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Redistricting Panel Announced

Morris said. The members of the new commission are Calvin Bryan, Jacqueline Miller, Pat Dolan, David Willenborg and Barbara Thompson. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell, and commissioners Larry Jarboe, Cynthia Jones, Todd Morgan and Morris respectively appointed the members. Russell could not recall recent discussions publicly among the commissioners about the panel but discounted the effect of the commissions suggestions, again because commissioners ran at-large. It came to us a couple of weeks ago and we had to appoint somebody, Russell said. Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) said he and other commissioners had received a memo from County Attorney George Sparling in the past several weeks telling them they had to make their appointments. He said the commissioners did not talk about it privately or publicly leading up to the appointments this week. I really dont think there was a whole lot of public discussion on this, Morgan said. A piece of legislation approved last year at the state level, HB 475, required that a redistricting commission be appointed after each census, which takes place every 10 years. The bill called for the commissions appointment before March 1 of this year and between Jan. 1 and March 1 every ten years from now. The panel, in its deliberations, can propose a new map for county commissioner election districts or keep the current map as it is. The panel is required to hold four separate public hearings in each of the four commissioner districts on their proposals. The final report of the redistricting commission is due by Dec. 31; if the commissioners do not act on it then the plan would become law 60 days after its submittal.

The newly appointed county redistricting commission has until the end of the year to meet and suggest a plan to redraw the countys internal elections boundaries. Commissioners announced Tuesday their selections to the redistricting commission, seemly without any public discussion in the months leading up to the appointments. Commissioner Dan Morris recalled some discussion in recent times about the redistricting commissions upcoming work. He believed however, that the work, though serious, was not really needed. The only change would be the district in which you serve, because when you run for office you run countywide, Morris said. Morris actively sought out volunteers for his selection on the panel, but no one came to him asking for the position. Nobody came to me and volunteered at anytime,

Dyson Opposes Senate Gun Bill

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Sen. Roy Dyson (D-Dist.29) has said he will vote against a bill being pushed by the OMalley administration that would ban military-style assault weapons, restrict large capacity ammunition magazines and require licensing and finger printing from prospective handgun buyers. Dysons local district office denies claims made in Tuesdays robocalls to his district voters saying he would vote for SB 281, one of the most hotly contested and controversial bills in Annapolis this year. Our Second Amendment rights must not be infringed but upheld, Dyson wrote in a press release dated Feb. 27. I will continue to fight with due diligence to defend our constitutional right to bear arms. On the on-line forum MDShooters, Patrick McGrady, head of the Maryland Liberty political action committee has claimed responsibility for the robocalls that apparently made to Dysons constituents. Our organization sent out 100,000 robocalls into the districts of senators that we need to vote against SB281 in order to kill it, one of McGradys posts stated on MDShooters. A few of the Senators have been whining, saying that they are going to vote against it. We need them to vote against it, speak out against it, show up at our rally, and publicly condemn the bill. Dysons press release called the information in the robocalls inaccurate. John Mountjoy, president of the local Sanners Lake Sportsman Club, said that he had received assurances from Dyson that the senator would vote against SB 281. I do know that Roys made it very clear, Mountjoy said, adding he had no knowledge of the robocalls. SB 281 was voted out of the state Senate Judiciary Committee late last week but is now being debated on the senate floor, where it is expected to go through an aggressive amendment process. Calls to McGrady for comment for this article were not returned as of press time.


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The St. Marys Board of County Commissioners, and the Department of Recreation and Parks, are pleased to announce that Fox Harbor, River Springs and St. Georges Island public waterfront landings have reopened after receiving new, ADA accessible piers. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Waterway Improvement Program and the Board of County Commissioners provided funding for the project. A total of six grants were utilized for the three projects; state funding totaled $327,841 with the county adding an additional $68,824. The new piers will enhance opportunities for boaters to experience the beauty of the Potomac River and its tributaries, said Jack Russell, Commissioner President. We are pleased that our partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has resulted in these beneficial projects for our citizens to enjoy, Recreation and Parks wishes to thank citizens for their patience during the construction period and believes the new piers will provide increased public access to our waterways. For more information regarding this or any other county managed public landing project, please contact David Guyther, Parks Manager, at 301-863-8400 ext. 3570. Information on the location and amenities at each landing can be found on the County website at

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Commissioners Revive Jail Project

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After a long debate Monday three out of the five members of the Board of County Commissioners reached a consensus to revive the jail project they voted to kill just months ago. The debate rekindled weeks ago when Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) changed his earlier stance on building a renovation to the jail that would greatly increase its size. Jarboe and two other commissioners, Dan Morris and Cynthia Jones, had raised objections to moving ahead with the project when the $24 million project came in $7 million over bid. The overage led to the vote to cancel the project. Monday commissioners considered moving ahead with a $9 million renovation project but considered reviving the project because of continued concerns over mounting population problems at the jail. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron confirmed, following some declines, the population was once again on the rise. I support what the sheriff supports, Jarboe said. I support the re-bid as designed. Commissioners debated about moving ahead with a complete redesign ensuring the expansion would not encroach on state property as the previous design did. The idea faltered when commissioners determined a new redesign would endanger state funding for up to half of the project. A majority of the commissioners were confident the issue of encroachment on state land could be easily remedied.

I wish the biggest problem was the land transfer, Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George Island) said. Cameron confirmed any plan approved by the state would have to meet their capacity projections out to 2025. Morris and Jones said they could not support going back to the original project because the re-bid would not have any significantly lower costs associated with it. Morris agreed. When I have $7 million over the cost and cant explain it I cant support a project like that, Morris said. He also worried that increasing the population at the jail, despite relatively flat residential growth in the county, would leave Leonardtown unprepared for inmate coming to stay there. Were going to bring an element into Leonardtown were not prepared for, Morris said. Commissioners had previously talked about redesign to cut the jail project costs but George Erichsen, director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, said the original project was the best the county could do. Value engineering a jail is a heck of a lot harder than value engineering commercial property because of all the security concerns, Erichsen said. What we specified in the original plan is the correct design. The original plan called for an entirely new minimum-security wing as well as internal security upgrades and improvements expanding the size of the jail to over 500 beds for inmates.

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Clarks Rest Project Restarts

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials with the Town of Leonardtown are pleased that a long-awaited residential project on Route 5 has finally started turning soil. The Clarks Rest project has gone through years of delays from financial constraints on the developer Marrick Homes as well as regulations on storm water management and green space from the state with which the builders had to contend. Were definitely excited to see the next wave of this project moving ahead, said Lascelle McKay, town administrator. Its integral to our future growth plan. Clarks Rests development would give town planners the opportunity to connect it with Leonards Grant community using connector roads without employing Route 5. Residents in both communities would be able to travel back and forth and access businesses and public amenities, such as a new school and athletic fields planned for the Hayden Property next to Leonards Grant, without putting added traffic stress on Route 5. The project has been in the planning stages since 2006. The plan calls for 205 single-family homes and 120 town house units, plus a commercial section fronting the homes on Route 5. The commercial site will be about 17,000 square-feet, according to project plans. Mayor Dan Burris said this first phase of the development will first be connected to the Singletree community that sits just off Route 5 in the northern section of town. Currently the entrance to Singletree has no traffic light to allow for a controlled left turn onto Route 5 and once Clarks Rest is completed Singletree residents will be able to use the new traffic signal slated for that project. That will be the safe way to make a left hand turn onto Route 5, Burris said.

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Environmentalists Warn of Fracking, LNG Export Problems

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Youre putting chemicals underground to get all kinds of oil and natural gas, Alsentzer said. Legal representatives of an Fracking carries with it the environmental movement told threat of environmental degradation, St. Marys College audience that according to Alsentzer. while hydraulic fracturing for Craig Segall, an attorney for natural gas is probably not a realithe Sierra Club, said the fracking ty for Southern Maryland, exportindustry was not subject to the same ing liquid natural gas out of Lusby broad range of federal regulations at Cove Point could be. governing other energy extraction If local residents want to processes. find a way to benefit from what Theyre an incredibly powerthey said was an environmentally ful industry with a lax set of laws, damaging practice they had to Segall said. stop exporting resources to other Drew Cobbs, representative countries. for the American Petroleum InstiGuy Alsentzer, legal coun- Drew Cobbs, of the American Petroleum tute, said fracking could be done sel for the Lower Susquehanna Institute explains hydraulic fracturing at safely and it was a necessary proRiverkeeper organization out of a symposium at St. Marys College of cess to meet ever-expanding energy Maryland Pennsylvania said exporting natdemands. ural gas would send money overseas and drive higher We need it all, Cobbs said of renewable and nonprices for energy. renewable energy resources. Renewables are the fastKeep the gas here, Alsentzer told one audience est growing but there arent that many out there. member who was concerned with finding a way to While demand has peaked in the United States prosper from hydraulic fracturing. Dont export it if for resources like gas, other countries that are trying youre going to drill. to build middle classes are pushing for more and more The controversial process of extracting natural energy. gas from shale deposits deep underground, more comIts China and India that are driving this, Cobbs monly known as fracking, is also a relatively new form said. If you want to have a middle class you need of energy mining technology, Alsentzer said. energy. The environment practice has unanswered questions about the safety and security of the process.

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The Board of County Commissioners for St. Marys County will hold its next public forum on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will take place in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building on the Government Center campus, at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown. Citizens are encouraged to attend and address the members of the Board of County Commissioners. The public forum will air live on St. Marys County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) and also be videotaped for subsequent broadcast. The forum can also be available for online viewing on the countys website at Click on videos. Those wishing to speak at the public forum will be allowed up to three minutes to address commissioners. Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so via email or regular mail. The Board of County Commissioners can be reached via e-mail at or by standard mail at Board of County Commissioners for St. Marys County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

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Commissioners Recognize SoMD Sudoku Championship Day

Commissioners took time during their weekly business meeting to issue a proclamation recognizing Saturday, March 2 as Southern Maryland Sudoku Championship Day. Sudoku is a puzzle printed on a square grid of nine large squares each subdivided into smaller squares. The object is to fill in each of the 81 squares so that each column, row, and large square contains every number from one to nine. Mike Thompson from St. Johns School in Hollywood received the proclamation from commissioners on behalf of the school, which hosts the annual championship as its annual fundraiser. Commissioners encourage everyone to take part in the annual Sudoku Championship Day on March 2 at the St. Johns Monsignor Harris Center, 43900 St. Johns Road in Hollywood. The championship will take place between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. Details about the event can be found at www.sjshollywood. org/AboutSJS/SoMD-Sudoku-Championship.aspx or Google SoMD Sudoku Championship 2013.

Annapolis, MD 02/21/13 Hospitality leaders representing Calvert, Charles, and St. Marys Counties were among about 200 Maryland tourism leaders assembled at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis on Feb. 8 to meet with their state legislators to advocate for Gov. Martin O'Malley's recommended budgets for the Maryland Tourism Development Board, the Office of Tourism Development and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Speaking on behalf of the southern Maryland tourism community, Patrick Welton, General Manager of the Hampton Inn Waldorf, a property owned and managed by Cherry Cove Hospitality stated Now is not the time to fight over tourism spending. In spite of a 16.9 percent market share increase since 2007 Maryland only saw .5 percent increase in occupancy 2012 over 2011. In 2012 Southern Maryland generated an estimated $438 million in tourism sales and $14.5 million in the form of tourism taxes. A recent study concluded that for every dollar invested in tourism promotion Maryland realized $6 in state sales tax and more than $31 in state and local taxes. These taxes support the general funds of the operating budgets of government on the state and local levels. Maryland and more specifically southern Calvert and St. Marys County have been hard hit already by the preparation for sequestration and the reality of inevitable severe defense budget cuts. Tourism promotion and the leveraging of the state and regional tourism assets will help to offset the effects of cuts to defense spending in revenue and associated tax dollars. said Welton. Beverly Brown, chair of Tourism Advisory Council of the St. Marys County Chamber said It is estimated that one tour bus into the region visiting tourism assets can generate $1012,000 for just one single overnight visit. Recently St. Marys County saw a 44 percent increase in revenue from a previously unscheduled swimming championship utilizing the pools at the St. Marys College of Maryland. Counties can leverage their recreational assets such as fields and waters to generate tourism traffic. Charles County sees an estimated $600,000 in economic impact for their sponsorship of the ASA Fast Pitch Girls Tournament, and $900,000 from FLW / Wal-mart Bass Fishing Leagues - Northeast Potomac River Tournament. Tourism assets like Jefferson Patterson Park, Historic St. Marys City, Sotterley Plantation and other venues play host to destination weddings. While not specifically designed to generate tax revenue, in the hands of the tourism community, bring value back to the state and region. Lisa Kelley of Canard Catering and Event Production, a southern Maryland owned and operated boutique catering firm specializing in custom weddings said weve seen destination wedding generate as much as $200,000 in local revenue. but estimates the average wedding spends about $40,000 per event. When approved, the funds for the Maryland Tourism Development Board, the Office of Tourism Development and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission are directly distributed to our local governments in the form of state marketing grants to help promote and market Southern Maryland and other regions as destinations for visitors.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Every week, students from Calvert and St. Marys counties gather to talk about hot issues in Southern Maryland, Annapolis and the rest of the world. The weekly student politics meeting grew out of an idea St. Marys Ryken teacher Ken Scheiber heard from his students at St. Marys Ryken, to find time to talk politics more in depth and understand both sides of a debate. St. Marys Ryken senior Mark Mergner helped come up with the ides when he canvased with Scheiber for the Tony ODonnell campaign on Aug. 9. He said the school should offer politically relevant groups for students. The only suggestion Mergner would make is to get more students involved in the student politics nights. Currently, the group is comprised of Republican-leaning members. Democratic-leaning individuals would balance the conversations, Mergner said. St. Marys Ryken junior Ethan Rudman wants to see more teens involved in politics night. He said he joined after hearing about the group during Scheibers politics class in September, and has attended regularly since. He plans to remain involved during his senior year. One of the most memorable discussions was around the rise and impact of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Politic nights are casual, Rudman said. They normally start with pizza, and then Scheiber introduces the topic and leads students in discussion. Scheiber chooses topics according to student interests and current political topics. Group sizes range from one to 20 students. Once numbers stabilize, and if students are interested, Scheiber said he plans to invite guest speakers. Mergner has learned to see both sides of an argument, and build a stronger case to express his opinions. Rudman said the group has broadened my intellectual horizons and helped him understand different points of view. Scheiber intends to continue the group during the 2013-2014 school year, and during the summer if students are interested.

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Feb. 28, 7 p.m. St. Cecilia's Catholic Church (US and Russia) March 7, 7 p.m. Calvert County Republican Central Committee (Republican v. Democrats on Urban Policy) March 14, 7 p.m. St. Cecilia's Church (topic to be determined) March 21, 7 p.m. Calvert County Republican Central Committee (Military Tribunals)

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The groups meet at the Republican Central Committee headquarters in Prince Frederick and at St. Cecilia Parish in St. Marys City. The groups have been meeting since the end of September, welcoming students from home, public and private schools. For more information, e-mail Scheiber at kms33344@

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer Tentative agreements have been reached between the school board and the unions, which will grant pay raises to teachers and employees. The agreement gives step raises in 2013 and 2014 to staff members that did not receive merit steps in 2011 and 2012. The first step will go into effect on July 1, and the second in the middle of the 2013-2014 school year. Pay raises are to be awarded based on years of service. Staff not receiving salary increases for either of the first two steps will be awarded an $800 one-time stipen in December. Contract language allows additional years with salary options. The agreements, set to expire in July 2015, will now end in 2017. EASMC, which represents teachers, and CEASMC, representing all other school employees, share similar agreement terms union members must still accept the terms of the agreement. Funding for this agreement is included in my proposed budget, and implementation will be dependent upon the funding we receive in our [fiscal year] 2014 operating budget request, Superintendent Michael Martirano stated in a press release. Anna Laughlin, president of EASMC, commended Martirano for his efforts, but feels educators in St. Marys County deserved more. While its not everything that employees deserve, we appreciate Dr. Martiranos and the Board of Educations courage in taking this step in the right direction, Laughlin said in a statement. We trust that our county commissioners will work collaboratively with us to make this a reality for our valued employees. Terri Butt, president of CEASMC, believes the salary and benefits packages are crucial to recruiting the best school employees to St. Marys. The school boards hard work and diligence during the process shows they understand the importance of taking care of employees, she said. This agreement demonstrates their respectful commitment to get us back on track, said Butt.

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White Marsh Elementary School is located in the northern section of St. Marys County. Built in 1956, we are one of the smallest schools in St. Marys County with approximately 263 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and over 30 dedicated staff members. The staff, students and parents in the White Marsh Elementary school community are committed to excellence. We understand every student is unique and are constantly striving to achieve new approaches to meet the needs of our diverse learners. We believe our mission is best accomplished in a rigorous school environment characterized by high expectations for all students. We have strong community, home and school relationships at White Marsh and believe in equity and excellence in learning. Our dedicated PTA works diligently to sup- Green School Initiative - 5th grade students and teachers port students, teachers and staff. They have a va- planned a school-wide book swap. riety of fundraisers throughout the year to support programs to enhance the academic and social development of our students. We are proud that White Marsh Elementary has been included in the Washington Posts prestigious list of top 100 elementary schools in Maryland based on the number of students at those schools who scored the highest of three performance levels on Maryland school assessment exams. The students and staff at White Marsh Elementary are extremely proud to be at such a high performing school, with most Maryland State AsDanielle Barber, Desmond Meredith and Blake Owens have work featured on Mrs. sessment grades at over 95 percent passing in both Ramseys Wall of Fame reading and math last year. White Marsh students and teachers are extremely committed to the preservation of our Principal, Mrs Ramsey working with 3rd grade math students environment. In June 2009, we were designated the 2012 Maryland Center for Character Educaa Green School through the Maryland Green tion (MCCE) School of the Year award. The award Schools Award Program. Conservation is en- recognizes a school for its efforts and accomplishtwined in our school day as recycling tips are read ments in helping students develop into their full on morning announcements, soda can collection potential as citizens and adults. We use several days are held monthly and students eagerly partici- programs at White Marsh Elementary to develop pate in Green School Book Swaps. We also have good character among our students. The Readnumerous school beautification projects includ- ing Buddies program pairs students in an activing school cleanups and planting and maintaining ity where older students read to or with younger a Kindergarden Additionally, students recycle an students throughout the year. Good behavior, acaassortment of items such as juice pouches, glue demic accomplishments and character are recogbottles, tape dispensers, lunch containers and ink nized at awards assemblies. Our school also uses cartridges. White Marsh Elementary was a recipient of Continued on Page 13 All students participate in the school-wide recycling program


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the Bucket Filling theme where students are recognized when they fill someones bucket with a kind act or word. Grades three through five receive classroom guidance lessons from the Steps to Respect Program. Grade one and two are taught lessons from the Second Step Program and Kindergarten students learn about the I Care Rules in the I Care Cat Program. Lessons also focus on each character trait, social skills, career awareness and other issues. The fifth grade students select a book about bullying, develop a lesson plan, and teach a lesson about bullying to a grade K-3 class. Students at White Marsh Elementary are able to participate in service opportunities through the Safety Patrol Program, Morning Announcements, Recycling Club and School Photographers. School wide service

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Team Gail! Relay for Life Top Fund Raising School!

projects are also held throughout the year. Additionally, students are able to participate in numerous school activities including Kids Helping Kids Food Collection for the hungry in Southern Maryland, Future Leaders of Our World (FLOW), March of Dimes Reading Champions, SMECO Knowledge Bowl and Math Challenge, Relay for Life and a school-wide health program. We also have student run clubs such as the recess intramural league and school newspaper club. Service to the community is vital to our Destination ImagiNation team as well. The White Marsh Brainiacs have been working diligently on their service learning project. They have held several fundraisers including a school garage sale, which raised $500 dollars for Lucky Dog Rescue. The team members have also collected leashes, collars, toys, food, beds, and other dog related items. Relay for Life has always been an important charity to White Marsh Elementary, but never more than last year when our secretary, Gail Beavers was diagnosed with breast cancer. The entire school community rallied and showed their support by becoming the top fundraising team in St. Marys County, donating over $16,000 to help fight cancer in our area. Our students experienced a Relay for Life event by having Relay Recess, a student version of Relay for Life. Relay Recess was held after field day and granted students the opportunity to participate in stations promoting healthy living. Students were also able to make posters and signs to honor and remember loved ones with cancer. More than 200 students participated in the event. Way to go Team Gail! Mr. Arnold and Star Student of the Week Derek Gladden

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A St. Marys County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Chesapeake Beachs M&M Amusement owner to eight years in prison. Robert Anthony Mister, 43, was originally charged with being part of a prescription drug ring selling pills on the streets of Calvert and St. Marys counties, but his lawyer, Thomas V. Mike Miller argued that his client was not actually involved in their sale. My client is an addict not a dealer, Miller, the Maryland Senate president said, The only reason he pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute is because of the number of pills. Since Mister also works as a construction site supervisor; putting him in jail, Miller said, would mean he could no longer help support his large family. Miller asked for a local sentence and work release for his client. My client supports nine chil-

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dren he works constantly, Miller said, adding that the mothers of the children he supported were there in the courtroom and that Mister was paid up on all his child support. He simply bought them for his addiction, Miller said. For the last year hes been in drug treatment. States Attorney Richard Fritz would not relent from the eight-year sentence he requested since it was near the bottom of the [sentencing] guidelines. Stamm said it was an appropriate sentence given Misters record that showed other offenses and little jail time served. Stamm said his record showed he was not able to be on probation. When I look at the guidelines, you have a major record, Stamm said. Misters conviction was for possessing a large quantity of narcotics. He will serve his sentence in the states Department of Corrections.

Man Indicted for Child Sex Abuse

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A man, charged late last year with sexually abusing a minor child, has formally been indicted in county Circuit Court. According to charging documents filed against Edward Adams, 50, of Mechanicsville he had sexually molested a young male who was in his custody off and on since 2008. He was charged for three separate instances occurring in December 2012. Adams admitted to inappropriately touching the victim at least three times but the incidents may have been as high as 12 times, according to court documents. Adams told investigators he had accidentally touched the victim inappropriately while looking for a remote control device sometimes twice in one night, charging papers stated. The victim stated in court papers that he had to remove Adams hand from touching him and the abuse was unwanted. The victim was removed from the home by the countys Department of Social Services, court papers stated. Adams faces charges of sexually abusing a minor, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

Narcotics Arrests
The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. Patrol deputies responded to a 911 call for a subject not breathing in the parking lot of a Lexington Park business. Deputies responded with Rescue Squad personnel and discovered a 28-year-old female who was not breathing, in the rear of a vehicle. As emergency personnel attempted to revive the female, Patrol deputies began their investigation into what caused this medical episode. The female was treated initially on the scene before being transported to St. Marys MedStar. Patrol deputies identified quickly determined the patient overdosed on heroin and Vice/Narcotics detectives joined the investigation. A shoelace, metal spoon and a syringe were recovered from a nearby trashcan. It was discovered that suspect Michael Issiah Harrison, 26 of California, Md., had removed the discarded evidence from the patients lap in an attempt to conceal the illegal activity. He was found to be in possession of additional heroin. He was charged with obstruction of justice and posMichael Harrison session of heroin. Further investigation revealed the heroin that led to the overdose was provided by Suspect Jason Michael Reintzell, 35 of Lexington Park. Reintzell was charged with reckless endangerment and distribution of heroin. A search warrant was executed on Reintzells home and additional charges are pending. Vice/Narcotics detectives, supported by members of the Emergency Services Team and K-9 deputies, executed a search and seizure Jason Reintzell warrant on the Hollywood home of Suspect Devin Tray Proctor, 22 of Hollywood, Md., related to his distribution of marijuana. A quantity of marijuana, related paraphernalia and some possible stolen items were recovered. Additional charges and arrests are pending. Vice/Narcotics detectives received information that a quantity of controlled prescription medication had been smuggled into the St. Marys County Detention Center. Detectives immediately began working with Correctional Officers to locate the contraband. Devin Proctor As the investigation continued, Suspect Bobbie Ann Cavey, 48 of Mechanicsville, was identified as a possible recipient of the controlled prescription medication. While making contact with inmate Cavey, she removed a lip balm stick from a secreted location of her body and began to ingest the contents. The prescription medication was recovered and she was charged accordingly. Inmate Anita Katherine Emery, 24 of CaliforBobbie Cavey nia, Md., was identified as also having controlled prescription medication and she too attempted to ingest the pills that were also contained within a lip balm canister. Emery was able to ingest one of the two pills as correctional officers entered her cell; detectives recovered the second one. James Clarke Detectives identified two additional inmates that received and had already consumed the contraband and they will be charged when the drug Anita Emery test results are confirmed. James Louis Clarke, 28 of California, Md., was charged through grand jury indictment for possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute. Tyreise Divron Nelson, 20 of Lexington Park, was indicted and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Tyreise Nelson

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ity, Blumberg told The County Times. We had the right to reassess the case and thats what we did. The next step for Jennings will be to have a March hearing, Blumberg said, where it will be determined whether he is, in fact incapacitated. If he is not incapacitated he will remain in jail; if ruled incapacitated he would be returned to home detention. If he remains in jail, Blumberg said, he would then be eligible for a standard parole hearing. Jennings initial release from jail by the parole commission last year started a local controversy with States Attorney Richard Fritz saying the commission acted improperly by not informing the family of the victim of Jennings re- Jerron Jennings lease until after the fact. Fritz later blamed officials at the jail for lying about the circumstances of the release. Fritzs allegations sparked an internal investigation into the incident within the sheriffs office, which has yet to be completed. In reference to this medical parole and violation, Capt. Michael Merican, head of the sheriffs office Division of Corrections, said, Ive never seen anything like this before.

Unusual Parole Violation Returns Inmate to Custody

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The state parole board has charged a man for violating his parole while he was out on medical leave. His violation: recovering from surgery, according to information from the county sheriffs office. Prince Georges County resident Jerron Jennings who was paroled in October so he could receive surgery for a knee injury; was serving a local sentence for his conviction on vehicular manslaughter charges in a crash in Budds Creek back in 2010 that killed another man, Richard Jackson of Bowie. According to information from the sheriffs office, a parole officer ruled Jennings no longer incapacitated by his injury when his doctor released him from therapy on Jan. 31. The sheriffs office quoted the parole agent as saying: Mr. Jennings was released from custody for medical purposes. He was released with the understanding that during his surgery/recovery he would be incapacitated and unable to be a danger to himself or others. On January 31, 2013, Mr. Jennings was cleared by his physician and no longer required physical therapy. Mr. Jennings will meet with his physician in a year. Since Mr. Jennings is no longer incapacitated medically, Mr. Jennings has the potential to be a danger. Jennings is alleged to have violated condition No. 8, or shall conduct yourself as not to present a danger to yourself or others. Jennings now faces a parole violation hearing after his Feb. 25 arrest, according to the countys sheriffs office. David Blumberg, head of the Maryland State Parole Commission, said that Jennings parole was as a special instance because it was medical in nature and as such when he recovered he was to be sent back to jail. The law allowed the parole commission no leeway, Blumberg said. This was always a possibil-

Bureau of Criminal Investigations Sheriff Blotter

Detectives from the St. Marys County Bureau of Criminal Investigations is seeking the publics assistance in locating Lance Edward Crossley, age 34, 55, 165 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. Crossley failed to report to the St. Marys County Detention Center, as directed by court order, on traffic related charges. Crossley is believed to be in the Waldorf area of Charles County. Lance Crossley Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Lance E. Crossley is asked to contact Sgt. R. Hill at the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations at (301) 475-4200 Ext. 1963. Citizens can text a tip to TIP239 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or can call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333. The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. On Feb. 21, 2013 deputies responded to the J.C. Penney for a report of an employee theft. Investigation revealed Benjamin Culbert between the dates of Jan 15 and Feb. 14 Benjamin Joseph Culbert, 22 of Great Mills, Maryland, an employee, stole more than $1,000 in currency. Further investigation revealed Culbert was in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected Percocet, without a prescription. Culbert was also in possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. Culbert was arrested and charged with theft, theft scheme, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.

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Harold Herndon Mirrors Countys Success

By Alex Panos Staff Writer About 50 years ago, Harold Herndon rode on a bus from New York to a rather rural St. Marys County to begin a new career. As he entered the private industry and his company took off, so did the growth of Marylands first county. Herndon originally moved to St. Marys to begin his teaching career. He took a job as a music instructor at George Washington Carver High School at the time an all black high school in the early 1960s. He recalled there was one road at the time, from Waldorf all the way down to Lexington Park, and two lights one in Hughesville and another at gate one of Naval Air Station Patuxent River. There wasnt anything down here, Herndon said. After the civil rights movement joined Great Mills and Carver high schools together, Herndon took a job as Great Mills band director. He later was promoted to the administrative ranks at Spring Ridge Middle and eventually became assistant principal at Leonardtown High School. Seemingly on pace to realize his career goal of becoming a principal, Herndon abruptly left the school system during winter vacation in the early 1980s. Despite 20 years as an employee in the school system, Herndon decided it was time to become his own boss. My aspiration was to become a high school principal, Herndon said, hinting his race as an African-American played a part in his inability to become principal. He has a vivid memory of his first experience in Leonardtown during the 60s. When Herndon arrived in Leonardtown, he stepped off the bus and went to Dukes for a bite to eat. He ordered his meal and sat down at the bar. To his surprise, he wasnt permitted to sit at the bar and eat, but was instead told to go to another area of the town. Simply put, Herndon was tired of being disappointed in his current field and decided it was time to move on. Herndon has never dwelled on issues of racism from his past. It pushed me into doing something I never thought about or dreamed about, he said. Herndon and his co-founder opened Compliance Corporation an engineering and informational technology support service company. When he made the transition to supporting the defense industry from the education system, Herndon found an acronym book and spent time learning each one. For his next task, Herndon taught himself how to write computer codes, and played a vital role in the success of handling the companys first contract.

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He wrote the code himself, to be able to easily access any report the company asked for. The company has built its reputation through word of mouth as a result of topnotch service. Archeologists and engineers began using his services along with department of defense contractors. And the business just grew from there, he said Compliance Corporation now has offices across the country. As the business grew, so too did St. Marys County. Over time suburb-style neighborhoods and commercial shopping centers have popped up across the county. Added Herndon, the development and growing number of people in the county has changed many opinions over the years, particularly those that he encountered while in the school system. Herndon has been a member of over 20 boards and organizations in St. Marys, to include economic development, chamber of commerce, small business development, nursing home board and navy league. He has been involved in so many organizations he doesnt even remember the first one. Yet if he doesnt believe he can fully commit to a cause he simply elects not to participate. I dont go into the situation expecting a payback. If I can make life a little bit easier for somebody else, then Im going to try to do that, Herndon said. I feel its an obligation to make things better for everybody. He especially enjoys working with children, and finds it particularly rewarding when they grow up and tell him how much his advice and mentorship helped them

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through the years. For his next endeavor, Herndon plans to create a series of lesson plans for new parents helping them teach their children to be accountable, respectful and responsible. With Facebook as his medium of choice, because people with young children are likely to access it online rather than read a book, Herndon wants to continue to help young children succeed. While his own future is clear to him, it remains to be seen in his eyes how St. Marys will continue to develop. While the base provided a large reason of the countys growth, it cannot be the only means of growth moving forward, Herndon said. A group of forward thinking people are in the process of attempting to develop another source of growth to not be entirely dependent of the naval base for economic development. According to Herndon, the county is trying to develop a concept similar to Silicon Valley where people go with great technology ideas but the center in St. Marys would be used for other things such as engineering. Called the Center of Excellence, Herndon says people from around the world would utilize the facility to help see their ideas become a reality. Forward-thinking and challenging young people intellectually will be key to the continued development of St. Marys, according to Herndon. The service is not for show, he said of his efforts to help St. Marys prosper. I need to do it for me.


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Suggestions for Federal Budget Deficit
We spend 88 percent of our federal budget on defense, the Veterans Administration, Social Security, Medicare, the portion of Medicaid for Senior Citizens in nursing homes, and the payment on the debt. Only about 12 percent of the federal budget is discretionary. The debt arises primarily because we do not collect enough taxes to pay for defense, Social Security, and medical care for the elderly. We only collect 62 cents in taxes for every dollar we spend. Fifty cents of every dollar in federal program benefits is spent on people over the age of 65 and they have earned their benefits. First, defense is a necessity but we maintain about 1,000 military bases in foreign nations. These bases allow us to forward position our military and respond to threats globally. They also represent about 30 percent of our defense budget. At best we are only paid 25 percent of the costs for those bases by the host countries, even if they are a NATO ally. Some host nations pay little to nothing. All of our foreign bases are a cash cow to their host nation. We cannot afford to the global policeman indefinitely without reasonable compensation. The world has changed greatly in the last 60 years. Many parts of Europe and Asia are no longer destitute. Some of our NATO partners now have a higher median income and standard of living that the USA. As US Defense Secretary Gates has stated to our NATO allies that the time for America covering more than 75 percent of the coalition's defense spending is over. If host countries refuse to pay their fair share for these bases; we should close those first before we ever consider closing or reducing a USA military base such as the Patuxent Naval Air Station. Secondly, Social Security has an income cap of $110,000 so the wealthy contribute very little to it. Although many have suggested elevating the qualifying age for benefits, this is very optimistic when you consider the fact that so many of our unemployed are in their fifties and sixties right now. Another issue is health and physical capability which many jobs such as law enforcement, emergency services, construction, and manual labor employment require. The best solution is raising the income cap. Raising the cap to $250,000 would make Social Security solvent to about 2050. Removing all income limits on Social Security contributions would greatly help to make it solvent indefinitely. Third, about 30 percent of all our medical costs are wasted in terms of duplicate and unnecessary testing. Electronic databases could eliminate duplicate tests. Risk based analysis could eliminate much of the unnecessary tests. Currently, about 25 percent of Medicare costs are spent in the last month of a patients life. Better preventive care and patient compliance with physicians instructions, medication, stress reduction, diet, and exercise could reduce much of the acute care currently being utilized while improving the quality and longevity of life. Joe Belanger Leonardtown

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A Wise Community Investment

As state and local governments everywhere struggle with meeting community needs, it would be wise for elected officials not to overlook the immense contribution museums make to the local economy. That is true here in Southern Maryland, and that is why government should support museums. Museums attract tourists, and cultural tourists are the stars of the travel industry, staying 53 percent longer and spending 36 percent more than other visitors. Museums also bolster our education system, investing more than $2 billion annually in education programs that positively impact our neighbors, of all ages and backgrounds. Less tangibly but no less essential, museums enhance our quality of life. I know I take pride in the museums here in Southern Maryland, and I think most of our fellow citizens share that view, and should share it with our elected leaders. I will be doing so in Congress Feb. 26 during Museums Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. I urge readers who love our museums to join our effort by visiting the American Alliance of Museums website (, where they can easily send a letter to Congress expressing their support for museums. Museums are community anchors, and government at all levels needs to be made aware of their value. I also invite you to check out our website (www., where you can read about our new space museum opening 2014 in Calvert County, MD. Alan J. Hayes Chairman/CEO Spaceflight Institute Volanz Aerospace Inc. Dunkirk Volanz Aerospace Inc. is an IRS 501c3 non-profit educational corporation. (

Dont Believe the Politicians

The world will end on 1 March 2013! How do I know? Because all the politicians are telling me thats what will happen if sequestration goes into effect. But Im sorta from Missouri. I have to have more than a politician tell me something will happen. Rarely do I find their proclaimed catastrophe actually occurs. The way I understand it, we have a spendation (definition: how much the government spends per year without a budget.) of $3.4 trillion per year. The politicians expected to add another $100 billion to that number and were suddenly faced with the horror of only getting $15 billion. The loss of that $85 billion is now going to cost, from what I hear on the news, something like 75,000 jobs, loss of Medicare, loss of who knows how many cops, aircraft carriers, doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs. Mr. Bernankes adding $85 billion per month to the economy and has been since early last year and will continue to do so well into this year. Doesnt it seem that if the loss of $85 billion over a year or more is going to create so much havoc, then adding $85 billion a month to the economy should have a positive effect. Every person in the USA, including the undocumented visitors and all the people on welfare, unemployment, and extraterrestrials should own at least two Government Motors SUVs, a mansion on the hill and a tidy bank account? Im kind of slow in understanding a lot of things, but it just seems to me that politicians only lie when their lips move. And they all went to a different arithmetic class than I did. They count real funny. I know two things for sure: If a politician tells me its a sunny day, I run to the window and check; and if one of them shakes my hand, I quickly count my fingers. James H. Hilbert Mechanicsville

Hoyer Is Complicit
During the last election cycle, we heard a great deal about how Rep. Steny Hoyer was the champion of the Patuxent River Naval Base. He alone was responsible for its continued existence and success. Calvin Briens recent letter to the editor rings that same bell, but this time it falls strangely flat. As sequestration nears, and furloughs loom, Mr. Hoyers lack of leadership is amazingly evident. As the Minority Whip of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives, you would think he would work harder to convince his party that the present debt crisis poses a great danger to our countrys security and economic well-being. Instead, he has been complicit with the actions of an administration that, over the past four years, has plunged the United States into a morass of red ink. If Mr. Hoyer truly understood the dangers of our national debt and the looming sequestration, he would convince our president to cut spending and work with the Republican leadership to restore fiscal sanity to our countrys coffers. Sadly, he has not done this. And even more sadly, the people of our country, as well as the residents of Southern Maryland, may soon pay a steep price for this dereliction of duty. Mary Burke Russell Chairman St. Marys Republican Central Committee Julie Burk-Greer Vice Chair Kevin Cioppa, Community Outreach

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Attention All Recent and Former Patients of Ophthalmologist N.K. Laheri, MD
All medical records dating forward from January 1, 2008 will be transferred to MedStar St. Marys Hospital, 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 on March 01, 2013. Medical records for patients seen by Dr. Laheri prior to the January 1, 2008 date will be destroyed on March 25, 2013. If you would like to obtain your medical records before they are destroyed, please call 301-2905915 and leave a message with your name and phone number. After notification, MedStar St. Marys Hospital will contact you to schedule a time for you to pick up your records at the Front Desk of St. Marys Hospital, 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650

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Free Tax Form Help

Well, here we are again in one of my favorite times of the year, tax season. It's not that I like paying them but as one of the twenty St. Mary's AARP Tax-Aide Counselors led by our District Coordinator, Ms. Dana Davis, it gives me another opportunity to help my neighbors in the county. It makes me mad that our beloved Congress has, among many other things, made the federal income tax laws so convoluted and cumbersome that the average person not only can't prepare their own taxes, but some retirees cannot determine whether they even have to file a return. This situation drives many low and moderate income individuals/families to paid preparers who charge exorbitant rates for even modest returns; some even charge for determining that the person is not required to file. Unlike Representative Hoyer, I have no opportunity to influence changes in the federal tax laws that would make them easier to calculate for the average person. I can and do, however, volunteer to learn each year's tax laws and changes and to qualify as an IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteer Counselor. While I cannot change the laws, I can at least help others save some unnecessary expenses, help them in preparing their tax returns, and have their federal and state returns electronically filed. This service is absolutely free for those who come to us. The only thing we request is that you give us a smile when you leave with a copy of your free tax return in your hand. No one has failed to do that during the 5 plus years I've been volunteering and none of my co-volunteers has failed to see one either. While we prepare returns for all ages, from teens with a first job through retirees, the emphasis is on low to moderate incomes with special attention to seniors. Many families visit our preparation sites to have returns prepared for several generations while they wait. All returns are done face-to-face with a counselor so that they can ask questions specific to your situation and, in turn, you can get your questions answered by a trained professional. Return preparation generally averages about an hour. Last year, under Ms. Davis' dynamic leadership, St. Mary's County completed over 700 tax returns. I was amazed that as rural a county as St. Mary's could have the level of participation we experienced as compared with other areas of the state, which have higher population densities and shorter distances to travel to a preparation site. Her expansion of the number of her volunteers to twenty while increasing access throughout the county has enabled us to assist an ever-increasing number of our neighbors. While appointments are required for most counseling sites, we also have a site donated by McKays on Great Mills road where walk-ins are taken four times each week. For appointments or operational hours of the various sites call 301-884-8370. It is personally gratifying to hear some taxpayers returning year after year saying, "You did my taxes last year," for that lets us know we are providing a valuable service and our efforts are appreciated. It is equally gratifying to see new folks who have heard about us and want to try our free service. As the number of people served increases, volunteer satisfaction grows knowing that last year we saved over an estimated $100,000 in paid preparer fees that instead have gone to pay for prescription medications, food, clothing, and utility bills. We hope to see you in the coming months (If you have not already visited) and help you with your tax returns. Y'all come see us now, y'hear? Glenn Weder Hollywood

To The Editor
Name New School for Local War Hero

Captain Walter Dukes body has for the last 69 years rotted in a jungle in Burma. He was shot down on D-Day a half a world away. He is Marylands highest scoring war ace ever, with 16 confirmed kills. Captain Duke first joined the Canadian Air Force to fight Nazis a year before Pearl Harbor. He transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps after the United States entered the war. He was returning form his last mission when he radioed that his wingman was missing. He turned and radioed he was going back to find his friend. His squadron was equipped with P-38s, a twin-engine fighter. He came upon a dozen Japanese Zeros and, instead of turning and easily outrunning them, he attacked them head on and shot down three of them before dying. Never leave your wingman is the first rule in a dogfight. His wingman landed safely. His last radio transmission as hes falling to his death Im going home. His body had not been found when the school naming process was taking place. Captain Duke can tell you where the term the whole nine yards originates. If you ever ate, drank or had fun at Dukes, or were ever in the military or respect the price they pay for your freedom, do the right thing. Please contact the Board of Education at 301-375-5511 ext. 177 and let them know how you feel. Please call and find out when the Board of Educations meeting to name the school will take place and where. Please plan to attend their meeting. The whole nine yards is the length of a 50-caliber ammo belt. Lets give the Board of Education the whole nine yards. Captain Walter Duke is coming home finally. He will be buried half a mile from the new school site. Leonardtown was preparing for his welcome home celebration when word came that he was MIA. He had an airport unnamed after him. Jonathan Beasley Budds Creek

Wars Are Tragedies Too

The Newtown, CT tragedy is no longer a news item. The media has exploited to the fullest. Now the vultures are ready to cash in on the tragedy. Sue the state for millions of dollars. Its not the money at stake, but the caring for the children affected by the incident. Please do not insult our intelligence. When a tragedy occurs, the first time to come to mind is gun control. People wont realize guns do not kill. Only people kill. There are no laws in effect or will be in effect that can predict these events. Nostradamus himself would not have predicted these tragedies. They just happen. Congress calls for gun control in the United States, but does not include the rest of the world. We give billion of dollars in foreign aid to most countries in the world. This is astounding from a country that is broke. Where does the money come from? Why cant we help our own country? The money is given to these countries in the form of weaponry. We must keep these warmongers, who manufacture equipment necessary for these countries to remain at war, in business. They need the money. Speaking of gun control, a thought crosses my mind. Why are wars a necessary evil? Manufactures who make weaponry necessary to fight wars in our world are a huge business. Millions of dollars are at stake and these corporations ensure that there is a war somewhere to keep their company in business at all times. Think of it. Why are people in other counties considered to be just cannon fodder? Are they not considered as being tragedies? Are these human beings, men, women and children, being killed so the weapon suppliers can make large profits for their corporations? What has this world come to where money is worth the killing of human beings, men, women and children? Our tragedies are minimal compared to other countries, but they still hurt. Congress sends out money and our military to die in the name of democracy. Is our nation responsible for all the killings in this world? In reality, we provide money to money hungry leaders of other countries who pretend to be democracies. Without USA monies, would they be able to continue making war to benefit the billionaires who own these manufacturers of war materials? Daniel J. Wilson Leonardtown

CSM Enters New Phase

Now that the College of Southern Maryland has entered into an agreement to purchase land for its new regional campus, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all parties who have been involved in the decision-making process. This included numerous landowners, elected officials, community leaders and CSMs trustees. Our requirements for the fourth campus property included a location proximate to Route 5, affordability, and a size large enough to accommodate up to four buildings as well as athletic fields. After receiving many offers and reviewing numerous potential sites, CSM selected what we feel is an ideal property in Hughesville. The final decision to purchase land was not based on either jurisdictional or political grounds. We made the decision using wise business approaches and at the same time, exercising due diligence. Our regions families are the ultimate winners. More students will have convenient access to high-demand training and educational programs. These students should move on to become highly employable residents, living in all three of our counties and raising the quality of living not only for their own families, but for the region as they buy cars, homes, consumables, etc. With the selection process completed, we enter a new phase to include site studies, design and construction of our new Center for Trades and Energy Training, which is currently located on leased property in Waldorf. Ultimately, we see this campus as an economic driver for all of Southern Maryland, and that is what CSM is all about. Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried President, College of Southern Maryland
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Helen Marie Burke, 69

Helen Marie Burke, 69, of Lexington Park, Md., passed away on Feb. 18 at St. Marys Hospital. Helen was employed at almost every restaurant in St. Marys County. She worked at KFC, Arbys, Burger King, and McDonalds at Patuxent River, for a total of 38 years. Helen was a smart, very friendly, kind, and respectful lady. She had a big heart as well. Helen was always ready and willing to help anyone, especially those who could not do for themselves. One of Helens passions and hobbies was making baby doll clothes, as well as some of her own clothes, and they looked as good, as if they were bought from the store. Helen leaves to cherish her memories two very special friends, Bernard L. Williams and Loretta A. King (both of whom considered Helen to be a mom to them as well as a special friend). Visitation was Feb. 24 at BriscoeTonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. Interment will be private.

Kevin James Cooke, 22

Kevin James Cooke, 22, of Mechanicsville, Md. died Feb. 18 at his residence. Born Feb. 24, 1990 in Prince Frederick, Md., he was the son of Douglas Cooke of Mechanicsville, Md., Kelly Cooke, and step-father Joseph Bracken of St. Inigoes, Md. Kevin is survived by his maternal grandparents, Corrin and Sharon Colledge of Breezewood, Pa.; his paternal grandmother Rose Mary Ingersoll of Bradenton, Fla.; siblings Brittany Murphy (Kevin) of Bushwood, Md., Joey Bracken of St. Inigoes, Md., and Samantha Bracken of St. Inigoes, Md.; nephew K.J. Nelson Jr. and niece Peyton Murphy. Kevin was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers, Cleveland Cooke, and Charles Ingersoll. Kevin was a lifelong resident of St. Marys County, graduating from Chopticon High School in 2008, and earning two scholarships from the James A. Forrest Tech Center to further his training. Kevin was a sheet metal mechanic with Strongberg Sheet Metal for four years. During this time he earned seven Welding Certifications. Kevin enjoyed and raced at dirt tracks (No. 222). The family received friends on Feb. 22 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A funeral service was held on Feb. 23 in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Verne Haskell officiating. Interment will be private.

Frank Melvin Holmes Jr., 78

Frank Melvin Holmes Jr., 78, of Solomons, Md. died Feb. 20 at his home. Born June 5, 1934 in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late Frank Melvin Holmes Sr. and Mildred L. Lindstrom Holmes. Frank attended Fort Union Military Academy in Va. for his junior high education. He was a graduate of Anacostia High School. Frank proudly served in the United States Army from Oct. 1, 1953 to Sept. 10, 1956. While serving he earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. On July 8, 1962, he married his beloved wife, Joan Estelle Eberle Holmes. Together they spent 50 wonderful years. He was employed as a supervisor with Bell Atlantic and C&P Telephone Company until his retirement in 1991. In Sept. 1993, Frank and his wife moved from Lanham, Md. to St. Marys County to enjoy their retirement. His hobbies included an extensive collection of model trains. In addition to his beloved wife, Frank is also survived by his children, Jennifer L. Huntington (Greg) of Alexandria, Va. and William A. Holmes (Mindy) of Grand Rapids, Mich.; his brother, John Holmes of Temple Hills, Md.; and his grandchildren, Bradley Huntington, Amanda Huntington, Luke Holmes, and Devin Holmes. He was preceded in death by his parents. Family received friends for Franks life celebration on Feb. 25 with a service conducted by Scott Strickland at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Asbury Solomons Benevolent Fund, 11450 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

The family will receive friends on Feb. 28 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, Md. A Funeral Service will be held on March 1, at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home. Pastor Ann Strickler will officiate. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814 or Hospice of St. Marys P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Sam or Sandy Lupi, 68

Sebastian Anthony Sam Sandy Lupi, 68, of Great Mills, Md. formerly from Easton, Pa., passed away on Feb. 15 in Washington, D.C. Born on June 17, 1944 in Easton, Pa., he was the son of Victor and Disolina Perna Lupi. Sebastian was the loving husband of Sandra Lee (Nemeth) Lupi whom he married on Aug. 7, 1965 in St. Johns Lutheran Church Easton, Pa.; she preceded him in death on Nov. 25, 2005. Sebastian is survived by his children, Sebastian Anthony Lupi Jr., of Jacksonville, Texas, and Michael Charles Lupi and Annmarie Lee Lupi, both of Great Mills, Md.; siblings Victor J. Lupi of Phillipsburg, N.J., John J. Lupi of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Antonio A. Lupi of Slatington, Pa. He is predeceased by his sons Charles Joseph and George William Lupi and brother Paul C. Lupi. Mr. Lupi graduated from Easton Area High School in 1962 and served in the United States Navy from July 31, 1964 to Aug. 1, 1994. While in the service he earned the Naval Air Crewman, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy E, Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary, Vietnam Service Medal (4), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Navy Pistol Ribbon (Expert). Sebastian worked as an Aircraft Mechanic for S1 Support Services in Patuxent River, Md. The family received friends on Feb. 24 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md.

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Ernst Carlton Livingston, 71

Ernst Carlton Livingston, 71, of Golden Beach, Md., formerly of Glenndale, Md., passed away Feb. 22 at his residence. Born July 15, 1941 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Roland Francis Livingston and Freida Naomi Bankmann Livingston. Ernie graduated from Bladensburg High School in 1959. He worked for many years as a carpenter for C.L. Carter Custom Builders. After moving to this area, he became a member of Mechanicsville Moose Lodge No. 495. Ernst loved to restore old cars, especially Fords and Chevrolets. He enjoyed his 1965 Chevy pickup, riding Harley motorcycles and speedboats. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents and brother, Douglas R. Livingston, Ernst is survived by his wife, Carolyn Leigh Sanner Livingston; children Ernst Carlton Chuck Livingston II and wife Barbara and Robin Gail Kirby and husband Tony; and three grandchildren, J.R. Kirby, Samantha Leigh Livingston, and Sarah Elizabeth Kirby.

John Briscoe Thompson, 93

John Briscoe Thompson, beloved husband, father, and brother, 93, of Hollywood, Md., passed into Gods care Feb. 20 at St. Marys Nursing Center in Leonardtown, Md. John B. has been a lifelong resident of Hollywood. The son of Briscoe and Daisy Jones Thompson, John B. is one of eleven children. His four brothers, Roscoe, Jones, Latelle, and Lamen are deceased. Four of his sisters, Isabell Neilson, Mavis Sweeney, Daisy Pegg, and Ruth Joy are also deceased. He is survived by two sisters, Naomi Fowler of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Juanita Modlin of California, Md. In 1948, John B. married Erma Elizabeth Joy, also of Hollywood. They would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in March. John B. and Erma became the proud parents of three children; John David Thompson, deceased (2009), Brenda Thompson Bond (Paul Henkelman), and Virginia Thompson Lacey (Donald). He has two grandchildren, Victoria Lee Cantrell (Doug) and Broderick Scott Bond (Lisa Vowles), and three great
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grandchildren, Casey and Gillian Bacon, and Beckett William Bond. John B. attended Great Mills High School. He worked at the Naval Ordinance Station in Indian Head, Md. until he entered the Army in 1943. He was in the Corps of Engineers in the European theater of operations during World War II. He fought in many battles throughout Europe including the D-Day battles at Normandy Beach, France and the Battle of the Bulge. After his honorable discharge he worked at the Patuxent River Naval Station until he retired after a 32-year career. Family received friends on Feb. 24 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A service was conducted by Rev. Sheldon Reese. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, 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.

John Raymond Williams Sr., 76

John Raymond Williams, Sr., 76, departed this life on Feb. 24 in LaPlata, Md. Mike, as he was called by his family, was one of seven children born to James and Betty Williams on July 25, 1936 in Washington, D.C. Raymond received his education in St. Marys County, where he also met and married Dorothy Marie Thompson. They were united in marriage on April 12, 1958 and from this union were blessed with eleven children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Marie Williams; parents, James and Betty Williams; sisters, Annie Cradle, and Mary and Hattie Williams; and brothers, Lawson and Charles Williams. To cherish his memory, Raymond leaves behind his children, Juliet, Thomas (Sharon), Patricia (Jerome), Charlene (Joseph), Laurey, John, Jr., Dwayne (Connie), Collette, Marilyn (Jim), Ronald (Kia) and Sonya; 22 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three greatgreat grandchildren; brother, Randolph Williams, along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Family and friends will unite on March 1 for visitation at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. Interment to follow at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md.

Bunch Bryan, 85
Minnie Lou Callier Bunch Bryan, 85 of Ridge, Md. died Feb. 20 in St. Augustine, Fla. Born June 16, 1927 in Bethel, (Pitt County) N.C. to the late Elder Russell Callier and Ethel Willis Dolly Callier. She was the fifth of seven children. Three predeceased her: Russell Callier Jr. Sonny, Benjamin Callier Jack, Willie May Callier Sister Gainer, a nephew that was reared in the home from birth as her brother, Julius Gainer. Bunch graduated from W.C. Change

High School in Parmele, N.C. She attended Elizabeth City State Teachers College in Elizabeth City, N.C. briefly. She moved to Lexington Park, Md. to live with her brother and his family. One June 11, 1948, she was married to Joseph A. Bryan whom she had met previously while she was on vacation in Md. He had returned from military duty in Korea. He predeceased her in 2009. They were married for 61 years and had three sons. During her years of employment, she worked many places. She worked at Hills Laundry in Great Mills, Md., she was a teachers aide at Park Hall Elementary School, Piney Point Elementary School, and Ridge Elementary School under the Title 1 program. She attended La Wandas School of Beauty Culture in D.C. and received her operators license. She later returned to D.C. Beauty Academy to receive her managers license. She operated Bryans Beauty Shop in Ridge, Md. for many years while working other jobs. She attended Temple Business School in D.C. and received a certificate in business and clerk typist. Bunch was a secretary at Ridge Elementary School for five years, resigning because of health problems. In 1978, she went to work at the Public Works Administration Department at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. She was later transferred to the Energy Department and also Engineering Department. She resigned later to take care of her elderly mother who had come to live with her. She was also a volunteer at St. Marys Hospital and St. Marys Health Department, Leonardtown, Md. She was an election official for St. Marys County, Leonardtown, Md. Bunch supported many charities to include Mary Knolls, MADD, American Indian Youth, Paralyzed Veterans, Red Cross, Covent House, Disabled Veterans, and many more. She was a member of St. Peter Claver Parish, St. Inigoes, Md., Women of the Word, and the 70 Plus Birthday Group. She served as her churchs rectory assistant, Eucharistic Minister, Scripture Reader and a member of the choir. She was also a member of the NAACP and AARP. Bunch loved landscaping her yard with beautiful plants and trees. She and her husband always decorated their home for the different holidays, as long as their health permitted. She and her husband Joe purchased a home in beautiful Belle Haven, a retirement community, in St. Augustine, Fla. He was hoping that he would be able to enjoy the mild climate and be able to get to and from dialysis in a few minutes. He lived only four days and four nights after arriving there. After she and their sons returned with him to Md., she went back to her home in Florida. She spent her time seasonally between Maryland and Florida. She leaves to cherish her memory, her three sons, Joseph Kenneth Ken Bryan (Lauren) and their two children, Courtney Lea and Joseph Avram, their stepdaughter Ashley and granddaughter Angelya of St. Augustine, Fla., Donald Ray Don Bryan (Cathy) and their two children, Matthews and Margaret Bryan of Columbia, Md., and Benjamin Gerald Ben Bryan (Joyce) of Dameron, Md. She is also survived by two brothers, Charles Gary Chuck Callier (Marjorie) and their daughter Stephanie and three grandchildren of Papillion, NE, Calvin Earl Cat Callier (Delores) and his two children, Sandra Howard and Julius Callier and grandchildren of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; one sister, Novella Andrews and her children, James, Linda, Charles and Sheila, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a host of nephews, nieces and relatives; two sisters-inlaw, Cherry B. Callier, who was like a mother to her, and her children, Hilda Brown,

Benjamin Callier Jr., and Yvonne Brooks, and grandchildren and great grandchildren, Mary Corbin and her children Vivian Chase, Joseph E. Jr., Robert, Morris, Erick and Crystal Davis and grandchildren and great grandchildren; one aunt, Mary Willis and her family of Columbus, GA; Godparents, Alice Bennett of Ridge, Md. who helped her through a lot of difficult times, and Robert Bennett (deceased); and extra special friends who looked after her as if she were their mother, Cynthia and Ralphfeld Thomas, Julian and Mary Lou Bryan, Godson, Andrea Barnes and Glenda, and Dorothy Gant. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 121:1, Book of Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14. Her favorite hymns were Youll Never Walk Alone and Be Not Afraid. Her favorite poem was Gods Most Precious Gift. Family will receive friends on March 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Church, 16922 St. Peter Claver Road, St. Inigoes. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Linda Donovan Martin, 69

Linda Donovan Martin, 69 of St. Inigoes, Md. died Feb. 21 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on June 1, 1943 in Washington, D.C. she was the daughter of the late Joseph Clinton Bailey and Dorothy Curlis Bailey. Linda was a lifelong resident of St. Marys County. On December 5, 1981, she married her beloved husband, John Martin. Together they celebrated 31 wonderful years together. Her past employment included working as an administrative assistant for Judge John Hanson Briscoe. She was an active member of Patuxent Presbyterian Church in California, Md. She belonged to the church choir, helped to facilitate outreach programs and Bible study, knitted caps for the underprivileged, and served as a Deacon, Lay Minister and Elder for the Church. Lindas calling was caring for people. She loved to spend her time helping others. She was an avid history buff and a lifelong student. Her quest for knowledge led to her love for reading. She was a Docent for historic St. Marys City for over 15 years and served as President of the Docents. She was a White House volunteer serving under President George W. Bush. She was a member of the Ridge Lions Club for over 15 years, serving as past President and earning the Melvin Jones Award. She volunteered as a court mediator for St. Marys County for three years. She was a world traveler, visiting Paris, Scotland, Alaska, Ireland and London. She loved to camp, especially at Douthat State Park in Virginia. She had a great sense of humor. Her greatest love in life was her family, especially her grandchildren. She was their biggest cheerleader at all their sporting events. She also loved her dog, Audree. In addition to her beloved husband, Linda is survived by her children, Holly Snyder (Steve) of St. Inigoes, Md., Patrick Donovan of Pasadena, Md. and John Bill Martin of Great Mills, Md.; her sister, Irene Bailey Parrish (Leonard) of Lexington Park, Md.; her grandchildren, Dustin Duke, Kelsey Duke, Priscilla Bisset, Miranda Donovan, Jack Donovan, Ethan Snyder and Skylar Grace Donovan; and her nephew, Donald Gene Graves. Family received friends on Feb. 26 at Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California. Md. A funeral service was celebrated by Pastor Michael Jones. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, MD 20619. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Eddie or Fast Clark, 49

Edward Nolan Clark Jr., (known to most as Eddie or Fast) 49, of Clements, Md., was called peacefully to his heavenly home on Feb. 24 at his residence after a brief illness. Eddie was born on December 9, 1963 in Washington, D. C. to Mary C. Davis and Edward N. Clark Sr. Eddie graduated from Chopticon High School in 1983. After graduation, Eddie moved to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area where he held various jobs. He was working with Local 77 before his illness caused him to retire early and return to St. Marys County. Eddies personality and beautiful smile will be missed by many. Eddie leaves to cherish his memory his devoted parents, Mary C. Davis and Edward N. Clark, Sr.; supportive brothers, John (Edwina) and Darryl (Belinda); loving sister, Joi Wike (Jervis), grandfather, John S. Baker; grandson, Devon; brother-in-law, Timothy Burnette; aunts, Lorraine Carrie, Theresa Sommerville and Fay Bland; uncle, John (Doo) Bowman, special friend, Terri Clark, nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends. Eddie was preceded in death by his sister Monica Clark-Burnette and grandmothers, Ethel Bernice Baker and Katie Mungo. The family received friends on Feb. 27 at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. Visitation was on Feb. 28 until time of service at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Queen of Peace Cemetery, 38888 Dr. Johnson Road, Helen, Md. Father Jerry Gamrot, Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Chaptico, Md. officiated.

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Kimberly Dawn Carter, 38,

Kimberly Dawn Carter, 38, of Great Mills, Md. died Feb. 19 at her home. Born October 4, 1974 in Jacksonville, Fla., she was the beloved daughter of Larry James Richards and Kathleen Yvonne Richards of Somerset, Pa. Kim moved to St. Marys County when she was six years old. She attended Carver Elementary and graduated from Great Mills High School. Kim continued her education with the Community College of Southern Maryland (formerly Charles County Community College), earning her RN degree. She worked very hard to earn this degree, and it was one of her most rewarding accomplishments. She was employed at Childrens Hospital in Washington D.C. in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. She was passionate about her job. She had deep compassion for the babies and their families. She enjoyed shopping, going to yard sales, camping and vacationing with her family, and couponing, she was always striving to get the best deals. However, her greatest joy and love were her family, especially her five beautiful daughters. She loved to spend her time doing things with them. She also loved her pet cats, Declan, Edgar and Pedro. Kim had a fun-loving personality and enjoyed bringing happiness to others. In addition to her parents, Kim is survived by her daughters, Lauren Carter of Callaway, Md., Alyssa Carter of Great Mills, Md., Victoria Carter of Great Mills, Md., Mya Carter of Great Mills, Md. and Olivia Carter of Great Mills, Md.; her sister, Samantha Newman (Kevin) of Lexington Park, Md.; her brother, Larry Richards II (Germa) of Waldorf, Md.; her nephews, Brandon Newman, Samuel Richards, and Noah Richards of Waldorf, Md.; and her niece Zoe Newman. She is preceded in death by her nephew, Andrew Kevin Newman II. Family received friends for Kims Life Celebration on Feb. 26 at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A funeral service was conducted by Associate Pastor Alice Young of The Waldorf Vineyard Church on Feb. 27 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carter Childrens Educational Fund c/o the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.O. Box 279, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Mrs. Fowler is survived by her children; Shirley (Tom) Hutchinson of Louisburg, N.C., Vivian (Robert) Leon of Raleigh, N.C., and Ira, Jr. (Sue) Fowler of Wheelersburg, Ohio, sister; Juanita Modlin of California, Md., grandchildren; Rachel Hage of Nashville, Tenn., Jonathan and Emily Leon of Raleigh, N.C., and Ira, III and Samuel Fowler of Wheelersburg, Ohio. In addition to her parents and husband Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by her siblings; Roscoe, Latelle, Lamen, and John B. Thompson, Isabel Neilson, Mavis Sweeney, Daisy Pegg, and Ruth Joy. Mrs. Fowler graduated from Great Mills High School in 1944. She was a homemaker and Pastors wife. The family received friends on Feb. 27with prayers recited at Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A funeral service was held on Feb. 28 in the Leonardtown Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Paul McPherson officiating. Interment will follow in Hollywood Church of the Nazarene cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and Health Share of St. Marys, P.O. Box 1208, Leonardtown, MD 20650. The family expresses sincere thanks and gratitude to the Cancer Recovery Center and MedStar St. Marys Hospital Cancer Care and Infusion Services. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Mary Virginia Combs, 85

Mary Virginia Combs, 85, of Greenville, N.H. died , Feb. 21 at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, N.H. with family and friends by her side. Born in Mt. Rainier, Md. on July 13, 1927, she was the daughter of the late George William and Emma Mae Gibson Crump. She was the wife of the late William Clayton Combs whom she married at St. Gabriels Church in Washington, D.C. on July 13, 1945. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Lee Courage (David M.), three grandchildren, Christopher and William Courage, and Kelly Ann Clark, two great-grandsons, Colby and Jordan Clark, and a great-granddaughter, Emma Jean Clark. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Clayton Combs in 2007 and her son Robert William Combs in 1992. She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, George William Crump, Jr., Guy Crump, Alma Louise Combs, Robert M. Crump, Bernard Crump, and Florence Mae Gelvin. Combs worked for Science Service in Washington, D,C until she became a homemaker. Her greatest passions in life were her family, fishing, gardening, and crocheting. The family received friends on Feb. 28, with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A mass of Christina burial will be celebrated on March 1 at 10 a.m. in Holy Face Catholic Church, with Father Joseph Calis officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second District volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD. 20692

Grace Elizabeth Betty Bush, 67

Grace Elizabeth Betty Bush, 67, of Lexington Park, Md., passed away on Feb. 21 surrounded by her loving family, after a short illness at the Hospice House of St. Marys in Callaway, Md. Born November 8, 1945 in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth Barnes. Betty was educated at the Cardinal Gibbons Institute, where she made life-long friends and experiences. On May 19, 1965, she married her late husband, Curtis Bush at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lexington Park, Md. Together they celebrated 30 wonderful years of marriage before his death in 1995. She was employed as a Building Services Manager for St. Marys County Public Schools for 34 years at Greenview Knolls Elementary School. She was affectionately known as the Red Hat Lady. She was most proud of the children that she worked with at Greenview Knolls. The teachers, staff and children were her second family. She enjoyed music and dancing, and was known to get everyone out onto the floor. Betty loved to laugh and enjoyed all jokes no matter how clean or dirty. She truly enjoyed meeting new people. Betty never met a stranger, just a friend she had not met yet. No matter the situation, she would give you good advice, a shoulder to cry on, a smile to lift your spirits or do something that always seemed to make you feel like you were the most special person in the world. Betty is survived by her sons, Mark Eric Bush (Heidi) of Great Mills, Md. and Kelsey Bush (Cathey) of California, Md.; her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Madison and Curtis; her siblings, Deniece Campbell of Fort Washington, Md., Marilyn Barnes of Great Mills, Md., Elaine Barnes of Leonardtown, Md. and Kenneth Barnes of Mitchellville, Md.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Roland Barnes and her sister-in-law, Celestine Barnes. Family received friends for Bettys life celebration on Feb. 28 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Reverend Pawel Sass. Interment will be held at a later date at

death on August 6, 2012. Mr. Fletcher is survived by his son James Evans (Gail) of Leonardtown, Md., one grandchild Jason Ryan Fletcher (Paige) of Leonardtown, Md., two great-granddaughters September Marie and Adelaide Brooke Fletcher. Evans is also survived by his siblings Rush Emory Fletcher and Helen Mae Slade both of Street, Md. and Oscar Raymond Fletcher of Fla. He is preceded in death by siblings: Irvin Franklin Fletcher, Ralph Nicholas Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher moved to St. Marys County in his early 20s to help build Pax River Navy Base he worked as a carpenter for the Union retiring in his 70s. After, retirement he worked as a farmer, until 2011. He loved working on his own farm and his vegetable garden. The family received friends on Feb. 27 with prayers in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A funeral service will be held on Feb. 28 in the Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will follow in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers will be Nick Fletcher, Ron Fletcher, Rick Fletcher, Mark Slade, Jason Fletcher, and Earl Lumpkins. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rush Fletch, Ramona Fletcher and Helen Slade. Contributions may be mad e to Rescue Squad of your choice.

Mary Dobbs Fleming, 85

Mary Dobbs Fleming, 85, of Avenue, Md. passed away on Feb. 22 at her residence. Born January 20, 1928 in Everett, Mass. she was the daughter of the late Anna McGeggion. Mary lived in the St. Marys County area for 21 years. She was a member of the American Legion Post 221. Mary enjoyed spending her time volunteering at Dynard Elementary School and the St. Clements Island Museum. She also enjoyed making crafts. In addition to her husband, Robert A. Fleming, Mary is survived by her daughters, Sharon Blevins, of Shady Side, Md., Carol Boyd, of Mechanicsville, Md., and Susan Dobbs, of Cobb Island, Md.; sons, Michael E. Dobbs, of La Plata, Md., James Dobbs, of Golden Beach, Md., David A. Dobbs, of Port Republic, Md., Thomas B. Dobbs, of Elicott City, Md.; step-daughters, Brenda Fleming McGuigan, of Avenue, Md., and Patricia Fleming Caldwell, of Tenn.; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Family received friends for Marys life celebration on Feb. 28 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A funeral service will be celebrated by Reverend Joe Orlando. Interment followed in the Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Md. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Naomi Frances Thompson Fowler, 85,

Naomi Frances Thompson Fowler, 85, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, formerly of Hollywood, Md. died Feb. 23 at Best Care Center in Wheelersburg, Ohio. Born April 6, 1927 in Hollywood, Md., she was the daughter of the late Phillip Briscoe and Daisy Jones Thompson. Naomi was the loving wife of the late Reverend Ira E. Fowler Sr., whom she married on December 31, 1944 in Annapolis, Md., and who preceded her in death on June 4, 2006.

Evans Milton Fletcher, 95

Evans Milton Fletcher, 95, of Leonardtown, Md. formerly from Harford County, Md. passed away on Feb. 23, in Callaway, Md. Born on March 8, 1917 in West Liberty, Md. he was the son of the late William Frank and Gertrude B. Winemiller Fletcher of Street, Md. Evans was of the loving husband of Violet Frances Wathen Fletcher whom he married in St. Aloysius Catholic Church Leonardtown, Md. on January 23, 1948 and who preceded him in


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Not Again
Laura Joyce Contributing Writer I didnt know her personally, but here is what I know for sure: when she was a young girl, dreaming about her life, she didnt imagine it ending like this. She didnt picture the many times he would beat her. She didnt daydream about the hateful words he would use, the way he would try to tear down her self-esteem, leaving her feeling as bruised and battered as she was when he used his fists. Back then, she had no way of knowing that the apologies, the promises that it would never happen again, would only give her a brief peace before the brutality started back up. She couldnt foresee that the person who was supposed to love her until death do us part would hurt her again and again. There was so much she couldnt imagine when it began: how much of herself would be damaged through the years; how shame would come though she wasnt the one at fault; how she would choose to stay for a time, despite the abuseas if staying is a free choice, something simple and clearbecause she would be afraid to leave, or wouldnt know where to go, or would believe that this time, he would change. By the time she left, which took incredible courage and strength, the young girls fairytale was long gone: she knew to fear what he might do. And last week, her fears were realized; the years of abuse ended in a brutal attack. In the darkest part of a bitter cold winters night, in a damp, deserted yard where the only sounds were the ones that life makes as it leaves, her husband beat her to death with a brick. According to the Centers for Disease Control, four women are murdered by a domestic partner each day in the United States. Last week, those numbers came to Southern Maryland, when an estranged husband dragged his wife into the yard of her home and murdered her. Four women, four dark, deserted yards, four terror-filled last moments of life. And though its not just women who are victims (about 5 percent of those we serve at the Center for Family Advocacy, where Im the director, are male), the reality is that in our society, domestic violence is one of the leading causes of death for women. Its also a leading cause of injury: one in four women in the U.S. will experience a domestic assault in her lifetime. Putting it in even starker terms, every 15 seconds a woman is beaten in the U.S. The tragic reality is that it can be very dangerous to be a woman in a relationship. This is about the death of a personnot a statistic, not just one in four for the day but a living, breathing woman, a mother of four, a person who stood in line behind you at the grocery store and waved at you across the street as you both left for work in the morning and dreamed, hoped, wanted the things we all want. Her life was real, nuanced, good, bad, everything that your life is, that my life is. And her death? It is a reminder: domestic violence may be the most invisible of crimes, taking place behind closed doors and drawn curtains, but hidden is not the same as gone. Some days it happens in another county, and some days in another state; this time it happened here again, spilling out into the yard, and making the front page of the news. In the aftermath of a domestic murder, the same questions always arise. Is one murder one too many? Are the ten to twelve beatings that happened while you read this column something we can live with? Are we going to arm our outrage and grief with a real commitment to stop the violence against women? Or, will we turn away and pretend that we dont know whats going on behind those closed curtains across the street or right next door? Seriously: do we really have to ask these questions again? I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at if you have comments or questions about the column.



To First See the Sunrise

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer What is this obsession I have with seeing the sunrise every day? Its been going on for years. I feel like if I miss it then my whole day is not right. Obviously rainy and snowy days can be a little hard on me. Though I dont mind the day after that its just the gradual rise and beautiful colors that I miss. When we hit four or five days with no sunrises or no sun then I do get a bit testy. But then, I suppose it could also be considered an obsession that I must hear the opening music to CBS Sunday morning and also hear the opening music to Murder She Wrote whether I watch the rest of the shows or not before everything is right in my world. I think my obsession with the sunrise comes from all the years I wasted never seeing it. I never paid attention to it as a teenager, either by sleeping late or just not caring about things like that. In college, I saw the sunrise sometimes, but didnt appreciate it. In the early years of being a Mom, my mornings were so busy like all Mothers. When my sons got to be around 8 and 4 years of age that started the time of sitting out on the back steps occasionally watching the sunrise come up together. We did watch lots of sunsets together. We would sit on what I called the Veranda which was actually the tiny landing at the top of a long flight of unpainted, somewhat shaky stairs up to our apartment above Two Rivers Gallery and Framing in Lexington Park - where I worked at that time. The building in earlier times was the old Spinning Wheel Restaurant, and for years was the highest point on Great Mills Road. But in my imagination, and hopefully in my sons, it was a beautiful plant filled veranda which overlooked an ocean instead of a large trailer court. I believe my sunrise obsession started taking root during the time my sons and I did county fair recycling. My youngest son, Ryan and I would leave at 5 or 6 a.m. to get to the fairgrounds before anyone else was there. Driving to, or being at, the fairgrounds as the sun was coming up was a special time for us. One we still talk about. My oldest son, Robert and I, had some of our best sunrise times, I believe, from all the camping trips in his cub scout years; seeing the sunrise between the mountains or over the lake. Now I hate ever having to miss a sunrise. Its a rare day when I dont go out into the living room or go outside in my paths to watch the beauty of the changing colors of the Suns early morning spectacle. I feel like I missed so much of meaningful life for years, compartmentalizing sorrows and terrible events, and cutting myself off from feeling so many good things, that now every sunrise every day is this special gift that helps to make me feel alive and that all is possible. As I finish this article the sunrise seems to be at its most vibrant, but as with all obsessions, I must stay and watch through to the end. To each new days sunrise, Shelby
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Programs and Activities
Defensive Driving for Seniors As St. Marys County grows so does the number of drivers on the road, and the number of accidents. Sometimes its difficult to navigate through the influx of traffic and ever-changing traffic patterns. Learn what it means to be a defensive driver including how to navigate intersections safely, driving through work zones, and driving with large trucks. Also learn the best way to defend yourself in a crash and learn the latest safety features in automobiles. Presentation will be on Monday, March 25 at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. Presentation will begin at 1 p.m. and lunch will be available prior to the seminar. To register call 301-7375670 ext. 1657. LIFE Registration Now Open Stop by any Senior Activity Center to pick up a LIFE booklet of class offerings and register. Many interesting education tours and programming are being offered. Early registration is advised because tours fill up quickly. For more information contact Alice Allen, at 301-475-47200 ext. 1063. OLofflers Irish Pub Put this on your calendar: Friday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Loffler Senior Activity Center will celebrating the luck of the Irish with the music of David Norris; a fine lunch (featuring ham, potatoes and cabbage); plus all the fun, shenanigans and (near) beer you might find in an Irish Pub. This party will be served up Loffler style, so make sure you bring your sense of humor and for blarneys sake, make sure you wear the green. Tickets are required ($8 suggested donation) and are available for purchase at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. Wearin of the Green Bash at OGarvey For the luck of the Irish, join the Garvey Senior Activity Center in their Annual St. Patricks Day bash on Thursday, March 14 from Noon 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a meal of tossed salad with dressing, Shepherds pie, seasoned cabbage, shortbread cookies with mint chocolate chip ice cream, apple juice/ milk/coffee/tea. Irish tunes to be performed by John Pomerville, singer of traditional Celtic, Irish, and Scottish pub tunes. Cost for lunch is by donation for those ages 60 and above and $5.50 for those under the age of 60. To make reservations, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Remember to wear your lucky green. Wellness Clinic health screenings offered On Thursday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., CSM (College of Southern Maryland) nursing students will be at the Northern Senior Activity Center to provide hands on presentations on osteoporosis, heart attacks and stroke, and respiratory hygiene. Dont

miss the Germ Detector tool used for hand washing etiquette. There will also be screenings for height, weight, vision, pulse oximetry and blood pressure. Walk-ins are welcome. Northern Breakfast Caf On Wednesday, March 6, at 9 a.m., at the Northern Senior Activity Center let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day and good conversation with others. Enjoy these morning comforts of French toast and confectioners sugar, bacon and fruit. Breakfast is homemade and served with complimentary beverages. 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. Cribbage Trial at Loffler At the Loffler Senior Activity Center we have plenty of cribbage boards and cards; do you want to spend Friday afternoons with a friend or two playing? For the next month or so at 1 p.m. we will hold a room open and set it up with all you need to enjoy this two-player card game. If players come we will keep cribbage going as a regular weekly program. No need to sign up; just come to the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday at 1 p.m. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

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.

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer

Newsmakers Novelist Debuts at First Friday

ken inside, Kelley said. He comes home with the idea it will be easy to put the events of the war behind him, but its not. The subplot explores the strained relationship of Hunters parents his father has less than a year to live, which further elevates the familys stress levels. Hunters mother faces the harsh reality of what life will be like with her clearly different son and the loss of her husband moving further. Her expectations of him play a part in the climax. The novel sites real problems that were occurring in America nearly a century ago, including influenza and a boom and bust economy. The historical background of the time period gives Kelley an appreciation for mankinds ability to push through difficult times. The more he researched the novel, the more he came to appreciate it. I felt like it was time to do it, Kelley said, adding he did not want an unfinished novel to be one of his regrets down the road. Kelley began forming the books idea during his time at Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Corp of Cadets. During a five-year stint as an engineer in the Air Force, Kelley went through periods of writing short stories and scenes in the book. In 2008 he became motivated to complete the novel he has spent the last year and a half revising and editing the story. Finally, he completed the book, 28 years in the making. A friend of Kelleys, Leonardtown Business Association member Carol Picon, suggested he make a stop in at Marchs First Friday. The book is available on Kindle and ebook at as well as at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music this Friday, where Kelley will be on hand signing copies from 5 to 7 p.m. He did his own self-promoting, and is excited to be sharing his book in a local
John Kelley

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Marchs First Friday brings another debut novelist to Fenwick Street. Author John Kelley will be at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music signing copies of The Fallen Snow a coming of age story, Kelley explained, in which the main character goes through some realization steps and attempts to move on with the rest of his life when he returns home to America after World War I. The audience follows Hunter on two separate timelines they flashback to witness his experiences during the war and live through the aftermath with him when he returns to Virginia. According to Kelley, Hunter suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder. He is scared about returning home, and must go on with the rest of his life. Hes numb and trying to please [members of] the community when hes still bro-

bookstore as opposed to a larger, franchised venue. I think smaller bookstores have a niche that larger bookstores cant fill, Kelley explained. It becomes a community place.

Sp rts
By Alex Panos Staff Writer The St. Marys College of Maryland Seahawks defeated Wesley (Del.) last week 79-78 in overtime to claim another Capital Athletic Conference championship and clinch a berth in this years NCAA Division III tournament.

Protecting The Nest

Sophomore Standout helps St. Marys win CAC Title
LaGuerre calmly rose up and drilled the shot to tie the game with 13 seconds left. I knew it was coming to me, LaGuerre said. I said Im going to hit it for the team. Seahawks head coach Chris Harney said the Wolverines played the screen poorly, and his team perfectly executed the play he drew up during a timeout. [LaGuerre] just nailed it, Harney said. In overtime, senior James Davenport secured a missed Wesley free throw with 13 ticks remaining and passed to LaGuerre. Instead of calling a timeout, the Seahawks CAC all first team guard drove the length of the court and made a contested layup, giving his team a one point lead with just over five seconds remaining. The Hawks had a 3-on-1 break, but LaGuerre said Harney called his number and he was taking the ball to the basket himself. LaGuerre smiled when asked if he even noticed his teammates running along side him on the break. Not at all. Harney believes LaGuerre poses a match-up problem for opponents, particularly in transition, and he elected to utilize his sophomore guards speed and athleticism on the fly instead of allowing Wesley a chance to set up their defense. I think they thought we were going to call a timeout, Harney said. I said dont call a timeout, just go. Both teams shot a blistering percentage from the floor; Wesley shot 60 percent for the game and St. Marys at 48.5 percent. Free throws killed the Wolverines, who finished 8-of-18 from the line. LaGuerre finished with 23 points on 50 percent shooting. Seahawks forward Jeff Haus led the way on the glass, pulling down 8 rebounds. Wesley forward Paul Reynolds played the entire game, and finished with a game high 27 points.

How The Game Was Won

In a hard-fought back and forth affair that saw the score tied 9 times with 7 lead changes, St. Marys sophomore standout Nick LaGuerres propelled the Seahawks to victory with late game heroics first at the end of regulation and then again in overtime. The Seahawks trailed by three with less than 20 seconds remaining when he stunned the visiting Wolverines. The Hawks ran LaGuerre off a flair screen, and he had a wide-open look at a 3-point shot when his defender went under the pick and attempted to intercept the pass. One could hear the arena take a collective deep breath as

Its that time of year again to head back to Maryland International Raceway for a great season of racing. This Saturday, March 2 MIR will host a full day test and tune. Time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day long. MIR will have a free $1,000 to win gamblers race for the bracket racers. So bring your grudge matches, street cars, pro cars, bracket cars, imports, motorcycles, and Jr. Dragsters to MIR. Gates open at 10 a.m., eliminations begin at 3 p.m., and the test and tune is over at 6 p.m. Admission is $15. On Sunday, March 3rd MIR will host another full day test and tune. Time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day long! MIR will also have a free $1,000 to win gamblers race for the bracket racers. So bring your grudge matches, street cars, pro cars, bracket cars, imports, motorcycles, and Jr. Dragsters to MIR. Gates open at 10 a.m. eliminations begin at 3 p.m., and the test and tune is over at 6 p.m. Admission is $15. For more information on these events call 301-884RACE or visit

Season Opener at MIR This Weekend

Photo by Frank Marquart St. Marys sophomore standout Nick LaGuerre driving to the net.


The Seahawks put on a full-court press from the opening tip until the final buzzer. Harney believes the constant pressure on the opposing guards throughout the game led to tired legs, and played a factor in the Wolverines woeful 2-of-7 shooting from the line in overtime. The missed free throws allowed St. Marys to overcome a 4-point deficient in 36 seconds. Our strength is in 12 [players], Harney said, We wear the other team down. With just over 10 minutes remaining in the ball game, guard Brendan McFall found senior forward Jeff Haus cutting down the middle on a fast break. Haus gathered himself and slammed the ball home with his right hand, sending the crowd into a frenzy. The thunderous slam was followed up by a 3-ball from Wise, tying the game at 51 and capping a 5-0 Hawks run. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Seahawks will host Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday Night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Davenport plans on making it to the finals in Atlanta. I dont want this to be the last net I cut down, he said.

Turning Point

Play of The game

On several occasions late in the game, Wesley grabbed two and three possession leads. The Hawks were down 8 points late in the second half and by as many as 4 in overtime with 36 seconds left, yet managed to overcome adversity. Harney made sure to have his guys focus on each individual play, and not worry about the big picture. LaGuerre said the teams confidence is high, and Harney reassured his team in the huddle when the last whistle blew they would come out on top. Our defense gets stops we can score on anybody, senior forward James Davenport said, explaining the Seahawks buckled down in addition to putting the ball in the hoop.

Whats Next


Thursday, February 28, 2013

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St. Marys Ryken Presents Once on This Island

St. Marys Ryken students will perform Once on This Island on Thursday, Feb 28; Friday, March 1; and Saturday, March 2. All performances begin at 7 p.m. and are in the Romuald Hall Theater on the lower campus of St. Marys Ryken. Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may also be purchased online at St. Marys Ryken is at 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown, MD, 20650. The Caribbean-flavored musical by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team Photo of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is Courtesy Brophy and Trent Hall portray the title roles, Ti Brianna a somber version of the popular fairy tale Moune and Daniel, in the St. Marys Ryken production of The Little Mermaid. The show tells the the musical Once on this Island. story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When Daniel returns to his family, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death. St. Mary's Ryken is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers and dedicated to individualized student growth. Students come from many different counties across the region including Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, King George, Prince Georges and St. Marys counties.

Leonardtown Lions Gives to Vacations for Vets

Leonardtown Lion Donald Fincham, Left, and Lion Mike Payne present a $1,000 check to some of the staff of the Vacations for Vets organization: Sigrid Beach, Treasurer; Shelby Harrington, Secretary; and on the right, Connie Pennington, President, Board of Directors.

Library items
Deadline for Teen Art Contest is March 1 March 1 is the last day teens in grade 6 through 12 can drop off their art entries for the Teen Art Contest at any branch. All entries will be displayed in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery from Mar. 1 through April 15. The public is invited to an opening reception for the artists on Mar. 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Voting for Viewers Choice Award begins Mar. 11. Winners will be announced April. 15. Seusstravaganza and more for children Dr. Seuss stories, songs and related fun activities for children of all ages will be featured at Seusstravaganza on Mar. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Leonardtown branch and at 11:00 a.m. at both Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park branches. The programs are free and no registration is required. Families can drop in for an evening storytime on Mar. 5 at Leonardtown branch, on Mar. 6 at Lexington Park branch and on Mar. 7 at Charlotte Hall branch. All three storytimes start at 6 p.m. LEGO Fun will follow storytime at Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall branches at 6:30 p.m. Jane Kostenko, University of Maryland Extension Nutrition Educator will present Now Youre Cooking for children ages 8-12 years old at Lexington Park library on Mar. 12. The children will participate in hands-on activity geared to help them make healthier food choices. Two sessions will be offered: 3:30-4 p.m. or 4-4:30 p.m. Poets can share poetry A Poetry Open Mic will be held on Mar. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Leonardtown library for poets of all ages to share their poems, either original or favorite ones. Excel and Word classes offered Leonardtown library will offer Introduction to Word 2010 on Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. and Introduction to Excel 2010 on Mar. 18 at 2 p.m. Adults will learn intermediate Excel formulas and work with rows, columns, and worksheets in the Intermediate Excel class to be taught at Lexington Park library on Mar. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required for all three classes. Lexington Park is also offering basic computer classes during March on Mondays. Friends are gearing up for mega book sale The Friends of the Library will hold its annual spring book sale Mar. 15 through Mar. 17 at the county fairgrounds. The sale will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday for Friends members only with membership available at the door. The sale will be open to the public on Mar. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Mar. 17 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed on Mar. 9 at 9 a.m. to move books from the Leonardtown library to the fairgrounds. Volunteers are also needed each day starting Mar. 11 through Mar. 17. Individuals wishing to volunteer should contact Jill Zitnick at 301-863-9368 or email

Calling for Volunteer First Responders

Do you think you have what it takes to be a volunteer member of your local fire department or rescue squad? If so, St. Marys County Emergency Services wants you. Currently were seeking individuals to assist in giving back to the community by providing critical, life-saving services as volunteer members of local fire departments and/or rescue squads. A recruitment drive will be held in the month of March for those who want to learn how to help. Dates and meeting locations are as follows: Wednesday, March 13 Station 22 Therese Road Golden Beach, MD 6:30 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 Station 29 Flora Corner Road Mechanicsville, MD 6:30 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 Station 2 Hills Club Road Mechanicsville, MD 6:30 8:30 p.m.

For more information about the drive or becoming a volunteer member, please contact the St. Marys County Emergency Services Recruiter at 301-475-4200 ext. 2114 or via email to

Nominees Sought Historic Preservation Awards

The St. Marys County Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the its Annual Historic Preservation Awards. Established in the spring of 1999, these awards recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in the field of historic preservation in St. Marys County. Awards are offered in three categories: the Preservation Project Award recognizes excellence in the preservation and restoration of historic buildings, interpretation of architectural features in new construction and adaptive re-use of historic structures. A photo of the project must accompany the nomination form. The Preservation Service Award recognizes outstanding achievement in and support of furthering the aims of historic preservation in St. Marys County, including education, research, development, planning, advocacy, and community leadership. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are eligible for the award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a recipient who has dedicated many years of his/her life in a worthy preservation cause, and made an impact to preservation efforts in St. Marys County. Work must span a period of time no less than twenty years and can include various projects accomplished throughout the years. Nomination forms are available on the Historic Preservation Commission webpage, at the Department of Land Use and Growth Managements reception area, and at all three St. Marys County Library branches. To download the form, log on to the countys website at www. and click on Boards and Commissions under the Government box. Completed nomination forms must be received by March 31. For more information, contact Grace Mary Brady, Historic Preservation Planner, Department of Land Use and Growth Management, at 301-475-4200 ext. 1549.

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All Month Long

Fish Dinners every Fri. (March 1 thru Fri. March, 22) St. Jeromes Hall, Rt. 235, Dameron, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To benefit the knights of St. Jerome society and St. Peter Claver church. For more info. 301-872-4566 or 301-481-8620. Dine-in or take out orders. Perennial Plant Sale The Center for Life Enrichment, a local not-for-profit organization, supporting adult individuals with disabilities is conducting a plant sale, through the month of March. The plants come in one-gallon containers and will come back every year. For more information or to get an order form, please call 301-373-8100 ext. 0. Proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities supported by The Center for Life Enrichment. The Reunion Committee for LHS Class of 88 The Leonardtown High School Class of 1988 is holding their 25 Year Class Reunion on July 20, 2013 from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Reception Hall. Please contact the reunion committee at for more information. Free Tax Preparation Beginning in February, IRS/AARP-certified tax counselors will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers in St. Marys County. Personal returns only: no out of state returns or returns involving farms, businesses, rental properties, or partnerships. Taxpayers must have proof of social security number and picture identification. Bring a copy of last years return and all income and tax related information including names, social security numbers, and birth dates for all persons who will be listed on the return. Call 301-884-8370 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment at a site near you or visit our walk-in site at the McKays Shopping Center on Great Mills Road (under the Virtuous Woman Hair Salon sign). Hours for the McKays site: Monday 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and Thursday 3- to 7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment required at this site.

Friday, March 1
Leonardtown First Fridays Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. GrooveSpan will be playing live music in the tasting room. Enjoy browsing the local art and other items for sale in the tasting room. $5 for wine tasting up to six wines and receive a souvenir glass. Call for more information 301-690-2192. First Friday Featured Author Fenwick Street Used Books and Music, 41655A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, 5 to 7 p.m. John Kelley is our featured author. He will be signing copies of his book, The Fallen Snow. Here is a bit about the book: In the fall of 1918 infantry sniper Joshua Hunter saves an ambushed patrol in the Bois le Prtre forest of Lorraine . . . and then vanishes. Set within a besieged Appalachian forest during a time of tragedy, The Fallen Snow charts an extraordinary coming of age, exploring how damaged souls learn to heal and dare to grow. Happy Hour Applebees, 45480 Miramar Way, California, 5 to 7 p.m. Republican Club of St. Marys will meet for Happy Hour. Come join us. Once on This Island St. Marys Ryken is at 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown, 7 p.m. St. Marys Ryken students will perform Once on This Island. All performances are in the Romuald Hall Theater on the lower campus of St. Marys Ryken. Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Spring will be around the corner. Before the Easter bunny gets them all, come try different fruity jellybeans paired with our award winning wines. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty jellybeans. Call for more information 301-690-2192. A Vegetarian & Vegan Meet-up LaPlata library from 10 a.m. to12 p.m. We will be hosting our second meet-up. It doesnt matter if you are vegan, vegetarian or veg-curious, you are welcome and invited and are encouraged to bring a friend. This is a friendly and low-key meet-up, no agendas and no pressure. The purpose of this and future meet-ups is to offer an inviting social setting for networking with like-minded friends who care about their well-being, the well-being of animals and the environment. Discussion will focus on the purpose and mission of the group, building community support (things such as reaching out to local restaurants to offer vegan menu options), vegan potlucks, sharing resources (films, books, journals, recipes, news info) and how the group will network with other groups for community outreach. Bring an open-mind and any ideas that you would like to see here locally in Southern Maryland. Deadline to order mulch Golden Beach Fire House, 29848 Therese Circle, Mechanicsville. Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association host its Fourth Annual Mulch Sale on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3 cu. ft. bags of shredded hardwood mulch, 2 cu. ft. bags of red or black shredded mulch for $3.75/bag. Free local delivery if you order 20 or more bags. Orders must be received and paid for by March 2. Questions, orders, volunteers call 301-884-5478 or 301-884-8432. Once on This Island St. Marys Ryken is at 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown, 7 p.m. St. Marys Ryken students will perform Once on This Island. All performances are in the Romuald Hall Theater on the lower campus of St. Marys Ryken. Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Exhibitors will have visibility on the registration website and onsite at the conference. Exhibit booths are limited to six to 10 spaces and will be located in room 135. The exhibit rate is $295 for TPP members and $495 for nonTPP members. Exhibitor rate includes badge, conference registration, continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline for submitting exhibit agreements is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Register online, or fax Kathryn Marro at 301866-9002 or email Exhibit spaces are assigned as agreements are received. Send in your completed exhibit agreement early for prime space. USNA Luncheon Rivers Edge Club on NAS Patuxent River, from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. p.m. The US Naval Academy Alumni Association, Greater Southern Maryland Chapter (GSMC), will hold their annual spring Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday, 5 March 2013, at the. The Keynote speaker for the luncheon is VADM Michael H. Miller, the 61st Superintendent of the Naval Academy, a Naval Aviator, and a USNA graduate, Class of 1974. VADM Millers full biography is available on the USNA website: The luncheon is open to the entire Patuxent River Navy acquisition community as well as all Naval Academy alumni, family, friends, student applicants, candidates, and appointees for admission with the Class of 2017, and their parents. Representatives from the USNA Alumni Association and USNA Parents Clubs national office will be on hand to answer questions and address issues for parents of Midshipmen. USNA Blue and Gold Officers from the southern Maryland region will be available to discuss the application process with students and parents. Reservations are required and can be made through the GSMC website:; by e-mail to Richard.L.Snyder@; or by phone 301-862-6434 (w), 240298-2279 (c). The cost is $15 per person and may be paid by credit or debit card in advance via PayPal through the GSMC website at the time of reservation. Payment by cash or personal check, payable to GSMC, will also be accepted at the door. The luncheon is located on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Guests who do not have access to the base for work, or as a Military retiree, should contact Richard Snyder to arrange to be on the access list for this event.

Saturday, March 2
Rescued Relics Vintage Market Rescued Relics Vintage Market Spring Sale, 22855 Lawrence Avenue, Leonardtown, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unique furniture, home and garden dcor, vintage finds, and so much more. For more information or SoMD Sudoku Championship St. Johns School, 43900 St Johns Road, Hollywood, 9 a.m. to noon The 3rd annual SoMD Sudoku Championship will benefit the St. Johns scholarship fund. The purpose is to provide to all those many Sudoku players an opportunity to display their skills at the novice, intermediate, advanced and expert levels. The top three in each level get the title and cash prizes. Those scoring in the top 50 percent will be posted on the web in the order of time and correctness, similar to road race results. Participants can start any time they wish from 9 a.m. till noon and will have two hours to work the puzzles. For details, search the web @ SoMD Sudoku Championship 2013 or go to: SoMD-Sudoku-Championship.aspx We encourage registration online at the St Johns School website and there is no need to pay the entry fee till you arrive that morning, March 2. So, for $10 to $20 and two hours of your time we will put a perspective on how good you are. Mike Thompson, event coordinator, at 301 373 8545. Spring Jellybean Pairings Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28
A Southern County: Perspectives on 20th Century Race Relations Historic St. Marys City Visitor Center auditorium,18751 Hogaboom Lane, 7 p.m. Join us as a panel representing divergent perspectives considers our recent past and its relationship to the present. Topics for discussion may include the impact of class and gender, as well as race, on relations in this rural community along with the influence of the church, schools, and the Navy. Admission is free. For more information about this program or the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or Once on This Island St. Marys Ryken is at 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown, 7 p.m. St. Marys Ryken students will perform Once on This Island. All performances are in the Romuald Hall Theater on the lower campus of St. Marys Ryken. Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Sunday, March 3
Spring Jellybean Pairings Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 6 p.m. Spring will be around the corner. Before the Easter bunny gets them all, come try different fruity jellybeans paired with our award winning wines. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty jellybeans. Call for more information 301-690-2192.

Wednesday, March 6
Wounded Warrior Appreciation Dinner Rivers Edge Restaurant at PAX River NAS, 6 p.m. DAU Alumni Association is hosting the dinner. Guest speaker is RADM Jane. The first 20 WW and a guest that RSVP will be admitted free. Everyone is welcome. Deadline to RSVP is Wed Feb 27, 2013. Contact Duane Mallicoat at 240-895-7363 or Bill Lankford at 240-895-7330. Scooper Night at Brusters Brusters Ice Cream, 23825 Mervell Dean Rd Hollywood, 6 to 8 p.m. Join Dr. J. Timothy Modic and the staff of Academy Dental as they perform the scooping duties. Brusters generously donates a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Greenwell Foundations Therapeutic Riding Program and the Smiles for Life Foundation. For more Information about the organizations: Greenwell Foundation at, Smiles for Life at and Academy Dental at

Tuesday, March 5
Cyber: What is it? Where are we going? Symposium Southern Maryland Higher Ed. Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Patuxent Partnership is pleased to present Cyber: What is it? Where are we going? Limited exhibitor opportunities are available. The invitation to exhibit at the Cyber Symposium is open to all interested organizations. Take this opportunity to present your organizations products and services to potential partners and key government decision-makers. This is a regional conference which will attract attendees interested in both the problems and opportunities that cyber security has to offer.


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Calvert Marine Museum Announces 2013 Summer Camps

Calvert Marine Museum is located at 14200 Solomons Island Rd S. Solomons. Its phone number is 410-326-2042 and website is www.

Entering Grades 1 - 3
Kids Kamp Week: July 15 19 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Description: Come experience the best the museum has to offer in this action-packed camp. Hunt for fossils on the beach, and participate in a beach cleanup. See the museum from a whole new perspective when you team up for a scavenger hunt. Build your own toy boat and try your hand at operating a radio-controlled boat. Spend a day at the Lore Oyster House learning all about oysters. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at our Estuarium where our animals are cared for and watch a feeding. The final day, take your parents out on the Wm. B. Tennison for a lunchtime cruise on the Patuxent River. Fee: $110 or CMMS members $95. Pirates & Scallywags Week: July 8 - July 12 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Description: Ahoy, Mates! Join our weeklong adventure as part of our scallywag crew. For your week with us, you will wear pirate garb, eat pirate grub and do pirate work. What? Pirates worked? You bet they did. Hunt for hidden treasure; stage a sea battle in the museums newly constructed land-locked bugeye, swab the deck and sing sea chanteys; climb aboard to learn about local pirates, and sail the high seas of the Patuxent River on the Jolly Roger Tennison. Arrrgh! Fee: $110 or CMMS members $95.

at our own regatta and celebrate with awards. Students enrolled in this course will have a spot reserved in the Spirit of America Boating Safety Program for middle school students run by St. Marys College of Maryland & the Sailing Center Chesapeake and sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress and the Spirit of America Foundation. At the end of this weeklong program, participants will receive the State of Maryland boating safety certificate. For more information and to download enrollment forms, visit www. SpiritOfAmerica/index.html Open to members only. Fee: $250 for the two-week experience; scholarships available from the Conant Fund for eligible applicants. Call for information. Jr. Paleontologists Week: July 8 July 12 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description: Become a junior paleontologist, and hunt the beaches for fossil shark teeth, whalebones, and the shells of ancient snails and clams. Work with our professional paleontologists to uncover the mysteries of these ancient animals and the environments in which they lived. Learn collecting techniques and how to properly preserve your specimens. Keep a field journal, complete with your own drawings and observations. Travel to the Baltimore Aquarium to see modern versions of the ancient fossils you find. Fee: $135 or CMMS members $120. Location: Cove Point Lighthouse/Calvert Marine Museum. Environmental Institute Week: July 29 August 2 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description: The Environmental Institute is designed for young people who have a strong curiosity about the natural environment and want to learn more through hands-on experience. The Calvert Marine Museum, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), and Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust are combining forces to offer this exceptional opportunity. Participants will talk with CBL scientists who have collected base data on the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years. They will review the trends, and then do water sampling and analysis to see how their results match up. They will map the shoreline from the William B. Tennison and visit a shoreline restoration project at Cove Point and a living shoreline. The institute will conclude with team presentations for friends, parents, and colleagues about their findings. Fee: $60. The Environmental Institute is based on a competitive application process limited to 12 participants. The tuition is subsidized by a grant from the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust. For information and a copy of the application: www.calvertmarinemuseum. com/ Education Programs/ YouthPrograms. Location: Calvert Marine Museum/ Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Jr. Docent Boot Camp By invitation only Time: June 24 June 28 Description: This new initiative involves a two year commitment from middle school students to learn how to be museum docents. The program kicks off with a weeklong boot camp where each cohort gets initiated into the behind-the-scenes workings of a museum. To be considered for the Jr. Docent Program, go to the web site for criteria and application procedures. Fee: $25 to cover materials, badge, and T-shirt.


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Entering Grades 4 - 6
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School Hosting Casino Night

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Father Andrew White wants the community to try their luck at casino night this Friday. The evening, which will be held at Bowles Farm, will feature black jack, roulette, poker, money wheels and 50/50 games. Tina Bowles will have a a variety of seafood options, including clams and crab balls, on hand for patrons to enjoy as they play. A full bar of beer and spirits will be available as well, says Julia Guy, chairperson of Father Andrew White Casino Night. The school will set up 10 tables specifically for black jack, which will open up as demand calls for them and Guy expects a Texas HoldEm table to be quite popular. They pretty much kept running all night, Guy recalled of last years black jack tables. Black jack is extremely popular. All participants receive their winnings in cash, and all money won by the house will go towards the capital budget set up by the Father Andrew White Parent Teacher Association. According to Guy, at the beginning of each year the PTA lists projects to be accomplished to add to the school, provide maintenance or enhance the technology in the school. She is looking forward to watching all the people try their luck on the table games, who know even if they lose the money is going towards a good cause. It looks like theyre having a good time, Guy said, whose son is soon to graduate from Father Andrew White. Its a pretty cool event. Its a fun evening with good food and good people. Guy has no idea what to expect for a turnout this year, but says last years event had steady flow of people throughout the night. She added, the laid back atmosphere is sure to provide a fun evening. The event is staffed by volunteer parents along with a few other contributors. All the catholic schools in the county used to host casino night together at the Hollywood Firehouse. Eventually as other schools began backing out of the event, Father Andrew White began hosting the event on their own. The last two years Bowles Farm has hosted the event, and Guy believes

Father Andrew White CASINO NIGHT

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the farm is an ideal spot to host the event due to its central location. Bowles Farm is located at 22880 Budds Creek Road in Clements. Doors open on Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. and are expected to close around midnight. Admission is $5 per person, and people must be 21 or older to enter.

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Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
by Anne Lamott, read by the author
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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer

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Steve Nelson and Rusty Williams Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7 p.m. Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6
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Friday, March 1
Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Stereo Case Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. DJ Charlie Thompson Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 7
The Music of Cole Porter Caf Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6 p.m. Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 2
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Monday, March 4
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Saturday, March 9
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Tuesday, March 5
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Today, there was food on your table. Before you ate it, you woke up in a warm bed with a roof over your head and clean clothes to wear. A hot shower awaited you in a room with running water. Theres money in your wallet, gas in the tank, and your home is secure. All of which makes you luckier than a good portion of the worlds citizens. So how do you acknowledge all that you have? In the new book Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott, youll get some ideas. You already know that a proper prayer is something that comes from the heart. Lamott says prayer isnt for display purposes. Its communication and seeking union, it can be motion or stillness, and theres something to be said about keeping it simple. Help is the one succinct word to utter when everything seems utterly hopeless. Its a humble prayer for when you cant stand more heartbreak, death, frustration, problems. Its the best prayer you can offer someone who needs comfort because it asks to be held in Gods light. Its a prayer that He wont mind if you say several times a day. Thanks is meant to be whispered, shouted, or said with a heaving exhalation of breath. Its short and to-the-point in big situations and small ones, when dinner or a doctor appointment turns out well. Thanks is used to express gratitude for any unexpected grace. Its best used often: Oh

my God, thankyouthankyouthankyou. Thank you. Thanks. Wow often comes at the end of a gasp, barely a syllable in upper or lower case. It means we are not dulled to wonder and can appreciate the goodness and beauty that surrounds us, or it means wow, thats over. Its no coincidence that wow and awe have the same height and width filled with reverberation. Best if all, we say that one simple word and, wow, God gives us more. Then we say Amen. Its the usual end to most prayers but, says Lamott, sometimes a quiet, deep breath is all thats needed. So youve known how to pray since you were small. You and your Lord are already good friends, but Help Thanks Wow offers another look at the conversations you have with Him. Obviously assuming that God has a sense of humor, author Anne Lamott is delightfully saucy in her three essential prayers. She writes as if God was a friend at work or someone she saw last night, and she shares her lively talks with Him. But dont worry, theres no horrible irreverence here. Even in its wise, gentle humor, this book is a good spiritual reminder to practice humility, notice the goodness were granted, be grateful for every bit of it, and respectfully communicate that weve done so. As a guidebook, an instructional manual, or just something to put you in a better frame of mind, this is a smart, wonderful book to have, tote, and tuck away close. For anyone who needs it, Help Thanks Wow is food for your soul.

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