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LOCAL 3

COMMUNITY 11
LOCAL 7
COPS & COURTS 13 Scott Cameron helsp Salisbury University win first baseball
national championship

DANGEROUS ROADS 15

FLAG DAY TRIBUTE 16

EDUCATION 20 COVER 15 COMMUNITY 11


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PAX RIVER 25 “WE HAVE PLENTY OF SUPPLY.


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Rec & Parks; CSM Discuss Aquatics Center Reopening

By Guy Leonard facility, which has been closed there in the beginning,” Shepherd be open to all.
Staff Writer since the COVID-19 pandemic said, adding that if the commu- “It would be a community fit-
The head of the Department broke in March of last year. nity responds well to recreation ness center for all residents of St.
of Recreation and Parks for St. CSM approached the county and parks programming then the Mary’s County,” Shepherd said.
Mary’s said this week that certain about the possibility of taking department would take over op- Commissioner Todd Morgan
therapeutic, aquatic and fitness over operations there. erations at the facility entirely, said he believed a memorandum
programs at the now-closed Well- “We’re steadily moving for- with CSM leasing it to the county. of agreement between the coun-
ness and Aquatics Center owned ward,” said Recreation and Parks “We’ll see how it works out.” ty and the college on the facility
by the College of Southern Mary- director Arthur Shepherd. “It will CSM students would still have would be beneficial for the en-
land could reopen by September if be through a lease agreement.” the benefits of their original ac- tire county and would provide a
negotiations between county gov- Shepherd said the negotiations cess to the facility; before the fa- community pool for Leonardtown
ernment and the college result in were likely moving forward to a cility was closed last year county much like the one in Great Mills.
an agreement. two-year lease in which recreation residents could use it but had to “I think it’s a great move,” Mor-
For months the two entities have and parks programs would be held pay a fee. gan told The County Times. “To
been negotiating over how the alongside CSM programs in the If the negotiations for a memo- be able to provide those amenities
recreation and parks department same facility. randum of agreement are fruitful, to county residents is amazing.”
might take over operations at the “There will be some dual use Shepherd said, the facility would guyleonard@countytimes.net
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New Detention Center Wing Completed


By Guy Leonard ing in full uniform with added
Staff Writer equipment, are also often wear-
One of the most discussed, de- ing body armor, which magnifies
bated, delayed and derailed proj- body heat.
ects finally saw partial comple- The fully completed addition to
tion this week as law officers the jail will also include services
and elected leaders dedicated the for inmates, such as life skills
women’s section of the St. Mary’s and drug treatment, who are set
County Adult Detention Center in for eventual release back into the
Leonardtown. community.
It is the first phase completed “We finally made it to the finish
of a jail expansion that will cost line,” said Assistant Sheriff Mi-
$29 million, providing not only chael Merican, who was until re-
new bed space for female inmates cently the county’s long-time jail
- which has been a growing popu- warden.
lation - but new medical space to He has been a constant advocate
include a clinic, infirmary and of corrections reforms such as
medical records administration pre-trial release and inmate moni-
work. toring programs which free up
Long awaited air conditioning limited jail space, as well as the
and security upgrades to the older jail expansion.
portion of the jail will be com- He quoted South African civil
pleted in a later phase; air condi- rights activist and future national
tioning has been installed in the leader Nelson Mandela who once
newly completed wing and is fully said: “No one truly knows a na- renovation is the replacement of “Randy” Guy said the jail addition
functional. tion until one has been inside its door locks and security cameras represented more than just a place
Some on prior commissioner jails.” to state-of-the-art levels, Merican to incarcerate defendants pending
boards wrangled back and forth “This wing will house one of said. trial or serving local sentences.
on whether such amenities were the most vulnerable and trauma- The women’s detention section “This is a project that has long
necessary for inmates; but local tized populations… and no longer is specially designed to keep it been needed,” Guy said. “We
corrections officials said that the will we have to handmake parts or free of any contact, sight or sound, want to do something to rehabili-
addition of air conditioning ben- scotch tape control boards back from the male population as man- tate these people… and send them
efited corrections officers as well. together,” Merican continued. dated by state law. back into society.”
These officers, along with be- Another critical part of the jail Commissioner President James guyleonard@countytimes.net

COMING
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The Chesapeake Orchestra and
St. Mary’s College Present:

23RD SEASON
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SERIES 2021
Grounds open at 5 p.m.; program runs 7 - 9 p.m.
Townhouse Green | St. Mary’s College

JUNE 25
JULY 2
JULY 9
JEFF SILBERSCHLAG,
JULY 16 MUSIC DIRECTOR
These concerts are made possible by the generous
contributions of our sponsors and donations. More
information coming soon. Save the dates!
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Thursday, June 10, 2021 The County Times Local News 7

Cameron Helps Salisbury University Win First National


Baseball Championship
By Guy Leonard the job.
Staff Writer “The sixth-ranked Sea Gulls
Scott Cameron, son of St. captured their first-ever national
Mary’s Sheriff Timothy K. Cam- championship in baseball, holding
eron, is celebrating with his team on to defeat the 19th-ranked St.
the Salisbury University Seagulls Thomas (Minn.) Tommies, 4-2,
their first national championship in Game 2 of the best-of-three
in baseball for an NCAA Division 2021 NCAA Division III Baseball
III school. Championship finals on Tuesday
The elder Cameron went to Ce- afternoon at Perfect Game Field at
dar Rapids, Iowa to watch his son Veterans Memorial Stadium.” Scott Cameron, son of St. Mary’s Sheriff Timothy
and his team play and win. Cameron said his son has made K. Cameron
“He played well,” he said of baseball a huge part of his life,
Scott, a 21-year-old junior who is playing ever since he was a small
studying communications. “They child.
went unbeaten in the regionals His son started playing T-ball
and they were unbeaten here in and Babe Ruth League ball and by
Cedar Rapid. his son’s middle school years, the
“They had an impressive record sheriff was acting as coach for his
all year long.” son’s team.
Cameron said he was impressed “He loves the game,” Cameron
not only with the performance of said of his son’s passion for base-
his son’s team but their coaches, ball. “What people don’t often
who he said instilled a sense of realize at the college level is that
team spirit in the players. any sport is a grind.
“These boys are very, very “You’ve got 6a.m. lifts, classes
close,” said Cameron. all day and then in the evening
Salisbury University stated: it’s back in the gym; and it’s also
“Twenty years after making its tough in baseball because of the
first appearance in the College number of games.” lege team. much,” Cameron said.
World Series, the Salisbury Uni- Cameron said he was proud of “I’m just getting my voice back guyleonard@countytimes.net
versity baseball team has finished his son’s contributions to his col- from screaming and yelling so

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Vaccine Demand Declines


LAST CHANCE! FINAL WEEKEND!
Theater Meets the Mafia in . . .
By Guy Leonard that took place recently was not well
Staff Writer attended.
About 50 percent of the county’s Brewster said that there might still
population has received at least their be reservations among some residents
first dose of one of three available CO- to get the vaccine because they do not
VID-19 vaccines, county health officer trust that it is safe.
Dr. Meena Brewster told the Commis- “There’s a lot of myths and misin-
sioners of St. Mary’s County this week. formation out there about it,” Brewster
And while that is a good number for said. “We will vaccinate anyone aged 12
the continuing fight against the deadly and older.”
virus, there is still much more that must The new case rate continues to im-
“Live, in-person theatre has finally made its triumphant return!” be done to reach the vaunted state of prove, Brewster said, dropping to just
— MD Theatre Guide heard immunity many have hoped for to 16 new cases for the week of May 30,
finally be rid of the pandemic, she said. which is the lowest rate since the pan-
The consensus among most scien- demic began last March.
tists and researchers, she said, was “This picture looks wonderful com-
By Tom Dulack that 70 percent of residents vaccinated pared even to just a few weeks ago,”
was a likely goal to reach heard im- Brewster told commissioners. “This is
Playwright Terence O’Keefe has a new play, and wants the family of a former student munity; others in the medical field be- very encouraging.”
to back it. But the “family” turns out to be minor Mafia godfathers who like the idea, lieved 80 percent was a better statistical The health department will be mov-
provided they never have to read the play — which doesn’t mean they won’t want to benchmark. ing away from operating at the Holly-
make a few “minor” changes. The fact that the lusty, unmarried daughter of the house “We have a ways to go before we get wood Volunteer Fire Department mass
(his former student) is hotly pursuing the playwright only makes life more complicated.
there,” Brewster told elected leaders at vaccination clinic to more widespread
And Terry’s play? It’s about a murder!
their June 8 business meeting. vaccination events throughout the coun-
She also said that fewer people were ty, Brewster said.
Friday and Saturday, June 11-12 at 7 PM coming to get vaccinated; this mirrored This effort is aimed at increasing
Long Beach Community Center the status of much of the rest of the state availability of the vaccine and making
5845 Calvert Blvd., St. Leonard, MD 20685 and the nation. it more convenient in communities.
For tickets, visit www.ndctheater.org “We have plenty of supply,” Brews- Starting June 15, a vaccine event is
ter said of having more than adequate set for the indoor shooting range at Flat
Adults $15/Students & Seniors $12 stocks of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson Broke Shooters located on St. James
More information: (443) 624-4484 and Johnson vaccines. “We need more Church Road in Lexington Park and
arms.” another event is set for June 19 at the
Commissioner President James Juneteenth civil rights celebration at
“Randy” Guy noted that a vaccine event Lancaster park also in Lexington Park.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021


American music after 50 years.

6 P.M. TOWNHOUSE GREEN


Bring your lawn chairs and
blankets! THE KELLY BELL BAND
Food vendors will be onsite. The Townhouse
Originally formed as the back-up band for
Green, on the St. Mary’s College campus, opens at rock and roll pioneer, Bo Diddley, the Kelly
4 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the Bell Band has been touring the world ever
public. since. Voted “Best Blues Band” in the Mid-
Atlantic Region 12 years in a row.

A Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic will also


be on site for the general public from 6-9 p.m.
Walk-ups will be accepted but registration in advance is
advised. After being vaccinated, the public will need to
wait at least 15 minutes with the clinic before returning
to the festival. THE JOSH RILEY BAND
Based out of Southern Maryland, The Josh Riley
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a one-of-a-kind sound blending blues, jazz, go-go, and
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Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Hollywood Fireworks


at the 2021 Juneteenth Cancelled
Festival Solomons Back On Track
Free Community Event on June 19th at Lancaster Park
The St. Mary’s County Health Depart- community partners in setting the course
ment (SMCHD) will be offering free COV- to elimination of all disparities,” said Na-
ID-19 vaccinations at the 2021 Juneteenth thaniel Scroggins, Minority Outreach Di-
Festival on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from rector. “We must all remember the words of
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at John G. Lancaster Martin Luther King Jr.; ‘If the cruelties of
Park, located at 21550 Willows Rd in Lex- slavery could not stop us, the opposition we
ington Park. now face will surely fail. Because the goal
Pfizer vaccine will be available at this of America is freedom, abused and scorned
event for anyone age 12 and older (parental tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with
consent required for those under age 18). America’s destiny.’”
Walk-ups are welcome, as supply allows. “How appropriate that on this historic
Advance registration, while not required, day, as we commemorate the emancipa-
is available online at smchd.org/covid- tion of those who had been enslaved, we
19-vaccine or by calling SMCHD at (301) advance our work to address health equity
475-4330. Appointments for 2nd doses will and the racial/ethnic disparities we have
be scheduled onsite. seen with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said
“On June 19th, as we are celebrating Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County
the end of one America’s darkest periods, Health Officer.
tell your friends and family members to Learn more about the 2021 Juneteenth
come out and get vaccinated. They can Festival at ucaconline.org/juneteenth.html. By Guy Leonard confirmed.
just walk up or preregister. Let’s all work Would you like to offer COVID-19 vac- Staff Writer “We do have corporate sponsors
together and make St Mary’s County one cine at your event? The St. Mary’s County There will be no fireworks this who are supporting the event and
of the safest counties in the state,” said Mi- Health Department is scheduling vaccine year at the Hollywood Volunteer Kyle has raised over $11,000 in
chael Brown, Unified Committee for Afro- clinics for local events, businesses, faith- Fire Department, a top officer community contributions to help
American Contributions President. based organizations and other groups! of the company told The County this event go forward,” said Jen-
“I urge all people of color, especially our Contact SMCHD at (301) 475-4330 for Times this week. nifer Stotler, vice president of the
youth, to monitor the disparities facing our more information. Bill Mattingly, president of SBA. “I’m very confident that the
communities and join with UCAC and our Company 7, said the COVID-19 fireworks will happen this year.”
pandemic was the major factor in The full cost of the fireworks
cancelling the event, which sup- show is an estimated $31,000,
St. Mary’s County Metropolitan planted years ago the county’s
annual July 4th fireworks show
Stotler said, which is supported
in part by an $11,000 contribution

Commission (Metcom)
at the county fairgrounds after from Calvert County government.
commissioners decided to remove Webber said even though he
funding. had started an independent fund-

23121 Camden Way “It’s about the planning,” Mat-


tingly said. “It takes eight to 12
raising campaign initially, he has
partnered entirely with the SBA to

California, MD 20619
months and we were in the middle hold the fireworks display.
of the pandemic.” “The SBA has performed mar-
The company was still set to velously,” Webber told The Coun-

(301) 737-7400 meet to discuss, as a full member-


ship, whether to hold the annual
Hollywood firehouse carnival
ty Times. “They’ve worked so
hard this past week to support this
effort.
that has also been a community “There is a ton of stuff that goes

The 2020 Annual Water Quality Reports


favorite. into this.”
Mattingly said the membership The fireworks have been a

for Metcom’s twenty-eight (28) water


was expected to make a decision mainstay of life in Solomons for
on whether to have the carnival in years and the SBA only stopped
one to two weeks.
systems are available on line at:
putting on the show in 2020 due
Still, county residents might be to the pandemic and its social and
able to enjoy a major fireworks fiscal impacts.
display, if somewhat removed. The Facebook page for the SBA
https://www.metcom.org/operations Sources with the Solomons
Business Association in Calvert
has a July 4 date set aside for the
fireworks display, to begin at
County say that the previously 8:30p.m.
These reports contain important cancelled July 4 fireworks cel-
ebration might be on again, after a
The event takes on even greater
importance this year as it may be
information about the source and June 4 meeting of the group’s ex-
ecutive board.
the only fireworks display to place
in the region.
quality of your drinking water. Please The board voted to allow funds
from the county, which are allotted
Vandy Young, president of the
SBA, said she had high hopes for
call 301-737-7400 x108 if you would each year for the event, to be used
towards funding the celebration.
the success of the event.
“He [Webber] has an enormous
like a paper copy delivered to your A newly-admitted member of
the association, Kyle Webber, has
amount of energy and got a lot of
great ideas,” Young said. “We ex-
home, or if you have any questions
been working on raising funds pect record crowds because every-
through an on-line campaign and body has been social distancing.

about the reports.


has also been designated as the “This will be a huge party.”
chairperson of the event by the guyleonard@countytimes.net
SBA executive board, the source
Thursday, June 10, 2021 The County Times In Our Community 11

Shots On The Range: Free COVID-19 Vaccine Event


The St. Mary’s County Health
Department (SMCHD), St. Mary’s
County Sheriff’s Office (SMC-
SO), and Flat Broke Shooters LLC
are partnering to host Shots on
the Range, a free community vac-
cine event on Tuesday, June 15,
2021 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm at
the Flat Broke Shooters Firearms
Training Center, located at 48845
St James Church Rd in Lexington
Park. This special event will offer:
Free COVID-19 vaccination
Pfizer vaccine – available for
anyone age 12 and older (parental
consent required for those under
age 18)
Walk-ups are welcome at this
event, as supply allows
Advance registration is avail-
able online at smchd.org/covid- Shooters with Flat Broke Shooters and the Cameron. “I encourage those
19-vaccine or by calling SMCHD COVID-19 vaccine Q&A St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Of- who haven’t been vaccinated yet
at (301) 475-4330 sessions fice on this fun, innovative event to do so and this venue also pro-
2nd dose appointments will be Presentations by SMCSO on supporting vaccine access for vides valuable information on gun
scheduled for 7/8/21 at the Flat Maryland gun laws and gun safety our community,” said Dr. Mee- safety.”
Broke Shooters Firearms Training techniques na Brewster, St. Mary’s County Would you like to offer COV-
Center Free gun locks (while supplies Health Officer. ID-19 vaccine at your event? The
Anyone who gets a vaccine will last) and health resources “We couldn’t be more pleased St. Mary’s County Health Depart-
receive a free range-safety card “Steve and I are excited to fa- to partner with our friends at Flat ment is scheduling vaccine clinics
($15 value) towards future range cilitate this community outreach Broke Shooters and the St. Mary’s for local events, businesses, faith-
visits and education event!” said Cindi County Health Department to of- based organizations and other
Give-aways and merchan- Thomas, Flat Broke Shooters. fer this unique community vac- groups! Contact SMCHD at (301)
dise discounts from Flat Broke “We’re so pleased to partner cination event,” said Sheriff Tim 475-4330 for more information.
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The St. Mary’s Riding Club donates equestrian books and DVD’s to the county library. Participating in
this year’s presentation are librarians Amy Dickinson and Elizabeth Davis, club member Kathy Glockner
aboard Mr. Fitz, and Emily Repenning, club president with her daughters, Lulu and Jodie. Photo by Ron

NEW LOAD OF FRESH Glockner

The St. Mary’s Riding Club re- The Pony, Yoga for Riders, Yoga
SUMMER TROPICALS HAVE ARRIVED cently donated equestrian mate- for Equestrians, Clicker Training
rials to the county library. This for Your Horse, Getting the Most
year’s donation features new from Riding Lessons, Feet First
DVD’s and books focused on Barefoot Performance and Hoof
dressage, training, health care and Rehabilitation.
general interest themes. The following DVD’s were do-
The new materials, along with nated: Dressage in Detail, Basic
previous donations, are housed Training for Riding Horses, Fine
at the Leonardtown library. The Riding, Dressage - The Holistic
library’s website address is www. Approach to Success.
WATER PLANTS HAVE ARRIVED stmalib.org. The club raises funds for its an-
The following books were do- nual library donation through the
nated: Where the Bluegrass county fair horse show. To learn
Grows, Kicking On, Taking Off, more about the horse show sched-
Dressage Between the Jumps, uled for September 26, check the
The Foxhunter’s Guide to Life club’s website (stmarysriding-
and Love, Paving Paradise, Sylvia club.wordpress.com) in August
BUILD A GARDEN POND. IT’S EASY Rideoutt Bishop Had a Way with
Horses - A Pioneering African
to obtain a copy of the prize list.
The club is also on Facebook, St.
American Woman’s Career Train- Mary’s Riding Club.
Pick a Pick a Add Rock
STEP STEP Filter/
STEP ing Race Horses, The Rider’s Press Release from St.
Preformed Border, Pain Free Back, Understanding Mary’s Riding Club
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SHERIFF'S CRIME REPORT Legal Notices


IN THE MATTER OF TIMOTHY WILLIAM SHILLING
Youth Gun Violence Task and Rehabilitation Center on a no- FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO EMILY ARROWAY SHILLING
Force Arrest Lexington Park bond status.
Man Anyone with information on this In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland
On June 4, 2021, members of the incident or information pertain-
Case No.: C-18-FM-21-000382
Youth Gun Violence Task Force ing to gun violence in St. Mary’s Notice (Adult)
conducted a vehicle stop in the County is asked to contact the The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name of a minor
21600 block of Great Mills Road Youth Gun Violence Task Force from TIMOTHY WILLIAM SHILLING to EMILY ARROWAY SHILLING. The
in Lexington Park. The vehicle at (301) 475-4200 extension 78087 petitioner is seeking a name change because: This my name of common usage and
was approached by Task Force or by email at stopgunviolence@ my preffered name
members and the odor of mari- stmarysmd.com.  Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the
juana was detected emitting from For official news and informa- 07/15/2021. The objection must be supported by an affidavit (written statement
the vehicle. A passenger in the tion, follow the St. Mary’s Coun- confirmed by oath or affirmation) and served upon all parties (Md Rule 1-321). If no
vehicle, Tyquan Samuel Wills, ty Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @ timely objection is filed, the court may enter a default judgement or grant the name
age 21 of Lex- firstsheriff.  change.
ington Park, Counterfeit Suspect Sought Debra J. Burch,
was observed The St. Mary's County Sheriff 's Clerk of Court for
attempting to Office is seek- St. Mary’s County Maryland
conceal an un- ing the iden-
known item tity of the per-
between the son pictured in COMMISSIONERS OF LEONARDTOWN
seat and center a counterfeit
console of the money inves- The 2020 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) will be available July 1, 2021 to
vehicle. Wills Tyquan Willis tigation. On Town residents and the public at the Town Hall office, 22670 Washington St. Leonardtown,
exited the ve- Tuesday, June MD between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at the Leonardtown Post Office,
hicle, and a large bulge was ob- 1, 2021 at 5:30 22735 Washington Street and is also available online at http://leonardtown.somd.com under
Town Government, Water Quality Reports.
served in his pants pocket. Wills pm, the sus-
assaulted a deputy on scene and pect passed
attempted to evade apprehension
by resisting arrest. Wills was ulti-
four counter-
feit $100 bills If you would like to place a
LEGAL NOTICE contact
mately taken into custody and lo- to the cashier
cated on his person was a substan- at the Tractor Suspect
tial amount of cocaine and mari- Supply Com-
juana. Located inside the vehicle
where Wills was observed hiding
pany in Charlotte Hall. When the
clerk tested the bills for authentic- AlDaileyCountytimes@gmail.com
an item was a loaded handgun. ity with a marker, the ink on the
Wills was arrested and trans- bills smeared and turned dark.
ported to the St. Mary’s County The suspect then grabbed the fake
Detention and Rehabilitation Cen- currency from the cashier and
ter in Leonardtown, and charged f led the store. 
with the following: Anyone with information about
Loaded Handgun on Person the identity of the suspect or this
Loaded Handgun in Vehicle incident is asked to call Deputy
Handgun on Person Raymond Allebach at 301-475-
Handgun in Vehicle 4200, ext. 78092 or email ray-
Firearm/Drug Trafficking mond.allebach@stmarysmd.com.
Crime Case # 28839-21 
CDS: Distribute with a Firearm Citizens may remain anonymous
CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and contact the St. Mary’s County
(two counts) Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or
CDS: Possession-Marijuana text a tip to “TIP239” plus their
more than 10 Grams message to “CRIMES” (274637).
CDS: Possession with Intent to Through the Crime Solvers Pro-
Distribute (three counts) gram tipsters are eligible for an
Assault Second Degree-Law award of up to $1,000 for informa-
Enforcement Officer tion about a crime in St. Mary’s
Resisting Arrest County that leads to an arrest or
Wills remains incarcerated at indictment. 
the St. Mary’s County Detention

Editor’s Note:
The above arrests are not an indication of
guilt or innocence as the cases have not been
adjudicated.
14 In Our Community The County Times Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘More to Explore’
Program Underway
The Chronic Disease Action
Team of the Healthy St. Mary’s
Partnership announces the 2021
More to Explore program! The
More to Explore program encour-
aging all community members to
get outside and explore our local

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alition, St. Mary’s County Health
Explore passport guides partici-
Department, St. Mary’s County
pants to these locations and offers
Library, and St. Mary’s County
prizes for those who visit multiple
do. sites during the challenge period.
The 2021 challenge will run un-
Recreation & Parks.
The Healthy St. Mary’s Partner-
ship is a community-driven coali-
til Sept. 5. This program works
tion of partners working together
in tandem with the St. Mary’s
to improve health in St. Mary’s
County Library summer reading
David McDonough County, Maryland. The coalition
program, which allows individu-
mobilizes members through ac-
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David McDonough printed copy of the full passport
tion teams to address the priority
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St. Mary's Most Dangerous Roads

By Guy Leonard Rear end collisions can be fatal, and traffic light after traffic light,” a year of much decreased traffic
Staff Writer she said, and can push other ve- Rossignol said. volume in general but the majority
After more than a year of de- hicles and motorists into intersec- Traffic lights were a necessary of crashes that took place were still
creased traffic on county roads tions with oncoming traffic, caus- part of control, ensuring there was focused in certain areas.
due to travel restrictions and social ing even more damage. an equitable f low of traffic that one The volume of traffic crashes
distancing against COVID-19, lo- The greatest reason for rear end particular direction could domi- they investigated in the prior year
cal law enforcement officers are collisions, according to Rossignol, nate; but all that stop-and-go traffic was 1,910, compared to more than
expecting much increased motorist was “they just didn’t see that they meant greater attention was needed 2,500 in 2019.
activity this summer. [the other driver] had stopped.” than often exercised by motorists. Most of the crashes in 2020 oc-
That means more collisions, The second greatest reason, she “It requires everyone giving their curred over again during a three
more crashes, more injuries and said, was drivers not paying atten- full time and attention to driving,” day cycle from Thursday through
possibly more deaths on St. Mary’s tion or being lost in thought, which said Rossignol. Saturday.
County roads. fed into the first reason. The fourth crash zone was from “Thursday is the highest day of
The collision records between the There are four “red zones” in the the intersection of Great Mills the week for collisions, followed
two major law enforcement agen- county that represent the road space Road and Chancellors Run Road to very closely by Saturday,” Hall
cies here, the St. Mary’s County with the most collisions, starting the intersection with Route 5. said. “It’s a fact...the more people
Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland in the north end of the county, on “It’s a lot of the base traffic go- on the roads the more chance there
State Police, differ somewhat on Route 5 from Mount Wolf road ing home,” Rossignol said. is for crashes.”
numbers of crashes but they agree going south to the intersection of State police data shows that the He said lapses in basic tenants of
almost exactly on where the worst Route 6 being one of them, Rossi- summer months bring a significant defensive driving and traffic safe-
roads and intersections are. gnol said, referencing state police increase in collisions that grows ty are the main culprits leading to
To most motorists here those crash data. month over month. crashes.
should be obvious, law officers say, The second crash intensity zone Rossignol said that for 2019 from These include improper lane
but despite that crashes and driving was in Leonardtown from the in- April to May crashes troopers re- changes and just failing to stop.
mishaps still continue, sometimes tersection of Moakley Street and sponded to increased 30 percent “It’s simple stuff,” said Hall.
at an alarming pace. Route 5 all the way to the inter- over the same time from the pre- According to sheriff’s office sta-
Lt. Krystle Rossignol, command- section with Route 245 , otherwise vious year; from May to June that tistics, the worst section of county
er of the Leonardtown Barrack known as Hollywood Road. number increased by another 36 road for collisions was from the
state police unit, said local troop- The heavy traffic and com- percent. intersections leading to Wal-Mart
ers have already dealt with 178 col- pressed roadway there was a com- Only in August do the crashes down to Town Creek Drive on
lisions county-wide to date; it’s in bination that could only result in taper off. Route 235; the county’s busiest in-
range of the 2019 total of the same crashes. Sheriff’s officials report, howev- tersection, at St. Andrews Church
time period of 227 wrecks. “They’re trying to alleviate it er, that January is often the worst Road and Route 235 was No. 2 ac-
“The most common accidents [with road widening work] but month with winter collisions being cording to 2020 statistics.
throughout the county are rear end there’s still a lot of traffic coming particularly prevalent. The third highest intersection for
collisions,” Rossignol said, noting through,” Rossignol said. In any of the four zones any of crashes in 2020 was Route 235 and
that drivers should be cautious not The longest red zone for crashes the intersections there can be con- Chancellors Run Road.
to dismiss such incidents as mere was on Route 235, the county’s sidered among the most dangerous “Their positions may change as
fender benders. main arterial road, from Airport in the county for crashes, she said. to the worst one, but these intersec-
“You just never know what dam- View Drive all the way to Route Capt. Steve Hall, commander of tions are typically the top three in-
age that will cause to that person or 246, or Great Mills Road. the sheriff’s office’s Special Op- tersections for crashes,” Hall said.
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Folklife Workshops
Coming St. Mary’s College
The Southern Maryland Folklife Small farm entrepreneurship
Center will present the first annual Stuffed ham two-day event
Southern Maryland Folklife Sum- Landscape painting
mer Workshops at St. Mary’s Col- African American hair
lege of Maryland this June 23-25, Learn a folksong
2021. Attendance registration is This year, the Southern Mary-
required by visiting https://www. land Folklife Summer Workshops
somdfolklife.org/. will maintain a hybrid approach
During the three-day event, with both virtual and in-person of-
workshops will be offered cele- ferings. The latter will adhere to
brating and supporting communi- the State of Maryland’s guidelines,
ty-based living cultural traditions including face coverings and social
of Southern Maryland. The work- distancing. In person workshops
shops will culminate in a public will take place at the Jamie L. Rob-
exhibition and celebration event erts Stadium, River Center, Good-
at the College’s Boyden Gallery. paster Hall and Montgomery Hall
Workshops will take place from 10 on the St. Mary’s College campus,
a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1:30-4:30 along with Trinity Church Parish
p.m. each day. Registration costs Hall.
are $10 for one workshop, $20 for The summer workshops will be
two workshops and $30 for four the backbone of the newly formed
workshops. A separate music and Southern Maryland Folklife Cen-
dance performance and Historic ter, which is part of the Mary-
St. Mary’s City excursion are also land State Arts Council’s (MSAC)
available for $10 each. Folklife Network. This summer’s
Choose from an array of folklife event is funded by the MSAC’s
workshops: “Maryland Traditions” program.
SOMD genealogy For more information, email
History of wampum somdfolklife@gmail.com.
Contra dance Press Release from SMCM.
History of bluegrass

Sell it - Buy it
Schools Awarded Pre-K
at Enhancement Grant
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
(SMCPS) announce the award of a com-
Building Materials - Lawn, petitive Pre-Kindergarten Enhance-
Garden, Farm Tractors - ment Grant in the amount of $443,700.
This grant is intended to provide Sum-
Mechanic & Carpentry Tools - mer In-Person learning opportunities
Home, Shop, Garage Items for currently enrolled students; and for
waitlisted Pre-Kindergarten students if
space permits.
SAT - JUNE 19, 2021 - 8:30 am There are 12 Pre-K Enhancement
Westfield Farm Arena & Auction Barn locations including: Benjamin Ban-
26689 Laurel Grove Rd - Mechanicsville, MD neker, Leonardtown, Captain Walter
(Auction Preview Friday, June 18th 9 am to 5 pm) Francis Duke, Lettie Marshall Dent,
Evergreen, Lexington Park, George
Loads of Inventory from Washington Carver, Oakville, Green-
Dean Home Supply + Service Co view Knolls, Park Hall, Hollywood,
Expected Items: Windows; Interior/Exterior Doors; and Piney Point Elementary Schools. transportation to and from the program.
Cabinets; Lumber; Composite Decking; Misc. Pre-K Enhancement summer class- Additionally, there will be free eve-
Hardware; More es will operate beginning on July 6 ning virtual Parent and Family Engage-
Compact & Utility Tractors and Equipment through August 5, 2021 for eligible and ment opportunities weekly using Con-
registered students two days a week scious Discipline “I Love You Rituals”
JD 3720 Tractor; BX2200 Kubota Tractor w/ Mower &
with a Monday-Tuesday, or Wednes- with Master Instructor Amy Speidel.
Loader (less than 200 hrs); Ford 1210 Tractor; Ford 1310 day-Thursday option with classes be-
w/ Loader & Backhoe (less than 500 hours, backhoe like new); Parents of currently enrolled Pre-
ginning at 12:30 p.m. and concluding at Kindergarten students will receive an
JD 2030 Tractor; JD 997 Zero Turn Mower; Tillers; 3 p.m. Each session will be staffed with electronic invitation with directions to
Scrapper Blades; Mowers; Attachments; More a teacher, para-educator, and a class- register. If space permits, students who
Home, Shop, Garage Items room aide. The Frog Street Summer were waitlisted this year will be of-
Large Selection Carpentry Equipment/Tools; Program: Kids’ Club, will be the core fered a space in the Pre-Kindergarten
Collectible & Vintage Tools/Items; Variety of Home, instructional program. Lesson designs Enhancement class. Students must be
Shop, Garage Items; Jon Boat; Fishing Items & More will be developmentally appropriate registered to participate.
and hands-on for young learners. For more information, please contact
www.FarrellAuctionService.com A nutritious snack will be provided PreK Enhancement Site Leader, Ms.
daily. Lynn Trehern at pltrehen@smcps.org.
301.904.3402 Parents and guardians must provide Press Release from SMCPS.
Thursday, June 10, 2021 The County Times Education 21

St. Mary’s City


Launches New Virtual ANNUAL SPRING
Learning Platform CRAFT SHOW
Allows Distance-Learning Field Trips
Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), “The virtual learning platform is HOLLYWOOD VOLUNTEER FIRE
a living history museum at the site
of Maryland’s first capital and the
a really wonderful addition to our
public offering,” explained Peter DEPARTMENT SOCIAL HALL
fourth oldest English Colonial set- Friesen, Director of Education at 24801 THREE NOTCH ROAD • HOLLYWOOD • MD
tlement in the nation, with support HSMC. “While nothing can replace
from the Historic St. Mary’s City the experience of being on site,
Foundation and the Rural Maryland learning about navigation while SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2021
Council, launched a new learning standing on the deck of Maryland
platform (www.virtualdigshistory.
org) that will act as a virtual field
Dove or smelling herbs of the heir-
loom gardens, the Virtual Museum
10 AM - 3 PM
trip for elementary school students,
matching the state’s standards for
website offers school groups and
families a new way to navigate the
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING
learning. The online platform was living history of Historic St. Mary’s
created to ensure students of all City without having to travel.” THE LADIES AUXILIARY WILL BE SELLING
ages have access to the exhibits and The virtual learning program
rich interpretive experiences HSMC can be accessed by the public. In- REFRESHMENTS.
has to offer during the Spring 2021 terested educators and families can
semester and beyond. The virtual access content by following the link SPONSORED BY:
learning platform will feature an on the “Learn” page of the main
interactive map where visitors can museum website.  There is also a re-
HOLLYWOOD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT LADIES AUXILIARY
see and explore the different exhib- source section on the website where
its across HSMC’s 200+ acre cam- teachers and homeschool educa- FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US
pus, along with media-rich pages tors can download pre-made lesson VIA EMAIL AT: CRAFTSHOW@HVFD7.COM
for each exhibit location.  plans and supplemental content that
Every year, HSMC welcomes al- align with Maryland State Stan-
most 22,000 students, parents and dards of learning. Topics include: 
educators on field trips that cover history of the Yaocomaco and Pis-
a great deal of information about cataway peoples; primary sources;

Pet
Maryland in the 1600s (including An Act Concerning Religion and
simple machines and technologies freedom of conscience; the growing
used by both the native peoples and shift from indentured workers to a
Europeans, the history and culture slave economy;  the European reli-
of the Woodland Indian tribes who ance on tobacco; the Voyage of Ark
lived on the western shore, the re- and Dove; government and civics;
liance on indentured servitude and health and medicine; agricultural
the institutionalization of enslav-
ing African and Indian laborers).
practices, and many more. 
“We hope this website will con- OF THE WEEK
The Museum typically opens for tinue to serve as a resource to stu-

MEET KEKO
these tours in mid-March, but due dents across the globe long after the
to the pandemic in 2020, the site pandemic is over,” added HSMC
was closed to visitors before open- Executive Director Regina Faden.
ing day. After re-opening fully in “HSMC has an important place in “Great big tongue that licks my face
spring 2021, the museum is again our Nation’s history and we have Has a crate, his very own space
offering in-person field trip expe- only begun to uncover and develop Big brown eyes like moon pies
riences for smaller groups. Under- its many stories.”  He’s my friend till the very end!”
standing teachers and schools are To experience the Historic St. - Abby Jenkins, ‘My Best Friend’.
currently under travel restrictions, Mary’s City virtual learning center,
the virtual learning platform hopes visit www.virtualdigshistory.org. Hi, my name is Keko! If you ask anyone at TCAS, they will
to fill that gap.  Press Release from HSMC. enthusiastically say that I’m a GOOD LOOKING 6 year old Akita with
an AMAZINGLY CHARMING PERSONALITY. I just want to sit by your
side and give you my paw all day long. Could it be you need a pal to

find us on join you on your walk? I’m here for you! Want some company to curl
up on the sofa to watch Netflix? I am always ready for a little snuggle
time! Want to win me over? Give me a yummy treat and I’m YOUR
BEST FRIEND FOREVER! Now I’m eagerly waiting to find MY NEW
FAMILY with a GREAT BIG SMILE on MY LOVING FACE. So hurry and
email animalshelter@charlescountymd.gov to set up an appointment to
meet me ASAP! BE MY MIRACLE AND PLEASE CHOOSE ME! When
you choose to adopt from TCAS, you are literally saving a life.

To see more of my amazing friends


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The Villain and the Hero SUMMER MORN


THOUGHTS
By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Championship was made all the more
Contributing Writer special because it signified equiva-
A weary traveler sauntered into lency – with Duke – where there had
an inviting pub, occupied the near- been only inferiority. Stated more
est available barstool and anticipated broadly, any sense of accomplish-
liquid rejuvenation. “What’ll it be, ment, athletic or otherwise, is height-
sir?” asked the barkeep. Seeking ened by the challenge overcome. To
assistance, the traveler murmured, that, I grit my teeth and admit: The
“Recommendations?” The barkeep world needs its Dukes.
grinned and offered, “The two favor- Speaking of beating “The Stan-
ite poisons are the Irresistible Stout dard,” in the 2018 U.S. Open final, a
and the Unavoidable IPA.” The trav- 20-year-old Naomi Osaka defeated
eler contemplated the descriptions crowd favorite Serena Williams in
- “irresistible” and “unavoidable” - match marred by dubious calls and
and returned the only acceptable an- heated exchanges between Williams
swer: “Suppose I’ll have both.” and the chair umpire. The post-match Is there any lovelier smell on an and what beautiful sunsets they
In beer there is truth. And so, when player interviews were a painful hu- early summer morning than the have. Whenever I have visited them
two stories beg to be written, two go man moment – Osaka, who had just smell of fresh cut grass? Well, may- we take a sunset walk up in their
to print – one with villainous under- defeated her idol and won the biggest be the aroma of fresh-brewed cof- backyard with a glass of wine to
tones and other with transcendent tournament of her life, was emotion- fee, and bacon and home-fried pota- toast the sunset. Luckily, they live
heroism. ally overwhelmed by the crowd’s toes frying on a weekend morning is far enough away from The Great
In 1985, I remember debating the agitation with the chair umpire and pretty close. I must be hungry and if Salt Lake where you can still see it,
merits of the Johnny Dawkins/Tom- outcome. Lost on the classless mob – I wasn’t I am now. This early morn- but not smell the pungent odor that
my Amaker/Mark Alarie-led Duke until Williams attempted to redirect ing is just beautiful, add in the light I thought were caused by the brine
basketball team with an eighth grade - was the brilliance of Osaka and the breeze blowing under the watchful shrimp clustered towards the shore.
classmate. In high school, I followed appreciation she deserved. protection of tall Elms, Oaks, and In fact, Google informed me that the
the Duke career of Danny Ferry, son Three years and three more major pines and you have the start to what smell is from “nutrients which feed
of long-time Bullets/Wizards execu- championships later, Osaka occupies you hope will be a perfect summer algal blooms. The algae suck up all
tive Bob Ferry. My college years were the pinnacle of women’s tennis – and day. I know we are still considered the water's oxygen then die off and
dominated by the Christian Laettner she is still courageously reminding to be in the latter part of spring, but drop to the bottom of the lake, where
and Grant Hill Blue Devils. Early in us of the bigger picture. After being I go by Memorial Day being the un- bacteria then consume the organic
my professional career, I attended fined for not doing pre-tournament official start of summer. And this 90 material. The byproduct of all that
Shane Battier-vintage Duke NCAA interviews, Osaka withdrew from the degree heat with humidity is telling is the rotten-egg smelling hydrogen
tournament games with colleagues. upcoming French Open last week. me that it is summer now! I must sulfide gas”. I have been blaming
J.J. Reddick was leading Duke when Osaka’s decision, she revealed, was say most of this week we have been those poor little shrimp for 30 years.
my first child was born; Jon Scheyer based on ongoing mental health chal- blessed with mid-range humidity. My sons still had fun floating in the
was on the Durham campus when my lenges and how she was feeling at What a difference even a jump of Great Salt Lake when they were lit-
second child arrived. Kyle Singler, present. The reaction was, predict- 20% in humidity can make. I can tle, despite the smell.
the Plumlee brothers, Jabari Parker, ably, mixed. Her critics - various per- usually take some heat if it is low It is so nice to sit out here and let
Grayson Allen, R.J. Barrett and Zion sonalities and virtual muscle-flexing humidity, though even if it is 70 my mind wander from mown grass
Williamson followed. social media trolls - cited interviews degrees and the humidity is high I to Utah. Now, my mind is already
I hated them all. as Osaka’s duty and her withdrawal feel like it is 90. My husband always moving on to a fight between clean-
The constant through all this dis- as a sign of weakness. says, “It’s summer, what do you ex- ing house (ugh), going to the work-
gusting greatness has been head My species rarely fails to disap- pect?” Yes, we are in the mid-Atlan- shop first, or getting my dump run
coach Mike Krzyzewski. I’m point me, especially of late. tic region, so hazy, hot, and humid is done before the real heat sets in. I
48-years-old and he is the only Duke Fortunately, support for Osaka has what you expect. guess I will do like normal and jump
men’s basketball coach I’ve ever swelled and now dominates the nar- When my brother Bob and his back and forth between all three.
known. Mercifully, Krzyzewski an- rative (as it should). Osaka doesn’t wife Kathy call from Utah, they al- I hate to leave my chair when this
nounced last week that next season owe the French Open, tennis or the ways get me green with envy talk- early morning is just beautiful and
would be his last on the Duke bench. media anything. Profit, entertain- ing about the low humidity, and how perfect for handwriting my thoughts
I can only hope this leads to 40 years ment and click bait mining should their snow is also different than ours before heading inside to the com-
of losing and inescapable suffering never be prioritized over an athlete’s because of that. They never have to puter. Sometimes it is so hard to
for Duke fans. wellness. On the court, Osaka’s hero- worry about shoveling heavy, wet go back inside on column writing
Seems fair, right? ism is proven; by withholding her la- snow. Kathy says they can sweep mornings. Though there is a certain
Funny thing though: When con- bor – and star power – to focus on her their snow even up to a foot or so. point where the breeze stops and the
templating Krzyzewski’s retirement, health and, indirectly, destigmatize a However, they have to sweep an aw- no-see-ums, sweat bees, ants and
my joy was accompanied by a dash common, serious, but sadly still mis- ful lot of snow, compared to our two mosquitos come out to play, which
of unexpected sorrow. Masked by understood ailment (mental health), or three snowfalls a season, since abruptly makes me grab my note-
my deep disdain for all things Duke she became a hero off of it. they average 80 inches of snow for books, tea, and Mindy to head back
is a gratefulness for the existence of That’s a wrap. A wise fellow once their longer winter season. They inside away from the pests. Time
Krzyzewski’s irreproachable stan- told me, “You know what’s better also have to worry about mud slides to run, nature’s time clock has won
dard. Duke has dutifully played the than a cold beer? Two.” The gamble living on the side of the Wasatch again.
role of villain for decades. While is the same logic applies to stories Mountain range overlooking The To each new day’s adventure,
Coach K’s teams have frequently within a sports column. Great Salt Lake (see photo of the Shelby
shattered my heart, there was no joy Send comments to RonaldGuyJr@ view from their front yard). Kathy Please send your comments or
like a Maryland victory over Duke; gmail.com always has emergency bags packed ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@ya-
similarly, Maryland’s 2002 National if that should happen. I love their hoo.com or find me on Facebook
mountain, what a beautiful view
Thursday, June 10, 2021 The County Times Contributing Writers 23

FIVE REASONS NOT TO


HAVE A WILL OR A TRUST The Way
We Were. . .
Contributing Writer:
Lynda J. Striegel
Hello to all of you procrastinators out paid for the property, not at market value.
there. Another year is halfway through That means, if the child sells the property
and you have still not taken steps to protect when you die, the child will have to pay
yourself and your family with a will or a capital gains tax on the difference between
trust. Why not? Here are the five most $50,000 and $100,000. If the child takes the History and Stories of St Mary’s County from long-ago to just yesterday from
common reasons: property when you die through a will or a
1. I’M NEVER GOING TO DIE: trust, however, the child takes the property
Clearly, the first reason not to have a will or at market value and when they sell it for
a trust is unrealistic. The saying is “nobody $100,000, no tax is owed. And, there are
is getting out of this alive.” In spite of other reasons not to put your child on your
this, it is amazing how many people put deed. Once you do so, you expose yourself
off creating a will or a trust because they to the child’s creditors. Those creditors
are afraid. They think planning for a will may have claims on all the child’s property,
or a trust will cause them anxiety about including property formerly owned solely
their own death. The easy solution to this by you.
problem is to think about creating a will or 4. IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE: Have

As Snug as Snug Can Be


a trust to protect the people you love. You you ever purchased a big screen TV? The
do not have to face your own death to create average cost of a will is about the same as a
a will or a trust, just focus on how you want big screen TV. Trusts are more expensive
to protect those you care about. Without a but do not require probate. Legal fees
will or a trust, they are defenseless. And, for making the probate filings can easily
young or old, almost all of us have loved become far more costly than a trust. I know What is said of Leonardtown, heroes and villains, of rascals
ones we want to protect. Even if we are some people are using will forms provided the County seat, can also apply and saints, of places lost but
elderly and alone and do not have any loved online and a word of caution about those. to all of St Mary’s County: it is remembered. We’ll bring you
ones, many of us want to create a legacy for First, the online services do not provide truly A Most Convenient Place. tales from Charlotte Hall in the
the charities we care about. If we are young legal advice. It is one form fits all and if This County is also a most North to Scotland in the South;
and have children, we are already involved you do not fit into the form, too bad for you. historic place. The men and from Maddox in the West to
in protecting them. Without a will or a trust, After hundreds of years, certain common
women who landed here in Cedar Point in the East. There
your children could very well end up in language has developed that is used in a
foster care when you die. Having children will or a trust and expertise is required to 1634 brought with them build- are buildings, roads, dialects,
means taking steps to protect them. What use that language. You would not go to a ing blocks of piety, freedom of creeks and runs, bridges and
good is funding their college education plumber to perform surgery on you. Why conscience, humility, and intel- bays all harboring stories that
if you have not created a mechanism to trust something as important as your family ligence. Unlike settlers in the invite your exploration. For
distribute your property to them upon your to chance? Creating a will or a trust is your more famous colonies of James- those of you who are newcom-
death? How are you helping? last act of love and affection for your family. town, VA, and Plymouth, MA, ers to St Mary’s County, we
2. I HAVE NO ESTATE: How about What price can you put on that? those who stepped ashore on hope to enhance your appre-
the excuse that you have no estate to protect? 5. MY FAMILY WILL TAKE St Clements Island along with ciation of this most convenient
Do you have a home? A car, a boat? A bank CARE OF EVERYTHING: Whoa. Leonard and George Calvert, place and inspire you to learn
account? Personal property like furniture, The excuse that “my family will take care
and Fr. Andrew White, built a more about where you live.
jewelry? All of that becomes part of your of everything” is simply not true. It is
estate. If you don’t make plans to distribute amazing how many families fight during colony that prospered from the Many years back, Giff Alex-
your property in a will or a trust, the state the probate process, with or without a will. start. The early settlers lived ander, a local journalist, wrote
will decide for you. And, I am not talking about fights over simple but happy lives. Few a poem that describes well this
3. EVERYTHING IS IN JOINT huge estates. Otherwise normal families ever knew the pangs of hunger. County we call home. It may
NAME WITH MY SPOUSE OR allow themselves to be torn apart arguing Large plantations f lourished. sound a bit corny to contempo-
CHILD: I have heard the excuse that over property—without a will or a trust, A vibrant social life existed rary ears. But, if you look at the
everything is in joint name so there is no the arguments can take on epic proportions. with people gathering at homes, rivers, the farms, and the abun-
reason to have a will or a trust. And, it is “Dad loved me best” and wanted me to pubs, or on horseback in fields dance that surrounds us, well, it
the case that if property is titled in joint have the gun collection, “Mom told me she and farms. These early settlers starts to make wonderful sense.
name with right of survivorship, upon the wanted me to have the diamond ring”. Old
introduced religious toleration,
death of one person, the joint owner takes wounds re-open, childhood memories come
all the property. The excuse is common flooding back and family nightmares are the priceless heritage of which, Between two mighty rivers,
with spouses. The problem is, of course, common during the probate process. Some more than a century later, That go rushing to the sea.
spouses often travel together. There are people think that the best approach is to became a cornerstone of gov- Sweet Saint Mary’s County
no assurances that both spouses will leave everything to one child, counting on ernance for the whole United Lies as snug as snug can be.
not die together—if they do, then what? that child to distribute everything to his or States. They were a rugged but The Patuxent and the Potomac
You’re back in the same position without her siblings. Keep in mind that if you leave humble people whose common Set our loyal hearts aglow.
a will or a trust—letting the state decide all your property to one child, that child is sense, courage, and hard work Sunshine lingers longer,
where your property will go. And, what under no obligation to share it with siblings grace our land to today. Where the lovely rivers f low.
if your property is titled as “tenants in even if you specifically put your intention History is best appreciated In Saint Mary’s County,
common” not as joint tenants with right of in writing. Even if that child is attentive to
through stories and this County Where the sunshine follows rain
survivorship? In that case, each of you owns your wishes, what if that child has a spouse
50% of the property so if one dies without a who wants all the property for themselves? has some of the best stories – In Saint Mary’s County,
will, the property will not go automatically The only way to resolve the situation is to and story tellers – in the world. We’ve tobacco, fruit, and grain
to the other but instead the state will decide make clear that your property will go to all In these pages over the coming We have oysters, game and fish
where 50% of the property will go. By the the children, not just one. weeks and months, those of All the hear of man can wish.
way, please check the title to your property 6. The bottom line is protect your us at the St Mary’s Historical Nature’s bounty
so you know how it is held. loved ones. Make a will or a trust and do Society invite you learn about In Saint Mary’s County.
Many people I talk to think that putting it now. the County – both its distant as
their child on the deed to their property I offer no-charge seminars open to the well as its not-so-distant past – Peter LaPorte
solves their problem about not having a public that discuss wills, trusts, powers through those stories. Executive Director, St Mary’s
will or a trust. But, there are tax and other of attorney, living wills and other estate
We’ll bring you stories of County Historical Society
consequences of doing this. Let’s say you planning topics at 11am on the third
bought a house for $50,000 and market Wednesday of every month at my office at If you would like to learn more about the people, places, and
value is now $100,000. If you put your 8906 Bay Avenue in North Beach. Give us a events that shaped St Mary’s County, please visit our website –
child on the deed now, that child “takes” call at 301-855-2246 to reserve your spot. www.stmaryshistory.org
their interest in the property at the value you
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Patuxent River
Naval Air Station N
AH-1Z Conducts First Flight With New Digital
Interoperability Suite
For the first time in f light, the these data links aligns with this USMC Capt. Jason Grimes, the Led by PMA-276, the effort
AH-1Z Viper established a two platforms’ ability to adapt to the first f light pilot and H-1 project was a collaboration of the PMA-
way connection between a ground ever-changing threat and meet officer with HX-21. “There is still 276 Avionics Integrated Prod-
station and the aircraft’s Link 16 the needs of current and future work to be done before f leet in- uct Team, numerous government
and Advanced Networking Wide- warfighters.” tegration, but it was a step in the and industry partners, including
band Waveform (ANW2) systems. Link 16 and ANW2 enable the right direction in getting a much Northrop Grumman, Bell, Kranze
A new capability for the H-1 AH-1Z to rapidly share informa- needed capability to the HMLA Tech Solutions, NAWCAD, Naval
platform, the digital interoperabil- tion with other weapon systems, [Marine Light Attack Helicopter] Air Warfare Center Weapons Di-
ity (DI) suite includes Link 16 and provide greater situational aware- squadrons.” vision, J.F. Taylor, and Booz Allen
ANW2 data links, a gateway to ness, accelerate the kill chain, and The DI suite includes a new ra- Hamilton.
share information across various enhance survivability to outma- dio, processor, and mission com- Flight test on the AH-1Z will
networks. Additionally, the suite neuver and defeat the threat across puter software to integrate the continue through the summer,
includes a new digital moving a range of military operations. information from this new data with initial f leet integration ex-
map, enabling the H-1 platform During the one-hour f light, con- link onto a new digital map inter- pected in 2022. In addition, the
to display information from these ducted by Air Test and Evaluation face. This capability enables the program is working with industry
data links on a common display. Squadron (HX) 21, pilots success- AH-1Z to directly exchange criti- and HX-21 to f light test the same
The DI suite also modernizes fully communicated with a multi- cal data with other Marine Corps DI suite on the UH-1Y Venom lat-
how data is loaded to and from the band networking manpack radio, and Navy aviation and shipboard er this spring.
H-1 platform. the PRC-117G, and the Mobile systems. PMA-276 manages the cradle
“The H-1 has decades of battle- Systems Integration Lab, a ground “The f light is the culmina- to grave procurement, develop-
field experience, it has evolved to station designed by Naval Air tion hours of hard work and in- ment, support, fielding, and dis-
fight in numerous environments,” Warfare Center Aircraft Division novation. I am very proud of the posal of the Marine Corps rotary
said Col. Vasilios Pappas, USMC (NAWCAD) to validate the suite’s government and industry team’s wing close air support, anti-ar-
H-1 Light/Attack Helicopters pro- connection with the aircraft. dedication to making this critical mor, armed escort, armed/visual
gram office (PMA-276) program “The f light was a success and capability for the Marine Corps a reconnaissance, and fire support
manager. “The integration of went exactly as expected,” said reality,” said Pappas. program systems.
26 Obituaries The County Times Thursday, June 10, 2021

In Remembrance
The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes
and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to
guyleonard@countytimes.net after noon on Mondays may run in the following week’s edition.

Catherine “Cathy” Leslie Alvey, Marlee Ernest, JD. min Wise and May 27, 2021
Wood, Nalani Curtis, J.T. Lyon, Mable Virgin- after compli-
Annette Lyon Moore Johnny Lyon, Valerie Lyon, and ia Holt Wise. cations fol-
Madison Bailey. Frankie was lowing a bone
Catherine She was a lifelong St. Mary's the loving marrow trans-
“Cathy” An- County, MD resident. Cathy gradu- wife of Robert plant through
nette Lyon ated from St. Mary’s Academy in Merrill Gass, Johns Hopkins
Moore, 60, 1978 and earned a degree in nurs- Sr., whom Hospital. De-
of Loveville, ing. She worked as a licensed prac- she married spite battling
MD, formerly tical nurse for St. Mary’s Hospital on January 2, lymphoma
from Holly- for 37 years, retiring in 2013. 1959 in St. Joseph’s Church, Mor- years earlier and then leukemia,
wood, MD, Cathy was a member of the Hol- ganza, MD. Joe handled every situation and
passed away lywood Ladies Auxiliary. She en- In addition to her husband, she setback with strength, dignity and
on May 30, 2021 in Baltimore, MD. joyed playing bingo and lottery. is survived by her children Robert even humor.  
Born November 5, 1960 in Leon- All Funeral Services will be “Robby” Gass, Jr. of Hollywood, Joe met the love of his life, Joyce,
ardtown, MD, she was the loving private. MD, Donald “Tony” (Bridget) Gass as childhood neighbors in Mari-
daughter of Catherine Louise Van- Contributions may be made to of Bryantown, MD, Donna (Mike) anna, Pennsylvania. They had 53
denbos and the late Truman Lyon. assist with funeral expenses. Childers of Clements, MD, Brenda beautiful marital years together
Cathy was the loving wife of the Condolences may be made to the (Paul) Clements of California, MD, along with three children, Joell,
late Jackson Howard Moore, whom family at www.mgf h.com. Ar- and Brian Patrick Gass of Holly- Shawn and Erin, and six grandchil-
she married in Avenue, MD and rangements provided by the Mat- wood, MD, as well as her siblings dren ranging in age from 4 to 23.  
who preceded her in death on Sep- tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Mary Ann Turner of Mechanics- Joe lived a modest yet very full
tember 16, 2011. P.A. & Crematory Leonardtown, ville, MD, Shirley K. Miedzinski of life. He took joy in the simple plea-
Cathy is survived by her siblings MD. Hollywood, MD, Joan Gayle Nel- sures like yard work and cutting
Connie Anita Cusic of Bushwood, son of Mechanicsville, MD John D. firewood. Upon retirement from
MD, James T. Lyon of Loveville, Frances Arleen “Frankie” Wise of Avenue, MD, 16 grandchil- teaching in 2005 he and Joyce
MD, Daniel J. Lyon (Laurie) of dren, and 23 great-grandchildren. traveled extensively. His bravest
Loveville, MD, and Patrick Lyon of Gass She was preceded in death by her feat was sky diving in Aruba just
Loveville, MD, along with nieces siblings Paul Benjamin Wise, Jr., a few years ago. One of his most
and nephews Kristie Cusic, Mariah Frances Arleen “Frankie” Gass,
Thomas C. Wise, and Debra A. meaningful vacations was travel-
Young, Damien Wilson, Japaris 78, of Hollywood, MD, passed away
Johnson. ing with his wife and daughters to
Holt, Jessica Lyon, Brooke Lyon, on June 2, 2021 with her family by
She was a lifelong resident of St. his grandparents' home country of
Bambi Cusic, Carlee Bowles, Bran- her side. Born January 2, 1943 in
Mary’s County, MD, and attend- Slovenia.  
don Weber, John Cusic, Jesse Lyon, Washington, DC, she was the lov-
ed Margaret Brent High School. While in the hospital he remi-
ing daughter of the late Paul Benja-
Frankie was a Custodial Super- nisced about his proudest physical
visor for the U.S. Capital for 23 accomplishment: completing a five
years, retiring in 1998. day bike trip with family members
Frankie enjoyed bingo, crochet- from Pittsburgh to DC, logging 100
ing, vacations with her sisters, and miles in one day and he wasn't even
being a grandma. She also enjoyed a cyclist. He was certainly an ad-
her family and friends. venturer and a man who acted de-
The family will receive friends cades younger than his age, always
on Monday, June 14, 2021 from active and strong, even while bat-
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Matting- tling cancer.  
ley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leon- Joe impacted countless lives,
ardtown, MD with prayers recited whether through his 38 years of
at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian teaching at Esperanza Middle
burial will be celebrated on Tues- School, as a softball coach/team-
day, June 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM in mate or a fierce competitor on a
St. John’s Church, Hollywood, MD, golf course or tennis/pickleball/
with Father Raymond Schmidt of- basketball court. He was a dedicat-
ficiating. Interment will follow in ed family man and a self less friend
Charles Memorial Gardens. Serv- who was always willing to lend a
ing as pallbearers will be Ron hand. As someone recently men-
Cummings, Dorian Queener, Rich- tioned "the world never has enough
ard Abell, Brandon Gass, Shane Joe Gutmans". 
Gass, and Andrew Rabe. Honorary A Celebration of Life service
pallbearers will be Connor Russell, will be planned in the near future.
Landon Russell, and Michael Gass. Condolences may be made to the
Contributions may be made to family at www.mgf h.com. Ar-
Hospice of St. Mary’s at P.O. Box rangements provided by the Mat-
25, Leonardtown, MD 20650, and tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home,
A.C.T.S at P.O. Box 54, Bushwood, P.A. & Crematory.
MD 20618.
Condolences may be made to the Elizabeth “Ellen” Hewitt
family at www.mgf h.com. Ar-
rangements provided by the Mat- E l i z a -
tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, beth “Ellen”
P.A. & Crematory Leonardtown, Hewitt, age
MD. 88 of Leon-
ardtown MD,
Joseph "Joe" Gutman formerly of
Valley Lee,
Joseph "Joe" Gutman of Hol- passed away
lywood, Maryland (son of Joseph peacefully
and Rose Gutman) passed away on surrounded by
Thursday, June 10, 2021 The County Times Obituaries 27

her loving family on May 31, 2021 time with family and friends play- Beatrice Woodburn, one of 13 chil- P.A. & Crematory Leonardtown,
at her residence. Ellen was born ing pitch, cooking meals and bak- dren, and lived in St Mary’s Coun- MD.
on September 4, 1932 in Maddox, ing cakes for her loved ones, and ty all her life. She is preceded in
MD. She was the daughter of the collecting bells, plates, and angel death by her husband, William F.
late Hillary Francis and Lillian figurines.  Cusic, Sr. (Bill). Arthur Lawrence Miller
Mae (Pilkerton) Hill. Ellen was Donations may be made to the A She loved the country life and
the loving wife of the late William Community That Shares (A.C.T.S) all things associated with it, even Arthur Law-
Franklin Hewitt “Franklin”, whom at P.O. Box 54, Bushwood, MD planting tobacco on the small fam- rence Miller,
she married on October 17, 1953 20618 and 2nd District Volunteer ily farm. Her stuffed ham was al- 80, of Lexing-
at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Firehouse at P.O. Box 1, Valley ways amazing. She took great pride ton Park, MD
in Ridge, MD, and who preceded Lee, MD 20692.  in her yard, always planting and passed away
her in death on April 14, 1991. El- Condolences may be made to the weeding. She loved being outside.   peacefully on
len is survived by her children family at www.mgf h.com. Ar- Teresa worked for C & P Tele- June 3, 2021
Charlotte Guy (Ernest) of Leon- rangements provided by the Mat- phone and Bell Atlantic for over 30 at John Hop-
ardtown, MD, Catherine Hewitt tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, years. Many folks remember her kins Hospital
of Leonardtown, MD, Rose Mary P.A. & Crematory Leonardtown, pleasant voice as a switchboard op- in Baltimore,
Heckler (Ellis des.), of Leonard- MD. erator. She enjoyed her co-workers MD with his adoring family by
town, MD, David Wayne Hewitt and enjoyed telling stories of their his side. He was born on Febru-
Sr. “Wayne” (Marianna) of Valley Ashley Renee Merkle antics while working the late shift. ary 6, 1941 in Albany, New York
Lee, MD, along with her siblings After retiring from Bell Atlantic, to the late Arthur Lawrence Miller
Thomas Hill “Tom” of Mechanic- “Boogey” Teresa worked for the St. Mary’s and Blanche Irene (Wintemberg)
sville, MD, Patricia Wood “Patsy” County Health Department for sev- Miller.
Ashley Re- A hard-working, driven, and
of Mechanicsville, MD, Theodora eral years. As with Bell Atlantic,
nee Merkle dependable man, Larry excelled
Sydnor “Audie” of Hollywood, she forged many lasting friend-
“Boogey”, 31, throughout his life at every endeav-
MD, Michael Hill “Mickey” of ships with her co-workers. She
of Lexington or he took on. He graduated from
Mechanicsville, MD, Gladys Long always looked forward to lunches
Park, MD for- Oklahoma State with a fire protec-
“Ree-Ree” of Mechanicsville, MD, and other outings with “the girls”. 
merly from tion engineering degree in 1965
Mildred Hall “Milly Ann” of Chap- The true love of Teresa’s life,
Holly wood, and made his family proud with his
tico, MD, Sandra Guy “Sandy” of though, was her family, especially
MD passed intelligence and strong work ethic.
Leonardtown, MD, and Kathleen her grandchildren and great-grand-
away on May He started his career in risk man-
Hindt of Mechanicsville, MD. She children. Nothing made “Ma’s”
30, 2021. She agement at Glens Falls Insurance
also has 14 loving grandchildren, eyes light up like spending time
was born on September 10, 1989 Company in upstate New York.
23 great-grandchildren, and one with them. They were her trea-
in Leonardtown, MD, and was the Larry never sat around. Larry be-
great-great grandchild all whom sures and she made sure everyone
loving daughter of Kimberly Ann gan ALM American Construction,
she loved dearly. She was preceded knew it. Rarely did a visit from
Mills of Lexington Park, MD, Inc. in 1995 after “retiring” from a
in death by her son Paul Anthony Ma not include a special treat for
Charles F. Merkle, Sr. of Bush- 30 year career with St. Paul Trav-
Hewitt on January 9, 2000, along the kids. Overnight stays at Ma’s
wood, MD, and stepfather Brad elers Insurance Company in New
with her siblings Mary Catherine were frequent occurrences and the
Mills of Lexington Park, MD. Ash- York City and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Stone, Hillary Hill Jr., Leonard kids went back home just a little bit
ley is survived by her son Cameron As a real estate developer, Larry
Hill “Woodrow”, Joseph Hill, Lil- spoiled.
Briscoe of Lexington Park, MD, built over 150 custom built homes
lian Hill “Mae”, Edna Thompson, There was a special place in
siblings Joshua Austin of Cali- across Southern Maryland giving
and James Pilkerton “Rudy”. Teresa’s heart for all children as
fornia, MD, Charles E. Merkle of so many families and businesses
Ellen was a lifelong St. Mary’s she always made a fuss over kids
Charlotte Hall, MD, Jeanne Hill their forever homes. He worked un-
County, MD resident who attend- in her neighborhood and those of
of Bushwood, MD, and Deborah til his last day on his biggest proj-
ed St. Michael’s High School in family and friends. Friends of her
Merkle of La Plata, MD. ect, a 21 lot subdivision, Sunset
Ridge, MD. She went on to attend children, grandchildren, and great-
She was a lifelong St. Mary’s Ridge in Hollywood, MD. At 80,
college at Georgetown University grandchildren were treated with
County, MD resident. Ashley Larry still came home every night,
in Washington, DC to pursue her much love and kindness, always
graduated from Leonardtown High and said he loved his job and work-
dream of becoming a nurse. Af- welcomed into her home.
School in 2007 and was a full-time ing with his clients. 
ter attaining her nursing degree Teresa is survived by 2 sons,
mother.  Larry loved riding his tractor,
in 1953, Ellen worked as a nurse Billy (Nancy) and Rick (Betsy);
There will be a Celebration landscaping, investing in the stock
for St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonar- 5 grandchildren, Billy 3rd (KC);
of Life following the Service at market, watching the New York Gi-
dtown, MD. She later became the Avenmar Community Association, Mark (Kara); Valerie Zyriek (Will
Nursing Supervisor for many years Knecht); Will (Erin); and Matt. She ants and his Oklahoma State Cow-
41165 Herons Way, Leonardtown, boys, boating, and Habitat for Hu-
before becoming the Director of MD 20650. is survived by 5 great-grandchil-
Nursing. After leaving St. Mary’s dren, Breton; Fisher; Alexis ; Sa- manity. He was a history buff, and
Condolences may be made to the became an avid non-fiction reader
Hospital in 1983, Ellen became the family at www.mgf h.com. Ar- vannah; and Natalie.
nurse at St. Mary’s Interdependent The family will receive friends in his later days. 
rangements provided by the Mat- Larry met the love of his life, Su-
Life Environment (SMILE) for a tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 10:30
few years only to return to her love Am to 11:15 Am in St. Aloysius san, and chased her down until she
P.A. & Crematory Leonardtown, agreed to be his loving wife. They
of nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital MD. Catholic Church in Leonardtown,
where she eventually retired as a MD, where a Mass of Christian married on September 9, 1989 and
have celebrated their love for over
Psychiatric Nurse. Teresa D. Cusic Burial will be Celebrated at 11:30
thirty-one (31) years. He was a de-
Ellen was very active in the St. AM with Father David Beaubien
Mary’s County community volun- officiating. Interment will fol- voted family man who loved his
Teresa D.
teering her time for numerous or- low in Charles Memorial Gardens wife, children, and grandchildren
Cusic passed
ganizations, including becoming Leonardtown, MD .  above all. Spending time surround-
into eternal
the first female Chief of the Valley Donations may be made to the ed by his grandchildren always
rest, in Leon-
Lee Volunteer Rescue Squad, serv- Leonardtown Volunteer Fire De- brought a twinkle to his eye and
ardtown, on
ing as a member of the St. Mary’s partment or Rescue Squad. happiness to his soul. He was look-
June 1st, 2021.
County Fair Board, and the former Condolences may be made to the ing forward to welcoming baby
Teresa was 93. 
President of the Farm Bureau As- family at www.mgf h.com. Ar- Blaise to the family. Although, he
Teresa was
sociation. Alongside her volun- rangements provided by the Mat- may not be here physically, he will
the daughter
teering, Ellen enjoyed spending tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, watch from above, guiding, loving,
of Richard and
and brightening the days for all of
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those he loved. He left this world October of 2015.  counter tops, working at the Na- He was born
better than he found it.  Tom was a member of the Life tional Security Agency, working at on May 29,
In addition to his loving wife, Su- Community Church of God in Philco, part of the Goddard Flight 1963 in En-
san Miller of Lexington Park, MD Great Mills, Maryland.  He and center, working for his father rais- dicott, NY to
he is survived by his children, Da- Rose Marie started an outreach, ing beef cows, working at Mid- the late Robert
vid (Lisa), Dawn (Patrick), Morgan faithfully ministering to the elderly dleton and Meads, helping to run Joseph Shell-
(Kevin) and Matthew; seven (7) residents at the St. Mary’s Nursing Middleton Landscaping and then hammer and
grandchildren, Lauren, Michael, Center every Sunday for 30 years.  Middleton Brother’s Farm, special- Mary Ruth
Aubrey, Sydney, Beck, Brooke and They also ministered at the deten- izing in commercial landscaping. Holt of Leon-
Blaise. He is also survived by his tion center. When he retired, he told his be- ardtown, MD.
siblings, Patricia Walther (Tom) Tom enjoyed travel, golfing, loved wife Martha that they were Stephen graduated high school
and Sheila Miller and many niec- dancing, and carpentry.  He pos- moving to the beach. She wasn’t and then attended Broom Commu-
es, nephews and extended family sessed master skills in woodwork- taking any chances and had res- nity College County in Bingham-
members and friends. He was pre- ing.  He was extremely meticulous ervations and a list of possible ton, NY earning an Associate of
ceded in death by his parents and and patient.  It showed in the qual- houses within hours.  They spent Arts degree in Electrical Engineer-
his son, Darren. ity of the things he made whether their retirement enjoying the town ing Technology. He then graduat-
The Miller family thanks you all a small jewelry box, carving of of Southern Shores, NC in a home ed with a Bachelor’s Degree from
for being a special part of his life. an owl, or beautifully handcrafted they shared with their beloved Clark Summit University in Clark
He loved you deeply and cherished crown molding. bulldog Rachel, and  then 2 much Summit, PA.  From there he went
his time with you all.  Tom walked this life in peace, loved Golden Retrievers, Nugget to Rochester Institute of Technolo-
In lieu of f lowers the family would and shared his wisdom with his and Charleigh. Their home was a gy receiving a Bachelor of Science
prefer donations be made at https:// children, grandchildren, great- warm, loving gathering place for Degree in Electrical Engineering
secure.jhu.edu/form/pccm, on the grandchildren, and friends.  Tom’s their children, grandchildren and Technology. Eventually he came
pulldown menu select “Other” and legacy is that everyone that knew granddogs. to the Department of Defense, NA-
write “Dr. Maureen Horton/Cure him would say that he was a gentle Two years after his wife Martha VAIR at Patuxent River Naval Air
PF Fund” and when adding ad- and very kind man. passed, Jerry moved to Southern Station. He had a long career as a
dress/payment information there is Tom is survived by his children, Maryland to live with his daugh- dedicated and proficient Electri-
a section for Memorial Gifts where Mike Tena (Janis) of Poulsbo, ter. There he was able to reconnect cal Engineer. During this time,
Arthur Larry Miller would be not- Washington, Eric Tena (Rose) of with many relatives and make new he earned his Master’s Degree in
ed.  To make a gift via check: write Prescott, Arizona, Carolyn Agu- friends. Systems Engineering at the Naval
to “JHU” with Arthur Larry Miller ilera (Michael) of Valencia, Cali- Jerry was incredibly smart, in- Postgraduate School.
and Dr. Maureen Horton/Cure for fornia, Teresa Waak (Marley) of credibly strong and incredibly During his college years, he met
PF Fund noted. Checks should be San Diego, California, Richard tough. He was opinionated but so the love of his life, Dianne Shell-
sent to: Anne Kennan Taylor, Johns Tena of Vista, California, Robyn loving. He loved talking to people hammer, whom he married  on De-
Hopkins at Keswick, Office of Ad- Hammett of Hollywood, Mary- and teasing children good-natured- cember 9, 1989 in Rochester, NY.
vancement Services, Attn: RevMg- land, Dale Hammett of Hollywood, ly. He loved his family and he was They celebrated over 31 wonderful
mt - Department of Medicine, 3910 Maryland, and Larry Hammett eternally devoted to his wife. He years together and raised two great
Keswick Road, Suite N2100, Balti- of Dexter, Michigan.  He is also will be greatly missed. children.
more, MD 21211. survived by 11 grandchildren, 10 Jerry is preceded in death by Stephen was a guitar enthusiast,
Condolences to the family may great-grandchildren, and his sister, his parents, his younger brothers playing the acoustic, electric and
be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. Carmen Jiminez.  In addition to John Francis and Robert David and bass guitar. He combined his mu-
com. his parents and his wife, Tom was his son in law Patrick. He is eter- sic and love for God in the church-
Arrangements by the Brinsfield preceded in death by his siblings, nally reunited with his beloved es he attended in New York and
Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A. Molly Tena and Frank Tena. wife Martha. He is survived by his Maryland. In recent years, he was
Memorial contributions may be daughter Marti Lloyd, his son Blair a valued member of the Faith Bible
Tom Tena made to St. Jude Children’s Re- Jr. (Leigh) his 3 granddaughters, Church’s worship team where he
search Hospital or Samaritan’s Rena, Rachel and Riley, his sister would show his talent on the gui-
Tom Tena, Purse International Relief. Marianne, his sisters in law, Kris- tar. He enjoyed giving lessons to
90, passed Condolences to the family may tin and Donna, many nieces, neph- many students over 20 years.  His
away at his be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. ews, cousins and dear friends. favorite guitar student was his son,
home in Hol- com. There will be a circle of prayer whom he enjoyed playing with. He
lywood, Mary- Arrangements by the Brinsfield held at Chicahauk Beach, Southern was a hands on parent, support-
land, in com- Funeral Home, P.A. Shores on June 12, 2021 at 12:00 ing his kids in all their endeav-
plete peace.  P.M. in N.C. for all living in the ors, whether it be attending rugby
He was born Blair Gerard Middleton, area or visiting the Outer Banks games, playing the guitar, or teach-
on March 21, are welcome. ing them electronics, he was a lov-
1931, in Clif- “Jerry” He will be greatly missed. ing and devoted father.
ton, Arizona to the late Jose M. In lieu of f lowers donations can Stephen was a fan of the NY
Tena and Esther (Armendariz) Blair Gerard
Middleton, be made in honor of Blair Middle- Yankees baseball team and the NY
Tena. ton to Ridge Volunteer Rescue Giants football team. He attended
At the age of 19, Tom enlisted in “Jerry”, was
Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD many concerts, especially enjoying
the United States Navy.  He served born Novem-
20680. the ones held at St. Mary’s City.  He
his country during the Korean War ber 30, 1936
Condolences to the family may enjoyed traveling to Gettysburg,
aboard the amphibious force f lag- in Washington
be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. Lancaster, California, Chicago and
ship USS Mount McKinley.  After D.C. to T. Blair
com Detroit to tour or visit family.  He
his honorable discharge, Tom spent and Virginia
Arrangements by the Brinsfield and his wife celebrated their 25th.
the majority of his career work- M i d d l e t o n . 
Funeral Home, P.A wedding anniversary in Hawaii.
ing as a civil servant for the U. S. He Graduated
In addition to his mother and be-
government.  Through his job, he from Priory, which is now known Stephen Joseph loved wife, Stephen is also survived
traveled to many places around as St. Anselms Abbey, in 1954. He
by his children, Alex Shellham-
the world.  It was while working was drafted into the Army for two Shellhammer mer and Tori Shellhammer both
at NAS Patuxent River that Tom years and spent time in Germany
of Leonardtown, MD; and many
met the love of his life, Rose Ma- and traveling throughout Europe Stephen Joseph Shellhammer, 58,
extended family and friends. He is
rie Harris Tena.  They married on during this time. of Leonardtown, MD passed away
preceded in death by his father.
March 10, 1979, and had a wonder- He held many different types of on May 30, 2021 at Calvert Nursing
Memorial contributions may
ful life together until her passing in jobs in his life, including building Center in Prince Frederick, MD.
Thursday, June 10, 2021 The County Times Obituaries 29

be made to Faith Bible Church Pop) 81 of Elizabeth Anne McCoy Margaret Ann Long
(https://faithbiblemd.churchcenter. Leonardtow n,
com/giving) or CareNet (https:// MD passed Hayes Margaret
friendsofcarenetsomd.org/). away on May Ann Long,
Condolences to the family may 27, 2021 in Elizabeth 80, of Avenue,
be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. Leonardtown. Anne McCoy MD, passed
com. He was born Hayes, 68, away on June
Arrangements by the Brinsfield on October passed away 5, 2021 in
Funeral Home, P.A. 13, 1939 in peacefully at Solomons,
Baltimore, MD to the late George home with her MD. She was
Marcella Ruth Paoline Isaac Buscall, Sr. and Alice Marie family by her born on Janu-
(Wooldridge) Buscall. side in Leonar- ary 29th 1941
Heaven has George grew up in Baltimore dtown on June in Washington, DC and was the
gained an an- MD. As a teen he held various jobs 6th, 2021.  She daughter of the late Margaret
gel with the before entering the US Army in was born in Scotland, Maryland of Ann Montgomery Huseman and
passing of 1966. Fred and Beth McCoy, one of 12 Carl Joseph Huseman, Sr., and the
Marcella Ruth He started his service in the children.  stepdaughter of Thelma Virginia
Paoline, who Army as a supply specialist and Married Walter Edwin Hayes Morris. Margaret was the loving
peacefully has was deployed to Vietnam in 1968. in 1976 with three children, Wal- wife of the late Joseph “Joe” Oli-
gone home to During his time in Vietnam he re- ter Ian Hayes, Matthew Brendan ver Long, Sr. whom she married
be with Jesus.  ceived training to be a helicopter Hayes, and Mary Elizabeth Hayes.  on September 24, 1965, and who
She was born November 8, 1925, electrician. After his discharge She is survived by a large family preceded her in death on March
outside of Reading Pennsylva- from active duty, George remained of McCoys and is deeply admired 9, 2020. Margaret is survived by
nia.  She lived most of her life in in Vietnam working for Dyncorp and loved by her brothers, sisters, her children Joseph “Joey” Oli-
Kenilworth New Jersey until she until his departure in 1975. nieces, and nephews.  ver Long Jr. of Avenue, MD, Paul
moved to Maryland to live with her George, his wife Nga, and his Anne attended St. Mary’s Acad- Timothy “Timmy” Long (Bonny)
youngest daughter Melissa 7 years daughter Tam were able to escape emy, and graduated University of of Mechanicsville, MD, and Robert
ago.   She passed peacefully at her Vietnam on one of the last civilian Maryland School of Nursing (1975) Matthew “Matt” Long, Sr. (Shan-
residence in California Maryland planes to take off. He then worked and was a Registered Nurse, Certi- non) of Avenue, MD, along with
surrounded by her children who for Dyncorp for 20+ years travel- fied Diabetes Educator and admin- her sister Mary Thelma Smith of
were raised with love and devotion.  ing the world installing and main- istered care to thousands of patients South Carolina, and her grandchil-
She had a beautiful soul, infectious taining jet engine test cells. across Maryland.  As a nurse she dren Emily Ann Sheaffer, Robert
smile, positive attitude, strong When home, George loved to practiced in hospice, pediatrics, Matthew Long Jr., Abbey Elizabeth
faith, and was loved by everyone crab and fish with his mother and public health, and diabetes and Long, Jamilynn Long, Lacie Lynn
who knew her.  Marcella cherished Tam. They enjoyed taking long served on the board of directors of Long, Carly Dale Long, and Ryan
time with her family, playing her road trips to Luray, Virginia and the St. Mary’s Nursing Home.   Joseph Buckler Long. She was pre-
favorite dice game, watching the skyline drive. George was a dedi- She was the spiritual heart and ceded in death by her siblings Carl
birds/wildlife, going to the beach, cated and hard working father and acting matriarch of the McCoy Joseph Huseman Jr. of Virginia and
and watching football or golf.  She devoted to his mother who lived family who ensured that her sib- Charles “Chuck” Anthony Huse-
lived a long and fulfilled life.  Her with him until her passing in 1997. lings remained a tight knit family.  man Sr. of Bowie, MD.
favorite saying was “Chinka Chin- His grandkids will always re- She was an inspiration of strong Margaret was a social worker for
ka, it’s 5 O’clock somewhere” to member Pop-pop for his seemingly faith, compassion, sincerity, uni- the Department of Social Services
raise a glass to celebrate life. endless stories about his cars when ty and caregiving. She was a true for 39 years, retiring in 2009. She
Marcella was predeceased by her he was younger, his adventures in giver, an advocate for those who enjoyed her job and was a dedi-
husband Michael of 45 years, sis- Vietnam driving crazy delivering most needed her help and atten- cated employee who loved help-
ter Betty Huck, and two children parts from base to base. Always tion and exemplified unconditional ing others. She loved her boys and
Michael Paoline and Mary Beth the scrounger. He could get any- love without judgement in her ac- grandchildren, and enjoyed camp-
Lisowski.  Marcella is survived thing anywhere, hence his Army tions and dedication to her family, ing in her younger years, as well as
by 4 children Michele Brown and nickname “Mole”. friends and patients. making crafts.
husband Donald, Mark Paoline and George will be laid to rest in Ar- A gathering will be held at St. The family will receive friends
wife June, Monica Vaughan and lington National Cemetery with his Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Monday, June 14, 2021 from
husband David, and Melissa Homan fellow servicemen. in Leonardtown, MD at 9:30am, 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM in the Mat-
and husband Rodney, 4 grandchil- He is survived by his daughter, eulogy at 10:15am, and a Mass of tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home,
dren Donna Marie Brown, Don- Nguyen Thi Tam Nhi “Tam” Pow- Christian Burial will be celebrated Leonardtown, MD with a service
ald Brown, Jr, Sean Lisowski, and ell and son-in-law Doug Powell of at 10:30 am with Father Ryan Pine- at 10:00 AM in the Funeral Home
Robert Lisowski and wife Megan, Leonardtown, MD; 13 grandchil- da officiating. Interment will fol- Chapel with Father Michael Ti-
1 great grandchild Brienna Brown, dren, Adam M. Powell, Sr. Con- low in the church cemetery, with a etjen officiating. Interment will be
and 1 great, great grandchild Emma stancy, Jonathan D. Powell, Allison reception following in the church private.
Grace Fernandez. L. Lehman, Hunter I. Powell, Anna hall. Contributions may be made to
No local services are scheduled.  J. Powell, Sr. Redemption, Clare A. Instead of f lowers, in her honor, Seventh District Vol. Rescue Squad
In lieu of f lowers, the family re- Powell, Noah D. Powell, Catherine reach out to your family, friends at P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609
quests memorial donations be made R. Powell, Moses D. Powell, Miri- and neighbors who are less for- and St. Mary’s Nursing Home at
to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box am R. Powell, and Maria T. Powell; tunate and need help without 21585 Peabody Street, Leonard-
625,  Leonardtown, MD 20650. In- and 10 great grandchildren, Emma, judgement.  town, MD 20650.
terment will occur in New Jersey. Solomon, Logan, Henry, Benedict, Condolences may be made to the Condolences may be made to
Condolences to the family may Diana, Pia, Patricio with two on family at www.mgf h.com. Ar- the family at www.mgf h.com. Ar-
be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. the way. He is preceded in death by rangements provided by the Mat- rangements provided by Matting-
com his siblings, Alice Stormer, Ellen tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, ley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Hughes, and Betty Flannery. P.A. & Crematory Leonardtown, & Crematory, Leonardtown, MD.
Funeral Home, P.A. At this time services are private. MD.
Condolences may be made to the
George Isaac Buscall, Jr., beCondolences to the family may
made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. family at www.mgf h.com. Ar-
rangements provided by the Mat-
(Pop-Pop) com.
tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home,
Arrangements by the Brinsfield
George Isaac Buscall, Jr., (Pop- Funeral Home, P.A. P.A. & Crematory.
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