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The Calvert Gazette
The panel of Good Evening, Calvert interviews a spokesperson from the Puritan Tiger Bee-
tles, played by Erik Martin. During the interview, the beetle admitted to being willing to move
to a sanctuary, and possibly running for mayor of Calvert Cliffs.
For a second year in a row, 1991 Star Search Champion comedian and ventrilo-
quist Taylor Mason entertained Calvert County Chamber of Commerce members
at their annual meeting and awards ceremony.
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The Calvert Gazette
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
Following a hearing during the Calvert
County Liquor Board meeting, members voted
unanimously to suspend Catamarans liquor li-
cense for 30 days.
Currently, the suspension of the license has
been stalled by court order until Catamarans has
the opportunity to appeal the decision, accord-
ing to Catamarans owner Jim Seymour.
Following a Sept. 5 incident at the Solo-
mons bar during which a fght broke out and a
customer was stabbed, Seymour was called to
appear in front of the liquor board. Seymour was
joined by David Weigel and Mark Davis of Da-
vis, Upton & Palumbo, LLC.
Seymour plans to appeal the decision of the
board, saying he knows theyre trying to keep
the peace and balance between the residential
and business aspects of Solomons Island, but he
believes they are going too far.
I understand it, but theyre out of line,
Seymour said.
The residents of Solomons Island, who had
the room packed during the meeting, had noth-
ing to say in defense of Catamarans. One com-
munity member claimed she has stopped putting
up fences around her property because they kept
getting knocked down.
Ronald Ross, a Solomons Island resident
and long-time opponent of the Tiki Bar, spoke
out against Catamarans, stating the liquor
board has the ability to suspend or revoke a
license to promote the peace and safety of a
Beth Swoap made the motion to suspend
Catamarans license, citing need to preserve the
peace and safety of Solomons Island, and the fact
that after the stabbing, nobody thought to call the
police upon fnding a knife on the premises.
She said the stabbing and the recovered
knife was what worried her the most.
It never occurred to you there might have
been a crime committed? she asked Seymour
and his lawyers.
Seymour said such incidents are a rarity, es-
pecially ones of such violence, and they have se-
curity measures in place that were implemented
as planned, and to the best of their knowledge
there had been no damage done, and the per-
son who had been stabbed left Catamarans and
drove away under his own power.
Catamarans is an established and active
member of the community, hosting parties for
NAVAIR, awards banquets, fundraisers for
SMILE and the Wounded Warriors Project, Sey-
mour said.
While Swoaps original motion was to sus-
pend the license immediately, effective Oct. 27,
Seymours lawyers persuaded them to change it
to effective Oct. 31.
As of Monday, Catamarans remains 100
percent open for business, Seymour told The
Calvert Gazette, due to a court injunction that
put the ruling on hold until after an appeal.
Its all been taken care of, Seymour said.
He said Catamarans will remain open at
least until after they have gone through the ap-
peals process and a decision has been made, and
he has no doubt the verdict will be in Catama-
rans favor.
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Residents vs.
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
During the Oct. 27 meeting of
the Calvert County Liquor Board,
bar owners in Southern Calvert were
requested to appear in front of the
board including the Tiki Bar, Cata-
marans and even Veras White Sands
Beach Club.
The lawyer for the Tiki Bar, V.
Charles Donnelly, started the meet-
ing with a request to have more no-
tice of such a meeting in the future,
as there were several individuals who
only heard about it by word of mouth
either the day before, or the day of
the meeting, including himself.
Ronald Ross, a resident of Solo-
mons Island and long-time opponent
of the Tiki Bar, again made his con-
tentions known about the Tiki Bar.
His complaints included the live
music, which he said the Tiki Bar
is technically not supposed to have,
and other concerns.
Another Solomons resident
voiced similar concerns about the
noise from the bars on Solomons
Im not a bad guy because I
hear your music, the resident said.
At the boards direction, the lo-
cal watering holes will be back in
front of the board in early 2012 with
plans for addressing the concerns of
the citizens and the board. No ac-
tion was taken against the Solomons
establishments, but board chairman
Alonzo Barber said he would like to
fnd a way to balance the business
and residential aspects of Solomons
Island in a way that everyone can
live with.
Members Beth Swoap, Alonzo Barber and
Ruth Reid during a meeting of the Calvert
County Liquor Board.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 4
The Calvert Gazette
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
Local fre stations are looking for ways to expand and improve their
locations, making them better able to serve their communities effciently.
Both the Solomons Island and Prince Fredrick volunteer fre depart-
ments are facing growing pains, according to Calvert County Fire, Res-
cue and EMS Coordinator Jim Richardson.
He said both buildings have simply become too small, and additional
size is needed. For the Prince Fredrick Volunteer Fire Department, there
is a need for more classrooms, in addition to the general expansion over
all, Richardson said.
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By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
As part of the 2012 legislative proposals package that
county government will be sending to Annapolis for consid-
eration, Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans is pushing for
changes in the state law regarding the position of Assistant
Evans proposal seeks to ensure that the assistant sher-
iff can be pulled from the current staff of the sheriffs of-
fce, without a threat to that offcers job if the sheriff is not
Evans said in the past, the elected sheriff has appointed
assistants who were close to retirement, and when the sheriff
retired so did his second-in-charge. Now, Evans said he has
offcers who have gone through leadership classes, the FBI
academy and have earned degrees and other qualifcations.
Evans said he wants to have the option of appointing a
highly qualifed offcer without that offcer losing their job
should Evans not be reelected when his term is up in 2014.
To do that, Evans is proposing the law be changed to
allow the assistant sheriff to go back to the position he or
she held previously, such as lieutenant, and continue working
toward their retirement.
Evans said this change should have no effect fnancially
on the sheriffs offce, even if the position was flled after the
offcer stepped up to assistant sheriff.
We always have vacancies in the sheriffs offce, Ev-
ans said.
The assistant sheriff being reassigned to the rank they
held previously would help fll the gaps without causing un-
due stress to the sheriffs offce budget.
The number of vacancies in the sheriffs offce is the
result of problems with retention due to injuries, retire-
ments, pregnancies or other reasons. He said it is especially
diffcult to retain female employees, another issue that he is
Evans said retention issues are common throughout the
tri-county area, and to entice people to join the sheriffs of-
fce, Calvert County offers above average salaries and other
benefts. As a result, Evans said Calverts retention issue is
not as bad as it is in St. Marys and Charles counties.
He said the Prince Fredrick Volunteer
Fire Department is further along in their
plan than Solomons. Prince Fredrick is
looking for the money to get an architect and
begin planning, while Solomons Volunteer
Fire Department is still looking into the fea-
sibility for their needed growth.
Both plans have been in the countys
capital improvement plan (CIP) since 2008,
which Richardson said is normal for proj-
ects such as these.
When youre going through the county
building process, you expect them to come
in fve to six years out, Richardson said.
The CIP goes out to 2017 currently. The
plan sees Solomons Island getting the need-
ed funding in 2014.
County Commissioner Susan Shaw
said the volunteer fre departments are at the
top of both the county commissioners and
her personal priority list, along with the new
library at the southern end of Calvert.
She said the commissioners priority
list is voted on by the commissioners, and
while it will not necessarily match hers all
the time, the fact that is does in this instance
shows a need.
She said they would funnel money to-
ward the projects when possible. The fact of
the matter is the county has had less revenue
in the past few years and the list of things
that can be accomplished with the money
available havent quite matched up.
She said the economy is often chang-
ing, and the capital budget has to change
with it when necessary.
Its constantly in fux, Shaw said.
The capital budget, its constantly being
The Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department recently received some roof work. Photo by Corrin M. Howe
Thursday, November 3, 2011 5
The Calvert Gazette
North Beach
to Review
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
After three years of work by the towns plan-
ning commission, the North Beach Town Council
will get its frst look at the draft comprehensive plan
that will guide development as well as the look of
the town for the next two decades.
The town will receive the much-anticipated
document tonight at their 7 p.m. work session.
A citizen survey that preceded the comprehen-
sive plan review found that residents want town gov-
ernment to take steps to ensure that they preserved
the small town feel of North Beach, yet balance that
with the need to expand the commercial zone in
town to maximize revenue.
Also, citizens want the town government to
strengthen architectural guidelines for how homes
are allowed to look. Town standards of that type
have not been updated since about the 1980s, town
offcials said.
Residents also called for more bicycle and pe-
destrian pathways to reach businesses and ameni-
ties, more parking downtown as well as road im-
provements to speed town revitalization.
Mayor Mark Frazer said that while more bike
paths are often desirable, they may not be feasible in
a town so small.
The likelihood is there just isnt enough room
in our town for more bike paths, Frazer said, adding
that one already runs the length of the boardwalk.
The plan notes that major parking problems
persist in the town limits and that the town should
seek to encourage residents to use bike paths and
walkways to get around; one way to encourage this
would be to provide bike racks around town, the
document stated.
One of the central parts of the updated plan is
to encourage infll development into the older por-
tions of the municipality as an economical way to
provide the revitalization town government has
sought in tough fnancial times.
The draft document states that incentives from
town government may be necessary to attract con-
struction projects.
One of the newest zoning districts approved
in the town as a method of revitalization is the Wa-
terfront Renaissance district, which in this plan has
been expanded to include more of the mixed used
areas of the town between Bay and Chesapeake av-
enues as well as Sixth and Fifth streets, the docu-
ments state.
Frazer said that keeping the towns charm and
balancing it with the need for commercial revital-
ization would be diffcult, since the needs business-
es faced now were pressing.
Already in the past several weeks between two
to three businesses have already closed up, he said.
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The Calvert Gazette
Good Evening, Calvert Makes Light of Serious Issues
White Gloves is New Business of The Year
The League of Women Voters of Calvert County brought mem-
bers of the community together for an evening of merriment at An-
nmarie Garden. The play, spoofng aspects of Calvert County such
as the battle between the Puritan Tiger Beetle and the homeowners
on Calvert Cliffs and the well-known Tiki Bar to Solomons Island.
Nobody was safe during the night, with everyone from SMECO to
County Commissioner Pat Nutter taking part in the parody, written
by Meghan Russell, a reporter with The Calvert Recorder.
Attorney V. Charles Donnelly gives a brief on the Tiki Bars newest development plan to cover the whole of Solomons Island with sand, litter it with
tiki statues and make it accessible only for foot traffc, bikes and motorcycles.
The cast of Good Evening, Calvert take a bow at the end of the evenings festivities.
The panel of Good Evening, Calvert interviews a spokesperson from the Puritan
Tiger Beetles, played by Erik Martin. During the interview, the beetle admitted to be-
ing willing to move to a sanctuary, and possibly running for mayor of Calvert Cliffs.
Photos by Sarah Miller
By Corrin M. Howe
Staff Writer
Helen White, owner of White Gloves Drug
and Alcohol Testing, based in Severna Park
with a second offce in Huntingtown, joked that
she and her husband think they could pull off a
reality television show based on their stories of
collecting pee.
She told of a recent situation where a
young man came in to the offce. As standard
protocol, Helen asked him to remove all items
from his pockets. Aware of techniques to fool
drug testers, she called him out on not removing
a second cell phone hidden in his cargo pants.
She explained some people bring in heat-
ers and hidden urine brought in to pass a urine
When he pulled it out of his pocket, it
dropped and broke open. He looked up at me
and ran out the door, she laughed. I knew
he was coming back because he left all of his
pocket contents. About an hour later he came
back and my husband handed him an envelope
with his items.
White has been collecting samples for
drug and alcohol testing long before it became
mandatory. In fact, she is a part of history.
She tested the crew responsible for the deadly
train collision on January 4, 1987 in Baltimore
County which resulted in the deaths of 14 pas-
sengers and two Amtrak employees. The loco-
motive crew from the at-fault train from Con-
rail failed to slow down at the signals and tested
positive for marijuana. The engineer served
four years in a Maryland prison, according to
Internet reports which confrmed Whites
explanation that this crash prompted Con-
gress to mandate random drug testing for
all employees in safety-sensitive jobs in
industries regulated by the Department of
White started off working for other
companies but opened her own in Severna
Park in January 2009. While she has cor-
porate and government clients, the fastest
growing part of her business is in the pri-
vate sector such as parents bringing their
kids into her offce to be tested for drugs
and alcohol.
She feels her niche is that she does
on site collections. This saves employ-
ers the cost of downtime and paying em-
ployees to travel, wait and if they may or
may not return on a timely basis.
Her company will collect samples
anytime, day or night, whether for accidents or
worried parents. She is passionate about pre-
scription drug abuse and will send someone to
a parents house if they call after midnight and
want their child tested. While she and her hus-
band will do it for free in Severna Park, where
they reside, she charges a nominal additional
fee in Calvert because she has to send out one
of her employees.
Parents can have a regular drug test for
$45. If they want hair tested, which will tell
them about drugs in their childs system over
the past 90 days, it costs $95. Alcohol tests are
$20 and tests for synthetic drugs are $80.
While she is passionate about getting the
word out about the growing problem of pre-
scription drug abuse, she is more passionate
about praising her God for all the blessings
shes received since starting her business.
She counts being honored as the New Busi-
ness of the Year 2011 by the Calvert County
Chamber of Commerce as one of her blessings.
For all the other services White Gloves of-
fers as well as their offcer hours, go to www. or call (410) 286-1830.
Helen White prepares collected samples to send off to
the laboratory for testing.
White accepts her award from the Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, November 3, 2011 7
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The Calvert Gazette
November is
Hospice Month
Calvert County Commissioners this Tuesday signed
a resolution declaring November as National Hospice
Month in Calvert County, and encouraged all Calvert
County residents to support and participate in Calvert
Hospice activities.
We work hard year round to make sure people know
that support, comfort and respect are available at a time
when hope seems out of reach, said Dr. Ray Noble, Ex-
ecutive Director. Yet during November, we ramp up our
efforts to raise awareness of the high-quality care thats
available during one of lifes most challenging times.
Calvert Hospice is making it easy to participate in
Hospice month. Support us by liking Calvert Hospice
on Facebook [
Hospice/139146297057], Janel Young, community rela-
tions coordinator, said in a press release. Help us raise
awareness by posting the following Facebook status:
November is National Hospice Month. If you believe in
end-of-life care that enables you to stay at home or in
a home-like setting, surrounded by family and friends,
free of pain with your symptoms under control -- please
re-post this.
Community members can also support Calvert Hos-
pice this month at A Lot More Zep, a rock opera con-
cert taking place Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Mary Harrison
Cultural Arts Center in Owings and at the 23rd Annual
Festival of Trees taking place Thanksgiving weekend at
Huntingtown High School.
Calvert Hospice provides support and care to those
with a life-limiting illness and their families and be-
reavement services to any community member grieving
the death of someone close.
Visit for more hospice and
event information or call 410-535-0892.
David C. Weigel, an attorney with Davis, Up-
ton and Palumbo in Prince Frederick, has joined the
Prince Frederick Rotary Club. He was offcially ac-
cepted as a member on Oct. 17.
Weigel grew up in Calvert County after mov-
ing from Baltimore at age 1. He spent his forma-
tive years frst in Lusby and then in Port Republic,
where he currently resides. He attended elementa-
ry and middle school at Calverton and high school
at St. Marys Ryken, where he was a member of the
soccer and lacrosse teams.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Jour-
nalism and Mass Communications from Washing-
ton & Lee University, where he was a member and
Philanthropy Chair of the Pi Kappa Alpha Frater-
nity and frequently anchored the schools news pro-
gram, The Rockbridge Report. A 2010 graduate of
the University of Kentucky College of Law, Wei-
gel was an Articles Editor on the Kentucky Law
Journal, as well as a member of the schools Moot
Court Board. Following law school, Weigel spent a
year clerking for the Honorable Marjorie L. Clag-
ett, Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Calvert
County. In September 2011, he joined the Prince
Frederick law frm of Davis, Upton & Palumbo,
LLC, where he currently is an associate. During
his free time he enjoys boating, golfng, skiing and reading
American history.
The Rotary Club of Prince Frederick is the local affli-
ate of Rotary International, the oldest international service
club. Rotarys 31,000 clubs in more than 165 countries and
regions encourage high ethical standards and carry out
humanitarian projects to address such issues as poverty,
health, hunger, education, and the environment.
The Rotary Club of Prince Frederick meets every
Monday at Stoneys in Prince Frederick. For further infor-
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David Weigel pinned by Stovy Brown as the newest member of the Rotary Club
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Christmas is Almost Here!
The annual Christmas
Market will be held Sat, Dec.
10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at
All Saints' Church, on the
corner of Routes 2 & 4, Sun-
derland. Terrifc craftspeople
will help with your Christmas
shopping. Lunch, baked good-
ies & glhwein add to holiday
spirit! Rain, snow or shine! No
admission fee. Proceeds beneft
parish & community projects.
Photos by Charlie Gratch
Thursday, November 3, 2011 9
The Calvert Gazette
By Ronald N. Guy Jr.
Contributing Writer
I dont like Ray Lewis. Its not personal; its his
employer. He plays for that other team that took up
residence in the Maryland/D.C./Virginia cul-de-sac.
It doesnt need to be this way. Given the infrequency
of their matchups (once every four years), Skins and
Ravens fans really dont have to treat one another with
such animosity. Nevertheless, it is what it is. I do not
like them, Sam I am. Heres the thing with the Ravens
(from a Skins fan). They are thoroughly annoying. They are the neighbors
with the best lawn, the most polite kids, the cleanest cars and the perfect mar-
riage. They somehow always have a warm pie to offer, a presentable home and
milk thats within date. They (Ravens) just do things better than we (Skins)
do. Whats more irritating is, we used to be them. The prior owners of their
residence (Colts) let their palatial estate fall into disrepair right about the time
we fnished a fabulous renovation project (Joe Gibbs era 1.0) that left us as one
of the crown jewels of 123 NFL Way. Deeply shammed, they left in the middle
of the night without saying goodbye or returning the circular saw we loaned
So no, the disdain isnt about Lewis, its about the uniform he wears. Still,
I love football. Love it. Did I mention that I love it? This love makes it possible
to appreciate the truly great players regardless of team. Ive come to respect
Lewis deeply. Hes a rare modern-era athlete whose effort has always equaled
his talent and whose passion remains unaffected by age, accomplishment or
wealth. He plays as relentlessly today as he did as a rookie in 1996. I fnd my-
self watching Lewis with increasing awe this season; the nostalgias grabbed
me before Father Time has victimized Lewis. Lewis time in the middle of
the Ravens defense is short, and when hes gone it will end the greatest era of
defensive football in my lifetime. You heard me. The mid-80s Bears defense
might have been better in spurts, Phillys Gang Green more famboyant and,
sadly, infamous, but no ones matched Rays Ravens excellence and longevity.
Observing Lewis this season, Ive been curious about what it is - with ab-
solutely nothing to prove and presumably overfowing wealth - that keeps him
motivated. Part of it is just his makeup; the dude is wired for football. Last
Monday night, in a brutal defensive struggle with the Jacksonville Jaguars,
he unexpectedly provided another part of the answer to that complex question
without uttering a word.
Theres no way to understate how grotesque the Ravens were offensively
against the Jags. The stats tell a brutal tale: no 1st downs until the 3rd quarter
and no points until late in the 4th. After another failed possession in the second
half, the camera panned to Lewis who, with a disapproving shake of his head,
snapped up his helmet and prepared to go back to work. Ahhhh, I thought, so
thats it.
A substantial footnote to Lewis great Ravens defenses is how amazingly
sub-par the offense has remained throughout his career. This footnote begs the
question of how much more Lewis could have accomplished had his teams not
been marked with such an offensive and defensive imbalance. The answer is
probably more, but not nearly as much as you think. See, Lewis has been play-
ing uphill against that weeks opponent and the Ravens inept offense his
entire career. And truth be told, he wouldnt have it any other way. He thrives
on needing to will the Ravens to victory, individually and with his boys on
defense, in spite of the offense.
The motivation behind success sometimes springs from odd sources. Cri-
tiquing that which maintains our resolve and sharpens our focus on our goals
is unimportant. What matters is defning the individual concoction, regardless
of the origin or the ingredients, that creates and fans the enabling fre in our
bellies and supports the realization of our potential. At frst brush, spite and
accomplishment may seem like strange bedfellows, but Ray Lewis has linked
the two quite effectively.
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Attention Southern Marylanders: The Chesapeake Bay Trust is seeking nominations or applications
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A $2,500 grant will be awarded to an educator who motivates and inspires students and two $5,000
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The Trust will also name winners of the Allen Fraites Award, as outstanding Steward of the Year, and
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To use the discount card, residents simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment
form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family
members who have insurance may use the card in situations where their insurance provider does not cover a
particular medication. The card also covers pet medications available at participating pharmacies. The card
cannot be used for co-pays or to obtain additional discounts on prescriptions that are covered by insurance.
Cards are available at Calvert County libraries, senior centers, the Health Department, Calvert Memo-
rial Hospital Emergency Room and Urgent Care Centers, and the Calvert County Department of Commu-
nity Resources, located at 30 Duke Street in Prince Frederick. County residents can call toll free 1-877-321-
2652 or visit for assistance with the program.
Ice Hockey Registration Open
Miss Maryland Serves as Celebrity Reader
Former College of Southern Maryland
student and current Miss Maryland, Allyn
Rose visited the St. Charles Childrens Learn-
ing Center at CSM as a Celebrity Reader
on Oct. 24. Rose attended CSM as a student
and a member of the volleyball team and she
currently serves as Miss Maryland. Rose read
from one of her favorite childrens book, The
Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. Following
the story the children asked Rose, shown here,
about the many pins on her Miss Maryland
sash, and Lynn Duff, director of the CLC,
presented her with a gift thanking her for her
visit. Celebrating its ffth anniversary where
learning is childs play, the Childrens Learn-
ing Center nurtures and enhances the lives of
children and their parents by creating an environment that helps children interact with their world and
peers, and building confdence, self-esteem and a life-long love of learning. For information on the Chil-
drens Learning Center, visit
Registration is now open for the Southern
Maryland Sabres Hockey Clubs Little Sabres
For ages 4 - 10, Little Sabres is a four-level
program that teaches children the fundamentals
of ice hockey.
Each level includes four, 45-minute ses-
sions of skills-based instruction on ice. Children
receive equipment at the end of each level so
they have everything needed by the end of the
The cost is $50 per four-week session. An-
nual USA Hockey Insurance is required at $35.
(Free for ages 6 & under).
The next four-week session begins Dec. 3 at
the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf.
Level 1: includes helmet, stick, jersey &
Level 2: includes elbow pads, shin guards &
Level 3: includes hockey socks, pants & gar-
ter belt
Level 4: includes shoulder pads & $40.00
voucher for skates at Mikes Sporting Equipment
at the Capital Clubhouse.
Register online at
For more information, please contact Little
Sabres Director Amanda Vaccaro at littlesa-
Thursday, November 3, 2011 10
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Juvenile Charged
For Shed Burglary
A 14-year-old male from St. Leonard was charged on a youth report
with burglary by DFC R. Weems after the victim said that they saw the
youth with a stolen axe. The juvenile admitted to the breaking and enter-
ing of a shed on Side Saddle Trail, police said, and the theft of the axe.
He said he did it sometime between Oct. 21 and 28. He was released to a
Man Charged
With Wal-Mart Thefts
On Oct. 29 at 2:50 p.m. an employee of the Dunkirk Walmart observed
a man leaving the store with a cart full of unpaid items. When asked for his
receipt, the man pushed the cart into the parking lot and Dep. N. Funchion
made contact with the suspect, later identifed as Justin S. Palmer, 19, of
Edgewater. Funchion charged Palmer with theft under $1000.
Four Arrested at
Hotel on LSD Charges
DFC J. Smith responded to the Holiday Inn in Solomons on Oct. 30
at 3:45 a.m. for a complaint of an odor of burning marijuana. Smith ar-
rested Landen W. Adams, 20 and Paul M. Jones, 18, both of Wheaton, and
David A. Amaya, 19 and Nicholas H. McMillan, 19, both of Kensington,
and charged each of them with possession of LSD and possession of mari-
juana, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a glass pipe.
McMillan was also charged with an additional two counts of possession
with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a metal grinder and a glass mason
jar used to store marijuana, police alleged.
Four Charged for
Attempted Boat Theft
On Oct. 23 at 4:44 pm, Trooper First Class Lewis responded to a theft
complaint on All Day Road in Huntingtown. Suspects were allegedly
caught attempting to steal a boat from a pond. Pamela B. Dwier, 53 and
Barbara J. Lowe, 28, both of Huntingtown and Robert W. Reed Jr., 30, of
Woodbridge, VA, were charged with trespassing and theft. A juvenile was
also involved and was charged with trespassing and theft.
Troopers Investigating
Vehicle Thefts
On Oct. 17 at 11:46 am, Trooper First Class Johns responded to the
12400 block of Coyote Court in Lusby for a reported theft from vehicles.
Numerous vehicles were broken into and miscellaneous items were stolen.
The investigation continues.
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Two defendants from neighbor-
ing St. Marys County were arrested
and charged late last week with deal-
ing heroin out of a Calvert County ho-
tel, which detectives in both counties
say was part of a larger distribution
According to information from
the St. Marys vice/narcotics offcers,
they began the investigation into Re-
gan Muse Simpson, 29, and Daemon
Scott Robertson, 27, both of Great
Mills, as suspects plying the heroin
Detectives executed a search and
seizure warrant at a residence in St.
Marys where they recovered 10 bag-
gies of heroin with a street value of
about $500 and seized a 2006 Honda
civic as well, police reported.
Capt. Daniel Alioto, commander
of St. Marys vice/narcotics offcers,
said Simpson was the original target
of the investigation and was arrested
during a vehicle stop while the war-
rants were being executed.
Wed been investigating Simp-
son for a while; heroin is her deal,
Alioto said.
St. Marys detectives soon
learned that the suspects were alleg-
edly dealing heroin in Calvert and
called on detectives there to assist.
We assisted with the surveil-
lance and the arrest, said Calvert
Investigative Team commander Lt.
Steve Jones. In a case like this, it
takes a lot of manpower.
Detectives from both counties
executed a search warrant on the hotel
room where the suspects were known
to be staying and found 18 baggies of
heroin with a value of $1,000 on the
street and an extra three grams of her-
oin valued at more than $300, police
They also seized jewelry be-
lieved to have been traded for drugs
as well as a laptop computer and cell
Robertson, who had been in the
car with Simpson during the initial
traffc stop, attempted to get into
the hotel room in Calvert to retrieve
items, Alioto said, but was detained
and arrested by Calvert detectives
who were waiting for him in the room.
Simpson is being held at the
St. Marys County Detention center
while Robertson is incarcerated in
Calvert County on $50,000 bail, ac-
cording to court records.
Both Alioto and Jones said that
the rise of prescription pill abuse con-
tinues to lead drug users to heroin,
which offers a more powerful high at
a lower price.
Two Nabbed in
Hotel Heroin Sting
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A woman who police alleged used a gun to try to take her wallet back from a man she knew has been
formally indicted for the crime and her case has moved to Circuit Court.
Melissa Elizabeth Donahue, 31, of St. Leonard, faces charges of frst-degree assault, second-degree assault
and use of a handgun in the commission of felony in the Sept. 9 incident on Mattapany Road, when Donahue
came back to the residence of the victim where she had stayed the previous night to retrieve her wallet.
The victim said he did not have the wallet and did not know where it was, police said, adding that Dona-
hue returned to the victims home with another suspect both wearing bandanas in an attempt to disguise their
The victim told police that he and a friend answered the door but when they opened it the suspects were
Donahue returned once again, the victim told police, and demanded her wallet. When the victim again
stated he did not know where the wallet was, Donahue allegedly pulled out a black pistol, pointed it at him and
demanded her wallet again.
When the victim said he was calling the police, Donahue left, charging documents state, and went down
to her home just a few hundred feet from where the incident took place.
Court papers show that police detained Donahue and another suspect in the case, Clint Jason Myers, who
were driving a black van that had been used to drive to the victims home.
A search of the van turned up an empty pistol holster, three loaded magazines for a Glock semi-automatic
pistol and several loose rounds of ammunition, police stated.
Woman Indicted
for Handgun Assault
David A. Amaya Landen W. Adams Nicholas H.
Paul M. Jones
Regan Muse Simpson
Daemon Scott Robertson
Thursday, November 3, 2011 11
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Approaching 30 Years of Middle
School Sports in Calvert
Two Local Sea Scouts
Attend SEAL Training
Spotlight On
By Corrin M. Howe
Staff Writer
It was 1983, I remember
because I was in sixth grade
and my father was the Director
of Athletics, said Kevin Hook,
Calvert County Public Schools
Director of Transportation and
Athletics when asked about the
beginning of competitive sports
in middle school.
Hook believes even then
Calvert was on the cutting edge
of implementing a competi-
tive sports program at the mid-
dle school level in the state of
I dont believe anyone else
had a program. There was no
such thing as middle school rules.
We had to modify the high school
rules, he said.
The purpose of developing
a middle school sports program
was to give the high school var-
sity teams a boost by providing
younger students quality playing
time with other teams besides the
ones offered through Parks and
Recreation, according to Hook.
The 1982-1983 school year
had the frst middle school sports
team in the winter. At the time
it was basketball. In the summer
there was slow pitch softball for
both boys and girls.
Nobody had any equip-
ment, so we had to go with sports
where the gym teachers had the
equipment. We wore our gym
In the beginning Calvert
had three middle schools and a
10-game season.
Now we doubled the num-
ber of schools and cut the number
of games.
Over the years the mid-
dle school sports program has
changed, mostly due to budget
constraints. The cost of travel and
paying offcials being one of the
drivers. Instead of eliminating
the program all together, the mid-
dle school principals proposed a
Pay to Play program.
Now at the beginning of
each season, the middle schools
offer sports clinic opened to
all interested students. For two
weeks they have the opportunity
to learn skills. At the end of two
weeks, they can try out for one of
the middle school teams. If they
make the team, they will practice
with their team and play each of
the other middle schools during a
short season.
During the fall, the schools
offer co-ed soccer and girls vol-
leyball. In the winter is boys and
girls basketball and cheerleading.
In the spring is girls softball, boys
baseball and co-ed track.
The clinics cost $35. If the
student makes the team it is an
additional $30. The money helps
to defray the costs of uniforms,
equipment, travel and paid off-
cials. Hook said to keep expenses
down, each school has a revers-
ible uniform shirt like Parks and
Recreation. All teams have their
players wear their gym shorts
with the exception of baseball,
which national high school base-
ball rules state they must wear
Each middle school only re-
ceives $600 a year for their sports
The whole point is the get
our kids out there. Get them mov-
ing and exposed to coaching and
playing on a team.
Hook said hes seen where
some kids come to clinics in the
sixth grade and dont make the
team, but will make the team in
the following years. These same
kids will go on to make the high
school teams, which may not
have happened if they hadnt
played middle school sports.
Twenty four Sea Scouts attended the National Sea Scout
Advance Leadership Training (SEAL) at four locations around
the United States. SEAL Training is a relatively new training ex-
perience conducted each year in some of the Boy Scout Regions
around the country.
Ship 548s Boatswain Meredith Billiter of Leonardtown
and Chesapeake Bay Flotilla Boatswain Brenda Renninger of
Lusby, both members of local Ship 548 in Avenue, were selected
to attend SEAL this past summer. Renninger was assigned to
Galveston Bay, Texas and Billiter went to Newport Beach, Calif.
Each SEAL training is conducted aboard motor or sail boats
of 45 to 60 foot in length, both in port and underway, a press re-
lease states. It is a Management/Leadership course. It includes
classes in Goal Setting, Planning, Preparing and Implementing,
Coordinating Commanding and Delegating, Evaluations, Moti-
vating, Team Building, Leadership, Training, Communicating,
Problem Solving, and Counseling. Some locations also have
classes in Use of the Boatswins Pipe, How to Handle Procrasti-
nation, Shackleton style of Leadership, 15 Steps to Professional
Development, and Recruiting tips.
These learned skills are then used as the Scouts rotate
through the different leadership positions aboard ship while underway. Each Scout takes
a turn of duty as the vessels navigator for the day. The next day as the vessels Boatswain
with full Command of the vessel and its crew. Then the remainder of days underway were
spent as the Helmsmen, Foreword Lookout, and Deck crew, rotated each hour.
More then 50 percent of SEAL graduates are selected for the Naval and Coast Guard
Academy. Both Meredith and Brenda passed the course and returned to lead their units
with new leadership skills.
Sea Scout Ship meets at Holy Angels Church Hall in Avenue on Tuesday evenings
at 6:30 PM. For more information contact Skipper Doug Yeckley on douglas.yeckley@
Meredith Billiter
Brenda Renninger
Thursday, November 3, 2011 12
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ReStore Celebrates First Anniversary
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
The staff at Patuxent Habitat for Hu-
manitys ReStore in North Beach is cel-
ebrating the successful completion of its
frst year. They marked the occasion with
a special sale and a Halloween party for
volunteers and dedicated customers last
Laura Brubaker, the manager for the
Calvert ReStore branch, said the store in
Northern Calvert has been getting atten-
tion, but there is still a ways to go.
A lot of people still dont know about
us in Calvert, Brubaker said.
Forty regular volunteers work at the
ReStore, in addition to Brubaker. She
said some of them come once per week,
or every other week, and others come to
the ReStore to volunteer on a daily basis.
Brubaker said they are getting new volun-
teers every week, and she is happy to take
anybody, regardless of how much time
they have to dedicate to the ReStore.
We survive on volunteers, she said.
The bulk of the volunteers come
in to the North Beach store on Fridays,
but more volunteers are still needed on
Wednesdays, Thursdays and especially
It never seems like theres enough
hands on Saturdays, Brubaker said.
The volunteers are not required to go
through a rigorous screening process. In
the case of one recently recruited volun-
teer, Brubaker said she just came in and
started cleaning the man cave in the
back of the store, without being asked to
do so. At frst, staff thought it was a cus-
tomer browsing, but that turned out to not
be the case when they found her pulling
things off the shelves and reorganizing
I said you gotta be kidding, said
Genny Greene, a longtime daily volunteer
with the ReStore, when she went to inves-
tigate the situation, and the ReStore got
another volunteer.
Its amazing, Greene said. Abso-
lutely amazing.
Volunteers at the ReStore include re-
tired folks who are looking for something
to do, people who are unemployed and try-
ing to keep in the rhythm of a work week
until they get another job to high school
students working to fulfll their gradua-
tion volunteer requirement.
Many people coming into the ReStore
become frequent customers, Brubaker
said. She said this is because the volun-
teers are friendly, and actually take the
time to talk to the customers.
We like to party, Brubaker said.
We have a great attitude, we have a great
Several regulars come in on a daily
basis just to have somebody to talk to for
a minute while they browse, and the atmo-
sphere is relaxed enough to allow the vol-
unteers and the customers to get to know
each other.
You know the show Cheers? Its
kind of like that, Brubaker said.
The proceeds from the ReStores go to
support the Patuxent Habitat for Human-
ity home building projects in Calvert and
St. Marys counties. The recipients of the
homes are required to help with the house
and help give back to the Habitat for Hu-
manity. She said many house recipients
end up driving delivery trucks or fnding
other ways to work for the ReStores.
When we give a house, we give a
hand up, not a hand out, Brubaker said.
She said the prices at the store are
kept low, and while they will not haggle
over the posted prices, they will lower
them if the product is not moving quickly.
It took a while to fgure out the threshold
for pricing, Brubaker said, but after a year
they are getting into the rhythm of supply,
demand and affordability.
Greene said she rearrangess the fur-
niture around in the displays, another trick
of the trade for moving product. Moving
Thursday, November 3, 2011 13
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ReStore Celebrates First Anniversary
er B
12th Annual Charlotte Hall Rotary Club
Super Basket Bingo to Beneft
Stephens Fund
Helping Special Needs Children in the Community
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Doors Open 12:30 PM Early Birds 1:30 PM Regular Games 2P
New Location
Mechanicsville Fire Department Social Hall
For more information or reservations for 6 or more please call Shirley at
240-298-3885 or 301-904-0642. All baskets will have protectors and/or liners. No
children permitted unless they have their own ticket and are accompanied by an adult.
This Basket Bingo is in no way affliated or endorsed by the Longaberger

though the prizes to be won are genuine Longaberger

Over $5000 in prizes to be won!!
20 Door Prizes
5 Fantastics Pull Tabs for Baskets King Tutt
Two for one.All regular game baskets will
be flled with another Longaberger Basket!!!!
Call 240-298-3885 to be included in the drawing
for the new Holiday Gift Basket Set
The person who brings the most people with them will
win the new Fill-It Hurricane
furniture is something she said she enjoys do-
ing, and often does in her own house, so doing
it at the ReStore is neither unusual nor out of
her way.
All volunteers have something different to
offer to the ReStore, and all talents are needed
and welcome.
Between the volunteers and the custom-
ers, the Calvert County ReStore has been a
welcome addition to the community.
The community has been great, Brubak-
er said. Weve been welcomed with open
Customers include young people look-
ing for inexpensive furniture, men and wom-
en looking for materials to use in various
projects and sales representatives looking for
pieces to use in staging houses for sale.
Just as the customers are widely var-
ied, so is the list of locations the ReStore gets
its products from. In addition to individual do-
nations from private citizens, the ReStore gets
donations from Sneads, WalMart and Lowes.
The Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa also
donated a large number of items to the ReStore
when they were redecorating the hotel.
Its like Christmas in here every day,
Brubaker said. You never know whats com-
ing through the door.
There is both pickup and delivery service
available for individuals looking to donate or
purchase larger items, like entertainment cabi-
nets and couches.
For more information, visit www.patux- The Calvert County Re-
Store is open Wednesday through Friday from
10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.
until 4 p.m. and is located at 8900 Chesapeake
Avenue in North Beach.
Photos by Frank Marquart
Volunteers Bob Douglass, Charlie Bauerdorf and Paul Flanagan move furniture in the store.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 14
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The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month
By Joyce Baki
On June 28, 1919, World War I offcially
ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ver-
sailles. However, the actual fghting between
the Allied Forces and Germany had ended
seven months earlier with the armistice. The
armistice, a temporary suspension of hostilities
by agreement of warring parties, went into ef-
fect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of
the eleventh month in 1918. In 1926, November
11 became Armistice Day, an offcial holiday
in the United States, and a national holiday in
1938. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed
to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. Veterans.
President Woodrow Wilson frst pro-
claimed an Armistice Day for November 11,
1919. Seven years later Congress passed a reso-
lution requesting President Calvin Coolidge to
issue another proclamation to observe Novem-
ber 11 with appropriate ceremonies. On May
13, 1938, an Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code,
Sec. 87a) made the 11th of November a legal
holiday, a day to be dedicated to the cause of
world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and
known as Armistice Day.
A Kansas businessman, Alvin King, had
the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate
all veterans, not just those who died in World
War I. King, who lost his stepson John Cooper
in Belgium during World War
II, had been actively involved
with the American War Dads.
He encouraged the Emporia,
Kansas, Chamber of Com-
merce to take up the cause
by closing their businesses on
November 11 to honor all vet-
erans. With the help of U.S.
Representative Ed Rees, a bill
for the holiday was pushed
through Congress and signed
into law by President Dwight
Eisenhower on June 1, 1954.
In 1968, a trend spread
to encourage long weekends
known as the Uniform Mon-
day Holiday Act. Legislation
was introduced to change the commemoration
of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in Oc-
tober. Many Americans opposed this change
citing the historical signifcance of the date. In
1978, Congress returned the observance to its
traditional date.
Educate your children about the history
Veterans Day and the sacrifce and dedication
of our U.S. veterans. The Department of Vet-
erans Affairs and sug-
gest the following:
1. Teach your children about the history
of Veterans Day by having them create a time-
line of events leading to the observance of the
2. Have your kids write short articles or
essays of how veterans are honored around the
3. If you know any veterans locally, pro-
pose that your kids interview them about what
it's like to serve in the U.S. military.
4. Research how American veterans were
treated after they returned from various mili-
tary conficts, ranging from the French and
Indian War to the Persian Gulf War. Ask your
children to compare and contrast their fndings.
Also compare and contrast how women and
minorities who served in those conficts were
5. Have children draw a picture of Veter-
ans Day, and what this holiday means to them.
Military children can draw a picture of a parent
who is currently deployed or a relative who has
6. Make a thank-you card for veterans.
Children can give this card to veterans whom
they know or to veterans are listed through the
local VA medical facility.
7. Ask your children's teacher to invite vet-
erans to their classroom. Veterans can discuss
what it's like to serve in the military and how
important it is to observe this holiday.
8. Have your kids make a colorful and fun
poster with the names and pictures of relatives
who are veterans.
Teaching children about the signifcance of
this holiday will give them a deep appreciation
of our nation's service members and veterans.
And the next time you see a veteran or one
of our many men and women serving in the
armed forces, thank them for their service.
Saturday, November 19, 9 am 2 pm
Our Lady Star of the Sea School
Christmas Shopping Bazaar
Our Lady Star of the Sea School is located on scenic Solomons Island at 90 Alexander Lane, Solomons, MD 20688
Sample of our amazing vendors:
Grandmas Girl : homemade herb dips
Stella Dot: vintage modern jewelry
Color Storm Dragon: scarves and handbags
Cookie Lee: assorted jewelry
Arbonne: swiss beauty, health & wellness products
Silapada: jewelry
Peggy Maio: tie blankets
Texann Hughes: finger puppets & wood plaques
Bottle of Light: recycled hand painted wine bottles
Willow House: home decor & jewelry
Hip Hop Lady Bug: handmade girl dresses & hair
BND Designs: floral arrangements & glassware
Mary Kay: skincare & fragrances
Making Scents: candles & tarts
Thirty One: purses & totes
Lia Sophia: jewelry
Sewing by Laura: homemade items & knick knacks
If you have any questions, have an item to donate or would like to
join us as a vendor, please contact Diane Allen @ 443-226-5575
Please join us for this exciting event, in support of OLSS School!
It is going to be another fun-filled event!
Santa will be there to greet everyone
and give out Candy Canes
In the Chesapeake room, we will be featuring
"Grandma's Basement." This will feature gently used,
donated items from our Parish and they will be on sale
to our customers
The 2
Annual OLSS Christmas Shopping Bazaar will be held in our
Providence Room. There will be approximately 40 craft and specialty
vendors, Silent Auction, Holiday Raffle, fresh baked goods,
hotdogs, pizza, sodas, coffee, hot chocolate and more!
Thursday, November 3, 2011 15
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By Marta Hummel Mossburg
No one would
call him smart.
His verbal skills
and memory are
not good. Plus,
hes not organized.
These are not
comments about a
high school drop-
out with a drug
and alcohol prob-
lem, but the former
head of the pow-
erful Budget and
Taxation Committee, state Sen. Ulysses Cur-
rie. And they were made by high-profle wit-
nesses, including U.S. House Minority Whip
Steny Hoyer, called to his defense in a federal
bribery trial.
As a reminder, Currie is black, and he
used to be in charge of parsing the $30 billion
state budget. The fact that he is using this de-
fense speaks to four possible scenarios.
First and least likely, it shows that we live
in a color-blind society where everyone can be
dumb or smart without that status refecting on
ones race.
Two, it reveals once again the double stan-
dard with regard to racism in America. In any
other setting the opinions of defense witnesses
would have been excoriated loudly and repeat-
edly by anyone in power to the media, but so
far the no-racist-shall-be-left-unturned Revs.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Sr. have been
mum as well as every other powerful minor-
ity representative in the state. Whats the deal?
Are they lost in silent prayer, or does their
muteness signal a recognition that harsh words
against an African-American are only racist
when used to put him in prison?
Remember, it was only last year that for-
mer Baltimore City States Attorney Patricia
Jessamy, who is black, said a win by challenger
Gregg Bernstein, who is white, would set us
back 60 years.
Three, few smart people choose politics.
Or four, right and wrong dont matter
when hard time is on the line.
Personally, I think its a combination of
scenarios two, three and four.
The stupid defense also speaks volumes
about the character of the man who would
pimp himself out for a large fee to a compa-
ny, Shoppers Food Warehouse, and gleefully
catalog his achievements on its behalf without
ever noting his affliation on state ethics forms.
When caught, he had so little integrity he ap-
proved a defense that tarnishes not only the
very essence of his being, but every member of
the General Assembly by affliation.
As an editorial in The [Baltimore] Sun
stated recently, ... the public is left now to
choose whether to believe Mr. Currie -- and,
by extension, the institution that entrusted him
with tremendous responsibility -- was bum-
bling or corrupt. The way things are going,
many in the public may well conclude the an-
swer is both.
At the very least, Curries trial should
prompt changes to state transparency laws. No
law can prevent legislators from hiding their
jobs on fnancial disclosure forms, but the
General Assembly could make it much easier
to review the paperwork they do submit. As
it stands, fnancial disclosure forms are not
available online and an inquirer must submit
a name and address to obtain them. Its time
for legislators to fear retribution for false state-
ments and inappropriate behavior instead of
those who seek to hold them accountable.
Marta Hummel Mossburg is a senior fel-
low at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.
Publisher Thomas McKay
Associate Publisher Eric McKay
Editor Sean Rice
Offce Manager Tobie Pulliam
Graphic Artist Angie Stalcup
Phone 301-373-4125
Staff Writers
Guy Leonard Law Enforcement
Sarah Miller Government, Education
Corrin Howe Community, Business
Contributing Writers
Joyce Baki
Keith McGuire
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Guest Editorial:
Currie Double Standard

Have you heard about PlanMD? WIP plans? A septic bill?
If not, you will, because each of these governmental ini-
tiatives has the potential to change the way we live in Mary-
land and in Calvert and St. Marys Counties. They are all
PlanMD is the proposed statewide development plan
whose goal is to foster greater coordination between the state
and county governments to make the best use of resources,
especially state dollars. It is a laudable goal. About 20 years
ago, the State of MD initiated Priority Funding Areas, or
PFAs, where commercial development had already occurred, or was projected to
occur. Each County in MD designated PFAs, which made schools and other facili-
ties located within their boundaries, eligible for state funding participation. Each
County is mandated to have a Comprehensive Plan that expresses the visions and
goals for land use in that County, including, in Calvert, our Town Centers, where
commercial and more dense residential growth is slated to go, and our Priority
Preservation Areas, or PPAs, where farms and forests are encouraged. Our Com-
prehensive Plan was developed with extensive local public input. PlanMD calls for
implementing new designated areas with the designations being done at the state
level by non-elected offcials.
The state of MD also strictly controls what you are able to do on your property
in the Critical Area, which is within 1000 feet of mean high tide. Since the Patuxent
River is tidal, as are many of our creeks, the Critical Area is extensive. The State
requires many plans, including the Water Resources Element (an additional part
of the Comprehensive Plan mandated in the last few years), the Water and Sewer-
age Plan, the Transportation Plan, the Floodplain Plans, Storm water management
plans and many more. All are expensive to produce and to follow.
At least part of the goal for mandating all these plans was to reduce the pol-
lution in the Chesapeake Bay as well as to encourage so-called Smart Growth,
which can loosely be defned as the opposite of sprawl. Now along comes the WIP
or Watershed Improvement Plans mandated by the federal government through
President Obamas directive to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to
clean up the Chesapeake Bay with renewed vigor as opposed to the failed clean-up
plans from the past. We are awaiting our targets, which will tell us how much of our
Total Maximum Daily Load of pollutants (TMDLs) we have to eliminate by 2017.
Yet, there are huge question marks about the accuracy of the scientifc assumptions
used to calculate those pollution loads.
The septic bill which failed in the legislature this year, but is likely to be re-
introduced in some form, would limit development on septic systems, making it
harder to build in the countryside, directing growth to more densely developed
areas or towns on sewer systems.
Do you see where all this planning is headed? Yes, the state of Maryland ap-
pears to be incrementally taking over local land use planning even though we know
that one size does not ft all. Clearly, what you want Calvert County to look like and
to be like is very different from Baltimore, for example. These plans could have a
signifcant effect on your lifestyle choices!
Yet, I havent touched on the cost to implement these behemoth plans, a cost
you will bear. Some jurisdictions are already saying that they cannot comply and
remain fnancially solvent. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Have You Heard
About PlanMD?
By Susan Shaw
President, Calvert County Board of Commissioners
Thursday, November 3, 2011 16
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Comedian and his Dummy
Heckle Business Owners
Chamber Awards
By Corrin M. Howe
Staff Writer
For a second year in a row, 1991 Star Search Champion comedian and ventriloquist
Taylor Mason entertained Calvert County Chamber of Commerce members at their an-
nual meeting and awards ceremony, held last week.
His sidekick puppet, Romeo, told the audience how he tweeted the entire bible.
You cant tweet the entire bible. How did you do that with only 144 characters?
Mason asked. Then he fed the puppet questions about various biblical books and stories.
The Ten Commandments?
Dont. Romeo answered.
Uh, oh.
Abraham marries his sister.
Rednecks of the Old Testament.
But local business owner, Dave Lysinger, owner of DJ Dave Karaoke & Entertain-
ing Services and 2011 Home Based Business of the Year, turned the tables on Romeo,
who constantly called out Lysinger during the 45 minutes performance.
Hey, Dave. Where are you from? Romeo asked.
From Lusby. Lysinger paused. Im a Lusbian.
Romeo dropped his puppet jaw and was speechless for a few moments as he tried to
think of a comeback.
Romeo heckled Maryland State Delegate Mark Fisher for arriving late, intimidated
many into remaining in their seats despite needing to use the restroom, and made fun of
people who actually spoke to the puppet as if he was real.
Despite Masons joke that he can only get work with Disney and McDonalds as
a clean comedian who makes puppets the Chamber CEO Carolyn McHugh said she
didnt know if theyd be able to bring him back again because hes in heavy demand.
Mason and Romeo can be seen on the comedians website at
The 2011 Calvert County Chamber of Commerce award recipients Leo Mallard of Chesapeake Pharmacy, left, Wil-
son Parran, Rich and Helen White of White Glove Drug and Alcohol Testing, Ron Smith, Smith Insurance Services,
Dave Lysinger, DJ Daves (missing is Jacqueline Molinson of Jax Photography).
Photo by Corrin M. Howe
Photo by Corrin M. Howe
Thursday, November 3, 2011 17
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Carpenter Takes Over as
Bay Biz Group President
First Steps In Comprehensive
Review of Sign Ordinances
By Corrin M. Howe
Staff Writer
Pat Carpenter recently took
over as president of the Bay Busi-
ness Group, which has about 100
members who meet monthly to
support, encourage and resource
one another during diffcult eco-
nomic times.
Some real positive initiatives
have come out of this group. The
Beach Trolley, a cookbook/visitors
guide and a Holiday Parade, said
Carpenter, who owns Celebrate!, a full service fo-
rist and event planning company she operates out
of her home.
The group is a home-grown organization
which started out as the Beach Business Group.
Over the years it merged with the Calvert Business
Alliance and picked up Anne Arundel Chamber of
Commerce as a member. According to their book-
let, local businesses from North Beach, Chesa-
peake Beach, Dunkirk, Deal and other communi-
ties on the Western Shore have banded together for
over 20 years.
The third Wednesday of the month the group
meets at either Herrington Harbour South or Rod
and Reel from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. over pastries and
coffee. The group opens with brief introduction
of the members, moves onto business, has one
or two speakers and closes with
The speakers come with sub-
jects ranging from changes in the
political climate, to learning how
to use social networking to changes
in county regulations which effect
Really about anything which
is going to enlighten us about our
own business, said Carpenter.
The cost of membership is $150
a year which the group uses to pro-
vide benefts to its members such as
advertisement in their business guide, discounts on
advertising in local newspapers and advertising in
the BBGs E-News, which goes out to hundreds of
residents in the local communities
The group also speaks on behalf of its busi-
nesses to local, state and national legislative issues.
Carpenter hopes to continue to build on what
past president Lyn Striegel did during the last seven
I have a strong board with new and innova-
tive ideas. Its tough in this economy so I want to
be a support and resource, she said. There are a
lot of bright people in this organization. When we
dont have a guest speaker we brainstorm for new
ideas and new avenues to support our businesses.
By Corrin M. Howe
Staff Writer
Calvert County Board of County
Commissioners tasked its Planning and
Zoning division to complete a comprehen-
sive review of the counties sign regulations.
Various local business associations report
looking forward to being part of the Ad Hoc
Sign Committee created in the near future.
Planner Chris Finamore reports she
and Miriam Gholl have visited or planned
to visit local business associations, home-
owner associations, sign companies, real-
tors and the Agriculture Commission to
explain the process involved in a compre-
hensive review.
In fact, planning offcials are at the
beginning of the process by meeting with
interested parties. The next step is for
groups to choose a representative for the Ad
Hoc Sign Committee, followed by a brain-
storming session followed by staff drafting
amendments based upon these sessions.
These drafts will be reviewed by the
committee sent to the board of commission-
ers, revised, sent to the county departments
for review and comment, presented to the
public for comment and fnally presented to
the board for fnal review and insertion into
the sign regulation and Town Center Sign
According to the agenda of the meet-
ings between Planning and Zone and local
groups, the known issues the Commission-
ers asked be reviewed are:
Regulation of signs on vehicles (roll-
ing billboards as well as banners attached
to vehicles);
Weekend temporary signs;
Placement of such signs in close
proximity to competitors businesses;
Lack of enforcement;
Size of signs some too small to read
at high speeds;
Farm signs for farms not located on
a main road;
Off-premise/directional signs;
Allowing Electronic signs;
on- and off-premise, and
for individual businesses and/or
shared by multiple businesses.
Lusby Business Associations Nance
Pretto Simmons and Bay Business Groups
Pat Carpenter confrmed meeting with
Planning and Zoning about the review of
the countys sign ordinances and looking
forward to having input.
Pat Carpenter
Thursday, November 3, 2011 18
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By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
Mike Hyland of Huntingtown will be one of three
United States offcials heading across the ocean to of-
fciate the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse
U-19 Mens World Lacrosse Championships in July. The
championship will be held in Turku, Finland.
Hyland is the only offcial from Maryland. The other
two are from New York and Virginia.
He said he was chosen to be an offcial in the same
way the players are chosen to go to Finland they ap-
ply, come out for a tryout in Baltimore and are chosen
by process of elimination. The offcials tryouts included
refereeing games for the students. Tryouts for both of-
fcials and the U-19 team (under 19 years old) were held
July 7 though 10 at the University of Maryland.
These are the best players in the country, Hyland
While the young players are picked by the coaches,
the offcials are chosen by a group of experienced of-
fcials who are not in the running themselves. Hyland
said these are often offcials who are past their prime but
know the sport inside and out.
To referee at the international games, Hyland said he
has to learn the international rules, which are somewhat
different than the rules followed at games in the United
States. The offcials are given a crash course on the
rules, and assessed by other offcials and coaches Hyland
said. In the end, three offcials and 23 students are chosen
to go to the international game.
Hyland said they are currently in the process of fun-
draising for the trip to Finland. It will cost upwards of
$250,000 to send everyone overseas, a total of 40 to 50
people once the coaches, players, offcials and support
staff are all counted.
They will be in Finland for two weeks, with the of-
fcials going before the players to take ftness and written
tests that have to be passed before they can coach the high
level games.
Hyland said he has also been to England in a similar
capacity. He has been coaching and offciating lacrosse
since 1983. He also played the game for a long time, be-
fore injuries forced him to fnd a different way to be in-
volved in the sport he loves.
Offciating is where Im at in my life, Hyland said.
He said being an offcial for lacrosse isnt for every-
body and requires a thick hide, among other things.
The idea of going out on strikes and getting
screamed at by parents doesnt appeal to everybody, Hy-
land said.
Hyland was born and raised in Ridley Park, Penn.,
then moved to Prince Georges County and moved to
Huntingtown in 1999 for his job. Both his sons play la-
crosse, one is currently on the team at Huntingtown High
School where Hyland is an assistant coach. His daughter
plays feld hockey. He said lacrosse is the sort of game
that becomes a family thing. Hyland and his six brothers
played lacrosse as children.
I think theres a lot of people out there like me,
he said.
He explained since he frst started playing the game,
there has been more effort made to involve children in
elementary and middle school. In Southern Maryland
alone, there are more than 1,000 boys and girls playing
lacrosse, Hyland said. While it was once common for a
player to frst pick up a stick as a freshman in high school,
now it is very uncommon to fnd a freshman player with
no previous experience.
Local Lacrosse Ofcial Heading to Finland
Thursday, November 3, 2011 19
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Patricia Berube, 77
Patricia (Pat) Berube, 77, of The Villages,
Florida died Oct. 23, 2011.
Mrs. Berube was born in Montpelier, VT.
and moved to the Solomons area in 1990. She
was an accomplished artist. A member of the
Calvert County Artist Guild, Arts Council of
Calvert County, Color and Light Society and Na-
tional Museum of Women in the Arts. The Cal-
vert Recorder featured her painting, The Court-
ship Ritual, the dance of the male heron to win
his lady love.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years,
Bertrand, The Villages, FL; son Norman; daugh-
ters Jean Hardy-Berube and Joan Berube, Hol-
lywood, FL; and son George, Fredricksburg, VA;
sisters Janice Lambert, Sandra Bordeau, Robin
Burkhart, Mary Ann Moran, and brothers Mi-
chael Philip and George Philip III; nine grand-
children and fve great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Fri-
day, Nov. 4 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church
in Solomons Island, with the Rev. Msgr. Michael
Wilson offciating
Memorial contributions may be made to
Cornerstone Hospice of The Villages, 601 Casa
Bella, The Villages, FL 34990.
Amon Brown, Jr. 75
Amon Randy
Brown, Jr., of Hunting-
town, died on October 28,
He was born on Oc-
tober 9, 1936, in Wash-
ington, DC to Amon R.
Brown, Sr. and Dorothy E.
(Collinson) Brown.
For 52 years, Amon
was the beloved husband of Bea (Whitmer)
Brown and a loving father to Amon R. Brown,
III and his wife, Bonnie; Linda Johnson and her
husband, Tim; Dottie Holtzclaw; Barbara Hayes
and her husband, Mike; and the late Arnie and
Allen Brown. He was the proud grandfather to
15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was the brother of Delores Hall and
Joann Martin and the nephew of Norman Col-
linson. He is also survived by numerous family
and friends.
For over 30 years, Amon was a master elec-
trician, designing and installing equipment for
the Sherman Car Wash Equipment Company.
Amon served in the Air Force during the
Vietnam War. He was a big Redskins fan and
also enjoyed Nascar, with Kyle Busch being his
favorite driver. He was a member of the Morn-
ingside Sportsman Club and the Alligator CB
Radio Club, also known as the WashRag.
Family will receive friends at Lee Funeral
Home Calvert, Owings, on Thursday, November
3, 2011, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm; where Fu-
neral Services will be held on Friday, November
4, 2011, at 11 am. Internment will take place at
Chesapeake Highland Memorial Gardens, Port
Republic following service.
Eugene Gorrell, 93
Eugene Bernard
Gene Gorrell, 93, of
Lusby, MD passed away
peacefully on October
24, 2011 at his residence.
He was born on January
18, 1918 in Pittsburgh, PA
to the late Warren A. and
Eda Kelly Gorrell.
He was preceded in
death by his beloved wife,
Helen Elizabeth Betty Gorrell and daughter,
Suzanne Lindsay.
Gene is survived by his loving children,
Grier Smokovich, Beth Wilkinson, and Kelly
Gorrell; grandchildren, Stephanie, Jay, Amy,
Kelly Anne, Marybeth, Molly, Kate, Keegan,
Emily, Kelly, Keith Allen, and Christopher; and
16 great grandchildren.
The family received friends on Saturday,
October 29, 2011 from 11 AM 12 PM at Our
Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 90 Alex-
ander Lane, Solomons, MD 20688, where a Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated at 12 PM. In-
terment is private.
Should friends desire, memorial contribu-
tions may be made in Genes memory to Calvert
Hospice,, P.O. Box 838,
Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements
provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby,
Raymond Schmidt, 90
Raymond George
Schmidt, 90 of Solomons,
MD formerly of Silver
Spring, MD died on Oc-
tober 19, 2011, peacefully
at home with his loving
family by his side. He was
born on May 27, 1921 and
raised in Bound Brook,
NJ by his loving parents
Maud Lenore and Charles Schmidt. As a child
of the Depression, he learned the meaning of
hard work and ingenuity. He would say he had
a normal upbringing, playing and camping in
his backyard.
Education was important to Ray. He gradu-
ated in 1939 from Bound Brook High School,
Bound Brook, NJ; and in 1948 Ray graduated
from Bliss Electrical School, Takoma Park, MD.
Ray thoroughly enjoyed the work at the college
level. Enjoying it so much, that he pursued col-
lege level courses from 1948-1968 and came
within one semester of graduation. His love
of learning was something he passed on to his
daughters, both of whom became teachers with
long careers.
He left home on February 23, 1942. Say-
ing goodbye to his mother at the railroad station
and riding into New York City with his father, he
reported to the US Navy Induction Center and
took the oath of the United States Navy. Ray held
the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate, 1st Class,
serving as the fight engineer for one of 12 PBM
Martin Mariners in Patrol Squadron VP 212, sta-
tioned in San Juan NAS, Puerto Rico and later
in Port of Spain NAS, Trinidad. The job of the
squadron was to cover and protect convoys in the
south Atlantic. Ray received the Combat Aircrew
Badge, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct
Medal, American Campaign Medal with one
Bronze battle star and the World War II Vic-
tory Medal. He was honorably discharged on
December 23, 1947 from USNAS Norfolk,
In February 1943, Ray met Jane at her
home in Washington, DC. Given the urgency
of a country at war, they were married on
April 11, 1944 in Hamline United Method-
ist Church, Washington, D. C. and have had
a strong, solid, loving marriage for 67 years.
Ray worked for Harry Diamond Laboratory,
Department of the United States Army as a
Senior Electrician Technician for thirty two
years until his retirement in June of 1974.
Ray moved from Montgomery County to
Calvert County in 1983. Ray and Jane enjoyed
over 25 years of sailing on their Cape Dory
27 out of Zahnisers Marina, Solomons, MD.
Ray was an amateur radio operator, a member
of the United States Power Squadron, helped
with Meals on Wheels, was a counselor with
the Boy Scout of America, an active Mem-
ber of Marvin Memorial, Hughes, Smithville
and Trinity United Methodist Churches, an avid
sailor and active in the Asbury~Solomons com-
munity. Ray and Jane were blessed to experience
over thirty years of retirement. Family, sailing,
volunteer work and travel made for a fulflling
time. Ray was a gentle man and an honorable
man. His loyalty and devotion to his wife, family,
country and to God made him a person of high
regard to all that knew him.
Ray is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jane
Leitzel Schmidt of Solomons, MD; daughters,
Laraine Kretchman and husband John of Mey-
ersdale, PA and Susan Cox and husband David
of Prince Frederick, MD; six grandchildren John
S. Kretchman and his partner Christopher Hyde,
Jennifer Darnell and husband Arthur, Amy
Rippey and husband Brian, David Cox and wife
Cathy, Catherine Cox and Charles Cox; six great
grandchildren Eliza, Ella, Elaina, Elyssa, David
A. Cox, III and Ethan Rippey and many other
family and friends.
A celebration of Rays life will be held on
Friday, November 11, 2011, 1:30 PM (Veterans
Day), at Asbury~Solomons Auditorium, 11100
Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD. with the Rev.
Randall Casto offciating. Inurnment will take
place in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Chelten-
ham, MD with military honors rendered by the
United States Navy. Honorary pallbearers are
John R. Kretchman, John S. Kretchman, Brian
Rippey, David A. Cox, Sr., David A. Cox, Jr.,
Arthur Darnell, J. Scott Whitney, Charles R.
Cox, Christopher Hyde and Robert Hamilton.
Should friends desire memorial contributions
may be made to Calvert Hospice, P. O. Box 838,
Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Donations are en-
courage on-line at Or,
to Asbury~Solomons Benevolent Care Fund, c/o
Melissa Carnes, 11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons,
MD, 20688. Funeral arrangements were provid-
ed by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby,
Loretta Tomas, 70
Loretta Carolyn
Thomas, 70, of Suitland,
MD departed this life at
her residence and was
received by God on Oc-
tober 8, 2011.
Loretta, the beloved
daughter of the late Cal-
vin and Virginia Young,
was born on September
15, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Loretta was educated in the Calvert County
Public School system and she retired from the
District of Columbia Public School system as a
Food Service Manager in 1999 after serving the
D.C. Government for over 40 years.
Loretta received Christ as her personal sav-
ior in 1957, and was baptized at Carroll Western
United Methodist Church and later at the Galilee
Baptist Church, serving under the leadership of
Pastor Eugene Weathers. Loretta was a faithful
member of Galilee Baptist Church where she
served on the Womens Usher Ministry, Re-
naissance Seniors Academy, Picnic Commit-
tee, Project Angel Tree Ministry, Widows and
Widowers Ministry and the Volunteer Ministry
where she provided the church offce with as-
sistant whenever needed. She loved the Inspired
Sanctuary Chorus and loved to sing with the Re-
naissance Seniors Academy.
Loretta was a very energetic, free-spirited
individual who always had a smile on her face,
and a warm heart which allowed her to treat ev-
eryone the same and communicate with them in
her own special way. Loretta enjoyed collect-
ing all kinds of angel fgurines, attending quar-
tet concerts, eating homemade cakes and pies,
shopping, arts and crafts, watching the Young
& the Restless, reading her Bible, and the Daily
Word but most of all, she enjoyed attending bible
study on Tuesdays with the Renaissance Seniors
Academy and participating in their outings to
various places.
Loretta was a volunteer of the Community
Ministry of Prince Georges County where she
served as Assistant Coordinator of the We Do
Care Produce Distribution and Outreach Minis-
try under the leadership of Jimmie L. Slade, Ex-
ecutive Director. If you needed food she would
always invite you to come and be blessed by this
community ministry. Loretta was also a member
of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 9.
Loretta leaves to cherish her beautiful mem-
ories her ex-husband, Richard Thomas, Sr., four
children Richard Thomas Jr., Rodney Thomas
(Barbara), Adriainie Thomas and Wanda Ashe
(Arthur). Two sisters Gerlean Etheridge (Clif-
ton), and Barbara Young. Eleven grandchildren
Corey Thomas (Tiara), Andre Thomas, An-
drew Thomas, Tinesha Halmon, Jemall Walker,
Jordann Walker, Rodney Thomas, Jr., Kevin
Thomas, Raymond Thomas, Jesse Thomas,
and Latasha Thomas. Five great-grandchildren
Jazmine Thomas, Jalen Thomas, Jurnee Thom-
as, NDia Walker, and Tamia Thomas. Three ad-
opted granddaughters Peta-gae Andreda, Asya
Hedgepath, and Ericka Hazel and a host of aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and
friends. She was preceded in death by her daugh-
ter, Doretta Thomas, her sister Frances Young,
her brother William Young and her son-in-law
Ronald Ashe.
Loretta was truly loved by many and she
will be dearly missed.
Memorial service was held on Saturday,
October 15, 2011 at Galilee Baptist Church,
Suitland, MD, with Rev. Dr. Lloyd T. McGriff,
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The Calvert Gazette is always looking for more local talent to fea-
ture! To submit art or band information for our entertainment
section, e-mail
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
With the end of the year quickly approach-
ing, the Calvert Artists Guild is wrapping up its
fnal workshops of 2011 and preparing for the
2012 series of activities.
The Calvert Artists Guild welcomes all
members interested in joining, be they artisans
themselves or just individuals with an apprecia-
tion for art. Gerry Wood, a past president of the
guild and current treasurer, said there are more
than 100 members in the guild.
Instead of meetings, which would be diff-
cult to coordinate with so many in the guild, the
group hosts monthly workshops, shows and oth-
er events. Attendance at the monthly programs
is optional.
We do not have all 100 attend all the time,
Wood said.
Becoming a member of the artists guild is
easy. Wood said individuals can do so any num-
ber of ways. All they have to do is contact us.
There is no jurying; all people have to do is pay
the $30 yearly dues.
We have some people who dont do art at
all, Wood said.
Wood said the dues are kept cheap to al-
low anybody interested access to the guild, and
becoming a member gets individuals entry into
the monthly programs at a discounted rate. The
events are also open to the general public.
Membership is also not limited to any one
age group. Wood said there are people from their
20s to past retirement age.
The origins of the guild date back to Septem-
ber 1978 when, upon completion of the Calvert
Memorial Hospital, a group of three women orga-
nized and obtained local artworks to decorate and
hang in the newly built facility.
From this activity, a nucleus of county artists
was formed. Then, on the suggestion of former
County Commissioner Mary D. Harrison, these
three women, Nancy Callahan, Carolyn Deputy
Weikert Crone-Aamot, and Gerry Spore Wood,
combined their ideas, talents, and organized the
The Calvert Artists Guild was incorporated
in 1981, Wood said. Since its inception, the guild
has always tried to promote art in Calvert County
and to develop interest and appreciation in all
mediums of art. The activities of the guild were
previously funded in part by the state of Mary-
land through the Calvert County Cultural Arts
The Calvert Artists Guild will host their
next workshop Nov. 5, making stained glass
with Barney Harris at the Calvert Pines Center
in Prince Fredrick from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For
more information on the class, contact Lonnie
Harkins at 410-326-7199 or baronvonsmoogle@; or Gerry Wood at 301-863-9663 or
The guild flled a needed void to unite art-
ists and offer opportunities for learning and shar-
ing, Wood said.
According to information sent by Wood, the
guild has continued its progress and successes
over the years with many wonderful offcers and
members, and continues to seek out new gallery
spaces to hold informative programs and work-
shops and help the community. The guild also
awards a college scholarship, and offers special
member opportunities to show and sell artworks.
For more information about the guild, visit
Artists Guild
Welcomes All
Thursday, Nov. 3
Live Music:
Sam Grow Band
The Tides Restaurant
(46580 Expedition Drive,
Lexington Park) - 8 p.m.
Live Music:
No Green Jelly Beanz
Greene Turtle
(6 St. Marys Avenue, Suite 104,
La Plata) 8 p.m.
Live Music: TCB
Icon Bar and Lounge
(2106 Crain Highway,
Waldorf) - 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4
Live Music: 17 Scars, Burn
Avenue, and Medusa Switch
Memories Nightclub and Bar
(2360 Old Washington Rd., Wal-
dorf) 8 p.m.
Live Music: Bob Wire and the
Fence Posts
Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874
Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) -
8 p.m.
Live Music, Leonardtown First
The Brewing Grounds (41658 Fen-
wick Street, Leonardtown) 6:30
Comedy: Kelly Terranova
Southern Md. Sailing Association
Clubhouse (14490 Solomons Is-
land Road, Solomons) 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Live Music: Thrill Plus Jager
Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store
Road, Hughesville) - 9:30 p.m.
Live Music: Brent and Co.
Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles
St., La Plata)- 9:30 p.m.
Live Music: Three Days Rain
Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three
Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 9
Live Music: Impact
Cryers Back Road Inn (22094
Newtowne Neck Road, Leonard-
town) 9 p.m.
Live Music: Snakebite
Beach Cove Restaurant
(8416 Bayside Road,
Chesapeake Beach) 9 p.m.
Live Music: The Not So
Modern Jazz Quartet
The Westlawn Inn
(9200 Chesapeake Avenue,
North Beach) - 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6
Live Music:
Country Memories Band
St. Marys Landing
(29935 Three Notch Road,
Charlotte Hall) - 4 p.m.
Live Music: Paul Adkins
Band and Bluegrass Concert
Jameson-Harrison American Le-
gion Post 238 (6265 Brandywine
Road, Hughesville) - 2 p.m.
NFL Sunday w/ $1 Drafts
Fat Boys Country Store
(41566 Medleys Neck Road,
Leonardtown) - all day
Monday, Nov. 7
$2.50 Margaritas Every
Big Dogs Paradise
(28765 Three Notch Road,
Mechanicsville) - 10 a.m.
Girls Night Out: Wine and Dish
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and
Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road,
Dowell) 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
Trivia Night
Island Bar and Crab House
(16810 Piney Point Road,
Piney Point) 7 p.m.
$2 Guiness Night
DB McMillans (23415 Three
Notch Road, California) 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Live Music: Sam Grow Band
Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200
Dowell Road, Dowell) - 8 p.m.
Live Music:
Mason Sebastian
DB McMillans (23415 Three
Notch Road, California) - 5 p.m.
Enterainment Calendar
Photos courtesy of Gerry Wood
Previous presidents Cindy Pond and Gerry Wood, right, with
current president Lonnie Harkins during a guild event.
Nancy Thompson conducts a recent workshop.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 22
The Calvert Gazette
By Joyce Baki
As part of the Young Artists Program, the
CalvART Gallery, Prince Frederick Shopping Cen-
ter, will show The Art of the Tidewater School
Students through Nov. 30 in the Mary Beth Harry
Student Art Gallery. The Young Artists Program
was created in support of the Arts Councils mis-
sion to invest in and encourage the arts in Calvert
County. By giving every school-aged child the op-
portunity to display their work in a professional
setting the Arts Council hopes to sow a seed of
interest in future members of Calvert Countys ar-
tistic community. The gallery is open Wednesday
through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more
information, visit
Visit Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
on the frst Wednesday of every month for back-to-
back tours of the Maryland Archaeological Con-
servation Laboratory (MAC Lab) and Point Farms
house and gardens. Discover Jefferson Patterson
Park & Museum with state-of-the-art science, local
history and lore. The next tour date is Wednesday,
Nov. 2, at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit
The Wheel Clothing Store holds First Friday
Festivities on the frst Friday of each month! On
Nov. 4, they will host Mr. Tompkins, also known
as The Cheese Man from the North Beach Fri-
day Night Farmers Market. The Cheese Man will
be selling his seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, goat
cheese cake and all of his specialty cheeses. For
your shopping convenience, The Wheel Clothing
Store will be open until 8 p.m. on the frst Friday of
each month. The Wheel Clothing Store is located
at 4109 7th Street, North Beach. For more informa-
tion, call 410-286-0000.
Friday, Nov. 4, is First Free Friday at Cal-
vert Marine Museum. The museum is open free to
the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy free half-hour
cruises on the Wm. B. Tennison sponsored by
M&T Bank. Docents will be available in each gal-
lery to discuss the exhibits. Enjoy a performance by
maritime performer Bob Zentz at 6:30 p.m. in the
auditorium. Visit
for more information.
The Twin Beach Players will present Count
Dracula thru Nov. 6 at the North Beach Volunteer
Fire Department. Show times Nov. 4 to 6 are at 8
p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for se-
niors, military, students and TBP members. Special
rate for groups of 10 or more is $10. Save the date
for the all-childrens musical, A Christmas Carol,
to be performed Nov. 25 thru December 11 at the
North Beach Volunteer Fire Department. For more
information, visit their website at www.twinbeach-
Annmarie Sculpture Garden hosts Makers
Market on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Makers Market is a farmers market and more.
It is THE place to fnd handmade, homemade or
homegrown products including arts and crafts,
hanging baskets, organic skincare products, cut
fowers, batik and feece clothing, handmade soaps
and candles, herbal teas, ornaments, folk art and
more. Find special treasures or begin your Christ-
mas shopping early! Admission is free. (
Sunday, Nov.
6, commemo-
rate Solo-
mons role in
World War II
at the annual
On Watch
Me mo r i a l
Service for
Veterans at
2 p.m. at the
erans Plaza.
Veterans Pla-
za is located
at the end of
Dowell Road
on the Dow-
ell Peninsula.
and entertain-
ment by the
Navy Band
will follow
the service at
the Calvert
Marine Mu-
seum at 3 p.m.
This event is
sponsored by
Northrop Grumman. Also, in honor of Military
Month, on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, the Cal-
vert Marine Museum will offer free admission to
active military, veterans, DOD employees and their
As Maryland begins to celebrate the 200th
anniversary of the War of 1812, it is important to
know the origins of this war. On Thursday, Nov.
10, at 7 p.m. the Calvert Library Fairview Branch
hosts Jeff Korman, manager of the Maryland De-
partment at Enoch Pratt Library, who will review
the events that forced the United States to sever ties
with England and offcially go to war. Learn what
this war was really about. For more information or
to register call 410-535-0291 or visit http://calvert.
Chesapeake Community Chorus next con-
cert Holiday Concert and Jingle Bell Workshop
is at Olivet United Methodist Church, 13575 Olivet
Road, Lusby, MD, Sunday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. The
concert will feature contemporary, gospel, classical
Christian, and secular music plus Christmas Music
of the Season by John Rutter, Phillip Bliss, Andy
Beck, Victor Johnson, G. F Handel, and others. A
free-will offering will be taken to support the Pas-
toral Counseling Center of Saint Marys County.
The Chorus is a volunteer group of over thirty sing-
ers in its 9th season giving concerts for the beneft
of charities in Calvert and nearby counties. The
chorus has raised over $50,000 for these charities.
The fabulous, fun, famous Harlem Wizards
will take on the Friendship Methodist Fever on
Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at Huntingtown High
School. Advance tickets are available, with all pro-
ceeds benefting the building fund. Advance ticket
prices are $12 for adults or $10 for students/seniors
$10. At the door, adults, $15, students/seniors,
$12. For more information, call 301-980-1411 or
Enjoy PEM Talks at the Calvert Marine Mu-
seum with thoughtful discourse on paleontology,
the environment and maritime history, the three
themes covered by the museums exhibits. The
2011-2012 PEM Talks focus on Lost Landmarks,
the bones of the past that lie hidden around us.
Learn to look with new eyes at the places you pass
every day and better understand how the past in-
forms our lives today. On Thursday, Nov. 17, the
Lost Landmarks series will feature Greg Bowen
talking about Growing Up on a Tobacco Farm.
The talks begin at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium
and are free to the public. For more information
about the 2011-2012 PEM Talks Series, visit the
website at
The National Active and Retired Federal
Employees Association (NARFE), Calvert County
Chapter 1466, will meet at 1:00 pm on Thursday
Nov 17 at the Calvert County Public Library,
Prince Frederick, MD. There will be a special
presentation by guest Doug Hill, ABC Chief Me-
teorologist, followed by a regular business meeting.
Also, join us for an early lunch at 11:15, this month
at Mama Lucias in PF. Active and Retired Federal
employees, spouses, members, non-members and
guests are welcome. For NARFE membership In-
formation and Application, Call 410-586-1441.
On Friday, Nov. 18, the Calvert Marine
Museum will host a free open house for families
with special needs from 5 to 7 p.m. This program
is a partnership with the Calvert County Parks and
Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services. For
more information call 410-326-2042 ext. 11.
Vendor / Craft Fair at the Chesapeake Ranch
Estates Club House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 am to 3
pm at the CRE Clubhouse, 500 Clubhouse Drive,
Lusby. Come look for holiday gifts - shop early for
the best selection. Bring a friend! Table Rentals $15.
Rental fees will go towards Thanksgiving Food
Baskets to help families in need. Call 410-326-3182
or email
On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Calvert Library
offers a Genealogy Workshop as part of their Life-
long Learning Series at the Prince Frederick branch
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Kathie Eichfeld has years of
experience compiling biographical and genealogi-
cal data and will present the genealogy databases
available at Calvert Library. Learn about other web-
sites that can help with your search. Along with Ka-
thie, Conni Evans who has done extensive research
overseas will answer questions on the strategies
to use when searching for far-fung forebears. For
more information or to register call 410-535-0291.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, engineer some holiday
fun with the Sweet Treat Express. The Friends of
the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum will help
you and your children make Rice Krispie train
engines. The fun happens at the Northeast Com-
munity Center, Cheasapeake Beach, from 1 to 3
Come explore the night sky and discover its
many wonders with the Astronomy Club of South-
ern Maryland! Learn how to choose, set up and use
telescopes and other amateur astronomy gear. In-
terested? Meetings are held at Jefferson Patterson
Park & Museum. The next meeting will be Satur-
day, Nov. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. For more informa-
tion call 301-602-5251 or email tom_dugan@hot- (
It is time to start your holiday shopping!
On Sunday, Nov. 20, visit the Holiday Gift Ex-
travaganza Show at the Dunkirk Fire Department
from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Windows
of Strength, there will be an array of unique items
from which to choose a special gift for that hard-
to-please person on your holiday list. Windows of
Strength is a nonproft organization dedicated to
providing assistance with nonmedical costs not
covered by insurance and government programs to
organ transplant recipients and their caregivers. For
more information contact Sandy Walker-Samler
at 443-951-5125 or email mywish@windowsof-
On Sunday, Nov. 20, during Calvert Marine
Museums Sunday Conversations with Mary-
land Authors, meet Raymond McAlwee, author
of Chesapeake Bay Stories. A lifelong denizen
of the Bay, his short stories include a little history,
travel, food, and fction about the diverse people
who make the Chesapeake Bay their home. The
free presentation begins at 2 p.m. in the museum
View one-of-a-kind ornaments at the 4th
Annual Ornament Show & Sale at Annmarie
Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. These beautiful
hand-crafted ornaments are created by talented art-
ists from across the region. Beginning Nov. 23, An-
nmarie Garden makes a great stop for your holiday
shopping. Find special gifts in their amazing gift
shop. For more information, visit www.annmarie-
Out About
Thursday, November 3, 2011 23
The Calvert Gazette
By Keith McGuire
Im getting pretty tired of writing
about the weather, but it continues to get
top billing. The wind, rain and snow (for
some) resulted in postponement of the Mon-
ster Rockfsh Tournament scheduled for last Saturday.
It will now be held on this coming Saturday, November
5th. The Monster Rockfsh Festival did occur on Sun-
day, October 30th, and according to Greenwell Founda-
tion reports, was a tremendous success. There
will be other tournaments before the striper
season ends on December 15th like the Mary-
land Saltwater Sportfshermens Association
Fall Classic Tournament on November 19
and 20 (
Those of us who continue to fsh on the
nice days of the fall will fnd willing rockfsh in
the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers, and the Bay. On the Bay,
there are plenty of birds and breaking fsh feeding on baitfsh at the
surface in or near the main shipping channel. Correctly rigged lures
for trolling should produce keeper fsh for everyone onboard your boat. If
you decide to cast to some breaking fsh, be prepared to change lures fre-
quently to fnd the one that the fnicky eaters like. Water clarity is better
now than it was during the summer, so lure and leader choice is important.
Some of us fsh all year long or, at least, devote ourselves to fshing, the
study of fshing, or gathering supplies and tackle for fshing. The Ordinary
Angler Column started this year on February 17th, and this will likely be the
last one until early next year. The photos below represent some of the most
memorable catches of the year. These fsh made memories for many of us.
Watch this space for the Fur and Feathers Column beginning next
week. If you have a particularly interesting hunting story drop me a line at

The Ordinary
Season Recap
Tim Lowe with February Yellow Perch
Scott McGuire with March 18 Catch and Release
Daniel Stock with First Croaker on April 10
Mike Hendersons May Flounder Alan Gower with First fsh in the USA My Bucket List Fish
Anna Wilhelms 20 in Flounder
Bill and Mitchell Goddard with Fathers Day Catch
Kaden Cotugnos First Fish
James Cotugno and Mom with Mothers Day Striper
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