:00 * Dick Haines, Stilt-walker *Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales on display Small Craft Guild Boat Building demonstration at Farm Museum Pat Fulcher Blacksmith demonstrating at the Baxter Farm Museum MDCHIP Child Identification Program 12:00PM - 6:00PM (FSA)

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Confederate Monument Defaced
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Vandals defaced the confederate monument owned by the Point Lookout Prisoner of War association last week, and police are investigating the incident. Jim Dunbar, who takes on the maintenance of the monument, said a local resident in Ridge near Point Lookout State Park contacted the Sons of the Confederate Veterans who in turn told Dunbar of the vandalism, believed to have taken place late Sept. 13 or early morning Sept. 14. Dunbar said the vandals spray painted a portion of the monuments pedestal which is topped with a bronze statue of a ragged Confederate prisoner. They had a rope around his neck and the rope was in his hand, Dunbar told The County Times. They painted a swastika on the side of the monument. The group raised funds several years ago to have the monument built adjacent to a federal monument to the Confederate prisoners who died at the Point Lookout prison camp during the Civil War. The organization and the federal government differ on just how many Confederate prisoners died at Point Lookout, with the government counting about 3,400 buried near there but members of the organization claim that nearly 14,000 died in their captivity. The group estimates that about 52,000 Confederate prisoners went through the camps gate during its two years of operation from 1863 to 1865. Dunbar said the vandals also tore off and stole a security camera at the site and smashed a beer bottle on the monument. Theyre checking that for finger prints, he said. He lamented the vandalism committed against the monument, which he said sullied the memory of those who died for the Confederacy. Its ignorance on their part, he said of why vandals defaced the site. If they knew history theyd have to be un-American to do the things they did here. Its a black mark on their soul to do this to dead people, Dunbar said.

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Dent Trying to Block New McKays Market

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A Tall Timbers bar owner has filed for a judicial review of an Alcohol Beverage Board decision that allows the McKay family to get a liquor license for a renovated McKays store opening on Hollywood Road. J. Steven Wise, an Annapolis attorney for David Dent, president of the countys Licensed Beverage Association and owner of Chiefs Bar, declined to comment on the appeal filed recently in Circuit Court. The court filing asks only for a review of the beverage boards decision back in August but does not offer any argument as to why the decision should be overturned. Wise explained that requesting the appeal is all that is required. Im going to let the filing speak for itself, said Wise, who was reported to have been a lobbyist for the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association. Dent several times objected to applications from Thomas F. McKay, president of the McKay grocery store chain, for an upgrade to a class B liquor license because he claimed it would alerations under one roof but approved unanimously the most recent application because they believed it was substantially different. The new store, expected to open soon, will have a dining area operating along side a grocery store with an emphasis on prepared foods and expanded selection of beer, wine and spirits. McKay said the appeal should not be allowed to endanger the opening of the business, which he has said is an effort to more readily compete in an ever changing food service market. We believe the appeal is without basis, McKay said. We intend to properly show that. [The beverage board] made their decision and it should stand. Theres no reason to believe the beverage board is wrong, he said. Theres no reason to believe the court will overturn their decision. During the liquor boards Sept. 13 meeting, members denied a request from Dent to stay their decision and prevent McKays from opening pending a court decision.

David Dent tending bar at his establishment in Tall Timbers.

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CareNets Baby Steps More Than A Fundraiser
By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer She and board member Mike Williamson paused their walk around Rykens track surface to share how pleased they were with Getting the community and families in- the community participation and turn out. volved was one of the goals for the CareNet The plan for the day was to open the Pregnancy Centers 2012 Baby Steps Walk track from noon to midnight for family and For Life, according to Cheryl Keen, CEO of community members to come out and spend CareNet. some quality time together and show their In the past, the center has had a walk at support. The previous walk was held at SoloSolomons, but it was nothing like what they mon was designated for a certain time, only pulled off Saturday at St. Marys Ryken High covered Solomons and everyone walked toSchool, Keen said. gether as a group. By spreading the hours out, families and community groups were able to stop by throughout the day. During the four to five oclock hour, a number of children raced around the track together holding helium inflated balloons. Several families walked together. One family had a father, mother and three teenage daughters. Another had dad, a very pregnant mom and two preschool children and while another St. Aloysius Church sang for Saturdays CareNet Baby Steps Walk For Life had dad carrying an infant. One family held at St. Mays Ryken High School.

Friends and families came out to support CareNet Baby Steps Walk for Life at St. Mays Ryken High School, raising $11,000 for the pregnancy center.

hands as they strolled around the track. The walk also included men walking with men, women walking with women as they enjoyed the sun shine, comfortable temperatures and a breeze periodically sweeping across the fields. A number of churches stopped by throughout the day to provide entertainment for the walkers, including St. Aloysiuss choir, Leonardtown Baptists Youth group, Vision 8, Walls of Jasper and Gods Misfits.

Ryken provided the place to walk, and the booster club, National Honor Society and Knights of Columbus were instrumental in helping throughout the day. We are so appreciative of all those who came along us, giving their time. They are a tremendous blessing, said Keen. The walk brought in $11,000 and 85 walkers covered the path continuously from noon to 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

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The Lexingtons License Suspended For 15 Days
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Following a shooting this summer, the Alcohol Beverage Board last week suspended the liquor license held by the owner of The Lexington Restaurant and Lounge on ShangriLa Drive in Lexington Park amid protests from the owner that she had increased security at her establishment and had kept the crowd their below her maximum capacity. The board, however, listened intently to police testimony that dozens of people were fighting at The Lexington before the shooting occurred at the Cole Travel Agency parking lot across the street, after the crowd spilled out of the lounge. Deputies testified to what could be termed a running shooting incident the early morning of July 29, though Kris Greer, the restaurant owner, testified that she was the one who called police to deal with a disturbance she saw across the street before either the fighting or shooting took place. Dep. Shawn Cathcart told beverage board members that when he and other officers arrived the melee included multiple fights both inside and outside with bottles being thrown about. He had to deploy pepper spray into the bar to break the crowd up, he said. It was then that the shooting started. There were several gunshots down there, then it moved over to the other side of the street, Cathcart said. There were three volleys. He and other deputies testified to 200 people in a crowd that had spilled out onto the street. Cathcart then found the shooting victim with a bullet wound to his shoulder. Deputy Elizabeth Goodwin testified the crowd would not respond to police and were threatening officers with harm as well. Such incidents had become a chronic problem at The Lexington, she said. Its definitely become a problem, Goodwin said. They were getting into slug fests right in front of the officers. Greer said she shouldnt be penalized for her operations because the nature of Lexington Park was more to blame. I dont think we should be penalized for the music we played. I think thats racial profiling, Greer said. Im following the rules, the police need to step it up in Lexington Park. Board member Linda Palchinsky said that Lexington Park is improving and chided Greer for her assessment of public safety there. Palchinsky, who owns Lindas Caf in Lexington Park, said the sheer size of the crowd that night was unsafe. I cannot believe six officers are lying, its obvious whats going on, Palchinsky said. The board found the business had committed an act that was contrary to the peace and safety of the community because they were unable to control the crowd on hand. They approved a suspension of 30 days of the liquor license that was brought down to 15 days.

Officials Try to Increase Septics Before State Lockdown

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners gave their approval to planning and zoning staff to come up with a way to allow for more lots, which also means more septic systems, in rural areas before stringent state rules take affect at the end of the year. The process would allow for a change in the definition of a minor subdivision from the current five lots increased to seven, planners said Tuesday. Department of Land Use and Growth Management director Phil Shire told commissioners that if the changes are not made to zoning laws by Dec. 31, the state law would hold minor subdivisions at their fivelot limit. The county efforts are in response to major restrictions on septic system proliferation by the state lawmakers in an effort to curb nitrogen pollution going into local waters. Nitrogen pollution control is a critical component of the Watershed Implementation Plan designed to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding tributaries by 2025. While pollution control has been seen as a laudable goal, many local jurisdictions including St. Marys County have balked at the sheer cost complying with the requirements. Some estimates show the total costs here could be as high as $200 million, or the size of an entire years operating budget. The county must also come up with a four-tier system to regulate where septic systems could be placed. Tier one properties are on central water and sewer, while tier two properties could eventually be served by central sewer. Tier three areas are not planned for sewers and tier four represents the most rural areas. Planners have said that tier four areas will likely represent most of the county and will be the most restrictive to residential growth. Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said the states mandate on septic systems and its coming affects on landowners is not widely understood. He said most rural area residents in the county assume they will still be able to put one dwelling on every five acres, when in fact the coming law is far more restrictive. The one-in-five zoning would hold for a 35-acre property to yield seven lots, he said, but a 350-acre parcel would still be held to just seven lots. Theyve absconded with a lot of property owners rights, Jarboe said of the state. Its a major conflict when it comes to property rights. They [property owners] think they have one-in-five zoning but technically they dont. Republican Commissioners Dan Morris and Todd Morgan agreed with Jarboe on the need to act quickly before the states law took over. To do nothing would be a step in the wrong direction, Morris said. We have to move forward quickly, Morgan said.


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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Leahs House, the countys only shelter dedicated for homeless and abused women and their children is set to be under new management starting the first of the month, reports founder Rev. Marguerite Morris. The organization will retain its name and its corporate ownership, but Lifestyles, Inc., a group based in Charles County that has operated shelters and helped provide job placement services for the needy for more than a decade, will handle the day-to-day operations. Morris recently announced her intention to step away from the directorship of the shelter, which has continued to help abused and displaced women and children for several years now despite never receiving any funding assistance from the county government as do other local shelters. Morris told The County Times that Lifestyles of Marylands management will help ensure that Leahs House, Inc. can get a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture of $750,000 to complete their longhoped for shelter facility and family service center. Lifestyles also started programs in Charles and St. Marys county respectively called Safe Nights and Warm Nights that take in homeless people during the coldest evenings. With the experience the group brings, Morris believes they will help grow Leahs House. They are just very impressive with what theyve done in other communities, Morris said. Its a great addition for St. Marys County. Sandy Washington, who is heading up the transition for Lifestyles, said the new management duties mean an expansion opportunity for their programs. Its a natural flow, weve been doing this for 14 years, Washington said. The homeless women in St. Marys County theyre another part of the family. We dont get to choose whether we get to take care of them or not. Morris said she was happy to see Lifestyles come in, take over and provide their experience in operating shelters. Its a Godsend, Morris said. Im gladly stepping aside Its not about one person, its about helping people.

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Members of the community gathered Friday to celebrate the beginning of the United Way of St. Marys Countys (UWSMC) fundraising campaign kickoff. Lexington Park Elementary School Principal and UWSMC Board Vice President Susie Fowler talked about the Snack Sak program, which helps feed children during the weekends and when theyre not in school, a program she says is unfortunately very necessary in St. Marys. Recent studies have named St. Marys one of the most affluent communities in the country, and yet we have hungry children. I find that appalling, Fowler said. Snack Saks are distributed to a handful of students in each of the three Title 1 schools in St. Marys County. The price of Snack Saks is increasing this year, Fowler said, from the $8 per sack last year to $8.75 this year. The UWSMC needs to cover the increasing price. They would also like to extend the program during the summer, she said, which will cost additional dollars. The new honorary chairperson, taking the place of Dan Raley, was also introduced. In a departure from tradition, the UWSMC appointed a husband and wife duo Rear Adm. Charles H. Bert Johnston, Jr. and USN-Retired Beverly Johnston. Were excited to have them, said Ex-

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ecutive Director Jennifer Hollingsworth. Charles Johnston thanked the UWSMC for the opportunity to serve the community. He said St. Marys is a beautiful community to live and work in, and he and his wife feel blessed. All of us won lifes lottery, he said. Board President Scott Stahr took a moment at the breakfast to promote the upcoming Day of Caring on Oct. 12. The UWSMC takes a day to do good works for their partner organizations. If you have the time and you can spare the employees, we could use your support Oct. 12, he said.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer Students enrolled in St. Marys County Public schools will have a theme day next week to raise money for an organization called GO4THEGOAL, which provides support for families dealing with pediatric cancer. According to GO4THEGOAL literature, cancer kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and pediatric AIDS combined. The Education Association of St. Marys County (EASMC) is sponsoring the event to raise funds specifically for local children. Anna Laughlin, President of EASMC, said the group will collaborate with GO4THEGOAL to determine how to spend the money. We can request the money go to a specific child, research or funding for kids at the hospital, Laughlin explained. More than likely, she continued, there are local families dealing with the burden of pediatric cancer and in need of financial assistance. They would be EASMCs first choice of how to donate the money. Otherwise, the group will put the money raised towards research, she said. Well provide things like gas cards and accommodations for parents traveling back and forth and staying in hotels, Laughlin told The County Times, as well as organize events for the children similar to what the Make-A-Wish Foundation already does. Id like to see the money go to families in financial need, she concluded. This can really wipe a family out. On Thursday, Sept. 27, students, teachers and school staff will be asked to donate $1 each and take part in a theme day. Laughlin said the theme is entirely up to each school to pick whatever they choose; Piney Point Elementary will be having a hat day. If everyone participated, wed have $20,000, Laughlin said acknowledging she has a more realistic mindset of hoping 50 percent of the countys students participate. Thats all there is to it. Its really easy. EASMC is comprised of teachers, counselors, school nurses and therapists, psychologists and library media specialists. This is the first time EASMC has ever initiated a charity event like this, and Laughlin said she came up with the idea for EASMC to be more visible in the public realm. The public is also encouraged to make donations. People who wish to submit a donation can mail it to EASMC at the South-

Top Bill Breslin, Vice President; Dr. Gary Robinson, Treasurer; Alice Willingham, Secretary Bottom- Melissa Kiernan, Member at Large; Melinda Kearns, Elementary Member at Large, Anna Laughlin, President; Jan Emerson, Retired Member at Large, Liz Purcell-Leskinen, UniServ Director

ern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Rd, Suite 135, California, Md., 20619. Donations will also be accepted at all public schools. All checks should be made out to GO4THEGOAL.

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Locally Grown
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Three stations featuring crops and farm animals of Southern Maryland were set up outside Piney Point Elementary on Monday, which St. Marys Food and Nutrition Service Director Mike Jones said focused on educating students of the health benefits of consuming locally produced food. A tent, which served as a petting zoo, was set up where children learned about some local farm animals like sheep, goats and chickens; even meeting some of them up close petting the ducks, rabbits and alpacas. A planting demonstration was put on by local farmers to educate the kids on local crops and used authentic visuals including sections of a real honey bee hive giving kids a behind-the-scenes tour of how to farm in Maryland. The third station was a nutrition demonstration, which according to Jones helped kids make the connection between the benefits of a healthy diet with local products. In fact, the days main purpose was to show the students the source of their food and the benefits of a healthy diet, Jones said. Promoting local farmers and industries is important, said Piney Point Elementary Principal Audrey Ellis, adding that they hoped to show students why local farmers, and what they do, are important to the area. Ellis says Piney Point has also been giving students classroom assignments such as songs, coloring books and activity books during the last few weeks to stress the importance of fresh, locally grown products. The fourth grade even sang a song titled locally

grown over the intercom Monday morning to set the mood for the days activities. Pre-kindergarten students shucked their own corn and boiled it for snack-time. Lunch for students in the other grades included vegetable cups, summer squash casserole and watermelon. There have been a lot of efforts over the last few years for health, Jones claimed. This is part of it. The day was made possible due to a community partnership with the University of Maryland Extension Office and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, Jones said. Moore or Less Farms donated a book titled Blue Rib-

bon Alpaca by Susan Rosche for the schools library. The event was held to celebrate Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week, which is taking place from Monday of this week until Friday. Jones said the purpose of the week is to support the effort to have more fruits and vegetables on the school lunch menu. The showcased event was also featured last Friday at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary. More information on Marylands Farm to School initiative is available at

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St. Marys High Schools Are Emergency Prepared

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Campus safety phones have been installed in front of all three high schools in St. Marys County, and electric generator transfer switches are soon to be implemented as well. The safety phones are capable of external audio broadcasts for emergency related messages to people outside the building, and have video monitoring as well as audio recording of the area adjacent to campus safety phone. The campus safety phones enhance the daily safety and security for students, staff and visitors using our schools, states a press release from St. Marys County Public Schools. Long-term electrical generator switches are being installed to ensure that, in the event of an emergency, the portions of the facility used as a shelter continue to receive electricity. The switch at Leonardtown High School is complete, Deputy Superintendent Bradley Clements said, and he expects the switches at Great Mills and Chopticon will be completed within six months. We already have generators in the schools, Clements continued, but these switches will allow us to connect a big generator and power the entire school (in the event of an emergency). On Monday, the Board of Education members and St. Marys County Commissioners met at Chopticon High School, in front of the newly installed safety phones, to focus efforts on improving the capabilities of the communitys emergency shelters and to recognize September as National Preparedness Month. It was an opportunity for both sides to express the commitment to safety for students and our community, Clements said. Funding for the installation of the safety phones and electric generator was provided by the Homeland Security Program and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. The improvements in safety and emergency preparedness were also made possible by on-going partnerships between the school district and the St. Marys County Department of Emergency Services and Technology. Since 2004, September has been recognized as National Preparedness Month in America. Its main purpose is to encourage people to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities, stated the release. People are encouraged to learn more about emergency preparedness by visiting

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer School buses. Nobody likes getting stuck behind these slow moving, constantly stopping vehicles, and sometimes, when they have stopped once too many times and a persons in a hurry to get somewhere, there is a lot of temptation to bypass the stop arm on the bus and move faster than a snails pace. Drivers continue to bypass the stop arms on school buses at a frightening rate, a press release from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) states. In information gathered through a MSDE sponsored survey in April, 4,657 drivers went around the stop arm in one day. This number is lower than the more than 7,000 counted in one day in 2011, but the number is still has state officials worrying. "Schools are opening, and it is important to understand that it is illegal to pass a bus with its stop arm extended and its lights flashing," State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery said in a press release. "There are no excuses for this violation. We need to keep Maryland school children safe." In the April survey, more than 63 percent of drivers contributed information. Statistics show larger systems had more violations, with Montgomery County tallying 1,494 violations. Kent County drivers proved to be the most cautious, with zero incidents reported. In Calvert, 100 drivers ignored the stop arm, and 67 were reported in St. Marys County. When a driver runs a stop arm, they should know they are not invisible to the driver. Director of School Transportation Ed Cassidy said there is a system set up for drivers to document violations. There are also grants available for police to follow buses and station themselves at trouble spots to deter violations. Since the beginning of the school year, he estimated 6 to 12 violations have been reported. In terms of safety, he said there are things everyone has to remember. Kids and parents should be at bus stops 5-10 minutes early and refrain from approaching the bus until it has stopped and the door opens. Drivers should be aware that they must stop when the buss lights are flashing and the stop arm is down. Failure to do so could result in citations and other repercussions.

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Were overwhelmed by what were seeing throughout Maryland, Binko said. The 100 pitches will then be edited together in a video online in mid-October, where a voting competition will take place. A panel of experts will then narrow down the field to the Great Eight The eight will have additional coaching, mentoring and pitching opportunities. Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) business mentor Angela Singleton was on hand in Leonardtown serving as a pitch coach preparing people for the bus. On Nov. 13, after the entrepreneurs have had time to speak with the media and promote their ideas, the organization will narrow it down to two before selecting a winner. The bus will hit all parts of Maryland over the course of two and a half weeks, including stops in Garrett, Washington, Montgomery and Prince Georges counties as well as Baltimore. It was in Ocean City last week. The event began with a brief introduction from CSM Leonardtown Campus Dean Tracy Harris, who compared the event to the success this year of local baseball teams the Southern Maryland, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. Were looking for a homerun, he said.


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James Finn, 83
During the last few years, his grandson Tim helped him out by accompanying him to the commissary and some medical appointments at Walter Reed. Efforts to get him to move from his big apartment to St. Marys County were unsuccessful, and he remained there independently until he was hospitalized on July 22nd of this year. Jim is survived by his daughter Connie Finn-Bunales of California, MD; son-in-law Roy H. Bunales, M.D.; his beloved grandchildren Kristin & Tim; and many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Louise Cranford Finn; his sisters, Jean Sneathen, Dorothy LaMartina, and Patricia Whiteside; and his partner, Jan Braim. Family received friends for Jims Life Celebration on Saturday, September 15, 2012. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral service was conducted in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel by Deacon Lou Koeniger of St. Johns Church, Hollywood, MD. Relatives and friends were invited to gather at D.B. McMillans in Wildewood for an Irish Wake. Interment was in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD on Monday, September 17, 2012. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jims name may be made to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Pearl Beatty, 84
P e a r l Madeline Beatty, 84, of Chaptico, MD passed away surrounded by her loving family on September 16, 2012 in La Plata, MD. Born on April 13, 1928 in Bushwood, MD she was the daughter of the late John Clement and Mary Pearl Butler Dyson. Pearl is survived by her loving husband Warren Alexander Beatty, children: Madeline Montgomery, Brenda Green, and Tony Beatty. The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

tala Burke, and children: Shawn Burke of Washington, Brian Bos (Valerie) of Georgia, Thomas Burke of Pennsylvania, Timothy Burke (Kristin) of Florida, Lisa Burke of Washington, and Jennifer Donaldson (Scott) of St. Marys City, MD, and his grandchildren: Weston, Tanner, Cody and Abigail Donaldson; Mason Burke; Nicholas, Emily and Christopher Bos; and Miles Burke. He is survived by a brother, James Burke (Loretta) of Welcome, MD. The family will receive friends for Toms Life Celebration on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 2 4 p.m. and 6 8 p.m. at Hughesville Baptist Church, 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Hughesville Baptist Church with procession to cemetery immediately following. Memorial donations may be made to Hughesville Baptist Church, 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 or to Kings Christian Academy, 20738 Point Lookout Rd., Callaway, MD 20620.

Arlene Elkins, 78
Arlene Ann (Annie) Elkins, 78, of Great Mills, MD, formerly from Baltimore, MD., passed away surrounded by loving family on September 17, 2012. Born on March 24, 1934 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late Donald Milton and Rhoda Janet Claggett Jenkins Dunn. Arlene is survived by her loving husband Robert Lee Elkins whom she married on September 17, 1955 in Baltimore, MD. Arlene is survived by her children: Judy Mattingly (David) of Hollywood, MD, Kurt Elkins (Jennifer) of Baltimore, MD, Mark Elkins (Pam) of Stuart, VA, grandchildren: Casey Ann Elkins, and Maura Elkins, Peyton Elkins, all of Stuart, VA., Michael Mattingly of Hollywood, MD, Kaitlyn Elkins, and Sara Elkins both of Baltimore, MD, and one brother Allen Dunn of Vero Beach, FL. She is preceded in death her siblings: Raymond Dunn, Kent Dunn, and Majorie Forrest. Arlene graduated from Eastern High School in 1952 and moved to St. Marys County from Baltimore, MD in October 2005. Arlene enjoyed Gardening and photography. The Family received friends on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home with Father Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery, Hollywood, MD. Pallbearers will be: David Mattingly, John Mattingly, Mark Elkins, Kurt Elkins, Steven Elkins, and John Ferruzza. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Mattingly. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys Hospital, 2550 Point Lookout road Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Alan Tom Burke, 68

Tom Burke, 68, of Mechanicsville, MD, formerly of Indian Head, MD, died September 13, 2012 at Washington Hospital Center. Born April 8, 1944 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of James Thomas Burke and Beatrice Bell Schawkey Burke. Tom was a member of the Hughesville Baptist Church and a 1962 graduate of Lackey High School. In fact, he was planning to attend his 50th class reunion. He was a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art. Art and photography were always his special interests. He pursued a career in graphic arts and fashion photography. Tom also designed the "Dole" banana label, which was used for many years. In later years, he discovered his true calling and became an art teacher. Tom taught art at the Grace Lutheran School of LaPlata, MD, and the Kings Christian Academy in Callaway, MD, where he painted the KCA Eagle that hangs proudly on the gym wall today. He enjoyed traveling, his dogs, listening to books on tape, doing research on many subjects, and being involved with his grandchildren. In his retirement years he enjoyed keeping in touch with all of his friends. He had a special heart for encouraging those who were sick and in need with a card, phone call, visit and prayer. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan, he was known for his infectious smile and laugh, sense of humor, his extensive novelty tie collection and always having candy in his pocket to share (AKA the Candy Man). He will be missed tremendously. Predeceased by his parents, Tom is survived by his wife, Linda Jean Ma-

WO James Philip Finn, USMC (ret.), 83 of Silver Spring, MD, died unexpectedly at St. Marys Hospital, Leonardtown, MD on September 7, 2012. Jim was born on November 22, 1928 in Cumberland, MD to the late Grace Heming Finn and Francis J. Finn. Jim graduated from Allegany High School and joined the United States Marine Corps on June 11, 1946. While stationed in Quantico, he met his future wife. He retired on September 30, 1968 after serving as a Disbursing Officer in Camp Pendleton, Korea, Camp Lejeune, Vietnam, and Headquarters Marine Corps. His second career was as a Management Analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce for twentytwo years. After Jims second retirement, he enjoyed friends, bowling in a league, traveling to timeshares, and watching the Washington Redskins. He was introduced to the world of computers and spent many years researching family trees on His biggest accomplishment here was finding more than a thousand relatives and extended family members. His only failure was not being able to find siblings of his father who were placed in an orphanage after their mothers death.

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Anthony Henriques, 45
Anthony Michael Henriques, 45, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2012 in La Plata, MD. Born on October 3, 1966 in New York, New York he was the son of the late Antonio and Maria Henriques. Anthony is survived by his children: Chelsea Henriques of Colonial beach, VA., and Brianna Henriques of Lexington Park, MD. Siblings: Rosemary Folden, Jamie Henriques both of Mechanicsville, MD., and Angel Henriques of Laurel, MD. Anthony graduated from Chopticon High School in 1984 and worked as a concrete finisher/ Carpenter for A.M. Concrete. He enjoyed Hunting and fishing. The family received friends on Thursday, September 14, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service followed in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home. Interment followed in Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Helen, MD. Pallbearers were: Nick Folden, Greg Valente, Kevin Haynes, Christopher Almeida, Roberto Blanco, and Michael Gardner.

Nicole Johnson, 26
Nic ole Cierra Johnson 26, of Lexington Park, Maryland, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2012 at St. Marys Hospital. The beloved daughter of Myra Johnson and Richard Nolan Jr., Nicole was born on September 8, 1986. Nicole received her education in the St. Marys County Public Schools and graduated from Great Mills High School in 2006. Nicole was employed with Twi-

light Camp in Lexington Park, Maryland for 3 years and Southern Maryland Boys and Girls Club for 7 years. This year, Nicole was offered a position with the St. Marys County Board Of Education as the Dance Team Coordinator for Great Mills High. Nicole was pursuing her degree in Criminal Justice at the College of Southern Maryland. (We remember how proud and happy Nicole was when she took her first test in Criminal Justice and received an A on that test and her family was just as proud of her. She was also the founder and leader of the JB HUNNIEZ. Nicole loved listening to music and singing her favorite song Jesus Loves Me, watching her favorite TV show Twilight and dancing which was something that inspired her, especially with leading her stepping team DTP(She LOVES HER GIRLS). Nicole generated enthusiasm and excitement in young people. She would always encourage her brother, Dominique, to continue to pursue his musical abilities and talents. Nicole was excited and really looking forward to her and her brother working on his new video next month First Date! HER FAVORITE SONG!!!! Nicole was preceded in death by her maternal grandfathers, John Berry Sr.; Ernest Toney, Sr., and paternal grandfather, Richard Nolan, Sr. And her Uncle Leonard Miles Jr. Nicole is survived by and leaves to cherish her precious memories her beautiful daughter, ZaBriana Atlantius Unique Johnson, her parents, Myra Johnson and Richard Nolan, Jr., her VERY SPECIAL STEP-FATHER FOR 26 YEARS OF HER LIFE, MERVIN S. WHITE JR.; her brothers, Dominique White (very special brother), Delonte Nolan, and Richard Nolan III; sister, Tameka Nolan; step-sister Sydney White; maternal grandmothers, Judith Toney; Virginia Nolan Special Step-grandmother Diane White; maternal grandfather, Dale Dennis; her maternal great-grandmother, Julia Berry and a very special friend, Martel Morgan. She also leaves to cherish her memories her Aunt Yada and her special little cousin TaYanna Johnson (she loved her Tayde), both of whom have spent time with her throughout the duration of her illness; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends will unite on Saturday, September 22, 2012 for Visitation at 9 a.m. until time of Service at 10 a.m. at Lexington Park Baptist Church, 46855 S.

Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park, MD. Interment will be private. Pastor Michael Barber, Dominion Apostolic Ministries, will be officiating. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Maryland.

Patrick Lasher, 61
Patrick George Lasher, 61, of Hollywood, MD, passed away on September 7, 2012 at Forestville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Forestville, MD. He was born September 5, 1951 to Mary Jane (Fellows) Lasher and the late Norbert Augustus Lasher in Syracuse, NY. Patrick was formerly from Loveville, MD and moved to Hollywood 4 years ago. He was an Electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 26 who loved working with his hands. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards with his family, cooking and grilling, and watching the Washington Redskins. He was an avid history buff (especially on the Civil War) and loved reading the Sunday paper to keep up with current events. Pat was a very intelligent man with a witty sense of humor who knew how to make people laugh. He had a knack for "making something out of nothing", especially in the kitchen. Pat had a hard exterior but was actually very compassionate deep down. He is survived by his children, Robby P. Lasher, Hans D. Lasher (Fiance, Amy S. Della Rosa), and Emily J. Quinn (Matthew); his siblings, Richard J. Lasher (Mary Jane), Michael H. Lasher (Debra), and Susan L. Thawley (Tom); his grandchild, Matthew J. Quinn, II.; his mother, Mary Jane Fellows Lasher; his former wife, Sara Burbage; and many other relatives and friends. Family and friends were received for Patrick's Life Celebration on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Memorial Service was said, Saturday, at the funeral home. Rev. Dr. Ralph Gardiner officiated. A private, family Inurnment

will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Walden Sierra Inc., Compass House & Anchor Center, 30007 Business Center Dr., Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 or Mulumba House, 621 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20001.

Emily Pernell, 24
Emily Mae Pernell, 24, of Great Mills, MD, passed away on September 12, 2012 at her home. Emily was born on November 21, 1987 in Leonardtow n, MD to the late Donald Gregory Semones and Judith Vranicar Semones of Great Mills, MD. Emily was a lifelong resident of St. Marys County. She graduated from Great Mills High School in 2005. She was currently enrolled in Blades School of Hair Design, where she was studying to become a hairdresser. She was passionate about doing hair and was looking forward to finishing school and getting her license. In November 2008, she married her beloved husband, Dustin Pernell. Emily loved children and she was expecting her first child, a daughter, in February 2013. She had many hobbies, which included doing hair, shopping with her best friend Carly, cooking, and playing with her pets. Emily was known for her creativity and had a real flair for design and color. In addition to her parents and husband, she is also survived by her brother, Gregory Harrison Semones of Great Mills, MD; her grandparents, Virginia Vranicar of Durham, NH and Gerlene Baker of Radford, VA; her uncles, Randy Semones (Pam) of Norfolk, VA and Mark Vranicar of Durham, NH; her aunts, Susan Mullan (Dermott) of Elkton, MD, Robin Vranicar of Manoset, MA, and Jill Vranicar of Portsmouth, NH; her stepson, Jordan Pernell of California, MD; godparents, Ed and Cheryl Morasch and their children, Beverley, Carly and Ethan; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Semones. Family received friends for Emilys

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Life Celebration on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Theodore Sanders, Jr., 42

Theodore Ted George Sanders, Jr., 42, passed on September 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Born in Camden, New Jersey he was the son of Theresa Frances Coleman Sanders of Norfolk, VA, and Theodore George Sanders, Sr. Ted is survived by his siblings: Charles Earl Sanders of Louisa, VA., Theresa F. Sanders Ward of Westmoreland, VA, and Christine M. Sanders of Norfolk, VA., brother in-law Michael Ward of Westmoreland, VA. , nieces; Cynthia Eleanor May Ward, Annelige Hope Ward, Michael Lee Ward, Kara Violet Ward all of Westmoreland, VA., Christina M. Sanders and Trevor Gasnell both of Norfolk, VA., Rain Frances Sanders of Louisa, Va., and nephew Elijah Michael Sander, of Norfolk, VA. Ted worked as a cook for a local restaurant. Ted loved animals and owned 18 cats, he was an avid reader, loved video games, and 80s music especially Pat Benatar and Whitney Houston. The family received friends on Saturday, September 15, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service followed in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home with Father John Mattingly officiating. Interment will be private.

On August 2, 1991 she was united in marriage to Robert S. Walker Jr. in Washington D.C. In 2006, Lisa worked for Gilbane Construction Company as an office manager until the birth of her daughter Tamara Leigh Walker in May 2007. Lisa then became a stay-at-home mom while she battled a rare form of cancer (paraganglioma) until the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband Robert S. Walker Jr. of Mechanicsville, MD.; one child, Tamara Leigh Walker of Mechanicsville Maryland; mother, Janet Gary Sykes; father and stepmother Mathew Lee and Queen Sykes; a sister, Christa Sykes; father-in-law and motherin-law, Robert S., Sr. and Sandra Walker of Washington, D.C; two brother-in-laws, Michael A. Walker and Keith T. Walker (Devyn) of Washington, D.C. and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Family and friends united on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 until time of Service at Living Word Community Church, 39371 Harper's Corner Road, Mechanicsville, MD. Interment followed at Maryland Veteran's Cemetery, 11301 Crain Hwy., Cheltenham, MD Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Glen C. Terry and wife Barbara of Melbourne, FL, James R. Terry II and wife Kim of Nokesville, VA and Charles M. Terry and wife Nancy. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, sisters Josephine Hecker of Seffner, FL and Margaret Engel of Woodbridge, VA and brothers Charles Murgia of Ocala, FL and Michael Murgia of Newport Richey, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday Sept. 19 at Jesus the Divine Word Parish, Huntingtown, MD. Interment followed in Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, MD. Memorial contributions in Marys name may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD or online at Arrangements are by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings, MD,

Justin Wilder, 19
Justin Earle Wilder, 19, of Lusby, passed away suddenly on Sept. 12, 2012, in Lusby. He was born Sept. 10, 1993 in Prince Frederick, to Shannon E. WilderMiller and Bruce Yeckley. Justin graduated from Patuxent High School in 2011. He had a passion for life and the outdoors. He loved to fish, workout, lift weights, and play basketball and football with his friends. He is survived by his mother, Shannon E. Wilder-Miller of Friendsville, MD, father, Bruce Yeckley of Lusby, MD,, brother of Jordon Miller of Prince Frederick, MD, Savannah Grace Miller of Friendsville, MD and Keely Wilder of Friendsville, MD. Grandson of Beverly and Cecil Wilder of Bruceton Mills, WVA and Doug and Natalie Yeckley of Lusby, MD., he is also survived by his Godparents, Danny and Terry Wilder and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by a brother, David Miller, Jr. The family received friends on Sunday Sept. 16, 2012, at the Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, MD. Funeral services were held on Monday Sept. 17, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lusby, MD. Interment followed in Asbury Cemetery, Barstow, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Mary Terry, 81
Mary Irdine Terry, 81, of St. Leonard, MD, formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away Sept. 15, 2012 at her daughters residence. She was born Oct. 13, 1930 in Washington, D.C. to Charles Arthur and Minnie Irdine (Dewell) Murgia. Mary was raised in Washington, D.C., where she attended public schools and graduated from McKinley Tech High School. She married James Robert Terry on June 6, 1947 and they lived in Washington, D.C. Mary and James later lived in Alexandria, Fairfax, and Nokesville, VA and Surfside Beach, SC. Mr. Terry passed away in 1993. In 1995, Mary moved backed to Virginia, and lived there with family, and for the past four years she has lived in St. Leonard with her daughter Robin. A devout Catholic, Mary was a member of Jesus the Divine Word Parish, and she was involved in many church activities. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary in Nokesville, VA and the Surfside Beach Lions Club. She was primarily a homemaker who loved doting over her grandchildren. In her leisure time she loved gardening, canning, and doing arts and crafts. She also enjoyed swimming, animals and was an accomplished cook. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James R. Terry, V.P. of Operations, Giant Food. She is survived by daughters Robin A. Montgomery and husband Ronald of St. Leonard and Joanna K. Holland and husband Larry of Manassas, VA; sons

1936, in Washington, D.C. to Thomas Leonidous and Zelda Gertrude (Robertson) Wood. He lived in Washington, D.C. with his family until moving to Camp Springs, MD where he was raised. Leonard attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall, MD, graduating in 1954. He married Kathryn Mattingly in December 1954, a marriage that ended in divorce in 1969. Leonard lived in College Park, Temple Hills, and District Heights before moving to Dunkirk in 1978. He was employed as a glazier with Suburban Glass in Tuxedo, MD. In 1967 Leonard was involved in a work related accident that left him confined to a wheelchair as a paraplegic. Despite that challenge, Leonard raised his four children and was active in his community. He was a member of the National Capital Area Chapter of the National Paraplegic Foundation. Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and neighbors. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed boating, fishing and traveling. Leonard is survived by his four children: Karen D. Demerick and husband Peter of Silverdale, WA; Gary L. Wood and wife Diana of Huntington Beach, CA; Gregory N. Wood and wife Paula of Dunkirk, MD; and Glen A. Wood and wife Michele of Schwenksville, PA. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and a sister, Marlene W. Cleary of Syracuse, NY. Family and friends were received Sunday, Sept. 16, at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD, where a funeral service and celebration of Leonards life followed. Interment is private. For additional information or to leave condolences please visit

Naomi Woomer, 96
Naomi Elliott Woomer, 96, of St Leonard, MD passed away on Sept. 17, 2012 at BurnettCalvert Hospice House in Prince Frederick. She was born June 15, 1916 in Baltimore, City, MD to the late Guy W. and Eileen H. Sewell Elliott. Besides her parents Naomi is also predeceased by her husband, James John Woomer, and siblings Wilmer, John, Harvey, and Ronald Elliott, Delores Dowell, and June L. Grover. Woomer is survived by her siblings, Ruth Joyce Godwin, Joseph Franklin Elliott, Gordon Elliott, Romonia Mulligan and Glen Elliott. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives. The family will receive friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD on Thursday Sept. 20,2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Friday Sept. 21, 2012 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lusby, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice P.O. Box 838 Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Lisa Walker, 45
Lisa Walker, 45, of Mechanicsville Maryland, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2012, at the Virginia Hospital Center. She was born December 31, 1966, in Durham, North Carolina, the daughter of Mathew and Janet Sykes. Lisa graduated from McKinley High School in Washington, D.C with the class of 1985. In 1986, Lisa started working for FDC Reports in Bethesda, Maryland as an Office Manager until the company was bought out by Reed Elsevier in 2006.

Leonard Wood, 76
Leonard Leon Wood, 76, of Dunkirk, MD passed away Sept. 11, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. He was born Jan. 17,

To The Editor
Making a Living

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


Congress Has Been Busy

If you call watching out for themselves busy, then the U.S. Congress has been very busy. While the private sector has been experiencing economic woes and people have had difficulties finding adequate-paying jobs, the members of Congress have enjoyed collecting a minimum salary of $174,000 a year with more than five weeks of paid vacation and some additional benefits that you may not be aware of. If you decide you cant make ends meet on a $174,000 salary, then just vote yourself a raise. That is what Congress did in 1989 when they passed an amendment allowing for automatic Congressional pay raises unless lawmakers specifically vote to reject it pretty convenient. Everyone is concerned about retirement and members of Congress are too. After serving just five years, members of Congress are entitled to a pension. Try to find a company in the private sector that offers that benefit. Retirement with a deferred, full pension is available at the age of 62 to former members of Congress with at least five years of service. According to the Congressional Research Service, as of Oct. 1, 2010, 443 retired members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their Congressional service. Of this number, 262 had retired under Civil Service Retirement System and were receiving an average annual pension of $69,420. A total of 181 Members had retired with service under Federal Employees Retirement System and were receiving an average annual pension of $38,460 in 2010. Voting a representative to serve beyond a second term becomes a longterm liability. Thinking of getting a new automobile? Members of Congress need transportation too. In fact, some of them need two automobiles, and why not, we the taxpayers are paying for it! Consider the following abridged list of some of the monthly payments for automobile leases we the taxpayers are paying for:

Jean Baptiste Say, a French businessman and economist, popularized the term, entrepreneur some two centuries ago. But to economics students, he is best known for coining Says Law that states in essence that supply creates its own demand. In other words, what one produces (supply) represents that persons demand for other goods and services. This is a fundamental principle in a market economy. The phrase making a living is an adaptation of this. What we make (supply) represents the living (demand) we enjoy. We all live to our means. In Says time, a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker were more common occupations. Prior to industrialization, the harbinger of capitalism, most livings were truly made by the brains and brawn of individuals. As production and commerce became more organized involving the institution called a company, the making of a good or service became less an individual enterprise. Further development into legal formations like a corporation brought more stakeholders into the making of things. So in the 21st Century it is harder to realize Says Law as individuals. Except if you are self-employed, which is increasingly the option for many facing persistent high unemployment. Indeed, more are making their own living today. The term, Handyman, is back. In truth it never went away, but wasnt as noticeable in better economic times. Interestingly, my dad was a butcher and worked for a baker. He was also a grocer, proprietor, business partner, store creditor, route salesman, civil servant, and later a realtor. He was self-employed as a general merchandiser in Compton. As such, he was many things to many people. He made a modest living on a 7th grade education. As a family we witnessed this, we were part of it, the experience influenced us greatly. We all worked in the store, but would all go on to work for others. Yet that experience stuck. It informs me greatly today as I am now self-employed. Though a different enterprise, I see what he saw, worry as he worried, have that same nervous energy as he had. I know the value of each minute, day, and week. I know its entirely up to me whether my family prospers. In short, I am making a living like my father did. It is both scary and exciting. I now understand why he did this for half his life. It is said that our job defines us. That was so true with Don Schaller. Dons name was well known in Compton and throughout the general merchandise (country) store community in the County. While I have compiled a resume of education and experience that can stand next to anyones, it is this first one-sentence entry that started it all, 1972 - 1973: Assistant Store Mgr., Dons Superette, Compton, MD; Assisted in store operations management of family-owned general merchandise business. In summary, it is the soft skill learned at making a living like dad did that is most helpful now, whatever the endeavor ahead. Bob Schaller Leonardtown, MD

Seniors Would Suffer Under Romney

As a senior citizen, I am concerned that Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal ObamaCare saying he would kill it dead. That would hurt millions of middle-class families, women, seniors and young Americans and hes pledged to start on Day One if hes president. Under the Romney- Ryan plan, current seniors will be affected. The repeal of ObamaCare would raise Medicare premiums for all seniors, raise prescription drug costs and force seniors to pay out of pocket for cancer screenings and other preventive services. Their plan is not like Medicare Advantage. Romney and Ryan would radically change Medicare by taking away guaranteed benefits and instead giving seniors a voucher that wouldnt keep up with health costs or ensure they can get the same health care they have today. Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan have said that, Obama cut Medicare by $700 billion. This is false. Checking the facts, I found that President Obama is saving us $700 billion and that is extending the life of Medicare through 2024 and this came from cutting unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies, waste and fraud which is why Ryan put it in his budget, too. Under President Obama, fraud prosecutions are up 75 percent and weve recovered more in health care fraud than ever before. President Obama is strengthening Medicare and helping seniors save money, which is why the AARP supports ObamaCare. It extends the life of Medicare by eight years without cutting benefits, and its helping millions of seniors save through lower premiums, free preventive care, and less expensive prescription drugs. Because of ObamaCare Senior citizens in St. Marys County and across the state on Medicare got discounts on their prescription drugs effectively working toward closing the doughnut hole, each saving an average of more than $600 last year. Prior to ObamCare seniors had to pay out of pocket for coverage not allowed in Medicare. Citizens who cant afford insurance will either be able to get it through Medicaid or get tax credits that make coverage affordable. Under ObamaCare, a typical middle-class family could pay up to 60 percent less for the same coverage they have today. Those on Medicare or eligible for it need to know that Medicare will stay solvent through 2024, eight years longer than without ObamaCare, and it will reduce the deficit by more than $120 billion by 2021. Yes, President Obama and Maryland Democrats like Ben Cardin and Steny Hoyer who voted for the Affordable Health Care Act do care. Janice T. Walthour Lexington Park, MD

In all, the statement of disbursements from the House of Representatives for the 4th quarter of 2011 lists from which both of the above lists were copied lists 44 Democrats and 38 Republicans who lease taxpayer-funded vehicles. *) The amount from Statement of Disbursements House of Representatives 4th quarter 2011 differs with the amount reported by Inside Edition May 2012. Inside Edition did an investigation in May 2012 and found: When Congressman Gregory Meeks of Queens, New York makes the rounds in his home district, he does it in style - in a Lexus 450 hybrid. This kind of luxury doesnt come cheap. His Lexus costs a whopping $1,289 a month to lease. But thats no problem for Congressman Meeks because hes not paying for it. You are. And his colleague, Congressman Edolphus Towns of Brooklyn, NY also has a taste for an expensive set of wheels. We found him zipping around town in a luxurious Lincoln MKZ hybrid, costing $957/month - and you paid for that too. The complete report can be found on the Inside Edition website (; Search Inside Edition: Congressional Cars. Looking for ways to cut waste in government spending? Please see above two lists and please join me by not voting your incumbent representatives back into office. The voters need to send a strong message to Washington and it seems unlikely that those currently in office have the ability to address the current spending problems. Congress is a big part of the problem, and we, the voters, are going to have to fix that problem in the next and subsequent elections. Stephen J. Wiener St. Inigoes, MD


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carrying Communist. Van Jones: CZAR, radical environmentalist and self professed Communist Anita Dunn: Political Strategist who has a favorite political philosopher in Mao Tse-Tung who murdered millions. Bill Ayres and Bernardine Dohrn: Associates, Domestic Terrorists who blew up our government buildings. Jeremiah Wright: Obamas Radical, Racist Pastor for 20 years who says God Dam America. ACORN: President Obama had been an instructor with this left-wing extremist organization that promotes the radical agenda of Marxist agitator, Saul Alinsky. Wake up America! President Obama is a very pleasant person, and a brilliant and convincing orator, but his policies, goals and vision are wrong for America. Romney may be an uninspiring speaker in comparison, but he is a smart businessman and Romney/ Ryan are our best hope of turning this country around. In four years, if President Obama is reelected it may be too late as we sink further into debt, socialism, weakness and moral decay as the Democrats want God out of their platform. Joe Wible Sr. Leonardtown, MD

Wake Up America
President Obama inherited a very bad set of circumstances when he became President with his hope and change, but he has made things much, much worse. He is transforming America into a Country that our founding fathers would not recognize. Obamas policies are accelerating Americas decline. Over 16 Trillion in debt that will continue to build with annual deficits at over a trillion dollars to DESTROY this Country. Over 5 Trillion added debt since Obama took office. Borrowing from China to mortgage our childrens future. Destroying the value of the dollar. Out of control government spending. Failed stimulus with the government picking winners and losers. European style Socialism. Continuing unemployment over 8%. Attacks on our Capitalistic free enterprise system and small business. You didnt build it Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security heading into bankruptcy. 47 million people on food stamps. Obamacare that the majority did not want. Weakening our military power. Cutting our arsenals. Not putting a Missile Defense System in Poland. Failed Middle East Policy. Promoting the Arab Spring Sympathizing with the Muslim Brotherhood. Eroding support for our ally Israel. Lack of resolve to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Eroding our Technology Base by canceling our Space Program. Not securing our boarders and not having controlled Immigration. Lack of an Energy Policy to use all of our own energy resources Not supporting the oil pipe line from Canada to the US. Apologies for America. Attacks on freedom of religion to force Catholic Church to pay for birth control. Abortion unlimited. Erosion of the traditional family in that the definition of Marriage has already been taken. Engaging in class warfare, pitting one against another to get re-elected. If all of this is not enough to wake you up, then consider President Obamas radical Mentors, Advisers, and Associations. Here are a few of them. Look them up for yourself, particularly Frank Marshall Davis. Google Obamas mentors and associates. Frank Marshall Davis: Mentor, a Marxist and card

Return Hoyer to Congress

Although the economy is growing nationwide, all agree that times are tough and that more must be done to strengthen it. In Southern Maryland, however, we are doing quite well relative to the rest of the country. Much of our good fortune is due to the efforts of Congressman Steny Hoyer. He has been a leader during four BRAC rounds (91, 93, 95 and 05), preserving and strengthening the position of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, its Annex at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, and at NSWC Indiana Head and in preventing the closures of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) and the Goddard Space Flight Center. His work contributed to the preservation of almost 13,000 jobs and the creation almost 4,000 more in the Fifth Congressional District. His efforts have resulted in over $700M for military construction and programs at Pax River and Webster Field and approximately $64M in congressionally directed funding for the contractor community in St. Marys County. Whether he remains in the minority or is back in the majority, he has proven he is the best option to represent St. Marys County and Southern Maryland as further cuts face the Defense Department in the future. In 2010, he led efforts for the approval of additional aid for K-12 educators, saving jobs in St. Marys County. He was instrumental to the development of the Cops on the Beat Program and supports the Community Oriented Policing Program, which have put nearly 800 police officers to work in the 5th Congressional District since 1994. He was a leader in the effort to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has been credited with creating more than two million jobs nationally, and has been working to give tax credits to small businesses that hire new employees, thereby creating more jobs here in St. Marys County. As of February 2012, over $87 M has gone to St. Marys County. Included in this legislation was $110 M for a statewide fiber optic cable project, the One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN); construction on the St. Marys County portion of this effort is currently underway. While he is a national leader, his work leads to local results that give jobs to us and our neighbors, improve the education of our children, and increase the safety of all our citizens. We owe it to ourselves to return him to Congress this fall. Neil Covey St. Inigoes, MD

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CSM Rejects Bids for New Campus

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer College of Southern Maryland (CSM) President Bradley Gottfried has confirmed that the regional higher education institution has turned down all the recent bids to sell the college land for a newly planned central campus. Gottfried said there were good bids among the proposals sent to CSM, but the college is taking its time on moving ahead with the project. He said the college does not want landowners to have to pass up possible sales opportunities to other buyers just to bid for the CSM project. Its taken us longer to complete the selection process than we expected, Gottfried told The County Times. Most of the proposals are desirable but we didnt think it was for us to tie up landowners longer than we have Its really in fairness to landowners. The CSM campus is planned to offer more space for the colleges trades and health services classes, which Gottfried said have been very successful. He also said that a central location in either Charlotte Hall or Hughesville is optimal since it would better serve all of Southern Maryland. Currently the trades building is in Waldorf and the lease is up in two years, Gottfried said, and while they are prepared to extend the lease if necessary to find just the right site, the Waldorf location is not ideal because it is too far away for many Southern Maryland residents. Gottfried said all of the sites that had been previously considered could still be in the running, but the college is set on taking its time. We do not have a property in mind, Gottfried said. Were still looking. There were a total of six properties spread between Charles and St. Marys that the college had been considering. St. Marys County Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach), who put in land from his lumber mill business in Charlotte Hall as a possible site for CSM, has been quoted in The Enterprise as saying he believes the campus should go to Hughesville instead, citing that the community would probably wish to remain quiet and senior citizen focused. A lot of people feel strongly about that, Jarboe said, adding that he recused himself from voting on the measure if it ever came to the commissioners. But for now, he said, it appeared that the search is at a stand still. Jarboe said elected leaders in Charles County appeared ready to write a blank

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check for the college, including paying for land acquisition, which Jarboe is not in favor of the county doing. Let them put it in their capital budget, weve got enough debt, Jarboe said. But Commissioner Todd Morgan (RGreat Mills) said that north county would be a good place for the campus as it would benefit the community and its retailers. He placed blame on Gottfried for not coming to the commissioner table earlier and informing them that the college was contemplating putting a campus in Charlotte Hall. Gottfried said he had sent a letter to both county governments in March to inform them of what the college had purposed but he wasnt sure if elected leaders got the letter. Morgan said he was not in favor of re-opening the capital improvement plan process to accommodate the CSM project because to do so would signal the countys will to do that for any and all projects. He never came to us and told us they were interested in putting a campus here, Morgan said. This is their failure to communicate and their failure to plan. What the county could do, however, would be to reinstitute a Metropolitan Commission plan to place water and sewer upgrades in Charlotte Hall that were removed by commissioners earlier this summer. By doing that, he said, the county

could start preparing the infrastructure necessary to make Charlotte Hall that much more attractive to a major campus venue. From a planning point of view its critical to put that MetCom project back into the plan, Morgan said. Im not willing to reopen the CIP process to CSM Its a catch-22. One local developer based in Charlotte Hall who is in the running for the CSM site with his own property, said that northern St. Marys County is a much better location for the new campus as opposed to Hughesville, but he criticized the county government for not doing enough to woo CSM to Charlotte Hall. John K. Parlett, Jr., owner of CMI General Contractors, said it was understandable for the county to not want to compromise too much on the CIP process and that the colleges apparent lack of communication was regrettable but still, elected officials should make allowances. Thats unfortunate, but we are going to do something unfortunate in response? Parlett said. That seems over the top. Parlett has a piece of property on Route 5 that he hopes could still be considered for the CSM campus and said Charlotte Hall with its established business and residential development was far ahead of Hughesville in terms of desirability. If you looked at Hughesville, youd find five to 10 percent of that, Parlett said. I know it would have a positive impact on


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community and the quality of life [in Charlotte Hall.] Parlett said a new campus there would boost businesses and bring jobs but would also serve as a cultural anchor for the community much the same way as the Leonardtown CSM campus and St. Marys College of Maryland have become. I fail to see the negatives, the only thing that could be construed as possibly being negative would be that the county would have to put up some of the money, he said That is why the CIP process is so critical to the campus coming to the county, he said, but he also agreed that putting the water and sewer plans back in were important as well. By the college rejecting all bids so far, it gives local leaders a reprieve to change directions on some of their decisions, Parlett said. It probably does [give us more time], but we have to do something, he said, adding however that Jarboes recent statements and the removal of the sewer proj-

ect have signaled the possible intent of the commissioners. I havent heard them do anything to have communications with the college to do anything meaningful, Parlett said. I dont think theyre letting it slip away, I think theyre pushing it away. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D- St. George Island) said the great object was to get a new CSM campus in either community, though he agreed it would be a net positive for the county to have it in Charlotte Hall. I dont see where the 5-mile difference is a big deal, Russell said. But this is a long-winded process that hasnt had a chance to play out one way or the other. Russell said CSM needs to come to the commissioners with a concrete plan before they could commit to anything. I wouldnt cast any blame here but all weve ever got is whats in the [news] papers, Russell said.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer State Fire Marshals have charged a man with setting fire to two tents in the woods near the Three Oaks homeless shelter in Lexington Park that were owned by a homeless woman. Brendan Douglas Carr, listed as now living in Bryantown but who once lived near the same camp as the fire, faces charges of first-degree arson and malicious destruction of property for allegedly setting Jeannine Mazzas tents and clothing on fire Aug. 3, according to charging documents filed in county District Court. He was arrested Sept. 17 on a warrant. Fire marshals interviewed Mazza on Aug. 9, court papers state, and she told them her belongings had been torched. Investigators went to the scene where the old Lexington Manor military housing project once stood decades ago and determined the fire was a case of arson. Mazza told investigators that just before the fire she was in a heated argument with Carr, who was living in the woods just about 100 feet from her encampment.

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer A Neil Diamond tribute band was in the house at Great Mills High School on Saturday to kick-off the Leonardtown Rotary Performing Arts Series. Musician Brian Le Blanc told The County Times he has been singing for 30 years, but decided to begin his Diamond tribute band after receiving motivation from Paul Schaffer, of The Late Show with David Letterman, who told him he sounded just like Neil Diamond. He told me you should really do something with that, man, he said. So I got a band together. All the recordings are produced by Le Blanc and his band, with Le Blanc in charge of playing bass and also some of the guitar work. He said that although he puts on the dazzling shirt, his act is more of a musically authentic tribute to Diamonds work than being an impersonator. We try to be, and I think we are, musically the most realistic to Neil Diamond, Le Blanc said. The performance was just the first of this years Leonardtown Rotary Performing Arts Series. The series still has three more concerts this year, all of which were selected based on patrons requests and suggestions, series coordinator Cathy Allen said. Allen made it a habit during last years series to listen to things people were saying as they left the theatre, she explained, and targeted this years acts based on attempting to incorporate all the suggestions. Rotary member Lynn Fitrell believes their target audience typically enjoys classic music, ranging from 1950 to 1990. On Oct. 13, the contemporary blue-

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Rotary Hosting Performing Arts Series

grass band Blue Highway will take the stage in Great Mills. Blue Highway is certain to be popular because of the large bluegrass draw in the area, Allen said. Blue Highway is one of the top five bluegrass bands. In fact, they were selected to headline the Bluegrass Music Festival but had a schedule conflict. With the areas obvious interest in the genre from large Bluegrass festivals during the year, Allen believes the group is certain to be a hit. Clearly, there a lot of bluegrass fans in the tri-county area, she said. Were excited theyre coming to play for us. One thing I heard over and over was bring us Gershwin music, she continued, which is why on Nov. 10 Jolie Rocke Brown will be singing Gershwin and other Broadway songs. According to the concert program, Jolie has been singing Gershwin her entire life and utilizes high notes as well as low tones to create unique and enthralling interpretations of this beloved music [to] thrill Gershwin fans of all ages. Juke Box Heroes will round out the series on Dec. 1, honoring musical legends such as the Beatles, Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Bee Gees and Elvis. Allen said the group was selected because they bring a whole array of music across a wide spectrum of musical genres. The Juke Box Heroes sold out performances for the Rotary club in Fredericksburg, Va., so Allen figured they will likely be a hit in St. Marys as well. Theres something for everyone in

this program, she said. Allen takes her time when selecting the best acts for the series. This year she listened to over 20 demo tapes online before making her final selections. We know what kinds of music and performances people that come to these types of performances like, Fitrell claimed. This is the fourth year of the Performing Arts Series, which the Rotary is hosting by carrying on a project that was started by the Womens Club 15 years before. Its important to have music brought to them, Fitrell said of servicing the community with the continuation of the program. People really look forward to having fantastic music brought to them within a reasonable driving area, she added. The series also serves as an important fundraiser for the Rotary, which it uses to finance student and teacher scholarships as well as small grants for local non-profit organizations. Chartered in 1986, the Leonardtown

Rotary Club is part of an international organization which, according to its website, focuses on the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. Each performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Great Mills High School auditorium. Tickets cost $25 per performance, and children under 12 get in for $5. To purchase tickets visit For more information on show dates or upcoming performers, call 301-475-6999 or visit

Brian Le Blanc


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St. Marys Department of Aging Programs and Activities

Yard Sale The Northern Senior Activity Center Council will be holding a Yard Sale on Friday, September 21, from 1:00 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 22, beginning at 6:30 a.m. (rain/shine) at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. The event, will be open to the public and include antiques, white elephant table (collectibles, etc.), baked items and plants. Proceeds will benefit the Northern Senior Activity Center. If you have any donations (please no clothes, childrens toys or exercise equipment) they can be dropped off Friday, September 21 between 7 and 10 a.m. at the center. For further information call Pat Myers 301.884.8714. 2nd Annual Barn Party at the St. Marys County Fairgrounds Kick off the autumn season with a good old fashioned barn party planned by the Garvey Senior Activity Center to be held at the St. Marys County Fairgrounds on Friday, October 12 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Enjoy country music and food in a country setting. Tap your feet while listening to live country music by the Billy Hill Band, twirl your partner around the dance floor, and enjoy a catered pork barbeque meal. Tickets are priced at $8.00 and are available for purchase at all senior activity center locations. For more information, call, 301.475.4200, ext. 1062. Arts & Crafts Showcase at Loffler Senior Activity Center To celebrate the final week of Senior Center Month, Loffler will be hosting its annual Arts & Crafts Showcase beginning Tuesday, September 25 and ending Friday, September 28. Available for display will be many of the beautiful projects that so many of Lofflers program participants have completed this past year. Stop in and take a look! This showcase will also offer a sneak peek at some of the items that will be available for sale at the Loffler Holiday Bazaar which will be held Tuesday, November 20. For questions call 301.737.5670 ext. 1658. Northern Breakfast Cafe 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 served by Paula on Monday, September 24 at 9 a.m. featuring homemade pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs. Beverages are also provided. Cost is only $2 per person; sign up and payment are due by noon on Friday, Sept. 21. Please call the Northern Senior Activity Center at 301.475.4002, ext. 1001 with any questions. Autumn Glory Oktoberfest Celebrate Oktoberfest on Friday, September 28 at the Northern Senior Activity Center. A German lunch of bratwurst, sauerkraut, roll, apple salad and black forest cake will be served. Dress for the occasion in fall colors, lederhosen, skirts and vests to polka around the room to folk music. Bring your own stein for enjoying our non-alcoholic beer from the Biergarten. Make your lunch reservation by noon on Thursday, September 27 by calling the center at 301.475.4002, ext. 1001. Space is limited. Lunch cost is a donation for adults 60 and older, $5.50 for all others. Prizes awarded to the best dressed. Latin Line Dance Instructor Linda Miller will teach Latin style line dance for eight weeks at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Fridays, September 28 November 16 from 9:30 10:30 a.m. Linda has been dancing and teaching for over forty years and has taught dance in St. Marys County for over five years. The dances she teaches include Meringue, Rumba, Salsa, Hustle, Tango, Cha Cha, and Samba. The fee for this eight week session is $40.00, make checks payable to Linda Miller. For more information, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. Practice Your Tai Chi for Arthritis with New Friends If youve learned the core AND advanced movements of the Tai Chi for Arthritis program and would like to practice it with others who have done so, the Weisman Room at Loffler Senior Activity Center is available to you for this purpose on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Although there is not an ongoing instructor at these sessions, materials will be available that should assist your practice. Participants can help and encourage each other while improving health, balance and form. For more information, call 301.737.5670 ext. 1658. Bowling League Needs More Subs and Players The senior bowling league meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at Esperanza Lanes on Three Notch Rd. There are a few available slots for someone age 50+ who would like to bowl with us. Cost is $14 per person each session for 3 games and includes shoe and ball rental. We could also use some new subs. Subs bowl for free! For more information call Shellie at 301.737.5670 ext. 1655.

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.

provided service to more than 600 taxpayers last tax season at five tax sites and saved an average of $60,000 in tax preparation fees for folks who simply could not afford paid tax assistance. St. Marys County AARP Tax-Aide Program needs volunteer tax counselors to provide free federal and state tax preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers with special attention to the senior population.
Training is provided; all returns are prepared electronically. Volunteers must have Internet/ e-mail access, be comfortable with computer use, and commit to attend all training sessions

The St. Marys County AARP Tax-Aide Program

Yard Sale
The Northern Senior Activity Center Council will be holding a Yard Sale on Friday, September 21, from 1:00 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 22, beginning at 6:30 a.m. (rain/shine) at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. The event, will be open to the public and include antiques, white elephant table (collectibles, etc.), baked items and plants. Proceeds will benefit the Northern Senior Activity Center. If you have any donations (please no clothes, childrens toys or exercise equipment) they can be dropped off Friday, September 21 between 7 and 10 a.m. at the center. For further information call Pat Myers 301.884.8714.

2nd Annual Barn Party at the Fairgrounds

Kick off the autumn season with a good old fashioned barn party planned by the Garvey Senior Activity Center to be held at the St. Marys County Fairgrounds on Friday, October 12 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Enjoy country music and food in a country setting. Tap your feet while listening to live country music by the Billy Hill Band, twirl your partner around the dance floor, and enjoy a catered pork barbeque meal. Tickets are priced at $8.00 and are available for purchase at all senior activity center locations. For more information, call, 301.475.4200, ext. 1062.

and serve at least one day a week at a tax site during tax season.
AARP Tax-Aide is administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. Tax sites are located throughout the County. Training and the majority of site work are held during normal working hours during the work week. Occasional service events are scheduled for evenings and Saturdays.

Jan. 7-25, 2013 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information contact the St. Marys County District Coordinator, Dana Davis by e-mail at

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer It was a busy weekend for Solomons Island, kicking off Saturday bright and early with the 10th annual Calvert County Humane Society 5K around the island. The 10th annual 5K also had the biggest turnout since it started, said board member Kirstyn Cobb. The money raised goes to help the humane society care for the animals they house. She said donations to non-profit organizations like the humane society have been down in recent years, and money from fundraisers helps them feed and shelter animals, provide them with vet care and help them find homes. There are 30-45 dogs at the humane society, in addition to numerous cats and even guinea pigs. One time, the shelter, took in a pot bellied pig, which Cobb said was an interesting animal to care for and transport. But its all part of the job. If there are animals in need, we are willing to help out, she said. Sarah Lounsbury has been the race coordinator for the past two years. She said planning begins at least six months out, with finding sponsors and coordinating the run with the Our Lady Star of the Sea, where the 5K traditionally begins, the sheriffs office and Solomons Island. This year, she said the track was altered slightly to keep from going on to the state highway. The humane society 5K was also open to four legged running partners, and several runners brought their dogs out. For many, this was their first year at the humane society 5K. Jeff Williamson said he heard about it through,

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Library items

Music survey underway The library is conducting an online music survey to identify customers needs. The brief survey is posted on the librarys homepage until the end of September. Libraries hosting back-to-school nights Students and parents can learn about the library resources and services to help with schoolwork and projects at the backto-school night at Charlotte Hall branch on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. Leonardtown will offer a similar workshop for home-schooled families on Sept. 28 at 2:30 p.m. Statewide community read underway The entire state of Maryland is reading The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway for the One Maryland One Book statewide community read. Copies of the book are available at the branches. Book discussions will be held at Leonardtown branch on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., at Lexington Park branch on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. and at Charlotte Hall branch on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. The author, Steven Galloway, will be the featured speaker at Huntingtown High School on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Also performing will be a cellist and the Eye of Storm Productions who will present an excerpt from the Readers Theater of the book. Book signing will follow the program. The program is free. Space available in computer classes Space is available at Leonardtown librarys Open Computer Lab on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. Trained staff will assist adults with computer skills they need help with during this Open Lab. Charlotte Hall branch also has openings in the Introduction to Excel 2010 class on Sept 26 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required for both classes. Training set for child care providers Child care providers will earn two CEUs by attending free training scheduled at Lexington Park branch on Sept. 27 and at Charlotte Hall branch on Oct. 4, both at 6 p.m. The providers will learn simple activities they can do every day with children in their care to help them get ready to learn to read. Leonardtown branch will offer the same training on Nov. 3. The training is free and registration is required. Introduction to genealogy being offered An introductory class to genealogy is being offered at Charlotte Hall library on Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. The free class will cover locating and organizing information and using charts, library sources and helpful websites. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Registration is required. Video contest being held for teens The library is sponsoring a video contest for teens. Teens create a three-minute music video or book trailer and then upload it to YouTube. Entries must be submitted by Oct. 10. The grand prize will be a digital camera. Full details can be found on the librarys teen page.

Photo by Sarah Miller A group of runners honor the memory of Coach Rod Stewart.

and brought his dog out. He said he enjoys helping any charity organization. Nancy Fechtig from Great Mills said she came out because her sons are on the St. Marys Ryken cross-country team. The coach brought the tram out, and Fechtig decided to join in the fun. Several runners were running in honor of Coach Rod Stewart, a Calvert teacher who passed away this summer after a battle with leukemia. A group of runners, including his daughter, Carlie Stewart, purchased orange shirts and donated a little extra for leukemia research. For more information, or to get involved in the Calvert Humane Society, visit

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Cops On Rooftops for Special Olympics

Cops love supporting Special Olympics and stereotypically cops love donuts so on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2930, from 7 a.m. to noon, the St. Marys County Sheriff's Office will be hosting its annual Cops on Rooftops in support of Maryland Special Olympics at the Dunkin Donuts located in California, a Sheriffs Office Press release states. The Dunkin Donuts Cops-OnRooftops is a statewide fundraising event. Local law enforcement will be on the roof and in the restaurant raising awareness for the Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge and Law Enforcement Torch Run, which both help to raise funds in supports Special Olympics. In addition, the officers will also be showing their support for our local Special Olympics athletes, providing information on Marylands Special Olympics and encouraging others to support Special Olympics by becoming involved and/or making donations. All funds raised remain locally to support St. Marys County Special Olympic Athletes. Please join us for a morning of fun and good food. For more information on how to become involved or donate please contact one of the following individuals at 301475-4200 plus their individual extensions: Detective/Cpl. David Alexander 1955, Sergeant Brain Hartz 2278, or Kathy Kreps 1950.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

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St. Marys Wineries Win Awards

Wineries in St. Marys County continue to medal in state and regional competitions. St. Marys Countys fledgling wine industry has 76 acres of grapes in production and two wineries, Port of Leonardtown Winery and Slack Winery, both of which are under four years old, a county press release states. Both Slack and Port of Leonardtown have earned multiple golds and 'best in class' honors in their first few years of production, said Kevin Atticks, Maryland Wineries Association Executive Director. This is further proof that St. Marys County - and Southern Maryland, in general - is prime viticultural land. St. Marys County wineries brought home 19 medals from the 2012 WineMaster Choice Awards. Of Marylands 48 wineries judged in the blind tastings, Slack and Port of Leonardtown combined received more medals than any other, and each had a wine named Best in Class. Port of Leonardtowns Chambourcin 2010 and Slacks Danny Boy 2010 received gold medals and Best in Class Red and Best in Class Off-Dry, respectively. Together, Slack and Port of Leonardtown were awarded nine silver and six bronze medals. The two wineries also received recognition at the 2012 Maryland Governors Cup,

where Port of Leonardtown was awarded three Best in Class, including, Best Red: Chambourcin 2010, Best Dessert: Autumn Frost 2010, Best Fruit: McIntosh Run 2011. Together, Port of Leonardtown and Slack won four golds, five silvers and four bronze. At the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition 2012, Port of Leonardtown competed against 95 wineries from 10 states and was awarded two gold, two silver and one bronze medal. Slack competed in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest American wine competition with over

6,000 entries, where its White Shoals 2009 was awarded a bronze medal. At the Eastern International Wine Competitions in 2012, Slacks wines won a silver and two bronze medals. Both wineries use locally grown grapes and offer tastings and tours. Slack Winery, Marylands only inn and winery, is located on the property of Woodlawn Farm in Ridge. Port of Leonardtown Winery is located on Route 5 in Leonardtown. For more information, visit or call 301-475-2400 ext. 1404.

Play [donkey] Ball!

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad played the Hollywood and Lexington Park volunteer rescue squads in the fourth annual donkey ball game Saturday. Pictured above is Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad member Terri Warren attempting to get her donkey to step in the ring representing homeplate, thus scoring a run. Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad member Nick Harrison calls for the ball hoping to tag Warren out. In the second photo, Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Volunteers play the field. Defensive players could only throw or tag out opponents while on donkeys. On offense, players hit the ball, and needed to ride the donkey around the base paths.

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Thursday, Sept. 20
St. Marys County Fair St. Marys Fairgrounds 4 p.m. The 66th Annual St. Marys County Fair will have food, games, and fun for everyone! From Sept. 20 through 23, enjoy exhibits, livestock, horse pulls, carnival rides and games, food, a parade, demonstrations, and much more at the St. Marys County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. The hours are as follows: Thursday, Sept. 20, 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Exhibit entry day is Wednesday Sept. 19, see the Fair Catalog for details. Catalogs are available in the County Libraries. For more information visit The St. Marys County Fair is produced by the volunteer St. Marys County Fair Association Inc. No Limit Poker Tourney & Cash Game 24930 Old 3 Notch Road, Hollywood 7 p.m. $40 No Limit Poker Tournament starts at 7 p.m. sharp. $25 to the Prize Pool -$5 to the Charity gets you $5,000 in chips. 50/50 Raffle of $10 gets you another $5000 in chips. If you arrive before 6:50 p.m., you get an additional $2,500 in chips. Cash games with dealers available with $1/$2 blinds. Playing in the tournaments and cash games will earn your way into a guaranteed $10,000 tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6 to be held at the Hollywood Fire Department Carnival Hall. Earn 60 hours for the full $250 Buy In or 30 hours for half of the buy in. There is a $50 add on for additional chips. Refreshments provided. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics/ St. Marys County For more information contact Jim Bucci Sr. at 301-373-6104 or 240-298-9616. PAX Writers Group Meeting Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) 10 a.m. Local writers of every genre enjoy a time of critique and sharing of their latest works. If you want something reviewed please bring 7-10 copies. You may read from your works without review or discuss projects. ArtLAB Club Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Third Thursday of every month. Drop-ins welcome--no registration necessary! Are your pinboards overloaded with things to try, yet you never seem to get to them? Stop in and experiment with us! Well try out the most popular pins and projects, while adding a few innovations of our own! Have a pin youre itching to try? Email it to and we will consider it for a club meet. Admission is $7 per person. Upcoming Sessions: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20. For more information, visit

Friday, Sept. 21
Steak and Shrimp Dinner American Legion Post # 221 (21690 Colton Point Road, Avenue) 5-8 p.m. The menu includes New York strip steak, steamed shrimp and burgers. Platters and sandwiches are both available - eat-in or carryout service. For further information, please contact Mike Barbour 301-769-4569 or 301-769-4346 on the day of the event or visit Learn to Square Dance Open House Southern Community Center (20 Appeal Lane, Lusby) 7:9:30 p.m. Aqua Squares invites families, singles, or couples to try out square dancing Sept. 14 and 21. Call for information and questions, or just come. Then sign up for classes, which begin Sept. 28. For more information, call Elaine Reilly at 301-855-7937 or Mary and Bernie Ridgell at 301-863-8054 or visit

Sunday, Sept. 23
St. Marys County Fair St. Marys Fairgrounds 9 a.m. 6 p.m. The 66th Annual St. Marys County Fair will have food, games, and fun for everyone! From Sept. 20 through 23, enjoy exhibits, livestock, horse pulls, carnival rides and games, food, a parade, demonstrations, and much more at the St. Marys County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. See the Fair Catalog for details. Catalogs are available in the County Libraries. For more information visit The St. Marys County Fair is produced by the volunteer St. Marys County Fair Association Inc.

Monday, Sept. 24
16th Annual Columbus Classic Soccer Tournament Registration Deadline Team registrations are currently being accepted for the Central Maryland Soccer Associations 16th Annual Columbus Classic. The event is scheduled to take place the weekend of Oct. 6-7 at venues in the Westminster area of Carroll County. The Classic is open to all USSF affiliated school, recreation and club teams in the mid-Atlantic region and is sanctioned by SAY and US Club Soccer. Competition is available for both boys and girls teams in the single age groupings of U8 thru U14 and the dual ages of U16 and U18. The tournament features round-robin competition, with all teams being guaranteed a minimum of three games with play-offs and championships where applicable. The tournaments guaranteed registration deadline is Sept. 24. Registration forms are available on the tournaments web page located at Contact Skip at 410-363-8610 or e-mail scorenews@ for additional information.

Saturday, Sept. 22
Bettys Closet Asbury Solomons Retirement Community Auditorium (11000 Asbury Circle, Solomons) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This will include Bettys Closet a resale of new and gently used clothing, accessories and jewelry. This sale will be the end of season for summer items and the new arrival of winter items. The library committee will also have many books for sale at wonderful prices. Grannies Treasures will also be selling house wares, furniture and many miscellaneous items. All proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. For more information, call 410-394-3483. Yard Sale to Benefit Golden Retriever Rescue of SOMD 12634 Deerfield Drive Lusby 7 a.m.12 p.m. Rain or Shine! Large yard sale with items from multiple families. All profits will go to Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland to pay for goldens spay or neuter, vaccinations, medical treatments, flea/tick and heartworm prevention prior to adoption. SMSA Comedy Night Southern Maryland Sailing Association (14490 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) 6 p.m. Were going to have some real jokers at SMSA. Not the same old wise crackers were used to, but two real comedians. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m. The show will start at 8pm, doors open at 6 p.m. The headline act is Lucas Bohn and the opener is Coach Tom Holaday. Tickets are available on the SMSA website at ShoreEvents/ComedyShow.html.

matize issues of the threats and potential of technology, the limits and nature of humanity, and fear of the other, with some class conflict and socialist utopian dreaming thrown in. They also showcased stunning special effects, which now come across as pleasingly retro. Each film is open to the public, free of charge and will be shown in the colleges Cole Cinema at 8 p.m. Features are Sept. 25 - Aelita (Iakov Protazanov, 1924, 104 minutes) A rocket engineer dreams of a Communist revolution on Mars, where everyone wears Constructivist clothes. A Soviet Metropolis. Oct. 11 - Planet of Storms (Pavel Khlushantsev, 1961, 78 minutes) Could Venus be the birthplace of humanity? Will carnivorous plants eat our heroes before they find out? Anticipates Ridley Scotts Prometheus by 50 years. Oct. 23 - Pilot Pirxs Inquest (Marek Pestrak, 1979, 95 minutes) Paranoid androids plot to take over a spaceship on a flight to Saturn and kill Pilot Pirx. Based on a story by Stanislaw Lem. Nov. 6 - Amphibian Man (Gennadii Kazanskii and Vladimir Chebotarev, 1962, 97 minutes) Will the son of a scientist live his fathers dream to flee the corruptions of the world to an underwater paradise? Do gills make the man?

Wednesday, Sept. 26
Free 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. 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 Chesapeake Toastmasters LaTabella (23154 Wetstone Lane, California) 6:30 p.m. Guests welcome. Toastmasters is dedicated to improving the communication and leadership skills of its members in a low threat atmosphere. Meeting starts at 6:45pm.

Tuesday, Sept. 25
Watercolor Class Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Annmarie Garden will present a Watercolor Class, a two class series taught by Nancy Thompson on Sept. 25 and 26. Great for any level, learn to be fast and fearless with your watercolors as you expand your painting techniques, and apply color to paper in bold, fresh ways. Cost is $135 for non-members; $125 for members. Visit or call 410-326-4640 to register. Comrades in the Cosmos: Soviet Science Fiction Film Series St. Marys College of Maryland Cole Cinema (18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Marys City) 8 p.m. The History Department of St. Marys College of Maryland is pleased to present Comrades in the Cosmos: Soviet Science Fiction Film Series. The Soviet Union had a great tradition of science fiction, which has remained largely unknown in the U.S. These films dra-

Thursday, Sept. 27
Understanding American Political Talk Leonardtown High School (23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) 6:30 p.m. Kathryn Ruud, linguist will discuss understanding American political talk at Leonardtown High School. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of St. Marys County, the College of Southern Maryland, St. Marys College for the Study of Democracy and the NCP of St. Marys County, free and open to the general public.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Quarter Throwdown Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad (28120 Old Flora Corner Road, Mechanicsville) 6 p.m. Vendors Include: Ditty Bug Designs, Damsel In Defense, Thirty-One Bags, Origami Owl, Lilley Pad, Discovery Toys, Keepsake & Country Friends, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Dove Chocolate, Gourmet Cupboard, Princess House, Park Lane, Avon, Miche Bags, Celebrating Home, Scentsy, Pampered Chef. Lots of varieties - all items are brand new, unused, quality items! Auction begins at 7 p.m. Paddles are $3 each. Concessions will be available. For more information or reservations, call Melissa at 410-474-2958

Friday, Sept. 28
Home Spun Coffee House Open Mic Christ Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) 7 p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance Home Spun Coffee House will sponsor an Open Mic. This is a great event with many varieties of music and lots of friendship, so if you havent been to an SMTMD event before, this is a great time to start! The doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. The admission for this event is only $5, and performers are admitted free. Light refreshments will be provided. For additional information, or to sign up to perform, please contact John Garner at carthagena@wildblue. net or call John at 301-904-4987. Visit for directions and more information. Back to School Basket Bingo St. Johns School Monsignor Harris Center (43950 St. Johns Road, Hollywood) 6 p.m. Admission is $20, which includes a pack of cards for 20 games and a door prize ticket; additional cards will be available at $5 per pack. Children must purchase an admission ticket and be accompanied by a paying adult. The prizes will include filled Longaberger baskets. There will also be a Chinese auction, pull tabs, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Food will be available for sale as well. For more information or reservations email or Phyllis at 301-373-5871.

County are joining in this cause and have been distributing digital flyers to promote it. The Humanitarian Services Department of the LDS Church based in Salt Lake City, Utah will donate semi-truckloads of food totaling about $200,000 to the states major food organizations and around 150,000 members representing 317 congregations will be participating in local projects to collect food for community pantries, and to provide other support. These activities will take place in the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month, and will culminate in major food collection efforts on the Day to Serve. The major food organization partners for this event include Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., Maryland Food Bank, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, and Mountaineer Food Bank and Huntington Area Food Bank in West Virginia. As local projects are organized and identified they will be added to where anyone who is interested can locate a project in their community and volunteer to help. For more information please contact Alexander Eubanks at 301-751-7499. Southern Maryland Doll Show Damons Ballroom at Clarion Inn (45 St. Patricks Drive, Waldorf) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Southern Maryland Doll Club is holding its 30th Annual Doll Show and Sale. The doll club is a not-for-profit organization. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children under the age of 12. 5th Year Poker Run to aid Wounded Marines Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 11 a.m. Registration will start at 11 a.m. with the ride beginning at noon. There is a $25 entry fee with a $250 prize for the best poker hand. T-shirts will be provided for riders. All motorcycles welcomed. The final stop is a party with live music at Toots Bar in Hollywood. All proceeds from the event will go to Marines Helping Marines, an organization dedicated to helping injured Marines after being wounded in our defense. For more information, call Billy Breslin at 301-904-5412.

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 301-3732280 for more information or to make your reservation.

To Be Married
St. Clair and Chewning October, 13th 2012

Maryann Genevieve St. Clair of Avenue, MD and Christopher David Chewning of Mechanicsville, MD will be married on Saturday October, 13th 2012 at Holy Angels Church in Avenue, MD. The bride is the daughter of Joseph & Sheral St. Clair. She graduated from the College of Southern Maryland in 2011 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and now teaches at the St. Charles Childrens Learning Center. The groom is the son of F. David & Donna Chewning. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Construction Management Technology. He now works as a construction project manager at R.M. Thornton, Inc. The couple will be honeymooning in the blue ridge mountains of North Carolina before returning to Avenue where they will reside. The two are in the process of building their dream home together and are looking forward to sharing a lifetime full of happiness with each other.

Saturday, Sept 29
Regional Day to Serve Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Brings Together Mid-Atlantic States to Declare Sept. 29, 2012 as Regional Day to Serve Washington, D.C. The regional Day to Serve is focused on feeding the hungry; and they are inviting all faith-based organizations, community groups, civic organizations, and citizens to join them in this unprecedented regional event. In Maryland, the Census Bureau reported that there are more than 530,000 Marylanders living below the federal poverty level and one in six Marylanders were unable to afford enough food in 2011. All LDS churches in Calvert

Sunday, Sept. 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

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


County Fair Kicks Off Today

By Alex Panos Staff Writer The annual St. Marys County Fair, which opens today at 3 p.m. and runs through Sunday, has a new feature this year. At 7 p.m. tonight, 4-H is incorporating a horse drill team demonstration which St. Marys County Fair Association President John Richards described as an equestrian drill team. A lot of the other stuff is old but new, he said. We got all the things people love about the fair. The fair association has planned a variety of events, games and attractions to take place throughout the weekend and target all ages. Richards believes kids and teens will enjoy features such as daily pig races, Fridays Sheriffs Office canine demonstration, carnival rides of course, puppet shows and the ever-popular Super MagicMan Reggie Rice. Adults will be drawn to the fair by a performance from the Southern Maryland Concert Band, Richards said, along with the return of square dancing and the exhibit buildings. In fact, the exhibit buildings which feature the best crops, livestock and arts in St. Marys County are the reason were here, Richards said. The purpose of the fair is to see what people have produced throughout the year, he continued. People seem to look forward to coming out. The county will name the Queen of Tolerance tonight at 7 p.m., identifying the most distinguished high school senior or college freshman girl the in St. Marys. Along with the canine demonstration, Fridays scheduled events include Gracies Guys and Gals dance performance, Southern Maryland Robotics Demonstration, a speech contest at 2 p.m., Kiddie tractor pull at 4 p.m., ice carving from master Doug Mackey at 5 p.m. and horse pull events on Friday and Saturday evening. Saturdays other features consist of the fair parade at 10:30 a.m., jousting the Maryland state sport at 1 p.m. and a livestock auction at 6 p.m. Chainsaw sculptures by Rick and Judy Pratt will be auctioned off on Sunday to benefit the fair. Donald Buroughs will be on hand with his popular miniature mules, and a canoe will be built from scratch over the weekend in the Thurston Baxter Farm Museum. Food vendors will be similar to past years, Richards
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told The County Times, including McKays stuffed ham, seafood catering and Jolly Gents barbecue. The county fair is just one of many non-profit uses of the fairgrounds each year, along with events such as Boy Scouts, Shop With a Cop and rabies clinics. According to Richards, each year non-profit organizations raise a total of $300,000 to benefit the community. All the money made from the fair goes to maintaining the grounds, Richards explained, by paying bills, performing maintenance on buildings and making other necessary improvements. The St. Marys County Fair Association was established in 1947, and the fair moved to its current location on route 5 in 1949. According to the fair association website, the fair helps improve agriculture production, increase public awareness of the agricultural community in our area and educate the general population on agricultural and home arts skills.

Today, the fair now lasts for 4 days, and typically has up to 60,000 visits each year. Richards said the weekend is such a hit every year because people love to come and enjoy all the things that represent St. Marys County. Its been over 60 years, and gets bigger every year, he said. The grounds open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets cost $5 daily, or season passes can be purchased for $9. Kids tickets, ages 6 to 12 are $1 under 6 get in free. Kids season passes may be purchased for $2 each. Carnival rides require one to five tickets. Tickets cost $1 each, and a strip of 25 tickets costs $20. Carnival wristbands are available Thursday and Sunday for $20. For more information, visit


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Live Music: Rum Runner Cryers Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) 8 p.m. Live Music: Synergy Crabby Dicks (7610 Shirley Blvd., Port Tobacco) 9:30 p.m. Live Music: Tony Lapera Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 12 p.m. Live Music: Broadcast Veras White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 9:30 p.m. Live Music: Diane Daly The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m.

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St. Marys County Fair St. Marys County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown) 4 p.m. Live Music: Stereocase Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7:30 p.m. Live Music: GrooveSpan Trio Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 5 p.m. Zumba Fitness St. Marys Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) 6 p.m.

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Friday, Sept. 21
St. Marys County Fair St. Marys County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown) 9 a.m. Live Music: Jennifer Cooper and GrooveSpan The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) 8 p.m. Live Music: The Musician Protection Program The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m. Town of La Plata Summer Concert La Plata Town Hall (305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata) 7 p.m. Live Music: Funkzilla Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23
St. Marys County Fair St. Marys County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown) 9 a.m. Live Music: Matt Zimmerman Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 1 p.m.

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Monday, Sept. 24
Trivia Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7 p.m. Zumba Fitness Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point Lookout Road, Callaway) 6:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Sept. 22
Lighthouse Adventure Cruise Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) St. Marys County Fair St. Marys County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown) 9 a.m. The 1812 Fair and Reenactment feat. Live entertainment and music Jefferson Patterson Park (10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard) 10 a.m. No Limit Poker Tourney and Cash Game Counseling Service of Hollywood (24930 Old 3 Notch Rd. Hollywood) 7 p.m. Karaoke Contest Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) 7:30 p.m. Live Music: Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Live Music: GrooveSpan Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25
No Limit Poker Tournamnet and Cash Game Counseling Service of Hollywood (24930 Old 3 Notch Rd. Hollywood) 7 p.m. Zumba Fitness St. Marys Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) 6 p.m. Poi for Beginners Town Creek Elementary Playground (45805 Dent Drive Lexington Park) 7 p.m.

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Calvert County Fair Calvert County Fairgrounds (140 Calvert Fair Dr. Prince Frederick) 9 a.m. Live Music: Mason Sebastian DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) 7 p.m.

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Clark Joshua Durant was born August 13, 1816 in Windsor Co., Vermont. In 1846 he married Dorcas Dent, daughter of Hezekiah and Martha (Hammett) Dent. Dorcas died in 1849. Durant then married Mary Jane Elizabeth Dent, sister of Dorcas in 1851. That same year he ran for Sheriff but was defeated by James Johnson who died just a few months later on March 4, 1852. Sheriff Johnson died on Thursday last, having taken a severe cold, which resulted in pleurisy, and death. Mr. C. J. Durant, having had the next highest vote becomes Sheriff. In 1860 he was elected to represent St. Marys County in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was just in time for the onset of the Civil War and the suppression of the rights of the citizens of Maryland. On September 11, 1861 Simon Cameron, Lincolns Secretary of War wrote to Major General N. P. Banks: The passage of any act of secession by the Legisla-

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ture of Maryland must be prevented. If necessary all, or any part of the members, must be arrested. Exercise your own judgment as to the time and manner, but do the work effectively. The next day another letter was sent to General Banks, this time from General George McClellan in which he said: After full consultation with the President, Secretaries of State, War, &c., it has been decided to effect the operation proposed for the 17th. Arrangements have been made to have a Government steamer at Annapolis to receive the prisoners and carry them to their destinationWhen they meet on the 17th you will please have everything prepared to arrest the whole party, and be sure that none escape I leave this exceedingly important affair to your tact and discretion, and have but one thing to impress upon you the absolute necessity of secrecy and success. Members of the Maryland Legislature fled to Frederick County where they planned to convene. On September 16 Companies of the Wisconsin regiment were observed passing through the city in different directions; and soon it was found that the city was walled in, so far as an outlet was concernedIn the meantime Lieut. Carmichael, of the Baltimore police, was moving quietly about with his officers, accompanied by a squad of military, making arrests, commencing with the officers of the Legislature, and especially the clerks, who contended that they would keep the legislative machine going until a quorum should arrive. Freedom of speech went by the wayside: The aim of the officers was to arrest all members who voted for Mr. Wallis famous report, about 30,000 copies of which were yesterday seized and appropriated to camp uses, as being a treasonable document. First to be arrested were the clerks and their assistants of the House and Senate to prevent them from calling the roll and thereby bringing the Legislature to an end. Mr. Gordon, of Allegany, and Mr. Mackubbin, of Anne Arundel, were next taken, and soon Messrs. Salmon of Frederick, and Durant of St. Marys were in durance vile.

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer It gets dark earlier now, which means you reach for the lights earlier, too. One click and you can see to read, cook, find your keys or avoid tripping over the cat. Chances are, in fact, turning on the lights is so automatic, you can find the switch without even thinking about it. But think about this: who makes sure you have lights in the first place? The energy company? Think again, then read the new book Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Not-quite-standing in a mine shaft 500 feet beneath Ohio, Jeanne Marie Laskas had two epiphanies. First, Dude, this is ridiculous. Then: her daily life was dependent on people like those miners. Without them and their work in a $27 billion industry there would be no electricity. How come she didnt know that? Humiliated, she decided to go in search of the people who make sure we have food, that it gets to the supermarket near our homes, and that our scraps disappear when were done. These are people, she says, who, were they to walk off the job tomorrow, would bring life as we know it to a halt. Coal, for instance, gives America half its electricity and is the fastest-growing energy source on the planet But getting it isnt for the faint of heart: miners often spend half their lives in darkness, sometimes in a constant-crouch position. Yes, they make good money, but the always-shifting, groaning planet makes the paycheck dearer.

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Most of the people who pick our food have brown skin, Laskas learned at a migrant camp in Maine. Once upon a time, locals did the work, but not any more. In New Jersey, Laskas spent time in a frantic air traffic control room, where she found a lack of technology and a feud between government and unions. She followed cowboys in Texas and learned that ranching has gone high-tech and that designer bulls make our meals tastier. She bought a gun in Arizona, went cross-country with an AfricanAmerican female semi-driver, and took a ride in a Bomag over mounds of trash in California. And in Alaska, while living on a man-made island in negative-38 degree weather, Laskas learned that total isolation is never total and that precognition can bring shivers quicker than can ice Oh, how I loved this book! I loved it because author Jeanne Marie Laskas sees things differently, with perfect curiosity. I loved it because she got dirty while she was learning about the people she chose to follow, and because she seemed to ultimately care deeply about them. I loved it because it taught me something important while it made me laugh. But there was one thing that made me scratch my head: cheerleaders. Seriously? They make this country work? Ohhhkay Still, I think that if youve ever used electricity, drank from a plastic bottle, eaten, dressed, flown, shopped or, yeah, even watched the NFL, this book needs to be at the top of your to-read pile. For you, Hidden America sheds a lot of light.


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There was one egg left, and I wasnt going to waste it. The phrase that kept going through my mind was Would you like some more egg with that pepper? which is very similar to the comment I hear often, Would you like some more tea with that cream and sugar? I apparently had played a prank on myself by dumping pepper through the pour opening of the can instead of the sift opening. But was I going to throw that perfect soft-boiled egg in the trash? No, I was bound and determined to eat that last egg, because I was on one of my weeks where I crave eggs every day. And what can bring back such good memories from childhood than food or at least in my case. I couldnt even see the yolk or the white of the egg because of the almost total covering of pepper. I definitely seem to be having problems with my spice cabinet. The last two times I have made crab cakes, I have loaded them up with paprika instead of Old Bay. The sad part is that I can see that the two cans are completely different in size and coloring, but my brain fails to register this information. Too much multitasking I think. By the time it does register that the crab cake mixture doesnt have the proper spicy Old Bay smell, I now have the most bright red crab cakes To each new days adventure, youve ever seen. The twist to that story is that I ac- Shelby tually like the sweet Hungarian paprika in the recipe now; it seems to give them a great flavor, and takes the Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderedge off all the salt in the Old Bay. Thirty minutes after eating my peppered eggs I was dumping the pink stuff (Pepto Bismal) down my throat. Did I not think that all that pepper would kick up my gastric ulcer? Yes, I did think about that briefly, but my egg craving outweighed all reason. In fact I had been craving and eating eggs all week. I go through this from time to To Advertise in the Church Services Directory, Call The County Times at 301-373-4125 time. Was there something my body needed from what some call natures perfect food? I dont know. So of course I looked eggs up. I knew eggs HUGHESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH THE ANGLICAN MISSION are a great source of protein alA member of the Southern Baptist Convention ready; there must be some othOF SOUTHERN MARYLAND 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627 er reason. I typed in Why am Pastor Keith Corrick I craving eggs? and 7,010,000 Sundays - 10 AM Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins results came up. I thought this 41695 Fenwick Street Unit 3 Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am might be one of those things Leonardtown, MD 20650 Sunday School (all ages) 9:15 am that I was the only person in Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study 6:00 pm 301/475-9337 the world who would think this Wednesday Discipleship Classes 7:00 pm way guess not. (Adults, youth & Children) My theory about comfort food was mentioned quite often. Other answers were that you have a sulphur deficiency, St. Cecelia Church BAHAI FAITH are in need of protein and cal47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429 God is One, Man is One, cium, have an allergy to eggs St. Marys City, MD 20686 301-862-4600 and All Religions are One Vigil Mass: 4:30 pm Saturday because you can be drawn to Discussions 3rd Wed. 7-8 Sunday: 8:00 am your allergens, and the answer Weekday (M-F): 7:30 am Lex Pk Library, Longfellow Rm I liked the best - that perhaps Confessions: 3-4 pm Saturday 301-884-8764 or youre mutating into a weasel

if you crave eggs. Another good response was Ive been craving chocolate for days now so I must be cocoa deficient. I didnt have time to read the other 7+ million responses; those were good enough. If it isnt a deficiency causing my egg-crazed desires, than it could be Mr. Ed which seems like the most logical conclusion. Mr. Ed comes on Hallmark channel on weekend mornings. The show is so sweet, and non-stressful. But on this one particular episode last Sunday, I turned it on just as the wife, Carol was bringing out platters of every egg dish imaginable to her husband, Wilbur. Even in black and white all the dishes sounded so good. Of course Wilbur soon realized that Carol was buttering him up so she could have him buy a TV with a remote control for their bedroom. I wanted to know what happened to all those egg dishes he didnt eat. Taking my cue from the show, I cooked some scrambled eggs to top our English muffins while furiously thinking what I should ask my husband to buy me. The only thing I could think of was economy sized laundry detergent. I need to think this out more. Until then, I can already feel my nose twitching for which egg recipe I will make for breakfast today. Send me your recipes, Ill weasel, I mean weed out my favorites.

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer Chopticon High School (1-2) earned its first win of the season this year last Friday night by defeating Great Mills (03) 27-21. Braves running back Kyle Barber led the way on the ground, rushing for 241 yards on the day. Chopticon quarterback Kevin McVerry threw for 59 yards,

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including a 200-yard pass to receiver Braxton Powell. The Hornets returned a fumble by Barber for a touchdown in the first quarter scoring their first points of the season. In week four, the Braves will be looking to ride the momentum of their victory when they travel to Sussex Central, while the Hornets are seeking their first win of the season today in a home match-up against McDonough. Chopti-

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con kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. while the Hornets are scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. Leonardtown (1-2) captured its first win of the season beating Lackey (1-2) at home 21-8. Leonardtown utilized a strong running game, piling up 230 rushing yards. Damien King had three interceptions for the Raiders, helping keep Lackeys offense in-check throughout the contest. The Raiders will look to build on their stellar game Friday, when travel to Waldorf for a contest against the Thomas

Stone Cougars (0-3) at 7 p.m. St. Marys Ryken (1-2) lost a close one to Bishop OConnell (3-0), 17-13. Bishop OConnell quarterback Leighton Dassau completed just 11 passes, but threw for 165 yards and rushing for another 32. Wide receiver Marquis Rowe collected 117 yards through the air, and Kamrin Moore added 32 yards rushing with a touchdown. The Knights next game will take place in Washington DC on Saturday, against St. Albans (1-2) at 1:30 p.m.

Superchargers Showdown Friday & Saturday at MIR!

This Friday and Saturday, September 21-22, be a part of MIR history at the largest ever running of the 27th annual Superchargers Showdown! This event will feature the largest field of Pro Mods in MIR History. All the stars of the 1320 Pro Mod Warriors of the North East Outlaw Pro Mod Association will be here. Over 40 Pro Mods expected for the 32 qualified fields. In addition to the historic field of Pro Mods, you will also see the Wild Bunch 2 with insane out of control Superchared Altereds, tire smoking Funny Cars including Bunny Burkett and 300 mph flame throwing Jet Dragsters. Plus 5,000 to win each day in Top ET. On Friday there will be two Pro qualifying sessions, plus a $5,000 to win Top ET race. On Saturday there will be 2 more pro qualifying sessions with Pro eliminations Saturday night. The full Speed Unlimited ET series with another $5,000 to win Top ET race will be run on Saturday. Come early and dont miss any of this history-making event. The schedule for this event is as follows on Friday, gates will open at 3pm. Top ET time trials will start at 4pm with eliminations starting at 7pm. There will be 2 rounds of Pro qualifying at 7pm and 9pm. On Saturday gates will open at 9am, ET time runs start at 10am with Eliminations at 1:30pm. Pro qualifying session will be at 1pm and 3pm. Pro Mod eliminations along with the Wild Bunch, Funny Cars and Jets will start at 5pm. Admission is $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday, or a two day pass is $40 and that includes a free pit pass. Children 6

to 11 are $5 per day. On Sunday, September 23rd, MIR will host another full day Test & Tune. Time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day long! MIR will also have a free $1,000 to win gamblers race for the bracket racers. So bring your grudge matches, street cars, pro cars, bracket cars, imports, mo-

torcycles, and Jr. Dragsters to MIR! Gates open at 10am, eliminations begin at 3pm, and the test & tune is over at 6pm. Admission is just $15. For more detailed information on these events call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at 301-884-RACE or visit us at


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autumn Begins
The Ordinary


By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer This Friday marks the beginning of autumn for calendar watchers. As we anticipate shorter days and cooler temperatures, the fish have already started their fall patterns. Fishing is wide open right now. More and more of the little redfish (red drum, puppy drum are alternative names) are becoming legal size. Speckled trout are still here in good numbers on both sides of the Bay. Better populations can be found on the Eastern Shore side, but they are on our side of the Bay and river systems, as well. Bluefish are pushing 5 pounds with regularity now, and frequently Spanish mackerel can still be found in schools of breaking fish. Stripers, also, can be found in schools of breaking fish on the Bay and in the mouth of the Potomac River. Trolling anglers can find plenty of stripers in the rivers and light tackle anglers are having great success with top-water tactics. Croakers and spot are still plentiful and provide fun for bottom fishing anglers. Of course, spot can still be used to live-line stripers at the usual haunts, and they make terrific

bait for diehard flounder anglers. Flounder are still tough to find in our area, but some are reported every week. There are still quite a few small flounder in the region, which can only mean that there are bigger ones out there somewhere. White perch are coming into their own again with plentiful catches in the rivers. Not that they have diminished in numbers recently, but they are still there for white perch angling aficionados who quit fishing for them to pursue other seasonal fish. I have had more fun bothering those puppy drum than anything else I fish for on each trip. Ounce for ounce, the little redfish hit harder and fight better than anything else of its size. If you hook a 17-inch puppy, you will swear that youve got a bigger fish! The other great thing about them is that when you catch one, there will be others there to take your hook on the next cast! Look for them near the shoreline or near structure in fairly shallow water say 4 15 feet deep where there is good current. Remember the rule: structure plus current equal fish. Structure without current wont work, and current without structure will only work if there is a point of land, a shoal or some other feature nearby. Cast a small plain jig head (1/4 to 3/8 ounce) adorned with a 4-inch soft plastic bait like a swim shad or twister tail near to the structure and bounce it back as you retrieve the line. Just remember: these fish have to be between 18 and 27 inches to keep. Short ones and long ones have to go back! The places where Im finding juvenile red drum are places that I used to fish for stripers with jigs and top-water baits in previous years. The bonus of fishing for these little reds in these areas is that you may also catch stripers and even

Photo Courtesy of Buzzs Marina Matt Luxford with a 5 pound bluefish.

speckled trout! Of course you know that rules and methods are things that drive humans. The fish dont necessarily follow the rules, but they do seem to follow certain trends and patterns as we explore the changes in seasons. Try these methods. If you catch something good, take a picture and send me your story. Ill do my best to share it with our readers in a future article. Keith fishes weekly from his boat, The Ordinary Angler, during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer A wise elder once offered me this insightful career advice for surviving within large organizations: if youre struggling with a boss or co-worker, stand by, both will change soon enough. At the time the tip seemed far too passive; my youthful exuberance could hardly remain idle and wait for fate to intervene on an undesirable situation and deliver me to destination unknown. But, like so many gentle suggestions that I steadfastly ignored in my knowit-all-youth, this kernel of wisdom eventually validated itself in practice and penetrated a nearly impervious object: my thick skull. The career guidance proved correct, of course, because it is steeped in this fundamental fact of life: change is omnipresent. A life well led will often include multiple jobs, a few significant others, various home addresses and many style-fades (some, like the male perm, mullet and basketball shortshorts, are more forgettableor regrettablethan others). Kids will be born, grow up and leave home. Technology will continue to alter entertainment and communication. Friendships will fade and new ones will sprout. Our interests and politics will evolve. Follicle failures and morning weigh-ins will progress over time. Sons- and daughters-inlaw will arrive. Well greet newborns, introduce grandchildren and bid painful adieus to some we cherish most. As proof of changes prominent link with life, all of those things, or at least a good portion of them, will occur organically, the product of simply and consistently participating fully in ones time on earth. Change is inescapable, even for those desiring a static existence. And in that undeniable point resides the obverse of the advice my career guru provided (but neglected to mention). Yes, change can play the role of white knight and mercifully cure an unfavorable state. However, it acts just as natu-

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rally as the black knight, intervening and upsetting perfectly good situations. Over a decade ago (hard to believe), considerable change swept through Southern Maryland. Whether that change arrived in the form of a white or black knight is an individual call. What is unanimous is that the resulting physical, economic and cultural changes left nearly no one, local or transplant, unaffected. The years have clouded the disparity between past and present. The passage of time will do that. I was reminded recently, though, of the areas significant transformation when I reminisced about County softball with an old friend. Our conversation easily rewound the calendar three decades to a time when softball was king and the undisputed centerpiece of the Countys recreational offerings. We recalled a time of bitter rivalries and packed stands. These games were must-see events; some were even broadcast live on the local radio station, if my memory serves me correctly. The game is still wildly popular today, of course, but its not like it used to be. Many of the old softball fields are still in use, but I miss those that arent. The one that cuts the deepest is Pennies Bar. I pass it twice a day. Pennies was the crown jewel of County softball at its peak and one of the places where I learned the game, how to cuss with the proper reflection and the importance of sharing a post-game beer with the enemy. I think I even snuck a few of my first beers from unattended coolers (dont tell my mom). The bar is now long-since boarded up and the softball field resembles an old western outpost that time forgot. When this property ultimately gets re-developed, there ought to be a monument incorporated to document its social significance. Seriously! The conversation with my friend left me a little saddened. Nostalgic journeys will do that to you. I caught myself though, for thats an unhealthy emotion for any good times claimed by change. To refresh my perspective, I sought the counsel of a trained medical professional: Dr. Seuess, our resident life-ologist. He nailed the situation when he offered this wise nugget: Dont cry when its over, smile because it happened. Good advice, for this situation and any other when a good thing comes to an end. I doubt my old career counselor couldve done better. Send comments to

power outage
Through rain, wind, snow, and ice, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative strives to keep the power on for every home and business in our community. But we still have our share of hurricanes and ice storms, and these weather conditions can cause our customers to lose power.There are some steps you can take before, during, and after an outage. The key is being prepared.
Have an alternate source of light: keep flashlights and extra batteries where they can be found easily. Lanterns and candles can cause fires; they are not recommended. Keep a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, and stay tuned to local news bulletins and weather reports. Keep your automobiles gas tank full. Maintain a supply of cash. Credit cards and ATM machines may not work if the power is out. Stock emergency food and related items. Ideal choices are nonperishable foods that do not need cooking. Keep a manual can opener handy, along with disposable plates and utensils. Keep your gas grill available yearround for cooking during an outage. (Always use a gas or charcoal grill outside.) Store extra water in clean jugs, bathtubs, laundry tubs, or other containers if you know a storm is on the way. Plan an alternate source of heat in the event of a cold-weather crisis. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, keep adequate kindling and firewood on hand. Have extra clothing, blankets, or sleeping bags available. Consult a plumber or other home specialist for other steps to take in the event of a prolonged outage. If someone in your household depends on electricity to operate a life support system, plan ahead for alternate sources of power or lodging. SMECOs outage restoration policy is to make repairs that will restore service to the most people in the least amount of time. Place your portable generator outside, never in the house, garage, attic, crawl space, or basement. Make sure your generator is connected safely; an improperly connected generator can cause serious injury or death. When your power comes back on, turn off and disconnect your generator. Keep fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. It is helpful to have a corded phone available: cordless phones will not work without electricity. If you have a cell phone, you may need an auto adapter to recharge it. If you have livestock, you will need a means of obtaining adequate supplies of fresh water. A generator is recommended.


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During an outage:
Turn off all the major appliances in your home, especially the heat pump. This will prevent damage to the appliances once the power is restored. Turn on appliances one at a time so the electric demand does not jump suddenly. Make sure the oven and stove are off; this will prevent fires if the power comes back on while youre away. Do not set dishes, towels, or paper on the stove; these may catch on fire if a burner is on when the power comes on. Leave the freezer and refrigerator closed so food will stay cold longer.

Never touch downed power lines or attempt to remove trees from power lines. Contact with power lines may result in serious injury or death. Let qualified SMECO crews handle the clearing and repair work. Please report downed power lines to SMECO immediately.

To Report Outages, Call: 1-877-74-SMECO (1-877-747-6326)