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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Morris Says ‘Show Me The Science’
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The Board of County Commission-
ers has questions for the Chesapeake
Bay Foundation Monday on the state
mandated Watershed Implementation
Plan designed to reduce pollution going
into the regional watershed.
In anticipation of the event, some
commissioners said they wanted to hear
from the advocacy group, especially
since they were coming with advice on
how to make it work.
Commissioners have been worried
about the costs associated with the plan,
estimated to be $200 million.
“I’m all ears and I have questions,”
said Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-
Golden Beach).
Jarboe has been critical of the plan,
saying it concentrates too much on
regulations and not enough on getting
natural flters, like the oysters and sub-
merged aquatic vegetation, could com-
bat the nitrogen and phosphorus labeled
as the biggest problems.
Jarboe also wants to hear from Funk
and Bolton, a Baltimore law frm, trying
to build a rural coalition of counties to
counter the WIP plan.
“I’d like to watch them bat it back
and forth,” he said.
Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Me-
chanicsville) said when the foundation
frst contacted commissioners he was
of the understanding the foundation
wanted to meet with commissioners in
He wanted them to go on the record
in a regular session.
“I wanted them to be out there in
the public,” Morris said, adding that he
wanted to hear from the CBF about how
the state came to believe that septic sys-
tems needed to be targeted so heavily by
the plan.
“Show me the science,” Morris said.
Morris recently voted against a $25
million loan to upgrade the county’s
main wastewater treatment plant with
enhanced nutrient removal technology.
The measure passed but he said the
county should have refused and let the
state penalize them.
“The state is not willing to listen to
anybody,” Morris said. “Let them fne us
and we’ll take them to court.”
Beth McGee, senior water quality
scientist with CBF, said the 2025 dead-
line for the plan means counties can use
bond fnancing to help pay for the clean-
up and jurisdictions have been making
steady progress over the years in fght-
ing pollution.
“Now’s not the time to throw up our
hands and say we can’t do it,” McGee
said. “We’re not going to have the silver
bullet [at the commissioner meeting] if
we did we probably would have used it a
long time ago.”
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The Maryland Transit Administration, in the planning stage of a new Park
and Ride facility in St. Mary’s County, has scheduled a Community Open House
to discuss details about the facility.
The facility, to be located at the northeast corner of MD 5 (Three Notch Road)
and MD 6 (New Market Turner Road), is being designed to meet future commuter
MTA invites members of the public to attend the Community Open House,
which will be held on Wednesday, Nov 28 at Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New
Market Road, Charlotte Hall Time from 6 to 8 p.m.
MTA staff will be available during the meeting to receive feedback, answer
questions and address concerns regarding the proposed Park and Ride facility. The
facility will provide approximately 500 parking spaces to meet future commuter
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Gov. Martin O’Malley, along with
environmental advocates, is pushing back
against efforts by Dorchester County and a
Baltimore law frm to counteract the water-
shed implementation plan (WIP) that dras-
tically curbs the total maximum daily load
(TMDL) of nitrogen and other pollutants
going into the Chesapeake Bay.
Funk and Bolton, a Baltimore frm,
asked rural counties to join the coalition
to challenge the plan. Dorchester County
elected offcials joined and invited other
counties – including St. Mary’s and Calvert
– to do so.
Local leaders have chaffed at the gov-
ernor’s plan saying that the cost is too much,
especially because it requires connecting
septic systems to main sanitary sewer sys-
tems or replacing them altogether with en-
hanced nutrient removal technology.
The state offers no fnancial assistance
for the plan and county offcials have said
such an undertaking would likely cost up-
wards of $200 million, or virtually an entire
year’s operating budget.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, sup-
porting O’Malley’s plan, argues the law
frm misrepresented the nature of pollu-
tion in the bay as coming from upstream
sources and not nearly as much from local
sources like septic systems.
The law frm has attacked enhanced
nutrient removal technology as not being
as effective as advertised in actually reduc-
ing nitrogen loads, according to the Chesa-
peake Bay Foundation
“They are preying on the fear that
counties have over how to pay for clean-up
efforts,” CBF President William C. Baker
and state Executive Director Alison Prost
wrote in a letter to O’Malley. “We believe
the state needs an aggressive, targeted re-
sponse to counter this effort by some coun-
ties to ignore their legal obligations under
the Clean Water Act and Maryland law.”
Leaders here have been anxious to fnd
a way to either pay for the clean up efforts
or another alternative altogether that will
not come at an exorbitant price but those
options have not materialized.
Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-
Golden Beach) said the key to improving
the bay is not so much reducing pollutants
like nitrogen but improving the numbers of
natural flters like the menhaden fsh, sub-
merged aquatic vegetation and the oysters.
Nitrogen makes up 78 percent of the atmo-
sphere, he said.
“They’re [the state] going after things
that are not the problem,” Jarboe said. “It’s
about an agenda based on politics to drive
people into cities.”
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Deputies Receive
Explosives Training
Local Captain
Indicted in
Rockfsh Probe
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Loud explosions in the Piney Point community start-
ing Nov. 19 are a joint exercise between the St. Mary’s
County Sheriff’s Offce and the Federal Bureau of In-
vestigation (FBI), according to the Sheriff’s Offce.
Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said training on im-
provised explosive devices, more commonly known as
IEDs, has become important for law enforcement of-
fcers, who are more likely to come across them in their
daily duties.
The FBI course will be held at the Harry Lundeberg
School of Seamanship, Cameron said.
“It’s about what we’re seeing domestically and internation-
ally,” Cameron said. “We’ve seen pipe bombs here and even tennis
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IEDs often have the connotation of being high explosives attached to a detonator — like a
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ones frst on the scene to deal with the device.
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Federal authorities indicted a Stoney Kingfsher’s charter boat cap-
tain, out of Solomons, for allegedly illegally harvesting rockfsh out of a
Virginian inlet.
David Wayne Scott, of Lusby faces charges of traffcking in illegally
harvested rockfsh and destroying evidence connected to a charter fshing
trip back in 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice stated.
Scott, as well as four other captains, is charged with harvesting the
rockfsh from the Exclusive Economic Zone, an area where the U.S. gov-
ernment has control over environmental resources. Federal authorities
stated it is illegal to harvest from that zone.
In addition, Scott faces charges that he violated the Lacey Act, which
makes it illegal to acquire in any fashion any wildlife in the United States
that is prohibited from being taken.
Charges include making false statements to law enforcement offcers
connected to the investigation.
If convicted of the charges, Scott faces a maximum prison sentence
of fve years and $250,000 in fnes per count.
Scott might also have to forfeit his fshing vessel, The Stoney
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A Temple Hills man working for a construction
contractor has pleaded guilty to illegally dumping soil
and solid waste at a site in Dunkirk that contained a
stream fowing into the Patuxent River, according to At-
torney General Douglas Gansler’s offce.
Gilbert W. Francis, 55, an employee working for
Hyattsville-based American Contractors, Inc., allegedly
used an earth-moving vehicle to push construction and
demolition debris, including old mattresses, pipes and
even toilet fxtures down a steep embankment on Yel-
low Bank Road.
Gansler’s offce stated that the incident stemmed
from an ad that the property owner’s son had responded
to for free fll dirt. He had contracted with Francis’ em-
ployer to deliver the dirt to the property.
“Preserving our state’s troubled waterways be-
comes even more challenging when individuals reck-
lessly add to the problem,” Gansler said in a prepared
statement. “This irresponsible action demonstrates the
importance of enforcing laws designed to protect the
Calvert County’s planning and zoning department
discovered the violation after responding to a complaint
for dumping, the offce’s press release stated.
Circuit Court Judge Warren J. Krug sentenced
Francis to a 30-day jail sentence that was suspended and
a $500 fne.
Krug placed Francis on one year’s probation and
imposed 20 hours of community service.
Francis’ employer pleaded guilty in Calvert to un-
lawfully disposing of solid waste and performing con-
struction work without a proper plan to control sediment.
The court ordered American Contractors, Inc. to
pay $14,290 in restitution to the property owners for the
cost they incurred in cleaning up the waste, according to
Gansler’s offce.
The court imposed a $30,000 fne on the contrac-
tor with $20,000 suspended, and fve years of probation.
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Formed in 1964, the Tri-County Council is a coopera-
tive planning and development agency fostering the social
and economic development of the Southern Maryland Re-
gion. The Council serves as a forum for the resolution of
region-wide issues and the attainment of regional goals. Tri-
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Staff Writer
Robert Brown, president of the St.
Mary’s County Waterman’s Association,
said Monday that after a few weeks into the
oyster harvest conditions are looking better
than they have in several years.
Though it is far from a renaissance
in the local oyster harvesting industry it is
still good news for local watermen who de-
pend on the bivalve to help make a living.
“It’s up over last year,” Brown said of
natural and manmade production of oys-
ters in local waters. “And that’s throughout
the state.”
Brown said that the Patuxent River
has done somewhat better in oyster pro-
duction this year, as have the Wicomico
and St. Mary’s rivers.
St. Mary’s has been a local bright spot
in oyster production in recent years be-
cause it provides a healthy habitat for natu-
ral production. Watermen have received
assistance from the county to lay down
oyster spat to spur growth in rivers like the
Donna Sasscer, agriculture and sea-
food specialist with the county’s Depart-
ment of Economic and Community Devel-
opment, said the effort seems to be paying
“We’re happy that it is,” Sasscer said.
Brown said that this year’s prices per
bushel of oysters stands at about $30 to $35,
down from last year’s prices of about $40
to $45.
He said the price shift was likely due to
the increased supply.
Aquaculture specialists with the De-
partment of Natural Resources have said
that the oyster population, while still his-
torically low, might be on it’s way to a re-
surgence because the animal is building a
resistance to diseases which have decimated
in population over the years.
Sasscer said that the quality of local
oysters so far has been fne.
“They were really good at the Oyster
Festival,” she said.
Watermen will still have to work hard,
though, to make a living off of seafood,
Brown said.
“We’re far from out of the woods,” he
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By Alex Panos
Staff Writer
Last week Michael Martirano, school
superintendent, addressed executives from
local businesses on the state of the schools
during the 2012 annual report.
He took time to note the success of
students, and the remarkably high gradua-
tion rate, which, pending offcial word, is
expected to be the highest in the county’s
Martirano said the school system’s
continued emphasis on technology in the
classroom is well on its way thanks in part
to a recent $2.5 million technology grant
from the Department of Defense.
The money received from the award
will go towards computer tablets and lap-
tops for students along with proper training
for instructors.
Martirano explained in the future,
classrooms in the county are going to uti-
lize web-tools, apps and books on Kindle.
“Gone are paper and pencil. Those are
extinct tools,” he said.
School curriculum is transitioning to
a state common core initiative, which Mar-
tirano says is leveling the playing feld in
terms of competitiveness.
Common core focuses on preparing
students to act independently and demon-
strate individual perseverance. Students
are now being trained to use technology
tools, resources and varying strategies to
come up with solutions.
Martirano emphasizes teaching chil-
dren to read in kindergarten, so by third
and fourth grade they do not fall behind
when curriculum becomes more intense.
He hopes for children to be able to
communicate orally and in writing.
“We are transitioning right now,” he
said, “and defning new assessments.”
The school system is evaluating teach-
ers using a new criteria directly correlating
teacher success with the overall improve-
ment of students in the classroom.
The total budget was $183,512,668,
with salaries accounting for 80 percent.
Maintaining the high-quality teachers of
the “robust school system” needs to be the
number one goal.
“We’re all 10’s [out of 10],” Martirano
said. “The best teachers cost more.”
Martirano believes paying for top-
notch instructors is a necessary invest-
ment in the students – which are exceeding
national and state averages on Advanced
Placement exams and the Scholastic Apti-
tude Test (SAT).
Students in St. Mary’s are scoring
more 3 out of 5’s on Advanced Placement
tests, 66.5 percent, more than the national
average of 59.2 percent.
“I want more students taking rigorous
courses,” Martirano said. Therefore, the
school system will continue to reimburse
student test fees for scores of 3 or higher.
The average St. Mary’s County SAT
score was1,539 – above both the national
and state average.
Admitting he is “a little competitive,”
Martirano took a moment to note that this
number is higher than Charles and Calvert
counties as well.
“The race to the top drives what we
do every day,” he said. “Our work is never
The Board of Education recently ap-
proved the construction of a new elemen-
tary school in Leonardtown, which is to be
completed by 2015.
The school is in response to the grow-
ing number of children entering the sys-
tem, expected to increase from the current
17,000 to 20,000 students as early as fve
By Alex Panos
Staff Writer
It wasn’t a school day, but St. Michael’s Catholic
School’s halls were packed Sunday afternoon as commu-
nity members took part in the annual fall festival.
People fltered through the school enjoying a number
of vendors, gift sales, dinner catered by Thompson’s sea-
food, raffes, and kids pictures with Santa – with all pro-
ceeds going towards St. Michael’s School.
Michele Slade, one of the event’s coordinators, said
the community’s participation displays the strong drive
they have to carry on the tradition, beliefs and values
taught at St. Michael’s School.
“It shows their love of the school and the love of the
parish,” she said.
The fall festival is one of the larger events of the year,
she said, with the two largest being the Cash Bash at the
beginning of November and the auction in June.
She believes the festival is important to the existence
of the school because it is diffcult to determine how suc-
cessful the other two major fundraisers will be each year.
“We can’t rely on a set amount of money from those
two [events],” she said. “We need to continue to raise
She added, the event provides an opportunity for St.
Michael’s students, alumni, staff, parents and church mem-
bers to come together on a Sunday afternoon.
“It’s a big family affair,” said the former St. Michael’s
third grade teacher.
As of 2 p.m. on Sunday after-
noon, St. Michaels had sold 100 dine-
in meals and 125 carryout.
Located in Ridge, St. Michael’s
School is a catholic private school for
children, kindergarten through eighth
It is accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools
Council on Accreditation and School
Improvement and is sponsored by the
Archdiocese of Washington.
School System Gives Annual Report
St. Michael’s Festival Is a Family Affair
Spotlight On
Martirano gives the annual school report.
Sarah Burke, left, Kelly Coulby, and Chris McBride make crafts in the children’s craft room at St. Michael’s Fall Festival Sunday.
Emerson, left and Wyatt Taylor visit with Santa Claus.
Community members enjoy a dinner, catered by Thompson’s Seafood, with all proceeds go-
ing towards St. Michael’s School.
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To The Editor
P.O. Box 250 • Hollywood, Maryland 20636
News, Advertising, Circulation, Classifeds: 301-373-4125
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Eric McKay - Associate
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Guy Leonard - Reporter - Government,
Alex Panos - Reporter - Education,
Crosby Thanks Voters NARFE Thankful for Support
School Plan for
Weather Closings
Hoyer Confdent
Marylanders Will Work
First, I would like to thank all
of my supporters and poll workers,
many of whom are current or retired
teachers. In spite of the less than ideal
weather, they spent long hours at the
polls engaging voters.
I am glad that the St Mary’s
County community has strongly sup-
ported my efforts on behalf of all of
the children of the county. Many of
the people I spoke to during the cam-
paign recognized the importance of
the long hours that I devote to my
I would like to talk about the issue
of parent involvement. Since my frst
day as a teacher and continuing until
today I have been a strong advocate of
parental involvement in education. I
would like to remind the parents that
Board members can be reached by
email at The mail
address is: Board of Education of
St. Mary’s County, 23160 Moakley
Street, P.O. Box 641, Leonardtown,
MD 20650.
I would like to thank the voters of
St. Mary’s County for providing me
the opportunity to continue to serve
all of the students.
Marilyn Crosby
Board of Education Member
St. Mary’s Chapter 969 of the Na-
tional Active and Retired Federal Em-
ployees Association (NARFE) wants to
thank all of the businesses in the area
that so graciously participated in our
Alzheimer’s & Hospice of St. Mary’s
fundraiser in September by allowing our
volunteers to collect donations. Their
support and assistance was a major factor
in our success:
California: McKay’s Food Store,
Wal-Mart, Monterey Restaurant, and Gi-
ant Food Store
Lexington Park: McKay’s Food
Ridge: Ridge Market
Leonardtown: McKay’s Food Store
and True Value
Charlotte Hall: McKay’s Food Store,
Aprils Pool & Spa, True Value, and
Farmers Market & Auction
The kind and generous people con-
tributing at these establishments in St.
Mary’s County donated over $8,000 to
our volunteers. The St. Mary’s Chapter
969 of NARFE wants to express our sin-
cere thanks and appreciation to all of you
that contributed. NARFE will donate
100 percent of the money collected to the
Alzheimer’s Association and the Hos-
pice of St. Mary’s, two extremely impor-
tant causes. A special thanks also goes
to our many volunteers who gave their
time and dedication to collect for these
very worthwhile organizations. If you
are an active or retired federal employee
and would like more information on our
organization, please contact Judy Lofin
at 301-872-0064 or the NARFE Service
Center at 301-757-4121.
Robert D. Schultz, President
St. Mary’s Chapter 969, NARFE
The safety of our students and staff
is of utmost importance, as they are trav-
eling to and from school and when they
are on school property. This is especially
true during inclement weather. When
making decisions on whether to delay or
open schools, we take many things into
Our county is oriented such that
quite often weather conditions differ
greatly from one area of the county to an-
other. Sometimes there is a snow event
where the northern part of the county re-
ceives the most accumulation. In mak-
ing the decision, we look at what the tem-
peratures will be and whether the sun is
out providing for melting. At times our
buses have to maneuver in very tight ar-
eas. Quite often they are turning around
by having to back into driveways or do
three point turns in cul-de-sacs.
There are six staff members that are
assigned to various regions of the coun-
ty during a weather event. They are on
the road at approximately 2 a.m. check-
ing the road conditions, as well as the
school parking lots and sidewalks. This
information is relayed to the director of
transportation and the deputy superin-
tendent of schools and operations, who is
in constant communication with me. We
are also in contact with the State High-
way Department, county roads, Sheriff’s
Offce, Maryland State Police, and the
Emergency Operations Center, as well
as surrounding counties, for weather and
road conditions. The decision to delay
the opening of schools or close schools
is made by approximately 5 a.m. At
such time, communications are relayed
to television and radio stations, posted
on the SMCPS web site, and through our
communications call out.
Whenever possible, the decision to
delay opening or closing school is made
the evening before. If the storm occurs
during the day, we follow the same proto-
col; however, the timeframe is different.
Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
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It is my honor to be re-elected to represent the Fifth Congressional District in
Congress and it is with great appreciation that I thank everyone who voted for me
on Election Day. I look forward to addressing the priorities and concerns of all of
our local residents, and will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of
the aisle to reach consensus and compromise on our nation's challenges.
From protecting local jobs to investing in our communities, I have worked in
a bipartisan way to deliver results for Fifth District residents throughout my career
and am eager to continue to do so. In the next Congress, I will remain focused on
the Make It In America jobs plan so that we can create good-paying jobs and boost
our economy. I will also work toward reaching agreement on a responsible, bal-
anced defcit reduction plan. Working together, I’m confdent that we can continue
to put Marylanders back to work, strengthen the middle class, and improve the
quality of life in the Fifth District.
There is much to do in the next Congress, and I will work hard on behalf of
Maryland families and businesses. I encourage you to share your concerns and
thoughts with me by contacting my offce or visiting my website at www.hoyer.
Thanking you again for this honor and with kindest regards, I am
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer
5th Congressional District
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Chopticon High School’s marching
band continued their phenomenal season,
which will conclude with a performance
in Hawaii at the Pearl Harbor Day Parade,
by winning the II A class national cham-
pionship in Annapolis, Md.
The team competed against 15 other
high school bands from all over the east
Todd Burroughs, Chopticon’s band
director, says the feld performance
and musical rendition were executed to
“It was one of those performances
where everything just clicked,” Bur-
roughs said.
The entire band season culminated
with the national competition. They have
been practicing for three hours a day, four
days a week, on the same nine-minute
routine all season.
He added, Chopticon’s band has
tweaked the performance, and improved
all season long since “laying the building
blocks” during the frst walk through.
The band was graded on visual ap-
peal, musical performance and overall ef-
fect – “how well the show connects with
the audience.”
“They’re incredibly dedicated,” Bur-
roughs said, noting their intense focus
from the frst practice. “They’re the hard-
est working group of kids I’ve had. The
drive to get better was incredible.”
Burroughs graduated from Chopti-
con in 1997, before returning as the band
director six years ago. In all, he has been
teaching in St. Mary’s County Public
Schools for 10 years.
Burroughs says each group he has
each year has had a different dynamic,
and must be handled uniquely.
Sometimes as a director it is impor-
tant to be more supportive or help kids
through the season, he explained, but this
year’s kids responded to an emphasis of
improving one day at a time.
All Burroughs had to do was give the
band instruction, and they would correct
the problems the frst time he asked.
“They bought into that philosophy,”
he said, adding he’s running out of things
to have them improve. “It’s hard to get
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pionship, because they were the second
youngest group Burroughs has had at the
high school.
Chopticon has been among the
state’s elite for years – they won the state
championship for the last four years.
The four state titles, dedication and
hard-work were enough to land them a
spot – even before being named national
champs – in Pearl City, Hawaii this year
to take part in the 50th annual Pearl Har-
bor Day Parade, said Burroughs.
Only eight marching bands from the
continental United States were invited
to participate, according to band booster
Jennifer Schmidt.
Chopticon is representing the USS
Band members and boosters have
been raising funds for months for the trip
through raffes, auctions, fun-runs and a
pig roast.
Despite the efforts and planning, the
band still needs approximately $10,000
to ship all the instruments and equipment
needed for the parade.
Burroughs says although shipment
plans for the equipment fell through at
the last minute, they will do whatever it
takes to perform in the parade on Dec. 7,
even if that means charging the money to
a credit card.
“No matter what. We’re going,” he
said, because they have already formal-
ly agreed to participate, and the trip is
a once in a lifetime opportunity for the
Along with participating in the pa-
rade, the band will spend a few days in
town touring the islands and the sites in
historic Pearl Harbor.
Scheduled activities range from ex-
periencing an authentic Hawaiian luau
and snorkeling, to visiting the memorial
built for the USS Arizona – the most fa-
mous battle ships sunk during the Japa-
nese attack in 1941.
“I think it’s going to be a life-chang-
ing experience for them,” Burroughs said
of the trip, both culturally and historical-
ly. “They’re really going to get the true
Hawaiian experience.”
He added, the community recogniz-
es the signifcance and honor that comes
with being invited to participate in the
day’s parade, and has been very support-
ive of raising money for the program.
“The community loves us,” Bur-
roughs said. “They always seem to have
fun when they see us perform.”
Burroughs says the band will accept
donations, and potentially hold fundrais-
ers, even after the parade. He said they
will keep raising money until they paid
for the trip.
People can make donations at any
time to
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By Joany Nazdin
Contributing Writer
Frank and Christina Allen of Great
Mills celebrate Thanksgiving for an en-
tire week. For seven days they feature a
different food – one day is pie day, or the
next is stuffng day. The amazing part is,
the Allen family never goes shopping.
“It has been six to eight months at
least since I have been to the grocery
store,” said Christina. “We do buy some
of our foods in bulk from a food co-op,
but we raise hundreds of different kinds
of heirloom vegetables and fruits right
here. Every month we have something
different in season, and even in the winter
I can dig up carrots, mustard, cilantro and
beets the size of footballs.”
Frank added, “We even grew a 14
pound sweet potato one year.”
The Allen family homesteads on a
10-acre parcel of land, which provides
them with everything they need to live.
They make their own clothes from cot-
ton and wool, which they raise, and soap
from the sheep fat to wash bodies and
clothes. Christina is most proud of her
salad greens, growing 40 different va-
rieties in a 1,500 foot bed. They raise
turkeys, chickens, catfsh and sheep for
meat, fsh and eggs.
“We take what we need frst, and
then sell the surplus,” Christina said.
The hot surplus item now for the
holiday season is naturally the free-range
all organic turkeys the family raises and
The Allen family has raised the heir-
loom breed of Jersey Buff turkeys for
about 10 years now.
“This year we are selling about 25
Jersey Buff Turkeys to people for the hol-
idays. We started taking orders this year
for the turkeys I am selling now before
some of them even hatched from the eggs.
I guess that is like counting your chickens
before they hatch,” Christina laughed.
Elizabeth Mills, 7, came from Silver
Spring this past weekend with her grand-
parents, Rose Mills and Bob Park.
“This is the second turkey we have
gotten from the Allen’s,” Park said. “You
have never tasted turkey until you have
tasted one of these birds. The breast meat
is not real white, and as long as you cook
it low and slow, it will turn out great.”
Park uses a pint of pear juice in the
body cavity to increase the favor while
he cooks the turkey.
Debra and John Birtwistle of Med-
ley’s Neck also came to pick up their sec-
ond turkey.
“The Allen’s have the best tasting
turkey anywhere,” Debra said. “We tried
another farm’s natural turkeys, and they
just did not have the taste these turkeys
“Thanksgiving is my favorite time of
year,” Debra said. “I love having every-
body over and cooking for them. I come
from a Hispanic heritage, so I cook my
turkey with Tarragon and butter, but I
agree that low and slow is the best ways
to cook the free-range birds.”
While her grandparents were buying
their turkey, Elizabeth was having fun
with the different animals on the farm.
“I like the baby turkey, and the white
rooster,” said Elizabeth. “I saw some
chicken eggs that were white pink and
blue. I also got to play with Chip.”
Chip is the star of the farm. Chris-
tina wrote and illustrated a book about
rehabbing the wounded poult after a
possum mauled his leg when he was
“If I was a good
farmer, I would have just
snapped his neck after he
got injured,” Christina
said. “Instead I started him
on a three-week course of
physical therapy, and he
healed. I needed to keep
him warm, so he stayed
inside my shirt.”
The book is called
“A Micro-Chip on my
Shoulder”, and it won In-
die Award for Excellence
Children’s Book Non-Fic-
tion for 2011.
Chip needed to be
taught to eat, and turkeys
like shiny things, so the
Allens put marbles in his
food so he would peck at
it. Frank would point at
bugs till Chip got the idea
to peck at the bug also.
“We did a good job
raising Chip, because he
knows he is a turkey,”
Christina said. “We would
not have done such a good
job if he wanted to hang
out with the humans all of the time.”
When Chip does feel like hanging
out with humans, he is perfectly happy to
have child-sized humans almost as big as
he is come over and pet and hug him. He
poses for photo ops just like any celebrity.
Chip has no fear of anyone, even a school
feld trip full of children.
Last week, the Bay Montessori
School from Lexington Park came on
several different days for their feld trip
to the homestead.
Jim Pool is the owner operator of the
school, and this is the second year they
have done the trip.
“We are going to make these feld
trips to the farm a regular thing,” Pool
said. “They do such a great job over there,
and the Allens are great naturalists. The
kids loved seeing Christina weaving the
wool she got from the sheep. Being able
to pet the sheep was something the kids
enjoyed, too. It is very educational, even
inside the house, as they use solar passive
heat. The kids enjoyed learning about the
organic gardens.”
The Allen family enjoys sharing
their knowledge with people who wish to
The Allens host people with an inter-
est in organic farming methods through
an organization called World Wide Op-
portunities on Organic Farms, or WOOF.
“We have had 17 different Woofers
this year,” Christina said. “They come
to stay and work the farm in exchange
for the chance to learn about our farm-
ing techniques. We have had people from
as far away as South Korea, Austria and
“It is a lot of work teaching some-
one,” Christina said. “We just had a class
where we taught seven people how to
butcher turkeys, and something that usu-
ally takes me from sunrise till about 9:30
a.m. took me until 10 or 11 a.m. People
ask a lot of questions, and it disturbs my
concentration. I think I need a break from
the Woofers, also. I think I am getting
Woolfed out.”
When the stress of teaching things to
people gets a little too much, the Allens
go for a row on the 14-foot mahogany
wineglass wherry that Christina built
“People are always asking if my
husband built this boat,” Christina said.
“They are amazed when they fnd out that
a woman did it.”
Frank chose St. Mary’s County to
settle in after a life in the navy, as he al-
ways wanted to be near the water, hav-
ing grown up on the North-East Coast.
A time being a commercial fsherman
taught him to love the water.
Frank also loves the land and the gar-
dening, though.
“I have had a garden since I was
three-years-old,” Frank said. “I would
plant tulips and dig them up the next day,
just to see how they were doing.”
When Christina is not working the
farm, she paints, and her work is on dis-
play in galleries all over Southern Mary-
land, including her studio, the Corn Crib
Studio, which is right next to her house.
Christina walks by the feather pluck-
er during her farm tour, and explains they
use every part of the turkey, right down
to the feathers.
“We had a Hungarian woman come
and pick up boxes of feathers to make
feather pillows with,” Christina said.
“After you wash and strip the pillows,
you have a pillow that will last you your
entire lifetime.”
Local Farm Sells Organic Turkeys
Chip the Turkey is the main character in a story written by Christina Allen.
Photos by Andy Phillips
Elizabeth Mills, 7, of Silver Spring
Md, came with her grandparents
to the Allen's Great Mills home-
stead on Sunday to pick up a
Thanksgiving Turkey.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
19 The County Times
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Business is usually much more brisk
during the hunting season at the Nice Rack
Butcher Shop.
But business is a little slow for the
Mechanicsville shop – whether from the
hunters bringing their deer to harvest or
from donations of deer meat to feed the
Some of those hunters donate the deer
they take from local woods to the Hunters
Feeding the Hungry program. Meat from
one deer can feed as many as 200 people.
“The whole deer gets ground into
burger,” said Leroy Owens, who processes
deer at the shop. “But donations are down
this year.”
The meat goes to local churches
and soup kitchens providing meals to the
The Southern Maryland Food Bank
also gets a share, said Owens, processing
deer for both regular customers and Hunt-
ers Feeding the Hungry for four years.
“It’s the warm weather and people are
keeping the meat as opposed to donating
it,” Owens said. “Times are hard so I think
they’re flling their freezer frst and then
come and donate later.”
The unseasonably warm weather
this hunting season means that deer aren’t
moving about nearly as much as they
would if the temperature were colder, Ow-
ens said, which could mean fewer oppor-
tunities to harvest deer.
Owens has seen only 20 to 25 deer
donated since the hunting season started
with one only to process in his freezer as
of Saturday.
“Over the last two or three weeks I
think we’ve had just seven deer donated,”
Owens said, adding that was far lower
than years past.
Mike McWilliams, who runs Wild
Game Processors on Indian Bridge Road,
said he has received 40 to 45 deer dona-
tions so far this season, which puts him on
track for prior years during the same time
“Overall the kills seem to be down a
little bit, especially for muzzleloader sea-
son,” McWilliams said. “The deer didn’t
have to move as much to get food.”
Acorn falls were heavy this season
suggesting deer could eat well without
much effort, according to McWilliams.
“I’m hoping shotgun season will be
good,” McWilliams said. Heavy deer har-
vesting by regional hunters may account
for what he believes may be a somewhat
smaller herd here.
“We’re not seeing as many as we
used to see here, like say, three years ago,”
he said. “And we’ve got coyotes here now
so that could be affecting the deer to.”
Coyotes, spotted in locales like
Ridge, are known to prey on deer, espe-
cially fawns.
“I tell hunters if you want to get deer
you have to get rid of the coyotes,” McWil-
liams said.
Deer Donations Are Down
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families by raising money help provide them with a Christmas celebration via the Pax
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Hearth and Home at HSMC
When your turkey feast is a pleasant memory and
guests are ready to move away from the table, set your GPS
to 17th-century Maryland and discover how the frst citizens
celebrated a bountiful harvest. Historic St. Mary’s City will
present Hearth and Home in Early Maryland on Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year
the focus is on a local culinary tradition – stuffed ham.
There are as many recipes for stuffed ham as there are
stories about who frst thought to meld greens, pork, and
spices. Some suspect African American origins and there
is a good argument that the idea of “stuffed chine,” served
in Elizabethan England, was brought to the New World by
the Maryland colonists. George Calvert, the frst Lord Bal-
timore and Maryland’s proprietor, wrote that he dined on
stuffed ham while at the family estate in Yorkshire.
During Hearth and Home, visitors can watch the pro-
cess of making stuffed ham: volunteers Pete Himmelhe-
ber and Becky McDonald will demonstrate the technique
they have honed over decades of stuffng together. Savor a
sample – while supplies last – and record your memories of
making and enjoying this special dish. Meet some unique
and historically accurate pigs at the Spray Plantation. Pig
stories and a special “pig passport” for youngsters will en-
courage the whole family to get into the day’s theme. Enjoy
seasonal, hands-on activities and demonstrations of
early food preservation techniques and open-hearth
cooking at each of the museum’s four living history
sites. Each will feature colonial consumables that
are stuffed, including “stuffed chine” at the Town
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 seniors, $6
students, and free for those fve-years and under
and Friends members. Visitors contributing a non-
perishable food item will receive a $1 discount off
admission benefting the Southern Maryland Food
Bank. The Stuffed Ham project during Hearth and
Home is supported by a grant from the Maryland
State Arts Council and the Historic St. Mary’s City
Foundation. Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum of
living history and archaeology on the site of Mary-
land’s frst capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern
Maryland. For more information about the museum
contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-
SMC-1634, or
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26325 Pt Lookout Rd
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Road
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Te Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is in the planning phase for
a Park and Ride facility in St. Mary’s County, located at the northeast
corner of MD 5 (Tree Notch Road) and MD 6 (New Market Turner
Road). MTA invites you to attend a community Open House meeting on
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM at the Charlotte Hall
Public Library, located at 37600 New Market Road.
MTA staf will be available throughout the meeting to accept feedback
and address comments regarding the proposed Park and Ride Facility.
Te proposed Park and Ride facility will provide approximately 500
parking spaces to meet future commuter demands.
Location is accessible for people with disabilities. Anyone who requires
special assistance or additional accommodations should contact MTA
Ofce of Customer Service one week in advance to make necessary
arrangements at 410-767-3999 or TTY 410-539-3497.
For more information, or if you are unable to attend the meeting and
wish to email your concerns, please contact Mr. Paul Weiner at
410-767-3754 or by email at
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Charles County Sheriff’s Offce investigators are
investigating a crash leading to the death of a Lexing-
ton Park man early last week.
The crash occurred Nov. 11 around 12:30 a.m.,
Charles law offcers reported.
Offcers responded to a call for a large fght in
progress at the American Legion post in the 4300 block
of Livingston Road in Indian Head.
Once on the scene offcers observed a Volkswagen
Jetta speeding away from the scene and posted a look-
out for the vehicle.
Shortly after an offcer spotted the vehicle on Liv-
ingston Road in the 3900 block, he made a U-turn and
attempted to follow the vehicle onto Pomfret Road.
The suspect vehicle continued speeding down the
road at a high rate of speed and was far ahead of the
offcer when it crested a hill near Ray Drive and the
driver lost control, police said.
The car collided with an embankment. The impact
ejected both driver and passenger from the vehicle.
The offcer did not see the accident on the other side of
a hill. His vehicle came over the hill and struck Wal-
lace Maddox, 27, the passengers, according to reports.
Maddox was taken to a nearby hospital where he was
pronounced dead, police said.
The 23-year-old driver, sustained serious injuries,
and was admitted to hospital care.
Police say they do not know why the suspects were
speeding away from the altercation at the American
Legion post.

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Lexington Park Man Killed
Search For Suspects in
Shooting, Stabbing
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
County investigators are looking for
the shooter of a man in the River Bay
community on Hermanville Road Friday
According to police sources the vic-
tim in the case was shot twice but not
Police found the victim outside at
the scene of the shooting, sources said.
A witness at the scene told investiga-
tors a possible suspect and three others
ran into a nearby house shortly after the
Police have not identifed the sus-
pect, sources said.
That same day police answered a
call at the Green Door bar in Park Hall
where the victim had been stabbed
in the left side near his rib cage in an
An unknown white male wearing
red shirt and bow tie stabbed the victim,
police sources say.
Both incidents took place within a
short time span of each other, according
to police sources.
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Thursday, Nov. 22
• Zumba Fitness
St. Mary’s Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leon-
ardtown) – 6 p.m.
Zumba is a Latin inspired Aerobic work out that’s fun
and energetic. The cost is $7 per class or $25 for a 5-class
Friday, Nov. 23
• Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov. 23 and 24
Historic St. Mary’s City (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St.
Mary’s City) – 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Getting stuffed! St. Mary’s stuffed ham is exam-
ined, tasted, and, yes, stuffed! Explore the colonial table
and discover how Maryland’s frst settlers celebrated the
end of the harvest season. Help churn butter, shuck beans,
grind corn and learn about the many tasks required to
cook the family feast over a 17th-century hearth. For more
information, call 240-895-4991 or 240-895-4967.
• Fill the Van 2012
Nov. 23 and 24
Walmart (45485 Miramar Way, California) – 8 a.m.-3
Kmart (16080 Three Notch Road, California) – 8 a.m.-3
Dress Barn (45147 First Colony Boulevard) – 8 a.m.-3
Toys for Tots for St Mary’s County has begun its of-
fcial toy collection for the 2012 Holiday Season with lo-
cal events including “Fill the Van 2012” which takes place
until For further information on how to sign up to receive
toys, as well as information other toy drop-off/collection
events/places, go to, choose Mary-
land, then St Mary’s County and complete the appropriate
• Unify to Unity – Community Bus Trip to Washing-
ton, D.C.
Depart from Wildewood Shopping Center – 9 a.m.
Come discover the truth about the power of faith
in unity that inspired people to unite and overcome two
of the greatest challenges of humanity. Lunch provid-
ed. For more information, e-mail or call
Saturday, Nov. 24
• Thanksgiving Classic Soccer Tournament
The Central Maryland Soccer Association is current-
ly accepting team registrations for the 23rd Thanksgiving
Classic soccer tournament scheduled for November 24th
& 25th at venues in the Dundalk - North Point communi-
ties in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
The tournament is USSF sanctioned thru Soccer As-
sociation for Youth (SAY) and is open to all school; recre-
ation and club USSF affliated travel teams from through-
out the mid-Atlantic region. Single age competition is of-
fered for both boys and girls teams in the age groupings of
eight thru 14; with dual age competition for high school
U16 and U18 teams. Registration forms are available at
the tournament’s web page located at
For more information e-mail
Sunday, Nov. 25
• Holiday Craft Bazaar
Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall
(28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Auxil-
iary is hosting their Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. Start
your Christmas shopping as you browse through the va-
riety of crafters and vendors. Bring the kids to get their
picture taken with Santa and don’t forget to get your tick-
ets for our beautiful handmade Amish made Quilt. For
More information or to reserve a table Contact Peggy at
Monday, Nov. 26
• Zumba Fitness
Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point Lookout Road,
Callaway) – 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
No dance experience required. Zumba is designed for
all ages, all background, and all ftness level. No need to
pre-register, stop by any time on Mondays. Get a $25 ft-
ness card for six classes. Admission is $5 each class. For
more information, call 301-247-1322.
• No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em “Bounty” Tournament
St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department
Lane, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m.
Part of our Leaderboard Challenge Fall-Winter Sea-
son (Monday sessions) Anyone can join or play at any time
(no cost other than your buy-in to each tournament). No
need to be part of the points system, you can just play to
win. Buy-in is $25 for $3,000 in chips.
Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every
20 minutes. For more information, call the lodge at 301-
863-7800, Linda at 240-925-5697, James at 240-577-0828
or Chuck at 301-904-8747.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
• 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. $25
to the prize pool and $5 to the charity buys $5,000 in. Cash
Game with $1 and $2 blinds starts as soon as players avail-
able. Dealers are provided. All food and drink is free. For
more information, contact Jim Bucci Sr. at 240-298-9616
or 301-273-6104.
Wednesday, Nov. 28
• Free Line Dance Lessons
Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7
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 Mary-
land website at
Thursday, Nov. 29
• Vice Admiral David Dunaway Briefng
Maryland Higher Education Center, Building 2, Center
Hall (44219 Airport Road, California) – 7:30 a.m.
The Patuxent Partnership invites members and the re-
gional community to a briefng by Special Guest Speaker
Vice Admiral David Dunaway Commander, Naval Air
Systems Command. This is a free program. There is lim-
ited seating, so advance registration is required to guaran-
tee your seat. Register at

• Manufacturer’s Focused Panel Discussion and
Match-Up Event
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (9250 Bendix
Road, Franklin Room, Columbia) – 10 a.m.
Maryland Procurement and Technical Assistance
Program (PTAP) in conjunction with the BASE Business
Initiative (BBI) is hosting a special Manufacturer’s fo-
cused Panel. This event is unique in that it will combine
information on contract opportunities and professional
development, for small businesses navigating the Manu-
facturing sector.
The event will start with a panel discussion where
experts share insight on the manufacturing industry and
business development solutions for manufactures that can
help help them increase competitive advantage in an ever
changing environment. Invited panelist include Regional
Manufacturing Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engi-
neers, and National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership
In the second half of the program both CECOM and
Northrop Grumman Electronics Division will discuss
procurement opportunities one-on-one with Match-UP
Participants. The 15-minute Match-Up meetings will give
manufacturers an opportunity to discuss capabilities and
understand procurement needs. Participants include Ke-
nyata L. Wesley, Chief Associate Director for CECOM
Offce of Small Business Programs; Voltaire Walker, Man-
ager, Socio-Economic Business Programs, Supply Chain
Management Northrop Grumman; and FLIR, Desigh
Manufacturers. They are looking at companies to fulfll
needs as either prime or subcontractors. If you are a manu-
facturing business with any of the following NAICS codes:
541330, 334220, 334511, 334111, 541712, 334210, 336413,
334290, 333314, or 335312, please come to this event.
Seating is limited to 20 companies, so register early.
For event questions contact Kellyann Few at kfew@how- To register, go to
(across from Chopticon High School)
SPECIAL NOTE: This will be a large, all-day auction with a variety of quality items. We will be selling with
several auctioneers at a time – bring your family and friends and be prepared for this arrangement.
TERMS: Cash, check (w/ proper ID/approval from auction staff) VISA/MC. Ten percent buyer’s premium will apply to all
cash/check purchases (includes 3% discount); 13% for credit card purchases. We are committed in providing you the
opportunity to purchase top quality items at this auction (many items made by local artisans and craftsmen). Thank you
for attending our auction and for supporting our local community. You may pre-register for this auction on Friday
evening during the preview. You may also leave an absentee bid if you are unable to attend the auction on Saturday.
Consignments of farm equipment and new furniture/crafts are being accepted.
Farrell Auction Service Russell Brothers Farm
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In Entertainment
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” and
“No Green Jelly Beenz”
Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road,
Hughesville) – 8 p.m.
Live Music: “Mason Sebastian”
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch
Road, California) – 5 p.m.
Live Music: “Juke Box Thieves”
The Greene Turtle (6 St. Mary’s Av-
enue Suite 104, La Plata) – 9 p.m.
Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons
Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road,
Hughesville) – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23
Live Music: “Sam Grow Band”
The Greene Turtle (6 St. Mary’s Av-
enue Suite 104, La Plata) – 9 p.m.
Live Music: “Dave Norris”
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch
Road, California) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Live Music: “R&R Train”
Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village
Way, Callaway) – 9 p.m.
Live Music: “Hydra FX”
Loveville Tavern (28275 Point Lookout
Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.
Live Music: “Stickey Wicket”
Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch
Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.
Live Music: “Flow in the Dark Band”
Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200
White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.
Live Music: “Pet the Monster”
Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell
Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.
Live Music: “Matt Zimmerman”
Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina
Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.
Live Music: “Diane Daly”
The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake
Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25
Live Music: “RetroPhyt”
Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina
Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.
Live Music: “Gretchen Richie”
Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street,
On-the-Square, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 26
Zumba Fitness
Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point
Lookout Road, Callaway) – 6:30 p.m.
No Limit Poker Tourney and Cash
Elk’s Lodge Counseling Service of Hol-
lywood (45779 Fire Department Lane,
Lexington Park) – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Live Music: “Fair Warning”
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch
Road, California) – 5 p.m.
Live Music: “Justin Myles”
Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell
Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.
No Limit Poker Tourney and Cash
Counseling Service of Hollywood (24930
Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Live Music: “Mason Sebastian”
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch
Road, California) – 5 p.m.
Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons
Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road,
Hughesville) – 7 p.m.
St. Mary’s 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
Jan. 7-25, 2013
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
and serve at least one day a
week at a tax site during
tax season.
For more information contact the St. Mary’s County District Coordinator,
Dana Davis by e-mail at
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.
Te St. Mary’s County AARP Tax-Aide Program
provided service to more than 600 taxpayers last tax season at
fve tax sites and saved an average of $60,000 in tax preparation
fees for folks who simply could not aford paid tax assistance.
AARP Tax-Aide is administered by
the AARP Foundation in
cooperation with the IRS.
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The County Times is always looking for more local talent to feature!
To submit art or band information for our entertainment section,
‘From This Day Forward’ at Sotterley
By Alex Panos
Staff Writer
A live holiday performance at Sotterley Plantation
will revisit each Christmas between 1826 and 1885, the
years leading up to and following the Civil War, and
60-years of marriage.
Jeanne Pirtle, playwright and director, says high-
lights of the re-enactment include the visit on Christmas
Day in 1862, after the Battle of Fredericksburg, and the
emancipation of a former slave and his family in 1864.
Audience members will walk through the planta-
tion as the characters around them come to life and act
as they might have during actual events that once took
place on the plantation.
Titled, “From This Day Forward,” the performance
is historically accurate, with the exception of minor
character assumptions.
Pirtle says she took historical facts and documents
to interpret the information, giving the characters life.
“It’s a living history,” she said, comparing simi-
larities to this summer’s “The Choice” of a runaway
slave during the War of 1812. “My goal is to bring more
[quality and research unique to Sotterley] for people to
Sotterley Plantation’s annual candlelight plays are
slated to provide what people have called “better pro-
duction quality than Monticello,” Pirtle said.
She believes watching the play is an unusual op-
portunity to see how lives unfolded during a long period
of time, and the many signifcant events people can live
“People don’t realize how much really happens
during one life span,” Pirtle said.
The shows provide a unique opportunity to learn
about Sotterley’s history while still enjoying traditional
holiday songs and traditions, according to the feedback
Pirtle received last year, her frst year writing the script.
“It’s going to lift your spirit.”
The Family Plantation Christmas, which Pirtle
says is more “geared toward children and families” than
the plays, takes place the following weekend on Dec. 8.
Plantation Christmas features a variety of outdoor,
holiday-themed activities including horse-drawn car-
riage rides, sing along with carolers, holiday crafts, and
numerous outdoor holiday decorations, says Pirtle.
She added, kids will even have an opportunity
to shop for treats from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and shop
for presents in Santa’s shop without their parents, so
the gifts remain a surprise for family members until
Seasonal greens, handcrafted items from the Gar-
den Guild and food from vendors such as Bear Creek
Barbeque will be available for purchase on the property
as well.
The festival takes place from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per
“From this day forward” per-
forms on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
Tickets are available on sotterley.
org for $15 each.
The show runs every 10 minutes,
starting at 6:30 p.m. and do not have a
specifc cut off time.
“We’ll start at 6:30 and depend-
ing on ticket sales, go from there,”
Pirtle said.
Photos courtesy of Sotterley Plantation
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Local Riding Champ Looks to Three-peat
By Alex Panos
Staff Writer
A retired Navy pilot, local resident Ray
Coutley, has changed from fying to horse-
back riding.
Coutley recently won frst place riding
horse Navier “Naven” Stokes and second on
Naven’s sister Ruby’s Work of Art “Geor-
gia” as an amateur rider in the national
quarter horse jumping competition.
Coutley, who spent 20 years as a Navy
offcer and went to Test Pilot School at Na-
val Air Station Patuxent River, won Naven’s
third national championship – also taking
home the frst place golden “globe” trophy
in 2007 and 2010.
Alfred Hewitt, Coutley’s trainer, took
second place riding Naven in the open com-
petition – the professional rounds.
“These are very, very talented horses,”
Coutley said of Naven and his sister, who
are the offspring of his frst horse Ferns
Coutley bought Ruby for $5,000 in
1990 because his girlfriend at the time was
into horses.
After buying Ruby, Coutley began rid-
ing in his spare time.
Just fve years later he was competing
in national competitions, and has been rid-
ing ever since.
Ruby went on to win three national
jumping championships.
“The relationship didn’t work out, but
the horse did,” he said in his home deco-
rated with horse riding trophies, ribbons,
championship belt buckles and frst-place
Riders take their horses through a 12 to
14-piece obstacle course in the frst round,
in hopes of qualifying to the second round
in a shorter, six to eight obstacle course.
The obstacles are three-foot six-inches
high in the amateur rounds and three-foot
nine-inches in the open.
Scoring is based on time and faults, a
slower horse with fewer obstacles knocked
down will fnish higher than a horse with a
faster time.
Coutley works with the horses at least
twice a week during the riding season to
keep them in shape.
Currently employed full-time as a se-
nior analyst at Naval Air Station Patuxent
River, he says he rides whenever he can get
a chance.
“I constantly work on my equestrian
skills,” Coutley said,
adding he continues to
improve his leg posi-
tion, hand position and
controlling the horses’
Coutley travels all
over the east coast to
take part in competitions
and accumulate points.
In the near future,
Coutley plans on breed-
ing the next generation
of elite horse jumpers
through Georgia.
He hopes Naven,
meanwhile, will com-
pete in the Washing-
ton International Horse
Show, because he is
among the elite jumpers
in the nation.
In fact, Naven has
been the high-point
horse in open and ama-
teur jumping for the last
two years.
This year, he anticipates Naven com-
pleting a three-peat.
“It looks like he’s going to win it again
in 2012,” Coutley said. “We don’t think any-
one will catch him.”
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Ray Coutley, center, with frst and second place champs Navier Stokes and Ruby’s Work of Art
Coutley poses with this year’s championship trophies
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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October 1, 2012
Michael Aaron Hayden 23
Leonardtown, Md
Sarah Elaine Cusic 21
Leonardtown, Md
Joshua Allen Carroll 25
Lexington Park, Md
Alondra Danielle Johnson 23
Lexington Park, Md
October 3, 2012
Justin David Raley 24
Lexington Park, Md
Stacy Lynn Price 28
Mechanicsville, Md
Everett Raymond Gantt, Jr., 30
Mechanicsville, Md
Latisha Annette Milburn 23
Leonardtown, Md
October 4, 2012
Wayde Joseph
Peaper, Jr., 33
Mechanicsville, Md
Nicole Jeanine Zios 36
Mechanicsville, Md
George Earl Beall, III 29
Lexington Park, Md
Emma Louise Williams 25
Lusby, Md
John Barron McKendrew, Jr., 49
California, Md
Julie Crenshaw Bicknell 39
California, Md
Kerry Les Stephens 27
Great Mills, Md
Nicole Marie Herlihy 22
Hollywood, Md
Michael Joseph Lilly, Jr., 21
California, Md
Katlin Taylor Murphy 19
California, Md
October 9, 2012
Richard Alvin Truitt, Sr., 54
Mechanicsville, Md
Tonie Marie Cockrell 58
Mechanicsville, Md
Albert Cleveland Huntington,
Jr., 65
Charlotte Hall, Md
Brenda Kay Reithmeyer 54
Leonardtown, Md
October 10, 2012
Jason Scott Pen rod 25
California, Md
Kristin Nicole Bowes 24
California, Md
Jamel Taint Mitchell 29
Bushwood, Md
Kristie Kay Cusic 31
Bushwood, Md
Christian Sarfati 35
Silver Spring, Md
Nicola Chantal Knight 31
Silver Spring, Md
October 11, 2012
Charles Michael
Sines 25
Arnold, Md
Abigail Ann Whitney 29
Arnold, Md
Matthew Joseph Bickert 29
Leesburg, Va
Lauren Marie Delancey 29
Leesburg, Va
October 12, 2012
Christopher Michael Davis 35
California, Md
Jaime Lee Grusholt 30
California, Md
Michael Thomas Blaser 44
Hollywood, Md
Tricia Lea Callis 39
Hollywood, Md
October 15, 2012
Jonathan Robert Shirclife 21
Mechanicsville, Md
Jessica Lorraine Emmart 20
Mechanicsville, Md
October 16, 2012
Jamole Deshoin Skeeter, Sr., 30
Colonial Beach, Va
Shera Nicole Key 26
Colonial Beach, Va
Chris Zook Byler 23
Mechanicsville, Md
Ada L Fisher 19
Mechanicsville, Md
October 17, 2012
Adam Llyod Dyson 28
Coltons Point, Md
Shannon Nicole Smith 31
Coltons Point, Md
October 18, 2012
Brett Tyler Garner 24
Charlotte Hall, Md
Megan Nicole Schroeter 22
LaPlatta, Md
October 19, 2012
Duncan Hugh Rhodes 30
Deale, Md
Camilla Ellen Bergin 31
Deale, Md
Dewayne Maurice
Cutchember 29
California, Md
Krystal Lynn Deats 25
California, Md
Lyle Thomas Smith 28
Patuxent River, Md
Morgan Tracy Brown 23
Piney Point, Md
October 23, 2012
Dana Allen Paterson 56
Lexington Park, Md
Pamela Gallagher Shubert 54
Lexington Park, Md
October 24, 2012
Matthew Ryan Johnson 30
Lusby, Md
Nicole Susan Long
Lusby, Md
October 25, 2012
Charles Robert Thompson 57
Lexington Park, Md
Julie Renee Larocco 47
Lexington Park, Md
October 26, 2012
Edward Reese Snyder 41
Lusby, Md
Elizabeth Lee Ellis 34
Lusby, Md
Michael Vinson Gibbs 25
Mechanicsville, Md
Kelly Marie Seaton 25
Mechanicsville, Md
October 31, 2012
Clayton Warren Moore 34
LaPlata, Md
April Marie Hicks 30
LaPlata, Md
Leroy Jonathan Stoltzfus 25
Mechanicsville, Md
Elizabeth Swarey 22
Mechanicsville, Md
Larry Edward Sams, Jr., 41
Hughesville, Md
Tamara Lynn Richmond 36
Hughesville, Md
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Sheriff Cameron Set to Meet With the
On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m., Sher-
iff Tim K. Cameron will visit with area se-
niors at the Northern Senior Activity Center.
The event is for attendees to hear about ac-
tivities in the area and learn how the Sher-
iff’s offce is making safety a priority for the
community. The session begins at 11 a.m.
followed by lunch at noon. To register for the
event, call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 by noon
on Nov. 28. The lunch menu includes: chick-
en cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, green
bean almondine and blueberry pie. The cost
for lunch is $5.50 for those under 60 and by
donation for those over 60 years old.
“Senior Matters”
On Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10:45 a.m.,
the “Senior Matters” discussion group
will meet at the Northern Senior Activity
Center. This group meets every 1st and
3rd Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. Structured like
a small study or focus group, participants
explore issues and concerns related to ag-
ing in a small group setting. Elizabeth
Holdsworth, LCSW-C, will facilitate a dis-
cussion about seniors and nutrition. Please
contact the center for more information at
301-475-4002, ext. 1001.
Hand Crafted Items for Sale at Loffer
Holiday Bazaar
The arts and crafts programs at
Loffer Senior Activity Center will offer
beautiful, handmade treasures at very
reasonable prices at their holiday bazaar
on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. This one-day event is open to the
public. Take advantage of this great op-
portunity to get some holiday shopping
done. Proceeds from the sale will go to
the arts and crafts council, which sup-
ports programs at Loffer Senior Activity
Center. For more information call 301-
737-5670, ext. 1658.
Introduction to Facebook
In this class at the Garvey Senior
Activity Center on Mondays, Nov. 26
– Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to Noon, you’ll
learn what Facebook is about. Learn how
to set up your own Facebook account.
Use Facebook to fnd friends and con-
nect and share with the people in your
life. Pre-requisite: This class is designed
for the person with basic computer expe-
rience and new to Facebook. Participants
are asked to bring a photo of themselves
saved in digital format. Cost: $10. Space
is limited so register early with the Gar-
vey Senior Activity Center Receptionist.
Payment is due at the time of reservation.
Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1062 for more
Scratch Happy Bingo
Play bingo and win Maryland Lot-
tery Scratch Off Tickets at the Garvey
Senior Activity Center on Wednesday,
Nov. 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost to
play is $1 per bingo card for up to three
cards. Make reservations for this special
bingo by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.
Maybe you will win big in time for the
New Arts & Crafts Class Started at
Loffer Senior Activity Center
Form-a-Line is a unique method of
card embroidery that makes stunning
greeting cards and gifts. A design is
punctured onto card stock then embel-
lished with embroidery foss. Each week
a new design will be featured. For your
frst class, bring $4 to cover supply costs
and a small pair of scissors for snipping
thread. This class meets on Mondays at 1
p.m. For more information, call 301-737-
5670, ext. 1658.
Northern One-Stop Holiday Shoppe
The Northern Senior Activity
Center in Charlotte Hall can make your
holiday shopping easy with an assort-
ment of lovely and useful gifts that
can be wrapped at a courtesy wrap
station (we provide all the supplies.)
All porcelain, ceramics and pottery is
fred in-house and crafted with pride
by programs within the Northern Vil-
lage Arts Studio. Choose from porce-
lain lattice edged plates, ornaments,
Tea Sets for one, three piece tea sets,
nightlight covers, religious pieces and
seasonal ceramics. Functional pottery
is available as pitchers, pots and bowls
with a more rustic touch. Our beaded
treasures sparkle with nightlights and
snowfake ornaments perfect for the
tree or as window dressings. These are
just some of the unique gifts available
if you need something different and are
buying on a budget. More formal gifts/
sets may be able to be customized with
advance notice. Come visit the Center
or call with any questions, 301-475-
4002 ext. 1001.
St. Mary’s Department of Aging
Programs and Activities
Lofer 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.
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29 The County Times
By Linda Reno
Contributing Writer
On April 12, 1866 the
St. Mary’s Gazette reported
“Clement Wathen, Esq., who
left this county during the year
1860, is reported to have died
on the Yazoo River in 1862.
He was several times elected
a Justice of the Peace in this District, prior to his
departure for the South, and was noted for his frank
and ingenuous disposition and for his devotion to
the principles of the State Rights Democracy. He
was a member of the Company raised here by Capt.
R. T. Merrick for service in the Mexican war; and
he returned to us in 1849, an experienced and ac-
complished soldier. He was unanimously chosen
Orderly Sergeant to the “Riley’s Rife,” organized
here in the winter of 1859, and this Company was
greatly indebted to him for the marked effciency it
attained in soldierly bearing and the minutia of the
drill. All here respect the memory of Clement Wa-
then. He has left among us many warm and earnest
friends and a wife and three children to mourn his
untimely demise.”
Missouri (Morgan) Wathen died in Leonard-
town on June 10, 1879. Of the three children of Clem-
ent and Missouri, only Felix (1860-1905, known as F.
Eugene) married, but had no children.
Upon his death, the Maryland Bar Association
said: “F. Eugene Wathen, a member of this associa-
tion, died very suddenly on November 7, 1905, aged
forty-four years. He was originally from St. Mary’s
County and was born in Leonardtown just as the
Civil War commenced. His father was killed in the
celebrated charge of the Second Maryland Confed-
erate Infantry at Gettysburg. (Not true).
The subject of this sketch graduated from St.
John’s College, Annapolis, with highest honors, af-
ter which he made Annapolis his home, studied law,
graduated and settled there ….
Subsequently he purchased the Maryland Re-
publican and edited that paper until his death. He
was examiner and treasurer of the public schools
of Anne Arundel County and took a leading part in
educational matters of the State.
He married Miss Bettie Revell, of Annapolis,
who now survives him.
He was loyal to his friends as a knight of old,
but never showed bitterness to his foes. He was a
good writer, a fair speaker, a warm-hearted com-
panion and in his life typifed the adage that ‘An hon-
est man is the noblest work of God’.”
Bettie died in 1951. She was a founder and, for a
number of years, president of the Alumnae Associa-
tion of St. Mary’s Seminary and Junior College (now
St. Mary’s College of Maryland). At the time of her
death, she was a member of its board of trustees. She
was also historian of the Ark and Dove Society.
Robert Henry Wathen (1833-1871), the youngest
child of Clement and Mary Ann (Spalding) Wathen,
married Mary Priscilla Duke (1840-1887, daughter
of John Duke, Jr. and Mary Ann Dent) in 1855. They
had seven children: Lillian, 1855-1879; Ruth, 1857-
1867; Robert Duke, 1860-1924; Edith, 1867-1926
(married George McCully); Minnie, b. 1867; Mary
S., b. 1870; and Robert H., 1872-aft. 1940.
The Clement Wathen Family, Part II
A Journey Through Time A Journey Through Time
The Chronicle
By Shelby Oppermann
Contributing Writer
I had been noticing that several Facebook friends had been
posting things that they are grateful for in numerical order such as:
Day #1: I am grateful for my family, Day #2 I am grateful for hav-
ing a home to live in, and so on; though I didn’t at frst see that this
was so widespread across the internet. A few times, I thought about
joining in, but the frst time I noticed this thread was about day 9 or
10. I was too far behind to start. But each time I read what someone
else was grateful for I thought, “Well I’m grateful for that too, and
also such & such.” And anyway I found out it was a 30 day challenge
of Thanksgiving for the whole month of November. There was still
time to join in.
This morning I decided to start my 30 day Thanksgiving chal-
lenge on Facebook, and began to write my “catch-up” things I’m
grateful for. The problem is that you can’t stop. You are thankful for
your spouse, your children, step-children, grand-children, siblings, cousins, in-laws
of siblings and cousins, parents that are either still here, or your parents and loved
ones in Heaven, all your friends, your pets, unknown siblings of your pets, unknown
mothers and fathers of your pets, teachers and mentors you’ve had, the trees, the wa-
ter, Earth in all its glory, your church, your warm bed, your home, your car, your stash
of hidden Snickers bars…Wow!
This is a good thing. I believe that Sarah Ban Breathnach started the “Gratitude”
trend in 1995 with the publication of her book, Simple Abundance: A daybook of
Comfort and Joy, and follow-up book, The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude a
few years later. I frst saw her on Oprah promoting the book and immediately bought
Simple Abundance for myself, and a few more for friends. Ms. Ban Breathnach wrote
beautiful essays for all 365 days of the year, and changed my life in many ways; we
even corresponded by old-fashioned letters for a time. Oprah started her gratitude
journey because of this book. I have read and re-read it many times over the years, go-
ing day by day through the year. It is nice to see that social media has also embraced
daily gratitude challenges and posts.
As I read my friend’s posts, I wondered where this particular 30 day gratitude
challenge had begun, and found lots of pages devoted to this. Growing in Gratitude
page was a nice one and the largest by far was the 30 days of Gratitude page; with all
linking back to nice websites. I never did fnd the exact one, but I found so many great
thoughts and quotes that it made me realize again how much the simple things in life
can make you happy. The “God path” in the trails in our front yard and my “God spot”
on Mechanicsville Road can make me unbelievably grateful and manically happy, and
they are simple things. My husband and I spending our Mondays off travelling around
country roads or sharing a steak dinner and a glass of Sangiovese out at the fre pit
are some of the most wonderful things I am grateful for with my husband. Sharing
the last vestiges of my morning tea with ten year old Tidbit is a simple pleasure I am
grateful for, yet fearful that it will end all too soon. My children and grand-children
are sources of endless happiness and gratitude. I am especially grateful for long con-
versations or excursions with my sons – two of the greatest treasures of my life.
And I am grateful for the readers of my column. I know I’ve said it many times,
but in these last four years of writing “Wanderings” I have heard from and met so
many wonderful people through this column. Every letter and visit is appreciated…I
just want to say thank you and how grateful I am to all of you. Have a wonderful,
warm Thanksgiving.
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Sp rts
By Keith McGuire
Contributing Writer
It has happened
at least four times
before and I remem-
ber every detail of
each encounter. Each
big buck provided a
story that I’ve told
over and over again,
and one that I will re-
member for the rest
of my life. Lesser
deer that I’ve taken provided neither the
thrill nor as much excitement. That do-
main is reserved for “The Big Boys.”
I make it a point to be in the woods
on Veterans Day and the days before
and after the holiday every year. It is
the peak of the rut; a time of high deer
activity during their mat-
ing season. I don’t see big
deer on every outing, but
it is not uncommon to see
small bucks and does. The
big bucks tend to remain
elusive. Even when deer
don’t come within shooting
range, it is a time of excite-
ment as they run through
the woods with abandon,
intent on procreating.
The members of the
group who hunt our little
piece of woods have poured
over trail camera photographs of
most of the big bucks frequenting
our woods this year. We’ve identi-
fed each big buck and have given
nicknames to some of the more
spectacular. It is a time of high
anxiety among deer hunters.
On Wednesday morning, like
several days before, I placed doe-
in-estrus scent bombs in three loca-
tions around my stand in the dark,
and took a seat 16 feet high in a tree
stand to see what the woods had in store
for this day. The sun came up slowly, re-
vealing a beautiful morning, crisp and
clear with seasonably mild temperatures.
The winds were light from the North, and
the new moon was set to rise at 7:29 a.m.
I contemplated the cool pleasure of being
in the woods at this time of year.
Then I heard it. Grrrruuuunnnnttt! I
strained to look through the woods over
my left shoulder in the direction of the
unmistakable sounds of a buck in pursuit
of a ready doe. Long periods of silence
and mild grunts followed. I could only
catch glimpses of the pair and I was not
at all sure that they would head in my
direction. The little doe soon appeared,
tentative, in a small clearing just 30 yards
She was quickly followed by “The
Big Boy” intent on keeping her attention
as she moved on. He was oblivious to any
other details of his surroundings. I didn’t
recognize this one from the trail camera
pictures, but he was spectacular.
This was my chance. Can I hit this
target at 30 yards? I released the arrow
and watched in slow motion as it carried
to the buck. A perfect hit. The big buck
bolted off 80 yards and I watched him
fall. I checked the time: 7:26 a.m.
I was fumbling, knowing that I had to
wait at least 30 minutes before going after
him. I quietly sent a text to hunting bud-
dies, none of whom hunted on this morn-
ing, “I got him! I don’t recognize him! He
is BIG!” Time passed while I dealt with a
barrage of text replies until I was able to
get down. Tracking him to where he fell, I
realized that help would be needed to get
this one out of the woods. Easily over 200
pounds on the hoof, a day of heavy lifting
was upon me now.
Keith has hunted wild game and
waterfowl in Maryland and other states
for more than 45 years. When the fsh-
ing season wanes, you will fnd him in the
woods until deer season fnishes.
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