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February 28, 2013



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Another Microbrewery to Open

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Guffrie Smith Is Always Teaching8 e

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Couple Starts Vegan Support Group

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Local Students to Compete in World Championship

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COUNTY NEWS Hughesville Gets CSMs Fourth Campus

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into a capital budget, but the point is moot because the two towns are so close to each other. A proposal never came to us in any way shape or form, about any of this, said Russell. You cant mail a blank check. I wish them well, I really dont see where it would make a tremendous amount of difference one way or the other, Russell said. It is what it is. Commisioner Larry Jarboe was not in favor of building a college campus in Charlotte Hall due to the hustle and bustle it would create in the community and the costs the county would take on Charles will be paying 25 percent of construction costs and all costs of purchasing the land. Folks who live in Charlotte Hall will be happy its out there [in Hughesville], especially people in Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Jarboe said. He continued, people attending the campus in Hughesville will travel a few minutes down the road to shop in Charlotte Hall. Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson believes the new campus will help lead the revitalization initiative in Hughesville. Robinson anticipates bookstores, cafes and small shops popping up all around Hughesville as the area begins to grow. Robinson hopes the campus will rebuild the town, and help stretches of old buildings in need of tender love an care. Were looking at it as a Main Street type of environment. The college campus would have provided many increased business opportunities for the county in Charlotte Hall, according to Bill Scarafia, St. Marys Chamber of Commerce president. While Jarboe says Hughesville is growing into a governmental center, Scarafia believes the college is destined to bring change in Hughesville. In fact, it is possible Charlotte Hall may at some point become an obsolete option to students if the Hughesville area builds up enough. I would have liked to see the college go to Charlotte Hall. It adds to the community, the quality of life and creates opportunities for businesses, Scarafia said, noting even a built up town such as Charlotte Hall would grow. Jarboe believes St. Marys never had a chance of getting the fourth campus because talks behind the scenes with The Hughesville Business and Civic Alliance Center to move Waldorfs youth detention center to Hughesville motivated increased support for the town to acquire the campus. It was a done deal pretty much a year and a half ago The deal was done way before it ever became an issue in St. Marys County. Theyll get a business, a business as a youth detention center, Jarboe said Hughesville Station, LLC, owns the property. Les Gooding, co-owner of Hughesville Station, selected the CSM site for the same reasons as its All American Harley-Davidson site to be convenient and visible. The property is across Route 5 from the dealership and is zoned as a Planned Employment and Industrial Park, co-owner of Hughesville Station LLC Les Gooding stated in a release.

As The County Times reported in the Dec. 20 issue, the College of Southern Maryland confirmed it will build its fourth campus Hughesville. The new campus will house CSMs Center for Trades and Energy, which is currently held in a leased facility in Waldorf. Francis Jack Russell, St. Marys County Commissioner President, said the county never really a chance to build such a project

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

McConkey Talks School Safety

The Democratic Womens Club invited Board of Education Vice President Kelly McConkey to discuss school safety. We have to concentrate on what can we do better to keep kids safe, McConkey said. One focus is entrances to schools. Many are designed so visitors can bypass the main office, making it difficult to keep track of who is coming and going during the day. To augment school safety, the Board of Education is requesting $350,000 from the Board of County Commissioners, McConkey said. Receiving input from teachers is important, but McConkey said he has heard teachers say they are not willing to talk about their ideas for fear of stirring things up. Audience members suggested setting up anonymous hotlines for students and employees to bring attention to perceived threats without fear of repercussion. Board of Education President Eugene Karol, who also attended the meeting, said he would be in favor of a whistleblower policy. McConkey said the board is considering more stringent policies regarding bullies and reporting bullying. One attendee suggested the board consider putting fences around schools in remote areas, where anyone could approach the school from any side. Karol said

Photo by Sarah Miller Kelly McConkey speaks to the Democratic Womens Club.

fences are a good idea but the size of some properties, such as Patuxent High School, made such actions cost prohibitive. McConkey said the county is focused on replacing glass doors with solid ones, changing the entrances to funnel visitors into the main office to sign in and ensuring all doors are locked. Current procedures include mandatory background checks for all employees and volunteers in the schools, and photo ID verification for visitors. Good ideas regarding school safety often involve money, according to McConkey.


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Thursday, February 28, 2013

County Recommends Moving Failing Wastewater Facilities

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer To address a failing on-site wastewater treatment facility at Huntingtown High School, the Division of Water and Sewerage recommended the Planning Commission approve an amendment allowing the Board of Education to connect to the Marley Run Waste Water Plant. The commission voted unanimously to send the plan to the Board of County Commissioners during The Planning Commission debates waste water. Photo by Sarah Miller their Feb. 20 meeting. In change the permitting and map amendment process. After addition to plans for Huntingtown High School, Water and Sewerage Division Chief hearing the ideas, commissioners told Johnston to bring Wayne Raither proposed to connect the Calvert County more information. The commission authorized staff to schedule a joint Industrial Park to the Prince Frederick Waste Water Treatpublic hearing to discuss a mapping amendment for Dominment Plant. Both failing on-site wastewater facilities would be de- ion Cove Point. According to Senior Planner Patricia Hadcommissioned. The action would help the county receive don, the natural liquefied plant wants to correct a mistake credits from the Maryland Department of the Environment made by the department when it switched maps to a new system in 2006. The mistake moved and slightly expanded for the additional nitrogen removal. When asked about the treatment plant at Northern Dominion Cove Points industrial zone, Haddon said. DoHigh School, which is older than the one at Huntingtown minion seeks to return the zone to its original state, she said. For more information, including agendas and informaHigh School, Raither said the Northern High School plant tion packets, visit is more efficient for nitrogen removal and in better shape. In other actions, Director of Community Planning and Building Chuck Johnston brought forward proposals to

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Chesapeake Beach Town Council adopted its tier mapping system, meeting the state mandated the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012. The vote was a 3-3 split, with Mayor Bruce Waugh casting the tie-breaking vote in favor of passing the map. It would be nice to be in compliance with the law, he said. The council debated what should be done with monies from the speed camera near Beach Elementary School. Some favored using the funds to pay for the full time officers in Chesapeake Beach and North Beach, others favored purchasing a tag reader to be mounted to a vehicle permanently assigned to the area. Council member Bob Carpenter called the tag reader a little too big brother for me. The council will make a decision at a future meeting. The Nam Knights chapter out of the Chesapeake Beach American Legion proposed a new memorial for the Veterans Memorial Park to honor Vietnam and military veterans. The council voted unanimously to support the Nam Knights efforts and allow them to erect the memorial. Chesapeake Town Attorney Elissa Levan made the first donation toward the memorial, with other council members pledging to follow suit.

Parents Appeal to BOCC to Stop Bullying

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Parents, hoping to solicit Board of County Commissioners to resolve the bullying plaguing their students, spoke out at the Feb. 26 meeting during open comment. Lusby resident Jeff Browns 12-year-old daughter attends Calvert Middle School. He recounted recent episode when, after being physically bullied by boys in the school for months and seeing no adult willing to help her, she told the schools visiting psychologist she was either going to hurt herself or somebody else. The school responded by calling Brown, telling him to come get his daughter and admit her to the hospital for an evaluation or they would put her in handcuffs and take her to the hospital themselves, Brown said. During the two hours they were there at the hospital, he said his daughters personal possessions were taken away and she was put in a room with a mattress on the floor and a chair. Debbie Buckingham said her son at Windy Hill Middle School is one of 50 or 60 hidden under the carpet who have threatened to commit suicide, who have reported bullying and who have stood up to bullies because the principal is afraid the schools rating will drop. Why cant the county step in? Why cant the county make the schools safe for these kids? Buckingham asked. She did tell the board one teacher has brought bullies and victims together during lunch sessions to talk about their differences and get down to the root of the problem, with good results. Brenda Davis brought forward another account of bullying in Windy Hill Middle School. Bullies threatened to beat and rape her son in the bathroom, and she had to explain to him what rape was when he came home in upset, because he didnt understand. Her son is 13 years old with Asperger's syndrome and reads at a third grade level. She has written to senators, delegates and the White House, but was told she had to talk to the local school board. Brown has met with Board of Education members and Superintendent Jack Smith, but did not feel it helped. The commissioners voted unanimously to write a letter to the school board inquiring about bullying policies. The commissioners are seeking solutions to the issues the parents face Commissioner Jerry Clark wants to know what actions the school board has taken to alleviate the problems he has heard about. He said some parents talk about issues on Facebook or to members of the Board of Education without taking time to fill out report forms and formalize their complaints. Board of Education Vice President Kelly McConkey said parents have to fill out bullying reports. Any time a parent comes to him, he reports the complaints to school administration, and follows up to see that the issue has been resolved. Smith and school principals are available for conferences, he said. In addition, the board is revising bullying policies to ensure issues dont slip through the cracks.

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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 for drug possession. 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.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chesapeake Beach Man Sentenced for Drug Possession

My client supports nine children 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.

During the week of Feb. 18 through Feb. 24 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriffs Office responded to 1508 calls for service throughout the community. Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriffs Office website. Go to and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward. The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. Obstructing: On Feb. 18 at 1:14 p.m. Dep. L. Wood conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Lusby Town Square shopping center. The driver initially gave a false name. After determining his Dijon Matthews correct identity, he was found to be driving on a suspended license. Dijon Matinique Matthews, 22 of Lusby, was arrested and charged with assume anothers identity to avoid identification or apprehension and obstruct and hinder a police officer and driving while suspended. Theft: Someone stole $975 worth of oil out of an oil tank behind a home in the 2800 block of Ridge Road in Huntingtown. Dep. R. Kampf is investigating the theft that occurred sometime between Jan. 1 and Feb. 18. Theft: Two spools, each containing 1000 feet of white, black and red wire, were stolen from a barn on Hunting Creek Road in Huntingtown sometime during the month of February. The wire is worth $2,000. DFC R. Kreps is investigating. Theft: Between Feb. 18 and 19, someone stole a glossy black 14-foot enclosed trailer valued at $5,000 from a business on Schooner Lane in Prince Frederick. The trailer has a dent on the left side. DFC R. Kreps is handling the investigation. Tampering: A victim in the 8800 block of Dayton Avenue in North Beach advised DFC J. Norton that someone rummaged through his unlocked vehicle between Feb. 18 and 19. It does not appear that anything was taken. Theft from Vehicle: Between Feb. 18 and 19, unknown suspect(s) stole medication and other items from a vehicle parked outside a home in the 3800 block of 7th Street in North Beach. Dep. M. Quinn is investigating. Destruction of Property: Someone caused $500 in damage when they shattered the rear window of a vehicle parked at a home in the 1700 block of Grays Road in Port Republic between Feb. 20 and 21. Cpl. R. Wilson is investigating. Theft from Vehicle: A purse containing $250 in cash was stolen from a vehicle at a home in the 12700 block of Great Lane in Lusby overnight between Feb. 20 and 21. It is unknown if the vehicle had been locked. Dep. T. Buckler is handling the investigation. Attempted Burglary: Someone pried two window screens in an attempt to make entry into a home in the 9900 block of Golden Russet Court in Dunkirk between Feb. 13 and 20. DFC J. Lord is investigating. Burglary Case: Unknown suspect(s) broke into a home during the daytime hours on Feb. 22 in the 1900 block of Owensville Court in Dunkirk and stole over $2,400 worth of property; a Kindle Fire tablet, Beretta 9mm pistol, Samsung 32 inch television and Xbox 360. DFC R. Kreps is handling the investigation. Disorderly Conduct: On Feb. 23 at 1:59 a.m. Sgt. R. Selkirk responded to Captain Bigs Bar in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a large fight in progress. One subject, Taft Brazner who appeared intoxicated, was asked numerous times to leave the scene; however, he refused to do so and became disorderly. Selkirk arrested Taft Michael Brazner, 24 of Sunderland, and charged him with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. Destruction of Property: Someone broke out the rear window of a pickup truck parked in the driveway of a home in the 11900 block of Hemlock Road in Lusby between Feb. 22 and 23. Nothing was taken. The damage is estimated at $500. DFC A. Clas is investigating. Destruction of Property: The front door of an unoccupied home on San Jose Lane in Lusby was discovered to have been kicked in on Feb. 23. It is unknown when the damage occurred and if any items were taken from the home. DFC A. Clas is investigating. Destruction of Property: On Feb. 24 DFC R. Kreps responded to a home in the 600 block of Marley Run in Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The victim advised that a mailbox light was damaged and four solar lights had been stolen. A second homeowner in the 500 block of Marley Run advised her mailbox had been knocked over and broken. Two victims on Channel Court advised solar lights and lampposts had been pulled out of the ground and broken. A total of over six hundred dollars in damage was done. DFC Kreps is continuing the investigation.

The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. Possession of Drugs and Concealed Weapons On Feb. 12 at 9:36 p.m., TFC West stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 4 and Sixes Road. in Prince Frederick. Marijuana was observed on the front seat. During a search of the vehicle, a concealed knife and a pair of brass knuckles were located. Mitchell J. McKinney, 23 of Mechanicsville, was arrested for possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and concealed weapons. Theft On Feb. 13 at 3:07 p.m., Trooper Barlow responded to the 12300 block of Rousby Hall Rd. in Lusby for a reported theft. Investigation revealed that Alice L. Marshall, 20 of Lusby, stole an Ipod from the victims residence and sold it to a store in California, Md. Charges are pending. Possession of Heroin On Feb. 14 at 1:59 p.m., TFC Sorenson responded to a reported traffic collision on Mt. Harmony Rd. near Rt. 2 in Owings. Scott A. Callaway, 26 of Huntingtown, was found to be in possession of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia. Callaway was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. DUI & Resisting Arrest On Feb. 15 at 12 p.m., Trooper Matthews attempted to stop a vehicle on Rt. 4 south of St. Leonard Rd. in St. Leonard for traffic violations. The driver refused to stop and proceeded north on Rt. 4. Troopers were able to force the driver to stop on Rt. 4 at Church St. in Prince Frederick. The driver, LaTonya R. Johnson, 36 of Lexington Park, resisted arrest, and was additionally charged with DUI and numerous traffic violations. She was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Heroin On Feb 15 at 5:46 p.m., TFC Esnes stopped the vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 4 at Dares Beach Rd. in Prince Frederick. A search of the vehicle revealed heroin and drug paraphernalia. A passenger, Angelique H. Bazan, 21 of Annapolis, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. DUI & Possession of Heroin On Feb 15 at 7:15 p.m., TFC Esnes stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 4 at Rt. 231 in Prince Frederick. Walter S. Robertson, 41 of Edgewater, was arrested for DUI. A search revealed he was in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Marijuana On Feb. 15 at 10:46 p.m., TFC Logsdon responded to the Super 8 Hotel in Prince Frederick for a complaint of the odor of marijuana emitting from one of the rooms. Gregory R. Wigman, 43 of Norcross, GA, was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Marijuana On Feb. 16 at 9:29 p.m. TFC Wiersma stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 4 north of Sixes Rd in Prince Frederick. The odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A search revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Joanne N. Neal, 19 of St. Marys City, was arrested and charged with possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Scorpion Brewery Coming to Owings

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer As a child Brian Daileys uncle and grandfather first introduced him to micro-brews and beer brewing beer. He began brewing his own beers10 years ago. After years of planning, he is making his dream of owning a brewery a reality Scorpion Brewery in Owings will soon join the Ruddy Duck in the ranks of Calvert based breweries. Individuals can make 200 gallons of beer per year for their personal use, Dailey said. His wife and children help with his hobby. His son and daughter enjoy topping bottles and his wife tastes samples, Dailey said. Tasting is not always wonderful. He and his wife try beers before carbonation is added. Tasting warm, stale beer during the process ensures a bad batch can be eliminated quickly, before he sinks too much time into it. Hobby brewers can experiment with their brews and use friends as guinea pigs. Dailey will be able to experiment with recipes, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has to approve all brews to be sold to the public using ingredients other than hops, water, yeast and grain. This ensures brews using fruits such as cherries, which contain small amounts of arsenic in the pits, are used safely. One brew in the approval process is an apple wheat beer involving apple pie spices, cider and a wheat beer base. Dailey is toying with a pumpkin beer, which he hopes to sell during fall. He earned his MBA in 2004 and thought of opening a brewery then, but the numbers didnt add up. He said he could not find a way to make the operation financially profitable until a friend introduced him to a craft beer that came in a can, not a bottle. He reworked the numbers using cans instead of glass bottles. The difference made it possible for Dailey to seriously consider opening a brewery. Currently, the brewery is not a massive operation. Its me and a 55 gallon kettle, pretty much, Dailey said. One of his goals is to make a completely local beer, using grains grown in Southern Maryland. He said he is looking for someone to grow hops for his use. The brewing process is environmentally friendly, Dailey said. By-products are usable for compost and animal feed. Larger operations sell by-products to farmers. Dailey was his own general contractor in an effort to save money, discovering how much paperwork is involved on that end. Fortunately, his work in the government taught him to fill out and file paperwork efficiently. Dailey awaits his final use and occupancy permit, and anticipates a mid-April opening. Scorpion Brewing has a small bar area for sales and tasting and an observation area to see the inner workings of the brewery. For more information, visit www.scorpionbrewing. com.

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Couple Trying to Blaze a Trail For Local Vegans

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Natalie Evans and Tony Bruffy have not been vegans for very long just about a year but they say the benefits of the lifestyle change have been so profound that they never want to go back to eating meat or even go so far as using dairy products. They are healthier, lost weight, gained energy and sleep better as a result of a vegan lifestyle. Now they are starting a support group for local vegans and vegetarians on their Facebook page, to share recipes, insights and spread the work about what they say is a much healthier lifestyle. The group is called Southern Maryland Vegans and Vegetarian Group. This is what we consider our community service, Evans said. Were new to this and weve learned a lot in a year. One thing theyve learned is that its hard to have any vegan opportunities at local restaurants, so theyve been talking to business owners to encourage them to start putting vegan and vegetarian options on their menus. Theres nothing [vegan] here so were bringing it to the county, Evans said. She said she and her husbands vegan journey started when their daughter began working as an intern with the Vegan Resource Group in Baltimore. She encouraged them to look into what they were eating by watching two movies Forks over Knives and Food Inc. which argued that modern meats and processed foods were slowing killing Americans by spreading ailments like diabetes and heart disease. Evans said she was starting to worry about her own health and once she watched those movies she decided to make a change for good. I realized I didnt need to be doing this, she said of eating meat and processed foods. Bruffy went on the journey willingly with her, he said, and he has seen his blood pressure drop significantly.


Both have seen weight change, but in different directions. I lost 20 pounds, Evans said. I actually gained 10 pounds but Im a carb junky, Bruffy said. Bruffy said that theyve learned to live without meat and with soy-based products formed to be meat and cheese substitutes in so many ways he doesnt miss it now. If you look into it youre really not giving up anything, Bruffy said. But the transition hasnt all been easy, they said. When they first started they found themselves back sliding on a product they both loved: cheese. The vegan lifestyle goes beyond just eschewing meat but also any kind of dairy products and eggs. We would break down and order a cheese pizza, Bruffy said. And giving up foods they had always enjoyed made for some irritable people in the beginning, Evans said. The first three months there were some tempers flaring, Evans. Youre body goes through withdrawals. But now theyve become so accustomed to a plantbased diet that if they eat anything even tinged with egg or dairy products their digestive system gives them fits, they say. Photo By Guy Leonard While Evans and Bruffy consider themselves strict vegans they are not as strict as others in their community Natalie Evans cooks up a vegan dish of stir-fried vegetables for dinner they still have leather furniture and clothing items. Their first group meeting Jan. 12 at the Leonardtown Far from being out-of-town hipsters, Evans and Bruffy live in the county and both are graduates of Chopti- library had 15 participants and they plan on having about half that at their March gathering, Evans said. con High School. The next meeting of Southern Maryland Vegans and Both their son and their daughter are local high school Vegetarians will be at the La Plata library on March 2 from graduates, too. We follow the vegan diet 100 percent but were not so 10 a.m. to noon. For more information call 301-481-2741. much into it for the animal rights, Bruffy said. Evans said her main goal now is to persuade restaurants to open up more vegan offerings and create a list of those participating restaurants for the community.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Guffrie Smith: A Professional Volunteer

cation, hoping to help more students succeed. Im a teacher first in anything I do, he said. He was appointed principal of Appeal Elementary upon returning to Calvert schools in 1981. At that time, the school had the lowest scores in the county. He used his experience to work with students, parents and teachers to make the school number one in the county in the 1985-1986 school year. Teachers are the most important part of education, Smith said. They have to be on track with the direction of the school before anyone can make progress. During his time at Appeal, he sent teachers to professional development and took their place in classrooms. Trust and relationships build communities, Smith said. Individuals cant build relationships without trust, and relationships are what make a community. In his professional life, he gave people a second chance to do the right thing. One time, he found someone with alcohol in the school, instead of reporting the person he gave the individual a warning. As a principal, he took a student home to have his mother sign the referral the student had failed to return signed. Smith regularly has former students and coworkers come up to him and talk about actions he took that had a positive influence in their lives. Smith worked in prison ministry for seven years. One time, he picked up a hitchhiker in Prince Frederick who remembered him from the ministry. Smith gave him a ride to his destination. It was a small gesture, but ignoring the man would have gone against the principals Smith lives by. His second career has been as a professional volunteer. The Lord is not finished with me yet, Smith said, adding if he can positively influence one child or adult, hell keep going. Following his retirement in 2002, he began working with the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth (CCCY), taking the position of president in 2012. He is proud to work with a community thrice named Americas Promise Alliances 100 Best Communities for Young People. In his work with CCCY, Smith uses his training in asset development to help youth in the community. During workshops and events

Its how you live life and what you do that makes you successful, said Guffrie M. Smith Jr., a local educator and volunteer. I try to make the best out of every moment, Smith said. Smiths father earned his GED while in the service, then went on to own a trailer park, drive school busses and serve on the PTA in his childrens schools. Smith would go with him to cut and sell wood to help support the family. His father took time to help Smith with 4H projects and gave him the opportunity to attend a national 4H competition, where Smith got to shake President Richard Nixons hand at the age of 16. His fathers example was an inspiration to be heavily involved in the community, Smith said. After 40 years in education and community volunteering, he has no intention to slow down. Its hard to hit a moving target, he said. You get stale if you dont do different things. Smith worked 33.5 years with Calvert County Public Schools, from 1964 1975 and 1981 to 2004, and 6.5 years with the Maryland State Department of Education, from 19751981. He is a current member of the Maryland State Board of Education. As an educator in Calvert, he worked as a teacher, vice principal, principal, supervisor, coordinator of Healthy Families, director of curriculum/instruction and coordinator of a resource center. At the state BOE, he was a specialist in migrant education, specialist in Title I and Migrant Branch Chief. He served on regional and statewide boards and committees including the States Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board, social studies curriculum writing and assessment teams and the Multicultural Education Task Force. When he applied for a position with the state department of education, he had a few options open to him. He was the top salesperson for World Book Encyclopedias in the area, and had been offered a position as a manger, which offered more money than a position in education. He could have remained in Calvert education, working at Beach Elementary School at the time. He chose the state department of edu-

Photos by Frank Marquart Guffrie Smith sets up a display for the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth.

Guffrie Smith talks about making the community youth friendly.

he hands out checklists with 40 developmental assets to build upon young peoples strengths that enable them to be successful members of the community. Children and the adults in their life have to work together, Smith said. He works closely with the African American students at Patuxent High School to encourage them to voice their needs, take advantage of opportunities. He also shares his life experiences with them. He and the CCCY hosted a community forum in Chesapeake Beach, working with students and adults to make the community more youth-friendly. CCCY co-hosts, with Southern Maryland College Access Network, a college and career summit at the College of Southern Maryland. Smith works with the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Christmas in April, Kiwanis Club of Calvert, Calvert County Historical Society, the Calvert County libraries, and United Methodist Men. In 1988, Smith was the first African American selected for the Calvert County Mercantile Bank Board. He and his wife were elected for king and queen of the 2002 United Way Mardi Gras. He was named Kiwanian of the Year for Calvert in 2006 and given the Goldstein Award by the Calvert County Democratic Club in 2009. In April, Smith will go to the state DARE conference to learn about changes in the program and ways to integrate asset development in Calvert programs. Smith cant sit idly by and waits for others to act if he wants to see positive changes in the county. Moving forward, Smith hopes to find opportunities to give testimonials and allow others to learn from his life experiences and beliefs. Smith graduated from St. Marys County Public Schools and earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Bowie State University. He earned 60 hours toward his Doctorate from Nova University. He was the first generation in his family to attend college. His siblings followed suit, he said, many of them receiving scholarships. His brother is basketball coach Orlando Tubby Smith, who currently coaches mens basketball at the University of

Minnesota. Smith is the oldest of 17 children born to Guffrie and Parthenia Smith. His wife, another Calvert educator, was the middle of 12 siblings. Both of their families gave them opportunities to succeed, which Smith and his wife attempt to pass on. They helped one of their daughters raise money for a trip to Russia when she was in high school. CCCY First Vice President Donna Millar worked with Smith while she was on the board for the Boys and Girls Club, while working for the Department of Juvenile Services and with Tri-County Youth Services Bureau. In all the time she has known him, Smith gives everything probably 250 percent, she said. Hes absolutely dedicated to improving education for all youngsters. To her, Smith is the perfect role model for youth and families. He exemplifies what and how we should be, Millar said. Former CCCY President and current Co-Director Marie Andrews has worked with Smith for six years. Hes always in a good mood, and thats not always the case with everyone in the world, she said. Smith said people like Andrews are the reason the community is a better place for youth. They take the initiative to make things happen. Andrews has a tremendous amount of respect for Smith and how he cares for children. No matter where he goes and what he does, Smith has knowledge and experience to help anyone in the room, according to Andrews. He can work with youth and adults. Children see him as an adult they can open up to. I dont know if its a magic thing or what it is, she said. For all his exuberance, Smith cant be everywhere and do everything. He doesnt have a lot of time for the nitty gritty, which is where team members come in. The world is lucky to have people like Guffrie Smith in it, Andrews said.

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Group Discusses Challenges, Opportunities
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Community groups from all over the beaches joined the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth in conversation about how to make the beaches more youth and family friendly. The collaborative aims to improve life in Calvert for children from pre-school through high school and beyond, according to collaborative President Guffrie Smith. During the meeting, youth and adults met in two groups to discuss challenges and opportunities available to young people in the area. Representatives from the Boys and Girls Club, the Twin Beach Players, the Young Marines and other groups met at the Northeast Community Center to introduce their groups. Younger members of the community talked about challenges in schools and the community with Donna Millar. Parts of their conversation revolved around the need for a place to hang out. I think Calvert County needs an arcade. Needs with a capital N, said Terrell Gross, a member of the Young Marines. Other students talked about a place to go roller-skating, and the fact that drugs are sold at the Dunkirk skate park. Students said they know places where drugs are sold, even in schools, but they have no way to anonymously report what they know. They wont

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Photo by Sarah Miller Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth member Becky Lebow leads conversation.

go to the school guidance counselors because students can see them going in and they worry counselors wont keep their confidentiality. Groups exchanged information and phone numbers to make a directory, which Millar said should go directly to the youth as well. Students need somebody they can call at any time, with any issue, and know they will not get in trouble. For some students, having somebody like that is the difference between graduating from school and making a mistake that lands them in jail or dead. For more information about the collaborative and upcoming community meetings, visit

One of the most memorable discussions was around the rise and impact of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), Every week, students Rudman said. from Calvert and St. Marys Politic nights are casual. They counties gather to talk about normally start with pizza, and then hot issues in Southern MaryScheiber introduces the topic and land, Annapolis and the rest leads students in discussion. of the world. Scheiber chooses topics acThe weekly student cording to student interests and politics meeting grew out current political topics. Group sizof an idea St. Marys Ryken es range from one to 20 students. teacher Ken Scheiber heard Once numbers stabilize, and if stufrom his students at St. dents are interested, Scheiber said Marys Ryken, to find time he plans to invite guest speakers. to talk politics more in depth Photo by Sarah Miller Mergner has learned to see and understand both sides of Ken Scheiber leads both sides of an argument, and a debate. conversation. build a stronger case to express his St. Marys Ryken senior Mark Mergner helped come up with opinions. Rudman said the group has broadthe ides when he canvased with Scheiber for the Tony ODonnell campaign on Aug. ened my intellectual horizons and helped 9. He said the school should offer politically him understand different points of view. Scheiber intends to continue the group relevant groups for students. The only suggestion Mergner would during the 2013-2014 school year, and durmake is to get more students involved in the ing the summer if students are interested. The groups meet at the Republican student politics nights. Currently, the group is comprised of Republican-leaning mem- Central Committee headquarters in Prince bers. Democratic-leaning individuals would Frederick and at St. Cecilia Parish in St. Marys City. The groups have been meeting balance the conversations, Mergner said. St. Marys Ryken junior Ethan Rudman since the end of September, welcoming stuwants to see more teens involved in politics dents from home, public and private schools. For more information, e-mail Scheiber night. He said he joined after hearing about the group during Scheibers politics class in at September, and has attended regularly since. He plans to remain involved during his se- nior year.

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Calvert County Public Schools hosted the second Science and Engineering Expo this year at Calvert Middle School. The expo consisted of three parts the science fair, a robotics room and an expo room, according to Supervisor of High School Science, STEM, Tech Ed, and Science Fair Yovanda Kolo. The event itself is a highlight, Kolo said. The expo room had hands-on exhibits, including catapult and tower building and informative exhibits, such as on solar energy and DNA spooling. The traditionally judged science fair and the fair sponsors presented awards at the end. For more information, visit

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Vince Kubala, Joey Watts, Gunnar Arnesen Testing Texas Holdem Personalities HHS Grand Prize-Sr. Division Luke Hough Lets Get Popping OLSS Grand Prize-Jr. Division Richard Henrichsen Twenty-First Century Darwin PHS Excellence Surjo Bandyopadhyay Attractive Enzymes PHS Excellence Alison Worth Effectiveness of Natural Substances at Filtering Water NHS Excellence Casey Beall Flammability of Fabric Chemicals HHS Excellence Alison Cleary, Erica Shields, Liana Aguirre The Stroop Effect: Females vs. Males HHS Excellence

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Irene Louise Pardoe, 97

Irene Louise Pardoe, 97, of Lusby, Md. died peacefully on Feb. 12, at her beloved home. She was born on Jan. 5, 1916 in Island Creek, Md. to the late Blanche and Walter E. Elliott. Irene was preceded in death by her husband Earl G. Pardoe, her parents; brother Leroy Elliott; nephew Patrick Elliott and her nieces Agnes Allegra and Virginia Mishou. Irene was raised in Calvert County. She attended Calvert County public schools and was employed by the United States Post Office as a Postal Clerk for 25 years. She is survived by her sister-in-law Barbara Elliott; nephews Jeffrey H. Elliott, Mark L. Elliott, Donald Dowell, Wayne Pardoe and David Pardoe, nieces Eula Mae McCready, Suzanne Cibulay, Norma Lee Buckler, Carolyn Ward and Geraldine Pardoe; great nieces Jennifer C. Albrecht and Magdalyn Albrecht; great-great nephew Chad Albrecht, greatgreat nieces Emily Elliott and Caisi Elliott. The family received friends on Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, Md. 20657, where a funeral service celebrating her life was held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Charles Harrell officiating. Pallbearers are Jeffrey H. Elliott, Mark L. Elliott, Herschel Wilder, Tim Crout, Donald Dowell and Wayne Pardoe. Interment followed at Middleham Chapel Episcopal Church Cemetery, Lusby, Md. For more information please visit www.rauschfuneralhomes. com

of Frederick, Md.; and her former husband F. Samuel Keiffer. Also surviving are five grandchildren and a brother Robert Morrison of Queenstown, Md. Frances was preceded in death by a brother Ralph Morrison. Services for Frances were private. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Carol Jean Cancer Foundation, Inc., 10718 Cleos Court, Columbia, Md. 21044, or online at For information or to leave condolences visit

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Jenny George (Kawtoski), 79

Genevieve Jenny G. George (Kawtoski), 79, died Feb. 16, at Washington Hospital Center. She was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Lily, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Frances Kwaitkowski. Jenny grew up in Lilly, Pa., worked in a shirt factory and later married in 1956. In the early years of their marriage, she lived in Pa. and later moved to Clinton, Md in 1965. She worked for the Prince Georges County Schools for 10 years. In 2005, her and her husband, Jim moved to St. Leonard to be closer to their children and grandchildren. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Clinton, Md. and later St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Prince Frederick, Md. Jennys hobbies once included bowling and ceramics. She enjoyed reading, cooking, and arts and crafts. She loved to have family members over where she enjoyed preparing all the food. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who dedicated her life to her family, especially her grandchildren. Jenny was preceded in death by her son, Timothy George, on May 4, 2003; brothers, Walter, Stanley, Frank and Edward; and sisters, Theresa Yingling, Veronica OCilka, Stella Barnish and Freda Repko. She is survived by her husband, James George; children, Michael, St. Leonard, Md.; Kevin (Pam), Huntington, Md.; Melissa Shrawder, Dunkirk, Md.; Jennifer (Tim) Nash, St. Leonard, Md., and Amy (Scott) Wojcik, New Freedom, Pa. She is also survived by grandchildren, Derrick and Kristy Joines, Thomas, Brad, Amanda and Eric George, Brian, Ashley, Matthew, Megan and Kyle Shrawder, Kaitlyn, Emma and Madelyn Nash, Logan, Lauryn and Lilly Wojcik. She will be sadly missed. The family received friends on Feb. 25 in the Rausch Funeral Home 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Md. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Feb. 26,. in St. John Vianney Catholic Church 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, Md. Inter-

ment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers: Michael George, Kevin George, Timothy Nash, Scott Wojcik, Thomas George, Derrick Joines, Brian Shrawder and Brad George.

Billy Sears, 88
William Lee Billy Sears, 88, of Owings, Md. passed away Feb 20, at Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Fredrick, Md. He was born in Paris, now part of Owings, Md. on Feb. 15, 1925 to Stanley Lee and Nellie Lee (Walton) Sears. Billy was raised on his familys farm and attended Calvert County Schools. He married Mary Virginia Phipps in Forestville, Md. in Aug. 1943. Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Aug. 14, 1943 and served until being discharged as a Private First Class on May 12, 1945. After his discharge from the service Billy returned home and worked at Owings Lumber Company until 1955 when he went to work for the Maryland State Highway Administration. He retired as Senior Shop Clerk with the SHA in 1984. Billy enjoyed rabbit hunting, fishing, playing baseball and softball. He loved spending time with his family, eating hard crabs and oysters and watching old western movies. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Margaret Smith and a son James W. Sears. Surviving are his wife Mary V. Sears of Owings, Md., a daughterin-law Nancy Lee Sears, grandsons James W Billy Sears II and his wife Tracy, and Phillip S. Sears and his wife Shannon, and five great-grandchildren Cody, Kyle, Kelsey, Kylie and Sammy, all of Lusby, Md. Friends called on Feb. 25 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, Md., where a service and celebration of Billys life followed. Inurnment at Mt. Harmony Cemetery was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Harmony UMC Building Fund, 155 E Mt. Harmony Road, Owings, Md. 20736. For information or to leave a condolence visit

Elizabeth Ann Tipton, 82

Elizabeth Ann Tipton, 82, of The Willows in Chesapeake Beach passed away Feb. 13, at Washington Hospital Center. She was born Jan. 4, 1931 in London, England to George Kenelm and Rhona Field. Ann was raised in Kensington England until moving to the United States on the Queen Elizabeth when she was 21. She lived in Washington, D.C. and was employed by Covington & Burling law firm, where she met her future husband Wellstood White Tip Tipton. She and Tip were married on July 2, 1955 and they made their home in Kensington, Md., where they raised their family. Ann was a court reporter during the Watergate case and was later employed at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, retiring in 1995 as a Branch Chief. Ann and Tip owned a home in the Willows where they would spend their summers and then moved there permanently upon retirement. Ann loved knitting, playing bridge and traveling with her family. She was an animal lover and she was especially fond of her pets. Ann was preceded in death by her husband Tip in 1999. She is survived by three daughters Rhona L. Leffler and husband Charles of Brookeville, Md., Sarah J. Thompson and husband Joseph of Frederick, Md. and Lynn M. Tipton of Shady Side, Md.; and two sons Charles K. Tipton of Chesapeake Beach, Md. and Wellstood W. Tipton Jr. of Hagerstown, Md. Also surviving are six grandchildren. Family and friends were received Feb. 22, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, Md., where a celebration of Anns life was held with a reception to follow at the Tipton residence in the Willows. A life celebration service was also held at Feb. 23, at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, Md. 20837, followed by a reception in the church hall. Memorial donations on Anns memory may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, Md. 21403 or the Humane Society, P.O. Box 3505, Prince Frederick, Md. 20678. For addi-

Frances Ann Keiffer, 85

Frances Ann Keiffer, 85, a resident of Solomons Nursing Center passed away Feb. 18. She was born Dec. 25, 1927 in Washington, D.C. to Ralph Somerville and Sarah Naomi (DePue) Morrison. Frances was raised in Bethesda, Md. and graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in 1945. She then attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. where she received her Associates degree. Frances married F. Samuel Keiffer on July 10, 1948 and they lived in Bethesda, and Potomac until moving to Owings in 1974 and Dunkirk in 1978. She and Sam were later divorced and Frances has lived in Solomons for the past 20 years. She was a travel agent and owned and operated Bay Country Travel in Dunkirk from 1975 to 1994. In her leisure time, Frances enjoyed reading and she also loved nature, especially the Chesapeake Bay. She is survived by four children Russell L. Keiffer of Solomons, Md., Bruce S. Keiffer and wife Debbie of Lutz, Fla., John S. Keiffer and wife Bonnie of Southport, N.C. and Sarah K. Sally Helmbold and husband Rick

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Two area high schools robotics teams are heading to California to compete in the VEX World Championships in April. La Plata High Schools Angle Warriors and Calvert High Schools The A-Team bested 26 other teams in the Southern Maryland VEX League Championship held at the College of Southern Maryland Feb. 16. Their successand that of all budding engineers in Southern Marylandhas been the goal of CSM faculty and staff since the colleges first robotics competition in 2006. Teams competed in a VEX game called Sack Attack which required robots to pick up beanbags and score them in goals. To build and program robots to complete this feat require teams of students to think and work collaboratively as engineers. The day started with 28 teams from 16 middle and high schools vying to qualify for the VEX nationals and worlds. When the day ended, teams from all three Southern Maryland counties advanced: La Plata High School from Charles County, Calvert High School from Calvert County and the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center from St. Marys County which qualified for the VEX Nationals in Nebraska. Through STEM, CSM is hosting Spotlight on STEM in April with events expected to draw more than 3,500 area students and

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CSM Robotics Competitions Add Fuel to Pipeline

Local High Schools Qualify World Competition
educators, among them the LEGO Robotics Championship-Junior Division with 94 elementary and middle school teams. The combination of an increased interest in STEM fields among area students and an increased demand for engineers in Southern Maryland could not have come at a better time. According to a 2011 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest concentration of jobs in STEM fields was not in the center of Silicon Valley, but St. Marys County with 207 STEM jobs per 1,000 jobs. The enthusiasm for robotics has grown enormously over the past few years and that enthusiasm has inspired many young people to pursue careers in STEM fields, said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. With reports such as the one from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students can see that Southern Maryland is the place to bethey dont have to move across the country to pursue big dreams, said Gottfried, adding that students also dont have to leave Southern Maryland to earn an engineering degree thanks to a partnership between CSM, the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Among area organizations instrumental in helping to build an engineering pipeline is

The La Plata High School Angle Warriors and the Calvert High School A-Team made up the competitions winning alliance and received the Tournament Champion Award. Their win qualifies them for the VEX World Championships in Anaheim, Calif., April 17-20, 2013.

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Step inside a New Orleans juke joint, and you would find a relaxed, bluesy atmosphere, plenty of southern soul food and good times all around. This years United Way of Calvert County Mardi Gras on Saturday, March 2 at Holiday Inn Conference Center and Marina in Solomons aims to evoke the heyday of juke joints in the early 20th century after emancipation and prohibition, a place for African Americans to kick back and relax after work, dance and listen to live music. Taking their inspiration from the hit HBO drama, Trem, set in the culturally diverse neighborhood of New Orleans and featuring the local jazz hubs and juke joints of Frenchman Street, United Way volunteers and staff will transform the ballrooms and concourse of the Holiday Inn with a colorful mix of hand painted signs and artwork created by Huntingtown High School art students surrounded by multi-colored lights and wine bottle trees handcrafted by local artist Dona Baker and her husband. The funky backdrop for this years Mardi Gras comes to life under the artistic direction of Heather Maertens, owner of Maertens Fine Jewelry and Gifts in Lusby, with volunteers from Dominion, SMECO and many local agencies. Upon entrance to the main event, Mardi Gras guests will be greeted by carefree flappers who will shower them with colorful beads, and lead them down Tin Pan Alley for a little taste of moonshine, some oysters and a game of craps. Afterwards a stroll to the Juke Joint, will give patrons a chance to glimpse and bid on silent and live auction prizes, ranging from weeklong trips to Florida, signed sports memorabilia, spa packages, to bushels of crabs. Or they can test their luck with a $25 ticket to the Maertens Fine Jewelry Raffle, which will reward a grand prize of $7,000 in jewelry and home apparel by the nights end. The sounds of rock and blues legends, Etta James and Ray Charles, the sights of a lively game of poker, the savory smells of po boys and shrimp and grits will recreate the juke joint charm. Venturing to the main stage, guests can dance to their hearts content to the kicked up beats of high energy DC band, Prime Time. Capture the joie de vivre with a rendering by a caricature artist or an antique portrait by Fantasy World Entertainment. The experience would not be complete without the crowning of Mardi Gras royalty, the 2013 King and Queen candidates that raised the most dollars for United Way, with Clif Bridegum of St. Leonard, Dave McDowell of Huntingtown, James Piatt of Lusby, Beverly Brown of Great Mills and Shelby Potts of Owings in the running. With all the revelry and the support of numerous sponsors, United Way aims to raise $100,000, to benefit Community Impact programs in Calvert County that work toward ending the cycle of poverty for thousands of local families. Event tickets are $155 per person. Dress is black tie or festive garb. Guests can purchase waterfront accommodations at Holiday Inn Conference Center at a special reduced rate with code UW5, which expires on Feb. 25. Mardi Gras tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting United Way of Calvert County at 410-286-0100 or Laissez Bon Temps Rouler.

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Little Minnows: The Fish Tank Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road S, Solomons), 10 to 11 a.m. Presented by author Kristina Henry. Brought to CMM through PNC Bank, this program includes the story and a craft. Space is limited and pre-registration suggested. Free thanks Pre-registration and a $35 nonrefundable class fee is required. Class attendees must be 18 years or older. To register call Bonnie at: 301-922-4325 or email, or Ron at: 410-326-0937. A working lunch will be provided by Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center (O.W.R.C.). Classes are co-sponsored by a grant from the Wexler Wildlife Foundation. A tour of O.W.R.C will be available after the class. Kids N Critters: Rainbow Makers Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, 2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, 10 to 11:30 a.m. For ages 3 to 5. Adult participation is encouraged. What colors go into a rainbow? Did you know that sometimes we can make new colors by mixing the ones we have? We will play with mixing colors and making colors in this class and spend some time outside on a color hunt. Fee per child: $3/BCNES members $1. Reservations required. Register online: www.calvertpa Praise-N-Thunder Homeless Outreach Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 S. Maryland Blvd, Dunkirk, 11 a.m. The 1st Saturday of each month. Meet in the Youth Building to make lunches and travel to D.C. to serve the homeless Contact Tim Duelley at 240-997-0316 Family Program: Salamander Soiree Vernal Pool Walk at Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm, 2695 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For families with children 5 years and older. Dont miss this great opportunity to explore one of the lesser known Calvert County Natural Resource Division areas the Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm. Well hike through the woods to search for vernal pools and streams fed by spring rains looking for spring wildflowers and amphibians along the way. Wear your rain boots and wear clothes that can get muddy. This hike may not be suitable for children under the age of five as it will be off-trail on uneven ground. $5; BCNES members $3. Fee is per child. Registration and Payment is required. For more info call 410-535-5327 Ping Concert Middleham and St. Peters Episcopal Parish, Great Hall, 10210 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby, 4 p.m. Ping, founded in the spring of 2012, is an exclusive vocal group drawn from members of the St. Marys College of Maryland Chamber of Singers and directed by Professor of Music Larry Vote. This group will be performing works spanning from the 16th century to today. All concerts are free and open to the public. Free will offering welcomed. All proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Build for Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. Charity Quarter Auction at Calvert Elks Lodge On Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick, 1p.m. Auction starts at 2 p.m. Call 410-535-5110 Calvert County Republican Campaign Workshop Holiday Inn Express, 355 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, call for times Experienced instructors from the Leadership Institute will cover a number of topics and will teach and show you how

to make a difference in our local and state governance. This training gives you the nuts and bolts needed to work more effectively in campaigns. Its not enough to be an activist. You need to make sure your time yield results. You need to be the most effective possible. To register and if you would like a discount, please go to go to the March 2 date. Registration is $25 per person. If you use the code word calvert you will receive a nice discount. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited, so register before Feb. 22. For more information, email: info@ Vegetarian & Vegan Meet-up LaPlata library, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It doesnt matter if you are vegan, vegetarian or veg-curious, you are welcome and invited and are encouraged to bring a friend to our second meet-up. 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 Md.

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By Keri Lipperini February 27, 2013 Commission on Aging (COA) Are you interested in advocating for senior needs in Calvert County? The COA meets on the third Thursday of each month to focus on this. Submit an application by March 12 to the Board of County Commissioners for appointment to the COA. For more information, call the Office on Aging at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170. Get Free Tax Assistance AARP Tax-Aide counselors are preparing taxes for low-to-moderate-income senior citizens, aged 50-plus. Appointments are required and can be scheduled now by calling one of the three senior centers. 2013 Senior Arts Competition Are you 50 or older, live in Calvert County and enjoy creating original works of art? Enter your artwork in this years Senior Arts Competition. There are various categories to choose from. Stop by your local senior center for a complete list of categories and the 2013 rules. The competition deadline is April 1. Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) March is National Nutrition Month. Start a healthy day with fruit, yogurt or smoothies all month long in the Old Bay Caf from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. A new session of Open Studio Art begins Friday, March 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The fee is $50 for ten sessions or $6 walkin, plus supplies. North Beach Senior Center (NBSC) Laughter is sure to happen when ladies gather! Join Table Talk for Women, Thursday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. to share and reminisce with other women. Enjoy Mens Breakfast, Friday, March 8, 8 a.m. Theres something very special about attending breakfast when it is called breakfast with friends. Must pre-register. Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) To celebrate National Nutrition Month, Cathy will be hosting a special nutrition presentation each Wednesday in March. March 6, 20 and 27 include food samples so register a day ahead. Get inspired by Visiting Author and Photographer, William A. Poe, Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 p.m. Mr. Poe is the author of the book Images of America African Americans of Calvert County. Explore a Local Landmark Join a tour of the Joint Base Andrews, Wednesday, March 6. Highlights include a demo by the 316th Security Forces K-9 military working dogs, a tour of the KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling military aircraft and the 1st Helicopter Squadron that is used to transport the President and other dignitaries. The $40 fee includes transportation, tour and lunch at the Courses Buffet. Only three spots remain! EATING TOGETHER MENU Lunches are served to seniors aged 60-plus and their spouses through Title IIIC of the Older Americans Act. Contributions are suggested. For reservations or to cancel your reservations call: Calvert Pines Senior Center at 410-5354606 or 301-855-1170, North Beach Senior Center at 410257-2549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748. Monday, March 4 Hamburger, Cheese, Baked Beans, Carrots, Fresh Fruit, Apple Juice Tuesday, March 5 Stuffed Shells, Bread Sticks, Salad, Italian Green Beans, Fresh Fruit, Orange Juice Wednesday, Chicken Salad, Peas, Hard Cooked Egg, March 6 Lentils, Pickle, Dinner Roll, Pear Thursday, Pork Loin, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, March 7 Succotash, Bread, Mandarin Oranges Friday, March 8 BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Biscuit, Cranberry Sauce, Peaches

Friday, March 1
First Free Friday Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road S, Solomons), 5 to 8 p.m. This month features the opening of the Youth Art Month Exhibit by students from Calvert County schools in the lobby. EnjoyHarmony Grit performing traditional and contemporary folk, country, and light rock, starting at 6:30 p.m. These four local musicians compliment rich vocals with guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjolele, bass, harmonica and cello. Sock Hop benefitting the homeless Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 S. Maryland Blvd, Dunkirk, 7 p.m. Calling all women - Break out your poodle skirts and bobby socks, and come join the fun in the church fellowship hall. Bring a dish to share and a package of socks or underclothing for the homeless. We will be taking up a love offering. Contact or call us at 301-855-3555

Saturday, March 2
United Methodist Mens Breakfast Trinity United Methodist, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick, 7 to 10 a.m. For more information, call 410.535.1782 or visit Indoor Yard Sale to benefit Adult Day Care of Calvert County Adult Day Care of Calvert County 975 Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, 8 a.m. to Noon The center is located on the lower level of the health department building (main entrance in back) on the corner of the hospital campus. Adult Day Care, an independent nonprofit organization, is a structured day program of compassionate care and community-based activities for elderly and disabled adults, designed to enhance their physical, social and emotional health. Call 410-535-0133, visit www.adcofcalvertcounty for more information or email Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation in Maryland an in depth review. 6 CEUs Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This class will introduce individuals and licensed rehabilitators to basic medical practices and care of wild animals to include state and federal licensing requirements. The class is open to the public, licensed rehabilitators, veterinarians, vet techs, and animal control officers. It is intended to provide licensed rehabbers with an in depth review of emergency care and treatment of wildlife as well as introduce new rehabbers to wildlife rehabilitation practices and the wildlife rescue community.

Sunday, March 3
Brownie Badge Program Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road S, Solomons), 1 to 3 p.m. Brownies Badge Program In the Wind. Fee $11; preregistration is required. Call 410-326-2042 x41 for more information and to register.

Tuesday, March 5
Patuxent Kids: Blustery March Huntingtown, 10 a.m. March is the windy month, or so they say. How are birds and animals surviving the bitter cold winds of winter? For ages 3 to 5. Adult participation is required.

Wednesday, March 6
Cinema Caf Sense and Sensibility Calvert Library, 850 Costely Way, Prince Frederick, 6 p.m. We celebrate Womens History Month with an award-winning film based on Jane Austens first published novel Sense and Sensibility, a satire of 18thcentury dating games. After wealthy Mr. Dashwood dies, his second wife and her daughters are left poor by the rules of inheritance. Although the women are taken in by a kindly cousin, their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both Dashwood sisters, practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. This movie is not only a delicious romance but laugh-out-loud funny. Lights go down at 6 p.m. and the film will be followed by a short discussion ending by 8:30 p.m.. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. For more information call Robyn Truslow at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862.

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Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, Feb. 28
Justin Myles Experience Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7:30 p.m. Trivia, Ladies Night and Karaoke Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) 9 p.m.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Jewelry making and crafting occupies the mind and the hands, according to local crafters. Leslie Downs of Bay Beads and Nancy Donley of ChNaca Fiberworks work out of the same studio, sometimes collaborating on pieces to sell at craft shows. Downs said she started making jewelry because she had a collection of vintage pieces that she wanted to do something with. Working vintage components into new pieces gives the old jewelry second life, she said. Downs uses natural elements in her jewelry, such as polished stones, gems and shells. Its amazing what God and nature can make with a rock, she said. She doesnt specialize in any one craft. Instead, she looks for items that fascinate her and creates pieces around them. You have to feel something with it and go from there, she said. To those who say they arent creative enough, she says they should go for it. If you like it, its perfect, Downs said. There is no right and wrong about it. Downs creates individual pieces and customized works. Her classes are small and by appointment only. Most classes are $35 to make a bracelet, earrings and necklace set. For more information, call 410610-1738 or e-mail Donley works with fibers. She spins, knits and weaves with a variety of fibers including alpaca, llama, wool, and cotton. With the exception of stringing beads on threads she is weaving with, Donley said she never does jewelry work. Likewise, Downs attempted fiber arts but couldnt pick up knitting when Donley tried to teach her. However, Downs has no problem making accessories, like shawl sticks to go with the Donleys pieces. Donley teaches weaving, spinning

Friday, March 1
Stereo Case Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Karaoke Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 7 p.m. Quagmire Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 2
No Green Jelly Beenz Veras White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 9:30 p.m.
Photos by Sarah Miller Leslie Downs works on jewelry.

and fiber crafts by appointment. For more information, call 410-535-3510 or e-mail Donley and Downs share their space with two dogs and friends who bring their own projects to work on while they visit. Individuals wanting to work with larger groups can take classes at the Bead Boutique in Prince Frederick, in the same shopping center as the Green Turtle. Owner Tricia Hall sells Toho seed beads, Swarovski crystal, semi precious, glass, bone, wood beads as well as silver and gold findings, wire, beading string, needles, PMC and tools out of her store. She offers professional assistance and free workspace at a first come, first served basis. She sells finished products. Classes offered at Bead Boutique range from stringing beads to metal smithing, beading on a loom and glass fusing. Classes are available for beginner through advanced level crafters. Teachers are awesome instructors who are masters of their craft, Hall said. She has taught students from 5 through 80 years old. The shop is available after hours for birthday parties and largegroup classes. For more information about Bead Boutique, visit

Live Music Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 1 p.m. Redwine Jazz Trio The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 3
World Tavern Poker Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) 1 and 4 p.m. Live Music Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) 1 p.m.

Monday, March 4
Chili Cook Off Veras White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 12 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5
Steve Nelson and Rusty Williams Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6
Karaoke Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 7
Trivia, Ladies Night and Karaoke Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) 9 p.m.

Friday, March 8
4 Friends Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Adam Ritchie Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) 9 p.m.

Tricia Hall creates a ring.


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