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Thursday, April 2, 2015

State Secretary Weighs In


On Leonardtown Library
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The debate over the placement of the new Leonartown library project took on new dimensions this week after a letter to county government from the Maryland Department
of Plannings Secretary David Craig said the state supported putting the new building in downtown Leonardtown.
The placement of the library has divided the county
and town governments over the issue in recent weeks and
has even caused some division in the municipalitys town
council as well.
Those who favor placing it downtown, such as Mayor
Dan Burris, say it will help boost the economic development potential of the town and would be a good fit since a
piece of land has already been donated by an out-of-town
developer.
But opponents of that plan say the library would be better served from construction on the Hayden property on
Hollywood Road near the site of the Capt. Walter Francis
Duke Elementary School.
County Commissioners also seem intent on building a
new senior center on the same land, creating a central services complex.
Though both locations would have a positive impact on
the community, we found that the downtown location represents a much better opportunity to create a public library
in a location that will also promote economic development
for the community, Craig wrote in his missive. We know
that the location of a multi-story public library in a downtown area has met with success in other communities including Havre de Grace, Bel Air, Frederick, Rockville and
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Mayor Dan Burris said he hoped the Commissioners of
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show off its benefits.
I certainly hope they would consider it, Burris said.
Burris also said he believed sewer capacity at the towns
waste water treatment plant was not an issue, rather the
six-inch sewer line at the Hayden property might not be big
enough to handle the added flow if a library were placed
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That could be a problem, Burris said, who added the
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could be expanded to meet the needs of the new facility.
Some have said the Tudor Hall donation might be too
small.
Its basically whatever they need, Burris said of the
donations size.
The new librarys cost has been estimated at about $5.3
million.

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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
After being dropped from a healthcare
network by a major state care provider
the owners of independent pharmacies
in St. Marys say they are still open for
business despite the recent set back.
We are not giving up our fight and
we appreciate all the support we have
been shown by the community, wrote
Alex Rowan of St. Marys Pharmacy in
Leonardtown. If just affirms our beliefs
and hardens our resolve in trying to get
United Healthcare to change their policy
as well as prevent other insurance plans
from trying similar tactics in the future.
United Healthcare of Maryland is one
of the healthcare networks overseen by
Maryland Medicaid but officials with
the state governing office say the decision to drop three pharmacies here from
their pariticular healthcare network was
not their decision but that of United
Healthcare of Maryland.
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organization delivering services to
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the owner of all three pharmacies, Kris
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as to why they were dropped from the
United Healthcare program, he said
both organizations said the decision was
made by the other.
Akula also said that United Healthcare had informed patients using the
independent pharmacies but had not
informed management prior to their
decision.
Akula said that his pharmacies honored many different plans held by many
different customers and that they had no
plans of closing down.
He said in a recent meeting with United Healthcare officials that they planned
to drop other pharmacies in St. Marys
from their network.
Theyre not giving us any reasons
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program, CVS, Target and Giant, Akula told The County Times.
Ben Goldstein, spokesman for United
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Senate Committee Scales Back


Hogan Tax Relief Proposals

By Len Lazarick
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A Senate committee voted on four of Gov. Larry Hogans tax relief proposals Friday, significantly scaling back three of them and outright killing a fourth.
Average taxpayers will see little to no immediate effect of any of the measures as passed
by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: The committee did vote to cut personal property taxes for
small businesses with less than $10,000 of physical assets, but the relief wont happen for
two years.
AUTOMATIC GAS TAX HIKES: Hogans proposal to stop automatic gasoline tax increases passed two years ago was stripped from SB589, but the committee did vote to limit
increases triggered by the Consumer Price Index to 3 percent, rather than 8 percent cap in
current law.
With inflation still under control, the CPI is not expected to go above 2.5 percent in the
near future, a legislative analyst told the committee.
It goes up, but it never goes down, said Sen. George Edwards, R-Garrett. But he conceded the new CPI cap is better than whats in there.
MILITARY PENSIONS: A proposal to totally exempt all military pensions from taxes
over four years was replaced with a plan to increase the current exemption of $5,000 in
retirement pay to $10,000. This tax exemption for military retirees has passed the Senate in
past years, but died in the House Ways & Means Committee, according to its main sponsor
Sen. Doug Peters.
FIRST RESPONDER PENSIONS: The Hometown Heroes Act, SB594, a bill to exempt
up to $29,000 of the pensions of police, firefighters and other first responders, was defeated
based on its cost $3 million next year rising to $11 million in fiscal 2020. This applies to
any first responder retiring over age 50. In Maryland, anyone over 65 has a state income tax
exemption on pension income up to $29,000, the maximum Social Security benefit.
Four senators opposed the committees unfavorable report on this administration bill:
Sens. Addie Eckardt, R-Dorchester; Edwards; Andrew Serafini, R-Washington; and Roger
Manno, D-Montgomery, who had sponsored his own version of the hometown heroes bill
before Hogan introduced his.
RAIN TAX: The Senate has already passed its own version of Hogans repeal of the socalled rain tax, a stormwater remediation fee. But even if a county actually repeals a tax
to fund treatment of polluted stormwater in an effort to meet a federal mandate to clean up
the Chesapeake Bay, the county must still submit a plan to remediate stormwater and the
money to pay for it.

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Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Responding to Fridays action by the committee, Doug Mayer, the governors deputy
communication director said, Providing for tax relief is the number one issue Marylanders
want to see addressed and why Governor Hogan has been fighting to implement his legislation. What is very clear is that the conversation in Annapolis has changed.
This year we will pass a budget that not only doesnt raise taxes but actually cuts them,
something that hasnt been seen around here for a very long time, Mayer said. We thank
the leadership in the House and the Senate for working with us to make this happen.
At the start of the session legislators dismissed the notion of changing how Marylands
gas tax worked. Seeing positive changes now is very encouraging. The governor will continue to push for common-sense and transparency to be restored to this process.
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with a Maryland State business development delegation. The delegation was
comprised of the Maryland Cyber Czar
(Jeffrey Wells), representatives from
the Maryland Israel Development Center (MIDC) and business leaders with
experience in international import and
export of technologies in fields such as
cyber, biomedical and autonomous unmanned systems.
The goal of the trip was to develop
potential business leads for Maryland
companies seeking to expand exports to
Israel as well as meeting with candidate
Israeli based companies that are interested in expanding operations into the
United States (specifically Maryland).
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the municipality of Beer Sheva in the
Negev desert. This research development test and evaluation center was
constructed and is located in the middle of a desert. Ten years ago nothing
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Israeli Armys 8200 (Intelligence command). The delegation also toured several
high-tech businesses and attended a 2-day
CyberTech conference in Tel Aviv where
they met with many Israeli firms looking
to expand their businesses into the United
States.
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for a grant from the Israel Binational R
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new high tech product development with
Israeli companies. Grants of up to $1 million are available to engage innovative
companies from The Start Up Nation to
kick start Maryland-based technology development to a new level. Funding is also
available to Maryland startup companies
through the new MIDC-OurCrowd Partnership. OurCrowd of Israel is the global
leader in equity crowdfunding. As a result of the partnership with the Maryland/
Israel Development Center, OurCrowd is
now evaluating Maryland companies for
funding. St. Marys County businesses
interested in learning more about trade
opportunities in Israel are encouraged
to contact Commissioner Jarboe directly
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The County Times

Thursday, April 2, 2015

County Man Pleads


Guilty in Federal
Weapons Case
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A man who federal authorities say
hid nearly 50 firearms for the perpetrators of a 2012 gun store burglary now
faces federal prison time for his part in
the crime, including the illegal sale of
some of those weapons.
William Terrance Proctor, of Lexington Park, agreed to store the guns stolen from the Tackle Box back on Oct.
27, 2012 when the burglars came to his
Majestic Court home and asked him to
hide them after the crime, according to
a statement of facts in Proctors plea
deal with federal prosecutors.
Prosecutors say that Proctor cached
48 stolen firearms in total and arranged
to sell 45 of them.
Between March 20 and June 13 of
last year Proctor is said to have sold
or given eight firearms to a convicted
felon; federal authorities said Proctor knew of the buyers prior criminal
record.
The guns sold or given to the buyer
included a Bushmaster carbine, a Taurus .357 magnum revolver, for cash and
on six other occasions Proctor sold oth-

er guns for contraband cigarettes that


eventually totaled out to 150 cartons or
30,000 individual cigarettes that had
been smuggled without any Maryland
taxes applied to them, federal authorities stated.
Federal authorities also state that
Proctor distributed all of those cigarettes
between April and June of last year.
Proctor and an associate who was trailing him in a second vehicle were arrested June 27 of last year when he went to
an eigth transaction to sell another gun,
federal authorities state.
Federal authorities state that when
Proctor was mirandized he admitted
hiding the weapons from the Tackle Box burglary and to exchanging
weapons with the buyer for untaxed
cigarettes.
Proctor faces 10 years in prison on
charges of aiding and abetting theft of
a firearm, possession of an unregistered
firearm and the unlawful sale of a firearm to a prohibited person.
The fourth charge is for possessing
and transporting contraband cigarettes.
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Man On School
Swing Prompts
Lockdown
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A Great Mills man was arrested and
charged with trespassing and disrupting
school operations March 27 after he allegedly refused to leave the playground
of St. Johns School in Hollywood and
had to be removed by sheriffs deputies.
Deputies responded to the school after the principal there had tried to get
Steven Miller, 37, to leave from sitting
on a swing set.
She attempted to contact the subject
but he would not respond he would only
stare off into space, Dep. David Potter said in charging documents filed in
county District Court.
The principal put the school on lockdown while Miller was ensconsed in
the swing set, police wrote in court
papers.
Deputies who tried to talk to Miller got little more out of him than did
school officials, police said.
As I was speaking to Miller, he
was sitting on a swing on the playground. He did not respond to anyting
I said to him, Potter wrote. He stared
straight ahead unresponsive for several

minutes.
When
Potter
told Miller he had
to leave the school
site Miller eventually said he was
waiting for his
wife,
charging
documents read,
but he refused to
get off the swing.
Steven Miller
When Potter took
hold of Millers left
arm Miller wrapped it tighter around
the swing chain, police said.
Potter said it took multiple deputies
to get Millers hands behind his back
once he was taken down to the ground.
He refused to put his hands behind
his back and strained the whole time,
Potter wrote in charging documents.
Miller faces charges of trespassing
on private property, resisting arrest and
interfering with school activities.
Court records show he was released
on his own recognizance.
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Kidnapping Suspect
Remains Incarcerated
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Police have arrested and charged a
Lexington Park man with kidnapping
a young girl from the Southampton
neighborhood back in the middle of
the month.
Brandon Young, 29, also faces an
assault charge stemming from the alleged kidnapping and is accused of
trying to use her to make money,
according to charging documents
filed in county District Court.
Police say the victim was accosted
by two black males in a four-door
sedan while she was walking in a
neighborhood park off Lincoln Avenue on March 18; the victim told police that Young directed the second
man to grab her by the neck and push
her into the vehicle.
The victim told police the two men
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later found was on Flower Drive and


was forced to pose for photographs.
She told police that on March 27
Young became so upset with her that
he choked her and threw her into a
wall with such force that she began
bleeding from the top of her head.
Detectives went to the Flower
Drive address and interviewed two
residents there, Young, who denied
adamantly the victim had ever
been at the residence, stated he had
not seen or spoken to her in about a
month.
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weeks prior to the detectives interviewing her.
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The Drug War - Win, Hold, Win


On Feb. 27, a local newsprint piece revealed
a shocking trend in the aggressive surge of
drug usage and associated deaths in Southern
Maryland directly attributed to users of opium
and heroin. Seemingly everywhere in the nation theres prescription drug abuse and use
of ecstasy, molly, marijuana, cocaine, crack,
crystal meth, LSD, bath salts and paint sniffing
occurring.
Viewing the world of illegal drugs as shown
on National Geographic and Fusion TV, one
learns of their pervasiveness across America.
In fact, said informational programming is so
hard-hitting one wonders how can it be possible we even have a country today with the
disastrous effects of this exceptionally elusive
substance generating a national crisis. Said
viewing transcends ones imagination in that
clearly disclosed are how and where drugs are
produced below our Southern border and their
painstaking secreted journey Northward. At
incremental junctions even their increased dollar value is factored in till finally reaching the
hands of greedy and unscrupulous American
recipients. And the money to be made by dealers is absolutely mind blowing.
The slavish effects of drugs on dealers and
its pitiful users is stunning without measure.
Drugs invoke prostitution, thievery, armed
robbery and murder, captivating those of all
colors and segments of American society.
Souls unwillingly held captive to drugs mystical charm encompass mothers carrying unborn little ones as well as the down and out,
those well off and others in between. And pitiful wains in accurately describing the affects
of drugs on ones helplessly enslaved craving
body and spirit. In drug use, what once may
have started out with curious experiment and
folly all too often ultimately culminates in
poverty, rapid health deterioration and needless early death.
In attempting to stem the drug flow, there
are numerous multi governmental counter efforts employed. Nevertheless, clearly revealed
and seemingly miraculous, is the highly overcoming success rate of drug transporters as
they face government obstacles whether via
air, land or sea. The ingenious efforts of international drug kingpins and traffickers in concert with American dealers in reaching their
eagerly awaiting dependant user customers
are utterly phenomenal. The entire process of
growing, securing, creating, packaging, concealing, shipping and selling of drugs should
be of critical interest to all officials and, as
well, alarming to the uninformed and unconcerned. In commitment, secretive drug operations appear to rival that of ISIS terrorists.
Massive global and nationwide inter governmental drug interdiction efforts are warranted at any cost. Essential too in the effort
should be opportunities for education, jobs,
counseling, treatment, apprehension and
prison confinement as necessary. However,
these integral aspects of successful war fighting measures serve but to accentuate the drug
problems real solution. Along with users of
inadequate financial means and those who are
undereducated or otherwise lacking, there are
many highly educated people with good jobs
who can well afford their choice of mind altering products. And a review of stats reveals
the threats of confinement and possible early
demise obviously means little, as such consequence always applies to the other guy. Note
Hollywood.
Our Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, deserves tremendous applause in standing-up
his recently created Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force and its accompanying Coordinating Council merely weeks into his initial

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term. And we salute St. Marys County Sheriff Tim Cameron, our hometown representative, for his professional contribution to this
high visibility agency. Together with Calvert
County Sheriff, Mike Evans decree to attack
heroines source and stop the incoming flow,
the troops may soon be aggressively charting
targeted goals, even as they review and measure what works well with what does not in
eliminating barriers to success.
However, operating apart from state entities
stands the unfailing answer to the scourge of
drugs and their entire adverse effect on society. This immediately available source of
power and deliverance, open to any and all
involved in drugs unrelenting curse, comes
without price or appointment. Such inclusiveness encompasses the incarcerated, the
unfortunate souls so overtaken, the growers,
concocters, movers and suppliers, along with
those curiously considering any perceived
benefits and illusions of grandeur as induced
by drugs. Said deliverance rests in none other
than the person of the Lord Jesus Christ of
Calvary, Son of the true and living God.
Breaking the bondage of demonically inspired drugs and enslavement to products of
such seemingly supernatural power and draw
may be instantaneous for a few while extremely difficult for many others. Nevertheless, Christs transforming power determines
it doable for all, as no man and no woman are
beyond hope or sunk too low for his uplifting
reach. Gods great love, mercy, grace and forgiveness is extended to all without exception.
Within the recent cited article there was no
mention of local Holy Bible believing churches being engaged in drug associated warfare.
There was no indication of joint total force efforts nor individual soldiers of the Cross listed
on voluntary active duty serving in-theater to
effectively communicate their commanders
plan. However, we did read its a problem the
state cant arrest its way out of, nor can we reasonably expect to completely eliminate drug
availability. However, as the Gospel message
is presented to one and personally received (as
so attested by countless former users of drugs
and alcohol) such captives are indeed set free
as they learn of Christ and yield to his then indwelling Holy Spirit. For with God, nothing
shall be impossible, Luke 1:37.
Whether government is currently soliciting
and engaging Christs church in the drug war
effort, leastways to a meaningful degree, merits full disclosure. And if barriers exist to the
effective utilization of the church in assisting
with this battle, remove them. The church can
and should be deployed apart from undue influence and bureaucratic red tape. All of such
would but hamper or misdirect its mandated
commission to bring the only message capable
of transforming lives everywhere. And that
message is the good news of Christ, and his
Cross and the empty tomb.
Maryland and St. Marys, Charles and Calvert Counties, specifically, should actively solicit and add this additional no cost resource
to the states arsenal in helping to eliminate
the drug epidemic with its needless associated misery and premature deaths and stem
the burgeoning tide of crime. And the regions
Holy Bible preaching churches must enjoin the
states troops and commit to actively offering
the good news of Christ to all who are entangled in the pitiful cycle of woe and personal
destruction offered by drugs. As the old hymn
says, He (God Almighty) Is Able To Deliver
Thee. Why not conscript the Lords all volunteer army into the drug war...
Chester Seaborn
Mechanicsville, Md.

The County Times

I would like to bring Senate Bill 0680


(SB0680) to your attention because it
begins the process of campaign and
electoral reform. The low voter turnout that plagued our county and our
state in the last election was embarrassing. This low voter turnout problem
is not just a Maryland problem; other
states are also dealing with it. They
are also taking steps to address it; for
example, Washington state just pass a
universal voter registration law which
is expected to make the process of voting more accessible, California is looking at passing something similar. The
sponsor of SB0680, State Senator Jamie
Raskin, testified in the Maryland General Assembly stating that the Commission would consider a number of developments in campaign and election law
around the country that may or may not
be of interest to us. Jennifer BevanDangel, the Executive Director for Common Clause Maryland, also testified for
the bill and her testimony powerfully
stated that the worst thing she has ever
been told was that Oh I dont vote, it
doesnt matter. She further claimed
that this Commission would try to address that sentiment.
SB0680 also creates a very diverse
Commission which would make sure
members of both political parties and
members from minority groups are well
represented. This bill also provides the
Governor with the power to appoint
a chair to the Commission. Furthermore, the Commission looks into the
advantages and disadvantages of: open
and closed primary elections, and top
two and top four primary elections
in which the two candidates or four
candidates with the greatest number
of votes advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation. The
Commission also addresses a system of
public campaign financing for offices in
the executive, legislative, and judicial
branches of State government; the use of
proportional representation voting systems, such as cumulative voting, preference voting, and instant runoff voting
to increase electoral competition, representativeness, and any other issue that
the Commission determines relevant
to increasing voter participation. This
bill is currently in Marylands Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
committee in which Senator Waugh is a

Dear Fellow Citizens,

member. We all should urge him to support this legislation. This bill was crossfiled with House Bill 0997 (HB0997)
and if given a favorable report from the
Ways and Means committee, St. Marys
County voters should urged Delegates
ODonnell, Morgan, and Rey to support
it. This legislation is a true bipartisan
effort given that it has already received
Republican support with Delegate Robert Long as its co-sponsor. And, Todd
Eberly, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the St. Marys College of
Maryland, has voiced support for the
legislation tweeting SB680 is a good
bill that deserves more support.
We all should want more people to
participate in electing our representatives. Similarly, I believe that when
more people are participating in our
electoral process the better it is for our
overall democracy. After all, whats the
worst thing that can happen from just
looking at and evaluating different electoral reforms with the potential of making our process better? I encourage you,
my fellow citizens, to lookup SB0680/
HB0997 and after which you will agree
that this short 3 page bill deserves serious consideration from our legislators.
Roderick Lewis
Lexington Park, Md.

Dont Hide the Library


As weekly patrons of the Leonardtown
Library, our family was so happy to hear
that our commissioners have decided to
build a new library instead of renovating the old one! There just isnt enough
room in that building to take care of the
needs of a growing community.
There are two locations being discussed for the new home of the library.
One is right near the new Duke Elementary School and a large subdivision
along Hollywood Road, which many
people travel every day. The other property is on Lawrence Avenue. We drove
down Lawrence Avenue the other day to
see where the proposed site is located.
Please, Commissioners, dont hide a
beautiful new library on a back street
that only the local folks can find. We
have so many new people coming to our
area and a library should be easily located. Putting it back in a corner of town
is kind of like hiding our light under a
bushel. One thing that hasnt been mentioned in any newspaper that I know of
is that Lawrence Avenue is, as my teens
would say, a sketchy area. It used to
be a nice neighborhood, but not so much
now. Since many families use the library, it is important that they feel they
are safe going in and out. It is for that
reason that we never use the Lexington
Park library.

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Openness, Transparency,
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Lets put the new library where everyone can find it and feel safe there.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Susan Morrison
Hollywood, Md.

Garvey Senior Activity


Center Group Addresses
County Commissioners
The Garvey Senior Activity Center
Group provided a formal presentation
and Town Hall meeting to the citizens
of St. Marys County on March 9. The
meeting was held at the Executive Inn
and Suites Hotel in Leonardtown. We
thank the hotel manager, Heather Harrison, for donating the use of their conference room to host the meeting. It was
greatly appreciated. We had a larger
turnout than expected, especially after
all the weather delays and rescheduling. All 38 seats were filled. Our focus
was to update the community on our
original goal of asking the St. Marys
County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to approve moving the existing funding for the planning of a new
Garvey Senior Activity Center from the
FY2018 budget to the FY2016 budget.
We also briefed the community on
our accomplishments to date, showed
pictures of the three senior centers we
had visited, and shared our next steps

EDITOR

forward. We ask the Citizens of St.


Marys County to continue to support
the goal of moving the funds. We want
to thank the 3,288 Citizens of St. Marys
County for their support by signing a
petition that asked the BOCC for their
approval to move the funds to the FY
2016 budget.
We attended and spoke at the Open
Forum of the BOCC on March 10, 2015.
We provided a short statement to the
Commissioners and thanked them for
considering moving the funds for the
planning phase of a New Garvey Senior
Activity Center. In addition, we provided the Commissioners with a copy of
the brief we presented at the Town Hall
meeting on March 9, 2015.
We are excited and hopeful that we
will have a NEW Garvey Senior Activity Center very soon for all the St. Marys
County Citizens that are 50 years old
and beyond to help them stay active in
mind, body and spirit.
Dale Taylor, Chairperson and Point of
Contact
Margaret Forrest, Vice Chairperson
Patricia Armstrong, Secretary
Rose Frederick, Treasurer
Gail Murdock, Parliamentarian

Photo Courtesy of the Garvey Senior Acitivty Center

CORRECTION

In the March 19 issue of the St. Marys County Times it reported in the headline of
one the stories that Maryland Medicaid had decided to drop several local pharmacies
from a healthcare network. This was in error. Medicaid did not make that decision but
it was the provider itself, Maryland United Healthcare, which made that decision.
The County Times regrets the error.
James Manning McKay - Founder

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Feature Story

The County Times

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Students Face Their Toughest


Test After Spring Break
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer

or the past four years teachers and


students having been working hard
to instruct and learn the new Common Core standards. School officials say
it has been a relatively fast and arduous
transition to what looks to be the most
rigorous standards students have had to
meet and come April 8, right after Spring
Break, students will show just what and
how well theyve learned when they take
the new PARCC test.
School officials and administrators are
guardedly optimistic, they say, but some
say there is a fair amount of nail biting
among instructors as students must endure this tough new testing.
Whatever the scholastic challenges that
face students, the St. Marys County Public School System is still contending with
a major logistical connundrum they dont
have enough computers to go around for
all the students who have to go on-line to
take the test.
That is a challenge were working through, said Jeff Maher, assistant superintendent for instruction. Theres only so many lap tops,
there are only so many computers.
Students have taken assessments on-line
before, Maher said, but not this many and
not all at once like the PARCC assessment
demands.
Its something we have not done to
this day and to this scale, Maher told The
County Times.
Dawn Pipkin, a test coordinator at
Leonardtown Middle School and also
vice president of the county teachers
union, said the dearth of computers was
not the only problem.
Its a two fold issue, Pipkin said.
Some schools have enough computers but have a weak [IT] infrastructure,
others schools just dont have enough
computers.
Superintendent J. Scott Smith has
asked the Commissioners of St. Marys
County for an additional $1.6 million
in supplementary budgeting to pay off
the leases for computers so that the system can use general funds already in its
coffers to buy more computers for the
PARCC testing.
Pipkin has been watching the transition
from the prior curriculum to the Common

Core standards and it has been difficult,


but she said it is what teachers and students should strive for.
When students take the test in a week
they will have to answer much deeper,
more rigorous questions when it comes
to language arts and literature and the
mathematics questions they will have
to answer will not just be solving for

Brett is on the high school track team and his coach surprises the team by having an Olympic track
champion attend a practice. The Olympian challenges Brett to a 100-meter race. To make the race
more interesting the Olympian will not start the race until Brett reaches the 20 meter mark. Bretts
average time in the 100 meter race is 12 seconds while the Olympians average time is 10 seconds.
Assume that Brett and the Olympian run at a constant speed throughout the race.

Part A
Based on each of the runners average times write an equation for each person that describes
the relationship between his distance from the starting line in meters, and time, in seconds.

Sample question on Common Core test

Photo by Frank Marquart

Conlan McConvey concentrates on a practice test

one problem but in some instances they


will have to read word problems, come
up with their own formula to solve it
and show how they arrived at the right
answer.
Pipkin said students will need all their
new skills and knowledge theyve gained
in the last four years as the system has
transitioned to be successful.
Common Core is a set of standards, not
a curriculum, Pipkin said. Its been quite
a transition. The kind of thinking kids are
going to be asked to do is richer. Students
will be doing a lot of writing.
Teachers have mixed feelings about
Common Core, she said. They like the
higher standards and depth of teaching but
the amount of time needed for the PARCC
testing is a stumbling block to them.
Teachers think that the standards
are for the most part much more where
we need to be in terms of getting kids to
think, Pipkin said, but noted that the testing for PARCC will take place over nine
days, though not through the entire day.
Teachers are not thriled about the loss of
all that instruction time.
And then there are the expectations for
success. Pipkin said parents, students and

school personnel should be prepared to see


scores tumble somewhat.
We will see a difference in scores over
the first few years, Pipkin said. Its not
that the kids arent smart its just that the
standards are that much more rigorous.
Alex Jaffurs, secondary schools
mathematics supervisor for the school
system, said the transition to Common
Core means that much more pressure
has been put on teachers and students;
essentially they have had to learn and
teach more at a deeper level in the same
amount of time.
Weve compacted the curriculum,
weve moved it up two years, Jaffurs said.
The question is do we have the scaffolding in place for kids to learn harder skills,
sooner.
The answer is, yes, we do because
weve been proactive for four years.
When the state adopted the Common
Core standards about five years ago, the
local school system followed along fully,
Jaffurs said, and committed to the curriculum changes and the challenge of the
PARCC test.
The change means that where freshmen in
high school might have once taken first-year

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Using the library is a critical learning core, said St. Marys


County Library Director Kathleen Reif. The library is
open long after schools close, with computers and a wide
range of materials and activities available for students.
Learning does not stop at the school.
algebra, students are now taking it in 7th grade.
It was such a heavy lift but we knew it had
to be done, Jaffurs said, adding he thought
St. Marys students would hold there own in
the testing to come. Im cautiously optimistic, but Im not expecting a home run.
But perhaps the thing the PARCC test
needs to be administered, the on-line capable
computer, might become a barrier to student
success Jaffurs said.
It may be that the computer will prohibit
us from knowing how much the student really knows, Jaffurs said, noting that students
using pencil and paper answering PARCC
questions had been known to outscore others
answering the same on a computer.
He said not all students may be able to successfully use computers when the time comes.
The rigors of the test, with their greater
demands for critical thinking and analysis in
both mathematics and language arts, was demanding enough, he said.
The questions are extremely challenging,
Jaffurs said.
Maher was confident that the work teachers
and students had been doing these past years
would serve them well.
Right now weve had a lot of changes very
quickly, Maher said. But whatever the as-

sessment I think our kids will do well, theyve


been prepared.
Its going to be a completely different experience altogether.
Anna Laughlin, president of the Education
Association of St. Marys County, said the returns on student performance would likely be
down from prior years on the MSA-style tests
they had grown used to.
And though the test is graduated to be appropriate for students at their grade level, she
said, for some it may be too much too fast.
Expectations may be beyond the kids
ability to comprehend the material at their
grade level, Laughlin said.
And for teachers the stakes are high, too,
since they will be evaluated on student performance on the PARCC test.
That is something Laughlin and other senior
administrators say is happening too fast, she
said, since lower test scores are almost certainly the outcome.
Teachers have had to both build and teach
a new curriculum at the same time, she said.
Its like teachers have been building a plane
while flying it and are being held accountable
for how that plane operates, Laughlin said.
guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Informational Links
PARCC Practice Tests:
parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/
Parent Resources on Calvertnet:
www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/instruction
/commoncore/standards.asp
Blackboard Supplemental Student Modules:
1 Go to http.msde.blackboard.com
2 Click on the Student Resources tab
3 Select the Student Support Modules Login tab
Username: msdeguest
Password: msdeguest
BrainFuse
main.somd.md.brainfuse.com
LearningExpress Library
www.learningexpresshub.com
Computers and Assistance Available at the Library
Parents and students can get help and resources
at the St. Marys County Library.
St. Marys County Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m. at Lexington Park Library only

Pregnant? Quit Smoking for YOU and for your BABY!

St. Marys County


Health Department

Smoking during pregnancy can cause:


Miscarriage
Premature birth or low birth weight babies
Greater risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Birth defects, like cleft lip or palate

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The St. Marys County Health Department offers FREE Quit Tobacco classes! Classes are offered
one hour per week for eight weeks to provide group support and understanding, along with FREE
medication to assist with quitting. Visit our website at www.smchd.org or call 301-475-4330 today
to enroll.
OR
Maryland QuitLine is a FREE program offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes
special programs for pregnant women. Call 1-800-Quit-Now to talk to a quit coach, or visit the
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Obituaries
Elizabeth Agnes Holly, 95

Elizabeth Agnes Holly, 95,


of Leonardtown, Md., known
to many as Mom, Granny,
Puddin, Lizzie, and Aunt
Puddine to her family and
friends, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief
illness on March 21. Elizabeth
was born on May 25, 1919, in Leonardtown,
Md. She was born to the late Peter Yates and
the late Mary Leitha Swailes. Elizabeth was
educated in the Medleys Neck School.
On Nov. 19, 1939, Elizabeth married the
love of her life, Joseph Jackson Holly. From
this union they were blessed with Nine children. Elizabeth began her career working for
many years as a Cook at the White Point Restaurant. Later she acquired a job as a Cook at
St. Marys Hospital. After years of cooking at
the hospital, an opportunity arises for Elizabeth to become a Nurses Aide. While being a
Nurses Aide, Elizabeth and several of her best
friends, Marguerite Barnes, Mamie Mason
and Sarah Collins, all studied and took a test
to later become Licensed Practical Nurses at
St. Marys Hospital. Elizabeth was a Licensed
Practical Nurse for 24 years. She retired from
St. Marys Hospital in 1984.
Elizabeth was a dedicated and faithful
member of Our Ladys Church in Medleys
Neck, Md. She has been serving the Lord, her
entire life at Our Ladys and was baptized and
married at this church. She prayed the Rosary several times a day and attended daily
masses. She even had her favorite pew that
she loved to sit in.
On April 17, 2008, Elizabeth and other family members, were invited to participate at the
Papal Mass, at the Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC. Elizabeth was Gift Bearer and
was able to walk and meet Pope Benedict
XVI face to face. He said God Bless You
and presented her with a set of blessed Rosary
beads from Rome.
On June 16, 2013, Elizabeth and Jackson
Holly and other family members, were participants of the Jubilarian Mass, at the Basilica
of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, S.C. They celebrated
74 years of marriage with His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl and were Gift Bearers at
the Mass.
Elizabeths favorite pastime was going to
BINGO. She would get to the bingo hall early
and would look through piles of bingo cards to
find cards that had one of her favorite number
0-75, which had to be on one of the corners.
As time went on, they later switched over to
bingo paper sheets. Truly her luck was much
better with the old bingo cards. She loved
getting up very early to go to the yard sales
and she would always say, the early bird, gets
the worm. If you wait to late honey, all the
good stuff would be gone. She enjoyed cooking in her own kitchen where no one else was
allowed. She baked homemade cakes, rum
balls, yeast rolls, heavenly bread, sour cream
cake, pies, cookies and brownies. She loved
flowers and often would go to the market and
buy racks of flowers and roses and plant them.
After all that is said and done, she would relax after dinner with a Find-a-Word puzzle
book. Whether at family gatherings, parties
or whenever the mood strike her, if she was
feeling fresh she would show you her favorite
dance move called The Mess Around.
Elizabeth leaves to cherish her memories
her husband of 75 years, Jackson Holly, loving sons, Joseph, Charles, William, Sr. (Alice),
Richard (Rosalee), John Sr. (Cynthia), daugh-

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers.
We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to
news@countytimes.net after noon on Tuesdays may run in the following weeks edition.

ter-in-law Mary Ola Brooks and one loving


daughter Anna (Robert). She has 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 9 great,
great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a
host of cousins and friends. Elizabeth was
preceded in death by her parents Mary Leitha
Swailes and Peter Yates; her brother James
Franklin Swailes, her sisters Eleanor, Helen,
Margaurite and Evangline, two sons Charles
A. Brooks, and Thomas E. Holly, one daughter-in-law Cecilia Pete Holly and daughter,
Baby Girl Holly.
The family received friends on Friday,
March 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Our Ladys
Catholic Church Leonardtown, Md. A Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. in
Our Ladys Catholic Church with Father John
Nguyen officiating. Interment followed in the
church cemetery. Pallbearers were; James
Edward Young, William Holly, Jr., Kevin
Wright, Antwain Washington, John Holly,
Jr., and Aaron Chase. Honorary Pallbearers
were; Thomas Moseley, Jennifer Moseley,
Janet Wright, Elaine Holly, Gertrude Holly,
Glenda Holly, Donna Jean Young, Shannon
Holly-Washington, Mercedes Holly, Michelle
Holly, Nancy Holly, Arielle Holly, Connie
Chase, Renee Butler and Andre Awkward.
The organist and soloist were William &
Sherri Fenwick.
Acknowledgements- The family would
like to thank everyone for their prayers and
condolences during our time of bereavement.
Special thanks to Alice Holly, Marguerite
Barnes, Mamie Mason, Clarence & Ann
Marie Thomas, Agnes Fenwick and Grandkids who all helped during this difficult time.
Many thanks to Medstar St. Marys Hospital
and Hospice of St. Marys.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O.
Box 625 Leonardtown, Md. 20650, or ACTS
(A Community That Shares) P.O. Box 54
Bushwood, Md. 20618.
Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Elaine Marie Kramer, 61


Elaine Marie Kramer, 61,
of Leonardtown, Md. passed
away Wednesday, March 25
at Washington Hospital Center, surrounded by her loving
family.
Born on Jan. 5, 1954 in
Lebanon, Penn., she was the
daughter of Teresa Horn Peffley.
On June 19, 1976, Elaine married her beloved husband, Dane Michael Kramer in
Lebanon, Penn. Together, they celebrated 38
wonderful years of marriage. She was a graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Accounting. She was currently employed by St. Marys County Government as the Chief Financial Officer since
2000. Prior to that, she was employed by the
St. Marys County Board of Education as their
Finance Director, with ten years of service.
She began her career as a with Coopers and
Lybrand, an accounting firm in Washington,
D.C., where she achieved the level of partner.
She was an avid reader, and loved shopping
and decorating. She was also an enthusiastic
sports fan, particularly for the Washington
Redskins and West Virginia Mountaineers.
She was the family coordinator for holiday
dinners, parties and vacations for her large
extended family. She enjoyed spending her
free time in Millville, Del. and at the beach
in Bethany. However, her greatest love was
for her family, especially her husband and

son. She was her sons biggest fan, attending


all of his sporting events. She also cheered on
her husbands football and wrestling teams
for over 25 years. She loved hosting any and
all of her sons friends for games, parties and
sleepovers.
In addition to her beloved husband, Elaine
is survived by her son, Jason Carrol Kramer
of Hollywood, Md.; her step-sister, Jeanne
Peffley and her wife Cathie Gillen of McKinleyville, Calif.; many aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her mother.
Family received friends for Elaines Life
Celebration on Sunday, March 29 from 2 to 5
p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955
Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, Md. 20650. A
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by
Reverend James Meyers on Monday, March
30 at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church,
22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, Md.,
20650. Interment was held on March 31 at
noon at Grand View Memorial Park, 500
North Weber Street, Annville, PA 17003.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Department of Recreation and Parks, Camp
Inspire, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Md.
20650, or Chopticon High School, C/O Chopticon Wrestling Program, 25390 Colton Point
Road, Morganza, Md. 20660.
Condolences to the family may be made at
www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral
Home, P.A.

Thomas Nathaniel (Nat) CooperShelton, 56


Thomas Nathaniel (Nat)
Cooper-Shelton Age 56, of Ft.
Washington, Md., formerly of
Leonardtown, was peaceably
called home on Wednesday
morning, Feb. 25. Nat as
he is affectionately known to
all, was born July 29, 1958 in
Leonardtown, Maryland, son of Francis and
Mary Agnes (Cooper) Shelton. He graduated from Chopticon High School, Morganza,
Maryland in 1976 and then entered the United
States Army.
He honorably served his country in the
Army for two years as an infantryman in
Company C, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Infantry,
Ft. Ord, Calif. Upon leaving military service,
Nat spent many years working in the trucking
industry most recently at Warner Enterprises.
He leaves to mourn in passing and cherish
in memory, his children, Allyson Cooper and
Zyire Brown and ex-wife Patricia Hardy of Ft.
Meade, Maryland; his mother Mary Agnes
Shelton of Leonardtown, Maryland; his sisters
Elizabeth Curtis of Suitland, Maryland, Maxine Johnson of Frederick, Maryland, Martha
Neal of La Plata, Maryland, Valarie Coleman of Ft. Washington, Maryland and Angela (Michael) Mitchell of Bowie, Maryland;
his brothers Francis (Elva) Chase of Killeen,
Texas, Joseph Shelton of Oxon Hill, Maryland, David Kane of Compton, Maryland;
his uncle Shirley Cooper of Temple Hills,
Maryland, three aunts Catherine Thompson
of Valley Lee, Maryland, Margaret Boyd of
Laurel, Maryland, and Dorothy Cooper of
Washington, DC; one great aunt Artina Miles
of Mechanicsville, Maryland; 12 nieces, 10
nephews; many great\great nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
Nat was preceded in death by his father
Francis Shelton; grandparents James and
Alice Cooper, and John and Marie Shelton;
brothers Sterling Shelton, Wendell Cooper;
sister Gwendolyn Shelton; uncles Leroy

Thompson, John Louis Shelton, Andrew L.


Shelton and William Cooper; aunt Gertrude
Thompson; brother in law William Curtis and
sister in law Shirley Shelton.
Nat blessed us with his presence for many
years. As we reflect on the many memories we
have to cherish, let us remember that he was
an exceptional son, father, husband, brother,
uncle, cousin and friend. He will be greatly
missed by all.\
Memorial Services will be held 11 a.m.,
Saturday April 18 at St. Aloysius Catholic
Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

Brenda Sandidge Carroll, 62


Brenda Sandidge Carroll, 62, of Saint Inigoes,
Md., passed away Thursday,
March 26, in Charlestown,
W.V.
Born on May 1, 1952 in
Patuxent River, Md., she was
the daughter of the late Ronald Francis Sandidge, St. and Erma Marie
McKay.
On Dec. 19, 1970, Brenda married her
beloved husband Leo Elmer Carroll at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Marys City, Md.
Together, they celebrated over 44 wonderful
years. She was employed by Marys College
of Maryland in library acquisitions until her
retirement in 1994. She was an animal lover,
especially cats. She enjoyed the piano and
working in the yard with her flowers. She also
enjoyed playing the slot machines. However,
her greatest love was for her family, especially her granddaughters. She was a member of the Fleet Reserve Lodge 93 and a volunteer with the Point Lookout Light House
Association and Angel Wings and Things.
In addition to her beloved husband, Brenda is survived by her daughter Jennifer Leigh
Carroll (John D. Johnston) of St. Inigoes,
MD; her brother, Ronald Francis Ronnie
Sandidge, Jr. (DeLesa) of Fredericksburg,
VA; her two granddaughters, Emma Johnson Carroll and Leah Johnston Carroll; and
many extended family and friends. She is
preceded in death by her parents.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated by
Reverend John A. Ball on Sunday, April 19,
at 1 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477
Trinity Church Road, St. Marys City, MD
20686.
Memorial Contributions may be made
to the St. Marys County Animal Welfare
League, P.O. Box 1232, Leonardtown, MD
20650 or Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box
625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Condolences to the family may be made at
www.brinsfieldfuneral.com
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral
Home, P.A.

Lt. Donald Eugene Bonsall USN,


Retired, 87
Lt. Donald Eugene Bonsall USN, Retired, 87, of
Leonardtown, Md., formerly
from Potomac, Md., passed
away on March 26 in Charlotte Hall, Md. Born on July
20, 1927 in Ohio, he was the
son of the late Gladys Teeter
Bonsall, and Paul Bonsall.
Donald was the loving husband of Dolores
Fiels Bonsall whom he married on Sept. 25,
1970 in Rockville, Md. Donald is survived

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Gloria Mae (Guy) Wood, 74

Gloria Mae (Guy) Wood, 74, of Mechanicsville, Md. passed away on March 4 in
Washington, D.C. Born on December 4,
1940 in Loveville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth (Mattingly)
Guy and Claude Byron Guy. Gloria was the
loving wife of Harold Eugene Wood, whom
she married on Sept. 23, 1961 in St. Josephs
Catholic Church Morganza, Md. Gloria is
survived by her children; Dale Wood (Judi),
Rhonda Wood, and Sheryl Butler (David) all
of Mechanicsville, Md., 7 grandchildren and
4 great grandchildren. Siblings; Dorothy
Marie Thompson (Paul) of Coltons Point,
Md., Juanita Chapdelaine (Mike) of Bowie,
Md., Kay Hayden (Al), Paul B. Guy (Nancy) all of Avenue, Md., Raymond P. Guy
(Susan) of Clements, Md., and sister in-law
Grace Ann Guy of Clements, Md.. She was
preceded in death by her brothers Claude
E. Guy and Bryon L. Guy. She attended Elementary School at St. Josephs in Morganza,
Md. Gloria graduated from St. Marys Academy in 1959, and worked as a Chief Clerk in
the Meter Division with Southern Maryland
Electric Company Coop in Hughesville,
Md. for 35 years, retiring in March, 2000.
Gloria was a member of the Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville, Md., where she enjoyed decorating for
Christmas and Easter well as singing in the
9 a.m. church choir. Gloria enjoyed Dancing, bowling, shopping, and bunco. Most of
all, she loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and
friends.
The family received friends on Monday,
March 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner
Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. in Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church Mechanicsville, Md. with Father Michael Tietjen offi-

ciating. Interment followed in Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, Md. Pallbearers;


Nicholas Wood, David E. Butler III, William
S. Wood, Jr., Robert A. Wood, Shawn Guy,
and Kevin Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers; Larry Wood, Andy Guy, Al Hayden, Jr.,
and Jason Guy. Contributions may be made
to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Building Fund P.O. Box 166 Mechanicsville,
Md. 20659, and/or Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, Md.
20659.

by his children; Paulette Ady of Ohio, Daniel


Bonsall of Texas, Stepchildren; Keith Fiels of
Chicago, Ill., Gary Fiels, of Selbyville, Del.,
Beverly Rogers of Bethesda, Md., Maureen
Flynn of Roseville, Md., Jacquelyn Lewis of
San Francisco, Calif., many grandchildren,
great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Siblings; Evelyn Sheldon, Martha
Keller both of OH, and Esther Hanson of IN.
He was preceded in death by his son Lester
Bonsall, and daughter Clara Bonsall and
siblings; Doris Johnson, Cecil Bonsall, and
Eileen Corbin. He graduated from George
Washington University with a Masters in
Business Administration. Donald joined
the United States Navy, while serving in the
Navy he earned the Good Conduct Medal
(3rd. Award), American Theater Campaign
Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European Occupation Service Medal (2nd. Award),
and National Defense Service Medal (2nd.
Award), retiring after 23 and half years. He
moved to St. Marys County, Md., in 1972,
and He worked as a Electronics Engineer in
Patuxent Naval Air Station. He enjoyed Sudoku puzzles, and working on his vehicles.
The family will receive friends on April 8,
from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner
Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A funderal service will be held at 4 p.m. in the Funeral
Home Chapel with Pastor Paul MacPherson
officiating. Interment will be held at a later
date in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Va.

Catherine Marie Smith (Kay), 86


Catherine Marie Smith (Kay) passed into
eternal sleep peacefully in her home on
March 4. Catherine was born Sept. 26, 1929
in Mechanicsville, Md. She is preceded in
death by her parents Louis Webster Wood
and Mary Elsie Buckler of Mechanicsville,
her husband of 42 years, James Rodger
Smith, daughter Catherine Marie Williams,
and siblings, Earl Wood, Kenneth Wilmer
Wood, Joseph Harold Wood, Meriel Carroll, Robert Louis Wood, and Margaret Jean
Inman. Catherine is survived by daughters
Monica Ivy Smith and Pamela Gale Smith
(Tom Pacobit); Grandchildren: Kelly Williams, Jamie Dawn Skinner (David), Bradley Carey (Kelly), Brandon Webster Copsey,
Taylor Megan Pacobit, and Steven Ray Pacobit; and Great-Grandchild Kolby Warren
Corrigan. She is also survived by sisters
Mary Helen Nelson and Jeanette Theresa
Buckler, alongside her son-in-law Warren
Williams.
Catherine graduated from Margaret Brent
High School in 1944. Soon thereafter Catherine left her rural home for aspirations of
city life. Being born during the Depression
and experiencing the hardships of rural life,
she moved to Washington D.C. from her
familys Mechanicsville farm and became
employed at the Mayflower Hotel where she
became a manicurist. Many stories were regaled by Catherine of working on many of
the movie stars during the time such as Frank
Sinatra, Pat Boone, and Gene Autry, politicians, dignitaries, and other white-collar (of
high caliber) city folk. It was in Washington D.C. as a manicurist, where she met and
later married James Roger Smith. James and
Catherine later returned to her roots in St.
Marys County and made a home in Patuxent Beach (the former Seven Gables Community). Catherine was the Martha Stewart
of her time. She was the matriarch of her
family and to the community and made everyone feel welcomed and part of her family
however extended it may be.
Catherine was known by many in the
community by family, friends and neighbors
as Kay, Nan, NanMamma, Burphie, Juanita,
and Granny-Kay. She was revered as a caring and loving woman with much knowledge
and advice. Her pleasures were crafts, gardening, building (at time reverse engineering
things), cooking, and floral design for weddings and events. Catherines perseverance
was unmatched in so many ways as she was a
very determined person. She was an accomplished gardener, manicurist, homemaker,
business woman (she invested in much real
estate over the years), a loving and devoted
mother, grandmother, great grandmother,
sister, aunt, friend and neighbor.
Catherines greatest pleasures were sharing all of her interests with family, friends
and neighbors. Her greatest gift was sharing
her knowledge, her time and her stories with

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the ones she loved. She would give of herself


to others be it a story, a joke, a hug, or a glass
of tea and conversation. She was an avid
storyteller, a lost art today. Catherine had a
situation appropriate story for just about everything. One of her sage advices were, a
wise man will give you advice, and a fool
wont take it. Catherine so enjoyed gardening that she would give plants and bulbs to
everyone she loved. As a gardener she would
occasionally plant indiscriminate roses and
other plantings in and around the neighborhood. Her plant offsprings can be found all
throughout the community and spanning
many states for those who came to visit and
got the Kay Smith care package. She fed
many over the years as she was very nurturing and often joked that she was a First
National Bank, a bed and breakfast, a taxi
service, a maid, a short-order cook and she
shared with many these fast order cooking
techniques. Her specialty was fried chicken
and mashed potatoes Southern Style. Catherine Marie Smith was truly a Southern
Style woman who cared for everyone that
came into her life. She was the definition
of self-less and will be missed and loved
forever.
The family received friends on Tuesday,
March 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner
Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral
Service was held on Wednesday, March 11 at
10 a.m. in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
Mechanicsville, Md. with Rev. Sue Carns officiating. Interment will follow in the church
cemetery.

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Robert Emmett Scully, 92


Robert Emmett Scully, 92, of Prince Frederick, Md. passed away March 8 in BurnettCalvert Hospice house, Prince Frederick,
Md. He was born on Feb. 27, 1923 in Washington D.C. to the late Robert E. Scully, Sr.
and Helen Thompson Scully.
Mr. Scully was the President of Graham
and Associates. They were a printing company and film maker for the Arab American
Oil Company. They had offices in Washington D.C., New York, Rome, and Beirut.
Mr. Scully then went on to become the
President of Design and Production Inc.
They worked designing the exhibits for the
State Department, National Gallery of Art,
Smithsonian Museums, some of the Presidential Libraries, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy
Carter, Gerald Ford and companies such as
the World Fair Events in the United States,
Canada and Australia. Mr. Scully was a kind
and generous man with a wonderful sense of
humor who will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy D.
Scully, father of Robert Emmett Scully III,
Edward Scully, and the late Mary Barbee.
Stepfather of Coll Frost, Flint W. Frost and
the late Heather Ann Frost. Grandfather of
four, great grandfather of two, great great
grandfather of three, he is also survived by
many nieces and nephews. He was preceded
in death by a brother Albert Scully.
Services were private.
Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home,
Port Republic, Maryland.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Award-Winning Author and Illustrator


Right Here in St. Marys County
By Lauren Procopio
Staff Writer

hristina Allen is not only an awardwinning author, but she also finds
the time to paint countless pieces
of artworks, while also maintaining an
abundant garden and raising livestock. Allen has lived in St. Marys County with her
husband, Frank for over 20 years, and has
been a professional artist for over 35 years.
She has had her work in international exhibitions and before moving to Maryland,
she had her work shown in seven different
galleries in three different states.
Allen finds her inspiration from her
surroundings and depicts water and farm
scenes in her artwork.
The subject matter is incredible here,
you have such wonderful scenes to paint,
she stated.
Allen wrote and illustrated A MicroChip On My Shoulder, which is a true
story about a baby turkey, also called a
poult, and his journey into adulthood.
Allen won the Indie Award for Excellence in Childrens Books in 2011, the year
the book was published.
I remember my husband was looking
through the emails, and the email came in
from them and I didnt even look at it, I
just thought it was a sorry, thank you for
entering.And he said, you won! I still
cant believe it.
Now, Allen has a second award under
her belt for her most recent work, Momma Tree, which was written by Charles
Long, with all 36 illustrations painted by
Allen. Allen just found out in late February the book won the Moms Choice
Book Award.
Momma Tree is now available as an
E-book, paper, and hardcover book; A
Micro-Chip On My Shoulder is currently
available as a hardcover book, but Allen
said she is in the process of publishing it
as an E-Book through her own publishing
company, Corn Crib Publishing.
Allen also said all the paintings for
both of the books are for sale, the price for

Christina Allen holding the Momma Tree book which won the Moms Choice Book Award.

paintings featured in A Micro-Chip On


My Shoulder range from $125 to $275,
depending on the paintings size. Prices
for the Momma Tree paintings, which
are all the same size, are $525, frame
included.
Allens artwork is available at North
End Gallery, in Leonardtown, and at her
home, where she said she does most of her
business.

Allen is currently working on the illustrations for a third book, A Farmers Alphabet, which is also written by Charles
Long. Allen said she will be publishing
the book through her publishing company
and the book will be available as a soft and
hard cover book, as well as
an E-book.

Allen won the


Indie Award for Excellence in
Childrens Books in 2011 for her book
A Micro-Chip on My Shoulder
Allen holding Chip, who Micro-Chip is based on

Photos By Lauren Procopio

They have these new E-books that are


interactive. If a kid wants to read the book
to themselves, but they cant read too well,
they can press the text and it can speak to
them out loud and you can actually have
the bees moving around the screen for an
E-Book, she explained.
Allens artwork from Momma Tree is
currently available at the Community
Bank of the Chesapeake in Charlotte
Hall until May 15. Allen will also be
doing a Childrens book reading and
signing for the award-wining book on
Saturday April 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Guests should RSVP through Hillary
Theriault at 240-427-1122 or at theriaulth@cbtc.com in order to receive a free
gift!
The Community Bank is located at
30165 Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall.
For more information on Allen or if you
wish to purchase a painting, visit www.
corncribstudio.com.
You just do the best work you can and
you like what you do, what more can you
ask for? I think if you do what you love,
the awards come anyhow.
lauren@somdpublishing.net

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Education

Budds Creek, MD

Safety and Security


Festivals

ell speak about the critical warning signs


that could have saved his daughter. He will
give examples of young women who were in
harms way but were able to either get help or
break free. Mr. Mitchell says, Venues like
the ones conducted by St. Marys County
Public Schools will save lives. Someone in
the audience that day is aware of dating violence around her (or him) and just needs to
know enough to do something that will help.
This event will be the catalyst that changes
a life. Probably many lives. I promise you
that. Ms. Marta Kelsey, the President for the
St Marys County Commission for Women,
states, The St. Marys County Commission for Women is committed to taking a
visible and vocal stand against relationship
violence. We want our young people armed
with information that will help them recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships.
This project is a reflection of our community coming together to protect our young
citizens. The St. Marys County Commission for Women is pleased to be a part of
this important effort with St. Marys Public
Schools.
Dating Violence Prevention (Grade 11
and 12 male students) Presented by Office of Residence Life, St. Marys College of
Maryland and the St. Marys County Commission for Women, keynote speaker, Mr.
Daniel Schell. Mr. Schell will speak about
dating violence awareness and prevention.
Mr. Schell works at the Office of Residence
Life for St. Marys College and provides
dating violence awareness and prevention
classes to incoming freshman and students
each year. Mr. Schell has developed this
presentation specifically for 11th and 12th
grade male students at SMCPS. Students
will have an increased awareness about dating violence and the attitudes and behaviors that contribute to dating violence. Mr.
Schell states, Violent incidences do not
come from out of the blue; they stem from
our underlying beliefs and assumptions.
If our core beliefs do not value women as
equals then we will not treat them as such.
In order to shift the tide of violence in our
society and in our schools we have to look
at our ideals and frame them in a way that
facilitates compassion, respect, and mutual
understanding. Everyone is faced with daily
opportunities to intervene and stop a belief
or stereotype that perpetuates violence
against women. If we can build the confidence in our youth, males in particular, to
stand up and speak out, then we can begin to
see real change.
Youth Drug Misuse Prevention/Summit
Follow-up Drug Abuse Prevention (Grade 9
and 10 students) Designated student representatives and Safety and Security staff
members will provide a brief review of activities that took place at the Youth Drug
Prevention Summit - Changing Our Culture held on March 10, 2015. Information
will be provided on student-based activities
that will engage SMCPS students in future
efforts to increase awareness of the risks associated with substance misuse.
If you would like additional information
about the summit contact the Department of
Safety and Security at 301-475-4256, extension 34150.

EASTER EGG HUNT


& EASTER BUNNY
JOINS MARF NIGHT
FRIDAY APRIL 3, 2015

During the month of April 2015, St. Marys


County Public Schools (SMCPS) Department of Safety and Security, in coordination
with school administrators and supporting
community partners, will coordinate festivals at all SMCPS high schools. The festivals
are an annual event at each high school and
include activities and assemblies designed to
further educate SMCPS high school students
about personal safety and avoiding high risk
youth behaviors. This year collaborating
community partners include the St. Marys
County Commission for Women, the Kristin
Mitchell Foundation, and the Office of Residence Life, St. Marys College of Maryland.
The festival day and schedule of assemblies for each high school is:
Thursday, April 9 - Chopticon High
School
Dating Violence Presentation (Grade 11
and 12 female students) Period 1 (8 a.m.
start)
Dating Violence Presentation (Grade 11
and 12 male students) Period 2 (8:50 a.m.
start)
Youth Drug Misuse Prevention/Summit
Follow-up (All Grade 9 Students) Period 3
(9:50 a.m. start)
Youth Drug Misuse Prevention/Summit
Follow-up (All Grade 10 Students) Period 8
(2 p.m. start)
Thursday, April 9 Leonardtown High
School
Youth Drug Misuse Prevention/Summit
Follow-up (All Grade 9 Students) Period 1 (8
a.m. start)
Youth Drug Misuse Prevention/Summit
Follow-up (All Grade 10 Students) Period 2
(8:50 a.m. start)
Dating Violence Presentation (Grade 11
and 12 female students) Period 3 (9:50 a.m.
start)
Dating Violence Presentation (Grade 11
and 12 male students) Period 8 (2 p.m. start)
Monday, April 20 Great Mills High
School
Youth Drug Misuse Prevention/Summit
Follow-up (All Grade 9 Students) Period 1 (8
a.m. start)
Youth Drug Misuse Prevention/Summit
Follow-up (All Grade 10 Students) Period 2
(8:55 a.m. start)
Dating Violence Presentation (Grade 11
and 12 male students) Period 3 (9:50 a.m.
start)
Dating Violence Presentation (Grade 11
and 12 female students) Period 8 (2 p.m.
start)
The following is a summary of the content to be presented during the student
assemblies:
Dating Violence Prevention (Grade 11
and 12 female students) Presented by the
Kristin Mitchell Foundation and the St.
Marys County Commission for Women,
keynote speaker, Mr. Bill Mitchell. Mr.
Mitchell will speak about dating violence
awareness and prevention. Mr. Mitchell is
the father of Kristin Mitchell, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2005. The key
points of his speech will be what happened
to his daughter and the reasons why this
might not have happened had she been better
informed about potential dangers. Students
will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Mitch-

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St. Marys County Arts


Council Offers Scholarship
Awards to
High School
Seniors
The St. Marys County Arts Council will present a $500 award to four
graduating seniors from any St. Marys
County high school. The Arts Council
has established these awards to recognize, encourage, and support individuals
who demonstrate excellence and a high
level of interest in the following categories: visual arts, the performing arts, or
theater.
To be eligible for this award, a candidate must be a resident of St. Marys
County, be a currently enrolled senior in

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Bringing a large play group or Moms club? Please email programs@annmariegarden.org so we can better accommodate your group.
This program was made possible by a Grow up Great grant from: PNC Bank

Writing?
Taking pictures?
Talking to
people?
Finding out
the whole story?

DO YOU LIKE:

Full STEAM Ahead! with


Annmarie Sculpture
Garden & Arts Center

Chopticon and Leonardtown students participated in the Annual


Model United Nations Conference. The conference was a simulation
that examined real-world issues confronting the global community.
Students from both schools earned several awards that demonstrate
their leadership skills, as well as their understanding of global issues.

a St. Marys County high school, whether public or private, or a senior in a home
schooled environment.
A completed application must be
filedwith the St. Marys Arts Councilno
later than Friday, May 8, 2015. Applications and requirements may be found at
www.stmaryscouncil.com.
Questions regarding the application or
the application process should be directed to Ms. Erin Shoemaker at 240-3090686 or info@smcart.org.

About Annmarie Garden


An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Annmarie Garden is located in
scenic Solomons, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. The sculpture garden
features a walking path that meanders through the forest past permanent and
loaned sculpture, including more than 35 works of art on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. Annmarie Garden also presents a variety of award-winning special events, gallery shows, and engaging
public art programs. Annmarie Gardens Studio School offers creative classes
for all ages and abilities taught by a talented faculty. Annmarie Garden is conveniently located just off Route 2-4, on Dowell Road in Solomons, Maryland;
open 9am-5pm daily; the Murray Arts Building and Gift Shop are open 10am5pm daily. To learn more, visit www.annmariegarden.org.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Dominion Delivers

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Community

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Dominion recently donated


$5,000 to the United Way
of St. Marys County for its
Snack Sak program. We are
proud to help support United
Way and, in particular, the
Snack Sak program, said
Michael Frederick, vice president, LNG Operations.
The Snack Sak program
provides a backpack full of
healthy, nutritious snacks each
week for young children who
would otherwise go hungry.
The United Way works in
tandem with Southern Maryland Food Bank and the counPhoto courtesy of the United Way of St. Marys County
tys school system to make the Michael Frederick, vice president, LNG Operations,
snacks available for those in presented the companys ceremonial check to Jennifer
need. Thanks to companies Hollingsworth, executive director of United Way of St. Marys
such as Dominion, we are able County. Dominion donated $5,000 to the United Ways Snack
to help keep 100 children from Sak program.
going hungry, including durprovides specifically for this program in
ing the summer months when they may addition to their generous support durnot have access to school meals said ing our campaign and their participation
Jennifer Hollingsworth, executive direc- in the Day of Caring.
tor of St. Marys United Way. We are
very grateful for the support Dominion Press Release from Dominion

LIBRARY
ITEMS
Music Play with Purpose with Jim Gill for licensed child care providers
Lexington Park branch will host training, Music Play with Purpose with Jim Gill,
for licensed child care providers, funded by The Friends of the Library, on Saturday,
April 18 from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Participants will learn music play activities you can put
to immediate, and purposeful, use in your program. This program will be presented
by nationally known award-winning childrens musician, author and child-development specialist Jim Gill. This program is free, and registration is required. Upon
successful completion of this class childcare providers will receive 3 Clock Hours
in Core of Knowledge: Child Development.

Peaceful Living

IN A QUIET SETTING, EXCELLENT SCHOOLS

Ask a Master Gardener


All three library branches will host Ask a Master Gardener plant clinics
through the spring and into the summer. Charlotte Hall branch, starting April 18
will host the Master Gardeners on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Lexington Park branch, starting on April 21 will host the Master Gardeners on the
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Leonardtown branch,
starting April 28, will host the Master Gardeners on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Mobile Career Center at Leonardtown


The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at the Leonardtown branch on Tuesday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. to provide assistance to job
seekers.
Introduction to Windows 7 and Introduction to Excel 2010 classes
Leonardtown branch will host Introduction to Windows 7 on Monday, April 13
from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will explore the basics of Microsofts operating system,
learn how to create, store, and manage files and folders and run multiple programs.
Lexington Park branch will host Introduction to Excel 2010 on Monday, April 13
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants will receive an introduction to spreadsheets
and the practical uses and versatility of Excel. Students will learn time saving features and tips for using Excel effectively. Adult computer classes are limited to ages
16 and up. Registration is required.
April is National Library Month!
April is National Library Month, a time to celebrate libraries and their importance in our community. Every day more than 2,000 people find a good book, use
computers, access the internet, read newspapers and magazines, learn computer
skills, enjoy programs, get help applying for a job, or obtain information at the St.
Marys County Library branches. The St. Marys County Library will be recognized with a Proclamation on April 21.

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Locals and Visitors


Get A Taste of Solomons
Despite temperatures near freezing, crowds turned out for the 15th Annual A Taste
of Solomons on March 28. Participants came from all over the tri-county area, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to try out what restaurants in Solomons have to offer.

Kristen Finnegan, of Lexington Park, Md., tries the food at Lotus Kitchen/Kim's Keylime Pies.

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Comptroller Franchot
Urges Taxpayers to File
Electronically as April
15th Deadline Approaches
With the tax-filing deadline just over
two weeks away, Comptroller Peter
Franchot today urged taxpayers who
have yet to submit a return to considering using the agencys free online tax
filing system, iFile or another electronic
method.
Electronic filing is the safest, easiest and fastest way to prepare and file a
tax return, Comptroller Franchot said.
Best of all, if you choose direct deposit, youll get your refund in only a few
days.
Comptroller Franchot reminds taxpayers to use all available preparation and
filing resources at the agencys website
www.marylandtaxes.com or receive inperson assistance from staff in Annapolis and 12 local branch offices to meet
the April 15th deadline.
With the deadline nearing, the Comptrollers Office can help make tax filing
quick, easy and painless, the Comptroller said. If anyone is uncertain about
how to file their taxes, they should visit one of my 12 branch offices to have
their tax return prepared and filed free
of charge.
In addition to Annapolis, the agency
has local offices in Baltimore, Cumberland, Elkton, Frederick, Hagerstown,
Landover, Salisbury, Towson, Upper
Marlboro, Waldorf and Wheaton. Com-

plete addresses of branch offices can be


found at www.marylandtaxes.com. Offices are open Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To best serve each taxpayer, those
seeking assistance in Annapolis or at
one of the branch offices must bring the
following items with them:
W2 forms
Form 1099 and a
Completed federal return.
To date, more than 1.5 million taxpayers have filed their personal tax returns
electronically with more than 96,500
filing via paper. Based on 3.04 million
returns filed last year, about half of taxpayers have filed so far this tax season.
The agencys call center offers extended hours Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 15, returning to normal business hours from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. thereafter. To
check the status of a refund by phone,
please call, 1-800-218-8160 or 410-2607701. Refund status can also be obtained
by visiting the agencys website at marylandtaxes.com.
For more information on electronic
filing or any other tax-related matter,
please go to the Comptrollers website or
call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland
or 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937)
outside of Central Maryland.

In Our
Community

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Presenting the professionals' favorite properties on the market.

Featured
Homes of
the Week

Realtors Choice

Pets of The Week

To list a
property in our next
Realtors Choice edition,
call Jennifer
at 301-373-4125.
TARA AND CAROL

Hello, we were born in October of 2014. I am Carol and I am the grey one on the
right.
My sister Tara is the black and white kitten. Our brother Rick is in the middle. He
was already adopted with our brother Darryl.
Tara and I hope to find our own home soon. We are super loving. We were
born in a home so we have been around people all our lives. I sleep by my foster
moms head. She buries her face in my fur and thinks I am so soft. My foster mom
and I rub our heads together. We love this. Tara sleeps by her side. We are both purr
girls and we love to play.
We are fully vetted and we cost $125 each. We even have microchips. You can
meet us on most Saturdays and Sundays at the Petco in California between 11 and 3.
You can fill out an application at www.feralcatrescuemd.org and email it to diane@

feralcatrescuemd.org.
We came from a group of cats that turned into 16 cats really quickly. Fortunately
Feral Cat Rescue has spay/neuter grants for zip code 20659 and that was where we all
were living. Our human got us all fixed.
She asked Feral Cat Rescue if they would try to find homes for the four of us
and they said yes.
If you are feeding a cat, it is super important to get them spayed or neutered
so they do not turn into many. We can have 3 to 4 litters a year!
You can contact Feral Cat Rescue for information.
Tara and I cant wait to meet you.
Yours truly, Carol

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Business

Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Fitness


Available Right Here in St. Marys!

By Lauren Procopio
Staff Writer
Potomac SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) and Fitness
is celebrating its second season, beginning May 15.
Potomac SUP and Fitness Owner Jennifer Houck said
the business is dedicated to fun and fitness on and off
the water.
Houck said the business is adding a new location this
season at the Leonardtown Wharf; classes are also available at the Ruddy Duck Seafood and Ale in St. Georges
Island; and the Coltons Point Marina, which the family
has own for six years.
I think thats what makes me a little bit unique is that
Im usually always with the clients and we do fitness
classes right on the boards and yoga right on the boards,
Houck said.
Houck offers four different stand up paddle-boarding
classes, which cost $25 and are an hour long. She said beginning this season she is going to offer stand up paddling
boarding classes every day.
The beginning class, which is required for all newbies to take, is SUP Fun. It is a fundamentals class that
teaches the basics of paddle boarding with both land and
water instructions.
The other classes are SUP Flowga, SUP Crew and SUP
Surf and Turf. SUP Flowga is a low-intensity class that
combines stand up paddling with a mix of flexibility and
stretching movements, incorporating yoga inspired poses
for a calming, balanced workout, according to Houck.
SUP Crew is a higher intensity class that combines a
mixture of core, cardio, resistance and endurance that Potomac SUP and Fitness
incorporates overall strength and challenges your entire

Photo Provided by Owner Jennifer Houck

core, according to Houck.


SUP Surf and Turf is a mix of both paddling
and running. Houck stated participants begin
running around Coltons Point Marina and
then once in the water, they begin paddling
with intervals and sprints for increased speed,
endurance and strength.
Houck said she has a set schedule for the
four classes, but she also does private groups
as well and those classes typically last 75 to
90 minutes. Houck said she also provides individual lessons for stand up paddle boarding.
Ive gone to peoples homes; Ive done
birthday parties; I had a book club call me,
they wanted to take their book club out so I
went to them. Its all on the water and thats
the part that I really love, she explained.
Houck said she also partnered up with the
Parks and Recreation Department and has a
kids camp available that offers two classes.
Houck also said there are scholarships available through the Parks and Recreation Department, which will help lower the cost for the
activities. For more information on Potomac
SUP and Fitness or if you would like to register for a class, visit www.potomacsupandfitness.com or call 301-247-0977.
Its just fun, as much as I love working
out in a gym, its so fun to be outside and feel
the sun and the wind [and] you hear the water
and its relaxing all at the same time. Its just a
great experience.
lauren@somdpublishing.net

Owner, Jennifer Houck

Photo By: Lauren Procopio

www.potomacsupandfitness.com
301-247-0977

BLEACHERS

A View From The

Sports and Parenthood


In The Aggregate
By Ronald N. Guy Jr.
Contributing Writer
Youve been barking the entire
game. Clueless officiating and sketchy
coaching by the home team have your
blood boiling. The press is giving
the team fits. They need another ball
handler on the floor. The rebounding
is awful. Their archaic zone defense
is gift-wrapping offensive put-backs.
And is the team going to run organized offense? Its all freelancing. No
one is moving without the ball and everyone has a hero complex. Is this he
who takes the most bad shots wins?
Its so obvious from the bleachers.
In fact, your verbal lashings were so
wise, an assistant coach requested
your presence in the locker room at
halftime. Entering the teams inner
sanctum, 12 sets of eager eyes stare
at you. The coach admits hes lost and
hands the team over to you. This is
a Hoosiers adaptation and youre cast
as head coach Norman Dale.
Just before the second half begins,
a voice from beyond asks, Coach,
do you want a tie game or a two
point lead. What? You realize youre
dreaming, but this is too good to
quibble. The choice seems obvious:
take the lead. Or is it? Context is required. Is the team clinging to a twopoint lead after being up 15 or did the
boys draw even after trailing most of
the half? Given those scenarios, you
take the tieand the momentum.
The alarm wails. Another day begins; another dream ends prematurely. Youll never get to coach your
Jimmy Chitwood. Now conscious,
the tie/two-point lead debate lingers.
Theres something to that, beyond
an imaginary basketball game. Moments and circumstances can complicate fact. Take Tiger Woods. What
if someone had said in 1997, shortly
after he won The Masters, that Woods
would have 14 major championships
at age 39? Would you have bet on him
to break Jack Nicklaus record of 18?
Probably. But you wouldnt now, having witnessed his mental and physical
meltdowneven though hes 39 with
14 majors.
What about the Bryce Harper? Rewind to 2010, the year he was drafted.
Would you have considered a Rookie
of the Year award, two All Star appearances and 55 home runs before
age 23 successful? Absolutely and
hes done it all. So why does Harper
feel like a disappointment so far?
For reasons I cannot explain, this

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dichotomy
between facts
and perceptions
had
me thinking
about
parenthood,
a
trade where
the truly accomplished
often feel far
from successful. For the best - and
there are many a parental audit revels many accolades, from the basic to
the complex. Fact: kids sleep in warm
beds and with full tummies. Fact:
they are doing fine in school; perhaps
theyre even on the honor roll (I see
your bumper stickers on the Southern
Maryland roadways). Fact: many are
involved in extracurricular activities
band, swimming, baseball, cheerleading, etc and, judging from their
smiles, theyre having a blast. Fact:
kids are loved more than they can
possibly know. Fact: they think mom
and dad are super heroes, even though
they dont know Taylor Swifts latest
song.
(Written with the Cowardly Lions
Courage speech in mind)
Who provides the roof and the rations (veggies included)? Parents.
Who runs a non-stop taxi service?
Parents. Whos the teachers evening assistant and a childs emotional
foundation? Parents. Who dries the
tears, cleans the cuts and breaks up
the fights? Parents. Who does it all
from the mornings misty mist to the
evenings dusty dusk? Parents.
Yet parents frequently feel inadequate. Why? We rock! I suppose
because when we arent our best, it
weighs heavy on our hearts. Dog tired
and stressed, we can be impatient.
Work sometimes causes us to miss
activities. We occasionally yell when
we should have hugged or order when
we should have listened. The moment
can produce our worst, a pesky blemish on an otherwise stellar body of
work. In the aggregate, we are overwhelmingly loving and hard-working.
In the aggregate, we have momentum. In the aggregate, (say it with me)
were doing just fine. Just like Bryce
Harper will be just fine. Woods?
Okay, you got me. I still wouldnt bet
on him winning 18 majors.
Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo.
com

SPORTS

Midnight Madness
and E.T. Series at MDIR

Photo Courtesy of MDIR

This Friday night, April 3rd, Maryland International Raceway will host
the first Speed Unlimited Midnight
Madness event of the
season! The Midnight
Madness series is a great
place to check out street
legal drag racing, hang
out with your friends, enjoy great food, meet new
people, and cruise the
pits. You can even enter
your own streetcar or street bike into the
event for time runs, grudge runs, or trophy racing. The event will feature Pro
Street, Super Street, Hollyrock Customs
Diesel Shootout and Motorcycle. Its
safe, fun, affordable, and legal. Gates
will open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 6:30
p.m., and eliminations start at 10 p.m.
General Admission for adults is $10,
and kids 11 & under are free. Racer entry fee is just $20.
On Saturday, April 4, Maryland International Raceway will kick off the
first Speed Unlimited ET series points
race of the season! The event will fea-

ture Top E.T., Mod E.T., Motorcycle,


Jr. Dragster, and Test & Tune. Gates
will open at 10 a.m., and a special racer
appreciation test session will be run from
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Normal
time runs for all classes
will start at 2 p.m., Junior Dragster eliminations start at 4 p.m., and
Top E.T., Mod E.T., and
Motorcycle
eliminations start at 6 p.m. Test & Tune cars
may also participate for $30 and you get
4 runs. Admission is just $15, and kids
11 & under are free. Top E.T. entry fee is
$85, Mod E.T. entry fee is $45, Motorcycle entry fee is $35, and Junior Dragster
entry fee is $25.
MDIR will be closed this Sunday in
observance of Easter.
For more information on these events
call 301-884-RACE, visit us at www.
RaceMDIR.com or connect with us on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @
RaceMDIR.

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To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar,


please email news@countytimes.net with the listing details by 12 p.m.
on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

April, Month Long


Horseshoe Casino Trip Bookings
Horseshoe Baltimore Casino (1525
Russell St., Baltimore) Bus leaves 9
a.m. on May 1
Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad
is sponsoring a day trip to the 2nd largest casino in Maryland - Horseshoe
Casino in Baltimore on Friday, May 1.
Price is $51 per person on a first come/
first served basis. We urge you to book
early. The price includes: coach bus,
water, package ($30 Coin), pulltabs,
video and 6 hours of gambling. The
bus will depart from the Hollywood
Volunteer Fire Department at 9 a.m. on
Friday, May 1. Other pick up stops are
Charlotte Hall and Waldorf. The bus will
return at approximately 7 p.m. To book
your trip to the Horseshoe Casino call
Brenda Pruett at 240-298-5019.
Early Opening for Historic Sotterley
Plantation
Historic Sotterley Plantation (44300
Sotterley Ln., Hollywood)
In anticipation of a fabulous 2015
season, Historic Sotterley Plantation is
set to open earlier than ever before a
month earlier, to be exact! Beginning
on Saturday, April 11, the site will be
open for Self-Guided Audio Tours and
Guided Tours of our 1703 Plantation
Houseon weekends only.
Saturdays April 11, 18 & 25
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tours: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3
p.m.
(Beginning May 1, this will be the regular schedule
for Tuesdays through Saturdays
through Oct. 31)
Sundays April 12, 19 & 26
11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tours: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
(Beginning May 3, this will be the regular schedule
for Sundays through Oct. 31)
This year promises to be an exciting one
for Historic Sotterley Plantation and we
hope you and yours will take advantage
of our early start. Visit us soon and often!
Film Festival Submissions
Film makers from the Tri-County area
are invited to submit original productions to the Southern Maryland Film
Festival, to be held Saturday, July 11 in
Leonardtown, Md. All ages and experience levels welcome. No submission
fees. Prizes will be awarded in several
categories. Submission deadline is
April 30. For submission and volunteer
information, visit www.smdfs.org. For
sponsorship information, contact Theresa at fotlt@outlook.com.
Dog Obedience Classes
Leonardtown Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown)
Saint Marys County Department of
Recreation and Parks Dog Obedience
Classes
Puppy Kindergarten
Start: April 15 and Ends: May 20
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 7 to 7:45 pm
Fee: $45 (6 weeks)
Basic ObedienceStart: April 13 and
Ends: May 25
Days: Mondays

Time: 7 to 8 p.m. (no second class


offered)
Fee: $50 (7 weeks)
Advanced Dog Obedience With
CGC Training.
Start: April 15 and Ends: May 27
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 8 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $50 (7 weeks)
FMI: 301-475-4200; ext 1801, www.
co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/index.asp.
Fire and Ice
North End Gallery (41652 Fenwick St.,
Leonardtown) - to April 26, First Friday on April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Winter is hopefully behind us but we
still have vivid memories of the cold
and snow and ice. And, with these
beautiful and bright images of winter
in mind the North End Gallery will continue their popular All Member show
Fire and Ice . This show will hang
until April 26. Put it on your calendar
to visit the Gallery during this time and
also plan to join us for the First Friday
celebration on April 3 at the Gallery.
The North End Gallery may be
reached at 301 475 3130 and the web
address is www.northendgallery.org.
Easter Week Services
Hollywood United Methodist Church
(24422 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood)
Easter Week services: Thurday.
April 2, communion services at 7:30
pm. Good Friday, April 3, the sanctuary will be open for prayer from 9
a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunrise services, April
5th will be held at 6:30 a.m. at Joy
Chapel, rain or shine, located at Joy
Chapel Road, Hollywood, Md. Traditional Easter services will be held at
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. at the Hollywood
Church. Our services are traditional
and all are welcome
Rev. Sheldon Reese
For more information please call
the church at 301-373-2500
US Club Soccer Maryland Cup
Westminster, Md.
Team registrations are being accepted for the 4th Annual US Club Soccer 2015 Maryland Cup scheduled for
the weekend of April 24 to 26 in Westminster (Carroll County) Maryland
The Maryland Cup is sponsored by
the Central Maryland Soccer Association and is open to all US Club
Soccer affiliated travel and club
teams. The event features separate
male and female competitions in
the single age levels of U12 through
U17. A, B & C competition levels are
available, registration permitting.
The champion team in the A & B levels
in the U13 through U17 age levels will
receive a paid registration to a qualifier to the US Club Soccer National
Championship scheduled in July.
All competition is 11V11 and is roundrobin bracket based with all teams
receiving a minimum of three games
plus play-offs where applicable. The
application deadline is April 10 Maryland Cup applications are available
atcmsasoccer.com.For additional
information, contact the Cup Director
at scorenew@aol.com.

Thursday, April 2
Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Hurricanes Public Talk,
St. Marys College of Maryland, Auerbach Auditorium (18952 E. Fisher Rd.,
St. Marys City) 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
A public lecture, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Hurricanes: Lessons from
Medical Anthropology, will be given
by Linda Whiteford, of University of
South Florida. The lecture, hosted by
the Department of Anthropologys Distinguished Scholar Program, is free and
open to the public. For more information,
contact Bill Roberts at 240-895-4387 or
emailwcroberts@smcm.edu.
Critter Talks in the Harms Gallery
Calvert Marine Museum (14200
Solomons
Island
Rd.,
Solomons) 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Learn interesting facts about some of
the museums animals. Get up close
and learn about animals that live in the
marsh and bay. You can also make a
craft activity.

Friday, April 3
Marsh Mania
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) 11 a.m., 1
p.m., 3 p.m.
Lets take a look in our marsh to find
some signs of spring. We will play the
Who Am I? game and figure out which
animal you are.
Fried Shrimp Dinner
Seventh District Firehouse (21660 Colton
Pt., Rd., Avenue) 5 to 8 p.m.
The Seventh District VFD Auxiliary
will be having a Fried Shrimp Dinner
at the Seventh District Firehouse.
Menu will include Fried Shrimp, Fries,
Cole Slaw, Rolls, Dessert, Tea and Coffee.
Adults $12, Senior Citizens $11
and Children 12 and under $5.
AdultsandSeniorsmealswillhave8shrimp
and Childrens meal will have 4 shrimp.
Carryout will be available.

Saturday, April 4
Fossil Egg Hunt
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) 10 a.m.
registration
Join us for our annual fossil egg hunt
where you can discover a fossil within
the eggs hidden throughout the museum. Children will be divided into three
age groups: 3-5, 6-8, and family group.
Children should bring their own basket
for collecting eggs. Participants can
have their fossils identified and take
them home.
8th Annual Looking For Trouble 5K
Fundraiser (LFT5K)
Community Meditation of St. Marys
County (41620 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown) Kids Fun Run starts 7:30 a.m.,
5K Starts 8 a.m.
Join us for our 8th Annual Looking
for Trouble 5K and Kids Fun Run at the
Three Notch Trail in Charlotte Hall! Wear
a costume to be entered into the Mystery Drawing! All proceeds benefit Community Mediation of St. Marys County,
a non-profit organization dedicated to

providing free mediation services to


our community and surrounding areas.
Community Mediation of St. Marys
County 41620 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, MD 20650 301-475-9118
Web address: www.communitymediationsmc.org/lft5k-looking-for-trouble/
Contact Info: Community Mediation of
St. Marys County

Sunday, April 5
Easter Sunrise Service
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons) 6:30
a.m.
Join us for Easter Sunrise Serviceon
the docks at the Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday,
April 5. Rain or shinedress warm and
casual. Breakfast and Easter egg hunt
follow after the service. The Easter Sunrise Service is sponsored by Shepherd
of the Bay Lutheran Church. 410-2312075 or www.shepherdofthebay.comor
find us on Facebook.
Community Egg Hunt
Sterling House Lawn (22770 Washington
St., Leonardtown) 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Community Invited to April 5th Egg
Hunt on the Lawn of the Sterling House,
home of the Front Porch Restaurant.
The Front Porch Restaurant at the
Sterling House will once again host
a springtime tradition on Easter Sunday, April 5 from 9:30 11 a.m., and
all are invited to attend the Easter egg
hunt on the lawn of the Sterling House
in historic Leonardtown. The event
is free and open to the community.
Bring the family and bring your baskets. The hunt will be organized into 2
age groups:
Children 2-5 years old at 10 a.m. on
front lawn.
Children 6-10 years old at 10:15 a.m.
on side lawn.
The Easter bunny will be on hand for
photos with the kids. Prizes for finding the Golden Egg will be awarded
and complementary refreshments including coffee/tea, punch and assorted pastries will be served. The Front
Porch Restaurant will be open and offering a limited Brunch menu as well.
For more information contact Jo Ann
Beck on 301-997-0984 orjoann@homebuildersmd.comorwww.thefrontporchsomd.com

Monday, April 6

Predator/Prey Day
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons) 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Come join in some fun activities as we
learn about predator/prey relationships.
Find out about the many ways that animals avoid falling prey to a predator and
learn about their strategies.

Tuesday, April 7
Sea Squirts
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons) 10 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
O is for Otter!New! Now offered twice.
Come learn more about our playful river
otters. Free, drop-in program for chil-

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please email news@countytimes.net with the listing details by 12 p.m.
on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

Friday, April 10
Consignment Sale
St. Marys County Fairgrounds (42455
Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown) 9 a.m.
to 8 p.m.
The Leprechaun Lillys Childrens
Consignment Sale will be held at the St.
Marys County Fairgrounds in Leonar-

ties. Any local organization interested


in receiving items from future sales can
contact McConville at Mitzi@LeprechaunLillys.com.

Consignment Sale
St. Marys County Fairgrounds (42455
Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown) 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
The Leprechaun Lillys Childrens
Consignment Sale will be held at the St.
Marys County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. More than 25,000 gently used
childrens and maternity items will be
available. Many items remaining after the sale are donated to local chari-

Contra Dance
Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall
(37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico)
doors open at 7 p.m., dancing begins at
7:30 p.m.
A Contra Dance, sponsored by
Southern Maryland Traditional Music
and Dance (SMTMD), featuring caller
Delaura Padovan, will be held on Saturday, April 11. Contra is a traditional
American style of social dance and is
a huge amount of fun (and exercise) for
the whole family! If youve ever danced
a Virginia Reel or been to a Square
Dance, you have a good idea how much
fun it can be. If you havent, its about
time you tried it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is
$10 for non-SMTMD members; $6 for
members (band members are free). No
special 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 to www.smtmd.org.

OtterMania
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons) 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Come celebrate all things otter! Perfect for families with pre-school and
elementary age children. Play like an
otter, dance the Swim with our otter
mascots, discover where otters live everywhere in the world, and learn what
makes them so special. Touch the otter
fur and discover why swimming outside
all year is great for these water weasels.
Make an otter mask to wear, or do an otter craft. Hear Ming Diaz tell otterly terrific stories and get your face painted
by Ming or Piper the Clown. Admission
applies; free for CMM members.

Lecture: The Land They Left Behind


Historic St. Marys City (18751 Hogaboom Ln., St. Marys City) 7 p.m.
British historian Stuart Peachey reveals the food, drink, and society of the
England that St. Marys settlers knew.
Free.

Saturday, April 11

Sea Squirts
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons) 10 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
O is for Otter! New! Now offered
twice. Come learn more about our playful river otters. Free drop-in program for
children 18-months to three years and
their caregivers.

Chesapeake
Bay
Fiber
Arts
Workshop
Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons) 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
Join artisans to learn new techniques
about fiber arts and help support the
skipjack Dee of St. Marys. Pre-registration required due to limited class size.
Registration fee is $80 per participant
and includes museum admission, two
fiber art classes of your choice, and a
box lunch. For information and registration visit the website at www.bit.ly//
FiberArtsWorkshop. Participants may

Thursday, April 9

dtown. More than 25,000 gently used


childrens and maternity items will be
available. Many items remaining after the sale are donated to local charities. Any local organization interested
in receiving items from future sales can
contact McConville at Mitzi@LeprechaunLillys.com.

Wednesday, April 8

Homeschool Day: Adventure in the


New World
Historic St. Marys City (18751 Hogaboom Ln., St. Marys City) 10 a.m. to
4 p.m.
Learn what the colonists had to do to
survive and adapt to their new world. $.

Science for Citizens


Chesapeake Biological Laboratory,
Bernie Fowler Lab, Room 1101 (146 Williams Street, Solomons) 7 to 8 p.m.
How are North Americas Arctic Ecosystems Responding to Sea Ice Loss?
Lee Cooper and Jackie Grebmeier,
both scientists based at CBL, but with
long-term field experience in the Arctic,
will discuss their research and related
work that is addressing how arctic ecosystems and organisms are responding to the loss of seasonal sea ice and
other environmental changes. Speakers: Dr. Lee Cooper & Dr. Jackie Grebmeier. Free and open to the public, light
snacks and beverages will be provided.
Additional information and updates
are available at: www.umces.edu/cbl/
outreach-seminars.

also register for half day sessions that


include one fiber art class without lunch
for $40. All proceeds benefit the Dee.

dren 18-months to three years and their


caregivers.

Comedy Night with Cerebral


Punishment
Brass Rail (20331 Point Lookout Road,
Great Mills) 8:30 p.m.
Come see the Cerebral Punishment
comedy show at the Brass Rail. Tickets
are $10 and are available in advance at
the Brass Rail starting March 28 or at
the door.

CHURCH SERVICES DIRECTORY


Running the 1st & 3rd Week
of Each Month
To Advertise in the
Church
Services Directory,
Call The County Times
at 301-373-4125

ANGLICAN

BAHAI FAITH

BAHAI FAITH
God is One, Man is One,
and All Religions are One

Discussions 3rd Wed. 7-8


Lex Pk Library, Longfellow Rm
301-884-8764 or www.bahai.org

CATHOLIC CHURCH
St. Cecilia Church

Sundays - 10 AM
23928 Mervell Dean Road,
Hollywood MD, 20636 301-997-1235
www.redeemersomd.org

St. John's Anglican Church


SUNDAY MASS 10 a.m.
26415 North Sandgates Rd.
Mechanicsville, Md 20659
www.facebook.com/
StJohnsAnglicanMD
stjohnsanglicanchurchmd.com

47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429


St. Marys City, MD 20686 301-862-4600
Vigil Mass:
4:30 pm Saturday
Sunday:
8:00 am
Weekday (M-F):
7:30 am
Confessions:
3-4 pm Saturday
www.stceciliaparish.com

BAPTIST
CATHOLIC
CHURCH

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

Victory Baptist Church


29855 Eldorado Farm rd
CharlottE hall, md 20659

301-884-8503

Order Of gOOd news services


sun schOOl, all ages...............10:00
sun mOrning wOrship.............11:00
sun evening wOrship.................7:00
wed evening prayer mtg.........7:00

ProClaiming thE ChangElEss


word in a Changing world.

Jesus saves

METHODIST

victOrybaptistchurchmd.Org

Hollywood United Methodist Church

HUGHESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH

24422 Mervell Dean Rd Hollywood, MD 20636

301-373-2500

Rev. Sheldon Reese, Pastor


Sunday Worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
All of our services are traditional.
Child care is provided.
Sunday Evening Youth Group
Christian Preschool and Kindergarten available

A member of the Southern Baptist Convention


8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637
301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627
Senior Pastor Dr. J. Derek Yelton
Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins

Sunday School (all ages)


Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study
Wednesday Discipleship Classes
(Adults, youth & Children)

9:15 am
10:30 am
6:00 pm
7:00 pm

Greetings from the Bible Temple Church


family in Mechanicsville Maryland.
Here at Bible Temple, we believe that in
this life it is important to have strong and
healthy relationships
1.A relationship with Christ
2. A personal relationship with
family and friends
Through these relationships, we develop
the characteristics of love, understanding
and forgiveness; the true heart of Christ.
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).

We invite you to experience the change


the transformation with us. Just bring
your heart and God will supply the rest.
Come grow with us in a place,
Where the Word Reaches the Heart!
Everyone is Welcome!
Leadership: Pastor Joseph and
First Lady Marilyn Young
Sunday School for all ages: 9:00AM
Sunday Morning Worship: 9:45AM
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 7:30PM
Address: 29050 New Market Village Road,
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Website: www.bibletemplechurch.org
Phone number: 301-374-9110

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CSMs Solid Brass


Ensemble Welcomes
Area High Schools

CSM Presents 12th Annual Jazz


Festival, April 17-18

The College of Southern


Randy Runyon Sr. and the
Marylands 12th Annual
Randy Runyon Trio.
Jazz Festival will give area
A former resident of La
high school jazz bands a
Plata, Runyon Jr. began
chance to sharpen their
playing guitar at age 11. He
skills at the big band clinic
released his debut album,
held from 9 a.m. to noon,
Arrival in 2006. The reApril 17, at the La Plata
cording features composiCampus, Fine Arts Center.
tions by Miles Davis, Carl
World-renowned clinician
Filipiak, Thelonious Monk
and composer Matt Harand Wayne Shorter. Three
ris will rehearse with each
years later, he released
band and critique their
Randy Runyon Animal
performances as part of
Zoo, a collection of all
Fridays clinic.
original compositions that
A resident of Los Angecombine jazz, funk, R&B,
les, Harris has played with
hip-hop, rock, classical and
many diverse musicians,
psychedelic elements.
including jazz legends BobHe performs in a Brookby Shew, Bob Summers, Randy Runyon Jr. will perform with lyn-based indie band, The
Carl Saunders and Chuck the Randy Runyon Trio at CSMs 12th Karma Exchange, with
Annual Jazz Festival April 17-18.
Findley, as well as drum
Runyon Jr. on guitar and
legends Neil Peart, Chad
vocals, Croxall on bass and
Smith, Terry Bozzio and Peter Erskine. He Devin Collins on drums. The band has
has been commissioned to write music for released two full-length albums and one
bands from Denmark, Germany, New Zea- extended play.
land, Japan, China and Turkey.
For information, visit www.youtube.
Harris has recorded six albums of origi- com/watch?v=P99IPvCE8Cs or www.
nal music with the trios Snap Crackle, and csmd.edu/Arts/; for tickets, contact
Bellavino Blues, and has arranged numer- bxoffc@csmd.edu or 301-934-7828.
ous jingles for Taco Bell, Home Depot, Jack
in the Box, Ford Motor Company, Marriott
Hotels and Charles Schwab. He serves as
director of jazz studies at California State
University Northridge.
The festival continues with evening performances, beginning at 8 p.m., April 17,
with the Randy Runyon Trio, of Randy
Runyon Jr. on guitar, Zak Croxall on bass
and Tom Hartman on drums. At 8 p.m.,
April 18, Harris performs with the North
Point High School Jazz Ensemble, CSMs World-renowned composer Matt Harris will perform
Solid Brass Big Band Ensemble directed by at CSMs 12th Annual Jazz Festival April 17-18.
Calendar
High School Jazz Clinic at CSM. 9 a.m. to noon, April 17.
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Center, 8730
Mitchell Road, La Plata. Jazz educator and composer Matt Harris will rehearse with
area high school jazz bands and critique their performance as part of CSMs 12th
Annual Jazz Festival. Free. No tickets required. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828,
www.csmd.edu/Arts.

CSM Jazz Festival. 8 p.m., April 17.


College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Center, 8730
Mitchell Road, La Plata. The Randy Runyon Trio, consisting of Randy Runyon Jr.
on guitar, Zak Croxall on bass and Tom Hartman on drums, will perform as part of
CSMs 12th Annual Jazz Festival. $5 in advance, $7 day of event. bxoffc@csmd.
edu, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts/JazzEnsemble/4165.htm.

CSM Jazz Festival. 8 p.m., April 18.


College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater,
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM concludes the 12th Annual Jazz Festival with
special guest artist and world-renowned composer Matt Harris performing with the
North Point High School Jazz Ensemble, CSMs Solid Brass Big Band Ensemble
and the Randy Runyon Trio. $5 in advance, $7 day of event. bxoffc@csmd.edu,
301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts/JazzEnsemble/4165.htm.

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Thursday, April 2
Team Trivia

Leonardtown Grille, 25470-C Point


Lookout Rd, Leonardtown 7 p.m.

Friday, April 3

Ruddy Duck, 13200 Dowell Rd,


Dowell 7 p.m.

Weekly Wine Down


Wednesday
Anthonys Bar and Grill, 10371
Southern Maryland Blvd 9 a.m.

Thursday, April 9

Justin Myles Last Concert


Ruddy Duck, 13200 Dowell Rd,
Dowell 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 4
Philip Parsons Solo
Guitarist
Leonardtown Grille, 25470-C
Point Lookout Rd, Leonardtown
7 p.m.

Karaoke
Applebees, 45480 Miramar Way,
California 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 5
John Shaw
Ruddy Duck, 16810 Piney Point
Road, Piney Point 11 a.m.

Monday, April 6
Team Trivia
Ruddy Duck, 13200 Dowell Rd,
Dowell 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7
DJ Spitfire
Memories Bar, 2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf 9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8
Open Mic Night

Team Trivia
Leonardtown Grille, 25470-C
Point Lookout Rd, Leonardtown
7 p.m.

Dave and Kevin


Ruddy Duck, 13200 Dowell Rd,
Dowell 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 10
Funkzilla Unplugged
Ruddy Duck, 13200 Dowell Rd,
Dowell 7:30 p.m.

A Tiffany Affair
Waldorf Jaycees Center, 3090
Crain Highway, Waldorf 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 11
Cerebral Punishment Comedy Show
Brass Rail, 20331 Point Lookout
Rd, Great Mills 8:30 p.m.

Karaoke
Leonardtown Grille, 25470-C
Point Lookout Rd, Leonardtown
7 p.m.

Sunday, April 12
Swing Away
Ruddy Duck, 16810 Piney Point
Road, Piney Point 11 a.m.

The Calvert County Times is always looking for more local talent to feature!
To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail
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on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

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CLUES ACROSS
1. Something curved in shape
4. Tattoo (slang)
7. Therapeutic resort
10. His ark
12. Organized crime heads
14. Actor Connery
15. Free from danger
16. Honey badger
17. Part of a deck
18. Cause to run off the tracks
20. Classical music form
22. Defensive nuclear weapon
23. Volt-ampere
24. Socrate composer Erik
26. Keep up
29. Foot raced
30. The 44th President
35. Aboriginal (abbr.)
36. Wedding vow
37. 21st Hebrew letter
38. Little Man Tate director
44. Teletype (Computers)
45. Discovered alternating
current
46. Tears down (alt. sp.)
48. Resinlike substance in
shellac
49. Military mailbox

50. Smoothed wood


53. Old Testament book
56. Japanese lake with marimo
57. Card, dining or coffee
59. Checks
61. Telephone exchange (abbr.)
62. Greek covered walks or
colonnades
63. Pigmented eye membrane
64. No. French river
65. Airborne (abbr.)
66. Shock therapy
CLUES DOWN
1. Autonomic nervous system
2. Highway
3. Eating house
4. Afrikaans
5. Likely
6. Foot digits
7. Place to sit
8. For in Spanish
9. Also or including
11. N W Afghan city
12. Black Sea peninsula
13. Language of Slovakia
14. Divine Egyptian beetle
19. What a baby wears to eat
21. River of NE Ecuador & N

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Peru
24. European wooden shoe
25. Positive pole
27. Hereditary social class
(Hindu)
28. Utters
29. British rule over India
31. ___ de Janeiro
32. Promotional materials
33. Narrow collapsible bed
34. Whatsoever
39. Land surrounded by water
40. Ardor
41. Aspects
42. Removes writing
43. __ Nui, Easter Island
47. Conductor Sir Georg
50. Landscaped road (abbr.)
51. Research workplaces
52. Organized factual
information
53. A scheme or program
54. Female horse or zebra
55. Invests in little enterprises
56. Signing
58. Roberts nickname
60. Very fast airplane

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From my Backyard to our Bay


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, smrwa.org 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.
Join your local watershed
association and make a
difference for Our Bay!

smrwa.org

Are you a Bay-Wise Homeowner?


The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and a vital part
of the state of Maryland. Yet, the Bay is in trouble due to
population pressures from pollution and sediment runoff
which affect its watershed. Most Maryland residents live
within a half-mile of a drainage ditch, storm drain, stream
or river. Most of those waterways eventually drain into the
Chesapeake Bay.
What we do to maintain our own landscapes can affect the
health of our local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay and our
environment.
The overuse and misuse of pesticides and fertilizers, soil
erosion and poor plant selection have all damaged Marylands
streams, rivers and the Bay. Environmentally sound gardens
and yards combined with sustainable gardening practices
can help improve water quality and conserve our natural
resources for future generations.
We all need to do our part to take care of our waterways and
environment.
By changing a few simple landscape practices, you and your
family can help keep Maryland communities healthy.

The University of Marylands Bay-Wise yardstick measures


how your yard protects the Chesapeake Bay. With the help
of trained Master Gardeners, you will learn more about:
4 Controlling Stormwater Runoff;
4 Encouraging Wildlife;
4 Protecting the Waterfront;
4 Mowing Properly;
4 Watering Efficiently;
4 Managing Yard Pests with Integrated Pest Management
(IPM);
4 Mulching Appropriately;
4 Recycling Yard Waste;
4 Fertilizing Wisely; and
4 Planting Wisely.
When your yard measures
up, youll be proud to display
this Bay-Wise sign in your yard!

For more information about Bay-Wise in your county contact


your local University of Maryland Extension office. Residents may find contact information for their local UME office
at http://extension.umd.edu/ or extension.umd.edu/baywise.
This is the thirty-fourth and final article that Mary Ann Scott (scottmaryann9@gmail.com) 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.
Thank you, County Times, for dedicating this space to help the Chesapeake Bay!

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practices. The University
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St. Marys Department of Aging


Programs and Activities
4th Annual Book Sale
Donate your used books to the Garvey Senior Activity Centers used book
sale fundraiser. All funds raised will go
towards special events and entertainment at center events. Books for all ages
are welcome. Hardcovers, paperback,
and books on tape in good condition are
appreciated. Please, no encyclopedias,
magazines or very worn books. To make
a donation drop off your items at the
Garvey Senior Activity Center, Monday
Friday, April 6 17 from 8 a.m. 4:30
p.m. The public is invited to shop the
book sale on Wednesday, April 22 from
10 a.m. 3 p.m. To learn more, call 301475-4200, ext. 1050.
Free Movie and Information Day
Bringing Community Together
The St. Marys County Department
of Aging and Human Services Aging
& Disability Resource Center/ Maryland Access Point will sponsor a FREE
movie and information day on Saturday, April 18 at the Southern Maryland
Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport
Road, California, MD 20619, Building
1, Room 133. This event is open to the
public. Two movies will be shown. Both
are true stories focusing on non-fictional
characters with disabilities that overcame
obstacles and achieved their goals with
hard work and determination. Vendors
will share information about available
programs and services for individuals
with disabilities. Special accommodations will be made to ensure this event
is accessible for those experiencing a
disability. Individuals with disabilities

are encouraged to contact the Maryland


Access Point Coordinator by March 27
to ensure reasonable accommodations or
auxiliary services to be made. For movie
times or to make a movie reservation call
Monika Williams at 301-475-4200, ext.
1057; visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging
or easily register online at eventbrite.
com/event/15834626795/.

tions; advance registration is required by


calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. When
registering, indicate which sessions you
will be attending. March 31: The Beauty
of Lettuces, April 7: Pruning Specifics for the Spring, April 14 Planning
and Planting Annuals, April 21 Spring
Flower Arranging, April 28 Veggie
Container Gardening.

Diabetes and Healthy Eating


Come to the Loffler Senior Activity
Center on Thursday, April 9 at 10 a.m.
for a presentation by Health Connections
of Medstar St. Marys County Hospital.
The topic will be Diabetes and Healthy
Eating. This session is free. Call 301737-5670, ext. 1658 or stop by the Loffler
reception desk to sign up.

Painting Classes at Loffler


During the month of April, Jamie
Naluai will be teaching a four-part art
class series at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. The class will focus on creating
landscapes using acrylic paints. The
first class in this series begins April 7.
The cost for these classes is $75 plus $5
supply fee. Call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658
or stop by the Loffler reception desk to
sign up or to learn more. Full payment is
due the first day of class and is payable
directly to the instructor.

Lyme Disease Discussion and


Support Group
On Thursday, April 9, at 1 p.m., the
Lyme Discussion and Support Group
will meet at the Northern Senior Activity
Center. This group meets quarterly to educate individuals for prevention purposes
and support those in their struggles and
journeys towards improved health. To
sign up in advance please call 301-4754002, opt. 1/ext. 3101.
Gardening Tips and Tricks
The University of Maryland Extension
St. Marys County Master Gardeners
will present a series of gardening topics at the Garvey Senior Activity Center
to help you get your garden ready for
spring. Classes will be held at 10:00 a.m.
There is no fee to attend the presenta-

Hatfields and McCoys


A fifty-minute documentary entitled.
Hatfields and McCoys -- an American
Feud will be shown at the Loffler Senior
Activity Center on Wednesday, April 8
at 10 a.m. Learn what started the feud
and how it ended. Sign up (only 16 seats
available) or get more information by
calling 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 or stop by
the Loffler reception desk.
Make a Necklace
Handmade jewelry is so popular right
now, especially if it is made with unexpected items you may have around your

house. At the Loffler Senior Activity


Center, we will be using washers and
the art of decoupage to make attractive
and unique necklaces. This fun class will
take place on Friday, April 10 at 10 a.m.
Cost is $2 and includes all the supplies
needed to make several necklaces. Call
301-737-5670, ext. 1658 or stop by the
Loffler reception desk to sign up. This
class is limited to ten participants.
Join Our Photo Interest Group
Love photography? Join Our Photo
Interest Group also known as jPig,
meets at the Northern Senior Activity
Center on April 8 at 10 a.m. This meeting will discuss the contests, goals, and
workshop planning for this year. Become part of this evolving group as we
venture into exciting, new learning opportunities and tailor our events for the
year around group interests. For more
information, please call 301-475-4002,
option 1/ext. 3101.
Scrapbooking for Beginners at
Northern
The Northern Senior Activity Center
is having a themed scrapbooking class
for beginners on April 21 at 9 a.m. The
format will be for an 8x8 book using kits
designed by the instructor. These kits
will reflect the class theme, Eggstravaganza, and will need to be purchased at
sign up for $5. The deadline to sign up is
Thursday, April 16. Special Offer: Attend two consecutive classes and earn a
free book while supplies last! For more
information please call 301-475-4002,
opt. 1/ext. 3101.

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 www.stmarysmd.com/aging for the most up-to date information.

Opossum Anyone?
By Linda Reno
Contributing Writer
On November 13, 1861 John R. Biscoe
posted a letter at the Great Mills post office addressed to the Secretary of War.
In this letter he identified a number of
his neighbors as disloyal to the Union.
On November 19, Secretary Seward
authorized Lafayette C. Baker of the
U.S. Secret Service to investigate.
Baker later reported: I selected the
names of eight persons to be arrested;
among them, one H., residing on Patuxent riverat a place called Millstone
Landing. H., aside from his secession
heresy, was a man of notoriously bad
character, and the terror of his neighborhood. The character of the man, and his
knowledge of the country, made hima
valuable member of the band of blockade runners and spies
At 2 a.m. on the designated night,

Baker and his men surrounded the house


of H. forcing their way in. I was confronted by H. with a loaded pisto1, who
desired to know my errand. I replied:
H., your house is surrounded, and I have
come to take you prisoner. Give me that
pistol. He did so reluctantly.
Inside Baker found six notorious
blockade-runners in the upper story.
Two on their way to Dixie with mail,
and four returningI put these under
arrest I learned where a large number of pistols and sabers, which he had
carted to their place of interment, on
their way South, were buried. I also ascertained that a large square box, containing Sharps rifles, was buried in a
Catholic church-yard three miles from
the river. [St. Nicholas].
At the church Baker spoke to the Rev.
Mr., pastor of the flock[who] treated
my statements with ridicule, and refused
to let me desecrate the hallowed ground,

pronouncing the act wanton sacrilege.


He denounced the Government for permitting it. When my men commenced
throwing out the dirt, the priest with
uplifted hands exclaimed: Is it possible
that, in this enlightened age, men can
be found who will willfully
desecrate the restingplace of the dead!a
new and large pine
box was found...
It contained fiftysix Sharps rifles,
with fifty rounds
of
ammunition
each. My clerical
friend
exclaimed,
with apparent surprise, I wonder how those
arms could have got there!
The next day, Bakers troops went to
the home of Dr. S., but he was not home.
My squad were hungry, and asked for

dinner. The women at once began to prepare it. Among the inviting dishes was
a roasted opossum. We all ate heartily,
and, besides paying liberally for the
meal, we kindly thanked our fair hostess
for the satisfactory repast. Upon reaching camp we were taken ill, and in
a few hours three out of the
five were in a dangerous
condition. A physician
was called, who said:
These men have been
poisoned. What have
they been eating? No
explanation could be
then given; but it was
afterward
ascertained
that the opossum had extra
dressing for our special benefit.
H., with seven of his companions,
was confined in Fort Lafayette a year.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wanderings
of an

Aimless

Mind

Nothing Like A
Brisk Spring Day!
By Shelby Opperman
Contributing Writer
Happy April everyone! April is the
month for me that makes me think how
quickly time goes by. I love April and
the bright fresh greens, but it seems like
everything blooms in a week and then
we then begin the rush towards the gradual fading and dying of the plant life. I
guess it is like the saying, As soon as
we are born, we have
begun to die. Okay,
enough of that. I need to
keep my excited feelings
about April, Easter, and
spring without all that.
It used to be that I
would be so excited about
spring that I couldnt
contain myselfno, not
that way. My heart and
mind would just burst
with energy and I didnt
know what to do with
myself. In high school
and college that wasnt
always a good thing. There would be a
week of mind frenzy until I could start
to settle down. Maybe allergens affected
me differently for almost forty years
than they do now and thats what gave
me the fast motion feeling. I wish they
still did. A happiness does come over
me, but the energy level doesnt rise as
high as it did.
But this spring, like all springs, brings
optimism and hope for all things to get
better. That feeling will always be there.
That is the way I felt this past Saturday.
It looked beautiful and sunny outside
when I Looked out the picture window
as the sun was rising. I thought, it is going to be a great day. I had my hot tea,
took Tidbit outside, took 30 mg of prednisone, an NSAID or two, and surprise
of all surprises, listened to my husband
singing around the house early and getting ready for our days adventure. He
had mentioned earlier in the week that
he had seen a sign for the Millwood
Amish Consignment Auction for Saturday, so that is where we were heading. We didnt have to leave too early
because the auction was on the next
road over on Rt. 236, Thompson Corner
Road here in Mechanicsville. Other than
a new Virginia winery, here and there,
we really never have to leave St. Marys
County or Southern Maryland for fun.
Off we went, not to buy, but to enjoy
being out in the spring sunshine and be
together. I still couldnt get over what a
good mood my husband was in for the
morning. We arrived at 8:30 a.m. on the
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there. We were a little worried when we


saw the huge amounts of mud everywhere but we were in the truck, and I
was wearing my favorite, comfy, fleece
lined mud boots. We found a pretty good
parking place, and just as my husband
was backing up into it, we got stuck, and
stuck good. Only us, we said. He went
off to find help and a group of young
Amish boys and a few others pushed us
out. Thank you.
There were so many
neat old tractors, a few
of them my friend Nancy
had hauled over there the
day before. There was
farm equipment, rabbit
hutches, chicken coops,
old restaurant equipment, ladders, tools, lots
of wonderful tools, boots,
furniture, a few collectibles, including a 1890s
restored sleigh (I think
a few of us stayed to see
how much that would go
for), household items, and
one glorious, chippy, long garden bridge
that I couldnt take my eyes off of. My
husband said, We dont have a stream. I
said, But we could. I think the biggest
surprise of the day was the brutal wind
and cold. I told my husband I couldnt
tell if my ankles and knees were hurting, because I couldnt feel them. And
another wonderful surprise was seeing
good friends from church. We had a
great time palling around with Keith and
Mark. Its a laugh a minute with them.
Hope the canoe doesnt have leaks Mark.
Well, they thought I was laughing, because my mouth was frozen into a smile.
My main focus was seeing what the few
collectibles would go for since I was an
antique dealer for quite a while, and still
look for furniture to shabby chic up now
and again. And there was also the food,
there is nothing better than good auction
food. The barbecue and seasoned fries
were great. And you had to go in the food
building anyway if you wanted to thaw
out for a minute. But it was very enjoyable
morning, and we got the truck out amazingly, though we did hear others that got
stuck. I made it to 1:30 and was excited
about that, got a new windblown hairdo,
a little color in my face, and most of all
enjoyed having fun with my husband and
friends on a beautiful, brisk spring day.
To each new days adventure,
Shelby
Please send your comments or ideas to:
shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com or find
me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

Secrets To Keeping
An Organized Shed
Despite other intentions, homeowners often turn their garages into storage centers for
random, little-used items, leaving little to no
room for the tools and even vehicles that actually belong in a garage. Such homeowners may
turn to sheds to store their garage overflow and
keep yard equipment at the ready, but storage
sheds are not immune to clutter, and homeowners may find the very structure erected to
keep them organized requires a bit of organization itself.
A well-organized shed can save homeowners time and energy, as its easy to abandon
or delay a project if you cant find that pair of
work gloves you stashed. The first step to any
organizing project is to take everything out of
the shed and determine just what needs to go
back in. Items that do not belong in the shed
should be moved to their rightful locations or
tossed in the trash if theyre no longer needed.
Make a pile of anything that will be kept, a
separate one for donations and a third for garbage. Take inventory of what you have so you
know whether youre missing any items or you
have something and do not need to purchase
another.
Now that the entire shed is empty, you can
assess just how much room you have. Utilizing vertical and overhead space effectively can
free up areas on the floor for larger equipment.
Shelving, racks, pegboards and any other
materials that enable you to hang or store items
off the floor are good investments. Visit your
nearby home improvement retailer to find
items that can simplify your storage. You also
may be able to put scrap wood to use to make
your own storage shelves or a work bench. Extra kitchen cabinets can be installed in the shed
to organize additional items.
In order to remember where items go, label
or sort them accordingly. Some people like
to take organization a step further by tracing
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Dont forget to utilize shed doors as additional storage space. Hang frequently used
tools, such as rakes and shovels, on the inside of the doors so they will always be easily
accessible.
You also can repurpose storage solutions
designed for other areas of the home. For example, magnetic knife holders can be mounted
to a shed wall to keep paintbrushes organized.
These holders also can be used to keep many
small metal tools tidy. Metal funnels can hold
twine and string. Thread through the narrow
end of the funnel for a handy dispenser.
Keep dangerous substances off the floor and
out of reach. Gasoline, chemical fertilizers and
other potentially dangerous substances should
be stored high up to keep pets and children
safe.
Make sure the shed floor is sturdy and level. This makes it easier to neatly store larger
items. Roll in the lawnmower, wheelbarrow
and any other cumbersome items. Now that
more things are mounted vertically, you should
find that you have more area to move around.
Taking the time to clean and organize a shed
can help make anyone more productive.

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