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State to Provide $250,000 for Marine Museum
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer During the 2012 legislative session that ended Monday, the Calvert Marine Museum Society approached Southern Maryland legislators to get a bond bill to secure state funding for a planned addition to the museum, according to Museum Director Doug Alves. Instead of one of the Calverts delegates, Tony ODonnell (R-29C) or Mark Fisher (R-27B), the delegate who put the bond bill forth was John Bohanan (D-29B) of Southern St. Marys County. Both Democrats and Republicans in the house saw Bohanans introducing the bill as inappropriate, ODonnell told The County Times. ODonnell was approached to put the bill forward, but he said it would have been bad timing because of the fiscal crisis and deficit in the state. He said he told the museum they should wait until the economy improves. There were too many things in flux, he said. The house and senate both approved the $250,000 bond to Calvert Marine Museum. [Bohanan] works for Steny Hoyer and I guess they think they can do whatever they want regardless of who represent Calvert County, ODonnell said. Thats how they operate. According to a state synopsis of Bohanans bill, it allows for the creation of a state debt not to exceed $250,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Calvert Marine Museum Society, Inc. for the construction and renovation of the Calvert Marine Museum Exhibition Building; providing for disbursement of the loan proceeds, subject to a requirement that the grantee provide and expend a matching fund; establishing a deadline for the encumbrance or expenditure of the loan proceeds; etc. It is cross filed with the companion bill submitted by Sen. Roy Dyson (St. Marys, Calvert), Bohanan said. Dyson echoed Millers comments, saying the marine museum is phenomenal asset to the region, Dyson said. He said the delegated and senators dont just serve a county or a section or a county, but the interests and needs of the whole state. Bohanan said he volunteered to put the bill forward when the Calvert Marine Museum Society told him that the delegates from their own county would not. He said it is common for delegates to go out of their district and county to put forth bond bills, and had several examples of having done so in the past. He said he heard Senate President Mike Miller was behind the bond bill, and when the senate president says itll happen, its going to happen. Without the cross filing, putting the bill forward in both the house and the senate, Bohanan said it could have fallen apart. Miller confirmed that while he as not the one to put the bill forward, he did support it. He said he the museum addition is a very worthy project. He said Bohanans actions werent odd, and delegates often do what they think will best benefit the area. Its about whats best for the people, he said. Approximately $15 million of the states budget is dedicated to local initiatives like the marine museums expansion, and the maximum size of a bond bill is normally $250,000, Bohanan said. He said the money helps jump start projects, and currently the initiatives receiving the funds have three years to use them. These bond bills are fantastic projects, Bohanan said. Projects are required to match the state funds, which Alves said will not be a problem. So far, the Calvert Marine Museum has raised $651,000 for the project, and their goal is $750,000. The $250,000 from the state would put the funds up to $1 million, Alves said. Similar to Bohanans comments, he said the bond bills help give projects a jumpstart and prime the public to donate to the project as well. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Senate President Mike Miller said it is difficult to accomplish as much as intend try to during a single 90-day session. On the whole, Miller said the 2012 session that ended Monday was a very successful session with the capitol budget being agreed upon and projects like work on the pier in North Beach and a regional park getting funding. He said the low point of the session was when house and the senate could not pass an operating budget. We could just not reach an agreement, Miller said. The paperwork could not get to our desk in time. He said there were competing plans between house and senate and they simply couldnt reconcile in time. They came to an agreement, but ran out of time. He said there would possibly be a special session in May, and they hope to have votes lined up to adopt a revised budget at that time. He said there were strong environmental bills passed, including a bill that went through giving state tax breaks on farms after a person dies as long as children and descendants keep land in farming. He said some farms have been in families for hundreds of years and the will was a huge win for farmers. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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Schaller Email Speaks For Itself

By Sean Rice Editor St. Marys Countys Director of Economic and Community Development Director Bob Schaller was forced to quit his position by County Commissioner President Jack Russell and County Administrator John Savich last month, or face immediate termination. Officials have been tight-lipped on why Schaller resigned, either refusing to comment on the issue or issuing dismissive one-liners, such as Russell saying: The man resigned, when questioned last Monday. Russell and Savich have been quietly directing the local media to an email written by Schaller to Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano, as some sort of proof that Schaller did something wrong. Savich has told local press in carefully crafted words that the email speaks for itself. Below is a reproduction of the email in question, which speaks for itself in that it shows the economic development director doing of all things promoting the economic development of the local economy. Russell told The County Times last week that hes glad Martirano informed Savich about the email rather than the Maryland Attorney General, which has led many in the community to think Martirano somehow snitched on Schaller. Not only does this untrue comment backhandedly accuse Schaller of criminal activity, it also unfairly throws Martirano under the bus. The facts are: Martirano had nothing to do with the email getting to Savich. And, of course, promoting local businesses and new county policy is far from criminal activity. Martirano did not reach out to anyone in county government to report this email. In fact, Schaller himself forwarded the email to Savich so the county administrator would know that he is promoting the countys new local preference procurement policy. From: Bob Schaller To: mjmartirano@smcps.org Date: 2/29/2012 7:45 AM subject: Couple Things

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Mike, hope things went well last night with the delegation. Couldn't attend as GeeZer was practicing for next Friday. Suggest we don't worry about having you join us this goround. We're out of time plus we don't want this first time out to be stressful. So let's wait until we have another play date that's more doable. Second item is work-related and has to do with Taylor Gas and the present school system's competitive procurement for propane gas. Frank mentioned to me the process and where he believes he comes in, a close second about 4-5% higher unit price than the low bidder, a non-county firm. He's done everything possible to bring his best offer, but economies of scale is not his strong suit. Customer service, proven reliability, the ability to call him personally, and all that's best value related are his advantages. Most importantly, yet implicitly understood, is value to the community as a local partner and supporter of vital needs including education. Much of this is done through the Chamber or other indirect means, but it's there nonetheless. I must be careful about advocating for a friend. I'm really pitching the buy local theme for all the reasons you've heard. My monthly column addresses the local imperative. At the same time I fully realize you're in the midst of a competitive procurement where this factor was probably not a consideration in the evaluation. Rules cannot be changed after the fact. That said, you are aware the County procurement policy just underwent the first significant changes in about a decade, see http://www.thebaynet.com/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/ story_ID/26249. It took effect yesterday. We lifted purchase thresholds plus we added the first true local vendor preference criteria in the state, granting a 10% cost range (handicap if you will) to qualified local bidders. Time will tell the effect of this policy change. I am hopeful that a byproduct is influencing other larger institutional buyers like SMCPS, the hospital, colleges, etc. to follow suit. I'm confident the school system will award the propane gas contract to the best offeror. You have good people and systems in place for this. Whatever the outcome, I would ask that you and the BOE consider reexamining your procurement policy in light of the recent changes adopted by the County relative to local vendor preference. We are a small, tight-knit community on a fragile peninsula at the end of a road. We must look out for each other because, as we well know, no one else will. Thanks and talk with you soon, Bob

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In light of the Navy fighter jet crash in Virginia Beach outside of Naval Air Station Oceana last week, Capt. Ted Mills, Commanding Office of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, issued the following statement in response to a request for comment from The County Times. First, our thoughts and prayers go to our shipmates at Naval Air Station Oceana and the residents of Virginia Beach who were affected by Fridays accident. Flying naval aircraft is a difficult business requiring NAS Patuxent River and other installations to take steps to mitigate the risks. We have worked closely with St. Marys County and the surrounding communities to enhance and protect the quality of life in our local communities while preserving the mission at the base to protect our nation. We Capt. Ted Mills work hard every day to make sure that accidents dont happen. The Department of Navy has a program called Air Installations Compatible Use Zones, also known as AICUZ, to protect the health, safety and welfare of those living near the air station while ensuring the continuing flight mission of the installation. NAS Patuxent River and St. Marys County have an active AICUZ program which helps define likely areas of incident if an accident were to occur, called Accident Potential Zones. APZs help planners determine compatible land uses and regulate construction within the zone. NAS Patuxent River and St. Marys County were the first communities to sign an AICUZ agreement in 1979 and have led the way for installation/community dialogue. Additionally, NAS Patuxent River has exhaustive maintenance and pre-flight procedures to ensure safe flights. The pilots based here at NAS Patuxent River are very experienced, most with hundreds of hours of flight time under their belts. This is not a training base, so in-flight hazards are greatly reduced because of that experience. Many flight patterns are over water, and those over land cross as sparsely populated areas where possible. The geography of the surrounding area is tremendous advantage over other installations in managing risk. NAS Patuxent River and St. Marys County work together regularly to resolve issues when they arise. Emergency responders from each entity are very comfortable working with each other to the benefit of our fellow citizens.

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Golden Beach Sees Record Turnout for Egg Hunt
By Joany Nazdin Contributing Writer The annual Easter Egg hunt in Macon, Ga. was canceled this year, due to fights breaking out among the over-eager parents. Nothing so dramatic happened at Saturday's annual Easter Egg hunt in Golden Beach and a good time was had by all. Dale Antosh, president of the Golden Beach Patuxent Knolls Civic Association, was grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for the more than 100 children and their families who came. We have been doing this for over 20 years, Antosh said. It's our way of giving back to the community, along with the fishing tournament and the fireworks. The community supports us well and we like to show we appreciate it. To raise money for the various events the civic association sponsors, they had set up a snack booth, along with a 50/50 raffle to benefit the civic association and a 50/50 raffle to benefit Children's Hospital. Sixteen month old Easton Flerlage, was dressed as a bunny for the Egg Hunt. He came with his grandmother, Janet Sullivan, and his dad, Kenny Flerlage. I remember when I used to take my daughter Vicky to this, Sullivan said. Now she is 24 and getting married next week. Cindy Worth, of Golden Beach, brought her two daughters, Melissa, 12, and Allison, 10, to the hunt. They were so excited when I woke them up this morning, Worth said. They jumped right up out of bed. For Brayden Rice, not yet two years old, this was his second hunt. Brayden was born in April, so last year he attended as an infant. His grandmother, Carmen Rice, is raising Brayden. Rice said she can remember taking all her kids to the hunt and is continuing the tradition with Brayden. My kids are 22, 19 and 17 years old now, Rice said. I've been to a lot of these, but this is the biggest turnout I have ever seen. Kathy Owens, who is also the civic association treasurer, dressed as the Easter Bunny, worked the crowds, posing for pictures and getting hugs from the kids. We usually have a community service worker to do this, Owens said, not breaking character for the interview but speaking through the suit. But we couldn't get one this year. Owens gleefully volunteered for the job. Owens said the prep time for the hunt started a week ago. The most time consuming chore was stuffing the 560 eggs with candy and toys. Each age category had one gold and one silver egg, which were well hidden, and those eggs contained $10 for the gold and $5 for the winner of the silver. The Gardener family was on a winning streak that morning, with Lilly, 2, and Logan, 4, winning both the gold and silver eggs in the youngest category. I saw the silver egg and I first thought it was a piece of trash, Holly Gardner, the kids mom said. Their dad, Ziggy Gardner, was helping his son find the golden egg. It was pure luck, Ziggy said. When the older kids went searching

Photos by Andy Phillips Siblings Lilly and Logan Gardner found the silver and gold eggs. They are picture here with parents Ziggy and Holly.

for their eggs, the parents weren't allowed to help, but there was plenty of coaching from the sidelines. Put it in your bag and go! yelled one mom. Keep picking up eggs! yelled another. By the time the teenagers were set to pick up eggs, they raced off at a pace that left most parents far behind. It looks like the Hunger Games, only with eggs, said mom Janet Wilkins, who brought her kids down for the egg hunt. I just saw the movie last night and it reminded me of that.

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By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Three upcoming events hosted by The Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Marys College of Maryland will bring important issues to the table for discussion. The Centers director, Michael Cain, told The County Times, We try to do things with community organizations each year to bring educational opportunities for our students, but also the people of the tri-county area. He explained, These events are not just for students, all are free and open to the public. He said its not often that people get to learn about these issues from someone of such a caliber as The Honorable Jane Harman or from nationally recognized environmentalists like Ken Cook, so these events provide that opportunity. Mondays Legislative Wrap Up is something the Center has done for five years, giving students and the public a chance to hear directly from our elected officials about what occurred in the session and their viewpoints on it, Cain said. He said the program is still planned, but with the strange ending to the legislative session, its subject to change if the governor calls legislators back. Engage in the conversation and learn more about topics that impact society by attending these upcoming events: of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. as the guest speaker. Discussion will focus on U.S. legal issues in counterterrorism and foreign operations. 4:30 p.m. at St. Marys Hall



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2012 Maryland Legislative Wrap Up State Senator Roy Dyson, Delegate John Bohanan, Jr., Delegate Anthony ODonnell and Delegate John F. Wood, Jr. will discuss the happenings of the most recent legislative session in Annapolis, their views and how citizens will be impacted. This event is co-sponsored with the Public Policy Program. 12:30 p.m. in the Glendenning Annex The Federal Farm Bills Role in a Sustainable Food System This event, co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Program, Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and Even Star Organic Farm, will feature a lecture and panel discussion on the relationship between food, farming and susidies on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Speakers will include Kenneth Cook, of the Enviromental Working Group, Dr. Christine Bergmark, Director of Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and Ann Desiri Swanson, of The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 6:30 p.m. at Cole Cinema For more details, contact Kristen Bergery at 240-895-6432 or via email at kabergery@smcm.edu. carriemunn@countytimes.net

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Antique Shop On Square Offers Variety

Joyce Donaldson has been in the antique business for two decades. After dealing the aging collectibles at multiple locations around the county, she opened Breton House Antiques the day after Thanksgiving. That same day, the town hosted its annual Christmas tree lighting and more than 500 customers visited the newly opened store. The building on Leonardtown Square, at 22795 Washington Street, was once a funeral home, then an insurance office, but provides ample space for a wealth of antiques and gifts. Donaldson is the sole proprietor and rents rooms to other antique dealers. Inside, visitors can find a wide mix of offerings from Victorian era pieces and Roseville Pottery to antique toolboxes, complete with contents, and ornate antique furniture. The shop also sells local art and locally hand-made jewelry, as well as candles and gifts. Donaldson said many years ago, when she and her retired Navy pilot husband Photos By Carrie Munn moved to St. Marys County to care for his father and grandfather, she decided she wanted to open an antique store. She started off small, working for a space to sell her wares, and had her share of hurdles, particularly when a great deal of damage was caused when the Maryland Antiques Center on Route 5 flooded, Donaldson said shes happy to have this space. Leonardtown has been very supportive to the new shop, with nearby business owners rolling out the welcome wagon for Donaldson. She shared that many nearby merchants stopped by to bring her food or flowers, with those working in the Loker Building coming by to invite her to an oyster roast, as well. She has already joined the Leonardtown Business Association and said, Business has been wonderful so far. She said the Square is a great location, with many of Leonardtowns events serving as a big draw to the area, driving business through her doors. She said she stays open late for First Fridays and, for the most recent one, offered live musical entertainment. When one customer found an interesting, decorative wooden box, Donaldson promptly explained it was a piece of tramp art and offered a brief history lesson on the piece. Theres a lot of research involved and knowing about what you sell is important, she said. She said another task to selling antiques is figuring out how to price things, based on both guides that place a value on decades and sometimes centuries old pieces, and the current economy. Kyle Rambo, of Hollywood, called himself a collector of various things and stopped by Breton House Antiques for the first time on Friday. He told Donaldson, Youve got a lot of great stuff. He shared with The County Times that time spent with his antique-dealing grandfather sort of rubbed off on him. He said he enjoys looking around because, its a store but also a museum of sorts. Donaldson said there are lookers and there are hunters, who come in looking for something in particular. She said word-of-mouth has been her best advertisement, and that people consider her fair. A hyper-local business, she said, I buy mostly right here in St. Marys County and sell in the county too. Breton House Antiques is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, contact Joyce at 301-690-2074. carriemunn@countytimes.net

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David Bell, II, 22

David Davey Michael Bell, II 22, of Leonardtown, MD passed away on April 7, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on June 12, 1989 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of Kimberly Rose and David Michael Bell, Sr. David attended Leonardtown High School and worked as a craftsman helper. David was a lifelong resident of St. Marys County, MD. David was an avid Baltimore ravens fan. David is also by his grandparents; Leonard and Geraldine Morgan. David is preceded in death by his grandparents Jack and Peggy Bell. The family received friends on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardner Funeral Home with prayers recited. A Funeral Service will be held in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Deacon Tom Spalding officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be; Johnny Bell, Billy Bell, Danny Bell, Jay Cousineau, Daniel Bell, Jr., and Jake Bell. Honorary Pallbearers will be; Chip Cousineau, Billy Bell, Jr., Scott Cousineau, and Gary Quade, Jr. Contributions may be made in memory of David Davey Bell, II may be made to Hospice of St. Marys P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650 and /or the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

her seven siblings (Janie Estelle Mason, Blanche Elizabeth Mason Garner, Mary Alberta Mason Saxton, Joseph Henry Mason, Helen Rebecca Mason Curtis, Mattie Mae Mason Swales, and Catherine Ann Mason Ennels). She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Elizabeth "Betty" Blackistone of Forestville, MD, and Jennifer Cecelia Brown (Eli) of California, MD, four grandchildren, Tonya Blake, Tiye Ray, Jenifer and Jonathan Brown and six great-grandchildren, Wayne, Janae, Jamarea, Dennis, Destinee and DaVon (all who affectionately called her "Big Momma"), along with a host of other family and friends; especially George and Queenie Fenwick family, the Williams/Eldridge families and life-long friend Mrs. Lucille Berry. Family and friends united on Monday, April 9 2012 a Mass of Christian Burial was said at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 47950 Mattapany Road, St. Marys City, MD. Interment immediately followed at St. Georges Church Cemetery, Valley Lee, MD. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD

John Latham, 72
John Edward Latham, 72, of Chaptico, MD, died peacefully on Friday, April 6, 2012, at the Hospice House of St. Marys in Callaway, MD, after a lengthy and courageous struggle with cancer. Born on July 3, 1939, he was the son of the late James Leonard Latham and Maude Elizabeth (Russell) Latham of Chaptico, MD. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Evelyn Carolyn Latham, and his brother, Joseph Leonard Latham. John was a loving father, a wonderful grandfather and brother. He will fondly be remembered for his love of family, his sense of humor and contagious smile he had for everyone he met. He will also be remembered for his love of car racing and many winning moments at the Budds Creek Raceway. In his younger years, he built and raced his car named Lathams Toy. He passed the love of racing on to his children and spent many Friday nights at the track proudly watching his sons carry on his legacy. He will also be remembered by many for his lucky hand at playing cards and shooting pool throughout the county. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. He is survived by his children, Lois A. Doyle of Mechanicsville, MD, Lisa A. Latham (Clarence Lawrence) of Mechanicsville, MD, Judy A. Freeman of Essex County, Va., John M. Latham (Tammy) of Chaptico, MD, J. Michael Latham (Kim) of Chaptico, MD, and stepchildren, David C. Richards (Judy) of Chaptico, MD, Robert P. Richards (Judy) of Waldorf, MD, Steven D. Jones (Danette) of Waldorf, MD, and Sally M. Jones-Gray (Johnny) of Hollywood, MD. John is also survived by his siblings, James M. Latham (Dolly), Francis A. Latham, Eugene Latham, Joyce Sandidge, Irvin Latham (Sarah), Lorraine Okrie (Len), Dee Latham and Margie Hicks, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Family received friends for Johns Life Celebration on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, with prayers recited at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 23080 Maddox Road, Bushwood, MD. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Cedar Lane Apts., 22680 Cedar Lane Rd., Leonardtown, MD 20650 Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD.

D.C. he was the son of Rudolph J. Lucas, Sr., and Irene Torisno both deceased. He is survived by his wife Olivia A. Lucas of Leonardtown; brother Charles Torisno of MD. Five children in Florida, 3 stepchildren in Raymond Mead and Waldorf, MD; Carrie Morgan & Son in Law George of Leonardtown, MD; Phyllis Bush and son in law Ricky of Pound, VA; 20 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren. He loved fishing, watching wrestling, old western movies, his dog Sandy, and building homes/ carpentering. He donated his body to science. Private prayers will be said at a later date.

Mabel Mattingly, 87
Mabel Maria (Knott) Mattingly, 87, of Abell, peacefully died April 9, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born August 1, 1924 in Oakley, she was the daughter of the late Katie M. (Quade) Knott and John Louis Knott. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Ford Mattingly, whom she married April 23, 1944 in Sacred Heart Church, Bushwood, MD. She was the mother of Thomas G. Mattingly, Joseph Ford Mattingly and Wanda Mattingly Norris. She was the grandmother to Jennifer Suite, Tiffany Richards, Elisa Mattingly and Jacob Mattingly, and great-grandmother to Brody and Gabriel Richards. Mabel was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers; Mary Elsie Lacey, Agnes Maude Howard, Joseph Ambrose Knott, Clarence Guy Knott, Walter Chester Knott and Arthur Louis Knott. A lifelong St. Marys County resident, Mabel graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1942, and worked at Dukes Restaurant before marrying Ford. In later years, she worked as a nursing assistant at St. Marys Nursing Center and continued to assist the elderly with the Office on Aging. An active member of her church, Holy Angels, she was a member of the Altar Society, the Sodality and worked church dinners until her health failed. Mabel enjoyed cooking, special meals for her family and friends, crabbing, crocheting, Wheel of Fortune and growing flowers. The family received friends in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 with prayers recited and Our Lady of Fatima's Sodality Prayer followed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Fr. Michael Tietjen officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers will be: Bernard McGill, Mike Huseman, Cheryl Knott, Bobby Suite, Chris Richards, and Jacob Mattingly. Honorary pallbearers: will be: Betty Jean Cusic, Contributions can be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

John Evans, 83
John Ignatius Evans, 83 of Lexington Park, MD died on April 6, 2012 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Center. Born in Great Mills, MD on July 10, 1928, he was the son of the late Arthur and Mary Violet Bowles Evans. Mr. Evans retired from the State Highway Administration. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed his retirement playing cards, gardening and working on lawn mowers. Mr. Evans is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mary Jean Bell Evans; three daughters, Brenda Hammett (Mike) of St. Mary's City, MD, Carol Johnson (Robbie) of Hollywood, MD and Fae Horsley (Shawn) of Hollyridge, NC; five grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Alta Saunders, Edna Cameron, Leona Bacon and Gertrude Shepherd; and his brothers, Bernard S. Evans, Birchman Evans, Charles Evans and Leroy Evans. The family received friends for Mr. Evans Life Celebration on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Holy Face Catholic Church, Great Mills, MD. The Rev. Joseph Calis was the celebrant. Interment followed in Holy Face Catholic Cemetery, Great Mills, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Agnes Cecelia Mason Blackistone 95,

On March 29, 2012, Agnes Cecelia Mason Blackistone departed this life peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland. She was born on June 4, 1916, on a farm in Great Mills, Maryland to William Nelson Mason and Mary Elizabeth Thompson Mason. Agnes was the youngest of eight children. She received her early education through the St. Mary's County Public School system. One of her proudest moments was when she received her GED at the age of 65. She worked over 40 years in the Food Service industry, retiring from the former Patuxent River Naval Hospital in 1985. Agnes was a life-long Catholic and member of St. James/ St. Cecilia Catholic Church, which she attended well into her 80's. Agnes enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially cooking Sunday dinner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Brenda Eleanor Williams, grandson Kevin Troy Williams and godson Edward Carter and

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Joseph Nguyen, 44
Joseph Kirk Nguyen, 44, of Lusby, MD died on 31 March 2012, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Born on 6 June 1967, Joe was the youngest son of the late Chuc Nguyen and Hoa Truong. He moved to St. Marys County in 1978 from Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from Leonardtown High School in 1986. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1988 and was stationed at New London Naval Submarine Support Facility in Groton, Connecticut. He met and married Pamela Higgins in December 1990, while they both were stationed in Groton, Connecticut. He served as Security Specialist at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division at Patuxent River, MD since 1998. An avid soccer enthusiast, Joe enjoyed playing soccer since Middle School and throughout his adult life. His lifes priorities were: God, Country, Family and Soccer. The sportsmanship and the rules of the games were his passion. He served as referee for the Calvert Soccer Association and the St. Marys Youth Soccer since 2005. He was a loving husband, and a devoted father to his two daughters. In addition to his wife Pamela, he is survived by his son Joseph Edward Kirk Nguyen and his daughters Sydney Renea and McKenzie Cierra; his sisters Julie Kirk and Mai Cook (Raymond); his brothers Hung Nguyen (Hoa) of Atlanta, GA, and Tuong Nguyen (Do) of Atlanta, GA; his nieces Andrea Kirk, Hannah Cook, Tuong Vi Nguyen and Trang Nguyen; and his nephews Khoa Nguyen, Corey Cook and Andrew Nguyen. The family received friends to celebrate Joes life on Monday, 9 April 2012, at Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Interment followed with military honors in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD

MD; Marsha Turner of Lusby, MD; Lisa Winegardner, of St. Leonard, MD; Sara DiRienzo of Lusby, MD; step-daughter Connie Wallach of Huntingtown, MD; and step-son James Ward, Sr. of North Beach, MD; her sisters, Delores Homer and Cheryl Lynn Boggs both of Sarasota, FL; her brothers, Ernest Robinson of Myakka City, FL, Kenneth Robinson of Midlothian, Va and Donald Robinson of Sarasota, FL; her 20 grandchildren, Amy, Steven, Tony, Misty, Brandon, Christina, Chris, Ashley, Jacki, Tommy, Ronnie, Charlie, Mitchell, Dom, Zach, Bobby, Tony, Jimmy, Jennifer, and Jessica, and 13 great grandchildren; Bryan, Bella, Ricky, Makayla, Kyle, Landon, Connor, Carley, Hailey, Caeley, Dylan, Camden, and Zack, and many other family members and friends. Family will receive friends for a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, at 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605, or to Calvert Hospice, at P.O. Box 838, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. "Donations are encourage on-line at www.calverthospice.org" Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A. www.rauschfuneralhomes.com

with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. in St. Josephs Catholic Church, with Fr. Keith Woods officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be: Freddie Bowles, III, Joseph Bowles, Michael Long, Ronnie Wathen, Joe Johnson, and Gary Hurst. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Freddie Bowles, Jr., Kenny Presgrave, Mark Wathen, George Wathen, Clarence Boswell, Freddie Bowles, Sr., Wayne Presgrave, and Bernard Clarke. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Eleanor Wormwood, 65
Eleanor Ernestine Wormwood, 65, of Leonardtown, MD, passed away peacefully in her home in Leonardtown, MD on April 6, 2012. Eleanor was born in Washington, D.C. on November 28, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Ernest Smith Hodges and Eleanor S. Pogue of Bushwood, MD. She was a woman of many names, known by friends and family as Ernie, Baby-Sister, and Mimi.

Joseph Wathen, 90
Joseph Mattingly Wathen, 90 of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on April 6, 2012 at Washington Hospital Center surrounded by his family. Born May 9, 1921 in Morganza, MD he was the son of the late Ignatius Truman and Mary Genevieve Mattingly Wathen. He is the loving husband of Shirley Ann Wathen. Mr. Wathen is survived by his children; Carole Presgrave (Kenny), Darlene White, Rose Long (David) all of Mechanicsville, MD, and Carla Bowles (Freddie) of Hollywood, MD. He is also survived by his siblings; Elizabeth Tippett of Leonardtown, MD, Phyllis Leymiester of Hollywood, MD, Jeanne Hammett-Martin (John) of Huntingtown, MD. 8 grandchildren; Tammy Hill, William M. White, III, Crystal Gisriel, Lisa Long, Freddie Bowles, III, Joseph Bowles, Michael Long, and Shannon Bowles, 5 great-grandchildren; Ross White, Ashley King, Patrick Hill, Gracie Bowles, and Jackson Long. In addition to his parents Mr. Wathen was preceded in death by his siblings; Imelda Johnson, John Wathen, Frank Wathen, Mary Genevieve Arban, Ignatius Truman Wathen, II, McGuire Wathen, and James Wathen. Mr. Wathen was a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County, he graduated from Margaret Brent high school; he worked for Leonardtown Laundry for 23 years, then SMECO from 1973 until his retirement on May 30, 1986, he loved to watch NASCAR racing, football, dancing, telling jokes, and listening to music and spending time with his loving wife of 58 years, his 4 girls, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his many nieces and nephews, he was also looking forward to the birth of his new great-grandson this year. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 5 8 p.m.

She attended St. Marys Academy, St. Marys College, and received her Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland. She later received her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. She retired from the Montgomery County Government after 25 years of service and moved on to teaching. She was a professor at College of Southern Maryland, St. Marys College, Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, and the Florida Institute of Technology. Writing poetry about her life experiences and those she loved was her greatest passion. She attended poetry workshops in California and Ireland and read her work at the Library of Congress. Eleanor is survived by her sister, Anna Louis Yates of Coltons Point, MD; her brother, Frank Harper Hodges of Bushwood, MD; her daughter Amy Wormwood McGuire of Seattle, WA; her son, Alexander Hodges Sgambato of Charlotte, NC; and her daughter, Sydney Pogue Sgambato of Leonardtown, MD. Family will receive friends for Eleanors Life Celebration on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's , P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD.

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Barbara Jean Ward, of Lusby, MD, passed away at Solomons Nursing Center on April 6, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Evelyn Marie Robinson and the late William Ernest Robinson, of Camp Springs, MD. Barbara Jean was born in Washington DC on September 14, 1937. She was a career school bus driver for the Prince Georges County Board of Education for 30 years. She loved living near the water and enjoyed fishing and crabbing and spending time with her family. While working, she was a shop steward, participant/member and elected delegate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In addition, while her children were young, she was an active member and leader of a Girl Scout troop in Camp Springs, MD. In addition to her mother and father, Barbara Jean is predeceased by her grandson Justin Miller and sister, Joan Forsythe. Barbara Jean is survived by her husband, Francis N. Ward, Jr.; her daughters Barbara Shewbridge of Mechanicsville, MD; Marla Miller of Mechanicsville, MD; Patricia Hilton of Mechanicsville,

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Thursday, April 12, 2012


Doomsday Budget Passes With No New Taxes

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Monday, the last day of the legislative session, will probably go down in history as one of the least functional with lawmakers passing a so-called doomsday budget complete with about $500 million in cuts and no tax increases to plug revenue gaps. Many of the cuts will affect education, observers say, but legislators were able to fulfill their duties under the state constitution by passing a $35.5 billion budget that was larger than last years spending plan. The cuts include some $200 million to K-12 education and $63 million to colleges and universities. Del. John Wood (D-29A) said no one in Annapolis was happy with the budget and this moment has been a long time coming. Gov. Martin OMalley proposed an aggressive list of priorities for lawmakers to consider, including gas and sales tax hikes as well as an off shore wind energy bill none of which became law. Wood said the tax increase proposals, which were widely unpopular, contributed to much wrangling even up to the last day of the session and highlighted the states propensity for spending without making real cuts. Some of them still dont want to give up the things they like, Wood said. They want to spend and spend. Now the state will be forced to cut back even more, he said, which it should have done in years past. What scares me is weve been living off of borrowed money for seven, eight or nine years, Wood said. The state has just about capped out at its borrowing capacity. But for the average citizen, the lack of any tax increases is a minor win, though some programs citizens have come to expect will suffer, he said. We dont have a tax package, which is fine, Wood said. Wood believes lawmakers could be called back into a special session by the governor to reexamine the issue of increasing taxes to fill budget gaps, but he hopes if that happens it would be with cooler heads making decisions. Todd Eberly, political science professor at St. Marys College of Maryland, said there was a lack of organization and leadership in both chambers of the legislature as well as the governors office this year and OMalleys practice of backing a tax proposal and then later amending it several times did not help. In any event, the tax increase proposals made the legislative tasks much more difficult. The governor handed them a budget with very unpopular tax increases he kept moving the goal posts and changing everything, he said. While some lawmakers blamed the early focus on the same-sex marriage bill for taking up critical time for budget talks, Eberly said a last minute measure to expand gaming in Prince Georges County only muddied the waters. The OMalley administration did get a measure of victory with the passage of a septic system bill that requires counties to institute a four-tier system to determine where development can expand. Its a win and a defeat for OMalley, Eberly said, stating that the original bill wouldve been much more restrictive. It wouldve shut the door on rural development. Its [now] left up to the localities; the central control did not happen. OMalley also scored another victory when his bill doubling the flush tax from $2.50 to $5 passed the legislature. The funds are to be used to improve wastewater treatment plants and thus improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. House Minority Leader Anthony ODonnell (R-29C) said that the flush tax increase will cost Marylanders more but not provide anything new. Unfortunately the flush fee will only cover existing upgrades to treatment plants, ODonnell said. He also said the septic bill would still restrict rural growth too severely. It will greatly curtail our ability to grow in the rural parts of the state and grow our economy, ODonnell said. We need jobs desperately and this does not help on that score. Del. John Bohanan (D-B) said that despite short tempers and heated arguments near the end, he had seen worse sessions. We didnt even pick up the tax package, Bohanan said. There were a lot of counties that said theyd rather have the cuts than the [teacher] pension shift.

Crooked I Loses Slot Machines, Others Stay

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The majority of the gaming machines in Chesapeake Beach will be staying right where they are, except for the machines at the Crooked I. The bill eliminating the sunset on Calverts gaming machines was passed during the legislative season that ended Monday. Delegate Tony ODonnell said the sunset on gaming machines in the Chesapeake Beach was eliminated, meaning that they will remain there for the foreseeable future. A second bill regulating them further and giving more of the proceeds to Calvert and the town was killed in the senate. At least there will be some regulation from the state lottery commission, ODonnell said. Senate President Mike Miller said machines in the American Legion Post in Chesapeake Beach, the Rod N Reel and Abners Crab House are considered legal machines, which have been in place since the WWII era. They were an offshoot of the commercial Bingo games in the same locations. The illegal pull-tabs, like the ones at the Crooked I, look similar but are not the same, according to Miller. A major difference between the legal and the illegal pull-tabs is that with the legal ones, the owners know how many winners there are in the machines and how much each winner is worth, Miller said. Ryan Hill, co-owner of Crooked I, said removing the machines will have an adverse effect on the business. The Crooked I will lose money not only from the removal of the machines, but from the loss of food and beverage sales. It is our belief that we were targeted Senator Miller seemed intent in not wanting to include us in the grandfathering, Hill said, adding that the company is reviewing its options. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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At least for now thats stopped. This is essentially flat funding, he said. He said jurisdictions like Prince Georges face cuts of about $60 million, while St. Marys County would probably lose a couple million. Those are not cuts anyone expected, Bohanan said. Overall, ODonnell said that despite the confusion and disarray of the sessions last

day, no new taxes are a plus for the average citizen. The budget is balanced and spending increases by about $300 million, the citizens of Maryland dodged a bullet because of the mismanagement of Senate President [Thomas V. Mike] Miller, Speaker [Michael] Busch and Gov. OMalley, ODonnell said. guyleonard@countytimes.net


Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Special Session Likely to Raise Taxes

By Len Lazarick MarylandReporter.com The body language seemed to convey the lingering hostility. Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch stood stiffly behind their chairs, waiting for Gov. Martin OMalley to arrive at Tuesdays bill signing. The usual celebratory atmosphere after the 90-day session was muted by the failure to enact the tax hikes the night before, forcing the implementation of a budget with another $500 million in budget cuts. The chill did not diminish when the governor appeared. He cited successes on the environment and health care, but was still in a funk. Sadly, the operating budget was pretty much the low point of my experience here, said OMalley, who had set an ambitious agenda for the session. We cannot change the past, but we can change the future. The future is likely to hold an OMalley order for the lawmakers to return to Annapolis for a special session, as Miller and Busch would like to see. OMalley would not discuss calling a special session either Monday night or Tuesday morning, shoving aside the microphone when a reporter asked him about it again. Hes not a happy camper right now, Miller told reporters afterward, referring to OMalley. Hell get over it. Miller was the most upbeat of the trio, and the man the other two blamed for the chaotic end of session. There is always drama in the final hours of the General Assembly; bills die as time runs out and some miraculously survive. Mondays drama was abnormal as these things go. Important bills expire at end of session, but typically not the legislation that smoothes the way for the coming budget. Miller is an ideal target for the wrath of OMalley, Busch and others. Large and flamboyantly loquacious, he can come off as magnanimous and sensitive leader one moment, and a blustering bully the next, unworried that his 26-year tenure at the Senates tiller is in jeopardy. Comptroller Peter Franchot, who made a special trip to the State House press room Monday to complain of Millers obsession with spreading gambling, said on the radio Tuesday that Miller should forced out. But having reneged on a pledge to retire four years ago, no one is pushing Miller out the door, as much as they would like to. We didnt fail anybody, Miller said. This is a minor bump in the road. If the legislature comes back for a one or two day session, Miller insisted, everything will be fine. The dysfunction between the House and Senate happens all the time, he said. Its no big deal. Miller praised Busch for his efforts. The speaker couldnt have worked harder, he said. Busch rolled his eyes. It was Miller who early in the session came up with the idea of the doomsday budget. He wanted unpleasant spending cuts in the governors budget that were to happen if legislators did not back tax hikes. The $500 million in cuts half of them to K-12 and higher education were designed to give people the courage to vote for the tax increases. No one expected the cuts to be implemented, but budgeters in both houses dug in their heels. Both sides wouldnt move, Miller said. Led by Miller, the Senate wanted a larger income tax hike, affecting more taxpayers; the House wanted only people making more than $100,000 and up to pay more, but at a lower rate, raising less money than the Senate. Give OMalley a day or two to cool off and hell likely issue the order for a special session to raise taxes, the second of his tenure. Something starting around May 1 is likely for several reasons. The most compelling reason for lawmakers to come back to finish the job is that they failed to pass not just tax hikes, but the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act. This omnibus piece of legislation amends more than two dozen state laws, transferring funds and changing funding formulas and spending requirements affecting tens of millions of dollars. Without the BRFA (BUR-fa), the budget is incomplete and cant be completely implemented. This includes the shift of some teacher pension costs to the counties. With a week or two, the constituencies most impacted by budget cuts will have had time to get their members riled up: the teachers union facing loss of school funding, college students and administrators facing tuition hikes, state workers no longer getting their first cost of living raise in years. Other constituencies also have pressing needs. The counties are about to finalize their local budget proposals, most of which must be passed by the end of May. They all depend on state funding. Over the last three years, the counties have lost much of their state aid, but they still need to know the final figure what theyll get. More than half of most local budgets go to schools, and the school systems need to know what theyre getting. University regents and community college

trustees need to know whether they need to raise tuitions to make up for the 10 percent doomsday cut. State agencies need to know if they must trim operating expenses 8 percent come July, and whether another 500 state positions must go.

Not to be dismissed is the elimination of the $12 million in scholarships delegates and senators dole out to constituents, often at high school graduation and awards ceremonies in May. Len@MarylandReporter.com

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To The Editor
I attended the March 19 Board of County Commissioners Budget work session and experienced a sense of disappointment when Commissioner Cindy Jones moved to eliminate all non-county organizations who had never received funding previously from 2013 budget consideration. Incidentally, this was the only motion made during the review of these organizations that had unanimous support! What made it even more inexplicable was that the Commissioners then proceeded to go down the list of previously funded organizations one-by-one discussing the merits of what each organization contributes to St. Mary's County. My unhappiness would have been mollified if they had treated each organization, regardless of previous funding, on it's own merits and the services it offers county residents. I would think, in all fairness, that having gone through the labor intensive process of completing all the documentation required by the commissioners for submittal, these organizations, both new and old, would have at least been given a fair and equal hearing. Granting that we elected

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Thursday, March 29, 2012


Commissioners Action Was a Travesty

these officials to represent the community, I consider the highhanded approach taken by the Board to be reprehensible and a travesty to both the organizations involved and the residents of St. Mary's County. I am writing this in the hopes that it will motivate the Board of County Commissioners to review each organization's submittal and reconsider funding for each organization on its own merits, regardless of previous funding. Glenn Weder Hollywood, MD

Thanks For Coming to the Polls

I would like to thank all the folks who voted for me. It has been an educational experience running for the board of education. It is personally satisfying to know that so many believed in what I was trying to do. I set out to put forth some ideas on how to improve the public school system and I have had the opportunity to do just that. With a little luck, maybe some of these ideas will be embraced by those who end up on the board. I would like to remind everyone that public education defines who we are. It creates the basis of the next generation. It provides the skills and knowledge of our heritage which allows everyone, no matter their race, gender, religious, or sexual orientation to be a productive part of our society. I would also like to urge everyone to vote. We send our brave men and women around to world to preserve this precious right and is important for everyone to not squander their sacrifices by not voting. Today we work around the world to help people earn this right. People have fought for centuries in both this country and others to obtain this right. For us to not use it is certainly un-American. Please vote! David Kelsey Hollywood, MD

Officials Cut Out the Heart of County

Commissioners: At your budget work session on Monday, March 19, you considered proposals to reduce funding to several agencies that have for decades provided, and continue to provide a wide array of services to the people of St. Marys County. Especially in these difficult economic times, I know that you have the very tough job of balancing available revenue with the responsible expenditure of funds in a way that best benefits our community. On top of everything else, in the midst of these tough economic times it appears that the county will also have to address additional funding requirements formerly assumed by the State of Maryland, only adding to your dilemma. Before you make your final decision on this years budget and the level of funding to be provided to our nonprofit organizations, I ask you to remember that as the fastest growing county in our state our responsibilities to the people in our community grow in number, type, and complexity, and will only increase. I also ask you to consider that far from being outside agencies or non county organizations as they are often characterized, these groups and the people who volunteer and work for them are the glue that keeps our community together. They guide our young people; they care for our elderly; they feed our hungry, and provide shelter to our homeless. They heal our sick, counsel our troubled, and educate our work force so they can provide a better life for their families. They repair and build our homes and they enable our less able friends, family members, and neighbors. They work to provide a better quality of life through interesting events and enlightening events and activities. They preserve our very history and Tidewater environment, and tell our Countys many stories so that they will not be lost to future generations. They are St. Marys County. And its impossible to say that this particular organization or that group is less important than another. To do so would be like saying that ones right arm is less important than the left. The dedication and care of the people in these organizations provides us with a quality of life that make us proud to call St. Marys County our home. Times are surely tough, but if we can believe what they tell us, St. Marys is the fourteenth wealthiest county in the nation. And with that comes the responsibility to keep doing the right thing for the people in our community, as weve done for decades. Were fortunate to have such a bright present and the potential for an even brighter future. Lets make sure that this light continues to shine. Joe Anderson Drayden, MD

Schaller becomes Victim of Local Vendor Preference

Recent news articles explained the reason for Bob Schallers departure as Head of the Department of Economic and Community Development. He resigned rather than be fired because in an email he tried to persuade the Superintendent of Schools to reconsider awarding a contract for propane to his friend, Taylor Gas, at a higher price rather than to the lowest qualified bidder, Southern Maryland Oil. It seems that Bob Schaller is the first victim of the new St. Marys County Procurement Policy that has a 10% local vender preference up to $50,000 per contract. The School System does not have the local vendor preference, which is the correct policy because taxpayers money is used to educate the children and support teachers rather than subsidize a few local contractors at the expense of the majority of taxpayers. John Savich, County Administrator said in regard to Schallers email to Superintendent of Schools, The email speaks for itself. Were dealing with public money, its not ours. Yet Mr. Savich and Commissioners Russell, Morgan, Jones, and Morris pushed through the new County Procurement policy with local vender preference that spends money that is not theirs. It is our tax money used as a subsidy. There is a double standard here. Commissioner Jarboe voted against this government subsidy that is viewed by some as cronyism. The new County Procurement policy is bad policy for a number of reasons: It will cost the taxpayers more, possibly a million dollars more a year initially, and this money could be better used for other demands, and there are many; It will reduce the number of qualified bidders when contractors from other jurisdictions realize they must start out at a 10% handicap. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare a good proposal, so why bother? Reduced competition going forward will lead to even higher prices for the taxpayers, you and me. Competition is always good; Other Counties will reciprocate and penalize our contractors bidding on contracts in those counties. This will hurt our St. Marys County contractors trying to compete on merit in the broader market place. The commissioners should bring this bad procurement policy back to the table for reconsideration before there are more victims, the taxpayers who have to pay more and the local venders who want to compete on merit in other counties. Lets get rid of this good old boy procurement policy and allow all to compete on merit , not taxpayer subsidies and cronyism. Joe Wible Sr. Leonardtown, MD

The 2012 General Assembly Session started off to be one of the best sessions for the environment in history, with several strong conservation bills introduced by Governor OMalley and legislative leaders, but as the clock wound down on the last day of the Session, it became clear that while the legislature took steps to restore the Chesapeake Bay and our waters, they failed to lead on developing offshore wind and cleaning up trash from our local waters. A package of legislation to improve water quality, create jobs, protect public health and reduce flooding has passed in the 2012 General Assembly session. The bills would increase the Bay Restoration Fund to finish wastewater treatment plant upgrades (SB 240 / HB 446), require the states largest jurisdictions to create a dedicated fee to reduce polluted stormwater runoff (SB 614 / HB 987), and reduce pollution from poorly planned development and septic systems (SB 236 / HB 445). The General Assembly Session also started strong with an offshore wind bill backed by Governor Martin OMalleyMaryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012 (SB 237/ HB 441). The bill passed the House of Delegates with a vote of 8847 and received a strong majority support in numerous statewide polls but died when a final vote could not be found in the Senate Finance Committee. The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012 would have incentivized the construction of ocean-based wind turbines ten miles or more off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. The legislation included multiple provisions to protect consumers and to stimulate Marylands economy. The Senate failed to act despite, 127 business, civic, faith and minority leaders declaring their support for Maryland offshore wind power. That list includes a dozen groups like the NAACP and the Economic Development and Training Institute, 79 small businesses and 36 faith leaders and ministers along with conservation groups including the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, Environment Maryland, the National Wildlife Federation, the League of Women Voters, the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, and Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light. Although the Maryland League of Conservation Voters applauds the steps taken to protect and restore our states waterways, we are disappointed that the Senate did not respond to the growing demand from all areas of the state to take put Maryland in front on offshore wind. This fight is not over and we are looking ahead to next session as well as to the 2014 legislative elections where citizens can ensure that legislators are held accountable for their lack of action. Unfortunately another casualty of the session included the Community Clean Up and Greening Act (HB1247/SB511), commonly known as the Bag Fee bill. This bill would have reduced trash across Maryland by adding a $.05 fee to all bags provided by retail outlets like similar bills in Washington DC and Montgomery County. The Bag Fee died in committee weeks before the end of the legislative session. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters commends the leadership of Gov. OMalley and our champions like Chairman Dereck Davis, Chairman Mac Middleton, Chairman Maggie McIntosh as well as leaders like Sen. Paul Pinsky and Del. Tom Hucker but we look forward to 2014 when the voice of voters will have their say on the performance of those legislators who talk a big game on issues like clean energy but dont deliver. Karla Raettig, Executive Director Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Missing an Opportunity to Lead


Thursday, April 12, 2012

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To The Editor
County. Ultimately this would result in Sotterley Plantations becoming less worthy of funding in the eyes of potential donors and supporters, sending Sotterley in a downward spiral that would be difficult, if not impossible, to reverse. I respectfully ask that you reconsider the budget cuts and continue your vital, and much appreciated, support of Sotterley. I truly feel this place matters to my family, our grandchildren, and future generations. Sotterley is an irreplaceable asset of our county.

Cutting Sotterley is a Bad Idea

I am a member of Historic Sotterley Plantation, and I am distressed that the proposed 2013 budget again calls for funding cuts for non-governmental organizations such as Sotterley. In addition, there was serious discussion of additional cuts or eliminations in funding in the future for non-county agencies. This reduction in support would undoubtedly have a devastating effect on Sotterley, many of the other worthy organizations, and the quality of life in the county itself. Sotterley Plantation offers so much to our community as a National Historic Landmark site. Historic Sotterley works diligently to obtain all additional funding needed to run this 94-acre site containing over 20 historically significant structures. Sotterley is a non-profit that DOES NOT receive general operational funding from the State of Maryland or the Federal government. Operational money needed each year comes from its membership, special events, site rentals, corporate support, gifts, tourism, etc. Sotterley applies for grants whenever possible for its many program and capital needs. In-kind donations and over 15,000 volunteer hours also make many important projects and events possible and keep costs low. Sotterley has a real impact in the lives of those who live and work in our county and community. As a premiere living history classroom, approximately 6,000 students visit Sotterley Plantation to attend education programs each year where they experience unique hands-on learning that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Approximately 25,000 people come to Sotterley Plantation each year to visit and attend events and programs, and volunteer. Sotterley is a magnet for tourists: many of these visitors come from outside the area and the county benefits from their tourism dollars. Even with the high financial hurdles Sotterley has faced in recent years, Sotterley has come so far as a site and an institution. It has created new tours, new exhibits and signs, a new education space, a new Visitor Center, a new introductory video for visitors, a new and improved website, recorded many oral histories, created community garden plots, planted education and wildlife plots, expanded its nature trail system, restored many of the historic roofs including that of its 1703 Plantation House, restored its 1830s Slave Cabin, expanded its special event offerings, and will continue to make improvements throughout 2012 and beyond. Sotterley is a tremendous asset to St. Marys County and our southern Maryland region. However, continued funding reductions from our County would force Sotterley to cut programs, staffing, and possibly even public accessibility, which would be a tragic loss to St. Marys

Legal Notices

Janet H. Allison Great Mills, MD

NOTICE TO BIDDERS ASPHALT PAVING COMMISSIONERS OF LEONARDTOWN The Commissioners of Leonardtown will be accepting bids to mill, resurface, and stripe Fenwick St. from Lawrence Ave. to Washington St. (approx. 17,500 sq. ft.). Interested bidders shall obtain a copy of the bid specification by contacting The Commissioners of Leonardtown at P.O. Box 1, 41660 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, Maryland, 20650 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Requests may also be made by calling 301-475-9791 or by fax at 301-475-5350. A non-mandatory, pre-bid meeting will be held April 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. on the work site. If you should have any questions please contact Tony Wheatley at 301-475-9791. Bids will be due by 10:00 a.m., May 3, 2012. The Commissioners of Leonardtown reserve the right to reject any and all bids and proposals, and to accept any proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the Town.

Dont Glorify Slavery Commissioners

This is a response and disagreement to the person asking for the County Commissioners to give more money to the Sotterley Plantation because it does not deserve any such contribution. Some people try to claim that the Sotterley Plantation is so beautiful and nice but it is the ugliest place in all of St. Marys County. It is ugly because Sotterley is built upon the most brutal hatred that the USA has ever known, it was built by violent exploitation and by cruel butchery and by sinful greed. The supporters always brag about the Sotterley slave cabin on the property, but that was the cabin for the house slaves, while the field slaves lived and labored in far worse conditions. The bigger wrong of financing and supporting the Sotterley Plantation is not the slavery but the horrible process of glamorizing the slave masters, and of glamorizing the Masters Mansion as if it is some noble or honorable place which it is not. Of course many people like to refer to it as history and historic as if being history makes it all okay, but that is not accurate because the Sotterley Plantation is presenting that history in a dishonest way as in a pack of lies. The people who built and maintained the Sotterley Plantation did not do the work, they did not earn the money or the wealth, as the masters of Sotterley were really sinful and barbaric persons. It would be different and would be better if that ugly plantation building were torn down, and maybe build some decent place on the property, as like build a school or a nursing home there, so then the entire St Marys population could take pride into the property, instead of the now one-sided praise given to honor that slave plantation which it does not deserve. That kind of ugly history needed to have been left to rot or buried and disposed of, instead of praising it or sustaining it as a true embarrassment to the other part of our community who reject it and denounce it. James P. Cusick Hollywood, MD

Legal Notice
COMMISSIONERS OF LEONARDTOWN FAIR SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE NO. 155 Notice is hereby given that the Commissioners of Leonardtown have passed, and the Mayor has approved, Ordinance No. 155, of the Leonardtown Municipal Code. A fair summary of the ordinance will follow: For the purpose of approving and authorizing the Mayor to sign on behalf of the Town certain agreements related to the development of the project known as the Clark Farm. A certain Sewer Impact Fee Agreement, Storm Water Inspection and Maintenance Agreement and a certain Public Works Agreement are incorporated into the Ordinance. Ordinance No. 155 will become effective April 30, 2012. A full text of this ordinance may be obtained at the Town Office at 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD. By Authority: Laschelle McKay, Town Administrator 04-12-12


Kids Eye View: I Need More to Do

Did you know Business Insider ranked St. Marys County as the 14th wealthiest county in America? Having said that, why dont we have a decent movie theatre? We were promised one years ago. A developer had been required to build one when First Colony shopping center opened. What happened? My uncle lives in a poor town in Missouri. The strange thing is it has a state-of-the-art YMCA! Now that says something about St. Marys. Not trying to be rude, but really we need more to do. If people dont like sports, theres not much to do. I like sports I do Scottish Highland dance at the House of Dance. Its cool, but people like me do better with art and the more creative stuff. If youre like that, theres hardly anything to do. No pottery classes, art classes, baking classes or anything in that area except in the summer. All Im saying is there needs to be more to do! Rebecca Morrison, age 12 Hollywood, MD

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By Carrie Munn Staff Writer When I actually held the magazine in my hand, it sunk in, and I thought, thats me! said Youth Services Supervisor for St. Marys County Public Library Amanda Ellington, who was recently recognized as a 2012 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. Ellington said shes in good company amongst 53 other librarians from across the nation that have done a lot to push the library world forward. Named a recession buster by the national journal for her ability to implement Active Learning Centers, or hands-on, interactive places which aim to get young children school-ready, on a minimal budget, Ellington said she is proud to send the message that it isnt necessary to be a library with ample funds to incorporate early literacy. The most rewarding thing about receiving this award, she said, is getting calls from other librarians across the country, asking for suggestions, because that means maybe theyll do it too. That it she refers to is a creative- and

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budget-conscious approach to providing Every Child Ready to Reads five practices of reading, writing, singing, talking and playing through engaging spaces in the childrens section of the library. From the felt boards she created using industrial felt, donated plywood and Photo by Carrie Munn her very first staple gun, to Greeting patrons with a smile, Amanda Ellington, sits in the chilthe popular Set the Table drens department of the Lexington Park library, where her lowactivity centers that spark cost early learning renovations earned her a prestigious Movers & creative play in addition to Shakers award from Library Journal last month. color matching, Ellington (ALSC) committee as well as writes blogs for said many of the ideas were brought to fruition thanks to the work of dedi- the group. Lexington Park Branch manager Marycated staff. Ellington was shocked when she was Anne Bowman said her two young sons are granted $10,000 by the library board to make crazy about the Active Learning Centers and improvements, but explained her goal was to stated, Not only is Amanda being recognized nationwide by her colleagues, but all make that funding go as far as possible. Ellington said when she started at the li- the kids in the county recognize her in that brary in 2009 she assessed that the layout just they are playing with her creations and ideas wasnt working from a management stand- every day. She has even utilized hallways and bathpoint, with the bigger kids comfort level waning as they entered, passing by the pic- room walls to encourage learning, and helps ture books, and the back section stifled by a adapt the ideas to work in the other branches low ceiling and tall shelves. She drafted up a as well. Thats what its all about, according to reconfiguration plan on a computer program and, once approved, set about transforming Ellington, who shared she knows many kids the childrens section of the Lexington Park by name, has forged relationships involving branch into a bright, inviting space for all age hugs and chatting with certain young customers and has seen several kids grow up over groups. She laughed about a late night at the their routine visits to the library and story Lexington Park branch where staff, along times. New ideas are already in the works too, with family and friends, noshed on pizza and moved all shelves and books into a more she said. She shared she recently got approval functional arrangement. The branchs wood- to implement the writing element through the en helicopter required a car jack for reloca- creation of a post office in the childrens section. Other creations followed with inexpen- tion, with mailboxes throughout the space for sive trips to the hardware store and the help cherished childrens book characters which of staff, interns and the countys building will be going up within the month. And after noticing how drawn to the services crew. This is really an ongoing process for interactive stations the older kids have been, me, Im always coming up with new ideas, she said she has plans for more hands-on stuff Ellington said, adding she had no idea that for the bigger kids to do, such as a joke board these on-a-shoestring budget ideas would and an I Spy activity. She said in the future, perhaps with the help of a grant, shed like to garner so much attention. She told The County Times shes come plant a literacy garden for St. Marys youth to to realize what an awesome library system enjoy as well. She said watching kids gravitate to a she works for, with a board, branch manager and director that are genuinely supportive. new activity or watching a parent and child Ellington said she hopes all the attention will exploring and learning together are increddraw more people, and their children, in to ibly rewarding parts of her work. We really want this to be a place where see what the library has to offer. The 31 year olds colleagues had noth- [kids] can come and do more than just read. ing but good things to say about her. She was Coming to the library should be a novel excalled a go-getter by the libraries Youth perience, with many things they dont have or Coordinator Janis Cooker and fellow chil- get to do at home. As much as Ellington pours herself into drens librarians complimented her resourceher work, she has also been an active member fulness, energy and creativity. Kathleen Reif, Director of St. Marys of The Young Professionals Initiative St. libraries, who made the nomination, said, Marys County and currently serves as the Amanda has provided an invaluable re- groups president. While she spent seven years as a middle source for parents to enjoy learning experiences with the children for the 60 hours a school teacher, its evident Ellington thorweek that the library is open. She also com- oughly enjoys her current career. She said: mented on Ellingtons guidance to staff at sometimes I walk around in here in the other branches as well as through presenta- mornings before opening and I just find myself with a big smile on my face. tions at state and national conferences. The award-winner serves on the Association for Library Service to Children carriemunn@countytimes.net

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Man Found Guilty of Manslaughter in Budds Creek Crash

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Jurors found a Prince Georges man guilty of vehicular manslaughter Wednesday after a trial that recounted the events of a tragic collision which took a racers life at a popular local racetrack. The jury came to their verdict at about 3 p.m. after hearing testimony for two days about the events of Oct. 20, 2010 when Richard Jackson, 20, of Largo was killed after a car traveling at a high rate of speed hit his car while he was sitting on his own cars trunk. Prosecution witness David Smith, head of a car club that was watching Jackson race that night, said that after Jackson lost a race he and the others queued up on the access road to leave when the defendant, Jerron Jennings, raced by them, lost control and struck Jacksons vehicle. I saw Mr. Jennings fly past me, Smith told the jury Monday. The engine of his car was screaming. After the collision, Smith said he saw Jackson on the roadway, which was pitch black that night with almost no lighting, lying there just breathing heavily. He wasnt responding to any of us, Smith said. You could see his legs were broken. Jennings defense team told jurors that Jacksons car was stopped sideways in the roadway in Jennings path when the crash occurred, and that Jackson was sitting on the trunk of his car on impact. Before the crash, Smith said he saw Jennings, who was not a member of the club, in the last spot in the line trying to leave the track. Jennings then sped out from around the rest of the line and raced ahead, Smith testified. Jennings defense lawyer, Kevin McCants, told jurors in his opening statements that Jennings wound up in an accident himself trying to avoid Jacksons improperly stopped vehicle and that the entire incident was an accident. It couldve been avoided if everyone had stayed in line, Smith told jurors from the witness stand. Jennings was let go on his personal recognizance despite the felony conviction, Assistant States Attorney Jaymi Sterling said Wednesday. The judge in the case requested a presentencing investigation be done into Jennings past before he passed sentence on the defendant at a later date, Sterling said. Sterlings request for revocation of bond was denied, she said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Catholic Bee Winners Move Up

On March 28 the St. John Francis Regis Knights of Columbus, of Hollywood, held a Catholic Bee for the 4th and 5th graders of St. Johns Parish. The Catholic Bee tested the children on their knowledge of the Catholic faith. The winners were Augustine Olon, first place, Sam Morgan, second and Ryan Conway, third. They will advance to the district level competition held on April 14, and those winners will advance to the Knights of Columbus state competition held on April 21. In the photos are winners Sam Morgan, left, Augustine Olon and Ryan Conway. In the back is Chris Woehrer, Co-Chairman and host, left, Deacon Ammon Ripple, judge, Rich Olon Co-Chair and moderator and Bill Reabe, council Grand Knight.

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Libraries to be closed half day for training Each of the three branches will be closed on an upcoming Friday morning until 1 p.m. for staff training. Lexington Park library will close on April 20, Leonardtown on Apr. 27 and Charlotte Hall on May 4. Music students present concert The students of Bella Music School will present a free family concert at the Leonardtown branch this Saturday, Apr. 14, at 2 p.m. The concert will feature a student orchestra, solos, ensembles and more. Adults can receive computer help Lexington Park library will hold an open computer lab on Apr. 17 at 5:30 p.m. for adults who want to work on their computer skills such as Word, Excel or even job search skills. Library staff will be available to offer assistance. Leonardtown library is offering Introduction to PowerPoint 2010 at 2 p.m. at on Apr. 16. Both classes are free but registration is required. Kindle Workshop scheduled at Charlotte Hall Adults can bring their Kindles to Charlotte Hall branch on April 26 at 4 p.m. and learn the basics of using it, how to download eBooks, and how to manage their digital content. Registration is required. Lexington Park to host Books, Coffee & Conversation Adults are invited to come to the Lexington Park library for coffee and engaging conversation on Apr. 17 at 10:30 a.m. They can share books they have read or listened to. Hunger Games trivia Adults and teens are invited to test their survival skills and Hunger Games trivia knowledge at the Hunger Games program offered at Lexington Park library on Apr. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Those attending can come sporting their districts wear. Registration is required. Starting a Business workshops to be offered Information on starting and financing a business will be presented by the Small Business Administration at a free workshop at the Lexington Park library on Apr. 25 at 9:30 a.m. SBA will also discuss the programs and services they offer; the process of developing a business plan; financing credit; and available tools to help individuals get started. The workshop will be repeated at Leonardtown on May 4 and at Charlotte Hall on May 9. Both will start at 9:30 a.m. Month of Military Child celebrated In celebration of the Month of the Military Child, the special program, Zoom into action! Read with your child, will be held at Lexington Park branch on Apr. 26 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Activities are planned in which parents and children will have fun reading and playing together.

Potomac River focus of CCA Meeting

The Patuxent River Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA MD) will hold its monthly chapter meeting on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at Stoneys Kingfisher restaurant, Solomons. This months meeting will feature Captain Dennis Fleming as the guest speaker. Mr. Fleming is a licensed Maryland Fishing Guide in addition to being a Maryland Commissioner for the Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC). His talk will focus on fishing the Potomac River while touching on the history of the river, current challenges facing the river, fisheries management and Potomac River trivia. The meeting is free and open to the public. Attendees can order from Stoneys Kingfisher menu and choose from their many brews and other beverages. Come join us for an entertaining presentation and learn a few Potomac River hotspots and techniques as well.

Budget Blinds CEO Going on Undercover Boss

The weekly show Undercover Boss, on CBS, follows executives as they leave the comfort of their corner offices to examine the inner workings of their companies in a roll-up-yoursleeves environment. On April 13, Chad Hallock, CEO of Budget Blinds, will trade in his suit for a Budget Blinds polo shirt as he works hands on in the window covering manufacturing process and then goes door to door, taking part in customer consultations and product installations. In 1992, Hallock co-founded Budget Blinds with his brother and three close friends with no more than a smile on his face and $5000 in his pocket, according to a press release. Today, the company has grown to become the largest window coverings franchise in North America, with a location in Mechanicsville. To be able to work with the franchisees that have made this company a success was something I could not pass up - even though I havent taken part in an in-home consultation or installed a blind in quite some time, Hallock said. Across the country, Budget Blinds franchisees are excited about the national exposure Undercover Boss will bring, a press release states. Not only is this a great opportunity to help grow our individual franchises, its a great opportunity for the company as a whole, said Ken Turing of Budget Blinds of Southern Maryland. Being on Undercover Boss will give Chad valuable insight into franchisee day to day operations that he is sure to incorporate into all future communications and initiatives. The episode featuring Hallock is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday on the local CBS channels.

Teacher Wins Writing Award

Caroline Trossbach receives $500 check from Bob Elwood, President of Potomac River Association, sponsors of the Jansson Prize for Environmental Writing. The Jansson Prize is awarded to the best essay on a subject determined by the contest sponsors. The challenge for 2012 was to write an essay describing how the author would go about restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay if they were an absolute monarch whose every command had to be obeyed. The full text of Trossbachs essay can be found at the Potomac River Associations website. Ms. Trossbach teaches Spanish at St. Michael's School in Ridge.

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Seminary Chorus Concert Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church (9463 H.G.Trueman Road, Lusby) 7 p.m. The Seminary Chorus of forty one extraordinary male voices is on tour and will perform. Admission is free. For more information call 410-231-2075 or check www. shepherdofthebay.com. Screenwriting Workshop Calvert Library, Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) 7 p.m. Calvert Librarys tag line is Your destination for imagination, information and inspiration. One of the ways that they live up to this assertion is through the support of several writing groups. One of the groups is Writers by the Bay which meets monthly at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Several published authors attend the sessions and more that hope to be published soon. Primarily, the genre the group works on is prose fiction but recently there has been some interest in screenwriting. To support that interest, Will Joy, a graduate of the New York Film Institute, will be hosting a workshop covering the fundamentals of the screenplay. He has worked on several films including two major Hollywood features. He will cover structure, stylistic elements including plot, character, action, description and dialogue as well as technical format. If you have ever wanted to write for a movie, this is a workshop not to be missed. If you are just curious about how the process works, you are welcome as well! Please register online or by calling 410-5350291. For more information, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Golden Retriever Rescue Yard Sale (42855 Lytle Lane, Leonardtown) 8 a.m. Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland will be holding a yard sale. Please call 301-475-7022 for further information. Therapeutic Horsemanship Barn Cleaning Greenwell State Park (25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood) 10 a.m. The Greenwell Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in its yearly spring cleanup of the Therapeutic Riding Program barn. Come and help us get our barn spruced up. Our horses and riders appreciate all the work we do. Duties include; washing horse blankets and halters, washing water buckets, organizing supplies, sweeping aisles and removing unneeded items from the loft. Water provided; bring a bag lunch. Letters of service hours will be provided. 2nd Saturday Series From the Ground Up Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. From the basement to the attic of Sotterleys 1703 Plantation House there are numerous nooks and crannies rarely seen by most people. Presented by Sotterleys Restoration Manager, this exclusive tour will reveal how the structure was built and what the various spaces tell us about the over 300 year history. Advanced reservations only. $15 per person. Limited to 16 people per tour. Indoor and outdoor walking required. Call for reservations. Contra Dance Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) 7 p.m. A Contra Dance sponsored by Southern MD Traditional Music and Dance, featuring caller Elgin Perry, will be held in Chaptico. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun. If youve ever danced a Virginia Reel or been to a Square Dance, you have a good idea how much fun it can be. If you havent, its about time you tried it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for non SMTMD members, $6 for members and band members are free. No fancy or outlandish clothing is required! You need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to www.smtmd.org.

Friday, April 13

Bunco Tournament VFW 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) 7 p.m. Everyone over 21 is welcome. Bunco offers the perfect excuse to get together with friends for laughs, drinks, conversation and relaxation. Its a fun dice game that is easy to Play! Bring a friend or meet new friends at the VFW. Cash buy-in is $5 cash payouts are determined by the number of players. Must be 21 or older to play. Game instructions explained at 6:30 p.m. and game play starts at 7 p.m. Register at lavfwbunco@ gmail.com Check out all our upcoming events at www.vfwpost2632.com or on Face Book at VFW 2632. Homemade Home-style All You Can Eat Breakfast 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (45245 Drayden Road, Valley Treasure Sale Lee) 8 a.m. All Saints Episcopal Church (100 Lower The community is invited is an all Marlboro Road, Sunderland) 8 a.m. you can eat breakfast. The menu includes Find great buys at All Saints Episcopal scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, panChurchs Treasures Sale. Free admission and cakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot free parking. For more information, call 301- biscuits, creamed chipped beef, spiced apple855-4865. Proceeds benefit the Episcopal sauce and assorted juices, milk and coffee. Church. Adults are $8, children between the ages of 6 and 12 are $4 and children under the age of 5 Asbury Solomons Bettys Closet Sale eat free. Proceeds benefit the fire department Asbury Solomons Retirement Community and rescue squad. For more information, call Auditorium (11000 Asbury Circle, Solo301-994-9924. mons) 9 a.m. The day will include Bettys Closet a Motorcycle Safety Rally resale of new and gently used clothing, ac- Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department cessories and jewelry. The library committee (24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 11 a.m. will also have many books on sale at a great Riders, rider educators, insurance comprice Grannies Treasures will also be selling panies, rider clubs, organizations and other house wares, furniture and many miscella- advocates will host a Motorcycle Safety neous item. All proceeds will benefit the Be- Rally at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departnevolent Care Fund For more information, ment starting at 11 a.m. for a Blessing of the call 410-394-3483. Bikes by Rushing Winds Motorcycle Ministry with Gordon Preacher Bacon, followed

by events, outreach, and interactive booths from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The event is free, open to all and will provide an opportunity for riders to receive information on licensing, pre-ride mechanical checks, and learn about advanced riding skills. Additionally, a practice course will be open to licensed riders over 18 years of age wearing proper safety equipment. The day will include a more challenging course for advanced riders. Grill Sergeant BBQ and Kettle Corn will be on site to purchase some delicious foods. Information from insurance groups, dealers, accessory shops, advocacy groups, door prizes and on-site poker run round out the day. Wallet cards, MVA Motorcycle Manuals, state maps and Southern Maryland Trails will be available. There will also be a drawing for 4 tickets to Blue Crabs Baseball game for those who complete a quick survey. The rally is a combined effort of riders, educators, and advocates. Presentations on topics to include Road Captain/Group Rides, First There/ First Care, T-CLOCK (pre-ride checks), and General Maintenance will be conducted. Maryland Motor Vehicle Administrations SMARTrainer, Motorcycle Simulator, along with the mobile classroom will be on site and free to try. Three courses will available for those with limited experience to those with more experience to practice and obtain techniques from experience riders and educators. Ride Like a Pro Maryland will show riders more advanced skills, including single-lift for dropped bikes. The Blessing of the Bikes will begin at 11 a.m. with some patriotic songs and proclamation issued by elected officials. St. Marys County Sheriffs Office, on behalf of law enforcement will say a few words to encourage riders to continue to develop their skills on their bikes, the importance of making riders most visible and that officers are vigilant in efforts to enforce laws to motorists who drive in an unsafe manner around motorcyclists. Music for the Spring Concert Waters Memorial United Methodist Church (5400 Mackall Road, St. Leonard) 5 p.m. The Chesapeake Community Chorus presents a Music for the Spring. The concert will feature contemporary, gospel, classical Christian and secular music by John Rutter, Mary McDonald, Samuel Ward, Phillip Bliss, Peter Choplin, and others. The concert will include for the young in heart, five nursery rhymes as well as the famous story of The Tortoise and the Hare. Other songs will include: America the Beautiful, and Down to the River to Pray. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Calvert Hospice House. The Chorus is a volunteer group of thirty singers in its 9th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in Calvert County. The chorus has raised over $51,000 for these charities.

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Tuesday, April 17
Kimberly Ann Stone Scholarship Fundraiser Green Turtle (98 Solomons Island Road South, Prince Frederick) all day Our April dinner will be at Green Turtle in Prince Frederick. The fund will be receiving 10 percent of the proceeds from the entire day. No flyer or coupon is needed for this event. The next event will be May 16 at Smokey Joes Bar & Grill in Chesapeake Beach. A flyer will be need for the May dinner. Greenwell Foundation Fundraiser Ledo Pizza (37680 Mohawk Drive, Charlotte Hall) 11 a.m. Dr. Modic/Academy Dental Care of Mechanicsville is holding a fundraiser at Ledo Pizza in Charlotte Hall. Ledos will donate a portion of the days proceeds to the Greenwell Foundation in Hollywood and the Smiles for Life Foundation. Dr. Modic holds various fundraisers throughout the year, for several years now, to raise money for scholarships for the Therapeutic Riding Program.

Wednesday, April 18
Stealing Trust Documentary Cole Cinema of the Campus Center on the St. Marys College (18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Marys City) 6 p.m. Stealing Trust, a documentary created by the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition that investigates the predatory and fraudulent practices of businesses that negatively affect Maryland consumers, will be shown for the public. Following the film screening, Franz Schneiderman, the director of communications for the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, will discuss what the agency has been working on this spring in the Maryland state legislature. The film and discussion are hosted by the St. Marys College Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

Thursday, April 19
Alzheimers Workshop College of Southern Maryland (22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) 10 a.m. This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimers disease and related dementias. The warning signs of Alzheimers disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, its time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. At this interactive workshop, you will learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimers disease. Well separate myth from reality and address commonlyheld fears about Alzheimers in America. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others. Zumba Fitness Class Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (43256 Rescue Lane, Hollywood) 5:45 p.m. Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad will host Zumba fitness classes every Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $7 per class or $25 for five classes. Proceeds benefit Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. For information call 301-757-2336

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No Limit Texas Hold Em Bounty Tournament St. Marys County Elks Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park) 7 p.m. Part of our Leaderboard Challenge Spring-Summer Season. Anyone can join or play at any time at no cost other than your buy-in to each tournament. No need to be part of the points system, you can just play to win. Buy-in $25 for $3,000 in chips and blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every 20 minutes. Earn points for every tournament you participate in. How many people eliminated before you determine the number of points you earn. Those accumulating the most points will receive a free roll to the $100 Leaderboard Challenge Tournament scheduled for August. Number of players receiving the free roll will be determined


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

A Journey Through Time




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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I hope that everyone had as nice an Easter as we did. What a beautiful day; cool breezes, sunshine, and lots of family. The Easter egg hunt took the kids awhile, and it looked like they enjoyed it. It was already their third one before they got to our house. My husband outdid himself on the firepit grill with marinated & herbed tuna steaks, and beefsteak. His sister had marinated chicken, and we had a couple pounds of stuffed ham. All that food would have been enough, but of course there was potato salad, green salad, deviled eggs, green beans, pineapple upside down cake, and trifle. Does this sound like your house too? We had already eaten quite a bit for church refreshments, and all the kids of the church hunted for Easter eggs around the church and in the cemetery. So, the kids should have been winding down at that point you would think. But they all made it through pretty well. The adults laughed and talked and ate way too much probably. I had hoped to keep the fire pit going through the night, even after everyone had left because I wanted to spend a few more pleasant hours outside. But I was in bed and asleep by 8 p.m. My husband was not far behind me. I think waking up a little after three oclock, making two quiches, two trifles, 54 deviled eggs, etc, etc, and ten Easter baskets, (and one Easter bag for Tidbit) did me in could have been having a knee out of whack, and maybe a touch of wine too that helped. Not complaining I really love doing all that. Everyone needs an Easter basket. My sons will get one as long as I am on this Earth. I was thankful that the coolness and the breeze kept any mosquitoes at bay, but we did have creatures crashing our party. Is everyone walking around with little neon green inchworms hanging all over them or is it just me. And you know how it is. Once you find one crawling on your sleeve, or hair, you feel like they are all over you. I see them hanging by their slender threads from all the tree branches and crawling on all the outside tables. They are actually fun to watch. The inchworms raise about three-quarters of their body to look around their perimeter every few inches or so. According to several online and nature guide sources, there are over 1200 species of inchworms just in North America. All I know is the one species native to our yard seems to be in the thousands. I dont want to annihilate them but I do hope the little caterpillars, since they are not really a worm at all but the caterpillar of the geometer moth, grow up quickly and leave home. I dont think I will have any kind of empty nest syndrome. And I hope they take all their other little friends the ants, stinkbugs, and ticks with them. While listening to NPR last week, I heard that we are going to have a banner year for all insects, especially stinkbugs. Noooo! I thought it was bad enough last year. I know all of these insects are a vital part of our ecosystem, and yes, they can be fun to watch, but I just would like them to behave a little better. They need to quit hitching rides on me. Not landing in my hot tea would be nice too. I suppose with Earth Day festivities set for Sunday the 22nd, in Leonardtown and all over the world, I should be a little more sympathetic to the inchworm. Okay, you guys have 10 more days then the game is changing. Ive also planted a lot of flowers in the last few days. Im hoping the cute little inchworms dont eat up the tender new leaves. I picked up quite a few geraniums. Ive read that the smell deters some insects and squirrels. The geraniums lasted pretty well last year. If they dont make it then Im going to place that order for the Venus Flytrap. Another remedy for inchworms was to encourage bees and wasps to your yard some of Tidbits favorite delicacies. Problem solved everyone is happy. To each new days adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com

Basford Manery Sunday. They continued, after or, originally a tract the death of Mr. Wilder, to reside of 1,500 acres [a later in St. Marys Co., Maryland, until resurvey indicated December, 1830. The spirit of emi4,000 acres] was gration to Kentucky and Missouri patented in 1650 by began to run pretty high, and Mrs. Thomas Gerard and Wilder believing it would be best was named for a place called Basford near for her young and growing family, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent decided to break herself loose from in Staffordshire, England. Often erroneously referred to as Bashford Manor it is Photo Courtesy of Photograph- the friends and relations by which ic Archives, Special Collections, she was surrounded and seek a new located between Chaptico and Maddox. University of Louisville home in the wild Western world, Recently I ran across a place called and on the 18th of December, 1830, Bashford Manor near Louisville, Kentucky. Hmmm.I thought. Theres got to be a St. Marys con- they landed at Louisville, Ky., their present home. James Bennett Wilder, born in 1817, was the elnection. Sure enough there is. In 1811, Edward Wilder, Jr. married Susanna Key dest son. Soon after arriving in Louisville, he worked Egerton*, daughter of James Egerton and Ann Nan- as a clerk for a wholesale drug business. His brother cy Bond. At the time of their marriage he [Edward Oscar began working there in 1834 and in 1838 the Wilder, Jr.] had been a clerk for her father, and was brothers bought the business. James cast a wide fiengaged to be married to her at the time of his death. nancial net and was a very successful businessman. They were married soon after, and he succeeded to He was one of the presidents of the old Lexington and the business of his father Egerton, who was a farmer Ohio Railroad the first railroad built in Kentucky and merchant at Chaptico, a small town in St. Marys and the first completed west of the Alleghenies. Like so many others, James Wilder physically Co., Maryland Susanna (Egerton) Wilder inherited Basford left St. Marys County, but kept it in his heart and Manor from her father and this is presumably where mind. About 1870 he built the home pictured here that Edward and Susannas five children were born prior to he called Bashford Manor. After his death in 1888, Edwards death in 1828. In 1830 Susanna moved her the property was acquired by George Long who bred champion race horses. The house was torn down in family to Louisville, Kentucky. Edward was a tall, spare man, with no tendency 1973 for residential homes and a shopping mall but to corpulency, industrious and enterprising, and was the area kept the name. And, at Churchill Downs highly respected in the community where he resided. each year, there is the annual running of the Bashford Mr. Wilder and his wife were both Episcopalians by Manor Stakes. *Susanna Key Egerton was a direct descendant birth. Mr. Wilder, though not a communicant, was exceedingly fond of taking his family to church ev- of Thomas Gerard.

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer Finders keepers, losers weepers? What do you do when you find something that belongs to someone else? Do you pocket the object, thanking the universe for an unexpected gift? Or do you go to the ends of the Earth to give it back to whomever it might belong? For most, the answer lies somewhere in the middle but Jonathan Lyons knew that an incalculably rare item absolutely needed to be returned after disappearing some 500 years ago. But in the new novel The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark, he cant do the deed if hes dead. So much noise so much blood. Those six words were the most intelligible things that Kathleen Lyons said. She was the only witness to the murder of her husband, Jonathan but maybe she wasnt just a witness. Suffering from Alzheimers, frightened, and covered with blood, Kathleen was discovered by her daughter, cowering in a closet and clutching a gun. Twenty-eight-year-old Mariah knew that her mother wasnt a killer. Still, it was true that Kathleen went into a rage when, in moments of lucidity, she remembered that she had evidence of her husbands infidelity. It was that infidelity that caused a rift between Mariah and her father, and it hurt Mariah to know that mending their relationship would never again be possible. It also hurt that her father hadnt shared his joy at what was surely the pinnacle of his career: Jonathan Lyons had discovered a priceless Biblical

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document, a letter from Jesus to Joseph of Arimathea. And that document was missing. As Kathleen Lyons was led away in handcuffs, crying and confused, Jonathans four best friends - all experts in antiquities - denied having seen the letter. Mariah was sure that one of them had been privy to her fathers discovery, or maybe Jonathan had confided in his mistress, Lily. Mariah hated Lily, so that wasnt a pleasant thought. Rory Steiger needed to get out of town. If that professor hadnt recognized her, things mightve been different, even though she really did hate tending to dear Kathleen. That was a job she would not miss. Rory hated being a caretaker almost as much as she hated being manipulated They say that Agatha Christie was the Grand Dame of Mystery. If thats true, then author Mary Higgins Clark must be the Marquise, because this book is a royal treat. Admittedly, The Lost Years is typical Clark: quietly predictable, and with a twist of history. The surprise is that it contains an appealing new crimesolver who, while meddlesome and a bit folksy, is somebody you cant help but like. And speaking of like, I like the gentle edginess of this novel. Theres blood in here, but no guts or gratuitous violence. Thats refreshing for a genre in which so many writers like to up the ante on gore. If youre someone who enjoys sharing novels with others, though, beware: lend this book and you may never get it back. Thats because, for mystery fans, The Lost Years is truly a keeper.

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CSM Focuses on the Fun of Fitness

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer More and more people are finding fitness not so much a chore as a fun and invigorating challenge. The College of Southern Maryland is offering a way for folks of all fitness levels to jump into the fitness craze, with simplicity of access and a wide variety of courses. With the popular Warrior Dash coming up in St. Marys County May 19 and 20, many have jumped on board to build themselves up for the notoriously dirty 3.02 mile course with a dozen daunting obstacles with the colleges 12-week training course leading up to the event. Jane Pomponio, the fitness coordinator at the LaPlata campus which offers the warrior preparation, said its been a popular offering and that a group has already built up their endurance through a series of challenging stations. Thanks to CSMs fitness trainer Angelina Johnson and aquatics coordinator Christopher Tuttle, who teach the training course, some fierce competitors are expected to participate in the two-day dash held at Budds Creek for its third year. More info on the event benefiting St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital can be found by visiting www.warriordash. com. But CSM knows that not all are of a mind to participate in such an endurance ning classes are another popular offering thanks to motivational instructors like Pam Brennan, who, through music and themed rides, always keeps her class interesting. Other courses being offered are based on the boot camp style, a current fitness trend, according to Ferrara. While the name may sound intimidating, she said, the instructors arent barking orders, but rather mixing it up week to week, keeping the workout challenging and interesting. Another new option CSM has begun to offer is personal training and even a fun, economical way to do so with a buddy. Ferrara explained getting in shape can be especially satisfying and less intimidating when doing so with a friend or spouse. I think being on campus and part of an educational institution sets us apart, she said, adding that the nationally-certified instructors really strive to explain the benefits of the exercises and offer tips for healthful living once a participant leaves the class. And while even a tri-athlete can utilize the facility to train for an upcoming event with options for swimming, spinning and even a 5K running course Ferrara said there is something for everyone, regardless of fitness level or age. In fact, she said one of the lunchtime spinning courses consistently sees a group of participants aged 60 and up. Even courses for those suffering from arthritis or other sometimes limiting conditions can get the benefit of fitness through available courses. We offer so many options here, she said, which she thinks is what keeps people going. As usual, she said, this past January, CSM saw a spike in memberships, due to New Years resolutions. But unlike years past, many are still participating. More and more, people are looking for more fun ways to stay in shape, Ferrara said. CSM offers several choices in pursuing that goal in a convenient, contract-free way. To find out more about the many course options, a group exercise passport, punch-passes, personal training and even family memberships, visit www. csmd.edu/CommunityEducation/fitnessclasses or call 240-725-5371.

event and offers several other options for staying fit. At the Leonardtown campus, community members can enjoy the amenities of the aquatics and fitness centers by paying per visit or by purchasing a 10 or 20-visit punch pass. But the fun factor lies in getting your passport to try a variety of group exercise courses, according to the Leonardtown facilities assistant director Judi Ferrara. A GroupEX Passport, available for $138, gives community members a chance to try out exciting classes and form their own exercise road map, working around their individual schedules. Passport holders can choose from any number of yoga, cardio and strength training courses offered at various times and days throughout the week. Ferrara explained that while one might expect participants to leave a 45 minute exercise course in not the greatest of moods, she often sees sweaty faces leaving the Zumba classes next to her office beaming with smiles. The spin-

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Live Music: Slow Shot Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) 9 p.m. Live Music: Carol ONeill, David Norris and Charely Bass Trio Spinnakers Restaurant (16244 Millers Wharf Rd., Ridge) 6:30 p.m. Live Music: TD MacDonald Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Live Music: Groove Span Island Bar and Crab House (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) 7:30 p.m. Live Music: Collect All 5 Veras White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 9:30 p.m. Live Music: R & R Train Cookies Hometown Sports Bar and Grill (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) 8 p.m. Scarlet Plus Karaoke Contest Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) 7:30 p.m.

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Thursday, April 12
Live Music: Dylan Galvin & Rusty Williams Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7:30 p.m. Live Music: Gretchen Richie: The Songs of Johnny Mercer Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6 p.m. Live Music: Mike Mead The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) 8 p.m.

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Lillian has been diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, a rare, genetic degenerative condition. She is currently receiving expensive, long term treatment at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh that should stop the degenerative nature of this devastating condition.

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Live Music: Four of A Kind Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8 p.m. Cancer Benefit for Harriet Reigle feat. Absinthe, Kittens on Capitol Hill and Poor Eve Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) 8 p.m. Live Music: Three Amigos Lindas Caf (21779 Tulagi Pl # A, Lexington Park) 6 p.m. Karaoke Dance Party w/ DJ Coach Scheibles Restaurant (48342 Wynne Rd., Ridge) 9 p.m. Live Music: Latrice Carr & the Musicians Den Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Live Music: The Matt Garrett Trio Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) 8 p.m. Live Music: Renegade Cookies Hometown Sports Bar and Grill (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) 8 p.m. 8 p.m. Live Music: The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m. Live Music: Three Sixty Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) 8 p.m.

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By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Last Wednesday, a young fellow named Robert Clements from Lexington Park claimed the $50 gift certificate from The Tackle Box for the first croaker of the year. He actually caught four of the fish (referred to as hardhead in the local lexicon) from the beach at Hog Point at the mouth of the Patuxent River. Rumors abound of croaker being caught in several areas of the Potomac River and up the Bay as far as Cove Point. No doubt, many more hardhead will be caught in the weeks to come and will provide many tasty meals for local tables. In other fishing news, delectable catfish

are still being caught in Breton Bay and further up the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers. Further upriver on the Potomac side, snakeheads are providing great entertainment for anglers who might otherwise fish for largemouth bass. Dont get me wrong; largemouth bass and other species are being caught in the creeks and inlets of Charles and Prince Georges County all the way up to Fort Washington. But, there seems to be some bravado associated with landing the non-native snakehead after being labeled monster fish on certain cable TV shows. White perch have moved into deeper wa-

ters and can be coaxed onto a hook baited with bloodworm. Check oyster beds and other hard bottom structures. For most of the rest of our region, everyone seems to be getting ready for the opener of the trophy striper season, which is a little more than a week away. Following last weeks article, let me numb your mind a little more as we discuss seasons, sizes and creel limits for our area. I hope you remember that there is no season or size limit for croaker on the Potomac side of the county, but in other Maryland waters a croaker has to be at least 9 inches long before it can be kept. You may keep up to 25 of the fish on either side of St. Marys County. Also, in Maryland, there is no minimum size or creel limit for white perch, but a white perch has to be at least 6 long on the Potomac side of the county. Catfish: There are four distinct varieties of catfish in our region. The regulations are different between the tidal regions of the Potomac River and other parts of Maryland. In Maryland it is simple: All catfish have to be at least 10 inches long except the bullhead catfish which has no minimum size and you may keep as many as you like. On the Potomac, you may keep as many as you like, but size limits are a little different. Bullhead catfish have to be at least six inches long, Channel catfish have to be at least eight inches long, and white catfish have to be 10

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inches long. Blue catfish have no minimum size. Crabbing will start up this month, as well. For now, suffice it to say that you may not keep females, and mail crabs have to be 5 long from point to point of the main shell. So, break out the bottom rigs, grab some bait, and catch some fish for the dinner table while fuel prices are still low! If you go fishing and catch something slightly more worthwhile than a cold, be sure to take a picture and send it to me at riverdancekeith@gmail.com. Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

Hills Masterful in Potomacs Ed Canupp Memorial

Great Mills MDs Daryl Hills ended a twoyear win drought with a convincing victory in last Friday nights 35-lap Ed Canupp memorial at Potomac speedway. The win, for the 2004 and 2006 Potomac late model champion, was his career 15th at the speedway. DJ Myers and Hills shared the front row for the start of the event. When the green flag was displayed, Hills darted into the race lead, a spot he would hold for the entire distance. As Hills lead, the action behind him was furious. DJ Myers, Jamie Lathroum and David Williams had the Potomac fans on their feet as they as they would wage a battle that would last all 35-laps. As Hills would take the checkered flag, DJ Myers would eventually secure second with Jamie Lathroum placing third, defending Potomac champion David Williams fourth and 10th starting Stevie Long completing the top-five. I didnt think I was ever going to win here again. Hills stated in his post-race interview. We took a gamble on tires tonight, and here lately we seem to go the wrong way, but the car was as good as anything Ive ever driven down here. Hills praised his family for the hard-fought win. Without my Mom and Dad, we wouldnt be here right now. They love to race and Im just glad I could get the car back in victory lane for them. Heats for the 16 care entered went to Cody Lear and David Williams. Current street stock point leader Mike Latham became the first repeat winner of the season with his victory in the 16-lap street stock feature. Latham took the lead from Darren Alvey on lap-six and would then have to hold off a charging Kyle Nelson, who came from 12th, to secure his 24th career Potomac feature win. Barry Williams Sr. was third, Kurt Zimmerman took fourth and Darren Alvey settled for fifth. Heats for the 15 cars on hand went to Zimmerman and Latham. Late model feature finish 1. Daryl Hills 2. DJ Myers 3. Jamie Lathroum 4. David Williams 5. Stevie Long 6. Kenny Moreland 7. Dale Hollidge 8. Kenny Pettyjohn 9. Matt Quade 10. Jeff Pilkerton 11. Cody Lear 12. Tyler Emory 13. Al Shawver Jr. 14. Ryan Hackett 15. Deane Guy 16 Kevin Cooke Street stock feature finish 1. Mike Latham 2. Kyle nelson 3. Barry Williams Sr. 4. Kurt Zimmerman 5. Darren Alvey 6. Troy Kassiris 7. Mike Raleigh 8. Dave McBrayer 9. Billy Farmer 10. Scott Wilson 11. Johnny Oliver 12. Teddy Dickson 13. Rudy Denke 14. Stephen Quade 15. Dale Reamy (DQ) Hobby Stock feature finish 1. Don Breach 2. Shane Roloff 3. Travis Hopkins 4. Will Nelson 5. John Burch 6. Robbie Gass 7. Jimmy Meek 8. Tom Pickeral Sr. 9. James Sutphin 10. Bud Pickeral 11. Jonathon Raley 12. Brian Adkins 13. Matt Tarbox 14. Jerry Deason 15. Brittany Wenk 16. Jimmy Randall Modified feature finish 1. Chris Arnold 2. Brian Dobie 3. Mike Reynolds 4. James Sparks 5. Jimmy Duncan 6. Dan Arnold 7. Joe Bounds 8. Aaron Harris 9. Curtis Barricks Strictly stock feature finish 1. Ed Pope Sr. 2. Ray Bucci 3. Dave Mosley 4. Nabil Guffey 5. Buddy Dunagan 6. JJ Silvious 7. John Hardisty 8. Josh Blocker 9. Megan Emory 10. Cage Perkins 11. CJ Pannuty 12. Greg Morgan

Outlaw Drag Radial and ET Racing at MIR

This Friday night, April 13, Maryland International Raceway will host the Speed Unlimited Midnight Madness series featuring Outlaw Drag Radial. The Midnight Madness series is a great place to check out street legal drag racing, hang out with your friends, enjoy great food, meet new people, and cruise the pits. You can even enter your own streetcar or street bike into the event for time runs, grudge runs, or trophy racing. Its safe, fun, affordable, and legal. Plus, this Friday night will feature the wild 3,000 horsepower Outlaw Drag Radial heads-up class. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and first round eliminations will start at 10 p.m. for all classes. General Admission for adults is $10, and kids 11 & under are free. Race Entry Fee is only $20. On Saturday, April 14, MIR will host the Speed Unlimited ET series. The event will feature Top ET, Mod ET, Motorcycle ET, Junior Dragster, and Test & Tune. Come and check out the action with your family this Saturday and see a competitive sport with the whole family involved. Gates will open at 1 p.m., with Junior Dragsters starting at 2 p.m. Time runs for all other classes will begin at 4:30 p.m., and eliminations will start at 7 p.m. This will be an awesome day of racing with something for everyone and $15 gets you in for the whole day. On Sunday, April 15, MIR will host another full day Test & Tune. Time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day long! MIR will also have a free $1,000 to win gamblers race for the bracket racers. So bring your grudge matches, street cars, pro cars, bracket cars, imports, motorcycles, and Jr. Dragsters to MIR! Gates open at 10 a.m., eliminations begin at 3 p.m., and the test & tune is over at 6 p.m. Admission is just $15. For more detailed information on these events call the 24Hour Dragline Hotline at 301-884-RACE or visit us at www. mirdrag.com.


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Can Art: A Way to Reuse Tin Cans Did you know you can use craft foam sheets as faux tiles and an empty tin can to make beautiful mosaic items for the home, office, or shop? Take this workshop at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. and learn the technique. Cost is $5.00. To make reservations, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. Diabetes Support Group On Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m., the Diabetes Support Group will have their quarterly meeting at the Northern Senior Activity Center. A representative from Health Connections at St. Marys Hospital will speak about issues that relate to diabetes. Open to questions and discussion. No reservations are necessary, walk-ins are welcome. Friday Morning Softball Spring is in the air and its time to dust off that bat and glove and head out to Miedzinski Park in Leonardtown for a pick-up game of softball. Game time is every Friday at 10:00 a.m. beginning April 20. Ages 50 and above are welcome. Call the Garvey Senior Activity Center at 301.475.4200, ext. 1062 for more information. Line Dancing at Loffler Senior Activity Center Learn the latest in line dancing on Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. Jessica Hileman has been teaching line dance for several years and will be offering this class at no charge. For more information call 301.737.5670 ext. 1658.

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Stewards of the Earth Celebration On Monday, April 23, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., embracing Earth Day will be celebrated at the Northern Senior Activity Center. This annual event will feature a presentation on the Chesapeake Bay Terrapins program at 10 a.m., followed by an animal tracks game and wildlife display in partnership with St. Clements Island Museum Division. Recycled artwork, a bird nest collection, and the Chesapeake Bay quilt by Gina Alexander will be on display. A special guest entertainer will play soothing Native American (wooden) flute music and tell the story of its origin during lunch. Afterwards check out our natural surroundings with a walk on our Nature Trail or grab a buddy and take a walk or ride a bike on the Three Notch Trail. Bikes are available for use, or bring your own. Call 301.475.4002, ext. 1001 by noon Friday, April 20 to reserve lunch. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5 for individuals under 60. Art with Faith at Loffler Senior Activity Center Take home a completed watercolor painting after this one-day workshop. The title of the painting you will be working on is Easy Flowing Sunset and features a sunset over a lake. This class takes place on Thursday, April 19 from 1- 4 p.m. Cost is $40 and includes 3 hours of instruction plus all supplies needed to complete your painting. Payment can be made directly to the instructor on the first day of class. This class will be taught by Faith Gaillot, a local professional artist who has developed her own techniques that she shares with her students in her classes at Loffler. Call 301.737.5670 ext. 1658 for questions or to sign up by Monday, April 16.

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Weed control plus lawn fertilizer. For thicker, greener turf.

5,000 sq. ft.

15,000 sq. ft.



88 88

$ $

5,000 sq. ft.


15,000 sq. ft.


15,000 sq. ft.


Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652 Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Visit the Department of Agings website at www.stmarysmd.com/aging for the most up-to date information.

A gourmet blend for cardinals, chickadees, finches, grosbeaks, nuthatches, woodpeckers and more.


Delight Wild Bird Mix


Ultimate mix for a wide variety of birds. Shell-free for no weeds, no waste, no fillers.

20 lb. bag

20 lb. bag

A gourmet blend of select fruits, shell-free nuts and seeds for chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches & more.

Fruit & Nut Mix




20 lb. bag


Used Book Sale

Garvey Senior Activity Center Monday, April 23 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Donate your used books to the Garvey Senior Activity Centers used book sale fundraiser. All funds raised will go towards special events and entertainment at center events. Books for all ages are welcome. Hardcovers, paperback, and books on tape in good condition are appreciated. To make a donation drop off your items at the Garvey Senior Activity Center April 2 April 18. Shop at the Book Sale on Monday, April 23 from 10 a.m. 3 p.m.

Wentworth Nursery
30315 Three Notch Rd, Charlotte Hall 20622
301-884-5292 800-558-5292

Sales good thru April 24th, 2012

Charlotte Hall

1700 Solomons Island Rd, Prince Frederick 20678

410-535-3664 1-866-535-3664

Prince Frederick

5 minutes North of Hollywood 41170 Oakville Road Mechanicsville 20659

301-373-9245 800-451-1427


Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-7, Sat. 8-6, Sun. 9-6

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-6, Sat. 7:30-5

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The County Times

Thursday, April 12, 2012


MHBR No. 103