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School Employees, FOP Team Up in Budget Hearing

By Guy Leonard maintenance of effort for years. faced in teaching students virtually through the commissioners maintain funding for pay
Staff Writer Just last year, the sheriff’s office received the pandemic, which she called “just short of parity to keep officers in the agency.
School system employees and sheriff’s of- a 23 percent increase in pay, Commissioner disastrous.” “Standing as one [the FOP and the teach-
fice personnel, including Superintendent Dr. Mike Hewitt noted before the hearing and “But we made it work,” Penrod said. “Our ers union] both our organizations are plead-
J. Scott Smith and Sheriff Timothy K. Camer- they're now asking for another increase of educators are making it work; can you?” ing with you to use the tax dollars you’ve
on, told local elected leaders that they should about two percent in pay. Smith testified that extra revenue held by already collected to fully fund our requests,”
fully fund the requests of both to fulfill nego- “25 percent in two years, that’s pretty the commissioners this fiscal year showed said Schultz. “If our requests go unanswered
tiated labor contracts - on the part of school good,” Hewitt said at the earlier commis- they could afford his request. the citizens of this county will be the ones
employees - and to attract and retain recruits sioner meeting. “A request has been made and it was met who suffer by losing highly qualified public
to law enforcement. “We support everything,” said Commis- with partial funding,” Smith testified. “Even servants.”
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County sioner Todd Morgan earlier in the day. “But when revenue is available. Cameron said the sheriff’s office request
listened to waves of speakers, including pri- there’s only so much to go around.” The school system had no choice, Smith was due to increased legal mandates, de-
vate citizens as well as school and sheriff’s Two commissioners, though, have sup- said, but to make cuts to other programs to mands for service from the public and “com-
employees, demanding they fully fund each ported spending the extra money to fund both honor its negotiated agreement with staff. munity expectations.”
of the agencies’ budget requests. requests, Commissioners John O’Connor an- This was not an uncommon thing for sys- “We’ve been able to stabilize our work-
The county budget public hearing, open to dEric Colvin. tems to do, he said. force in a very challenging time,” Cameron
the public now even in the time of the CO- Sarah Lorek, the choral conductor at Chop- “Why then, are we cast as villains?” said. “We find ourselves in a very volatile
VID-19 pandemic, held the night of April ticon High School said commissioners should Smith said. “As ungrateful, in performing environment encouraging people to become
27 lasted a little more than three-and-a-half fully fund the request made by Smith, lest our primary role to advocate for appropriate peace officers and corrections officers.
hours. programs such as hers be cut. funding? “We must remain competitive to keep
Rhetoric on both sides had been building Lorek was the school system’s teacher of “Why is the response to be scorned or them.”
for the past weeks, with school leaders saying the year for 2018. disingenuous?” The sheriff’s office budget in the proposed
if funding requests for an additional $3.2 mil- “I was disappointed and exhausted to once The school system was not asking for new fiscal 2022 budget is $54.3 million, up from
lion were not met to honor negotiated agree- again be put in the position to fight for my positions, only funds to pay for those already the prior year’s $48.4 million.
ments, drastic actions would have to be made. role in the classroom,” Lorek said in a video employed. The county’s allocation for the school sys-
These included dismissing as many as 49 recorded statement. “Here’s where we differ The county’s proposed budget calls for tem is also increased to $112 million from last
teachers, closing down key programs such as commissioners, I trust Dr. Smith, I trust cen- hiring 90 new positions, many in emergency year’s $109 million.
STEM academies, or even the shuttering of tral office and I trust the Board of Education. medical response. The total operating budget in the fiscal
one school. “I trust them when they say that choices FOP 7 Lodge president Austin Schultz and 2022 proposed budget is $293 million, which
Some commissioners responded that such have to be made with the funds given them… Cameron both spoke out in favor of greater includes increases in both income and prop-
claims were disingenuous, claiming that the they are the experts on what will and will not pay for deputies to be in parity with their erty tax revenues as well as an additional $22
board of education could look for cost savings work.” counterparts in Charles County. million in federal aid money, believed to be a
elsewhere and not threaten with such dire Sarah Penrod, president of the teach- “For the first time in years, the St. Mary’s one-time windfall.
consequences. ers union, the Education Association of St. County Sheriff’s Office is close to, if not fully Last year’s budget was $253 million.
Also, that commissioners had continu- Mary’s County, recounted the trials teachers staffed,” Schultz said, stating it was critical
ally funded the school system above required

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State Trooper Identified 3 Shot in Weekend

in Fatal Shooting of Crime Spree
Leonardtown Teen Deputies from the St. Mary’s
County Sheriff’s Office (SMCSO)
bn April 25 at approximately 8:41
p.m. responded to the 45500 block
of Coronado Drive in Great Mills,
for the reported shooting involv-
ing multiple victims. Two male
victims were located, ages 18 and
13. Both victims sustained gun-
shot wounds and were transport-
ed via helicopter to area trauma
centers and are listed in stable
Following the initial shooting,
a second shooting was reported
at approximately 9:34 p.m. in the
21600 block of Eric Road in Lex-
Maryland State Police Homicide results of the ongoing investiga- ington Park. Deputies located a sion 71953 or by email at Austin.
Unit investigators are continuing tion. This is procedure in trooper- 22-year-old male victim with a
an investigation into a trooper in- involved shootings. The Maryland gunshot wound to the leg. The Citizens may remain anonymous
volved shooting that occurred in State Police Internal Affairs Di- victim was transported via heli- and contact Crime Solvers at (301)
Leonardtown on April 13, 2021. vision is conducting an adminis- copter to an area trauma center for 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239”
The involved trooper is identi- trative investigation. This is also treatment and is listed in stable plus their message to “CRIMES”
fied as Trooper Joseph Azzari, procedure. condition. (274637). Through the Crime
who is assigned to the Leonar- Upon completion of the criminal Detectives from the Criminal Solvers Program tipsters are eli-
dtown Barrack as a road patrol investigation, it will be presented Investigations Division respond- gible for an award of up to $1,000
trooper. He has been a Maryland to the St. Mary’s County State’s ed to the scene and continued for information about a crime in
state trooper for two years and Attorney’s Office for review. the investigations. Anyone with St. Mary’s County that leads to an
seven months. Press Release from Maryland information on the shootings is arrest or indictment.
Trooper Azzari remains on ad- State Police. asked to contact Detective Austin Press Release from SMCSO.
ministrative leave pending the Schultz at (301) 475-4200 exten-

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Morgan: Local Voting

Bill Will Return It’s Spring Time
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
“Let’s Play in the Yard”
A bill that would have funda-
mentally changed how county Select Landscape
voters elect their commissioners,
changing from all five being elect- Size 1 Gallon Perennials
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solely by the voters in their home
district, failed to make it out of a When You Buy 5 or More CREEPING
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But, warned Commissioner Only plants listed.
Todd Morgan, HB 655, originally
proffered by Del. Brian Crosby
(D-Dist.29B), will come back next
And this time, Morgan said at SALVIA NEPETA HEART DIANTHUS
the Commissioners of St. Mary’s
County meeting April 27, the
Speaker of the House of Dele-
shade, floWerinG & ornamental trees
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[Bill] Ferguson [President of the Opponents of the bill, which
State Senate] said something very included all St. Mary’s commis- Wildlife Plants for Your Garden
important; the bill will be back sioners as well as commissioners
next year and it will be introduced in other counties who were elect-
by the Speaker of the House. ed at large and would have been MYRICA
“A Speaker’s bill gets approved; affected by the bill, was that it BUTTERFLY ILEX NORTHERN CALLICARPA
I’ve never seen a Speaker’s bill WINTERBERRY BAYBERRY BEAUTYBERRY
would make county politics more BUSH
ever, in all the years I’ve been
watching Annapolis, not get
insular, encouraging districts to
elect leaders concerned only for
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through the Senate.” their district’s interests and not BUY
Morgan said the message from the county’s as a whole. 5 or MORE
Annapolis power brokers was They also argued that such a Fruit Trees
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Crosby’s bill enjoyed strong endum was defeated in the House.
support and a quick rise and ap- Morgan seemed to be quoting a
proval in the House of Delegates; recent story in Maryland Matters
he and his supporters testified that in which Ferguson was quoted
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overlooking the Patuxent River. At that point Assistant County
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planners that he purchased the the visit and arrange it in advance.
property from his aunt and that it Murphy also said that Evans

had been in his family since the 17th had said things thar were not in
Century. He said the earliest house the record and he advised him that
on the property dated back to 1681 he should recuse himself from the
and the existing home was of 18th decision.
Between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Century vintage. It is 4,759 square The information caused Evans to
feet in size and sits on the crest of a bristle. He said he had been on the
hill overlooking the river. commission for 12 years and had
A report from the Maryland De- frequently visited subject proper-
partment of Natural Resources said ties in cases before them. As a mat-
of that portion of the Patuxent: ter of fact, he said he felt it was his
“The open waters that are adjacent obligation to do so to familiarize
to or part of the site are known himself with what was coming up.
historic waterfowl concentration Evans said there needed to be a
areas.” way for him and others to do that.
Miller said he intended to raise Planning Commission Chairman
f lowers and grapes on the farmland Howard Thompson said he had
surrounding the house. driven past the property but had
The property is zoned Rural not stopped. Thompson said it is
Preservation District /Resource his policy to do that for everything
Conservation Area and a B&B is a that comes before the commission.
permitted use there. Evans noted that if three commis-
The proposal did not raise any sion members visited a site togeth-
concerns among commission mem- er it became a public meeting under
bers, and no one called in to testify the definition of the Open Meet-
during the public hearing. But con- ings Law and had to be advertised.
troversy arose, nonetheless. Thompson agreed with Evans
Commission member Merl Evans that they needed to have a more
reported he had visited the prop- thorough discussion with the coun-
erty, as he does for all proposals ty attorney’s office to address Ev-
before the commission. The 12- ans concerns. That will be sched-
year veteran said, “I have never not uled for the next commission meet-

done that.” ing on May 10.
Evans said while there he encoun- When it came time for a vote, Ev-
tered Miller and they had a conver- ans recused himself as he had been
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Libraries Expand Hogan Visits Hollywood

Hours May 3rd Vaccination Site

St. Mary’s County Library announces and more - with quick links to apps from
they will be expanding the hours open Overdrive, Hoopla, and RBdigital.
to the public at their library buildings What restrictions will be in place?
starting on Monday, May 3.  Masks are required in the building for
Hours will be Monday through Thurs- both staff and customers over the age of
day 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Friday and Sat- two. Masks must cover the mouth and
urday 9 a.m. -5 p.m. The library will be nose.
closed on Sundays. All customers are asked to maintain
Curbside services by appointment at a social distance of 6’ between one an-
Lexington Park Library and Charlotte other. Our buildings have been prepared
Hall Library will continue to be avail- to accommodate social distancing.
able Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.- Some computers have been taken of-
Governor Hogan on April 28 toured the drive-thru vaccination site at Hollywood VFD run by the St. Mary’s
4:30 p.m. Pickup at the drive-thru at fline, some seating has been removed or County Health Department, which has the capacity to administer approximately 1,000 vaccines per day.
Leonardtown Library will be available otherwise covered, and there are marked

Governor Announces
Photo from Office of Gov. Larrry Hogan
by appointment Monday – Thursday 10 waiting points for our customers in line
a.m.- 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 to check out materials. Customers en-
a.m.-4:30 p.m. tering with children are asked to stay
The public is welcome to browse the together, and please make sure to help

‘No Arm Left Behind’

collection and use public computers, children maintain social distance from
copiers, and fax machines. Precautions other customers.
remain in place that we ask all custom- Wipes will be available for customers
ers to respect. We continue to maintain to use in sanitizing and keyboard covers
a rigorous cleaning schedule, and re- will be used to protect public keyboards. Governor Larry Hogan has launched 12th in the nation for vaccinating its to-
turned items will continue to be quaran- Computer assistance from staff will a series of “No Arm Left Behind” initia- tal population and is outpacing the na-
tined. Due to the uncertain nature of the be limited due to the need for physical tives, which involve every state agency, tional average in all of the key vaccina-
pandemic, there is always a possibility distancing. Employees are not to come private industries, and every demo- tion metrics.
that the St. Mary’s County Library will within 6 feet of customers. graphic in an all-hands-on-deck effort • Expanded Walk-Up Lines. The
return to only curbside service or close Library hours will be Monday – to make sure that every Marylander State of Maryland is expanding no-
one or all branches once again for an ex- Thursday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., and Friday and who wants a vaccine can get access to appointment necessary opportunities at
tended period (such actions may be nec- Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Libraries one as quickly as possible. These initia- mass vaccination sites, adding walk-up
essary if any of our employees contract will be closed Sundays. tives will target seniors, college and uni- lines at the Baltimore Convention Cen-
the virus or if other circumstances make Curbside services by appointment at versity students, and the state’s largest ter Field Hospital for Baltimore City
these actions our safest course forward). Lexington Park Library and Charlotte employers. residents, Greenbelt Metro Station, and
In addition to safety precautions, Hall Library will continue to be avail- “Our goal throughout this massive ef- Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
the St. Mary’s County Library also has able Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. fort has remained the same—to provide Walk-up times and vaccination capacity
an app  available on both the  Google – 4:30 p.m. Pickup at the drive-thru at a vaccine to every single Marylander may vary, and individuals should be pre-
Play store  and  Apple Store  which al- Leonardtown Library will be available who wants one,” said Governor Hogan. pared to wait depending on demand.
lows customers to avoid the line and by appointment Monday – Thursday 10 “We truly are close to that light at the Mobile Clinics. The State of Maryland
checkout items with their own mobile a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday end of the tunnel. Those of you who have continues to expand the deployment of
device. The app allows customers to 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. not yet been vaccinated, please go get a mobile clinics, utilizing both federal and
check their account, search the catalog, Customers or staff showing the symp- vaccine as quickly as you can. Do it for state resources. The state has facilitated
save library card numbers directly in the toms of COVID-19 are asked not to en- yourself, do it for your family, do it for more than 50 mobile clinics, mostly as
app, check out digital content, and even ter our buildings or use curbside service. your friends, and do it so that all of us part of closed pods through targeted
scan a book’s ISBN to instantly see if Symptomatic visitors will be asked to can put this global pandemic behind us.” outreach and has begun to hold walk-
we have it in our collection! Access all leave. The governor announced this new se- up mobile clinics, including today at St.
of our digital content including eBooks, Press Release from St. Mary’s County ries of initiatives as the state surpassed Hugh of Grenoble Church in Greenbelt.
audiobooks, music, movies, magazines Library. 4 million vaccinations. Maryland ranks
12 In Our Community The County Times Thursday, April 29, 2021

Big Conversation Looks at Healthcare Trust

By Dick Myers He noted, “A great majority of Balti- having this conversation is because before
Editor more’s population is black, don’t earn a lot African Americans are trying to become
In its 11th year, the Big Conversation of money, mostly employed in low-wage patients, they have this long road to be-
started with the premise that big national jobs, live in segregated neighborhoods, come a human.” And he added, “In Mary-
issues have an impact on Southern Mary- live in poverty, and have a health expec- land, they’re not human, they’re actually
land, according to Diane Davies, one of tancy different, sometimes up to 20 years, property.”
the organizers. depending on your neighborhood, and The blacks in Baltimore over the city’s
The Big Conversation was started by the person.” history didn’t fare any better when it came
Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Ragsdale contends that to understand to education and policing, he showed
Parish in Lusby, but in recent years has the issue at hand for this year’s Big Con- through a variety of Power Point slides.
gathered an impressive array of organi- versation, one needs to understand the hu- In the late 1800’s, Ragsdale said, eu-
zational support, largely from Calvert and manity behind it, so he spent considerable genics crept into “the way that scientists
St. Mary’s counties, including the school time giving a history lesson of the city’s saw humanity. So, they began to evolve
systems and libraries of the two counties, black community from slavery to present this race-based mythology, that African
College of Southern Maryland, and sev- day. Americans were less human and intro-
eral African American groups. Calvert Some highlights: ducing concepts of Darwinism.” He add-
Library facilitated the latest Big Conver- • America’s economic system – “Early ed, “Essentially they were moving from
sation, a Zoom meeting held April 23. on it’s a colonial power that becomes very a religious culture to medicine using dis-
This year the series will be in three comfortable with developing, an eco- criminatory practices.”
parts and is a follow-up to last year’s top- nomic system that is dependent on simul- One eugenics proponent concluded,
ic: “Many Wounds to Heal: Heath Care taneous and overlapped forms of inequal- “Black children were tastier and were ex-
(in)Equity – How Does it Affect Me?” ity. In order to move into their own new cellent as alligator bait and that racial bias
In that session it became abundantly Steven Ragsdale economic system, they were replacing a still exists in healthcare today.”
clear that there is distrust of the healthcare feudal system. America is creating the Ragsdale said WB Dubois and Booker
system, particularly in the black commu- and more equitable care,” according to footprint of new modern capitalism. But T. Washington, “as black activists, rarely
nity. So, this year’s three-part series will Big Conversation organizers. in order to do that, they’re going to need could agree on anything.” But he said
examine: “Building Trust in Our Health- Uncharacteristically, the session fo- low overhead, is what I call it. And one of they did agree that “healthcare disparities
care Systems.” cused its lens largely outside Southern the ways that they achieve that low over- were the largest issue of the 20th Cen-
The first session was a Black History Maryland, but not too far away, to Bal- head was initially by using the indigenous tury. If you did not have your health and
lesson from Steven Ragsdale, associate timore, the place that Ragsdale has re- folks. But those folks typically didn’t last your wellness, how could you engage in
faculty member at Johns Hopkins Bloom- searched extensively. very long as a labor source. And so, from economics.”
berg School of Public Health in Baltimore. “Baltimore is kind of like a microcosm 1619 to 1863, the Americas were largely A big component of healthcare dispar-
He has more than 25 years of experience of the rest of the world. And you learn a dependent on this labor source -- slaves. ity, Ragsdale reported, was the lack of
“in developing healthcare innovations lot by looking at Baltimore and the way By 1863, when slavery is outlawed in medical colleges that would admit blacks
and advancing pathways to better, safer, that they built or didn’t build healthcare America, there were 4 million slaves.” and the consequent shortage of black
systems,” Ragsdale said. • There were a half million free blacks, doctors.
“evenly split amongst the North and the “Last year there were less than 700

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black people born in America in 22,661
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on slavery. The insurance companies,
Baltimore’s history includes it in “1910
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black people and white people from living
Lloyd’s of London, Prudential indemni- in the same neighborhood.” He said the
fied slave ships. Lehman Brothers, the Baltimore Sun reported it was “to prevent
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EXCITING Grocery Auction able set of systematized behaviors where Ragsdale was asked if universal health
you always see that people of color are up- care for all Americans would be a good
side down in the data and that those data start to addressing equity in health care?
St. Michael’s School trends never change over time. “ He responded, “That’s the payment
In healthcare: “economies have always system. And I think the thing that you
16560 Three Notch Road been predicated on some simultaneous have to ask yourself is does that univer-
Ridge, Maryland and overlapped forms of inequality, forms sal payment system facilitate a habit, an
of suppression, throughout the 18th, 19th, incentive to do the right things to mitigate
and all throughout the 20th century. for healthcare disparities. (I am inclined)
Saturday – May 15th @ 6 pm Those disparities not only exist today, but
always existed in our fabric.”
to say no because no matter what kind of
system you have in place, economic sys-
(Doors open at 5 pm) • “There was mass incarceration in the tem, your payment system, the social sys-
1800s where former slaves were often tem always kind of takes over.”
locked up for petty crimes and sold back He added, “We have algorithms based
to the state for a fraction of the price.” on these widely accepted practice stan-
• “Maryland would be the second larg- dards. But why do algorithms in Ala-
Building Materials Auction Coming Soon! est exporter of slavery behind Charleston, bama, outcomes look very different than
(Expected to be held in June - Date to be determined) South Carolina.” they do in Michigan or this place? Be-
“The largest slave sale in Maryland, cause they’re taking the exact same algo-
where 272 men, women and children were rithm and they’re applying it in the way
sold by the Catholic church, by the Jesuits, that they see fit.”
in order to satisfy a debt for Georgetown The next in this series will be May 23
A Southern Maryland Professional Auction Company College at that point in time.” on the topic: “systemic unconscious bias
• There were “44 lynching sites all over and the importance of understanding its Maryland,” including several in Southern effects on society, medicine caring mod-
Maryland. els, and patients.”
301.904.3402 There was much other history, but
Ragsdale noted, “The reason that we’re
Thursday, April 29, 2021 The County Times In Our Community 13

Portraits of St. Mary’s County: Sheriff Tim Cameron

By Florence Ballengee able. The family has endured a sig-
Contributing Writer nificant loss and deserves some type
After 40 years on the job, most of of closure.
it as a police officer in St. Mary’s “The shooting at Great Mills High
County, Sheriff Tim Cameron loves School of a 15-year-old girl is a case
his job and looks forward to coming I will never forget. It has had more
to work every day. The 61-year-old impact on me and on those around me
Cameron has run unopposed in two than any other case.”
elections and opposed in one in which While Sheriff Cameron is adamant
he was elected. Cameron, to anyone that he enjoys his job, he recalls the
who knows him, is an educated and difficulty of being a road patrol offi-
down-to-earth person with a positive cer. “The time dedicated to your pro-
and upbeat attitude and a tremendous fession is time away from your fam-
sense of humor. He is what some ily. Working shift work, holidays and
would call a people person. missing family milestones is difficult
Cameron is the son of Elizabeth at best, especially when nationally
Abell Cameron and Roy R. Cam- police legitimacy is being questioned.
eron. He is the grandson of William Baby boomers have raised their chil-
and Lydia Abell and he spent much dren, now adults, to value family and
of his childhood at his grandpar- to achieve a work-life balance.” Cam-
ent’s farm in St. Inigoes; Cameron is eron says finding that balance is also
“home-grown.” the most difficult thing about being
Cameron lives in Morganza with a sheriff.
his wife Angie. His wife is the daugh- Cameron’s leadership of St. Mary’s
ter of a retired St. Mary’s County County law enforcement has captured
Deputy Sheriff, Sharon Haynie. The the attention of the governor and of
Camerons have two sons: Scott, 21, a other state and national leaders. Cam-
communications major at Salisbury eron was the only law enforcement
and Shawn, a senior at Chopticon person appointed by Governor Hogan
High School. Cameron talks about to serve on the Emergency Heroin
the importance of balance in his life Task Force. He has been the president
and his work. While busy with his job of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association
and his other responsibilities with lo- twice and has sat on both the Mary-
cal, area, state and national organiza- land Commission on Correctional
tions, Cameron made time to coach Training, and the Maryland Police
his son’s athletic teams and continue Standards Commission. He repre-
his education, earning a bachelor’s having been one of the demonstrators culture of caring towards the citizens
sented the National Sheriff’s Asso-
and master’s degree from Johns Hop- being met with tear gas and officers they serve, the Sheriff’s Department
ciation on former President Obama’s
kins University in Management. in battle gear. In St. Mary’s, he said, has made many advances in technol-
21st Police Initiative.
Cameron is an innovative and ef- “We were greeted with water and Ga- ogy. This is necessary, Cameron says,
Summing up what has been accom-
fective leader to those who know him torade”. Make no mistake, there was “Because the speed of information
plished, Cameron cites “Data driven,
best. His style is laid back; but make plenty of undercover security, but it fostered by improved technology has
intelligence led crime fighting thanks
no mistake, he is clearly in charge. was peaceful, and the demonstrators made us more efficient but has placed
to improved technology. The expan-
In addition to his many years as a were treated with dignity and respect significant demands on law enforce-
sion and program enhancements at
road patrol officer and eventual com- and responded likewise. ment as never before. This is due to
the Detention Center and Rehabilita-
mander of several divisions with the When asked about campaigning for the demand for immediate informa-
tion Center, the establishment of an
Sheriff’s Department, his education his job, Cameron said he loved it be- tion by the public and the media.”
internationally recognized pretrial
was geared towards administration. cause he got to do what he loves to Cameron’s administration has ap-
program, assistance with job skills
The days when St. Mary’s was a small do and that’s get out and talk to peo- plied and been accepted into innova-
and enhanced safety and security in
department in a very rural area are ple. Cameron has said he will not run tive programs that center around the
the schools.
gone. Today the burgeoning popula- again for Sheriff. There have been detection of areas of crime. Years
“There has been tremendous media
tion has placed demands on law en- significant changes in St. Mary’s ago, police departments accom-
attention given to those calling for
forcement and Cameron has done his Law Enforcement. The changes have plished this by sticking pins in a map
the defunding of police departments.
best to keep abreast of the times by been necessitated by growth and the marking crime areas so that patrols
This begs the question, who will re-
implementing up-to-date technology. changes have been made because of could be increased in that area. This
spond to emergencies, and who will
The result has seen St. Mary’s ahead Cameron’s belief that the Sheriff’s technology is much more exact and is
protect those who are unable to pro-
of the curve on many fronts, and the Department is there to serve the all digitized. Crime can be cut drasti-
tect themselves?”
department’s efforts have been recog- citizens. cally because it gives police the op-
At a conference at College of
nized both state-wide and nationally. The Sheriff’s Office now handles portunity to direct activity to poten-
Southern Maryland, Sheriff Cameron
However, improving and maintaining the majority of the calls coming into tial trouble spots.
responded to calls for police defund-
the human element is still a strong police communications. St. Mary’s When asked how the county has
ing, and it can be found at: https://
force on his personal agenda for his deputies are more well-equipped and changed in the 40 years since Cam-
w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / t h e b a y n e t /
department. well-trained than ever before. They eron started patrolling St. Mary’s
When the demonstrations follow- are equipped with NARCAN in the County, he replied, “There are more
Cameron’s care and compassion
ing the death of George Floyd became event of suspected or known over- people, more growth and the loss of
for the community he has called home
violent in many areas throughout the dose of opioids. Additionally, cars some of our rural character… we still
since he was born is apparent. Once a
country, Cameron had to quickly de- are equipped with AED’s (Automated maintain a strong sense of commu-
tiny police agency, slightly behind the
velop a strategy to handle any po- External Defibrillators) which gives nity especially when challenged by
times, in a remote area of Maryland
tential problems because there were deputies life-saving ability to assist adversity.”
is no more. Today under Cameron’s
several demonstrations planned for citizens with SCA (sudden cardiac When asked to ref lect on his 40
leadership, the St. Mary’s County
St. Mary’s County. Because he be- events). Time is crucial and since years of law enforcement history in
Sheriff’s Department is a modernized
lieves that everyone has the right to deputies are often first on the scene, it this county and what case(s) stand
and up-to-date police agency that in-
be heard, he took a positive approach can mean the difference between life out in his mind, he answered, “Ev-
stead of being current is ahead of the
expecting the best and not the worst and death. AED’s can and do increase ery unsolved cold case homicide! No
curve in the area of technology and
in people. One demonstrator relayed the survival rate of SCA victims. one should be able to take another
human services. This has captured
the experience in another county as Along with increased training and a person’s life and not be held account-
state and indeed national attention.
14 Cops & Courts The County Times Thursday, April 29, 2021


Trespassing/Disorderly Conduct- On sued a criminal citation for trespassing and structing and Hindering an Investigation. turbance. When escorted off the property
April 13, 2021, Dep. Wilhelmi responded ordered to leave the area. Jacks returned to Assault/Resisting Arrest- On April Sharp continued
to the 21500 block of Great Mills Road in the scene and began harassing customers. 16, 2021, Cpl. Corcoran was conducting to yell at custom-
Lexington Park, for the reported distur- Jacks was arrested and charged with Tres- an eviction in the 45700 block of Guenther ers. Sharp was ar-
bance. Investigation determined Keith pass: Private Property. CASE# 20147-21 Drive in Great Mills, when he made contact rested and charged
Antoine Mackall, age 29 of Lexington Assault- On April 15, 2021, Dep. Kril with Aja Keyana Renee Sewell, age 30 of with Disorderly
Park, began argu- responded to the 22600 block of Washing- no fixed address. Sewell was not the tenant Conduct.
ing with customers ton Street in Leonardtown, for the reported and was advised she needed to leave by the Disorderly
in the business and assault involving a firearm. Investigation landlord and Cpl. Conduct- On April
was told to leave determined James Raymond Dahlsledt, Corcoran. Sewell 17, 2021, Dep. N. Charles Sharp
by an employee. age 41 of Leonardtown, assaulted the vic- refused to leave, Hill responded to
Mackall refused, tim by grabbing became confronta- the 45900 block of
and continued to the victim's wrists tional, and began Indian Way in Lexington Park, for the re-
argue with cus- and hand, caus- yelling at the land- ported disturbance. Upon arrival Paulette
tomers. Mackall Keith Mackall ing visible injury. lord. Sewell was Michele Johnson, age 29 of Lexington
went outside with The victim further advised numerous Park, was observed yelling and banging on
Dep. Wilhelmi and advised Dahlsledt times to cease her the door to the residence. Johnson's actions
continued to cause a disturbance and fled grabbed a firearm behavior and va- Aja Sewell were disturbing to numerous neighbors.
on foot when advised he was under arrest. off the nightstand, cate the residence, Johnson refused to cease her actions and
Mackall was apprehended and charged at which time the however she continued to yell and refused continued to cause
with Trespass: Private Property and Disor- victim fled the resi- James Dahlsledt to follow instructions. Sewell was advised a disturbance.
derly Conduct. dence. Dahlsledt she was under arrest, and became com- Johnson was ar-
Trespassing- On April 14, 2021, Dep. was arrested and charged with Assault 1st bative and pulled away from Cpl. Corco- rested and charged
Wynnyk responded to the 21800 block of and 2nd Degree. ran and attempted to bite and spit on him. with Disorderly
North Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park, Obstructing and Hindering- On April Sewell was taken into custody and charged Conduct.
for the reported in- 16, 2021, Dep. Jerew responded to the with Assault 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Editor’s Note:
dividual harassing 44900 block of Canvas Back Drive in Cal- and Trespassing. The above arrests
customers. Upon laway, for the reported civil dispute. While Disorderly Conduct- On April 17, 2021, are not an indica- Paulette Johnson
arrival contact was on scene attempting to conduct the inves- Dep. Wilhelmi responded to the 46200 tion of guilt or
made with George tigation, Kayla Ashlee Pacitto, age 32 of block of Corporate Way in Lexington Park, innocence as the
Wheeler Jacks, Port Republic, repeatedly disrupted the in- for the reported disturbance. Investigation cases have not been adjudicated.
age 52 of no fixed vestigation by attempting to enter the resi- determined Charles Edward Sharp, age
address. Jacks had dence and kicking the door to the residence. 40 of Charlotte Hall, was at the business
previously been is- Pacitto was arrested and charged with Ob- yelling at customers and creating a dis-
George Jacks

Assault at Wawa California

Under Investigation
Deputies from the St. Mary’s County
Sheriff’s Office on April 24 at approxi-
mately 9:52 p.m. responded to the 23100
block of Three Notch Road in California,
for the reported assault. Deputies arrived
on scene and located a male victim, age 39
of Lexington Park, who was suffering from
multiple stab wounds. Detectives from the
Criminal Investigations Division respond-
dent is asked to contact Detective Trevor
ed to the scene and continued the investiga-
Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128
tion. The victim was transported to an area
or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.
trauma center and remains hospitalized for
Press Release from SMCSO.
Anyone with information on this inci-

Identity Needed for

Burglary Suspect
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
is seeking the identity of the person de-
picted in the attached video in a burglary
investigation. On Friday, April 23, 2021 at
12:56 am, the suspect smashed the glass in
the front door of the Papa John's Pizza on
Great Mills Road in Lexington Park and
entered the business. Once inside, the sus-
pect tried to open several drawers without
success before fleeing the premises.
Anyone with information about the iden-
tity of the suspect or this incident is asked
to call Deputy Zachary Jerew at 301-475- Press Release from SMCSO.
4200, ext. 78154 or email zachary.jerew@
Thursday, April 29, 2021 The County Times Feature 15

Ryan Named St. Mary's Teach of the Year

For Ryan, Teaching Is an Art Form

By Guy Leonard experience.” sculpt at home with the materials “It was the right time,” said Ryan.
Staff Writer In elementary schools, students they had but it was also about teach- “I missed teaching art.”
April Ryan, 36, spent almost her spend most of their time learning in ing basic concepts they could learn Teaching children at the elemen-
entire childhood and young adult one teacher’s classroom but Ryan’s with materials.” tary level doesn’t mean judging
life in the St. Mary’s County Public position allows her much greater Students who may not have had their work to a high artistic stan-
School System. She loved it. access. access to the best materials were en- dard, she said, rather it means as-
And now she says she’s happy to “As the art teacher I get to see ev- couraged to improvise and draw on sessing whether they are using the
spend the foreseeable future in it, ery class, every teacher,” Ryan said. anything they could including the principles they have been taught to
too, this time as an art teacher. “That way I get to know everyone back of an envelope if they had to. be creative.
Her dedication to her job and her and what’s going on in the building. To learn shapes, they could use “I know at some point we’ll find
effectiveness in teaching students “I think it’s important to get the arm movements or by exploring something in class that resonates
has earned her the title of St. Mary’s perspectives of all the stakeholders their environments at home. with them,” Ryan said. “I just want
County Teacher of the Year; she will in the school; we form strong bonds “Anything they had they could them to enjoy it.”
represent the county against other with the students.” use,” Ryan said. “You can still be At their age, she said, it’s impor-
teachers competing for the state- Teaching studio arts means using creative with what you have around tant for them to try new things.
wide honor. mediums such as drawing, painting, you.” “The question is, are they explor-
She moved to St. Mary’s when she sculpture and even printmaking and Teaching virtually, she was care- ing the media to the best of their
was just three years old, from Ten- more to get children to learn to cre- ful to lead her students through abilities?” Ryan said. “Are they
nessee, and has been here ever since. ate and express themselves. classroom greetings just as she making connections with the world
“I had a fantastic experience go- But it also means getting them to would during a normal day; it was around them?”
ing through St. Mary’s County Pub- listen, pay attention, follow direc- important to keep the environment Aside from the honor bestowed
lic Schools,” Ryan told The County tions and make plans. as conducive to learning as she on her, Ryan says she is fortunate to
Times. “The ultimate goal [for me] The in-class experience is the could. work in a school system that places a
was to work for county schools. perfect place for them to try new Though she loves teaching in St. relatively high value on the arts - in
“I was totally shocked and sur- things, she said. Mary’s County, her journey back to all its forms - in a time when many
prised to hear the announcement “I want the students to explore the schools and students she loves school systems are focusing on stan-
that I had been nominated.” materials they can’t use at home,” was a winding one. dardized tests and heavily promot-
Ryan graduated from Leonard- Ryan said. “It’s just coaching them Upon graduation she took an art ing science, technology, math and
town High School in 2003, got her through the process and the differ- teaching position at McDonough engineering curriculums.
associates degree in studio art at ent art materials to find out what High School in Charles County as She said if she worked in another
College of Southern Maryland, and they are capable of.” there were none open here at the system, she wasn’t sure she would
then went on to get her baccalaure- That changed completely when time. have been named as teacher of the
ate degree at St. Mary’s College of the school system was hit head on But she found a job opening at year.
Maryland in 2010. with the COVID-19 pandemic and Spring Ridge Middle School and “I think we’re really lucky to work
She received her master’s degree had to begin teaching children in a taught there for two years, before in a school system that really works
in teaching that same year from St. 100 percent virtual environment. having her son. to showcase the fine arts,” Ryan
Mary’s College of Maryland as well. But Ryan looked at the challenge During this time, she took time said. “Sometimes it’s easy to over-
This marks her fourth year of as an opportunity to write a new away from the classroom and took look the benefits of art.”
teaching at George Washington curriculum to teach art virtually but a position for a few years back at St. Those benefits are many, she said,
Carver Elementary School in Lex- also equitable and with full access Marys’ College of Maryland help- including the ability to take direc-
ington Park; it was a group of her to all students. ing to place undergraduate students tions, not shy away from risk and
colleagues there who recommended “I joined the team to write the in teaching positions in local public the ability to solve problems.
her for the local honor. learning program for Schoology schools. “It’s about creativity and expres-
“I try to be an active member of [the system’s on-line learning man- By 2017 she was back at Carver sion,” Ryan said of the essence of
the Carver family,” Ryan said. “I agement program],” Ryan said. “It Elementary, doing what she does her craft. “That speaks to art.”
love making coming to school a fun would allow kids to paint, draw and best.
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SMECO Honors Outstanding Teachers

Southern Maryland Electric Co- and innovative teaching methods. to SMECO. Our cooperative and lic Charter School, Mathematics
operative (SMECO) worked with Each teacher receives a plaque our community benefit from the • Jasmin Thompson, Leonard-
the school systems of Calvert, and a cash award. In 30 years, solid foundation these teachers town High School, Mathematics
Charles, and St. Mary’s counties SMECO has recognized 435 local provide.” Cox continued, “Wheth- • Paul Quade, Esperanza Middle
to select and honor 24 educators math and science teachers. er they are teaching students in School, Mathematics
with Outstanding Teacher awards “We’re honoring some extraor- person or online, educators must • Jennifer Venendaal, Holly-
for their leadership in the fields of dinary teachers. We usually host be resourceful, f lexible, and car- wood Elementary School, Science
mathematics, science, technology, a dinner for our award recipients, ing. These qualities have become • Lindsay Healy, Leonardtown
and engineering. but the fact that we are able to cele- even more essential because of the High School, Science
Receiving awards this year were brate via Zoom, using cell phones, COVID-19 pandemic. And, as we • Nennah Byle, Leonardtown
eight math teachers, nine science mobile devices, and the internet, have learned over the past year, a Middle School, Science
teachers, and seven STEM (sci- shows how important science and good education and experienced • Erin Mallory, Chesapeake
ence, technology, engineering, technology are to our lives,” ex- teachers have never been more Public Charter School, STEM
and math) teachers from schools in plained Sonja Cox, SMECO presi- important.” • Nora Blasko, Great Mills High
three counties. The teachers were dent and CEO. SMECO’s Outstanding Math- School, STEM
chosen for their outstanding per- “We are recognizing these ematics, Science, and STEM Press Release from SMECO.
formance in the areas of creativ- teachers for their accomplish- Teachers of the Year for St. Mary’s
ity, rapport with students, enthusi- ments because their contribution County are:
asm for teaching, professionalism, to educating students is important • Ashley Kurtz, Chesapeake Pub-

Ashley Kurtz, Chesapeake Public Charter Jasmin Thompson, Leonardtown High Paul Quade, Esperanza Middle School, Jennifer Venendaal, Hollywood Elementary School,
School, Mathematics School, Mathematics Mathematics Science

Lindsay Healy, Leonardtown High School, Science Nennah Byle, Leonardtown Middle School, Erin Mallory, Chesapeake Public Charter Nora Blasko, Great Mills High School, STEM
Science School, STEM
Thursday, April 29, 2021 The County Times Education 19

Construction Underway CSM’s Robotics Team

for CSM’s Health Back in Business
Sciences Center Compete at Skills Tournament
The College of Southern Maryland
Located at Regional Hughesville Campus (CSM) competitive robotics team – the
Talons –participated in the Univer-
Construction of the College of sity of Nebraska – Lincoln Inaugural
Southern Maryland’s (CSM) new Remote Skills Event April 16-17. The
Center for Health Sciences build- Talons were one of 13 colleges in the
ing is underway at the college’s Re- national weekend tournament which
gional Hughesville Campus. Con- was Nebraska’s first remote, skills-only
struction is currently on track for VEX U event, hosted by UNL’s VEX U
completion in fall 2022. team.
The Center for Health Scienc- The Talons are currently tied with
es will be the second building on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
CSM’s Regional Hughesville Cam- for 42nd place worldwide, and in 34th sponsored by the Robotics Education
pus and will serve as a central, con- place in programming. In 2019, the and Competition (REC) Foundation,
venient location for the college’s Talons placed 11th in the world in their whose mission is to increase student
popular health programs and in- tive learning spaces, classrooms, a division, fifth in the United States, and interest and involvement in Science,
struction. It will be approximately computer lab, faculty and staff of- were one of only three U.S. commu- Technology, Engineering and Math-
50,000 square feet, designed to fices, a student success suite and a nity colleges to earn a spot at the VEX ematics (STEM). Participating teams
LEED standards and will feature large multipurpose meeting room.  U World Robotics Championship and build robots to compete in a series of
specialized health sciences labora- The Center for Health Sciences is claim global recognition. challenges through VEX U that involve
tories for CSM’s programs in nurs- the second phase of construction at The Talons staged for the April event maneuvering game elements and com-
ing, emergency medical services, the Regional Hughesville Campus. at CSM’s Velocity Center in Indian pleting tasks. Each year, VEX U creates
rehabilitation, wellness and fit- The first phase was the completion Head. The team is participated a se- a new game to challenges students to
ness, pharmacy technician, medi- of a 30,000-square-foot  Center for ries of matches played on a square field design robots to score the most points
cal assisting, health information Trades and Energy Training, which where they maneuver their robots to against their opponents. Because each
management and medical coding, opened in 2017. place balls in goals and connecting rows game is different, students must criti-
and medical laboratory technology. Preview CSM’s Center for Health across the field. cally think through new design itera-
The center will also include a clini- Sciences here: The international and national VEX tions and strategies as they master the
cal simulation center, collabora- U competitions and skill events are game.
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St. Mary’s College

Partners for Dual
Engineering Degree
MEET POPPY St. Mary’s College of Maryland has
partnered with Washington University
courses that contribute to both liberal
arts and engineering degrees, achieving
A dog will teach you Unconditional Love. in St. Louis, Missouri, to offer an engi- a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA in all
If you can have that in your life neering dual degree program.  The pro- coursework and in STEM coursework,
Things won’t be too bad. gram, considered one of the country’s and an endorsement from students’ pre-
-Robert Wagner premier engineering programs, is now in engineering adviser.
its 48th year at Washington University. Those admitted to the engineering
Hi there, my name is Poppy. I’m a DAPPER 9 year old gentleman who “While the St. Mary’s College stu- dual degree program have two tracks
likes to go for FRIENDLY walks around the shelter to check on everyone dents that are most likely to be inter- from which to choose: 3-2 Option: Earn-
while they are at their desks, just to say hello! I’m at the shelter because ested have a focus in chemistry, math, ing a St. Mary’s College bachelor’s de-
I was becoming less tolerant of the small child in my home. You can and material sciences, the dual degree gree and a Washington University bach-
understand that! I’m getting older and don’t take to rough housing program is open to all students inde- elor’s degree or the 3-3 Option: Earning
like I once did, so I can get a little grumpy with all the commotion. pendent of major,” said Erin De Pree, a St. Mary’s College bachelor’s degree
My wonderful pals here at TCAS say I may do well with older polite SMCM associate professor of physics. plus a Washington University bachelor’s
children and I seem to LIKE OTHER DOGS, even bigger dogs! In my “The advantage for an applied physics degree and Washington University mas-
last home I played with the Labrador. Looking for BIG DOG ATTITUDE major is that we are accepting some of ter’s degree.
but only have space for a little dog? I may be the PERFECT one! Email the upper-level engineering courses as According to Washington University, ASAP to make an appointment to replacements for student capstone expe- students in the dual degree program
meet me today! When you choose to adopt from TCAS, you are literally rience at St. Mary’s College.  This will benefit over simply transferring because
saving a life. make it easier for students to complete dual degree staff and student leaders
their requirements in a timely manner.” make a point of fostering a special co-
To see more of my amazing friends St. Mary’s College students should hort within the engineering community.
also available for adoption, “like” us on apply to Washington University in their And once students connect with one
Facebook @ Tri-County Animal Shelter junior year. There is no application fee another through enrollment and orienta-
Southern MD or view us on our website and no additional testing is needed. Ac- tion programming, dual degree students
at cording to Washington University, clear maintain a supportive network until
services/animal-care-control/tri-county- eligibility criteria result in a dual degree graduation.
animal-shelter admission rate of nearly 90 percent. That  Press Release from SMCM.
criteria includes students taking specific

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pictures in St. Mary's County? Do you able for pickup beginning Thursday, (44720 Lighthouse Road Piney Point,
love showing your photography skills May 6. The live program will also be Ask a Master Gardener Vir- MD 20674) on Saturday, May 15 from
off on Facebook and Instagram? St. recorded for later viewing. tual Plant Clinic 10:30 – 11 a.m. Siblings welcome;
Mary's County Library invites sub- Have questions about growing vege- please register once per family group.
mission of photographs taken with a Mindfulness for Stress tables, soil conditions, mystery insects, Rain date: May 22. This activity will take
smartphone for entry into our Smart- Management invasive weeds, or heirloom plants? place outdoors. Participants should
phone Photography Contest. The con- Learn tips and practices for improv- Ask a Master Gardener! Wednesday, bring blankets or chairs for comfort,
test is open to anyone in our commu- ing your well-being through mindful- May 12 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Logon and follow social distancing practices
nity in the following age groups: Teens ness on Wednesday, May 12 from 6:30 with your plant samples and questions during the event. After storytime, ex-
(ages 13 to 17), and Adults (ages 18 - 7:30 p.m. Do you find yourself feeling to get answers! Please note, this is not plore the lighthouse and park. This
and older). Please read all guidelines distracted, stressed, or overwhelmed a formal presentation. Come with your event is weather-dependent; in case
on before submitting often? How do you refocus and cope questions! Register on www.stmalib. of bad weather it will be postponed or
entry materials. with these emotions? Join Erin Jewell org. cancelled. Masks are encouraged dur-
of University of Maryland Extension ing the outdoor storytime, and required
STEM Fun: Monster Mouths and learn how mindfulness practices Outdoor Storytime at Piney to enter any buildings at the Museum &
Learn about pistons and pressure as can help you improve your overall well- Point Lighthouse Historic Park.
you engineer a wacky creature that can being. Rather than having a mind full, Stories, songs, and activities for
open & close its mouth on Tuesday, learn to be mindful! Register on www. children with their adult caregivers,
May 11 from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Register outdoors at Piney Point Lighthouse
Thursday, April 29, 2021 The County Times Sports 21

Quade and Pilkerton

Double at Potomac
Grady Ends Hatcher Win Streak

Draft Day
Derick Quade was again the Marty Hanbury and Dylan Ruth-
class of the field as he took his erford rounding out the top five. 
second consecutive win in the In support class action, Defend-
20-lap Limited Late Model head- ing division champion Buddy Du-
liner last Friday night at Potomac nagan took his first win of the
Speedway. The win for Quade, season in another thrilling 15-
steering his Longhorn no.74, lap Hobby Stock feature, Justin By Ronald N. Guy Jr. went to all those practices, taped up
Contributing Writer all those nagging injuries, took to
would be his overall 33rd career Hatcher ended Greg Mattingly’s
A baseball rolls up to a pair of coaching, and benefitted from com-
win at Potomac for the defending three race win streak with his first
little feet to introduce itself. A hand mitted family and consistent op-
division champion. win of the season in the 15-lap
grasps the stitched sphere while portunities finally made it to “The
The redraw placed Quade on the Strictly Stock feature with Terry
young eyes examine it with a curi- League.”
pole for the start of the event and Hartlaub scoring his first career
osity that will morph into an obses- Draft day.
he would make the most of it by track win in the nightcap 15-lap
sion. In the backyard, a football is This story lands in The County
pacing all 20-circuits. Eventual Roadster contest.
grabbed around the laces and hurled Times and in your hands on NFL
runner up Kyle Lear got to second Limited Late Model feature
toward an awaiting father. The per- Draft weekend. As each name is
on the 9th lap and would chase finish 
fect spiral sends parent and child called, a long journey ends and a
Quade for the duration, but would Derick Quade, Kyle Lear, Billy
airborne in excitement. A young dream is fulfilled. The same pattern
fall two car lengths short at the Tucker, Chuck Cox, Brian Han-
heart is hooked. Thump, thump, repeats for all major sports leagues.
stripe. “The crew gave me anoth- kins, Sam Archer, Todd Plummer,
thump: A basketball’s rhythmic The details of individual stories
er great car here tonight and we Wayne Bryant, Richard Culver,
bounce echoes off a driveway. A de- vary, but the plot is familiar. What-
wouldn’t be here without them.” Cory Higgs, Jonny Oliver, Bran-
termined soul stares at a hoop high ever legitimate cynicism is carried
Quade stated post race. “We still don Long, Boo Lawhorn
in the air. Is this the day? A deep about big-time college sports, boost-
have some tweaking to do on this RUSH Crate Late Model fea-
breath is drawn in. Hands slip under ers, agents and other dark aspects of
car because we think we can get it ture finish 
the ball and from just inches above the business (“amateur athletics”),
better.” Billy Tucker, Chuck Cox Jeremy Pilkerton, Kyle Hardy,
the ground a burst of energy sends the moment when a young athlete
and Brian Hankins completed the Joey Love, Chuck Bowie, Timmy
it skyward. The ball clears the rim reaches a sport’s pinnacle is power-
top five. Heats went to Lear and Booth, Megan Mann, Ed Pope Jr,
and passes through the net with an ful stuff to witness – organic, touch-
Quade. Cody Stamp, Ben Scott, Mike Ra-
intoxicating “swish.” A first made ing, decidedly human.
In the companion 20-lap RUSH leigh, Matt Tepper
basket marries player to game. Few reach such lofty athletic des-
Crate Late Model feature, 2020 Hobby Stock feature finish 
Moments happens. Dreams form. tinations, but drafts are not limited
track champion Jeremy Pilkerton Buddy Dunagan, Eric Hanson,
A sports journey begins. to sports. Dedicated and decorated
drove to his 2nd win of the sea- Wyatt Hanson, Colin Long, Hilton
Years pass. Parents shuttle to and academic endeavors lead to college
son aboard his Rocket no.8. Pilk- Pickeral, Troy Kassiris, Mason
fro. Sacrifices are made – by player admissions, acceptances to elite
erton and last week’s RUSH tour Hanson, Austin Lathroum, Billy
and family. Road trips mean early graduate-level programs and ful-
winner Kyle Hardy waged hand Crouse, Watson Gordon, Owen
morning departures, convenience filling careers. Hard work, commit-
to hand combat during the contest Lacey, James Rainey, Mikey
store lunches, take out dinners and ment and proven performance land
with Pilkerton prevailing for his Latham, Stephen Suite 
unfamiliar hotel beds. Laundry employees in an executive’s office
5th career class victory. “Kyle is Strictly Stock feature finish 
rooms adopt the perma-stench of to be congratulated on a big promo-
one of the best in the business and Justin Hatcher, Greg Mattingly,
smelly jerseys. Dirty cleats ensure tion. After much courting and being
I knew we had to beat him to the Nabil Guffey, Casey Sheckles,
mudrooms earn their name. Well- on one’s best behavior, a man gets on
front first if we had a chance to John Hardesty, Daniel Knodle,
worn basketball sneakers create a knee, holds a ring in a shaky hand,
win.” Richie Gibson, Jesse Lockhart,
bedroom odor only a young athlete pops a powerful question and re-
Joey Love, Chuck Bowie and Brian Johnson, Scooter Tippett,
could love. There are so many prac- ceives a “yes” in reply. And, a rookie
Timmy Booth trailed at the fin- Cameron Harris, Natalie Davis 
tices. So much gear. Injuries happen; writer queries his local paper with a
ish. Heats went to Hardy and Street Stock feature finish 
ace bandages, ice packs and stitches column idea about the intersection
Pilkerton. Mike Grady Jr, PJ Hatcher,
follow – whatever it takes to get back of sports and life – and they give
Winchester invader Mike Grady Deuce Wright, Marty Hanbury,
on the field. Games quickly change him a shot.
Jr. started on the pole and would Dylan Rutherford, Mike Bladen,
from pure fun to competition. Wins Draft days all.
lead every lap of the 15-lap Street Ben Pirner 
start to matter – a lot – and losses Of course, “The Draft” meant
Stock main, collecting the $200 Roadster feature finish 
sting. Youth league, high school and something completely different to
bounty on PJ Hatcher. As Grady Terry Hartlaub, Richard Ins-
college - seasons become a blur; a prior generations. Joy was not syn-
lead, Hatcher climbed from his coe, Jason Jarvis, Lonnie Hobday,
special few are memorialized with a onymous with having your name
7th starting spot to challenge, but John Burch, Earl Whitehouse IV,
trophy – league, conference, county, – or number – pulled. A sober re-
would fall one spot short at the Joey Suite, Brook Bowles, Kyle
state or national…champions. minder lands near the middle of the
finish, ending his incredible 10- Randall DNS- Justin Bottorf 
The arrival, so to speak, comes in spring/summer sports draft con-
race win streak. Defending cham- By Doug Watson for Potomac
a fancy suit or on a couch with fam- tinuum – a month after the NFL se-
pion Deuce Wright was third with Speedway
ily and friends, not in uniform while lects its annual crop of rookies and a
between the lines. After a long fi- month or two before MLB, the NHL
nal evaluation, interviews, rumors, and the NBA do the same. Memorial
trades and, for some, an agonizing Day: It is an important moment to
wait, an athlete’s name is called. honor those who made the ultimate
The emotions flood – joy, relief, sacrifice and to appreciate the brave
gratitude. Tears flow and families volunteers - past and present - who
embrace. A player hugs a commis- changed the connotation of “The
sioner, a team’s hat is slipped on Draft” and made articles like this
and cameras flash on a bright stage. possible.
The kid who gripped that baseball, Send comments to RonaldGuyJr@
hurled that spiral or made that mod-
est basket so many years ago, who
22 Sports The County Times Thursday, April 29, 2021

St. Mary’s Department of Aging &

St. Mary’s College Drops Human Services
Doubleheader to Salisbury Programs and Activities
Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-475-4200, ext. 71658
Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 71050
Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 73101
Visit for the most up-to date information

Welcome Back to the Senior a Zoom account to attend, you only need
Activity Centers to have access to the internet via com-
Following an Amended Executive puter, laptop or phone and an e-mail ac-
Order from Governor Larry Hogan, the count so that we can send you the link,
re-opening date for the Senior Activity which you will receive in a reminder no-
Centers is Friday, April 30, rather than tice before the meeting. Contact Sheila.
Tuesday, April 27. to sign up
Hours of operation for the Loffler, for the April 26 session.
Garvey, and Northern Senior Activity
Centers will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- Make a Gnome- Live Class
3 p.m. Participants will be required to At the Loffler Senior Activity Center,
complete an updated registration form. we’re getting in on the Gnome Craze by
Upon reopening, participants will be making our own on Friday, May 14, at
able make reservations to join indoor 11 a.m. Our version is simple and re-
and outdoor exercise classes, utilize ex- quires no sewing, though we will use a
ercise equipment and the computer labs, glue gun. This will be a live class at the
available at the senior activity centers. senior activity center where we will sup-
Physical distancing guidelines must be ply everything you need to take home
observed at all times while participating a creature so adorable, you’ll want to
in these activities. Face coverings are make more! To make a reservation, call
required. Visit 301-475-4200, ext. 1660, beginning at
aging for more information, including a 8 a.m. on April 26. There is no cost for
full calendar of upcoming activities and this class. Limited to 5 participants.
Community Shred Day &
Virtual Book Club on Zoom Medication Collection
The Loffler Book Club is currently The Department of Aging & Human
The St. Mary's College of Mary- also struck out three batters, while reading Book of the Little Axe by Lau- Services is proud to partner with the
land baseball team (8-10, 6-6 C2C) allowing two earned runs. ren Francis Sharma. A few copies are St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the
hosted the #3 Salisbury University How It Happened (Game Two) being held for us at the Lexington Park St. Mary’s County Health Department,
Sea Gulls (16-3, 9-1 C2C) on Fri- • Salisbury struck first in the Library. If you would like to read this and the Department of Public Works
day (Apr. 23) afternoon in Coast- contest with one run in the first in- novel and discuss with the book club on & Transportation to host a Community
To-Coast Athletic Conference ac- ning. St. Mary's College answered Friday, May 7, at 2 p.m. on Zoom then Shred Day & Medication Collection on
tion. The Seahawks dropped game by adding two runs in the second contact Shellie at Sheila.Graziano@st- Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,
one 6-2 and fell in game two 11-3. inning to grab a 2-1 lead. Brady You do not need a Zoom in the governmental center, located at
How It Happened (Game One) Waters lined a two RBI single in account to participate, you just need an 41780 Baldridge St, Leonardtown, MD.
• After a scoreless first inning, the inning to give the Seahawks e-mail address. The link will be sent to For the safety of the community and
the Sea Gulls grabbed the lead the early advantage. you the day of the meeting. employees assisting during this event,
with two runs in the second in- • The Sea Gulls tied the game up masks will be required. Remain in your
ning. Salisbury tacked on another at two with a run in the top of the Virtual Current Events Session on vehicle once on site and adhere to in-
run in the fifth inning to extend third, but the Seahawks responded Zoom structions from attendants. Please place
their advantage to 3-0. in the bottom half of the inning The Loffler Current Events discus- documents or expired medications in
• The Seahawks finally broke with a RBI single from Elliott to sions have started back up again, on your trunk or truck bed to lessen the
through on the scoreboard when retake the lead 3-2. Zoom. The meetings are held on the chance of exposure.
Andy Collins drove a single to • Salisbury broke the game open 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 10 For more information, contact Sarah
right field, plating Dillon Waters in the fifth inning with six runs to a.m. The next one scheduled for Mon- Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. 1073, or
and Joey Bryner. Leading by one, capture a 8-3 lead. From there, the day, May 10. You do NOT need to have email
Salisbury gave themselves some Sea Gulls tacked on one run in the
breathing room with three runs in sixth, seventh, and ninth innings
the seventh and held the Seahawks for the 11-3 victory.
scoreless for the remainder of the Inside the Box Score (Game SHEAMUS NEEDS A NEW OR LONG-TERM FOSTER HOME
game for the victory. Two) PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION!
Inside the Box Score • D. Waters led the Seahawks Sheamus is a Mastador, born in 2017.
• Max Elliott led the Seahawks from the plate with two hits in On April 20th, he was assessed for
from the plate with three hits in four appearances. B. Waters post- aggression by the owner of a reputa-
four appearances to the plate. In ed a team-high two RBI. ble K9 Academy in Southern MD who
addition, Elliott led St. Mary's • Jackson Edelman started the determined that Sheamus should be
College with one stolen base. Col- game on the mound for the Se- retrained and given a different owner.
lins recorded the lone RBI of the ahawks and threw 4.2 innings. He had bitten someone four months
game for the Seahawks. Edelman struck out one batter and ago, BUT there have been no subse-
quent incidents.
• Mark Smith started the game allowed two earned runs. Will
The expert assessment determined
on the mound for the Seahawks Spanoghe, Nick Testoni, Jake San- that Sheamus had displaced ag- the tendency.
and threw three innings. Smith dridge, and Bryan Brooks pitched gression that was territory-based and We are looking for an appropriate, ex-
recorded three strikeouts and al- in relief. Sandridge held the Sea the result of general anxiety about his perienced dog owner who can provide
lowed two earned runs. Jake Wills Gulls scoreless and tallied one hectic environment. The breeder and a stable home life.
pitched the next three innings and strikeout. the K9 Academy agree that he can be The breeder will offer lifetime sup-
delivered three strikeouts, while Press Release from SMCM. well-trained to curb his aggression, port for Sheamus to his new owners.
allowing one run. Tyson Johnson and be a stress-free pet and that a new Contact Bruce Murch https://puppies.
threw the final three innings and home and new people, will also curb
Thursday, April 29, 2021 The County Times Calendar 23

St. Mary's
Community Calendar
To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar, please email with the listing details by 12 p.m. on the Monday prior to
our Thursday publication.

Thursday, April 29 DAV Assistance Program

St. Mary’s Square ReStore; 8:30
at 2 PM and close on Friday May
7th at 2 PM. Contact Lynn Brady
Healthy Meal Prep Seminar Sunday, May 2 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (240-538-2503) for questions or to
Virtual; 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Veterans - do you have a service- donate baked goods for the event.
Drive-Thru Breakfast
Please visit connected disability? Did you
St. John’s Church; 8 a.m. - 11
eatlivebehealthy to register. receive an injury while on active LVRSA Virtual Bake Sale
duty and are now filing for dis- The Leonardtown Volunteer
Carryout @ $5.00 per person,
Diabetes Prevention Program ability through the Veterans Ad- Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be
$20.00 max per family (up to 6).
The Diabetes Prevention Pro- ministration (VA)? The Disabled hosting a Virtual Bake Sale on
Donations encouraged. The meal
gram helps participants establish American Veterans organization Thursday, May 6, 2021. All items
will consist of: scrambled eggs,
and stick with positive lifestyle is here to assist you with those VA will be visible at the LVRSA Face-
hash browns, two sausages, two
changes, such as healthy eating forms at no cost to you. These men book site, under the Events tab.
bacon strips, three pancakes.
habits, physical activity and posi- and women (who are disabled vet- Click on the event to view items
Customers should drive up to the
tive stress management, which erans) are volunteers who ensure and bid on the items. Items will
school door where you order &
can prevent or delay the onset of you are placing the proper infor- be available for a preview on May
pay. Profits will be split evenly
Type 2 diabetes. This free pro- mation in the proper blocks and 5th, after 8pm. Bidding will oc-
among CCD, St John's School and
gram includes 16 weekly sessions, advise you on common mistakes cur from 7am to 7pm on Thursday,
the Charitable Society, please con-
followed by monthly sessions for that are made on these VA forms. May 6th, with winners posted on
sider adding a donation.
ongoing support from a lifestyle Their spaces are toward the rear of the site later that evening. Pick-
coach. Register at www.smchd.
Tuesday, May 4 the building on the left side. Stop
up of winning items will occur on
Friday, May 7th from 9am to 1pm.
Grief Support Group and see if we can be of assis- (Any late pick-up requests will be
Friday, April 30 Calvary Chapel; 7 p.m. tance to you. No appointment accommodated). Thank you for
Help and encouragement after necessary. your support of the Leonardtown
Beth Israel Synagogue Shab- the death of a spouse, child, fam- Volunteer Rescue Squad!
bat Services Online
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
ily member, or friend. The sup- Thursday, May 6
port group meets weekly. You are Soldiers Timeline Weekend
Shabbat evening services are be- Diabetes Prevention Program
welcome to begin attending at any Point Lookout State Park, May
ing held online due to COVID19. The Diabetes Prevention Pro-
point. You’ll find it to be a warm, 1 &2
Beth Israel Synagogue will hold gram helps participants establish
caring environment and will come The Friends of Point Lookout,
online services EVERY FRIDAY and stick with positive lifestyle
to see your group as an “oasis” on Inc. will host this annual event,
at 7 PM. Check our website calen- changes, such as healthy eating
your long journey through grief. with activities including repre-
dar ( habits, physical activity and posi-
For more information call the sentation from the various mili-
endar.html) for event details. tive stress management, which
church office and leave a message tary historical time periods that
can prevent or delay the onset of
Saturday, May 1 at 301-645-0660 or email us at ad-
Type 2 diabetes. This free pro-
affected both Point Lookout and
St. Mary’s County. Living history
gram includes 16 weekly sessions,
Unicorn Photo Fundraiser programs will include small arms
Greenwell State Park; 9 a.m. - 3 Wednesday, May 5 followed by monthly sessions for
ongoing support from a lifestyle
and living history demonstrations.
p.m. Park entrance fees apply however
LVRSA Ledos Fundraiser coach. Register at www.smchd.
We are excited to announce the tours and demonstrations are
Leonardtown Ledos Pizza; 4 org/dpp.
a very special fundraiser event free. The event is rain or shine
p.m. - 8 p.m.
which will include an opportunity
to get your photo taken with one of
The Leonardtown Volunteer Saturday, May 8 both days. For questions, please
contact the state park at (301) 872-
Rescue Squad Auxiliary is hosting
our very own Greenwell unicorns! First Friendship Church Yard 5688 or crickenberger@comcast.
a fundraiser at the Ledos Restau-
You can sign up for a timeslot at And Plant Sale net.
rant in Leonardtown MD. You can
htt ps:// Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 8
call ahead for take-out at 301-475-
event/unicor n-photo-fundraiser/. am-12 noon, Rain or Shine. Scratch-Off Fundraiser Raff le
9280 or dine-in for some delicious
We will be following all safety To be held at the KOC (Knights PRIZE; $250 Scratch-Offs &
food and support our fundraiser.
procedures and masks will be re- of Columbus) building located on $100 Cash; $5.00 Per Ticket –
Please be sure to let your server/
quired (you may remove masks the corner (MUST BE 18 TO BUY RAFFLE
cashier know you are there to sup-
brief ly for the photo). Please join of Point Lookout Road (Rt.5) TICKETS); Purchase in Person:
port the LVRSA fundraiser so we
us and celebrate spring with a and Three Notch Road (Rt 235) in *At SDVFD & RS, Valley Lee
can get credit for your purchase.
great family photo! Hope to see Ridge at the blinking red light. - Wednesday (630pm - 830pm);
Thank you for supporting our
you there! Please be prepared to wear *At Dyson's Lumber, Great Mills
masks and socially distance. - Saturdays (8am-2pm); or *At
Drive Thru Dinner Sponsored by United Methodist WEIS, Callaway – Sundays (9am-
Wayback Wednesdays
Mt. Zion United Methodist Women for the Benefit of Local 1pm); For more information con-
We hope you're loving our week-
Church; noon - 5 p.m. or until sold Outreach Programs. tact: Robin Dove (240)577-0270,
ly video series showing some of
out Follow Rt 235 South to the end Drawing: Tuesday, May 18, 2021@
the stories that make St. Mary’s
Dinner Includes: Ham, Fried of the road and the building will SDVFDRS Auxiliary Meeting;
County’s history so unique and
Chicken, Parsley Potatoes, Green be on the right. Winner need not be present to win!
interesting. We thought this would
Beans, Pickled Beets, Coleslaw Follow Rt 5 South to the junction
be a fun way to bring our closed
and Applesauce. $20 per dinner. of Rt 5 and Rt 235 and the building Blackstone Grill Raff le
museums to you while we all keep
Packaged to go but you are invited will be on the left. To benefit 7 th District VFD
our social distance. Join us every
to dine at picnic tables or in Fel- Auxiliary Range Top Combo with
lowship Hall.
week for short videos featuring
everything from the quirky to the Ongoing Griddle, Two-Burner Stovetop
Girl Scout Bake Table with their & Fryer A basket full of
fascinating - tune in! We have sev- Virtual Mothers Day Bake Sale
delicious homemade desserts. Cooking Essentials included.
eral episodes in the playlist! Face- Sponsored by the Ladies Auxil-
27108 Mt. Zion Church Road Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 iary of the Hollywood VFD
Mechanicsville Raff led: July 2, 2021 Contact:
Bids open Thursday May 6th
Barbara Sue at 301-769-2654
24 Contributing Writers The County Times Thursday, April 29, 2021


Contributing Writer:
Lynda J. Striegel
If you have created a living clients.
trust, you have already taken steps Don’t let this be your real-
to avoid the probate process. The ity. If you already have a living
concept of the living trust is to trust, make sure all your assets
re-title all of a person’s assets have been re-titled into the name
into the name of their trust so that of your living trust. And, don’t
when they die they are not holding forget. If you acquire a new piece
any assets into their sole name and of real property, acquire it in the
therefore there is no probate. But, name of the trust so that you do
beware. A living trust is just what not need to file a separate deed to
it says—a living document. If you re-title it. Most attorneys will pro-
have a living trust you must make vide you with an affidavit of trust
sure you have (1) placed all your to enable you to provide a docu-
assets into the name of your trust; ment to the title company so that
and (2) kept your trust and benefi- they can title the property in the
ciary designations up to date. name of your trust. I have read online and heard on artist or band.
1. Placing your assets into 2. Keep Your Living Trust Up TV that many people are ambivalent I’ve had concert tickets for my
your living trust. to Date about going back to a rushed, frenzied youngest son and I to go see Gordon
So many times clients have In our practice, we meet with life after being (mostly) shut down for Lightfoot for well over a year. The
come to see me proudly holding clients every few years to update a little over a year. I tend to agree in a concert has been rescheduled I think
their binders for their living trusts. their trusts. Why? We want to lot of ways. It was nice spending qual- 4 times now, understandably since
Upon review, I have found that the make sure that the clients have ity time with my husband at home. We Gordon is now 82 years old with
client’s assets are not in the trust not purchased an asset (like a got along remarkably well. During the emphysema and other ailments. A
and, without that, the assets must house, for example) in their sole first part of the pandemic, I like so concert tour at this time could be re-
go through the probate process to name. If they have, we will take many others, spent many happy days ally bad for him. Our latest reschedule
get to loved ones. steps to prepare a deed to transfer cooking, baking, and getting fatter. date had been for May 12th which has
Unfortunately, many people who the house into the name of their We loved trying all sorts of new reci- now changed to October 25th. I keep
have living trusts die without real- trust. Often, clients’ wishes will pes, although I may have overdone it hoping he will hold out until then. My
izing that they have not funded change over time. Clients that in the home-baked goodies category. father loved his music, as do I, and I
their trusts and their loved ones have named certain beneficia- We also enjoyed having our “Its 5 am thrilled that my son appreciates
then have to go through the pro- ries for their estates may wish to o’clock somewhere” firepit days quite the poetry in his songs. I understand
bate process—something their liv- change the names of beneficiaries. often. It wasn’t like we were going from articles about Gordon Lightfoot
ing trusts are intended to prevent. Beneficiaries may die and precipi- anywhere or had anything major to that he can barely sing above a whis-
For example, you must re-title tate a change. Investments and do. The wine dates helped clear out per at this point, but that’s okay, ev-
your house into the name of your brokers may change. Retirement those bottles of wine we thought we eryone knows the words and will be
living trust through filing a new funds may change, etc. Whatever would never get around to drink- singing along anyway.
deed to the house. The house will it is, you must keep on top of the ing. The wine cabinet actually got I also hope that the Calvert Marine
not technically be moved into the changes in your life by including bare lookin g, though in the last few Museum will get to restart large con-
trust by simply saying so in the the changes in your living trust months we have begun to replen- certs again – it may not be until 2022,
trust document. The same holds package. If you do not, there may ish our supply from outdoor win- but we really love the venue. There is
true for your other assets. Each be terrible consequences. ery events, because you never know nothing like being out next to the wa-
asset is different, but the approach For example, one married couple when catastrophe could strike again. I ter, listening to live music, and smell-
must be the same—fill out all re- prepared a living trust and the would not want to go through an end ing all the different types of foods
quired forms to technically re-title wife died leaving her share to the of the world scenario without a case or cooking. The Waterside concerts are
the asset. husband. The husband remarried so of wine on hand. That’s when the such magical nights under the stars…
How does it happen that some but the trust was never changed to saying “YOLO, You Only Live Once” and sometimes pouring rain, as we
clients have no assets in their ref lect this. On the death of the really applies. Some people want un- have experienced as well.
trusts? Some attorneys that cre- husband, part of the estate went to derground bunkers to wait it out and Not all concerts are cancelled or
ate living trusts require that their the relatives of the first wife. see what is left outside, and then there rescheduled however, and if you are
clients take all the steps neces- It isn’t difficult to amend a trust are others, like me, that just want to be in the mood for some great outdoors
sary to re-title the assets into the to make changes. The concept of a happy until the end. Let’s hope none and musical fun then you may want
name of the trust. I recommend living trust is to avoid the hassles of this ever happens, and that we have to head over this Saturday, May 1st to
you do not obtain a living trust of the probate process and create a no more pandemics. hear our dear friends Greg Penk and
without assurances that the at- very easy transition for loved ones What I have missed the most has wife Debs, known as the musical duo
torney will prepare all transfers when you die. But the transition is been concerts. That is something my Folk Salad, perform at the Maritime
of your assets into the trust. This only going to be an easy one if the husband and I really enjoy all year. Festival, Calvert Marine Museum,
is not something you should try trust is up to date. If you have not Our last concert was Three Dog 12:00-1:00. Lots of safe outside activi-
to do yourself. First, life often reviewed your living trust in more Night, or as my husband now refers ties await.
intervenes in plans and clients do than three or four years, do it now. to them: One Dog Night, in February So, we are slowly getting back into
not have the time or knowledge to If you would like to learn more of 2020 at The Birchmere in Alexan- the fast lane for (outdoor) fun and ad-
figure out how to re-title their as- about living trusts and other estate dria. It was a great concert of course venture, hope you do too – lots to par-
sets. Second, moving assets can planning matters, join me at 11am with some dear friends. We love go- take of here in Southern Maryland.
be complicated with various forms on the third Wednesday of each ing to The Birchmere; its fairly close To each new day’s adventure,
to fill out that are confusing. The month at our office at 8906 Bay to home, beautiful inside, and great Shelby
clients should not have to do work Avenue, North Beach. Call 301- food and service. What I always love Please send your comments or ideas
to fund their trusts. Their attor- 855-2246 to reserve your spot. the most is waiting afterwards to get to:
neys should do that work for the the new ticket stub or my old concert or find me on Facebook.
ticket stubs from the 70s signed by the
Thursday, April 29, 2021 The County Times Legals 25

Legal Notices

Alan Wetter and Keith Schmidt, The Commissioners of Leonardtown will hold a public hearing on
c/o Lucas I. Dansie, Esq. Monday, May 10, 2021 at 4:15 p.m. at the Town office at 22670 Washington Street,
406 5th St. NW Leonardtown, MD. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive comments on
Washington, DC 20001 Ordinance No. 206 – Streets and Sidewalks of the Code of the Town of Leonardtown.

Plaintiff An ordinance for the purpose of: Amending Chapter 128 (Streets and
Sidewalks), § 128-3 of the Town Code for the purpose of providing that no sidewalk,
vs. alleyway or roadway or private entrance or exit to or from said sidewalks, alleyways
or roadways within the corporate limits of Leonardtown shall be obstructed in any
Lee Hazel manner, except with the permission of the Mayor and Council first having been
3319 Truelove St., Sanford NC 27330 obtained.

and All interested parties are encouraged to attend or to submit written

comments by 4:00 p.m. on May 10, 2021 to: leonardtown.commissioners@
ST. MARY’S COUNTY, MARYLAND or mail to The Commissioners of Leonardtown, P.O. Box 1,
Leonardtown, MD 20650. Special accommodations will be made for persons with
and disabilities upon request.

all known owners of the property described below, their heirs, devisees and personal By authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator
representatives and their or any of their heirs, devisees, executors, administrators,
gratnees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest and any and all persons having
or claiming to have an interest in the property described as:
Lot 14, Block 57 of Longview Beach Club, according to a plat thereof recorded in Plat FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO TAYLOR RENEE WOOD-ALLEN
Book C.B.G. No. 2 at Folio 24 among the Land Records of St. Mary’s County
Maryland. In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland

and also known as Account Number 07-018029 Case No.: C-18-FM-21-232

Notice (Minor)
The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which
ORDER OF PUBLICATION he/she seeks to change his/her name of a minor from TAYLOR RENEE ALLEN
The object of this proceeding is to secure the redemption in the following property, to TAYLOR RENEE WOOD-ALLEN. The petitioner is seeking a name change
sold by the Collector of taxes for St. Mary’s County to the Plaintiff: because: Minor child to have mother and father’s last name.

Lot 14, Block 57 of Longview Beach Club, according to a plat thereof recorded in Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the
Plat Book C.B.G. No. 2 at Folio 24 among the Land Records of St. Mary’s 05/31/2021. The objection must be supported by an affidavit (written statement
County Maryland. confirmed by oath or affirmation) and served on the petitioner (Maryland Rule
1-321). If no timely objection is filed, the court may issue a default judgement or
and also known as Account Number 07-018029 grant the name change.

The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption Debra J. Burch,
have not been paid. It is therefore on this 30th day of March 2021, by the Circuit Court Clerk of Court for
for St. Mary’s County, Maryland: St. Mary’s County Maryland

ORDERED, that notice be given by insertion of a copy of this ORDER in some

newspaper having general corcu;ation in St. Mary’s county once a week for 3 sucessive
weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by
the 30th day of May, 2021 and redeem the property and answer the Complaint, or If you would like to place a
thereafter a Final Judgement woll be entered foreclosing all right of redemption in the
property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances.

Debra J. Burch
Clerk of Court for
St. Mary’s County, Maryland

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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 week’s edition.

Tanya Lea McIntyre Tanya’s father served in the US Navy in-law, Louis and Rose Brooks, her
and as such she moved several times brother Richard Paonessa, sisters- in-
during her early childhood. Joanne Marie Paonessa law, Faith Campbell and Penny Simms
She attended pre-school in Thurso, and brothers -in-law, Randy Brooks,
Scotland, kindergarten in Norfolk, VA Brooks Sr. and James Davis.
and the rest of her schooling in A celebration of life will be held at
St. Mary’s County, MD where she the Brooks’ home at a later date. Those
attended Loveville Elementary school, who wish are asked to contribute to
Margaret Brent Middle school Joanne’s memory at Coastal Hospital
and Chopticon High school. She also Hospice Care, 2604 Old Ocean City
attended cosmetology school at Aar- Blvd., Salisbury, MD 21804 or the
on’s Academy of Beauty in Humane Society of Somerset County,
Waldorf, MD. 29551 Fairmont Rd., Westover, MD
Tanya is survived by a daughter, 21871 (https://humanesocietyofsomer-
Anna (Cheyanne) Harding of St. Pe-
tersburg, FL and a son, Tyrese Arrangements by: Eastern Shore
McIntyre of Apopka, FL. Also sur- Cremation and Funeral Services, Ber-
viving are her parents Richard and lin, MD
Phyllis McIntyre of Zellwood, FL; a
Tanya L. McIntyre passed away brother, Matthew McIntyre of Apop- Margarita V. Puerto
peacefully in her sleep at her home in ka, FL; four aunts: Barbara Maneval ,
Cambridge, MD on Friday, April Frances Romansky, Patricia
16, 2021. Her health had been in de- Dalton and Pamela Shaw; one uncle, Joanne Marie Paonessa Brooks
cline for the past several years as she Chuck Faust; and several nephews, passed away peacefully on April 15,
suffered with severe nieces and cousins. She was 2021 at 8:10am surrounded by her lov-
breathing issues as well as other preceded in death by both sets of ing and devoted husband John (Delroy)
medical conditions. grandparents and her uncle Bruce Brooks, her sister Irene, and friends
Tanya was born on March 14, 1971 McIntyre. Martha and Jessica.
in the US Naval Hospital in Key West, As per her wishes her ashes will be Joanne was born in Portchester, New
FL. She was the only daughter scattered in Key West at the conve- York to the late Sam and Teresa (Nar-
of Richard and Phyllis (Faust) Mc- nience of the family. cisse) Paonessa of Mamaroneck, New
Intyre. Her interests included Word Memorial contributions may be York.
Search puzzles, reading and hair made to the National Alliance of Men- After graduating from Marjorie
styling. tal Illness (NAMI) at Webster Jr College with an AA Degree
in Merchandising and Fashion De-
sign, Joanne held various management
positions at Woodward and Lothrop
in Washington, DC. She eventually Margarita V. Puerto passed away on
changed careers and became a Project April 24th, 2021 at her home in Lex-
Manager for the Children’s Health Net- ington Park, MD, surrounded by her
work at Catholic Charities in Prince loving family. She was born in the
George’s County, MD. After retiring Province of Negross Occidental, Phil-
in 2012 Joanne and her devoted hus- ippines on October 11th, 1932. She
band John relocated to Princess Anne, devoted her life raising her children.
MD. Before retiring, she worked as a care
Joanne became a heroine of animals. giver at a Child Development Center in
She loved her three fur baby dogs, Ru- Atsugi Japan where she was given nu-
fus, Harley, and Kojo, her two inside merous awards. During her free time,
cats Oreo and Pippy, her three outside she enjoyed traveling, gardening, and
cats Tux, Raven, and Pretty Mama and watching her favorite shows on TV.
her deceased dogs Princess and Lucky Margarita was a loving mother of
and three cats, Princess, Taffy and 9 children. Allan Puerto (Nelia), Joel
Tuffy. Puerto, Hazel Olson (Brian), Benhur
Joanne was very creative and en- Puerto, Nancy Mendoza (Romeo),
joyed crafts, making to order bird Alex Puerto, Jesus Puerto Jr. (Aubrey),
houses based on occupations, painting Roy Puerto (Marie), and Maria Luisa.
furniture and collecting frogs of all Margarita has 24 grandchildren and
An Independent Family-Owned Funeral Home shapes and sizes. She loved to design 20 great-grandchildren whom she ab-
Serving Southern Maryland for over 100 Years and decorate the property with beauti- solutely loved and adored. She was
ful flowers and a fairy garden. preceeded in death by her parents,
Michael K. Gardiner, C.F.S.P., C.P.C. Joanne leaves to cherish her memo- Benjamin Villanueva and Encarna-
Funeral Director/President ry, love and kindness, her devoted hus- cion Daulong. As well as her siblings
band of 34 yeas John (Delroy), sister Norma Guinez, Benjamin Villanueva
Irene Paonessa, Guardian son, Antho- Jr., Billy Villanueva her daughter Ma-
ny Copeley, her in-laws Clara Collins, ria, and her sons Allan, Joel, and Alex
Louis Brooks, Jr., Lois Taylor (Eddie), Puerto.
Providing trusted service to the community for over 100 Years Hardin Brooks, Deborah Newkirk, Family will receive friends on April 30th,
Constance Brooks, Darlene Hill (Tom- 2021 from 5-8 p.m. with a service at 6 p.m.
41590 Fenwick Street • P.O. Box 270 • Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 my), Karen Davis, Rachel Brooks,
Tony Brooks (Yvonne), Candy Brooks
at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Holly-
wood Road, Leonardtown MD 20650. In-
(301)-475-8500 (David), Thomas Campbell, a host of
cousins, and nieces and nephews- in-
terment will be held at a later date. Condo-
lences to the family may be made at www.
law, and friends and acquaintances. Arrangements by
With her parents Joanne was preced- the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.
ed in death by her mother and father-
Thursday, April 29, 2021 The County Times Obituaries 27

Ray Ambrose Lusk great-grandchildren, Jaidyn, Landon, Welch, great-grandchildren Morgan, In lieu of flowers, donations can
Jonathan, Ellie, Emiela Rae, Presleigh, Reagan, Logan, Leo, and Scarlett be made to the Disabled Veterans of
Corbin, Raegan and Braxten. He is Welch, nieces Shirley Herbert, Bonnie America or the Wounded Warrior
also survived by siblings, Irven Lusk, Lewis, Nan Clavel-Forte, nephews Al Project.
Johnnie Lusk, Lorraine Vaughan and Clavel Jr. and Ron Howard. Along with Condolences to the family can be
Anitta Yates and many extended fam- his beloved wife Doris and his parents, made at
ily members.  Along with his parents, Francis and Marian, he was preceded All arrangements have been made at
Ray was preceded in death by his sib- in death by his siblings Carita How- Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crematory,
lings, Loretta Dieringer and Loredda ard (Louis), Elizabeth Clavel (Al), P.A.
Blankenship.   Jean Henderson (Edmond), Woodrow
At this time all services will be Welch (Kit), Webster Welch and Guy Wanda Sue Jameson
private.   Welch and his niece Mary Jaxtheimer.
Condolences to the family may be The memorial service and burial
made at will be limited to family.
All arrangements have been made In lieu of flowers, the family would
by Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crema- request donations be made in George’s
tory, P.A.  name to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home,
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte
George Leo Welch Hall, MD 20622.
Ray Ambrose Lusk, 80, of, Me- Condolences to the family may be
chanicsville, MD passed away peace- made at
fully on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
Ray was born on August 9, 1940 in Weldon A. Yannayon
Crumpler, West Virginia to the late
Terry Ishamael Lusk and Goldie Ellen Weldon A. Yannayon, 88 passed
As a young man, Ray grew up in
Crumpler, WV, where he graduated
high school and continued his educa-
tion and completed two years at Con-
cord College, Athens, WV. After col-  Wanda Sue Jameson, age 78, of Wal-
lege he would go on to enlist in the dorf passed away on Monday, April 19,
United States ARMY and was a proud 2021.  Born in Granite Falls, NC on
member of the 101St Airborne. January 7, 1943, she was the daughter
Ray would meet the love of his life of the late Harley and Connie Sue Bol-
Antonia and their love would grow and ick.  She has lived in Southern Mary-
together they would go on to celebrate land since she was a young girl. 
over 55 years of marriage. Ray sup- George Leo Welch, 88, of Mechan- Wanda is survived by her husband
ported his family as an Elevator Fore- icsville, MD, passed away peacefully of 59 years, Carl Jameson; daugh-
man and Supervisor where he made on Thursday, April 22, 2021. He was ter, Tracey O’Leary and her husband,
many lifetime friends along the way. born on July 17, 1932 in Benedict, MD Mark; and son, Todd Jameson and
After his retirement, he loved to spend to the late Francis Guy Welch and Mar- his wife, Maria; grandchildren, Mi-
his days with his wife, children, grand- ian Stinnett. chael Bruce (Tammy) and Christo-
children and the great-grandchildren.   After graduating high school, he en- away on April 24, 2021 at the Charlotte pher Bruce (Brandy); Devin, Cora
Ray was an honorable and humble listed in the United States Navy and Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, and Clayton Jameson; Kristi O’Leary
man. He loved his family and cher- proudly served his country for four Maryland. (Gary), Mark O’Leary, Jr. and several
ished spending time with them. He years during the Korean War conflict. Weldon was born in Medina, Ohio great-grandchildren.
was a man who loved his community After service in the military he contin- on May 8, 1932. His parents were the She graduated from LaPlata High
and was a proud member of the Ameri- ued his education obtaining his Bach- late Glen and Verda Yannayon. School in 1960.  She was employed
can Legion, Rotary Club and a Boy elor’s Degree and then worked for the Weldon proudly served the Unit- for 43 years by The United Associa-
Scout Leader. Ray enjoyed spending U.S. Government holding different po- ed States Navy, joining in 1950 and tion of Journeyman and Apprentices of
time with the members that he con- sitions over the years with his last po- served over 26 years including his Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Servic-
sidered family more than friends. On sition working with the Department of dedicated service to Patrol Squadron es Techs at its headquarters in Wash-
a sunny day, Ray loved to hit the links Navy until his retirement. VP-46, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. ington, D.C.  At the time of her retire-
and smack a few balls off the tee with life Doris Mabel Martin Welch and He retired in 1977 as the Command ment, she was honored by the UA with
his friends. He would cruise around on they were happily married for many Master Chief of Fleet Air Reconnais- the prestigious Martin Durkin Award
his golf cart and enjoy the solitude and years until her untimely passing in sance Squadron 4 (VQ-4). for her achievements and commitment
quiet of the golf course. May 2014. They were blessed to have Weldon was predeceased by his par- to the success of the organization’s Na-
They say love is never-ending and two sons, George Jr. and Gary. ents, his sister Gloria Price and his tional Instructors’ Training program
when a man like Ray loved, it was George participated in the local daughter Julia C. Yannayon. He is sur- (for over 20 years!).
forever. He taught his family to be baseball and softball leagues as a vived by his children Timothy F. Yan- Wanda enjoyed spending time with
kind, compassionate, forgiving and young man and followed professional nayon (Leslie Taylor) of Leonardtown, Carl and their friends but most espe-
hard-working. He will be missed baseball and football. His hobbies in- MD, C John Yannayon (Rosedale) of cially their family.  She was an avid
by family and friends and his kind cluded boating, fishing, crabbing and Hollywood, MD; Glen W. Yannayon bowler who travelled around the coun-
smile and warm heart will be forever oystering as well as spending memo- (Jackie) of Mechanicsville, MD; his try to participate in tournaments.  She
remembered. rable times with his children, grand- grandchildren John Yannayon (Sara) also loved to go dancing and playing
Ray is survived by his loving wife, children and great-grandchildren. He of Conway, SC; Bryan Yannayon of cards. She was a dedicated volunteer
Antonia C. Lusk of Mechanicsville, will be deeply missed, but his family Abell, MD; Jason Yannayon (Nina) for the Hughesville Baseball League, a
MD; children, Michael Lusk (Janeen), is taking solace in knowing he has re- of San Antonio, TX: Lee Guy (Laura) softball enthusiast – known for being a
Anthony Lusk (Lori), Joseph Lusk united in heaven with his beloved wife. of Leonardtown, MD, Becky Daniels skilled, competitive player and as the
(Sue), Ann Heath (Luke) and Caro- George is survived by his sons (Joe) of Great Mills, MD, as well as much-loved “Coach Wanda.”
line Pikulski (Bill). He was the proud George Welch Jr. (Vicky) and Gary great grandchildren Lana & Leo Guy Wanda took pleasure in sharing her
grandfather of eight (8) grandchildren, Welch (Jennifer), grandchildren Mi- and Caden & Colsen Daniels. genealogical research and reminiscing
Steven, Kelly, Maegan, Kyle, Alex, Al- chael Welch (Kelli), Matthew Welch Interment will be at Arlington Na- about times in her life with loved ones. 
exa Rae, Cody and Billy; and nine (9) (Ashley), Lauren Welch and Jenna tional Cemetery at a later date. And she was equally passionate about
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creating new memories - whether it be mother, sister and friend. Although, beautiful wife by his side. An avid Mary’s County. She was a graduate of
time spent fishing, crabbing (teaching she has left her earthly body behind, outdoorsman, he enjoyed spending a Chopticon HS, Medical Assisting Ca-
many how to pick the crabs clean the her memory and legacy will live for peaceful morning in his deer stand, reer Academy of Washington D.C. and
Southern MD way - the RIGHT way!), many generations. Jean and Joe are quietly listening to the squirrel’s bark attended Charles County Community
enjoying good food, or celebrating to- now reunited and shining down onto and birds awaken for the day. He spent College, now known as the College of
gether – Wanda could be counted on their beloved family. many wonderful days boating in the Southern Maryland.
as always being there for the fun but Jean is survived by her children, Jo- river until he lost his boat to Mother Her career track took her on multi-
also for when anyone needed her.  She seph Clyde Richards (Debbie) of Up- Natures wrath in the form of a torna- ple journeys from working as a medi-
was at her happiest when making oth- per Marlboro, MD and Kathy Kerr do. He settled for spending his after- cal assistant for Dr. John Fenwick in
ers comfortable and happy. (Scott) of Mechanicsville, MD; one (1) noons, sitting on the pier with a fishing Leonardtown until the arrival of her
The family will receive friends for grandchild Tammy Jean Eanes of Me- rod in his hand. When forced indoors, first child, stopping to be a homemaker
a Memorial Gathering on Wednesday, chanicsville, MD and brother, Laurie he could play “Pogo” for hours on the and fulltime mother to her children.
April 28, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Watston of Hampton, VA. Along with computer or watching his favorite re- Later, Doris turned her creative pas-
Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crematory, her parents, she was preceded in death modeling shows on the television. He sions for flower arrangements into a
P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Char- by her husband, Joseph N. Richards would get great ideas and execute his small business, the owner of Doris’
lotte Hall, MD 20622. Interment will and siblings, Phil Watson and Russell own projects.    Flowers in Hollywood, MD. She then
be held privately. Watson. Along with this wife, Martha Louise took those business skills and went to
Condolences may be made at www. In lieu of flowers the family would Wheeler of Bushwood, MD, Harry is work for the Department of Defense request donations be made in Jean’s survived by his precious little puppies, working for the Comptroller’s Office
All arrangements have been made at name to the Immanuel United Meth- Daisy and Ruthie. He is also survived until retirement.
Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crematory, odist Church, 17400 Aquasco Road, by his siblings, Janice C. Stewart, of Her greatest passion was her fam-
P.A., Charlotte Hall, MD. Brandywine, MD 20613. Northern Baltimore, MD and James ily, a selfless caregiver to her mother,
Condolences to the family may be Michael Wheeler of Bushwood, MD siblings, children and grand chaps.
Jeanette “Jean” Evelyn made at and many treasured nieces and neph- Doris put all others above herself, not-
ews and extended family. Harry was ing that in doing so, it brought her joy.
Richards Harry James Wheeler preceded in death by his parents, Lewis She was a dutiful servant of her Lord,
and Marguerite Wheeler and siblings, showing great compassion, empathy,
Lewis L. Wheeler, Jr., Constance R. and strength in seeing through prom-
Meredino and John W. Wheeler.   ises made to family members fulfilled.
Pall bearers for the April 23 funeral Before her health began to decline, you
service were Rob Weict, Christopher could find her happily in the kitchen
Wheeler, Bryan Wheeler, Michael baking goodies with grand chaps,
Wheeler, Andy Hill, Mike Hill, Jim tending large pots of vegetable soup to
Wheeler, Jr. and Charles Burroughs, Jr. feed armies, picking a pile of crabs or
In lieu of flowers the family would shucking an oyster pending the season,
request donations be made to the Sev- crocheting blankets for the next little
enth District Volunteer Rescue Squad, one to come along, and reading her
21530 Coltons Point Road, Avenue, bible. She especially enjoyed her next
MD 20609. to daily phone chat with her sister, Al-
Condolences to the family may be berta, swapping tales and one-upping
made at each other on anything and everything.
 Arrangements by the Brinsfield Fu- While Doris lavished care upon the
neral Home & Crematory, P.A., Char- humans in her life, it would be remiss
lotte Hall, MD. to forget her faithful four-legged com-
Jeanette “Jean” Evelyn Richards, 79, Harry James Wheeler, 73, of Bush- panion, Daisy, the first ‘person’ she
of Brandywine, MD passed away on wood, MD departed this life on Sun- Doris Elaine (Higgs) wanted to see when she walked through
Sunday, April 18, 2021, at her home. day, April 18, 2021, at his home. He the gates of heaven. Likely Doris had
She was born on December 18, 1941 in was born on July 27, 1947 in Washing- Dearstine treats in her pocket at the ready.
Washington, D.C., and was the loving ton, DC to the late Lewis Lew Wheeler Doris is survived by her four chil-
daughter of the late Clyde Watson and and the late Marguerite Mary Daras. dren Beverly (Donnie) Dearstine-Rus-
Thelma Townshend.   In December,1964, Harry enlisted sell of Clements, MD, Timmy (Amy)
She met the love of her life, Joseph in the United States Army. He was Wathen of Charlotte Hall, MD, Jef-
Richards and they married in 1958. To- proud of his service to our great na- frey (Crystal) Dearstine of Hollywood,
gether they celebrated over 62 years of tion and received several medals for MD, and Valerie (Carlos Sr.) Cole of
wedded bliss before his passing earlier his commitment. Harry came back to Hollywood. In addition to her children
this year. Jean truly missed her beloved marry the love of his life, Martha in Doris was grandmother, more affec-
husband and their children, Joseph and July, 1966. Together they have cel- tionately referred to as MawMaw, to 15
Kathy are taking solace in knowing ebrated over 54 years of marital bliss. grandchildren and 6 great grandchil-
they are now reunited. They happily celebrated their forever dren. She is also survived by sister, M.
A classy woman with a heart burst- love with a renewal ceremony for their Alberta O’Hara of Hollywood, MD.
ing with love and happiness, Jean was 50th anniversary, at the same church Doris was predeceased by her par-
the matriarch of her family. She was they promised to love and honor each ents and siblings, James Aloysius (Al-
always available to give you a big hug, other over half a century before.    lie) Higgs, Maude Elizabeth Jones, and
or bit of advice. She was the life of the Harry was an honorable man, who W. Wilson Higgs, all of Hollywood.
party and made everyone feel comfort- lived his life to serve and protect. Af- Family will receive visitors Friday,
able with her gentle soul and gracious ter his time in the Army, he became a April 30th at the Mattingly-Gardner
spirit. Jean loved her family above all Metropolitan Police Officer. His dedi- Doris Elaine (Higgs) Dearstine, 72,
Funeral Home in Leonardtown, MD,
else and spent many wonderful days cation to his community was a per- of Hollywood, MD peacefully passed
from 9 am – 10 am with services at 10
just being surrounded by them and fect example of the man him himself, to be with her Lord on April 23, 2021
am. Interment will be private.
enjoying their company and playing choosing to live his life with purpose at home surrounded by her children
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
games. She was an avid card player and make each day better for those and beloved sister.
made to the Hollywood Rescue Squad
had the best poker face. Her sweet in- around him. He was a member of Born December 9, 1948 to the late
23469 Rescue Ln, Hollywood, MD
nocent face made it hard to see when both the Mechanicsville Jaycees and James Roland and Mary Eva (Tippett)
20636 or a charity of your choosing.
she was bluffing. Knights of Columbus.  Higgs, the youngest of five siblings,
Condolences to the family may be
Jean was a wonderful mother, grand- He lived a wonderful life with his Doris was a life long resident of St.
made at
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All arrangements have been made
by Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home,
etery Medley’s Neck, MD. Serving as
pallbearers will be Johnny Bell, Mike
P.A.  Klear, Danny Bell, Johnny Bowles,
Tony Bowles, Brennan Norris, and An-
Lois Ann “Potsie” Dement thony Abell.
Memorial contributions may be
made to the Leonardtown Vol. Rescue
A Tribute to the Loved One
Whose Memory Lives
Squad P.O. Box 50 Leonardtown, MD
20650 or Our Lady’s Church at Med-
ley’s Neck 41410 Medley’s Neck Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650. in Leonard-
town, MD.
Condolences to the family may be
made at
On Forever in Your Heart
All arrangements have been made
by Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home,

William “Bill” Andrew


Lois Ann “Potsie” Dement,80, of

California, MD, passed away on April
20, 2021 in Leonardtown, MD, with
her goddaughter, Linda by her side.
She was born on October 15, 1940
on Hampton Farm in Medley’s Neck,
MD. Potsie was preceded in death by
her parents, Paul Archiblad Bell and
Edna Marie (Woodburn) Bell of Leon-
ardtown, MD. She graduated from
Leonardtown High School in 1959.
Potsie was also preceded in death by
her infant daughter, Doris Marie.
Potsie married the love of her life,
the late Merrill Lee Dement, Sr., on
August 19, 1966. They were married
for 51 years. Potsie is survived by her William “Bill” Andrew Heverly,
son Merrill Lee Dement, Jr. (Mar- 59, of California, MD formerly from
cia Wallace) and grandchildren, Paul Hopewell Junction, NY passed away
Lynwood Dement, and Ellie Brooke on April 17, 2021. Bill was born on
Dement. She was much loved by her January 9,1962 in Erie, PA and was the
siblings, Mary Edna Bowles, the late son of the late Dorothy Ann Heverly
Jackie Bell, and Margie Quade, all of and Richard Alton Heverly. Bill is sur-
Leonardtown, MD. vived by his siblings; Kenneth Heverly
Potsie was a hardworking woman all of Hopewell Junction, NY; Linda Baker
of her life. Her favorite job was driv- of Oviedo, FL; and, Robert Heverly of
ing school busses, which she did for 45 Glenville, NY, along with his nephews
years. She dearly loved spending time
with her son and his family. Potsie also
and nieces, Daniel Heverly, Matthew
Heverly, Bradley Baker, Nicole Baker,
Honor the memory of your cherished
loved to be outside, cutting grass, and Alyssa Heverly, and Jonah Heverly.
He graduated from John Jay Senior
one by sharing the story of their
working in her yard. Potsie was a one-
of-a-kind person and enjoyed talking High School and the University of
Buffalo, NY. Bill was an Aerospace
life with friends, neighbors and
to people-both those she knew and
those she didn’t. No one was a stranger Engineer with Northrup-Grumman
for thirty plus years. He moved from
associates here in the community.
to her for long. No matter where you
saw Potsie, she always took the time Long Island, NY to St. Mary’s County,

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to talk. She had a way about her that MD in the 1990’s. Bill loved music,
would make you laugh every time you and played bass guitar in many bands

your notice of remembrance,

talked to her. She didn’t forget you and over the years. In addition, he loved
you would not forget her. Potsie loved animals and was a strong supporter of

call 301-373-4125 for assistance.

a good party and enjoyed dancing, es- the ASPCA.
pecially to “rock and roll” music. Re- In lieu of flowers the family is ask-
member her fondly for she truly was ing that contributions be made to the
special and unique. ASPCA.
The family will receive friends on Condolences to the family may be
Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 9 to 10 made at
a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Fu- All arrangements have been made
neral Home, Leonardtown, MD with a by Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home,
Funeral Service to be held at 10 a.m. P.A. 
in the Funeral Home Chapel with Fa-
ther John Nguyen officiating. Inter-
ment will follow in Our Lady’s Cem-
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