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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Massive Bay Fish Kill Grows Projections Show County Budget Gap Growing
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Staff with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) are investigating sites around the state to find the extent of a reported fish kill found near Kent Island and Calvert County but the initial death estimates of two species of fish now have grown into the hundreds of thousands. Dawn Stolzfus, spokeswoman for the MDE, said that fish kill has also been spotted in the area of Anne Arundel county and that the wind and tide could take the dead fish, mostly juvenile spot and croaker, south into St. Marys County waters. So far, the state agency has no plans to clean up the dead fish, Stolzfus said, because wildlife predation and decomposition should take care of eliminating the carcasses from the ecosystem. Wind and tides should take care of the rest, she said. These are species that should have left the bay already, Stolzfus said of their migratory nature. We believe cold stress is the cause [of the fish kill.] Stolzfus said that a strong breeding season for spot also could have contributed to the death of so many young fish having to share a finite amount of habitat. The adult fish of the species, however, are now safely out of the bay, she said, and environmental investigators believe that the impact on the health of these two species in the bay will be negligible in the near future. Fish kills occur every several years, Stolzfus said, but the last fish kill of this magnitude was more than 30 years ago in 1976 when the bay actually froze. Ones of this size are more rare, she said. Robert Brown, president of the St. Marys County Watermens Association said he believed that the affects of such a large fish kill would be far reaching. Its already a problem if weve lost that many fish, Brown, of Avenue, said. Thats a class of fish that is not going to be there [in great numbers] it will take a toll on the sport and commercial fishery in times to come. Spot and croaker can be harvested for both food and as bait, Brown said. By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Projections from the countys finance office show that revenue for this year from property taxes and income taxes will be higher than last year, despite the recent downgrading of home values here by 16 percent in the latest round of state assessments. But the projections show that expenditures will likely outstrip the slow revenue increases in 2012 by as much as $1.5 million. County Administrator John Savich said that the county budget gap could continue to grow for the next five years in the face of new expenses like a renovated and expanded county jail as well as the anticipated burden of teacher pensions coming from the state. Theyre [revenue estimates] where we expect them to be but the problem is extra costs coming into the budget, Savich said. Its clear were going to have to find other reductions or well be falling behind. Savich said that teacher pensions could cost the county as much as $5 million to $6 million if the state votes to send the responsibility to the counties. That radically changes the game, Savich said. According to county budget estimates, staff expects that the county can collect more than $100 million in property taxes and almost $64 million in income taxes in fiscal 2012 for a 3.3 percent increase over last years take. The estimates for property tax and income tax revenue increases rise at a slower rate in the four following years, county budget documents show, at about 1.8 percent. The county factored in growth in both new construction and growth in jobs to come up with their estimates, documents show. Revenue estimates for other local taxes, licenses and permits and highway user, fees which the state has cut in recent budget years by 95 percent and not restored, were all held flat for the next five budget years in the countys estimate of baseline expenses for fiscal 2012. In all the estimated revenues the county will have to work with in the coming budget year is a little more than $191 million. The county finance office set the baseline operating budget at $189.6 million for fiscal 2012, which is slightly less than fiscal 2011, but by 2016 the budget office estimates that the countys expenses will surpass revenues by about $10.2 million. Without grants from state and federal sources that baseline drops to a $174.1 million operating budget. Elaine Kramer, chief financial officer said that the new budget baseline did not include any money from the countys fund balance, which has in the past several years been used for revenue replacement to the tune of about $3.5 million mostly to make up for highway user revenue cuts. Highway user fees dont come back, Kramer told commissioners. This is kind of the new normal. Savich said that the baseline established in the latest budget packet is only a working document and that the commissioners could decide to dip into fund balances to stabilize the budget.

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Fritz, Norris Sworn in as Chief Prosecutor, Tax Collector

Jannette Norris begins her fifth term as County Treasurer.

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Attorneys from Fritzs Office and other officials and spectators attended the ceremony.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Both States Attorney Richard Fritz and County Treasurer Jan Norris were officially sworn into their offices Tuesday after somewhat hotly contested elections, and are now looking to the challenges that the next four years will bring. Fritz said that he would concentrate on prosecution of domestic violence cases in St. Marys as it is a continuing problem and the leading cause of homicides here. Ill continue trying to put together a domestic violence unit, Fritz said. The only

in St. Marys County were related to domestic violence and a unit that focused on those crimes could curb that violence early before it became too late. The sheriffs office has been using lethality assessments on domestic violence calls for the past year, and have reported success in getting legal and social resources to bear on the problem immediately as a result of the critical questionnaire given to victims. A whole lot of those people are abused long before a homicide takes place, Fritz said. Fritz said the prosecutors in his office would also focus on identifying recidivist offenders with long criminal records who break

auction for the owners inability to pay property taxes, she said, but there are fewer interested buyers, which makes it harder for the county to recoup its losses quickly. Half the county properties [on the tax sale list] arent being bid on anymore, Norris said. Eventually property owners often use the time a property has been on the sale list to pay up their taxes, Norris said, but owners should take precautions to ensure they never get to the point their property has to make it on the list. They need to try and budget priorities and

make sure that doesnt happen, Norris said. Despite being a long serving elected official and a staunch fiscal conservative, Norris said she had no desire to influence county politics. She just wants to oversee the flow of money to county coffers to keep the system running. I could use my position as a soapbox but Im not going to do that, Norris said.

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Photo by Frank Marquart Clerk of the Circuit Court Joan W. Williams administers the oath of office to States Attorney Richard Fritz.

holdup I see is space. Ive been trying to get space for four years. Making room at the states attorneys office in Leonardtown for such a unit, Fritz said, would allow prosecutors, law enforcement officers, social services staff and counselors working with the countys school system to better coordinate their efforts in curbing domestic violence. Fritz said that he would look for support from the Board of County Commissioners to help provide space for the formation of such a unit to focus solely on the domestic violence issue. Fritz said that 70 percent of past homicides

the law after being released from confinement. Were working off the theory that 10 percent of the people commit 90 percent of the crime, Fritz said. Norris said that her office would continue to keep a watchful eye on the countys fiscal health as far as revenues are concerned. So far it has been struggling for the past two years because of the faltering economy. Norris said she and her small staff have seen the impacts of the recession by how many properties have to go to tax sale. Our tax sales are so much larger, its distressing, Norris said. Not only are more properties going up for

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Cell Phones Now Allowed in Courts
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Visitors to Maryland courts may now take cell phones and other electronic devices into the facilities, according to a new ruling by the state judiciary, but there are still some restrictions on their use. The new rule took effect Jan. 1 and also allows cameras, personal computers and similar devices into the facility, but all such devices must be turned off in courtrooms unless judges give consent otherwise. Court officials here are worried that the new rule could create new and unforeseen problems both for security personnel and for witnesses and informants that testify in high profile criminal cases. Administrative Judge Karen H. Abrams told The County Times on Monday that the new rule came as a surprise to both her and her judicial colleagues. All the judges I talked to were against a policy like this, Abrams said. Were perturbed and concerned by it. Abrams said that the county Circuit Court had often made allowances for cell phone use by staff and attorneys there as well as for some citizens who had a pressing need to stay in contact on personnel business, but the new rule would cause a proliferation of electronic devices that would be difficult to control. Abrams was especially worried about cell phone cameras being used to take pictures of witnesses and informants during trials in drug or gang cases, as has been the instance in jurisdictions such as Prince Georges County and Baltimore City. She was also concerned that cell phones or other electronic devices could be used to conceal weapons brought into the courthouse I dont know what it [the new policy] solves, Abrams said. Were all a little more nervous now. Theres always something else to watch out for. Its only a matter of time before something untoward happens. Security personnel in courts are allowed to confiscate the devices for misuse; they can also collect the devices if visitors go to a certain part of the courthouse such as a deliberation room for a jury. The new rule prohibits visitors from taking pictures or other recordings with their cell phones as well as transmitting images or recordings while in any part of the courthouse. But the new requirements placed on courthouse security only makes their job harder, Abrams said. Were asking our security officers to add a whole other layer to their jobs, Abrams said. And when you do that you lessen your security. Under the old system, whether or not to allow such devices into the courthouse was strictly up to the administrative judge in each jurisdiction, said local Court Administrator Bill Tench. Tench said that lawyers as well as members of several media outlets pressed for the judiciary to make the recent change and provide a uniform policy regulating all types of devices. Thats what sparked this, Tench said. I think they were trying to balance those interests. Those found in violation of the new rule face confiscation of their equipment, fines and even contempt of court charges, according to the policy.

What community facilities do you use the most and why? What else do you think the community could use?
Kaileigh Reese from Lusby said she uses the libraries in the area. She goes there for reference books and information for the classes she takes at the College of Southern Maryland. If our community needed anything, I would say we need a YMCA for the benefit of the young adults and children, she said.

DNR: Elms Solar Plant Would Be The First Of Its Kind

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer said. A proposal to take 20 acres of state-owned land south of Lexington Park known as the Elms property and place a solar power facility there would be the only one of its kind in Maryland an official with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Wednesday. This [would] be the first utility-scale solar project in the state, said Niles Primrose, the DNR official overseeing the project, to the Elms Advisory Committee. The County Times first reported on the new proposal a week ago, when DNR officials and committee members scheduled a meeting to discuss the project. The state purchased the more than 1,000 acres of land back in the 1970s with the plans of one day placing some sort of power plant on the site. In the meantime, the county has leased 476 acres of the property and is currently using it for an environmental education center, parkland and hunting grounds. The power plant would be placed on the adjacent state-owned portion. Bob Schaller, di- A cluster of abandoned homes would be demolished to make way for a possible solar power plant on the Elms rector of the countys property. Department of Economic and Community Development, said said. that if the project becomes a reality it could both boost St. The entire 20 acres would be fenced off for security, but Marys County as a green jurisdiction and eventually help so- the remaining land would still be open for hunting and recrelar power generation become profitable. ation, assuming no other power plants were constructed on The county is already pursuing a 500-kilowatt solar pow- the site, he said. er project at George Washington Carver Elementary School. There would be very little excavation, Primrose said. This is pretty significant, Schaller said. Its a demon- There would be grass under the panels. stration site, its one thing to say were green but its another thing to do it. Itll say to developers, Look, you can do this, Schaller Primrose said that the project, if approved by the states Public Service Commission and a lengthy review process, would bring 16,000, three-foot by six-foot solar panels to the Elms property, supplanting a cluster of dilapidated and abandoned homes clearly visible from the dirt roadway leading into the property. The developer, which has yet to be named because there is still no lease agreement, proposes that the project would take up the entire 20 acres to produce about 4,000 kilowatts of electricity. The facility would be monitored remotely only a small structure would be built to house control components at the site with the rest of the space taken up by panels facing southward on a frame about 10 feet off the ground, Primrose

Ellie Ritchie of Hollywood said she uses the Leonardtown Library most often. I can go in there and get all the info I want. The people seem to go out of their way to help, she said. She said if there was anything the community needs, it is a larger library and something recreational for children, like a community center.

I go to the library to do my studying for the online courses I take, said Atradious Johns, a resident of Lusby. He said he uses the library for the Internet and for social networking. One thing he said he would like to see in the community are recreational things to occupy youths and adults in their free time and keep them out of trouble.

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revised stormwater management ordinance for the Town of Leonardtown as required by the State of Maryland. Ordinance No. 148 will become effective January 14, 2011. A full text of this ordinance may be obtained at the Town Office at 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD. By Authority: Laschelle McKay, Town Administrator

We admit its still very early, and way too soon for anyone to fairly evaluate the new Board of County Commissioners performance. After all, they only took office just a month ago, and it is reasonable to allow for some learning curve. Unfortunately for the citizens of St. Marys County, while we may want to allow time for the three new commissioners to get settled in, the decisions they make and even the few they have already made, have consequences for us immediately, regardless if they were made out of inexperience or not. Still we try to be patient, for now. This past Tuesday, the commissioners made a decision, the consequences of which run contrary to what most of them campaigned on. Inexperience is one thing, reneging on campaign promises just one month into their tenure is quite another thing. At Tuesdays commissioners meeting, newly elected Commissioner Todd Morgan complained about the laborious process of the commissioners approving each weeks check ledger, containing the names and amounts of each check that county government issues that week, and asked that the process be dispensed with and left to the unelected County Administrator and County Chief Financial Officer. The rest of the commissioners, absent Commissioner Jarboe, agreed and voted 4 to 0 to do away with the longstanding process. So now the process of approving the checks each week has been taken out of the public eye and resolved to back room questioning, back room answers, and private ridicule. While this may seem insignificant to some, those who have been in county government and those who have closely watched county government over the years know this, unlike how it may be done in the private sector, is one of the tenants to doing the peoples business in the open, so the public can see. Nothing is more revealing than to see how each dollar is spent, who the money is going to, and having those responsible for the spending knowing that each week, their spending is subject to public questioning. The Enterprise newspaper reported on this change of policy in such a way they made it seem like the only purpose served by this public check book review policy has been for Commissioner Jarboe to raise objections to certain spending. Nothing is further from the truth. In recent years Commissioners Raley, Mattingly, and McKay would often question expenditures as well as providing thoughts and concerns about decisions being made by county government. It takes a considerable amount of time each week for a commissioner to review what can sometimes be hundreds of checks that are processed. But it is the only real way to know with some level of detail what is taking place week in and week out down in the trenches. The commissioners claim once they budget the money to be spent, there should be little concern that how the money is actually being spent. Public beware; dont be fooled by such nonsense. In a $200,000,000 budget the devil is in the details. When the commissioners budget $100,000 for printing in tourism, isnt it important to know why a company in New Jersey is doing the printing rather than a local printer, and what are they printing? Or when $250,000 is budgeted in the sheriffs office for training shouldnt we know why a check is being written to a hotel in Las Vegas? And when $500,000 is budgeted to Building Services to maintain facilities, shouldnt we know whether the money is being spent to repair air conditioners or is someone buying new furniture for staff? Or when $1,000,000 is budgeted to build a new park, shouldnt the public be aware of what contractors and sub-contractors that money is going to? When they run a campaign professing open and honest government, and then within the first 30 days in office they take the publics checkbook away from the public, the tolerance for a learning curve is replaced with fear of whats next, or maybe worse, buyers remorse.

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Tree Stand Thief: Give it Back

I told the Deputy Sherriff, I cant remember the exact date that I last used it, but it was there before Christmas Eve. I didnt know it was missing until I went to use it this afternoon. You see, my buddies and I have several tree stands portables, ladders, ground blinds scattered among the 156 acre woodlands where we hunt. The reason there are so many is so that we can hunt different areas at different times based on wind and weather conditions. These stands are luxuries that we couldnt easily afford if we had to buy them all at once; but, since we have accumulated them over the years it would be a shame if they werent in the woods. Out of respect to the property owner, we agreed that no permanent stands would be built in the trees. The property is thoroughly posted with No Trespassing signs and trespassing is not tolerated. The property adjoins other private woodlands that we do not have permission to hunt. We respect the property boundaries and never cross them. The missing tree stand is a unique and relatively new portable climbing tree stand and it is not available from local stores or sporting goods shops. Some of its best features are not intuitive and would likely never be properly used by someone stupid enough to steal it. I wouldnt leave any portable stand on public property because it might encourage someone to use it that is not familiar with its operation. However, on private property I thought the only ones likely to use would be those of us with proper knowledge of its use and permission to be there. Leaving it at the base of a tree causes no harm and saves having to lug it into the woods each time. Since it didnt walk away from the tree where it was stationed of its own accord, I can only as-

sume that an unscrupulous stranger is trying to use it during the last days of this hunting season. I hope it serves him well and, if you happen to be that person, I have a deal for you. Please, put it back where you got it from. I will revisit the site on January 12. If it is there with all of its accoutrements and accessories then I will put it in storage for use next year, no questions asked! I will report it returned to the Deputy Sheriff and well go from there. To make it easy to find the tree again, I have identified it with an excessive number of reflective tacks. The purpose of this article is to relate a bad experience so that readers could benefit from it. I doubt it will get my tree stand back, but it is worth a shot. Who would think that someone would trespass on adequately posted private property to steal a tree stand? The Deputy Sheriff said that the best way to protect your property is to engrave ID numbers into the metal. Use your drivers license number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Even this action will not guarantee that your property will be returned; but if something like it turns up in captured stolen goods, it can be identified by these numbers. If you took my tree stand, give it back, please! Keith McGuire Hollywood, MD The writer is a regular columnist for The County Times and Southern Calvert Gazette; writing the Fur and Feathers hunting column in the fall and winter, and Ordinary Angler during the fairer months.

Christmas in the Ward

On December 25, 2010, we had the opportunity and honor of providing a Christmas meal to the wounded vets, their families, and medical staff at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. The ward with the wounded veterans is currently full due to the increase in Marine casualties in the Afghanistan war. The injuries sustained by the Marines are significant, all are life-threatening. We were told that they lost a Marine in the ward on Christmas Eve.

We expected to find a somber mood during the lunch, but what we found was unexpected. The vets and their families are amazing. There was an outpouring of thank-yous from them to us! These vets gave their limbs, eyes, and minds; some gave all, so that we could enjoy our freedoms, yet they were thanking us absolutely genuine, totally unselfish. Those who think our next generation has no clue to the meaning of life are utterly wrong. We were assisted in our endeavor by Sen-

ator Roy Dyson and his legislative aide Barbie Shields. Senator Dyson and Barbie have been an integral part of our efforts to give back to the wounded vets and they graciously gave their Christmas day transporting gifts, setting up the luncheon, ensuring the food was ready, and distributing gifts to the individual hospital rooms. Lenore Storey, Judi Simmons, Lindas Caf, Pat Meyers and the Rockin Redhatters donated food and Christmas gifts that were distributed by Senator Dyson to the Marines and their families in the ward.

We must never forget those who gave their liberties so that we could enjoy ours. Not many veterans are around from WWII or the Korean War. Vietnam War veterans are finally being recognized for their contributions. Next time you see a veteran please thank them for defending our liberties and our way of life. They will appreciate it. (ret) Nancy and Capt. Ted Harwood, USNR Hollywood, MD

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Top Stories of 2010

The County Times is wrapping up our coverage of the top news stories of 2010 to give readers a glimpse of the most interesting and eventful news of the past year. This week we look back and give snippets from the top stories from July to December. See the sports section of this newspaper for the top stories of the year in sports. All stories printed in The County Times can be viewed in their entirety online at www.CountyTimes. net. Check out the archive for full-page views of each issue of the paper. Even 22 years after his death, Arthur Fenner Lee Buck Briscoe maintains a steady presence in the halls of county government, now evidenced in part by a large picture and article collage paying homage to the man who helped launch St. Marys County tourism and earned himself the nickname Mr. St. Marys. He was the gentleman who began economic development, and he worked for years for no pay, said Briscoes long-time friend Richard Knott, 85, of Hollywood, who paid for the collage. ward revitalization of Leonardtowns most valuable asset, our waterfront, Mayor J. Harry Norris said. Farmer Wants to Move Ahead With Slaughterhouse 8/26

Bridge Replacement Hinges on Federal Funding 7/1 The head of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) told elected leaders from both St. Marys and Calvert counties that federal funding will be key to getting started on building a replacement for the Thomas Johnson Bridge that links the two jurisdictions. The bridge continues to be a priority, Beverly K. SwaimStaley, secretary of MDOT, told officials. We need a new transportation authorization, not a quick fix but a long term funding solution. Buy Local, Eat Local Push Is On 7/8

Foreclosure Rate in St. Marys Better Than Most 8/12

Johnny Knott, the Hollywood farmer who has met some community opposition for proposing to build slaughterhouse on farmland on Reeves Road, says that he plans to try to move ahead with the project despite initial word from the countys land use and zoning authority that it would not be permitted because he does not have proper road access. Somebodys going to pass this thing, Knott told The County Times. But the road issue makes it too difficult to find a place in the county anywhere.

Eight-Foot Shark Caught in Point Lookout 9/2

We trying to get local restaurants and stores to come and learn how to buy local, and not just here from the auction, but from other local farmers as well, said Donna Sasscer, manager of the DECDs agriculture and seafood division, during an open house at the Loveville Product Auction. Earlier in the day we had a couple restaurants come in and we explained to them how to buy from the auction. The events are part of a push for buying local, and the Savor St. Marys initiative involves not only persuading locals to buy local, and also to persuade local businesses to buy local. 22 Years After Death, Mr. St. Marys Honored 7/22

A report from an on-line real estate site that tracks the number of foreclosures nationwide shows that the number of foreclosures in Maryland has risen by about 5 percent in the past three months over the first quarter of the year. but real estate professionals here say that foreclosure activity in St. Marys County remains much lower than in other parts of the state. Calvert and St. Marys are very stable, said Rick McNabb, of Residential Plus Real Estate Services in Hollywood. though job losses and adjustable rate mortgages that were increasing the size of mortgage payments were pushing some people out of their homes. Town, Developer Settle on Wharf Property 8/19 Leonardtown officials announced they have purchased two parcels of land owned by a developer at the Leonardtown Wharf, after more than a year of legal wrangling that started in April 2009 with the town condemning both parcels. The land had been previously owned by developer Ron Russo, who had sought several years ago to build a mixed-use project at the wharf of office space and retail shops, including a restaurant. This property is the centerpiece of a continued effort toRidge fisherman Willy Dean caught an 8-foot bull shark near the swimming area of Point Lookout State Park. Bull sharks are a species of shark thats capable of going through a wide range of salinities, said Kenny Kaumeyer, curator of estuarine biology at Calvert Marine Museum, adding that this area would never see a great white or a tiger shark, which prefer high-salinity ocean water. Bull sharks have a reputation as a very aggressive shark Thats a pretty good sized shark, thats about as big as Ive ever heard of, Kaumeyer said.

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Hoyer May Have His Biggest Challenge in Years 9/9 Republicans in Marylands 5th Congressional District have noticed something new this year: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer appears to be grinding the campaign trail. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat and 15-term incumbent, is meeting with teachers and small business leaders and is ramping up appearances across the district, after years of what Republicans call less-than-aggressive campaigning. Hes done more campaigning in the last three months in the district than hes done in the last 10 years in my unofficial observation, said Collins Bailey, a Republican who lost to Hoyer in 2008. Hes actually campaigning locally now. World-Class Racing Comes to Patuxent 9/30

It was a bad night for Democrats as the party lost its bid to keep control of the St. Marys Board of County Commissioners with four GOP candidates, one of them an incumbent, winning at the end of a long night of election returns. Congressman Steny H. Hoyer kept his place in federal government after beating GOP challenger Charles Lollar in one of the most hotly contested races in the state, but heavy support in Prince Georges and Charles counties gave Hoyer a comfortable lead. In the Marine Corps we dont have a word for retreat. In fact, we call it a rally point, Lollar said. Which means at any given time when something doesnt look it is going the way it should you go back to the rally point, you regroup and you press forward. Cops Looking to Curb Growing Meth Trend 11/4

school immediately began rallying to organize fundraisers to ensure the school stays open in Solomons Island. Parishioners were told a total of $330,000 is needed to keep the school open, with half of that amount needed by Jan. 1 to ensure the school can confidently reach the fundraising goal. Some of the fastest racing boats in the world are coming together in Solomons Island for the Solomons Offshore Grand Prix, the first race of its kind in Calvert County in about two decades. The race, put on by the Offshore Performance Association (OPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association (CPBA), will feature as many as 50 boats of various sizes and speeds spread across nine different classes of vessels for one day of intense racing competition. J.T. Daugherty to Shut its Doors 10/21 Economic development and business insiders say that the reported closing of the J. T. Daugherty center, the countys main conference center located in Lexington Park, is a major shock and disappointment but it also reflects a fiscal reality of the times. Brian Norris, the owner of Cherry Cove Property Management of which the conference center is a part, said that the decision to close the facility in January was a financial one. It definitely was not a decision that was taken lightly by any stretch of the imagination, Norris said.

Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Expansion in Jeopardy 10/14 Constellation Energy, one of two partners in a multi-billion dollar deal that would bring a third nuclear reactor to the region as well as much needed jobs has pulled out of the application process for federal loan guarantees critical to the project. The project, which is estimated potentially cost near $10 billion, has hinged on federal Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantees, but with Constellation Energys withdrawal from the loan process, the project appears to be in danger of falling through. You never say never, said Calvert County Commissioner Jerry Clark. Calvert Cliffs is a prime place for additional nuclear power. St. Johns, Our Lady Catholic Schools Merger Proposed 10/14 Facing declining enrollments and lagging finances, St. Johns School in Hollywood and Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Solomons are talking about a merger, according to meeting documents from both schools. Volunteers, parents of students and alumni from Our Lady

GOP Comes Out Ahead in Most Local Races 11/4

Methamphetamine, a powerful illegal stimulant known as crystal meth and other terms is still being manufactured and sold on the narcotics market in small scale, say law enforcement officers, but they are not waiting for the problem to get bigger. Predictable is preventable, said Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron of efforts to track methamphetamine production and distribution here. Potentially its a big problem, right now its a problem. Weve been fortunate up to this point, said vice/narcotics commander Capt. Daniel Alioto. But we [now] have a new main course on our plate. St. Marys City Wants to Begin Annual Beer Fest 11/24 The Historic St. Marys City Foundation wants the county leadership to support a bill that would allow them to hold a beer fest in the springtime at the states historic first capital. In a letter to the Board of County Commissioners, attorney Samuel Baldwin, of the law offices of Baldwin and Briscoe, requested that their proposal be included in the legislative request package as a late entry to the state delegation for consideration in Annapolis this January. Earlier this year the Historic St. Marys City Foundation set a goal for itself to develop a signature event that that would occur annually, wrote Baldwin, who is also the events committee chair for the foundation.

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Shopping Center Manager, Officials Glad to See Roses Go 12/2

Air Expo Returns to Pax River 12/ 16

Judge Raley to Retire After Nearly 30 Years 12/16

After about five years of operation Roses department store at the St. Marys Square shopping center is closing its doors and the centers managers and some in county economic development circles say its about time. Mort Schuchman, the administrator with the holding company SMS LLC, which runs the shopping center, said that they had high hopes for Roses to rejuvenate the shopping center when the company took over the center in 2005. Were not displeased that theyre going, Schuchman said. I dont think they did anything to help the center.

From biplanes made of wood and canvas to unmanned planes made of cutting edge and experimental materials aviation has certainly come a long way since 1911. In celebration of all that has been achieved in the past 100 years, the Naval Air Forces will be hosting the Naval Aviation Centennial next year. To say Im looking forward to this is an understatement, said Capt. Stephen Schmeiser, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, who is the events point of contact for the Naval District Washington. Patuxent River will be hosting an Air Expo on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3 through 4.

Circuit Court Judge C. Clarke Raley confirmed this week that he will retire from the bench after a long career as one of the countys most well-known jurists. Raley, 68, declined a lengthy interview with The County Times, but still shared some of the characteristic humor he has been noted for. Ill be retiring April 30 and thats the beginning and the end of the story, Raley said. I think thats the longest interview Ive given the newspaper.


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Male Victims Get Lost in Domestic Abuse Data

By Jon Aerts Capital News Service When Adele Freeman fired five .38-caliber bullets into her boyfriend in 2000, she contributed to an often-overlooked statistic within the sometimes deadly world of partner abuse: namely, that more than one-third of all homicides each year connected to domestic violence are perpetrated by women. Men can be victimized in the same way women can, said Laura Martin, the Calvert County States Sttorney who helped secure Freemans first-degree murder conviction in 2002. And its not just the violence. Its about control, dominion, power, she said. The fact of female abusers and male victims is often lost in the discussion of domestic violence. In fact, women advocates have used selective statistics -- the same federally-funded survey that found women are as equally abusive to men -- to bolster their plea for funding and services. That absence of attention to the mens side of the coin has contributed to an imbalance of services for men in abusive relationships. This is the best-kept secret on family violence, said Murray Straus, a sociologist who led the commissioned survey in 1975, and again in 1985 with the same results. There is a tremendous effort to suppress and deny these results. No one disputes that when physical violence occurs, women are prone to more serious injury than men, however, Straus and others caution that this should not obscure the fact that about a third of men sustain injuries from partner violence, or homicide. Bill Hall of Adams House, a health and wellness center in Suitland, agreed. He called domestic violence an equal opportunity issue that often gets overlooked by the 24 or so womens advocacy centers throughout the state. Its kind of hard to find programs that cater to men and boys, he said. Most of the agencies I know of refer men to us ... as abusers. Each Monday night, he and his wife, Stacie, counsel two groups of some 30 women and 65 men. Within each group, about 70 percent have been court-ordered to attend the 90-minute-long counseling sessions, aimed at curtailing future violent behavior. In dealing with those whove punched out girlfriends and choked wives, socked boyfriends, stabbed exes and even shot at spouses, both Halls agree that domestic violence is anything but a one-way street of male-on-female violence. Most women who abuse in the relationship (do so) because they feel pressured and dont feel that they can communicate any other way, said Stacie Hall. Because hes just not listening, and (men) are much bigger than we are. But other advocacy groups ignore femaleon-male violence. Take one particular bullet point from a brochure sponsored by Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, a state advocacy coalition backed largely by federal funds: Every 15 seconds a woman is battered in the United States by her husband, boyfriend or live-in partner. To Michaele Cohen, the non-profits executive director, that statistic sounds about right. There are male victims, of course, but the majority of victims who come forward are female, she said. Cohen said other data suggesting that men suffer from equal rates of violence are unreliable. That methodology is very controversial because, you know, youre saying that every hit is equal and youre not taking into account context, she said. I think you have to look critically at those studies. Yet both sides of the debate are actually looking at the same studies: that 1975 survey, updated 10 years later, that revealed nearly identical rates of abuse among men and women. Cohen did not know of the connection to the statistics in her groups brochure, but said anecdotal evidence supports their contention. I dont really want to quibble about the particular stats, she said. Instead, Cohen pointed to the huge number of female victims she sees in need of assistance each and every day. Im not relying on statistics. Im relying on 30 years of experience. That reliance on nonscientific data is no shock to Richard Gelles, who co-authored the 1975 and 1985 surveys with Straus. People cherry-pick their numbers for advocacy studies, he said. This is what advocates do, and thats not sad. Whats sad is policymakers dont create evidence-based policy. Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, offered up the Violence Against Womens Act as an example. Since 1994, the act has doled out some $4 billion to states -- dollars aimed at eliminating domestic abuse, stalking and sexual assault through increased financial, legal and housing support to women. The act has also upped the penalties against offenders and more closely knits prosecutors, judges, police and victims advocates to the effort. In a telephone interview recently, Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Fort Washington, said that There is no credible evidence that there is a 50-50 relationship in domestic abuse numbers. That is so not true. Instead, she pointed to an overwhelming body of research that shows men perpetrate as much as 95 percent of domestic abuse. Richard Davis, a retired Brockton, Mass., police lieutenant and author of two books on the subject of family violence, said those figures are inaccurate and outdated. Theres nobody outside radical feminism that accepts that 95-percent figure anymore, he said. Even the domestic violence network Edwards co-founded avoids the number, instead putting the rate of male batterers at 85 percent. So what of services available to men? Laura Dugan, a public policy expert and associate professor at the University of Maryland, said you might not know of a need for men based on the services available to them. All of these service providers, they do not let men on their premises, she said, recounting a case she was familiar with in which an alcoholic wife was abusing her husband. She really abused him. And he had nowhere to go.

Hirtz Wins Teacher of the Year Career and Technology Center Hosts STEM Expo for Lexington Park
By Katie Hammerer Contributing Writer Even as a little girl Michelle Hirtz pretended to be a teacher, instructing her dolls and educating them. She had always desired to become a teacher and in her 22-year career, Hirtz has risen above teaching dolls and recently won Teacher of the Year at Lexington Park Elementary School. Though she had been eager to teach from a young age, Hirtz said when she was assigned to educate kindergarteners, I was terrified. Over the years, Hirtz has been able to become a fabulous teacher, said Susie Fowler, principal at Lexington Park elementary. She forms very deep relationships with the students and the parents, Fowler said. When deciding who will be the teacher of the year, administrators and the instructional resource groups at Lexington Park chose the most worthy candidates from the school that demonstrate exceptional qualities to be selected as teacher of the year. According to the schools guidelines, each selected candidate should demonstrate qualities that are definitive of a person worthy of teacher of the year; the candidate should demonstrate understanding of the material they are teaching Michelle Hirtz while effectively instilling the same information Fowler said. She is the teacher you want your in students while focusing on a childs talents children to have in school. as ell as forming cooperative relationships with Now that Hirtz has received Teacher of the colleagues and the community. Year from Lexington Park, she is now in the While Hirtz was not the only teacher in the running for St. Marys County Teacher of the running, her abilities and skills within the teach- Year. Candidates must complete a nomination ing community made her a wonderful choice; her packet, submit pictures and letters from colcontributions and extensive knowledge on help- leagues and community members; the winner ing and developing the skills of young emerging will be chosen Jan. 12. readers as well as the work she has done with the early reading recovery program has made a significant impact on the students at Lexington Park Elementary School, Fowler said. She is very caring and humorous; she is able to teach children appropriate manors, By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The St. Marys County Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program is gearing up to hold its annual expo at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center today. The expo will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Its a time when parents and students can come see if theyre interested in applying for it, said Linda Musial, the supervisor of STEM. The expo is an opportunity for parents, students and anyone else interested in STEM to ask questions and talk with current STEM students and teachers. Student work samples and exhibits will be on display during the Expo. The student work includes robotics project and other things they have been working on through the year. We use a lot of technology in our STEM academies, Musial said. Devin Kimmey, a freshman at Great Mills High School, said showing the technology at the expo is one of the best things about the event. I think its a lot of fun because we get to show off with the technology we usually wouldnt do in school, he said. He said he joined the STEM program to get a challenge he wasnt receiving from the normal curriculum. Jennifer Lyons, a senior at Great Mills High School also said she felt like the STEM program goes above and beyond what the school district normally can offer. You really are challenged through the school, she said. She compared the STEM course to college classes. She said she has been involved in the STEM expo since she joined the program in her freshman year. I think its a good chance to come out and figure out what we actually do, The academies are located at Great Mills High School, Spring Ridge Middle School and Lexington Park Elementary School. Students in the STEM program that would not normally be attending the school will be transferred to the school housing the academy. Musial said a large part of having the expo is to give the students considering going into the STEM program a chance to experience it before committing to the program as a whole. The STEM Academy includes students in grades four through 12. Applications for the next school year for elementary students in fourth and fifth grades, as well as middle school students, will be available on the STEM website by Jan. 15. For high school students, the applications will be available later in the semester. For more information, call Musial at 301-475-5511, extension 126 or visit http://


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The fifth grade students from four local elementary schools are skipping middle school and high school and going straight to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). The students are going CSM for water safety classes. The schools include Lettie Marshall Dent, Leonardtown Elementary School, Piney Point Elementary School and Ridge Elementary School. Kelly Hall, the director of elementary schools with St. Marys County Public Schools, said the water safety classes are a pilot program being funded in part by the students and in part by the school district. The classes are part of the environmental studies class and counts as a fieldtrip for the students. The fifth grade Photo by Frank Marquart classroom teachers and other St. Marys County Public Schools instructors will be Caleb Ferro helps John McNeely out of the pool at CSM Leonardtown on Wednesday morning during teaching ad supervising the students. water safety class. Were starting small so we can see what its like, Hall said. sonal flotation devices in huddled formaThe schools are from all over the tions and on their own. In addition to the county, and from different demographics two hours in the pool, the students get classand economic situations, which Hall said room instruction to reinforce what they learn will help the school district determine if the in the pool. classes are something the district wants to Zelenak said the students are split into commit to. four groups or more, which are rotated every We want to help fifth grade students 20 minutes so each student has the chance learn water safety skills, Hall said. to get experience helping and being helped F.J. Talley, vice president and dean in the water. of the Leonardtown campus of CSM, said The idea is to have every fifth grade its important for students to know how to student in St. Marys County learn to swim, be safe around water, especially in an area Talley said. thats as rich in bodies of water both large and small as Southern Maryland.

CSM Aquatics Coordinator Tom Zelenak said the students will be reviewing water safety techniques such as reach and extension assists, where they can use things like towels and pool noodles to help their friends if theyre in trouble. He said they also learn how to use per-


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Michael Thornton from 24/7 Emergency Road Svc, Inc. of Mechanicsville has received the American Towman ACE Award for achievement in service performance. Recipients were nominated by the nations major motor clubs and dispatch centers, including: Asurion, Coach-net, GEICO, National Automobile Club and Nation Safe Drivers, a press release states. The nominations guidelines for the ACE Award include: the highest percentage of calls when the estimated time of arrival is achieved, consistency in response time, written appreciation from customers, and percentage of calls serviced (instead of turning then away) thereby reflecting reliability and overall professionalism. The ACE Award is presented by American Towman Magazine, the leading trade in publication serving emergency road service professionals. The ACE Award was commemorated by and original design belt buckle. The buckles were presented to the towing professionals during the ACE Award Ceremony at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore on Nov. 21, at the American Towman Exposition, the worlds largest trade show and convention for emergency road service providers.

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St. Marys Hospital Opening New Building Michael Thornton Receives American Towman Award

Photo by Sarah Miller Most of the external construction is finished on St. Marys Hospitals newest building. The internal work is anticipated to be finished and the building opened in the Spring.

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Theres been construction going on near St. Marys Hospital for a while now and the hospital recently released plans for what will be occupying the inside of the building. The first floor of the structure will be the new home for the Cancer Care and Infusion Services and the outpatient imaging services. Our hope is that its going to open up the space and be more comfortable for patients, said Holly Meyer, director of marketing and public relations for St. Marys Hospital. The new infusion center will have windows that open on a healing garden, which will give the people receiving treatment something pleasant to look at other than walls and other patients. Half of the second floor will be a new home for Health Connections, a community outreach program at the hospital. Meyer said one of the more recognizable things Health Connections does is a 40-foot mobile van to house programs on the road. This is going to give them more space and new space to offer programs to the community, Meyer said. Classes offered through Health Connections include Yoga and the Gold Card Club for senior citizens. The second floor will also house offices for visiting physicians and the office of finance and patient accounting. Meyer said since the hospitals merger with MedStar in October 2009, there has been an endocrinologist from the Washington

Hospital Center who visits St. Marys Hospital once per week. St. Marys Hospital is also working to build a relationship with a couple of pediatric endocrinologists from George University Hospital. Were hopeful the relationships will continue and people will be using the facility, Meyer said. The Vice President of the hospital, Mark Boucot, said the new building is the first phase of a large plan to expend the facilities at the hospital, which had been in effect since they merged with MedStar. As for the spaces that will be opened in the main hospital building when the facilities move to the new building, Boucot said they are working on a master facilities plan that will utilize the spaces. He said there is nothing set in stone yet, and the plans after the new building is finished are considered part of phase two. WM Davis Inc., a Leonardtown based company, is doing the construction on the building. We have a good working relationship with them, said Frank Fearns, director of projects at St. Marys Hospital. He said the bid for the project was open to anybody, and they narrowed it down to four contractors, two of which were local. Fearns said the bid was given to WM Davis because the hospital wanted to keep the money in the local economy and WM Davis had a history of doing good work. He said the construction on the outside is nearly completed, and the building should be open for business in April or May, weather

permitting. St. Marys Hospital will be celebrating its 100th year in March 2012, and Boucot said its not going anywhere. St. Marys is going to be around a long, long time, Boucot said.

Tax Deadline Pushed Back 3 Days

The Internal Revenue Service opened the 2011 tax filing season on Tuesday by announcing that taxpayers have until April 18 to file their tax returns. The IRS reminded taxpayers impacted by recent tax law changes that using e-file is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. Taxpayers will have until Monday, April 18 to file their 2010 tax returns and pay any tax due because Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Friday, April 15. By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have three extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their 2010 tax returns. The IRS expects to receive more than 140 million individual tax returns this year, with most of those being filed by the April 18 deadline.

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On December 11, 2010 the St. Marys County Sheriffs Office received a report of a stolen credit card being used to make purchases at several local businesses in Great Mills, Maryland. The investigation identified Marie Catherine Joachim, 20 ,of Lexington Park, as the alleged individual who committed the thefts. On December 29, 2010 Joachim was arrested and charged with credit card theft, receiving a stole credit card and theft.

Sex Offender Caught After Police Search

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County law officers have apprehended a convicted sex offender who allegedly absconded from his listed address. This is the second time in recent months that Terrence Queen has been accused of violating the conditions of being listed on the states sex offender registry. According to information from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, a routine check of Queens registered home address Dec. 29 in Hollywood showed he was no longer living there and detectives issued a warrant for his arrest. Just one day later detectives arrested Queen. Queen still faces charges of violating his supervision by police when he allegedly left his earlier listed address on Reeders Saunders Lane in California back in November. Queen was arrested on that charge Nov. 15 but was released one day later, court records reveal. Queen is listed as a tier-three sex offender who was convicted on a charge of sexually abusing a minor. Queen is required to register for life on the states list of sex offenders and is required to check in periodically with local law enforcement to confirm his address and place of employment. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that reports of sex offenders absconding from their listed residences appear to be on the increase,

Woman Arrested In Stolen Credit Card Case

Suspected Marijuana, Brass Knuckles Recovered In Arrest

On December 31, 2010 Deputy First Class Graves was patrolling Potomac Way in Charlotte Hall when he noticed an occupied vehicle parked at a closed business. Further investigation revealed Jamie Lee Rose Emory, 18, of Tall Timbers was the operator of the vehicle. As Graves was speaking with Emory he noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana and a smoking device containing suspect marijuana residue on Emorys person. Graves also recovered a pair of brass knuckles concealed in Emorys clothing, police alleged. She was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia and possession of a concealed deadly weapon.

On December 31, 2010 Deputy Nielson stopped a truck driven by James Raymond Jones, 38, of Lexington Park for a traffic violation. As Nielson was speaking with Jones he said he noticed Jones displayed signs of intoxication police alleged. Jones was offered a standardized field sobriety test and refused. Based on the deputys observation, Jones was arrested for driving under the influence. A search incident to the arrest revealed Jones was in possession of suspect marijuana police alleged. Jones was charged with possession of suspect marijuana. On January 1, 2011 deputies responded to a residence on Exquisite Court in Lexington Park for a report of property destruction. Investigation revealed Michael Keun Joo Krech, 21, of Hollywood was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a destruction of property when Krech allegedly shattered the rear window of the victims vehicle. Krech was arrested for destruction of property.

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but he said he was unsure whether that was attributable to the more frequent checks on offenders revealing their violations or because sex offenders were actually violating the conditions of their probation more. My concern is that these people comply with the orders of the court, thats the best protection for the community, Cameron said. Its a priority to find them. Queen was released Tuesday on bond from the county detention center, police reports show.

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Police Search For Suspects in Home Invasion

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Detectives are searching for three black males they believe are responsible for a home invasion and stabbing that occurred in Lexington Park in the evening hours of Sunday. Police report that the three men entered a residence at about 6:45 p.m. on Cabot Place and stabbed the victim. The three men, who police said wore masks, stole property from the residence and fled the scene on foot. Police used canine units to search the area for the suspects but were not able to locate them, police stated. The victim was treated for their injuries and released from St. Marys Hospital, police said. Capt. Terry Black, commander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations told The County Times that detectives are still canvassing the area where the crime took place to gather more information. They have made no arrests in the stabbing case, Black said, and are still trying to gather more information on who the suspects might be. The motive for the home invasion and stabbing is still under investigation, Black said. Detectives are not revealing the nature of the items stolen from the victims residence. Anyone who witnessed the home invasion or has otherwise has information on the crime is asked to call the criminal investigations division at 301-475-4200 at extension 9058 and talk to Det. Cpl. Daniel Ray. Witnesses can also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333. If the information leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved the caller could be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward. Police are also searching for three men believed to be responsible for the armed robbery of the Sign of the Whale liquor store in Lexington Park just one day after the robbery on Cabot Place. Police say they are looking for two black males and one white, all of them wearing ski masks during the robbery, who held up the store at gunpoint Jan. 3 at about 10:20 p.m.

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fixed address, according to police reports. Grays body was found Dec. 15 and when detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations took over the case they stated that they believed that foul play was not involved in Grays death.


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Frances Arnold, 84

Frances Lorene Arnold, 84, of Leonardtown, MD died December 28, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born March 16, 1926 in Woodlawn, VA she was the daughter of the late William Anderson and Minnie Frances Alford Smythers. Ms. Arnold is survived by her children; David Arnold of California, MD, Gene Arnold (Carmel McCadden) of Park Hall, MD, Sue Lang (Dave) of Hollywood, MD, and Vicki Johnson (Dirt) of Avenue, MD as well as five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She moved from Wytheville, VA in 1943 to St. Marys County, MD and was a homemaker. The family received friends on Thursday, December 30, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were recited. A funeral service was held on Friday December 31, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD with Rev. Tim Grose officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were; Michael Johnson, Kevin Fearns, Robert Viars, Matt McConville, Larry Pickett, and Bobby Smythers. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

was the daughter of the late Raymond Tesoro and Anna (Scocca) Tesoro. Margaret was the head librarian for the St. Marys County Public Library from 1959 until her retirement in 1984. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lexington Park, MD. Margaret is survived by her husband, Joseph E. Cannetti, a daughter, JoAnne Sutliff of Lusby, MD, a son, Raymond Cannetti of St. Marys County, MD, one grandchild, two greatgrandchildren, and a sister, Madeline Owen of Las Vegas, NV. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony DePietto and a sister Theresa Tesoro. Family received friends for Margarets Life Celebration on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Memorial service was conducted with Reverend Jack Kennealy officiating. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

MD died January 2, 2011 at her residence. Born June 11, 1923 in Washington, D.C. she was the

ceded in death by her sister Joan Davidson. Mrs. Pagenhardt graduated from Eastern High School in 1941 and in 1976 she moved to St. Marys County. She was a Secretary for the United States Government for 20 years before her retirement in 1996. Mrs. Pagenhardt was an avid reader. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 1 p.m. in First Saints Community Church, First Friendship Campus, Ridge, MD with Rev. Keith Schukraft officiating. Interment will be private. In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Chad Poland, 27
daughter of the late Frederick and Mary Jean Brown Cook. Mrs. Pagenhardt was the loving wife of the late Norval Edgar Pagenhardt whom she married on September 29, 1951 in Catonsville, MD and who preceded her in death on February 24, 2007. She is survived by her sons; Robert F. Fowler of Fairfax, VA, David E. Pagenhardt of Tarpon Springs, FL, Alan L. Pagenhardt of Drayden, MD, and Charles A. Pagenhardt of Scotland, MD as well as three grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Pagenhardt is also survived by her sister; Charleen Pinnell of Mount Solon, VA. She was preChad William Poland, age 27, of Lexington Park, MD passed away unexpectedly on December 21, 2010 in Joppa, MD. The youngest of three, Chad was born on June 22, 1983 at St. Marys Hospital in Leonardtown, MD to his loving parents Robert and Linda Poland of Lexington Park. Chad spent his childhood and most of his adult life in St. Marys County, MD. He graduated from Leonardtown High school in 2002. Over the past decade, he had worked at as McKays Foodland in Great Mills, MD and at Lowes in California, MD. He had recently relocated to Joppa, MD to attend Harford County Community College in order to pursue of a technical degree. Chad

Carrie Streets, 65
Carrie Bell Streets, 65 of Lexington Park, MD, passed away on January 2, 2011 at St. Marys Hospital. Please contact Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD at 301-475-5588 for arrangements.

Rodney Lovett, 58
Rodney Terrance Lovett, 58 of Lexington Park, MD passed away on December 18, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born January 6, 1952 in Key West, FL, he was the son of the late Rodney and Ruth Smith Lovett. Rodney graduated from Key West High School, in 1974 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and retired in 1994, after retiring from the Army Rodney went to work as a Security Guard at Patuxent Naval Air Station from 1994 to 1995, he then went to work at the St. Marys County Court House from 1995 until retiring in 2001. Rodney is survived by his wife, Sylvia M. Price Lovett of Lexington Park, MD, children; Ternice Lovett of Louisville, KY, and Rodney Lovett, Jr. of Lexington Park, MD, siblings; Edriena Cooper of Miami, Fl, Sonya Hannibal of Miami, Fl, Edward Lovett of Los Angeles, CA, Vernon Lovett of Miami, and Bernadine Lovett of Miami, FL, step-children; Myeka Price of Lexington Park, MD, Tania Aldridge of Lexington Park, MD, Latoya Herbert of El Paso, TX, and Marteea Barnes of Lexington Park, MD, also survived by one aunt Bernadine Cooper and 3 grandchildren. Family received friends on Monday, January 3, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. where a Funeral Service was conducted with Elder Anita Chase officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

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were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Morganza, MD. Interment followed at Queen of Peace Cemetery Helen, MD. Pallbearers were Leonard Guy Mattingly, Joey St. Clair, Terry Russell, Leroy Russell, Al Raley and JR Hill. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. watching television. He was a Redskins fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 7, 2011 from 5 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday January 8, 2010 at 10 a.m. in St. Josephs Catholic Church, Morganza, MD with Fr. Keith Woods officiating and Deacon James A. Somerville co-officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be Glenn Swann, James Turner, Jr., George Jennifer, William Gross, Glenn Turner and John Brown, Sr. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Two sons, Cleveland Holland and an infant, Baby Boy predeceased him. Services were held on December 28, 2010 at Dunkirk Baptist Church. Bishop Robert Holland officiated. Elder Gross conducted the eulogy. Interment followed at Plum Point Church Cemetery in Huntingtown. Pallbearers were Joseph Brooks, Henry Jones, Langston Reid, Fred and Gerald Keemer and Dorille Gray. Memorial contributions may be made to National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, 3962 S. Delaware St., Englewood, CO 80110 or at Arrangements provided by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk.

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Mary Ann Wilkins, 71

Mary Ann Hebb Wilkins, 71, of Lexington Park, died December 30, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital, Leonardtown. Mary Ann was born March 22, 1939 in Compton, MD to the late James Ignatius Hebb, Sr. and Mary Florene Hebb-Robinson. Mary Ann was educated in St. Marys County Public School System. She was a veteran Bingo Player for over 40 years. Mary Ann enjoyed spending every moment with her family and close friends. She loved to cook and made the best homemade biscuits. In addition to her parents, Mary Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Wilkins; sisters, Mary Florence Mason (Jeremiah), Mary Viola Jones (Richard), Deloris Thomas (Bernard), and brothers, James Ignatius Hebb Jr. (Catherine), Leroy Hebb (Margaret), Horace Robinson and a special niece, Maria Mason. She is survived by her six children, Clarence Hebb Sr., District Heights, MD, Patricia Young, Germantown, MD, William Gus Hebb, Lexington Park, MD, Arlene Wilkins, California, MD, Zedebee Thomas Wilkins, Deltona, Fla,, and Agnes Hebb-Okosun, Silver Spring, MD; 2 stepchildren, Betty Whitaker, and Dorothy WilkinsBobbitt; 4 sisters, Hortense Barnes (Emmett), Rosetta Gough, Linda Dyson (Preston), Ella Louise Robinson and 2 brothers, Joseph Hebb, Sr. (Mary). and twin, Francis Xavier Hebb. Mary Ann was a loving grandmother to her 18 grandchildren Paul Dewayne P Dorsey, Lashonda Molly Clyburn (Desales), Kimberly Wilkins-McClane (Horace Jr.), Tasha Curtis (Cean) , Janelle Hebb, Nathaniel Phalfie Taylor (Kelly), Clarence CJ Hebb Jr. , Jennifer Okosun, Alan Green, Amber Ross, Jamal Okosun, Mary Tucker, Ashley McLean, Ciara Wynn, Daryl DJ Barnes Jr., Kimberly Ann Wilkins, Nima Stewart; 14 great-grandchildren, eldest Dewayne D.A Wilkins. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 7, 2011 from 10 am until time of Mass 11 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church 22375 Three Notch Rd Lexington Park, MD. Interment will follow immediately after service St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Arrangement by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Waldorf, MD 301-632-6624.

enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He loved spending time with his dog, camping, fishing, hiking and working in his garden. His hobbies included listening to music, reading & collecting comic books, playing video games and repairing computers. Chad will always be remembered by those who knew him best for his gentle and kind spirit. He had a big heart and always watched out for his friends like his own family. To many in his family, he was a best friend, especially to his cousin Michael Conn. He was a loyal and caring son to his parents and a defender to his sisters. He enjoyed living life to the fullest, and although his life was brief, he touched many hearts and minds with his light. A Celebration of his life service was held on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 in the Life Community Church, 22512 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, MD 20634. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys County Humane Society.

Andrew Holland, Jr., 71

Leonard Mattingly, 60
Leonard Bartholomew Lenny Mattingly, 60, of Helen, MD died December 29, 2010 at the Hospice House of St. Marys in Callaway, MD. Born October 23, 1950 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of the late Schercliffe Bartholomew and Agnes Cecelia Copsey Mattingly. Lenny is survived by his children; Leonard Guy Mattingly of Leonardtown, MD and Mary Beth Browne, of Valley Lee, MD. He is also survived by his siblings; Steven S., Bernard M., Charles A. Mattingly, Mary M. Thompson of Morganza, MD and Sharon M. Posey, of Hague, VA and as well as one grandson Travis Justin Browne and also Cathy Mattingly his former wife and Stella Bowles his companion. He was preceded in death by his brother Thomas R. Mattingly. Lenny graduated from Chopticon High School in 1969. He was a lifelong resident of St. Marys County and was a self-employed farmer. The family received friends on Monday, January 3, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers

Charles Brigham Buster Young, 60, of Upper Marlboro, MD, and formerly from Bryantown, MD passed away on December 30, 2010 at Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, MD. Born on June 10, 1950 in Washington, DC. He was the son of Mary Evelyn Gross Young of Bryantown, MD and the late Joseph Stanley Young. Mr. Young is also survived by his wife Valerie A. Stewart Young whom he married on June 21, 1975 in St. Josephs Catholic Church, Morganza, MD. In addition to his mother and wife he is also survived by his brother Phillip Gregory Young of Washington, DC., his niece; Jemia Young of Atlanta, GA, his Aunt; Shirley Stewart and Uncles; Leroy Young, Francis Gross, William Gross, James O. Gross and Thomas Gross as well as sister and brother in-laws; Carmencita Bell, James Louis Stewart, Luchino Stewart and Charlottis Woodley. Mr. Young was preceded in death by his brother Joseph Marlowe Young. He graduated from La Plata High School in 1970 and went on to the Tech program in the Association of Journeymen and graduated in 1984 as a Steamfitter. Mr. Young was a self employed HVAC Technician and owned C.A.C.E. Mechanical for 38 years. He was a member of the Steamfitters Local 602; his hobbies were bowling and

Andrew Cleveland Holland, Jr., 71 of Huntingtown, MD died on December 22, 2010 at his home. He was born in Prince Frederick, MD on October 2, 1939 to the late Andrew and Amelia Reid Holland. He was the third of eight children. He attended Calvert County public schools and began working in construction as brick layer, foreman and superintendent. He enjoyed gardening, taking care of cars and the farmers market. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy Jones Holland; sons, Robert Chalmers of Huntingtown, Ronald Holland of Huntingtown, Steven Holland of Lexington Park, Lawrence Holland of Washington, DC, Keith Holland of Prince Frederick, MD and Andrew Holland of North Beach; daughters, Carlene Washington of Accokeek, MD, Gail Holland of Waldorf, MD, LaTonya Holland of Lexington Park, Renee Becraft of North Beach, Tracy Gorman of Prince Frederick, MD and Danielle Becraft of Upper Marlboro; brothers, Raymond Holland of Prince Frederick, George Holland of Huntingtown and Theodore Holland of Lexington Park; sisters Clarice Fletcher of Huntingtown and Olivia Thomas of Prince Frederick, MD, 51

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time she was 50. It was then that she discovered a hidden truth about herself she is a lesbian. The essay she published in Dear John, I Love Jane, A Door Opening Out, describes how Grier was unhappy in her marriage, and MFA program. Once each semester people in the program go to an intensive, 10-day residency in Maine and during the rest of the semester the students work with faculty members on their assignments and projects. Grier said it was getting out of the house and spending extended periods of time in Maine, away from her home and family, that started helping her to discover herself. She said shes generally always stuck to writing non-fiction. Its just what felt right to me, Grier said. Her writing is a way for her to work through issues in her life and her own sense of identity I think non-fiction writers write to make sense of their lives, Grier said. She said she has never really had a desire to write fiction. Id rather be writing the truth than making stuff up, she said. Grier was born and raised in the Charlotte, NC area and moved to Maryland with her first husband in 1977. The South is still very patriarchal, Grier said, and to an extent women are seen as second class to men. She said this attitude is not necessarily deliberate, but it was still a large part of what shaped her and her attitudes. The culture in which you are raised turns out to be more telling that the current culture, she said. The attitudes of the people in the South were not something she noticed until she had moved out of the culture and was looking at it from the outside. She said being in the South was also not all bad. She said the people were warm and she came from a traditional, privileged household. Its kind of a love-hate relationship, Grier said.

how she met her current significant other, Trish Cole, while they were working at the College of Southern Maryland. Dear John, I Southern-raised author Susan Grier tried Love Jane is an anthology of memoirs from the wife-mother-homemaker route. She had women who left men for other women. two sons and a couple of husbands by the This is the third essay Grier has had published. The other two were in Thanksgiving to Christmas: A Patchwork of Stories and Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones. She said the former is about waiting for her younger son at the airport the night before Thanksgiving and the latter was about her older sons being transgendered. The process she had to go through to get her essays published was relatively painless. She said her piece for Dear John, I Love Jane was published with only one or two minor corrections. Shes also working on a full book and the editing process for that will be more complicated, Grier said. While shes working on her book, she said she will continue to publish short works and essays. I think as a non-fiction writer, who write your story over and over again, she said. Her book will be about her son who is a transgender and what he went through. It will also describe how she felt having raised a son Photo by Sarah Miller who was transgendered. Grier said she has wanted to be a writer Susan Grier and the anthology Dear John, I Love Jane during a book signing at Fenwick Street Used all her life, but only started getting serious Book Store, where she read her essay A Door Opening Out. about it when she was in her 50s. Around 50, I woke up one day and ime Only! thought wait a minute, she said. dT She had devoted all her time to her children, her work, various fundraisers and other pursuits that took all her time and left no time for her to explore her passion. So Grier went back to school and earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Non-Fiction from Stonecoast, an affiliate of the University of Southern Maine. Stonecoast is a low-residency, two-year


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by Spring Ridge Middle School teachers, Mr. Gravelle and Mr. NewCamp, mixes academic success with an introduction to a variety of careers. Students read stimulating novels and develop mathematical concepts related to specific career fields. Outside influences such as guest speakers, field trips, and community outreach are encouraged. Two such careers Military led by Mrs. Hughes, and Law Enforcement, led by Ms. Brown Taylor were recently treated to a hands-on experience of leadership skills, precision drill, and physical fitness training. Students from Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy (LHJNA), Marylands only remaining secondary military school, spent an afternoon with Spring Ridge students. ROUTE students were genuinely enthusiastic with loads of questions and more than a few grunts while performing the physical fitness training. Physical fitness training is also incorporated into Law Enforcement along with the dedication, conduct, honor, and perseverance it takes to be part of either career track. Mr. Hughes, the Battalion Commander of LHJNA, stressed the importance of the Honor Code at his school and how LHJNA students dont have to put locks on their lockers. The Honor Code states that students shall not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those that do. LHJNA students know full well that the Honor Code is alive and well and that their belongings are safe without using locks for

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NARFE, Chapter 969 Luncheon/Meeting

Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., is the deadline for making reservations for the St. Marys County Chapter 969, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) luncheon/meeting. The luncheon/meeting will be held at Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown, Friday, January 21. The cost of the luncheon buffet is $14.50. The social hour begins at 11 a.m., and lunch is at noon. The guest speaker at the January luncheon/ meeting will be Kathy Franzen, of Hospice of St. Marys. Reservations for lunch are required -- call Judy Loflin, 301-872-0064. Members will be charged for the cost of lunch if reservations are not kept or cancelled by the deadline. If you are interested in only attending the meeting, it begins at 12:45 p.m.

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Thursday, Jan. 6
STEM Expo Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center (24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD) 4 p.m. The St. Marys Public Schools STEM academy will be having its annual expo at the career and technology center. The event is open to anybody interested in the STEM program. Students and instructors from the program will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the activities they get involved with, like robotics. For more information, contact Linda Musial at 301-475-5511 extension 126 or visit Salsa Thursday at House of Dance House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 7:30 p.m. An opportunity to practice Salsa Rueda. One hour and thirty minutes of continuous music and dancing. Instructors will be on hand to help with questions. The cost of admission is $5 and free if a person is taking the class prior to the practice party.

fornia) 8 p.m. The friends of Myrtle Point Park will be sponsoring the Owl Prowl. Dress warm, bring a flashlight, and park outside the gate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Bob Boxwell at 410-394-1300 or Dudley Lindsley at 301-475-1858 or at

of admission for adults will be $8 , $4 for children between the ages of 5 and 12 and free for children under he age of 5. Abortion and Morality Chesapeake Charter School (20945 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) - 10:30 a.m. The topic of the Sunday service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Southern Maryland is Abortion and Morality. People of all beliefs and sexual orientations are welcome. Childcare and Sunday School available. For more information, visit

Saturday, Jan. 8
Free Scrapbook Crop Lexington Park Library Meeting Room B (21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park) 9 a.m. Free crop and people are welcome to bring snacks. For more information, contact Michelle Carroll Nobella Alpaca Farm Is Open Nobella Alpaca Farm (40280 Wathen Road Leonardtown) 10 a.m. Come do your shopping with us at Nobella Alpaca Farm. They have scarves, hats, gloves, socks, and sweaters to chase the winter cold away. There will also be yarn, fiber, and alpaca products available for sale. This year, they will have rugs and stadium pads made from the Nobella Alpaca Farm herd. To get there, take Route 5 towards Leonardtown. At the Leonardtown McDonalds, turn onto Route 243/Newtowne Neck Road. Go 1.3 miles then turn right onto Wathen Road. Go 0.6 miles and turn onto E & WB Lane. Nobella Alpaca Farm is at the end of E & WB Lane. Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance Association Contra Dance Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) 7 p.m. Contra dancing is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun and exercise. Beginners are more than welcome, and instruction will be provided in a friendly atmosphere. Admission will be $8 for non SMTMD members and $6 for members. Band members are free. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. The caller will be Sargon deJesus and the music will be provided by the SMTMD Open Band.

Monday, Jan. 10
Kids Yoga Joy Lane Hearing Center (43288 Joy Lane, Hollywood) 5:30 p.m. A unique program for children between the ages of 8 and 12 with Kathy Therrien. Dropins will be welcome. The price of admission is $45. The class will include yoga poses, partner yoga poses, specific relaxation and breathing practice. Participants should dress for movement and avoid heavy meals before class. Mats will be provided. For more information or to register, call 301-373-2522 or e-mail info@

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PowerPoint and Digital Photo Editing classes offered Free introductory classes to PowerPoint and to Digital Photo Editing are being offered for adults on Jan.10. The two-hour PowerPoint class will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Park and will cover the basics of creating multimedia presentations. The Digital Photo Editing class, also a two-hour class, will be offered at Leonardtown at 2 p.m. and will cover free online tools for photo editing. No camera is needed. Registration is required for both classes and those registering must be able to use the mouse. Teens can learn to create videos Each branch has a Teen Advisory Group known as TAG that meets monthly to chat about books, play Wii, help plan teen library programs and just have fun together. At the next TAG meetings teens can learn how to create and edit videos in preparation for the teen video contest the library will be sponsoring in March to celebrate Teen Tech Week. The TAG meetings are Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Park, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. at Charlotte Hall and Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at Leonardtown. Snacks will be provided. All teens are welcome. Chapter Chats to chat about How to Train Your Dragon Lexington Parks Chapter Chats, a book discussion for children ages 8-11, will meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. starting this month. On Jan. 25, the group will discuss Cressida Cowells book, How to Train Your Dragon. Copies of the book are available at the library. Registration is requested. Storytimes set to resume Weekly storytimes will resume the week of Jan. 10 at all three branches. Storytimes are offered for babies 2 months to 12 months on Mondays at Lexington Park and Leonardtown and on Tuesdays at Charlotte Hall. Toddler storytimes for ages 1 to 2 years are offered at Lexington Park on Mondays, at Leonardtown on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at Charlotte Hall on Tuesday. Preschool storytimes for ages 3 to 5 years are held on Wednesdays at Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall and on Thursdays at Lexington Park. Wiggle Giggle storytimes are offered for those listeners with extra energy on Mondays at Leonardtown and on Tuesdays at Charlotte Hall. No registration is required for these storytimes. The times and a complete listing of all the upcoming childrens activities can be found on the librarys website.

Friday, Jan. 7
Bourbon Tasting at the River Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) 3 p.m. Four different types of bourbon, $2 per taste. Dinner specials include oysters on the half shell and oyster casino. $5 beer domestic beer pitchers. Fenwick Street Used Books and Music First Friday Open Mic Fenwick Street Used Books and Music (41655 A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 5 p.m. There will be a small sound system with two mics hooked up and room for two guitars to plug in. Anyone who wants to do a few tunes is welcome to come by. Depending on how many performers show up, there will be time for each performer to play a half-dozen tunes or less. First Free Friday Downtown Leonardtown 5 p.m. Many shops, galleries and restaurants have joined together to celebrate First Fridays in Leonardtown. New businesses are joining the party every month! Join them for art, food, shopping and socializing while exploring the nooks and crannies of Leonardtown. For more information visit, Owl Prowl Myrtle Point Park (Patuxent Boulevard, Cali-

Tuesday, Jan. 11
St. Marys Ryken Meet and Greet Courtyard by Marriott (3145 Crain Highway, Waldorf) 5:30 p.m. For people who want know more about St. Marys Ryken and the college-prep curriculum, St. Marys Ryken invites parents of middle school students to a Meet and Greet with President Mary Joy Hurlburt, Principal Rick Wood, Dean of Academics Barbara Ives, Director of Admissions Bob Harmon and Director of Athletics Dave Tallman as well as current students and parents. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Harmon at 301-373-4183. How Children Learn Music (44150 Airport View Drive, Hollywood) 10 a.m. Music lessons for children will be starting soon. Come to a meeting just for parents to learn more about music literacy and language literacy in children. Why is it important? How does learning music benefit your child? For more information, call Jennifer Anderson at 301-8637836, or visit

Sunday, Jan. 9
All You Can Eat Breakfast at Hollywood Rescue Squad Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (43256 Rescue Lane, Hollywood) 7:30 a.m. All you can eat breakfast at the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. The menu will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, country fried potatoes, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, escalloped apples, juices and coffee. The price

Wednesday, Jan. 12
St. Marys Ryken Meet and Greet Holiday Inn Express (355 Merrimac Court, Prince Fredrick) 5:30 p.m. Day two of St. Marys Ryken Meet and Greet with President Mary Joy Hurlburt, Principal Rick Wood, Dean of Academics Barbara Ives, Director of Admissions Bob Harmon and Director of Athletics Dave Tallman as well as current students and parents. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Harmon at 301-373-4183. Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 7 p.m. $1-$2 blinds cash game. Dealers will be provided and the nightly high hand is paid nightly. Drinks will be free. Proceeds go to benefit the St. Marys Special Olympics and the Center for Life Enrichment. People who would like to help with the Special Olympics should call Mary Lu Bucci at 301-373-3469 or 240298-0200. For more information about the poker game, call Jim Bucci 301-373-6104 before 7 p.m. and 240-298-9616 after.


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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

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ed with alcoholism and the bottle doesnt care who you are or Athanasius Greenwell, son of John Greenwell your place in society. Athanasius and Mildred Neale, was born about 1772. Prior to 1794 he married Catherine Jones, daughter of made his will April Solomon Jones, Jr. and Ann Fenwick. Generally 28, 1825 devising his we dont get much insight into the lives of those real and personal property to his children, Mary who lived in the early days, but sometimes we do. Sidney, Priscilla, Catherine, Ann (wife of Joseph This man came from a very respectable family Davis), and Solomon. His wife Catherine was dewho owned property and played a prominent role vised land and other estate during her life. Joseph in the affairs of the County. Unfortunately, toward Davis and his son, Solomon (then a minor) were the end of his life, he appears to have been afflict- named as executors. Witnesses were Jesse Floyd, Joseph Fenwick, and Philip B. Fenwick. Excluded from the will was his daughter Matilda (wife of John Tennison). Athanasius was deceased by December 5, 1826 when the will was submitted for probate. Joseph Davis and John Tennison objected saying the testator was, and had not been for some time prior to the time of executing the will, of sound mind. Claims and counterclaims went on until the will was finally probated in 1829. Extracts from depositions taken December 5, 1826: Bennett Hutchins said he was present when Athanasius signed the will; he was intoxicated and his mind impaired from his usual and constant habit of intemperance. On the day Mr. Greenwell was interred, many said it was doubtful the will would be good. He heard Jesse ing a caveat to the fifteenth resolution that By Shelby Oppermann was amended in 1922 and on and on. You Contributing Writer wouldnt want to get up on January 1st sayThis year, I thought I wouldnt make ing, I hereby resolve that on the 6th day any resolutions. I have grown afraid of of January in the year 2011, I will hereby making them and then forgetting about agree to lose 30 pounds upon the condition them within a week. Look in any magazine of Some people use the term: Having right now and you will find articles upon a New Years project. That doesnt sound articles on how to make and keep your much better, just sounds like work. I guess resolutions. Ive read them all. Ive tried a resolution is work. Im trying to think of them all. All the morning news shows have a term which wont set you up for failure experts on life coaching and time manage- something that will bring joy. How about ment giving their hints. I want to see their having a New Years adventure instead, track record. Id like to see how many of the that way you dont know what you will imexperts follow through on their New Year prove or explore. My husband and I were sitting on a resolutions. Dr. Oz probably does. Martha bench by the water on New Years Day and Stewart probably does too. I was really trying to avoid the resolu- we discussed our goals and wishes for this tion addiction, but somehow my mind led year and beyond. I have so many things I me there. 2011 will be a big year for me want to do, lots of goals. So, I told him of turning 50 and my 30th year in one ca- my aspirations, dreams, goals for me and reer. What changes await? If any year- this for us. Then I asked my husband, What should be one where I make at least one big are your goals? His reply was, Waking change. You already know I am working up in the morning everyday is good. I told on the lose weight resolution. I am making him this is why he sleeps all night, and I small strides in that area. By the time you dont. He said he didnt have any specific read this I will have gone to my first weigh goals. I told him that he might stagnate if he in at Bowles Farms for the newest local didnt have any goals. Just about then I noBiggest Loser challenge. Thats what I ticed a mole on his face that looked like it had a greenish tinge in the watery light. He need: a good competition. I also have been making strides in the asked, What are you looking at? I said, weed out stuff area. Ive taken bags of A green mole. See! You are starting to shoes, clothes, and books to Vintage Val- mold. Thats what happens with no goals. ues. Ive made headway in the storage The conversation pretty much ended after room, and straightened my workshop. A that. I am going to look at this new year as few days ago I looked at an old notebook/ journal I kept from 2006. First off, my long, exciting adventure, Ive always tried handwriting was neater then. I laughed at to look at each day that way anyway. There some of the lists I had made back then. I are always new people to meet and learn thought my weekly lists were long now. In from, and new things to find out about. 2006, they went on for five pages and I Going out to eat is still exciting to me. It had most of the items checked off! As I was shouldnt take much then to achieve my reading down one of the lists I noticed an main goal of finding something new and item that I could finally check off. It only wonderful each day. Heres to you, that took two and a half years after I wrote that each day, and all the new year will be an not too bad. You know what it was? It was adventure. write a column. I dont even remember To each new years adventure, thinking that back then. Resolution is such a weighted word Shelby a heavily, depressingly weighted word. Please send comments or ideas to: It sounds like you are in a by-laws meeting with someone droning on about add-

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Resolving my fear of resolutions

Floyd say it was a good will and when a bystander said it could not be because Mr. Greenwell had not been sober for two years, Floyd responded as to that matter, he had not been sober for five years. Philip Barton Fenwick said he lived with the testator several years and he was very intemperate but went about doing his work as a carpenter in the neighborhood. He believed Mr. Greenwell to be of sound mind and he was not so drunk at the time of making his will that his reason was destroyed. When Mr. Greenwell was drunk he would sometimes abuse his family and his mind was unsound from the habit of drinking. The second time Mr. Greenwell called him to witness his will; however, he was perfectly sober and believes he knew what he was about. Jesse Floyd said he was sent to get Mr. Hutchins to write the will and when he got back, the testator was in the liquor. When the deponent and the other witnesses were called to sign the will the second time, Mr. Greenwell was as sober as he ever was. The will was signed the second time because the deponent told Mr. Greenwell that the former witnesses would not prove the will because he was intoxicated at the time. To be continued.

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Local Studio Hosts Saturday Night Dances

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

of around 6 people for eight-week courses. The small group courses are one day per week for about $12 per person per class. Peter Thistle and Catherine Chasse took the wedding The music drives the rhythm at the House of Dance. During a salsa class, the instructor will choose songs with survival dance class at the House of Dance, which covers slower and faster tempos to suit their students comfort lev- basic dances for weddings, and are currently taking the swing classes. els, and all experience levels are welcome. Its fun, Chasse said. For people who dont want to commit to a weekly There are also regularly scheduled classes that attract lesson but want something active to do on weekends, the House of Dance in Hollywood is hosting Saturday Night larger groups of people, like adult ballet and Salsa Rueda. As we continue to build, we will offer more packDances. Saturday Night Dances will be held on the second and ages, Jordan said. Jordan said the classes have levels and curriculums so fourth Saturday of each month, according to Donna Jordan, nobody is left behind and confused, like they would have in the owner of House of Dance. She said the studio has had similar events over the year martial arts classes. It caters to all kinds of people, dancers and nonsince they moved to their new location, but she plans to dancers, said Jennifer Robertson, a have the Saturday Night Dances a more customer who had been taking dance regular occurrence in the New Year. classes with Jordan for about a year. What I found is we would like Its a good mix. to do them more consistently, Jordan The Saturday Night Dances consist said. She said what used to be done was of an hour-long lesson, from 7 until 8 dances on themes around the holidays. p.m. and the more relaxed event from She said there was enough interest 8 until 11 p.m. She said the Saturday for her to want to make them a regunight events will reinforce the normally lar monthly event. She said she would scheduled lessons as well as being fun, like to see the Saturday Night Dances relaxing evenings. She said they may become a weekly event eventually, but even have games and other mixers, dethey are focusing on a slow build to pending on the crowd. leave more wiggle room. Its a lot of fun, Jordan said. In addition to the Saturday Night The new studio, in the former locaDances, there are regular lessons oftion of Hyperspace and earlier the Holfered at the House of Dance. She said lywood Volunteer Fire Department, is class sizes can range from a two to thira replacement to the smaller building ty people, depending on the lesson type House of Dance used to occupy near and the booking. Mechanicsville. She said the studio The House of Dance offers private classes for $75 per hour to couples who Photo by Sarah Miller was in its former location for about two need an intensive lesson for something Robyn Smith instructs the Zumba class years, and they moved to the larger location because they needed the space. like a wedding, and small group classes during the session Tuesday night.

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Peter Thistle and Catherine Chasse show off their steps during the Tuesday night swing lesson, taught by Donna Jordan.

Im just excited to continue to build, Jordan said. One draw the House of Dance has is the facility itself, according to Gene Burch, a student who has taken several classes at the studio, including a three-hour salsa intro class. He said the floor is a floating floor, which makes a big difference on peoples feet. Tickets for Saturday Night Dances can be purchased in advance or at the door. Tickets at the door are $15 for singles and $30 for couples and tickets purchased in advance are $12 for singles and $24 for couples. The next Saturday Night Dance will be held Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.. For more information and a complete schedule of events and classes, or to pay for tickets in advance, call 301373-6330 or visit


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Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em Tournament VFW 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) 7 p.m. $25 No Limit Hold Em Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) 7 p.m. LuLu the Belly Dancer Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7:30 p.m. Bob Wire and the Fence Posts Cheeseburger in Paradise (3415 Three Notch Road, California) 8 p.m. All You Can Drink Night for Everyone Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 8 p.m. St. Diablo, Dark Day Disaster and Arabella Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) 9 p.m. Night Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 7 p.m. David Pengelly- Leonardtown Rotary Club Performing Arts Series Great Mills High School Auditorium (21130 Great Mills Road, Leonardtown) - 7 p.m. Live Music with Billy Breslin Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7:30 p.m. True Blue Country St. Marys Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) 7:30 p.m. Not So Modern Jazz Quartet The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 8 p.m. Karaoke with Sonik Quades Store (36786 Bushwood Wharf Road, Bushwood) 8 p.m. Gretchen Richie Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 8 p.m. The California Ramblers Andersons Bar (23945 Colton Point Road, Clements) 8 p.m. Karaoke with DJ Tommy and DJ T California Applebees (45480 Miramar Way, California) 9 p.m. Rock Bottom Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) 9 p.m. Dee Jay Christian The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) 9:30 p.m. Radio Redline Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 9 p.m. Kickoff at the River for NFL Playoff Specials Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) 11 a.m. Fraternal Order of Police Poker Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 6
Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 6 p.m. Special Olympics No Limit Poker Night Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 7 p.m. Auditions for A Flea in her Ear Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) 7 p.m. Salsa Thursday House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 7:30 p.m. Turbo Poker Tournament R.T.S. Building (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) 7:30 p.m. $10 All You Can Drink Ladies Night with DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 8 p.m. Piano Concert Auerbach Auditorium, St. Marys College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Marys City) 8 p.m. $10 Bottomless Drafts Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) 8 p.m. Karaoke with DJ Heather The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 10
Mason Sebastian DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Salsa Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 11
Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Open Pool Tables Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 7 p.m. Live Music with Steve and Rusty A Day of Earth Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 8
Ballroom Dance Party House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 7 a.m. Kickoff at the River for NFL Playoff Specials Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) 9 a.m. Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Casino Night House of Dance (27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville) 6 p.m. Texas Hold Em Tournament Julie Rogers Studio of Dance (4120 Old Town Road, Huntingtown) 6 p.m. Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6:30 p.m. Special Olympics NO Limit Poker

Wednesday, Jan. 12
Mason Sebastian DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Live Music with Sam Grow Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7:30 p.m. Band in a Box St. Marys Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) 7:30 p.m. Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 8 p.m. Wolfs Hot Rods and Old Gas Open Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach) 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 7
Bourbon Tasting Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) 3 p.m. Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. First Friday Live Music The Brewing Grounds (41658 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 9
NFL at the Duck Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 6 a.m. Big Dog Zone Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 11 a.m.


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Fri., Jan. 7
Boys Basketball Huntingtown at Great Mills, 7 p.m. Leonardtown at Chopticon, 7 p.m. Archbishop Carroll at St. Marys Ryken, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball St. Marys Ryken at Archbishop Carroll, 7 p.m. Chopticon at Leonardtown, 7:30 p.m. Great Mills at Hntingtown, 7 p.m. Hockey St. Marys Ryken vs. Northern at Capital Clubhouse (Waldorf), 6:45 p.m. Leonardtown at Bowie, 7:15 p.m. Indoor Track St. Marys Invitational at Prince Georges Sports and Learning Complex, 3 p.m. Swimming Lackey/McDonough vs. Leonardtown at Lackey, 5 p.m. Wrestling Chopticon/Great Mills at South River Tournament St. Marys Ryken at Northern (Owings) Tournament

Mon., Jan. 10
Boys Basketball Great Mills at Calvert, 7 p.m. Northern at Leonardtown, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Calvert at Great Mills, 7 p.m. Leonardtown at Northern, 7 p.m.

Potomac Speedway Releases Schedule, Drops the Flag march 18

By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway With another hectic, but enjoyable, holiday season now in the books, car owners, drivers and fans alike are preparing for the upcoming 2011 season. Entering its 38th consecutive season of operation, Southern Marylands Potomac speedway is only one of two area tracks (Bedford Pa. being the other) that host Friday night race programs. The late models will be on hand for 10 dates this season and will be anchored, on a rotating basis, by the limited late models, street stocks, hobby stocks, four-cylinders, IMCA style modifieds, strictly stocks and the u-cars. Potomac will open its season on Saturday March 12 with a test and tune for all classes with the scheduled lid lifter falling on Friday night March 18 featuring the limited late models, street stocks, hobby stocks, strictly stocks and the modifieds. The Three State Flyers series late models will be on hand for one event (July 23) and as an added attraction, the track will host a tractor pull on April 30 and the USLMRA (lawn mowers) will be on hand Friday and Saturday, April 2nd and 3rd. Friday night October 14 will be the final event on the schedule featuring a non-winners event for the eight divisions that see action at the oval in 2011. The schedule for all events is available at

Tues., Jan. 11
Boys Basketball DeMatha at St. Marys Ryken, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball St. Marys Ryken at Elizabeth Seton, 7 p.m. Wrestling Northern at Great Mills, 7 p.m. Leonardtown at Lackey, 7 p.m.

Seahawk Women Blast Randolph, Finish Third in Tournament

Gettysburg, Pa. Forwards Taylor Petrisko (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and Shana Lewis (Bowie, Md./Bowie) each tallied 12 points in leading St. Marys College to a convincing 76-46 victory over Randolph College in Mondays consolation game of the 21st Annual Days Inn Tournament hosted by Gettysburg College. Petrisko had a well-rounded game for the Seahawks with career-highs of six assists and three steals while Lewis added team-best five rebounds, two assists and one steal. St. Marys (7-4) dominated from the opening tip-off as the Seahawks rushed out to an 8-0 lead before Randolph connected on its first field goal of the game at 17:14. With first-year forward Bridget Wilkins (Washington, D.C./ Washington Waldorf) lay-up at 13:34, the Seahawks owned a double-digit margin for the remainder of the game. The Seahawks boasted a 41-18 halftime advantage as the bench paced the team with 24 points. First-year Marche Pearson (Laurel, Md./Laurel) and Petrisko led all players at intermission with eight and seven first-half points, respectively. St. Marys did not ease up in the second half as the Seahawks boasted a margin of 20+ points, leading by as many as 38 points with 6:03 left in the game following two free throws by Lewis. The Seahawks notched 42 points off 35 Randolph miscues while outscoring the Wildcats (0-9) 38-20 in the paint.

Wed., Jan. 12
Boys Basketball Lackey at Chopticon, 7 p.m. La Plata at Great Mills, 7 p.m. Don Bosco Cristo Rey at St. Marys Ryken, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball Don Bosco Cristo Rey at St. Marys Ryken, 5:45 p.m. Great Mills at La Plata, 7 p.m. Chopticon at Lackey, 7:30 p.m. Hockey Leonardtown vs. La Plata at Capital Clubhouse (Waldorf), 5 p.m. Wrestling St. Marys Ryken/Bishop OConnell at Good Counsel, 3:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 8
Boys Basketball St. Albans at St. Marys Ryken, 5 p.m. Wrestling Leonardtown at Winters Mill, 8 a.m. Chopticon/Great Mills at South River Tournament (second day) St. Marys Ryken at Northern (Owings) Tournament (second day)

Wed., Dec. 29
Boys Basketball Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament Consolation Game Chopticon 54, Leonardtown 43 Championship Game Great Mills 60, Walter Johnson 50 Girls Basketball Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament IAABO Holiday Tournament St. Marys Ryken 60, Wise 57 Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament Consolation Game Great Mills 39, La Plata 33

Championship Game Chopticon 40, Leonardtown 33

Sunday, Jan. 2
Boys Basketball Paul VI 82, St. Marys Ryken 67

Greensboro, N.C. The No. 13 St. Marys College mens basketball team suffered a 61-57 setback to host Guilford College Monday night in their first game of the New Year and first since December 18. Senior guard Alex Franz (Catonsville, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) notched 15 points in the loss that snapped the Seahawks four-game win streak. Sophomore guard Josh Pittman scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the second half of Guilford's 61-57 comeback win over St. Mary's as the Quakers (7-5) erased a nine-point halftime deficit to upend the Seahawks. The defensive struggle saw both teams shoot 39 percent from the floor and featured seven ties and 14 lead changes. St. Marys (9-3) held Guilford to eight-of-26 field-goal shooting (28.6%) in the first half and closed the period on a 6-0 spurt to take a 31-22 halftime lead. Franz scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the opening frame. Junior guard Gabriel Lowders jumper capped a 14-4 Guilford run to start the second half and gave the hosts a 36-35 edge with 13:21 to play. The teams traded the lead

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seven times over the next eight minutes before Pittmans jumper at the 5:08 mark gave Guilford the lead for good at 49-48. Junior forward Tobi Akinsolas dunk with 1:20 remaining opened Guilfords largest advantage (57-51), but four free throws sandwiched around a Pittman turnover drew St. Marys back to within 57-55 with 45 seconds left. The Seahawks made a strong defensive stand on the ensuing possession, but Pittmans 25-foot three-pointer with the shot clock running out iced the win. Akinsola finished with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds, four on the offensive glass. Guilford held St. Mary's to two-for-nine shooting from the floor in the final 7:37. Senior center Sam Burum (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) joined Franz as the Seahawks double-figure scorers with 12. Sophomore guard Devin Spencer (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) chipped in eight points and first-year center Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./ Paint Branch) grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.

Tues., Jan. 4
Boys Basketball Bishop OConnell 64, St. Marys Ryken 35 Girls Basketball St. Marys Ryken 72, Bishop OConnell 61 Wrestling Leonardtown 58, Westlake 10

St. Marys College of Maryland will host a six-week Spring Training 2011 baseball program for players in grades 1 through 12 from January 2 to February 6. St. Marys College head coach Lew Jenkins will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching and catching lessons at a cost as low as $99 for six weeks. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

SmCm To Host Baseball Spring Training Program

Dates: February 27, 2011.

High-School Tennis Clinic Series 2010

Location: St. Marys College of Maryland, Somerset Tennis Complex 18952 East Fisher Road (Outdoor Facility) St. Marys City, Maryland 20686 Times: Sundays, 9:30 am 11:30 am (Mini-matches included)

Instructors: St. Marys College Coaching Staff and Players Cost: $25.00 per session!! Players: Beginning 9th graders to Seniors!!!! Registration: Contact Derek Sabedra, Head Tennis Coach, St. Marys College Cell: 410-610-4300 and/or email

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By Chris Stevens Staff Writer LEONARDTOWN In their first match of the new year, the Leonardtown wrestling team took a workmans approach to their 58-10 victory of Westlake Tuesday night, letting their mat skills, confidence and hard work speak for them. This teams got a fair amount of talent, but we also have the attitude, Raiders head coach Dave Cummins said. The guys work hard and they want to win. We want to be ready for states and regionals, said junior Sam Corey, who won with a pin in the 125-pound class. This was a pretty good win for us. Especially in the lighter weight classes as Corey, Dane Lemmon (112)

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Hard-Working Raiders Take Down Westlake

and David Shin (145) registered pins for Leonardtown. Alex Truitt (119), Nicholas Gaetano (130) and Luc Bouchard (140) also picked up wins by decision for the Raider lightweights. Cummins was also pleased with the victories for 160-pounder Mark Julian and 285-pounder Dominic Santora, who both beat their opponents by pin-fall. Julians pin came in his first match on varsity. I was really nervous, but Ive been wrestling for four years and having faith in yourself is a big part of wrestling, he said. I just tried to use my experience to my advantage. Santoras match was a typical 285 pound battle, but with a quick scoop in the second frame, he was able to keep his man down long enough to get the pin. That kid Dominic was wrestling came in at just under the weight limit, Cummins said. That was a feel-good win for him. I was glad to get a win in the last match because Hunter [Shelton] didnt get to wrestle, Santora said of his 103 pound teammate, who won by forfeit. The Raiders believe that they can go far at every level this season (SMAC, regionals and states), as long as they work hard and believe they can do it. The majority of wrestling is in your mind, so if you believe you win, youve won half the battle, Corey says. I think we can go far in a big way if we work hard, Santora added.
The Leonardtown wrestling team takes a break before their 5810 win over Westlake Tuesday night. Photo by Frank Marquart David Shin of Leonardtown pins his opponent in Tuesday nights 145-pound match.
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Leonardtowns Andrew Duncanson holds on to a Westlake wrestler during the 135-pound match. Photo by Frank Marquart

Redskins Drop Season Finale

Right: A defender holds back Santana Moss as he tries to get back to a fumble during Sundays game against the Giants. Far Right: Terrence Austin shrugs off a Giant defender during the Redskins 17-14 loss Sunday afternoon, the Redskins last game of the season.
Photos by Frank Marquart


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In reviewing the calendar year 2010, plenty of athletes and teams made their mark on the St. Marys County sports scene, from champions to award winners to record setters. For this edition of the Times, we take a fond look back at the second half of the year, looking back on all of the events that made July to December an interesting six-month stretch.

2010: Year in Review

St. Marys Ryken head basketball coach Dave Tallman added athletic director to his list of duties starting July 1. Tallman stepped in for Mike Vosburgh (who is now director of facilities and defensive coordinator for the schools football team) and hoped to continue the successful growth of the Knights athletic programs. Its a very exciting time to be at St. Marys Ryken, Tallman told the County Times in the July 15 edition of the paper. Im ready to step up and lead our programs and give our coaches all the tools to be successful. Also in July, hometown hero Jason Brown made a triumphant return to Bowles Farms, winning the United States Lawnmower Racing Association SP class race on Friday July 9 and Saturday July 10. Brown, who lives in Clements, was grateful for the hometown support, including an appearance on Fox 5s morning show the day of the first race. This is usually my turnaround race where I get on the right


The District 7 softball team, made up several players from the Big League champion St. Marys American squad fell just short of the Big League World Series, losing to Laurel, Del. 6-2 at Stethem Park in Waldorf on Sunday, August 1. District 7 played four games in three days to get to the championship game, winning them all before Laurel was able to edge them for the trip to Kalamzoo, Mich. It obviously hurts to come so close to going to the World Series and not get there. We all wanted it so bad, said Monty Wood, who was managing District 7. But I am very proud of the way these girls came together as a team. It was a joy to be a part of it. While the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs continued their push for the Atlantic League championship, their home field earned an award of its own. Regency Furniture Stadium, all of two years old, was voted 2010 Ballpark of the year by With Regency Furnitures tobacco-barn design a nod to the history of Southern Maryland, DigitalBallparks. com said this uniqueness has made this ballpark stand out from the others and become one of the jewels of minor league baseball.
Regency Furniture Stadium, home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, was named ballpark of the year by

The St. Marys American Force dominated all season on their way to the District 7 Big League Softball championship.

Photo by Frank Marquart

track. This is where Ive had my biggest wins, he said the week of the event. To know everybody in the stands, to have your own fans cheering for you is pretty awesome. The St. Marys American softball team completed their championship mission on July 20, defeating the Waldorf Heat 14-3 for St. Marys Countys first Big League softball championship in 30 years of play. The Force finished 19-1 on the season, with 12 of those wins coming by run-rule. We made history tonight, Force manager Monty Wood said of the clinching victory. The girls really wanted this. They worked well together and showed a lot of spirit. The Leonardtown football found their new leader in the month of July, elevating assistant coach Mike Nines to the head chair after former coach Anthony Pratley returned to Michigan earlier in the spring. I think our goal is to make improvements, better our record from last year and just continue to better and more cohesive team, Nines told the County Times when he was hired. As long as we execute well be successful.

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Cody Douglas of Chopticon looks downfield in pre-season practice.

Photo by Frank Marquart

August saw the return of high school and college athletes to the fields of play, with everyone hopeful that a new year would mean new success in each sport. I think if we play our best we can do quite well against our conference opponents, St. Marys College Field Hockey coach Katie Lange said during pre-season practice. The ladies on the team are amazing people who I feel very fortunate to work with. I hope this team is playing late into the season, Chopticon football coach Tony Lisanti said as the Braves prepared for another tough season on the field. If we can continue to improve, anythings totally possible.

Jason Brown of Clements won the USLMRA SP class races on his home track at Bowles Farms in July.

Photo by Frank Marquart

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In reviewing the calendar year 2010, plenty of athletes and teams made their mark on the St. Marys County sports scene, from champions to award winners to record setters. For this edition of the Times, we take a fond look back at the second half of the year, looking back on all of the events that made July to December an interesting six-month stretch.

The County Times

Thursday, January 6, 2011


2010: Year in Review

The first Friday of the high school football season saw Great Mills and Leonardtown pick up wins, while Chopticon opened its suicide schedule with a tough 12-10 loss to Westlake. Friday Sept. 3 was also the date of the first home game in the history of the St. Marys Ryken football program. Ryken Stadium, with 1000 seats, state of the art scoreboard and brand new field turf, was the schools new crown jewel and the football team began their use of it with a 42-14 loss to Paul VI, but it couldnt dampen the excitement of the first home game after two seasons of road travel. I looked around when we came out and said Wow, were not at Lancaster Park anymore, Knights coach Bob Harmon said. Ryken played home games at Lancaster Park in Lexington Park in 2009 while awaiting
St. Marys Ryken football finally had a home as they kicked off play in Rykens new stadium on Photo by Frank Marquart September 3.

Xtreme Gymnastics had a great season, capped by a performance at the annual St. Marys County fair in September.

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completion of the stadium. Callaway resident Pete DeTemple went to the famous TPC Sawgrass golf course in Palm Springs, Calif. on Tuesday September 21 to defend his Golf Channel Amateur Championship. I can feel it. I think I have as good a chance as anybody. Every tournament Ive been too, people have said they want to beat me, and I love it, DeTemple said. The more pressure, the better. The county rivalry matches kicked off in a big way on Friday September 17 as Chopticons girls soccer team defeated Great Mills 5-4 after trailing 3-0 early in the first half. The comeback win gave the Braves a 3-0 start to the season, matching their entire win total from the previous season.

We want to keep the momentum going, Braves coach Brian Breckenridge said. Weve got the skill level, but they wanted this win really bad, too. Its all about heart. Also, Xtreme Gymnastics in Mechanicsville won the 2010 Level A Mason Dixon Gymnastics Third Place Team Award and is the home gym for two Mason Dixon All Around State Champions. Xtreme also performed at the annual county fair the weekend of September 25th. The end of the month also saw the end of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs season short of their ultimate goal. The Crabs, the Atlantic Leagues best team at 82-55 during the regular season, were eliminated by eventual league champion Bridgeport 3 games to 1 in the Atlantic League semifinals.

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Grant Palmer of Great Mills had an eagle which helped him gain a share of the Countys public high schools individual golf championship.

Closing out the 37th season of racing at Potomac Speedway at Budds Creek, the crowd on hand got their moneys worth as Charlotte Hall native David Williams grinded out a win in the Limited Late Model season finale to win the overall points championship. Weve come close to winning this race a few times, Williams said. This season has been a blast. This is without doubt the best handling race car Ive ever been in and its a shame the season is now over. The county rivalry football games began on October 15 and Great Mills looked to defend their 2009 county crown with a bang. They were able to beat Leonardtown for a second straight year in convincing fashion with a 39-0 victory. The game was Photo by Chris Stevens a coming out party for junior running backs Delonta MacKall and Kenny Daniels, who scored multiple Michelle Robinson of Leonardtown and Julia Holland of Great Mills touchdowns in the Raider rout. For MacKall, it was battle for control in the 4A East Field Hockey quarterfinals. almost like winning the lottery. town. I think their continued success fuels them and motiIts like winning a million dollars, except for the milvates them. Theres nothing else to it they have an excellent lion dollars, he said. work ethic. Chopticon would gain revenge the following week for Leonardtown also took home the county golf tournalast seasons loss to the Hornets with a 47-19 win that helped ment team championship, hosted by Pax River at Cedar Point, them close in on a 3A South playoff bid, one of their main with Grant Palmer and Mitchell Webster of Great Mills and goals on the season. the Raiders Ben Gast sharing the individual crown. Palmer While footballs regular season went on into Novemeagled on the 17th hole to help his championship bid. ber, playoffs and tournaments for the other sports started in Field hockey took center stage on Thursday October 28 October, highlighted by the Leonardtown girls winning the with a double overtime playoff match between Great Mills SMAC cross country meet. and Leonardtown. The match looked like it was headed for The girls team has bonded well and works hard topenalty strokes before Alli Johnson slid home a goal one gether. This has to be one of the most coachable teams ever minute and 50 seconds into the second overtime to give the - you tell them what to do, they do it, first-year head coach Raiders a 2-1 win. Leonardtown won 11 games and along with Kelly Bridges said after the Raider girls claimed their seventh Chopticon made their respective regional semifinals. straight conference title at Kings Landing Park in Hunting-



Thursday, January 6, 2011

The County Times

Sp rts
In reviewing the calendar year 2010, plenty of athletes and teams made their mark on the St. Marys County sports scene, from champions to award winners to record setters. For this edition of the Times, we take a fond look back at the second half of the year, looking back on all of the events that made July to December an interesting six-month stretch.


2010: Year in Review

As fall switched to winter, there were still several local teams still playing for championships in fall sports. The Great Mills boys soccer team, who made history by defeating Leonardtown in the Battle of the Boot earlier in the season, were seeded second in the 4A East region and defeated North County 4-2 in their quarterfinal match before falling to Broadneck 2-0 in the semifinals. Hornets coach Matt Taggert, who played for the Hornets from 1998-2001, was pleased with his teams successful season. This is one of the best seasons Great Mills has had in some time. We havent had 13 wins in a season in a long time or made it this far, so the guys have a lot to be proud of. The Leonardtown volleyball team, top seed in 4A East, endured a bit of shock in their semifinal match, losing a set to North Point before closing out the Eagles 3-1. The Raiders were upset by South River three games to two in the regional semifinals on Wednesday November 10. The Chopticon football team won Photo by Chris Stevens their final five games of the regular season Erin Kelly and the Leonardtown girls soccer team made to leapfrog Friendly High School for the it to the 4A state semifinals before falling to defending
champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

second seed in the 3A South Region playoffs. The Braves were to host Friendly and the table seemed to be set for a long playoff run. It was not meant to be as players were missing due to academic problems and a powerful Patriot offense took to the Braves Stadium field with a vengeance, speeding past Chopticon for a 36-10 victory and a trip to the 3A South finals. Finally, the Leonardtown girls soccer team won yet another SMAC championship and returned to the state semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Severna Park in the 4A East championship game. The Raiders drew defending 4A State champ BethesdaChevy Chase and the Barons looked every bit the part, scoring three first half goals on their way to a 4-0 victory. During the Thanksgiving holiday, several bicycle riders attended and competed in the ABA Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., with 15-year old Ben Loflin of Hollywood finishing in the top 10 of the Amateur Novice class, an honor for the star-struck rider. It was overwhelming, being there with all the pros and different skills levels, Loflin told the County Times. I just Photo by Frank Marquart pretty much focused on getting through the race, finishing and Ben Loflin led a talented group of local riders that competed in the doing my best.
ABA Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.

Sports moved totally indoors following the Fall seasons championship runs, and the St. Marys Ryken and Leonardtown hockey teams are off to good starts. The Knights made the most of their talent advantage against Thomas Stone, socking the Cougars 14-3 and 15-6 in consecutive MSHL Southern Division matches. The Raiders have had slow starts against Southern Division powers La Plata and Huntingtown but did make history with a 4-2 win over DeMatha at Laurel Ice Gardens on December 10, an effort that Leonardtown coach Rob Barthelemes called the game of their lives. The result wasnt Photo by Frank Marquart what I expected, but the Cullen Bonnel is one of many young hockey players on the Leonyounger kids stepped ardtown squad this season. up, Barthelemes said. tional championship hopes last season. The older players were The Seahawk women, with nine freshleaders and that allowed the younger players man, are currently unbeaten in the Capital to follow. It was a super game for us. On the basketball court, the St. Marys Athletic Conference when they resumed College mens basketball team looked to play Wednesday night at Marymount (Va.). The Chopticon wrestling team gained continue their winning ways while the revenge on Thomas Stone at the Lackey womens team began some new ones. The SMC men, currently ranked 14th tournament Saturday December 18, winin all of NCAA Division III, are off to a 9-2 ning the championship a week after Stone start, including a 96-77 win over Franklin was the first team in recent memory to take and Marshall, the team that ended their na- gold at the Chopticon tournament.


Shana Lewis leads a talented group of freshmen looking to help the St. Marys College womens basketball team improve.

Photo by Chris Stevens

January 6, 2011

Projection: County Budget Gap Growing

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Counting Down the Top Stories of 2010

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Dear John, I Love Jane

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Raiders Flex On Westlake

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