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Sports 8
Cops & Courts 13
Obituaries 20 Education
Community Calendar 22 Page 7
Senior Calendar 24
Library Calendar 24
In Our Community 25 In Sports
Games  26 Page 12
Contributing Writers 28
Worship Directory 29
Business Directory 30

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Suspected Cannabis Edibles Send

Students to Hospital
By Guy Leonard Wednesday. “They’re literally tracking that down now.”
Staff Writer After they were rushed to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and treated, the chil-
dren were released to their parents and guardians; sheriff’s office vice/nar-
Emergency responders had to take five students from Spring Ridge Middle cotics officers as well as child protective services workers are continuing the
School to the emergency room Tuesday after they ate food likely laced with investigation into the suspect food.
chemicals derived from marijuana plants, police said. Sean Davidson, chief of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, said
Five students, one of whom brought the suspect food from home and shared the incident affected four boys and one girl.
it with the other four while at school, complained of feeling ill after they con- Two ambulances from his unit, along with one from Ridge Volunteer Rescue
sumed it. Squad responded to take the children to the hospital.
The school resource officer and rescue squad personnel began treating the He said seeing five students treated at once for intoxication at a school was
children after school administrators learned that all five had consumed the “not in my experience.”
suspect food. Wyant said officials were relieved that the substance involved was not opioid
Mike Wyant, schools security chief, said both the system and vice/narcotics based, but the other substances’ presence in a school was still disturbing.
detectives were still trying to confirm the substance the children ingested was “It’s not good in any fashion, especially when it seemed to be a harmless
linked to a marijuana derivative. candy,” Wyant said.
Also, they were still trying to find out where the substance came from and
how the child obtained it.
“It’s an ongoing criminal investigation,” Wyant told The County Times

Water Main Break Closes,

Briefly, Leonardtown Library
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SMECO Approved for

Distribution Rate Reduction
Southern Maryland Electric Coopera- “SMECO’s energy rates are as low as
tive (SMECO) received approval from they were 12 years ago, and that’s good
the Maryland Public Service Commis- news for all of our customer-members,”
sion (PSC) on Dec. 28 to reduce its Dis- said Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO presi-
tribution Service charges for customers. dent and CEO. “When reduced energy
The lower rates—set to go into effect costs are bolstered by reduced rates on
in Jan. 2018—result from a redistribu- other parts of the bill, customers will be
tion of SMECO’s transmission costs that able to save even more.”
will save SMECO customers $10 mil- These lower rates come thanks to
lion per year. SMECO’s own reduced cost-of-invest-
The distribution rate will be an aver- ment in high-voltage facilities, paid for
age of six percent lower for all SMECO by distributed expenses to all customers
customers and, along with lower energy
rates established in Aug., will reduce
residential bill costs by four percent as
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Highlights of the New Tax Reform Law

through 2025
Expansion of tax-free Section 529 plan
distributions to include those used to pay
qualifying elementary and secondary
school expenses, up to $10,000 per stu-
dent per tax year
AMT exemption increase, to $109,400
for joint filers, $70,300 for singles and
heads of households, and $54,700 for
separate filers — through 2025
Doubling of the gift and estate tax ex-
emptions, to $10 million (expected to be
$11.2 million for 2018 with inflation in-
It’s always good to get your taxes done as early as Near doubling of the standard deduction to $24,000 dexing) — through 2025
possible, advises Robert Askey, partner of the Leon- (married couples filing jointly), $18,000 (heads of Businesses
ardtown CPA firm of Askey and Askey Associates. Of households), and $12,000 (singles and married couples Replacement of graduated corporate tax rates rang-
course, if you are getting a deduction you will get it filing separately) — through 2025 ing from 15% to 35% with a flat corporate rate of 21%
quicker. But, also because of the tax law changes, if Elimination of personal exemptions — through 2025 Repeal of the 20% corporate AMT
you must pay more than expected, you’ll have more Doubling of the child tax credit to $2,000 and other New 20% qualified business income deduction for
time to round it up. Askey said that also late filers his- modifications intended to help more taxpayers benefit owners of flow-through entities (such as partnerships,
torically have been more prone to ID theft. from the credit — through 2025 limited liability companies and S corporations) and
The biggest challenge Askey said, is the loss of the Elimination of the individual mandate under the Af- sole proprietorships — through 2025
personal exemption. Where heretofore some taxpay- fordable Care Act requiring taxpayers not covered by a Doubling of bonus depreciation to 100% and expan-
ers, including businesses have been able to itemize, qualifying health plan to pay a penalty — effective for sion of qualified assets to include used assets — ef-
this year they may not. For instance, the hone office months beginning after December 31, 2018 fective for assets acquired and placed in service after
deduction is now out the window. Reduction of the adjusted gross income (AGI) September 27, 2017, and before January 1, 2023
The impact on individual and business taxpayers threshold for the medical expense deduction to 7.5% Doubling of the Section 179 expensing limit to $1
depends on one’s own personal situation. Here’s a run- for regular and AMT purposes — for 2017 and 2018 million and an increase of the expensing phaseout
down on the changes as prepared by Askey and Aske New $10,000 limit on the deduction for state and lo- threshold to $2.5 million
and Associates for their clients: cal taxes (on a combined basis for property and income Other enhancements to depreciation-related
The new tax reform law, commonly called the “Tax taxes; $5,000 for separate filers) — through 2025 deductions
Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA), is the biggest federal tax Reduction of the mortgage debt limit for the home New disallowance of deductions for net interest ex-
law overhaul in 31 years, and it has both good and bad mortgage interest deduction to $750,000 ($375,000 for pense in excess of 30% of the business’s adjusted tax-
news for taxpayers. separate filers), with certain exceptions — through able income (exceptions apply)
Below are highlights of some of the most significant 2025 New limits on net operating loss (NOL) deductions
changes affecting individual and business taxpayers. Elimination of the deduction for interest on home Elimination of the Section 199 deduction, also com-
Except where noted, these changes are effective for tax equity debt — through 2025 monly referred to as the domestic production activities
years beginning after December 31, 2017. Elimination of the personal casualty and theft loss deduction or manufacturers’ deduction — effective for
Individuals deduction (with an exception for federally declared di- tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, for non-
Drops of individual income tax rates ranging from sasters) — through 2025 corporate taxpayers and for tax years beginning after
0 to 4 percentage points (depending on the bracket) to Elimination of miscellaneous itemized deductions December 31, 2018, for C corporation taxpayers
10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37% — through subject to the 2% floor (such as certain investment ex- New rule limiting like-kind exchanges to real prop-
2025 penses, professional fees and unreimbursed employee erty that is not held primarily for sale
business expens- New tax credit for employer-paid family and medical
es) — through leave — through 2019
2025 New limitations on excessive employee compensation
Elimination of New limitations on deductions for employee fringe
the AGI-based benefits, such as entertainment and, in certain circum-
reduction of stances, meals and transportation
certain itemized More to consider
deductions — This is just a brief overview of some of the most sig-
through 2025 nificant TCJA provisions. There are additional rules
Elimination of and limits that apply, and the law includes many ad-
the moving ex- ditional provisions. Contact your tax advisor to learn
pense deduction more about how these and other tax law changes will
(with an excep- affect you in 2018 and beyond.
tion for members
of the military
in certain cir-
cumstances) —
Thursday, January 4, 2018 The County Times Education 7

CSM Announces New Tuition Payment Policy

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM)
has announced changes to its payment policy,
effective with the spring semester. Students
taking classes in the Spring Semester, either
of the Spring Minisessions or the 12-Week
Session are no longer required to pay 20 per-
cent down at the time of registration, but must
pay their tuition in full by Jan. 11, using one
of the following options.
Students can log on to their my.csmd ac-
count to pay by credit card or pay in person
at a bursar’s office at the Prince Frederick,
La Plata or Leonardtown campus. Students
may also choose to sign up for CSM’s tuition
payment plan by logging on to my.csmd, and
in online services, clicking on “Current Stu-
dents” and under Student Finance, choosing
“View Account and Make Payments.”
Students receiving financial aid are asked
to log on to my.csmd to view their award and
ensure they have no outstanding balance. If
their aid has not been awarded or there is a
balance, the student must pay in full or sign
up for the college’s payment plan by Jan. 11.
Nonpayment by the Jan. 11 deadline will
result in a student being dropped from all The College of Southern Maryland (CSM), which includes, from left, the Prince Frederick Campus, La Plata Campus, Leonardtown
registered classes. Students who register on Campus and, not shown, the Regional Hughesville Campus, has announced changes to its payment policy. Students taking classes in
or before Jan. 10 must pay by Jan. 11. Pay- the Spring Semester, either of the Spring Minisessions or the 12-Week Session are no longer required to pay 20 percent down at the time
ment is due immediately for students who of registration, but must pay their tuition in full by Jan. 11.
register on or after Jan. 11.
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Maryland Deer Hunting Season Reopens Jan. 5

bonus antlered white-tailed deer per
license year in the weapon season of
their choice after purchasing a Bonus
Antlered Deer Stamp and taking two
antlerless white-tailed deer during
any season.
New to this year’s firearms season
is the legalization of certain air guns
in deer hunting, defined as any gun
that fires projectiles—including ar-
rows, balls, bolts, and bullets— with
non-ignited compressed air or other
An air gun must shoot a 0.40 caliber
or larger ball or bullet that generates
at least 400 foot-pounds of muzzle en-
ergy, or shoot an arrow or bolt at least
18 inches in length with a minimum
speed of 300-feet per second. Arrows
or bolts must be tipped with a metal
broadhead with a minimum cutting
width of 7/8 inches. Please note that
when checking in deer harvested with
an air gun, hunters should choose
“other” for their chosen game weapon.
The Apprentice Hunting License
Program, also new to this year’s sea-
son, allows first-time hunters a lower-
cost opportunity to explore the sport
with an experienced and licensed
The Maryland Department of Natu- guide.
ral Resources has announced the win- The antler point restriction remains
ter opening of the firearm deer hunt- in effect for the coming hunting sea-
ing season Jan. 5 in Deer Management son. Hunters may harvest up to two
Region B, including all the state but antlered white-tailed deer within the
its westernmost counties. Hunters yearly bag limit that do not have at
with valid hunting licenses may use least three points on one antler; any
firearms to harvest sika and white- additional antlered deer taken within
tailed deer during this season. the established bag limit must meet
The season opens Jan. 5 and 6 in all the minimum point restriction. Li-
Region B counties and Jan. 7 – on pri- censed junior hunters are exempt
vate lands only – in Calvert, Caroline, from this restriction.
Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Hunters should always carefully
Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, inspect all tree-stands and wear a
Somerset, St. Mary’s, Washington full-body safety harness while using
(Zone 1) and Worcester counties. the stand. The department strongly
On Jan. 7, shooting hours end at recommends using a sliding knot,
10:30 a.m. in Kent and Montgomery commonly known as a prussic knot,
counties. attached to a line secured above the
“The winter season is a popular one stand to keep the hunter safely teth-
as it provides another opportunity to ered to the tree immediately after
hunt with a firearm after the holi- leaving the ground.
days,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Press Release from MD DNR.
Director Paul Peditto said. “The hunt
helps us meet our deer management
goals of stabilizing the population in
targeted areas.”
Bag limits for the season (including
any deer taken during the previous
firearm season) are:
One antlered white-tailed deer
(statewide limit);
Ten antlerless white-tailed deer;
Three sika deer, no more than one
Region B hunters may also take one
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Chaney Named CAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

The ladies of St. Mary’s basketball should have one ern Virginia University (8-2, 2-2 CAC) to the Michael
resolution going into the new year: keep doing what P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena to-
they’re doing. For the second time in three weeks, a morrow, Jan. 3 on Military Appreciation Night. Tip-
St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s basketball off is 6:00 p.m.
player has been selected as the Capital Athletic Con- Facebook: StMarysAthletics
ference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. This Instagram: @smcseahawks, @smcm_wbb
time around, junior Kobe Chaney (Edgewater, Md./ Twitter: @smcseahawks, @SMCM_WBB
South River) earned the weekly conference honor for Hashtags: #SweepTheSheds, #GoHawks
the week of January 2.  
Chaney was selected as the CAC Player of the Week 2017-18 CAC Women’s Basketball Players of the
after pouring in career-bests of 20 points and 18 re- Week
bounds in leading the Seahawks to a 73-60 non-con- Nov. 20 – Victoria Diggs, Frostburg State, So., G
ference win over Penn State Behrend on Friday. She Nov. 27 – Katie Garrish, Southern Virginia, Fy., F
owned a first-half double-double on 10 points and 11 Dec. 4 – Regan Lohr, Marymount, So., G
boards to lead all scorers at halftime. Dec. 11 – Kendall Parker, Mary Washington, Sr., G
The 5-11 forward also contributed a career-high 10 Dec. 18 – Olivia Nowlin, St. Mary’s, Sr., G
field goals (10-for-18; 55.6%), a season-high five as- Dec. 26 – Stacey O’Neale, Wesley, Jr., G
sists, three blocks and two steals in the victory. The Jan. 2 –Kobe Chaney, St. Mary’s, Sr., F
double-double was Chaney’s third of the season, help-
ing St. Mary’s to its fourth win of the season and a
two-game win streak.
She is currently second in the conference with 11.2
rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game. Chaney
also ranks 32nd in the nation with 8.0 defensive re-
bounds per game and rebounds per game while coming
in 45th with 112 rebounds, 52nd in blocks per game,
and 53rd with 20 blocks.
St. Mary’s (4-6, 0-4 CAC) looks to continue its win-
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St. Mary’s Women Notch Victory

The St. Mary’s College of Mary-
land Lady Seahawks basketball team
defeated Peen State Bernard on De-
cember 29 by a 73-60 score.
The Basics
Score: St. Mary’s 73, Penn State
Behrend 60
Records: St. Mary’s (4-6), Penn
State Behrend (4-7)
Location: St. Mary’s City, Md. –
Michael P. O’Brien ARC Arena
The Short Story: Juniors Kobe
Chaney (Edgewater, Md./South Riv-
er) and Katie Robey (Kensington,
Md./Georgetown Visitation) com-
bined for 32 rebounds and 32 points
in leading St. Mary’s College of
Maryland women’s basketball team
to a 73-60 non-conference win over
Penn State Behrend Friday afternoon.
The Seahawks now head into the New
Year on a two-game win streak.
How It Happened
The first quarter featured back-
and-forth action with neither side
establishing more than a three-point
lead until Chaney and first-year
guard Kyaira Priest (Lexington Park,
Md./Chopticon) fueled a 7-0 run to
give St. Mary’s a 17-13 lead with 1:11
left. Ally Dillman made it a two-point Kobe Chaney ‘19 - Photo Credit: David Sinclair

game with her jumper with 55 seconds to go.

Behrend claimed its lead of the game at 8:59 in the second period on an Au-
tumn Byes jumper before Robey sparked a 13-5 run which put the Seahawks on
top, 30-24, at 3:32. The Lions closed the gap to three before Chaney’s jumper
in the waning seconds of the half sent the Seahawks into the locker room with
a 33-28 advantage.
Chaney led all scorers at the break with a first-half double-double on 11 re-
bounds and 10 points while Erika Woll paced the visitors with nine points and
six boards.
St. Mary’s controlled the temp in the third stanza, building a 14-point lead at
3:21 on a pair of free throws by senior captain Kerri Kline (Hagerstown, Md./
Saint James). The Seahawks headed into the final quarter up 10 after back-to-
back jumpers by Byes and Nicole Boyer.
The hosts shot an impressive 70-percent in the fourth and led by as many as
15 at 3:21 after Kline knocked down her third three-pointer of the day.
Inside the Box Score
St. Mary’s put up season-bests of 54 rebounds and 16 assists while notching
season second-highs of 26 field goals made and a 39.4-field goal percentage.
Chaney poured in career-bests of 20 points and 18 rebounds for her third
double-double of the season while making a career-high 10 field goals. She also
added a season-best five assists plus three blocks and two steals.
Robey finished the afternoon with a career-best 14 boards and 12 points for
her second double-double of the year to go along with a season-high five steals.
Kline contributed 12 points, three caroms, and season-best three assists while
first-year forward Hallie Persell (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) also chipped in a
dozen points plus five rebounds and season-highs of two helpers and two steals.
Three players scored in double figures for the Lions with Woll leading the
way with 18 points and 10 boards.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018 The County Times Cops & Courts 13

Wanted on Attempted Nationwide Officer Fatalities Dropped in 2017

The number of law enforcement pro-
fessionals nationwide who died in the
attributed to job-related ailments, mostly
heart attacks (10). Seven officers died as

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line of duty in 2017 dropped to its lowest a result of being beaten. Five drowned
level in four years, according to the Na- while working during hurricanes Har-
tional Law Enforcement Officers Memo- vey, Irma and Maria. Four officers died
rial Fund (NLEOMF), a nonprofit group as a result of an illness contracted during
that has long tracked officer fatalities. the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. Two
The St. Mary’s County Sher- The NLEOMF announced in its 2017 officers died in a helicopter crash.  Two
iff’s Office is currently seeking Preliminary Law Enforcement Fatalities died in boating accidents. One officer
the whereabouts of James Regi- Report that 128 federal, state, local, tribal was stabbed to death.
nald Flanagan, age 21, of Temple and territorial officers died in the line of Among the states, Texas had the high-
Hills. duty over the past year, the lowest annual est number of officer fatalities at 14, fol-
On November, 11, 2017, depu- figure since 2013 when 117 officers died. lowed by New York and Florida with
ties from the St. Mary’s County The 128 officer fatalities in 2017 repre- nine, California with seven, and Georgia
Sheriff’s Office responded to the sents a 10 percent decrease over the 143 and North Carolina each with six. Twelve
who died in the line of duty last year, and correctional officers died in the line of
area of River Bay Townhomes, in reversed three consecutive years of in- duty in 2017.  There were five federal offi-
Lexington Park, for the report of creases in officer deaths. cer fatalities in 2017, along with five who
a shooting. Through the course of Traffic-related incidents claimed the served with territorial agencies, three
the investigation, Flanagan was lives of 47 officers in 2017, a 13 percent with tribal agencies and two who served
developed as a suspect. Flanagan drop compared to the 54 officers killed with university departments. 
is currently wanted on the follow- in the same incidents in 2016. However, Nine of the fallen officers in 2017
ing charges: there was an increase in the number of were female, compared to seven in 2016.
officers killed in single-vehicle colli- Among the officers who died this year,
Attempted 1st Degree Murder sions—accounting for 42 percent of the average age was 42, and the average
all 2017 fatal crashes—with 14 officers length of service was 13 years.
killed compared to 11 in 2016. “After three consecutive years of ris-
Attempted 2 Degree Murder
The number of officers struck and ing deaths in the law enforcement pro-
killed while outside of their vehicle de- fession, this year’s decline offered some
Assault 1st Degree creased 40 percent over last year, with encouraging news,” declared NLEOMF
nine in 2017 compared to 15 in 2016. CEO Craig W. Floyd. “Sadly, though, the
Assault 2nd Degree Over the past 20 years, traffic-related in- 128 officers who lost their lives in 2017
James Reginald Flanagan cidents have been the number one cause reminds us that public safety comes at a
Use of a Firearm in the Com- of officer fatalities. very steep price and we must never take
mission of a Felony Forty-four officers were shot and killed the service and sacrifice of our policing
3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus across the country in 2017, which repre- professionals for granted, nor should we
your message to “CRIMES” (274637).   sents a 33 percent reduction over 2016 ever forget the officers who died and their
Wearing a Handgun on Person Through the Crime Solvers program, when 66 officers died as a result of gun- families.”
tipsters are eligible for an award of fire. Seven of these fatalities involved
Anyone with information on the in- up to $1,000 for information leading officers responding to a domestic distur- Press release by the National law En-
cident or whereabouts of Flanagan is to the arrest and conviction of James bance, the number one circumstance of forcement Officers Memorial Fund.
asked to contact the Criminal Inves- Reginald Flanagan. f irearms-related
tigations Division at (301) 475-4200 deaths.
extension *1950.  Citizens may also T h i r t y- s e v e n
contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) officers died from
475-8008, Crime Solvers at (301) 475- other causes in
2017. Sixteen of
those deaths were

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LEGALS St. Mary’s County

Sheriff’s Office Arrests
False Statement- On December 20, Cole fled into the woods, but was lo-
Legal Notice 2017, at approximately 1:30 AM, DFC.
Steinbach observed Suspect Matthew
cated a short time later and charged
with Violate Exparte/Protective Or-
Joseph Hatcher, age 32, of Mechan- der.  CASE# 67368-17
Assault- On December 20, 2017,
EILEEN E. KERNS AND VERNON L. MISKIMON, JR. DFC. Roszell responded to the St.
PLAINTIFF Mary’s County Detention and Reha-
V. bilitation Center, in Leonardtown,  for
DINA MARIE NORTH a report of an assault between two in-
DEFENDANT mates.  Investigation revealed Suspect
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY Christopher Michael Wall, age 42, of
CASE NO.: C-17-010975

Pursuant to MD. Rule 2-121 (c), this is to give notice that Eileen E. Kerns and
Vernon L. Miskimon, Jr. have filed a complaint for custody as Logan M. and Dylan
M., both minor children against Dina Marie North. The complaint seeks custody of
both minor children.

It is this 11th day of December 2017 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore Coun-
ty, ORDERED that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in a
newspaper having a general circulation in Leonardtown, Maryland one a week for
2 successive weeks, providing notice to the defendant of the complaint. Unless an
answer to this complaint is filled on or before January 31, 2018, a default judgment icsville, walking in and out of the
may be entered against the Defendant. roadway in the 27000 block of Budds
Judge Keith R. Truffer Creek Road, in Mechanicsville. DFC.
Filed Dec. 14, 2017 Steinbach stopped to check his wel-
fare at which time Hatcher provided
false identifying information to avoid
apprehension for open warrants. 
DFC. Steinbach was able to positively Hagerstown, grabbed the victim and
identify Hatcher and he was arrested attempted to strike the victim.  Wall
for the following: FTA/Child Support, was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. 
FTA Violate Exparte Protective Or- CASE# 67435-17
der.  Subsequent to his arrest, Hatcher
was found to have CDS parapherna- Assault- On December 20, 2017,
lia and suspected cocaine residue Dep. McClure responded to the 46000
on his person.  Hatcher was charged block of Hilton Drive, in Lexington
with CDS- Possess- not Marijuana Park, for a report of a disturbance. 
and CDS- Possess Paraphernalia, Upon arrival contact was made with
and False Statement to Peace Officer.  a victim who indicated Suspect Oli-
CASE# 67337-17 ver Glenn Malone, age 40, of Lexing-

Violation of Protective Order- On

December 20, 2017, DFC. Maguire
responded to the 18000 block of Mat-
thews Drive, in Lexington Park for a
report of a violation of a protective or-
der. Suspect Darren Edward Cole, age

ton Park, had assaulted the victim by

grabbing the victim’s arm.  Injury was
observed to the victim and Malone
was arrested and charged with As-
sault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 67503-17

30, of St. Inigoes, was on the victim’s

property after being served an order
prohibiting him to be on the premises. 
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By Guy Leonard an hour after the crash. “We pulled one guy out and he prompted to go into the business after becoming better
Staff Writer was screaming and his face was covered in blood; his educated about medical marijuana and because he had
leg was out of place.” a friend with a tumor in her stomach that was killing

July By July the U.S. Army memorialized the site of the

crash and the crew member, Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tom-
lin, of Chapel Hill, Tenn.
“It was a wasting syndrome,” he said. “At first she
was getting the cannabis illegally… but it saved her life
Tomlin’s wife and mother-in-law placed a U.S. Flag and now she’s 100 percent cancer free.”
at his memorial site as dozens gathered to pay their Mattingly’s dispensary later opened in late fall.
Drugs continued to be a thorn in the side of law en-
forcement, or a soothing tonic to chronic pain suffer-
ers. It depended on who was asked.
State’s Attorney Richard Fritz vowed in summer to
bring depraved heart murder charges against peddlers The war on opioids and drug dealers continued with
of opioids whose wares had caused fatal overdoses; he Gov. Larry Hogan visiting St. Marys’ County just as
would make good on his promises. State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announced the indict-
“We’re getting ready to turn up the heat big time,” ments of eight defendants accused of second-degree
Fritz, 70, told The County Times in July. “For fatal depraved heart murder connected to fatal overdoses.
overdoses we’ll be seeking convictions for second- They were joined by Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron at
degree depraved heart murder. a joint press conference to announce the indictments.
“You distribute drugs and someone gets killed you’re “This crisis is destroying lives and tearing apart
going to prison.” families and communities,” Hogan said at the press
Fritz said the new strategy was designed to put the conference, adding that he wanted the rest of the state
onus directly on drug dealers in an effort to stem the
tide of illicit, and often deadly, opioids.
Fritz, who had announced his last re-election bid,
said he wanted one final opportunity to attack the local
drug problem.
“I’ve worked a substantial period of time on the drug
problem,” Fritz said. “And St. Mary’s County is suf-
fering now more than anytime that I’ve seen in the last
33 years.
“I’m going to spend the next four years attacking the
heroin distribution chain.”
Just as law enforcement was set to turn up the heat,
the county’s first medical marijuana dispensary was
set to open in Mechanicsville.
Fritz “We’ve pursued all three licenses,” Charlie Mat-
tingly told The County Times in July. “We only won
St. Mary’s came together in July to remember those the dispensary license at this time but next year we’re
lost in a tragedy no one expected until it crashed, liter- confident we’ll be able to get all three.”
ally into their backyards. The state had made medical marijuana legal to grow,
A U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter on a routine process and distribute, but only under tight controls.
training flight out of Fort Belvoir, Va. had crash landed And the number of such facilities was capped for
on the greens at the Breton Bay Golf Course in April each senatorial district. Christina Grandos McCauley
severely injuring two of the crew and killing one. Mattingly had said it took his new business interest
Immediately after the crash, residents risked their five years to finally get the distribution license from
own safety to attempt a rescue. the state. to know that what is being done here in St. Mary’s
Local firefighters, rescue squads, sheriff’s deputies Mattingly, a farmer who lives in Abell, said he was County should be done everywhere.
and neighborhood members all tried to help bring the In August Fritz said: “The drug dealers have to pay
three-member crew out of the UH-60 helicopter after the consequences. For $50 (the cost of the drugs) they
it crashed next to Fairlane Drive. don’t mind killing our brothers and sisters, or sons and
Witnesses who saw and heard the helicopter crash daughters.” He added. “The drugs that we are seeing
described a smoking aircraft spiraling down to the on our streets are horrifying.”
ground. Later in the year, the first two to be tried, Regina
The helicopter came down just outside of the Jaffurs’ Malvalee Clagett Brown and Christina Grandos Mc-
family backyard. Cauley, would escape conviction on the murder charg-
“It was pretty low,” said Gina Jaffurs, who saw the es but would be incarcerated on lesser counts.
helicopter just before it crashed. “It started spinning A jury found that McCauley was guilty of
and there was a lot of smoke coming from it. manslaughter.
“It just hit a tree and it crashed. It sounded like a Hogan had told reporters his visit to a county upon
bomb.” the announcement of criminal indictments was unusu-
Gina’s brother and her father Alex Jaffurs both ran al but he wanted to lend weight to the fight against the
to the wrecked aircraft and found two of the crew still opioid epidemic.
strapped in to their seats. It would not be the only announcement by Hogan
“There were people running in from all directions Helicopter Crash Memorial that was widely embraced in St. Mary’s, a bastion of
to help,” Nick Jaffers told The County Times less than rural support that helped carry him to the governor’s
Thursday, January 4, 2018 The County Times Feature 17

The college reported the allegations of a sexual as-

sault that occurred in a campus residence Sept. 3 of
last year.
There were two other sexual assaults alleged in the
fall of 2016 as well.
The campus alerts, which were put out to students
and faculty but not to local police, were part of law
and policy under the Cleary Act, college representa-
tives stated.
“It’s worth noting that policies that would require a
school to automatically report sexual assaults to po-
lice could deter people from coming forward, since the
victim/survivor would have no control over what hap-
pened next,” said Michael Dunn, the colleges Title IX
Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said he understood the
fears victims may have about lax prosecutions and re-
taliation, but the reality in St. Mary’s County from a
law enforcement perspective was the opposite.
“That doesn’t characterize what happens here in St.
Regina Malvalee Claggett-Brown Mary’s County,” Cameron said noting the “vigorous
prosecution by the state’s attorney’s office and sensi-
office in 2014. tive way in which victims are dealt with.”
As the summer was coming to a close, Hogan an- Autumn was also a time for mysteries to be solved;
nounced an executive order that effectively scuttled at least partially.
the unpopular statewide land use program called Plan After years of believing that the U.S. Army had
Maryland, from the previous administration of Demo- found the remains of World War II fighter pilot and ace
Terry Clarke
crat Martin O’Malley. Capt. Walter Francis Duke, crashed in Burma after a
The new plan, to be called Better Maryland, would dogfight with Japanese combat planes, the truth was
revealed. Gardner said the Army has about 34,000 cases of
restore local land use planning authority and allow for
The Army had not found, nor had they any idea missing in action soldiers from World War II that they
differences between rural and urban counties.
where, the Leonardtown native’s remains were. are still working on resolving — they are roughly split
“As I have traveled across Maryland, local elected
The County Times reported in 2012 that family in half between ground warfare losses and Army Air
officials have repeatedly asked for a plan that better re-
members of Duke had said the Army was, at that time, Corp losses.
flects the needs of our state,” Hogan said to the Mary-
taking DNA samples from family members to ascer- “We’re trying to get DNA for all the World War II
land Association of Counties meeting in Ocean City.
tain whether remains found in the Burmese jungle cases that we can because family members are dying,”
“One that will improve coordination between state
were in fact the lost ace. he said. “If we wait to collect DNA we’ll be dealing
agencies and local governments, support thoughtful
Duke was a P-38 pilot, an aircraft distinguished by its with nieces and nephews and other descendents whose
growth and infrastructure planning, stimulate eco-
twin tales, long-range capability and heavy firepower. connection genetically is not as close as siblings or
nomic development and revitalization in existing and
But in 2017 the Army told a different story. children.”
planned communities, and will conserve and enhance
“The Army has never found his aircraft and we have The decision to collect DNA might have come from
the state’s natural and cultural resources.”
no remains we believe are his,” said Greg Gardner, a defense related agency, officials said, but was not due
County Commissioner Todd Morgan heartily sup-
chief of the Past Conflicts and Repatriation Branch at to Duke’s remains, or even his plane, being found.
ported Hogan’s executive order.
Fort Knox in Kentucky. St. Mary’s also lost a well-known resident this past
“If it’s a pro-growth policy, I’m totally in fa-
year in Tiki Bar owner Terry Clarke.
vor of it,” Morgan said. “The one message ev-
The Tiki Bar is known world-wide for its spring
eryone got at MaCo was that Maryland is open
opening that draws thousands to Solomons Island.
for business.”
Clarke was also owner of the short-lived South-
ern Maryland Today newspaper, an attempt to
cover all three Southern Maryland counties in
September one edition.
Clarke also had a troubled history with local
law enforcement. He was a convicted felon stem-
Investigations into sexual assaults alleged
ming from a 1986 drug conviction. He was found
at St. Mary’s College continued in the fall
in possession of an AR-15 rifle and many other
with some being resolved but some still under
firearms when he was accused of firing on a group
of young duck hunters in December of 2007 near
The college, often viewed as the jewel of
his home in California.
higher education of Southern Maryland, was
After the hunters had shot several waterfowl,
named in 2015 among about 100 other colleges
charging documents stated, they waded into the
and universities for possible violations of fed-
water to retrieve them. It was then that Clarke ap-
erally mandated Title IX rules, which prohibit
peared on the shoreline and began firing at them.
sexual discrimination.
Victims alleged in the charging documents that
Of the five sexual assaults under investiga-
Clarke fired at them 25 to 30 times and that the
tion by the Office of Civil Rights, part of the
rounds impacted some 30 to 40 yards away from
Department of Education, only one has been
where they were.
resolved, officials at the college confirmed to
Charging documents went on to state that when
The County Times in September.
deputies contacted Clarke about the incident,
According to a website which tracks such
Clarke said he was in possession of the AR-15 and
cases around the country, Title IX The Chron-
had fired “several rounds” into the ground trying
icles of Higher Education, the resolved case
to “scare the ducks.”
started in June of 2012 and finished almost ex-
Avoiding the full brunt of a 41-count indict-
actly a year later.
ment against him, Clarke pleaded guilty to several
The other four cases were opened in Febru-
counts of second-degree assault and possession of
ary and March of 2015, according to the site.
illegal firearms.
These assaults were not the only ones that
have occurred at the college in 2017 and the Capt. Walter Francis Duke
year prior.
18 Feature The County Times Thursday, January 4, 2018

October “This community doesn’t need a Taj Mahal

for a fire station,” Verbos said. “The only solu-
tion to you is a new fire station.
As fall progressed county government and the pub- “All you want is a bright, new, shiny toy.”
lic school system were bombarded with political and Michael Hallett was one of the few who sup-
social problems. ported the tax increase.
A fiasco at a high school football game between “I love to pay taxes,” Hallett said. “I want to
Great Mills and Leonardtown high schools sparked pay my part… so my kids and grandkids don’t
calls for investigations into racism at school functions. have to pay anymore.”
Janice Walthour, head of the county chapter of the The leadership at the firehouse is expected to
National Association for the Advancement of Colored make their formal request on the tax increase to
People (NAACP), said she had received reports from the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County this
multiple sources claiming that students from Leonar- month.
dtown High School arrived at the game carrying pro- But the news was not all bad for October.
President Trump signs and chanting “USA” during the The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County
game as part of a patriotic-themed night encouraged by voted to move ahead with the construction on an
the school system. independently run animal shelter.
She said the mood took a turn for the worse with The push for a county animal shelter came
Leonardtown students actively started taunting Great earlier this year when Charles and Calvert coun-
Mills students with Confederate flag t-shirts and even ties openly moved to create their own facility
racial epithets. instead of continuing to fund the Tri-County
“Some students were actually called the ‘N’ word,” Animal Shelter.
Walthour said, relaying reports to her organization. Calvert County had already purchased the
“Some students from Leonardtown High School chant- land upon which their new shelter will be built.
ed [expletive] Great Mills. A feasibility study presented to commission-
“We can’t tolerate this in our community.” ers back in August presented several differ-
A school system investigation found the problem ent options to move to an independent shelter.
came down mostly to one student. County staff recommended a hybrid model as
That student wore a shirt that had a Confederate flag the one that splits the difference between the
design on it that school system and some attendees at most economical and efficient to run and most
the game deemed offensive, particularly because he de- supported by the community.
liberate went over to students on the Great Mills side. The hybrid model that most commissioners
Other students in the Leonardtown section also supported would mean building a shelter that
shouted “[expletive] Great Mills” at the game, con- would allow space for the low/no kill option but
firmed Deputy Superintendent of Schools Maureen be run with the funding model of a standard Surgeon General Jerome Adams
Montgomery at a later interview. shelter.
“The principal and other administrators heard it two
ning just minutes before a call came in for an infant
or three times” before the behavior was stopped, she
in Lexington Park in cardiopulmonary distress; units
Montgomery told The County Times that simply
wearing a Confederate-themed article of clothing at
November arrived to try to save the baby’s life but the infant died
on the scene.
County government acted quickly to bring stability This sparked a backlash from first responders,
school was not a violation of the dress code but using it
to its troubled Emergency Services and Technology de- claiming their complaints about faults in the system
has a tool of harassment or intimidation was.
had gone unheeded and the department’s director, Bob
“The key is that it has to cause a disruption,” Mont- partment in November by splitting back into two sepa-
Kelly, had created a “toxic” working environment.
gomery said, though noting that some were offended rate entities following an explosion of complaints from
first responders about the emergency radio system. Commissioner President Randy Guy said at the time
by Confederate symbolism.
The dispatch system had begun to malfunction in that the investigation into Kelly had turned up no evi-
In Valley Lee, controversy brewed not over racial
the early hours of Oct. 24 but was back up and run- dence substantiating the allegations against him made
epithets, but over something more
by emergency responders.
substantial, proposed tax increases.
“Since he’s been over there, there have been only
The community served by the Sec-
four minor disciplinary complaints,” Guy said in No-
ond District Volunteer Fire Depart-
vember. “In all the time I’ve been here only one [emer-
ment and Rescue Squad got their
gency responder] has called me with a complaint about
chance to speak out on proposed fire
and rescue tax increases to support a
Guy went so far to say Kelly was the victim of char-
new fire station and defray increased
acter assassination.
operating costs.
“That’s what I believe,” Guy said. “We found noth-
They were, almost all of them, not
ing documented about what they’ve [emergency re-
supportive when speaking at a com-
sponders] have said.”
munity forum at the station.
The eventual bifurcation of the department put Kelly
“I really don’t want another tax,”
in charge of Information Technology and Steve Walk-
said Julie Thomas. “It’s a burden
er, his deputy, in charge of Emergency Services.
on the elderly and those on fixed
Southern Maryland still had cause to rejoice, though,
as a native son had ascended to the highest levels of the
Thomas openly doubted one of the
federal government to combat the nationwide opioid
claims of the firehouse membership:
that a new building would help at-
VADM Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General and St.
tract new members.
Mary’s County native, came to the Prince Frederick
“If a person really wants to join…
campus of the College of Southern Maryland to strat-
they would have done it already, no
egize on how to deal with the crisis.
matter what the building looks like,”
He advocated for the solution he used while chief
Thomas said.
public health official in Indiana to curb the spread of
Ron Verbos said the firehouse
HIV from intravenous drug use.
membership had also not provided
“I’d advocate for more tools in the tool chest to fight
evidence to support another key
this epidemic,” Adams said. “Syringe exchange pro-
claim: that a new firehouse would
grams are scientifically proven effective.
allow them to reduce their response
Emergency Landing “But they only work with community support.”
Thursday, January 4, 2018 The County Times Feature 19

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy K. Cam- “The plane had minimal damage,”
eron said he might consider the option if local Whipple said. “He left little to no FOD
health leaders thought it would work to alleviate (foreign objects or debris) on the runway.”
the crisis. The landing was so smooth, Whipple
“It certainly is a viable option, regardless of said, that he only found a few pieces of
my personal feelings about it,” Cameron said. the aircraft’s fuselage on the runway.
“At the same time you would work hard to get
people into treatment.”
A syringe exchange program without an av-
enue for treatment and recovery was an option
Cameron said he would not support.
As November drew to a close one story stood With the year coming to an end the
out as seizing life from the jaws of disaster. compassion of a few continued.
County residents, and those around the region, At St. Mary’s Caring’s Soup Kitchen in
would pay witness to some skillful flying, as a Lexington Park they were near to serving
veteran civilian pilot landed his plane, without more than 38,000 meals to the needy for
functional landing gear, at St. Mary’s County 2017.
Regional Airport in California with virtually no And they did it all on donations from
damage. residents, local businesses and just $3,000
“He did a very good job,” said airport man- a year from the county government.
ager Gary Whipple of Anthony James Capozzi’s “The best thing about this soup kitch-
landing. “It was a picture perfect emergency en is that whoever comes through those
landing.” doors gets fed,” said Kristine Millen,
Capozzi circled the airport for hours to burn director at the soup kitchen. “We don’t
off fuel in his plane before landing, said Whip- check on social security or anything like
ple, who works for the county public works that.”
department. The soup kitchen sees all sorts of peo-
When Capozzi came in for a landing in his ple coming in for help including from
1966 Piper PA 30 twin-engine airplane he glid- Calvert and Charles counties, Millen
ed down smoothly onto the runway, creating a said.
“continuous scraping sound” as he ground to a “Some people have walked and hitch-
halt. hiked just to come down here to get a
Capozzi walked away uninjured from the or- meal,” according to Millen.
deal and even got out of the plane calmly to sur-
Soup Kitchen
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In Remembrance
The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes
and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Mondays may run in the following week’s edition.

Malcolm Luther Butler A Graveside Service will be held at Maher of Charlotte, NC. 5 Grandchil- ily deeply, especially his son, Devan.
Arlington National Cemetery at a later dren; Haylee Yeatman, Corey Yeatman, In addition to his parents he is also
Malcolm date. Piper Yeatman, Reese Fairfax and Scar- survived by his son, Devan Pineken-
L u t h e r Condolence to the family may be lett Fairfax. stein, his siblings, Bradley Pinekenstein
Butler, 19, made at Dennis graduated from Virginia Tech (Kelly) of Vienna, VA and Rebecca G.
of Lexing- Arrangements by the Brinsfield Fu- University in 1972 with a Degree in En- Lilly (Martin) of Laurel, MD; nephew,
ton Park, neral Home, P.A. gineering. He was employed as an Engi- Schark Pinekenstein; and many ex-
MD passed neer for the United States Government tended family and friends. He is pre-
a w a y in St. Inigoes, MD for 40 years retiring ceded in death by his sister, Sara Rae
peacefully Dennis James Maher in 2011. Dennis enjoyed spending time Pinekenstein.
on Decem- with his grandchildren, traveling, play- All services will be private.
ber 20th, Dennis ing golf, listening to music, watching Memorial contributions may be made
2017 at his James Ma- classic movies and reading. to Walden Sierra, 3007 Business Center
residence. her, 67, of The family will receive friends on Drive, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.
He was Lexington Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 Condolences to the family may be
born on Park, MD PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in made at
January 20, 1998 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to passed away the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Arrangements by the Brinsfield Fu-
Gloria and Stephen Butler Sr. of Lexing- on Decem- Leonardtown, MD. A Memorial Service neral Home, P.A.
ton Park, MD. ber 28, 2017 will be held on Saturday, January 6,
Malcolm was the youngest of four in Leon- 2018 at 10:00 AM in the Funeral Home
children. Those who loved him called ardtown, Chapel with. Interment will follow in Rowena Tan “Wheng” De
him a “Gentle Giant”. He was autistic MD. Born Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonar-
and didn’t talk to many people, but he on March 3, dtown, MD. Pall bears will be; Steve Guzman
was always willing to help others. He 1950 in Ar- Boggs, Steve Lichtenberger, Fred Bai-
lington, VA, he was the son of the late Rowena Tan
was a senior at Great Mills High School. ley, and Bruce Engelmann. Honorary
June Patricia Maher and John Charles “Wheng” De
He did well in school and always made Pallbearers will be; Laura Ross, Mark
Maher. Dennis was the loving husband Guzman, 48,
his teachers and classmates smile. Mal- Jakubisin, Katelyn Jakubisin, Lauren
of June Rice Maher whom he married of Lexington
colm enjoyed the Special Olympics and Jakubisin, Kevin Engelmann, and Kylar
on February 13, 1993 in Patuxent River, Park, MD died
music. Engelmann.
MD. Dennis is survived by his chil- on December
In addition to his loving parents, he In lieu of flowers, memorial contribu-
dren; Jamie Yeatman of Lusby, MD, 24, 2017 at
is also survived by his brother, Rah- tions may be made to Lexington Park
Jody Yeatman (Kristy) of Hollywood, MedStar St.
saan; sister, Myanka; brother, Stephen Volunteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 339
MD and Jennifer Fairfax (Jeff) of Lex- Mary’s Hos-
Jr.; and his nephew, Denzell. Malcolm Lexington Park, MD 20653.
ington Park, MD. Siblings; Kathy Ross pital in Leon-
also has many uncles, aunts and cousins Arrangements provided by Matting-
of Springfield, VA, Beth Engelmann ardtown, MD
who love him and will miss him dearly. ley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
(Bruce) of Alexandria, VA, Nita Jakubi- sur rounded
Gods speed Malcom, we will always ardtown, MD 20650.
sin (Chuck) of Charlotte, NC and Jack by her loving
love and remember you.
Thomas Erik Pinekenstein She was born on March 30, 1969 in

Caring for the Past Thomas

Erik Pinek-
the Philippines, to Gloria Tan and the
late Lamberto De Guzman.
Wheng was born and raised in the

Planning for the Future

enstein, 39, Philippines. She is a graduate of Villa
of Califor- Roman High School. In 1992 she moved
nia, MD to Southern Maryland and became a
died De- permanent resident. Family was very
Traditional Funerals, Cremation Services, Memorial Church Services, cember 28, important to her and she enjoyed living
Direct Burials, Monuments, Unlimited with Commitment Through After Care. 2017. near them. She was employed as a food
Erik was server at McDonald’s in California, MD
born on for the past 10 years. She was friendly
November to all who knew her. She enjoyed shop-
6, 1978 in ping and cooking. She was a beautiful
Charlottes- singer and loved to sing karaoke.
ville, VA In addition to her mother she is also
to Mark survived by her siblings: Florencia Far-
H. Pinek- quhar, Imelda De Guzman, Eduardo De
enstein (Susan) of California, MD and Guzman, Rogelio De Guzman, Mari-
Joyce Dodson Pinekenstein Weston etta Singh, Emily Tan Riebel, and Car-
(George) of Great Mills, MD melita Montes; and many nieces, neph-
Erik is a graduate of Leonardtown ews, cousins, and extended family and
High School. He enjoyed working friends. In addition to her father, she is
with electronics and was employed by also preceded in death by her brothers, Verizon for over five years. He was an
avid reader, and enjoyed cooking and
Ludivico De Guzman and Manuel De
gardening. Erik’s jovial personality Condolence to the family may be
FAMILY-OWNED & OPERATED and love of Reggae music was trea- made at
sured by his many friends. The beach Arrangements by the Brinsfield Fu-
FOR TWO GENERATIONS brought him great comfort and he loved neral Home, P.A.
Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. to spend time on the water. He was an
avid sailor and also enjoyed swimming. Shanda Kay Brewer
22955 Hollywood Road 30195 Three Notch Road
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20650 He resided on a sailboat at Fort Walton Shanda Kay Brewer “Gammy” 65,
Beach, FL for four years, and always
(301) 475-5588 (301) 472-4400 hoped to return there. He loved his fam-
of Mechanicsville, MD formerly from
Southern California passed away on De-
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cember Also survived by his children; Roy In addition to her beloved husband, In addition to his beloved wife, he is
26, 2017 D. Ashley Jr,  she is also survived by her children: also survived by his children: Michael
in her Donna Ashley Tennis and Teresa Janice Ann Merritt (Bill) of Ridge, MD; Allen Bruce (Karen) of Coltons Point,
home. Ashley Krosnick. Grandchildren; Ame- Johnnie Jean Liggett of Lexington Park, MD; Samuel Wallace Bruce (LaPlata,
Born on lia Michelle Ashley, Ryder Monroe Ash- MD and Jackie G. Herbort (Ken) of MD) and John Edward Bruce of New
August ley, Ava Margaret Tennis, Erin Lilian Allen Park, MI; her brothers, Kenneth Market, VA; his siblings: Cherry Lea
25, 1952 Tennis, Laura Ashley Krosnick Walker, McMahan of Grenada, MS and Billy Leith (Robert) of LaPlata, MD, Lonnie
in Santa John Carl Krosnick III. Great grandchil- McMahan of Big Creek, MS; her grand- Darnell Bruce (Amy) of Waldorf, MD
Barbra, dren; Graham Leif Krosnick and Jordan children, Tapestry Dalrymple (Steve) and Angela Marie Baker of LaPlata,
CA. She Tyler Walker. and Rebecca Fischer; her great grand- MD; his grandchildren: Kacey Marie
was the His love of all people, his kind smile children, Kayley Dalrymple and Kellie Daily, Rachel Marie Bruce, Mikey Al-
daugh- his ability to blend humor with his McCarson; and many extended family len Bruce, Luke Bruce, and Savanah
ter of the strong Christian faith will be remem- and friends. In addition to her parents Asley Bruce; and many aunts, uncles,
late Delano Ruth Faught Cheatwood and bered.  He was born in Charlottesville, she is also preceded in death by her sib- cousins, extended family and friends.
Henry Edgar Cheatwood. Shanda is sur- VA on September 29, 1928 he was the lings: Nell McMahan, Hazel McMahan, He is preceded in death by his parents.
vived by her children; Jussandra Drake son of the late Lillian Adeline Ash- George McMahan, James McMahan, Memorial contributions may be made
of Solomon’s, MD, Bryan Brewer of ley. His beloved mother passed when he Carl McMahan, Buford McMahan and to the American Heart Association, P.O.
Mechanicsville, MD, 2 grandchildren; was 2. He served in the Airborne Divi- Douglas McMahan. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
Kaythn Diaz of Solomon’s, MD and sion of Army in the Korean War and Memorial contributions may be made Condolence to the family may be
Andrea Drake of Solomon’s, MD. She Navy Reserves until the age of 60. He to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, made at
graduated from Ventura High School in graduated from the Hargrave Military Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Fu-
1969, and attended Saddleback Valley Academy in 1951 with a BS in Chemis- Condolence to the family may be neral Home, P.A.
Community College. She moved from try, MS in Safety Engineering and PhD made at
California to St. Mary’s County, MD in in philosophy at the University of Mary- Arrangements by the Brinsfield Fu-
2002. Shanda was a training instructor land in 1994.  He was an Industrial Hy- neral Home, P.A. Margaret Adele McHenry
for NAS Patuxent River, and Booze Al- gienist for EPA and Health and Human
len Hamilton for 45 years. Services. He taught at the University of Marga-
Shanda volunteered for Summer- Maryland for 10 years and served on the Roger Allen Bruce ret Adele
seat Farm, and St. Mary’s Caring Soup board of trustees at UMUC.  He moved McHen-
Kitchen. She enjoyed gardening, and to Leonardtown, MD in late 1990s and Roger ry, 86, of
reading. She was a member of the Unit- volunteered at Saint Mary’s Hospital un- A l l e n L e o n a r-
ed Nations Missions to Native American til 2014. Br u c e dtown,
Reservations. “ Po p - M D ,
Shanda’s granddaughter wrote a mes- Pop”, 66, for merly
sage upon hearing the news of her death; Janice Marie Carter of New of Camp
“Until now, I’d never known loss, heart Market, Spr i ngs,
break, or death. I’d give anything to Janice VA (for- M D ,
hear your voice for one more second, M a r ie m e r l y passed
hug you for one more minute, snuggle Car ter, of St. peace-
you for one more hour, hangout with 83, of George’s fully af-
you for one more day, travel with you Da me r- Island) ter a long
for one more week, learn from you for on, MD died on battle
one more month, and watch you grow died on Decem- with de-
for one more year. I can only remember Decem- ber 24, mentia on
everything now, and one thing I will ber 27, 2017. December 23, 2017. Margaret was born
never forget is you bringing me to God. 2017 at He was born on July 23, 1951 in in Walla Walla, WA on October 22,
I never thanked you for that but I’m sure her home Riverdale, MD to the late Roger Wallace 1931and received a degree from Wash-
He has. You used to tell me I had the big- surround- Bruce and Betty Pruitt Bruce. ington State University. She was em-
gest heart but no one’s heart was as big ed by her On October 17, 1970, Al married his ployed as a realtor with Coldwell Banker
as yours. You have always been so calm, loving beloved wife, Mary Agnes Bruce, at St. until her retirement from the P.G. Board
patient, and loving. I can only pray to family. Joseph’s Church in Lutherville, MD. of Realtors. She always loved garden-
become half the woman you were. I can S h e Together they celebrated over 47 won- ing, reading, and playing bridge with
only imagine what a beautiful angel you was born derful years of marriage. Al was em- numerous bridge clubs. Margaret is
make. May God have a lovely garden on July ployed for over 40 years as a transmis- survived by four children, Kim Riddle
in heaven just for you. Rest beautifully 23, 1934 sion expert; beginning with Northeast of Haymarket, VA, Jonathan of Prince
now, my angel.” in Cof- Ford and spending the last 17 years with Frederick, MD, Christopher of Owings,
Arrangements provided by the Mat- feeville, MS, to the late George Edward Cottman Transmissions in Waldorf, MD and Scott of Lusby, MD; six grand-
tingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. McMahan and Lucy Dale Parker. MD. In retirement he worked part time children and six great-grandchildren.
Leonardtown, MD. On March 24, 1955 she married her as a tractor trailer driver for Van Whyte Interment will be at a later date in Walla
beloved husband, John D. Carter, in Trucking. He was a “handy man” and Walla, WA. Memorial contributions
Pittsboro, MS. Together they celebrated was able to fix most things. He was an may be made to the Alzheimer’s Asso-
Roy David Ashley, Sr. over 62 wonderful years of marriage. avid wood worker, making many beauti- ciation, National Capital Area Chapter,
Janice was an avid gardener, and loved ful pieces including a spice rack, kitchen 3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax,
Roy David red roses. When she was 9 years old she island, planter boxes and bird houses. VA 22030 or at Condo-
Ashley, Sr. began her love of cooking. She was a He and his wife enjoyed travelling, lences to the family may be made at
passed away on wonderful cook and fixed many deli- which included trips to Cancun and Bar-
Saturday, De- cious meals for her family and friends. bados, but he especially loves the Rocky
cember 23, Quilting was her favorite pastime. Fam- Mountains. He was very social, never
2017, at the ily was her greatest love, and she espe- met a stranger and had a terrific sense
age of 88. He cially loved spending her time taking of humor. He also enjoyed boating and
is survived by care of them. fishing. However, family was his great-
his wife Helen She was an active member of St. Peter est love and he loved to spend time with
Ogle Ashley. Claver Catholic Church. his grandchildren.
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Community Calendar To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar, please email
with the listing details by 12 p.m. on the Monday prior to our Thursday publication.

Thursday, January 4
can Legion. Tickets are available at the door for Center. Throughout the class they will be dis-
$20.00 per person, under the age of 12 admit- cussing symptoms and stages of kidney disease
ted free with a paid adult. Although not required, (CKD), treatment options, eating well with CKD,
American Legion Post 221 Meeting non-perishable food donations will be collected coping with CKD and building your support net-
for the Helping Hands Food Pantry of Southern work. They will also discuss the financial im-
21690 Colton Point Rd; Avenue, MD Maryland. For more information on the show, pact and what assistance is available to you. This
8:00 PM-9:00 PM please call 301-737-3004 or visit the website at class is the best way to learn that you’re not alone
American Legion Post 221 invites all active and to have many of your questions answered.
duty personnel and veterans to join us for our Class size is limited so sign up early!
monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each
month at 8:00pm. Visit our website at www. Tuesday, January 9 Call (301) 884-4071 Thursday, January 11
for more information. Tell them you saw the an-
nouncement on the SoMd Internet Calendar
Zumba Fitness Classes No Contract,
No Membership! No Sew Fleece Pillow Cover
Zumba Fitness Classes No Contract, 46925 Crocus St., Lexington Park, Maryland Northern Senior Activity Center, 29655 Char-
No Membership! 20653 lotte Hall Rd, Charlotte Hall
46925 Crocus St., Lexington Park, Maryland 6:00 PM-7:00 PM 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
20653 Happy new year to you and all the Zumbera’s With the cold weather setting in you need
6:00 PM-7:00 PM and Zumbero’s something warm and fuzzy to cuddle. Why not
Happy new year to you and all the Zumbera’s Start 2018 off on the dance f loor. Zumba Fit- cover your favorite pillow with snuggly f leece?
and Zumbero’s ness Classes are back! It’s time to start that Make your own no sew f leece pillow cover with
Start 2018 off on the dance f loor. Zumba Fit- new year’s resolutions with some great Zumba fringe for free. You bring the pillow and we pro-
ness Classes are back! It’s time to start that Fitness classes! Come and check out our NEW vide everything else. You can bring anything
new year’s resolutions with some great Zumba LOCATION!! from a throw pillow to a king-size; no body pil-

Wednesday, January 10
Fitness classes! Come and check out our NEW lows please. Space is limited.
Zumba Fitness Classes No Contract,
No Membership!
Friday, January 5 Educational Video Series: Surviving
Progress 46925 Crocus St., Lexington Park, Maryland
Loff ler Senior Activity Center, 21905 Chancel- 20653
HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT lors Run Rd, Great Mills 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
(VFW 2632) 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Happy new year to you and all the Zumbera’s
VFW Post 2632, 23282 Three Notch Rd    Technological advancement, economic devel- and Zumbero’s
7:00 PM-11:00 PM Start 2018 off on the dance f loor. Zumba Fit-
opment, population increase—are they signs of
NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLDEM TOURNA- a thriving society, or too much of a good thing? ness Classes are back! It’s time to start that
MENT. $50 Buyin ($40 Prize Pool + $10 Char- Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, ‘Sur- new year’s resolutions with some great Zumba
ity). Optional $10 Add-On (Receive an extra viving Progress’ is a provocative documentary Fitness classes! Come and check out our NEW
$1000 and 50/50 Entry). Sign In is from 6:20 that explores the concept of progress in the mod- LOCATION!
PM to 6:45 PM, Tournament starts at 7PM. Early ern world, guiding through the major ‘progress
Bird Bonus: Register and PAY by 6:45 PM and traps’ facing civilization in the arenas of tech-
receive an extra $500. Pre-registration is encour- nology, economics, consumption,
aged, but not required. We will accept late play- and the environment. Register to
ers until the end of the 1st break. (~1 hour) One see it by calling 301-475-4200, ext.
Re-Entry is available until the end of the first *1658, or stop by the reception desk
break. If you decide to re-enter, you will receive to sign up.
a full starting chip stack and be re-seated; you
are treated as a new player entering the tourna-   Book Discussion Group
ment field, with a full buy-in added to the prize Garvey Senior Activity Center,
pool with each re-entry. Payouts are determined
by the number of entries. 41780 Baldridge St, Leonardtown

11:30 AM-1:30 PM
We want you to join us. If you
Sunday, January 7
& Weddings
have a love for reading and are
enthusiastic about sharing your
Nothin’ Fancy and Remington Ryde thoughts about what you’ve read,
Concert this is the group for you. In Janu-
American Legion Post 238 on the corner of MD ary, the group will discuss “Cir- Share the love with a wedding or engagement announcement!
Rte. 381 & Rt. 231 in Hughesville cling the Sun” by Paula McLain.
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Two headlining groups on the National Blue- Kidney Care Class
To place an announcement:
grass circuit, Nothin’ Fancy and Remington Garvey Senior Activity Center, Call 301.373.4125
Ryde will perform one big show. Presented by 41780 Baldridge St, Leonardtown
Jay Armsworthy and the Sons of the American 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

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Legion, the show gets started at 2:00 pm. The The Fresenius Kidney Care group
doors open at Noon at the American Legion with will be offering a free Kidney Care
food available for sale by the Sons of the Ameri- class at the Garvey Senior Activity
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St. Mary’s Department of Aging

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-475-4200, ext. 1658
Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050

Programs and Activities

Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 3101
Visit for the most up-to date information
Brought to you by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County: James R. Guy, President; Michael L. Hewitt; Tom Jarboe; Todd B. Morgan; John E. O’Connor; and the Department of Aging & Human Services

A Matter of Balance No Sew Fleece Pillow Cover

The Garvey Senior Activity Center will be offer- With the cold weather setting in you need some- Swing Dance Lessons
ing A Matter of Balance on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 thing warm and fuzzy to cuddle. Why not cover Fun, fitness and style, all in one place! Swing
p.m. starting January 9- February 27. A Matter of your favorite pillow with snuggly fleece? The Dance Lessons will be offered at the Loffler Senior
Balance is a nationally recognized, award-winning Northern Senior Activity Center will have a no sew Activity Center on Thursdays Jan.11-Feb 8 from
time-tested program for people over 60 designed to fleece pillow cover class on Thursday, January 11 at 1-2:30 p.m. (5 sessions). These classes are taught by
help manage falls and increase activity levels. In 10:30-11:30 a.m. Make your own no sew fleece pil- Henry Brown. Cost is $50/pp payable to the instruc-
this class, participants will learn to: low cover with fringe for free. You bring the pillow tor on the first day of classes. Partners are recom-
View falls and fear of falls as controllable and we provide everything else. You can bring any- mended, though not required. Register for this class
Set realistic goals for increasing activity thing from a throw pillow to a king-size; no body by Jan. 8 by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, or
Make changes to reduce falls at home pillows please. Assorted colored and pattern fleece stop by the reception desk.
Exercise to increase strength and balance will be provided. Space is limited. To sign up for
Classes are two hours in length and are held once this craft in advance, please visit the signup table or AARP Safe Driving
a week for eight weeks and are led by two trained call 301-475-4200, ext. *3103. The next AARP Safe-Driving course will be held
coaches in the Matter of Balance program. Class at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Wednesday,
format is mostly lecture/discussion with approxi- Zumba Gold at Northern Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with an hour lunch
mately 30 minutes of exercise each session. All ma- It’s 2018 and this is your year! Get moving on your break at 11:30). This program includes emphasis on
terials are provided. To sign up for the course, call fitness goals and try your first class for free. The roundabouts, pavement markings, stop-sign com-
301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Space is limited so sign Northern Senior Activity Center offers Zumba Gold pliance, red-light running, and safety issues such as
up early. on Tuesdays at 10-11 a.m. Getting fit was never so speeding, seat belt and turn signal use. The cost is
fun, as you dance to upbeat music while meeting $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members, pay-
Kidney Care Class friendly and welcoming people. Keep going to class able to AARP on the day of class. Pre-registration
The Fresenius Kidney Care group will be offer- by purchasing a fitness card. Fitness cards are $30 is required and can be accomplished by calling 301-
ing a free Kidney Care class at the Garvey Senior for 10 sessions and are available at the front desk. 475-4200, ext. *1658 or stop by the registration desk
Activity Center on Wednesday, January 10 at 1:30 For more information about this program, call 301- at Loffler by Monday, Jan. 15. Please mention if you
p.m. Throughout the class they will be discussing 475-4200, ext. *3103. wish to order a lunch from the center. The cost for
symptoms and stages of kidney disease (CKD), lunch is $6 if you are under 60 and by donation for
those 60+ years of age.
treatment options, eating well with CKD, coping Healthwatch Presentation
with CKD and building your support network. They Loffler Senior Activity Center will offer a free
will also discuss the financial impact and what as- presentation by Linda Weintraub on Thursday, Jan. Rummikub
sistance is available to you. This class is the best 11 at 10 a.m. called Tests Needed for Mature Adults. Try something new and come learn to play Rum-
way to learn that you’re not alone and to have many This topic will cover some of the medical screen- mikub at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on
of your questions answered. Class size is limited so ings and tests people over 50, 60 or 70 should get Tuesday, January 23 & 30 at 10 am. This is a won-
sign up early! To make reservations, call 301-475- and how often they should get them as well as the derful game to learn to help increase brain function
4200, ext. *1050. kind of problems that can be avoided or lessened by and become more socially involved. Bettie Broad-
regular screenings and tests. To sign up call 301- hurst is the instructor so you are guaranteed to have
475-4200, ext. *1658, or stop by the reception desk. fun! To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050.

form is the first step toward getting Chasing the Dragon on Thursday, ing Express Library,, and
federal aid for college, career school, January 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hobbies and Crafts. Adult computer
or graduate school. Completing In an effort to combat the growing classes are limited to ages 16 and
and submitting the form is free and epidemic of prescription drug and up. Registration required on www.
quick, and gives you access to the heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have
largest source of financial aid to help released “Chasing the Dragon: The  
pay for college or career school. If Life of an Opiate Addict,” a docu- Computer Basics 1:
you don’t fill out the form you could mentary that explores the dangers of
Introduction to Computers
Library Holiday Closings be missing out on a lot of financial addiction. This session will feature a
Charlotte Hall Library will hold
All three branches of the St. Mary’s aid. A representative from College of screening of this powerful documen-
Computer Basics 1: Introduction to
County Library will be Closed Mon- Southern Maryland will be on hand tary followed by a guided discussion
Computers on Wednesday, January
day, January 15 in observance of for two one hour sessions to help you on the opioid epidemic.
17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Part one of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All with the completion of your FAFSA  
a four-part series. Learn the compo-
branches will be open regular busi- form. Registration required on www. I Didn’t Know the Library nents, terminology, and general use
ness hours on Tuesday, January 16. Had That! of a computer. Learn how to use a
    Charlotte Hall Library will hold ‘I mouse and keyboard. Adult comput-
Completing the FAFSA Opioid Learning Series: Didn’t Know the Library Had That!’ er classes are limited to ages 16 and
Form Kickoff with Screening of on Thursday, January 18 from 2 – 4 up. Registration required on www.
Leonardtown Library will hold ‘Chasing the Dragon’ p.m. Did you know that you can learn
‘Completing the FAFSA Form’ on Lexington Park Library, in part- a language, do research, prepare for a  
Wednesday, January 10. Two ses- nership with the St. Mary’s County school or career exam, and more on-
sions will be held, one at 5 p.m. and Health Department, will hold the line with your library card? Explore
one at 6 p.m. Filling out the Free first of a six-part Opioid Learning the library’s online resources includ-
Application for Federal Student Aid Series: Kickoff with a screening of ing Rosetta Stone, Explora, Learn-
Thursday, January 4, 2018 The County Times In Our Community 25

Regulatory Reform Commission

Publishes 2017 Report
The Regulatory Reform
Commission, established by Going On
Governor Larry Hogan and
tasked with conducting a com- In Entertainment
prehensive review of Mary-
land’s regulatory climate, is- Thursday, Jan 4 Tuesday, Jan 9
sued its final report on Dec. 28, Billy Yeager Ben Connelly
identifying 657 total regulation The Ruddy Duck, Solomons Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill, Solomons
to be streamlined or eliminat- 7:30 PM 6:00 - 9:00 PM
ed. Governor Hogan promptly
announced that the adminis- Trio Taco Tuesday
tration would implement all Friday, Jan 5 The Ruddy Duck, Solomons
recommendations.  4:00 PM
To fulfill one of the recom- Karaoke
Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill, Solomons
mendations, Hogan issued Ex-
ecutive Order 01.01.2017.33,
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM Wednesday, Jan 10
requiring agencies to use guide- Coastline
lines adopted by the Advisory Wild Card Trivia
The Ruddy Duck, Solomons
Council on the Impact of Reg- Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill, Solomons
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan 7:30 PM
7:00 - 9:00 PM
ulations on Small Businesses
in estimating the regulations’ Entertainment
compliance costs and economic impacts for small businesses. Creating a common The Brass Rail Sports Bar, Great Mills
sense regulatory environment for Maryland’s hundreds of thousands of small busi- 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Thursday, Jan 11
nesses, many of which are minority- or women-owned enterprises, is critical to DJ RAY in the House
Anthony’s Bar & Grill, Dunkirk Iz’em with Mike Damron
growing the state’s economy.    9:00 PM The Ruddy Duck, Solomons
“The primary focus of our administration has been on growing our economy, put- 7:30 PM
ting people back to work, and creating an environment of economic opportunity for
every single Marylander,” said Governor Hogan. “These common sense reforms to Monday, Jan 8ia
cut red tape and bring state government into the 21st century will help Maryland job
creators – especially our small businesses – grow, thrive, and put even more people The Ruddy Duck, Solomons
7:30 PM
back to work.”
Reforming state government is a top priority of the Hogan-Rutherford adminis-
tration. In July 2015, the governor signed an executive order creating the Regula-
tory Reform Commission to conduct a top-to-bottom review of every regulation on
an escrow account for 20 years equal to costs to construct or expand the system and
the books to improve upon bureaucratic efficiency. The administration eliminated
allowing the department to issue a joint permit for toxic substances and pesticide
or streamlined another 187 regulations identified in the commission’s 2016 report,
application rather than two individual ones.
bringing the total number of reformed regulations since taking office to 844.
The report highlights additional Hogan-Rutherford administration initiatives to
“This is the first comprehensive, exhaustive review of Maryland’s regulations in
make government more accessible and responsive to Marylanders, including the
a generation, and delivers on Governor Hogan’s promise to reform state govern-
Governor’s Customer Service Initiative, the Governor’s Office of Performance Im-
ment to be more responsive to the citizens of our great state,” said Lt. Governor
provement, and Maryland Business Express, an online portal to optimize services
Rutherford. “We thank the Commission, numerous state agencies, and the Advisory
for the hundreds of thousands of businesses that interact with the Maryland State
Council on the Impact of Regulations on Small Businesses for the countless hours of
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I am a singer born on January 10, 1953
in New York. I quit my bank teller job
when I saw Liza Minelli in concert and
became a singer. I sang opera before
gaining fame as a rock singer.

CLUES ACROSS 45. Political action 13. Forced through a sieve

committee 14. Entryway
1. Put within 47. Fast plane 15. Support pillars
6. Learned person 48. Bahrain dinar 25. Aquatic mammal
12. Resistance 50. Urgent request 26. __ Farrow, actress
16. Female title 52. Raccoon genus 27. Unhappy
17. Logical basis for a 54. Millisecond 29. Holds molecules
belief 56. Atlanta rapper 31. Thrifty

Kid'S Corner
18. Of I 57. Rural delivery 33. French dynasty
19. Indicates position 59. Intrauterine device 36. Scottish port
20. Article 60. The Wolverine State 38. Irish militant
21. Insignificant 61. Free agent organization
organizational member 62. For instance 39. Dawn
22. __ route 63. Reduces 41. Musical group of
23. Expression of 66. Lincoln’s state seven
disapproval 67. Quit 42. Used to fry things
24. 70. Midsections 43. Carrot’s companion
Microelectromechanical 71. Bullfighting maneuvers 46. Rough stone
systems landmarks
26. Ponds CLUES DOWN 47. Fourth son of Jacob
28. Satisfy and Leah
30. Dad 1. The arch of the foot 49. Goes against
31. Spanish soldier “El __” 2. Canadian peninsula 51. Passion
32. Pouch-like structure 3. Koran chapters 53. Hard white animal fat
34. Obscure unit of 4. Abba __, Israeli 54. Soybean pastes
measurement politician 55. Beckon
35. Okinawa prefecture 5. Youngster 58. Mountain and morning
capital 6. Burns are two
37. Platforms 7. Comedienne Gasteyer 60. Self-referential
39. Jazz singer Irene 8. Valley 64. Data executive
40. Benefits 9. Belongs to sun god 65. Retirement plan
41. Hellenistic governors 10. Nickel 68. Star Trek character
43. Brownish-green fruit 11. Great in salads Laren
44. Needed to see 12. Leader 69. You and I
Puzzle Solutions
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Metropolitan Commission Employees

Support Christmas in April
On Dec. 21, MetCom employees luncheon with an in-house auc-
participated in an annual holiday tion of various handmade and
pot-luck luncheon marking the donated items as well as hand
completion of fundraising efforts crafted evergreen centerpieces.  
for Christmas in April St. Mary’s MetCom’s executive director,
County, Inc., the company’s select- George Erichsen, announced that
ed charity for 2017. the year’s efforts raise $2,726
Christmas in April St. Mary’s and declared how “very proud”
County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), exempt he is “of the support, generosity
status charity that partners with and kindness that our employ-
the community to rehabilitate low- ees show every year. It’s pretty
income homes, focusing on the el- amazing.” On behalf of the fun-
derly and disabled, and allow their draising committee and Metcom
owners warmth, safety, and inde- employees, a ceremonial check
pendence. Since 1990, the charity’s from the fundraising committee
St. Mary’s volunteers have repaired was presented to Christmas in
over 724 homes and made home re- April’s executive director Darene
pairs worth more than $7.5 million Kleinsorgen and President How-
to improve the living conditions of ard Thompson.
those in need in the community. Contributing to a local charity
Joy Potter, MetCom’s Procure- has been a longstanding tradition
ment Agent, chaired this year’s at the Metropolitan Commission
fundraising with a team of employ- in conjunction with the annual
ee volunteers kicking off efforts employee potluck luncheon. To
in early summer.  Various events learn more, or to volunteer with
were held throughout the year in- Christmas in April St. Mary’s,
cluding 50-50 raffles, a pulled pork please visit their website at www.
sandwich sale, a lasagna luncheon, or email A ceremonial check presented to Christmas in April St. Mary’s Executive Director Darene Kleinsorgen
(second from left) and President Howard Thompson (center) by MetCom’s Executive Director George
bake sales and an annual Soup darenek@christmasinaprilsmc. Erichsen (second to right), Procurement Agent Joy Potter (left), and board member Steve Willing (right).
Cook-Off challenge.  Fundraising org.
efforts concluded at the holiday Press release by MetCom.

Help Available for Crab

St. Mary’s Treasurer
Accepting 2017 Real Estate Pot Competition
New and emerging businesses own- Technology Initiative (SMIT) with sup-

Tax Overpayments
ers, who plan on entering the annual port from the Department of Economic
Crab Pot pitch competition, will have Development.
help available to refine their startup Over the last three years, more than
Due to increasing requests from citi- treasurer’s office will be provided a re- pitch.Southern Marylanders can enroll 40 Southern Marylanders have com-
zens, the St. Mary’s County Treasurer ceipt in their SASE with the date of their in the Crab Pot Accelerator program peted in Crab Pot. Winners and runners
is accepting overpayments for 2017 real postmark. Overpayments should be ad- which will fine-tune their concept, busi- up have gone on to compete in statewide
estate taxes to be applied to future tax dressed to: ness model and presentation skills. competitions, receive see funding and
liabilities. Overpayments are being ac- Free interactive workshops will give launch their businesses.
cepted in the treasurer’s office and by St. Mary’s County Treasurer current and future entrepreneurs a crash The College of Southern Maryland
mail. P.O. Box 642 course in customer discovery, prod- will host Crab Pot Regional Accelerator
Property owners should understand Leonardtown, MD 20650 uct design, business models and public workshops at their campuses in Leon-
that the St. Mary’s Treasurer and staff Tax bills are available at speaking. The workshops also offer a ardtown, La Plata and Prince Frederick
are not providing tax advice by offering great opportunity to network and learn and will consist of two sessions. At CSM
an option for overpayment of 2017 real Once tax liabilities for 2018 are made from a diverse set of peers across South- Leonardtown, session 1 (Validating
estate tax liabilities. Each property own- available, any shortfall is the responsi- ern Maryland. Participants will also Your Problem and Solution) will be held
er should contact their own tax advisor bility of the individual taxpayer. If the have access to one-on-one mentoring to Monday, February 19, 2018, from 6 – 9
with questions on Federal and State tax overpayment is greater than the 2018 help mold their business proposals and p.m., in Building C, room 322. Session
liabilities. real estate tax liability, the overpayment pitches. 2 (Pitching Your Solution and Strategy)
All owners making walk-in overpay- will be applied to future tax account The Crab Pot Accelerator is designed will be held Monday, March 12, from 6 -
ments will receive a receipt with the liabilities. to prepare Crab Pot contestants for 9 p.m., in Building C, room 322.
date of overpayment and the amount of For further information about the the annual competition, scheduled for To learn more about the Accelerator
their overpayment. 2017 overpayment offer, please contact Thursday, May 10, 2018. The St. Mary’s and sign up go to
Those making mail-in overpayments the St. Mary’s County Treasurer’s Of- County Department of Economic De- crabpot.
must include a self-addressed stamped fice at 301-475-4200, ext. *3300. velopment is a sponsor of the Crab Pot,
envelope (SASE) to receive a dated re-   which began in 2015 by PaxSpace and Press Release from St. Mary’s County
ceipt. Overpayments received by the the Southern Maryland Innovation & Government.
28 The County Times Thursday, January 4, 2018

“Before I Let Go” by

Marieke Nijkamp
“Flying Through the Years”
c.2018, Sourcebooks people avoided her, were even cruel to
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368 pages depression and mania. 
Lost was not good for Kyra, but it can I be a better,
Home is where your heart is. wasn’t worth killing herself.  thinner, or hap-
You’ve probably heard that before but So how had things had changed? In pier person? I am
is it true?  Home is where you put your the seven months since Corey’d last not even going
stuff. It’s where you sleep most often, been home, the people of Lost had sud- to try and make
chill sometimes, and eat now and then. denly decided that Kyra was “magic.” written or stated
But is it where your heart is – or, as Her artwork and paintings were every- resolutions since
in the new book  “Before I Let Go” by where, and townsfolk said that she had I never follow
Marieke Nijkamp, is it a place you can some sort of gift, an ability to see into my own rec-
never go again? the future. They said that Corey didn’t om mend at ions
Corey barely knew how to breathe belong in Lost anymore, and they’d em- anyway.
anymore. braced Kyra as one of them. Did that I think this
How could she, when she’d just scare Kyra to death?  year I might like
learned that her best friend, Kyra, had No, something wasn’t quite right. to learn some-
frozen to death in a gruesome suicide? Throughout their entire friendship, thing new. Not
How could she, when nothing would Kyra shared her hopes and dreams sure what yet,
ever be the same? with Corey and those dreams didn’t in- though. There
Had it been just seven months since clude Lost. The girls grew up together, are so many
she’d last seen Kyra? Yes, and Corey learned about themselves together, Kyra ideas to choose
carried a lot of guilt for that: though was Corey’s soul, and the townspeople ***Dear Readers, last week’s column from. It might
Kyra had faithfully written letters each didn’t understand. They didn’t know title was supposed to be: “The great be a great benefit to learn how to read
week, Corey was away at school and Kyra’s heart.  stocking disaster of ‘17*** music for when my husband and I are in
rarely wrote back. Really, how do you And they didn’t know about the secret How many times have you heard, choir practice at church, so I think I will
tell your best friend that you’re happier place where Corey found diaries, and “Wow, this year just flew by” or some- try and find a “Learn music for dum-
elsewhere than you were with her? the truth… thing to that effect. I know I have, and mies” book. Learning a language might
Heading home, the airplane touched You know the story about the race be- have said that many times. We’ve even be nice, and I should start with English.
down in Lost, Alaska , and Corey want- tween the tortoise and the hare?  Well, said that to our grandkids while also Those old college books on grammar
ed answers. Kyra never felt accepted in there is no “hare” in “Before I Let Go.”  giving them the time-honored words of must be here somewhere. Unfortunately,
Lost, even though her family had lived in No doubt, this is one of the slowest wisdom, “Enjoy your life now while you I didn’t pay attention like I should have
the tiny town since forever. The towns- novels I’ve had in my hands in awhile. don’t have adult responsibilities, every back then. Well, really, I got lost on the
A hundred pages in, minute of it, because when you grow up grammar and also the geography train
and I still didn’t care it will seem like you don’t have time to long before that. I still have trouble fig-
about any of the char- do everything you want or need to do be- uring out where all the states are located
acters because too cause the time will just fly by too fast.” on the US map. And why are dangling
much time is spent on And I am sure I heard all that when I participles and ending with a preposi-
inconsequentials: rep- was younger and barely took notice, or tion so bad? I realize we need rules for
etition, go-nowhere heed, of those same words of wisdom. grammar just as we do with life.
conversations, mus- How many of us did? Actually, I have been toying with
ings, and memories There have been a few days this the idea of learning a musical instru-
that are longer than month where January felt like it was last ment for years, but it, of course, has to
the points gained from month instead of next month. It’s hard be something my fingers are willing to
reading them. Except for me to believe that my organization work with. (Uh Oh, ended my sentence
for Kyra’s mother - and clutter control month is only a few the wrong way again). A recorder flute
who’s not in the story days away. I’m hoping that the organi- may be nice. Wouldn’t my husband and
much - the adults in zational expert from TV and blogs, Pe- Mindy love that. I always liked playing
this book are laugh- ter Walsh, has some different types of the harmonica when I was a teen, so that
ably zombie-like, and organizational challenges for this Janu- could be a good choice too. I don’t know,
fierce about something ary. I do want to get my clothes closet there must be something to learn that I
that doesn’t seem one back to the way it looked last year like in am really enthused about. Ball room
bit well-founded or the photo. But how many junk drawers dancing sounds fun. Or, taking an art
reality-based. Even and closets can you declutter and rear- class somewhere to learn a new medium
the ghost-story aspect range anyway? Okay, that’s true, there is most likely the best idea.
of this book feels half- are always more drawers and closets to Let me know what new things you
hearted. Heavy sigh. organize and always will be. It’s just like would like to try or learn in the new
Author Marieke Ni- laundry; you think to yourself, “Didn’t year. Maybe we can be online student
jkamp leapt out of the I just wash this and/or catch up on this buddies for support and encouragement.
chute with last years’ pile of laundry yesterday??” YES, you Happy New Year!
stellar “This is Where did, as the universe sardonically laughs. To each new year’s adventure, Shelby
It Ends,” and if you Is this what hell is really like; a never- Please send your comments or ideas
haven’t read it, get it ending pile of laundry baskets? to: or
now. As for “Before It seems that I have lots of questions. find me on facebook
I Let Go,” it’s barely January is always good for that. This is
worth taking home. when you normally ask the questions
like, can I change a certain bad habit,
Thursday, January 4, 2018 The County Times 29

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