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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The last of the public hearings on the county’s redistricting hearings finished this week as the plan now goes to county elected leaders for final approval. The new redistricting plan balances out the county’s population among the four county commissioner districts with District 4 seeing the greatest amount of growth. Under the proposed plan two voting precincts that border districts 2 and 4 were moved inside the boundaries of the district represented by County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Lexington Park). Before Morgan’s district was the smallest out of all four districts; now it will be the second largest with 17,602 registered voters. Currently there are only 13,877 registered voters in that district. Chairman of the redistricting committee Pat Nolan, appointed by Commissioner Cindy Jones, said the group of five first had to determine whether there was a need to change the districts’ sizes at all. “My first thought was to do no harm,” Nolan told The County Times, adding that once the committee had the numbers the decision to reshape the districts was a straightforward one. “We found the right approach and we fixed it,” he said. The county’s voting structure is configured such that all commissioners are elected by an at-large vote but the candidates must live within the boundaries of the commissioner district they wish to represent. Nolan said this had the affect of diminishing just how much votes from one district overshadowed another but said a heavily skewed imbalance could have that result. Achieving the balance ameliorated that impact, he said. David Willenborg, another member of the committee, said the decision to move whole precincts worked mathematically but also served to stave off any confusion as to where polling places would be located in the next election. “We wanted to make sure the numbers were as even as possible but by moving precincts so where people voted last time they will vote again in the next election,” Willenborg said.

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Officer Shoots Suspect in Domestic Violence Call
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer second-degree assault but has since been released on a $5,000 A sheriff’s depubond. ty shot and wounded a Court records knife wielding suspect show that less than a Monday morning after day before Dickens police responded to a was shot he was indomestic assault call volved in yet another in Lexington Park, podomestic violence inlice said, but the suscident with the same pect was discharged woman while three from both the hospital minor children were and police custody afpresent. ter he was shot despite He was released having three first-defrom jail in that incigree assault charges dent on a $7,500 bond. John Otha Dickens, Jr. levied against him. Charging docuCpl. J. Kirkner, a 13-year veteran of ments filed by Trooper Rhett Jackson althe sheriff’s office is the one who dis- lege that Jackson had been beating Johncharged his weapon twice, police said. son repeatedly before his arrival. Initial police reports state that John Jackson wrote that when he came Otha Dickens, Jr. was treated at the Prince to the door of the Bristol Avenue home George’s Hospital Center’s shock/trauma that the victim opened the door but she unit in Cheverly for non-life threatening was suddenly pulled away and the door injuries. abruptly closed. Court papers filed against Dickens “Upon entering the residence, I obfor the Oct. 21 incident allege that Dick- served the defendant…, running up the ens returned to the home of his girlfriend stairs immediately adjacent to the door after having been released from jail on in the residence,” Jackson wrote. “I orcharges that he had assaulted her just the dered the defendant to come back down previous day. the stairs… while the victim proceeded When he returned to see her he to tell me the defendant had assaulted her tried to persuade her to drop the assault by repeatedly punching her in the back of charges against him from the alleged Oct. the head.” 20 attack but soon began making threats Jackson said he observed numerous which caused the victim, Tyneesha John- injuries to Johnson including a blackened son to lock herself and her children in left eye, bruises on her arms, lacerations their bedroom, police alleged in charging to her upper chest and bruises on the back documents. of her right shoulder. Dickens then kicked in the door, “The victim proceeded to inform me armed with a knife and pulled her from the bruises I observed were a result of a the room. During the assault he cut both previously unreported assault by the deJohnson’s 5-year-old daughter and friend fendant upon her that occurred… on OcShanasha Jordon who tried to stop him, tober 19,” charging documents stated. police alleged. Jackson was not able to see any inWhile he was assaulting Johnson he juries to the victim’s head due to the obthreatened to kill her if anyone called for struction by her hair, he wrote. the police, police alleged. Charging papers show that Jackson Johnson later told police she was in arrested Dickens for second-degree asfear for her life. sault but court papers stated he was reWhen Kirkner and other deputies leased from the county’s adult detention arrived they found a blood trail leading center that same day by a District Court upstairs and they found Dickens continu- commissioner. ing his assault; subsequently Kirkner disThe defendant’s father, John Otha charged his weapon, according to court Dickens, Sr., is currently serving a life papers. sentence for first-degree murder for Detectives later interviewed Dickens shooting and killing his wife, Darlene where he admitted assaulting Johnson Michelle Dowsey, nearly a decade ago and cutting both her daughter and her here in St. Mary’s County. friend Jordan, court papers stated. Dickens currently faces three counts of first-degree assault and three counts of


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Since the doubling of the “flush tax” nearly two years ago by the state legislature the number of people locally who are contemplating either replacing or upgrading their septic systems has increased markedly, county officials said. Daryl Calvano, head of the environmental health section for the St. Mary’s County Health Department, said there is $1.5 million available to county residents with septic systems who want to make upgrades. “I can say it has definitely increased,” he said of interest in septic upgrades. “Since July 1 it has substantially increased.”

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Oyster Season Gets Off to a Good Start
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Both officials with the state’s De partment of Natural Resources (DNR) and local watermen say that the oyster season is getting off to a good if not great start this year and they expect it will closely mirror improvements they saw in the harvest last year. “The early indications are it may be slightly lower than last year but it’s still excellent compared to the last five years,” said Mike Naylor, with the DNR Fisheries division said. “All indications are that it will be a really good harvest.” For the month of October watermen are using labor intensive methods like hand tongs to bring up oysters by the bushel, Naylor said, but DNR will have a better idea of the amount of bivalves in the fishery when, on Nov. 1, watermen can begin power dredging for oysters. Last year watermen reported 340,000 bushels of oysters brought to market, Naylor said, more than three times the amount watermen had brought in over the past half-decade, showing a strong improvement in the population’s numbers. The weather conditions for oysters have also been good with mild temperatures and salinity factors in the local waters contributing to their resurgence, Naylor said. Many watermen were hoping for a strong oyster season since crabbing this

summer was so poor and Naylor said some watermen had switched over to oystering early this season. Willy Dean, the head of the St. Mary’s County Watermen’s Association, said reports from local watermen were good but not spectacular. “For the first couple of weeks a lot of guys were catching their limit, about 15 bushels or so a day, but lately it’s been tougher,” Dean said. The oysters are there, Dean said, but he believed a lack of rain months ago caused them to stall in growth. “It was a dry summer so oysters didn’t grow,” Dean, of Ridge, said. “We’re just going to have to wait for them to grow.” But the recent strong resurgence in the oyster population, and their apparent growing resistance to diseases such as MSX and dermo which have decimated their populations for years, was a welcome sight. “Mother Nature is trying to come back on her own,” he said.


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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The county’s planning commission began its deliberations on the Lexington Park Development District this week and quickly got bogged down on where the downtown portion of the community should be and just what the definition of historic properties were. Meanwhile county planning officials met with the commanding officer of Patuxent River Naval Air Station Capt. Ben Shevchuk and members of his staff where the navy gave its approval of the plan as it is currently written. The debate at the planning commission work session on Monday centered around the push for redevelopment and revitalization versus maintaining the historic character of the aging downtown area. Commission member Merl Evans said that trying for redevelopment outside of the base’s Gate No. 2 would not make sense under the plan because of the Aircraft Installation Compatibility Use Zone, which closely restricts development around portions of the base to limit the damage from an aircraft

accident. Under the proposed development district plan property owners would have to settle for much reduced square footage of their businesses if they wanted to redevelop. “Anything outside of Gate No. 2 other than passive recreation [on county owned land] doesn’t make sense,” Evans said. He advocated moving the town center as envisioned in the development district update possibly just a few hundred yards north of Gate No. 2, otherwise revitalization of Lexington Park would not be fully accomplished. “Unless you can get investment in Lexington Park you’re going to struggle,” Evans said. Board member Susan MacNeill disagreed, saying that uprooting the town center as it stands in favor of something farther north, even close by, could upset a wealth of history and traditional structures that have shaped Lexington Park. “I’m for keeping the historic and traditional parts,” MacNeill said.

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The Board of County Commissioners has authorized the establishment of the St. Mary's County Economic Development Commission (SMCEDC). The commission will guide the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy intended to broaden the local economy. Individuals with relevant experience are sought to serve on the SMCEDC. "The Economic Development Commission will help the County chart a path toward diversifying our local economy," stated Comissioner President Jack Russell. "This is a critically important job and we hope to attract the very best people to serve," he explained. SMCEDC members will hold regularly scheduled public meetings and be appointed to three year terms. The Commission will be staffed by the County's Department of Economic and Community Development. Ideal candidates will have private industry experience in technology transfer, defense, retail and service, workforce, tourism and agriculture development or related businesses. Individuals with extensive knowledge about growing and supporting entrepreneurship, who are willing to lend their expertise to the goal of transforming the County's economy to support a wider income spectrum and greater diversity of workforce skills and attributes, would be especially welcome. To apply or for more information, contact Robin Finnacom, Acting Director, St. Mary's County Department of Economic and Community Development at 301-4754200, ext. 1407.

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Upcoming Legislative Session Could see Dram Law, Budget Issues
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Tri-County Council welcomed Southern Maryland Delegates Tony O’Donnell (R-29C) and Sally Jameson (D-28) to talk about the legislative session to begin on Jan. 8, 2014. Projections show a $400 million shortfall in the next fiscal year, Jamison said, adding that the state had been addressing the deficit but the federal government shutdown could be a setback. Compounding the issue is the fact that, because of the coming election year, officials will be reluctant to consider tax increases. “There will be quite a hearty debate,” he said. Another possible issue in the coming session is a dram shop legislation, which would hold those with a liquor license liable for incidents of injuries or deaths as the result of drinking at their establishments, O’Donnell said, adding the matter would draw protests from restaurant and bar owners. Other topics the delegates said would be discussed in the 2014 legislative session would be alternative energy and its possible use in Maryland and a 43 year extension to keep the Conowingo Dam operating. O’Donnell said if legislators want silt dredged from behind the dam, preventing it from exiting with overflow when the dam is opened, they have to make it happen before extending the operations license. The Tri-County Council meets quarterly on a rotating basis throughout Southern Maryland. The council is made up of representatives of the county commissioners, elected officials and citizens from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County.



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family had requested Gasnarez be released to support the child but the prosecutor refused. Gasnarez, who the juvenile victim identified as “Poncho” to police, was interviewed by police after he was read his Miranda rights and admitted to them that he had had sexual intercourse with the girl on several occasions when she was still 15 years old. The victim also acknowledged the sexual encounters, Stanalonis said. Gasnarez was sentenced for seconddegree rape after he was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to Stanalonis, but was sentenced to just a twoyear sentence that was again reduced to one year served locally. He explained that Gasnarez did not necessarily have to use force to be convicted of second-degree rape because of the age of the child he had sex with.

Babysitter Charged With Sex Abuse, Child Pornography
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A man hired by a family to be the babysitter of their small children remains incarcerated at the county detention center after he was charged with sexually abusing one of them. Devin Hurley, 28, who for the last three months had been living with his alleged victim’s family, told investigators with the state police Criminal Enforcement Division that “he wanted to do more with [the victim] but has been fighting demons inside of him to not act on them” according to charging documents. State police investigators were first alerted to the alleged sex offense when the victim’s grandmother became suspicious of the nature of the relationship between Hurley and the victim; the grandmother was able to obtain one of Hurley’s cell phones and view images he is alleged to have taken of her grandchild and show copies to police, court papers stated. Some of these pictures included one of the children nude in the bathtub, charging documents stated. Statements by the grandmother to police indicate that Hurley was a friend to the family and that was one of the reasons they hired him to watch their children, an 8-year-old and a 3-yearold, while they were working but the grandmother told police she had noticed the relationship had become “inappropriate” between Hurley and her grandchild over the past three months. She reported such incidents as one of the children “riding on his [Hurley’s] crotch area on several occasions,” court papers stated. When investigators came to the Hollywood residence Hurley agreed to speak with them and waived his Miranda rights; he told investigators he had “taken pictures of [one of the children] but wished he had deleted them.” During the execution of a later search and seizure warrant, detectives seized numerous items from Hurley including a laptop computer and cell phones. They later learned that Hurley had used the family computer to download child pornography and he admitted to inappropriately touching the private areas of one of the children and that one of the children had done the same to Hurley on a sofa in the basement of the home, court papers read. Hurley has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree sex offense and possession of child pornography.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A man who was convicted of a seconddegree rape charge back in 2007 pleaded guilty to a third-degree sex offense in county Circuit Court Tuesday in which the prosecutor asked for an enhanced sentence. The sentencing guidelines for Alfonso Gasnarez dictated that he be sentenced to between four to eight years in prison but Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis requested 20 years in prison suspended down to 12 years. Judge Michael J. Stamm held off handing down a sentence before a investigation into the defendant’s background was available. On May 8 the mother of the 16-year-old girl who had been in a sexual relationship with Gasnarez learned of it and informed police, Stanalonis said. “He and the victim had a child together,” Stanalonis said, adding that the victim’s

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Spring Ridge, Md – On Oct. 21, a 13 year old male student was being escorted to class by school staff members at Spring Ridge Middle School. While being escorted, he struck one of the staff members in the face with his hand. The juvenile was charged with 2nd Degree Assault by Corporal Maloy and released to a parent pending contact by Juvenile Services. Great Mills, Md – On Oct. 21, a 17 year old female student and a 15 year old female student at Great Mills High School assaulted each other during a fight at the school. Both juveniles were charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Disruption of School Activities by Corporal Kristi Nelson. They were released to a parent pending contact by Juvenile Services. Great Mills, Md – On Oct.21, a victim alleged being sexually assaulted by 2 male students at Great Mills High School. An investigation was conducted by Corporal Kristi Nelson which revealed on October 17, 2013 the victim was forced into a bathroom at the school by a male suspect. The

victim was then sexually assaulted by the male suspect and by a second male suspect already inside the bathroom. After a review of the investigation with the State’s Attorney’s Office, both 16 year old male suspects were charged with 4th Degree Sexual Offense, 2nd Degree Assault, and False Imprisonment by Corporal Nelson. Both suspects were detained by Juvenile Services and transported to the Cheltenham Youth Facility pending court appearances. Chaptico, Md. – On Oct. 2, two 15 year old male students at Chopticon High School began arguing in the school cafeteria. The argument escalated when one of the students (suspect) began to assault the other while seated at the lunch table. A female student, who was not involved in the incident, was struck by the student during the assault. The investigation was conducted by School Recourse Officer Corporal Holton and resulted in the arrest of the suspect on Oct.17. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Disturbance of School Activities and released to a parent pending contact by Juvenile Services.


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

Cops & Courts
suspected marijuana was located on his person during the search. Biscoe was additionally charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Marijuana and Possession Controlled Dangerous Ssubstance in Place of Confinement. On Oct. 22, Deputy Potter conducted a vehicle stop for a traffic violation in the area of Great Mills Road and Saratoga Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland. A baggie containing an amount of suspected marijuana was located in plain view on the floor of the vehicle. The driver, identified as Trenton Deonn Barnet, 24, of Lexington Park, Md., was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Marijuana: Less Than 10 grams.

On Oct. 17 Deputy First Class Green responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown, Maryland, for a reported assault. The investigation revealed inmate Oliver Henry Wood Jr., 53, of Waldorf, Md., struck another inmate in the face during an argument. Wood was charged with 2nd Degree Assault by Deputy Green. On Oct. 17 deputies responded to the Lex’s Laundromat located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park for a noise complaint. Deputy Flerlage contacted several male subjects standing in the area. During that contact, Deputy Flerlage learned one of the subjects, identified as Eric Dwayne Dickerson, 41, of Abell, Md., had been issued a notice not to trespass for the property on October 8, 2013 by Deputy First Class T. Snyder. Dickerson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center by Deputy Flerlage, He was charged with Trespass Private Property. On Oct. 18, deputies responded to a disturbance called into the 9 1 1 emergency communications center at a residence in Lexington Park, Maryland. The victim alleged a man with a knife had entered the residence. On arrival, Deputy Schultz found suspect Walter Dennis Cooper, 30, of Hollywood, Md., standing on the porch. The victim further alleged Cooper entered the residence without permission, displayed a knife, and threatened the victim with it. Cooper was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center by Deputy Schultz. He was charged with 1st Degree Burglary and 1st Degree Assault. On Oct. 18, Corporal Goodwin responded to the Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital for a trespassing complaint. Suspect Camille Nanette Commodore, 27, of no fixed address, was refusing to leave the hospital. Corporal Goodwin ordered Commodore to leave the hospital and she refused. Commodore was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center by Corporal

Goodwin. She was charged with Trespass Private Property. Commodore was arrested a second time by Deputy Foor after she returned to the hospital and refused to leave later the same day. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Trespass Private Property. On Oct. 18, Deputy Tirpak responded to the Walmart located in California, Maryland for a reported theft. An employee alleged suspect Donald James Rowley, 25, of Hollywood, Md. concealed items of merchandise and left without paying. Rowley was charged with Theft Under $100.00 by Criminal Citation. On Oct. 16, Corporal Kirkner responded to the Best Buy store located in California, Maryland, for a reported theft. An employee of the store alleged suspect Paul Vincent Bell, 22, of Lusby, Md., removed an item of merchandise from the packaging and attempt to leave without paying. Bell was located and placed under arrest by Corporal Kirkner. He was charged with Theft Under $100.00 by Criminal Citation. On Oct. 19, Deputy First Class Boyer contacted a victim at Sheriff’s Office Headquarters. The victim alleged being assaulted by suspect Lavonte Devow King, 22, of Park Hall, Md., during an argument earlier the same day. DFC Boyer observed evidence of fresh injury on the victim. He located King and placed him under arrest. King was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Assault. On Oct. 21, deputies were securing the scene of a shooting incident in the area of Bristol Avenue in Lexington Park, Maryland. Suspect Joshua Lydell Brooks, 30, of Lexington Park, Md., arrived on the scene and began to yell profanities at deputies. Brooks then attempted to enter the crime scene area by crossing the crime scene tape. Deputy Wesner ordered Brooks to get back and

he refused. His conduct caused a crowd of onlookers to become angry. Brooks was advised he was under arrest at which time he took an aggressive stance toward Deputy Wesner. Brooks resisted arrest, but was taken into custody after a brief struggle. Brooks was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center by Deputy Wesner and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Fail to Obey Reasonable Law Enforcement Officer, and Obstructing/Hindering an Investigation. On Oct. 22, Deputy Flerlage located and arrested Justin Darnell Biscoe, 26, of Lexington Park, Md., on an outstanding Bench Warrant for failure to appear in court at a residence in Lexington Park. Biscoe was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where a secondary search was conducted of his person by Corrections Staff. An amount of

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38 Stops in 3 Hours
On Oct. 17 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., a comprehensive traffic enforcement operation was conducted by officers assigned to the Special Operations Division and the Patrol Division. The funding for the operation was provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office under the Traffic Safety Grant. The operation focused on speed enforcement, occupant protection, distracted driving, and pedestrian safety and concentrated in the Charlotte Hall area of St. Mary’s County. Four officers conducted 38 traffic stops, which resulted in 28 traffic citations, 16 warnings, and 1 alcohol violation.

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Pepper’s Pet Pantry to Close
Solomons Location Remains Open
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Pepper’s Pet Panty in Callaway is closing its doors after three years. Pepper’s Pet Pantry has locations in both Callaway and on Solomons Island and specializes in high-end, all natural pet food. Over the years, business was built on a reputation for excellent customer service. However, the combination of big box stores with more buying power and a weakened economy has taken its toll, ultimately causing owner Mary Beth Gates to choose not to renew the lease. “It’s not a good climate for small business owners right now,” Gates says. “So we are focusing our efforts on the larger store.” The last day to shop at Pepper’s Pet Pantry in Callaway is Saturday, Oct. 26. The Solomons Island location remains open for business. Pepper’s Pet Pantry in Solomons Island is located at 13372 H.G. Trueman Rd, Solomons, Md. and is open seven days a week.

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Are you in the mood for some fall refreshments and a car wash? If so, come out to the Huntingtown Auto Spa on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 to celebrate its grand opening! This will be the 4th Auto Spa location for WLR Automotive Group, Inc. There are three other locations throughout Maryland. “Opening this new location has been a wonderful and exciting opportunity,” said John Gay, Managing Partner of The Auto Spas. “Huntingtown is a great community and we are thrilled to be a part of it! We couldn’t have done this without our excellent customers and staff.” There will be plenty of treats for visitors receiving a vehicle service on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Along with having a shiny, clean car, customers will also enjoy apple cider, popcorn, and some great freebies. That’s right; we’re giving out free snacks and goodies! Whether you’re an existing Auto Spa customer or a new one, we can’t wait to see you there!

Local Automotive Business Celebrates its Grand Opening Weekend

The Huntingtown Auto Spa grand opening celebration begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. Visit us at 2266 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown, Md. To see services and pricing, please visit our website, For specials, news and updates, Like our Facebook page at:!/ TheAutoSpasCarWash. Celebrating over 25 years in business, WLR Automotive Group Inc., is headquartered in Frederick, Maryland. The company operates 17 vehicle maintenance, repair, and car wash facilities throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. Serving more than 300,000 customers each year, The Lube Centers, The Auto Spas, and The Auto Repairs are committed to the highest quality service and providing an exceptional experience for their customers. Visit to learn more.

A Volunteer Honor for CACI Systems, Inc.
Bay Community Support Services (BAY-CSS) is pleased to announce that it has nominated CACI Systems, Inc. to be an honoree at the Nineteen Annual St. Mary’s County Human Awareness Relations Day Awards Breakfast being held at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown, Maryland on Saturday, Oct. 26. CACI has been an enthusiastic supporter of BAY-CSS for the past eleven years. BAY-CSS has received support from CACI, both at their corporate level and also at the individual CACI employee level. The management of CACI and its employees have promoted and participated in BAY-CSS Volunteer Events such as the Annual Day of Caring Sponsored by United Way of St. Mary’s County where CACI Volunteers help with yard care, maintenance and repairs at one of BAY-CSS’ Residential Group Homes and washing the agency’s vehicles at the local office of CACI. In addition, many CACI Employees donate to BAY-CSS through the United Way Employee Giving Pro-

gram, and two of its employees, Mr. Mead and Mr. Quinn, volunteer on BAY-CSS’ Board of Directors, serving in officer positions. BAY-CSS Board of Directors, its employees, and the people with disabilities they serve were thrilled to nominate CACI Systems, Inc. as an honoree for the St. Mary’s County Human Relations Awareness Day. About BAY-CSS BAY-CSS is a full-service agency that has provided quality support services such as residential and supportive employment services, nursing care, transportation and much more for individuals with disabilities in Maryland for over 20 years.


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Knitting up a Storm
By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer With no specialty yarn stores in St. Mary’s County since 2000, and the interest in both knitting and crocheting growing with each year, Ellen Lewis felt the need to bring a new resource to the community. “I just thought it would be fun,” Lewis said. In her own knitting experience from her college years, she found that local yarn stores were very helpful for both beginners and those more advanced in

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needlework. In 2004, Lewis opened Crazy for Ewe. The store carries yarn in all different weights for all projects imaginable. In addition to just being a specialty yarn store, Lewis also holds different lessons throughout the year. “It takes you through ‘I’ve never knit before’ to ‘I’m ready to make a garment,” Lewis said. The classes are divided into three sessions. The Beginning Knitting Program and various sessions in other classes are each dedicated to at least one project from scarfs to hats and even sweaters. While it takes a bit of getting used to, anyone can knit. Lewis has two rules for her classes: you have to be having fun and you have to be making what you’d like to. “Everything else is optional,” she said. Because she has a store in Leonardtown and La Plata, Lewis has a dedicated team to help teach and offer advice. “Everyone has their favorite thing, but everyone can do everything,” Lewis said of her staff. The staff helps those who require more individualized attention, offering private half-hour lessons, customised to each person. “Everyone that works in the store is a great knitter and a great teacher,” Lewis said. There are two Essential Cardigan classes beginning on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Each class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and is held over an eight week period. The class cost $150. Crazy for Ewe is located at 22715 Washington Street in Leonardtown. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays with closings at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, visit www.crazyforewe. com or call 301-475-2744

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Addicts and Their Families Are Not Alone
free from the disease and was making great strides, having just become a Licensed Massage Therapist in Reston, Va., his lifelong home. He went to Narcotics Anonymous meetings nearly every day, worked out at the gym, and cared for his dog. We don’t know why he slipped up. It’s heartbreaking. Knowing that most families don’t have the sort of resources that they had when trying to help Christopher, his mom, Anne; dad, Mark; and sister Ginny Atwood began the Chris Atwood Foundation last year immediately following his death. Long-term goals are to support addicts and their families through information, networking, and increased awareness of what addiction really looks like in order to treat it more effectively. The organization’s website is at www.chrisatwoodfoundation. org. They have met with congress members in Washington, had several news stories published; and in the eight months since Christopher died, have built a website and incorporated as a non-profit. To that end, Christopher’s sister, Ginny, (my niece),her cousin, Amanda Thoburn, and two best friends since middle school, Katie Ernst and Allison Byers, will be running as Team Chris in the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon on Saturday. They set an ambitious goal in August, to raise $21,000.00, one thousand dollars for each year of Chris’ short life. Incredibly, they reached that goal one month early at the end of September! My purpose in writing, however, is not to simply gain more support for The Chris Atwood Foundation, although it certainly deserves it; but to reach out to my Southern Maryland community and say that addicts and their families are not alone, there is help and understanding out there; and feel free to contact either the Chris Atwood Foundation at the link provided, or visit my niece’s Marine Corps Marathon page at GoTeamChris, for more information. Beth Fitch Clements, Md.

After hearing from a friend of several recent deaths of young people in our community due to drug overdoses, I felt compelled to acknowledge that this tragedy has affected my family, as well. My wonderful, caring, 21-year-old nephew, Christopher Atwood, died last February from a heroin overdose after battling addiction for six years. Chris was the kind of person who lit up every room he entered. He was beautiful and talented, with moviestar looks and a sense of humor that made everyone around him want to be near him. He was a world traveler, climbing mountains in Utah and going to places as far away as Vietnam and the glaciers of Iceland. He was an intensely caring person, from intervening to prevent a stranger from committing suicide, to giving a stray kitten water in his bottle cap while visiting the Holy Land last year, where he was baptized in the river Jordan. Chris’ mom and dad and big sister loved him dearly and gave everything they could to help him be well, and he worked hard at it, too. He wished desperately to be

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IN THE MATTER OF RUSSELL BRANAMAN JULIEN FIOL FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO RUSSELL BRANAMAN JULIEN RUSKO In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland Case No.: C13-1582 The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which he seeks to change his name from Russell Branaman Julien Fiol to Russell Branaman Julien Rusko. The petitioner is seeking a name change for the following reason: I don’t appreciate my step father nor do I appreciate having his last name. I would like Rusko (my new step father) as my last name because he has been my only real male role model and I love him like a real dad. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 22nd day of November, 2013. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. A copy of this Notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to file an objection. JOAN W. WILLIAMS, Clerk of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County Maryland

What Caused the Shutdown?
With all of the news about the government shutdown, many people are wondering how this could have happen. I believe the shutdown resulted from the big differences between the two parties. The Republicans believe in limited government, low taxes, reducing the debt, and as much individual freedom as possible. The Democrats believe in a huge government, high taxes, more debt, and total control of the people. The government already controls Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, student loans for college, etc. It also controls our individual lives, businesses, education, the environment, etc. with an over abundance of regulations. The Affordable Care Act is their attempt to expand the government and control the entire health industry in the country, which will also increase taxes and the debt. On moral issues, the Republicans rely on JudeoChristian values while the Democrats are the proabortion, pro-homosexual party that believes the government has more wisdom and authority than God. A lot of people in this country have a very negative opinion of the federal government because
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of their laws and policies. Taking the Bible out of school, trying to take Christ out of Christmas, attacks on Christianity, legalizing homosexuality and the murder of unborn children by abortion, gun ownership regulations, and foreign aid to countries that hate us are some examples. To that list, add the Obama administration’s mishandling of the BP oil spill in the gulf, refusing to develop our own sources of oil and gas, failure to explain the Bengasi massacre, increase of the federal debt by $6 trillion, and government spying on citizens, to mention a few. You can probably add to the list. The disagreements within the Republican Party result from new members opposing what’s been going on and wanting to put a stop to those things mentioned above. The older members seem willing to continue on the present course. If you don’t like the way the government is heading toward godless socialism, stop voting for the party that has been taking us down that road for many years. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, Md.
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Education Five Questions with Gary Sherman, St. Mary’s College Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer As of Oct. 7, Gary Sherman is St. Mary’s College’s Vice President of Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions. On day 11 of Sherman’s term, The County Times sat down with him for a five-question interview. What makes an effective Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions? An effective Enrollment Manager coordinates with on-campus agencies to retain students who decide to enroll at our school. Simply put, if a Dean of Admissions is responsible for bringing in the students, an Enrollment Manager is responsible for making it easy for them to stay. An Enrollment Manager is the glue that holds together processes ranging from orientation to registration, financial aid and housing. But it isn’t just about getting people in our door. Ultimately, we are recruiting graduates, not just students. What are some common misconceptions about St. Mary’s College? Unfortunately, there are misconceptions about liberal arts colleges, in general. Contrary to what some believe, a liberal arts education is preparation for life. Students are educated to become critical thinkers and productive citizens who are adaptable to the changing landscape of the world. One common misconception about St. Mary’s College specifically is that we are a Photo by Kay Poiro private women’s college when, in fact, we are a public honors college. Gary Sherman, St. Mary’s College Vice President of Enrollment and
Dean of Admissions is optimistic about the future of St. Mary’s College

If you had an hour to speak to all the graduating high school students in the nation, how would you “sell” St. Mary’s College? St. Mary’s College offers a private school environment for a public school price. In fact, St. Mary’s College students graduate with the lowest student loan debt in Maryland because our students graduate on time. Seventy percent graduate in four years, and eighty percent in five. If you are looking for a high quality educational experience where opinions are valued and views are respected, come here. How do you see the future of St. Mary’s College? Very bright. At last weekend’s open house, the college entertained over two hundred prospective students and over 500 guests. In addition, applications are up about 4 percent from last year. It’s still early in the game, but we have reason to be optimistic about the future. What would you like to have said about Gary Sherman after your tenure at St. Mary’s College? Remembering Sherman the individual isn’t nearly as important as remembering that St. Mary’s College was successful. But I would like to hear graduates say that attending St. Mary’s College was one of the best choices they ever made. During my tenure, I’d like to hear more people say they’ve heard of St. Mary’s College. I believe this is possible, as we’re increasingly branding ourselves as a top institution that’s making a difference in our community, in our state and in our nation. St. Mary’s College was founded in 1840 and is one of the nation’s premiere liberal arts colleges.

Recreation and Parks Seeks Summerstock Director
The St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks is now accepting applications for the position of Summerstock Director. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have five years or more of theatre/musical experience. Summerstock is an annual musical which Recreation and Parks provides for the community each July. The shows have spanned 31 years of performances and are designed for performers up to 21 years of age, who have experience acting, singing, and dancing in community theatre. The 2014 shows will be held July 18 to 20 and July 25 to 27. Auditions will be held in April, 2014 and rehearsals will be held beginning late May until the first show in July, Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. To apply visit St. Mary’s Recreation and Parks’ website at and click on Job openings at the bottom of the page, then click on applications and forms to download an application. Applications with a resume are preferred. You may e-mail your application and resume to Gary Reed at or via U.S. Mail to Recreation and Parks, c/o Gary Reed, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Md. 20650.


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Education St. Mary’s College Professor and Colleagues Crank Up the Heat in Chemistry
When you think of organic chemistry, what comes to mind? Perhaps structures, properties, and reactions? For St. Mary’s College of Maryland Assistant Professor Leah Eller, microwaves can also be thrown into that mix. Eller’s colleagues Shaun Murphree of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, and Jun Shin of Queensborough Community College in New York agree that microwaves in organic-chemistry labs are a good idea. With this common interest, in January 2013, the three educators applied for the National Science Foundation’s highly competitive Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) Program grant. Out of 373 proposals submitted, approximately 30 proposals were funded. Confirmation came this past September that the project proposal submitted by Eller and her colleagues was one of those 30. Collectively, St. Mary’s, Allegheny, and Queensborough received $600,000 to conduct the second phase of developing a new organiclaboratory curriculum using microwave technology. Phase one of the project, also funded by a TUES grant, began with Murphree at Allegheny. Microwaves, as opposed to conventional heating techniques, such as heating a reaction on a hotplate, reduce the time it takes for organic reactions—one of the most time-consuming steps in the experimental process—from hours to mere minutes. Thus, with the time saved, a single laboratory period can be used for experimental design and analysis, debriefing and troubleshooting as well as optimization. The main goal, says Eller, is to get the students to think about their experiments in a way that they have not had time to do before now. “It’s not just about cutting back on time, it’s what we’re doing with that extra time,” she said. “Students will have the opportunity to gain conceptual knowledge instead of just running the experiment and saying, ‘yes, it worked,’ or ‘no, it didn’t work.’” Murphree says that during phase one of the project, the extra time proved to have a positive impact on Allegheny’s chemistry students. “We tested how modifying lab time with the use of microwaves would affect students’ attitudes toward science, and we saw positive outcomes,” he said. “In phase two, working with St. Mary’s College and Queensborough Community College, we will see those gains more clearly.” Beyond time saving, the use of microwaves in organic-chemistry labs has another benefit: it is a green alternative. With microwaves, experimentalists can run a reaction using less toxic solvents such as ethanol or water.    The notion and use of microwaves in labs is not a new concept. In the mid-to-late 80s, scientific articles began to emerge on the topic. Soon after, microwaves found their ways to classroom science labs, though, without much curricular structure. And, unlike those used in the past, today’s laboratory microwaves have more automation features, are less costly, and safer. Eller, Murphree, and Shin are developing a comprehensive, student-centered curriculum. The curriculum, based around the use of today’s modern microwaves, will feature lab modules with easy-to-adopt student and instructor materials. The curriculum will go through a three-year trial at each of the three institutions, and will be evaluated by two laboratory-curriculum consultants before being made available to other colleges and universities. Out of the $600,000 TUES grant, St. Mary’s College will receive $170,000. The funds will support summer-student researchers, equipment and supplies, curriculum evaluation, and workshops to help disseminate findings.

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Raley’s Furniture Celebrates 55 Years of Business in Southern Maryland

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer When Bill Raley first incorporated Bill Raley’s Sales Center in Lexington Park in 1958, his mission was simple – to provide quality American-made furniture at affordable prices. Now, celebrating 55 years in business, his daughter, and current CEO, Terri Raley is proud to say that the mission hasn’t changed. In 1958, Bill Raley’s Sales Center, located at 21716 Great Mills Road, welcomed its first customer. Overseen by Raley along with five salesmen, the business sold furniture, rugs, electronics and household appliances like television sets and washing machines. The mid-1970s ushered in an era of expansion for the sales center. A second store was opened in Waldorf. In 1977, the original Lexington Park store was rebuilt to its current design and size, making room for the burgeoning furniture business. That same year, there was a ribbon cutting opening ceremony where Bill Raley, surrounded by family, friends and employees, re-opened his expanded, newly named Raley’s Home Furnishings. Cutting the ribbon was Raley’s youngest daughter, 8-year-old Terri.

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From the beginning, Raley’s has emphasized family as a key to the success of the operation. Bill, his wife Judy, their eight children, and members of the extended family have all lent a hand over the years. “Everyone participated,” remembers Terri. “Even nieces and nephews. From making deliveries to accounting, we all helped.” While in high school, Terri Raley’s duties around the store included everything from housekeeping to accounts receivable. But in her younger years, there was still time for fun. “I used to run up and down those stairs,” Terri says, referring to the Lexington Park store’s wide, yellow-carpeted staircase leading to the second floor showroom. As a child, she also remembers rolling around in the carpet rolls and visiting her dad as he worked long hours. When asked to recall her favorite memories of the store, Terri says with a laugh, “The Coke machine with the glass bottles. Glass Coke bottles and the smell of dad’s cigars.” After Bill Raley passed away in 1984, Raley’s Home Furnishings went through a series of ownership and management changes. The company was briefly owned and managed outside of the family until Terri’s brother Mike Raley purchased the company back in 1994. Mike owned and operated the stores until 2004, when

an unexpected family situation found sister Terri suddenly in charge of operations. With Terri Raley at the helm, Raley’s Home Furnishings was brought into the 21st century. She reshaped the business by adding more computers, updating their accounting sys-


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tem and automating more of the day-to-day us. The next day, she personally called the operations. Under Terri’s watch, the store’s repairman for our door. Not many employers website would do that.” was created. One thing Terri did not autoAs CEO of Raley’s Home Furnishmate, however, was the phone system. ings, Terri continues that tradition of put“You will always get a live person when ting people first. One day every July, the you call our stores,” she says. “Some call stores close for its annual picnic. Regardit ‘old school’, but it’s just good customer less of their position within the company, service.” every employee and their friends and famRaley’s also changed from using outside contractors to using exclusively in-house delivery service. “This resulted in better quality control, possibly as a result of company loyalty,” Terri notes. Employee retention is another way that loyalty is shown. Several employees have worked for Raley’s Home Furnishings for years. For example, deliveryman Eric Young has worked for the company for over a decade. Daily Operations Manager Lynn Alker and Warehouse Supervisor Chuck Brooks have both worked for the company for nine years and Lead Salesperson LeHomer Grant for five. Kathy Vetter, the company’s finance manager, has been with Raley’s for over 15 years. She fondly recounts the moment when she realized she was more than just an employee. “Years ago, our home had been broken into and Judy (Raley) came over that same night,” Vetter remembers. “She brought us pizza and sat up with Bill Raley, left, and salesman Tom Ostertag during the 1977

ily are welcome to come out, eat and enjoy each other’s company. As with anything, change is inevitable. Raley’s is watching formal dining room sets give way to smaller, more informal dining options. Additionally, more showroom space is now devoted to seating with power lifts for customers with difficulty getting in and out of chairs. The expansion of their design center is a major business change. As the furniture business evolved, Raley’s chose to include the option to custom order to distinguish themselves from the competition. Today, the company has over 400 fabrics and 10 different leathers from which customers can choose to customize their furniture. Over 75 percent of their business is custom order.

Looking toward the future, Terri Raley is optimistic. The store recently began replacing the halogen lights with natural, more energy efficient LED lighting. Two additional vendors have been added, expanding their selection of reclining and stationary upholstery. These days, Raley’s Home Furnishings is a Southern Maryland staple that has seen its share of change. There are no more appliances and the Lexington Park store is nearly four times its original size. Although the cigars and glass bottle Coke machine are no more, the ideals of quality and service upon which Bill Raley first built his business live on through Terri Raley and her team of professionals.

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Mark W. Lindsey, 49
Mark passed away suddenly at his home on Sept. 20. He was born Jan. 22, 1964 in Alexandria Va. He was the son of Catherine Anna Lindsey of Lexington Park, Md. And the late George Lindsey Jr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Susan Lindsey of Albany N.Y.; siblings, David Lindsey (Pam) of Great Mills, Md., Sheri Lindsey of Steven City Va., George Lindsey III (Kalei, special friend) of Callaway Md.; nephews and nieces, Stephen, Justin (Molly), Heather, Sarah, Josh, Ben and Daniel; special sister-in-law Beverly Zeller (Mike) of Clay, N.Y.; and numerous other family and friends. Mark was a very laid-back type of guy. He would help anyone in any way he could. He loved grilling and spending time with his family and friends. He loved fishing and crabbing. Many a sunny afternoon, you could find him at St. Mary’s Lake, relaxing with the fish. He was an avid Redskins fan. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mark has donated his body to medical science.

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age, Wanda accepted Christ while attending St. Luke’s Methodist Church. She later became an active member of St. Matthew’s Free Gospel Church of Christ. On February 18, 1974, she was joined in holy matrimony to Jeremiah F. Cutchember, Jr. They were married 39 years and were blessed with five children. Wanda’s favorite pastimes were reading her bible and spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed attending gospel programs and faith based plays, especially those by T.D. Jakes and Tyler Perry. She enjoyed word find puzzles, watching game shows, and her favorite soap opera, The Young and The Restless. Wanda’s loving, kind, and gentle nature led her to what she loved best, caring for the elderly and disabled, including her nephew James “Kito” Courtney. Early in her career she worked at local nursing homes and later became a private duty care giver. Most recently, she worked for Bay Community Support Services (formerly known as United Cerebral Palsy, UCP) as a Direct Care Specialist until the time of her death. Wanda unselfishly made herself available to those in need throughout her lifetime. Wanda leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Jeremiah F. Cutchember, Jr.; her daughter Erica George and future son-in-law Thomas Proctor of Brandywine, Md.; sons Kevin Cutchember and Troy Cutchember of Waldorf, Md.; step-son Reginald Cutchember (Yolanda) of Lexington Park, Md.; stepdaughter Joyce Cole (Nathaniel) of LaPlata, Md.; grandchildren Sharrie Cutchember, Nicholas Proctor, Kayshawn Cutchember; LaMissha Hawkins and Natasha Cole; greatgrandchildren Jailyn and Jalil Shorter; her sisters Marcelene Taylor (Paul) of Washington, D.C., and Joan Taylor Courtney of Lexington Park, Md.; her brothers Joseph Taylor, Jr. of Loveville, Md. and Julian Taylor of Waldorf, Md.; her aunts Mamie Humphrey of Norfolk, Va, Marguerite Austin of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Jeanette Price (Melvin) of Ridge, Md.; brother-in-law Charles Cutchember of Baltimore, Md.; sister-in-laws Genevieve Berry (Wallace) of Valley Lee, Md., Catherine Dunn of Hyattsville, Md., Marion Perry of Baltimore, Md. and Patricia McFadden of Baltimore, Md.; special friends Sarah Jordan, Frances Strong, Peggy Thompson and Sissy Shoemaker; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by one sister, Linda “Cookie” Byrd; one brother-in-law Wallace J. Byrd Sr.; and one great-nephew, Corey D. Taylor. The family united with family and friends at St. Matthew’s Free Gospel Church of Christ, 23755 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Maryland, on Saturday, Oct. 19, for visitation at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland. graduated from Banneker High School. She later met James Foley Somerville whom she married on June 26, 1954, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood. They were blessed with 10 children and celebrated 44 years of marriage prior to his death in 1998. Loretta was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary #305 and served as treasurer since 1993. Loretta was a homemaker, a great cook, an excellent care-giver and a big sweetheart. As care-giver, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and was all about family. Loretta loved family so much she opened her home and heart to care for eight of her grandchildren on a daily basis. But her caring didn’t stop there as she also cared for her father, older brother and mother-in-law during their later years. In addition, several nieces and nephews spent their summer breaks with her. Loretta was such a great cook that family members authored a cook book in her honor titled, “What’s Cooking in Loretta’s Kitchen” which included recipes for desserts, main course meals, side dishes, especially her signature macaroni salad. And there’s no ice tea, sweeter than “Grandmas’ Ice Tea.” Loretta enjoyed vacations and travelled to Florida many years to spend time with her son Marvin, and had the opportunity to visit Disney World. She also travelled to New York, toured Lurray Caverns and even rode across country to California in her younger years. When asked why she didn’t fly over, Loretta commented, “If the Lord wanted me to fly, He would have given me wings.” Even though Loretta did not have fins she often enjoyed the Spirit of Washington cruises with loved ones. In her spare time you would find Loretta working on word finds, catalog shopping, watching soap operas and her special TV shows, Wheel of Fortune and Judge Judy. She is survived by her children, James Foley Somerville, Jr. (Debra) of Bushwood, Md., Michael Anthony Somerville Sr. (Susan) of Lexington Park, Md., Larry Gerard Somerville, Sr. (Quanda) of Baltimore, Md., Darlene Celeste Dorsey (Jim) of Bushwood, Md., Marvin Aloysius Somerville (Dalphine) of Bushwood, Md. and Wanda Annette Davis (Albert) of Hollywood, Md.; brother, Richard C. Dyson Sr. (Erma) of Frederick, Md.; brother-in-law Warren Beatty of Chaptico, Md.; sister-in-law Gertrude Dyson of Waldorf, Md.; 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by “appointed” sisters, Teresa Dyson of Maddox, Md. and Pearl Neverson of Suitland, Md., God-children Lawrence Tyer and Thomasine Young, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her husband, the late James Foley Somerville, Sr., she was predeceased by her children the late Linda Clementine Somerville, Phyllis Diane Somerville, Francis Xavier Somerville and Maxine Bernadette Somerville; siblings the late Alfred Dyson, Thomas Dyson, Isaac Dyson, Lillian Burton, Elizabeth Dyson, Josephine Dyson, Gertrude Tyer, Madeline Beatty, and twin, Louise Dyson; two grandchildren, the late Sean Foley Somerville and Larry Gerard Somerville, Jr.; and mother-in-law, the late Mary Susie Somerville. Family received friends for Loretta’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 8:30 until 10 a.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Charles Cortinovis, 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, Md. Interment following in the church cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made

along with her grandmother, Etherl Morgan, a brother, Robert Eberle, a nephew, Robert (Bobby) Lacey, a stepbrother, Joey Ferguson, and a daughter. She is survived by her siblings William Wberle, Raymond Eberle, Janet Noornan and their stepmother, Marge Eberle, stepsister Vivian Ferguson, stepbrother Gary Fergson and many nieces and nephews. As well as extended family, Donna Lacet, Daniel, rittany and Payson Lacey, Cindy Day and family, and their dog, Trouble. She grew up in St. Mary’s County, but soon learned she loved to travel. She loved the “open highway” as she said often. She later settled in Tennessee and was a landscaper. At this time, she met Johnny Cash and other country artists. She loved to write, read, listen to music, and spend time with her grandmother. Bring her back to St. Mary’s County to devote the rest of her life to taking care of her grandmother. A life celebration will be at a later date.

Wanda Mae Cutchember, 60
Wanda Mae Cutchember, 60 of Drayden, Md., departed this life on Oct. 12, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family. Wanda was born on November 18, 1952, to the late Joseph E. Taylor, Sr. and the late Bernice Rita Taylor. She was educated in the St. Mary’s County school system. At an early

Peggy Lee Eberle Russell, 54
Peggy Lee Eberle Russell, 54 of Leonardtown died Oct. 4. She was born on Nov. 6, 1959 in Leonardtown to Margret Eborle and Francis Eberle, who have preceeded her in death,

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at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. The Family received friends on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in the Matttingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Internment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers will be: Gary Quade, Jr., John Bell, Jr., Matthew Clements, Robert Clements, Jr., William Quade, Jr., and Louis Fenwick. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Thomas Ryce, III. Steven Thorpe, Jr., and George Clarke, III. Contributions in memory of Linda may be made to assist with funeral expenses.

Rhonda Lynn Tippett, 56 
Rhonda “Ronnie” Lynn Tippett, 56 of Hollywood, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Specialty Hospital of Washington after her long courageous battle with a lung disease. Ronnie was born on April 8, 1957 in Fredericksburg, Virginia; she was the daughter of the late Harry and Delores Hairfield and the daughter-in-law of Gloria and the late Joseph Tippett. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years David Tippett, son John Unkle III (Jennifer), stepdaughter Denise Wayson (Craig), sister’s Rita Starling (Rick), Patricia Campbell (Mike), brother Harry Hairfield, Jr. (Glenda) and sister Anita Hairfield (Leo Quinlan), sister’s-in-law Joanne Begg (Glenn), Nancy Murphy (Mike McCammon) and Donna Lux (John), brother-in-law Stephen Tippett (Tammi) and the late Joseph Tippett, Jr.. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews Ronnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.  Anyone that had the opportunity to know her quickly learned how loving and caring she was and knew they had a true friend. Ronnie started her career as a beautician in Maryland and later in Virginia.  After moving to St. Mary’s County, she discovered a passion for real estate which led to her decade’s long career and subsequently the formation of Team Tippett.  At Century 21, New Millennium Rhonda was recognized as top sales performer on numerous occasions.  Rhonda and her husband, Dave, loved to travel making many trips to Aruba, Mexico and Florida.  Her other love was spending time in her yard; gardening brought her great joy. Over six years ago, Rhonda began experiencing health issues resulting in the diagnosis of a rare lung disease.  She fought the gallant fight while never losing hope of a lung transplant.  Rhonda was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support of family, friends, her Century 21 family, and the Southern Maryland community which was evident by the enormous turnout for her fundraiser in August. Rhonda’s strong willed determination and undying love of her husband was an inspiration to all that knew and loved her. The family received friends on Monday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Maryland. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home. Interment followed at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Hollywood, Md. For contributions please go to the

Linda May Clarke, 30
Linda May Clarke, 30 of Bushwood, Md., passed away on Oct. 18, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. Born Sept. 21, 1983 in Leonardtown, Md., she was the daughter of Susan Ann Clarke of Great Mills, Md. Linda is survived by her children; Lynnzey Quade, Izabella Quade, and Suzie Quade all of Bushwood, Md. Lifelong partner Gary Quade of Bushwood, Md., grandmother; Catherine Clarke of California, Md. Linda also leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins that she loved so very much and Grannie CC whom she called her second Mom. Linda’s second family Kathy Bell, John Bell, Jr., Ashley Bell and Gary Quade, Sr., Linda’s love was her Mom and Mommy and I will always love you baby girl. Her 3 wonderful girls whom she loved taking to different places and showing them how to all kinds of activities, just anything to be with them. Gary and Linda met in 1997 and fell in love; they were made for each other and stood by each other through thick and thin. Linda fought a long hard fight against the rare disease Wengeners Granulomdtosis. This disease took a piece of Linda away every day. She fought this disease until it drained her away. Her greatest fear was leaving her beloved Mommy and not being able to see her girls grow up. Linda will always be protecting and watching over her beloved girls and Gary. Linda loved her bingo, getting up on Saturday mornings and going to yard sales. She loved the water, going fishing, crabbing, and riding on Johnnie’s boat. Linda loved having all the families come together on birthdays, and holidays because she loved to cook and just have the family together. Linda discovered searching for gems with her Mom and CC in North Carolina, she was very excited to go back home and get her girls and take them back to search with her. She became an avid couponer and made many scrap books of her family. What made Linda the happiest was being with her 3 girls and Mommy just doing anything together. Linda’s wish for her 3 girls was to always remember that Mommy loved them and will always love them, also for them to know that they have people that love them dearly, and will be there for them. You never knew when she might call and say “What you doing let’s take a ride” you never knew where you would end up because she loved to travel. Linda’s last year and a half was spent in hospitals, and when she was in Georgetown she knew she would see her beloved Ashley, because she was a nurse there. She looked forward to Ashley’s visits because she knew she would get her hair brushed, and nails cut, and Ashley would get in bed with her and rest after a long night shift. Ashley was Linda’s sister and she loved her dearly. When Linda was able to come home she needed constant care. Gary was there to help her through all these terrible times. He had to pick her up and dress her, this was a 24 hour watch. Between Linda’s Mom which was by her side no matter which hospital she was in Linda wasn’t left alone for any length of time. Gary was her love and he stood by her through it all. Now he has their 3 girls to raise and grow in their Mom’s footsteps. Anyone that knew Linda knew she would give you the shirt off her back if she knew you were in trouble. Linda loved life and she left a very big hole in all our lives. We love you Linda.

Elsie Elizabeth Stone, 89
Elsie “Ellie” Elizabeth Stone, 89, of Leonardtown, Md., passed away on Oct. 15, in Leonardtown, Md. Born on Aug. 17, 1924 in Morganza, Md., she was the daughter of the late James Ernest and Mary Rosalie Cooper Johnson. The family received friends on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., with prayers recited at 7:30 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., in Our Lady’s Catholic Church, Leonardtown, Md., with Father Lawrence Young officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 299 Leonardtown, MD 20650. A full obituary will appear at a later date.

Brown. Michael served in the U.S. Navy and was a Merchant Marine. He loved computers, computer gaming, playing ping pong and pool, visiting his family and traveling around the world. Michael made his own way in the world and was never a burden to others. He was a good-hearted person who cared for others. He just started to enjoy the prime of his life before he left us too early. Michael is survived by his brother, Patrick L. Brown (Tammy) of Rocklin, Calif. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Brown. Services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Shelley Ann Robinson, 56
Shelley Ann Robinson, 56 of Leonardtown, Md., died Oct. 20, at her residence. Born March 8, 1957, in Syracuse, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Edward Wilson and Mary Bishop Wilson. On August 16, 1996, Shelley married her beloved husband, John M. Robinson III. Together they spent 17 wonderful years together. Shelley was employed as a showroom manager for Hughes Sup ply for 10 years. She enjoyed crafts, baking, cooking, traveling, knitting, making things for her grandchildren, and spending time with her family. Some of her favorite vacation spots included Williamsburg, VA and Topsail, N.C. In addition to her husband, Shelley is survived by her daughters, April Martin (Danny of King George, Va., and L’Oreal Farewell of Warrenton, Va.; her beloved step children, Diane, Jackie, Jack and Matt; her siblings, Edward Wilson (Grace) of Syracuse, N.Y. and Mary Easter of Syracuse, N.Y.; her mother-in-law, Mary Robinson and many grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents. All services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Grace E. Hutchinson, 79
Grace E. Hutchinson, 79, of Colton’s Point, Md, formerly of Clinton, Md., passed away on Oct. 20, in Leonardtown, Md. Born on Dec. 10, 1933 in Hannibal, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Forrest David and Grace McFarland Pfalzgraf. Grace was the loving wife of the late George E. (Bink) Hutchinson who preceded her in death on November 27, 1985. Grace is survived her sons Mitch Weber (Suzie) of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and Barry Hutchinson (Joanne) of Fairfax, Va. 4 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Sisters; Evelyn Orr of Canton, Ohio. Joyce Porter of Cummings, Geor., and Dorothy Smith of Woodsfield, Ohio. Grace graduated from Woodsfield High School in 1949 and moved to St. Mary’s County in 1988. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Veteran’s Administration for 30 years retiring in 1988. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kathleen Price officiating. Interment will follow in the Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, Md. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the All Saints Episcopal Church P.O. Box 307 Avenue, MD 20609.

Michael Leroy Brown, 56
Michael Leroy Brown, 56 of Lexington Park, Md., (formerly of Tall Timbers, Md.) died on Oct. 16, at his residence. Born December 24, 1956 in Petaluma, Calif., he was the son of the late Le land Trester Brown and Karen Ann (Joos)

Dad, you’re in Heaven now, you’ve been gone so long. Yet our beautiful memories of you will never be gone. Today would have been your 90th Birthday. You’re not here to celebrate your special day with us. Yet in our hearts, Dad, we’ll always remember this special date. We know mom and Steven and the rest of the family are up there sharing your special day with you.

October 23, 1923 - September 3, 1988

James Roy Morgan, Sr.

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Loffler Senior Activity Center Offers Beaded Jewelry Workshops Are you gearing up for the holidays? Hand-made items, especially jewelry, are immensely popular for giftgiving these days so we are offering an opportunity to make four beautiful pieces over the course of four weeks. The sessions take place at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on the following Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m: Oct. 30- stretch bracelet; Nov. 6-clasp bracelet; Nov. 13-earrings; Nov. 20-necklace. Classes are taught by Sue Peters and full payment can be made directly to her on the first day of class. Cost is $20 for all four sessions and includes instruction plus all materials needed. (Classes will not be pro-rated if you cannot attend all sessions.) Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 by Tuesday, Oct. 29 to register or for any questions. Haunting Radio Drama On Thursday, October 31, at 12:30 p.m., come sit by the warmth of the fireplace hearth, amongst the library books, in a cozy chair and listen to an authentic old radio show of mystery at the Northern Senior Activity Center. “Come into the parlor, please,” said the spider to the flea. “There, something spooky awaits you and me.” Gather with your friends and enjoy this experience that at one time was the norm, (before television there was only the radio). So let your imagination carry you away. Walk-ins are welcome. If interested in reserving lunch (stuffed chicken breast, with mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, zucchini and lemon meringue pie), call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 before noon on Wednesday, October 30.The cost of lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $6 for others. Halloween Party at the Loffler Senior Activity Center The witches of Loffler are stirring things up in preparation for a party in the Loffler Dungeon. Learn some spooky line dances, flaunt your costume, drink some witches brew and nibble on bone chips. Or just relax and

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watch the action (though a spell may be cast on you). The festivities start at 12:30 p.m. (after lunch is over--only snacks will be served) on Thursday, October 31. Cost is $5, payable at the door but reservations and a sense of humor are required so call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 by Tuesday, Oct. 29 to RSVP. Halloween Gathering Come to the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 12:00 p.m. dressed to represent your favorite TV show or movie. Everyone who wears a costume will be entered to win a door prize. A costume contest will be held and prizes will go to male and female contestants in the following categories: “Best Representation of TV Show” “Best Representation of Movie” “Staff Choice” Everyone is invited to participate in “The Great Pumpkin” gift exchange. Price range for gifts should be $5-$10 and either Halloween or fall themed. There will be a “Meet the Authors” session with Ellynne Brice Davis and Frances Hayes and illustrator Joyce Judd. There will also be a meal of stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, garden salad with ranch dressing, carrots, zucchini, and lemon meringue pie will be served. Cost for lunch is by donation for ages 60 and above, $6.00 for those under the age of 60. To make reservations by October 21, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Senior Safety During the Holidays On November 4, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Cpl. Angela Delozier from the St. Mary’s County Sherriff’s Office will present at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on “Senior Safety”. Senior Safety is about living cautiously, but without having an exaggerated fear of becoming a victim of crime or being injured during the Holiday season. Joins us as we talk about simple steps you can integrate into your lifestyle to keep you safe and healthy during the Holiday season without sacrificing the pleasures of life. The presentation will focus on personal safety, traveling

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safety and residential safety. To register, call 301-4754200, ext. 1073. Registration is not required to attend, but encouraged. Veterans Circle Celebration to be held Friday, Nov. 8 Every year the staff at the Loffler Senior Activity Center welcomes our local veterans with a breakfast and a simple ceremony designed to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country through military service. This year’s Veteran’s Circle Celebration will take place on Friday, November 8 at Loffler Senior Activity Center. A staff-prepared breakfast will begin at 10 a.m. with the ceremony following at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $4 for civilians and is FREE for veterans (including active duty members.) To sign up call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 or stop by the reception desk before Friday, November 1. Indicate if you are a veteran when you sign up. Massage Therapy New at the Garvey Senior Activity Center, Sherry Zollinhofer will be offering massage therapy sessions on Wednesday, November 6 between 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The cost is $45.00 for a one hour session. Advanced sign up is required. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 to make your appointment. Total Body Strength - Circuit Training On Friday afternoons at 2 p.m., an exercise session is held in the workout room at the Northern Senior Activity Center for circuit training with ‘cardio’ exercise, all under the supervision and guidance of a certified trainer. Don’t miss out on experiencing a fitness class designed to strengthen your body and image. On Mondays, a group session motivates you and others through individual and partner exercises using weights and resistance training. These two sessions complement each other for a total body workout to improve your body and core strength, balance, flexibility and bone density. (First “trial” class is free and subsequent classes are $3 each session with a fitness card.)

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

John Walker
By Linda Reno Contributing Writer John Walker, son of William Walker III and Eleanor Knott, was born prior to 1780. On November 26, 1801 he married Eleanor Davis. In less than a year Eleanor was deceased and John then married her sister, Mary Davis on October 18, 1802. The Davis girls were the daughters of Joseph Davis, Jr. and Jemima Wimsatt. By 1810, Mary was also deceased and John was living alone and was listed with three slaves. These are presumably the same slaves named in his will. In his will dated February 10, 1820 John devised to Francis Stone (of Jo seph), the dwelling plantation where I now live and the several tracts of land adjoining it; a Negro man named Ste phen; a Negro woman named Hannah; a Negro girl named Teresa; all of my stock; all of my household furniture; and all of my personal estate. Executor: Francis Stone (of Joseph). Witnesses: John Burroughs, Jeremiah Goddard, Robert Hammett. John may have been ill at the time he made his will and thought he was going to die, but he didn’t and lived on until December 10, 1829 when his house burned and he was killed in the fire. According to the inquest he “died by the act of God by the burning of his house.” Just four days after John’s death Francis Stone presented the will for pro bate. Austin and Jesse Greenwell protested saying they were the only surviving legal representatives of John Walker and it was their opinion he had died intestate. In April 1830 various witnesses were called to testify. Bennet Hammett: Verifies the sig-

A Journey Through Time
nature of Robert Hammett (deceased) to this will and believes that the signature of Jeremiah Goddard is actually the signature of Robert Hammett and that the will is in the handwriting of Robert Hammett. He does not know if John Walker could write. States that he has known Jeremiah Goddard for many years and that for the past 8 or 10 years he has been much addicted to liquor and when so, acts like a mad man. When he is sober, he is a strict man of truth. Jeremiah Goddard: He was sent for to witness the will of John Walker. When he arrived, Robert Hammett was writing the will. When it was finished, he was asked to make his mark which he did and then Robert Hammett signed his


name at the deponent’s request since he cannot write. John Walker was sitting up at the time and went from his seat to the table and took up his pen. He won’t say that he made his mark but he believes he did. He heard Walker state that this was his will. Mr. Walker asked him and John Burroughs to witness his will which they did along with Robert Hammett. He believes that Robert Hammett signed Mr. Walker’s name to the will and he does not believe that Mr. Walker could write. He said he never heard the old man say who he meant to leave his property to. To be continued.


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Week 7 Football Scores

Leonardtown 13  Westlake 12 Great Mills 0   Huntingtown 31 Chopticon 14  North Point 40 St. Mary’s Ryken 49  Maryland Christian 20 Leonardtown v Northern @ Leonardtown - Oct. 25, 6 p.m. Great Mills v Westlake @ Great Mills - Oct. 25, 6 p.m Chopticon v LaPlata @ Chopticon - Oct. 25, 6 p.m St. Mary’s Ryken v Paul VI @ Paul VI - Oct. 25, 7 p.m

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Zimmerman Impressive in Limited Late Model Debut
By Doug Watson Contributing Writer Pasadena Md.’s Kurt Zimmerman is no stranger to high banks of Maryland’s Potomac speedway. Zimmerman, a converted drag-racer, took his talents to the oval world in 2008 and since that time he’s racked up some pretty impressive numbers. From 2008 to 2012, Zimmerman collected two Street Stock championships 2010 and 2012 and scored 23 feature wins, placing himself 3rd on the tracks all-time winner’s list for the class. After selling his car to fellow racer Ryan Hackett at the end of the 2012 campaign, Zimmerman decided it was time to take a season off, well almost, an entire season. Zimmerman was contacted by friend, and fellow racecar driver, Rick Hulson to pilot his MasterSbilt no.18 Limited late Model for the season-ending “Thunder in October” event held at Potomac each season. Zimmerman pounced on the opportunity and responded quite well in the faster racecar. “Ricky called me and asked me to drive his car for the nationals, and at first I was a tad skeptical, but I figured I’d give it a shot.” Friday’s qualifying did not go as planned, but Zimmerman and company went back to basics, and got the machine to its drivers liking. “Everything in the Limited car is the exact opposite of the Street Stock.” Zimmerman stated. “I was so frustrated on Friday, I told the guy’s to make some wholesale changes to the car and we went back to a basic MasterSbilt set-up, and wow, what a difference.” With only 22 cars entering Potomac’s program, Zimmerman would be guaranteed a starting spot for the divisions’ 30-lap main, provided the car and driver held-up through the heat races. Zimmerman’s fortunes were much better come feature time on Saturday as he drove the unfamiliar mount to a solid 4th place feature finish after starting all the way back in the 15th starting spot. “ I told myself if I saw the move-over flag I was going to pull in.” Quipped Zimmerman. “The deeper we got into the race, the better the car got, and I never did see the move-over flag so I figured we were doing ok.” Zimmerman used the event as a “learning experience”, as he put it. “I never thought that we’d do as good as we did.” Said Zimmerman. “The power these cars have compared to the Street Stocks is amazing, and I’m glad Ricky gave me a shot to drive his car, it was a blast!!” Potomac Weekend NotesMike Franklins win in the Street Stock feature made him the 18th different winner in the events 23-year history....2013 Potomac Street Stock champion Darren Alvey broke a drive train in his ARC no.30 during Friday’s qualifying and did not return for Saturday’s consolation...2012 Winchester Enduro Stock champion “Krazy” Kenny Thomas made his first-ever start at Potomac on Saturday with his potent no.34. His outing was less than desirable as he was caught up in an early race feature crash that wounded his machine, forcing him drop from the event...U-Car racer Kevin Pollard won both Friday and Saturday’s features for the class, giving him 8-wins on the season and 13 for his career, tops among the division...Derrick Quade, at the controls of his Rocket no.23, rallied from an early race spin, and a flat tire during the LLM 30-lapper to post a respectable 6th place finish...2013 LLM champion Kyle Lear broke something under the hood of his MD1 no.151 while running 4th in the feature and would be paid for 14th...The Mason Dixon Micro Sprints were added to Saturday’s show and drew a very small 7-car field...After finishing 6th in Friday’s U-Car main, class rookie Megan Mann, posted her best finish of the season with a 3rd in Saturday’s 25-lap feature...2010 Street Stock Nationals winner Scotty Nelson, aboard his Scott Wilson owned no.89, pitted early in the feature but would drive back through to record a solid 7th place feature finish... Attrition was high in the Street Stock feature as only 10 of the original 25-starters were around for the finish...Mike Latham, a 30-time career Potomac Street Stock winner, was caught-up in a mid-race crash that wounded his no.78 leaving him with a disappointing 13th place feature finish...Luckless Jimmy Jesmer Jr. crashed his MasterSbilt no.47 during hot-laps, forcing him to be a spectator for the divisions 30-lap main...With his 2nd place finish in the Street Stock feature Mike Corbin won the $1000 bonus put up by Brian Harden as the overall “Small Car Nationals” champion...During the course of the 2-day event Potomac attracted 22 Limited Late Models, 28 street stocks, 19 Hobby Stocks, 7 Micro Sprints, 13 Strictly Stocks and 13 U-Cars... Late Day rain on Saturday wreaked havoc with the Potomac surface, however, the track was smooth and lightning fast but the crowd was minimal at best for the final Potomac event of the 2013 season.

Bracket Racing at MIR this Weekend

On Friday, Oct. 25, MIR will host a Test & Tune. This event is open to all Streetcars, racecars, street bikes, drag bikes, and junior dragsters. This will be a full night of time runs, grudge racing, and testing with no gambler eliminations. The test & tune will be from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is just $10 to watch or $20 to race. On Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, MIR will host the Speed Unlimited ET series. The event will feature Top E.T., Mod E.T., Motorcycle, Jr. Dragster, and Test & Tune. The Summit Super Series programs will be in effect this Saturday. Gates will open Saturday at 11am with time runs starting at 12 noon. J/D Eliminations will start at 2 p.m. and eliminations for all other classes start at 4 p.m. Gates will open Sunday at 9am with time runs starting at 10 a.m. Eliminations for all classes will start at 1 p.m. General Admission for adults is $15 per day, and kids 11 & under are free. For more detailed information on these events call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at 301-884RACE or visit us at


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Blue Mash Golf Course in Laytonsville, Md. hosted the Special Olympics State Golf Skills Competition on Saturday, Sept. 29. Coach Butch Kious commented, “all of the skill athletes trained hard and performed great.” Coach Butch along with Coach Joe Feehan trained skills athletes on Thursday evenings at Wicomico Shores Golf Course. At the state competition, April Towler scored a repeat by winning the gold medal again and she is on her way to both the 2013 National Invitational Tournament and the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games! She was joined at the

St. Mary’s County Special Olympics Athletes Excel in 2013 State Golf Tournament


Level 1 Golf Team at Blue Mash Golf Course from left to right, Coach Butch Kious, Charles Windsor, Karla Kless, Christy Brinkley, Keith Stamp, April Towler, Mariah Blackstock and Coach Joe Feehan

top of the podium by second year golfer Charles Windsor who also brought home a gold medal in his division. Mariah Blackstock secured a silver medal and Karla Kless made the podium winning the bronze medal. Keith Stamp and Christy Brinkley played hard and brought home 4th and 5th place ribbons, respectively. Keith Stamp also was selected from nominations to read the athletes oath at the start of the state competition. Coach Joe Feehan remarked, “They showed support for one another, cheered victories, and comforted each other in defeat. The athletes worked hard during the season and showed off some of their top performances at the state championship.” Level 2 & 3 Golfers at the St. Mary’s County golf qualifier held at Wicomico Level 2 and 3 athletes and coaches Shores GC from left to right, athletes and coaches from Prince George’s, Charles also took to the course at Wicomico Shores Golf and Montgomery counties in Blue and Red shirts, Accepting the Special Olympics of appreciation is Wicomico Shores Complex Manager Patricia Meyers, Course during the season. They prepared to com- plaque Coach Bill Lowe, Jimmy Hawkins, Russell Bucci, Coach Paul Guy, Joey Owens, pete in the State Competition on Sunday, Septem- Coach Brian Tierney, Coach Jason Zimmerman and Kegan Zimmerman ber 30, 2013 at the Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at Rising Sun. place ribbon in a very competitive division. Athlete Jimmy Level 2 play consists of 9 hole rounds with alternating shots by a Special Olympics athlete and an uni- Hawkins and Coach Bill Lowe also competed, receiving a fied partner (coach). Athlete Russell Bucci and Coach Paul participation ribbon for their efforts. Coach Bill Lowe commented, “It was a pleasure Guy shot their personal best of 51 at the state competition and took the podium winning gold medals. Also playing working with all of the coaches and athletes. Everyone at level 2 were athlete Joey Owens and Coach Brian Tier- practiced hard throughout the season and competed great ney who captured the 4th place ribbon. Level 3 competi- at the states. We’ll all be rooting for April to do well at the tors play eighteen holes of golf with alternate shots by the nationals! I can’t wait until next season and being back on athlete and coach. Kegan Zimmerman and his father and the course with all.” Coach Jason Zimmerman battled it out and earned the 5th

Adams Closes Potomac Season With Nationals Victory
Franklin Over Corbin in Street Stock Thriller
Corbin pull alongside Franklin more than once, but Franklin was able to withstand the challenges and post the win. "I knew whoever got to the front first had a good shot to win this race." Franklin stated in Potomac's victory lane. "This car was good all weekend." Said Franklin."That was a great race with Mike (Corbin) because I knew he'd run me clean, and to beat him with as good as he's been running in these races, I'm really proud." Chuck Bowie came home third, 17th starting Stephen Quade was fourth with Marty Hanbury completing the top-five. Heats for the 28 cars on hand went to Corbin, Franklin and Terry Staton. Brian Adkins was equally impressive with his win in the 25-lap Hobby Stock main. Adkin started on the pole and would lead all 25-circuits, but it was no easy trip to victory lane. Ricky Potter hounded Adkins the entire distance, but would settle for runner-up honors in his first-ever visit to Potomac. Sam Archer was third, Billy Crouse took fourth with Greg Morgan filling the top-five. Heats for the 19-cars went Potter and Adkins. In other action, Kevin Pollard won both Friday and Saturday's U-Car features for his 7th and 8th wins on the season. Michael Boer took his first-ever Potomac win in the 15-lap Micro Sprint main and Ed Pope Sr. wired the field to collect his 3rd Strictly Stock feature win. Limited Late Model feature finish 1. Scott Adams 2. Paul Cursey 3. Tommy Wagner Jr. 4. Kurt Zimmerman 5. Billy Hubbard 6. Derrick Quade 7. Tim Murphy 8. Brandon Long 9. Cody Lipscombe 10. Frankie Latham 11. Travis Larouqe 12. James Carte 13. Ray Cicarelli 14. Kyle Lear 15. Tyler Emory 16. Bruce Kane 17. Matt Murphy 18. Brad Ritter 19. David Puckett 20. Walter Crouch 21. Jimmy Jesmer Jr. (DNS) 22. Brad Rigdon (DNS) Street Stock feature finish 1. Mike Franklin 2. Mike Corbin 3. Chuck Bowie 4. Stephen Quade 5. Marty Hanbury 6. Troy Kassiris 7. Scotty Nelson 8. Terry Staton 9. Bill Pifer 10. Eric JohnBy Doug Watson Contributing Writer Hanover Va.'s Scott Adams scored his second feature win of the season in last Saturday nights 30-lap "Thunder in October" small car nationals Limited late Model event at Potomac speedway. The win for Adams, the 2012 Virginia Motor Speedway Late Model champion, was worth $1500. Adams and Derrick Quade made up the front-row for the start of the event. As the duo was racing into turn-one, contact was made that saw Quade spin, forcing him to the rear of the field. On the ensuing start, Paul Cursey and Adams were the new front-row, with Cursey blasting into the race lead as the pack roared off turn-two. Cursey, a former Potomac track champion, appeared as though he would race to his 59th career win at the speedway as he lead a majority of the event. With two-laps to go, Cursey got pinned behind a lapped car coming off turn-four allowing Adams to slide by and take the race lead, and eventual win. "This is a big race for us to win." Adams stated in his post-race interview. "I have to thank Sommey and Ruth Ann Lacey for the opportunity to drive their car, and it's special getting them a win at their home track." Lapped cars played a major role in Adams winning drive. "That was a bad deal for Paul with that lapped car." Adams stated. "We gambled on tires tonight and went with something a little harder and the cautions were killing me, but I knew my shot to get the lead back would come in lapped traffic and it all worked out really good tonight." Cursey hung on for second, Tommy Wagner Jr. was third, Kurt Zimmerman was fourth with Billy Hubbard rounding out the top-five. Heats for the 22cars entered went to Adams, Quade and Cursey. Mike Franklin drove a masterful race to score his second win of the season and his first-ever win in the highly coveted "Thunder in October" Street Stock feature. Franklin and Mike Corbin shared the front-row for the start of the divisions 35-lap affair. Franklin shot into the top-spot on lap-one with Corbin in tow. The twosome waged an epic Potomac battle that lasted the entire distance, that saw son 11. Kyle Nelson 12. Craig Parrill 13. Mike Latham 14. Barry Williams 15. Craig Tankersley 16. Keith Koontz 17. Johnny Oliver 18. Josh Wilkins 19. Mike Grady Jr. 20. Dale Reamy 21. Jerry Jenkins Jr. 22. Teddy Dickson 23. David Kaiser 24. Chris Maxey 25. Mike Raleigh DNQDarren Alvey, Ricky Edmonds, Ted Miller Hobby Stock feature finish 1. Brian Adkins 2. Ricky Potter 3. Sam Archer 4. Billy Crouse 5. Greg Morgan 6. Jonathon Raley 7. Matt Tarbox 8. Tommy Randall 9. Ryan Clement 10. Kenny Sutphin 11. David Johnson 12. Jerry Deason 13. John Burch 14. Gage Perkins 15. Ed Pope Jr. 16. Jimmy Randall 17. Phil Lange 18. Barry Lear Sr. 19. Bobby Miexsall Micro Sprint feature finish 1. Michael Boer 2. Stephen Cox 3. Jim Still 4. Brent Bull 5. Eric Heath 6. Brandon McMillon 7. Billy Laughman Strictly Stock feature finish 1. Ed Pope Sr. 2. JJ Silvious 3. Ray Bucci 4. Paul Jones 5. Danny Holmes 6. JT Bowie 7. Buddy Dunagan 8. James Sparks 9. Joseph Meador 10. Justin Meador 11. Johnny Hardesty 12. "Krazy" Kenny Thomas 13. Nabil Guffey DQ U-Car feature finish (Friday) 1. Kevin Pollard 2. Mikey Latham 3. Jeff Wilkins 4. Erica Bailey 5. Sam Raley 6. Megan Mann 7. DJ Powell 8. Cori French 9. Bill Raley 10. Austin Nichols 11. Billy Hill 12. Mark Pollard U-Car feature finish (Saturday) 1. Kevin Pollard 2. Erica Bailey 3. Megan Mann 4. Sam Raley 5. Randy Wilkins 6. Cori French 7. DJ Powell 8. Austin Nichols 9. Charlotte Ball 10. Mike Latham 11. Bill Raley 12. Billy Hill 13. Jeff Wilkins DQ

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

In Our Community


Southern Maryland’s First 5K Glow Dash

Library now offers free downloadable magazines More than 50 popular magazines can be downloaded from the library’s website to either a computer or mobile device for free. Mobile devices require a free app. The magazines are in full color, are searchable using keywords, and have interactive audio and video components. Paying for college to be discussed Nadine Hutton, Director of Financial Aid at St. Mary’s College, will discuss options to pay college expenses, the FAFSA form and scholarships at Charlotte Hall branch Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Halloween celebrated at libraries Halloween parties with stories, activities, and trick-or-treating through the library will be held on Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Charlotte Hall branch, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Leonardtown branch and Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Lexington Park branch. Getting started researching family history Charlotte Hall branch will conduct a genealogy class on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. that will cover where to begin searching for information, filling out charts, organizing information, using the library’s online resources, and exploring useful websites. Registration is required. Friends mini book sale scheduled Friends of St. Mary’s County Library will hold a mini book sale on the sidewalk at the Leonardtown library on Nov. 3 from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Gently used books and other items that can be used as holiday gifts will be sold. The rain date will be Nov. 10. Using Publisher for holiday items Creating a holiday newsletter using Microsoft Publisher and photo editing sites will be the focus of a class at the Leonardtown branch on Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Charlotte Hall branch will offer a class on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. on using Publisher to create greeting cards, photo compilations and other holiday items. Registration is required for both classes. Information and help sessions on health care options offered Free information sessions on the health care options are being conducted by Walden Sierra at Lexington Park library on Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Photo by Robbin Haigler

Over 2,200 participants raced in the Monster Glow Dash on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Summerseat Farm in Mechanicsville. Part of the proceeds from the event benefit the Community Mediation Center of St. Mary's County, a non-profit organization in Leonardtown, that provides free alternative dispute resolution services to the citizens of St. Mary’s County. Part of the proceeds from the event also benefit Summerseat Farm, Inc., a non-profit organization, which owns and operates the property to preserve the rural character, history, and natural resources of the farm and prevent it from development. For more information about the event, visit
Mike Batson Photography

Mike Batson Photography

Mike Batson Photography

Breton Bay Estates Celebrated Labor Day In Style
The Breton Bay Estates community holds it’s Labor Day Potluck and Regatta every year. The small, close-knit neighborhood gathers together with family and friends for a delicious potluck meal, fun and games. It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone to relax and visit with each other. One of the highlights of the day is the afternoon catamaran regatta. The regatta is normally held the day of the festivities, but due to the disheartening lack of breeze, it was called off and rescheduled for the next day. And Monday did not disappoint! The morning was clear and cool as the boats took their places at the starting line. All of the teams had a great time sailing as friends watched and called encouragement from the shore. Lynn Stutz and Allie Stutz presented the trophy to the first place team of Fred Garret and Ryan Grimes. Second place was secured by the team of Lane Knox and Mike Denko followed by the teams of Ray McKean and Chuck Bright , David Reed with his granddaughter Brandy Reed and her fiancé

Bobby, Mark Land and Brian Sperty. As always, the annual event was a success – bringing the Breton Bay Estates community together with festivities lasting into Sunday evening and culminating with the regatta on Monday morning. Once again the friends and families of Breton Bay Estates enjoyed the last hurrah of the summer season.


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Ring Found by Excavator After 27 Years Missing
her Lusby home and left a message. Judy Huse, a Lusby resident, is looking after Kuhn's house until it's sold. She called Davey back, got Kuhn on the phone and coordinated a three-way phone conversation. "I said 'you have got to be kidding,'" Kuhn said. She had planned to return to Maryland for a week, coincidentally scheduled to travel only a couple days after recieving the phone call. She and her parents met with Davey and Gatton to get the ring. Michael Kuhn lost his ring when he was laying infrastructure near the current location of the WalMart in California, Md. Davey said its likely they moved dirt and the ring from that area and dumped it in the pit. Recent rains could have stirred up the dirt, allowing Gatton to find the ring. Kuhn agreed with Davey, adding the series of well-timed coincidences, including the finding of the ring on Michael Kuhn's birthday, is a sign that he is in heaven and looking over his family.
Bobby Gatton, Joy Kuhn and Renee Davey

In Our Community

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer While Bobby Gatton was waiting for his truck to be emptied at a gravel pit on Cedar Lane he decided to get out of the truck and stretch his legs. He spotted something shiny on the ground and kicked it, thinking it was a piece of exposed pipe. It turned out to be a ring which, as he would later learn, had been missing for 27 years. Gatton brought the ring back to Renee Davey, an employee with Dirt Works Excavation. "I thought it was Scottish," Gatton said referring to the bagpipes on the side. Davey used the emblem to begin her search on the internet and found the ring belonged to Mihael Allen Kuhn, a 1983 graduate from Lake Wales Senior High School - the highlanders. Kuhn moved to Southern Maryland in 1986 and was living in the Calvert Ranch Estates in Lusby with his wife, Joy Kuhn, when he died on Aug. 25. The ring was found on Sept. 24, the same day he would have turned 48. Joy had moved to Florida to be closer to her parents when Davey called

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Kitty Cats for Halloween
By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer “There’s really nothing about Halloween to be afraid of,” Ellynne Davis said of her new book “Halloween Fright Night on a Chesapeake Night.” Davis’ book came out in September of this year and has already been through three printings. Davis’s book is about three black cats- Jellybean, Ginger Snap, and Jasmine- that prepare for their Halloween adventure through making costumes, trick-or-treating and even getting spooked. The idea behind the three black cats was not just a Halloween coincidence; Davis also has three black cats and is an avid cat lover. She has had as many as nine cats with her at one time. Davis originally came up with the idea for the book by teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages classes because some of her students did not know what Americans did for Halloween. “If by Oct. 1, they didn’t have a clue what Halloween was, by Oct. 31, they never wanted it to end,” Davis said. She found that the rhymes in the book would also appeal to younger audiences and made preparations for creating an actual book with her friend Joyce Judd, who did the illustrating. Judd created the illustrations in the book by using pencil, pen and coloured pencil. If she had not retraced her drawings multiple times, the colours would have been washed out and faded. “Each drawing took about 10 hours,” Judd said. Judd’s ideas behind the illustrations in the book were more interesting than traditional. In the book, the jack-olanterns have ears like a cat, there are both humans and cats trick-or-treating on Halloween night, some of the skyscapes have faces, and the cats receive tuna as one of their treats in their candy. She said that she was also inspired by Van Goff in some aspects of the work and she hopes that older people can pick up on her inspirations. Halloween Fright on a Chesapeake Night is available at Fenwick Used Books and Music in Leonardtown, The White Rabbit in Leonardtown, The Historic St. Mary’s Giftshop, Keepin’ It Local in Morganza, Vintage Source in Clements and also on Amazon. Davis and Judd will be holding a book signing at the Garvey Senior Centre’s Halloween Luncheon at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 along with Francis Hayes, author of “Spencer the Trick-or-treat Spider.” They will also be available on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Coffee Quarter in California, for a Meet the Author’s event along with Linda Stewart, Eddie Washington, Christina Allen, Marguerite Labbe, Francis Hayes and Myra Rospa. For more information email or


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To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar, please email with the listing details by 12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication. Grammy award-winning guitarist Al Petteway says “Carey’s songs are different and special. When she sits down at the piano during a live • North End Gallery It is time to think of fall and all performance, I know that I’m going to its wonders. We can enjoy fall colors, be entertained and delighted.” Public air with a hint of crispness and the fun Radio WAMU host Lee Michael Demof special days such as Halloween. The sey says: “She has a golden voice and Members of the North End Gallery invite sings of the human spirit, the ‘never you to come to the Gallery and see the Oc- give up, never give in’ attitude.” For tober Show. They present a bit of whimsy this special musical evening, acoustic with a show titled “ What’s So Funny “.  instrument phenom Mark Sylvester will complement Carey’s performance with Come and visit and smile.  The show dates are Oct. 2 to Oct 27 with guitar and mandolin. As another bonus, the First Friday celebration taking place talented singer-songwriters Lynn Holat the Gallery on Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.  lyfield and Mary Gordon Hall will add The phone number is 301 475 3130 and their honey-throated harmonies to the the web address is www.northendgallery. mix.  org. • Health Fair has a new location – Southern Maryland Higher Educa• Andy Plautz 41625 Park Avenue, Leonardtown, 11 tion Center Southern Maryland Higher Education a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 to Oct. 31 Enjoy an evening of artwork on ex- Center, 44219 Airport Road, California hibit at Opal Fine Art. View the photog- 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.   The St. Mary’s County Departraphy of local artist, Andy Plautz, as well as work of gallery owners Angela Wa- ment of Aging & Human Services then, Jane Rowe and Cynthia Rosenblatt proudly presents the 2013 Annual Creative and unique one of a kind hand- Health Fair: The Way to Wellness. The bags from local designer Cristina Caguin Health Fair from Health screenings include Skin Cancer, Hearing, Depresare also on display. Join us for our reception from 5 p.m. sion and several others. Flu Inoculations will be available (Medicare card to 8 p.m. on 1st Friday, Oct 4. Opal Fine Art is proud to support holders should bring their cards; a $20 Breast Cancer Awareness Month and payment, by cash or check is required will collect donations to support Breast from those not eligible for Medicare). Cancer Screening and Early Detection Complimentary chair massages & rePrograms at Med Star St. Marys hospital. flexology sessions will be offered. A Opal Fine Art is located in his- Commercial Shredder truck will be toric downtown Leonardtown, just off available for the community from 8:30 the square. For more information, call a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People are encouraged to bring documentation they no 302-438-1629 longer need. Lunch will be available for purchase from Rita B’s Catering. Tons of giveaways and over 75 vendors. Call • NAACP Image Award Winner Jennifer Hunt, at 301-475-4200 ext. Truth Thomas Presents at St. Mary’s 1073 for more information.  College’s VOICES Reading Series St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 8:15 p.m. The English Department at St. • Bluegrass For Hospice-2013 Cel Mary’s College continues its fall 2013 ebrates Its 5th Year With Headlining VOICES Reading Series on Thursday, Legend Celebrating 50 Oct. 24, at 8:15 p.m. in the college’s Flat Iron Farm, Great Mills, 11 a.m. Bluegrass for Hospice-2013 will Daugherty-Palmer Commons. Truth Thomas, singer-songwriter and poet, be held.  Not only is the event celebratwill read from his works. Thomas stud- ing its 5th year, but headliner, Larry ied creative writing at Howard Univer- Sparks is celebrating his 50th year in sity and earned his MFA in poetry at Bluegrass music. It is located on Flat New England College. His collections Iron Road just 1.5 miles from MD include: “Party of Black,” “A Day of Route 5.  The event begins at noon.  All Presence,” and “Bottle of Life and proceeds for the day go to support the Speak Water,” winner of the 2013 Hospice House of St. Mary’s County. NAACP Image Award for Outstanding  This year will be bigger and better Literary Work in Poetry. This event is than ever with 2 headliners and the rest free and open to the public. For more of the day filled with local entertaininformation, contact Karen Anderson ment.  Alongside of Rebel Recording Artist Larry Sparks will also be Junior at Sisk & Ramblers Choice who records for the same record label.  It will be a Rebel Bluegrass day!  Local Bluegrass talent will include Bluegrass Gospel • Acoustic Music Concert 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, 7 Express, Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition (event promoter & coordip.m. There will be a fun, inspiring nator), Charlie Thompson & Bottom acoustic music concert featuring Carey County Bluegrass, Bubby Abell & Creed  Friends in Chaptico at 7:30 p.m. Spoon Creek, and Bluegrass Gospel Gen. admission is $12, for Southern MD Express.  The always popular, Gracie’s Trad. Music Dance members it’s $10. Guys and Gals Dancers will do a short

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dance performance to Bluegrass music, and for the first time on the show is a new local acoustic trio, 15 Strings.  Troy Jones will provide the sound for the day.Throughout the day, there will be other exciting things like 50/50 raffles, a $500.00 money raffle, door prizes, and a popular silent auction. There will be food available for sale provided by the 3rd District Optimist Kruzin’ Kafe and alcohol is BYOB. The event is held inside at the closed and covered arena which is handicap accessible and portable bathroom facilities are located outside. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Hollywood, Md. Tickets are $25 in advanced and $30 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance send a check or money order payable to “Hospice of St. Mary’s” along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 741, California, MD 20619. The deadline for advanced tickets to be mailed is October 19. You can also get them instantly online through Ticket Derby by going to or by phone at 1-888663-3729.  Children under 12 are admitted for free with a paying adult. Country Inn and Suites of California, MD is offering special rates for Bluegrass for Hospice-2013 attendees.  Just call them at 301-737-5227.   For more information, call 301-737-3004 or go online at Last year Bluegrass for Hospice raised nearly $24,000.00.  With your help, we hope to reach past that goal this year.  • Trick-Or-Treat on the Square with SMAWL Pet Costume Contest and Craft Guild Build-Your-Own Scare crow Friends of the Leonardtown Theater Special movie Presentation Leonardtown Square, 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your kids in their Halloween finest to Trick-or-Treat at local businesses all around the Leonardtown Square. St. Mary’s Craft Guild will have materials and helpers on hand so you can Build Your Own Scarecrow ($8 for supplies) and SMAWL will be hosting their Annual Pet Costume Contest.  Dress your pets in their best costume and bring them to the Square for pictures that will be posted online for voting.  At 3:30, walk or drive over to the College of Southern Maryland Auditorium for an afternoon showing of the movie Hocus Pocus.  Movie is free, donations gratefully accepted.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  Co-sponsored by Big Larry’s Comic book Café.  Call 301-475-9791 for more details. • Thrill the World 4 p.m. The House of Dance is sponsoring a charity event called Thrill the World. There is a minimum donation of $10 per registrant who will be participating in the live event. All proceeds from this event will go to the Southern Maryland Modern Dance Collective. For those who do not know what Thrill the World is, it is a production where our instructors teach Michael Jackson’s Thriller to those who would like to learn it. At 4:00 p.m. studios across the world will

be performing this dance live streamed. We encourage everyone to come join in the event, if you don’t know the dance come to our Tuesday practice session on October 26nd from 1 to 3:30 p.m.. to prepare for the live stream at 4 p.m.  • Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, 12 to 3 p.m. Discover Naval Aviation with a visit to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum! We will be featuring the F/A18 Hornet family of aircraft. Come see the plane out on the flight line and talk with some pilots and support personnel! Enjoy the day as you look around and discover what the museum has to offer. There will be special activities for children - and the flight simulators will be open! 50/50 raffle drawings will be at 1330 and 1500, so don’t forget to buy your tickets. Food will be available for purchase from Days Off Catering. The Panel will gather at the aircraft for questions from noon to 1400 and then inside the museum for a discussion at 1400 moderated by Hank Caruso. Tables will be set up in the main exhibit hall in case you would like to eat while you listen. An Aerocatures print by Hank Caruso will be raffled as well.  Each raffle ticket also gives you a discount at Mattedi Gallery!  Stop by our newly remodeled Flightline Gift Shop to view the largest collection of Aviation themed gifts in Southern Maryland.

Sunday, Oct. 27
• The Case of the Show-Stopping Nun Nabber Mt Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt Zion Church Rd, Mechanicsville, 6 p.m. A two act mystery dinner theatre, The Case of the Show-Stopping Nun Nabber by Kimberlee Mendoza will be held.  The dinner theatre will be held November 1st and 2nd, doors open at 6 p.m., with show starting at 6:30 p.m.  Menu catered by Mikes BBQ, appetizer, roast beef and grilled chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans, pasta salad, rolls, dessert, coffee,tea and lemonade.  Reservations must be made by Oct. 27th, cost $30 per person in advance, call Cathy at 301-672-0015 and 301-884-3968. There will be a Silent Auction held to benefit Mt.Zion’s Hungry Team.  Come dressed in your best 1940’s attire.  Prizes will be given for the best dressed male and female. • Quarter Auction Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, 13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge, 1 to 4 p.m. Doors open at noon and the Auction begins at 1 p.m. Admission is $3 and additional paddles can be purchased for $3 each.  There is no limit on the number of paddles that can be purchased. Additional information can be obtained fromauxiliary@ridgevfd. org or call 301-872-5671. Children are permitted so long as a paddle is purchased for them and they are accompanied by an adult also purchasing a paddle! Lots of Fun, Food, and Friendship!

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Monday, Oct. 28
• A Conspiracy to Steal History and Theft of America’s National Treasures Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, 7 p.m. The St. Mary’s Genealogical Society is holding their next meeting. The public is invited and admission is free. Speakers will be Mr. Mitch Yokelson and Greg Tremaglio. Refreshments are served. Contact Loranna Gray at 301373-8458 or Peg Richardson at 40-3264435 for directions or information

Wednesday, Oct. 30
• Peter Hatch- A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden of Monticello Historic Sotterley, Inc. P.O. Box 67 Hollywood, Md., 7:00 p.m. As Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello since 1977, Peter Hatch has been responsible for the maintenance, interpretation, and conservation of its 2,400 acre landscape. This book showcases Thomas Jeffersons’ farming legacy, and his scientific and meticulously documented trials and errors of growing over 300 varieties of 90 plants. The Sotterley Speaker Series is sponsored by The Boeing Company Committed to community support and service, The Boeing Company has been dedicated to promoting education and the arts within the Southern Maryland community. This generous sponsorship allows our Speaker Series to be free of charge for the general public. Due to limited seating advanced reservations are requested. Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today • TPP Annual Meeting Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 42219 Airport Rd., California, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Speakers: Dr. Rebecca Bridgett, SMC Administrator; Dr. Brad Gottfried, President, CSM; and Professor Jeffrey Silberschlag, Music Director &

Conductor, Chesapeake Orchestra and River Concert Series 

Thursday, Oct. 31
• Pulled Pork Sliders 23282 Three Notch Rd., California, 5:30 p.m. Please join us this Thursday night for PULLED PORK SLIDERS! The VFW is a great place to unwind and relax after a hard day at work; so come by enjoy some Pulled Pork Sliders, they are just the right size to enjoy by yourself or to share with friends! Buy one for $2, four for $7 or eight for $12; also add fries for an additional $2. They’re D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!! Sliders is a great night for a workplace social or to catch up with old friends, so make sure you bring them along........for a great time • Preschool Trick or Treating Solomon’s Nursing Care Center, 10:30 a.m. There’s a little pumpkin going from door to door to see our Residents with hopes of getting treats that he adores. The Solomons Residents are grining from chin to chin hoping to see lots more of the preschoolers come in!  Please pack up your little Goblins to come and see our Residents for Trick or Treat. Call us to let us know if you will be coming so that we have plenty of treats! 410-326-0077

Tuesday, Oct. 29
• Zumba St. Mary’s Sunshine Center, Moakley Street., Leonardtown, 6 p.m. A fun entergetic aerobic workout with a Latin inspired routine. Zumba fitness every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5 for a class or $25 for a 6 class pass. • Understanding the Proposal Bid-No Bid Decision River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center, 11 a.m. Join us for this special follow-up from the June event on the Bid/No-Bid decision and increasing competition. Check-in begins at 11:15a.m. Advance registration is required via email to

From my Backyard to our Bay
A St. Mary’s County Resident’s 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. Mary’s 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. Mary’s Soil Conservation District in Leonardtown.
Join your local watershed association and make a difference for Our Bay!


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Household Best Management Practices
Composting Yard Waste Tips for Composting
• There are many different ways to compost: the bin system, tumblers, trench, sheet, and even vermicomposting (using worms to break down material). Some methods are simpler than others. • Add coffee grounds and kitchen scraps from vegetables and fruits to a compost pile. Yard waste such as leaves, lawn clippings, and other materials are also great for composting. • Do not compost fats, pet droppings, or animal products. They will attract pests to the pile and can spread disease. • Wooden pallets make excellent compost bins. Start with one pallet on the ground. Drive two metal stakes into each side. Slide additional pallets over each support and you have a bin ready for compost. • If adding ashes to your compost bin, do so sparingly. They are alkaline and

Instead of From My Backyard to Our Bay, this booklet could easily be titled From My Lifestyle to Our Bay. Earlier we mentioned ways we all can cut down on water use as a way to relieve the strain on the Bay. Many other things we all can do in our daily lives will have an effect on our Bay.

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. Mary’s 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.

affect the pH of the pile. In contrast, acidic materials include pine needles and oak leaves. • Algae and seaweed make excellent additions to your compost pile. Be sure to rinse off any salts before using. Where to get help with… COMPOSTING • US Department of Agriculture, nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/ features/?cid=nrcs143_023537 • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - 800-438-474 or 215-814-5000 or index.htm • U.S. Composting Council 631-737-4931 or • University of Maryland Extension, Home and Garden Information Center, hg35_002.pdf

In 2003, the EPA estimated that each person in the U.S. contributes 4.5 pounds of garbage (municipal solid waste) daily. That equals 1,642 pounds of garbage per person per year! Much of this waste is organic and could degrade naturally if composted, saving space in landfills and reducing greenhouse gases. Composted organic material can also be used to improve soil for lawns and gardens, further reducing the need for fertilizers. Start reaping the benefits by setting up a backyard compost pile.

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This is the twenty-second 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 week’s County Times!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Larry Sparks


Bluegrass for Hospice Features Bluegrass Legend Larry Sparks
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer This Saturday’s Bluegrass for Hospice is a dual celebration. Not only does it mark the 5th year for the fundraiser, but it also commemorates bluegrass legend Larry Sparks’ 50 years in the music business. On Oct. 26 at Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Sparks, along with many local bluegrass musicians, will share the stage to raise money for Hospice House of St. Mary’s County. Local acts scheduled to perform include Charlie Thompson & Bottom County Bluegrass, Bobby Abell & Spoon Creek and Jay Armsworthy & The Eastern Tradition. Armsworthy, who also organizes and promotes the event, says Bluegrass for Hospice was born out of a desire to do something to benefit the organization. “My grandfather was in hospice in 2007,” he remembers. “From then, I thought ‘what can I do to give back?’” Two years later, Bluegrass for Hospice was born. Bluegrass for Hospice is a successful event that has grown steadily over the past five years. Armsworthy notes, “The first year, we raised $8,000. The second year, it was up to $16,000 and this last year, we raised $24,000.” The event’s entertainment has also expanded from mainly local artists to also including well-known, award winning bluegrass legends. This year, national bluegrass recording artist Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice will be joined by Larry Sparks. As this year’s headliner, Larry Sparks marks fifty years in the music industry. Over the past half century, Sparks has released over sixty albums and performed at world famous venues such as the Grand Ole Opry and Austin City Limits. Larry Sparks has also been recognized as Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), been inducted into the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and been nominated for a Grammy Dove award for his gospel album, “New Highway.” Event coordinator and California, Md. native Jay Armsworthy grew up listening to Larry Sparks and his other musical heroes on vinyl. As an adult, he now fronts his own bluegrass band and hosts a bluegrass radio program on FM 107.5 WNNT, Thursdays 9 to11 p.m. Given his longtime association with the music, Armsworthy knows many of Saturday’s bands on a first name basis. Armsworthy was reintroduced to Larry Sparks during an American Legion show in Hughesville in 2008. Armsworthy says, “Since then, I’ve had Larry here for concerts, but with 2013 being his 50th anniversary, the Bluegrass for Hospice show is as special to him as it is to us.” Bluegrass for Hospice 2013 is Saturday, Oct. 26, noon to 8 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Location is Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Md. on Flat Iron Road near Route 5. Other planned activities include a silent auction and door prizes.

Photos Courtesy of Jay Armsworthy

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and all proceeds support the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County. Advanced tickets can be purchased at or by phone at 1-888-663-3729.


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• Colliders Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

All Hallows at HSMC on Oct. 26
Witches, humours, and evil eyes!  Move beyond ghosts and goblins this Halloween.  Discover the colonial take on disease, death, and mourning at All Hallows, at Historic St. Mary’s City on Oct. 26.  Special activities will be on-going from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get acquainted with 17th-century legends and folklore that existed throughout the colony.  Build a mask and make a corn husk doll.  Climb onboard a “haunted” ship, if you dare.  Sit a spell and hear haunting tales.  Bring a carved pumpkin with you – Governor Leonard Calvert will award prizes for “the best of” beginning at 3 p.m.    Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 students and free for those 5 years and younger and Friends of HSMC.  For more information about this program and the museum, contact the HSMC Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday at 1-800-SMC-1634,, or visit 

• GrooveSpan Duo Monterey’s Restaurant (1753 HG Trueman Rd, Lusby) - 6 to 9 p.m. • DJ Mango Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. • Higher Standards Jazz Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27
• The California Ramblers Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) – 3 to 7 p.m. • Bluegrass Gospel Concert Calvary United Methodist Church (3235 Leonardtown Rd, Waldorf) – 3 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25
• Frankie Shegogue, John Previti The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m • Three Amigos Chiefs (44584 Tall Timbers Rd, Tall Timbers) – 8p.m. • Latrice Carr Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 28
• Bud Light Karaoke Challenge Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m • Halloween Team Trivia Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, Oct. 29
• $2 Tuesday Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m • Justin Myles Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26
• GrooveSpan Duo Morris Point Restaurant (38869 Morris Point Rd, Abell) - 6 to 9 p.m. • Wildgood Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m • Kappa Danielson The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. • Folk Salad Trio Port of Leonardtown Winery (23190 Newtowne Neck Rd, Leonardtown) – 5

Wednesday Oct. 30
• Team Trivia Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) – 6:30 p.m • Super Magic Man Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell)

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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“The Week that Shelby Built”
By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Monday: I’m happily making my tea, ready to put in my sugar and cream, when I realize the large sugar container on the counter is low. I get out the bag of sugar from the pantry, start pouring into the container and see something sift in right along with the sugar. Yes, another spider!. No problem. I get a spoon and try to scoop him out. He says No, and skitters around inside the Rubbermaid. I keep trying to scoop and he burrows down further. By this time I’m already down a cup or two, and he keeps burrowing as fast as my spoon does. I gave up and poured all the sugar down the drain. Luckily there was still one large cup-sized clump left inside the sugar bag which I grated into my tea. This should have told me about the week yet to come. I’m nearly done with moving out of the shop, making a seemingly unending loop of carting yet more Rubbermaid to the storage unit, my home, and friend’s houses (By the way – this is where to invest your money. Is there an artist, home, doomsday prepper, or business without Rubbermaid – in fact as soon as I have money that is what I’m going to invest in). I’ve started an artwork on loan program by leaving my artwork on friend’s porches, and at our parish hall. The bulk of my artwork and funky creations is on sale at Keepin’ It Local in Morganza. That is the coolest looking shop – and we do have many in this county that I have visited and written about. I have no idea how Deb and Mike can fit all the art, antiques and creations they do into the old post office structure. But they do. I feel the same way about the Apple Basket, Traditions, and The Crafts Guild Shop of St. Mary’s, and The Fuzzy Framers. How do they create and find all of these amazing things? We have such wonderful places to shop here. You know me – Buy Local!!!!!! I did get a fantastic deal on an 8’ x 10’ storage unit. $45! The unit will give me a month or two of breathing space while I get the workshop re-configured for my restorations and creations. My flat files are already in there with artwork safely inside. Oh, and the reason that large storage space is such deal becomes readily apparent after the 5th or 6th run. It’s up a flight and a half of steps. But, on the good side I know I have lost some weight. Yesterday I fit into a pair of Khaki jeans that have been languishing for two years or more in the dresser. This article is sort of like the children’s poem “The house that Jack built” – you know the one where each things builds upon the last. So, building on my heavyweight Khaki jeans theme. Last night, it’s late it’s dark, I’m tired – I’ve been living off of hot tea, ZzzQuil at night so I can sleep past 2:30 a.m., and Prednisone during the day to stop the back spasms and arthritis pain, and I leave the shop, get in the car drive away, and think, “Did I lock the shop door?” I turn around and pull in front of the shop, get out check the door, yes it was locked (Thank you OCD) and as I’m coming around the corner of the car, twist my ankle on something, and do a spectacular twist and fall onto the hard pavement with glasses and keys flying off into the darkness. Mind you my car has blocked the porch light. I laid there for a bit and really thought I had broken a few things. Then started crawling around feeling for my glasses and keys. What was I thinking when I got back in the car? Thank goodness for those sturdy Khaki jeans and my extra cushioning! To each new day’s adventure, Shelby
Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@ or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann


The Healthy side of Chocolate
By Debra Meszaros CSN What is one of the most powerful foods that have the largest effect on the mind and body? What if one of the most popular treats could aid in your wellbeing? Is all chocolate created equal? If you are currently under the spell of chocolate, there could be some very good reasons why. If you normally shy away from chocolate because you believe it’s an unhealthy choice, then learning the differences between chocolates and the benefits of the right type, might change your mind. Before I discuss the many benefits of chocolate, it is important to establish which type of chocolate has benefits and which will bring on potential health issues. Commercial chocolate, a/k/a processed chocolate is the choice most commonly found in abundance in just about any store you might patronize. It is the “unhealthy” chocolate. Instead of trying to validate why you might consume “unhealthy” chocolate, like “I only have a little bit” or “I only eat it once in awhile”; how about learning more about a healthier alternative? The unprocessed form of chocolate would be cacao. Raw cacao is packed with hundreds of powerful natural elements that have some real positive effects on the body. Commercial chocolate usually contains milk and sugar, two elements that turn healthy cacao into an unhealthy treat. The objective would be to begin developing a taste for dark chocolate, chocolate with at least 70% cacao, and hopefully finally consuming raw cacao instead. Why is it easy to become addicted to chocolate? Some key elements in chocolate excite the brain and body. Dopamine receptors in the brain are activated by anandamide found in chocolate and provide an emotional high. So chocolate can actually make you feel good. Phenylethylamine, a potent neurotransmitter, seems to have the largest effect on women, exciting their bodies. The tryptophan, precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that stabilizes mood, is another key element. There are many other endorphins and some caffeine as well that provide stimulation and a sense of feeling good; this makes it very easy to become addicted to chocolate. Making a better choice So choosing cacao over milk chocolate is a start, but the ultimate goal would be to consume raw cacao, or the highest percent of cacao chocolate you can get yourself used to. Quality healthy chocolate does not contain chocolate liquor, soy lecithin, or most importantly, sugar. There are a large number of chocolates that utilize healthier sweetening elements like stevia, mesquite powder, or yakon. Stay clear of any chocolates containing artificial sugars like sucralose. The rise of “functional” foods The health food industry has seen many twists and turns in regards to food products. The focus of consumers began with organic, then moved to gluten-free, and currently a new level, functional food. Functional food is food with a specific objective, taking the common “buzz” words to another level. Currently you can find chocolate enhanced with probiotics, vitamins, and superfoods. Forget the chocolate? If you can’t shake the curse of chocolate there is a healthier choice that can provide the same benefits in a healthy fashion, coconut oil. Extra virgin coconut oil contains ketones; the preferred fuel for your brain and body. Research shows that coconut oil has the ability to increase cognitive function within just 90 minutes of consuming it. Sounds like an excellent choice to start your morning!
©2013 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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