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Federal Changes Create Challenges for Pax River

2011 4 ews Federal Changes Create Challenges for Pax River Del. John Bohanan By Guy Leonard

Del. John Bohanan

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon Panetta is set to take over as Secretary of Defense next month and local elected officials have been talking with Pentagon leadership to ensure that key projects critical to the flow of work at Naval Air Station Patuxent River don’t suffer as a re- sult of the changeover. Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist. 29B), senior advisor to Congressman Steny Hoyer, told civil servants and contractor representatives Monday that he expects projects like the Joint Strike Fighter to remain intact here, though some resistance may resurface to one of the fighter’s development aspects. Bohanan explained that outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had given contractors working on the short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) attributes of the aircraft two years of probation to get the system working, but Bohanan said that with the change in leadership there are some in the Depart- ment of Defense who would try to have that part discontinued. If that happened as many as 300 jobs could be lost at Pax River, he said. “STOVL for us is about half the [project] workforce on base,” Bohanan said, though he said Pentagon leadership has assured he and Hoyer that the STOVL portion of the project would proceed as planned. The Joint Strike Fighter project is one of the highest pro- file projects on base, but Bohanan warned that diversifying the workload there was key to the base’s continued relevance to the nation’s defense. One more way to do that was to ensure that Pax River was one of four sites under consideration in a congressional bill to help fold in the nation’s growing fleet of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) into the common airspace.

“You’ve got to be careful not to put all of your eggs in one basket,” he said. “If we’re going to integrate UAVs into the na- tion’s airspace this is the place to do it.” Bohanan said that Pax River’s partnership with Webster Field in St. Inigoes, where a great deal of UAV-based testing and evaluation is conducted, makes the county a natural choice for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct its integration once the bill in congress is passed. Bohanan said that Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Depart- ment of Transportation John Porcari, who once headed Mary- land’s Department of Transportation, has already been in con- tact with Pentagon leadership on the base’s ability to handle that integration. “John will be a good advocate for us in that effort,” Bo- hanan said. But Bohanan warned that there is also friction in the De- partment of Defense regarding just how much work should be funneled to the base, given that leadership in the department has said that they want to place work of the highest and mid- level priority at the center of efforts on base, while the lowest priority should be kept out. Bohanan said that work that is not necessarily the highest priority for the Navy was some of the most profitable on base for local jobs, whose loss would be greatly felt. “We don’t see that as positive at all,” he said of the pos- sibility of those jobs going away. Bohanan said that attitudes such as those in the govern- ment defense sector, especially in economically weak times, could be a harbinger of things to come. “We’ve been soaring up and up for the past 15 years and then with the advent of the war [in Iraq and Afghanistan] … but we could start to see our first downturns.”

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County Approves Grant Application for Jail
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The Board of County Commissioners approved a sheriff’s office
request Tuesday to apply for $150,000 in grant money to keep the ex-
pansion and renovation of the county’s adult detention center on track.
Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron told commissioners that, despite re-
cent decreases in the inmate population, the jail remained overcrowd-
ed by National Institute of Justice standards.
He expected that trend to continue into the future.
“I anticipate we’ll see an increase in population, I just don’t know
when,” Cameron said.
Capt. Michael Merican, head of the county’s corrections depart-
ment, said the first two phases of the project – the expansion of a new
minimum-security wing to the facility and renovations to the entire se-
curity system at the old portion – would have to be done simultaneously.
Doing just the expansion, he said, without concurrent upgrades
would mean old and new technology working against security at the
jail, instead of for it.
The jail is already dealing with aging security features like locks
that have needed replacement for several years now.
“The longer this goes on the greater the risk to security,” Merican
the for
said. The roughly $30 million project to take place over a total of three
phases is set to be funded 50 percent by the state, but those agreements
have yet to be signed due to budget shortfalls.
“The state is dragging their feet and we don’t want to drag our
feet when it comes to security,” said Commissioner Dan Morris
The new two-story expansion project will provide at least 230
beds for minimum-security inmates and will encompass as many as
83,000 square feet.
So far the state has provided $5.5 million to begin the first phase
of the construction project.
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Future of Lexington Park
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A consultant for the county working to de-
velop a revised master plan for the Lexington
Park Development District has come up with
three options to create a town center to bring a
unified feel to the community that would bol-
ster its redevelopment.
The three options were unveiled on June
15 at a community workshop. One calls for
making Three Notch Road a gateway to a new
town center by using a new FDR Boulevard
connector road, while the second option offers
up the Lexington Park library as the nexus of
the community’s hub.
The third option would have the town
center focus on Millison Plaza on Great Mills
The reception for all three plans was
mixed among the citizen focus groups at the
Bay District firehouse in Lexington Park that
night; none gained an overwhelming level of
But that was the point, said Chris Jakubiak
of Jakubiak and Associates, the group that put
together the three options.
“It was never our intention that any one [of
the options] would have broad support,” Jaku-
biak said. “The key was to get folks thinking
about what was out there.”
The aim of all three options – or at least a
synthesis of components from the options – is
to find a way to keep a continuous influx of de-
velopment and consumer interest flowing into
the older portion of the development district,
which has suffered from declining business
The first option, which redirects FDR
Boulevard to connect directly into the heart of
downtown, was driven by the desire to bring
more people into the aging community, he said.
The higher level of traffic, Jakubiak said,
would be a catalyst for more development and
consumer dollars flowing into the community
making revitalization possible.
The second option would create a large,
open green space around the library to make
way for large community events, while the
third option would focus on Millison Plaza
with FDR Boulevard connecting directly to
Great Mills Road.
By doing this, Jakubiak said, Millison
Plaza could be revitalized and FDR Boulevard
would have the opportunity for development on
both sides of its length.
The consultant’s marketing study also
showed that there would be an increased de-
mand for both retail and office space in Lex-
ington Park, which would be a prominent part
of a redevelopment.
Also important to the revitalization effort
is the government role in providing incentives
for investment, including efforts to change
small lot sizes and old building formats to make
the area more attractive, the market survey said.
Robin Finnacom, head of the county’s
Community Development Corporation, said
that the three options all had intriguing ideas
but the consultant and the community need
to concentrate more on revitalizing the Great
Mills Road corridor.
The first phase of investments there,
the new library and streetscape projects be-
ing some examples, are just the beginning of
needed investments there to spur more private
sector interest in the area.
She called the corridor a “missed element”
in the consultant’s planning.
“Our work is not yet done,” Finnacom
said. “We’re still a long way from triggering
more [private sector] investment there.”
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Times Thursday, June 23, 2011 6 ews A Picnic in Paris Photo by Frank Marquart Frank

Photo by Frank Marquart Frank and Pat Greenwell wear period dress at the gala event at Sotterley Plantation. The Gala in the Garden “Picnic in Paris” took place Saturday. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit educational programming at Sotterley. The Hot Club of D.C., known for the hottest jazz in town, provided entertainment for the event.


State Gets $7.6 Million to Help Fill Federal Positions

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The money will be distributed to 16 counties including St. Mary’s, according to a joint press release from Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, and will be directed toward 6,500 defense department employees, con- tractors and military spouses through em- ployment assistance centers. Mike Raia, spokesman for the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regula-

State elected leaders announced Wednesday Maryland has received about $7.6 million in emergency grant money to help current and potential Department of Defense employees navigate the federal hir- ing process in an effort to keep the pipeline of qualified workers flowing. This will accommodate the demands of the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process that continues to funnel defense re- lated work to Maryland.

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SOMD Presence Small on O’Malley’s Septic Taskforce

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A state task force that will study the prob- lem of septic system pollution into the Chesa- peake Bay watershed should have its work completed by the end of the year, but there will be only a portion of input from Southern Maryland, and leaders here fear that its conclu- sions could hurt growth and job development. The Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal has as members from the environmental lobby, state govern- ment agencies, legal interests, farmers and de- velopers, to name a few, but none appear to be from St. Mary’s or Charles counties. Andrew Rattner, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Planning, said that recommendations for the task force came from places like the Maryland Municipal League, the Maryland Association of Coun- ties and from elected officials and that the mix of members could not adequately reflect all counties and jurisdictions and still represent key industries that would be affected by septic system reforms. “They did strive for as a good a balance as they could and still get people from different industries,” Rattner told The County Times. Two members of the task force are from Calvert County, which has nearly 80 percent of its residential units on septic systems, but other Southern Maryland counties that have homes on septic systems have complained that restrictions on septic systems would stunt growth and job creation in their jurisdictions as well. “I’m afraid it’s a means to an end for a fait accompli in the mind of the governor,” said House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-Dist. 29C) referencing O’Malley’s push to ban new septic systems in the state for clusters of five houses or more . “That’s just a war on the need to create

jobs,” O’Donnell continued. “It’s outrageous.” Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration has targeted septic system pollutants like ni- trogen as one of the main causes of lagging health of the state’s waterways, but his efforts to ban septics in new developments were re- buffed by legislators at the last session in Annapolis. The O’Malley administration has said that in the next 25 years new residential devel- opments relying on septic system in Maryland will account for 26 percent of new households but 76 percent of nitrogen pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new strict mandate for cleaning up the Bay requires Maryland to reduce nitrogen output by 21 percent in the next nine years. Del. John F. Wood (D-Dist. 29A), who represents St. Mary’s and Charles counties, said that the membership of the task force appeared to lack enough representation from counties that would be affected by any new restrictions on septic systems. Despite significant public water systems in both of Wood’s counties, many residents still live on septic systems outside of devel- oped areas. “We are lacking people who represent those areas,” Wood said, adding that projects in rural areas are already restricted when it came to septic systems. He anticipated that the task force would recommend more restrictions when their work was done. “It’s only going to get worse,” Wood said. A statement from O’Malley refuted de- tractors’ claims. “This effort is not about stopping growth, it is about stemming the tide of major housing developments built on septic systems to gener- ate clean water and protect our environment and public health,” O’Malley stated.

Storm Causes Brief But Massive Power Outage Throughout County

By Guy Leonard

Staff Writer

Last week’s thunder and lightning storm followed by torrential rain caused nearly 9,000 power outages in Calvert County and almost three times that many in St. Mary’s, officials with the Southern Maryland Electric Coopera- tive (SMECO) reported. The first outage took place in Mechanic- sville, said SMECO spokesman Tom Denni-

son, but the major problems occurred when a lightning bolt struck the main power line run- ning from Riceville in Charles County all the way down to the Hewitt Road power station in Great Mills the night of June 16. “That’s what caused the large outage,” Dennison said of the 8,700 outages in Calvert that spread from Solomons to Lusby as well as the 24,444 outages that affected homes from Hollywood to Ridge all the way down to Piney Point. The major outages took about half an hour to correct, Dennison said, when SMECO op- eratives were able to restore operations at the Hewitt Road power station. The outages in the Mechanicsville area

occurred around 8:30 p.m. and took almost one and a half hours to correct. SMECO customers also faced another power outage Monday morning that lasted about 15 minutes and appeared to stretch at least from Hollywood to Great Mills. The magnitude of last weeks power out- ages, however brief, put a focus on SMECO’s largest project designed to increase reliability of power transmission through a new loop that stretches from Calvert through St. Mary’s even going under the Patuxent River. “An outage like this is why we need our Southern Maryland Reliability Project,” Den- nison said. “It brings a lot of relevance to the project.” SMECO has received its license for the project from the state’s Public Service Com- mission and expects to begin foundation con- struction for new poles starting in 2012. The actual poles should be constructed by 2013 with the whole project reaching comple- tion in 2014 or 2015 at the cost of about $100 million, Dennison said.

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Archbishop of Washington Attends Victory Woods Dedication

Seventy-five brand new apartment homes are now available in Lexington Park thanks to a successful public-private partner-

ship between the Archdiocese of Wash- ington’s affordable housing agency, Vic - tory Housing, Osprey Property

Company, and state and county government. Residents and government officials joined His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Arch- bishop of Washington for a recent dedication of Victory Woods. The four-story building in- cludes 75 one and two bedroom apartments, patio and porch ar- eas, gazebo, community room, theatre room, fitness room, and wellness center. At least one member of each household at Victory Woods must be at least 62 years old and all households must have incomes at or below 60% of the area median income, a county press release states. The project furthers a long time plan to extend FDR Blvd through the Lexington Park cor- ridor. The additional 1,200-foot extension built as part of the Vic -

additional 1,200-foot extension built as part of the Vic - Raymond J. Skinner, Secretary, Maryland Department

Raymond J. Skinner, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, left, joined Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington and St. Mary’s County Commissioner President F. Jack Russell for the dedication. In the rear is county Commissioner Todd Morgan.

County; Edmund Delany, Senior Vice President, Community Development Finance, Capital One Bank; and Jim Brown, Pres- ident of Victory Housing. Funding for Victory Woods included the following: $1.75 million loan from Capital One Bank; $1.5 million loan from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Develop - ment; $9,229,077 in Federal Low Income Tax Credits syndicated

by Hudson Housing Capital and purchased by Capital One Bank; and $476,432 in funding from St. Mary’s County and the Metropoli- tan Commission for the extension of FDR Blvd. and related utili- ties. A payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement with the county provided further financial assistance to make the project possible. Victory Housing operates 25 affordable communities with over 1,600 rental units for seniors and families in Washington,

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President, Board of County Commissioners, St. Mary’s Rustic River Celebrates One Year By Sarah Miller Staff

Rustic River Celebrates One Year

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Rustic River Bar and Grill is get- ting ready to celebrate its first anni- versary June 26, with moon bounces for the kids and three bands signed up to play for the evening. Co-owner Rick Stommel said the past year has had its ups and downs, but on the whole the year has treated the restaurant well. “We had our scary moments but we made it,” Stommel said. One secret to the success of Rustic River has been a solid base of loyal customers who keep coming back because “we offer a fun place to go out and eat,” Stommel said. During the week, Rustic River offers comedy nights, bands and trivia games, mak- ing sure to offer something entertaining for people of all ages. Sunday’s celebration will reflect the goal of Rustic River to offer something for every- body. There will be games for kids, a corn

for every - body. There will be games for kids, a corn hole tournament, performances by

hole tournament, performances by Chyp and Andrea, the Sam Grow Band and Fast Eddie and Friends and an extension of bar service to the parking lot starting at noon. Stommel said the anniversary party is as much a customer appreciation day as a celebra- tion of staying in business one year. Rustic River is located along Route 5 in Leonardtown, in the Breton Bay Shopping Center. For more information on the party, call


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County DSS Staffed With Committed Professionals
$13,500 Raised For Semper Fi Fund
The Claude D. Alexander Memorial
Golf Tournament, benefiting the Injured
Marine Semper Fi Fund, was held on
May 21 at the NAS Patuxent River Cedar
Point Golf course.
Claude, a 1969 West Point gradu-
ate and a Vietnam War amputee, a peer
visitor to the Iraq and Afghanistan War
wounded veterans at the Walter Reed
Army Medical Center and was instru-
mental in helping the vets re-integrate
back into their environment.
This included helping local volun-
teers to bring the wounded veterans from
Walter Reed and Bethesda to Southern
Maryland for rest, relaxation, and fishing
in the Chesapeake Bay.
Claude died in a sports parachute ac-
cident in October 2007.
The annual tournament is organized
by local volunteers who have ties to the
Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air
Force. These volunteers, with the help
of veterans like Claude and other Wal-
ter Reed and Bethesda “peer visitors”
provide one-on-one contact with the
wounded Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and
Airmen and their families and bring them
to Southern Maryland for long weekends
to relax, fish, eat home-cooking, and to
just get away from the hospital and thera-
peutic routines.
The Claude D. Alexander Memorial
Golf Committee, a 501(c)(3) organization,
would like to thank everyone who partic-
ipated in and supported the tournament.
There were 66 golfers and the tour-
nament made over $13,500 for the Injured
Marine Semper Fi Fund.
We would like thank Senator Roy
Dyson, Marine Aviation Detachment,
Capt. Steve Schmeiser, Commanding Of-
ficer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River,
and Commissioner Danny Morris.
We would also like to recognize and
thank the following sponsors for their
generous support: Gold Sponsors: SEN-
TEL Corporation, Advanced Rehab Tech-
nology, Bob and Cindy Madden, Heritage
Printing (Programs and Signage), and
Bear Creek BBQ (Lunch); Blue Spon-
sors: Landstar, SMECO, Professional
Solutions, Juan O’Callahan (Juan’s Well-
ness), TSA, Rolls Royce North America,
Wyle, Precise Systems Inc., GE Aviation
US, Knightpoint, Family of PFC Christo-
pher Thuot, Guy Distributing, and DCS;
and donors Ken Sparks, John Teets, Dan
Rebarchick, Sleep Inn, Ken and Denise
McDowell, Lenore and Brian Storey, and
all of the volunteers, including: Denise,
Meg and Kevin Alexander, Molly Bak-
er, SSgt Johnson, Sgt Mayes, CPL Ec-
cleston, and LCpl Grigsby.
The St. Mary’s County Department of Social
Services is staffed by a contingent of hard working,
educated, professional employees who are commit-
ted to annually providing supports for over 24,500
vulnerable children, families and adults within the
community. This is a very important fact that went
missing from [The County Times] article published
in a recent edition of your paper and as a result, many
of your readers may be misguided.
Like many of the local departments of social
services across the state, the St. Mary’s County DSS
has been working to fill vacant positions. Even in
the midst of a long-time hiring freeze on other state
positions, we have allowed for the hiring of staff
in child welfare positions and St. Mary’s county
has been recruiting to fill the vacancies they have.
Fortunately, the hard working, committed staff has
stepped up to the plate to help cover vacant positions.
They should be heralded for their dedication.
Your article suggested that the Inspector Gen-
eral’s review was initiated to address concerns about
a particular employee’s duty assignment. This is not
accurate. As is often the case, the Department of
Human Resources will have its Inspector General’s
Office to do an internal review of a local depart-
ment’s processes with an eye toward making sugges-
tions and recommendations that will help to improve
outcomes. This review is an ordinary part of our
management practices and is certainly not an indict-
ment of staff or procedures but is a tool we use to
ensure that the best possible outcomes are pursued
on behalf of those we serve.
The work done by the local DSS is vital to the
community. I thank you for the opportunity to clar-
ify any misconceptions regarding the integrity and
quality of those who provide those services.
Elyn Garrett Jones, Interim Director
Communications Office, Maryland Depart-
ment of Human Resources
Editor’s Note: Elyn Jones was the Maryland
DHR source in a June 16, 2011 article in The
County Times that confirmed an Inspector Gen-
eral’s review is underway at the St. Mary’s County
DSS office in response to a “concern that prompt-
ed” the investigation. The County Times has not
been asked to issue a correction for any of the facts
that were printed in the article.
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May 23 and returned it to his “NEW”
location at Suite 213, Port Annapolis Ma-
rina which was easy to locate on May 25
. He diagnosed a broken part and align-
ment problem that he would have to fix
while I waited. He said he would see what
Lewmar would be willing to do as part
of the warranty. On June 6 John called to
tell me they would be replacing the unit
and dropped one in the mail that I got on
June 13th.
Yes, I am very happy with the past
service and professional manner that
seems to be the trademark of the Merke
Marine staff. The new location makes
it easy to access by water or car. They
provide full Marine electronic services
including installation for both power and
sail. I would want anyone to try their ser-
vices so they can experience great sup-
port and services within a reasonable
June is Abortion Awareness Month in the
Black Community. Many pro-lifers are hoping
blacks will finally wake up to the devastating effect
abortion has had and is continuing to have on their
community. As part of this effort, Charles County
Right to Life will have an information table at the
Juneteenth celebration on 18 June at O’Donnell
Lake in Waldorf.
So, where do blacks stand on abortion? There
are few black pro-life organizations, and blacks are
noticeably absent at the annual March for Life in
Washington D.C. and other pro-life activities.
Since abortion became legal in 1973, approxi-
mately 18,000,000 (35% of 52,000,000) abortions
have been performed on black women. That num-
ber is equal to 47% (almost half) of the 37,700,000
blacks counted in the 2010 census. The black popu-
lation in the U. S. would be 1/3 larger if those babies
hadn’t been aborted. (Actually, the 1/3 larger pop-
ulation is an underestimation. It doesn’t take into
account the babies from the estimated 4,000,000
women who would have been in their childbearing
years if they hadn’t been aborted.)
Based on their lack of interest and the number
of abortions performed on black women, blacks
seem to be pro-abortion. This is further confirmed
by the fact that 90 percent of their votes go to the
pro-abortion Democrat Party that supports keeping
abortion legal, weak pro-life laws, taxpayers fund-
ing of abortions and Planned Parenthood, etc. It is
amazing that most blacks are so loyal to the Demo-
crats, whose abortion policies are killing off many
members of their future generations. Most blacks
also reject the pro-life Republicans who are trying
to convince them not to abort their unborn babies.
You have to figure out for yourselves why blacks
voluntary do this to themselves; it is too compli-
cated for me.
The injustices of slavery, Jim Crow laws, seg-
regation, etc. that occurred in the past will almost
certainly be highlighted in some Juneteenth celebra-
tions. But if the recent past is any indication, little
if anything will be said about abortion. This time
in black history may be an even darker period than
any of those with the injustices mentioned, because
while those abominations were forced on blacks,
abortion is a choice many of them freely make.
Robert Boudreaux
Waldorf, MD
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The County Times Thursday, June 23, 2011 10 Brown Sentenced in Fraud, Conspiracy Case Lusby
The County Times
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Brown Sentenced in
Fraud, Conspiracy Case
Lusby Restaurateur
Sentenced for Bilking SBA
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
it in an appeals process to have a permit denial over-
turned that had prevented renovations.
The plan, court papers stated, was to use the false
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Moreno Straccialini, 49 of Lusby, will spend the next 30 months in fed-
eral prison for conspiring with a construction contractor in connection with
making false statements about loan applications to the Maryland Small Busi-
ness Administration (SBA), according to the regional U.S. Attorney’s office.
A federal jury in October 2010 found Straccialini guilty following a
four-day trial, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Federal authorities state that evidence at Straccialini’s trial showed that
he created a restaurant business in 2006, the Chamnari Authentic Korean
BBQ in Lusby and in 2007 he partnered with a construction contractor to
provide services in the amount of $145,000, but in June of 2007 the defendant
applied for more than $400,000 in SBA loans, stating that $295,000 was to
be paid out to the contractor.
Straccialini then told the owner of the construction contractor that
he had applied for the loan and then told her to make a false claim to the
SBA that the building contract was for the full $295,000, federal authorities
Straccialini then conspired with the contractor to make a false contract
and other documents to bolster the story that the building contract was actu-
ally worth the $295,000.
Those documents, which were backdated according to federal authori-
ties, where then used to get SBA approval for the loan.
The construction company then transferred $97,000 to Straccialini after
it received an inflated amount from the SBA, federal authorities stated.
Once released from prison, Straccialini will be placed on three years of
supervision, federal authorities stated. He is also required to pay $150,000
in restitution.
Daniel Jason Brown, once the co-defendant of
State’s Attorney candidate John Andrew Mattingly in
high profile cases of theft and land fraud in 2010, re-
ceived his sentence last week after pleading guilty in
another conspiracy case of questionable land deals in
which his plea agreement implicates his former partner.
He pleaded guilty to the charges in May, which
involved conspiring with Mattingly to prepare a false
affidavit regarding a trailer owned by Mattingly on a
property in Mechanicsville as well as another real es-
tate related charge, court papers stated.
Brown will serve a total of 18 months in jail on top
of a two-year sentence he is currently serviing in con-
nection with a conviction for conspiring to affix a false
notary seal to a land deed last year.
Mattingly, who has steadfastly denied any wrong-
doing during the entire investigation into his real estate
deals, was acquitted of all charges against him in the
first trial and the special prosecutor dropped all remain-
ing charges in other pending cases.
His former partner was the only one to be convict-
ed in any of the investigations.
According to Brown’s plea agreement, he and Mat-
tingly met with conspirator Robert Henry “Tip” Short
III in January of 2009 to provide a false affidavit stating
that Short had moved into a trailer on the land located
on Point Lookout Road in 1995 so that they could use
affidavit so that the trailer could be grandfathered in
as a pre-existing use on the land, though the original
trailer there had long been demolished.
Short pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to
commit perjury for Brown and Mattingly in October of
last year and was sentenced in January.
Brown also admitted to conspiring with Short and
Mattingly to commit fraud involving land in Calvert
County that went to a tax sale in 2008, court papers
Both Brown and Mattingly had Short pose as the
relative of a delinquent tax payer, Charles Clagett, in
order to have the local tax collector stop the tax sale
and auction and allow Short to redeem ownership of
the property for the taxes owed, about $10,000, court
papers state.
But later that June, a true Clagett relative stepped
forward and paid the back taxes, court papers showed,
and the money Short used to gain control of the land
was returned to an account at Graydon Sears LLC,
a real estate business owned by both Mattingly and
Since 2010, Mattingly has not been charged or in-
dicted for any other alleged crimes.
Two die in weekend crashes
On June 17, at approximately 5:46 a.m.
Philip H. Dorsey III
patrol units from the St. Mary's County
Sheriff's Office responded for the report of
a serious motor vehicle accident on Route 5,
Attorney at Law
injuries and the three passengers of Nor-
ton's vehicle were transported to St Mary's
Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Monaco succumbed to her injuries on scene
prior to being transported to the hospital,
police stated. Alcohol is not believed to be
a factor and the case is being investigated
by the sheriff’s office crash reconstruction
team. Anyone who may have witnessed the
accident is asked to contact Dfc. William
Watters at (301) 475-4200 Ext. 9114.
Man arrested on theft, drug
-Serious Personal Injury Cases-
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On June 16, Deputy Melissa Green and
Cpl. John Logalbo responded to a residence
in Great Mills to investigate a theft of mon-
ey. While on scene, Jessica A. Kearney, 25,
of Hollywood was identified as the alleged
culprit. A consent search of Kearney’s book
bag revealed drug paraphernalia, suspected
cocaine and suspected percocet residue.
Kearney was arrested and charged with
possession of paraphernalia, possession of
cocaine, possession of percocet and theft.
Search leads to drug arrest
just south of Hill's Club Road. Patrol units
arrived to find members of the Mechanics-
ville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire De-
partment already on the scene. Investigation
revealed a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, operated
by Heather Rae Woy, 61 of Summerville,
S.C., had been traveling northbound in the
southbound lanes of Route 5. Woy's vehicle
then reportedly completed a u-turn in the
middle of Route 5. As Woy's vehicle entered
the roadway from the southbound shoulder,
crossed over lane No. 2 and made a left turn
towards the parking lot of the 7-11 and was
struck in the driver's door by a 1999 Ford
F-150, operated by Thomas Edward Adams
Jr., 19, of LaPlata, traveling Southbound in
lane No. 1. Woy succumbed to her injuries
sustained in the crash. The St. Mary's Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction
Team responded to the scene and assumed
the investigation. Alcohol and speed do
not appear to be contributing factors in the
crash, police reported. Anyone who may
have witnessed the collision is asked to con-
tact the primary crash investigator Corpo-
ral Doug Mills of the Traffic Safety Unit at
(301)863-4816 Ext. 1456.
On June 19, at approximately 2:26 a.m.
a 1996 Mitsubishi 3000 GT, being operated
by Victoria Elizabeth Monaco, 25, of Lusby,
failed to stop for a flashing red signal at the
intersection of Point Lookout Road and
Medleys Neck Road, police reported. As
the vehicle entered Point Lookout Road, it
traveled into the path of a 1999 Honda Ac-
cord, operated by Craig Wesley Norton,
40, of Lexington Park, which was travel-
ing southbound. Norton did not sustain any
On June 15, Cpl Patrick H. Handy re-
sponded to a residence in Mechanicsville
for a controlled dangerous substance com-
plaint. Upon arrival, Handy spoke with the
complainants and then located Stephanie J.
Rice, 21, of Mechanicsville, in a residential
bathroom in alleged possession of drug par-
aphernalia and tramadol. Handy also recov-
ered alprazolam, eszopilone and gabapan-
tin, which was found in a purse belonging to
Rice, police alleged. During the arrest, Rice
struggled with Handy, police reported, and
was subdued. Rice was charged with four
counts of possession of a controlled danger-
ous substance and possession of drug para-
phernalia and resisting arrest.


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Henrietta Abell, 95

Henrietta Agnes “Jimmie” Thompson

Abell, 95, died June 17, 2011 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown,

MD. She was born in Hol-

lywood, MD on April 16,


the daughter of Mau-


Chapman Thompson


Susan Brumbaugh

Mau- rice Chapman Thompson and Susan Brumbaugh Thompson. The youngest of nine, she was the last

Thompson. The youngest

of nine, she was the last of

her siblings to survive. Her brothers and sis- ters were Maurice C. Thompson, Jr. (Mary), Katherine S. Thompson, Elizabeth C. Spald- ing (Xavier), Upton B. Thompson (Miriam), Mary Ellen Angevine (George), James O. Thompson, Susan Claire Johnson (Joe) and

Jane B. Garner (Edward). She graduated from Great Mills High

School in 1934. She loved to hear from her classmates and enjoyed sharing memories

with them when they held reunions at the Of-

ficer’s Club. She retired from St. Mary’s Hos-

pital as a Head Ward Clerk after 15 years of

service. The Hospital and the people that she

James Cullison, 82

James Franklin "Bil- ly" Cullison, 82, of Ridge,

MD died peacefully at his

residence on June 20, 2011. Born October 28,

1928 in Pearson, MD, he

was the son of the late J.

Henry Cullison, Sr. and

Ethel Marie (Trossbach)


He married Madeline

and Ethel Marie (Trossbach) Cullison. He married Madeline Wheatley on June 15, 1949 at St Michael's

Wheatley on June 15, 1949 at St Michael's in Ridge, MD and had just cel- ebrated their 62nd anniversary. He is survived by his children Charles H.

Cullison of Ridge, Sandra C. Chamberlin (John) of St Inigoes, and James D. Cullison (Terry) of Harpers Ferry, WV, his siblings Agnes Bean of Lexington Park, Joseph Cullison of California, J. Bernard Cullison of Ridge, Dorothy Smith of Hagerstown, Audrey Pratt of Ridge, and James

H. Cullison, Jr. of St Inigoes. The family received friends on Wednes-

day, June 22, 2011 at St Michael's Catholic

Church, 16566 Three Notch Road, Ridge, MD. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian

worked with during those years held a special

Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 10 a.m. with Father Lee Fangmeyer officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Tony Cul-


in her heart throughout her life. How-

her main occupation and calling in life

was as a wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. Grandma’s Sunday dinners kept family members involved with her and each


Brian Norris, Dicky Bean, Robbie Smith,

Junior Trossbach, Ben Fenhagen, Jonathan Trossbach, and Melvin Forrest. Honorary pallbearers will be George Trossbach, Buster Trossbach, Bobbie McKay, Jason Armistead and Jack Cullison. Family requests memorial contributions in Mr. Cullison's memory to Ridge Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD 20680 or Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonar- dtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD



until she was well in her eighties. She

was the wife of John Louis Abell, Jr. whom she

married on April 13, 1936 at St. John’s Church in Hollywood, MD. They had five children, Margaret Ann “Peggy” Lacey (Francis), Eliz-


Louise “Betty Lou” Wathen (Richard),


Louis III “Jackie” (Gloria), Francis Floyd

(Stephanie) and Linda Claire Kirby (Bill). She


predeceased by her husband, daughter


Lou, son Floyd and his wife Stephanie.

She is survived by 15 grandchildren, 21 great- grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchil- dren. She also had many nephews, nieces and friends whom she was very close to and meant

so much to her throughout her life. She was a

lifelong resident of Hollywood, MD until 2003

when she entered St. Mary’s Nursing Center.

There she lived in comfort for the re-

maining years of her life. She will be missed. Memories of home grown vegetables from our Dad’s garden and the flowers she tended throughout the yard so many years ago remain


all of us to this day. In early summer


the cherry trees were full of fruit we

would all gather to pick them, she made the

very best cherry pies. Afghans are in all our

houses, crocheted throughout her life. They


us warm and cozy on chilly nights. Her


for a good game of cards (Pitch) was not


for the game itself, but for the company

that it generated.

The family received friends on Monday,


20, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Fu-


Home chapel where prayers were recited.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in St. John’s Catholic

Church Hollywood, MD. Interment followed

in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Al-

len Lacey, John Louis Abell IV, Patrick Wood-

burn, Richard Wathen, Jr., Brian Allshouse and Steven Abell. Contributions in Memory of Henrietta Agnes “Jimmie” Thompson Abell may be made to St. Mary’s Nursing Center 21585 Peabody Street Leonardtown,

MD 20650, St. John’s Building Fund 43950

St. John’s Road Hollywood, MD 20636, Hol-

lywood Volunteer Fire Dept. P.O. Box 7 Hol- lywood, MD 20636 and/or Hollywood Vol- unteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 79 Hollywood,

MD 20636.

Joseph Dunn, 83

Joseph Manley “Din-

ky” Dunn, 83, of La Plata,

MD formerly of Leonar-

dtown, MD, died June 18,

2011, at his residence. Born


8, 1927 in Hollywood,


he was the son of the


James Manley Dunn


Pearl Hill Dunn. He


the husband of Doris

and Pearl Hill Dunn. He was the husband of Doris C. Dunn whom he married on

C. Dunn whom he married

on January 15, 1951 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD. Mr. Dunn is also survived by his children; J. Ronnie Dunn of California, MD, Janet Wenger of New Holland, PA, and Jim Dunn of La Plata, MD. James was preceded in death by his sister Agnes “Bonnie” Collins of Leonardtown, MD.

Mr. Dunn served in the Army from 1943 to

1945 and received a Certificate of Appreciation

from the Governor of Maryland for his partici-

pation in WWII. He worked as an electrician, at Patuxent Naval Air Station retiring on July 9, 1982. Mr. Dunn was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County until 2004 when he and Doris moved to La Plata, MD to stay with son Jim and his family. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, cook-

ing, hunting, and watching wildlife.

The family received friends on Wednes-

day, June 22, 2011 with prayers being recited

in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral

Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD 20650 with Fr. John Dakes officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be; Ronnie Dunn, Tim Wenger, Eric Wenger, Jim Dunn, Michael Col-

lins, and Kyle Wenger.

Contributions can be made to Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, La Plata, MD


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Suzanne Garner, 45

Suzanne Emley Garner, 45 of Lexing- ton Park, MD died June 15, 2011 at St. Mary’s

Hospital. Born February 5, 1966 in Colorado Springs, CO she was the daughter of William and Audrey (Vogel) Emley of Leesburg, VA. Suzanne is survived by her parents, her children; Lyndee M. Garner of Lexington Park,

MD and Amanda T. Garner of Kissimmee, FL,

siblings; Edward Emley of Frederick, MD, Ju- lie Fuhrmann of Frederick, MD, William Em- ley of Leesburg, VA and Margaret Melnik of

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June 23, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of

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Bertha Johnson, 91

Bertha M. Johnson,

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91 of Loveville, MD died June 12, 2011. Born February 3, 1920 in California, MD, she was one of ten chil- dren born to the late Laura Beale and Samuel Kane. Bertha grew up and attended school in St. Mary’s County. She en- joyed going to church, bingo, her flowers and other hobbies. She was married to the late James Allison Johnson. Bertha is survived by three children; Eliz- abeth Johnson of Mechanicsville, MD, William Gunn of Hollywood, MD, and Curtis Johnson (Yana) of Pittsburg, PA, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers; Oliver, An- drew, Webster and Hillary Kane and five sis- ters; Vernette Hopewell, Flora Nored, Isabella Barnes, Elsie Pierson, and Elizabeth Johnson. Family received friends on Friday, June 17, 2011 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morgan- za, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was cel- ebrated. Interment followed in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen, MD. Serving as pallbearers were Aaron John- son, Correy Johnson, Kermit Nored and Ed- ward Kane. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Shirley Langley, 80

Shirley Eliza- beth Langley, 80, of Solomons, MD, formerly of Cum- berland, MD passed away on June 17, 2011 in Solomons, MD. She was born on January 1, 1931 in Cumberland, MD to the late John Wil- liam McKenzie and Mary Teresa Nies. She was the beloved wife to the late Robert Lee Langley whom she married on February 12, 1949 in Cum- berland, MD. Shirley moved to Calvert Co. from Cumberland in 1949. She was a Charter Member of the Solomons VFD Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, William T. McKenzie. Shirley is survived by her children, John L. Lang- ley and wife Stephanie of Warrenton, VA, Bobbie L. Herring and husband Edward of Leonardtown, MD, and Kenneth R. Lang- ley, Sr. of Solomons, MD; Siblings, Milnor C. McKenzie and Helen Gorsuch both of Cumberland, MD; grandchildren, Kristie L. McCalla and husband Ray, Susan Lang- ley, Breann L. Brown and husband David, Jessica Davidson and husband Gregory, Erin Langley, and Kenneth R. Langley, Jr.; great grandchildren, Jadon Patrick Preston, and McKenzie Ann Brown. Pall- bearers will be Joseph McKenzie, Michael Gorsuch, Doug McKenzie, Marty Sealey, Jay Lankford, and Wayne Duley. Honor- ary Pallbearers will be Ray McCalla and David Brown. The family received friends on Mon- day, June 20, 2011 in the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby MD, where a Prayer Service was offered. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Solomons, MD with Fr. Richard Gardiner officiating. Interment followed in the Solomons UMC Cemetery, Solo- mons, MD. The family request contributions to be made in Shirley’s name to the Solomons Vol. Rescue Squad and Fire Department, P.O. Box 189, Solomons, MD 20688 and / or the St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, .

501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, . Beverly Pryor, 75 Beverly Anne Pryor, 75

Beverly Pryor, 75

Beverly Anne Pryor, 75 of Lexing- ton Park, MD died June 12, 2011 at her residence.

Mary Magdaline Dyson June 26, 1911 – May 18, 2010 Happy 100th Birthday Mom A
June 26, 1911 – May 18, 2010
Happy 100th
Birthday Mom
A wonderful lady her strength lives
within us. Her honor still lingers.
We miss her radiant smile. We miss
her unconditional love. She went to
be with Jesus but in our hearts her
memory will always be. Nothing
will ever take her memories away
from us.
Love, Your children
Mary and James,
Grandchildren &
Great Grandchildren.

late James Elmer Hooper and Elva Mollie (Garrison) Hooper. Beverly is survived by her children; William R. Pryor of Indianapolis, IN, George R. Pryor of York, PA and Paul A. Pryor of Lexington Park, MD. Beverly was an avid bowler and an employee of the Esperanza Bowling Alley. Services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Fu- neral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Ruth Russell, 88

Ruth Hamil-

Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. Ruth Russell, 88 Ruth Hamil- ton Russell, 88, of California, Maryland passed

ton Russell, 88, of California, Maryland passed away Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Solomon’s Nursing Center. Born March 1, 1923 in Selma, NC, she was the daugh- ter of the late Elijah Hamilton and Nellie (Pace) Hamilton. Mrs. Russell retired from the Service Test Division of the Naval Air Test Center (NATC) in 1972 after a twenty-six year career as a secretary and administrative assistant. During her career, she worked with test pilots some of whom would later become the original astronauts including John Glenn. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Edgar G. Russell, of Califor- nia, Maryland and who now resides at

Hermitage Assisted Living in Solomon’s, Maryland. Mrs. Russell enjoyed traveling and went on several cross-country trips with her husband in their camper trailer. They also spent each winter in their con- dominium in Hallandale, Florida during retirement and went camping when they returned to Maryland with the Blue Crab Camping Club. She liked to cook and bake, especially during the holidays. Ev- eryone loved her Christmas cookies and fried crab balls. Other survivors include her son, Wayne H. Russell and his wife Penny W. Russell of Fredericksburg, Virginia and their children, Kevin W. Russell of Seattle, Washington, Zachary T. Russell of Fred- ericksburg, Virginia, Thomas S. Call, Jr., Cary P. Scharf of Fredericksburg, Virgin - ia, and Nancy A. Call of Fredericksburg, Virginia’ and two great grandsons. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Trinity Memorial Cemetery in Waldorf, Maryland.

may be made to the Alzheimer’s Associa- tion, Southern Maryland Office, P.O. Box 1889, LaPlata, MD 20646. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Fu- neral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Thelma Schrader, 76

Thelma Ma-

Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. Thelma Schrader, 76 Thelma Ma- rie Schrader, 76, of Compton, MD, for-

rie Schrader, 76, of Compton, MD, for- merly of Washing- ton, DC, passed away on June 16, 2011 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Cal- laway, MD. Born on October 3, 1934 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Henry Theodore Robertson and Sarah Elizabeth Hall Robertson. She was the loving wife of Billy Schrader whom she married on December 29, 1963 in Fairmount Heights, MD. Mrs. Schrader is survived by her children; Wanda Mooney of Murrells Inlet, SC, Marvin Laycock of King, NC, Henry Schrader of Tampa,

FL, and Billy Schrader, Jr. of Compton,

MD. Thelma is also survived by one sis-

ter Mary Schebell of Fredericksburg, VA as well as 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Mrs. Schrader graduated from St. Dominic’s in 1952 and moved from Prince Georges County to St. Mary’s County in

1972. She was a homemaker and enjoyed

boating, crabbing, fishing, her children, and grandchildren. Mrs. Schrader was preceded in death by her siblings; Henry Robertson, Lester Robertson, John Rob- ertson, and Richard Robertson. The family received friends on Tues- day, June 21, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gar- diner Funeral Home where prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Compton, MD with Fr. Brian Sanderfoot officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were; Billy Schrader, III, Jerry Schrader, Mark Schrader, Mike Halwick, Brandon Wible, and James Schrader. To leave a condolence for the family please visit Arrangements provided by the Mat- tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011
From Student to Principal
Mother Catherine Spalding Graduate Takes Top Post
Carver Continues Getting
Fruit and Vegetables
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
Photos by Sarah Miller
Jessica Bowles and Susan Fatka
are getting ready for changes
next school year.
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
For the past year, George Wash-
ington Carver Elementary School
has been supplying students with
fresh fruit and vegetables using a
grant from the United States Depart-
ment of Agriculture.
Now, for the second year in a
row, the school will be able to con-
tinue the program with $27,450 from
the USDA.
Mike Jones, food and nutrition
supervisor with St. Mary’s County
Public Schools, said all schools ap-
ply for the funding every year, and
the recipients are chosen based on
the number of free and reduced meal
(FARM) students. Carver is the only
school in St. Mary’s County that had
a high enough number of FARMs to
The goal of the Fresh Fruit and
Vegetable Program is to improve
children’s overall diet and create
healthier eating habits to impact their
present and future health.
It will help schools create health-
ier school environments by providing
healthier food choices, expanding the
variety of fruits and vegetables chil-
dren experience, and increasing chil-
dren’s fruit and vegetable consump-
tion, a press release states.
Along with using the money to
supply more fruits and vegetables,
the school will work with students
from Dr. James A. Forrest Career and
Technology Center to get things such
as vegetable trays and “fruit-kabobs.”
“It worked out so well we
thought we’d do it from the begin-
ning [next] year,” Jones said about the
Forrest Center students’ involvement.
Carver Principal Annette Wood
said officials at the school are “really
excited” to have the program back for
a second year. She said the program
gives students the chance to eat fruits
and vegetables they may not typi-
cally have access to, such as red and
orange peppers and raw cauliflower.
She said there has been an in-
crease in the number of fruits and
vegetables consumed during lunch,
and she believes this program will
encourage healthy shopping and
snacking later in life.
For more information, contact
Jones at 301-475-4256, ext. 126.
For Jessica Bowles,
teaching at Mother Catherine
Spalding School was the ful-
fillment of a life-long dream.
Now, after six years in the
classroom, Bowles is taking
her dream one step further by
becoming the new principal
at the school.
Bowles is a Mother
Catherine Spalding graduate,
having attended from first
through eighth grade. She
graduated from the Univer-
sity of Maryland and taught
in the public schools for a
while, but Bowles said she
“always wanted to get back
to a Catholic school.”
Bowles said the reason she was eager to get back
to a parochial school was because she wanted to get
Thanks TO Our series spOnsOrs
back to a school where faith and God was a central part
of the mission. She said in public schools, a teacher can
teach the students about values and morality, but reli-
gion is a taboo topic.
“I’ve always wanted to teach,” Bowles said.
Bowles has gotten the chance to teach in the very
classrooms she pictured herself. And, in the place
where her dream to become a teacher began, soon she
will take the reins to the school itself.
Bowles found out she got the position of princi-
pal in mid-May, and sees it as an opportunity to help
even more students. She said she’s looking forward to
helping the school take more strides
toward technological updates, includ-
ing purchasing a handful of iPads to
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use as teaching tools. She said in a
world that’s more and more technol-
ogy based, it’s best to expose students
to computers early in life.
Bowles will be continuing the
momentum of improvements that her
predecessor, Susan Fatka, made dur-
ing her five-year tenure as principal.
Under Fatka, the school added multiple language
classes and courses, taking students beyond book
learning. Some courses have included chorus and the-
ater, while others involve putting together a school
Fatka said the school takes suggestions from both
students and teachers when presenting extracurricular
“I think the children enjoy that,” Fatka said.
During the last year, sports programs and advanc-
es in science instruction at the school were also made.
Over the summer, a new science lab will be construct-
ed, the realization of a longtime goal, Fatka said.
Also during Fatka’s time as principal, the school
hosted a Japanese student for five weeks after the
March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
“She was a delight to have,” Fatka said.
Taking in the student gave the school and stu-
dents a chance to learn from each other about differ-
ent cultures, and Fatka said gifts and packages are still
exchanged between the Japanese student and Mother
Catherine Spalding since the girl went back to Japan.
Fatka said the best part of the school is the sense of
community. Bowles agreed with Fatka’s thought.
“Everybody knows everybody,” Bowles said.
St. Mary's College
of Maryland's
June 24
An Evening in the Summer Palace
Enjoy an evening of Baroque music when Jeffrey
Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra welcome St.
Mary’s College’s own international
artists including Giuseppe Nova and
Karen Johnson, flute; Suzanne Orban,
cello; Fatma Daglar,
oboe; Bryan Bourne,
trombone; and
also featuring Nina
DeCesare, the 2010
Young Artist Concerto
Competition Winner.
Summer Maintenance,
Activities Get Underway
By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer
St. Mary's College of Maryland's
River Concert Series Plus
June 25 • uP CLoSE
Encore Choral Group
Classical, Broadway and beloved
chorus repertoire
2 pm • Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall
Chesapeake Orchestra
Jeffrey Silberschlag, music director
June 29 • AT THE MovIES
"The Right Stuff" – 7 pm • Cole Cinema
All concerts are FREE!
Concerts begin each week at 7PM.
The grounds on Townhouse Green
Chesapeake Orchestra
at St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Jeffrey Silberschlag,
open at 5PM for picnicking or purchasing
1983 Philip Kaufman film starring Sam Shepherd.
The original US Mercury 7 Astronauts and their
macho, seat-of–the-pants approach to the space
program – precedes the concert honoring the
100th anniversary of Naval aviation.
music director
food from a wide variety of vendors.
For more information,
call 240-895-2024 or visit
9 pm - River Concert Series Brass Ensemble,
featuring Andrew Llewellyn, Nathaniel
Silberschlag, Zach Silberschlag ’11
With the end of the school year, students
and teachers are out of their classrooms, and
it’s the season for cleaning the schools from top
to bottom and for staff and facility moves are
getting underway.
Brad Clements, chief operating officer
with St. Mary’s County Public Schools, said
closing out procedures are completed, such
as teachers turning in building keys, equip-
ment and packing up their rooms as much as
“We’re checking everything back in right
now,” Clements said.
On Monday, cleaning and maintenance at
all buildings commenced.
Among the maintenance plans is fresh
paint for Chopticon High School, various con-
struction projects and the stripping and rewax-
ing of floors in all buildings.
Two schools will also be relocated over
the summer – Leonardtown Middle School
sixth graders will be moving out of the annex
at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School and
back in to their middle school, and students
from Oakville Elementary School will move
into the annex while improvements to their
school get underway.
Another change this summer will be the
move to a four-day workweek, which Clements
said will save $10,000 per day, with a gross
savings of between $60,000 and $100,000 over
the course of the summer.
For some employees, this may not be
much of a change, according to Clements. For
the past five or six years, the district used a flex
schedule during the summer, in which employ-
ees could choose to tack an additional couple
of hours onto their work day Monday through
Thursday and take Fridays off. Now, all em-
ployees are required to work 10-hour days with
a three-day weekend.
Clements said most buildings are closed
during the summer, with only a few church-
es using buildings on Sundays. Music and
dance recitals and the Summer Stock Theatre
will keep Great Mills High School occupied
throughout the summer. He said groups us-
ing the buildings would pay for the manpower
and utilities used during the time they use the
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First Fridays are Happening in Leonardtown First Friday in Leonardtown is Here! Next big event
First Fridays are Happening in Leonardtown
First Friday in Leonardtown is Here!
Next big event is July 1 starting at 5:00 p.m.
Visit uptown and downtown to rediscoVer the many treasures of historic/new Leonardtown!
ParticiPating businesses & staying oPen late: bella Music school, big larry’s coMic book café, brewing grounds, café des artistes, craft guild shoP, colleen’s dreaM, college of
southern Maryland, crazy for ewe, fenwick street used books and Music, fuzzy farMer’s Market (new), good earth natural foods, the shoPs of Maryland antiques center,
creekside gallery, kevin’s corner kafé, leonardtown arts center, leonardtown galleria, leonardtown grill, cahill’s café and catering, north end gallery, oga’s asian cuisine,
olde town Pub, olde towne stitchery, on a roll, Port of leonardtown winery, rustic river bar and grill, quality street kitchens, shelby’s creative fraMing, the farMer’s
daughter cuPcakes, the front Porch, treadles studio, white rabbit children’s bookstore, ye olde towne café
Fenwick Street- TBA
CAFE- 22745 Washington Street-
Come and beat the heat this First
Friday July 1st at Big Larry’s Comic
Book Café with our 32 flavors of
Premium Ice Cream or a 100% Real
Fruit Smoothie. And Big Larry’s
Dogs are always 50% off on First
Fridays or treat yourself to one of
Big Larry’s Over-Stuffed Subs. We
are also are a full service Comic
Book and Game Store. Plus, This
First Friday The Fractal Folk will be
performing live at the store. Check
a member of the St. Mary’s
College Jazz ensembles during
his senior year of high school.
This fall Benjamin will be a senior
Mechanical Engineering student at
Cedarville University and he has
been the drummer for the University
Jazz Band for the past three years.
2nd floor, 22660 Washington Street-
The newest addition to the lively
Leonardtown arts scene. Come visit
local artists in their studios working
on their craft. Painters, sculptors,
jewelers and more. Piney Point
Playboys will perform!
wines served while you listen. Local
wine and local music make for a
great pairing! For more information
and instant updates, see our website
or look up “Port Of Leonardtown
Winery” on Facebook. To hear
samples of Jen and Carl, visit http://
(in Maryland Antiques Center)- The
Leonardtown Galleria located in
the Maryland Antique Center is in
transition for July First Friday. As
of July 1, 2011 it will be owned and
operated by members of the Color
and Light Society. The Maryland
Antique Center will have a free
drawing for a $25.00 Gift Certificate.
GRILL- 40874 Merchant’s Lane
(Route 5)- TBA
Located on the
Square in Leonardtown
T 301 475-6868
Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 3pm
them out at
***Buffett served on Saturdays and Sundays***
Simon, the wind player of the group,
has been studying Jazz under Don
Stapleson for six years – with a focus
on Jazz improvisation. In addition,
Simon has been a member of the St.
Mary’s College Jazz ensembles for
the past four years. This fall Simon
will be a freshman at Cedarville
University majoring in Saxophone
41675 Fenwick Street- Quality
Street will be closed for the July First
Friday and will resume with wine
tastings in August!
Photography and much more!
Fenwick Street- 10% off
Fenwick Street- Leonardtown’s
original neighborhood bistro with
French Country Charm, a casual
and friendly atmosphere, fine food
and excellent service. Creative,
comforting dishes are Classic French
with an American flair and pair
perfectly with the great variety of
wines from Leonardtown to France,
and al fresco dining available on
our quaint patio sidewalk! July 1st -
Special Guest - Jill Parsons on Piano
and a new photo exhibit by William
Guptill; Dinner Special - Magret
Duck Breast with Fig Sauce, and
Clarendelle, Grand Vin de Bordeaux
from Chateau Haut Brion as the
featured wine special by the glass
or bottle
Jonah, a rising high school
sophomore, studies classical piano
under Brian Ganz of St. Mary’s
College. In addition to his classical
repertoire, Jonah, following his older
brothers’ footsteps, has ventured into
the world of Jazz. Jonah has been
the pianist for the St. Mary’s College
Jazz Ensembles for the past two
years. The Trio’s repertoire spans
Jazz music of all eras.
Point Lookout Road- TBA
CATERING- (in Maryland Antiques
Center)- Open for Dinner
Auto • Home • Business • Life
Fenwick Street- July will bring a new
show to the North End Gallery titled
“ Motion In Art “. It is an all member
show with pieces from each artist .
The dates are June 29 thru August 1
with the First Friday event on July 2,
2011 from 5 - 8 PM .
Menu featuring classic southern dishes, seafood,
steaks, brick oven pizzas & calzones and more
Chef Rick
(301) 997-1700
Washington St- TBA
FRAMING- 26005 Point Lookout
Road- Come relax with something
cool to drink, and bring that item
you need to frame (you know - the
one you uncovered during Spring
cleaning). Mid Summer’s Eve Bash -
come enjoy a magical evening inside
and out. New paintings by Shelby
and Samantha! Independence Day
savings specials from July 1st - 9th.
Find the hidden sale flag for a $40.00
gift certificate good towards any
purchase in the store! All Summer
Specials: Diploma framing from $75
to $125 complete in selected frames.
Wedding photos framed from $80
to $150 complete in selected frames.
All with conservation materials.
(301) 475-3151 • Toll Free: (800) 872-8010 • Fax: (301) 475-9029
Rt 5 Leonardtown • In The
Breton Bay Shopping Center •
Country French Dining in a Casual Atmosphere
On the square in historic Leonardtown
Classy entertainment, Prix-Fixe Menu & more
Reservations Recommended
Point Lookout Road (next to
Maryland Antiques Center)-
Traditional and contemporary crafts
by local artisans and handcrafters
are available. Many of these items
are one-of-a-kind. Please visit our
website at www.craftguildshop.
com. Pat Troiani will be our
featured artisan for the month of
July. Her paintings and jewelry will
be featured. There will also be a
drawing for a Mary Lou Troutman
flag. Please visit our webside at or call
301-997-1644 for more information.
Please join us for First Friday.
22696 Washington St.- The Fuzzy
Farmers are a group of local sheep,
goat, alpaca, and rabbit farmers,
plus a few fiber artists, who sell their
handmade and homegrown products
in a quaint boutique. There, you’ll
find bags and baskets, rugs and
runners, as well as unique jewelry,
felted flowers, and goat’s milk soap.
Snow-dyed silk scarves, hand woven
kitchen towels, and handspun yarn
are only a few of the wonderful
one-of-a-kind items ready to give or
to keep. Stop by for a preview of the
fun and funky fiber art coming to the
Square soon.
OLDE TOWN PUB- Relax after
work, meet with friends, or come
watch the big game on our giant
60-inch plasma TV. We offer 14
beers on tap, your favorite mixed
drinks using only premium spirits,
and popular wines. In addition,
we have tasty appetizers and great
meals for the entire family. Our
traditional décor offers a welcoming
atmosphere whether you’re
celebrating a big event or winding
down after a day at work. We look
forward to serving you at the most
popular nightspot in Southern
CUPCAKES- In front of the
Leonardtown Arts Center.
Specializing in homemade cupcakes
and truffles!
North End Gallery
Celebrating 25 Years!
FOODS- 41675 Park Ave- the
Fitzgerald duo of father and son will
be at The Good Earth representing
My Cause Water. Help My Cause
and change the world in three steps:
Fenwick Street
Historic Leonardtown, MD
go to,
sign up, and select a cause. Visit the
store on July 1 between 5 pm and
8 pm to learn more about the My
Cause Charitable Purpose.
41665 Fenwick Street-
Fenwick Street- TBA
MARYLAND- (Leonardtown
Campus) 22950 Hollywood Road-
Lookout Road- MD Antiques Center
will be raffling off a donation from
one of the dealer’s shops
Maryland Antiques Center)- We
are excited to present a special two
month show focusing on our talented
Creek Side guest artists. They will
be exhibiting fine jewelry, wood
carvings, photographs, pastels and
paintings. All of our artists are from
the local Southern Maryland area
and their art is representative of this
beautiful area. Come by and enjoy
the beautiful exhibition.
We will have handmade quilts and
quilted items on sale at 15 % off and
when you buy fabric you will get
double punches on your yard card!
Stop in and stock up on fabric for all
your upcoming projects. Remember
we offer classes for every skill level
including beginners and summer
camps for children 9 to 16.
Washington Street- -The Front Porch
is an intimate restaurant featuring
creative American Cuisine. Set
within the Sterling House, we offer
casual dining in a cozy atmosphere.
The menu includes a broad selection
of starters, soups, sandwiches, salads,
and entrees. We offer daily specials,
feature seasonal ingredients, local
produce, and boast an ever changing
dessert menu. The “back room” at
The Front Porch showcases over
40 varieties of wine, while our bar
presents Specialty Drinks, Boutique
Beer, along with traditional cocktails.
The First Friday special features
are: Drink Special - Twilight-tini
Appetizer - Firecracker Shrimp
Washington Street- home of quality
yarns and stylish designs. TBA
ON A ROLL- (Corner of Fenwick
and Washington streets)- For current
specials visit www.onarollhotdogs.
Lookout Road (next to Maryland
Antiques Center)- Treadles Studio
is moving to the Leonardtown
Square! The studio will be located
in the lower level of Fuzzy Farmers
Market. New classes will start this
fall and the First Friday craft parties
will resume in September.
Creative Custom Framing & Art
Tuesday ~ Friday: 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. ~ 2 p.m.
BOOKS and MUSIC- 41655A
Fenwick Street- Experience great
jazz music with The Yeh Brothers
Trio. Keyboards, Drums and Sax
played by these fabulous musicians!
We are so lucky and pleased to
have them from 5 to 8! “Yeh Jazz
Trio” consists of three brothers –
Benjamin, Simon and Jonah Yeh.
WINERY- 23190 Newtowne
Neck Road- Proudly presenting the
vocalist Jennifer Cooper and guitarist
Carl Reichelt performing on the patio
from 5:30-8:30pm. Jen and Carl
will be joined by guest percussionist
Paul Christian as they serve up
summertime favorites in the styles of
rock, jazz, blues, and more. We invite
you to enjoy our award-winning
BOOKSTORE- 25470 Point
Lookout Road- TBA
SAT. 9:30 TO 5
SUN. 12 TO 5
Park Ave.- TBA
Washington Street- Visit Macaroni
Kids table set up outside! Check
out their website at http://stmarys.
MD Antiques Center ~ Bldg. 2 ~ 26005 Point Lookout Rd
~Leonardtown, MD
Benjamin, the drummer, was
CENTER- Court Square building,
Fax: 301-475-8658
• ACTION Figures
• Subscription service
• Statues
• Back issues
• Gaming venue
41658 Fenwick St. Leonardtown, MD 20650
22745 Washington St
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Open 7 Days A Week
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Students Compete in Unmanned Aircraft Competition
By Scott Loflin
Contributing Writer
to identify the target and provide its position to the
mission commander.
While most of the students did not realize it,
they were mimicking real operations performed by
the military on a daily basis in Afghanistan and else-
where around the world with a fleet of UAVs.
This was the ninth year of competition sponsored
by the Association of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Sys-
tems International and hosted by PEO(UW) from
NAS Patuxent River with a grant from the Office of
Naval Research.
According to Joe Brannan, Competition Direc-
tor, the first competition was held with just tree teams
with only two showing up. Only one of those teams
were successful in getting their UAV airborne. This
year’s competition hosted 27 teams.
“We had three high schools sign up this year. One
is a local high school right here in Southern Mary-
By PoPular DemanD!
In the early morning hours, a platoon of U.S. Ma-
rines conducts a security patrol in a dusty nameless
village of Afghanistan. They have spent the last few
hours searching the area, looking for the evidence of
oPen late thursDay,
FriDay anD saturDay
nights 5 - 9 Pm
insurgent operations. With the sun breaking over the
horizon, the Marines hurry to finish their patrol be-
fore the entire village is awakened by the sounds of a
Cobra attack helicopter providing air cover. Unheard
was the drone of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV,
overhead providing intelligence, surveillance and re-
connaissance (ISR) for the platoon.
The quiet was suddenly broken by the sounds
of small arms fire directed at the Marines. From all
over, rounds were bouncing off the mud walls of the
homes as the Marines sought cover. With a “whoosh,”
an enemy RPG rocketed towards
the incoming Cobra. With a bang,
the RPG strikes the exhaust area
of the helicopter. The injured pi-
lot skillfully landed the crippled
Cobra and takes up a defensive
Meanwhile at a remote base
over 250km away, a group of op-
erators sit in the air conditioned
comfort of the ground control
station that is monitoring the
ISR mission. The live video feed
catches the muzzle fire of the in-
surgents and the arc of the RPG
into the Cobra. Their routine mis-
sion has now become a matter of
life or death. The imaging opera-
tors hurriedly call out enemy po-
sitions and gun emplacements to
the pinned down Marine platoon.
The mission commander directs
them to locate the downed pilot.
While this type of scenario
plays out routinely in Afghani-
stan, one doesn’t expect to find it
occurring in St. Mary’s County.
Yet this was the scenario present-
ed to students from around the
world last week at the 2011 Stu-
dent UAS Competition at Web-
ster Field in St. Inigoes.
For three days, teams from
as far away as New Delhi Techni-
cal University, India, and as close
as Great Mills High School com-
peted for over $70,000 in prize
money. The teams were graded
on their oral presentations cov-
ering safety, design, team roles,
and how they will conduct their
missions on the first day of com-
petition. The next two days were
occupied with non-stop flying.
Simulating real world task-
ing, the teams were given 10
minutes to gather all of the
equipment needed to support
the mission. This included their
UAV, starting equipment and a
myriad of computers to evaluate
and classify the targets that had
been put around the airfield. The
team and support equipment were
taken to the runway and given 40
minutes to setup the ground con-
trol station and prepare the UAV.
The students had previously been
given a map of the airfield show-
ing the safe fly and out of bounds
areas along with flight waypoints
minutes another clock started ticking. The mission
clock was the allotted time to get airborne, conduct
the search pattern, land and provide the intelligence
gathered to the lead judge. For this scenario as soon
as the UAV was airborne the lead judge would inform
the team captain that an additional waypoint would
be added and that there was a downed pilot in a new
search area. The team would have to input all this in-
formation and upload it to the UAV, while in flight, so
it could perform the additional tasking.
Under the canopied area that functioned as the
ground station, students were clustered around a mul-
titude of displays. These displays showed in real time
where the UAV was, its speed and altitude. Other dis-
plays showed the video sensor data being transmitted
from the UAV. Clusters of computers would perform
analysis of the video and alert the operator if a target
was in view. The image operator would then be able
land, Great Mills High School, a Hampton Roads,
Va. team consisting of multiple high schools in the
Hampton Roads area … and a Roanoke Valley school
signed up but realized they couldn’t make it but will
try next year,” Brannan said, adding that most com-
petitors were university level.
Brannan said that while this is a competition for
students, it’s also a recruitment tool for government
and local defense contractors.
“We tell the students to bring their resumes with
them,” he said.
All of the students are engineering students. It
requires a broad area of expertise to be successful, so
the teams are comprised of aeronautical, electrical,
mechanical, and computer engineering disciplines.
While engineering has historically been a male
dominated field, many teams included women.
When asked what made her choose to study me-
chanical and aerospace engineer-
ing, Amanda Gaetano of Rutgers
University said: “I had always
been interested in airplanes as
likely to develop a strong interest,” she said.
Students were not the only people in attendance
at the competition. Industry had many tables with
representatives out talking with students who could
end up being employees one day.
Because the military is increasingly moving
towards unmanned vehicles and in need of quali-
fied and talented engineers, the Navy “brass” pres-
ence was there also. Vice Admiral David Architzel,
Commander, Naval Air Systems Command at Patux-
ent River, was there on the flight line observing the
teams conducting their missions.
“I’m kinda amazed some of technology they are
able to put on there … Just the idea that they are able
Home Cooked
to come here and team build, work things out, follow
checklists and get into the routine of doing project
work. It’s a very inspirational program,” Adm. Ar-
chitzel said.
The competition wrapped up with a dinner and
awards ceremony Saturday night with more than
$70,000 in prize money awarded.
Utah State University Fixed Wing was presented
Hot Roast Beef or Turkey
Salisbury Steak
Seafood Basket
Baked Chicken
Meat Loaf
a kid. My dad worked with NA-
a $13,400 check for being the overall competition
Includes Homemade Deserts
VAIR and now with the FAA so
winner. Delhi Technical University was presented
stoP in to see our weekly sPecials
it was just something I grew up
Gaetano said more women
should to be inspired at a young
age to enter the engineering
“Just expose them (to en-
gineering) at a younger age. If
you don’t expose kids to that in
elementary school they are less
with the Dr. Arthur Reyes Safety Award.
“I come back every year for the looks on the
team’s faces when they complete a successful flight
and know that they’ve done a good job that year,”
lead judge Ed O’Shea said about why he gets involved
each year.
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The County Times Thursday, June 23, 2011 18 N ewsmakers Running Carnivals is a Local Family

N ewsmakers

Running Carnivals is a Local Family Tradition

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

is a Local Family Tradition By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Photos by Sarah Miller Robert Mister

Photos by Sarah Miller

Robert Mister at the carnival in


Southern Maryland. He said he has lived in St. Mary’s and Calvert coun- ties all his life, as has much of his family, and the roots run deep. One of his uncles was even a county commissioner for Calvert County, Mister

said. During the off sea- son, when the equip- ment is being kept at the properties Mister owns in both St. Mary’s and

Mechanicsville Celebrating 50 Years of Carnivals

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Carnival continues from June 23-26, from 7-11 p.m. nightly, and from 6-10 p.m. Sunday. “Ride all night” bracelets are avail- able each day, with a $5 off special on Sunday. Also on the last night of the carni- val there is a cash raffle. The volunteers at Mechanicsville VFD encourage the public to come out to this annual fundraiser for refresh- ments, rides, games and fun for the en- tire family.

succeed him in running the business. “It has been a family business for a long time,” Mister said. A big challenge Mister said he has faced has nothing to do with keeping the rides run- ning or finding places willing to book them – the big challenge is finding good, reliable

help. He said he has some people hired dur- ing the season to help with the set up and teardown, which “ain’t easy” and at the in- dividual venues he will get some volunteers and temporary workers, but there are a lot of people who say they’ll work the carnival without knowing what they’re getting into and prove to be unreliable. Anybody interested in more information about M & M Amusement or booking them for a carnival can call 410-414-8230.

With summer well un- derway, the carnival season is also getting into the swing of things. With the warm weath- er, it is also the busiest time of year for M & M Amusement. For the past 50 years, the Mister family has been the owner and operators of the rides and games at several car- nivals throughout Maryland and into Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Robert Mister, the current owner of M & M Amusement, said his carnival season starts in March and runs through October. He owns and main- tains between 15 and 20 rides and another 15 to 20 game booths, which are rotated around the carnival circuit. Mister said the offerings at the carnivals vary from year to year and location to loca- tion to keep things fresh and interesting. At some carnivals, specific rides are requested while at others the selection is at the discre- tion of Mister. “It gives the kids something to do,” Mis- ter said. Mister and his family are natives of

Calvert Counties, they are restored and main- tained to prepare for the next season. During the carnival season, Mister said the rides are inspected at least once per week by a Maryland state inspec- tor, each time they are set up at a new venue, as well as inspected once per year by their insurance inspector. He said that safety is the top priority. Mister also makes a point to be at all of the carnivals in person, so if there are any is- sues or questions he is on hand to deal with them. For fire departments, Mister said he does two-week contracts, like with the annual Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department carnival where the carnival is set up June 17 through June 19 and June 23 through June 26. Jimmy Burroughs, the chairman of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department carnival, said they have been doing business with M & M Amusement since the carnival began 50 years ago and he has no complaints about working with the Mister family. Because Mister is willing to work with

the fire departments, they are still able to of- fer ride-all-night passes for

only $15 per night, which is between $5 and $10 less than what M & M can charge at other venues. M & M Amusement is not limited to doing one venue per week, Mister said. On a normal week, they will provide rides and games to two or three venues. Even with the eco- nomic downturn and the decrease in people trav- eling far from home and spending money in gener- al, Mister said the business is doing well as opposed to previous years. “It’s not the same, but you can still make a living with it,” Mister said. Like with many busi- nesses, Mister said there are some weeks they take a loss and other weeks where they come out in the black. During the summer, Mister said his children work for the business, help- ing with set up and tear down for the carnival, as well as running the games. Eventually, his kids will

business, help- ing with set up and tear down for the carnival, as well as running
business, help- ing with set up and tear down for the carnival, as well as running


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SMILE Livestock Show Ready to Go

Young people interested in agriculture and farm animals have an opportunity to practice showing animals without the stress of formal competitions. The seventh annual Southern Maryland In- vitational Livestock Expo will take place June 24-26 at the St. Mary's County fairgrounds in Leonardtown. The popular show features youth competitors from around the region who will be participating in livestock showmanship classes with their ani- mals, and other educational activities designed to showcase the importance of youth involvement in family farms in Southern Maryland. Judges are instructed to take more time than normal and to give the young people tips and ad- vice, said Susam McQuilkin, the Southern Mary- land Agricultural Developement Commission marketing executive. “You would not get that in a bigger ring show,” McQuilkin told The County Times. Expo highlights, which are open to the pub - lic, include the characterful prize-winning Suri alpacas of Moore or Less Farm which will be at the show ring on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. for an up close 'Learn All About Alpacas' presentation, and on Saturday, June 25 the magnificent Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales will be pulling into the fairgrounds around noon. The general public is invited to watch Wayne Mast and his crew harness and hitch the horses to the wagon, and at 5 p.m. cheer-on the talented

the horses to the wagon, and at 5 p.m. cheer-on the talented Moore or Less Farm

Moore or Less Farm Alpacas are one of the featured guests at this year’s SMILE Expo

team of Clydesdales at a free demonstration of their skills as they prepare to compete at the 2011 World Clydesdale Show in Wisconsin. “The SMILE show's focus in on learning, fun and camaraderie for the kids who are com- peting, and we also hope to reach out to the com- munity as a whole to increase awareness and ap - preciation for Southern Maryland's agricultural heritage,” SMILE Chairman Jay Farrell said in a press release. Admission is free to the public. The fair- ground barns and show rings will be open through- out the weekend for visitors to see the animals and watch the activities and competitions. For a full schedule of events visit: For more information, call McQuilkin at 301-274-1922 Extention 1 or e-mail smcquilkin@

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FoodandArts Festival This Weekend

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South- ern Maryland will be holding the Southern Maryland Food and Arts Festival on Sun- day, June 26 from 1-5 p.m. at the Wharf in Leonardtown. This event is both a celebration of our community and an important fundraiser in support of mentoring in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties, a press release states. Since 1976, Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Fifth Season of Downtown Tunes Continues

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Corner lot backs up to trees. New paint and carpet.
Formal Dining Rm w/ Hardwood floors. Gas fire-
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Remodeled kitchen with new cabinets, countertops,
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painted walls. New water heater and lawn mower
incl. Fenced in backyard and garage. Wonderful
neighborhood with amazing neighbors. Just reduced
for you! Call 240-434-2792. Price: $223,000.
Solar Heated Home. Go Green and save on the util-
ity bills, in cul-de-sac, Landscapers Dream. Easy
to heat with solar heating tubes. Beautiful floors,
bright kitchen. Huge garage with over head storage
using the stairway. New Skylight! House is mostly
underground! Stream running through the property.
Wildlife abounds, deer, rabbit, birds, etc. This is a
paradise. House shows well. Definitely environmen-
tally friendly. Price: $285,000. Call 301-862-2222.
Apartment Rentals
1 bedroom apartment for single non-smoker. No
pets. Full bath, w/d, full kitchen, storage, private
entrance, large patio area. $850/mo. includes utili-
ties. Call & LM 443-527-8954.
Woodlake condo in Wildewood. This is a ground level
condo in great condition that is located on a lake. The
living area is parquet floors and the bedrooms are car-
pet. New washer/dryer. Small pets allowed. Requires a
year lease. For a viewing call Matt at 240-298-2985 or
email at Rent: $975.
Contemporary home available for rent. 2 to 3 bed-
rooms. On a wooded lot within walking distance
to Lake Lariat. New carpet and fresh paint. Call
Experienced Grass Cutter & Weed Eater Needed
ASAP. Must have own transportation. Must be reli-
WORK. 301-904-6936.
Leonardtown, Guenthers Fine Wine & Spirits seeks
part-time Retail Store Clerk/Stock Assistant. Starting
salary $8.00/hr. Apply in person at the store. 25470/B
Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown. (301-475-8989).
Health Care
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elderly persons. We have competitive pricing and
we assist in finding finacial programs.
Medicaid is also accepted.
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Monday, June 27
Thursday, June 23
Chick-fil-A Summer Activity Day
sic and a variety of food from local vendors.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and concerts start at 7
p.m. These outdoor concerts are free and open
to the public, and picnic baskets are welcome.
For more information, visit www.rivercon- or call 240-895-2024.
State of the Union Breakdancing Event
Vacation Bible School
Chick-fil-A (45150 First Colony Way, Califor -
nia) – 2 p.m.
The Chick-fil-A at First Colony Center is
inviting the community to participate in our
Summer Activity Days. The activities will
be from 2 pm to 4 pm. Children of elemen-
tary school age will enjoy the activities which
include The Mad Science Team, face paint-
ing, Lowe’s Kids crafts, and much more. All
activities are free. Mad Science is the world’s
leading science enrichment provider. They
deliver unique, hands-on science experiences
for children that are as entertaining as they
are educational. Mad Science encourages
scientific literacy in children at an age when
science is as vital as reading, writing and
Saturday, June 25
Patuxent Baptist Church (22614 Chancellors
Run Road, Great Mills) – 6:30 p.m.
A Journey on the Nile, Vacation Bible
School at Patuxent Baptist Church June 27
through 30. Ages 4 through 12 years old are
welcome. For more information, call 301-866-
0001or visit
Free Gymnastics and Cheer Day
House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Rd, Hol-
lywood) – 7 p.m.
Come out for the State of the Union
Breakdancing Event. The price is $10. For
competitors it is $5. Compete and show your
Breakdancing skills. In the two versus two
challenge the winners will get $400. For Pop-
ping the winner gets $100. Registration for the
competitors starts at 2 pm until 4:30pm. Jam
starts at 5 p.m. sharp until 12 a.m. By BBoy
cartoon kid glyde. For more information, call
301-373-6330. Or visit www.thehouseofdance.
Tuesday, June 28
Nature Time at Greenwell
Swing and Ballroom Dance
Special Olympics Poker
Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch
Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m.
$5 - $5 blinds cash game. Dealers will
be provided and the high hand is paid nightly.
Drinks will be free. Proceeds go to benefit the
St. Mary’s Special Olympics and the Center
for Life Enrichment. People who would like
to help with the Special Olympics should call
Mary Lu Bucci at 301-373-3469 or 240-298-
0200. For more information about the poker
game, call Jim Bucci 301-373-6104 before 7
p.m. and 240-298-9616 after.
Fierce Infernos All Star Cheerleading (38588
Brett Way, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 a.m.
Come Enjoy a fun filled day with the
coaches and staff at Fierce Inferno All Stars
for free. Bring your child on their scheduled
time to learn gymnastics and cheer. The kids
will learn everything from stretching tech-
niques, gymnastics, and cheer builds. Girls
and boys ages 5 to 7 years will have dem-
onstrations and coaching from 9:30 until 11
a.m., ages 8 to 11 years 11:30 a.m. until 1:00
p.m. and ages 12 and up from 1:30 until 3:30
p.m. The children will learn a small cheer
routine to top off their day. Please bring your
child in comfortable clothing. Reservations
are not required, but accepted to make sure
your child has a spot in our free gymnastics
and cheer class. For more information, call
301-472-4337, visit FierceInfernoAllStars.
com or e-mail FierceInfernoAllStars@ya-
St. John’s Catholic Church (43950 St. John’s
Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m.
Beginner-level ballroom lesson from
7 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing to music of
all kinds from 8 to 11 p.m. No experience
required. Singles always welcome. Bring a
snack to share; water and soda will be provid-
ed. The price of admission is $8. The dance
is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of
Holy Face Church. For more information,
call 301-645-8509 or e-mail somdballroom@
Greenwell State Park (25450 Rosedale Manor
Lane, Hollywood) – 10 a.m.
Enjoy the wonders of nature at Green-
well State Park through games, crafts, stories,
movement, and exploration. Nature Time is a
program for young children and their families
or caregivers. This week’s theme is “Birding
101.” Pre-registration, no later than 24 hours
in advance, is required via email at lpranzo@ or by calling the
Greenwell Foundation office at 301-373-9775.
Free Line Dance Lessons
Sunday, June 26
Leah’s House Fundraiser
Mid-Summer Faire
Historic St. Mary’s City (18751 Hogaboom
Lane, Saint Marys City) – 11 a.m.
Commoners and gentry are invited to a
day of 17th Century merriment with hands-on
games, music, and entertainment inspired by
the Maryland’s colonial past. Bring the chil-
dren and try your hand at contests, wooden-
horse jousting, races, jugglers, spinning and
much more!
Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road,
Hughesville) – 7 p.m.
Syncopated Rhythm is offering free Line
Dance Lessons at Hotel Charles. The lessons
will be followed by the regular weekly prac-
tice session. Anyone interested in more infor-
mation about these lessons or interested join-
ing Syncopated Rhythm can call Liz Watson
at 301-643-0179.
Friday, June 24
Hickory Hills Clubhouse (22501 Iverson
Drive, Great Mills) – 12 p.m.
The Republican Women of St. Mary’s
presents Baubles, Bags, & Basket - A Fun-
draiser for Leah’s House. Drop in and shop
for jewelry, purses, bags and baskets from
Longaberger, Charly in the Bag and Silpada
Jewelry. Find that unique gift for someone
special or treat yourself. Be sure to check out
the Silent Auction items and exciting surprise
offerings you do not want to miss. Help them
raise money for women and children in crisis
in St. Mary’s County. For more information,
contact Deborah Rey at deborah.rey2014@
Wednesday, June 29
River Concert Series
Chick-fil-A (18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s
City) – 5 p.m.
Enjoy music from the masters Bach,
Handel, and Vivaldi at the June 24th concert
at St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s River
Concert Series. Performed by the Chesapeake
Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Sil-
berschlag, the weekly celebrations on the
college’s Townhouse Green continue every
Friday through July 29 with world-class mu-
Go Global
Kid’s Pirate Pizza Cruise
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons
Island Road South, Solomons) – 11:30 a.m.
Kick off summer dressed like a pirate and
eat pizza aboard the Wm. B. Tennison-Arrr.
Calvert Library Southern Branch (20 Appeal
Way, Lusby) – 2:30 p.m.
Learn about different cultures in our
world. Go Global features an activity, craft,
and snack from a country each week for chil-
dren from kindergarten to fifth grade. Reg-
istration not required. For more information,
call 410-326-5289.
L ibrary Items
Professional Performance Series kicks off June 27
Magician Joe Romano will kick off the Professional Perfor-
mance Series on June 27. The Professional Performances are held
on Mondays, are free and are suitable for all ages. Charlotte Hall’s
performance will be at 10 a.m. at Encounter Christian Center,
Leonardtown’s at 12:30 p.m. at Leonard Hall Recreation Center
and Lexington Park’s at 3 p.m. at Lexington Park Library. This
performance is being funded in part by a grant from St. Mary’s
County Arts Council.
Summer reading programs are underway for children from
birth to teens. Besides earning prizes for completing fun reading
activities, participants also can earn a book by completing their
days at Leonardtown; and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
at Lexington Park.
Children ages 3-6 years old can build LEGO creations on July
1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Lexington Park while children 6
years and older can attend on July 6 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The
other two branches will offer LEGO Fun later in the summer.
Baby and toddler storytimes resume June 27.
Stories about St. Clement’s Island to be told
The audience will travel back in time and listen to three ladies
of years past tell their stories about St. Clement’s Island at Char-
lotte Hall on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. This free program is presented by
St. Clement’s Island Museum staff. The other two branches will
host this program later in the month.
Launch parties for alternate reality game planned
Launch parties for “The Keeper’s Daughter: Alternate Reality
Game” are planned at Charlotte Hall on June 23 at 3 p.m. and at
Leonardtown and Lexington Park on June 24 at 2 p.m. Registration
is requested. The online game begins June 24 with the location
of the clues being posted on the teen’s page. Anyone can play and
try to solve the mystery of why the keeper’s daughter haunted the
Hello everyone, my name is Prin-
cess and I am a very sweet and wonderful
black Labrador retriever mix. I am hoping
that someone wonderful like you is read-
ing my story and sharing it with everyone
you know. I would be so grateful to have
my own family. I am great with children,
love people and would probably be better
in a house with male dogs or just being
the center of attention. My health is very
good and am really looking for a home
where I can spend my golden years. I am
pretty spunky girl and 10 years young.
I have lots of love and wonderful quali-
ties to share with someone. I am house
trained, crate trained, walk great on a
leash, spayed, current on vaccinations,
heart worm negative and identification
micro chipped. Please contact lora@sec- or call 240-925-0628
to make me a part of your family. Thanks
so much. Please Adopt, Don’t Shop.
Artist to hold opening reception
An opening reception will be held for Dhyana Mackenzie on
July 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gal-
lery. Her artwork which are paintings invoking eastern philoso-
phy, myths and legends are on display through August 15.
Items being collected for Soldiers’ Care Packages
St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is col-
lecting items until July 6 to fill care packages for soldiers sta-
tioned overseas. Items such as gum, snacks, and magazines can be
dropped off at any branch.
Crafternoons and LEGO Fun returns
Crafternoons are back. Children ages 4-12 can make a free
craft each week starting June 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the fol-
lowing days: Tuesdays and Thursdays at Charlotte Hall; Wednes-


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Father Gardiner Retiring After 28 Years

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer

Retiring After 28 Years By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Father Richard Gardiner. E. Within his





Within his church responsibili- ties, he’s baptized 1,215 infants and adults, given First Communion to 1,120 and married 418 couples. “I’m at the point where I am marrying infants I baptized,” said Gardiner. He will give his final mass over the Fourth of July weekend and the parish is having a retirement party for him. Then he will take two days to drive down to Florida where he

will live with his younger sister for a while. There he plans to read, walk the beach and become active in the senior center. He will probably get involved in the local church, but not right away. Msgr. Michael Wilson from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Laurel will take over for Gardiner. Wilson has been down to visit his new church. Gardiner served in three other parishes in Washington, D.C. prior to moving down to Solomons. He agreed it is unusual for a priest to remain in one church for as long as he has; how- ever, since the church has always been grow- ing and building, the Diocese did not change leadership. During his years down in Solomons the youth he worked with in inner city churches

have traveled down to see him. These men and women grew up to be policemen, doctors, law- yers and teachers. From the time he arrived until now, Gar- diner said the Sisters of the Divine Providence have been very good to him. “They are very fine people.” And of his parishioners he says, “I am re- ally grateful to everyone. I wish everybody the best and I’ll be back for visits.”

“He’s getting a wonderful parish. He’s a very lucky man to have great people and a great spot to live,” said Rev. Richard E. Gardiner of his successor as pastor at Our Lady Star of The Sea. Gardiner came to the Solomons Catholic church 28 years ago when it had 200 attending families. Since he took over, the parish has grown to over 1,000 families, built a new worship center, pur-

chased a new rectory for the priest and modernized Our Lady Star of the Sea School. “They (the parishioners) have been tremen- dous. They have accomplished and supported ev- erything I’ve presented to them these 28 years,” Gardiner said. He’s also seen Southern Maryland grow over the years, including the additions of Patux- ent High, Middle Creek Middle, and Dowell El- ementary schools. He was one of the founding pastors for SMILE, an ecumenical ministry es- tablished 20 years ago to serve the physical and spiritual needs of the community. The founding of SMILE he considers one of his great accomplishments aside from OLSS. He is proud to say 50 to 60 of his parishioners volun- teer for the organization. His church is very involved in the com- munity. For example, it has a school, Knights of Columbus, Ladies Auxiliary, an active Bereave- ment Committee, and RCI (a program for adults wanting to become Catholic). The grounds are available for the Alumni Players productions and Alcoholics’ Anonymous meetings. They finan- cially support Relay for Life, Habitat for Human- ity, Christmas in April, Safe Nights, Project Echo and others. In fact, their chapter of the Knights of Columbus gave Care Net Pregnancy Center a new sonogram this year.

Boards, Committees and Commissions Appointments

The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County announced appointments to the following boards, committees and commissions. These appointments were approved on June 21 and are effective July 1.

Adult Public Guardianship Review Board

Community Health Advi- sory Committee

• Elfreda Mathis

• Maureen McCarthy-Ault

• Jennifer Willoughby

• Briana Lyles

• Charles Reynolds


• Joe Trentacosta

Airport Advisory Committee

Emergency Services Committee

• John David Wenrich

• Raymond Bednarcik

Thomas Dean (Company 79

Plumbing and

• Erik Anderson


Fuel Gas Board

(Alternate Member)


• Donald Johnson

James Pappas

Ethics Commission

• Richard Montgomery

(Alternate Member)

• Robert Denning

BOCA Board of Code Appeals

• James Bacot

• Gerald Buckler

Commission for People with Disabilities

• Carole Woodward

• Jennifer Maddox

• Crystal Frederick

Commission for Women

• Sharisse Swales

• Terry Hall

Kyle Bishop

Kathleen Werner

Commission on Aging

• Gail Murdock

• Veda Willis

• Agnes Butler

• Kathy Suite

• Daniel Carney (Alternate Member)

Family Violence Coordinat- ing Council

Bella Wright

Historic Preservation


• Mary Farrar

• Michael Smolek

Human Services Council

• Lynn Fitrell

Kathleen O’Brien

Julie Randall

Donald Lewis

Donna Bennett

Marcey House Board

• Nichole Pelletier

Southern Maryland Re-

source Conservation and Development Board

• Bruce Young

Social Services Board

• Carol Ann Pingleton

Tri-County Animal Shelter

• Trish Cole

Tri-County Community Action Committee

• Sharisse Swales

Wicomico Scenic River


• Robert Elwood

• Laura Friess

• Stacey Fowler

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


• Sam Grow Band • For Friends Jazz Band Thursday, June 23 Fat Boy’s Country
Sam Grow Band
For Friends Jazz Band
Thursday, June 23
Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medley’s
Neck Road) – 8 p.m.
Uncrowned and Million Proof
Thirsty Thursday
Chef’s American Bistro (22576 Macarthur
Boulevard, San Souci Plaza suite 314, Califor-
nia) – 8 p.m.
Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old
Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m.
Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road,
Dowell) – 3 p.m.
Open Mic
Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lex-
ington Park) – 8 p.m.
Live Music with the Piranhas
Martini Night
Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road,
Dowell) – 8 p.m.
Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road,
Newburg) – 9 p.m.
Bollywood Masala Lounge (22576 MacAr-
thur Boulevard, California) – 4 p.m.
Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green
Boulevard, White Plains) – 9 p.m.
All Request DJ
Sharper Image
Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green
Boulevard, White Plains) – 8:30 p.m.
Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road,
Dave Norris
Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road,
California) – 5 p.m.
Karaoke Dance Party
Bowie Applebee’s (4100 NW Crain Highway,
Mike Mead Solo
Karaoke On Demand with DJ/KJ
Bowie) – 9 p.m.
Italian Night
The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco
Road, Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m.
Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchant’s
Friday, June 24
Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lex-
ington Park) – 9:30 p.m.
Lane, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.
Rock Bottom
Dave Norris
Sunday, June 26
Larry Tierney
DiGiovanni’s Dock of the Bay (14556 Solo-
mons Island Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m.
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road,
California) – 5 p.m.
Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road,
Newburg) – 9 p.m.
One Year Anniversary Party
Anthony Ryan Country Band
Blues Band
Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old
Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m.
Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchant’s
Lane, Leonardtown) – 12 p.m.
Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green
Boulevard, White Plains) – 6 p.m.
Caramarans (14470 Solomons Island Road,
Solomons) – 6 p.m.
The California Ramblers
Karaoke On Demand with DJ/KJ
Randy Richie on Piano
Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lex-
ington Park) – 9:30 p.m.
Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne
Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 4 p.m.
Special Olympics No Limit Hold ‘Em
Poker Night
Bennet Building (24930 Old Three Notch
Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street,
Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.
The Battle of the Bands
Road, Hollywood) – 7:30 p.m.
No Luck for Landes
Saturday, June 25
Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain High-
way, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.
Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medley’s
All You Can Drink Ladies Night with DJ
Neck Road) – 7 p.m.
Car 54 Acoustic
Monday, June 27
Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road,
Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.
Country Nights Dance
Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road,
Newburg) – 2 p.m.
Team Trivia Night
Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road,
Hughesville) – 7 p.m.
Downtown Tunes Features The Eds
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road,
California) – 6:30 p.m.
We post nightlife events happening in
Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. To submit an
event for our calendar, e-mail sarahmiller@countytimes.
net. Deadline for submissions is Monday by 5 p.m.
All You Can Drink Night with DJ Chris
House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road,
Hollywood) – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28
Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road,
Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.
Fair Warning
Fair Warning
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road,
California) – 6 p.m.
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road,
California) – 5 p.m.
Downtown Tunes Features The Eds
Karaoke Idol Contest
Leoanrdtown Square – 6 p.m.
Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medley’s
Neck Road) – 7 p.m.
Ben Connelly
Open Mic Night
DiGiovanni’s Dock of the Bay (14556 Solo-
mons Island Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m.
Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road,
Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.
Randy Richie on Piano
Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street,
Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.
Karoke with DJ Harry
Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road,
Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.
Live Music with Groove Span
Wednesday, June 29
Free on Site
with Every
Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road,
Dowell) – 8 p.m.
Mason Sebastian
Rock Bottom
Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green
Boulevard, White Plains) – 8:30 p.m.
DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road,
California) – 5 p.m.
Ben Connelly
Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain High-
way, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.
DiGiovanni’s Dock of the Bay (14556 Solo-
mons Island Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m.
Walk to
Open Pool Tables
Old Skool
Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne
Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.
Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road,
Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.
Comedy Night
Dee Jay Christian
The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco
Road, Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m.
Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green
Boulevard, White Plains) – 8 p.m.
For family and community events,
see our calendar in the
community section on page 22.
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Ignite the Night Rocks the Fairgrounds

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Teens, adults and kids alike came out to St. Mary’s Fair- grounds Saturday to party at the fourth annual Ignite the Night. Ignite the Night started as a vision of Mike and Vicky Bailey’s as they were driving home from a Christian concert a few years ago. Vicky Bailey said she and her husband thought it would be a good idea to have something like that for the teenagers and young adults in Southern Maryland. “We knew we couldn’t do it by ourselves,” Bailey said. To help them run Ignite the Night, the Bailey’s appealed to several churches and youth leaders from all over Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties to help run the first Ignite the Night. For this year’s concert, they did something a little differ- ent when choosing the artists to play. Bailey said this is the first year that a talent competition was held for local youths to get a chance to play at Ignite the Night. “We were able to find incredible talent,” Bailey said. The talent search was held over two evenings in April, with a competition on each side of the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge. Bailey said the judges for Calvert County were from St. Mary’s and vice versa, to ensure the impartiality of the judging. The top winner of the talent competition was also given $100 to donate to a ministry of their choosing. Bailey said the charities could include their own youth groups or larger community organizations. The winning group, Finally Here, chose to donate the money to Care Net Pregnancy Center, The talent show went

the money to Care Net Pregnancy Center, The talent show went Photos by Sarah Miller Elly

Photos by Sarah Miller Elly Tyson shows off her painted face during Ignite the Night.

Tyson shows off her painted face during Ignite the Night. Chris, Duncan and Alex Barton take

Chris, Duncan and Alex Barton take the stage.

“very well” and Bailey said she was pleased with the results and the turnout at the competition. She said the winners were on stage until 2 p.m. “It amazes me,” said Tori Lindquist, one of the teens at the event. Lindquist said this is her second year attending Ignite the Night, and she has every intention of coming back for the 2012 concert. Bailey said Saturday’s event went well, especially con- sidering the limited budget Ignite the Night had to work with. She said the community and businesses didn’t have the funds to give to the event this year, but even with the challenges the event was “a huge success.” “God was amazingly good to us,” Bailey said. The event is free to the public, and Bailey said there are no plans for that to change. “This is something the kids can plug into all night long,” she said. The night is volunteer run, from lights to sound to set up and tear down of the stage. Different churches and youth groups provided the food and games at the concert, as well as

setting up informational booths for their churches. Pete Tyson, the sound tech for the event, said he met the Bailey’s through a mutual friend at a Care Net dinner, and “it was kind of a natural fit.” Tyson said it’s exciting to be involved in a diverse group of churches and youth groups all working together to put on something like Ignite the Night, and he plans to be involved as long as he can. “I think I’m hooked,” Tyson said. Bailey said there are plans to make the fifth annual con- cert in 2012 something special, but the details of the plans are still in the works. The Ignite the Night crew is always looking for more vol- unteers or people who want to donate to the cause. “We welcome any help and support for next year’s event,” Bailey said. For more information, or to offer any assistance, call Bai- ley at 301-373-9731.

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Plant louses


Breezed through


A native of Africa






Lilly, drug company


Fence entrance


Enclosed yard


Drug company


Food consumers


Strongly disinclined


Small goose


Launched Apollo


Soft stem center


Longest river in Ayrshire




Lion sign


Southwest Airlines



Kilometers per hour


Of, French


Atomic #50


Body of poetry

37. Spanish cubist painter

9. This (Spanish)



Bambi and her mom




Emphasized a syllable


City of The Un. of the


Limit the inheritance of a





A roll of parchment


2nd month (abbr.)


What a ghost does




OK Corral


Looked intently


Given with gold & muhr


Swedish rock group


In any manner at all


Don’t know when yet


Large tropical carnivo-



rous lizards



Golf ball holders


Up and out of bed


With a sincere intent


Readily seen or


Alicante’s 7th largest city




A disorderly crowd



36. Clearance, fire or garage



A list of names



Sealed (abbr.)

1. A later idea



2. Jabs


Squash bug genus

3. Hello


Sales line

4. Frost a cake


Feel aversion toward

5. Decaliter


Cain’s brother

6. Genus Gallinago birds


The cry made by sheep

7. Auspices


An arbitrageur

8. A short-lived fashion


Atomic #41

Last Week’s Puzzles Solutions

Last Week’s Puzzles Solutions
27 Thursday, June 23, 2011 The County Times AA JourneyJourney ThroughThrough TimeTime The Chronicle By
Thursday, June 23, 2011
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By Linda Reno
Contributing Writer
Dr. James Thomas Notley Maddox was
born 1810 at “Green Springs”, the Maddox family
home near Chaptico. After graduating, he moved to
Louisville, KY for a while but returned to Maryland
by 1846 when he married Mary Priscilla Clagett,
granddaughter of Thomas John Clagett “first Protes-
tant Episcopal bishop of Maryland and first prelate
consecrated on the soil of the English settlements in
America.” They settled in Washington County, MD
where their second son, Thomas John Clagett Maddox
was born in 1852.
Like his father, Thomas J. C. Maddox also be-
came a doctor. In 1881, a year after graduating, he was
commissioned assistant surgeon in the U.S. Army and
assigned to the Department of Texas that
of an Aimless
Vacation in the
St. Mary’s Bed and Breakfast
pointment, and he returned to camp. He was obviously
looking for adventure and less than a week later he
found it.
Lt. Fountain led another scouting party on De-
cember 19, 1885 and Thomas Maddox was with them.
Scout McKinney later wrote: “The troops were in
close marching order, and the ‘boys’ were singing
‘Good-by, My Lover, Good-by,’ and my first intimation
of the presence of Indians was when my horse threw
up his head, and the bullet intended for me struck him
between the eyes, killing him instantly; as he fell, he
lay on my Winchester rifle, which was in a scabbard
on his side…the Indian who shot my horse thought I
was done for. I recovered my Winchester…I turned
around and the Indian who shot surgeon Maddox fell
and I took a shot at a third…Fountain reformed his
troops, charged, and regained the field in time to save
the dead from mutilation, but not in time to prevent
them from being robbed of everything of value they
had on them.”
Lt. Fountain noted. “The firing was continued at
close range, so close that I am sure I recognized one
of the hostiles and spoke to him [nine months later]
at San Antonio, Texas, when Geronimo and his band
were turned over to me. Fountain said to the man:
By Shelby Oppermann
Contributing Writer
yet. So far it is not Lyme’s Disease. It could
be one of the other tick-borne illnesses: Eh-
rlichiosis, Babesiosis, or Rocky Mountain
included what is now New Mexico (would
not become a state until 1912).
In 1885, Thomas Maddox was with
a detachment of troops “which had been
scouring the mountains of New Mexico
all summer and fall in pursuit of a body
of Apache Indians which had been over-
running the southwestern portion of the
Territory, murdering the few settlers and
burning their houses.
On December 13, 1885 Maddox
wrote to his mother telling her that a few
days before he was the only officer in
camp as the rest were out on scouting par-
ties when he received information that two
men had been murdered by Indians about
25 miles way. He formed a detachment of
soldiers and went in pursuit of them, but
soon after arriving at the scene they en-
countered Lt. [Samuel] Fountain who then
took charge, much to Dr. Maddox’s disap-
‘You and I exchanged shots in the fight at Dry Creek
and missed each other.’ The Apache replied quickly,
‘No it was not I–I never missed my man.’”
To be continued.
What a
weeks it has
been. St.
Spotted tick fever
The good news is that
Mary’s Hospital (which we now refer to
as The St. Mary’s Bed and Breakfast) has
been kind enough to put family members up
several times. We are thinking of having a
plaque made that reads “The Oppermann
Suite”, which we can just move from room to
room. So
3102 and then
Mother-in-law was in room
son, my husband, started
feeling real bad last Thursday and he was ad-
mitted to room 3115 on Sunday. Just a hop,
skip, and a jump down the hallway from each
other. It was not great in any way, but it was
convenient, that Robert and his mom were
in the same hospital and on the same floor.
The family just sort of wandered from room
to room, and took over St. Mary’s. Everyone
there has been kind, concerned and, very fast
and efficient in finding the causes and cures
for Shirley and Robert. We are thankful that
Shirley was released Tuesday morning.
Not that my husband is hardheaded, but
Ehrlichiosis is curable with Doxycycline,
unlike Lyme’s disease. And the other two
are also curable with various antibiotics and
medications – until another tick bites. One of
the reasons I am writing this is so you can
be aware of these symptoms in yourself and
loved ones. You can be bitten by a tick up to
a month before the flu-like symptoms begin
to appear. It is amazing that something that
is almost microscopic can bring down a very
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he continued to go to work on pools in the 90
to 100 degree heat with a fever, and achiness,
and exhaustion. He kept thinking he could
get by with Ibuprofen, sheer willpower, and
brute strength. He continued to work as long
as he could during the day only to collapse
from exhaustion at night. Then it started to
seem more like the flu. When he began hav-
ing chest pains with the high fever (and with
strong human being.
We are still waiting for more culture re-
sults today to rule anything else out. The doc-
tors want to get his WBC and RBC counts
back up. His RBC count continued to plunge
to 46,000. We were told that under 50,000
you begin to run the risk of bleeding sponta-
neously and uncontrollably. His blood pres-
sure has been hovering around 102/57. I was
poking him when it read 97/43 to see if he
was still with us. We were definitely scared.
Needless to say, his birthday this past Satur-
ByTerri Schlichenmeyer
Contributing Writer
You never got Grandma’s recipe
You didn’t get Grandpa’s fa-
vorite pocketknife, either, and that
little knick-knack you loved - a china
reminder of childhood – went to a
cousin who cherished it, too.
But that’s okay. While you
never inherited tangible things from
the work ethic he got, led him to col-
lege in Philadelphia and owning his
own business. It led him to a good
woman, Lillie, and her son, Khalil.
Oh, how Rayne loved that boy.
And since the feeling was mutual
and Rayne was heading south to visit
Nana Selma anyhow, he asked Lillie
if Khalil could go along. It might do
the child good to spend time with the
old woman who raised Rayne.
But things in North Caro-
day was not fun
neither was Father’s Day.
a massive heart attack from 6 years ago in
He just wanted to sleep he said. He was too
tired to eat out or travel far, so our big thing
was to drive down to Chaptico Market - he
had a hankering for their fried chicken. We
rarely have any fried foods, so this was a real
But you know what, his cute sense of
humor is still there. As you know, yesterday
his his