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St. Inigoes Murder Suspect Captured
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s detectives, with help from U.S. Marshals, have located and captured the man they say is responsible for the shooting death of 37-year-old Robert Lee McDowney, killed last month in a home invasion at his mobile home in St. Inigoes. James Kenneth Clay, 35, was apprehended in Baltimore March 12 and brought back to St. Mary’s County to face multiple charges: first-degree murder, armed robbery, burglary and using a handgun in the commission of a felony. Two other men have been charged for the robbery and homicide, Andre Lionel Bowman and Joseph William Medley III. According to charging documents filed against him, Clay was the actual trigger man in the robbery the night of Feb. 7 on Beachville Road while Medley helped plan the robbery and led Bowman and Clay to McDowney’s residence. A witness at the scene of the home invasion positively identified Clay as the shooter and told police that two kicked in the door and demanded money and drugs. Clay is alleged to have shot and killed McDowney during a struggle. Bowman was identified as the second entry man into McDowney’s home, charging documents read. Neighbors saw a Ford Fusion vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway immediately before the shooting. James Clay Police found physical evidence where the vehicle had been parked that they linked to Bowman, court papers stated, though they did not say what the nature of the evidence was. Bureau of Criminal Investigations commander Capt. Terry Black said local detectives had evidence leading them to believe Clay was in the Baltimore area and requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals. Once Clay was apprehended, local detectives executed a search warrant on his residence there and found “items of evidentiary value.” “They did an excellent job of locating him,” Black said of the marshals. Black also praised his detectives for a quick closure to the case. “It was a good investigation, they went after it they we train them to investigate a homicide,” Black said.

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Farmers Opposing TDR Exemptions
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Local farmers oppose allowing “civic or institutional” organizations to be exempt from purchasing developmental rights to preserve other acreage in the rural preservation district. The planning commission recommends the Board of County Commissioners approve a text amendment to the zoning ordinance. Farmers now say the proposed exemption would effectively gut the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program – a program preservationists developed years ago to ensure agricultural land could be preserved in perpetuity. “TDR’s helped preserve land we were adamant about,” said Joseph Wood, a farmer from Mechanicsville. Others like Jamie Raley, president of the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau, suggest farmer’s land has already been devalued by state septic system regulations that restrict development on large plots of land to just a few lots. Farmers needed all the options they can receive to raise money to preserve agricultural land. The TDR program requires potential developers or builders in the rural preservation district to purchase the development rights of other landowners in the same district. MONDAY THE 18TH Transferred development rights allow the builder to move LUNCH BEGINS AT 11 AND WE’RE STAYING OPEN LATE! ahead with the project while ensuring the other parcels cannot be developed. CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE WITH During a public hearing on the proposal, County Attorney George Sparling told the county commissioners the language in BOILED RED POTATOES, the text amendment could actually restrict churches and private CARROTS, CORN BREAD schools from benefits of the new rule. The issue was first taken up by the planning commission SHEPPARD’S PIE WITH last year at the request of two churches wanting to expand their CORN BREAD OR BISCUITS facilities but had limited funds to pay for the TDRs. The new text amendment was the result. FISH & CHIPS “This language needs to be seriously reworked,” Sparling said. “Unless it is the intention of the commissioners to restrict POTATO SOUP those types of organizations.”




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“He loved what he was doing,” she said. Bruce Young, director of the St. Mary’s County Soil Conservation District, said he had known Jarboe since he was a county commissioner decades ago and as a regional coordinator for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Jarboe was dedicated to the land and would often keep close tabs on any legislative or environmental issues that affected farmers, according to Young. Most recently Jarboe joined the Soil Conservation District board in 2011. “He was never at a loss for words,” Young said. “He certainly would tell you if he thought you were farming wrong.” Jarboe defended farmers and the practice of agriculture against those who believed agriculture was responsible for the degradation of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. “He would tell you back when cattle were around the water that there were plenty of oysters,” Young said. Still Jarboe required anyone working for him to follow the environmental regulations set down by the state. “He followed the rules even if he didn’t agree with them,” Young said.

Former Commissioner Killed in Tractor Accident
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A local farmer was killed over the weekend when he fell from his tractor and was struck as it passed. Police found Robert T. Jarboe, 79, of Leonardtown lying under his tractor at his Leonardtown farm March 10; detectives say Jarboe was operating his tractor when he either fell from the vehicle or inadvertently put it into gear when he stepped down. An autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore is pending. The county’s farming community is mourning the loss of a fellow farmer, former county commissioner and civic activist. “It hasn’t happened often but when it does it’s terrible,” said Mary Wood of Forrest Hall Farm, in Mechanicsville. Wood said that the farming community locally is continuing to age as fewer and fewer young people want to engage in the work but his good health kept Jarboe out in the field despite his age, she said. “We are all aging and Robert was aging right along with us,” she said. “He didn’t want to be counted out, he wanted to do what he’d always done.” Jarboe was still active on many boards and committees, but always came back to farming, Wood said.

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Planning Commission Wants Jail
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Planning Commission says elected leaders should try it one more time to complete the jail project. Planning board members quizzed county staff at length Monday night after learning that commissioners were planning on only moving ahead with a $9.5 million renovation project that focused on security improvements and left out capacity concerns. The jail’s current capacity is set at 230 inmates but is already over that number on an average daily basis. The expansion project would have added another 200 beds. Board member Merl Evans said the expansion project, despite the cost overage of $7 million that led to commissioners to shoot down the project in the first place, was in the Capital Improvement Plan for a reason. The county should find a way to address the capacity problem regardless of the cost and not wait until later years to consider building the jail. “The $9 million project doesn’t solve the real problem,” Evans said. Board member Shelby Guazzo praised the jail staff and their commander Capt. Michael Merican for ensuring that no major crises at the jail had erupted. She was still worried, though that overcrowding and aging security measures plus a strained staff could maintain that level of stability for much longer. She criticized the removal of the third phase of the expansion project, which would have added another 64 beds for the female population. Guazzo said the female inmate population appeared to be growing with no appropriate place to put them. “The commissioners are resting on a shaky history,” she said. County commissioners briefly revived the expansion project but a week later support for it evaporated when they found they might have had to pay an extra five percent of the price tag on top of the extra $7 million. County director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation George Erichsen said if the population at the jail continues to increase as the overall county population does the county may have to weigh the costs of sending inmates elsewhere, if they can find the right facility. An extra 200 inmates at about $60 per day to house each one came out to about $5 million per year extra, Erichsen said. “We’ll be forced to go to regionalization if we don’t address the capacity problem,” he said.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Both Melissa Dean and her life-long friend and management partner Brandie Winters are wary while on duty at St. John’s Pharmacy in Hollywood. They are constantly turning and watching who is coming in and exiting the store after being robbed twice for prescription pain medication in the past several years. The pharmacy is an independently owned, local business that prides itself on individualized customer service, but they’ve had to incorporate security and safety features at the store that customers are used to seeing in larger corporate chains. All the changes are because of the illicit trade in prescription drugs, Dean and Winters say. St. John’s Pharmacy has become a hotspot for pill addicts trying to pass false prescriptions and fraudulently obtain narcotics, they say. Often times the pair, along with their workers, are scared by the constant flow of haggard addicts exhibiting strange or disrup-

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tive and violent behavior. They both try not to let it bother them. “It comes with the job,” Winters said. “But when I started as a pharmacy technician in 2002 I had no idea it would be like this. It’s just become an everyday thing.” Dean said addicts perform all kinds of acts, including salacious ones, right outside the business to get funds to feed their habit. “To get the money for a pill they’ll do anything in that parking lot,” Dean said bluntly. “We put the whole pharmacy through self defense classes.” Dean believes doctors fuel the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. “It’s the doctors, they’re scared of the addicts,” Dean said. “They [the addicts] cause a fit because they want their drugs.” Dean said in her experience doctors are too willing to write prescriptions for whatever reason, leaving it to pharmacists to deal with the consequences. Winters agreed. “I’ve been on the phone with doctors when they’ve said ‘I know they’re

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addicted, just fill it anyway,’ Not all doctors but some… but we won’t fill it.” When addicts come looking for their pills, prescription in hand or not, Dean said, it’s pharmacists who have to face them. “We hold the drugs hostage,” Dean said. “We’re the ones who have to say ‘no’ not the doctors.” Doctors prescribe strong narcotics without trying other less powerful medication and in large quantities, fueling the growing trend of addictions, Winters said,. “It jeopardizes the peoples’ lives here,” Winters said. “I was here when both robberies happened… I don’t think doctors appreciate what happens.” Aside from addicts, the two have to deal with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents on a routine basis who check on their prescription sales. “They’re strict,” Winters said. “The DEA will come here and spend eight hours making sure we’re not doing anything fishy.” Anything not properly accounted for could spell doom for them. “It jeopardizes our name and what we stand for. Something like that could easily shut down our license,” Winters said. Pill seekers who try to shop around for any place they can find narcotics are another problem, Dean said. The illicit pill trade and its dangers have led them to stop telling people over the phone whether they even fill such prescriptions. It’s led to some testy conversations but she won’t risk divulging the information. “I tell them ‘I’m sorry that’s our policy. Have you ever had a gun put in your face?’” For all the risks they face just because of the medicine they sell, pharmacies like St. John’s are critical to the war on illegal pills, said Vice/Narcotics Capt. Daniel Alioto. “The only way we will continue to be successful is to strengthen our partnerships… and the pharmacies are a huge part of that,” Alioto said. Pharmacies are often the ones identifying trends in drug use. St. John’s is often the focus of visits by vice/narcotics detectives, according to Alioto. “They are on the front lines, they are the first line of defense,” he said. Winters and Dean were leery of telling their story because of the risk of being targeted, but they said that people needed to know just how devastating the prescription narcotic problem was not just to them but to the community. “I wish people could see what it’s like from our perspective,” Winters said. “Maybe a light bulb would go off.”

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has once again rejected UniStar’s bid to seek a license to operate a third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Lusby; this time the NRC denied the applicant’s petition to review its case. So far UniStar Operating Services LLC and Calvert Cliffs 3 Nuclear Project, LLC have not been able to conquer the most significant hurdle to the yearlong effort, that UniStar is wholly owned by EDF of France and has no U.S. operating partner. All reactors operating in the United States must have an operator based in the country as required by the Atomic Energy Act (AEA). Constellation Energy Group had once had a 50 percent share of the project, but that U.S. company backed out in 2010 because of the sheer cost of getting federal loan guarantees to underwrite the project. This time UniStar essentially wanted the NRC to completely reexamine longstanding policy that has stalled the project. “When all the trappings are removed, the relief applicants seek on appeal is for us to reconsider that [foreign ownership] policy,” the NRC decision reads. The NRC would not address the current policy in their latest ruling but did seem to open the possibility of further debate. “But we agree that, with the passage of time since the agency first issued substantive guidance on the foreign ownership provision of the AEA… a reassessment is appropriate,” the decision reads. Paul Gunter, of Beyond Nuclear based in Takoma Park, said this latest NRC action effectively stops UniStar’s current effort to build the reactor. “It terminates the current track,” Gunter said. “They could appeal to the federal court system but that would be fruitless.” Gunter, whose group joined several others in opposing the construction of the new reactor, said UniStar was essentially asking for special treatment when applying for their latest NRC review. “They’re asking them to ignore the law,” Gunter said, adding UniStar’s efforts reflected the unwillingness of a U.S. partner to risk their finances on the project. “No U.S. operator wants to risk the financial quicksand of reactor construction,” Gunter said.


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LBA To Utilize The Web
By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Leonardtown Business Association will be utilizing the county’s tourism website to promote upcoming events, according to Carolyn Laray, St. Mary’s tourism manager. The association is preparing for Steppin’ Out In Leonardtown – a five weekend series beginning April 19 that will feature community events and specials in Leonardtown’s businesses. The website,, already features a listing for each tourism and hospitality business, but Laray wants them to expand from the basic website listing and include more recent updates, visuals and specials. Laray gave a presentation to the group during their monthly meeting, explaining that cross promoting events on the site is likely to increase business and public awareness. By advertising the local businesses’ deals, specials and activities, Laray believes people outside of St. Mary’s will be given a reason to come and visit. “Hopefully [LBA businesses] say ‘hey this works,’ Laray said. She expects many local establishments to start utilizing the site and says is “steadily adding” partners. “So far the campaign is shaping up very nicely,” Laray said. The first weekend of Steppin’ Out In Leonardtown highlights Earth Day, the second a Car Show, third is a Cinco de Mayo themed First Friday and fourth. The series concludes May 17-19 with Armed Forces Appreciation weekend, and a concert on Saturday Night.

Crime Rates Drop in Leonardtown
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The town’s deputy reports overall crime is down in the Town of Leonardtown for 2012 compared to 2011. However, vandalism increased by 16.7 percent with 28 reported acts in Leonardtown, according to Cpl. Magaret Smolarsky of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. Traffic violations along Route 5 was one of the key offenses which decreased over the past year. Law officers, including Smolarsky, used targeted enforcement to net speeders and aggressive drivers in an effort to reduce the number of collisions. The statistics show accidents are down 21 percent from 2011, she said. “The speed has really reduced out on Route 5. With construction coming on Route 5 now was the best time for it,” Smolarsky said, referring to Clark’s Rest development. Three burglaries in Leonardtown for 2012 represented an 83 percent decrease. Thefts were down to 79 incidents for 2012, or a reduction of 21 percent. Drug arrests dropped by 44.1 percent down to just 19 while assaults dropped by 34 percent. Of the 66 assaults reported in Leonardtown 40 were at the adult detention center, skewing the number of assaults occurring in public or private homes. Local law officers plan to refocus their efforts in town, including increased random patrols at night as well as continuing to crackdown on traffic violators, according to Smolarsky, Council member Roger Mattingly said the increased presence of police was enough to stop speeders on Route 5. “Just put a cruiser out on Route 5,” he said.

Government Closings
All St. Mary’s County Government Offices will be closed on Friday, March 29, 2013 in observance of Good Friday. Offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, April 1. The St. Andrews Landfill, Solid Waste/Recycling Program and six convenience centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 31. The landfill and convenience centers will be open for normal business hours prior to and after Easter Sunday. Additionally, the St. Mary’s Transit Systems will be closed as usual on Sunday. All three St. Mary’s County Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed on Friday, March 29. The libraries will be open on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. All Department of Aging and Human Services Senior Activity Centers will be closed on March 29 and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries. STS, Landfill and Convenience Centers Open



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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Police allege a man with no fixed address was able to swindle local parents out of thousands of dollars for their children to join a youth baseball team that never materialized. Michael Shayne Erdolino, 39, faces multiple theft charges after his arrest last week but has been released from the county detention center on bond. Police said Erdolino started Southern Maryland Athletics Sept. 20, 2012, obtaining an IRS number days later, using an old address in Hollywood. Erdolino charged parents $500 per registered player and promised uniforms, practices and games. At least five victims paid the money, police said, but never got their money’s worth. “There were only a few practices held,” police wrote in charging documents. “No uniforms were issued. Erdolino refused to provide any sort of accounting to the victims and refused to return any funds.” Erdolino enlisted the parents in fundraising activities for his alleged scam, police said, by having spirit nights and other activities here and in Calvert County. Erdolino asked one of the parents

to pay for the donuts, $793-worth, and never paid him back, police Michael Erdolino alleged. “Erdolino told [the victim] the fundraiser did not make enough profit to cover the cost,” charging papers filed in county District Court stated. The victim in that incident told police he had calculated the fundraiser should have profited at least $2,600, court papers stated. Erdolino would call victims while they were fundraising, police said, and would come by and collect small sums of money before the fundraiser was finished; once he gave differing accounts of the sales for a 50/50 raffle and only provided the name of the winner. The victims did not know the winner nor did they see Erdolino award the prize money, charging papers stated. Police said the victims’ estimated fundraising and fees tallied around $7,515. Police interviewed Erdolino Feb. 7 but when they asked him for bank records he told them he had closed the account and could not provide them. “He did not feel the need to explain how he managed his ‘organization’ to anyone,” according to court papers.

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As St. Patrick's Day approaches, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they've been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010. According to NHTSA, on average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunkdriving crash in the United States and the majority of these crashes involve drunk drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations of .15 grams per deciliter or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08 grams per deciliter. This weekend the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is participating in “Project Saving Our Loved Ones” (SOLO). Project SOLO is a statewide initiative to combat impaired driving and underage drinking to ultimately save lives and reduce roadway deaths. Project SOLO will be conducted as a joint initiative with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, and Maryland State Police. The operation will deploy mass patrols on state and/or county roadways known to have higher instances of impaired-driving arrests and alcohol-related crashes. The high-risk zones have been identified through impaired-driving arrest and crash data collection and will be patrolled though out southern Maryland.

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Violation of Protective Order On March 13 deputies responded to a residence on Piney Point Road in Valley Lee, Maryland for a report of a disturbance. As deputies arrived they noticed Thompson Robert Earl Thompson, 23 of Mechanicsville, Maryland and a female engaged in a verbal dispute. The female, victim, explained that Robert Thompson was trespassing. She further explained that Thompson had been served with a protective order on Jan. 15, 2013. The protective order states that Thompson is not to contact the petitioner of the order. Thompson violated the conditions of the order by trespassing on the petitioner’s property and contacting the victim. Further investigation revealed Thompson had punched a hole in the drywall of the victim’s residence. Thompson was arrested and charged with trespassing, destruction of property and violating the conditions of a protective order. Destruction of Property & Reckless Endangerment On March 5 at approximately 8:50 p.m. deputies responded to the area of Chancellors Run Road and Fox Chase Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland for numerous destructions of property reports. Several motorists Richardson reported their vehicles were struck by a projectile as they travelled along Chancellors Run Road. The projectiles, which were later identified as pellets, shattered windows of the victim’s vehicles. Owens

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for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Andrew Stamey, 31 of Hollywood, Maryland was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim. The verbal dispute escalated into a physical assault when Stamey struck the Stamey victim several times in the face. Stamey fled the residence white, Chevrolet pickup truck prior to the deputies’ arrival. As the deputies were leaving the residence they noticed Stamey driving by the residence in the Chevy truck. Deputies attempted to stop Stamey but he drove off, attempted to flee and then turned into a driveway on Clarks Landing Road. Stamey quickly exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Deputies caught and arrest Stamey. He was charged with 2nd degree assault, fleeing, alluding and driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Dfc. Bowen was the arresting officer. Second Degree Assault On March 10 deputies responded to a residence on Hollywood Road in Hollywood, Md. for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Steven Eric Gass, 48 of Hollywood, Maryland was Gass engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim. The verbal dispute escalated into a physical assault when Gass threw a door, which struck the victim in the arm. Gass was arrested for 2nd degree assault. Deputy Davis was the arresting officer. Second Degree Assault, Possession On March 10 deputies responded to a residence on Fox Chase Drive in Great Mills for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed Miguel Antonio Moyett, 20 Moyett of Great Mills, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim. The verbal dispute escalated into a physical assault when Moyett struck the victim on the arm. As deputies were speaking with Moyett they noticed a jar containing suspected marijuana in a sink adjacent to Moyett’s bedroom. Moyett was arrested for 2nd degree assault and possession of a controlled dangerous substance – suspected marijuana. Deputy Shomper was the arresting officer Violation of Protective Order On Oct. 31 Bernard Wilton Baird, 62 of Avenue, Maryland was served with a protective order, ordering he have no contact with the Baird petitioner of the order. The protective order is effective until Oct. 31, 2013. On March 11 Baird violated the conditions of the protective order by attempting to contact the petitioner through a third party. Baird was arrested and charged with violating the conditions of a protective order. Cpl. Milam was the arresting officer. Reckless Endangerment On March 11 deputies responded to a local business in California, Md. for a report of a disturbance involving a knife. Upon arrival the deputies contacted the victim outside of the business. The Holmes victim reported he was engaged in a verbal dispute inside of the business with Ofori NMN Holmes, 31 of Lexington Park. The verbal dispute escalated into a physical assault when Holmes displayed a knife and attempted to cut the victim by swinging the knife at the victim in a slashing manner. The victim fled the store. Deputies located Holmes inside of the store. Holmes was arrested and charged with 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. Deputy Wood was the arresting officer.

As deputies were investigating and interviewing the victims, they noticed two individuals standing in the immediate area of where the projectile had come from. The two subjects later identified as Curtis William Richardson 19 of Lexington Park, Maryland and Anthony Michael Owens, 18 of Lexington Park, Maryland. Richardson and Owens were the only two people in the area, on foot, on a cold, sleeting and raining night. The deputies interviewed Richardson and Owens separately and discovered inconsistencies in their statements. Further investigation lead to the discovery and seizure of a pellet rifle. Richardson and Owens were arrest and charged with three counts of destruction of property and three counts of reckless endangerment. Second Degree Assault, Possession On March 7 deputies responded to a residence on Marshall Blvd in Lexington Park for a report of an assault in progress. InWelcome vestigation revealed Trevor Junior Welcome, 18 of Lexington Park was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim. The verbal dispute escalated into a physical assault when Welcome punched the victim in the head. Welcome was arrested for second-degree assault. A search incident to the arrest lead to the discovery of suspected Xanax on his person. Welcome was charged additionally with possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a prescription. Cpl. Connelly was the arresting officer.

Theft On March 8 Deputy Beasley responded to the Wal-Mart for a theft. Upon arrival Deputy Beasley met with Wal-Mart’s Loss Prevention Officer who had Jonathan Gabriel Davis, 21 of no Davis fixed address in custody. Davis had entered Wal-Mart removed several items of clothing and shoes from the shelves and racks. Davis entered the changing room and exited carrying less items then when he entered. In addition, Davis was wearing the shoes he removed from the shelf. Davis then exited all points of purchase and attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. Davis was stopped and detained by the Loss Prevention staff until deputies arrived. Davis was arrested and charged with theft under $100. Deputy Beasley was the arresting officer. Multiple Offenses On March 8 Deputy Steinbach responded to a residence on Indian Bridge Road in California, Md. for a report of a suspicious vehicle in a driveway. Upon arrival Parker deputies found the vehicle parked in the driveway. The owner of the vehicle Jamal Dante Parker, 25 of no fixed address was also found in the driveway. Further investigation revealed Parker entered, without permission, an adjacent residence on Andrew Court in California through a rear door. Once inside Parker stole over $1,000 worth of property from the residence. Parker was arrested and charged with 1st degree burglary, 3rd degree burglary, theft and trespassing. Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest On March 9 Deputies responded to the Dew Drop Inn in Hollywood, Md. for a disturbance. Upon arrival deputies were directed to the rear parking lot where Somerville they discovered Michael Anthony Somerville Jr. 29 of Lexington Park, intoxicated and belligerent. Investigation revealed Somerville had been asked to leave the business earlier because he was causing a disturbance. Somerville later returned, was attempting to climb over the fence in the rear parking lot and re-enter the business. A security guard attempted to stop Somerville at which time Somerville punched the security guard in the face. Other security personnel intervened. Somerville was screaming and cursing, drawing the attention of others in the establishment. Deputies told Somerville he was under arrest and attempted to handcuff him. Somerville resisted arrest. After a brief struggle Somerville was handcuffed and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with disorderly conduct, 2nd degree assault and resisting arrest. Dfc. Seyfried was the arresting officer. Second Degree Assault On March 9 deputies responded to a residence on Colby Drive in Lexington Park for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Norel Martinex Villalongo, 47 of Lexington Park was Villalongo engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim. The verbal dispute escalated into a physical assault when Villalongo slapped the victim in the face several times. Villalongo then grabbed a stick and struck the victim across the arms and legs. The victim fled the residence and called 911. Deputies located Villalongo at the residence, arrested and charged him with 2nd degree assault. Dfc. Ruest was the arresting officer. Second Degree Assault On March 10 deputies responded to a residence on John Cameron Way in Hollywood, Md.



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Fiesta Keeps it Local
By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Fiesta Café Mexican restaurant, which owner Cindy Amezuca says “a lot of customers tell us it’s the best Mexican food in the entire area,” won WTOP radio station’s contest for best Mexican restaurant in the Washington, D.C. area. Kitchen Manager Arturo Moreno uses auPhoto by Alex Panos thentic Mexican recipes, Artist Kimberly Fugera Matthews and Owners Temo and Cindy Amezcua made from scratch, and in front of the new mural at Fiesta Café. does not include any “The busier it got, the processed food in the more we thought maybe we procedure. should go bigger,” Cindy Cindy believes in said. “It’s safe to say four addition to the food, years ago we had no idea customers enjoy the Mewe would expand to another chanicsville’s establishfull size restaurant and bar.” ment because of economThe goals of the future ical prices. are not to expand, explained Many people have Temo, but rather focus on walked up to her and said continuing to provide qualthey make it possible for a ity service. The company five and six person family prefers to use local vendors to afford a meal out. first – keeping money in The café celebrated the community – and hosts its fourth year in business family night events includlast month and has redecing the popular Super Heorated the interior of the roes of Southern Maryland. establishment. They attribute their Overtime, the café has slowly evolved success to listening to the community’s into a casual dining restaurant. needs – providing local Mexican cuisine “We gave it a facelift,” Cindy said, and top-notch customer service. “more of a café atmosphere.” The Mechanicsville native and her A new hand-painted mural highlights husband host charity “spirit days,” where the renovations; the mural displays symbols a portion of their proceeds go to local of Hispanic religion and culture – such as schools, police, American Cancer Society bull fighting, Aztec symbols and sombrero and the March of Dimes to research birth hats. defects in children. Artist Kimberly Fugera Matthews Giving back to the community is imspent around 25 total hours painting the portant to Cindy, because she is giving back mural, and researched images recognizable to the community she grew up in. to the culture. “They’re our customers,” Cindy reaThe success at Fiesta and increasing soned for giving locally, “it kind of comes demand prompted the couple to open an- full circle.” other establishment, Tequila Grill and CanThe restaurants offers half-price seatina, in Charlotte Hall – people in Mechan- food entrees on Fridays during Lent, and icsville and Charlotte Hall no longer have feature authentic Mexican pineapple, lemto travel to Waldorf or Lexington Park to on-lime and sangria flavored sodas. The enjoy Mexican food. Coca-Cola is served in bottles imported The cantina is a much different style from Mexico. from the café. While the café is small and Visit or call 301has a cozy feel to it, Cindy and her husband 884-9730 for more information. Temo explained, the cantina is larger, more open and convenient for larger parties.

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Sal and Myra Raspa Receive 2013 Community Educators Award
The St. Mary’s County Business, Education and Community Alliance Inc. (BECA) is very pleased to announce Sal and Myra Raspa as 2013 Community Educators Award recipients. The Community Educator award is given annually to a person(s) or organization that exemplifies community education excellence for their support, dedication, and commitment to the success of students and schools of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Past recipients include Francis Jack Russell, Captain, Chesapeake Bay Field Lab Inc. (2009), Elmer J. Brown (2010), Bill Mattingly, Chairman, Board of Education (2011), and Leadership Southern Maryland (2012). The award will be given at the 5th Annual BECA Scholarship Benefit at Bowles Farms on Friday, March 15. Starting with this year’s award, one $1,000 BECA Scholarship will be made in honor of the award recipient(s), Sal and Myra Raspa. Dr. Sal Raspa has been contributing to education in St. Mary’s County for 52 years. Sal started out at Great Mills high school in 1961 as a science and math teacher. He was an assistant principal and was appointed Principal of Great Mills High School in 1978. Sal earned a Masters and a Doctorate from George Washington University. Sal has also completed postgraduate work at Loyola University in the area of science education, teacher training and in elementary and secondary curriculum development. Sal has been serving on the board of education for 11 years and is presently the Chairman of the Board of Education. He has been a member of the Lexington Park Lions Club for 38 years and is currently chairman of the scholarship committee. Sal has been an adjunct professor at Towson State University, as well as assistant superintendent of schools for St. Mary’s County Public Schools. He has also been director of transportation, supervisor of instruction for science, health education, testing, and drug-free schools. Dr. Raspa is a recipient of many awards and citations. Myra Raspa taught high school English and Publications at Leonardtown High School for many years before being hired as the Writing Resource Instructor for the St. Mary’s County School System. In that role she oversaw the writing program and the testing program for English as well as integrating writing across the curriculum for all content areas. Myra also taught at Great Mills High School and Esperanza Middle School over her 30-year career. Myra received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from St. Mary’s College of Maryland earning high honors. She earned her Master of Science in Education Degree from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and held a 4.0 throughout the graduate program. She also has postgraduate coursework from Loyola University, Bowie State University, and the University of Maryland. While teaching at Leonardtown High School, she wrote several grants which allowed for the publication of two major works: “The History and Culture of the Chesapeake Bay,” and “The Heritage/History of the St. Mary’s County Fair.” Myra has also received several awards and citations for these publications and for other educational endeavors. Myra has recently co-authored a cookbook with two other retired educators and is working on two more books to be published soon. She is on the Scholarship Committee for the St. Mary’s County Public School Retirees Association and also volunteers on the selection committee for the Lexington Park Lions Club Scholarship awarded each year. Myra, Sal, and their family were also written into the “U.S. Congressional Record” by Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer for their contributions to education, the community, and St. Mary’s County at large.

Scholarship Applications Due
Attention, graduating high school seniors and families. Applications for the 2013 Common Scholarship Application program administered through the Business, Education and Community Alliance Inc. (BECA) are due Friday, March 15, 2013 (postmarked or delivered) to BECA, P.O. Box 153, Leonardtown, MD 20650. The application is available for download at Forty-one different scholarships are featured in the 2013 Common Scholarship Application. The following six items are required: 1) Signed BECA Application, 2) SAR (Student Aid Report) from FAFSA, 3) SAT and/or ACT score report, 4) Two letters of recommendation, 5) Official transcript, and 6) Personal Statement/Essay. Some scholarships require an additional essay. In 2012 more than 100 local scholarships were awarded worth approximately $250,000 through this process. Since its introduction in 2007, approximately $2 million in scholarships have been awarded through the common application. Did you know Beca (pronounced bay’-cah) is Spanish for Scholarship? For more information, 240-257BECA,

BECA is hosting its 5th Annual Scholarship Benefit on Friday evening, March 15, 2013 at Bowles Farms in Clements, MD. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for silent auction viewing. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. by Tina Bowles. Program at 7:30 p.m. includes Community Educators Award to Sal and Myra Raspa. Live auction at 8 p.m. by Dan Raley and A.J. Bussler. Music at 9 p.m. by GeeZer. Barn Dance theme. Dress is country casual with best-dressed contest. Cost: $75 per couple or $40 per person, school employees receive $5 discount. Cash bar. Checks payable to BECA, P.O. Box 153, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or buy online at RSVP Wendy Schaller schaller@md.metrocast. net 240-298-4409 or Mark Smith 240-257-BECA. Auction donations welcome and scholarship sponsorships available. All proceeds provide 2013 Scholarships for St. Mary’s County students.

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SMCM Recognized For Service Program
By Alex Panos Staff Writer St. Mary’s College has obtained the “highest honor” a college or university can receive when it comes to community service. They have been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – the recognition is given to select schools throughout the country for their commitment to bettering the community through service. The college was last named to the list in 2011, which was the first time it was ever recognized. Universities are selected to the list based on the innovation and range of service projects, emphasis on service in the curriculum and commitment to long-term partnerships with local organizations. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” St. Mary’s College President Joseph Urgo said in a statement, attributing the award to the college’s students. “They are the energy driving our commitment and they are the one who make it all happen.” The program was created in 2006, with the goal in mind to support exemplary community service while raising awareness of the efforts, the release states. Overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service, the award goes to schools that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. “Through its work, institutions or higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the corporation. Maryland had 12 other colleges in the state make the list.

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St. Mary’s Spelling Champ Preparing for Nationals
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Michelle Beaulieu, fresh off her St. Mary’s County Spelling Bee championship last week, is already looking forward to returning to the national contest. Beaulieu won the county bee last year as well, and now the two Michelle Beaulieu time champ is aiming to advance past the early round at the nationals. The Spring Ridge Middle School eighth grader did not get through the preliminary rounds last year – scoring too low on the written round and first two reciting rounds. Beaulieu was thrown off by the pronunciation of the words on the computer during the written test and plans to work with online scripts. Beaulieu will be given materials to study from as well; she used the tools from last year’s national contest to help prepare this year. She studied five days a week during carpool rides home from school with friends, in addition to her regular amount of homework. They would quiz each other using spelling bee flashcards – cards with the word’s definition and country of origin on it. In the 20 minute car ride, Beaulieu said the group could get through a few different languages worth of words. Smaller languages have around 50 words on the study guide that may appear in the contest, while larger languages have around 100. Beaulieu believes she has a “skeletal” memory which helps her memorize lists and word spellings. She memorizes the words that give her the most trouble. Last week, she was unsure of a couple words she had to spell during the county event at Leonardtown High School. When asked to spell odious, the student enrolled in Spanish classes was at first prepared to spell adios, but hearing the definition helped clear up the confusion. Parapet was another word the definition helped clarify for her. “I always make sure to get the definition of a word,” Beaulieu said. Last year she studied a little bit, using a county issued guide preparing a few days before the event. “I remember feeling a lot more confident,” she said of this year’s bee, her second time on stage. The confidence allowed her to relax and analyze her opponents as well as judge their chances of making it all the way. She added, “Confidence helps. There were definitely quite a few that could have represented St. Mary’s County, I think.” Beaulieu’s mother, sister and little brother, who hopes to participate in the bee one day, will travel to National Harbor with her. If she advances to the finals more family members are expected. Above all, Beaulieu is looking forward to a mini-vacation and making friends with fellow competitors. After all, she said, it’s a contest against the words, not the other students.

Paying Tribute to Our Medical Staff
March 15, 2013

Doctors Day
Because our physicians mean so much to us, we’re celebrating them a little early this year. We just couldn’t wait until National Doctors’ Day on March 30th to let them know just how much we appreciate them. Be sure to thank your doctors for their hard work and commitment toward providing the very best health care.

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It Starts with Executive Leadership
I have been getting more and more frustrated, lately, when the I hear the news media – and I mean all of the media, left, right, and upside down – report on how congress, specifically, the Republicans, won’t work with the President, or the House has done this or that and is now waiting on the Democrats in the Senate, or such and such can’t be accomplished because the “other side” is intransigent. At issue here, and the root cause of our government’s apparent inability to function as they were hired to function, is one of leadership. More specifically, leadership at the top. The President was hired by the people to be the Chief Executive – not the monarch or the chief community organizer - of this great enterprise called the government of the United States. As such, one of his biggest tasks – perhaps the most difficult, and certainly one which should be occupying the bulk of his time – is creating and building consensus among the various government bodies, so that the business of the people – not one party or the other – can be advanced. The ability to create consensus is, perhaps, the greatest attribute of any chief executive officer. Certainly, the CEO of any business would not be allowed to remain in his position long if he could not create and bring company policy together effectively, and then cause it to be implemented. This is not a process whereby the CEO says “I want this done” then complains when it does not happen. The CEO’s job is to create a consensus where all agree that, “yes, this is what needs to be done and this is how we are going to do it”. The CEO does this by pulling all the concerned parties together – in the case of our President, this means all applicable congressional leaders and whomever else is required – into the same room, at the same time for as long as it takes, as many times as it takes. If this means 12 hour-long meetings every other day to in order to reach a compromised agreement, then, so be it. From personal experience, I can testify as to how difficult a job this can be. I can also testify as to how necessary it is. It’s what a CEO does. It’s up to the President, as the Chief Executive, to provide such a venue, and to hold the participants to task until a mutual goal is attained. His skill is measured by his ability to achieve compromise: to get people to willingly do in the end, what they were unwilling to do at the start. It is what every successful business CEO does, and how to accomplish this goal is on his mind every waking hour.

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Pride in the Park Parade
The Lexington Park Business and Community Association will host a parade on Saturday, May 4th to celebrate the community’s historic partnership with the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River. NAS Patuxent River was commissioned in 1943. April 1 marks the 70th year since the opening of the installation. During the past seven decades, St. Mary’s County and NAS Patuxent River have moved in lockstep toward an ever-brightening future for our community. This year, we take a moment to recognize the significance of this relationship. We hope that you will join us in celebrating the 70-year partnership between the U. S. Navy and the Lexington Park community by entering a group to participate in the second annual Pride in the Park Parade. The parade will start promptly at 10 a.m. leaving from the parking lot of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department located on South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. The route will follow Shangri-La to South Essex to Great Mills Road and then back to the Fire Department via the alley near Raley’s Home Furnishings. The Navy’s partnership with Lexington Park is the envy of the armed services. We now strive to ensure that the annual parade is equally successful. We hope that you will join us to make this event the pinnacle of NAS Patuxent River’s 70th year celebration. Enclosed is an entry form. For more information about the parade, please feel free to contact Robin Finnacom at 301-863-7700 or Mark Pinekenstein Chairman

President Obama is not doing this, and has not been doing this from the beginning of his first term. He has not been holding regular, frequent, policy building meetings with congressional leadership. I recall his statement after his first election, that he would be “ready to rule on day one”, or words to that effect. This does not bespeak the mindset of an executive, much less, a Chief Executive. Complaining to the American people that Congress – or the “other Party” – is blocking his efforts is like the CEO of a Fortune 500 company complaining to his customer base that he can’t fill their orders because his managers won’t work with him. Such a sentiment would be ludicrous in the private sector. It is not up to Boehner or Reid to develop national policy. It is up to them to implement policy after consensus has been reached with the help, guidance, and skill of the Chief Executive. Whining by the President about “dysfunction in Washington” is what a community “leader” would do. I would hope that someone on his staff whisper in his ear that, as President, he ia the main reason for this dysfunction. Reg Townsend Drayden

Why All This Attention?
This is likely not newsworthy since it is only an opinion based on observation. The news has been filled with the resignation and upcoming election of a new leader for the Catholic Church. I guess that is newsworthy since there are so many Catholics around the world but I fail to see how so many other entities, including non-Catholics, former Catholics, and non-practicing Catholics seem to view this as something that will impact them. To my knowledge, even though the Catholic faith has many rules and regulations, way too many and far too intrusive to many of the churches critics, but none of the Catholic traditions are forced upon anyone. Even those who choose to practice Catholicism can leave the church any time they are inclined to do. The scandal over sexual abuse and how poorly it was handled is newsworthy since it affected many people, both Catholics and non-Catholics, and was criminal. What I have trouble understanding how things, not criminal or not an event that hasn’t happened in 400 years, is scrutinized and criticized by so many people who have nothing to do with the Catholic Church. If Catholics want to confess their sins to a priest, offer prayers to the mother of God, not ordain women to the priesthood, believe their communion is the body and blood of Christ, follow the rules that come from Rome, or anything else they want to accept as truth, why should non-Catholics, former Catholics, nonpracticing Catholics and the media care? I read many characterizations of Catholic traditions in the media, many with critical overtones, such as cult like devotion to the virgin Mary, cannibalistic communion rituals, degradation of women, fantasy beliefs in miracles, deeming certain behaviors as sinful, believing a priest has the power to forgive sins, elevating certain people to sainthood, and the list could go on. One of the most recent concerning the election of a new Pope was, so the Cardinals can go on with their act. If you’re not a practicing Catholic why should anyone else care? The Mormon’s have some traditions I don’t understand, the Jewish religion has some unusual traditions, the Jehovah’s Witnesses do things I don’t agree with, the Muslims practice traditions foreign to me, Protestant denominations have their own interpretation of sacred scripture, and Atheists don’t believe in any higher authority but unless a group tries to force their beliefs on me, what right do I have to voice my opinion on the way they choose to express their beliefs. The simple answer is no right at all but that should apply to those who seem to have an opinion about anything Catholics include as part of their tradition. Nobody forces anyone to go to a Catholic Church, a Catholic hospital, a Catholic elementary or high school, a Catholic institution of higher learning, a Catholic religious order, or any other Catholic charity or service provided by the Catholic Church. Non-Catholics are generally welcome to any Catholic institution but participation is strictly voluntary and compliance to the tenants of the religion are optional. Leaving a Catholic institution if you don’t like it is a personal choice that can be exercised at any time. Often

non-Catholics choose to attend Catholic institutions because they feel they are superior to the available alternatives and if it is an educational facility the personal costs are usually significant. Practicing Catholics represent a significant portion of the world’s population but in this country it is nowhere near a majority of the people so why are the internal workings of the Catholic Church such a big deal with so many non-Catholics and the national media? Catholicism is one of the oldest organized religious traditions in the world. Its history has both high and low points but it has withstood scrutiny and criticism over the centuries and has maintained a significant following. Judging by the number of practicing Catholics around the world, notwithstanding its current shortcomings, it still must have appeal to many people. The reasons for this sizable membership is based on individAttention ual choice not by force or mandate. Those who never belonged to the Catholic Church, those All Recent and Former Patients of who left the Church or those who claim to beOphthalmologist N.K. Laheri, MD long to the Church but don’t follow its teachings have chosen their relationship with Catholicism through their own reasoning. It appears to me All medical records dating forward from January that if you don’t affiliate yourself with any group, 1, 2008 will be transferred to MedStar St. Mary’s unless that group is imposing itself on you, your opinions about that organization have no standHospital, 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD ing or place in the public discourse. Unless the 20650 on March 01, 2013. mainstream media is addressing a monolithic audience I don’t understand why they spend such a disproportionate amount of their coverMedical records for patients seen by Dr. Laheri prior to age on the religious traditions of just one group. There is no shortage of issues affecting virtually the January 1, 2008 date will be destroyed on March all citizens that deserve comprehensive and non25, 2013. If you would like to obtain your medical biased coverage. What’s the fascination with Catholicism? records before they are destroyed, please call 301-290As I said previously, this is probably not 5915 and leave a message with your name and phone newsworthy for the same reasons I mentioned above but as a practicing Catholic I get tired of number. After notification, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital reading inaccurate, biased, uniformed and arwill contact you to schedule a time for you to pick up bitrary accounts about what Catholics believe in and practice. Opinions are like noses, everyyour records at the Front Desk of St. Mary’s Hospital, body has one but we are all better off if we keep 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 them out of other people’s business.

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River Concert Series Goes Solo
No Disharmony with College
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The River Concert Series will continue this year despite offstage changes, according to Jeffrey Silbershlag, conductor for the Chesapeake Orchestra. Last year the orchestra – after a 15-year association with St. Mary’s College – formed its own non-profit group, created its own board of directors and set its own agenda. At the same time the college had identified other priorities it wanted to pursue and had begun to question the cost of hosting the River Concert Series on campus every year, according to Silbershlag. The orchestra had always raised its own support, Silbershlag said, but the money was funneled through the college’s foundation. “The college did provide a good safety net,” he said. “But this was an opportunity to grow into a fuller season than just the River Concert Series. We’re more a partner with the college than part of the college.” Silbershlag said the orchestra did not want to compete with a broader agenda the college was following. However the viability of the orchestra without the close connection to the college is valid. “It’s a true question,” he said. “But it [the orchestra] was always funded primarily from the outside.” Previously community donations supported the orchestra and its concert series, he said. The real danger is that those donating to the River Concert Series will continue to send their money to the college instead of the orchestra, said Bonnie Green, head of the orchestra’s board of directors. “That’s our big concern,” Green said. “If company ABC has supported the River Concert by sending a check to the college foundation they have to change. The college is paying for the venue, the orchestra is paying for the music.” Each concert on the St. Mary’s River has brought in about 5,000 people, or 25,000 to 30,000 people a year, according to Silbershlag. “It proves there’s an interest. It created a sense of community, when I got here 25 years ago people only got together for softball and for funerals.”

Silbershlag, who still teaches music at the college, founded the orchestra 15 years ago. The consolidation of defense industry activity in the county in 1995 brought in residents who were used to highly cultural activities. “BRAC [base realignment and closure] had a lot to do with it. They wanted cultural activities.” Orchestra staff and supporters are seeking more community support now that the orchestra is on its own; the people who have always supported the orchestra and the concerts are key to its survival, Silbershlag said. “If they help support it, it’s not going away,” he said, adding that the college found that each year the series had unexpected costs. “We knew we raised money in the hundreds of thousands, but we didn’t know what bills were tagged to that money.” College President Joseph Urgo said the college would continue to put up some money for the River Concert Series, but it would be a definite figure. When he became president, Urgo learned the institution supported the concert by providing the orchestra shell and other amenities. The costs varied year to year. “It was difficult to predict how much it

would cost,” Urgo said. “It’s really not a good business model to go in not knowing what it’s going to cost year to year. This year we know exactly what we’re going to pay for the River Concert Series.” The orchestra’s decision to play other venues, like National Harbor in Prince George’s County, also created questions as to the costs of putting on the series locally. The orchestra has played about a dozen concerts in that venue and is seeking other places in which to play. Despite the split, Urgo said the college was still happy to support the series as best it could. “It’s an expense well worth the college’s resources because of what it brings to the community,” Urgo said. Orchestra board member and treasurer Mary Roma said the River Concert Series must raise approximately $200,000, but they’ve been raising that amount for the past 15 years. What’s different this time is that it’s not under the auspices of the college’s foundation. “That’s a good ball park figure,” Roma said. “It’s quite expensive to put on a show. It’s daunting but exciting.” Silbershlag said the orchestra’s plans to take it all over the region to play should not hinder the connection it has with St. Mary’s County. “We wanted to still do this for the community,” Silbershlag said. “What we’re trying to ensure is that the county is our home base.”

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While the Chesapeake Orchestra has to raise about $200,000 on its own this year to sponsor the River Concert Series, St. Mary’s College will have to pay nearly as much to cover its costs to provide the venue on the campus. Vice President in charge of finance Chip Jackson said the college will pay $190,000 for the venue setup which includes tents, outdoor restrooms, labor, the orchestra shell, stage lights and the sound system. About $130,000 of that they expect to pay from donations to the college and vendor revenues, the remaining $60,000 will be the college’s contribution to the effort, Jackson said.



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The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Tuesdays may run in the following week’s edition.

Eloise Gibson, 83
Paula “Eloise” Gibson, 83, of Bushwood, Md., passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Mar. 5. Born on Jun. 25, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Oscar and Edna Mildred Wheeler Hayden. Eloise was the loving wife of Francis DeSales Gibson Sr. whom she married in Bushwood, Md. on Apr. 18, 1949, and whom preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1998. Mrs. Gibson is survived by her children: Francis DeSales Gibson Jr., Stephen M. Gibson Sr. (Donna), David A. Gibson Sr. (Bobbi), and Rebecca J. Trossbach (Ronnie), all of Bushwood, Md., as well as Linda M. Shepherd (Arthur) of Leonardtown, Md., Judith A. Clark (Dan) of Charlotte Hall, Md., and Paul “Eric” Gibson Sr. (Paula) of Chaptico, Md.; 21 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and brother Bertram Hayden of Avenue, Md. Eloise is preceded in death by her siblings Joseph, Milford, Ernest, and Martin Hayden. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. Eloise was faithful to her church and prayer. She loved spending time with her family, especially getting visits from her grandchil-

dren and great-grandchildren. Following the death of her beloved husband Francis in 1998, and until a debilitating stroke in 2008, she was a very independent lady that was known for taking care of others before herself. She enjoyed nature and marveling at the beauty of changing seasons, sight-seeing, flowers, bird watching, and space shuttle sky-watching. She also enjoyed reminiscing and sharing stories of olden days, playing the piano, cooking, and the company of her cat “Misty”. The family received friends on March 7 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown, Md. A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 8 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, Md. with Father Francis Early officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Francis D. Gibson III, Paul E. Gibson Jr., Stephen M. Gibson Jr., David A. Gibson Jr., Joshua R. Trossbach, Jeffrey M. Hayden, Thomas J. Gibson, and D. Lucas Gibson. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Seventh District Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609, and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Raymond Raley, 87
Raymond Leo Raley, 87, of Mechanicsville, Md., died March 4 in Leonardtown, Md. Born Oct. 13, 1925 in Mechanicsville (Trent Hall), Md., he was the son of the late Benjamin Clyde and Lou-

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in Washington, D.C. in February 1960 and whom preceded her in death on Apr. 17, 2012. Sally is survived by her daughter Sigrun Sharp of Hollywood, Md., and sister Carolyn DeWitt of Ohio. Mrs. Sharp was preceded in death by her son Christopher Sharp of Olney, Md. Sally graduated from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1960 and earned a Bachelor’s 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.

Pop Morris, 85
Carl Lee “Pop” Morris, 85, of Mechanicsville, Md. passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 6 in Prince Frederick, Md. Born on March 10, 1927 in Clendenin, W.V., he was the son of the late Harry and Minnie Matheny Morris. Pop is survived by his son Daniel Morris (Linda) of Mechanicsville, Md., two grandchildren; Sean Morris (Susan), Kyle Morris, two greatgrandchildren Aidan and Owen Morris. Carl is preceded in death by his siblings; William Morris of Charleston WV, Mark Morris of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Virginia and Fred Morris of Clendenin, W.V. Mr. Morris served in the United States Navy on the USS Sergeant Bay CVE 83 from 1945 to 1947. Carl moved from Clinton, Md. to St. Mary’s County in 1971. He worked as a Tile and marble mechanic retiring on March 10, 1995. Pop loved old cars, reading his bible, and spending time with his grandsons, great grandsons. The family received friends on March 13 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A funeral service was held on March 14 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Dooley officiating. Interment will be held on March 25 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, Md. Pallbearers will be Sean Morris, Kyle Morris, John Shea, Joseph Lathroum, Patrick Blair, and Tommy Greenwell. Honorary Pallbearer will be David Gainer. Contributions may be made to the Blue Knights P.O. Box 1498 La Plata, MD 20646 for the benefit of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

Sally Sharp, 73
Sally Stahl Sharp, 73, of Bushwood, Md. formerly from Olney, Md., passed away in Callaway, Md. on Mar. 4. Born on Mar. 8, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Adolph and Sarah Barno Stahl of Wheeling, W.V. Sally was the loving wife of Lawrence R. Sharp, whom she married

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Ruby Frederick, 59
On March 7 the Lord called one of his earthly angels home with Him to sit by His side. Emily LaRuby Frederick, 59, of Bushwood, Md., affectionately known as Ruby, transitioned peacefully to be with the Lord, at her residence. Ruby was the 5th child born from the union of Rita Elizabeth and the late George Purnell Frederick Sr. She was born on June. 5, 1953 in Abell, Md. Ruby was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School system, graduating from Chopticon High School in 1971. After graduating high school, Ruby was employed with the federal government for over 40 years where she worked for the U.S. Department of Labor. Ruby was an outgoing woman who wore many hats. She had a big heart and an infectious smile and laugh. Ruby also served her community for over 10 years on the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Ruby was preceded in death by her father, George P. Frederick Sr.; eldest brother, George P. Frederick Jr.; brotherin-law, Wallace Thomas and father-inlaw, John T. Armstrong. Ruby is survived by her husband, Philip Armstrong of Bushwood, Md.; her devoted daughter, Joanell Frederick of Bushwood, Md.; loving son, Donny Frederick of Abell, Md.; granddaughter, Shanice Myers and stepdaughter, Valerie Dyson; her mother, Rita E. Frederick of Abell, Md.; her siblings, Barbara A. Thomas of Clements, Md., John H. Frederick (Kathy), P. Aletha Barnes (Joseph), J. Douglas Frederick (Vickie), all of Loveville, Md., Dennis S. Frederick (Kimberly) of White Plains, Md., Elvis S. Frederick (Joyce) of Loveville, Md., M. Doretha Davis (Donald) of Mechanicsville, Md., T. Garnell Frederick of Brooklyn, Md., Mark D. Frederick (Lynn) of Loveville, Md., R. LaGretta Thompson (Paul) of Waldorf, Md., Rosalind N. Townsend (Donald) of Bushwood, Md., Sean J. Frederick of Richmond, Va. and Shane E. Frederick of Abell, Md; mother-in-law, Frances Armstrong of Leonardtown, Md.; sisters-inlaw, Dorothy Frederick of Waldorf, Md. and Carol Mason of Leonardtown, Md.; brothers-in-law, Kelvin Armstrong of Avenue, Md., Vincent Harris of Owings Mills, Md. and Roderick Armstrong of Tucson, Ariz. Ruby also leaves to mourn, her close cousin and confidant, Shirley Ann Thomas; best friends, Delicia Barnett and Marie Allen, numerous nieces, nephews, god-children, and a host of family and friends. Visitation was held on March 14 until mass of Christian burial celebration at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Point Lookout Road, Avenue, Md. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Md. Father Michael Tietjen officiated. Donations, in memory of Emily LaRuby Frederick, may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Jase Delozier, Infant
Jase James Delozier, infant son of John Jefferson Delozier II and Angela Mae Delozier of Hollywood, Md., died March 8 at Med Star St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Levi Delozier and Alexander Muller; his grandparents, John and Gail Male of California, Md. and Kathy Delozier of Hollywood, Md.; his great grandmother, Goldie Weldon of Laurel, Del.; and his aunt’s, Kristina Hardy (Jeremy) of Rolla, Mo. and Irma Delozier (Mike) of Leonardtown, Md. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Doug Delozier. Family will receive friends on Mar. 16 with a memorial service celebrated at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Goggie Breck, 84
Margaret Hayes Breck, 84 of Leonardtown, Md., known as “Goggie” to everyone, died peacefully on March 6. Margaret was born in Waterbury, Conn., the daughter of William and Molly Hayes. After the untimely death of her mother, Margaret and her brother went to live with her aunt and uncle, John and Bertha Gleason, in Springfield, Mass., who raised them as their own. These were the only parents she ever really knew. Margaret grew up as a 2nd generation Irish-American during the Great Depression, in a middle class “melting pot” neighborhood, which included all faiths and nationalities. It was these life experiences, which formed her foundation for tolerance, love and taking care of others. After attending Catholic Schools for 12 years, she enrolled in the Gough Business School. Upon completion of her studies there, Margaret went to work for Mass Mutual Insurance Company, followed by the Springfield Fire & Marine Insurance Company. Being a trailblazer, she was one of the first Catholics hired to work for Mass Mutual. Her work at Springfield Fire & Marine led to her meeting her husband on a double date. The guy who asked her out, made the mistake of asking Bill Breck to do the double with him and the rest is history. Dad asked Mom out for his next date and they became a couple. On March 31, 1951 she married Wilfred R. Breck Jr. (Bill) in Springfield, Mass. They subsequently moved to East Orange, N.J. where they had their first child, Nancy Breck Dale. In 1953 they moved to Catonsville, Md. where three more children were born; Barbara J. “BJ” Breck Raley, John H. Breck and Charles G. Breck. In 1965, the family moved to Leonardtown, Md. where Margaret lived until her death. Margaret was a very active homemaker all of her married life. She was a member of the Sweet Adolines in Catonsville and St. Mary’s County, a founding member of Birthright of Southern Maryland, founding member of the Leonardtown Lioness Club and served on the auxiliary to St. Mary’s Hospital. As a young girl in her 20s, she helped establish the Young Democrats Club in Springfield, Mass. and was active in organizing strategies for her party. This continued in her life here in St. Mary’s County where she organized lunches, teas and cocktail parties for candidates she supported and helped many of them get elected. She was recognized for these efforts when she was elected to the Democratic Club Hall of Fame. In her younger days while raising a family of four children, she enjoyed bowling, playing cards and was a volunteer, substitute teacher and librarian at Father Andrew White School. In 1973, her first grandchild was born and tagged her with the moniker of

Doris Holly, 88
Dorothy “Doris” Ann Holly, 88 of Leonardtown, Md. died March 4, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown. Born Feb. 10, 1925 in Morganza, Md., she was the third child of six born to the late Jesse Thomas and Margaret Stewart Thomas. Doris was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. In 1954, she married her late husband, Joseph Oscar Holly. She dedicated her life working for Edward and Agnes Long as a caretaker for over 57 years. She became an integral part of their family. She was a great friend, companion, and comforter to the Long family. Doris will be remembered for her joyful spirit and sense of humor, her energy and hard work as a homemaker, and her loyalty to family and friends. She was a long time member of St. Aloysius Church. Doris is survived by her first cousins, Jane Catherine Taylor, Mary Rose Young, Frances Herbert and James Victor Young; her step-children, Mary Holly Carr, Mary Catherine Holly Fenwick, Mary Elizabeth Holly Fluellan, and James Edward Young; four step-grandchildren, nine stepgreat grandchildren, and five step great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, George Thomas, Elizabeth Brinsfield, Maggie Thomas, James Thomas, and Mary Agnes Burrell; and her step-son, Joseph Oscar Holly Jr. Family and friends were received for Doris’ celebration of life on March 9 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Reverend John Dakes at St. Aloysius Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown. Interment followed in St. Aloysius Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Joseph A. Young, William Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Francis Evans, Louis Stewart, and Jonathan Taylor. Memorial contributions may be made to Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences may be made at w w w. b r i n s f i e l d f u n e r a l . c o m . Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

“Goggie”, a name she relished until her death. One of the most endearing things about Goggie was her ability to “never know a stranger.” She loved people of all kinds and made friends everywhere she went. Many people considered her to be another mother to them and she loved this role. All of her children’s friends, the neighbors and more were always welcomed into her home at any time of the day or night. She was most certainly the “unofficial welcome wagon” to new families moving into Breton Bay, Leonardtown and the surrounding communities. She simply showed up, introduced herself and told you how great life was here in St. Mary’s County. By her words and actions, she counseled many people of all ages and could be counted on in good times or bad. Her hugs are world famous. Goggie is survived by her children, BJ Breck Raley and her husband Rick, John Breck and his wife Sue and Charlie Breck and his wife Betsy, all of Leonardtown, Md. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, daughter Nancy Breck Dale, her parents and her siblings. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Truly, Goggie had many, many more “kids” that considered her to be a second mother or grandmother to them. A memorial service will be celebrated on March 23 at St. Aloysius Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, followed by a life celebration and Irish Wake. These were Goggie’s wishes. She always said that she had lived a long and wonderful life and she wanted a celebration of her life to be her last gift to everyone she knew and loved. Inurnment will be private. The family requests that contributions be made in Goggie’s memory to the St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation, 21585 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Mary Krier, 59
Mary Beth Krier, 59, of Lexington Park, Md. died March 9 at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was born Dec. 14, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to the late Francis Xavier Halen and Shirley J. Beadling Halen. On Nov. 30, 1977, she married her beloved husband, Michael Anthony Krier. Together they celebrated 35 years of marriage filled with great adventure. Mary proudly served as a Senior Chief in the United States Navy for 20 years until her honorable discharge on Sep. 30, 1992. She was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. In addition to her husband, Beth is survived by her siblings, Jaci Halen of Seattle, Wash., Mike Halen of Seattle, Wash., and Lisa Diven of Pittsburgh, Pa. She was preceded in death by her parents. All services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

By COMFRC Public Affairs A naval employee with Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA) was recognized March 11 as the Center’s 2012 Detachment Patuxent River Civilian of the Year. FRCMA Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Zarkowski presented Robert Wagner, a Powered Support Systems repairer, with the award at a ceremony in Hanger 301 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Though employed at the center for less than two years, FRCMA Pax River Maintenance Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Windom, praised Wagner’s effort. “His hard work and selfless dedication to his division’s tasking and maintenance of 1,287 pieces of aircraft ground support equipment valued at more than $43 million was instrumental in supporting critical Naval Test Wing Atlantic activities,” Windom said.

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Honoring Top Detachment Pax Civilian
Wagner was cited for helping his division to achieve a 95.3 percent equipment availability rate on all support equipment, while maintaining an average three-day turnaround time to meet customer demands. Shortly after graduating high school, Wagner joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served 25 years before retiring in 2011. He attained the rank of master sergeant, specializing in aerospace ground equipment maintenance. In his spare time, Wagner volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and local animal shelters. He is also an active member of the Parent Teacher Association supporting his children’s elementary school. Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic, headquartered in Oceana, Va., is one of eight centers worldwide responsible for maintaining, repairing and overhauling Navy aircraft. The Center has detachments at Patuxent River, New Orleans, Norfolk, Va., and Washington DC.

Robert N. Wagner, left, is presented with a certificate by Capt. Michael Zarkowski, after being named the Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Detachment Patuxent River 2012 Civilian of the Year. Wagner is a Powered Support Systems repairer while Zarkowski is the FRC Mid-Atlantic commanding officer. The presentation was made March 11 during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

Ike Sailors Help Victims of Human Trafficking
By Lauren Booher Mass Communication Specialist Seaman USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs MARSEILLE, France (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) participated in a community relations (COMREL) trip to Esclavage Tolrance Zro, a non-government organization that combats human trafficking, March 6. Esclavage Tolrance Zro assists victims of human trafficking by housing them in a safe location where they can receive counseling, care and legal representation. These people are often forced to sleep on the floor, paid little if anything and have their passports taken from them to ensure they cannot flee. The organization recently moved to a new location that was already furnished. However, Roselyne Drebi, Social Coordinator for Esclavage Tolrance Zro, said the staff did not have the ability or the time to move the large furniture in order to better serve victims of human trafficking - because of this, sailors were asked to help. "We wanted to do this for a long, long time," Drebi said. "The place is really important for the people who work here and for the people who come here to be helped by us." Sailors were doing more than moving furniture and clearing out boxes, though. They were helping victims move on and clear a path for a new life. "[Drebi] said she only needed three people but we had 13 and it worked out really well with the projects she wanted us to do," said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Samantha Greenley, the COMREL coordinator. "We worked together really well as a team and got a lot accomplished." As time went by, Ike Sailors managed to complete everything they set out to accomplish while fulfilling their goals to contribute to a cause bigger than themselves. "It was my first COMREL and I figured since France is hosting us, it's my turn to give something back," said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Megan Geer, assigned to G-1 division of Weapons department. "It was nice working together with a group of people I didn't know. By the end of it, we all knew each other and we got to help somebody out. I'd do it again." COMRELs are organized to help Sailors give back to the communities around them, whether in the States or overseas. "COMRELs are projects that people often think are beneficial or nice for somebody else," said Lt. Jeff Mason, one of Ike's chaplains who led the event. "In the end, I'm always convinced that we benefit more from it than the organizations. We serve by broadening our perspective and by deepening our understanding of the world and our place in it." For more news from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), visit

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Wounded Warrior Finds Job with NAVAIR
From Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A retired Navy lieutenant who was injured after instructing a training flight in 2009, shared his employment success story during an interview Feb. 15. David Landeros, an aviator who retired from the Navy Jan. 1, was hired through the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Wounded Warrior Program in late 2012. He now serves as a program analyst at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., where he is working to procure aircraft for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. "Being in the Navy, there are tools that you work with every day, and you never think about how they get to you," Landeros said. "I love knowing that what I do will provide for Sailors in the fleet and help them defend our nation." Landeros was stationed with a Navy aircraft squadron in Corpus Christi, Texas, in summer 2009 when he was injured while stepping off the wing of a plane. He hit his neck and lost feeling in his right arm. He suffered for months - believing he had simply strained a muscle - before being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and several herniated discs. Unable to continue flying, Landeros eventually retired from the Navy after 22 years of service. His recovery process is still underway - he continues to experience pain in his upper back and daily headaches - but he is learning to live with his condition. Before separating from the Navy, Landeros, a father of three boys, was actively searching for a civilian job and had hired a headhunter, but he hadn't yet been successful. "[Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor Non-medical Care Manager] Lt. Cmdr. Chris Burks and NAVAIR really made it easy for me," Landeros said. "I was stationed with a NOSC [Navy Operational Support Center] in San Antonio, and Lt. Cmdr. Burks called me one day about a career fair that was about to take place nearby. I grabbed my resume and walked over there; while I was there, I met my current supervisor, who told me about several different positions." NAVAIR conducts quarterly hiring events at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston to help transitioning wounded warriors and disabled veterans. NAVAIR brings hiring managers, human resource personnel and Wounded Warrior Program staff to interview candidates for placement in open vacancies or developmental programs. Nancy Starks from the NAVAIR Program Management Competency (AIR-1.0) interviewed Landeros. Landeros, who has a master's degree in aeronautical science, was hired full-time by the NAVAIR Wounded Warrior Program Nov. 5, 2012 while he was on terminal leave from the Navy. "A sense of purpose and mission is important to those who serve," said Navy Capt. James Litsch, who manages the NAVAIR Wounded Warrior Program. "It means so much to them to contribute and be a part of a team." Since the program's inception in October 2010, more than 540 wounded warrior personnel have been hired at NAVAIR locations throughout the country. NAVAIR provides reasonable accommodations at every worksite to ensure Wounded Warriors, as well as others with disabilities, are successful in their professional endeavors. Landeros said he thoroughly enjoys the culture at NAVAIR and working with his "incredibly friendly" colleagues. Though his medical condition still presents challenges, his career ambitions are limitless.

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"I'd like to go as high as I can go at NAVAIR, and to do all the work I need to Photo from Safe Harbor Public Affairs do to get the correct David Landeros on the runway. qualifications and wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast advance," he said. "I hope to get a well-rounded Guardsmen. The program connects its enrollview of the whole command, so I can continue ees and their caregivers to a host of educational helping out and supporting the mission." resources and career counseling services, from To other wounded warriors, Landeros of- assisting with job applications, to identifying fered simple advice: Ask for help. vocational training opportunities, to sharing "If you are hurt, contact a liaison at a direct employer contacts. wounded warrior support program, like Navy To learn more about Navy Wounded Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor," he said. Warrior - Safe Harbor and its employment and "Start talking with them and listen for opportu- education efforts, visit safeharbor.navylive. nities. Word of mouth is key. Lt. Cmdr. Burks; call 855-NAVY WWP (628-9997) was very proactive; I just had to ask for help." or email Employment and education assistance For more news from Commander, Navy is a core component of Navy Wounded War- Installations Command, visit rior - Safe Harbor's work on behalf of seriously local/cni/.

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To inspire a little healthy competition, Navy Nutrition is holding a recipe contest to compile an online barracks cookbook officials said March 6. "This cookbook contest is meant to be a fun way to encourage sailors to showcase the creative ways they eat well with limited resources," said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wallinger, a dietitian with the Navy Physical Readiness Office. "Many sailors are finding ways to make easy and tasty meals, without a full size kitchen and pantry. We want you to share these ideas.” The goal of the contest is to compile a collection of recipes that are compatible with barracks life. A recipe may consist of cooking foods in a microwave or as simple as assembling ingredients. If you are making it and it is healthful, we want it in the cookbook. Each recipe may only be submitted once, but you may enter as many recipes as you like. The rules include a limit on the number of ingredients, pieces of equipment and recipe steps. "If you live in the barracks, you have limited storage space, limited utensils and, in compliance with housing rules, a microwave for a heating element." explained Wallinger. With the recipe contest running in conjunction with Navy Nutrition Month, there is also focus on nutritional value. "The number of ingredients will be limited, but there is no limit to the flavor, herbs and spices are encouraged," Wallinger continued. "We are just limiting added components such as sodium, which affects many prone to high blood pressure, and fat to keep in line with dietary guidelines. We have

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Chef Jud Flynn, senior executive chef of on-site culinary solutions, watches as Culinary Specialist 1st Class Tony Johnson, attached to Naval Station Norfolk (NSN), inspects a pan of scratch-styled cooked yams during a five-day culinary training course. The course is for Navy culinary specialists to relearn basic cooking principles to implement more healthy and nutritious meals into base galleys in the mid-Atlantic region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Molly A. Burgess/Released)

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included an explanation on how to determine the amount of sodium and fat for each recipe in the rules." Entries to the contest will be accepted in seven categories, which are broken down by when you are likely to eat them, for instance; breakfast, sandwich/wrap, snack, vegetables, starchy side, main course and sweet treat. The contest will run from now until 31 March at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time Zone. For more information and contest rules visit www. For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit

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End Hunger In Calvert County is selected as charity.

Bonnie Raitt Headlines Bay Blues Festival

For the second year in a row, End Hunger In Calvert County has been selected by Chesapeake Bay Events as a partner charity for the 2013 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival. The annual Blues Festival will be held on May 18 and 19 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Especially exciting is that 2013 Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt will headline and close the festival on Sunday, May 19. “We are thrilled to have Bonnie this year. She has been at the top of our wish list since our first year in 1998” stated promoter Don Hooker. "End Hunger In Calvert County is honored to be chosen again for this years Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival," says Rev. Robert P. Hahn, chairman of End Hunger In Calvert County. “In addition to the financial support, the exposure that the Blues Festival brings to the cause is immeasurable. Don understands that there is something everyone can do and his team has stepped upped to do their part." “When my daughter, Sarah and I found out how much hunger actually exists in our back yard, and the excellent job that End Hunger Calvert is doing to alleviate it, we had to get involved”, stated Don Hooker, president of CBE. “I hope that we not only raise money at the Blues Festival for End Hunger Calvert, but also raise awareness with the thousands of Festival attendees” adds Hooker. In addition to headliner Bonnie Raitt, the following artists will also appear: on Saturday will be Bad Influence, Jesse Dee. Nikki Hill, Samantha Fish, Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Peterson, Trombone & Orleans Avenue and Eric Burdon and the Animals to close out the day. Performing on Sunday are Deanna Bogart, Quinn Sullivan, Southern Hospitality with Damon Fowler, Victor Wainwright and JP Soars, The Slide Brothers, Indigenous and Mavis Staples. Closing the festival will be Bonnie Raitt. Tickets are on sale and prices are as follows: Early Bird: 2/15 thru 3/15 $50 $90 Advance Sales 3/16 thru 5/16 $60 $110 Gate 5/18 thru 5/19 $80 $140

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Photo by Guy Leonard Zack Scarborough, 3, of Mechanicsville strikes a pose with Batman at a St. John’s Pharmacy benefit for one-year-old Lillian Grace Smith who suffers from a rare degenerative muscular disorder, Krabbe disease.


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The Museum Division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks, along with the Board of County Commissioners, will host its annual Maryland Day program at the St. Clement’s Island Museum on Monday, March 25 beginning 11 a.m. The one-hour commemoration honors the first brave Marylanders who founded the Maryland colony at St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Julia King, anthropology professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. King will share information about Dr. Thomas Gerard, one of the first Maryland landowners, and information gleaned from an archaeological survey of what is thought to be Gerard’s 17th-century home located in the county’s Seventh District. Artifacts from the archaeological survey can be seen inside the museum, on this day only, as a temporary exhibit thanks to the generosity of the landowners. Members of the Board of County Commissioners will also provide remarks. Visitors attending the event are invited to enjoy a tour of the museum, view an orientation film, and browse the renovated museum store. Admission will be waived. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this event as a unique and educational spring break activity. A wreath-laying ceremony will follow the program at the St. Clement’s Island historical marker. In the event of inclement weather, this outdoor program will be held inside the museum, however, space is limited. Maryland Day also signals the beginning of the summer season at the St. Clement’s Island Museum and the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park in Piney Point. Both museums will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The St. Clement’s Island Museum is managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks and the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners. It is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road in Colton’s Point at the end of route 242 south. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible. For more information call the museum at 301-769-2222 or log on to

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27, and at Charlotte Hall branch on Mar. 28. All three programs are free and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. K-9 dogs to demonstrate their skills Millie and Edgar, two K-9 dogs, will perform search and recovery demonstrations at a free family program presented by Bay K-9 Search and Recovery at Lexington Park Library on Mar. 23 at 10 a.m. Children’s spring recess programs planned Kids will use recycled items to build amazing things at Build It to be held at Leonardtown branch on Mar. 25 at 2:30 p.m., at Charlotte Hall branch on Mar. 27 at 2 p.m. and at Lexington Park branch on Mar. 28 at 2 p.m. All three branches will offer Crafternoon on Mar. 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids ages 4 to 12 can walk in and complete a spring craft. All supplies will be furnished. Kids ages 7 to 12 will explore forensic science as they try to solve a crime at the Who Done It? program offered at Charlotte Hall library on Mar. 25 at 2 p.m. and at Lexington Park library on Mar. 27 at 2 p.m. Registration is required. Free family movies to be shown Lexington Park library will show a movie about a beautiful girl who kisses a frog prince wanting to be human again on Mar 25 at 2 p.m. Charlotte Hall library will show a film on Mar. 28 at 2 p.m. about a video game villain who sets out to be a hero only to bring havoc to the whole arcade.

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Seahawk Men’s Basketball Advance
Guards Kyle Wise and Nick LaGuerre tag-teamed in leading the No. 11 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team to a 72-66 victory over the host Alvernia University Crusaders Saturday night in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament. The win propels the Seahawks (26-3) to their fourth Sweet 16 appearance as well as ties the school record for wins in a season with 26. St. Mary's will now host Morrisville State in one of the eight sectional games next Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 pm. Wise tallied a first-half best of 13 points en route to a career-high 18 points off the bench on 7-of11 shooting while LaGuerre picked up 14 of his 16 points in the second half as the Seahawks outscored Alvernia, 41-35, in the final 20 minutes. Guards James Davenport and Brendan McFall as well as first-year forward Troy Spurrier all contributed 11 points each in the St. Mary's win, while McFall led the Seahawks' 36-33 rebounding margin with a game- and season-high nine boards. Alvernia (24-5) opened up the game with a 17-6 run and the Seahawks found themselves down 11 points at 13:04. St. Mary's responded with an 18-6 run of its own for its first lead of the game at 4:48 as Wise capped the run with one of his career-best three long-range shots. Back-to-back three pointers by the Crusaders returned the lead to the home team before

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five straight points by Wise plus a layup by Spurrier put the Seahawks up by one with 46 seconds left in the half. Junior forward Kahlil Bennett (Old Bridge, N.J.) made the back end of two free throws to knot the game at 31-31 just 14 seconds later. Both sides missed three-point attempts in the final six seconds to head into the locker rooms in a 31-31 draw. Wise paced all players with 13 points while junior forward Brian Parker (Chichester, Pa.) led Alvernia with a dozen. St. Mary's built a four-point lead at 16:12 before the game saw five tied scores and four lead changes in an eight-minute span. The Crusaders claimed a four-point lead of their own at 8:11 with a 14-6 run behind six points from Parker. The Seahawks then used a 17-5 run to establish their biggest lead of the game, 62-54 on a Davenport layup at 3:02. Bennett's threepointer with 10 ticks on the clock closed the gap to four but LaGuerre sealed the win with a dunk four seconds later off an assist by McFall. St. Mary's outshot the Crusaders 50.0-percent to 39.3-percent for the game as the Seahawks connected on 59.3% of their shots in the second half. Parker finished with a game-high 28 points and team-best seven caroms while Bennett contributed 15 points and six rebounds. Sophomore forward Terrance Bridgers (Drexel Hill, Pa.) chipped in 14 points, six steals, five assists and four boards in the loss for Alvernia.

Friends of the Library Annual MEGA Book Sale will be at the County Fairgrounds, March 15-17! Friends Book Sale opens Friday The Friends of the Library will hold its annual book sale this weekend, Mar. 15 through Mar. 17, at the county fairgrounds. The sale is open to Friends of the Library members only on Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with memberships available at the door. The public can shop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Help for job seekers Lexington Park library will hold a Job Seekers Workshop on Mar. 20 from 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 will 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 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 Learning to save with coupons will be explained by Kimberly Hoctor, a 30-year coupon veteran, at Lexington Park branch on Mar. 20, at Leonardtown branch on Mar.

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• Fish Dinners every Fri. (thru Fri. March, 22) St. Jerome’s Hall, Rt. 235, Dameron, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To benefit the knights of St. Jerome society and St. Peter Claver church. For more info. 301-872-4566 or 301-481-8620. Dine-in or take out orders. • Perennial Plant Sale The Center for Life Enrichment, a local not-for-profit organization, supporting adult individuals with disabilities is conducting a plant sale, through the month of March. The plants come in one-gallon containers and will come back every year. For more information or to get an order form, please call 301-373-8100 ext. 0. Proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities supported by The Center for Life Enrichment. • The Reunion Committee for LHS Class of 88 The Leonardtown High School Class of 1988 is holding their 25 Year Class Reunion on July 20, 2013 from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Reception Hall. Please contact the reunion committee at for more information. • Free Tax Preparation Beginning in February, IRS/AARPcertified tax counselors will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers in St. Mary’s 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 year’s 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 McKay’s Shopping Center on Great Mills Road (under the “Virtuous Woman Hair Salon” sign). Hours for the McKay’s 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. • St. Maries Musica Spring 2013 Concerts Sunday, April 21: 3 p.m. Asbury Solomons (residents and family only) Friday, April 26: 7 p.m. Historic Saint Mary’s City Restored Chapel Sunday, April 28: 3 p.m. SMILE Benefit Concert - Our Lady Star of the Sea Church Solomon’s Island, (with Patuxent Voices) Monday, April 29: 7 p.m. First Saint’s Community Church, St. Paul’s Campus 25550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown. Monday, May 6: 7 p.m. Patuxent Presbyterian Church 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, Md. (and performing Requiem by Maurice Duruflé with Festival Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Harp and Organ) New this season: The newly formed Festival Chorus will be performing Requiem by Maurice Duruflé with Chamber Orchestra, Harp and Organ. Requiem will be performed in its entirety by the Festival Chorus at the Patuxent Presbyterian Church only on Monday, May 6th. Se-

lected excerpts will be performed by St. Maries Musica at our remaining concert venues.

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• Women’s History Month Dr. James Forrest Career & Technology Center in Leonardtown, 5:30 p.m. The St. Mary’s 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. Mary’s County Department of Social Services. Please email Denise Krumenacker, chair for St. Mary’s County Commission for Women at denise.krumenacker@smrhs. org.

• 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. • Bluegrass Concert and Spaghetti Dinner Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Port Tobacco, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition Band will delight music lovers with their “hard-driving” bluegrass sound at the annual Bluegrass Concert and Spaghetti Dinner on A delicious spaghetti dinner will be served before the show starts, courtesy of the Nanjemoy Community Center Council. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Charles County residents may purchase tickets for $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets for nonresidents cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, contact the Nanjemoy Community Center at 301-246-9612.

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 • Community Meeting Annex Building, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 6 p.m. Sheriff Timothy Cameron and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Advisory Board, in their continuing efforts to strengthen community and law enforcement partnerships, will host a community meeting at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Sheriff Cameron will provide an overview of calls for service and respond to citizen’s questions. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Friday, March 22
• LVFD Fish Fry Leonardtown Firehouse, 5 p.m. The Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department is cooking up a Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Leonardtown Firehouse. Fish, parsley potatoes, cole slaw, apple sauce, rolls and dessert will be served. Adults are $12 and children 3-10 are $5. Carry-outs will be available. • IMPACT 2013: BENEATH THE SURFACE Approximately 3,000 high school students an youth leaders are invited to experience a high-energy weekend complete with national speakers, musicians, and entertainers at the IMPACT 2013: Beneath the Surface Youth Conference, March 2224 at the Ocean City, Maryland Convention Center. The weekend will feature live music by national recording artists Rend Collective Experiment, Tedashii, The Kings & Queens Tour Concert with Audio Adrenaline, Group1Crew, Seventh Day Slumber and Manic Drive, challenging and inspiring national youth speakers Preston Centuolo and Mike Pilavachi and more. Adult training will also be available with Dr. Duffy Robbins and Mark Yaconelli. The program is only $85 per person with hotel rates additional. For more information, call 1-877-896-3802 or check it out on the web at

Friday, March 15
• Annual Book Sale St. Mary’s 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@ • FOL Annual Spring Book Sale County Fairgrounds - 1 to 8 p.m. FOL members will receive the exclusive benefit first pick of all books. Join at the door. Cash/checks only, ATM on site Volunteers needed! Call 301-863-9368 or

Sunday, March 17
• St. Patrick’s 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. St. Mary’s 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 • Annual Book Sale St. Mary’s 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 Cash/ checks only, ATM on site

Saturday, March 16
• Banneker High School Class Annual Dance Hollywood Fire House Social Hall, 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music by Stone Pleasure Band, tickets $25 in advance and $25 at the door. BYOB, free set up raffle food for sale. For tickets Contact: Elsie at 301-994-2656 Mildred at 301-475-2185, Anne at 443-4150733 Jean at 301-843-0633 and Richard at 301-868-4343 • St. Patrick’s 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. Mary’s 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 Cash/ checks only, ATM on site

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 Kevin’s Corner Cafe’s 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. • Spring Open House The Craft Guild Shop of Leonardtown 26005 Pt. Lookout Rd. (Rt. 5, next to Maryland Antiques Center), Leonardtown 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see the Shop’s wide variety of unique, handmade items. Ten percent discount on total purchase will be offered with coupon. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, please visit our website at www.craftguildshop. com for a coupon or call 301-997-1644.

Tuesday, March 19
• Pipe Organ Dedication Concerts Old Durham Church, West of La Plata, off Rt. 6, 7 p.m. Old Durham Church presents the 2nd of a series of pipe organ dedication concerts. Tristan Keith Rhodes of Florida will play a program of Brahms organ music. Many will remember Mr. Rhodes as a founder and director of St. Mary’s National Boychoir in Leonardtown. Open to the public. Donations are appreciated for church music fund. Contact Benn Morgan at 301-884-3723 for more information.

Thursday, March 21
• Basket Bingo Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, 28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville, 5 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting


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Get ready for spring - start with your door. At the Loffler Senior Activity Center, Toni will show you how to make a beautiful bouquet to hang using silk flowers and an umbrella. This project will take place on Friday, April. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Loffler Senior Activity Center. (Note - in New Beginning this activity was scheduled for April. 12. We moved it to April 5 due to a scheduling conflict.) Bring a pretty umbrella (not too big) in your favorite spring color. We’ll supply ribbon and flowers. For more information or to sign up for this project call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 before Wednesday, Apr. 3.

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On Tuesday, March 19 at 12:30 p.m., Nora Bachelder, a Benefits Specialist with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs will present 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 answer. 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. Do you want to strengthen your core muscles which may help with lower back pain and maintain posture and balance? Dave Scheible teaches this class on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at Loffler Senior Activity Center. You can try it out for free and if you like it you can continue coming using a fitness card. Fitness cards are $30 and are good for 10 fitness classes of any type at any of the St. Mary’s County Senior Activity Centers. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

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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 is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will celebrate Easter with hymns and music by Pastor Abraham Thomas, wife Priscilla and family. The lounge will be 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 entertainment 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. Find your inner calmness while painting clay pots at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. String them together to create a peaceful wind chime to keep for yourself or give as a gift to a friend who might need some serenity in their lives. The cost is $5. To sign up, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.

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On Wednesday, May 15 we will take a trip to watch the Baltimore Orioles. Game time is 12:35 p.m. and pick-ups will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center, Garvey at 9 a.m. and Northern at 9:30 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. Mary’s County to make your payment (thus reserving your space). Call Joyce at 301.737.5670, ext. 1656 for more information.

Trip to see Orioles Play San Diego Padres

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 Aging’s website at for the most up-to date information.

March 21st, 2013 - 5:30 pm
Mother Catherine Spalding School 38833 Chaptico Road (Rt. 238) Mechanicsville, Maryland 20659
Folks had so much fun at the last grocery auction, as well as getting some great deals, we have decided to have another one! Our food provider will be loaded with a large variety of items and will be offering some great deals! Remember, no two auctions are the same. If you did not get what you needed/wanted from previous auctions be sure to come to this one. We never know what's coming off the truck next! Grocery auctions have been gaining popularity all over the Country and are one of the most exciting and well-attended type of auctions. The groceries arrive in a refrigerated trailer from distribution centers and major grocery stores throughout the area. Some items are over-stocked; some have “sell by dates” too close to put on grocery shelves; some are brand-name products and some are not. We never know ahead of time what we are getting, but expect anything that could be found in a grocery store such as candies, snacks, sodas, frozen meats, frozen vegetables, frozen pizza, can goods, dry goods, cleaning supplies, dairy products, or just about anything else in between. Auctions of this type will have a lot of “pass outs”. This means that the larger the crowd the better because the distributor can move more product and a better price. So pass the word to your neighbor and friends.

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PAX Rats Play “America’s Songbook’
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Southern Maryland’s own rat pack, the PAX Rats, originally played predominantly jazz music. “It’s evolved since then,” keyboard player Tom Anderson said, noting the band now plays standards, Latin, blues, ballads and even rock hits by Carlos Santana and ZZ Top. Lead singer Chip Guffey is classically trained, and has performed all over the country with acappello groups. They believe the crowd enjoys the performances for two main reasons. The first is obvious to Guffey; people enjoy the “Great American Songbook” – a hypothetical compilation of the greatest songs from the 1920s until the 60s. “It’s really beautiful music,” Guffey said. The second reason, he continued, was the ability of the group to play a mixture of songs from blues to rock. Often shows start with softer listening songs while people enjoy their dinners before the Pax Rats “ramp it up” to play music to rock out to later in the evening. “It builds the energy,” Guffey said. Everyone has heard these classic songs, the group explained, but there are many different renditions that can be played. “This allows us to be creative,” said Anderson, a musician with 40 years experience. The group puts an emphasis on fan interaction. In-between every song Guffey is walking up to and talking with audience members, or rallying the people to clap there hands and tap their feet to the rhythm of the songs. The performances match Guffey’s outgoing style and personality – and he sees the performances as an opportunity to build relationships through music. “The best part of doing this is the fans,” Guffey said. “The more they get involved, the more fun they have. The last thing I want to do is be in a bubble.” Building the relationships with the fan base is a necessity for Guffey – some people in the crowd have been in attendance at the shows for 10 or more times. Now in their fifth year, the Pax Rats got their start when the owner of then Corbels restaurant asked Guffey to bring live entertainment to the restraint. “He said ‘I want you, Chip, to bring music into my restaurant.’” “I started out as a rock guy,” Abbott said of his 32 years as a musician, “and now I’m learning how to play jazz.” A few members met while playing together with the Southern Maryland swingband. “We’re the biggest little big band in Southern Maryland,” Guffey said. They can be heard regularly at the Tides Restaurant in Lexington Park, and have played at Leonardtown square and the annual Sotterley Wine Festival. Jay Nichols on bass and trombone and Bob Wirt on drums round out the group. Visit for more information.

Photos by Alex Panos Lead singer Chip Guffey is classically trained, and has performed all over the country with acapella groups.

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In Entertainment
Tuesday, March 19
• Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

“Law & Disorder”

Wednesday, March 20
• Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 21
• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Ladies Night Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.

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

Friday, March 22
• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 16
• Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • St. Patty’s Day Round 1 Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 p.m. • David Flood Morris Point Marina (38869 Morris Point Rd, Abell) – 6-10 p.m.

Saturday, March 23
• Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Pet the Monster Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 17
• St. Patty’s Round 2 with the Piranhas Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 3 p.m.

Monday, March 25
• Superheroes of Southern Maryland Meet & Greet – Spiderman Tequila Grill & Cantina (30320 Triangle Drive, Charlotte Hall) – 5 to 8 p.m.

The County Times is always looking for more local talent to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail Please submit calendar listings by 12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

Somebody’s going to pay. Someone needs to atone for that which was done to you. It was unfair, unlawful, illegal, immoral, downright wrong, and you want revenge. You want to see someone suffer like you did. You want atonement, an apology. You want justice. Heads will roll. Someone’s going to pay for a crime today, although – as you’ll see in the new book “Law & Disorder” by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker - the punishment might not fit the crime at all. John Douglas didn’t want to be seen as “uninformed, stupid or both.” Newly assigned to teach criminal psychology to first-time FBI agents in 1977, he realized that many of his students understood more about the cases he’d present than he did. Knowing that that just wouldn’t work, he educated himself, which led to new ways of studying serial killers and other criminals. It’s possible, says Douglas, to know what a killer was thinking and doing at each step of a violent crime. His Criminal Personality Research Project, the first organized study, gave officials a “proven” way to profile criminals. Today, the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) investigates over a thousand cases a year. Cases like the murder that happened the year after Douglas was born. Two women were killed in late 1945 in a quiet Chicago neighborhood, followed by the abduction and mutilation of a six-year-old girl nearby. It wasn’t long before police announced the killer’s arrest, there was

a trial, and the man was imprisoned. But Douglas always had his doubts about the allegations. When a young Virginia woman was found dead in her home and her brother-in-law was arrested, tried, and scheduled to die by electrocution, Douglas feared that justice was about to go horribly wrong. The accused protested his innocence and many people believed him. Douglas almost did, too – until he learned the truth. And then there was the case of the man who brutally murdered a beautiful nineteen-year-old Marine. The crime was horrific and, says Douglas, was one of his most famous cases. The aftermath of it still troubles him, as does the fact that the case lived longer than did the victim. So you say you love a good mystery. Yep, there’s nothing like a whodunit - unless it’s a whodunit that’s entirely true, which perfectly describes “Law & Disorder”. With a Just-the-Facts-Ma’am writing style and crime-scene descriptions that are never prettified, authors John Douglas and Mark Olshaker send a chill straight down their readers’ backbones. We’re treated to Hollywood-like stories of murder and methodology, guilt and innocence, and the authors make it easy to be lulled into forgetting reality. We’re somehow allowed to feel as though we’re crime-solving, too – until they remind us, not-so-subtly, that these were real crimes, real people, and real blood. True crime fans of both book and TV are going to eat this memoir up, and I think sleuth sharks will love it, too. If you’ve got the time for crime, then “Law & Disorder” is a book you won’t mind paying for.

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Southern Maryland Blue Crabs manager Patrick Osborn announced a new addition to the coaching staff for the 2013 season today. Former Blue Crabs pitcher Joe Gannon will enter his first season as pitching coach with Southern Maryland in 2013. Gannon, 37, will rejoin the team after pitching for the Blue Crabs from their inaugural season in 2008 until midway through the 2012 season. The Buffalo, N.Y. native then finished his career in a one-game stint with fellow Atlantic League team the Lancaster Barnstormers. Prior to Lancaster and Southern Maryland, Gannon saw time spread throughout the Independent League with the Newark Bears, Nashua Pride, Somerset Patriots, Allentown Ambassadors and Niagara Stars. In his 10 year professional baseball career Gannon posted a 53-68 record with a 5.20 lifetime ERA in 208 appearances, including 546 strikeouts, 580 walks and 23 complete games in 1,044.2 innings pitched. The six-foot-one, 200-pound, right-hander has also appeared in a handful of games at the Advanced-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels including time with the Winston-Salem Warthogs of the Carolina League, Bowie Baysox of the Eastern league and Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, the Ottawa Lynx. Osborn also announced two new signings bringing the 2013 roster count to 11 today. Newly acquired infielder Wladimir Sutil and right-handed pitcher Tommy Mendoza will join the Blue Crabs for the first time during the 2013 season. Sutil, 28, joins the Blue Crabs after splitting time between the Arizona Diamondbacks Double A affiliate the Mobile Bay Bears of the Southern League and their Triple A affiliate the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League during the 2012 season. In 103 games last year the fivefoot-ten, 155 pound Sutil recorded a .222 average with 60 hits, 31 runs, 17 extra-base hits and 35 RBIs. Playing his first season of Independent Baseball in 2013, Sutil has spent eight years in the Houston Astros and Diamondbacks farm systems prior to joining Southern Maryland. The Caracas, Venezuela native has also played 90 games in three consecutive seasons (200911) at the Triple A level for the Round Rock Express, Oklahoma City Redhawks and the Aces of the Pacific Coast League earning a lifetime Triple A batting average of .231. Right-handed pitcher Tommy Mendoza also joins the Blue Crabs after spending the last two seasons with the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League of Independent Baseball. During the 2012 season, Mendoza, 25, recorded a 5-7 recorded with a 3.99 ERA, notching the most starts (20), innings pitched (115) and complete games (2) of any Slammers pitcher. Prior to joining the ranks of independent baseball, Mendoza spent time with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization reaching as high as Triple A for the Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League during 2009-10. In eight professional seasons, Mendoza has posted a 43-37 record with a 3.98 ERA in 778.1 innings pitched with 532 strikeouts. The Hialeah, Fla., native was originally drafted by the Angels in the fifth round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft.

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Testing and Tuning at MIR this weekend
On Saturday, March 16th MIR will host a full day Test & Tune. Time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day long! MIR will also have a free $1,000 to win gamblers race for the bracket racers. So bring your grudge matches, street cars, pro cars, bracket cars, imports, motorcycles, and Jr. Dragsters to MIR! Gates open at 10am, eliminations begin at 3:00pm, and the test & tune is over at 6pm. Admission is just $15. On Sunday, March 17th MIR will host another full day Test & Tune. Time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day long! MIR will also have a free $1,000 to win gamblers race for the bracket racers. So bring your grudge matches, street cars, pro cars, bracket cars, imports, motorcycles, and Jr. Dragsters to MIR! Gates open at 10am, eliminations begin at 3:00pm, and the test & tune is over at 6pm. Admission is just $15. For more information on these events call 301-884-RACE or visit

Cardio – Beyond heart support
maximum heart rate within that time. 4. Take 90 seconds to recover by performing a slow movement 5. Repeat steps 2-4 seven more times You can use any type of equipment or method of exercise as long as you reach your maximum heart rate, accuracy is important and it is advised to utilize a heart rate monitor to be assured you are correct in reaching your goal. Regardless of your level of fitness, you should feel totally exhausted in those 30 seconds; you should feel like you cannot go beyond 30 seconds, that’s the confirmation that you are doing it correctly. Another tell tale that you have been performing your cardio correctly, is you should not be able to do this workout every day. It takes 48 hours for your body to recover from the proper cardio workout. Recovery is just as important as the workout. Attempting to do more than 2-3 of these cardio sessions per week can be more damaging than doing good. The side benefits are…. Performing your cardio exercise in these intervals will likely result in higher endurance, strength, activates your metabolic system helping you to achieve lean body mass. It can increase your body’s ability to produce more HGH, the “fitness” hormone, a/k/a the human growth hormone, by as much as 771 percent. How to stay optimized What you do after your workout is vital in determining the outcome of your efforts. The two to three hours that follow your exercise is the time you need to be careful about the food or drink you consume; they have a tremendous impact on the benefits and goals of your exercise. If you are middle-aged or older, if your objective is to burn fat, or if your goal is to build muscle mass, than it is recommended that you consume 25 grams of a “quick” form of protein [like a protein powder drink] within 30 minutes of your exercise. Sugar and carbs, including fruit and sports drinks should not be consumed for at least two hours post exercise. This allows the body to burn the fats released during your exercise and supply you with the full benefits of the HGH released. Consuming the sugars will spark the body to return the fat to its origin and allow the release of somatostatin, a hormone that shuts down HGH activity. If you do not want these benefits and just want to recover, than consuming a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein is your goal.
©2013 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

By Debra Meszaros CSN What if you could increase your strength, longevity, and achieve lean body mass in just 12 minutes? Do you typically spend an hour on a treadmill a few times a week? Most people exercising are missing out on the important hormonal and health benefits of exercising. If you’re going to spend any amount of time exercising, one might as well get the full benefits of your effort. To truly be optimizing your cardio exercise you need to be engaging all three muscle types: slow, fast, and super-fast muscle fibers, and your energy systems. Since 50 percent of your muscle fibers are fast fibers, it’s important to remove the old thinking that long slow cardio works the heart muscle; it only works your slow twitch muscle fibers; missing the engaging of the anaerobic processes of the heart. How to optimize your cardio workout It takes only twenty minutes to perform the proper cardio exercise. Amazingly, you will only spend 25 percent of that 20 minutes engaged in intense activity. Here are the actual five steps: 1. Calculate your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220 2. Start with a three-minute warm up 3. Exercise as intense as possible for 30 seconds with a goal to reach your


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A Community That Cares
Laura Joyce Contributing Writer We all experience the challenges that life brings, great and small, but being without a financial safety net can make these events seem insurmountable. Kids keep doing drugs, and some of them slip into addiction; their need to be programs offering help and hope. People keep using violence against their partners, victims—and their children—need to know their safety and rights will be protected. The list goes on: almost every family can tell you of the unexpected crisis their family has faced, and if they’ve been lucky and don’t have such a story yet, the odds are, unfortunately, that the time will come when they do. For those who relied on help from their community for these sorts of challenges back before the recession hit, and for those who have come to rely on that help since, the misguided belief that most people accept help easily makes the pain of needing help even more of a challenge. It evokes visions of the late-80’s “Welfare Mom” ideology, with every user of community assistance supposedly driving around in a blinged-out Cadillac and dressing their multiple offspring in pricey designer shoes. It was insulting then, and it’s even more insulting now. The vast majority of people who need help from the nonprofit agencies that do the lion’s share of the crisis-tending in our community—and when I say ‘vast’, I mean 100 percent – are are not showing up at Hospice, or Walden/Sierra, or the ARC or the Center for Family Advocacy, wondering what they can get for free. The idea is absurd. This county’s nonprofit agencies minister to people who are often at a difficult fork in the road; they’ve run out of most options. They’re not getting free counseling so that they can save their money for the payment on the Mercedes. They’re not seeking free legal help so that they can enjoy another shopping spree at Nordstrom with the money they saved on a lawyer. They are our neighbors, people who have hit rough times, but they are, or have been and will almost certainly be again, fully contributing members of this community, paying taxes and giving back, often more so than those who have never needed help. With a $31 million dollar budget surplus in St. Mary’s County heading into Fiscal Year 2014, the thought that the nonprofits that serve this county might not be here to help is unthinkable; that they might lose their funding is incomprehensible. Make no mistake, the so-called “noncounty agencies” are of this county and for this county; they are doing what this county does not otherwise do to take care of its own, and that’s fine—as long as the county doesn’t eliminate these services, claiming that this is what the majority of taxpayers want. Is it? For every dollar in funding the county allocates to these services, the nonprofits bring in $26 dollars in outside funds, and the economic benefit of their hundreds of employees paying taxes and buying homes and contributing to the county is significant. Taxpayers need to beware: this move to “save” the county money will actually cost millions: the needs won’t go away even if the services do. That’s important— and so is the other loss ‘defunding’ will create: a community that has always taken care of its own sending a clear message: once you’re in need, you’re not needed—or wanted—here. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at if you have comments or questions about the column.


A Day for Planning
By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer It’s nearly spring: time for planting and for planning. I was really looking forward to daffodils and crocuses in my yard this spring, and they would have looked wonderful had I remembered where I put the bulbs I had purchased last fall. Unfortunately I didn’t find them until a week ago. I should have known they would be in the black hole room that once was a bedroom. It actually is pretty well organized at this point, but somehow these bulbs ended up in a Christmas bag in a corner. Is it too late to plant them? I’m going to do it today and hope for the best. This is our whole plan for today as a matter of fact. Usually we reserve my day off for a mini-excursion for at least part of the day, but it’s fairly warm so we are going to work on the yard. We have a tree near the road which is covered in these fungus growths which look like cigars. I have been against taking it down, but it is sending little transplants all over the place. We now have two twenty foot trees growing in the center of our pussy willow bush (which is also twenty feet high). The tree is beginning to lean out over the road and could be a hazard during future storms. My husband is going to lay a slab of wood across the sawn off double tree trunk base which is left so walkers can have a bench to rest on. I have a feeling once he gets started on that and has chainsaw in hand, that a few of our dead trees might end up disappearing as well. But, you know we love our fire pit nights, so the wood will not go to waste. We have been thinking about having a “come as you are” fire pit night this spring – that will mean having a good supply of wood. We only heat our home with a woodstove, so some will be used for that too. While I am writing this my husband is talking to me about rethinking the bench plan. He thinks taking the stump out completely would be better. We’ll see how everything ends up by this afternoon… Not all of my day is planned around that tree however. After 4 or 5 years, I am still trying to figure out what I want to grow in two fairly large unused garden plot areas in our yard. I just haven’t been able to decide. Neither one gets very much light. The one large plot (3’ x 30’) that my husband put in on the chimney/driveway side of the house is always in the shade. What I want, or rather what my vision is, is not something my husband sees as beautiful. I see a rustic wooden potting table with a cement chamfered edge top (which I’ve already picked out at Southern Maryland Statuary) covered in moss, topped with an old large, shabby gold picture frame, kitchen herbs in pots, all surrounded by Rudbeckia Hirta (black eyed Susan’s). I’m trying to learn proper names of flowers. Doesn’t this garden vignette sound breathtakingly beautiful?? If this sounds beautiful to you too – will you please tell my husband when you see him…and put in a good word for rustic benches too. To each new day’s sunrise, Shelby
Please send your comments or ideas to:shelbys. or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann


A Personal Tribute
By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

A Journey Through Time


On Feb. 25 my husband, Ronnie Reno unexpectedly died. It fell to me, in the midst of my grief, to write his obituary. I didn’t want anybody else to do that for him. Obituaries tell us basic things about the life of the person who died— birth, death, parents, siblings, children, hobbies, etc. We don’t learn much about the kind of person they really were. Not only did I love my husband, I was proud of him. When we met in 1982, I wasn’t aware he had a serious drinking problem. By 1986, I’d had enough. It was then he got sober and remained so until his death. About nine months into sobriety we began talking marriage, but I insisted he be sober for at least a year. On June 13, 1987, one year and one week later, we were married. Just before Thanksgiving in 1999 Ronnie was diagnosed with lung cancer. In January 2000 his left lung was removed. He was given a 30 percent chance of survival. He opted to participate in a study at the University of Maryland whereby all patients with lung cancer received chemotherapy while a few randomly selected participants also received radiation. While enduring the effects of treatment, he was never bitter or despondent and virtually “sailed” through the process, even gaining weight. He was not selected for radiation.

For the next year, we thought the nightmare was over, but in the summer of 2001 Ronnie began experiencing pain in the upper chest accompanied by unremitting nausea. For several months we traveled back and forth to Baltimore many times and each time were told there was nothing wrong—there was no tumor. At this point, I wasn’t going to take no for an answer anymore and persisted. At last, a tumor was discovered “hiding” behind his heart pressing on the vagus nerve (causing the nausea). This time there could be no surgery, only chemotherapy and radiation. From October 2001 through March 2002 treatment progressed. It was indescribable hell. He was hospitalized numerous times for dehydration and other side effects, the most serious of which was a potentially lethal blood clot. Much of his time was now spent in bed. Fate then dealt another stinging blow. On Feb. 3, 2002 Ronnie’s only child Lisa died in an automobile accident. Throughout these ordeals he conducted himself with grace and dignity. While many of us would have railed at God, been bitter or despondent, he was not. His award winning personality and smile always shone through. It was he who reached out to comfort others. From 2002 until his death, Ronnie never looked back. He loved life and enjoyed every minute. While he was not from St. Mary’s County originally, it was his home for more than 30 years and he will rest here for eternity and I, whom he often referred to as “his County girl,” look forward to being reunited with him when the time comes. I can’t wait to see that beautiful smile again.

The County Times

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