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Gubernatorial Candidate to Visit Southern Maryland
Harford County Executive David R. Craig will visit Southern Maryland to announce his candidacy for Maryland State Governor in the 2014 election. He will talk about the future of Maryland at a June 4 rally in Calvert County. The event will be at noon in front of the Calvert County Courthouse located at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick. “It’s going to rock,” said spokesperson Vinnie Mascarenhas about the event, adding there will be musical entertainment and opportunities to speak to local county officials, such as Delegate Mark Fisher. Craig will attend the Calvert County Commissioners meeting before the rally to address the Calvert commissioners about topics such as gun control and Southern Maryland businesses during their public comment period, Mascarenhas said. Craig is a Hartford County executive with a 40-year record of public service. He has a background in education and has help positions of mayor, city councilman and the head of the Maryland Association of Counties, according to Mascarenhas. “He has earned his stripes,” she added. A representative from the County Times will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Craig during his visit, and we want to know what questions the readers have. Email with suggestions by 5 p.m. on June 3 or visit and leave a comment.

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County Budget Finalized and Approved
By Alex Panos Staff Writer The St. Mary’s County commissioners approved the final budget Tuesday four votes to one, with only Commissioner Larry Jarboe voting against it. Jarboe had hoped the senior tax credit, which is currently offered to residents starting at age 70, would be lowered to 65. While he acknowledged the budget did address a number of different entities for the county, he believes lowering the age for property taxes would ultimately boost St. Mary’s economy by making it an ideal retirement location for senior citizens. He also said he wants to be sure the county’s property taxes do not increase – the property tax in this year’s budget remains 85.7 cents per $100 of assessed value. “I’ll always look out for the property tax payer,” Jarboe told The County Times after the meeting. “I made a pledge to hold the line on taxes, and I take it seriously.” A discussion was held to consider lowering the property tax during last week’s budget work session, but commissioners Todd Morgan, Cynthia Jones and Commissioner President Francis “Jack” Russell ultimately decided they needed more time to study the situation before making a hasty decision. Russell said on Tuesday he finds it “personally offensive” when last minute proposals are brought to the table, but Jarboe countered and said he asked for property tax breaks for seniors at the beginning of the budget process. Commissioner Dan Morris is also a strong advocate of lowering the senior property tax, but still voted for the budget; he needs to disagree with three or more issues to reject it. Along with the senior tax, Morris had hoped to ensure the public schools had more security. Morgan took time to acknowledge all the positives in the budget. He gave a few examples of why he believes “everybody” came out a winner this year – non-profits remain funded as last year, the Board of Education will have funding to uphold their agreement with the teacher’s union and upgrades are almost complete for the county’s emergency systems upgrade. The fiscal year general fund budget is $222,665,317, a $10.9 million increase from last year. Majority of the increase will be used to renovate Spring Ridge Middle School, which received much support from citizens and local officials throughout the public hearing process after a fire destroyed several classrooms. Along with providing resources for non-profits and renovations at Spring Ridge, funding to reopen the Lexington Park Library on Sundays, scholarship money for College of Southern Maryland students and salary step increases for county employees and are among the 2014 budget highlights. The income tax remains at 3 percent. Morgan says throughout the budget process this year, he has learned it’s easy to govern with substantial funding available, it’s important to be prudent and save money for emergency situations such as the fire at Spring Ridge school and when things are done right, the government does not have to raise taxes.


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By Alex Panos Staff Writer Scott Hardaway, a marine scientist supervisor with Virginia Institute of Marine Science, requested the county commissioners’ support for grant money to help acquire research for development of a shoreline management plan. Hardaway said the study will provide The St. Mary’s County Soil Conservation District with better guidelines for protecting the shoreline, and help show owners of water property effective ways they can control erosion. Commissioner Larry Jarboe’s main concern lies with government regulations. A number of citizens have contacted Jarboe and asked if grant money for shoreline study and suggestions will lead to government mandates. There is concern that since the research will be conducted with a grant the state will feel entitled to have some say after the research comes out. “No one fears that more than I do,” Hardaway said, adding he does not want the state to dictate how people manage their private property. Bruce Young, the soil district’s man-

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ager, said there is currently nothing in place that allows government to tell people how to handle their privately owned shoreline property, and he hopes there never will be. Sills, which Hardaway says are commonly used in St. Mary’s City, control erosion around constructed barriers – because it encourages a natural process. The state is in favor of living shorelines like the sills. Though the state is in favor of building living shorelines, Morris said sediment pollution must be taken into consideration. “Sediment is just as guilty as anything else,” Morris said, referencing common bay pollutants such as nitrogen. The conservation district would be looking to find areas throughout the county that would qualify as a waiver to the state’s living shoreline requirement. Commissioner Cynthia Jones sees the value in the study, she said, because it will help make more efficient cost-analysis determinations in the future. Morris, meanwhile, feels more study of the grant’s requirements is needed before he supports it. He said he does not want to put his name on anything that could prove to be a burden down the road.

Scott Hardaway and Bruce Young urged the commissioners to support a grant for shoreline development on Tuesday.

Young said the district applied for the grant last year, but were rejected because they failed to show support from the county commissioners. In all, the project would cost around $200,000 and, according to Young, funding would be provided by the soil conservation district, Virginia Institute of Marine Science and University of Maryland. The soil district –which aims to prevent loss of land, enhance water quality and pro-

tect and maintain wetlands – typically makes shoreline recommendations that result in $150 per foot of preservation, Hardaway said. The deadline for the grant application is June 6, and the commissioners have already added the item to next week’s meeting agenda. The county commissioners meetings are held Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

State Addressing High Grass

Project Near Airport Has UAV, Tech Synergy In Mind
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A small group of local investors have plans to build extra hangar, office and research and development space on a 60-acre piece of property on the southern border of the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport and they are doing it in anticipation of a broader effort to enhance unmanned air vehicle technology. Ken Reed, one of the managing partners of S Hunt LLC, told The County Times that while the group’s development is not the anticipated research campus for high tech work it could become part of it if that effort is successful. Elected leaders have already signaled the University of Maryland’s intentions to build a third facility at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center to help enhance the county’s standing nationally for unmanned air systems development; an adjacent research campus that could help find new ways to commercialize unmanned aerial technology would be the next major step in that effort. Reed said the LLC bought the property, with being a part of that goal in mind. “We’re designing it with that concept in mind,” Reed said. “We want to build a campus like setting.” The project is to be built on land that is zoned Office Business Park according to conceptual site plans filed with the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management. The plan calls for 80 hangars and eight separate buildings to be used for research and development, storage and administrative offices the conceptual site plans state. But the project is not being designed solely with unmanned air systems in mind, Reed said, but to take advantage of any number of companies or contractors who wanted to move there to do high tech work. The hangars are being designed to meet needs for extra space at the county airport, he said. He expected as many as 50 aircraft to be berthed there including some that are currently on a waiting list for the county-maintained facilities at the airport. Aside from wanting to take part in the coming wave of unmanned air systems development Reed said the hangar project was to support the efforts to bring more industry and businesses into the county. “There’s a whole drive to diversify the economy,” Reed said. “With the University of Maryland coming … all that’s going to create a critical mass we want to be a part of.” The buildings there could be used for light industrial work, Reed said, including electronics and unmanned air vehicle assembly. The project is still moving through the county’s zoning approval process. Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist. 29B), who has been closely involved in building St. Mary’s into a center for unmanned air systems, said there are other parcels of property in the area that would be ideal for creating a research campus. The latest acquisition by S Hunt Aero LLC was just one example. “It is a ripe area for that kind of development,” Bohanan said.

High grass in critical areas can cause turning at intersections to be dangerous.

By Alex Panos Staff Writer The grass along route 235 is finally being cut after critical areas along the road had gotten dangerously high in the recent weeks, and areas that are still long should be cut anytime soon. Charlie Gischler, a spokesperson for the state highway, said frequent rains and warm temperatures contributed to the rapid growth this year, and they are working as fast as possible to keep up. The state highway worked all through the weekend, and during the Memorial Day holiday, in order to restore safety as soon as possible. The rain not only causes the grass to grow quicker than anticipated, but it is also impractical to cut the grass when it is wet as well, which Gischler said caused more delays this spring. Along with the rain and warm temperatures, the administration has to maintain thousands of miles of roadways, so it took the state a little longer than expected to cut the grass. “We can only cut it so fast,” David

Buck, a spokesperson for state highway administration, said. The state highway schedules regular mowing cycles to maintain patterns and also addresses the grass height on an as needed basis. They try to keep grass 10 inches or lower in sensitive areas, such as at intersections, stop signs and merging points. While critical areas of the grass are kept low, the rest is allowed to grow a little higher to save the state money. It is environmentally efficient as well, said Gischler, because it prevents sediments and debris from entering storm drains and flowing into the bay when it rains. “It’s a win-win situation,” Gischler said. Gischler does not anticipate the grass getting too high again, and encourages citizens to report any over-grown critical areas. All reports can be submitted electronically on


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2013 Historic Preservation Award Recipients

Photos By Alex Panos Dr. & Mrs. James Clifton received a service award for the Foxwood Farm Archaeological Exploration project.

Admiral Gus Eggert was awarded a project award for his work at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (his son accepted the award on his behalf.

Mr. Elizabeth “Beth” C. McCoy was posthumously awarded a lifetime achievement award for years of historic preservation. Her granddaughter Muffin Padukiewicz and her brother accepted on behalf of the family.

St. Mary’s Historical Society received a service award for 60 years of publishing the Chronicles of St. Mary’s.

Rob Gibbs received a service award for more than six years of work on the St. Mary’s County Cemetery Project.

Dr. Gordon Blackistone Hughes and Mrs. Myra Hughes received a project award for the restoration of River Springs.


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Local Charter Boat Captain Donates Day to Wounded Warriors
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer “This is my dream. This is what I do,” said Charter Boat Captain Robbie Robinson of a special fishing trip he took on May 28 aboard the Miss Regina II. He wasn’t paid for the outing – he worked with the Wounded Warrior Project and American Legion Post 274 to take injured veterans out of the hospital to spend a day on the Chesapeake Bay. This is the sixth year Robinson, along with American Legion Post 274, has taken soldiers fishing. One participant this year was Mechanicsville resident David Adams. The soldiers begin talking while on the boat. They share stories about their experiences overseas, and talk about how they were injured. Be ing out of the water and away from the hospital is some of the best therapy available, Robinson said. The vets they take out aren’t always strangers to each other. Robinson remembers one trip including two veterans who had served together. One had lost and arm and the other lost a leg, and they worked as a team to cast and reel in fish. Sometimes, they take out more than veterans. Robinson said he’s willing to accommo date requests from veterans to bring their wives, children and even a puppy during a trip in 2012. Some veterans have gone out with Robinson multiple times. To accommodate the veterans during the twice-yearly outings Robinson had his boat refitted to be wheelchair accessible. Representatives from the American Legion and the Wounded Warrior project went on the trip to assist. Steve Welch showed up early to set up bait and rods, and helps clean the fish before the fish fry at the American Legion. “They thoroughly enjoy themselves,” Rob inson said. Jerry’s Subs and Pizza in Solomons provided lunch. The Sons of the American Legion and the auxiliary club provided dinner after the trip, in addition to frying up the catch of the day.
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Junior Golfers Can Play Three Challenging Courses This Summer
Young golfers, ages 8 – 14, can take advantage of a great opportunity to test their skills on three different Southern Maryland courses. The first ever Tri-County Golf Junior Tour will allow budding golf enthusiasts to hit the links in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. The tour begins on June 24 with stops at county operated golf courses as follows: • • June 24 – Chesapeake Hills July 8 – Wicomico Shores • • • July 22 – White Plains August 5 – Wicomico Shores August 12 – Chesapeake Hills Tee times begin at 10:30 a.m. on all dates. The format will be individual stroke play (2x par max score per hole). Golfers will be grouped into two age divisions (ages 8-10 and 11-14). Those in the 8-10 division will play nine holes at 1,000 – 1,500 yards. Golfers in the 11-14 division will play nine holes at 2,000 – 3,000 yards. Registration fee is $10 per child and $10 per event. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in each division. A complimentary awards banquet will be held August 12. Daily lunch specials will be available for $3 or less. Parents please take note … this is a competitive tournament. Three years of prior golf experience is pre ferred. Adult volunteers are needed for scorekeeping. For more information, contact Tim Hepler, via email, at


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Mobile Vet Service Keeps Pets Healthy
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer If a pet can’t go to the vet, Kristina Darnell is making sure the vet can go to the pet. Darnell started Darnell's Mobile Veterinary Service in 2009, after seeing a need in the community for a mobile vet to come in and perform wellness checks on animals. There are different types of mobile veterinarians, she said. Some work out of a van equipped as a mobile exam room. Such vans are often connected to a clinic, similar to ambulances for animals. Other operations, like hers, are run out of a car equipped with basic medications for wellness examinations, vaccinations, nail trimming, ear cleaning, parasite control and even humane euthanasia. When Darnell first started the mo bile veterinary service, half of her customers were looking for someone who could euthanize their pet at home. It is kinder for the pets to die at home, where they are comfortable and surrounded by loved ones, Darnell said. More recently, her business has been receiving more calls for well pet checks. Darnell has the tools needed to collect blood, urine and stool samples to send to local animal hospitals for diagnosis. Darnell specializes in dogs and cats. She serves Calvert and most of St. Mary's counties, offering “the convenience of quality veterinary care without the stresses associated with traveling to the veterinary clinic,” according to her website. Examining and treating animals at

home can prevent anxiety, motion sickness and disease transfer between animals in the waiting room. Home service is convenient for elderly or disabled pet owners who may have a difficult time getting to the vet. “It’s been a big help for a lot of people,” Darnell said. Most pets are easier to examine at home, where they are relaxed and comfortable. Darnell takes her time with dogs, allowing them to move around when needed. Cats are a different story – she has approximately 10 minutes with them before they are completely uncooperative. Some pets are nervous and obedient at the vet but aggressive at home. Others require gas anesthesia before they can be examined. While comparatively rare, those are cases Darnell refers to a full sized veterinary clinic. For more information, call 443-9752495 or visit www.darnellsmobilevet. com. She is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Oakville Elementary School 26410 Three Notch Road Mechanicsville, Maryland 20659 301-373-4365, FAX 301-373-4369 Principal: Bo Carpenter Facility Opened – 1967, renovated - 2012 School Population: 342

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For nearly fifty years, Oakville Elementary School has served the surrounding neighborhood both as a place for learning and as an essential participant in the life of the community. Despite the fact that the school has expe rienced numerous boundary and population changes, it remains a neighborhood school. Many of our current students have parents or grandparents who attended Oakville Elementary. Oakville is home to approximately 336 pre-school through fifth grade students. Our vision at Oakville Elementary School is to create a collaborative learning community where staff, students, and parents share a common commitment toward ensuring success for each child. We believe a safe, nurturing, fun and creative environment provides a foundation to build confident children who are willing to take risks in order to grow academically, socially and emotionally. Students are celebrated by recognizing their individual needs and accomplishments. We support their social, emotional, and academic development by providing intensive instruction. In addition to our rigorous academic program, we have established community partnerships to support our school. We believe every child can become a leader in both their individual communities and in the global society. The teachers and staff work collaboratively with our PTA to provide an enriching and positive school experience for our students. The Oakville PTA has established partnerships with a variety of community businesses such as Fiesta Café, Chick-FilA, Chuck E. Cheese, Red Robin, and Texas Roadhouse. By providing spirit nights our local businesses afford students, parents and community members the opportunity to socialize and bond. Our PTA is a cherished partner, providing support for our school pro grams, academic/social goals and promoting health and wellness. Our parent volunteers serve on committees and support our initiatives such as Sunshine Math, small reading groups, family fun nights, Santa’s Workshop, and several school fundraisers. As you walk through the halls of Oakville Elementary you will see evidence of the rigorous academic learning environment that we provide each and every day for all of our students. Our students are great problem solvers and samples of their hard work are on display throughout the year at every grade level. Daily student activities may include FLOW, Math Club, Band, Strings and Chorus, Daily News Crew, and our Recycling Team . Through our daily endeavors, we hearten our mission of ensuring excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world and be prepared for their future beyond Oakville Elementary School.


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Board of Education Passes Budget to Commissioners
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of Education unanimously approved an operating budget for the county schools system that is 4 percent above maintenance of effort and will cover negotiated agreements with school system employees, after a budget season that was noticeably smoother than prior years. The school system had a $3 million shortfall it had to overcome before submitting its budget and did so by making numerous smaller cuts throughout the budget, said Chief of Finance Greg Nourse. This included cuts to allocations for electricity at buildings, pay for physical therapists for special education students and substitute teachers in general. Teachers, however, get a step increase one their first day back to work, Nourse said, and then another step increase in March. Depending on where the teacher is on the salary scale the step increases could range from 1.1 percent to 3.8 percent, Nourse said. To meet the needs of the budget shortfall the system had to cut out all new hires save for some positions at Chesapeake Public Charter School in middle school language arts and mathematics as well as a part time secretary and building service worker, budget documents stated. The county’s appropriation for schools increased for fiscal 2014 from $80.5 million to $83.8 million, or about 4 percent. The entire schools operating budget proposed is $189.2 million taking into account local, state and federal resources. Despite some of the cuts staff had to make, Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano said he was pleased with the budget since it put St. Mary’s County on a better footing financially than 50 percent of other jurisdictions in the state that could not make maintenance of effort funding this year. “This is a tremendously positive budget,” Martirano said.

Spring Ridge Building Project Moves Ahead
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of Education moved quickly last week to approve a contract for renovations and additions to Spring Ridge Middle School, damaged in April by fire that gutted several classrooms. The board approved the design element of the project to be taken by the firm of Wheeler, Goodwin and Masek, the same group that planned the renovation of Leonardtown Middle School. The firm will be an asset because of their experience in planning school renovations, said Chief of Facilities Larry Hartwick. “This takes a process of 14 to 18 months down to eight months,” Hartwick told Board of Education members at their May 23 meeting in Leonardtown. The initial payout to the engineering firm totaled $1,042,161 with a design contingency of $60,000. The total cost of the project, which school officials want completed by 2014, is estimated to be about $15.8 million. This includes renovations to modernize the nearly 40-year-old school and an addition for the on-site science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program there. Currently the STEM program there is divided among classroom space and a mobile temporary facility; the aim of the project is to consolidate the STEM initiative under one class setting. Another facet of the renovation includes an inspection of the school’s 18-year-old roof and the fee includes a design for its replacement as well. The actual damage done by the fire is covered by insurance and not by renovation funding. The Board of County Commissioners has already committed just over $10 million in construction funds for the project. “We’re getting an extremely good deal,” Hartwick said of the project planning costs.

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St. Mary’s Ryken Graduates Class of 2013
For community service each student is only required to give 60 hours of their time, but the 15,000 hours the Class of 2013 served showed they went far beyond their obligations, she said. “They went well over doing the minimum, they’re really good students,” Ives said. That’s very commendable of them.”
Lance Casimir, one of the top students of St. Mary’s Ryken’s Class of 2013, gives a speech to his fellow classmates.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown graduated 159 seniors Tuesday evening with nearly all of them moving on to either a two-year or four-year educational institution. Many of them had multiple scholarships and awards to their credit. Mary Joy Hurlburt, president of St. Mary’s Ryken, touted the achievements of the latest group of graduates; it included $12.7 million in total of scholarships and awards, 193 college acceptances and 15,000 hours of community service to Southern Maryland. “This is what a Xaverian education looks like,” Hurlburt told the crowd of parents, faculty and graduates at commencement ceremonies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The speaker for the class Lance Casimir, a top-achieving student, told his classmates that the last four years taught them more than facts and figures but about themselves. He said simply thanking their teachers for what they had done was not enough, the students had to make their lives from here on out count. “Words of gratitude are worthless… without action,” Casimir said. “We’ve learned what we believe… what we feel passionate about.” Casimir said now was the time for his classmates to rise to the challenges the world had for them. “We can show the world we’re not only ready but we’re determined,” Casimir said. Barbara Ives, academic dean at St. Mary’s Ryken, said the class overall was a group of high achievers. There is no requirement at the school to take math all four years of their academic career but 80 percent of them chose to do it anyway, Ives said. A full 62 percent of students at St. Mary’s Ryken took both math and science for all four years and those that did scored 1600 or higher on their scholastic aptitude tests (SAT), Ives said.

Four Seniors Attain Rank of Eagle Scout
Four St. Mary’s Ryken seniors have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. Around 7 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2012. To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must: • Progress through the ranks in the following order: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. • Earn 21 merit badges, including: First Aid; Citizenship in the Community; Citizenship in the Nation; Citizenship in the World; Communications; Environmental Science; Personal Fitness; Camping; Family Life; Personal Management; From the left: Daniel Ayers, La Plata, Md.; Daniel Murphy, La Plata, Md.; Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving; and Cy- John Bouchard, Great Mills, Md.; and Cori Eisele, Charlotte Hall, Md. cling, Hiking, or Swimming. • Serve six months in a troop leadership position. • Plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community. • Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

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said she moved around thinking he was going to kill her.” Charging documents went on to allege that Goldsmith continued to threaten her while she was calling 911 for emergency assistance. “She said he told her ‘Go ahead and call the police. You will be dead before you get through to them,’” charging documents read. “ ‘Tell them to bring a body bag.’” Eventually he released the tension on the drawn bow he had retrieved from her son’s bedroom, she told police, and walked out of the home on Erin Drive in Mechanicsville. When deputies arrived they said Conner was visibly shaken and appeared frightened. They contacted Goldsmith, 40, on his cell phone and he told police he was in the woods behind the home; he agreed to return and he was then taken into custody. Goldsmith denied that he pointed the bow and arrow at Conner, charging documents stated. Goldsmith was also charged with second-degree assault but was released from the county detention center on bond.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County sheriff’s deputies charged a man with first-degree assault after he allegedly pointed a nocked bow and arrow at his girlfriend May 26 after an argument over money. Charging documents filed in county district court against Christopher Goldsmith show that his girlfriend, Bertha Mae Connor, told police that as they argued he went to another room in the home and came out with bow and arrow that was ready to fire. “She said he pulled and aimed it at her,” police alleged in court papers. “She

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Man Arrested After Bat Assault
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer An 18-year-old man assaulted another man with a bat late last week and left him dazed and bleeding while police responded to the scene, according to St. Mary’s County sheriff’s deputies. Nicholas Kelson, 18, of Lexington Park has been arrested and charged with first-and-second-degree assault after allegedly beating John Andrew Wilson to the point where he had to be flown out to a trauma hospital. Wilson, who was listed in critical condition, sustained life-threatening injuries, police said. Witnesses living in the area of Valley Estates Drive, where the May 23 assault occurred, said Kelson and Wilson had an ongoing dispute but charging papers filed in county district court do not say exactly what the issue was. The witnesses said they saw Kelson strike Wilson in the head with an aluminum bat and then fled to a nearby home. When police arrived they found Wilson dazed and bleeding profusely from his head, charging documents stated, but Kelson had already fled the scene to an unknown residence. Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the sheriff’s office tactical team executed a search and seizure warrant and eventually found Kelson at the address, police later reported. Kelson remains incarcerated at the county adult detention center.



Mde Levies Fines Against Alleged Polluters
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has pushed fines against two developers in St. Mary’s County for allegations of not controlling pollution adequately. Back in March Greystar GP, LLC paid $11,000 into the Clean Water Fund of the state for their alleged violation of a discharge permit that involved sediment to flow into a tributary of the St. Mary’s River, according to MDE information. The pollution took place in a non-tidal wetland, the agency said, and resulted because the developer did not adequately implement an approved erosion and sediment control plan. In another case from April, Charlotte Hall Investment Properties, LLC, Mark A. Vogel Companies, Vogel and Roy A. Williams were issued a fine for alleged violations of sediment control, sediment pollution and water pollution violations in the amount of $209,500. The exact charges were not specified by MDE but the agency alleged that they occurred on Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall.


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Port Republic Man Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Federal authorities say that a man who provided electronic images and videos of child pornography to an under cover agent back in more than three years ago has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to distributing the illegal materials. David Dobbs, 55, was charged with transmitting 16 videos of child pornography in the first incident, of which explicit details were included in his plea agreement. One video shows a prepubescent female having a sex act performed on her by an adult male, according to Dobbs’ plea agreement. The same agreement details the investigation into Dobbs’ activities by revealing a September 2010 on-line chat between him and an undercover agent in which Dobbs stated he liked “girls around seven years old and up.” Dobbs also gave the undercover agent access to his file share program, which allowed the agent to download eight other videos of sexually explicit child pornography. Dobbs faces at least five years in federal prison and a maximum of 20, according to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein’s office. But his plea agreement, according to prosecutors, shows that the state will pursue a 90-month prison sentence followed by supervised release. Sentencing is set for July 25. Dobbs must also register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

On May 25 deputies responded to a residence on Oak Court in Lexington Park, Maryland for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Catherine Marie Guy, 24 of Lexington Park, Maryland assaulted an individual at the residence by punching, scratching and pulling the victim’s hair. When a third party attempted to intervene, Guy assaulted that individual as well. Guy was arrested and charged with 2 counts of second-degree assault.

Second Degree Assault (2 Counts)

On May 26 deputies responded to a residence on Dickerson Road in Abell, Maryland for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Keedra Shontice Thomas, 31 of Abell, Maryland was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated in to a physical assault when Thomas struck the victim in the head. Thomas was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

Second Degree Assault

Violation of a Protective Order

On January 23 Ashley Nicole Smith, 26 of Mechanicsville, Maryland was served with a Protective Order ordering that she not contact the petitioner of the order. The order is effective until January 23, 2014. On May 25, 2013 Smith violated the conditions of the Protective Order by contacting the petitioner. Smith was arrested and charged with violating the conditions of a protective order.

On May 26 deputies responded to St. Mary’s Hospital for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Matthew Michael Mulhern, 18, of Lexington Park, Maryland was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Mulhern struck the victim several times in the face and head rendering her semi-conscious. The victim was transported to the hospital by a third party. The assault occurred at a residence on Circle Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland. Deputies responded to Circle Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland, arrested and charged Mulhern with first and second-degree assault.

First Degree Assault & Second Degree Assault

On May 26 deputies responded to a residence on Erin Drive in Mechanicsville, Maryland for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Christopher Raymond Goldsmith, 40 of Mechanicsville, Maryland was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim. The verbal disputes escalated into an assault when Goldsmith pointed a compound bow loaded with an arrow at the victim and threatened to kill the victim. Goldsmith subsequently lowered the bow and arrow and fled the residence prior to the deputies arriving. Goldsmith was contacted and subsequently arrested. He was charged with first and second-degree assault.

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On May 26 deputies received a complaint of a possible controlled dangerous substance violation at Myrtle Point Park in California, Maryland. When deputies arrived at the park they encountered Zachary Tyler May, 21 of St. Inigoes, Maryland walking towards them from the beach pathway. May attempted to conceal something in his hands; the deputies inquired and discovered May was in possession of suspected marijuana. May was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected marijuana.

Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance – Suspected Marijuana

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Bridge Is Not County’s Only Concern
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Plans are in the works to design and develop renovations to the Thomas Johnson Bridge, which is estimated to cost $800 million to $1 billion, after Gov. Martin O’Malley committed $20 million for designs and planning. Delegate John Bohanan says the $20 million commitment is a promising start to the bridge, because the engineering and design phase wasn’t approved for the plan to sit on the shelf. “You’ve got to move ahead with it… This really represents the commitment to get the bridge done.” But while bridge renovations are underway, which Delegate Anthony O’Donnell believes will a take a long time to complete, there are several other roads in the area that need attention. An estimated 24,000 cars travel along Route 5 in Leonardtown each day, according to data from the Maryland State Highway Administration. Laschelle McKay, Leonardtown’s town administrator, believes the road can be a safety hazard. In a critical congested section near MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital the road has no turn lanes. McKay said it encourages people to cut across lanes in attempt to beat oncoming traffic, and causes negligent drivers to hit cars in front of them that are stopped and waiting to turn. “Most of the accidents are rear-endings, or people out [onto the main road] and making turns,” McKay said. A study to renovate the road has already been conducted, and it has been determined the best preliminary designs will expand the road to include turn lanes and a middle lane, bike lanes and sidewalks. The total project will cost anywhere from $140 million to $155 million, according to McKay. Now the plan must move to the planning and design phase, which will indicate if the project will be moving forward in the near future. However, at the moment the project is not slated to receive funding, and Bohanan does not know when the design phase will begin in Leonardtown. “It’s been an ongoing issue,” McKay
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said of completing the project, adding it will require significant land acquisition, even though some areas such as Clark Farm have been donating land to help get the job done. “It’s the highest priority for our county and the town.” Meanwhile in Great Mills, Maryland State Highway Administration data shows around 19,000 cars commute along Great Mills Road to Route 5 every day, and the rush hour traffic in the afternoons causes “a bottleneck” effect at the traffic light where the road connects with Route 5, said St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan. Morgan said the issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible, and local officials need to look at what the county and state can do in order to widen the lanes. He wants the road to open up to be 3 to 4 lanes wide, and help eliminate the bottleneck at the traffic light at the intersection of Route 5 and Great Mills Road. Widening the road would need to be done in increments, Morgan said, and eventually include the bridge that goes over St. Mary’s River. Morgan added, the side road needs to be blocked completely, and the flashing traffic light at its location should be moved somewhere more productive. But will the intersection receive attention with all the money that will be going into the Thomas Johnson Bridge? “I wouldn’t be betting money on that anytime soon,” Morgan said, while adding he is glad the Governor is “finally” addressing the bridge. Bohanan, on the other hand, says

despite the focus on the bridge, the daily traffic jams in Great Mills will be addressed. New source revenues are available, and with funding at hand for the first time, Bohanan has gotten verbal commitments from the state to fund the Great Mills project – through it is unknown when the project will take place or how much it will cost. Bohanan is unsure if the roads will be widened, as a part of a full-blown project, or another alternative will be used to help traffic flow through Great Mills easier. “Ideally, it needs to widened through there,” Bohanan said, noting some planners have a clear vision of either widening the road to four lanes or making it three lanes with a turn lane. Although Bohanan could not put a monetary figure on the work in Great Mills, he expects it to be significantly less than the $150 million the road work in Leonardtown will demand. In fact, Bohanan said the high cost of renovations for Route 5 in Leonardtown is one main reason that is holding the project up. “They will do something [in Great Mills], but I do not know yet about Leonardtown,” Bohanan said. The population in Leonardtown and Great Mills is rapidly growing, Morgan said, and the situation is only going to get worse over time – the best thing to do is take care of it as soon as possible. “That, to me, makes some common sense,” Morgan said.


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We have finished an exhaustive year preparing next year’s St. Mary’s County budget in light of some daunting challenges. I have learned three things: One, it’s always easy to govern when there is lots of money. Next, why it is smart to take a pragmatic approach to savings and [as a result] you are prepared to handle an unknown really bad event. And lastly if you do things right, you don’t have to raise taxes. Our budget for next year goes up by 5.2 percent, that includes our commitment to Spring Ridge Middle School of over $10 million, otherwise we increased our budget by a mere 2.7percent Who wins in this year’s budget. Almost everybody (although I expect some may disagree). Please let me highlight our accomplishments. Our county employees and sheriff’s staff will receive 2 step increases, something they have not received in three years. Our department heads, who have not had a raise in 5 years, will receive a similar adjustment.

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County Budget In Review
And just to set the record straight, the Department Heads serve on a yearly contract basis and are not merit employees. Until this action, some of their employees were making as much as they. We continue to fund their post benefit and retirement accounts. The Board of Education negotiated their union contracts prior to our budget and, in most cases, we were able to satisfy their prenegotiated agreements. We funded its budget by approximately 7 percent over Maintenance of Effort requirements. We worked diligently to fund the new Duke Elementary School in Leonardtown and committed our share of the Spring Ridge Middle School renovations up front. We will now wait to see what sort of a commitment the State will make on this critical project. We set aside monies for their post benefit and retirement accounts. It should be noted that St. Mary’s County is one of the leading County’s in the state to make this annual contribution. We continue to support our non-profit agencies at the same levels as this year. Obviously this is a bone of contention in some areas. However, I still advocate you need to help those less fortunate and needy and this is but a small part of our budget, less than half of 1 percent. We have almost completed our emergency communication systems upgrades. This will enhance our volunteer fire departments, rescue squads, first responders, and sheriff’s departments in providing critical services to our county residents. At the same time we still have a fund balance, a lot smaller though, to fend off any sort of future emergency such as a Hurricane Sandy. From a strictly financial point of view. Our bond rating is strongly intact allowing us to be able to borrow for many years to come WITHOUT hurting you our citizens. We have tremendous capacity to watch out for your future. We have laid out a solid capital investment program. We have projected a nominal increase in revenues due to income tax revenues and property assessments. However, Let’s be clear. Todd’s crystal ball is clouded with sequestration, furloughs and an unknown Defense Department budget. We will soon be convening a working group to look at future economic development opportunities that respect all of our county’s needs and concerns. I know we can’t be a one horse county, compounded with the regular roiling in Washington, DC and unfunded mandates from Annapolis. We are going to have to look strongly at multiple areas of diversification and work towards our future with compromise. The County must lead these efforts, and we will. So in conclusion, we are doing well. To our small businesses, thank you for all you do in supporting our community. We will likely have some difficult times ahead of us, but if we stick together and stay on course we’ll be ok. And one last thing, I want to thank all of my fellow county commissioners for working together to reach the goals and objectives our budget has set forth and to thank our county employees, Sheriff’s Dept., teachers and administrators for your help and cooperation this year and for years to come. Always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Todd B. Morgan, County Commissioner

Softball: A Fond Family Memory
My name is Jeff. I am the youngest son of Kenny Dement. I am writing to express my love, appreciation and admiration for the man I am proud to call my dad. I cannot start to describe my dad without first thanking and praising my mom for helping to form who and what my father would become. Shirley Dement was a beautiful and extraordinary woman, mother, wife and friend. Without her, my dad would have never become one of the most respected, trusted and adored men ever to live in and represent our county. Kenny and Shirley. A love story for the ages. While enduring their fair share of family tragedy, financial stress and a few sons who have not lived up to their potential, they showed up for life every day, met all obstacles head-on and never let anyone or anything deter them from their hopes and dreams. I assure you that the bad choices and direction that my brothers and I chose were absolutely no fault of my mom and dad. When I speak of my dad, or hear others talk about him, I always hold my head high and stick my chest out with honor and pride. From a very young age, I had the privilege of watching and knowing what my father represents: honesty, hard work, family, true friendship, perseverance and his relentless will to succeed, even when the odds were against him. A small man in stature, but with the will and heart of a lion. Whether it was on the ball-field, campaign trail or providing for his family, he fought tooth and nail to be the best, and he was. Dad was the founder and president for 35 years of the St. Mary’s County Men’s Slowpitch Softball League, and ran it like a well-oiled machine. I can safely say, and most all would agree, that softball in St. Mary’s County has not been the same since “Mr. Softball” decided to hang up his cleats in exchange for a voice at the county commissioners’ table. Because of my dad’s passion and love for softball, most of my childhood, and my brother, Jody’s, were spent on the ball-field. To this day, I am still in awe of what came out of my dad’s vision, contribution and evolution of a great game that allowed countless men, women and children to play, spectate and enjoy. For decades it was a culture, a staple of county life. Many of you can remember when on any given night or weekend, a softball game or tournament could cause a traffic jam, and the roar of the crowd could be heard a mile away. In the midst of a softball game, I am grateful and fortunate to have been able to make many close friends and learn the culture, food specialties and slang talk of each unique location. Though my legal situation and Dad’s health issues have kept us from seeing one another for the past three years, I know our bond is as strong as ever. Dad, just as you have never given up on me, I will never give up on working to become a better son, father, husband, friend and citizen of St. Mary’s County. Dad, I want you to do me a favor: Oil up your old ball mitt one more time and loosen up the old pitching arm, because it would be an honor and a privilege to play one more game of catch with my dad, “Mr. Softball.” Thanks for the memories, Dad. I miss you. Jeff Dement Alexandria, Va.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Ensuring students successfully finish high school and earn their diploma has been Fairlead Academy Academic Dean Wendy Zimmerman’s goal since 2009, when the Fairlead program first started. She loves her job and students who have come through it. She in turn has become popular with the students. Her dedication to helping students, some of whom are simply waiting to drop out of school, has earned her a reputation for caring and dedication. “Our goal is to always get them in the 9th grade,” Zimmerman said. “That doesn’t always happen but we want to intervene as early as possible.” Students are invited to participate in the program after the school system has evaluated the student’s grades, classroom skills and their family situation. If a student appears to be at risk for not graduating, they will get an invitation, she said. Unfortunately, parents sometimes decline the invitation. Zimmerman said one of the driving forces for her taking the job was her own experience with a family member who had a limited education. “My father dropped out of school in the 8th grade and that was never an option for his kids,” Zimmerman said. “I just carried that over into my mind.” Fairlead has two campuses, one

behind the James A. Forrest Technical Center in Leonardtown and one in Great Mills near the intersection with Great Mills Road and Route 5. While at the Leonardtown site, where juniors and seniors take their classes, Zimmerman makes it a point to get to know all her students. “I visit classes daily,” Zimmerman said. “By the third day of school I want to know all their names, I want to learn about them.” It’s by making that connection and ensuring the students get extra help from their teachers that they increase their chances of graduation. It appears to be working as the most recent class of Fairlead, its second since its inception, has a 90.6 graduation rate and is graduating more this year than it did previously, according to school system information. Students in the program even got to go to St. Mary’s College of Maryland this past year to see what college was like during an overnight stay. It was a unique opportunity, she said, and it made an impression on her students that should last. “We wanted to show them they can go to college and what college looked like and what it felt like,” Zimmerman said. “They went to class in classrooms at the college and they got to spend the night, that was huge.”

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A Department of Defense report shows that the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which has experienced several production and testing delays as well as millions of dollars in cost overruns, is beginning to go down in price. The report, released May 23, states the portion of the fighter jet program that actually deals with the airframe and not the engine decreased in cost by $4.9 billion from $331.8 billion to $326.9 billion. The overall cost savings represents a 1.5 percent decrease in price, the report stated. The savings were due mostly to the reduction in labor rates from the prime contractor and subcontractors working on the project, the report stated, but other cost increases ensured that the cost savings would be in the single digits. The portion of the program that deals with the jet’s engine increased by $442.1 million from $63 billion to $64.2 billion, the report stated. The F-35 is currently undergoing tests at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and has been rumored to be the last manned fighter aircraft to be built for the services before unmanned combat systems will be the prime aircraft for air superiority operations sometime in the future. The EA-18G Prowler, a variant of the fleet’s workhorse F-18 Rhino fighter/attack aircraft, designed for electronic warfare saw it’s costs go up as well by 18.3 percent from $11 billion to $13 billion, the report stated, mostly due to increased purchases of 21 more of the aircraft. The EA-18G fleet has increased from 114 to 135 units, the report stated.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners Completes Modernization of U S Navy “Top Gun” Test Pilot Facility
Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce the completion of the two-year modernization of historic Hangar 110 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It was one of the largest such structures built in the United States up to that point and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The complex consists of two aircraft hangar bays flanked by offices and shops that support the Navy’s test pilot school. Still an active naval facility, the Hangar now serves to house an aeronautical menagerie of glider, propeller-driven and jetpowered aircraft of both fixed and rotary wing types. However, the most interesting part of its history are the graduates of the school that include illustrious alumni with “The Right Stuff”: Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Walter Shirra among others. Hangar 110 is located in the heart of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and was one of the first structures built at the base. It was built in 1942 with a new and relatively unproven type of construction. The innovative ZDtype concrete hangar was a poured-in-place, thin-shell concrete construction system poured over massive forms that were moved on rails. Based largely on the success of the construction at Pax River, this type of construction was published in a contemporary engineering journal and became a widely accepted construction technique. Construction was fast and the average construction time from beginning to end was just six months, seventeen days. “Unlike the speed of the original construction, this was a long and complicated assignment; and I am very pleased with the final restoration of Hangar 110,” says George Eisenberger AIA LEED AP. “During the project we


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By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer They’re common acquaintances. During casual weekends roaming around the picturesque back roads of Southern Maryland or while braving the Route 235 corridor – our little D.C. beltway – during the week, they surround you. When you’ve needed a mechanic, a builder, cold beer, fresh local produce, food staples ahead of a fictitious snowstorm or a newspaper - an actual tangible newspaper to faithfully deliver local happenings, they’ve been there for you. Despite the area’s evolution, “they” – the heritage County names – remain unmistakable footnotes. You know the suspects: Mattingly, Russell, Hayden, Raley, Farr, Guy and McKay, among others. Scully’s not one of the area’s more prevalent surnames; but there are certainly Scully’s woven into the culture of our fabulous little peninsula. In a happenstance encounter with living baseball history and a nostalgic visit with my evaporated youth, the Scully name took center stage during the Washington Nationals’ recent 3-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nats dropped 2 of 3 and the human crash test dummy – Bryce Harper – ran full bore into the right field fence while “tracking” a fly ball. The collision split his chin open, necessitated the shaving of his very impressive beard for a 20-year-old and added another chapter to Harper’s growing legend. My apologies to Bryce, but a living baseball icon that started his career over 40 years before Harper was born upstaged his dubious attempt at emulating Willie Mays (or even Willie Mays Hayes). During the series against L.A., I caught a few sound bites of the games as called by Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully. Scully has been calling Dodgers games since 1950 - a time when the team still resided in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn and called Ebbets Field its home. He’s known as “The Voice of the Dodgers”, a title that inappropriately narrows Scully’s impact on the game and is a bit possessive on the part of his current employer. I suppose “The Voice of Baseball” is debatable, but if Scully’s not on your short list,

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then try again. I was introduced to Scully, indirectly, through his work in the 1980s with color commentator Joe Garagiola on NBC’s Saturday afternoon MLB “Game of the Week.” Scully’s voice, that smooth, warm voice captured The National Pastime perfectly. His verbal portrait of a major league game on a sun-kissed afternoon flawlessly combined specific details of the scene with vague references that permitted a baseball fan’s imagination to roam. Scully found the perfect tempo for a 9-inning game and just the right voice reflection to convey the emotions of the moment. He never undersold a strikeout or oversold a homerun just for effect. His job was to capture the emotion of the moment, the energy within the stadium and deliver it into our living rooms or through the endearing crackle of a transistor radio – and for my money, no one’s done it better. The aging process is universally dreaded and condemned. Youth masks the undesirable effects of a body’s over-fermentation for a time - almost to a point where the spry individual isn’t cognizant of father time’s encroachment - but eventually aches and pains, gray hairs and wrinkles cannot be ignored. As the body declines, though, the mind’s wisdom swells. Those allegedly “afflicted” with advanced maturity possess an appreciation for the finiteness of moments, people, places and things. It’s a subconscious awareness that escapes those awash in youthful vigor. I suppose you have to live a few decades before realizing how quickly the next few will pass. Vin Scully, 85, is still calling all Dodgers home games and a few road games. With the recent deaths of legendary football voice Pat Summerall and long-time golf analyst Ken Venturi, Scully’s remaining time in the booth should be cherished. There were few like him to start with and we’re unlikely to experience his equivalent again. Hopefully you’re sufficiently aged to appreciate Scully’s contributions to the game of baseball and the gift he’s been to the ears of his listeners. With 4 decades trailing my stern, I have; and I’m grateful for all my gray hairs and wrinkles - well, most of them anyway. Send comments to

MIROCK Superbike Series this weekend
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Mickey Thompson Tires MIROCK Superbike Series is headed back to Maryland International Raceway on May 31 - June 2 for the next stop on the circuit for the Fast by Gast Summer Nationals. Over 600 race bikes will pour into MIR for an action packed weekend of motorcycle drag racing. The event will feature the 200mph Orient Express Pro Street class, DME Racing Real Street class, Trac King Clutches Top Sportsman class, Crazy 8's class, Louis Concrete 4.60 Index, FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Fast by Gast Pro E.T., and Brock's Performance Street E.T. The event will also include Grudge Racing, and the "Afterdark Underground" 2-hour grudge program on Saturday night. The event will also host a vendor midway full of motorcycle parts, apparel, and accessories! So head to Maryland International Raceway for an exciting weekend of motorcycle action! Gates will open Friday at 9am, and there will be an early bird testing session from 10am5pm. Friday evening there will be Test & Tune from 6:30pm - 11pm. On Saturday the gates will open at 8am, with sportsman qualifying starting at 9am. Pro Qualifying is at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm. Pro ET and Street ET eliminations will start on Saturday at 2pm. After Saturday’s ET eliminations the After Dark Underground will begin with 2 hours of smack talking and grudge racing. On Sunday the gates will open at 8am, and the church service will start at 8:30am. Sportsman time runs will start at 9am. Eliminations all classes will start at 11:30am. For full details on the MIROCK series visit or call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at 301-884RACE or visit MIR's website at


Thursday, May 30, 2013

The County Times

From my Backyard to our Bay
A St. Mary’s County Resident’s Guide to Improving Our Environment and Drinking Water
that falls on St. Mary’s County will make its way to the Bay or one of its tributaries. Along the way it will pick up and carry with it the things that we put on the ground.
From My Backyard to Our Bay was first developed by the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District. From there, the booklet was given to each of the Soil Conservations Districts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area for customization. If the 77 million residents who live in the watershed area of the Chesapeake Bay read this booklet, and took to heart its suggestions and best practices, the Chesapeake Bay would see a dramatic increase in health. Obtain a FREE copy of the booklet by going to the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, and downloading it. The booklet is available from your local library; Chicken Scratch in Park Hall; The Greenery in Hollywood; Good Earth Natural Food and the St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District in Leonardtown.
Join your local watershed association and make a difference for Our Bay!

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The Chesapeake Bay is threatened
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Nitrogen. Phosphorus. Sediment. These are the major factors responsible for the decline of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients. They serve as essential food for living things, but too much can be lethal to the Bay. Too many nutrients spawn the growth of algae that can be toxic to marine life, pets, and humans. When those algae die, they remove life-giving oxygen from the water and create “dead zones” where fish, oysters, clams, and crabs can’t live because they can’t breathe. Sediment is soil that washes into the Bay when it rains. It clouds the water and prevents underwater grasses from growing. These grasses produce oxygen and provide a place for young fish and crabs to develop and thrive.

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Restoring the Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure that desperately needs our help. Experts agree that there is only one way to restore the Chesapeake Bay, and that’s “one river at a time.” But the problems don’t start in the rivers; they start on the land surrounding the rivers – their watersheds. You live in a watershed. We all do. The way we treat the land in our watersheds affects the health of our streams, our rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

What is a Watershed?

What can I do?

So who’s responsible?

Every one of us. Every drop of water

From My Backyard to Our Bay offers tips for living in harmony with the Bay. It explains how you can contribute to the health of your local watershed,

This is the first in a series of articles that Mary Ann Scott ( has adapted from From My Backyard to Our Bay in the hopes of increasing awareness of the little booklet that could do so much to help the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Look for the next article in next week’s County Times!

A watershed is all the land area that drains to a given body of water. Topography (the elevation and the contour of the land) determines where and how fast stormwater runoff will flow and eventually drain to a surface water body such as a stream, creek, or river. Every resident of St. Mary’s County lives in a watershed that drains to the Chesapeake Bay or one of its tributaries.

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The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Tuesdays may run in the following week’s edition.

Stanley “Pop” Aloysius Long, 81
Stanley “Pop” Aloysius Long, 81, of Mechanicsville, Md. passed away on May 23 in Leonardtown.  Born on December 2, 1931 in Oraville, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Phillip and Ida Marie Cheseldine Long.  Stanley was the loving husband of Janice Theresa Wood Long whom he married on May 10, 1958 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, Md. they were married for 55 years.  Stanley is survived by his children:  Cheryl L. Coppage (George) Stanley “Vernie” Long , J. Roxanne Long all of Mechanicsville, Md.,  and Charles “Frank”  Long (Robin) of Lexington Park, Md., grandchildren;  Terra Colliflower , Kelly Johnson, Brandon, Colin, Sam Long, Jeremy, and Justin Clarke, and Darren East; great grandchildren;  Laci and Mason Johnson, Cody and Brooke Colliflower, and Hailey and Christopher Long. Stanley is preceded in death by daughter-in-law Angela (Boo Boo) Long, siblings; Elizabeth Cameron, Phil, Charles, Claude, Joseph A., Charles P., Eddie, Helen, Eleanor, Sammie, John and Mary Long, Elsie Russell, Rae Hill, and Eloise Bushey.   Stanley served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1962.  He worked as a farmer and with Long Brothers Construction.  The family received friends on May 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville with Father David Wells officiating.  Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown.  Pallbearers; Colin Long, Brandon Long, George Coppage, Jamie Johnson, Josh Colliflower, and Bobby Long. Honorary Pallbearers; Pee Wee Long, Paulie Long, Butch Long, Tony Long, Claudie Long, Zack Wood, and Allie Long.

Ann Rebecca Jones, 78
On May 26, Ann Rebecca Jones, 78 of Avenue, Md., was peacefully called home, after a full life, at Hospice of St.Mary’s in Callaway. She departed this life as she lived it, surrounded by the love and support of her family and friends. “Sista”, as she was affectionately known, was born on June 17, 1934, in Bushwood, Maryland to Mary Elizabeth Lee Countiss Thomas and John Albert Thomas. Ann was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School system and graduated from Banneker High School in 1952. She was married to the late John B. Jones for 49 years. Ann was a domesticated engineer for many years for the Fletcher family. She loved to spend countless hours on the phone with her very dear friend, Shirley Jones, Mary Kane and her niece, Mary Martin. Ann always enjoyed going to Gospel shows; especially to see Jay Caldwell; making homemade rolls and stuffed ham, and playing poker with Jay and beating him. All she wanted in life was to talk and spend time with her family. Ann always looked forward to her every two weeks lunch outing, at a restaurant of her choice, with her niece Wanda, until she was unable to do so. She will always be remembered for her unselfishness and willingness to give anyone a helping hand. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Thomas; husband, John B. Jones; stepson, Benjamin (Tip) Jones; sisters, Elizabeth Countiss, Alberta Countiss, Mary Levia Countiss and Rosanna Young; brothers, Ignatius Countiss, Philip Countiss, William Countiss, Edward Countiss, Truman Thomas, Dennis Thomas and James Weathers. She leaves to cherish her memories her loving family; with whom she lived; her devoted and caring niece, Wanda West, Jerry West, Sr., Jerry West, Jr., Katrina Thomas, Anissa Thomas-Tyer and Whitney Brooks; stepdaughter, Harriet Huff, nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, step-step grandchildren, Godchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Family will recieve friends on May 30 for visitation from 6 to 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7 p.m., at BriscoeTonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. Inurnment will be private.

Tonya Ann Garner, 43
Tonya Ann Garner, 43, from Hollywood, Md. passed away on May 21 in Phoenix, Ariz. Born on October 29, 1969 in Leonardtown, she was the daughter of James Alvey of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Deborah Johnson of Annapolis, Md. Tonya is survived by her siblings; Shawn Alvey of Portland, Ore., and Jade Alvey of Falls Church, Va. Tonya graduated from Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown, Md. in 1987. Tonya had a great love of animals. The family received friends on Saturday, May 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A Memorial Service was held on May 25 at 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was private.

John served in the Army National Guard from 1953 until 1956. He was an auto mechanic for Dyson’s Service Center and also worked for Blazer’s Construction in Great Mills, Md.. If anyone ever needed a mechanic’s opinion, he was always there to lend a hand and his knowledge. John was a member of the Southern Maryland Antique Power Association and a former member of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. John enjoyed gardening, attending tractor pulls and crabbing with family and friends. He spent a lot of time restoring his antique John Deere tractors and his antique Dodge truck. His favorite pastime of all was enjoying time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. John is survived by his children, Mary “Ginger” Long (Kenny) of Hollywood, Cindy M. Springer (Andy) of Valley Lee, John G. Trossbach, Jr. (Ann) of Dameron, David E. Trossbach (Barbara) of California, Michael L. Trossbach of Drayden, William K. Trossbach (Missy) of Lexington Park, and Matthew W. Trossbach (Tammy) of Lexington Park; 20 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; siblings, Mary L. Sivak of Lexington Park, Ida A. Lacey of Avenue, Joseph E. Trossbach, Jr. of Chestertown, Md, Phillip I. Trossbach of Avenue, Robert B. Trossbach of Bushwood, Thomas R. Trossbach of Dameron, and James D. Trossbach of St. Inigoes,. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Cecelia (Quade) Trossbach; and sister, Vera Lathroum. Family received friends for John’s Life Celebration on May 24 from 10 to11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, 20650. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Ray Schmidt at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius Church, P.O. Box 310, Leonardtown, Md. 20650 or Leonardtown Fire Department, 23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

tremendous fellowship and satisfaction in the Ruth Sunday School class, where she did many acts of community service and outreach. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards and fishing. Her greatest love in life was the wonderful time spent with her family and exploring new and interesting friends. She was known for the depth of her relationships, her full presence when listening to others, and the sweetness and gentleness she brought to most situations. She was also the life of the party, never missing an opportunity to share fun and playful experiences. Her most recent home, Cedar Lanes in Leonardtown, was a source of tremendous joy, excitement and comfort for her. She thrived in the company of other likeminded souls and often expressed deep gratitude for the wonderful support, care and love she found there. She is survived by her children, Iris Shedrick of Drayden, Pat McKen ney (Shepard) of Drayden, and Darrell White (Donna) of Chesapeake, Va, ; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents. A Graveside Service was held on May 28 at 12 p.m. in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 4569 Shoulders Hill Road, Suffolk, Va. 23435. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650 or Friends of Cedar Lane, 22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Sophia Pearl Jenkins, 95
Sophia Pearl Jenkins, 95 of Mechanicsville, Md., passed away peacefully on May 20 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home. One of the many memories of Sophia is how she loved country music. Sophia was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Angie Sternack and great-grandson, Aaron Duke Labille, Jr. She is survived by her son, Alexander Sternack, Jr. (Bonnie); daughter, Diane Chamblee (Don); grandchildren, Michael Gregory (Tera), Alex Sternack, III, Shelly Sternack Morris (Rob), Crystal Donn (Jason), Ashley Patterson (Colin) and fifteen great-grandchildren. Family and friends united on May 24 at 12 p.m. for visitation until time of service at 1 p.m. at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, Md. Interment will be at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3165 Mattawoman-Beantown Road, Waldorf, Md.

Evelyn Davidson White, 85
Evelyn Davidson White, 85, of Leonardtown, Md. died at her home, surrounded by her loving family on May 22 in Leonardtown. Born November 25, 1927, in Colerain, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John C. Davidson and Maggie Mae Clark Davidson. She married Aubrey Clayton White in 1944 and began a lifelong career as a homemaker and mother. They were inseparable until his death in 1990. Evelyn was devoted to her church, Fairview Heights Baptist Church and her family. She was an active member of the church for over 40 years, finding

John Gregory Trossbach
John Gregory Trossbach, affectionately known as “Mr. T”, 77 of Valley Lee, Md. died May 20 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Born October 30, 1935 in Beachville, Md. he was the son of the late Joseph Eugene Trossbach and Lillian M. (Biscoe) Trossbach.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Pearl Richardson-Day, 75
Pearl RichardsonDay, 75, of Great Mills, Md., entered into eternal rest on May 16. Pearl was born on November 28, 1937 to the late Norman and Annie Richardson in Arlington, Va. She received her education from Hoffman Boston High School in Arlington, Va. She attended Mt Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Va., where she was baptized as a child. Pearl moved away with her three sons to Washington, D.C. She was employed with the Metropolitan Police Department for 17 years. During her employment with the police department, Pearl received numerous certificates and awards. After leaving the force, she moved to Lexington Park and changed careers. She was employed for 11 years at the Naval Air Base MWR, Patuxent River, at the Child Development Center, until her retirement. Pearl married the love of her life, Samuel (Bud) Day, on May 18, 1974. From that union they adopted their beloved daughter, JoAnne. Pearl enjoyed being in the Eastern Star Organization of St. Mary’s. She also enjoyed going to the casino with family and friends and collecting all sorts of jewelry. Two things you knew about Pearl is that she

never, never left home without one, her jewelry and two, her Bud. She was a very caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a true Pearl. She also enjoyed spending time with her in-laws Link, Helen, Mae, Mike and Anna. They had some good times together. In addition to her parents, Pearl was preceded in death by her son, Michael Madison; sister, Anna Hunter; brothers, Marion Harper, Norman, Jr., Clarence and Charles Richardson and her in-laws, Samuel and Florence Day. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Samuel (Bud) Day; sons, Guy (Dianna) of Las Vegas, William (Vickie) of Lexington Park and Maverick (Viola) of Lexington Park.; daughter, JoAnne Lingley of Florida; sisters, Peggy Hall of Hartford, Connecticut, Alice Correll of Lexington Park, Sherry Williams of Temple Hills and Cloret Ferguson of Quincy, Mass.; brothers, John and Harold Richardson of Hartford, Conn., 21 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren; brothers-in-law, Bernard and Charles Day of Richmond, Va., Leon of Lexington Park; sisters-in-law, Mary Morgan of Lexington Park and Margaret Pittman of Richmond, Va. and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Family and friends united on May 25 for visitation at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home. Interment was private.

Library Items
Summer Reading begins for babies through teens Babies through teens can dig into reading this summer by participating in the Summer Reading programs, which kick off June 3. They can sign up online or at any library. Every child participating will receive a ticket to a Southern Maryland Blue Crab game and 120 participants will receive a ticket to a Baltimore Orioles game. As they complete fun reading activities on a game board, they earn prizes. If they finish the game board, they receive a book. Storytimes resume June 3 Storytimes for babies and preschoolers resume June 3. Days and times are posted on the library’s website. Evening storytimes will be held at Leonardtown branch on June 4 and Charlotte Hall branch on June 6 at 6 p.m. LEGO fun follows both storytimes at 6:30 p.m. Parents and children can drop in and enjoy a storytime, a craft and some hands-on activities to encourage fun with books at a program offered at Lexington Park library on June 6 at 10:30 a.m. Adults can learn Publisher and Word Both Leonardtown and Lexington Park libraries are offering an introductory class to Publisher 2010 on June 3. Leonardtown’s class will be at 2 p.m. and Lexington Park’s at 5:30 p.m. Leonardtown library is offering Introduction to Word 2010 on June 13 at 5:30 p.m. Adults need basic computer skills to register. Mobile Career Center visits set Job seekers are encouraged to visit the Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center at the Leonardtown branch on June 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Charlotte Hall branch on June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The JobSource Coordinator will provide assistance with job searching using the Maryland Workforce Exchange. New art exhibit at Lexington Park Library Art Gallery “Volcanoes And So Much More... the Nature Photography of Beverly Wyckoff Jackson” will be the art exhibit on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery during the month of June. An opening reception will be held for Beverly Jackson on June 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Gallery. Kids can taste new recipes Kids ages 8-12 can drop in to make and sample new fun summer recipes at Kids Can Cook at the Lexington Park Library on June 11 at either of these sessions: 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

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Community AAUW Dare to Dream Awards
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Chopticon and Great Mills Seniors Receive Scholarships

Since 2007, Patuxent River Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded 39 Dare to Dream grants for Southern Maryland women, for personal growth, educational enrichment or community service. Pictured are eleven of the recipients who each received $200 in May 2013. Seated are branch president Barbara Fetterhoff, and Anne Harrison and Deb Daniel, of the selection committee. The recipients included: Caroline Brigham, California, training for and performing in opera in Italy; Jessica Brooks, Prince Frederick, 2 week etiquette course for youth; Theresia Carrigan, Waldorf, support, education and advocacy for LGBT families; Linda Clem&Carol Scruggs, Mechanicsville, Hippy Dippy Gardening for Kids workshop; Debbie Dennis, Lexington Park, celebration event for high school STEM students; Caryn Fossile, Huntingtown, apply for 501c3 to help others celebrate life; Jennifer Gable, North Beach (not shown), take Praxis examination for teaching certification; Lisa Height-Gross, Huntingtown, healthy eating/physical activity luncheon; Isabella Isaac, Lusby, start an independent grant-writing business; Nancy Tucker, White Plains, courses for Advanced Women ministry certificate; and Paula White, LaPlata, update church daycare furnishing and supplies.

According to Barbara Fetterhoff, president of the branch, AAUW was founded in 1881, and the Patuxent River branch was formed with members of branches in St Mary’s, Charles and Calvert Counties in 2006. The purpose of the organization is “to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.” The branch is proud that 39 Dare to Dream grants have been given sine 2007 totalling $8,950, including this year. For more information, the Patuxent River Branch AAUW’s website is

Leah’s House Announces “Morris Retakes the Helm as Leah’s House Faces an Impeding Financial Crisis”
Amid a funding crisis Reverend Marguerite Morris, the founder, longtime volunteer, and board member for Leah’s House is returning to take the helm of the organization. The organization has been faithfully providing emergency/transitional shelter with supportive services to homeless women and children, including victims of abuse for over 8 years. She along with her assistants, Belinda Adams and Doris Day, along with a team of volunteers from around the community, are resuming full management of the shelter and related activities. Morris previously stepped aside following the death of her daughter Katherine Morris in 2012. Since Morris stepped aside the organization has seen a marked decrease in community donations. She states “We want the community to know that we are still here, we are still serving families, and we need their renewed and continued support. Since inception the key to our survival has been the generosity of the community.” In addition, Leah’s House has ended its contract with LifeStyles of Maryland who were engaged to provide operational services to the shelter. LifeStyles of Maryland’s Director Sandy Washington says that “Due to our impending move in Charles County and the increase in service demands LifeStyles, Inc. will no longer be managing Leah’s House. We are grateful to the Board for giving us the opportunity to be a part of such a compassionate initiative.” Morris states, “We’re very grateful to be able to provide for clients and I think that it is important to remember that despite roadblocks, we have never had to close our doors. The community and families around the state of Maryland have continued to benefit from our resilience and steadfastness.” Morris adds that most don’t know the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death and the family’s continued quest for justice on behalf of Katherine whom they believe was a victim of abuse. She states that “Ironically I have advocated for years that abuse is not just physical but that mental abuse can have equally devastating effects on the victim.” On Sept 14, 2013 at a pre-domestic violence month luncheon Leah’s House will be hosting as its keynote speaker journalist Donna Anderson of Ms. Anderson’s story was featured in a

The Shelter Continues to Provide for the County’s Homeless

Pictured Rev Marguerite Morris and a young client

Sue Watters, Scholarship Chairman of the GFWC Woman’s Club of St. Mary’s County on May 20, presented Megan Spence, a senior at Chopticon High School, a $2,000 scholarship. Megan has been accepted at Salisbury State, where she plans to major in Finance. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Spence. Sue Watters also presented a scholarship for $2,000 to Noah Wichrowski. He is a senior at Great Mills High School. Noah plans to major in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He is the son of Nora Blasko and Stephen Wichrowski.

Lifetime movie titled “Husbands Gone Wrong” and she recently wrote part of Katherine Morris’ story. Katherine’s story has also caught the attention of journalist Leslie Kim for the John Cooke Fraud Report. The Cooke Report will be disseminated to over 10,000 insurance agencies, investigators, law enforcement, Feds, attorneys, and the like nationwide. Minister Doris Day states that "..Leah’s House CEO & dedicated volunteer staff continue to press forward to stand & hold on to the promises of God for he is faithful to fulfill all that he has promised.” Those interested in volunteering and possible board membership or to make a much needed donation to the Leah’s House effort visit or mail your tax deductible donation to P.O. Box 203, Callaway, MD 20620. If organizations are interested in a brief presentation to learn more about Leah’s House they can call 301-994-9580 to schedule an appointment.


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St. Mary’s Department of Aging
Programs and Activities
furnished--as are bottled water and snacks. You supply your own cooler to carry your catch home. Boat departs from Scheible’s Fishing Center in Ridge, MD promptly at 8:00 a.m. and returns around noon. Please call 301-475-4200, ext. 1063 to register. The fee is $35. Northern Senior Activity Center, taking a break for lunch at 11:45 and resuming after lunch. The following movie classics will be shown each Monday through July 1. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s movies include State Fair, The King and I, Carousel and South Pacific, in that order. Special bonus features are available for anyone interested in viewing behind the scenes footage, screen tests, photo galleries and more of what was involved in making the movie production. Don’t miss the cinematic experience of watching these digitally re-mastered films on a large wall for the best effect.

Skin Cancer Prevention, Detection and Treatment
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types and the number of skin cancer cases have been on the rise for the past few decades. Currently, more than 1 million skin cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. Dr. George Verghese, local dermatologist and skin cancer expert, will provide an interactive discussion on the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. Following the presentation, Dr. Verghese will be available to provide FREE basic skin cancer screenings to anyone who attends the presentation. To sign up for this presentation please call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Sign Up Deadline for Wii Bowling League
Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 or stop by the front desk. Cost is $10 per person; all money will be used for recognition prizes, which will be based on total scores, strikes and spares for the top two in each category. Play begins on Friday, June 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and continues each Friday through July 19. Recognition Day is July 26. If you have any questions, contact Pat at 301-884-8714. Deadline is Friday, May 24, to sign up for the Wii Bowling League at the Northern Senior Activity Center.

Breakfast Café
On June 5, at 9 a.m., let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day and good conversation with others at the Northern Senior Activity Center. A ham, scrambled eggs, home-fries and toast breakfast will be served with complimentary beverages. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by noon the day before. Please call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 with any questions.

Fishing on the ‘Patty Lee’
Enjoy a morning fishing aboard the “Patty Lee”, a 40 ft., Baybuilt, Coast Guard-licensed charter boat on Wednesday, June 19, from 8 a.m. until noon. Captain Paul Kellam will navigate the waters in the area near Pt. Lookout to bottom fish. Tackle, bait, and ice are

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Classics
On Monday, June 3, starting at 10:30 a.m., the movie ‘The Sound of Music’ will be shown at the

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 Visit the Department of Aging’s website at for the most up-to date information.

A Journey Through Time
No Cowards Allowed
By Linda Reno Contributing Writer In his October 12, 1776 letter to the Maryland Council, General William Smallwood spoke about the cowardice of some of the northern troops during the Battle of Long Island. “I have often read and heard of instances of cowardice, but hitherto have had but a faint idea of it; ‘til now I never could have thought human nature subject to such baseness—I could wish the transactions of this day blotted out of the Annals of America,—nothing appeared but flight, disgrace and confusion; let it suffice to say that 60 Light Infantry upon the first fire put to flight two brigades of the Connecticut troops—wretches, who, however strange it may appear, from the Brigadier General down to the Private Sentinal, were caned and whip’d by Generals Washington Putnam & Mifflin, but even this indignity had no weight--they could not be brought to stand one shot.” Another soldier who observed cowardice of the Connecticut troops was Lt. John Stewart who fought with the men of St. Mary’s County under Captain John Allen Thomas. On September 17, 1776, Lt. Stewart was leading a scouting party of Marylanders when they met and joined forces with a small group of Connecticut soldiers. They soon encountered an advanced guard of British soldiers. As the first shot was fired, Ensign Wil-


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liam Phelps of the Connecticut troops ran away. The next morning Lt. Stewart went straight to the Connecticut encampment and demanded to see Phelps, “calling him a damned coward.” Phelps ap peared and an argument ensured, Lt. Stewart saying to Phelps that he behaved like a damned coward the day before and he was not fit to be an Ensign. Phelps replied that he was as fit to be an Ensign and Stewart was to be a Lieutenant. Lt. Stewart smacked Phelps in the face with the flat of his hand. Col. Silliman of the Connecticut Brigade came to the scene and tried to calm the situation but Stewart was having none of it. Col. Silliman ordered the arrest of Lt. Stewart. “On this, Lt. Stewart took his hat and flung it on the ground, and said “I’ll go to my tent—all you can do is take my commission, but I am a gentleman, and will put it out of your power, for I will resign it, and in less than two hours will be revenged on you, God damn you.” A court martial ensued with charges filed against Phelps for cowardice and Stewart for assault. Stewart testified that while they were scouting and exchanged shots with some British soldiers Phelps and three or four others ran off to a fence a hundred yards away. “Phelps had a large pewter dish under his arm; I ordered him to lay down the dish and go back, or I would shoot him. I was so intent on the motions of the enemy, I did not observe him afterwards; it was immediately after a shot from the enemy that the prisoner ran away.” To be continued.

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Thursday, May 30
• Auditions for “Much Ado About Nothing” Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center – 6 p.m. Historic St Mary’s City and The Newtowne Players announce open auditions for the upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Beth Sanford. Auditions will be held May 29-30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Visitor Center at Historic St Mary’s City. Callbacks will be held June 1 at 6 p.m. Please prepare a one-minute Shakespeare monologue. Memorization is not required. The show will be performed August 23-31 at Historic St. Mary’s City and September 6-15 at Three Notch Theatre. Much Ado About Nothing chronicles two pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero. Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very “merry war,” as they are both very witty and proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. There are parts available for men and women of all ages.

gram and the Smiles for Life Foundation. Runner registration - 9 a.m. Runners out - 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration - $15 (available in April) Registration Day of Event - $20 Dog walk registration - 9:30 a.m. Dog walk - 10 a.m. Registration Day of Event - $5 • KCA Carnival The King’s Christian Academy (20738 Point Lookout Road, Callaway) – 11 a.m. KCA will host a large carnival event on its campus! This carnival is open to the public and admission is free. All attractions and food will be reasonably priced between .50 cents and $3. Fun for the entire family! * 26’ Rock Climbing Wall * Pony Rides * Extreme Air Jumper * Sports Challenges * Moon Bounces * Inflatable Obstacle Courses * 35’ Shark Slide * Carnival Games w/ prizes * Rita’s Ice/Hamburgers/Nachos/Hot Dogs/Cotton Candy • Maker’s Market Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Annmarie Garden’s Maker’s Market is dedicated to independent artists and their handmade and homegrown goods. This Saturday’s Maker’s Market will have wonderful variety of items for sale, including Cotton Revival products, ceramics, herb jelly and vinegar, record-made items, stationery, and photography. Ample, accessible and convenient parking is located in the parking lot and adjacent parking field. Handicap parking is available through the main gate. Admission is free to Maker’s Market. For additional information please visit or call 410-326-4640. • Cinema On the Square Leonardtown Square – 8:30 p.m. The Friends of the Leonardtown Theater, Inc., in partnership with Pax Velo cycling club, will present an outdoor screening of the movie “Breaking Away”. This outdoor film event is open and free to the public, but donations to help restore the Leonardtown Theater are welcome. Bring folding lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Refreshments will be available for purchase and most local restaurants will be open. In the event of inclement weather, the screening will be moved to the Dorsey Building in Leonardtown at the same date and time. For more information, go to TheFriendsOfTheLeonardtownTheater.

• Car and Vendor Show Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center (24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 9 a.m. The Leonardtown Wildcats are hosting their first ever car and vendor show to support the local football players and cheerleaders of the Leonardtown Wildcats & The Southern Maryland Food Bank. Registration for cars will start at 7 a.m. Early registration is $15 and day of show is $20. Awards will start at 2:30. Spectator fee $2 Free with canned food item. Children 12 and under free. Vendor spaces available for $30 or $50 for a 10ft x10ft spaces. Vendor spaces are indoors. Space is available for anyone who would like to advertise their business. For more information or to register please contact Rebecca at or 301-475-3661

ing of the elements of life. Elements in Balance: earth, air, fire, water will be exhibited from June 7 through August 18 in the Main Gallery of the Arts Building. • Ballet Under the Bay Great Mills High School (21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills) – June 7 and 8, 6:30 p.m. This original story ballet, under the artistic direction of Sheryl-Marie Dunaway, follows a girl at beach who ventures into the Chesapeake Bay to rescue the Moon which was stolen from the sky by boisterous pirates. It is an enchanting story entertaining to both young and old. Tickets are $15, available on-line and at the door. For additional information please visit, email or call 301-862-0038. • Christine Trent Book Signing Fenwick Street Used Books & Music (41655A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 5 to 7 p.m. Fenwick Street Used Books & Music is proud to welcome back Christine Trent, signing copies of her latest book, “Lady of Ashes.” Excerpt from the book - “A Victorian undertaker enjoys the patronage of the Royal House of Hanover, even while withstanding betrayal, treachery, and recklessness by those closest to her. But can she survive when a crazed killer sets sights on her for uncovering a buried secret?”

Monday, June 3
• St. Paul’s Preschool Registration St. Paul’s Preschool (37707 New Market Turner Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 a.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool in Mechanicsville is registering for fall 20132014 school year. Classes are available for 3 and 4 year olds. For more information please call 240-538-4221.

Friday, May 31
• Bay Montessori School Tour and Class Observation Bay Montessori School (20525 Willows Road, Lexington Park) – 9 a.m. Join the school for a prospective parent meeting to find out what Montessori is all about. They will discuss the differences between Montessori and traditional education, give a guided campus tour and provide for a brief classroom observation. Call 301-727-2421 or e-mail office@baymontessori for more information.

Tuesday, June 4
• American Legion Auxiliary Unit 221 Meeting American Legion Post 221 (21690 Colton Point Road, Avenue) – 6 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 221 invites all spouses of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras to join us for our monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Visit the Post website at Call Christina Barbour at 301-904-5876 for more information.

Saturday, June 8
• 28th Annual Crab Festival St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to plentiful steamed local crabs, there will be several new things at this year’s CrabFest, including the first ever Crab Picking contest, children’s and educational activities for families, music throughout the day, and the 2013 Miss Maryland Teen will pay a visit. Commissioner President Jack Russell will give his informative and entertaining “fins and claws” demonstration about the blue crab. Also, the always popular car show of over 60 classic cars will be on hand. Reggie Rice, the comedic magician, will be there with his entertaining show of illusions and magic tricks. Steamed hard crabs are provided by Wayne Copsey of Copsey’s Seafood. Other food vendors are Anita’s Cake Shop, Bailey’s Catering, Bear Creek BBQ, Bells of St. Mary’s Ice Cream, Kevin’s Corner Cafe, Scrumptious Entrees Catering and Sissy Buckler and team from Sandgates Inn. The Lexington Park Lions will be selling snow cones, the Ridge Lions Club will be twirling up cotton candy and will run the dunking booth. Country music is provided by The Southbound Band, from noon to 3:45 p.m., and The 25th Hour Band brings rock and roll from 4:15 to 8 p.m. For the kids there’s a moon bounce, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, and hands-on activities. There will be a building of arts and crafts vendors. The Crab Festival is a pet-friendly event. The Leonardtown Lions Club offers thanks in advance to the dozens of sponsors supporting the Crab Festival. The proceeds earned at the CrabFest enable Leonardtown Lions to serve community

Saturday, June 1
• Crab Cake Festival St. George’s Episcopal Church (19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee) – 1 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a delicious crab cake dinner for only $18 as well as a day of fun and fellowship. There’ll be live music with R&R Train and The Rum Runners along with bounce houses for the kids, lawn games for all ages, vendors, artisans and crafters selling their wares, and beverages – including local wine, beer, and soda – available alongside entire tables of delectable desserts. For more information, call 301-994-0585. • 5K Fun Run & Dog Walk Greenwell State Park (Hollywood) – 9:30 a.m. A benefit for the Greenwell Foundation and Smiles for Life Put on your running shoes and enjoy a nice run on the waterfront and forested trails of Greenwell State Park. Or, bring your dog for a fun walk on a pet-only designated trail. Lots of activities throughout the day for all ages including pony rides, kayak rides, tie-dye t-shirts, soccer and field games and Camp Greenwell’s open house. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet racecar driver Megan Mann. Food will be available for sale. Park entry fee waived during this event. Some activities have a small fee. All money raised from this event benefits the Greenwell Foundation’s Therapeutic riding pro-

Thursday, June 6
• Zumba Fitness St.Mary’s Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. Join us for Zumba Fitness. It’s a fun, energetic Latin inspired work out for all skill levels. Zumba is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per class or $25 for a 6 class pass.

Friday, June 7
• Annmarie After Hours Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 6 to 9 p.m. Annmarie Garden will present Annmarie After Hours in celebration of the exhibition opening of Elements in Balance: earth, wind, fire, water. Begin your evening at Annmarie and delight in music by Sax Appeal and appetizers by Canards Catering & Event Production. The Gift Shop at Annmarie will be open and is offering a special discount of 20 percent off all merchandise for Annmarie Garden members and 10 percent for all other guests. This exhibit is inspired by the ancient belief that all life is composed of four elements - earth, air, fire, and water and explores one or more of these elements. An array of works will reveal how artists imagine and understand life on Earth from differing perspectives. The goal is to bring together a rich collection that explores, celebrates, and possibly challenges, our understand-

Sunday, June 2
• Leonardtown Criterium Bicycle Racing Leonardtown Square – 8 a.m. This all-day event hosts a number of heats and skill levels, including a children’s race. The Leonardtown Criterium is organized and hosted by the Pax Velo Cycling Club. For information call 301-904-1715 or visit


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needs in vision and hearing, other health services, fire and rescue emergency services, scholarships in the trades, and other worthy causes. Indoor seating is available and the Crab Festival will happen on Saturday even if there is light rain. Heavy rain will move the Festival to June 9. For more information see or contact Lion Gil at 301 904-6679.

Hollywood Graphics And Screen Printing
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Saturday, June 15
• Gala in the Garden! - Le Bon Bayou Sotterley Plantation - 6:30 p.m. We have our 4th Annual Gala in the Garden coming up on June 15th, 2013! Participation in this important fundraiser allows us to continue our mission of preserving, researching, and interpreting our diverse cultures and environments and, importantly, to also serve as a public educational resource. While the Gala supports a mission we all believe in, it’s also an opportunity to mix and mingle and simply have a great time! This year’s Gala, Le Bon Bayou, is guaranteed to wow with lively Zydeco music, Cajun culinary delights, and auction treasures to discover! Surely you’ll find the perfect plunder for you, whether it’s a Mystery Dinner Theater at the Piney Point Lighthouse, an exquisite set of Ann Hand scarves, one of several fabulous vacation opportunities, sports packages to watch or participate in, or the unmatched opportunity to have dinner for eight in the Plantation House. Purchase tickets online at: Tickets are $100 per person, $50 of each ticket is tax deductible and all proceeds benefit Sotterley’s Educational Programming. • The 38th Annual Tobacco Trail Antique & Classic Car Show Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is still open to all vehicles 1986 and older. For additional information, contact Darcy Erion on 301-932-5872. Forms are available at



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Rock Festival This Saturday

Let It Rock

The Smithereens

One Louder

Justin Myles

By Alex Panos Staff Writer The past, present and future of rock and roll will be on display at Summerseat Farm this Saturday, says James Dicus, an event coordinator. The historic farm is hosting a music festival, headlined by The Smithereens, a famous platinum album 80s rock band. They are often compared to The Beatles and were a major influence on the popular group Nirvana, Dicus said. “This show will feature the band [The Smithereens] playing many of their own hits and a Beatle or Who song thrown in for good measure,” Dicus said. One Louder, Justin Myles and The Sam Grow Band will also be performing throughout the day. One Louder covers a variety of 80s rock bands, including Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Poison and Journey, and will appeal to fans of classic rock and roll. Justin Myles, who Dicus called a “very versatile entertainer,” is expected to tap-dance during his performances – including during is cover of Steppinwolf’s the well-known song “Born to be Wild.” “Justin [Myles] is a great dancer,” Dicus said. Sam Grow Band, which opened a concert last year for the rock group Boston, is a popular locally-based band that has toured all over country. Myles and The Sam Grow Band have “a ton of young fans and a huge

following,” Dicus said, and he feels the lineup appeals to all ages. “I think they are all fantastic musically, and all very entertaining visually,” Dicus said, adding each are great “live” bands. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy barbeque throughout the day, including pulled pork and sliced ribs. “This is the real deal,” Dicus said of the food lineup, adding he has told people to expect more than just hamburgers and hotdogs. Along with traditional American lagers such as Budweiser, a number of vendors with craft beers for sale will be on hand – including Stella Artois, Fat Tire and Shock Top. Dicus is looking forward to all the bands combining to bring a successful music fest to the Mechanicsville farm, and is expecting a large number of Smithereens fans from Pennsylvania and Virginia to make the trip to St. Mary’s. The concert serves as a fundraiser for Summerseat, a non-profit farm which Dicus says aims to provide the public with free information about the farm’s past and Southern Maryland’s landscape during the Civil War. Summerseat’s cemetery contains the remains of two soldiers, one during the War of 1812 and another from The Civil War. “Our cemetery really tells the history of St. Mary’s County history in the 1800s,” Dicus said. The farm has a wide variety of heritage animals, as well as the regions

Summerseat Farm has the regions only heard of American Buffalo accessible to the public.

only publicly accessible herd of American Buffalo, according to Dicus. Summerseat has also been featured on the television series “Ghost Hunters” during 2011, which has drawn many people to the farm over the last couple of years. He says the festival is a great opportunity to see “great bands” while supporting a national historic land-

mark and animal sanctuary. “It’s a win-win situation,” he said. The music kicks off at 1 p.m. on June 1. Blankets and lawn chairs will be permitted. Tickets are being sold in advance online at for $30, or may be purchased at the gate for $40.


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• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Justin Myles Experience Tequila Grill & Cantina (30320 Triangle Drive Charlotte Hall) – 7 p.m. • Local DJ Charles Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

• Hydra FX Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. • Wild Good Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. • Carnival The King’s Christian Academy (20738 Point Lookout Rd, Callaway) – 11 a.m.

• Country Memories Band St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 4 p.m. • The California Ramblers Sea Breeze Restaurant (27130 South Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville) – 3 p.m.

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• GrooveSpan Duo Morris Point Restraunt (38869 Morris Point Rd, Abell) – 6:30 p.m. • Fast Eddie and The Slowpokes Jake and Al’s Chophouse (258 Town Square Dr, Lusby) – 9 p.m. • Fran Scuderi Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road
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Tuesday, June 4
•Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Dylan Galvin Acoustic Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

Friday, May 31
• Casino Night Friday Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (44219 Airport Road California) – 4 p.m. • Four Friends Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • Dana and Jeremy Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road
Prince Frederick) – 6 p.m.

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• DJ Dave Entertainment Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 7 p.m. • Tonight’s Alibi Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. • GrooveSpan Trio Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road
Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5
•Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

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What’s in Your Genes?
By Debra Meszaros CSN Pre-disposition to disease and dysfunction can coincide with genetics, but many within the medical field and outside of it fail to realize some important facts. With genome mapping becoming allowable and more affordable, could this process lead us down a less desirable path to wellness? Is Science missing the message? Genome mapping can uncover mutations within one’s genetic makeup that could be used to help an individual possibly overcome pre-disposition to disease. Within your genetic makeup you have both recessive and dominant genes, they are not all expressed. In many cases certain genes are turned on or off by factors other than the genes them self. One expression factor is lifestyle. When you are born you not only inherit your parent’s genes but their lifestyle as well. This becomes a determining factor to how the gene switch is set, on or off. If you follow your parent’s lifestyle or dietary habits you’ll probably turn that gene on. Health professionals sometimes blame your status of health on your genes; as this provides an excuse for the disease or dysfunction to manifest. Unfortunately sometimes before the dysfunction or disease exists, you are already allowing your thought process to follow the path that you will most likely end up just like your parents. Why not focus on the answer vs. the excuse? What if you could change your environment, lifestyle, or diet and turn that switch off? From bacteria to wildlife, environment is the factor to existence; without the proper environment life does not flourish. Simply apply this fact to your inner environment and monitor the results. Does using surgery to remove organs or body parts in advance to disease the answer? There’s something about removing a part or portion of the body to avoid a situation that makes me think. I remember back when I was young and health professionals thought the answer to a sore throat was to remove your tonsils. Why is it not a common practice anymore? Did it work? The health field still continues with the thinking if something is malfunctioning in their eyes than lets remove it. This action only makes the body change its body language to a different part of the body, the core reason for why is not addressed. This is an area of mapping genes that makes me question this process. Will genome mapping provide a reason for unnecessary surgeries? What other variables come along with uncovering this information? I’m going to predict discrimination, panic, and even privacy issues. Will insurance companies begin to use the results of genome mapping against you? If parents map the genes of newborns how will that change the upbringing of their child? If results of mapping show a chance of an incurable disease will that child be robbed of a chance to live a full life? If the information gathered from genome mapping is to place a “tag” on individuals it could really open the door to invading privacy. How accurate is this predetermination process? All testing contains some degree of inaccuracy, what happens within the error margin? As science moves forward, they’ll be some interesting decisions being made soon.
©2013 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.



Who Rescued Who??
By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I do like looking at the news feeds on facebook, but lately it seems that I am seeing only people posting animals to adopt and animal rescue sites. Yes, I know there are plenty of babies, and plates of food, and places people have been. I do that myself. But all I’m seeing are cute, cuddly, sweet dogs that need to be adopted. And the problem is that I want them all! I want all the dogs I see. I don’t know if Tidbit would be quite as happy however even though she was a rescue dog herself. Though, as I see on bumper stickers occasionally, I wonder – “who rescued who” or should that be whom? (Remember – I was a Social Psych major not an English major.) The scenes on TV last week about lost dogs wandering around Moore, Oklahoma were so terrible. Of course the human and property devastation were unbelievable and heartwrenching, but I also feel for the animals who can’t say who their owners were or where they lived. I watched two reunion scenes on the news, when people were wondering what happened to their dogs, when the pups came crawling out of the rubble, looking dazed and stiff to their shocked owners. One of my good friends moved to Kentucky quite some time ago, and one of the neat things Jenny does is animal transportation from high-kill shelters. And she posts photos of all the dogs she transports. I told her I don’t know how she could do that. I’d have to keep them all…and a one acre lot probably would not be enough room. But she has this as her mission – one among many great things she does. I’m thankful for those that have the ability to do this kind of work. If it were not for someone in West Virginia that saw something special in Tidbit I wouldn’t have her at all. She was hours away from being put down at a shelter when a worker spirited her out the back door an into a waiting Mercedes, and onto a few other overnight stops until she made her way to Homewood’s Rescue for the wayward hound in Salisbury, Maryland. I knew I wanted a hound and found their website and then found my Tidbit. The owner of Homewoods, Marth Crowdes had over 65 dogs at that time, but a group of 6 to 7 would be allowed run of her house each week. That’s dedication. I recently sent an update on Tidbit to the site. The dog update area on her website goes on for pages and pages – close to 40 last time I checked. Now, I’ve found a “Who rescued who” page on facebook. I hope Tidbit feels that she was rescued too. I don’t think I spoil her too much, though yesterday we did take a little ice cream break at Cold Stone Creamery. Except for the tiny bit of ice cream clinging to her chin…I don’t think you’d say she was spoiled. She even looked a touch guilty, yet haughty in the picture I took of her. Here’s to hoping all the lost dogs get reunited with their owners in Oklahoma, and that lots of dogs rescue new owners too. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby
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