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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Cuts in state aid to St. Marys County
are already being felt by the countys De-
partment of Human Services.
Bennett Connelly, director of the de-
partment, went before the Board of County
Commissioners Tuesday to have the agencys
budget reduced by more than $670,000.
Connelly said later that the cuts caused
the closure of an adolescent crisis home in
Prince Frederick that shared in some of the
money that went to St. Marys, as well as re-
ducing available staff hours for prevention,
tutoring and counseling services provided
by the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau.
After-school programs administered by
the human services agency were also to be
reduced, Connelly said, and he expected that
in-home mental health services for juvenile
offenders under the supervision of the juve-
nile court to be cancelled by mid-October.
The agency has been trying to reduce
costs to ft the times, Connelly said, by cut-
ting back on training and travel expenses
and other administrative items but the cuts
handed down by the state last week about
$4.3 million in total meant the fscal situ-
ation at the relatively new department was
Were at the end of our rope in terms
of [cutting administrative costs], Connelly
said. If theres another round of cuts, well
have to consider cutting back on personnel.
The departments main source of fund-
ing comes from state grants, Connelly said,
and this years grant budget was anticipated
to be $7 million.
That sum accounts for about 75 percent
of the agencys total budget, Connelly said.
Connellys isnt the only county agency
to miss out on much needed grant funding.
Over the summer the Sheriffs Offce
applied for a part of about $1 billion in fed-
eral stimulus money to hire 10 new deputies
and expected to be just one out of 1,000 grant
applications from across the nation, said As-
sistant Sheriff John Horne.
The offce fgured the odds of get-
ting some of the money was good but that
changed when the federal government was
fooded with 7,000 applications that totaled
$8 billion in grant requests, Horne told com-
missioners Tuesday.
We requested 10 positions, we got
none, Horne told The County Times about
receiving zero grant dollars. The feds were
Commissioners had to vote to reduce
the sheriffs offce budget by a previously
planned $823,920 in federal grant money,
$100,000 in state supplementary money for
frearms and other equipment for the an-
ticipated new hires, and they also took back
$247,150 of the countys money that would
also have used for supplementary assistance
for the offcers.
Horne said that the grant application pro-
cess required the sheriffs offce to make their
budget refect the potential increase, even
though they didnt have the money on hand
at the time from the federal government.
Horne said later that the 10 deputies
could have helped an agency strapped for
personnel trying to police an ever-expanding
We need it, Horne said. Our popula-
tion continues to grow, and were unable to
grow as an agency because of the economic
Eventually were going to have to re-
ally prioritize some of the collateral duties
we perform.
Loss Of Grants Hits Human
Services, Sheriff
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The owner of a bar in Lexington Park
is set to go before the Alcohol Beverage
Board for four alleged violations of the
countys liquor ordinance. A shooting in-
cident in the parking lot of the establish-
ment that occurred in the early morning
hours of June 29, is the same date noted
for some of the citations. The citations do
not, however mention the shooting inci-
dent as part of alleged violations.
According to the board, Rufus I. But-
ler, the proprietor, had a disorderly crowd
on the premises June 28; there was also a
physical altercation during that time.
Another alleged violation involves al-
lowing a large crowd to stay at the bar and
consume alcohol after business hours.
None of the violations means an au-
tomatic suspension of Butlers liquor li-
cense. He will have the opportunity to
defend himself at the Alcohol Beverage
Boards next meeting on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.
in Leonardtown.
Detectives with the St. Marys County
Bureau of Criminal Investigations began
their case when Jawon Nathaniel Berry,
21, showed up at the emergency room of
St. Marys Hospital Center with a gunshot
wound to the groin the morning of June
Detectives believe that while customers
at Butlers Place on Three Notch Road were
leaving at about 2 a.m. June 29 that some-
one fired several shots, striking Berry.
Detectives have yet to find or charge
any suspects in the shooting case.
Lexington Park Bar Hit With Violations
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Three people died this week in separate ac-
cidents from Sunday to Tuesday: one while wad-
ing, one in a construction accident and another in
a car crash.
The most recent death was that of Crystal
Hall, 24, of Lexington Park whose car was struck
by oncoming traffc Tuesday after being hit from
behind by another vehicle on Point Lookout Road
and Aster Drive, according to police reports.
Investigators state that while Hall was wait-
ing to make a left turn onto Aster Drive, a Ford
F-350 truck driven by James Tippett, 39, of Piney
Point attempted to pass her on the shoulder but
struck her from behind, forcing her into oncom-
ing traffc, where she was struck head on by a
1997 Mercury Marquise driven by 19-year-old
Joseph Moschler of Leonardtown.
Hall was badly hurt in the crash and went
into cardiac arrest on the scene. She later died at
St. Marys Hospital, police state.
Tippett and his juvenile passenger were un-
hurt, while Moschler and another passenger were
taken to St. Marys Hospital for care. Catherine
Hall, 51, and an unrestrained 2-year-old in the
back seat were also taken to hospitals for emer-
gency treatment, police report.
Neither of the two women were wearing seat
belts, police information stated.
Dfc. Cindy Allen, spokeswoman for the
sheriffs offce, said that the investigation into
the accident must frst be completed and States
Attorney Richard Fritzs offce consulted for any
charges to be levied against Tippett.
Accident at Gate 1
On Monday, Ronald Hagerty, 45, of Water-
loo, Ind., was working at the Gate 1 construction
project at Patuxent River Naval Air Station when
a steel beam broke loose from its rigging strap
and crushed him, according to project offcials.
Rick Thompson, spokesman at the base, said
that federal investigators continue their work on
determining just what happened.
The OSHA [Occupational Health and
Safety Administration] people are doing their in-
vestigation, Thompson told The County Times.
Gate 1 was closed all of [Tuesday].
The incident occurred at about 9:56 p.m.
Monday as civilian construction employees
worked to improve the canopy for the guard-
house, Thompson said.
Other improvement work includes barriers
and a backup generator for lighting, he said.
On Sunday a man who went wading into the
water at Abells Wharf in Leonardtown drowned
after disappearing beneath the surface of the wa-
ter, according to police reports.
Alejandro Oritz, whose death was ruled an
accident, was 39.
Ortiz, who lived in Leonardtown, was found
by a friend and others in the vicinity in six feet of
water and was not breathing, police reports state.
They attempted to revive him with CPR
techniques but he was later pronounced dead at
St. Marys Hospital.
Detectives investigating the incident found
no signs of foul play, police reports stated
Accidents Claim Three Lives This Week
Bennett Connelly
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Todays Newsmaker In Brief
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The Board of County Commission-
ers needs to amend its ordinance regarding
campaign signs or face the possibility of a
lawsuit, warns Derick Berlage, the countys
director of the Department of Land Use and
Growth Management.
Berlage and Yvonne Chaillet, zoning ad-
ministration with the department, proffered
changes to the ordinance that essentially take
out all the restrictions pertaining to how long
a campaign sign can remain standing.
The current ordinance states that cam-
paign signs cannot be erected more than
45 days prior to an election and must be re-
moved 15 days after the primary election if
the candidate does not move on to the general
All other political signs must currently
be removed within 15 days after the general
election day, according to the ordinance.
The changes under consideration are
the result of letters from the American Civil
Liberties Union stating that a federal district
court decision ruled that a Baltimore County
sign ordinance similar to the one here was
The court stated that a limit on the
amount of time a campaign sign can stand
violates the First Amendment right to free-
dom of speech.
We need to amend our law or we
could be subject to a lawsuit, Berlage told
Commissioners voted not to enact the
changes Tuesday but rather to have a review
by the county planning commission and then
a public hearing.
Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (R-
Golden Beach) said that recent changes to the
zoning ordinance regarding digital signs and
real estate sale signs came only after exten-
sive review and public comment.
If youre concerned about a confronta-
tion with the ACLU, it should go through the
same process as the [real estate] signs did,
Jarboe said.
The countys ordinance currently re-
stricts campaign signs to being no larger
than 32 square feet in size and they cannot
be placed on a public building or in a public
right of way.
Campaign signs can be placed in all
zoning districts, however.
Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly
(D-Leonardtown) said that the possibility
of having a four-foot-by-eight-foot sign in a
yard all year long could pose problems.
They could keep a four-by-eight-foot
sign up in their yard as long as they wanted;
that could certainly impact a community.
Commissioners Mull Changes To Campaign Sign Ordinance
The local offces of the state Board of
Elections and the state Health Department
offces will close Friday, Sept. 4, to comply
with recently announced budget cuts requir-
ing state employees to work certain days
without pay. The offces will reopen on Tues-
day, Sept. 8, after Labor Day.
County government offces will be
closed Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day and
reopen on Tuesday. Also closed for Labor
Day will be the St. Marys Transit System,
Meals on Wheels deliveries, senior centers
and libraries, as well as the St. Andrews
landfll and six convenience centers.
Two State Offces Close Friday
On the effect of grant cuts on the
Department of Human Services

If theres another round

of cuts well have to consider
cutting back on personnel.
Bennett Connelly, director of the
Department of Human Services
On the success of
Chesapeake Charter School,
the frst in the county.

It is thriving. Its
a very good model for
charter schools.
Schools Superintendent
Michael Martirano
ADF Bingo Opens Its Doors Again
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
ADF Bingo hall in Mechanicsville has re-
opened after weeks of being closed since three
charities with licenses have been operating fund-
raising games there since last Friday.
The Knights of St. Jerome, the Knights of
Columbus and the Southern Maryland Youth
Football League are responsible for the popular
gaming spots reopening, said Alice Gaskin, presi-
dent of the ADF Community Outreach Founda-
tion, Inc.
Our customers are elated, the ones whove
been sitting at home waiting for something to do,
Gaskin said, adding that charities looking to main-
tain their services were happy, too.
Our customers come and set their bingo
bags down and run and hug us, Gaskin told The
County Times. But we tell them Dont thank us,
thank [the charities], without them we wouldnt
Games had to shut down there in July when a
license from a charity ran its course and a Circuit
Court judge ruled that Sheriff Timothy K. Cam-
eron acted properly in denying the community
foundation a license because it was not a qualifed
Gaskin said that the foundation was still
waiting to get its non-proft status confrmed by
the Internal Revenue Service; that would enable
them to get their own license, she said.
Thats our wish, Gaskin said.
The ADF Bingo Hall has been raided twice
in the past two years, once by deputies and an-
other by FBI agents, in an investigation as to how
proceeds from gaming there were distributed
among charities.
The operations there are now the subject
of a federal investigation but no one, including
the owner of the hall, Sharon Modlin, has been
charged with a crime.
Gaskin said that ADF employees were as-
sisting the charities when it came to setting up a
game, opening the establishment doors and ring-
ing up entrance fees but that all proceeds were
going to the charities.
They have their own volunteers, theyre
counting all the money and all the proceeds from
the bingo go to the charities, Gaskin said.
Cameron said he was pleased to see the es-
tablishment up and running again.
I want them to do well as long as they do it
in conformance to the law, Cameron said.
A defaced campaign sign in Compton is one example of signs that could
stay up indefnitely if commissioners revise the sign ordinance.
Thursday, September 3, 2009 6
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
As Rich Fuller, president of the Southern Maryland Wine
Growers Co-op, unloaded the frst grapes of the season at the front
entrance to the new Leonardtown Winery, it seemed he couldnt
hold back a smile.
This is a big day, said Fuller, as he and other members of
the co-op unloaded the grapes off a trailer and into a de-stemmer
machine that separated the fruit from the cluster vine holding it
on Aug. 29.
As the grapes churned in the machine, stems fell to the
ground and the crushed fruit and newly released juice fowed from
a tube into holding bins to start the fermentation process on a hot
and muggy Saturday morning.
The new facility, a former State Highway Administration
building on Route 5 in Leonardtown, had fnally been trans-
formed into a functioning winery after years of working to get the
project off the ground.
Fuller said the project got started when the Board of County
Commissioners contacted the grape growers in 2005 to see if
theyd be willing to try a winery operation.
We investigated, and we said the money was there, the tech-
nology was there and the facility was adequate, and there were
enough grapes, Fuller said.
Grant money from the Tri-County Councils agricultural
commission helped sweeten the deal, Fuller said.
That got a lot of people growing, he told The County
The county government also fronted more than $500,000
to subsidize the effort, which represents the cooperation
of town, county and state in concert with growers to
make a fundamental change in the St. Marys County
Wines and wineries have become the focus of
economic and community development offcials
as a way to diversify the local economy, boost
tourism and make it proftable for farmers to
grow a new crop instead of the once-ubiquitous
tobacco that defned the Maryland economy
for centuries.
Keeping the
land in agricultural
production also
helps keep housing
sprawl under con-
trol and provides a
mechanism for pre-
serving rural land.
The county is
currently mulling an
ordinance that would al-
low commercial wineries
in places other than Leon-
ardtown in an effort to repli-
cate, to some degree, the hoped
for economic benefts the prototype
could bring.
Nearly a Ton of Grapes
Joe Dick, who operates St. Mi-
chaels Manor vineyard in Scotland,
said the 1,800 pounds of grapes he
brought in for the winerys frst fruits
were the De Chaunac variety used to
make red wine, and were, like most
grapes, a struggle to bring in.
Both weather and animals fought him for the fruit, he said.
Weve been plagued with too much rain for grapes, Dick
said of the South County weather this season. Rain reduces sug-
aring; it makes the grapes grow bigger, but it may split them, and
it brings in diseases.
Dick said he lost about 30 percent of the precious De Chau-
nac grapes this season to animals alone.
And thats despite having an electric fence, Dick said.
But despite all the trouble with bringing in the winerys frst
crop, Dick was still enthusiastic about the co-ops future.
Will the venture make them any money though?
Not for about fve years, Dick said. But we know we have
a market for our grapes, and its local.
For the past 15 years hes been trucking his grapes up to the
Linganore winery near Frederick, which is the largest winery in
the state. The trip to Leonardtown was much more convenient.
This is a blessing, he said.
As the last of the grapes released their juice and came to rest
in the holding vats for the frst stages of the fermentation process,
Pat Isles, the co-ops resident winemaker, said that the challenges
didnt end with bringing the grapes to the facility.
Insects can make it into the process as well, but the grapes
worst pesky enemy, ladybugs, didnt seem to be too much of a
problem on the frst shipment, he said.
Too many multicolored Asian lady beetles can be a prob-
lem, Isles said. They contain a chemical that causes signifcant
taint to the wine.
With the red juice seemingly safe in the fermentation bins,
the next step for the grapes was the wine press, which removes
all the sediment and grape skins to leave just the pure liquid, Isles
After the press, the juice for red wines is transferred to oak
barrels for more fermentation and aging. It can take up to 18
months for a red wine to be ready for bottling, and the longer it
ages the better, Isles said.
With shipments of white grapes expected soon, white wines
could be available for bottling in about eight months after spend-
ing time in the winerys stainless steel storage vats, he said.
The big question for the co-op, though, is that after all this
effort, will people want to drink the fnished product?
Dick seemed to think so, especially since the winery will of-
fer several different varieties of sweet, semi-sweet and dry wines
to suit individual tastes.
Taste is not to be disputed, Dick said. People love to taste
wine, and if they like it, theyll buy it.
New Local Winery Accepts First Batch of Grapes
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Stainless steel vats will be used
in the fermentation process,
particularly for white wines.
The frst batch of grapes delivered to the Leonardtown Winery totaled about 1,800 pounds, just shy of a full ton.
Joe Dick, of St. Michaels Manor vineyard in Scotland, harvests the frst grapes for wine production at
the new Leonardtown facility.
Thursday, September 3, 2009 7
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Put swine fu in
a room with other strains of infuenza and it
doesnt mix into a new superbug - it takes over,
researchers reported Tuesday.
University of Maryland researchers delib-
erately co-infected ferrets to examine one of
the worst fears about the new swine fu. But
fortunately, the fu didnt mutate. The research-
ers carefully swabbed the ferrets nasal cavities
and found no evidence of gene-swapping.
The animals that caught both kinds of fu,
however, had worse symptoms. And they eas-
ily spread the new swine fu, what scientists
formally call the 2009 H1N1 virus, to their
uninfected ferret neighbors - but didnt spread
regular winter fu strains nearly as easily.
In other words, its no surprise that swine
fu has become the worlds dominant strain of
infuenza. Its not under evolutionary pressure
right now to mix and mutate while it has a clear
biological advantage over other kinds of fu,
concluded the Maryland team led by virologist
Daniel Perez.
The Maryland study, funded by the Na-
tional Institutes of Health, reinforces concern
about how easily swine fu may sweep through
the country.
The results suggest that 2009 H1N1
infuenza may out-compete seasonal fu vi-
rus strains and may be more communicable
as well, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of
NIHs National Institute of Allergy and Infec-
tious Diseases. These new data, while pre-
liminary, underscore the need for vaccinating
against both seasonal infuenza and the 2009
H1N1 infuenza this fall and winter.
Seasonal fu vaccine is available around
the country now, and swine fu vaccine is ex-
pected to arrive in mid-October.
The U.S. has closely watched how swine
fu rapidly dominated the Southern Hemi-
spheres winter, as authorities here prepare a
fall resurgence. In Australia alone, eight of ev-
ery 10 people who tested positive for infuenza
had the new pandemic strain. While it seems
no more deadly than seasonal fu, it claims dif-
ferent victims: Seasonal fu kills mostly people
over 65. The new swine fu spreads most eas-
ily in children and young adults, and so far has
killed mostly people in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
The study is posted on PLoS Currents:
Infuenza, a Web site operated by the Public
Library of Science to rapidly share scientifc
fu information.
Swine Flu Dominant, But No More Deadly
By Graham Moomaw
Capital News Service
COLLEGE PARK - To the casual observ-
er, Rep. Steny Hoyer appears to be one of the
most secure members of Congress and his ac-
cumulation of a massive war chest could look
like overkill.
Hoyer, a 14-term Democratic incumbent
from Southern Maryland, raised $668,462
during the second quarter of 2009, bringing
his total for the year to just over $1.26 million,
according to documents fled with the Federal
Election Commission.
To campaign fnance experts, its not over-
kill. Its par for the course.
Despite the fact that they (incumbents)
seem incredibly secure to us, they generally do
not feel that way, said John Samples, director
of the Center for Representative Government at
the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank.
Even with no serious challenger in sight,
incumbents tend to run scared in order to en-
sure against any threats that may emerge.
Our plan is to not allow money to be the
deciding factor, said Holly Robichaud, spokes-
woman for Charles Lollar, a Charles County
Republican who is running against Hoyer. She
said of Hoyer, you could pretty much say hes
got a for-sale sign on his forehead.
Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the
Brookings Institution, another think tank, said
that in addition to raising money for their own
safety, strong House incumbents also use their
funds to help colleagues within their party.
As majority leader, Hoyer is expected to
raise millions of dollars for his partys congres-
sional elections. Mann said.
Hoyer seems to be living up to the task. So
far this year, he has transferred $385,000 to the
Democratic Congressional Campaign Com-
mittee, the self-described campaign arm for
House Democrats. Hoyer has also contributed
$25,000 to the New York State Democratic
Committee, $10,000 to the Maryland Demo-
cratic Party and $42,000 to 11 specifc Demo-
crats campaigns.
Collins Bailey, a Republican who ran
against Hoyer in 2008 and plans to run in 2010,
said that the money isnt as important as the
message. Bailey won almost 25 percent of the
vote last year, despite raising only $26,870 to
Hoyers $3.6 million.
To the contrary, Bailey sees Hoyers long
history as a well-funded, perennial politician
as a disadvantage for the incumbent because he
senses a possible voter backlash against Wash-
ington in 2010.
I believe in a citizen Congress, Bailey
said. Go up there to do the peoples business
and come on home.
Bailey said he thinks his limited-govern-
ment message will resonate with disaffected
The American people are smart . . . they
get it, said Bailey. Its the elected offcials
who have been there for years that dont get it.
Despite Baileys optimism, others be-
lieve that Hoyer is frmly entrenched in the 5th
District for reasons beyond mere fundraising
Hoyer has a solid Democratic district
and is very popular with his constituents, said
Mann. The money he raises is not his most
valuable asset in winning re-election.
With Cash and Clout, Hoyer Is Tough To Beat
ANNAPOLIS (AP) - The federal govern-
ment is reimbursing Maryland $3.2 million for
inauguration costs.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Gov. Martin
OMalley and Rep. Steny Hoyer made the an-
nouncement Tuesday in a joint statement.
The money relates to security expenses in-
curred by the state for President Barack Obamas
The Justice Department also is releas-
ing $3.4 million to the Washington Metropoli-
tan Area Transit Authority and $2 million to
Amtrak for inauguration expenses.
State Receives $3.2 Million for Obama
GREENBELT (AP) - A former Prince
Georges County police offcer has been sen-
tenced to more than four years in prison for
child pornography charges.
U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams
Jr. on Monday sentenced David John Larose of
Lusby to 51 months in prison, followed by three
years of supervised release, for keeping child
pornography on his personal computer. The
35-year-old man will be required to register as
a sex offender.
Larose was a patrol offcer with Prince
Georges County since 1996. Prosecutors say
he used his personal e-mail account to purchase
illegal child pornography online between Octo-
ber 2006 and April 2007.
Federal investigators seized Laroses com-
puter in March 2008 as evidence.
During sentencing, the judge found Larose
had lied during his testimony and failed to ac-
cept responsibility for his actions.
Former PG Cop Gets 4 Years for Child Porn
ANNAPOLIS (AP) _ As he deals with a
budget defcit made worse by the souring econ-
omy, Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley has noted
the state is not as bad off as many others.
That has prompted Republicans in An-
napolis to complain the Democratic governor
is trying to divert attention from the states
Senate Minority Leader Allan H. Kittleman
says OMalley seems to have a diffcult time ac-
cepting responsibility for his actions. Kittleman
says the national economy has played a role, but
the state wouldnt be in as bad a position if there
had been better decision-making earlier on.
The governor says state residents are smart
and realize the administration is not responsible
for the global recession.
OMalley: Other States In Worse Shape
Steny Hoyer
Photo by Guy Leonard
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Once in a while a shining example of the true meaning of the words cooperation and
teamwork produce an outcome too good not to share with others. This weekend the very frst
harvest of locally grown grapes were delivered and processed at the Port of Leonardtown
Winery. This facility has been many years in the making - once just an idea conceived by
the President of the County Commissioners, Thomas McKay and Leonardtown Mayor Chip
Norris as they walked the old abandoned State Highway garage located along Rt. 5 in Leon-
ardtown. The idea for this facility grew out of the vision of making grape growing a viable
alternative crop to tobacco for local farmers and the ever-pressing need to explore alternative
industries such as tourism in this heavily military-dependent local economy.
In 2006 as the idea grew, the town pledged use of the building to establish a winery
and the Board of County Commissioners pledged $500,000 toward construction of a local
winery. Discussions began with a fedgling group of local grape growers to establish a co-
operative that would provide a guaranteed market for locally grown grapes. Local govern-
ment would facilitate the construction of the production facility but the cooperative of local
growers would be tasked with the operation of the winery.
While the word cooperative used as a noun is defned as a business that is jointly
owned by the people who run it, with the profts shared equally what transpired over the
next three years is more accurately described by the defnition of the word cooperative when
used as an adjective: working or acting together with others, doing or willing to do what
is asked or required. As with any group there are as many opinions about the way things
should be done as there are people in the group. The early days were rocky and the road was
long to bring the idea into reality. Today the Southern Maryland Winegrowers Cooperative
is a group of 15 committed growers all working tirelessly to achieve a common goal of a
local winery producing quality wine from locally grown grapes. While they still may have
differing opinions on the fne details, the group now functions in a professional, cohesive
manner. Drawing on the varied experience of each of the members, the cooperative is ready
to embark on the next phase of this major undertaking.
While the budget for this signifcant project was only half of what was comfortably
needed to accomplish the mission, through the hard work and dedication of a number of
people, including the cooperative members, the production area of the facility is getting the
fnishing touches just in time to receive the bulk of the September harvest of approximately
30 tons of locally grown grapes. Wine making equipment sought out from all over the
United States is arriving daily to fnalize the winery construction. Ten gleaming stainless
steel tanks of various sizes stand ready to receive the fruits of these growers labors. Sixty
wooden wine barrels rest in storage awaiting the fnal product.
The transformation of the old State Highway garage has been amazing and while there
is a long road ahead for everyone involved in making sure it is a successful venture, Satur-
days milestone of turning on the grape crusher and dumping in the frst delivery of local
grapes was a wonderfully rewarding sight to witness.
The Port of Leonardtown Winery is a proud example of local and municipal govern-
ments working together with citizens to provide real solutions. The hard work of building
the winery is almost complete, now the more diffcult job of running a successful business is
placed in the hands of the private sector, as it should be. Let the wine making begin.
In the Spirit of Cooperation
A traffc light in Charlotte Hall across from
the Farmers Market and St. Marys Landing
would be a godsend.
The median strip is the busiest ever, Satur-
days and Sundays especially. When the Farmers
Market is open, traffc is a mess and also an ac-
cident waiting to happen. I have seen as many as
six to eight cars in the median strip at one time
heading north or south.
It seems to me that the State Highway Ad-
ministration puts up traffc lights in less con-
gested areas where lights are not needed.
Taxpayers pay $200,000 to $300,000 for a
traffc light. It is hard to put a price on someones
life. But think about it the traffc light is fve
years over due. On Rt. 5/ Rt. 235 in Charlotte
Hall, a light is needed more than ever. Protect
our fne people.
William Dexter Jr.
California, Md.
A Much Needed Traffc light
Sundays Washington Post had fscal com-
mentaries by Joseph E. Stiglitz (2001 Nobel Prize
in Economics, Columbia University professor
and former chairman of the Clinton Council of
Economic Advisers) and David Walker (former
U.S. Comptroller).
Both stressed the U.S. decline international-
ly as a fnancial leader and the almost impossible
task of trying to reduce our debt to restore some
of our rapidly disappearing credibility. Walker
addressed the Presidents health care plan, spe-
cifcally saying, By defnition, expanding cover-
age will increase health care costs, not decrease
health care costs.
He further estimated that our debt will be
greater than our gross national product by the
end of next year. I would urge everyone reading
this to write to Representative Steny Hoyer and
Senators Mikulski and Cardin requesting that
they face reality, show some congressional lead-
ership, and, for the good of the country and their
constituents, do everything in their power to see
that health care debt is not added to an already
criminal national debt.
Glenn H. Weder
Hollywood, Md.
Do Something About The Debt
Under the current administration, the term
taxpayers money is being used to describe the
government funds being used to bail out every-
body. This country was founded by taxpayers
monies. All government monies come from tax-
payers, whether they be from fees, fnes or just
Years ago our government ran on thousands
and millions of dollars, now it is billions and tril-
lions of dollars. We elect people who are suppos-
edly knowledgeable about controlling the taxpay-
ers monies and making laws that beneft the con-
stituents of their districts. This doesnt happen.
Again our Congress plays the party game in lieu
of doing its job. Members should do the job they
are being paid to do.
Our Congress should realize that they are
federal employees. They are paid by taxpayers
monies. They do not deserve any special privi-
leges that dont apply to other federal employees
who are also paid by taxpayers money. Lets get
with it and realize congressional representatives
are not royalty even though they pretend to be
My advice to all taxpayers is to vote every
congressional member out regardless of party and
elect a new representative or senator. Now is the
time to eliminate career politicians. Term after
term, these politicians get dull and only follow
the party line. To hell with the constituents who
elected them to offce in anticipation they would
do the will of their constituents.
Daniel J. Wilson
Leonardtown, Md.
Time to Vote Out Career Politicians
Send to:
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Make sure you include your name, phone # and the city you live in.
We will not publish your phone #, only your name and city
Congressional System Divides The People
In reference to the town hall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in
Waldorf, Congressman Hoyers carefully worded answers were
His plan that appeared slanted and organized to take up
time from questions and answers was disappointing and frankly,
However, what concerns me the most is it is quite obvious
that he doesnt intend to vote in accordance with the will of the
people. He is elected to represent the people. He is elected to vote
on issues that will be in best interest of his district and that of the
We may think members of Congress are a bunch of idiots.
However it is we the people that are the idiots. We allowed them to
create a political system that is designed not to be penetrated with
any party that would keep them out of offce. The Republicans, and
most recently the Democrats, fip-fop back and forth with millions
of dollars in what they openly call their war chest. War against
whom? The American people?
Congress has monopolized our political system. The political
system that Congress created for themselves over the years was
actually brilliant from their way of thinking. It is designed with
very little chance of removing them. Therefore, they have no in-
centive to vote in accordance with the will of the people. Every
now and then they might decide to throw you a bone with some
funding for a project or some legislation that may be helpful for
your community.
Meanwhile, they will continue to have a retirement and a
health care plan that far exceeds anything you will ever have. They
will have an income that will make yours look like a joke. Why?
Because they can vote for raises for themselves. They have never
seen a raise for themselves that they didnt like.
They will allow our country to go further in debt. Through
the years, they continue to give hundreds of billions of your dollars
to foreign nations, which will clearly provide aid and comfort to
the enemies of the United States. And at the same time, borrow
more money from a communist nation that demands guarantees
that they will be paid back with an undetermined interest.
It seems that the only way we can remove members of Con-
gress is when the FBI arrests them for their own greed in recorded
corruption when they get caught. And even then, when the FBI has
an obvious case, the pressure is beyond belief for the FBI to drop
the case or for the courts to claim something wasnt investigated
Congress has designed a political system that has the full in-
tent to divide the American
people. In 1892 Francis Bal-
lamy wrote the Pledge of Al-
legiance, and in all fve ver-
sions since its inception, the
word indivisible is present.
While some adjustments oc-
curred through the years, we
always remained indivisible,
meaning that we are united as
one people. Our forefathers wrote they did not want a party system
of government because they believed it would lead to corruption.
However, our party system of government lives to divide the
people against each other while Congress connects itself with in-
trigues. In fact when Steny Hoyer heard the people arguing back
and forth last night, he actually appeared that he loved it. When he
heard that arguing, he said, What a wonderful celebration of de-
mocracy. This quote from Congressman Hoyer can have several
meanings, one positive and one negative. You can be happy that
the people are heard, or happy that they are divided.
John Quincy Adams wrote: All the public business in Con-
gress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great dan-
ger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of
Roy Fedders
Dameron, Md.
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Some people like to swim. Others like
to bike. Still others like to run. Commander
John Lemmon, commanding offcer of Air
Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO
(VX-20) at Pax River, is doing all three on
Sunday, September 13, in Madison, Wiscon-
sin as he participates in the Ironman Wiscon-
sin. An Ironman distance triathlon consists
of a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile
bike ride and fnishes with a full marathon
26.2 miles of running! Commander Lem-
mon is taking part in this challenging event
to help raise money and awareness for diabe-
tes. His nine year old daughter, Brynn, was
diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she
was 6 years old, and ever since, the entire
Lemmon family has been involved in rais-
ing money for and awareness of diabetes.
I just want to do all I can for my little
girl and others suffering from this disease.
When you see what a diabetic has to go
through day in and day out, you just want
and pray for a cure. I frmly believe that a
cure is within our reach. The Juvenile Dia-
betes Research Foundation has made amaz-
ing strides in the treatment of diabetes, and
with continued funding, they will fnd a cure
hopefully in Brynns lifetime.
Since the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation has no offcial
avenue for an Ironman Fundraiser,
the Lemmon family registered for
the walk in Columbia, Md. where
interested donors can log in at www. and contribute un-
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Way, California, MD 20619.
Race for a Cure
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Annual Southern Maryland Amish 100 will be
held on Saturday, Sept. 19, starting at 7 a.m.
The Southern Maryland Amish 100 offers
four rides to accommodate cyclists of all skill
levels. This years event will feature a 37.5 mile
ride in honor of Marylands 375
There will also be 2 Metric Centuries, which
are 62 miles each, and an English Century,
which is 100 miles.
At the end of the ride have a refreshing
shower then stay and enjoy a free picnic lunch
of burgers, hot dogs, chips, sodas, and fruit all
prepared by Patuxent Velo.
The ride begins at Chopticon High School
in Clements, Md. Cyclists can register online
at or
tive/ or in person on the day of the event. Reg-
istration is open from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. on
the day of the ride and the registration fee must
be paid with cash or by check. Donations this
year are going to support the Three Notch Trail
a trail dedicated to the pedestrian and bicycle
For more information, please visit the
Patuxent Velo website at or
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The United Way of St. Marys County
Board of Directors and Honorary Campaign
Chairperson, Jane Sypher, will be celebrating
the United Way Campaign 2009 with a Kick-
Off Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009.
The breakfast at the J.T. Daugherty Center
in Lexington Park will mark the start of the an-
nual payroll deduction campaign. Doors open at
7 a.m. with a Breakfast Buffet to be served at
7:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets
are still available.
For additional information, please call
the United Way of St. Marys offce at 301-
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The titan arum fower is the largest fower in the world and gives off
a horrible odor that smells like rotting fesh when it blooms.
The state is offering small businesses and
individuals who owe back taxes an amnesty
period that will allow them to pay those taxes
free of penalty and at half the interest accrued.
The amnesty period began Sept. 1 and
runs through Oct. 30.
This tax amnesty holiday allows indi-
viduals, families, and small businesses who
may have fallen behind the opportunity to
make things right without excessive penalty or
interest, said Gov. Martin OMalley in a press
Consistent with many of the suggestions
weve received from members of the public,
were implementing this holiday as we work to
reform our government in these diffcult eco-
nomic times to make it more effcient and ef-
fective for the people of Maryland, he said.
It is estimated that for every $10 million
raised by the upcoming holiday, the state will
add $7.2 million to the General Fund. The re-
maining revenue will go toward local govern-
ments and the Transportation Trust Fund.
During the last such holiday in 2001, the
state collected $39.5 million in revenue.
Tax amnesty is a win-win for Mary-
landers and their government, said Senate
President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. It gives
families and businesses that have fallen behind
as a result of the global recession a one-time
opportunity to avoid penalties, and the state an
opportunity to collect sorely-needed revenue.
It is estimated that approximately 177,000
individual income tax accounts and 18,000
business tax accounts are delinquent in the
State of Maryland, accounting for as much as a
half billion dollars.
The two-month amnesty period provides
payment plan options for the Maryland Comp-
trollers offce. In order to be eligible for the
2009 holiday, all payments must be received by
Dec. 31, 2010.
For more information, go to the Maryland
Comptrollers Web site at www.marylandtax-, call 1-800-MDTAXES or visit www.
State Offers Tax Amnesty
The St. Marys County Chamber of Commerce will host the 2009 State of the County
Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the JT Daugherty Conference Center in Lexington Park.
The Board of County Commissioners will address the current status of the administra-
tion of the county and the challenges facing the county in the future.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Lunch includes Atlantic
salmon with a boneless chicken breast covered in a lemon caper sauce, a vegetable, a starch
and a mixed garden salad.
Prepaid reservations only, limited seating available. The cost is $25 for chamber mem-
bers and $28 for nonmembers.
Register online at or call 301-737-3001 for more information.
Commissioners Lunch with Chamber
Come down to the Square in Downtown
Historic Leonardtown on Sunday, Sept. 20,
from noon to 4 p.m. for this years Taste of St.
Local restaurants and caterers will be pro-
viding samples of their menu for visitors to pur-
chase. Food tickets will be sold at the event in
$1 denominations. Most vendors charge 1 to 3
tickets per item
Admission is free, parking is free, and there
will be free live entertainment and childrens
For more information, call the St. Marys
Chamber of Commerce at 301-737-3001.
Taste of St. Marys
Jennifer Misner, who grew up in St. Marys
County and graduated from Leonardtown High
School, remembers when Route 235 in Lexing-
ton Park was a two-lane road with two hotels on
She got her frst hotel job working on the
front desk for the Patuxent Inn (now the La
Quinta in Lexington Park) and it wasnt long
before she was promoted to night manager, then
front offce manager.
Later she opened and became the assistant
manager of the Hampton Inn and later opened
and managed the Fairfeld Inn, Marriotts frst
property in the county.
Just recently Misner opened and now man-
ages a third hotel along Route 235 the new
TownePlace Suites by Marriott near the Rue
Purchase/Buck Hewitt roads intersection.
Now here we are with all these hotels and
restaurants, she said about the development
that has sprung up along Route 235 near Patux-
ent River Naval Air Station in the last 15 years.
The new hotel, built by Baywood Hotels
based in Greenbelt, recently opened with 87
suites on three foors. It is Baywoods frst hotel
in the county; the group also owns a Courtyard
Marriott in Waldorf, among other properties.
All the suite rooms come with fully
equipped kitchens, pullout sofa beds, desks and
high speed Internet access (wired and wireless).
There is an indoor pool, barbecue area,
fre pit, 24-hour exercise room and guest laun-
dry and business center. The hotel also serves a
continental breakfast, and offers a 24-hour mar-
ket with food and beverages including beer and
For more information, go to www.mar-
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Above is the new TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel that recently opened off Route 235 in Lexington Park.
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Rear Admiral Patrick J. Lorge will speak at a breakfast hosted by The
Patuxent Partnership on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the J.T. Daugherty Conference
Center in Lexington Park.
The cost is $17 per person and reservations are required.
Rear Admiral Lorge is Commandant, Naval District Washington, Deputy
Commander, Joint Forces Headquarters National Capitol Region.
I am extremely pleased to have an opportunity to speak with The Patux-
ent Partnership, he said recently, Community partnerships like this are vital
to Naval District Washington as we move forward with long-term planning for
management of our installations. Community involvement is mutually benef-
cial as we assess our impact on local communities while preparing for the future
needs of the Navy.
Naval District Washington encompasses more than 4,000 square miles,
including the District of Columbia; the Maryland counties of Anne Arundel,
Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince Georges, and St. Marys,
and northern Virginia counties of Loudoun, Fauquier, Fairfax, Prince William,
Stafford King George, Westmoreland, Arlington and the cities within their out-
er boundaries.
As the regional provider of common operating support to Naval instal-
lations within a 100-mile radius of the Pentagon, Naval District Washingtons
role in the effcient delivery of services is key, said Bonnie Green, executive
director of the partnership.
We are extremely grateful that Admiral Lorge agreed to share some time
with us to discuss important considerations in the delivery of those services and
in the management of regional Naval facilities.
Attendees are urged to register in advance at
Seating can only be guaranteed for advance registrants.
The J. T. Daugherty Conference Center is located at 22111 Three Notch
Road, Lexington Park. Check-in and coffee service will begin at 7:30 a.m.,
with a full breakfast buffet beginning at 8 a.m. The program will adjourn by
9:30 a.m.
Checks can be mailed or delivered to the offces of The Patuxent Partner-
ship, located at 21789 North Coral Drive, Suite 2C, Lexington Park, MD 20653.
Visa or MasterCard payment can be accepted if paying for two or more attend-
ees. Call Linda Antemann at 301-866-1739 ext. 301 to pay by credit card.
Navy Commandant to Speak at Breakfast
The Lexington Park offce of defense contractor
Booz Allen Hamilton has contributed 100 copies of the
documentary With All Deliberate Speed: One High
Schools Story, to local libraries, colleges, historical
societies, and to the St. Marys Board of Education for
distribution to local schools.
Produced by Merideth Taylor of the St. Marys
College of Maryland Chair of Theater, the documen-
tary is about desegregation of Great Mills High School
between 1958 and 1972.
It is based on 18 oral histories drawn from more
than 30 interviews with former teachers, administra-
tors and students collected by Taylor with help from
students and teachers at Great Mills.
Raneene James, a county resident and senior con-
sultant at Booz Allen working at St. Inigoes, attended
the flms public screening at Great Mills High School
auditorium in June.
Several of Booz Allens employees in Lexington
Park attended Great Mills High School and James want-
ed to help make the flm part of the local school cur-
riculum. She collaborated with Taylor and approached
Booz Allen for funding to duplicate and distribute the
flm so that the broader Southern Maryland community
would have access to it for educational purposes.
This project is about awareness, involvement, and
having an impact on educating our community about
the history of St. Marys County, said James.
Booz Allens Lexington Park offce of more than
400 employees has a longstanding history of service to
the Southern Maryland community. In February, the
offce received a Booz Allen Excellence Award for its
community service program, which supports a variety
of efforts including the annual St. Marys County Ju-
neteenth Celebration honoring African American heri-
tage; Rebuilding Togethers National Rebuilding Day
through which volunteers repair low-income houses;
Tierra Troupers that teaches students healthy eating
habits and prepares them to run a 2k race; and a back-
to-school supplies
drive for Spring
Ridge Middle
Booz Allen Donates Copies Of
Desegregation Documentary
Raneene James
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Mary Ann (Owens) Hall,
Mary Ann (Owens) Hall,
75, of Leonardtown, MD died
August 30, 2009 at St. Marys
Nursing Home. Born October
22, 1933 in Redgate (Leonard-
town), MD she was the daughter
of the late Thomas J. and Marie
B. Heard Owens. She was the
loving wife of the late L. John-
son Hall whom she married on
October 22, 1956 in Immaculate
Conception Church, Mechan-
icsville, MD and who preceded
her in death on May 12, 1983 in
Washington, DC. She is survived
by her sisters; Betty Lou Knott
of Leonardtown, MD, Helen Ma-
rie Potts of Chaptico, MD and
Frances Veronica Owens of Cali-
fornia, MD. She was preceded in
death by her siblings A. Margue-
rite Norris, Thomas J. Owens, Jr.
and James A. Owens. A lifelong
resident of St. Marys County,
Mrs. Hall attended Our Ladys
School in Medleys Neck, where
she graduated from 8th grade in
The family received friends
for a visitation on Tuesday, Sep-
tember 1, 2009 from 5:00 8:00
PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner
Funeral Home, Leonardtown,
MD where prayers were said
at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Chris-
tian Burial was celebrated on
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier
Catholic Church, Compton, MD
with Fr. Ronald Potts officiating
and Fr. John Mattingly co-offici-
ating. Interment followed in Sa-
cred Heart Cemetery, Bushwood,
MD. Pallbearers were David A.
Guy, Jr., Glenn Hall, Don Potts,
Jay Clarke, Brooks Norris and
Maguire Hall.
Contributions may be made
to St. Francis Xavier Catholic
Church, 21370 Newtowne Neck
Road, Compton, MD 20627. To
leave a condolence for the fam-
ily please visit www.mgf
Arrangements provided by the
Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral
Home, P.A.
Grace Calhoun Horton,
Grace Calhoun Horton, 88,
of Solomons, Maryland, died of
respiratory failure August 28 in
Washington, D.C.
She was born July 12, 1921in
Selma, AL, to Otis Vaughn Cal-
houn and Mary Byrne Calhoun.
She graduated in 1943 from
Huntingdon College, Montgom-
ery, AL, where she was president
of her senior class. After work-
ing in the field of child welfare
from 1943-46, she pursued a
masters degree in social work at
the University of Chicago.
She was married to John
Ryder Horton in June 1947. Af-
ter he joined the Central Intelli-
gence Agency, she accompanied
him to posts in the Philippines,
Japan, Hong Kong, Uruguay and
Mexico. Three of their four chil-
dren were born overseas. While
in Hong Kong, she worked with
the International Social Service
in helping refugees from China,
primarily abandoned and orphan
children, find homes in America.
It was during that work that she
met the late Mabel Ingalls, who
at the time owned the Sotterley
Plantation in Hollywood, MD.
Her friendship with Mrs.
Ingalls led to the family being
invited to spend time at Sotter-
ley, beginning in 1962. In 1975,
on Mr. Hortons retirement from
the CIA, Mrs. Ingalls generously
made available to the Hortons
land near Sotterley, on which Mr.
Horton built a house overlooking
the Patuxent River. The Hor-
tons named their place Cornwa-
leys Fresh and lived there for the
next 25 years.
While living near Sotterley,
Mrs. Horton led and participated
in a wide variety of community
activities. She served on the Sot-
terley Foundation board of trust-
ees, including a term as a vice-
president. She was a charter
member of the League of Women
Voters chapter for St. Marys
County, serving two terms as
president. She was among the
founders of the Healthshare
agency, which assists low income
people in meeting health care
needs not funded by Medicare or
Medicaid. She served on the St.
Marys County human relations
committee, which focuses on
discrimination claims and issues,
as well as on the countys afford-
able housing commission. She
helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service by translating informa-
tion sent in Spanish from Central
America regarding banded birds.
She was an ardent and lifelong
Democrat, and a long-time mem-
ber of the Womens National
Democratic Club.
Throughout her life Mrs.
Horton read widely and occa-
sionally took college courses,
most recently at St. Marys Col-
lege of Maryland. After she and
her husband moved to the Asbury
Solomons Island retirement com-
munity in 2000, they led the ef-
fort to arrange for courses taught
by St. Marys College faculty to
be offered at Asbury Solomons.
In recognition of their leader-
ship, St. Marys College desig-
nated its program of community
courses as the Grace and John
Horton Explorations in Learning
She maintained her interest
in world events to virtually the
end of her life, most recently
through her involvement in the
Episcopal Churchs Millennium
Development Goals program.
She and her husband attend-
ed Patuxent Presbyterian Church
while living at Sotterley, and at-
tended St. Peters Chapel after
moving to Solomons.
Her husband, John R. Hor-
ton, died in 2007. She leaves
four children, Andrew M. Hor-
ton of Falmouth, Maine, Mary C.
Horton of Washington, D.C., Da-
vid R. Horton of St.Johnsbury,
Vermont, and Jane B. Horton
of Decatur, Georgia, and seven
grandchildren, as well as a sis-
ter, Margaret McIlwain of North
Carolina; a sister-in-law, Jane
Cabanyes of Madrid, Spain, and
many nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be
held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Septem-
ber 26, at the Middleham Cha-
pel, 10210 H.G. Trueman Rd.,
Lusby, MD. In lieu of f lowers,
the family suggests a donation
to the St. Marys College Foun-
dation, designated for the Grace
and John Horton Explorations in
Learning Program, at the follow-
ing address: Office of Lifelong
Learning, St. Marys College of
Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd,.
St. Marys City, MD 20686-
3001. Arrangements provided
by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A.,
Lusby, MD.
Nancy Nanny Ann
Ryce, 65
Nancy Nanny Ann Ryce,
65 of Brandywine, MD died at
Civista Hospital on August 24,
2009. She was born in Greens-
boro, NC on May 1, 1044 to the
late Sigmund and Lola Hatcher
Milloff. She grew up in Wash-
ington, DC and graduated for
Anacostia High School. She had
been a medical secretary for the
federal government until illness
forced her to retire. She became
a devoted Christian early in life
and lived to serve God and her
church, Bethel Baptist, where
she often played the violin dur-
ing services. She also enjoyed
yard sales, crafts and shopping.
She is survived by her son,
Steven (Carol) of California,
MD; daughter Patricia (Jim
Eury) Ryce of Wilmington, NC;
brother, Timothy (Janet) Milloff
of Alexandria, VA; sister Kath-
erine Carter, Alicia (Dan) Hef-
fentreger and Patricia Renke, all
of Brandywine; former husband
Charles Ryce, also of Brandy-
wine; seven grandchildren and
the members of her church fam-
ily. Her sister, Barbara Shane
predeceased her.
Funeral services were held
on August 28, 2009 at Bethel
Baptist Church. Rev. Mack Bur-
ton officiated. Interment fol-
lowed at Cedar Hill Cemetery
in Suitland, MD. Pallbearers
were Charles Edwards, Dustin,
Fred and Adam Lincoln, Samuel
Carter, Thomas Shane and Ste-
ven Eury.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Bethel Baptist
Church, 6705 Boots Lane, L-
Plate, MD 20646.
Arrangements provided by
Raymond-Wood Funeral Home,
Dunkirk, MD.
Donald St. Don, 67
Donald St. Don, 67, of Piney
Point, MD died August 27, 2009
at his residence peacefully with
his family by his side.
Born December 13, 1941 in
New Bedford, MA, he was the
son of the late Napoleon and
Emma St. Don.
Don served in the U.S. Navy
from 1959 to 1963; he was an avid
waterman catching crabs and
oysters, he also enjoyed working
in his workshop with his friends.
He loved to be with his family as
much as he could.
Mr. St. Don is survived
by his loving wife Cecelia St.
Don, children; Jim and part-
ner Cheryl, Tammy and son-in-
law Eric, Vicki and son-in-law
Kenny, Scott and partner Leigh,
grandchildren; Michael and wife
Mandy, Jason and partner Kris-
ten, Deb and fianc T.J., Heather,
Spencer, Sydni, and Johnathan,
great-grandchildren, Chase and
Marissa, also survived by two
brother and two sisters.
Family received friends on
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in
the Brinsfield Funeral Home,
P.A., Leonardtown, MD where
a Memorial Service was held at
2:00 p.m. with Father Lee Fang-
meyer officiating. Interment
was private.
Memorial contributions may
be made to St. Michaels Catho-
lic Church, P.O. Box 429, Ridge,
MD 20680
Condolences to the family
may be made at www.brinsfield-
Arrangements provided by
the Brinsfield Funeral Home,
P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Catherine Bernadette
Jordan-Tyer (Berna-
dette) 55
Catherine Bernadette Jor-
dan-Tyer (Bernadette) 55, of
California, MD was born Au-
gust 25, 1954 in Baltimore, MD
to the late Joseph H. Jordan Sr.
and Mary E. Jordan (Bessie).
She departed this life on August
25, 2009, at St. Marys Hospital,
Leonardtown, MD.
Bernadette was educated
in the St. Marys County Public
School System. At an early age,
she accepted Jesus as her person-
al lord and savior and was bap-
tized into the family of God.
Bernadette is survived by her
children, Preston A. Tyer (Mary
Frances) and Crystal C. Flem-
ing (Mark). She is also survived
by her grandchildren: Felicity
Charmaine Lord, Mark Anthony
Trey Fleming, and Christian
Ryan Fleming.
In addition, Bernadette is
survived by three sisters: Joan
Jordan of Mechanicsville, MD;
Thelma Strickland of Mechan-
icsville, MD; Rose (Kenneth)
Walters of Columbia, MD; three
brothers, Lawrence A. (Darlene)
Jordan of Fort Washington, MD;
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James G. (Jacqualyn) Jordan of
Hines, GA; Michael (Christine)
Jordan of Leonardtown, MD; sis-
ters-in-law: Juliet Young, Sandra
Fenwick, and Catherine Munos;
brother-in-law, James Plowden;
Aunts: Catherine Jordan and
Martha Brooks; Nieces and
nephews: Renae, Todd, Moneta,
Cheneda, Tomeika, James Greg-
ory, Jr., Ernie, Kafi, Tara, Ken-
neth, Lawrence, Natalie, Shante,
Michael Jr. and Tanya.
There was nothing Berna-
dette enjoyed more than spending
time with her family and friends.
She was close to all of her nieces
and nephews. They could talk
with her if they couldnt talk with
anyone else. Bernadette was tru-
ly a people person. There were
no strangers to her, just friends
she had yet to make.
Bernadette lived in a few
different states including Dela-
ware, Georgia and Maryland.
Throughout her professional ca-
reer, she worked in many differ-
ent trades. Those included care-
giver for the sick, nursing assis-
tant and various industries as a
forklift driver. Of all the jobs
she performed in her lifetime,
her most favorite occupation was
being a grandmother!
Bernadette enjoyed playing
softball, fishing, and entertain-
ing family and friends as only
she could. It wasnt uncommon
to see her just laid back being
Ma and Aunt BJ and showing
straight out like she was a teen-
ager again.
Lastly, she leaves to mourn a
special friend, Keri Ann Lester.
The family received friends
on Monday, August 31, 2009
from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
in St. Josephs Catholic Church,
Morganza, MD with a Mass of
Christian Burial celebrated at
10:00 a.m. The Reverend Keith
Woods was the celebrant. Inter-
ment followed in the Queen of
Peace Cemetery, Helen, MD.
Condolences to the family
may be made at www.brinsfield- Arrangements by
the Brinsfield Funeral Home,
P.A. in Leonardtown, MD.
Susan Wallace Williams,
Susan Wallace Williams, 62,
of Great Mills, MD passed away
August 23, 2009 in Leonardtown,
Born June 26, 1947 in East
Chicago, IN, she was the daugh-
ter of the late T.C. Wallace, Sr.
and Katherine L. (Johnson) Wal-
lace. She was educated at Toll-
eston High School in Gary, IN
and attended Purdue University
in Lafayette, IN. She was a reg-
istered nurse for over thirty years
and a dedicated public servant.
She was a member of First Mis-
sionary Baptist Church where
she was surrounded by her loving
church family. Her only brother,
Dr. T.C. Wallace, Jr., family and
friends will remember her as a
wonderful, caring, giving, and
loving member of society.
Susan is survived by her
brother, Dr. T.C. Wallace, Jr. of
Washington Township, MI. In
addition to her parents, she was
preceded in death by her hus-
band of twenty five years, Odell
Family received friends on
Saturday, August 29, 2009 from
9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in the
Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955
Hollywood Road, Leonardtown,
MD 20650. A Funeral Service
was held at 10:00 a.m. in the
Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel
by Reverend Roderick McClana-
han. Interment was in the Quan-
tico National Cemetery, Triangle,
VA on Tuesday, September 1,
2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Condolences to the family
may be made www.brinsfieldfu-
Arrangements by the Brins-
field Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
ardtown, MD.
Martin Joseph Rocky
Willis Jr., 84
Martin Joseph Rocky Wil-
lis Jr., 84, of Lexington Park,
MD died August 12, 2009, at the
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.
Born November 14, 1924, in
Clanton, AL, he was the son of
the late Martin Joseph Willis, Sr.
and Virgie Mimms Willis.
He is survived by his wife of
64 years, Marion Grace Willis,
his daughter, Sharen Dyson and
son, Charles Willis of Lexington
Park, MD and son, Larry Willis
of Verbena, AL. He is also sur-
vived by grandchildren, Michelle
Marble, Jennifer Sivak, George
Owens, and Mark Owens all of
Lexington Park, MD and Con-
nie Walden of Parrish, FL, Tina
Smith of Cattletsburg, KY, Sandy
Moton of Thorsby, AL, and Mar-
tin Joseph Willis, III, of Clanton,
AL, eleven great-grandchildren
and four great-great grandchil-
dren. He is also survived by his
brother Joseph A. Willis of Clan-
ton, AL. He was predeceased by
his siblings, Jimmy Willis, Bill
Willis, Ed Willis, Sadie Foshee,
and Eunice Wilson.
Mr. Willis attended school in
Clanton, AL. In October, 1941 he
joined the U. S. Navy. He attended
aviation ordinance schools at Nor-
folk and Dahlgren, VA. His time
serving his country during World
War II was spent in the Pacific, in
the Solomons and New Hebrides.
He also served during the Korean
War. He spent twenty-one years
in the Navy, including squadron
time at San Diego, CA, Patuxent
River, MD, and Quonset Point,
RI, and time at sea serving aboard
aircraft carriers, USS Leyte, USS
Bon Homme Richard, USS Ben-
nington, and USS Ranger. His
final tour of duty, which brought
him back to St. Marys County,
MD in 1960, was as Navy Re-
cruiter in Washington, DC.
After retirement from the
Navy, Rocky Willis worked
for WKIK radio station in Leon-
ardtown, MD, broadcasting from
1962 to 1964, when he left and
went to work at WPTX radio
station in Lexington Park, MD,
until 1978. During these years
on the air, he became known for
his love of onion sandwiches and
his daily sign off Lord willing
and the creeks dont rise. He is
also remembered for the remote
broadcasts from around the coun-
ty and the boat races. In addition
to his radio work in St. Marys
County, Rocky Willis played
a little hillbilly and country mu-
sic over the years. In the 50s he
had a band, The Patuxent Play-
boys, that played the popular
honkey tonks of the day. In the
60s and 70s the band was The
Bacca Patch Playboys, which
was a regular at the old Oakwood
Lodge in Piney Point, MD, as well
as many other venues. Mr. Willis
was also active in civic organi-
zations in St. Marys County. He
was on the board of directors for
the newly established St. Marys
County Chamber of Commerce,
of which he also served as presi-
dent; he was a member of the Lex-
ington Park Rotary Club, the St.
Marys County Elks Lodge, and
the Fleet Reserve Association. In
1978, Rocky and his wife, Mar-
ion, moved back to his hometown
of Clanton, AL, where he could
spend some time with his brothers
and sisters and their families, and
his oldest son and his family, af-
ter having spent years in MD with
his daughter and her family, his
younger son, and the many friends
made over the years. He remained
there until his health deteriorated,
then moved back to Lexington
Park in July, 2008, where he lived
out his life close to his family in
Maryland. Before he passed away,
he once again enjoyed stuffed
ham, fried oysters and hard crabs
in the place he had once called
home. His final days were spent
at the Charlotte Hall Veterans
Home, where he received wonder-
ful compassionate care.
The family received friends
for Rockys Life Celebration on
Sunday, August 30, 2009 from
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the
Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955
Hollywood Road, Leonardtown,
MD 20650. A memorial service
was conducted at 2:00 p.m. Inter-
ment will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Charlotte Hall
Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte
Hall Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD
20622, Lexington Park Volunteer
Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lex-
ington Park, MD 20653, or Hos-
pice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625,
Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Condolences to the family
may be made at www.brinsfield-
Arrangements by the Brins-
field Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
ardtown, MD.
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A report released by St. Marys County Public Schools
shows that they administered 1,628 Advanced Placement
(AP) exams in May 2009, an increase from last years ad-
ministrationof the exam.
Chopticon High School administered 346 exams;
Great Mills High School administered 474 exams; and
Leonardtown High School administered 808 exams.
Countywide, 999 students participated in the AP exam
program, and the number of African Americans participat-
ing in the program is at an all time high with 92 students
taking 132 exams.
Students who receive a score of 3 or higher on these
exams can receive college credit for the
AP course they complete. For the 2009
school year, the county school system
had more students taking more tests, and
all high schools posted increases in the percentage of stu-
dents obtaining a 3 or higher on the AP exams.
For all exams given, 805 exams or 49.4 percent
achieved a score of 3 or higher. At Chopticon High School,
50.5 percent of the exams obtained a score of 3 or higher; at
Great Mills High School, 39.7 percent obtained a 3 or high-
er. Leonardtown High School led all county high schools
with 54.8 percent scoring a 3 or higher. Leonardtown had
106 tests score a perfect score of 5. This was 26 more tests
with a perfect score than in 2008 and is the highest number
of perfect scores on record.
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a lower chance of developing allergies when they grow older.
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
The topic of synthetic grass
felds at St. Marys County public
schools has been going on for quite
some time, but at the Sept. 29 Board
of Education meeting, there will be
action placed behind those words.
Andrew Roper, the head of physical
education and athletics for St. Marys
County Public Schools, will announce
the beginning of a feasibility study
that will look into the possibility of
installing turf at the three local high
schools (Chopticon, Great Mills and
It will be an informational item
so the board has an understanding
of the level of interest of turf felds,
Roper says.
Roper says everyone from ath-
letes to parents have long campaigned
for synthetic felds, which while expensive, would reduce mainte-
nance costs and give each program a place to play without worrying
about weather delays or fnding alternate felds.
We want to look at the advantages of having turf felds and using
them for physical education as well, he said. You
can play on these felds 24 hours a day, seven days a
week without eroding and tearing them up.
From a competitive standpoint, the county
schools in various sports have long faced a diffcult
battle come regional and state playoff time because
of the surfaces available to schools in different
Roper cited feld hockey and lacrosse as two
examples of teams that suffer from playing on
eroded grass.
When those teams go up the road, they have a
disadvantage that they go up against, Roper says.
Turf affects the way the game is played.
The feasibility study will come from within
the Public Schools department (Support Services
and the Physical Education Department, to be
specifc) and no timetable has been set, but Roper
hopes his presentation in a little over three weeks
will get the ball rolling if the County schools will
have turf in the future.
[The presentation] will bring the board up to
speed, and if down the road they vote on it, they
will have the information necessary, he says.
Roper Preparing For Turf Presentation
St. Marys County Public Schools students ex-
ceeded national and state averages on the Scholastic
Achievement Tests with an average combined score of
1559 out of 2400.
We are extremely proud of our students perfor-
mance on this years SAT, said Dr. Michael J. Marti-
rano, superintendent of schools. The county average
of 1559 surpasses our 2006 county average of 1534
which was an all-time high for the school system. Our
student, parents, teachers, counselors, and adminis-
trators are to be commended for their hard work that
contributed to higher levels of student performance on
the SAT this year.
The SAT includes a Critical Reading, Math, and
Writing section, and includes expanded math topics
such as exponential growth, absolute value and func-
tional notation. The SAT places greater emphasis on
topics such as linear functions, manipulations with
exponents, and properties of tangent lines.
The critical reading section, formerly known as
the verbal section, includes short reading passages
along with the existing long reading passages. Analo-
gies have been eliminated, but sentence-completion
questions and passage-based reading questions re-
main. The writing section includes both multiple-
choice questions and a direct writing measure in the
form of an essay.
SAT Scores Exceed National
and State Averages
St. Marys County Public Schools ex-
ceeded the state average in the recently re-
leased Science portion of the Maryland State
Assessment. The systems ffth grade stu-
dents rank seventh in the state among the 24
counties; eighth grade students are eighth in
the state.
Students in grades 5 and 8 take the Sci-
ence MSA in the spring. The ffth grade test
assesses science concepts
from grades 4 and 5; the
eighth grade test measures
concepts taught in grades
6, 7, and 8. Science MSA
scores are not factored into
Adequate Yearly Progress calculations.
These achievements can be directly at-
tributed to the alignment of our instruction
with the Science State Curriculum, rigorous
expectations, and an inquiry approach to in-
struction, stated Dr. Michael Martirano, su-
perintendent of schools. We recognize the
continued efforts of our outstanding teachers
to support all students toward high levels of
achievement. SMCPS continues to be a very
high achieving school system as measured
on another important state test. We are proud
of our students and our staff.
St. Marys Surpasses State Averages on Science MSA
St. Marys College will hold a workshop for any-
one who wants to learn more about lobbying tech-
niques on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15
p.m. at Daugherty Palmer Commons on campus.
The six-hour, Debating for Democracy workshop,
or D4D on the Road, is designed to provide new and
seasoned political activists with tools and tactics to get
their message to elected offcials and other community
I am very pleased that D4D is coming to St.
Marys, said Michael Cain, the director of the Cen-
ter for the Study of Democracy. Many of our students
go on to work in both Annapolis and Washington in
government, law, nonprofts and other types of public
service. This is another opportunity for them to get out
the classroom and experience how to infuence public
The workshop is open to students, faculty, alumni
and community leaders. There is no cost, but registra-
tion is required and space is limited.
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of De-
mocracy, Project Pericles and the Spencer Founda-
tion, the training is conducted by Midwest Academy,
a national training institute that has trained more than
25,000 grassroots activists.
Last year, St. Marys students participated in a
similar event with Project Pericles at Swarthmore Col-
lege. Project Pericles is a nonproft organization of se-
lect schools that encourages social responsibility and
participatory citizenship as an essential part of educa-
tion. St. Marys College and the Center for the Study
of Democracy has been a member of Project Pericles
since 2003.
For more information, go to http://stmarysd4d. for information and to register.
Learn How to Lobby
SMCPS Maryland % Diference
Grade 5 73.3 63.7 +9.6
Grade 8 76.3 65.3 +11
Grades 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
5 59 79 90 96 110 149

4 142 193 220 218 205 204

3 240 327 436 402 377 452

2 298 411 588 432 387 437

1 216 376 488 342 467 386
# of Tests
955 1386 1822 1490 1546 1628
% of 3 or
46.2% 43.2% 40.9% 48.1% 44.8% 49.4%
Number of
594 806 999 897 902 999
AP Exam Participation Rises
St. Marys Countys athletic programs are at a disadvantage without turf, says public school offcial
Andrew Roper.
Photo By Frank Marquart
Photo By Frank Marquart
Synthetic Turf, like at North Points Eagle Stadium in Waldorf, could soon be coming to the public schools of St.
Marys County.
Source: St. Marys County Public Schools
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Theft Investigation Leads To Drug Seizure, Arrests
Bureau of Criminal Investigations detectives investigating a theft scheme that occurred
between April 10 and April 24, 2009, conducted a search and seizure warrant at a residence in
Mechanicsville on Aug. 26, 2009. During the service of the warrant, Jonathan L. Butler, 21, was
found to be in possession of cocaine. He was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous
substance and incarcerated at the St. Marys County Detention Center. Patricia A. Butler, 51,
was arrested and charged with theft scheme over $500, theft over $500, and theft under $500.
Her arrest was the result of an investigation into the obtaining of fraudulent money orders valued
at over $9,000. She was also incarcerated in the St. Marys County Detention Center.

Woman Charged With Assault
On Aug. 26, 2009, deputies responded to a residence on Aspen Way in Lexington Park for
a report of an assault. The investigation revealed Javonnie Kimberly Harper, 25, of Lexington
Park, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault
when Harper allegedly struck the victim several times. Harper was arrested and charged with
second-degree assault.

Woman Charged With Violating Protective Order
On Feb. 17, 2009, Judge Cathy Serrette issued a protective order, ordering no contact be-
tween Shadreka Kamya Barnes, 18, of no fxed address, and the petitioner of the order. The
protective order was served on Barnes and is currently in effect. On Aug. 26, 2009, deputies re-
sponded to the Sheetz in Great Mills for a report of a fght in progress. The investigation revealed
Barnes had allegedly assaulted the victim and was in violation of the protective order. Barnes
was arrested and charged with second degree assault and violation of a protective order.

Philip H. Dorsey III
Attorney at Law
-Serious Personal Injury Cases-
LEONARDTOWN: 301-475-5000
TOLL FREE: 1-800-660-3493
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The county sheriff says that the illegal use
of all terrain vehicles on public roads remains
a serious problem even in the wake of a serious
crash last month involving two people on such
a vehicle who crashed into a motorist driving
a van.
We have a signifcant number of com-
plaints from communities throughout the coun-
ty about ATVs being driven on public roads,
said Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron.
But ATVs arent the only problem, he
Residents in communities who call for
sheriffs offce aid in
stopping ATV drivers
on local roads some-
times fnd themselves
the subject of police
attention when theyre
caught driving ve-
hicles like golf carts
on the same thorough-
fares, which are not
registered or insured.
The main diff-
culty so far, Cameron
said, has been track-
ing down ATVs driv-
ing illegally once they
have been reported
because they can slip
away off of local roads
back into the woods or
other trails.
Cars just cant
go where those ATVs
can, Cameron said.
Were looking at try-
ing some new things.
Cameron told The
County Times that he
is considering using
unmarked crime lab vehicles manned by depu-
ties with cameras to surveil local roads in the
hunt for illegal ATVs in an effort to stop them.
While the standard vehicle could not give
chase to an ATV rider, Cameron said, the pho-
tos could be used in their prosecution.
Thats evidence and we can charge them,
Cameron said.
After the driver is charged, Cameron said,
the deputies making the arrest would most
likely confscate the ATV.
Were still researching that, Cameron
said of the plan under consideration. But I
dont mind people knowing.
The crash that focused attention on ATVs
once again occurred Aug. 17 when two men,
one 23 and the other 27 years old, driving
along Sky View Road in Mechanicsville col-
lided with an 82-year-old motorist driving
along eastbound Golden Beach Road after the
driver of the ATV failed to stop at a stop sign,
according to police reports.
Though no one was killed in the accident,
all three had to be transported to area hospitals
for treatment.
Sheriff: ATVs On County Roads Will
Be Target Of Enforcement
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A District Court judge has ordered that a
man charged with frst-degree arson as well as
burglary, assault and property destruction be
subjected to a mental health evaluation.
Garrett Wayne Thomas, 20, of Lexington
Park, remains incarcerated at the county deten-
tion center on a $20,000 bond that must be paid
in full for his release.
Information from the Maryland State Fire
Marshals offce states that in the early morn-
ing hours of Aug. 28, Sylvan Court homeowner
Xavier Brunette awoke after hearing a popping
noise outside his house; he went downstairs to
investigate and found his front porch was on
Brunette extinguished the fre but also
found a man, later determined to be Thomas,
standing near where the fre had originally
started, charging documents fled in District
Court state.
Court papers also allege that Thomas en-
tered Brunettes home as Brunette was putting
out the fre and yelled for everyone to leave the
Brunettes son saw the man leave the house
but lost track of where he went, charging docu-
ments stated. Deputies later caught up with
Thomas at his home and arrested him, charging
him with frst-degree arson.
As he was being transported to the deten-
tion center, Thomas kicked Deputy Scott Ruest
several times in the arms and hands as Ruest
tried to restrain him from attempting to kick out
the windows in his patrol cruiser, according to
charging documents.
Thomas also faces charges of fourth-de-
gree burglary, second-degree assault and mali-
cious destruction of property.
Evaluation Ordered For Man
Charged With Arson
Photo by Andy Phillips
Three people were injured and taken to the hospital after an all terrain vehicle
(above) and a van collided at the intersection of Sky View and Golden Beach roads
in Mechanicsville on Aug. 17. The Sheriffs Offce is looking at new ways to enforce
existing laws that prohibit driving ATVs on public roads.
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On The
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The rules of the evening were mostly cen-
tered around keeping the debate over health care
reform civil and orderly at the town hall meeting
hosted by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
in Waldorf on Tuesday night.
But opponents of current health care pro-
posals would have none of that.
Hoyer, who represents Southern Maryland,
was greeted alternately with cheers and boos
from some of the 1,500 people who packed the
North Point High School gymnasium.
Opponents and supporters of Hoyer and
his efforts to pass sweeping health care reform
took turns trying to drown each other out during
the nights town hall and were seemingly evenly
The event was a frst for Hoyer.
I have never had a town meeting as large
as this, Hoyer told the crowd.
Hoyer explained provisions of fve differ-
ent bills making their way through the Congress
and Senate for nearly half an hour, claiming that
Democrat-supported health care reform would
help citizens keep their insurance and reduce
costs and he even had four supporters of the
bill, including a physician, business owner and a
former St. Marys County administrator, George
Forrest, speak on the reforms.
But many in the crowd roundly booed Hoy-
ers panel members as they spoke, claiming they
were wasting precious time to ask questions.
We dont want to hear these people! one
person shouted from the crowd.
We dont care! shouted another.
Some got so disgusted with what they be-
lieved was a ploy to eat up time that they got up
and left.
Im not going to waste my time, said Jack
Fullerton of Port Tobacco. Its like theyre wast-
ing their time on purpose.
Fullerton said he didnt like the yelling that
pervaded the meeting and that it didnt elevate
the debate, though he said he did not support
current health care reforms.
It doesnt get anywhere, Fullerton said.
He [Hoyer] takes 10 minutes to get to the po-
dium and its the same song and dance on TV.
April Burke from Mechanicsville was the
frst to speak that evening and said that she was
already enrolled in a state plan to cover her son
and daughter who had lost their jobs.
Why should I want to go and have the
government get into my business, she asked
I would think youd be for this program,
Hoyer said, since the reforms provides for people
to keep their insurance even if unemployed.
Hoyer said that the reforms should give
Burke and her family more confdence.
No sir, she said. We want government
out of our business.
Thunderous applause and shouting
Public Option
Hoyer said that a public option in the re-
forms, which he supports, would allow for a
lower cost, competitive option for families bur-
dened by high health care costs.
No matter how sick you get youll never
have to pay more than $5,000 out of pocket or
more than $10,000 for your family, Hoyer said
of the reforms provisions, adding that citizens
could still keep their current, private coverage.
No one would be required to join the pub-
lic plan, Hoyer said.
Hoyer also said that so-called death pan-
els were a myth and that the reforms expressly
stated that no federal money would go to pay for
illegal immigrants.
No illegal aliens are covered by this bill,
Hoyer said.
His statement was met with raucous boos
when opponents yelled that there were no provi-
sions in at least one of the bills to verify whether
someone was an illegal immigrant.
I dont know about any language on veri-
fcation, Hoyer said, but added that it was the
duty of society to help anyone requiring medi-
cal attention in an emergency no matter their
immigration status.
Charles Micallef, of Hollywood, spoke in
support of a public option however, saying that
his son pays $800 a month for medical insur-
ance and has a $5,000 deductible while strug-
gling to support infant children.
Its unacceptable, Micallef said. We
need a public option.
His comments were cheered and booed.
Mary McHugh, of Chesapeake Beach, said
the public option should be kept in any compre-
hensive reform package.
She railed against the actions of some in-
surance companies for denying care to those
deemed too sick or with too many pre-existing
Hoyer said that the reforms would eliminate
that practice from the insurance industry.
The denying of care is wrong, McHugh
said, praising Hoyer. Without a public option
we wont have enough ability to keep the insur-
ance companies honest.
Spiraling Costs
Many were concerned about the spiraling
costs of health care reform brought on by liabil-
ity lawsuits and also about how the sprawling
health care reform package would be paid for.
What specifc plans do you have to imple-
ment tort reforms in this state? asked Mike
Magee, an orthopedist living in Anne Arundel
County and practicing in Prince Georges. If
you dont have answers, then why not?
Hoyer said that tort reform was a controver-
sial and critical issue, but did not appear to be a
part of any of the legislative reforms in the works
right now.
I intend to look at this very seriously, Hoy-
er said. We want to prevent specious suits.
When Hoyers opponent in last years con-
gressional race, Republican Collins Bailey, won
a chance to speak, he asked about the potential
cost increases upon passing reforms.
The Congressional Budget Offce has is-
sued two separate reports stating that the re-
forms proffered by President Barack Obama
would actually increase costs and increase the
defcit by more than $1 trillion.
Do you see that causing an increase in
taxes or the defcit? Bailey asked of Hoyer.
Neither, Hoyer replied to some jeers.
Hoyer said later that the government was
looking at ways to pay for the health care re-
forms, one of which was to tax health benefts.
Hoyer admitted that many of the proposals
to pay for reforms were likely unpopular.
Paying for things is unpopular, Hoyer
said. I said it would be paid for, not that it would
pay for itself. But I believe in the long term
the bill will save us all money.
Hoyer Speaks To
A House Divided
Photo by Frank Marquart
Photo by Frank Marquart
Margaret Thompson, of Waldorf, chides protesters about having a more civil debate over health care reform.
Congressman Hoyer greets the crowd as he enters the
gymnasium at North Point High School in Waldorf with his
security detail.
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By Linda Reno
Contributing Writer
On April 3, 1846 a meeting to transact
business occurred in Charlotte Hall that would
result in the death of one of the participants
and the arrest of two others for murder. What
happened that day was reported in newspapers
all over the U.S. as far away as New Orleans,
Louisiana and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Those involved were George G. Ashcom,
James Thomas Blackistone, John Henry Thom-
as, and George Thomas. Before the meeting
even started, Ashcom and John Thomas be-
came involved in a heated argument. Ashcom
complained that William Thomas (Johns fa-
ther) had cheated Ashcoms sister in a previous
business transaction to which Mr. Thomas
replied I am responsible for my fathers acts.
In reply Mr. Ashcom said I will not consider
you responsible (I will here say Mr. Ash-
com is between 50 and 60 years of age; John
H. Thomas between 21 and 22) so far as my
sister is concerned. She has a son able and
willing to avenge her wrongs, to whom I refer
you. Mr. Ashcom afterwards characterized the
conduct of Mr. Thomas father in strong and
harsh language. Mr. Thomas remonstrating
that the present was not a t occasion to settle
such matters, Mr. Ashcom said I wish the whole
community to know the conduct of your father
and spoke of it in strong language.
According to Blackistone, Ashcom raised
his loaded whip to strike John Thomas. George
Thomas (Johns uncle) intervened, hit Ashcom
and jerked the whip from his hand. As soon
as he lost the whip, Mr. Ashcom raised his vest
and drew a dirk with a blade some ve or six
inches long, and pressed upon the retreating
gentlemen, making lunges at them, fortunately
without doing injury, until they became crowd-
ed together at the door, and here, as he had
his arm raised and was apparently in the act
of plunging the weapon into the breast of Mr.
George Thomas, John H. Thomas drew a pistol
and red, the ball penetrating the skull above
and behind the right ear.
Dr. John Broome (cousin of George Ash-
com but also related by marriage) disagreed
with Blackistones account saying The
Friends of Mr. Ashcom have seen with regret
publications circulating through the State in
regard to the melancholy affair transacted at
Charlotte Hall on the 3rd inst. calculated to
forestall the public mind, and leave with it im-
pressions in glaring and positive opposition to
the facts in the case.
Wishing nothing more nor less than that
strict justice be done to all parties to that un-
happy affair, I submit the following statement,
based upon facts of positive proof, and on
evidence of indubitable validity; fully corrobo-
rated by the concurrent testimony of the many
witnesses present upon that occasion, and by
the deposition of Mr. Ashcom himself (taken by
a Magistrate of intelligence far above the gen-
eral order of such ofcers) when calm, in the
full employment of all his mental faculties, and
fully aware of his impending dissolution:
..At this stage of the affair, Mr. Blakis-
tone and Mr. George Thomas advanced to-
wards Mr. Ashcom. Mr. Blakistone uttering
the following I will not allow such epithets
to my father-in-law. [James T. Blackistone
was married to Ann M. Thomas, sister of John
Henry Thomas. The Thomas siblings were the
children of William Thomas and his rst wife,
Elizabeth Tubman].
The reconctre ensured; Mr. Ashcoms rid-
ing whip was wrested from him, and with it
a severe blow was inicted on his head. Mr.
Ashcom advanced towards them, Mr. George
Thomas holding in his uplifted hand a pair of
re tongs--Mr. Blakistone pointing a pistol at
the person of Mr. Ashcom, who (with drawn
dirk) remarked Shoot--I do not regard your
At this stage of the affair, (a gentleman
interposing to prevent Mr. Ashcoms advance)
John H. Thomas, who was standing
aloof some 8 or 9 feet behind Mr. Ash-
com, took deliberate aim with a pistol,
and lodged its contents in the back part
of his head, a little above the occipital
protuberance. He fell apparently life-
less; and there lay smothering in his own
blood--an upright and valuable citizen-
-an efcient member of his church--the
friend, yet the main stay and support of
the numerous poor of his neighborhood.
Here I would close, but my connection
with Mr. Ashcom requires that I should
briey consider that marvelous card,
over the response by the name of James
T. Blakistone, appearing in the Balti-
more Patriot of the 6th instant, which
has been seen (by all knowing the facts
in that affray) with perfect surprise and
complete astonishment.
To be continued.
Dear Readers, you will note that
I often use italics in relating a story as
I am quoting from an original source,
e.g., newspapers, wills, letters. Space
limitations prohibit inclusion of sourc-
es in the articles, but if you want them,
contact me.
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With Imaginary Friends Like These
By Andrea Shiell
Staff Writer
Imagine six music stages with 10 bands on each stage (up to 140 bands)
performing everything from punk to folk to metal in shifts for two days in St.
Marys County.
If it sounds too good to be true, residents should go ahead and pinch them-
selves, because Park Rock Fest 2009 will be turning up the amps this weekend
at Chancellors Run Regional Park.
This will be the festivals seventh year, sponsored by the Power Jam Music
Alliance, a franchise of My Brothers Place in Waldorf, and St. Marys County.
This years festival will be spotlighting several headlining acts, as all the
stages will be shut down in the evening except for the Field Stage, which will be-
come the Main Stage. The Main Stage will be featuring a national major act and
opening acts by bands that won at a
Special Park Rock Battle of the Bands
that was held in June and July.
Southern Marylands Kneel to
Zod, who have performed with na-
tional and local artists including An-
thrax, Kings X, Hotwire, Suisonic,
Stumati B, Erotikill, Next of Kin,
Slowburn Shift, Episode One, Arse-
nic and Cringe (to name a few) will
take the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Mechanicsvilles Eternal Winter
will come next. Created in 2002 by vocal-
ist/guitarist Matthew Knight and band mate
Gordon Burchell, the group began writing
songs based on a fantasy concept story they
collaborated on week after week. Years later
their 2009 Demo has drawn enough attention
that the band has decided to begin recording
their rst ever full-
length album.
Last but not
least on Saturday will be Sick Circle from Alexan-
dria, VA. Formed in 2002 by guitarist Debbie Barlow
and Dave Phelps, the band took a break when Barlow
was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2004. Since
Debbie has recovered the band has returned to the
hard rock circuit and are working on a new album set
to be released in 2010.
Sunday night the stages are
set to close again to make way
for Dropout Year, a pop-punk
group from Owings Mills. Fea-
turing lead vocalist Steve Reter,
guitarists Brandon Reter and
Adam Goodman, bassist Dan Ciarrocchi and drummer Jordan Young, the band
has four EPs under their belt and spent 2008 following the Vans Warped Tour,
where they sold over 3500 CDs in three weeks by sheer force of will. Since
then theyve been in the studio with producer Rob Freeman (Hit The Lights,
Armor For Sleep, Cobra Starship).
Next up will be party rock favorites Hy-
draFX from Solomons Island, who began
By Andrea Shiell
Staff Writer
Dont look now, but theres
a six-foot-tall white rabbit in the
room. And even though youll
never see him, Mary Chases
Pulitzer prize-winning comedic
masterpiece will have you believ-
ing in him (and perhaps even talk-
ing to him) by the time you leave
Three Notch Theater, where the
Newtowne Players are perform-
ing Harvey starting Sept. 18.
Director PJ Baker admitted
to feeling a hefty nostalgia when
he landed the play as his rst main
stage production with the theater.
He said he was inspired to do
the play as an homage to his late
grandmother, whose favorite mov-
ie was the 1950 lm adaptation of
Harvey starring James Stewart
and Josephine Hull (a must-see for
anyone who likes classics, in this
reviewers opinion).
The play is about a quiet, ec-
centric gentleman named Elwood
P. Dowd whose best friend is an
invisible giant white rabbit named
Harvey, whom he refers to as a
pooka from Celtic mythology.
After years of distressing his fam-
ily by buying railroad tickets and
theater tickets for both himself
and the rabbit, as well as insist-
ing that
they set
a place at the dinner table for him,
Elwood starts introducing Harvey
to guests at one of his sisters soci-
ety parties. At this point his sister
Veta decides to have him commit-
ted to a sanitarium to spare herself
and her daughter, Myrtle Mae,
more embarrassment.
What fol-
lows is a com-
edy of errors
as Veta tries to
have her broth-
er committed
at Chumleys
Rest, a sani-
tarium on the
outskirts of
town, and ends
up convincing
the psychia-
trist on duty,
Dr. Sanderson,
that shes the
one needing
When I
rst decided to do the play, I didnt
really see the underlying message
of what Mary Chase was doing,
but the more I analyzed the play
and the more I studied it, the more
I realized that there was more
depth to the play than most people
realize, said Baker.
This is a critique of the age-
old question of social conformity.
Is it right to conform the dreamer
and make them t into your own
ideal for the sake of society, of
In considering the subtext
Baker said he was most struck by
the character of Veta, who is played
by Newtowne newcomer Ellynne
Brice Davis, because of her ob-
session with high society and her
ideals of social conformity. Davis
does the character justice, playing
Vetas snobby preoccupation with
acceptance with an upbeat sense
of humor and timing.
Also shining onstage is New-
towne veteran John Raley (who
recently played Puck in their pro-
duction of Shakespeare in Hol-
lywood), who plays Dr. William
Chumley, the owner of the sani-
tarium. His energy seems well
channeled as he represents yet
another aspect of society, playing
a scientic know-it-all who is con-
fronted with something he cant
explain as he tries to understand
both Dowd and his imaginary
friend, who may or may not be
imaginary after all.
Also joining the players for
the rst time is Kerry Jones, who
plays the mild-mannered Dowd
with a quiet condence and eccen-
tricity betting the character.
For those familiar with the
lm it may be hard to watch the
stage production without compar-
ing the two, but even those that do
will nd that the actors have made
these characters their own, adding
subtle twists to Chases inventive
and touching dialogue that make
for a richer subtext overall.
And as for the six-foot tall
white rabbit in the room (though
we should stick to the facts here,
hes actually six feet, three-and-a-
half inches), dont be disturbed by
his expression.
He stares at everyone that
Harvey is playing at Three
Notch Theater from Sept. 18 to
Oct. 4. For show times or to re-
serve tickets, call 301-737-5447 or
go to
Newtowne Players Present Mary Chases Harvey
Park Rock Fest 2009 Bringing
Regional Bands to Center Stage
when Joe and Greg Barrick
began playing music together
in 1995. After adding Sean Re-
ese on bass, and vocalist Kevin
Quinn, the act started playing
a blend of funk, metal and reg-
gae at venues across Southern
Maryland, and placing in the
top ve of NBCs Stars of Tomorrow competition in 2006.
Their latest CD, Lose Control in July.
Rounding out the eve-
ning will be Jimmies Chicken
Shack, from Annapolis. Hav-
ing released their rst album,
Chicken Scratch in 1993,
after which they were featured
fairly often on shows like
MTVs 120 Minutes as they
introduced their style of post-
grunge alternative to the world. They released their eighth album,
Fail on Cue with Fowl Records in January 2008.
Gates for the festival will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and
Sunday, with the headlining acts scheduled to take the stage at 9
p.m. This is a drug and alcohol free event. For more information
about the festival, including a complete list of bands and perfor-
mance times, go to
Kneel to Zod
Eternal Winter
Sick Circle
Chicken Shack
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 25


For family and community events, see our calendar in the community section on page 33.
By David Germain
AP Movie Writer
With his own World War
II ick, Inglourious Basterds,
now in theaters, Quentin Taranti-
no applies his exhaustive knowl-
edge of cinema to single out ve
favorite World War II icks.
Not necessarily a Top Five, this off-the-cuff list includes
a couple of the well-known and loved war stories along with
more obscure dramas, among them two that Tarantino him-
self did not know about until he started research for Inglou-
rious Basterds.
The Great Escape Is there any cooler World
War II premise than John Sturges 1963 epic about a mass
escape of Allied POWs from a Nazi prison camp, or a
cooler cast than Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard
Attenborough, James Coburn, Charles Bronson and Don-
ald Pleasence? Probably my favorite war movie, Taran-
tino said. Thats one of the most entertaining movies ever
made and was kind of the touchstone goal for (Inglourious
Basterds) to one degree or another. ... Make a World War II
movie thats just entertaining, that you just enjoy watching
the movie.
The Dirty Dozen Robert Aldrichs 1967 saga
is the ultimate example of the men-on-a-mission war sub-
genre that inspired Tarantinos Inglourious Basterds. Lee
Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown,
John Cassavetes, Donald Sutherland and Telly Savalas are
featured in the tale of imprisoned bottom-feeders who get
a second chance as part of a hell-raising Allied commando
unit. Tarantino said this lm deserves to be on his list for
its iconic cast alone. Tarantino went on: I never follow the
normal dance card that the genre or the subgenres I deal in
usually play by. It usually is a situation where I sit down,
OK, Im going to do my Dirty Dozen, and thats what sits
me down, but then I also know that hopefully, I will deliver
the pleasure that is found in those genres, but Im just going
to deliver them very differently. Its going to become some-
thing else. I want it to become something bigger and more
expansive than that given subgenre.
Five Graves to Cairo Ten years before he
made Stalag 17, Billy Wilder directed this 1943 tale cen-
tered on an undercover British ofcer (Franchot Tone) and
a woman (Anne Baxter) who helps run a desert hotel where
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (Erich von Stroheim) estab-
lishes his headquarters. One of my favorite war stories,
hands-down, Tarantino said. Billy Wilder and (co-writer)
Charles Brackett wrote their own story for it. It doesnt fol-
low history. They came up with their own way. Its not even
a very credible version of Rommel, either, but its a fantastic
version of Rommel.
Tonight We Raid Calais John Brahms
1943 adventure casts John Sutton as a British intelligence
ofcer plotting to destroy a Nazi munitions plant in France,
where he takes shelter with the family of a French farmer
(Lee J. Cobb), whose daughter blames the British for the fall
of France. The screenplay is an early credit for Academy
Award winner Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy, Coming
Home). One of the movies I discovered while I was doing
research on this. A fantastic movie that I fell in love with,
Tarantino said. It has a couple of sequences that really seem
like modern storytelling. It doesnt have a classical storytell-
ing feel. Waldo Salt, they consider him the father of modern
screenwriting. We can see it right in there. It feels like sto-
rytelling today.
Action in Arabia Russian director Leonide Mo-
guy made a few lms in Hollywood during the war, includ-
ing this 1944 thriller starring George Sanders as a reporter in
the Middle East whos caught up in the Allied-Nazi struggle
for the sympathies of the Arab world. Another movie I dis-
covered and fell in love with, Tarantino said. I really love
that movie, but you will notice, though, when I talk about
these different lms, its not the collection of tanks and big-
battle things. Even though I like that stuff, Im more into the
more story-oriented versions of the war.
Quentin Tarantino Picks
Favorite WWII Movies
Brad Pitt in Inglourious
Thursday, September 3
DJ Katie
Calypso Bay Raw Bar (Solomons) 4
Fair Warning Irish Pub Band
CJs Back Room (Lusby) 5 p.m.
$10 All-U-Can-Drink Ladies Night
Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) 8
Ladies Night w/ DJ Pablo & DJ
Marc Shubrooks
Hulas Bungalow (California) 8 p.m.
Cadillac Jacks (Lexington Park) 9:30
Friday, September 4
Middle Ground
Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf)
5 p.m.
Fair Warning Irish Pub Band
Donovans Pub (California) 5 p.m.
La Plata First Friday Concert Se-
ries: 25 HR Band
La Plata Town Hall 6 p.m.
DJ Kevin
Toots Bar (Hollywood) 7 p.m.
Nuttin Fancy Band
Seabreeze Restaurant and Crab House
8 p.m.
Open Blues Jam
Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown)
8 p.m.
One Louder
Calypso Bay Restaurant & Dock Bar
(Traceys Landing) 9 p.m.**
Pounding Sand
Veras White Sands Beach Club (Lusby)
9 p.m.
DJ Red Dog
Cryers Back Road Inn (Leonardtown)
9 p.m.
Apehangers Bar & Grill 9 p.m.
Cadillac Jacks (Lexington Park) 9:30
Veras White Sands Beach Club (Lusby)
9:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 5
Park Rock Fest 2009 (today and Sun-
day, Sept. 6)
Chancellors Run Regional Park 10
a.m.-11 p.m.
Pink Ribbon Poker Run
Performance & Custom (Mechanics-
ville) noon
Bikini Contest Finals w/
Veras White Sands Beach Club (Lusby)
2 p.m.
Fair Warning Irish Pub Band
DB McMillans Pub and Grill 6 p.m.
DJ Charles Thompson
Toots Bar (Hollywood) 7 p.m.
Bent Nickel
St. Georges Island 7 p.m.
BOB (the band)
Hulas Bungalow (California) 8 p.m.
DJ Karaoke
Applebees (California) 9 p.m.
DJ Steadyrockin
Cadillac Jacks (Lexington Park) 9:30
No Green JellyBeenz
Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville)
9:30 p.m.
Veras White Sands Beach Club (Lusby)
9:30 p.m.
Frankie & The Actions
Apehangers Bar & Grill 9 p.m.
Sunday, September 6
Park Rock Fest 2009
(today and Saturday, Sept. 5)
Chancellors Run Regional Park
10 a.m.-11 p.m.
DJ in the Park: Carnival & DJ
NRC Solomons 1 p.m.
Cryers Back Road Inn (Leonardtown)
2 p.m.
25HR Band
Tall Timbers Marina 4 p.m.
DJ Charles Thompson
Toots Bar (Hollywood) 7 p.m.
Hulas Bungalow (California)
10:30 p.m.
Veras White Sands Beach Club
(Lusby) 9:30 p.m.
Monday, September 7
Jeff Coulson
Veras White Sands Beach Club
(Lusby) 2 p.m.
Tuesday, September 8
Fair Warning Irish Pub Band
DB McMillans Pub and Grill 6 p.m.
Cadillac Jacks
(Lexington Park) 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 9
Captain John
DB McMillans Pub and Grill
5:30 p.m.
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In Entertainment
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 26
& More
On The Vine
On The Menu
What to Drink with Hot Dogs
For The Associated Press
A staple of summer barbecues and lunch carts, the hot dog usu-
ally gets washed down with a beer or soda. And sometimes thats
what a tube of processed meat squashed into a bun and slathered in
ketchup demands.
But in this era of artisanal every-
thing, upscale dogs with gourmet
toppings _ such as manchego
cheese and garlic or bacon
and avocado _ a fancy
cocktail may be a bet-
ter match.
Jim Meehan is
a managing part-
ner at PDT cocktail
bar in New York,
which serves
gourmet hot dogs
created by famous
chefs _ such as the
Chang Dog: a ba-
con-wrapped, deep-
fried dog topped with
David Changs Momo-
fuku kimchi.
Meehan prefers to
drink a pale ale while eating
his hot dog, but suggests a bacon-
infused bourbon cocktail as a liquid
The Bentons Old Fashioned is bacon-infused bourbon with bit-
ters and maple syrup poured over a single large ice cube with an
orange twist. The hint of bacon bolsters the hot dog and the maple
syrup, offering a sweetness to balance the salt.
``I see our hot dogs as a foil for the cocktails, Meehan says.
``By being the opposite, they compliment each other well.
``Its all about the contrast, he says. ``The hot dog is something
we all grew up with. As a host, offering a cocktail or even cham-
pagne allows you to be fancy and posh, but lets people know we
arent taking ourselves that seriously.
The recipe from PDT for making bacon-infused bourbon in-
volves simmering a bottle of bourbon with bacon fat, then letting it
cool and straining out the solids. This streamlined version uses strips
of cooked bacon, and makes a more moderate two servings.
Healthy Bites
Start to nish: 10 minutes Servings: 4
Start to nish: 5 minutes Servings: 1
2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon (see recipe below)
1/4 ounce grade B maple syrup
2 dashes of angostura bitters
Twist of orange
In a mixing glass lled halfway with ice, combine all ingredi-
ents. Stir, then strain into a tumbler with one large ice cube. Garnish
with a twist of orange.
(Recipe from PDT cocktail bar in New York)
Start to nish: 1 hour
2 strips warm cooked bacon, chopped
4 ounces bourbon
In a small bowl, combine the bacon, any fat that collected in the
pan during cooking, and the bourbon. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until
the fat solidies on the surface of the bourbon.
Remove and discard the fat on the surface, then line a mesh
strainer with cheese cloth, then strain the bourbon. If not using im-
mediately, refrigerate.
(Recipe adapted from PDT cocktail bar in New York)
8 bamboo skewers
1/4 seedless watermelon, esh cut
into 2-inch cubes
8 cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1/2
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
Salt, to taste
Fresh herbs or herb owers
(such as lavender or borage), for the
garnish (optional)
Place 1 watermelon cube on
each skewer, then top with toma-
to-seed llets on top. Arrange the
skewers standing on a serving plate.
In a small bowl, mix the lemon
juice, half of the lemon zest, the oil
and vinegar. Pour the dressing over
the skewers, then garnish with the
remaining lemon zest and the herb
owers. Serve immediately.

(Recipe adapted
from Jose Andres
``Made in Spain,
Clarkson Potter,
AP Personal Finance Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - TV cook-
ing guru Rachael Ray knows the
secret to making cheap, healthy
lunches your kids will like.
Give them ownership by in-
volving them in the process, Ray
said. Its an opportunity to let the
kids be the boss.
When grocery shopping, for
example, ask them to pick out the
fruits, vegetables or whole grain
breads they like best. Let them pick
a treat, too, so it doesnt seem like
a chore. Or ask them to choose and
make a recipe for a pasta or tuna
salad theyd like to try.
By soliciting their help, any
changes will feel like empowered
choices, rather than sacrices.
Once youve got the kids on
board, Ray and Melissa dArabian,
winner of this seasons The Next
Food Network Star, say it should be
easy making lunch nutritious, af-
fordable and appealing.
Thats the Holy Grail many
parents are shooting for this school
year, as the recession pushes them to
save wherever they can.
According to the Bureau of La-
bor Statistics, American families on
average spend 12.5 percent of their
budgets on groceries. In separate in-
terviews with The Associated Press,
Ray and dArabian offer ways to
make that slice of your spending go
Peanut butter - cheap, nutritious
and a kid favorite - is now banned in
some schools because of the preva-
lence of allergies. But plenty of other
protein sources are ideal for brown
bagging. Canned tuna in water and
hummus, the Middle Eastern staple
dish made of garbanzo beans, are
healthy, versatile and have long shelf
lives. You can make them have an
Italian, Asian or Middle Eastern a-
vor, Ray said.
That doesnt mean you need to
banish deli meats and cheeses from
your childs diet altogether. But
stock up whenever theres a sale,
since meats and cheeses can be fro-
zen for a few months.
Kids love to eat white bread,
but its not the healthiest choice.
To wean them off slowly, Ray sug-
gests making sandwiches with the
top slice white and the bottom slice
wheat. Another way to keep lunch
interesting without too much effort
is taking a base recipe, then chang-
ing it up throughout the week. For
example, dArabian sometimes
makes a big batch of couscous on
the weekend. Then as the week pro-
gresses, she stirs in different beans,
vegetables, raisins or spices.
Fruits and Vegetables
When buying fruits and vege-
tables, let the produce department be
your guide. If something is on sale,
its usually because its in season,
dArabian said. Bring the kids along
when you go grocery shopping, too.
Its a chance to expose them to dif-
ferent options. Engage them by let-
ting them pick the ones they want to
try. With younger children, make it
a game by having them pick some-
thing thats red, green or yellow.
Packaged snacks and conve-
nience foods are one of the fastest
ways to break your grocery budget.
Parents nd them convenient, and
often think kids will revolt if theyre
taken away. But if you can shake the
habit, you might nd kids arent as
attached to them as you think.
To cut costs even further, buy
cheap reusable plastic containers
rather than going through baggies.
They offer the added benet of pre-
venting chips or cookies from be-
ing crushed. Youll also be able to
control portions, instead of relying
on 100-calorie packs that can get
Another way to make snacks
more nutritious is heading to the
bulk section, where you scoop how-
ever much of something you want.
This is where youll nd healthier
versions of kid favorites, such as
yogurt-covered pretzels, g bars or
carob-covered raisins.
A little something extra
Giving some thought into how
you present food can help keep your
kids interested in eating better.
This can be as easy as cutting up a
spinach wrap lled with turkey and
cheese to look like a California roll.
Or you can use granola, dried fruit
and fruit roll ups to make candy
There are a lot of little things
you can do to make things fun, Ray
said. Lastly, consider including a
note with your kids lunch. It costs
me nothing and it makes them feel
loved, dArabian said.
Copyright 2009 The Associ-
ated Press.
Rachel Rays Tips for School Lunches
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 27
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Contributing Writer
Have you ever seen The Perfect Dog?
Of course you have. It might be a Lab
or a Lhasa; maybe miniature but mighty,
or huge and huggable. The Perfect Dog un-
derstands conversation, has a wicked sense
of humor, never does anything wrong, can
awlessly perform several different tricks
on command, and might even have a streak
of heroism in its furry body.
The Perfect Dog is highly intelligent.
And no matter what anybody else claims
The Perfect Dog is your dog.
Or, if theres room for debate, Dean
Koontz says it was his pooch. In the new
book A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a
Joyful Dog, youll read about her.
When you learn about Dean Koontzs
life as a youngster, its no wonder where his
sense of the edgy came from: Koontz was
the child of a skirt-chasing, alcoholic
gambler and a gentle woman who tried to
hold the family together. There was barely
enough money to afford four walls then,
let alone a four-footed mouth to feed.
Which is to say that Dean Koontz
never had a dog as a child.
Koontz and his wife, Gerda, both
loved dogs and worked tirelessly on behalf
of Canine Companions for Independence
(, but they thought tting
a dog into their lives would be difcult.
They always said theyd have a dog some-
day when the timing was right and life
slowed down.
Over dinner one night, they realized
that life was never going to slow down.
They then asked to adopt a released CCI
dog. And Trixie, retired due to a xable in-
jury, came to Koontzland.
She was 60-some pounds of golden
fur and doggy smiles. Her face had a wide
range of expressions and she had the abil-
ity not only to convey what she was think-
ing but to know what others were thinking,
too. Flawlessly trained to assist someone
who was wheelchair-bound, she never
forgot her training and could be trusted
completely in most any situation. She was
welcomed into restaurants, ofces, stores,
and homes and rmly into the Koontzs
Koontz was not expecting the force
for positive change that he got in Trixie.
He didnt expect to fall in love so hard.
And he didnt expect to lose her so soon.
Readers of author Dean Koontzs
books expect to feel a little jumpy when
reading his novels, but that wont happen
here. Instead, sit awhile with A Big Little
Life and youll only jump up for tissues.
In this, his rst non-ction book,
Koontz gives fans a peek at his personal
life: his hardscrabble childhood, past jobs
and his dream of writing, courting his
wife, and becoming a multi-million-sell-
ing author. In between his life story is the
tale of a dog that was widely loved, a good
judge of character, and downright goofy,
and a dog-lover who became unexpectedly
smitten with a pup with personality-plus.
Dont expect the usual Dean Koontz
fare in this book. Do expect an unusually
great story. For dog lovers of all ages, A
Big Little Life is just perfect.
By Shelby Oppermann
Contributing Writer
Well, Ive started. I dont know if
I thought it would be easier than this or
harder. I have now walked 6 1/2 miles in
three days as of this writing. That probably
doesnt sound like much to you, but for me,
the un-exercise queen, its quite a bit. Now, I
have to keep up the momentum. I need con-
stant encouragement to stay motivated. You
would think losing pounds and inches, and
staying healthy would be enough. My hus-
band, went with me the rst night and rst
morning to encourage me. The morning
walk was not an exciting prospect for him. It
took some pleading to get him out walking at
7:30 a.m., I asked, What if I get abducted on
the walk? Reply, Theyll bring you back.
But, what if I hurt myself and cant walk
any further? Reply, Do you know how to
roll? Despite all that, I know in his heart
that he worried about me and wanted to be
my cheerleader.
I recently read that one woman, who
lost 140 lbs. used walk marathons as her
goal. She would then have to walk every day
to prepare for the race. I suppose I could
do that, though being a deadline person, I
would probably wait until the week before
and cram 50 miles in to the last two or three
days before the race. I debated too long Sat-
urday morning as to whether I could do the
Chaptico Classic run/walk and arrived there
too late to start. I saw someone in the church
parking lot who said Yep, they already
started you are too late. So I went back
home to get ready for work. I was soooo
disappointed. The next one.
Ralph Friedgen, coach of the Maryland
Terrapins, has lost 105 pounds so far. One
of his fears is becoming diabetic. I worry
about that too, with both of my parents de-
veloping late onset diabetes. I do have Rheu-
matoid Arthritis, which runs in my family.
Less weight on my joints would be helpful.
The third day was actually the hardest on
one of my joints. I made it around our yard
of an

and in front of the neighbors with the pain so
severe that I was hyperventilating and want-
ed to lay down on the road. I almost called
my husband to say come and get me, I cant
walk! I can imagine him asking, How far
away are you? Oh, you can see me from
the front window. But, I never stopped for
a second I kept walking. The awful pain
turned into burning and then a sort of numb-
ness came over the joint and me. Must be the
runners high Ive heard about. In my case
it was mindless purposefulness. I eventually
walked 2 and 2/10s miles. Each tenth is very
important. I want to get a pedometer that
breaks it down to each thousandth of a mile.
The three hills on my route felt like I
was hiking on the Appalachian trail again. I
would walk down a hill and think, wow this is
great! On the way back, I was looking upward
thinking does this hill ever end have I been
walking in place and not going anywhere? I
just kept saying to myself, Dont stop! If you
stop youre done for. I tried using techniques
we learned in the hiking club. Walk with your
hips not your legs. The idea is to gently swing
your leg forward using your hips instead of
trudging up the hill smashing your feet down.
It really works and keeps you in rhythm. The
stress was so much less and I was not out of
breath at the top of the hill.
I have been believing that I am ne be-
cause I am a size 8. How can I have an extra
20 or 25 pounds and still t into an 8? Is it like
what my oldest brother started saying years
ago: Im not growing up anymore, Im grow-
ing out. Its those relaxed t jeans and the
ones with those stretch bers in them that are
at fault. The design must be based on those
new stretchy trash bags. Youve seen the
commercials pianos, cars, aming meteors,
etc are squeezed into these honey-combed,
expandable kitchen sized trash bags without
tearing. Ugh, Im an expandable trash bag
theres an incentive. The return of the baby
doll tops has helped hide those pounds from
me too. (I love them).
I also want to know who thought up the
word cellulite. There is no lite in cel-
lulite. Is that supposed to be funny? I feel
every ounce of that cellulite when Im walk-
ing no amount of mind numbness takes that
away. I wondered how much weight I would
lose walking. I found that you can burn be-
tween 40 to 100 calories per mile depending
how fast you walk. There is a neat website
called that calculates
how much weight you will lose, and the date,
if you punch in specic data, such as targeted
calorie intake. They have several types of
exercise levels listed from couch potato to
pro-athlete. I punched in couch potato the
rst time and light exercise the second time.
If I take in 1400 calories a day and stay in
couch potato level, I am scheduled to get to
125 pounds in the Fall of 2011. If I stay at light
exercise level then my target date is October
11th, 2010. If I do the pro-athlete twice a day
training, I would be at my target weight a
few days after Christmas. I guess gradual is
ne. I dont think Ill get back on that web-
site again the name losertown is not very
Its time for my walk. If you see me lay-
ing on the side of the road anywhere, please
shout out a few words of encouragement, or
get out and give me a nudge with your foot so
I can roll home.
To each new days adventure,
Please send comments or ideas to:
Walking Away the Pounds
Book Review
A Big Little Life:
A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
by Dean Koontz
c.2009, Hyperion $24.99 / $32.99 Canada 271 pages
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 28




1. Speedometer rate
4. Important game player
7. Sheeps cry
10. Scorch
12. Large So. Am. rodents
14. Taxis
15. Free from danger
16. 3rd rock
17. Cain and ____
18. Gazes
20. Presidents service
22. Crows call
23. Comic Harvey ___man
24. Socrate composer
26. Not prone
29. Of she
30. Cleans teeth
35. Cheer
36. Sealed metal container
37. ___s: SE Asian country
38. Impose regulations on
44. Electronic data processing
45. Eyelid infections
46. Ridgeline
48. Boxer Mohammed
49. Pen point
50. Break from a union
53. Tendons
56. Japanese beverage
57. Master of ceremonies
59. 3rd Islamic month
61. Comportment
62. Fathers
63. Three performers
64. Tally
65. 2000 pounds
66. European money
1. Manuscripts (abbr.)
2. Snow and sugar snap
3. Tool handle
4. Netherlands river
5. Outdated TV player
6. Taps
7. Pig movie
8. Assist in wrongdoing
9. Sign language
11. Respond to
12. Young football league
13. Israeli money
14. Library study cubicle
19. Foray
21. Mine wagon
24. Backsides
25. Buddhist saint
27. British scholar John
28. 18th hebrew letter
29. Time units (abbr.)
31. Company that rings
32. Small amount
33. Black tropical Am. cuckoo
34. Dipping morsel
39. A B vitamin
40. ____te: remove
41. Digressions
42. Clowns
43. Emerald Isle
47. Siskel and _____, critics
50. Aforementioned
51. Supplemented with
52. Utter sounds
53. Visualized
54. Manufactured article
55. Invests in little enterprises
56. Senior military ofcer
58. Actor Hume ___nyn
60. Informal debt instrument
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 29
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St. Marys County, MD.
St. Marys County
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October 17
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Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
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Rain Date:
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 31
Correctional Ofcer Recognized
County Sheriff Tim Cameron recently
recognized Correctional Ofcer William
G. Wood as Correctional Ofcer of
the First Quarter (January-March).
C/O Wood has proven himself
to be a valuable member of the St.
Marys County Sheriffs Ofce, ac-
cording to a press release.
He began his career as a cor-
rectional ofcer on Dec. 7, 2007. He
soon became a member of the Emer-
gency Response Team and complet-
ed training on June 27, 2008. C/O
Wood is reliable, punctual and ca-
reer oriented. He voluntarily works
overtime and is always willing to
help no matter what the task. C/O
Wood is passionate about his work
and has organized central storage on
numerous occasions while on mid-
night shift.
C/O Wood discovered hidden
food items under a special diet tray
during lunch. The
intent was for the
items to get placed
into the Work Re-
lease Unit. This
extra effort on
C/O Woods part
prevented con-
traband from be-
ing introduced
into the unit and
caused an inmate
to be violate and
removed from
the kitchen area.
On another occa-
sion, C/O Wood
found matches
and an empty
box of cigarettes
in the kitchen
while conducting
a search. There
have been several
incidents wherein because of C/O Woods
attention to detail he has assisted in pre-
venting further violations to occur in the
Sheriff Tim Cameron recently recognized
civilian Sarah Gray as Civilian of the First Quar-
ter (January-March).
Gray began employment with the Sheriffs
Ofce on July 1, 2005. She has proven to be a
reliable and dependable employee who is always
trusted to get the job done. Gray is an excellent
eld training instructor for newly hired station
clerks. She has successfully eld trained two sta-
tion clerks and continues to mentor them.
Grays greatest strengths are her ability to
multi-task, her reliability and her willingness to
assist in any way possible. She always arrives
on time for work and is professionally attired.
Gray routinely volunteers to cover open shifts to
include holding over past her assigned shift and
working on regularly scheduled days off. She has
established herself as a team player and a leader.
Gray is a self-started and motivator and has re-
cently taken on a new task of ensuring all rules
and regulations are being adhered to for the issu-
ance of bingo licenses. This task involves orga-
nizing, sending and tracking many letters to non-
prot organizations to ensure that the Sheriffs
Ofce received valid gaming reports.
Sarah Gray
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Clarify Communicate
Deputy Sheriff Recognized
County Sheriff Tim Cameron re-
cently recognized Deputy First Class Jason
Maletto as Deputy Sheriff of the First Quarter
DFC Maletto was hired on Sept. 12, 2003,
according to a press release. He has received the
Sheriffs Ofce Meritorious Service Award for
his performance of duty while being involved in
an armed robbery on July 14, 2005. DRF Maletto
takes pride in his work and is a great asset to the
agency. He is always at work ahead of schedule
and can be requested at any time to handle ad-
ditional tasks. DFC Maletto is always one of the
rst ofcers to volunteer for additional work.
One of his collateral duties consists of being a
recruiter for the agency where he leads by ex-
ample. He is also a member of the Sheriffs Of-
ce Color Guard where he presents himself in an
exemplary manner that reects both on him and
the agency. DFC Maletto always maintains him-
self, his uniform and equipment in the highest
regards to professionalism. One of his greatest
assets is his ability to communicate with his su-
pervisor, fellow workers and the general public.
Correctional Ofcer William Wood, left, with Major John Horne
DFC Jason Maletto, left, with Sheriff Tim Cameron
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 32
Children at Camp Greenwell participated
in team-building and conict resolution activi-
ties this summer, thanks to the efforts of the
Community Mediation Center of St. Marys
The weekly activity was led by Ameri-
Corps members Jackie Burson and Will Blan-
kenship, according to a Camp Greenwell press
The activity was fun and competitive and
involved teams of children working together
with little direction to complete a task in this
case, a blindfolded participant races the clock
to pick up colored balls, guided only by the
voices of their teammates.
After each round, Burson and Blankenship
processed the thoughts and feelings of the kids
on what transpired and go forward using this
knowledge to formulate adaptive strategies.
At the end of the activity, a grand wrap-up
meeting took place where the whole group dis-
cussed what happened, any conicts that arose
between or among team members, how they
were handled, and how this activity relates to
broader life situations.
The Community Mediation Center of St.
Marys County is a nonprot organization that
offers alternative dispute resolution services
to the community. The nonprot Greenwell
Foundation provides accessible and inclusive
programs, services, and facilities for all com-
munity members, with and without disabili-
ties, in Southern Maryland.
Hi, my name is Zena and Im a darling
fve month old female Bullmastif mix. Im
just a sweetheart and I love everybody I
meet. I have a magnetic personality. Bull-
mastifs are devoted and alert with good
temperaments. We are afectionate and
tolerant of children because were very
social and crave human attention. Now,
Im looking for that perfect family just like
YOURS to make my life complete. Im up
to date on vaccinations, spayed, house-
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For more information, please contact
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call Second Hope Rescue at 240-925-0628.
Please Adopt, Dont Shop!
Learning Conict Resolution
at Camp Greenwell
NAMI Southern Maryland is offering
a free class for people who have a loved one
with a serious mental illness.
The class begins Wednesday, Sept. 9,
and will meet every Wednesday for 12 weeks
from 7-9:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church,
46707 Shangri-La Drive, in Lexington Park.
The Family to Family program, offered
by the National Alliance on Mental Illness,
is a nationally recognized program delivered
by trained and certied teaching teams who
share the experience of having a loved one di-
agnosed with a mental illness.
The program offers participants infor-
mation about:
a range of serious mental illnesses;
current research, treatment, medica-
tions, and side effects;
strategies for emotional and practical
tools for effective advocacy with mental
healthcare and recovery support providers;
workshops on problem solving and
communications skills.
For families under stress, the course pro-
vides a safe place to ask questions, discuss
mutual issues of concern in a condential
and facilitated environment, and meet other
families with shared experiences often for
the rst time.
Most of us have known someone work-
ing to support a loved ones treatment for a
serious physical illness like diabetes or
cancer and we know this carries with it an
enormous level of stress, said Connie Walk-
er, President of NAMI Southern Maryland, in
a press release.
Families working to help a love one who
has a mental illness are no different. They
need information and support to assist their
ill relative, and to maintain a sense of balance
in their own lives, she said. Without those
things, the changes that serious medical ill-
ness of any kind can bring to the family
can be devastating, and the impact on the ill
family member even more so. This is where
the Family to Family Education Program can
Seating for the class is limited, so regis-
tration is required.
Call Joe at 391-481-5733 or Connie at
301-475-3434 for more information or to
Free Class
About Mental Illness
Photo Courtesy of Camp Greenwell
Courtesy of
Camp Greenwell
Children at Camp Greenwell in Hollywood par-
ticipate in a team-building activity through a Com-
munity Mediation Center of St. Marys County pro-
gram. The activity was led by AmeriCorps volunteer
Will Blankenship.
Children at Camp Greenwell in Hollywood
participate in a team-building activity through
a Community Mediation Center of St. Marys
County program.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 33
L ibrary Items
Libraries Close Labor Day
All three branches will close
Monday Sept. 7 on Labor Day. The
Internet branch,,
will be open, and customers are
reminded they can renew items,
download books and movies, and
do research using online informa-
tion resources.

Teens Invited
The TAG (Teen Advisory
Group) will meet Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.
at Charlotte Hall and at 5:30 p.m.
at Leonardtown. Teens are invited
to help plan teen library programs
and have a good time meeting other
teens. Snacks provided.
Marylanders Read Same Book
James McBrides book, Song
Yet Sung is the selected book for
the 2009 One Maryland One Book
state-wide community read during
September and October. Books and
readers guides are available at li-
braries; the book can also be down-
loaded from the librarys Web site.
The public may participate
in book discussions on Sept. 17, 7
p.m., Leonardtown; Sept. 21, 6 p.m.,
Lexington Park and Oct. 5, 7 p.m.,
Charlotte Hall.
Home Schooling Workshops
Home-schooled students and
their parents are invited to work-
shops to learn about library re-
sources and services on Sept. 18
at Charlotte Hall, 10 a.m., and at
Leonardtown, 2 p.m., and on Sept.
25 at Lexington Park, 2 p.m. Regis-
tration requested.
Free Story Times Resume
Fall story times will resume
the week of Sept. 21 at all three
branches for babies, toddlers and
preschoolers. Times and themes
posted online on the Kids Page; no
registration required.
Complete listings of fall pro-
grams for children and teens are
available in libraries and online.

Library Cards
More than 70,000 county resi-
dents have library cards and use
the library as their place to learn,
discover and relax. Residents can
apply for a card online or at any
branch. Proof of residence required;
cards are free for Maryland state
Thursday, Sept. 3
Southern Maryland Mobile Com-
passion Center
Southern Maryland Mobile
Compassion Center will be at 37707
New Market Turner Road on right
next to the 84 Lumber from 10 a.m.-2
p.m., Sept. 3-5. The Compassion Cen-
ter (St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Me-
chanicsville) provides food, clothing
and spiritual care to people in need.
Basic need items are provided free of
charge to those seeking assistance.
Wing Night
VFW Post 2632 (California) 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4
First Friday
Creek Side Gallery at the Mary-
land Antiques Center in Leonard-
townwill continue its Waters Edge
display through September featur-
ing local scenes by local artists. A
reception will be held on First Friday,
Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. sponsored
by the Creek Side and Leonardtown
Galleria art galleries. The Maryland
Antiques Center and Tea Room will
be open with a free rafe drawing for
a gift certicate to the center.
Texas HoldEm
VFW Post 2632 (California) 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5
Town Creek Kids Triathlon
Town Creek Pool 8 a.m.
Jumbo MOMS Club Sale
Lexington Park Bay Space Station
#38 8 a.m.
SMAWL Pet Adoptions
Petco (California) 10 a.m.
Blackistone Lighthouse Tours
St. Clements Island (Coltons
Point) 10:30 a.m., Sept. 5-6.
The Blackistone Lighthouse
Foundation is proud to offer tours of
the Blackistone Lighthouse replica
on St. Clements Island. The museum
will offer extended water taxi service
with the rst departure to the island
at 10:30 am and nal departure at 3
pm. Fee is $7 per person and includes
admission to the museum located on
the mainland. Tickets for water taxi
may be purchased inside the mu-
seum. Please call ahead as water taxi
service is dependent on the weather.
7th Annual Park Rock Fest
Chancellors Run Regional Park 10
a.m., Sept. 5-6
Pink Ribbon Poker Run
Performance & Custom (Mechanic-
sville) noon
No Limit Texas HoldEm Bounty
St. Marys County Elks Lodge 3
Sunday, Sept. 6
All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
Bay District Volunteer Fire De-
partment, Lexington Park Station.
Cost is $8 adults; $5 kids ages 5-12;
free 4 years and under. From 8 a.m.
to noon. Scrambled eggs, home fries,
pancakes, sausage, bacon, French
toast sticks. For more information,
call Melissa at 240-298-3305.
Pre-Labor Day Festival
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
dinner starting at 12:30 p.m. All day
entertainment for the entire fam-
ily: vendors, antique car show, moon
bounce, gospel music, For Friends
jazz band. For more information, call
Jefferson Presents Concert
Nekadesh Farm (Coltons Point) 3
5 OClock Somewhere Cruise
Cheeseburger in Paradise (Califor-
nia) 5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 7
No Limit Texas HoldEm Bounty
St. Marys County Elks Lodge 7
Tuesday, Sept. 8
Nature Time at Greenwell
Greenwell State Park (Holly-
wood) 10 a.m.
This weeks theme is Seek
Scavenger Hunt. Participants are
welcome to pack their own picnic
lunch and explore the park on their
own after the program. Visit www. or call 301-
373-9775 for more information.
Music Time Ages 1-3
Gracies Guys & Gals Dance
Studio (Hollywood) 10 a.m.
We sing, dance, and play sim-
ple instruments like rhythm sticks
and shakers, and play peek-a-boo
with scarves. Classes are on Tues-
days from 10-10:45 and 11-11:45 for
ages 1-3. For more information, go
to or call
Art Talk: Angelia Lane
St. Marys College (Boyden Gallery)
4 p.m.
St. Marys ABATE (A Brother-
hood Against Totalitarian Enact-
ments) Meeting
Toots Bar (Hollywood) 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 9
Music Time Ages 2-4, 3-4 and
Gracies Guys & Gals Dance
Studio (Hollywood) 10 a.m.
We sing, dance, and play simple
instruments like rhythm sticks and
shakers, and play peek-a-boo with
scarves. Classes are on Tuesdays from
10-10:45 and 11-11:45 for ages 1-3. For
more information, go to MusicTime- or call 301-863-7836.
Crocodile Lecture
St. Marys College (Schaefer Hall)
4:30 p.m.
Why Snooze When You Can
Arbys Restaurant Parking Lot
(Leonardtown) 5 p.m.
SMAWL Monthly Public
Garvey Center (Leonardtown)
7 p.m.
St. Marys Animal Welfare
League meets at the Garvey Center
in Leonardtown from 7-8 p.m. Public
forum follows SMAWL Board meet-
ing which ends at 7 p.m. Anyone in-
terested in animal welfare is invited
to attend.
Special Olympics No Limit
HoldEm Tourney
Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three
Notch Road (Hollywood) 7 p.m.
Auxiliary Members needed
Hollywood Volunteer Rescue
Squad Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. at
the Rescue Squad building on Route
235 in Hollywood. Anyone wishing
to become a member is encouraged
to attend. For more information, call
Learn to Line Dance
Hotel Charles (Hughesville) 7 p.m.
Dog Obedience Classes
Saint Marys County Dept of
Recreation and Parks is sponsoring
Puppy Kindergarten, Basic and Ad-
vanced dog obedience classes start-
ing Sept. 9 and 12. Classes are held
at the fairgrounds in Leonardtown.
Pre-registration is required; class
size is limited. For more information,
call 301-475-4200 ext.1801.
Walden Sierra, a nonprot based
in Leonardtown, will mark Friday
Sept. 11 by distributing informa-
tion about its addiction and trauma
services to business, restaurants and
churches in the county.
The outreach campaign, called
Spread the Word for Help & Hope,
is to mark National Service Day,
which President Obama signed into
law in January to honor the victims
and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.
On Friday morning, Sept. 11,
Walden staff volunteers and commu-
nity volunteers will form small teams
to offer information to various orga-
nizations to post in a place of their
We hope our project will ensure
that those who need crisis counseling,
domestic violence/assault services, or
addiction treatment assistance will
have greater access to crisis informa-
tion, know that they are not alone, and
access help available locally though
Walden and our many service part-
ners, according to a Walden Sierra
press release.
By this outreach to make our
community a more informed, safer
and healthier place, we believe that
we are honoring the losses and self-
less actions of September 11, 2001,
it said.
Anyone who would like to vol-
unteer may call Laura Webb, Walden
Sierras community development man-
ager, at 301-997-1300 ext. 804 or e-mail
her at
Walden Sierra
Reaching Out
on Sept. 11
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 34
Ice Hockey Registration
The Great Mills Swimming Pool will be closed for
seasonal maintenance from Tuesday, Sept. 8, through
Sunday, Sept. 20. The pool will reopen for normal
hours of operation on Monday, Sept. 21. During this
time, the pools air supported bubble structure will
be installed, making the pool an indoor facility. Other
seasonal maintenance and staff training will also occur
while the pool is closed.
For more information, call the Great Mills Swim-
ming Pool at 21100 Great Mills Road, in Great Mills,
at (301) 866-6560. For information on activities and
programs at the pool, go to
The 12th annual Trossbach family memorial co-ed softball tournament
will be held Saturday October 17 and Sunday October 18 at Chancellors
Run Regional Park in Great Mills. Registration is still open, but there is a
16-team maximum for the tournament. The rain dates are Saturday Octo-
ber 24 and Sunday October 25.
The tournament, dedicated to the memory of David Trossbach and
Bobby Wood, will hand out male and female MVP awards as well as spon-
sor trophies handed out to the top four teams.
For more information, contact Chip and Mary Lee Raley at
The Recreation and Parks
Citizen Advisory Board monthly
meeting is scheduled for Thursday,
September 3, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. The
meeting will be held in the Chesa-
peake Building, 41770 Baldridge
Street, located on the Governmental
Center campus in Leonardtown.
A presentation that outlines the
proposed future role of Recreation
and Parks in the management of St.
Marys County youth football will
begin at 6:30 p.m. Interested youth
football league volunteers and par-
ents are invited to attend to hear this
presentation and to express their
For more information contact
Kathy Bailey at (301) 475-4200
extension 1811 or kathy.bailey@
Registration is under way for Southern Maryland Sabres recreational
ice hockey. Register in person from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10
at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf or register online at www.somdsabres.
The Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club recreational program is
designed to provide hockey players an opportunity to learn and develop
skills in a team setting; it is also designed to assure equal opportunity to
participate for all skill levels.
Players of all skill levels are welcome; no tryouts required. The cost
is $500 for the Mite/Atom Cross-Ice Program (18 practices, jamborees,
monthly skills clinics) and $750 for the Squirts/PeeWee, Bantam program
(18 practices, 8 home games, tournament).
The season begins in October and runs through the end of February/
early March. Rec teams participate in the Capital Corridor Hockey League,
which is part of the Southeastern District of USA Hockey (www.usahockey.
The Sabres home arena is the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf (www.
Recreation Parks
Great Mills Pool to
Close for Maintenance
Recreation & Parks Advisory
Board Meeting Youth Football
Presentation and Discussion
Trossbach Co-Ed Tournament
Looking For Teams
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 35
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
WASHINGTON The rst half of Saturdays sea-
son opener for the St.
Marys Ryken football
team proved that they are
indeed ready to compete
in 2009. The second half
illustrated what held them
back in 2008.
With tailbacks Mar-
lowe Wood and John
Smith IV suffering what
appeared to be serious
knee injuries, the Knights
suffered in all facets of
the game, dropping a 32-
7 decision to Archbishop
We cant catch a
break, said Knights head
coach Bob Harmon of the
injuries, which will keep
Wood and Smith out in-
denitely. We were bet-
ter than they were, and if
we have one of
t h o s e
tailbacks, we win the ball game.
The Knights (0-1) dominated the rst half with an
aggressive defensive effort that gave them their only score
of the game, a one-yard run by senior quarterback Chris
Rixey at the 6:29 mark of
the second quarter.
St. Marys is a very
good team and you cant
make a lot of mistakes
against them, said Li-
ons head coach Rick
Houchens. They forced
a turnover and turned
into some points.
After a turnover on
downs by the offense,
Ryken took advantage of
a fumbled snap by Car-
roll quarterback Terrell
Temoney, which was re-
covered by Joe Webb.
Five plays later,
Rixey, aided by a great
push from his offensive
line, scurried into the end
zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Knights seemed
poised to carry that mo-
mentum over into the sec-
ond half, but Wood, who
ran 11 times for 61 yards
in the rst half, went
down late in the second
quarter (Smith was in-
jured on a Carroll kickoff
return after the Knights
touchdown drive) and
did not return. From then
on, the offense struggled,
and the Lions (1-0), led
by freshman quarterback Tim Brady, scored 32
second-half points en route to the victory.
Harmon says that he will bring up a couple
of running backs from the junior varsity for Fri-
days game at Paul VI, and hopes the loss doesnt
dampen the spirits of his players.
Theyll be motivated, he says. St. Marys
Ryken is here to play football, were not going
We are a better football team than we were
last year, Harmon added. We outplayed them
for a half, we took it to them. Im proud of our
Sp rts
Knights Lose Opener,
Running Backs to Injuries
Lisanti, Braves Ready
For New Challenge
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
MORGANZA If 2008 was about missed opportunities for the
Chopticon football team, dont expect to hear head coach Tony Lisanti
complaining about it.
We had a successful season, but we fell short of expectations,
Lisanti said of the Braves quest to make the 3A South playoffs for the
second straight season.
We have a young team this year, but we relish the challenge.
A young team is an understatement, as the Braves graduated 20
of their 22 starters from last years 7-3 team. One of the two returning
players is senior running
back/linebacker Aaron
Makle, who Lisanti fore-
casts will have a good
I would hate to
tackle him 20 to 25
times a game, Lisanti says, hinting at the workload that Makle
will be carrying on offense this season. Aarons a heck of a play-
er on both sides of the ball, especially on defense, where hell
demand a double team.
I like the game on my shoulders, because I think I can get
some yards and help us pull out the win, Makle said.
Makle, along with Virgil Dickerson, John Lacey and An-
drew Patton will be counted on to give the Braves a lot off the
eld as well as on it.
Its really important that we teach the younger guys all the
right things to do, Makle says.
The Braves will be tested early,
with several of the Southern Mary-
land Athletic Conferences top pro-
grams as well as PG County pro-
gram Gwynn Park in the rst month
of the season.
Top to bottom, we have one of
the toughest schedules in the state,
Lisanti said. Were going to nd
out a lot about ourselves, but Im ex-
cited for the opportunity.
One of Chopticons losses last
season came from Westlake, a 42-33
loss Oct. 24. Westlake would even-
tually win the 3A State Champion-
ship later that fall.
We had 428 yards and scored
33 points with two failed attempt in
the red zone, Lisanti said. We felt
if we got them again in the playoffs, wed match up well.
The Braves wont have to wait long for another crack at the Wol-
verines they host Westlake Friday Sept. 4 in their home opener.
Were prepared for them, Makle says. Were looking to shock
them and get a win.
Lisanti isnt ready to anoint the Braves as a SMAC contender, but
hes optimistic about the coming season.
I think we have a long way to go, but we have a good group of
kids, Lisanti said. Im excited about the challenges and opportunities
that await us.
Fri., Sept. 4 vs.Westlake, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 11 vs. Gwynn Park, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 17 @Huntingtown, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 25 vs. North Point, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 2 vs. McDonough, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 9 @Northern, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 15 @Calvert, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 23 vs. Great Mills, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 30 @Patuxent, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov 6 @Leonardtown, 7 p.m.
Chopticon 2009
Football Schedule
Chopticon coach Tony Lisan-
ti, is excited about the chal-
lenges that await the Braves
football team this season.
Photo By John Hunt
Photo By John Hunt
Running Back/Linebacker Aaron
Makle will be counted on to lead
Chopticon this season.
Archbishop Carroll 32, St. Marys Ryken 7
1 2 3 4 Final
Ryken (0-1) 0 7 0 0 7
Carroll (1-0) 0 0 12 20 32
Ryken Rixey 1 run (Kyle Anderson kick)
Carroll Jackson 8 run (run failed)
Carroll Baldwin 25 pass from Brady (pass failed)
Carroll Baldwin 70 pass from Brady (pass failed)
Carroll Baldwin 38 pass from Brady (pass failed)
Photo By Frank Marquart
Aaron GoFreed (2) and Peter Martin (4) break up a pass
intended for Carrolls E.J. Norris.
Photo By Frank Marquart
Rykens Max Rowse takes a hit from the Lions Daniel Bradley.
Photo By
Frank Marquart
The Knights Wayne Hicks hauls
down Carrolls Terrell Temoney dur-
ing the rst quarter of Saturdays
game. Max Rowse intercepted the
pass on this play.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 36
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Fri., Sept. 4
Boys Soccer
St. Marys Ryken at Severna Park Tournament
Girls Soccer
St. Marys Ryken at Elizabeth Seton, 4 p.m.
Great Mills at Patuxent, 6 p.m.
Field Hockey
St. Marys Ryken at Reservoir, 4 p.m.
McDonough at Great Mills, 6 p.m.
Westlake at Chopticon, 7 p.m.
Great Mills at Thomas Stone, 7 p.m.
Leonardtown at Calvert, 7 p.m.
St. Marys Ryken at Paul VI, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 5
Boys Soccer
St. Marys Ryken at Severna Park Tournament
St. Marys Ryken at FXC Invitational (St. Johns Catholic High School)
Sun., Sept. 6
St. Marys Ryken at FXC Invitational (St. Johns Catholic High School)
Tues., Sept. 8
Boys Soccer
St. Marys Ryken at Gonzaga, 4 p.m.
Chopticon at Patuxent, 6 p.m.
Great Mills at Calvert, 6 p.m.
La Plata at Leonartown, 6 p.m.
Girls Soccer
Holy Cross at St. Marys Ryken, 4 p.m.
Patuxent at Chopticon, 6 p.m.
Calvert at Great Mills, 6 p.m.
Leonardtown at La Plata, 6 p.m.
Leonardtown at Lackey, 6 p.m.
Field Hockey
Great Mills at Calvert, 4 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 9
Field Hockey
St. Marys Ryken at Oakland Mills, 4 p.m.
Chopticon at Patuxent, 6 p.m.
Chopticon vs. Patuxent/Thomas Stone at Chesapeake Hills, 4 p.m.
Great Mills vs. North Point/La Plata at Potomac Ridge, 4 p.m.
Leonardtown vs. Lackey/Northern/Calvert at White Plains, 4 p.m.
Chopticon at North Point, 6 p.m.

DESK Friday Night Football
Games Bring Back Memories
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
Tomorrow marks the
rst full slate of Friday foot-
ball games for all St. Marys
County high schools and not
a moment too soon for most.
As Chopticon, Great
Mills and Leonardtown kick
off their seasons, and St.
Marys Ryken will play its
second game of the year, I
cant help but think of how
much fun it is for parents
to watch their kids play and
cheer, how much fun it is for
the kids to cheer and play,
and how bearing witness
to all of this reminds me of
my own Friday night lights
As a reserve (so far
back on the depth chart I lost
count) two-way lineman on
the Howard High School of
Technology Wildcats foot-
ball team several moons ago,
I remember the only Friday
Night football game I ever
played in.
We traveled a good two
hours from Wilmington,
Del., down to Bridgeville
(Sussex County) to play the
Woodbridge Blue Raiders, a
school that up until the ear-
lier part of this decade, did
not have a good tradition on
the gridiron.
For the rst time all sea-
son, we were allowed to bring
our Walkmans (yes kids, no
iPod touch, nano, none of
that) on the bus and listen to
music with our headphones
on. By the time we got to
Woodbridge High, we were
WIRED to the maximum.
Even though Woodbridge
was considered a bad foot-
ball team, the bleachers were
still full, which was amazing
to me then and still is now.
As for the game, we
won 44-0, which meant ev-
erybody got playing time,
including yours truly. My
lone memory from being on
the eld was hitting my right
hand on a Woodbridge play-
ers helmet trying to block a
pass across the middle, and
felt like the middle nger on
said hand was going to fall
off any second.
Years later, as I broke
into this profession, Ive
been fortunate enough to
observe the excited chatter
in the stands, the various
cheers and ght songs at dif-
ferent schools, and the nev-
er-say-die attitudes of fans,
family, friends and athletes
who have come together for
one common goal victory
to start the weekend. And
with the rivalry games in
St. Marys County at such a
fever pitch, its always inter-
esting to see who will come
with the best signs, the best
cheers and earn bragging
rights for another year.
With that in mind, it is
supposed to be a soggy week-
end, but hopefully that wont
dampen the spirits of South-
ern Maryland football fans as
their schools begin the battle
for Southern Maryland Ath-
letic Conference supremacy
week in and week out.
But more than just a
football game, a social hap-
pening takes place. People
from different schools, dif-
ferent walks of life and dif-
ferent attitudes towards the
game all have one thing in
common they love Friday
Night football. As we all
Comments, questions,
complaints? Send em all
to Chris at chrisstevens@
All high school, recreational and youth league coaches, if
you would like the scores, statistics and standings from your
respective games and leagues to be published, contact Chris
Stevens at 301-373-4125 or at
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 37
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Long Island 25 26 .490 7.0 W 1 5- 5
Bridgeport 25 26 .490 7.0 L 3 5- 5
Camden 22 29 .431 10.0 L 1 4- 6
Somerset 30 20 .600 L 1 4- 6
Newark 26 24 .520 4.0 W 1 3- 7
Lancaster 23 27 .460 7.0 W 6 7- 3
York 20 32 .385 11.0 L 1 5- 5
Atlantic Baseball
League Standings
(For games through Tues., Sept. 1)
CAMDEN, NJ The Camden Riv-
ersharks were defeated by the Southern
Maryland Blue Crabs tonight, by a nal
score of 7-5. Camden starter Kevin Man-
nix (2-3) was charged with the loss, as he
gave up 5 runs on 9 hits in 6.1 innings
of work. Southern Marylands Jason Na-
varro (2-0) picked up the win, as he al-
lowed just 1 run and 4 hits in 1.2 innings
pitched. With the loss, the Riversharks
season tally falls to 22-29, while the Blue
Crabs improves to 31-18.
The Riversharks struck rst in this
contest, and brought two runs across
the plate in the 1st inning. With a run-
ner in scoring position, shortstop Bryant
Nelson laced a double to right eld that
scored Chris Walker for the rst run of
the night. The next batter was rst base-
man Brett Bonvechio, who followed with
another double to right, driving in Nel-
son, and picking up his 38th RBI of the
Southern Maryland cut the River-
sharks lead in half in the 3rd inning, and
made it a 2-1 game. With two runners
aboard, rst baseman Michael Tucker hit
a ground ball that made its way through
the ineld for an RBI single that plated
Richard Giannotti. But Camden would
pull the run right back in the bottom half
of the inning. Bonvechios second double
of the night would drive in Walker once
again, and give the Sharks a 3-1 lead.
The Blue Crabs bats would come
to life again in the 4th inning, and they
would once again make it a one run game.
Back to back doubles by Lance Burkhart
and Chuck Jeroloman would do the dam-
age for the visitors, and see them pick up
their second run of the night.
The Sharks would extend their lead
in the bottom of the 5th, and up the score
to 4-2. With the speedy Wayne Lydon
on second base, Bryant Nelson blooped
a single to right eld to drive in another
run. But Southern Maryland would an-
swer right back in the 6th, as Chuck Je-
roloman would hit his ninth homerun of
the season, a solo shot to left.
The Blue Crabs would break through
and take the lead in the 7th inning, once
again using the long ball. With two run-
ners aboard, center elder Jeremy Owens
blasted a homerun over the left eld wall,
giving Southern Maryland a 6-4 lead.
Camden would pull back a run in
the bottom of the 7th, and make the score
6-5. An RBI double by left elder Garrett
Guzman would score Walker for a third
time in the night, and make it a one run
Southern Maryland would add
an insurance run in the top of the 9th,
thanks to a elding error by Camdens
Bryant Nelson that allowed Owens to
score from third. With a two run lead in
the nal frame, the visitors would then
put the ball in the hands of closer Matt
Schweitzer, who retired the side and pre-
served a 7-5 victory for the Blue Crabs.
The save was his fourth of the year.
Blue Crab Bats
Wake Up To
Defeat Riversharks
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 39
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Raiders Ready for New Season
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
year, another extremely young Leon-
ardtown football team will take the
eld. No matter to third-year head
coach Anthony Pratley, who wel-
comes the opportunity to build on
the momentum that the Raiders have
built since his arrival in the summer
of 2007.
Its difcult, because we want
to be further along than where we
are, Pratley said of graduating sev-
eral starters and having the largest
tryout number (140 players) of his
tenure. [Team youth is] neither
positive or negative, all a matter of
Considering the immediate his-
tory of Raider foot-
ball before Prat-
ley took over, the
teams ve wins
over the past two
seasons are a step
in the right direc-
tion, along with
the dangerous Pis-
tol Spread Option
offense, a play-
book and format created by Pratley
that is now being run by high schools
in at least 37 states, and also has a
Web site,
A lot of the other sports teams
at Leonardtown have something to
hang their hat on, he says. The Pis-
tol gives us an identity.
Along with that identity, the
Raiders will have two senior leaders
running back/linebacker Darren
Read and offensive/defensive line-
man Mark Bohannon will guide
their young teammates through
highly competitive terrain, as
the Southern Maryland Ath-
letic Conference is recog-
nized as one of the states
Westlake won
states, but they lost a
couple of games in
SMAC last year, Bo-
hannon said of the con-
ferences toughness.
Its a lot of responsi-
bility, but its up to us to
teach the younger kids
what we know.
Its a team game,
says Read, the Raiders
second-leading rusher last
season. We have to keep
everybody in line and help
the teams appearance.
Bohannon feels Leonard-
town can be successful if they play
as a team early on.
We want to show you dont
have to have a bunch of Division I
players to be a good team, he said.
While the Raider players have
been working hard in practice, the
biggest challenge for Pratley, aside
from teaching newcomers the game,
is to keep guys from being too excit-
ed and hitting each other hard.
We dont have that kind of depth
to knock guys out, he said. We want
to save it for our opponents.
For this season, Pratley hopes
that the newcomers will get up to
speed quickly, but there is one thing
he is certain of.
We cant let Leonardtown
beat Leonardtown, he said. Our
kids know they can compete, so
were going to take care of our own
Fri., Sept. 4 @Calvert, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 11 @Patuxent, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 17 vs. Northern, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 25 vs. Thomas Stone, 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 2 @Westlake, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 9 vs. La Plata, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 16 @ Great Mills, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 23 @North Point, 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 30 vs. McDonough, 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 6 vs. Chopticon, 7 p.m.
Leonardtown 2009
Football Schedule
The Leonardtown football team will be younger, but will be ready
for battle in 2009.
Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By
Chris Stevens
Senior running back Darren Read is
ready to step up and become a leader
this season for the Raiders.
Anthony Pratley and his Pistol Spread
Option offense has given Raiders foot-
ball a positive identity.
Grifth Is Positive
About Hornets Success
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
Sitting in his classroom
dissecting footage from
last Saturdays scrimmage
at Atholton, Great Mills football
coach Bill Grifth couldnt help
but be excited about the direction
his team is heading in.
So far, everything looks
good, Grifth said of the teams
preparations leading up to their
rst game, Friday, Sept. 4 at Thom-
as Stone. The kids have a good at-
titude and are working hard.
Hard work hasnt been a prob-
lem for the Hornets, although they
currently are searching for their
rst regular-season win since the
2006 season nale. The strain of the previous two seasons has worn on
Grifth, but he maintains a positive attitude.
We just keep talking to the kids about the positives and doing the
right things, he said.
They have a lot of condence now, and we plan on winning a few
ball games this year.
To break through in the win column, the Hornets will add some
new wrinkles to their offense and defense.
Were still going to spread teams out with our passing game, but
were going to run a lot more option than we have in the past because
we have a lot of speed, he said.
Defensively, there is a new formation, but Grifth isnt ready to let
the cat out of the bag yet.
It will hopefully remedy a lot of the problems we had last year,
he said.
Four key players that Grifth will lean on this season are all se-
niors linebacker/fullback Derrick Pettet, quarterback Brian Jenner,
wide receiver Basil Moye and Jonathan Jones, a running back transfer-
ring from Virginia Beach this season.
Grifth believes that despite
playing in one of Marylands
toughest conferences, the South-
ern Maryland Athletic Confer-
ence, the Hornets will take care of
We saw some of the same
mistakes that we were making last
year, but we just had to talk to them
and they became a totally different
team, Grifth said.
With junior varsity kids mov-
ing up and having the experience
of winning six games in 2008,
Grifth hopes that winning atti-
tude will make the trip up to var-
sity and get the Hornets back on
We have kids who know how
to win games, and our seniors are
picking up on that, he said.
The kids have the right at-
titude, which is, We can beat
Fri., Sept. 4 @Thomas Stone, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 11 vs. Calvert, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 17 @Landsdowne, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 25 @Northern, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 2 vs. Lackey, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 9 @Patuxent, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct 16 vs. Leonardtown, 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 23 @Chopticon, 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 30 vs. North Point, 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 6 vs. Huntingtown, 7 p.m.
Great Mills 2009
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Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By Chris Stevens
Hornets coach Bill Grifth is con-
dent the Hornets will be much im-
proved in 2009.
Great Mills fullback/linebacker
Derrick Pettet returns for his senior
Quarterback Brian Jenner will
lead the Great Mills offense this
September 3, 2009
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