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Luck at the gaming tables gave more opportunity for the chance to win first class prizes at the Calvert Marine Museum Societys Bugeye Ball. Pictured at the table is Lori Cole, Keith Presley, and Harold Gill.


In Calvert Marine Museums Paleontology lab, Paige Fischer, 15, cleans a whale skull she discovered in Calvert Cliffs.


Ben Harris and Mitchell MacAdams take the top prize for the Junior Division at the countys first ever Science and Engineering Expo. The Southern Middle School students will advance to regional competition with their project.

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commissioners that agreeing to support the JLUS did not constitute an immediate monetary promise. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the JLUS.

Calvert to Help Land Use Study for NAS Pax River

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer In an effort to make energy bills cheaper, there has been a movement toward wind energy. A problem with this, as outlined to the Board of County Commissioners at their Feb. 28 meeting, is wind turbines interfere with the radar systems of various military aircraft. The Department of Defense has recognized this as a problem, said Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission member Greg Bowen. In the face of such land use issues affecting Naval Air Station Patuxent River and the state, the Department of Defense and the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is requesting a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to be led by local jurisdictions. Bowen explained the OEA has seen an opportunity for a JLUS in jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia and has asked to form a JLUS policy committee and sign a resolution to join together in the effort. The counties involved in the project include Calvert, Charles, St. Marys, Talbot, Somerset, Caroline, Wicomico and Dorchester in Maryland and two others in Virginia. Issues with growth affect more than Pax River NAS. Areas growing up around the base are affected by the noise and the traffic from the base, Bowen said, and counties on the Eastern Shore are affected by sonic booms and tests from the base. While most of the tests go on over the water, Bowen said some are conducted on land, which can adversely affect the residents in the area. Commissioner Susan Shaw talked about wind turbines planned to be build near Ocean City, and the effect they could have on the Atlantic Test Range. She said the turbines could be beneficial in one way, but if they limit or eliminate the usability of the test range could hurt NAS Pax River, and possibly see it shut down by the Department of Defense. She said it is critical to take action and preserve naval activities in Southern Maryland. The OEA is requesting Southern Maryland counties to contribute to a 10 percent match to OEA grants awarded to the JLUS. The actual dollar amount has not yet been determined and Bowen assured the

Calvert High Student Death Under Investigation

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Calvert County law officers are investigating the sudden death last week of a 15-year-old male student of Calvert High School, but they do not believe he died from anything other than natural causes, they say. He had an unknown heart issue, said Calvert Investigative Team Commander Lt. Steve Jones. Jones said that prescription drug overdoses among Calvert teens is reaching serious proportions but he does not believe that such is the case in the death of the student. Theres no reason to believe prescription drugs were involved, Jones said. This is something no one saw coming, especially the family. Kim Roof, executive director of administration for Calvert County Public Schools said grief counselors were dispatched to the school the morning of Feb. 23 after learning of the students death. The team was there for a couple of days, Roof said. It does change the face of a school day. Jones said the student was seen by a physician the day before he died for heart concerns but was released from the hospital. The county coroner requested that the Medical Examiner in Baltimore perform a toxicology screening on the student to officially rule out any prescription drug involvement, Jones said. Police are still waiting on the results. You dont want to rule anything out in a preliminary investigation, Jones said.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Calvert police say a Lusby man was fatally crushed after being trapped under a tree Feb. 25 at an address on Rousby Hall Road. According to the sheriffs office, some of their deputies and members of the Solomons Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad responded shortly after the call for a man trapped under a tree, and found Brian W. Buck in a hole left by a fallen trees roots. Buck had been cutting the downed tree when a log rolled into the hole. Buck climbed into the hole to pull the log out when the root ball fell back into the hole and trapped Buck, police say. Two witnesses to the accident tried to extricate him from the hole but could not and called in emergency responders, police

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reported. Responders had to bring in a back hoe to get Buck out by removing the root ball, which they estimated to weigh 10 tons, but he was pronounced dead on the scene, police reported. Police believed no foul play was involved, nor was there any indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident. Lt. Steve Jones, commander of the Calvert Investigative Team with the sheriffs office, said that Buck was helping to clear out forestry debris that had been left from Hurricane Irenes wake from the summer of last year. People are still cleaning up the mess from that, Jones said. Basically it crushed him.

Solomons Bracing for Tiki Bar Opening

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Solomons Island bar owners gathered at the Feb. 23 liquor board meeting to discuss their plans for the Tiki Bar opening weekend, beginning April 20, and the fastapproaching summer season. Effective Oct. 1, 2011, there are stricter noise regulations, and county officials will be using decibel meters to measure the sound level coming from the bars. The boards alcohol enforcement officer told bar owners they are responsible for keeping amplified noise under control. Establishments will get one warning to get the noise level under control. For a second offense in the same evening, they will be shut down for the night. Representatives from Stoneys and Calypso Bay discussed filling the gap left by Catamarans without inheriting the problems associated with the bar. They also talked about security measures planned for the opening, which include having additional police patrolling the island. Bars intend to communicate with each other and the police to prevent problem patrons from simply going from establishment to establishment. Tiki Bar owners are planning to make their opening weekend bigger than ever. The owners intend to have King Tiki arrive by helicopter to toast the opening, as well as adding serving space to accommodate the increased attendance. Dr. Ronald Chip Ross and his wife were in attendance to voice concerns about the Tiki Bars plan for additional bar space and plans for having music during the summer. You are aware thats a zoning violation, Ross said, in reference to the weekend music. Well deal with that later, Tiki Bar co-owner Terry Clarke responded. This is not a planning commission meeting. In other business, the board made a decision to allow temporary liquor licenses for special events beyond the annual limit of six, on a case-by-case basis. Board Member Beth Swoap made a motion to delete a section from the guidelines and replace it with the following: The board shall have discretion, upon request by an applicant, to determine the number and frequency of temporary licenses allowed in any calendar year. The motion was approved unanimously, and members of the public have 10 days from Feb. 23 to submit comments and concerns abut the change.

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County Rallying Against Pension Shift

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

In a show of solidarity against the states plan to move the cost of teacher pensions to the county level, members of the sheriffs office, volunteer fire departments and rescue squads and Accepting: the Calvert County libraries, came to the Board of County Commissioners meetings to speak out against the pension shift. 99 Smallwood Dr. Waldorf, MD 206 Washignton Ave. LaPlata, MD Commissioner Susan Shaw discussed the pension shift as a representative from the SERVING CHARLES ST. MARYS PG CALVERT (301) 932-7700 (301) 870-7111 Maryland Association of Counties (MACO). There are proposed offsets for the first year, though passage them. Do You Feel Crabby When You Get Your Shaw said I thinkexpected is unlikely for mosttoofsupport The counties are to increase taxes Insurance Bill in the Mail? Give Us A Call. the additional spending on pensions. supporting penShaw said the only way to make sions sustainable would be to go from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model, though the change has not yet been approved by MACO. Sheriff Mike Evans also spoke out against the pensions being moved to the county, saying the additional requirements would likely see funding cut from other areas, such as public safety. The problem with that is when the economy slows down, crime has a tendency to increase, he explained. The pension payments would cut into the sheriff offices ability to cope with the increase. I dont want the demands of one to undermine the Gary Simpson other, Evans said. Matt Laidley Director of Calvert County Public Libraries Pat Katie Facchina Hoffmann said the library employees are under the 7480 Crain Highway same pension plan as the school employees. While the La Plata, MD 20646 libraries havent had to furlough employees, she said 301-934-8437 she worries about the pension shift and its affect on the funding for the libraries. April Hancock College of Southern Maryland Director of FinanPO Box 407 An Independent Agent Representing: ERIE INSURANCE GROUP cial Aid Chris Zimmerman said the pinch the county Standing: Dan Burris, Jake Kuntz, Seated: Lisa Squires, Bryans Road, MD 20616 would feel would also affect students at the community Susan Ennis, Donna Burris 301-743-9000 college, who would wind up paying hundreds of dollars more for less. He said a cut in funding would mean a cut in the classes and services offered, while students would have to pay more to compensate. Auto - Home - Business - Life Leonardtown, MD Bus: (301) 475-3151

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Farm Use Discussion Still on The Table

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Discussion continued at the Feb. 22 Planning Commission meeting about allowing farm owners to have public events and rental facilities on their properties and selling non-plant items out of green houses. Members of the Agricultural Commission, the Farm Bureau and the Soil Conservation group, among others, joined the members of the Planning Commission to discuss various questions about alternative land use in agriculture preservation districts, historic district and registered farms. All sides agreed that public events, such as fundraiser concerts, and rentals, such as wedding receptions, should be allowed on farms. What needs to be decided is what limit to put on the number of rentals and public events during the year. There was also discussion on whether there should be different definitions for events for profit and events for non-profit organizations. Director of Planning and Zoning Chick Johnston said the two should not be separated, because the road use and impact to the surrounding areas will be the same no matter what group is benefiting from the event. Whats the point in separating the two? Johnston asked the assembled group. They also discussed allowing the sale of non-plant items at retail nurseries and greenhouses. These items are not necessarily unrelated to plants and planting, but include such items as larger pots and tools such as trowels and spades. They discussed how much land should be allotted toward the sale of non-plant items. General consensus was there should be a set percentage of land that can be allotted to the non-plant merchandise. Nothing was decided at the meeting, though future plans include going to the Board of County Commissioners and further discussions between stakeholders. Craig Mask with the Agricultural Commission said it was a good thing to get everyone together to discuss the issues. He said between the Agricultural Commission, which aims to preserve farmers and their livelihoods, and the Agricultural Preservation advisory board, which aims to preserve the actual land, they need to work together to find solutions that are best for the farmers and the land. By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer


Church Honors Local Centenarians

Two residents from Solomons Nursing Center are long on years but short on words. This weekend, Healing and Deliverance Community Experience of the Holy Spirit collected residents from the local nursing home and brought them to their church for their Fourth Annual Senior Love Celebration. Both Hattie Livina Brooks Gross and Caroline Kendrick are 104 years old and the oldest residents in the home. Gross will be 105 on April 22. When asked if they wanted to share anything with a room full of church members and nursing home residents, Gross said, I enjoyed watching. Kendrick Hattie Livina Brooks Gross will be 105 years-old in April. said, Thank you. Gross daughter had a little more to say, On behalf of my mother and myself, this has been fabulous. This is what a church is supposed to be doing. Going out and serving the community. Another speaker said it was an honor to acknowledge the contributions of the nursing home residents to the community. Im Caroline Kendrick, 104, had her great here today because of the teaching of my grandmothers, grandfagrand-daughters with her at the Senior thers, great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers.
Celebration. Sarah Brown, who takes care of her at the center, is enjoying a dance.

Mystery Document Only Partially Revealed

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Debate about box stores in the New Town District of Prince Frederick and a document that hasnt fully seen the light of day dominated conversation at the Calvert County Planning Commission meeting Feb. 15. Discussion of the proposed expansion to the size limits for box stores evolved into discussion about a county economic development report titled Retail Purchasing Power and Space Demand Analysis. Its something that will be very useful to you, one way or the other, said Planning Commission Attorney John Yacovelle of the report, although he has not seen the complete document. The partial report given to the planning commission contained references to pages in addition to the ones furnished there were three or four pages that were not made public. Yacovelle said he went searching for the complete document at the request of the Planning Commission. I went to the typical sources and couldnt obtain it, Yacovelle said. No one seemed to have it or know where it was. Eventually, Yacovelle said he discovered that the Department of Economic Development had the entire document, and was not releasing the additional pages because there were concerns that there is information in there that shouldnt be made public, that might have, for example, the different proposals of the people who are making proposals. Planning and Zoning Director Chuck Johnston echoed Yacovelles comments, telling commission members that he too has not seen the additional pages, but they contain information about specific businesses that the department of economic development did not feel comfortable releasing publicly. Yacovelle said the missing pages are being treated as a treasure map, and it was suggested to him, after getting the county attorney involved, than an executive session be held in which the pages would be handed out, discussed with economic development officials, and collected again before the executive session ended. Yacovelle said such treatment is a trifle insulting. Commission member W. Michael Phipps suggested they get the additional pages with information like company names redacted so they can see what charts and information to which the released pages refer. Commission member Malcolm Funn suggested the same, adding that the pages should not have been referred to if they were not to be released for viewing. A citizen in the audience also spoke up during the meeting, saying she also wants to see the additional pages released, even if there are parts redacted. Mark Volland, spokesperson for the Department of Economic Development confirmed the additional pages have information about parties interested in the former Calvert Middle School property, and the department doesnt want to release such information while they are still accepting proposals from potential developers.

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Bugeye Ball Raises Funds For Museum

For more than 20 years, the Calvert Marine Museum Societys Bugeye Ball has entertained guests with fine cuisine, music and dancing, raising funds to support the museums preservation and education efforts. The theme for this years event, held Saturday, was the mystery and music of a 1920s Speakeasy. Guests wore vintage inspired outfits to add to the mystique of the evening and were surrounded with the fun and excitement of numerous gaming tables, jazz music from The Hot Club of DC, and the distinctive cuisine of Kens Creative Kitchen. Ticket holders received $10,000 in chips to try their luck at poker, craps, and roulette. Winners cashed in the chips at the end of the night for chances to take home first class prizes, which included an iPad 2, a Kate Spade purse, matching his and her watches and an original Solomons Scene necklace from Maertens Fine Jewelry and Gifts, dinner for 10 from Kens Creative Kitchen, and a selection of fine spirits from Port of Call Liquors. The drawing of the raffle winner is another one of the exciting events at the ball. This years prize of a romantic trip for two to Italy was won by Carly Rutherford of Hollywood. The Rutherfords will receive $2,500 toward airfare and the use of a private threebedroom villa in Cetona, Italy for one full week. Over the years, the Bugeye Ball has been the source of funding for numerous upgrades and additions to the museums exhibits and programs, according to museum marketing specialist Traci Cimini. The Lore Oyster House, Patuxent Small Craft Center, Cove Point Lighthouse, Discovery Room and so many other museum assets have benefited from the generosity of those that have attended and sponsored this event over the years. The Ball gives the Board of Governors and CMM staff the chance to actually meet and thank the people behind those very important donations. Last year, the Bugeye Ball raised over $40,000 in support of the Cove Point Lighthouse preservation project. Much of the stabilization and preservation work of the site has been completed and the museum is on pace to reopen Cove Point this summer. Projects like Cove Point are a prime example of what the museum is able to do as a result of the Bugeye Ball. This years supporters included: ARINC, AMEWAS, Incorporated, Steve and Eileen Bildman, Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, Heron Systems, Inc., Top Hat Party Design, Wyle, PEPCO, Quality Built Homes, Inc., Nancy Wieck, John and Marianne Harms, Maertens Fine Jewelry and Gifts, SMECO, Washington Gas, Don and Jean McDougall, Zenetex, Celebrate!, Comcast, CSC, Zelma Margelos, and The Patuxent Partnership.

Luck at the gaming tables gave more opportunity for the chance to win first class prizes. Pictured at the table is Lori Cole, Keith Presley, and Harold Gill.

In 8 Months, Local Biz Has 800 Clients Worldwide

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer In July, linkblots implemented its beta program for helping businesses take advantage of the Quick Response (QR) Codes sweeping the marketplace. As of last week the local company has over 800 clients from a company in Dubai to the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce. Brian Raines and Fred Bechbiel, cofounders of Envidient, Inc. which created linkblots, recently explained what their company can provide during a Chamber of Commerce seminar. Raines told a dozen local business representatives that by 2013 more people will use mobile phones than desktop computers to go online. Mobile users scanning QR Codes has increased by over 800 percent between January 2010 and January 2011. While any business can create its own two-dimensional matrix code, which handlesmore data than the traditional UPC barcodes, most businesses are not using the technology effectively, according to Raines. Acting as the intermediary between the created code and the business owner, linkblots provide mobile user friendly mobile web pages and marketing campaign management. The linkbots platform provides clients with unlimited QR Codes, point-and-click mobile web pages, dynamic ad insertion and tracking, analytics, social sharing, branding solutions and affordable pricing. The live demonstration showed how this can be done in minutes. Raines said he tracked the success of QR Codes from Japan, where the technology originated, through the Pacific Rim, to Australia, up through Europe and over to the United States. These codes have been around nearly 20 years, first developed by a subsidiary of Toyota to track manufacturing of automobiles. Only in the past year or so have American businesses caught onto using the technology to drive mobile users to make purchases, according to Raines. In eight months, clients have launched over 2,000 campaigns. Raines said linkbot client, the Washington Capitols use QR Codes the most and most effectively. The business started off with investments by friends and family. Now the company is seeking additional investors. I didnt anticipate this would go around the world, said Raines, whose PowerPoint presentation boasts having clients from every continent except Antarctica with names like The Salvation Army, Century 21, Hampton Inn, Scottish Government Library and The Calvert Gazette. For more information go to Fred Bechbiel demonstrates the linkblots platform to Ashely Cook, from Calvert Memorial Hospital. or call 410-231-4664.

Locals Learn How QR Codes Boost Business

People are beginning to use their smartphones more than their desktop computers which means businesses not taking advantage of the technology offered in Quick Response (QR) Codes are going to lose business, according to Brian Raines, co-founder of linkblots. At the invitation of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, last week Raines spoke to a dozen local businesses about QR Codes. Raines rattled off a number of statistics to highlight the impact of QR codes on both local and international businesses. Its leveling the playing field between a start-up and international businesses. Take Mama Lucias for an example. She is now able to compete with Dominoes for pizza delivery, said Raines. Customers are using their smartphones to connect with businesses in their local area. 95% of smartphone users have used their phones to find local businesses. 61% call the business and 59% go to the location after loditional website for desktop computers and cating it on their phone. 90% will act within a mobile website for smartphone users and 24 hours, he said. then offer a way to easily link the two sites QR Codes were developed in 1994 together. by a subsidiary of Toyota to track a vehicle A business can go to the Internet and through the manufacturing process. The create its own QR code for free, but if the black and white box with unusual patterns mobile user gets a full website on her phone, of blocks inside are popping up everywhere. she will not be as pleased. Studies show that What makes them useful is that smartphone mobile users want the mobile websites which users can download scanners to read the code dont involve zooming, can navigate with that takes them to a website. only the thumb, is easy to read and easy to code with Not all QR Codes are effective, accord- Scan this QRto be taken a a convert. smartphone to ing to Raines. Mobile phone users are look- video promoting last years The key to increasing sales through ing for a mobile friendly experience when United Way Mardi Gras. these QR codes is to offer value. Make it easy taken to a company website. to call and locate the business in a click or Companies like linkblots offer a way to design a land- two, offer a mobile coupon and provide engaging content, ing site for a mobile phone which is different than their like a YouTube video, according to Raines. desktop website. Successful companies design both a tra-

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First-Ever STEM Fair Showcases Tomorrows Talent

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Welcome to the 21st Century, exclaimed Yovonda Kolo, Calvert County Public Schools Supervisor of Science and STEM, in her opening remarks during the awards following the schools first Science and Engineering Expo this weekend. Kolo was so excited she didnt need the microphone to address nearly 300 people in Calvert Middle Schools gymnasium. She explained to the audience how the science and engineering exhibits displayed between the library, auditorium and gym are only an example of what students are learning in schools and in after school activities. How many here today stopped by the Rubix Cube club table? Kolo asked. As simple as the task appears to get all the colors together, it takes perseverance to keep working to solve it; vision to see where you are trying to go and innovation because there is more than one way to solve it. Photos by Corrin M. Howe The real world problems facing scientists and engineers today take similar skills, which are em- Joey Melcher, fifth grader from WHES, plays with the robotic displays during the Engibedded throughout the curriculum from preschool neering Expo. His brother, Ryan, had a display about solar houses for the expo. through high school, according to Kolo. see the new exciting cool projects they will work on. We need Chespax, the environmental educational experience gives to start generating interest in STEM in middle school to get stuelementary-aged students hands on experience and access to dents started on the pathway in high school, said Dawn Balinliving laboratories. Next year all the middle schools will have ski, school board member. the Gateway to Technology curriculum for design and modThe Calvert Middle School library displayed winning scieling, energy and environment and automation and robotics. ence projects covering such topics as Antimicrobial Effects High schools have Project Lead The Way with a four-year of Allium sativum on Escherichia coli to Which Day is the pathway to biomedical and aerospace engineering programs. Loudest at Lunch? All together, 25 projects represented all CCPS Superintendent Jack Smith told the audience there four high schools and five middle schools. Southern Middle are reasons for separating out STEM (Science, Technology, EnSchool sent 10 of the science entries. gineering and Mathematics) in school. There are reasons why The auditorium had Robotics displays. Julie Tomasik, schools and politicians are paying attention. one of the County Robotics Coordinators, said they were there Smith said currently many high school students are graduto demonstrate the robotics field. This year the middle school ating and going on to college, but are unable to compete because students will compete with other middle school students at the they have no foundation in science and engineering compared regional competition March 3 at the College of Southern Maryto international students. land La Plata campus. Fine Arts dont have the corner on the market of creativIts Body Forward. The students research a real world ity. From what Ive seen today, you are the most creative people problem with (human) bodies, propose a solution and present in the county. Be proud of it and pursue it, Smith told the stutheir research and solution to engineers, said Tomasik. The dents who participated in the Science and Engineering Expo. teams gain points by programming a robot to complete a misCollege of Southern Maryland STEM Director and Profession. The team with the most points wins. sor of Mathematics Robert Farinelli agreed. You will be taking Middle and high school classes displayed projects from jobs that dont even exist today. I encourage you to take as much this year. They gym also had displays from afterschool clubs (STEM) as you can throughout middle and high school so all and local companies and organizations related to the science the doors are open to you when you leave here. and engineering fields. The Naval Air Systems Command from While CCPS has displayed winning science fair projects Patuxent River NAS brought in a flight simulation program from each of the schools in the past, this is the first time it has which was very popular, according to Kolo. decided to showcase its STEM program at the same time. The displays included a green house starting with collecThis is an opportunity for more middle school students to tion of rainwater all the way through recycling waste. Another display proposed a floating house as the solution to hurricanes. Balloons under the house foundation would automatically deploy when it sensed a certain amount surging water. The solution would also provide electricity until the regular power was restored. Josh Henson, a ninth grader from Patuxent High School, engaged visitors in an experiment showing how hydraulics work. Not only did he encourage them to use the hands on display, but he explained why the results occurred. A large and small plunger filed with water, similar to ones used to dispense liquid medication, connected to each end of a clear plastic tube. One might think the larger plunger would be the stronger. The little one is always going to beat the big one, said Henson. The reason why is that it has less area and therefore more leverage than the Grand Prize Winners for Senior Division David Burns, Maurice Harris and Rahul Nalarger plunger.
dendla from Patuxent High School stand by their project.

Winners of the Science Fair:

Grand Prize Award Winners: Senior Division: David Burns, Maurice Harris, Rahul Nadendla, Patuxent High School Junior Division: Ben Harris and Mitchell MacAdams, Southern Middle School Awards of Excellence: Representing top 15% of all projects Danielle Szynborski (SMS), Surjo Bandyopadhyay (PHS), Ronald Forster (PHS), Nora Keller (HHS), Tyler Grover (CSH) Awards of Merit: Representing the top 30% of all projects. Nora Windsor (SMS), Casey Beall (HHS), Tyler Sullivan, Zach Switzer David Alman (team from PHS), Nathan Scherer (NMS), Abigail Moller (SMS) Special Awards: Calvert County Agricultural Commission: $50 to Gabriella Green Effects of Acid Rain on Plants and Sidewalks representing CMS. $25 to AllisonWorth Methods of Water Purification representing NHS $25 to Surjo Bandyopadhyay ntimicrobial Effects of Allium sativum on E-coli representing PHS American Property Consultants, Inc.: $50 to Kimberly Lopez Project Title: Oil Spill Clean-up! Natural vs. Synthetic representing CHS $50 to Gabriella Green What is the Effect of Acid Rain on Plants and Sidewalks? representing CSM Calvert Soil Conservation District: $50 to Gabriella Green What is the Effect of Acid Rain on Plants and Sidewalks? representing CSM $50 to Allison Worth Methods of Water Purification representing NSH Water and Waste Operators Association of Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia, Southern Section: $50 to Casey Beall Poof! Instant Water representing HHS $25 to Nathan Scherer Mr. Green Clean representing NMS Southern MD Resource Conservation and Development Board, Inc.: $50 to Allison Worth Methods of Water Purification representatives NHS $25 to Kimberly Lopez Oil Spill Clean Up representing CHS $50 to Gabriella Green Effects of Acid Rain representing CSM $25 to Ben Harris & Mitchell MacAdams Gauss Rifle representing SMS The Patuxent Partnership Inc.: $100 to each Senior High School project listed below Kimberly Lopez (CHS), Team Maurice Harris, Rahul Nadendla, David Burns (PHS), Ronald Forest (PHS), Surjo Bandyopadhyay (PHS) $50 to each Middle School project listed: Ben Harris, Mitchell MacAdams Abigail Moller Trevan Rocarek Trevor Penix Southern Maryland Audubon Society: $50 to Nathan Scherer Mr. Green Clean representing NMS $50 to Abigail Moller The Effect of Magnetism on Plant Growth representing SMS Washington DC Chapter-Meteorological Society(DC-AMS): Certificate of Outstanding Achievement plus an Invitation to their Banquet Team David Burns, Maurice Harris, Rahul Nadendla Ethanol Synthesis from Various Biomass Gabriella Green Project Title: Effect of Acid Rain on Plants and Sidewalks Kimberly Lopez Oil Spill Clean-up, Natural vs. Synthetic Johns Hopkins Engineering Alumni: 1st Place Award $100 (gift card) + invitation to campus Ronald Forster Practicality of Eddy Current representing PHS 2nd Place Award $75 (gift card) + invitation to campus Tyler Grover Properties of Current Produced via Change in Magnetic Flux representing CHS 3rd Place Award $50 (gift card) + invitation to campus Surjo Bandyopadhyay Antimicrobial Effects of Allium sativum on E-coli representing PHS Honorable Mention + invitation to campus Casey Beall, Adam Hogenson, Nora Keller, Ben Harris, Mitchell MacAdams, Trevor Penix SMECO: $100 Gift Card to Nora Windsor Sticky Stuff! representing SMS Wyle: Senior Award 1st Place $175 Ronald Forster Project Title: Practicality of Eddy Current representing PHS Senior Award 2nd Place $125 Tyler Grover Properties of Current Produced via Change in Magnetic Flux representing CHS Junior Award 1st Place $175 Trevor Penix Project Title: The Effects of Liquids on Duck Eggs representing SMS Junior Award 2nd Place $125 Ben Harris & Mitchell MacAdams Gauss Rifle Experiment representing SMS Educate and Celebrate: $50 to Lily Hensler How Sweet it is to be a Banana! representing SMS Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust: Senior Award 1st Place $100 Maurice Harris, Rahul Nadendla, David Burns Ethanol Synthesis from Various Biomass representing PHS Senior Award 2nd Place $50 Alison Worth Methods of Water Purification representing NHS Junior Award 1st Place $100 Nathan Scherer Mr. Green Clean representing NMS Junior Award 2nd Place $50 Trevan Rocarek Oil Absorption representing SMS Southern Maryland Association of Realtors: Grand Prize Senior Winner $750 scholarship Maurice Harris, Rahul Nadendla, David Burns Ethanol Synthesis from Various Biomass representing PHS

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Budding Paleontologist at Work

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Paige Fischer is proving that a person doesnt even have to be out of high school to start living their dreams. The Huntington High School freshman is working at Calvert Marine Museum to clean and prepare a whale skull she discovered in Calvert Cliffs for display. After two years and more than 60 hours of work on the main part of the skull alone, Fischers discovery is nearly ready for display. Fischer found the skull Aug. 20, 2010 when she was walking on the beach between Dares Beach Road and Plum Point Road. She said she happened to look back, and saw a bone sticking out of the sand. At first she thought it was a dolphin skull, having seen three of them excavated before making her own discovery. Calvert Marine Museum Paleontology Collections Manager John Nance came out to identify the skull and told Fischer it was a 16 million-year-old Baleen Whale skull. Specifically, it is the top part of a skull. Fischer said the skull would have been the end of the skeleton the way it was laying, and, between erosion and the tides, the rest of the animals remains are long gone. On Aug. 23, 2010, excavation of the skull began. Fischer said she was in charge of the GPS so the people from the museum could pinpoint the exact location of the skull and get permission to extract it. The group approximated the size and location of the skull and began digging in a semi circle around it, widening the circle when the skull turned out to be larger than they thought. Fischer said she helped with the digging, which lasted a few days. Because of its location, the group had to stop when the tide came in. On the day they removed the main part of the skull, the group left behind two smaller pieces that they came back for later. Currently, Fischer is working on cleaning the smaller pieces of the skull, a job she said will take between four and six hours. Before removing the skull, it was wrapped in plaster bandages to keep it intact. It took three men to carry the 200-pound fossil up the cliffs. Fischers grandmother, Patricia Fischer, donated a wagon to the cause, which Fischer said helped the men get it uphill more easily. Fischer has been working on her find for the past


two years and, with some help and instruction from Nance and other employees and volunteers at the museum, she has taken the lead in cleaning and preparing the fossil for display. She uses a dental pick to scrape sediment from the bone, and a paintbrush to clear it away. She also uses a hardening compound along the cracks to reinforce the bone and keep it from falling apart. So far, she has discovered 14 shark teeth in the sediment on the fossil, suggesting the predators fed on the whale after it died. There is also a peccary tooth in the sediment, which Fischer said is unusual. A peccary is a type of wild pig, a land-based animal that should have had no interaction with a baleen whale. Once she is finished with the fossil, it will be fitted with a professional jacket and become part of the museums collection, though Fischer doesnt know where

it will be displayed yet. Visitors to the museum have the chance to see Fischer at work and ask her questions through a window in the lab. She said it is her dream to get her masters degree as a paleontologist and work for either the Calvert Marine Museum or the Smithsonian Museum. She said she also intends to continue to volunteer at the museum and summer camps to teach children techniques she has learned. I kind of want to do everything, she said. The 15-year-old has been bringing her discoveries to the Calvert Marine Museum since she was 9, and she said she has a collection of 1,000 bones and 4,000 sharks teeth that she hasnt had time to bring into the museum yet.

A peccary tooth discovered in the sediment with the rest of the fossil.

Paige Fischer cleans the whale skull she discovered.

Photos by Sarah Miller

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William Bourne, 93
William L. Bourne, 93, of Saint Leonard, MD passed away on Feb. 19, 2012 at his residence. He was born April 30, 1918 to the late Draper Edward Bourne and Annie Rebecca Howe Bourne in Calvert County, Maryland. He was the seventh of nine children who all preceded him in death. He attended school in Island Creek which at the time was called Pink School. After attending school he worked as a farmer, construction worker, and an oyster shucker at the oyster house. On Nov. 9, 1940 he was united in Holy Matrimony to Henrietta Virginia Jackson. From this union seven children were born. William, affectionately called Buncie, Daddy, Daddy Buncie, Grand-Pop, and Dit Do was well known throughout the community for his gardening and his giving heart. You would find him sitting outside guarding his garden. He was a member of Brooks United Methodist Church, where in his earlier years he sang in the choir. His favorite hymn was What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Buncie really loved his family. He enjoyed the many family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July and the Labor Day weekend campout. Buncie was preceded in death by his daughter, Marilyn Bourne Johnson, grandson, Michael Leroy Harris, great-grandson, Rodney Barry Gray Jr. Rudy, great granddaughter, Angel Gray and great-great, Grandson Anthony Plater. He leaves to cherish fond memories his loving wife Henrietta; two sons, Clinton Bourne (Maude), Gary Bourne; four daughters, Gertrude Whitby, Mae Harris (Lester), Olive Gray and Marietta Bourne; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law; Mary Bourne and a host of nieces, nephews,

cousins, devoted friends and a spiritual adopted son; Warren Gray Gray. Funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Brooks UM Church, St. Leonard, MD with Pastor Jason L. Robinson officiating. The interment was at Brooks United Methodist Church Cemetery, St. Leonard, MD. The pallbearers were Kevin Brooks, James Gray Dwan Johnson, Jr., Bruce Gray, Ryan Gray and Glen Johnson. The honorary pallbearers were Lamont Bourne, Rodney Brooks, Warren Gray, Rice Bourne, Jr., Rodney Gray and Rodney Jones. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Services for Deanne were held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church, Owings, MD. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Arrangements were by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings, MD. Memorial contributions in Deannas memory may be made to the Memorial Fund for Deanna R. Brooke, Community Bank of TriCounty, P.O. Box 373, Dunkirk, MD 20754. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD.

Mary Doss, 77
Mary Elizabeth Doss, 77, of Lusby, MD formerly of Covington, VA passed away on Feb. 22, 2012 in Prince Frederick, MD. She was born on November 11, 1934 in Covington, VA to the late George Dewey and Lucille Grady Tingler. She was the loving wife to Linwood Beauford Doss whom she married on Sept. 8, 1952 in Covington, VA and he preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 2009. Mary graduated from Covington High School in 1952 and moved to Calvert County from Kettering, MD in November 1995. She was always a loving person who always put others before herself. She was a perfect role model as a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. All who knew her will miss her deeply. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Gordon and George Tingler. Mary is survived by her children, Dennis Lee Doss and wife Sherry of Waldorf, MD, Gary Doss and wife Becky of Salisbury, MD, and Kenny Doss and wife Kerri of Waldorf, MD; brother, Benny Tingler of Covington, VA; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The family received friends on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 in the Olivet United Methodist Church, Lusby, MD where funeral services were held with Rev. Faith Lewis officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made in Marys name to the Olivet United Methodist Church, 13570 Olivet Road, Lusby, MD 20657 and / or Calvert Hospice, , P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD.

Deanna Brooke, 40
Deanna Renee Brooke, 40, of Dunkirk, MD passed away at her residence on Feb. 17, 2012. Deanna was born Oct. 2, 1971 in Cheverly, MD to Janice Marie Lloyd. She lived in District Heights, MD until the age of 5, when her family moved to Dunkirk. Deanna attended Mt. Harmony Elementary and Northern Middle and High Schools, graduating with the class of 1990. She was employed as a school bus driver for 16 years with the Prince Georges County Board of Education. Deanna was a lifelong member of Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her three boys and the activities they were involved in, including Little League, T-Ball, Boys Scouts and R.O.T.C. She also enjoyed traveling with her grandparents, watching movies and listening to music. Deanna was preceded in death by her grandfather John P. Jack Lloyd. She is survived by her sons Bradley Lloyd and Patrick and Kyle Brooke; mother Janice M. Lloyd; grandmother A. Genevieve Lloyd all of Dunkirk; God- mother Patty Mayhew of Upper Marlboro and God-father Robert Warunek of Wilkes Barre, Penn.

Degree in Information Systems in 2007. She married her devoted husband Daniel J. Hillegas on Nov. 18, 1990 in Chevy Chase, MD. Tina worked for the Department of Defense as an Auditor in Ft. Meade, MD for the past 13 years. Tina is survived by her husband Daniel J. Hillegas of Lusby, MD; sons, Joseph Brandon Hillegas and his wife Ashley Lynn of Lusby, MD and Christian Tyler Hillegas of Lusby, MD; mother Jean V. Powers and her husband Harry Powers of Murrells Inlet, SC and her grandson, Junior. The family received friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby, on Feb. 25, 2012 until the time of the service celebrating her life at 12 p.m., with Father Micheal Wilson officiating. Inurnment followed at Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, Port Republic, MD. Should friends desire contributions may be made in Tinas memory to Cure Pancreatic Cancer, The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 www. or to Alzheimer's Association, Southern Maryland Office, P. O. Box 1889 La Plata, MD 20646

Bourne Howes, 88
Milton Bourne Howes, 88, of Owings, MD passed away at Calvert Memorial Hospital on Feb. 22, 2012. He was born in on the family farm in Owings on Aug. 25, 1923 to James Milton and Grace (Bourne) Howes. Bourne attended the former Chaneyville School, learned farming from his father, and farmed the family land that has been worked by his family for more than 300 years, raising corn, hay, tobacco and cattle. Bourne participated in farm preservation programs in Calvert County, and was an active member of the Calvert County Farm Bureau. He was a lifelong member of All Saints Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry and on many other committees. He and his friend Leroy Dowell spent many years as the dishwashing team for the churchs annual supper. He was also a member of the renowned All Saints Softball Team in the 1930s. Bourne was preceded in death by his parents, by a sister Maria Elizabeth Howes, and by his life-long friend Leroy Dowell. He is survived by his sister Willie Ann McKenzie and her husband William of Frostburg, MD; his devoted companion Laurie Coleman of Owings, MD and her children Stephen Coleman, Jr. of Huntingtown, Jason Coleman of Greensboro, NC, David Coleman of Sunderland and Amanda Coleman of Owings; two nieces and two nephews and their spouses, Nancy McKenzie and husband Ned Landis of Westminster, MD, William F. and Karen McKenzie of Green Spring, WV; Dennis and Shannon McKenzie of Ijamsville, MD and Kathryn Golightly of Ijamsville, MD. He is also survived by two grand-nephews and seven grand-nieces and spouses, Matthew Shilman of Westminster, MD, Jennifer and Jim Toothman of Mt. Juliet, TN, Jason McKenzie of Green Spring, WV, Elizabeth McKenzie and fianc

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Tina Hillegas, 48
Tina Marie Hillegas, 48, of Lusby, formerly of Ellicott City, MD., passed away suddenly on Feb. 18, 2012 at her residence. She was born on Sept. 6, 1963 in Cheverly, MD to Jean Viola Richards Powers. Tina graduated from Bowie High School in 1981, the University Maryland in 1996 and from the University of Phoenix with a Masters

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Josh Ogden of Cheat Lake, WV; Emily McKenzie of Green Spring, WV, Courtney Dickens, Alexa McKenzie and Bailey McKenzie, all of Ijamsville, MD and Allyson Golightly of Ijamsville, MD. and a great-grand-niece, Jessica Toothman of Mt. Juliet, TN. Friends and family were received at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. Funeral Service and celebration of Bournes life were held Feb. 25, 2012 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunderland. Interment followed in the Bourne family lot in the parish cemetery. Expressions of sympathy in Bournes name may be made to All Saints Church, P.O. Box 40, Sunderland, MD 20689.

wife Lisa and Brian Greathouse all of Lusby, MD; grandchildren, Kevin, Brandon, Lisa, Ashley and Robert IV; sisters, Julia, Dora, Debra, Donna and Susan and her brother Edward. The family will receive friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby, on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10 a.m. until the time of the service celebrating her life at 11 a.m. with Pastor Matt Hall officiating. Interment will be private. Should friends desire contributions may be made in Marshas memory to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710 New York, NY 10122, www.ocrf. org.

Micky Schaeffer, 62
Marionlee Micky Schaeffer died on Feb. 18, 2012, at her home in Prince Frederick, MD, at the age of 62. Micky was born on Nov. 5, 1949 in Youngstown, Ohio. She has lived in Calvert County since 1989 and worked for the Genson Insurance Agency as an Insurance Agent since 1989. She is the loving mother of Levi and Noah Thomason and the daughter of Jeanne Schaeffer and the late Don Pap Schaeffer. She is the sister of Don Schaeffer, Jr., Clem Mitchell, Barbara Payne and the late Stewart Schaeffer. Micky had a love of flower gardening, walking on the beach, looking for sharks teeth and listening to a wide range of music. She enjoyed watching movies, playing cards and absolutely lived for spending time with family and friends. Mothers Day tradition was spent with the family at Camden Yards taking in the Orioles game. Funeral Services were held at Lee Funeral Home Calvert. P.A. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Interment was at Wesley-Trinity Church Cemetery in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Schaeffers name to: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Skip Hutzler, 69
Raymond Edward Hutzler Skip, 69, of Huntingtown, MD passed away at his home Feb. 22, 2012. He was born Dec. 23, 1942 in Pittsburg, Penn., to Raymond Edward and Doris Mae (Zimmerman) Hutzler. He was a Graduate of Parkville Senior High School class of 1960. Raymond married Mary Frances Miller March 17, 1962. Skip was employed by Maryland State Highway Administration since 1961 as a technical aide and advancing to Assistant District Engineer Maintenance District 5. He was involved in the construction of the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons, MD. In 1995, he was hired as Chief of Road Operations for Anne Arundel County and retired from that position in 2004. Skip was a man of discipline and determination. He believed in honesty, integrity and hard work. Commitment and attention to detail were his hallmark. Despite his doggedness toward tasks, Raymond possessed a sense of humor and jovialness that showed forth in wildly imaginative stories and nonsensical songs. He had lifelong passions for his home, his dogs and automobiles, spending countless hours meticulously caring for his own. Generous by nature, Raymond drew family and friends together with him warmth. Surviving are his wife of 49 years Mary Francis Hutzler; a son Daniel Hutzler and his wife Karen and a daughter Renee OBrien and her husband Jeff all of Huntingtown; six grandchildren Kyle and Justin Hutzler and Kate, Megan, Bryant and Taylor OBrien; a sister Barbara Andrews of Glen Cove, MD and brother Charles Bocklage and his wife Theresa of Hanover, Penn. Friends were received Feb. 24 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD, where a funeral service and celebration of Skips life were held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Interment followed at Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk.

Margaret L. Langley, 89
Margaret L. Langley, 89 of Solomons, MD passed away on Feb. 21, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 29, 1922 in Glen Burnie, MD to the late James and Lucy Lockerman. She was the beloved wife to James Leroy Pepper Langley whom preceded her in death on Aug. 12, 2001. Margaret will always be known as a great mother who devoted her life to raising her children and as a loyal member of the Solomons United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Lee Langley. Margaret is survived by her children, Linda Beauregard of Solomons, MD, Jim Langley of Solomons, MD, Billy Langley of Lusby, MD, Carol Stinson of Georgia, and Tommy Langley of Lusby, MD; 17 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. The family received friends on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby, MD. Funeral Services were held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at 11 AM in the Solomons United Methodist Church with Rev. Meredith Wilkins-Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

the son of the late Herman and Nellie Wood of Prince Frederick, Maryland. Bernie is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marianne Wheat Wood, four children, Randy and Crystal of Alabama, Kelsey and Kyle of Alaska and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Herman Reese Wood (Verna) of Merritt Island, Florida and sister, Esther Wood Anthony (Robert) of Prince Frederick, MD and many nieces and nephews. Bernie served in the U.S Navy for four years and in the early 1990s he and Marianne moved to Alaska. He worked in the building trades as an electrician and plumber for many years. Contributions may be made in Bernies name to Hospice of Anchorage, 2612 East Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99508, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Prince Frederick.

Don Wooldridge, 66
Donald Robert Don Wooldridge, 66, of Dunkirk, MD passed away Feb. 20, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. Don was born Oct. 21, 1945 in Boston, Massachusetts to Frances (Rice) and Milo A. Wooldridge. He lived with his family in various Naval installations all over the world where his father was stationed, including China and Morocco, and settled in Maryland in 1961. He attended Surrattsville High School and entered the US Navy in December 1963, serving aboard Polaris guided missile nuclear submarines. He was honorably discharged in November 1969 after having his term of service extended at the request of the US Navy, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Submarine Deterrent Patrol Insignia. He married Beverly Ann Crawford in 1966 and they lived in Camp Springs, MD and the Apple Green and Twin Shields communities in Dunkirk, MD. Don was a businessman and entrepreneur, and held more than a dozen patented designs. Along with his wife he cofounded Batching Systems, Inc., an automation machinery manufacturing company that he began as a home based business that has expanded to its current location in the Calvert Industrial Park in Barstow, MD. Don was a member of Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish in Owings, MD, the NRA., and Safari International, a hunting organization. In his leisure time Don enjoyed travel, spending time with his grandchildren, inventing things, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and dirt bikes. Don was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife Beverly. He is survived by sons David B. Wooldridge and wife Kathleen of Dunkirk and Russell J. Wooldridge and wife Lora of Owings, MD; grandchildren Sierra, Luke, Elijah, Talon and Kaia Wooldridge; a brother Milo A. Wooldridge, Jr. of Juneau, AK , and sisters Rosemary A. Staudt and husband Ed of Leesburg, VA and Kathleen F. Farrell and husband Kirk of Stafford, VA. Friends and family were received Feb. 26, at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, and Feb. 27 at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Owings, where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Lowelltown Cemetery in Clarksburg, Iowa. Expressions of sympathy in Dons name may be made to Calvert Hospice at

Ruth Wachs, 83
Ruth Wachs, 83, of Huntingtown, MD passed away Feb. 21, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. She was born March 3, 1928 in Pittsburg, Penn., to Samuel and Esther (Wakser) Weinstein. She was a 1944 graduate of Taylor Alderdic High School in Pittsburg and attended the University of Pittsburg majoring in history. Ruth was married to Dr. Harry Wachs in Pittsburg in 1959. They moved to Huntingtown in 1977 when they purchased and restored Huntingfields Manor, a historical home built in 1670. She was an administrator for the Vision and Cognitive Development Center in Washington, DC. Ruth served as a docent for the Corcoran Gallery in Washington for over 20 years and was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. Surviving are her husband Dr. Harry Wachs; children Bruce J. Weissman of Park City, Utah, Sherry W. Schweitzer and her husband Harvey of Bethesda, MD and Hallie W. Cohn and her husband John of Hong Kong, China; a daughter in law Tia Weissman of Mill Valley, California and grandchildren Sarah E Cohn of New York City, NY, Rachel A. Cohn of St. Louis, MO and Hanna C. Schweitzer of Bethesda, MD. A Memorial Service was held Feb. 24, at Temple Sinai, Washington, DC. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Maryland Chapter, 11350 McCormick Rd., Executive Plaza III, Suite 100, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD.

Sis Robinson, 84
Yvonne Margueritte Sis Robinson, 84 of Huntingtown, MD passed away Feb. 26, 2012 at LaCasa Assisted Living in Annapolis, MD. She was born May 30, 1927 in Washington, DC to Carroll and Margaret (Soo) Mack and received her education in Washington, DC schools. Yvonne married Gerald H. Robinson in 1947 and they made their home in Adelphi before moving to Huntingtown in 1970. Sis worked briefly as a bookkeeper for the former McNay Motors in Prince Georges County, but was primarily a homemaker. She was a member of the Deale Elks Lodge 2528. Sis was preceded in death by her husband Gerald H. Robinson, a sister Sue Schellenberg and brother Albert Mack. Surviving are her son Terry Lee Robinson of Libertytown, MD and a daughter Deborah L. Martini and her husband Jeffrey of Churchton, MD. Friends may call at the Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Services and celebration of Siss Life will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Chapel of Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert County Humane Society, P.O. Box 3505, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Marsha Jinnette, 57
Marsha Ann Jinnette, 57 of Lusby, MD passed away on Feb. 25, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. She was born on Nov. 4, 1954 in Bellwood, WV to the late Alma Ruth and Ivan Merciful Jinnette. Marsha worked for Safeway as a Sales Associate. Marsha was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Mary. She is survived by her sons, David Fallin and his wife Tisha; Robert Fallin, III and his

Bernie Wood, 68
Marshall Bernard (Bernie) Wood originally of Calvert County Maryland, died on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Bernie was born on March 1, 1943. He was

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OLSS School 2012 Science Fair Winners

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Our Lady Star of the Sea School recently held its annual science fair. The judges were civilian employees of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Brian Quinn explained that the judges come from an Education Partnership agreement between the organization and school for the purpose of Our Lady Star of the Sea Science Fair Grandchamp encouraging and facilitating an early winners Abigal Halterman and Megan Mulford. interest the in the sciences and engineering by young people at all stages of their academic careers and to facilitate student interest and expertise in science, mathematics, and engineering, particularly as these fields relate to the real world technical applications required by the U. S. Navy. The agreement benefits both parties. The NAWCAD promotes and facilitates science and engineering in education while OLSS receives experience and access to state-of-the-art facilities and technology. Grandchamps: Grand Champion: Middle School Division Abigail Halterman Grand Champion: Secondary Division Megan Mulford Sparkle Awards: Teachers combined all grade levels together and awarded students for eye-catching, neat and fun backboards: Dominick Richardson, Nolan & Erin Balderson, Bryce Callis, Colin Lombardi, Colin Quinn, Evan Pucciarella, Nick Steele, Matthew Worch, Nathan Smith and Isabella Biz Lynch. Primary Division: K-4th grades: Chemistry: Patrick Lynch: 1st grade: 1st place; Chemistry: Ellee Ward: 3rd grade: 1st place Microbiology: Corbin Seek: 3rd grade: 3rd place Earth Science: Isabella (Biz) Lynch: 4th grade: 1st place Middle School Division: Grades 5 and 6: Chemistry: 1st Ciara Ward 2nd Meghan Allen 2nd Dominick Richardson 3rd Colin Lombardi Microbiology: 1st Abigail Halterman 2nd: Maleah Smith 3rd Matthew Worch 3rd: Dakota Seek Environmental Science: 1st Madalynn Billings 2nd Charae Young Earth Science: 1st Richard Hough 2nd: Bradley Quinn 3rd: Andrew Beckman Botany: 1st: Mary Oster 2nd: Erin McKenzie 3rd: Nathan Smith Physics & Astronomy: 1st Nolan Balderson Energy & Transport: 1st: Evan Pucciarella 2nd: Kathryn Cecil 3rd: Marcus Lloyd Secondary Division: Grades 7 and 8: Physics & Astronomy: 1st: Erin Balderson 2nd: Kyle McCarthy 3rd: Bryce Callis Chemistry: 1st: Matthew Richardson 2nd: Jessica Thompson 2nd: Carolyn Allen 3rd: Cara Smithburger: Spray it on Energy & Transportation: 1st: Eric Gronda: Heavy Metal 2nd: Cameron Dziekiewicz: All of the Lights Environmental Science: 1st: David Neff 2nd: Nick Steele 3rd: Molly Abell Botany: 1st: Megan Mulford 2nd: Christine Wagner Earth Science: 1st: Claire Ruble 2nd: Sarah Sears Microbiology: 3rd : Azara Seek Life Science: 1st: Brian Quinn Engineering: 1st: David Martin

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Regina Sullivan tutors Alice Pritchard in math at Southern Middle School.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Calverts middle schools are offering students who need time to look at a problem from a different angle an opportunity to do so with twice-monthly Saturday school classes. Unlike the Saturday school portrayed in pop culture, where only bad kids get sent there as a punishment similar to detention, Calverts program has been going on for at least five years and is a way to get reluctant learners actively involved, Calvert Middle School (CMS) Learning Specialist Steve VanRees said. He said during a given session, the CMS teachers get between 40 and 50 students in to work on reading and math, with a basketball tournament to round out the day. He said there are generally a lot of the same faces coming in, and they can work on specific skills they are learning in the classroom and independent classroom projects. He said Saturday school classes have a smaller student-to-teacher ratios and a different structure, allowing for more hands-on work and the time to approach problems from a different angle to help students who are struggling with a concept. He said the school has sent out fliers and e-mails to promote Saturday school, and even called parents. All that effort is paying off, as the program has been steadily growing, VanRees said. Most of the students in CMSs Saturday school sessions are in sixth grade, though they get some others from the higher grades. At Southern Middle School (SMS), the students come in for a one-hour session for math tutoring, Principal Cheryl Johnson said. Johnson said they start Saturday school in the second half of the year to help students prepare for the MSAs and the rigors they will face when moving up into high school. This is the first year they used their specific model, with the students coming in for one-hour blocks instead of coming in for an entire morning. Some of the tutors come in from the high school, which Johnson said helps the students learn what to expect in the transition and the gives the students a familiar face when going into their freshman year. SMS Special Education teacher Ryan Crowley said data proves the math power hour is working. He said it is also useful that the students are in small groups instead of a full class setting. Brooke Grubbs, one of Crowleys Saturday students, said her math grades were terrible but after being in the Saturday school sessions, shes getting As and Bs in math. The Saturday school programs are funded by a $26,790 Calvert County Family Network grant, administered to Calvert, Mill Creek and Southern middle schools, according to Supervisor of Instruction (Title I and III) Laveeta Hutchins. She said the grant goes with the fiscal year, from July 1 to June 30, allowing each of the schools to use the money and the Saturday school program in a way best suited to the school.


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Recently, I talked about the devastating effects of shifting the teachers pensions from the state to the counties and Baltimore City. Every county in Maryland, without regard to political party, has joined an effort to Stop the Shift. Calvert County, along with many other counties, will have hosted a Press Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 28th, in an effort to alert the public that the teacher pension shift would be BAD for our #1 rated schools, BAD for public safety & other county services, and BAD for public employees. Shifting teacher pensions from the state to the Counties will undermine our fragile Maryland economy and put Marylanders out of work. The shift of teachers pensions will make Maryland an unaffordable state in which to live because it will force counties to raise county taxes at the same time that the state is proposing to raise a slew of fees and taxes, including the gasoline tax. The shift of the teachers pensions is a way for the state of Maryland to avoid meeting its financial obligations, because it allows the state to spend $240 million more dollars than it has, despite the proposed tax increases. The state is counting on the fact that


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you, the public, will not get involved enough in the details to understand the budget shell game. Here is what you need to know in a nutshell: The state still owes money for Medicaid from past as well as present budgets, because the Medicaid budget ballooned. The state is bonding operating costs which increases the debt service on the bonds by 6% annually between 2012 and 2017. State property tax revenues, which pay for the debt service on the bonds, are projected to decrease through fiscal year 2015, then grow by 1% until 2017. 6% annual increase in costs vs. less than 1% annual increase in property tax revenue over 5 years creates a compounding deficit. Rather than address this unsustainable situation of a rapidly compounding deficit, Governor OMalley and legislative leaders wish to pass the buck to county governments, which is YOU! However, the hole is much bigger

than the $240 million teacher pension shift. All of the money spent by the state of Maryland is increasing by $1 billion per year. Howeve r, unlike the federal government, Maryland can not print money. Maryland can only raise taxes, shift the deficit to the Counties, or cut spending. One writer has stated that we, as a citizenry, do not wish to give up any of the current spending initiatives. What she fails to realize is that either the state is going to have to sacrifice and scrimp on its budget, or YOU, individually, will have to sacrifice through higher state and local taxes that leave you less money to spend on your own familys budget and priorities. Please let the Governor and your legislators know that you want to control your own spending, not the state, and to Stop the Shift of Teachers pensions.

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Maryland has made history. With the vote in the Senate it became one of only 8 states to recognize marriage equality and one even fewer states to legalize same sex marriage via its legislature and not through a court order. There will no doubt be a petition drive resulting in a referendum in November 2012, but the General Assembly and Governor O'Malley deserve credit for defending the basic civil right to marry. One local delegate deserves special recognition for making a tough choice and casting a courageous vote - Delegate John Bohanan. Bohanan stands out from most other supporters in very significant ways. Bohanan represents southern St. Mary's County. The county is the fatest growing county in the state and home to the Patuxent Naval Air station. The large military presence has steadily changed the political dynamic of the county. Once a solidly Democratic area (in local elections), St. Mary's has been trending Republican. Since 2008 the GOP has added 4,000 voters to its rolls - twice that of the Democrats. At present, Democrats and Republicans claim an equal share of voters. In 2010, Republicans swept all but one seat on the county commission and Bohanan won a narrow re-election against a very novice challenger. For Bohanan, the safe bet would have been to vote against same sex marriage. He would have paid no penalty. When asked about his decision to support the bill, Bohanan said Once I began to look at this through the eyes of my own kids and other young people, it became pretty clear... You want them to have love, and if thats how they want to express it, you want them to be able to do it openly. Bohanan is likely to see serious political fallout in his home district. What he deserves is recognition for making the right call in an era when too many politicians care only about winning the next election. As a people we need to ask, should our representatives simply serve as mirrors elected to reflect the demands of a majority of their constituents or should they serve as a lens through which the needs and demands of all the people they represent can be refined and focused? In other words, should they stick their fingers in the wind or should they use their own best judgment? The framers of this great country wanted our elected representatives to serve as a lens. That's an awesome responsibility and one that John Bohanan lived up to with his vote in favor of marriage equality. Todd Eberly, Ph.D. California, MD

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Area Fundraisers Provide Varied Options for Fun

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Citizens on both sides of the bridge have several opportunities to get out, have fun and help charitable and political causes at the same time. The Calvert County Republican Central Committee will be hosting Calvert Comedy Central at the Elks Lodge in Prince Frederick on March 24 at 7 p.m. The price is $30 per person and includes appetizers, dessert and a cash bar in addition to performances from ventriloquist Tom Crowl, comedian hypnotist Brian Sanders and Commissioners Steve Weems and Pat Nutter. Weems is a closet Elvis impersonator and said he looks forward to helping relieve some stress in a world full of it. Nutter will be performing a magic show, which, according to a press release, he has been doing in Maryland and Virginia for years. For more information, call Bob Arscott at 301-855-8039 or e-mail RSVPs are due by March 19. In St. Marys County, there will be a May 3 Sudoku Championship at St. Johns School. The cost for entry is $10 for novice level, $15 for intermediate, and $20 for advanced and expert level entries. The qualification rounds begin between 9 and 10:30 a.m. and championship rounds begin between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Last year, participants had to complete five puzzles to get through the championship round. This year the number is down to three, coordinator Mike Thompson said, one to qualify for the tournament and two to get to the championship round. Only expert level players looking to earn the top slot will be asked to complete a fourth puzzle. Coffee and refreshments will also be served during the tournament. Tom Crowl, ventriloquist. Were trying to make it more of a fun thing for people than an intense thing, Thompson said. For more information, call Thompson at 301-3738545. All proceeds benefit the St. Johns School scholarship fund. For more information, visit March 3 there will be a night of dancing at the Chesapeake Beach American Legion Post 206 from 8 p.m. until midnight. Entry is $25 per person which buys rail drink, sodas and snacks. Proceeds go to benefit programs run by the Sons of the American Legion. There is also No Limit Hold Em poker tournaments and cash games at the Bennett Building on Old Three Notch Road in Hollywood at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Price for entry as Hold Em Tournament and Cash game is $50, with $40 going to the prize pool in Huntingtown to benefit the Patricia and $10 going to the charity. The initial Rogers Educational Scholarship Fund. entry buys $5,000 in chips, and an op- Doors will open at 6 p.m. and buy in will tional $10 buys entry into a 50/50 raffle be $125. Seventy-five percent of the buy and another $5,000 in chips. There will in goes to the payout and 24 percent goes be 20-minute blinds. Dealers will be pro- to the scholarship fund. Buy in purchases vided and there will be an award for the $10,000 in chips and free food, soda and nightly high hand. Players can earn entry adult beverages. For more information, into a $250 tournament with a $5,000 or to pre-register, call Tommy Rogers at guarantee. For more information, call Jim 443-398-5223. The tournament will be at Bucci, Sr., at 301-373-6104 or 240-298- 4120 Old Town Road in Huntingtown. 9616. Proceeds go to benefit the Special Olympics of St. Marys County. There will also be a March 17 Tex-

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By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer On Thursday I relapsed into Fur and Feathers by joining nine of my hunting friends for a long-awaited snow goose hunt on the Eastern Shore. Our guide put out 1200 decoys, gave us white suits, and had us lie in the field among the decoys. It worked! Flock after flock of the birds passed by overhead and many came closer to investigate the fake snow geese in the field. We finished by 10:00 AM with nearly 50 geese to clean and

share with friends. Under the heading of Ordinary Angler, fishing is still the hottest news in town. The cold winds of this past weekend, however, kept many of us off the water and away from the shore line.

Yellow perch and crappie dominate fishing reports. Yellow perch are being caught in many of the tidal creeks and rivers off the Potomac and Patuxent in Charles, St. Marys and Prince Georges counties. Some are being caught at the tidal boundary after spawning, but many are still being caught in deeper water from boats. It is a bumper year for the yellow perch in our area. Crappie fishing has also turned on big time. Some of the crappie are being caught in the same creeks, streams and rivers as yellow perch. Now is also a great time to catch crappie in local freshwater impoundments, like St. Marys Lake. Check the regulations for size and creel limits before you go. Saturdays wind forced me into a different pattern for the weekend. The Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermens Association had a show in Edgewater on Saturday complete with seminars and vendors selling all manner of fishing gear. To me, the more interesting items included Fish Bomb and Oozzie Jig. Fish Bomb is an aerosol can of menhaden oil that can be sprayed on lures to sweeten their appeal, or attached to a heavy weight and set-off underwater to lure fish to your fishing area deeper down. When it is set-off like this, the entire contents of the can are expelled similar to the way Buck Bomb works to blast scent into the air for deer hunters. This product is available at local tackle shops and is purported to work very well for stripers, bluefish, flounder and other species in the Bay. The Oozzie Jig is a metal lure with a wick inside and holes in the lure. It is being marketed with Bio Edge fish oils. The concept is to charge the lure by squirting fish oil onto the wick inside the lure. When it is put in the water and worked like a typical jig, the lure expels the fish oil to attract feeding fish. The lure is available in weights from 1 ounce to 18 ounces in a variety of colors and decorations. Check

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their website for details at After the MSSA show, I headed over to the Kent Narrows Yacht Club for the Coastal Conservation Associations Tie Fest. This was mainly a gathering of saltwater fly fishers who were exhibiting their latest hand-tied lures for rockfish and other species commonly found in our waters. Im not a fan of the whippy stick, but theres always something to be learned. There were several vendors and guides at the show catering to all manner of light tackle anglers, so I wasnt completely out of my element. Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer Despite my stubborn inclination to con sist e ntly feature a single subject, sometimes the sports worlds cup of topics runneth over. This week was one of those sometimes. My normally effective idea-reduction efforts stalled with two options standing - so youre getting both thing 1 and thing 2 (good enough for Dr. Seuss, good enough for me). Dont worry, theres no charge for the second one; its on me. Thing 1 A few weeks ago, the New York Knicks were mired in the stench enveloping the bottom half of the NBAs Eastern Conference. Having acquired perennial all-stars Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony last season, the Knicks were expected to compete for a title, not for a tee time with Wizards immediately after the regular seasons conclusion. To make matters worse, New Yorks two stars - Anthony via a pulled groin and Stoudemire due to a death in the family were to miss considerable time. The situation seemed hopeless and, being as were talking bigtime sports, it fueled speculation that head coach Mike DAntonis job could be in jeopardy. DAntoni, with an embattled coachs angst showing all over his face, certainly resembled a coach occupying an uncomfortably hot seat. With a severely underachieving team and minus two all-stars, a nearly out-of-options DAntoni gazed down his bench and called on an undrafted, NBA Development League entity to turn his frown upside down. From this desperate act, Lin-sanity was born. A month ago the name Jeremy Lin would have moved the national sports needle only marginally more than Ronnie Guy. Alas, our paths have di-

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up on gingko biloba that I maintain vivid memories of obscure, 26-year-old evenings. October 25th, 1986 offered one of those where were you when moments in the form of Game 6 of the 86 World Series. After scoring two runs in the top of the 10th and recording the first two outs in the bottom half of the inning, the Boston Red Sox seemed poised to exorcise The Curse of the Bambino and win its first championship since 1918. The New York Mets and their ever-smiling catcher, Gary Carter, had other ideas. Carter broke the ice with a base hit. A few more followed, and after Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson hit an innocent dribbler that infamously rolled through the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Bucker, the Mets had secured a miraculous win and went on to win the series in Game 7. Gary Carter, 57, died on February 16th. He took his physical smile with him but, like his rally-starting base hit in the 86 series, it remains in the memory of those who had the good fortune of his infectious optimisms influence. If I had to come up with Carters epitaph, it would be this: he made people believe that the semi-filled vessel was half full. When your legacy is a contagious smile and the proliferation of optimism, you lived well. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com

vergedever so slightlyin recent weeks. Lins historic stat-compiling start to his NBA career has shoved the Knicks back into contention and his multi-layered, rags-to-riches story has captivated the nation. With so much attention being paid to his oncourt superlatives, Lins peripheral impact - specifically his apparently successful against-all-odds rescue of his head coach hasnt yet been adequately considered. Pre-Lin, DAntoni had become something of an every-persons sympathetic figure: the leader responsible for accomplishing a complex task, one whose scope far exceeds any individuals ability to control, without several critical resources. DAntoni neither forgot how to coach before Lin nor learned how to once Lin was inserted into the starting lineup. DAntoni is merely the latest to prove a leaders creative vision and sound strategies mean little without the executers: the right people in the right place at the right time. Lin-sanity has left NYC in a craze, but it has injected some much-needed sanity into the professional existence of Mike DAntoni. Hes wearing a much more pleasant expression these days. Thing 2 On Saturday, October 25th, 1986, I was at my parents house hanging out with a good friend. No, Im not so hopped

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