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Super Boost for Rescue Squad

By Adam Ross Staff Writer

Maryland’s volunteer rescue squads are almost always forced to grovel, plead, sweat and work for money that provides oxygen to the county’s emergency man- agement services. So when Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin announced Thursday a $52,106 grant award to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Co. #79 (HVRS), the rescue work- ers were elated. “All of our funding is through donation, begging or whatever,” said Robert Brookins, a Maryland certi- fied first responder, ambulance driver and president of the Hol- lywood Auxiliary. “For us to be chosen is a good thing.” Brookins and company were just a day removed from the good news, and looking for- ward to the fitness equipment, medical evaluations and new blood borne pathogen resistant gloves and boots that the grant money would purchase. “This means physical machinery and the renova- tions of a room to set that up,” Brookins said. “Everybody will be screened to ensure they are healthy when responding to help other people.” For the third straight year, Brookins and his grant writing team submitted the operations and maintenance grants, which faced stiff competition from ap- proximately 23,000 rival appli- cations across the state.

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St. Mary’s Ryken High School attempts to rezone 28-acres of land surrounding its campus so it can eventually build an athletic complex.

County Owns Up To Their Mistake on Ryken Zoning

By Adam Ross Staff Writer

A mistake made 22 years ago by St. Mary’s Coun- ty’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management that improperly zoned the land surrounding St. Mary’s Ryken High School is slowing the school’s plans to im- prove athletic fields, according to Denis D. Canavan, di- rector of LUGM. “Issues have been paramount now for two years,” said Canavan to the St. Mary’s Board of County Com- missioners at last week’s meeting, “but now we have a clear avenue to correct the mistake.” In 1985, planners in LUGM zoned Ryken’s 28-acre campus as a Resource Conservation Area (RCA) in ac- cordance with 1984’s critical area law. What planners didn’t take into account was that Ryken was an institu- tion on property already connected to a sewer. Under its current RCA zoning, Ryken is unable

to build new athletic fields to improve its athletics department. “Ryken is at a point where they want to start deal-

ing with their long range plans,” said Jeffrey Jackman,


senior planner with LUGM who sat in on a meeting


Ryken. “They’ll know better what they have to work

with and design for future needs if they have an [Intense- ly Developed Area] classification.” However, Mary Joy Hurlburt, president of Ryken said the school’s main motivation to get the land rezoned was to then request annexation into the town of Leon- ardtown. When asked why the annexation was desired, Hurlburt said “it is where we get our water and sewer from.” If the rezoning classification and annexation are both

granted, Hurlburt said the school will begin planning for

a new athletic complex. “We’re not even there,” added Hurlburt.

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not even there,” added Hurlburt. See Zoning page A-7 Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s County Public

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Students test their chess savvy against teacher Janine Craven at the 21st Century/Boys and Girls Club After School Program at George Washington Carver Elementary School in February of 2006.

Students Pawn Basketball Shoes for Chess Boards

Rook Takes Knight, Students Go Crazy

By Adam Ross Staff Writer

Chess in St. Mary’s schools isn’t a completely new concept, but with funding from the state and loads of research suggesting that chess is a gateway to greater learning capacity, the community is working to en- courage more checkmates.

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Drought Could Make Animal Feed Toxic

O’Malley Seeks Federal Funds For Beleaguered Farmers

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

“If we cut that corn down and feed it to the cattle, the levels of nitrates could be so high that it can be toxic to the cattle,” said Ben Beale, extension educator. “It can kill them or cause stunted growth.” Cases of livestock suffering from ni- trate poisoning are not common, Beale said, but farmers should take advantage of free testing of their felled grain offered by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Farmers concerned about the safety of their grain can get the testing through the cooperative extension office, Beale said.

See Drought page A-7

Farmers can add possibly toxic levels of nitrates in corn to their worries this sea- son on top of the drought that has withered much of their grain crop and forced them to feed hay to livestock. Officials with the Maryland Coopera - tive Extension, an arm of the School of Ag- Officials with the Maryland Coopera- tive Extension, an arm of the School of Ag- riculture and Natural Resources from the University of Maryland, say that corn and other crops cut down for animal feed that were stressed by the recent drought could cause illness in livestock if eaten.that has withered much of their grain crop and forced them to feed hay to livestock.

Sheriff Sacrifices Overtime Pay for Campaign Promise

By Adam Ross Staff Writer

In last November’s election, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron promised to tackle a systemic drug problem trickling its way deeper into the county, and now is poised to put the department’s money where his mouth is, even if somebody has to suffer. As of Tuesday, Cameron received approval from the Board of County Commissioners to promote a Sergeant from within the sheriff’s department to a Lieutenant, charging that person with the duty of reorganizing and strength- ening the vice narcotics unit. The promotion will cost $17,000 and likely complicate the department’s next budget cycle further than already predicted. “I think we have a problem over the sheriff’s office with budgetary [mat- ters],” Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D- Great Mills) said. “If the sheriff came in during the next budget and did not ask for one new initiative or one new personnel, his budget is still going up significantly.” Commission President Francis Jack Russell (D- Piney Point) also expressed concern over the cost, adding that the promotion should have been part of the fiscal year 2007 budget cycle that con- cluded in June. “I like Commissioner Russell would have preferred to done this at the budget hearings,” Raley added, “and looked at priorities.” Cameron has aggressively fol- lowed his campaign promises, but the first budgetary implications of doing so appears ready to cast a dark cloud over the department. Raley warned Cam- eron that he would likely be before the commissioners in four or five months to request additional appropriations for overtime pay. “Traditionally we kind of move monies around [to support that],” Raley

See Sheriff page A-5

Health Department Issues Recall Warning For Contaminated Food

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is warning county resi- dents about food that is being recalled for possibly being contaminated with botulism. The food products come from the Castleberry Food Company in Augusta, Ga. and include 10-ounce cans of Cas- tleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, and Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce with labels denoting the “best buy” range from April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009. The recall warning also includes about 80 other products types from Castleberry that may also be contami- nated according to one health official. “There are a number of products ranging from chili sauce without beans

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Juvenile Accused Of Murder-for-hire Could Be Tried As An Adult

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Officials with State’s At- torney Richard Fritz’s office say they are waiting on a re- port from the Department of Juvenile Services to determine whether a 16-year-old from Valley Lee should be tried in adult court for allegedly try- ing to hire an assassin to kill his parents back in June. Pending that report the Office of the Public Defender has made a motion with the Circuit Court to have Cory J. Ryder tried in Juvenile Court. John Getz, supervisor of

the public defender’s office here in St. Mary’s filed the motion July 13. Getz’s motion states that Ryder has “not been sub- jected to any treatment avail- able under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. There are many avenues of treatment that could be explored with- in the [juvenile justice sys- tem] to help rehabilitate the defendant.” “He is still a juvenile,” Getz said of one reason to not try him as an adult. “We hope

to prevail.” Assistant States Attor-

ney Joseph Stanalonis made the motion July 24 to oppose moving Ryder’s trial to juve- nile court, according to court records in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court. Court documents state that Ryder will be up for trial in December, with proceed- ings set to last four days. The state’s motion that would keep Ryder in the adult justice system stated that the severity of Ryder’s alleged crimes meant he should be tried as an adult.

Ryder is currently charged with two counts of

attempted first-degree murder and two counts of solicitation of murder. The solicitation counts were added once Ryder’s case came to the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court for review. Ryder could face life in prison if convicted. Stanalonis said that with- out the report from the De- partment of Juvenile Services detailing Ryder’s condition and the severity of the crime, he automatically put in the motion opposing the move to juvenile court. He said that if the re- port recommends that Ry- der be tried in juvenile court his office could agree to that proposal. “While Mr. Ryder didn’t succeed in having his parents murdered he did take a pret- ty substantial towards that,” Stanalonis said. “Based on what I know now I wouldn’t have a problem recommend- ing that he stay in adult court. “But we’ll wait for

the report to make that determination.” According to charging documents, Bureau of Crimi- nal Investigators allege that Ryder, attempted to hire one of their undercover operatives to kill both of his parents June 2; investigators allege that Ry- der made statements earlier that he wanted to hire a con- tract killer and investigators say they learned of this from a confidential source. Investigators conducted a covert operation at a Lexing- ton Park motel and the under- cover operative met up with Ryder there to discuss the al- leged deal. Charging documents state that Ryder and the undercover operative started a conversa- tion about the alleged scheme and a formal agreement was allegedly made at Ryder’s re- quest to have the undercover operative kill Ryder’s parents. Ryder and the undercover officer also reached an agree- ment, charging documents al-

lege, as to the method of pay- ment for the contract killings of his mother and stepfather. When asked how he wanted the murders to go ahead, Ryder allegedly said:

“Two bullets is all it takes.” Once the agreement was made, charging documents state, other undercover of- ficers who were conducting video and audio surveillance of the meeting placed Ryder under arrest. The case stunned the community and garnered na- tional media attention for a brief time. Before the alleged inci- dent, investigators said that Ryder had moved out of his parents house because disci- plinary issues and court paper stated that he had quit school as of April this year. Ryder is still being held in detention pending his trial.

Police Arrest Man For Burglarizing Same House Twice

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Investigators with the county’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations have arrested a man they believe was respon- sible for breaking into and stealing valuable items from the same house twice in July. Lt. Rick Burris, BCI commander, said increased burglaries in the county were to be expected because of the rapidly increasing population, but this type of crime was unique. “It’s uncommon for a resi- dence to be burglarized again,” Burris said. “It’s unusual.” Burris said investigators had no indication that Chris- topher Leon Watson, 18, of Lexington Park, their suspect in the dual burglary, was in- volved in any other burglar- ies that have occurred in the county but would look into other cases to see if there are connections to Watson. According to charging documents, Watson allegedly broke into the victim’s Lex- ington Park home for the first time on July 12 and stole jew- elry, cash and a video game play system as well as games that were with the system. That alleged crime, charging documents read, was worth about $3,000. The charging documents further allege that Watson again stole the same kind of items from the victim’s resi-

dence, including a .22 caliber handgun, during the July 26 incident all valued at less than


Burris said Watson was one of their lead suspects in the first burglary investigation. “We’d developed him as

a suspect in the July 12 inci- dent and then when detectives went to arrest him on July 26 they were able to determine that he had already burglar- ized the same home that same day,” Burris said, adding that investigators were unsure why Watson allegedly chose that particular home. Charging documents al- lege that an anonymous wit- ness who came into posses- sion of some of the reportedly stolen items had contacted po- lice regarding the burglary of July 12 just a few days after it occurred with information. When investigators went

to Watson’s home to interview

him about the first burglary, charging documents read, Watson admitted to the first burglary by going through the woods to the victim’s nearby home, cut the power to their house and entered by break- ing the screening on one of the windows. Investigators allege in the charging documents that Wat- son had handed over some of the reportedly purloined items and that he had sold or given away others. When the items were returned to the police sta-

tion and the victim came to claim them, they informed investigators that their home had again been burglarized, according to charging docu- ments, and investigators got an admission to the second

crime from Watson. Police report that Watson used the same method to gain entry to the victim’s home. Charging documents read that investigators had begun their interview with Watson about 10 minutes after he re- turned from allegedly bur- glarizing the victim’s home. A search warrant re- vealed, charging documents allege, more items at Watson’s home that matched the de- scription of the items stolen from the victim’s home. Watson is being held without bail and faces a maxi- mum sentence of 20 years for

each of the two counts of first degree burglary against him as well as a maximum sen- tence of 15 years or $25,000 for theft in an amount more than $500.

15 years or $25,000 for theft in an amount more than $500. St. Mary’s College Provides

St. Mary’s College Provides Free Musical Event

than $500. St. Mary’s College Provides Free Musical Event P h o t o B y

Photo By Amy Kaper

night of free pirate themed or- chestral music. The River Concert is sponsored by St. Mary’s Col- lege and runs for five week- ends every summer. This is its ninth year running. The director for this year’s selection was Jeffrey Silber- schlag, the musical director at the college. Siberschlag himself put together the entire musical program, including choosing the theme and all the per- formed songs. The theme for this par- ticular concert was “Swash- buckling Under the Stars.” The selections featured were Debussy’s “La Mer,” Berber’s “Concerto for Piano,” Gersh- win’s “I Got Rhythm Varia- tions,” Korngold’s “Robin Hood Suite” and “Overture to Captain Blood,” Waxman’s “Anne of the Indes,” Debney’s “Cut Throat Island,” and an- other of Korngold’s, the “Sea

Hawk Orchestra.” The orchestra was com- posed of approximately 100 instrumentalists from all over Maryland. Some were from the Kennedy Center, some from the Baltimore orchestra, and even some from the mili- tary band. A few members were attendees and faculty of St. Mary’s College. The orchestra practiced their pieces together for eight weeks, twice a week at Bowie State University and at St. Mary’s College the Friday be- fore the performance. The series takes nearly a whole year to complete. Bar- bara Bershon, the director for the entire event, said, “We take a short breather in Au- gust but after that, it’s straight to work again preparing the next year’s event.” Hundreds of volunteers are needed to make this event possible. Several businesses and even individuals give the money needed to create the event. “We have so many fantastic people giving their money to us, we owe a lot to their support,” said Bershon. Between the sponsors, the volunteers, the sound and lighting technicians, and even the food vendors, the River Concert takes a lot of work, but according to Bershon, it’s well worth it to bring “beau- tiful music to the residents of St. Mary’s County.” St. Mary’s College will hold this event next year as well. Information can be ob- tained on their website www. or through Barbara Bershon,


or through Barbara Bershon, 240-895-4107. The “River Concert” orchestra performed for an audience

The “River Concert” orchestra performed for an audience of hundreds.

Amy Kaper

The River Concert, held on Friday, July 27 th , brought in hundreds of viewers for a

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

The County Times

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Lexington Park Branch Chief Calls It A Career

By Adam Ross Staff Writer

The Lexington Park Li- brary has been transformed, reinvented and rebuilt under the watchful eye of Janice Hummel, the branch’s chief who has worked tirelessly for 20 years to ensure the

library’s stability long after her retirement this month. Hummel arrived to the branch in 1988 as a part-time reference librarian. It took her just two years to advance to branch chief, a position she would hold for 17 years. Over two decades, as the world evolved technological-

ly and the nature of education

broadened, Hummel stood at the forefront, piecing togeth- er a library the community could be proud of. In fact, Hummel believes the three years it took to con- struct and organize the build- ing the library occupies to-

day as her most “memorable achievement.” “Coordinating that ac-

tivity and trying to open the doors and have everything ready…” said Hummel, who couldn’t help but release

a tired sigh when thinking

about the arduous battle she

and her staff went through

in opening the library. “I re-

member going home one day when we were in the process and thinking, ‘I made 100 decisions today.’” Hummel laid the ground- work out, literally, but it is perhaps the work she did later that will be the most celebrated; a list so extensive Hummel dared not name those achievements without the aid of a self-crafted list. Sitting at a round wood table located comfortably in- side of her office, Hummel peered down at two sheets of white computer paper, keenly moving through a list of programs, activities and construction projects she had a hand in. She took her time when reading those achieve-

ments, a modest approach to highlight quality over quantity. She read off six crown- ing achievements includ- ing: Indexing the old Saint Mary’s Beacon newspa- per published from 1852 to 1980; starting up Lexington Park Library’s coffee bar, the Library Café; and imple- menting the branch’s art gal- lery exhibit. After the six, she pushed

the paper to the side and said “I think that’s enough, any more and it gets boring.” For her, that may be true, but for the thousands of people who continually benefit from the free services she has worked unremittingly to offer, the smiles, laughs and “thank yous” will probably never get old. “I’ll miss interacting with people,” Hummel fires off when asked what she will miss the most about the li- brary; the first question she answered without the slight- est hesitation, “And listening to their wonderful compli- ments and comments.” That job will now be left to Terri Tresp, Hummel’s anxiously overwhelmed replacement. Just before Hummel’s interview, she was finishing up a train- ing session with Tresp, who comes from Ann Arundel County. Tresp stood straight up, feet firmly planted, and rotated her head 180 degrees across the library, appearing

to take in the enormity of her

new role. Hummel offered to answer any questions she might have, and Tresp let out a slight laugh, suggesting there wasn’t enough time in the day to answer questions whose likely only answers come from experience. After all, one lesson learned from Hummel’s ca- reer is that the pride and admiration earned in one’s work often comes from

building a new path, just as long as it leads to the same place. And according to Hummel’s distinguished col- leagues, she didn’t just build

the path, she helped mold the place it leads to. “Janice is one of those unique librarians who not

her career that started at the University of Maryland with

only understands the minu-


master’s in

tia of our library business, but she also constantly kept

library sci- ence comes to

focused on connecting with the many facets of a library’s

a close, Hum- mel said she

community to ensure that the


looking for-

library services reflected the needs and wants our diverse residents,” said Kathleen Reif, director of St. Mary’s County Library. “Janice cre- ated a community’s library, not a librarian’s library. It is this legacy that we will work hard to maintain.” From Hummel’s two successful grant applica- tions, which fitted the library in 2003 with equipment and

ward to travel- ing and work- ing on hobbies. She has been married for 32 years, has two daughters and nine more days until retire- ment: just con- sult the wall outside her office, where

furniture for a computer lab, and in 2004 with a NASA

c o w o r k e r s have installed

exhibit, her achievements



are still felt in St. Mary’s County. Commissioner Daniel H. Raley of Great Mills said the district “was a better place because of her.” Now, as the book on

And it is not because they want to see her go.

book on And it is not because they want to see her go. Photo by Adam

Photo by Adam Ross

Janice Hummel, Lexington Park branch chief shows off the extensive children’s section she helped build over her 20-year career with St. Mary’s County.

chief shows off the extensive children’s section she helped build over her 20-year career with St.

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The County Times

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Editorial & Opinion

Commissioners Created Budget Problems For Sheriff’s Department, Not Current Sheriff

Everyone who lives in St. Mary’s County knows that illegal drug distribution and use in our community is a crime that must be addressed. Most people have been pain- fully aware of the increase in drug related activities for some time. Illegal drugs are the root of most crimes in our county today and it is time our community stages a “war on drugs”. Sheriff Timothy Cameron has promised to do just that. Through his many years in law enforcement Cameron has seen first hand the growth in illegal drugs and the damage it has caused in the past, and just as important, the threat it poses upon the youth of our community into the future. Sheriff Cameron has also heard from the citizens. Dur- ing his campaign for election, Cameron heard from the com-

munity their concerns about illegal drugs, and vowed to do something about the problem. Cameron has shown steady


focusing his department

in order to achieve better re-

sults based upon strategic planning. He is now ready to deliver to the community the troops ready to battle the drug bad guys. There is much at stake here and every community leader should get behind the Sheriff in his efforts. We should expect results as well. It’s not just a game of sitting on the side lines and rooting the team on, we need to give the Sheriff the resources he

needs to fight the battle and the Sheriff should provide updates on progress, show he and his department can and are winning the battle. This

is a priority; give him support

and demand results. Unfortunately, on Tues- day the Board of County Com- missioners expressed concern regarding the Sheriff’s efforts. When Sheriff Cameron re- quested to use funds already allocated to the sheriff’s de- partment to create a Lieuten- ant position to lead the efforts of a reconstituted narcotics unit, several commissioners expressed reservation. Commissioners Raley and Russell expressed doubts, with Russell voting against the “war on drugs”. Commission- er Raley was concerned that there were budget problems looming in the Sheriff’s office and those problems would be difficult to deal with during next years budget process. While Raley is right, the problem is he and the other commissioners created the

problem. Former Sheriff

Dave Zylak was given a blank check to spend at an alarm- ing increase. In fact, from 2003 to today, the sheriff’s of- fice spending increased from $15.6 million to $26.7 mil- lion per year. An increase in spending of 70% in just five years while the county’s pop- ulation increased by less than 15% during the same period. Zylak was recently appointed by this Board of Commission- ers to head the Department of Public Safety. During the four years of budget approvals with Zylak as sheriff only one commis- sioner objected to this level of spending increases, lead- ing that commissioner to be the lone no vote twice, voting against the 2006 final budget and against the 2007 proposed budget. That one commission- er is no longer on the board as he did not seek re-election as

commissioner. The commissioners were constantly warned year after year that spending increases such as this could not be sus- tained in future years, creat- ing an agency which taxpay- ers could not afford to fund without tax increases. The bigger problem with the out of control growth in spending was the lack of ac- countability. Crime contin- ued to grow, programs were cut back such as the “DARE” program which provided anti- drug awareness to elementary school students, and no plan was ever presented to show how more money would be spent to produce a safer com- munity. In fact, during one budget session, the former Sheriff was asked whether or not adding five new deputies to his force would result in five more deputies on the street,

the former Sheriff responded that he could not guarantee

that. While the commis- sioners are faced with signifi- cant budget challenges in the upcoming years, this Sheriff cannot be blamed for the mis- takes of the past. Both the commissioners and the Sher- iff will have to work together to find solutions to the budget problem in the future. In the meantime, the Sheriff should be encouraged to refocus his department and his expendi- tures to better meet the com- munities needs. The plan to attack the problem of illegal drugs is one the community wants and needs, we applaud the Sheriff for his strategy and action, we await positive results.

Charlotte Hall Library Celebrated 25 Years with Community Support

On Saturday, June 9th more than one thousand people walked through the doors of the Charlotte Hall Library to celebrate 25 years

of community service. Many

more people browsed the in- formational tables outside, shopped the farmer’s market, and walked the Three Notch Trail to the St. Mary’s County Welcome Center, Northern Senior Center and Historic

Charlotte Hall. It was truly

a Charlotte Hall community

celebration. I would like to thank the following for their help with the planning and orga- nizing: MarieNoelle Laut- ieri, Eleanor Ritchie, Cynthia Wright, Teri Wilson, Kathy Bailey, Carolyn Laray, Jim Swift, Dan Donahue, Donna Sasscer, Fred Shroyer, Mari- lyn Lash, Mary Foley, and the

Charlotte Hall Library staff. Thank you goes to the following organizations and volunteers for partici- pating: Dr. Janice Walthour, Dr. Joseph Roy Guyther, Joe Dunn, Carol Moody, Henry Fowler, The Wright Family, Southern Maryland Decora- tive Painters, Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers, Fifth

District Homemakers Club, Farm Life Festival, Mechan- icsville Optimists, 7:30 Club, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, Chaptico Chargers 4-H Club, St. Mary’s County Health De- partment, Friends of Three Notch Trail, St. Mary’s Coun- ty Welcome Center, Northern Senior Center, Saint Anne’s Anglican Catholic Church, Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home, St. Mary’s County Department of Economic & Community Development, St. Mary’s County Recreation, Parks & Community Servic- es, Department of Land Use & Growth Management. Thank you to the

following local businesses, organization and individu- als for their sponsorship:

Apple Basket Antiques, Budds Creek Motocross Park, Charlotte Hall Car Wash, Charlotte Hall Radio Shack, County First Bank, County Wide Pool Service, Dunkirk Supply, Dr. Garner Morgan, DDS, 84 Lumber, Friends of the St. Mary’s County Li- brary, Long & Foster Real- tors, M&T Bank, Margaret & Rich Thaler, Mercantile Southern Maryland Bank, Mr. Tire, Northern Senior Cen- ter Council, Nancy’s Guys & Gals Hair Salon, Pat’s Corner Antiques, Rita’s Water Ice, St. Mary’s County Department of Aging, Seymour New Auto

Parts, Schoenbauer Furniture Service, Inc., Shear Image, Sounds of the Boardwalk, Southern Maryland Regional Library, Southern Maryland Statuary, Southern Tire Auto Service, Tidewater Veterinary Hospital, True Value, Unique Chic, Wentworth Nursery Inc, and Winters Chiropractic. If anyone has been omitted, please forgive me. Thanks to all who partici- pated and attended our 25th Birthday celebration!

Mary Anne Bowman Branch Manager Charlotte Hall Branch St. Mary’s County Library 301-884-2211 x1006

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Pax River Sailor Arrested In Stabbing

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Investigators with St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigation say that a military man is alleg- edly responsible for stab- bing another after an alter- cation at a party July 27 in Great Mills. The suspect in the stab- bing, Alex E. Serrano, 21, of Lexington Park, has been charged with first and sec- ond degree assault and faces

a maximum sentence of 25

years for the first count and

a possible 10 years for the

second. The accused is a fire- arms instructor at the Patux- ent River Naval Air Station, according to information from BCI, and the Emergen- cy Services Team performed the arrest. John Romer, public af- fairs officer for the naval air station, said Serrano is a gunner’s mate 3rd class and works at the indoor firing range on base.

“We used the tactical

team because of the nature

of the crime,” said Lt. Rick Burris, commander of BCI. “He was taken into custody without incident.” According to police re- ports, the suspect and the al- leged victim, Joshua Woode, got into a fight at a private party on Bective Way in Great Mills. The charging documents against Serrano allege that witnesses of the fight said he was the aggressor in the altercation. Woode went to St.

Mary’s Hospital Center for treatment of a stab wound in his back near the kidney that had to be stapled shut. In the charging docu- ments, investigators said Serrano admitted to picking up a knife during the alter- cation and punched Woode while the knife was in his hand. Burris said investigators were still trying to ascertain how the fight started. “It’s really unclear,” Burris said. “They were ar- guing but we haven’t got-

ten a clear reason for the altercation. Witnesses have given several reasons but we haven’t made a determi- nation yet.” The stabbing took place around 3:15 a.m., police re- ports read, and the tactical team arrested Serrano at his home at about 9:30 a.m. that same day. Cliff Everton, special agent in charge of the Na- val Criminal Investigative Service branch at Pax Riv- er, said it was unclear what charges Serrano would face

from the military as a result of the incident. “Right now it’s St. Mary’s purview,” Everton told The County Times. “It took place in town and the command will have to make a decision later as to what to do with him.” Everton said NCIS was assisting BCI in its investigation. Serrano was assigned a 100 percent $20,000 bond to be released from the St. Mary’s County detention center. His next court ap- pearance is scheduled for Aug. 24.

Report Concludes Threat To County’s Water Supply

By Adam Ross Staff Writer

St. Mary’s County pumps all of its water from three aquifers located deep below the earth’s surface, one of which may be facing extinc-

tion sooner than county offi- cials expected if a 2002 report from the Maryland Depart- ment of Natural Resources on the water supply from the Aquia proves factual. According to the report, water levels in the Aquia reached a critically low level

in 2000, and should no longer

be drawn from. If the Aquia were to dry up, it could not be

resurrected. The four-page 2002 re-

port was unexplainably over- looked when the same team put together its 2005 Mary- land Geological Survey Tri- County Report, according to John B. Wheeler, chairman of the St. Mary’s Commission on the Environment and Water Policy Task Force. “I don’t know why it wasn’t cited and neither does the Maryland Geographical survey…,” Wheeler said in front of the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners Tuesday. “The report said the Aquia has reached its maxi- mum allowable yield, mean- ing to us that nobody should be pumping anymore water out of the aquifer.” That conclusion however

was not part of the task force’s 2005 report, endorsed by the commissioners in 2006, which said the Aquia could be tapped for another 23 years, even with a population in- crease of 67,000. The 2005 re- port further concluded that it would be in the best interest of St. Mary’s to tap the Patapsco aquifer for all major subdivi- sions, thus saving water levels of the Aquia and Piney Point/ Nanjemoy for new homeown- ers and small subdivisions. While the original con- tents of the 2002 report were focused on Aquia’s water lev- els for Anne Arundel County, Wheeler said its contents has implications for St. Mary’s County as well.

“The problem we see is our county water policy envi- sions the continued use of the Aquia, with no intention to stop using [it]… Alternative sources must be explored,” he added. The task force is plan- ning to recheck the system and identify the conflicts between the 2002 and 2005 reports, Wheeler said. But in the meantime, St. Mary’s will continue to pull from the Aquia, which according to data released in 1994 had receded by 120 feet in some parts of Lexington Park. The report given to the commissioners Tuesday titled “2007 Update on A Potential Water Supply Problem,” drew

no clear answers but did call for the exploration of alterna- tive sources and an aquifer re- charge area. Commissioner Lawrence Jarboe (R- Golden Beach) asked citizens to cut their water consumption, which is at approximately 60 gal- lons a day per capita in St. Mary’s County, according to data gathered by Wheeler and METCOM. “The problem isn’t people in the future,” Jarboe added, “it’s the people today, we are all using too much water.” Aquifers are not under- ground rivers – a common public misconception – but rather a collection of sand and gavel that when dewatered

pack together with irrevocable damage to the aquifer, accord- ing to METCOM Director Steven L. King. Therefore, if the tri-county area were wrong, the impact would be lasting. “We need to ramp up the urgency here,” said St. Mary’s County Administrator John Savich, who is planning to send out letters to Dyson and the entire state delegation. Land Use and Growth Management Director De- nis D. Canavan reminded the BBOC that house bill 1141 “requires every jurisdiction to prepare water resource el- ements” in its comprehensive plan by 2009.

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to chicken and beef stew,” said Daryl Calvano, director of Environmental Health of the recalled products. “I have sanitarians [inspectors] in their regular inspections look- ing for the products.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the warning and product recall last week. According to informa- tion from the county health department the FDA has not traced any of the recalled products to St. Mary’s Coun- ty, but Dr. William Icenhower, the county’s chief health offi- cer, is concerned for the pub- lic health because of the sheer volume shipped of the prod- ucts in question. The county health depart- ment warned that anyone in possession of these recalled products should throw them

away immediately; if the “best by” dates are not readable they should also be thrown out the health department advised. The same information from the county health de- partment stated that the re- called products are being found on shelves in smaller grocery stores, dollar stores, independent food stores, drug store chains and convenience stores. Icenhower is also con- cerned that the recalled prod- ucts might make it into local food pantries inadvertently as donations. Botulism can be fatal, ac- cording to the county health department, and symptoms can show up from six hours to two weeks after eating the contaminated food. Those symptoms can in- clude doubled or blurred vi-

sion, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weak- ness that moves progressively downward throughout the body. The muscle weakness af- fects the shoulders first, the county health department stated, moving to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, calves and so on. Botulism poisoning can also paralyze the muscles re- sponsible for allowing a per-

son to breath and can be fatal. The county health depart- ment warns that anyone who shows these symptoms, or who has consumed the recalled products should get medical treatment immediately. For more information about the recall visit the FDA Web site at


ry.html#recall. Residents can also call the health department at 301-475- 4330 for more information.


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said. “We could have a tough time with that now.” Cameron said he was aware that his crime fighting initiatives, namely strengthen- ing the narcotics unit, would render shortfalls elsewhere. “We’ve discussed and un- derstand the short-term impli- cations,” Cameron said of the overtime pay, “and we know that’s a factor.” Promoting a sergeant is only the first step in Camer- on’s vision for a powerful nar- cotics unit aimed at tackling the drug rings that have grown with the county’s population. There are currently seven personnel working in the nar- cotics unit, adding the lieuten- ant would make eight, and if the plan is followed, Cameron would bring on the ninth of- ficer by the end of the school year, he said.

“My scope is to make the vice narcotics unit self- contained,” Cameron added. “The more people that know the more chance information will be leaked out.” By adding to the unit, Cameron can shut off the administrative flow from the rest of the department, which will greatly enhance the unit’s ability to keep intelligence and busts on an uninterrupted streamline. The new lieutenant will have considerable administra- tive tasks, but will also have the opportunity to help on the street level, a factor that swayed Raley to authorize the promotion. Russell however voted against the measure, saying it was a “worthy cause,” but he would like to see Camer- on’s plan play out in a budget session. Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly Sr. (D- Leonard- town) voted for the promotion, and said that because drug use

is a significant problem in the county, Cameron would need additional help. “I watched recently sur- veillance on a couple of op- erations,” Mattingly added. “The operations went down, but you have to keep picking at them, you can’t solve them overnight because there back up and running as soon as you shut them down.” The commissioners re- cently approved the hiring of four additional sheriff’s depu- ties to be filled over fiscal year 2007. Those hires would likely be completed by Octo- ber or November of 2007, ac- cording to Erin Shoemaker, fiscal manager of the sheriff’s department.


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The funding rewarded a long and taxing process for the unit’s grant writing com- mittee, who attended grant- writing workshops and spent countless hours preparing the application. In a written statement posted on the unit’s website, EMT Sarah Lacey said the “countless hours huddled around a laptop preparing the FEMA Assistance for Fire- fighters Grant Application” had finally paid off. The grant funding is part of a program set up through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s As- sistance to Firefighters Grant

Program (AFGP). For years, the grant was limited to only fire departments, but in the past three years has been opened up to non-affiliated EMS units. “First responders are our true heroes, protecting our homes, our businesses and our communities,” said Mikulski, who serves on the Homeland Security Ap- propriations Subcommittee that funds the AFGP. “I’m grateful for the sacrifices they make everyday.” The grant covers 95 per- cent of the proposed changes HVRS plans to implement, 15 percent more than non-rural units who have a higher tax base and must fund larger portions of such an initiative. In sum, HVRS will have to come up with approxi-

mately $2,200 to fill the unit’s grant needs, Brookins said. A representative from Mikulski’s office notified the unit of the award July 25, and statements were later released by both Mikulski and Cardin. “Firefighter grants repre- sent a major effort by the Fed- eral government to ensure that our nation’s first responders have the equipment and train- ing they need to do the job,” Cardin said in the release. AFGP grants fund fire- fighting equipment, personal protection equipment, train- ing, firefighting vehicles, fire- fighter/fire responder safety projects, and staffing recruit- ment and retention. Mary- land fire departments and fire service organizations have received approximately $48.3 million through the AFGP.

have received approximately $48.3 million through the AFGP. Photo by Adam Ross The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue

Photo by Adam Ross

The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad will receive a grant to update equipment and health initiatives in the department.

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Summerstock Performs “Crazy For You”

Amy Kaper

win songs, some from “Girl Crazy” and some from vari- ous other Gershwin shows and movies. Ludwig’s version won a Tony Award in 1992. The play is set in during the Great Depression. It fol- lows the life of Bobby Child (played by 2007 Leonardtown graduate Bradley Silvestro), the son of a well-to-do bank- er. Child’s dream in life is to dance, but his mother (played by 21 year-old Tessa Silves- tro) has other plans for him.

When she asks him to travel

her. In a desperate attempt to

Staff Writer

to Deadrock, Nevada to claim

win her heart, Child imper-


a small theater that failed to

sonates famous theater own- er Bela Zangler (played by Leonardtown senior Matthew Virts) and calls in New York dancers to assist him in put- ting on a show that will raise money to keep the theater in business. Director Bethany Wallace has directed the last two shows at Summerstock. When the previous director gave up her post after moving two years

Last weekend, the theater troupe “Summerstock” per- formed the Gershwin musical comedy “Crazy For You.” The play was original- ly written under the name “Girl Crazy” in the 1930s by George and Ira Gershwin. It was adapted into the modern version by playwright Ken Ludwig. “Crazy For You” fea- tures several different Gersh-

make its payments, Child re- luctantly agrees, wanting to escape from the pressures of New York City and his obses- sive ex-fiancée Irene Roth, played by Chopticon senior Hanniel Sindelar. After arriving in Ne- vada, Child meets the theater owner’s daughter, Polly Baker (21 year-old Jenna Riehl), and immediately falls in love with

year-old Jenna Riehl), and immediately falls in love with Picture Courtesy Of Bethany Wallace The Shops

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ago, she referred 23 year-old, music education major Wal- lace to the post. Wallace felt privileged to be able to work with such talented casts in her shows. “Every cast member was very unique. They all brought something different to the show,” she said. According to Wallace, the cast was also extremely dedicated. Many of the cast members were on summer vacation, but still managed to show up for the four hour

rehearsals that took place five days a week.

The most impressive ad-

dition to the show had to be the tap dancing. The entire cast tap danced at least once. After casting was done, every single member of the cast was required to go through a sort of “dance boot camp” to learn basic tap steps. They had four, two-hour sessions to en-

sure that everyone could tap during full company numbers such as “I Got Rhythm.” A specific set of tap danc- ers, the “New York Girls,” par- ticularly added to the upbeat cadence of the show. These dancers included, Renee Gar- rison, Laina Locket, Jamie Szewczyk, Emily Frangen- berg, Chelsea Hines, Alex Moderski and Alissa Bailey. They had numerous tap num- bers, including “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

A few improvements,

however, would probably have added to the play’s enjoy- ment. Scene changes were a bit dragged out. Feet could be seen running behind the cur- tain several times during the length of the show. Occasion- ally, one could also hear the full company singing off-key. Overall, the play was worth seeing. It had solid ac- tors and actresses, phenom- enal dancers, and wonderful casting choices. For a small St. Mary’s County troupe, Summerstock knows how to put on a pretty professional show. Watch out for Summer- stock’s next show, “Seussical,” being performed July 2008.

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Ramblings of a Country Girl

Photo by Adam Ross Ah, The Carnival
Photo by Adam Ross
Ah, The

Terri Bartz Bowles

Yea! It’s carnival time!

I feel like Snoopy doing the

happy dance at supper time! How great is it to live in a place where the volunteer fire departments and rescue

squads still put on a carnival every summer? It’s pretty

darn great, that’s what. In St.

Mary’s County, carnivals are

a tradition and part of what

makes the county the great place that it is. It’s the little things that are really the trea-

sures of day-to-day life and long-standing events like the firemen’s carnivals are one of those things.

There aren’t as many as there used to be. They’ve dwindled down over the years for various reasons and we’re

down to three. Mechanics- ville, my hometown, has al- ways had the first carnival of the season. When it’s time for the Mechanicsville carnival, we’re all ready; it’s been so long since carnival time the year before, we’re longing for

things to get started. Next is Hollywood, home of awesome French fries, and then Ridge always rounds things out by giving us our last taste of car- nivals for one more summer. See, if you are ‘from around here’, you know what order the carnivals happen. It’s just part of the county scene, what makes the county, well - the county. What’s so much fun about the carnivals? Pretty much everything. There are rides, of course, and my personal fa- vorite is the carousel. There are games to play and prizes to win. There are raffles for both prizes and cash, in addi- tion to two bicycles being giv- en away, usually each night. And there’s bingo – I do love to play bingo. It’s cheap and fun and you can sit there for as long as you want, listening to the sounds of the carnival, catching a breeze and eating your fries, hoping you’ll be the next one to call out “Bingo”! Of course, you’re going to run into folks you know at the carnival because all fun and reasonable people are go- ing to the carnival for at least one night during the course of it. You chat with old friends, see how big their kids have gotten, catch up on the news. You’re gonna hit the beer stand and get your 10 oz. Bud- weiser. From comments I’ve

received from non-natives, it would seem that not all car- nivals have a beer stand but again, that’s part just part of St. Mary’s County. You have to have a beer stand and you have to sell 10 oz. cans. The absolute best part of the carnival, though, is the food. I don’t know if you realize it or not, but there’s a law that requires all carnival attendees to have at least one slice of carnival pizza. It’s not authentic New York pizza or anything like that; it tastes different from every other kind of pizza and you can only get it during the carnivals. It is called ‘carnival pizza’ be- cause that’s what it is and it is a unique taste sensation. You also should have French fries. Other requirements in- clude sno-cones or ice cream, and cotton candy. There are burgers and dogs and nachos and all that stuff, so just go for dinner and then graze for a couple of hours. Just don’t miss going to a carnival this summer. I don’t need to en- courage the natives, we al- ready know that going to the carnival is a summer require- ment. I do want to encourage the rest of you, though. Go, eat, play, ride and enjoy a little slice of the kind of event that builds a community, makes it last and makes it a worthwhile place to live.


Odd News

BUENOS AIRES- In the small city of Villa Mercedes, which is in central Argentina, a blackout in a major hospi- tal last Saturday almost cost Leonardo Molina, 29, his life. Molina was undergoing emergency appendix surgery when a total blackout left his surgeons in the complete dark. One of Molina’s relatives apparently went and got a couple cell phones from people in order to provide some light from the screens. The generator was supposedly malfunctioning and could not provide its required emergency power. Witnesses say the power was out for almost an hour, but a hospital representative say it was only a maximum of 20 minutes. Needless to say, the surgeons did finish the operation safely and effectively. What a scare!

CHARLESTON, Ill.- Note to college applicants: make sure you send your applications in neat envelopes and pack- ages with well-written hand writing if you don’t want to be a suspected bomb threat! The Eastern Illinois University campus was evacuated last Friday because a mail carrier noticed a package addressed to the university’s admissions office in sloppy writing, with no return address. The pack- age became suspicious because there were misspellings, and there was tape all over the outside. Police notified the bomb squad who then x-rayed and examined the package before finding out it contained only an application to the school. Now the question is, since it is just an innocent applica- tion, will this incident affect the person’s chance of getting into the school? Most likely not, according to a university spokeswoman.

MINOT, N.D.- How disappointing would it be to lose out on $1,000 because you forgot a punctuation mark?! Sur- prisingly, that actually did happen to Kevin Taylor, 30, of Minneapolis. The North Dakota State Fair was holding a text messaging contest when it was down to the last two competitors, Taylor and Beth Brevik, 32, of Minot. Dur- ing the sudden death round, Taylor was first to put down his phone, but when the judges verified his answer, they re- vealed that he had forgotten the exclamation point at the end of his phrase. So, he had to settle for $200 while Brevik got the grand prize of $1,000. As for Brevik, she’s thankful for her luck.

tion of the property or all the property.” Planners are also consid- ering a Limited Development Area (LDA) classification, which would be less accom- modating to the needs of Ryken. However, because of the demand to preserve criti- cal areas and limit rainwater runoff, Ryken will likely be evaluated from those stand- points as well. Jackman said a growth allocation program started in 1990 would likely be used

to rezone the 28 acres. That

program was designed to al- low up to 15 percent, or 1100 to 1200 acres of land classi- fied RCA, to be converted to

another category. Jackman was unsure of how much growth allocation has been used in program’s 17-

year existence, but said it was

a “relatively small amount.” “In 1990, when we were

putting the program togeth- er, it was thought that there would be a greater [demand] for landowners in a position of low density,” said Jackman. “But there hasn’t.” Commissioner Daniel H. Raley was concerned that if growth allocation was levied,

it might go unused, a similar

situation the town of Leon- ardtown found itself in years ago. Raley wanted to know if the commissioners awarded

the growth allocation and it wasn’t needed, could they get it back. Last Tuesday, Cana- van told the commissioners he was unsure if they could

get the growth allocation back and would look into it. Cana- van has since not returned re- peated phone calls from The County Times for an update. According to Jackman, this effort has been ongoing for about a year. “We had a hearing last fall,” Jackman added, “but the issue stalled.”

The next step is a public hearing to be held August 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s County Governmen- tal Center.

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The rezoning process is not a given, however, as Ryken’s application will un- dergo careful analysis and scrutiny by Land Use and Growth Management, the Planning Commission and the general public. However, LUGM is likely in support of rezoning all 28 acres as IDA, Jackman said. “I do think we have a pre- liminary recommendation,” Jackman told The County Times. “We’re supportive of correcting the mapping area, but I’m not sure if it’s a por-


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“We’ve never had a large animal die off that I know of,” Beale said. “But it’s always something we need to be cau- tious of.” The recent drought and intense heat have ruined many farmers’ crops of corn and sorghum, and farmers have started to cut down those plants that are unfit for hu- man consumption and giving

it to their livestock, especially since the drought has dried

up many pastures that farm- ers normally use for livestock grazing. The decrease in feed stocks for farm animals has forced some farmers to use hay or some of the livestock feed they had saved up for the winter now. That means a feed deficit and more costs to farmers, Beale said, along with the possibility that some of the corn they want to use could be toxic. “It can be a double blow,”

Beale said. “Right now [ni- trate levels] are low to aver- age… but as time goes on there’ll be crops with [high nitrate levels.” Farmers can combat the toxic effects of nitrates in their grain feed stocks by mixing the feed with other types with low nitrate contents or placing any nitrate rich feed in a silo. By sitting in a silo, the nitrates in the grain will be eliminated by a slow fermen- tation process, Beale said. “It effectively brings the nitrate load down to safe lev-

els,” he added. Farmers who may have the most concerns are the ones that cut down feed plants from fields that use a large amount or manure or nitrogen based fertilizer. Plants may also absorb high levels of nitrates after a drought breaking rain when they quickly take in a large amount of water that is satu- rated with the nitrates, Beale said. The drought has become such a problem that during his visit to Southern Maryland,

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said he has asked the federal government to declare the re- gion a disaster area and make emergency funds available to farmers to help cover their losses. “Working with the State Farm Service Agency and the Maryland Department of Agriculture, we estimate that farmers in Maryland have lost between 30 and 60 percent of their crop,” O’Malley said in a statement. “By requesting this disaster designation we hope to provide some relief to our local farmers.” Amy Farrell, executive director of the St. Mary’s County branch of the Farm Service Agency, said any re- lief from the federal govern- ment would have to wait until after August 10 at the earliest, when her group would submit another report of actual crop losses required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enact the disaster relief. “Right now we’re gather- ing data for the report,” Farrell said. “[Federal aid] doesn’t happen quickly.”

Sporadic rains from July 26 to July 29 would be helpful said one farmer, but farmers needed much more rain fall to have any hope of salvaging their soybean crop. “I guess it helped some, but it’s a little late,” said Cali- fornia-based farmer Raymond Norris. “It could help with the soybeans, but at this point you’d be lucky to get half of a crop.” The recent spotty rains could also help alleviate the plight of farmers look- ing to feed their livestock in pastures. “It’ll definitely help them, if they got it,” Norris said. “They really need that water.” Norris said a break in the drought would help get the fall wheat crop off to a good start. “Maybe we can get a good wheat crop planted, maybe that’ll help with some of the losses,” Norris said.


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James Thomas Beavers,

James Thomas Beavers, 74, of Avenue, Md. died July 26, 2007 in St. Mary’s Hos- pital, Leonardtown, Md. of complications from leukemia. Born Dec. 14, 1932 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late John Edward Beavers and Pauline Emma (Regan) Beavers. Mr. Beavers graduated from Chamberlain Technical School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army Medic Core in the early 1950s, and worked as a plumber and excavator. He enjoyed horseracing, base-

ball, and was a member of the American Legion. He married Joanne Elizabeth Beavers on October 16, 1954. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joanne Elizabeth Beavers of Avenue, M.d., three children, James Patrick Bea-

vers, Sr. of St. Leonard, Md.,

Jeanette Elizabeth Hatchell

of Chesapeake Beach, Md.

and Jason Edward Beavers of

Port Republic, Md., brother,

Richard Cornelius Beavers of Edgewater, Md. and six grandchildren, Crystal Rose Garten, Megan Wyatt Bea-

vers, James Patrick Beavers,

Jr., Shane Robert Beavers, Jessica Elizabeth Beavers, and Wyatt Christopher Beavers. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by

his sisters, Elizabeth Gasch


Eileen Pauline Beavers


brothers, William “Al”

Beavers, John Edward Bea-

vers, Jr., and Stanley Patrick

Beavers. The family received friends Sunday, July 29, 2007

from 1-5 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leon-

Prayers were

ardtown, Md

recited at 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrat-

ed on Monday, July 30, 2007 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood,

Md Father Early will be the

celebrant. Interment followed in Chesapeake Highland Me- morial Park, in Port Republic,

Md. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Mary’s County - Unit 350, P.O. Box 1032, Lexington Park, MD 20653 and/or OPIS of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 527, Leon- ardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. in Leonardtown, Md.

Burnell Bennings, 6

Burnell Bennings, 86, of Me- c h a n i c s - ville, Md. formerly of Riverdale, Md. died July 28, 2007 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Born April 11, 1921 in Prattsville, Ark. he was the son of the late Ruby Yates and Leonard Homer Bennings. He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine Chase Bennings whom he married in 1943 in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his chil- dren: Barbara Bennings and Burnell B. Bennings both of Mechanicsville, Md. and John Bennings of Eldersburg, Md.; siblings: Charles Bennings of Redding, Calif., Carson Ben- nings of McKinleyville, Calif. and Gloria Deere of Malvern, Ark.; four grandchildren and

of Redding, Calif., Carson Ben- nings of McKinleyville, Calif. and Gloria Deere of Malvern, Ark.; four


great grandchildren. He


also preceded in death

by his daughter: June Marie Courtney; siblings: Bobby Bennings and Germaine Livingston. Mr. Bennings attended Central High School, he moved to St. Mary’s County in 2001. He worked as a facility manager for the U.S. Cham-

ber of Commerce for 11 years

until his retirement in 1981.

He also served in the U.S. Navy for 36 years from 1940 – 1976 during WWI where he was stationed in the South

Pacific and the Atlantic. He

was a member of the Knights

74 of Columbus and he enjoyed gardening, wood working and

latch hooking.

The family received friends on Wednesday, August

1, 2007 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Pa., Leonardtown, Md., where Prayers will said

at 7 p.m

Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 10 a.m. in St. John’s Catho-

lic Church, Hollywood, Md.

with Fr. Raymond Schmidt

officiating. Interment will fol- low in Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suitland, MD 20746. Pall-

bearers will be Justin Davis, David Knutson, David Knut- son, Jr., Bob Hicks and Randy Carroll. Contributions may be made to St. John’s Build- ing Fund, 43927 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636 and/or Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. Ar- rangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral

Home, P.A.

A Mass of Christian

Ruby Marie Gray, 7,

R u b y Marie Gray, 78, of Lex-

i n

Park, Md. died July 26, 2007 at St. Mary’s Ho s pit a l. Born July 26, 1929 in Floyd, Va. she was the daughter of the late John E. and Almeda E. Sowers Al-

derman. She was the loving wife of the late Lloyd A. Gray whom she married in July of 1947 in Mt. Zion Church, Laurel Grove, Md. She is sur- vived by her sons Lloyd Ed- ward Gray, Gary Dale Gray and David Alan Gray, all of Lexington Park, Md,, her sis-

ters; Gertha May Aldridge

of Floyd, Va., Freeda Oneda Gragan of Loveville, Md. as well as four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her

siblings; Edgar Ellis Alder-

man, Elizabeth June Sowers,

William Henry Alderman,

Lula Alice Alderman, Hazel

Louise Alderman and Selva

Jean Alderman. The family

received friends on Monday, July 30, 2007 from 5-8 p.m. in Mattingley-Gardiner Fu-

neral Home, Leonardtown,

Md A Funeral Service was

held on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 10 a.m. in the Mattingley- Gardiner Funeral Home Cha-

pel with Rev. Sheldon Reese officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md Contributions may be made to Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Fu-

neral Home, P.A.

provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Fu- neral Home, P.A. g t o n Robert Hartshorn, 7 Robert





Robert Hartshorn, 7

Robert Hartshorn, 78, of Hollywood, Md. died June 17, 2007 in St. Mary’s Hospi- tal, Leonardtown, Md., from complications due to a debili- tating stroke suffered in April


Born Aug. 3, 1928 in Kensington, Md., he was the son of the late George Ernest

and Essie Johnstone (Mc-

Cutcheon) Hartshorn. Mr. Hartshorn graduated from Dartmouth College in 1950, with a BA in History. He served in the United States Air Force. He continued his education at Northrop Insti- tute of Technology in Califor- nia and earned a BS in Elec- tronic Engineering. In 1966 he moved his family to St. Mary’s County and began his career at Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center. He retired after 25 years of dedicated service to our country as an Electronic Engineer at NATC, Department of Electronic Warfare and Reconnaissance. His passions were avia-

tion, history, genealogy and

working on his small farm.

He passed away on Fa-


his grandchildren. He

B.P.O.E. Elks lodge in Lex-

ther’s day to be with his Heav-


always a devoted single

ington Park, MD, and the

enly Father. We love you,


and is survived by his

Navy Wives Club. While

Dad, and will miss you, but


loving children, William


children were attending

we know we’ll meet again.

Benjamin Johnson, III and his

Catholic schools in the coun-

He is survived by his


Theresa, Jennifer Renee


Mary was an active parent

loving wife, Mary D. Harts-

Johnson and her companion


horn and daughters, Susan-


Bean, Heather Marie

After Mary and Walter

nah Lynch and Sarah “Sally”


and her husband Jo-

retired in 1980 they purchased

Brown both of Hollywood,


and his son-in-law Justin

a second home in Indialantic,


and Beth Beardall of Hal-

Lee Smith all of Hollywood,

FL and became “snowbirds”

ton Hills, Ontario, their spous-


He is also survived by

spending the winter in sunny

es, six grandchildren and two


grandchildren who he

Florida. During their retire-

brothers, William Hartshorn

referred to as “Pop Pop’s Ba-

ment years, Mary pursued

and Elden Hartshorn.


Bailey Michelle Smith,


love of travel, and she

The family will receive


Marie Brooks, Hannah


her husband took many

friends on Friday, August


Smith, William Ben-

wonderful vacations around

3, 2007 from 5-8 p.m. in the


Johnson, IV, Travis


world. As their health

Brinsfield Funeral Home

Christopher Johnson, Alyssa

began to fail, Mary and Wal-

Chapel, Leonardtown, Md.; where a Memorial Service

will be conducted at 7 p.m.

Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, me- morial contributions may be made to HOSPICE of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or CareNet Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 31, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. in Leonardtown, MD.

John Kauffman

Hostetler, 73

John Kauffman Hostetler,

73, of Charlotte Hall, Md. died

July 31, 2007 at his residence.

Born June 28, 1934 in Bel-

leville, Pa. he was the son of the late Elizabeth F. and Ru- fus J. Hostetler. For arrange- ment details please visit our website at A full obituary will appear at a

later date.

Kevin Allen Jaros, 16

K e v i n Allen Jaros, 16, of Lau- rel, Md., and formerly of Hollywood, Md. and Lusby, Md. died July 26, 2007 at

Children’s Hospital. Born June 12, 1991 in Leonardtown, Md. he was the son of Edward and Debbie Grilli Jr. of Laurel,

Md He is survived by his sib-

lings Tina Mathis, Matthew Mathis, Edward Grilli III and Adam Grilli, all of Lau-

rel, Md

Kevin was a student

at Ruth Parker Eason High


School, Millersville, Md

family received friends on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from 5- 8 p.m. in Mattingley-Gardiner

Funeral Home, Leonardtown,

Md. where prayers were said

at 7 p.m. led by Pastor Clyde Phillips. A Funeral Service

will be held on Wednesday,

August 1, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with

Pastor Phillip Schol officiat-

ing. Interment will follow in

Charles Memorial Gardens,


Leonardtown, Md

ers will be Jerry Jaros, Jesse Long, Matthew Mathis and Robbie Russell Arrangements provided by the Mattingley- Gardiner Funeral Home, Pa

provided by the Mattingley- Gardiner Funeral Home, Pa William Benjamin “Billy” Johnson, Jr., 50 W liam

William Benjamin “Billy” Johnson, Jr., 50

W liam Benja- min “Billy” Johnson, Jr., 50, of Holly- wood, Md. died sud- denly, July 26, 2007 in Washington Hospital Center. Born June 27, 1957 in Leonardtown, Md. he was the son of Lillian Ma- ria Johnson of Leonardtown, Md. and the late William Benjamin Johnson, Sr. Billy

was one of a kind and you’ll

never find a better man. He




one of a kind and you’ll never find a better man. He i l - was


friendly to everyone he


and would go out of his


for anyone who needed

anything. He enjoyed playing cards, taking trips to Dover, reading the newspaper, watch-

ing western movies and most importantly spending time


Bean and Baby Girl

ter moved to the Hermitage


addition to his children and

due in September. In

Assisted Living Center in Solomons where Walter died

grandchildren, he is survived


2002. They were married

by his Mother, Lillian Ma-

for 57 years. Mary stayed on

ria Johnson of Leonardtown,


the Hermitage where she

Md., his sister Gloria Abell

could still be close to many


her husband Jackie of

familiar friends.

Hollywood, Md., Joyce Den-

She is survived by her

nis and her husband Roger of Mt. Pleasant, MI his brother

children, John Popp and his wife, Joyce of Greensboro,


Johnson and his wife

N.C., Nancy Mercure and her


of California, Md., his

husband, Jim of Reston, Va.


Carolyn McMahon and

and Larry Popp and his wife,

her husband Tommy of Bak-

Louise of Salt Lake City,

ersville, N.C., his sister Mary Vaughan and her husband

Utah, nine grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Dawn,


of Lexington Park, Md.,

Kelly and her husband, Joel,

his brother Donald Johnson and his wife Theresa of Leon-

Aimee, Ryan, Jeremy, Dan, Amanda, Julia and Lauren,

ardtown, Md. his brother Mi-

and five great-grandchildren,


Johnson and his wife

Adam, Devin, Coreena, Jer-

Charlene of Leonardtown,

emy, and Maria.


his sister Debbie Fulton

In addition to her parents

and her husband Mark of Hol-

and her husband, Mary is pre-

lywood, Md. and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-

ceded in death by his father

William Benjamin Johnson,

Sr., his sister Dottie Johnson

and his niece Julie Dennis.

He was a lifelong St. Mary’s County resident where he

worked for Johnson Plumbing.

The family received friends in the Mattingley-Gardiner Fu-

neral Home on Monday, July

30, 2007 from 5 – 8 p.m. with

prayers being said at 7 p.m

A Mass of Christian Burial

was celebrated in St. John’s

Catholic Church, Hollywood,


on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

at 10 a.m. with Fr. Raymond

Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memo-

ceded in death by her brother, Joseph Dawson. The family will receive friends on Monday, August

6, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. in the

Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A Funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Au- g ust 7, 2007 at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Arlington National

Cemetery, Arlington, Va

Serving as pallbear- ers will be John Popp, Larry Popp, Jim Mercure, Michael

Popp, Ryan Sides, and Jeremy

Sides. Memorial contributions

may be made to the Alzheim-


Gardens, Leonardtown

er’s Association, Southern


Pallbearers will be Tom

Maryland Office, P.O. Box


Mark Fulton, Brandon

1889, LaPlata, MD 20646.

Johnson, Justin Smith, Brent

Condolences to the fam-


and James Vaughan.

ily may be made to www.

Honorary Pallbearers will

be Donald Johnson, Michael

Johnson and all of his grand-

children. Arrangements pro-


by the Mattingley-Gar-


Funeral Home, Pa.

Mary Dawson Popp, 4

M a r y

D a w s o n

Popp, 84 of






27, 2007 in


MD died on June 27, 2007 in Hermitage A s s i s t e d

A s s i s t e d

Living Center, Solomons,

Md She had Alzheimer’s


Born April 18, 1923 in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Dawson and Charlotte (Brad-

ley) Dawson. She was educated at Aquinas Dominican Catholic

High School. After two years


secretarial school, she went


work at the Naval War Col-

lege in Chicago where she met her husband Walter, a career

Navy man.

Mary and her family lived

in St. Mary’s County since

1957 when her late husband,

Walter, retired from the Navy

and went to work at Patuxent River Naval Air Test Cen-

ter. They loved living in St.

Mary’s County, where they

made great friends and were

active in the religious, civic,

and social activities of the


Although Mary was pri-

marily a housewife and moth-

er, she worked for a number

of years as office manager for Dr. Lee George, a close friend and dentist in Leonardtown,

Md She was also an active

member of Immaculate Heart

of Mary Catholic Church, the

Penny Michelle Brooks Simms, 46

Pe n ny


i c h e l l e


r o o k s

Simms, 46,

of Lexing-

ton Park,


r o o k s Simms, 46, of Lexing- ton Park, 28, Md. died July 2007

Md. died


2007 in St.


pital, Leonardtown, Md

Born Feb. 28, 1961 in

Leonardtown, Md., she was

the daughter of the late Louis Marshall and Rose Rebecca Dyson Brooks. She grew up in Park Hall,

MD and attended Great Mills

High School. She completed

Blades Beauty Academy in

2000. On June 25, 1988 she

was united in marriage to the

late Clarence Edward Simms,

Sr. One child, Desmond Ma-

nilito was born to this union.

Penny was employed with the federal government for 21

years. She last worked as a

Management/ Program Assis-


with the Naval Air War-


Center, Aircraft Division,

Patuxent River, Md

She received her early Christian training at Park Hall True Holiness Church in Park

Hall, Md., formerly House of

God Gates of Heaven Mission

#2, under the leadership of the late Bishop John Clifton. It is

there where she first accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Later in her Christian walk, she joined Oasis of Victory Christian Church International under the leadership of Pastor James Spence, Jr. Penny was a wonderful mother, daughter, godmother,

sister, and special friend. She

was a fun loving and very outspoken person. You never had to wonder how she felt about anything because she would always tell you. Her

family and friends will miss

her. Penny stood the test of

time during her battle with cancer and she never com- plained. It was her faith in God that kept her going. Yet God gave her strength to go

just a little farther. And today, we submit and bow in humble

submission to the perfect will

of God.

She is survived by her son, Desmond Manilito of Lexington Park, Md., nine sisters, Clara Collins, Lois

Taylor, Deborah Newkirk, all

of Lexington Park, Md., Con-

stance Brooks of Park Hall,

Md., Audrey Hill of Lexing-

ton Park, Md., Faith Campbell

of Park Hall, Md., Karen Da-

vis of Capital Heights, Md., Rachel Brooks of Lexington Park, Md. and Candy Carroll

of Park Hall, Md., four broth-

ers, Louis Brooks, Jr., Hardin Brooks, both of Park Hall, Md., Delroy Brooks of An- napolis, Md. and Eric “Tony” Brooks of California, Md., two uncles, Robert and Hen- derson Brooks, nephew, Keith Brooks, affectionately known

as “little brother”, three spe-

cial sisters, Agnes, Angela, and Anita Brooks, godchil- dren, Derrick Carroll, Talisha Campbell, Marquis Hill, Sher- man Knott and Jayla Morgan,

and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded

in death by two brothers, Mar-

shall and Randy Brooks. The family will receive friends Friday, August 3,

2007 from 5-8 p.m. in Oasis

of Victory Christian Church

International, Lexington Park,

MD. Prayers will be recited at

7 p.m. A Funeral Service will be conducted on Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.

in the church. Pastor James O.

Spence, Jr. will conduct the service. Interment will follow in Park Hall True Holiness Church Cemetery, Park Hall,


Serving as pallbearers will be Eric Brooks, Jr., Keith Brooks, Reginald Brown III, Tyrik Campbell, DeWitt Tay- lor, and Rodney Taylor. Serv- ing as honorary pallbearers will be Randy Brooks, Jr., Troy Brooks, Juwan Carroll, William Fenwick, Brandon Livingston, and Dwight “DJ” Taylor, Jr.

Arrangements by the

Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

in Leonardtown, MD.

Ethel Ardene Wilson, 79

E t h e l


r d e n e

Wilson, 79,

of Leonar-

dtown, Md.

died July 28, 2007 in




u r s i n g


e n t e r ,

St. Mary’s N u r s i n g C e n t e r ,

Leonardtown, Md Born March 18, 1928 in Beaverton, Ore., she was the daughter of the late Leo Carl Drone and Anna Cecelia (Carlson) Drone. Ardene, as she was known throughout her life, worked for the Air Force Systems Com-

mand on Andrews Air Force Base, MD for several years. She retired from the Federal

Aviation Administration in

Washington, D.C. in April of


She is survived by two

daughters, Michelle D. Block

of Bluffton, SC and Marsha

A. Dyson of Leonardtown,

Md., one son, Jeffrey L. Wil-

son of North Beach, Md., sis- ter, Dorothy L. Tobin of New Berlin, WI, brother, Edward F. Drone of Chilton, WI, two sis- ters-in-law, Marion L. Barnett


Whittier, Calif. and Audrie


Wilson of Eau Claire, WI,

six grandchildren, Kyle H. Ta-

bor of Rockville, Md., Joanne

D. Patane of Frankfurt, Ger-

many, Carl S. Dyson of Leon- ardtown, Md., Neal C. Dyson

See Obits page A-10

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The County Times

Section A -


Continued from page A-

St. Mary’s County Pub- lic Schools, in conjunction with the Institute of Human Growth and Development and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, will ini- tiate and expand seven chess programs this fall that are part of its Chesapeake Chess Project. Students at George Wash- ington Carver, Lexington Park, Green Holly and Park Hall elementary schools; Spring Ridge Middle School and Great Mills High School will be afforded the oppor- tunity to learn and cultivate their understanding of the game, and then compete in countywide tournaments to gauge achievement. For years, the implemen- tation of chess into school curriculums has been care- fully studied and widely con- sidered beneficial to students who regularly show increased problem solving, math and reasoning skills from playing the game. “A lot of research says kids that learn chess are helped academically,” said Mark Smith, coordinator for special programs at St. Mary’s Coun- ty Public Schools, “because

they are presented a series of problems and they have to evaluate and make decisions. Practicing those skills helps in ways of learning.” Smith is one of many who believe the values of chess are far reaching in today’s educa- tional system, which also co- incides with the views held by Maryland’s political leaders. In 2006, the Maryland General Assembly appropri- ated $255,000 to the Mary- land State Department of Ed- ucation for chess in schools. State officials awarded 24 pro- grams across the state with up to $10,000 in grant funding to support their chess initiatives. While the money was seen as a positive step to- wards enhancing students’ access to the game around the state, according to Renee Cottman-Reyes, an education specialist for MSDE, the state

didn’t’ go as far as others have

in the past. New Jersey passed

a bill legitimizing chess as a

unit of instruction within the elementary school curriculum in 1992. Meanwhile, Cottman- Reyes said MSDE received 33 proposals, and due to the qual- ity of most of them, MSDE funded four more proposals than it initially planned.

St. Mary’s County’s pro- posal was strong enough to

land it $10,000, which was used to aid and expand a pre- viously developed program

that has received support from

a variety of organizations and

local management boards around the county. As part of the project ab- stract submitted to the state, SMCPS wrote “a key feature of the program is that it serves all three levels of schools: el- ementary, middle and high. This allows the program to

build a cadre of chess players who increase their skills year

after year…” The county’s program will encompass 105 students at six schools and a seventh location known as the Global Village After School Program put out by the Institute for Human Growth and Develop- ment. The program will be strictly an after school activ- ity except at Great Mills High School.

“Most programs only

fund one school,” Smith said, “but we can stretch it because we have a lot of infrastructure already in place.” Smith added that the school board hopes to eventu- ally grow the program so that

it is in every school within the St. Mary’s system. Five site leaders from the

Boys and Girls Clubs will work in the program’s schools

and organize the activities. In addition, a staff member or community leader will be hired by each school to run

the program. According to Smith, the person hired will receive either an hourly rate or stipend, but does not have to be an expert chess player. “If they are just familiar with the game that is good,” Smith added. “But even if they aren’t we will have some materials available that make it pretty easy to learn the game. It’s just as important to us to hire someone able to motivate kids and structure the program.” Six local tournaments are planned for next year, which will include four “in house tournaments” and two countywide tournaments be- tween local schools that will be hosted by Great Mills High School. Smith said he has also been in discussion with super- intendents from other counties and hopes that in the next year or two they can set up state- wide tournaments. “We want chess to be something that kids are ex- cited about,” Smith said, “in

the same way they are inter- ested in basketball or [physi- cal] sports.”

are inter- ested in basketball or [physi- cal] sports.” Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s County Public

Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Studies show playing chess enhances students’ cognitive abilities to prob- lem solving and reason.

Navy News
Navy News

New Anti-tamper Office At Pax Now In Full Swing

Amy Kaper

The (AT) director, Don Traeger, said, “We are now fully engaged, even though there are still some Navy programs unaware of the change.” The aim of the depart-

ment, according to Traeger, is

tronic component, a software program) apart and analyzes its workings in detail. The “reverse engineers” then usually to try to make a new device or program that does the same thing, with- out exactly copying anything

Staff Writer

The Department of the Navy (DON) has recently put a new anti-tamper office, with the technical warrant holder now located at Pax. The responsibility for anti-tamper (AT) work was changed at first to NAVAIR from the office of the Assis- tant Secretary of the Navy in 2005. The first year was de- veloping policy and processes and bringing the company into complete operation.


prevent, or at least delay, in-

from the original so as to not infringe on a copyright set down by the inventors. There are many commer- cial reverse engineering ven- dors; software and firmware tools; even workshops on re- verse engineering techniques. “We want to make it more

filtration by unwanted sources outside of the Navy. The Navy’s main concern “reverse engineering.” Re- verse engineering is a process in which an individual or a team takes something (e.g. a mechanical device, an elec-

difficult if the system falls into unauthorized hands, either on the battlefield or through for- eign military sales,” he ex- plained. “Anti-tamper is de- signed to make it difficult to open the systems and obtain critical program information and technology.” Anti-tamper implementa- tion is a Department of De- fense requirement, with each service department having their own technical author- ity. Each of the Navy’s system commands, the United States Marine Corps, NAVAIR, NAVSEA and SPAWAR, have their own technical warrant holder responsible for endors- ing their program AT plans. With the apprehension of an endorsement, the plans then go to the Navy’s AT office at Patuxent River where funding

issues, technical processes and collaboration efforts are discussed. The AT Technical War- rant Holder responsible for AT execution across the DON at that level is Darrell Cole. “One of the main reasons our office was formed was to align anti-tamper within sys- tems engineering,” said Cole. “Now we are able to integrate anti-tamper into the engineer- ing and engineering review processes, as well as oversee multiple procedures and im- prove partnering efforts.” Cole then forwards those plans to RDML Steven East- burg, Commander, Naval Air Warfare System, Air- craft Division, with bhis rec- ommendations for the final endorsement. “Anti-tamper is not a sil-

ver bullet and it isn’t a substi- tute for other security prac- tices,” he said. “It is simply the last line of defense.” said Traeger. The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is offering

a Program Manager Intro-

duction to Anti-Tamper class (CLE 022) discussing DOD critical technology and how AT fits within the spectrum of DOD activities on protecting Critical Program Information. For more information go to Excerpts of this article were taken from a NAVAIR press release written by Vicki Falcón.

Presidential Test Helicopter Completes Maiden Flight

Amy Kaper

cle #2 (TV-2) was assembled and prepared at an Agus- taWestland facility in Yeovil, UK. It is the first test aircraft built principally for the VH- 71 Presidential Helicopters Program. During the 40-minute flight, AgustaWestland Chief Test Pilot Don Maclaine and Senior Test Pilot Dick True- man performed general air-

craft handling checks, tested flight characteristics at vary- ing speeds up to 135 knots, and evaluated the on-board avionics systems. “Seeing our first VH-71 test vehicle flying is an im- portant stepping stone and an exciting event for the entire program, the culmination of

tremendous amount of work


Staff Writer

On July 3, the presidential helicopter VH-71 was tested and successfully completed its maiden flight. This achieve- ment signified a momentous milestone in the development of the United States’ Presiden- tial aircraft. The designated Test Vehi-

by the Government and In-

dustry team,” said Doug Isleib, U.S. Navy pro- gram manager, Presiden- tial Helicopters Program. “We all should be proud of this accomplishment as we look forward to the day when these he- licopters are landing on the South Lawn of the White House.” Before TV-2 is delivered to the test facility at Pax River this fall for structural testing, the aircraft will complete ini- tial shake-down flying and embark on flight trials to test the newly integrated avionics

systems and aircraft systems. The VH-71 industry team

will build a fleet of “Marine One” helicopters in two incre- ments. Four test aircrafts and five pilot production VH-71 aircrafts comprising the In- crement 1 phase are to be de- livered through 2009. Increment 1 will satisfy the pressing need for an air system with enhanced perfor- mance. Increment 2 will see a significant increase in aircraft performance, and will feature technical enhancements de- signed to give command and control capability while in flight. Aircraft final assembly will be by Bell Helicopter in Texas with missionization by

Lockheed Martin Systems In- tegration in NY. When completed, the “Marine One” will be the world’s most technologically

advanced helicopter that safe-

ly and reliably transports the

president and vice president

of the United States, heads of

state and other official parties both at home and abroad with mobile “Oval Office in the sky” capabilities. These “Oval

Office in the sky” capabilities feature tools for presidential support. Initial Operational Capa- bility of the Presidential he- licopter is scheduled for late


for presidential support. Initial Operational Capa- bility of the Presidential he- licopter is scheduled for late

Section A - 10

The County Times

Thursday, August 2, 2007


Continued from page A- of Waynesville, Mo., Kristen R. Dyson of Washington, DC and Paul J. Patane of Min- netonka, Minn., four nieces and two nephews. In addition to her parents, Ardene is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Ells- worth Wilson who died on December 24, 2004. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Au- gust 1, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Mary- land Office, P.O. Box 1889, LaPlata, MD 20646. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. in Leonardtown, MD.

Mary Jean Wood, 66

Mary Jean Wood, 66, of Mechanicsville, Md. died July

66 Mary Jean Wood, 66, of Mechanicsville, Md. died July 25, 2007 and his wife, Lisa



and his wife, Lisa of Mechan-



icsville, Md., Jason McKinley


e o r g e’s


e n e r a l

Hospit al,


Md. B o r n



Wood and his wife, Sandra of

Mechanicsville, Md., Loretta Lynn Wood of Hollywood, Md., sister, Louise Thompson of Clements, Md., half-broth- er, Jay Gatton of Hollywood, Md., 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Ann Lahocki. The family received

friends Friday, July 27, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home Chapel, Charlotte Hall, Md., where a Funeral Service was conducted on Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 10 a.m. Rev- erend Tom Campbell of Gos- pel Light Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Md. will con- duct the service. Interment will follow in Mount Zion Church Cemetery, Mechanic- sville, Md. Condolences to the fam- ily may be left at www.brins-

1940 in Leonardtown, Md., she was the daughter of Mary Virginia Gatton and the late Joseph El-

mer Grove.

A lifelong resident of St.

Mary’s County, Mrs. Wood drove a school bus for the St. Mary’s County schools for 18 years. She also was a home-

maker. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing and canning her vegetables.

In addition to her mother,

she is survived by her hus- band, Alfred Wood of Me- chanicsville, Md., her six children, Brenda Lee Manize and her husband, James of Newport News, Va., Thomas C. Wood of Eastern Shore, Md., Joseph Harry Wood and his wife, Cheryl of Mechanic- sville, Md., Robert Lee Wood

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Martin O’Malley with SMECO officials and local legislators outside the Cooperative’s Hughesville headquarters. From left: Maryland Del. John Bohanan, SMECO Director Gilbert Bowling, Maryland Del. Sally Jameson, SMECO Director W. Rayner Blair III, SMECO President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Slater, O’Malley, SMECO Director Richard A. Winkler, SMECO Board Chairman Daniel W. Dyer, and SMECO Directors W. Michael Phipps, James A. Richards, and J. Douglas Frederick.

To retain the appearance of your new Tile follow these handy tips! Custom Ceramic Tile
To retain the appearance of your
new Tile follow these handy tips!
Custom Ceramic Tile to
make your house beautiful
is usually hard to find.
Well congratulations!
You just found us.
• Sweep or vacuum to remove dust
prior to cleaning.
• Use a no rinse cleaner on floor
and wall tiles, never use products
that contain bleach, acid or
ammonia. They can discolor your
• Contrary to most beliefs;
sealing grouts is not always neces-
sary. Most grouts contain “sealer”
ingredients already.
• Making sure the right cleaner is
used, mops are clean and water
is frequently changed should help
grouts stay clean.
• Good door mats at exterior doors
are recommended.
• We are always here for any
questions you may have, regarding
floor care.
Helpful Hints
New Center Opening! California, Md ImagiNations Early Learning Center At Our Hughesville and Mechanicsville Locations.
New Center Opening!
California, Md
ImagiNations Early Learning Center
At Our Hughesville and Mechanicsville Locations.
Aug 18
We Provide:
* Before & After Care
* Afternoon Snacks
(Few Slots Left)
* Spanish
* Abeka Curriculum
* Math
*Awesome Summer Program
* Phonics
* Breakfast
(6 weeks - 12 years old)
15260 Prince Fredrick Rd
(6 weeks - 12 years old)
(Formally TLC)
Now enrolling every Tuesday from 4pm - 7pm
Before & After care only, a few slots left.
Rt 235
22789 Three Notch Rd
Transportation to:
Mechanicsville Elem.
White Marsh
(6 weeks- 5 years)
Serving The Following Schools:
Carver, Green Holly, Greenview Knolls
We believe in preparing our children for entering the Public School System.