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- Vice Admiral David Dunaway at The Patuxent Partnership meeting this week


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Patrick Guy (Mechanicsville), Adams grandfather, contributes a sample for testing to see if he is a match for a necessary bone marrow donation.


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Launching crew prepares the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) for its first land-based catapult launch Nov. 29 from Patuxent River, Md. (U.S. Navy photo)

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ews Inmates Release Sparks Internal Investigation

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Come Sing and Come Play, But Try Not to Flinch When You Meet the Green Grinch!!

The commander of the countys Adult Detention Center is under an administrative investigation after details surrounding the release of an inmate convicted of vehicular manslaughter two months into his incarceration. In response to a news story in local newspapers, States Attorney Richard Fritz issued a press release Nov. 30 stating that Capt. Michael Merican lied when he claimed personnel under his command had acted properly in trying to keep an inmate in jail for a serious crime but was overruled by the states parole commission. The County Times reported on the release of Jarron Jennings, of Glenn Dale, after the family complained that they were not informed of a hearing at the jail back in October. In need of knee surgery, Jennings requested a hearing and was granted parole by two visiting parole commissioners from the state. He will serve out five more months and serve at least one day a in home detention; he was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crash that killed Richard Jackson at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek in 2010 week at a tax site during but that sentence was reduced to just 18 months. tax season. At the center of the issue is whether the States Attorneys Office furnished a victim notification form to the jail to ensure that both they and the victims parents were informed of Jennings situation. AARP Tax-Aide is administered by Fritzs office maintains they provided such a form, while Merican told reporters the AARP Foundation in last week that they received no such thing. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron opened an official investigation into the matter cooperation with the IRS. based on the statements from Fritz. Cameron did not place Merican on administrative leave. Tax sites are located throughout the County. Training and the majority of He stated emphatically that Capt. Merican lied on several occasions, Cameron said referencing the chief prosecutors letter. Weve now opened up an official adminsite work are held during normal working hours during the work week. istrative investigation and that would include Capt. Merican. Occasional service events are scheduled for evenings and Saturdays. Cameron said last week that he was going to initiate such an investigation into how Jennings was released but now with the allegations it has widened. For more information contact the St. Marys County District Coordinator, Cameron said the research into the matter thus far has shown that a victim notification form had been included with the Jennings indictment back in September 2011 Dana Davis by e-mail at but that it was not the jail commanders responsibility to inform the parents or the states attorneys office of any parole hearing, rather it was the parole commissions job. Parole Commission officials said last week that they also had not received any victim notification form in the Jennings case. In his letter Fritz stated that Merican lied on three points: first that he had made a proposal to get Jennings his surgery Special Who-Feast and rehabilitation out of the jail and then bring him back in to serve the remainder of his 18-month sentence but that prosecuWho Crafts: Cookie tors rejected the plan. Orament Decorating Second, Fritz indicated that Merican didnt tell the truth when he suggested that if his plan had been followed the prisoner would still be in jail. Showing the animated Third, Fritz wrote that Mericans statement that the jail version of The Grinch never received a victim notification form was a lie. who stole Christmas Fritz said that his office had rejected any plans to allow Jennings on home detention. An appearance from the When the States Attorneys Office and the court refused Grinch Himself!!!! an early release of the defendant the local detention center officials sought an end-run around the judicial system by recomDont forget your camera! mending an early release to the State Parole commission, Fritz wrote. The local detention center officials purposefully refused to notify the victims of their request because they knew that in the face of a strong objection from the States Attorneys Office and the family, the state Parole Commission would have denied their request for an early parole. Cameron said he was anxious to see the situation resolved with answers as to exactly what happened. I anticipate well move on this quickly, Cameron said. He [Merican] is regarded statewide as an expert on best corRuddy Duck Brewery & Grill 13200 Dowell Road, Dowell MD 20929 rectional practices. His performance has been exemplary.

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Residents Oppose Park and Ride

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The proposed park and ride facility on Route 6 in New Market has drawn the ire of residents living close. The increased traffic and its proximity close to Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School make it a bad choice of site for the states project, according to residents. Speakers complained that the state has ignored them thus far in the process by denying them a public hearing on the project, instead only allowing them to see drafts of what the state planned to do. County Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach), who has opposed the construction of the park and ride facility farther north in Mechanicsville on Golden Beach Road, told residents at a Tuesday night public forum that he had no problem saying no to the state on the New Market project because of all the other mandates the state is forcing on the county such as septic system restrictions, decreased lots in minor subdivisions and the Watershed Implementation Plan. Enough is enough, Jarboe said. Jack Bailey, a police officer who spoke against the project, said that parents are worried about security at the proposed site, which would be located off of Route 6 on the same land as a county waste collection convenience center, which has only one way in and one way out. He said the locations removal from close inspection on the roadway but its close proximity to the elementary school through the woods could provide a stalking ground for criminals and even child predators. Crime will increase with this park and ride, Bailey told commissioners. This is a danger for our children. He and other residents said they believed the state would try to move ahead on the project without even engaging the community for its opinion. We were never contacted, we were never part of the process, Bailey said. This thing has just been shoved down our throats. Charlotte Hall-based developer John Parlett pitched his alternate proposal for a site on Route 5 further south as more practical. The land owned by Dennis Burch could be purchased by the state for the cost of all the road improvements they would have to do at the New Market site, he said, and the traffic increase could be better absorbed on the busier and wider stretch of Route 5. Parlett has argued that the current site proposed by the state would create an extra 1,000 vehicle trips 500 coming and 500 leaving on a road that, according to state traffic numbers from 2011, has 3,203 trips a day. That same level of traffic increase would have much less impact at the Route 5 site, he said, because that road already has more than 29,000 vehicle trips on it. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said that the residents concerns at the forum prompted him to take a hard look at alternatives to the site but he said he always opposed the idea of 500-car facilities as too large for county roads to effectively handle. He said the design of the one under construction now in Charlotte Hall on Golden Beach road also was a one-way-in-one-way-out design that was flawed in the same way as the New Market plan. The county might have leverage on the state to stall the project he said, because it requires the county to sign a memorandum of understanding whereby the state would build the site but the county would maintain it. If the county refused to sign off then the state might

A local developer has proposed an alternate site on Route 5 to the one in New Market that he believes would be a better park and ride facility.

not move ahead, Morris said, because they would not want the added responsibility and expense. If we dont take care of it then they have to take care of it, he said. They dont want to do that. The parcel on Route 5 might be a good alternative, he said, but he added that county roads still needed to

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that much of the county is still suffering from drought conditions despite heavy rains earlier this fall. The data, as of Nov. 25, shows that Mechanicsville is more than five inches below its normal level of rainfall while the Patuxent River area is nearly four inches below its normal moisture level. Amy Farrell, executive director for the countys Farm Service Agency, said that farmers have already harvested the main crops of corn and soybeans for the season and have been busy planting winter crops like wheat, barley and rye to either harvest for grain in the spring or use as a cover crop. They always try to stop soil erosion, Farrell said, adding that it is too early to tell the fate of the winter wheat crop here in St. Marys but the effects it had on the corn crop were severe. Whatever damage it was going to do its done, she said. We havent had a decent [rainfall] year in a long time. Corn was very bad. The past five years have seen low rain-

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fall amounts for St. Marys, she said, and that meant a concurrent lowering in the averages for corn crop yields farmers could expect. This year was particularly low, she said, since the average yield per acre throughout the county was between just 20 to 60 bushels of corn per acre. Farm service agency officials are used to seeing as many as 120 bushels per acre under normal conditions, Farrell said. The local conditions mirrored those of the country in that much of the nation was scorched by drought and grain crops, critical for food staples and as feed for livestock, suffered. Prices for grains correspondingly went up, Farrell said. Local farmer Tommy Bowles said that high grain prices may not be able to sustain farmers for many more seasons. The prices are where we can manage but we have to have something to sell, Bowles said. The drought has got us worried. Were going to need some moisture or snow.

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County Approves Breweries, New Subdivision Rules
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a new text amendment allowing breweries in the rural preservation district. A previous passage of text amendments for wineries and distilleries proved successful with producing award-winning wines. Brewers can sell their own beer on the farm premises, according to the new rules, but any other alcoholic beverage is forbidden from sale. Brewery operators are allowed to produce up to 15,000 barrels of beer each calendar year; special events at the brewery are permitted but the operator must first obtain a permit from the Maryland Office of the Comptroller before the event. Those events can take place for a maximum of 12 hours between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., according to the text change. Operators can receive a maximum of 12 event permits during a year. In other business, the board approved a measure that allows minor subdivisions in the rural preservation district to increase to seven lots. That new subdivision rule took advantage of a time lag left by a new state law that would have restricted minor subdivisions to just five lots if the county had not acted by Dec. 31. The state rule is meant to restrict the proliferation of septic systems in rural areas that have been targeted as significant pollution sources of nitrogen and phosphorus. Several county leaders have disputed that notion but acted to ensure that rural landowners would still be able to build more on their property than the state would have allowed.

Commissioners Balk at Jail Project Costs

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County elected leaders balked at the price tag of the county detention center renovation and expansion when they learned that the cost was much higher than they initially planned. The overages were so large that they considered not incurring any more debt to build the until sending the project back to another bid. County records show that if the county moves ahead with the fifth housing pod, the shortfall would equal $7.227 million; if they chose to move ahead with other renovations without the extra space for inmates then the shortfall would be $5.6 million. The Board of County Commissioners made no decisions this week at their first budget work session of the fiscal 2014 budget year but seemed to lean towards renegotiating the deal. The project is set to be a 50/50 project with the state but the state has not authorized any more grant funding for the project, leaving the county on its own for now. The county finance office estimates that the states funding for the $7.67 million project would be $2 to $3 million. Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said that the costs were becoming too great to move ahead with the full project and too much to consider more debt. We need to put that additional back in [to the capital budget] to pay down the debt, Jarboe said. Commissioner Daniel Morris (R-Mechanicsville) supports renovations to the jail for security reasons but opposes any more bed space at the jail. The size of the thing and the overages is the problem, he said. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George Island) said the county should try to make the project work as the countys population is only growing. We can devise ways to pay for this, Russell said. St. Marys County needs the infrastructure. We need to try to salvage this project if we can.

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Weaknesses in County EMS Response
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Each of St. Marys volunteer rescue squads operate with virtual autonomy, often cooperating with one another, according to a recent report. However, the report, two years in the making, concludes there is little standardization of policies or procedures making it easier for companies strained for personnel and resources to help each other. The committee that completed the report included representation from volunteers and staff county emergency medical services companies, law enforcement, the county health department and MedStar St. Marys Hospital. Theyre basically autonomous, theres no county oversight, said Dr. Richard Alcorta, the states EMS director. Tuesday Alcorta told the Board of County Commissioners that the county must provide oversight to all the volunteer rescue squads and other medical responders like the Advanced Life Support unit to meet stringent new standards to reduce response times. Alcorta said that some squads are missing their first due areas of responsibility, relying on other squads to take emergency calls. Thats the problem, were calling and calling but no ones coming, Basic life support units should answer emergencies in 10 minutes or less. Advanced life support has 14 minutes or less, Alcorta said Those should be your benchmarks. To meet these benchmarks means retaining the volunteers and encouraging them to not quit or take their skills to other jurisdictions for paid positions. The county should consider measures such as tax breaks for businesses that allow employees to answer calls and continue to fund the training and education for volunteers. Alcorta praised responders for being tremendously engaged to provide services; however, he recognizes many were being pressed to their limits. Some of our providers are getting burned out, Alcorta said.

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Shutdown to Occur Saturday Morning
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will close the MD 234 (Budds Creek Road) bridge over Allens Fresh Run in Charles County this Saturday, December 8 to inspect and resurface the bridge. This is the temporary bridge which was installed in 2011 following severe storm damage from Hurricane Irene. To ensure the safety of workers and motorists, SHA must close MD 234 at the bridge for approximately 12 hours, from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday morning. While the closure is relatively short, SHA understands the importance of this route and the need to maintain well-signed access between Charles and St. Marys Counties. Electronic message signs will be placed alerting motorists to the upcoming work this week, and detour signs will be in place this weekend to guide motorists around the work zone via statemaintained roads (MD 6 and MD 236). SHA will also employ traditional and social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook) to advertise the closure. Emergency responders in both counties, as well as the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, will be notified as well. Design of the permanent MD 234 replacement structure is nearly complete. SHA expects to advertise this project for bid in the spring with construction anticipated to begin next summer. Note construction of the new bridge will take place in two phases, allowing SHA to maintain MD 234 traffic on the temporary bridge with no anticipated closures during construction.

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Pax River Opens for Craft Fair

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Crafters reinvented themselves this year during the annual craft fair at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, said Coordinator Dhyana Mackenzie. In addition to handmade jewelry, which is always bountiful at the fair, there were woodworks, clothing, scrapbooks, photographs, food dips and even string puppets on hand. One woman [crafted] beautiful mermaids, Mackenzie said of items at the Customized Creations fair. Another had fairies. I had never seen that before. In recent years, Mackenzie noticed a dip in certain items at the fair. Due in large part to mass production and manufacturing everyone was turning to jewelry she says. However last year, and even more so this year, there has been more variety. Thousands of people filtered through the base drill hall, where 170 different vendors set up display tables collectively covering an entire volleyball court and nearly four full-length basketball courts. Shoppers walked through the rows of merchandise leaving little room to navigate around all the rows of people shopping eyeballing, touching and searching through a number of homemade and handmade items created by members of the community Mackenzie believes the events popularity is a result 35 years of word-of-mouth. So many people know about the show, Mackenzie explained of the large turnout, and come year after year. The general public received base access to attend the fair by riding through the gates on shuttle buses. Mackenzie says it is a bona fide goal of theirs to allow everyone in the community the opportunity to shop at one of the countys largest craft festivals. Customized Creations makes sure people are bused in so that everyone can

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go, she said. Vendors, required to be associated with people on base, registered for space by contacting Customized Creations. As long as items are homemade or handmade, they can put them in the show, Mackenzie said, now in her 20th year as the craft fair coordinator. Along with vendors selling holiday themed merchandise, the fair maintained a Christmas atmosphere for kids by providing a build-your-own gingerbread man station, and a meet and greet with Santa Claus. Children wrote lists to Santa, received candy canes and decorated nearly 150 gingerbread men in the two and a half hours Mackenzie was working the station. They love the gingerbread table, she said. I had parents come up to me all day saying their kids look forward to

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Students Prepare Biggest Spread in St. Marys

By Alex Panos Staff Writer This Saturday culinary and graphic communications students are putting on a breakfast with Santa, featuring the biggest spread in St. Marys County, according to Amanda Granados, culinary arts instructor. In fact, Granados says the spread may even be the largest in Southern Maryland. Students of the culinary program are preparing an enormous breakfast at the Forrest Career and Technology Center featuring pancakes, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, cream-chipped beef, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, pan-fried potatoes, pastries and fruit bowls. An omelet bar will be available as well. All food is cooked and served by nearly 45 culinary students, who have been prepping the meal this week. They will begin cooking the meal at 5 a.m., says Granados. Santas arrival is expected to be the highlight for many kids, says Granados, and parents may snap their own shots or have the centers graphic communications students take photos while their children share holiday desires with the big guy. Were trying to keep it budget friendly, Granados said of the decision to allow parents to bring their own cameras, although she noted the fee to have the students take pictures is small. Kids can enjoy puppet shows and color-in pictures as they wait in line for Santa. After a meet and greet with Santa, kids have an opportunity to visit Santas workshop to purchase small gifts such as jewelry and figurines for their loved ones. Granados says the item prices range from 50 cents to $13.25, with most items falling within a $1 to $3 range. The morning is bound to be fun for the whole family, says Granados. Along with the giant spread to eat, kids will be entertained by a number of constant activities, and she believes all adults will enjoy seeing the kids have a great time. Everyone seems to leave happy, she said. The event is a fundraiser for the centers chapter of SkillsUSA a series of national competitions for students to evaluate their abilities in a specific job fields including cooking, dentistry, nursing and photography.

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer Joseph Urgo, president of St. Marys College, was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Presidents Council earlier this week. The council is primarily responsible for managing the divisions committee structure and supervising the divisions Management Council. It is the governing body of the nation-wide Division III athletics program. The current 15-member council recently received approval to expand the group to 18. Urgo will be filling one of the newly created job openings. According to a press release, the council desired to expand on their current number due to the increasing number of athletes and schools in the division. Adding members helps represent the growing enrollment and inclusion of Division III schools. Joes extensive educational and administrative background, as well as his current service on the divisions Presidents Advisory Group, make him an ideal candidate for council service, said Dan Dutcher, Division III vice president, in the press release. Urgo, who has been a member of the councils advisory group since 2011, will serve a two-year term beginning in May. He will be eligible in 2015 to be reappointed for a four-year term. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve more than 400 NCAA Division III institutions throughout the country, Urgo said, in a press release, of the collegiate sports division consisting of 444 schools and more than 170,000 student-athletes. The NCAAs long-standing history of supporting and promoting academic excellence among student-athletes is a core value I couldnt be more proud to uphold. St. Marys College is part of the Capital Athletic Conference, a division which includes nine four-year, co-educational schools.
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SMCPS Acquires Flight Academy

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Students will be flying planes and working the control room next year in St. Marys County. They will utilize high tech, life-like simulations of flying in the cockpit of an aircraft, controlling missions from base and working air traffic control at the school systems latest acquisition the National Flight Academy. The flight simulator is real-life, Superintendent Michael Martirano said. Students are actually testing it out to see if this is really what they want to do [for a career]. The course is expected to take off by the start of the 2013 school year, according to Martirano. The Academy will be housed at the Forrest Technology Center, and initially be offered to middle school students. Martirano says as courses develop, they will eventually offer opportunities to high school students. The initiative is part of St. Marys County Public Schools continuing focus on providing science and technology opportunities for students. Part of the Academys goal is to encourage students to pursue more challenging courses in mathematics, engineering, science and technology. In addition to the flying simulations, the course will require students to complete math calculations and other engineering problems associated with the missions. Were preparing kids for 21st century classrooms, Martirano said, citing the recent $2.5 million grant the schools received to implement computer tablets throughout the countys classrooms. This adds to it. He continued, Its [the flight academy courses] going to be hands on, simulated problem solving experiences, using the missions to teach the lessons. Along with bringing more technology into the classroom, the courses provide an opportunity for students to decide on a career choice. The Patuxent Partnership is playing a crucial role in getting the ball rolling on the flight academy. They agreed to donate $250,000, a grant given to them by the Naval Air Warfare Center, to begin the academy. The seed money will get the program off the ground, providing funding for hardware and software installations along with all other necessary equipment. The partnership works on implementing science and technology into the community, including educational initiatives, to Photo courtesy of the National Flight Academy support workforce development. Martirano says the initiative shows the Students in St. Marys will soon have access to a National Flight Academy partnerships desire to encourage and inMartirano says specifics for the program will be defluence students in the county to stay within the county termined in the coming weeks. when they enter the labor force. The educational opportunities for our students in They approached me, Martirano conceded. This Southern Maryland are unbelievable, he concluded. was not on my radar. Our kids continue to win every day. Up next, the school system must coordinate with all the stakeholder groups, construct the classroom and iden- tify staff for flight academy training.

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Police: Man Robs Drug Dealer

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Marys detectives charged a Leonardtown man with robbery and second-degree assault after he allegedly lured a drug dealer to his home Dec. 3 and beat robbed him of cash. Lee Kitwell Clark, 26, was released on bail this week but faces up to 15 years in jail for the robbery charge if convicted. According to an application for a statement of charges filed by Det. David Alexander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Clark arranged to purchase illegal drugs from his supplier, named in court documents as James Wyatt, at Clarks own home on Connelly Street. When the two met a confrontation ensued, court papers stated, when Clark allegedly produced a handgun that had been concealed in his waistband. The two got into a struggle over the weapon, police stated, and Clark used the handgun to strike Wyatt on the head, knocking him to the ground. Clark then started kicking Wyatt repeatedly while he was down, police alleged, and then took $300 from the victim. Alexander wrote in charging papers that when he interviewed Clark about the robber and assault the defendant admitted his involvement. Clark acknowledged his involvement in setting up the false drug deal, assaulting the victim and hiding the weapon after the offense, Alexander wrote.
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Trespassing On November 28, 2012 deputies responded to a disturbance at the Best Western Hotel in Leonardtown and as a result of this call, Joseph Allen Prettyman, 52, of Oxford, Maryland and Matthew Cory Patterson, 52, of Trapp, Maryland were issued no trespassing notices and told to leave the property. A short time later, deputies were called back to the hotel because Prettyman and Patterson had returned to the property in violation of the notice not to trespass, police alleged. Prettyman and Patterson were arrested and charged with trespassing. Theft and Disorderly Conduct On November 28, 2012 Austin Michael Cole, 22, of Easton got alcoholic beverages at a local pub in Leonardtown but left the business without paying for his beverages and went to a local hotel where he became loud and disorderly, police alleged. His disorderly conduct was disturbing other guests. The hotel manger asked him several times to quiet down. When Cole refused to quiet down he was asked to leave. Cole refused to leave. Deputies responded to the disturbance and Cole was identified as the individual who left the local pub without paying for his purchases. Cole was arrested and charged with theft and disorderly conduct. Theft On November 29, 2012 deputies responded to the Wal-Mart in California, for a report of a theft in progress. Matthew Warren Beard, 32, of no fixed address removed toys from the shelves, passed all points of purchase and exited the store without paying for the merchandise, police alleged. Wal-Marts Loss Prevention Officers attempted to stop and detain Beard but he fled in a silver vehicle, police said. A lookout was broadcast and the vehicle was stopped as it attempted to leave the Wal-Marts parking lot. Beard was identified and arrested for theft under $1,000. Second Degree Assault On November 29, 2012 deputies responded to a residence on Valley Court in Lexington Park, for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed John Ignatius Robinson, 40, of Lexington Park, be-


came involved in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Robison allegedly slapped and choked the victim. Robinson was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. False Statement to a Police Officer On November 29, 2012 deputies observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Jones Wharf Road in Hollywood but before deputies could stop the vehicle, the driver accelerated and deputies temporarily lost sight of the vehicle. A short time later, deputies found the vehicle on Jones Wharf Road at Pine Ridge Court. The vehicle had been involved in a crash and the driver had left the scene. A short time later, Ozah Reginald Maduabuchi, 22, of Hollywood, the owner of the vehicle, reported the vehicle stolen. Further investigation revealed the vehicle had not been stolen but Maduabuchi had lied to the deputies, police alleged. Maduabuchi was arrested and charged with making a false statement to a police officer. Second Degree Assault On November 29, 2012 deputies responded to the area of St. Andrews Church Road in California for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Krystal Anne Carter, 27, of Leonardtown, was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Carter allegedly struck the victim in the face and bit the victim. Carter was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. Violation of a Protective Order On September 18, 2012 a Protective Order was issued and served on Jerome Daniels, Jr., 35, of Lexington Park. The protective order, ordered no contact between Daniels and the petitioner of the order. On December 1, 2012 deputies responded to a residence on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park for a trespassing complaint. The victim, who was also the petitioner of the September 18th Protective Order, reported Daniels had trespassed on her property in violation of the order. Daniels allegedly fled the property before the deputies arrived but he was located a short time later in the area. Daniels was arrested and charged with violating the conditions of a protective order.

No DUI Stopped at Checkpoint

On Nov. 30 the St. Marys County Sheriffs Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint in the area of Three Notch Road and Charlotte Hall Road in Charlotte Hall. More than 700 vehicles 706 in all passed through the two-hour checkpoint. One operator was temporarily detained for suspicion of impaired driving, however; the operator preformed satisfactorily on the standardized field sobriety test and was released. In addition, seven other vehicles were stopped and issued various citations and warnings for violations ranging from minor traffic offenses up to suspended drivers licenses violations.

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer Singing, dancing audience participation and a twist of magic highlight this years Gracies Guys and Gals Holly Jolly Musical Revue, according to Gracie Myles, owner of Gracies dance studio. When the show ends, kids in attendance will meet Santa and all his friends who were a part of the play. The seventh year of the show is changing up a little bit, said Myles, the plays primary writer. It is more condensed now, consisting of only the best scenes, and includes a lot of magical moments sure to capture the imagination of every child in the crowd. In the musical, a little girl asks Jack Frost to make it snow, although he first needs permission from Santa Claus, who unfortunately is on vacation at the time. Frost does not want to bother the big guy while he is on vacation, which leads to conflict between he and the child. The girl decides to seek Santa out by herself, encountering dancing hip-hop

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Local Musical Resembles Disney Productions

elves, a variety of characters including the famous Grinch who stole Christmas and the areas most popular magician, SuperMagic Man Reggie Rice, along the way. Rice uses a great deal of crowd interaction, says Myles, and brings a number of magical surprises making things really come alive. The musical resembles a Disney production because of all the magical moments, she says. In addition to the magic, the show is filled with one-liner comedy. Jingles, a loveable yet ever in-theway horse, constantly interrupts the show in ways that cause laughter and lighthearted fun. Jingles is kind of a nuisance in a way, Myles said. Jack Frost hands out cards to kids in the crowd and asks them to hold them high in the air as he sings. Kids really enjoy the play year in and year out. Myles says they sit in awe, for the entire hour and a half of the show, with their

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

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To The Editor
their constituents is only concerned with the problems of the world and plays games with what is needed by their constituents. Why does Congress concern themselves with the problems of the world and neglects our own countrys problems? Why does Congress give most of the taxpayer monies to other countries of the world? Maybe we should return to the Monroe Doctrine for a period of time and maybe our country would become prosperous again. Without this countrys financial aid can the world make it? Give all American a chance to make it instead of only the upper one percent having all the advantages. Daniel J. Wilson Leonardtown

More Government Support for Business

Over the last year, I read in local papers the long and continuous battles that McKays had to fight with local government bureaucrats to get approval to modify the grocery store on Hollywood Road into the new upscale Market and Cafe. I went to this new store for the grand opening on Nov. 30 and I was very impressed. It is well done and fills a niche meats, seafood, bakery, deli, food bar, brick oven pizza, wines and more. Check it out! You may be as please with the experience as I was. We need to have local government bureaucrats that are more supportive of such projects to serve the community rather than being obstructionists. It was only through perseverance and determination, and unnecessary expenditures and delays, that McKays was able to bring this vision to reality. Government bureaucrats need to have more vision. Please support local businesses like McKays that are willing to take risks in spite of the hurdles. Joe Wible Sr. Leonardtown

Why Doesnt Congress Focus on U.S.?

The Presidential Election and Thanksgiving Day are over. We are thankful for most of the things we received during the past year. Some of the things we received during the past year. Some of the things remain the same, our Royal Congress, Emperor and Empress and the same do-nothing Congress. Congresss latest game is the Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation. Our lackadaisical Congress has to vote on a bill to extend the continuation of tax breaks for the poor and the middle class taxpayers of this nation by the first of the New Year. The Politicians do not care which way it goes, as they are safe in their Ivory Towers. It mystifies me that a Congress elected by

12 Years Not Enough Education

I am a first generation college student. Most people in my family have been blue-collar workers and military servicemen with only a high school diploma, some not even that much. Thanks to the hard work of my family and myself, I can take a different route. I moved away from my home in Hollywood, Maryland in 2010 and I enrolled at Regent University in Virginia Beach to have a chance at a better life than what my parents had. When I signed up for classes I was surprised by the many core subject requirements. Before I could really dive into my intended major of communications, I had to take 16 courses in a diverse array of fields. The first year and a half of my education was spent filling many of these general education classesmany of which I probably wouldnt have chosen to take on my own. But it was through these courses that I was able to dig deeper into a wide range of subjects, and ultimately succeed in my upper level courses. I continue to benefit from this broad array of knowledge that Regent requires. As a student, I was proud to learn that my school received an A rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for strength of core curriculum. Only 21 schools in the nationout of 1070were awarded with this grade. Since this is my junior year at this institution I can attest as to why this grade is so well deserved. The study, What Will They Learn? doesnt rate schools based on alumni giving, Greek life or party school identifications. Its all about what we will learn, and how well be prepared for the future. The rating is based on requirements in seven core classes that are key to a strong educational foundation: math, literature, composition, science, economics, foreign language and American history/government. Schools with at least six requirements receive an A. Regent gets credit in six of these courses, and a stronger requirement on foreign language could make Regent just the fourth in the nation to get credit in all seven subjects. I would be proud to see Regent take that next step. Some say that after 12 years of learning in these core subjects, more education in these areas is no longer needed. But according to an American history survey of college graduates, less than half could identify World War II as the war in which the Battle of the Bulge occurred. Only 17 percent knew the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation. And though young people have voted in record numbers in recent years, only 38 percent could identify the term lengths for the members of Congress for whom they cast ballots. Regent University requires a history class to be taken before graduation. I took mine in my first semester of college. We learned about Americas history from Christopher Columbus landing until Reconstructionand it was much more than what I learned previously. For the first time history was actually interesting and exciting to me. I gained a better understanding of how and why our country came about beyond just learning names and dates. On top of that, it introduced me to college level writing, which has helped me land internships in Washington, D.C. This decline in education is disturbing. It makes me genuinely ask the question What are we learning? Parents, students and taxpayers are paying for students to receive an education. So am I. In fact, were already spending more per student than almost any other nation on earth. Good jobs are scarce and competition fierce. Without the skills and knowledge that employers demand, we may continue on the same sad track, where half of recent college graduates are jobless or unemployed. My academic experience at Regent has been difficult at times, but incredibly satisfying. I have found myself challenged and questioning what I thought I knewand thats exactly what college should be about. Its not about dates and memorization. Its not about having to decide on a career freshman year and ignoring the other interesting topics colleges have to offer. Its about finding your passion and learning as much as you can about a wide range of topics before facing the world. Elizabeth Morrison Hollywood, Md.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012


Introduction: Navy Unmanned Combat Air System

The mission of the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) Aircraft Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) is to mature technologies for a carrier (CV) suitable, low observable (LO) relevant, unmanned air system (UAS), while reducing risk for UAS carrier integration and developing the critical data necessary to support potential follow-on acquisition programs.

In the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review, the Navy was directed to restructure the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) program and develop an unmanned, longer- range carrier-based aircraft capable of being air-refueled to provide greater aircraft carrier standoff capability, to expand payload and launch options, and to increase naval reach and persistence. The Navy UCAS program will develop and demonstrate a CV suitable, LO relevant, unmanned air system in support of persistent, penetrating surveillance, and penetrating strike capability in high threat areas. The Navy UCAS program

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X47B in the air: X47B testing started at Ewards Air Force Base, Calf. in 2011, moved to Pax River NAS during 2012, and will continue on the air craft carriers in 2013.

will evolve technologies required to conduct Launch, Recovery, and Carrier Controlled Airspace (CCA) operations and Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an LO platform. In FY13, the Navy plans to achieve UCAS CV demonstration objectives. In FY14, the Navy plans to achieve probe & drogue (USN style) and boom/receptacle (USAF style) AAR demonstration with an unmanned platform. The X-47B made a successful first flight in February 2011 and is now at NAS Patuxent River, Md., undergoing shorebased carrier suitability testing in preparation for sea trials in 2013.

Overall Length: 38.2 feet Wingspan: 62.1 Feet Height: 10.4 feet Aircraft Carrier Takeoff Gross Weight: approximately 44,500 pounds Speed: High subsonic Power Plant: one Pratt & Whitney F100220U engine Payload Provisions: 4500 pounds, plus allowance for electro-optical, infrared, radar and electronic support measures sensors Autonomous Aerial Refueling Provisions: US Navy and US Air Force styles Contractor: Northrop Grumman Corporation Information from


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First X-47B UCAS Catapult Launch Makes Naval Aviation History

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator successfully completed its inaugural land-based catapult launch on Patuxent River Naval Air Station on Nov. 29, marking the start of a new era for naval aviation. Carrier-based unmanned aircraft will change the concept of operations for the carrier-controlled airspace, said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. The N-UCAS programs goal is to demonstrate integration of an unmanned aircraft into a carrier environment and reduce technical risk associated with developing potential future unmanned, carrier-compatible systems. The Navys first-ever steam catapult launch of the pilotless X-47B ensures the vehicle can structurally handle the rigors of the unique and stringent aircraft carrier environment. The X-47B shore-based catapult launch we witnessed here today will leave a mark in history, said Vice Adm. David Dunaway, NAVAIR commander. We are working toward the future integration of unmanned aircraft on the carrier deck, something we didnt envision 60 years ago when the steam catapult was first built here. Since the birth of naval aviation, engineers have relied on experienced test pilots to help evaluate aircraft flying qualities and structural suitability. Today, the Navy UCAS integrated test team relied solely on data from a preprogrammed automated X-47B aircraft to achieve these data points. This test, in addition to the extensive modeling and simulation done prior to today, gives us great confidence in the

The X-47B prepares for its inaugural catapult shot Nov. 29 at Patuxent River, Md.

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X-47Bs ability to operate on the flight deck, said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, the Navy UCAS program manager. The combined Navy and Northrop Grumman team will continue groundbased catapult verification and final flight software validation at Pax River before embarking on USS Harry S. Truman

(CVN 75) later this month for its initial sea trials. The Navy will use the X-47B to demonstrate the first carrier-based launches and recoveries by an autonomous, unmanned aircraft in 2013. We are breaking new ground with the development of a carrier-based sys-

tem that enables launch and recovery support of an unmanned platform off a carrier flight deck, Engdahl said. Every test we are conducting at Pax River and at sea is a historic milestone for naval aviation. Story from

Local Sailors Celebrate Veterans

Resident Veterans of Cedar Lane Senior Living Community celebrated Veterans Day with U.S. Navy sailors from the VQ-4 Security Detachment at NAS Patuxent River, MD. This is the second year sailors from VQ-4 have helped celebrate Veterans Day at Cedar Lane. Sailors who participated this year included: MA2(AW) Tricia Scanlon, MA2 (EXW) Cody Miller, MA2 Kim Powell, MA3 James Kane IV, MA3 Erica Love, MA3 Austin Schuler, MA3 Dahlia Torres, MASN Alysa Alkire, and MASN Maddyson Towne. Cedar Lane residents enjoyed sharing stories and learning what life is like in todays military for these young sailors.
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Pax River Projects Catapulting Navy into The Future

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The new commander of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Vice Admiral David Dunaway said that his vision for the $40 billion a year acquisition arm of the U.S. Navy is to provide the best weapons systems available to war fighters in the fleet. He said he wanted the people under his command and supporting contractors to focus on providing the best value for every dollar of tax payer money spent as well as being innovative and creative in solving problems. Dunaway gave a talk to the Patuxent Partnership last week in which he told elected leaders and industry insiders that NAVAIR currently excels at its mission of procuring the best weapons systems and equipment to war fighters but there are challenges coming that will test the organization. Tax payer dollars were key to the operation of NAVAIR but that will be in shorter supply, either because of automatic budget cuts looming from the federal government or because the wars the country has been engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past decade are winding down, according to Dunaway. Tax payer dollars are cherished, Dunaway said, emphasizing the importance of stewardship of public funds. There are challenges coming down the pike. One of those challenges for NAVAIR will be a continued emphasis on irregular warfare and unmanned air vehicle systems which both represent the face of fighting that many of our military face today from terrorists or insurgents. Insiders at Patuxent River Naval Air Station have long realized that defense industry specialists, both private sector and government employees, would have to focus on tasks like rapid prototyping of weapons and systems to keep the work on the base relevant in fiscally tight times. But, Dunaway said, the navy still had to focus on threats posed by larger entities like nation states that could fight more conventional battles with the United States. We talk a lot about that [irregular warfare], Dunaway said. But the nation state threat is not over. With talk of the fiscal cliff stalemate in the federal government and the sequestration cuts that could slash as much as $500 billion from defense budgets, Dunaway said he is not factoring that into his budgetary thinking. Instead there was every indication that the nation would need the services of NAVAIR for a long time to come and at least at the same level if not more. The demand signal on our work is going up, Dunaway said. Theres nobody talking about less carrier pres- VADM David Dunaway talks with Bonnie Green of the Patuxent Partnership at an event where he outlined ence in the world, theres nobody talking his vision for NAVAIR. about less anti-submarine warfare in the VAIR is involved in is the F-35 Light- which is designed for landing on aircraft world. Two of the biggest programs NA- ning II Joint Strike Fighter, one variant of carriers, and the P-8 Poseidon, which is the latest generation of dedicated submarine hunting aircraft. Money is always a concern, he said, but he was more concerned with what his organization got for its dollars than how many it first received. He believed that the funding scheme for defense was going to change quickly with cuts included. We are getting ready to reset, thats a fact, Dunaway said. Me personally I think thats just fine. If theres less money then lets pay attention. Money is going to pressurize us to do things smarter or well become irrelevant. One key component of working smarter was either avoiding or cutting through bureaucracy. The bureaucracy can stop us from being productive, Dunaway said, adding that most who work in the industry take up to six months to deal with it effectively, but a rare person can learn to cut through it in two weeks. Please find those people, he said. Dunaway estimated as much as 30 percent of the money spent in the procurement process could be wasted just on bureaucratic inertia alone, what he called unproductive churn. I want 99 cents on the dollar going Calvert Gazette Everything Calvert County to my priority which is war fighting capability, Dunaway said.

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County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills), who also works for a major defense contractor, said that Dunaways priorities were what the organization needed to carry it into the future. He has a vision, he understands how the money works, Morgan said. I cant tell you how important that is. He especially agreed that bureaucracy could be one of NAVAIRs worst enemies. [VADM] Dunaway is spot on that one, Morgan said. The focus on providing weapons and equipment for irregular warfare as well as bolstering development of unmanned air systems was what the organization should be doing to ensure it remained relevant to the national interest. The base is truly on the cutting edge of a lot of this, Morgan said. If you dont grow, you go. Glen Ives, a retired captain and former base commander, said that Dunaway was also right to press for interoperability of systems as well as speed in getting them to war fighters. Interoperability was the concept of ensuring that all the systems that NA-

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Mary Berry, 84
In Remembrance Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 Mary Lucille Mugg Berry, 84, of Callaway, MD., entered into eternal rest on November 29, 2012 at her residence. Lucille was born on February 3, 1928 in California, Maryland. She was one of three children born to the late James Shephard and Mary Agnes Kane Mugg. Lucille was educated in the St. Marys County Public Schools. On August 4, 1945, she married the late James Turner Berry and from that union they were blessed with eight children. Lucille began her employment in 1953 at the Navy Exchange laundry at NAS Patuxent River working a total of 32 years of dedicated service and retiring in 1985. After retirement, she went to work part-time at the Lexington Park Dry Cleaners where she stayed until 1989. Lucille was a devoted Christian and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and Holy Face Church and recently joined First Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington Park, MD under the leadership of Pastor Roderick McClanahan.

Lucille enjoyed life to the fullest and was a very stylish lady that loved everyone. She enjoyed decorating, shopping, talking on the telephone, watching the Redskins, and family gathering where she showed off her cooking skills. Lucille had a lovely and contagious smile that showed where ever she went and you could always find her reading her daily devotions. Her famous saying was All I want to do is get to heaven. Lucille leaves fond memories in hearts of her devoted children, Vera D. Fenwick, Forestville, MD; Agnes Moore, Lexington Park, MD; Phyllis Smith (Dwight), California, MD; Charles Berry (Marie), Great Mills, MD; Cheryl Casteel, Bowie, MD; Troy Berry (Angela), Waldorf, MD; LaVaughn A. Berry, Charlotte, SC; Gail Hall (Nat), Upper Marlboro, MD; Kenneth and Anthony Thompson, Lexington Park, MD.; sixteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister Mary Catherine Kane of Hollywood, MD.; sisters-in-law, Carrie Miles, Patty Mugg and Julia Berry; brother-in-law, Wallace Berry (Genevieve); God-daughter, Joyce Herbert; two sons and a daughter she called her own, Josh Baldwin, Frank Dyson and Catherine Herndon; several devoted friends, Yvonne Maddox, Dorothy Thomas, Gloria Robinson, Estelle Thompson and Catherine Price; a devoted daughter-in-law, Barbara Berry and a host of other nieces and nephews and other family and friends, too numerous to mention. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James Levi Berry; a grandson, Tony Berry; and a brother, John Mugg.

Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Gospel Tabernacle of Prayer Church, 24516 Budds Creek Rd., Clements, MD. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD

Alan Buckler, 57
Alan Glenwood Glen Buckler, 57 of Mechanicsville, MD died November 25, 2012 at his residence. Born February 18, 1955 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of Howard Allan Buckler and Doris Jean (Posey) Buckler of Mechanicsville, MD. Glen was a carpenter working in construction and remodeling of homes. He enjoyed playing softball, fishing, oystering, crabbing and tobacco farming. He also loved country music. Glen is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Buckler; his children, Joan M. Harding (Brian) of Helen, MD and John L. Standish of Denver, CO; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; and siblings, Randy S. Buckler (Sandy) of Mechanicsville, MD and Gary Scott Buckler of Mechanicsville, MD. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Ann Standish. Family received friends for Glens Life Celebration on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Brinsfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Rose is survived by her mother, Marie Dement Wood of St. Marys City, MD, daughters, Terri M. Meunier of St. Inigoes, MD and Lisa A. Schuman of Lexington Park, MD; her grandchildren, Nicole Hale Zapf (Jim) of Baltimore, MD, Christopher Hale (Ada) of Gaithersburg, MD, Heather Meunier (Jon Warnock) of Boyce, VA, Tara Meunier of Baltimore, MD, Danielle Schuman Zelinsky (Chris) of Ridge, MD and Elizabeth Schuman of Ridge, MD; her great-grandchildren, Brayden Warnock of Boyce, VA, Levi Warnock of Boyce, VA, Jack Zapf of Baltimore, MD and Elyse Zalinsky of Ridge, MD; and her siblings, James Wood (Gay) of Washington D.C., John Wood (Sarah) of St. Marys City, MD, Francis Wood (Cecilia) of St. Inigoes, MD, Roberta Davis (Wilson) of St. Marys City, MD, Shirley Melton (Tom) of Churchton, MD, Charles Dolie CD Wood (Judy) of Hollywood, MD and Mary Jones (Michael) of Ellicott City, MD. She was preceded in death by her father and husband. Roses Life Celebration Memorial Mass was celebrated on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at St. Cecelias Catholic Church, 47950 Mattapany Road, St. Marys City, MD 20686. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD 20680. Condolences may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Thomas Copsey, 90
Thomas Alfred Al Copsey, 90, of Mechanicsville, MD, passed away surrounded by his loving family in Washington, DC. On November 28, 2012. Born on August 4, 1922 in Oraville, MD he was the son of the late Freeman Edward and Lillian Burch Copsey. Thomas was the loving husband of Jean Delores Copsey whom he married in Leonardtown, MD. Thomas is survived by his children: Mary Alice Copsey-Pirner (PJ) and Robert Lee Copsey (Carrie) both of Mechanicsville, MD, 1 grandson Kevin Copsey, and great granddaughter Jaylynn Copsey. Al is survived by his siblings: Leonard Copsey, and Frank Copsey both of Mechanicsville, MD. Al graduated from Oraville School House and was a lifelong resident of St. Marys county. Al served in the United States Army from February 3, 1943 till March 11, 1946. He served during World War II, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Award, and World War II Victory Ribbon. Al worked at the Maryland State Highway Administration, for 30 years retiring in 1983. He was a member of the American Legion, Hughesville, MD., and loved doing outdoor activities. He enjoyed crabbing, fishing, oystering, playing cards, poker and pitch with family and friends. The family received friend on Mon-

Rose Burroughs, 76
Rose Marie Burroughs, 76, of St. Marys City, MD, died November 24, 2012, at Hospice House in Callaway, MD. Rose was born November 9, 1936, in St. Marys City, MD to Marie Dement Wood and the late Charles Dolie Wood. Rose was a lifelong resident of St. Marys City, MD. She graduated from St. Michaels Catholic School in Ridge, MD. On November 17, 1956, she married her late husband, Benjamin Leroy Burroughs. She was employed by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division as a Program Analyst for forty-one years. Rose was a very social person who loved to spend time with people. She never missed her weekly appointment with her dear friend Ellen. Her hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, watching her favorite television shows, and dancing. Her favorite dance was the jitterbug. Most of all Rose loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family brought her great joy.


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day, December 3, 2012 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, with prayers recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, MD with Father David G. Wells officiating. Interment followed in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. Pallbearers were: Freeman Milton Copsey, Billy Buckler, David Downs, John Kennan, III, Charlie Keenan, and Thomas Wayne Buckler, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers were: Joshua Ryan buckler, LJ Downs, Kevin Copsey, and Walter PJ Pirner. Contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Malcolm Goode, Sr., 85

Malcolm Elmer Goode, Sr. 85, of Chaptico, MD passed away in Leonardtown, MD on November 28, 2012. Born on May 7, 1927 in Maryland, he was the son of the late Douglas and Dora Lyon Goode. The family received friends on Sunday, December 2, 2012 with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A funeral Service was held on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Christ Episcopal Church, Chaptico, MD with Rev. Christopher Wilkens officiating. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, MD.

Catherine Hess, 97
Catherine Estelle Hess, 97, of Hollywood, MD formerly from Suitland, MD, passed away on November 22, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on March 15, 1915 in Washington, DC. she was the daughter of the late Karl Frederick and Maggie May Scheytt of Washington, DC. Catherine was the loving wife of the late Thaddeus Stevens Hess, Jr. whom she married on June 25, 1934 in Washington, DC. She is survived by her children: Joyce McCabe of Henderson, NV, Thaddeus S. Hess, III (Janet McGrane) of Newburg, MD, son in-law Merlyn Soukup of Laurel, MD, 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. Catherine was preceded in death by a daughter Gail Soukup, her siblings: Margaret Cooper, Frederick, Edward Scheytt, and granddaughter Karen Schavey. Catherine graduated from Eastern High School in 1933 and moved to St. Marys County from Suitland, MD in 1976. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in Our Fathers Church, California, MD.

liam Dory Morgan on April 6, 1937 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown, MD and enjoyed 43 years of marriage until Dorys Death in 1980. They made their home in Avenue, MD where she lived for nearly 75 years. As a lifelong resident of St. Marys County, MD, May enjoyed being a homemaker. She spent much of her time gardening, and tending to her flowers. Her favorite past times were playing bingo, putting puzzles together, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. As a devote Catholic, she read the bible and prayed the rosary daily and shared her faith with everyone she met. She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Avenue, Maryland. She is survived by her brother Charles Henry Farrell (Lorraine, deceased). May is preceded in death by her siblings Harry Edward Farrell (Alice), Aloysius Benjamin Farrell (Alberta), Francis Sylvester Farrell (Mary, deceased), Richard Theodore Farrell (Hilda), and John William Farrell (Virginia, deceased). The family received friends on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 with prayer recited in Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers were: Thomas Bailey III, Henry Irving Friess, Jr., Mike Lacey, Melvin Farrell, David Farrell, and Albert Wathen. Contributions may be made to the Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Coltons Point Road, Avenue, MD 20609. Seventh District Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609.

John Morris, Sr., 96

John Bevins Morris, Sr., 96, of St. Inigoes, MD, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2012, surrounded by his family at Jutland Farm, St. Inigoes, MD, in the house where he was born. Bevins was born March 4, 1916 to the late Bevins Morris and Linda Abell Morris. When Bevins was five years old, his mother passed away in childbirth and he was subsequently raised by his late stepmother, Ann Rebecca Re Abell Morris. In 1933, Bevins became the first graduating class to complete four years at Great Mills High School. On November 25, 1948, Bevins married his late wife, Jean Louise Harden Morris. They were married for 51 years. He was her primary caregiver for the last twenty years of her life while she was confined to a wheel chair as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. He worked his family farm all his life and was also a school bus contractor in the 1960s and 1970s. He loved to crab and fish in his spare time. He was a member of the St. Marys County Farm Bureau for many years and had been on the Board of Directors. During World War II he was a member of Home Guard, keeping watch for any invasions in the southern end

of the county. Bevins was a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Marys City, MD. He was very involved in the churchs organizations and management, beginning as a member of the Boys choir. He participated in projects related to the maintenance and preservation of Trinitys buildings and grounds. Every year, as long as he was physically able, he helped prepare the summer and fall church dinners. In earlier years he helped by catching, shucking and patting oysters; catching and cleaning soft crabs, stuff and slice hams, make crab cakes and peel potatoes. Bevins is survived by his five children, Beale Tilton (Donna) of Coconut Creek, FL, Kay Fenhagen (Ernie), John B. Morris Jr. (Patty), Randolph Morris (Patty) all of St. Inigoes, MD and Rebecca Carroll of Lexington Park, MD; 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; his brother, Robert Morris (Helen) of St. Inigoes, MD; his sister, Linda Hamilton of Jacksonville, FL, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, stepmother, and wife, his sister, Temple Madjeski and son-in-law, Johnny Carroll, precede him in death. Bevins Life Celebration was held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Marys City, MD 20686. Prayers were recited by the Reverend John Ball. On Friday, November 30, 2012, a visitation was held with a Funeral Service held at Trinity Episcopal Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Nicholas Carroll, Patrick Morris, John B. Chris Morris, III, Jason Morris, Michael Fenhagen, and Howard Fenhagen. Honorary pallbearers were Bradley Tilton and Nick Parker. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD 20680, or Trinity Sacristy Renovation and Handicapped Accessibility Project, St. Marys Parish, P.O. Box 207, St. Marys City, MD 20686. Condolences may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Nancy Pilkerton, 69
Nancy Lee Pilkerton, 69 of Mechanicsville, MD died November 27, 2012 at St. Marys Hospital. Born May 20, 1943 in Laurel, MD she was the daughter of Agnes Rosalie Quade and the late William Joseph Pilkerton. Nancy was a 1962 graduate of Margaret Brent High School. She was a certified nursing assistant and worked at Bayshore and the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Nancy was also a sales clerk for Walmart, retiring in 2008. Nancy enjoyed playing cards, taking care of her pets, spending time with her family and scratching Bingo scratch offs. Nancy is survived by her mother, Agnes R. Pilkerton of Mechanicsville, MD; her daughter, Lisa M. Wood (Glen) of Mechanicsville, MD; grandchildren, Amanda, Joseph, Sarah and Shyanne Wood; great grandchildren, Joshua, Brooklyn, Austin, Jayden and Jaxson Wood; siblings, Frances Molly Greenwell of Mechanicsville, MD, Maxine Wilkerson (Charlie) of Bryantown, MD, Darlene Lewis (Mel) of LaPlata, MD, Lorretta Olmstead (Jerry) of Hughesville, MD, Laura M. Flanary (Bobby) of Palm Bay, FL, Wayne Pilkerton (Susie) of Hughesville, MD, and Dale Joe Joe Pilkerton of Mechanicsville, MD. She was preceded in death by her father and her brother Morris Pilkerton. Family received friends for Nancys Life Celebration Memorial on Sunday, December 2, 2012. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A prayer service was conducted by Reverend Keith Woods. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Annie Morgan, 94
Annie May Morgan, 94, of Avenue, Maryland passed away at St. Marys Nursing Center in Leonardtown, MD on November 29, 2012. Born on November 28, 1918 in Compton, Maryland, she was the daughter to the late Noble Edward Farrell and Mary Lillian Graves Farrell. May married Wil-

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Bone Marrow Drive for Adam

Adam Lumpkins with his uncle, Assistant Chief of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, prepared for a ride in a department fire engine.

Patrick Guy (Mechanicsville), Adams grandfather, contributes a sample.

Donors fill out registration forms before providing a sample to be tested.

Potential donors wait in line to provide a sample of their DNA for testing. Photos by Stephanie Scott

Chasen Continues Pursuit of Military Career

Chasen Hughes is a 2011 graduate and valedictorian from Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy. He is also a recipient of a 4-year ROTC scholarship to North Georgia College and State University. North Georgia College and State University is one of six senior military colleges in the United States. Chasen is working on his undergraduate major in Foreign Affairs and hopes to double with a Chinese major. Chasen completed his Non-commissioned Officer training this past fall to be awarded the position of squad leader. In his free time he partakes in rigorous training with the Aggressors, a team that trains with SWAT teams and Army Special Forces. This past summer Cadet Hughes deployment with the US Army and successfully completed the Sachkhere Mountain Training Cadet Chasen Hughes receives Academic Excellence Award for a 4.0 School in The Republic of Georgia.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum Offers Holiday Exhibit

The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park in Piney Point will present a holiday exhibit set up in the museum and the lighthouse keepers quarters, a historic building not usually open to the public. The exhibit theme complements the 2012 Presidential election year with an extensive exhibit of political memorabilia. Private and personal collections of local citizens are shared in a holiday atmosphere. Museum staff and volunteers will offer tours of the exhibit, museum, 1836 lighthouse, and Potomac River Maritime Exhibit filled with historic wooden boats. The lighthouse tower will be available for a climb to the top. The Lighthouse Lens Museum Store will be open with an array of unique gifts, lighthouse and nautical items, jewelry, clothing, home dcor and childrens items. Dont miss the new crab pot Christmas trees! Museum gift memberships are the perfect gift for the one who has everything and provide a 10 percent discount on museum store items. The museum and holiday exhibit will be open Dec. 1 though Dec. 21, Friday to Monday, from 12 to 4 p.m. The extended holiday schedule includes Dec. 22 to Dec. 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $3 per adult, $2 for senior citizens and military personnel, $1.50 for children 6 to 18, and free for kids five and under. All are invited to the Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 9 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all. Kids should sign up for a boy and girls bike giveaway donated by the Tall Timbers Optimist Club. There will be free refreshments and childrens holiday activity inside the museum.


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All three libraries will be closed on Friday, Dec. 14, for their Annual Staff Development Day. Customers can use the Internet branch to manage their accounts, pay fines, search the catalog, download books, and do research using the librarys online resources. Teens and adults attending the Zombies vs. Humans program tonight at the Lexington Park library will become either a zombie or survivor, receive survival tips, and will participate in Zombie Fear Factor and maybe a flash mob. Costumes are encouraged. The free program starts at 6 p.m. and no registration is required. Individuals interested in buying either an eReader or tablet can attend a program at Charlotte Hall branch on Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. to find out the pros and cons of the various devices. The librarys eReaders and tablets will be available for those attending to try out. Registration is required. The public is invited to a free performance by St. Maries Musica Minstrels at Lexington Park library on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The Musica Minstrels, dressed in Renaissance costumes, will sing carols and seasonal music from several different time periods. Children aged 5 and under will enjoy holiday stories, crafts and fun at the annual Holiday Surprise programs scheduled at Charlotte Hall on Dec. 10 and at Leonardtown and Lexington Park libraries on Dec. 13. All three will begin at 6:00 p.m. Parents can bring their children to Lexington Park branch on Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy fun activities together that they can do every day to help their little ones get ready to read. On Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Lexington Park library will show a movie about Paws, Quinn, and a group of talking dogs who save Santa and show the world what Christmas is all about. Snacks will be provided. A reception for local artist Candy Cummings will be held on Dec. 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery. Her artwork will be on display through February. An overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grant making public charities will be presented at Lexington Park branch on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Registration is required.

HELP Portrait Coming to Beacon of Hope

On Saturday Dec. 8th, Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center will host HELP Portrait volunteers. The Help Portrait volunteers will take free, professional quality photo portraits. Participants will have their photo taken, printed and given to them before leaving Beacon of Hope. This unique and wonderful opportunity is open to anyone who is struggling with a crisis or behavioral health issue or considers himself or herself in some form or recovery. Photo portrait stations will be set up for individuals, small groups and groups of up to 10 people. We are so appreciative to the volunteers coming out to take the photographs, and we are excited to see folks who may not have had their photos taken in some time have an opportunity to have a photo of themselves or someone they loveor maybe by photographed with someone they love, says Kathleen OBrien, Executive Director of Walden. It is also really fun to be part of an event that is happening all around the world on the same day. HELP Portrait is an international movement of grassroots volunteers, each doing photo portraits in their own communities. Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center is located in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park, two doors down from the Well Pet Clinic and beside Underground Tattoo, behind Family Dollar. Look for the lighthouse beacon logo in our window. For more information, contact us at 301997-1300 x 804 or go to

Libraries to be closed

Teens and adults to be zombie or survivor

Workshops focus on eReaders and tablets

St. Maries Musica Minstrels to perform

Holiday celebrations planned for children


I AM HARRY BLUE EYES! I am a Flame Point Siamese as you can see. I was rescued from a feral colony. When I was first trapped, I was ear tipped and put back in the colony because the lady who trapped me couldnt take any more foster kitties into her house. Then she got someone adopted and she picked me up and put me in a carrier and took me home with her. I am so relieved. I needed some medical attention, which I got and I am healthy now. I feel so much better. Life is good but I need a permanent home. I am sweet and like to sit on your lap. If you would like to adopt me please fill out an application at and email it to cant wait to meet you. 301-475-5059

Reception planned for Candy Cummings

Grant seeking basics to be presented

Public library users in Southern Maryland now have the ability to pay their library bills online using a new service provided by the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association. Library bills can be paid securely online using any major credit card through PayPal, a global e-commerce business that facilitates payments and money transfers through the internet. According to Sharan Marshall, regional library director, public libraries in Charles and St. Marys counties are already accepting credit card payments in their branches. However, she said, This new service will simplify bill paying for many people in the community. To pay a library bill online, users go to the Fines tab under My Account through their library website. Fines must be paid in full no partial payments will be accepted. There is a $5 minimum payment to use the system. For more information about online credit card payments, contact your library or visit its website: Calvert Library, 410-535-0291; Charles County Public Library, 301-934-9001 and St. Marys County Library, 301-475-2846

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Hello Everyone, My name is Garth and I am a sweet and lovable male collie/beagle mix. I am a little shy and just need someone who can give me lots of love and attention. I was born on July 1, 2010 and am looking for a family who will love and cherish me the rest of my life. Both of our sisters found a home and I still have two brothers and myself who are looking for families to call their own. We would love to have a home really soon. We are current on vaccinations, neutered, crate trained, heartworm negative and identification micro chipped. If you have a place in your heart and home for me please contact or call 240-925-0628. Please Adopt, Don't Shop !!!

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In February of 1983 I had a house fire. I lost everything I owned. The local Salvation Army helped me out, Mike Schwarz writes in his plea to The County Times. As a way to repay them, I purchased eleven turkeys and fixings to needy families in St. Mary's County. Since then the program has grown exponentially. Last year we donated 1,925 turkey baskets, he continues. In a previous interview with Schwartz, he said most of the families helped by the program are not homeless or without employment. "Most of them have two or three jobs. You wouldn't believe some of the [trouble] these people have to go through. As rich as the county is, there is no excuse for not helping the less fortunate," he firmly added. Schwartz seeks food, money and volunteers to put together and deliver this years turkey baskets A $20 donation helps one St. Marys family. This year, deliveries will start Monday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church on Rt. 235, about a mile south of Gate Two of Pax River. The work moves from the church on Friday, Dec. 21 to Mikes Bikes through Christmas Eve. For more information call Mikes Food Fund at 301-863-7887. To make a donation send your offer to: Mikes Food Fund, 21310C Great Mills Road, Lexington Park Md., 20653 "That's how we will be judged," Schwartz said looking to the ground, "how we care for the sick, old and little kids that don't have fathers."

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Attorney General Warns About Text Message Scam

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler warns Maryland consumers not to fall for a widespread text message scam that falsely suggests recipients have won a large gift card to one of several retail stores. Scams like these tend to pop up around the holidays when consumers are shopping more and looking for bargains, said Gansler. But you should never give away personal information in order to redeem a prize. Simply delete any message from someone you do not know and remember the old saying, If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The text message scam, which has been reported across the country, notifies a recipient that they have won a gift card to a well-known retail store and instructs the individual to go to a website and enter a provided code to claim a gift card of varying amounts, usually $500 or $1,000. The site, which appears genuine by using the stores name in the web address and often uses the store logo and colors, asks for personal information, such as a birthday, email address, credit card account, bank account number or other identifying information that could leave victims vulnerable to identity theft. Legitimate contests will never ask for that type of information. (Another form of the scam asks consumers to simply reply to the text with certain information, which you should also never do.) The text messages come from different telephone numbers. The smishing scam a combination of SMS or Short Message Service, and phishing, the act of fraudulently acquiring information through e-mail could be received by tens of thousands of mobile phone users nationwide. Although it is difficult to prevent this type of fraudulent activity, consumers are advised to contact their cell phone service provider and report the incident. Users should also only visit websites with https in the URL, which means it is secure, register all phone numbers with the federal Do Not Call List and consider downloading a spam blocker phone application. Consumers should only give their personal information to people they know and only for legitimate purposes. Individuals who think they have been solicited with this scam or any other suspicious scheme can file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division at www. or contact the consumer hotline at 410-528-8662 or 1-888-743-0023 for more information. Consumers who believe they are victims of identity theft should call the Attorney Generals Identity Theft Unit at 410-576-6491 or learn more information at

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Thursday, Dec. 6
All-Chopin Recital St. Marys College of Maryland 8 p.m. In his only full length solo recital of the semester, artist-in residence and member of the piano faculty Brian Ganz will play an all-Chopin recital Thursday evening, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Marys Hall. The program will feature what is perhaps Chopins greatest single composition, the complete Preludes, Op. 28. The program is free and open to the public.

Johnson, Elise Kielek, Lisa Kokes, Rose Longfield, Erica Maust,, Moriah Morgan, Carrie Patterson, Koko Olszewski, Bill and Kyong Penn, Nicole Stewart, Allie Snyder and Melody Weed. Solomons Christmas Walk Solomons Island Boardwalk - 6 9 p.m. Begin your holiday celebrations with the annual Solomons Christmas Walk on Friday and Saturday, December 7 8. In addition to all of the attractions on the island, from the Garden in Lights to the lighted boat parade on Saturday, the museum is serving up its own smorgasbord of holiday delights for visitors of all ages. North End Gallery 26th Annual Holiday Show North End Gallery (41652 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) - 5 to 8 p.m. Come and join the artists of the North End Gallery as they present their 26th Annual Holiday Show. What better way to start the Holiday season than to join with old and new friends at the gallery and enjoy the festivities. View the fantastic new art and do a little holiday shopping. There will be a First Friday Holiday Reception on December 7 from The show runs from November 20 until December 30 . The gallery will be open daily for this holiday season.Do come join us. They may be reached at 301 475 3130 and at Solomons Christmas Walk Solomons Island Boardwalk - 6 9 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, refreshments, and a visit from Santa and the otter both nights. free. Do your holiday shopping in the Museum Store CMM members save 20 percent all weekend.

The Center for Life Enrichment (25089 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Come out and buy affordable jewelry, gently used treasures, crafts and ornaments from your favorite vendors. Refreshments and baked goods will be available for purchase Live Christmas trees will be available in several varieties. For more information, call Karen at 301-373-8100, ext. 826. Contra Dance Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico) 7 p.m. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun (and exercise)! If youve ever danced a Virginia Reel or been to a Square Dance, you have a good idea how much fun it can be. If you havent, its about time you tried it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for non-SMTMD members, $6 for members (band members are free). No Fancy Or Outlandish Clothing is Required! You need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to Schwans Truckload Fundraiser Ridge Volunteer Fire Department (13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be holding a on the second Saturday of each month at the Fire House. Schwans will be available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to fill orders. To guarantee the availability of the items, pre-orders may be made on their website a www. using Event ID 39903. Contact 301-872-5671 for additional information. Homeschool Christian Academy Presents Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play SAYSF Bible Church (46544 Rue Purchase Road, Lexington Park) - 6 p.m. Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, written by Joe Landry and directed by Crystal Rapp, is a familyfriendly drama based off of the beloved film, Its a Wonderful Life. Set in the late 1940s, the play takes the audience inside a live radio station, where the actors become the voices of George Bailey, Mary Hatch and Henry F. Potter in this immortal Christmas tale. The story travels through the life of George Bailey, a man who does not truly realize how wonderful his life is until he considers ending it on Christmas Eve. Admission is free. Donations for the Homeschool Christian Academy will be accepted. Customer Appreciation Open House Craft Guild Shop (26005 Pt. Lookout Rd.) - 10 to 5 p.m. Come see the Shops year-round Christmas display, a wide variety of unique, handmade items, and enjoy some light refreshments. For more information, contact 301-997-1644 or visit Lighted Boat Parade Solomons Island 6:15 p.m. Boat captains and crews are invited to participate in the Solomons Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday evening during the 28th annual Solomons Christmas Walk. All boats, any size, shape, or make are welcome to decorate your ships starboard side and more to show your holiday spirit! Prizes will be awarded! For more information, visit Holly Jolly Musical Revue and Meet & Greet St. Marys County Fairgrounds ( 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Guest appearance by Super Magic Man Reggie Rice. Tickets $10 advanced $15 at the door

Friday, Dec. 7
Careers in Construction Day Southern Maryland, Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) (17 Irongate Drive, Waldorf) - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This CTET career and job fair brings local business and military organizations together in one place to recruit trades workers in plumbing, electrical, HVAC, welding and carpentry for job openings and future workforce needs. Within the highly competitive construction industry, those with certifications and licenses, as well as entrylevel workers, are invited to learn about opportunities in Southern Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring resumes and to be dressed for an interview. Information on CSM training in the trades will be available. Free. For information, contact CSM CTET Director Dr. Ricky C. Godbolt, or 301-539-4733. St. Maries Musica Historic St. Marys City, State House, St. Marys City, 6:30 p.m. Madrigal Dinners. Reservations accepted. Contact 240-895-4991 or Off the Wall: An Art Market in LeonARTown The Leonardtown Arts Center (22660 Washington Street, Leonardtown) - 5-8 p.m. The Arts Center pleased to announce Off the Wall: An Art Market in LeonARTown. The market will be held Dec. 7 and will feature one of a kind handmade art objects, prints, paintings, photographs, bags, jewelry, recycled ornaments and more. Local artists and artisans bring a funky flavor to the town mixing unusual material with innovative design work. Off the Wall Art Market strives to provide a venue for young emerging artists/artisans as well as professional artists with national exhibition records. If you are looking for a new pair of earrings or an original print for a gift this holiday season, LeonARTown Art Market is the place to be! Music by Joe Norris. Participating Artists include Kelton Bumgarner, Colby Caldwell, Candy Cummings, Erica Daley, Anuli Duru, Catherine Dunn, Nell Elder, Arnika Eskeland, Ana Espinoza, Thea Glas, Laura Howard, Dan Holden, Sue

Saturday, Dec. 8
Toys for Tots Collections Walmart, KMart and Dress Barn in California, Md., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The local Marine Corps League Detachment (Pax River 1305) and Toys for Tots for St Marys County is collecting for the 2012 Holiday Season with local events including Fill the Van 2012. For further information on how to sign up to receive toys, as well as information other toy drop-off/collection events/places, please go to, choose Maryland, then St Marys County and complete the appropriate form. St. Maries Musica Historic St. Marys City, State House, St. Marys City, 6:30 p.m. Madrigal Dinners. Reservations accepted. Contact 240-895-4991 or Indoor Yard, Craft, Jewelry, Vendor and Christmas Tree Sale

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The 13th Annual Holiday Highlights Contest The 13th Annual Holiday Highlights Contest will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, after 7 p.m. Decorate your home or business for the holidays for your chance to win. This year, there will be two categories. The first category is houses, apartments and townhouses. The second category is businesses. Prizes and certificates will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both categories. Bay State Holiday Indoor Soccer Tournament Central Maryland Soccer Association is currently accepting team registrations for the 18th Annual Bay State Holiday Indoor Soccer Tournament scheduled for Dec. 27, 28, and 29 in Hampstead, Md. The tournament is open to all school, recreation and club level travel teams throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Competition is available for boys and girls teams, 8 thru 18; 18U Coed and Mens Open. All age groups will take place on the following days; Thursday - 15/16, 13/14, 7/8 Boys and 13-14 and 7/8 Girls; Friday -Coed 18 and under, 15/16, 17/18 and 11/12 Girls and 11/12 Boys; Saturday - Men's Open, 17/18, 9/10 Boys and 9/10 Girls. The deadline for registration is Dec.17. Registration and roster forms are available on the tournaments page located at For additional information, e-mail

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The St Marys Youth Memorial will hold a Candlelight Vigil in honor of National Youth Memorial Day, to remember those St Marys County Youths who died too soon. Come join us for a short prayer service, the reading of all the names inscribed on the Memorial, and a blessing. This is a free event. Just bring a candle. For more information, contact the Holy Face Church Rectory at 301-994-0525. Members Yule Party Calvert Marine Museum 12 p.m. CMM members only will enjoy a visit from Santa and Squeak the river otter, cookie decorating, entertainment featuring clowns, Blondi and Bunky.

St. Clements Island Museum Holiday Exhibit Celebrates 27th Year Located at the end of Route 242 in Coltons Point, Md. Dec. 1 to 21, Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 to 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The St. Clements Island Museum in Coltons Point, Md will present its 27th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit beginning Dec.1 for a month-long exhibition. The museum will come alive with antique and collectible dolls, toys, and working miniature trains in a holiday setting sure to delight children from one to 101. Started in 1985 by former museum director Mike Humphries, the exhibit was conceived to attract more museum visitors at a time when visitation was low. He conferred with a local doll collector, Trish Guy, also a member of the Southern Maryland Doll Club, who along with members of the club, were able to present the very first Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. In the years that followed, the Southern Maryland and Black-eyed Susan Doll Clubs have been the back bone of the exhibit creating themes and using their doll collections to make every year different and attractive. Other private collectors of dolls and trains also share their treasured collections with wide-eyed approval of holiday visitors. The exhibit has become a holiday tradition for many as those who visited in years past now bring their own children or grandchildren. The years theme celebrates Life in the Good Old Days, a time before the internet, cell phones and video games. Visitors will learn or remember vintage dolls and toys of the early 20th century, homemade toys, and wintertime on St. Clements Island. Children can participate in a hands-on activity and make their own Christmas ornament. Visitors will also enjoy browsing through the Crab Claw Museum Store which features a myriad of unique gifts, childrens books and toys, clothing, jewelry, Maryland flags, lighthouses, souvenirs, and even crab pot Christmas trees. All gift shop proceeds benefit museum programs, projects and exhibits. Become a museum member and receive a 10 percent discount any time you shop throughout the year. The exhibit will be open Dec. 1 to 21, Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m. The extended holiday schedule includes Dec. 22 to 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $3 per adult, $2 for seniors and military, $1.50 for children six to 18 and kids five and under are free. The museum will present an open house on Saturday, Dec. 8 with free admission for everyone. Please call the Museum Division offices at 301-769-2222 for more information or log on to the website at museums. Piney Point Lighthouse Museum Offers Holiday Exhibit 44720 Lighthouse Road in Piney Point, Md. Dec. 1 to 21, Friday to Monday, from 12 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 to 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park in Piney Point will present a holiday exhibit set up in the museum and the lighthouse keepers quarters, a historic building not usually open to the public. The exhibit theme complements the 2012 Presidential election year with an extensive exhibit of political memorabilia. Private and personal collections of local citizens are shared in a holiday atmosphere. Museum staff and volunteers will offer tours of the exhibit, museum, 1836 lighthouse, and Potomac River Maritime Exhibit filled with historic wooden boats. The lighthouse tower will be available for a climb to the top. The Lighthouse Lens Museum Store will be open with an array of unique gifts, lighthouse and nautical items, jewelry, clothing, home dcor and childrens items. Dont miss the new crab pot Christmas trees. Museum gift memberships are the perfect gift for the one who has everything and provide a 10 percent discount on museum store items. The museum and holiday exhibit will be open December 1 to December 21, Friday to Monday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The extended holiday schedule includes December 22 to December 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $3 per adult, $2 for senior citizens and military personnel, $1.50 for children six to 18, and free for kids five and under. All are invited to the Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all. Kids should sign up for a boy and girls bike giveaway donated by the Tall Timbers Optimist Club. There will be free refreshments and childrens holiday activity inside the museum.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Sea Squirts Calvert Marine Museum 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Terrific Turtles! Free drop-in program for children 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers. The Discovery Room has lots of new reptilian residents and this program introduces the Sea Squirts to several special turtles. Integration of Unmanned Aviation into National Airspace Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, 5 to 7:00 p.m. The Patuxent Partnership and the Association of Naval Aviations Squadron 18 invite members of the public, business, and base communities to a panel and reception Integration of Unmanned Aviation into National Airspace. The moderator will be RADM Tim Heely, USN (ret), and the keynote speaker will Mr. Michael R. Erk, SES, Deputy Program Executive Officer Unmanned Aviation PEO U&W, Naval Air Systems Command. Panelists include Mr. Mike Deitchman, ONR, and Mr. Matt Scassero, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Unmanned Aerial Systems Coalition. Business Casual/Military uniform of the day. The cost is $10 per person paid in advance (before Monday, Dec. 10 at noon.) by credit card (VI/MC) on the Patuxent Partnership website or by cash or check delivered or mailed to The Patuxent Partnership, 21789 N. Coral Dr., Suite 2C, Lexington Park, MD 20653. $15 per person paid at the door, if seating is available. Sorry, no refunds. Proceeds after expenses go to The Association of Naval Aviations Squadron #18 and Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association Commission for People with Disabilities Meeting Change Notice Potomac Building Room 14 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Zumba Fitness Classes Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 7 p.m. A Fun, Energetic Aerobic work-out routine with a Latin Inspired Atmosphere every Wednesday. Classes are $6 per class or you can purchase punch cards (six classes for $30). Get Fit while having fun and giving back. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. For More information email or theredding6@ Pax River Quilters Guild Meeting Good Samaritan Lutheran Church (20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park) 6:30 p.m. There will be games, raffles, grab bags and food. Bring a dish and a gift for the optional gift exchange. Guest and new members welcome. For more information, contact Lois Andereck at or Patty Wathen at Visit us on Facebook.

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A Christmas Story: Laugh All Over Again

By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Newtowne Players bring to life classic scenes from A Christmas Story, such as the Bumpuss hounds eating the holiday turkey, Santa pushing little Ralphie down the slide or the famous leg lamp glowing in the living room window before shattering to bits. There is one omission to the play, says Mulrooney, urging people to come and see if they can find out for themselves which scene is missing. The Newtowne Players kicked off this seasons holiday play, A Christmas Story last weekend at Three Notch Theatre, and repeat performances are slated for the next two weeks. Set in Indiana, in the 1940s, A Christmas story, narrated by young Ralphie, follows his pursuit of obtaining what he truly wants for Christmas, a Red Rider BB gun. However, this becomes a difficult task, as he is constantly met with the response youll shoot your eye out from his mother, teacher and even the big guy himself when he pays him a visit at the mall. The show features comedy, drama and of course ends with a warm, feel good Christmas vibe. In fact, Mulrooneys favorite moment is the end of the play. It wraps up the warm, fuzzy feeling of family. That is my personal goal at Christmas-time, she said

Photos courtesy of Rachael Leissner Alison Dodges, left, as Mother, Jonah Bell as Randy, Bradley Oosterink as Ralphie and Carlton Silvestro as the Old Man in "A Christmas Story."

The performers do not recreate the larger than life characters in the movie, Mulrooney says; the actors have utilized their own personalities and inspirations to bring the characters to life. While they are doing the same scenes that you see in the movie, they are doing it their own way and succeeding brilliantly, she said. The characters they have created stand on their own two feet. She continued, There is something special about seeing a classic brought to life. As soon as I heard that the Newtowne Players planned to produce the stage version, I knew I had to direct. I have laughed so hard, I had tears running down my cheeks during the rehearsals, Mulrooney said. Now Im excited to see others experience this show. A Christmas Storys performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:30 p.m. Thursday tickets are $10 a piece, and $15 Friday through Sunday. Admission for seniors 65 and over, students and people with valid military ID are discounted to $12 each. Tickets are available online at or by calling 301-737-5447. Three Notch Theatre is located 21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park.
Carlton Silvestro as the Old Man admires his precious leg lamp

Jeremy Leissner, left, as Ralph, with Bradley Oosterink as his younger self, Ralphie


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Live Music: Mike Butler Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 1 p.m. Live Music: The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m.

Live Music: SKRIBE Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Live Music: Gretchen Richies Jazz Cabinet Caf des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6 p.m. Newtowne Players Performance: A Christmas Story Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) 8 p.m.

Rock and Roll Christmas Toy Drive Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) 8 p.m. Newtowne Players Performance: A Christmas Story Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) 8 p.m.

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Live Music: Radio Caroline Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 1 p.m. Live Music: COSMIC and Gloria & Messiah Holiday Concert College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus (730 Mitchell Road, PO Box 910. La Plata) 3:30 p.m. Live Music: Charles Thompson Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 3 p.m. Newtowne Players Performance: A Christmas Story Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Live Music: Country Memories Band Mechanicsville Moose Lodge (27636 Mechanicsville Road) 8 p.m. Live Music: The Colliders Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Live Music: GeeZer Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park) 12 p.m. Live Music: The Stephanie Williams Band Cryers Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) 9 p.m. Live Music: Legend Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. Newtowne Players Performance: A Christmas Story Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) 8 p.m. Live Music: Absinthe Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 9:30 p.m.

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First Friday Town squae, Leonardtown 5 p.m. Live Music: Bar Dogs Quades Store (36786 Bushwood Wharf Road, Bushwood Wharf) 8 p.m. Live Music: GrooveSpan Port of Leonardtown Winery (23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) 5:30 p.m. Live Music: Funkzilla Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. Live Music: Fast Eddie and the Slow Pokes Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7 p.m. Live Music: COSMIC Holiday Concert Patuxent Presbyterian Church (23421 Kingston Creek Road, California) 7 p.m. Live Music: Kappa Danielson and Paul Larson The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m.

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New Arts & Crafts Class at Loffler Senior Activity Center
Form-a-Line is a unique method of card embroidery that makes stunning greeting cards and gifts. A simple design is punctured onto card stock then embellished with embroidery floss. Each week a new design is featured. For your first class, bring $4 to cover supply costs. Also, bring a small pair of scissors for snipping thread. Each week you will take home a new card. This class meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. Call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 to sign up or for more information.

Gift donations needed for Christmas Gift Bingo

New, unwrapped items for our annual Christmas gift bingo are being accepted at the Loffler Senior Activity Center Mon-Fri between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The bingo will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If youve bought or made something in the past year and found that you didnt use it after all or received a gift that doesnt quite work out for you maybe you would like to donate it to our annual Christmas gift bingo (please, no candles, expired foodstuff or shopworn items - our players give these as gifts to their loved ones.) And while youre bringing things by, sign up to play Christmas Gift Bingo yourself. For more information call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658.

Make a Tasty Christmas Cottage

Use Pop Tarts to make the cutest and easiest edible house ever. This popular project will take place at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. We will construct the cottages on Thursday and let them dry overnight. The next day we will decorate them with bright Christmas candy and royal icing. Cost is $8 payable the first day of the class. Call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658 by Tuesday, Dec. 4 to sign up.

Wine Cork Wreath

Make your own wine cork wreath at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. Add pop to your dining room or kitchen with wine corks wired to tiny red jingle bells. Cost: $7 and includes supplies. Sign up by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Garvey Senior Activity Center Holiday Celebration

For a special holiday treat on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Noon, the Garvey Senior Activity Center welcomes back Terry Marsh and her Showstoppers and Chartoppers show featuring all of your favorite holiday tunes. When Terry was here in 2011, she wowed us with her fast moving program of Big Band numbers and show tunes. This year, she will sing all your favorite holiday tunes with a touch of blues and Big Band. Following the show, we will have a gift exchange. Participation in the gift exchange is optional. Bring a wrapped gift, costing $5 or less to participate in the gift exchange. The lunch menu will feature chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, gravy, garden salad with French dressing, peas and carrots, cranberry juice, lemon meringue pie, milk/coffee/tea. Lunch cost is by donation for those ages 60 and above and $5.50 for those under the age of 60. Make reservations by calling 301-4754200, ext. 1050.

Button Tree Painting

Paint a simple tree and decorate it with white buttons for snowflakes at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. Trees will be painted on white canvas stretch board. Buttons will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring their own white buttons to incorporate. Cost: $7 and includes supplies. To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Most Scenic Drives Virtual Trip

On Monday, Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m., a virtual travel session will be held at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Dont let the winter blues get to youtake a virtual trip of Americas Most Scenic Drives across the United States. A video shown on a large screen will take you down the Eastern Seaboard from Maine via Vermonts back roads to the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the Great Smoky Mountains and ending in the Florida Keys. On Friday, Dec. 7 at 12:30 p.m. travel to Texas and Yellowstone and through Colorado, Montana ending at Yellowstone National Park. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 for more information and to sign up as space is limited.

Free Massage
On Monday, Dec. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., free 10-minute massage sessions will be offered courtesy of the Northern Senior Activity Center Council. Call 301475-4002, ext. 1001, to reserve a time at the Center with a certified massage therapist. Dont miss out on the wonderful benefits of having a massage.

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.

Breakfast Caf
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 homemade by Paula, and served with complimentary beverages at the Northern Senior Activity Center. On Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m., enjoy a breakfast of cream chipped beef over toast with fruit. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by noon the day before. Please call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 with any questions.


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Dinner Raffle Tickets to Be Sold at Christmas Party

Tickets for a dinner raffle will be available at the annual Christmas Party will be held at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of the raffle tickets will be $10 each and the winning name will be drawn at the Christmas party. The winner gets a dinner for 6-8 people at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on a weekend evening in January or February. Choice of several appetizers, entrees, side dishes and dessert will be served on Loffler china in an elegant setting. Advance raffle tickets are available. For more information call 301-7375670 ext. 1656.

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A Journey Through Time





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Athanasius Ford
By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Athanasius Ford was born in St. Marys County in 1795. He was the son of John Gerard Ford (1760-1837) and his wife Ann Ford (1769-1814, his second cousin). The Ford family moved to Washington, D.C. between 1810 and 1814. We do know that Athanasius came back to St. Marys County on at least one occasion. Horse stolen with equipage, near St. Josephs Church in St. Marys County on December 25 [1815]; $20 reward. Athanasius Ford, Georgetown, D.C. On January 26, 1821 in Philadelphia, Athanasius married Mary Ann Duncan with dispensation from the Supreme Pontiff in disparity of religion (Mary Ann was a Protestant). On October 8, 1821 he applied for an appointment as private secretary to President James Monroe, but was not accepted. On December 7, 1825 he applied for a clerkship in the new State Department with a recommendation from Clement Dorsey. I dont know, however, if he ever worked there. What I do know is that for a number of years he worked as an artist for Thomas Loraine McKenney, founder of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. McKenney was responsible for developing a governmental collection of portraits of prominent American Indians who visited Washington. McKenneys plan was preserving the likenesses of some of the most distinguished among this most extraordinary race of people because he believed that this race was about to become extinct, and that a faithful resemblance of the most remarkable among them would be full of interest in after times. McKenney decided to have the paintings reproduced as lithographs with original hand coloring.

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I feel like the two women in the current TV commercial talking about Christmas. Its Thanksgiving: One woman is carving a pumpkin, and saying, Thank goodness we have plenty of time before Christmas this year. The other woman agrees and then all of a sudden a car pulls up in a snow covered driveway with the Christmas tree tied on the roof. The women scream. Thats the way I feel. It all just happens so fast. One minute you have four weeks until Christmas and then you have two days. Or at least thats always the way it seems to me. I keep thinking I have loads of time. Ha! Its also only 9 days (as of today) from the expected arrival date of our newest grandson Liam. That should add lots of excitement for me. Sunday, after church, my granddaughter Leigha and I went up to my shop and did some Christmas decorating. It was a nice relaxing time spent talking about all sorts of things. Since it also happened to be 60+ degrees we were able to have the doors open and then have a fire pit steak dinner when we got back to the house. Grandson Logan had been helping Grand pop at our house with the tree and putting the Christmas train together. It was a wonderful day. The whole weekend was nice. If you ever get a chance to attend one of the Leonardtown Rotarys functions at Great Mills High School, I enthusiastically suggest you go. Last Saturday we saw The Mahoney Brothers with their stage act called Juke Box Heroes. The three brothers with other assorted family members are fine musicians and impersonate everyone from Neil Diamond, The Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, the Beatles, Elvis and The Beach Boys. We have been to several of these events in the last few years and enjoyed each one. I cant wait for next years program. Im also looking forward to our Christmas craft and tree trimming night at our church on the 15th. Im always looking for new craft ideas and projects so if you have any to send along, please do so, or come on out that evening for a potluck dinner and fun. All are welcome. My main project is to finish decorating here at home now, and I should create some outdoor and indoor Christmas-themed nature crafts. Since it is such a beautiful day (72 degrees to be exact), I guess I better head outside and take down the fall leaf wreath on the front door, and put away all the Funkins. Didnt I just put up the fall wreath yesterday?? Its time. The fall display of Indian corn and squash has already been spread all over the yard by the squirrels. You know I have a lovehate relationship with them anyway. Tidbit is pretty sure how she feels about squirrels. Ive been finding the cleaned corncobs in my planters and in the bird bath/planter. The squirrels, like usual, feel that I have too many Geraniums in my bird bath/planter and have flung them out on the ground; some are even hanging over the side. The squirrels get so bossy. I am surrounded by bossy animals - including Miss Tidbit. Time is a wasting, and we have tickets to the Redskins game tonight. I cant wait to see RGIII in action, and I hope Cooley will be playing tonight. They both seem like truly nice people. I hope everyone enjoys these surprise, beautiful days we are having and enjoys some outdoor activities, but if you are like me it will probably be for Christmas decorating. To each new days adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@

The idea of copying the paintings was a wise decision on McKenneys part, but not for the reasons he thought then. In January 1865, the Smithsonian Castle where many of the original paintings were held was destroyed by fire. All that are left in most cases were the lithographs. Athanasius Ford was responsible for Wa-Kawn by Athanasius Ford, painting one portrait Cornell University and copying three others. They are: Wakawn, a Winnebago chief. A copy of the Ford painting by Henry Inman (1801-1846) is in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University; Wa-kawn-ha-ka, a Winnebago chief. The original portrait of The Rattlesnake (Wah-konze-kaw) was copied by Athanasius Ford in Washington, D.C. in 1826; Hoo-Wan-Ne-Ka, a Winnebago Chief. The original was copied by Athanasius Ford in Washington, D.C.; and Waa-pa-laa or the Playing Fox, prince of the Fox tribe was copied by Athanasius Ford in Washington, D.C. in 1826. These portraits are part of the McKenney-Hall Portrait Gallery of American Indians on line via Cornell University. Ford ultimately obtained employment in Philadelphia and moved his family there by 1830. Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, 1789-1873, Wednesday, March 23, 1836. Buchanan presented a petition of Athanasius Ford and others, who are engaged in the custom-house department, at Philadelphia, praying an increase of the compensation they now receive for their services; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce. Athanasius Ford died in Philadelphia on November 29, 1849 and is buried in the Cathedral Cemetery.

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When Salt Is Good

By Debra Meszaros What would be left of your body if it was turned to ashes? What if all the water in your body was taken away? What would remain? What would be left are the basic chemical building blocks of the body known as cell salts. There are twelve biochemic tissue salts that make up the human body. They are used on the cellular level and are root elements of health, as they affect or control all that transpires in the body. When attempting to get to the bottom of foundational reasons for disease and dysfunction, we find these building blocks are often deficient. So is it possible that if we kept these salts in balance wed maintain optimal health? Our lifestyles leave the majority of us in periods of stress. Whether this stress is from an emotional, mental, or physical cause, it is still stress, and has an adverse affect on every one of us. It is highly likely that with decades of practicing this type of lifestyle, the stress begins to affect our assimilation of nutrients. Our digestive abilities normally decline as we age, and minerals begin to be poorly absorbed. Many people regardless of age have compromised absorption due to prior antibiotic use, pharmaceuticals, and food allergies and intolerances. Are we able to trick the body into absorbing minerals? Cell salts are in ionic form, therefore very digestible. They are biochemic remedies in homogenous homeopathic form. When these tiny tablets are placed under the tongue to dissolve, they go directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. Since they are in a form that cells already recognize, they are sucked into the cellular membrane instantly. This becomes an excellent option for those who exercise, train for a sport, or simply perform any action that results in excessive sweat. Your essential minerals can be restored instantly with the use of cell salts. This could quicken recovery and speed up cellular repair. The advantage of this nutrient being in a reduced ionic form is that once enough of a cell salt has been absorbed, the remaining balance is easily excreted without stress to your elimination system. This is different then an herb, nutritional supplement, or pharmaceutical, since the body expends no energy to dispose of the excess. What can these salts do for us? These salts known as Bioplasma cell or tissue salts are associated with: all elastic fibers of skin, vessels, bone surfaces, teeth, connective tissue, blood plasma, liver and bile fluids, muscles, brain cells, intercellular fluids, nerves, hair, and nails. Some of the actions they are involved in are: the uptake of fluids into your cells, the regulation of the excretion of excess water, transportation of oxygen, the breakdown of old red blood corpuscles, the prevention of illness, and healing processes. Hopefully I have shed some light on the fact that all salts are not created equally. BioPlasma cell (tissue) salts can be found on the Internet or local health food stores along with a vast amount of educational information. Happy exploring!
2012 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved. No duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. Use your intelligence to make the decisions that are right for you. Consulting a naturopathic doctor is strongly advised especially if you have any existing disease or condition.

New Guidelines Indicate Annual Pap Tests Unnecessary

Women may sigh in relief because they won't have to make the yearly trek to the gynecologist or family practitioner for a Pap test any longer. New information from medical groups states that by having pap smears in combination with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test, many women can safely spread out testing by five years. Recently, advice on having cervical cancer screenings has varied from medical expert to medical expert. Many advise women to get screened every one to three years. Now the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, which published a new set of guidelines in the Annals of Internal Medicine, state that by undergoing both a Pap smear and an HPV test together, which has been dubbed "co-testing," women ages 30 to 65 who have had negative results can wait another five years before the next test. The American Cancer Society is another organization issuing these revised guidelines. Experts advise that this is the first time that co-testing has been suggested and widely pushed, although some doctors have been doing co-testing on their own for years. The change was based on information that showed more frequent testing for cervical cancer did not dramatically lower the numbers of those at risk. Although the tests are safe, fertility risks abound if further testing and procedures are done as the result of a positive Pap test, which can sometimes be inaccurate. Researchers have also found that many cases of cervical cancer are linked to HPV. Because cellular changes triggered from HPV are slow-moving, it is not vital to have annual testing. It is possible to find and treat the cancer before it becomes dangerous, even if 10 years have passed, says George Sawaya, M.D., professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Although the guidelines are in place, many women may continue to have annual Pap smears, particularly because they are used to them and don't want to risk their health. Those who do not rely on their gynecologists as their primary care providers may be more apt to wait longer intervals between testing. The Pap smear is named after George Papanicolaou, a Greek doctor who created the test in 1943 and suggested it could provide crucial early detection of cervical and uterine cancer. Pap tests became routine in 1955 and have reduced cervical cancer deaths by around 75 percent. Women who are uncertain about waiting longer than a year between Pap tests can discuss their concerns with their gynecologists or family doctors. Together they can weigh the pros and cons of adopting a new schedule for cervical cancer screenings.

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By Doug Watson Contributing Writer The old saying goes, the apple doesnt fall far from the tree, and how true this statement is when it comes to Waldorf Marylands Kenny Moreland. Winning a championship in any division is no simple task, and to do it in your rookie season, well, is even more amazing. At the ripe old age of 23, Kenny Moreland etched his name in the Potomac speedway record

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Kenny Moreland: Potomac Speedway Champion

books as the 2012 late model track champion. Prior to Morelands success in the late models, the young pilot started in the street stock division before switching to the limited late models in 2010. The 2010 season proved to be a coming of age for Moreland as he scored his career first, and second, limited feature wins at Potomac during that campaign. 2011 only produced one win, but it would be his first-ever win at Hagerstown in the late model sportsman division. So the decision was made to jump to the late mod-

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els full-time for 2012, and Moreland did not disappoint. Armed with a Rocket chassis and Custom Race Engines power plant, Moreland would shock the Potomac faithful by leading the division with three feature wins. Entering the final points race of the season, Moreland sat second to Dale Hollidge by just four points. Moreland drove the race of his career and would go on to win the feature and the championship in the same event after a spirited battle with four-time Potomac late model champion David Williams. I really dont think this will sink in until tomorrow. Moreland said with an ear-to-ear grin. I had to be patient tonight and let the track come to me, and it did, and we were fortunate to pull off the win and the championship. Moreland was quick to praise those aided in his title-winning season. My mom and dad foot most all the bills on this car and without them I probably wouldnt be racing. Moreland stated. Joey Pingleton was a big part of our success this season. Said Moreland. His knowledge of these cars is second to none and he helped us a bunch this season and I can never forget the rest of the crew, I think I have the best bunch out there. Kenny joins his father George (2000 Potomac LM champion) as the only father/son duo in track history to win a championship at Potomac. Morelands success was not just limited to Potomac as he also took late model feature wins at Winchester and Hagerstown, all this in his rookie season. It was an amazing season. Moreland bottom-lined. To win five races at three different tracks, with the competition in this area, I couldnt be more proud and I hope we can do better next season.

Overlooked upon its initial release, the nostalgic 1983 comedy A Christmas Story became a holiday classic. The Newtowne Players stage Philip Grecians theatrical version, based partly on the film and partly on Jean Shepherds original story collection, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.


November 30 - December 16, 2012

Three Notch Theatre, Lexington Park
Play by Philip Grecian, based upon A Christmas Story, 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.


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Keith has hunted wild game and waterfowl in Maryland and other states for more than 45 years. When the fishing season wanes, you will find him in the woods until deer season finishes.

Dangers of Buying for a Hunter, Angler

Fur and Feathers

By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Why on earth are you using that gun for goose? Thats a skeet gun, I asked innocently. My friend answered in a very matter of fact way, Karen [his wife] gave it to me for Christmas and said she wanted me to shoot a goose with it. It happens every year. A well-meaning relative or very close friend buys hunting or fishing equipment as a Christmas gift that doesnt quite fit the bill. This may be fine for the person who only occasionally wets a hook or takes to the field. Most of us are much more serious about the sport. If you are that well-meaning gift giver, please dont buy hunting or fishing gear for your dedicated outdoor sports person unless they have told you exactly

what to buy and, in many cases, where to buy it. A novice who buys hunting or fishing gear for the enthusiast might as well buy golf clubs from a department store for Arnold Palmer or sports-car driving gloves for a truck driver. No doubt, the recipient of your well-meaning gift will graciously accept the gift and any conditions that you might put on its use. They might also seem happy about it. Trust me, they would be much happier with a gift certificate that they can use toward the purchase of the gear best suited for the game. It is crunch time. If you havent gotten the Christmas gift for the outdoors person on your list, here are a few general ideas. Every angler or hunter enjoys reading a good hunting or fishing magazine. There are some good ones out there and the subscription prices are a bargain. You could try Field and Stream or Outdoor Life as a starting point. There are some great outdoor shows coming up in the New Year. Try ordering admission tickets in advance. A good show for hunters is coming up Jan. 25 27 at the Frederick Fairgrounds called the NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show. General admission is $10. Find them online at www.

The largest outdoor show in the Northeast is the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. This show runs from Feb. 2 10 and is held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Penn. This show is so big that it is impossible to see everything in one day. The show is about fishing, boating, hunting, camping, and everything outdoors. General admission tickets go for $14. Look for it online at The Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Sportsman Expo will happen at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro Jan. 11 13. This is another show that will focus on hunting, fishing and boating. Tickets will be $12 at the door, but they have an online special for advance tickets at $10. A military ID gets a 50 percent discount. www. outdoorspor tsmanexpo. com. Every angler or hunter I know appreciates a gift certificate from locally owned sporting goods shops in our area. Stop by The Tackle Box, or search sporting goods shops online. I also recommend Green Top Hunting and Fishing in Ashland, Va. You can find them online at Now, if you dont mind, I have to get back in the woods to see if I can find a deer that will stand still very nearby so I can shoot it with the goose/deer/turkey/duck gun that my wife bought for me last Christmas.


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