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Thursday, December 10, 2015

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County Times
St. Marys

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Our 12 Days
of Christmas
Shopping Guide!

Out Of Business May

Not Mean Off The Hook
County Treasurer Searching
For $1.8 Million In Payments

Anchor Announced For

New Shopping Center


Child Death Case Moves

Ahead In Federal Court


Hope For St. Clements

Shores Septic Hookups
Photo by Guy Leonard

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The question is how far

does this go and also who is
responsible? Do we really
have the authority to fix this?
I hope we can offer [amnesty]
but Im not sure.
- County Commissioner Tom Jarboe on
the push to collect back personal property
taxes from defunct businesses
Back Business Taxes In Focus

pg. 11

Its A Wonderful Life

pg. 26

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Approve New
Tasers For Jail

By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
With their effective service life of five
years coming to an end, officials with
the St. Marys County Sheriffs Office
corrections department applied for permission to use unused salary money to
buy new tasers for the safety of their
corrections officers last month.
The Commissioners of St. Marys
County approved of the measure at
Tuesdays meeting but not without some
consternation from some elected leaders concerned about using money intended to pay for new corrections officers for capital equipment costs.
Tasers fire wire leads into an inmates
body that send a disabling charge to
stop assaults or unresponsive prisoners.
I think its a double edged sword no
matter how you look at it, said Commissioner John OConnor. I want to
break the cycle of incentivizing not filling vacancies.
OConnor said it was a necessity to
ensure corrections officers had the tools
to do their jobs but he lamented the fact
that the sheriffs office returned salary
money each year to the county due to
the fact that it could not fill all of its va-

cant slots for corrections officers.

The agency has similar issues filling
its quota of deputies.
Capt. Michael Merican, commander
of the corrections division, said the
vacancies were not by design and the
money was not intended for use on
other items despite being earmarked for
The problem is perpetual and its
connected to conditions at the jail,
Merican said.
Working and living conditions at the
jail are difficult, with the aging building
lacking air conditioning and safety and
security measures like doors and locks
aging and breaking down.
We still have to do our jobs, Merican continued.
The total cost for the tasers taken
from salary money was $27,875.
Commissioner Mike Hewitt said he
supported using the salary money to
get the new tasers but said some reform
might be needed.
We need to start looking at salaries
if youre [the sheriffs office] not using

Hewitt: State Will

Allow Hook Ups at
St. Clements Shores
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
County Commissioner Mike Hewitt
said Tuesday that the Maryland Department of the Environment would begin
to allow for residents of St. Clements
Shores in Compton with failing septic
systems to begin hooking up to the local wastewater treatment plant.
Hewitt said the information came
from Del. Matt Morgans office and he
made the annoucement at the regular
meeting of the Commissioners of St.
Marys County.
This is a good move from MDE,
Hewitt said.
The challenge, Hewitt said, would be
to finalize the agreement between the
state, the county and the Metropolitan
Commission (MetCom) which currently operates the treatment plant in St.
Clements Shores.
The county would likely have stringent guidelines to abide by, he said, but
the agreement with the state now meant
that any oveflows of pollutants from the
treatment plant due to the extra system

hookups would not result in fines.

Those fines, which can cost thousands of dollars a day per violation under normal circumstances, were one of
the main reasons MetCom had resisted
overtures from the county commissioners to allow the failing systems to
According to MetCom information the permit for the treatment plant
from MDE allows for 100,000 gallons
of treated effluent to be released each
day but the plants capacity is already
near full at 90,000 gallons per day of
Civil fines from MDE can be as high
as $10,000 per day and can even be
merged with criminal fines of $25,000
for a first offense and $50,000 for a second offense.
While the agreement may offer relief
for some property owners in the short
term local elected leaders have said the
only permanent sollution is to find some
way to expand the small plant currently
servicing St. Clements Shores.

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Voting Rights
Litigants Win
At Supreme Court

By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
An man suing the Maryland State
Board of Elections over the states 2011
congressional redistricting plan has won
a major victory at the Supreme Court,
with a unanimous decision by the High
Court stating the petitioners have a right
to have their suit heard by a three judge
Steve Shapiro, a federal employee,
had earlier petitioned a lower federal District Court for relief from the
2011 plan based on First Amendment
grounds, essentially that they were
barred from participating in the electoral process effectively because of political gerrymandering.
The activist group Common Cause
filed a friendly brief at the High Court
in support of Shapiros suit.
The lower court rejected Shapiros
case, which he filed on his own behalf
and represented himself before the U.S.
District Court in Baltimore and later at
the 4th U.S. Circuit Court in Richmond.
The lower federal court ruled that
Shapiros claim was not one for which

relief can be granted.

The High Court disagreed.
Accordingly, the District Judge
should not have dismissed the claim as
constitutionally insubstantial .
Perhaps petitioners will ultimately
fail on the merits of their suit, [federal
law] entitles them to make their case
before a three-judge district court, the
opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia stated.
In the beginning of the courts opinion, Scalia wrote that the states congressional apportionment plan amounted to gerrymandering and appeared
as crazy-quilt results.
Shapiro was pleased at the outcome,
according to a prepared statement from
Common Cause.
Im optimistic that ultimately we
well prevail on the merits and voters
will not have their free speech rights
muted because of their political beliefs,
Shapiro stated. The courts should put
limits on gerrymanders and the role of
legislatures in unduly influencing the
outcome of congressional elections.

Local News

Calvert Commissioners
Want Talks On New
Animal Shelter
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Calvert County elected leaders have
petitioned the Commissioners of St.
Marys County as well as their counterparts in Charles County to look into
building a possible replacement facility
for the aging Tri-County Animal Shelter.
Currently, Calvert County has budgeted for our prorate share of a new shelter in the fiscal 2020 Capital Improvement Plan budget, a missive sent to
neighboring county governments stated.
There are a significant amount of issues noted at the shelter, located in
Hughesville, noted in the Calvert commissioners letter.
They include refurbishing the air conditioning system, building a separate
area to assess animal behavior as well as
a separate area for small pocket pets
such as rabbits, guinea pigs, lizards,
snakes and ferrets.
There also needs to be a room to isolate
sick felines, according to Calverts letter.
Officials with Charles County government, who run the animal shelter, said
they were unwilling to comment on the
needs at the animal shelter until they had

formulated their own recommendations

to share with elected leaders, according to Donna Fuqua, spokeswoman for
Charles County.
Calvert County Commissioner Mike
Hart said that his county provides 25 percent of the funding to the animal shelter
but had little to no influence over how it
was run and that there were numerous issues there that needed to be addressed.
In hearing from representatives with
the Tri-County Animal Shelter Advisory
Board on Tuesday, Hart said that there
was no veterinarian on duty at the shelter
nor was their temperature control for the
animals inside.
He said in a perfect world he would
like to see Calvert County have its own
animal shelter.
In the meantime, though, he said the
current shelter had to rise to a priority.
I know we dont have millions to
throw away but theres also something
about being humane, Hart said, adding
that he would like to see the policy of putting down animals at the shelter changed.
I dont really believe in euthanization, Hart said. Thats a last resort.

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Morgan: Anchor Confirmed For St. Marys Marketplace

By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Harris Teeter will be the anchor business for a new shopping center planned
for construction near the intersection
of Route 4 and Three Notch Rd., The
County Times has learned.
County Commissioner Todd Morgan
made the announcement via social media Wednesday afternoon.
Morgan said the news was an early
Christmas present.



We anticipate breaking ground in

the not too distant future, Morgan said.
Projects like this and the [R/C Theaters] movie theater take a lot of time
and attention so it is especially gratifying when they come to fruition.
Morgan said he was informed of the
deal Dec. 8 by Dan Klein, owner of the
projects developer Klein Enterprises
based in Baltimore.
The county planning commission gave
final approval to the project in February
of last year and the developer planned

to build more than 90,000 square feet

of commercial space on the property,
the site of an old, now abandoned trailer
park, including a grocery store, pharmacy and other businesses from the current
Bay Country shopping center that will

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Stop by to see all
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The entire development is set to be
built on 15 acres.

Commandant, Naval
District Washington
to Brief Community
The Patuxent Partnership will host a
briefing with Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey,
Commandant, Naval District Washington and Capt. Heidi Fleming, Naval Air
Station Patuxent River (NAS Pax River)
Commanding Officer on Tuesday, Dec.
15 at the Bay District Volunteer Fire
Department Social Hall. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with networking and light
breakfast prior to the program start.
Rear Adm. Lindsey became the
89th Commandant of Naval District
Washington in June 2015.Naval District Washington encompasses more
than 4,000 square miles, including the
District of Columbia; the Maryland
counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert,
Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince
Georges and St. Marys, as well as the
counties of northern Virginia.
The commandant exercises area coordination over military and civilian
employees assigned to Navy activities
within the geographic area encom-

passed by Naval District Washington.

One of the main goals of the commandant is to strengthen the operation readiness of shore installations, such as NAS
Pax River and Naval Support Facility
Indian Head.
Capt. Fleming will provide an update
on NAS Pax River installations and
This event is open to the public. Advanced registration is recommended at
The Patuxent Partnership works with
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Cancels December Meeting

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on Agings December meeting, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 28, has been
Meetings are generally held on the
fourth Monday of each month, at 1 p.m.,

at the Garvey Senior Activity Centers

Club Room, located at 41780 Baldridge
St., Leonardtown.
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Earth to Table
Catering Co.
By Crista Dockray
Staff Writer
Local grown food, handcrafted artisan
dishes, and no pre-set menu are what the
unique catering business Earth to Table has
to offer.
Melissa Rivera, daughter of Linda from
Lindas caf, started Earth to Table in April
of 2013.
Her ingredients come from local sources
like the produce auction in Loveville, South-

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

ern Maryland Meats, and Chesapeake Bounty and with that every dish made is handmade, down to the bread and butter.
Earth to Table can cater anything from
corporate events to weddings. They do not
have pre-set menus which allows Rivera to
serve whatever the client wishes.
We start from scratch every time, said
For weddings, Earth to Table offers clients the ability to consolidate services to one
source. For a wedding, Earth to Table can
make the cake, handle event staffing, make
signature cocktails, provide bar tending staff
and tools, and the catering.
The also offer a package which allows
clients to choose from a bridal shower, a
rehearsal dinner, a Sunday brunch, a baby
shower, or the wedding itself. If they book
three events with Earth to Table, they receive
a discount.
Rivera promises that each meal and experience will be unique and no guest will receive the same dish more than once.
Its three different experiences under one
roof, said Rivera.
Unfortunately, using natural products
means that Earth to Table can only provide
its services from April to December. If catering is needed between January and March,
Rivera can still help. Although the food will
not come from local sources, she can still cater through Lindas catering.
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The next stop for Earth to Table Catering
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the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department
in Lexington Park on Sunday, Jan. 17.
For more information on Earth to Table,
find them on Facebook at www.faebook.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Reaching for the Stars

Christmas Light Show
(RFTS) Maryland Chapter

Hello everyone!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with your families!
I am reaching out to all of you because I consider you all my "local CP
peep's" :-) In one way or another
you all have supported our family
throughout our journey of raisingour
own son, Jacob, who has Cerebral
Palsy. We could not be more grateful for your continued support and
friendship. As many of you know, we
are in the process of standing up the
Reaching for the Stars (RFTS) Maryland Chapter to provide a better resource to families of children with CP
and similar motor disabilities HERE
in Maryland.
I received the email below from
Partners for Successyesterday afternoon in regards to a 14 year old
girl named Heidi, with Cerebral Palsy,who will be coming to our area
from Honduras VERY soon. She is
currently in a shelter in New York and
my understanding is the parents are
in need of some assistance to accommodate her when she arrives.Italked
to the representative at the Judy Center this afternoon,and I also plan to
meet with the family to see what kind
of additional equipment they might
need. I am in the process of finding
a contractor who would be willing to
assist the family in building a wheelchair ramp for their house too. Depending on how cheap we can get it...
we may have to throw together a little
fundraiser and/or reach out to local
businesses for donations.
In addition to cerebral palsy, Heidi
is non verbal andhas epilepsy and

scoliosis. I plan to be in contact with

someone soon to determine what kind
of communication device will work
best for her.
If you are interested and have the
time to help please let me know! Parents - please start thinking about any
unused items/equipment you have
laying around that you might be willing to donate. Teachers/Providers - I
may need your assistance reaching out
to other families in SOMD who also
have children with motor disabilities
- without violating any privacy rules
:-) ...and of course, the more volunteer
power we have the better!!! Heidi is
14 years old, but I hear she istiny for
her age so I do not know any clothing
sizes yet.
This is not only a great opportunity
to help out a local family in need, but
it's also an opportunity to bring our
little community together in SOMD.
The goal is to get Heidi here in the
next week or two so she can spend
her first Christmas in the U.S. with
her family. I plan to do everything I
can to help this family enjoy their first
Christmas together. With your help I
know we can make it happen!
Please reply back and let me know
if you're with us!
I will be sure to pass along more details as I receive them.


Brad Searle
Executive Board Member, Reaching
for the Stars. A Foundation of Hope
for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Hi, my family and I moved to St. Mary's

County Christmas Eve 2014 when my husband and I married that day. Since then, we've
moved his mom in to in home hospice where
we took care of her full time. She was able to
meet our new born, her grandchild and then
passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospice
House. Then, our oldest took on football for
Pax a River Raiders 10u team where they won
every game they played, including the Mexico
Independence Bowl and their Super Bowl.
When joining football, that's where we got to
meet friends. Both my husband and I are kids
at heart during Christmas. Although, we've
lost my mom-in-law, we wanted to keep the
spirit of Christmas very much alive. We've
met wonderful medical staff with St. Mary's
Hospice and St. Mary's Hospice House, and
the Pax River Raiders community. We've met
under privileged families and have wanted to
really help. To thank St. Mary's County for
welcoming us into this fine community, being there for us during our most dreaded moments of my mom-in-law's illness and passing,
we wanted to do something special. We have

a newborn and certainly wanted to celebrate

life this year, both present and in spirit, so we
decked out our home. We created a Christmas
music dancing light show. We are not present
off the street and don't have many neighbors
surrounding us. So I was hoping I can grab
your attention to help in spread the word. We
are ever so appreciative of the welcome and
hospitality of St. Mary's County and wanted
to have the kids and families and St. Mary's
Hospice staff come for a drive thru to view
the Christmas light show. Please let me know
if you can help make this happen. I feel as
though, even though I was recently laid off
from work and have it trying emotional and
financial times, nothing brings happiness and
joy than watching people light up and smile.
Our address is 20596 Goddard Road, Lexington Park MD 20653. Come and enjoy and
leave with holiday spirit.
Kind Regards,
Nabiha Zayat-Calcutt

A Thank You To Those

Who Have Helped
I would like to extend a big heartfelt thanks to all of you that have made
very kind and generous donations to
me through GO FUND ME, gift cards,
cash, food brought to the Solomons Fire
House were a saving grace at a time
when such a devastation stops you in
your tracks. Such a huge out pouring of
Thoughtfulness and Caring means more

that my words can say. Thank You again

to all Who were Involved in helping me
stay positive. It is still an ongoing process and I will keep You informed on the
rebuilding of my Home.
Thank You,
Michael Heim

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Linda Reno
Terri Schlichenmeyer
Doug Watson
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U.S. Judge:
Prosecution Must
Show Intent In
Child Death Case

By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The latest ruling by a U.S. District
Court Judge in the case of a child that
died while confined in a hot car on
Patuxent River Naval Air Station last
year suggests that the prosecution in
the case must prove the boys father intentionally left the boy in the car if they
want a conviction.
John Junek, of Leonardtown, was initially charged Sept. 4 of 2014 with negligent manslaughter for leaving his infant
son in the car while he went to work and
even attended several meetings, all the
while the temperature in the car reached
85 degrees.
Those charges were later reduced to
illegally confining the child, which under the Maryland statute would mean
Junek, 41, would face only 30 days
For months U.S. attorneys have argued that the states statute equally punished negligently leaving a child in a vehicle just as much as it did adults who
intentionally left a child under the age of
8 unattended.
In his ruling, Judge Charles B. Day
disagreed, stating that the law included
an element of knowledge or intent on a
defendants part.
Juneks lawyer, Robert Bonsib, contends that his client had no intent to leave

his son in the car that day.

He just forgot, Bonsib told The
County Times. This was not a knowingly committed act.
Bonsib contends that if a judge rules
that Juneks actions were not intentional,
his client would not be found guilty.
The criminal complaint against Junek
filed last year showed he had dropped his
older, 4-year-old son off at pre-school
that morning before going on base to his
office at Building 2187.
Junek told law officers that he was
supposed to drop the infant, just 17
months old, off at the child development
center on base but failed to do so, leaving him in a rear-facing child seat from
about 8:50 a.m. to 3:20p.m.
At nearly half past 3p.m. Junek received a call from his wife to ask if he
had the car seat and then realized, according to the criminal complaint, that
he might not have dropped his son off.
Junek found the infant unconscious
and unresponsive in the hot car, the
complaint said, and he called emergency
Junek later told law officers that he
had even come back out to his car at just
before 1 p.m. for a meeting in another
building, drove to that destination and
had to air out the car because it was so


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Approximately six weeks ago,
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As part of our continued effort to

increase public awareness, the St.
Marys County Sheriffs Office provides a daily (excluding weekends)
report called Incident Briefs. The
report contains selected crimes,
which are of interest to the residents
of St. Marys County. Addresses
shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a
comprehensive list of every police
event in St. Marys County during
the stated time frame.
Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report
is based on initial reports made to
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Treasurer Pursuing
Back Personal
Property Taxes
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Some businesses that had closed their
doors up to seven years ago have received a shock recently when the states
Department of Assessements and Taxation (SDAT), through County Treasurer
Christie Kellys office, are pursuing
personal property taxes the state claims
they owe even though they have long
been out of business.
The problem has many sources but
perhaps the most vexxing is that many
owners failed to properly file the paperwork to officially disolve their business
and avoid paying further taxes on equipment or other items used in their businesss day to day operations.
Kelly said her office has engaged the
services of an Upper Marlboro law firm
to get as much of the back taxes as possible her office estimates that there
could be about $1.8 million in back personal property taxes to be collected.
The firm of Carl A. Harris and Associates is contracted to keep 30 percent
of whatever they can collect, Kelly said,
and has so far filed 115 law suits in pursuance of the revenues.
Kelly is pursuing the taxes back to
After seven years they are no longer collectable, Kelly told The County
Times. The dissolution paperwork is
rarely filed and even when it is, there are
often mistakes.
Kelly said state law obligates her to
pursue the taxes.
Its not a fun part of my job, Kelly
said. Its a wake up call, youve got to
fix this.
By not filing the paper work properly, Kelly said, there is no proof that the
business has stopped operating and the
taxes on the personal property of that
business continue to accrue.
Without the proof of dissolution, not
only does the tax on business items continue, but interest and penalties do as

Its not a
fun part of
my job. Its a
wake up call,
youve got to
fix this.
The penalites do not end there.
If a business does not file a personal
property tax assessment with SDAT
each year, the state will automatically
take the last year they filed and double
the assessment for the following year,
effectively doubling the amount of back
personal property taxes.
This penalty can hit businesses still
in operation as well as as those that are
not but have not filed their dissolution
The back personal property taxes
some defunct business owners face can
run the gamut from a few hundred to
thousands of dollars.
There is hope, though, Kelly said.
If the owner of a defunct business can
provide paperwork proving they dissolved their business some time ago
occassionally the paperwork is either
misfiled or is lost they can expunge
the tax bill and avoid the stiff penalities.
However, even businesses that have
this proof available are reluctant to come
forward, she said.
Sometimes they just try to ignore it

St. Marys County Treasurer Christie Kelly

Photo by Guy Leonard

or hope it goes away, Kelly said, adding

that providing the paperwork could still
mean a defunct or still operating business may have to pay some portion of
their bill.
The entire issue puts focus on the debate over what to do locally about the
personal property tax.
Last year Del. Matt Morgan tried unsuccessfully to pass a bill that would
have eliminated the personal property
tax for St. Marys County, but it failed to
even get out of committee.
That failure helped trigger a push for
changing to code home rule, even though
the Commissioners of St. Marys County
have the authority to bring to zero the
personal property tax rate each year on
their own.
Commissioner Tom Jarboe said Kellys pursuit of the money was necessary,
even though it was bound to be unpopular and at least had the appearance of
taking advantage of businesses.
I can understand where that perception can be derived, Jarboe said. But I
think shes doing her job.
For now, he said, the commissioners
are still trying to learn all they can about

the problem and there are more questions than answers.

The question is how far does this go
and also who is responsible? Jarboe
said. Do we really have the authority to
fix this?
I hope we can offer [amnesty] but Im
not sure.
Mary Slade, the owner of a local tax
preparation business, said several of her
clients who had owned businesses that
closed years ago were caught completely
by surprise by the notices to pay back
They thought that the tax liability
ceased with their business, Slade said,
adding that while some did not file their
dissolution forms, others did and they
were either lost or misfiled.
Its a real pitfall, Slade said. And
the state of Maryland doesnt contact
them about paperwork not being filed.
To never receive a notice and four or
five years later to get a notice on something they didnt even know was out
there, its a shock.

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The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes

and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Mondays may run in the following weeks edition.

Bernard L. Baxter, 83
Bernard L. Baxter, 83,
of Lexington Park, Md.
died on Dec. 4 at his home
surrounded by his loving
He was born on April
28, 1932 in Central City,
K.Y. to the late John F.
Baxter and Lorene Garst.
Bernard proudly enlisted in the United
States Navy on Oct. 19, 1951 and dedicated over 20 years of service before his
retirement on Nov. 20, 1971 as an Aviation Machinists Mate Chief Petty Officer. During his service he served in many
countries, including Iceland, Holland,
New Zealand and Germany. He earned
the National Defense Service Ribbon,
Navy Occupation Service Medal, Korean
Medal and United Nations Service Medal.
After retiring from the Navy, he worked
for Bates Associates, Hewitt Lumber and
Dyson Lumber before retiring again. His
hobbies included fixing power tools and
lawnmowers. He was an exceptional baker and made many delicious breads and
cakes. He was a proud member of AA,
with over 35 years, in which he sponsored
and helped many people. He was a member of First Methodist Church in Central
City, K.Y., American Legion Post 061 in
Central City, K.Y., Moose Lodge #898 at
Portsmouth, VA, Fleet Reserve Patuxent

River Branch 93.

Bernard is survived by his grandchildren, Kellie Turner (Junior) of California, Md. and Brentt Dobson of Columbia, S.C.; his great grandchildren, Robert
Norris and Rheanne Turner, both of California, Md.; and her sister, Marion Werner of Allentown, Pa. In addition to his
parents, he is also preceded in death by
his siblings, Virginia Cummings, Robert
Baxter and Anita Anderson; and his loving companion, Julia K. Stanley.
Family received friends on Tuesday,
Dec. 8, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m., with prayers
recited by Reverend John Ball at 7 p.m.,
at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, Md. 20650.
Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to
Lexington Park Rescue Squad, P.O. Box
339, Lexington Park, Md. 20653. Condolences may be made to Arrangements by the Brinsfield
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Ann Trossbach, 77
Ann Trossbach, 77,
passed away at her
residence in Dameron,
Maryland on Monday,
Nov. 30.
Ann was born in Savannah, Georgia on Sep-

tember 26, 1938. She was the daughter of

the late Dow and Alma Seago Love. Her
family moved to the Southern Maryland
area in the late 1940s with the growth
of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
She met and married Joe Trossbach who
was the love of her life. They made their
home on Trossbach Road in Dameron.
Her husband Joe predeceased her in Jan.
29, 1986.
Ann was a Postal Worker for 25 years
before retiring in 1993 as Post Master at
Ridge Post Office. She also served as
Post Master at Tall Timbers Post Office
and a part time Postal Clerk at Dameron Post Office. After her retirement
she worked seasonally as a Tax Preparer
at Jackson Hewitt in Lexington Park.
She was a Parishioner of St. Michaels
Church in Ridge, Maryland and a member of the Ladies of Charity.
She was a loving mother to Jo Ann
Trossbach, Sherry Trossbach and Kenny Trossbach (Marianne). She leaves
behind six grandchildren, Tommy
Coombs, Shelly Coombs, Sarah Trossbach, Victoria Trossbach, Tanner and
Jenna Bullock; and three great grand
children Lauren, Claude, and Marisa.
In addition to her children and grand
children Ann leaves behind a sister,
Alma Dean Williams; sister in-laws,
Mary Alice Washburn, Jenny Washburn,
Brenda Love Cameron, Edna Trossbach, Carolyn Wood, Mary Lee Raley,

Pat Buckner, Jane Trossbach; brother in

laws, Charley Wood and Ormand Buckner. In addition to her husband, Joe, she
was predeceased by an infant daughter,
Mary Teresa Trossbach; siblings, Mary
Mercer, Earl Washburn, Dorothy Smith,
Bill Washburn, and Clarence Love; sister in law, Margaret Trossbach; brother
in laws, Marvin Smith, Chet Williams,
Pete Trossbach, John (Stump) Trossbach, and David Trossbach.
Family received friends for Anns Life
Celebration on Friday, Dec. 4 from 5 until 8 p.m. at St. Michaels Church, 16555
Three Notch Rd., Ridge, Md. 20680.
Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated on
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Michaels Church. Interment followed in
the church cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were; Tommy
Coombs, Tanner Bullock; Claude G
Queen; Sarah Trossbach; Dustin Raley
and Casey Raley.
Memorial contributions may be made
to the St. Michaelss School or a charity
of your choice.
Condolences may be made to www.
by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.,
Leonardtown, Md.

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and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Mondays may run in the following weeks edition.

Charlotte A. Morse, 91
Charlotte A. Morse, 91,
of Lexington Park, Md.
died Thursday, Dec. 3
while visiting her daughter in Fleming Island, Fla.
She was born on Oct.
14, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Joseph
Charlotte lived a long, productive life
as a wife and mother. While raising eight
children, at times on her own while her
husband was sea duty. She also was a
long time member of the Chief Wives
Club, volunteered for the Red Cross, a
member of the Red Hat Society, a seamstress, volunteered for Bay District Seniors, and even was a substitute mail
carrier for a time. She long enjoyed playing cards with friends every week.
Charlotte had an active, inquiring
mind and continued to learn new things
until the end. She loved using he mini
IPad to check her email, catch up with
grandchildren on Facebook, find information on the Internet and read eBooks.
She loved to create gifts for family and
friends, knitting, crocheting, and making jam until her end.
She is survived by her six children,
Carolyn LaChance and her husband Bob
of Camp Springs, Md.; James Morse and
his wife Susan of Bethlehem, Pa.; Bill
Morse of Lexington Park, Md.; Linda
Durkin and her husband Matt of St. Inigoes, Md.; Janet Harper and her husband
Henry of Poquoson; Virginia and Lisa
Darby of Fleming Island, Fla., 20 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a
host of other relatives and friends.
Family received friends on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 5 from 8 p.m. at Brinsfield
Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Rd.,
Leonardtown, Md. 20650, with a prayer
service at 7 p.m. Reverend Michael Sajnog officiating. Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made
to Wounded Warrior Project, Post Office Box 758517, Topeka, K.S. 66675 or
American Heart Association, Post Office Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058
Condolences may be made to www.
by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.,
Leonardtown, Md.

Mary Cecelia Raba, 63

Mary Cecelia Raba
Nona, 63 of Waldorf,
Md. passed away on Dec.
4 in La Plata, Md. She
was born on March 12,
1952 in La Plata, Md. to
the late Theresa Elder
Dyer and Julian Gardiner Dyer. She was the
loving wife to Oscar Raba, III whom
she married on Oct. 10, 1970 in Elkton, Md. and he preceded her in death.
Mary graduated from Archbishop Neal
School in 1970 and went on to graduate from Charles County Community
College in 1989 with an AA degree in
Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse at
Charles Regional Medical Center where

she worked for over 23 years. Mary belonged to the American Association of
Critical Care Nurses and St. Peters Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and spoiling her granddaughters.
She is survived by her children, Scott
Raba (Rachel) of Rockville, Md., Ryan
Raba of La Plata, Md., and Brandy Vitielliss (Nick) of Waldorf, Md.; grandchildren, Gabriella Raba, and Hayden Vitielliss; siblings, Eleanor Adams of Valrico, Fla., Brenda Dodson (David) of La
Plata, Md., Richard Dyer (Mary Jo) of
La Plata, Md., Susan Gardiner of North
Hutchinson Island, Fla., Michael Dyer
(Kim) of New York, N.Y., Brian Dyer
of Faulkner, Md., and Nancy Thompson
(Hoover) of Bel Alton, Md., and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on
Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.
in St. Peters Catholic Church, Waldorf,
Md. where a Mass of Christian Burial
was offered at 11 a.m. with Monsignor
Bill Parent officiating. Interment was
private. In lieu of flowers the family ask
for contributions to be made in Marys
name to Charles County HARC, P.O.
Box 2367, Waldorf, Md. 20604. For
more information or to leave the family
a condolence please visit

Kirk R. Fones, 69
Kirk R. Fones, 69, of
Hollywood, Md., passed
away on Dec. 3 surrounded by his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and
sisters. Born on Oct. 10,
1946, he was the son of
the late Margaret Brawley, and William Fones.
Kirk was the loving husband of Mary
A. Fones, whom he married on July
17, 1965 in St. Johns Catholic Church
Hollywood, Md. Kirk is survived by
his children: Michelle (Ricky) Kohut,
of Waldorf, Md., Karen (Stevie) Mistretta, Maggie (Greg) Redman both of
Hollywood, Md., 11 grandchildren and
11 great grandchildren. Siblings; Jug
(Mary) Brawley of Tulsa, OK, Nancy
(Dan) Ford, and Dorothy (Danny) Vallandingham both of Hollywood, Md. He
was preceded in death by his brother
Steven Bones. Kirk graduated from
Leonardtown High School in 1964; he
was a lifelong St. Marys County, Md.
resident, and he was a waterman.
Kirk lost his courageous battle with
cancer, his granddaughters Taylor and
Sarah were there Pops primary caregiver
for his last days. He was a member of
the Moose Lodge and enjoyed his weekly card games with the boys. He worked
with his hands building birdhouses, and
playhouses for his grandchildren. Kirk
loved water skiing, snow skiing, crabbing, oystering and the water. Kirk loved
his boat the Mama Dot, his family, and
was the greatest Pop. Kirk and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
this year.
The family will receive friends on
Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
with prayers recited at 3 p.m. in the
Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home,
Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service

was held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. in

St. Johns Catholic Church Hollywood,
Md. with Rev. Sheldon Reese officiating. Interment followed in Joy Chapel
Cemetery Hollywood, Md. Pallbearers
were; Michael Emory, Kirk Prinsen,
Kyle Vallandingham, Steven Potts, Daniel Vallandingham, and Mickey Emory.
Honorary Pallbearers were: Donald Hill,
Freddy Clark, Ed Ski, Gary Garner and
Barry Mattingly.
Contributions may be made to the
Hollywood Methodist Church P.O. Box
100 Hollywood, Md. 20636, and/or St.
Johns Catholic Church 43950 St. Johns
Rd. Hollywood, Md. 20636.

Barbara Ann McDonald Lott

Cunningham Bowden
Barbara Ann McDonald Lott Cunningham Bowden passed away Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2015 surrounded by
Barbara is survived by her best friend
of 40 years, Martha Patti Carroll,
her son Thomas (JoAnne) Gagnon and
grandson Michael Gagnon, and Pattis
son Vincent Randy Carroll. She is
also survived by her brothers and sisters,
Francis (Eileen) McDonald, Virginia
McDonald (Bobby Stevens), Marilyn
Essex, Deidre (Marc) Putney, William
McDonald, David (Joyce) McDonald,

sister-in-law Laverne McDonald and

various nieces, nephews, great-nieces
and great-nephews.
Barbara was pre-deceased by daughter Tracey Lott and brothers Thomas
and Robert McDonald. As well as ex
husbands Russell Lott and Dennis
Barbara was a lifelong, number one
Redskin fan who was actively involved
in the Redskin community.
Rather than funeral services, Barbara
chose a Celebration of Life, which will
be held January 23 at the Hollywood
Voulunter Fire Department located at
248081 Three Notch Rd. Hollywood
Md. 20636. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations be made to Hospice of St.
Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown,
Md. 20650.

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Holiday shopping dominates many peoples free time
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Holiday Gifts



Shipping dates
If the goal is to purchase and ship
gifts near and far, starting early has its
advantages. Thousands upon thousands
of cards and packages are shipped each
day during the holiday season. In 2013,
shipping giant UPS projected 132 million deliveries during the last week
before Christmas, and actual figures
exceeded those expectations.
Many shipping services will get
packages to recipients on time, but customers can help them along by sending
them several weeks before the holidays. Shipping later in the season may
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As families spread out across the

country and even across the globe, the
holidays can become a little more difficult to navigate. According to AAA,
a federation of motor clubs throughout
the United States, roughly 90 million
Americans will travel 50 miles or more
for year-end holidays.
Families that are spread out must
decide where to spend the holidays
together. But in some cases, families
cant all be together, so celebrations
must be handled remotely and gifts
shipped to waiting recipients.
Shopping for gifts may have taken
some time, but now you will have to
figure out how to get those gifts where
they need to go. The following are
some pointers for holiday celebrants
who are driving, flying, taking a bus,
or shipping gifts.
Items that will be shipped internationally should include a detailed description as well as the value of the
package. Presents under a certain value
may be duty-free or tax-exempt. Check
with customs to get a better idea of the
shipping regulations.
Plane ride
Airlines have specific regulations in
place regarding which items can and
cannot be brought on planes, at least inside of the cabin. Thanks to increased
security measures, restrictions are
greater than they once were. Transportation Security Administration officers
may have to inspect items for safety
purposes. It may be better to leave gifts
unwrapped and then wrap them after
the flight to avoid hassles during the
screening process. Liquids, including
foods, may need to be put in a checked
bag if they exceed 3.4 ounces. Consider
shipping delicate items ahead of time if
you are concerned about breakage.
Packing the car
If a holiday road trip is in your future, space constraints may require you
to be a little creative when packing the
car. Shop for smaller gifts, including
gift cards, which are easier to transport. Advise family and friends that
you will have limited space so they
should not go overboard with regard to
gifts given to you in return.
Heed safety precautions and do not
obscure driver visibility in the car by
stacking presents too high. Also, secure boxes and packages in the car so
they do not slide or move around. Anything that is not secured can become
airborne in the event of a collision,
increasing the risk for injury. Items
placed on roof racks should be tightly
secured so they dont fall off and present a hazard.
Those who will be traveling for the
holidays should plan how to transport
any gifts they will be bringing along
long before the day comes to hit the

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Month Long
Small Works Holiday Art Show
Artworks@7th (9100 Bay Ave.,
North Beach)
As the Holiday season approaches, once again the artists
of Artworks@7th have been busily preparing one-of-a-kind Small
Works trinkets, stocking stuffers,
and other unique works of art to
help customers new and old celebrate the season and be a gift giving superstar. This special show will
run to Jan. 17th. So come on out
and peruse the distinctive works of
the Gallerys creative and talented
local artists you might just find
that something special for friends,
family, or even for yourself! Gallery Hours are Thursday through
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our telephone number is 410-286-5278 or
you can visit our website at www. or our Facebook page at
Annemarie Garden In Lights
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art
Center (13480 Dowell Rd., Dowell)
Runs from Friday, Dec. 4 through
Saturday, Jan. 2; 6 to 9 p.m. each
evening (weather permitting.) The
show is closed Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14,
15, 24, 25. New this year, the light
show will include musical lights and
new walking paths, plus it will snow
every Friday and Saturday night in
the Winter Wonderland (weather
permitting.) Annmarie Garden In
Lights features hundreds of handmade light sculptures arranged
in spectacular scenes, including a
wild animal disco party, a galactic
space adventure, a tribute to Maryland, ferocious dinosaurs, a glittering tour under the ocean, a colorful
garden, as well as beautiful princesses and evil villains. Bring your
camera for incredible family photo
opportunities! Annmarie Garden
In Lights also includes 23 nights of
great bands and performers, along
with the Holiday I Spy game for
kids, great shopping, a Visit with
Santa, the Hardesty Haven Holiday
Caf, and so much more! Special
nights include: a Visit with Santa,
Holiday Shopping Markets, Golf
Cart Tours, Holiday Sweater Night,
and Pet Night. Admission is $6;
free for children (4 and under;)
members free. For detailed information and a discount coupon, visit or call
Angel Wings and Things
St. Michaels Church (16560 Three
Notch Rd., Ridge)
Angel Wings and Things Thrift
Store will be open every Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., except
holiday weekends. We have a huge
selection of winter clothes, coats,
shoes, and so much more. We also
have a great baby room, kids toy
room, and tons of wonderful Christ-

mas items. All items are in terrific

shape, and very reasonably priced.
We look forward to having you visit
us! For any questions, please contact Marti Lloyd at St. Michaels
School, at 301-872-5454.
Open Skate Nights
Leonard Hall Recreation Center
(23145 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown)- every Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Looking for an evening of roller
skating fun? Well, strap on your
skates and bring your family and
friends to Leonard Hall Recreation
Center in Leonardtown! For all
ages, $5 per person. Skates available for rental at $2.50 per person
or bring your own. For more information, please call 301-475-4200
ext. 1800 or 1801.

Thursday, Dec. 10
30th Annual Doll & Train Holiday
St. Clements Island Museum
(38370 Point Breeze Rd. Coltons
Point)- noon to 4 p.m.
A holiday exhibit themed Christmas in St. Marys County. Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan
and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs.
Other highlights include working
miniature trains and a hands-on
train set that children can operate.
Fall World Cinema Series
Higher Education Center (44219
Airport Rd., California)- 6:30 p.m.
Showing Where Do We Go Now
(2011.) From Lebanese Actor and
director Nadine Labaki. This film
gives us an insightful look at relation between Christians and Muslims. They peacefully live side by
side in a remote village until outside
forces enter by means of the first
TV set. Introduction by Jim Bershon. Free admission.

Friday, Dec. 11
CSM Barbershop Concert
CSM Leonardtown Campus (22950
Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown)- 8
Southern Mix, directed by Paul
Douglass, is a mens barbershop
chorus which rehearses on CSMs
La Plata Campus. They will perform a variety of holiday and seasonal songs. $5 in advance, $7 day
of event. For information, contact, 301-934-7828,
or visit

Saturday, Dec. 12
Ninth Annual Christmas Market
All Saints Episcopal Church (100
Lower Marlboro Rd., Sunderland)10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Expert craftsmen, gourmet cocoa, Glhwein, and home-baked
goods make the 9th Annual Christmas Market the place to be. Rain,
snow or shine! Free admission and
parking. Proceeds benefit parish &

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To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar,

please email with the listing details by
12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

community projects.
Breakfast with Santa
Dr. James A. Forrest Career and
Technology Center (24005 Point
Lookout Rd., Leonardtown)- 8 to 11
Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by the Forrest Centers Culinary Arts students. Admission to
this event, which includes breakfast, is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 4 and
younger. Escape the hustle and
bustle of the holiday, enjoy some
home cooking, and let the little
ones check out the face painting
room. Your children can even decorate their very own gingerbread
man for $2. Santas Workshop will
be available for children to purchase small gifts (most under $10.)
Forrest Center students will assist
the children. The gifts they purchase will be wrapped. For more
information, contact Chef Amanda
Granados at 301-475-0242, x28210
Holiday Craft Fair
Jesus the Divine Word Church (885
Cox Rd., Huntingtown)- 9 a.m. to 2
All items for sale handmade by
local crafters. Baked goods and
lunch available for sale.
Christmas Open House at Craft
Guild Shop
26005 Pt. Lookout Rd. (Rt. 5, next
to MD Antique Ctr.,) Leonardtown10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You are invited to the Craft Guild
Shops Christmas Open House.
10% off your total purchase. Come
meet our artists and join us for
some snacks, hot cider and winter time cheer. Shop from a wide
variety of handmade ornaments,
decorations, and other gift items
for those special people on your
gift list. Food bank donations welcomed. For additional information,
please call 301-997-1644. Please
join us.
Contra Dance
Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall
(37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico)doors open 7 p.m.
Southern Maryland Traditional
Music and Dance will host a contra
dance featuring caller Greg Frock.
Contra is a traditional American
style of social dance and is a huge
amount of fun (and exercise) for the
whole family! If youve ever danced
a Virginia Reel or been to a Square
Dance, you have a good idea how
much fun it can be. If you havent,
its about time you tried it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at
7 to get some instruction in the
various dances. Admission is $10
for non-SMTMD members; $6 for
members (band members are free.)
No special 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

Clear the Cat Castle
20845 Callaway Village Way, Callaway- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The St. Marys Animal Welfare
League is looking to rehome as
many animals as possible. Adoption fees reduced adult cats are
$30, kittens are $75. Foster, volunteer, donate. To donate an adoption
fee go to, click donate and put the cats name in before the dollar amount.

Sunday, Dec. 13
Chesapeake Community Chorus
North Beach Union Church (8912
Chesapeake Ave., North Beach)- 4
to 6 p.m.
The Chesapeake Community
Chorus, an all-volunteer chorus
that raises funds for local charities, is looking to add singers to the
chorus. No auditions are required.
Contact Larry Brown, Director,
at 301-855-7477 or email him at
Breakfast with Santa
St Michaels School (16560 Three
Notch Rd., Ridge)- 8:30 to 11 a.m.
All You Can Eat! Sausage egg
casserole, vegetable egg casserole, bacon, sausage gravy and
biscuits, French toast casserole,
hot cinnamon apples, coffee, orange juice, and milk. Santa will be
visiting from the North Pole to hear
Christmas wishes! Bring your camera for FREE pictures! Vendors will
be set up to help with your Christmas shopping! Adults $10, seniors
children (ages 6 to 12) $5, children five and under free. Carry outs
are $8. For more information, call
Evening of Dance
House of Dance (24620 Three
Notch Rd., Hollywood)- 5 to 9 p.m.
Join us for an EVENING OF
DANCE! The best of oldies, hand
dancing, line-dancing, bopping,
free styling & much more! $10 per
person, music by Mean Gene
Disco & DJ Mike Chase.
Dinner served. There will be door
prizes. Color theme is black and
gold. Hand dancing and Line dancing classes start at 4 p.m., $10 per
person. Discount special, only $15
if you stay for the evening Dance
Party. For more information, call
Donna Jordan at 301-373-6330 or
Delora Chase at 301-769-1761.

Monday, Dec. 14
Accokeek Irish Session -- Holiday Session
Natl Colonial Farm (3400 Bryan
Point Rd., Accokeek)- 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Traditional Irish session focused
on young and beginning musicians.
This session will feature traditional

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Christmas Carols from a variety

of sources -- not solely Irish. For
more information, see our Facebook page:

Tuesday, Dec. 15
Boy Scout Christmas Trees
Next to Baldus Real Estate (115
Charles St., La Plata)- 4 to 8 p.m.
Are you ready for the Holidays?
Looking for that perfect Christmas
Tree? You wont have to go far. Boy
Scout Troop 1814 is selling trees.
Saturdays and Sundays are open
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Thursday
and Friday nights 4 to 8p.m. Starting Monday, Dec. 14 open every
weeknight 4 to 8 p.m. For information, call 443-277-0197.

Wednesday, Dec. 16
Pizza Night
3330 Chesapeake Beach Rd. E on
Rt. 260, Chesapeake Beach- 5 to 8
The Sons of the American Legion
Stallings Williams Post 206 will
host their Wednesday Pizza night
in the Lower Level Dining Room at
the Chesapeake Beach. Cost is $8
plus $1 per extra topping. For information, call 301-855-6644.

Thursday, Dec. 17
Sea Squirts
Calvert Marine Museum,
mons- 10 to 10:45 a.m.


See a naturalist from the Department of Natural Resources

presenting Scales and Tales, a
45-minute presentation highlighting several animals. For children
ages 18 months to 3 years old.
Free program sponsored by PNC
Grow Up Great! Admission is $9 for
adults, $7 for seniors, military with
valid I.D. and AAA members, and
$4for children ages 5 to 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For
more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www. or call

Friday, Dec. 18
NAACP Annual Meeting and Holiday Social
Country Inn and Suites (44941
Worth Ln., California)- 6 to 10 p.m.
Come one, come all open to the
Holiday Open Mic
Christ Episcopal Church Parish
Hall (37497 Zack Fowler Rd., Chaptico)- doors open 7 p.m.
Performers are requested to focus on Holiday-themed music, and
to contact John Garner ahead of
time to sign up and let him know
what music theyll be performing
(to avoid everyone singing Silent
Night.) The admission fee for this
event is only $7, and performers are
admitted free. Light refreshments
will be provided (donations are sug-


gested.) For additional information,

or to sign up to perform, please
contact John Garner at garner@ or call John at 301904-4987. Visit for
directions and more information.

Saturday, Dec. 19
Chesapeake Community Chorus
Mt. Hope United Methodist Church
(3 Dalrymple Rd., Sunderland)- 4
A free-will offering will be collected to raise funds for Calvert
Hospice. The public is invited to
Open Barn
Greenwell State Park (25450 Rosedale Manor Ln., Hollywood)- 9 a.m.
to noon
Join the Greenwell Foundation for
some holiday fun and take photos
(and selfies!) with our horses! Enjoy
hot cocoa and cookies. Donations
appreciated. For more information,

Sunday, Dec. 20
Chesapeake Community Chorus
Various Locations, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Chesapeake Community
Chorus will be caroling at the following locations: Sneades Ace
Hardware in Owings, 2:30 p.m.; at
Rolands Grocery Store in Chesapeake Beach, 3:30 p.m.; at the

Prince Frederick Walmart Store at

5:30 p.m.; at the Calvert County
Nursing Center in Prince Frederick
at 6 p.m.; and at the Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick at
6:30 p.m.
Adult Choir of Hughesville Baptist Church Concert
Hughesville Baptist Church (8505
Old Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville)- 10:30 a.m.
The Adult Choir of Hughesville
Baptist Church will be presenting
Were Glad You Came. This is a
musical celebration of the Saviors
Birth. For more info on this event or
our Church, please go to our web
also like us on Facebook. Office
phone numbers are 301-884-8645
or 301-274-3672.

Monday, Dec. 21
Chesapeake Critter Program
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn about the amazing animals
in our aquarium. Free with museum
admission. Check the daily events
schedule at the admissions desk.
Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for
seniors, military with valid I.D. and
AAA members, and $4 for children ages 5 to 12; children under 5
and museum members are always
admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming
events, or membership, visit the
website at or call 410-326-2042.


Hollywood United Methodist Church

24422 Mervell Dean Rd Hollywood, MD 20636


Rev. Sheldon Reese, Pastor

Sunday Worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
All of our services are traditional.
Child care is provided.
Sunday Evening Youth Group
Christian Preschool and Kindergarten available

St. Cecilia Church

47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429

St. Marys City, MD 20686 301-862-4600
Vigil Mass:
4:30 pm Saturday
8:00 am
Weekday (M-F):
7:30 am
3-4 pm Saturday

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St. George Church:
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
St. Francis Xavier Chapel:
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Weekday Mass Schedule: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, 1st Sat: 9:00 a.m.
Confessions: Saturdays: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. or by appointment

19199 St. George Church Road Valley Lee, MD 20692





Victory Baptist Church

Grace Chapel Ministry


Teaching The Bible Without Compromise

29855 Eldorado Farm rd

CharlottE hall, md 20659

Order Of gOOd news services

sun schOOl, all ages...............10:00
sun mOrning wOrship.............11:00
sun evening wOrship.................7:00
wed evening prayer mtg.........7:00

ProClaiming thE ChangElEss

word in a Changing world.

Member of the Grace Fellowship Brethren Churches

Sunday Worship 8 A.M.

Sunday School 9:15 A.M.
Blended Worship 10:30 A.M.
Wednesday Bible Study 7 P.M.
Tuesday Youth Group 7 P.M.
American Heritage Girls
1st & 3rd Thursday 7 P.M.

Senior Pastor - Dr. Carl Snyder

Assoc. Pastor - David Roberts
Youth Pastor - Luke Roberts

You are invited to worship with us.


We Are Located On The Corner Of Route 5 & 238

39245 Chaptico Rd., Mechanicsville, Md.
301-884-3504 Email:



Jesus saves

A member of the Southern Baptist Convention

8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637
301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627
Senior Pastor Dr. J. Derek Yelton
Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins

Sunday School (all ages)

Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study
Wednesday Discipleship Classes
(Adults, youth & Children)

9:15 am
10:30 am
6:00 pm
7:00 pm

21800 N. Shangri-La, Dr. #8

PO Box 1260
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Pastor James L. Bell, Sr.

Church Schedule

Sunday Morning Worship 10 a.m.

Tuesday Bible Study 7 p.m.
Friday Men Perfecting Men 7 p.m

Greetings from the Bible Temple Church

family in Mechanicsville Maryland.
Here at Bible Temple, we believe that in
this life it is important to have strong and
healthy relationships
1.A relationship with Christ
2. A personal relationship with
family and friends
Through these relationships, we develop
the characteristics of love, understanding
and forgiveness; the true heart of Christ.
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).

We invite you to experience the change

the transformation with us. Just bring
your heart and God will supply the rest.
Come grow with us in a place,
Where the Word Reaches the Heart!
Everyone is Welcome!
Leadership: Pastor Joseph and
First Lady Marilyn Young
Sunday School for all ages: 9:00AM
Sunday Morning Worship: 9:45AM
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 7:30PM
Address: 29050 New Market Village Road,
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Phone number: 301-374-9110



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Its a Wonderful Life:

A Live Radio Play
By Crista Dockray
Staff Writer
Standing on the edge of a bridge one
Christmas Eve Night, George Bailey
contemplates ending his life. To see
how George ended up in this unfortunate situation, two angels follow his
story from the edge of the bridge back
to the time when he was a young boy
dreaming of traveling the world and attending college.
Presented by the Newtowne Players and directed by Beth Sanford, this
radio play takes the classic 1946 film,
Its a Wonderful Life and gives it a
new spin.
A small cast of 10 people voice around

Photos by Tia LePore

A Caliente Christmas
By Skylar Broome
Contributing Writer
The Great Mills High School auditorium came alive with the spirit of dance on
Saturday, Dec. 5. Ballet Calientes Winter
Performance of A Caliente Christmas
took place at 3 p.m. and showcased the
talents of their ballet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and Studio Company dancers. The performance
was split into two jubilant acts, the first
being a collection of favorite dances
from The Nutcracker and the second
act made up of original choreography The Nutcracker (Ivana Rematt) and Clara (Julia
and more contemporary songs. The per- Dougherty) pose with the other Studio Company
formance ended with a dazzling hip-hop dancers in Snow.
Photos by Skylar Broome

The second act consisted of more modern dances

to contemporary songs we all know and love.
Here, dancers pose in Ocho Kandelikas.


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30 characters while making sound effects and small costume changes, all on
a realistic 1940s radio studio set.
In between the broadcast are some
hilarious ads about toothpaste, hair
tonic and more, sung along to the tunes
of your favorite Christmas carols.
The play stars Greg Rumpf as George
Bailey, Rachael Culver as Mary, and
Lewis Beckley as Old Man Collins.
Watch and listen as George Bailey realizes that despite all of his hardships,
he does in fact have a wonderful life.
Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 20.
at the Three Notch Theatre located at
21744 Three Notch Rd. in Lexington
Park. Coming up next on Feb. 12 to
Feb. 28 is their show The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee. This
show does contain mature content and
is not recommended for children. For
more information or to reserve tickets,
visit their website at or call the box office at

performance with a medley of remixes

of everyones favorite Christmas Carols.
We love it because it allows us to express
ourselves, says the Studio Company
dancers backstage after the performance.
It lets us use our talents to spread Christmas joy and cheer and help people get in
spirit for the holidays. For more information about upcoming events or to enroll in
classes, visit

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mike Damron Solo Acoustic Live

Twist Wine and Spirits/The
Lime Lounge (22608 Three
Notch Rd., Lexington Park)7 to 11 p.m.
Swamp Candy
Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell
Rd., Dowell)- 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11
Mike Starkey Band
Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell
Rd., Dowell)- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12
Izem Live
Hot Licks Guitar Shop
(3250 Old Washington Rd.,
Waldorf)- 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Yoga at the Alehouse
Ruddy Duck (16800 Piney
Point Rd., Piney Point)- 9:30
Sunday, Dec. 13
Hand Dance and Line
Dance Party
House of Dance (24620
Three Notch Rd., Hollywood)- 5 p.m.

land Prince Frederick Campus (115 J.W. Williams Rd.,

Prince Frederick)- 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 14
St. Maries Musica Readings and Carols
St. Marys Ryken High
School (22600 Camp Calvert Rd. Leonardtown)- 7
Tuesday, Dec. 15
Burger and Pint Night
Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell
Rd., Dowell)- 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 16
Open Mic Night
Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell
Rd., Dowell)- 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17
All Original Songwriters
Twist Wine and Spirits/The
Lime Lounge (22608 Three
Notch Rd., Lexington Park)7 to 11 p.m.
Mercy Creek
Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell
Rd., Dowell)- 7:30 p.m.

CSM Ward Virts Concert

Series: Brian Ganz
College of Southern Mary-

The Calvert 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 noon on
the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.


Thursday, December 10, 2015


1. Red wine
7. Best nurse-patient aid
10. Footwear closure
12. Chinese dynasty
1122-221 BC
13. Persuade to ones side
14. Advocate
15. Mandelas party
16. A woolen cap of Scottish
17. About aviation
18. Shallowest of the Greats
19. Sheathe
20. Frightened
23. Brews
24. Relates
27. Atomic #52
28. Up the ante
33. The Kingss initials
34. Lepton
36. Cornmeal mush (British)
38. One who analyzes
39. Algonquian tribe
40. Systems, doctrines,

41. Herb __, San Francisco

42. Informed about the
latest trends
45. Seven
46. Moroccos capital
47. What a doctor practices
49. Beaks
50. In a way, extends
51. A number or amount not
52. Gambling


1. Composition for
orchestra and soloists
2. Bulgarian monetary unit
3. Settled upon
4. Common frog genus
5. Electronic countercountermeasures
6. Golf ball supporter
7. Divided into 3
8. Crazy (Spanish)
9. Billiards stick
10. More deficient
11. Solomon Islands capital

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12. Larval crabs

14. Malta capital
18. Clairvoyance
19. Tomato condiment
21. Alleviation
22. French seaport
25. New Testament
26. Shortened (abbr.)
29. Employee (abbr.)
30. Opposite of leaving
31. Lip locking
32. Foes
35. Many not ands
36. Covered with healing
37. Regions
41. Abels brother (Bible)
42. Greek Queen of the gods
43. Esaus descendants
44. Canarium ovatum
46. Ribonucleic acid
47. Gas usage measurement
48. An oppositional

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St. Marys Department of Aging

Programs and Activities
Holiday Basket Weaving Workshop for Beginners and Beyond
Make a handy Christmas basket
at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Monday, Dec. 14, from 1:30
to 4:30 p.m. The completed basket measures about four inches in
diameter and features red or green
reed. The class is taught by Three
Dimensional Fiber Artist Pam
King. The cost for the kit, which
includes all materials and tools,
is $15. Payment is due at the time
of registration. Call 301-475-4200,
ext. 1050, for more information.

lunch break at 11:30 a.m. This

course includes proven safety
strategies that older drivers can
use to compensate for changes
as they age and allow them to
drive more safely and confidently
for as long as possible. The fee
is $15 for AARP members and
$20 for non-members with cash
or check made payable to AARP.
Payment is required to sign up for
the class. Lunch is a voluntary donation from seniors 60 and older;
$6 for others. Call 301-475-4002,
opt. 1, ext. 3101 to reserve a lunch.

AARP Smart Driving Course

The Northern Senior Activity
Center will host the AARP Smart
Driving Course on Tuesday, Dec.
22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a

Beginner Tai Chi for Arthritis

and Fall Prevention Classes
Start in January
Loffler Senior Activity Center will
hold Beginner Tai Chi for Arthritis

and Fall Prevention classes at 11

a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
during the month of January. New
students will be given the priority
in terms of instructor attention, but
returning students are always welcome. While there is no monetary
cost for this class, commitment to
regular attendance and practice at
home is required for students. To
sign up for this class or for more
information call 301-737-5670, ext.
Beginners Piano/Keyboard
Coming Soon
Dr. Robert L. Jefferson, the
author of the How to Play Gospel book series and a leading expert on teaching gospel
music (Check out his website

at will
again offer beginner piano/
keyboard classes at the Loffler
Senior Activity Center starting
Tuesday Jan. 26 and continuing through Mar. 8 (no class on
Feb. 23). The cost is $100 for six
sessions and includes instruction, texts and corresponding
CD. Additionally, you will need
to invest in an inexpensive keyboard ($50 to $100+ available
at local stores and online). Payment for the lessons can be
made directly to Dr. Jefferson
on the first day of class. Preregistration is required by Jan.
20. For questions, or to sign up,
call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1658

Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050
Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 13101
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Nathaniel Seager,
Revolutionary War Soldier
By Linda Reno
Contributing Writer
October 6, 1832: Nathaniel Seager, a
resident of Washington, D.C., aged 73 years
states he entered the service of the U.S. under
the following officers and served as herein
--In 1778 he received a commission as Ensign and attached to Capt. Dents Company in
the regiment commanded by General Smallwood and then immediately detached on
recruiting service in Charles and St. Marys
counties; joined his regiment at Annapolis;
transferred to Capt. Millards company in
Col. Thomas regiment; and then reassigned,
upon receiving a Lieutenants commission
to Col. Neales regiment and marched to the
north and was appointed to General Morris

regiment stationed near Philadelphia.

He was then referred to the 4th Regiment
of the Continental Army under the command
of General (Nathaniel) Greene from whom he
received a Captains commission and served
in that grade until the close of the war. He
served a total of 4 years and 9 months.
--While under General Greene in South
Carolina, was on detachment under General
Marion. (Francis Marion The Swamp Fox).
He was in several skirmishes and at the attack
of Georgetown, South Carolina.
Answers to interrogatories:
I was born in St. Marys County, Maryland
October 8, 1759.
After the war I lived some years in Charles
County, but for the last 34 years I have lived
where the City of Washington now stands.
(He was on the 1790 census of St. Marys


November 14, 1832: Richard. Sothoron
Briscoe states he has known Nathaniel Seager for 30 years; that Seager lived on the
Patuxent, his native place; and that he was
considered an honest, high minded man, and
of strict veracity.
November 14, 1832: Amendment to the
declaration of Nathaniel Seager as some of
the facts escaped his memory when the formal declaration was made.
--While under the command of General
Morris near Philadelphia, he was taken sick,
in consequence of which he obtained a furlough. He proceeded to Alexandria, now in
the District of Columbia where he remained
a short time when a schooner privateer under
the command of Captain Johns being fitted
out for a cruise and mounting 18 guns.. he

went on board and got as far as the Capes of

Virginia when they were taken by an English
man of war, although she had false ports and
but one round of ammunition...the cowardice
of the Captain was the cause of the capture of
the schooner.
--We were taken to New York and confined
on board the New Jersey prison ship and suffered every hardship during 21 days. We saw
light but once a day--only by being allowed
to be upon deck at most but two hours. Our
food was thrown down to us.
--Six of us were taken out of the prison ship
and conveyed to Quebec. We escaped and
travelled through the wilderness suffering
much hardship from fatigue and hunger, having at one time to kill and eat a dog thereby
preserving our lives until we reached General
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Dj vu All
Over Again?

By Laura Joyce
Contributing Writer
My high school history class was taught
by one of those great teachers who do far
more than throw out dates and events into
the crowd and expect to see those same
things regurgitated on a test a few weeks
later. My teacherMr. Wrightmade the
past come to life because of his passion for
the subject. Because of that, I suppose its
no surprise that I have such vivid recall of
his class, and of one lesson, in particular,
that he taught again and again, even though
I took the class over 30 years ago.
We were studying World War II and Mr.
Wright had covered the kind of content that
makes you proud to be an American: the
way ordinary citizens rushed to enlist after
the attack on Pearl Harbor, knowing they
might lose their lives as they defended the
U.S.; the way America flooded the skies
above Normandy and the waters below the
Dover Cliffs in order to change the course
of history. He taught us about how we liberated France and freed the concentration
camp survivors throughout Europe, ending
the brutality and horror of life at the hands
of the Nazis. We learned about Rosie the
Riveter, former housewives building airplanes and tanks; we learned about average, everyday Americans who, together,
stopped Germanys rapid march of dominance and evil across Europe. In that class,
we learned about a hundred points of light
in that dark, dark time.
The larger story that Mr. Wright taught
us, however, required that we look at all
sides of that war. Humans learn by experience, he said, whether in our own small
lives or as a community or a country or a
continentor even as an entire world. In
order to carry forward the lessons from
World War IIor any warwe had to
learn about more than just the side of the
war that looked like sailors kissing nurses
in Times Square on V-J Day, or jeeps rolling into Paris with soldiers throwing chocolate bars to gleeful children, while their
weeping parents looked on: free at last, free
at last.
That meant understanding that the Nazis
werent the only ones with cause for shame.
Its not as pretty a picture as the patriotic
one in which America swept in and saved
the worldand certainly that picture is important, toobut its equally true.

of an Aimless Mind

For instance, America turned away Jewish refugees, returning them to Europe and,
for almost all, a horrifying death in the gas
chambers. America also forced Japanese
citizenspeople who loved their country
every bit as much as Americas non-Asian
citizensinto internment camps after Pearl
Harbor. Those actions and others like them
are a stain on Americas past, and part of
the lesson Mr. Wright wanted to impart; he
wanted to be sure that our generation, born
well after World War II, would enter adulthood carrying the memory of that shameful
treatment of other human beings so that we
would not allow our country to make the
same mistakes of bigotry and hatred in the
years ahead. Those memories and lessons,
he believed, would help future generations
avoid judging an entire groupcultural or
religious or otheron the actions of a few,
or, as in the case of the Holocaust, on nothing at all, beyond bigotry. If we could see
how it all started, the glaring red flags and
the more subtle signs that warn of oppression and hatred, perhaps we could be sure
that it never happened again.
When I heard Donald Trump say that
we should ban all Muslims from coming to
the U.S., I felt sick. Based on the actions of
extremists, he argues, all Muslims should
be suspect. (Using that logic, we will also
have to ban all white males; they are, after
all, the ones committing the vast majority
of the mass shootings at malls and movie
theaters, on college campuses, and at elementary schools).
We are so much more, so much better
than this. Were the country that takes in
the poor, the huddled masses. We are the
good guys, the country where freedom of
religion and speech reign supreme.
For the first time in my life, hearing
the hate spewed by Trump and others, I
thought about wanting to live some place
that more closely resembles the America I
love, the homeland I look on with so much
pride. But, fleeing ideological differences
isnt the American way, either: we stand up
and speak up for our beliefs. For me, those
beliefs are captured perfectly in the Constitution. And so, Ill stand and fight: my first
step might be to send a copy of the Constitution to Trump. Its pretty clear to me that
hes never read it before.

Mad Money
By Shelby Opperman
Contributing Writer
15 days from today!!! Whaaaat?
Why does Christmas sneak up on me
every year? I feel like I fell asleep and
two weeks have gone by. Does anyone
else feel that way? There are people I
know that have already bought all their
Christmas presents and wrapped them.
Something about that is just not right,
not normal. Oops, I hope you are not
one of them that I have just offended. I
truly admire your preparedness. But I
would lose my membership in procrastinators anonymous if I started early
and finished early. Why ruin tradition?
I have bought a few things so far. On
Black Friday, I told my husband I was
going to go Black Friday shopping for
the first time ever. He looked a little surprised because I am one of the people
who doesnt do well in crowds. Then I
told him I was going to go Black Friday
shopping at Pams Hallmark in Charlotte Hall. So, he left to go cut wood on
our friends farm, I guess in the Black
Friday forest, and I got ready to set
off to conquer the Black Friday crowds
in Charlotte Hall. As I was leaving,
I spied with my discerning eye some
cash money sitting on the coffee table in
front of where I normally sit. I thought
how sweet my husband was to leave me
money, and when I counted it I found
that it was $63. WooHoo!!! I only had
about $40 for the presents I was going to
get. But I had all my Hallmark rewards
and coupons from their flyer. I was out
to save and get a few extra things too.
First, I must say I love Hallmark,
from the smell of it to all the neat things
you can buy. When you leave the store
you smell spicy and feel renewed. And
I love coupons and two for ones. I was
able to take my time that day, and enjoyed looking at every item in the store.
It ended up that I was able to get presents for four family members on my list,
and with the free items that were Black
Friday specials, I was able to get a pair
of those new socks they have that are
called the softest socks in the world, a
free bag of popcorn, and one other thing
I cant quite remember. Quite a haul.

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All St. Marys County Library
Branches Closed for Staff Day: December 11
All three branches of the St. Marys
County Library will be closed Friday,
Dec. 11 for staff training. All branches
will be open regular business hours on
Saturday, Dec. 12.

Library Holiday Hours

All three branches of the St. Marys
County Library will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec.
27 for Christmas. All branches will be
closing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31
and be closed Friday, Jan. 1.


All three branches will hold Snowtastic! Programs for all ages. Lexington Park
will hold Snowtastic! On Tuesday, Dec.
15 at 10 a.m., Charlotte Hall Library will
hold Snowtastic! on Saturday, Dec. 19
at 10:30 a.m., and Leonardtown will hold
Snowtastic! On Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 10
a.m. Celebrate the season with a flurry of
stories, wintry games and frosty crafts.

Happy NOON Years Eve Party

Children with early bedtimes are invited
to enjoy all the fun of a new years party
by counting down to a happy NOON year
with stories, songs, and fun activities. All
three branches will hold the NOON Years

Eve parties on Thursday, Dec. 31. Leonardtown and Lexington Park branches
will begin at 11:15 a.m., and Charlotte
Hall branch will begin at 11:30 a.m. No

Outfitting Outlander
Leonardtown branch will hold a special
program: Outfitting Outlander: So much
more than kilts, ye ken! on Saturday, Dec.
12 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This talk will
explore how Outlanders costumes and
props compare to eighteenth century
artifacts recovered by archaeologists
in Maryland, such as table glass, medicine containers, horse tack, architecture, weaponry, clothing and more! No

And I must say that those socks are

the softest in the world I am wearing
them right now, and they even go over
my huge right calf. I love them and want
more : )
When I got home, my husband was
just pulling in and looking a bit flustered. I asked what was wrong, and
he said he had cut wood all day, come
back home, and went to look for some
money in his pocket. He couldnt find
the money, looked all over the house,
in all his pockets, and then realized
he would have to go back down to the
farm in Avenue to look for the money
he lost. He had just come back from doing that. Uh oh, I said. Was it about
$63.00?, said very softly by me. Yes,
he said, you found it!? No, actually
I spent it. What??? Well, I thought
you left that for me to go shopping with.
I thought, how sweet that was of you to
leave the money when I didnt even ask
for any. That was met with a moment
or two of silence, then he said that it was
fine. I told him thank you and I could
probably pay him back in the next year
or two, and assured him that the presents I bought for him were bought with
my own money.
I most likely will not get that lucky
to find more money laying around like
that. And I imagine he will be more
vigilant. Though I doubt that. I will
keep looking for money left in his pockets when I do the laundry. I have made
quite a haul with that over the years. It
is kind of an unofficial agreement that
anything I find in the laundry room goes
to the laundry fund otherwise known
by the term we all grew up with: Mad
money. That would definitely be the
correct term for it, because my husband
is sure mad when he finds out that I have
found it.
To each new days adventure,
Please send your comments or ideas
or find me on facebook:
Shelby Oppermann

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Tree of Warmth and Toys for Tots

Donate new or gently used hats, mittens, gloves and scarves by Dec. 31 to
any branch for our Tree of Warmth! The
St. Marys County Library is donating all
items to local charities for distribution.
All three branches of the St. Marys
County Library are drop off locations for
Toys for Tots. Bring your new toys by and
simply leave them in the boxes marked
Toys for Tots by Dec. 16.


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