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Chuck Johnston Resigns
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Beach Elementary Has Growing Pains
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Bonnie Raitt Coming to SOMD
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19, 2010 memorandum to the Secretary of Budget and Management, Paulson said. For healthcare benefits to be excluded from a same-sex spouse's Maryland taxable income, as it is for opposite-sex couples, there would have to be a statutory change to the tax-general article to provide for the subtraction of the benefit amount from the spouse's Maryland adjusted gross income, he said. Legislative bills addressing same sex marriage are HB 1031 and SB 658. Both are sponsored primarily by Montgomery County based delegates and senators and provide means to tax benefits afforded to same-sex couples in the same manner as heterosexual couples.

County Doesn’t Offer Same Sex Insurance Coverage
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Same-sex spouses are not currently covered under the same insurance benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and won’t be until July, according to County Administrator Terry Shannon. In July, the county will renegotiate the insurance contract and expand it to include same-sex couples, Shannon said. Other benefits are already available to homosexual couples, effective in January. The insurance benefits are “another unfunded mandate…and we have to come up with the money for it,” said County Commissioner Susan Shaw. The more individuals covered in the county’s insurance policy, the more funds are required from the county government. “Whenever laws are changed there are consequences people didn’t think about or didn’t care about,” Shaw said, adding “we are doing everything we can to keep the cost of government reasonable.” “Current Maryland law provides that the Maryland adjusted gross income of an individual is the individual's federal adjusted gross income for the taxable year, as adjusted by the addition and subtraction provisions set forth…Thus, if a same-sex spouse's healthcare benefit is included in federal taxable income, then it is similarly included in Maryland taxable income,” states information supplied by Maryland Office of the Attorney General Communications Director David Paulson. Because of the federal prohibition against recognition of same-sex marriages, any state employer subsidy provided to an employee in a same-sex marriage to pay for certain dependent coverage must be imputed as income to the spouse because, under federal law, the same-sex spouse does not qualify for the tax benefits available to a "spouse,” according to Paulson. Because the federal government will not tax same sex couple’s insurance benefits, the county is responsible to apply the tax. The money is then remitted to the federal government, Shannon said. “It’s equal treatment,” she said. “It’s fair treatment.” This was addressed with regard to state employees and retirees in an April

Planning and Building Director Resigns
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Director of Community Planning and Building Chuck Johnston resigned after a year and a half with Calvert County. Johnston tendered his resignation during the week of March 4, according to Office of Personnel Director Gail Burdon. His last day will be April 5. Johnston said he accepted a position as planning director in Fredericksburg, Va. He joined Calvert’s staff on Oct. 12, 2011 after a 22-year career as the director of the Clark County planning department in Virginia. Johnston was the fourth director of Community Planning and Building, formerly the Department of Planning and Zoning. The department was formed in the 1960s, according to County Commissioner Jerry Clark. The county will advertise for another director. Typically, the applicant pool is narrowed to three or four to be interviewed by the county commissioners, who make the final selection, Clark said.

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NRC Denies Third Reactor
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer 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] poli-

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cy,” 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.

CRE Seeks Fourth Special Tax District
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Calvert Ranch Estates Roads Engineer Jay Hopson hopes the community’s request for a fourth special tax district will be the last. He has been working on the new Special Tax District during the past three or four months. The amount requested from residents will not change. At the current funding level, the tax district supplies CRE with $1.1 million per year. Money from the tax district funds road construction and repairs, Hopson said. The county approved three previous special tax districts to collect money for CRE, which submits receipts for completed projects, and the Department of Finance and Budget reimburses the community using the funds from the special tax district. The county’s Department of Public Works inspects work done to the roads, which is the extent of the county’s involvement in CRE’s affairs, Hayden said. A project that “dragged out” three years resulted in a $4 million surplus, which has been a major talking point for residents objecting to the tax district, in addition to being a cause for concern for the Board of County Commissioners. “That balance does seem a bit high to me,” said Director of Calvert Budget and Finance Tim Hayden. The new tax district, coupled with the surplus, will fund repairs and resurfacing for primary and secondary roads, in addition to surfacing tertiary dirt roads with “tar and chip.” “We have to maintain every mile, every foot of the roads here,” Hopson said. The “end game” would be dissolving the tax district, Hopson said. They are not designed to be permanent funding sources, but as a way to get large-scale projects completed. Hopson is in favor of ending the tax district after this fiveyear cycle, but before that can happen he needs to know where the money will come from to maintain the roads. Maintenance for the roads, including plowing and tree removal, cost between $800,000 and $900,000 per year. Without the tax district CRE would have to raise homeowner association rates or maintain the tax district, Hopson said. “I just don’t know what to do with out the special tax district,” he said. Before the latest tax district can go into effect, the Board of County Commissioners must approve it. The Calvert Ranch Estates will host public hearings for feedback from residents. No meeting have been scheduled yet.

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Hospice Provides Grief Support for Children and Teens
Calvert Hospice provides grief support for children ages six to 13 and teens ages 13 to 17 years of age through a program called “Bridges.” This program is open to all Calvert County children and teens dealing with the loss of a loved one and you do not have to be a hospice-related client to access the Bridges program. “Many people think this program is only for children and teens that have lost someone to cancer,” stated Deborah Plumley, Child and Adolescent Grief Coordinator for Calvert Hospice. “Actually, our focus is on the unique way that young people deal with grief and loss by providing careful guidance through that process regardless of the cause of death,” Plumley concluded. Through the Bridges program children and teens are divided into ageappropriate peer groups where creative activities and discussion are used to assist with coping and healing. Adult family members learn the similarities and difference between child and adult grief. This process helps with the healing process of both children and the adults in their lives. The Spring 2013 Bridges eight-session program will be held on Thursdays, April 11 through May 30 (weather permitting) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church 90 Church St. Prince Frederick. Pre-Registration is required and the program is free to all Calvert County residents. Please call Deborah Plumley at 410-535-0892 or email

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The College of Southern Maryland’s population is growing steadily, rising approximately 11 percent over last year, according to CSM President Brad Gottfried. The number of students taking non-credit courses is up 14.7 percent over last year. Earning a degree enables students to move toward economic independence. For every dollar spent on tuition, he said students earn $4.20 in lifelong earnings. He detailed new programs CSM President Brad Gottried, right, Photo by Sarah Miller to help individuals find work, talks to the Board of County Commissioners. and partnerships CSM is developing to train and place students. The metal workers union had been receptive to this idea, Gottfried said. During the state of the college speech to the Calvert County Commissioners, Gottfried said future programs and new branches should be located where the most people will have access to it and not be based upon “land owners fighting over who gets it or commissioners fighting over who gets it.” In other news, the County Commissioners voted 4-1 to pass updated personnel regulations. Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt voted against the updates, which included increasing bereavement leave from three to five days and putting use of leave at the discretion of the county administrator. With 13 holidays during the calendar year, he said the leave policy is generous enough without allowing more days off. Commissioners Jerry Clark and Susan Shaw disagreed, telling Slaughenhoupt the increase would allow employees to use sick leave without a doctors note in the event of a death, not add more hours to their paid time off, thus benefiting employees who travel out of state for funerals, Shaw added. In the second matter, Slaughenhopt argued the regulation sets the county administrator up for accusations of favoritism. None of his fellow commissioners agreed.

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The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports.

Sheriff’s Blotter
Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website. Go to safety/law/sheriff/ and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward. Burglary: Outdoor furniture worth $4,500 was stolen from the garage of a home in the 3900 block of Oyster House Road in Solomons between Feb. 26 and 27. Six deck chairs, a tabletop and two benches were taken. DFC S. Esposito is investigating. Theft: A woman had her wallet stolen from her cart while she shopped at the Prince Frederick Safeway on Feb. 27 between 11:45 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. Her credit cards were reported used in Bowie in less than an hour of the theft. Dep. J. Brown is continuing the investigation. Burglary: A home in the 5700 block of Highland Lane in Sunderland was burglarized during the daytime hours on Feb. 27. Over $2,700 in property was stolen; a Samsung 32 inch TV, a Wyle 20 inch TV an 18 inch Japanese brass bell and two Ipods. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dep. A. Mohler at 410-535-2800. Disorderly: On March 1 at 1:57 p.m. DFC M. Velasquez responded to the area of Catalina Drive and Comstock Drive in Lusby for the report of an intoxicated subject Edward Fitzgerald walking around and requesting money or a ride to the liquor store. Velasquez made contact with Edward Theodore Fitzgerald, 48 of Lusby, who appeared to be heavily intoxicated. Fitzgerald was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. Resisting Arrest: On March 2 at 1:42 a.m. Cpl. A. Moschetto responded to the area of Md. Rt. 4 northbound and Cox Road in Huntingtown for the report of an intoxicated Dennis Stiner driver. He observed the vehicle swerve into the left lane from the right lane and almost hit another vehicle then make a right turn onto Cox Road. The vehicle turned into a business parking lot and attempted to make a U-turn and head back onto Cox Road toward Md. Rt. 4. Cpl. Moschetto blocked the vehicle and made contact with driver, later identified as Dennis Lee Stiner, 58 of Lothian, who appeared intoxicated. Stiner was subsequently arrested and charged with resisting arrest, negligent driving and DUI. Destruction of Property: Five mailboxes on Pop Trott Road in Dunkirk were damaged overnight between March 2 and 3. DFC A. Locke is investigating. Attempted Arson: A resident of a home in the 11600


block of Big Bear Lane in Lusby advised DFC R. Weems that overnight between March 2 and 3, someone attempted to set fire to the aluminum front door to the home as well as the front porch mat but were unsuccessful. A flammable liquid had been poured on both items. The State Fire Marshal was made aware of the incident. Theft from Vehicle: Someone broke into a locked vehicle and stole $330 worth of property while the car was parked outside a home in the 200 block of South Branch Court in Huntingtown in the early morning hours of March 4. Cash, an Ipod Nano and a Droid smart phone were taken. Dep. A. Mohler is investigating. Destruction of Property: A 17-year-old male from Sunderland was charged on a youth report with destruction of property after he became angry at employees at Art’s Automotive in Sunderland and spun his tires across the entire parking lot of the business, resulting in $1,800 worth of damage, on March 5 at 11:56 a.m. The juvenile was released to a parent. Burglary: A home in the 1200 block of Alta Drive in Sunderland was burglarized sometime between Feb. 1 and March 5 and copper piping was stolen. DFC P. Aurich is investigating. Theft from Vehicle: Someone stole a case containing $1,500 worth of tattoo supplies from an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home in the 400 block of W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick during the early morning hours on March 8. DFC P. Wood is investigating. Theft: Unknown suspect(s) stole $1,000 worth of copper pipe from a home in the 2700 block of Spout Lane in Lusby. The theft occurred sometime between Feb. 22 and March 9. DFC W. Wells is handling the investigation. Destruction of Property: A John Deere all terrain construction vehicle was spray painted with graffiti on Stock Drive in Lusby overnight between March 8 and 9. The damage is estimated at $500. DFC S. Esposito is investigating. Destruction of Property: A victim in the 5600 block of Arbor Circle in St. Leonard advised DFC S. Esposito that on March 8 at 8:55 p.m. his surveillance camera recorded a white male puncturing three tires on two vehicles parked in his driveway. The damage is estimated at $750. The investigation continues. CDS Violation Case: On March 9 at 5:41 p.m. after conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle on Rousby Hall Road at Miriam Lane in Lusby, Dep. R. Kampf found the driver to be in possession Navee Chotikul of suspected drugs. Navee Chotikul, 30 of Lusby, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II drug; oxycodone hydrochloride, possession of a schedule II drug; amphetamine dextroamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Theft Case: On March 9 at 6:24 p.m. DFC W. Wells responded to the Prince Frederick Wal-mart for the report of a shoplifter in custody. Andrew James Gallagher, 24 of St. Leonard, was arrested and charged with theft under $1,000 and destruction of property. Gallagher was stopped while trying to exit the store with a 50-inch television he did not pay for.

The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. Possession of Cocaine and Drug Paraphernalia: On March 3 at 9:12 p.m., Trooper First Class Smith stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 4 south of Rt. 2 in Huntingtown. A passenger, Jamie L. Maguire, 28 of St. Leonard, was found in possession of drug paraphernalia and suspected cocaine. Maguire was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Synthetic Marijuana: On March 4 at 11:33 a.m., Trooper Oles responded to the 7000 block of Saw Mill Rd. for a report of a violation of an ex-parte order. Michael S. Huskey, 25 of no fixed address, was arrested for violating the protective order. A search revealed that Huskey was in possession of synthetic marijuana. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Unattended Child: On March 4 at 12:16 p.m., Trooper First Class Wiersman responded to the Fox Run Shopping Center parking lot in Prince Frederick in reference to a young child left alone in a vehicle. Troopers arrived and found a one year old asleep in a parked car. The father was eventually located at a nearby store and charged. Richard T. Bazemore, 35 of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested for leaving the child unattended in a motor vehicle. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Burglary: On March 10 at 2:58 p.m., Trooper First Class Logsdon responded to the 6200 block of 9th St. in Chesapeake Beach for a reported burglary. The victim’s shed was broken into and a blue and silver Powerhorse 9000 watt generator was stolen. Investigation continues.

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Disorderly Case: On March 9 at 10:30 p.m. DFC P. Aurich observed a vehicle operating in an erratic manner shortly before the driver stopped the car and Malek Hackett jumped out on Md. Rt. 260 near Wards Chapel Road in Owings. The driver and a female passenger were in a verbal argument. Aurich calmed them down and sent them on their way. Three subsequent Ladaishah Gillum calls were received by Calvert Control Center at three separate locations reporting the same vehicle being driven dangerously and the driver getting out and jumping in front of traffic while a female inside the vehicle screamed and hollered. DFC Aurich found the same vehicle in the parking lot of the Dash In on Md. Rt. 260 and Md. Rt. 778 in Owings. The driver was standing outside the vehicle and the female passenger was inside but they were arguing. Once again they were calmed and sent on their way. Finally, a fourth call was received that the same vehicle with disorderly people was at R&J Liquors on W. Chesapeake Beach Road in Dunkirk. DFC Aurich responded and arrested the driver, Malek Rashad Hackett, 18 and passenger Ladaishah Monet Gillum, 19, both of Alexandria, Va. and charged each with disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and endangering the safety of another.

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CSM’s Appoints Seasoned Officer for Public Safety, Preparedness Office
College of Southern Maryland’s Executive Director of Public Safety & Preparedness Donald Frick grew up listening to his family tell stories of their police and firefighting work in the boroughs of New York City, so it was no surprise that he chose law enforcement as a career. “From a young age I had a fire in my belly to be CSM Executive Director a police officer—it was in Public Safety Donald my blood,” Frick said. Frick joins the college Following his enlist- with more than 27 years of experience in law ment in the army, Frick enforcement. worked as a uniformed division officer for the U.S. Secret Service where he had a revelation. “After interacting with the local police, I decided I wanted to work more closely with communities on improving neighborhoods and fighting crime,” said Frick. Getting onto a local police force took patience and perseverance. Frick found himself waiting in lines of more than a thousand applicants for a few position openings. Then, in 1990, Frick was hired by the Prince George’s County Police Department and embarked on a 20-year career with the force. Frick comes to CSM after working with the Executive Office for the United States Attorney’s Emergency Watch Center to prepare the 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide in all aspects of emergency management and emergency preparedness. Now, in his job providing security to students, staff and faculty at CSM, Frick says he will rely on his 27 years of experience in public safety management and emergency management to ensure that CSM remains a safe environment. “There is a lot going on at the college and we are fortunate to have quality public safety people at all campuses,” Frick said. “The College of Southern Maryland has an excellent history and reputation for providing a quality education and I am excited to be a part of it. I am looking forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and local communities to provide a safe environment for students to learn.” “A safe environment enhances the learning that occurs at our college and having a public safety director of the caliber of Don Frick is crucial in providing safe, welcoming campuses and facilities for students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. During Frick’s 20-year career with the Prince George’s County Police Department he served as corporal, District III; sergeant, District IV and Special Operations Division; investigative commander and commander in Internal Affairs Division; commander, Violent Crimes Task Force; assistant commander, District IV; and commander, Special Investigative Response Team, Office of Professional Standards. Frick earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master of Science in Management through the Police Executive Leadership Program, with The Johns Hopkins University. For information on CSM, visit

State Evaluation Model Unsatisfactory
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer A new teacher evaluation model from the state is so convoluted that the Calvert Public Schools is designing an independent model to present to the state. The Board of Education discussed the models with Superintendent Jack Smith and Deputy Superintendent Robin Welsh during the March 7 meeting. “We’ve learned so much and what we’ve learned is we don’t want to use it,” Smith said of the state-designed model, which has been field-tested in counties statewide, including Calvert. Statisticians, not educators, developed the evaluation model, Smith said. The model has a professional practice and student growth component. The student growth component has been probPhotos by Sarah Miller lematic, with projections showing teachers could get poor and mediocre evaluations as high achieving students hold Superintendent Jack Smith and Deputy Superintendent Robin Welch discuss the state teacher evaluation model with the Board of Education. steady or improve moderately, while teachers with low performing students could receive good evaluations for minimal improvement. “It’s going to fail,” said Board of Education President Eugene Karol. In the professional practice portion teachers are rated for planning preparation, instruction, classroom environment and professional responsibilities. Teachers are required to create Student Learning Objectives for their classes. They would be asked to submit their SLOs in October, allowing time to tailor it to specific classes. Board of Education member Dawn Balinski asked how evaluations could be equal for teachers whose goals may vary widely. The group creating the evaluation system for Calvert is considering that problem, Welsh said. The model is still being field tested, with implementation anticipated for the 2013-2014 school year. Schools have the option to develop their own model, which has to be approved by the state. Calvert teachers, administrators and union representatives are drafting an evaluation alternative. The ideal model would “speak to the strength of the school,” he said. The state has already rejected models from nine jurisdictions, Smith said. For more information, visit
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Running for Pie
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer March 16 marked the sixth year the Patuxent High School Cross Country Team and Math Club joined forces for the Patuxent Pi Trail Run and Mile Walk. The Patuxent Pi is one of the few trail runs in the county, said coordinator Blain Mably, the cross county coach and a math and computer science teacher at Patuxent High School. Running and walking are fun ways to stay fit, Mably said. He encourages the community to come out to support the school and get a little bit of exercise in the morning. All age group winners receive a pie. Prizes are awarded to overall winners, master's winners, and other age group placers. Parents of cross-county and math club students make the prize pies, in addition to pies for sale at the event. Offerings include traditional fruit pies and chocolate pies. In total, the parents supply approximately 40 pies for the morning. Some parents baking pies no longer have students at Patuxent High School istered persons may participate for $5. “There’s a lot of nerdy aspects,” Mably said. The pi mile run will follow a modified version of the Patuxent High School Cross Country course. The mile walk will follow a portion of the same course, through wooded trails and some hilly terrain. The race will be held at Patuxent High School, located at 12485 Southern Connector Boulevard in Lusby. On-site parking is available. Race day registration is from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Runners start the race at 9 a.m., walkers start at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $15 for walkers and $30 for all others. All proceeds benefit the Patuxent High School cross-country team and the Math Club. To register on-line, go to www. and search for Patuxent Pi. For more information, visit sites., call 410535-7865 or email mablyb@calvertnet.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Beach Elementary School in Chesapeake Beach is 125 percent over capacity, according to Director of School Construction George Leah. On Dec 20, 2012, the Chesapeake Beach Town Council sent a letter to the Board of Education asking for help. At their March 7 meeting, the board voted unanimously to redistrict the school’s boundaries and move students to neighboring schools. In 2000 approximately 71 percent of all households were considered family households. Construction in Chesapeake Village, Bayview Hills and Richfield Station added to the number of these homes between from 2005 until now, and projections show a continued rise in elementaryage residents through 2021. The increase in population goes back to the 1970s, when families began living in homes that were once seasonal. Between 1970 and 2000, 840 households were added to the population. Leah could not yet identify the schools that will be affected by the redistricting other than Beach Elementary School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jack Smith will form a committee to study the matter, and the redistricting will take the findings into consideration, Leah said.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Months of research, building and tweaking will culminate at the April 13 LEGO League Regional Competition at the College of Southern Maryland. Before competing against outof-county teams, Calvert County elementary and middle school students from 24 schools gathered at Calvert Middle School to refine their robots and presentations. Saturday’s LEGO competition was a chance for students to go through the judging process and receive feedback to strengthen their presentations, according to SuperviPhotos by Sarah Miller sor of High School Science and TechPaul Goldsmith, left, and Sean Kim work out robotic snares. nology Education Yovanda Kolo. “I’m always impressed with the kids,” said County Robotics Coordinator Julie Tomasik. The trial run was glitch-free, she said, and the effort the students had put in was evident in the quality of their work. Calvert Middle School seventh grader Tony Proulx developed research skills and hands-on experience after a friend recommended he try the LEGO league. He looks forward to using those skills in high school and college. Calvert Middle School seventh grader Dorien Minor joined LEGO league in fourth grade. He joined because the league combined math and science, both subjects he likes. Calvert Middle School sixth graders Alyssa Will and Michaela Bell researched the project for the school’s team, using the computer lab and preparing a presentation. In the weeks leading up to the trial run, they glued parts together and practiced their speech for the judges, Will said. Both girls joined the league after seeing friends and older siblings have a good time with the robotics.

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Miller Named CMH Foundation Director
After a yearlong search, Dixie Miller of Dowell has been selected as the new director of the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation. She will be responsible for managing day-today operations and will take the lead in all fundraising efforts, including special events along with annual, planned and corporate giving. “The hospital is the heart of the community,” said Miller, “and the more support the hospital foundation receives the stronger it will be. As director, I will focus on ensuring that our hospital has the resources required to attract the best and the brightest and also provide top quality health care close to home.” CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis said, “Dixie has a demonstrated track record of successfully building relationships between individuals and organizations, a key skill in the field of development.” He went on to add, “She also has a personal passion for both health care and our community. Future changes in the economics of health care will make philanthropy even more critical in the years ahead and we are excited for Dixie's leadership in this area.” A longtime hospital volunteer, Miller has lived in the county since 1981 and has been active in fundraising for CMH as well as the Cancer Gala, the United Way, Calvert Hospice and the Calvert Marine Museum. Additionally, she served on the CMH Foundation board from 2001-2006, the 2004 Capital Campaign Steering Committee, the hospital ball committee for 24 years and three times co-chaired the event. “I am confident that her fundraising experience, coupled with her professional background in leadership, public speaking and service delivery,” said Kasia Sweeney, associate vice president for corporate communication at CMH, “will be great assets as we continue to grow and develop the foundation.” Miller has 22 years’ experience as a corporate trainer – developing and conducting seminars for government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and healthcare organizations around the country. Most recently, she worked as a program analyst for the Office of Training and Workforce Engagement at the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), a division of the Department of Homeland Security. “During the past 25 years, I have seen Calvert Memorial grow and expand beyond what anyone would have dreamed possible,” said Miller. “I share that passion and it’s exciting.” The CMH Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1989, is governed by a 13-member board of local residents who volunteer their time and talents to raise funds to support the hospital’s mission. For more information about the foundation and upcoming events, visit

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Hospital Foundation Board Introduces New Members
The Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees has welcomed two new members – Michael Cox of Huntingtown and Lynette Entzian of Lothian. The 11-member board is comprised of local residents who volunteer their time and talents to raise funds for expansion projects, new technology and healthcare scholarships. Cox, a Registered Financial Consultant and president of Calvert Wealth Management in Dunkirk, brings special School students by bridging the expertise in financial manageclassroom experience with the ment, marketing and planning practical skills necessary for to his new role. He has also actransitioning to college and the cepted the position of the CMH business community. foundation’s treasurer. In addition to chairing the A lifelong resident of Calsponsorship committee for this vert County, Cox is a graduate year’s CMH ball, she has helped of the University of Maryland raise funds for Anne Arundel where he obtained a bachelor’s Medical Center, Saint Jude, in mechanical engineering and End Hunger in Calvert County business management. He went and area food pantries. Entzian to complete his graduate cerhas also served as a Cub Scout Michael Cox tificate in financial planning at leader, 4-H leader, dance teachGeorgetown University. er for young children and fitness Active in the commuinstructor for seniors. She and nity, he has served on the Calher family are also members vert County Community Fund of the Chesapeake Church in and on the board of trustees at Huntingtown. Huntingtown United Methodist “My involvement with the Church. Cox helps build homes hospital and our community,” each summer in central Appasaid the mother of four “is a dilachia through the Appalachia rect result of the blessings my Service Project. He is also a family and I have experienced. member of the Calvert County I am honored to have the opporChamber of Commerce. tunity to serve the hospital in As a young man, he was inthis new role with the foundavolved with the hospital through tion’s board of trustees.” Lynette Entzian his former work at the volunteer They join board members fire department. He also worked Schrader B. Grady, II, of Fantaat CMH in respiratory therapy sy World Entertainment, retired during college breaks. learning specialist Michelle Frazer of Chesa“I understand the important role a hos- peake Beach, Kathy Dickinson of Dickenpital plays in a local community through all son Jewelers and Karen O’Brien of Curtis phases of life,” said Cox, “and want to ensure Homes. The foundation board also includes CMH remains a top performing hospital that Robin Henshaw of PraiseVoice Studio, Dr. Y. is respected, trusted and there for you when Renee Bright of Calvert Internal Medicine needed.” Group and CMH board member Donald M. As vice president of her family’s exca- Parsons, Jr. vating business, Entzian is in charge of reIn addition to Cox, the officers for the cruitment, management training and market- coming year are Prince Frederick attorney ing. She has also been negotiating and resolv- Mark Davis, president; Terri Wolfley, vice ing conflicts within the construction industry president and Cindy Parlett, secretary. for over 17 years. Established in 1989, the CMH FounEntzian studied business manage- dation organizes several major fundraisers ment at the University of Maryland Univer- throughout the year, including a casino night, sity College as well as mediation at Howard golf tournament and black-tie gala. For more Community College. Currently, she serves as information about the foundation’s activities vice president of the Business and Communi- or to make a gift, call 410-535-8178 or visit ty Advisory Board, which creates programs that provide opportunities for Southern High


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Calvert Boy Scouts are Growing
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Boy Scouts of America offer a lifetime volunteer opportunity, beginning first as a scout and continuing on until the end of life as leaders and administrators. Wes Haynes, district director is the perfect example. He started in first grade and, after graduating high school, he volunteered with summer camps and other scouting activities. He accepted as position as the district director two years ago. Scouting develops confidence, and combines leadership development with outdoor activities. “We do it all, and right now that’s what needs to happen,” Haynes said. For adults, the scouting program offers a wide range of volunteer activities. Men and women lead Cub Scout packs (the youngest of the children), Boy Scout troops or Venture crews.

Chris Jones and Matt Cullens lead troop at camporee.

Photos courtesy of Albert “Abby” Ybarra, Scoutmaster Troop 429 Jesse and Jeffrey Raleigh land their canoe.

All volunteers submit to a background check and take an online youth protection training sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. Two adults are always present when interacting with the scouts, Haynes said. Boy Scouts allow adults to continue participating in activities they may not otherwise find time for, such as campouts. Volunteers share their interests with the boys. Someone who is interested in guns and shooting may teach the boys about gun safety, care and maintenance of the equipment and take them out on a range with BB guns. Volunteers teach young men to take pride in and have fun with whatever they do, Haynes said. Volunteers teach youngsters to be productive members of society. “We do a lot more than help old ladies cross the street and start campfires,” Haynes said. Former county commissioner Linda Kelley began attending Eagle Scout presentations during her 16-year tenure on the Board of County Commissioners. She’s attended more than 300 presentations as a commissioner, and continues to attend as an ambassador for the commissioners. “It’s a wonderful program that teaches the boys character traits and qualities to take into adulthood,” Kelley said. In addition to attending presentations, Kelley volunteers with district level marketing and communications. Kelley’s brothers were Boy Scouts and her husband is an Eagle Scout, so she was familiar with the group when she began volunteering. Kelley is satisfied to have watched an eight-year-old Cub Scout grow up, earn Eagle Scout status, and seeing his achievements as he enter college and beyond. Boy Scout troops have community sponsors, and boys join the groups. A man’s son can join his father’s scout pack. Haynes recruits sponsors, the majority of which are churches and civic organizations. Volunteers can be spilt into two groups – some are only in as long as their children participate, and others stay on as leaders. Jim D’Amico continued to volunteer with the Boy Scouts

after his sons were finished. Currently, he is the charter organization representative for Huntingtown United Methodist Church, which sponsors Cub Scout pack 903, Boy Scout Troop 903 and Venture Crew 903. Venture Crews are co-ed and open to older students. They focus on high-adventure, such as rock climbing or white water rafting, D’Amico said. He is less active in the scouting side now, serving primarily as the liaison between the church and the scouts, but in his 15 years volunteering with the Boy Scouts he was an assistant cub master and served in various committees. Calvert County is “one of the fastest growing areas in scouting,” D’Amico said. Haynes oversees 63 units in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Crews. The 63 units include 2,400 children and 1,600 adult volunteers. For more information, contact Haynes at 301-943-8376 or

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Dunkirk Hardware Tooled for Women
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer When the economy is at its worst, hardware stores see an upswing in business because homeowners complete repairs and renovations, planning to live in their house for longer periods of time, according to Dunkirk Hardware General Manager Ashley Hangliter. Customers come to Dunkirk Hardware to rent or purchase tools and will find grills and grass seed stocked and ready for spring, which will bring them back for additional projects, Hangliter said. Catering to women is a must. Eighty percent of retail shoppers are women. That number is closer to 60 percent for a hardware store, but the majority of shoppers are still women. Dunkirk Hardware supplies tools, decorations and merchandise geared toward women so “they don’t feel this is a man’s world,” Hangliter said. Nobody waits more than five days to receive special orders, Hangliter said. The stores are partnered with Do-It-Best, a global hardware chain similar to Ace. Daylight savings marks the start of the busy season, Hangliter said. When the clocks change and homeowners come home with daylight left to burn, they start working on home repairs and outdoor projects. Early spring is an exercise in guessing the weather and hoping for the best, said Assistant Manager Sande Nose. Before an anticipated snowstorm, employees moved all the seeds and mulch to the back of the store and brought out salt and shovels. When the snowstorm turned into a rainstorm, they had to rearrange everything again. Customer service is key, Hangliter said. Dunkirk Hardware offers high-quality name brands, such as STIHL and Carhartt. They may not be the cheapest, but products from Dunkirk Hardware won’t break when you need them most, Hangliter said. Dunkirk Hardware offers a price match guarantee for local competitors. Dunkirk Hardware has sections dedicated to everything from plumbing to porches. A new kitchen design section has been poplar, with customers booked backto-back for consultations. Kitchen design offerings include granite, quartz, tile and cabinetry. When ramping up for Hurricane Sandy, they couldn’t stock enough Honda generators, Hangliter said. They ordered a shipment daily, then came in early to oil them, fill them with gas and check the warranty. They sold out by the end of the day. Employees worked up to 16 hours per day during the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy. Hangliter’s family got into the hardware business by accident. They owned a piece of property in Deale but couldn’t figure out what to build. When researching the area, they found a need for a “well run hardware store,” so the family took the plunge and opened a 9,000 square foot location to fill the need. After “four wonderful, busy, hectic years” the business has expanded to include the 20,000 square foot location in Dunkirk and a 4,500 square foot rental store in Prince Frederick. Hardware stores normally serve a fivemile radius, Hangliter said. Before Dunkirk Hardware opened, the nearest store was nine miles away. Because Calvert County regulations prohibit large box stores, smaller hardware stores fill a niche. Dunkirk Hardware opened on March 28, 2012. An opportunity came along not long after the new store’s opening when Jim's Air Party Rental closed shop. They took over the business, sold the leftover stock, did a major renovation and re-opened the store in January as Jim’s Tool and Party Rental. When hiring for the businesses, coowner Val Lynch said they aimed for a mix of students, veterans and skilled employees. They scaled back operations during the winter, but are hiring backup for spring and summer. Among the employees are a master plumber, three carpenters and several skilled workers who work at Dunkirk Hardware part-time, in addition to careers in their trade. A diverse workforce helps customers find exactly what they’re looking for, even if the request is out of the ordinary. Hangliter and Assistant Manager Gina

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Cramer, on the leadership team, have been with the business the longest. Cramer came on during the opening of Deale Hardware, and moved to Calvert County at the same time they opened the Dunkirk branch. One of the biggest challenges Cramer has come

up against is figuring out exactly what somebody is looking for. “There are 100 names for the same item,” she said. Assistant manager Tom Keeley helped a young woman who wanted to buy the

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Ashley Hangliter, left, Sande Nose, Gina Cramer and Tom Keeley make sure customer satisfaction is key at Dunkirk Hardware.

parts for a crawdad trap. She had plans for a crab trap, but needed to downsize for the smaller crustaceans. Another customer came in for help in constructing a sail-shaped awning for their porch. Some of the guys from plumbing built and delivered a custom frame made out of pipe. Keeley is accustomed to being outnumbered by women – he was an educator before his retirement, in a school that has a mostly female staff. He and his wife have two daughters and son. He had no background in hardware or construction before coming to Dunkirk Hardware, but his experience working with people of all ages, both as a co-

worker and a boss, has allowed him to transition easily. Nose does bookkeeping at Dunkirk Hardware, which she said is more complicated than the bookkeeping she did as a private doctor’s office. The team learns on the job. Every few days Jim Weaver comes in and gives them a detailed lesson on a tool, or a new product the store will use, Nose said. If they can’t answer a question, the mangers will refer a customer to an on-staff expert, she said. “We’re always learning something new every day,” Keeley said. For most, opening two stores in Calvert County would be enough to keep them occupied. Dunkirk Hardware’s management team stretched itself one step further in 2012 by having three of the four managers married within six weeks of each other. Hangliter’s wedding was Sept. 30, Nose’s

was Oct. 20 and Cramer’s was Nov. 10. Hurricane Sandy fell into the middle of that time frame. After the previous year’s activity, Hangliter is ready for a quiet year focused on growing the existing branches. While not planning to open a new store in 2013, she believes they will expand further within the next five years, possibly into a lumberyard. Currently, Dunkirk Hardware and Deale Hardware offer limited lumber selections. For more information, visit www.dunkirkhardware. com.


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I am writing to thank the managers and staff at Applebee’s Prince Frederick for choosing End Hunger In Calvert County as their local charity. During the entire month of February, the restaurant supported End Hunger In Calvert County by collecting donations and informing their customers about the reality of hunger in our county. This new partnership proves that when we work together and rally our efforts for good, we can create real

President’s Personal Wastefulness
In response to Mr. Boudreaux’s letter to the editor about sequestration, he mentioned Obama’s trips. A retired Naval officer told me that each time the Obamas plane flies, the cost to the taxpayer is $250,000. That’s just one plane. The other plane is a cargo plane with two automobiles and the secret service. How much more to fly to Hawaii? Was it necessary to fly to Florida to play golf with Tiger Woods? This is wasteful spending. How many senior citizens, such as myself, has to watch every penny? My income doesn’t go up. But everything else does. I know the president has perks, but he need not take advantage of them. Charlotte Delaney Solomons


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The “Comedy Invasion for Project Graduation” show held on Feb. 22 featuring comedians Al Madrigal and Jason Weems was a wonderful night of laughter and entertainment for a great cause. The Board of Directors of the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse extends its gratitude to those who attended the show and to the many sponsors, both individual and businesses, that donated funds or items for the door prize drawings. In addition, CAASA would like to thank the volunteers from Calvert High School’s National Honor Society for serving as ushers and the students and staff from Patuxent High and Huntingtown High for providing refreshments during the event. Project Graduation, which is in its 26th year, is an important event in Calvert County as it provides the county’s graduating seniors from Calvert, Huntingtown, Northern and Patuxent high schools an opportunity to celebrate in a safe environment with their classmates and guests. This event reduces the change of crashes involving our youth on one of the most important nights of their lives – graduation. To find out more about Project Graduation, contact the CAASA office at 410-535-3733 or visit our website at CAASA. Donations for Project Graduation are graciously accepted year round and are tax deductible. Janet Bateman President CAASA Board of Directors

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Enid Blake, 92
Enid E. Mason Blake, age 92, of Sunderland, Md., passed away March 2 at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky. She was born April 11, 1920 in Denton, Mont. to David Oscar and Nellie Mae (Clayton) Mason. Enid lived an interesting life in her youth in Montana where she and her brothers, Max and Wesley, rode horses to the country school and lived in the town of Denton during the winter, due to the harsh weather. Camping in Yellowstone National Park was a routine trip for Enid, her brothers and friends. After graduating from Denton High School, she enjoyed jobs such as working in a creamery and serving as a nanny for a family in Illinois. In Oct. 1943, she joined the Women’s Army Corps during WWII, and was stationed at Eglin Field, Fla. as an auto equipment operator in the motor pool. That is where she met her husband, Thomas “Bill” W. Blake. Soon after their marriage in 1945, they moved to his home in Sunderland, Md. In her earlier years, Enid enjoyed the activities of the Sunderland Homemakers Club. She was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Throughout her life she enjoyed painting classes at Calvert Pines Senior Center, sewing and quilting. Enid was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband. She is survived by her children, Libby Phillips and her husband Jim of Sunderland, Jane Snow and her husband Steve of Simpsonville, Ky., and David Blake and his wife Kathy of Sunderland. She is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Family and friends were received March 8 at Rausch Funeral Home, in Owings. A funeral service and celebration of Enid’s life was on March 9 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunderland. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers for Mrs. Blake are Paul Phillips, Steve Paradis, Josh Blake, Chad Accipiter, Donald Dowell and Andy Graham. For additional information, or to leave condolences, visit

Eloise Sapp, 88
Eloise Hutchins Sapp, 88, of Prince Frederick, Md. went home to heaven on March 3. She was born to the late Allen and Carrie Hutchins on Jan. 25, 1925 in Prince Frederick, Md. Eloise graduated in 1942 from Calvert County High School and attended Baltimore Business College. Eloise worked at Reed’s Department Store in Baltimore upon finishing courses in Baltimore Business College for a short time. After that she moved back to Prince Frederick when she spent the rest of her life. She worked for the Calvert Independent, C & P Phone Company, and the Department of Social Services, from which she retired in 1993. Eloise is survived by a daughter, Donna Sapp King and two grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Phyllis Combs. In addition to her parents, Eloise was predeceased by her sister Geraldine Lankford. Eloise love to dance and taking different secretarial courses. She will be missed by her family. Viewing was held on March 8 at Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, Md. where funeral services followed. Interment was in Asbury Cemetery. Memorial contributions should be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Prince Frederick, Md.

Kristin Beavers, 47
Kristin Ruth Beavers, age 47, of Huntingtown, Md. passed away March 5 at her home. She was born July 8, 1965 in Milton, Fla. to William T. Boyd III and Patricia Carter Boyd. Growing up in a military family Kris lived in Japan, California, Louisiana, Hawaii, Maine and Virginia. Kris met Joseph Patrick Beavers in Virginia and she and Pat were married in Upper Marlboro, Md. on Nov. 3, 1989. They have resided in Calvert County since their marriage and in Huntingtown since 2001. She was a substitute teacher and later a teacher’s aide at Beach Elementary School for thirteen years. Kris was a member of Grace Brethren Church and a former member of Beach Elementary School PTA She enjoyed gardening, fishing and animals, especially horses. She was fond of spending time with her family, and enjoyed accompanying Pat in showing “Big Red,” a 1979 Ford F250 truck. Kris was preceded in death by her mother, and is survived by her husband Pat, daughter Amanda Kristin and son Joseph Patrick “Joe” Beavers III, all of Huntingtown; her father and stepmother William T. III and Dianne Boyd of Leesburg, Va.; an aunt Janice Boyd of Dallas, Texas; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sharon and Joseph Patrick Beavers of Sunderland; a brother and sister-in- law Matt and Kelly Beavers and their family of Huntington; and sister-in-law Lisa Beavers of Sunderland and brother-in-law Johnny Beavers and family of Sunderland. Friends called on March 9, followed by a memorial service and celebration of Kris’ life at Rausch Funeral Home. For information or to leave a condolence visit

vived by a sister-in-law Eula Thompson of Huntingtown, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received March 7 at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings. A celebration of Shirley’s life was held March 8 at Huntingtown United Methodist Church. A visitation also took place March 10 at Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd, Va., with a funeral service following. Interment followed in Jacksonville Cemetery in Floyd. Memorial donations in Shirley’s honor may be made to Calvert Elks Lodge 2620, 1015 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, online at To leave condolences visit

Raymond Simpson, 84
Raymond Alexander Edward Simpson, age 84, of Bowie Md. passed away March 9 at the Genesis Waldorf Center. He was born Jan. 28, 1929 in Washington, D.C. to Raymond Alexander and Jane Rebecca (Fiedler) Simpson. Ray grew up in the District of Columbia and attended D.C. Public Schools. He enlisted in the United States Army in February 1946, and served in the Army’s occupational forces in Germany. Ray received an Honorable Discharge in February 1949, and served in the Army Reserves Corps until 1951. While in Germany, he met the love of his life, Erna. They were married in Erna’s hometown of Oberursel, Germany in October 1948. After returning to the United States, Ray worked as a meat cutter for Safeway and was a member of Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America union. He made a major career change to the insurance industry in the early 1950’s and worked for a variety of insurance firms until 1974. Ray worked for the Department of the Army in the safety assurance profession from 1974 until his retirement in 1992. During that time, he and Erna were able to go back to Germany for a 10-year period. Ray was active for many, many years in his church, having served in a number of teaching and administrative lay person positions. He was most proud of his election as the very first Deacon Emeritus of the Dunkirk Baptist Church. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Erna W. Simpson and siblings Lorraine Smith, John Simpson and Joseph Simpson. Surviving are sons Edward R. Simpson and his wife Kim of Dunkirk and Steven K Simpson and his wife Diane of Waldorf, MD; grandchildren Daniel E. Simpson of Arlington, Va. and Amber N. Simpson of Waldorf, Md. and a sister Dorothy Ennis of Manassas, Va. Friends may call on Friday, March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings. A service and celebration of Ray’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Dunkirk Baptist Church. Interment will be held 10 a.m.. Monday, April 1, 2013 at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dunkirk Baptist Church Multi-Purpose Building Fund, 11275 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754

Shirley Thompson, 74
Shirley Edward Thompson, 74, of Chesapeake Beach passed away March 2. He was born Sept. 10, 1938 in Floyd, Va. to J. Murphy and Annie May (Hale) Thompson. Shirley was raised in Floyd and attended Floyd County High School, graduating in 1956. After high school, Shirley attended Ferrum College where he studied business. Shirley moved to Calvert County in 1958 and has been a resident of Chesapeake Beach for the past 20 years. Upon moving to Calvert County Shirley worked with his brother, Earl Thompson, at Thompson Lumber Company located in Sunderland. He and Earl later became partners and they operated the business together. After his retirement from the lumber company, Shirley was an active real estate developer and investor. He was a member of the Calvert Elk Lodge 2620, Calvert County Sportsman Club, and the Moose Lodge in St. Mary’s County. Shirley was an avid Washington Redskins fan, and also enjoyed NACSAR, playing cards and fishing. Shirley was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Earl M. Thompson, a sister Mary Williams and her husband Gene, and a brother-in-law Ernie Fentress. He is survived by his devoted long-time companion Carolyn R. Jackson, a sister Louise Fentress of Christiansburg, Va., and brothers Newell Thompson and wife Verda Mae of King George, Va., Dorsey Thompson and wife Louise and Gene Thompson and wife Hazel, all of Floyd, Va. He is also sur-

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Kathleen Rodgers, 57
Kathleen Margaret Rodgers, age 57, of Rose Haven, Md. passed away March 9 at her residence. Surviving are her beloved husband Larry J. Rodgers of Rose Haven; mother Peggy McDade of Springfield, Va.; son David J. Arenz of Rose Haven; daughter Elizabeth A. Dodson and her husband Ed of Huntingtown; stepson Andrew J. Rodgers of Ft. Walton, Fla.; granddaughter Abigail Dodson; and brothers Jay McDade and his wife Lynne of Lakewood, Colo. and Kevin McDade and his wife Pam of Clifton, Va. A celebration of her life was held March 12 at Friendship Community Baptist Church, Dunkirk, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Theodore F. Gross, 71
Theodore F. Gross, 71, of Prince Frederick, Md. passed away on Feb. 20 at Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md. Theodore Franklin Gross was born Aug. 19, 1941 to the late Thomas Edward Gross and late Mary Elizabeth Jones Gross Cleveland in Anne Arundel County, Md. During his precious time on earth Theodore adopted the name “hat” given to him by his mom, because when males would visit the home and take off their hats he would put it on his head, and, to this day Theodore’s outfit would not be complete without a hat. Theodore received his education in Anne Arundel County Public school system, and graduated from Waley Bates High School in 1958. God blessed his hands and upon graduation he found his niche in construction. Theodore joined the United States Army in 1964 and was stationed in Vietnam. During that time he was joined in Holy matrimony to Jessie Ilean Brown. Theodore loved his country and was proud of his service to his country. He had the highest regard for our American Flag. After being honorably discharged from the army in 1966, he resided in Calvert County, Md., and returned to his calling in the field of construction where he found his passion in concrete, became the expert, and started his own business, Gross & Sons. Theodore was extremely particular about his work, and was always willing to lend a helping hand and share his advice. Upon his retirement he sold Gross & Son’s to Gross and Brown Enterprises LLC. Theodore was very pleasant and had a lively personality. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. He had a great love for baseball and could often be found attending ball games. He was also a big Redskins’ fan. He spent most of his spare time shooting pool, playing

cards, watching sports and cooking his favorite foods. He was very selective about where and what he ate. He only ate from a select few. And you know who you are. Theodore joined the American Legions Gray-Ray Post 220 in 1987, where he remained a faithful and active member until his illness. Theodore loved the Lord and gave his life to Christ in June of 2011. He understood the favor of the Lord and embraced his journey. Through his tests and trials, Theodore engrossed himself in the Word of God and found comfort in the promises of God expressed through word and song. “The Upper Room” and “Amazing Grace” by, Mahalia Jackson were his favorite songs. At the time of his transformation, Theodore was a member of Patuxent United Methodist Church. Preparation for this transformation have been in place for awhile for God knew He had to take His time and prepare a place for a man like Theodore who had a gift for construction; a place he would appreciate; a place built with material by the Master Builder, Jesus Christ, who has been taking His time to provide a mansion for Theodore. It is situated in a beautiful neighborhood where all the residences are called Saints and if you know Jesus Christ, when God is ready for you, Theodore will greet you just inside the gate. He leaves to cherish his memories, his passion, his steps, his legacy: devoted and lifelong friend Clarice “Birdeye ”Brooks Birdie as he so lovingly called her; his children, Renee “Bootsie” Smith, Leslie D Gross, (Daughter-inLaw Terry) Jermaine Gross, and Theodore “Daryl” Gross; Brother, John Cleveland; Sister, Alice ; Brother, Folg-

er (Jimmy) Gross, (Marie) sister-in-law, Ruth Coates ; grandchildren, Terrell Banister, Tia Gross, Tara Hall, Jermaine Gross Jr., and Minixia Gross; goddaughters, Dawn Miles and Domonique Allen; godson, Sayvion Allen; Devoted friends, Leroy Dailey and Woodrow Parker Jr. and Clairice Hall; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Theodore was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Edward Gross and Mary Elizabeth Jones Gross Cleveland; brothers Robert “Bobbie” Gross, Leroy Gross, and Lemuel Coates; and sister Mary Francis Gross Parran. Funeral service was held on March 2 at Mt. Olive UM Church, Prince Frederick, Md. with Rev. Bryan K. Fleet officiating. The interment was at Ernestine Jones Cemetery, Chesapeake Beach, Md. The pallbearers were James Ford, Glenn Mason, Gaither W. Parker Jr., Billy Smith, Robert Gray and Reginald Berry Sr. The honorary pallbearers were Wilson Parran, James Wills, Floyd Jones, Robert King and Robert Rawlings. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.

Paul Moore, 65
Paul Taylor Moore, 65, of Upper Marlboro passed away peacefully on March 8 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was born Sept. 2, 1947 in Erwin, N.C. to Ziphie C. and Blanche (Brooke) Moore. Paul was raised in North Carolina and later moved with his family to Seabrook, Md. A longtime resident of Prince George’s County, he has lived in Upper Marlboro for the past seventeen years. Paul married Nancy Perry on Sept. 4, 1966. He was a self-employed painting and home improvement contractor. Paul loved his work and also enjoyed “hot rod” cars and spending time with his family. Paul is survived by his loving wife Nancy Moore; a son Paul Thomas Moore of Upper Marlboro; sisters Anne, Barbara and Judi, and by many extended family members and friends. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at his home in Upper Marlboro. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to his family at the home address. To leave condolences visit

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Bonnie Raitt Headlines Bay Blues Festival
End Hunger In Calvert County is selected as charity.
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

Encore: Creativity for Older Adults
Adults, age 55 plus, are invited to expand their mind, body and talents by attending one of the premier performing arts institutes for older adults the Encore Summer Choral Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Historic St. Mary’s City - sponsored by Encore Creativity for Older Adults. The institute, now in its 6th year, will attract adult students from all over the country to learn a new art, or continue to perfect lifelong skills. All levels of vocal and performance experience are welcomed. Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest and fastest growing choral program for older adults, offers unique summer “performing arts sleep away camps” for older adults who want to learn, sing and perform. Last year’s St. Mary’s Encore Chorale Institute attracted more than 75 participants from around the country. Encore was delighted to also welcome local St. Mary’s and Calvert County commuters. The Encore Choral Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will run from June 18 to 22 and is led by Encore founder and conductor Jeanne Kelly, and Krystal Rickard McCoy, music director of St. Maries Musica and the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale. Singers have a full day starting with stretch/Yoga class and followed by a full choral rehearsal. After lunch singers will choose from a vocal technique class, a choral sectional, or free time. An afternoon choral rehearsal will follow. Repertoire will include spirituals, oratorio selections, songs from the American Song Book and Broadway. Singers may sit for rehearsals and performance. The program will culminate in a grand finale performance on Saturday, June 22 at 1:30

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General Admission and VIP Tickets are available at This year, for the first time guaranteed parking on site to general admission ticket holders will be sold. Passes are $10 per day regardless of the number of passengers in the car. This will ensure that, if you wish to park on site, it will not be on a first come first serve basis. You may arrive anytime during the day. They are available online at website. Parking at the Naval Academy Stadium and Kent Island High School will still be offered. Because there will be an onsite parking option the number of buses serving these lots will be reduced.

p.m. for friends, family and the public at the Historic St. Mary’s Hall. Participant program fees include all classes, materials, accommodations on site, and meals. Commuter students are welcome and fees adjusted accordingly. Non-participating spouses or guests are also welcome and their fees include shared accommodations and meals with the program participants. Institute participants need not be current Encore singers. The deadline to register is May 17. Encore Creativity will offer a second Institute this summer at the famed Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y. in collaboration with two of the nation’s premiere creative arts programs to present an innovative, three-track program August 25 to 30, 2013. Encore will partner with The Dance Exchange, based near Washington, D.C., and the Stagebridge Theatre of Oakland, Calif. to offer three concurrent performance institutes - Choral, Movement, and Theatre. Details are available on the Encore website. For more information, please call Encore at 301-261-5747 or email info@encorecreativity. org. Program details and registration forms are available online at

The Life of a Woman in Concert
Patuxent Voices is showcasing ‘The Life of a Woman’ in their annual spring concert. Performances are Saturday April 27, 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Church in Sunderland; Sunday April 28, in a joint benefit concert for SMILE, Inc. with St. Mary’s Musica at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Solomons, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday May 5, 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, St. Mary’s College. Performances are free, but a donation is appreciated. The Life of a Woman moves from childhood through to the “wisdom years” offering ample opportunity to showcase the swinging pop tunes and beautiful harmonies Patuxent Voices is known for. Childhood selections skip from “Under the Sea” and “ABC”, into turbulent adolescence where pop favorites like the Beach Boys’ hit “God Only Knows” and the unforgettable “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” boast the exuberance of youth. Growing maturity is introduced in the early adult years with numbers like “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, and “Goin’ to the Chapel” made famous by the Dixie Cups, followed predictably by motherhood, and beautiful arrangements of “Close Now Thine Eyes” and “Ave Maria.” Then suddenly the kids are gone, and you waltz into middle age where life offers unexpected surprises, characterized by “I’m Into Something Good”

Essay Contest About Ending Hunger
The deadline is quickly approaching for Olive Garden's 17th-annual Pasta Tales essay writing contest, which asks students "How would you help end hunger in your community?" From now through Friday, March 22, Olive Garden's Pasta Tales contest gives students in first through 12th-grade in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) the opportunity to submit an essay of 50 to 250 words with their ideas for ending hunger in their local communities. The grand-prize winner of the contest will receive a three-day family trip to New York City that includes dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. In addition, Olive Garden will provide a $5,000 grant to bring the winner's essay to life by supporting hunger initiatives in his or her local community. The winners in each of the 12 grade categories will be awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant. Pasta Tales entry forms and complete rules are available on Olive Garden's website at Entries must be postmarked by March 22, 2013 and sent to Pasta Tales, PMB 2000, 6278 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-1916. Submissions will be judged based on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa, with winners selected by Olive Garden. Olive Garden's Pasta Tales essay contest provides students in local communities an outlet to creatively express the influences, experiences and stories that have shaped their lives. For more information about Olive Garden's Pasta Tales, contact Lauren Simo or Catie Jackson at (954) 776-1999 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

and the recognition that after all those years he is “Still The One.” And finally, the wisdom years are captured by the classic “Lean On Me” and a beautiful rendition of “May the Road Rise to Meet You.” There are many other songs charting this journey of a woman, ranging from the sublime to the silly – but all sung with great vocal energy and conviction. Patuxent Voices was founded in 2004 by two friends who shared a love for a cappella music. The group of 12 performs under the direction of Lori Beth Sink and Laura Curran. In addition to giving two sets of concerts annually, one at Christmas and one in the spring, Patuxent Voices can be seen at a variety of community events. They will perform at the Calvert Marine Museum’s First Free Friday on May 3 at 7 p.m. Check the website for details,


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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 “non-county 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.

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Blue Crabs Continue to Build
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 five-foot-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 (2009-11) 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.

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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Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, March 14
• Trivia, Ladies Night and Karaoke Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m.

Books are Perfect Entertainment
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life,” according to famous author Stephen King. To make a book more entertaining, consider joining one of the many book clubs around Calvert County. The county library is the obvious place to start. The Prince Frederick branch hosts a book discussion the first Monday of every month, the Twin Beaches branch on the second Monday, and the southern branch on the third Wednesday of the month. The group at Twin Beaches has been meeting for more than 20 years, according to Branch Manager Joan Kilmon. Monthly attendance varies between 10 and 20. The group meets in July to discuss the lineup for the year. “It’s a wonderful way to read things you would never have chosen,” Kilmon said. Camp Roosevelt resident Grace Rymer began attending the Twin Beaches group 10 years ago. She is a lifelong avid reader, and talking to the group gives her a chance to sound out ideas and find additional viewpoints. “We’re lively,” she said. “Most book clubs are.” During their latest meeting, the group discussed “When the Emperor was Divine” and “The Buddha in the Attic,” both by Julie Otsuka. Kilmon invited library volunteer Hiroshi Suzuki to talk to the group and answer questions about Japanese culture and the challenges Japanese-Americans faced during World War II.

Friday, March 15
• Kajun Kelley Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m. • Swamp Dog Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • VIP Club Spring “Pick Up” Party Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 16
• St. Patty’s Day Round 1 Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 p.m. • Jim Ritter & the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. • Live Music Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

Joan Kilmon talks about “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka.

Photos by Sarah Miller

Hiroshi Suzuki talks about Japanese-American treatment during World War II.

During the summer, libraries host the Book Blitz, for teens and the Tween Summer Book Fest for tweens. Youth book events are activity driven, according to Youth Services Coordinator Beverly Izzi. When several individuals read the same book it builds friendships. It gives children and adults an opportunity to have intelligent, in depth conversations about the books. The Friends of the Library support youth programs, giving each library branch funds to give away 10 paperback copies of the summer’s book. Coordinators cover a variety of themes, ranging from science fiction to biographies. The library also hosts a statewide book discussion called One Maryland One Book. This year’s books is “King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village” by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. King Peggy follows American secretary Peggielene Bartels through the transition from her ordinary life to an extraordinary one when, after the death of her uncle, she is elected king of Otuam, a town on Ghana’s central coast. The Maryland Humanities Council selects the book, according to Calvert Libraries Public Relations Coordinator Robyn Truslow. The overarching goal of the state program is to get everyone in the state to read and discuss the same book, Truslow said. To encourage this, public library branches host discussions. To prepare for One Maryland, One Book, libraries stock up on hard copies and digital copies of the book, books on tape and film versions, if available. They distribute free copies in waiting rooms with a sticker telling whoever takes the book to pass it on when they are finished. For more information about One Maryland, One Book visit For more information, including a full calendar of upcoming library events visit

Sunday, March 17
• St. Patty’s Round 2 with the Piranhas Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 3 p.m. • St, Patrick’s Day Celebration Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

Grace Rymer talks at the Twin Beaches book discussion.

Helen Cummings is in three book clubs. She recommends when finding or forming a group, a reader should determine what she’s looking for. Every club has a different flavor – some are more social, and some are more serious. Clubs are a way for individuals to try different genres and have meaningful conversations. Lusby resident Kris Lopez hosts a monthly book club, with three of her friends called the Crockin Readers. They discuss a book and “kind of guinea pig it” with crock-pot recipes. The host chooses the books and they exchange recipes. Last summer, they read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, went to see the movie and discussed the differences between the two. Lopez is a stay at home mom. The others in the club are bus drivers. Their book club gives them “adult time with friends.” Crockin’ Readers is accepting new members. For more information, e-mail Traci Lowery at

Tuesday, March 19
• Dylan Galvin Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20
• Karaoke Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 21
• Dynamic Duck Dou Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 9 p.m. • Trivia, Ladies Night and Karaoke Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m.


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Sunday, March 17
• DB Celebrates 20 Years of Public Ministry Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 S. Maryland Blvd, Dunkirk, 10:30 a.m. Join Dunkirk Baptist Church for a special worship with DBC’s founding pastor, Dr. Dennis Felder followed by a potluck luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. We look forward to sharing the message of God’s forever faithfulness over the last 20 years at Dunkirk Baptist Church and always. Call 301-855-3555 Click:    Email:  office@

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Community Events
and contribute to the betterment of mankind. Meetings  are  held  the  first  and  third  Thursday of every month. For more information please contact Belinda Denton at 443624-2402, or Visit our  website at • Meditation and its Benefits to Body & Mind Calvert Pines Senior Center, (West Dares Beach Rd. Prince Frederick, Md.) – 1 p.m. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Calvert County Chapter 1466, will host a short presentation by Dr. Shakuntla Mahajan M.D. “Meditation and its Benefits to Body & Mind”,  followed by a regular business meeting. Also, join us for an early lunch at 11:30 a.m. this month at IHOP near the Crystal Palace in PF. Active and Retired Federal employees, spouses, members, non-members and guests are welcome. For NARFE membership Information and Application, Call 410-586-1441 or email  • What Are My Old Books Worth? Valuing Your Books Program Calvert Library, Fairview Branch - 7 p.m. Have you ever wondered if your old books are rare, or if they’re worth something? Are you afraid to do anything with that box of old books? Join Calvert Library Fairview Branch for a workshop with information and resources to help determine the value of your old books. Liz Prouty and Richard Due, owners of Second Looks Books in Prince Frederick, will also be giving participants the chance to bring one or two old books for examination. For more information, please contact Lisa Tassa at 410-257-2101. • Buy Local: The Sustainable Food Movement Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, 6:30 p.m. The museum continues its PEM Talks series Sustainable Chesapeake with a talk by Greg Bowen entitled Buy Local: The Sustainable Food Movement. Local, fresh, organic, natural food is a hot topic of conversation with claims of being more sustainable, more healthful, and more environmentally friendly. If you would like to learn more about buying local and supporting local agriculture, don’t miss this opportunity. Come meet local producers at 6:30, talk begins at 7 in the auditorium, free. Bowen grew up on a tobacco farm in Calvert County and after graduating from college, took up farming and joined the Calvert County Young Farmers. Eventually he joined the staff of the Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning, first as deputy  director, and in his last six years as director. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at or call 410-326-2042.

course manual and materials. Advance registration is encouraged and may be made by calling 410-535-2035.

Wednesday, March 20
• Lenten Luncheon Friendship United Methodist Church, 22 West Friendship Road, Friendship, 11:45 a.m. Devotional Service starts at 11:45 a.m. Lunch at noon. Menu is crispy friend chicken, baked ham, parsley potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, cottage pudding and beverage. Price is $12 a person (carry-out available). For more information call 410-7415268. Served by the Dorcas-Lydia Circle of the United Methodist Women.

Monday, March, 18
• Boating Safety Class scheduled County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678 The Boating Skills & Seamanship safety course in nine sessions is being offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Drum Point Flotilla, on Mondays and Thursdays beginning March 18and  finishing  on    April  15.    Each  session  is two hours. The course covers boats and required equipment, trailering, legal requirements in Md., boat handling, waterway signs, rules of the road, and marine radio. This course satisfies the Md. Boating Safety Education requirement for all Maryland boaters born after July 1, 1972. A fee of $30 covers the

Thursday, March 21
• Nervous When Asked to Speak Publically? County Services Plaza (150 Main Street in Prince Frederick, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You’re not alone and there is help right in your own community. Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding,

Library Events
Thursday, March 14
• Calvert Conversations Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 10 to 11 a.m. An informal discussion of local history of interest to long-time Calvertonians and newbies. Complimentary coffee and tea. Come, relax in our living room, and share or learn something new! Call for information 410-257-2411. • Kids Just Want to Have Fun! Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 2 to 3 p.m. Reading, discussion and projects for children in K-3rd grade. Please register. Call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Evening Storytime Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. This storytime is for the family with children of multiple ages. Children enjoy books and language through short stories, songs, crafts and more. An adult must accompany child. This week’s theme: Zoo. • Lifelong Learning Series: Your Android Phone or Tablet 101 Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Are you considering the purchase of an Android smartphone or tablet and want to know the basics of how to get started? Or maybe you have one already and need a little support? Bring your device and we’ll give you a few pointers. Please register. Call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Friday, March 15
• On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. Call 410-535-0291 or 301-8551862 for more information.

ents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. • Playtime Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other parents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. • Playtime Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 11 to 11:30 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. No registration. Ages birth through 5. • Brain Games: Mahjongg, Scrabble and More Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 12 to 2 p.m. Want to learn Mahjongg? Hope to make your Scrabble skills killer? Games are a great way to keep your brain sharp while having fun! Join us!

Bring the little ones for movies and a story. Call 410-535-0291 or 301-8551862 for more information. • Kids Just Want to Have Fun! Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reading, discussion and projects for children in K-3rd grade. Please register. Call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Calvert Eats Local Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Introduction to Permaculture Design presented by Liz Stoffel. Encourage local agriculture, discover ways to eat locally, and share resources, energy, and good ideas for great food! Call 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862 to learn more.

Saturday, March 16
• Garden Smarter: Companion Planting, Succession Planting for Vegetable Garden Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about mutually beneficial crop  relationships, how to keep insects at bay, attract  beneficial  insects,  enhance  the  health of garden soil and have great tasting veggies. For more information call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Yes, You Can Use A Computer! Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 10 to 11 a.m. Tips and tricks for using Google to search the Internet will be presented. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. Call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Playtime Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings, 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other par-

Tuesday, March 19
• Yes, You CAN Use A Computer! Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tips and tricks for using Google to search the internet will be presented. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. Call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Downton Abbey Schemes and Skeins Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Bring your knitting/crochet project and join us for the hot PBS Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey on the big screen.

Monday, March 18
• Monday Morning Movies and More Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 10 to 11 a.m.


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• Boating Safety Class scheduled County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678 The Boating Skills & Seamanship safety course in nine sessions is being offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Drum Point Flotilla, on Mondays and Thursdays beginning March 18 and finishing on April 15. Each session is two hours. The course covers boats and required equipment, trailering, legal requirements in Md., boat handling, waterway signs, rules of the road, and marine radio. This course satisfies the Md. Boating Safety Education requirement for all Maryland boaters born after July 1, 1972. A fee of $30 covers the course manual and materials. Advance registration is encouraged and may be made by calling 410-535-2035. Boating Safety Class, 18 March until 15 April at the Calvert County Services Plaza, 150 Main Street, Prince Frederick MD. The cost is $30. To reserve a seat or for more information contact R. T. West at 410-535-2035.

Month Long Community Events
• Calvert County Youth Flag Football Registration is open for boys and girls ages 5-16. The first two seasons have been a huge success and we are looking forward to the 2013 spring season. This is a no contact sports and designed to teach the children the fundamentals of football. Each child gets the opportunity to play all positions on offense and defense. Each season we are growing bigger. Registration will close March 15. You may visit the website for more information. • JPPM Visitor Center Opening Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Visitor Center will now be open to the public Monday through Friday. In mid-April we will resume our regular schedule of Wednesday through Sunday, but for the coming months the Visitor Center is available to the public during the week. Once a show barn for Black Angus cattle, the JPPM Visitor Center has been renovated to create the ideal place to begin your visit. Housing permanent and temporary exhibits, a theater room, Discovery Room, information center, museum shop, and public facilities, it is the information hub of the park and museum. Stop by to learn about the history of the property, the science of archaeology, or to pick up a map and trial guide. Staff is on hand during our public season to answer questions and offer suggestions on how to make the most of your visit. • Chesapeake Community Chorus The Chesapeake Community Chorus is an all-volunteer chorus that performs concerts to benefit charities in Calvert County. We are looking to add new singers to the chorus. No auditions are required. Contact Larry Brown, Director, at 301-855-7477 for more information. Our practice sessions for March 2013: March 17, 4 to 6 p.m. at Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach


Senior Citizen News
New Living Well Workshop Are you or someone you know suffering from chronic pain, diabetes or other health problems? Living Well is a six-week program that teaches self-management tools. The next workshop is on Tuesdays, April 16 – May 21, 11 a.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center. For more information or to register, call Keri Lipperini at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170. Stay Informed The new March/April Office on Aging newsletter, The Connection, is now available. Stop in at any senior center to pick up your copy. Current and previous newsletters are also posted on the Calvert County website at under “Services”. Get Free Tax Assistance AARP Tax-Aide counselors are preparing taxes for low-to-moderate-income senior citizens, aged 50-plus. Appointments are required and can be scheduled now by calling one of the three senior centers. Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) • Spend the evening out at Dinner and a Movie, Thursday, March 14, 5 p.m. There will be a fried chicken dinner and an Oscar-winning movie. Must pre-register. Fee is $5. • Enjoy a ham and cabbage lunch at the St. Patrick’s Day Party, Friday, March 15, 12 p.m. There will be entertainment by the Variety Players. Lunch reservation required. North Beach Senior Center (NBSC) Feeling lucky? Come to the St. Paddy’s Day Party, Friday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. Join in Doublin’ Your Luck Bingo with prizes times two. Lunch reservation required. Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) • Get inspired by Visiting Author and Photographer, William A. Poe, Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 p.m. Mr. Poe is the author of the book Images of America – African Americans of Calvert County. • Wear your green and enjoy a traditional Irish meal at the St. Patrick’s Day Party, Friday, March 15, 12 noon. Join in the laughter with contests, games and prizes! Lunch reservation required. Local Trips • Enjoy the scenery of the Eastern Shore with A Taste of Dorchester, Thursday, May 30. There will be a narrated cruise on a 50-foot boat followed by a buffetstyle lunch on Hooper’s Island. Afterwards, visit Layton’s Chance Vineyard to learn about wine making and enjoy samples. The $86 fee includes transportation, boat, lunch and the vineyard tour. • Feel the music of Always…Patsy Cline at Infinity Theatre in Annapolis, Thursday, June 13. The show is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with a Houston fan who befriended the star in a Texas honkytonk in 1961. The $65 fee includes transportation, show and lunch. Eating Together Menu Lunches are served to seniors aged 60-plus and their spouses through Title IIIC of the Older Americans Act. Contributions are suggested. For reservations or to cancel your reservations call: Calvert Pines Senior Center at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170, North Beach Senior Center at 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748. Monday, March 11: hot dog, pinto beans, cole slaw, fresh fruit, orange juice. Tuesday, March 12: beef stew, rice, salad, biscuit, chocolate chip cookie. Wednesday, March 13: salad w/chicken strips, pickled beets, pickles, breadsticks, oatmeal raisin cookies. Thursday, March 14: vegetable soup w/beans, ham and cheese sandwich, warm apples. Friday, March 15: ham and cabbage, boiled potatoes, dinner rolls, fresh fruit, assorted juices.

Calvert Marine Museum Announces 2013 Summer Camps
Calvert Marine Museum is located at 14200 Solomons Island Rd S. Solomons. Its phone number is 410-326-2042 and website is Entering Grades 1 - 3 • Kids Kamp Week: July 15 – 19 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Description: Come experience the best the museum has to offer in this action-packed camp. Hunt for fossils on the beach, and participate in a beach cleanup. See the museum from a whole new perspective when you team up for a scavenger hunt. Build your own toy boat and try your hand at operating a radio-controlled boat. Spend a day at the Lore Oyster House learning all about oysters. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at our Estuarium where our animals are cared for and watch a feeding. The final day, take your parents out on the Wm. B. Tennison for a lunchtime cruise on the Patuxent River. Fee: $110 or CMMS members $95. • Pirates & Scallywags Week: July 8 - July 12 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Description: Ahoy, Mates! Join our weeklong adventure as part of our scallywag crew. For your week with us, you will wear pirate garb, eat pirate grub and do pirate work. What? Pirates worked? You bet they did. Hunt for hidden treasure; stage a sea battle in the museum’s newly constructed land-locked bugeye, swab the deck and sing sea chanteys; climb aboard to learn about local pirates, and sail the high seas of the Patuxent River on the “Jolly Roger” Tennison. Arrrgh! Fee: $110 or CMMS members $95. Entering Grades 4 - 6 • Shark Attack! Week: July 22 - July 26 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description: Razor sharp teeth, feeding frenzies, and terror…But are sharks to be feared? They are important members of the ocean ecosystems. How are sharks different from other fish? How have sharks evolved over time? Why are sharks an endangered animal? Together we will explore the truth about sharks by using the various exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum, by looking for and then classifying shark teeth from local beaches, and by visiting the Baltimore Aquarium. Join us for a week of exciting activities focused on the fish that frightens and fascinates us all. Fee: $135 or CMMS members $120. Entering Grades 6 - 9 • Build Your Own Canoe Members Only Week: June 24 – June 29, July 8-12 (Boating Safety Course) Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Description: Build a real boat you can take home. We will teach you to make your own 12-foot plywood canoe. During the week, you will master basic woodworking and finishing skills to make a boat that you can enjoy for years to come. Learn sailing skills when commanding radio-control model sailboats in the boat basin and practice some of the maritime skills needed to catch crabs during a cruise on the drake tail work boat. We’ll take a break from boat building with a lunch cruise with your family members on the Wm. B. Tennison. At the Grand Finale on Saturday, you and the other campers will race your new canoes on the Patuxent River. Your family and friends are encouraged to join us at our own regatta and celebrate with awards. Students enrolled in this course will have a spot reserved in the Spirit of America Boating Safety Program for middle school students run by St. Mary’s College of Maryland & the Sailing Center Chesapeake and sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress and the Spirit of America Foundation. At the end of this weeklong program, participants will receive the State of Maryland boating safety certificate. For more information and to download enrollment forms, visit www. SpiritOfAmerica/index.html Open to members only. Fee: $250 for the two-week experience; scholarships available from the Conant Fund for eligible applicants. Call for information. • Jr. Paleontologists Week: July 8 – July 12 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description: Become a junior paleontologist, and hunt the beaches for fossil shark teeth, whalebones, and the shells of ancient snails and clams. Work with our professional paleontologists to uncover the mysteries of these ancient animals and the environments in which they lived. Learn collecting techniques and how to properly preserve your specimens. Keep a field journal, complete with your own drawings and observations. Travel to the Baltimore Aquarium to see modern versions of the ancient fossils you find. Fee: $135 or CMMS members $120. Location: Cove Point Lighthouse/Calvert Marine Museum. • Environmental Institute Week: July 29 – August 2 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description: The Environmental Institute is designed for young people who have a strong curiosity about the natural environment and want to learn more through hands-on experience. The Calvert Marine Museum, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), and Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust are combining forces to offer this exceptional opportunity. Participants will talk with CBL scientists who have collected base data on the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years. They will review the trends, and then do water sampling and analysis to see how their results match up. They will map the shoreline from the William B. Tennison and visit a shoreline restoration project at Cove Point and a living shoreline. The institute will conclude with team presentations for friends, parents, and colleagues about their findings. Fee: $60. The Environmental Institute is based on a competitive application process limited to 12 participants. The tuition is subsidized by a grant from the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust. For information and a copy of the application: www.calvertmarinemuseum. com/Education Programs/YouthPrograms. Location: Calvert Marine Museum/ Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. • Jr. Docent Boot Camp By invitation only Time: June 24 – June 28 Description: This new initiative involves a two year commitment from middle school students to learn how to be museum docents. The program kicks off with a weeklong “boot camp” where each cohort gets initiated into the behind-the-scenes workings of a museum. To be considered for the Jr. Docent Program, go to the web site for criteria and application procedures. Fee: $25 to cover materials, badge, and T-shirt.

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