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Thursday, July 18, 2013


3 County News 8 Crime 9 Business 10 Education 12 Feature Story 14 Letters 16 Obituaries 18 Community 19 Newsmaker 20 Entertainment 21 Classifieds 22 Out & About 23 Games 23 Senior

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A Moonlight Dance on the Bay, first ever Ruth’s Miracle Group Home dance fundraiser, brought in more than $8,000 to benefit the organization. Above, a young couple dances the night away.


Kiara Gregory, left, and Rosellen Houser collaborate on a project during the Calvert County Department on Aging’s Intergenerational Summer Camp.


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Maryland Announces $728,916 in Grants to Monitor Sex Offenders
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention split a total of $728,916 between the 24 Maryland jurisdictions to monitor sex offender compliance under the Sex Offender Compliance and Enforcement in Maryland (SOCEM) grant program. Currently there are 7,990 individuals on Maryland’s sex offender registry. St. Mary’s County is home to approximately 150 offenders, according to Detective Corporal Bill Raddatz. Calvert County houses 132, according to Sergeant Tim Fridman. The designated law enforcement agencies in these jurisdictions are responsible for the registration and compliance enforcement of sexual offenders on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry, according to a governor’s office press release. Offenders found guilty of the most serious offenses such as first and second degree rape, are required to re-register every three months for the rest of their lives. They are under the constant supervision of specially trained, multi-disciplinary teams throughout Maryland, known as COM/ET (Collaborative Offender Management/Enforced Treatment). Those guilty of less serious offenses are required to register every six months for 25 years or 15 years, depending on the severity of their crime. Offenders who say they are homeless are required to check in with local law enforcement once a week and let the authorities know where they can be found. The funds will assist law enforcement agencies in their duties of registration, compliance verification, and enforcement. Agencies can use the funds for expenses including personnel costs and expenses for equipment such as hardware and software. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office uses their allotment to fund an administrative assistant, who helps file paperwork and

Sex Offender Compliance and Enforcement in Maryland
SOCEM Grants, July 1, 2013
Jurisdiction Allegany Anne Arundel Baltimore City Baltimore County Calvert Caroline Carroll Cecil Charles Dorchester Frederick Garrett Harford Howard Kent Montgomery Prince George’s Queen Anne’s Somerset St. Mary’s Talbot Washington Wicomico Worcester Total Award Amount $18,018 $38,271 $191,520 $101,000 $11,964 $7,722 $16,168 $20,118 $21,200 $7,130 $17,768 $6,961 $32,148 $14,000 $2,750 $41,600 $94,000 $3,495 $5,112 $16,065 $5,547 $26,450 $21,534 $8,375 $728, 916

update online registries, and to pay trained deputies to conduct home checks. In previous years, grant money was used to purchase equipment, Raddatz said. The Calvert County sheriff’s office uses funds to pay for manpower to conduct home checks, meaning a detective goes to the last listed residence and confirm an offender still lives there and didn’t move without notifying the sheriff’s office. Both offices have seen the same trend - in the eight years since the grant began, the amounts awarded have been steadily decreasing. More information about the SOCEM program can be found at

Commissioners Welcome New Library Director
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer President of the Calvert Library Board of Trustees Kip Hines introduced the Board of County Commissioners to the newly appointed Calvert County Library Director -, Carrie Plymire. Plymire started work on July 8. She comes to Calvert County from Hagerstown, Md., where she was the Technical Services Supervisor and System Administrator for the Western Maryland Regional Library. In previous positions she has served as reference librarian, web manager, circulation supervisor, customer service supervisor, accounting coordinator and database systems supervisor, according to a library press release. Plymire was recently elected President of the Maryland Library Association. She previously served as Conference Director and then PresidentElect for MLA. Plymire earned her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Drexel University. She told the county commissioners she is excited to work the the library system, and the Calvert community has been welcoming toward her. For more information about the libraries and the new director, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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Early Primary Means More Campaigning
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Legislation passed earlier this year in Annapolis means early primary elections in 2014 as well as extended days for early voting. Political observers say this could give new candidates a chance to make themselves known to voters; incumbents could also benefit because it will force their potential opponents’ hands by making them declare candidacy earlier than they anticipated. The primary election starts June 24 of next year, with early voting starting June 12. Usually the primary election is in September. In Calvert County director of the Board of Elections, Gail Hatfield, said the new legislation has moved up everything her office does to get ready for voting. “It’s so candidates can have more time to campaign between June and November,” Hatfield said. “So, we’ve moved everything up three months.” That means more recruiting of volunteers and training for staff to meet the new demand, she said. Todd Eberly, professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said newcomers to races could use the extra time to their advantage, but only if they win their primary bid. “If the incumbent gets knocked off by the challenger, they’ll have more time to introduce themselves to voters,” Eberly said. He also expected the extra campaigning time to lead to heated debates within each party with leadership struggles in both, particularly for Republicans. “This time around Republicans have as much chance for a divisive primary as Democrats,” Eberly said. But once nominated, Eberly expects Republicans to pursue Democrat opponents vigorously in the general election. The extra campaigning time will allow GOP candidates to build coalitions. “Republicans only win if they convince conservative Democrats and unaffiliated voters to vote for them,” Eberly said. “Getting nominated early gives Republicans more time.” In Southern Maryland where traditionally strong conservative Democrats have had easy victories, Eberly said he expected they will have much tougher battles like they did in the last election. “All the Democrat incumbents here are on the vulnerable list,” Eberly said. “With Obamacare coming, 2014 is going to look a lot like 2010.” Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist. 29 B) said he did not believe early primaries would make much difference on the political scene but early voting was a positive measure for getting more voters to the ballot boxes. “If anything we need to add another location,” Bohanan said. “It’s a good thing.” Del. John Wood (D-Dist. 29A) said the early primary with all its concurrent early campaigning would have the opposite affect; voter fatigue. “With the last election [the campaigning] went on for more than a year and people got fed up with it,” Wood said. “We’re just going to drag it out.” Del. Tony O’Donnell (R-Dist.29C) said the longer campaign would provide a robust way for voters to learn not only about candidates but about issues. For the governor’s race he predicted that GOP candidate David Craig, Harford County Executive, if he faced off against Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown would have the upper hand at least as far as time to get out an opposing message. “The benefit of that extra time would go to David Craig… against the third term of [Gov.] Martin O’Malley,” O’Donnell said. “I think that’s healthy. It won’t be a six week dash it will be a four month sprint.” Susan Julian, a coordinator with the St. Mary’s County elections board, said the only extra preparations they are likely to make will be changing the locations of two precincts because of a lack of air conditioning. “We can’t have our employees working 15 hours without air conditioning,” she said.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013


CAWL Bark-B-Que
By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer The Calvert Animal Welfare League (CAWL) is set to host its Bark-B-Que and Meow Mixer on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a way of celebrating its anniversary. The event is, in part, to raise awareness about CAWL as a rescue, no kill facility and not as a dog pound. According to President T. O. Galloway, The purpose of CAWL is to find homes for animals that have been pulled out of kill shelters or abandoned. Upon occasion, the facility will take in owner giveups, but tries to work with the owners of the pets to keep the animal first. With the help of foster families and community volunteers, donations, and supporters CAWL has saved over 400 dogs and cats over the course of nine years. Because CAWL receives no state funding, they are a non- profit, completely community supported rescue facility. The Bark-B-Que will be hosted by CAWL, but over 22 vendors will be set up throughout the day, including Mr. Tom the reptile man and Pets on Wheels, a therapy dog operation based in Calvert County. Several veterinarians will be attending as well. Micro chipping for animals will be provided as well as dog washing and games for animals. The adoption center will also be open during the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For parents, children, and animal lovers, there will be raffles and silent auctions held throughout the day. There will be yard sales and face painting available, as well as Ask-The-Trainer services for dog and cat owners. Batman will also be making an appearance at the event.

There is no admission charge for the event, and all money raised throughout the day will go to the CAWL facility, Galloway said. There are more than 20 animals available for adoption at the CAWL Adoption Center, Galloway said, both dogs and cats. Children and pets are welcome and encouraged at the event as well. CAWL is also looking for volunteers. There is a link available on their website for anyone interested in volunteering or fostering animals, however; certain criteria must be met. For more information about the Bark-B-Que and Meow Mixer, visit, email, or call 410-535-9300. The event will be hosted at the CAWL Adoption Center in Prince Frederick.

Southern Calvert Baptists Hosts Human Trafficking Conference
Southern Calvert Baptist Church is hosting a conference to talk about human trafficking, child exploitation and its presence in Maryland. Church spokesperson Terri Mackabee said she wanted to organize the conference after hearing about human trafficking in Maryland, “which I didn’t even know existed,” she said. The conference will have portions for teens between the ages of 12 and 17 and adults over the age of 18. There will be a special breakout session for teens on preventing victimization. The following topics will be discussed: Definition and Scope Human Trafficking in Maryland Vulnerabilities in our County Identifying and Reporting Legislative Summary How to get involved Speakers: Jeanne L. Allert - Executive Director, The Samaritan Women Melissa Yao, Chair, Maryland Rescue and Restore Erin Simia, Youth Presenter, Maryland Rescue and Restore


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COUNTY NEWS First Moonlight Dance on the Bay a Success
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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The women with Ruth’s Miracle Group Home raised $8,268 during the first ever Moonlight Dance on the Bay. The money will be used to support programs at the transitional facility, founded in 2009, and to put a recently donated van on the road, according to Funds Development Officer Rhonda Crawley. More than 150 community members were at the dance during peak attendance, she said. Ruth’s Miracle Group Home Founder and CEO Veronica Alston was pleased with the community response to the fundraiser, including donations of a television, a Nook and several gift certificates to the cause from local businesses and county leaders. The Chesapeake Swing Band played a variety of tunes throughout the evening, from traditional swing songs to contemporary songs adapted for the dance floor. For more information about Ruth’s Miracle Group Home, visit

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Educate, Advocate and Impact
By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer A new land preservation plan was put into place in 2012 calling for 30 acres of recreational land per 100 people. In order to keep money in Calvert County under budget, The League of Women Voters advised there should be goals put in place to help those in power stay focused. One such goal was to not fund things that aren’t planned, because it the league felt if there were no thought to spending, it would become haphazard. The League of Women Voters held a Town Meeting on July 11, hosted by Susan Billick, to address the priorities of the Comprehensive Plan, last updated in 2010. While the plan is expressed as a set of vision and not as strict goals, as a whole, the League of Women Voters feels as though it is still necessary as a guiding policy and not just as a formality. The general public in Calvert County are reactionaries instead of activists because it is not made public the activities and actions that are happening and therefore the community is not aware of what is going on, attendees said throughout the meeting. An example of this claim was provided in the form of the public transportation system. According to a proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, approximately $80,000 is going to public transportation, with virtually no one taking advantage of it, because apparently very few people know that either it exists or where to go in order to use it, according to information provided by the league. While the bus system would be beneficial, they said, they noted that in order to be used it needed to become more accessible to the public. There was talk about business in the county as well. While there has been a goal to keep big businesses out of Calvert County, it might not be possible for the county to survive on private business alone because citizens of Calvert would travel to other places to seek out what is familiar, community members said at the meeting. Local resources in Calvert County, such as the bay and farmland are not being used as effectively as they ought. Because of that, the county is suffering. The solutions pitched in the meeting were that public education and public safety become the top priority in the community, and the kind of business that is needed in the county is the kind that can contribute to a vibrant community. The Comprehensive plan is available to the public online at For more information on the Calvert County League of Women Voters, visit www. or call 410-586-2176

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Bailey’s Bunch Hosts First Tennis Tourney
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer When her daughter Bailey was diagnosed with diabetes seven years ago, Angie White decided to start a series of fundraisers to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Since 2008, White founded Bailey's Bunch and, with the organization's support, raised nearly $50,000 through a series of dinners. This year, Bailey's Bunch is trying something new. Bailey picked up tennis last year and the organization is hosting a tennis tournament on July 20. The tournament was originally located at Huntingtown High School, where Bailey will start as a freshman in the 2013-2014 school year. Because the courts at the high school are being repaved, the tournament has been moved to Hallowing Point Park. White will accept registrations for interested players through July 18. “We wouldn't want to turn anyone away,” White said. Bailey is excited to see something new and plans to play in the tournament. She sometimes helps organize the fundraisers, other times she works during them. Dinners are time intensive, White said. The tournament took less effort, though she hopes the weather cooperates. If this fundraiser works out, White intends to make the tournament an annual event, taking place of the dinner fundraisers. Helping make the tournament possible are numerous sponsors, including Toyota of Waldorf, Hardesty's Catering, Target and Panera. The group’s goal is twofold, White said. They want to raise money for diabetes research while raising awareness in the community about different types of diabetes and the effect the condition can have on individuals and their families. JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research, White said. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Type 1 diabetes usually strikes in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, and lasts a lifetime. Individuals with Type 1 diabetes must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, White said. There is no cure. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which a person’s body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in adulthood and does not always require insulin injections. Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes, nor does it prevent the possibility of the disease’s effects, such as kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications, White said. For more information, e-mail


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DUI & Possession of Drugs: On July 7 at 4:05 p.m., Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to the Shell Station in Lusby to check the welfare of two individuals. A concerned citizen reported it appeared the two individuals were sitting in a vehicle at the gas pumps and were both unconscious. The driver, David P. Skirvin, 28 of Lusby, was arrested for DUI. The passenger, Taylor M. Heinl, 25 of Lusby, was found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Drugs: On July 8 at 1:04 a.m., Trooper Rowe stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 south of Dares Beach Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. The driver, Oliver A. Drew, 34 of Lusby, was placed under arrest for violating an alcohol restriction on his driver’s license requiring use of a vehicle ignition interlock system. During a search of the vehicle, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle. Drew was additionally charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The passenger, Ashley N. Simmons, 27 of Lusby, was also charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Both were incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Theft: On July 9 at 3:12 p.m., Trooper First Class West handled a complaint for a reported theft at the Giant Food Store in Lusby. An employee reported the theft of a pair of NIKE Air Force One athletic shoes from an employee locker room while the victim was working. Investigation continues.

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Maryland State Police Blotter
The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports.
The odor of PCP was coming from a specific area of the motel and a moderate odor of burnt marijuana was emitting in the hallway. During the investigation, Troopers contacted Richard A. S. Brooks, 37 of Prince Frederick, in a room where Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Drugs: On July 13 at 3:43 p.m., Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 260 at Limerick Lane in Chesapeake Beach. John B. Reading Jr., 43 of Huntingtown, was found to be in possession of Hydrocodone and drug paraphernalia. He did not have a prescription for the medication. He was incarcerated in the Calvert County Detention Center. Shoplifting/Theft: On July 13 at 4:54 p.m., Trooper Oles responded to the WAWA in Prince Frederick for a shoplifting complaint. Nicole A. Kelly, 27 of Prince Frederick, removed food items from the store. She was arrested and processed at the MSP Prince Frederick Barrack. Recovered Stolen Motorcycle: On July 9 at 5:26 p.m., Trooper First Class Esnes observed a Kawasaki motorcycle traveling on Main St. in Prince Frederick. The vehicle was not displaying a registration plate and the operator not wearing a helmet. The operator refused to stop for the Trooper and a pursuit ensued down Main Street and onto Rt. 4. Troopers and Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputies pursued the subject onto St. Leonard Rd. He then entered onto private property causing excessive damage to the farm fields. The operator eventually wrecked the motorcycle on a farm road and was apprehended. Antonio S. Mathis, 18 of Chesapeake Beach, was treated for minor injuries and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Investigation revealed that the motorcycle was stolen from Prince George’s County. Investigation continues. Assault: On July 10 at 9:44 p.m., Trooper Costello responded to San Mateo Trail in Lusby for a report of a loud argument in the street. Upon arrival, he found two females fighting. Monica R. Jefferson, 18 of Lusby, was charged with assaulting a 14 year old juvenile. She was served a criminal summons for the assault on July 13. Assault: On July 14 at 1:34 a.m., Trooper First Class Casarella responded to Calypso Bay in Solomons for a reported large fight in progress. Troopers found a victim inside a vehicle attempting to leave. He had a large laceration on his arm but refused medical treatment. Another victim responded to St. Mary’s Hospital with a laceration on his arm. Both victims stated they were cut by a broken bottle and both refused to cooperate with the investigation. The investigation is continuing and is being turned over to the Calvert Investigative Team. Assault: On July 14 at 1:00 a.m., Trooper First Class Smith responded to the Fastop in Chesapeake Beach for an assault complaint. The victim was punched in the face by an unknown suspect. Investigation continues.

Theft From Vehicle: On July 11 at 9:32 a.m., Trooper First Class Sorenson responded to the 3500 block of King Drive in Dunkirk for a reported theft from a vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was entered and a gold bracelet, cash and several credit cards were stolen. Investigation continues. Possession of Drugs: On July 11 at 4:34 p.m., Trooper First Class West stopped a vehicle on Bayside Rd. in Chesapeake Beach for traffic violations. Jeremy A. Desantis, 28 of Chesapeake Beach was found to be in possession of Suboxone. Desantis did not have a prescription for the drug. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. DUI & Possession of Drugs: On July 12 at 1:36 a.m., Trooper First Class Smith stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 2 at Wayside Dr. in Sunderland. Leigh A. Bauer, 28 of Huntingtown, was found to be driving under the influence and arrested. A search of the vehicle revealed Oxycodone. Bauer did not have a prescription for the drug. She was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Burglary: On July 12 at 1:37 p.m., Trooper First Class Sorenson responded to the 2700 block of Plum Point Rd. in Huntingtown for a reported burglary. A garage and shed on the property were broken into and copper pipe was stolen. Investigation continues. Possession of Marijuana: On July 13 at 2:40 p.m. Trooper Palumbo responded to the Super 8 Motel in Prince Frederick for a complaint about drug usage.

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

Sheriff’s Blotter

During the week of July 8 through July 14 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1571 calls for service throughout the community. Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website. Go to and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward. CDS Violation Case #13-40264: On July 8 at 1:30 a.m. DFC J. Smith responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in the Drum Point area of Lusby. He observed the suspect vehicle and conHarting ducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Lusby Fastop. Smith found that the passenger, identified as Erik Russell Harting, 19 of Lusby, was in possession of suspected drugs. Harting was charged with possession of marijuana less than 10 grams. CDS Violation Case #13-40323: On July 8 at 9:39 a.m. Dep. S. Moran investigated a single-vehicle crash on southbound Md. Rt. 4 near Pardoe Road in Lusby. He found the driver of Martin the vehicle, Joseph Casey Martin, 18 of St. Leonard, to be in possession of suspected drugs. Martin was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule IV drug; Alprazolam. suspect vehicle parked in the lot of the Lusby Commons shopping center. He found the driver to be in possession of suspected drugs. Brian Patrick Sweeney, 21 of Hollywood, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in Sweeney the amount less than 10 grams, possession of Alprazolam (Xanax), possession of Percocet, and two counts of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a pipe made from aluminum foil, and burnt aluminum foil and a plastic straw. CDS Violation Case #13-41340: Two juvenile males from Prince Frederick were each charged on a youth report with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; Swisher Sweets Cigarillos, on July 12 at 8:05 p.m. DFC A. Mohler observed a group of males on a picnic table near Bayside Forest Beach on Deane Avenue in Prince Frederick. After making contact, he found the two juveniles to be in possession of the drugs. They were each released to a family member. Destruction of Property Case #13-41444: On July 13 at 5:30 a.m. DFC M. Quinn responded to a home in the 100 block of Boothhaven Lane in Sunderland for the report of a suspicious person. Quinn made contact with the subject who appeared intoxicated and Cranford was dressed only in his underwear. The homeowner reported that the subject had been banging on the doors of the residence trying to get in. He then broke the slide to a child’s playground set. Quinn advised the subject, identified as Joseph Lindsey Cranford III, 40 of Prince Frederick, that he was not welcome there and was being placed under arrest for destruction of property. Cranford became disorderly, screaming profanities. He was charged with destruction of property less than $500, disorderly conduct and intoxication; endanger the safety of the victim. Theft Case #13-41474: Someone stole a Motovox mini bike valued at $320 from behind the Sears store in Prince Frederick overnight between July 12 and 13. Dep. D. Roberts is investigating. Attempted Burglary Case #13-41571: Someone attempted to force entry into a storage building next to a home in the 12500 block of Vanous Road in Dunkirk between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on July 11. Nothing appears to have been stolen although $500 in damage was done to the door. DFC A. Mohler is investigating.

Burglary Case #13-40247: Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 3000 block of Plum Point Road in Huntingtown

between 9:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on July 7. It is unknown at this time if anything was taken. Dep. T. Holt is investigating.

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Burglary Case #13-40637: A home in the 5800 block of Eucalyptus Drive in St. Leonard was burglarized during the daytime hours on July 9 and $200 in change was stolen. DFC A. Clas is investigating. Theft from Vehicle Case #13-40700: Someone stole a Canon Powershot camera from an unlocked vehicle on July 10 near midnight while it was parked outside the MASH Animal Hospital on Old Town Road in Huntingtown. DFC R. Kreps is investigating. CDS Violation Case #13-40793: A woman was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia; a glass smoking device, after she attempted to gain entry to the District Court building in Prince Frederick on July 10 at 1:12 p.m. DFC J. Hardesty made contact with a court bailiff who advised Tavanne Dorothy Thomas, 51 of Prince Frederick, was found to have the paraphernalia in her pocket. Burglary Case #13-40828: Unknown suspect(s) burglarized a home in the 5800 block of Eucalyptus Drive in St. Leonard on two separate occasions, July 9 and July 10, and stole approximately $2500 in cash. DFC J. Hardesty is investigating. CDS Violation Case #13-41124: On July 11 at 7:54 p.m. Cpl. A. Moschetto responded to the area of Md. Rt. 765 northbound and Rousby Hall Road in Lusby for the report of a possible intoxicated driver. Cpl. Moschetto located the

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Making a Splash with Art
By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer art. A Mermaid’s Harvest dives into the more eclectic side of Lisa Tettimer started the business in 2011 to sell pieces inspired by Native American Indian and Celtic culture, as well as the ocean and sea life, Tettimer’s artwork tends to have a story attached to it. Even the name of her boutique, A Mermaid’s Harvest, can have varied meanings attached to it. “Mermaid’s have a type of yin and yang appeal,” Tettimer said. Depending on the culture, mermaids can be considered the angels of the sea, carrying messages from the deep, or they can be evil, like sirens, luring people to their deaths. Tettimer herself relates her findings and tools she uses to make her jewelry with a mermaid gathering various treasures from the ocean and keeping them for adding to their beauty and appeal. “I don’t use much sea glass,” Tettimer said in regards to her materials. Because so many other artists infuse sea glass into their work, she said she wanted to be different. “You can really find anything in the sea,” she said. While all of her materials are not found in the ocean, she wanted her art to resemble something that could be found walking along the beach. Tettimer said that she uses pearls a lot in her jewelry, but she can also be found working on anything from shark’s teeth to deer antler tips, and from feathers to locks and keys. “I’ve always wanted to be an artist,” Tettimer said. When she went to art school, she said it was more of a European style of art, very structure based. She took what she learned and combined it with her own style, compiled of all the things she enjoyed, and started designing. “I don’t just make jewelry,” she said. While jewelry is a focus of hers because it takes a long time to master, Tettimer can also draw, knit, crochet, and spin yarn. “Sometimes I get too attached to them,” she said of her drawings. Tettimer’s work has been seen all over the county in places like Keeping it Local in Morganza or the Annmarie Garden’s gift shop. She will be featured in the 40 annual Unique Boutique Fine Arts and Craft show in Hollywood as well. To see more of her artwork or to purchase her jewelry, visit shop/amermaidsharvest. For any questions or to request jewelry from her, email
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Administrative Appointments, Superintendent Salary Approved
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Board of Education approved 11 administrative appointments and the salaries for the superintendent, the deputy superintendent and senior staff members, among others. The salaries remain unchanged from last year, with the superintendent making $169,000 and the deputy superintendent making $152,500 each year. Department of Student Services representatives briefed the board on challenges and successes during the 2012-2013 school year during the July 11 meeting. Community Resource and School Safety Specialist Larry Titus reported the department is using information and feedback from a system-wide bullying summit involving student leaders to improve prevention and response to bullying. Work on anti-bullying plans was disrupted by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, causing the system to refocus on school security and active shooter action plans, but the department is moving forward again on the bullying issue, Titus said. Jack Fringer with the Citizen’s Advisory Committee brought topics the group studied during the 2012-2013 school year to the board for consideration. The Board of Education requested that the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) become familiar with Maryland’s Third Wave of Educational Reform with emphasis on the Common Core State Standards being developed to enable Maryland to comply with the Education Reform Act of 2010, commonly referred to as the “Race to the Top Act,” Fringer said. Based on this familiarity, the board asked the committee to identify ways to communicate the new curriculum to the community, with emphasis on the students and parents who will be most affected by the changes. Additionally, the board called for the committee to review student leadership programs with the aim of comparing programs nationwide with programs/opportunities available within Calvert County schools, Fringer said. One continuing challenge in communicating with parents and teachers is explaining the need for the common curriculum. Calvert’s schools are some of the best in the country, Fringer said, and parents have the opinion of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In coming school years, Fringer recommended the committee study student leadership enrichment, the effect of the common core on students with special needs, follow up on common core implementation and communication, review of the D.A.R.E. program and middle school extra-curricular activities, among other topics. In other news, recent wet weather has impeded construction projects, according to Supervisor of School Construction George Leah. The second phase of the Calvert High School replacement project is now behind after losing 17 work days to rain, and the placement of mobile classrooms at Beach Elementary School is delayed until the ground dries. Not all construction related actions are on hold. The board accepted a recommendation to award a $3.29 million contract to GWWO Architects for architectural services on Northern High School’s replacement. Calvert County Public Schools worked with GWWO Architects on Barstow Elementary School, Leah said.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer “We call it Grandma and Me camp,” said Huntington resident Rowena Russell of the Department on Aging’s Intergenerational Summer Camp, running July 15 through 19 at the Calvert Pines Senior Center. Russell and her granddaughter, Chesapeake Beach resident Claire Voshell, Voshell and Russell have been attending the camp together for three years, planning it as part of the summer since registering in May. The Office of Aging first offered the camp eight years ago, said Program Manager Keri Lipperini. Since then, she has seen children who came to camp with their grandparents grow into teenagers who volunteer at the camp. The camp started as a vision to give grandparents and grandchildren a chance to spend quality time together and has grown. Office of Aging staff welcomes comers from all over the state and beyond. Some Calvert residents bring their grandchildren in to visit

for a week, while some grandparents come in from out of state to visit their grandchildren and bring them to camp. Some activities, such as painting ceramics, are offered every year due to their popularity, Lipperini said, through they make sure there are new offerings every year. Regularly scheduled classes are suspended during the week, though senior meals are still offered, Lipperini said. At the end of the week, she surveys campers to find out what worked and what didn’t. Space is always an issue, Lipperini said, though they try to put the most popular classes in the largest spaces to allow larger numbers of campers to participate. They begin planning the next summer’s activities at the end of the year so they can collect registration forms in March. Participants sign up for the whole week’s worth of activities at the time of registration, Lipperini said.

New Administrative Appointments
Kevin Howard, Northern High School James Kurtz, Windy Hill Middle School Charles Treft, Appeal Elementary School


Vice Principals:
Michelle Ward, Patuxent Elementary School Catherine Sutton, Calvert Middle School Mandy Blackmon, Southern Middle School James Carpenter, Calvert High School Marcus Watson, Calvert High School Mark Whidden, Northern High School Joseph Sutton, Patuxent High School


Special Education Supervisor:
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Annmarie Gardens Prove Art Is More than Paint and Glue
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Annmarie Garden welcomes students of all ages to spend a summer exploring art and nature in playfully creative ways during a series of weeklong summer camps. Annmarie Summer Camps offer a broad array of topics and art media for kids to explore. From preschool options to teen workshops, they offer something for everyone, said Curator of Public Programs Jaimie Jeffrey. Some camps, such as ceramics, are offered for every age group because they are so popular. Others are geared for a specific age group. Annmarie Garden offers three or four camps every week, 28 in total during the summer. Camp themes include fort building, pottery, yoga and even fashion design. The goal is to show young people art and creativity is used in all facets of life, from painting to engineering. Boys gravitated toward the fort building camp, said Director of Programs Robyn Strayer. In addition to learning to use tools while building the large structure, campers built hammock chairs, which included learning to use a sewing machine, Strayer said, emphasizing the camps are intended to let campers expand their horizons and experience new things. Such a wide array ensures every student can find something to pique his or her interest, Jeffrey said. More than 350 students come through the summer caps, some only coming for a week and others attending multiple sessions. Annmarie Garden offers art classes throughout the year, gathering opinions from students and parents when planning the next summer’s camps. “We very much answer to the public,” Jeffrey said. She plans the schedule at the end of the year, finding instructors for each class in December and January and publishing the schedule soon after. The instructor pool is comprised of local teachers, artists, professionals and Annmarie Garden employees. In addition to instructional periods in the morning ands afternoon, Annmarie Garden staff plans lunchtime activities, such as playing in the sprinklers or working in the community garden. The garden is a new addition, Jeffrey said. Campers work in tandem with the Calvert County Master Gardeners to tend an organic garden. The crop will be donated to local food pantries, Jeffrey said. They had to fight a groundhog bent on eating their plants, and campers and gardeners have collaborated to find ways to successfully thwart the animal, Jeffrey said. Campers come from all over Southern Maryland. This was the second time at Annmarie Summer Camps for Huntingtown resident Joe Carvalho, while Sarah Woodburn from Ridge attended her first camp this year. For more information, including remaining camp openings, visit
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Lifetime Contributor
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Monday – visit Bruce Wahl at town hall, then go to a fire station auxiliary meeting. Wednesday – go to a Democratic Women’s Club meeting then help coordinate a town hall petition meeting. Thursday – serve lunch at the American Legion, and then attend the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall meeting. Sunday – work at the Bayside History Museum. This is a typical week in the life of Clara Mae Buckmaster, the matron of Chesapeake Beach. Buckmaster (née Stallings) moved to Chesapeake Beach when she was six, and, now at 76 years old, she never left. “Why would I want to live anyplace else?” she asked. Buckmaster is one of four community members in her generation to have lived her whole life in the beaches, she said. The furthest she lived from her childhood home on 26th Street was North Beach, where she moved after marrying childhood sweetheart James Buckmaster in 1955. They lived next to the firehouse, where Buckmaster worked as a switchboard operator, fielding emergency calls and sounding the alarms to call emergency workers to action. James Buckmaster died of a heart attack while fishing in 1971, leaving Buckmaster to raise six children between the ages of 18 months and 14 years old. At that point, she was a stay at home mother. In 1973, an employee at the Calvert County health department told Buckmaster she needed to go to work. When Buckmaster said she was still needed at home, the employee told her, in no uncertain terms, that her youngest children were ready to go to school and she needed a job. Buckmaster worked for the health department from 1973 through 1996. One of her proudest accomplishments during that time was getting her GED, after having left school in the 11th grade. Buckmaster may no longer work for the health department, but that doesn’t mean she has slowed down any. “She retired from going to work every day,” said childhood friend Barbara Stinnett. Even while working, Buckmaster never missed one of her children’s sports games, and there were many, Stinnett said. Buckmaster continued volunteering in the community, holding an elected office on North Beach’s town council for eight years in the 1980s, among other activities. Buckmaster’s community involvement began more than a half-century ago, when she first volunteered with the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary in 1958, inspired by her husband’s involvement in the fire station. James Buckmaster was a past chief of the fire station. This connection makes the fire station dearest in her heart, Buckmaster said. Her roots with the American Legion run deep as well. The American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 was named for her uncle, Buckmaster said. Chaplain is one of the posts most unfilled, Buckmaster said. Most balk at dealing with end of life times, or giving eulogies. She powers through, never breaking down and making sure everything is taken care of. She often helps coordinate and cook for wakes at both the American Legion and the North Beach fire station. This is not the only cooking she does – when responders at the fire station are called out at night, she makes sure they have drinks and a snack to welcome them back. “If Clara Mae’s in the kitchen, there’s fried bologna and egg sandwiches,” she joked, adding there may be cheese if the responders are lucky. She worked her way through the voluntary ranks, having been the president of North Beach fire station auxiliary, the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Maryland State Firemen’s Association. She is often frustrated with young people who say they have no time to volunteer. “People don’t volunteer like they used to,” she said. Helping one’s community does not have to be a big production, and every little bit is needed. “You can give an hour,” she said. Stinnett agrees with Buckmaster, pointing to her life as an example. She was widowed early in life, a single mother of six and was incredibly busy between her

Clara Mae Buckmaster still lives in the home she grew up in.

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Clara Mae Buckmaster showcases her momentos.

children and her job. Still, she found time to volunteer in the community she loves. Any young person who believes they are too busy for volunteer activities should take a page out of Buckmaster’s book, Stinnett said. “She’s quite a person.” She has a long resume of volunteer activities. In addition to the fire station’s women’s auxiliary, she currently volunteers as chaplain with the local American Legion, vice president for the Calvert County Women’s Democratic Club and on the board of directors Union Church in North Beach. “They say ‘call Clara Mae, she’ll help,’” Buckmaster said. She doesn’t limit herself to four organizations. Buckmaster is a regular fixture at the Chesapeake Beach Town Council meetings, though she has no intention of running for an office again. She moved back into her childhood home in 2000 to help care for her mother and sister. She jokes that she was carried through that front door when she was a child, and she’ll be carried back out through the front door when she dies, adding she may be the first person who has a U-Haul following her hearse on the way to the graveyard. She plans to donate some of her belongings, such as a Calvert-county themed monopoly game, to the Bayside History Museum, another group she volunteers with. One of her most recent causes in the town is helping Wesley Donovan with a petition against a newly adopted flat fee

utility rate for fiscal year 2014. The flat rate structure approved at the June 20 town council meeting charges users $11.28 per thousand gallons of sewer used and $4.28 per thousand gallons of water used quarterly. This raises Buckmaster’s bill from approximately $60 to more then $100. The petition was filed shortly after the ordinance became law and residents have until July 25 to sign the petition. She has been knocking on doors and, when she was housebound for a couple days, making phone calls to get people to sign the petition. Buckmaster likes to know what’s going on, and being heavily involved in so many groups is her way of keeping her finger on the pulse of the beaches and the county. Her health is one thing that may have slowed Buckmaster, but it never stopped her. Stinnett recalled a recent incident where Buckmaster fell against a table and cut her arm open, requiring more than 20 stitches. She refused to call an ambulance, Stinnett said, instead having one of her children drive her to the doctor because she didn’t want to use emergency services that may be needed more by somebody else. “That’s her attitude,” Stinnett said. “Don’t do for me, I’ll do for you.” It is this approach to life, in addition to a willingness to be a helping hand and shoulder to cry on for anybody who needs it, that makes Buckmaster “the person I admire most in life.”


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There are Beauties Beyond Compare Waiting to be Shared
They gather early each morning at the fishing pier in North Beach. Their hopes are all the same, the path they took to get here not so. I'm talking about fishermen, seasoned by the wind and sand of the Chesapeake, longing for the big catch. I stopped by today to find out how their luck has been. "Sonny" says it's been slow while James "Gimpy" Lester laughs. "Sonny" is a middle-aged former warehouse manager who recently became unemployed. A victim of the Obama administration, the company he worked for went bankrupt due to lack of business and increasing regulations. "Sonny" is hoping to find work, but in this dark economic climate he knows his prospects are slim. He baits his two hook rig with squid on the top hook and a piece of shrimp on the lower. He tells me they like the shrimp, but steal it, then go after the tougher squid and get hooked. That's the plan anyway. "Gimpy" disagrees. "Gimpy" is using blood worms, and has had moderate success. His bucket has two smallish croakers, enough for lunch he tells me in his raspy, sing-song voice. The 72 year old "Gimpy" has been fishing at the pier for the last seven years, since he retired from his career as a CDL driver. Now he enjoys the peace and tranquility of the boardwalk pier. He's caught a few stripers this year, but mostly croakers and spot. His nephew caught a small green eel last weekend, which was promptly cut up into bait. Over in the northeast corner of the pier, I meet Jose. He read on-line about the big fish caught here, and took the day off work to try his luck. So far he has been disappointed, but is enjoying himself. He's been using squid bait and has had a few nibbles, but hasn't hooked the monster striper he's been hoping for. Jose is a 38 year old welder who lives in Falls Church, Virginia. He made the hour long drive to North Beach, leaving his house at 4:30 am. Now at 10 am, and still having caught nothing, he smiles and give the old adage "A bad day fishing better than good day at work." The sun, tide and sand, the view of the Bay Bridge ten miles north on this clear day, the fishing men gathered here on the pier, all reminders to me that there are beauties beyond compare waiting to be shared. In the beauty of nature I see God's creative hand, His infinite capacity and His love and glo ry. Thinking of His grace and wonder, how He gave us the capacity to build and I see the pier and the bridge in a new light. Amazing to me, the manmade structures so small compared to what He has done. Tim Toepper North Beach, MD

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United Way of Calvert County Retreat
The United Way of Calvert County met on July 10th at Jefferson Patterson Park for their annual retreat. The retreat is a very significant time for the United Way of Calvert County as it is the time that we review the previous year’s successes, review policy and set our agenda and goals for the following year. Many of you may not know that the United Way of Calvert County changed their direction recently and we have just completed our first year of the new strategic plan. Instead of focusing solely on various programs we have met with large segments of our community in “focus groups” and the result was our current five year plan which focuses on Education, Health and Financial Stability. These focus areas are designed to have an impact on the entire community, not just a singular address. We have made good progress in our first year and believe strongly in the plans for our community. We have partnered with several agencies through impact grants and believe we are making headway in addressing such actions as early childhood learning, obesity and healthy living and helping families develop plans for financial stability and savings plans. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Councilman Mike Benton of North Beach for facilitating our retreat. Although Mike pointed out he is not a professional facilitator, I have to say he did an amazing job. Our Board members stayed focused and engaged throughout the day and Mike kept us on point. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank the staff of the United Way of Calvert County for all the preparation and hard work they did to make the retreat a success, including making breakfast and lunch, but hard work is standard operating procedure for each of them throughout the entire year. Finally, I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of the United Way of Calvert County and also for the opportunity to give back to the community I call home. Even though we live in what many believe to be a very affluent county, believe it or not, there are many people in our county who go hungry each day, are living in fear of losing their job or have actually lost it and are on the brink of homelessness. A staggering figure was brought up during our retreat that I am sure will surprise and shock many of you; 15% of families in Calvert County with children under the age of five are living below the poverty level, while 21% of children under the age of five are living with a single parent; very sad indeed. I would urge those of you that can afford to give to do so either through payroll deduction when the opportunity presents itself or simply write a check to the United Way of Calvert County and remember 100%, that’s correct 100%, of your gift to the United Way of Calvert County stays in Calvert County for local aide. Should you care to send a check you can find our address on our website at Lt. Colonel (Ret) Thomas C Hejl Board Chair United Way of Calvert

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

Robert Lee Hill, Jr., 85
Robert Lee Hill, Jr., 85, of Owings, Md., formerly of Riverdale, Md., died at his home on July 8. He was born on March 24, 1928 in Covel, WV to the late Robert Lee and Frances Howington Hill. He was a veteran of the United States Merchant Marine and served aboard the U.S. Army Hospital Ship Acadia. In 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a military police officer in Germany. One of his assignments was as a guard at the Nuremberg Trials. He was the owner of an appliance repair company, Admiral Parts and Service in Hyattsville, Md. He enjoyed boating, golfing, fishing and building. He constructed his boat, barn and the home he shared with his family. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley Griffin Hill; son, Robert Lee Hill, III and partner, Lisa Creadick of Owings; daughters, Pamela Hill Smith and husband Ralph of Owings; and Leslie Hill and her partner Isobel Montgomery of Magnolia, DE; sisters, Nelline Reedy and husband Jim of Raven, Va., Phyllis Stallard and husband Bob of Kansas City, KS and Judy Hill Molder, of Lawrence, KS; five grandchildren, Ralph Smith, Jr. and partner Corey Hearne, Gerald Smith and wife Jennifer; Ashley Hill and partner Tim Davis; Robert Lee Hill, IV and wife Katera and Sarah Carbonneau and husband Brandon; three great-grandchildren, Brian and Connor Smith and a host of loving cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Mattie Osborne Hill. A Memorial Service and Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 17, at 1 p.m., at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 1601 West Mt. Harmony Road, Owings, MD 20736. Memorial Contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, PO Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or online at Arrangements provided by Raymond Wood Funeral Home.

Kathleen Barnes, 87
Kathleen Barnes of Waldorf, Md., died on July 11, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown, Md. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Barnes was a homemaker and a member of Oxon Hill Methodist Church. In her early years, she worked at General Electric and Safeway Food Stores. She was also a day care provider and a member of a bowling league in Marlow Heights, Md. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Daughter of the late Emerald Ernest Dudley and the late Maude Lee Kennedy Dudley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James S. Barnes and two sisters, Minnie and Florida. She is survived by three sons, James W. Barnes, Sr. and his wife Linda of Mechanicsville, Md., Thomas D. Barnes, Sr. and his wife Ruby of Waldorf, Md., and William H. Barnes and his wife Chrisie of Mechanicsville, Md.; six grandchildren, Thomas Barnes, Jr., James Barnes, Jr., Tammy Ficarelli, Ronald Barnes, Robert Barnes, and Cailyn Barnes; and seven great-grandchildren, Riley, Logan, Jackson, Ava, Brooke, Ryan, and Sydney. Friends received on Monday, July 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Raymond Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, July 16, at 10 a.m. at Raymond Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf, MD. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Wathen, JR. Denise is survived by her daughter; Katie Wathen of Great Mills, Md., grandsons; Caton and Christian Gantt of Great Mills, Md., siblings; Anne James, Fred Wathen, and Truman Wathen, III all of Mechanicsville, Md., Ronnie Wathen of Lusby, Md., and Maureen Wilson of Frederick, Md., Denise is also survived by her nieces, nephews, many cousins, and family members who will love and miss her. Her two best friends were her grandsons Caton and Christian who were the joy of her life, she will also be missed by her constant companion her dog Jada. Denise graduated from Chopticon High School in 1975; she was a Certified Nursing Assistant for United Cerebral Palsy. She had worked in the Nursing field for over 20 years until she became ill, she had a love of animals and word search puzzles. The family received friends on Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. with prayers recited at 3 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, Md., with Father Keith Woods officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers were; Truman Wathen, III, Ronnie Wathen, Clinton Gantt, Fred Wathen, Daniel Brown, and Doug Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons Caton and Christian Gantt. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or a Cancer related organization of your choice. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.

urday July 13, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata, Md. Celebration of her life was held on Sunday July 14, at 1 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church, Waldorf, Md. Interment will be at a later date in Delaware. Arrangements provided by ArehartEchols Funeral Home.

Clyde Arthur Whitmire, 86
Clyde Arthur Whitmire, 86 of Lexington Park, Md., died July 11, at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Born October 16, 1926 in West Tarentum, Pa., he was the son of the late Clyde Arthur Whitmire and Mary A. (Ferney) Whitmire. Clyde served in the Philippines with the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944 until 1946. He then worked as a furnace engineer for numerous companies, working in a paper mill, steel mill, power plant and a glass plant. He worked for Libby Owens Ford Glass Company from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. Clyde loved to deer hunt, fish and was a master story teller. He loved his dog named Carlee. Clyde is survived by his wife, Virginia J. (Sell) Whitmire whom he married on July 22, 1967. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Harold Whitmire. All services will be private. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. Contributions can be made to: Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Maryland 20653.

Constance Wathen, 54
Constance “Denise” Wathen, 54 of Great Mills, Md., passed away peacefully after a long courageous 4 year battle with breast cancer on July11, at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, Md. Born July 27, 1958 in Richmond, Va., she was the daughter of Connie Wathen of Mechanicsville, Md. and the late Truman

Abigail Alyce Chason, 29
Abigail Alyce Chason, 29, of Parkville, Md., went to heaven on July 10. She was born in Jacksonville, Fla. on October 30, 1983 to parents Sam and Amy Chason. She graduated from Maurice J. McDonough High School in 2001 and continued on to receive a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Towson University in 2006. Abigail was the beloved daughter of Sam and Amy Chason; inspiring sister to Samantha Chason and Amelia Reed and her husband Josh; loving Aunt “Agaboo” of Lily and Ella Reed; cherished companion of Todd Plajzer; loving granddaughter of Annette Hill and her late husband Wilbur and the late J.L. and Dossie Lee Chason; and dearest niece of Thelma Shaw, Pat and Bob Christie, William and Nell Chason, the late James Chason, Pete and Barbara Ann Atkinson, John Smith, and Gayle Shumate. Abigail worked as a registered nurse in Baltimore, Md. She enjoyed fishing, going to the beach, making crafts, playing kickball and mostly spending time with her family and friends. She was always caring, compassionate, and full of life. We will forever miss her beautiful smile. The family recieved friends on Sat-

Ralph Oliver Ball, 60
Ralph Oliver Ball, 60, of Prince Frederick, Maryland passed away on July 9, in Prince Frederick, Maryland. He was born on October 4, 1941 in Little Cooley, Pennsylvania to the late Laura McGee and John Ball. Ralph and his wife Joan E. Ball shared three children; Suzanne D. Kerill on Lusby, Md., Deborah D. Riddle of Prince Frederick, Md., and Steven L. Ball of Baltimore, Md. Grandfather of Michael R. Hall, Steasha D. Meade, Jonathan J. Hall, Brian J. Thomas and Randall S. Thomas and great grandfather of Jacob, Emma, Lannah, Joshua, Calleigh, Rebecca, Charlee, and Rachel. He is also survived by his siblings, William Ball, Mary Bandy, George Ball and Janie Ball. A memorial service was held on Monday July 15 at 1 p.m. at the Rausch Funeral Home. Interment followed in Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

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John C.C. Mister, Jr., 60
John C.C. Mister, Jr., 60, “Big John” of St. Leonard, Md., passed away July 11, at his home. He was born on July 1, 1953 in Prince Frederick, Md., to the late John C. C. Mister, Sr. and Lorena V. Brady Mister. Besides his parents, he is also predeceased by his sister, Linda Lumpkin. Big John worked as a Union Carpenter for most of his life and the job he was most proud of was the supervising of the rebuilding of the Pentagon after 9/11. After his retirement, his favorite past time was cutting his grass on his John Deere, crabbing in the Patuxent, and playing with his grandchildren. Big John is survived by his wife, Anna Marie Mister, of St. Leonard, Md., his children, John C.C. Mister, III of Huntingtown, Md., Jessica Mister and her husband Steven Sosebee, Sr. of St. Leonard, Md., and Lindsay Mister of Lusby, Md. Grandfather of Haley Mister, Steven Sosebee, Jr., Jacob Sosebee, and Jemma Sosebee. Big John is also survived by his brother Greg Mister of Huntingtown, Md. The family recieved friends on Tuesday July 16, from 10:30 to 12 noon at Broomes Island Wesleyan Church, where services will be held at 12 noon. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, MD.

Eliseo Sanvictores and Manoling Sanvictores; and her sister, Elisabeth Piopongco. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Jayme, Jared, Corissa, Carlee, Coby, Kylie, Adam, Joli, Rachael, Hannah, and August and two great-grandchildren: Nathan and Cruz. Friends were received on Sunday, July 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. with Memorial Service on Monday, July 15, at 1 p.m. at La Plata United Methodist Church. Interment was private. Memorials to La Plata United Methodist Church, University of MD Charles Regional Medical Center (formerly Civista Medical Center), Fresenius Dialysis Center (La Plata), CCNRC, or Hospice of Charles County. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

William Milton Moran, 82
William Milton “Bill” Moran, 82, of Prince Frederick, Md., passed away July 8, at the Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Frederick. He was born February 23, 1931 in Prince George’s County to Howard Earl and Dixie Irma (Trathen) Moran. Bill was raised in Riverdale, Md., until moving with his family to Chesapeake Beach in 1961. Since 2008 Bill has been a resident of the Calvert County Nursing Center, where he was known as “Pops”. He was employed at the Rod-n-Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach as a dishwasher, and also worked as a mate on the Smokey Joe charter fishing boat. For many years Bill attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Beach with his family. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the food pantry at St. Anthony’s. Bill was very outgoing and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was also very fond of fishing. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Rosalie Baggerly. He is survived by a brother-in-law Garland Baggerly of Huntingtown; a niece Betty L. Curtis of North Beach; a nephew Danny Baggerly of Mechanicsville; a great-niece Sharlena M. Follin of Huntingtown and great-nephews Gilbert E. Humphreys of Annapolis and James Daniel Baggerly of Huntingtown. Family and friends were received Wednesday, July 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, where a funeral service and celebration of Bill’s life was held on Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m. Interment followed at the Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk. Memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made to the Calvert County Nursing Center. For information or to leave condolences, visit

to Joy Renee Luyster and the late Wayne P. Ramsey. Dustin graduated from Calvert High School in 1998. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Lynne Ramsey, whom he married on December 14, 2012 in Prince Frederick, Md.; children April Renee Ramsey and Preston Page Ramsey of Lusby, Md.; step-children Jordan and Brody Blackwell of Lusby, Md.; mother Joy Luyster and her husband Damon of NY; sister Dana R. Thomas and her husband Dave of Pasadena, Md., and his nephew Kingsley James Thomas of Pasadena, Md. He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents Nellie and Philip D’Agostino and Nellie and Douglas Ramsey. He will be much loved and missed by his family and many friends. The family received friends on Wednesday July 10, in the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD at 11:30 a.m., a service celebrating his life followed at 1 p.m. Interment was held at Asbury Cemetery, Prince Frederick, Md. Pallbearers were Eric Scott, Jimmy Hill, Hawk Scott, David Dalrymple, Gary Willis and Josh Shifflett. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Dustin’s memory to Mandrin House, 3675 Solomons Island Road, Harwood MD 20776. For more information or to leave condolences please visit www.rauschfuneralhomes. com

Patrick Jones; Aunts, Mildred Harris, Mary Mackall, Ela Mae Johnson, Barbara Gross, Susie, Rosalee, Patrica Jones and Martha Creek and a host of cousins and friends. Also, one special friend who spent nights in the hospital with Poochie and numerous other special friends. Funeral service was held on Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Way of the Cross Church, Huntingtown, Md., with Pastor Darnell Easton officiating. The interment was at Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, Md.   The pallbearers were Fabian Harris, Kenny Mackall, Tyrone Washington, Sr., Bryan Jones, Fabian Gray, Samuel Jones, Jr., Tyrone Washington, Jr. and Tony Pratt. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Patrick Vernon Murphy, 79
Patrick Vernon “Pat” Murphy, 79, of Owings, Md., passed away July 10, at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. A fourth generation Washingtonian, Pat was born in the District on August 13, 1933 to Francis Alphonso and Mabel Viola (Vernon) Murphy. He was raised in Washington and attended public schools, graduating from Eastern High School in 1953. While in high school, Pat was a two sport athlete, excelling in football and baseball. He was an All Metropolitan football player and also played on several city championship teams. He served in the United States Army from May 27, 1953 to April 26, 1955, and earned the National Defense, United Nations and Korean Service, and the Good Conduct Medals. He married Renee A. Thomas on August 4, 1967 and they lived in Suitland, Clinton and moved to Owings in 1988. Pat was employed as an elevator mechanic with the IUEC Local 10 and also served as union president. He retired in September 1994. He was a member of Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County, volunteered with the Calvert County Community Church Food Pantry and the Calvert Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, where he drove the “people mover.” Pat enjoyed model trains, genealogy, cutting his lawn on the tractor and spending time with his family. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Sharon L. Cones. He is survived by his devoted wife Renee A. Murphy, a brother-in-law Jerry Cones of White Plains, and many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home. A funeral service and celebration of Pat’s life was held 11 a.m. on Monday, July 15, at Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County, Owings. Interment followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md. Memorial donations in Pat’s name may be made to Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County. To leave condolences visit


Derrick Estep Chew, 38
Derrick Estep Chew, 38, of Prince Frederick, Md., passed away on July 1, at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, Md.   Derrick Estep Chew was born January 21, 1975 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland to the late Robert Estep Chew and the late Thelma Lee Jones. Derrick E. Chew (Poochie) attended public school in Anne Arundel County and graduated. He was employed at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis Md., and the Annapolis Police Department before moving to Hawaii. There he worked as a truck driver. He loved his job as a security guard and working with the police department. His favorite sports were football and wrestling. Poochie enjoyed watching football with his Uncle Billy Harris. He enjoyed spending time with his brother Troy and Troy’s wife and two nieces. He liked to talk on the phone all night long until the morning. Poochie would tell lots of stories about the places he had been and the things he had done. Derrick’s health started failing him about six years ago. He was a fighter and did not complain after battling forty surgeries. Poochie leaves to cherish his memory: a brother, Troy (Latosha); three sisters, Tameka (Tyrone), Marquita and Chele; 4 nephews, Ian, Demarco, Travan and Aden Estep; 9 nieces, Dasia, Navaeh, Kendyl, Kendra, Destiny, Dynasty, Shaamik, Cynia and Mikhalia; 3 Uncles, Franklin and Donald Chew and

Noida Sanvictores Joson, 84
Noida Sanvictores Joson of La Plata, Md., died on July 9, at her residence with Hospice. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Joson was a homemaker and an active member of La Plata United Methodist Church for 40 plus years as well as a member of the Methodist Women’s Circle. She was born in Manila, Philippines and was a resident of La Plata for 43 years. She was a Valedictorian of her high school and was Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Education. She was a head dietician for seminary school and was also a past president of Women’s Medical Auxiliary. She was a devoted wife and loving/dedicated mother and grandmother – “Lola”. She was a generous community supporter and known for her cooking. She was the daughter of the late Candido Sanvictores and the late Tomaso A. Cadiz Sanvictores. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Tirso E. Joson, Jr. She is survived by her sons, Tirso S. Joson III and Joshua S. Joson; her daughters, Niniane J. Taylor, Virginia J. Briglia, and Janine J. Zimmerman; her son-inlaws, Mark C. Taylor, Philip T. Briglia, and Michael J. Zimmerman; her daughter-in-law, Kristin H. Joson; her brothers,

Dustin Wayne Ramsey, 32
Dustin Wayne Ramsey, 32, of Lusby, passed away on July 7, at Hospice of the Chesapeake, Mandrin House, Harwood, Md. He was born on September 15, 1980 in Annapolis, Md.,

Former state Senator Bernie Fowler, Sr. has stepped forward to serve as honorary chair for the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball that will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. One of Calvert’s most highly anticipated evenings, the 2013 CMH ball will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. A picture of vitality at 89, the lifelong public servant knows the value of good health. At six-feet he weighs in at a trim 155. Every morning (except Sunday) he does 200 push-ups along with knee exercises, some stretching and a 15-minute jog on the treadmill. “Good health is everything,” said Sen. Fowler, “and when you support the hospital you’re supporting an organization that fosters the good habits that are the key to improving your quality of life.” Proceeds from this year’s ball will go toward the purchase of an interactive patient education system at the hospital. “We’re excited about the new technology,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “because it will help us better prepare our patients for going home.” Xinis explained that the bedside

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system provides the personalized teaching tools and videos “they need to better understand their specific condition and – even more importantly – to take an active role in staying well once they get home.” “I couldn’t be more pleased to serve as honorary chair for this year’s Harvest Ball,” said Sen. Fowler. Calvert was the second poorest county in the state when he served as assistant administrator from 1956 to 1967. Back then, the hospital was housed in a single-story brick building with five doctors on staff. “Every time I drive by the new campus,” he said, “it warms my heart to know that when you go there you’re in good hands.” Sen. Fowler credits the hospital’s board made up of volunteers from the community with having the dedication and vision to transform Calvert Memorial from its humble beginnings into Southern Maryland’s premier healthcare provider. “Community support has always been vitally important to the future of the hospital and that has never been more true than now,” said Cindy Parlett of Wilson & Parlett, who is co-chairing this year’s ball with Karen O’Brien of Curtis Homes. Both women are members of the

Harvest Ball committee and serve on the foundation’s board of trustees. Parlett encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a sponsor or donating an item to the silent auction to call the foundation office at 410-535-8178.

O’Brien went on to add, “Our wonderful committee is already buzzing with energy and excitement. I am greatly anticipating another spectacular event.” For more details, go to

Support Calvert County’s Economy During Buy Local Agriculture Week July 20-28
In conjunction with the state of Maryland, Calvert County will celebrate the bounty of local agricultural products July 20-28 by highlighting the benefits of buying local products from area farms, farmers markets and farm stands. The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will officially proclaim July 20-28 “Buy Local Agriculture Week” during the commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, July 23. The proclamation will be accepted by Susan Cox, chairwoman of the Calvert County Agriculture Commission. As part of the week’s celebrations, Calvert County residents can shop at a temporary green produce stand on the lawn of the Circuit Court on Main Street in Prince Frederick, 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents are also reminded to visit the county’s farmers markets during this week and throughout the summer: · Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m., Calvert Memorial Hospital parking lot in Prince Frederick; · Thursdays, 4 to 8 p.m., on the Solomons Riverwalk; · Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m., at 5th and 7th streets and Bay Avenue, North Beach; and  · Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to noon, at the Calvert County Fairgrounds, Prince Frederick. It is estimated the average fruit or vegetable travels 1,500 miles to get to a consumer’s plate. And, in order to make that long journey and arrive at the supermarket in the perfect condition demanded by shoppers, some produce is picked before it is ripe and then chemically induced to ripen in time for sale. Local produce is fresh – usually picked within a few days if not a few hours of being sold – it is more nutritious and simply tastes better. The Calvert County Agriculture Commission offers a wealth of information about the county’s farms, including when and where to buy local produce and meats and the location of local farm stands. For more information, visit www.calvertag. com. For more information on Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge, visit For more information about the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, our visitor sites and attractions and the services available to assist county businesses, call 410-535-4583, 800-331-9771 or 301-855-1880; send an email to info@; or visit online at


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Where No Pontoon Boat Was Ever Meant to Go
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer From Lusby to Port Tobacco, one small pontoon boat has gone through a drastic transformation. The boat was the victim of "a couple of idiots in their backyard with a lot of time of their hands" who turned it into a pirate ship, said Waldorf resident Andy Parker. The initial idea came from a trip he and his fiancé took to the Dominican Republic in September 2012. They were having a quiet moment on the beach when everyone started going crazy. Soon, a mock pirate ship sailed into view. It took Parker only moments to decide he needed one too. When they got home, he began searching for a craft to design his ship around. He found one in Lusby, a 28-foot long pontoon boat owned by Drum Point resident Jim Barton. Barton had received the rundown craft from a neighbor who was selling his home and needed to get it off the property. Parker acquired the boat from Barton at the end of October and began the first part of an arduous journey - getting the thing from Drum Point to Jim Greene's home in Golden Beach, which involved putting it on a trailer and driving over the Thomas Johnson Bridge. There, Parker, Greene and Mike Shipyan took on the project of converting it to a pirate ship. They originally planned to use the boat to bring in the Tiki King on Tiki Bar opening weekend, but it wasn't ready. The additions took added 28 feet to the total length of the craft, bringing it up to a total of 56 feet long, while remaining eight feet wide. The added weight meant the original motor was seriously underpowered. They upgraded it to a 115 horsepower motor, which doesn't overheat like the previous motor, but only moves the pontoon at approximately 5 miles per hour. In total, Parker said they put approximately $8,000 into the boat. They christened it the Chuggers Pirate Boat, names after a hockey team the men play on. To add a bit of hockey flavor to the boat, the steering wheel is made of hockey sticks. With the Tiki Bar opening weekend out of the question, the men focused on preparing it for a July 1 departure to its new home in Port Tobacco. Getting the boat from Golden Beach to Port Tobacco was “very scary. It was horrible,” Parker said. “We went where no pontoon boat was ever meant to go.” During the three-day trip, the men encountered six and eight-foot swells and whitecaps, which threatened to capsize the boat, and mechanical issues requiring floating repairs. They weathered the foul weather and made it to Port Tobacco Marina at 8 p.m. on July 3 – just in time for the holiday.


Currently, the boat is a floating attraction at the marina, capable of taking 10 occupants. Parker plans to use more pontoons for added buoyancy, which would increase the capacity. “We’re glad to have them here,” said marina manager Melissa Hill. The new installment will be a great attraction, she said, and the marina is happy to have the Chuggers Pirate Ship call Port Tobacco Marina

home. The men’s original plan was to keep the boat in the area, establish a non-profit and give rides to underprivileged kids. This plan hit a snag when the coast guard would not give the boat a registration because it was homemade, which made insurance a challenge.

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Wednesday, July 17
Wolf Blues Jam Londontowne Pub (726 Londontowne Rd., Edgewater)- 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 18

The Third Day
Visit All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland for The Third Day, a play by Matthew Konerth. The play follows a controversial premise: what if Peter created the resurrection story to save Jesus’ message, and what if not all of the disciples went along with it? This piece is designed for an audience that is willing to think and be challenged. The play will be preformed July 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on July 21. Seating is first come, first serve. There will be an entrance fee of a donation used to benefit local young artists. For more information about the performance, please call 410-257-6306

Piranhas Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) - 8:30 p.m. Free Comedy Show DB McMillians (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 8:30 p.m. Mike Starkey Band Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood)- 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 19
Big Money Band Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) - 8 p.m. The Craze Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) -8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 20
Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band- Dixieland The West Lawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach) -7:30 to 10 p.m. Mark Scott Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) - 8 p.m.

Concerts on the Beach

Karaoke Applebee’s (45480 Miramar, California) – 9 p.m. Sumbich Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) - 8:30 p.m. Mike Starkey Band The Tavern ( 4975 St. Leonard Rd., St. Leonard)- 9 p.m. B Longley with 15 Strings Spinnakers (16244 Millers Wharf Rd., Ridge) 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 21
R & R Train Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 3 p.m.

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Monday, July 22
Team Trivia Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) - 7 p.m. Karaoke Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23
DJ Tommy T and DJ OT Hard Times Café (1120 Smallwood Drive, West Waldorf) 7:30 p.m. Dylan Galvin Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) - 7 p.m.

Sam Grow performed on Saturday, July 13 for a free concert on the North Beach Pavilion. The next free concert on the pavilion is scheduled for August 10 at 6 p.m. with the Travis Adams Band performing.


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Real Estate for Sale
2.8 secluded acres overlooking a pond. Hardwood floors. Fireplace in family room is great place to spend the holidays. The kitchen has many stainless upgrades and over looks the family room. Separate dining room and living room. Large master with a room that could be used for an office. Large detached 3 car garage/shop w/ 800+ sq ft overhead storage. Hot tub and large back deck. Price: $439,000. Call 240-561-2144.

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Large 2BDRM apartment with sep kitchen and living room area. 20mins from Waldorf and Lexington Park. Electric included with monthly rent. Pets are allowed, no yard access. Price: $1200. Call 301-399-0413 or email Prince Frederick, Maryland (Calvert County). Nice room in private home with 2 closets and storage area. Less than 1 mile to all shopping, and CSM. Public transportation across the street. Includes utilities, AC, WIFI, and cable. Available immediately. Call Rick 443968-4727. Rent: $600.00

Local Refuse Company is looking for a P/T Driver w/CDL class B for Roll-Off and rear load Trash Truck, must have a least 2 years experience. Some knowledge of heavy equipment good but not necessary. Must have own transportation. 301-855-3078. We are looking for a full time cashier/ receptionist to begin immediately! Seeking a very responsible, outgoing, self-motivated team player with great customer service skills! Experience is plus! We offer excellent benefits including health care, competitive salary (with experience), paid holidays/vacations and a fun work environment! If you are interested, please contact Turk at #301449-5900 or email your resume to turk@

Fenwick Landing Adult Day Center and Assisted Living is now accepting applications for PT housekeeper. If interested please come by 11665 Doolittle Drive Waldorf MD for application. Please no phone calls. Growing electrical contractor looking for electricians and helpers for DC Metro area. Salary based on experience with an excellent benefit package. Please Only serious, dependable and hardworking applicants need to apply. Reliable transportation and hand tools are a must. This is a drug free workplace and testing will be required. Please email resume to

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Older 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 story house with a large living room with fireplace and separate dining room. Family room with fireplace in finished basement that can be used as 3rd bedroom. Please email if interested. References required. Rent: $1000.

Moving Sales
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Wednesday, July 17
• Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club Adam’s Rib, Rt. 4,  Pr. Frederick, noon The club meets every month, 3rd Wednesday, noon luncheon, Guest speakers on topics of importance to all. Open to Ladies and Gentlemen. Info: Clara Mae 410-257-6517 • Rock the Dock Summer Concert Se ries: Beach Music
 Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, 7 to 9:45 p.m. 866-312-5596 • www.chesapeake
Enjoy an evening of live music at the waterfront Boardwalk Cafe. • Vacation Bible School Lutheran Bay Church, 9463 HG Trueman Road, Lusby, 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for Road Trip: Route 3:16, to learn about Jesus our Savior. Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church invites children from age 4 through grade 8 to participate in Bible stories, crafts, games, and snacks. The program will be held on the church grounds, Free. Please pre-register at or by calling 410-231-2075.  Like us on Facebook for more updates!

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Community Events
• Vacation Bible School Lutheran Bay Church, 9463 HG Trueman Road, Lusby, 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for Road Trip: Route 3:16, to learn about Jesus our Savior. Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church invites children from age 4 through grade 8 to participate in Bible stories, crafts, games, and snacks. The program will be held on the church grounds, Free. Please pre-register at or by calling 410-231-2075.  Like us on Facebook for more updates! • Annual Crab Feast Abner’s Crab House, 3748 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Calvert County Republican Central Committee is hosting an all you can eat crab feast. Crabs, beer, soda, hush-puppies, and door prizes will be available. Cost is $50 per person if RSVP by July 15. Any tickets not prepaid by that date will be $60. • Rock the Dock Summer Concert Se ries: DJs
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Enjoy an evening of live music at the waterfront Boardwalk Cafe. • Campfire on the Beach 9032 Bay Ave., North Beach, 7 to 8 p.m. 410-257-9618 • www.northbeach• Art Blooms Gala Reception Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, 7 to 10 p.m. 410-326-4640 •
This event is a glorious gathering of floral arrangements inspired by works of art from the Annmarie Garden galleries. Enjoy a summer evening of flo ral designs, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live music and convivial company!
  • Nature’s Night Sounds Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, 8:30 p.m. 410-535-5327 • www.calvertparks. org 
 Nature can make a lot of noise, even in the quiet of the night. Discover the nighttime peeps, squeaks, whistles, hoots and shrieks of woods, wetlands and fields. Please bring a flashlight, lawn chair or blanket and bug spray. S’mores provided.
 • Vacation Bible School Lutheran Bay Church, 9463 HG Trueman Road, Lusby, 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for Road Trip: Route 3:16, to learn about Jesus our Savior. Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church invites children from age 4 through grade 8 to participate in Bible stories, crafts, games, and snacks. The program will be held on the church grounds, Free. Please pre-register at or by calling 410-231-2075.  Like us on Facebook for more updates!
Enjoy an evening of live music at the waterfront Boardwalk Cafe. • Performance by Super MagicMan 14200 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, 7 p.m. starring Reggie Rice, D.C.’s twotime Comedy Magician of the Year. This family show is a high energy, magic pro duction that is filled with fantastic illusions, dancing, and comedy. In the auditorium. Admission is $4 per person cash or check at the door. • Tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 410-586-8501 •
Enjoy a free behind-the-scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than 8 million artifacts, including collections from every county in Maryland. Visitors can get up close and personal with our conservators and collections. Group tours are offered year round for a small fee. Call 410-5868501 or email for more information. Reservations are not required. • Commission for Women’s Dutch Networking Lunch Mama Lucia’s Restaurant, 85 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, 12 Noon to 1 p.m. Please join the Commission’s Dutch Networking Lunch. These Dutch Lunches – organized by Commission for Women Vice Chair Annette Fun – are always lively, informative, and fun.  They are open to all and provide a great opportunity to connect with long-time friends and colleagues – and also to meet new people from across Calvert County who support the mission of the Commission for Women.   (Yes, men are welcome, too!)
There is no pre-registration and no admission fee.  And it’s “Dutch,” so everyone pays for their meal separately.

Friday, July 19
• Friday Night Farmers Market, Clas sic Car Cruise-in and Art Fair 5th through 7th streets and Bay Avenue, North Beach, 6 to 9 p.m. 301-855-6681 • www.northbeach. org
The place to be every Friday, May through October! This weekly market offers seasonal delights from local farms including fresh, flavorful fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, cheese, meat, seafood, fresh-baked goods, cut flowers and bedding plants. You can sample the wines from Calvert County wineries and purchase by the glass or bottle. Classic car enthusiasts can enjoy some of the coolest vehicles in the area at the Classic Car Cruise-In. The Art Fair promotes a vibrant art culture through the support of passionate local artists. The North Beach Art Fair program helps communitybased artists and art organizations make locally produced art available to community residents and visitors.

Thursday, July 18
• Sea Squirts 14200 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Be A Tree! Through motions, story, and song, we will learn about trees while exploring the grounds. Free drop-in program for 18 months to three years and their caregivers. • Rock the Dock Summer Concert Se ries: Tribute Bands Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, 7 to 9:45 p.m. 866-312-5596 • www.chesapeake -

Library Events
Thursday, July 18
• Can You Dig It? Calvert Library Fairview Branch (Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about the world beneath your feet. The program features a related story, craft, and snack each week. For children from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Registration not required. 410-257-2101 • Can You Dig It? Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about the world beneath your feet. The program features a related story, craft and snack each week. For children from Kindergarten to 5th grade. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • TWEEN Summer Book Fest Calvert Library Interim Southern Branch (13920 H.G. Trueman Road, Solomons) – 6:30 to 8 p.m. 5th to 7th graders are invited to an evening of fun and free! activities, discussion and snacks themed around the book Wildwood by Colin Meloy. Please register. 410-326-5289 • TWEEN Summer Bookfest Calvert Library Fairview Branch (Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 6:30 to 8 p.m. 5th to 7th graders are invited to an evening of fun and free! activities, discussion, and snacks, themed around the book Wildwood by Colin Meloy. Please register. 410-257-2101. • TWEEN Summer Bookfest Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 6:30 to 8 p.m. 5th to 7th graders are invited to an evening of fun and free! activities, discussion and snacks themed around the book Wildwood by Colin Meloy! Please register. 410-257-2411 • Summer Storytime Calvert Library Interim Southern Branch (13920 H.G. Trueman Road, Solomons) – 10 to 10:30 a.m. Children enjoy books and language through short stories, songs, fingerplays and flannel stories. No registration required. 410-326-5289 • Special Authors’ Event Calvert Library Interim Southern Branch (13920 H.G. Trueman Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate the union of art and poetry at Southern Library, Solomons! The library will display paintings by both Megan Richard and Suzanne Shelden, and the poetry collections of Elisavietta Ritchie, including FEATHERS, OR, LOVE ON THE WING, the beautiful four-color book Suzanne Shelden created by superimposing Elisavietta Ritchie’s bird poems on Megan Richard’s bird paintings. TIGER UPSTAIRS ON CONNECTICUT AVENUE, Elisavietta Ritchie’s latest full collection that Cherry Grove Collections just published in June, will also be launched. Suzanne Shelden transformed a century-old Japanese woodblock into a stunning cover. Most of the poems were published individually by various literary journals, and several of these won awards. The paintings and the copies of both new books, as well as Elisavietta previous collections, will be available for sale. 410-326-5289

Friday, July 19
• On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Saturday, July 20
• Interview Skills One-on-One Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sharpen your interview skills with a HR professional from Microsoft. Please register for a one hour session. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862


Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Calvert Gazette

Senior Citizen News

Be Amazed! Come with us to enjoy a theatrical dining experience at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Thursday, August 1. Costumed staff will serve lunch while we are entertained by spectacular horsemanship and pageantry. The $61 fee includes transportation, show and meal. Only six spaces remain. AARP Driver Safety Classes The next AARP Driver Safety Classes will be held Tuesday, August 13, Southern Pines Senior Center, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Thursday, August 15, North Beach Senior Center, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The fee is $12/AARP members and $14/nonmembers. Must pre-register. Call the center for more information and to register.

1. Part of a deck 5. Georges, French philosopher 1847-1922 10. Winglike structures 14. Swift Malay boat (var. sp.) 15. White poplar 16. Ripped 17. Dog: ____ best friend 18. Grimes 19. Goods carried by a vehicle 20. Freestanding cooking counter 23. Apiary residents 24. Mains 25. Paved outdoor space 28. Colonic irrigations 32. __ Ladd, actor 33. Point that is one point E of SE 34. Fixed boring routine 35. Relative biological effectiveness (abbr.) 36. Burrowing marine mollusk 38. Walk heavily 39. Capital of Zimbabwe 42. Levity 44. Hoover and Aswan 46. Administrative division of a county 47. Klum reality show 52. Doyen 53. One who converts skins into white leather 54. Iridescent silica gem 56. Longest river in Albania 57. Homer’s epic poem 58. White, brown or wild 59. Booby bird genus 60. Pennies 61. Create

Sit back and enjoy an Afternoon at the Movies, Wednesday, July 31, 1 p.m. The viewing audience will choose a classic western from several available choices. Local Trips Follow the history of America through portraits of individuals at the Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 18. The tour highlights include our presidents and first ladies. Lunch will be at the Courtyard Café. The $40 fee includes transportation, lunch and tour. Appreciate the colors of fall while visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home and property, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Va., Thursday, October 10. The trip will include a guided house and garden tour followed by lunch at The Café at Monticello. There will be free time for relaxing, shopping or exploring other areas of Monticello. The $70 fee includes transportation, tour fee 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, July 22: Cold Roast Beef Sandwich, Cheese, Cucumber Salad, Fresh Fruit Tuesday, July 23: Pork BBQ on Bun, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Fresh Fruit, Brownies Wednesday, July 24: Fried Chicken, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Whole Wheat Bread, Fresh Fruit Thursday, July 25: Baked Tilapia, Red Potatoes, Black Beans, Kale, Rice Pudding, Juice Friday, July 26: Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Tossed Salad, Italian Green Beans, Italian Bread, Fruit


1. Cycles per minute 2. Traditional Iraq liquor 3. Wife of a rajah 4. Holds rubbish 5. Ribbon belts 6. Double-reed instruments 7. Strap used to control a horse 8. Schenectady, NY, hospital 9. Leaseholder 10. Books of maps 11. Bird with a laughlike cry 12. Little Vienna on the Mures 13. The termination of a story 21. Executive responsible for operations 22. Local area network 25. Make thirsty 26. Spurious wing 27. Invader of 13th-C Russia

29. Country legend Haggard 30. Superior of an abbey of monks 31. Worn and shabby 37. Louise Ciccone 38. AKA threadworm 40. British rule over India 41. Induces vomiting 42. Hard rind vine fruits 43. Grass bristle 45. Instrument for weighing 46. Source of a special delight 47. South American country 48. Track for rolling vehicles 49. One of two born at the same time 50. Samoan capital 51. Noisy talk 52. Tooth caregiver 55. Side sheltered from the wind

Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) Learn the health benefits of using flavorful garlic in your food at Amazing Garlic! Nutrition Talk, Tuesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. Pick up some recipes to try also. Celebrate summer with a Grilled Steak Dinner, Wednesday, July 31, 5 p.m. Dinner includes steak, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, grilled vegetables, grilled bananas and ice cream, ice tea and lemonade. Must pre-register by July 24. Fee: $12 North Beach Senior Center (NBSC) Enjoy summer fun with us at Life’s a Beach activities. Stop by the center Tuesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. and enjoy a morning filled with fun and exciting games. They are sure to bring a giggle or two! Grow Your Own Herbs, Thursday, July 25, 10:30 a.m. Learn about different herbs and how to grow them. Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) July is Scrabble month. Celebrate by joining a Scrabble Tournament, Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m. Sign up in advance. The tournament is limited to twelve players.

Residents Urged to be Cautious as Heat Takes Hold
Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s this week and there are several places in Calvert County that residents can visit if they need to cool off. The county’s community centers will be open during regular hours and safe drinking water is available in each of them. Residents who need to take refuge in a safe, cool place may go to one of the following locations: Northeast Community Center 4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach Open Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Mount Hope Community Center 100 Pushaw Station Road, Sunderland Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Southern Community Center 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Sunday Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center 130 Auto Drive, Prince Frederick Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Emergency cooling centers are opened when the need arises, when a heat advisory is issued for the area by the National Weather Service or when the heat index is above 105 degrees Fahrenheit for three consecutive days. To learn more about emergency preparedness, contact the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, or visit us on the Web at www.

Last Week’s Puzzle Solutions

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The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, July 18, 2013


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