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December 15, 2016

IN LOCAL

Heroin Crisis
CouldSpread
OtherDiseases

IN LOCAL

Audit Cites
Charlotte Hall
Veterans Home

IN LOCAL

Enforcement
Vacancy Looms For
Liquor Board

Great Gifts, Local Museums


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In Sports
Page 14

IN LOCAL

With this we have to be very


concerned about Hepatitis C and HIV.
- County Health Officer Dr. Meena Brewster

On The Cover
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In Local
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Crime10
Education12
Sports14
Feature 16
Obituaries 18
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Unique Shops
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In Our Community
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Community Calendar
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Contributing Writers
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Audit Cites Charlotte Hall


Officials Say Opioid
Epidemic Could Spread Veterans Home
Other Diseases
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer

By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse
in St. Marys has grown to such proportions that it is not only becoming a strain
on resources in terms of law enforcement
and public health but officials are now beginning to worry about the spread of other
diseases associated with it.
At a briefing of the Commissioners of
St. Marys County Tuesday Dr. Meena
Brewster, the countys health officer, reported increases in Hepatitis C and Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases,
which could be linked back to intravenous
druguse.
Using needles to inject heroin is one
of the most common methods of using
thenarcotic.
With this we have to be very concerned
about Hepatitis C and HIV, Brewster said.
From 2015 to 2016 reported cases of
Hepatitis C increased from 80 to 100, according to data provided by the county
health department.
Brewster said health officials were
diving deep into past data to find out
if those increases were due to sharing
infectedneedles.
Data from the health department also
showed a sharp increase in HIV diagnoses from 2013 to 2014 from 10 per every
100,000 people aged 13 or older to 13
suchcases.
Data available for 2015 showed that there
about eight such cases.
Kathy OBrien, director of Walden Sierra, Inc., the countys main substance abuse
treatment provider, said that from fiscal
2012 to fiscal 2016 there has been a 262
percent increase in the amount of people
requesting treatment for heroin abuse.
There has been a concurrent decrease
in demand for oxycodone abuse treatment,
which is a prescription medication, by 37
percent, OBrien reported, as well as a 70
percent decrease in treatment requests for a
panoply of other opioids.
Health and law enforcement officials
have long reported that many who are addicted to heroin start out by getting addicted to pain medication, which are simply
synthetic opiates.
In turn the high costs of prescription
pills, both legal and illicit, lead to addicts
moving to much cheaper and plentiful heroin supplies, law officers have reported.
OBrien said that Walden Sierra projections show a likely 46 percent increase in
the requests for detoxification at their facilities, while they continue to struggle with a
roughly 50 percent relapse rate.

It changes your brain chemistry,


OBrien said of why addicts so readily
pursue the drug even after it being purged
from their bodies. The urge to use can
override the will to stop.
Moreover, of all the people seeking admission to treatment programs, 70 percent
are reporting heroin use, OBrien told
commissioners, and 85 percent of heroin
users report using needles to administer
thenarcotic.
The primary age range for using heroin
is from 21 to 33 years of age, split between
men and women by 57 percent to 43 percent respectively, according to Walden Sierra statistics from their Anchor detoxification facility in Charlotte Hall.
Brewster warned, however, that the
heroin and opiate epidemic crossed all age
boundaries.
This has been affecting children as well
as seniors, Brewster said.
Captain Daniel Alioto, head of the sheriffs office vice/narcotics unit, said the
entry of naloxone, a medication that can
reverse potentially lethal heroin overdoses,
has helped save many lives.
All of the agencys deputies are trained
in administering the medication, which is
used as a nasal mist, and civilians can also
get training to reverse an overdose.
As of November there have been 35 nonfatal overdoses with 34 uses of naloxone.
However, Alioto said, there have already been eight overdose deaths this year,
with four of them attributed to the use
offentanyl.
Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic
opioid often used medically to treat severe
pain but it is also now being manufactured
illicitly for street use and in many cases
those using have no idea th- what they
arepurchasing.
Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that
fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times more powerful that heroin.
In some cases they bought flat out
fentanyl and it killed them, Alioto said,
adding that much of the fentanyl found by
law officers has come from either Mexico
orChina.
Alioto said the sheriffs agency has
made progress in getting opiates and heroin off the street, whether it was collecting
more than one million pills in a collection
program for unused medication or recently
cracking a major cross-county heroin ring
it was still an arduous battle.
Youre always going to have someone
else come in and take over, Alioto said.
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An audit of the states Department of


Veterans Affairs (DVA) shows that the
agency mislaid funds related to the operations of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, the
states only such facility forveterans.
The report was issued by the states Office of Legislative Audits and shows that
several hundred thousand dollars was inappropriately given to the veterans home.
In one instance the DVA deposited
$126,000 in energy credits from utility
companies into a fund that is used to give
gifts and grants to the veterans home; the
audit stated that the state may retain such
funds for gifts and grants it cannot, by law,
retain energy credits.
We were advised by DBM (Department
of Budget and Management) that DVA did
not have the authorization to spend these
funds during fiscal year 2015 and therefore
these funds should have been reverted to the
states general fund, the auditorsreported.
In another incident, auditors found that
the state did not reduce payments to the vendor operating the veterans home when vacancies in several positions wentunfilled.

When auditors reviewed the staffing


reports at the veterans home they found
that two nursing positions had remained
vacant from January of last year to this
March; they also found a social services
director position that had been unfilled for
fivemonths.
Based on the hourly rate for the three
vacant positions and a 40-hour week, we estimate DVA could have reduced payments
to the vendor by approximately $180,000
during this period, the audit reported.
In its response, the DVA agreed with the
auditors assessment and recommendation.
Veterans Affairs notes that the intent
of the contract provision permitting a reduction in payment for unfilled positions
was to discourage the contractor from
intentionally holding positions vacant;
and the contractor has not done so, the
responsereads.
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As the long-time alcohol enforcement


coordinator, Cpl. James Stone, steps down
from his position with the Alcohol Beverage
Board, the county may face a period of a lack
of enforcement of liquor laws.
Its not a comfortable position to be in,
said board administrator Tamara Hildebrand. If there are problems out there its going to be hard for us to find out about them.
Stone was a proactive enforcement coordinator, Hildebrand told The County Times,
who helped establish a rapport with liquor
license holders and often tried to work with
them to ensure they never committed a violation of the states liquor laws.
He was also the only enforcement coordinator for the board, having full police
powers.
Hildebrand called Stones position absolutely critical to the beverage boards
oversight of licensed liquor operations in St.
Marys County.
Stone had been training a replacement
earlier in the spring, Hildebrand said, but
after two months on the job his replacement
decided against taking the job.
So far as she knew, Hildebrand said, there
have been no new applicants for thejob.
We dont have a replacement yet, she
said Wednesday, adding that it took time for

law officers new to the position to become


fully familiar with all the license holders in
the county as well as all the liquor laws.
She said the situation was uncertain when
it came to enforcement of liquor laws locally
in the near future.
I dont know, thats something the board
is trying to figure out, said Hildebrand.
Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that
several attempts to fill the position have been
unsuccessful and that Stone would continue
to serve in the position through New Years
Day.
In the meantime, Cameron said, they
would attempt to fill the position with a
contract employee qualified to be a county
deputy.
Due to recent retirements and vacancies in
the agency, Cameron said, he could not realistically transfer someone from within the
sheriffs office to fill the enforcement coordinator spot.
I have to look at the priority of keeping
enough deputies on the street to answer calls
for service, Cameron said.
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agencies throughout the region in obtaining
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enforcement agencies as a means of enhancing the quality of law enforcement services
within the region.
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men and women of the St. Marys County
Sheriffs Office, congratulations to Pamela
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Local News

The County Times

Planners Consider Adding


Step to Approval Process
By Dick Myers
Staff Writer
Several members of the St. Marys
County Planning Commission feel there
may be a better way of doing things. And
their answer is to go back to the way it was
done before.
Members have been consistently frustrated by the lack of information available
in making decisions. The biggest source
of frustration has been the Maryland State
Highway Administration (SHA). They have
been unable to get representatives to attend
their meetings and respond to concerns.
The whole situation came to a boiling
point with the case of the Hollywood Commercial Center, with the plans ultimately
turned down because of traffic concerns.
The Board of Appeals overturned them and
approved it.
The legal representative for the Hollywood Commercial Center, Chris Longmore, successfully argued before the appeals board that the planning commission
only had authority to approve the projects
concept plan, and detailed information,
including approval from SHA, was premature at the concept plan stage. He argued
that was the purview of the director of the
Department of Land Use and Growth Management (LUGM) when the final approval
was given administratively.
The planning commission members, on
the other hand, feel they were being forced
to make decisions lacking all the necessary
information. And they feel that the public
is being slighted at the concept plan public hearing by not having answers to their
concerns.
County Attorney George Sparling and
Deputy LUGM Director William Hunt had
a suggestion for the planners at their Dec.
12 meeting. Sparling pointed out that there
used to be a two-step process. The planners would get a first look at a project at the
concept stage and then held a full-blown
hearing and made a final decision at the
preliminary plan stage. That gave time for

all the information needed by the planning


commission to be in front of them before
they made a decision, The onus was on the
developer to make sure that information
was ready.
Commission member Martin Siebert
noted that some members were now demanding information at the concept plan
stage that wasnt required. He wondered
if adding a second step would solve that.
Commission Chairman Howard Thompson
said that might require training and work
sessions for commission members to understand the process.
Siebert said he anticipated that developers would complain that adding the second step would be more costly and timeconsuming. But Sparling said that wasnt
necessarily the case. He pointed out several
postponements by the commission while
they were seeking additional information.
That could be eliminated by adding the
second step to the process, Sparling said.
Siebert agreed. I can see this possibly
saving developers time and money both.
Sparling pointed out a section in the state
planning code which requires public officials to supply information to the planning
commission. He said that could include
SHA, although whether they could compel
them to appear in person might be another
matter. But at least their assessment of a
project would have to be ready for final approval by the planning commission under
the proposal. It was lacking in the Hollywood Commercial Center case.
With no disagreement on proceeding
with the idea, Sparling and Hunt will develop a proposal which then would be subject to a public hearing by the planning
commission. If they vote favorably on it,
the proposal would go to the county commissioners who would have the final say
on changing the planning commissions
process.
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whether it be for themselves, family members or household items. Each child is
transported to Wal-Mart and then to the
St. Marys County Fairgrounds where they
are awaited by Optimist members who are
ready to serve a huge breakfast, wrap their
gifts, and entertain them with a puppet
show. At the end of the event, the excited
children are returned home.
The Shop with a Cop program is a
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By Dick Myers
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Citizens Academy Graduates Honored

This past fall twenty St. Marys County


citizens spent seven Tuesday evenings together at various county government facilities. Their goal was to gain a greater insight
into how county government actually operates on a daily basis at the annual St. Marys
County Government Citizens Academy.
The Commissioners of St. Marys County
honored this years graduates by hosting a reception and ceremony to present certificates
of completion. A number of graduates also
earned continuing education credits from the
College of Southern Maryland as a result of
participating in the Academy.
The St. Marys County Government Citizens Academy is held each fall and offers up
to 25 citizens an opportunity to learn how the
countys nine departments function on a daily basis. The popular program just wrapped
up its third year.
For one graduate the Citizens Academy
proved to be a life changing experience.
Before I started the Citizens Academy my
husband and I were renting our home, said

Academy graduate Betty Seaman. Since


then we have decided to purchase a home
here in St. Marys County. This was a direct
result of my participation in the Academy.
Commissioners say the Academy offers
participants a chance to get more involved
in county government. The Academy has
yielded a number of graduates who have
gone on to become active on a number of our
commissions, said Commissioner President
Guy. The program gives them a taste of
everything we do for county residents daily
while offering opportunities to serve our
county on an ongoing basis.
The 2017 St. Marys County Citizens
Academy is scheduled to begin Tuesday,
September 5. Academy sessions are held
in September and October. Applications to
participate are available in early July. Participants must be residents of St. Marys County
and at least 18 years of age.

Several non-profit organizations and


many senior citizens in Southern Maryland
have been the recipient of some holiday
cheer from the Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS (SMAR). The
organization based in Hughesville recently
applied for the annual C.A.R.E. (Community Action and REALTOR Excellence)
Award sponsored by the Maryland Association of REALTORS (MAR). The
award to MAR members recognizes their
community involvement.
This year for the ninth time, SMAR was
an award recipient. They won for anactivity planned since 2008 by SMARs Community Relations & CARE Award Committee Secret Santa for Seniors. According to a SMAR press release, There is a
segment of our community that needs assistance to brighten their holidays. Many
residents in our regional assisted living and
senior centers do not have family or regular
visitors throughout the year and receive no
gifts or special attention at Christmas time.
A massive Secret Santa campaign is organized each year,created to provide holiday
gifts to those less fortunate living in our tricounty area.

As the result of garnering the first-place


C.A.R.E. Award this year, SMAR received
$9,000 to distribute as they wished to nonprofit organizations in Southern Maryland.
A committee chaired by Theresa Leonard
of Leonard Realty in California selected:
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home; Meals on
Wheels for Calvert, Charles & St. Marys;
Fortitude Housing of Southern MD; animal
rescue organizations in Calvert, Charles &
St. Marys; Pajama Connection; and Project
Linus.
Leonard presented a check to one of those
animal rescue groups, Second Hope Rescue, on Dec. 9 at the Leonard Realty office
with Mitch, her and husband Rons elderly
dog looking on with not much interest. The
check was appreciatively accepted by Lora
Digulimio representing Second Hope Rescue, which is active in the tri-county area
rescuing dogs and cats, with an emphasis
on harder to place homeless pets.
The other animal rescue groups receiving
checks from SMAR were Calvert Animal
Welfare League and Last Chance Rescue.
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All St. Marys County Government administrative offices will be closed Monday,
December 26 for the Christmas holiday.
Offices will reopen Tuesday, December
27 at their normal time. Offices will also
be closed Monday, January 2, 2017 for the
New Years holiday and reopen Tuesday,
January 3.
The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers will be closed and St.
Marys Transit System (STS) will not operate Sunday, December 25 in observance of
Christmas and Sunday, January 1, 2017 in
observance of New Years.
Additionally, the six (6) convenience
centers will open at 8 a.m. Thursday and
Friday, December 22 and 23, as well as
Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27.
This early opening serves as a convenience
to citizens and accommodates the expected
increase in usage of the facilities during the
holiday season. Landfill hours of operation
will remain at 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. STS will
operate until 6 p.m. on December 24. Regular schedules resume December 26.
The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Marys Transit Sys-

tem (STS) will operate under normal business hours December 31 and January 2.
The St. Andrews Landfill and six Convenience Centers will serve as Christmas
tree collection points. Citizens can drop off
trees free of charge. Undecorated trees may
be placed in the designated areas at these
sites December 26 through January 31,
2017. Last year, nearly 4 tons of Christmas
trees were collected. The trees are mixed
with collected yard waste and ground into
mulch. A little more than 6,000 tons of
mulch is made available annually at the
St. Andrews Landfill site and provided to
the St. Marys County citizens at no charge
while supplies last.
St. Marys County Library locations
(Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed December 23 26
for Christmas and January 1 and 2, 2017
for New Years.
Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler
and Northern) will be closed December 26
for Christmas and January 2, 2017 for New
Years. There will be no Meals on Wheels
deliveries on these dates.

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counts of theft from the Westbury Homeowners Association earlier this year is set
to stand trial in late January, court records
show.
Torya Nicole Timms, 47, who once held
the position of property manager for Westbury community in Lexington Park, was
indicted back in September.
The total amount of money Timms is alleged to have stolen from the home owners
association totaled $20,858.
According to charging documents filed
in county District Court state police began
their investigation back in March regarding transactions of Westbury Community
Association funds; in speaking with an accountant who worked with the association,
Trooper Steven Ditoto found that almost
20 checks from March through June of last
year were made payable to simply as cash.
She advised this was strange because
the community association does not typically write checks for cash, Ditoto wrote.
She further noted that the items in the
memo line referred to what appeared to be
normal expenses, however, those expenses
have also been paid directly to the appropriate recipient.
A lawyer that worked for the community
association told Ditoto that Timms had told
her she had made out the checks payable to

12-9-2016
Burglary to Motor Vehicle Unknown
suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole
property in the 46000 block of Saltmarsh
Court in Lexington Park. Cpl. D. Corcoran
is investigating the case. CASE# 62886-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 20000
block of Skipjack Court in Great Mills.
Deputy J. Bush is investigating the case.
CASE# 62722-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle Unknown


suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the
21000 block of Cameron Court in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to be stolen.
CASE# 62920-16

12-10-2016
Burglary Unknown suspect(s) entered
a residence and stole property in the 17000
block of Point Lookout Road in Piney
Point. Dep. D. Smith is investigating the
case. CASE# 63035-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle Unknown


suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole
property in the 22000 block of Ventura
Way in California. DFC R. Steinbach is investigating the case. CASE# 62940-16
Burglary Unknown suspect(s) entered
a residence and caused significant damage
to the interior of the residence in the 21000
block of Hancock Drive in Lexington Park.
Dep. T. Siciliano is investigating the case.
CASE# 62695-16

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Burglary to Motor Vehicle Unknown


suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole
property in the 21000 block of Seafross
Court in Lexington Park. Dep. D. Smith is
investigating the case. CASE# 62914-16

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cash because she had been told to by a local


accounting firm, Askey and Askey.
That firm told police investigating the
suspicious cashed checks that they had not
advised Timms to do so, charging documents stated.
Ms. Askey advised that prior to the
community association ending their services with Askey and Askey, the firms
accountants were questioning certain expenses by the community association as
odd or suspicious, Ditoto wrote in an application for a statement of charges.
Additionally, several contractors interviewed by Ditoto who had provided services to the community association told police
that they had received payments by check
and not by cash.
Ditoto wrote in court papers that he had
determined that 14 checks were cashed
with memo lines indicating false expenses.
The money obtained from these checks
is no longer in possession of the Westbury
Community Association.
The checks allegedly cashed by Timms
ranged from as low as $8 to $6,000, according to court papers.
Court records show that Timms was
served with an arrest warrant at an address
in Texas, but now lives in Virginia.

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 24000
block of Weatherby Drive in Hollywood.
DFC. C. Beyer is investigating the case.
CASE# 62691-16

12-11-2016
Burglary to a Motor Vehicle Unknown
suspect(s) entered two motor vehicles in
the Westbury Subdivision; no property
was stolen. CASE# 63163-16, 63171-16
Burglary to a Motor Vehicle Unknown
suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole
property in the 45000 block of Calla Lane
in Great Mills. Cpl. Corcoran is investigating the case. CASE# 63172-16
Property Destruction Unknown
suspect(s) spray painted vulgar images and
words in the bathrooms and outbuildings at
Lancaster and Nicollet Parks in Lexington
Park. DFC J. Krum and Dep D. Smith are
investigating the cases. CASE# 63165-16
and 63183-16

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Crime

The County Times

11

Leonardtown Car
Theft Leads to Calvert
Police Pursuit
On December 12, 2016 at approximately
9:50 p.m. units from the Calvert County
Sheriffs Office Crime Suppression team
were patrolling in Prince Frederick, Calvert
County, MD. Dfc. Trigg was parked in the
lot of the 7-11 located at 3675 Hallowing
Point Road Prince Frederick, MD when
he observed a gold Buick bearing MD tag
A275898 approach and pass the stop sign and
white stop line without stopping while leaving the store property. The Buick took the
intersection at a 45 degree angle to normal
lane travel.
Dfc. Trigg got behind the Buick on MD
231 going east bound on Hallowing Point
Road (MD 231) in his marked patrol vehicle
and activated his emergency lights and siren.
Near MD 231 and Mason Road Dep.
Mohler advised via the police radio that
the speed was 65 mph. At Prince Frederick
BLVD. The Buick entered the left turn lane
for Prince Frederick BLVD but did not turn
and continued east. The Buick then drove
in the center portion of the road used for
making turns. The traffic signal at MD 231
and MD 2/4 was red for east bound traffic.
There were cars stopped at the intersection.
There were also cars approaching and driving through the intersection since north and
south bound traffic had a green light. The
Buick drove through the red signal without
stopping at approximately fifteen MPH. The
Buick was in the number three lane which is
intended to go straight across MD 2/4 only.
The Buick made a left turn from the wrong
lane and continued north onto MD 2/4.
The vehicle continued to travel north
along MD 2/4 at a high rate of speed showing
wanton and willful disregard for the safety
of other motorists. Deputies planned to deploy stop sticks in an attempt to flatten the
tires on the Buick. As the Buick approached
DFC Foxs location just south of the MD 2/4
split it hit the stop sticks. Two of the Buicks
tires were damaged, however, the Buick continued driving and attempts were made to
perform the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) on the vehicle but were unsuccessful as the driver continuously swerved at
emergency vehicles that approached it.
Dep. Mohler was directly behind DFC
Denton and said as DFC Denton moved
beside the Buick it would swerve into DFC
Dentons lane. Dep. Mohler said this caused
DFC Denton to have to take evasive action to
avoid being struck and presumably seriously
injured. Dep Mohler advised DFC Denton
had to brake heavily to avoid being struck by
the Buick.
Near Lord Baltimore Drive, DFC Miggliaccio joined the pursuit by getting a head of
the Buick as it approached his location. The
Buick attempted to navigate around DFC Miggliaccios marked patrol car
which also had its lights
and siren activated.
The Buick lost control,
veered to the left, crossed
over the median, and
south bound lanes before
leaving the roadway. The
Buick continued off the
roadway and crashed into
a cattle fence belonging to

the owner of 7445 Briscoe Turn Road. The


Buick overturned during the crash and subsequently came to rest on its roof.
The driver opened the drivers side rear
door and bailed out of the vehicle. Deputies
advised the control center the operator was
running away from the wreckage and described him as a black male wearing a red
shirt. DFC Denton gave Mr. Bishop loud
verbal commands to stop however he fled on
foot away from him. DFC Denton advised
after approximately 300 yards Mr. Bishop
ran into the woods and out of his sight. DFC
Denton stated he used his flash light and saw
Mr. Bishop hiding behind a tree. DFC Denton said Mr. Bishop began to run again ignoring commands to stop. DFC Denton advised
the suspect fell over brush; DFC Denton and
DFC Migliaccio caught up to the suspect and
attempted to take control of him to put him in
handcuffs. DFC Denton advised the suspect
pulled away, tensed up, and resisted arrest.
DFC Denton advised the suspect eventually
said, I give up. DFC Denton advised he and
DFC Migliaccio were able to handcuff the
suspect.
DFC Wells advised the suspect was apprehended at 1911 Appaloosa Way. Dfc. Trigg
took custody of the suspect and identified
him as Kanard J. Bishop (19) of Goddard
Court in St. Marys County. The suspect was
taken to Ambulance 59 for treatment. Mr.
Bishop was wearing a black and red jacket,
black shirt, blue jeans, and white socks that
were covered in mud and cow manure.
Through investigation it was determined
that Bishop had no drivers license. Bishop
was transferred to a trauma center via Trooper 2. Once at the trauma center Bishop was
evaluated and released. The Calvert County
Sheriffs Office made contact with the owner
of the Buick who advised they were at the St.
Marys County Sheriffs Office filing a report for the Buick being stolen. Bishop had
allegedly taken the keys to the vehicle out of
a coat pocket of the owner at Urban BBQ at
approximately 9:00p.m. St. Marys County
Sheriffs Office deputies applied for charges
against Bishop for stealing the car.
Bishop was transported to the CCDC for
processing. Bishop was charged with 1st
degree assault on DFC Denton for striking
or causing him to crash. Mr. Bishop was
charged with 2nd degree assault and resisting arrest for fighting with DFC Denton and
DFC Migliaccio while trying to take him into
custody.
Mr. Bishop was issued citations 0R60L0H0s50l0H for fleeing and eluding and multiple
other traffic offenses.
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Ryken Pastor Honored

Davis Joins School Board

By Dick Myers
Staff Writer

Jim Davis of Leonardtown attended his


first meeting Dec. 14 as a member of the St.
Marys County Board of Education. Before
the meeting, Davis was formally sworn in
by Clerk of the Circuit Court Joannie Williams. Also sworn in were incumbents
Mary Washington and Cathy Allen.
Davis replaces Daniel Carney, who was
appointed to the board two years go and
chose not to run for election to a full term.
Davis easily defeated Justin Fiore in the
Nov. 8 election. Allen enters her fifth term
on the b0ard and Washington her sixth.
Washington was unopposed in the election.
Allen handily defeated Chris Krush to win
re-election.
Davis last week attended a two-day orientation in Baltimore for new school board
members. He said of the first day: I was
kind of frightened by the enormous responsibility of board members. But, he said by

the second day he had settled in.


Allen welcomed Davis to the board and
said she would do whatever she could to
help him out. She said she was glad that he
had attended the orientation.
Washington thanked everyone for their
support. She said of the school board, It
is my life. This is my passion, This is my
purpose in life.
At the start of the regular meeting Karin
Bailey was unanimously re-elected chairman for another year and Washington was
re-elected vice chairman.
During the meeting, Davis was an active
participant. Davis background is in engineering and construction management so
he asked several technical questions about
construction projects.
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school-wide Feast of the Immaculate Conception mass, Fr. Scott Woods, St. Marys
Ryken School (SMR) Chaplain, was presented with the highest award in the Xaverian Brothers school community, the Theodore James Ryken award.
One of the greatest blessings in my entire life is finding St. Marys Ryken and
becoming part of this community, said Fr.
Scott. Each morning when I wake and up
realize that I will be coming to this campus,
I am happy and excited to work with the
students and faculty. It is truly one of my
best gifts in life.

Fr. Scott began a spiritual direction program at SMR that now serves over 225 students. In creating this program, he has also
influenced other local priests to serve the
SMR community. Today, a dozen priests
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From St. Marys Ryken School

CSMs Light Fixture


Replacements Garner
Big Returns

College Receives $133,000 from


SMECO Business Solutions Program

The College of Southern Maryland received a $133,000 rebate from Southern


Maryland Electric Cooperatives (SMECOs)
Business Solutions program Dec. 6. CSM
earned the incentive by completing retrofit
lighting projects in nine different buildings at
the La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses.
The SMECO Business Solutions program is awesome, said Tony Jernigan, CSM
vice president of finance. It allows the college to acquire more efficient equipment than
would normally be acquired with existing
resources. Additionally, the more efficient
equipment has a long-term financial impact
as the more efficient equipment effects substantial savings on operating expenses over
the equipments life. These savings positively
impact students as the college operates more
efficiently and therefore can impact the cost
to run the college and, ultimately, help to
minimize tuition costs. Jernigan estimated
an annual energy savings of $40,000 for the
college.
Before the retrofit project, CSMs existing lighting fixtures were three-lamp, 32watt T-8 fluorescent tubes. Each fixture was
replaced by a 42-watt LED fixture. Nearly
2,300 fixtures were replaced. Annual energy
savings for the college are expected to total
318,958 kilowatt-hours. In addition, the LED
tubes that will be used in the new fixtures
are going to last at least 60,000 hours, said
Senior Associate Nick Lourinia of ICF International, which administers and delivers
SMECOs EmPOWER Maryland programs,
including the Business Solutions program,
for SMECO. In contrast, the lights for the
old fixtures only lasted between 10,000 and
15,000 hours, Lourinia said.
College administrators are pleased with
the rebate and the retrofitting projects projected savings. It really makes a difference,
said CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried,
crediting Ron Toward, CSM executive director of physical plant, with advocating that the
college participate in the program.
This rebate program sets the tone to be
able to install LED lighting and reduce the
labor hours needed to replace bulbs and

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costs, Toward said. This also gives good,
clean, lighted areas for safety and [lighting
that is] better for your eyes when sitting at a
computer.
Weighing costs and financial benefits and
quality of lighting, however, were not the
only considerations that led CSM to participate in the retrofit lighting program. Its part
of a broader goal, a sustainability initiative,
Gottfried said. The college is committed to
energy conservation.
The college considers the environmental
impact of all its purchases, and [SMECOs]
Business Solutions program allows the college to acquire equipment that is more efficient and less damaging to our environment, Jernigan said. We are very grateful
to SMECO for allowing CSM to participate
in this program.
The cooperatives EmPOWER Maryland
programs provide incentives for commercial
and residential customers to save energy and
money by installing energy-efficient appliances, constructing energy-efficient new
homes, improving the energy-efficiency of
existing homes and businesses, and purchasing energy-efficient lighting.
In addition to the Business Solutions program, SMECO operates the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program for
existing homes, the ENERGY STAR New
Home program, the Lighting program, the
Appliance program and more. Over the eight
years of the EmPOWER Maryland programs existence, approximately $7 million
in rebates and incentives have been awarded
SMECO customers. For more about SMECOs savings programs, see https://smeco.
coop/save-energy-and-money.
CSM was recently presented the 2016
Leadership Award by the Maryland Green
Registry for outstanding contributions to
environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices. For information on
CSMs environmental sustainability initiatives, visit http://www.csmd.edu/about/environmental-sustainability/index.html.
From The College of Southern Maryland

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The County Times

Education

13

CSM Launches $10 Mil Campaign School Board Allows Use of Great
Mills H/S Land for Playground
Melissa Chambers of White Plains was
all smiles as she leaned over the table to
write out her donation to the College of
Southern Maryland Foundation on Impact
Tuesday, Nov. 29, at CSMs La Plata Campus. CSM made such a difference in my
life, and I just want to make a difference
in someone elses life, Chambers, a 2011
grad and current CSM employee, said. Im
very appreciative of my time here.
Chambers was one of 271 donors who
responded to the CSM Foundations public launch of its $10-million Make An
Impact campaign, celebrated at all three
campuses on CSMs fifth annual observation of Giving Tuesday. The public launch
garnered $70,152 in donations, which was
nearly double the $36,424 raised last year
from 163 donors. The campaign, Make
An Impact: Invest Today to Transform Tomorrow, aims to raise $10 million by 2018,
when the college will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The campaign will benefit three
areas scholarships, programs/facilities
and entrepreneur partnerships.
I cant believe the amazing results from
Impact Tuesday, said Nancy Hempstead,
first vice chair of the CSM Foundation
Board. We far exceeded our goals. What
a great beginning as we embark on the public launch of our $10 million campaign. I
am so proud to be part of the CSM Foundation Board and the community in which we
serve. This is a true testament to the partnerships that exist between our students,
faculty, employees, local businesses and
others in our community.
Traditionally, Giving Tuesday follows
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday
and Cyber Monday as an opportunity to
emphasize philanthropy after those days of
frenzied consumerism. This years Giving
Tuesday included celebrations held at each
campus, at which CSM Foundation directors, college employees and students assisted in the Nov. 29 public launch of the
campaign. Donations made during CSMs
24-hour online Giving Tuesday event of
Impact Tuesday were directed to several
initiatives to inspire, influence or innovate in the community, including scholarships to help students afford degree programs and career and trades programs as
well as support for the arts, athletics, the
St. Charles Childrens Learning Center at
CSM, the Center for Trades and Energy
Training, Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute, and STEM.
More than a dozen students who have
benefited from scholarships, one of the
areas designated for the donated funds, attended the campus celebrations, including
Bradley Bears of Waldorf, a second-year
accounting student at CSM, who said he
supported the campaign so as to help the
people coming [to CSM] after me.
I wanted to help people out the way they
helped me, said Michelle Collins of Waldorf, a current CSM nursing student who
has received scholarship assistance and
also worked as a volunteer with Bears.
Beyond collecting donations, CSM Development Director Chelsea Brown explained the Giving Tuesday goal was to
involve at least 200 donors in the Nov. 29
event, and it was designed to encourage
even very small donations, so that every
member of the community could invest in
the campaign. For example, two current
students, Victoria Wheeler and Kevonna
Dunnington, both of Waldorf, stopped by
the La Plata Campus celebration just to in-

vestigate the festivities but after learning


about the campaigns goals and that even
small donations were welcome and could
make a difference, they both pulled out a
few dollars to donate toward the cause.
Linda Cox, a director with the CSM
Foundation and a member of the first graduating class at the current La Plata Campus, along with her niece and CSM alumna,
Lisa Case, helped staff the event and promoted the Cox Family Memorial Endowed
Scholarship, one of many matching scholarship funds participating in the drive. The
Cox family scholarship was started in 1991
initially in honor of Lindas mother-in-law
and later her husband, Donald; Lisas mother, Marilyn; and a brother-in-law, John
Cox. The college has always been part of
our lives, Cox said. She said she wants to
support its new initiatives and its continued
growth in the community.
For others, the opportunity to donate toward a specific scholarship motivated their
involvement in the Make An Impact
campaign launch. Susan Strickland, who
has taught math at the Leonardtown Campus since 2001, chose to donate $1,000 toward the Charles Walsh Memorial Scholarship. Strickland had a long association with
Walsh, who had a 50-year teaching career
in St. Marys County that spanned three to
four generations of families. He started at
the college as an adjunct professor in 1983
teaching math and chemistry and then became an associate professor in 2003 until
his retirement in 2015. He passed away in
April 2016.
It means a lot to me to be able to contribute to a scholarship in Charlies name,
Strickland said. Charlie spent his entire
life involved in education, whether as a
teacher, an administrator or as a professor
at CSM He would be deeply humbled at
having a scholarship in his name, but knowing that the money could benefit a student
who might not otherwise be able to enroll at
CSM would mean the world to him.
Walshs daughter, Dr. Kathleen Walsh,
who helped establish the memorial scholarship to honor her father, said in an email,
It was so touching to see that so many
folks donated in such a short time and even
several colleagues saw and donated after
Giving Tuesday. Since his death, I have
heard from countless former students, colleagues, friends, family members and the
community about the difference Dad made.
We want to continue that legacy.
Even before Impact Tuesday, through
the CSM Foundations early efforts and
with support from CSMs closest supporters, more than $7 million toward the $10
million goal have been raised. All funds
raised in the ongoing campaign will go toward three initiatives designed to help the
college grow and maintain its affordable,
high-quality programs for the future. The
$10 million campaign will provide funding to: Inspire: Scholarships with a Purpose with a goal of $5 million; Influence:
Transformative Programs, Technology and
Facilities with a goal of $3 million; and
Innovate: CSM Entrepreneur, Innovation
and Partnerships with a goal of $2 million.
Each dollar contributed during the campaign will be used to assist CSM in its goal
to transform the future of Southern Maryland through higher education.
From College of Southern Maryland

By Dick Myers

Staff Writer

The St. Marys County Board of Education has approved an agreement allowing
the use of almost an acre of land at Great
Mills High School for a community playground. The property is adjacent to Patuxent Woods Apartments, managed by the
Housing Authority of St. Marys County
(HASMC).
The agreement also allows for a temporary 40,166-square-foot construction easement to reach the site and work on it to establish the playfield.
According to a memo supplied to the
school board the property in question
is currently not being used by the high
school. Regarding the residents of Patuxent Woods Apartments, the memo says,
Currently, these families do not have access to this type of a space for playing ball,
soccer,etc.
The proposal was questioned by board
member Rita Weaver, who wondered
whether the school system would be liable
for any accidents at the field. Board member Cathy Allen had the same questions.
But HASMC Executive Director Dennis
Nichols assured the board that their insurance carrier had assured them that their policy would cover any accidents. The agreement signed by the board also has a holdharmless provision for the schoolboard.

Director of Capital Planning Kimberly


Howe said if here were problems with the
playfield, the school board could always rescind the agreement. She said if the agreement was rescinded the improvements
made could be useful to the school system.
Howe said since the land was still owned
by the school system and was within a drug
free zone any smoking or drug activity
would be strictly prohibited.
Howe said similar agreements are in
place for use of other school grounds for
recreational activities.
Nicholson said that the renovation of
Patuxent Woods Apartments had been
achieved with grant monies, but the
$30,000 earmarked for the playfield would
come out of either HASMC operating or
capital funds.
Board member Mary Washington
strongly supported the proposal. I think
this is wonderful for the school system to
partner, she said
Formerly under St. Marys County Government, HASMC is now an independent
agency with a private board.
The school boards decision was unanimous to proceed with the agreement with
HASMC.
dickmyers@countytimes.net

CSM Offers First Course in Small


Unmanned Aircraft Systems
A groundbreaking class being offered for
the first time next month at the College of
Southern Maryland could help you be among
the first pilots in Southern Maryland certified
to use drones commercially. Students will
come away from the course with their own
drone and the necessary software, along with
the skills to use it.
CSMs two-week, 18-hour Introduction to
Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)
course (AVN-5000) instructs both hobbyists
and professionals how to fly drones safely
and legally, prepare for the FAA certification
test and access new opportunities. As of August 2016, FAA pilot certification is required
of anyone operating a drone for business
purposes.
The first course will be offered at the La
Plata Campus beginning Jan. 31. A future offering is being scheduled at the Leonardtown
Campus later in the spring.
While many may consider sUAS or drones
as merely the newest in remote control airplanes and a cool tool for aerial videos, this
course will show that drones pose the biggest
opportunity for commercial use. Industries
like agriculture, construction, insurance,
public safety as well as small and entrepreneurial businesses will realize tremendous
economic benefit from using this new technology. In fact, the use of drones is projected
to be a game-changing technology for many
areas of the workforce.
There are so many opportunities that are
just now being realized, Joel Kinison, the
CSM course instructor said. The courses
hands-on Knowledge-to-Action courseware,
which was tested and vetted by the State University of New York, will offer insight into
the many business and employment oppor-

tunities created by drones. Kinison said he is


particularly interested in seeing first responders (search & rescue workers) take the course
and see how the technology could assist in
their work.
Kinison notes that the training will be
intense because he will be preparing both
professionals and hobbyists for the FAA Airman Certificate with a sUAS rating, which is
required for pilots to fly commercially. For
those new to flying we will log time using
flight simulator software and flying drones in
a controlled space, which will prepare operators to operate in more challenging environments, he said.
Topics covered in the course will include
flying multi-rotor and fixed-wing drones, indoor flight training, diverse flight systems,
maintenance, registration and certification
requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems (DJI, 3DRobotics, etc.), emerging technologies and the latest
FAA policies. The course includes a workbook, a quadcopter with camera and computer flight simulator with radio controller. Each
student will participate in a Top Gun piloting
competition and receive a training certificate
upon completion of the course.
The course was developed by CSM in partnership with SkyOps, a technology transfer
company that creates training experiences
that prepare the American workforce for new
jobs and business models created by emerging technology. This partnership between the
college and SkyOps allows CSM to lead innovation in the region by offering a nationally
recognized curriculum, according to Mosser.
From The College of Southern Maryland

14

Sports

The County Times

Thursday, December 15, 2016

came as a result of the team not playing as


well as they were capable through all three
periods of play. We had an early lead but
when they started to chip away, we didnt
answer properly, the way we should have
We didnt give the full effort we needed
too for the full three periods and thats why
they were able to crawl back in the end.
Captain OHara said.
When Head Coach Chris Palombi talked
about how much potential his team has, he
said; I dont want to Jinx it but I think we
have the potential to go all the way its
just getting these guys to keep building off
of the little things we are doing right and
stabilizing those good things and I think
well be fine.

This team clearly isnt invincible, but


who doesnt love to root for the underdog?
While the teams schedule wont be getting
any easier after the turn of the year, the potential to run the table is still there.

The Knights have shown that
they mean business this season in a couple
ways; taking over the second place spot in
the MAPHL, running the most successful offensive line of players in the league,
and all the while obliterating a pre-season
coaches poll. Their next game is January
4th against Gonzaga in Waldorf at 5pm.
St. Marys Rykens ice hockey team
should not be overlooked this season.

Head Coach Chris Palombi gives a pep-talk as the team headed into a rough third
period of play against St. Albans School at Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Rykens Dream Season


Continues After First Loss
by Zach Hill
Contributing Writer

Do you believe in miracles? Yes! The


classic line from Al Michaels following one
of the biggest underdog storyline wins in
sports history after the United States ice
hockey team took down that of the Soviet
Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake
Placid. The story being told here may not
be at such high stakes, nor does this team
even have an unblemished conference record anymore.
What this team does have however that
is similar to the Miracle on Ice team is
two things; they too are playing on ice, and
they too are the clear underdogs in their
league. They are none other than the St.
Marys Ryken ice hockey team.
Coming in to play in only their second
season in the Mid Atlantic Prep Hockey
League AA Division, the Knights were
ranked 10th on the Pre-Season Coaches
Top 10 Poll below powerhouse teams like
Landon, Gonzaga, and Dematha.
While some people may not have been
happy with this ranking, Head Coach Chris
Palombi was completely satisfied with his
teams placement. Ill take that underdog
roll any day kinda lay low under the radar. I know any of those guys in the top ten
above us have the ability to show up and
surprise each and every one of those teams
and get out a win so yeah Ill take that and
hopefully our guys take that too and see
that as a drive.
That being said, the Knights have been
doing everything but staying under the
radar this year.
Up until their first
conference loss on
Tuesday, Dec. 13th
to St. Albans, the
team had been tied
for first with their
biggest school rival Dematha, both
featuring a 4-0-0
record. Now the
Knights are sitting comfortably
in second place
ahead of major
high school hockey
programs such as

Landon, Gonzaga, and Calvert Hall.


Rykens dream season took its first turn
on Tuesday, Dec. 13th as the Knights were
defeated by St. Albans, 4-2. Coming into
this game, the team knew they were going
to be in for a tough game without Denis
Kuzminov(#87) in the lineup. Kuzminov
is the MAPHL overall points leader who
is currently in Estonia for the International
Ice Hockey Federation(IIHF), U20 World
Championships where he is representing
his home country of Lithuania.
Early in the game, the Knights had
been leading 2-1 with goals from Junior
Alex Delaney(#21) and Sophomore Josh
Stevenson(#20).
Things went south for Ryken once the
third period hit as the Bulldogs managed
to score three unanswered goals that would
seal the fate of the Knights. Senior CoCaptains Jacob Pilkerton(#74) and Jacob
OHara(#63) both felt as though the loss

Capt. Jacob OHara penalty shot attempt

Captain Jacob OHara(Left) and Shane Gregan(Right) were without their Lithuanian
line-mate Denis Kuzminov during Rykens ice hockey teams first conference loss

Mike, Kenny and the Duke

Duke Radbourne, mythical oracle of


dude-knowledge and occasional character in this column, veered into my pattern
last week. It was a fitting meeting, as it
turned out, because we had both spent the
week trolling the MLB winter meetings
at National Harbor and doing regular heat
checks on baseballs annual hot stove, figuratively anyway (like all things with Duke).
We never actually set foot on Harbor
grounds or had a single conversation with
a baseball executive. In fact, the external
optic indicated another conventional week
tending our fabulously normal and pulseflattening routines. But mentally we were
on the Maryland side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge pondering how the balance of
power for the 2017 MLB season could pivot
at any second.
Specifically, Nationals General Manager
and trade savant Mike Rizzo was on stage.
After the Nats lost again in the first round
of the playoffs, and with a farm system
stuffed with prospects, Rizzo was expected
to make big splashes and exit the meetings
with a World Series favorite.
Dreamers, we admittedly were, but since
sports curses are dying the Cavaliers
ended Clevelands suffering and the Chicago Cubs overcame billy goats and Steve
Bartman to win the World Series why
shouldnt D.C. and its 24-years-and-counting-without-a-professional-title be the next
exorcism? And given Bryce Harpers
pending 2018 free agency, the Nats time is
now, as John Cena might surmise.
Rizzo immediately fed the fervor. The
Nats were rumored to be after former NL
MVP Andrew McCutchen and were major players in the sweepstakes for Chicago
White Sox lefthander Chris Sale, a fivetime All-Star. Acquiring either would be
great. Nabbing both would set off World
Series mania - and the Nats had the young
talent to do it.
But
McCutchen remains in Pittsburgh; the
Nats pursuit has gone cold. Sale was dealt
to Boston for a package of prospects that
the Nats didnt match. After Rizzo went
0-2 on his primary targets (0-3 counting
free agent closer Mark Melancons signing with the Giants), Duke and I no longer

wanted to be at the winter meetings, we


wanted to be seated at bar stools on either
side of Nats GM, all of us at least three
pints deep into the truth serum.
Rizzo eventually cut a deal, but it
wreaked of a panicked executive with an
itchy trigger finger. After methodically
building an elite farm system and nurturing
young pitching prospects, Rizzo flipped
three hurlers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo
Lopez and Dane Dunning to the White
Sox for Adam Eaton, a zero-time All-Star.
If Kenny Rogers, the bearded crooner, was
asked his opinion, hed declare that Rizzo
played the hand like he was out of aces.
Remember The Gambler?!?!
In college, Duke once asked me to name
my dream job. Working in the front office of a professional sports team, was my
reply. Whatyou think youre the next
Roland Hemond (then Orioles General
Manager)?, he asked. Being a Towson
student, I dismissed Hemond and named
fellow Towson alum and long-time MLB
executive (and recent addition to the Hall
of Fame) John Schuerholtz as my professional hero. Regardless, I flew with eagles
in my youth.
The sports executive career never materialized, a favorable scenario for my sanity.
Its hard to fathom Rizzos week at National
Harbor: the options, the variables and, ultimately, the excruciating, franchise-altering
decisions that the GM owns alone. For
every get theres a painful forfeiture; the
hope, counter to the holiday season, is that
you receive more than you give.
Thats a much drama as I can muster. I
imagined more when I began typing but
then dozen of people were killed in Istanbul and rumors of Russian cyberattacks
broke real world invasions and reminders
of baseballs comparatively inconsequential recreational roots. Rizzos decisions
are tougher than picking a dinner option,
but in the end, hes the puppet master of a
game, a reality Im certain he embraces. In
fact, had Duke and I had that moment with
him at the bar, the bet is Rizzo would consider himself lucky for the spoils of making
of living in that manner, even after netting
Adam Eaton for a ransom of talent.
Send comments to RonaldGuyJr@gmail.com

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Sports

15

Seahawk Men Wins Women Seahawks Beat


Penn
State
Harrisburg
Out Over Penn State
Harrisburg
The Basics
Score: St. Marys 88, Penn State Harrisburg 84
Records: St. Marys (6-3, 2-2 CAC),
Penn State Harrisburg (4-4, 1-3 CAC)
Location: St. Marys City, Md. Michael P. OBrien Athletics & Recreation
Center Arena
The Short Story: The St. Marys College of Maryland mens basketball team
holds on for an 88-84 Capital Athletic Conference win over Penn State Harrisburg
Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Ochae
Bynum (Waldorf, Md./North Point) lead
a contingent of four Seahawks in doubledigit scoring with 17 points.
How It Happened
After first-year guard Khalil White
(Philadelphia, Pa./Cheltenham) gave Penn
State Harrisburg a seven-point lead at the
6:17-minute mark, back-to-back threepointers from first-year guard Matt Ayoub
(Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) and Bynum
in a minute span knotted the game at 73-73.
The teams traded leads twice before
Ayoubs three-pointer with under four
minutes left in the game gave the Seahawks
the lead for good.
Before fouling out with a game-high 26
points, senior guard Jazmon Harris (Baltimore, Md./Patterson) helped the Lions cut
the lead down to one twice in the final 1:07
of the game with a pair of
free throws at the 1:07-minute mark and a triple with 10
ticks on the clock.
Two free throws from
sophomore guard Brendan
Cavanagh (Centreville, Md./
Queen Annes Co.) and a
Lion turnover with four seconds to go pretty much sealed
the win for St. Marys.
The Seahawks claimed
a 20-14 lead at 12:14 of the
first half on a triple by junior guard Donovan Robinson (Waldorf, Md./North
Point) for their largest lead
of the game. Following three
straight Harrisburg layups to
knot the game for the second
time, the action grew tighter
as neither team held more
than a three-point lead.
Consecutive baskets from
first-year guard Tre Mouton
(Waldorf, Md./North Point)
handed St. Marys its final
lead of the first half, 33-31.
The Lions countered with an
11-1 run to hold an eight-point
advantage with less than two
minutes left in the half.
Sophomore wing Phil
Newsome
(Mitchellville,
Md./Potomac) punctuated a
9-1 Seahawk run to close-out
the half with a dunk as time
expired to send the teams into
halftime tied at 43-all.

First-year forward Jamal Murphy (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) paced the Seahawks


at halftime with eight points and three
rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
As a team, St. Marys shot a season-best
53.4-percent from the field as well as a season-high 50-percent from downtown. The
Seahawks also grabbed 20 points off of 14
Harrisburg turnovers.
Bynum shot 6-of-8 from the field in tallying his team-best 17 points while Murphy contributed 16 points on 7-of-11 and
three rebounds in his second straight start.
Ayoub finished with 14 points behind
three three-pointers as well as three boards
while Cavanagh chipped in 13 off the
bench as he went 8-of-10 at the line.
Up Next
St. Marys will be idle for nearly three
weeks before traveling to Lexington, Virginia on November 29 to take on William
Paterson University (3-6) at the Washington and Lee University Tournament. Tipoff is 6:00 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played the next day
at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., respectively, against
either Washington and Lee (1-6) or Eastern
University (5-2).
By Nairem Moran,
College of Southern Maryland

The Basics
Score: St. Marys 68, Penn State Harrisburg 59
Records: St. Marys (3-5, 1-3 CAC), Penn
State Harrisburg (1-7, 0-4 CAC)
Location: St. Marys City, Md. Michael
P. OBrien Athletics & Recreation Center
Arena
The Short Story: Three Seahawks scored
in double digits as the St. Marys College of
Maryland womens basketball team picked
up their first Capital Athletic Conference
win of the season. St. Marys posted a 6859 win Saturday afternoon over Penn State
Harrisburg.
How It Happened
St. Marys never trailed in the game, opening up the first quarter with a 16-2 advantage
before junior Alexis Nolan (Beltsville, Md./
Pallotti) drained a three-pointer to slow down
the run. The Seahawks took an 18-5 lead into
the second period on a jumper by first-year
Christine McKee (Frederick, Md./Urbana).
The Seahawks led by double digits the entire second half as the team shot 40-percent
from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw
line. Sophomore Kobe Chaney (Edgewater,
Md./South River) knocked down a layup
with 12 seconds left to give St. Marys a 4019 halftime advantage
Chaney paced all players with nine points
and seven rebounds while the Seahawks
dominated the boards by a 28-12 margin.
Penn State Harrisburg committed 11 firsthalf turnovers which lead to 14 points for the
home team.
The Lions made the most of their trips to
the free throw line in the third stanza, hitting

on 11-of-14 attempts in cutting the 21-point


deficit to 10 with 2:17 left in the third. Junior
captain Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) put St. Marys up by 13 with a layup to
end the quarter.
Harrisburg started the final quarter with a
13-5 run, including an 11-of-14 effort at the
line, to close the gap to five with less than two
minutes remaining in regulation. However,
the Seahawks responded with a layup from
senior Nina Haller (Chevy Chase, Md./
Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and a 4-of-6 showing at the charity stripe by Nowlin to seal the
first CAC win of the season.
Inside the Box Score
Three players scored in double figures for
the Seahawks while St. Marys posted a 5041 rebounding margin over the Lions. The
home team also garnered 22 points off of 25
Harrisburg miscues.
Chaney led the way with season-bests
of 13 points and three steals plus a teambest nine boards while junior captain Kerri
Kline (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James) added
12 points, five caroms, and two steals.
Nowlin was one rebound away from a
double-double with a season-high 11 points
and career-best nine boards.
Up Next
St. Marys will be back in action next
Saturday, December 17 when the Seahawks
travel to Chestertown, Maryland to take on
Washington College (3-5) in non-conference
action at 1:00 p.m.
By Nairem Moran,
College of Southern Maryland

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Feature Story

The County Times

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Museum Shops Offer a


Treasure Trove of Gifts
By Dick Myers
Staff Writer

Hidden away all over Sothern Maryland


are ideal spots for holiday shopping. They
have gifts that are unique to our region and
for that hard-to-please person on your list.
They are the museum gift shops of Southern Maryland.
The areas museums help maintain the
history and culture of a very special place.
And the museum shops, in addition to aiding with that holiday shopping list, help
sustain the programs of those museums. .
The following is a guide to the museum
shops of Calvert and St. Marys County.
Take your own personal tour. Youll be
surprised what you find.

St. Clements Island


Potomac River Museum

Marylands history began in March of


1634 when the ships The
Ark and The Dove
landed at an island in the
Potomac River after
a harsh voyage from
England. That island,
now called St. Clements, is the backdrop
for the county-owned
museum of the same
name.
This is a great time to
visit the museum because of
their annual doll and train exhibit. Its also
a great time to shop at the little museum
shop tucked in the back. There you will
find many items related to Maryland history and life on the Potomac River.
One of the most unusual gift ideas this
reporter found on his tour of the gift shops
is the crab pot Christmas tree (also available at the Piney Point
Lighthouse gift shop).
The trees come in
several sizes from
18 inches to four
feet.
The museum
also is filled with
such items as
sea glass jewelry,
books on the local
history and culture and
cookbooks to prepare the
crabs you catch in that crab pot.
Jayne Walsh is the museum shop
manager. The shop is open noon to
4 p.m. through Dec. 22 and then
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 23=24.
For more information call
301769-2222.
The museum is located
at the end of Rote 242 in
Coltons Point.
Their website is www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/stclementsisland.asp

Historic St. Marys City-

The Shop at Fathrings Ordinary

From St. Clements Island those first


Maryland settlers headed back down the
Potomac a short distance and settled in
what was to become Marylands
first capital St. Marys City.
Farthings Ordinary at Historic St. Marys City is the
recreated inn at the colonial
town that has been uniquely
repurposed as a gift shop. According to Shop Manager Maria
Sokolowski, the shop changes with
the season and of course Christmas has
taken over for now. And she said some of
the Christmas items are the shops biggest
sellers, including snowmen (stuffed, on
ornaments and the unique Melting
Snowman).
Books are also a popular gift
and the shop has a large selection. Sokolowski mentioned the Ghost Walls
by Sally Walker which is
set in St. Marys City.
The museums Shop at
Farthings Ordinary offers
a wide selection of curiosities
and necessities inspired by history
and nature, including reproduction pottery, souvenirs colonial games, housewares
and nautical niceties.
If you cant get to St. Marys City you
can shop online at www.hsmcdigshistory.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?search
=action&category=GFTShttps://www.
hsmcdigshistory.org/cgi-bin/commerce.
cgi?search=action&category=GFTS
The Shop at Farthings Ordinary is open
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Dec. 16-23. The shop
is located near the reconstructed statehouse
just off Rote 5. For more information call
the shopkeeper at 240-895-2088.

Patuxent River Naval


AirMuseum

The museum just outside the bases Gate


1 is in a new facility this year and the museum shup is larger with a wider selection.
Of course, airplanes are the main theme of
the gift shop, according to manager Brandy
Blake. On a tour of the shop she pointed
out that gifts for children are
a popular item, with snap
together kits and other
models of just about every imaginable historic
airplane.
For older children
(middle school and
above) the shop has
the challenging and
very unique Metal Earth
model airplanes, includ-

ing the Starship Enterprise.


Over in the adult area, a whole wall is
covered with antique metal signs from airplane manufacturers, airplanes and more
generic patriotic renderings. The signs
range in price from $16.95 to $90.
Perhaps the biggest display in the shop
is the clothing section, with the typical
gift shop t-shirt and sweat shirts with
the museum and Navy logos, and yes,
the other services as well, since Blake
points out that the other services are
represented on base. The clothing section also has hats, skull caps and a flight
suit for thekids.
The museum also has art prints, mugs
and jewelry, all with the Naval Air theme.
The museum shop at the Patuxent
River Naval Air Museum
is open 12-5 daily
through Dec. 23
and is closed
Christmas Eve
and Christmas
Day/
The museum
is at 22156 Three
Notch Road, Lexington Park, 20653. The
phone number is 301-8631900. Their website is not yet
operational.
Photos by Frank Marquart

Piney Point Lighthouse


Museum and Historic Park

The county-owned museum and park


has as its centerpiece the striking Piney
Point Lighthouse, built in 1836 and which
stood as a sentinel for Potomac boat traffic
The museum store offers an array of
Piney Point Lighthouse souvenirs, nautical
gifts, books, jewelry, clothing, childrens
corner and more! The store is operated
by the Friends of the St. Clements Island
and Piney Point Museums with proceeds
returning to support museum programs,
projects and exhibits. The Lighthouse Lens
is your destination for unique quality gifts.
And for the one who has everything,
consider a gift membership to The Friends!
Museum members receive a 10 percent discount on store purchases.
Museum shop manager Jayne Walsh
said they have begun to take
items from local artists and
artisans on consignment
so that has given them
some unique locallythemed gifts. Of
course, she said the
items with the lighthouse on them, such
as mugs and, t-shirts
and sweatshirts are

very popular. They also have replicas of


lighthouses, including Piney Point.
The books in the shop are uniquely local,
including a series for kids that features fire,
rescue and police personnel.
The shop is open Saturday, Sunday
and Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then
the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before
Christmas at the same times. The museums phone number is 301-994-1471. Their
website is: http://www.stmarysmd.com/
recreate/PPL.asp

Calvert Marine Museum

The Chesapeake Bay is the man theme


of the gift shop at Calvert
Marine Museum. When
asked what the favorite thigs were
this time of year,
store manager for
the last 23 years
Maureen Baughman thought for
a moment and
said it was hard to
pick one thing. Of
course for the kids she
said theres books, activities
and electronics. For instance, this reporter
picked out for an eight-year-old cousin a
Shark Excavation Adventure Kit. This
unique gift allows the child to become a junior Paleontologist, which is quite in keeping with part of the museums mission.
For adults, the gift shop has many Baythemed items for cooks, such as dishes,
glassware, cookware and aprons. Baughman also points out the large Chesapeake-themed jewelry
selection.
There is a
large book selection
for
adults
as
well. If its
about
the
Chesapeake
Bay,
they
have it.
Calvert Marine Museum is
at 14206 Solomons
Island Road, Solomons, MD
2 0 688 .
The gift shop is right inside the front door
to the left
The museum shop is open daily for
holiday shopping from 10 a.m. to 4:45
p.m. except on Christmas Eve when
they close at 2 p.m. You can visit
the museum stores website at
calvertmarinemuseumstore.miiduu.com/
Photos by Frank Marquart

The County Times

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Annemarie Sculpture
Garden and Arts Center

The first thing you notice when you enter the Arts Center at Annemarie Garden is
the Christmas Tree Display. The gift shop
located in the Arts Center is themed for the
holiday season and those Christmas trees
are a big part of what they have to offer.
Those trees are emblazoned with ornaments, most locally handcrafted, and all
available for sale.
Unique is indeed the story at this gift
shop and art of course in the main story
line. Local artists such as Mary Lou Troutman, Jean Hammett and Scott Geib
have their wares for sale on consignment at the shop. There also is a
large collection of locally made
jewelry for sale.
Also for sale are scarves, handbags, home accents, pottery and
glass works, and a good selection
of garden art, cards, books, childrens games and gifts, wine accessories and gifts for men.
If you have a budding artist in the
family, the Buddha Board may
be just the perfect gift. The
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and allows the
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and then see it
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open noon to 9 p.m. except Saturday when
its open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come late and
enjoy the very popular Annemarie Garden
in Lights (6-9 p.m..) and then check out the
gift shop.
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Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20629. Call
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of the communities
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DC residents (with
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them there) to the slot
machine era of the 40s
through the 60s to the major resort that it is today.
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Brady, The unusual museum shop
features hand-carved waterfowl,
lamps of distinction, the latest in
coloring books, unique jewelry and
so much more. They offer free gift
wrap with purchases.
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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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Obituaries

The County Times

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
guyleonard@countytimes.net after noon on Mondays may run in the following weeks edition.

Wanda Sandidge Stone

Wanda Sandidge
Stone, 85, of Hollywood passed away
peacefully at her
home, December 7,
2016 surrounded by
her loving family.
Born
December
21, 1930, she was the
daughter of the late
Cecil T. Sandidge and
Nellie Wills Sandidge. She was the wife of the late Robert
Philip Stone whom she married January 28,
1950. He preceded her in death on June 15,
1995.
Wanda retired from a 38 year career in
Civil Service with the Department of the
Navy in May 1986 and was awarded the
Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. She
began her career as a clerk typist in Washington, D.C. in Nov 1948 at the Interstate
Commerce Commission. In May 1951 she
transferred to the Supply Department at the
Naval Air Station and worked her way up to
a Computer Systems Analyst at CSD upon
retirement in 1986. She was a longtime
member of the Hollywood United Methodist Church serving as Financial Secretary
for many years and always lending a helping hand where needed. She was also a volunteer for NARFE and did income taxes
for several years for senior citizens. She
enjoyed being with her family during holi-

days, solving logic and Sudoku puzzles and


playing free-cell solitaire on her computer.
She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Hill (Donald) and Nancy Miedzinski (Danny), siblings Richard Sandidge
of California, MD and Joanne McGuire
of Lockport, IL, her grandchildren Brian
Stone of Lexington Park, MD, Brandee
Hall, Robby Miedzinski both of Hollywood, MD, Paul Stone of Veedersburg, IN.,
stepgrandson Rue Hill of St. Leonard, MD,
her great-grandchildren Brice and Brooke
Hall, Cruz, Bentley and Paxton Miedzinski
and step grandchildren Tucker, Taylor and
Amelia Hill.
In addition to her parents and husband,
she was preceded in death by her son Robert Bobby Stone, Jr.; siblings, Truette
Sandidge, Thomas Sandidge, Warren Sandidge, Dorothy Kidd, Ronald Sandidge,
Charles Sandidge and Mosby Sandidge.
Family will receive friends on Monday,
December 12, 2016 from 5:00 till 8:00 p.m.
at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650
with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral
Service will be held on Tuesday, December
13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Hollywood United
Methodist Church, 24422 Mervell Dean
Road, Hollywood, MD 20636 with interment in Joy Chapel Cemetery, 44345 Joy
Chapel Road, Hollywood, MD.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions
may be made to Young Life St. Marys, P.O.
Box 553, Leonardtown, MD, St. Marys

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In Remembrance

Helping Hands, P.O. Box 1658, Leonardtown, MD or HVRS, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD.
Condolences to the family may be made
at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Paul Francis Ludwig

Paul Francis Ludwig, 94, of California, MD, formerly of


Leonardtown, MD,
passed away at his
residence surrounded
by his loving family
on December 6, 2016.
He was born in
New Brighton, PA on
February 23, 1922 to
the late William Alfred Ludwig and Alice
McQuillan Ludwig.
Paul is a 1940 graduate of New Brighton
High School. He proudly enlisted in the
United States Navy and served his country
from 1942 to 1946 as a Storekeeper First
Class until his honorable discharge. During his service he earned the Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal.
On June 19, 1946 he married his beloved
wife, Catherine (Kitty) Eulalia Lawrence
in Avenue, MD. Together they celebrated
over 70 wonderful years of marriage. He
was employed by the Federal Government
at Patuxent River Naval Test Center as an
accountant until his retirement in 1977.
After retirement he was the Inspector for
the Liquid Board. Along with several other
interested parents, he and Kitty helped to
form the Maryland Association of Retarded Children, currently known as the ARC
in St. Marys County. At this time, there
were no special education programs in St.
Marys. The program was started with
five children. Every year a charity ball
was held at the Knights of Columbus for
fundraising. He wrote a book about founding the ARC called The Opening Door.
His hobbies included singing in the church
choir, camping, and visiting his daughter
in the summer in California. He was a
member of the Knights of Columbus since
he was 20 years, and was a past Grand
Knight. He was a member of the barber
shop chorus, Association for Autistic Children, the Metropolitan Commission Water
and Sewer Authority.
In addition to his beloved wife, Paul is
also survived by his children: Mary Sandra
Serrano (Gabriel) of Ventura, CA, Lawrence B. Ludwig (Mary) of Leonardtown,
MD, Donald Paul Ludwig of Bowie, MD,
and David Joseph Ludwig of Ridge, MD;
eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he is also
preceded in death by his brothers, William
Alfred, John Robert and Burton Ludwig.
Family will receive friends on Monday,
December 12, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00
a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Revered David Beaubien at
11:00 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church,
22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown,
MD 20650. Interment will be private.
Serving as pallbearers will be David
Michael Colvin, Stephen Edward Fulks,
Samual Edward Fulks, Guy Patrick
Combs, John Mickey Ramos and Kyle
Houston Ballard.

Honorary pallbearers will be George


Choporis, Robert Dean, and the Knights of
Columbus.
Memorial contributions may be made
to the ARC of Southern Maryland, 25470
Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD
20650.

Salvatore Sam
James Latona

Salvatore Sam
James Latona, 84,
passed away peacefully at Hospice
House of St Marys in
Callaway, MD on December 5, 2016. His
beloved daughter was
by his side.
He was born in
Exeter PA in 1932 to
Italian
immigrants
Giuseppe Latona and Concetta Pardo Latona of Sarradifalco Sicily.
He lived most of his life in Pittston PA,
where he graduated from high school and
then attended Penn State. He worked as a
Mechanical Engineer and machine designer his whole career until he retired in 2001.
He proudly served our country as a Army
Sargent during the Korean Conflict seeing
combat and being honorably discharged as
a disabled veteran.
He met the love of his life, Mary Frances
Noone in 1955 when he was her patient at
Pittston Hospital where she was a nurse, attending to his broken finger. They married
in August of 1957 and had 3 beautiful children; Joseph (57) of California MD, Patrick (55) m. Dawn Van Luvender of Dickinson TX, and Kathleen (51) m. John Boyles
of Leonardtown MD.
He is survived by his wife and children
and grandchildren Megan Latona, Michael
Latona, Holden Boyles and Henry Boyles.
His brothers Leo Latona of Wilkes Barre
PA, Louis Latona of Lake Worth, FL and
Peter Latona of Pittston PA, many nieces,
nephews and cousins. He was preceded in
death by his parents, a brother, Joseph Latona and sisters Louise Navarro and Grace
Sapparito.
Sam loved his children and wife most in
the world. . He passed his love of science
and technology onto his children. He was
a devoted Catholic. He was thoughtful and
generous, always staying in touch with his
extended family and willing to give you
anything he had. He loved shopping and
then returning everything he bought. He
brought smiles and joy to the people he encountered in his life.
Family and friends please join on December 8 from 10:00 to 12:00 with a Funeral Service at 12:00 pm at the Brinsfield
Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road,
Leonardtown, MD. Family will greet
friends at Kevins Korner Carryout in
Leonardtown MD. Funeral services will
be held in Pittston, PA at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations made be
made to Hospice of St Marys, who treated
our father like a king.

The County Times

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Legal Notice
IN THE MATTER OF MACSKA OCTOBER CAIN
FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO EOWYN ARIANWYN CAIN
In the Circuit Court for St. Marys County, Maryland
Case No.: 18-C-16-1639

The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which
she seeks to change her name from Macska October Cain to Eowyn Arianwyn
Cain. The petitioner is seeking a name change because:
Religious reasons.
Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 16th day of
January, 2017. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon
the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or
the granting of the relief sought.

A copy of this Notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of
general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to
file an objection.
JOAN W. WILLIAMS,
Clerk of the Circuit Court for
St. Marys County Maryland

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A LETTER TO THE EDITOR


To Be Or Not To Be
Per Governor Larry Hogans signature,
House Bill 898 became effective 10 May,
2016. Said Bill, under Section 9-257, authorizes select Property Tax Credit be allowed
to local governments in targeting two specific residential segments: (1) For the elderly,
those at least 65 years old and living in the
same dwelling for at least the preceding 40
years and (2) For retired members of the
U.S. Armed Forces, who, again, are at least
65 years old. Said Bill incorporates our St.
Marys County residents and authorizes our
commissioners (republicans all) to reduce

the Property Tax Rate of those so targeted by


up to 20%.
This Property Tax reduction authorization
has now been some seven months in the offing with nothing noted in local newsprint,
thus, the overwhelming majority of intended
recipients have no idea of this intended available relief. So goes the question: Is the 20%
Property Tax Credit to be applied immediately to the earmarked residents of St. Marys
County, and will it be retroactive to its 1
June, 2016 authorized effective date? Or is it
not to be? And if not, why not?
Chester M. Seaborn, Jr

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Becky Brashear Named


2017 Chair of IAFE

The Lonesome River Band


Makes First Ever Appearance in SOMD
What a way to start off the New Year
but with the Bluegrass sounds of the award
winning Lonesome River Band. They will
headline the 3rd concert in the American
Legion Bluegrass series along with Fall
Line Bluegrass Band. The concert will be
on Sunday January 15, 2017 at the American Legion Post 238 on the corner of MD
Rt. 381 & MD RT. 231 in Hughesville, MD.
As seen on the Late Show with David
Letterman and Steve Martin, The Lonesome River Band (LRB) continues their
reputation as one of the most respected
names in bluegrass music. Led by fivetime International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year
and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, the group holds a powerhouse line up of award-winning players
including vocalist and songwriter Brandon
Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones
on mandolin and vocals.
The band is celebrating their Billboard
Top 10 Bluegrass Album, Turn on a
Dime released on Mountain Home Music
Company. The album certainly showcases
LRB at the top of their creative game. This
long awaited project includes numerous
chart songs including the hit Her Love
Wont Turn On A Dime that reached the
#1 spot seven times on the Bluegrass Today
Top 20.
With over 30 years, the LRBs enduring
career includes 17 albums and numerous
awards from IBMA and SPBGMA including Album of the Year, Instrumental
Recorded Event of the Year, including
being named Bluegrass Band of Year,
Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the
Year and Shelor as Banjo Player of the
Year, five times. Shelor received the 2nd
Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence
in Banjo and Bluegrass. In honor of this
award, the Lonesome River Band with special guest Steve Martin made an appearance and performed on the Late Show with
David Letterman on November 11, 2011.
During the years with LRB, Shelor has
enjoyed performing with many stellar mu-

sicians, each of whom had moved on to


pursue other musical endeavors. With each
personnel change, Shelor looked for new
musicians who could not only fill a spot
that had been left vacant, but also bring in
an artist with talents of their own.
They have also been part of other various
artists projects on Rural Rhythm Records
including: A Bill Monroe 100th Year Celebration Live at Bean Blossom (2011)
which was produced by Shelor; IBMA
Recorded Event of the Year winning album
Life Goes On (2012) by the Musicians
Against Childhood Cancer benefiting St.
Jude Childrens Hospital in Memphis, TN;
and God Didnt Choose Sides: Civil War
True Stories About Real People (2013) that
made its debut at #6 on Billboard Bluegrass
Album Chart;
In 2012, LRB celebrated their 30th Anniversary with three album releases, Chronology Volumes One Three. With this
newest version of LRB, you can be assured
their prominence as one of the most influential acts in bluegrass music is here to
stay. In their 30 year career, the Lonesome
River Band has been one of the most popular bluegrass groups and continues to set
the standard in the bluegrass music world.
Whether performing on the famous stage
of the Grand Ole Opry or headlining major
concert events & festivals, their loyal fans
continue to support one of the most loved
and most influential acts of our time.
Joining The Lonesome River band on the
American Legion concert will be Fall Line
Bluegrass Band from Fredericksburg, VA
starting off at 2:00 pm.
The remainder of the series features an
award winning all-star lineup to include
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out-Sunday
February 12, 2017; Sideline Bluegrass
Band-Sunday April 2, 2017; and The Grascals-Sunday April 30, 2017. Troy Jones
will provide sound for each show.
From The American Legion

Becky Brashear, assistant general manager of the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, was elected the 2017 chair of the
International Association of Fairs and
Expositions (IAFE) today during the final
business session of the 126th IAFE Annual
Convention. The convention began Nov. 27
and continues through today at the Paris
Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
Ms. Brashear, a veteran fair professional
for 27 years, previously served as manager
of The Great Frederick Fair in Frederick,
Md. and executive director of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, Md. In 1998, she earned her Certified Fair Executive designation and in 2014
graduated from the IAFEs Institute of Fair
Management.
She is past Zone 2 director of the IAFE,
and in 2013 served as IAFE convention
program chair . She is past chair of the
IAFEs Concessions Committee, and sat
on the IAFEs National Consumer Protection Task Force for Fairs, Shows and Petting Zoos. Ms. Brashear served twice as
the IAFEs Zone 2 Membership Chair, as
well as the national organizations membership chair. She served on the IAFEs initial
advisory board of what is now the Institute
of Fair Management, as well as numerous
other committees.
Ms. Brashear has given numerous
presentations and workshops across the
country and at the IAFE Convention. She
has also written numerous articles for the
IAFEs Fairs & Expos magazine. She continues to judge many county, state, regional
and national 4-H and FFA youth competitions ranging from proficiency awards to

public speaking, as well as the IAFEs agriculture awards, competitive exhibits, and
advertising and promotions.
Ms. Brashear is past president of the
Maryland Association of Agricultural
Fairs and Shows. In November 2009, she
was named the Maryland Association of
Agricultural Fairs and Shows Fair Person
of the Year.
Prior to becoming involved in the fair industry, Ms. Brashear was the Agriculture
and Greenhouse sections editor of the
daily published Frederick News-Post for
12 years. In 1989, she was recognized for
the Best Coverage of Agricultural News by
the National Newspaper Associations Better Newspaper Contest.
She also serves on the Maryland Agriculture Council, and was appointed by the
Frederick County Board of County Commissioners to sit on the Frederick County
AgriBusiness Council. She is a governor
appointment to the Maryland Ride and
Safety Advisory Board and the Maryland
Emergency Management Board. She also
sat on the Board of Directors for LEAD
Maryland.
She has served in advisory capacities
for the Frederick County 4-H royalty and
the Farm Family of the Year program. Ms.
Brashear has served on several Boards of
Directors including the Frederick County
4-H Camp and Activities Center. In her
community, Ms. Brashear is involved with
the Chamber of Commerce, was listed as
one of Fredericks Mostly Likely To Succeed by Diversions Publications Frederick
Magazine, and sits on the Strategic Planning Team at her church.

Christmas Dinner, All Welcome


The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St.
Aloysius Church is sponsoring its 13th
Community Christmas dinner on Sunday,
December 25, 2016, Christmas Day from
2:00PM 6:00PM at Father Andrew White
School in Leonardtown, Maryland. This
dinner is FREE and for anyone desiring
a good meal and/or wanting to share the

spirit of Christmas with others within our


community through fellowship. All are
welcomed to attend. Anyone requesting a
dinner delivery will need to contact us by
Friday, December 16, 2016.
For more information, call St. Vincent de
Paul Society at 301-481-2942 or email us at
svdp@saintaloysiuschurch.org.

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Help with Mikes Food Fund


Zion Methodist Church, 21291 Three Notch
Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Volunteers are needed by Mikes Food
Fund to help package and deliver turkey
dinners (a frozen turkey, bag of potatoes
and canned veggies) to local families in
need. We have over 2500 families in need
this year, so any and all help is appreciated. We need volunteers to deliver dinners
to addresses all over the county, and help
to package up and load the dinners for the
drivers. Please come to Zion Methodist
Church, 21291 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653 (Between Gates 2 and
3 of NAS Pax River). Doors open at 5:00
PM and help is needed until 7:00 each night
or when the turkeys run out. Great opportunity for families and those students needing volunteer hours.
Mechanicsville Optimist Club Annual
Christmas Tree Event
McKays Food & Drug Store and Mechanicsville Carnival Lot
Hills Club Road and Rt. 5
Mechanicsville, Md
AND
McKays Food and Drug
Rt. 5 North
Charlotte Hall, Md
MondayFriday: 5pm9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am9pm
5:00 PM-9:00 PM
November 25, 2016December 23, 2016
All proceeds go to support our communitys youth!
For more information call 240-925-0341 or
240-298-1653
Visit us at www.mechanicsvilleoptimistclub.org/
Annmarie Garden In Lights!
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Winner of Maryland Life Magazines Finest Holiday Tradition Award, Annmarie
Garden In Lights is a magical tour that
takes visitors on a beautiful trip through
the glittering woods. As you stroll the protected path, you will be transported to a
fantastical place of spectacular lights and
amazing light sculptures. Guests will be
surrounded by mythical beasts, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, circus
performers, dinosaurs, and more. Because
all the light sculptures are made at Annmarie, the designs are one-of-a-kind;
nothing in this show is commercially available. It is all made just for visitors to Annmarie Garden In Lights! Enjoy the Holiday I Spy Game, nightly entertainment,
special discount nights, sweet treats, and
other fun activities.
Start your tour in the Arts Building where
you will also find the Ornament Show &
Sale, nightly entertainment, exhibits, and
the Holiday Cafe. And dont forget to ask
for a Holiday I Spy program.
For more information, visit www.annmariegarden.org.
The Games Afoot/Holmes for the Holidays
Three Notch Theater 21744 South Coral
Drive Lexington Park, MD 20653
8:00 PM
*** This event runs three weekends December 218 ***
Tickets are available by clicking this link:

www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets.html

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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ThursdaysSaturdays 8:00 PM
Sundays 3:30 PM
Adults General Admission $15
Students/Seniors/Military $12
Children $10
It is Christmas Eve, 1936. William Gillette, an actor famous for his portrayal of
Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow
cast-members to his Connecticut castle for
a weekend of revelry. But when one of the
guests is stabbed to death, the festivities
in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors
quickly turn dangerous. Then its up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of
his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. This glittering whodunit has murder, infidelity, wit,
and surprisessomething for everyone.

Friday, December16

Cabaret 2016! LHS Fundraiser for LHS


Rose Players Theatre
Dr. James A. Forrest Tech Center,
Leonartown, MD
7:00 AM-9:00 AM
Kick off your holiday season with this fun,
festive family event! Let our students entertain you with an evening of holiday themed
productions, family sing-alongs, and some
gold old fashioned fun! While enjoying
the amazing talents of our students, enjoy
a wonderful assortment of desserts and
beverages! Ticket prices are $15/person in
advance and $20/person at the door.
All proceeds benefit the Leonardtown High
School Rose Players Productions!Tickets
can be purchased at:
search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/webstore.
html?domain=leonardtownhs&event
ORgo to www.LHSTheatre.org and
choose the link to purchase tickets.If you
are unable to attend but would like to make
a donation, please use the same link and
look for the donation link.
Auction Benefit for Dep. Carberry & Family
5 South Event Center, 21030 Point Lookout
Road, Callaway, MD
2:00 PM-10:00 PM
The members of the Fun Bunch & Friends
quarter auction team have quickly come
together to respond to an important need
in the St. Marys community. Deputy
Shaun Carberry, a devoted police servant,
husband, and father of five children, was
struck by a drunk driver on December 7
while assisting a motorist. Deputy Carberry pushed the motorist to safety but left
himself in the path of the drunken driver
resulting in serious, but not life-threatening, injury to Deputy Carberry. There are
so many worthy needs in our community,
and we feel this is one that we must respond
to. No time is a good time for an accident,
but at Christmas this is particulary hard for
such a young family.
We will have a quarter auction, brown bag
auction, silent auction, $500 cash raffle,
carry out BBQ and pit beef dinners, and
more!
Christmas Basket Raffle
21707 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park MD
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
LAST CHANCE TO GET TICKETS FOR
BASKET RAFFLE, 6pm to 8pm.
15 Baskets to be raffled. DO NOT NEED
TO BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Drawing to start at 8pm. Tickets are $2 each
or 6 for $5. 15 chances to win a great gift
basket!!!!!! See the list of baskets contents.

DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO


WIN!!!!!!
Get tickets from Unit 93 members
Texas Holdem Tournament
VFW Post 2632, 23282 Three Notch Rd. (Rt
235)
7:00 PM-1:30 AM
$50 Buyin ($40 Prize Pool + $10 Charity)
Optional $10 Add-On (Receive an extra
$1000 and 50/50 Entry) Sign In is from
6:20 PM to 6:45 PM, Tournament starts at
7PMEarly Bird Bonus: Register and PAY
by 6:45 PM and receive an extra $500 Preregistration is encouraged, but not required.
We will accept late players until the end of
the 1st break. (~1 hour). One Re-Entry is
available until the end of the first break. If
you decide to re-enter, you will receive a
full starting chip stack and be re-seated;
you are treated as a new player entering the
tournament field, with a full buy-in added
to the prize pool with each re-entry.
Christmas ShowSongs to Lift Your
Spirits
College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown, Building A
7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Songs to Lift Your Spirit, a special Christmas show, features talented adult and junior vocalists performing uplifting sacred
and popular Christmas songs written prior
to 1922. Children will join the choir for a
number of songs including The Twelve
Days of Christmas.
Santa plans on visiting at the end of the
show!
This family-friendly Christmas show will
be performed Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, 7:00 p.m., at the College of
Southern Maryland (Building A). Ticket
prices are $5 cash sold at the door. Children
12 and under are free!
Madrigal Dinners
Historic St. Marys City
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dec 16 and 17. Reconstructed State House
of 1676, 47418 Old State House Road, St.
Marys City, MD 20686. Welcome the
holiday season with feasting, firelight, and
beautiful music in the lavishly decorated
Reconstructed State House of 1676. Check
web for times and prices. Reservations required and accepted mid-October:
(240) 895-4991 or MuffinP@digshistory.
org. www.HSMCdigshistory.org
Holiday Open Mic
37497 Zach Fowler Rd. Chaptico, MD
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Southern Maryland Traditional Music and
Dance will host our very popular annual
Holiday Open Mic on Friday, December
16, 2016 at the Christ Episcopal Church
Parish Hall, 37497 Zack Fowler Road,
Chaptico, MD. Performers are requested
to focus on Holiday-themed music, and to
contact John Garner ahead of time to sign
up and let him know what music theyll
be performing (to avoid everyone singing
Silent Night). The doors open at 7:00 PM,
and the music starts at 7:30. The admission
fee for this event is only $7, and performers are admitted free. Light refreshments
will be provided (donations are suggested).
For additional information, or to sign up to
perform, please contact John Garner at garner@wildblue.net or call John at 301-9044987. Visit www.smtmd.org for directions
and more information.

Saturday, December17

Knights of Columbus BINGO


Knights of Columbus Bingo at Saint Michaels Council 2065, 16441 Three Notch
Road, Ridge, MD.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games begin at
6:30. $3,000 JACKPOT $20 to play for the
evening. Refreshments available.
Any Questions just call 301-872-4641
Christmas Pet Portraits with Santa
Dang Dirty Dog Pet Spa, 25741 Three
Notch Rd, Hollywood
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Have your precious pooch photographed
with Santa! For the second year in a row,
Santa is coming to Dang Dirty Dog Pet
Spa to meet your pets and take pictures!
Lawanda King Photography will take the
adorable pictures; youll get a 5x7 print in a
Christmas folder frame.
Cost is $20 per photo, and proceeds
from this event benefit Rescue Angels of
Southern Maryland! Book now by calling
301-769-2363.
Follow Rescue Angels on Facebook: www.
facebook.com/RescueAngelsofSoMd/
Elks Texas Holdem Bounty
St. Marys Coutny Elks Lodge
6:00 PM
No Limit Holdem Poker Tournament
$65 Buy-in 12,000 chips
earn a $10 dollar Bounty every time you
knock someone out of the tournament
Top ten percent places paid.
Food and Beverage are available for
purchase.
Cash games will be available:
Holdem : $1- $2 no limit (start when we
have enough interested players)
Omaha Hi/Lo : $.50$1 no limit(starts at
4 pm)
Please enter through the side of the building.
Winter Wonderland!
16560 Three Notch Road, Ridge, MD 20680
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Come join in the fun for St. Michaels first
ever Winter Wonderland! There will be a
brown bag auction, a polar express, adopt
a stuffed puppy, crafts, Christmas tunnel,
hot chocolate, cookies, and so much more.
Hope to see everyone there. Cost is $5 a
person or $20 max for families.
Bingo Every Saturday Mother Catherine Academy
38833 Chaptico Road Mechanicsville Md
20650
6:30 PM-10:30 PM
Doors open at 5 pm, Early Birds start at
6:30 pm, Regular Games start at 7:00 pm.
$10 admission (includes one regular book).
Christmas ShowSongs to Lift Your
Spirits
College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown, Building A
7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Songs to Lift Your Spirit, a special Christmas show, features talented adult and junior vocalists performing uplifting sacred
and popular Christmas songs written prior
to 1922.Children will join the choir for a
number of songs including The Twelve
Days of Christmas.
Santa plans on visiting at the end of the
show!
This family-friendly Christmas show will
be performed Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, 7:00 p.m., at the College of

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Community
Southern Maryland (Building A). Ticket
prices are $5 cash sold at the door. Children
12 and under are free!

Sunday, December 18

Christmas Breakfast w/ Knights of


Columbus
St Francis Xavier Hall, 21370 Newtowne
Neck Rd. Leonardtown MD
8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Menu: Plain and Blue Berry Pancakes,
Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, and Sausage Gravy
w/ Biscuit, Coffee, & Juice
Cost: Free Will Donation
POC: Dale Rebarchick, 240-538-3562
Proceeds to Benefit Community Charities
Breakfast with Santa
St Michaels School 16560 Three Notch
Road, Ridge, MD
8:30 AM-12 Noon
Breakfast with Santa!
Buffet styleAll you can eat
Open to the Public
Adult: $10, Senior: $8, Child: $5
Breakfast with Santa-All You Can Eat
St. Marys County Elks Lodge #2092, 45779
Fire Dept. Lane, California, MD
9:00 AM-12 Noon
Breakfast with Santa includes made to order omelets, scrambled eggs, waffles, home
fries, cream chipped beef, sausage gravy
and hot biscuits, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, and juice!
Adults $10, kids ages 510 are $5, kids 4

and under eat free!


Children will receive a special gift from
Santa! Bring your cameras and get a great
holiday picture!
For more info call 301-863-7800

Mon, Dec19, 2016

Angels in Art History with Ink

Garvey Senior Activity Center, Leonardtown

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
On Monday, Dec. 19, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.,
the class will draw with ink Angels in Art
History. This high quality, low cost program is offered by the Yellow Door Art
Studios. Class is held at the Garvey Senior
Activity Center. Cost is $10 per class, payable to Yellow Door Art Studios. Payment
must be made at the Garvey Senior Activity Center at the time of registration. Space
is limited so register early. To learn more
call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050.
FREE 24FIT Camp
Reactive Lifestyle Nutrition43251 Rescue Lane, Hollywood MD 20636
6:30 PM-7:30 PM
FREE Fit Camp to push our bodies limits
to achieve Level 10 results! Bring your
friends, neighbors, and relatives to experience a quality, fast paced workout. No need
to spend countless hours in the gym hoping
for results and feeling uncomfortable without the support. Join us as we create new
possibilities in your nutrition and fitness.
Learn the importance of proper nutrition
to achieve the results you have been want-

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Yo at Heart

New Phone Numbers at Loffler

There are some changes in the phone system at the


Loffler Senior Activity Center. The phone number for
the center is now in line with St. Marys County Government and the star button will now need to be used before each extension. The phone number is 301-475-4200.
The extensions are as follows: Joyce Raum, Operations
Manager- *1656; Shellie Graziano, Program Specialist*1655; Brenda Kaye, Office Specialist- *1658; Drema
Russell, Food Service Technician- *1657; Norine Rowe,
RSVP Project Manager- *1653; Sandy Staples, Database
Specialist- *1663; Reception *1652; Holly Kim Clarke,
PT RSVP Office Specialist- *1650; Melissa Craig, I & A
Caseworker- *1654

Art Classes at Garvey

The Garvey Senior Activity Center will host a pen and


ink Angels class on Monday, Dec. 19 from 1:30-3:30
p.m. Cost is $10; payable to Yellow Door Art Studios.
Payment must be made at the Garvey Senior Activity
Center at the time of registration. To learn more call 301475-4200, ext. *1050.

ing to see in the mirror. Get 24FIT! Some


classes could be outside so be prepared! All
you need is a positive attitude, a desire to
be healthy and fit, a workout mat, and water! After class you have the opportunity to
treat yourself to an amazing meal replacement shake to help recover and prepare for
the next day.
Elks Holdem BOUNTY Tournament
St. Marys County Elks Lodge
7:00 PM
No Limit Holdem Poker Tournament
$25 Buy in = 4,000 chips
$5 add-on = 1,000 chips and raffle drawing
Earn a BOUNTY chip worth $5 dollars
for every person that you bust out of the
tournament.
Please enter through the side of the
building.
45779 Fire Department Lane
Lexington Park, MD 20653
301- 863- 7800
Questions: James Dean 240-577-0828
Email: jdeanjunior@yahoo.com

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FREE 24FIT Camp


Reactive Lifestyle Nutrition43251 Rescue Lane, Hollywood MD 20636
6:30 PM-7:30 PM
FREE Fit Camp to push our bodies limits
to achieve Level 10 results! Bring your
friends, neighbors, and relatives to experience a quality, fast paced workout. No need
to spend countless hours in the gym hoping
for results and feeling uncomfortable without the support. Join us as we create new
possibilities in your nutrition and fitness.
Learn the importance of proper nutrition
to achieve the results you have been wanting to see in the mirror. Get 24FIT! Classes
are Monday and Wednesday at 6:30PM
to 7:30PM. Some classes could be outside
so be prepared! All you need is a positive
attitude, a desire to be healthy and fit, a
workout mat, and water! After class you
have the opportunity to treat yourself to an
amazing meal replacement shake to help
recover and prepare for the next day.

Tuesday, December 20

VFW 2632 Auxiliary Business Meeting


23282 Three Notch Rd, California, MD 20619
6:30 PM-7:30 PM
All members of VFW 2632 Auxiliary are
invited to attend. Please bring your membership card to the meeting at the Post Home.
THANKS.

St. Marys Department of Aging


Programs and Activities
Readers Theater Christmas
Performance

At noon on Wednesday, Dec. 21 the Garvey Senior Activity Centers Readers Theater Club presents Visit to
Santa and The Holiday Letter. Lunch will be served
between performances. Lunch that day will be tossed
salad with dressing, lasagna, green beans, whole wheat
dinner roll, plums, milk and orange juice. Lunch cost is
$6 for those under the age of 60. A donation is requested
from those ages 60 and above. Advance sign up is required. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050.

Final Showing of Lyme Disease Video


Conference Series

The last video of the five-part Lyme Disease conference


series will be shown at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. This video features
Dr. Richard Horowitzs presentation called How the Combination of Lyme, Co-Infections, Bio-Toxins, Food Allergies, and Other Conditions Make It Hard to Get Well and
What To Do About It; duration 90 mins. To sign up for
this presentation in advance, please visit the signup table
or call 301-475-4200, ext. *3101.

Chair Yoga at Northern

The Northern Senior Activity Center offers chair


yoga class on the first and third Fridays and alternating
Wednesdays of the month. Chair Yoga is a great way
to explore the benefits ofyoga but with the stability of
a chair. Class on Friday requires some standing with
thesupport of a chair and relaxation exercisesdone on
the floor. On Wednesday, class provides mostly a seated
yoga experience where there isminimal standing and no
floor exercises; this class focusesonjoint and back flexibility.Come try it out to see which class is the best fit
for you. The first class can be taken for free on a trial basis.The cost is $3 per class purchased with a 10-session
fitness card for $30.

Christmas Movie at Loffler

On Thursday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m., take a break from


your holiday preparation and treat yourself to a classic
Christmas movie. We will be showing the delightful
Miracle on 34th Street. Though this movie had a lovely
remake in 2000, we are going to go back in time to the
1947 version with Maureen OHara and the young Natalie Wood. Nibble on some sweet and salty kettle corn and
enjoy an ice cold drink on us, sit back and enjoy. Seating
is limited, reserve yours by calling 301-737-5670, ext.
1658, or stop by the reception desk.

Brought to you by the Commissioners of St. Marys County: James R. Guy, President; Michael L. Hewitt; Tom
Jarboe; Todd B. Morgan; John E. OConnor; and the Department of Aging & Human Services
Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-475-4200, ext. 1658 Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050
Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 3101

Visit the Department of Agings website at www.stmarysmd.com/


aging for the most up-to date information.

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Leonardtown Library
Book Discussion

Leonardtown Library will host a


Book Discussion on Thursday, December 15th from 7 to 8 p.m. Join us
in a monthly discussion of interesting
books. The December book will be
Maus by Art Spiegelman. Books
are available at the Leonardtown Library service desk. Teen Tech Space
Lexington Park Library will host
Teen Tech Space on Tuesday, December 20th from 4 to 6 p.m. Open Computer lab use for teens and tweens ages
11 to 17. Play Minecraft, Wii, games,
computers and make crafts. Hang out,
bring your friends! No Registration.

Lego Fun

Leonardtown Library will host


Lego Fun on Wednesday, December
21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Need something to
do this Winter Break? We supply the
bricks, you bring the imagination!
Come and build something amazing
with our thousands of LEGO and Duplo pieces. All ages. No registration.

College Q&A: Money


Matters How to Pay for
College

Lexington Park Library will host


College Q&A: Money Matters How
to Pay for College on Wednesday,
December 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A
casual discussion and Q&A session
about preparing for college. In this
session, learn about the ins and outs of
how to pay for college. What exactly
is FAFSA? Are you eligible? What
about scholarships? All students, parents, and community members are
welcome! No registration.

Holiday Caroling and


Card Delivery at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Charlotte Hall Library will host
Holiday Caroling and Card Delivery
at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
on Thursday, December 22 from 2 to
3 p.m. Celebrate the season with our
friends at the Charlotte Hall Veterans
Home. No registration.

Libraries Closed for the


Holidays

All three libraries will be closed


Friday December 23 through Monday, December 26 in observance of
the holidays.

Pet of the Week

Meet
Jack & Jill

Lap Kitty Love Bugs


Jack and Jill were born May 23,
2016. They have always lived inside
and are very friendly.
They both love to be on their foster
moms lap and be petted. They love to
play and when they are worn out they
curl up and snooze by the wood stove
where Jill is currently sleeping as I
write.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Thursday, December 15

Trivia
Anthonys Bar and Grill, Dunkirk
8:30PM
anthonysdunkirk.com

Friday, December 16

Captain John at Annmarie Garden


Festival of Lights
Annmarie Garden, Dowell, MD
6:00 PM
Captain John will be performing Celtic, Christmas and Country music and
other tunes.
Scarlet Plus Christmas Party
The Brass Rail Sports Bar and Grill
8:00PM
Karaoke & DJ
Crow Entertainment
Anthonys Bar and Grill, Dunkirk
8:30PM
anthonysdunkirk.com
Made to Order
Toots Bar Hollywood
8:30 PM
Come grab a cold one. This band is a
mixture of members from R&R Train
and Too Many Mikes.

Saturday, December 17

They are both fully vetted and cost


$125 each. They even have microchips. They go the the Petco in California every Saturday and Sunday from
10:30 to 3 in the hopes of finding a
home.

SELF-SERVE DOG WASH FULL SERVICE GROOMING NATURAL PET FOODS


GOURMET DOG BAKERY HIP TOYS & ACCESSORIES

Remos Gourmet Treats


Hand made & baked fresh, right in our store!
Top-quality ingredients with NO artificial flavorings,
colors, added chemicals or preservatives
Cookie bar and deli case with a large selection of
flavors, creative shapes and sizes
Custom birthday cakes and party bones

SAN SOUCI SHOPPING PLAZA

22598 MacArthur Blvd.


California, MD 20619
301.917.WASH (9274)

WAGNWASH.COM
PROUD TO BE LOCALLY
OWNED & OPERATED

DJ Ray
Anthonys Bar and Grill, Dunkirk
8:30
anthonysdunkirk.com

Work In Progress
Toots Bar Hollywood
8:30 PM
New band at Toots. Come check them
out
Karaoke w/DJ Tommy T & Friends
California Applebees 45480 Miramar, California, MD 20619
9:00 PM
Come and join Local Phenom DJ Coach
for Southern Marylands Longest Running Karaoke Show! Under 18 can sing
until 10pm. Details at 301-862-1573 and
www.instantpartyanddj.com

Sunday, December 18

HydraFX
Toots Bar Hollywood
3:00-10:00 PM (07:00 Duration)
Always a good time with this local
band. The acoustic set is perfect for a
Sunday afternoon

Monday, December 19

Karaoke
Toots Bar Hollywood
9:00PM
Drink Specials from 6 pm till Close.
Come sing or grab a drink and watch.
There are some talented people that
join. Always a good time and laid back

Tuesday, December, 20

Ben Connelly
Anglers Seafood, Solomons
6:00-9:00PM
anglers-seafood.com/

Sip & Paint


Anthonys Bar and Grill, Dunkirk
7:00PM
anthonysdunkirk.com
Open Mic with Steve Nelson
Toots Bar Hollywood
7:30 PM
Come out and jam with Steve Nelson
and a lot of other local musicians.
Drink specials all night. All beers $2
and crown and captain drinks $3

Wednesday, December
21

Wild Card Trivia


Anglers Seafood, Solomons
7:00-9:00PM
anglers-seafood.com/

Thursday, December 22

Steve Nelson
Anglers Seafood, Solomons
6-10PM
anglers-seafood.com/

The Calvert County Times is always looking for more local talent
to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment
section, e-mail sarahwilliams@countytimes.net.
Please submit calendar listings by noon on the
Monday prior to our Thursday publication.

The County Times

Thursday, December 15, 2016

CLUES ACROSS

1. Part of a can
4. A form of
discrimination
10. Doctors group
11. Expression of joy
12. Spanish be
14. A mongrel
15. Helen was from
here
16. With many
branches
18. Fussy
22. Male fertilzing
organ of a flower
23. Trap
24. Long, angry
speeches
26. For instance
27. Sticky, waterlogged
soil
28. Fasten
30. Card game
31. Seaport (abbr.)

34. Dresses worn in S.


Asia
36. Midway between
south and southeast
37. Of the mouth
39. Capital of Yemen
40. Branches of a bone
41. Very much
42. TV host Leeza
48. A way to change
integrity
50. Plants with dark
green, glossy leaves
51. Seedless raisin
52. Agency
53. Wear this when
eating ribs
54. Martial artists wear
this
55. Peanut butter
56. Drinkers sit on
these
58. Pie _ __ mode
59. Hebraic
60. River in India

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2. Entertained
3. Nakedness
4. Exclamation of
surprise
5. Instinct
6. Making a mistake
7. Borgias actor
Jeremy
8. Phrases
9. Millihenry
12. Long ago
13. Self-immolation by
fire ritual
17. Disfigure
19. Horseshoe extension
20. Regions
21. Philippine Island
25. Appropriate for a
particular time
29. Small constellation
in the Milky Way
31. Categorizes

32. Malaysian boat


33. Natives of Sri
Lanka
35. Type of vessel
38. Prescribe
41. Ranking
43. Knickknack
44. Funeral
45. Mineral can be
extracted from this
46. Tide
47. Lump in yarn
49. Food on a skewer
56. Letter in the
Albanian alphabet
57. Midway between
south and west

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Ode to the Frozen Season


The leaves are all but gone, and the first
signs of winter quiet and freeze are upon
us. Quavering stars in the darkest navy sky
can take my breath away. I try to remember
the winter constellations from my college
astronomy class. As Mindy and I took our
earliest walk this morning, I tried to absorb
every bit of the stillness and refreshing
briskness of the dawn. I enjoy these walks
with my hound dogwell, mostly. Mindy
is still working on the heel part of walking
etiquette. My hands are still nowhere near
right and I am constantly reminding her
that her pulling on the leash can be painful.
Does she listen or care? No. Mindy merely
turns to look at me, while pulling with that
made of steel neck of hers and an expression which seems to say, So what?
There are all sorts of eerie sounds in the
middle of the night to early morning that
can send chills down your spine. Occasionally I think I hear footsteps, but then
realize it could be a deer or two heading down to the stream by the neighbors
house. I hope so anyway. Some mornings
while on my walks poetry will bubble up
through my unconscious mind, unbidden,
and it will not go away. The following bit
of prose at the end of the article was fun to
write. I had just finished reading An Irish
Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor, and
still had the rhythms and cadence of all
the wonderful Gaelic and book quotations
he interspersed throughout his 800+ page
book. I might try a rhyming version of it
just for fun with the ending lines of holly,
jolly, etc. Sometimes a nice book without mystery or bloodshed is just the break
I need especially before Christmas. But
then again now I am right in the middle of
a Robert B. Parker Spenser novel, which
should give me my quota of suspense and
bloodshed. Though it does have a Christmas theme. So, after Spenser and Hawk
beat up the bad guys they usually tell them
that they took it easy on them because of
the spirit of goodwill and forgiveness in the
Christmas season.
That is what I wish for all of you readers during this season: Time to spread the
spirit of goodwill and the goodness of forgiveness. And maybe a morning walk on a
frosty day might be nice too. The photo is
of the bright moon descending.

The Twilight Ramble


Oh frosty winters walk, amid the pine
and holly
an icy haze surrounds the sun, winking
oer the horizon.
Yet while the sun begins its rise, the
moon is slowly sinking
to begin the glow of nights ascent on
some other lonely rambler.
Icy circles trace out a lacy mantle on this
twilight path to guide my journeys steps
with dustings of sparkle and glitter.
Owls call out their ghostly shriek startled
by my crunching as this lonely rambler
wanders on towards that far horizon.
What thoughts invade this solitude; the
past, the present, taunt and all compete.
What tricks the mind can play.
My head it fills with all the plans an
ocean could not hold.
Suppress these thoughts my soul does
say; Enjoy and seize the day.
To each new days adventure, Shelby
Please send your comments or ideas to:
shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com or find me
on facebook: Wanderings of an aimless mind

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Rev. John Stephen and Family


Rev. John Stephen, born 1741 in Scotland, came to St. Marys County about 1765
to replace Rev. John Urquhart as rector of
All Faith parish. By 1773 he had married
Elizabeth Attaway Reeder, daughter of
Thomas and Susanna Reeder.
Unbelievably, he failed to sign the Oath
of Allegiance during the Revolutionary
War. This was serious business and its
surprising, minister or not, that his property wasnt seized with him being banned
permanently from Maryland. He did lose
the right to vote or hold office, but got off
comparatively lightly.

May 15, 1782: And your committee


further reports that they have taken into
consideration the petition of the Reverend
John Stephen, of All Faith parish, in St.
Marys county, setting forth, that influenced by considerations of a religious nature, he neglected to take the oath of fidelity
to this State at the time prescribed by law
for that purpose; that now his scruples have
gone away, and that he has taken the oath
of fidelity to the commonwealth of Virginia, and prays to be permitted to preach
the gospel, and teach youth the Latin and
Greek classics, and instruct them in the

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most useful branches of the mathematics.


Your committee begs leave to report that it
is their opinion, that the said Stephen ought
to be relieved agreeable to the prayer of his
petition (except voting at elections, or holding any office of trust or profit within this
State) on his taking the oaths prescribed by
law. (Votes and Proceedings of the House
of Delegates, Archives of Maryland, Session 187, Pg. 101).
Rev. Stephen died in 1784 leaving his
widow Elizabeth and childrenMary,
John, Jr., and Thomas Reeder Stephen.
He also left a fairly wealthy estate. In late
1788 Elizabeth married second, Thomas
Bond, Jr., son of Thomas Bond and Cecelia Brown. There were problems, almost
immediately.
April 26, 1792, Maryland Gazette, Annapolis: St Marys County, April 10th
1792. Whereas my wife Elizabeth hath
eloped from my bed and board without just
cause and under the influence of ill advi-

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sors and refuses to return and live with me,


this is to forewarn all persons from trusting
her on my account as I will pay no debts
of her contracting after this date and those
who harbor and secrete her will be prosecuted according to law. Thomas Bond.
In October 1792 Elizabeth asked that
guardianship of her children be taken out
of the hands of her husband. They now
became the wards of their uncle, Thomas
Attaway Reeder. By 1793 Elizabeth and
her husband had reconciled but were being
sued by Reeder for not settling Rev. Stephens estate.
Charges and countercharges occupied a
lot of the time of the Orphans Court during
the 1790s. In 1800 Bond owned 14 slaves.
It is presumed the slaves were lost by 1802
when Elizabeth found it necessary to apprentice her 13 year old son Charles Bond
to Wilfred Nottingham.
Next week well see what became of
Elizabeth and all of her children.

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