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Bob Schaller Files for NEWS County Commissioner, Calls for Workforce Development
Schaller, who is running as a Democrat, told The County Times Tuesday that, Frankly, theres unfinished business. Schaller continues to be active in the commuDr. Bob Schaller, former Director of Economic & nity serving as President of St. Marys County Business, Community Development, has filed for the District 2 Education & Community Alliance, Inc. (BECA) and on seat currently held by County Commissioner Dan Mor- the Board of Directors of Cedar Point Federal Credit ris. Schaller is currently the Associate Professor of Busi- Union. Although he also co-founded and facilitates the ness and Site Director of Florida Institute of Technology Southern Maryland Strategic Roundtable, Schaller admits that holding an official position will make it easier Patuxent Graduate Center in Lexington Park, Md. for him to affect change. Schaller notes that a solid economic strategy is key to county growth and that, in the past, he has worked hard to get small businesses more engaged and give them a voice in their community. We were makSt. Mary's County Government Offices, as well as all three St. Mary's County Libraring good headway with ies, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. strengthening relationOffices and libraries will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 21. ship with the navy base. The St. Andrews Landfill and the six Convenience Centers will be open for norHonest discussions were mal hours of operation on Monday, Jan. 20. In addition the STS Public Transportation taking place about gainSystem will operate its normal schedule, routes and hours of operation. The SSTAP ing access to the technolprogram for the Senior Activity Centers and SSTAP trips will not operate on Monday, ogy to benefit local entreJan. 20. preneurs, create jobs and All Department of Aging Senior Activity Centers will be closed for the holiday and additionally, there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries. generate income locally. We had started those discussions, and then they were interrupted, he said, referring to his controversial exit from county government two years ago. Schaller says his main issue is diversification of By Kay Poiro Staff Writer


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the countys economy, stating that although diversification has always been needed, but now it is no longer debatable. Schaller says I love this community and I love this county. Ive spent 25 years as an educator and nearly five years in public service but theres a lot more to do, Schaller says, adding that now the time and circumstance seems right to run for commissioner.

Nominations Sought for Woman of the Year and Woman of Tomorrow Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Woman of the Year and 2014 Woman of Tomorrow awards from the St. Mary's County Commission for Women. The winners will be announced and all nominees will be recognized at the Commission's annual Women's History Month Banquet on Thursday, March 20 at the Dr. James Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown. The Woman of the Year award acknowledges exemplary community service and the Woman of Tomorrow award recognizes a high school-aged, young woman for exemplary community service. You may submit a nominee for either award or both. To request a nomination packet, visit the Commission's website; or send an email to; or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1689. Deadline for nomination forms to be submitted is Jan. 31. Those interested in attending the banquet, the cost is $20 per person and includes dinner. Reservation deadline is March 3. Proceeds from the banquet benefit the Jane Hale Sypher Scholarship at the College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown, which supports a non-traditional student who is a single parent or displaced homemaker. For answers to questions regarding the awards, dinner or scholarship, contact Chairwoman Kyle Bishop at 301-475-4200, ext. 1689 or via email to You may also call the Department of Aging & Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. 1849.

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Cops & COURTS Deputy Survives Cruiser Crash

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A veteran deputy is lucky to be alive after an early morning cruiser collision with a deer in Avenue New Years Eve made him lose control and flipped his car into a mud and water filled ditch, Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said. Sgt. Robert Russell, a shift level supervisor with the agency, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash Cameron said but still could have drown. He had to bow his neck and his back to keep from going under water and under mud, Cameron said. The car was totaled, there was nothing in the car not covered in mud, that includes the trunk. The collision with the deer occurred about 7:15 a.m. Dec. 31 on Oakley Road, police said, but Russell had no chance to avoid it. The deer ran out in front of him without any warning, Cameron said, adding that there was no indication that excessive speed was a factor in the crash. But, Cameron said, there may be some

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damage to the cars internal camera system making exact determinations about crash details difficult. According to preliminary reports from the sheriffs office the deer became trapped under the cruiser, bringing it up off its wheels and robbing Russell of control of the vehicle; the cruiser then skidded off to the side of the road, flipped and became stuck in the ditch. Russell was suspended upside down and trapped, Cameron said, and could not even release his seat belt. He attempted to access a knife to cut the belt but could not reach that nor could he reach his police radio to call for help; he eventually was able to reach his cell phone to call for assistance, Cameron said. Russells cruiser had just been returned to him about a week ago from getting repairs to damage sustained in another incident in which defendant Christopher Lee Cotsford is alleged to have taken Russells car while it was parked on a call in California back in October.

Police Charge Lexington Park Man With Sex Offense

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Police have arrested a man for allegedly taking sexual advantage of woman who had taken medicine that made her unconcious. The woman who alleged Robert Maurice Scriber, 40, of Lexington Park had sexually assaulted her told police that Scriber had actually awoken her after the act and when she got up she discovered evidence that someone had had sex with her. The evidence she found she safe guarded police reported, for later examination. According to police charging documents, Scriber, a barber by trade who was staying with the alleged victim as a house guest, had told the victim that he had unbuttoned her pants while she was asleep. He acknowledged there was no conversation between the two of them and that he had to wake up after the sexual assault, Det. Cpl. William Raddatz wrote in court papers. Raddatz said Scriber contradicted himself in a later statement when he told police that the victim likely found evidence of sexual activity because he had masturbated while digitally penetrating the victim. Police said the evidence showed that Scriber had had full sexual contact with the victim. Raddatz, in charging documents, described the defendant as a career criminal with over twenty criminal convictions on charges including but not limited to burglary, assault, false statement to a police officer and various drug charges.




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On Dec. 26, suspect Christopher Scott Lacey, 28, of Lexington Park, was found by Deputy First Class Foor at a residence in Great Mills. Lacey was prohibited from being at the residence as a result of an active protective order. Lacey was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order. On Dec. 29, deputies responded to a residence in Hollywood for a report of juveniles inside an abandoned residence. Deputies conducted a search of the residence and did not locate anyone inside. A short time later, deputies returned to the residence after a witness saw the suspects were back inside the residence. Deputy Lloyd found suspects Jonathan Gabriel Davis, 22, of no fixed address and Robert Arthur Rand, 22, of no fixed address. Both were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center. They were charged with 4th Degree Burglary. On Dec. 29, Deputy First Class Boyer conducted a vehicle stop in the area of Great Mills Road and Saratoga Drive for a speed violation. During a consent search of the driver, DFC Boyer recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana contained inside a grinder in the drivers shirt pocket. The driver, identified as Samuel Wayne Green, 20, of Leonardtown, was placed under arrest. During the further search of the vehicle, a quantity of suspected marijuana was located inside a lockbox. Green was transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center and charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance Marijuana Over 10 Grams and Possession Paraphernalia. On Dec. 24, Deputy First Class Boyer responded to a residence on Hancock Drive in Lexington Park for a domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Kirk Vondel Swales, 31, of Lexington Park, arrived home intoxicated and an argument ensued. During the argument, Swales struck the victim in the head with an open hand. DFC Boyer observed evidence of injury on the victims face. Swales was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center. During transport, Swales became disorderly in the backseat. He spat on Deputy Phelan as he attempted to place Swales back in the seat of the patrol vehicle. Swales was charged with 2 counts of 2nd Degree Assault. On Dec. 31, Deputy First Class Foor responded to a residence in Lexington Park for a reported protective order violation. He made contact with Albert Ernest Herbert Jr., 31, of Lexington Park, who indicated he was not allowed at the residence as a result of an active protective order against him. The order was confirmed and Herbert Jr. was placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center and charged with Violation of Protective order.

On Jan. 1, Deputy Phelan responded to a residence on Manor Drive in Mechanicsville, for an assault in progress. Gary Scott Flint, 33, of Mechanicsville, who is the ex-boyfriend of a female at the residence, was banging on the front door and windows demanding the victim (new boyfriend) come outside. When the victim did not go outside, Flint kicked in the back door to the residence. Once inside, Flint began fighting the victim. During the fight, Flint produced a knife and attempted to stab the victim in the torso repeatedly. Eventually, the victim was able to gain control of Flints arm which was wielding the knife. Flint then fled the residence, got into his vehicle, and left prior to deputys arrival. The victim suffered numerous injuries, including a laceration on his hand. At some point prior to the Flint entering the residence, he slashed both front tires on the victims vehicle. Flint was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center and charged with 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, and Malicious Destruction of Property. On Jan. 2, Deputy Pleisse responded to the Food Lion store in Leonardtown for a theft. The victim alleged she accidentally left her wallet on the check-out counter. Approximately 20 minutes later, she returned to the store and retrieved her wallet from customer service. Absent from her wallet was $135 in cash. The victim made contact with the cashier who checked her out, identified as Xavier LaVale Fields, 21, of Hollywood, and noticed cash in his pocket. During a conference involving the store manager, Fields returned the money to the victim. Fields was charged with Theft Under $1,000 by Criminal Citation. On Jan. 2 at 10:40 p.m., Corporal Moritz responded to a residence in Mechanicsville, for a domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Joseph Michael Washington Sr., 40, of Mechanicsville, threw the victim to the floor by the hair. Washington then strangled the victim with his hands causing the victim to nearly pass out. He let the victim go only to beat the victims head into the kitchen floor repeatedly. When Washington learned the victim was going to call the police, he retrieved a loaded handgun and pointed it at the victims head and threatened to kill the victim. He let the victim go only after the victim agreed not to call the police. Washington then fled the scene with the handgun. Corporal Moritz arrived on the scene and observed several injuries on the victim. While police were on the scene, Washington returned to the residence and was immediately taken into custody. A computer check revealed Washington was disqualified from possessing regulated firearms due to previous criminal convictions. A small child was inside the residence during the entire incident. Washington was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County

Detention Center. He was charged with 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, Use of a Firearm during a Felony/Crime of Violence, Wear and Carry Handgun on Person, Reckless Endangerment, and Knowingly Possessing a Regulated Firearm. On Jan. 5, Deputy Cole responded to the 22000 block of Great Mills Road for a reported theft. On arrival, Deputy Cole learned from the complainant there had been no theft and the missing item was returned. Deputy Cole spoke to the individual who initially had been thought to have taken the item, identified as Efraian De Jesus Ayala Iraheta, 36, of Huntingtown. A routine wanted check was conducted which revealed he was the respondent in an active protective order. Deputy Cole observed Iraheta speaking to a person on the scene, who was subsequently identified as the protected party in the order. Iraheta was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order. On Jan. 3, Corporal Somerville responded to a residence in Loveville, for a subject with a knife. The investigation revealed, suspect Dwayne Anthony Thompson, 51, of Loveville, retrieved a knife during a family argument. Thompson swung the knife at the victim but missed. He then picked up a brick and was approaching another family when the original victim tackled Thompson to the ground. Corporal Somerville placed Thompson under arrest and transported him to the St. Marys County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st Degree Assault. On Jan. 2, Deputy Bowen responded to a residence on Lakeland Drive in Mechanicsville for an assault. Suspect Timothy Alton Davis, 25, of Mechanicsville, confronted the victim about money owed to him. When the victim refused to give the money to Davis, Davis produced a shotgun and pointed it at the victim, who was seated his vehicle. The victim was able to grab the barrel and push the shotgun away. He then fled the area away from Davis. Deputy Bowen located Davis and the shotgun and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center and charged with 1st Degree Assault and 2nd Degree Assault. On Jan. 6, Deputy Gaskill responded to the St. Marys County Detention Center for an assault on a Correctional Officer. Inmate Dwayne Anthony Thompson, 51, no fixed address, was kicking his cell door. As Correctional Officer Britt approached the Thompsons cell door, Thompson threw liquid on CO Britt threw the port holes. The liquid struck the Correctional Officer in the face. Thompson was charged with 2nd Degree Assault on Division of Corrections Employee.

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Avian LLC Awarded Commercial Contract to Support Unmanned Aircraft Test Site in North Dakota
AVIAN LLC is at the forefront of the growing community of unmanned aviation. In October 2013, AVIAN was awardeda commercial contract with the state of North Dakota, Department of Commerce supporting the development of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test site. This week, the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, announced the selection of six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems research and test sites around the country. Among the sites selected was the state of North Dakota, Department of Commerce. According to the FAA press release, These congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several years. The six sites selected are the University of Alaska; the State of Nevada; New York's Griffiss International Airport near Utica, N.Y.; the state of North Dakota, Department of Commerce; Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas; and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. We have a team of proven leaders in the development and test of unmanned systems and have accumulated a growing list of firsts in the UAS test community, said Kevin Switick, AVIANs chief executive officer and vice president of business development. AVIAN is contracted to identify options and recommendations to the State of North Dakota regarding UAS test site infrastructure, equipment, and instrumentation required to operate a successful UAS test site that will meet the expectations of the FAA and potential test site users. Additionally, AVIAN will develop operation policies and procedures required to operate and utilize UAS test site infrastructure, equipment, and instrumentation in association with the test sites activities. AVIAN has conducted safe and effective test flight operations of developmental unmanned systems for more than five years, said Bart Ludlow, AVIANs director of unmanned aerial systems division. We are excited to apply our military expertise to the commercial sector while supporting the limitless future of unmanned aviation. In 2008, AVIAN became the first non-original equipment manufacturers contractor to support the U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout integrated test team with qualified air vehicle operators, mission payload operators, project managers, and project engineers.In 2013, AVIAN became the prime contractor for aircrew services supporting this work for the Navy Test Wing Atlantics Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate. Last month, AVIAN was among those recognized at the 13th annual Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commanders Award and Innovation Award ceremony held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. for outstanding team achievement providing aircrew, engineering, operations and scheduling support to the Navy Test Wing Atlantics Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate at the Navy Outlying Field, Webster Field, St. Inigoes Md. AVIAN also supports UAS efforts with the state of Alaska, which has a variety of test sites, including Hawaii and Oregon, selected by the FAA to work on state monitoring and navigation and safety standards for UAS operations. About AVIAN LLC AVIAN LLC is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that provides executive-level consultation; solutions in acquisition, science and technology and unmanned aerial systems; workforce development/training and information and multimedia services to government and major prime defense contractor customers, and commercial clients. For more information, visit

Ledo Pizza Makes Donation to MedStar St. Marys Hospital

MedStar St. Marys Hospitals Cancer Care & Infusion Services (CCIS) received a $2,500 donation from the Ledo Pizza corporate office in Annapolis, Md. Cole Western, owner of the Ledo Pizza in Leonardtown, Md., presented the check to hospital Vice President, Nursing MaryLou Watson (center); CCIS Patient Navigator Cathy Fenwick; and CCIS Director Joan Popielski. Ledo Pizza organized a campaign to promote awareness of various cancers and supporting charities in the month of October culminating in more than $10,000 worth of donations to local organizations. Area Ledo Pizza franchises throughout Southern Maryland participated in the effort.
About MedStar St. Marys Hospital MedStar St. Marys Hospital is a full-service hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Md. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Marys provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. A six time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award, our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit us at About MedStar Health MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStars 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Healths patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit

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Department of Economic and Community Development Drafts New Business Incentive Policy
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer The Department of Economic & Community could present their draft application and business incentive policy to the Board of County Commissioners for approval as early as next month. This new policy sets forth rules governing how various incentives are granted to businesses looking to open or expand in St. Marys County. Acting Director of the Department of Economic & Community Development, Robin Finnacom, presented the first draft of the policy to the County Commissioners in late 2013. Since then, a working group made up of representatives from the countys Department of Finance and has been refining the policy. The policy attempts to address gray fields, or eco nomically obsolete commercial properties, in the area. Comprised of buildings once appropriate for use, gray fields cannot attract higher rent without significant reinvestment so many remain empty or underutilized. We need to encourage opportunities for economic growth where its difficult to attract new business, says Finnacom. Although she cites the Great Mills Road corridor as an example, she adds that the draft policy aims to benefit the entire county. Current incentives offered by St. Marys County include public-private partnerships, tax abatements, and others to guide infrastructure development. Finnacom says the draft policy does not include a list of incentives because we stand to learn as much from businesses approaching us with requests for incentives as we will from studying what other counties are doing. The Department of Economic & Community Development expects to present its new draft policy for the Board of County Commissioners consideration in late January or early February. This policy will not limit the types of incentives that may be offered, she says. It simply provides a framework for making the decision to grant those incentives.

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Politicians Are Like Diapers

Yes, I believe politicians are like diapers because they require frequent changing. I see many letters to the Editor complaining about our government and where it is heading. Most all of these letters are accurate and have described the existing conditions. What many citizens do not realize is that the politicians we have elected are not representing the people who put them in office. They are self-serving and have been bought. Even the Republicans who were put into office to make changes and get us back on the right track have fallen prey to big money! If you vote for an incumbent, you are just asking for more trouble. It is quite clear that the President and his followers are trying to convert our existing government into a Socialist Society. This group has not complied with their oath of office which is to defend and support our Constitution. In addition to this, they have passed laws (executive orders) which are clearly against the Constitution including Obamacare! The TEA Party and several other groups have sent thousands of emails and letters to Congressmen and Senators requesting they correct the current spending, restore our original Constitutional values and start the impeachment process of President Obama. I know this to be a fact because I have emailed every Congressman and Senator through the TEA Party and paid a fee for this. The impeachment process is primarily due to the many lies he has told, his covering up process and the violation of his oath of office. What happened? Absolutely nothing! All our efforts were ignored. Save yourself some time writing to a politician. It is waste of time and good paper! How can we stop this from happening? Very simple - take up arms and march against them just like the founders of this nation did. Although this is rather a harsh method, I will propose something more simple: let's stop their salary and funds by not paying any taxes. Yes, I have called for a National Tax Payers Revolt to several organizations and they just don't seem to get the point. Just the threat of a tax payer's revolt will get Washington back on track. I have said this several times before, "Lack of Funds will Render Surrender Quicker than Guns." There is no other way. We either take up arms or support a taxpayer's revolt. We must unite as one force. There is no other way or we become social slaves. Tom Julien Charlotte Hall, Md.

Welfare is Running Out of Money Too

John Raley of California, Md., states in his January 2nd letter, 'The Question of the Year?' that "[w]e are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money", but then he asks, "[h]ow come we never hear about welfare running out of money?" The answer, Mr. Raley, is that we hear about it all the time. We just fail to listen, heed, and remember. One of my favorites is a statement from Margaret Thatcher during a 1976 television interview in which she said, "Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money." In 1753 Benjamin Franklin said in a letter to his friend, Peter Collinson, "Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday and St. Tuesday, will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them." Marcus Tullius Cicero is attributed to have said in 63 BCE that "[t]he budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." History is repleat with warnings and examples of how welfare ultimately bankrupts a nation or sociaty, both finanically and morally. We just fail to learn from that history. Somehow our political masters are able to convince us that it will work...this time for sure...they promise. Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Perhaps, if we understood our history better, we might do better with our present and future. Mike McGinn California, Md.

History Column is Troubling

I usually like the Linda Reno articles but for too often she keeps injecting some racist ideals until now it troubles me that your paper continues publishing that racist contributor. In her December 26, 2013 article (Merry Christmas) she claimed that Union soldiers deserted because of the Emancipation Proclamation, and also she implies that was what caused the 1863 draft riots too. She also claims based on some anonymous "Confederate officers" that the Army of the United States misused black soldiers as "cannon fodder" and that is not just preaching wrong but that is her preaching racist propaganda. From the very beginning after Fort Sumter the free African Americans were seeking to serve in the Union Army, and there is every reason to believe that the black soldiers wanted to be up front and to look the Confederates in their white eyes, and as the reality turned out there really were lots of white rebel traitors who became "cannon fodder" and rightly so. As to the claim that Union soldiers deserted because of the Emancipation Proclamation - that is baseless racist propaganda, and it is far more likely that any and every desertion was simply because the men did not want to die, did not want to be killed in some wilderness battlefield. The "Emancipation Proclamation" was a complicated tactical maneuver which gave the Union soldiers a better chance at winning against the rebels, and soldiers do not desert when they are given an advantage. Even today many if not most people do not understand the Emancipation Proclamation correctly, and News reports were slow back then, so no - the soldiers did not "immediately desert" as Linda Reno claims, and all she really preached in that article were the tired old racist ideals presented as facts which they are not. One big historical fact is that President Lincoln won his bid for re-election because he won a large majority (78%) of the military vote, and he got that military vote while the war was still ongoing. The "Emancipation Proclamation" was given after the bloody battle of Antietam on September 22, 1862, effective January 1, 1863, and later came the horrific battle of Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863, while the infamous draft riots happened in July 13-16, 1863, so Linda Reno claims of being an historian or of reporting historical events are not impartial nor without her prejudice where it comes to reports of this kind. In her article she makes a petty reference to "revisionist history" and yet that is exactly what we need to do by rejecting the tired old racist pretensions as everybody need to start facing up to the true history. The south rebelled against their own Country and against their own flag just to promote an evil and inhuman cause. James Cusick Sr. Hollywood, Md.
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Another F in History

In his letter to the editor 26 Dec Promises on Social Security Mr. Weder states that we have a difference of semantics over the details that relate to his letter to the editor concerning the Social Security program (dated 13 December). I will let the County Times readers form their own opinion whether or not it is simply semantics. Every one of Mr. Weders statements was inaccurate, misleading, or false. This is not a difference of semantics. Additionally, Mr. Weder continues his misleading and inflammatory statements when he refers to President Roosevelts sales pitch to the American People. Mr. Weders rhetoric implies that, as the President garnered support for this program, Roosevelt made promises that deceived the American people 52671 as to the programs nature? Nothing could be further from the truth. I suggest Mr. Weder, as SBURY, MD well as all your subscribers, read transcripts of Mr. Roosevelts fireside chats and addresses to Congress. Roosevelt neither deceived nor misled the American people about his vision for this program. In fact Social Securitys development closely followed Roosevelts initial vision as he laid out to both Congress and the American people. Again Mr. Weder gets another F in history. Tom Wolf Lexington Park, Md.

Balancing Individual Property Rights Against Property Maintenance Standards

In a Dec. 11, 2013 editorial, a local newspaper endorsed tailed definitions and examples of blighted structures and enactment of a proposed property management ordinance a fair procedural due process provision. But we think that now being considered by the Board of County Commission- the ordinance needs to be trialed before being rolled out ers. The genesis for the ordinance originated before 2010 countywide. Farm Bureau has submitted comments to the County when the Community Development Corporation needed a means for the abatement of blighted structures that were Commissioners twice on this issue; once as part of the pubundermining adjacent property values in the Development lic hearing process and a second time after being informed District for the greater Lexington Park area. State legisla- that a number of citizens have requested that the ordinance tion authorizing a property management ordinance was en- be applied countywide. Both times, Farm Bureau recomacted and a framework for the ordinance was developed by mended implementation of the ordinance on a limited basis. We understand that approximately 100 citizens have a Property Management Task Force appointed by the county commissioners. That framework was used by the county voiced their support that the ordinance be applied countyattorney to draft the proposed ordinance. A public hearing wide. While this may suggest that a few people believe was held by the Commissioners on November 19. Howev- there are blighted structures in their neighborhoods, 100 er, at the time of public hearing, the ordinance as proposed people (or 1/10th of one percent of the county population) is not would apply only in the Development District. 6statistically significant as a basis for applying the orAd Size: 3.875 X Farmers are very sensitive to the issue of property dinance countywide. It is Farm Bureaus position that the Section: rights. Farmers earn their living from the land,ENTERTAINMENT whether it property management ordinance should initially apply only is their own farmland or that of another. We also acknowl- to real property in the Development District. We respectedge and respect the right of everyone to live in a safe and fully recommend that the proposed property management healthy community, where the enjoyment and value of ones ordinance be trialed only in the Development District for a property is not diminished by blighted structures in the minimum of three years followed by another public hearneighborhood. The difficulty is to balance individual prop- ing to consider applying the ordinance countywide. If we erty rights against property maintenance standards devel- are going to have a property management ordinance in St. oped by government. How does one differentiate between Marys County, lets get it right the first time. a structure in violation of the ordinance from a structure James K. Raley, Jr. that should be a candidate for Christmas In April repairs? President, St. Marys County Farm Bureau The proposed property maintenance ordinance contains de-



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Education Arc of Southern Maryland Awards County Residents for their Service
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer During the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Jan. 7, the Arc of Southern Maryland presented their 2013-2014 awards to two St. Marys County community members for their demonstrated commitment to the developmentally disabled. Tim Yatman, owner of World Gym in St. Marys County, was recognized for his providing employment opportunities for developmentally disabled adults. For the past six years, Yatman has hired them for housekeeping in all of his gyms. He says this practice has worked very well for his business. In many cases, theyve become part of the gym culture, he says. Part of the family. Nkeshi Free, Development and Public Relations Manager for the Arc of Southern Maryland, says Yatman consistently provides opportunities for economic independence for those with developmental disabilities, as well as encouraging their involvement in the communities in which they live. Gerald Gardner, Emergency Management Manager for the Department of Energy Services and Technology, received the Meritorious Service award for working closely with the Arcs residential homes to provide their emergency planning services. In addition to emergency planning, he also keeps staff and leadership team abreast of the countys latest emergency policies and conducts preparedness exercises with the staff. He does a great job at being forward thinking and coordinating with the county. Not everyone knows what to do in the case of an emergency with someone with a developmental disability, but Mr. Gardner makes sure everyone is aware, says Free. Last month, the Arc also recognized St. Marys County Public School Systems Lisa Dean and Joe Schlereth with educator of the year awards. Dean, an Autism Instructional Resource Teacher and Schlereth, an Autism Specialist, are part of COMPASS (Community Promoting Academic Social Success), a student and family-centered approach to education emphasizing full integration of developmentally disabled students into mainstream classrooms. The Arc of Southern Maryland is a non-profit organization promoting community involvement, independence and personal success for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Education SMCPS Receive Additional $5.3 Million Toward Capital Improvement Program
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer At the board of education meeting on Jan. 8, Superintendent Michael J. Martirano announced that the St. Marys County Public School system has received an additional $5.3 million dollars in state funding toward their Capital Improvements Program. According to Martirano, the Interagency of Schools Photo by Kay Poiro Committee met last month The Board of Education listens as the Superintendent gives his report and approved a recommenMartirano also praised the current dation for 75 percent of the proposed capital budget for FY 2015. St. Marys County Board of County Commissioners for forreceived additional money as a result of a ward funding $10 million dollars toward county appeal. This amount increases the the Spring Ridge renovation after a fire destroyed several classrooms last year. overall states funding share to 54 percent. The county commissioners providing The Superintendent also stated that that money up front allows for both of these there would be an opportunity to advocate for additional state funds in the near future. projects to advance simultaneously, MartiThe school systems Capital Improve- rano said, referring to the new elementary ment Projects for FY 2014 include the con- school and limited renovation of Spring struction of Captain Walter Frances Duke Ridge Middle School. Elementary School in Leonardtown and the limited renovation of Spring Ridge Middle School.



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Park Hall Fifth Grade Leaders Spearhead Food Drive

The lesson I learned from donating for the food drive is that it fills everybodys heart with joy! stated fifth grader Jnaiya Butler from Park Hall Elementary School. Fifth graders at Park Hall Elementary School took on the responsibility of organizing a nonperishable food drive to help those in need this holiday season. The service project for a food drive developed from the leadership camp the fifth graders attended prior to the start of school in August. The fifth graders who attended the leadership camp learned that teamwork is crucial, and leaders serve their communities. In order to apply their leadership training, the fifth grade leaders created a power point to introduce the food drive to other students in the school, designed flyers to be sent home to parents, collected the food daily, and kept track of food collected. The student leaders set a goal of ten cans per class or 320 cans for the school which was surpassed on the second day of the drive. We went over our goal in two days by collecting 200 cans in one day and 150 cans the second day, exclaimed Madelyn Chisholm, a Park Hall student. The generosity of the Park Hall students and families was overwhelming. The two week food drive resulted in the collection of over 1,400 items of food for families in need in Saint Marys County. Not only did students learn about the importance of generosity, but the lessons did not stop there. Mookie Kasarat said, I learned that one person can make a difference! Haley Fuentes remarked, During the food drive, I learned the value of being organized. Juwan Ford stated, I hope all the young kids, when they grow up, will help with a food drive. Lexi Alward responded, I think this is important because it tells people we care and gives them hope. I learned that a simple idea can change the lives of many. These Park Hall students have greatly impacted their community. We would like to thank all who contributed to our food drive and to Papa Johns Pizza for helping us celebrate this accomplishment.


High School Student in St. Marys County to Compete in National Poetry Recitation Contest
The St. Marys County Arts Council announces the County wide Competition for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On Jan. 15, high school students from four County high schools will participate in the Poetry Out Loud County competition at the Cole Cinema Auditorium in the Student Center at St Marys College, from 4:30 p.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 4:00 p.m. prior to the start of the competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools nation-wide. After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 and has grown to involve millions of students across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to county, then regional then state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 680 classic and contemporary poems. Students participating in the Poetry Out Loud program have benefited from educational materials created by the Arts Endowment and the Poetry Foundation. These materials include a standards-based Teachers Guide, a comprehensive website, a Learning Recitation DVD, and a CD featuring poetry recitations by well-known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins and Rita Dove. Poetry Out Loud Awards The winner of the Poetry Out Loud Maryland finals will receive $200, and the Maryland winners school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runnerup will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. The Maryland champion will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with a chaperone) to compete in the National Finals in Washington, DC, on April 28-30, 2014. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will bestow a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

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Feature Story
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer After seven terms serving in the Maryland House of Delegates representing St. Marys County, John F. Wood, Jr. (D-29A) announced this year will be his last. He has decided not to file for re-election in the coming 2014 election.

After 28 Years, Wood Will Be Difficult to Replace

A Politician for the People
Wood is an easy man to work with, Burch said, adding his experience in owning a local business and sympathy for the struggles business owners go through are what kept him in office for so long. He approached Annapolis with the mindset of a businessman, not a career politician, Burch said. In addition to his community involvement, Wood has served in several capacities during his time in the House of Delegates. He has been a member of the Appropriations Committee since 2007 and on the Legislative Policy Committee since 1999. He was on the Commission to Study Southern Maryland Transportation Needs from 2007 to 2008, in addition to several additional committees and sub groups since 1987. Wood has never been a political pushover, Burch said. Once he made up his mind about an issue he would stick to his opinion. He fought for the interests of St. Marys County even when it put him at odds with his own party, Burch said. Wood couldnt choose just one highlight from his career, instead saying he has been proud to represent the people of St. Marys County in Annapolis. He has seen politicians forget why they are in office and vote in ways that serve their own interests and not in the interest of their constituents. He has made an effort to help people in need and promote the countys interests. Delegate Wood was always on the side of the people down in the trenches. That is what makes him so special. Whenever someone had a problem, Delegate Wood would go to battle on the side of the citizen. It would always be you and Johnny against the big arm of government, McKay said, adding that Woods dedication to the county dissuaded him from trying to run against him. While I always believed my greatest strength would be in service to my community in the state legislature, I refused to run against Johnny Wood because I never believed I or anyone else could have provided the retail constituent services as well as Johnny. He will be very difficult to replace, McKay said. During his tenure in the House of Delegates, Wood said the mindset has shifted from moderate conservative to moderateliberal. There are too many freebies and programs in government today, Wood said. They enable a mindset that people can just sit back and let the government take care of them. Its easy to tell people you dont have to do anything, well take care of you, Wood said. Wood is one of nearly 40 delegates and senators who have announced they will be leaving Maryland legislature in 2014, according to Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr. (D-29B). When just one politician with the years of experience that Wood has leaves, everyone left looses that institutional knowledge, Bohanan said, adding Wood

County Raised
Woods 28-year service as a local delegate was preceded by more than 30 years of experience working for and running Woods Food Rite. He was inspired to go into politics after spending time in Annapolis as a representative of the Board of Directors with the MidAtlantic Food Dealers Association. His seat in the Maryland House of Delegates is the first and only elected official position he has held, Wood said. He started his political career in the late 1980s. He won a seat in the House of Delegates during the fall election in 1986 and attended his first session in January of 1987. Wood is a native of St. Marys County, having been born in Leonardtown on Jan. 13, 1936. His deeply rooted history in the county has made him several lifelong friends, such as Burchoil Board of Directors Chairman Elliott Sonny Burch. Burch met Wood while they were attending Charlotte Hall Military Academy. Burch was a couple years older than Wood, but they became close friends. When Wood married his wife, Barbara Ann, Burch stood with him as Woods best man. He and Wood have known each other for at least 70 years, Burch said. Johnny Woods career in both business and politics was based upon a unique principal of which I call retail constituent service. He saw his job and his duty as that of personal service to the individuals who were paying the bill, the citizens, said Thomas F. McKay, former St. Marys County Commissioner President and a long time friend of Wood. Wood has been involved in various community organizations over the years, including with the Mechanicsville Fire Department and Rescue Squad Volunteer, the Mechanicsville and 7th District Optimist Club, on the St. Marys County Hospital Board of Directors, on the St. Marys County Parks & Recreation Board of Directors, on the St. Marys City Commission and the St. Marys, Charles & Maryland State Chambers of Commerce. He has been a member of Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, the Waldorf Elks Lodge, Tri-County Council, the Charlotte Hall School Board of Trustees and the Friends of St. Clements Island and Piney Point Museums. He served as a sergeant in the Maryland National Guard from 1952 to 1960. He continues to work as a local business owner, having been a partner in Cross and Wood Insurance Brokers since 1993.

will be missed in coming years. I just cant tell you what a pleasure it has been working with Johnny, said Delegate Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-29C). He and Wood have served together for 20 years and during that time, his determination to stand up for his beliefs and for the good of his county have occasionally put him at odds with the liberal wing of his party. Wood was popular with his constituents, Bohanan said. Seeing how much Wood cares for his county inspired Bohanans respect for him. Hes going to be a difficult man to replace, ODonnell said. Im going to miss him.

Whats Next?
Moving forward, Wood plans to completely retire and spend time with his family. He has nine children and several grand children and great grandchildren, and he and his wife plan to go see them. He and Barbara Ann will do whatever they want to do whenever they want to do it, Wood said. I might just go home and sit in the chair, he added.

Wood has one more session in Annapolis to get through before he can do that. There are a lot of things going on in state government this session, Wood said, including issues surrounding an increase in minimum wage and immigration. Taxes have been on a rising trend during the past years, and he opposes overtaxing. He intends to oppose further increases this year, he said. People dont mind paying taxes, Wood said, but they want to see what theyre paying for. Wood doesnt have a history of putting forward several bills during the legislative session. We have enough laws on the books, Wood said. The trick is cleaning up existing laws, not adding a bevy of new ones. Wood wants to thank everyone who supported him during his tenure in the House of Delegates. Its been a good run, he said. Ive enjoyed it immensely. But, like everything, its time to move on.


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Thomas R. Watling, Sr., 82


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Marie is survived by her children, Cheryle Lynn Daniels (Wesley) of Rio Rancho, N.M., Randall W. Brodesser of Portland, Or., and Mark W. Brodesser (Susan) of Damascus, Or.; her sisters, Maxine Ryan Hersey and Barbara Ann Ryan; her sisterin-laws, Peggy Ryan, Shirley Ryan, Jeanette Larsen (Charles); her brother-in-law, Robert Brodesser (Kaaren); her grandchildren, Ryan Brodesser, Sarah Brodesser, Olivia Daniels, and Joseph Daniels; her sweetheart, Don Croke of Leonardtown, Md.; and his children, Shelli Cabana, Jill Johns and Christopher Croke and their families. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Joseph Brodesser (2000); and her brothers, Voyd Ryan, Billy Ryan and John Ryan. Family received friends for Maries Life Celebration on Saturday, Jan.4, from 3 to 4 p.m.,, with a memorial service officiated by Reverend John Ball at 4 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. Another memorial service will be held at a future date at Rio West Community Church, 6751 Pasilla Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144. Interment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, 636 West Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md. Specials thanks go out to Cathy Sotelo for her unwavering family support and her unique ability to care for my mother as well as sustain our family during such a difficult time..Holly Engler-Shirey. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Father Lawrence Young on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m., at Our Ladys Catholic Church of Medleys Neck, 41410 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Family will receive friends for Carol Jean Wilfong-Logans Life Celebration on Saturday, Jan.11, following services at approximately 12:15 p.m., at 21500 Abells Wharf Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Graveside services at Our Ladys Catholic Church of Medleys Neck will be held on Monday, Jan.13, for immediate family only. For those desiring, memorial contributions and contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.,Leonardtown, Md.

Thomas R. Tom Watling, Sr., USMC (Ret.), 82, of Mechanicsville, Md., died Dec. 28, 2013 at Washington Hospital Center. Born Aug. 25, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of the late Albert Watling and Catherine Toomey. After retirement as a Gunnery Sgt. From the USMC, Tom moved to St. Marys county from Quantico, Virginia. He then worked at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, starting as an investigator, and then was promoted to Chief Investigator, and eventually becoming Direct of Law Enforcement and Security for the base. Tom is survived by his wife, Judy (Lawson) Watling, his children Susan V. Yeager (Harvey) from Chesapeake, Va., Barbara D. Brown from Rockville, Md., and Thomas R. Watling Jr. from Mechanicsville, Md. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer Row, Caren Class, Susan John, Matthew Brown, Thomas Yeager and Jason Yeager; and great-grandchildren Colyn Row, Regan Row, Conner Yeager, Jared Crampton, Thomas Yeager, Chyanne Hazlett and Declan Class. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Delice Watling. The family received friends for Toms Life Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, with a service at 4 p.m., conducted by Pastor Larry

Crabtree. Interment was private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Violet Marie Brodesser, 74

Violet Marie Brodesser, 74, of Sun City West, Ariz. died peacefully Dec. 24, 2013 at Hospice House in Callaway, Md. She was born Mar. 18, 1939 in Santa Clara County, Calif. to the late Leonard B. Ryan and Evelyn Wooten Ryan. Marie was employed for over 20 years as a microprocessor plant supervisor for Intel Corporation until her retirement in 1994. In 2000, she moved to Leonardtown, Md., splitting her time between Maryland (summer) and Arizona (winter). She was a world traveler, visiting many destinations including, China, Vietnam, Italy, Australia, and many national parks. Her favorite place to visit was Hawaii. She went on many leaf peeper tours in the North, always enjoying observing the many beautiful colors of fall. She was an avid reader. Her other hobbies included, flower gardening, shopping, cooking and baking. She loved her dog, Rowdy. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. She was a member of the Rio West Community Church in New Mexico, the Navy Wives Club and the California Club.

John Hanson Briscoe, 79

John Hanson Briscoe, former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and St. Marys County Circuit Court Judge, 79, of Hollywood, Md., died peacefully Jan. 1, at his home attended by his family. He was born April 10, 1934, in Leonardtown, Maryland to the late John H. T. Briscoe and Hilda Maddox Briscoe. He attended St. Marys Academy, Mount St. Marys College where he was a pitcher for the baseball team, and both the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore Schools of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1960. In 1962, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates and served as Chairman of several committees, including the Natural Resources Committee, Environmental Matters Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee before being elected by the General Assembly as its Speaker from 1973 1979. Upon his return to St. Marys County, he continued in the private practice of law with James A. Kenney, III, and Marvin S. Kaminetz until his appointment to Circuit Court Judge in 1986. He retired from the judiciary in 2002 to enjoy his time with family and friends. As President of Historic Sotterley Foundation, he was dedicated to Sotterleys establishment as a National Historic Landmark and its preservation as a vital public museum and educational site. He also served as President of the Historic St. Marys City Commission and as President of the St. Marys County Historical Society. As a long time member of the Lexington Park Rotary Club, he served as announcer of the oyster shucking contest at the Oyster Festival for several decades. As a legislator, he was instrumental in the passage of state civil rights laws, the expansion of Point Lookout State Park and the creation of Greenwell State Park and the College of Southern Maryland. He took pride in his environmental efforts and accomplishments spanning across the State of Maryland. He spent several years raising cattle and tending to his family farm in Hollywood and

Carol Jean Wilfong-Logan, 63

Carol Jean Wilfong-Logan, 63, of Leonardtown, Md., passed away in her sleep on Dec. 24, 2013 at her residence with her dear friend and caretaker Cathy Sotelo at her side. Born July 13, 1950 in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of Ivalene Rose Wilfong and the late John Gordon Wilfong, Jr. Carol was previously married to Larry Logan of Solomons Island. The two of them remained good friends over the years. Carol retired from her position as a Transportation Specialist for St. Marys County Schools with over twenty years of service and was a dedicated employee. Among Carols many passions was sail boating, and if youve ever been on the boat with her, she was quite skilled and a bit scary during times of inclement weather. She also enjoyed gutting and redesigning homes as she owned just about every construction tool available. For a time, she dabbled in stained glass and sold her pieces to residents within the county. Carols home was a vacation retreat for friends and family where she enjoyed the company of her grandson and nephew whenever possible. During these visits Carol would spend the day on the pier with the boys crabbing and fishing. Only later to steam up the spoils of their day. She was quite active with canoeing, gardening, hiking, camping, enjoying vacations and of course, weekends at the casino with friends. She also had a great love of pink flamingos. Carol Jean Wilfong-Logan is survived by her mother, Ivalene Wilfong of Cumberland, Md., her brother John Wilfong, III and nephew John Wilfong, IV of Lexington Park, Md., her sister Audra Guest of Sedona, Arizona; daughter Holly Engler-Shirey and grandson Carson Barber of New Market, Md.

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was an avid fisherman and hunter. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Bonnie Sue Briscoe, and his children, Lisa Jane Briscoe (Peter) of Timonium, Md.; Janice Briscoe Baldwin (Sam) of Hollywood, Md.; John Hanson Briscoe, Jr. (Diane) of Hollywood, Md.; Dana Elizabeth Briscoe of Hollywood, Md.; and Adam Lyle Briscoe (Sidney) of Providence Village, Texas; nine grandchildren, Emily, Sam and Philip Baldwin, Jenna Briscoe, Jaime and Katrin Burke, James D. Russell (J.D.), and Quin and Soyer Briscoe, and one great-grandchild, Zoey Russell. His former wife, Sylvia, died on July 17, 2009. He is also survived by his sister, Adriana (MeMe) Gillaspy, his sisters, Hilda Briscoe and Maria Lou Gardiner having predeceased him. Family received friends for Johns Life Celebration on Tuesday, Jan.7, from 4 to 8 p.m., with prayers at 7 p.m., at St. Johns Regis Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Raymond Schmidt on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Leonardtown, Md. Memorial contributions may be made in John Hansons name to Historic Sotterley, Inc. , P.O. Box 67, Hollywood, MD or online at Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md. made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

she would attend church 7 days a week, especially during lent. Hilda was also well known for her skill and artistry in quilting. She won multiple awards for her stunning quilts and even went on to have some displayed in Annapolis at the Capitol building. Her legacy lives on with the Quilt ladies of Leonardtown. They were among her closest friends, so much so that they be came family. She was also renowned for her baking and cooking. Her lemon meringue pies were award winning. They were highly sought after by all of southern Maryland and often fought over at family holidays and get-togethers. She was an outstanding card player, who could take you for all your worth, however she tended to be more lenient with her grandchildren. Her favorite game was Pitch and she hated Poker. She was a patient teacher, introducing all of her grandchildren to Kings in the Corner, which has become a favorite family pastime. With a host of accomplishments in her 92 years, her greatest lifes work was her family. She is survived by her four children, Francis Eugene Drury III (Elizabeth), Mary Ellen Thomas (Donald), Joan Drury Boldon, and Susan Drury Grace (Timothy). She was blessed with eight grandchildren, Christopher Thomas, Timothy Drury, Maria Drury, Jimmy Drury, Amy (Grace) DiPietro, Matthew Grace, Lauren (Grace) Warner, and Kelly Grace, who endearingly called her Gammie. She even had five greatgrandchildren who sometimes affectionately called her, Gummie, which was close enough. Family and friends may attend a viewing service at Mattingly Gardiner Funeral Home, 41590 Fenwick Street Leonardtown, MD 20650 on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.,with prayers re cited at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Josephs Church in Morganza, Md., on Friday with Father Keith Woods officiating. Interment will be at St. Josephs Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to The Friends of Cedar Lane Apartments 22680 Cedar Lane Court Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Laura Grace Roys, 84

Laura Grace Roys, 84, of Avenue, Md., passed away in her home on Jan. 2, doing what she most loved, looking out on St. Patricks Creek. She was born Nov. 9, 1929 in Macon, Ga. to the late Glenn Branan Pace and Stella Grace Pace. Laura was a graduate of Eastern High School in Washington, D.C. It was there that she met her beloved husband, Frank Edgar Roys. Together they spent 66 loving years of marriage. She filled her life as a homemaker, caretaker, devoted wife, loving mother, loving grandmother, great grandmother, and a true friend to many. She was kind and always had a wonderful spirit, full of grace and gratitude, with the faith of an angel and patience of a saint. She took joy in caring for and serving those around her. Those lucky enough to be in her company were continuously reminded of her concern for their well-being and comfort. Even in her last days she made it well known that her loves ones were absolutely loved. Lauras love for St. Marys County was evident by her local, county, and state declaration for volunteering at St. Clements Museum, St. Clements One Hundred, American Legion, A Community That Shares (ACTS), Seventh District Optimist Club, All Saints Episcopal Church-Oakley Parish. But her true passion was her family and friends and the times they had together. In addition to her beloved husband, Laura is survived by her sons, Frank Branan Roys (Theresa) of Frederick, Md., Ronald Jeffrey Roys (Michelle) of Alexandria, Va., and Daniel Mark Roys (Tammy) of Avenue, Md.; 9 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Glen Pace; and her sister, Mary Garlick. Family will receive friends for Lauras Life Celebration on Friday, Jan. 10,from 5 to 8p.m., at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be celebrated by Rev. Harold Harper on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Clements Museum, 38370 Breeze Point Road, Coltons Point, MD 20626 and Hospice House of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Peter Kropp Jr.

Peter Kropp Jr., of Lexington Park, Md. died Dec. 28, 2013 at Hospice House in Callaway, Md. Born Sept. 4, 1939 in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late Peter Kropp Sr. and Helen Kmetz. Peter enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1957 to his honorable discharge in 1965. On Jan. 1, 1967, he married his beloved wife, Gail E. Robinson. Together they spent 46 wonderful years together. He was employed by Northrop Grumman and then the Federal Government as a Metal Fabricator until his retirement in 1998. After retirement in 1998, he continued to work as a Metal Fabricator at Platform Systems, where he was currently employed. He was a life member of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department and held numerous offices. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 255 (Ridge), the Moose Lodge (Mechanicsville), Abate of St. Marys, the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Maryland Knights Motorcycle Club, the All American Harley-Davidson Owners Group, the Blue Crabs Fund Bunch RV Group, and Somersat Steam and Gas Engine Association. In addition to his wife, Peter is survived by his brother, Paul E. Kropp of San Diego, Calif. Family received friends for Peters Life Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., with firemans prayers at 7 p.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department. A Graveside Service with Firemans Honors was held on Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. at Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Bay District Fire Department, P.O. Box 1440, California, MD 20619 or Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be

1985 in Avenue, Md. Chuck is survived by his children; Sheri Knott (Troy) of Leonardtown, Md., Teri Higgs (Steve)of Hollywood, Md., Dawn Wilson (Chris) of Loveville, Md., Carrie Willett (Willie) of Mechanicsville, Md., Sean Stickell (Dawn) of Leonardtown, Md., William Thompson (Amy) of Mechanicsville, Md., 19 grandchildren, and 5 greatgrandchildren. Chuck was preceded in death by his brother Walter Maurice Stickell. Chuck graduated from Suitland High School in 1961 and moved to St. Marys County, Md. in 1972.Chuck worked as an asbestos worker for the Local # 24 for 33 years, retiring in July, 1994. Chuck was a member of the Street Rod Association, and enjoyed car resto rations, hunting, and traveling the United States. The family received friends on Monday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., with prayers recited at 7 p.m., in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. with Deacon Joseph Lloyd. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m.,in Holy Angels Catholic Church Avenue, Md., with Father Michael Tietjen officiating. Interment will be private. Pallbearers; William Thompson, Sean Stickell, Troy Knott, Willie Willett, Chris Wilson and Steve Topolski. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650, and/ or the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 299 Leonardtown, MD 20650

Hilda Guy Drury, 92

Hilda Guy Drury of Leonardtown, Maryland, 92, passed peacefully in the early morning hours of Jan. 6,at Sunrise of Severna Park. She was born in Loveville, Md., on May 1st 1921. Formally of Cheverly, she moved to Clements, Md. after retirement. She is preceded in death by her loving and outgoing husband, Francis Drury, Jr. She is also preceded by her seven siblings, her daughter, Bonita, and her son in law, Paul Boldon. In her youth, Hilda attended St. Jo sephs elementary and then St. Marys academy. There she learned to be fluent in French, which served her well on her trip to Lourdes in France in her 70s. Hilda was a devout Catholic. When able

Carrol Edward Stickell, 71

Carrol Chuck Edward Stickell, 71, of Leonardtown, Md., passed away on Jan. 2, at his residence. Born on Sept. 21, 1942 in Washington, D.C. he was the loving son of the late Oscar Walter and Mary Dorothy Stickell. Chuck was the loving husband of Margaret Louise Stickell whom he married on Aug. 24,

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


In Our Community
By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Faith Bible Church in Mechanicsville, Md. breaks ground on their new extension on Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Pastor Rob McNutt will lead the prayer of dedication. The new sanctuary will seat approximately 450 worshippers for a single service and will primarily be used for Sunday school, worship and occasional fellowship events.

Faith Bible Church Breaks Ground on New Extension

Church elder Ron Munch says the church has been working diligently toward this project since March 2010. First, the church went to three Sunday services to accommodate everyone. Once they realized they were outgrowing that configuration, church elders and deacons decided to move forward with plans for a new sanctuary and fellowship hall. The new extension will give the Faith Bible family the ability to worship all together under one roof on any given Sunday morning, says Munch. And we invite all of St. Marys County to join in a joyous milestone in our churchs history. Completion of the new extension is anticipated for September 2014. Faith Bible Church is a non-denominational church located at 26325 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, Md.

Hope for a Second Chance

By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer In 2006, Lora Digulimia realized that there was a need in Southern Maryland for a no-kill animal rescue that catered to invisible dogs. She felt like there were a lot of dogs that were being put down due to their age or certain bias directed at their breed. Digulimia founded Second Hope Rescue as a way to take dogs from people who had either given them up or abandoned them, as well as pull dogs from kill shelters, rehabilitate them and give them a second chance at a new home. Digulimia said that her shelter gets a lot of guardian breeds, such as mastiffs and pit bulls, as well as a lot of small dogs that tend to become a handful in their older age because theyve grown so accustomed to getting the things that they want, due to their size or cute factor. In addition to that, Digulimia said that she does a lot of courtesy placements which is finding a new home for an animal in situations where their previous owners had to move, and for any of a number of reasons, could not take the dog with them. There are a lot of good dogs that just need a little help, Digulimia said, adding that she tries to, fill some of the void in the dogs. While Second Hope Rescue does not have a base facility, they do have a good base of foster homes, which, according to Digulimia, tend to open their arms to dogs in need. She stressed that no matter how long it may take to find an animal a permanent home, Second Hope Rescue is strictly no kill. Because they are a non-profit organization, Second Hope Rescue relies on donations for vet bills and foster care for the animals. As of now, all of the dogs are placed in foster homes, but Digulimia said that their rescue can have as many as 100 to 150 dogs at one time. Second Hope Rescue is having an adoption event at the Petco in LaPlata on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 12 to 3 p.m. Because every animal that is a part of the rescue cannot be at the event, Digulimia suggests contacting the rescue if one is interested in a certain animal. For more information on Second Hope Rescue, to donate, or to see the available animals, visit, email Lora Digulimia at or call 240-925-0628.

Relay For Life Kickoff

Wednesday Jan. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. James Forrest Technology Center, Leonardtown, Md
Relay For Life of St. Marys County will ring in the new season with the 2014 Relay Kickoff Party on Jan. 15. The Kickoff celebration is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the event and how to get involved. There will be an award ceremony to close out the 2013 season, recognizing top performers and gracious sponsors. Community members will have the chance to join (or start) a team, speak with committee members, and learn about the new events and celebrations planned for the 2014 Relay for Life of St. Marys County being held on June 7. There will be a guest speaker and light refreshments, as current participants celebrate their commitment to finish the fight. For more information, visit our website at, find us on Facebook, or contact Event Chair Keith Brady, The Relay For Life of St. Mary's County is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community. It is an exciting, team-based, overnight walking event that brings people together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones we have lost, and empower communities to fight back! There are 54 teams and 221 participants currently pre-registered and there is room for plenty more. The theme for the 2014 Relay is Superheroes: Joining Forces to Finish the Fight! Are you ready?

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A Former Terp Repeats A Heinous Act
By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer Once upon a time, the University of Maryland football team was led by a lovable coach Ralph Friedgen and wore recurring, recognizable and, dare I say, iconic uniforms. That sounds crazy in the era of head coach Randy Edsall, one of those most unlikable people in local sports, and the schools Under Armour sponsorship, a relationship that has morphed Saturday afternoon football games into fashion shows featuring large young men. So much for those marketing classes I had back in the day that trumpeted the importance of establishing a brand image. The Terps image has the shelf life of guacamole and their wardrobe is deeper than my wifes. If you remember this by-gone, prehistoric time when the Terps proudly and simply wore colors that matched the Maryland flag and helmets that just said, well, Terps, (the best things arent over-thought), then you might remember the Henderson brothers, E.J. and Erin, playing linebacker at College Park. The Minnesota Vikings drafted E.J. in 2003; little brother Erin followed him to the land of purple Norsemen in 2008. E.J. is now out of league but Erin was a starter for the Vikings this season until a DUI arrest in November. He was profusely apologetic afterwards, cited compelling life-changes, and reclaimed his starting role by seasons end. On January 1st, Erin Henderson was arrested and charged with DUI again - after his vehicle made the acquaintance of some very unlucky foliage. He is now simply the latest in a long line of NFL players who have gotten behind the wheel after having far too much to drink. In Hendersons case, no one was injured. That wasnt the case when Rams defensive lineman Leonard Little killed Susan Gutweiler in 1998 or when Cowboys DT Josh Brent got liquored up and killed Jerry Brown, his Cowboys teammate, in December 2012. Whether Henderson has an alcohol addiction, is fighting other personal demons or is just too overcome with professional athlete syndrome, an unofficial affliction that infects the subject with a feeling of invincibility and logic-arresting ego, is unknown. What isnt in doubt is that the NFL, a league committed to player safety and protecting the image of The Shield (the leagues unmistakable logo), has a problem that it apparently doesnt really mind. The league routinely fines players for excessive celebration or wardrobe violations and suspends them for alleged usage of obscure performance-enhancing substances. DUIs, though, often slip quickly through the headlines and the perpetrators, absent a history of behavioral issues, seldom suffer meaningful professional consequences. Yes, there is a difference between an allegation and a conviction, but the NFL has been extremely heavy-handed in doling out discipline for illegal hits and failed drug tests. But DUIs? Apparently those arent as problematic. Personally, Im more offended by a guy suiting up days after a DUI arrest than I am by a group of players celebrating a touchdown or using deer antler spray. Over the holidays I caught an ESPN E:60 piece on Southwest Minnesota State basketball coach Brad Bigler. In 2011, Bigler was present when his mother drowned in a kayaking accident. A year later, while traveling for a family geta-way, a truck driven by Dana Schoen smashed into the Biglers vehicle killing Drake, Brads infant son. Schoen was intoxicated and his decision to drive impaired snuffed out an innocent young life. Do you know what separates Schoen and Henderson? Dumb luck. Thats it. One harmlessly hit a tree; the other killed a child. I wonder if the possibility of vehicular homicide and its accompanying upheaval crossed the inebriated minds of either Henderson or Schoen. It - the loss of human life, the worst of all consequences - should have. It should also occur to the NFL. It should also occur to anyone flirting with the idea of piloting a 2-ton machine down the highway with a belly full of booze. You might make it home okay. You could take out a tree. Or you might kill a child. Is it worth the gamble? What would Biglers or Schoens answer be? Hendersons? Yours? Mine? The answer must be no - without exception. Send comments to

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By Doug Watson Contributing Writer With the holiday season now behind us, fans and racers alike, are now gearing-up for what looks to be a banner season for area dirt-track racing in 2014. Southern Maryland's Potomac speedway, one of only three Friday-night race venues in the region, recently released it's 2014 race schedule. Twenty-two events will be contested at the venerable Maryland oval with no less than 11-different classes of race cars competing throughout the season. As the speedway enters its 41st consecutive season of weekly operation many special events have been planned giving the Potomac faithful, once again, quite a diverse menu at the popular Southern-Maryland speed plant. Potomac's season opener will fall on Friday, March 21, with the Late Models headlining the show with a $2500 to-win event along the Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and the U-Cars. Late Models- The high-powered Late Model division will see action 11-times during the course of the 2014 season. The highlight of the season for the class is the return of the World of Outlaw's Late Model Series that will take place on Friday, August 15. This is the first visit by the WoO to Potomac since 2004 when multi-time series champion Darrell Lanigan took the win and the $10,000 topprize. The "Three State Flyers" Late Model series will also return with two 2014 dates. The first will be the 2nd annual "Ernie Jones Memorial" on May 25 with the second event falling on August 31. Each TSF race will be a 35-lap main with $3000 going to the winner. With the departure of five-time, and defending, Potomac LM champion David Williams, the 2014 track title will be up for grabs. Four drivers, Kenny Moreland, Dale Hollidge, JT Spence and Jason Covert, immediately come to mind as legitimate title contenders. Moreland the 2012 champion, was a three-time winner in 2013 and finished second in the final point tally. Hollidge, a one-time Potomac winner last season, finished fourth in the standings and has taken two career Potomac point runner-up's during his LM career. Spence, who became a Potomac regular in 2013, came close on more than one occasion to winning a feature and would settle for third in the standings. Covert, the new driver of the Cameron/Mann no.72, will more than likely be on hand for all the Potomac events. Oddly enough, both Covert and Spence, are looking for their respective first-career Potomac LM feature wins. David Williams (3), Kenny Moreland (3), Trever Feathers, Jamie Lathroum, Vic Coffey and Dale Hollidge were all Potomac LM winners in 2013. Limited Late Models- This class will dot the Potomac schedule 9-times next season. The division will contest a $1000 to-win Potomac/Winchester challenge event on May 25 and will wrapup their season with a $1500 to-win event in the Southern Maryland Nationals on October 4. 2013 champion Kyle Lear, a two-time winner last season, is set to defend his title. Derrick Quade (2), Scott Adams (2), Tyler Emory and Brad Ritter were all feature winners last season. Street Stocks- One of Potomac's premiere support classes will appear on 21 of the 22 race dates this season. The Street Stocks will have a $500 to-win Potomac/Winchester challenge event on July 18 and will once again be the featured attraction in the Southern Maryland Nationals with a $2000 to-win event on October 4. Darren Alvey, on the strength of a division-leading seven feature win campaign, looks to secure his second career Potomac Street Stock title. Eight different drivers won a feature in 2013 with Mike Franklin, Mike Raleigh, Mike Latham, Scotty Nelson each winning twice with single event wins going to Mike Corbin, Johnny Oliver and former Potomac champion Barry Williams Sr.

WoO Late Models, URC Sprint Cars Highlight Busy Potomac Speedway Season
Crate Late Models- Added to the weekly rotation in 2013 the CLM will be back in 2014 with 11 events. The big news during the off-season for the class is that the CLM will now run under the "RUSH Racing Series" Banner. June 20 will see the Crate cars run their biggest event ever at Potomac as it will play host to a RUSH national touring event. John Imler claimed his second-career Potomac championship, and first since 2009, in the divisions point battle. Glenn Elliott (3), Darrin Henderson (2), Jonathon DeHaven and Kerry King Jr. were CLM winners last season. Hobby Stocks- This class will occupy 20 dates on the Potomac schedule. They will host a 25-lap Spring Championship event on May 9 and then conclude their season with a $500 to-win show during the season ending Southern Maryland Nationals in October. Matt Tarbox became s first-time Potomac champion with a three feature win season as he claimed the title on the final night of point racing. Sam Archer lead the division with five feature wins with Jonathon Raley claiming four wins. Brian Adkins was a three-time winner with point runner-up Jamie Sutphin collecting two wins. Ed Pope Jr. was the only one-time class winner. Strictly Stocks- Potomac's full-sized entry level class will see a significant jump in appearances as the class will be on hand for 16 events compared to the seven that were run in 2013. Ray Bucci became a first-time Potomac champion with a pair of main-event victories. Ed Pope Sr. lead the class with three feature wins with Buddy Dunagan and 2013 champion Nabil Guffey each posting one win. U-Cars- Twenty-one events are scheduled this season for the U-Cars. Six different drivers were able to score a feature win with lady racer Erica Bailey making Potomac history as the tracks first-ever female track champion. 2012 champion Kevin Pollard lead the way with 8 feature wins, with Billy Hill the next highest with three feature wins. Mark Pollard and Tom Paddock each scored twice with single event wins going to track champion Erica Bailey and Michael Pfaff. Showing the diversity of the class Erica Bailey (champion), Megan Mann (5th), Cori French (7th) and Sam Raley (8th) showed the boys how its done taking four spots in the final U-Car point standings. Specials/Notes- The mighty URC Sprint Cars will be back in 2014 with their one and only show on June 13...JJ Grasso, who went on to claim the URC title in 2013, was the winner of Potomac's event last season...The ARDC wingless midgets will also be on the Potomac schedule for one event coming on August 1. Alex Bright and eventual ARDC champion Trevor Kobylarz split the two events contested...Hobby Stock racer Brian Adkins has sold his potent no.06 to fellow HS classmate Jerry Deason. Rumor has it Adkins may be moving to the Crate Late Models, but no solid plans have been announced...Brian's brother, James Adkins, Potomac's 1998 Late Model champion, will be making a return to competition in 2014. The elder Adkins has purchased a Rocket chassis from fellow Potomac racer Ryan Hackett and plans to race the newly acquired machine in the Crate Late Model division... LLM champion Kyle Lear will have a 2014 Rocket chassis at his disposal for the start of the new season. Lear's championship winning MD1 chassis, which was constructed during the winter of 2009, will be utilized as a back-up...2012 Street Stock champion Kurt Zimmerman is on the look-out for a newer Rocket chassis to compete with the Limited late Models, and may have a car together for the class debut on March 28...Hobby Stock track champion Matt Tarbox is also rumored to be moving up a class as sources tell me he'll be moving to the Street Stocks in 2014. Even with the class change, Tarbox has indicated he'll be keeping his title-winning Hobby Stock for selected events.


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St. Marys Department of Aging

Programs and Activities

Massage and Reflexology Therapy Available at Loffler Senior Activity Center Loffler Senior Activity Center has an experienced massage and reflexology therapist available three days a week. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. Fee. Cooking for One or Two On Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10:45 a.m., the nutrition education presentation at the Northern Senior Activity Center will focus on shopping and cooking for one or two people. Do you frequently find it hard to shop and prepare a healthy meal for yourself and someone else? Advice on practical choices will be offered. Walk-ins are welcome. Diabetes Support Group On Thursday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m., Tina Leap Diabetes Educator, with Health Connections will be facilitating the Diabetes Support Group that meets quarterly at the Northern Senior Activity Center. If interested, signup is required by calling 301-475-4002, ext. 1001. Ham & Cabbage Staff-Cooked Meal On Friday, Jan. 17, at noon, enjoy some comfort food homemade by Ginger for a fun Friday at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Dont miss a fun group gathering to play Oh Heck in the morning, or take a seat at Bingo at 10 a.m., if you prefer. Both activities break at lunchtime for ham, cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots, biscuit and apple cake. Beverages of milk, juice, coffee and tea will be available. Make your lunch reservations before noon on Wednesday, Jan. 15 by

calling 301-475-4002, ext. 1001. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $6 for others. AARP Smart Driver Course In January of 2014 AARP will launch their new and improved AARP Smart Driver Course, the nations largest driving refresher course. A lot has changed since AARP Driver Safety first began as 55 Alive. The roads have changed, cars and the technology inside them have changed, even the people behind the wheel have changed. As drivers, if we dont keep up with those changes we put others and ourselves at risk. As a result of evidence-based research findings, the course has been adjusted to include a focus on areas where older drivers could benefit from additional training, including: roundabouts, pavement markings, stop-sign compliance, red-light running and safety issues such as speeding, seatbelt and turn-signal use. The class will be held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. The cost is $15.00 for AARP members, $20.00 for nonmembers, payable to AARP. Members must show their membership card to get the member rate. Advance sign up is required. Call 301475-4200, ext. 1050 to register. Senior Hoops Pick-up basketball games are held in the Margaret Brent Gymnasium on Fridays, Jan. 10 Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. Noon. Games are open to both males and female players ages 50 and above. Advance registration is required. Players may register at the Garvey Senior Activity Center in Leonardtown. Cost per player is $16.00. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 Visit the Department of Agings website at for the most up-to date information.

Dr. Henry Jerningham

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Dr. Henry Jerningham was born 1610 at Cossey, County Norfolk, England. He was the son of Henry Jerningham and Mary Lepine and the grandson of Sir Francis Jerningham and Anne, daughter of Sir George Blount. By 1745, Henry had come to Maryland where he soon married Elizabeth Rozier, daughter of Notley Rozier and his second wife, Elizabeth Whitenhall. They lived at Ocean Hall in Bushwood. The July 9, 1761 of the Maryland Gazette contained an article that stated William Harrison at Chaptico says his 8 year old daughter was deaf, but was cured by being electrified by Dr. Henry Jernigan, living near the mouth of the Wiccocomico River in St. Marys County. Dr. Jerningham also had patients from Virginia. That would logical as Ocean Hall is a short boat ride across the Potomac to Westmoreland, King George, and Northumberland Counties. On July 26, 1770 he advertised in the Virginia Gazette The subscriber who studied in France, Germany, Holland and England, has been a practitioner in physic and surgery in Maryland 20 years, having inoculated many hundreds of Ladies and Gentlemen without the loss of one patient, will take in another company the 21st of May, and continue so to do every fifth week after until Christmas. His house is on the St. Marys County side of the mouth of Wicomico river, North Petowmack, convenient to come to the door by water. Those who will do him the favour to trust themselves to his care, will experience the tenderest and politest treatment, be boarded for four weeks if they choose, every thing found during that time, inoculation included for five pounds, Maryland currency. Henry Jerningham, May 21, 1770. An ardent Catholic, Dr. Jerningham was extremely interested in assisting Maryland colonists, still suffering under religious persecution by the Protestants, in removing to the Louisiana territory. This began with the German Catholics and the Acadians who had been expelled from Nova Scotia. On May 2, 1767, he wrote to Louisianas Spanish military governor Ulloa about the possibility of Germans joining the Acadian migration there. The response was lukewarm as Ulloa suspected this could be a British ploy to put their spies in place. Later that year, the German families decided it might be best to send an agent to the area to see the produce of the soil, at the different seasons and the manners and customs of the people, their way of living, and how the laws are executed. Dr. Jerningham provided a letter of intro-

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duction and asked that Walker be granted appropriate passports. Walker returned to Maryland by February 1768 and his reports must have been satisfactory. begin. In January 1769, settlers began leaving Maryland for the move to Louisiana. Dr. Jerningham may have planned to

move as well. On April 12, 1770 a notice was posted in the Maryland Gazette that Henry Jerningham intends to leave the province. But he never moved and died at Ocean Hall on November 22, 1772 leaving a wife and seven children.

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January All Month Long

Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust (PTLT) 41652 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown The North End Gallery is having a special exhibition in January 2014, our local land trust, has over 4,500 acres set aside in preservation. The artists of the Gallery went to one of the properties,Summerseat Sanctuary, and drew their inspiration for paintings, photographs, and other media for this January show. The opening reception isJan. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., First Friday in Leonardtown. Wine and refreshments will be served. It is open to the public. Board members of PTLT, Summerseat, and the North End Gallery will be on hand at the reception to talk to visitors about land trusts, the Summerseat animal sanctuary, and the art! The Show will run from January 2 through February 2. Come and learn why preserving open space in Southern Maryland is so important! The Gallery is located at. They can be reached and 301 475 3130. The 20Th Annual Lax Max Youth Lacrosse Tournament Team registrations are now being accepted for the 20th Annual Lax Max Youth Lacrosse Tournament scheduled for the weekend of June 6th 8th 2014 in Westminster, Maryland. The event is open to all school, recreation, travel and club affiliated teams throughout the mid-Atlantic region. A, B & C competition is available for recreation travel & town teams; with separate AA, A & B competition for club and tournament allstar teams. Lax Max features round-robin competition, guaranteeing all teams a minimum of three games; with additional playoff and championship games where applicable. Lax Max is operated in cooperation with both Recreation and Parks of Carroll County; and the City of Westminster Recreation and Parks. Information regarding rules, registration and lodging is available E-mail Skip at or Mike at

Friday, Jan. 10
Latin Night House of Dance, 8 to 11 p.m. On the 2nd Friday of each month, House of Dance instructors will host a Latin Night! This party is great for practicing steps learned in class and connecting with a wonderful dance community. A variety of Latin music will be played, including Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha!. Lessons are included from 8:15 9 p.m. $15/Person $28/Couple

Admission is $10 for non-SMTMD members; $6 for members (band members are free). No fancy or outlandish clothing is required! You need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go

Tuesday, Jan. 14
Free Quit Smoking Classes St. Marys County Health Department, 6 p.m. FREE Quit Smoking Classes starting tonight at St. Marys County Health Department and is funded by the Cigarette Restitution Fund of Maryland. Please join us at 6 p.m. and every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. for the next 8 weeks. FREE medication aids to help you quit. Group support is very important in the quitting process. See our website www. or call to register at 301-475-4074. Zumba St. Marys Sunshine Center, Leonardtown, 6 p.m. A fun energetic aerobic work-out with a Latin inspired routine. Zumba fitness every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m., at St. Marys Sunshine Center on Moakley Street in Leonardtown. The cost is $5 per class or $25 for a 6 class pass.

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Thursday, Jan. 9
Todays Connected Woman Tides Restaurant, Lexington Park 12 to 2 p.m. Todays Connected Woman is a womens business networking group in St. Marys County created to facilitate the development of friendships and business relationships through our forum which will allow for open networking time, local leaders and speakers invited to educate on various topics that empower and are important to todays business woman. This event is open to all women. Lunch is optional at $13 per person. RSVP to Victoria Ronan atVictoria@ greenvans.comor 410-474-7620 Practice Parties House of Dance, 8:30 to 10 p.m. Do you want to go to a party, but want to practice your moves first? House of Dance is having practice parties every Thursday! This an opportunity to get some one on one time with instructors, have moves clarified, meet other people, and practice! $5 for House of Dance students $8 for non House of Dance students

Songs Of Joy! A New Years Journey and Choral Festival St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 Welcome 2014! Let us rejoice as we embark on a journey of promise for all the blessBackstairs/Upstairs Sotterley Plantation, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. ings of the new year! The St. Aloysius CathoGo behind the scenes at Sotterley! Be- lic Church Music Ministry invites individuals come an insider and enter plac- and families of all religious denominations to es you wont see on a regular tour. join them in the Church in Leonardtown for Advanced reservations required. $15 per their 2nd annual New Years Choral Festival person, purchase tickets online: www. entitled: Songs of Joy, A New Years Journey! This celebration of song includes many < 0016LKAFIkyd5HgwKlnC7W4vyehl - traditional Christmas carols, liturgical hymns, BEkVtM2T5VOesIKry5FYEpymvi-od9d- and songs of praise sung by voices from the rSbzriz1d2KbyqBOBsNj5JstsFL2hKeB0 Spirit Singers Youth Choir, Cross Genera2VS97uCLwz7WvcH1LHZDBSbBJYT5I tion Teen Choir, and Grateful Hearts Adult Choir. Instrumentalists and vocal soloists from pqAYwzQ2fJv-PRNYG5uC8=> the choirs showcase their talents and help all to rejoice in the arrival of a blessed New Year. Ballroom and Swing Party In the Catholic Church, the celebration House of Dance, 8 to 11 p.m. of Christmastide runs annually from the NaOn the 2nd Saturday of each month, our dance tivity of the Lord up to and including the Bapinstructors host a Ballroom and Swing Party. tism of the Lord on January 12. Songs of Joy! This party is great for practicing steps learned A New Years Journey is the perfect way to in class and connecting and building a won- end the Christmas season and to begin 2014 derful dance community. A wide variety of rejoicing in the wonder of Christ and in all music is played, including Waltz, Foxtrot, the blessings we anticipate in the New Year. Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba, and Tango. Great Pope Francis shares (taken from his Evanif you are taking a Wedding Survival Class, gelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel): The or any Ballroom or Swing Class! Lessons are joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives included from 8:15 9 p.m. $15/Person $28/ of all who encounter Jesus.Those who acCouple cept His offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness, and loneliness. Frosty Fun Run/Walk With Christ, joy is constantly born anew. St. Marys Ryken High School, 9 a.m. The Choral Festival is free, but guests are 1st Annual Mother Catherine Spalding encouraged to bring canned food items or a School Frosty Fun Run/Walk to be held. Reg- small cash donation which will benefit Helpistration begins at 9:00 am. The fun run/walk ing Hands Food Bank. For more information begins at 10:00 am. For more information about the Concert, please callDirector of Music Ministries at 443-465-1205.You can call 301-884-3165. also visit St. Aloysius Catholic Church on line Community Dialogues to Decide How to Live 150 Years With a Better Quality of All You Can East Home-Made Home Style Life Breakfast Leonardtown Public Library, 2 to 5 p.m. 2nd District VFD and RS, 45245 Draden Rd., Come help start dialogues on the Potomac Valley Lee, 8 to 11 a.m. Adults $8, children 6 to 12 $4, children River Association website by attending the Community Television in St. Marys Coun- 5 and under are free. Proceeds from this and ty monthly meetings at 2 p.m. in the Leon- previous fundraisers are for the VFD and RS ardtown Library on the 2nd Saturday of each to continue to keep our community safe. For month (but the 3rd Saturday in March 2014 more information call 301-944-9999 and December 2014). For more information Monday, Jan. 13 call David Triantos at 301-997-1409 or email mtriantos Pax River Quilters Guild Meeting Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 A Contra Dance Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Langley Rd., Lexington Park, 6:30 p.m. The next regular monthly meeting of Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico, 7 p.m. A Contra Dance, sponsored by South- the Pax River Quilter Guild will be held. This ern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance months meeting will feature philanthropy (SMTMD), featuring caller Sargon DeJesus, quilts. Bring your charity quilt tops and backwill be held. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the ing to learn quick, easy methods for finishing dancing begins at 7:30. Contra is a traditional your quilts. Show and Tell will feature favorAmerican style of social dance and is a huge ite charity quilt patterns, charity quilts and amount of fun (and exercise)! If youve ever your latest creations. The Presidents Chaldanced a Virginia Reel or been to a Square lenge will be announced this meeting. Bring Dance, you have a good idea how much fun it your non-perishable food items for the food can be. If you havent, its about time you tried pantry, floss/perle cotton, yarn, basic sewing it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 to supplies for finishing the charity quilts. New get some instruction in the various dances. members welcome! Contact Julia Graves

Wednesday, Jan 15
Wine & Design Art Classes Port of Leonardtown Winery, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Share a glass of wine with friends as you paint your own masterpiece. The Wine & Design crew will take you through painting step by step even if you arent a Michelangelo. Reserve your spot on their website, http://www. $30

Thursday, Jan. 16
Evening Reception Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 4 p.m. Get your new year off to the right start. Our first reception was fantastic fun and this one will be even better - we just need you! The museum and exhibits will have special lighting provided by Pete Butt and COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES CO. Well have music by BILLY BRESLIN. Stop by on your way home from work - bring your office mates along and finish the day with a bang. Well be ready to serve you at 4 p.m. Tickets for the event are only $6 for Association members and $8 for non-members. Your ticket will get you: * music provided by BILLY BRESLIN * appetizers from QUALITY STREET CATERING, beverages, * non-alcoholic * a 20% discount on the purchase of a single item from the newly renovated Flightline Gift Shop, discount good for 30 days from the date of the event, and * an extra 15-minutes of flight time in the Mach Combat flight simulators with the purchase of a 30-minute or 60-minute flight session (that night or in the future), discount good for 30 days from the date of the event. Wine and beer will be available for purchase for $4 per glass of wine or bottle of beer. We will have a great selection of beverages from BLUE WIND GOURMET. Tickets will be available from PRNAMA Board of Directors, Event Committee Members, at the PRNAM Flightline Gift Shop, as well as at the door on the night of the event. You can also email PRNAMAEVENTSCOMM@ for information. Come out with your friends and co-workers, support the museum, and help to create the new destination spot for kicking back after work!



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Mobile Career Center visits libraries The Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at the Leonardtown branch on Jan. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and at Lexington Park branch on Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Job seekers can receive assistance with job related needs and get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange. Kids can cook Kids ages 8-12 years old can learn to make and sample new recipes at Lexington Park branch on Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. The half hour session is free and no registration is required. Downloading eBooks and computer classes offered Adults can found out how to download and check out eBooks using the Overdrive App on Jan. 13 at Leonardtown branch at 2 p.m. Registration is required. Basic computer classes for Windows, Internet and email are being offered at Lexington Park branch on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Registration is required. An intermediate Excel class focused on intermediate formulas and working with rows, columns, and worksheets will be conducted at Leonardtown branch on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. Basic Excel skills are required. An Introduction to Word class is scheduled at Charlotte Hall branch on Jan 23, at 2 p.m. Registration is required for both classes. Apps to be explored Adults are invited to appy hour to explore new apps or to share their favorite apps that pertain to health and fitness at the Charlotte Hall branch on Jan. 13 or at Lexington Park branch on Jan. 16. Both begin at 6 p.m. Registration is required. Kids can play life-sized Angry Birds Kids can drop in and build towers and catapults then play life-sized Angry Birds on Jan. 17 at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown libraries. All ages can attend Charlotte Halls program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. At Leonardtown branch, kids 5-10 years old can attend from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and youth 11 years old and older can participate from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

My name is Rosalie. As you can see I am a pretty orange tabby with swirling patterns on both sides of my body much like a marble cake. YUM! Just kidding. I am an independent, pretty sweet girl but Petco scares me so I don't always show my sweet personality while there. But you could get to know me by fostering me first and then, if we are a match, I could stay with you forever and ever. I am fully vetted and cost only $75. Sounds like a pretty good deal if you ask me. If you're interested in adopting me, please fill out an application http://www.feralcatrescuemd. org/uploads/FCRadoptionapplication.pdf and email it to my foster mom Jeanne at or Patiently waiting for you! At this time Feral Cat Rescue is offering free spay/ neuter grants for cats living in zip code 20659. If the cats are feral, we can lend you a trap to catch so they can be spayed.


A St. Marys County Residents Guide to Improving Our Environment and Drinking Water
From My Backyard to Our Bay was first developed by the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District. From there, the booklet was given to each of the Soil Conservation Districts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area for customization. If the 17.5 million residents who live in the watershed area of the Chesapeake Bay read this booklet, and took to heart its suggestions and best practices, the Chesapeake Bay would see a dramatic increase in health. Obtain a FREE copy of the booklet by going to the St. Marys River Watershed Association, and downloading it. The booklet is available at Wentworth Nursery in Charlotte Hall; Chicken Scratch in Park Hall; The Greenery in Hollywood; Good Earth Natural Food; and the St. Marys Soil Conservation District in Leonardtown.
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Harvesting the bounty of the watershed provides great enjoyment for the recreational fisherman and hunter as well as a way of life for the waterman. Responsible harvesting and safe consumption of fish, crabs, oysters, and clams requires knowledge of the health of the river as well as knowledge of regulations governing the limits on harvests. Licenses and current regulations can be purchased at local bait shops and sporting goods stores. Consult the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Web site for current licensing requirements and the Mary-

Are You Bay-Wise?

Bay-Wise landscapes minimize negative impacts on our waterways by using smarter lawn management techniques and gardening practices. The University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Bay-Wise program in St. Marys County offers hands-on help with managing your landscape by providing information, a site visit, and landscape certifications. Our yardstick checklist is easy to understand and follow, and our team of trained Master Gardeners can help guide you through it while offering suggestions to improve both the appearance and sustainability of your landscape.

land Department of the Environment for fish consumption guidelines. Be sure to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry at This is a new requirement and it is free.

Sailing & Paddling

St. Marys County has over 400 miles of shoreline, and boating opportunities exist along almost every creek and shoreline. St. Marys River can be paddled downriver from the Great Mills Canoe/Kayak Launch during times of good flow (in springtime and after storms). Take-outs are available at the end of Atkins Road and at St. Marys College of Maryland. McIntosh Run down to Breton Bay can be accessed from the McIntosh Canoe/Kayak Launch and the Leonardtown Wharf Park. See the county Web site for additional details and to download the new Water Trails Guide.

Public access to swimming can be found at Elms Beach Park, Greenwell State Park, and Point Lookout State Park. Indoor swimming is provided to the public at the Great Mills Swimming Pool, located at 21100 Great Mills Road.

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

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Para Bailar La Bamba

By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer After a five month hiatus, the House of Dance is once again offering their monthly Ballroom and Swing Party, with the next party scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11 from 8 to 11 p.m. Owner Donna Jordan saw that there was a demand for ballroom dancing once shows like Dancing With the Stars came out and the community became more interested in that particular style. The Ballroom and Swing party is directed at teens and adults in the community. There is a 45 minute lesson for those who have either not danced in the style before or that want a refreshers course. During the event, featured dances may include the foxtrot, waltz, tango, cha-cha, rumba or swing. The public is welcome to come with or without prior dance experience. Before their break, the House of Dance would see between 30 to 70 couples at each of their events. The focus is about the dance, Jordan said. While ballroom dancing is a partner style of dance, guests are welcome to arrive alone, as a pair, or in a group. The party calls for dressy-casual attire, but Jordan said that anything comfortable and suitable for dance is appropriate. The cost of the event is $15 per person or $28 per couple, with the price including the lesson, the dance itself, and refreshments that will be served throughout the evening. The House of Dance looks to make dancing part of a lifestyle for members of the community. The Ballroom and Swing parties are currently held every second Friday and Saturday of the month, but Jordan hopes that if there is a high demand for it to start holding the event twice a month, working its way up to once a week. The parties are held for those who want to have the exposure to the different styles but may not want the commitment of having to sign up for a period of classes. By hosting the parties, the studio can introduce several different styles of dance and leave the attendees to choose which style works best for them. The Ballroom and Swing parties are held from 8 to 11 p.m. with a lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. The House of Dance is located at 24620 Three Notch Rd., in Hollywood. For more information, visit or call 301-373-6330.

The Gypsies Are Coming!

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The American Legion Bluegrass concert series starts off the New Year with the next Bluegrass show on Sunday Jan. 26 at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, Md. This will be a full show, double header with 2 bands: The Hillbilly Gypsies and Remington Ryde. This show is bound to be full of high energy with lots of comedy. Hailing from the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade! Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting in Morgantown, WV, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin n grinnin and entertaining their loyal fans ever since. They have been featured on several nationally syndicated TV and radio shows such as Mountain Stage, Song of The Mountains, Woodsongs, Red Barn Radio, Wheeling Jamboree, and on BBC television as well as being featured regularly at the Historic Carter Family Fold. They also won the DelFest Band Competition in 2009. The Gypsies are best known for their high-energy live performances. They have become a crowd favorite at major venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. This Old Timey approach adds an authentic high-energy barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time. Itll sure make you want to get up and dance! ..And dont let the flash of their lively stage performance and choreography fool ya, these folks are all highly skilled mu-

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sicians and seasoned entertainers! Their lightning fast picking skills and arrangements are mixed with natural comedic wit and the high lonesome mountain vocal harmonies. Combine that with a knack for original songwriting, old time traditional music and this makes for an all-around authentic and exciting musical experience that you wont soon forget. Come on out and give them a listen and youll know that you are getting the real deal! The Gypsies are more than a band; they are a tight knit family, mindful of tradition, but bold explorers of new and authentic styles of acoustic music and entertainment! Remington Ryde is a hard driving traditional bluegrass band who will give you superb musicianship with hauntingly tight harmonies. They include original material, humor, and a history in every performance. Remington Ryde has been emerging as one of the hottest bluegrass bands from Central Pennsylvania. They continue to grow in popularity, winning over crowds throughout the country. Their relentless touring schedule has earned them the reputation of one of the busiest bands in all of bluegrass music. Remington Ryde released their first professional project in

2007. They are loved by festival-goers and bluegrass fans from all over the country. The popularity of this album helped the group land some of the top bluegrass festivals in the country which includes appearances at Bluegrass Festivals in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Maine, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Each musician is as personable as they are talented; making sure the audience comes first. This band will give you 110% on every performance, from their entertaining and energetic stage personalities to the lively interaction and conversation with any and all who visit after the show. They love what they do and it shows! The doors open at Noon and the show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are STILL ONLY $15.00 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advanced by sending a check or money order to Jay Armsworthy, P.O. Box 741, California, Md. They will be held at the. Food will be available for sale prior to the show. The American Legion is located on the corner of Maryland Rt. 381 and 231 in Hughesville, Md. For more information, visit or call 301-737-3004.


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Sunday, Jan. 12
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D.J. Casey McFann Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. Comedy Night Bollywood Masala (22576 MacArthur Blvd, California) 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 13
Karaoke Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10
The Musician Protection Program The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m. Jennifer Cooper & GrooveSpan New Dream Caf (13 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt) 8 p.m The Rum Runners Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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Sounds of the Night

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

By Debra Meszaros CSN Why do so many Americans struggle with maintaining ideal weight levels? With all that science has uncovered about disease, why are we losing the battle against all of the top diseases? Article after article and web page after web page, information surfaces about how your diet affects your health. Why do most fail to implement simple dietary adjustments? In our fast paced society it is the illusion of finding the magic pill or solution that will correct ones issue quickly. We dont have time to be sick, just fix me quick! Once society abandons this idea, we may then stand a chance on winning battles against disease. A few dietary adjustments could change everything! The most important adjustment is the amount of sugar we consume daily. It is the top addiction in the United States. Although natural substitute sugars are available to use as tools to reduce sugar intake, they do very little to help the body overcome sugar addiction. You are still feeding the body some form of sugar. Its like substituting different drugs for a drug addiction; in the end youre still addicted! Slowly reduce your sugar intake gradually over time, do not start your day off with sugar, and limit your intake of fruit to two servings per day. Fruits are a healthier form of sugar, but still sugar. Once you begin to remove sugar from your diet slowly, your pallet adjusts, and the struggle to eliminate sugar lessens. Ideal sugar intake is 15 to 25 grams per day. Excess sugar contributes to an increase in body fat, stress to your thyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, liver, and upsets the delicate balance of beneficial bacteria in your body. The second adjustment is the unraveling of the myth

It seems that I picked the best day of the year so far to leave the house. Yes, this is the 8 morning. I know that there are thousands of people here in the county heading to work right now while I am writing this article, but I am starting to get well I wouldnt say spoiled Im getting used to being home and taking my long commute of four steps to the workshop each day. Maybe Im a tad grumpy this morning - I have to fast which means no hot tea this morning! I dont know who will be more upset; me or Tidbit. How can I function without my robust Scottish Breakfast tea? An ultrasound and lots of Xrays are on the agenda for today so the tea and anything else is out. I am glad that all the testing starts at 9:45, because as soon as its all done, I am finding tea and eggs, I dont care if it is 5 p.m. by that point. I am soooo hungry right now. What happened to that amazing metabolism I used to have where I could pass up meals for a day or so? And like usual I havent slept well in what seems like forever. As a matter of fact I guess it has been forever. Have you ever had a bad dream that just unsettles you and stays with you throughout the day, sometimes a few days? On Saturday night I decided to try low dose Melatonin again to see if that would keep me asleep past either 1:30 or 4 a.m.. Lots of my friends, and a family member or two swear by it, so I thought Id give it a go again. I took one 3 mg. pill, was hoping to sleep until 6 a.m., but still was awake around 1 something and out of bed by 4. I felt a little loopy from the pill and had strange dreams. But around the 1 something time I heard all these loud bangs on the house. It sounded like someone was pounding all over to get in. I was so scared that my heart was pounding in my ears which was really annoying because then I couldnt hear anything else. I rose up on one elbow to look at my husband, and to see if Tidbit was up. No one seemed to hear this but me. I was pretty shaken up, but finally dozed again until I was awoken with what felt like my body violently shaking on the bed. By this time I was questioning whether I was awake, whether it was part of a dream or the melatonin, or whether I was losing my sanity from lack of sleep. I told my husband about this in the morning, and he had the look that said he knew I was losing my mind. I think he was wondering if my head was going to turn around. He didnt hear a thing would have woken up with that much noise and if Tidbit didnt hear it it didnt happen. This incident was a little embarrassing to me, though I did mention it to a few people at church the next morning. Then I overheard someone mentioning in another conversation about all the banging they heard on their house, and that it was the icicles falling from the trees on to their house. Ahhhthat explained it. Okay all better now. So now I think everything is fine, go to sleep last night, and am again woken by the loud banging on the house quite a few times. Last night there was no Melatonin and I was wide awake and stayed awake. Whats funny is it is all coming from one area on the outside corner of our house behind by side of the bed. I am convinced the deck is going to fall off or the grills propane tank is going to explode, but do my sleeping beauties wake up? Though my husband said this morning he did hear it, but is unconcerned. I think tonight I will put a tray of ice cubes on top of the fan, turn it on, and put the air compressor under the bed arent married couples supposed to share everything?
To each new days adventure, Shelby
Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo. com or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

that the sun is bad for you. The importance of maintaining proper levels of vitamin D in the body are huge. Vitamin D influences ten percent of your genes and involved in many physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health. Smart exposure to the sun helps the body manufacture vitamin D; it is the most effective way to increase your vitamin D levels. The next best option would be to supplement vitamin D; but not all individuals fully benefit from supplementation as many individuals struggle with digestion. If you do not currently monitor your vitamin D levels, you may want to consider requesting it every time you have blood work performed. If you currently have a dysfunction or disease, your vitamin D levels may need to be beyond the normal range to help the body overcome the dysfunction. Consult a knowledgeable practitioner about therapeutic levels of vitamin D. The last adjustment is grain intake. In the area of weight management, theres no better solution to losing weight than reducing to eliminate grains and sugars from the diet. Utilizing grains at each meal falsely satisfy your appetite; it is the bloating grains produce that makes you feel full. The less grains that you consume, the more protein, fat, and vegetables you can eat. Quality calories provide a much higher amount of nutrition and fewer cravings for food. Reducing grains to a few servings per week vs. per day can have amazing advantages in health and weight management.
2014 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

9 Months to Life
Laura Joyce Contributing Writer Malik Richmond was released from a juvenile detention center last Sunday, after nine months behind bars. I wrote about Richmond and his co-defendant, Trent Mays, last winter, after the two 16-year-olds were convicted of raping a girl of the same age at a party the previous summer in Steubenville, Ohio. Kids at the party used cell phones to film videos: in one the victim is on the floor, being carried around by Richmond and Mays as if shes a rag doll; she is barely responsive. In another, she is passed out. Its clear from the videos and reports of teens at the party that many of the kids, including the victim, were drinking heavily. When a video surfaced and went viral on the day following the party, showing the two boys sexually assaulting the victim, they used the age-old she wanted it defense. The Court didnt buy it: it was clear that the victim was so intoxicated that she couldnt even hold her head up, so giving any kind of meaningful consent would have been impossible. This is a disturbing case that has garnered a lot of attention over the past several years, in large part because of the videos that helped to convict the perpetrators. Thats the positive side of the videos: the dark side of the equation is that so many people stood by without intervening, and even filmed the assault. The videos were then shared and went viral throughout the community. As a result, the young woman was not only sexually assaulted, but re-victimized time and time again. She will undoubtedly walk a long and complicated road on the way to healing and recovery. Theres something that troubles me, though, beyond the obvious thingsthe assault, the bystanders, and the video. Its the way hes been treated as a victim himself by the adults around him since the beginning. Its what caught my attention at the start, and again in todays news, in a statement read by Richmonds attorney following his release. Not once does the statement mention the actual victim; not once does it offer anything even approaching an apology from Richmond. If I hadnt known better Id have thought it was referring to the rape victim, speaking as it does of a young person who has endured [difficulties] beyond imagination. It goes on to say that, the past 16 months have been extremely challenging for Malik. No doubt they have: jail is like that, I hear. The attorney ends by pleading that Malik needs time to heal, and asks for everyones support and prayers. I truly do hope that Richmond is rehabilitated. I hope that he has faced up to things no one would want to face up to: about his choices, his character, his capacity for harming another human being. I hope he is making deep, difficult changes as a result. It still troubles me terribly that he needed to be taught, at 16 years of age, that its not all right to have sex with someone who is alternately falling down drunk, vomiting, and unconscious. That doesnt seem like one of those subtle life lessons you might have accidentally missed halfway through high school. Its not a tough call; there are no shades of grey in how you treat an incapacitated and vulnerable person. Instead of continuing to see himself as the wronged party, the victim, I hope he will come to understand the deep damage he has done and stop blaming the real victim. Should she have gotten drunk? No, of course not for many reasons. But her decision to drink, and her level of intoxication, should not and do not in any way explain or excuse Richmonds behavior. It doesnt matter why she couldnt consent; all that matters is that she couldnt consent. Arguing or behaving otherwise ignores the law. Just as importantly, it flies in the face of the most basic level of human decency. I think I might have more confidence that Richmond really would experience rehabilitation on a meaningful level, except for that behavior of the adults surrounding him. Instead of giving him the difficult gift of holding him accountable, they continue to portray Richmond, a convicted rapist, as the person deserving sympathy, the one who endured beyond imagination with strength and courage. The complete lack of empathy expressed in the statement his attorney read is summed up in that phrase, beyond imagination. By not teaching Richmond to imagine the impact his behavior has on others, the adults around him do him a disservice: they fail to nurture empathy, compassion and a strong conscience. The consequences of that will likely affect his victim for the rest of her life. As challenging as they undoubtedly were, his 9 months dont really compare. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at if you have comments or questions about the column.


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