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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Three Republican gubernatorial candidates will give prospective voters a chance to talk with them personally at a gathering sponsored by the GOP central committees of the tricounty area tonight at Lenny’s Restaurant in California. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Mary Russell, head of the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee, said Harford County Executive David Craig, Charles County businessman Charles Lollar and Anne Arundel County Delegate Ron George will be on hand to speak informally about their campaigns and why they should be the next GOP candidate for Maryland governor. Each candidate will get about 10 minutes to speak to attendees, she said. Russell said that many in the tricounty area are not closely familiar with the candidates and this was their chance to change that and get straight answers to their questions. “The real purpose is an opportunity for people to actually speak to the candidates have instead of candidates just talking at them,” Russell said. All three candidates have taken aim at the current administration of Martin O’Malley for its many tax hikes and have said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s run for governor would be an extension of the O’Malley years. Of the three candidates Craig has the most executive government experience while George has significant experience in the state legislature. Lollar has not yet won a political race but beat House Minority Whip and Democrat Steny Hoyer for votes in St. Mary’s County while garnering significant national media attention.

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Martirano: Graduation Rate Highest on Record
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The county’s high school graduation rate for 2013 has pierced the 90 percent mark, Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano told the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday. “That’s the highest ever,” Martirano said at the joint meeting between commissioners and Board of Education members at the Wicomico Shores Golf Course. “It’s like the Holy Grail.” Martirano said the school system’s graduation rate over the past five years has averaged out to 89.3 percent, which is still above the state’s current average of 84 percent and far ahead of the national average of 73 percent. Martirano said the rising tide of graduations was due to hard work in the school system by staff to institute a strategy that puts the impetus for graduation on students and teachers when starting in elementary school not waiting until high school to ensure they earn their diploma. “I’ve shifted the pressure to the elementary schools from the high schools,” Matirano said, focusing efforts of teachers in instructing students on the core skills of reading and mathematics. If these skills hadn’t been mastered by the 3rd grade, he said, students were at risk of falling too far behind. “If they can’t read, how can they read to learn,” Martirano said. Statistics from the county’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, which has the school system among its many members, show that the readiness of kindergarten-aged children to learn has grown markedly since 2002, though there was a slight drop in most subject areas from last year to this year. In the 2012 to 2013 school year 74 percent of young children were ready for language and literacy skills as opposed to just 39 percent in 2002. A full 76 percent of them were ready for math learning last school year as opposed to 41 percent in 2002; 78 percent were ready to learn science versus just 26 percent in 2002 as well. Overall 88 percent of county kindergarten students were ready for the entire school learning experience in the 2012 to 2013 school year, 41 percentage points higher than 2001 to 2002. The statewide kindergarten-toschool readiness rate is 82 percent. The school system is currently seeking nearly $30,000 in state grant money to support early childhood readiness to learn especially since the ranks of impoverished young children in schools continues to grow, Martirano said. In traditionally affluent communities like Town Creek the number of students on free and reduced meals, at the eponymous elementary school there now reaches 38 percent, he said. “That’s shocking,” said Martirano. “While our graduation rate is at an all time high our poverty level is at an all time high.”

Correction to the Spectator Parking Areas for the 2013 Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown
The College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus will be open for classes on Veterans Day. Therefore, spectators are asked to leave the parking lot open for CSM students, and park at the Governmental Center instead. A complimentary, round-trip, handicap-accessible shuttle into Town will still be available.    Spectators should park in the areas near the Carter Office Building, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD, and board the shuttle at the shuttle stop near the flagpoles between the Carter Office Building and the Potomac Building.


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Deputy Injured During Firearms Training
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A 13-year veteran of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was injured Wednesday during a firearms training course at the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point. The sheriff’s office reported that Det. Cpl. David Alexander sustained a non-life threatening injury from a departmentissued .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol. Capt. Edward Willenborg said Alexander sustained the wound in his calf; an investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the discharge. Alexander was flown by Maryland State Police Helicopter to the University of Maryland Trauma Center in Baltimore where he received treatment and was released.

Sheriff: Jail Improvements Moving Ahead But Slowly
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer It has been nearly a year since the Board of County Commissioners voted to shelve plans to expand the county jail but the improvements to the original facility they promised are also slow in coming. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron told The County Times that he could see “the light at the end of the tunnel” when it came to needed renovations for the aging facility but his correctional officers and the inmates — all 238 at last count — still have to suffer with substandard conditions that can be unsafe for both. Locking mechanisms are old and need replacement and the jail still needs new security cameras; air conditioning is also absent and repairs need to be made to roof, tiles, kitchen area and windows. “We’re moving on it but at the typical pace government seems to go on,” Cameron said. “Meanwhile we’re forced to deal with degrading conditions that are in constant need of repair. “They don’t even make repair parts for the locking mechanisms anymore.” A recent graduate of the sheriff’s office citizen’s academy wrote to the county commissioners imploring them to act on getting the improvements done after taking their first tour of the facility. “As you enter the medical treatment [area], there are two small rooms which you can barely turn around in and equipment that looks like it is from the 1950s,” wrote Frances Titus. “There are two isolation cells for someone really sick… the medical space desperately needs an upgrade.” Titus went on to complain about the lack air conditioning and the general environment. “This environment cannot be healthy for the inmates or the employees… why on Earth are you not taking action to improve conditions not just for the 240 inmates but the 94 county employees who work there?” A letter from the county commissioners in response to Titus stated that funding for the renovations and upgrades was in the fiscal 2014 capital budget and was spread over several years, amounting to a total of $9.5 million.

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LSM’s Spat Pac Invites You to Help Leave a Legacy of Cleaner Water
A group of LSM 2014 class members has decided to focus on making a direct impact on local water quality by undertaking an oyster reef installation in the St. Mary’s River. Filter-feeding oysters aid in the clean-up of our local watershed and contribute to a healthier Chesapeake Bay. Classmates Ray Dodson, Bob Lewis, Beverly Brown, Holly Meyer, Joe Klausner, Rebecca Bridgett, Jeff Lehnertz, Michelle Ruble, MaryAnne Bowman and Carrie Kelly have made replenishing the oyster population their Legacy Project, with a goal of ensuring future generations will be able to enjoy the beautiful waterways which surround the Southern Maryland region. Bob Lewis, Executive Director of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, knows a thing or two about building oyster reefs and has worked with numerous groups to create a three-dimensional habitat in the river’s sanctuary. The LSM classmates have dubbed themselves ‘The Spat Pac’ and have set the pace committing their own financial support and volunteer hours to create an oyster reef, complete with spat, or infant oysters, on Saturday, Nov. 16. Fellow classmates have already jumped on board to help and the group hopes LSM alumni and community members will show support of their eco-conscious efforts. They ask for a $30 contribution and welcome volunteers to meet them on the waterfront at St. Mary’s College of Maryland to be part of something lasting and beneficial for our community. Volunteers age 11 and up should wear work clothes and footwear which covers the feet. The Watershed Association will provide life jackets, gloves and food. Heavy-duty wheelbarrows are needed and participants will meet at Barry Friedman’s, 47171 Snow Hill Manor Road at 9 a.m. For more information on oyster reefs and their vital role in the health of the watershed or to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal, visit Foul weather date is Sunday, Nov. 17. Please RSVP and send any inquiries to We hope you’ll be part of revitalizing the mighty oyster in the St. Mary’s River with us.





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Responsible Alcohol Service Training to be Held in November
The Alcohol Beverage Board of St. Marys County will offer its quarterly Responsible Alcohol Service Training (R.A.S.T.) class on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The session will be held in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building on the Governmental Center Campus, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown. R.A.S.T. teaches participants how to develop responsible alcohol policies, review issues identified by enforcement agencies and afford an opportunity to network with peers as well as county and state officials. While the goal of R.A.S.T. is to educate servers, sellers, managers and owners in St. Marys County on alcohol beverage regulatory compliance, it does not fulfill the state mandated alcohol awareness training certificate requirement. R.A.S.T. is offered quarterly and is free of charge. However seating is limited. To RSVP for the Nov. 26 R.A.S.T., or for more information, call 301-475-7844 ext. 1600m via fax to 301- 475-3364 or by email to or see the attached flyer for more details. R.A.S.T. is scheduled to be held in 2014 on Feb. 25, May 27 and Aug. 26.

New Public Health CME Series Launched Collaboratively By Hospital and Health Department
The St. Mary’s County Health Department and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital are partnering to develop a new Public Health Continuing Medical Education (CME) series for healthcare providers and other community professionals in St. Mary’s County. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland state medical society, to provide continuing medical education for physicians. “This is an exciting new educational opportunity for our local healthcare providers and public health community,” stated Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “When healthcare providers know the public health consequences of key health issues and understand local community resources, they can offer more comprehensive care to their patients. Through this new series, professionals in our community will also better understand how they can work with healthcare providers to meet the needs of their patients.” Participation in the CME series is open to healthcare providers and other professionals in the community who influence population health. The series launches Nov. 20 with an event focused on Substance Use/Prescription Drug Abuse. Topics for 2014 address posttraumatic stress disorder, access to health care, and asthma. “This new Public Health CME series will provide excellent educational opportunities for our staff and others, while honoring MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s commitment to the health of St. Mary’s County residents,” said Dr. Roxanne Richards, Professional Education Committee Vice Chair at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. The first CME activity in the Public Health series will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Participants are required to preregister in order to attend. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital medical staff and community providers can register by calling 301-475-6088. Associates of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital can self-register in CiNow. Other participants need to pre-register by calling MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Organizational Learning and Research at 301-475-6020.

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This year’s flu season is off to an early start, and the St. Mary’s County Health Department is reminding residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  Influenza activity in the United States is expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks.  The first cases of seasonal flu have already been confirmed in St. Mary’s County.  Annual vaccination is the most effective method available to protect residents against seasonal flu viruses.  Annual flu vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone above the age of 6 months, including pregnant women.  Flu vaccination can reduce flu illness, missed time at work or school due to flu, and prevent flu-related complications. As it typically takes up to two weeks for flu vaccine to start working in a person who has been vaccinated, the health department is encouraging residents to get vaccinated now. The health department encourages residents to utilize their primary care physician offices for obtaining flu vaccination.  The St. Mary’s County Health Department also offers injectable and intranasal (FluMist®) flu vaccinations, by appointment only, for a fee of $25.  Please call 301-475-4330 to schedule an appointment.  For more information about influenza and the flu vaccine, please visit



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Restaurateur Charged With Sex Offense Against Employees
The second victim said she had been the victim of unwanted physical advances and inappropriate comments since late July of this year as well, court papers stated. “The victim stated the defendant has not stopped when asked to do so,” police alleged in charging documents. “She stated the defendant called her ‘honey’ and blows kisses at her.” The second victim alleged to police that Huang, during a run to the bank to get her paycheck, had told her she did not have to go back to work and “they could go on a date then back to a bed.” She also told police she had been called into his office were he said he could “lock the door and have fun,” but he did not close the door after she told him she did not want him to, court papers said. The same victim alleged to police that Huang had not provided a work schedule for her “due to denying him.”

South Carolina Manhunt Expands to St. Mary’s County
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer On Nov. 6, 2003 an unknown gunman entered a motorcycle shop in a rural portion of Spartanburg County, South Carolina and gunned down three employees and the owner. A decade later southern law enforcement officers are still looking for leads in the brutal quadruple homicide and have traced at least one possible connection to St. Mary’s County. Records show that in 2003 the owner of Superbike Motor Sports, Scott Ponder, sold a Suzuki sport vehicle to a Mechanicsville resident via the Internet; just one of several out of state sales from that dealership. Det. Allan Wood, of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, said his agency has sent out fliers and letters to local media here and in many other states in the hopes that someone with knowledge of the killer will come forward with new information. Wood said detectives in South Carolina believe that the murder of Ponder, his mother Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas and Chris Sherbert was likely the result of a disgruntled customer who was enraged enough to kill all four victims. “Is he up there in Maryland? I don’t know,” Wood said of the unknown gunman, “But the guy who did it may be up there.” Spartanburg County police are casting a wide net for clues in the case in hopes that someone who knew a person upset over the condition of a Suzuki brand motorized vehicle they purchased back in 2003 might be able to make the connection with the homicide.


By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A Leonardtown man and restaurant owner has been charged with two counts of sex offense and as many counts of continual harassment against two of his female employees who told police that for months he inappropriately touched both and propositioned them with what appeared to be sexual advances. Zhi Hong Huang, one of the principals at the Sakura Bar and Grill on Merchants Lane, faces charges of fourth-degree sex offense and harassment after he allegedly grabbed two employees by the waist and rubbed his pelvic area against them. One victim said she had told Huang to stop but that he continued his advances, according to charging documents filed in District Court. “[The first victim] stated this has been happening since she had been hired on July 16 [of this year],” police wrote. “She stated the problem has progressively gotten worse.”

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“This guy’s pre-and-post behavior would have been something someone would have noticed,” Wood said of the gunman, who made no attempt to steal any money or other items from the business. “Their objective was to wipeout the business,” he said. The shooting took place between 2:30 and 3 p.m., Wood said, in broad daylight after all the customers had left. Detectives say three vehicles placed at the scene could belong to the suspect: a 1990s blue Chevrolet or GMC Z71 pick up truck with chrome bed rails and a chrome dual exhaust with a 45-day paper tag, a small blue pickup truck of an unknown make described as “very sporty” with louvers and an early 1990s red economy car, possibly a Honda Civic A customer who remembered a possible suspect speaking to Ponder and sitting on one of the bikes in the showroom and who left about 30 minutes before the shootings was able to provide police with a composite sketch of the suspect. He is described as a white male, between 25 and 40 years old with dark brownfeathered hair. The suspect is said to stand about 6-feet tall and weigh between 175 to 200 pounds. Wood said Guy was born and raised in South Carolina and knows of no connection between her and anyone in St. Mary’s County sharing that common name. Anyone with information about the murders is asked to call the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office at 864-503-4500 or 864-503-4509.

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Deputies Graduate Bike School
From Oct 14 to Oct. 18, deputies assigned to the Patrol Division and the Special Operations Division, Lexington Park COPs UNIT attended the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association Basic Mountain Bike Course, hosted by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. Training included accident prevention, safety, emergency breaking, slow speed balance drills, and police technical skills.

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On Nov. 2, deputies responded to the Leonardtown Pub in Leonardtown for a disorderly subject. The investigation revealed Jason Christopher Rourke, 30, of St. Inigoes, became disorderly during an argument with his girlfriend. When Rouke was asked to leave the establishment, he refused and broke a beer bottle. Rouke continued to act in a disorderly manner after deputies arrived on the scene and was placed under arrest. Rouke was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Disturbance of the Public Peace by Deputy Shane Cameron. On Nov. 2, deputies responded to the Shell Gas Station on Three Notch Road in Leonardtown for a fight in progress. As deputies ordered the crowd to disperse, Leigha Alexander Sullivan, 19, of California continued to yell and cause more of a disturbance. She was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center by Deputy Wesner. She was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey Lawful Order.
Deputy First Class Michael Boyer, left, Deputy Alvin Beishline, Deputy First Class Timothy Snyder, Deputy William Wood, and Deputy Joshua Krum (not pictured) successfully completed the course and are already making a difference utilizing the unique crime prevention and enforcement tactics mountain bikes bring to the Sheriff’s Office.

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

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On Nov. 2, Deputy T. Shomper responded to the Pegg Road Shell Gas Station located in Lexington Park, for a fight in progress. Deputy Shomper observed Derrick Jermaine Day, 28, of Leonardtown, standing in the parking lot holding a metal pipe. Day threw the pipe at Deputy Shomper striking him in the chest and then fled on foot. Day was apprehended after a short foot pursuit by Deputy Shomper. Day’s actions further incited the crowd which began to fight again. Day was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and Failure to Obey Lawful Order

Trespassing - On Oct. 31, members of the Lexington Park COPs Unit observed Melvin Lee Mackall, 54, of Lexington Park, on the property of Lex’s Apartments located on Great Mills Road. Mackall was placed under arrest and a search of his person revealed a quantity of suspected marijuana in his pocket. Mackall was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Trespass Private Property and Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Marijuana by Deputy Lance. Traffic Complaint Leads to Foot Chase and Drug Arrest – On Oct. 31, Deputy Wood responded to the wooded area beside the Great Mills Pool on Great Mills Road for a traffic complaint. He observed several subjects standing in the area who immediately began to walk away after spotting the marked Sheriff’s Office vehicle. As Deputy Wood approached the subjects to determine if they were related to the traffic complaint, one of them fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Terrance Lamar Barnes, 19, of Lexington Park, was apprehended by Deputy Wood. Barnes was wanted on a St. Mary’s County warrant for failure to appear in court. Upon his arrest, Barnes was in possession of suspected Marijuana and suspected cocaine. Barnes was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Obey Lawful Order, Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Not Marijuana, Possession CDS Paraphernalia, and Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Marijuana by Deputy Wood. Trespassing – On Oct. 31, Deputy Krum was in the area of Lex’s Apartments on Great Mills Road when he observed a subject he had been trying to locate to serve a notice not to trespass. Deputy Krum made contact with Justin Antoine Parker, 24, of Great Mills, and began to serve him with a notice not to trespass for the Lex’s property. Parker became disorderly by yelling profanities causing a crowd to gather around Deputy Krum. Parker refused all orders to stop the conduct and was advised by Deputy Krum he was under arrest. Parker resisted arrest but was subsequently taken into custody with the assistance of additional deputies. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Obey Lawful Order, Disturbance of the Public Peace, and Resisting Arrest.

Federal Security Guard Charged With Indecent Exposure
Two days after the first victim’s report a young girl told police she had been the victim of indecent exposure St. Mary’s County sherwhile she was walking home iff’s deputies have arrested along Chancellors Run Road. and charged a man they say The description from committed two acts of inthe latest victim, that he was decent exposure in as many wearing clothing like a unimonths against two female form, matched that of the first victims while seated in his victim, police said in charging car. Vasquez documents. The defendant, Miguel Operating a tan Chevrolet Impala, Vasquez, 24, of Lexington Park and a security guard with the Federal Protec- the suspect, later identified as Vasquez, tive Service, an arm of the Department tried to get the victim to get into his car of Homeland Security, has been released and when she refused he told her to look on bond from the county detention cen- down, she saw that the suspect was master but police say he already has a con- turbating and ran into the nearby bushes viction for the same charge from North to get away, court papers stated. Police were able to trace the sedan Carolina. The first alleged victim told police to Vasquez, and the second victim posithat she had seen the defendant in his tively identified him in a photo lineup. Detectives conducted a search and car at the Giant Food Store in California back on Sept. 14 when he asked her for seizure raid on Vasquez’ home where his car, uniforms and other evidence were assistance as she was leaving the store. When she approached the vehicle seized. Detectives interviewed Vasquez she saw that his genitals were exposed and that he was actively masturbating, at the sheriff’s office where he said he encountered a female on Chancellors court papers stated. In late October the victim again told Run Road but denied exposing himself, sheriff’s deputies that she again saw the charging documents stated. defendant in the same area seated in a tan sedan. By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Deputies Conduct DWI Patrol Operation
Between 10 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, Corporal Kevin Meyer of the Special Operations Division – Traffic Safety Unit and Deputy David Potter and Deputy Vincent Pontorno of the Patrol Division conducted a traffic enforcement operation concentrating on the detection of intoxicated drivers in the Callaway area of St. Mary’s County. The funding for the operation was provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office under the Traffic Safety Grant. Deputies conducted 30 traffic stops, which resulted in 23 citations, 15 warnings, 2 Safety Equipment Repair Orders, 1 DWI arrest and 1 criminal arrest (warrant service).

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By Kay Poiro Staff Writer If you have something good, bottle it and sell it. That’s just what chef Trevor Bothwell did. Shortly after his 1st place finish at the 2009 DC 101 Annual Chili Cook-Off, Bothwell bottled his winning formula.

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The result was T-Rev’s Original Chili Spice Mix and the birth of a thriving business. The mix was released two weeks before the 2009 World’s Championship Chili Cook-Off where, using his own spice mix, Trevor walked away with the People’s Choice award. These award-winning recipes are on the labels of his Texas Chili Mix and Chili Spice Mix, respectively. These days, his chili mixes and the seafood seasoning are distributed under the umbrella of his parent company, T-Rev’s Original Food Co. Even though his creations are now bottled in Baltimore, Trevor notes that all of the recipes were developed right in his Hollywood, Md. kitchen. That way, he can say with confidence that his products include only premium, all-natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives. “I always use my own creations,” Bothwell shares. “This isn’t just someone else’s product with my label on it.” In addition to being a whiz in the kitchen, Bothwell calls himself a lifelong student, noting that his expe rience starting and running a food company has been an education in all things business. Today, he is a oneman operation who not only creates and tests the recipes, but who is also responsible for the bulk of his research and marketing, as well. Currently, Trevor is developing a new hot sauce line with plans for release in the coming year. Around town, his Chesapeake Bay Mix, Chili Spice Mix and Texas Chili Mix are available in McKay’s, and soon to be Giant, grocery stores in Southern Maryland. Blue Wind, Smokey Joe’s and Laurel Grove are among the restaurants using his products. The entire product line is available at Looking to expand brand presence throughout the region, Bothwell aggressively targets local restaurants willing to offer T-Rev’s Original seasonings as an op tion for their customers. Thinking small isn’t what entrepreneurs do and Trevor is no different. For now he works a day job, but he hopes to eventually make T-Rev’s Original Food Co. his full time business. His second goal is simply to make the best products anyone can buy. “If you’re not going to try to be the best,” he says. “Why bother doing it?”

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House of DanceThe Business of Movement
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer The journey from dancer to business owner for House of Dance owner Donna Jordan is marked not only by leaps of faith, but with women in local business and government who were willing to take those leaps with her. Even while working as chemist for 10 years, Virginia native Donna Jordan never lost her love for movement. These days, she is classically trained in several disciplines, having studied at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, as well as other schools in Maryland and Virginia. Located at 24620 Three Notch Road in the former Hyperspace arcade building, House of Dance is a full ser- Donna Jordan vice dance center teaching ballroom, as well as other types of dance. House of Dance employees between 10 to 15 instructors, all from St. Mary’s, Calvert or Charles county. Their students range from elementary age to “adult plus”, Donna says. In fact, she notes that House of Dance is one of the few studios in the county with as large an adult following as a children’s following- and she’s fine with that. “Most studios cater to younger clientele, so by the time dancers turn 18 or 19, there’s no place for them to go,” she explains. “Many of them just stop dancing.” Jordan offers a diverse curriculum to keep them moving. She offers adult programs in ballet, hip-hop, salsa and even line dancing. Her students walk in the door for a variety of reasons, she says. From cruise-bound couples to wary wedding dancers who “just don’t wanna look stupid,” Donna wants House of Dance to be a place of comfort and learning. Another uniqueness of House of the studio is that they’re not competition based. Although the owner is working to bring a dedicated dance company to the space, she wants her students to understand that the joy is in the movement. “The only person you’re competing with here is yourself,” she adds. Despite the gratification she gets

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By Kay Poiro Staff Writer On Nov. 25, the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland PTA are sponsoring a “Common Core State Standards Information Session” for the Southern Maryland Region. The session begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County. The session is open to the public with the agenda including remarks from Dr. Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools and Ray Leone, Maryland PTA President. A question and answer period will follow. According to the Maryland State By Kay Poiro Staff Writer At the beginning of the second marking period for St. Mary’s County Public Schools, St. Mary’s County libraries remind students and parents of online study and research resources available. Help Now! offers live, online homework help daily from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Accessible through the St. Mary’s County Library website, Help Now! offers live tutoring in most subjects, as well as with PSAT/SAT standardized tests and adult education courses. A valid St. Mary’s County library card is required for access. Maryland Ask Us Now! is an additional homework and information site that puts students in direct online contact with Maryland state librarians who answer their questions. An email address is required for access to this site. St. Mary’s County Library Director Kathleen Reif stresses the role libraries play in education saying, “Public libraries should be a leader in the education movement.” Department of Education, Maryland’s new Common Core State Standards are a set of “high-quality academic expectations in English/Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics that define both the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and careers.” School year 2013-2014 is the first year of full implementation for the new curriculum. More information about Maryland’s Common Core State Standards can be found at cc/.


SMADC Offers Scholarship for Acidified Foods Training Workshop 
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is offering matching scholarships of $100 to Southern Maryland farmers who attend and successfully complete the University of Maryland’s acidified foods training program “Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop for Small Food Processors”, to be held at the Maryland Department of Agriculture headquarters in Annapolis on November 22, 2013. The full cost of the training is $200. The acidified foods training scholarship is offered to farmers/producers resident in the five county area of Southern Maryland (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s counties); the award is integral to SMADC’s on-going initiatives to identify new and emerging agricultural enterprises that offer potential for profit and increased sustainability for the region’s farms. To be eligible for the scholarship producers must provide proof of agricultural assessment for the land they are farming and/or IRS Schedule ‘F’ Form (Profit or Loss From Farming).   The “Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop” provides the mandatory training required by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)  for the production of acidified foods (pickles, chutneys, salsas) for retail sale at farmers markets, stores, and other retail venues in Maryland.  Additionally, farms and producers who want to manufacture acidified foods in their on-farm kitchens must submit for the DHMH ‘on-farm processor’ license. SMADC works closely with state DHMH and other federal and local regulatory agencies to help farms navigate successfully through acidified foods  processing require ments, and offers a ‘step by step’ guide to on-farm acidified foods certification available on the ‘Resources for Farms’ page under ‘training and tutorials’ at www.  To view or download the SMADC Acidified Foods Training Scholarship Application Form and criteria visit the ‘What’s New’ page at, or call Susan McQuilkin at 301-274-1922, or email:  To register for the Acidified Training Workshop contact Mary Pandian at 301-4054521, or email:  The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is committed to: a) a market-driven and sustainable farming future as Maryland transitions away from tobacco. b) a Maryland where farmland preservation, and environmental stewardship positively impact the quality of our air and water and c) cultivating awareness among consumers and leaders of the vital role our farms play in a balanced community, safe, nutritious food and a cleaner and healthier environment. To learn more about additional programs and resources, contact SMADC, P. O. Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637; phone: 301-274-1922, Ex. 1, fax: 301-274-1924; email; or visit

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Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center Graduates 66 G.E.D. Recipients
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer On Nov. 7, the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center will hold graduation for their newest G.E.D. graduates. This year, the Forrest Center graduates 66 students. “It has been a very good year,” Patricia Meszaros, Instructional Specialist, says. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Development Center at 24005 Point



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The Patuxent Partnership and the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland are sponsoring “From Egypt, to Syria, to the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Understanding Tumult in the Middle East” lecture and book signing with speaker and author Dr. Shibley Telhami. Dr. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. His lecture takes place in Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall on St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s campus on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. The uprisings that began in 2010 drastically changed the political landscape in the Middle Eastern region, but public opinions of the Arab people that sparked these events have long been overlooked. In his book, “The World Through Arab Eyes,” Dr. Telhami explores Arab perspectives on issues central to their daily lives in light of their politically altered environment. Following the lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by the author. “Dr. Telhami is an internationally known scholar with a strong public voice on the region. Given the complexity of the region and recent

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Donations for Operation Christmas Child Accepted Through Nov. 16
Packed shoeboxes of non-perishable donations like toys or toiletries are being collected now through Nov. 16. Donations are then separated by age and gender and shipped to a regional staging point. From here, the boxes are distrib uted to the most disadvantaged areas. Pre-packed shoeboxes can be donated at select sites around St. Mary’s county. Empty shoe boxes and individual items are also accepted, as are monetary donations. It costs approximately $7 to ship each box, Morgan Allen, one of the St. Mary’s county area organizers, says. “Even a pack of toothbrushes helps,” she adds. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered over 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 100 countries. Southern Maryland Area Coordinator Melissa Weikel traveled to Uganda this spring to distribute boxes and saw the impact firsthand. “These gifts are life-changing for these children, their families and their communities,” she says. Last year, the Southern Maryland region collected over 10,500 boxes for the cause. The regional goal for this year is 12,000. However, with one of their major business sponsors recently closed for renovations, the region potentially faces a shortfall of nearly 400 boxes. St. Mary’s County donations can be dropped off at the Lexington Park Bap tist Church, 46855 S. Shangri-La Drive. Local businesses serving as donation points include Flooring Max Design Center in Leonardtown, Primary Residential Mortgage in California, Grace Chapel Ministries in Mechanicsville, and Schoenbauer Furniture Services in Charlotte Hall. Donations are accepted during business hours at these locations. For your closest donation center or other ways to get involved, contact Area Coordinator Melissa Weikel at or visit www.

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer This year, the Southern Maryland region once again partners with Christian-based charity Operation Christmas Child to send gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need within the United States and around the world.


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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Dr. Ben Carson, a famed pediatric neurosurgeon who earlier this year became a conservative political standardbearer when he criticized political correctness, the national debt and government-run health care at the National Prayer Breakfast just feet away from President Obama, got positive responses from a crowd of listeners at St. Mary’s City. The Nov. 2 event, which also featured gospel music afterwards, saw hundreds seated before Carson as he spoke on a host of issues while at the same time relating his history of impoverishment and living in a violent neighborhood as giving rise to wanting a better life. No stranger to controversy and taken to blunt speech about the state of the nation, morally, economically and politically, he warned of the country’s march towards socialism, particularly through health care reform. He told the crowd at that he had treated many people who had wealth and power from all over the world but that as they lay sick they only desired health and control over it. “All of them would give every penny and every title for a clean bill of health,” Carson said. “That’s why we have to keep healthcare in your hands, not in the government’s hands.” Carson has been criticized for earlier comments about health care reform under the Obama administration, equating it to slavery. Todd Eberly, a professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland said Carson’s rhetoric was good for energizing the conservative political base but may not translate into political leadership success. Many in the conservative movement have touted Carson for all kinds of political offices but he has remained non-committal on the subject. “He shoots from the hip when he should probably have a filter,” Eberly said. “He compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery; I just don’t know how you go there.” Comparing the health care act, unpopular as it might be, to mass enslavement was “as nuts,” Eberly said, as those in the Democratic Party who compared President George W. Bush’s administration to fascist Nazis from the World War II era. Still, Carson was a legitimate success story, Eberly said. “He’s a red meat [on conservative issues] guy,” Eberly said. “But he’s an incredibly brilliant man. “He garners a lot of interest because of his background and he’s tremendously well respected professionally.” Carson also bemoaned the extrication of God from everyday life in America, who had acted as a bulwark against what he called socialism and political correctness.

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“The first thing they get rid of is God, second they get a hold of health care,” Carson said, often getting applause from the audience. Political correctness muzzled individuals from expressing their thoughts and ideas, he said, a fundamental precept of American life and culture. “It’s time to rise up and resist these people,” Carson said. Carson, who said he began life as a poor student and the son of an illiterate but observant and caring mother in Detroit, Mich., learned what it was like to live in misery but

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more importantly he learned what his mother had learned: that people who took government monetary assistance — welfare — seldom got off it. “She never felt sorry for herself and she never became a victim,” he said. She constantly pushed both he and his brother to get an education despite their poor conditions; eventually Carson succeeded, realized his potential and went on to Ivy League-level education and a top post in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. “We learned to take responsibility for our actions,” Carson said of his life growing up. “When you find a person always making excuses you’ll find someone whose not going to be very successful.” Not everyone felt about poverty as he did, though. “What I hated as a kid was poverty, but some people don’t; they’re as happy as a pig in slop,” Carson said. If education was the tool by which he lifted himself

from poverty, Carson said many in America, especially the young, were not taking advantage of it. Moreover, educational standards had fallen, which meant America was losing its competitive edge in the world. He called for the reinstatement of strict standards and rigorous levels of achievement where “not everyone gets an ‘A’ and not everybody gets a medal.” Carson officially retired from neurosurgery this year and many have speculated about whether he would run for office, including the presidency. He faced the same questions from the gathering at St. Mary’s City. “If the Lord has a role for me, I’ll play it,” Carson said, as the crowd erupted into applause.

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The Shutdown is over! Wrong! It is postponed till January 2014. This is the way Our Royal Congress works. They do not solve their problems, they postpone them until a later period. Finally eighty-two percent of Americans have come to realize that Our Royal Congress is not capable of doing their job. it is recommended that our current self serving members of Congress be replaced in the next election and the upcoming elections. Get rid of career politicians, who do not respect the needs of their constituents. It matters only

Our Royal Congress Does Not Solve EDITOR Their Problems, They Postpone Them
that they become millionaires. It narrows down to the fact whoever is in office, vote them out! They owe too many favors to donors of their campaign funds. Politicians keep telling their fellow Americans that the country is broke. But the Royal Congress continues to give foreign countries foreign aid which amounts to billions in American dollars. How is this possible? If we are broke, we are broke. Americans must remember, we the voters, elected these people to Congress. They became career politicians

only because we keep electing them over and over again. Wake up and whoever is in office, VOTE THEM OUT! Get rid of these self-serving career politicians. CONFUCIUS SAYS: WHEN IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE GOALS CANNOT BE REACHED, DON'T ADJUST THE GOALS, ADJUST THE ACTION STEPS. Daniel J. Wilson Leonardtown, Md.

America Grinding Down
Following our government shutdown, political pundits on recent Sunday talk shows were surprisingly befuddled concerning our president’s ability to lead. Liberal commentators inquired of his most ardent Democrat strategists; so, when will the president demonstrate critical leadership and drag the Congress along to avoid another shutdown in the soon coming months? To lead, is to guide or direct on a course. Leadership is a process beginning with a spark in one’s spirit, an aspiration to succeed with an emphasis on serving. Development of a successful leader commences as one first determines to be a good follower. While successfully following, one’s commitment to doing their very best wherever one happens to be at any given point is essential. In time, the follower assents to the fashioning of a proper attitude with specific attainable goals in sight and a determination to measurably progress. And critical to the instilling and formulating of refined personal leadership qualities is life experience gained along the way. Learning to lead takes time as growth and accountability are attained and positively demonstrated throughout its process. The journey towards effective leadership development does not lend itself to shortcuts. For some, leadership might begin in the Scouts and/or with military service where members are so taught and held accountable early on. For others, it’s acquired via business advancement i.e., first line supervisor, manager, chief executive officer or proprietor. However, some elect to shrug off customary growth and leadership opportunities in preferring the self aggrandizing pursuit of high office in private industry or government. And indeed from time to time such individuals are somehow elevated into positions demanding effective leadership skills while remaining essentially untrained and unprepared to meet its stringent demands. Mandated a unifier and leader here and abroad, an American president exhibiting skills of measured pliability in concert with wise decision making under pressure clearly defines a laudable presidency. It would have been disrespectful to direct the question of anticipatory leadership to our president. After all, where along the line would he or anyone else of like background and experience have acquired necessary leadership skills with which to indeed drag the Congress along? How could necessary leadership qualities be learned and improved on by him or any person without ever having previously served in an environment demanding such? When and how would such talent have been displayed earlier-on thus revealing a proven ability to grasp each ascending wrung in the ladder of successively difficult and taxing responsibilities? Beyond that of community organizing, our president’s career was apparently limited to that of state senator with a follow on two year term as United States Senator. In the absence of military service and lack of private industry expertise, a previous governorship could have afforded him opportunity to develop and demonstrate effective leadership skills, but, no, such was not the case. However, partisanship aside, regardless of political stripe, no one serving as president under like circumstances would be adequately equipped to demonstrate an inherent trait or skill that one simply never had the opportunity to acquire along the way. In our last election America determined that a candidate’s leadership prowess was not essential to the office of president. Elections have consequences. Now, some five years into our Democrat Senate and presidency note where we are today: We have no self sustaining energy plan and no Keystone Pipeline thus those who hate us can still easily drive up prices overnight. We’ve heaped a 17 trillion dollar deficit on future generations, 90 million of our own are out of work with unemployment at 7.3% and our devastated youth live in an era of gloom and doom as hope for a successful and rewarding future is far from reach. Then, there’s our humongous health care debacle with its yet to be determined effects on an already weak economy, and there’s no immigration reform. The housing market is anemic and property values stifled. We redefined marriage while promoting sexual promiscuity and abortion via taxpayer subsidies. Our military is the best in the world, yet, tragically, its suicide rate is unprecedented. Incremental racial disharmony is further troubling and our recent disparaging of Christmas has incited war on the Almighty, the cross and any so brazen as to allow the Holy Bible to influence their lives. And now, our allies are wary upon discovering certain of our listening habits. You can be assured our nation’s confusion and internal strife are exposed and in today’s rapidly evolving and treacherous world America’s respectability and credibility are in want. Meanwhile, radical Islam is on the move worldwide, effectively silencing its peaceable followers who may simply desire to live and let live. Saturated in liberal ideology and socialism, our modern media assists politicians and strategists with targeting and maintaining leverage on components of our society and they intend to keep it that way. Quick to rescue their own whenever policy failure or other non productive aspects of liberalism are exposed, the majority of mainstream media immediately circle the wagons to minimize negative fallout. They run interference as necessary while conveniently laying blame for their failures elsewhere. When such tactics are non remedial, they’ll engender strife and confusion in assailing their adversarial other party. The fundamental transformation of America is well underway just as our president and his party chiefs intended. And busily struggling with this change and new direction, most of the public appears to be unaware and/or unconcerned. Fortunately, we have growing numbers of men and women today who fully understand liberalism’s adverse effect on American society and our diminished stature abroad. Brazen souls are they who dare to come out from among them and denounce harmful precepts directing our current path. Such individuals elect to endure hardness with unmerited criticism and outright liberal scorn for their political insubordination and independence. This is the case with the following Americans, all of whom with proven records of effective leadership: Lt Col Allen West, US Army (ret) former Ambassador Alan Keyes, Mr. Dan Bongino, Mr. Herman Cain, Dr. Ben Carson, Mr. Charles Lollar and a host of others. Additional positive indicators reveal their personal faith in our great God and his redeemer Son whom he has sent. These men do their own thinking in their dedication to serving America in adherence to our Constitution. Nevertheless, negative blowback awaits them as our beholden elitist media targets its opposition party. Proven effective leadership does matter and both Bongino and Lollar are currently seeking office in our own Free-State. They deserve fair and balanced coverage. Chester Seaborn Mechanicsville, Md.
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The Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on November 18, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. in the Town Office, located at 41660 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, MD. The purpose of the hearing is to present for public review and comment, changes to the Leonardtown Zoning Ordinance and the Sign Ordinance relative to Ordinance No. 158-167. Copies of proposed changes are available to review at the Town Office. All interested parties are encouraged to attend or to submit written comments by 4:00 p.m. on November 18, 2013 to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Special accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities upon request. By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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I Urge the Public and the Board Of Commissioners to Reject the 2nd Text Amendment
St. Mary’s County is struggling with the increasing tension between those who want their portion of the County to remain as it is and those who want to develop their portion of the County for business purposes. One of the most recent controversies involves 2 proposed text Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, the first of which appears to be the most reasonable. It would allow any building less than 5,000 square feet to be built as long as it does not require a site plan (certain projects need to have site plans because the work or the effects of the work are so extensive). The 2nd proposed text Amendment (to Section 70.7.2.d) would allow development within Town Centers (Charlotte Hall, Mechanicsville, and New Market and 2 more South of us) to occur even though acceptable Levels of Service (LOS) cannot be provided prior to new development or projects as required by Ordinance. Some of these areas are already experiencing dangerous traffic volumes and higher accident rates. These proposed Amendments would allow traffic to get worse, potentially much worse than it is currently, heightening safety hazards and causing long-term problems that can only be solved with large outlays of time and money. The County says we don’t have the money to provide solutions (per the law) to get the traffic to an acceptable LOS. Our elected representation evidently is considering that the best solution to ease pressure from the Developers/building Owners is to allow the LOS to deteriorate even further from unacceptable levels. This would ultimately penalize the road users and residents in order to ease the pressure from those who want to realize their expected rate of return on their investments in properties that they speculated on. No matter how altruistic their presentations at the meetings were, the bottom line was spoken well by one who said, paraphrased,” if we can’t develop, the value of our property will go down”. When did it become incumbent upon the government (the taxpayers) to insure that business owners/developers will realize their expected rate of return on investments? Well-planned and implemented growth and development is critical because what’s done cannot be undone without significant expenditures of time and money, and I do not want to have to deal with the long-term effects of short-term decisions or of the associated costs of delaying the fix (life, limbs, and/ or higher taxes). Worse, there are no guarantees that when implemented, the State recommendations to solve the failure of the LOS to meet County standards will resolve the problems. None of us as State or County taxpayers wants to spend money frivolously, nor do we want a higher probability of lethal or harmful situations where we have a failing or failed system with which we’ll have to contend every time we travel through the area. Since we citizens trust that our elected officials have put considerable time and effort into developing, approving, and ultimately implementing the overall plans for the County, it would seem that making short-term, irreversible decisions that would cause irreparable, unaffordable consequences just to alleviate immediate pressure would be foolish, at best. A longterm, COMPREHENSIVE Plan was adopted by the Commissioners. Are these short-term decisions which negate the existing ordinances consistent with the long-term goals of the County AND the elevation of the quality of life in the affected communities? I think not. In summary, I see no public good outweighing the consequences of poor decision-making (accepting the text Amendment) in this situation. If we are to adopt a change to the Comprehensive Plan/Zoning Ordinances, let’s have a better Plan/set of Ordinances approved, ready and in place instead of making these types of exceptions, the effects of which cannot be reversed, or at best can be improved only with large expenditures of time and money, and most probably after a number of accidents have claimed their victims. Further, I believe that the perception of St. Mary’s County will deteriorate on the whole if traffic problems increase as one enters and exits the First County of Maryland. I urge the public and the Board of Commissioners to reject the 2nd text Amendment. Dale Burch Charlotte Hall, Md.


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.
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(continued from last week) • Do not add starter enzymes or yeast to your system. Additives have not been scientifically proven to improve the performance of your system. • Do not pour fats and oils, chlorine bleach, solvents, chemicals, pesticides, paint thinner, or auto products down the drain. These substances can kill the bacteria that make the system function. • Do not put trash in the toilet such as paper towels, tissues, cigarette butts, wipes (even the ‘septic–safe’ wipes!), disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons, or condoms. These items do

Taking Care of Your Septic (Wastewater) System
not break down quickly and can fill the septic tank. • Direct downspout discharges and runoff away from the septic field to avoid saturating the drain field area with excess water. • Do not overload the system – this is the primary cause of system failures. Early morning and bedtime are peak use times in the bathroom. Run dishwashers and washing machines at other times of the day. Try to do no more than one load of laundry per day. • Dense grass cover and other shallowrooted plants are beneficial over a drain field. However, do not plant trees near a drain field because large plant roots can clog or break the pipes. • Avoid compacting the soil over a drain field to ensure proper percolation. • Using a garbage disposal can double the amount of solids in the tank. Instead, consider composting organic matter. See the “Composting” section for tips. • Look into getting a BAT unit for your septic system. BAT systems may be more expensive than traditional septic systems, but they are made more affordable through grant money available from the Bay Restoration Fund. Contact Maryland Department of the Environment at GrantsandFinancialAssistance/Pages/ AboutMDE/grants/index.aspx for more information on Bay Restoration Fund grant assistance. Where to get help with… SEPTIC SYSTEM ISSUES • St. Mary’s County Health Department, Environmental Health Services, 301475-4321 or Documents/EH/SepticSystems.pdf • Bay Restoration Fund, mde. Water/BayRestorationFund/ OnsiteDisposalSystems/Documents/ BAT%20Further%20Guidance%20 Nov9-2012.pdf

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Thursday, November 7, 2013


Robert Elroy Thomas, 65
Robert Elroy “Bobby” Thomas, 65 of Lexington Park, Md., died on Oct. 29, at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Callaway, Md. Born April 6, 1948, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph Ogden Thomas and Sarah Mariana (Torney) Thomas. Bobby lived most of his life as a resident of St. Mary’s County. Bobby was employed by Safeway as a produce manager. He enjoyed watching old western movies and horror movies. Bobby is survived by his daughter, Chatona Thomas of Lexington Park, Md.; his brother, Rufus Toney of Fort Washington, Md.; his aunt, Viola Cutchember of Lexington Park, Md.; and his uncles George Toney of Landover, Md. and James G. Thomas of Lexington Park, Md. He is also survived by numerous extended family members. The family received on Monday, November 4, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, from 1 to 2 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial conducted by Reverend Pawel Sass followed at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s,

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watching “Molly B’s Polka Party.” He enjoyed taking his boat, “For the Good Times,” to the Florida Keys for the winter. He was known as the “Helper” by many members of the community for his unending support and service to fellow citizens of the county. He was honored with the Outstanding Citizen Award twice. He was a charter member of the Second District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. However, his greatest love was for his family, especially his grandchildren. He cherished all the time he was able to spend with them. Jimmy is survived by his children, Kim Raynard Unkle (Patricia) of St. George’s Island, Md.; Terry Jo Mewhinney (Timothy) of Chester, N.Y.; Robin White (Roger) of Los Alamados, Calif., and Donna Lee O’Connor (Daniel) of Valley Lee, Md.; his grandchildren, Bobby Jo Gaskill, Noelle O’Connor, Jamie White, Jonathan White, Katherine Unkle, Daniel Unkle, David Helton, Erin Mewhinney, and Kevin Mewhinney; his great grandchildren, Makenzie Gaskill and Addison Gaskill; and his long term companion, Alice Knott. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his ex-wife, Patricia Ann Goddard Unkle. Family will receive friends for Jimmy’s Life Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service conducted by Rev. Greg Syler at 7 p.m., in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. A Graveside Service will be celebrated by Rev. Joseph Calis on Friday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. at Holy Face Catholic Cemetery, 20408 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, Md. 20634. Serving as pallbearers will be Frank Norris, nephew; Kevin Mewhinney, grandson; Jonathan White, grandson; Daniel Unkle, grandson; Daniel O’Connor, son-in-law; Bobby Unkle, nephew. Honorary pallbearers will be Renee Robrecht Reilly, godchild; Roger White, son-in-law; and Tim Mewhinney, son-in-law. Memorial Contributions may be made to Second District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, Md. 20692. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md. of computers and gregarious nature and opened a computer store, Total Quality Computers Inc. (TQCI) in California, Md. He operated the retail store until late 2006, when the family moved to Michigan. Timm continued to work on computers, and was able to indulge his avid love of golf by joining various golf leagues through his memberships with Moose Lodge 449 and American Legion Post 51. Timm is survived by his wife, Rose Cecelia (Norris) Jasper, and their children Timothy Jasper Jr. of Garner, N.C. and Jennifer Jasper of Buchanan, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest brother Robert Jasper. He is also survived by his brother Rodger Jasper (Linda) of Niles, Mich., and sister Robin Schoff of Wake Forest, N.C.; mother-in-law Clara Ridgell Norris of Leonardtown, Md.; brothers-in-law Matt Norris (Betsy) of Clarksville, Md. and Mike Norris (Sandy) of Hollywood, Md.; and sisters-in-law Gail Nash (Harry) of Leonardtown, Md., Donna Isenberg (Bill) of Loveville, Md., and Carol Jasper of Southfield, Mich; and many treasured cousins, nephews and nieces. Rose, Timmy and Jennifer would like to thank our friends and family for your prayers and support during these past few years. They were a great source of strength for Timm during his treatments. Thank you to for matching Timm with a bone marrow donor, whose generous donation allowed Timm extra time on this earth to share with his family and friends. A celebration of Timm’s life will be held at Moose Lodge 449 in Buchanan, Michigan on Nov. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m.

P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

James Elwood Unkle, 83
James Elwood “Jimmy” Unkle, 83 of Valley Lee, Md., died October 30, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. Born June 17, 1930 in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late James William Unkle and Thelma Regina Thompson Unkle. Jimmy was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1947 to 1950. He was employed by C& P Telephone Company (now Verizon) until his retirement; with over 30 years of dedicated service. He was also employed by Evan’s Seafood as a driver and as a dispatcher for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department. He was an avid waterman for many years, and belonged to the Watermen’s Association. In the early 70’s he enjoyed racing speed boats. He also enjoyed farming, especially riding his John Deere tractor. His hobbies included, dancing, singing karaoke, playing pitch, shuffleboard, bowling, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, and

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John Spriggs Baker, 95
John Spriggs Baker, 95 of Clements, Md., departed this life at his daughter’s residence in Ellicott City, Md., on Oct. 31. John was born on July 6, 1918 in Chaptico, Md., to the late Willie and Ella Baker. He received his education in the St. Mary’s County public schools. John enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 24, 1941 and received an honorable discharge on October 17, 1945. He then went to work for the national zoo in Washington, D.C. and the Bureau of Standard in Washington, D.C., where he retired from in 1975. John then went to work for the St. Mary’s County school system for several years. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Bernice Mills Baker; son, James Carroll “Roger” Bowman; his brothers, Duke, Joseph, James and Webster Baker; sisters, Mary Mason, Louise Bush, Eleanor Yorkshire and Julia Young; three grandchildren, Monica Clark Burnette, Joseph G. Bowman and Edward Nolan Clark and one great-granddaughter, Collen Dorsey. John is survived by his son, John T “DO” Bowman; daughter, Mary “Tina” Davis, seven grandchildren, forty great-

Timothy Elantson Jasper, 52
Timothy Elantson Jasper, 52, of Buchanan, Michigan, died on Oct. 5 from acute myeloid leukemia, at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Born Nov. 11, 1960 in South Bend, Indiana, he was the son of Robert Fulton Jasper and Janet Lorraine (Sult) Jasper. Timm joined the U.S. Navy in 1981 as an Aviation Electronics Technician. The Navy assigned him to various locations in the United States and Spain. He married Rose on September 26, 1985, while stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Md. After his military service, Timm took his love
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great grandchildren, six sisters-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. Family will unite with friends for visitation and viewing on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at BriscoeTonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11a.m., at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, 37575 Chaptico Road, Chaptico, Md. Interment will be at Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen, Md. working in the yard, playing with his grandchildren, going to horse races, and casinos, playing the lottery; he loved the Redskins and Orioles.  The family received friends on Wednesday, October 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., with prayers recited at 7 p.m., in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m., in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bushwood, Md., with Father Alian Colliou officiating and Father Charles Cortinovis Con Celebrating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers; Aaron Felton, Eric Hammett, Timothy Hammett, Jeff Farrell, Eddie Wathen, and Joey Wathen.  Contributions may be made to Stand up 2 and/or Hospice of Charles County 2505 Davis Road Waldorf, Md.  20603.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Guffrie “Smitty” Smith, Jr. (Casey) of St. Leonard, Md., Marva Johnson of Upper Marlboro, Md., Zerita Shade of St. Inigoes, Md., Alberta Smith of Forestville, Md., Orlando “Tubby” Smith (Donna) of Lubbock, Texas, Beulah “Benita” Barnes of Lexington Park, Md., Eugene “Odell” Smith (Joyce) of Triangle, Va., Desiree Berry (Paul) and Ramona Smith, both of Scotland, Md., Holly Powell (Larry) of Lanham, Md., Aaron “Odea” Smith (Gloria) of Scotland, Md., Wendy Morton (Terry) of California, Md., Vivian Smith of St. Inigoes, Md., Shayne Smith of Scotland, Md., William Smith (Jeanne) of Cleveland, Ohio and Cindy Smith of Scotland, Md.; brother, Sylvester Barnes and son-in-law, Robert Bennett, both of Scotland, Md.; a special niece, Angela Barnes (who she raised as her own) of Lexington Park, Md.; thirty-four (34) grandchildren, forty-one (41) great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Parthenia was predeceased by her daughter, Mae Helen Bennett; grandsons, Paul “June” Johnson and William “Will” Lucas Smith, Jr., brothers, Taliferro Barnes, Major Barnes and Billy Rogers; sister, Lilly Mae Hewlett and sons-in-law, William Shade, Jr. and Reno Johnson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Memory of Parthenia W. Smith, mailed to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216. (1-800-242-8721). Family united with friends for visitation at 12 noon until time of service at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 22020 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, Md. 20634. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Md.

Daniel Ignatius Hammett, 83
Daniel “Dan” Ignatius Hammett,83, of Waldorf, Md., formerly from St. Mary’s County, Md., passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Oct. 27.  Born on May 1, 1930 in Park Hall, Md., he was the son of the late Ignatius Abell and Ethel Marie Ridgell Hammett.  Daniel is survived by his loving wife Gertrude M. Hammett whom he married on February 27, 1954 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bushwood, Md. Dan is survived by his children;  Robert D Hammett (Joyce) of Waldorf, Md., Donald Hammett (Bonnie) of Shady Side, Md., Tammy Ashworth (Chris) of Waldorf, Md., 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. Siblings; Agnes Wathen,Evelyn Wathen, Jerome Hammett, Carney Hammett (Barbara), Cecilia Atkins (Ken), John Hammett (Kitty), Lou Guy, and David Hammett (Patty). Daniel is preceded in death by his siblings; Hayden Wathen, Woodrow Wathen, Doris and Robert Norris, Joyce Hammett, and Joe Matts.  Daniel served in the United State Army from Jan. 18, 1951 to December 24, 1953, he was stationed in Germany for 27 months, and earned the Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Dan worked as a manager of an auto body shop, retiring on Jan.1, 2000. He liked

Parthenia Willa Smith, 88
Parthenia Willa Smith, 88 of Scotland, Md., was called home by our Lord and Savior on Oct. 30. She was born July 30, 1925 on Fresh Pond Neck Road in Scotland, Md., to Luke Matthew Barnes and Martha Wood Greene Barnes, both of whom predeceased her. Parthenia was one of six children. Her mother, Martha, was a school teacher and taught in the Scotland school house on Fresh Pond Neck Road and her father, Luke, was a farmer and fisherman. Parthenia married Guffrie Smith on November 23, 1942 and they were married for sixty-seven (67) years. From their union, they had seventeen children (17), twelve (12) girls and five (5) boys. Parthenia was a very supportive wife and Guffrie always made the statement that he would not have been as successful without her. Parthenia, along with her husband Guffrie, were two of St. Mary’s County’s first black entrepreneurs,owning

a trailer park, laundromat and barbershop, as well as becoming bus contractors for the St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Once Parthenia’s last child was born, she decided to get her chauffer’s license to assist her husband with their family business and drove the school bus for twenty (20) years. Parthenia loved traveling and her first trip on an airplane was to Germany. After that, the rest was history! She was a lifetime member of the St. Mary’s County NAACP Chapter, the American Heart Association and the Babysitting Program. She was one of the first black women in the area to be a part of these programs. Parthenia was a Christian who believed God’s word and held on to God’s unchanging hand until the very end. She could be found reading her Bible and praying at any time of the day. Parthenia knew how to call on the Lord for herself and for her family. She encouraged all of her family to attend church and to get to know God for themselves. Parthenia’s nurturing extended beyond her seventeen (17) children and into her community as she fed, clothed, transported and encouraged many individuals. Parthenia had a special place in her heart for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where she was a lifetime member. St. Luke’s became a very important part of her life. She could be found in her favorite seat, wearing a beautiful suit and hat worshipping and praising God! Parthenia enjoyed the fellowship found at church. A hymn that was close to her heart was “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Parthenia was a witness for God by teaching, preaching, leading and demonstrating Christianity throughout her church and community—giving back what she received and treating people the way she wanted people to treat her. If she promised to do something for you, she would do it! Parthenia devoted her life to the Lord and to the building of God’s kingdom.

In Loving Memory of

Vincent D. Bilotta

Clemie and Marguerite Cheseldine
(7/16/16 - 11/04/11) (05/21/21 - 11/18/11)

July 22, 1968 – November 6, 2007
From your Wife, Kitten

Your lives were a blessing, your memories a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
Your Loving Family

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Week 9 Football Scores

Local High School Football Week 9 Review


Leonardtown 26 v Chopticon 6 Great Mills 0 v Lackey 42 St. Mary’s Ryken 28 v Loyola Blakefield 7

Next Games:

Leonardtown v Great Mills   @ Great Mills - Nov. 8, 6 p.m. Chopticon v Calvert   @Chopticon - Nov. 8, 6 p.m.

Photo by Jessica Woodburn

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RUSH, WoO Highlight Early Season Potomac Schedule
By Doug Watson Contributing Writer With the 2013 season now in the record books, Southern Maryland’s Potomac speedway, is already gearing up for what looks to be a very busy 2014 campaign. At last Saturday nights annual awards banquet several announcements were made in regards to the upcoming season by Potomac and Winchester general manager Denise Hollidge. New for the 2014 season is that Winchester and Potomac’s Crate Late Model division will fly under the “Rush Racing Series” banner at both venues. Potomac and Winchester added the class this past season to their respective weekly rotations, with moderate success.”We went unsanctioned last season just to see what kind of response we’d get with the class.” Said Hollidge. “RUSH seems to be the premiere division for this class in the region and we feel with their rules package and the response form the drivers, we can take this class to the next level at both tracks.” It was also announced, to the roar of the crowd in attendance, the the “World of Outlaw Late Model Series” is slated to make a return to Potomac speedway. The Outlaw’s last visited Potomac back in 2004 with former series champion Darrel Lannigan scoring the win in front of a standing-room only crowd. A date has yet to be announced as scheduling talks are still on-going with speedway management. Some other announcements were made that will bring a wide variety of racing to the venerable three-eight’s mile oval. The URC sprint cars, ARDC Wingless Midgets, 270 Micro Sprints and a return of the “Three State Flyers Series” Late Models are just some of the events booked along with the weekly menu of Late Models, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, U-Cars and Strictly Stocks. James Adkins Set For Potomac Return- The 1998 Potomac Late Model champion is set to make a return to the high banks of the speedway in 2014.In a conversation with Adkins on Saturday, Adkins stated that he’s purchased a Rocket chassis from fellow Potomac racer Ryan Hackett to compete with the Crate Late Models. Depending on the amount of shows inked at Potomac, Adkins may tow the car to some events at Winchester as well. James brother Brian Adkins, a 3-time Hobby Stock winner in 2013, has sold his potent no.06 to fellow Hobby Stock classmate Jerry Deason. With the Hobby Stock now gone, Adkins did not release his plans for 2014, but sources tell me he may be joining the Crates Late Models as well. Hobby Champion Moving Up- after a very successful 2013 season that saw him win 3-features and the 2013 track title, Matt Tarbox will be moving up the Crate late Models next season. Tarbox has acquired a former Kenny Moreland Rocket chassis to compete with the class. Tarbox, who once dabbled with the idea of moving on to the Street Stock class, cited it was cheaper in the long run to race with the Crates and with the addition of RUSH, made his decision that much easier. Even though Tarbox will be moving up a class, he has no intentions of selling his ARC built Hobby Stock no.66X, as he plans to either pilot the machine himself on occasion, or have another driver wheel the machine in selected events. Kyle Nelson, a former Potomac Hobby Stock champion, is rumored to be the car’s possible new chauffeur. Clarity For The Street Stocks-  Despite the rumors, the Potomac Street Stock rules will stay in-tact for the new season. The class, once the crown jewel at the track, has fallen on hard times with car counts, but management is encouraged the class will get stronger next season. There was speculation that these cars, which are required to run a “full frame” according to the rules, would be allowed to utilize a stock front-clip with a late model style rear section. However, the announcement was made that this will not be the case and the cars will remain the same. Title Defense Already Planned-  Fresh off his first-career Potomac Limited Late Model championship, Kyle Lear stated that he will be back to defend his crown. A new Rocket is on order and he will keep his trusty, title winning, MD1 chassis as a spare. Lear’s MD1 piece is the same car that carried him to the 2009 Hagerstown Late Model Sportsman title. With his Friday schedule secured, Lear plans to jump around on Saturday’s with stops planned for Williams Grove (PA), Lincoln (PA), Winchester (VA) and Hagerstown. Out With The Old, In With The New- After a successful run with his familiar Monte Carlo, 2012 Potomac Hobby Stock champ John Burch, is preparing to construct a new mount. Burch’s Monte Carlo, built well over a decade ago, has carried him to three Potomac track championships and 47 feature wins, which is tops in the class. Burch, who has no intentions of selling the reliable relic, has acquired the Camaro that former Hobby Stock pilot Jason Murphy utilized several seasons ago. Condolences To David Williams and Family- In a night where champions were crowned and news was shared, there was one person who was noticeably not in attendance, 2013 Late Model champion David Williams. During the week David’s father, Stanley a former driver and avid fan of his son, was hospitalized for complications with cancer. Choosing to be with his father and family, Williams was not part of the evenings festivities, and missed he was. Unfortunately not long after the awards banquet was concluded, Williams father passed away. Stanley was the kind of person everyone liked. Every Potomac event or event that his son was competing in, he always made his way to me just to say hello, and he always threw in how proud he was of his son, win lose or draw. As David went on to win his 5th Potomac Late Model championship this season, his father was there to see it. Before I got the chance to interview David on that night, David’s dad walked up to me and said, “That boy doe’s a good job, doesn’t he.” I will always remember him for little things like that. In closing, our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Williams family in truly a sad time.

Ford and Swap Meet This Weekend at MIR

This weekend on Friday and Saturday it’s the rescheduled 20th annual Washington Area Ford Dealers Ford Fever Classic. The event will feature an all Ford Test & Tune on Friday night and Top ET, Mod ET, Street ET and Stick ET on Sat. See all Ford Drag Racing, Custom Car Show, Swap meet, and much, much more. This is the largest all Ford event in the region! See the baddest Mustangs in the country competing in heads-up competition. Also, special nostalgia cars like Phil Bonner’s Daddy Warbucks 65 Ford Falcon driven by Dick Estevez, and 422 Motorsports with a collection of original legendary Nostalgia cars from the 60’s. Heads up classes will include: Outlaw Drag Radial, X275, and Outlaw Coyote Stock! Ford E.T. classes and Open Comp classes will also be run. There will also be a Ford Custom Car Show on Saturday. If you have some used Ford parts that you would like to sell or buy be sure to take in the Flea Market Swap Meet. On Friday gates will open at 3pm, with a Test & Tune from 5pm-8pm. On Saturday Gates will open at 8 am, Car Show registration, judging, and time trials from 10am to 3pm. Pro qualifying will be at 11am and 1pm. Eliminations will begin at 2:30pm. Admission fees for Friday and Saturday is $30, and admission on just Saturday is $20. Children 6 to 11 are $5 per day. Car show entry or Swap meet space is $30. General spectator parking is free or you can park pitside for $10. On Sunday, Maryland International Raceway will host the Fall MIR Performance Swap Meet and Test & Tune with time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day. Buy, Sell or Trade, and turn those extra parts in your garage into cash, or find the extra parts you need at a good buy. IHRA chassis certifications will also be available. The event is open to streetcars, racecars, street bikes, drag bikes, and junior dragsters. There will also be a free $1,000 to win gambler’s race held for E.T. bracket racers. This is also a great opportunity for racers to settle those grudge matches at the strip. Gates will open at 10am and the event will be concluded at 6pm. The gambler’s race will start at 3pm. General Admission for adults are $15, and kids 11 & under are free. A 15’ x 20’ Swap Meet spot is $25 and that includes one admission. Racer entry fee is $30, and no time racer entry fee is $40. No advance reservations needed, come to race watch or swap! For more information on this event call 301-884RACE, or visit



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Deadline for video entries nearing Nov. 13 is the last day for teens to submit their entry to the Teen Video Contest. To enter teens are to create a book trailer of their favorite book and post it on YouTube. The entry form and details are available on the teen webpage. A grand prize winner will be announced at the Video Showcase which will be held at the Lexington Park branch on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Those attending will view all the videos and then select the winner of the viewer’s choice award. Community Dialogue focuses on practicing democracy A community dialogue on Practicing Democracy: What does “liberty and justice for all” mean to me? will be held at the Leonardtown branch on Nov. 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments being served until 6:15 p.m. Those participating will discuss how they perceive others, how they are perceived and what they understand about themselves. This is part of the 2013 Southern Maryland Public Dialogue Project Defying Definitions. Registration is required. Library offers free training for child care providers Free training for child care providers will be offered on Nov. 13 at Lexington Park branch and on Nov. 14 at Charlotte Hall branch. Both will begin at 6 p.m. The training will provide child care providers with simple activities to help the children in their care get ready to learn to read. Two CEUs will be awarded for the training. Registration is required. Calling all Hunger Games fans It’s time for the Quarter Quell. Hunger Games fans of all ages will have the opportunity to compete and be challenged to see if they have the skills and knowledge to survive the arena. The free program is scheduled at Lexington Park branch on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. and at Charlotte Hall branch on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. From Instant City to Boomtown Lexington Park branch will host Dr. Julia King, St. Mary’s College Associate Professor of Anthropology and SlackWater Project Director, on Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. She will discuss the impact of the 1960s and 1970s on the development of Lexington Park, especially the art, culture and concerns of Lexington Park as it grew to a boomtown. Mobile Career Center to visit libraries Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at the Charlotte Hall branch on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Leonardtown branch on Nov. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. to provide assistance to job seekers.

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Children got to meet with the Superheroes of Southern Maryland while trick or treating at participating businesses throughout the Wildewood Shopping Center.

HVRS Sponsors a Lottery Book Fundraiser
The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary is sponsoring a Lottery Book fund raiser. There are only 1,000 books numbered 000 through 999. Each book has a 3 digit number. When you purchase a book you will receive a calendar for the year 2014. A different amount is listed on each day ranging from $25 to $200. All cash winnings will be determined by the amount indicated on each day of the calendar. If your number matches the 3 digit Maryland Nightly Lottery drawing, you have WON!!!. You have 365 chances to win. There are over $12,000 in prizes. Cost is $25 per book. This will make a great Christmas present, stocking stuffer, or a great gift for that one person who you have no idea what to get for them. You do NOT have to keep track of your numbers, we will contact you if you win. For more information email or call 240-298-7956. We might have your lucky number still available for you.

Our names are Calvin and Hobbs. We were born around July 15th 2013. We have been around people so we are sweet and loving little kitties. We love to play. Tempt us with a feathery fishing pole and we will jump around like crazy kittens. Pet us and we will purr away. We are both fully vetted. We have been combo tested for aids and feline leukemia, spayed, vaccinated against rabies and microchipped. We have also been de-wormed and we have had 3 distemper vaccines each. We can be adopted together for $200 or separately for $125 each. The money helps pay for our vetting. We are inside kitties as we have never been outside since we were tiny kittens. Statistically cats that stay inside live twice as long as outdoor kitties. If you think you might like to adopt one or both of us, please fill out an application at and email it to Diane at We can't wait to meet you! Feral Cat Rescue works on trapping, vetting, releasing and maintaining feral cats. FCR also takes in about 140 cats and kittens a year to be placed in adoptive homes. If you would like to volunteer to foster, trap, transport or work Petco events, please contact Diane at



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Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Colored Troops Monument Nov. 10
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer On Nov. 10, the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC) will sponsor a Veteran’s Day wreath-laying ceremony for St. Mary’s County veterans at the Bay District Fire Department. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. and takes place at the Bay District Fire Department, 46900 S. Shangri-La Dr., Lexington Park, Md. The event also includes appearances by Zion Methodist Men and St. Peters Gospel Choir. State Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr. (D- District 29B) and Senator Roy Dyson (D- MD) will give remarks. Following remarks, attendees will travel to Lancaster Park for a wreath-laying at the United States Colored Troops Monument. The ceremony concludes with refreshments at the Bay District Fire Department. UCAC is the non-profit organization responsible for

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the United States Colored Troops Monument located in Lancaster Park, Lexington Park, Md. Dedicated on June 16, 2012, the monument honors two African-American Medal of Honor recipients from St. Mary’s county. For more information about the ceremony or memorial, contact event coordinator Idoila Shubrooks, 301-863-2150.

Wicomico Shores Golf Featured Home of the Week Course to Host Thanksgiving 47315 Silver Slate Drive • Lexington Park, MD 20653 Day Charity Event
The staff of the Wicomico Shores Golf Course will host the thirteenth annual Thanksgiving Day charity golf event on Thursday, Nov. 28. Golf Course staff will donate their time to open the course that day and will waive greens and cart fees for patrons who contribute various non-perishable food and household items for charity. This year, donations will be given to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church food pantry. Located in the Laurel Grove area of Mechanicsville, the pantry assists citizens in need from all over St. Mary’s County. The facility provides direct aid to individuals and families facing economic hardships and who are in need of temporary assistance with food and other household items. Golf Course staff hope to exceed last year’s event total of over 2,000 items collected. Traditionally, most players donate at least one bag of non-perishable groceries, including such items as canned fruits and vegetables, boxed mixes, soups, canned meats, pasta and noodles. Cash donations will also be accepted. Patrons are encouraged to reserve tee times at least one week in advance. Tee times will be for morning hours only. Please call the Wicomico Shores Golf Course at (301) 884-4601 or (301) 9348191 for further information on this event or to reserve tee times for your group.

Historical Society Welcomes Director, Maryland Study Center at Kiplin Hall
On Friday Oct. 25, the St. Mary's County Historical Society welcomed Dr. Joseph B. Scholten, Associate Director of the Institute for International Programs of the University of Maryland, as speaker at its annual fall dinner held at Olde Breton Inn. Over 112 members and guests attended. Dr. Scholten recently assumed the duties as Director of the Maryland Study Centre at Kiplin Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire, England – the home of the Calverts. He took over as Chair of the Program from Dr. David Fogle, former Chair of the university's Architecture Department. Dr. Scholten showed the recently revised MPTV video on Kiplin Hall and shared comments on his recent trip to England, his meetings with members of the Trustees at Kiplin Hall and members of the British equivalent of our National Trust for Historic Preservation. University of Maryland students have participated in this program for over 25 years and they have restored the home, grounds, and outbuildings, and have prepared documentation on the Hall both for archival and tourism purposes. The history of Kiplin Hall began when Leonard Calvert first leased land at Kiplin in the late 16th century, and his son, George, was born there in 1579. In 1603, George Calvert began his career with the English government leading to a knighthood in 1617. In 1620, he embarked on his first colonial venture, sending settlers to a colony in Newfoundland which he named Avalon. In 1622, he began building a new manor house at Kiplin. He returned to Avalon in 1627 but decided not to create a settlement there. In 1632, King Charles I put his seal to the patent for land to the north of Virginia, to be called Terra Mariae or Maryland in honor of Queen Henrietta Maria. Unfortunately, George died that year and his brother, Leonard, led settlers to Maryland in the Ark and the Dove. The Hall remained in the family until Charles Calvert, the 5th Lord Baltimore, sold Kiplin Hall to the Crowe family in 1722. Dr. Scholten also advised that there are discussions underway between the University and the Hall Trustees and British government to begin an exchange program which would bring British students to America, hopefully focusing first on Southern Maryland, to do similar projects here.

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Thursday, Nov. 7
Celebrate Recovery Relaunch Encounter Christian Center, 30080 Henry Lane, Charlotte Hall, 7 p.m. Encounter Christian Center is proud & excited to announce the Relaunch of Celebrate Recovery! Celebrate Recovery is a biblical based 12-Step Program. Come, bring a friend & help celebrate freedom from hurts, habits & hangups! Florida Tech Patuxent Instant Decision Day 21803 A Three Notch Road Lexington Park, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Considering pursuing a Master’s degree from Florida Tech’s Patuxent Site? Join us for an information session - Meet & Greet with Faculty  Staff - Food and Drink Easy apply and enroll. Application fees are waived for new applicants who attend! Just bring an unofficial copy of your college transcripts. Register in advance online at: *Admittance contingent upon receipt of official academic records Contact 301-862-1004  Member’s Luncheon with St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron Wyle Conference Center 22300 Exploration Drive, Lexington Park, 11:15 a.m. Buffet lunch, $15/person--Prepaid reservation required by October 31st.  

and explains the latest trends in economics, finance, and the policies that shape both. He has been a reporter for the Post since 2000, and frequently appears on television to analyze economic and financial topics. Irwin was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia University, where he earned an MBA. He earned his B.A. at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The Bradlee Lecture features individuals who have made great contributions to journalism with a focus on democracy. The lecture is endowed by Benjamin Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991, who oversaw the publication of stories documenting the Watergate scandal. Bradlee served on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013. The Bradlee Lecture has brought eminent journalists to the St. Mary’s College campus, including Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Tony Kornheiser, and Ben Bradlee himself. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, a joint initiative of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City. Brown Bag Auction & Pizza Social St. Michael’s School, 16560 Three Notch Rd, Ridge, 5 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. This is an inexpensive, full-filled evening for the family!! Envelops are purchased for $4.00 with 24 tickets enclosed. A bag is placed in front of each item to be raffled; one or all of the chances can go in the bag. People keep the numbered envelop and wait to hear their number called. Parents should bring their children and friends to relax, win a few treasures and enjoy refreshments sold by our 8th Grade students. COME JOIN US FOR PRIZES AND PIZZA. Mobile Career Center to Visit Libraries St. Mary’s County Public Library, Charlotte Hall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at the Charlotte Hall. to provide assistance to job seekers.

Shafran. This is a great way to learn about all that SMTMD is about and has to offer. The doors open at 4:30, and the concert begins at 5. Following the concert will be the SMTMD Annual Meeting. The contra will begin at 7 p.m. and the dancing begins at 7:30. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun (and exercise)!  If you’ve ever danced a Virginia Reel or been to a Square Dance, you have a good idea how much fun it can be. If you haven’t, it’s about time you tried it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission to the concert is free, and the price to attend the contra is $8 for non-SMTMD members; $6 for members (band members are free). No fancy or outlandish clothing is required! You need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to www.smtmd. org  Indoor Yard Sale The Center for Life Enrichment, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit Individuals with Disabilities. For more information please call 301-373-8100. Craft and Scrapbooking Yardsale 21795 N Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. This yard sale will benefit the Southern Maryland Vacation for Vets program. A program created to give out service members, from local military hospitals and treatment centers a chance to relax with their family in a quiet country setting here is southern Maryland completely free of charge. Rent a table for $25 or come shop for scrapbooking and craft supplies. Contact Cindy Dale at 240-434-5123 or to rent a table or for more information

The St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, and parade organizers invite the public to come out and salute America’s Veterans at the Annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown! The parade steps off from St. Mary’s Ryken High School, proceeds through Town Square and is immediately followed by a Memorial Ceremony, including a special tribute to Captain Walter Francis Duke, local WWII hero for whom the new elementary school in Leonardtown is being named.  Spectators are encouraged to park at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds .The College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus will be open for classes on Veterans Day. Therefore, spectators are asked to leave the parking lot open for CSM students, and park at the Governmental Center instead. A complimentary, round-trip, handicap-accessible shuttle into Town will still be available. Spectators should park in the areas near the Carter Office Building, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Md., and board the shuttle at the shuttle stop near the flagpoles between the Carter Office Building and the Potomac Building.For more information, please call 301-475-9791 or visit .  Pax River Quilters Guild Meeting Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park, 6:30 p.m. This month features a discussion on batting - various types, samples and techniques. There will be an Ugly Fabric Swap. Bring in 1 yard or combination of fat quarters/half yards totally 1 yard of your ugliest fabric. Bundle and label with your name. Table Runner Challenge - bring your entry, prizes will be awarded. Show & Share bring your latest creation to share. We will hi-light Christmas quilts if you have a special one to display. For more information, contact Julia Graves at

Friday, Nov. 8
Legends & Lore Tour Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, 6 to 8 p.m. Storytelling at its finest, this presentation will bring out the storyteller in you!  With three centuries of people living on this site, has many exciting and entertaining stories that have been passed on over the years. Ghosts and spirits? Well of course! “Way back when” stories and recent experiences from those close to Sotterley will be shared.  Maybe you will have an experience of your own….. Advanced reservations required, NO walk-ins will be permitted.  $15 per person.  Tour is limited to 20 people; visit us at to make your reservation today Neil Irwin Lecture St. Mary’s Hall, Auerbach Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Neil Irwin, Washington Post columnist and author, will deliver St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s annual Benjamin Bradlee Distinguished Lecture in Journalism. This event is free and open to the public. Neil Irwin has recently garnered much acclaim as the author of “The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire,” a New York Times bestselling book about the efforts of the world’s central banks to combat the financial crisis and its aftermath.  The Alchemists is on the shortlist for the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Irwin is also the economics editor of Wonkblog, The Washington Post’s site for policy news and analysis. Each weekday morning his Econ Agenda column reports

Sunday, Nov. 10
Breakfast All-You-Can-Eat 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department, 8 to 11 a.m. Cost for adults is $8.00, children from age 6 – 12 is $4.00, and children 5 and under are free.  For more info call 301-994-9999 Veterans Day Ceremony Bay District Fire Department, 46900 S. Shangri la Dr., Lexington Park, 2 p.m. Join the Unified Committee for AfroAmerican Contributions (UCAC) and the Entire Community  to Recognize Veterans at a Special Veterans Day Ceremony to Honor People who Served in the Armed  Services Wreath Laying  (In Honor of United States Colored Troops and all Deceased  Veterans) Visit the USCT Civil War Monument after the Ceremony. Lay a wreath and see the newly installed plaques with the names of Civil War Union Soldiers from St. Mary’s County. For More Information: Idoila Shubrooks (301)8632150 Nathanial Scroggins (240)538-6581

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Engaging Life The Kings Christian Academy, 20738 Point Lookout Road, Callaway, 7 p.m. “Engaging Life”...This exciting Christ centred and transformational event is an opportunity for all to hear God’s gospel message of hope. The featured speaker is Bible Communicator Ed Newton. Praise and worship music will be provided by Urban Street Level. Contact Pastor Arthur Shepherd at 240-561-3815 for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 9
A Star Party Myrtle Point Park, 7 p.m. Join the Friends of Myrtle Point Park for a night with the stars brought to you by the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society.  Discover some of the delights of the evening sky at one of your favorite places.  This is one of the few times that the park is open for night visitation.  Contact or call 443-404-5549 for details. In the event of rain or stormy weather – the event will be cancelled. SMTMD Presents a HomeSpun CoffeeHouse and a Contra Dance Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, 5 p.m. Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD) will present a HomeSpun CoffeeHouse concert, featuring Harmony Grit, followed by our (short!) Annual Meeting and then our regularly scheduled contra dance, featuring caller Perry

GrassRoots Leadership College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. GrassRoots Leadership is a program that provides leadership insight based on research and best practice techniques to help leaders achieve breakthrough results in their organizations. Attendees will experience the simple power of this transformation-in-thinking approach to improve their leadership skills that will ultimately benefit their organizations and employees. Then cost is $945 per perMonday, Nov. 11 son. Groups of four or more are eligible Veterans Day Parade In Leonardtown  for a group discount of $895 per person.  To register, please contact Karen O’Connor Leonardtown Square, 10 a.m.


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at 8:15 a.m. Any and all business professionals are welcome. There is a $5 sitting fee regardless of if breakfast is purchased. “From Egypt, to Syria, to the ArabThe sitting fee is waived when the meal is Israeli Conflict: Understanding Tumult Deadline for video entries nearing over $5. Don’t forget to bring your business How Secure Is Your Personal Informa- in the Middle East” Lecture and Book St. Mary’s County Libraries cards. Please RSVP with Jereme George at tion from Identity Theft? Signing  Nov. 13 is the last day for teens to submit 240-538-2291 or jmgpblair@docuscanllc. Olde Breton Inn, Leonardtown, 11:30 a.m. Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall, St. their entry to the Teen Video Contest.  To com to ensure seating is available. For Ms. Melody Mattingly, Branch Manager Mary’s College of Maryland, 5 to 6 p.m. enter teens are to create a book trailer of more information on BNI and your local of the Educational Systems Employee Speaker: Dr. Shibley Telhami, Professor, their favorite book and post it on YouTube.  BNI chapter visit these links: http://www. Federal Credit Union will be presenting Dept. of Government & Politics, Univer- The entry form and details are available on www. How Secure Is Your Personal Informa- sity of Maryland; Anwar Sadat Professor the teen webpage.  A grand prize winner tion from Identity Theft to members of for Peace and Development. Co-sponsored will be announced at the Video Showcase the National Active and Retired Fed- with the Center for the Study of Democ- which will be held at the Lexington Park Engaging Life eral  Employees Association (NARFE), racy, SMCM branch on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.  Those attend- The Kings Christian Academy, 20738 St. Mary’s Chapter 969, during their Noing will view all the videos and then select Point Lookout Road, Callaway, 7 p.m. vember Luncheon/Meeting.  A silent Engaging Life the winner of the viewer’s choice award. “Engaging Life”...This exciting Christ cenauction will also be held and reservations The Kings Christian Academy, 20738 tered and transformational event is an opare  required; if you have not already con- Point Lookout Road, Callaway, 7 p.m. portunity for all to hear God’s gospel mesThursday, Nov. 14 firmed reservations, please contact Bev “Engaging Life”...This exciting Christ censage of hope. The featured speaker is Bible at  301-752-1131.  The  Luncheon/ Meet- tered and transformational event is an op- Free Training Offered for Child Care Communicator Ed Newton. Praise and ing includes a full course lunch prepared portunity for all to hear God’s gospel mes- Providers worship music will be provided by Urban by Bailey’s Catering Service.  Not a mem- sage of hope. The featured speaker is Bible St. Mary’s County Library, Charlotte Hall, Street Level. Contact Pastor Arthur Shepber?  Contact Judy Loflin for membership Communicator Ed Newton. Praise and 6 to 8 p.m. herd at 240-561-3815 for more information. details  301-872-0064.  See you  there!  worship music will be provided by Urban Child care providers can earn two CEUs Street Level. 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Welcome to Leonardtown PechaKucha
By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer The Friends of Leonardtown Theatre will put on their, first-ever PechaKucha Leonardtown on Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 8 p.m. PechaKucha began in Tokyo in the early 2000’s as a way for artists to gain feedback on the projects they were working on. The challenge for artists is that they have six minutes and 40 seconds to present 20 pieces of their artwork, about 20 seconds per image. For the Friends of Leonardtown event, the same challenge will be held for artists; however, there will also be sessions of intermission for artists to mingle with the public to discuss their work in more detail. The Friends of Leonardtown brought PechaKucha to Southern Maryland after a resident of St. Mary’s County mentioned that they had seen a PechaKucha performance in Maine a year or so before. The theme of this year’s event is “Putting the ‘Social” Back into Social Media”. In their presentation, each artist also had to tie in the theme of sharing their passions and experiences in the way they approach life. The Friends of Leonardtown hope that PechaKucha will serve as a way to bring more live performances to Leonardtown. PechaKucha Leonardtown will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the blue building of St. Peter’s Chapel, part of the Dorsey Law Building, 22835 Washington Street, in Leonardtown. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the first session begins at 8 p.m. there is a $5 admission fee. There will be a cash bar, and refreshments will be available as well. For more information, wisit ww.fotlt. com, call 240-298-0183 or email

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Massage Therapy Sherry Zollinhofer, licensed massage therapist, will be providing onehour massage sessions at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost is $45.00 for a one hour session. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 to make your appointment. “What is Palliative Care?” Elizabeth Holdsworth, LCSW-C, Medical Social Worker and Senior Matters group facilitator, covers an emerging topic of palliative care at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Nov. 19 at 10:45 a.m. In the last ten years, palliative care has been one of the fastest growing trends in health care. Also referred to as ‘Supportive Care,’ it is individualized medical care for people with serious illnesses. Due to the growth in the number and needs of chronically ill patients, palliative care has emerged as a specialty focusing on meeting the unique needs of these patients. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness regardless of the prognosis. The goal of palliative care is to provide quality of life for both the patient and the family. Walk-ins are welcome. Internet Literacy Class On Nov. 19, at 10 a.m., a free Internet Literacy training is being held at the Northern Senior Activity Center courtesy of the Maryland Department of Aging. This class will cover computer literacy, email engagement, and introduce Maryland Access Point (MAP). There is limited seating. For more information and to register call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001. Lunch is provided. Eating more than we think On Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10:45 a.m., Dietitian Barbara Hak will be presenting “Why We Eat More Than We Think” at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Find out and discuss why we have the tendency to eat even when we aren’t really hungry. Walk-ins are welcome. Roy Dyson to give presentation at Loffler Senior Activity Center On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. Senator Roy Dyson will be at Loffler to discuss pre-file bills (new legislation that is likely to be introduced in 2014 in the Maryland General Assesmbly) Would you like to hear what he has to say? Sign up for this presentation by calling 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 by Tuesday Nov. 12. Fall Wreath Making Make a beautiful wreath for your door using simple coffee filters and a straw wreath at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Friday, Nov. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Who could believe it could be so simple! Join Jennifer as she teaches you how. $5.00 fee covers your supplies. Reservation required. Call 301-475-4200, ext.1050 to register. Payment is due when registering. Thanksgiving Movie A week before Thanksgiving is a great time to watch a movie about that holiday. We will be showing “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving” at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. This Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation is based on the book by Louisa May Alcott and stars Jacqueline Bisset. There is no cost for this showing. If you wish to sign up to see this movie or wish for more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

• Boxing Glove Bertha Ruddy Duck, (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 6 p.m. • Karaoke With DJ Tommy T and Friends DB McMillians (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) 8 p.m. • Justin Myles Experience OCI Pub (45413 Lighthouse Rd., Piney Point) 9 p.m.

• Team Trivia Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 7 p.m.

• Karaoke With DJ Tommy and DJ OT Hard Times Café (1120 Smallwood Drive, West Waldorf) 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 13
• Wolf Blues Jam Londontowne Pub (726 Londontowne Rd., Edgewater) 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9
• R&R Train Band Dew Drop Inn (23966 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood)  9:30 p.m.  • Bar Dogs Gridiron Grill, 20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway, 8 p.m. • The Mike Starkey Band Cryers Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Rd., Compton) 9 p.m.

Thursday, November 14
• The Music of George Gershwin Café De Artists(41655 Fenwick St, Leonardtown) 7 p.m.

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

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Land at the Museum for a reception on November 14. Festivities start right after work and continue to 8pm. We will be ready to serve you at 1600. MACH Combat & Flightline Gift Shop are open throughout the event. Be sure to check out the NEW Ejection Seat Exhibit. Hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Quality Street Catering. Wine and Beer available from Blue Wind Gourmet. Tickets are $8.00 for non-members, $6.00 for members. Wine & Beer $4.00
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“A Beautiful World”
By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I looked up for a minute and Thanksgiving is three weeks away. I looked away and the leaves changed to brilliant, fiery colors. I closed my eyes and it got dark at 5 o’clock. Why do some years seem to go by so fast? The old sayings hold true about life going by faster and faster. Is that because we add so much more into our lives, or because of the sensory bombardment we all face? An example were my nightmares a few nights ago – which I can’t even talk about - but I feel were a direct result of the constant stream of negative Virginia political commercials – especially one in particular. I want to see the nightly news every night but all the recent horrors make me think twice about going to any large public places. Is everyone feeling this way? Why are there people who want to make us fear everything in what can be a beautiful life; in what could be, and is most of the time, a beautiful world? Lots of questions, I know. I don’t want to feel like this. Maybe to have a peaceful day, or a peaceful life, I might need to stop watching the news, and turn down the commercials during my favorite TV shows. And I could stop watching mysteries, and shows like CSI and Criminal Minds. I want to be scared in a safe environment I guess, but now certain people already on the edge want to recreate or copy what they see. Then it becomes real, and I can’t watch some of those shows now without wondering is someone going to do this now. They all try to top each other. Once I have everything from the shop in its proper place (almost) and get a home routine going then I think I will be in my groove again and, hopefully start creating artwork and unusual creations, and making time for appreciating the beauty of idle, daydreaming moments. I made a sort of daily organization list for myself this morning while sitting out in my chair in the paths. I wonder how long it will hold up. I’m thinking that Mondays will be errands and organizational activities, Tuesdays can be writing projects, Wednesdays can be finishing some framing, Thursdays can be framing and creation projects, and Fridays more projects like painted furniture and art. Of course I really only have energy like I used to from 5 a.m. until maybe 5 p.m. then it’s time to think of dinner, small mindless tasks, and then flake out. When my sons were little and I seemed to have endless energy, I painted and crafted until late into the night, and restarted early in the morning, plus had them involved in a different activity each night from Scouts, to music, to sports. I can’t even imagine how I did, and juggled all the things I did. I’m not going to script all my time, because my husband will soon be home all day too, and my plans might change in a minute. The only thing I want to positively have in each day is some silent time in the house, and some silence and time to enjoy our beautiful yard – a small portion of our beautiful world. I wish the same for you in this month of daily gratitude moments and of Thanksgiving. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby
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The When and What of Eating
By Debra Meszaros CSN What does gas, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, and stomach discomfort have in common? They are all specific body language indicating that your body is being deprived of nutrients. Could you be taking nutritional supplements and not benefiting from them? Is there a chance you are gaining very little from the quality food you consume? Surprisingly, the answer may be yes! Lack of proper digestion is one of the main foundational reasons leading to a multiple array of various dysfunctions in the body. The human digestive system is the basis for health and contributes greatly to ones emotional well being. Even consuming the finest supplements and foods provide little advantage to the body if they’re not assimulated and absorbed properly.So, why do individuals struggle to breakdown food? Some of the top reasons for bad digestion is how you eat, when you eat, and what you eat together. There are two types of processes to digestion: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical is chewing your food, chemical is the body’s enzyme processes. How well you chew your food directly correlates with chemical digestion. The more you chew, the smaller the particles of food become; and smaller particles mean easier chemical digestion. How well you chew your food is important, so take the time to eat and chew completely, as this will help digestion. Not all food is digested in your stomach. Many individuals have the belief that all the food you consume is digested in the stomach. In actuality, different food groups are digested in different areas of the body. Only protein is completely brokendown in the stomach. Fresh fruits are mechanically brokendown in the stomach but then chemically finished in the small intestine. Starches are actually the hardest food group to be digested by the body due to the fact that it requires three levels of digestion. It is starches that usually create the most discomfort and digestive dysfunction. Chewing starches very well is extremely important as starch digestion begins in the mouth. The second level of starch digestion happens in the stomach, and third level in the small intestine. Unlike other foods, starches require alkaline conditions to be digested properly. This is where many digestive systems fail. Proper alkalinity means among other things, proper mineral and vitamin balances. If you struggle with digesting starches, try eating them alone, three hours after protein, or two hours before protein. For many, the combination of starch and protein is a struggle on the digestive system. Tomatoes are another difficult food, although widely used and combined in so many recipes. As a seed vegetable, tomato blends best with its partners: squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumber, bell peppers, and okra. Tomatoes combined with other foods sometimes create digestive difficulties. Try separating your tomatoes. Best time to eat what? The morning is probably the best time for less concentrated foods like fruit; and also the best time for the greatest amount as well. As the day continues, midday would be the best time for starchy carbs, or slightly more complex foods in a smaller amounts. The most concentrated foods like protein, can be consumed in the late afternoon or evening, but in the least amount. Quality healthy fats can be consumed throughout the day for sustained energy, maintaining blood sugar levels, and the delivery of nutrients into your cells. Although there are different degrees of digestive dysfunction, for some merely adjusting your consumption of food mix and timing can do the trick, for others digestive dysfunction can be a much deeper issue relating to enzyme deficiency.
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A Journey Through Time


Ann L. Clements, daughter of Henry Clements and Rebecca Barber, was born about 1800 in St. Mary’s County. On June 13, 1817 Ann married Samuel John Briscoe, a resident of Charles County where they lived on property called “Hill Serene.” I first “met” Ann last week while looking for something else entirely. That’s the way it often happens and it’s a part of the fun of researching. My search had led me to Little Rock, Arkansas and then to Mt. Holly Cemetery where there’s a tombstone for her. The inscription on the tombstone is nearly illegible, but with the help of Jerry Burchfield who posted the picture (and then made a special trip back to photograph it again), we finally came up with the words. My Sister Ann L. Briscoe Relict of Samuel John Briscoe Late of Charles Co., Maryland “Sustained during a long and wasting disease by a perfect trust in the offering of the atonement made upon the cross, she sank to rest on the 25th of November 1855 in the confident hope of a glorious resurrection to a life eternal.” Now I was left wondering who placed the stone? Was Samuel John Briscoe buried there too and what happened to him? The Briscoes were living at Allen’s Fresh in 1850 so I knew Samuel was alive then. I then

found that on February 7, 1851 Ann had filed papers with the Charles County court declining to act as the administrator of her husband’s estate and deferring to his brother, Walter H. S. Briscoe (this was Walter Hanson Stone Briscoe who lived at “Sotterley”). About the same time Sarah Ann Briscoe, their daughter, also declined to administer on her father’s estate. On September 2, 1851, “Hill Serene”, 600 acres, lying on the Wicomico River, was sold on the court house steps. This would not have happened if the estate had not been in financial straits. Now, what happened to Sarah Ann Briscoe? I took another look at who was buried in the Mt. Holly Cemetery. One thing led to another and I found her. On January 11, 1855 Sarah Ann Briscoe married her cousin, Gwinn D. Barber who had moved to Little Rock about 1839 with his brother, Luke Edgar Barber (both of these men were born in St. Mary’s County and were the sons of George Locke Barber and wife, Elizabeth). Sarah died in 1867. One more question remained. Who placed the stone for Ann? Back to the cemetery to see if anybody with the surname Clements was listed. Sure enough, there was her brother, Robert Clements (born 1814 in St. Mary’s County and died February 19, 1873 in Little Rock). Robert Clements had married Mary Susan Causine (born in St. Mary’s County in 1836; died May 7, 1905 in Little Rock) daughter of Gerard Newton Causine and Eleanor S. Marshall who moved to Arkansas with the Barbers. Just like the families who went to Kentucky, those who went to Arkansas didn’t go alone, socialized together, and often intermarried.

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