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Superintendent Michael Martirano, center, and Fairlead II Academic Dean Wendy
Zimmerman, left, stand with graduates Mariassa Somerville, Shante Bonds, Kyona
Wright, Dr. Martirano, Larrissa Briscoe, Tiara Taylor, Asia Reynolds and Jasmine
Sesame Street character Katie takes some time out of Saturdays USO show at Pax
River NAS to say hello with the audience.
St. Marys County Correctional Offcer Brian Hartz,
right, passes the torch to Calvert County Sheriffs
Deputy First Class James Morgan in 2010.
Elaine Kramer, the countys chief fnancial offcer, talks
to the board of county commissioners on Tuesday.
Theyre spending too
much and theres waste.
- County Commissioner Dan Morris, on the county budget.
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12 Letters
14 Crime
16 Newsmaker
17-21 Graduate Listings
23 Education
24 Money
25 Feature Story
26 Obituaries
29 Community
30 Community Calendar
31 Business Directory
32 Entertainment
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34 Games
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Hoyer Slammed for Puerto Rico Fundraiser
Sesame Street Visits Pax River
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
State House Minority Leader Anthony ODonnell
called his Democratic congressional opponent Congress-
man Steny Hoyer an out of touch elitist after the ffth
District incumbent held a fundraising jaunt in Puerto Rico
earlier this month to support the Democratic Party.
Hoyer has gone Hollywood on us, and I dont mean
Hollywood, Maryland, ODonnell said in a campaign
press release. He leads a lifestyle out of the Rich and Fa-
mous with a chauffer driving him to work every day and
jetting away to Puerto Rico with over a hundred well heeled
friends for fun and frolic.
Meantime, hard working families are sweating how
to pay the bills.
ODonnell also hit Hoyer for raising nearly 70 percent
of his campaign money from sources outside of Mary-
land for the last year and a half; ODonnell claimed most
of his campaign cash has come from house parties held
throughout the ffth District.
ODonnell sites the website, an arm
of the Center for Responsive Politics, for the data on the
contributions Hoyer has received.
The same site shows that Hoyers campaign for offce
has raised more than $2.6 million and spent about $1.8 mil-
lion on the campaign trail.
Calls to Hoyers offce were not returned as of press
time Wednesday.
Hoyers fundraiser in Puerto Rico took place the frst
weekend of this month, according to a story frst published
by the on-line news site Politico.
Supporters there were shocked to fnd that a dead body
washed up on the surf near the resort.
Two lobbyists helped pull the body from the water and
Hoyer later released a statement with condolences for the
family of the deceased.
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Its tough on military families when parents leave on
deployments. It can be especially hard for children, because
with each move comes a new duty station, new school, new
home and a lot of memories and friends left behind.
But children and families at NAS Patuxent River got
some support from the USO and friends from Sesame
Street who came to perform on Saturday.
Song and dance numbers featuring Sesame Street
favorites Grover, Cookie Monster, Elmo and new arrival
Rosita helped another character, Katie, deal with her sad-
ness as part of the show.
Katie, a 6-year-old girl, belongs to a military family
and is faced with yet another move to a different town and
a different base.
The Sesame Street friends helped Katie realize that
just because she is moving she does not have to forget the
friendship she has forged.
The USO show has been making its rounds to bases
and military communities all over the country and children
at Pax River were jubilant to see their favorite furry mon-
sters come to cheer them up.
Some became so exited they ran up to the Sesame
Street gang and tried to get a hug. USO workers and parents
had to run up and bring them back into the crowd.
Lonnie Cooper, the USO tour manager, said that such
exuberance has been the typical response, even when the
Sesame friends talk about one of the hardest things in the
military life.
Its part of life and can be scary, Cooper said.
But the show isnt just for children; it can help parents,
too, Cooper said, by explaining to their children that change
doesnt have to be bad.
I have parents come up to me and say that in 30 min-
utes Elmo explained it better than they could, Cooper said.
Its a lot of fun.
Photos By Guy Leonard
Sesame Street character Katie takes some time out of Saturdays
USO show at Pax River NAS to say hello with the audience.
Sesame Street friends perform a song and dance number for hundreds of children in military families
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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All Saints Episcopal
Church, one of the
countrys oldest parishes,
is sponsoring an art
festival and craft show.
Event to include local
artists, custom jewelry,
antique clocks, etc. In
addition, local duck carver
Tommy Deagle and other
artisans will be presenting
demonstrations of their
craft. Demonstrations to
include spinning,
blacksmithing, etc.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Seventh District Optimist Club Grounds
Route 242 Avenue, Maryland
Bake sale will
also be available
with goodies made
by local bakers.
By Carrie Munn
Staff Writer
A crowd gathered to honor our fallen service men and
women, our wounded warriors and veterans of all eras at
the America Legion Post 255 in Ridge on Monday.
A parade of bikers kicked off the decades-old local
celebration with the frst-ever Ridge Rumble for Vets and
traditional ceremonies were carried out in remembrance of
those who lost their lives fghting on behalf of America.
Naval Air Station Patuxent River Commanding Of-
fcer Capt. Ted Mills delivered an address, reminding at-
tendees that casualties from war continue today. I never
thought that half of my time in service would have been
during war time I can count up the numbers of my
friends and fellow service members that are no longer with
us because it is a time of war.
Congressman Steny Hoyer acknowledged guests and
wounded warriors Lance Corporals Todd Love and Caleb
Getscher, adding that Memorial Day is a time to remem-
ber not only those who are lost, but those who came home.
Maryland Senator Roy Dyson joked that he had been
attending the annual remembrance since 1974 and shared
news about recent legislation for a task force to study ser-
vice members, veterans and the courts, adding a reported
60 percent of combat veterans suffering from post-trau-
matic stress disorder dont get adequate care.
The community event wrapped up with a bite to eat and the sharing of stories, memo-
ries and remembrances about the many brave men and women who sacrifced their lives
for freedom.
American Legion Post 255 Commander Skip Disharoon sol-
emnly takes part in the wreath laying ceremony at the annual
Memorial Day event in Ridge.
Photo By Carrie Munn
Veterans and attendees made it a point to shake the hand of wounded warrior Lance Cpl. Todd Love, a
special guest at Mondays ceremony.
Photo By Guy Leonard
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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Audit Finds Faults in Social
Service Offces
College Tuition Hike
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In March, the St. Marys College
of Maryland Board of Trustees voted
to increase tuition by four percent be-
ginning in the 2012-2013 academic
But on May 23, the General As-
sembly passed budget actions alter-
ing the Higher Education Investment
Fund which reduced that increase to
2 percent for in-state students, mean-
ing frst-year students will pay about
$26,063 to attend the public honors
Preserving the integrity of
our mission as a public honors col-
lege while maintaining a rigorous
academic program thats accessible
to all students is a diffcult challenge
in tough economic times, President
Joseph Urgo said in a press release.
It is an honor to have the states en-
during support and the support of our
trustees who made it possible to pass
along savings to our students and their
At a trustees meeting earlier in
May, Urgo detailed several goals for
the college in the coming year. My
vision is ambitious but attainable, he
He explained the distinctive-
ness of the liberal arts college which
thrives on a public-private partner-
ship, adding it has become a model to
other institutions. He said while there
has been talk at the national level
about creating degree programs that
take less time and are cheaper, he is
unwilling to cut any corners when it
comes to honors-level academics.
There will always remain a seg-
ment of the national student body that
will desire and proft by what I would
call the hand-crafted model of higher
education we offer here, Urgo said.
St. Marys College of Marylands
Class of 2012, which Board Chair
Molly Mahoney Matthews said had
dubbed themselves The Apocolypse
Class, had an eventful course during
their four years with an earthquake,
tornado, hurricane and temporary
lodging on a cruise ship.
The board took several actions
in May which will add new faculty,
promote others and provide a salary
increase pool, as well as enable facili-
ties upgrades.
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A state investigation into the management
practices and record keeping of local Depart-
ments of Social Services, including the one in
St. Marys County, shows numerous problems
and faws in how services are provided to chil-
dren and needy adults.
The audit, published by the Offce of Leg-
islative Audits and based on fndings of the De-
partment of Human Resources Offce of the In-
spector General, showed that most of the prob-
lems center around defciencies in controls
over certain critical areas of local operations
including administration of public assistance
and foster care of children.
Statewide local departments of social ser-
vices expended about $2 billion in fscal 2011,
with about $1.5 billion of that in assistance
The remainder went to operating expenses
and salaries, the report stated.
According to a summary of the audits
fndings, the St. Marys County offce had a
total of 14 issues, none of which were repeated
from previous reports.
Of those issues, eight were in the area of
social services administration, which includes
problems with locating and verifying case fles,
collections for overpayments being inadequate
and there not being enough documentation of
monthly visits to foster children.
Another problem found was that trust
accounts for foster children were not always
closed down after a child left foster care.
Other issues found locally included
problems in the budget and fnance category
which could include defciencies such as for-
mer employees remaining as authorized check
signers on bank accounts or employees circum-
venting procurement processes.
The audit also found one issue with the of-
fces computer security system and one other
miscellaneous issue.
Local social services director Ella Mae
Russell said audits are key to ensuring offces,
hers included, improve.
Audits are a fact of life, Russell said.
They help us identify what [the issues] are and
what to do about them.
She said St. Marys County fared well in
the audit matrix compared to some of the other
jurisdictions, which had many more fndings.
Russell said that recent retirements of ex-
perienced personnel along with increased de-
mand for services made things more diffcult
in providing services.
Theres no question we have increased
work to do, Russell said.
In all, the report found 373 defciencies
statewide, spread out among the 24 county of-
fces, with 77 of them being repeats faults.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The Board of County Commissioners
approved the county school systems plan to
subdivide the Hayden property just outside
the town of Leonardtown, which will allow
for the building of a new school.
The plan is to take roughly 16 acres of
the property for the elementary school and
recreational facilities elsewhere on the larger
parcel of the Hayden property.
Commissioner Larry Jarboe said the
county needed to act quickly to meet space
demand for increasing enrollment.
We need to move forward with this,
he told schools Chief Operating Offcer Brad
Clements. We need to build the school, that
has to happen.
Any changes to the plan will have to be
approved by Leonardtown elected offcials.
This does set in motion the securing
of this new school for the next generation of
students, said Commissioner President Jack
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The river that fows through the nations
capitol and empties into Southern Maryland
waters is the most threatened in the nation,
according to a watchdog group that tracks
the health of critical waterways.
The group American Rivers specif-
cally criticized the possible rolling back of
legislation by Congress that mandates re-
strictions on pollutants for the threat to the
Potomac River.
While the Potomac is cleaner than
it used to be, the river is still threatened by
urban and agricultural pollution and it could
get much worse if Congress rolls back criti-
cal clean water safeguards, the watchdog
group stated.
Recent reports from both the Maryland
Department of Natural Resources and the
Virginia Institute of Marine Science showed
a severe decrease in submerged aquatic veg-
etation in portions of the river which is criti-
cal to the underwater ecosystem.
Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert
County Watermens Association, said crab-
bers who usually count on good hauls from
the Potomac were let down earlier this sea-
son with virtually no crabs caught.
The guys on the Potomac, they had
a disastrous run, Zinn said. It had a very
slow start.
Only now are crabbers starting to catch
enough to recoup their losses, Zinn said.
Bushwood resident Robert Elwood,
president of the local Potomac River As-
sociation, said their groups assessment of
the rivers health matches that of the recent
But moves in Congress to remove au-
thority from the Environmental Protection
Agency to protect waterways as well as re-
duce restrictions on natural gas fracking
would have the net effect of
weakening the Clean Water
The Clean Water Act
saved the Potomac River,
Elwood said. The river has
improved over the past few
decades but it is still a very
ill body of water.
Elwood said locally
his group is concerned by
recent efforts to streamline
the development review
process at the county level.
The primary threat
to the river is development
pressure, Elwood said,
adding the requirement for
a pre-application meeting
between county planning
staff and a project applicant
has allowed the public to
get advanced warning of
things that could affect lo-
cal waterways.
But there is a proposal
to do away with that re-
quirement, he said.
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Subdivision Approved
Potomac Most
Endangered River in U.S.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
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Flame of Hope Set To Pass
Report Gives Bad
News For The Bay
MedStar St. Marys is hosting its
National Cancer Survivors
Day Picnic on June 3 from
1 to 4:30 p.m. on the hospital
grounds and youre invited.
Come learn how surviving cancer is an attitude
about life and living each day to the fullest.
Youll nd our communitys event lled with joy,
camaraderie, hope, and love as we honor cancer
survivors. We will also recognize the contributions
of their families, friends and healthcare providers.
Good Southern Maryland cooking will be available
for all! For more information call 301-475-6070.
Published by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, Inc.
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Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
Runners will get the opportunity to
cross the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge on
foot, and with a police escort, during the 15th
Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on to-
morrow to beneft Special Olympics.
Detective David Alexander said St.
Marys law enforcement will be passing the
Flame of Hope on to Calvert County law
offcers on the other side of the bridge. The
Calvert County torch run will be Tuesday,
June 4 along Route 4 between Solomons Is-
land and Prince Frederick. Calvert County
law enforcement will then pass the torch to
Charles County.
The torch run is open to everyone. Al-
exander said people can register for $10 at
Cheeseburger in Paradise on Saturday morn-
ing starting at 8 a.m. Registration includes
breakfast, lunch and a tee shirt. The event
is open to walkers and runners of all ages
and abilities, with buses following the group
to provide transportation on the journey as
The runners route will be approximate-
ly seven miles. They will travel through the
Wildewood neighborhood, cross Route 4, go
through the First Colony shopping center and
cross back to Route 4 to con-
tinue to the bridge. Walkers
leave a half hour earlier and
start out on Route 4, traveling
four miles.
They will gather at the
base of the bridge and cross
all at once to minimize the
impact on traffc, Alexan-
der said. At no time will the
bridge be completely closed to
traffc, though vehicles will be
kept to a slow roll.
Alexander said the torch run culmi-
nates at the 2012 Summer Games at Towson
University. The Maryland Special Olympics
includes approximately 1,400 athletes, 375
coaches, 200 unifed partners and 400 vol-
unteers, according to Sports
include bocce, track, softball, basketball,
soccer and several aquatic and equestrian
Every penny that we raise goes to sup-
port them, Alexander said, adding the train-
ing and related costs of being in the Special
Olympics can really add up. The torch run
proceeds help relieve the fnancial burden for
the families of athletes.
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A report from Maryland Department of Natural Resources states
there has been a signifcant decline in sea grass in local coastal waters and
bays, which spells trouble for the health of not only the bay, but for its sea
life too.
As much as 35 percent of the sea grass has disappeared since the sum-
mer of 2010, scientists say, due mostly to hot weather and degraded water
These losses are troubling to the recovery of the bays, said David
Wilson, executive director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, one of
the partners in the study. We have lost nearly 20 years of sea grass recovery
and the primary nursery for crabs and fsh along with it.
The latest survey shows the levels of sea grass dropped from more
than 13,860 acres in July of 2010 to just over 9,000 acres by May 2011. Sci-
entists say these low levels of critical submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV)
have not been seen since the 1990s.
These losses in coastal sea grass, mostly in areas such as Chicoteague
Bay, Assawoman Bay, the Isle of Wight and St. Martin River, come on the
heels of large losses in the lower Chesapeake Bay reported in 2010.
Low water quality brought on by an overabundance of nutrients like
nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment is believed to be another cause of low
sea grass abundance, scientists say.
Their presence creates algal blooms that rob the bay of oxygen critical
for wildlife and sea grass, which, in turn, acts as shelter, food and a breed-
ing ground for the Maryland Blue Crab.
Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Watermans Associa-
tion said despite a positive winter survey that showed large numbers of
juvenile crabs, adult crabs harvested this year have not been as numerous.
Its been a very slow start, Zinn said. The water temperature is
just now getting up into the 70s [degrees] when the crabs are more active.
Grasses are a major source of habitat for all marine life, he said.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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By Sean Rice
More than 100 local community and non-proft or-
ganizations this week took home their share of the annual
McKays $60,000 Community Rewards Program.
For the second consecutive year, Father Andrew White
School in Leonardtown claimed the top spot in the charita-
ble program, gaining the most votes from more than 4,000
McKays Fine Foods and Pharmacy customers, and in turn
receiving the largest piece of the $60,000 available.
Linda Maloney from Father Andrew White accepted a
check for $7,803.50 on Wednesday afternoon at an event at
the Leonardtown McKays store.
Also receiving hand-presented checks Wednesday
were 12 of the top 14 winners in the program, including
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School PTA in second
place with $5,049.91, and Immaculate Conception Church
of Mechanicsville in third place with an award of $4,411.33.
Now in its 14th year, the Community Rewards pro-
gram is open to all local non-proft organizations. The pro-
gram started as a $50,000 giveaway in 1998 when McKays
celebrated its 50th anniversary. At the 55th anniversary the
program was expanded to $55,000, and expanded again to
$60,000 at the stores 60th anniversary.
That money is distributed among organizations that
participate in the program, as long as theyre a non-proft,
said David McKay, chairman of the board for McKays.
The customers decide who they would like to have their
grocery purchases credited toward.
To participate, groups frst enroll in the program and
then McKays customers can choose which of the enrolled
organizations they want to have their purchases credited to-
ward. The organization that racks up the most credit from
customer shopping takes home the top award. The remain-
ing awards are also ranked on consumer spending.
Other top winners
included: Victory Baptist
Academy with $3,372; St. Marys Bryantown with $3,128;
St. Johns Church and School with $2,975 and St. Marys
County Library with $2,855.
For information on how to join the program, visit
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Lions Lending a Hand
Father Andrew White Takes
Top Spot in McKays $60K Giveaway
The Leonardtown Lions Club will set up White Cane Collection stations to raise funds
in celebration of Lions Club Internationals Helen Keller Day on Friday, June 1, and Satur-
day, June 2 at the following Leonardtown locations: True Value, McKays, Center Liquor
and Dash In.
Funds donated by the community for White Cane will be used to assist Leonardtown
area residents unable to afford exams or devices for vision or hearing impairments.
The Leonardtown Lions Club meets the frst Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the
Olde Breton Inn.
The group is the sponsor of the Annual St. Mary's County CRAB FEST, coming up on
Saturday, June 9 at the St. Mary's County Fair Grounds, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information on becoming a member of the Leonardtown Lions Club or
about the CRAB FEST, please contact Lion Bob Schaller 301-475-2068 or Lion George
Kirby at 301-475-3188.
Photo by Sean Rice
The top three winners in the McKays Community Rewards Program with representatives from McKays on Wednesday at the Leonardtown
store. From left is Carmel Chick with Benjamin Banneker Elementary School PTA, Mike Smouse, manager of the Charlotte Hall McKays,
CEO David McKay, Marilyn McKay, Linda Maloney from Father Andrew White, Amanda Johnson from McKays, McKays President Thomas
McKay, Marian Taylor from Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville and Don Brock, Manager of the Leonardtown McKays store.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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12 The County Times
To The Editor
P.O. Box 250 Hollywood, Maryland 20636
News, Advertising, Circulation, Classifeds: 301-373-4125
James Manning McKay - Founder
Eric McKay - Associate
Tobie Pulliam - Offce
Sean Rice -
Angie Stalcup - Graphic
Sarah Miller- Reporter - Community..............................sarahmiller
Guy Leonard - Reporter - Government,
Carri e Munn - Reporter - Education,
Enough is Enough
Maryland Taxes Spark Largest Exodus
$100,000 is the New $1,000,000
Our commissioners had about $30 million dollars left
over from last years budget which could have been put aside
for rainy day purposes, which, as long as Martin OMalley is
governor, there will be plenty of, but the vultures under School
Superintendent Martiranos union and a host of others could
not control their mission to get hold of that money. No thought
ever being given to inevitable problems ahead of us.
I, as well as a majority of St. Marys citizens voted for
these commissioners because they ran on the principles of be-
ing prudent with the taxpayers money and I believe they have
tried to do that.
However, the Enterprise has picked up the everlasting call
by supporters and volunteers of the various non-governmental
organizations, county taxpayers have been supporting all these
whatever years and taken the Republican majority of commis-
sioners to task relative to their punitive treatment of all these
wonderful non-proft services.
No mention of the Democratic spend thrifts who made de-
cisions on Christmas Eve, etc., commissioners who have con-
trolled this process for far longer than the present group, and
have picked up the clarion call.
All these volunteers could spend that time they take to
write and complain, with some additional hours on their chari-
ties. I am just tired of the habitual whining by these individuals
and think it is time for more upbeat letters. I am also tired of
people always with their hands out for something free.
Many of these organizations provide worthy services and
ideals, and it is unfortunate that some wish to tie slavery to Sot-
terley which is the other side of the coin.
The real problem here is that non-proft organizations are
accountable for Nothing. Its like giving a drunk, $5.00 out-
side of a liquor store, and guess where he will go.
If we insist upon being so philanthropic, there must be
strings attached to every penny handed out. Each and every
nonproft must have a bank account, and say we give X
$5,000 which will be deposited directly into that account and
the only way they have access to that money is to write a check
for a specifc use pertaining only to their requirements. At the
end of the period that bank account can be monitored to deter-
mine exactly where that money went and exactly what it was
spent for, and we can require an accounting at any time. That
means NO checks for cash, no lunches, no trips to Belk, etc. At
the end of each period, they have used this gift wisely with no
questions, we could give them funds each budget period and if
they have not met the stipulations required for those funds they
would no longer be eligible for anything from the taxpayer.
Make no mistake, between Annapolis and Washington
we are going to be receiving mandates and executive orders
and fats of all sorts of other mischiefs, that will drain us of our
money and our liberties, if we dont take steps to protect every-
thing that we hold dear.
Mary L. Rose
Great Mills, MD
Maryland accounted for the largest mi-
gration exodus of any state in the region be-
tween 2007 and 2010, with a net migration
resulting in nearly 31,000 residents having
left the state. Where did most of them go?
Virginia is now home to 11,455 former
Marylanders, taking $390 million from the tax
rolls during this three-year period.
The Old Dominion can claim these for-
mer Maryland revenues as part of its expand-
ing tax base. Following Virginia, Marylanders
opted for North Carolina.
What happens when you raise taxes
and fees 24 times?, asked Change Maryland
Chairman Larry Hogan. You get people vot-
ing with their feet and moving to tax-friendly
states. Since 2007, Governor OMalley has
raised taxes and fees 24 times, taking an ad-
ditional $2.4 billion out of the economy each
year according to a Change Maryland analysis
based on state government reports.
The analysis, from the non-partisan Tax
Foundation, examines IRS tax return data to
determine where individuals are fling.
In the region, Delaware, Virginia and
West Virginia increased the number of tax
flers. The District of Columbia and Pennsyl-
vania lost tax flers, although in these jurisdic-
tions the loss was not nearly as dramatic as in
Maryland. The District lost just over 1,100,
while Pennsylvania lost just over 8,200.
Nationally, Maryland did not fair much
better either. Maryland joins high-taxed,
rust belt states including New York, Califor-
nia, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and New Jer-
sey among states with largest mass exodus
between 2007 and 2010. Maryland saw the
seventh-highest negative net migration after
these states.
In all, Maryland lost $1.7 billion form the
tax base due to out migration during this three
year period.
By Marta Hummel Mossburg
Plastic surgery and Botox made 40 the
new 30. In this month's special session of
the General Assembly, Maryland's Demo-
cratic legislators made $100,000 the new $1
Unlike doctors and pharmaceuticals,
however, members of the state's majority
party can't defy reality. Worse, they are not
willing to learn from their mistakes.
Just fve years ago, only people who
made $1 million or more per year were la-
beled rich by elected offcials, who crafted a
special tax just for them.
At the time, Senate President Thomas
V. Mike Miller said of the millionaire's tax
and others that bumped government's take
by more than $1 billion, The state is going
to be very well positioned for the next few
But it wasn't. Despite higher income,
sales, corporate and other taxes and fees,
the state couldn't shake annual billion-dol-
lar budget defcits and will face them again
in coming years. The millionaire's tax was a
particular fop, bringing in about one-third
of anticipated revenue before it expired.
Like sociopaths incapable of self-
refection, members of the majority party
decided to try a new version of the same
old policy by defning rich down to those
who make $100,000 in the state tax code
this year.
They are not alone. President Barack
Obama and Democrats at the national lev-
el want to raise taxes on those who make
$250,000 or more per year in the name of
fairness. The facts that high marginal
tax rates always fail to achieve predicted
revenue, and that there are not enough mil-
lionaires or fractional millionaires to re-
motely impact the national debt are not
stopping them. Prioritizing fairness only
means higher taxes for all, however, as the
government needs to fnd new sources of
So watch out, people making $50,000.
It's not just the Lexus-driving, lululemon-
wearing Montgomery County moms who
might have to start to pumice their own
heels to make tax payments. It's you, the
doctor who just graduated from medical
school with debt payments the size of a
mortgage who will have to tighten your belt
for the good of all. It's you, the single parent
in Baltimore who sacrifces everything to
send your two children to parochial school.
It's you, the 20-something wife who lives
with your in-laws because you and your
husband can't afford a house in Howard
County, where you work.
Below that income threshold, the state
will rapidly bump into the growing group
of partially and fully subsidized people liv-
ing in Maryland. At that point, legislators
can either raise taxes again with the same
results, or try what many states around the
country have been doing in recent years:
compete for business. This year, Kansas cut
top income tax rates and eliminated non-
wage income taxes for 191,000 businesses.
Oklahoma, Nebraska and New York are
some of the other states where legislators
are cutting taxes or proposing to cut them.
Nine states have no income tax and some-
how manage to pay their bills.
As economist Stephen Moore, co-
author of Rich States, Poor States, said
Friday at a Maryland Public Policy Institute
forum, high marginal tax rates like Mary-
land's are one of the biggest predictors of
poor economic performance. Maryland is
an anomaly because of the large presence
of the federal government, but looming fed-
eral spending cuts and a hostile tax climate
are harbingers of fewer jobs and a shrinking
tax base.
If this is what forward President
Obama's new campaign slogan and a favor-
ite catchphrase of Gov. Martin O'Malley
looks like at the state level, everyone should
want to go backward. As Mr. Moore said
of the tax hikes in the special session, How
in the world does destroying jobs help
The California economic model Mary-
land so ardently follows is bankrupt. With-
out a major tax policy shift, Maryland will
follow the same path and has already been
losing people to outmigration, like its philo-
sophical mother ship. Looking back in fve
or 10 years, the irony will be that fairness
could be so cruel and unfair to so many.
Marta Hummel Mossburg is a se-
nior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy
Guest Editorial
Thursday, May 31, 2012
13 The County Times
In regards to Calvin Brien's letter last
week titled Spend The Money, dont forget
that money is not the Countys. It is the peo-
ples money, and I love how you Libs love to
spend other peoples money.
Dont spend my money.
Ken Bennett
Hollywood, MD
To The Editor
Dont Spend
My Money
Credit Unions
Support Small
Small business and self-employed
workers provide more employment to U.S.
citizens than their proportion of the na-
tional economy would indicate because
they do not outsource labor to foreign na-
tions. And yet it is more diffcult for them
to get credit from commercial banks. Credit
unions are frequently the best suited lend-
ers for them. The Small Business Lending
Enhance Act S 2231 has been introduced in
the US Senate. This bill is a de-regulation
bill as it would lift the arbitrary lending cap
on credit unions without costing taxpayers
This bill is being opposed by the
American Bankers Association. That is the
same association that in 2006 vigorously
opposed Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. plan to open
a bank and urged FDIC regulators to block
it. This opposition by the American Bank-
ers Association against free markets and for
more regulation is actually in opposition to
the conservative philosophy.
Real conservatives believe in personal
responsibility, limited government, free
markets, and individual liberty. They be-
lieve the role of government should be to
provide people with the freedom necessary
to pursue their own goals. Real conserva-
tives do not believe in crony capitalism. If
the American Bankers Association is going
to continue to claim to be a conservative or-
ganization, they should adhere to conserva-
tive philosophy.
Credit unions provide valuable ser-
vices for their members. They have a bet-
ter record for fscal responsibility than the
investment banks and have never been as-
sociated with the Great Depression, the Re-
cession of 2008, or any bail-outs. They also
dont reward thousands of their executives
with million dollar bonuses either as both
JP Morgan Chase and Goldman-Sachs did
so famously back in 2009.
Please support our credit unions to be
able to provide small businesses and the
self-employed by asking our senators to
vote for The Small Business Lending En-
hance Act S 2231.
Joe Belanger
Leonardtown, MD
Thursday, May 31, 2012
14 The County Times

Wanted Sex
Offender Sought
POliCe BriefS
Kevin J. McDevitt
Attorney At Law
Former Baltimore City Assist. States Attorney
Former St. Marys County Assist. States Attorney
Former Baltimore City Assist. States Attorney
Former St. Marys County Assist. States Attorney
Offce: 301-475-0093
Cell: 410-925-8992
Dorsey Professional Building
22835 Washington Street
P.O. Box 952, Leonardtown, MD 20650
PHONE: 301-475-5150 FAX: 301-475-6909
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
St. Marys
County detectives
are looking for a reg-
istered sex offender
they say is no longer
residing at his listed
abode and has gone
D e t e c t i v e s
say Earl Benjamin
Washington failed to
provide police with
the required change
of address notifca-
tions sex offenders must comply with.
Detectives began their investiga-
tion May 23; they said he was con-
victed of second-degree sex offense
in 2001 and released from the states
Department of Corrections back in
Washington is described as a
black male, 6-feet, 2-inches tall with
black hair and brown eyes. He goes by
the nickname Taz, police said.
The states on-line sex offender
registry has Washington listed as a
Tier III sex offender
whose last known
address was on
Kent Drive in Lex-
ington Park.
The Bureau
of Criminal Inves-
tigations is asking
for the publics as-
sistance in locating
Washington and
anyone with infor-
mation on his cur-
rent whereabouts
can directly contact
Det Cpl.William
Raddatz at 301-475-
4200 ext. 1958 or contact the sheriffs
offce at 301-475-8008.
Tipsters may also provide infor-
mation by contacting Crime Solvers
at 301-475-3333 or text your informa-
tion to CRIMES (274637) by entering
TIP239 (847239) before your tip.
You can remain anonymous and may
be eligible for a cash reward of up to
Earl Benjamin Washington
Pair Charged in
Self-Storage Burglary
On Sunday, police units responded to the
Patuxent Self Storage located on Great Mills
Road in Lexington Park for a report of multiple
burglaries to various storage units wherein fre-
arms, motorcycles and other items had been sto-
len. The case was forwarded to the St. Marys
County Bureau of Criminal Investigations for
further investigation.
On Tuesday, detectives learned items stolen
from the storage units were located at a resi-
dence on Sydney Drive in Lexington Park. A
search and seizure warrant was executed at the
residence by detectives, assisted by Sheriffs Of-
fce patrol units, which resulted in the recovery
of numerous items stolen from the storage units,
police stated.
Desmond V. Proctor, 20, and a 16-year-old
male, both from Lexington Park, were arrested
and each charged with second-degree burglary,
theft scheme $1,000 to $10,000, theft over
$1,000 to under $10,000 and malicious destruc-
tion of property. Proctor was incarcerated in
the St. Marys County Detention Center where
he is being held on a $25,000 bond, police said.
The juvenile was transported to the Cheltenham
Youth Facility pending further action by juve-
nile authorities.
Sobriety checkpoint nets no arrests
A cooperative effort between the Maryland
State Police and the St. Marys County Sheriffs
Offce led to a sobriety checkpoint that was con-
ducted at Route 234 at Horseshoe Road in Chap-
tico. The operation was conducted between 5
and 7 p.m. Monday evening. Police reported 405
vehicles were checked during the operation. The
checkpoint was manned by 10 state troopers and
four St. Marys County sheriffs deputies.
During the checkpoint, three motorists
were pulled to the side for additional feld so-
briety testing, however, there were no arrests
made. Also utilized during the operation were
two License Plate Reader cars, which resulted in
several hits, but no arrests.
Woman arrested on fraud warrant
On May 29, at 3:45 a.m., TFC R. L. Jack-
son served an arrest warrant on Amanda Renea
Wedding, 26, of no fxed address. The warrant
was issued for Weddings arrest on May 22, by
the District Court of Calvert County with an
original charge of fraud per identifcation to
avoid prosecution. Wedding was located in the
46000 block of Orchid Lane. She was arrested
and transported to the St. Marys County Deten-
tion Center where she was charged accordingly
and held pending a bond review with the District
Court Commissioner.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
15 The County Times
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16 The County Times
Vera's B
each C
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each C
"Where You Are Always On Vacation!"
"Where You Are Always On Vacation!"
Come join us on
Saturday, June 23rd
Veras & Maryland Powerboat
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Battle of St. Leonards Creek
Cardboard Boat Races
Prizes for winner of the battle,
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War of
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Save the Date: June 23rd
Please pick up
more details at
Veras Beach Club
Rain date
will be June 24
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
American Red Cross
Founder Clara Barton and
Civil War Medal of Honor
Recipient Christian Fleet-
wood came out to Sotterley
Plantation this weekend to
talk about their experiences.
Britt Olsen-Ecker
played Clara Barton and
Roderick M. Howard, II,
played Christian Fleetwood
during the back-to-back
15-minute vignettes. The
pair are actors with the
Maryland Historical Society
Saturday marked How-
ards frst performance as
Christian Fleetwood, he
said. Until then, he had been
rehearsing and fne tuning
the performance.
Olsen-Ecker has been with the historical society for
a year and Howard approximately six months. During a
question and answer session with the audience, they both
said they had acting experience when they auditioned.
Howard said they work with the playwright and director
to polish the short pieces, and they are updated as needed
when new discoveries
are made that pertain to
specifc characters and
According to their
website, The Maryland
Historical Society re-
ceived a Maryland Hu-
manities Council grant
in 2012 for the Maryland
Historical Society Players
to offer an outreach pro-
gram touring throughout Maryland at museums and sites,
including free programs.
Sotterley Plantation Executive Director Nancy East-
erling said Clara Barton and Christian Fleetwood were
Sotterleys frst vignette picks. Other options included
John Wilkes Booth, Harriet Tubman and Rebecca Davis.
Maryland Historical Society Playwright Dale Jones
has been working with the people at Sotterley to put to-
gether a new living history production, which will be
integrated with Sotterley tours and feature local actors.
Easterling said she would like to see more done with the
history of Sotterley Plantation in the Civil War.
Other living histories at Sotterley Plantation include
the winter Candlelight Tours and the Halloween tour,
Ghosts of Sotterley, which takes more creative license
with the production.
For more information about tours, visit www.sotter- or call 301-373-2280.
Roderick M. Howard, II as Christian Fleetwood
Britt Olsen-Ecker as Clara Barton
Maryland Historical Society actors Britt Olsen-Ecker and Rod-
erick M. Howard
Civil War History Brought to Life
Thursday, May 31, 2012
17 The County Times
Congratulations 2012 Graduates
Nnamdi Kevin Akporji
Benjamin Daniel Allen
Samuel Manolo Avogadri
Kelci Alana Backscheider
Johnathan Michael Beck
Michael Andrew Bedell
Samantha Danielle Benedict
Caitlyn Nicole Blake-Hedges
Robert Tyler Bond
Michael Thomas Booz
Olivia Helen Bowling
Forrest Zekiah Bowling
Emily Michelle Brickman
Angelica Janet Brown
Michael Andrew Brown
Courtney Elizabeth Bucci
Neil Burke
Sean Michael Burns
Aaron Michael Carroll
Cody Larsen Chase
Lisa Margaret Cheseldine-Gass
Craig Matthew Cleaveland
Alexandra Lauren Cohen
Casey Christopher Cole
Rebecca Catherine Collins
Timothy James Cooke
Antonio Curtis Cooper
Amanda Lynn Cousineau
Finlay Irene Cushen
Preston Blake Dabbs
Abigail Marie Davison
Sage Marie Deckard
Connor Patrick Dent
Kayla Blair DeOca
Austen William Deppe
loh Drj
Dhanesh Devendra Desai
Dyana Rae DeVore
Jia Wen Dong
Sarah Michelle Dvorak
Daisy Louise Eccleshall
Daniel Christopher Emery
Sydney Marie Espejo
Elizabeth Michelle Fazio
Jared Isaiah Ford
Lawrence Eric Forte
Alexandria Nicole Frazier
Patrick William French
Megan Ashley Gardiner
Thomas Carroll Gragan III
Karyn Louise Grantham
Joseph Austin Guy
Kristen Michele Hammett
Kalin Gabriela Hanson
Kaitlyn Rose Herr
Meghan Christine Herring
Timothy Joseph Hodge
Bonnie Kathleen Hollyer
Michael Lawrence Houck Jr.
Jonathan Taylor Houston
Thomas McGrath Hunt
Vincent Nicholas Ingelido
Joseph Wesley Joseph
Jo Won Kang
Emily Ann Keller
Logan Charles Kiesel
Seongshik Kim
Taylor Christine King
Elizabeth Louise Knott
Kara Christian Kurutz
Christopher Scott Lawrence
Kaila Marie Lessner
Casey Diane Letcher
Kaci Morgan Lewis
Vladimir Ljesevic
Chelsea Rosae Lollar
Gregory Thomas Londke
Nathan Abraham Luke
Joshua Stephen Martinson
Kelsey Leigh Mattingly
Katelyn Mia Mattingly
Jefferson Wigginton Mattingly
Kathleen Marie McCormick
Ashley Nichole McCutchen
William Franois McDermott
Aliyah Shanima McIntosh
Jarret Roman McNamara
Shannon Elizabeth McPartland
Michael Novel McQueen Jr.
Brandon Russell Medford
Troy Michael Mendenhall
Gregory Collin Meyers
Jarrett James Mills
Andrew Robert Morgan
Ryan James Mowrer
Sarah Angela Muir
Mary Catherine Murphy
James William Nadeau
David Newsome III
John Stuart Newton
Lauren Ashley Norris
Chung Hyun Oh
Annemarie Faith O'Hara
Keith Alexander Oliver
Julian David Ortiz-Santiago
Vincent Anthony Parrett
Jennifer Paige Pietsch
Casey Julia Potter
Alexander Robert Price
Benjamin Gerard Raley
Amanda Erin Rankin
Gene Michelle Rhodes
Amanda Brooke Ripple
Maria Daniela Rivenburgh
Ashlin Alexandra Rondeau
Shelby Elizabeth Sasscer
Margaret Ann Sheehan
Mijin Shin
Robert Lee Simmons III
Tyler Zachary Simms
Kaitlyn Marie Skeens
Janell Kae Smith
Kortez Miles Smith
Tyler Cymone Smith
Stephen David Smithburger
Jessica Elizabeth Smyth
Alicia Marie Snellings
Andrew Paul Snight
Chelsie Monet Stanley
Ayrton Nichole Starks
Connor Joseph Summers
Micaella Marie Sweeney
Alexandra Lynn Szewczyk
Abigail Elizabeth Theoflis
Andrew Wolford Thompson
Victoria Jean Thomson
Danielle Renee Thuot
Victoria Angelina Tononi
Sierra Roseanne Vieten
Brandon Heath Vincent
Kevin Joseph Walsh Jr.
Corey Mackenzie Willis
Richard-Lee Hunter Wilson
Allyson Meta Wilt
Patricia Lorraine Winchester
Amber Marie Winslow
Brendan James Wright
Alexander Joshua Wynnyk
Andrew Christopher Wysocki
Alexander James Wyvill
Martin James Zenthoefer
Kenneth Mark Zenthoefer
Radovan Dragan Zivkovic
Michelle Altvater
Jocelyn Baker
- Salutatorian
Natalia Barreto
Gloria Bates
Breana Benefeld
- Valedictorian
Timothy Cathey
Katelynn Dobers
Schyler Firestein
Michael Gonzalez
Kevin Graham
Montana Joy
Meghan Kohler
Wade Langford
Rachel Marshall
Abby McElhenny
Sarah Orr
Lana Patke
Matthew Pleger
Emily Richey-Smith
William Smith
Lindsey Tavares
Andrew Yoon
St. Marys Ryken 2012 Graduates
The Kings
Christian Academy
Class of 2012
Graduation season is upon us, which means for many Southern Maryland high schoolers, one chapter is closing and
another one is about to begin.
Before diving into your next adventure, take a moment to recognize what you just accomplished. Graduating from
high school is not to be taken lightly. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
Whether your next step is college, armed forces or getting a full-time job, realize that you just managed to complete
a huge project, and nothing is to stop you from moving on and conquering any challenge you come across.
Good luck and congratulations graduates.
The following are preliminary lists of graduating seniors from all St. Marys public and private schools available to
the The County Times as of Wednesday. These do not refect fnal grades and are only preliminary.
D. Anne Emery, Esq.
By Appointment Only
Phone: 301-475-9995
Fax: 301-475-9997
The Law Offce of
D. Anne Emery
& Associates, LLC
41660 Courthouse Drive
Suite 200
The Profftt Building
P.O. Box 1960
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Child Support
All our love,
Mom & Dad
The years have passed
too quickly. We are so
proud of you and your
accomplishments. You will
always be our Princess.
Reach for your dreams!
Lisa Cheseldine-Gass
Thursday, May 31, 2012
18 The County Times
Chopticon High School 2012 Graduates
Louve Devanglo Adams
Olajana Patricia Adams
Brittni Morgan
Natalie Evon Albertson
Josie May Allen
Davey Allan Anderson
Michael Termaine
Gregory Wayne Arnold,
Jesse Patrick Arnold
Brentley Alexandra
Nicholas Cole Auman
Ryan ODell Baggs
Shawn Douglas Bailey
Stephanie Ann Bain
Britni Nicole Baldwin
Alexis Monet Bannister
Deangelo Tyrell Bannister
William Alan Barkman
Rakiah Starr Battle
Brandon Tyler Bean
Krishus Elizabeth Bean
Kiersten Meg Lacsamana
Lindsey Alyssa Berry
Tyler James Bidwell
Danielle Lauren Biegner
Brittni Nicole Bittner
Keith Edward
Dillon Gregory Blyler
Jordan Gill Blyler
Justin Wade Boarman
Ashley Renee Boelke
Jessica Nicole Borzi
Ashley Diana Boswell
Briana Nicole Boswell
Nina Marie Bowles
Tyler Reece Bowles
Paul Stephen Brady, Jr.
Joseph Nicholas Brindle
Seth William Brinsky
Olivia Nicole Briscoe
Kerrick Alant Brooks
Christopher Dylan
Joseph Tyler Bryant
Allison Ann Buckler
Dallas Amber Buckler
Madison Rae Buckler
Josie Louise Buckler-Ford
Ben Christopher Bunnell
Lindsey Faye Burch
Timothy Aaron Burke
Travis James Burke
David Allen Burrows
Trevon Delantae Bush
David Earl Butler, III
Sandra Mariah Bynaker
James Fallon Cannon
Christina Marie Cardillo
Kyle Andrew Carpenter
Regan Sue Carrico
Darrin Brandon Carter
Justin Wayne Carter
Brian Patrick Clark
Zachary David Clearwater
Justin Perrie Clements
James Andrew Coates
Jenna Marie Cole
Joseph Aaron Cole
Mikaela Ann Cole
Nicholas Andrew Collins
Reid Anthony Colomo
Shelley Lynn Cook
Troy Steven Cook
Jarvis Andrew Courtney
Breanna Christine
Joshua Lee Cox
Taylor Renee Crager
Joshua Allen Crocker
Aaron Cody Crouse
Alexis Lynn Crow
Nathan William
Kimberlee Ann Cusic
Kacey Marie Dailey
Taylor Ann Dakis
Kaitlyn Marie Dalrymple
Kaitlynn Elizabeth Daras
Gregory Paul Richards
Austin Nicole Degroat
Rene Antonio Delgado, Jr.
Austin Aquiles
Kyle Ambrose DeMarr
Ryan Allen DeMarr
Sarah Ruth Dickinson
Zakota-Zane Orion
Ashley Lynn Dorsey
James Harvey Dorsey, Jr.
Cody Michael Douglas
Kelly Elizabeth Douglas
Samantha Ashley Douglas
Brett Tyler Duffeld
Brandon Mark Duvall
Taryn Marie Eaton
John Joseph Eberwein
John Joseph Edelen, Jr.
Amanda Ren Elder
Emily Marie Evans
Karen Melissa Evans
Frederick William Evans,
Kristin Nichole Fanelli
Brian Christopher Farr
Patrick Ryan Farr
Kendall Nicole Farrell
Cheyenne Raley Faunce
Keion Janez Fenwick
Nicholas John Fernald
Ashley Victoria Field
Dakota James Finneyfrock
Kyle Joseph Flanagan
Jake Thomas Flowers
Thomas Daniel Fluhart
Ryan William Foltz
Victoria Erin Fox
Kaycee Nicole French
James Andrew Fretwell
Tayler Elizabeth Frye
William Christopher
Kevin Tyler Gantt
Tiffany Lea Gardiner
Thomas Lee Gass
Kayla McKenzie Gates
Brandon Thomas Gehris
Summer Nicole Germond
Adam James Gibbons
Cody Ryan Giffn
Timothy Jack Gillikin
Jerica Estele Gladston
Andrew Scott Glenn
Donald Matthew
Morgan Thomas Grant
Paul Bernard Grassinger
Kendall Leigh Graves
Karla Ann Green
Kasey Diane Greene
Cody Allen Greenwell
Michael Barry Gregory,
Keith Nicholas Griffth
Samuel Alexander Griffth
Tyler James Griffth
Erika Marie Groves
Tyler Nathaniel Hair
Joshua Stephen Haiss
Casey Elizabeth Hall
Gregory Allan Hall
Matthew Ryan Hall
Kaitlin Gabriele Hamilton
Ethan Nicholas Hammer
Danielle Marie Hardy
Matthew Ryan Hardy
Victor Adam Harris
Afton Alexandra Hauer
Brandy Marie Hayden
Philip Bertram Hayden,
Tyler Lynn Hayhurst
Daniel Edward Haynie
Kristin Marie Heidenberg
Eddie Wayne Henderson,
Matthew Todd Hileman
Allen Gwynn Hill
Angela Marie Hill
Erica Lynn Hintze
Whitnee Lee Hodges
Edward Francis Hogan
Michael Lee Hollins
Joseph Patrick Holman
Ashleigh Nicole Holt
Kaneisha Nakea Holt
Brittnee Lynn Holtery
Brittany Faye
Benjamin Thomas
Nicole Jean Howard
Melissa DeMonde
Daniel Albert Humple-
by, Jr.
Jessica Michele
Michael Brandon Hurry
Alexander Christian
Alan Christopher Johnson
Dylan Scott Johnson
Kiera Yvonne Johnson
Melanie Rose Johnson
Rachel Leigh Jones
Wayne Matthew Kane
Zena Marie Kern
Patrick Ryan Klock
John Paul Kolbe, II
Zachary Walter Tyler
Julie Renae Kurker
Amy Katherine Kvien
Mark Andrew
Kyle Michael Lacey
Marisa Suzanne Lacey
Mariel Catherine Lally
Nicholas Andrew
Dannielle Shae Lane
Shanice Chantel Lawrence
Jessica Danielle Lefker
Alexis Storm Lewis
Rachel Kaitlen Lewis
Michaela Morgan
Colleen Victoria Lilly
Katrina Magdalena
Nathan Ryan Lindner
Heather Lynn Hidalgo
Paul Dennis Lloyd, Jr.
Nicholas Daniel Lokey
Colin Alexander Long
Leah Danielle Long
Megan Elizabeth Long
Samantha Lynn Luke
Courtney Elaine Maines
Brooke Alexandra Marsh
Angela Renee Martin
Tiffany Chiffon
Michael Macoy Mattare
Megan Dawn McBreen
Haley Bianca McCandless
Kevin Michael
Dakota James McFalls
Valerie Alexis McKamey
Sarah Jean McKeel
Calvin Abdul McNeill
Taylor Elizabeth
Kayla Paige Medlin
Michael Stephen Messick
David Joshua Michael
William Dyer Middleton
Nicholas Alexander
Christopher Anthony
Miriam Nayeli Millan
Cameron Allen Miller
Jacqueline Nicole Miller
Chris Neal Mitchell, Jr.
Joshua Aaron Monagas
Trueman Cross Slingluff
Montfort, III
Kayla Jean Morris
Caroline Victoria Morton
Steven Paul Mudd, Jr.
Breanne Curley Murphy
Brittney Paige Myers
Conner Riley Nauman
Rebecca Lee Navarra
Chelsea Marie Nesbitt
Amber Nicolette Neumer
Justin Michael Nicholson
Joseph Brennan Norris,
Kimberly Nicole Norris
Kirstin Louise Norris
Veronica Paige Norris
Justin Allan Norvell
Charly Jessica OBrien
Timothy Brian Oliver
Matthew Nicholas Ordille
Morgan Kristine
Christopher Michael
Mary Therese Parent
Whitney LaVern Parker
Tyler Aaron Parsons
Devin Michael Pavlik
Tyler John Payne
Emily Jean Peregory
Valerie Marie Peyton
Lauren Ashley
Alyssa Laverne Phillips
Megan Frances Phipps
Cody Lee Pilkerton
Julia Annette Pistachio
Kyle Anthony Ploger
Evan James Porter
Gaston Ellis Powell
Steven Tyrone Powell, II
Michael Brian Powers
James Daniel Preston
Emily Grace Prettyman
Alyssa Anne Prinkey
Kelly Lynne Purdy
Elizabeth Catherine Pyles
Alyssa Cornelia Quade
Christopher Raymond
Stephen Wyte Quade
Samantha Nicole
Tyler Michael Reed
Amanda Nicole Reese
Joshua Deandre Reeves
Ashlynn Marie Register
Abigail Rebecca Reynolds
Jennifer Diane Rice
Alexis Diane Richmond
Kyle Francis Ridgell
Solimar Alexis Rivera
Kacey Lauren Roberts
Taylor Brooke Roberts
Kyle Thomas Rogers
Shari Lynn Rooss
Jonathan Mitchell
Zachary Cutchins
Julia Rachael Rosenzweig
Daniel Horace Russell
Nicolette Johanna Salvio
Taylor Brooke Schofeld
Ronald Linzell Scruggs
Kalynn Renee Serman
Ronisha Breana Severe
Johnathan Shane Sheeder
Emily Ann Shooks
Ashya Renae Short
Elizabeth Moroe Shurtleff
Jason Michael Sirk
Ashley Marie Slaughter
Zachary Ryan Smail
Brittany Regine Smith
Cailin Marie Smith
Derek Ramon Smith, Jr.
James William Smith, III
Kelsey Christine Smith
Sarah Jessica Snellings
Christina Marie
Mariassa Brianona
Michael Andrew Somer-
ville, II
Joshua Perry Sonntag
Kelly Bennett Sothoron
Dakota Anderson Sparks
Jessica Ann Spohn
Kelsey Diana Stasch
Katelyn Brooke Stathers
Anneliese Kaye Stein
Molly Katherine Stine
Richard William Strobel
William Wayne Summers
Tyler Michael Sumperl
Jasmine Chanel Sykes
Christian Alexander
Justice Aaron Tarburton
Benjamin Robert
Raymond John Tennyson
Rita Shanice Thomas
Dezarai Angel Thompson
Tanya Lynette Thompson
Breanna Marie Thorne
Russell Albert Thorne
Stephanie Kathryn
Paul Robert Toney, III
Jonathan Wesley
Camay Shavon Travis
Rachel Marie Trinidad
Jason Earl Tucker
Jared Maurice Tyer
Samantha Lee Underwood
Dustin van de Veerdonk
Codey Tyler Vanhoozier
Kyle Houston Vines
Thomas Henry Walton
Ashley Nicole Warren
Deanna Marie Weber
Monica Julia Weekley
Jessica Michelle Werth
Jerry ODell West, Jr.
Geoffrey Sumner West-
brook, Jr.
Kristen Elizabeth Wetzel
Savannah Jessica Wetzel
Ryan Joseph Wheeler
Daniel Andrew White
Rachel Nichole White
Joshua Eugene Wiley
Stephen Andrew Wilkins
Stephanie Lynn Williams
Devin Bree Willingham
Hannah Christine Woell
Victoria Emily Wolf
Joel Leland Wood
Nathaniel Edward Cama-
lier Wood
Shelby Marie Wood
Zhan Tkeyah Woodland
Ross Conrad Wrabley
Micheal Anthony Wroble
Rebecca Ann Yannayon
John Dillon Yates
James Robert Alan
Christopher Robert Young
Aunt Mickie,
Uncle Matt
and Michele
and Many Successes
in Your Future
Christopher Mitchell
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Jordan Leigh Abramson
Jessie Lynn Ack
Tabathia Lyn Acton
Amanda Marie Adamson
Alexis Diana Anderson
Kelsey Raye Anderson
Samantha Allison Arndt
Jordan Rebecca Bailey
Mark Andrew Bailey II
Nicholas James Barker
Zekiah Tajee Barnes
Zachary Quinn Barthelmes
Nicholas Hughes Bazemore
John Stephen Bean, Jr.
Jacob Ryan Beaulieu
Ashley Michelle Beeson
Kyle Steven Beggs
Brian Andrew Bell
Brittney Lynn Bellere
Katrina Anne Bennett
Sharmani Artece Bennett
Stephen Ross Clayton
Frederick DOench Bergen III
Crystal Brooke Berry
Rebecca Gail Birkholz
Ryan Scott Boarman
Adam Neil Boas
Leilani Eva Bogan
Brent Hamilton Bohanan
Joshua Patrick Bollen
Sache Mone Bond
Taniqua Janay Bond
Audrea Yvonne Bose
Shane Austin LeRoy Bottorf
Christina Ruth Gold Bowen
Laci May Bowes
Brendan James Boyle
Henry Walsh Boyles
Jaime Michael Branaman
Anthony Vanguard Branch II
Raven Cierra Briner
Kiana Monay Briscoe
Brittney Nicole Brooks
Brooke Dianne Brown
Craig Alan Brubacher
Aaron Patrick Buckler
Jennifer Lynn Burch
Joshua Lee Burch
Kyle Christopher Burnes
Christian Anthony Burton
Emily Katherine Buster
Trevor William Butcher
Nelson Lorenzo Butler, Jr.
Kayla Nichol Butler-Jackson
Sean Crawford Caggiano
Elizabeth Ann Cameron
Alexander Scott Campbell
Arden Grace Carkhuff
Olivia Rae Carlson
Chlo Matilda Carr
Madison Layne Carroll
Dilan Matthew Carson
Cameron Scott Chambers
Tiffany Rae Alba Chan
Calvin Dongwon Chi
Jazmyn Maya-purie Choice
Zackery Garrett Christian
Abriana Lynne Ciavattone
Scott Nelson Clark
Wesley David Clark
Colette Olena Collins
Emma Leigh Combs
Randy Austin Combs
Charlotte Grace Slayton
Eric Allan Conrad
Linda Marie Cook
Cameren William Kent
Samuel Edward Corey
Michael Paul Corley
Kyle Alexander Crandall
Zachary Dakota Craven
Nicholas Albert Crescini
Caleb Gerald Crispell
Abigail Lynn Crosby
Shane Thomas Crowley
Charles Edwin Cunningham
Brandon Michael Currie
Lindsay Margaret Dade
Lacee Jay Dalton
Connor Thomas Daly
Michael Patrick Danko
Andrew Lowery Datka
Christine Marie Daugherty
Alec Joseph Davis
Carolyn Delaney Davis
Katherine Bolton Davis
James Minor Day
Loren Maria Day
Alexandra Marie Delahay
Roger William DeMarr,Jr.
Andrew Christopher Dewey
Christian Page Dibenedetto
Sabrina Marene Dickerson
Salina Marie Dickerson
Samantha Michele Diehl
Sydney Elizabeth Dishman
Evan Christopher Dobry
Jacob Prescott Doiron
Tevin Marquiese Dorsey
Kristina Lynette Dotson
Connor Buckley Downes
Jacob Aaron Downs
Jesse Cole Dubac
Jonathan Seth Dudley
Conor John Duffy
Ryan Allen Dugan
Andrew Gordon Duncanson
Jordan Michael Dunn
Dulce Marisol Duque Juarez
Amanda Louise Durst
Darion Brian Duvall
Kerry Devon Dyson
Logan Francis Eaker
Kelsey Nicole Earhart
Tatum Rene Edwards
Erika Carolyn Elledge
Jared Paul Ellwanger
Johnathan Dale Elmore
Rebecca Priya Elwell
Megan Paige Erickson
Jacob Phoenix Evans
Kevin Michael Evans
Jesse Charles Everett
Jessica Frances Eversberg
Austin Michael Fagan
Kyle Andrew Fann
Maisie Jayne Farnon
Anthony Tadlas Fasci
Mark Terrence Feldhaus
John Andrew Fenwick
Corbin Dancy Ferguson
Rachel Anna Ferrara
Jake Alexander Ferreira
Lauren Maria Filardo
Katherine Louise Finkelston
Erin Christina Fischer
Brianna Leigh Floyd
Khadijah Latoya Ford
Travis Aaron Francis
Cassidy Burgess Freeman
Shawnee Lynn Frerichs
Krista Alexandra Frowein
Victoria Denyse Nichole
Nicholas Ross Gaetano
Matteo Luca Galli
Zachary William Garner
Reese Danielle Gassie
Nathan Daniel Gelfand
Nathan John Gemberling
Elizabeth Thyme George
Sarah Elizabeth Georgiou
Elizabeth Maureen Getty
Cody Ellis Gibson
Hannah Christine Goodell
Samantha Erin Goodnow
Taylor Marie Graves
Carlin Marie Gray
Taylor Nickole Gray
Joshua Stephen Greeley
Aaron Joseph Greenberg
Anna Rose Grego
Alyssa Marie Griffn
Kevin Michael Grisez
Sarah Lynne Gross
Ashley Nicole Gunther
Ashley Kathleen Guy
Rachel Marie Haas
Matthew Murray Hall
Rachel Karinne Hall
Katlyn Elizabeth Hammonds
Kari Renae Hanna
Brenna Daie Harless-Smith
Kyle James Harmon
Christopher Lorenzo Harrison
Emily Marie Hartenstein
Sarah Ann Harvey
Donald James Hayden
Mark Andrew Healy
Donna Marie Herbert
Jenna Courtney Herbert
Larvell Diondre Herbert
Matthew Carr Higgins
Hannah Leah Higgs
Walker Forrest Hiles
Deanna Marie Hill
Tiffany Amber Hill
Nicholas Brock Hills
Olivia Symone Hodge
Lawrence Alvin Hoffman, Jr.
Andrew McKenzie Holcomb
Davis Mitchell Holland
Kendall James Holt
Alaixis Danielle Howard
Christopher William Howard
Jordan Alyssa Hoy
Naomi Ruth Hurley
Antonio Joseph Igo
Rachel Anne Ingram
Christopher George Isenberg
Chelsea Nicole Ivett
Hamad Arshed Javaid
Courtney Bailey Jennings
Brandon Lee Jensen
Allison Ann Johnson
Chavonte Nicole Johnson
Ebony Marie Johnson
Ethan Davis Johnson
Jaclyn Courtney Johnson
Michael David Johnson
Andrew Kenneth Jones
Danielle Paige Jones
Destiny Marie Jones
Kirsten Autumn Jones
Timothy Patrick Joyce
Paige Malloy Junge
Atsumi Kadena
Katelyn Renee Kalnasy
Brandon Keith Kaspar
Matthew Ryan Keates
Dillon Michael Carollo Kelley
Erin Marie Kelly
Caitlin Elizabeth Kennedy
Michael Eric Kibler
Marcus Scott King
Michael Jacob King, Jr.
Ina Marissa Knell
Leonardtown High School 2012 Graduates
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Leonardtown High School 2012 Graduates
Alec Raymond Knowlton
Brian Anthony Kocka
William Francis Kolb
Alexander Stephen
Austin James Krout
Brenton James LaBarge
Briana Renee LaBatt
Courtney Ellen Lacey
Nicholas Matthew Lagasse
Brooke Elizabeth Lamphier
Richard James Lang
Melanie Lynn Langley
Nathan Michael Laulis
DeVonta Jeffery Lawrence
Christopher Paul Leasure
Andrew James Leepa
Jacob Allen LeJeune
Hunter Elizabeth Lengel
David Rafael Limjuco
Avery Jamal Long
Matthew Steven Long
Paul Edward Long
Joshua Stephen Lopitz
Michelle Leigh Lower
Amanda Marie Stearns Lucas
Patrick Kiet Ly
Kathryn Taylor Lydon
Ashley Rebecca Lytle
Sherita Nicole Maddox
Lewis Walter Mandley III
Tiffany Lynn Marcil
Jena Lee Martin
Skyler Ashley Martin
Shane Joseph Mathe
Chelsea Hope Mattingly
Cody Allan Mattingly
Michael LaRocco Mattingly
Jeremy Bryce Mattison
Katherine Elizabeth
Bryan Douglas McDonald, Jr.
Jerome Allen McDonald
Tyler-Nyree Eshe McDonald
Jazmine Lynn McManus
Robert Michael McNeely
Tylore Alexis Medley
Lindsay Elizabeth Mercier
Jonathan Ryan Milan
Joseph Daniel Miller
Austin Richard Mills
James Benedict Moeller
Michaela Lynn Moore
Tariq Shaheed Moran
Zachary Thomas Moran
Courtney Ilene Morgan
Jackson Scott Morgan
James Torin Morgan
Wesley Christopher Morgan
Amber Alyce Morley
Sarah Faith Morley
Taylor Brook Morley
Amanda Ashley
Tyler Jacob Morris
Taylor Mackenzie
Rekeyiah Rachelle
Sara Marie Nelson
Steven James Neugent
Shannon Leigh
April Lynn-Louise
Philip Ryan Nickel
Dillon Robert Norris
Jamie Michelle Norris
Timothy Lee Norris, Jr.
Jacob Samuel Nueslein
Adam John Nugent
Alexus Corine
Alexis Marie Oakes
Kellie Pauline ODell
Kaylee Elizabeth Oliver
Justin Kevin Olsen
Jennifer Ann-Marie
Jasmine Camille Ortiz
Cassandra Marie Osvatics
Dominique Marie Owens
Tisha Erika Owens
Madison May Pachner
William Joseph Padgett
Leo Guild Paglierani
Vernon Nicholas Panei
Alexandria Franca Parillo
Britni Danielle Parker
Ashleigh Nicole Parks
Taylor Marie Pasini
Corey Peter Dean Paterno
Tracy Marie Payne
Ashlie Nichole Payton
Granger David Peeples
Melinda Jean Persiani
Cadejah Regine Person
Han Gia Phung
Kevin Michael Pilkerton
Emily Noelle Pipkin
Kaitlin Sue Pittsley
Matthew Robert Plant
Amanda Leigh Plummer
Eumi Vivian Pok
Kristen Marie Ponturiero
Eric McGuire Pope
Rachel Marie Potter
Amanda Noelle Price
Brendan John Kopsidas Pugh
George Patrick Kopsidas
Brandon Leonard Quade
Brady Christian Quigg
Rachel Ann Marie
Lara Marlene Radl
Nikita Marie Raley
Kristy Nicole Reed
Hope Cecilia Reeder
Marcus Reese Renfrow
Robert Park Renfrow
Devin Daniel Reynolds
James Aaron Rhine, Jr.
Cameron Paige Rich
Andrew Joseph Richardson
Matthew Allen Riddell
Sierra Nohea Ridley
Rachel Claire Riser
Madeline Sophie Rochow
Dominic Vincent Romeo
Lauren Elizabeth Rosch
Michael Thomas Roscoe
Steven Grant Rothaus
Miranda Lyn Ruby
Evan Mychal Russell
Jennifer Anne-Marie Russell
Lauren Nicole Russell
Jor-El Sanchez
Dominick Chilton Santora
Amy Catherine Sapp
Sangeeta Sarkar
Robert Edward Saunders II
Steven Patrick Savage
Margaret Grace Schadegg
Clara Hope Schaller
Naomi Karin Schumacher
Imane Christina-ReJean Scott
George Albert Seger
Hannah Ashley Selby
Holly Lorraine Settle
Deontre Trycell Shade
Elizabeth Mary Anne Shafer
Courtney Marie Shaffer
Banson Shao
Meyer Aaron Shimanov
David Charles Shin
Timothy Beau Simas
Eva Levona Simon
Adam Dayton Smith
Alexander Jacob Sebastian
James William Smith III
Joseph Warren Smith, Jr.
Sequoyah Rose Smollek
Teyon Delante Snowden
Lauren Michele Snyder
Mary Louise Spak
Patrick Tyler Spalding
Shane Nicholas Spalding
James Leo Sparks
Cameron Austin Sparshott
Joseph Daniel Spaulding
Brice Tyler Springer
Supansa Sripodok
Nicholas Ryan Stailey
Cassidy Marie Stanton
Kathryn Louise Stefkovich
Brandi Allison Stein
Monica Joy Stein
Allyson Catherine Stewart
Zachary James Stiefvater
Haley Jordan Stonebreaker
Bethany Marie Stratakes
Sarah Kaitlyn Straub
Leigha Alexandra Sullivan
Cornika Lexus Summers
Kaitlyn Marie Swaim
Shelby Loree Talbott
Clifton James Taylor
Ethan James Taylor
Xavier Lay-Treon Taylor
Nathan Lee Tenney
Melissa Ashley Tennyson
Rodney Maurice Terry II
Ambreuka Renee Thomas
Danielle Imani Thomas
Tyont Aje Raymond
Haley Dinneen Thompson
Joshua Morgan Thompson
Meghan Brianna Tinsley
Reid Matthew Toombs
Tyler Bunnell Trantham
Megan Marie Treutler
Alexander Gage Truitt
Mallory Ann Turner
Chelsea Sharee Twemlow
Michael D. Van Noordt
Kyle Moon Vance
Robert Lawrence Wadsworth
Peter Dominic Wagaman
Clark Masahiko Wagoner
William Frederick Wahler, Jr.
Nicole Michelle Waid
Aylish Marie Walker
David Dalton Walker
Ryan Allan Walter
Cade Wilson Warlick
Zechariah Elsworth Weaver
Richard Harrison Webster
Christina Lee Weeks
Laura Marie Welch
Trevor Junior Welcome
Kaitlin Jane Wescott
Keica Marie Wescott
Nicholas Ryan Whites
Joshua Christopher Wilcox
William Harman Wilhelm
William Thomas Wilkins
Carrie Amanda Williams
Margaret Ellen Williams
Sydney Nicole Williams
Cristal Ann Willis
Hayley Johanna Wilson
Holly Jenifer Wilson
Meaghan Elaine Wince
Bradford Dillon Winfeld
Tiffany Mahala Withrow
Jennifer Thao Wong
Francis Greenwell Wood III
Kurt Michael Woodburn
Darius Timothy Woodland, Jr.
Kristen Marie Woods
Michael Eugene Woodson
Kayla Renee Wristen
Haylee Nicole Yeatman
Taylor Marie Yellman
Robert William Young
Lisa Marie Youngblood
Caroline Suzanne Youngson
Joseph Michael Zawada
Emily Grace Zetzsche
Tyler Scott Ziemba
Leonard Hall Junior
Naval Academy
2012 Graduates
Christopher Raub Drury
Kaitlyn Michelle Dunklee
Kyle Emile Santomauro
Robert Thomas Trudell
Stephen Michael Witkowski
Tere are no
words I can fnd
to express how
proud we
are of you.
You are such
an amazing
and talented
young man. Even though you're
getting older and starting a new
journey in life, just remember you
will always be my "Baby Boy".
We Love You So Much!
Mom, Dad & Hannah
Devin Daniel Reynolds
Holly Settle,
Having made wonderful
friends, watching you play
volleyball, and making the
honor roll has made us
so proud of you.
Congratulations on
your graduation.
Love Mom and Dad
You have brought
us so much joy
and we
are so
proud of
all that
you have
We love you very much!
Pop Pop, Nise, Kelly & Brian
Tiffany Withrow
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
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Alexander Christopher Agle
Alexandria Mychelle
Brittany Lynn Allen
India Tanese Allen
Shane Patrick Allen, JR
David Lee Anderson, JR
Ian Ruben Anderson
Reagan Louise Anderson
Brittany Nicolle Anthony
Hannah Margaret Arnold
Toyna Monquie Artis
Danielle Nicole Baker
Scott Treyon Barber
DeQuinte Jeffon Barnes
John Gregory Barnes, JR
Thomas Matthew Barnes, JR
Vantasia Nicole Barnes
Matthew Charles Barry
Haley Nicole Bartley
Courtney Rae Bartsch
Danielle Antionette Batts
Miranda Kates Beale
Emily Marie Beckler
Justin Lamar Benson
Timothy James Bentley
Iliyah Monique Berry
Kaniesha Michelle Berry
Travis Leonard Martin Bice
Kayla Meghan Bird
Robert Aubrey Bishop
Brittany Shea Blauvelt
Jessica Ann Blofsky
Nicholas Ryan Boggs
Daniel Knight Bolton
Shante Nicole Bonds
Christian James Bridgette
DLante Antonio Briscoe
Dequan Marquet Briscoe
Larrissa Latisha Briscoe
Shawn Edward Briscoe
Alan Bonham Brooks
Anastasia Marie Brown
Lydia Suzanne Browne
Jessica Lee Brownell
Demetrius Tony Bryant
Chantel Marie Buck
Joelle Amanda Buck
Brittany Nicole Burchett
Michael Jerome Burgess
Jasmine Denise Burley
Keegan Rhys Burrowsfeld
Olivia Shadi Burse
Samantha Lee Burton
Triesha Patrice Bush
Kristin Suzanne Busitzky
Jason Hollingsworth Carley
Leonora Constance
Marcus Jerome Carroll
Charles Allen Carter
Lorenzo McKinley Carter
Carmen Leanne Castro
Joel-John Silagpo Catubay
Thomas Evan Celestine III
Katelyn Wong Chan
Jorge Isaac Chang
Jordyn Lea Chaplin
Alyse Channel Chase
Jeremiah Patrick Caballero
Dreshawn Marcell Chestnut
Katie Jenevieve Clark
William Henry Clark
Robert Elbert Clements III
Keishona Lachay Cobb
Alexa Jo Cohen
Megann Lee Coleman
Jasmine Ivy Collins
Breanna Danielle Collinson
Darren Michael
Tyler Andrew Conklin
Robert Anthony Conley
Mary Caitlin Connor
Joseph Monroe Cooper Jr
Tobin Nathaniel Cooper
Destinee Marie Coots
Joseph Alexander Courtney,
Michelle Anette Covarrubias
Joshua Glen Craft
Theodore William Crafton III
Devin Jamal Alexander
Taylor McKay Cunha
Errol Noel Daly III
Kenneth Lemar Daniels, JR
Dustin Joseph Davis
John William Davis III
ShaRese Michelle Davis
Tiffany Corrine Davis
Michael Anthony Deep
Sharlene Sheriar Demehri
William Michael Dement
Lovie Antionette Dickerson
Steven Lee Digges
Matthew James Dlouhy
Thomas Connor Donahue
Nazat Ud Dowla
Jacob Eugene Dronenburg
Eric Matthew Dudley
Krystal Marie Duffy
Natalia Vitalyevna Durneva
Rhajhae Rhian Ebanks
Genevieve R. Effa
Erica Kay Elliott
Ashley Janelle Estevez
Caleb Joshua Fahrner
Micah Librado Falcon
Sarah Michelle Faul
Benjamin Fritz Feddersen
Jeanette Lindsey Fenhagen
Travis Johnthan Fenwick
Sabrina Doreen Ferrall
Selena Dawn Ferrall
Jason B Fitzpatrick, JR
Asyia Chekira Fletcher
Kernisha Sentell Foote
Landon Marcel Ford
Shala Raechelle Ford
Emma Noel Frank
Emily Bernice Gage
Thomas Cameron Ganther
Claudia Yulisa Garcia Flores
Jessica Lynn Gary
Michael David Gast, JR
Bethany Marie Gatton
Magdalena Villapaz Gaydar
Robert Thomas Getz
Edward McKenley Gillison,
Mayken Alexis Giraldo
Devonte Montel Golden
Joseph Paul Goldsborough
Abreeonna Nicole Gonzalez
Ryan Conner Goodwin
Kelles Diane Gordge
Danielle Marie Gorman
William Dashae Gough
Khamarhea ShQuan
Andrew Preston Gravelle
Reuben Davon Graves
Armani DMori Green
Kianna Juwan Greenfeld
Devan Everett Gribble
Liza Rebecca Tuazon Grider
Deyonta Terrell Gross
Tiyona Amee Gupton
Michael Donnell Hall, JR
Polo DeAndre Hall
Stepfond Antrion Hall
Nicholas Christian Hamilton
Zachary Ryan Hamilton
Caitlin Alexandra Hamlet
Nicholas James Hamm
Matthew Timothy Hammond
Cristopher Dale Harnden
William Alexander Harris
Deonte Trevon Harrison
Tyra Kay Harvey
Marquikita Marceollous
Kasey Renee Hegwood
Bianca Juanita Herbert
Jesse Vincent Higgins
Bryant Keith Hill
Sidney Jo Hillger
Kristie Diane Holland
Thomas Leon Hollingshead,
Eric Romons Holt, JR
William Darnell Holt
Robert Ryan Scott Horstman
Marisa Lee Horton
Robert Thomas Horton, JR
Devon Julian Hudson
Augustus Eric Huggins
Samantha Taylor Humphrey
Rani Briana Autumn
Lakia Nichole Jackson
Kelsi Renee Jameson
Bennie Joe Johnson II
Danika Jeannette Johnson
John Michael Johnson
Shaquann Lamar Johnson
John William Johnston, JR
Ashia Nicole Joseph
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23 The County Times
Spotlight On
Fairlead Steers Many To Graduation
Vocations Mass
Relay Recess a Fun Way
to Raise Awareness
Education Briefs
By Carrie Munn
Staff Writer
Much has been said about the gradu-
ation pathways that St. Marys County
Public Schools has established over the
past several years.
Todays students are earning certif-
cations along with their diploma through
the Academy of Finance, college credits
and trade skills through the James A. For-
rest Career and Technology Centers many
courses, and, most recently, overcoming
adversity like the inaugural graduating
class of Fairlead Academy.
Superintendent of schools, Michael
Martirano, has often acknowledged the
need for options and the notion that not
every child learns the same. While its im-
portant to provide challenges to thriving
students, its equally important to prevent
others from falling through the cracks, he
has said.
The Fairlead Academy began in 2009,
offering smaller class sizes and a more in-
dividualized approach to instruction.
Photo by Susan McDonough
Eighth-graders from St. Johns School in Hollywood join hundreds of other Archdiocesan Schools students
at the annual Vocations Mass at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in
Washington D.C. earlier this month. Father Carter Griffn, Director of Priest Vocations at the Archdiocese
of Washington DC led the celebration and St. Johns Church pastor Father Raymond Schmidt was the
By Carrie Munn
Staff Writer
We asked students if they
knew someone who has battled
cancer, is currently battling can-
cer, or who has died from cancer
to raise their hands, said Lynn
Hudak, music instructor and Lettie
Marshall Dent Elementarys Relay
for Life Team Captain. Most of
the students raised their hands.
Hudak said students have par-
ticipated in fundraisers for the staff
Relay for Life team, but felt a Relay
Recess event let them be in on the
At this frst-of-its-kind event
on Thursday, students from Pre-
K through ffth grade walked
laps to remember their loved ones
claimed by cancer and learned
about prevention by signing
sun smart and fghting back
Staff, some of whom are
cancer survivors, and students
enjoyed the outdoor event and
raised more than $1,400 to sup-
port research toward a cure.
Photos by Lynn Hudak
Gene Campbell, art teacher at Lettie Marshall Dent El-
ementary, helps frst-graders put their creativity to use
during the schools Relay Recess.
Lettie Marshall Dent Elementarys media assistant Kathy
Parker shares her enthusiasm for fghting cancer with
frst-grade students taking part in the schools frst ever
Relay Recess.
Leonardtowns Army JROTC Axed
The Army Junior Reserve Offcers Train-
ing Corps program has failed to maintain enough
participants and will not be continued for next
year. A budgeted instructor position was trans-
ferred to a classroom teaching position, address-
ing the rapid growth and class size issues.
Board member Mary Washington expressed
concern about Leonardtown students not having
the opportunity to participate in an ROTC pro-
gram, but Superintendent Michael Martirano
said arrangements can be made for them to take
part in the Air Force JROTC at Chopticon or the
Navy JROTC at Great Mills, both of which re-
main strong.
Union to Divide But Remain Intact
After approving the creation of a separate
third bargaining unit for administrative and su-
pervisory personnel in November, the Board of
Education rescinded that action and announced
last Thursday there would instead be a division of
the Education Association of St. Marys County
(EASMC), commonly referred to as the teachers
Schools Chief Operating Offcer Brad Cle-
ments told The County Times the district has, and
will continue, working collaboratively with the
association to establish a satisfactory agreement.
School Meal Prices Higher Next Year
As the school year winds down, parents
and students should remember that meal prices
will be higher when they return in August. With
a fve-cent increase for breakfast and a ten-cent
hike for lunch, new prices will be:
Elementary- Breakfast $1.20, Lunch $2.25;
Secondary- Breakfast $1.30, Lunch $2.45
Along with the rising costs are initiatives
to make the meals more healthful, incorporat-
ing more whole grains and lower fat and sodium
selections. Board members expressed concern
about the strain this may put on some families,
especially when considering the number of stu-
dents qualifying for free and reduced meals in
the county has grown signifcantly in the last few
Schools Budget Greenlighted
The Board of Education approved its $183.5
million FY 2013 budget last week, which will re-
sult in the creation of several new positions and
a 1.5 percent raise for employees. The approved
budget is due to the county by June 6 and the
commissioners are expected to approve it by June
Were happy to be funded above mainte-
nance of effort, Martirano said, adding the ten-
sion of last year is no longer a distraction during
the budget process. He also commented on the
good news that commissioners have set aside
funding to help stay in front of the teacher pen-
sion shift, which state legislature just passed on
to the county with a phased implementation plan.
Superintendent Michael Martirano, center, and Fairlead II Academic Dean Wendy Zimmerman, left,
stand with graduates Mariassa Somerville, Shante Bonds, Kyona Wright, Dr. Martirano, Larrissa Briscoe,
Tiara Taylor, Asia Reynolds and Jasmine Collins.
That changed environment proved
benefcial for Fairlead Academys inaugu-
ral class and, on May 16, 43 graduates and
their families celebrated the milestone with
dinner and a ceremony.
Martirano gifted the graduating young
men neckties and the ladies each received a
watch, as well as photo frames to showcase
their proud completion of high school.
Fairlead Academy has two locations,
I for freshmen and sophomores and II
for juniors and seniors, serving about 250
students total.
All of our students have overcome
great obstacles to reach graduation. It is
fantastic to see them reach this point in their
lives, Fairlead II Academic Dean Wendy
Zimmerman told The County Times.
Wendy Zimmerman, Academic Dean for Fairlead
II, stands beside graduating senior Anthony Branch,
a member of the schools inaugural class. It was
exciting to see all of our students at a culminating
ceremony to celebrate their success, she said.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
24 The County Times
By Carrie Munn
Staff Writer
With graduation sea-
son in full force, some grad-
uates in Southern Maryland
are earning their degree
in becoming a local lead-
er. Leadership Southern
Marylands diverse alumni
continues to grow as the
Class of 2012 becomes the
fourth class to complete the
nine-month program cen-
tered on regional issues and
collaborative learning for
Each year, since 2009
a group of citizens has
set out to learn about the
most relevant topics in the
tri-county area and tackle
projects that make a dif-
ference within that shared
community, alongside their
fellow Leadership South-
ern Maryland participants.
Previous classes estab-
lished scholarships, created
an endowment fund and
worked in conjunction with
Dominion Cove Point to
restore a sensitive Calvert
County freshwater marsh.
The Class of 2012 has
built upon the awareness
gained by previous classes,
embracing service and
stewardship in their many
projects and interests,
LSMs Executive Director
Karen Holcomb said.
The class created re-
source brochures for busi-
nesses across the region,
designed and created a
tourism video, and raised
more than $5,000 and
volunteered their time in
partnership with Patuxent
Habitat for Humanity in its
build benefting Chaptico
wounded warrior Caleb
Even as one class graduates, another
is being selected. Members of the Class of
2013 will be announced in June and will
begin their leadership legacy in September.
Some of Leadership Southern Mary-
lands recent graduates shared their ex-
periences with The County Times, help-
ing paint a picture of just how signifcant
this program is to the individual and the
Nkeshi Free, Development Manager
for The Arc of Southern Maryland said,
for her, LSM was more than a training pro-
gram, it was a pleasantly unexpected jour-
ney of self discovery.
Gerald Hicks, an
operations research ana-
lyst and active member
of the Knights of Co-
lumbus, said he applied
in hopes of expanding
his network, but said the
frst-hand experiential
learning and friendships
built made it a uniquely
wonderful experience
for him.
My investment in
Southern Maryland is
deeper and more com-
mitted having gone
through the course, said
former UH-60 pilot and
active military spouse
Grace Fischer. We have
a whole new perspective
on our community, its
leaders and what it has
to offer.
Historic Sotterleys
Executive Director Nan-
cy Easterling said she
gained more than ex-
pected from participat-
ing and called the pro-
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I had my eyes
opened to situations and
realities that I had not
known existed I not
only met engaging peo-
ple, but I met individuals
who believed passion-
ately about making our
world a better place,
she said.
Leadership South-
ern Maryland is a truly
remarkable opportunity
for anyone able to par-
ticipate in the program,
and it is my privilege
to be counted among its
alumni, Easterling said.
LSMs graduating
class of 2012: Joseph
Anderson, Eric Bailey,
Mary Barnwell, Tanya
Bassett, Sharon Bouchard, Beth Cooper-Jo-
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Despite Down Economy,
County Hikes Budget
10 Percent
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Despite talk at the Board of County Commissioner ta-
ble Tuesday about these times of economic austerity, elect-
ed leaders approved an operating budget that has grown by
a whopping 10 percent over last years spending plan.
County budget documents show revenues increased
for fscal year 2013 by 4.9 percent and with the application
of more than $10.5 million in fund balance toward one-
time costs, that adds up to a $211,678,778 operating budget.
The property tax rate remains at .857 for every $100 of
assessed value, but the revenues still increased by $943,936,
or one percent, over fscal 2012.
The income tax rate remains at three percent, however
revenues are projected to be about $10.5 million more than
last years sum, for an increase of 16 percent.
The money taken from fund balance went to the Capi-
tal Improvement Plan, Other Post Employment Benefts
(OPEB) for county and Board of Education workers and for
the Housing Authority employee retirment benefts, county
budget documents show.
Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) said
that keeping tax rates at current levels helped the county
maintain a solid fscal footing. As it stands now, he said, the
county has money in the bank to fund not only construction
projects to make it more competitive in a base realignment
and closure (BRAC) round but sets aside funds to deal with
costly state mandates, including teacher pensions.
Though the county government could have cut tax
rates and still seen increases in revenues Morgan said that
would have been the wrong thing to do.
I think if you cut taxes now it would be detrimental
to the county, Morgan told The County Times on Wednes-
day. If we had cut taxes incrementally, it wouldve essen-
tially amounted to almost nothing.
County leaders had been criticized in the weeks lead-
ing up to the fnalization of the budget for having a $30 mil-
lion fund balance but deciding to sit on most of it.
Morgan said that money, along with the
budget revenue growth, would help the county in
dealing with the anticipated increased costs from
the state.
Annapolis is going to push mandates on
us, Morgan said. You need to have some kind
of cushion.
Morgan said he believed the countys budget
growth would be sustainable though perhaps
not at the level of 10 percent each year if the
growth of the county itself continued at the pace
it had been.
Financially we are in good shape, Morgan
said. The sky isnt falling on St. Marys County.
Despite the steep increases in revenues and
the budget as a whole, commissioners did not
restore any funding to non-county agencies that
provide community services.
Morgan said Tuesday, during the vote ses-
sion, that elected leaders effectively slighted
those non-profts despite their beneft to the
Morgan had supported restoring funding to
those non-proft groups to 2012 levels, but a ma-
jority of commissioners supported decreasing
funding, in part, from nearly all of them. The entire cut
to non-profts amounted to about $100,000 this fscal year.
Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell said he
believed the 10 percent growth in county government was
not something the county could keep up with.
He said this year, it was a combination of unusually
abundant income tax revenue distributions from the state
as well as the use of $10.5 million from fund balance that
infated the fscal 2013 budget.
We cant sustain 10 percent growth, Russell said.
The income tax distributions were abnormally high this
It was tremendous. It shocked everybody.
This years heavy distribution made Russell point out
that the state may choose to not give as much next year or
even take more back in income tax revenues.
Russell said next years budget discussions may look
to the energy tax to give residents some relief, but he be-
lieved the current tax situation put the county in good stead.
Unfunded and uncertain mandates like Plan Mary-
land, the states centralized land use plan, and the Water-
shed Implementation Plan, which presses the county on
reducing pollutants into the watershed, were all reasons to
keep the county on its current fscal track, he said.
They cant even give us the cost of things like the
watershed plan, Russell said. I think these are prudent
measures to hold on to what we have.
The county added nearly $2.2 million to its state-re-
quired maintenance of effort funding package to the Board
of Education for a total of $85.7 million from local sources.
The sheriffs offce budget increased as well, with
concurrent vehicle replacements and six new deputies to
be hired.
Four of those deputies are slated for a special unit
which will focus on enforcement actions in Lexington
The total approved budget is about $31.6 million for
the sheriffs offce.
The entire budget passed Tuesday by a 3-to-2 vote,
with Commissioner Dan Morris and Larry Jarboe voting
against the fnal ordinance because of increased spend-
ing and the inclusion of more capital debt in the countys
spending plan.
Our capital debt is increasing, we need to keep that
down as best we can, Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said. I
cannot support going greater into debt.
Jarboe did vote in the affrmative on the two pri-
or ordinances that set the tax rates and confrmed the
Jarboe said the county government did the right thing
in holding the line on taxes.
We can confront what the state brings down on us,
Jarboe said. Were in austerity for the long haul.
Morris was more terse in his evaluation.
Theyre spending too much and theres waste, Mor-
ris said. I was not happy with that budget.
If you dont give them a tax break, then dont waste
the money.
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Commissioner Dan Morris
Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell
Thursday, May 31, 2012
26 The County Times
Hazel Copsey, 75
H a z e l
Mae Copsey,
75, of Me-
MD passed
away on May
22, 2012 in
L e o n a r d -
town, MD.
Born on Oc-
tober 25,
1936 in Me-
MD she was
the daughter of the late John Louis and
Mary Etoyle Tippett. Hazel is survived
by her husband Franklin B. Copsey,
whom she married on May 4, 1956 in Im-
maculate Conception Catholic Church
Mechanicsville, MD. Mrs. Copsey is also
survived by her children: Lillian Dick-
erson (James) of Dugspur, VA., Franklin
William Copsey (Jane) of Hillsville, VA.,
Rebecca Porter (Mike), and Linda Downs
(Larry) both of Mechanicsville, MD. As
well as 8 grandchildren: Victoria Downs,
Edward Tobler, Shannon Downs, Haley
Downs, Gregory Porter, Rachel Copsey,
L.J. Downs, and Frankie Copsey, and 5
step grandchildren. Hazel is also sur-
vived by her siblings: Doris Downs ,
Cathy Morgan, Eleanor Johnson, Mary
Heier all of Mechanicsville, MD., Edna
Morgan of Beltsville, MD., Bertha Rus-
sell of Broom Island, MD., and Emma
Marshall of Laurel Fork, VA. Mrs. Cops-
ey is preceded in death by her siblings:
Lola Morgan, Louis Tippett, Herman
Tippett, James Tippett, Larry Tippett,
and John Joseph Tippett.
Hazel was a lifelong resident of St.
Marys County, MD. She attended Mar-
garet Brent High School and worked as a
Food Service Manager for the St. Marys
County Board Of Education for 20 years
retiring in 1997. Hazel enjoyed: bingo,
crabbing and fshing.
The family received friends on Fri-
day, May 25, 2012 with prayers recited in
the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Chris-
tian Burial was celebrated on Saturday,
May 26, 2012 in Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church Mechanicsville, MD.
Interment followed in Queen of Peace
Catholic Cemetery Helen, MD. Pallbear-
ers were: Milton F. Copsey (Godson),
James Dickerson, Mike Porter, Russell
Faison, Frank Copsey, and Larry Downs.
Honorary Pallbearers were: L.J. Downs,
Gregory Porter, Edward Tobler, and
Frankie Copsey.
Contributions may be made to Im-
maculate Conception Catholic Church
P.O. Box 166 Mechanicsville, MD 20659.
Peggy Dixon, 83
P e g g y
Lenora Dixon,
83, of Leon-
ardtown, MD
passed away
on May 22,
2012 in Cal-
laway, MD.,
born on Octo-
ber 12, 1928,
in Washing-
ton, DC. ,
she was the
daughter of
the late Edmund Roger and Josephine
Julia Kelly Wright. She was preceded in
death by her loving husband Ralph Dixon
who died on May, 1997, and whom she
married in 1978 in Leonardtown, MD.
Peggy is survived by her children: Jo-
seph S. Mattingley (Terry) of Mechanic-
sville, MD., and Bonnie J. Hoepfnger of
Fredericksburg, VA. She was preceded
in death by her siblings: Roger Wright,
Donald Wright, and Marion Reese.
Peggy graduated from St. Antho-
nys High School in Washington, DC in
1946. She moved from Washington, DC
to St. Marys County, MD in 1950 and
was an Assistant Manager for the Enter-
prise Newspaper retiring in 1983.
The family received friends on
Thursday, May 24, 2012 with prayers
recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Fu-
neral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Fu-
neral Service was held on Friday, May 25,
2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral
Home Leonardtown, MD with Father
Keith Woods offciating. Interment fol-
lowed in Queen of Peace Catholic Cem-
etery, Helen, MD.
Contributions may be made to Hos-
pice of St. Marys P.O. Box 625 Leonard-
town, MD 20650.
Mary Grambo, 93
M a r y
S t o k e s
G r a m b o ,
93, of Cali-
fornia, MD
died Mon-
day, May 28,
2012, at her
B o r n
January 26,
1919 in Gor-
don, GA she
was the sec-
ond of three daughters of the late Emory
Joseph Stokes and Ethel Irene Wood.
Mary graduated college in Millide-
geville, GA as a registered dietician. She
moved on her own to Washington, DC in
1939 and worked as a dietician at the Gov-
ernment Printing Offce where she met her
future husband, Jack Grambo. They were
married in 1942. They started their family
of fve children, Jack, Joe, Kathy, Tommy and
Sue. Mary taught school for over 20 years.
Mary and Jack moved from their Hy-
attsville, MD home to Wicomico Shores in
1979. They lived there until Jacks death
in 2003. That same year, Mary moved to
Wildewood Village where she made many
wonderful new friends.
Mary is survived by her children, Jo-
seph Grambo of Riva, MD, Mary Kathryn
Rupard (Jim) of Cheverly, MD and Susan
Julian (Bruce) of Leonardtown, MD; one
sister, Virginia Younger of Cincinatti, OH;
10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchil-
dren. In addition to her parents, Mary was
preceded in death by her husband, John
Edward Grambo; her sons, John E. Gram-
bo, Jr. and Thomas Mark Grambo and sis-
ter, Nell Reeves.
Family will receive friends for Marys
life celebration on Friday, June 1, 2012, from
2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brins-
feld Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood
Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral
service will be held on Saturday, June 2,
2012 at 11 a.m. at Hollywood United Meth-
odist Church, 24422 Mervell Dean Road,
Hollywood, MD 20636 with Reverend
Reese presiding. Interment will follow in
Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, 25390
Maddox Road, Chaptico, MD 20621.
Memorial contributions may be made
to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625,
Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld Fu-
neral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Condolences to the family may be
made at
George Gross, 42
Ge or ge
De r r i c k
Gross, 42, of
Upper Marl-
boro, MD.,
was born on
March 13,
1970 in Balti-
more, Mary-
land to Mary
Evelyn Gross
and George
Francis Young. On May 18, 2012, Derrick
entered into eternal rest, after a long illness
with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS),
formerly known as Lou Gehrigs Disease.
Derrick graduated from Largo High
School in Largo, Maryland in 1988, where
he ran track and feld, and became a mem-
ber of the Largo Varsity basketball team.
After graduation Derrick held several po-
sitions, which allowed him to travel from
Maryland to Florida and Missouri. Derrick
always wanted to pursue a career as a Chef.
While living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he
worked at several restaurants. During these
employments, he was mentored by various
chefs, which allowed him to sharpen his
culinary skills. He would often cook, es-
pecially during the holidays for his friends
and their family members, who praised his
cooking. Derrick enjoyed his visits with his
family and he looked forward to visiting his
grandparents, and especially loved eating
his grandmothers famous stuffed ham, and
fried oysters. He also couldnt wait to visit
his Aunt Elaine, so that she could cook her
delicious hamburgers with gravy.
Derrick cherished his relationship with
his beloved grandmother Sarah Gross, who
departed this life when he was a young adult.
He often would think of her, and how she
helped to raise him as a child. He never hes-
itated to give her praise for nurturing him,
and disciplining him when needed. Derrick
shared how he would help his grandmother
in her garden, because he didnt want her to
work too hard. He commented that he often
felt his grandmothers presence with him
and that he missed her very much. Derrick
was a very caring, and giving individual,
who was always willing to help his family,
friends, or anyone he knew needed help. He
especially loved children, and they always
developed an immediate attachment to him.
He found so much joy, and comfort in mak-
ing people happy.
If you knew Derrick you would know
that he was a very neat and meticulous per-
son. His appearance was a number one
concern for him, even during his illness.
Derrick had to be well groomed from head-
to- toe! His past time favorites included
watching his daily television shows such as,
Lets Make A Deal, Wheel of Fortune, and
Jeopardy. Derrick was a huge sports fan.
He enjoyed watching Monday night wres-
tling, NBA basketball games, football, and
boxing. He faithfully watched Channel 9
morning and evening news, as he wanted
to stay well informed, about current events.
Derrick leaves to cherish his memory,
his mother, Mary Evelyn Gross; his fa-
ther, George Young; his stepmother, Deb-
bie Young; his sister Tracie Young and his
grandparents, John P. Young and
Lillian A. Young. He is also survived
by his devoted cousin, Ronald Devon
Young and a special friend Fred Jones of
Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a host of aunts,
uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.
Derrick was preceded in death by his
maternal grandparents, Sarah Elizabeth
Gross and William Sylvester Gross.
Friends visited with the family on Sat-
urday, May 26, 2012 at Saint Mary's Bryan-
town Catholic Church, 13715 Notre Dame
Pl, Bryantown, MD 20617. Interment fol-
lowed at the Church Cemetery
Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Fu-
neral Home, Waldorf, MD
38576 Brett Way Mechanicsville, Maryland 20659
Thursday, May 31, 2012
27 The County Times
Alfred Hack, 86
Alfred Sumner Hack, age 86, of Cali-
fornia, MD, died on May 22, 2012 at his
residence with his family around him.
Born on September 12, 1925 in Flush-
ing, NY, he was the son of the late Maude
Morrey Hack and John Jacob Hack. Alfred
served our country as an Airborne Radar
Operator for the U.S. Navy from 1942 to
1946, and received the Good Conduct and
American Theater Ribbons, and a Vic-
tory Medal. Alfred married Elizabeth Faye
Burgess on January 28, 1950 in Washing-
ton, DC.
Alfred has lived in St. Marys since
1988, moving here from Ft. Washington,
MD. He worked as Detective Lieutenant
for the Metropolitan Police Department in
Washington, DC for 25 years, retiring in
1973. He was a Staff Investigator for the
U.S. House of Representatives Select Com-
mittee on Assassinations of Martin Luther
King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy. He was a
member of the Association of Retired Po-
lice of The District of Columbia, Inc. He
enjoyed traveling, sailing, and being with
his family, to include attending special
events involving his grandsons.
Alfred is survived by his daughter,
Beverley Hack Bess (Robert) of Hunting-
town, MD and his son, John Robert Hack
(Susan) of Olney, MD. He is also survived
by three grandsons, Brandon A., Brian A,
and John R. Hack, also of Olney, MD. In
addition to his parents, Alfred was preced-
ed in death by his wife Elizabeth.
A private service will take place at a
later date.
In lieu of fowers, the family has re-
quested memorial contributions be made to
Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leon-
ardtown, MD 20650.
Condolences to the family may be
made at
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld Fu-
neral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Robert Hays, 93
R o b e r t
Richard Hays,
93 of Leon-
ardtown, MD
died May
24, 2012 at
St. Marys
B o r n
June 11, 1918
in Norristown,
PA, he was
the son of the
late Dana Mc-
Gowan Hays and Grace Catherine (Stickles)
Hays. He lived in Wilkinsburg, Pennsyl-
vania where he attended Carnegie-Mellon
University and performed graduate work at
the University of Pittsburgh, MIT, and USC.
He was a member of two honorary profes-
sional societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Sig-
ma Delta, a member of the Associated Art-
ists of Pittsburgh, and was a charter member
of the Society of Federal Artists and De-
signers, serving twice as president. He won
several prizes for his drawings, watercolors,
ceramics, and wood and jewelry crafts. He
also received numerous achievement awards
and was noted for his advanced drawings of
ships. For many years, he drew house plans
for friends as well as his own homes.
Mr. Hays was a retired analyst, audio-
visual, Communication expert for the Navy
Department for 29 years, and Co-Chairman/
Executive Secretary of Panel 5, Committee
on Scientifc and Technical Information
(COSATI) for the White House.
Mr. Hays enlisted in the U.S. Naval Re-
serve V-7 Program and served 4 years as
a naval offcer, including assignments with
Research and Standards, Washington DC;
Medical Research, Submarine Base, New
London, CN, and served 4 years (military
and as a civilian) on the staff of the National
War College, Washington, DC.
He continued his career as a Program
Analyst with the Progress Analysis Group,
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), for 13
years, initiating several Navy-wide programs
affecting CNO planning and Navy relations
with industry, professional groups and non-
proft organizations. During this period he
drew the artist concepts of the frst nuclear-
powered ships, such as the Enterprise, air-
craft carrier, CVA(N) 59, the cruiser, Long
Beach CA(N) and numerous other Naval
ships to be presented before the House and
Senate Appropriations Committees for sev-
eral years. Many of these drawings appeared
as the frst artist concepts to be published in
Janes Fighting Ships, 1959-60.
Mr. Hays activities concerning con-
gressional hearings on Navy programs and
special overseas assignments for CNO con-
tinued until 1963 when he served as assistant
Research Coordinator for the Navys Scien-
tifc and Technical Information Program
(STINFO) in the Offce of Naval Research.
He served as editor of the Navy Technical
Forum and Navys STINFO Newsletter
from 1964-1969.
In December 1965, Mr. Hays was des-
ignated the Navy Focal Point for Navys
STINO Programs. During the 5-year assign-
ment, he also served as the frst Executive
Secretary on the Management of Technical
Information, Panel Five, the Committee on
Scientifc and Technical Information (CO-
SATI) for the White House.
After two years with the Material Com-
mand Headquarters, he retired in 1972, end-
ing 29 years of government service.
Mr. Hays is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. Sally Jeane Huff of Leonardtown, MD,
a son Garold Robert Hays (Margaret) of
Frederick, Maryland, a grandson, Sean Car-
rol Hays of Oveide, Florida, four step grand-
children, two great grandchildren and a spe-
cial friend of thirty years, Carol Wathen. He
was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara
Jeane (Yoakam) Hays.
Family will receive friends for Mr.
Hays Life Celebration on Thursday, May
31, 2012 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the
Brinsfeld Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood
Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral
service will be held at 7 p.m. in the Brins-
feld Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made
to the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue
Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD
Condolences to the family may be
made at
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld Funer-
al Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Shirley Hill, 76
Shirley Ann Hill, 76 of Falls of Rough,
KY, formerly of Lexington Park, MD,
passed away Feb. 24, 2012 at her residence.
She was born on June 15, 1935, in In-
dian Head, MD, the daughter of the late
James M and Juanita Cooker Ickes.
She was a former school bus driver
for St. Marys County School System, life
member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, past
president of VFW Ladies Auxiliary post
2632 in California, MD, former member
of Lexington Park Fire and Rescue Squad
where she served as past president of the
Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling in her RV,
reading, watching sports and participating
in the schools sports programs for her chil-
dren and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Clay-
ton Hill, her daughter, Rebecca Ann Clarke
(Gary), her sons, James Blaine Caldwell
(Deborah) and Stephen Kent Caldwell, a
step-son, Lee W. Hill, two sisters, Nona
K. Hickey and Bobbie Ickes Dominiak,
one brother, James J. Ickes, her former
husband, Blaine C. Caldwell, grandchil-
dren Amber Hare (Christopher), Maegan
Barnes (Matthew), Amanda Hunt (David),
Candi Alexander (James), Starr Clarke, ten
great-grandchildren and several nieces and
Other than her parents, she was pre-
ceded in death by a sister, Dona J. Ross.
Cremation was chosen and a remem-
brance memorial service will be held in
Lexington Park on Saturday June 16, 2012.
Michael K. Gardiner, C.F.S.P., C.P.C.
Funeral Director/President
An Independent Family-Owned Funeral Home
Serving Southern Maryland for over 100 Years
41590 Fenwick Street P.O. Box 270 Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
Providing trusted service to the community for over 100 Years
To all friends of Shirley Ickes Caldwell Hill, you are wel-
comed to celebrate her life at an uplifting event June 17
beginning at 1 p.m. at the VFW Post 2632 in California.
Family friend Arthur Shepherd will deliver a Christian mes-
sage, charitable donations in Shirleys honor will be ac-
cepted and she will be honored by The Lexington Park Vol-
unteer Rescue Squad and the St. Marys Board of County
Commissioners. For more info, call Steve at 240-577-2229.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
28 The County Times
Lillian Johnson, 93
Li l l i a n
Maria John-
son, 93, of
MD., passed
away at her
r e s i d e n c e
s ur r ounded
by her lov-
ing family on
May 21, 2012.
Born on July
13, 1918 in
Mo r g a n z a ,
MD she was the daughter of the late James
Ernest and Mary Rosalie Cooper Johnson.
Lillian is preceded in death by her husband
William Benjamin Johnson, Sr., on Sep-
tember 19, 1994 and whom she married
on August 31, 1944 in Leonardtown, MD.
Lillian is survived by her children: Gloria
Abell (Jackie) and Debbie Fulton (Mark)
both of Hollywood, MD., Joyce Dennis
(Roger) of Mt. Pleasant, MI., Carolyn Mc-
Mahon (Tommy) of Bakersville, NC., Mary
Vaughan (Steve) of Lexington Park, MD.,
Walter Johnson (Joyce) , Donnie Johnson
(Terrie), and Mike Johnson (Charlene) all
of Leonardtown, MD 15 grandchildren:
John Abell, Stevie Abell, Jake Dennis, Bil-
ly Johnson, Steve Vaughan, Jennifer Bean,
Heather Brooks, James Vaughan, Brandon
Johnson, Amanda Fulton, Jessica Johnson,
Michael Johnson, Brian Drew, J.P. Sotelo
and Amy Sotelo, 15 Great grandchildren.
Mrs. Johnson is also survived by her
brothers and sisters: Mary Hayden, Elsie
Stone, and Charles Bert Johnson all of
Leonardtown, MD., and Margaret Wheel-
er of Clements, MD. She is preceded in
death by her children: Dottie Johnson and
William B. (Billy) Johnson, Jr., grand-
daughter Julie Dennis, as well as siblings:
Ernest Johnson, Mildred Stone, Joseph
Melvin Johnson, James Manning John-
son, William (Sonny) Johnson, Henrietta
Bean, John (Freddie) Johnson, and Fran-
cis (Dickie) Johnson. Mrs. Johnson was
a lifelong resident of St. Marys County,
Md. Lillian's life was spent as a homemak-
er. Since, she was one of the oldest in her
family she helped her mother care for her
younger siblings.
Lillian was a devout catholic, reciting
her rosary every day, and living her life in
faith, hope, and love. Throughout her life
she was devoted to her family. She enjoyed
cooking, gardening, canning, taking care
of her rose bushes, listening to the radio,
and especially spending time with her chil-
dren, and grandchildren. She was famous
to her family for her Sunday and holiday
family dinners that she continued to fx
until she was 92. In the past year even
though she could no longer fx the meals
she continued to plan her dinners and with
assistance of family was able to continue
her family dinner traditions. She will be
greatly missed by all who knew and loved
The family received friends on Thurs-
day, May 24, 2012 with prayers recited in
the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian
Burial was celebrated on Friday, May
25, 2012 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church
Leonardtown, MD.
Interment followed in Charles Memo-
rial Gardens Leonardtown, MD. Pallbear-
ers were: Johnny Abell, Stevie Abell, Billy
Johnson, Steve Vaughan, James Vaughan,
and Brandon Johnson. Honorary Pallbear-
ers were: Jake Dennis, Michael Johnson,
Jennifer Bean, Heather Brooks, Amanda
Fulton, Jessica Johnson, Stephen Abell,
and Brian Drew. Contributions may be
made to Hospice of St. Marys P.O. Box
625 Leonardtown, MD 20650 and St.
Aloysius Catholic Church P.O. Box 310
Leonardtown, MD 20650.
JoAnn Markle, 75
J o A n n
Marie Mar-
kle, 75 of Hol-
lywood, MD
died May 22,
2012 at home
s ur r ounded
by her family.
Born Feb
6th 1937 in
New Oxford,
PA she was
the second
child of 16
born to Charles and Helen (Hockensmith)
She was the wife of Ronald L. Markle
who preceded her in death in Dec 1994.
They were married for 37 years. As a
young married couple they were stationed
around the world and moved from Atsugi,
Japan to Southern Maryland in 1967 where
they retired from the Navy after 20 years
of service.
JoAnn retired from MWR, at the
Patuxent River Naval Air station with over
20 years of service. She was friends of
so many military members in St. Marys
County. She stayed in touch with count-
less Test Pilot School graduates: many of
whom went on to become part of our coun-
trys NASA Space Program. JoAnn was
an avid gardener, bird watcher and a past
member of the Fleet Reserve Association,
VFW and the Moose Lodge.
Throughout her life she fought sev-
eral battles with cancer and always offered
advice and encouragement to others also
dealing with it. In her last years, she had
a long illness suffering with Alzheimers
Surviving are two daughters, Laura
Martin (Rob) and Kelly Smith (Bruce).
Laura and Rob have one daughter Chris-
tina Martin. Kelly and Bruce have three
children, Andrea Reiley (Jon), Victo-
ria Smith and Jason Smith. She also has
three great grandchildren Megan, Logan
and Ethan Reiley. Surviving siblings are;
Mary Shadle (Harold preceded in death)
of Abbottstown, PA., John Becker (Na-
dine) of Artemas PA., Ron Becker (Sha-
ron) of New Oxford PA., Barbara Albano
(Tony) of York PA., Paul Becker (Cathy),
New Oxford PA., Dottie Jones (Johnny)
of Hanover, PA., Luis Becker (Connie) of
Paw Paw, WV., Larry Becker (Sue) of East
Berlin PA., Marie Hitt (Bill) of Pikesville
PA., Loretta Young (Skip) of Hanover PA.,
Susie Bush (Tom) of York, PA. and Merle
Becker (Sally) Of New Oxford, PA.
She has numerous nieces and
She was preceded in death by brothers
and a sister, Charles Becker (Shirley) Of
New Oxford PA, Donald Becker (survived
by Dorie) of Littlestown PA., and Janie
Becker (infant).
Services will be held at Arlington Na-
tional Cemetery at a date to be determined.
Condolences to the family may be
made at
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld Fu-
neral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Phyllis Poole, 72
P h y l -
lis Sandra
Wi n g y
Poole, 72, of
Avenue, MD,
passed away
sur rounded
by her lov-
ing family
on May 25,
2012 in Cal-
laway, MD.
Born on May
20, 1939 in
Watertown, NY she was the daughter of
the late Glenn and Marion Bush Lob-
dell. Phyllis is survived by her children:
Robin Owen of Bushwood, MD., Kevin
Poole, Steven Poole both of Avenue, MD, 7
grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and
a sister Janet Russell of NV. She is preced-
ed in death by her brothers: Jack Lobdell,
Ronnie Lobdell and Vickie Lobdell of NY.
Mrs. Poole moved from Prince Georges
County, MD to St. Marys County, MD in
1971. She worked as a property manager
for Poole Properties for 30 years retiring in
The family received friends on Tues-
day, May 29, 2012 with prayers recited in
the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service
was held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in
the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
with Deacon Bill Nickerson offciating.
Interment followed in Charles Memorial
Gardens Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers
were: Steven Poole, Larry Burdette, Char-
lie Haynes, Kevin Poole, Kevin Owen, and
Chris Poole. Honorary Pallbearers were:
Douglas Poole and Matt Poole. Contribu-
tions may be made to Hospice House of St.
Marys P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD
Patricia Rauner, 84
Patricia Mary Rauner, 84 of Charlotte
Hall, MD died May 21, 2012 at the Char-
lotte Hall Veterans Home.
Born October 24, 1927 in Lind-
say, NE, she was the daughter of the late
John Zakrzewski and Catherine (Kaipust)
Patricia was a member of St. Johns
Catholic Church in Hollywood, MD.
She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo and
Patricia is survived by her son, Glen
W. Rauner (Cindy) of St. Leonard, MD,
grandchildren, William and Sarah Rauner
and siblings, Maxine Murkison and There-
sia Reese of Omaha, NE. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, William Herbert Rauner in 1994.
Family received friends for Patricias
Life Celebration on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
in the Brinsfeld Funeral Home, 22955 Hol-
lywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian
Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, May
30, 2012 at St. John Francis Regis Catholic
Church, Hollywood, MD. Interment fol-
lowed in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made
to St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church,
43927 St. Johns Road, Hollywood, MD
Condolences to the family may be
made at
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld Fu-
neral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Our Angel in Heaven,
Gone but will never
be forgotten.
Rest in Peace.
Love, Te Mason Family
To Place A Memorial,
Please Call
or send an email to
Thursday, May 31, 2012
29 The County Times
In Honor of Centenarians
League of Women Voters
Elects Offcers
Summer Dreams Concert
Summer Dreams Concert
We Carry Wholesome Foods and Treats, Fun
Toys, Leashes and Collars and so Much More!
In Callaway:
20865 Callaway Village Way
Monday - Saturday
Closed Sundays
2 Locations Serving Southern Maryland
In Solomons:
13372 HG Trueman Rd
Open 7 Days a Week
Now With
Dog Wash
Kathy Franzen and the Board of Directors
of Hospice of St. Marys
S end a HUGE THANK YOU to all the businesses and individuals who
supported the 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Event which benefitted
Hospice of St. Marys. On May 5th Sotterley Plantation was transformed into
Churchill Downs, while guests enjoyed fine Southern Style drinks,
dining, dancing and viewing the Derby LIVE. This delightful and
successful community effort will directly support the Hospice House.
T hank You To Our Sponsors:
Christine Wray and John Felicitas
Old Line Bank
AMEWAS Inc.; Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home;
DCS Corporation; Tomand Katie Watts
A MPierce; Askey and Askey; Baldwin &Briscoe; Cherry Cove Land Development;
Community Bank of Tri-County; CSC; Dugan, McKissick &Longmore;
Heron Systems; Todd &Maria Morgan; Murray, Wamsley &Schrader; NDTI;
Resource Management Concepts; Sabre Systems; Taylor Gas; Rick &Paula Tepel; Three
Notch Veterinary Hospital; Jan Barnes/Century 21 New Millennium; IAP World Services
. ..And those who made significant donations of time and services.
Paula Slavings/Best Buy; Chesapeake Swing Band; Guy Distributing;
Wentworth Nursery; Blairs Jewelry and Gifts; Charlie Bennett;
Kathy York/Scarborough Farms; Frank Marquart/Photography; Expressions Catering;
Baileys Party Rental; Blue Wind/Robert Plant
Cedar Lane Senior Living Community
resident Mary Hammett is fanked by volun-
teer Board Member Ann Raley and her hus-
band Dan Raley as well as members of the
Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology
Center Agricultural program lead by instruc-
tor Ed Carney. Students spent two days at Ce-
dar Lane working on landscape beautifcation
projects including planting fve fowing plum
trees in honor of the fve residents who have
celebrated 100th birthdays (including Ham-
mett in 2011) during Cedar Lanes 35 year
The St. Marys League of Women Voters recently held their annual meeting and elected Patricia Dun-
lap, President; Katie Werner, Vice President; Jane Aldridge, Treasurer and Cindy Williams, Secretary.
Nancy Soreng, President of the League of Women Voters of Maryland attended along with Andrea
Gruhl, who is the League of Women Voters of Maryland liaison to the St. Marys league. Soreng com-
mended the local league for their work with public information forums about safety and security at Calvert
Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, the local candidates forum and PlanMaryland. She recognized an increase in
membership and 134 new voter registrations.
Dunlap announced the scholarship winner was Amy Kvien, a senior at Chopticon High School, who
has served the Model United Nations as secretary general for the last three years. She also earned the
leagues scholarship as a sophomore, the frst non-senior to do so. She is the frst student to be awarded
the scholarship twice.
The St. Marys league was active in developing a Voters Guide for the primary election and Michelle
Vaughan and Janeen Grohsmeyer were recognized for their work in organizing and publishing the infor-
mation to the local web site.
Cindy Williams was thanked for organizing the voter registration sites and recruiting
members to register new voters.
The League will be planning in August for the candidates forum prior to the Novem-
ber election as well as other public forums.
Sit under the shade trees and catch a breeze from Calvert Creek as you begin your out-
door summer musical enjoyment with the Chesapeake Orchestra at Woodlawn Estate and
Winery, on Wynne Road in Ridge, starting at 7 p.m. June 15.
This free concert, featuring the orchestra, with Jeffrey Silberschlag as music director,
will perform Mendelssohns Midsummer Nights Dream Overture, Mendelssohns Con-
certo for Violin in E minor, featuring Jos Cueto, violin, and Stravinskys Pulcinella Suite.
Bring your chairs and a picnic or enjoy refreshments that will be available for purchase
from Woodlawn and Blue Wind Gourmet, a press release states. Alcoholic beverages may
not be brought to this concert but may be purchased on site, including Slack wines.
Born in Puerto Rico, Cueto is concertmaster of the Chesapeake Orchestra, the Balti-
more Opera Orchestra, and the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Cueto is known for his power-
ful and sweet sound. He performs throughout South America and also serves as artist-in-
residence and head of the strings department at St. Marys College of Maryland. Cuetos re-
cordings include music of Portuguese composers sponsored by the government of Portugal.
Silberschlag, music director and conductor of the River Concert Series, Chesapeake
Orchestra, and the Italian Alba Music Festival is the recent recipient of the Prize for Artistic
and Cultural Achievements from the European Union of the Arts for his lifetime achieve-
ment in classical music as a conductor and trumpeter. He has recorded with the London
Symphony, London Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, War-
saw Philharmonic and Czech Radio Orchestra.
Photos by Jef Munn
Celebrity rocker Bret Michaels
entertains about 2,000 ex-
cited fans Sunday at the Cal-
vert Marine Museums PNC
Pavilion. Opening acts One
Louder and Driven Livid got
the crowd ready to rock, with
Michaels and his band fring
up the crowd with several big
Poison hits. The Museums next
summer concert will feature
Boston on August 16. Tickets
will be available in June.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
30 The County Times
Beginning on the frst Sunday in June,
a weekly Sunday evening Mass will
be celebrated at 6:00 p.m.
Are you traveling over the weekend?
Do you have to work on Sunday morning?
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SoMD Parents of Amazing Anaphylactic
Children Meeting
Lexington Park Library Meeting Room A (21677
F.D.R. Boulevard, Lexington Park) 6:30 p.m.
The Southern Maryland Parents of Amazing
Anaphylactic Children, a local food allergy sup-
port group. For more information, contact Beth at or visit
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Friday, June 1
First Friday with Robert Long
Fenwick Street Used Books and Music (41655A
Fenwick Street Leonardtown, Maryland) 5 p.m.
Come meet author Robert Long, who will be
signing copies of his book Valor in a Border State-
Confederate Soldiers of St. Marys County. Valor
in a Border State is a 10 year compilation of biog-
raphies, amazing stories, photos and maybe even
a little folklore of the brave soldiers of St. Marys
County, Maryland who gave up everything to cast
thier lot with the newly formed Confederate States
of America. In 1860, unimaginable choices had to
be made by our great grandfathers. The choice of
state vs. country, North vs. South, to enlist or to
remain neutral, ideals vs. beliefs. One could only
guess at the choices we would have made had we
been living in St. Marys County, Maryland dur-
ing the Civil War. This book brings to life some of
the men of St. Marys, their stories, their struggles
and their lives. The shaping of a new nation or the
reshaping of an old one squarely rested upon their
shoulders. About the author: Rob Long was born in
Leonardtown, Maryland in 1969. He now resides
in Lusby, Maryland with his wife Karrie and their
three children Emily, Madison and Shayne. He has
worked as a mechanic and mechanical planner at
Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant for 22 years.
Robert enjoys being a husband, father, Civil War
re-enactor, local historian, Lt. Commander of the
Captain Vincent Camalier Camp 1359 Sons of
Confederate Veterans, author and Master Mason.
Copies of the book are $25 and available at Fen-
wick Street Used Books and Music.
Leonardtown First Friday
Leonardtown Square 5-8 p.m.
The Leonardtown Business Association is
hosting live music and Info Share on The Square.
This Friday also marks the beginning of the Sum-
mertime raffe ticket sales and a new charity drive
supporting Hope Phones. Start the evening off
with dinner at one of our local restaurants, then
come stroll around the Square singing along to pe-
rennial favorites from the 60s through the 80s.
Local Classic Rock n Roll cover band GeeZer
performs Music for the Middle Aged - songs
from bands like the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Santana,
Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffet, the Eagles but
with enough variety to please fans of all ages.
With Mickey Ramos on drums and vocals, Den-
nis Logan handling vocals and keyboards, Pierre
Thuot on bass, Frank Taylor and Robin Guyther
on rhythm guitars and vocals, and Bob Schaller on
lead guitar, the group will be just one of the ac-
tivities of the evening. Also featured is the frst-
ever Info Share on the Square. Visit information
tables set up by LBA members to help you discover
that there is so much more to Leonardtown than
just the Square! Representatives from St. Marys
Macaroni Kid, Craft Guild Shop, the Leonardtown
Arts Center, Bella Music School, Nanny On Call
and St. Marys Ryken High School will be on hand,
giving out information and directions, so you can
discover these local gems for yourself. And while
youre in and around Town, stop by Port of Leonar-
dtown Winery, Fuzzy Farmers Market, North End
Gallery, or Fenwicks Used Books and Music and
purchase a couple raffe tickets. Summertime Raf-
fe chances go on sale June 1st and will be available
through July. The big drawing will be held at the
August 3rd First Friday. Tickets will be sold for $1
each or 12 tickets for $10. Lucky winners will ei-
ther receive gift cards from LBA businesses, or the
Grand Prize - a gorgeous, hand-crafted coffee dis-
play table built by artisan carpenter Rob Seltzer of
Herring Creek Furniture. Herring Creek Furniture
is located on Herring Creek just off the Potomac
River in Valley Lee. Seltzer specializes in locally
harvested lumber and reclaimed building materi-
als and has been designing and building furniture
for over 20 years. His goal is to make sure each
fnished piece showcases the natural beauty of the
selected wood and the reclaimed materials, in-
cluding windows, doors and porch posts. Seltzers
handiwork can also be seen in the Port of Leonar-
dtown winery tasting room! Raffe prizes will be
displayed on a rotating basis at local participating
businesses. Go to www.leonardtownfrstfridays
for more information and the display schedule.
Many thanks to Herring Creek Furniture, Port of
Leonardtown Winery, Good Earth Natural Foods,
Big Larrys Comic Book Caf, Brewing Grounds,
and Fenwick Street Used Books and Music for
their generous prize donations. The donations
dont stop there, however. June 1st is a chance
for you to give back and it wont cost anything.
Just bring your old cell phones and drop them off
at Port of Leonardtown Winery on Route 5, or in
Town at North End Gallery. Its that simple. Hope
Phones takes any phone, working or not, and eras-
es all data through a certifed and secure process.
The phones are refurbished for sale or recycled
safely. Hope Phones receives the value of each re-
cycled phone to purchase new mobile technology
for the feld. New phones are then distributed to
countries all over the world to provide communica-
tion between doctors, medical centers and people
in need of medical attention. So, stop by Leon-
ardtown on Friday, June 1. With great food, fun
music, useful information, games and prizes, and a
chance to make a difference around the world, its
a win-win-win-win-win!
Saturday, June 2
Mother Catherine Spalding First Annual Car
Mother Catherine Spalding School (38833 Chap-
tico Road, Helen) 8 a.m.
Rain Date: June 3
Dash plaques to the frst 100 cars and tro-
phies for the top 20. There will be a DJ, vendors,
food and drink, kids games, door prizes, and a
50/50 raffe. Show hours are 8 am 3 pm. Reg-
istration will be until 12 p.m. The registration fee
is $20 at the gate. Pre-registration is $15. Pre-reg-
istration forms must be received by May 26 and
can be found at
ShowFlyer.pdf. The vendor fee is $25. For more
information, contact Mark Muir at 301-769-3282.
All proceeds beneft Mother Catherine Spalding
Just Like Joshua Second Annual Yard Sale
Cords Cabinetry Parking Lot (39770 Three
Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) 1 p.m.
All tables will be setup outside. This event is
open to the public. For more information, call 301-
399-9285, e-mail or
visit Vendor
space must be reserved ahead of time
Suggested Donations are $10 for one table
and $15 for two tables. Set up begins at 7 a.m. All
proceeds go to the Juse Like Joshua Scholarship
Fund. This provides fnancial assistance for medi-
cally necessary expenses for special needs children
living in Calvert, Charles, and St. Marys counties.
Just Like Joshua is a support network for special
needs children and the people who love them.
Art Festival
Seventh District Optimist Club Grounds (Route
242, Avenue)- 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church, one of the
countrys oldest parishes, is sponsoring an art fes-
tival and craft show. Event to include local artists,
custom jewelry, antique clocks, etc. In addition, lo-
cal duck carver Tommy Deagle and other artisans
will be presenting demonstrations of their craft.
Demonstrations to include spinning, blacksmith-
ing, etc.
Bake sale will also be available with good-
ies made by local bakers. Refreshments will be
available courtesy of the Seventh District Optimist
Sunday, June 3
Annual Celebration of Cancer Survivors
St. Marys Hospital (25500 Point Lookout Road,
Leonardtown) 1 p.m.
MedStar St. Marys Hospitals Cancer Sur-
vivors Day Picnic is taking place on the hospital
grounds. Now in its 25th year, the picnic is a com-
munity event flled with joy, camaraderie, hope,
compassion and love as cancer survivors and their
families are honored for their strength and cour-
age. The afternoon event will feature good South-
ern Maryland cooking, entertainment and inspira-
tional speakers. The National Cancer Survivors
Day Foundation defnes a survivor as anyone liv-
ing with a history of cancer from the moment of
diagnosis through the remainder of life. Survivors
not only include patients, but also their families,
friends and co-workers. For more information on
the National Cancer Survivors Day Picnic call
Vendor Quarter Auction with the Fun Bunch
2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Res-
cue Squad - (45245 Drayden Road Valley Lee) 1
Admission is $3 per person, which includes
a door prize ticket and one paddle. Additional
paddles are $3 each. Bids are one to four quar-
ters per paddle. Doors open at 1 p.m. for viewing
and the auction starts at 2 p.m. Possible vendors
include Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Scentsy, Lia
Sophia, Pampered Chef, Lilley Pad, Mary Kay and
Fan Gear Jerseys. There will be a 50/50 raffe and
refreshments for sale. For more information, call
Leonardtown Criterium Bicycle Races
Leonardtown Square 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
Exciting USCF bicycle races on the streets
in downtown Leonardtown with professional cy-
clists. Spectators welcome! Sponsored by the
Patuxent Velo Bicycle Racing Club. For more in-
formation, call 240-925-4806.
House and Garden Tour and Art Show
St. Anthonys Church parking lot (8816 Chesa-
peake Avenue, North Beach) 1-5 p.m.
The 27th Annual House and Garden Tour
and Art Show begins at St. Anthonys Church
parking lot where there is free parking. Rides are
available on the trolley or air-conditioned bus. The
guided tour includes about eight houses, public
buildings and refreshment stops. The tour plus the
brochure is well worth the $10 ticket cost. Tickets
can be purchased the day of the event at St. An-
thonys Church, Nice N Fleazy or Sisters Corner.
For more information, please call Sally Donaldson
at 401-286-3988.
Monday, June 4
15th Annual Open Golf Tournament - Saint
Columba Lodge #150
Wicomico Shores Golf Club (35794 Aviation Yacht
Club Road, Chaptico) 9 a.m.
Come Join Us for a Great Day of Golf! The
Charity Recipents for 2012 are Hospice of South-
ern Maryland and Spring Dell Center Inc. Entry
is $80 per golfer or $300 for a foursome. Sponsor-
ships are available. For more infomraiton, contact
Tournament Chairman William Finagin at 301-
602-5000 or visit
Tuesday, June 5
Zumba Fitness
Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (23469 Res-
cue Lane, Hollywood) 5:45 p.m.
Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Fund-
raiser Zumba Fitness Classes. Every Tuesday and
Thursday from 5:45-6:45 p.m. The cost is $7 per
class or $25 for fve classes. For information call
Wednesday, June 6
Inception screening
Prince Frederick Library (850 Costley Way,
Prince Frederick) 6 p.m.
Advanced technology enters the human
mind through dream invasion, a process called
inception, and a thief is given his fnal chance at
redemption which involves executing his tough-
est assignment. The flm is rated PG-13. Lights
go down at 6 p.m. and the flm will be followed
by a short discussion. Light refreshments will be
served. For more information call Robyn Truslow
at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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Real Estate
Beautiful three year old Ranch style home
for sale or rent. Features include two
propane gas freplaces, jacuzzi tub, walk-
in closets, attic, hard wood foors, two
full baths, two outside storage buildings,
gazebo, two car gargage, front porch, geo-
thermal system, attic, easy on utilities on an
very private one acre lot. Defnately a must
see! Please contact Patty on 301-904-9624.
Price: $265,000.00/$1400 month.
Spacious 3 bedroom, 3 bath brick rambler
with fnished basement and 2 car attached
garage. Also a two car detached garage with
furnace and carport. Sits on 2.95 acres in
quiet neighborhood on St. Johns Road in
Hollywood. Includes eat in kitchen with
plenty of oak cabinets and 3 ovens. Large
master suite with sitting area that accesses
the deck with pool. Large great room with
hardwood foor also accesses the deck.
Basement has large gathering room, offce,
game room, two storage rooms and a full
bath with shower. Vaulted wood ceiling
living room could also serve as formal
dining room. Extras include three brick
freplaces, ceramic entry way, ceiling fans,
large shed (with electric) , two bay pole shed
(with electric) attached to detached garage
and a large gazebo(with electric and ceiling
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Real Estate Rentals
Beautiful 1 story spacious home, 3
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This home is located in Park Pines and is
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission is seeking a motivated
administrative assistant. This part-
time position is located at the Calvert
Cliffs Resident Offce in Lusby, MD.
Starting salary is between $16.33
and $23.66 per hour. To apply, go to, and
look for Job Announcement Number
RI/DRP20120013. Announcement
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Marziale, 610.337.5174
Sat. June 9th 9:00am
2 miles east of Clements, MD
Call 1-800-MRLISTER
Thursday, May 31, 2012
32 The County Times
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
Four songs into their frst set of the night at Man-
gos in North Beach, local cover band Pandoras Box had
people hitting the dance foor.
With songs like These Boots by Nancy Sinatra to
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry and even Hot Blood-
ed by Foreigner, the band covers the best hits from the
70s to the current Top 40.
The band started practicing together in November
2010, and began playing all over Southern Maryland in
June 2011.
Lead vocalist Snookie Senires is the latest addition
to the band. She said she put a classifed ad on MDParty.
com looking for a band to perform with. She said within
24 hours, Leonard Fentress called her to audition for
Pandoras Box.
The rest of the band members, Fentress (guitar and
vocals), Mark Guetzka (drums) and Roger Goldsmith
(bass), have been playing together on and off for 12 for
years, Fentress said. Before fnding Senires,
Guetzka said he and the other band members
went to Karaoke bars to listen to singers.
Currently, there are approximately 60
songs in their master list, Senires said.
We have a huge variety, our songs are all
over, she said.
Guetzka said they read the crowd and,
with such an expansive list, they can change up
their set list to suit the crowd. He said the frst
couple of songs can be hit or miss until the
band gets a good feel for the crowd, and some-
times what gets the crowds attention can be sur-
prising. He said they were at a biker bar where
hard rock songs were falling fat, but the crowd
responded well to more upbeat pop and Top 40
Since their premier, Pandoras Box has
claimed second place in the Battle of the Bands
at Apehangers Bar and Grill in Bel Alton.
Guetzka said lately, Pandoras Box has been
booked most Friday and Saturday nights.
Guetzka said hes been happy with the
bands local success, and is excited for the fu-
ture of the group.
At this point, Ill ride the wave as far as it
goes, he said.
Senires said the group
is willing to travel to Balti-
more or further, as long as
they make enough to cover
gas money with a little ex-
tra for each band member,
though they dont expect to
get rich from their perfor-
mances. Guetzka echoed Se-
nires statement, saying they
do what they do because they
love music.
You defnitely dont do it
for the money, he said.
In the future, he said the
band would like to add in a
few original pieces, but they
have to prove themselves as a
cover band frst.
Fentress said this band is
a dream come true for him, and hes
having the time of his life.
Its the most exciting thing Ive
ever done, he said, adding he loves
seeing peoples expressions when
they transition from something by
AC/DC to Madonna.
In addition to their shows for
proft, the group plays free for ben-
efts and fundraisers. Guetzka said
this is a double beneft the band
gets exposure and the chance to help
a good cause. The next beneft Pan-
doras Box is scheduled for is a can-
cer beneft in Bryantown on June 9.
For anybody interested in
catching a Pandoras Box perfor-
mance, they can be found at An-
thonys Bar and Grill in Dunkirk
on June 1 or at the Mechanicsville
Moose Lodge on June 23. For more
information, and a complete list of
upcoming gigs, visit www.thepan-
Your Online Community For Charles,
Calvert, and St. Marys Counties
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33 The County Times
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for more local talent to feature!
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In Entertainment
Thursday, May 31
Live Music: Billy
VFW Post # 2632 (23282
Three Notch Road, Cali-
fornia) 6 p.m.
Live Music: Coastal
Ruddy Duck Brewery
(13200 Dowell Road,
Dowell) 8 p.m.
Friday, June 1
Live Music: Three
Days of Rain
Sea Breeze Restaurant
& Crab House (27130 S.
Sandgates Rd., Mechan-
icsville) 8
Live Music: The Big
Money Chow Band
Toots Bar (23971
Mervell Dean Road, Hol-
lywood) 8:30 p.m.
Live Music: Anthony
Veras White Sands
Beach Club (1200 White
Sands Drive, Lusby) 8
Book Signing: Rob
Long, Author of Valor
in a Border State
Fenwick Street Used
Books & Music (41655A
Fenwick St., Leonard-
town) 2:30 p.m.
Live Music: Venda
Gilligans Pier (11535
Popes Creek Road, New-
burg) 9 p.m.
Live Music: Geezer
Stage on the Square
(Downtown Leonard-
town) 5 p.m.
Live Music: The
Fat Boys Country Store
(41566 Medleys Neck
Road, Leonardtown) 8
Live Music: Kappa
Danielson & Paul
The Westlawn Inn (9200
Chesapeake Avenue,
North Beach) 7 p.m.
Live Music: Down
River Band
The Blue Dog Saloon
(7940 Port Tobacco
Road, Port Tobacco) 7
First Free Friday feat.
Bob Pfeiffer & Eric
Calvert Marine Museum
(14200 Solomons Island
Rd., Solomons) 5 p.m.
Live Music: Joe
Chesapeake Beach Re-
sort & Spa (4165 Mears
Avenue, Chesapeake
Beach) 6 p.m.
Live Music: Pandoras
Anthonys Bar and Grill
(10371 Southern Mary-
land Boulevard, Dunkirk)
9 p.m.
Karaoke with DJ Coach
Scheibles Restaurant
(48342 Wynne Rd.,
Ridge) 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 2
Live Music: Shuckin
Gridiron Grill (20855
Callaway Village Way,
Callaway) 8 p.m.
Live Music: Redwine
Jazz Trio
The Westlawn Inn (9200
Chesapeake Avenue,
North Beach) 7 p.m.
Gospel Program feat.
Joyful Noise, Laliyah
Swales & more
St. Marys County
Fairgrounds (42455
Fairgrounds Rd., Leonar-
dtown) 5 p.m.
Live Music: Day
Gilligans Pier (11535
Popes Creek Road, New-
burg) 2 p.m.
Live Music: The
Veras White Sands
Beach Club (1200 White
Sands Drive, Lusby)
9:30 p.m.
Live Music:
Mechanicsville Moose
Lodge #495 (27636 Me-
chanicsville Road, Me-
chanicsville) 8 p.m.
Live Music: Pet the
Toots Bar (23971
Mervell Dean Road, Hol-
lywood) 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
Live Music:
Veras White Sands
Beach Club (1200 White
Sands Drive, Lusby) 3
Live Music: Country
Memories Band
St. Marys Landing
(29935 Three Notch
Road, Charlotte Hall) 4
Live Music:
The California
Cryers Back Road Inn
(22094 Newtowne Neck
Road, Leonardtown) 4
Monday, June 4
Open Mic Night
Rustic River Bar
and Grill
(40874 Merchants Lane,
Leonardtown) 5 p.m.
Karaoke Night
Toots Bar (23971
Mervell Dean Road, Hol-
lywood) 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5
Open Mic Night
Ruddy Duck Brewery
(13200 Dowell Road,
Dowell) 6:30 p.m.
Live Music: Fair
DB McMillans (23415
Three Notch Road, Cali-
fornia) 5 p.m.
June 6
Live Music: Mason
DB McMillans
(23415 Three Notch
Road, California)
5 p.m.
Open Mic Night w/
Mike Damron
Toots Bar
(23971 Mervell Dean
Road, Hollywood)
8:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
34 The County Times
1. A leavened rum cake
5. A coarse fle
9. Saudi people
14. 6th Jewish month
15. Greek colony founded by
16. Storybook elephant
17. Imperative listen
18. Maple genus
19. Am. Standard Code for
Info. Interchange
20. Podiatrists concern
23. South African peoples
24. Cantonese dialect
25. Buckles
28. 1st day in an equestrian
33. Israeli dance
34. Idaho capital
35. Small cavity in rock
36. Get up
38. Baseball offcial
39. Strike with fear
41. Opening
42. Whittles
44. Sumac genus
45. Sextains
47. A self-centered person
49. Point midway between E
and SE
50. Grad
51. Plutos realm
55. Shelter (Scot.)
58. Cleansing agent
59. Those considered
62. Blighia sapida
63. Off-Broadway theater
64. Burrowing marine
65. Brews
66. Companion animals
67. Helicopter (inf.)

1. Humbug
2. Dentists group
3. Vomit
4. 25th state
5. Royal domains
6. Hollyhocks genus
7. Observed
8. 1/100 serbian dinar
9. Manual computing devices
10. Skin eruptions
11. Basics
12. Spoken in the Dali region
of Yunnan
13. ___ Lanka
21. Once around a track
22. Grains for four and
25. Extreme confusion and
26. Mr. Moto actor Peter
27. Elaborate opera solos
28. Circular ceiling vaults
29. Tears
30. Woolly indris genus
31. Spiritual teachers
32. Eliminate from the body
34. Pabir
37. Parts of a TV series
40. Dolmen
43. Afresh
46. A bank employee
47. Runs away to marry
48. Voltaic (linguistic)
50. Expect or anticipate
52. Employee stock owner-
ship plan
53. Any loose fowing
54. Roy Rogers wife
55. Founder of Babism
56. Decorate a cake with
57. Supplement with
60. Hall of Famer ___ Ripken
61. Health Maintenance Org.
Last Weeks Puzzle Solutions
Thursday, May 31, 2012
35 The County Times
By Linda Reno
Contributing Writer
The real Memorial
Day was yesterday, May
30 but regardless of when
you celebrate it, its a time
to remember and say a little
prayer for those men and
women who all too often
made the ultimate sacrifce for us.
One of these was George Gilbert Russell,
born around Bushwood on March 27, 1903. He
was the son of Ruth Ann Russell (daughter of Wil-
liam Francis Russell and Ann Frances Pattie
Brown) who moved to Washington, D.C. between
1903 and 1904. Uneducated and untrained, Ruth
earned a living for herself and her son as a wash-
erwoman. Undoubtedly, it was a rough existence
that became even harder after the birth of a second
child, Charles Russell in 1914.
In 1920 Gilbert, then 17, enlisted in the U.S.
Navy telling them he was born in 1901 making
himself two years older than he actually was. Be-
tween 1933 and 1934 Gilbert married Marion Kirnard
and in 1936 he was taken off active duty and transferred
to Fleet Naval Reserve. By 1940 Gilbert, Marion and
their daughter Joan (born 1935) were living in New
York City where Gilbert was working as a doorman. On
June 30 of that year he was called back into service and
assigned as an electricians mate, second class aboard
the submarine USS S-26.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on De-
cember 7, 1941 our naval forces were on high alert.
In addition to the threat of German U-boat activ-
ity in the waters off Panama, on the Canals eastern
side, American submarines would also have to guard
against a potential Japanese attack on the Canals
Pacifc end... A patrol line was established extend-
ing 800 miles from the Balboa district on the Canals
western end.
On January 24, 1942,
Gilberts sub (S-26) was
sailing surfaced from Bal-
boa to her patrol station in
company with three other
submarines and an escort
vessel. Around 10 p.m.
the escort vessel fashed a
visual message to the sub-
marines advising them she
was leaving the formation
and they should proceed
to their assignments as
ordered. Gilberts sub did
not receive this message
and a short time later was
rammed on the starboard
side by the escort vehicle.
The sub sank in 300 feet of water within seconds. Of
the 49 men on board, only three who were on the bridge
survived. All rescue attempts were in vain. Divers de-
scended 25 times but could not open the hatchway of the
bridge. The sub and the bodies were never recovered.
Ruth Ann Russell died in Washington, D.C. on
April 28, 1931 at the age of 49, worn out from the long
years of drudgery. Marion (Kirnard) Russell died in
1944. Joan Russell was raised by her mothers sister
and knows very little about her father and nothing of
his family.
Mike Bowling and I have exchanged many emails
in attempts to unravel the story of George Gilbert Rus-
sells family. Ruth Russell didnt make it easyat times
calling herself Daisy and at other times identifying her-
self as a widow. Mission accomplished.
A Journey Through Time A Journey Through Time
The Chronicle
By Shelby Oppermann
Contributing Writer
Some interesting animals and animal stories have
crossed my path in the last few weeks. I went to visit a new
friends farm in Leonardtown last week, and was amazed
to fnd out that she not only had the horses I knew about,
but also has cows, goats, ducks, cats, and a large dog.
There are probably a few more animals Ive forgotten. I
was amazed that she takes care of all of these animals her-
self along with having a full-time job. Taking care of Miss
Tidbit, who can be very bossy and demanding, and Kitty
seems like a lot to me sometimes.
My friend took me into her stable to meet some of her
treasured friends. Unfortunately I still have a little bit of
fear around horses. I stroked Viennes soft horsy nose, and
was startled to see a goat prancing around and jumping at
the horses hooves. The goats name is Simon and he con-
tinuously pounced at each hoof. Simons tongue was stick-
ing out in great concentration and he made loud grunting
noises. I was laughing watching his antics. Vienne, the
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Mare casually lifted each attacked hoof while we petted her. I had just fnished
asking if the horse ever got aggravated and kicked the goat, when Wham! Vienne
kicked, and Simon few into the wall of the stall. Did Simon quit? No, Simon went
right back to teasing the horse with a little black goat named Sophie watching his
every movement. I was told that Sophie shadows Simon, and looked like Simon
shadows Vienne. And there is also the Colt, Prince Edisto Hall, who stays close to
On the other side of the stable was Prince Ariel, a 26 year old horse with lon-
ger wavy hair. I remarked that I had never seen such long hair on a horse, to which
my friend replied that the older horses dont shed out as much. He seemed pretty
healthy and activelooking for his horse age to me. In the pasture in front of my
friends house, she has a cow named Freckle Face who turns as you call her name
and looks expectantly in your direction. Clearly this busy farm woman and full
time worker has a great relationship with her animals. They love her and it shows. I
admire the bond she has forged and nurtures with all these creatures.
I have never seen a goat act like her Simon does. The only time I really see
goats, or any farm animal for that matter, is at the County Fair, and they, and their
owners, are probably worn out from showing and by that time lazily stretched out
in their pens (I mean the animals of course not their owners). I guess all animals
have senses of humor like people do. I only know dogs. My husband and I were just
talking about all of Tidbits expressions and moods yesterday. She makes us laugh
everyday with something she does.
Now, my other friend, Glory-Ann, whom I have known since kindergarten, is
someone who has always had a special relationship with dogs, even when we were
young. And at that time, as well as now, I did too. Dogs were sometimes my best
friends and confdants. I know I must have written about the special calls (like bird-
calls) I had for each dog in the neighborhood. So, I suppose Glory-Ann and I were
meant to be life long friends. As a groomer for over twenty years, she can tell all
sorts of funny stories about the dogs she has worked with. I have been encourag-
ing her of late to put pen to paper also, and write these stories, and her extensive
knowledge down. When I listen to her its like I am listening to the beloved James
Herriot, author of All Creatures Great and Small, among his other engaging animal
stories. These books (which were my Fathers) still sit in my bookcase and I fre-
quently re-read them.
I am thankful that dogs have always been a part of my life and that I have so
many friends who share their animals antics and stories with me. It reminds me
that love is not only shared by people but with our wonderful pets as well.
To each new days adventure,
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June 21, 2012 - Elder Abuse Aware-
ness - 1 p.m. at Pegg Road Senior
Triad/SALT has partnered with
Kathy Goodspeed, Ombudsman for the
St. Marys County Department of Ag-
ing & Human Services to accomplish
Triads main goal of promoting senior
safety and reducing the fear of crime.
Elder abuse is a crime. Ms. Good-
speed will present information to en-
hance your awareness of what is elder
abuse, signs how to recognize abuse,
and what to do if you suspect abuse.
This presentation will celebrate World
Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15,
while educating you on elder abuse
The Wish
There are four spots remaining for
The Wish game at the Northern Senior
Activity Center on Monday, June 11,
from 1-3:30 p.m. Michele Quesen-
berry will be facilitating the group
and offering her insights and skills as
a Life Coach and Holistic Counselor.
This trans-formative game expands
hearts and minds across the world!
Discover what has been blocking your
wish from coming true and the steps
to make it manifest in your life. It is
a fun, insightful and a unique way to
connect with your truth and with other
people. The messages are profound
and the experience opens new doors of
possibility. Bring a journal, one wish
and even a friend. The fee is $15 per
person. Please call 301.475.4002, ext.
1002 for more information.
Mah Jong Starting at Loffer
A group is forming at Loffer Se-
nior Activity Center to play Mah Jong
twice a month. Play will take place the
frst and third Thursday of each month
beginning June 7 at 1:30 p.m. If you
have some experience with this game
and would like to play call 301.737.5670
ext. 1658. At this time, the group will
not be able to teach those with no expe-
rience. If enough interest is expressed
in learning how to play another class
can be arranged.
Basket Class to Begin June 11
A class for making a hanging
willow basket will be offered at Loff-
ler Senior Activity Center beginning
Monday, June 11 at 2 p.m. The class
will continue for the following 2 Mon-
days (June 18 & 25) in order to give
you a chance to fnish your product.
Cost for the class is $30 and includes
instruction and all materials needed
to fnish your basket. Payment can
be made directly to the instructor on
the frst day of the class. To sign up or
for more information call 301.737.5670
ext. 1658
Loffer Senior Activity Center Hosts
Free Continental Breakfast for
Attention fathers- to kick off Fa-
thers Day weekend, the staff at Loffer
is offering a simple but hearty break-
fast on Friday, June 15 between 10
a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Each father will
be presented with a special tie when
he shows up at Loffer that day. Sign
ups not required- just stop in for the
fun of it! For more information call
301.737.5670 ext. 1658.
Line Dancing
The Garvey Senior Activity Cen-
ter offers country line dancing on
Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. The class is
taught by volunteer instructor, Jes-
sica Hileman. There is no fee for the
class. For more information, call
301.475.4200, ext. 1050.
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Programs and Activities
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Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.
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Sp rts
By Doug Watson
Contributing Writer
Second-year late model pilot Kenny Moreland, of Wal-
dorf, scored his frst-career late model feature win in last
Sunday nights 35-lap Vern Harris memorial at Potomac
speedway. Moreland, who earned $2500 for his win, be-
came the fourth different driver to win a late model feature
at Potomac in the four races run to date in 2012.
Defending track champion David Williams and Matt
Quade brought the feld to the initial green fag of the event.
Williams wasted little time as he blasted into the race lead
as the pack raced off turn-four to complete the frst lap. Wil-
liams was on a mission as he lead effortlessly for the frst
18-laps of the race until disaster struck. At the completion
of the fateful 18th circuit, Williams suffered a broken rear-
end on his Rocket no.72 forcing him to pit, ending a bril-
liant run. Moreland, on the other hand, had reached second
by the ffth-lap and was slowly catching Williams as they
entered lapped traffc. Moreland made the most of his now
good fortune, and would even survive a lap-32 caution, to
score the breakthrough win with his Custom Race Engines,
Rocket no.24 over runner-up Ryan Hackett.
It really means a lot to win my frst at Potomac in the
Vern Harris memorial. The second-generation racer stated
from Potomacs victory lane. My Dad and Vern were re-
ally good friends and I know this race means a lot to him.
Dad tried to win this race for a lot of years but came up
short, and I sure am glad I was able to do it for him. Mo-
reland stated it was a true team-effort that propelled him
to the win. Mom and Dad are the reason were here. Mo-
reland bottom-lined. They pretty much pay for this whole
deal out of their pockets and if it wasnt for them and all
the people who help, and especially Joey Pingleton whose
helped us a ton here lately, we wouldnt be here tonight.
Matt Quade settled for third, Dale Hollidge was fourth and
Daryl Hills rounded out the top-fve. Setting fast time in
time trials over the 15-car feld was David Williams with a
one-lap time of 15.182. Heats went to Williams and Quade.
Mike Latham continued his torrid pace in the street
stock division as he drove to his fourth victory of the sea-
son. Latham, who started third, wrestled the top-spot from
Kurt Zimmerman on the fourth-lap and would then fend-
off the challenges of defending Winchester (VA) speedway
track champion Mike Corbin to secure his 26th career Po-
tomac feature win. Zimmerman held on for third, Stephen
Quade took fourth and Saturday Winchester winner Ricky
Edmonds completed the top-fve. Heats for the 18 cars on
hand went to Latham and Quade.
In the make-up 15-lap u-car feature from May 4th,
found 14-year-old Race Alton scoring his frst-career Po-
tomac feature win. Alton, who started eighth, secured the
race lead from former Winchester speedway track cham-
pion Kevin Oates on the eleventh-lap and would then lead
the fnal four-circuits to score the enormously popular win.
Oates held on for second, point leader David Coates was
third, Kevin Pollard took fourth and Tom Paddock flled the
front-fve. Heats run on the original date went to Oates and
As the modifeds were
completing the fourth-lap
of their 20-lap feature, rain
hit the speedway forcing the
remainder of the show to be
cancelled. The modifed feature will pick back up from lap-
four, and the hobby stock and the regularly scheduled u-car
event, will be rescheduled on a date yet to be determined.
Late model feature fnish
1. Kenny Moreland 2. Ryan Hackett 3. Matt Quade 4.
Dale Hollidge 5. Daryl Hills 6. Greg Roberson 7. Jeff Pilk-
erton 8. Pancho Lawler 9. Kyle Hardy 10. Tommy Armel
11. Scott Cross 12. Tyler Emory 13. Cody Lear 14. David
Williams 15. Keith Jackson
Street stock feature fnish
1. Mike Latham 2. Mike Corbin 3. Kurt Zimmerman 4.
Stephen Quade 5. Ricky Edmonds 6. Darren Alvey 7. Kyle
Nelson 8. Mike Franklin 9. Barry Williams Sr. 10. Mike
Raleigh 11. Scott Wilson 12. Josh Williams 13. Dale Reamy
14. Teddy Dickson 15. Dave McBrayer 16. Johnny Oliver 17.
Billy Farmer 18. Will Quinlan
u-car feature (make-up)
1. Race Alton 2. Kevin Oates 3. David Coates 4. Kevin
Pollard 5. Tom Paddock 6. Tim Steele 7. Brandon Coates 8.
Kevin Welsh 9. Billy Hill 10. Mike Pirner 11. Leon Stover
12. Justin Bottorf (DNS)
Moreland Wins Career-First on Sunday
MIROCK Superbike
Series This Weekend
On Friday, June 1st, Mary-
land International Raceway
(MIR) will host a Test & Tune.
This event is open to all Street-
cars, racecars, street bikes, drag
bikes, and junior dragsters. This
will be a full night of time runs,
grudge racing, and testing with
no gambler eliminations. The
test & tune will be from 6:30
p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is
just $10 to watch or $20 to race.
On Saturday and Sunday,
June 2-3, MIR will host the MI-
ROCK Superbike Series with the
Fast by Gast Summer Showdown.
Over 500 race bikes will
pour into MIR for an action
packed weekend of motorcycle drag racing. The event will feature the wild Mickey
Thompson Tires Pro Mod class, the 200mph Orient Express Pro Street class, the DME
Racing Real Street class, the Trac King Clutches Top Sportsman class, the House of Speed
Crazy 8s class, FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Fast by Gast Pro E.T. class, Brock's Performance
Street E.T. class, and the Grudge Class.
The event will also include a manufacturers midway, a huge streetbike corral, great
food, cold beer, and a $1,200 bikini contest on Sunday. So invite all your friends and head
to MIR for an exciting weekend of MIROCK Superbike drag racing.
On Saturday the gates will open at 9 a.m., with time runs starting at 10 a.m. Pro
Qualifying is at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Pro ET and Street ET eliminations will start on Saturday
at 3 p.m. After Saturdays ET eliminations the Afterdark Underground will begin with 2
hours of smack talking and grudge racing.
On Sunday the gates will open at 8 a.m., with time runs starting at 9 a.m.; so get here
early. Eliminations for all classes will start at 12 p.m. and the bikini contest kicks off at 4
p.m.! All Spectators and crew are $20 per day or a two pass is $35, and kids 6-11 are only
$5 per day. For full details on the MIROCK series visit
For more detailed information on these events call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at
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Sp rts
By Keith McGuire
Contributing Writer
What a great holiday
weekend we just had! I hope everyone took
the time to remember all of the soldiers, sail-
ors and marines who have made the ultimate
sacrifce to protect our freedom. After all,
this is the real reason for the holiday, despite
the opening of the local beaches and pools.
Fishing and crabbing has been get-
ting better and better. Ive seen pictures of
abundant crabs, nice hardheads, big strip-
ers, tasty speckled trout, more snakeheads
and even a founder; all caught over the last
few days. (See for yourself at www.buzzs-, or stop by The Tackle Box and
look at their pictures.) If you have been to
the shore or out on your boat and you have
not caught fsh, then you must not be holding
your mouth right!
Bottom fshing is getting better and bet-
ter as the water temperatures rise. The key
is good bait. Good bait for croakers includes
peeler crab, bloodworms, fresh (or fresh
frozen) shrimp, squid, and even raw chick-
en breast bits. Higher water temperatures
make some artifcial baits good to use. The
one that I always use is called Fish Bites. I
like it because it is a no muss, no fuss type
of bait. A small bit of Fish Bites on each
hook instead of bloodworm, squid or shrimp
will usually work well to catch hardheads,
spot, and white perch.
Good bait is also the key to catch fsh
other than spot, croakers and white perch. I
have not heard of a lot of spot being caught
yet, but when they do show up, they are
premier bait for just about everything out
there even spot! I like to take a spot and
flet the little fsh. You dont have to scale
it or prepare it in any other way except to
cut the flet into bait size pieces for the fsh
you are targeting. Fresh spot strips are great
bait for founder, bluefsh, stripers, or almost
any predator fsh. When the spot show up
in decent numbers, they are good bait to use
for live-lining for rockfsh and founder a
subject that I will cover in greater detail in a
future article.
Trolling is still working to catch rock-
fsh. Downsize your baits if you havent
already because stripers wont readily hit
the big springtime trophy baits that you were
using in April and early May. Youll also
want to run your lines deeper than you did
in the early weeks. As I said, there are still
some big fsh (over 28) out there, but you
will probably fnd them deeper than you did
in April.
Rockfsh are schooling up now, and
with the right current and structure a light
tackle angler can fnd willing stripers for
jigging and surface lures. Check shoals,
rocky shorelines and points, light houses
and bridge pilings where there is a good fow
of water. Dont forget underwater structure
like the Woodrow Wilson Bridge debris put
in the water at Cedar Point and Point No
Point for artifcial reefs. All of these places
are producing stripers under the right condi-
tions. When the current isnt moving, dont
waste your time! Jig deep during the day
and use surface lures early in the morning or
late in the evening.
Remember to take a picture of your
catch and send it to me with your story at
Keith has been a recreational angler
on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries
for over 50 years; he fshes weekly from his
small boat during the season, and spends
his free time supporting local conservation
By Ronald N. Guy Jr.
Contributing Writer
An elderly, city-dwelling
African American couple,
a similarly-aged white cou-
ple from the suburbs, two
30-something Gen-Xers from
Southern Maryland and a
20-something couple recently
transplanted from Indiana walk
into an urban bar to share a
dinner table and an evenings
What? You havent heard this joke?
Thats because its not a joke. Its not even
fction. This diverse cast of strangers ran-
domly assembled and, within moments,
conversed like best friends. So youre
thinking, okay, its not a jokebut is there
at least a punch line? There isor at least
theres a point to consider...which Ill get to
From its opening in 1910, Washing-
ton D.C.s Howard Theater was fortunately
(because it existed at all) and unfortunately
(because the segregated entertainment
industry sadly mirrored society) THE
place see the great African
American entertainers of
the period. Legends such
as Duke Ellington, Ella
Fitzgerald and James Brown
flled the Howard with their
musical genius. The How-
ard closed in the early 1980s
and for three decades emit-
ted the worst of sounds for
a historic, musical treasure:
silence. That changed this
year when, after an exten-
sive renovation, the How-
ard re-opened. Being a nostalgic soul and
someone lacking any recollection of the
original, its hard to say that the Howard has
never looked betterbut it simply couldnt
have ever looked better. Adorned with its
iconic Howard sign on the theaters fa-
cade and modern fash inside, the Howard
is a spectacular venue beftting its place in
American history.
My cousin and I were the two
30-something Gen-Xers; to pacify his ex-
tensive vanity, Ill disclose that hes seven
years my junior. The two elderly couples
and the carefree young lovers from Indiana
will remain unidentifed. What wont
is the urban bar: the Howard Theater.
As the eight of us were seated at a sec-
ond-row table, the diversity of the group
immediately struck me. What on earth
were we going to discuss until the show
started? A nervous panoramic view slightly
tempered my initial unease. Our situation
wasnt unique; nearly every table looked
like a cross-section of America. The aver-
age age was probably 45 but the distribution
around that mean was enormous. There
was no identifable majority race or gender.
Regarding the attire, Ill offer this: at one
adjacent table sat a gentleman in a tuxedo
at the other was a dude wearing well-worn
jeans and a tattered t-shirt from the movie
The Big Lebowski that read, The Dude
Abides. Indeed he does.
Our social dilemma was resolved
quickly. We talked aboutwhat else
why we were there: a common love of mu-
sic and, specifcally for this night, of Mr.
Chuck Berry. During our introductions,
an immediate conversational catalyst was
identifed: the elderly African American
couple was from D.C. and were original
Howard patrons. They offered a fascinating
account of some of the best and most under-
appreciated acts in music history. The con-
versation then naturally meandered to other
greats such as Bob Dylan and a band from
across the pond that was heavily infuenced
by Chuck Berry. Youve probably heard of
themtheyre called the Rolling Stones.
Showtime arrived before a moment of
uncomfortable silence found our table. The
curtains dropped and before our star-struck
eyes appeared a living legend and a (if not
the) godfather of Rock and Roll. Before
Elvis Presley, The Beatles and the Rolling
Stones, there was Chuck Berry. For the
next hour differences in race, religion and
politics were put on pause by what bound us
together: the infectious blues-infused Rock
and Roll of Chuck Berry.
And thats when the correlation hit
me save for the 9/11 tragedy, sports is
the only thing thats created such beauti-
ful unity amid such diversity. I love sports
for that. Heres my short list of sports mo-
ments whose shared euphoria completely
drowned out petty differences: storming
the feld after the last Skins game at RFK
Stadium, attending Cal Ripken Jrs record-
tying 2,130th straight game (thanks for
ticket, sis) and being in Canton, OH for Art
Monks and Darrell Greens induction into
the Pro Football Hall of Fame. What mo-
ments made the stranger next to you a good
friend? If only they could penetrate our
daily lives more often.
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