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Yeoman 3rd Class Lashanda Watlington, center, sings the National Anthem at the ribbon cutting for Mission BBQ in San Souci Shopping Center. She is flanked by business owners Bill Kraus, left, and Steve Newton.


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Saturday, August 3 marks the 11th Annual Beach Party on the Square, hosted by the Commissioners of Leonardtown and the Leonardtown Business Association.



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COUNTY NEWS Sheriff: Tag Reader Info Not Used to Track Citizens
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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The St. Marys County Sheriffs Office employs one electronic license plate reader device (LPR) on a patrol car and every license plate it come near it reads and puts in a database but the information is not used to track the movements of everyday citizens said Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron. Just how much LPRs are used to record the whereabouts of citizens came into sharp focus last week after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report stating that many police departments around the country use LPRs that are recording vast amounts of data on citizens as they drive and storing that information in databases for sometimes upto several years. The ACLU argued that such information could have a significant chilling affect on the lives of citizens as they might choose not to engage in political speech or public activities if they believed their movements were being recorded. Cameron said the LPR technology has been most useful in spotting cars operated without a valid registration, that are stolen or whose operator has a warrant out for their arrest. He also said LPRs could be used eventually for criminal investigations, such as burglary cases, where the technology could be used to stake out a certain neighborhood to see if license plates can be matched to suspects police have developed. That wouldnt be probable cause enough for an arrest but that would be used to develop or eliminate suspects, Cameron said. We use it basically for traffic enforcement and warrants. It has tremendous potential for criminal investigations. The data stored in the sheriffs database remains there only for about 30 days, Capt. Edward Willenborg, head of the agencys patrol division said. This is mostly a function of memory capacity, he said. The information is coalated and transferred to the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, a fusion center for law enforcement and homeland security information, where is is held for one year along with data from other law enforcement agencies statewide, Cameron said. Of the thousands of tags the LPR device reads every day in St. Marys only about one percent result in enforceable hits on a hot list. Cameron said he was familiar with the ACLU report and agreed that some of the concerns about invasion of privacy were valid but here use of information in the database for any reason other than a legitimate investigation was forbidden.

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Night Flights Scheduled Through Aug. 11

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating nighttime flights are scheduled to take place two to three nights per week from 8 to 11 p.m. until Aug. 11. Pilots at PAX will be training for realistic nightflight scenarios including Field Carrier Landing Practice. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information, call the noise hotline at 1-866-819-9028 or email PaxNoise@navy. mil.

Unless its part of a criminal investigation it would be an unlawful query, Cameron said. Its all our jobs here to see that its used appropriately and within the law. Cameron said concerns over the violation of civil liberties were valid but that the technology was balanced by proper use in favor of public safety. The ACLU study points to information it received from Freedom of Information Act requests in 2012 on Maryland as a prime example of the far reaching affects of the technology. The vast majority of license plate data are collected from people who have done nothing wrong at all, the study reads. Often only a fraction of one percent of reads are hits and an even smaller fraction result in an arrest. In our records request, documents from Maryland illustrate this point. The report showed that 75 percent of Marylands law enforcement agencies are wired into the state fusion center which collected more than 85 million license plate records in 2012. Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police, said their LPRs download all their information to the state fusion center directly and access to the information is strictly limited to criminal investigations. All of that information is maintained with strict oversight, Shipley said. Statistics for this year through May show statewide license plate readers had more than 29 million reads with only two-tenths of one percent were hits for suspicion of having committed a crime or moving violation. In short, Marylands license plate readers collect massive amounts of data, almost none of which are tied to any known or even suspected wrongdoing, the study stated. Even the vast majority of hits are for minor regulatory violations.

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COUNTY NEWS Smeco Project to Break Ground in St. Marys

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer For several years now the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has been busy constructing two new circuits to create a 230 kilovolt loop from Calvert to St. Marys counties in hopes of feeding the regions burgeoning power needs. SMECO officials told the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday that construction will soon begin, starting in November. Known as SMECOs Southern Maryland Reliability Project the electrical loop will connect the power station in Huntingtown with the Hewitt Road station in Lexington Park and will include an additional 28 miles of overhead transmission lines and an additional two miles of transmission cable that will be fed through a tunnel under the Patuxent River from the shores of Calvert to St. Marys. The next phase of the project to impact St. Marys includes new power lines between Route 235 and FDR Boulevard in California in front of the Wal-Mart shopping center. Access road and installing foundations will begin this November; the new 10 miles of power lines will run along routes 4 and 235 to the Hewitt Road station. The project will use current right-ofways, SMECO officials said. The overhead construction should be completed by March of 2014 and pole setting should start in January of next year and be completed by that April. The entire overhead project should be finished by July of next year, SMECO officials said. The drilling under the Patuxent River should start this September and continue through mid-2014. The entire reliablity project should be finished by the close of next year. SMECO plans to use plywood soundbarriers to reduce the noise to nearby homes in the area of Patuxent Beach Road where much of the drilling and construction will take place; the utility provider plans on a six-day work week with a 12-hour work day. Weve stayed on budget, weve stayed on time, said SMECO spokesman Tom Dennison. The project will be complete pretty much a year from now.

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Seeking Help to Create Foundation for Oyster Restoration

The St. Marys River Watershed Association wishes to invite members of the community to lend a hand creating reef balls which will become the foundation for the growing three-dimensional oyster habitat in the St. Marys River. These reef balls, full of nooks and crannies and holes, give growing oysters an ideal place to grow and thrive and the Association would like to construct 300 to 400 within the next six weeks. With the molds on loan from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Association has set up shop at Sanners Lane in Lexington Park, where Carruth & Son, Inc. provide the concrete. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays they will be filling the molds and on Tuesdays and Thursday, breaking the reef balls free and finishing up the cycle. Several groups have already signed on to help with this vital part of the oyster restoration project with planned workdays for a group of teachers, the staff of Berts 50s Diner, a scout troop and Rotary members. Groups of all kinds are welcome to volunteer and set up their own workday, with 30 reef balls dedicated in their name. This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses, youth groups, churches, or clubs to be part of something important and learn about what is being done to protect the local watershed and revitalize the local oyster population. Individuals wishing to help, and maybe even bring their children along, are welcome to join in as well. Its an interesting process to watch and take part in and one that will make a genuine difference. Batches of these reef balls will be placed in the St. Marys River oyster sanc-

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Karl Willey, manager of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Restoration Center, (right), helps Association staff and interns get the hang of directing the cement truck and filling the reef ball molds to the correct level.

Several molds await helping hands to turn them into reef balls, which will become homes to oysters and a bevy of other aquatic creatures once in the St. Marys River.

tuary beginning in August and volunteer opportunities abound for getting to better understand the importance of replenishing the pollutant-eating oyster population and learning about the small changes that can lead to a significant impact for the health of the watershed and its many inhabitants. Most reef ball making days will begin around 8 a.m. and those interested just need to call ahead to (301) 247-6047. For more information on this and St. Marys River Watershed Association executive other projects the St. Marys River Waterdirector Bob Lewis (left) shows STEM intern Jared shed Association is involved in, visit www. Kimmey and project supervisor David Wood how
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New Restaurant Serves Up Barbeque, Patriotism

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Business partners and lifelong friends Bill Kraus and Steve Newton decided two years ago to put their mutual love for barbeque to the test when they opened up their first Mission BBQ restaurant in Glen Burnie, but their business has a different mission than just serving up heaping portions of meat and coleslaw. They also do it to honor the service of military personnel, law officers and fire and rescue first responders, Kraus said. The co-owners celebrated the opening of their newest store in San Souci Shopping Center Monday, honoring those who served with steaming hot food. Their vision started 10 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Kraus said. We decided in some small way wed change the world for the better, he said. We dont think theres anything more American than barbeque and those who swear to protect and defend the country. Here is our chance to say thanks. Kraus said he and his partner chose St. Marys County as their newest business location not just because of the thriving market but because of the heavy concentration of military personnel and an absolutely vibrant group of first responders. The fact that the countys fire and rescue personnel were 100 percent volunteer, Kraus said, spoke volumes about the communitys dedication to service. Kraus said in the week prior to the new stores grand opening fundraisers there to benefit first responders and military personnel with the Wounded Warrior project brought in $15,000. Kraus said all of the proceeds would go to the beneficiaries.

Yeoman 3rd Class Lashanda Watlington, center, sings the National Anthem at the ribbon cutting for Mission BBQ in San Souci Shopping Center. She is flanked by business owners Bill Kraus, left, and Steve Newton.

Leonardtown PNC Bank Closes Its Doors

Gun Ranges Open For Business

County Commissioner Todd Morgan takes aim with a Ruger .22 target pistol July 20 at Sanners Lake Sportmens Clubs grand reopening after nearly two years of modernizing the ranges.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Since 1951 Sanners Lake Sportsmens club has hosted rifle, pistol and shotgun shooters, providing them with the only private range open to gun enthusiasts in the county just off of Great Mills Road. But for the past two years the board of directors of the club shut the ranges down for a complete overhaul, finally reopening them July 20. County elected leaders, government officials and residents came out to try the new ranges with .22 caliber rifles and pistols and shotguns; for some of them it was their first time ever pulling a trigger. We needed to bring ourselves into the 21st century, said club president John Mountjoy. We brought ourselves to the state of the art in gun range design. The most prominent new feature on the gun ranges are tall broad wooden baffles that block out the sky and prevent bullets from going over earthen berms that sit at the foot of the firing space. The range modernization has cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars from the clubs own membership dues and savings. Despite its long history in the community, Sanners Lake has often gone unnoticed, Mountjoy said, but the club is trying to make an effort to do more outreach programs.

Mary Lee Harless, Jo Ann Gough and Cathy Wright, whose recent ancestors both took turns running the bank on Leonardtowns square, present checks to Christine Wray, right, for MedStar St. Marys Hospitals building fund last week. Both Roswell Bascom-Broun and Joe Gough presided over the banks operations under various names since 1930. Bascom-Broun acted as conservator of the bank under presidential order in 1930 until his death on the job in 1976. Gough, who had worked in the bank since 1952 in various positions, took over in 1976 as chairman of the board until his retirement in 1998. The checks the women presented were deposited at what is now the PNC Bank as the last transactions at the bank before it closed its doors last week.

It offers shooting instructions to Boy Scout troops as well as to paraolympians and the club is open to the public on weekends for events like trap and skeet shooting. Mountjoy said neither he nor the other members know just how long the club will remain in existence since the club does not own the land outright and the owners may decide to sell it to make way for development in the Lexington Park area. We will be there for as long as were allowed to, Mountjoy said. We know the property is not in the Lexington Park Development District plan. He and many others would like to keep the patch of rural land as it is but he knows the pressure to sell might be too great. Theres just too much money there, Mountjoy said. Commissioner Todd Morgan, one of the visitors that day, was impressed with the amount of recreation available at the club. Being a first time shooter he was also impressed with the level of instruction and safety instilled at each course of fire. I wasnt much for the pistols but the rifle was good and with the shotgun I got the first clay duck and the last clay duck, Morgan said. I though it was great, I had a lot of fun.


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Cooking with Confidence

By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer There is a long time idiom that claims, the apple does not fall too far from the tree. As a child, No Thyme to Cook owner and chef Gwyn Novak would have resented that statement. Kids will listen to everyone but their parents, she said. Because her mother was a home economics teacher for 30 years, growing up, Novak had no interest in cooking. However, while studying in college for a major she had no interest in and working at William-Sonoma and enjoying herself there, Novak decided to give culinary arts a chance, and in 1999 No Thyme to Cook was born. It actually started out as a personal chef business, Novak said. After following that model for a while, Novak chose to pursue something smaller, and started teaching cooking classes in December of 2012. Ive finally found my niche, Novak said of teaching. No Thyme to Cook holds several classes during the week including vegan and vegetarian dishes, a couples cooking class, and even a college 101 class called Cooking for College. Its basic dishes that can be done in a dorm room, Novak said, All you need is a mini-fridge, a microwave and a blender. In addition to that, Novak holds Hook to Cook classes where the morning is spent on a boat in Drum Point and students harvest what they are going to prepare. Its about rockfish and crab season now, Novak said. After their time on the water, Novak shows how to clean what was caught, and how to cook it. No Thyme to Cook stresses the importance of locally grown foods. The more local foods you can find, the better its going to taste, she said. In August, Novak is running a summer cooking camp for kids ages seven to 12. Dont worry, she said, no sharp knives or hot surfaces. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the class, but Novak feels if kids have a hand in actually making it [food] theres a greater chance theyll actually eat it. The camp runs for a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes field trips, Novak said. During the week, the kids will head to a local farm, to find out where bacon and eggs actually come from, as well as grocery stores to learn about comparative shopping. Towards the end of the camp, the children will get the chance to prepare food for a homeless shelter and also create a finale luncheon for their parents on the last day. Novak believes that her business is definitely growing, she now hosts in-home private classes, food allergy warning classes and classes on good pro-biotic health. For more information on No Thyme To Cook or to sign up for a class, visit or call 443-624-5048.

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St. Marys City Commission Chided in Audit

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A report from the states Office of Legislative Audits shows that the commission that oversees the operations of historic St. Marys City did not take enough care in recording and controlling cash receipts for fiscal 2012, which totaled up to about $645,000. The report specifies that there was no independent confirmation that all the receipts recorded were submitted to St. Marys College for deposit as they should have been. Rather the individual who performed the verificiations had routine access to the collections, the report stated. In addition, cash receipts were not forwarded to the college for deposit on a timely basis. The auditors used a test of 10 days of collections, which totaled about $10,800, which determined that on eight days tested deposits of only $10,631 were brought to the college between two to eight businesses days after they were collected. Maryland rules state that an employee not connected with the collections must verify the deposits to the college. The historic commission also did not follow its own competitive bidding process with regard to one contract, the report stated, and paid out $23,190 to the same vendor who did not have to compete for the contract nor did they even sign a contract. This occurred between July of 2010 and December of 2012. This vendor, not named in the report, provided services at two annual special events and has been paid a total of $53,000 as of January. Consequently, there is a lack of assurance that the commission obtained these services at the lowest cost, the report stated. In a reponse to the report commission Executive Director Regina Faden and finance director Douglas Hunter stated they have instituted checks and balances in the collections department to ensure a person independent of the process verifies the receipts. As for the finding that the commission let a contract without a proper bidding process, the commission officials said the vendor selected was involved in food service and the other vendor did not meet the food selction standards for the event, so the commission never asked for a price quote. The commission has reviewed its procurement policies and is adhering to its policies, the response stated. The commission officials also wrote that they did not dispute either of the findings of the auditors.

County Test Scores Drop

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County scores for the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) dropped this year along with much of the rest of the states school systems as the state is beginning a transition to a new set of curriculum standards. Test scores in reading and mathematics dropped in nearly every student grade level from 3rd to 8th grade, according to the recently released testing data from the Maryland Department of Education. According to a local system analysis of the numbers 87.6 percent of elementary school children scored proficient on the tests this year, a 4.5 percent decline from 2012. In math 88.9 percent of elementary school children scored proficient but that represents a 1.6 percent drop from last year as well. Middle school scores were also lower but not to the same degree as elementary students, the school system reported. Middle school students showed a .6 percent decline in reading proficiency and 3.3 percent lower in math. In both reading and math elementary students here scored better than the state average but middle school children scored below the state average in reading though they performed much higher than the state average in math. Our slight decline in scores is mirrored across the state and is attributable to our aggressive transitioning to the Common Core Standards, said Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano. We have predicted that scores on an assessment that is misaligned with our current curriculum will decline. The county school system has already started teaching to the Common Core standards despite students still taking the MSA; local teachers union advocates have complained that student test scores would suffer as a result as would teacher evaluations since they are now at least partially tied to student achievement. There's a huge disconnect between these scores and the hard work that educators and students did during this past school year. These scores reflect the deep and problematic misalignment between what students are taught and how they're being tested, which will continue for at least the next school year, said Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller. Right now, the MSA is just not providing valuable information for how children are doing or how were doing as educators. This disconnect underscores the need to make sure that there are no high stakes attached to student test scores in teacher evaluations until the tests are valid, tested, and fully aligned with the curriculum taught.


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22790 Maple Road Lexington Park, MD 20653 301-863-4016 Hours: 7:20 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Administration: Principal - Jill Snyder-Mills Assistant Principal - Todd DImperio Assistant Principal - Glenna Edwards Assistant Principal - Diane McKay

Facility Opened - September 1963 PBIS Gold Designation Total Enrollment - 781

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Esperanza, Home of the Pirates, is committed to ensuring that every student meets rigorous performance standards while providing a caring atmosphere where students can respect, learn and appreciate the differences of others. We embrace the Mission Statement of St. Marys County Public School System: Know the learner and the learning, expecting excellence in both. Accept no excuses, educating ALL with rigor, relevance, respect, positive relationship! Our staff is committed to providing quality instruction that enhances our students ability to think critically in all academic areas. In addition, we continue to work with all stakeholders to create a positive school community. Our school is enriched with many cultures and we celebrate this wonderful diversity on a daily basis. Also, to ensure a well-balanced educational experience for our students, we provide a number of activities such as Homework Center, Science Fair Club, Engineering Club, Robotics, Drama Club, Civil Air Patrol and PBIS House sports including basketball, volleyball, football and soccer. This year, the Esperanza Robotics team placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the TriCounty Robotics Challenge. Our MathCounts team placed 1st in the Southern Maryland MathCounts Competition, and the Chess Club received 2nd place at the Southern Maryland Chess Bowl Classic. The Festival Chorus and Orchestra both received a rating of 1- Excellence and earned the right to compete at the State Level. We at Esperanza will continue to set high expectations for every student. However, good instruction and dedication will not move Esperanza towards even greater gains without the support of our community. Without this important partnership, our students would not be able to work to their fullest potential. Together we are the most powerful team influencing your child!

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Jurors found James Kenneth Clay guilty of first-degree felony murder and second degree murder in the death of Robert Lee McDowney stemming from a Feb. 7 home invasion in St. Inigoes, prosecutors said. Clay is alleged to have broken into McDowneys home along with Andre Bowman, of Laurel, to rob McDowney of drugs and money. The jury deliberated all of Tuesday afternoon and came to their conclusion at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. They also found Clay guilty of firstdegree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. States Attorney Richard Fritz recounted the testimony of two key prosecution witnesses during the two-day trial that he said conclusively identified Clay, of no fixed address, as the shooter. He said that Alyssa Marshall, McD owneys girlfriend who was in the trailer on Beachville Road during the home invasion, testified two men, one wearing a mask and another brandishing a handgun kicked in the door that night. The man in the mask, later identified as Bowman, herded her into a back room, while Clay was in the front with McDowney. She testified she heard the gunshot. Fritz said Marshall was able to point out Clay in a photo lineup within seconds of being shown his face. The only other person in that room with Robert Lee McDowney was James Kenneth Clay, Fritz told jurors. They [Bowman and Clay] had the fully formed intent to go into that house with a deadly weapon to rob Robert Lee McDowney. Fritz went on to review the testimony of Oshia Lewis who drove Clay and Bowman to St. Inigoes that night; she also positively identified Bowman and Clay as the ones who entered McDowneys trailer. Fritz said Lewis came to know Bowman and gave him transportation but learned too late that night just what the two men were planning. When they met up with alleged conspirator Joseph Medley III at a gas station to get directions to the trailer, Fritz said, she began to realize her predicament. Shes a young girl who found herself in an extremely bad situation. Clays attorney public defender Gerald Riviello countered by saying that both the states witnesses had the shared interests of staying out of jail, intimating that they may have known more about the crime than they had let on. He also said there was James Kenneth Clay nothing to connect Clay to the actual crime scene. Theres no physical evidence to suggest James Clay had anything to do with this case, Riviello said. Mr. Fritz would have shown it to you if he had it. Clays attorney said Bowman was Lewis drug dealer who supplied her with marijuana while Marshall had admitted that McDowney was actively involved in the drug trade. Riviello also questioned why Bowman and Lewis had gone to visit relatives in St. Marys after driving all the way from Laurel before the robbery took place. He also questioned why Lewis did not come forward to police about the crime, rather waited for them to come to her. Police were able to get leads in the case after they had found a phone dropped by Bowman that night. Is this a robbery about drugs or is there something more sinister going on? Fritz retorted that Riviellos summation sounded more like baseless speculation about hidden motives in McD owneys death. Is he saying Lewis and Marshall got together and plotted a murder-forhire against Mr. McDowney? Fritz said. Closing arguments arent evidence, its just a theory.


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Sex Offender Captured in Loveville Stabbing

eventually able to escape and seek help. Berry fled taking the vicPolice say they have tims 2001 blue Ford Focus, found the man they allege police said. brutally stabbed a victim in Berry is a lifetime sex Loveville Monday after forcoffender registrant and has ing her to drive him to parkbeen convicted of second ing lot that became the scene degree rape from a case in of the crime. Charles County back in 1988. Local investigators say Berry has been charged 49-year-old Joseph Francis with armed car jacking, firstJoseph Francis Berry Berry accosted the victim degree assault and theft of a when she was at a business in Leonar- motor vehicle. dtown, produced a knife and forced her Local police say they developed into her car. leads that brought them to Prince Both Berry and the victim had been Georges County where police there in in a relationship that had ended. the Oxon Hill and Fort Washington area When she had driven him to the found Berry and took him into custody. parking lot he allegedly stabbed her multiple times, police said, but she was By Guy Leonard Staff Writer


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Theft of Motor Vehicle/Theft under $10,000/ False Statement to a Peace Officer On July 17, Deputy Lacey Johnson and Deputy Anthony Cole responded to a residence on Calla Way, California, Md., for a suspicious incident. Deputies made contact with the victim who advised he returned home to find an unfamiliar vehicle Jackson parked in front of his residence, with an unknown subject inside the vehicle asleep. The victim further advised Deputies, he found the package on his front porch which had been delivered earlier in the day and addressed to him, had been opened. Further inspection of the package revealed several food items within the package had been opened and eaten. Deputy Johnson discovered the vehicle in question had been reported stolen on July 16, and did not belong to the subject inside. Deputy Johnson made contact with the subject inside the vehicle who initially provided Deputies with a false name. It was later confirmed, the sole occupant of the vehicle was Ronald Earl Jackson, 46, of Ridge, Md. Deputy Cole located additional packages and wrappers matching the contents of the victims package inside the vehicle along with Jackson. Deputy Johnson arrested and charged Jackson with Theft under $100, False Statement to Peace Officer, Open letter without Permission, Unlawful taking of Motor vehicle, and Theft under $10,000. Theft less $1,000 On July 17, Deputy Trevor Teague responded to Wal-mart located in California, Md., for a theft. Wal-mart Loss Prevention observed Beth Suzanne Gannon, 26, of Mechanicsville, Gannon Md., place numerous store items in her shopping cart. Gannon then exited the store with the shopping cart of items, passing all points of sale without paying for said items. Gannon was arrested and charged with Theft less $1,000. Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Paraphernalia On July 18, at approximately 10 p.m., Deputies responded to Myrtle Point Park in California, Md., to check the welfare of a subject. While Deputies were on scene, a vehicle operated by Bonnie KathHollyer leen Hollyer, 19, of California, Md., pulled up to the Officers. Cpl. Elizabeth Goodwin made contact with Hollyer and observed Hollyer to exhibit signs of impairment. Deputy Lloyd issued standardized field sobriety to Hollyer, which resulted in her arrest. Search incident to arrest revealed a small baggie containing suspected marijuana as well as a smoking device with suspected marijuana residue. Hollyer was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia. 2nd Degree Burglary and Theft under $10,000 On July 17, Deputy Dina Beasley responded to a business in Charlotte Hall, Md., for a reported Burglary. The victim advised Nicholas Raymond Rawlings, 26, of Hughesville, Md.,

broke into his business and stole numerous jewelry items. Deputy Beasley made contact with Rawlings who admitted to breaking into the business and taking numerous pieces of jewelry. Rawlings was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Theft under $10,000. Theft less $1,000 and Warrant Service On July 14, Deputies responded to Kohls in Lexington Park, Md., for a theft. The Emergency Communications Center advised responding Deputies, the suspects were fleeing the area and provided a vehicle description. Deputy Fowler Skyler Lefave and Deputy James Shomper observed the suspect vehicle leaving Kohls parking lot. Deputy Lefave conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, making contact with three occupants and Carrie Jo Fowler, 33 of Stafford, Va. Kohls Loss Prevention Unit advised Deputies the four suspects had taken several pieces of jewelry, walked past all points of sale without paying for the items and fled the store. Fowler admitted to taking the merchandise, which was recovered by Deputy Lefave at that time. During contact with Fowler the Emergency Communications Center advised Fowler had an outstanding Arrest Warrant for Failure to Appear. Fowler was arrested and charged with Theft less $1,000 and once at the St. Marys County Detention Center she was served the District Court Arrest Warrant. Charges are pending on the other three suspects. Violation of a Protective Order On July 17, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Deputy Philip Lance responded to a residence on Brookstone Court, Lexington Park, Md., for the report of a suspicious subject. Deputy Lance located Steven Anthony Warrick, 51 of Lexington Park, Warrick Md., inside the Brookstone Court residence. Deputy Lance was advised by the Emergency Communications Center of an active Protective Order against Warrick, that prohibits him from entering the residence. Warrick was arrested and charged with Violation of a Protective Order. Possession of Paraphernalia for a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Driving while Suspended On July 17, Deputy Skyler Lefave responded to the St. Marys County Detention Center in Leonardtown, Md., for a subject attempting to sell drugs in the lobby. Captain Michael Merican was notified Young that Joshua Charles Young, 29 of Mechanicsville, Md., attempted to sell unknown pills to another subject, while in the front lobby of the Detention Center. Captain Merican made contact in the parking lot with Young as he entered the driver side of his vehicle to leave. During the contact with Young, Deputy Lefave found Young to be in possession of Alprazolam and Methadone. Neither pill was in their proper containers, nor were they prescribed to Young. Deputy Lefave was advised by the Emergency Communications Center that Youngs privilege to drive was suspended through Maryland. Young was arrested and charged with Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving while Suspended.

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



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Thursday, July 25, 2013


Beat the Heat with the Beach Party on the Square

Who can come?
Everyone! Invite your neighbors, family, coworkers and friends. (Please note that pets are welcome, but the pavement is often too hot this time of year for dogs sensitive feet.) Maria Fleming PR & Event Coordinator Commissioners of Leonardtown Is the heat getting to you? Running out of things to do with the kids? Dont want to get away by sitting on the Bay Bridge for an hour? Leonardtown has some relief for you! Saturday, August 3 marks the 11th Annual Beach Party on the Square, hosted by the Commissioners of Leonardtown and the Leonardtown Business Association. What started off as a cool idea has grown into an annual event that averages 4,000 visitors playing in the sand, running through a giant water sprinkler, strolling through the Town Square and kayaking along Breton Bay. This free, family-friendly evening of fun was the brain child of Laschelle McKay, Town Administrator, Roger Mattingly, Councilmember, and Danny OConnor, local business owner, who during another rained out event started envisioning the possibilities of turning the Square into an end-of-summer Beach Party, complete with sand, hula dancers and palm trees. The transformation was surprising and successful, and created a new annual event.

When is it?

Saturday, August 3 from 4 to 9 p.m.

How much?

Admission, parking and event sponsored entertainment are all FREE. But you will want to bring some money for delicious food, unique local products and art, kayaking, pony rides and supporting local charity drives, including the Running of the Balls!

Where to park?

Public lots in Town along Courthouse Drive and Park Avenue, or park at College of Southern Maryland and take the shuttle into Town Square. Handicap parking available along Park Avenue by the Best Western Hotel and in the Courthouse parking lot.

What to Bring?

Swimsuit we recommend wearing it under your clothes so you are ready to jump under the fire hose, go down the waterslide or brave Breton Bay on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Towel to dry off if youre planning to ride the shuttle back to the Square Sunglasses and sunscreen this IS the beach after all! Comfortable shoes - there is a lot to see and do dont miss a thing!

What party-goers see today is much like the first Beach Party: a sandy beach in the middle of the intersection of Washington and Fenwick Streets, a giant waterfall provided by the Leonardtown Fire Department, dancers, strolling street performers and a brightly-colored flurry of activity everywhere you look. Hula hoop, jump rope and limbo contests are peppered in between the sets of The 25th Hour Band, a local rock group who have been with the event since 2005. This year they will be joined by Daughters of Veda Mideastern Dance Troupe, who will provide belly dancing performances and demos throughout the day, and strolling entertainer and juggler Michael Rosman. New exhibits in the Square will include the Longship Company of Viking re-enactors and educators, who are bringing a 21 replica wooden Viking ship to the Square, the Happily Ever After Princesses and mysterious maiden of the deep, Mermaid Alexis. While many locals and residents say they come for the fun and appreciate a free event they can bring their kids to, most people are simply fascinated by the sand. The sand pit is sectioned off into a childrens play area - complete with pails

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and shovels for building sand castles and a volleyball court with equipment for pick-up volleyball games and a tugof-war tournament led by the Wellness, Fitness and Aquatics staff from College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus. But how much is there, where does it come from and where does it go? Each year Great Mills Trading Post generously donates 2 truckloads or 40 tons, yes, TONS of sand and delivers it to the Square the morning of the event. Town staff and volunteers set up a border made of railroad ties and spread the sand around. If you would like to participate in transforming the Square, feel free to grab a shovel and meet the set up team in the Square around 10 a.m. At the end of the event, around 9 p.m., a convoy of trucks from AB & H Excavating clean up the sand and haul it away, followed closely by T & T Street Sweeping finishing the job. But Beach Party isnt just the activities in the Town Square; it is truly a community event. Hillside Ride provides a shuttle to and from the Wharf where you can find a waterslide and moon bounce for the kids, as well as Patuxent Adventure Center providing kayaks and stand up paddle boards; a 30-minute excursion is only $10. Once the kids get hot and thirsty, they can head over to Ritas Italian Ice or the McIntosh concession stand for a quick snack. Many of the local businesses decorate their windows, have an outdoor display and provide food, drink and merchandise specials while other lo-


How is it Free?

Beach party on the Square is sponsored in part by The Town of Leonardtown, The Leonardtown Business Association and each of the following generous local businesses: Winegardner Auto, Quality Built Homes, Two Guys Collision Center, MedStar St. Marys Hospital, Cedar Point Federal Credit Union, College of Southern Maryland, The St. Marys County and Maryland State Arts Councils, Great Mills Trading Post, Papa Johns Pizza, and St. Marys Macaroni Kid. It is staffed by volunteers. If you wish to help support the event, please email the event coordinator,

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cal vendors sell art, hand crafts, jewelry and knick-knacks. Non-profit organizations take the opportunity to offer health screenings and face painting, sell food like cotton candy, baked goods and kettle corn, and provide the community with valuable information and opportunities to help others. The most notable of these opportunities is the Leonardtown and Lexington Park Rotary Clubs Running of the Balls, now in its third year as a part of Beach Party. Numbered golf balls are purchased for $5 each (or 5 for $20) and then up to 5,000 balls are released down Fenwick Street Hill chasing each other through a 350 foot track and into a tube at the bottom of the hill. The first 30 balls into the tube win a series of prizes including this years top prize of $1,500 cash. The spectacle is akin to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, providing the Bull mascot seen in the Rotary advertising, on the new T-shirts, and around the event. It was the brainchild of Paul Engle, a member of the Lexington Park Rotary Club after he visited Park City Utah and saw their version of the event at their Minors Day. The Rotary Clubs receive donations and prizes from generous sponsors and all the proceeds go to the various charities they support, including the Literacy Council of St. Marys , Christmas in April, A Community That Shares, Hospice of St. Marys and their signature project, Service with a Smile, that supplies local third graders with fluoride rinse for healthy teeth. Balls can be adopted from Leonardtown & Lexington Park Rotary Club members, any business where you see a Running of the Balls poster, during the August First Friday, August 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., and at the Rotary Booth on Fenwick Street during Beach Party on the Square. T-shirts are also available for $15 each. For more information please visit,, and www.

It wasnt until recently that Beach Party moved its date to the first Saturday after the first Friday in August to coincide with the Leonardtown Business Associations First Fridays celebrations and make a whole Beach Party weekend. Since the partnership started, First Friday has had live music on the Square and a raffle sponsored by the Leonardtown Business Association. This year Miles from Clever is back by popular demand on the stage, Macaroni Kid and Yellow Door Art Studio will provide activities for children on the Square, and the raffle drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates, gift baskets and packages from local businesses and a grand prize 46 HD Flat Screen TV. Tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10 and can be purchased at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music, Port of Leonardtown Winery, Fuzzy Farmers Market, Good Earth Natural Foods, Olde Towne Insurance, and the North End Gallery through August 2. For more information and a complete list of prizes, please visit So, if youre looking for a great way to round out your summer, you dont have far to go. Bring the whole family to Leonardtown for First Friday on August 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m. and Beach Party on the Square on Saturday, August 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. for good fun, good food and good memories.

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Fenwick Street Used Books and Music Meet author Michael Kibler from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. He will be selling and signing copies of his book Cut it Out. Good Earth Natural Foods Karen of Blue Moose Consulting offers samples of Oxylent, an Oxygenating Multivitamin Supplement Drink. Visit for a complimentary taste of this award-winning effervescent supplement. North End Gallery First Friday reception to celebrate Dog Days, covering artists interpretations of the heat of summer as well as looking at our furry friends ... both dogs and cats. Olde Towne Stitchery Get going on all your fall and holiday projects by taking advantage of our First Friday sale of 20% off all Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charm Packs all day Friday, August 2nd. Opal Fine Art Reception to celebrate Playing with Fire, featuring the work of guest sculptor, Martin Hughes and gallery owners, Angela Wathen, Jane Rowe, and Cynthia Rosenblatt. Dont miss the fusion candle dance performed by Cinnaar at 8PM. Quality Street Kitchen Quality Street Kitchen presents a First Friday Wine tasting with 4 delicious wines, perfect for the summer! $5 tasting fee. St. Marys Macaroni Kid On the Square with hands-on kids crafts. Yellow Door Art Studio Stop by the Studio and watch a class in action. Visit us on the Square for hands-on art projects.


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To The Editor
Be ye happy, happy, happy, as revival is coming to a city near you this Summer. Multitudes will be in attendance to witness what some describe as the greatest move of God Almighty (of the Holy Bible) in over three decades. Buses are under contract, and your friends and family are all planning to attend, so getting to and from will be no problem. Weather is expected to be in the 70s and rain is nowhere in sight for the three day scheduled event. There will be free seating, uplifting music, special singers, guest appearances and sound Biblical preaching as souls are saved and backsliders reclaimed. A freewill love offering, only, will be taken each evening. For some, this event will recall America of years past, a time of national security, prosperity, morality and an overall united cohesiveness. Preaching nightly will be one of Americas two most high visibility black ministers, a TV star in his own right who regularly espouses strong political views. Youth of all colors are invited, however, specifically targeted will be Americas black youth. And translators will be available to counsel non English speaking attendees.

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Revival Coming To 100 American Cities

The revivals main theme will focus on the Holy One of Israel and the soul saving and life changing opportunity He lovingly offers to all who will repent and receive Him as Lord and Saviour. For many in attendance this will be the first time theyve ever heard the words, Jesus Saves and forgives regardless of ones shameful past. Oh, they know about religion and formality, yet, most dont grasp personal accountability and impending judgment. Folks will experience the true gospel, how that Christ died on Calvarys Cross to pay for all their sins, in full, and that He was buried and arose on the third day and that He lives evermore to make intercession for them, personally. Such is indeed good news for all us sinners. From the Holy Bible, alone, attendees will learn of Sin and its wages, i.e., the eternal loss of ones soul should they suddenly pass from this life without him. The preacher will warn against fornication, adultery, homosexuality, abortion, hatred, vulgar and female degrading rap music (of all colors) alcohol and drugs, for starters. And hell address todays culture of foolishly idolizing sinful men of all stripes, politicians, musicians, movie stars, athletes, the rich and beyond. The revival services will not only result in souls saved for eternity but in changed lives for the here and now. Not perfect lives, mind you, but changed lives and for the better. Young ladies will take on their mom and dads former training and young men will find hope, hope that theyve never known was available to them, personally. Many (those who yield to the Holy Ghost) will be delivered from drugs and alcohols grip. God ordained marriage will again be the institution as historically recorded and little babies will regain preciousness to mom and dad. Sadly, this piece is but a spoof. Biblical revival is not projected this Summer as America remains in free-fall. Although entitled rev and adored by millions, this high profile preacher eschews the eternal in favor of the temporal, the political and TV. Now, which approach affords Heaven, provides hope, changes lives, blesses the family, blesses America and restores sanity? Chester Seaborn Mechanicsville, Md.

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Commissioners of Leonardtown Notice of Annexation Public Hearing
The Leonardtown Mayor and Town Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. at the Town Office, 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD for the following request for ANNEXATION of the DAVIS OFFICE PARK 23511 Hollywood Road - Tax Map 0032, Parcel 0342, containing 4.5 acres. The purpose of the hearing will be to present the project for public review and comment. Copies of the annexation documents are available for review at the Leonardtown Town Office. The public is invited to attend and/or send written comments to be received by August 12, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Special accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities upon request. By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator. 7/11/2013

Maryland Will Always Have a Southern History, Heritage and Geography

The St. Mary's County Division of Tourism website states that during the Civil War Maryland had Union loyalty and Southern sympathy, a sophistry that is popular lately with those who are attempting to revise Maryland's history. Maryland was held in the Union by force as the North's own official records bear out. The website also implies that St. Mary's County was divided in that ugly internecine conflict because though most St. Mary's whites were secesh, 600 African-Americans from the county wore blue. In the occupied South, and that includes Maryland, however, there naturally would have been many slaves and freedmen joining the Union army. They would have had no such opportunity in unoccupied Southern states. The fact that black Marylanders fought for the North does not prove the state's loyalty to Lincoln. It is a non sequitur to consider a conquered Southern state a loyal Northern state. And completely disregarding latitude, the Division of Tourism calls Point Lookout a Northern prison and designates Maryland as physically part of the North. To the contrary, the infamous Point Lookout was not located in the North any more than was Virginia's Fortress Monroe. It was a prison established by the Yankees in occupied Maryland, it's purpose as much to keep the local secessionist population in check as to keep Confederate soldiers penned up. Maryland is south of the Mason-Dixon. For a little geographical perspective, consider that
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Commissioners of Leonardtown Notice of Public Hearing

The Leonardtown Mayor and Town Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Office, 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD regarding Resolution 5-13 Support of a FY- 2014 - Community Legacy application for south Washington Street sidewalk improvements. Copies of the application are available for review at the Leonardtown Town Office. The public is invited to attend and/or send written comments to be received by August 12, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Special accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities upon request. By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator.

ninety percent of Maryland lies east not north of Virginia. Annapolis is south of Winchester, while the southernmost point of Maryland is well south of Charlottesville. Until more recent times Maryland has been considered part of Dixie by most Americans. She is being reconstructed by South haters, by carpetbaggers who despise the Old Line State but who have come here for the jobs created by military installations, the vast federal bureaucracy in nearby D.C. and local governmental offices such as the Division of Tourism. These newcomers with a profound and uninformed condescension have destroyed our way of life, ridiculed our ancient Tidewater speech and traditions to near extinction, replaced our comity with Northern rudeness and vulgarity. They have even tried to outlaw our state song because its words, including a reference to Northern scum, irrefutably affirm that which they have tried so smugly to deny. But no matter how many lies about our state these Yankee-come-lately cultural cleansers promote, Maryland, which Jefferson Davis called the Outpost of the South, will always have a Southern history, heritage and geography. Joyce Bennett Chairman Maryland League of the South Clements, Maryland
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From my Backyard to our Bay

A St. Marys County Residents Guide to Improving Our Environment and Drinking Water
From My Backyard to Our Bay was first developed by the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District. From there, the booklet was given to each of the Soil Conservation Districts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area for customization. If the 17.5 million residents who live in the watershed area of the Chesapeake Bay read this booklet, and took to heart its suggestions and best practices, the Chesapeake Bay would see a dramatic increase in health. Obtain a FREE copy of the booklet by going to the St. Marys River Watershed Association, and downloading it. The booklet is available at Wentworth Nursery in Charlotte Hall; Chicken Scratch in Park Hall; The Greenery in Hollywood; Good Earth Natural Food; and the St. Marys Soil Conservation District in Leonardtown.
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Keeping Water Away From Your House and Basement

Drainage of surface and subsurface water is an important concern for every homeowner. Rain gardens and rain barrels are two effective ways to keep your house and basement protected from water damage. Another factor in good drainage is proper grading. Gentle slopes convey runoff away from house and basement. Water is not left standing against walls or causing water pressure to build up under the basement floor. Wet basements can result from water passing through cracks in the basement walls, through the joint between the basement wall and the floor, or through the basement window well. If you have problems, check the exterior grading to ensure that rainwater will flow away from the house. Flower beds and foundation plantings may hold water against the walls. When regrading, avoid placing soil against wood or siding. Grading requires a county permit. For more information, call the St. Marys County Dept. of Planning and Zoning at 301-475-4200 ext. 1500. Inspect all areas where downspouts from the gutters around the house discharge onto the ground. Twice a year, clean out all gutters and downspouts to prevent overflows that will drip water too close to the foundation. Because the flow from a downspout will be forceful in a storm, make sure that the area where it drains across the ground is adequately protected with either sturdy vegetation, stone, or gravel. Usually a splash block of concrete or plastic placed directly under the downspout outfall will absorb the initial force of water gushing from the downspout. This will help disperse the waters erosive energy and move it away from the foundation. A rain barrel may be an excellent option for managing water from your gutters. In some settings with difficult terrain or poorly drained soils in low-lying areas, the only solution may be an underground drainage system. There are several options for creating such a system: Rain gardens allow excess water to slowly soak into the soil.

A dry well is a small pit filled with crushed stone. An infiltration test must be conducted prior to construction to determine if the dry well is appropriate to the site. An infiltration trench collects and filters rainwater and then permits it to soak into the soil rather than flowing directly into the water system. The trenches are backfilled with stone aggregate and lined with filter fabric. Research has shown that infiltration trenches can remove up to 90% of sediments, metals, coliform bacteria, and organic matter. Up to 60% of phosphorous and nitrogen can be removed by infiltration trenches. To help prevent surface water from standing in your yard, maintain a slight slope that drains toward a swale (an earthen channel) or storm drain. Whenever you concentrate runoff, you increase its erosive potential, so its best to maintain a stand of sturdy vegetation in the swale to prevent a gully from forming. Where to get help with DRAINAGE PROBLEMS St. Marys Soil Conservation District, 301-475-8402 ext. 3

are you Bay-Wise?

Bay-Wise landscapes minimize negative impacts on our waterways by using smarter lawn management techniques and gardening practices. The University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Bay-Wise program in St. Marys County offers hands-on help with managing your landscape by providing information, a site visit, and landscape certifications. Our yardstick checklist is easy to understand and follow, and our team of trained Master Gardeners can help guide you through it while offering suggestions to improve both the appearance and sustainability of your landscape.

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This is the tenth in a series of articles that Mary Ann Scott ( has adapted from From My Backyard to Our Bay in the hopes of increasing awareness of the powerful booklet that could do so much to help the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Look for the next article in next weeks County Times!

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

Stephen Agnatius Abell, 68

Stephen Steve Ignatius Abell, 68, of St. Leonard, Md., formerly from Hollywood, Md., passed away in Prince Frederick, Md., on July 19. Born on September 22, 1944 in Hollywood, Md., he was the son of the late James Dawkins and Mary Violet Dean Abell.He was the loving husband of Janet Elaine Arnold Abell whom he married on September 2, 1967 in Mt. Morris, MI, and who preceded him in death on May 4, 2008. Stephen is survived by his son Robert W. Abell of the Eastern Shore, grandson Robby (Erin)of St. Leonard, Md, 3 great grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews.He is also survived by his siblings; Michael S. Stanley Abell of Hollywood, Md., David C. PeeWee Abell of Hollywood, Md., Mary Agnes Binky Taylor of Alabama, Catherine V. Ginny Arnold of Flint, MI. Steve was preceded in death by brothers; Joseph Bernard Abell, James Thomas Abell, Sr., James Dawkins Abell, Jr., and sister Frances P. Patsy Burnette. Stephen served in the United State Army from July 9, 1965 to April 28, 1967, earning the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.Stephen also worked at the Unit-

ed States Pentagon, Washington, DC. He enjoyed walking the boardwalk in Solomons Island and loved family gatherings. The family recieved friends on Monday, July 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md., with Father Eamon Dignan officiating.A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, July 23, at 10 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md., with Father Keith Woods officiating.Interment followed in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery, Hollywood, Md. Pallbearers were; Michael Abell, Allan Abell, J.B. Abell, Don Arnold, Randy Abell, and Robert Abell. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD, and/or St. Johns Catholic Church 43927 St. Johns Road Hollywood, MD 20636.

Clarence Russell, 85
ADJ C. R. Russell was born on May 9, 1928 in East Prairie, Mo., he was the son of the late Charles Harrison and Edith Mabel Phipps Russell. He subsequently attended High School in East Prairie, Mo., receiving his diploma in 1945. Entering the Navy in July, 1945, as a Seaman Recruit, ADJC Russell served

with the occupation forces in Japan until 1946, when he left active service. Returning to active duty in 1948 he again was stationed in Japan and Guam until June, 1950. Following a period of civilian life from 1950 to 1956, ADJC Russell reported to VR-2 at NAS Alameda, CA, beginning his association with the aviation community. Changing his rating to Airman, ADJC Russell began the long road of advancement to his present rate. He served with Fleet Air Support Squadron Eight, Attack Squadrons One Ninety Two, One Twenty Five, and Twenty Two, and NAS Patuxent River, Md. He reported to Attack Squadron Seventy Five in August, 1970 and has served as Night Maintenance Control Chief, and Carrier Air Wing Maintenance Control Chief. ADJC Russell married the Former Frances Mae Freeland of Charleston, Mo., on September 2, 1950 and who passed away on December 22, 1995. ADJC Russell is survived by his wife Mary Lue Davenport whom he married on May 27, 1999. He is survived by his children; William Richard (Rick)Russell of Glendale, AZ., Charles (Rocky) Dean Russell (Becky) of Lexington Park, Md., Sheila Marie Miller (Gye) of Baltimore, Md., Christi Brewer, of Beckley, West Virginia, 8 grandchildren; Michael Russell of Glendale, AZ., Mark Russell of Cheyenne WY, Tabbetha Russell of California, Md., Sandra Scott of Lusby, Md., Michael George of Lexington Park, Md., Nicole George of Scotland, Md., Ricky Woodburn of California, Md., Kenny Woodburn of Ridge, Md. Mr. Russell is preceded in death by great grandson Hunter Scott, daughter-inlaws; Ann and Kathy Russell. Mr. Russell retired from the United States Navy in 1973, and worked for Dyncorp, and Wildwood Builders. He enjoyed guns, gunsmithing, gun collecting, dogs, collecting things, and his grand kids. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m. in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD with Pastor Doug Hayes. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made to Hunters Heroes 317 Pinto Lane Lusby, MD 20657.

Doris Gatton, 81
Doris Jeanne Gatton, 81, of Leonardtown, Md., died on July 22, in Leonardtown, Md. Born September 11, 1931 in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Leonard August Sunderland of Baltimore, Md., and Evelyn Moran of St. Marys County, Md. Her birth mother Evelyn Moran died when she was two years old and her dad remarried when she was seven years old. She was raised by Florence D., a widow, and Leonard A. Sunderland. She was the wife of Phillip Alfred Al Gatton of Leonardtown, whom she married on July 4, 1952 in Compton, Md. She is survived by her daughter Sandy and son in law George and granddaughter Shannon Dent (Rob) of Leonardtown; her

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daughter Joyce and son in law Preston and granddaughter Melissa Long (Brandon) of Mechanicsville and her son Lenny and his wife Tracy of Hollywood, Md., great granddaughter Hailey and great grandson Christopher. Mrs. Gatton was a graduate of Southern High School, Baltimore, Md., Class of 1950 and a member of the marching band and orchestra. Mrs. Gatton was a work study student in high school and attended Burroughs Business Machine School, learning to work on a billing machine which typed the bills and orders. She was employed by Meds Hats, for three years where she was a typist and phone operator in the work study program. Mrs. Gatton was employed at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station for five years 1950-1955 and she was employed at the courthouse for five years. She left the courthouse in 1970 to take over the Hills Club in Mechanicsville with her husband Al and their three children. They stayed there for twenty years until 1990. She has been attending St. Pauls Church since 1957 where she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She has been in a church choir since she could read. She has done much volunteer work at church through the years. It is such a joy to give yourself to God and to help others. Mrs. Gatton has been a board member, trustee and on the building committee for the new church, and also served on the Alter Guild as a communion steward. She has been a member of the Mechanicsville Rescue Squad Auxiliary for 25 years in 2008. She was a member of the Mechanicsville Lioness Club for many years, where she was Charter President for eighteen months. She loved to be with her family, read, crochet, and learning to knit. She loved watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren growing up. She loved her poodle Cody and loved being around friends. She was Nanny to many of her familys young friends. She has been in Hands in Praise Choir for three years and just loved it, she also loved working in Vacation Bible School. The family received friends on Thursday, July 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m., in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 in First Saints Community Church, St Pauls Campus, Leonardtown, Md with Pastor Paul Wunderlich officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers will be; Mock Mattingly, Earl Newton, Rob Dent, Brandon Long, Brenda Gardiner, and Jerry Downs. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary, and Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD 20659, St. Pauls Methodist Church VBS Fund, 22550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Samone L. Van Noordt, 49

Samone L. Van Noordt, 49 of Drayden, Maryland, died unexpectedly on July 21. Born in New York City on June 14, 1964, she was the daughter of Rose (Dye) Raskin and David Raskin. On July 28, 1986 she married Glenn Drew Van Noordt in Manchester, New Hampshire. Due to his

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military career, they moved to St. Marys county in 2006 from California. Samone enjoyed traveling and camping. She was active with Special Olympics of Southern Maryland. Samone is survived by her husband, Glenn D. Van Noordt; her son, Michael D. Van Noordt of Drayden, Maryland; her parents, Rose and David Raskin of Yuma, Arizona; and mother-in-law, Joan Van Noordt of Caswell Beach, North Carolina. Family recieved friends for Samones Life Celebration on Thursday, July 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home. Interment was private. For those desiring, contributions in memory may be directed to the Special Olympics of St. Marys County, 25926 Whiskey Creek Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

brother, Stevie Hugh Lehman. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Joseph L. Kragh; two sons, Randy Kragh and Justin Kragh; three brothers, Harry, Karl, and John Lehman; three sisters, Debbie Prohaska, Donna Dimichele, and Beth Lehman; and three grandchildren, Tyler Kragh, Zachary Kragh, and Seth Hood. Friends received on Thursday, July 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. with Wake Service at 7 p.m. at Raymond Funeral Chapel. Interment will be on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church Cemetery, 4590 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret, MD 20675. Memorial contributions may be sent to Lymphoma Association. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

David Poole, John Nichols, Jr., Kristina Nichols, Cody Nichols, and Cory Nichols. Family and friends will be received for Dianas Memorial Life Celebration Gathering on Saturday, July 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Memorial Service will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. In Lieu of Flowers, donations to help the family with funeral expenses may be made payable to: Linda S. Baxter and mailed to: Jacob Veluz c/o Linda S. Baxter, 39163 Birch Manor Drive, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Arrangements provided by BrinsfieldEchols Funeral Home.

follow at 11 a.m. Interment is private. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

Benjamin Paul Altimus, 46

Benjamin Paul Altimus, 46, of Prince Frederick, Maryland, passed away on July 18, in La Plata, Maryland. He was born on October 25, 1966, in Washington, DC, to Richard and Helen Altimus. Ben enjoyed country music. He enjoyed spending family time with his loved ones. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Ben was a loving husband, father, and son. He devoted his life to his wife and children. He is survived by his wife Danielle Altimus, sons, Dustyn Altimus, Kyle Murphy, and Andrew Altimus, parents, Richard and Helen Altimus, of Newburg, Md.; brother Travis Altimus of Newburg, Md., nieces, Kaylee and Tiffany; Mother-in-law and Father-in-law, Ricky and Debbie Buckmaster of Prince Frederick, Md.; Brother-in-laws and Sister-in-laws, Ricky and Cindy Fenstomocher of Huntingtown, Md., Dennis and Kristie Scribner of Mechanicsville, Md., nieces and nephews, Krystle, Kaitlyn, Robbie, Logan, Cameron, Austin, Cooper, and Cole; great-niece Ava. The family received relatives and friends for viewing on Tuesday July 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Rausch Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., interment was be private. Memorial contributions in the memory of Benjamin Altimus can be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838 Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

Patsy Julia Spolar, 46

Patsy Julia Spolar, 46, of St. Leonard, Maryland passed away on July 19, in Prince Frederick, Maryland. She was born September 11, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois to Jan and Julia Petrilla. Patsy married John on May 14, 1988 in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and in the fall of 1995, they moved their family to Calvert County. She had a love for her family, cats and the cartoon character, Scooby Doo. Patsy is preceded in death by her mother, Julia Petrilla and her sister, Emma Petrilla. Patsy is survived by her husband John Spolar, their daughters, Monique and her husband Collin, Kristen, Elizabeth and her husband Chris, and Crystal. She is also survived by her father, Jan Petrilla and her sister Helen and her husband Patrick and her niece, Ashley. Grandmother of Kaleb, Ella, Ashley, Amber, Gabby, Dakota, Emily, Dennis, and Jonathan. The family will receive friends on Friday July 26 from 10 to 11 p.m. at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Maryland where services will

Diana Lavon, 50
Diana Lavon (Burke) Veluz, 50, of Mechanicsville, Md., and formerly of Oxon Hill, Md., passed away on July 20, at home due to complications with diabetes and heart. She was born on December 3, 1962 in Charlestown, WV, daughter of the late Earl Burke and Mary Llewelyn (Cole) Budd. Diana was a dedicated mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She loved reading romance novels, playing cards with the family, and watching movies. In addition to her dad, Diana was predeceased by her grandmother, Edith Dorsey Quinn of Montgomery, West Va.. Diana is survived by her mother, Mary L. Budd; stepdad, Lester H. Budd; son, Yaohu-Caf Burke Veluz Jacob; brothers, Bruce Burke and John Nichols (Tammy Poole); sister, Linda Baxter; aunt & uncle, Betty and Paul Deckard; and Nieces & Nephews, Bruce Baxter, Jr., Rusty Baxter, Faith Burke, Patrick Burke, Michael Burke,

Patricia Ann Kragh, 58

Patricia Ann Patsy Kragh of Callao, VA (formerly of Port Tobacco, MD) died on July 21, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She was 58 years old. Patsy was a contracting officer with the Dept. of NAVY at Naval Surface Weapons Center in Indian Head, Md. She loved gardening, her chickens, sewing, bowling, painting, weaving, summers at Marshall Hall Park, and working at Kabin on the Korner in Bryans Road, Md., but most of all spending time with her grandchildren and family members. She recently moved to a new home in Callao, Va. Daughter of the late Harry Hugh Lehman and Agnes Frances Burch Lehman. She is also preceded in death by her son, Joseph Edward Kragh; and her

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By Doug Watson Contributing Writer March of 2011 was the last time Mechanicsville Md.s Jamie The Jet Lathroum stood in Potomac speedways victory lane. All that changed last Saturday night as Lathroum was on a mission as he scored his first Potomac Late Model feature win of the season in the 35-lap Rumble on the River and the $2500 payday that went along with it. In scoring his 11th career late Model win at the track and overall 59th at the speedway, Lathroum earned an extra $300 from race sponsor Three Mules Welding Supply making his take on the night a cool $2800. Friday Winchester winner JT Spence and Lathroum were the front row for the start of the event. Spence lead the first lap of the race before Lathroum slid into the top-spot on lap-2. Lathroum would go on to lead the distance, but it was no means an easy trip to victory lane. Spence and Jason Covert gave Lathroum all he could handle during the middle portion of the event before Spence dropped from contention on lap28. Covert was all over Lathroum the final 7-circuits, but could not make the pass, as Lathroum streaked to the enormously popular win. I didnt think I was ever going to win here again. A happy Lathroum stated in Potomacs victory lane. JT (Spence) gave me just enough room up there in turn-four to get by to get the lead and we were able to hold them off. Adjustments to his winning MBH no.6 after qualifying was the key to Lathroums winning run. Huey and the boys threw some things at this car after the heat race and changed just about everything but the driver. Said Lathroum. The car was as good as its been down here in a long time and Im just glad to get a win for all the crew and Three Mules Welding Supplies. Without them I probably wouldnt be racing. Trever Feathers was solid taking third, Stevie Long was fourth with point leader Dale Hollidge rounding out the top-five. Spence set fast time in time trials with a one-lap time of 15.100 with heat race wins going to Lathroum and Spence. Scotty Nelson drove to his second win of the season in the 16-lap Street Stock feature. Chuck Bowie lead the first 4-laps before Nelson took the race lead for good on lap-5. Nelson would then survive a lap-14 caution to post the win. Point leader Darren Alvey was second, Friday Winchester winner Mike Franklin was third, Marty Hanbury took fourth with Mike Raleigh completing the top-five. Franklin was the heat winner. Darren Henderson also became a repeat winner with his second win of the season in the 20-lap Crate Late Model feature. Henderson started on the pole and would lead all 20-laps, but had to withstand a late-race surge from eventual runner-up Kerry King Jr. to score

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the win. Point leader John Imler was third, Frankie Latham took fourth with Race Alton rounding out the top-five. King was the heat winner. Sam Archer won for the third time this season in the 15-lap Hobby Stock main. Archer started on the pole and would lead all 15-laps to secure the win. Archers winning run almost came to a halt as he blew a tire coming down for the checkered flag but he had just enough to hold off Jonathon Raley for the win. Matt Tarbox was third, ninth-starting Brian Adkins was fourth with point leader Jamie Sutphin completing the top-five. Heats went to Raley and Sutphin. Defending track champion Kevin Pollard raced to his fourth win of the season in the nightcap 15-lap U-Car feature. Pollard took the lead from Michael Pfaff on lap-6 and drove off to score the win. Pfaff came home second, Billy Hill was third, Friday Winchester winner Kevin Oates was fourth with Mark Pollard rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Pfaff and Mark Pollard. Late Model feature finish 1. Jamie Lathroum 2. Jason Covert 3. Trever Feathers 4. Stevie Long 5. Dale Hollidge 6. Jason Miller 7. Kerry King 8. Brad Omps 9. Kyle Hardy 10. JT Spence 11. Kenny Moreland 12. David Williams 13. Derrick Quade 14. Kyle Lear 15. Rich Marks 16. Ryan Hackett (DNS) Street Stock feature finish 1. Scotty Nelson 2. Darren Alvey 3. Mike Franklin 4. Marty Hanbury 5. Mike Raleigh 6. Dale Reamy 7. Johnny Oliver 8. Chris Maxey 9. Chuck Bowie 10. Teddy Dickson 11. Stephen Quade 12. Mike Latham Crate Late Model feature finish 1. Darren Henderson 2. Kerry King Jr. 3. John Imler 4. Frankie Latham 5. Race Alton 6. Richard Harden 7. Timmy Booth Hobby Stock feature finish 1. Sam Archer 2. Jonathon Raley 3. Matt Tarbox 4. Brian Adkins 5. Jamie Sutphin 6. Greg Morgan 7. Ed Pope Jr. 8. Kenny Sutphin 9. John Burch 10. Jimmy Gardner 11. Jerry Deason 12. Billy Crouse 13. Tommy Randall 14. Gage Perkins 15. Jimmy Randall 16. Matt Krickbaum (DNS) U-Car feature finish 1. Kevin Pollard 2. Michael Pfaff 3. Billy Hill 4. Kevin Oates 5. Mark Pollard 6. Mikey Latham 7. Erica Bailey 8. Ryan Clement 9. Speed Alton 10. Megan Mann 11. Max Martin 12. Cori French 13. DJ Powell 14. Sam Raley 15. Charlotte Ball

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By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer Anything that sparks memories of the baseball big screen classic Bull Durham is a welcomed thing and Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has revitalized the classic flick. The movie paints a perfect portrait of how baseball fans imagine life in the minor leagues: small towns, seedy bars, primitive transportation, groupies, veteran players clinging to a gig and rising stars with sights on the big leagues. The movie offers something for everyone thats ever picked up a bat or just horsed around and raised some Cain in a small town. In the characters theres an aspect of the baseball players we almost were, the girls we used to chase or the rascals we used to be in our youths (and maybe still are today). The lead actor, Kevin Costner, is cast as Crash Davis, a veteran catcher of many minor league seasons and a brief appearance in the majors. Crash is sent to the Durham Bulls to bring along a prized young pitching prospect played by Tim Robbins. Add in a groupie or two, plenty of beer and baseball players with too much time on their hands and voila, you have a blockbuster. Crash Davis was a real major leaguer with Philadelphia Athletics in the 1940s, but it was his inspired character in Bull Durham that made the name famous. The connection between Bull Durham, Crash Davis and Chris Davis is the latters Bull Durham adapted nickname of Crush. Unlike Crash Davis who was the minor leagues all-time homerun leader, Baltimores orange-clad Chris Crush Davis led the majors with 37 homeruns at the All Star break. Davis remarkable homerun tally would have had great significance prior to the steroid era. From 1961 to 1998, the hallowed single-season homerun record was Roger Maris 61 bombs in the 1961 season. Mark McGwire first broke Maris record in 98 when he hit 70 homeruns; Barry Bonds 73 homeruns in 2001 is the current record. Or is it? When approached during the All Star break Crush Davis didnt mince words in citing Maris, not Bonds enhanced tally, as the real single-season homerun record. Its an opinion shared by many. This is not meant as another indictment of Bonds or the era where baseball was as much science project as a game. Athletes have always sought ways to enhance performance, whether it was greenies (amphetamines) during Maris time, the lawlessness of the steroid era or todays rampant use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications (and who of us doesnt use caffeine daily as a performance enhancer?). The line between heroic attempts to achieve/sustain excellence and the unethical is an individual call. Crush Davis comments absolutely fan the flame of that ever-present, on-going and healthy debate in the game of baseball. I, for one, am on Crushs side. However, heres whats complicated about the steroid era: theres a blurred gray line demarcating what baseball defined as illegal and what it could test for accurately. That indiscriminate line doesnt have to exist in the court of public opinion, though. Davis is willing to toss Bonds record out entirely. Maybe youre not willing to go that far. What is almost universally true (a rare item that unites red and blue states) is the feeling that what McGwire, Bonds and so many of their contemporaries did just wasnt right. It might not have been illegal or even against baseballs rules, but it was just wrong. Complexities of steroid era aside, thats the consequential reality. McGwire and Bonds might not be criminals, but they stretched the bounds of societys ethical tolerance. They achieved baseball immorality by maximizing all resources at their disposal. The penance being paid for their decisions, as represented by Davis opinion, is just now being understood and it offers this warning: in so many facets of life, it is not only if, but how you reach the pinnacle of your profession. Personal achievement clouded by manipulation, broken rules or ignored ethical standards, will complicate and diminish the accomplishment itself. Will sitting on the throne still be worth it? Again, its a question that tests our personal compass, but I, and apparently Crush Davis, hope the answers no. Send comments to

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Sports Physical Examinations Offered at MedStar St. Marys Hospital

Leonardtown, MD (July 22, 2013) - Prepare your student athlete for the upcoming school year by getting his or her sports physical on August 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Specialty Physicians Suite of the MedStar St. Marys Outpatient Pavilion in Leonardtown, Md. Care providers from MedStar St. Marys and MedStar Physicians Partners (MPP) will be on hand to conduct the sports physicals on a first come, first served basis. Athletes must bring their Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) sports physical examination form signed by their parent or guardian. The signature gives legal consent for the examination to take place. Athletes should dress is comfortable clothing and wear shoes that can be easily removed. The cost is $30 per sports physical examination payable by cash or check only. Checks should be made to MPP. For more information, call MPP at St. Clements at 301-997-0611.


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X-DRL "Mayhem at the Creek" at MIR

This Friday and Saturday, July 26 to 27 the world's fastest doorslammers are headed to MIR when the new X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) visits the East Coast for the X-DRL "Mayhem at the Creek". All of the top doorslammer stars will be at MIR, as the X-DRL heats up two action-packed July nights at MIR in its inaugural season. Be there to witness all the 200+mph mayhem from the world's best drivers as they roar down the MIR track with an amazing event you definitely don't want to miss. The event will featured Pro X-treme, Pro Nitrous, X-treme Pro Stock, Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Mod, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Pro Junior Dragster, and the Supercar Showdown. Gates open on Friday at 8 a.m. and there will be 3 qualifying sessions for every class at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Gates open on Saturday at 8 a.m. and the final qualifying session will be at 1 p.m. First round of eliminations for all classes will begin at 4 p.m. and the pre-race ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Second round of eliminations will take to the track at 7 p.m., followed by the third round at 9 p.m. and the finals at 10:30 p.m. Adult admission for Friday is just $20, and adult admission for Saturday is $25 or you can purchase a 2-day pass for $40. Kids 6-11 are $5 per day. There will also be a junior ticket available for ages 12-15 for just $10 but must show student ID or state ID. ABOUT THE X-DRL Based in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, SuperCar Showdown, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Pro Nitrous and Pro Xtreme, the worlds quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of nine action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit

Annual Event Benefits SOMD Sabres Hockey Club

Through the generosity and efforts of Capital Welding of Waldorf, the Southern Maryland Sabres Ice Hockey Club has benefited again this year from the Capital Welding Golf Tournament held at Swan Point Golf Club on July 9. Several members of the club including Club Board members, Coaches and supporters came out to lend their support to this 14th annual event. The Sabres thank Capital Welding for their generous and consistent support of our efforts to bring "the coolest game on earth" to the Southern Mary- From left, John Dade, Jim Pilkerton, Bill Coady, Joe Bowling, Mark Eagles, Bernie Saunders, John Albers, Brandon Harrington, Brian Keelan land area." The Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club participates in the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL) and the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL). The Sabres' home arena is the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, MD and draws players from Charles, St. Mary's, Calvert, Prince George's, King George counties and beyond. The Sabres offer a range of ice programs including learn to play hockey, recreational teams, travel teams and skills sessions. For more information, visit

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Despite the Weather, Potomac Perseveres
By Doug Watson Contributing Writer The Mid-Atlantic region has been in the grips of traditional Summertime weather conditions the last few weeks and last Saturday night was no different. Temps in the high 90s and near 100% humidity with showers and thunderstorms was the forecast once again for last weekends racing event at Southern Marylands Potomac speedway. As predicted the rain came, and came hard, as a heavy downpour invaded the speedway 2-hours prior to race time, leaving the speedway staff in a quandary. The decision was made to press on with the show and the tall task of preparing the rain soaked Potomac surface began. Former Potomac promoter Pete Cameron and Ronnie Hollidge (husband of Potomac and Winchester speedways general manager Denise Hollidge) dug in and started preparing the surface. With nearly a foot of wet soupy mud on the track the Cameron/Hollidge duo and the entire speedway track staff went to work. Hot-laps were scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. with race time at 8 p.m. With that goal out of reach, the team pressed on and had the surface ready by 9:30 p.m. The first heat race of the night started at 10 p.m. and 151 laps of green flag racing later, that included heats and features, was checkered at 1 a.m. Was it late, yes, but the hard work paid off as the Potomac faithful was treated to a great night of racing where a lot of other tracks would have thrown in the towel. Great job Potomac!

The First Half Liberty Division Champion Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced that Blue Crabs outfielder Cyle Hankerd has signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization and will report to its Double A Arkansas club. The announcement was made by Blue Crabs Manager Patrick Osborn. The move comes as no surprise as Hankerd disemboweled Atlantic League pitching to the tune of a .322 average with 22 homers and 61 RBI in 81 games. His 61 RBI were a Southern Maryland team-high. Hankerds last appearance as a Blue Crabs came in Saturdays game against the York Revolution when he went 2 for 4, with 2 homers, and 3 RBI. At the time of his departure, Hankerd led the Atlantic League with 22 homers. He was named the Atlantic League Player of the Month for June after batting .410 (41-100) in 27 games with 11 home runs and 26 RBI. Hankerd also had a triple, nine doubles, 22 runs scored, 10 walks and a stolen base as he helped navigate Southern Maryland to a first half Liberty Division title. Hankerd hit safely in 22 of the 27 games he played in June and had 14 multi-hit efforts. Originally a 3rd round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006, Hankerd spent five years in their system. He has also spent time in the Philadelphia and Chicago (AL) systems. As first half champions, the Blue Crabs will have home

Hankerd Signs With Angels Organization

field advantage in the first round of the Atlantic League Playoffs (best-of-five), against the second half winner. The first round series begins with Game 1 on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19th at the opponents home field. The series will then shift to Regency Furniture Stadium for Game 3, 4 (If necessary), & 5 (If necessary) at Regency Furniture Stadium. Game 3 will be played on Friday, September 20th. Gates will open at 6:00pm to the public and a fireworks extravaganza will follow the game. To purchase playoff tickets please call 301-638-9788 or log onto www. The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are Major League ready and in the last 15 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. The franchise just clinched its fifth consecutive playoff berth as they claimed the first half Liberty Division Crown on Monday, June 24. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit for more information and to save your seat at the ballpark today!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013


Team Trivia Night Out at Fitzies The Department of Aging & Human Services will host a Team Trivia night on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 9:30 p.m. Team Trivia is a live hosted Trivia Game played in teams. Teams are registered upon arrival. Teams will be given time to answer questions selected by the host, and prizes will be awarded. The event location is Fitzies Marina on 21540 Joe Hazel Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Enjoy a fun night of trivia, great music, great food and prizes. Tickets are $20.00, which includes include: Party Appetizers, Cheese/Cracker/ Cocktail Platter, Veggie Platter, Crab Ball Platter, Shrimp Cocktail Platter, Chicken Wings, Chicken Tenders, Meatballs, Tea, Soda, Water and a Cash Bar. Tickets can be purchased at any senior activity center through August 5. For more information call 301-4754200, ext. 1050. Learning Is ForEver (L.I.F.E) The fall semester of the LIFE program will be under way soon. Booklets will be available for pick-up at each of the three Department of Aging & Human Services Senior Activity Centers beginning Monday, Aug. 5, as well as at the County libraries and on-line at: Registration for fall programs begins on Monday, Aug. 19, and is taken on a first-come, first-served basis through the mail or walk-in, at the senior activity centers. Many interesting and exciting day tours are planned, including tours to the War Memorials in Washington D.C, Pentagon, Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, Leonardtown Winery, B & O Railroad Museums in Baltimore

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and Ellicott City (complete with a train ride), Stratford Hall & Ingleside Winery in Virginia, St. Marys County Amish & Mennonite Communities bus tour, Annapolis Statehouse, and so many more! Dont miss the bus. Be sure to sign up early as space fills quickly. For more information, call Alice Allen at 301-475-4200, ext. 1063, or by email at Alice.Allen@ And remember, learning is forever!! Midsummer Celebration On Thursday, Aug. 8, the Brusters Ice Cream Truck will be at the Loffler Senior Activity Center to help us celebrate the middle of summer. Brusters will be offering us a special, select menu of their famous confections. In addition to the ice cream, you can check out the art, which will be on display, and enjoy the three-part harmonies of Folk Salad Trio. This is an inter-generational event so make plans to bring the kids and grandkids! The fun takes place from 1-3 p.m. Advance reservations and tickets are required and will be available at the Loffler Senior Activity Center--price to be determined. For more information, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. Deadline for Basket weaving class at Northern Senior Activity Center On Thursday, Aug. 1 & 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., make an attractive and practical picnic basket at the Northern Senior Activity Center. This two part class is taught by Pam King, an experienced weaver who volunteers at the center. This unique basket features a wooden handle and a cloth lid; measuring 10x17x8 high. The cost for the kit is $40 and includes all basket weaving materials and instruction. The deadline to sign up is Friday, July 26, space is limited at this time payment must be made. Checks should be made payable to the instructor. Wanted: Antique Car Buffs Interested in volunteering to show off your wheels? Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1003, to sign up before Wednesday, August 21. On Friday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 5th annual 50s Sock Hop and Antique Car Show will be held at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Volunteers with cars get in free to enjoy dancing and a 50s style lunch. Have a fun time on the dance floor with 1950s Sock Hop music by our favorite DJ, Mean Gene. There is plenty of time to check out the numerous varieties of antique cars shown in the parking lot. An old fashioned drive-in diner cheeseburger lunch with fixings, fries, coleslaw, baked beans and soda pops will be served at noon.
We are now accepting shoe donations for the shoe swap event held annually at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Trade in quality, clean, hardly-worn shoes for a credit to get another pair of shoes at no charge. Shoe screening is selective -- only very good quality shoes (no slippers or beachwear) without any or much wear will be accepted. Do you have event shoes worn only once? Or shoes you just had to have but never wore at all? These shoes just may be perfect for someone else to choose at the swap event on Aug. 9 at 12:30 p.m. Donations are due to the

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Operations Manager by noon on Monday, Aug. 5. For more information, contact 301-475-4002, ext. 1002.

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Take a Trip to Williamsburg, VA to see the Grand Illumination Get your Christmas season off to a high-spirited start by going on this 3-day, 2-night trip to Colonial Williamsburg to experience the sights and sounds (and smells!) of the glorious holiday season Dec. 7-9. The cost is $610.00 per person. This trip is full of activities, which include lunch in a colonial tavern, wine tasting, an evening at Christmas Town, a Busch Gardens Celebration, an opportunity to go to Sunday Mass or a visit to a local coffee shop, a Guided Tour of Colonial Williamsburg, some free time to explore the towns museums or go shopping in Merchants Square. In Colonial Williamsburg, on Sunday evening, kicks off the Grand Illumination, which will include fireworks, musical entertainment, dancing, caroling and dramatic presentations. The final day begins with a shopping trip to The Williamsburg Pottery, which has recently been renovated .This tour includes deluxe motor coach transportation, two nights accommodations, baggage handling, two deluxe continental breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, all admissions and guide services, taxes and tips. NOTE: This trip includes activities, which require considerable mobility, because the grounds in Williamsburg are often unpaved, and there is lots of walking all three days of this trip. Call Joyce Raum, 301-737-5670, ext. 1656 to learn more.

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

Caleb Jarvis Taylor

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Caleb Jarvis Taylor was born in St. Marys County in 1753. When he left home he was a teacher and a Catholic. After an absence of a few years, he returned, not only a Protestant, but a Methodist, with authority to preach. Caleb married Sarah Craighead in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1791 and shortly thereafter they moved to Mason County, Kentucky. Henceforth he was destined to be a representative man in the Church in the wildernessDistinguished for his refined manners, his masterly intellect, his great zeal, and his uncompromising devotion to the Church, he was welcomed wherever he went. Caleb had not forgotten about his St. Marys County roots and the family members still living here. In 1806 he wrote to his cousin*, Jenifer Taylor, I only recollect you as a child; and you remember me as a young man. But our situations are materially changed. You are now in the meridian of life; busied in its pursuits, and (perhaps) pleased with its prospects; while I am traveling down its declivity toward its close, admonished by gray hairs and wrinkles that I must shortly enter by the gate of death into a world unknown, where the greater part of my former acquaintance and relations are gone. About the same time he wrote to another St. Marys County cousin, William Evans Should you receive these lines, they may bring to your recollection that there was a person called Caleb Jarvis Taylor, who had the honor of being related to you, and frequently the pleasure of your company. The honor he still retains,

A Journey Through Time

but the pleasure is now circumstantially denied. I sometimes, indeed, in an hour of seclusion from the worlds affairs, imagine myself a welcome visitant at your house, or accompany you in your little excursions of fishing, fowling, etc., and talk to you of our former past times, till reason represses the airy flights of fancy, and tells me that I am yet in Kentucky, and may probably never pass its bounds. Should we now meet accidentally, I suppose we should scarcely recollect each other; for I am told that time has improved your person, while her rude hand has been by no means favorable to mine, having bowed my head somewhat lower than nature had placed it, and strewed upon it the honors of age pretty liberally


I am also informed that you have a wifeThey say yours is handsome, sensible, and virtuousI have also a wife; and though she may not possess the above qualities in as great a degree of perfection as yours, yet I suppose she is far better than I deserve. I am too busily engaged in procuring a sufficient support for my family to spend time in visiting the land of my nativity, though, like most old men, it gives me pleasure to think on it, and my few surviving friends who are yet its inhabitants. Caleb Jarvis Taylor died June 6, 1816 in Campbell County, Kentucky. *In those days cousin could mean nephew.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Making Strides of Improvement

By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer From the formation of the St. Marys Striders back in 2008, they have maintained a mantra of, one team, one family. While individual members of the Striders come from different schools and vary in age, their differences are put aside when it comes to preparing for events and bettering each other, doing what they can for each other and helping each other get better. Because the St. Marys Striders are a community-based team, they are not affiliated with any one school. That does not mean that being part of the team can be an excuse for grades to drop during the school year. Head Coach Tony Porter introduced the Striders as a way to, give students with less than stellar academics a way to compete. He explained that each student on the team has to keep up a minimum grade point average (GPA) or he invokes mandatory tutoring sessions. Just because we are not associated with the school, doesnt mean we dont support the school, Porter said. Since the St. Marys Striders began, they have competed each year. We compete in every USA Track and Fields event, Porter said. He went on to say that members have their own strengths and weaknesses, but the main goal is not to win medals. I enjoy when they win Porter said, I even celebrate with them, but they only need to better themselves each time they compete. Coach Porter has been with the Striders since its beginning. We started with four kids, Porter said. This year, with 32 athletes ranging in age from six to 61, Porter is thrilled, but not too surprised at how far the team has come. This year alone, the Striders had 17 compete in regionals and from there; six athletes have qualified for the Junior Olympics Nationals Meet, going on this weekend. There are four 4x1 members competing in the Nationals Meet along with a high jumper and a hurdler. While some of the competitors this weekend have been running for years, Autumn Robinson, a high jumper, qualified in her first year with the team. Its a big deal because this is my first time, she said, I surprised myself. Allen Hicks, a 4x1 member, said that while hes been running for about six years, the Striders are more competitive than he was used to. They are more disciplined than in school, echoed teammate Kordell Blake. He said that while he participates in more than one sport, he will probably stick with track because, it makes you try harder.

We compete like we train, Porter said. While those who qualified for Nationals may focus a bit more on the event they are competing in, the entire team practices together and cheers each other on. The mentorship program that the Striders have adopted is one of the main goals of the team. Having older kids on the team set examples for the younger

ones is very important to the coaches. We want them [older team members] to take a child and help them improve in what theyre doing, Porter said. The main goal is for everyone to learn, improve and do better.

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Gracie Myles the Director of Gracies's Guys and Gals Dance Studio celebrated her 25th recital this past June. A Reunion Dance featuring close to 50 dancers from the past years participated in a dance at the recital. This year to celebrate the milestone of being in business for over two decades the show troupe danced at Walt Disney World in January and held a banquet in Solomons at Lady of the Seas Banquet Room, the end of June. The show troupe under the direction of Gracie Myles had a successful competition season, and ended with the national finals in Virginia Beach at Ticket to Broadway, in which over 30 studios from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Ohio, and Maryland participated in. Several of the routines that competed this past season placed high gold, platinum and a perfect platinum score and received many judges awards! Some of the highlights of the competition season was the Petite show troupe, average age 10, who competed their tap routine December 1963 choreographed by Gracie Myles. They received top championship score for large groups for 12 and under at Beyond the Stars National competition as well as Thunderstruck, and at Thunderstruck National Competition this routine received the highest score for all 12 and under routines! This routine also received a technique award at Beyond the Stars National Competition. Another routine that did extremely well this year was Gravity, choreographed by Justin Myles, in the teen small group tap category, always scoring platinum or perfect platinum, and was top scoring champions at Dancers, Inc., Beyond the Stars and Ticket to Broadway, plus received the choreography award at Beyond the Stars and at Ticket to Broadway! Gravity also received the Tap Excellence Award at the Thunderstruck Competition! Other group routines that scored well this competition season include Take Over choreographed by Sam Price, a hip hop routine that scored platinum at Ticket to Broadway at finals, Do Ya Wanna Dance, choreographed by Lisa Martoni, receiving high gold at several competitions, and Cosmic Jam, choreographed by Grace Myles, Justin Myles, Lisa Martoni and Sam Price, which received the Entertainment Award at Thunderstruck and the highest scoring teen routine.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013


BLAST from the PAST for 25 Years!

The opening routine of this years recital entitled We Tap, which was choreographed by Justin Myles and Grace Myles, , also went to Ticket to Broadway national finals. It received a platinum and a Dance Call back to compete in the Dance Off. This was especially exciting because this routine was taught in two weeks! We Tap received the second highest score for all super groups in the teen division on a nationals finals leveT! We Tap will be competing in the upcoming season for the year 2014. Three dance troupe routines also competed this year. Dance Troupe students are in training to become show troupe members. At Thunderstruck national competition at a regional level, Im Still Standing, the teen dance troupe received a high gold and got first place in the teen division, Beat It, received high gold, in the age division 9-10 year olds, and Chapel of Love, in the age category 7-8, received a platinum and got first place for all apprentice routines in the 12 and under division. All these routines were choreographed by Gracie Myles. The parents got into the act at Ticket to Broadways national finals competition which was held July 5 to July 9. There were seven parent routines and Blast from the Past, the routine from Gracies Guys and Gals Dance Studio won first place! The parents routine featured imitations of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Weather Girls, Tina Turner, The Jackson Five, Tom Jones, Richard Simmons and a turn on YMCA, the Village People turned out to be members of the AARP to the tune of YMCA! The parents received a standing ovation not only from the judges but from the entire audience. It was truly a blast! The parents that participated are: Grace Myles, Lisa Martoni, Aimee Superior, Michelle Leclerc, Shawn Jones, Jeff Dillon, Kathy Redman, Ben Redman, Amy Downs, Bonnie Schulmeyer, Jane Farrell, Sandy Lyon, Patrick Lyon, Patrick Hogan, Anthony Petett, Marnie Krzywdik, Jim Moore, Bill Geyer, and Chantel Petett, Many soloist and duos competed as well, and received high gold to platinum throughout the year! In the solo category at finals, Melanie Downs and Shannon Gleason achieved a dance call back to compete in the Dance Off, which comprised of the

top ten soloists in the teen (ages 13-15) and senior (ages 16-19) age divisions. We Tap and Gravity were the two group routines that were called back, and Samantha Estacion and Shannon Gleasons tap routine was also called back. The kids that competed in dance troupe this year are: Merideth Bailey, Shelby Bean, Ashlyn Broom, Lexi Burkhardt, Jennifer Cardinal, Taylor Frietchen, Ashley Hazzard, Michael Hedspeth, Shy-Ann Hill, Dreylen, Howard, Gabrielle Huffman, Jasmine Kohler, Samantha Lang, staci Lang, Aachary Leclerc, Alajane, Leeman, Briana Levi, Riley McCloskey, Chandler Moore, Ashley Mudd, Madison Mushrush, Alicia Pilkerton, Patrick Schwartz, Luke Seep, and Carley Worch. The kids in show troupe this past year are: Hannah Bailey, Tyshonna Butler, Kaelyn Dillon, Melanie Downs, Samantha Estacion, Melinda Farrell, Cami Frick, Juliana Geyer, Shannon Gleason, Sydney Guthrie, Jaida Harris, Erin Hogan, Torrie Janiszewski, Chelsea Krzywdik, Jamie Laurel, Brittany Lyon, Kayla Lyon, Ashleigh Martoni,

Gabrielle Moore, Mallory Moore, Alyssa Morrison, Erica Mundie, Samantha Myles, Casey Normyle, Cassie Oliver, Brynn Owen, Gabrilee Petett, Janna Petett, Kayla Purcell, Haley Redman, Taylor Richards, Christine Wagner, Baille Wathen, and Jordyn Wilhoit. A note of interest is that Justin Myles one the main teachers at Gracies dance studio, who graduated Point Park University with a dance degree, has toured with the off broadway show Stomp, performed at Busch Gardens, Tap Dogs in Reno, NV, and Disney. He was also the recipient in 2012 of three Phoenix Awards as a local musician one of which was for the best cover song Rock Bottom available on itunes. He will be teaching a drumming class, as well as body percussion, tap and contemporary classes. Gracies is gearing up for another exciting year. If youd like info on taking classes at Gracies, visit their website: or email Gracie at for registration dates!

Truckload Sale to Benefit the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad

Schwans Home Service Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad is excited to announce that we are doing a Schwans Home Service Fundraiser. You can come and purchase your favorite Schwans items directly from a Schwans Home Service representative at 43256 Rescue Lane (off Route 235) in Hollywood, Maryland on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The truck will be filled with a variety of items to purchase on the spot. Pre-orders are also encouraged! Go online at orderform.aspx or call 1-888-SCHWANS using Campaign ID 43786: Over 350 quality products to choose from. Certainly something to fit every eating occasion, flavor profile and nutritional need. No waiting for products; you are able to take them home the day of the sale and there is no markup on any products. Schwans donates up to 20% of total sales from the event to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. Pre-orders will be bagged according to who ordered it, so if you are picking up for someone have their names handy. If someone forgets to pre-order, we will have a truck filled with a variety of items to purchase on the spot. Schwans Gift Cards for future purchases can be ordered by visiting www. or by calling 1-888-SCHWANS. When ordering, use the Campaign ID 43786. Thank you in advance for your support!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Lexington Park Lions Club Installs New Officers

The Lexington Park Lions Club celebrated 67 years of service to the community on Monday, June24, with awards and the installation of officers for the 2013-2014 Lion year. Ceremonies began with a tribute to the memories of those Lions who died during the past Lion year: John Bradford, Francis Hewitt, Ed Russell, and Chester Lynch. These gentlemen were dedicated Lions and led by example. We were blessed by their friendship and learned from their mentoring. King Lion Bob Hayward recognized Bruce Maynard as our newest Melvin Jones Fellow, citing his dedication to Lionism and his contributions to the club and to the community. This fellowship award is the highest form of recognition afforded by Lions International, and the recipient joins an elite corps of representatives serving as role models for Lions around the world. The King Lion presented Myra Raspa, Bonnie Alvey, Carol Lawson, and Lee Maynard with Certificates of Appreciation for their many contributions in support of Club activities and events. These ladies, although not Lions Club members, are tireless in their behind-the-scenes work on our behalf and we are grateful for their participation. King Lion Bob also presented Certificates of Appreciation to officers, Board members, and several club members in recognition of their efforts during his three year tenure as King Lion. Several members were also recognized for 100% attendance during the Lions year. Ceremonies continued with the swearing in of the new slate of officers: President and King Lion Kenneth Buzz Shelley; Amanda Fast, 1st Vice President; Bruce Maynard, 2nd Vice President; Stacey Loftis, Secretary; Jess Davis, Treasurer and Lion Tamer; Jim Dodson, Tail Twister; and the Board of Directors: Robert Bob Hayward, Past President ; Johnny Alvey; Tami Gary; and Angie Everett. The evening drew to a close with remarks from both the Past President, Bob Hayward, and the new King Lion, Buzz Shelley, and concluded with the official passing of the gavel.

Ceremonies continued with the swearing in of the new slate of officers: President and King Lion Kenneth Buzz Shelley; Amanda Fast, 1st Vice President; Bruce Maynard, 2nd Vice President; Stacey Loftis, Secretary; Jess Davis, Treasurer and Lion Tamer; Jim Dodson, Tail Twister; and the Board of Directors: Robert Bob Hayward, Past President ; Johnny Alvey; Tami Gary; and Angie Everett. 5

Friday, August 2nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., music begins at 6PM

Historic Leonardtown is heating up for First Friday as the Leonardtown Business Association welcomes Miles From Clever, playing live on the Square. In addition to this popular and engaging rock/pop band, the LBA hosts its annual Summertime Raffle Event. Purchase tickets to win the grand prize ... a 46 HD Flat Screen Color Television, or one many gift certificates and gift baskets offered by participating Leonardtown Business Association members. Tickets are $1 each or 12 tickets for $10 and may be purchased now through August 2 by 6:30 p.m. at Olde Towne Insurance, The Good Earth, North End Gallery, Fenwick Street Used Books and Music, Fuzzy Farmers Market, or The Port of Leonardtown Winery. First Friday in August is very family friendly, with free kids arts and crafts on the Square hosted by St. Marys Macaroni Kid and Yellow Door Art Studios. Enjoy a variety of demos, receptions, dinner specials, and performances throughout downtown and in the many businesses uptown on Route 5/ Point Lookout Road. For more information go to

First Friday Summertime Raffle Event in Leonardtown

YFU-USA is looking for host families in the St. Marys County area!
Youth for Understanding (YFU), one of the most well respected intercultural exchange programs, is currently looking for host families in your area that are willing to open their homes and hearts to high school students from around the world. Each student is excited to be immersed in American culture, and you could be a part of that experience! Hosting is a fun and rewarding way for your family to learn first-hand about another country from a student who has grown up there. All International students are prepared to follow the familys rules, they come insured and come with their own spending money. We ask that each host family provides a place for the student to live, three meals a day and transportation to and from school. YFU even provides extra volunteer support in the area for all the families and students. You hold the key to the start of lifelong friendships! To learn more about hosting, Email or call your local YFU Field Director Tchi Sogoyou to day; 618-690-0755 or toll-free at 1-866-235-9795, x2507. Join the fun and make a difference! The deadline for school enrollment is fast approaching, so please act now.

Open your home, share the world!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013


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Friday, July 26
Recreation and Parks to Present Hairspray Summerstock Production Great Mills High School Auditorium, Leonardtown, 7 p.m. The St. Marys County Department of Recreation and Parks, in association with the Board of County Commissioners, are pleased to announce this years Summerstock Musical performance will be Hairspray by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Tickets are priced at $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 years and older and $6 for children 10 years and under. Matinee tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children.Tickets are now available and can be purchased online at www.stmarysmd. com/recreate/summerstock or in person at the Recreation & Parks main office in Leonardtown. Patrons purchasing ticket(s) online must print their ticket(s) and bring to the show for admittance. Online ticket purchases are highly encouraged due to the possibility of shows selling out. Tickets must be purchased no later than 10:00 p.m. the day before the show you plan on attending. Doors to the School will open one hour before each performance for ticket sales and patrons will enter the auditorium for general seating thirty minutes before each show time. Cash only will be accepted for ticket sales at the door. For more information please call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800. Carnival Hollywood Fire Department, 7 p.m. The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments annual carnival will be held July 18-21 and again July 25-29 beginning at 7 each night. Super Heroes will be present July 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Featured will be food, rides, and games. Unlimited rides every night for $10, or tickets may be purchased separately. Free nightly prizes (must be present to win). Free nightly bicycle raffle for ages 12 and under (must be present to win). A Treasure Chest cash prize will be raffled the last night of the carnival. Owned and operated by HVFD. Visit for more information. Quality Furniture Sale St. Marys Fairgrounds, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Quality Furniture Sale to Benefit Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. Hurry

in for best selections. Delivery Arrangements can be made. Call 301-737-6273 or email for more info.

Saturday, July 27
Downtown Tunes 41660 Courthouse Drive, P.O. Box 1, Leonardtown, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy live, outdoor concerts in Leonardtown all through the summer. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, or make reservations for an outdoor table at one of Leonardtowns restaurants. Downtown Tunes will be held on the Square in Leonardtown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Recreation and Parks to Present Hairspray Summerstock Production Great Mills High School Auditorium, Leonardtown, 1 and 7 p.m. The St. Marys County Department of Recreation and Parks, in association with the Board of County Commissioners, are pleased to announce this years Summerstock Musical performance will be Hairspray by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Tickets are priced at $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 years and older and $6 for children 10 years and under. Matinee tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children.Tickets are now available and can be purchased online at www.stmarysmd. com/recreate/summerstock or in person at the Recreation & Parks main office in Leonardtown. Patrons purchasing ticket(s) online must print their ticket(s) and bring to the show for admittance. Online ticket purchases are highly encouraged due to the possibility of shows selling out. Tickets must be purchased no later than 10:00 p.m. the day before the show you plan on attending. Doors to the School will open one hour before each performance for ticket sales and patrons will enter the auditorium for general seating thirty minutes before each show time. Cash only will be accepted for ticket sales at the door. For more information please call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800. Auction and More Mt Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt Zion Church Rd, Mechanicsville, 9 a.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. to view auction items, auction begins at 2 p.m. with Rodney Thompson of Homestead Auctions. Woods Gospel Band performing at noon.

Pinch, Mascot of the So. Md. Blue Crabs Baseball Team arrives at 12:30 p.m. Car wash 9 a.m. to noon, proceeds benefit Mt. Zion Youth Groups.There will be Rada Cutlery Sale, Bake Sale, Homemade Ice Cream and Rita Bs Catering will be available for lunch.For further information, call Tom Keller at 301-481-6388. Proceeds raised from the auction will enable the Mt. Zion United Methodist Men continue their charity donations. Carnival Hollywood Fire Department, 7 p.m. The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments annual carnival will be held July 18-21 and again July 25-29 beginning at 7 each night. Super Heroes will be present July 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Featured will be food, rides, and games. Unlimited rides every night for $10, or tickets may be purchased separately. Free nightly prizes (must be present to win). Free nightly bicycle raffle for ages 12 and under (must be present to win). A Treasure Chest cash prize will be raffled the last night of the carnival. Owned and operated by HVFD. Visit for more information. Pork Loin and Beef Sandwich Sale American Legion Post 221, 21690 Coltons Point Rd (Rt. 242), Avenue, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Legion Post 221 is sponsoring a pork loin and beef sandwich sale. Pork loin, sliced roast beef, and BBQ beef sandwiches will be sold on both Saturday and Sunday. Sandwiches will cost $5 each. Call 301-884-4071 for further information. Visit for more information. Quality Furniture Sale St. Marys Fairgrounds, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Quality Furniture Sale to Benefit Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. Hurry in for best selections. Delivery Arrangements can be made. Call 301-737-6273 or email for more info.

Recreation and Parks, in association with the Board of County Commissioners, are pleased to announce this years Summerstock Musical performance will be Hairspray by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Tickets are priced at $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 years and older and $6 for children 10 years and under. Matinee tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children.Tickets are now available and can be purchased online at www.stmarysmd. com/recreate/summerstock or in person at the Recreation & Parks main office in Leonardtown. Patrons purchasing ticket(s) online must print their ticket(s) and bring to the show for admittance. Online ticket purchases are highly encouraged due to the possibility of shows selling out. Tickets must be purchased no later than 10:00 p.m. the day before the show you plan on attending. Doors to the School will open one hour before each performance for ticket sales and patrons will enter the auditorium for general seating thirty minutes before each show time. Cash only will be accepted for ticket sales at the door. For more information please call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800. Carnival Hollywood Fire Department, 7 p.m. The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments annual carnival will be held July 18-21 and again July 25-29 beginning at 7 each night. Super Heroes will be present July 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Featured will be food, rides, and games. Unlimited rides every night for $10, or tickets may be purchased separately. Free nightly prizes (must be present to win). Free nightly bicycle raffle for ages 12 and under (must be present to win). A Treasure Chest cash prize will be raffled the last night of the carnival. Owned and operated by HVFD. Visit for more information. Pork Loin and Beef Sandwich Sale American Legion Post 221, 21690 Coltons Point Rd (Rt. 242), Avenue, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Legion Post 221 is sponsoring a pork loin and beef sandwich sale. Pork loin, sliced roast beef, and BBQ beef sandwiches will be sold on both Saturday and Sunday. Sandwiches will cost $5 each. Call 301-884-4071 for further information. Visit for more information.

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Monday, July 29
Carnival Hollywood Fire Department, 7 p.m. The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments annual carnival will be held July 18-21 and again July 25-29 beginning at 7 each night. Super Heroes will be present July 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Featured will be food, rides, and games. Unlimited rides every night for $10, or tickets may be purchased separately. Free nightly prizes (must be present to win). Free nightly bicycle raffle for ages 12 and under (must be present to win). A Treasure Chest cash prize will be raffled the last night of the carnival. Owned and operated by HVFD. Visit for more information. Roundtable Discussion for Families and Caregivers of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, 6 to 8 p.m. If you are a family member or a caregiver of a person with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), please join us.Our goal is to gather information from, and share information with, families of people with ASDs in all three Southern Maryland counties across all age ranges and levels of disabilities, regarding school services in all three school systems. Families and caregivers of people with ASDs, or who are suspected of having an ASD who do not have an IEP or a 504 Plan for whatever reason are also welcome. One information is gathered, group participants will determine courses of action, and follow-up meetings or activities may be scheduled. Light refreshments will be provided; please RSVP to Missy at 301884-4662 or to Terri at

ket. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Free. Call 301-934-7703, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199 or 301-870-2309, Ext. 7703 or visit for more information.

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Professional Performance series ends with a science show
The last Professional Performance will be a spectacular science show of bubbling potions and amazing chemical reactions by Mad Science on July 29. The program is geared for ages 5 years and older. Charlotte Hall branchs performances will be held at White Marsh Elementary at 10 a.m., Leonardtowns will be held at Leonardtown Elementary at 12:30 p.m. and Lexington Parks will be at the library at 3 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. years and older, will explore and discover how archaeologists excavate underwater in brackish water. The program presented by NAWCAD Education Outreach Office and growing STEMS will be held this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Charlotte Hall branch, on Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. at Leonardtown branch, and on Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Lexington Park branch. Registration is required.

Wednesday, July 31
Colonial Kids Archaeology Architecture St. Johns Site Museum, Historic St. Marys City, 10 a.m. Beat the heat at this weekly event focusing on archaeology at the St. Johns Site. Find out how archaeologist read the soil to learn about architecture in the colony. Ages 6+ with adult. $5 per child ($4/ child members). For information call 240-895-4990 or email Storytime and Stuffed Animal Sleepover Lexington Park Library, 6:30 p.m. Children of all ages can leave their stuffed animal for a sleepover after story time. When they pick it up the next day, they can watch a slideshow of its overnight adventures. Free. 301-863-8188 CSM Twilight Presentation: The Fisherman and His Wife La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata, 9 a.m. The Fisherman and His Wife is a play about a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm about a poor fisherman who catches a golden flounder that claims to be an enchanted prince. The family-friendly performance will close out the 2013 season of CSMs Twilight Performance Series. Each week, the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic with a lawn chair or blanket. No alcohol permitted. Free.

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Children can bring their stuffed animals for a storytime at 6:30 p.m. on July 31 at Lexington Park branch and on Aug. 6 at the Leonardtown branch. After storytime, they can leave the animals for a sleepover. A slide show of their adventures will be showing when the kids pick them up on Friday.

Anne Hathaway film to be shown

A Teen Writing Contest is underway and teens have until Aug. 10 to submit their original stories or poems to Their entries should answer the question, Whats beneath the surface? The winner will receive magnetic poetry and Natalie Goldbergs book, Writing Down the Bones. Space is available for the camera-less video-editing program being offered at Leonardtown branch on Friday at 10:30 a.m. and the Get More from Google class at Lexington Park branch on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. Registration is required for both.

This Friday at 2 p.m. Lexington Park library will show the movie in which Anne Hathaway won the 2013 Oscar for Best Actress. In this PG-13 rated film, a paroled prisoner agrees to care for a factory workers daughter after the mothers death.

Programs focus on eBooks and PowerPoint

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Leonardtown branch will offer a class for adults on how to download eBooks for Smart Phones on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. An introductory class on PowerPoint will be conducted at the Lexington Park branch on Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Both require registration.

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Tuesday, July 30
CSM Twilight Performance Series: Sam Grow Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, 6:30 p.m. Rock singer-songwriter and musician Sam Grow, will close out the 2013 season of CSMs Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic with a lawn chair or blan-

Thursday, August 1
American Legion Post 221 Meeting 21690 Colton Point Rd., Avenue, 8 p.m American Legion Post 221 invites all active duty personnel and veterans to join out monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. Visit our website at or email us at For more information, call Mike Barbour at 301-769-4569.

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Searching for Musicians

By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer Alchemical Records next gig is at the Prince Frederick Library for the first ever library-sponsored music industry seminar. In its inaugural meeting, the goal of this years seminar is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to learn and network through the music industry, according to coordinator Robyn Truslow. Working with Alchemical Records founder Daniel Hill, Truslow has gathered a range of industries representing different sides of the music industry to educate those interested in pursuing music as a career on their expectations of artists as well as offer advice in goal setting. Alchemical Records is an independent label, founded by Hill in 2009. Hill strived to become a musician since he was 14 years old. As a label, Alchemical Records has the ability to book bands, build websites, schedule recording, publish and promote the artists they represent. The function of a label, Hill said, is to represent a variety of artists with similar genres and common goals as musicians. He chose to start his own label because there was no one else available to mentor younger artists. As an independent label, Alchemical Records has more control over time and the type of music preformed. They also have the ability to focus on individual artists, as well as share and grow resources without them having to claim the label itself. It is nave to think that just because you play, someone will hire you, Hill said, adding that it is unfortunate that there are so many misconceptions about the amount of work it actually takes to get signed. He wants to become a voice for younger artists. Hill hopes that with the help of the Music Seminar, he will be able to reach out to people with a genuine interest in advancing themselves in their music. Not only as performers but also as managers, sound engineers, photographers and cover artists as well because, it all is necessary to keep growing an building, Hill said. There are ten speakers scheduled to make an appearance at the seminar, as a way for people to get a variety of perspectives in a general, broad information session. Hill believes that people are actually willing to help each other in the music industry, but that there is not enough information readily available for people to know where to go for help. Hill also hopes to prepare someone for reality. The music industry, he said, is not an easy place to make a break. Most labels have a specific type of look and sound in their heads beforehand and although a band may be good, if they do not fit the set image, they may not get a chance. Alchemical Records is represented as a rock label, but because rock is such a broad term, they can

be flexible in their music, with styles ranging from alternative to having a country or bluegrass feel to it. While there is not a ton of money to back it up, as Hill states, Alchemical is still looking to represent more people. Hill believes that there is hope, that if youre willing to put everything into it, it is possible. The Annual Music Industry Seminar, hosted by Calvert Library, will take place on Saturday, July 27, at the Prince Frederick branch library, 850 Costley Way, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 410-535-0291.

Hairspray Performance
The St. Marys Recreation and Parks Summerstock program is proud to put on the Broadway musical, Hairspray, from July 26- 28 at Great Mills High School. The musical is being preformed by children ages 12 to 21, and is a family friendly production. To purchase tickets, visit www., the Recreation and Parks Main Office, or buy them at the front door of the show. Tickets are $6 for children 10 and under ($4 for the matinee) Adults tickets are $14 ($10 matinee) and seniors 60 and older are $10 ($8 matinee). The play will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m., Sunday evening at 3 p.m. and there will be a matinee on Saturday at 1 p.m. Great Mills High School is located at 21130 Great Mills Rd., Great Mills. For more information, call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800.


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Some Assembly The West Lawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach) -7:30 to 10 p.m. Bar Dogs Quades Store (36786 Bushwood Wharf Road, Bushwood Wharf) - 8 to 11 p.m. Smoke Creek Rounders Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) - 8 p.m. The Swagg Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. Absinthe Gilligans Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) 9:30 p.m. Victoria Saunders 66 Beans Coffee Lounge (29948 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall) 7 p.m. Furlough Fridays Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Laura Joyce Contributing Writer It seems like all weve talked about for weeks, maybe even months. When will you arrive? We know youre not really our baby, but we all feel a little bit of ownership of those nine long months: we started out with sympathy during the early bouts of morning sickness, and moved on to celebrating those first fluttering movements and the sight of your mothers growing belly. Then, of course, when it was finally time, we exchanged phone calls and text messages to alert each other to every rumor of progress, every sign that you were well and truly on your way. Maybe it seems odd, since youre their baby, not ours, that a few of us got teary-eyed when you finally arrived. How could we not, though, seeing that exquisite little round face, those impossibly tiny fingers and toes, all the perfect features? Youre a lucky baby, no doubt about that. Theres your birthright, for starters, being born to a prince of a father and a mother who may not have been born into royalty but is every bit as rare: down to earth, lovely, warm-hearted, and kind to the core. Then theres your kingdom: when you look at the Earths surface, and all the places you could have landed as a baby, you really hit the jackpot. On leaving the hospital after your birth, you took up residence in a home filled with a castles worth of love, accompanied by two hands-on parents who wouldnt dream of foisting off diaper duty and midnight feedings onto a succession of nannies. Your parents will make sure that there are plenty of I love yous and big, generous bear hugs and kisses, the kind of unrestrained affection that helps a child grow into a loving adult. Its obvious just from seeing them in action that there will also be rules and structure, but without the rigidity that creates an inflexible and uptight adult. By blending spontaneity with responsibility, laughter with lessons, giving with taking, and by nurturing awareness that many have less, and gratitude for the blessings youve been given, your parents will raise you to have a common touch. Your reign will reflect your upbringing, and all of us who admire and respect your parents have the very highest of hopes. Welcome to the world, Princess Ella Grace! (You thought I was welcoming the royal baby? Im very happy for William and Kate, of courseany baby is cause for joy, after allbut I cant see spending 500 words on them when the beautiful Ella entered the world right here, just a handful of days ago, in this wonderful part of the world where steamed crabs and stuffed ham win out over a pint and a packet of crisps). So again, let me say it: welcome to the world, Ella Grace. You have the most extraordinary good fortune! You were born in America, where it is freedom, not riches or royal blood, that makes this the land of opportunity. You were born to parents who will do what good parents everywhere do, loving you and sacrificing for you and giving you every advantage, except perhaps a title (youre on your own for that one, but who knows? There may be a single prince looking for his queen-to-be in 25 or 30 years). And, as if your birthplace and parents arent riches enough, you were born healthy, and there is no crown, no castle that can top that. One more thing, though. Youve also inherited a lifetime of loyal subjects: grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins, all of the friends who love your parents. You dont ever need to worry about pretenders to your throne, or troublesome bands of errant knights. Your subjects have your back. Were are all standing by, poised like sentries at the gates to your kingdom, ready to protect you as you grow into your reign. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at if you have comments or questions about the column.

Fun in St. Marys

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Since Ive been a little rough on my body lately, and it seems to be out to get me too, Ive had the opportunity to see some neat programs on TV that I dont normally get to see. The Public TV stations: WETA, MPT, and the BBC stations seem to be the most fun for me right now. A few months ago, I was so excited to see What Ever Happened to Baby Jane a 1962 suspense movie starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I was in such admiration how two huge stars could do a movie which hit so close to the bone. They were both playing aging actresses who lived their lives through their past greatness. All their flaws were out for the world to see. If that movie were made today, they would have both probably had a life-style lift and lots of injections which is anyones or their right. But I dont think the movie would have been as effective. As I read about the history of the movie on-line I found all sorts of rumors that the two actresses did not get along that well. Who will ever know for sure? What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, along with Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte The Shuttered Room, The Bad Seed, and The Innocents were the horror stories I remember of my childhood. They were definitely nothing like the scary computer generated movies of today. Now there seems to be no end to the many ways a person can be murdered. And there is no end to the very bloody, graphic methods shown. I guess I like the movies of suspense more than horror. Who could beat Alfred Hitchcock for spiraling levels of anxiety and suspense? Now, my Mother on the other hand went for gore. She said, The more blood the better. I know we went to see The Night of the Living Dead at least three times. My Mother used to try to keep me awake to see those kinds of movies at home, but I couldnt make it to the end of any of them. And if I was able to stay awake, I would hide behind my Fathers recliner in the living room, peeking out occasionally. Mainly, I love watching the British mysteries. They do get quite graphic at times, but there is so much to figure out. I can watch Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis, and Midsomer Murders over and over, and get some new bit of information every viewing. The most fun of watching the British mysteries is trying to figure out what they are talking about. There are so many dialects from all over the United Kingdom just like the regional dialects here in the United States. Sometimes I can only follow along only by watching; though over all these years of watching and listening to British mystery audiobooks, I have pretty much figured out the differing terminologies and dialects. I wonder if the British have trouble following our shows too? Maybe, one day, when I have nothing to do I will compile a list of words and phrases which could be printed out to decipher the language...but that might take the fun out of watching. Never mind, Id rather be insuspense. To each new days adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

Is there more to that gut feeling?

By Debra Meszaros CSN Does the physical health of your gut influence your mental and emotional health? Is there more to the old saying Ive got a gut feeling? The answers may lie in the gut-brain connection. More and more of the information surfacing through recent studies are proving that there is much more to the health status of your gut then previously thought. Mainstream medicine is finally accepting and supporting the link between the probiotics (beneficial bacteria) and overall health. Probiotics are known for their immune and digestive support but we are now realizing that they mean much more, that they indeed play a role in the gut-brain connection. The Vagus nerve is the connection, the highway between your gut and your brain. Not only information travels this path, so do beneficial and bad bacteria. The proper balance of beneficial and bad bacteria in your gut affects physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health via this pathway. When a 85/15 ratio of beneficial to bad bacteria is maintained, the foundation for good health is set. When this ratio becomes unbalanced (when bad is greater than 15%) the bad bacteria (Candida) then travels systemicallyoften to the brain. One of proper functions of Candida (of the 15% ratio) is to collect heavy metals, to keep them from your organs; but if candida is in areas where it does not belong, it will collect or transport metals wherever it resides. Cognition can be greatly affected by the misplaced Candida as it clogs cellular function. Mental health conditions like ADD and ADHD often have a systemic Candida situation contributing to the condition. Another interesting discovery is the influence of beneficial bacteria in respect to anxiety and depression. It appears that beneficial bacteria is connected with the function of the insular cortex of the brain, your emotion and sensation center. Practicing a diet that is focused on high vegetable and fiber content supports beneficial bacteria. A diet high in carbohydrates and processed fats negatively affects beneficial bacteria, supporting Candida instead. In particular Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a beneficial bacteria strain, is associated with GABA levels, a neurotransmitter involved in stress management and controlling anxiety and depression. Neurons reside in both your brain and your gut, neurons that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin. Serotonin is involved in mood control, depression, and aggression. The highest concentration of serotonin is in your intestines, not your brain. So the health of your gut is directly associated with serotonin production. This may be one of the reasons antidepressants are often ineffective, because they only control serotonin in the brain, with no effect on the gut. Like many other aspects of health, your diet can have a huge influence. Eliminating sugar, especially fructose, artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, wheat, chlorine, fluoride, and genetically engineered foods can help the body maintain mental and emotional balance. Optimizing your gut health with fermented, unpasteurized foods containing beneficial bacteria without sugars is an ultimate way to reseed your gut with beneficial bacteria. If fermented vegetables, Lassi, Natto, or Kefir is just not your thing, then theres always the option of supplementing with a good quality, multi-strain, probiotic.
2013 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is forinformational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional).Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk.I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

The County Times

Thursday, July 25, 2013