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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Military officials and leaders from community nonprofits will examine the problem of homeless veterans in St. Marys County and the region. The forum is scheduled Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Lanny Lancaster, executive director of the Three Oaks Homeless Shelter in Lexington Park said with so many veterans set to come home from Afghanistan in the next two years community agencies have to guard against some of them slipping into homelessness. The lack of a job or even suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder are reasons some veterans become homeless, he said. But things have improved from the homeless shelters viewpoint, Lancaster said, since his organization was fi-

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nally able to get money and assistance for local homeless veterans from the U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs (VA). Its a new development, he said. Weve never been able to crack into that agency, Lancaster said, adding that because St. Marys County and much of Southern Maryland was still rural it was difficult for veterans to get services they needed. The VA is currently providing $240,000 in funding for homeless veterans through Three Oaks, Lancaster said. Our commitment is to serve 100 families this year and weve already had 83 homeless vet referrals in the first three months of the year, Lancaster said. But the trouble doesnt just come from veterans of recent wars. Were still getting Vietnam War vets in here, Lancaster said. Barbara Ives, a retired Navy captain, acting as master of ceremonies, said she was asked to be a part of the forum during the planning stages in October. The object of this weeks event will be to marshal resources for a large event this September where veterans, especially the homeless, will be able to come and get help and services they need, she said. The veterans cause strikes my very heart, especially the homeless concerns, Ives said. Its such a worthy cause. The forum will include Vice Admiral David Dunnaway, NAVAIR commander and Tom Jarboe, head of local defense contractor Technology Security Associates; they are set to speak about the importance of hiring veterans. Edward Chow, state secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, is scheduled to make closing remarks. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Court Slashes Jury Award Against Leonardtown


By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A judge reduced Leonardtowns obligation to pay two local residents $185,000 down to $54,000. Prince Georges County Judge Sean Wallace ruling came down earlier this week. At the same time he denied Leonardtowns motion for a new trial. A St. Marys jury awarded Nancy Bupp and David Deaderick the money after finding the Town of Leonardtown had trespassed and caused a nuisance in regard to two sewage backups on their property on Point Lookout Road. Town officials were disappointed in the January ruling and said that their lawyer would file various motions for relief in the aftermath. The towns lawyer Matthew Peter filed a complaint that the plaintiffs had failed to produce evidence that the town was responsible for the sewage backups. He stated the jury award shocks the conscience, [and] is grossly excessive. Peter argued the original award was two-thirds of the value of the property and that the damage did not preclude the owners from renting it. Lloyd Hopkins, attorney for the plaintiffs, disagreed in his counter filing stating renting the property was the original purpose completely thwarted by the sewer spills to the real property. The jurys verdict was firmly rooted in the evidence, Hopkins wrote. The lawsuit alleged that the town was negligent in allowing a nuisance when two specific sewage backups occurred in October 2009 and January 2011. In the original hearing, the plaintiffs argued that the town did not do enough to fix the dip in the sewer line. The jury agreed. Peter argued that the backup points were the defendants responsibility since they originated at two caps on the defendants property used to clean out the lines. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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St. Marys Sheriff Speaks Against Gun Control


By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Last week at the state capitol, St. Marys Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron, adding his voice to those of other law enforcement officers, testified against controversial gun control bills. Speaking to a joint State House committee, Cameron said the Maryland Sheriffs Association had voiced its opposition to HB 294, which would ban military style weapons, restrict magazine size to just 10 rounds and institute strict licensing requirements and fingerprinting to purchase a handgun. HB 294 is the companion bill to SB 281, which recently passed a party line vote in the Senate. The Maryland Sheriffs Association opposes any law or regulation that infringes on or restricts a citizens right to bear arms under The Second Amendment, Cameron told state elected. The requirements for training prospective handgun buyers under the proposed legislation would be difficult to achieve since Southern Maryland law officers had no ranges of their own on which to qualify, according to Cameron. It would be even more difficult for citizens to find such a place, he said. March 1 saw about 200 to 300 protestors against gun violence rally in the capitols Lawyers Mall to support Gov. Martin OMalleys gun control measures, which if passed would be among the most stringent in the nation. At the same time, over 1,300 pro-gun advocates arrived to testify. Testimony on HB 294 started at noon last Friday and ended at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday with approximately 32 citizens signed up to support the legislation against about 1,300 arrayed in opposition. Many who had signed on to testify from both camps left as the night went on. The large number of those signed up to speak limited each testimony to one minute. The entire length of testimony was just short of 16 hours, and some have said it was the longest hearing in the history of Annapolis. The Sheriff of Wicomico County, Mike Lewis spoke out against both HB 294 and efforts by the OMalley administration to repeal the states death penalty. He said it was hypocritical to restrict citizens rights to defend themselves while removing the highest punishment available to violent criminals who take a life. This is an outrageous insult to the American people, said Lewis, the current president of the Maryland Sheriffs Association. There is a tremendous incentive for criminals to move to Maryland to resume their criminal activities. Denton Police Chief Rodney Cox criticized the state judicial system for failing to keep violent criminals off the streets. We need to fix whats broken in this state, Cox said. The judicial system is broken. Its a revolving door that consists of dangerous criminals theyre the ones who make it dangerous for our citizens. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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MetCom Board Divided on Director Search


By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Metropolitan Commissions board of directors voted last week to continue searching for a new executive director after Jacqueline Meiser resigned her position in January. Dan Ichniowski has been acting executive director since that time. They voted to advertise the position in local newspapers, on web sites and professional journals around the nation to get the best candidate. Two of the board debated the need to stretch the search as far as it could go versus the need to get an experienced director as quickly as possible. Board member Mike Mummaugh said that the countys main water and sewer provider had not hired an executive director from outside the agencies ranks in quite some time. This is an important job, Mummaugh said. Its an important decision we have to make. Its good to see whats out there. Board Chairman Joe St. Clair said the agency could not afford to search for too long for a new leader, since state environmental mandates would require the utilities full attention. Those mandates, like PlanMaryland and the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners tempers flared over the amount of overages and space allocated to additional inmates during the renewed debate of building an expansion and renovation for the countys adult detention center. Once again, the jail project is dead. Three of five of the Board of County Commissioners agreed instead to support a $9.5 million project to renovate the existing jail with a heating and air conditioning system, modern locks on cell doors and other security upgrades. The plan to revive the project evaporated when commissioners learned they would likely pay an additional five percent over the already heavy overage. The original expansion project met its demise when the builder came in with an estimate for the project that was $7 million over the original bid. The $35 million project was likely to have received state support financially but the extra cost led to a three-to-two vote to end it. This week Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) who has relented and come out in support of the expansion said he would not support an exorbitant increase. Im not going to pay over what we want, Jarboe said. His declaration received an immediate response. Whoa, whoa, whoa, we cant have our cake and eat it, too, said Commissioner Todd Morgan, who supported going ahead with the jail project initially despite the cost increases. Last week three commissioners agreed the project was worth building, especially in light of the growing number of arrests for prescription medication abuse county-wide. The key vote in that discussion was Jarboe, who had opposed the jail expansion initially due to the cost and a land issue involving state property. He based his change of vote in part on the need to have more space to incarcerate inmates. He indicated the county may even have to push other construction projects back to make way for the jail. Im willing to stand by the jail, Jarboe said. The jail is a higher priority than FDR Boulevard. Morgan objected. Youve never had a FDR as a priority since youve been sitting here. Commissioners Dan Morris and Cindy Jones did not waiver in their opposition to the expansion project. We need air conditioning [for corrections officers] I understand that, Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said. But do we need to have a jail that big? Cant we just have 100 beds instead of 200? Were going to turn Leonardtown into a penal colony. Jones (R-Valley Lee) said the commissioners seemed poised to not only pay for a jail expansion with a $7 million overage but one with the prospect of an extra five percent in costs. I dont understand the rationale for bringing this project back, Jones said. To me it makes no sense. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D- St. George Island) changed his vote to put an end to the expansion. Im not going to vote for this project to be moved ahead, Russell said. Im tired of wasting the time of the good people in the audience and the staff and fooling around with the state. Russell said the county would have to be satisfied with security upgrades. We can get this done, he said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Commission for People with Disabilities Seeks Nominees


The St. Marys County Commission for People with Disabilities, in cooperation with the Board of County Commissioners, presents its annual Awards program. The program was instituted to celebrate contributions made by individuals and businesses in our community, and to raise awareness regarding persons with disabilities. Award categories include volunteer, notable employer, facility accessibility, innovative program, outstanding person with disability award, and outstanding individual achievements awards. Descriptions and applications can be found on the Commission for People with Disabilities website at www.co.saintmarys.md.us/voluntr/DisabilityAwardsProgram.asp. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2013 and should be submitted to Cynthia Brown, Department of Human Services, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650. For more information contact Christina Bishop at (301) 475-4200, extension 1802.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Now that sequestration cuts are real, the Board of County Commissioners is interested in developing a plan to diversify the economy. Elected leaders authorized Steven Anderson, the director of the Department of Economic and Community Development, to seek $25,000 in federal funds to complete a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) asked if the study would be worth the cost, since the amount of money was just a drop in the bucket. The countys economy is about 80 percent dependent upon Patuxent River Naval Air Station. With sequestration here economic development has long depended on what the base does, Morgan said. The countys previous lack of creating a diversified economy would make developing a strategy worth the effort, according to Anderson. Its to make sure we dont have all our eggs in one basket. The county will apply for the grant money from the U.S. Department of Commerce and will seek matching required funds from the state in order to pay the countys share, Anderson said. The countys highly educated work force can leverage economic development but the county must do a full assessment of all its assets, Anderson has said. Bill Scarafia, director of the St. Marys County Chamber of Commerce said the success of economic diversification countywide is difficult to conceive and too early to tell without having all the facts. But the effort to devise a plan was well worth the cost, he said. Its a wonderful idea, its long overdue, Scarafia said. One of the main pillars of an economic transformation could be tourism, he said, but even that needed work. We just need a few more attractions down here, Scarafia explained. Its about developing the attractions to where theyre more than just historic. Its got to be the whole package where you come down here and you cant just do it all in one day. The tourism infrastructure is developing, he said, with additions like the naval aviation museum in Lexington Park. Even now, before the new museum takes shape, the current site has the highest number of visitors of any attraction in the county, he said. Theres a lot of things that have so much potential, Scarafia said. The problem, though, has been a longstanding one in getting residents, businesses and government to have open discussions about how to diversify the economy. Those discussions were never held publicly because everybody got dependent, Scarafia said. The community support wasnt there. With sequestration that attitude has changed. Everybodys getting a little scared because theyve never had to think about it, he said. But we cant wait around anymore for things to happen to us. We have to start doing for ourselves. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County school bus drivers and parents complained about the danger of drivers passing stopped school buses. Now the Board of County Commissioners invite residents to weigh in on the proposed county code change allowing the sheriffs office to use images taken by cameras mounted on school buses to punish offenders. The commissioners approved a public hearing on the measure Tuesday. The sheriffs office could levy civil fines up to $250 but violators will not receive any points on their license. School Superintendent Michael Martirano joined Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron before the board Tuesday to request the change. Martirano said parents and citizens were responsible in large part for putting the pressure to solve the problem. I want to thank the citizens of St. Marys County for their continued work as watchdogs, Martirano said. Sheriffs deputies had given out 73 citations last year to drivers for passing a stopped school bus, but that did not encompass the whole problem, he said. That really doesnt speak to the extent of people who break the law, Cameron said. And thats what were concerned with. In the past several years there had been 29 crashes involving school buses, Cameron said. Jeffrey Thompson, transportation director for the schools system, said bus drivers are responsible collecting tag numbers of vehicles illegally passing, but the process is often difficult. In order to take down information bus drivers must avert their attention away from the children boarding the bus where it is supposed to be. Commissioner Cindy Jones (R-Valley Lee) was concerned to learn that the vendor who provided the cameras for the buses kept the images in their own servers. When you start allowing a non-government agency to keep video recordings of citizens they dont have the same transparency requirements as the government, Jones said. Theres a lot of privacy issues this country has to deal with. Cameron, noting that the picture would focus on the vehicle and not the operator, but that Jones has a good point. We would have to work that out within the contract, Cameron said. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) believes residents were behind such a measure if it helped keep children safe. I think its a good idea, Morris said. People say I can understand that [a camera] on a school bus. Commissioner Larry Jarboe supported the effort. Boarding a school bus is the most dangerous thing a child does everyday, Jarboe said. This is something we can deal with and we can do it cost effectively. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell said the law would help curb dangerous passing by younger drivers. Itll be a big wake up call for any parent and their child if they pass school bus and they get that citation, Russell said. Sheriffs officials said a qualified technician and not a full time deputy could monitor the program. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Advancing Dukes Legacy


By Alex Panos Staff Writer Superintendent Michael Martirano has recommended Leonardtowns new elementary school be named after Capt. Walter Francis Duke, a town native who fought in World War II. During his career, Duke won many awards including American Defense Medal, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. He entered World War II in 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and was declared missing in action in June 1944. The United States Army confirmed they located a P-38 plane matching Capt. Dukes last year from a recently cleared jungle in Southeast Asia. Martirano believes the name provides a great opportunity to tie in the military community while highlighting a true son and hero of Leonardtown. The schools tagline where children soar was another selling point for the superintendent. If you add all those together, it magnified the intensity of the instructional program, Martirano said. The stars aligned for that to occur. Local resident Richard Hayden does not agree with the Superintendents recommendation to name the new elementary school in honor of Capt. Duke Elementary. He believes the name will add confusion as well and anticipates uncertainty between Duke Street and Duke Elementary. Were going to have some confusion going on, he said. Hayden added school board did not consider research submitted by the St. Marys Historical Society in a multi-page letter on the history of the site. At one point in, the site was home to Woodbury Academy in 1842 a boarding school for women run by Sophia Leigh. Sohias adopted sister, Mary Blades began St. Marys Female Seminary. According to Hayden, the new school should be named after the original school in Leonardtown Woodbury Elementary. They [the school board] overlooked a lot of history here, Hayden said. Martirano said the community ran the entire process. Nominations were made and then voted on to narrow down the selections to three before being submitted to the school board. While he monitors the process, he is completely objective and does not participate. Each name has specific requirements relating to the sites unique elements, locations or historical figures. Capt. Duke was most advanced by the community, Martirano said. Along with Duke, McIntosh Elementary and Heritage Elementary are still under consideration; McIntosh due to the environmental aspects of the site and Heritage because it represents community values and traditions for students.

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The public will have an opportunity to express their opinions at the next school board meeting on March 13, and then the board will make a final decision on April 10. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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There are teachers in St. Marys County who just cant seem to do enough for others. One such person is Kathy Koch, a special education teacher at Ridge Elementary School. Kathy came to us in 2003 after having served in the Navy. She has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Miami, a Masters Degree from Bowie State University and her Doctorate from Notre Dame of Maryland. With credentials like this Kathy could teach anywhere in the country but she chooses to give of her time and talents here in St. Kathy Koch Marys County. She also teaches undergrads at St. Marys College and graduate courses for Notre Dame of Maryland. Not only does she teach our children but she is helping to prepare the next generation of teachers. Hiring and retaining highly qualified professionals like Kathy is what makes St. Marys county one of the finest places to educate your children in the United States. Kathy is also a member of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad where she is an EMT and an IV Technician. She is also a member of the Advanced Life Support Team. She shares her passion for helping others with her husband and the two of them actually spent New Years Eve on duty at the rescue squad. Kathys hometown is Cincinnati, Ohio. She is married and has three children ages 17, 20 and 22.

School Board Approves Budget


By Alex Panos Staff Writer The school board is requesting a $6 million increase in county funding, $80 million to $86 million, in fiscal year 2014. The majority of the increase in funding is needed for hiring additional staff and fairly compensating employees based on recent agreements made with the teachers union, according to Superintendent Michael Martirano. The system needs new teaching staff, explained Martirano, to keep up with the increasing number of students in the school system. Additional teaching positions will take priority, and Martirano hopes to add more security assistants at the elementary school level the middle and high schools already have police officers on duty. The superintendent says about $3.5 to $3.9 million is needed for staff pay raises. The school board and teachers union recently came to an agreement, ensuring step pay increases for all qualifying employees, or an $800 bonus in December for all others. Fairly compensating current employees is vital, he said, because otherwise the teachers may leave the county for better paying jobs. He believes the increase in funding is essential for continuing to lure the most highly qualified teachers to St. Marys County. Without proper compensation, the system will start to erode, ultimately harming the education of students in St. Marys, Martirano said. He continued, while sequestration is just now hitting many people, the school board has been addressing the situation. Over the last four years they have been cutting jobs and freezing salaries despite a growing school system. Approximately 83 percent of the school budget goes to personnel. With the school boards approval, the budget will now be sent to the county commissioners for review. A public forum will take place on April 30 to discuss St. Marys entire budget. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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Greenview Knolls: A Community of Excellence


For nearly 50 years, Greenview Knolls Elementary School has served the surrounding neighborhood both as a place for learning and as an essential participant in the life of the community. The school is a place where students, staff, parents and other community members have created a partnership and actively participate in the educational growth of all students. Our school has been enriched by our community partnerships. The St. Marys County Sheriffs Office provides mentoring for some of our at-risk students. Cedar Point Federal Credit Union is teaching our students about the economy and money management by creating a student run, in-school banking program. St. Marys College students and Great Mills High School students volunteer during and after the school day. These students mentor, tutor, and attend and support Greenview Knolls on a regular basis to facilitate student involvement in seasonal events. PNC Bank has partnered with Greenview Knolls in its support of expanding the schools technology initiatives. The NAS Patuxent River, Air Operations Division has be our longest partnership helping to support the social and academic needs of our students for over fifteen years. These young military members provide weekly support Greenview Knolls has established partnerships with a variety of community businesses such as NAS Patuxent River, Air Operations Division, Brusters, Five Guys, Checkers, Applebees, Red Robin, and Chick-fil-A. Our educational goal is to make learning so exciting that students will experience the joy of discovering new ideas and building of new skills. Our educational focus is to lead our students from where they are, guiding them to reach their maximum potential. We do this by providing a safe and nurturing learning environment that will facilitate the optimal growth in learning for all students who enter the school doors. Parent participation is encouraged with our volunteer program, our Core Content Family Nights, Sunset Stories, and through our PTAs special events. Our students benefit from the diversity of the schools population. There are

students whose parents and grandparents attended Greenview Knolls, families that have lived in this county for generations. However, our proximity to the Patuxent River NAS brings us families with rich experiences in living throughout the world. Our ELL services are being provided to students whose native languages are Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese. Our daily emphasis focuses on providing the students with experiences to make academic gains. However, we also recognize the importance of providing opportunities to help develop and to foster the growth of our children as a whole. We want our students to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively. Each year our bike rodeo, turkey trot, and participation in American Heart Associations Heart Aerobics promote physical

fitness. Each day the students recite the school pledge and promise to be respectful, responsible, and caring. They are encouraged to find ways to contribute to the welfare of others. As a Green School students participate in numerous projects that protect the environment. They contribute to organizations and agencies that provide relief to victims of disasters, tragedies, and poverty. A community of excellence is the tradition here at Greenview Knolls. Our students shine as scholars, athletes, writers, artists, musicians and citizens. It is also our goal - to be better today than we were yesterday and to become a little better tomorrow. By showing commitment, consistency, cooperation, and character, we believe our students will get the education that will prepare them to live, learn, and thrive in a global community.

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GKES Students Awarded Sheriffs Salute


St. Marys County Adopt-A-School Program is a joint initiative between the St. Marys County Board of Education and the St. Marys County Sheriffs Office. St. Marys County deputies volunteer to participate and adopt a St. Marys elementary school which currently do not have the support of a full-time school resource officer. The program, which began in August of 2010, is designed to foster positive relationship with students. Additional benefits of the program include: Enhanced law enforcement service to the schools, the availability of a deputy to assist as a staff advisor; and teachers/deputies working together to keep students in school to improve their opportunity for success. In 2010, Captain Steven Hall adopted Greenview Knolls Elementary School and established a student Junior Deputy Program to acknowledge children who have displayed a willingness to help others, good citizenship, a positive attitude, class participation and scholastic achievement or a marked improvement in these areas. We value our partnership and the support of the Sheriffs Office. Captain Hall has been an invaluable resource for our staff and a wonderful mentor to our students, said Principal Elizabeth Servello. On February 28, eight Greenview Knolls students were honored with Sheriffs Salutes and appointed St. Marys County Sheriffs Office Junior Deputies. "I relish the opportunity to recognize these great kids in front of their peers, parents and teachers. The Junior Deputy Program was developed to acknowledge them in areas typically not considered for an award. Many deserving children at our school work hard to make the Honor Roll, through this program Sheriff Tim Cameron and I take time out to reward those who exhibit an Honorable Role as students at Greenview Knolls Elementary School, said Hall.

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The Democrat-controlled Maryland General Assembly is in session and once again will attempt to abolish the death penalty. This is the ultimate in hypocrisy unless they also abolish abortion, which is the execution of an unborn child after the death penalty has been decided by the mother. There is a tremendous amount of procedures/effort before a criminal is executed. Trials, re-trials, appeals, etc. are conducted using juries, witnesses, evidence, etc. to decide if a person is guilty and should be executed. The proceedings often drag on for many years. However, the U. S. Supreme Court decisions authorizes every pregnant woman (sometimes a teenager) to be the entire judicial system to decide if the death penalty is carried out on her obviously innocent unborn child. In the case of an abortion with RU-486 or a similar chemical, the mother is also the executioner. The NAACP often opposes the death penalty because blacks are disproportionately executed. Shouldnt they also oppose abortion because 35 percent of abortions are performed on blacks who make up only 13 percent of the population? Instead, ninety-five percent of their votes went to the pro-abortion Democrat party in the last election. Some people oppose the death penalty because they fear that an innocent person might be executed. But who is more innocent than an unborn child in the womb??? Approximately 54,000,000 of them have been aborted since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision 40 years ago. What kinds of people oppose the execution of a convicted criminal and support the execution of an innocent child? Carefully watch the news, legislature procedures, etc. to see which side of the issues each person, political party, organization, etc. is on and decide for yourself if you want them representing you. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf

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SMCPS Celebrates Diversity Year Round


The St. Marys County Adult Drug Court celebrated the graduation of two participants on Feb. 25. Since the programs inception, eighty-one persons with severe substance abuse or dependency have been admitted. Before entering Drug Court, participants had committed crimes in our community fueled by the need to ingest a substance or substances into their body despite the negative consequences it brings. The graduates who were honored on this day are examples of how hard work and determination can lead many who had given up hope to a rich and rewarding future. Each graduate has completed four phases of intense supervision and substance abuse counseling. The recent graduates averaged 17 months to complete the program. During this time they were subjected to hundreds of drug and alcohol tests. They were required to come to court and see the judge regularly, attend counseling and see their case manager frequently. Drug Court generally serves those at most risk and need. It is a tough population and a tough program. But the rewards are tremendous. For one of the recent graduates, the time in drug court provided her with the opportunity to be re-united with her children. Another graduate stated, drug court saved my life. Circuit Court Judge Karen H. Abrams volunteers to oversee the Adult Drug Court docket. She has helped guide the continued progress of the program. It takes a team effort to administer the program and the Department of Parole and Probation, Walden-Sierra, Inc., States Attorneys Office, Sheriffs Office, Public Defenders Office and Circuit Court help facilitate the Program. We look forward to continue to serve the citizens of our community who abuse drugs and alcohol and enter the criminal justice system. They would otherwise be incarcerated yet again and then return to our community and their old behaviors. But for those who embrace this program, they will be afforded the opportunity to break their personal cycle of destructiveness and move forward constructively with a new sense of purpose. Pete Cucinotta, Coordinator St. Marys County Drug Courts Leonardtown

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Governor O'Malley once again has demonstrated his total lack of comprehension, and compassion, for the lower and fixed income families living in rural Maryland. It certainly appears he is totally fixated on helping all of the urban areas, at the expense of the rest of us. Maryland currently ranks 29th in the nation in fuel taxes. State gas tax is currently 23.5 cents/dollar, and our elected governor wants more, up to nine cents more per gallon. Some years ago everyone was on the bandwagon of use less, conserve our resources and it will get cheaper. Well, we tried that. Americans drove a lot less, or switched to more fuel-efficient vehicles. The auto industry found ways to make vehicles more fuel efficient; and the price of fuel went up. Why, because we didn't use enough, and the oil companies were not making billions in profits. Why does every politician beat the drum professing to help the nations economy recover, then seemingly do everything possible to make it more difficult for lower income, fixed income, small business, and rural families. How does O'Malley expect families to spend more to help the economy, when they can't afford the fuel to get to the store? How does O'Malley expect the small business owner, that depends on his vehicles to make a living, afford higher fuel prices through a tax hike? It seems fairly obvious he simply does not care. In all of my 66 years, I have never seen a more dysfunctional group of politicians that desperately need to be unemployed. Here's another thought, why does a lucrative portion of the Maryland Lottery still go to support the Baltimore stadium? Seems to me if the Ravens owners can afford to pay Flacco $121 million dollars for a fiveyear contract they could damn well do without funds from the lottery, and if they can't, maybe they should rethink the salary cap. How about using that lottery money instead of raising the gas tax governor? It's politician's like O'Malley, Boehner, McConnel, Ryan, and all the rest that are taxing the ones that can least afford it; giving all the tax breaks to the ones that don't need it, spending billions on getting elected, and laughing all the way to the bank. It does not matter if you are Republican, Democrat, Independent, or whatever, I'm urging every U.S. citizen to contact your elected representatives, and let them know we are fed up. The voters in Maryland may not be able to change the outcome of O'Malley's gas tax hike, but we can certainly let him know that it will be the last tax hike he will make. Jim Jorden Lexington Park

Dukes Family Appreciate Support


At 88 years of age I sit in awe watching the energy and enthusiasm of all who are working so eagerly to show honor to my brother, Walter Francis Duke. Thank you to Kennedy Abell, Chip Norris, Al Gough, Pete Wiggington, Tom Mattingly, Robert Pogue, Jonathan Beasley, the Mayor and Commissioners of Leonardtown, Dr. Michael Martirano, superintendent of schools and members of the Board of Education and all in Leonardtown and St. Marys County who have joined together to pay homage to my brother. I am reminded and given a deeper understanding of my fathers deep love of St. Marys County and, in particular, Leonardtown. Thank you again from my dad, Roland Duke, my mom, Lillian Drury, my deceased brothers and sisters, Roland Jr., Dickie, Margaret, Walter, Betty, George and Jimmy. My sister Angela at Nazareth, Kentucky and I join in gratitude to all of you. Eleanor Duke Fearns Leonardtown

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cused on rigorous learning standards. Assessments are just one measure of hard work by our students and teachers, and they are ready! In St. Marys County Public Schools, we use assessments to benchmark progress for the learning of our students. They help us to ensure that every child is learning, and I am confident in our students and the teachers who have worked with them. To learn more about the state curriculum and assessments, visit www.mk12.org, or www. smcps.org. Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

Its Assessment Time


During these upcoming weeks, students across St. Marys County Public Schools will be engaged in the states assessments. We are a school system focused on student achievement and the assurance that our students meet rigorous standards. Our students are ready, and we are proud of the learning that they continue to demonstrate. Across the state of Maryland and here in St. Marys County, the focus of curriculum and instruction is on the transition to the Common Core Standards. These standards present a pathway of rigor and relevance in the curriculum and embed high levels of thinking and problem solving. Across all content areas, students should be involved in learning experiences in which they: 1) demonstrate independence and perseverance; 2) construct arguments, comprehend, critique, and support ideas with evidence; and 3) use resources, strategies, and tools to demonstrate strong content knowledge. These skills go beyond any one content or assessment, and ensure that students are both college and career ready. Students in grades 3-8 will be taking the Maryland School Assessments (MSA) beginning the week of March 4, and soon high school students will be taking both the High School Assessments (HSA) and the Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Throughout the year, they have been involved in active and meaningful instruction fo-

The Sun Rose on March 2 are you looking for a new career?
Well the unthinkable sequestration has indeed happened and all, including myself and the Board of County Commissioners are wondering what is next. Lets first realize that this is a political problem that was created and will have to be solved by our elected officials in Washington, D.C. There is nothing we can do about it locally. Next, where and what are the impacts. First, I watch it from a financial markets perspective. Big Money talks. What we are hearing and watching is simply political gamesmanship. The stock and bond markets have not even yawned at Washingtons theatrics or for that matter the TV talking heads. The stock market is testing record highs and bonds corresponding at record low yields. Bottom line, today your 401k is ok. I cant promise tomorrow or next week. So here I breathe a big sigh of calm. Locally. We all have to realize that we in St. Marys County have been relatively unaffected by the past few years national recession. Im not saying we havent been touched but in comparison our unemployment rates, earnings and life styles have remained modest. Now, however, a different story. How it unfolds will be the answer. I am well aware of how pre-sequestration effects (last 12 months or so) are hitting so many households. I now ponder the next phase. It isnt going to happen overnight, the sun did come up today and the earth didnt shake. This could be the legendary death by a thousand cuts. What the BOCC will watch closely is the implementation of government actions and other types of workforce reactions. Furloughs are being discussed. They arent set in concrete. They will, if implemented, be DOD wide, if not federally wide, and will have to be directed by the President and Office of Management and Budget. They will not be specific to Patuxent River. The initial salvo will be if the furloughs happen, their effect on the local economy and how long they could last. Right now it is a huge unknown and nobody has the answer, please dont think they do. There are short term and long-term economic effects to our county. Remember, St. Marys is in great financial shape due to fiscal responsibility and accountability to our citizens. What I want to say is we are treading into a world we havent faced here before. I dont want to dwell on what ifs since I dont have an answer. We are largely federally dependent, a blessing and a curse. We have to unfortunately face the reality and not panic. My family and I are in the same boat as you. The BOCC is in contact daily with our federal, state, Navy and local leaders. My belief is we will take a patient and pragmatic approach. My goal, and I believe that of the BOCC, address our long term issues and needs and not have a spontaneous knee jerk reaction. We are one St. Marys County. Todd B. Morgan County Commissioner

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Community Flocking to Seahawks Games


By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Seahawks trailed by 9 on their home floor with 12 minutes left in their first round matchup of the NCAA Division III tournament last week. The opponent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had been utilizing their size up front and working the post the entire game they seemed poised to come away with the victory. It was a situation diehard Seahawks fan Ernie Bell had seen before. [Seahawks head coach Chris Harney] keeps them relaxed and at a high level, Bell said. Sure enough, sophomore guard Nick LaGuerre led a scoring spree and the Seahawks climbed all the way back to win the game, 85-76, and advance to the tournaments next round at Alvernia this weekend. The Seahawks wore down MITs bigger front line, which eventually ran out of gas down the stretch. Harney attributed the comeback to the depth of his team, minor adjustments and late game execution, but local fans agree it is the head coach who has been a tremendous difference maker and helped the team become a nationally recognized program. In Bells opinion, their ability to win so many games, particularly in come from behind fashion, comes from Harneys ability to keep his players poised even when facing adversity. Bell is just one of many local fans who attend the games Over the last few years, the Seahawks fan base has grown from mostly students to an influx of hundreds of passionate members of the community. There are a number of other regular fans Bell recognizes at games, including County Commissioner Todd Morgan. Judy Cooper of Great Mills has been a regular fan for the last five years, even following the team on the road to Massachusetts and New York. Cooper has noticed more fans in the crowd over the last couple seasons. Theres more participation and support, she said. Bob Lewis, who was on hand at the first round game wearing a Seahawk Nation t-shirt, says years ago the Seahawks did not draw near the amount of people they do today. The 20 year fan attributes the increased popularity of the program to Harney. The fan base has always been there. But it starts with Coach Harney. The team is better conditioned and come ready to play, Lewis said. He taught them how to win. Yet Harney says he does not recruit based entirely on basketball talent. He finds players with talent but who are well rounded and will be a good fit as a student at St. Marys College. When Harney stepped on campus for the first time as a coach eight years ago, returning to the facility where he played his college ball as a Seahawk during the 90s, his main

Photos By Frank Marquart Coach Harney talks with Donn Hill. Hill scored 17 points against MIT in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Local fans have been flocking to Ed Cole Court to watch the St. Marys College Seahawks, who boast a 61-4 record at home since 2008.

goal was to get the program recognized on a national level. Recruiting and player development were obvious priorities, but he also recognized the importance of giving back to the community. You have to wear a lot of different hats when you coach division three, Harney said. Harney was already familiar with Southern Maryland. After college he coached basketball, baseball and football at Great Mills, Leonardtown and Patuxent high schools. I got a real feel for athletics in the area, Harney said of his time as a high school coach, recalling packed stands on a Wednesday night at Great Mills vs. Leonardtown basketball games. I knew I wanted to tap into that. Right from the start, he saw basketball as a great vehicle to get through the roadblocks between the college and community. His plan was to do things for the community, and in turn draw them in to the exciting basketball games at St. Marys. I never want to ask for things without giving something, he said. The team participates in the FLOW mentoring program at Spring Ridge Middle School, Christmas in April and local charities and food drives for the holidays. Once the team started winning, thats when he started firing up the students and local community members to come out and watch the games. Harney has noticed the change in fan demographics from his playing days at St. Marys in the 90s to today, and adds the students and local fans combine to create a house of horrors for visiting opponents. Theres no way wed be 61-4 at home if it was just the team, Harney said. After each game, the players go around the stands highfiving fans and thanking them for attending the ballgame. That kind of started with the summer camps, Harney explained of the crowd interaction; kids from camp and players would recognize each other after the game, and eventually that snow balled into full blown fan appreciation tradition. Its been fun to see it grow, Harney said. Harney says through teaching kids at summer camp and participating in community events he feels strongly invested in Southern Maryland. He called the community his x-factor. Rotary clubs bring up the games, local restaurants such as Lindas Caf encourage people to go to the arena and a number of small local businesses have invested support in the team. For me its been lucky, having taught down here, and [reestablishing] some relationships, Harney teaches his players more than basketball.

He brings in players he believes are well-rounded and who the community will respond to. I want to bring good people in here to represent the college, Harney said, volunteer and not only that but go into the community. Its been a great year and these are huge [Division III tournament] games. But the whole season has been a journey, not just basketball. Bell has noticed how much the kids relate and identify with Harney, and there response to his methods has created a top-notch program. The team is a blend of personalities with no head cases and play exciting, hard-nose basketball each time the step on to the floor, Bell said. He and his buddy, Tom Gash, have been regulars behind the bench in the front row of the stands for 5 years. Bell himself is a 30 year fan, first following the team back in the days when Ed Cole was the head coach. After all, Bell asked, where else can you go to see a team leave it all on the court, for a reasonable price, and then highfive them when they come up to thank you after the game? If Im not in my seat an hour early, Im running late, Bell said. You feel at home there [at Ed Cole Court], well at least I do I really love that team. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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CSM Lady Hawks Compete in Tournament

Blue Crabs Fill-in Roster


Southern Maryland Blue Crabs manager Patrick Osborn continued to fill-in the 2013 roster, as he announced three more additions to the team today. Outfielder Brian Barton will rejoin the team this season, while infielders Renny Osuna and Kody Hightower will play their first season with Southern Maryland in 2013. Barton, 30, will return to the Blue Crabs for a second straight year after finishing third on the team and 12th in the Atlantic League in batting average (.309) during the 2012 season. The six-foot-three, 190-pound Barton also finished among the top three for Southern Maryland in games played (130), runs (66), hits (153), triples (6), RBIs (60) and stolen bases (23), as well as owning the highest batting average (.375) for the Blue Crabs during their 2012 playoff run. Before coming to Southern Maryland, Barton spent a majority of his career playing Triple-A ball as part of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta braves farm organizations. Barton also appeared in 83 games for the Cardinals and Braves as a utility outfielder with a .268 average, 23 runs, 41 hits, 13 extrabase hits and 13 RBIs from 2008-09. The Los Angeles, Calif. native was originally signed by Cleveland as an amateur free agent in 2005 and made his major league debut on April 1, 2008 for the Cardinals. Barton last appeared in a major league uniform for Atlanta on June 3, 2009. Changing pace to the Independent League for the first time, 27 year-old Osuna will join the Blue Crabs after spending last season as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers Double-A Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League. In 124 games in 2012 Osuna hit .258 with 64 runs (first on the team), 123 hits, 28 extra-base hits and 43 RBIs. Osuna, a member of the Texas Rangers organization for six of seven career seasons, reached as high as Double-As Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League before joining the Travelers in 2012. In four Double-A seasons, Osuna played in 438 career games, achieving a .277 average with 231 runs, 470 hits, 101 extra-base hits and 174 RBIs. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Osuna was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 32nd round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft from New Mexico Junior College. Another new addition Kody Hightower, 27, joins the Blue Crabs after last appearing in the Australian Baseball League in 2011. In 34 games Hightower hit .361 with 26 runs, 44 hits, 18 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs for the Canberra Cavalry, serving as a utility infielder. Hightower also has previous experience with the Midwest Sliders of the Frontier League of Independent Baseball in 2008 and is originally from Lenoir, North Carolina.

The CSM Lady Hawks basketball team, led by Coach Andrew Norris, left, in his second season as head coach, fell to Harford Community College in the second round of the Maryland Junior College (MDJUCO) Tournament with a score of 58-57 on Feb. 14 in Harford. No. 8 seeded CSM narrowly lost to No. 1 seeded Harford Community College in the final seconds of the game.

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Francis Barber, 71
Francis I. Barber, 71 of Hollywood, Md., departed this Earth on Feb. 26. Francis was born to Francis Ford and Mary Dorothy (Chase) Barber on Feb. 24, 1942 in Hollywood, Md. He was educated in St. Marys County Public Schools and graduated from Banneker High School in 1960. Francis became a cement mason and worked the trade for over 30 years, becoming very active in the Plaster and Cement Masons Union. He wed the love of his life, Shirley Ann Biscoe, on June 29, 1968 and that union produced three children. In his spare time, Francis enjoyed going fishing on his boat and especially loved taking his beloved grandchildren fishing and crabbing. He enjoyed playing cards and telling stories with his siblings, going to casinos and watching his Redskins and Wizards. Francis also loved dancing, especially hand dancing with his wife, Shirley. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Clara Valentine; five brothers, Joseph Joe Boy Barber, Eugene Jenks Barber, Wilmer Bill Barber, John Barber Sr. and James Buster Barber. Francis is survived by and leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 44 years, Shirley; children Stephanie Miles of Hollywood, Md., Aretha Chase (Joshua) of Waldorf, Md., and Sheldon Tony Barber

(Penny) of Lexington Park, Md.; sisters Eleanor Williams and Dorothy Thompson; brothers Ford Barber Jr., Gilbert Barber, Joe Louis Barber, and Ralph Barber; twelve grandchildren, Ronnie, Paul, Toni, Shane, Yannick, Cory, Brandon, Charnela (DJ), Shirlayne, Chandelier, Scott, and Tamara; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Sophia; his best friend, Melvin Marshall and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends. Family and friends united on March 2 for visitation, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lexington Park, Md. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

ing her two Pit bulls, Caesar and Achilles; she also adored horses and her cat Cleo. Arrangements were provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown. All services were private.

Daycel Carlee, 55
Daycel Allen Al Carlee, 55, of Fla. was lifted up to heaven on eagles wings on Feb. 20 at the McGraw Center for Caring in Jacksonville, Fla. Born July 8, 1957 in Montgomery, Ala., he was the son of the late Daycel Benjamin Carlee and Ida Mae (Ragar) Carlee. Al was a Navy Veteran and employee of Hawk Valve. He was an avid Nascar fan, War Eagle, and Washington Redskins fan. He was a member of Calvary Chapel and a follower of Christ. A beautiful life that came to an end, Al died as he lived, everyones friend. In our hearts, a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget. Al is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Morgan Carlee; his children, Michael Bohnke, Michelle Buckelew, and Cindy Carlee; his aunt Mary Waters; his siblings, Teresa Kilgo, Tommy Carlee, Benjie Carlee, and Charlie Carlee; his grandchildren, Brittany and Tony Nazario, Jay Michael Bohnke, Bobby Peet, Cori Buckelew and Sara Carlee; and many dear friends and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daycel and Ida Carlee and sisters, Elaine Morrison and Marie Carlee. Family received friends on March 2 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, Md. A graveside service followed in Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, Md. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown.

with Father Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Dillow, Dale Tarleton, Michael Sean Dillow, Brandon Dillow, Austin Dillow, and Thomas Mickey Dillow. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or St. Johns Revitalization Fund 43950 St. Johns Rd., Hollywood, MD 20636

Audrey Lowmiller, 90
Audrey Marie Lowmiller, 90, of Berkeley Springs, W.V., formerly from Leonardtown, Md., passed away on Feb. 17 in Berkeley Springs, W.V. Born on April 26, 1922 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Richard Leon and Audrey Cecelia (Wathen) Saunders. Audrey was the loving wife of Robert Eugene Lowmiller, whom she married in St. Peters Church Waldorf, Md. on May 30, 1963. Mrs. Lowmiller is survived by her children; Audrey C. Gardiner of Fredericksburg, Va., Marie A. Simmons of Prince Frederick, Md., Bonnie L Scott of Dahlgren, Va., Sue A. Cooke of Martinsburg, W.V., Elizabeth Laschalt of King George, Va., Wilson L. Fairall of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, Kathleen I. Tennison of Leonardtown, Md., and Robert V. Lowmiller of California, Md.; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. After extensive travel as a military wife, Audrey moved to St. Marys County in 1972. Audrey was a homemaker, and enjoyed years of ceramic making. She was a member of the Red Hats Society, Catholic Daughters, NCO wives club, Legion Auxiliary, and the Alter Guild. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Feb. 21 with Father Brian Sanderfoot officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Neal Gardiner, Clifton Scott Jr., Matthew Laschalt, Andrew Gardiner, Randall Scott, and Joseph Cagnina. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Donna Bove, 56
Donna Marie Bove, 56, of California, Md., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., died on Feb. 25 in St. Marys Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. Born Nov. 22, 1956 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Paul and Patricia DelDuca. Donna is survived by her children, Gaetano Rocco (Maria) Bove of Rockaway, N.Y. and Patricia Adelle Bove of Nanticoke, Pa., two grandchildren, and best friend Debbie Mactaggart of Leonardtown, Md. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her brother, Paul DelDuca. Donna graduated from Lafayette High School, Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1974. She moved to St. Marys County in 1988 coming from N.J. She was an avid animal lover includ-

Betty Dillow, 84
Betty Dean Dillow, 84, of Lexington Park, Md., died Feb. 25 at Hospice House, Callaway, Md. Born May 21, 1928 in Leonardtown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Mervell Miller and Ann Leola Callis Dean. Betty is survived by her husband Joseph Alfred Dillow III, whom she married on June 25, 1949 in Holy Face Catholic Church. Betty is also survived by her children, Mervell Michael Dillow of Hollywood, Md., Mark Gregory Dillow, and Joanne Marie Dillow, both of Lexington Park, Md., and 4 grandchildren, Michael Sean Dillow of Waldorf, Md., Brandon Miller Dillow, Jenifer Marie Dillow, and Austin Matthew Dillow all of Lexington Park, Md. Mrs. Dillow graduated from Great Mills High School in 1945 and attended Western Maryland College. Betty was a Teacher for the Public School System. She enjoyed tennis, reading, travel, and spending time with her grandchildren. The family received friends on March 1 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on March 2 in St. Johns Catholic Church, Hollywood, Md.,

Jennifer Olson, 31
Jennifer Lynn Olson, 31, of Great Mills, Md. was peacefully called to her heavenly home on Feb. 25. She was born on July 15, 1981 in Leonardtown, Md. to Glenn Olson of California, Md. and Janet Lee (Potts) Olson of Lexington Park, Md. She was the loving and devoted mother of Ashley Lynn, 6, and Brooke Tyler Hayden, 4. In addition to her parents, Jen is survived by her grandmother Hilda E. Olson of Piney Point, Md.; the childrens father, Robert Hayden; the childrens aunt Julie Hayden Lowthert; the childrens grandparents Hank and Kathy Hayden of Hollywood, Md.; her brother John Glenn Olson; sisters Melissa Ann Olson and Emily Marie Olson; nephews Jeramey Kishan and Jagger Cruz Olson; and niece Aliyah Love Brad-

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shaw, all of California, Md.; uncles Nicky Potts of Lexington Park, Md. and Robert Potts of River View, Fla.; aunts Barbara Vaughan of Stuttgart, Ariz., Lynn Kelly of Berlin, Md. and Judy Potts of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; and many loving cousins. Jen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bernard E. Olson of Piney Point, Md. and Ret. Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas T. Potts and Florence Marie (Zawislak) Potts, Town Creek Manor, Lexington Park, Md. Jen was an incredibly fun and energetic young lady, full of life and had a heart of gold that is rare to find. She was passionate about helping meet the needs of others. Incredibly good at networking, she often helped to connect the less fortunate with those in ministry. She was a member of Encounter Christian Center and enjoyed participating in Southern Maryland Christian Womens Fellowship gatherings each month. She volunteered at the girls schools, Kings Christian Academy and Honey MacCallum Preschool. She was a member of MyLVAD.com and began Project Hope to assist her beautiful family in time of hardship. Many people of the community were touched by her story. She was always a self-driven, independent and ambitious person who worked hard for everything she had. Jennifer ran her own cleaning business for over 15 years, known as Jens Cleaning Service. During this time she developed great friendships and was blessed by many of her clients and employees. Jen was a fighter and her faith kept her going. She was so strong even after developing peri-partum cardio-myopathy in 2008. In April of 2010 she had an emergency unexpected LVAD Implantation to assist her heart. This changed her life as she knew it. Once she learned to walk again she started living life again to the fullest. Her bible verses, which she displayed everywhere, were a constant reminder to keep fighting. Her favorite scripture was Phillipians 4:13 ~ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Determined to not let her health condition slow her down, Jen was always on the go, either working, at church, or spending time with family and friends. She loved to go to the beach, host barbeques and attend parties, always bringing food and favors. She loved her friends and was always the center point for all of them. Her greatest joy was her family, especially the girls and their family dog, Buddy, who she raised and loved for 13 years. She loved to cook and bake and do incredibly creative crafts with the girls. She loved going on vacations, especially Nags Head, N.C. which she always called Jens Little Heaven. She invited everyone and fit as many people as possible in her van to go along. She always went above and beyond for her friends and family, planning things to keep them together and remind everyone what really matters in life. She was never judgmental, always kind and caring to everyone she met. She was a phenomenal mother and instilled a great passion for life in her daughters. Her legacy of love will shine through her daughters lives, and as they grow we will see pieces of Jen in them forever. The family received friends for visitation on March 4 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. Interment will be private at a later date. On March 5, there was a Celebration of Life and Reception at Encounter Christian Center (ECC). This was a time of worship, fun, good food and fellowship. Memorial contributions may be made

to Have a Heart for Jennifer, c/o PNC Bank, Account #: 53-0993-4832. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Ronnie Reno, 63
Ronnie R. Reno, 63, of Charlotte Hall died Feb. 25 at Washington Hospital Center. Born June 28, 1949 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Wendell Giles Reno and Marie (Kasulke) Drew, who survives him. He was the beloved husband of Linda Davis Reno, the father of the late Lisa Renee (Reno) Schmidt, and grandfather of Seaman Cody Schmidt, U.S. Coast Guard. He was the brother of Larry R. Reno of Waldorf and the late Joan (Reno) Beall of Annapolis. In addition, he is survived by two stepchildren, Darryl Mueller of Alexandria, Va. and Dawn Mueller of Charlotte Hall, Md.; five step-grandsons; and two step-great-grandchildren. Except for his service in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Reno spent his life in the flooring trade. At the time of his death, he was the owner of Mechanicsville Carpets. He enjoyed golf, fishing, crabbing, and a number of years ago obtained his private pilots license. He was also an avid Redskins fan. This kind, gentle and loving man was a friend to many. Always friendly and congenial, he was well known throughout the Southern Maryland area. Viewing and a celebration of Ronnies life were held at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home on March 3. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ronnies memory to the St. Marys County Special Olympics, 25926 Whiskey Creek Rd., Hollywood, MD 20636-2653 or the Mechanicsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 415, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

classes at his home and at the local community college. Mr. Taylor worked at the Navy Exchange, Patuxent River from 2000-2009, until his retirement. He leaves an extended family in Virginia Beach, Va., Raleigh, N.C. and the Great Pacific Northwest. Family received friends on March 2 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, Md. A Memorial Service was later held in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

to Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD 20680 or Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 520, Ridge, MD 20680. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

George Barnes, 86
George Barnes, 86, of Lexington Park, MD died February 27, 2013 at his home in Lexington Park, MD, surrounded by his loving family. Born July 30, 1926 in Coeburn, Virginia, he was the son of the late Earl Barnes and Flossie Hazel Moore Barnes. In 1935 George moved to St. Marys County. He married his beloved wife, Lou Vernia Barnes on November 11, 1950 in Valley Lee, MD. Together they celebrated 62 wonderful years of marriage. George was a loyal and dedicated employee, maintaining Lord Calvert Trailer Park for forty years. He was proud of his family and loved them very much. In addition to his beloved wife, George is survived by his children, Larry Allen Barnes (Rosalie) of Hollywood, MD, George Wilford Barnes (Maria) of California, MD, Michael Anthony Barnes (Sue) of California, MD, Catherine Irene Currie (Willie) of Lexington Park, MD, James William Barnes (Barbara) of Valley Lee, MD and Patricia Ann Clark (Gene) of Leonardtown, MD; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Eloise Lewis, Kemsie Wilford Barnes, and Earl Barnes, Jr. Family received friends for Georges life celebration on March 3 with the service following at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A funeral service was held on March 4 at Brinsfield Funeral Home with interment at Charles Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were Gregory Lee Hunt, Earl W. Barnes, Robert D. Currie, Jr., Josh W. Barnes, James W. Barnes Jr., and Michael A. Barnes, III. Honorary pallbearers were Keith L. Barnes, Michael A. Barnes, Jr., Edward E. Clark, III and Eric Allen Clark. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Office on Aging and Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Liz Gelestino, 62
Elizabeth Liz Jean Gelestino, 62, of Lexington Park, MD formerly from Suitland, MD passed away on March 2, 2013 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on August 10, 1950 in Harlan County, KY, she was the daughter of Ian French of Lexington Park, MD., and the late Rossebelle French. Elizabeth was the loving wife of Edward Gelestino whom she married in Temple Hills, MD on September 25, 1993. Liz is survived by her children; David Brent of Renton, WA, and Martha Brent of Solmons Island, MD, a brother Scott of MD. Elizabeth was a loving house wife. Arrangements are pending at this time.

Missy Combs, 41
Melissa Rose Missy Combs, 41, of Ridge, MD died February 28, 2013 at Med Star St. Marys Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. Born May 31, 1971, in Leonardtown, MD, she is the daughter of Clyde Hayden of Ridge, MD and Rosemary (Forrest) Hayden of Ridge, MD. Missy graduated from Great Mills High School in 1989. On February 20, 1998, she married her beloved husband, James Michael Combs. Together they celebrated 15 great years of marriage. She was an avid crafter, in which she loved plastic canvas, rubber-stamping and card making. She also enjoyed fishing and crabbing with her children and husband. She participated in many childrens charities, always making something to send to the person in need and asking what more she could do to help. She never met a stranger. Her greatest love was for her family; especially her children, grandchildren, niece and nephew. In addition to her parents and her husband, Missy is survived by her children, Robert Bridgett of Lexington Park, MD; Caitlin Rose Hayden of Ridge, MD, Cheyenne Michelle Combs of Ridge, MD, Michael A. Combs, of Ridge, MD, and Beth Combs of Seattle, WA; her sister, Michelle Carroll (Nick) of Dameron, MD; her niece and nephew, Haley and Matthew Carroll; and her two grandchildren, Nathan and Abby Bridgett. Family will receive friends for Missys Life Celebration on Friday, March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made

William Taylor, 79
William George Taylor, 79, of Leonardtown, Md. died peacefully on Feb. 23 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Center. In 1951 Mr. Taylor and his mother, Carrie Jenkins immigrated from Vancouver, Canada to Washington, D.C. to join his sister. While in Washington, D.C., Mr. Taylor and his mother worked for Jelleffs, a ladies specialty store on F Street. Mr. Taylor worked his way up from the mailroom to head of design for eight stores in his seventeen-year career. In 1972, he moved to St. Marys County and opened the House of Holidays, a holiday gift shop. He later became chef of the Candlelight Dinners at Sotterly Plantation and adopted the name of The Dinner Designer. He catered affairs from the Baltimore Aquarium to simple weddings in St. Marys County. For 25 years he judged the Oyster Festival and often gave cooking

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Joseph Daniel Balsbaugh, 50


Joseph Daniel Balsbaugh, 50, of Alexandria, VA formerly from St. Marys County, MD passed away on March 1, 2013 in Alexandria, VA. Born on October 7, 1962 in Brunswick, MA, he was the son of Earl Elmer Balsbaugh, and the late Florence Caroline Balsbaugh. Joseph is survived by his siblings; James Balsbaugh of DE., Mark Balsbaugh of Lexington Park, MD. Pat Balsbough of Mechanicsville, MD, Susan Balsbaugh of PA. Joseph is preceded in death by his brother Paul Balsbough of Callaway, MD. Mr. Balsbaugh moved to St. Marys County in 1963, and he graduated from Great Mills High School in Great Mills, MD. Joseph worked for Southern Tree Service for 15 year. He enjoyed fishing. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown. Pallbearers will be; James Balsbaugh, Mark Balsbough, Pat Balsbough, Charles Balsbaugh, Sam Wren, and Justin Thompson.

Joseph John Ferruzza, 84


Joseph John Ferruzza, 84, of California, MD passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 28, 2013 in California, MD. Born on May 18, 1928 in South Fork, PA, he was the son of the late Mariano and Concetta Mary LaRocca Ferruzza. Joseph was the loving husband of Rosemary Jackson Ferruzza whom he married in St. Josephs Catholic Church in Washington, DC on May 10, 1958. Mr. Ferruzza is survived by his children; Joseph Ferruzza (Cathy) of Linden, VA, John Ferruzza (Karen) of Hughesville, MD, Jennifer Weisskopf (Kenny) of Mechanicsville, MD, 4 grandchildren; Ryan Ferruzza, Brady Ferruzza, Emilee Weisskopf, and Allison Weisskopf. Mr. Ferruzza is also survived by his siblings; Samuel Ferruzza of Laurel, MD, Mary White of South Carolina, and Angelo Ferruzza of Frederick, MD. Joseph was preceded in death by his son Michael Francis Ferruzza siblings; Josephine Policicchio, James Ferruzza, and Anne Amigh. Mr. Ferruzza was a long time resident of St. Marys County and was a retired civil servant. The family received friends March 5 with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on March 6 in St. Johns Catholic Church Hollywood with Father Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79 Hollywood, MD 20636.

Silvia was married to her late husband, Frank A. Garay for 35 years. She was a longterm employee of St. Marys County Board of Education. She enjoyed nature, gardening, antiques, and traveling. She also volunteered for several community organizations. Silvia is survived by her children, Colette Zimmerman and Pete of Pensacola, FL, and Gerard Garay of Lexington Park, MD; her granddaughters, Kelly, Katelyn and Kristina Callow of Newnan, GA; her step-children, Frank and Pat Garay of Castle Rock, WA, Ginger and Bruce Downs of Chicago, IL, and Robert Garay of Mt. Vernon, WA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Frank. Family received friends on March 6 with prayers recited at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A mass of Christian burial will be held on March 7 at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43927 St. Johns Road, Hollywood. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

John Howard Bartol Gough, 69


John Howard Bartol Gough, 69, of Leonardtown, MD died March 3, 2013 at his home in Medleys Neck. Born April 28, 1943 in Baltimore, MD, he was the second of three children born to the late Alfred Fabian Tick Gough and Ada Ramsey Gough. Johnny, aka H.B., graduated from Ryken High School in 1961. Upon graduation he was employed by the First National Bank of St. Marys. He was employed there for 37 years until his retirement in 1998. Following retirement he worked part-time for his longtime friend, Rob Mattingly, of Robert G. Mattingly & Son. In 2009, he was recognized as a Lifetime member of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. An active member at the date of his death he served 34 years with the Department, 21 of those years as Treasurer. Known for his generosity, wit, love of the water, fishing, crabbing and summer time, he was also an avid gardener who laid out his rows with the precision of an engineer. He spent as much time traveling around St. Marys delivering produce from his garden as he spent raising it. On February 5, 1966, he married Mae Vallandingham at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood, MD. They celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary this past February. An active member of Our Ladys Church in Medleys Neck, his pastor Reverend Lawrence Young was with him through his last illness. In addition to his wife, Mae, Johnny is also survived by his daughters, Margaret Jo Guy (Bobby) of Mechanicsville, MD and Mary Ann Gardiner (Gerald) of Leonardtown, MD; his siblings, Alfred F. Gough Jr. (Sue) of Leonardtown, MD and Mary McCall (Ken) of Salisbury, MD; four grandchildren, Dylan and Jake Guy, Katie Hayden and Kristi Barrera; and his great grandchildren, Chase and Parker Hayden. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, John Robert Gough. Family received friends for Johnnys life celebration on March 5 with prayers recited followed by firemans prayers at Our Ladys Catholic Church, 41348 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Reverend Lawrence Young at Our Ladys Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Leonardtown. Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Mattingly, George Kalnasy Jr., Wayne Miedzinski, Kevin Mattingly, Bobby Guy, Gerald Gardiner and Rob Mattingly. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Mike Goldsborough, Dylan Guy, Jake Guy, Ken McCall, J.C. Vallandingham and members of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Our Ladys Catholic Church, P.O. Box 111, Leonardtown, MD 20650, and Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 50, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Martha Ann Farmer Jordan, 95


Martha Ann Farmer Jordan, 95 of Lexington Park, MD died February 26, 2013 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Center. Born July 10, 1917 in Pulaski, VA, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Twitt Farmer and Florence Rosa (Bowman) Farmer and grew up on several farms in Virginia. Martha married Raymond Matthew Jordan in 1940 and lived in Montgomery County, MD until 1992 when she moved to St. Marys County. She lived with her son David until moving to Chesapeake Shores Nursing Center in 2008. Martha worked as a homemaker most of her life except for the years when she operated the store at Whites Ferry. While Martha operated the store, her husband Raymond operated the ferry from 1946 until 1953. She enjoyed cross word puzzles and watching television. Martha is survived by her son David Jordan of St. Marys County; grandsons David, James and Daniel Jordan; great grandchildren, James B., Hannah, Hunter and Danielle Jordan; and sister, Mary Mae Farmer Grimes of Salem, VA. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded by her husband in 1988. A graveside service was held on March 6 at Union Cemetery, Leesburg, VA. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Edna Lois Barger, 86


Edna Lois Barger, 86, of Hollywood, Md., devoted wife and mother of three children, died peacefully in her home on Saturday, March 2. The beloved wife of C. Boyden Barger and daughter of the late James W. Anderson and Mamie Lee Nichols, she was born August 24, 1926 in Clearwater, FL. Lois is remembered for being an early employee in the Fingerprint Division of the newly-founded Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a modest homemaker and mother of three children, and an active member of the church. She conducted the accounting and clerical sides of the excavating business she helped run with her husband for over 40 years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and painting. Lois is survived by her husband, three children, one grandchild, and many friends. Her children include Robert B. Barger of California, MD; Donald C. Barger of Upper Marlboro, MD; and Ann B. Wyvill and her husband Anthony of Hollywood, MD. Her lone grandchild is Alexander J. Wyvill of Hollywood, MD; her sole sibling was the late James N. Anderson of Newborn, GA. Family received friends for Lois life celebration on March 7 the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will immediately follow in St. Marys Queen of Peace Cemetery, 38888 Dr. Johnson Road, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Online contributions to Hospice of St. Marys may be made at www.giving.stmaryshospitalmd.org. NOTE: Use the Other designation from the dropdown to provide a space for the notation via the online form Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Sally Stahl Sharp, 73


Sally Stahl Sharp, 73, of Bushwood, MD formerly from Olney, MD passed away in Callaway, MD on March 4, 2013. Born on March 8, 1937 she was the daughter of the late Adolph and Sarah Barno Sharp of Wheeling, WV. Sally was the loving wife of Lawrence R. Sharp whom she married in Washington, DC in February, 1960 and whom preceded her in death in April 17, 2012. Sally is survived by her daughter Sigrun Sharp of Hollywood, MD., and sister Carolyn DeWitt of OH. Mrs. Sharp is preceded in death by her son Christopher Sharp of Olney, MD. Sally graduated from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1960 and earned a Bachelors Degree. All Services will be private. Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. 825 Hammonds Ferry Road, Suite H-J Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 Paula Eloise Gibson, 83 of Bushwood, MD died March 5, 2013 at her residence. The family received friends on March 7 with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:30 p.m, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Silvia H. Garay, 71
Silvia H. Garay, 71, of Newnan, GA died February 27, 2013 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Born April 8, 1941 in Frankfurt, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Anna Piduch.

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SENIOR LIVING
sleep patterns. But how do you know when your sleep problems are becoming a problem? This discussion at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. lead by Lisa Moderski, CRT, RPSGT, RST will address some of your sleep related concerns. Topics to be discussed include sleep patterns in older adults, insomnia, sleep disordered breathing (i.e. sleep apnea and snoring), movement disorders (i.e. Restless Leg Syndrome), diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, and how to talk to your doctor about sleep concerns. Advance registration is required and can be done by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 to register. The Garvey Senior Activity Center programming staff is looking for volunteers to serve on an Activity Committee that will meet the 3rd Thursday every month beginning March 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. The purpose of the committee is to provide information, recommendations and resources to the programming staff including, input received from Garvey Senior Activity Center participants regarding programming and activity preferences and sharing time and talents to the center in order to expand activity offerings. Individuals wishing to serve on the committee must complete and submit an Activity Committee Interest Survey. The survey should be completed and returned prior to the first meeting on March 21 at 10 a.m. For more information or to request a copy of the Interest Survey, call Brandy at 301-475-4200, ext. 1062.

St. Marys Department of Aging


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, 301-737-5670 ext. 1657. Save the date: Friday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Loffler Senior Activity Center will be 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 Loffler Senior Activity Center. For more information call 301737-5670, ext. 1658.

Fun Easter Celebration Day

OLofflers Irish Pub

On Wednesday, March 20, at 10 a.m., begin this Easter Celebration by creating a unique Funny Bunny potato head creation at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. The Easy Listening Lounge performance from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., will celebrate Easter with hymns and music by Pastor Abraham Thomas, wife Priscilla and family. The lounge will feature space near the stage area with quiet tables for the most attentive listeners. All lounge attendees will receive a special mini-Easter basket favor with a Pasta Primavera lunch. Get your meal ticket at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 11:45 a.m. that day. Make your reservation for this event before noon Tuesday, March 19 by calling 301-475-4002, ext. 1001. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5.50 for others. (A special donation collection for our guests will be taken by staff.) An Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1:15 p.m. with a prize for the one who finds the most eggs.

Activity Committee Forming

Updated Understanding of Veterans Benefits

Trip to see Orioles Play San Diego Padres

On Wednesday, May 15 we will take a trip to watch the Orioles. Game time is 12:35 p.m. and pickups will begin at 8:30 a.m. Forget driving and parking hassles, take a luxury bus to the game. The cost of $60 includes transportation, ticket (seats are under cover for your comfort from sun and rain), tip for driver and snack on the bus. Stop by any of the Senior Activity Centers in St. Marys County to make your payment (thus reserving your space). Call Joyce at 301-7375670, ext. 1656 for more information.

On Tuesday, March 19, at 12:30 p.m., Nora Bachelder, a Benefits Specialist with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs will be presenting updated information on veterans benefits and will answer questions at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Navigating the Veterans Benefits Program can be time consuming and frustrating. If you are a veteran, spouse or family member who has questions about benefits Nora Bachelder has the answers. Her vast experience and knowledge will guide you through the programs. Every day, Nora meets with veterans and their families who are unaware of benefits they are entitled to. She makes it her mission to inform and educate those who so bravely served. Please sign up for this session by calling 301-475-4002 ext. 1001 before noon on Monday, March 18.

Sleep and Aging

With the start of Daylight Savings time in early March, it is natural to experience changes related to

For the luck of the Irish, join the Garvey Senior Activity Center at their Annual St. Patricks Day bash on Thursday, March 14 from 12 to 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 for those under the age of 60. To make reservations, call 301-4754200, ext. 1050. Remember to wear your lucky green!

Wearin of the Green Bash at OGarvey

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Visit the Department of Agings website at www.stmarysmd.com/aging for the most up-to date information.

A Journey Through Time


The
By Linda Reno Contributing Writer James Williams would not be the only man to be hung that day. In November 1844, a mulatto slave named George Rustin murdered Francis Knott, his master. Leonardtown (Md) Herald says that the murder of Mr. Francis Knott, a wealthy citizen of this county, shot by one of his own servants in the early part of November last, was in the yard of his dwelling. The deed was perpetrated by negro George, a runaway, who had secreted himself behind one of the outhouses near the dwelling. The case was opened on December 19 and the jury found a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degreeGov. Thomas has had an unusual number of death warrants to sign during his term; we believe this will the make the fifth or sixth.

Chronicle

The Murder of Elizabeth (Spalding) Williams, Pt. III


with a firm hand, though the tear of sympathy was trembling in his eye as he struck the fatal blow. Such was his conduct indeed throughout the whole of the melancholy tragedy, as to elicit the highest applause of all who witnessed it. After hanging for an hour, the bodies were removed by permission of the Sheriff into the court-room, where they were examined by Dr. Worster [should be Worcester], the well-known Phrenologist of Philadelphia, and an eloquent lecture, which occupied upwards of an hour, delivered upon his character. Of the eight children of James Williams and Elizabeth Spalding only two were adults. The rest ranged in age from 18 to 7. Given human nature, they probably felt shame and like many children thought somehow it was their fault. One of the boys is found listed on the 1850 census as a pauper and another was bound out as an apprentice. The others were scattered about. What a terrible legacy to leave and for what?

Now it was time for both men to pay the fiddler. On February 9, 1844 At an early hour on the day of execution, crowds commenced to flock in, and such was the anxiety to witness the novel and appalling spectacle, that the streets and roads were thronged with comers in, until some time after the tragic scene had been enacted. After being adjudged on the scaffold by the Sheriff they joined in prayer with Rev. Mr. Woodley, for a short time, both evincing remarkable self-possession, and if anything can excite admiration for the wretch about to be suspended on the gallows, the firm and courageous manner in which these men met their doom was calculated to elicit it. Williams addressed the crowd several times, begging all those whom he had offended to forgive him, and asking pardon of all those he had injured; George begged their prayers, and warned them against a fate like his. Shortly after, 15 minutes past 11 oclock, the rope was cut and the men were launched into eternity. It is due to the Sheriff* to state that he performed his unwelcome duty with credit alike to his heart and his head; he severed the rope

Community
St. Marys County hosted three AFS Exchange Students from Italy, New Zealand and Japan in August 2012. Two local high schoolers, Sara Cochran and David Drazba, departed from Leonardtown in September 2012 bound for Italy and Germany. These unique connections extended the adventurous experiences, which AFS Intercultural Programs has fostered for more than 60 years. The five teenage students are now halfway through the 10-month experience that turns their lives upside down and expands their horizons beyond what many had ever imagined. The visiting exchange students include Alessandro at Leonardtown High School along with Bernadette and Saya at Great Mills High School. Whether on the football field, wrestling mat, Tri-County Band or Rec and Park soccer field, these adventurous teens have shared stories of life around the world and expanded the horizons of our families and students here in St. Marys County. The AFS experience links students, host families and a broad network of volunteers with the core goal of broadening intercultural understanding. Local volunteer Jennifer Cochran serves as an AFS Liaison along with her friend Celia Engel. Volunteer Liaisons function as a local AFS connection and resource for Host Families and visiting exchange students. This impartial role gives both the family and student deeper support when the unique adjustment process unfolds. Cochran took the opportunity to become more involved with AFS when her 10th grade daughter, Sara, announced plans to participate in AFS and headed to a small town outside of Venice Italy for the 2012-2013 school year. I recognized that the depth of the AFS/Intercultural organization plays a key role in its success as a leader in inter-

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Cultural Exchange Information Night


national exchange and intercultural learning. Volunteers in Italy would be integral in my daughters experience, so I wanted to offer my commitment to students traveling here to help make their experience positive and rewarding, as well. AFS/Intercultural Programs offer exchange opportunities for periods of two semesters, one semester and several weeks during summer. Interested students and host families go through a thorough application process, which helps everyone understand the scope of the commitment and the depth of the valuable opportunity. AFS provides host families and exchange students unique insight to our rich, global community. An introductory social and information night is scheduled for March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Cochrans home in Leonardtown to learn more about hosting and the exchange program. Take advantage of this opportunity to gain invaluable insight into an unfamiliar culture and make a unique connection to students from abroad. Call Jennifer Cochran at 301-475-1759 for details. Visit www.afsusa.org for detailed information on hosting and study abroad experiences. AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,100 US students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,500 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families. More than 5,000 volunteers in the US make the work of AFS possible.

About AFS

Results Of SoMD Sudoku Day


The Third Annual SoMD Sudoku Championship to benefit the St. Johns Scholarship Fund was held March 2 at St. Johns School in Hollywood. The competition provided an opportunity for Sudoku players to display their skills at the Expert, Advanced, Intermediate and Novice levels and win cash prizes. The top three winners at the Expert level were Aisley Gash as the tournament champion and $100 winner, Bruce Goodley second and Hannah Dantrassy third. At the Advanced level, the winners were David Delozier, Jane Ichniowski and Larry Tierney. At the Intermediate level we had Jennifer Collier, Ayrin Torgesen, and Jill Warring. At the Novice level the winners were Kaylee Torgesen, Sandra Guy and Anthony Lee. Additional results are posted on the school website or simply query the web at SoMD Sudoku Championship 2013. The puzzles we used in 2013 are now posted on the website for your use. The 2014 tournament is scheduled for March.

Regional Librarys Announces New Board


The Southern Maryland Regional Library Association welcomed a new member to its board of trustees during the annual corporation meeting on February 12. Caroline Guy joined nine other board members who are elected annually to serve a one-year term. The other eight who were elected are returning members, including the board president, Kiplinger Hine. The Southern Maryland Regional Library Association is a regional resource center for the public libraries in Calvert, Charles and St. Marys Counties; providing library services for the staff and customers of public libraries throughout Southern Maryland. The board of trustees is composed of three members from each of the three county library boards. The regional library was formed in 1959 to enhance the services provided by the county libraries. It is part of a state-wide resource network of three regional resource centers, working in collaboration with the State Library Resource Center, to provide efficient, economical and coordinated library services that the county library systems cannot adequately provide themselves. For more information about the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, visit smrla.org or call 301-884-0436.

Newly elected 2013 board of trustee members for the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, from left to right: Maureen Cunningham (Calvert), Henry Scharles (Vice President, Charles), Carolyn Guy (St. Marys), Kiplinger Hine (President, Calvert), Joan Springer (St. Marys), Samuel Worsley, Jr. (Charles), Carole Ann Romary (St. Marys), Christopher J. Iekel (Charles), and Celeste Forte (Treasurer, Calvert).

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Encore: Creativity for Older Adults


Adults, age 55 plus are invited to expand their mind, body and talents by attending one of the premier performing arts institutes for older adults - the Encore Summer Choral Institute at St. Marys College of Maryland in Historic St. Marys City sponsored by Encore Creativity for Older Adults. The institute, now in its 6th year, will attract adult students from all over the country to learn a new art, or continue to perfect lifelong skills. All levels of vocal and performance experience are welcomed. Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nations largest and fastest growing choral program for older adults, offers unique summer performing arts sleep away camps for older adults who want to learn, sing and perform. Last years St. Marys Encore Chorale Institute attracted more than 75 participants from around the country. Encore was delighted to also welcome local St. Marys and Calvert County commuters. The Encore Choral Institute at St. Marys College of Maryland will run from June 18 to 22 and is led by Encore founder and conductor Jeanne Kelly, and Krystal Rickard McCoy, music director of St. Maries Musica and the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale. Singers have a full day starting with stretch/Yoga class and followed by a full choral rehearsal. After lunch singers will choose from a vocal technique class, a choral sectional, or free time. An afternoon choral rehearsal will follow. Repertoire will include spirituals, oratorio selections, songs from the American Song Book and Broadway. Singers may sit for rehearsals and performance. The program will culminate in a grand finale performance on Saturday, June 22 at 1:30 p.m. for friends, family and the public at the Historic St. Marys Hall. Participant program fees include all classes, materials, accommodations on site, and meals. Commuter students are welcome and fees adjusted accordingly. Non-participating spouses or guests are also welcome and their fees include shared accommodations and meals with the program participants. Institute participants need not be cur-

Library items
Volunteers needed for Book Sale Donated books will be moved from the Leonardtown library to the fairgrounds this Saturday, Mar. 9. Besides volunteers, trucks and vans are needed for the move. Volunteers are needed to help with the book sale the week of March 11, during the sale, and after the sale. Those interested should contact Jill Zitnick at 301-863-9368 or email stmarysfol@gmail.com. The Friends Annual Book Sale will be March 15 through March 17. Only members of Friends can shop on Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with membership available at the door. The sale is open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the sale benefit the libraries. Opening reception held for teen artists All entries of the Teen Express Yourself Art Contest are on display in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through April 15. An opening reception will be held on Mar. 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Voting for the Viewers Choice Award begins at the reception and will continue through April 15. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on April 15. Kids to learn about healthier food choices Children ages 8-12 years old can learn to make healthier food choices from Jane Kostenko, University of Maryland Extension Food Supplement Nutrition Education Educator, at a walk-in program at Lexington Park library on Mar. 12 at either 3:30 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. Help available for job seekers Lexington Park library will hold a Job Seekers Workshop on Mar. 20 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Librarians will be available to assist with resumes, online job searches, completing online job applications and more. No registration is required. The Southern Maryland Job Source Mobile Career Center is scheduled to be at Leonardtown library on Mar. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Lexington Park library on Mar. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and at Charlotte Hall library on Mar. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Coordinator will provide assistance with job searching using the Maryland Workforce Exchange and help job seekers get registered. Saving with coupons to be discussed Kimberly Hoctor, a 30-year coupon veteran, will explain the basics of saving with coupons and how to use them more effectively at Lexington Park branch on Mar. 20, at Leonardtown branch on Mar. 27, and at Charlotte Hall branch on Mar. 28. All three programs will begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. K-9 dogs will demonstrate their skills Search and recovery demonstrations by two K-9 dogs will highlight the program presented by Bay K-9 Search and Recovery at Lexington Park library on Mar. 23 at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

rent Encore singers. The deadline to register is May 17. Encore Creativity will offer a second Institute this summer at the famed Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y. in collaboration with two of the nations premiere creative arts programs to present an innovative, three-track program August 25 to 30, 2013. Encore will partner with The Dance Exchange, based near Washington, D.C.,

and the Stagebridge Theatre of Oakland, Calif. to offer three concurrent performance institutes - Choral, Movement, and Theatre. Details are available on the Encore website. For more information, please call Encore at 301-261-5747 or email info@encorecreativity.org. Program details and registration forms are available online at www. encorecreativity.org.

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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. calvertmarinemuseum.com

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. sailingcenterchesapeake.org/SailingCenter/ 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. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/education/Youth. Fee: $25 to cover materials, badge, and T-shirt.

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Fish Dinners every Fri. (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 LHSClassof88@hotmail.com for more information. Free Tax Preparation Beginning in February, IRS/AARPcertified tax counselors will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low-tomoderate-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.

Fish Dinner St. Georges Episcopal Church, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane in Valley Lee, 5 to7 p.m. The snow date will be the following day if necessary. The menu includes beer-battered fish, cornbread, St. Georges potatoes, coleslaw and beverages. Homemade desserts will also be for sale. Adult dinners will be $13/plate, children 12 and under are $6, and children under 3 are free. Large parties of five or more will be seated more quickly at 5 p.m. and after 6:30 p.m. Call (301) 994-0585 for more information.

Saturday, March 9
Indoor Yard Sale The Center for Life Enrichment, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center for Life Enrichment will again host an Indoor Yard Sale. Gently used treasures and your favorite vendors. We will feature crafts, gifts and affordable jewelry. Refreshments and baked goods. Second Saturday of every month. For more information contact Karen at 301-373-8100, ext. 826. Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Mulch Sale Golden Beach Fire House, 29848 Therese Circle, Mechanicville, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association host its Fourth Annual Mulch Sale. 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. The Comedians a COSMIC presentation Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills, 7 p.m. Featuring young artist competition winners Jessica Lyons, Katelyn Lynos, and Moriah Morgan. Kabalevskys The Comedians with clowns Tim Marrone and Joe Brady. Admission payable at the door: Regular $10, Special (senior, student, military) $8, and Family $25. For full program visit www. cosmicmusic.org or call 240-561-5799. Spring Cupcake Pairings Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 6 p.m. Sample specialty cupcakes from Anitas Bakery paired with our award winning wines. Call ahead to reserve your spot. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty cupcakes. Call for more information 301-690-2192. From The Ground Up Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, 1 and 3 p.m. 2nd Saturday Series at Sotterley. From the basement to the attic of Sotterleys 1703 Plantation House there are numerous nooks and crannies rarely seen by most people. Presented by Sotterleys Restoration Manager, this exclusive tour will reveal how the structure was built and what the various spaces tell us about the over 300 year history. Limited to 16 people per tour. (Snow date 3/23/13) Advance reservations only. $15 per person. Ages 13 and up. Walking required. Purchase tickets online: www.sotterley.org.

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Shark Attack! Week: July 22 - July 26 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description: Razor sharp teeth, feeding frenzies, and terrorBut are sharks to be feared? They are important members of the ocean ecosystems. How are sharks different from other fish? How have sharks evolved over time? Why are sharks an endangered animal? Together we will explore the truth about sharks by using the various exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum, by looking for and then classifying shark teeth from local beaches, and by visiting the Baltimore Aquarium. Join us for a week of exciting activities focused on the fish that frightens and fascinates us all. Fee: $135 or CMMS members $120.

Friday, March 8
Mission Possible: Promoting NonProfit Success. CSM, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Marylands third annual conference for employees, board members and volunteers of the regions nonprofit organizations will feature a keynote address, The Boards Dashboard: Getting the Data You Need to Govern, by Justin Pollock, founder and principal of Orgforward. Conference participants will select from among 10 presentations on fundraising, strategy, volunteer recruitment, strengthening community relationships and utilizing public access television. $55 after February 25; $35 group rate (five or more). Register online at www.csmd. edu/NonProfitInstitute/Events.html, or call Kim Yellman at 301-934-7627 or Sharon Buckler at 301-934-7602.

Entering Grades 6 - 9
Build Your Own Canoe Members Only Week: June 24 June 29, July 8-12 (Boating Safety Course) Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Description: Build a real boat you can take home. We will teach you to make your own 12-foot plywood canoe. During the week, you will master basic woodworking and finishing skills to make a boat that you can enjoy for years to come. Learn sailing skills when commanding radio-control model sailboats in the boat basin and practice some of the maritime skills needed to catch crabs during a cruise on the drake tail work boat. Well take a break from boat building with a lunch cruise with your family members on the Wm. B. Tennison. At the Grand Finale on Saturday, you and the other campers will race your new canoes on the Patuxent River. Your family and friends are encouraged to join us

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Sunday, March 10
Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Mulch Sale Golden Beach Fire House, 29848 Therese Circle, Mechanicville, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association host its Fourth Annual Mulch Sale. 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. Spring Cupcake Pairings Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 6 p.m. Sample specialty cupcakes from Anitas Bakery paired with our award winning wines. Call ahead to reserve your spot. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty cupcakes. Call for more information 301-690-2192.

$15 per person paid at the door, if seating is available. Sorry, no refunds. Any proceeds after expenses go to The Association of Naval Aviations Squadron No.18 and Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association.

beer. Come try some delicious Irish cheeses paired to our award winning wines. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty Irish fare. Call for more information 301-690-2192. Annual Book Sale St. Marys County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those interested in helping before, during, or after the sale may email Jill Zitnick at stmarysfol@gmail.com. Ham and Cabbage dinner The Knights of Columbus Hall, Routes 5 and 235, Ridge, 4 to 7 p.m. Given by the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad & Auxiliary. Adults $12, Children 5 to 12 $6, and children under 5 are free. Carryout also available.

Thursday, March 14
Womens History Month Dr. James Forrest Career & Technology Center in Leonardtown, 5:30 p.m. The St. Marys County Commission for Women will hold their annual celebration, this year is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Barbara Bell, retired Navy captain and the first female program manager at NAVAIR, will deliver the keynote address. At the banquet, we will honor the nominees for the Woman of the Year and Woman of Tomorrow awards. Our Lifetime Achievement will be given to Ella May Russell of the St. Marys County Department of Social Services. Please email Denise Krumenacker, chair for St. Marys County Commission for Women at denise.krumenacker@smrhs.org.

ville, 5 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a basket bingo. All proceeds to benefit the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary. Games begin at 6 p.m. For more information or to make reservations contact Judy at 301-884-5680 or log onto our website www.mvfd.com.

Saturday, March 23
Pre Maryland Day Celebration Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 6 p.m. Description: What better way to celebrate Maryland than with award winning local Maryland wines with Kevins Corner Cafes famous Maryland Crab Soup. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with Maryland Crab Soup. Call for more information 301-690-2192.

Sunday, March 17
St. Patricks Pairings Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 6 p.m. There is more to the Irish than green beer. Come try some delicious Irish cheeses paired to our award winning wines. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty Irish fare. Call for more information 301-690-2192. Annual Book Sale St. Marys County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 3 p.m. Those interested in helping before, during, or after the sale may email Jill Zitnick at stmarysfol@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 24
Pre Maryland Day Celebration Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 6 p.m. Description: What better way to celebrate Maryland than with award winning local Maryland wines with Kevins Corner Cafes famous Maryland Crab Soup. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with Maryland Crab Soup. Call for more information 301-690-2192.

Monday, March 11
Pax River Quilters Guild Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park, 6:30 p.m. The next regular monthly meeting of the Pax River Quilter Guild. New members welcome. We do more than sit and sew. Make new friends, learn new techniques and share ideas. For more information, contact Lois Andereck at grannie98@md.metrocast. net. Visit us on Facebook.

Friday, March 15
Annual Book Sale St. Marys County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, 1 to 8 p.m. Opened to Friends of the Library members only, with membership information available at the door. Those interested in helping before, during, or after the sale may email Jill Zitnick at stmarysfol@gmail.com.

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Newtowne Players Interpret The Lion in Winter


By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Newtowne Players are back on stage this weekend, this time telling the tale of King Henry II and his dysfunctional family. The play, set in 1183, is about the kings three sons, mistress and wife going behind each others backs to obtain what they want. The whole family plots against one another and schemes to try and find out who is going to be the next king, said Bill Scarafia, the plays director. According to Scarafia, the play consists of light humorous moments, while not losing the feel of a serious play. The moral values in the play take a very forward approach as family members plot to kill each other to claim the throne, the director explained. Written during the 1960s, the play, which did not become popular until it was made into an Academy Award Winning movie, has two key scenes Scarafia believes are must see theatre. In the first act, a confrontation between King Henry and his sons highlights the dysfunction of the family and shows they are truly falling apart. The second scene occurs at the end of the play, which Scarafia described as an acceptance of reality for the characters. As a director, Scarafia enjoys a demanding play. He says the delicate mix of comedy and seriousness in the play requires the cast to recognize the sternness of the play during light moments. Scarafia always spends a significant amount of time helping the cast understand their roles. The cast did an excellent job of learning their character essentially becoming the person they

The Lion in Winter is set to debut this weekend at Three Notch Theatre.

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portray on stage. Scarafia enjoys directing more serious plays that challenge him and the cast members. I get more satisfaction in seeing them overcome that challenge, he said. He is curious to see how people who know the play interpret the Newtowne Players performance, and says people who have never seen the play are likely to enjoy the show. Above everything else, Scarafia hopes, and believes, people will be talking about the acting as they exit the theatre.

King Henry II and his mistress Alais in the opening scene.

Its all about the cast [telling the story] and the audience [interpretation], Scarafia said. Im anxious to see the audiences reaction. The play opens this weekend on Friday, March 8 and runs each weekend until March 24. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matine start time is 3:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets for The Lion in Winter, visit newtowneplayers.org.
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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. Ladies Night Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12
Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Eric Landes Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7 p.m.

Mondays 6:30pm-7:30pm NE Community Center (Chesapeake Beach) Room M2 Young Adults (18+) Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm Harvest Fellowship Church (Lusby) *Building next door to church Teens (18 & Under)
For More Information: dawn.recovery2012@yahoo.com John Mitchell, CSA at 410-535-5400ext.311

Friday, March 8
4 Friends Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Salsa Night House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 9 p.m. R&R Train Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. Wild Good Rock Band The Lounge at Bollywood (22576 Mac Arthur Boulevard, California) 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13
Mason Sebastian DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Team Trivia and Open Mic Night Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 7 p.m. Karaoke Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 14
Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Blue Iris Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 9
Karaoke Contest Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 8:30 p.m. Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Stereo Case Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. The Bar Dogs Fat Boys Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) 8 p.m.

Friday, March 15
Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Swamp Dog Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 10
Benefit Oyster Scald Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16
Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. St. Pattys Day Round 1 Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 6 p.m.

Monday, March 11
Team Trivia Night DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch

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Optimizing Skeletal Health


By Debra Meszaros CSN www.MXSportsNutrition.com What causes 1.5 million bone breaks in the United States each year? What is the best way to avoid fractures and keep your bones healthy going into your senior years? For a very long time it was thought that since calcium was the primary bone material, maintaining and promoting bone would simply mean to consume adequate amounts of calcium. However, we are now learning that it is actually the synergistic matrix of calcium and other nutrients that does the trick. We are also beginning to see evidence that thyroid function may play a role as well. Just like the trillions of other cells in your body, the cells of your bone are also being replaced (broken down and built up) on a regular basis. Osteoclasts break the bone down and Osteoblasts build it back up. This process should happen equally, but when Osteoblasts are not built, bone mass then decreases. The strength of your bone lies in the synergy between calcium and phosphate bound to collagen. It is the flexible protein collagen that provides the flexibility of your bones; their ability to resist compression. Top tips to building bone There are several factors that directly affect your ability to build bone. Regular exercise is the catalyst of bone building. The action of muscle moving over bone stimulates this process. Providing the body with all of the key nutrients needed to build bone without interruption plays a key role in maintaining bone mass. Providing your body with magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K, boron, and chromium will optimize calcium activity, and adequate thyroid function is needed to activate vitamin D. The American diet for the most part provides the 1000mg of calcium your body requires and if your dietary intake reaches this requirement there may not be a need to supplement more calcium. Research now shows too much calcium can be a negative thing. Maintaining a balance of 2:1 in calcium and magnesium respectfully is the challenge. Magnesium is not a mineral in plentiful supply in most diets. The foods rich in magnesium usually also contain calcium. It is believed that the majority of Americans are magnesium deficient. For this reason magnesium supplementation may be required to balance your dietary nutrients. Many studies have been performed on the many forms of both calcium and magnesium (and other minerals) to determine which form is best absorbed by the body; but when you compare all of the synthetic forms man develops to a whole food mineral, whole food wins hands down. Unfortunately there are only a few companies producing true whole food vitamins, and there is a difference between whole food based and whole food. Whole food based supplements generally contain some man made nutrients, whole food supplements usually do not. Ascorbates are synthetic as they are man made. A whole food supplement will have what seems to be very low mgs of nutrients and any super charged, mega dose supplement is very likely to not be from whole food. Since whole food form usually has very close to 100 percent absorption, theres no need for a mega dose. Surprisingly the majority of supplements on the market today are synthetic and absorption of them by the body can range between 14 percent and 40 percent. And the donts are. The use of tobacco and the consumption of soda both hinder the bone building process. So in the end, even if you Got Milk? you may still struggle with building bone.
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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Ah...Sunday mornings, time for relaxation, and very often a time for my husband and I to keep the TV off, listen to the bird songs, and have all sorts of interesting conversations before we get up and ready for church. Naturally, I have been up for hours, read WP Magazine, Parade and anything else I can get my hands on, surfed the internet, or watched something on TV, but Ill usually try to head back to the bedroom about 7 or 7:30 a.m. If my husband is stirring. we have some great talks at this time. Two Sundays ago was no exception. We somehow got on the subject of finance. I think he was figuring how our churchs Mens Night for the Ladies evening, that he co-leads, made out the night before. Before that we were talking about the typical aches and pains we felt from Saturdays rainy weather, and how different we felt with Sundays drier weather. These two topics then led to me mentioning to him, that, I thought by now he would have retired from the physical demands of 38 years of swimming pool work, and gone into a second career in finance like reverse mortgages or investing. He said he didnt know if he could do that. But I reminded him how amazed I had been with him over the years when he could figure out mathematical problems before people very experienced in those fields could. Early in our marriage I had listened to him figure out refinancing calculations in his head before the mortgage agent even did. I could hear my husband answering the man with, I dont know I am just able to figure those kinds of things out in my head. He does this all the time. I asked Why didnt you ever try and get a degree in mathematics? You would have done really well. He said he never really thought about that because playing softball, being a fireman and a pool man, and raising kids didnt leave time for college. So, back to our early morning conversation: I asked him next, Do you think you may be a little autistic and it was never noticed when you were a child? My husband said, I think so, I did well in math in school and I could always remember numbers relating to sports, types of cars, and firehouse things but I couldnt concentrate on or retain other information for very long. I said, Thats because nothing else interested you besides sports, cars, and fires (and maybe a few other young man type things). He added, Yeah and I have some of that ADT stuff too. He realized what he said almost immediately but we were already both laughing hysterically. I managed to say, You have a problem with your alarm system? as he said, Oh yeah, theyre the alarm people. I told him I would call ADT up on Monday and see if they could come test him and check him out you cant go walking around with your alarm system out of whack. To each new days adventure, Shelby
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By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer As the Baltimore Ravens were riding their Joe Flacco-piloted magic carpet to a Super Bowl victory, they knew retaining the pilots/quarterbacks services was getting more expensive every win. Flacco, you see, was in the last year of his deal and was set to hit free agency when the season ended, whenever that might be. The ride ended at the New Orleans Superdome with the team awash in confetti, the Lombardi trophy held high and with Flacco, the games MVP, declaring his intent to hang out with the most famous mouse in the world. The scene was somewhat clich, but was so very perfect for a quarterback preparing to take a seat at the negotiating table. A month has now passed since the Ravens second championship and Flaccos signature moment - sufficient time for parades, parties and the resultant hangover to fade - and after some brief and half-hearted jockeying, the quarterback and team have agreed to a new contract. So what did it take to keep a Super Bowl winning and MVP

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quarterback in the prime of his career in the Ravens nest? The final tally was 6 years, $120 million: a new NFL record. Hey, drinks are on Joe. Thanks Joe! Flaccos situation was uncommon: a contending NFL franchise rarely allows its starting quarterback to play out the final year of his contract. The Ravens attempted to get a deal done with their signal caller before the 2012 season, but Flacco wanted elite quarterback money and the Ravens were offering pretty good quarterback money. Flacco passedon the deal then attempted to pass his way to NFL riches. For much of the season it looked liked a misguided decision drenched in ego. Flaccos performance was choppy and the Ravens stumbled into the playoffs, losing 4 of their last 5 games. At that point, being paid pretty good quarterback money would have looked, well, pretty goodfor Joe Flacco. Then the playoffs arrived and after throwing 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions over 4 games and nabbing the Super Bowl MVP award, the rest really was history. Flacco, the kid that wasnt good enough to play at the University of Pittsburgh, did enough at the Univer-

sity of Delaware, football power that it is, to be the Ravens first round pick in 2008 and has spent his NFL career typecast as a game-manager on a runfirst offense and a team dominated by its defense, is the highest paid player in the NFL. How did this happen? Well, first (and obviously) Flacco played his tail off when it mattered most. Flacco, an underrated big game quarterback, outplayed Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road and ran his career playoff record to 9-4. Truth be told his record could even be better: save for a Lee Evans dropped pass, he had Bradys Patriots beaten in last years AFC Championship Game. Theres more than just timely play, though, to Joe the highest paid player in NFL history Flacco. At some point in young Joes life someone a parent, teacher, coach or all of the above did the lad a favor by planting and sowing within him a seed of self-confidence. Flacco, all grown up and with his confidence in full bloom, earned his new contract by not accepting his stereotype as a game manager or definition as a good - average Joe, if you will - NFL quarterback. And when faced with a huge career decision, with all the chips all down, he displayed the fortitude to bet on the one person he believed in unequivocally: himself. Hmmdo I have a Joe Flacco? Do you? Have I enabled a youngsters success? Have you? The bet is we both have work to do. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo.com

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