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By Guy Leonar d
St aff Wr it e
The agriculture business is changing in
St. Mary’s County and Carroll’s Equipment
is changing along with it.
A John Deere dealership, based in Dam-
eron, the family owned company has been in
business for 77 years.
But agriculture is not what it used to be
here, said Richard “Rick” Carroll.
“Farming’s not predominate in the tri-
county area anymore,” he told The County
Times. “We’ve changed with the times and
provided what the customer needed.
“But farming is probably less than 10
percent of my business now. It’s mostly con-
sumer products.”
Though it still extends lines of credit to
farmers in the region and provide services for
their equipment, the Carroll family business,
is a bellwether for how local agriculture is
“Our farms down here are growing
houses now,” said his father, Richard
“Dick” Carroll, the sec-
ond generation of the
family still helping to
the run the business.
“They say that’s
the last crop a farm
produces is hous-
es,” Dick Carroll
said. “We have
to roll with the
Brenda Hanson, a member of the fam-
ily working in sales, said that there might be
about 10 large-scale farmers who raise crops
throughout the whole county, slowing sales
of larger equipment.
But smaller pieces of farm equipment are
still going out the door, she said.
For some people, she said, farming is
simply moving to a much smaller scale.
“You have housing farmettes with two
horses and a big garden,” Hanson said. “They
need a plow and a bush hog.
“We deal with those a lot.”
Hanson said that more and more people
are looking to do their own gardens in tough
economic times and the need for small-scale
equipment could help boost their business.
Rick Carroll said he sees farming con-
tinuing as a way of life in Southern Maryland
and in St. Mary’s County, but it won’t be like
the county that his grandfather set up shop in
nearly eight decades ago.
“The acreage [of farms] has reduced but
you’re [lower] crop and commodities prices
mean you have to be so much more efficient,
to produce more with less input,” Rick Car-
roll said of stresses facing today’s farmers.
His father remembers better times, too.
“It’s surviving, we’d like to see it better,”
Dick Carroll said. “Dad opened this place in
1929 and that road out there was dirt.
“They pulled stumps with horses and
Back then more farmers bought tractors
or at least needed them serviced, Dick Car-
roll said.
That, too, has gone by the wayside.
“They don’t buy
[big] equip-
ment down here,” he said of farmers. “And
there are fewer of them down here.”
Strangely, sometimes logic gets turned
on its head, he said.
“But the thing about farmers is if they
have money, they spend it,” he said. “If they
want information on an antique machine they
come to me.
“Some of the old machines are still
working in the field and they say the can’t
afford a new piece, but when they want to re-
store one they spend the money. Hobbies are
Despite the dwindling number of farmers
here in the county, Rick Carroll said, the love
of the land that those remaining have should
be enough to keep their business going.
As long as the busi-
ness continues to adapt, that is.
“With lawn and garden, for us that’s where it
is,” he said. “As long as there’s demand in the
county, I don’t see us going away from it.”
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Brenda Hanson
Maryland Senate overwhelmingly
approved a ban on sending text mes-
sages while driving, in a vote that
was 43-4. The legislation would
create a maximum $500 fne for a
violation, which would be a misde-
meanor. Supporters say sending text
messages while driving is just too
dangerous. The bill now heads to
the House of Delegates.
There currently are no restric-
tions on adults in Maryland for using
hand-held telephones or electronic
devices while driving. A minor
with a provisional driver’s license or
learner’s permit is not allowed to use
a wireless communication device
while driving, except to call 911.
Currently, seven states and the
District of Columbia prohibit driving
while texting.
Mar yl and
Senat e
Approves Ban
on Tex t i ng
Whi l e Dr i vi ng
The Board of County Commis-
sioners for St. Mary’s County and the
Department of Recreation and Parks
have announced that registration for
2009 summer camps will begin on
April 20, 2009.
St. Mary’s County offers a va-
riety of summer camps, including
TREK (Teaching, Reaching, Enrich-
ing Kids) day camps for 6-10 year-
olds, PTO (Pre-Teen Only) camps for
11-12 year-olds, the New Horizons
camp for children with disabilities,
Camp Inspire for children and young
adults with autism, PLAY (Positive
Learning Atmosphere for Youth)
camps for 3 ½-5 year-olds, and other
specialty camps for arts and crafts
and youth ftness. Summer sports
camps this year include baseball,
softball, basketball, cheerleading, la-
crosse, football, feld hockey, tennis,
and soccer instructional programs.
Registration forms are avail-
able at the Recreation and Parks
main offce in Leonardtown, or may
be downloaded from the website at
Rec reat i on and
Par ks Announc es
Summer Camp
Regi st r at i on
Fr om Far mi ng Equi pment To Lawn Mower s,
Car r ol l ’s Have Changed Wi t h The Ti mes
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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By Guy Leonar d
St aff Wr it er
Last year Rich Johnson of Valley Lee was one of
the key county residents who pushed for a zoning or-
danance that would allow him to put up a wind
turbine on his property to produce his own
By December the new rule had passed and
Johnson was ready to go, that was until he ran
into the state’s Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas
Johnson said that in mid-February he was
told he needed to have an additional variance
to install the device; at the cost of $550 just to
wait six months for a hearing on that variance,
to get it past critical area regulations.
“County planning and zoning did very
well,” Johnson said of the latest obstacle to his
project. “The only problem was we had was
with the Critical Areas Commission and An-
napolis dictating to the county what to do.”
But just last week, the state seemed to re-
lent, Johnson said, when staff at the county’s
Department of Land Use and Growth Manage-
ment informed him that he could proceed with
his project as long as he planted some trees and
shrubs on his land.
The Critical Area Commission oversees
development and land use in areas that are near
the shore line of the Chesapeake Bay in an ef-
fort to preserve those areas from erosion and
But the commission has come under some
criticism here in the county has being too
rigid in its administration, some county com-
missioners have even said they know of homeowners
who are worried about having stumps removed from
their land for fear of running afoul of the stringent
Johnson said he was concerned for others who
might want to venture out on their own and try their
hand at energy independence.
“What about the next guy?” Johnson asked. “Do
we have to go through this B.S. again?
“They talk out of one side of their mouth about
green energy… then when you try and do
it you run into all these barriers.”
Ren Serey, executive director of the
Critical Areas Commission did not return
calls seeking comment for this article.
Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe
(R-Golden Beach) said that when both he
and Johnson attended a meeting of the
Maryland Energy Administration in An-
napolis that advocates for clean running,
green energy alternatives they were
somewhat shocked to hear that a group
that was mandated to protect the envi-
ronment was seemingly hindering an al-
ternative energy project.
“There needs to be a complete re-
view of the CAC down the line,” Jarboe
said. “What’s wrong with this picture?”
Johnson told The County Times that
he will have to plant one tree in his yard
on Heron Creek to comply with critical
areas concerns, even though he had no
trees to clear to set up his wind turbine.
Commissioner President Francis
Jack Russell (D-St. George’s Island) said
an April meeting of the CAC should clear
things up.
“We’ll have refinement of this at the
CAC in April as the last hurdle to install-
ing these,” he said.
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By Guy Leonar d
Staff Wr iter
The Board of St. Mary’s County Commis-
sioners decided against imposing any kind of
commercial trash collection on businesses to
fund about $2 million in costs from a future trash
transfer station that the county intends to build.
The transfer station project was concur-
rently delayed since the funding won’t be readily
Last week four of the members of the Board
of County Commissioners voted to have staff ex-
amine a possible fee range to help fund the entire
operation of the transfer station to be located in
the California area.
In the absence of the transfer station, the
county has been paying private haulers to move
county trash to out of state sites.
“We found it’s not actually going to pay for
itself,” said Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe.
Jarboe, who opposed any additional fees on
businesses in tough economic times, said that the
current system, which had the county paying for
commercial haulers to move trash outside of the
county to Virginia seemed to be working well
“You don’t mess with what works,” Jarboe
Tom Jarboe, president of the county’s
Chamber of Commerce, said before commis-
sioners axed the idea that a trash collection fee
would have made little sense since business own-
ers already pay to have their trash hauled away.
Jarboe also said that the only way for the
county government to collect any substantial
revenue from such a plan would be to institute a
tax and not a fee on a per usage basis.
“You can call it what you want but if they
want to collect a signifcant amount of revenue
they’d have to look at some sort of tax,” Tom Jar-
boe told The County Times. “I think the logic is
fawed; it’s not going to beneft businesses.”
County residents now pay an additional $60
a year on their tax bill to help pay for that trash
collection from the county’s trash convenience
“Most businesses already pay anyway [for
their own trash collection],” Tom Jarboe said. “I
don’t use the transfer station for my garbage.”
Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D-
Leonardtown) said before the fnal decision
that the commissioners were not enthusiastic
about having to increase trash collection fees,
even though the residential side of the payment
wouldn’t support the planned transfer station.
“The residential fee doesn’t defer all of it,”
Mattingly said. “But there’s not a strong senti-
ment to be raising fees right now.
“But if we build a transfer station we have
to fnd some way to fund it.”
Tom Jarboe said that the county’s current
solution for dealing with trash was not looking at
the long term and it needed a better solution.
“You can only export garbage for so long,”
Tom Jarboe said. “The county needs its own
long term recycling facility here, now and a way
to deal with our own garbage.
“We’re not looking at 20 years down the
road, we’re just looking at how will we deal with
it next year.”
Jarboe said he believed the members of the
Chamber of Commerce would strongly support
a long term recycling facility.
Commi ssi oner s Tabl e Tr ash
Fees For Busi nesses
Richard Johnson, of Valley Lee, stands with his son Russell next to parts to build his wind turbine. The
state’s critical area commission recently said he could proceed after initially expressing concerns over the
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Wr iter
The Board of County Commissioners gave
their nod to a lease agreement between the Town of
Leonardtown and a coop of local grape growers to
operate a winery in town and in so doing are now
ready to provide the funds for the renovation of the
winery’s future home.
“They were comfortable with the lease agree-
ment and now they’ll release money for the construc-
tion,” said Mayor J. Harry Norris. “Over the years the
building has had a lot of partitions put into it to make
“They’ll really have to gut the whole thing.”
The building, once owned by the state highway
administration, sits just off of Route 5 in town and
sits on land that the town has also purchased for park
The Southern Maryland Wine Growers Coopera-
tive is leasing the building from the town for just $1.
The county is providing $500,000 for the renova-
tion of the building, which will house vats and other
equipment that county offcials and grape growers
alike hope will produce high-quality wine.
“I really believe it’s one of the biggest things
things going on in the county,” Norris said of the proj-
ect that kicked off in the summer of last year. “It could
start a whole new industry here in St. Mary’s County.
“I think it’s going to be successful.”
The county recently approved an extra allotment
of $35,000 to aid in covering increased construction
costs at the site.
Commi ssi oner s Ready To Rel ease
Funds For Wi ner y
By Guy Leonard
Staff Wr iter
The hearing scheduled for Monday to
look over revamped plans to add a second
story to the building currently occupied by
Hospice of St. Mary’s was cancelled but
Mayor J. Harry Norris said that the project
is still on the mind of town offcials.
“It’s consistent with all our downtown
plans,” Norris told The County Times.
“And that’s to build up and provide mixed
use development and rental properties or
what they call workforce housing.”
Norris said that building the town’s
downtown area up and not out would help
to keep its current appeal.
The only issues with developer John
Norris’ plans to add a level to the building,
the mayor said, have been design related.
“At this point I don’t think anyone disagrees
with building up [on that property.]” Norris said.
“The issue is architecture.”
DeAnn Adler, development plan reviewer
for the town, said that the developer’s plans to
move ahead with the project may have changed
“It would’ve been a white or cream colored
plank siding on the second story,” she said. “And
it’s going to have balconies on the front.
“Some [planning commission members] sug-
gested it have more brick to match the building.”
The hospice organization is set to move into new
facilities in Callaway in June; property which had
previously been seized by local law enforcement as
part of a narcotics operation.
The review of the plan has not been
Hospi ce Redevel opment
Pr oj ect St i l l Up For Revi ew
By Guy Leonard
Staff Wr iter
Offcials with the Mary-
land State Highway Administra-
tion say that the streetscape proj-
ect to modernize Washington and
Fenwick streets in Leonardtown
could fnished up by the end of the
year, despite previous mistakes
made in sidewalk improvements
that stalled the project.
David Buck, spokesman for
state highways, said that previous
design faws were the fault of the
state and not of the contractor
doing the work.
The frst section of side-
walk on Washington Street was
made of non-matching material
throughout and thus did not meet
with the newly formed guidelines;
it will have to be replaced at a cost
of about $50,000 added to the con-
tract, Buck said.
But that replacement will
not happen until the sidewalk im-
provements go in on the opposing
side of Washington Street some-
time in the late spring, Buck said.
By the summer the contrac-
tor hopes to put in new turn lanes
on Washington Street as well as
tree plantings in a new median
strip, Buck said.
Just in the past week the
contractor started work on storm
drains on Washington and Fen-
wick streets and placing new curb
and gutter fxtures and guardrails
on Fenwick, Buck said.
But the work, which started
back up after a deep February chill,
has not been without incident.
On March 10 a bucket truck
employed by the contractor raised
its bucket too high into some util-
ity wires strung high above Fen-
wick Street, Buck reported, and
when the bucket came back down
it snagged wires and brought the
pole down with it.
SMECO was able to replace
the pole quickly, however, Buck
Mayor J. Harry Norris said
he was pleased that the project was
back up and running, even though
the delays had been troublesome.
“It really is a safety and road
enhancement program,” Nor-
ris said. “Overall I think we’ll be
pleased with the benefts.
Most Of St r eet scape Pr oj ect Coul d
Be Fi ni shed By Year ’s End
Photo by Guy Leonard
The town planning and zoning commission will soon review for a
second time plans of a local developer to add a second story to
the Hospice of St. Mary’s building on Washington Street.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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By The Associated Press
Here are the states with the top mortgage
fraud rates last year:
1. Rhode Island
2. Florida
3. Illinois
4. Georgia
5. Maryland
6. New York
. Michigan
8. California
9. Missouri
Source: Mortgage Asset Research Institute
Mar yl and Makes
Top 10 St at es f or
Mor t gage Fr aud
Md. Senat e Approves Tex t
Message Ban Whi l e Dr i vi ng
ANNAPOLIS (AP) _ The Maryland Senate has
overwhelmingly approved a ban on sending text mes-
sages while driving.
The vote was 43-4.
The legislation would create a maximum $500 fne
for a violation, which would be a misdemeanor.
Supporters say sending text messages while driv-
ing is just too dangerous. The bill now heads to the
House of Delegates.
There currently are no restrictions on adults in
Maryland for using hand-held telephones or electronic
devices while driving. A minor with a provisional driv-
er’s license or learner’s permit is not allowed to use a
wireless communication device while driving, except
to call 911.
Currently, seven states and the District of Colum-
bia prohibit driving while texting.
ANNAPOLIS (AP) _ Fans of moving the D.C.
United professional soccer team to Prince George’s
County plan rallied in Annapolis before heading to
hearing rooms to testify in support of the move.
About 60 fans responded after the offcial D.C.
United Web site urged them to show support for public
fnancing of a stadium in Prince George’s.
Some legislators say they’re skeptical about a bill
that would allow the Maryland Stadium Authority to
sell bonds to build the potentially $195 million venue.
They say they’re concerned about whether the stadium
would generate enough revenue to pay off 75 percent of
the bonds.
Team offcials have said they’d pay 25 percent of
the stadium’s costs and say the balance would be cov-
ered by revenue from soccer games and other events.
Fans Ral l y For Pr i nc e
Geor ge’s Soc c er St adi um
CALIFORNIA, Md. (AP) _ A credit
union in St. Mary’s County has told workers
to suspend enforcement of its ``no hats, hoods
or sunglasses’’ security policy while offcials
decide how to apply it fairly.
According to an internal memo obtained
by The Washington Post, Navy Federal Credit
Union employees have been told not to ap-
proach anyone wearing a hat, hood or sun-
glasses _ but also not to remove signs prohibit-
ing the items.
Senior vice president of security for the
credit union, Tom Lyons, says the change will
give offcials time to determine what training is
needed to make sure the policy is implemented
The memo was issued days after employ-
ees at the credit union asked to serve a Muslim
woman wearing a head scarf in a back room.
Lyons says the workers’ acted inappropriately
because the woman was clearly identifable.
Navy Feder al St ops
Enf orc i ng No-Hat Pol i cy
ANNAPOLIS (AP) _ Legislation to
give Maryland regulators more author-
ity to direct utilities to build new power
plants won’t have much effect on consum-
ers’ electric bills for at least several years,
Maryland’s Public Service Commissioner
said Friday.
Douglas Nazarian, the PSC chairman,
has been discussing the measure with
members of the Senate Finance Commit-
tee for the past two days. The bill, which
is backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, would
return some of the authority that the PSC
lost as a result of Maryland’s decision to
deregulate in 1999.
Lawmakers, who have been besieged
by e-mails and phone calls from constitu-
ents with high energy bills, have been in-
terested in knowing how this legislation
could spell relief.
``Passing this bill or not passing this
bill is not going to materially move peo-
ples’ rates up and down this year or next
year or the year after or probably the year
after that,’’ Nazarian said. ``What it’s go-
ing to do is change the way we manage the
supply and demand mix, which over time
will affect rates.’’
One of the main problems, supporters
of re-regulation say, is that Maryland has
not had signifcant power generation built
in the state since 1992. Consequently, the
state has to import more than 30 percent
of its electricity from other states, which
costs more.
A key part of the bill gives the PSC the
ability not only to direct utilities to build
power plants, but it also gives electric com-
panies eminent domain to build on a site
controlled by another company. Critics of
the current system say some companies
don’t want to build more power plants, be-
cause they are benefting from the existing
market conditions.
``This bill would allow us not only to
direct somebody to build but would allow
us to give them the authority to go get the
good site to build on, so we wouldn’t be
subject to market forces in that regard,’’
Nazarian said.
Some senators on the committee,
however, have expressed wariness about
moving quickly on the bill.
Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery,
also has questions about the measure. He
pointed out that other deregulated states
are seeing new power plants developed,
and he said he has become ``far less con-
vinced that we need to do this.’’
``I’m not convinced necessarily that
pushing this legislation forward and say-
ing we want to go back to re-regulation is
going to be better for the ratepayers from
a cost perspective,’’ Garagiola said Thurs-
day, when Nazarian also discussed the bill
with the committee.
Sen. E.J. Pipkin, who supports the bill,
said he’s optimistic it will move forward,
despite the questions lawmakers have.
``This is a complicated issue,’’ Pipkin,
R-Cecil said. ``There’s always a lot of ques-
tions surrounding it. We’re in the process
of dealing with those questions, and now
ultimately we think we can get that done.’’
Psc Chai r Di scusses Regul at i on Bi l l Wi t h Lawmaker s
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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To The Edi t or :
Dear Editor,
The natural resources of the State of
Maryland, specifically those found in and
under the Chesapeake Bay are the prop-
erty of the citizens of our great state, and
by that I mean ALL the people. Conse-
quently, the MD Legislature and the MD
Department of Natural Resources must
manage the use and exploitation of these
resources to the greatest good and welfare
of all Marylanders. When laws/regulations
are enacted that are favorable to a few and
not for the overall good, that causes a great
deal of conf lict, and sows the seeds of po-
litical discontent.
To your attention, a section of the
Patuxent River was protected from oys-
ter dredging for years and now proposed
legislation HB 584 titled “Patuxent River
– Oyster Dredging – Authorization” spon-
sored by two of Southern Maryland’s
elected representatives: Delegate Tony
O’Donnell (Dist 29c) and Delegate Sue
Kullen (Dist 28) threatens to undo years
of sanctuary and survival by old growth
I ask Del(s) O’Donnell and Kullen to
what good do they aspire with this pro-
posed legislation? Why will future Mary-
landers be served by wiping out old growth
oysters, and is this legislation really to the
overall good of all Marylanders, or even to
the majority of their own constituents?
My position is that opening oyster
sanctuaries to commercial harvest is not a
good idea. The reasons in support of my
position are numerous, but I am not alone
in my reasoning. Three notable stakehold-
ers in this upcoming decision are on record
to also be in opposition and their reason-
ing should not be ignored.
Those opposing HB 584 at the very
first hearings were: the MD Dept of Natu-
ral Resources, Chesapeake Bay Founda-
tion, and the MD Coastal Conservation
Assn. as well as a host of individual con-
servationists. These three organizations
are actively working hard to restore oys-
ters into Chesepeake Bay and the CCA
has piloted a “Grow Your Own Oysters”
program in the tributaries of the Patuxent
River to replenish oysters, which result in
improved water quality.
Those in support of the proposed leg-
islation are: MD Waterman’s Assn, Calvert
Waterman’s Assn and a few individual lo-
cal oystermen.
There is another group of supporters,
lurking in the background waiting for the
opening of this sanctuary. Remember-
ing that once the no-dredge sanctuary the
water is open to commercial waterman,
literally any Maryland licensed dredger
can and will go there. And so nearly every
oysterman within a hundred miles of the
middle Patuxent River awaits their turn to
catch their limit.
Oysters are valuable to Maryland as
seafood but more importantly as filter
feeding organisms, capable of filtering
hundreds of thousands of gallons of river
water throughout their natural lifetimes.
The longer that they live, the more capable
they become. Of course, if dredged and
harvested, their filtration ends abruptly
and this ruins the recovery of the Patux-
ent River.
The interests of the commercial oys-
ter industry has historically been balanced
against two conf licting considerations.
Firstly, there is the need to manage a re-
source in a way to assure natural repro-
duction will replace the oysters that are
harvested. And second there is the disease
factor; that Dermo and MSX is wiping out
our natural stocks, and so old growth oys-
ters that might still exist because of their
resistance to these killers will be removed
from the reproductive process.
And lastly, any student of natural re-
sources management will recognize the lu-
nacy of authorizing the commercial dredg-
ing of a protected area set aside previously
to protect those old growth stocks.
I urge Del O’Donnell and Kullen to
rethink their positions on HB 584. Many
folks up and down the Patuxent River,
living in Calvert and St Mary’s Counties
are raising oysters under their own piers
in the tributaries and later releasing these
mature filter feeders into main river sanc-
tuaries as their contribution to help clean
up Patuxent River.
Are the efforts of their constituents
to be thwarted by the short term eco-
nomic benefits of oystermen determined
to wipe out what oyster stocks we have
Capt Brady Bounds
Lexington Park, MD
Oyst er Dr edgi ng; Is The Publ i c Good Ser ved?
I was very impressed by your AP report that
a Muslim woman took her stand against the Navy
Federal Credit Union by refusing to be served in
the back room. That is not just the rightful action
of a Muslim woman but of an American woman,
and rightly so.
What troubles me is that this sort of religious
bigotry would happen in Maryland, and even here
in our St. Mary’s County. We are the State of re-
ligious freedom as Maryland is the “Free State”
and here they want an American woman to use the
back room because of her Muslim religious attire.
And your article reports that the Navy Credit
Union has no shame in it, but demands the action
as being for “security” as if their fear is to over ride
the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.
I say most Americans know the words of Ben
Franklin who said; “Those who desire to give up
freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor
do they deserve, either one.”
The Navy Federal Credit Union might let the
fear rule over it, but I say we can thank the Ameri-
can Muslim woman for having the courage to defy
that fear.

James P. Cusick
Lexington Park, Md
Pr ot ect i ng Peopl e’s Ri ght vs. Saf et y
RE: P. A4, The Washington Post, 3/12/09,
“Signing Earmark – Heavy Bill, Obama says
He Aims to Curb Such Spending”
The referred to article is an outstanding
example of looking at both sides of the coin.
The staunch Democrat will read the article and
examine the list of Republicans who are “div-
vying up the pork” and scream about how the
Republicans are stuffng the Pork Pie Bill with
earmarks. That’s one side of the coin.
The other side of the coin shows the Re-
publicans screaming about the media bias and
how the article is only showing Republican
earmarks. “Where are the Democrats ear-
marks?” is the Republican cry.
However, this particular coin has, believe
it or not, three sides. The third side is a cam-
paign promise by His Eminence, Prez Obama:
“No more earmarks!” This promise and its
failure to be kept shows how much value a
presidential promise is worth. Oh, yes! That’s
right. He promises that the next time around
he’ll bar earmarks. Right. If I believe that,
I also believe in Sasquatch and the moon is
made of green cheese.
It is odd, though, that after reading the ar-
ticle one is left with the impression that only
Republicans use earmarks. Wouldn’t it be a
little more fair if a list of ALL the earmarks,
with their originators, both Republican and
Democratic were listed? Oh well, the chance
of that happening is about 20% of the chance
of winning the lottery.
James H Hilbert
Mechanicsville, Md
Medi a Shoul d Be Fai r
There are more than a few unanswered ques-
tions still surrounding the decision by the St.
Mary’s County Commissioners to purchase a large
farm, known as the Hayden property, outside of
Leonardtown for $5 million.
We know more about the federal govern-
ment’s trillion-dollar stimulus plan contained in
800-plus pages of documents that was developed
and voted on in two weeks than we know about
the decision to purchase this tract of land. Despite
being talked about behind closed doors for nearly
two years, the public was never informed about it
or given the opportunity to weigh in.
But now that the commissioners have com-
mitted to buying the site, they should not rush to
develop it without a clear analysis of our county’s
overall needs and the current economic climate
that faces the citizens of our county.
The commissioners, the Library Board and
the Board of Education are anxious to begin build-
ing a new elementary school and a new library on
the 177-acre site located off Route 245 near the
headquarters of the Southern Maryland Electricity
These projects need to be studied thoroughly
and tested by the economic conditions and market
changes we have seen in the past 18 months. Just
because these projects may have been in a plan
three years ago does not provide suffcient cause
to push forward without considering the current
Just as important, there is no evidence that the
location of the farm is the most suitable to advance
these plans immediately. There is no analysis that
we have seen that identifes this property as most
suited for these projects: no site analysis, no census
tracking, no geographic forecasting and no future
modeling. There is science involved in site selec-
tion; we have seen none.
It appears there is a rush to justify paying $2
million more than the appraised value of $3 million
for this property by quickly building new build-
ings, regardless of the needs.
There is a demonstrated need for a new li-
brary in Leonardtown, which would also help the
local economy. The development and redevelop-
ment of small towns such as Leonardtown is one of
the components of “smart growth” that is actually
Even more so than the courthouse and the
post offce, a new modern library in town would be
a cornerstone that would help ensure a vibrant cen-
tral business district. Think about the way a down-
town library would transform the town square on
evenings and weekends. The opportunity is just
too great to pass up. It would be like building a
Wal-Mart downtown without the Wal-Mart.
Government providing infrastructure that en-
courages the private sector to invest in these areas
not only assures a vibrant business community, it
also protects against sprawl by making redevelop-
ment in towns fnancially possible. We are not
suggesting the library won’t work on the Hayden
property, we just don’t believe a full analysis has
been done.
As for beginning the process to build a new
elementary school on the site, the need to slow
down is very clear. With the recent opening of
the newly enlarged Leonardtown Elementary
School this year and the opening of the new Ever-
green Elementary next year, the immediate need
for another new elementary school has not been
Times have changed, growth in St. Mary’s
County has come to nearly a standstill and controls
have been put in place that prohibit the fast growth
rates of the past, not to mention the soft economic
conditions that are not likely to change for some
As demonstrated by the chart of student en-
rollment on page 13 of this edition, St. Mary’s El-
ementary School enrollment decreased in the past
year. Also, the addition of Evergreen Elementary
will mean that as many as 12 of our 18 elementary
schools will have extra capacity next year.
That means as many as 650 seats will be
available in our current schools, equal to having
an entire school empty. Or better stated, equal to
having an entire school open with teachers, staff,
electricity and all the costs, with no students.
The extra capacity is in schools located from
Leonardtown and Hollywood south. The schools
located in the northern part of our county are over
capacity. With Banneker, Lettie Dent, Mechan-
icville, and White Marsh all over capacity, maybe
the next major project should be to address these
schools. With both White Marsh and Mechanics-
ville being older and smaller facilities, possibly a
remodel and expansion of either one of these facili-
ties such as was done at Leonardtown Elementary
makes good sense.
Even better, why not build another green
school like Evergreen in northern St. Mary’s that
would replace both Mechanicsville and White
Marsh? This would provide approximately 200 ad-
ditional seats to meet the need plus a new modern
school for students from both schools, and econo-
mies of scale for the taxpayers.
Schools are not only very expensive to build,
they are also very expensive to operate. No one
likes to have overcrowded schools, yet when
schools are well under capacity, then too many tax-
payer dollars are directed to costly facilities rather
than to children’s needs.
Evidence seems to show we won’t need more
elementary school capacity for 8 to 10 years. May-
be we should take a deep breath and be certain we
aren’t compounding mistakes.
Commi ssi oner s, Boar d of
Educat i on Need To Sl ow Down
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By Sean Rice
Staff Wr iter
A case of overwhelming community sup-
port resulted in the St. Mary’s County Public
Library achieving an 18-month fundraising
goal in just fve months last year.
In turn the library board of trustees de-
cided to set the fundraising goal higher to as-
sure county residents have access to the newest
technology at the library’s three branches.
In January, the library received its frst dis-
bursement of $11,700 from the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation’s Opportunity Online Hard-
ware Grant. The second payment of $6,500 is
scheduled to arrive in May.
In order to qualify for the Gates grant to-
taling $18,200, the library was required to raise
a match amount of $10,400 by June 2009.
“We raised that in fve months,” said Kath-
leen Reif, St. Mary’s County Public Library
The board of trustees saw the outpouring
of community support and decided to “try to
raise an additional $20,000 by June, and they
have already raised close to 12,000 of that,”
Reif said.
Nine new computers were added in the
Lexington Park branch with grant funds in Jan-
uary, which also covers the cost of installing the
required wiring and furniture. Four computers
were also added at the Leonardtown branch
earlier this month
“So it’s paying off already in terms of con-
crete new services for our customers,” Reif said
“And I think it’s cool for donors to see that, be-
cause sometimes you give money for projects
and you don’t see where it’s going.”
The added computer stations help the
library facilitate more services for the com-
munity, Reif said, such as a new “Passport”
partnership with the Community Development
Corporation’s Jobs Connection program.
“Our library staff went down and met with
Robin (Finnacom) and we created another for-
mal partnership called the ‘passport’ for Jobs
Connection clients that come to the library,”
Reif said.
Library staff will negotiate with Passport
clients that have back library fnes to help get
them immediate access to computers for job
“The staff will recognize that some people
are just beginning to use a computer and they’ll
need to spend more time with them,” Reif said.
Job Connection staff will be designing
classes on job searching, resume writing and
other topics that library staff can use to help
Passport clients.
Communty members interested in helping
the library meet its fundraising goal can contact
Reif at 301-475-2846 ext. 1013, and all three
branches have technology endowment fund do-
nation forms available.
Donat i ons, Gr ant s Boost Li br ar i es’
Comput er Muscl e
Library patrons at Lexington Park take advantage of a new bank of computers.
The Calvert County Republican Party is
throwing a “Concerned Citizens Tea Party”
rally on Sunday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. in
Come join us at the Pavilion in Solomons
to help us fght “out of control” spending in
Washington and Annapolis that is mortgaging
our kids future.
Music by DC-area country artist John
Luskey. Great speakers, including Delegate
Tony O’Donnell, Dr. Jim Pelura, Md. Repub-
lican party chair, and several others.
Bring your own homemade poster sign.
If the Pavilion lot is full there is plenty
of additional parking behind Our Lady Star
of the Sea Church and at the Tiki Bar which
doesn’t open till mid-April.
For additional information please con-
tact Ron Miller, Communications Director,
Calvert County Republican Central Com-
mittee at: or at
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Hershey’s Kisses Are Called That Because The Machine That
Makes Them Looks Like It’s Kissing The Conveyor Belt.
By Sean Rice
Staff Wr iter
The new owners of St. Mary’s Square in Lex-
ington Park are executing plans to give the shop-
ping center a facelift. At the same time, shop own-
ers are joining together in efforts to re-brand the
plaza as a vibrant shopping destination.
A new merchant’s association is brewing in
St. Mary’s Square, and a second meeting of inter-
ested business owners was held last weekend to
talk about pooling their efforts to drive customers
into the area.
Robin Finnacom, president of the Com-
munity Development Corporation, attended both
meetings organized thus far by business owners,
along with County Commissioner Dan Raley, and
the county’s sheriff and economic development
Finnacom said their efforts to organize and
plan special events lead to a win-win situation with
the plaza’s owners.
“They have tremendous potential,” Finnacom
told The County Times. “And forming a business
association at this time in St. Mary’s square is re-
ally opportune because they’re working now with
a property owner who is ready to reinvest in the
Tina Garrison, owner of Hair in the Square,
has been voted president of the association by
members of the group. They plan on meeting
The new association is targeted at increasing
sales in the Square by taking an active approach to
the revitalization efforts taking place in Lexington
The group also hopes to increase referrals be-
tween the nearly 20 merchants in the square.
“So that you get the business owners helping
and marketing each other when appropriate,” Fin-
nacom said.
The new merchant’s association coincides
with efforts by the plaza owners, St. Mary’s
Square,, LLC, to revitalize the center. The new
company took ownership two years ago.
“The new owners have been very aggressive
and very positive in flling the vacancies and iden-
tifying users for the pad sites,” Finnacom said.
A new McDonalds is being constructed on a
pad site that has gone unused since the plaza was
built, and they have “active prospects” for the pad
sites at the former Hyundai dealership and Buffalo
Wings and Beer, Finnacom said.
The square is also set to receive new landscap-
ing, paint and the original sign will be replaced.
Busi ness Gr oup Hopes To
Invi gor at e Squar e
St. Mary’s Hospital is recognizing “Cover
the Uninsured Week” by increasing awareness
of their payment assistance program with add-
ed opportunities to visit the Health Connections
Mobile Outreach Center next week.
St. Mary’s Hospital offers a Payment As-
sistance Program for hospital services to those
patients who are determined eligible. If you are
eligible, you may receive services at no charge
or at a discounted rate.
“We are here to serve your health care
needs, regardless of your ability to pay,” a St.
Mary’s Hospital press release states.
You can fnd out more about the hospital’s
fnancial assistance on the Health Connections
Mobile Outreach Center. The van will be in the
following locations throughout Cover the Unin-
sured Week, which runs March 22 to 28:
• March 23 – Lexington Park Library
from 1-5 p.m.
• March 24 – Millison Plaza from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. with additional information for
Diabetes Alert Day
• March 26 – McKay’s in Great Mills
from 10 to 2 p.m.
• March 28 – Leonard Hall in Leonard-
town from noon to 4 p.m. with additional infor-
mation for Disability Day
For more information about Cover the Un-
insured Week, visit www.CoverTheUninsured.
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By Sean Rice
Staff Wr iter
The third annual “Culinary Infusion” is
taking place next week at Café des Artistes in
The $100-per-plate event is a signature fund-
raiser for the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation’s
health care scholarship program.
The Foundation’s scholarship program pro-
vides tuition money for Southern Marylanders
looking to enter the health care industry in high-
demand felds.
Since 2001 the program has awarded 70
“The goal is to keep talented individuals in
Southern Maryland,” said Lisa Howard, develop-
ment specialist for the hospital.
“Each year we look at where the critical areas
are, and that’s where we focus the scholarships,”
‘Cul i nar y Inf usi on’ Rai ses Thousands For Schol ar shi ps
Howard told The County Times, adding that cur-
rent needs exist in the felds of nursing, ultrasound
and radiology.
The scholarship is open to residents in St.
Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties, and it is not
only for high school seniors, Howard said. This
year’s recipients will be announced in April.
One of the requirements under the program
is that recipients begin working at St. Mary’s Hos-
pital after college.
During the three years that Café des Artistes
has hosted the “Culinary Infusion” the event has
been a hit.
“We sell out every year,” Howard said.
This year is no different. Only 100 tickets are
available and very few are left as of earlier this
Café des Artistes donates 100 percent of the
food, service and time to the event, which is being
held at 6 p.m. March 27.
“One hundred percent of the proceeds go to
the foundation,” Howard said.
For tickets or more information on the event,
contact Howard at 301-475-6455.
Owners Loic and Karleen Jaffres at Café Des Artistes
in Leonardtown.
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Wr iter
County Commissioners were encouraged
this Tuesday after a meeting with the command-
ing offcer of the Patuxent River Naval Air Sta-
tion when they learned of the new jobs that will be
coming to the county attached to long-awaited new
The regular meeting between county commis-
sioners, county staff and naval command staff also
discussed issues of development encroachment and
its affects on the navy’s local fight operations.
Capt. Andrew Macyko, naval air station com-
mander, said that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pro-
gram will hit its full stride on the base, bringing an
additional 750 people to the county.
Of that number, 210 were already here, Ma-
cyko said.
“That’s the biggest project I can think of that’s
coming here,” Macyko told the gathered offcials.
Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D-Great
Mills) was concerned that the new fghter, which
employs the latest in stealthy, radar defeating tech-
nology, and can take off from a static position,
would create more noise in the community.
Tom Briggs, a Integrated Test Force Manager
for the Joint Strike Fighter Program, said that these
would be the frst vertical take off and landing tests
done at the base in about 15 years and the concur-
rent noise would likely increase.
“That requires higher power settings,” Briggs
said of the new aircrafts ability to take off with out
a long runway.
Navy support staff at the meeting reported
that the F-35 project would only take up about 3
percent of the station’s overall fight operations.
Programs for unmanned air systems (UAS)
or remotely piloted vehicles will also make their
way to the base and to the Webster Field annex in
St. Inigoes for test and evaluation in the next three
One project, called the BAMS, which is near-
ly identical to a large unmanned drone used by the
U.S. Air Force, will be tested for navy use at Patux-
ent River, according to the new UAS director Jeff
Rusher, by 2012.
By 2017, he estimated, the navy’s compli-
ment of unmanned aircraft would increase to about
“It will probably surpass the number of
manned aircraft,” he said.
The advent of a large unmanned attack air-
craft for carrier use, called the UCAS, scheduled
to come in 2012 will bring between 20 to 30 new
people to the county with more personnel to come
as the program grows.
There are currently only two aircraft in the
UCAS test program now.
Mor e Jobs Comi ng To Pax
Ri ver Wi t h New Pr ogr ams
By Sean Rice
Staff Wr iter
After six years of work unearthing buried grave
markers at the St. Nicholas Cemetery on Patuxent
River Naval Air Station, Scott Lawrence is still hard
at work restoring the once buried cemetery.
The two-acre cemetery near the current base
chapel is on Cedar Point Road, the main road
through the base. Until Lawrence began work to
restore the hallowed ground, no visible clue was
left indicating a cemetery dated to 1795 once stood
Now 130 grave markers have been raised and
restored by Lawrence, a St. Inigoes native, and ar-
cheologist Jim Gibb, Ph.D, of Annapolis. At least
80 more remain underground awaiting restoration.
When the Navy took ownership of the land for
the base in the 1943 a decision was made to cover
up the Catholic cemetery. Navy lore has it that pilots
have a superstition about fying over graveyards.
“I think it’s kind of a bad excuse. I mean, come
on … it’s a little fshy,” said Lawrence, who is a de-
fense contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton.
Lawrence learned from his grandfather
that his ancestors, who arrived in St.
Mary’s County the 1640s, were bur-
ied at St. Nicholas.
“I was a little shocked as you
could imagine,” Lawrence said about
when he learned the Navy laid-down
and buried all the markers in the
After more than a year of wran-
gling with Navy offcials, Lawrence
fnally got permission to start exca-
vating, starting with 13 known graves
of veterans. Lawrence got his hands
on a map prepared by the base’s
public works department, indi-
cating 320 people were buried
at the site.
“They were exactly
where the map said they were,
and it was green lawn and
trees,” Lawrence told The County Times. “If you
didn’t know it, you wouldn’t know.”
Additional research has shown that the num-
ber of people interred there is closer to 700, Law-
rence said.
“That’s all that they saw,” he said of the Na-
vy’s initial numbers. “The others were unmarked or
marked with wood … That cemetery was there for
200 years, so some were already covered over that
the Navy never saw.”
In last six months alone, Lawrence and Gibb
have raised nearly 40 stones.
Lawrence secured funding for the project
through a partnership with the St. Mary’s County
Genealogical Society, though funding has dried up
recently and donations are still needed.
“The project has been going on so long it’s
kind of fallen off people’s radar,” Lawrence said.
“It’s more of a passion than anything else at this
130 Tombst ones Unear t hed
Scott Lawrence with headstones that he restored from
buried and broken pieces.
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un “I Am.” Is The Shortest Complete
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Using 08-09
Elementary Schools Ofcial Ofcial Change From 2009-2010 year State Enrollment
North of Rt. 245 Enrollment Enrollment Last Year To Including New Rated Over/Under
year This Year
School Capacity Capacity

Banneker 631.0 633.5 2.5 633.5 590.0 43.5
Dynard 433.0 454.5 21.5 454.5 463.0 -8.5
Lete Dent 555.5 560.0 4.5 560.0 512.0 48.0
Mechanicsville 334.0 348.0 14.0 348.0 284.0 64.0
Oakville 416.5 422.0 5.5 288.0 357.0 -69.0
White Marsh 264.0 255.0 -9.0 255.0 238.0 17.0
TOTAL North of Rt. 245 2634 2673 39 2539 2444 95
Chesapeake Charter 162 193 31 193 201 -8.0
G.W. Carver 428 419.5 -8.5 419.5 507 -87.5
Green Holly 440 424.5 -15.5 349.5 617 -267.5
Greenview Knolls 500.5 472.5 -28 382.5 437 -54.5
Hollywood 627.5 576.5 -51 421.5 512 -90.5
Leonardtown 537 562.5 25.5 523.5 613 -89.5
Lexinton Park 429 478.5 49.5 478.5 507 -28.5
Park Hall 555.5 544.5 -11 544.5 519 25.5
Piney Point 579.5 548.5 -31 494.5 563 -68.5
Ridge 260.5 237 -23.5 237 246 -9.0
Town Creek 273 238 -35 238 237 1.0
Evergreen 0 0 0 577 646 -69.0
Total South of Rt. 245 4792.5 4695 -97.5 4859 5605 -746
Total County Wide 7426.5 7368 -58.5 7398 8049 -651
8372 *
974 *
4530 *
9.1 *
Total number of students to warrant state funding for new elementary school =
Number of students short of number needed for state funding =
Number of homes that would need to be built to add 974 students=
Approximate number of years to add that many dwellings in St. Mary's=
* These are estmates made by The County Times based upon current economic conditons
Andrea Shiell
Staff Wr iter
Machinery whirred and beeped
at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and
Tech Center in Leonardtown Tuesday
as teacher Dave Buddenbohn walked
through his classroom eyeing a large ro-
bot in the corner with four motors, front
wheel drive, and a pneumatic armed,
compressed spring shooter that can fre
balls while driving.
The robot, affectionately named
“Inspector Gadget,” was his team’s
player last year in the regional robotics
This weekend his robotics team,
the Robobees, will take their newest
robot named “Bolt” to the Chesapeake
Regional Robotics Championships at
the U.S. Naval Academy.
“This is our eighth year,” Budden-
bohn said. “The frst robot that we built
was just a simple, one-dimensional ro-
bot, but probably in the last four years
we’ve become a lot more sophisticat-
ed… two years ago we had a very good
robot, it was very powerful.
“And this year’s robot is probably a
little bit simpler than in previous years…
but it does everything,” he added, de-
scribing this year’s model, which boasts
a loading conveyer belt, six-wheel offset
drive with FP motors and an AM Plan-
etary Transmission.
In the last two years, the Robobees
have been the number one seed after
qualifying rounds, but have been elimi-
nated in the semifnals. This year Bud-
denbohn said the team may just go all
the way to the national competitions,
which will be held in Atlanta, Ga. in
This year’s team is made up of stu-
dents from Leonardtown, Chopticon,
and Great Mills High Schools, as well
as some from Patuxent High School; a
network Buddenbohn said he wanted to
see grow in future years. In the mean-
time, the Robobees are setting their
sights on this weekend’s competition.
“This year I think we did really
well,” said senior Alex Yuen, who will
compete with the Robobees team this
weekend. “We went into the semifnals
and did really well. Our team is really
good and we have a good robot.”
Teammate Gregory Bergin echoed
the sentiment, saying he felt this year’s
robot may be the one to catapult the
team to nationals.
“We’ve never really had any me-
chanical issues with it,” Bergin said.
“As far as competition goes, it can really
hold its own, so I’m really excited.”
“The biggest reward for me is see-
ing these kids and their success,” Bud-
denbohn said. “Probably 90 percent of
my students are going on to college and
they’ve got jobs now with the base or
with contractors, so they’re in a win-
win situation.
“The biggest reward for them is
Robobees Taki ng Robot i cs Bat t l e
To Regi onal Champi onshi ps
Andrea Shiell
Staff Wr iter
On March 12, Peter Franchot, comptroller of Maryland,
visited Leonardtown Middle Schooll. His visit related to St.
Mary’s County Public Schools’ fscal year (FY) 2010 state
capital improvements program request for construction fund-
ing for the limited renovation of Leonardtown Middle School.
The requested renovation project would replace and/or reno-
vate fve major building systems, including the heating, venti-
lation, and air conditioning systems, as well as the fre sprin-
klers, lighting, security, public address system, and wireless
This renovation plan joins a list of other CIP funding pro-
posals outlined at the Board of Education meeting on March
11, including a $141,923 project replacing the hardwood gym-
nasium foor at Chopticon High School, with plans including
the removal of the existing foor, repair of the sub-foor, instal-
lation of new maple hardwood fooring, painting of new graph-
ics, and reinstallation of the bleachers. Other projects include
a new security vestibule for Park Hall Elementary School.
The Board also voted unanimously to enter into contract
negotiations for the purchase of the Hayden Farm in Leonar-
dtown. The property is planned for housing a second new el-
ementary school, and is included in the FY 2010 state capital
improvements request.
In the meantime SMCPS offcials are focusing on the
completion of Evergreen Elementary School, and still try-
ing to push through funding for renovations at Leonardtown
Middle School.
During his visit, Comptroller Franchot toured the build-
ing and met with Board of Education members and school
system staff regarding the project, which is currently under
appeal with the state.
Comptroller Franchot’s remarks were very positive re-
garding the project. “Help is on the way,” he said.
A funding announcement for the FY 2010 state capital
improvements program will follow the close of the Maryland
General Assembly in April 2009.
St at e Over sees SMCPS Capi t al Impr ovement s
Leonardtown Renovation Project Under Appeal
The County Times has compiled these numbers from information provided by the St. Mary’s County Board Of
Education. Of note is that countywide enrollment actually decreased in the current school year from the prior year.
Also, after the opening of the new Evergreen Elementary at the beginning of next school year, the majority of schools
will be under capacity.
El ement ar y School Enr ol l ment Number s
The Democracy in New and Old Europe flm series
presents the Turkish-German flm, The Edge of Heaven
The movie, which will screen in Cole Cinema of the
Campus Center, follows the lives of six characters as they
grieve their life situations and learn the power of forgive-
ness. The Center for the Study of Democracy-sponsored
flm is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Abby Thompson at
240-895-6432 or
“ Edge of Heaven” Showi ng at SMCM
Photo by Andrea Shiell
Forrest Tech Center teacher and robotics coach Dave Buddenbohn with last year’s robot,
“Inspector Gadget,” and students Alex Yuen and Gregory Bergin.
Thursday, March 19, 2009 14
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Man Charged With Attacking Deputies
On March 14 at 10:43 p.m., Deputy K. Nelson and Sgt. W. Hill responded
to a residence in Leonardtown for the report of an assault. Upon arrival, deputies
heard a disturbance inside the residence. Nelson made entry into the residence
and discovered numerous items had been destroyed inside the residence by the
intoxicated subject.
James C. Orourke, age 22, of Leonardtown exited the residence and alleg-
edly struck Nelson and pushed Sgt. Hill before running out of the garage area.
Orourke attempted to leave in a vehicle at the location but was unsuccessful.
Orourke allegedly continued to resist arrest by striking at the offcers with his
fsts and was subsequently subdued and placed inside the police vehicle. Once
inside the vehicle, Orourke reportedly began striking the interior of the vehicle
with his head and spitting at the offcers. Orourke was transported to the deten-
tion center, charged with two counts of assault on law enforcement offcers, two
counts of second degree assault, resisting arrest, malicious destruction of property
under $500 and was incarcerated pending an appearance before the District Court
Man Charged With Firing Shot At Victims
On March 15 at 12:45 a.m., deputies responded to a residence in Mechanics-
ville for the report of a subject shooting a frearm and threatening to shoot another
person. Investigation revealed Norman J. Goedecke, age 40, of Mechanicsville
was involved in a family dispute at which time he approached the three victims,
allegedly displaying a handgun, and told the victims to leave. The victims turned
to leave the residence and heard a gunshot. The victims turned around and report-
edly observed Goedecke reloading the handgun. The victims were able to get to
a vehicle and leave the area. Upon the deputies’ arrival, Goedecke was observed
sitting on the front porch and was taken into custody without incident. Goedecke
refused to provide the location of the weapon used in the alleged assault.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence, with the assistance of de-
tectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Several weapons were re-
covered from the residence during the execution of the search warrant. Goedecke
was transported to the detention center, charged with three counts of reckless
endangerment, frst-degree assault, second-degree assault and incarcerated pend-
ing an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.
By Guy Leonar d
Staff Wr iter
The Supreme Court has ruled that a class action case
fled by a local attorney against Discover Bank accusing
them of charging his client with excessive interest and late
fees on debts can be tried in state court and does not have to
go to arbitration.
Leonardtown-based attorney John A. Mattingly, who
fled the class action suit six years ago on behalf of Baltimore
City resident Betty Vaden, said the case was signifcant in
that it could provide a way for credit card holders to protest
their debts in a court of law at trial instead of being bound
over for arbitration.
“It’s a huge advantage,” Mattingly said of the Supreme
Court’s decision, which was handed down earlier this month.
“It allows us to argue her counter claims.”
The suit, which has been argued several times in lower
federal courts before going to the highest court in the land,
started when Mattingly’s client could not pay her credit card
balance when she fell ill and lost her husband.
Discover Financial Services sued her in state court for
the balance, and when she fled a class action suit that was
also based on state law, the fnancial institution fled for arbi-
tration in federal court.
Mattingly contends that credit card companies essen-
tially use federal arbitration to exact debts from their custom-
ers without having to argue for them during a court trial.
“These credit card companies have abused the Federal
Arbitration Act for the past 10 years,” Mattingly said, adding
that the companies use arbitration to avoid losing money in
class action suits where one claimant can act on the behalf of
others with the same grievance against them.
The Supreme Court’s decision could have lasting and
far-reaching effects on the way credit card companies exact
debts from their customers, Mattingly said, by giving debtors
more of a chance to argue their cases.
But that does not mean Mattingly has won the case for
his client’s accusations that Discover overcharged her and
others in the nation.
“It goes back to the state court in Baltimore City,” Mat-
tingly said. “The charges [fled by Discover] were illegal un-
der Maryland law.
“Six years it took for the Supreme Court to rule that we
can at least have our day in court; what’s happening with this
lady is affecting us all.”
The case has been before the U.S. District Court once on
remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4
The case went through the 4
Circuit twice.
The 5 – 4 majority opinion of the court stated: “Allowing
parties to commandeer a federal court to slice off responsive
pleadings for discrete arbitration while leaving the remainder
of the parties’ controversy pending in state court makes scant
Still, the High Court’s ruling stated that Discover could
still seek arbitration in the Maryland state court.
“Because the FAA obliges both state and federal courts
to honor and enforce arbitration agreements, Discover may
petition Maryland’s courts for appropriate aid in enforcing
the arbitration clause of its contracts with Maryland credit
card holders,” the majority ruling stated.
Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Sca-
lia, Anthony Kennedy David Souter and Clarence Thomas
joined in the majority opinion.
Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Associate Jus-
tices John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito
joined in the dissenting opinion.
Count y Lawyer Get s Supr eme Cour t Wi n
By Guy Leonar d
Staff Wr iter
After nearly fve years since the initial
crime occurred, the man accused of rob-
bing the Cedar Point Federal Credit Union
in Leonardtown will fnally have his day in
“It was specially set in because it’s
going to take a long time,” said Assistant
State’s Attorney Daniel White who is pros-
ecuting Cornelius Chase for the 2004 bank
heist. “The judge set it to have it’s own
Chase, 47, has remained incarcerated
in a state facility after being convicted of
a previous robbery in Calvert County in
2006 after allegedly committing the credit
union heist.
Chase faces charges of armed robbery,
frst-degree assault and the use of a hand-
gun in the commission of the credit union
robbery along with other felony counts.
Chase was declared competent to
stand trail for the robbery in December
of last year after years of legal wrangling
and medical evaluations that questioned his
competency to fully understand the gravity
of the case against him.
The latest medical reports showed,
however, that Chase was competent to
stand trial and understood what was going
on around him.
Chase had at one time claimed he was
not reasonably culpable for the acts with
which he was charged but has dropped that
“He’s abandoned his claim that he’s
not criminally responsible,” White said of
Chase’s legal status so far.
Chase was unresponsive at his compe-
tency hearing last year before Circuit Court
Judge C. Clarke Raley, who said all the evi-
dence showed that Chase was “a very clever
individual” who knew how to manipulate
the criminal justice system.
Chase so far has retained the services
of a public defender to represent him at
According to charging documents
Chase, along with another masked accom-
plice, allegedly robbed the credit union
August 21, 2004 located on Point Lookout
Road in Leonardtown by exiting a nearby
cornfeld and forcing employees at gun-
point to hand over $262,000 in cash.
Police used canine units to track the
suspects through the cornfelds to Potato
Hill Road; offcers found in the cornfeld
nearest the bank a car-sized swath that
could have been used to observe the bank
without suspects being seen, according to
charging documents.
Police found $10,000 in a money brick
in the cornfeld on the trail of the suspects.
Police later arrested Chase after a tip
from a Charles County sheriff who had
contact with Chase.
He said Chase had wanted to buy a
used car he had for sale for $12,000, charg-
ing documents stated, and Chase had put
down a down payment of $2,500 in $50
dollar bills, some of which were in sequen-
tial order.
The sheriff called BCI detectives and
told them of the contact and they began to
investigate, charging documents state.
A search of Chase’s home, vehicle and
motel room he was using in early Septem-
ber of 2004 turned up more than $60,000 in
cash, charging documents stated.
Charging documents allege that Chase
used more than $20,000 to pay for two au-
tomobiles in days after the robbery.
Man Accused Of Bank Robber y Set For Tr i al In June
Trooper Gates with the Maryland State Police works at the scene of a single vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of
Route 235 in Hollywood shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. A female driver, heading north, apparently lost control of her
vehicle and went off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree near Captain Pat’s Kitchen. Medical personnel on the
scene said the driver complained of neck pain and her injuries did not appear serious. A Hollywood Volunteer Rescue
Squad ambulance transported her to St. Mary’s Hospital.
By Guy Leonard
Staff Wr iter
A man accused of having consensual sex with
a 15-year-old girl is out on bond after being arrested
and charged last week with both a third-degree and a
fourth-degree sex offense.
Steven Mark Cady, 27, of Hollywood, was re-
leased from incarceration at the St. Mary’s County De-
tention Center March 13 on a $75,000 property bond,
according to court records.
According to charging documents fled in county
District Court by detectives from the Bureau of Crimi-
nal Investigations, investigators were called to St.
Mary’s Hospital to look into an alleged sex offense that
had taken place from March 11 through March 12.
Charging documents allege that both the 15-year-
old victim and a witness were brought to Cady’s resi-
dence where they were provided with alcohol which
they consumed all throughout the night and into the
early morning hours of March 12.
The victim in the case, charging documents al-
leged, told the witness that she had had sexual relations
with Cady.
Investigators interviewed the 15-year-old victim
after the alleged incident and were told that both she
and Cody engaged in several sex acts at his residence.
The age of consent to engage in a sexual act in
Maryland is 16 years old.
The victim positively identifed Cady as the man
she had sex with, charging documents alleged.
When investigators interviewed Cady, charg-
ing documents revealed, he agreed to speak to them
without an attorney and admitted that he had sexual
relations with the victim during the late night hours of
March 11 and into the early morning hours of March
He also admitted that the victim had consumed
alcoholic beverages before they engaged in sex, charg-
ing documents stated.
Hol l ywood Man Out On Bond For Al l eged Sex Of f ense
Thursday, March 19, 2009 15
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Attorney at Law
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LEONARDTOWN: 301-475-5000
TOLL FREE: 1-800-660-3493
Kevin J. McDevitt
Attor ney At Law
Former Baltimore City Assist. State’s Attorney
Former St. Mary’s County Assist. State’s Attorney
Former Baltimore City Assist. State’s Attorney
Former St. Mary’s County Assist. State’s Attorney
Offce: 301-475-0093
Cell: 410-925-8992
Dorsey Professional Building
22835 Washington Street
P.O. Box 952, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Tel : 301. 862. 0380
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Michael Ray Anthony, 16
Michael Ray An-
thony, 16, of Lexing-
ton Park died March
12 in Children’s Hos-
pital Center in Wash-
ington, D.C.
Michael was
born Dec. 15, 1992 in
Leonardtown. He was
an avid Washington Redskins fan. He
loved to fsh and hunt for deer, and
was an active member of St. Mary’s
Special Olympics.
Michael is survived by his
mother, Donna Marie Boatright;
stepfather Daniel Wenk; stepbroth-
ers, Jonathan Wenk, and Edward
Wenk (Christy); stepsister, Danielle
Wenk; grandparents, Barbara Ann
and Eddie Boatright of Dameron;
great-grandmother, Marie Trossbach
of Hollywood; step grandmother,
Ruene Camper of Lexington Park;
uncle, Glenn Boatright of Great Mills
and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his
great-grandfather, Otto Trossbach.
Family received friends for
Michael’s Life Celebration March 18
from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Brinsfeld Fu-
neral Home, Leonardtown. Prayers
were recited at 7 p.m. A Funeral Ser-
vice will be held March 19 at 10 a.m.
in the Brinsfeld Funeral Home Cha-
pel. Pastor Ken Walker will offci-
ate. Interment will follow in Charles
Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown.
Serving, as pallbearers will be Rich-
ard Axtell, Bradley Dean, Jonathan
Wenk, Glenn Boatright, Vincent
Dalton, and Aaron Dalton.
Memorial contributions may
be made to Children’s Hospital Cen-
ter, Leukemia/Cancer Fund, or St.
Mary’s Special Olympics.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.
William Joseph “Bill”
Brickey, Sr., 68
William Joseph
“Bill” Brickey, Sr., 68,
of Lusby, formerly of
Charlotte Hall, passed
away March 12.
He was born July
2, 1940 in Beaver,
Ohio to the late Joseph
Woodrow Brickey
and Glenna Corrine Pennington. Bill
was a United States Army Veteran
and was stationed in Fort Knox, Ky.
and Germany. He served from Sept.
11, 1957 to Sept. 8, 1960 when he was
honorably discharged.
Bill went on to become a Union
Welder with the Ironworkers Local
No. 5 and retired in 1987 after 25 plus
years of service. He was a member of
the Boy Scouts of America, National
Rife Association, AARP, and loved
to go camping, hiking, hunting, trav-
eling, and sightseeing.
Bill was preceded in death by
his parents and his brother Keith
He is survived by his children,
William J. Brickey, Jr. and wife
Courtlyn of Lusby, Joanne L. Lee
and husband Kenneth of Hunting-
town, Donna Sue Brickey of Great
Mills, and Lorne D. Brickey and wife
Meg of Charlotte Hall. He is also sur-
vived by his sister Phyllis Johnson of
Alachua, Fla. and 12 grandchildren.
The family received friends
March 18 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8
p.m. in the Rausch Funeral Home,
Lusby. A Funeral Service will be
held March 19 at 11 a.m. in the fu-
neral home chapel with Rev. Rick
Hancock offciating. Interment will
be March 24 at 11a.m. in the Mary-
land Veterans Cemetery, Chelten-
ham. Pallbearers will be Ken Lee,
Jr., Bruce Lee, Joe Goldsmith, Allen
Alvey, Alex Morgan, and Dale Hen-
derson. Honorary Pallbearers will be
William Brickey, III and Curtis Lee.
The family requests memorial
contributions be made to the Para-
lyzed Veterans of America, 801 18

St., NW, Washington, DC 20006.
For more information visit www.
Mary Bulkeley Harvey
Crosby, 96
Mary Bulkeley
Harvey Crosby, 96,
of Solomons Island,
formerly of Adelphi,
Md., died March 8
at Asbury-Solomons
She was born
Feb. 11, 1913 in Ka-
lamazoo, Mich. to Mary Agnes
Hatfeld Harvey and LeRoy Harris
Harvey. Her father, who died when
she was 9 years old, founded the
Biology Department at the Normal
State School (now Western Michigan
University) in Kalamazoo, Mich. A
dormitory at WMU, Harvey Hall,
is named for him. He was a close
associate of the Upjohn family and
participated in their pharmaceutical
She was predeceased by her hus-
band of 62 years, Edmund D. Crosby,
a World War II Navy Armed Guard
veteran; her parents; her brothers
James Hatfeld Harvey, who died as
an infant, and LeRoy Hatfeld Har-
vey; and her sister Caroline Newkirk
(Harvey) Sleep.
She is survived by her son,
Thomas Harvey Crosby and his wife,
Marilyn Anne Crosby of Lexington
Park; her grandchildren, Thomas
Walter Crosby and his wife Angie
of Annapolis, Stacey Anne Bahr
and her husband, Matt; and her great
grandchildren, Blake Mary-Ashton
Bahr and Josie McCrea Bahr of Cali-
fornia, Md., Edmund Charles Crosby
of Lexington Park; a niece, Caroline
Maria Harvey Sears of Palmer, Ark.;
and a nephew, Norman Sleep of Stan-
ford, Calif.
In 1934, she graduated from
Western State Teachers College (now
Western Michigan University) with
a Bachelor’s of Science degree in
Secondary Education with a minor
in mathematics. She taught math and
science in many schools, including
Parchment, Mich. and Rochester,
Mich., High Schools. In 1941, she
began teaching at the Greenville Vil-
lage School in Detroit, Mich. This
was an experimental school founded
by Henry Ford and was based on
a combination of academics and
hands-on experience. She taught var-
ious subjects, including physical edu-
cation. She later joined the faculty
of the Edison Institute High School,
which was part of Greenville Village
School System as a math and science
teacher. One of her duties was over-
seeing the greenhouse that provided
fresh vegetables to Henry Ford and
his family.
At one point, she worked as a
medical laboratory technician at the
University of Michigan Hospital.
After a series of moves, she eventu-
ally retired as a Mathematics teacher
in the Montgomery County school
She lived and worked in many
cities in Michigan. She also lived in
Colorado, Cedar Falls, Iowa and Chi-
cago, Illinois.
A memorial service was held
March 13 in the Asbury-Solomons
auditorium. Interment followed at
Middleham Parish in Lusby.
In lieu of fowers, the family re-
quests contributions be made to the
Solomons-Asbury Christmas Fund;
11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD
Brian Michael Gallagher,
Brian Michael
Gallagher, 31 of
Leonardtown passed
away March 9 in his
Born Feb. 15,
1978 in Leonardtown
he was the son of
John Gallagher of St.
Inigoes and Carol Hawley Gallagher
of California, Md., and Stepson of
Ann Gallagher of St. Inigoes.
Brian was a lifelong resident
of St. Mary’s County. As a youth
he played in the St. Mary’s County
Soccer League. He is a 1996 Leon-
ardtown High School graduate. He
became interested in music during
middle school and played trumpet
in the Esperanza School band. He
is an exceptional self-taught guitar
player and played in a local band. His
passion for art led him to enroll in a
Bachelor’s program at the Art Insti-
tute of Pittsburg and to pursue a career
in graphic design. Brian is missed by
many local residents of the Leonar-
dtown area where he worked as the
Head Barista at Brewing Grounds
Coffee Shop. Brian was both loved
and admired for his quick witted
sense of humor and compassion for
friends and family. He was adored by
his nieces and nephew with whom
he spent many entertaining hours.
Brian was a longtime participant in
the twelve step program of Alcoholic
Anonymous. He was deeply loved by
family and friends who will always
cherish his kind heart.
In addition to his parents, Brian
is survived by his siblings, Shana
Mandeville of Orlando, Fla., Kelly
McCallister of McKenzie, Tenn. and
Caryl McClave of Virginia Beach,
Va.; grandparents, Milton and Mary
Ann Bouchillon of Louisville, Mich.;
and girlfriend, Diana Diggins of
Friends attended Brian’s Life
Celebration March 13 from 6 – 8 p.m.
in the Brinsfeld Funeral Home, Leon-
ardtown, where prayers were recited
at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial
was offered March 14 at 10 a.m. in St.
Michael’s Catholic Church, Ridge,
with Monsignor Maurice O’Connell
offciating. Interment followed in the
church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may
be made to Marcey House, P.O. Box
622, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
George William “Bill”
Rose, 74
George William “Bill” Rose,
74, a retired pharmacist and hospital
planner, died March 9 from compli-
cations following leg surgery. He was
a resident of Townsend, Del.
Mr. Rose was born Sept. 27,
1934 in Buffalo, N.Y., and is the son
of the late Dr. Werner J. Rose and
Edith M. Rothweiler.
Mr. Rose graduated from St. Jo-
seph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo,
N.Y. in 1951. He studied engineering
for two years at the Rensselear Poly-
technic Institute and then entered the
State University of Buffalo School
of Pharmacy where he graduated
in 1957. Mr. Rose also attained the
rank of Captain while serving in the
338th General Army Reserve Medi-
cal Corp.
Mr. Rose had a long and distin-
guished career working as a Pharma-
cist in both New York and Maryland.
He worked for Mearl D. Pritchard
Pharmacy (Linwood-North Branch)
and Sisters of Charity Hospital in
Buffalo, N.Y. He also worked for
Wyeth and Co. as a Pharmaceutical
Sales Territory Manager. Mr. Rose
was President of the Western New
York Chapter of American Society
of Hospital Pharmacists (1965-1966).
He retired in 1999 as a Supervisory
Pharmacist working for the Navy at
the Patuxent River Naval Medical
Clinic in Patuxent River.
Mr. Rose also spent much of his
career working as a hospital equip-
ment planner helping to design and
build pharmacies and hospitals
around the world (1967-1990). He
worked with Earl Meyer and As-
sociates of Washington D.C., Sho-
twell-Anderson Intl. of McLean,
Va., Gilbane Inc. of Greenbelt, the
Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital
for Children in Wilmington, Del. and
the University of Virginia Medical
Center of Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. Rose was also an avid boat-
ing enthusiast. He served as a Senior
Member, Past Commander and Dis-
trict Lieutenant in the United States
Power Squadron, a national boating
organization which promotes boating
education and safety.
Mr. Rose is survived by his
brother, Werner J. Rose, Jr. of Def-
ance, Ohio and fve children, Rob-
ert F. Rose (PO1, USN) of Patuxent
River Naval Air Station, Michael
P. Rose (wife Deborah Staton) of
Charlottesville, Va., Anne V. Rose
of Townsend, Del., Mary E. Rose of
Townsend, Del. and James W. Rose
(LCDR, Ret. USN) of North Bend,
Ore. He is also survived by one
grandchild, Amber Rose and several
nieces and a nephew.
Mr. Rose was predeceased by
his wife, Marie Elizabeth Gallagher,
and two grandchildren, Kendra Rose
and Steven Parker Rose.
Family will receive friends and
relatives March 21 from 10 – 11 a.m.
in Brinsfeld Funeral Home, Leonar-
dtown. A Memorial Service will be
held at 11 a.m. A private funeral mass
and inurnment will take place at St.
Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church
and Cemetery in Waterville, N.Y.
In lieu of fowers, the family
would prefer memorial gifts be made
to: Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hos-
pital for Children Ronald McDonald
House, 1901 Rockland Road, Wilm-
ington, DE, 19803 or Heartland Hos-
pice House, 5661 Ochletree Lane,
Wilmington, DE 19808.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.
Sarah Elizabeth “Liz”
Somerville, 81
Sarah Elizabeth
“Liz” Somerville, 81,
of Hollywood, Md.,
passed away March
She was born
April 24, 1927 in
Mechanicsville to
Edna Lee Chase and
John Francis Young.

Liz, as she was affectionately
known, was educated in the St. Mary’s
County Public School System. For
more than 40 years, she worked at
Duke’s Restaurant in Leonardtown
as the head cook. People came from
near and far to partake of the meals
she prepared. She retired in 1985 due
to arthritis in her hands, which made
it hard for her to lift the heavy pans
that she used daily. During her retire-
ment, she found great joy in prepar-
ing meals for family and friends. She
was an avid fan of football, basket-
ball, and baseball. She could recite
the stats of players like a pro. She also
found pleasure in watching her daily
soap operas and reading gossip in the
Star magazine.
Liz leaves to cherish her mem-
ory two children, her son Joseph
Samuel Somerville Jr. (Connie) and
daughter Agnes Yvonne Somerville;
six grandchildren, Kevin Nelson (To-
mascine), Deborah Bryan (Alfonso),
Joseph Samuel Somerville III, Jo-
seph Nelson (Sandy), Brian Somer-
ville, and Lonita Nelson; eight great-
grandchildren, Asia Law, DiAngelo
Bryan, Brynn Johnson-Somerville,
Carlonte Knott, Alexis Fogle, Alani
Nelson, Niya Nelson and Kayla Nel-
son and her god-daughter Catherine
She is also survived by her sister
Edna Miles and brothers, Randolph
and Lawrence Young.
Preceding her in death were her
husband Joseph Samuel Somerville
Sr.; her sisters, Mary Frances Thom-
as, Rosalee Wigginton, and Agnes
Bernice Yates; her brother Joseph
Thursday, March 19, 2009 17
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Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.
22955 Hollywood Road
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
(301) 475-5588
Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.
30195 Three Notch Road
Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20650
(301) 472-4400
“A Life Celebration™ Home”
Funeral Homes
& Crematory
Caring for the Past
Planning for the Future
Young, her great-grandson Kevin
Nelson II and her long time compan-
ion Charles Gilliam.
Liz also leaves behind a commu-
nity of family and friends who loved
and respected her. She will be missed
for her infectious smile, her sharp
wit, and her warm spirit. Although
our Heavenly Father has called her
home for rest, we can only thank him
for blessing us with the opportunity
to love this woman of great strength
who continued to fght until the end
to make sure her family was secure
and at peace before her transition
Family received friends for Liz’s
Life Celebration March 13 from 9:30
– 11 a.m. in St. John Francis Regis
Catholic Church, Hollywood. A Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated at
11 a.m. with Reverend Ray Schmidt
as the celebrant. Interment followed
in the church cemetery.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.
Leslie Vir ginia Standish,
Leslie Virginia Standish, 88,
of Solomons, previously of Hamp-
stead, N.C., died March 12 in her
Born July 11, 1920 in West-
ford, Mass., she was the daughter
of the late Sven Gustave Swanson
and Lena Clement Swanson.
Leslie was an avid golfer,
bridge player, knitter, reader and
lifetime crossword puzzle enthusi-
ast. She was a graduate of Westford
Academy and Bradford Business
She is survived by her loving
husband William Lee Standish of
Solomons; three beloved sons, Wil-
liam Clinton Standish of Alexan-
dria, La., Kem Standish of Califor-
nia, Md., and John Vellom Standish
of Hudson, Ohio. Leslie is also sur-
vived by seven grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by
her siblings, Varnum Swanson, Ol-
ive Wright, Vera Bettencourt, Har-
vey Swanson and Gerald Swanson.
Private Services to be held at
later date.
Condolences to the family
may be made at www.brinsfeldfu-
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.
Paul Alber t Stasch, Sr., 82
Paul Albert
Stasch, Sr., 82, of
Mechanicsville died
March 10 in his
Born May 25,
1926 in Mechanics-
ville he was the son
of the late August H.
and Dorothea Reides Stasch, Sr.
He is survived by his loving
wife Agnes L. Stasch; his children,
Phyllis A. Gibson and her hus-
band John David of Avenue, Paul
A. Stasch, Jr. and his wife Paula
of Okolona, Mich. and David A.
Stasch and his wife Cindy of Me-
chanicsville; nine grandchildren,
Pamela Gibson Long, Lisa Gibson
Buckler, Angie Stasch Roberts,
Becky Stasch Sternberg, David
Stasch, Jr., Kristen Stasch, Kelsey
Stasch, Kylie Stasch and Taylor
Stasch; and his great-grandchil-
dren, Adrienne Buckler, Allison
Buckler, Paul Long, Katelynn Rob-
erts, Lauren Roberts, Mary Kate
Roberts, Joshua Sternberg, Justin
Sternberg, Joel Sternberg and Ash-
lynn Sternberg.
He was preceded in death by
his brothers Hans, Otto and August
A lifelong resident of St.
Mary’s County, Paul was a mem-
ber of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,
Waldorf Moose Lodge, Hughes-
ville American Legion and Steam-
ftters Union #602. He served in
the U.S. Army from 1944-1946
where he was an army medic in the
He was a loving and devoted
husband, father and grandfather
who enjoyed watching NASCAR
races and being with his family.
The received friends March
13 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Matting-
ley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leon-
ardtown, where prayers were said
at 7 p.m. A funeral service was
celebrated March 14 at 10 a.m. in
the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral
Home with Pastor Dale Skurla
offciating. Interment followed
in Trinity Memorial Gardens,
Waldorf. Pallbearers were Taylor
Stasch, Bobby Stasch, Jerry Burch,
Paul Long, Denny Raley and Glenn
Condolences to the family may
be left at
Arrangements provided by
the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral
Home, P.A.
J ohn “Alfr ed” Tr ossbach
John “Alfred” Trossbach 85,
of Hollywood, Md.
passed away in his
home March 14.
Born Nov. 19,
1923 in Dameron,
he was the son of the
late William Otto and
Mary Rosalie (Ham-
mett) Trossbach.
Mr. Trossbach was lifelong St.
Mary’s County farmer. He loved to
go fox hunting with his dogs and
enjoyed going to dances.
He is survived by his wife Te-
resa Marie (Aud) Trossbach; fve
daughters, Mary Agnes Burroughs
of Avenue, Linda Teresa Owens of
Leonardtown, Hazel Marie Tross-
bach, Ann Cecilia Trossbach,
Catherine B. Trossbach all of Hol-
lywood, Md.; four sons, Thomas A.
Trossbach, Robert L. Trossbach of
Leonardtown, Frank I. Trossbach,
Roy A. Trossbach of Hollywood,
Md.; three sisters, Alberta God-
dard, Margaret Goddard of Leonar-
dtown, Teresa Rowand of Dameron,
and one brother, William “Billy”
Trossbach of Dameron. He is also
survived by nine grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren.
Family received friends for
Alfred’s Life Celebration March 17
from 5 – 8 p.m. in Brinsfeld Fu-
neral Home, Leonardtown. A Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated
March 18 at 10 a.m. in St. John
Francis Regis Catholic Church,
Hollywood, Md. Rev. Ray Schmidt
was the celebrant. Interment fol-
lowed in Charles Memorial Gar-
dens, Leonardtown.
Memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s,
P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD
20650; Leonardtown Volunteer Fire
Department, P.O. Box 50, Leonard-
town, MD; or the Hollywood Vol-
unteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79,
Hollywood, MD 20636.
Condolences to the family
may be made at www.brinsfeldfu-
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.
Alice R. Waldschmitt, 89
Alice R. Wald-
schmitt, 89 of Dam-
eron, previously of
Potomac, Md. from
1959 -1974, died
March 6 in her resi-
dence in the British
Virgin Islands.
Born July 1,
1919 in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the
daughter of late Reinald Richard
and Mabel (Brice) Richard.
Alice provided many years of
dedicated service to the develop-
ment of St. Mary’s College of Mary-
land. From 1985 to 1990, Alice
served on the board of directors of
the St. Mary’s College Foundation,
holding the position of secretary
from 1989-1990. In 1990 she was
appointed to the College’s Board of
Trustees and completed two terms
in 2001. She has been the leading
patron of the St. Mary’s College
performing arts program through
her sponsorship of international
choral performances by the Col-
lege’s Chamber Singers. She was
also a great friend of the St. Mary’s
College sailing program and es-
tablished the Joseph Waldschmitt
Memorial Championship “Best in
Fleet” trophy awarded during the
Governor’s Cup Regatta.
Alice attended Connecticut
College for Women. She enjoyed
painting, gardening, tennis, and
sailing along with numerous vol-
unteer activities that included the
Garden Club, the Arts Alliance,
the St. Mary’s River Yacht Club
and her alma mater, Connecticut
She is survived by her son
Robert Waldschmitt and his wife
Carol of Solomons; three grand-
sons, Robert Joseph Waldschmitt
and William Christopher Wald-
schmitt both of Solomons and Mi-
chael Ryan of Lexington Park. She
is also survived by a niece, Nano
She was preceded in death
by her husband Joseph A. Wald-
schmitt; two brothers, Walter Rich-
ard and Robert Richard and a sister
Jeane Richard.
Family received friends March
16 from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Brins-
feld Funeral Home, Leonardtown.
The Rev. Scott Woods, pastor of
St. Cecilia Catholic Church, St.
Mary’s City, offciated. Interment
followed in St. Michael’s Catholic
Cemetery, Ridge.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Three Oaks Center,
P.O. Box 705, Lexington, Park, MD
20653 or Hospice of St. Mary’s,
P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD
Condolences to the family
may be made at www.brinsfeldfu-
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.
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MILLERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ For all the headaches in running
a small hydroelectric power plant, Allen Haneline doesn’t regret join-
ing North Carolina’s ranks of minor energy moguls.
“What it takes,” he said, “is someone who loves the outdoors and
likes to get wet. You get wet about every day.”
Beaver-gnawed sticks foat down the Lower Little River northeast
of Hickory and wrap around Haneline’s circa-1919 turbines, the guts of
a plant he bought three years ago. “You can literally see the kilowatts
fall,” he said, sniffing after a recent repair.
As owner, operator and chief mechanic, he dons waders, descends
into a room below the dam that leaks water with the force of a fre
hose, and sets to work. Cleared of debris, the turbines whirl again and
pollution-free electricity races off to Duke Energy’s lines.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Haneline is among a rising
number of N.C. entrepreneurs hoping to wrestle energy _ and profts
_ from the sun, wind, water and organic wastes. Their output, called
renewable energy, is still so small that it’s barely measurable against
the coal- and nuclear-fueled power that dominate the state.
But they have reason for optimism _ and investment.
A recent law dictates a growing role for renewables in the state’s
energy mix, beginning next year. Generous tax credits salve the sting
of investing in expensive technology. And an energy-focused president
believes he can help heal the economy by developing alternatives to
fossil fuels.
It’s fertile ground for tinkerers chasing the next great idea.
That describes Richard and Jerry Tucker, brothers and engineers
who live in Locust, 20 miles northeast of Charlotte. The Tuckers have
patented a device that superheats landfll garbage, producing methane
gas and carbon in a process that they say emits no pollutants.
Four-foot fames, fueled by methane, shot into the night air re-
cently as they demonstrated their invention for potential customers
and investors. The methane could generate electricity or heat homes
or boilers, the Tuckers say.
``What we produce is, in a sense, a transition fuel,’’ Jerry Tucker
said. ``It’s a transition between foreign oil and solar, wind, hydro and
geothermal energy.’’
Like the Tuckers, most renewable-energy frms are small, accord-
ing to a recent survey by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association.
``We get a lot of folks saying, ‘I’ve got a great idea that I built in
my garage,’’’ said Paul Quinlan, the advocacy group’s research and
development director. ``Some will work and some won’t.’’
Businesses that turn algae into engine fuel and hog manure into
electricity were among the frst to win grants last year from the N.C.
Green Business Fund.
The state-created pool of money encourages promising technolo-
gies with grants of up to $100,000. Nearly 300 grant requests poured
in this year.
Homeowners are also becoming energy producers.
More than 200 owners of solar-power systems, most of them at
homes, sell renewable-energy ``credits’’ to N.C. GreenPower, a non-
proft group. Ten to 20 more join each month. Duke Energy buys elec-
tricity from about 100 small generators in the Carolinas.
But it will take commercial-scale projects for utilities to meet the
state’s renewable-energy mandate, the frst in the Southeast when leg-
islators approved it in 2007.
Its initial goal is modest: Renewables are to generate 3 percent of
total utility sales in 2012, rising to 12.5 percent by 2021.
Specifc goals for solar power begin next year. Duke has signed
contracts to buy electricity from a massive solar farm to be built in Da-
vidson County and from a Durham project that generates power from
landfll gas. The company is looking for more power sources.
Some companies that specialize in solar power both install equip-
ment and generate power for the grid.
FLS Energy in Black Mountain will build a one-megawatt solar
farm and sell the electricity to Raleigh-based Progress Energy, helping
the utility reach its state solar-power mandate. The company some-
times leases solar systems to property owners, allowing them to avoid
up-front costs. Launched in 2006 with two people, the company em-
ploys 20 and expects its workforce to double over the next year.
“The marketplace is expanding exponentially,” said president Mi-
chael Shore. ``There’s a lot of business opportunity.’’
For now, renewable energy is expensive compared to coal and
nuclear plants, which cost billions to build but are relatively cheap to
run. Low electric rates have made it hard for alternatives to gain a foot-
hold in the Southeast, said Bob Leker of the State Energy Offce.
Leker expects that to change as old power plants are replaced,
raising electric rates, and as advances in technology lower the price of
solar panels and other hardware.
In the meantime, entrepreneurs search for untapped energy like
miners searching for hidden ore. In Rob Creighton’s case, that means
looking to the Carolina sky.
Creighton’s fedgling Durham company, WindLift, makes elec-
tricity from kites. Like the Wright brothers, his laboratory is the windy
Outer Banks.
Recently transplanted from Wisconsin, Creighton has a mas-
ter’s degree in business administration and previously worked in
But he quickly came to appreciate the wind’s power _ two kilo-
watts per square meter of kite in a 22 mph breeze, to be precise. His
``fexible airfoil,’’ as it is properly called, captures the wind’s energy
the way a sailboat does, powering a reciprocating pump or generator
on the ground.
“That’s the real challenge, fnding ways to harness it,” Creighton
said. “The energy is there.”
Man Becomes A “Mi nor Ener gy Mogul ”
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) _ Tough economic
times don’t mean having to give up gym and ftness
center memberships.
For the past year, Donita Darrett of Union Bridge
has been a member of the Frederick County YMCA.
She works out two to three times a week and takes her
5-year-old daughter to ballet and gymnastics classes.
A single mom, Darrett receives a monthly schol-
arship from the YMCA, which provides fnancial aid
to qualifying families.
``I’m so grateful for them doing this,’’ Darrett
said. ``When you go to the Y it’s like your second
Currently, the YMCA has 11,000 memberships
between its two Frederick County branches. About
10 to 15 percent of memberships have been granted
fnancial aid, said Daria Putnam-Steinhardt, CEO of
the local YMCA.
While the Y has always offered fnancial assis-
tance, it recently added a few additional deals to help
members cope with the poor economy, namely mem-
bers who have lost their jobs.
``We basically felt that if you get laid off from
your job, it doesn’t mean that you have to lose your Y,’’
Putnam-Steinhardt said. ``It’s a very affordable place
to come and have family activities so people don’t
want to give that up.’’
Until further notice, the YMCA is giving mem-
bers who submit documentation of a job loss a 30-day
grace period in which membership fees are waived. If
a member must cancel membership after the 30 days,
the joining fee is also waived if the member decides
to rejoin.
``We’re trying to make sure that people don’t feel
like there’s another stresser in their life that they have
to deal with,’’ Putnam-Steinhardt said, adding that ex-
ercise is vital during stressful times.
Additionally, newly unemployed members who
have already signed up and paid for programs and
camps will be refunded for programs that are not
For child care, the YMCA normally requires
a two week notice for ending the child’s enrollment.
However, if a parent has been laid off, the two week
notice is unnecessary. If the child is eventually re-en-
rolled, the $25 re-enrollment fee will be waived.
Putnam-Steinhardt said that she has not seen a
decrease in YMCA memberships, but has heard sev-
eral members saying they lost their jobs.
Since the YMCA is a nonproft 501 3(c), the funds
for scholarships come through community fundrais-
ing, Putnam-Steinhardt said.
One of the YMCA’s major fundraising programs
is its Annual Campaign for Kids, in which local busi-
ness leaders contact donors and community mem-
bers to raise money for the fnancial assistance pro-
gram, according to Patrick Hogan, the Y’s director of
Naomi Lee and her children have been taking
full advantage of the YMCA’s scholarships for the
past four years. Like Darrett, Lee is a single mom,
who otherwise would have been unable to afford a
``I’m glad they gave me a chance and the oppor-
tunity to let my kids enjoy it,’’ she said.
Besides the YMCA, other local ftness centers
have found their own ways to deal with the economy.
In December, Fitness First on West Patrick Street
began offering new deals for helping members cope
with the rough economy. It has reduced its member-
ship fees from $34 to $29, while new members receive
fve free one-week membership passes for friends and
family, said Karl Noyes, general manager.
Noyes said he has noticed a slight decrease in
memberships from January 2008 to January 2009.
Gold’s Gym on Buckeystown Pike also has its
share of fnancially friendly deals, such as a zero-down
initiation fee, said manager Craig Gaddis.
Planet Fitness, on West Patrick Street, which
opened in December 2008, charges $10 a month,
along with a $29 start up fee, according to co-owner
Jerry Woods.
The community has embraced the deal and
``we’ve been nothing but growing,’’ Woods said.
Economy Pr ompt s Gyms To
Lower Member shi p Cost s
Yards can add a lot to a home. For gar-
deners, a sprawling outdoor space can act as
a weekend getaway of sorts, allowing home-
owners the chance to go outside in the spring
and summer sun and escape all of life’s other
distractions. For parents, a yard can be a
great place to let kids play and enjoy them-
selves, all within viewing distance of Mom
and Dad’s watchful eyes.
Though backyard playgrounds might
not be as prevalent as they once were, that
doesn’t mean they’re still not fun for kids. Of
course, a backyard play area is only as fun as
it is safe, so parents considering creating one
for their kids should consider the following
tips before beginning such a project.
* Be mindful of drainage. Building a
play area in a spot on the lawn that doesn’t
have proper drainage is asking for trouble.
During winter, such areas are likely to have
excessive ice, threatening kids’ balance and
potentially leading to injury. Even in warmer
months, poor drainage could result in puddles
after spring or summer rains, attracting mos-
quitoes and other insects and making kids
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A House is
a Home
(AP) When Louis XIV decided
that the royal palace at Versailles
should have a huge Hall of Mir-
rors, his minister of fnance saw an
Jean-Baptiste Colbert, a ferce
nationalist, was determined that Par-
is be able to compete with Venice in
producing luxury products like silk,
lace and mirrors. He recruited Vene-
tian artisans to come to Paris to craft
all 357 of the hall’s mirrors. They de-
vised a method of pouring hot glass
onto an iron table that allowed them
for the frst time to make really big
With its elaborate ceiling art
and solid silver tables, lamps and or-
ange tree pots, the magnifcent 17th
century hall was the setting for balls,
births, even the signing of the Treaty
of Versailles.
We don’t live in glittering pal-
aces, but many of us do tend to think
of mirrors as a tad gaudy, a bit Ve-
gas, and not a material we can deco-
rate with easily.
None of which need be true.
We might consider mirrors the
way feng shui practitioners do. They
see mirrors as serving three purpos-
es: expansion, refection, defection.
A well-placed mirror, particu-
larly one that refects an open door-
way or window, can open up a small
space. It doubles the feeling of space
and, in feng shui, serves an even
greater function: It’s believed that
when a mirror refects something
good _ such as a family portrait,
pleasing scenery or symbolic object
_ its positive effects are doubled.
Bagua mirrors, on the other hand,
are seen in feng shui as bad-energy
defectors used on the outside of the
A mirror clad in a pretty or un-
usual frame will enliven the most
basic room.
“They’re a focal point in bath-
rooms, functional in bedrooms and
closets, can serve as accent pieces on
dining room walls and in foyers, and
add height and light to small, dark
spaces. When designing a room, it’s
the one thing I almost always use,”
says designer and HGTV celebrity
Will Smith.
Notes New York designer Geof-
frey Bradfeld, “mirrors give a room
an illusion of infnity.”
Round mirrors can be espe-
cially smart looking. Pottery Barn
has an Art Deco-style beveled glass
beauty that hangs on a faux leather
strap. Another is wrapped in sustain-
ably harvested cherry tree bark.
In Rocky Mount, Va., Uttermost
has a stable of artists creating mir-
ror designs, such as Grace Feyock’s
“Raindrops,” a constellation of tiny
mirrored circles orbiting a larger
one. Her “Kellan” is a swirl of silver
leaf around a beveled mirror, and
“Tamryn” boasts a headdress of wo-
ven palm tree fbers.
Horchow offers a hand-painted,
wood-framed mirror designed by
Janice Minor that looks like it<s
bristling with porcupine quills.
And mirrors don’t have to
be hung. Prop one on a dresser or
console with a few favorite objects
placed in front of it; you’ll enjoy your
things from two vantage points.
A large mirror placed at foor
level in an entryway comes in handy.
Horchow’s version features a mir-
rored frame, which helps bounce the
light around.
Sundance Catalog has a case-
ment style framed in steel, reminis-
cent of old warehouse or country
mill windows.
MirrorMate, in North Carolina,
offers groupings of “Pizzazz” cus-
tom-framed mirrored squares, with
a personalized look. Use them as
artwork run up to the ceiling, or as a
decorative headboard.
The company also custom
frames existing “raw” mirrors, such
as bathroom vanities. The frames
attach directly to the mirror. Do the
perimeter or, on an especially large
mirror, frame just the area over the
sink to add a dramatic, “fnished”
Lisa Huntting, the creative brain
behind the concept, says it was her
own move to a new home in Char-
lotte, N.C., that sparked the idea.
“Though I was decorating the
bathrooms with accessories and pic-
tures, they just never looked ‘done’
because that huge mirror remained
naked!’’ she says.
The frames also help solve is-
sues like edge-silvering, or unat-
tractive mirror clips, she says. They
run about $100-$200, depending on
size and style.
Seura, a Green Bay, Wis., frm,
has adapted new technology to cre-
ate a sleek mirror/television combi-
nation. Turned off, you have an at-
tractively framed mirror, but press a
button and the mirror morphs into an
LCD TV screen.
Featured on some home design
programs, the product found its way
into upscale hotels before interior
decorators took notice of it as a way
to ``hide’’ the TV. Tim Gilbertson,
Seura’s president, says that even
given today’s ravenous appetite for
technology, ``we still may not be
willing to compromise atmosphere,
or give up the comfort of a calm, so-
phisticated environment.’’
Mirrored fnishes also are turn-
ing up on dressers, shelving, backs-
plashes, candlesticks, even freplaces
as a relatively inexpensive way to add
glamour and lightplay to a space.
The Fai r est Mi r r or s of Them
Al l Can Remake a Room
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 21
There is a reason why our signs
are everywhere!!
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CELL: 301-481-0644
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CELL: 301-904-9914
Brooks & Barbour
23063 Three Notch Rd.
California, MD 20619
Offce: 301-862-2169
Fax: 301-862-2179
(AP) Compost and mulch. Both are great soil con-
ditioners, but how do they differ?
Each serves as a time-release fertilizer and
When augmented with livestock and poultry ma-
nure, nutrient-rich compost leaches into the earth and
feeds countless microorganisms, earthworms and fun-
gi. With time, watering and mixing, discarded green
kitchen scraps, yard litter and garden wastes decay into
crumb-textured “brown gold” _ a greatly enhanced
growing medium.
Mulch, meanwhile, is a protective cover that also
works its way into the topsoil. It’s made up of natural or
synthetic substances _ everything from crushed rock
and plastic sheeting to wood chips, discarded newspa-
pers and straw.
Mulch minimizes gardening chores by smothering
weeds, conserving moisture, eliminating erosion and
aerating packed soils. It also protects tender plants from
frost and cold in winter, and from evaporation and heat
stress in summer.
Compost generally is applied as a soil amendment
in late fall or early spring in layers 1 to 2 inches deep.
Coarse mulch then can be layered over the enriching
compost to protect young plants from the elements.
Both are available for little or no cost, but there are
some cautions about their use.
Regarding compost:
• Beware nitrogen burn. I planted a shoulder-high blue
spruce on a hillside several years ago and covered its
root ball with a new batch of manure-rich compost. It
was too new and too rich. It soon took on the look of a
discarded Christmas tree by dropping its needles and
turning copper in color. It was dead, the victim of a too-
hot compost and an overeager gardener. The moral of
the story? Allow compost to mature before using it.
• Don’t introduce weeds into your garden by way of the
compost bin. Inspect plant and garden debris before
adding it to the pile.
• Place composting sites well away from the house. De-
composition often produces unwelcome odors. Decay-
ing mixtures frequently attract insects and snakes. The
operation also might be unsightly. Consider screening it.
• Leaves decay more quickly when shredded. Grass
breaks down faster when turned. Adding such things as
seaweed, livestock and poultry manures loads the blend
with nutrients. Wood stove ashes contain potassium and
sweeten acidic soil. Coffee grounds perk up acid-loving
plants like blueberries, azaleas and rhododendrons and
help loosen compacted ground.
• Don’t spread compost over edible garden crops if any
of its components were sprayed with a pesticide.
Regarding mulch:
• More is not necessarily better. Mulch can over-winter
bark-gnawing voles and other plant-killing critters.
• Don’t pile mulch directly against tree trunks or shrubs.
It can smother them. Rake it instead into a doughnut-
like pocket where water can collect.
Similari ties and
Di fferences of
Compost and
A House is
a Home
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 22
A House is
a Home
The Time
is Now!
By Patr ick Dugan
Contr ibut ing Wr iter
Seriously, what are you waiting for?
Interest rates are low, prices are low, in-
ventory is high, the government is giving
you money to buy. This is the time to get
out there and choose a home.
Interest rates; Right now you can get
all sorts of quotes on interest rates. Even
as low as 4.25%. In reality if you have
good credit you should expect to pay right
at 5% on your mortgage. This is a great
rate. In order to get the extra low rates
that you see advertised, usually by inter-
net lenders, you have to “buy down” the
points, or go with an exotic loan.
However, if you go with a traditional
loan, you can still be at 5% for your mort-
gage and know that you are dealing with
lenders who know what they are doing. It
is a good time to ask your potential lender
how many of their clients took out exotic
loans in the past and are now in foreclo-
sure. If their foreclosure rate is high, per-
haps they are not the lender you want to
In other cases the owner of the house
may be able to do “Owner fnancing”.
This is another way to get into a home
with a potentially great loan.
Prices are low; you can buy houses at
the same price people were buying houses
6 years ago. In many cases you can even
get them at lower prices. You can buy
houses that are in foreclosure and save
even more. There is also a deal out there
on “Short sales” where you can save as
well. If you do not want a short sale or a
foreclosure, perhaps new homes are what
you may want. Many builders are offering
huge savings over their previous prices
and you can save a ton by getting yourself
a Realtor and going to the builder to nego-
tiate a great deal. Many Realtors, myself
included, receive weekly updates from
builders agents telling us about homes
and land that is going on sale. By using an
agent to represent you, you can save thou-
sands of dollars on the advertised homes
or land!
Inventory is high; In Economics 101
in college we all learned the rule of sup-
ply and demand. When demand is high
and inventory is low, the price of that
particular item will sky rocket. Well right
now we have a high inventory, and a lower
demand. This is creating great opportuni-
ties for you as a buyer.
Free Money; we all know that noth-
ing is free, and if the government is giv-
ing you something it is probably some-
thing they took from you in the frst place
and will make you pay for in the future.
But instead of being so cynical, let’s look
at the tax credit of $8000 you can receive
for buying a house before December 1st
of 2009.
You need to buy the house after
January 1st of 2009 and before the frst
of December 2009. You can get a credit
of $8000, towards your income tax pay-
ments. This is a great opportunity to use
money that you would have sent to Uncle
Sam to buy a home instead!
The time is right to look at your f-
nances, fgure out what you need to do to
qualify for a loan and the tax credit. The
best place to start is by calling me and get-
ting some direction on what you need to
do. Sometimes I fnd that we need to work
with you for a while to repair your credit
or amass a down payment. Sometimes I
fnd that you do not need a large down
payment and that a government backed
loan will be right for you, and sometimes
I fnd you are ready to walk out the door
and start looking for a home today. Either
way, contact me and we can start you on
your way to being a home owner.
Thanks you for reading this week’s
article and if you have questions, or
comments please contact me at Patrick-
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 23
By Shelby Opper mann
Contr ibuting Wr iter
The signs are here; Spring is fnally mak-
ing its debut. Several times since December
small glimpses have shone through. Those
special days of 60 or 70 degree weather that
vanish by evening or the next morning are a
treat. The difference in mood seems evident.
Shoppers appear happier, the sounds of mo-
torcycles are heard on the roads, and one night
I heard my frst peep frogs of the season.
The hyacinths partially came up two
months ago during one of those warm spells,
and froze in height at about one inch above the
ground. My large sage plant made it through
Spring’s Debut
of an
Ai ml ess

Mi nd
the entire winter until last week and then sud-
denly went from lush green to crumpled gray.
It won’t be long before the circle of Irises poke
through the mulch and show their beauty, at least
until my husband starts mowing again. That re-
minds me, I want to get some railroad spikes.
I have a love-hate feeling about the coming
of Spring. I get so happy knowing mild, jacket-
free days are on their way. The trees and grass
start their season out with bright apple-green
colors and everywhere are purple felds of clo-
ver and thistle. Eyes start to water and noses run.
It’s delightful. The hate part (and that really is
too strong of a word) is not so much for the ac-
companying allergies, as in the feeling that the
year is advancing too quickly again. I used to
not feel that way. I couldn’t wait for Spring each
year, but now it seems like those few precious
months are gone in a twinkling.
Does anyone still get new Easter clothes? I
remember favorite sweaters of yellow and pink
as a little girl. I love yellow clothes even though
I’ve been told I look awful in them. You have to
feel happy in a yellow dress or shirt. Ask anyone
who has seen the picture of me from 1966 in my
yellow dress, tights, and yellow ducky glasses.
Everyone smiles when they see that photo. My
walls are warm yellow at work, and our living
room is yellow at home. It’s always sunny and
happy and spring-like to me. Robert’s horrifed
expression at the living room walls at frst was
hard to take, but he likes it now. Could be worse,
my bedroom growing up was neon yellow and
We drove down south to Scotland on Sat-
urday, and I know it was only the other end of
St. Mary’s County, but I swear that the buds
were already out on the trees. Route 5, from St.
Mary’s City on down was lined with Redbud.
The taller trees looked like they had small buds,
which were showing on them as well.
One of the sure signs of Spring in Mechan-
icsville is at Mr. and Mrs. Owens fower farm on
Mechanicsville Road. I know it’s the real thing
when I see Mr. Owens outside turning over the
soil. They grow beautiful fowers for Spring and
Summer, and lots of colorful mums for Fall. You
can get great growing advice and uplifting con-
versation when you see them.
My friend Glory Ann and I were remember-
ing Spring in Clinton. That always meant Easter
Monday in the Park. Cosca Park would go all out
and have bands play on all the different parking
lot levels, with food vendors, we were especially
remembering the hot dogs, and a general carni-
val atmosphere. The Easter egg hunt was huge.
It was a lot like what the Governmental Center
in Leonardtown holds for Easter.
The most wonderful memory for me of
Spring is of Easter baskets, whether I was the
one receiving them as a child or the one creating
them for my sons. I made them a little differ-
ent for my sons than what my Mother did – she
always added a small bottle of Harvey’s Bristol
Cream Sherry. Maybe because of Harvey the
rabbit, maybe she wanted me to knockout for a
while so she could take a nap. But, one of the
most beautiful sites on a early, sun-flled Easter
morning is to see the sunlight streaming through
the colorful cellophane wrappings around the
overfowing baskets. What a warm feeling – it’s
almost as warm as the sun shining through our
church’s stained glass windows on that same
Easter morn. Cheers to Spring.
To each new day’s adventure, Shelby.
Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.


The Newtowe Players Presents...
A modern romantic comedy about marriage and a dog.
~NY Times
I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny,
touching and profound plays I have ever seen...
~NY Daily News
Gurney’s mad comedy is the most endearing good time to
trot down the pike in many a moon.
Three Notch Theater
March 20 - April 5, 2009
Thursday - Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $15 Seniors / Students $12
Every Thursday all tickets $10
This show is not recommended for children.
Three Notch Theatre is located on S. Coral Drive in Lexington Park.
Wanderi ngs
Book Revi ew
c.2009, Harper $19.99 / $25.99 Canada 343 pages
“Amber vi l l e” by Ti m Davys
By Ter r i Schlichenmeyer
Contr ibuting Wr iter
A crisis of great proportions happened
at your house last week, and you’re still reel-
ing: your toddler lost her favorite stuffed bear,
and there was no household peace until it was
found, just where she left it.
Remember secretly believing that stuffed
animals came to
life when you were
sleeping? Remem-
ber the trauma of be-
ing separated from
your bear or bunny
or kitty?
In the new
book “Amberville”
by Tim Davys, Eric
Bear may be separat-
ed from his beloved
wife forever, unless
he fnds something
that may not exist.
Eric Bear is a
good stuffed animal.
He’s got a decent job
and a nice house.
He’s a respectable
member of his com-
munity, and mar-
ried to the beauti-
ful, graceful Emma
Rabbit. But Eric
Bear has a past…
Once upon a
time, Bear was top
man for Nicholas
Dove, an evil crime
boss who ran Casino Monokowski, where
gambling, drugs and alcohol were plentiful.
Nicholas Dove took care of his boys back
then. But Bear left that life long ago.
Now Dove is pecking around, asking for
For decades, rumors have swirled about
the “Death List”, a weekly roster of animals
targeted for disappearance. It’s whispered
that, on a certain night each week, Chauffeurs
drive the color-coded streets of town and take
away animals whose names are on the list.
But it’s a rumor, that’s all. Nobody knows for
sure if the Death List exists.
Nevertheless, Nicholas Dove heard that
his name is on this supposed list. He tells Eric
Bear to fnd it and remove the name. And if
Bear doesn’t, Dove’s gorillas will fnd Emma
Rabbit and tear her apart. Eric Bear knows it’s
not an idle threat.
Four days is all Eric Bear’s got. He en-
lists the help of his three oldest friends: Snake
Marek, an animal who lives up to his name;
Tom-Tom Crow, who
lives with demons of
his own; and Sam, a
homosexual prosti-
tute gazelle”. With
his friends’ help,
Eric Bear begins to
But someone
else is thinking, too.
Years ago, when Er-
ic’s parents put their
name on the cub’s
list, they ended up
with something they
weren’t expecting.
Eric Bear has a twin
brother, and Teddy
wants to be Eric.
I didn’t like this
novel when I started
it. It just didn’t make
a whole lot of sense.
But then I let my-
self relax into this
grown-up fairy tale
of good and evil,
doubl e - c r os s e s ,
truth, and lies, and I
was captivated.
“Amberville” is, to be sure, a very quirky
mystery. Author Tim Davys has created a
dark parallel world of characters that are
stuffed with human foibles and fears. Read-
ing it requires a suspension of comfort, par-
ticularly if you’re used to “normal” mystery
novels. Reading it, once you get past the frst
few chapters, is worthwhile.
Keep in mind that, despite the cover, this
is defnitely not a book for kids. It’s dark and
complicated and not cuddly at all. Still, if you
love noir mysteries, pick up a copy of “Am-
berville”, stuff yourself in a chair and enjoy.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 24




1. The ___ Four (Beatles)
4. Not good
7. Explosive
10. Thick piece of something
12. Gulf of, in the Aegean
14. Of she
15. Ethiopian monetary unit
16. 2nd to win
17. Islamic month of spring
18. N.E. Brazilian state
20. Huck’s author Mark
22. Trucks
23. Restaurant bill
24. Ca_____: waterfall
26. Member of U.S. Navy
29. Drinking establishment
30. Pan’s Indian princess
34. Alias
35. Not high
36. Leader Zedong
37. Wellington is the capital
42. Mitt’s wife
43. Inclines
44. Set to end
47. Trailer truck or semi
48. Nuclear near reach
49. The third hour, about 9
51. A group of 6
53. Spanish surrealist Joan
54. Greek Titan
57. Unstressed-stressed
60. Old world, new
61. Brief letters
62. Chinese dynasty
63. Similar suffx
64. Electromagnetic force
65. Senior offcer
1. A federally chartered sav-
ings bank
2. Boxer Muhammed
3. A cutting remark
4. a.k.a. Spinel ruby
5. Macaws
6. Medical practitioner
7. Siamese
8. One point N of NE
9. Denotes three
11. Opera praise for female
12. Compact piano
13. English, Irish or Gordon
17. Jewish spiritual leader
19. Possessed
21. So. branch of the lower
24. Interests, behalfs (pl.)
25. Move very slowly
26. Stitched
27. Legendary violinist
28. African antelope
29. Cast out
31. Ailments
32. Indian city
33. Distant
38. Don Diego de la Vega
39. A long narrative poem
40. Sea between Greece and
41. Coercion
45. Telephone switch
46. Electronic communication
48. Allied H.Q. (abbr.)
49. Men’s neckware
50. P____: bird resting place
52. Speaker’s platform
53. Japanese apricot tree
55. Foot digit
56. Your store of information
58. ___bo: Latin dance
59. A tropical constrictor
There are 5
things diferent
between Picture A
and Picture B.
Can you fnd
them all?
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 25
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A rat can go without water longer than a camel can.
The Newt owne
Pl ayer s Announce
Audi t i ons f or
One-Act Pl ays
The Newtowne Players announce open
auditions for two weeks of one-act plays fea-
turing published works and original scripts.
The seven plays range from light comedy
to drama to tragedy and include roles for
people of all ages. Volunteers for costumes,
sets, lighting and props are also welcome.
Auditions for the frst week of one-acts
will be held March 22 from noon to 2 p.m.
and March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Show dates
are April 30 to May 3. This week showcases
professional scripts, such as The Philadel-
phia, a comedy by David Ives calling for
two men (ages 20-30) and one woman (age
20-30) and Morning Coffee, a drama by
Frederick Stroppel calling for one man and
one woman, and Not My Cup of Tea, a com-
edy by A.F. Groff with roles for two women
(ages 50-80).
Auditions for the second week of one-
acts will be held March 24 from 6:30 to 9
p.m. and March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Show dates are June 4 to June 7. This week
showcases original scripts, including Ba-
bu’s Burgers, a comedy calling for a burger
joint owner of Indian descent and fve male
character actors; The Wake, a comedy call-
ing for four women (one elderly) and one
male; Butterfy, a drama/tragedy calling for
two middle-aged women and one woman
between the ages of 18-25; and A History
of St. Mary’s County, MD in 23 Minutes,
a comedy calling for four to six male char-
acter actors.
Auditions will consist of cold read-
ings from the scripts and will be held at
Three Notch Theatre at 21744 South Coral
Drive in Lexington Park. Rehearsals for
the frst weekend should begin within a
week of casting. For more information,
please contact Lisa Gregory at lisaenviron- or Kerry Robinson at or call the theatre at
St udent s
To Hood’s
Li st
The Provost’s Offce
at Hood College announces
the local students who qual-
ifed for the spring dean’s
list. Both full-time students,
enrolled in at least 12 credit
hours, and part-time stu-
dents, enrolled in at least
six credit hours,who have
no outstanding incomplete
grades and have earned at
least a 3.5 grade point aver-
age, are eligible.
California: Morgan Wright;
Great Mills: Sharina Miller;
Park Hall: Benjamin Caplins.
Avon Wal k f or
Br east Cancer
Wi l l Hol d a
Fundr ai ser At
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Will Hold a Fundraiser At
Leonardt own
Families and Friends are encouraged t o dine in or carry out on Monday March
, 2009 t o help support an incredible 2 day event t hat I ’m part icipat ing in on
May 2-3
, 2009. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washingt on, D.C. I ’m
walking 39 miles t o impact t he lives of millions who are affect ed by breast cancer
worldwide. I ’m honored t o be walking wit h t housands of ot hers who have made
t he same courageous commit ment : t o help raise awareness and funding for t his
devast at ing disease. We will sleep in t ent s, shower in semi t rucks, and push
ourselves far beyond what we ever t hought we were capable of doing.
A port ion of the proceeds raised t his night will be donat ed t o the Avon Walk for
Breast Cancer: Part icipant Jennifer St roud
March 23
, 2009 from 4pm-8pm
A cert ificat e below must be present ed t o your wait ress or at t he front count er.
Dine In or Carryout
Dine In or Carryout
Families and Friends are encouraged to dine in or carry
out on Monday March 23rd, 2009 to help support an incredible
2 day event that I’m participating in on May 2-3rd, 2009. The
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C. I’m walking
39 miles to impact the lives of millions who are affected by
breast cancer worldwide. I’m honored to be walking with thou-
sands of others who have made the same courageous commit-
ment: to help raise awareness and funding for this devastating
disease. We will sleep in tents, shower in semi trucks, and push
ourselves far beyond what we ever thought we were capable of
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Will Hold a Fundraiser At
Leonardt own
Families and Friends are encouraged t o dine in or carry out on Monday March
, 2009 t o help support an incredible 2 day event t hat I ’m part icipat ing in on
May 2-3
, 2009. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washingt on, D.C. I ’m
walking 39 miles t o impact t he lives of millions who are affect ed by breast cancer
worldwide. I ’m honored t o be walking wit h t housands of ot hers who have made
t he same courageous commit ment : t o help raise awareness and funding for t his
devast at ing disease. We will sleep in t ent s, shower in semi t rucks, and push
ourselves far beyond what we ever t hought we were capable of doing.
A port ion of the proceeds raised t his night will be donat ed t o the Avon Walk for
Breast Cancer: Part icipant Jennifer St roud
March 23
, 2009 from 4pm-8pm
A cert ificat e below must be present ed t o your wait ress or at t he front count er.
Dine In or Carryout
Dine In or Carryout
A portion of the proceeds raised this night will be donated to the
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: Participant Jennifer Stroud
March 23rd, 2009 from 4pm-8pm
A certifcate below must be presented to your waitress
or at the front counter.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 26
On The Menu
Today in
St. Mary’s County
we have many
wonderful options for
dining out. Each week we
will feature a local
restaurant and give our
readers an overview of what
they can enjoy on the menu
at each location.
Bon Appétit!
& More
Healthy Bites
At the Sterling House on
Leonardtown Square
Old fashioned charm and elegance radiate
from the moment you enter the restored circa
1850 mansion beautifully located with a view of
Leonardtown Square. The cuisine that follows is
sure to equal your high expectations. Chef Leo
Dilling has produced an outstanding menu fea-
turing soups and appetizers, salads and creative
entrees prepared from scratch everyday using
herbs from their garden and fresh local produce.
Lunch entrée prices range from $6.75-$14.50 and
include a large selection of salads and sandwiches,
fsh or pasta. Dinner entrees range from $16.50-
$28.50 and include steak, seafood and pasta all
delicately prepared with special seasonings and
sauces. A full service bar and extensive wine list
is available for your enjoyment. Lunch is served
Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner
is served Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00-9:00 p.m. and
Friday and Saturday from 5:00-9:30 p.m. Sun-
day brunch is available from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
featuring a special menu. Corbel’s offers private
accommodations for meetings or parties of vari-
ous sizes. With the warm weather approaching
watch for the opening of Corbel’s porch seating
with a new menu of casual fare.
A beautifully decorated, oak trimmed bar
welcomes you after your dinner or for a little
down time after a hard day at work. Happy hour
is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and features half price ap-
petizers such as their specialty bistro style mus-
sels and prosciutto wrapped mozzarella. One of
Corbel’s talented bartenders will prepare your fa-
vorite cocktail or one of their original specialties.
Experience fne dining that rivals some of Wash-
ington’s fnest restaurants right here in beautiful
St. Mary’s County.
A delicious sign of better weather
For The Associated Press
Asparagus not only is a pleasant and affordable harbinger of
spring, it also does great things for a healthy diet.
Asparagus is extremely low in calories and is packed with vita-
mins. When buying asparagus, choose stalks with dry, tight tips and
frm, unwrinkled stalks. And fat stalks don’t necessarily mean tough
asparagus. Older plants produce thicker spears, but they can be just
as tender and favorful as thin ones.
It’s more important to select spears that have a uniform thick-
ness so they cook at the same rate.
Asparagus loses its vitamins and sugars quickly when left at
room temperature and is best eaten the day it is purchased. To keep
asparagus for longer, treat it as you would a bouquet of fowers by
cutting off a bit of the woody base and standing the bunch in an inch
of water in a container in the refrigerator.
To preserve nutrients and favor, don’t boil asparagus. Better is
to steam the stalks for 5 minutes. Other options are to grill them for
2 minutes per side, stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or microwave in a
covered, vented container with 1/4 cup of water on high for 4 to 6
Cooking asparagus at high heat in the oven concentrates its
favors and yields stalks that are delicately wilted and beautifully
This recipe for roasted asparagus with spring onions and sun-
dried tomatoes straddles seasonal favors with the deep richness of
the tomatoes and the freshness of scallions. The dish has only a small
amount of added fat, which comes from the favorful oil the tomatoes
are packed in.
Start to fnish: 25 minutes (10 minutes active)
Servings: 4
1 1/2 pounds asparagus, bottoms trimmed
2 bunches scallions, ends trimmed
2 tablespoons fnely chopped oil-packed sun-dried toma-
toes, plus 1 tablespoon of oil from the jar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
Heat the oven to 450 F. In a large bowl, toss the aspara-
gus and scallions with the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes.
Transfer to a baking sheet and arrange in an even layer. Sea-
son with salt and pepper.
Roast for 7 minutes. Stir the vegetables and roast until
tender and slightly browned, about another 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and toss to
combine. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to
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4 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 11 g
carbohydrate; 5 g protein; 5 g fber; 161 mg sodium.
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By Andrea Shiell
Staff Wr iter
Imagine an alternate 1985 where Rich-
ard Nixon is in his ffth term, a superhero-
led U.S. victory in Vietnam sparked a huge buildup of Russian arms, and
the world is teetering on the verge of nuclear disaster.
Superheroes once roamed the streets freely, but have since been out-
lawed by Congress after a public backlash against their increasingly ni-
hilistic brand of vigilante justice, and the masked members of the group
known as the Watchmen are now being murdered, starting with Eddie
Blake, aka The Comedian, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
This leads former crime-fghting colleague Rorschach, played by
Jackie Earle Haley, to reestablish contact with Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson)
and Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman), coaxing them out of retirement to fnd
the murderer.
The flm, like Alan Moore’s comic book, is a remarkable character
study of superheroes who are anti-heroes, injected with Cold War dooms-
day paranoia, and with characters ranging from sympathetic to repulsive.
They are not the benevolent superheroes typical of comic book lore, but
the result of a culture that continually blurs the line between the heroic
superhero archetype and the egomaniacal masked vigilante.
The only character with super powers, even, is Silk Spectre’s boy-
friend, Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), who attained glowing blue skin and
god-like powers after a laboratory mishap in the 1940s, and even he has
lost his empathy for the human race (not to mention his pants, as he spends
the majority of the flm in his birthday suit).
Director Zack Snyder and screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse
did a remarkable job of staying true to Moore’s story, but that may have
been their undoing. Moore’s doomsday themes, though they offered some
great political and social commentary when they were written, seem more
quaint than relevant onscreen, and the stories of the Watchmen’s prede-
cessors (including some of the back-story about Silk Spectre’s mother and
father) are only established superfcially, begging for explanations that
could not (or would not) make their way into this 163-minute epic.
Though the flm packs some heavy punches with brilliant special ef-
fects and good acting, and its loyalty to the source material is sure to please
Moore’s fans, “Watchmen” is largely as Moore once described it; a book
without a
good mov-
ie in it, and
it may just
have audi-
ence mem-
bers eye-
ing their
Grade: C
By Andr ea Shiell
Staff Wr iter
What can a dog offer its owner?
Of course these furry companion animals can
bring laughter, enjoyment and good company, but
what if this little creature were to become a barrier
between a man and his lover, then what?
One answer may be found in the play “Sylvia,”
an award-winning romantic comedy by contempo-
rary American writer A.R. Gurney, and the latest
offering from the Newtowne Players.
One kind character says it best when he claims,
“if you give a dog a woman’s name, then you’re li-
able to start treating her like a woman.” And such is
the problem when Greg (played by Thomas Esposi-
to) brings home Sylvia, a street-smart poodle-Lab-
rador mix with a sweet but slobbery disposition;
and it is his wife Kate (played by Andrea Hein) who
frst raises the issue with not only the dog’s name,
but the dog itself, even as the pretty pooch prances
across the stage to curry favor with her new owner,
who found her aban-
doned in the park.
“The play is about
a couple who are in
their mid-40s and go-
ing through the dread-
ed mid-life crisis, and
the husband fnds this
dog,” said Producer
and Director Keith
Williams. “And it’s in-
teresting because the
dog kind of plays out
as a person.”
But in this show,
it’s a person playing
the dog, dressed in a
poodle skirt and yell-
ing “Hey! Hey! Hey!”
instead of barking,
snarling insults at cats
in the park, and loyally
following Greg across
the stage, proclaiming him her “god” as the sparks
continue to fy between him and his wife, who from
the beginning protests Sylvia’s presence and begs
Greg to get rid of her.
Though Sylvia offers Greg a break from a job
he dislikes and a wife who seems more concerned
with her own career than him, the dog becomes a
major bone of contention between the married cou-
ple, setting off a series of hilarious and touching
complications that force them to pause and recon-
sider their own relationship.
Sylvia, played marvelously by Rebecca De-
horme, almost serves as a third party, a kind of mis-
tress competing with Kate for Greg’s affection, and
the strain on their relationship may almost make
one stop to wonder if a dog with a human name
can, indeed, become more than man’s best friend.
Sylvia will be playing at the Three Notch The-
ater in Lexington Park from March 20 – April 5.
For show schedules and ticket information, call
301-737-5447 or visit the playhouse online at www.
Movi e Revi ew:
Wat chmen
Thomas Esposito and Rebecca Dehorme star in the Newtowne Players’ presentation
of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia.”
Photo By Andrea Shiell
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 29
Nature Time at Greenwell
Enjoy the wonders of nature at Greenwell State
Park through games, crafts, stories, movement,
and exploration. Nature Time is a program for
young children and their families/caregivers.
The program runs from 10am-11:30am. This
week’s theme is “Bird Lovers.” Participants are
welcome to pack their own picnic lunch and ex-
plore the park on their own after the program.
Visit or call 301-
373-9775 for more information.
10th Annual Women Studies
St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) will
host the 10th Annual Women Studies Collo-
quium: “Caution: Women at Work,” Tuesday,
March 24 through Thursday, March 26. This
year, the colloquium will host four lectures that
focus on the balancing act women often face
while managing a career outside (and inside)
the home. Stand-up comedian and social critic
Marga Gomez will also perform Wednesday,
March 25 at 8 p.m. in the Auerbach Auditorium
of St. Mary’s Hall. Speakers include SMCM’s
professor Jennifer Cognard-Black and profes-
sors from the University of Richmond and Oc-
cidental College, among others. For more infor-
mation, contact Betul Basaran at 240-895-2026
Wednesday, March 25
Mar yland Day
St. Clements Island Museum, Colton’s
Point, off Route 242. 11 AM. Celebrate
Maryland’s 375th birthday at the site of the
frst colonial landing in 1634. Outdoor event,
guest speakers, birthday cake! Free. HC. 301-
Celebrate 375
Teen Movie Matinee
2-4 PM, Lexington Park Library
Teens, ages 13+, watch a movie with other
teens. Snacks provided. Movie title TBD. No
charge. or 301-863-8188
Gener al
Member ship
Meetings Change
As of March 25, 2009, the monthly NAACP
General Membership meetings will meet
from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. The meetings
will continue at the SMECO Building ,
Hollywood, MD.
Reader s can receive
reading suggestions via
Readers are reminded that they can re-
ceive reading lists with suggested titles for
their next read by email by subscribing to
NextReads. This free online service provides
22 fction and nonfction newsletters to select
from and allows users to immediately check
whether the items are available at the library.
To sign up, readers can click on COSMOS at and then NextReads.
Author Ginjer Clar ke to
present progr ams
Ginjer Clarke will be the featured au-
thor at this year’s BooksAlive! programs on
April 6. Clarke specializes in writing nonfc-
tion children’s books about extreme and un-
usual animals. She will read from her books
and talk about her research involved in writ-
ing these books. The programs will be at
10 a.m. at Charlotte Hall, 2 p.m. at Lexing-
ton Park and 6:30 p.m. at Leonardtown. The
programs which are being funded by The
Boeing Company are free. Book signing
follows each program with books available
for purchase.

Teens plan book/media
swap and free movie
Leonardtown Library’s TAG (Teen
Advisory Group) will sponsor a book and
media swap on March 28 from 1:30 p.m. to
4:30 p.m. for middle school students and old-
er. Teens can trade books, CDs, DVDs and
games with other teens and watch a PG-rated
movie. Snacks will be provided.

Families invited to free
movie matinee
Lexington Park’s TAG will sponsor a
free family movie matinee on March 25 from
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A PG-rated movie will be
shown. Snacks will be provided.

Libr ar ies offer book
Each library offers a monthly book dis-
cussion. The public is invited to drop in for
any of the following book discussions: Ron
Chernow’s book, Alexander Hamilton, on
March 19 at 7 p.m. at Leonardtown, Natha-
nial Hawthorne’s book, The Scarlet Letter,
on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Charlotte Hall, and
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book, The Infdel, on April
13 at 6 p.m. at Lexington Park.
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Apr il 3 11 a.m.. To 7 p.m.
Dine-In Or Car r y Out Or-
der s For More Info. Call:
Immaculate Hear t of Mar y Church located
on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park will host
its annual Lenten Seafood Dinner s beginning Fr i-
day Febr uar y 27th – Apr il 3r d, from 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Car r yout will be available. Pr ices will r ange for m
$7 - $14. Children meals available – children un-
der three eat FREE. For more infor mation call
Thursday, March 19
Maryland, My
Maryland Exhibit
North End Gallery (Leonardtown) –
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wing Night
VFW 2632 (California) – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Texas Hold’Em
Donovan’s Irish Pub (California) –
7:30 p.m.
Ladies Night
Country Store Bar (Leonardtown) –
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, March 20
Fish & Steak Night
American Legion Post 221 (Avenue) – 5
Legends & Lore Tour
Sotterley Plantation – 5:30 p.m.
Newtowne Players
– “Sylvia”
Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park)
– 8 p.m.
Patuxent Playhouse
– “The Nerd”
St. John Vianney Family Life Center
Theater (Prince Frederick) – 8 p.m.
DJ Mango
DragN Inn (Charlotte Hall) – 9 p.m.
The St. Mary’s Ryken
Players Present Annie:
The Musical
7 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and Satur-
day, March 21, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
March 22. All performances will be held
in the auditorium of Romauld Hall on the
campus of St. Mary’s Ryken. Tickets are
$10 at the door and $5 for students and
seniors. Tickets can also be purchased
online for a reduced price at www.ryken-
Saturday, March 21
Steak Night
VFW 2632 (California) – 5 p.m.
Young Life Christian
Patuxent Presbyterian Church – 6:30
Luck of the Irish Show
and Dinner
Rod N’ Reel Restaurant – 7:30 p.m.
Newtowne Players
– “Sylvia”
Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park)
– 8 p.m.
Patuxent Playhouse
– “The Nerd”
St. John Vianney Family Life Center
Theater (Prince Frederick) – 8 p.m.
Lost in Paris, DJ Rob &
Car 54
Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 9 p.m.
Dan Harbin
Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 9 p.m.
Swing and Ballroom
Take a beginner-level lesson from 7-8
p.m. and then stay for dancing to music
of all kinds from 8-11 p.m. $8/person,
$15/couple, $5/seniors and students. Lo-
cation: Little Flower School, Route 5,
Great Mills.
Sunday, March 22
Newtowne Players
– “Sylvia”
Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park)
– 3:30 p.m.
Annie: The Musical
St. Mary’s Ryken (Leonardtown) –
7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24
Republican Women
The Republican Women of St. Mary’s
County will meet at Petruzzi’s Bistro
Restaurant in Wildewood Shopping cen-
ter at 11 am on Tuesday March 24. Guest
speaker will be Erik Anderson, candi-
date for delegate for district 29 B. For in-
formation call. Carol Ann 301-737-0731
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 30
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I nt er vi ewi ng:
Rol and Decker
Roland, a retired Colonel, hung up his spurs as
a member of the U.S. Air Force 30 years ago, but
since then, this 91 year-old veteran has enjoyed
living in Southern Maryland, where he also enjoys
telling people about his airborne adventures as a
fghter pilot during World War II.
CT: Describe one of your most interesting fying
RD: (Talking about landing in a fenced feld in Eng-
land) Well this was a little tricky, but I did it, twice.
The frst time I went in and I told them that every-
thing was done right, and as I’m coming at 18 feet,
I had to drop the plane over a fence, so I went in
over the fence and dropped the plane, and turned
around and came back, but one wheel was in the
mud and the other was on the runway… it was two
days before Hitler killed himself, I remember.
CT: What was your favorite plane to fy?
RD: I don’t remember which plane it was. It was a
fast one though, a two-seater that would do 400
miles an hour. I few it over my mother’s house
once at about 50 feet… they said they couldn’t
identify the plane because I was moving too darn
CT: What was your favorite part of fying?
RD: Probably the girls in Paris. (Laughing) No, ac-
tually, I liked the girls from Germany. They were
different. Paris girls were alright, but not for me,
so I just left them alone.
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By Andr ea Shiell
Staff Wr iter
Robert Steele Pogue eased into a chair
in his living room with several folders
spread out before him; some containing
historical writings. He might say he has
history in his blood, as he turns and smiles
at a copy of his father’s book, Yesterday
In Old St. Mary’s County by Robert E.T.
Pogue, frst published in 1968, telling the
story of the mother-county and its people.
“He was born in 1910, in Maddox
Maryland… he died in 1988, and he wrote
this book, Yesterday in Old St. Mary’s
County in 1968,” Pogue said. “And he had
printed fve editions of it until he died, and
we found it and decided last year to print a
sixth edition.”
Pogue added that the book has been a
staple of county booksellers for decades,
but after his father’s death, he was inspired
to reprint it.
The book is indeed ripe with local his-
tory, and Pogue said just assembling his
father’s writings had given him some great
insights not only into his hometown’s his-
tory, but his own lineage as well.
“We can trace our family history back
to Leonard Calvert, who was the frst gov-
ernor of the state of Maryland; he was my
father’s 13th great-grandfather, and [my
father] took great pride in that,” Pogue
said, adding that his father spent four years
working on the book whilst recovering
from a heart attack.
For the next 20 years, this colorful
local writer published three other books,
including a book on Maryland landmarks,
Beautiful Journeys, a book of photographs
from the author’s travels, and a short book
on how he met his wife of 60 years.
Pogue also wrote a great deal of short
fction that had gone undiscovered until
“Over the years he was a member of
the St. Mary’s County historical society…
so he was pushed to write down things that
he remembered,” his son said, adding that
he may publish some of the short stories in
the future.
As for Yesterday in Old St. Mary’s
County, Pogue said the book itself opened
his eyes to much of the local color he has
come to appreciate today.
“The book was written right after
he’d had a heart attack,” Pogue said, “and
I think he really wanted to write down the
history of his family and how they lived in
the early part of the last century.
“And he wanted to let everyone in the
state of Maryland know a bit more about the
history of this county, and how it started,
and how Maryland started…I think people
can get a lot out of it.”
Local Resident Publishes Father’s History of St. Mary’s
Car r yi ng on a Fami l y Legacy
Robert Steele Pogue
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 32
more threatening, he had them arrested. One
of the soldiers escaped, rejoined his company,
and greatly exaggerated what had happened.
British soldiers arrived at Dr. Beanes’ home
at 1:00 a.m., knocked down the door, dragged
him out of bed, and then marched him, half
dressed “on the back of a bare backed mule”
to Benedict where he was placed in irons and
confned in the hold of one of their ships.
Within a few days, Key was approached
to seek his help in obtaining government per-
mission to approach Admiral Cochrane un-
der a fag of truce to secure the release of Dr.
Beanes. On September 3, after obtaining the
necessary approvals, Key went to Baltimore
and met with Col. John Skinner, Baltimore’s
agent of the U.S. for Parole of Prisoners who
was to accompany him. They set sail aboard
the U.S. cartel ship “Minden” in search of the
British feet.
The feet was located and Key and Skin-
ner boarded the British ship “Surprise” where
they were received by Admiral Cochrane who
refused their request saying that Dr. Beanes
had “inficted the most atrocious injuries and
humiliations upon the British troops” and
plans were underway to hang him to the yard
arm of his ship.
Key persisted and Cochrane fnally
agreed to Beanes’ release; however the Ameri-
cans would be kept aboard the “Surprise” until
the British had completed what they called an
impending operation.
The feet arrived at the mouth of the Pa-
tapsco on the morning of September 10. Key,
Skinner, and Beanes were transferred, under
British guard, to the “Minden” anchored in
such a way as to ensure they could watch what
the British was sure would be the capture of
Baltimore. Finally, on the morning of Septem-
ber 13, nineteen British ships, keeping them-
selves beyond the range of the Ft. McHenry
cannons, began the bombardment that would
last for 25 hours.
Defying orders by Washington offcials to
surrender, the small group of volunteer militia
at Ft. McHenry stood their ground fring their
cannons occasionally so the British would
know they had not surrendered.
That night 1,200 British soldiers attempt-
ed to slip up the river to attack from the rear.
They paid dearly for this folly as every gun in
Baltimore harbor opened fred. In an effort to
rescue them, some of the feet came closer.
“A ferce battle ensued, Fort McHenry
opened the full force of all her batteries upon
them as they repassed, and the feet respond-
ing with entire broadsides made an explosion
so terrifc that it seemed as though Mother
Earth had opened and was vomiting shot and
shell in a sheet of fre and brimstone. The heav-
ens aglow were a seething sea of fame, and the
waters of the harbor, lashed into an angry sea
by the vibrations the ‘Minden’ rode and tossed
as though in a tempest….the houses in Balti-
more were shaken to their foundations.”
Shortly after sunrise, the “Minden” was
freed. That same evening Key wrote the frst
draft of the song that would become our na-
tional anthem.
The fag that few at Ft. McHenry was
held privately until 1912 and ironically, during
the Civil War it was sent to England for safe
Columnist Linda Reno
is a historian and genealogist
specializing in Southern Maryland
history. Mrs. Reno is a member of
the St. Mary’s County Historical Society,
St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society,
Charles County Genealogical Society,
Maryland Historical Society, and the
Maryland Genealogical Society. She
has authored many books and
articles on local history. We hope
you will enjoy these articles and
welcome your comments and
suggestions for future
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By Linda Reno
Contr ibuting Wr iter
Francis Scott Key, author of the “Star Span-
gled Banner”, was born in Frederick County,
Maryland August 1, 1779. He was the great-
grandson of Philip Key and Susanna Gardiner,
of St. Mary’s County. Upon graduation from
St. John’s College in Annapolis he studied law
and in1801 he and fellow student, Roger Brooke
Taney, opened practice in Frederick County.
Taney, who later became the frst Chief Justice
of the U.S. Supreme Court, married Key’s sister,
Key’s profession was law but
his passion was poetry and he
wrote whenever possible. About
1800, he and his best friend,
Daniel Murray became rivals for
the hand of Mary Tayloe Lloyd.
Key won out and it was said
that “Miss Lloyd would make
curl papers of his love sonnets
and took particular pains that he
should learn of it.” Nevertheless,
the suitors remained friends and
Key named one of his sons Daniel
Murray Key.
Shortly after their marriage in
1802, the Keys moved to Georgetown
where Francis joined and later inherited the
practice of his uncle, Philip Barton Key.
Along came the War of 1812. Maryland
offcials, afraid the British would burn An-
napolis, had the State’s records moved to Upper
Marlboro for safe keeping and while Annapolis
was never invaded, Upper Marlboro was three
times. On August 24, 1814 the British captured
Washington, D. C. and burned many of the
public buildings (including the White House).
That night they began the return march to their
ships at Benedict. Along the way, some of them
robbed and terrorized local citizens. At Upper
Marlboro, a few of them, now drunk, entered
the garden of Dr. William Beanes who ordered
them to leave. When they refused and became
The Star Spangled Banner
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 33
Recreation Parks
By Sean Rice
Staff Wr iter
Team members of the Patuxent River Rugby Football Club
got together March 7, donned in their “jumpers”, for the frst
“scrumdown” of the season.
Possibly the most recognizable formation during a rugby
match is when players tightly lock arms in a mass of bodies
that’s called a scrum.
The Pax River “Ruggers”, as they call themselves, started
their 19th season with a home game against Frostburg Univer-
sity on their new home feld near Clarks Landing Restaurant.
The owners of Clarks Landing Restaurant donated use of
the feld to the popular club.
“The guy is giving it to us for free and is just asking us to
maintain it, so we’re going to do everything we can to make
sure the feld doesn’t get ruined,” said the club’s recruitment of-
fcer, David Beckman, adding that two main rules are there is no
smoking or drinking at the feld.
The team had been playing home games at Mill Creek
Middle School in Lusby, on a feld that has be described as less
than desirable. The new feld near Clarks Landing, a former
softball feld, needed a little work before the team could call it
“We as a team went and cleared out the mound, leveled off
the feld ourselves, laid down seed, aerated it,” Beckman said.
“We worked on it for probably a good two months or so before
the season started. We are very thankful for this new feld.”
Beckman is one of the youngest members on the team, and
the youngest ever to hold an offcer position with the club. A
student at College of Southern Maryland, Beckman is starting
his second season.
“I had two practices before my frst game at the Celtic fes-
tival, and I just fell in love with the sport after my frst game,”
he said.
Many others are also falling in love with the game. The
Pax River club saw its roster increase to near 40 this year, up
from about 25 last year.
“Oh we shot up this season, we’re very happy with the
numbers,” Beckman said.
Team members come from varying backgrounds, includ-
ing Navy, Air Force, military police, college students, federal
employees and others. This season the club added a women’s
league, and is hoping to add youth leagues as well.
Pax River Rugby has been strong supporters of charitable
efforts in Southern Maryland, including adopting families in
need during the Christmas holidays, and most recently fund-
raising for the Wounded Warriors project.
More information on the club, including schedules, can be
found at
Pat uxent Ri ver Rugby St ar t s 19t h Season
Submitted Photos
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The Pax River Silver Stars AAU girls’ basketball team seeks players for
the 14 and 15 years old and under and 16 years old and under teams. If inter-
ested, contact Savannah Webb at (home) 301-737-1792 or (cell) 301-247-3152,
or via e-mail
Pax Ri ver Si l ver
St ar s Looki ng For
Pl ayer s
Residents of St. Mar y’s County are invited to register for Adult In-
door Soccer.

Ages: 18 and up
Registr ation Dates: Thursdays, March 5 and 12
· Location: Leonard Hall Recreation Center
· Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
· Cost: $550 per team with shirts; $490 per team
without shirts; $55 per individual

Game Dates: Co-Ed Competitive – Thursdays
Co-Ed Recreational – Thursdays
Men’s Competitive – Tuesdays
Men’s Recreational – Tuesdays
Women’s 16 & up – Tuesdays
· Time: 6 – 10:30 p.m.
· Location: Leonard Hall
Recreation Center, Leonardtown
· Infor mation: Kenny Sothoron at 301-475-1800 ext. 1830

Additional Registration Information

1. Mail in registrations will be accepted from March 5 – March 12.
2. Mail to: Recreation & Parks, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD
20650. Any registrations received after March 12 risk being placed on a
waiting list and/or not being assigned to a team.
3. You may download a form from .
4. You may also call 301-475-4200 ext 1800 to have one sent to you.
Regi st r at i on Open f or
Adul t I ndoor Soccer
Ospr eys 10U Sof t bal l
Team Looki ng f or pl ayer s
United States Tennis Asso-
ciation (USTA) is looking for 2.5
or 3.0 men and women to play in
the 6.0 mixed adult USTA league.
Matches begin in early March,
run approximately 2 months and
are held on weekends. If inter-
ested, contact Marisa Mansueti
at or
Karolyn Clarke at karolyn-
Four Mixed 7.0 teams have
formed - captains are Ray Ga-
gnon, Gary Richard, Doug Bel-
lis & Jason Wynn. Contact these
team captains or the St Mary’s
USTA League Coordinator -
Ms. Mai Liem Slade - mslade@
Matches are at Cecil Park
Sundays (Mixed 7.0) and Satur-
days (Mixed 6.0).
Currently, there is no Mixed
8.0 league in St Mary’s County,
but there is still time to form teams
and create a league. Contact Mai
Liem Slade, if interested.
The Southern Maryland Ospreys 10 and Under fast pitch softball team
is currently looking for players of all positions to try out for the team. For
more information, contact League Manager Jim Sewell 301-904-1654 or
Tenni s
Pl ayer s
The Great Mills Swimming
Pool has added two new Aqua Aer-
obics classes. Beginning March 2
there will be a “Wake-up Workout”
class from 6 – 7 a.m. offered Mon-
days and Wednesdays.
For those interested in jump-
starting the day, why not try this
aqua aerobics program? The benefts
are numerous, from cardiovascu-
lar benefts to meeting new friends,
to even starting a new lifestyle. For
information, call 301-866-6560 or
drop by the pool, located right next
to Great Mills High School on Great
Mills road.
Learn more about all the pro-
grams at the Great Mills Pool at
Gr eat Mi l l s
Swi mmi ng Pool
Announces Aqua
Aer obi cs Cl asses
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 35
Hi gh School Lacrosse
Sp rts
By Chr is Stevens
Staff Wr iter
With 15 seniors on this year’s
Chopticon boys’ lacrosse team, head
coach Mike Boyle looked forward to
another successful season that saw the
Braves fnish with the best record (9-7)
in school history.
While pre-season injuries have
altered Boyle’s plans, he still holds out
hope that Chopticon can compete for
the Southern Maryland Athletic Con-
ference title this season.
“Our strengths last year were the
leadership positions at each of the key
areas, but our weakness was the amount
of unproven seniors (13 seniors last
year), so we were veterans and rookies
at the same time,” Boyle said of the ‘08
team that fell to SMAC champion Leon-
ardtown in the 4A-3A semi-fnals.
“Unfortunately, we are in the same
boat again this year with 15 seniors, and
we have three of those seniors hit
with the injury bug.”
Face-off specialist Nick
Long (broken leg), frst line
offensive middie Blake Bur-
roughs (knee) and Tony
Martin, a top fve scorer
from last year, are out
of action for Chopticon,
forcing Boyle to call on
untested reinforcements.
“We are down to 23
total on the varsity and
may have to look to the
JV for a little back up,” he
said. “But we are going to
give it our best.”
Leading the pack of unin-
jured Braves are middie Sean Keating
and Attackman Jake Schmid, the team’s
third leading scorer from 2008.
“Sean has the capability to be one
of the best in the conference, he just
needs a break out year and be confdent
in his abilities,” Boyle said, “and Jake is
one of the components to our success
of last year. We will be looking to ride
Jake’s shoulders this year.”
Along with Goalkeeper Zach
Flowers (“He may be the most ath-
letic goalie in the conference,” Boyle
said), St. Mary’s Ryken transfer Adam
Duffy and Defender Kyle Hudson, who
Boyle expects to be an all-conference
performer, Chopticon is still loaded
with talent despite losing leading scor-
ers Chas Guy and TJ Shomper, along
with All-SMAC defender Lee Mora to
Boyle plans for his Braves to have
the same mentality at the start of this
season that he wanted in the previous
years – winning the conference title.
“We start every season with one of
the goals being to win the conference.
This year is no different,” Boyle said.
“We have been working hard to break
into that top tier of lacrosse in this con-
ference and it is going to happen.
“I coach it to happen and one day
we will do it.”
By Chr is Stevens
Staff Wr iter
The four-time defending SMAC boys la-
crosse champions at Leonardtown High School
will have a decidedly different look when they
take the feld Saturday morning for their sea-
son opener against Huntingtown. Not just due
to graduation and players moving up from JV
to varsity, but they have a new head coach on
the sidelines. Bart Rodgers, who has
been involved with the program from
the start, will be in charge of the Raid-
ers (15-2 overall, 10-0 in conference in
2008) this season, replacing Matt Chew,
last season’s SMAC coach of the year
who stepped aside recently to spend more
time with his family.
“I’ve been here with the team for 10
years, and I’ve had to write a different
playbook for each season,’ Rodgers says.
“If you want to say we’re rebuilding, then
yeah, we are.” The Raiders, who lost a
heartbreaker to Severna Park in the 4A/3A East
fnals last May, will be minus their four biggest
offensive threats who graduated last season.
The lightning quick tandem of Kenny Aicher
and Brian Dallaire along with faceoff special-
ist Mike Hebb and attacker Stephen Norris ac-
counted for 350 points last season, and Rodgers
doesn’t expect any of the returning offensive
players to match that kind of production.
“You really can’t replace that kind of scor-
ing, but we have different strengths,” Rodgers
explained. “We lost those four guys on offense,
but we only lost one starter on defense, so that
should defnitely be our strength.” Goalkeeper
Mitchell Kanowicz and defenders Zack Werrell
and Mike Copenhaver will lead the charge on
that side of the feld, while Manhattan College-
bound Igor Laray returns for his senior season
to head up the offense.
“Those four are our captains and they’ll
be the ones we look to for leadership,” Rodg-
ers says.
With a visit from Braddock Farms (Va.)
high school on the schedule and SMAC con-
tenders Huntingtown and Northern on the
schedule early, Rodgers feels the new-look
Raiders will beneft from having a challenging
schedule coming out of the gates.
“The kids really don’t beneft from playing
teams that they’re going to beat 24-2,” he rea-
sons. “It’s good for getting the kids exposure
and experience.”
With a history of conference champion-
ships to live up to, Rodgers has no worries that
the younger players and the returning veterans
are aware that the bull’s eye is still on their
“I’ve told these kids a million times that
‘hey, you’re not the hunters, you are the hunt-
ed,’ and some of these kids don’t know what it’s
like to lose,” he said.
Rodger s Takes Over For Chew,
Hopes For Rai der Success
Inj ur i es For ce Br aves
Lacr osse t o Regr oup
The Braves will rely on players such as
Nick Long to lead the charge
for a conference
Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By Chris Stevens
Jake Schmid is the leading returning scorer for the Chopticon boys’
lacrosse team this season.
Photo Courtesy of
Bart Rodgers
Photo By Chris Stevens
Igor Laray looks to lead the Leonardtown boys’ lacrosse team to their ffth straight SMAC title this
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 36
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March Madness in Your Offce Pool
By Chr is Stevens
Staff Wr iter
With hopefully the last snow-
storm out of the way, Spring of-
fcially, well, springs this coming
Saturday, and weather permitting,
tomorrow will be the frst day that
your favorite high school athletes
will take to the baseball and soft-
ball diamond, the tennis courts, the
track surrounding the football feld
and the football feld itself, which
doubles as the lacrosse feld for
game competition.
What I’m trying to say is spring
sports are fun, as is another rite of
passage in March – the NCAA men’s
and women’s basketball tournament.
Over the course of three weeks, the
65 best Division I teams on each side
battle it out until one men’s team and
one women’s team is left standing as
the national champion.
While the games themselves
certainly are entertaining and thrill-
ing to watch, the real fun for the
common fan comes in the form
of offce pools based on printable
brackets of the tourney games. It’s
always interesting to see the offce
know-it-all bomb in the frst round
of tourney play while the quiet
bracketeers (ranging from the folks
who fll them out blindly or pick
schools to win based on mascots)
are the ones reigning victorious in
early April.
For those of you who seem to
have trouble getting out of the frst
round (i.e. Gary Williams and the
Maryland Terps), fear not, for help
is on the way. As a veteran of 11
NCAA bracket tournaments, going
back to my high school days, I will
gladly share with you guys my se-
crets to offce pool success.
Since this column and the ad-
vice therein is free of charge, no
one can ask for their money back if
things don’t work out right. Howev-
er, I’m rarely wrong, so sit back and
take notes:
Tip 1: Counsel your competi-
tion. Always chat up your offce
mates to fnd out what line of think-
ing you are up against before the
brackets become offcial. If you fnd
out that you’re matched up against
someone who thinks the Duke Blue
Devils has something to do with Star
Wars, then you can breathe easy. If
there are any former college basket-
ball players and/or devoted alumni
of tourney teams in your pool, you
defnitely want to sit on your bracket
until the last possible second.
Tip 2: The Poker Face is over-
rated. Sure it works for Phil Ivey
and those guys on ESPN, but here,
there’s no need to frown, furrow
your eyebrows and give short an-
swers when it comes to the offce
pool. When someone asks you about
your bracket (remember, counsel
your competition), give them hon-
est answers. If you’re confdent in
your choices, say so. If not, be hon-
est about that as well. That way, no
one can be surprised when you pull
off the upset.
Tip 3: Bank on at least ONE
upset. It happens every year. Cleve-
land State over Indiana in 1986,
Coppin State over South Carolina
in 1997, Valparaiso over Ole Miss
the next year. The upsets are what
make the tournament so special, and
because of NCAA rules favoring
parity, the lower-seeded teams have
more of a chance now. What that
means for your bracket is that one
of your favorites WILL get knocked
off. As long as it’s not more than two
teams in your Final Four, you will be
fne. That does NOT mean go upset
happy. No way will Morgan State
advance to the Final Four (although
beating Oklahoma would be major),
so stick to the script and bank on the
bigger schools going far.
Tip 4: Have fun. Yes, there
may be money, bragging rights or
the responsibility of taking out the
trash on the line, but offce pools
are strictly for fun and a neat way to
build offce camaraderie, so knock
yourself out and enjoy the Big
Dance. And don’t gloat too much if
you win.
Any comments about this
week’s From The Sports Desk?
Contact Chris Stevens at chrisste- and share
your thoughts about this week’s
High School Spor ts Schedule
Friday March 20
Great Mills at Leonardtown, 4
Boys’ Lacrosse
Chopticon at Patuxent, 6:30 p.m.
Great Mills at Northern, 6:30 p.m.
Girls’ Lacrosse
Calvert at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m.
Northern at Great Mills, 5 p.m.
Huntingtown at Leonardtown, 6:30
Patuxent at Chopticon, 6:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Ryken at Elizabeth Se-
ton, 3:30 p.m.
Great Mills at Leonardtown, 4
Chopticon at Calvert, 4:30 p.m.
Lackey at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday March 21
St. John’s at St. Mary’s Ryken, 1
Boys’ Lacrosse
Huntingtown at Leonardtown, 11
St. Mary’s Ryken vs. South Lakes
at Catholic University, 11 a.m.
Leonardtown at Howard High
School, 12 noon
St. Vincent Pallotti at St. Mary’s
Ryken, 1 p.m.
Monday March 23
Paul VI at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4
Huntingtown at Leonardtown, 4
Great Mills at Chopticon, 4:30 p.m.
Paul VI at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30
Great Mills at Chopticon, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday March 24
Gonzaga at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4
Boys’ Lacrosse
Great Mills at Calvert, 4 p.m.
St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop
O’Connell, 4 p.m.
Leonardtown at Northern, 6:30
Girls’ Lacrosse
Calvert at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m.
Chopticon at La Plata, 4 p.m.
Tr ack and Field
Leonardtown/La Plata/Hunting-
town at Patuxent, 4 p.m.
Great Mills/Chopticon/Lackey at
McDonough, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday March
Girls’ Lacrosse
Bishop O’Connell at St. Mary’s
Ryken, 4 p.m.
Northern at Chopticon, 4 p.m.
Leonardtown at Westlake, 4 p.m.
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By Chr is Stevens
Staff Wr iter
With the United States’ economic pres-
ent and future looking perilous at best, no one
would be surprised if professional sports suf-
fered because no one can afford to attend the
Surprisingly to some, the Southern
Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent At-
lantic League have had no such problems, and
if new General Manager Chris Allen has his
way, the Blue Crabs will continue to succeed
on the baseball diamond and at the box offce.
“We have a strong foundation in place
on the baseball side of things, and we look
forward to bringing a title to Southern Mary-
land,” Allen said.
Allen, a veteran baseball man, steps in as
the new GM this season, replacing Mark Vi-
niard, who resigned his duties to spend more
time with his family. Allen inherits a team that
in its frst year of competition had the league’s
best record at 74-66, but fnished second in
both halves of the Liberty Division season,
missing the playoffs.
“We’re just as poised
as any other team in this
league to win a champi-
onship,” Allen responded
when asked how he gauged
the chances of the 2009
Blue Crabs. “We have the
great opportunity to have
success on the feld this
Allen, a former baseball player at Liberty
University in Lynchburg, Va., played briefy
in another independent baseball league (the
Frontier League), which cemented his love for
the game and business of minor league base-
ball. He went back to Liberty to fnish his de-
gree and has served as GM in various leagues
in North Carolina before being named assis-
tant GM prior the start of last season. When
Viniard chose to step aside, Allen was ready
for the challenge.
“Mark is missed, he did a great job, but
all in all, it’s been a smooth transition,” Allen
said; as he’s made few changes to the staff,
save for hiring a replacement for himself as
assistant GM in Omar Roque. He is confdent
that the administrators in place help to make
the Blue Crabs’ front offce a top notch unit.
“I would put our staff up against any-
body’s in minor league baseball,” Allen said.
“We have people that are out there just fying
our colors; wherever we’re invited, we’re there
and the hard work will pay off at the end of
the day.”
It has paid off so far, as the Blue Crabs
marketing department, who have taken a
“grassroots approach” according to Allen, has
used creativity and reasonable ticket prices to
attract Southern Maryland residents. So far,
the strategy has worked.
“Our company has done its due diligence,
studied the market hard and worked hard to get
the community in general to come out,” Allen
said. “We’re very grateful for the support.”
Al l en Looks For war d
To Bl ue Cr abs’
Cont i nued Success
Photo By Frank Marquart
Chris Allen takes over as General Manager of the Southern Maryland Blue
Crabs this season.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009 39
Sp rts



Tenni s
Pennsylvania – The St. Mary’s College
of Maryland men’s tennis team played the
role of spoiler this weekend in the Keystone
State as the Seahawks (9-3) won the home and
season-opening matches for three Pennsylva-
nia schools.
St. Mary’s frst victory of the weekend
came at the expense of Lincoln (Pa.) Univer-
sity (0-1) on the morning of March 14 as the
Seahawks posted a 7-2 win. Juniors Kenny
Nugent (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) and
Drew Barnes (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial)
and freshman Thomas Hoesman (Ellicott
City, Md./Howard) all notched 8-0 victories
in singles action, while Hoesman teamed up
with freshman Robbie Bourdon (Hunting-
town, Md./Huntingtown) for an 8-0 shutout
at No. 3 doubles.
The Seahawks then picked up a 6-3 vic-
tory over Gwynedd-Mercy College (0-1) later
that same day as Sam Barton (Edgewater,
Md./Key) tallied a thrilling three-set 7-6,
4-6, 10-8 triumph over junior Eric Trinkle
(Northampton, Pa./Northampton) at No. 3
The fnal triumph for St. Mary’s came
the following day as the visitors handed Mi-
sericordia University a 6-3 setback. The Cou-
gars (0-1) claimed wins at No. 1, No. 2, and
No. 3 singles before the Seahawks captured
the remaining singles matches and all three
Barnes remains undefeated with a 4-0
mark at No. 6 singles, while Hoesman im-
proved to 8-2, including 4-0 at No. 4 singles,
having won three straight. Nugent has also
won three in a row for a 9-3 record, including
a 5-0 mark at No. 5 singles.
Bourdon and Hoesman own a team-best
eight wins with an unblemished record of 8-0
in doubles action. The duo is 7-0 at No. 3 dou-
bles while posting a win at No. 2 doubles as
well. Barton and Nugent have won six straight
for an 8-3 log, mainly at No. 2 doubles (7-3).
St. Mary’s will return to action when the
Seahawks open up conference play in Fred-
erick against Hood College March 26 at 3:30
Virginia Beach, Va. – Four goals by senior midfelder Allie Zerhusen (Cock-
eysville, Md./Park) lifted the No. 16 St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s
lacrosse team to a 13-7 victory over Virginia Wesleyan College in non-confer-
ence action March 14.
Seniors Lauren Carrier (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill) and Emily Norris (Ti-
monium, Md./Dulaney) each notched two goals and an assist in helping the Se-
ahawks to their sixth consecutive win.
Carrier also extended her NCAA Division III record for consecutive games
with at least one goal to 49 straight. She started the streak as a freshman April
15, 2006 with one goal in a loss to the University of Mary Washington.
Virginia Wesleyan (3-3) opened up with a 3-0 run before St. Mary’s re-
sponded with three of their own, including a pair from Zerhusen, to knot the
game at 3 – all at 15:54. Senior defender Cara Tinelli (Baltimore, Md./Institute
of Notre Dame) converted on a free position shot to give the Marlins the lead
again just 31 seconds later.
However, the Seahawks (6-1) went on to close the frst half on a 6-0 run as
Norris, Zerhusen, and Mirkin each tallied two goals to put the visitors ahead
9-4 at halftime, while junior attacker Kelsey Branch (Jarrettsville, Md./North
Harford) assisted on three of the goals.
St. Mary’s increased their lead to 11-4 with back-to-back goals from junior
attacker Nora Fallon-Oben (Silver Spring, Md./St. John’s College [D.C.]) and
Carrier to start the second half.
Marlin attackers Jordan Venetis (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks),
Laura Norris (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) and Courtney Williams (Leon-
ardtown, Md./Leonardtown) netted three of the game’s fnal fve goals for the
13-7 fnal.
Midfelders Aubrey Mirkin (Ashton, Md./Sherwood) and Caitlin Nichols
(Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) contributed fve groundballs each as the Seahawks
posted a 33-32 edge in groundballs. St. Mary’s also owned a 13-9 advantage in
draw controls, as Carrier, Mirkin, and Zerhusen each grabbed three.
Six different players scored for the Marlins as VWC out-shot the Seahawks,
Freshman goalie Colleen Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) turned away six shots and
had one groundball for the Seahawks, while senior Ashley Sippel (Leesburg, Va./Ashburn
Stone Bridge) had four saves and three groundballs in the loss.
Seahawks Sweep Three
Pennsyl vani a Squads
No. 16 Seahawks
Top Vi rgi ni a
Wesl eyan, 13-7
MARCH 19, 2009
Photo By Frank Marquart
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