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By Alex Panos Staff Writer Governor Martin OMalley has made Maryland an example of how not to govern a state, said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, in a statement. The political activist will visit St. Marys next week at St. Marys County Republican Partys Lincoln Reagan Dinner. While the topics of discussion are not set in stone, Mary Burke-Russell, the chair of the countys Republican Central Committee, anticipates Norquist to discuss the deficit, taxes and spending impacts on the economy possibly providing some of his suggestions or solutions regarding these topics. According to the press release, Norquist is expected to give his insight on issues such as tax reform, limiting the government and balancing the budget during the presentation that is expected to highlight OMalleys flawed policies and poor fiscal stewardship. Norquist is particularly irked by some tax policies on income, sales taxes, vehicle excise tax hike, gas tax and rain tax, which he believes are causing people and corporations to leave the state at an alarming rate 200,000 people left Maryland in the first three years of OMalleys first term, the release said. His tax and spend policies have driven people and employers from the Old State Line and made it one of the least attractive for small businesses to locate to, Norquist stated in the release. While residents of St. Marys may have seen Norquist on television, Burke-Russell said nothing quite compares to eye-to-eye presentations on issues, and the impact they have on a national, state and local level.

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He can be a little intense, but hes serious about his message, Burke-Russell said. Burke-Russell added, Norquist is very personable, a great listener and believes St. Marys residents want to hear what he has to say. I look forward to talking with the people of St. Marys County, Norquist stated in a press release, and working with them to expose Martin OMalleys far left record, especially as the governor begins to ramp up his campaign for President in 2016. The dinner will be at The Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown, on May 3. It will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved for $80 per person, and $35 for high school and college students. The fee includes hors doeuvres and dinner, and a cash bar will be on hand. Reservations are required to attend. Contact Julie Burke-Greer at jburke@ md.metrocast.net to reserve seats or for more information. alexpanos@countytimes.net

Legislature Passes Stricter Cell Phone Law

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer This year the Maryland General Assembly passed a law making use of a handheld cell phone while driving a primary offense. Law enforcement can pull a driver over solely for using a cell phone. Previously law officers could give motorists a fine for using their cell phones while driving if they were first committing some other infraction such as speeding. The first offense receives a fine up to $75; the second offense a fine up to $125 and the third as high as $175. Drivers would not be fined, however, if they used their cell phones without a handheld device while they were stopped at traffic signal or otherwise not moving. Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans believed that because there were so many other high profile issues in Annapolis this measure received relatively little attention. He said it was a positive step and hoped it would help reduce crashes and collisions caused by inattentive driving. Even during the previous ban he and his deputies often saw motorists using their cell phones while driving. It was a secondary offense, we saw it all the time, Evans said. There really wasnt much we could do about it. I would see some people texting and I would make some stops myself but mostly I just gave warnings. The new law does not provide for points on motorists licenses if they are found to be in violation. guyleonard@countytimes.net


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Two Dead From Capsized Boat

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Two St. Marys County men were killed over the weekend when the boat they took out in rough seas off Point Lookout capsized around 9:30 a.m. April 20. Natural Resources Police (NRP) reported six people boarded a 20-foot boat and set out from Point Lookout State Park to go trolling when they ran into waves measuring three-to-five feet high. The deceased men, both from Lexington Park, are David Chase, 55, and David Fletcher, 43. NRP officials are unsure what caused the boat to take on water. It got rough and they tried to come back but they found water in the bilge over the batteries, said NRP spokesman Sgt. Brian Albert. The owner of the boat made a

call to a family member for help and during that call the boat turned over on its side. All six were ejected from the boat. The other four occupants of the boat were rescued by the combined efforts of NRP, the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and the local U.S. Coast Guard detachment, Albert said. Both men had life vests but police are uncertain whether they were wearing them at the time of the boating accident. The boating party was believed to be taking part in the first day of striped bass season. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Ichniowski Named Metcom Director

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Last week the St. Marys County Metropolitan Commission (Metcom) board named Dan Ichniowski Director. Ichniowski had been the companys Assistant Director since 2008, and served as St. Marys Public Works Director and County Administrator during his career. Of the seven candidates that the Metcom board interviewed for the position, Ichniowskis familiarity with the company set him apart. All seven were good candidates, said Joe St. Clair, Metcom board president, but a lot of them didnt have the experience Dan had. In fact, St. Clair said Ichniowskis familiarity with Metcom is the best part of hiring him, which will allow him to hit the ground running he is already acquainted with the federal and state environmental departments. The board thinks Ichniowskis ability to both oversee and physically work on a project is especially significant. St. Clair said it shows he can stay on top of all Metcom projects such as the cutting edge generation station at the Taylor waste water treatment plant, which lowered the companys electric bill. According to St. Clair, Ichniowski played a major role in implementing the station. St. Clair added the board was impressed with Ichniowskis work as a project manager with NG&O Engineering Inc., where he de-

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signed a product that was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ichniowski, who believed from the start his engineering background would be a good fit for the director position, looks forward to keeping Metcom on the path of modernizing its techniques. He hopes to implement state of the art computer software programming and water and sewer treatment procedures in the near future. He has been serving as Metcoms acting director since January, and has a masters degree in engineering administration and an undergraduate degree in civil engineering. Metcom has 27 water systems, over 190 miles of water mains, and serves approximately 41,000 people. The sewage system has four treatment plants and serves around 36,000 people. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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By Alex Panos Staff Writer The county commissioner redistricting board has moved their deadline up to make any district realignments from Dec. 30 to Oct. 31, 2013 allowing the Board of Elections ample time to make any necessary adjustments before next years primaries. The change came when Wendy Adkins and Chris Quade, representatives of the election board, shared concerns about districts changing after candidates already filed. While candidates will be permitted to re-file in the proper district if the board makes changes, it would have made it more difficult for the election board to get all the proper paperwork completed in time. The election board asked to modify the deadline and give potential candidates time to properly file for candidacy. We better do that as quickly as possible, said Jacqueline Miller, redistricting board member. The filing deadline for candidates running for county commissioner is Feb. 25, 2014.

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Quade pointed out to the redistricting board that while the precincts have been added and changed, the county commissioner districts have remained the same. Barbara Thompson believes it is important not to have different commissioner districts in the same voting precinct, especially with the precinct changes set to be implemented in the next election. Voters are confused enough [already], Thompson said. Typically, the board of elections puts 2,000 to 3,000 people in a voting house, but it is likely that cut-off line will have to be higher in the coming elections. Quite frankly, were running out of places, said Adkins. Voter registration data may show more exact county growth as opposed to the data provided by the U.S Census Bureau which gives figures in 10-year increments. The board will review both sets of data, and look for trends to help identify projected growth. If its the same trend, then we can use that as a better way to measure county growth There may be some constant

Chris Quade, Board of Elections information specialist, points out the new voting precincts to members of the County Commissioners Redistricting Board.

ratio, said Willenborg, who believes voter registration data may be more useful than census data because it is collected more frequently. Redistricting board President Pat Dolan agreed, and added the two sets of data can combine to help better determine commissioner districts. Even with the registration and cen-

sus data and limited number of polling places, the board still plans on keeping the districts simple for the public if changes are made. The redistricting board is scheduled to meet next on May 2, in room 14 of the Potomac building at 6:30 p.m. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Despite a 52 percent increase in the number of spawning age female hard crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, the population of the popular crustacean has plummeted from an estimated 765 million to just 300 million, the states Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced. The number of juvenile crabs found in the recent winter dredge survey of regional waters also dropped markedly from 581 million to only 111 million. Officials with the state agency believe that a sudden increase in the number of red drum fish into the bay accounted for the massive losses in overall abundance of the iconic Maryland Blue Crab this year. Red drum prey heavily on blue crabs and Virginia anglers caught and released 2.5 million red drum fish during the fishing season, which is about 40 times more than what

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they caught just two years ago. Natural resources officials also said that young crabs often prey on each other when their populations are high as they were just last year. State officials said the number of spawning age females stands at more than 140 million, which is twice that of the established amount of 70 million for offering enough breeding stock. The results of this years winter dredge survey are by no means ideal, however, our strong management framework includes a buffer that allows the population to fluctuate within a safe threshold, said DNR Secretary John Griffin. In fact the conservation measures we first put into place in 2008 were designed to allow for the naturally occurring fluctuations crabs are known for and ensure a sustainable seafood industry. Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Watermans Association, said the numbers would result in more limits on the crab catch this year but he said watermen have never fully trusted the results of the dredge survey. Several factors, including the weather, can cause crabs to move during the winter dredge period, he said, but the dredging requires them to be in the mud of the bay to provide any kind of accurate count. We dont put a whole lot of stock in these numbers, Zinn said. Crabbers have seen great years when they [DNR] predicted bad years. The numbers will mean fewer crabs can be taken, he said, which will only hurt watermen because of the increasing costs of bait, fuel for their boats and even licensing and other fees, Zinn said. Theyre talking about a 10 percent cut on female crabs and were already on a reduced catch, Zinn said. With their formula its more like a 20 percent reduction. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Commissioners Remorseful Over Jail Decision

By Alex Panos Staff Writer The County Commissioners moved forward with the first step of repairing the detention center during their meeting Tuesday, much to the dismay of Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell and Todd Morgan they were hoping the detention center would be renovated, not repaired. The commissioners realigned some of the costs of Phase One and Phase Two renovations in order to monies eligible for reimbursement into a separate account. Morgan believes repairing the jail house now is not the solution, because it is just putting off the inevitable of paying for expansions at the detention center. In the long run, its something were going to need, Morgan said of a new jail. Ill share your concern, Russell said to Morgan, noting the county stayed with the process for six years before opting out of the project. Russell said the decision not to build a new jail saddened him almost to the point of having tears run down his face. In other news during the meeting, the commissioners approved the Dr. Johnson Road replacement project, which will make the road in Clements 35 feet wide and several feet deeper to prevent storm water from easily flooding the road. George Erichsen, director of Public Works, said construction will not begin until summer at the earliest, in order to keep school buses on their normal routes, although it could take until June 2014. The county is preparing to move forward with analyzing issues around naval Air Station Patuxent River after Steve Anderson, economic director, informed the board its important to begin the analysis as soon as possible. The analysis, known as Base Realignment and Closure, is expected to identify and help support the major driver of St. Marys economy, according to Anderson. Russell said it is important to keep the county base friendly, while Jones added the assessment is necessary to form a comprehensive growth plan. The preparation process is expected to take 90 days to implement, beginning in June, and the analysis should take one year to complete. The study will make St. Marys eligible to apply for a $125,000 grant to pursue other economic activities. Anderson added, the county is working hard to diversify the economy. alexpanos@ countytimes.net

Solomons Maritime Festival

Celebrate Southern Maryland heritage on Saturday, May 4 at the Calvert Marine Museums eighth annual Solomons Maritime Festival. Antique boats and motors, master maritime carvers, crafts and cooking demonstrations, traditional music, Chesapeake Bay retriever demonstrations, and free boat rides offer something for every member of your family. The Solomons Island Model Boat Club will be sailing radio controlled model boats in the basin; you can also take a turn in a rowboat or traditional log canoe. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the festival and museum is free. Some of the highlights of the festival include the traditional food tent where you can learn how to pick crabs, shuck oysters, and stuff a ham. Its a great place to pick up local recipes for cream of crab soup and Southern Marylands famous crab cake. On the traditional music stage performances start at 11 a.m. and include traditional folk from Folk Salad, rollicking maritime tunes from Pint and Dale, hot bluegrass from the California Ramblers, music from Country Memories, and sweet gospel by Mothers Dream. Starting at 4 p.m. the stage opens up for a jam session so bring your instruments and come on down. At the Corbin Pavilion you can learn all about herbs how to grow them, how to cook with them, medicinal uses for them, and how to make herb infused oils and vinegars. Youll have the opportunity to purchase herbs to start your own kitchen herb garden, and scented soaps made with herbs. Inside the museum, home crafts are celebrated with quilters, spinners, weavers, and knitters showing off their wares and giving demonstrating. Nearby in the woodshop, maritime carvers demonstrate their skill on trail boards and decoys while model makers show off their miniature handiwork. Outside the shop you can watch as crab and eel pots are constructed. Home baked goodies will be available for sale and food vendors will be on-site. The Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show, now in its 13th year, is a feature of the festival. Enthusiasts from across the country set-up camp in the parking lot to display their vintage boats and engines. The unofficial engine swap is a great way to expand your collection. The Solomons Maritime Festival is sponsored by Calvert County Board of Commissioners, Calvert County Watermens Association, Chesapeake Energy Services, Comfort Inn Beacon Marina, Harbor Island Marina, Inc., Holiday Inn Solomons, McCready Boat Yard, Papa Johns Pizza, Patuxent Small Craft Guild, Spring Cove Marina, Washburns Boat Yard, and Zahnisers Yachting Center. For more information, please call Sherry Reid at 410-326-2042 x 19, or visit the museum website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer At Hollywood Elementary School Earth Day celebrations are significant because it has a reputation to uphold as the countys first Green School. Last week the entire school took part in Earth Day celebrations by planting in school gardens, picking up trash and talking about the importance of being good stewards of the world around us. David Morris, the Green School Coordinator at Hollywood Elementary, said that being stewards of the environment permeates the curriculum and nearly all the activities at the school. We do everything from making sure the faucets dont drip to metering the lights, Morris said, adding that students actively participate in recycling everyday items. Hollywood Elementary School has al-

ways had a thriving green school program, Principal Jennifer Gilman said. The goal is to have kids think more about the community; its about service to themselves and the community. Students are very close to wooded areas and as such have taken advantage of the surroundings by planting multiple gardens and using an open patch of field as a learning environment. There they learn about different flora and fauna and go to a nearby stream to learn more about the watershed. Gilman said that Department of Natural Resources officials conducted a controlled burn of a small portion of the field so that the student observed the various ani-

mals that came out of the forest. It was a great learning experience for students, she said. Children learn to reduce their consumption, reuse and recycle resources, Morris said, but radical environmental principles really arent part of the curriculum. Children are taught how to live and operate safely in and around the water when they go on special field trips, making their environmental training practical. Im not a tree hugger, but I am sensitive to the environment, Morris said. You have to be sustainable. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Outgoing student government members have a long list of complaints regarding the the administration for the College of Sothern Maryland. Thomas West, association president and former corrections officer, said he has continually met with various administrators at the college, including the college president, but has either been rebuffed or ignored. He said when he ran for association head and was voted in he and other SGA members sought out what students thought about life on campus. He said they found pervasive dissatisfaction. Among the complaints are teachers habitually not arriving to teach class, transportation issues and programs taking too long to complete. There are 30 credit courses that it takes students two years to finish when it should only take one, West, 46, said. That was a big complaint in the medical billing and coding course. He said that some students who take part in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training program find it difficult to complete the curricula because it shifts from campus to campus. The college has campuses in Calvert, Charles and St. Marys and will have a fourth in Hughesville. Itll be here one semester then move on to La Plata and then to Prince Frederick, West said. Some students dont have the transportation to follow it from campus to campus. Another problem was found among some instructors, especially when it came to classroom instruction and office hours. Theres no accountability for instructors, West said. There are some professors missing 25 to 50 percent of their classes. Theres no structure for monitoring that. One student who wrote to the SGA about this problem said that over a period of two weeks an instructor of his cancelled three out of four classes and did not give a reason. [We] the students waste gas and some people like me dont drive and have to stay here the whole day, the student wrote. It [would] be nice sometimes to know before hand so I can plan my day since I have one class a day. West also said there have been numerous complaints from students about seeking assistance from instructors during scheduled office hours only to find out their teacher was not there as they thought they were. Students like Venice Miller, a communications major, said getting help from instructors for on-line courses was very difficult as was clearing up computer glitches for taking the tests properly. Other students have complained the some teachers do not post grades for online classes, which means they cannot track whether they are passing or failing. The students here are not kept in the loop, Miller said. Instructors need to be held accountable. Audra West, Wests wife and also a student at CSM, said one of her own classes, which was a hybrid between on-line and classroom instruction did not deliver as it should have. She said her class was supposed to have one classroom day a week dedicated to instruction, instead her instructor would give a test. There was no classroom instruction, she said. CSM President Brad Gottfried said he had spoken to West on at least two occasions and had either explained the issues or had worked to address them. We have 12,000 credited students, there are always going to be issues to address, Gottfried said. Its just not who we are to ignore students. Sue Subocz, vice president of Academic Affairs, said that reason many students take longer to complete some courses because they have to take remedial classes. It can take them longer to complete the program, she said, adding that classes sometimes are cancelled simply because there are not enough students. Also, Gottfried said the classes needed to graduate in some curricula are not offered at every campus. Most students will not be able to matriculate by going to just one campus, he said. The college was looking at providing a shuttle service for students to get from one campus to the other but limited funding was a problem. With 500 instructors, Gottfried said, there were bound to be complaints. There are going to be times when we find issues, but we respond very quickly, he said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Lexington Park Elementary School

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Principal: Susie Fowler Vice Principal: Curtis Alston Enrollment: 548 46763 South Shangri La Drive Lexington Park, Maryland 20653 (301) 863-4085 (301) 863-4089 (fax) Student Hours: 8:30 am- 3:20 pm

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Lexington Park Elementary Staff, Students Go Far Beyond Building Walls

Lexington Park Elementary School (LPES) opened in 1953, when Lexington Park was a vibrant business and residential community. At that time, the neighborhoods surrounding the school were filled with middle class families and successful, growing businesses. Since that time, poverty has taken over many of the neighborhoods and 80 percent of students living in our school zone are growing up in poverty. The mission of LPES is to educate and inspire all students to learn in a safe, respectful school community. The most important priority of Lexington Park Elementary is to provide an educational learning environment that is nurturing, respectful and safe. LPES is a place where students are greeted each day by staff who are enthusiastic, caring, creative and passionate about helping children learn in all areas of their development. All staff model the cooperative team spirit necessary to provide excellent educational programs and services. Diverse ideas are encouraged and appreciated in order to promote an understanding of cultural similarities and differences. Our staff celebrates the diversity of our community and embraces the opportunity to build on positive home and community partnerships in order to provide behavioral and academic success for every student. Lexington Park Elementary has a dedicated, high achieving, award winning staff with a wide range of expertise. Susie Fowler, in her sixth year as the Principal at LPES, was named the 2010 Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leader for SMCPS. That same year, Michelle Stillwell was the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher for SMCPS. In addition, Pat Davidson won the Educational Support Person of the Year Award that year. Dr. Curtis Alston recently completed his doctorate in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Tammy Belisario is a National Board Certified Teacher and only 2.5 percent of SMCPS teachers have achieved this distinction. In the past several years, Cindy Carpenter and Kim Dunkin have been named SMECO Outstanding Math Teachers. Lindsay Brenfleck won the 2009 SMCPS Outstanding Educator Using Technology Award and was named a Sarah D. Barder Fellow, Class of 2011 Johns Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth. In 2009, Carpenter, Brenfleck and Karen Richardson received an official citation, "Outstanding Educator in Gifted Education, Teacher as Leader" from the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education. We are very proud of all of our staff members who do their very best every day to promote student success. Our school and students are also award winning. We have won PBIS Gold status for the past six years, which means that we provide a consistent, supportive and positive learning environment for our students. Our fabulous PTA supports the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program by purchasing behavior incentives and funding the end of the year Carnival. Our cafeteria has achieved Gold Star status from the St. Marys County Health Department. This year, three LPES Destination Imagination teams competed in the Regional Tournament and one of them, The Smarties, moved on to the State Tournament for the second year in a row. LPES students competed in the St. Marys Scholastic Chess Tournament and Christian Moore, Will Hollingsworth, Alex Stewart, Saar Shah and Thomas Jamison won trophies. While scores on state and local assessments have risen significantly over the past six years, our school program is about much more than academics, as we help families to survive. It takes a village is a mantra at LPES. Counteracting the devastating impact that poverty can have on a childs health and readiness to learn requires our school staff to work closely with a number of agencies, providers and partners. Research has shown that children living in poverty are exposed to fewer school readiness experiences than children living in middle or upper middle class homes. For example, children living in middle to upper middle class homes are exposed to 22 million-45 million words prior to age 5, while children living in poverty are exposed to 13 million. Children in middle and upper class homes have 3,000 books read to them by age 5, while children living in poverty have, on average, one book read to them. The achievement gap begins long before children arrive at school, and at LPES, we are always striving to level that playing field for our children. During the past several years, we have solicited donations of childrens books and the St. Marys County community, as well as the All Saints Episcopal Church of Chevy Chase have answered the call. We have received over 15,000 books, which have been distributed to our students. Having these books in their homes increases the possibility of younger siblings having books read to them before coming to school. During the past five summers, LPES staff members have made over 50 visits into area neighborhoods to read to students and give them a book and snack. We are grateful for the generosity of the St. Marys County community and want to remind everyone that we are always ready to accept donated books. LPES has several initiatives in place to support students in achieving their highest potential. The Gentlemen On a Mission program is a school-based male mentoring program aimed at meeting the academic and social needs of male students considered at-risk in those areas. The program consists of selected 3rd through 5th grade male students and volunteer adult mentors. The mission of the program is to help each participant find their leadership voice and then use it to become productive citizens first in their homes, second in their communities and finally in the world. Third grade student Trey Booth shares that GOM has helped me be more

respectful and learn how to do a lot of good things. The activities used to encourage this behavior consist of weekly meetings with the mentors while dressed in casual business attire, with a variety of activities and guest speakers. Fourth grade student, Quinton Perry reports, Gentlemen on a Mission has helped me to become a better person and leader. The program has seen both academic and social growth in its participants over the past four years. I.M.A.G.E. Inc. is an extended day mentoring program linked to the 21st Century Afterschool program at LPES. Its mission is to provide young girls with a positive self-image of their unique strengths and gifts in order to help build greater communities. The group encourages third through fifth grade girls to demonstrate excellence in their academics, physical, and spiritual development by setting weekly goals and providing positive and trustworthy relationships to guide them through lifes challenges in becoming responsible women. TyAliyah Woodland, a fourth grader in the group stated, What I like most about Image is we are learning how to grow to become smart women. Image achieves these goals by creating partnerships with teachers, parents and community leaders in the Lexington Park area. The mission of the Future Leaders of the World (FLOW) Mentoring program is to match students with caring and responsible volunteers from the community in order to foster positive mentoring relationships in a safe and inspiring environment. The mentoring relationship promotes a positive school experience for the mentee: good attendance, positive peer and adult relationships, a positive attitude, and improved academics. Together, mentors and mentees work on school assignments and participate in fun activities such as games, arts and crafts, sharing hobbies, and other activities that focus on personal interests. According to our mentees, the mentors are our special friends who teach us how to do the right things at home and school. LPES offers a bi-weekly lunch group, Red, White and Blue, to support students of military families because they regularly face moves and deployments. This year, the "Red, White and Blue Group" has hosted the Pax River Military School Liaison, Dawn Simpson, and Julia Maki, local author of "All Hands on Deck: Daddy's Home" and "My Mother Hunts Submarines." Although there are students transitioning in and out, we have 34 regular participants in this group where students say, "The Red, White and Blue Group" understands that we serve our country too when we share our


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military parent with our country." Our military children are a most resilient group. Our parent liaison, Karyn Timmons, works closely with our families who need help with housing, providing food for their family and other basic needs, in order to connect them with the appropriate agencies and service providers. Sixteen students receive a Snack Sac of food to take home at the end of each week to supplement their weekend nutrition. The Snack Sacs are funded by the United Way of St. Marys County and supplied by the Southern Maryland Food Bank. We also have a partnership with St. Marys Caring, where selected families receive bags of food each week during the summer. LPES is a site for the SMCPS Lunch and Learn summer meal program, where children from birth-18 years can get a free lunch and participate in fun learning activities four days per week. Children cannot be ready to learn when they are hungry or malnourished. Several years ago, our staff recognized the difficulty many of our families have in providing for their children during the holiday season. We began Cherish the Children to solicit donations of toys, books, games, bikes, food and clothing from the community to give away to families. The event has been a big success every year. Once again, the St. Marys county community has been very generous to

those less fortunate, donating about $20,000 worth of items during the past five years and supporting about 100 families per year, with WalMart providing generous support. The elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Program is based at LPES. The vision of STEM is to provide a continuous pathway of education through opportunity that creates STEM-literate graduates ready to accept the challenges of advanced education and the needs of tomorrows workforce. This competitive application program begins in grade 4 and continues through grade 12. STEM students are among the brightest and most academically successful students in the St. Marys County Public Schools. LPES offers a location close the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, which provides for many opportunities for students to visit the Base and for engineers and pilots to visit with students in their classrooms. STEM 4 competes annually in the International Math Olympiads putting their problem solving skills to the test against approximately 150,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from all fifty states and thirty countries. Math Olympiads exposes children to challenging problems, complex mathematical puzzles, and associated rich mathematical topics. This year Andrew Ng and Kaydence Drys scored in the top ten percent of their division. STEM 5 students participated in the 2012-2013 Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division and National Defense Education Program (NDEP) in-school robotics challenge. The culminating event was a Robotics Competition held at North Point High School. Thirty-six teams of fifth graders from five Charles County elementary schools and Lexington Park Elementary School were judged in four different areas at the competition: teamwork, technical interview, research project, and robotics board performance. Three STEM 5 teams tied for third place in the technical interview category, with another STEM 5 team landing first place. One STEM 5 team placed fourth overall in the competition. LPES is home to the Kung Fu Pandas band, a rock and pop band comprised of teachers and other staff members.

The Kung Fu Pandas generally perform four gigs each year for the school. The group is led by music teacher, Paul Christian and open to all staff members, regardless of skill level or instrument. The band has been known to feature anything and everything from accordion, cowbell, fiddle, and tambourine, to drums, keyboards, bass, and electric guitar. The musical repertoire is just as eclectic as the instrumentation, including some character education pieces, test-taking strategy songs, and current pop/rock hits. As a special twist, the Kung Fu Pandas like to change the original lyrics of a song to LPES-specific words and themes. The revolving cast of group members hold after-school practices for several weeks prior to a performance, and they take pride in playing and singing all the music live for the school community. The care and support of the Lexington Park Elementary staff goes far beyond the walls of our school. Our staff works diligently and facilitates community partnerships to benefit children and families so that all of our students will be ready to learn each day. Please visit our school website at www.smcps.org/school/lpes to see our staff rendition of We Are the World.

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Sheriffs Blotter
Destruction of Property and Theft On April 17 deputies responded to South Snowhill Manor in St. Marys City for a report of a burglary. The victim reported her house was burglarized and medication was stolen. The culprit broke Newbold a lock and entered the residence. Further investigation lead to Daniel Spencer Newbold, 20 of no fixed address, as a suspect. On April 18 Newbold was located and interviewed. Newbold was subsequently charged with destruction of property and theft. (Arresting Officer Deputy Wood) Second Degree Assault and Resisting Arrest On April 18 Deputy Teague observed Allan Michael Joy, 22 of no fixed address, in Lexington Park, Maryland. A wanted check of Joy revealed an open warrant. Deputy Teague notified Joy Joy of the warrant for his arrest. Joy became belligerent. A local reporter was in the area and began photographing the encounter between Deputy Teague and Allan Joy. When Joy noticed the reporter photographing the arrest, he (Joy) began to resist arrest and assaulted Deputy Teague. Second Degree Assault

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The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports.
with the officers direction. Thomas continued to yell and curse causing a disturbance. Thomas was arrested for disorderly conduct. A search incident to Thomass arrest revealed suspected marijuana on his person. Thomas was also charged with possession of marijuana. (Arresting Officer Cpl. Connelly) Second Degree Assault On April 18, 2013 Deputy Potter responded to a residence on White Elm Court in California, Maryland for a report of an assault. InvestigaErdolino tion revealed Brian Stephen Erdolino 37 of California, Maryland was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim. The verbal dispute escalated into a physical assault when Erdolino pushed and scratched the victim. Erdolino was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. (Arresting Officer Deputy Shomper) Alcohol Intoxication, Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct On April 19 deputies responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Great Mills Road and Tri-Community Way in Lexington Park, Moore Maryland. Investigation revealed Ashley Marie Moore 28 of Lexington Park, Maryland, the pedestrian involved in the collision, was extremely intoxicated. Moore walked into the roadway in front of a vehicle causing a collision. Moore refused medical treatment. Moore was so intoxicated she did not remember being involved in a collision. Due to her extreme level of intoxication she was deemed a danger. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication causing a danger to herself and/or others. (Arresting Officer Dfc. Ruest) Destruction of Property On April 19 deputies responded to a beauty salon in Lexington Park, Maryland for a report of a destruction of property. Investigation revealed Robert Lorenzo Lemuel W. Brooks, 20 of Lexington Park, Maryland entered the salon and became involved in a verbal dispute with the employees. Brooks was asked to leave the business. As he exited the business he punched the window causing the glass to break. Brooks injured his arm and was transported to the hospital by a friend. Deputies responded to the hospital and contacted Brooks. After receiving treatment Brooks was arrested and charged with destruction of property. (Arresting Officer Deputy Beasley) Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance On April 20 deputies conducted a premise check Medleys Neck Lane in Leonardtown, Maryland. Evans Deputies located an active bon fire. As deputies approached people and vehicles scattered. Three occupied vehicle relocated in the parking lot of nearby Catholic Church which was closed. As deputies approached the Cunningham group of vehicles they could smell a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicles. A canine scan was conducted and the canine alerted on vehicles. A probable cause search on vehicles located suspected marijuana and a clear capsule containing a white powdery substance and a smoking device. Kevin Michael Evans, 19 of Piney Point, Maryland and Charles Edwin Cunningham 19 of Tall Timbers, Maryland were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. (Arresting Officer Deputy Snyder) Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing On April 21 deputies responded to the Donut Connection in Lexington Park, Maryland for a report of a trespasser. Investigation revealed Timothy Lee Barnes, 50 of no fixed address, was Barnes extremely intoxicated and causing a disturbance. Barnes was asked to leave the business several times but refused. Deputies ordered Barnes to leave. He refused, was arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. (Arresting Officer Deputy Shomper) Second Degree Assault On April 21 deputies responded to a Lexwood Court in Lexington Park, Maryland for a report of a missing person. The victim, a mentally Otto disabled 17-year-old male, had been missing for several hours. The victim was located and observed walking down the road. As deputies approached the victim they observed John Eugene Otto, 18 of Lexington Park, Maryland punch the victim several times. Otto was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. (Arresting Officer Deputy Tirpak)

Joy then attempted to assault the reporter. After a brief struggle Joy was subdued and handcuffed. Joy was charged with second degree assault and resisting arrest. (Arresting Officer Deputy Teague)

On April 18 Deputy Potter responded to a residence on Park Pines Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland for a report of an assault. InvesPhillips tigation revealed Blair Kelly Phillips, 19 of Lexington Park, Maryland was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim. The verbal dispute escalated into a physical assault when Phillips grabbed and kicked the victim. Phillips was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. (Arresting Officer Deputy Potter) Disorderly, Possession On April 19 deputies responded to a disturbance on Fox Chase Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland. Upon arrival deputies made contact Thomas with several individuals arguing in the roadway. Deputies instructed the individuals to stop arguing and leave the area. Everyone except Larry Matthew Thomas 29 of Lexington Park, Maryland complied

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Sheriff Timothy Cameron and the St. Marys County Sheriffs Office Citizens Advisory Board, in their continuing efforts to strengthen community and law enforcement partnerships, will host a Community Meeting at Greenview Knolls Elementary School.


Sheriff Cameron will provide an overview of calls for service and respond to citizens questions. Area residents are encouraged to attend.


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Vice Narcotics
The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports.
Detectives observed a drug transaction in the parking lot of a Charlotte Hall business. The suspects were identified as Haden Kirk Moyer, 21 of Charlotte Hall, and Taylor Steven Sargent, 21 of Schnecksville, Pa. Sargent was observed giving money to Moyer before he began to use the oxycodone he had just purchased. Recovered items inMoyer cluded 15 oxycodone tablets, 17 alprazolam tablets, syringes, spoons, cellular phones and cash. Both parties were charged with the drug offenses and additional charges are pending a States Attorneys Office review. Christopher Aloysius Guy aka Shifty, 28 of Mechanicsville, was Sargent indicted and charged with numerous counts of theft, burglary, conspiracy and drug possession charges stemming from two burglaries of a Mechanicsville pharmacy. He was being held on the additional Otto charges without bond. Steven Michael Otto, 28 of Guy Hollywood, Md., was indicted and charged with possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute. He is currently incarcerated on unrelated drug charges. Calverio Terrill Somerville, 24 of Leonardtown, was identified as a distributor of cocaine. Somerville Vice Narcotics detectives made several undercover purchases of cocaine from Somerville and he was subsequently indicted and arrested. Jason Michael Reintzell, 35 of Lexington Park, was served an indictment for reckless endangerment and distribution of heroin. The charges are a result of an investigation into a recent heroin overdose.


DUI Saturation Patrols

On April 20, the St. Marys County Sheriffs Office, Special Operation Division and members of the Patrol Division conducted saturation patrols in the vicinity of California Maryland. The saturation patrols resulted in seven traffic citations and fourteen written warnings. During the Saturation Patrols deputies noticed many cabs services, buses and designated drivers were being used to provide sober rides home. Law enforcement officials and community prevention organizations believe public service announcements, print advertisement citing, the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints and the publics pre-planning contributed to increased traffic safety. We hope this cooperative community partnership

will continue to reduce drunk and drugged driving and increase highway safety. For more information regarding traffic safety or DUI saturation patrols contact Sgt. Butler of the Traffic Safety Unit at 301-475-4200 ext. 9006 or mike.butler@ stmarysmd.com

Sheriff: Noise Complaints Rock On Respectfully

Spring is settling in and many drivers are operating vehicles with the sunroofs and windows open, tops down and music playing as they enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. Recently the St. Marys County Sheriffs Office has received numerous complaints of vehicles traveling along roadways playing extremely loud music. The excessively loud music is particularly disturbing in residential neighborhoods and other public areas such as parking lots and community parks. Maryland Transportation Article 21, Sec. 1122, Paragraph (c) reads: When a motor vehicle is being operated on a highway, the driver of the vehicle may not operate or permit the operation of a sound amplification system from the vehicle that can be heard outside the vehicle from 50 or more feet. A person who violates this section is subject of a fine of $70. As you journey down the road, listening to your favorite song please be considerate of others by playing the music at a reasonable volume and within the law. Rock On Respectfully.

Community Initiative for A Healthy St. Marys

Community Organizations, Local Businesses and Community Members

April 29, 2013 5:30 7:00 p.m. Lexington Park Library

The Healthy St. Marys Partnership would like to invite all to attend an informational meeting to discuss the health issues in St. Marys County and strategies to improve the overall health and wellness of our communities. Involvement is welcomed from local public, private and non-profit stakeholders and community members committed to making a healthier St. Marys County. Participants can assist in community level efforts surrounding obesity, chronic disease, tobacco use and substance abuse. Those interested in participating should contact Jaclyn Shaw at 301-475-6174 or email: Jaclyn_Shaw@smhwecare.com

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Kicks for Heroes, a local kickball tournament, is raising funds to benefit two wounded soldiers who served overseas in the War on Terror. All proceeds from the tournament will go to the continual recovery efforts of Jeffrey Shonk and DeShawn Kitrell, both local veterans convalescing from their injuries. Kitrell was wounded after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED). He was on a patrol as an infantryman with the U.S. Armys 3rd Infantry Division in Khenjakak, Afghanistan back in September 2012. His parents, James and Tamara Kitrell, say their son spends his time between St. Marys County and physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Hospital. They praised what community organizations have done to support their son, who despite the loss of his leg, still en-

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joys sports like skiing and is training for a triathlon in Texas. So far the organizations that have helped our son have been outstanding, James said. But the prayers are the biggest thing that have helped him get through the most. Chris Pulliam, one of the organizers of the event, said he planned on 10 kickball teams playing, but the tournament has grown. Weve got 24 teams playing, Pulliam said. All the proceeds go to these guys. Jeffrey Shonk, another wounded veteran, will benefit from the tournament as

well as actively participate in it. Shonk was wounded by friendly fire while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. He said he was happy about being home but more so about all the support the community has given him. Im pretty excited about it, Shonk said. I wasnt expecting it, like just how much support there is. The tournament is May 4 at the American Legion Post No. 255 in Ridge and starts at 8 a.m. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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A Big Dam Problem

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer While the state is pressing counties to implement far reaching plans to curb pollutants going into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, a recently formed coalition of seven counties is pushing for the state to look at what they say is perhaps the biggest single source of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment the Susquehanna River and the clogged Conowingo Dam. The Susquehanna River is the single largest source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, said Chip MacLeod, an attorney for the Funk and Bolton law firm representing the Clean Chesapeake Coalition. Weve been cleaning the bay for 40 years and spending all this money but the sad but true reality is that water quality is no better than it was 40 years ago. The coalition argues that the sediment and pollution that is now flowing over the Conowingo Dam the reservoirs there located at the top of the bay are now full of sediment, cutting off trapping capacity must be stopped. That can happen by making a concerted effort to find a way to dredge be hind the dam and replenish the trapping capacity for harmful pollutants. MacLeod and the coalition argue that if the state concentrates on dredging the dam that would meet the total maximum daily load requirements set forth in the states Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The statewide WIP plan is estimated to cost about $14 billion, requiring counties to curb septic system development and attach many of the existing ones to public water and sewer systems. Many counties have balked at the sheer costs; here in St. Marys County planning staff came up with a pollution reduction strategy per state requirements but the Board of County Commissioners quickly added the caveat that they could not commit to funding it. The sticker shock set in, MacLeod said of many plans. The U.S. Geological Survey seems to agree that the Susquehanna River vis-vis the Conowingo Dam is an increasing problem. A study by the agency after the events of the Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 showed the storm had scoured sediment from the backup behind the dam and sent it over into the bay. The storm shoved 19 million tons of sediment into the bay along with 42,000 tons of nitrogen and 10,600 tons of phosphorus. The estimates of pollutant loadings from 1978 to 2011 showed an average of 71,000 tons per year for nitrogen, 3,300 tons per year for phosphorus and 2.5 million tons per year of sediment. We could reach the Total Maximum Daily Load goal by dredging that and getting back the trap capacity, MacLeod said. Were chasing the little stuff at great expense and not paying attention to the big problem. The total goals for TMDL for the bay across the entire watershed, which includes New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C set pollution levels at 185.9 million pounds of nitrogen, 12.5 million pounds of phosphorus and 6.45 million pounds of sediment per year a 25 percent reduction in nitrogen, 24 percent reduction in phosphorus and 20 percent reduction in sediment to be completed by 2025, according to state documents from the Maryland Department of the Environment. The varying states are all expected to take part in meeting the overall goal. While the states plan has its fair share of detractors groups like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) say that while the Susquehanna and the dam are significant problems the WIP plans are still critical to cleaning up the bay because they address pollution issues in waters such as the Patuxent, Potomac and Choptank rivers that all feed the bay but arent affected by the Susquehanna. CBFs chief water quality specialist Beth McGee says that the dam and the river must be addressed but not to the extent of ignoring other sources of pollution. We certainly have concerns about the river, but its not an either/or proposition, McGee said. We need to look at both sides of the issue. The current owner and operator of the dam, Exelon Corporation, is reapplying for its license to operate the dam and should be made to contribute to solving the pollution problem at the site, she said. Pretty much any tidal river that feeds the bay is polluted with nutrients or sediment, said McGee of the greater picture. But even the CBF recognizes that the river and the clogged dam is a significant contributor to the problem that may be getting worse. McGee said the river contributes about 25 percent of the phosphorus and sediment to the bay each year as well as 40 percent of the nitrogen; that number is likely growing, she said, since the dam has lost much of its pollutant trapping capacity. She also supported regulating septic systems, even though they only contribute about 5-to-6 percent of nitrogen to the bay watershed, because the local concentrations in the counties where they were in use would be much higher. Counties such as St. Marys would still benefit from implementing the WIP, she said, because more fishable and swimmable waters would provide an economic boost. St. Marys was one of the counties least affected by the sediment flowing

over the dam, she said, because it lay at the mouth of the bay. Whats coming down from the Conowingo dam is not really affecting the water ways around St. Marys County, McGee said. Theres no reason not to move forward with these plans. County Commissioner Todd Morgan, a frequent critic of Gov. Martin OMalleys administration, said this time he believed OMalley would focus on the issue of the Susquehanna River and the dam as part of the pollution problem. He also said that commissioners here had not yet discussed whether to join the Clean Chesapeake Coalition. He said he was unsure of the overall benefits it would provide, since much of

the process was already in law. I dont see a great advantage wed basically be paying a law firm to monitor developments, Morgan said. I think the governor is trying to do something but the WIPs put an undue burden on the tax payers of St. Marys County. Local estimates show that the costs of implementing the WIP locally could cost $200 million, or nearly all the countys yearly operating budget. But I think its going to cost us more than $200 million, Morgan lamented. Theyre going to shove it down on us. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Bella Music School The Music School is Open! Stop by, enjoy the live music, meet the teachers and see the new studio space. Big Larry's Comic Book Cafe Live music with Fractal Folk Coupon for cheeseburger and malted shake Cafe des Artistes Live music with Randy Richie on Piano starting at 6:30. Pre-Order special Fiesta Bread, Le Pain Ole' (a boule of yeasted cornbread with sundried tomatoes and a hint of jalapeno). Featured Dessert on Fiesta Friday: Mexican Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding! Fenwick Street Used Books and Music Meet and greet with poet Jos Ballesteros, reading from and signing copies of his new book, POLVO ENAMORADO/ LOVEDUST. Good Earth Natural Foods Andy of Barlean's joins The Good Earth offering samples of Barlean's and answering any questions you may have about Essential Fatty Acids. Kevin's Corner Kafe All you can eat crab legs and steamed shrimp $34.99 per person. Leonardtown Arts Center OFF THE WALL: An Art Market featuring one of a kind handmade art objects, prints, paintings, photographs, jewelry and more! North End Gallery All Member show "Textures" and reception. Think of trees blossoming, flowers blooming, grass growing.All of those visions make us think of the many textures the earth gives us to enjoy. Visit the Gallery and see the textures the artists bring to us in their work . Opal Fine Art Fiesta Reception with light refreshments to welcome guest painter AnnieCompton and hand bag designer Cristina Caguin. Quality Street Kitchen and Catering - Wine Tasting - 5 great wines - $5 Fee, Complimentary beads with every purchase of wine throughout the entire weekend. Sutler Post Farms joins Fiesta Friday with the Clydesdales and Carriage Rides (fee based)

Craft Guild Shop Meet and greet with landscape and maritime artist George McWilliams. Guenthers Bistro, Fine Wine and Spirits Fiesta margarita and sangria specials. 5 Bottle Corona Buckets for $12. Featured appetizer, 7 Layer Dip. Featured Fiesta Entree: Homemade Chicken or Seafood Paella. Complimentary dessert with the purchase of an entree. Port of Leonardtown Winery Live music with Harmony Grit, wine tastings, and $5 Fish Tacos with Chef Dan of Morris Point Catering. $5 tasting fee includes 5 wines and souvenir glass. The Shops at Maryland Antiques Center Shop with us on First Friday and drop off a food donation to support Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen.


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Every Steppin Out Weekend theres tons to do in Leonardtown! Find sales, specials, coupons, giveaways and activities at these fine participating establishments.
Allens Homestead/Corncrib Studio Bellarus Boutique Best Western Plus Hotel Park Avenue Big Larrys Comic Book Caf Brewing Grounds Caf Des Artistes Craft Guild Shop Crazy for Ewe Fenwick Street Used Books & Music Friends of the Leonardtown Theater The Front Porch Restaurant Fuzzy Farmers Market The Good Earth Guenthers Bistro The Hair Company Kevins Corner Kafe Leonardtown Arts Center Leonardtown Galleria Maryland Antiques Center North End Gallery Ogas Asian Cuisine Old Jail Museum Olde Town Pub Olde Towne Stitchery Opal Fine Art Patuxent Adventure Center Port of Leonardtown Winery Quality Street Kitchen and Catering The Tea Room Tudor Hall Yellow Door Art Studios Ye Olde Towne Cafe

50s Weekend in Leonardtown

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Over 300 classic and antique cars will be packed into Leonardtown this Sunday for the annual St. Marys Rod and Classic Spring Fling. In addition to the step back in time, said Bill Higgs, the club president, the day of festivities will feature live music, raffles and classic car trivia contests. Kids will play games, such as a fan belt toss, and receive prizes. Higgs anticipates the 7th District Optimist Club will put on a tractor pull for the countys youth as well. Of all the car shows throughout the summer, Higgs particularly enjoys the Spring Fling because the square shuts down and the entire show is held in one area. Hes noticed people travel from Pennsylvania, Virginia and even Myrtle Beach to see the vintage automobiles. Sundays display will provide a 50s car culture that the town has decided to utilize all weekend, according to Rebecca Lira, St. Marys tourism coordinator It is the marquee event for Steppin Out 50s weekend She looks forward to the dining specials especially 50s style cheeseburgers and milkshakes around town, which people can take advantage of by printing out coupons off the countys tourism website, along with the cinema Saturday showing of American Graffiti at the Dorsey building. Lira believes the general retro scene the town is featuring all weekend should be intriguing. As a member of the Leonardtown Business Association, Higgs jumped at the opportunity to get involved when Carolyn Laray, countys tourism manager, brought the idea to him. This year the car show will help Leonardtown businesses as well as raise money for local charities. Its just a lot of fun, Higgs said of the Spring Fling adding its a great chance to show the old cars to kids and tell tales of how it used to be. The Spring Fling Car Show is scheduled to take place Sunday April 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to attend, but Higgs requests $2 be donated to hospice upon arrival. Steppin Out 50s weekend starts Friday. Go to visitstmarysmd.com to download coupons or receive additional information on any upcoming Steppin Out events. alexpanos@countytimes.net

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To The Editor
Marylands new gun law originated by the governor Martin OMalley is unconstitutional and should be recognized as such. First of all, many gun owners are former and retired military. As such, they probably have more time in gun handling and on range practice than most of the instructors involved in this so-called classroom training! To be fingerprinted is an invasion of privacy and is positive identification of all gun owners. The second amendment clearly states gun ownership is for the militia. It is intended that way to prevent the government from being capable of taking control over the citizens. Gun ownership is a private matter and should not be a matter of public record. Criminals can use this information to determine which homes it may be safe to invade. Although the Maryland government officials may think they have done something positive, the criminal element is laughing at the stupidity of such a law! They are saying, thanks for the information.

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A Matter of Ignorance
As far as limiting the number of rounds to be held in a clip is another sign of ignorance. Most experienced shooters can reload 8 clips in a matter of seconds. Taping together clips involved simply stitching ends. This method was utilized by many military personnel in combat. The type of gun and magazine clips purchased by a citizen should be one of choice, not one dictated by law. In summary, the new Maryland law is not only unconstitutional; it demonstrated just how much stupidity is in the non-firearm community. You will fine that the majority of gun owners will not comply with this new law and God have pity on the officials who try to seize firearms from owners! Almost every gun owner I have talked with used the same statement made by Rex Harrison, The only way you gill take my gun is out of my cold dead hand! Tom Julien Charlotte Hall

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Status

As the president of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) Association, I would like to thank the St. Marys County Board of County Commissioners, Finance Office and Procurement Office for all of their great work in getting our new museum construction project back on track. As reported in the Enterprise, we have experienced a considerable delay in construction progress due to problems with the construction bonds submitted by Broughton Construction Company. We have received many questions from visitors to our museum with concerns as to when the new museum will be completed as a result of the interruption to the construction. With the excellent support that we have received from the St. Marys County Government, we would hope to resume construction in the very near future. In the mean time, we would like to ensure everyone that the museum is open for business as usual and we would like all St. Marys county citizens to stop by and visit this unique facility that tells the story of Naval Aviation in St. Marys. The addition of our exciting new building will provide a great gateway to Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Lexington Park as well as a major tourism destination for St. Marys county. So again, we would like to thank the county, the Navy and all of our visitors for their continued support while the get the new museum construction project back on schedule. Capt. Arvid E Ed Forsman, USN (Ret.) President, Board of Directors Patuxent River Naval Aviation Museum Association, Inc.

Dying To Bank At PNC

As a resident of St. Marys County who grew up in Leonardtown, I opened my first bank account at First National Bank of St. Marys when I was four years old. My bank was sold many times over until it became PNC, where my account has remained until now. The location of the downtown Leonardtown branch has the safest ingress and egress of any bank in the county. Today, my wife and I received a letter in the mail informing us that this historic branch of PNC is merging with the other location on Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, which is very accident prone. This move, likely fueled by corporate greed, will cost peoples jobs and possibly customers lives. It will be easier for them to rent office space on the square in Leonardtown, rather than in a swamp with one very dangerous entrance. My wife and I are walking across the street and starting a relationship with a new bank. The bankers like Jimmy Stewart from Its a Wonderful Life are sadly distant memories; Joe Marion Gough, Jack Candella, and all the other bankers of this county who had hearts are all distant memories in our new world : THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR SIGN continues to rule the 1 percent! PNC Bank, during the height of our financial crisis, took their 7.6 billion in bailout money. Instead of helping their customers keep their homes, PNC went out and purchased National City Bank, which is one of the largest financial institutions in the Mid-West. Jonathan and Kimberleigh Beasley Budds Creek

Walking Supports March of Dimes

At the March of Dimes, we promise to work tirelessly toward the day when all babies are born healthy. Babies have been at the heart of our mission since 1958, when our mission focus became infant and child health. Although you may not realize it, you have been touched by the March of Dimes if You or your child received a polio vaccine; You took the B vitamin folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects; You or someone you know is one of the 9,412 parents who had a premature baby in Maryland this year; You had a healthy baby due in part to good prenatal care at home and from your doctor or nurse. The March of Dimes provides support and resources to families in the NICU wondering when or if theyll be able to take their baby home. We also work to prevent prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality through research and local community-based grants and programs. March for Babies is the easiest way you can support our mission. Join the hundreds of walkers who walk in Southern Maryland each year to raise much-needed funds. This years event will take place on Sunday, May 5th at Regency Furniture Stadium. We welcome families, friends and individuals to attend the event and have a fun-filled day planned with superheroes, princesses, and much, much more. Babies are especially welcome. Lets walk together for stronger, healthier babies. Sign up at marchforbabies.org. Jennifer Abell Community Director, Southern Maryland jabell@marchofdimes.com

The St. Marys County Public School System recognizes that April is Autism Awareness Month. While April 2 has been designated as World Autism Awareness Day, the entire month of April is a time to focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders. According to Autism Speaks, a worldwide organization that promotes research and awareness, Autism affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. St. Marys County Public Schools (SMCPS) is fully committed to supporting students, families, and staff with the goal of improving the outcomes and lives of children and young adults with Autism. Currently there are 160 students with a disability of autism in St. Marys County Public Schools. The St. Marys County Public Schools Department of Special Education has established and expanded a comprehensive framework of supports within the public schools. The Autism Support Team consists of a Supervisor of Special Education, an Instructional Resource Teacher for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and two full-time Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). All members of the team hold advanced, post-graduate certifications in the areas of Autism and Behavior. This team is responsible for establishing and implementing programs within the framework of support. All supports use evidence-based practices and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to the Autism Support Team, students and families are supported each and every day by teachers, therapists, psychologists, administrators, instructional assistants, and other instructional support staff within the schools. Under the supervision and support of the Autism Support Team, a cadre of trained ABA Providers, works daily with students in school and home settings to further implement ABA strategies. Specialized classes have been established for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to meet complex student needs. According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, ABA is an applied science in which professionals in applied behavior analysis engage in the specific and comprehensive use of principles of learning, in order to address behavioral needs of widely varying individuals in di-

Autism Awareness in SMCPS

verse settings. These principals are applied in school and home settings to teach new skills, to improve social interactions, and to help children become independent and successful. Families have available to them a comprehensive system of assessment and evaluation by a highly qualified team of experts within SMCPS. Children are assessed with the most up-to-date procedures and tools and within multiple settings. This critical information is shared with families as part of the Special Education process. Parent and staff training are critical to the success of all students. The Department of Special Education maintains a list of resources and interactive tools through the Department of Special Education webpage. Professional development is ongoing in our schools. Staff meets with specialists to plan for instruction, to train in specific skills, to raise awareness, to assist with behavior, and to model teaching techniques. Autism Support Team members meet with families to help them carry over the success in school and to help their children with independence and challenges in the home and community. Teachers, parents, and community members can create an account through the AIM site and complete research-based modules that cover all areas of instruction and support related to Autism. Families can learn about community supports such as the Maryland Autism Waiver and the DoD Tricare Support model. There is a school and community Toolkit that can be accessed through the Autism Speaks site. Most recently, the Department of Special Education has made available to staff and families the tools in Autism Pro, a web-based program and partners with the Partners for Success and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Special Education to provide informational workshops in the evenings. St. Marys County Public Schools wants the community to know that a child who may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder is first and foremost an individual and unique child. Our staff works each and every day to nurture the individual child and to help their families and schools do the same. Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
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about improving the way you feel, this is the workshop for you. At Loffler, this class will be taught by Shellie Graziano and another lay leader. There is no charge for taking this class, however a commitment to regular attendance is needed for good results. For more information or to sign up call, 301-737-5670 ext. 1658. This presentation at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. led by Donna Chapman, Certified Diabetes Educator, will teach participants successful diabetes self-management strategies. Complimentary diabetes education materials will be provided to all participants. Healthy snacks will also be served. Advance sign up is required by Friday, May 10. To sign up, call 3010-475-4200 ext. 1050. Do you need help with making Advance Directives? The St. Marys County Department of Aging and Human Services, in conjunction with Elville & Associates, presents Law Day on Wednesday, May 1 at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The topic of discussion will be advance directives and attorneys will be on site to answer any questions and to help prepare necessary forms for advance directives at no charge. Appointments are required, call the Garvey Senior Activity Center 301-4754200 ext. 1050.

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Programs and Activities
Yard Sale starts Friday, April 26
The Northern Senior Activity Center Council will be holding a Yard Sale (Open to the Public) on Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (rain/shine) at the Northern Senior Activity Center, 29655 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall. Proceeds will benefit the Northern Senior Activity Center. On Wednesday, May 1, at 9 a.m., the Breakfast Caf will be serving scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day and good conversation with others. Breakfast is homemade and served with complimentary beverages. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by noon the day before. Please call 301475-4002 ext. 1001 with any questions. On Wednesday, May 15 we will take a trip to watch the Baltimore Orioles. Game time is 12:35 p.m. and pickups will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center, Garvey Senior Activity Center at 9 a.m. and Northern Senior Activity Center at 9:30 a.m. Forget driving and parking hassles, take a luxury bus to the game. The cost of $60 includes transportation, ticket (seats are under cover for your comfort from sun and rain), tip for driver and snack on the bus. Stop by any of the Senior Activity Centers in St. Marys County to make your payment (thus reserving your space). Call Joyce at 301-7375670, ext. 1656 for more information. Note* only 5 seats are still available.

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At the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m., learn how to make a bird feeder using supplies you already have around your home. Supplies needed to make one feeder will be provided. The cost will be $2 and for more information, call 301-4754200 ext. 1050. The Loffler Senior Activity Center will be conducting a six week workshop on how to manage your chronic condition. The class will meet at the center on Tuesdays, May 21 to June 25 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is an evidence-based program that was developed by Stanford University to help people with chronic conditions take charge of their life by developing self-management skills, including dealing with depression and fatigue, pain management, working with their health care provider and more. If you have a chronic condition and are serious

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

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

Brenda Dodd, 67
Brenda Ann Gardiner Dodd, 67, of La Plata, died April 16, at her residence. Born Nov. 16, 1945 in Leonardtown, she was the daughter of the late Adrian Posey Jimmy Gardiner Jr. and Louise Weedie Parlett Gardiner. Brenda is survived by her husband, Dennis Keith Dodd, whom she married on Aug. 22, 1987 in La Plata; children Tammy Ann (Tom) Robinson of Ellicott City, Md., John Adrian (Tracey) Molvin of Welcome, Md., Melissa Louise (Mike) Readmond of Mechanicsville, Dawn Elizabeth (Tony) Cave of Charlotte Hall, Stephanie Lynn (Steve) Possehl of White Plains, and Angela Marie Chaney of Annapolis; siblings Josephine L. Hill of Baltimore, Md., Donna M. (Paul) Haigley of Annapolis, Md., Steven J. (Debbie) Gardiner of Marydel, Md., Michael K. (Brenda) Gardiner of Clements, Md., Debbie L. (Ronald) Friedrich of La Plata, Md.; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Brenda was preceded in death by her brother, Lonnie A. Gardiner Sr. Brenda graduated from St. Marys Catholic High school in Annapolis, Md. in 1963. She was a homemaker. The family received friends on April 18 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A funeral service was held on April 19 in the Funeral Home chapel with Father John Mattingly (a very good family friend) officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown,

Md. Pallbearers will be Lonnie Gardiner, Jeff Gardiner, Chris Friedrich, Jamie Friedrich, Eric Gardiner, and M. Kevin Gardiner Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Charles County, 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, MD 20603.

Marlene Johnson, 79
Marlene Lucrecia Johnson, 79, of California, Md. died April 1 at Baltimore Washington Hospital in Glen Burnie, Md. She was born Oct. 15, 1933, at Freedmens Hospital in Washington, D.C. to the late John Walter Malloy and Elsie Mae Dodson Brown. Marlene attended Charles E. Young Elementary School, Browne Junior High School, and graduated in 1952 from Cardoza Senior High School. Marlene aspired to be an opera singer, taking both piano and singing lessons. During the 1950s, she sang in jazz clubs in New York. On June 20, 1959, she married her beloved husband, Martin Luther McKinzie Johnson in Washington, D.C. Together they celebrated 53 wonderful years of marriage. In 1974 she accepted employment with the Navy Exchange Service Command and became a retail sales supervisor until her retirement in 1998. Her hobbies included playing bingo, bowling, and singing. An avid baseball fan, she enjoyed cheering for her favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Most of all she

loved to travel, frequently visiting Europe and loved ones in Paderborn, Germany. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her children, Karen Renee Stevens of Lexington Park, Md., Diana Lynn Scott (Arthur) of Waldorf, Md., Martin Mckenzie Johnson II of Millersville, Md., and Norval Johnson (Sharon) of Bowie, Md.; her siblings, Zelda Butler of Landover, Md., Shirley Robinson of Washington, D.C., Elsa Malloy of Landover, Md., and Donnajean Coates of Capital Heights, Md.; her grandchildren, Curtiss Lee Stevens, David R. Stevens, Andrea D. Romar, Martin M. Johnson III, Nora Skye Johnson; and one great-grandchild, Donavan Stevens, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Kristi Malloy and her brothers, Kenneth Brown and Norval Malloy. Family received friends for Marlenes Life Celebration on April 22 with a prayer service by Reverend Joe Orlando. A graveside service was held on April 23 at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Constance Schwab, 82
Constance Panthen Schwab, 82, of Piney Point, Md. died April 17 at MedStar St. Marys Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. She was born May 23, 1930, in New York, N.Y. to the late Karl Albert Panthen and Constance Mildred Craigie. Constance graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She moved to St. Marys County in 1975 from La Plata, Md. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a special education social worker for Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She greatly enjoyed helping people. She was an avid reader. She especially loved being outside soaking up the sunshine. She loved to swim, go to the beach, and take cruises. She also enjoyed playing bridge and being with her friends. She was very social and never met a stranger. However, her greatest pride and joy was her granddaughters. She made many trips to visit them in Calif. Constance is survived by her husband, Walter Snowden Schwab, of La Plata, Md.; her children, Laura Blumer (Ray) of San Clemente, Calif. and Steven Scwab (Barbara Peck) of La Plata, Md.; her brother, Karl Pathen (Barrie) of Yonkers, N.Y.; her granddaughters, Dana Blumer, Victoria Blumer, and Rachel Constance Blumer, all of San Clemente, Calif.; and her long time friend, Larry Proctor. She is preceded in death by her parents. Family received friends on April 20 with a prayer service by Deacon George LHeureux at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown. A graveside service was held on April 21 at Mount Rest Cemetery in La Plata, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010 or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Fox Quade Sr, 86

William A. Fox Quade Sr. 86, of Lexington Park, Md. passed away surrounded by his loving family on April 16 in Fredericksburg, Va. Born on July 9, 1926 in Oakville, Md., he was the son of the late Richard Edward and Alice Saint Plaummia R. Quade. William was the loving husband of Catherine Wood Quade, whom he married in Leonardtown, Md. on July 13, 1991. William is survived by his children, James F. Quade and Stephanie Quade, both from Va., William A. Quade Jr. of Iowa, Kevin W. Quade of Great Mills, Md., George Oliver of Hollywood, Md., James Duffy, Chris Duffy, and Kevin Duffy Sr., all of Lexington Park, Md., Cindy Passmore and Pam French, both of Leonardtown, Md.; 28 grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. William is also survived by sister Josephine Quade Copsey, and brother Franklin Quade of Bushwood, Md. William is preceded in death by his siblings, Richard Henry Quade, George Quade, Russell Quade, Elizabeth (Bessie) Quade, Leonard Quade, Richard Claude Quade, and Gertrude Quade, twin sister of William. William worked as a carpenter in his early years, and worked as a cab driver for Friendly Cab for 20 years retiring in January 1998. William loved to watch Baltimore Orioles games, play bingo, and spend time with his grandson Lil Kevin. The family received friends on April 22 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md. A funeral service was held on April 23 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment followed in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery Lexington Park, Md.

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Lucy Geneva Brown, 87

Lucy Geneva Brown, 87, of Chaptico, Md. passed away on April 17, 2013 at Chesapeake Shores in Lexington Park. Visitation was on April 22 at the Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home of Mechanicsville. Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico on April 23, 2013. Interment immediately followed at St. Marys Queen of Peace Cemetery. Born on June 29, 1925 in Maddox, Md., Lucy was the daughter of the late Harrison and Lucy Nelson. In 1943 Lucy married the late Roger Anthony Brown, an Army veteran of Chaptico at Epiphany Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Most of Lucys life was spent as a homemaker. A lifelong Catholic, Lucy read the bible and prayed the rosary daily. Lucy is survived by her daughter, Joan Brown Chandler (husband Donald) of Nashville, Tenn.; her brother, Richard E Nelson of Washington, D.C.; her sister, Grace Miles of Hollywood, Md. and five grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son, Roger Anthony Brown Jr.; siblings, Mary Milburn, Walter Nelson, John Nelson, George Nelson and Laura Lawson. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville.

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Tom Suter, 88
Joseph Edward Tom Suter, son of the late Joseph T. Suter and Mable Gray Suter, was born on Feb. 17, 1925 in Oakville, Md. He entered into eternal life on April 15. Joseph was educated in the public school system in St. Marys County Maryland. He served in the U. S. Navy during World II. His life trade was an auto mechanic. He and his father had their own business, Suter and Son, which was later sold when he retired from the business. He, also, was a logger which he did in the summer months. He loved to spend time with all his children. He loved to fish and passed that passion down to his sons and some of his daughters. He loved to cook and, also, shared that passion with some of his children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mable Suter; his sons, Earl and John Phillip (infant) and daughter, Delores. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Myrna Suter; his sister, Jean Wright; his daughters, Gladys June (James), Dorothy Horton-Brown (Jay), Diane Jewettetahoosuter (Teeco), Mable (Tammy) Anderson, Margaret (MC) Forrest (Bert, Sr.), Joan (Barbara) Barnes (Chester), Rose (Ronnie) Barnes (Colbert III), Virginia (Poodie) Young, Monica (Teelee) Biscoe (Wayne), Emma (Cece) Young (Chase), Brenda (Girl) Butler (William); his sons, James (Jimmy) Suter, Joseph (Timmy) Young (Mary), William (Billy)Young (Josephine), David Young, John (Pot) Young (Varella), Bryant Young, Colvin (Coco) Young, Sr., Keith Young (Denise), 61 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members, Dolores Suter-Witcher (ex-wife) and very special friends, Mary Agnes Young and Iva Shupe and best friend, Tyrone Holton. Family united with friends on April 20 at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home. Interment was private.

Jellissa and Nathan Bush, both of Great Mills, Md. and God parents, Mary R. Holt, ofGreat Mills, Md.and Craig L. Holt, of Waldorf. Md. Family united with friends on April 24 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Mechanicsville. Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Arrangements by BriscoeTonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville.

Rosie Thomas
Rose Theresa Rosie Thomas was born on June 25, 1929, to the late Margaret Cecelia Neale-Wilson and William Dent Wilson Sr. Rose was born and raised in St Marys County and attend St. Marys County Public Schools. She was joined in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life Philip Thomas on Oct. 26, 1947. Rose was a devoted wife of 65 years to her husband Philip Thomas. Rose loved her husband dearly and they were truly joined together as one. From their union 11 children were born: Louis Alfred (Lisa), Ralph Ignatius, Helen Theresa Smith, Bernard Wade (Anita), Michael Sylvester, Doris Marie Eaton (Thomas), Calvert Eugene, Clara Louise Woodson (David) and the late John Philip, William Henry and Douglas Xavier and a special goddaughter Sheila Thomas-Wright. Rose was a devoted and devoted Catholic and attended Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Chaptico. She always prayed the rosary and watched mass when she was not able to physically be at church. On those particular Sundays, Reverend Jerry Gamrot and Charles Carter would visit with her and serve her the body of Christ. She participated in the Annual Our Lady of the Wayside Church festivals in which she donated vegetables from her garden and meats from the farm that she prepared and served to the guests. She worked alongside of her husband on the farm. When Philip worked away from the farm, Rose ran the farm better than any person could. She did not skip a beat. Philip would come home from work and say, how did you get all that tobacco cut down and put in the barn or whatever the amazement was for that day. He was truly amazed by her talents. Not only was Rose the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the farm but she was the CEO of the household as well. Her days were long but to her they were days filled with things that had to be done. She would getup 4 a.m., make the fire to warm the house and fix Philips lunch and get him off to work then get the children up and feed them breakfast and saw to it that they fed the farm animals before going to school. She would then start to prepare lunch and dinner. She would place the huge pots on the wood burning stove to slow cook while she did other chores and by lunch time the food would be ready to eat. Then she made sure the children coming home from school completed their homework before they worked the farm. In addition to working the farm, she would grow the best vegetable and rose gardens. She was known for her stuffed hams, canning of vegetables and preserving of fruits in which she shared with friends and family as far away as Balti-

more. Her day did not end until 10 p.m. Rose also worked at various restaurants throughout her career. What a woman! She is survived by 12 grandchildren Angela Woodson Agee, Nicola Bush, Jonathan Thomas, Frazier Smith (Quiona), Michael Herbert, April Jones, Shannon Thomas, Keyishia Baker (Zackery), Brittany Woodson, David Woodson Jr., Davon Eaton and Taryn Eaton; 15 greatgrandchildren Jalisa Thomas, Aquera and Anika Agee, NeKiaya Barnes, Demetrius Thomas, Jamauri Lovett, Deon Jones, Keon Smith, Kiara Smith, Graylin Walker, Alonte Dodds, Nahlia Baker and Dominic Xavier Gonzalez and the late John Philip Thomas Jr. and Ralph Ignatius Thomas Jr. She is also survived by two sisters and two brother in-laws Christine Chavis (Wesley) and Helen Thomas (Nathaniel) and a host of nieces and nephews and family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Bernard Wilson Sr., Joseph Wilson, William Wilson Jr., Aloysius Wilson, Mary Feazell, Pearl Holton, Margaret Thompson, Doris Briscoe and Lucille Makle. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Wayside Catholic Church Chaptico.

Leroy Timmons, Jr., 92

Leroy Timmons, Jr., 92, of Leonardtown passed away on April 18 at Prince Georges Hospital Center. Born Oct. 27, 1920 in College Park, he was the son of the late Leroy Timmons, Sr. and Carolyn LaValle. Leroy married the love of his life, Cleo Windsor, on Aug. 29, 1942 in Arlington, Va.. He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 17, 1942 to Nov. 15, 1945. Leroy worked in the Department of Agriculture for the U.S. Government for 29 years before retiring in 1967. After retiring, he moved to St. Marys County where he owned and operated Tims Marina in Coltons Point. Leroy is survived by his wife, Cleo W. Timmons; his son, Raymond W. Timmons (Vickie), of Leonardtown; his grandchildren, Carrie Burke (David), Mark Timmons (Donna), Heather Wilcox (Chris); and his greatgrandchild, Lindsey Wilcox. In addition to his parents, Leroy was predeceased by his son, Ronald L. Timmons. Visitation was be held on April 23 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A funeral service was celebrated by Pastor Linda Purdy on April 24 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. Interment followed in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Md. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

John William Gatton, 80

John William Gatton, 80 of Hollywood died of angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma on April 20 at his residence. Born Sept. 19, 1932 in Pearson, Md. (Patuxent River Naval Air Station), he was the son of the late William Gatton and Mary Catherine (Evans) Gatton. John grew up in Medleys Neck and Leonardtown and attended Our Ladys School and St. Marys Academy. He served as an altar boy at Our Ladys Church. In his younger years, John was a member of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1950 and retired from the Air Force in 1970. After his retirement, he had a career in the furniture business. John enjoyed winter trips to Fort Myers Beach, Fla. and enjoyed watching the Baltimore Orioles. John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ernestine (Loos) Gatton; daughter, Barbara Ann Beard of Leonardtown; son, Robert F. Gatton of Lusby; brothers, James I. Jimmy Gatton of Leonardtown, and Charles B. Dickie Gatton of Callaway; and sister, Gloria G. Hayden of Hollywood. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Frances Frankie Knott. Family will receive friends on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Reverend Raymond Schmidt on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Our Ladys Church, 41348 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown. Interment will follow in Our Ladys Church Cemetery, Leonardtown. Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Gatton, Dickie Gatton, Jackie Norris, Dickie Norris, Bernie Beavan and Bernard Goldsborough. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

John T. Dent, 62
John T. Dent, 62, of Great Mills, died peacefully, on April 20 in his home. Born on March 16, 1951, in Montgomery, he was the son of the late Elmer F. Dent Sr., and Joan Marie Wilson Dent. John married the love of his life Kathie L. Henry Dent on May 11, 1974. John is also survived by his children; Kay Marie Dent Bennett, Betsy Ann Dent, and Crystal Lynn Dent Grimes, eight grandchildren; Tiffany Nicole, Megan Elizabeth, Emily Renee, Lillian Renee, Mackenzie Grace, Steven Tyler, Arthur Robert, and Erik Andrew, and 1 great grandson Nathan Preston. John is also survived by his siblings; Elmer F. Dent Jr. of Providence, R.I., Catherine B. Dent Behanna of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Teresa D. Dent Gibson of Conway, S.C., and Cora Irene Dent Hart of Pueblo, Colo. In addition, John had numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Francine M. Deinlein, two nephews, and one niece. John received his education in the Charles County School system. His lifes work was carpentry, construction, and he was a perfectionist to always doing the job well. Johns passion was the great outdoors, and he was an avid fisherman. He could always be found on the water fishing, crabbing, and harvesting oysters, he would be in his element. John adored, and loved his family always putting them first in his life. The family received friends on April 23 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown. A funeral service was held on April 24 in the Lexington Park Baptist Church Lexington Park with Pastor Mark Garrett officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown.

Brandon Nathaniel Smoot, 24

Brandon Nathaniel Smoot, 24 of Absecon, New Jersey, departed this life on April 17. Brandon was born on May 24, 1988 in Leonardtown, Md. to Thelma E. Holt Smoot and Larry M. Smoot. Brandon was a graduate of Oakcrest High School, Mays Landing, N.J. He was employed with Macys of Hamilton Mall, N.J. Brandon was a loyal Ravens fan and was the happiest when listening to music or writing lyrics. He spent many hours in the studio perfecting his craft. He was much loved in his community, known for his charming smile, love of life and compassionate ways. Brandons famous saying was I GOT YOU. He leaves to cherish his precious memories his parents, Thelma and Larry Smoot; his sister, Tamica A. Johnson, of Absecon, N.J.; brother, Anton Harley,of Oxon Hill, Md.; grandparents, Charles and Thelma Holt, of Mechanicsville, Md. and Mary E. Mason, of Bel Alton, Md.; great-grandmother, Eleanor Smoot of Bel Alton, Md.; aunts, Mary R. Holt, of Great Mills, Md., Linda Mason-Williams, of Mechanicsville, Md. and Pamela BoydHarris, of Bel Alton, Md.; uncles, Charles L.Holt, of Lexington Park, Md. and Marc D. Mason, of Bel Alton, Md; special cousins,

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tion there will be a dueling piano performance by Bobby McKeys. Circurious will take the main stage at 8:00 p.m., followed by an unbelievable fireworks show. Fans attending the All-Star Celebration presented by Turkey Hill will also have the opportunity to mingle with the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star players and managers, as well as all of the Leagues mascots. There will be something for everyone at the festival including carnival food, games, mascots, face painters, and entertainment plus many special surprises! Tickets for the All-Star Celebration can be purchased for $15 at the Regency Furniture Stadium box office, online at www.somdbluecrabs.com or by calling 301-638-9788. No. 1 Wednesday, July 10 2013 Atlantic League All-Star Game, Post-Game Fireworks: Wednesday, July 10 will feature the Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by title sponsor The Communities of St. Charles. Fifty of the Atlantic Leagues top professional baseball players from both the Freedom and Liberty Divisions will be selected by managers, pitching staff and personnel from all eight Atlantic League teams to showcase their talent at this esteemed event. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for the All-Stars on www.atlanticleague.com and on the Blue Crabs homepage beginning in June. Tickets for the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star Game can be purchased for $15 at the Regency Furniture Stadium box office, online at www.somdbluecrabs.com or by calling 301-638-9788.

Blue Crabs continue Wing & Beer Thursday Night, presented by Fosters Grille for a $27 value. Dont forget to stay for the Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza post-game to really get you in the mood! No. 3 Wednesday, April 24 Opening Night With Special Guest Al The Bee Bumbry, Magnet Schedule Giveaway, Season Ticket Holder Wednesday, Post-Game Fireworks Presented by Wawa: Were bringing classic back to Opening Day as Southern Maryland finally opens the gates to fans for the first time at Regency Furniture Stadium this season in a traditional baseball atmosphere. The first 1,000 fans will be welcomed back to the ballpark as theyre handed a magnet schedule presented by Community Bank of Tri County. The festivities will continue from there with local entertainment featured throughout the game and a special appearance by Orioles alumni, Al The Bee Bumbry. Its also a chance for season ticket holders to get the perks of being a valued team supporter as part of Season Ticket Holder Wednesday Night. Dont forget, well have post-game fireworks too, because it isnt baseball if there are no fireworks! No. 2 Tuesday, July 9 SPECIAL EVENT, All-Star Celebration Featuring Circurious: Beginning on Tuesday, July 9, fans will be able to kick-off 48 hours of non-stop fun at Regency Furniture Stadium with the live show Circurious appearing on a giant stage set-up in the infield of the ballpark. The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a festive atmosphere complete with food, acts, and strolling performers. In addi-

MIROCK - Fast by Gast Spring Nationals

The Mickey Thompson Tires MIROCK Superbike Series is headed to Maryland International Raceway for the first MIROCK event of the year in Maryland at the Fast by Gast Spring Nationals on April 26-28, 2013. The event will feature Orient Express Pro Street, DME Racing Real Street, Trac King Clutches Top Sportsman, Crazy 8s, Louis Concrete 4.60 Index, FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Fast by Gast Pro E.T., and Brocks Performance Street E.T. The event will also include Grudge Racing, and the Afterdark Underground two-hour grudge program on Saturday night. All bikes must have 2-inch ground clearance, and all ET classes, index classes, and pro classes must have rear brakes. Grudge bikes do not need rear brakes. The event will also host a vendor midway full of motorcycle parts, apparel, and accessories. So head to Maryland International Raceway for an exciting weekend of motorcycle action. Friday Schedule: Gates Open .............................................. 9 a.m. Racer Parking ........................ 9 a.m. to 11p.m. Early Bird Testing ($100 per bike) ...................... 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tech Inspection ............................. 6 to 11 p.m. Test & Tune ($25 per bike) ....... 6:30 to 11p.m. Close Gates ............................................ 11 p.m. Saturday Schedule: Gates Open .............................................. 8 a.m. Tech & Registration ............... 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sportsman Qualifier #1 ............... 9 to 11 a.m. Sportsman Qualifier #2 ...... 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pro & Grudge Qualifier #1 ................... 1 p.m. E.T. Eliminations .................................... 2 p.m. Pro & Grudge Qualifier #2 ................... 4 p.m. Pro & Grudge Qualifier #3 ................... 7p.m. Afterdark Underground Starts After E.T. Finals Sunday Schedule: Gates Open ............................................... 8 a.m. Tech & Registration ................ 8 a.m. to noon Church Service ..................................... 8:30am Sportsman Time Run .............. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Pro Eliminations ............................. 11:30 a.m. E.T. & Sportsman Eliminations ............ noon Admission: 3-Day Pass .............................................. $45 2-Day Pass .............................................. $35 1-Day Pass .............................................. $20 Kids 6-11 (Per Day) ................................ $5 Parking: Car VIP Parking (Pit Parking) ........... $10 Bike VIP Parking (Pit Parking) ........ Free Promoter: Jason Miller may be reached at 301-884-9833 or jmiller@mirdrag.com Track Information: Track Office: 301-884-9833 Dragline: 301-884-RACE Track Fax: 301-884-9878 GPS Address: Maryland International Raceway 27861 Budds Creek Road Mechanicsville, MD 20659 Website: www.mirockracing.com

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Starting your own business? The Small Business Administration will conduct a free workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Lexington Park library tomorrow. They will provide information on the variety of services available to meet start-up needs including finding a business counselor, applying for financing, credit, and developing a business plan. Family movie to be shown at Leonardtown The G-rated film about Garden Gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet who are in love but are caught up in a feud between the red-hat and blue-hat families will be shown tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Leonardtown library. Snacks will be provided. Hands-on fun planned for parents and kids Parents can enjoy hands-on activities with their children at the Read. Learn. Grow. programs scheduled at each branch: May 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Lexington Park branch, May 14 at 5 p.m. at Leonardtown branch and May 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Charlotte Hall branch.. The activities will focus on making books fun. Adults can sharpen computer and job skills Leonardtown branch will offer a basic Excel class on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. Adults will need basic computer skills to register. Lexington Park branch will offer introductory computer classes to computers, Windows, Internet and email on Tuesdays during May at 2 p.m. Registration is required. Adults can learn the basics of getting digital photos off their cameras plus basic photo editing techniques at a class on May 7 at Lexington Park branch. The class starts at 5:30 p.m. and registration is required. Job seekers can get assistance with job search related issues such as resumes and online applications at the Job Seeker Workshop scheduled at Leonardtown branch on May 6 at 2 p.m. Adults are asked to register. Learn new skills at Mayker Mondays Lexington Park branch will be conducting Mayker Mondays each Monday in May. These are part of the Maker Movement that is emerging across the country to promote DIY in a community setting, and to promote the sharing of talents, skills and equipment. Staff and volunteers will be conducting these two-hour sessions and sharing the following talents and skills: Making a Quilt on May 6 at 2 p.m.; Making Recycled Crafts on May 6 at 5 p.m.; Making Jewelry on May 13 at 10 a.m.; Making a Move (Chess) on May 13 at 4 p.m.; Making a Stitch on May 20 at 10 a.m. and Making Music on May 20 at 4 p.m.

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Waffle Newest Helpful Hooves

Erica Popp, front, Allie Pitzer, Alexis Jamieson ride Waffle, the newest edition to Helpful Hooves.

Helpful Hooves new arrival "Waffle," a gentile giant arrived at St. Clair Farm April, 14 just in time for their spring picnic. The new horse was donated courtesy of Christoper Chewning and his wife Maryann.

Students Acting Like Princesses

Esperanza Middle school will put on Cinderella the play, Apr 24, 25, and 26th starting at 6:30.

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Students Experience Boot Camp

Photos By Frank Marquart Midshipmen at Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy had the opportunity participate in a four-day training exercise at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. They were able to immerse themselves into the daily lives of a Marine Corps recruit. Activities included repelling, the obstacle course and PT and marching sessions. Leonard Hall is located in Leonardtown and educates students in grades 6 through 12. Find out more about the school at www.lhjna.com.


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Experts Explain Chinas Maritime Strategy
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Experts on geopolitical strategy and Chinas reemergence as a world power converged on St. Marys College of Maryland to discuss the nations intentions are in the South China Sea and what it means for its neighbors and the United States. The United States has recently formulated new policy putting more emphasis on its economic and strategic interests in Asia and the Pacific Ocean, which means more naPhoto by Guy Leonard val involvement and possible Miles Yu, a professor with the United State Naval Academy specializing in Asian relations, talks about Chinas current strategy. confrontation with China. The conference was as well, any unilateral exploitation of those hosted by the college and sponsored by The resources by neighbors in its claimed waters Patuxent Partnership and the colleges Center can result in a harsh response, to the point of for the Study of Democracy. using low-level military force, they said. Miles Yu, a professor with the United Christopher Yung, a researcher with the State Naval Academy specializing in Asian Institute for National Strategic Studies, said relations, said China has up until recently as Chinas position in the global economy focused its military development on ground and political spectrum grows so does its forces and the eventual retaking of Taiwan. range of tools in dealing with territorial disBut now it is modernizing its military and putes between itself and its neighbors. focusing on the South China Sea, a critical China often uses legal, diplomatic, strategic area known for its trade routes. administrative and military, and paraThis is aimed at becoming a modern na- military resources to gain the upper tion and ensuring that the United States is not hand in disputes in the South China Sea. the only global power. Its not above using all those tactics to delay Some high ranking officials in the Peo- and obfuscate the situation in negotiations to ples Liberation Army, the main military arm buy time to strengthen its position. of the Peoples Republic of China, advocate Right now the dialogue is a lot of pointcontaining the United States because they ing fingers and trying to find out who did view it as morally bankrupt and too aggres- what first, Yung said. sive to lead the world. China wants to save the world, thats guyleonard@countytimes.net very popular thinking within the PLA, Yu said. He further stated the idea of containing the U.S. much the way it did to the Soviet Union in the Cold War -- was more existential than publicly professed in the Chinese military. China is avoiding expanding its sphere of influence where the U.S. is strong, Yu said. Instead it is seeking footholds in Central Asia and Africa. Heidi Holz and Brad Daniels, analysts with the strategic think tank CNA, said that while the United States wants to look at the South China Sea and the East China Sea as part of the global commons for resources exploration and trade routes, China itself seems committed to enforcing sovereignty over the area as it has claimed it for its own. China is open to joint exploration of resources and fishing areas with regional neighbors like Vietnam and the Philippines but it must benefit them

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St. Maries Musica Spring 2013 Concerts Friday, April 26: 7 p.m. Historic Saint Marys City Restored Chapel Sunday, April 28: 3 p.m. SMILE Benefit Concert - Our Lady Star of the Sea Church Solomons Island, (with Patuxent Voices) Monday, April 29: 7 p.m. First Saints Community Church, St. Pauls Campus 25550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown. Monday, May 6: 7 p.m. Patuxent Presbyterian Church 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, Md. (and performing Requiem by Maurice Durufl with Festival Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Harp and Organ) New this season: The newly formed Festival Chorus will be performing Requiem by Maurice Durufl with Chamber Orchestra, Harp and Organ. Requiem will be performed in its entirety by the Festival Chorus at the Patuxent Presbyterian Church only on Monday, May 6th. Selected excerpts will be performed by St. Maries Musica at our remaining concert venues. Recycled Art Show at the Leonardtown Arts Center Leonardtown Arts Center(22660 Washington Street, Leonardtown, Md. behind the PNC Bank, The Best Western Hotel, and across the street from Winegardners) Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 28, 2013 The 1st annual Leonardtown Arts Center Recycled Art Show is a special exhibit designed to coincide with Earth Day weekend activities associated with the Steppin Out in Leonardtown series of events. Sponsored by the St. Marys County Arts Council, this indoor exhibit will be held at the Leonardtown Arts Center. The St. Marys Arts Council and the Leonardtown Arts Center are partnering in this celebration of Earth Day. Art is the perfect medium to heighten public awareness of recycling efforts. The Leonardtown Arts Center Recycled Art Show will be on display beginning with a reception on Friday, April 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. Artwork will remain on exhibit through Sunday, April 28. Friends of The Leonardtown Theatre to Host Multiple Movie Nights in Downtown Leonardtown The Dorsey Building (Washington Street) The movies return to Leonardtown during the months of April and May! The Friends of The Leonardtown Theatre present 5 film screenings on select evenings as part of the towns Steppin Out in Leonardtown promotional campaign to encourage tourism and visibility to Leonardtown. The following dates with the following releases: April 27 -- American Graffiti, Rated PG (released in 1973) May 4 -- Tortilla Soup, Rated PG-13 (released in 2001) May 10 -- The Blind Side, Rated PG13 (released in 2009) May 17 -- M*A*S*H*, Rated PG (released in 1979) Doors open each evening at 6 p.m. Each screening will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a brief introduction by James Bershon, Friends Programming Director, followed by the film and then concluding with a

short discussion period afterwards. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by emailing fotlt@outlook.com or by calling 240-298-0183. Concessions will be available on site.

Thursday, April 25
Forrest Center Fundraiser with the Blue Crabs The Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center is asking for the communitys support for their Blue Crabs baseball fundraiser. The Forrest Center is working with the team to help raise funds for the schools programs and student organizations, such as SkillsUSA, FFA and Robotics. Several of the student organizations are trying to raise money to send students to state and national competition. You can support the fundraiser by buying tickets to attend the game which takes place at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013. Ticket prices are $13. Half the cost of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Forrest Centers programs and student organizations. Tickets must be purchased through the Blue Crabs website. Simply go to this page: www.somdbluecrabs.com/ fundraising_partners.cfm. Next, youll find the Forrest Center logo. The school is listed as James Forrest Career and Tech. Then click on Buy Tickets. Finally, enter the code and then the password, bulldogs. Post-game fireworks will be presented to help wrap up the evening. For more information, contact the Forrest Center at 301-475-0242 or e-mail Theo Cramer at tlcramer@smcps.org or Eric Millham at epmillham@smcps.org. Big Information Night to Learn About Graduation Opportunities Great Mills High School Auditorium, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Please join the NAACP and Great Mills High School at their Big Information Night to learn more about Graduation Opportunities. Hear Great Mills High School staff, Central Office Administration, and community representatives present the resources that are available to help students graduate from high school and gear up for college and career readiness. Come early to play BINGO for door prizes and visit information tables. For more information, please contact Great Mills High School at 301-863-4001 or NAACP at 3014-8622296 or www.stmarysnaacp.org. Calvertpalooza HSMC Visitor Center Auditorium, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Marys City, 7p.m. Get the inside scoop on the Calvert House site at Historic St. Marys Citys annual Archaeology Month Lectures. Find out about artifacts found and discover archaeological revelations about the building, its evolution, and its role in Marylands fledgling government. Chief Archaeologist Tim Riordan, Ph.D. will summarize current research on the house and its grounds. Doctoral candidate Wes Willoughby will explore archaeological evidence that traces the evolution of the elite manor house to public inn to the first official state house of the colony. Silas Hurry, HSMC lab director and curator of collections, and Archaeologist Don Winter will share information about the intriguing

array of artifacts recovered and examine what they tell us of those who lived and visited the site.The illustrated lectures are free and open to the public. Historic St. Marys City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Marylands first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland. For more information about this program or the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800SMC-1634, orinfo@stmaryscity.org

Friday, April 26
Open Mic Night Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, 7:30 p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance HomeSpun Coffee House will sponsor an Open Mic night. This is a great event with many varieties of music and lots of friendship, so if you havent been to an SMTMD event before, this is a great time to start! The doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. The admission fee for this event is only $5 and performers are admitted free. Light refreshments will be provided (donations are suggested). For additional information or to sign up to perform, please contact John Garner at garner@wildblue.net or call John at 301-904-4987. Visit www.smtmd. org for directions and more information. Callaway Baptist Church Revival Callaway Baptist Church, 20960 point lookout road Callaway, 6 p.m. Callaway Baptist Church would like to invite you to a revival. The theme is for the love of god evangelist. A dinner will be followed by Minister Wayne Himes, continued with dessert.

beautiful St. Marys City. The 1st Annual BAYCSS Walk, Run, and Roll is a unique event for every fitness level and for people with disabilities alike. There are three courses for you to choose from: whether you would prefer a leisurely stroll in beautiful wooded surroundings, challenge yourself on the 5K course, or roll with the aid of a wheelchair or smaller wheeled modes of transportation like rollerblades, roller skates, or scooters. The starting point is the Old Statehouse in Historic St. Marys City. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the event starts at 8 a.m. Come early and enjoy a light runners breakfast provided by Panera Bread and Bob Evans before the event. The cost is $20 for advance registration and $25 for registration on the day of the event. Children 12 and under enter free. There will also be drawings for great prizes and gifts. You must be a paid, registered participant and present to win. For more information or to register for the event, visit the event website at www.baycss.org/ walk.html. Public Forum on Help Save the Planet Meeting room of the Leonardtown Library, 2 pm Join the League of Women Voters of St. Marys County for a free and open to the public presentation by Tricia A. Dunlap, attorney. The program will focus on what you can do to make changes in the environment and discuss what companies are doing and how they are changing. There will be time for questions and answers. Open Blues Jam 41566 Medleys Neck Rd., Leonardtown, 8 p.m. Wolfs open blues jam, hosted by Still Standing. Featuring Mike Westcott (winner of three Rockville Guitar Center competitions), Tom Maxwell, 15 year old sensation Aidan Brody, and more at Fat Boys Country Store. All styles of electric blues welcome. Drum kit provided. Amps provided, or you can bring your own. Bring your instrumentwww.fatboyscountrystore.com, www.wolfsmusicweekly.com, or www.facebook.com/wolfsmusicweekly

Saturday, April 27
Leonardtown High Car Wash 40804 Merchants Lane,Leonardtown, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your 2012 County Champs are washing cars for donations. Leonardtown High Schoolfootball team is holding a car wash. This fundraising event will be held at the Wendys in Leonardtown adjacent to the True Value Hardware Store. The Leonardtown football players will wash your vehicle for a donation. All donations will go towards team travel expenses, training, and equipment. Let us wash the pollen away! Father Andrew White Spring Social and Auction Father Andrew White School, 7 p.m. Father Andrew White School will host its 5th Annual Spring Social & Auction, Journey Into Outer Space. Tickets are $25 per person and include beer, wine, sodas, and appetizers. Entertainment will be by DJ Scram, Marc Shubrooks. The highlight of the Spring Social is the live and silent auction. Tickets are $30 after April 23. Attendees must be 21 or older. For more information, contact Kathy Bell, Spring Social Chairman, at 301-475-3766 or at bellk@md/metrocast.net. First Annual BAYCSS Walk, Run, and Roll 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Marys City, 7 a.m. Gather your family and friends and join us for a fun, one-of-a-kind event in

Sunday, April 28
Family Fun Day Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, 27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join The Hot Steppers-Taking Steps for a Cure for a day of face painting, Magic Man: Reggie Rice, vendors, food and refreshments, Southern Maryland SuperHeros, moon bounce, and raffles. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children 5 and under. All donations go to Relay For Life. Guest artists include: Sam Grow Band, Juke Box Thieves and Justin Myles.

Tuesday, April 30
Green Card Class St. Marys Agricultural Service Center conference Room, Suite C, 26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The St. Marys Soil Conservation District will sponsor the Responsible Personnel Certification for Erosion and Sediment


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control Green Card Class. State law requires that any responsible personnel involved in grading or other soil disturbing activities be knowledgeable about erosion and sediment control principles, specifications and implementation, as well as, to have a certificate of attendance at a Maryland Department of the Environments (MDE) approved training program (Green Card Class). The cost is $50 per person, payable to St. Marys SCD. Registration Deadline is April 25. For questions, contact Haley Carter 301-475-8402 ext 3 Haley.Carter@stmarysscd.com www.stmarysscd.com 2013-2014 Sabres Travel Tryouts Capital Clubhouse, 3033 Waldorf Market Pl., Waldorf, 6:45 a.m. Tryouts for Southern Maryland Sabres Travel Ice Hockey Teams will be held at the Capital Clubhouse Tuesday 4/30/2013 through Tuesday 5/7/13. Players should attend both sessions. Tryout Fee is $50. (If selected for a Sabres travel team, or if registered on a rec team, tryout fee will be applied to the 2013-2014 season fees.) Online registration will be coming in April. USA Hockey Registration required.

7:30 p.m. CSMs Night of Engineering is an opportunity for students and parents to get information about the colleges mechanical engineering partnership with the University of Marylands A. James Clark School of Engineering and Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) located at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in St. Marys County. The partnership includes scholarships, internships, transfer for bachelors degree and full-time permanent employment with NAWCAD/Department of Defense following graduation. To register for event, contact CSM Pre-Engineering Coordinator Shadei Jones at 301-934-7747 or sjones3@csmd.edu

Tall Timbers 2nd District Optimist Club is sponsoring a Spring Dine and Dance. The cost of admission is $60 for an advance couple, $35 for advance single and $40 at the door. Early Bird Reserved Tables are only available until April 19. A table for eight people costs $280. The menu consists of a buffet dinner: Beef, Hawaiian Chicken and fried shrimp. As entertainment, the Wanderers band will perform. A process of the proceeds will go to Hospice for Kids. There will be raffles and a cash bar. Featured Artist Craft Guild Shop, 26005 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown, 4 to 8 p.m. Our featured artist is George McWilliams, born and raised locally, and now living in West Virginia. Georges art exhibit includes landscape and maritime pieces and will make a wonderful addition to your art collection. There will be framed works in the Ship as well as unframed pieces to purchase. He will also spend some time at the Shops Spring Porch Party on Saturday, May 4. His artwork will be available in the Shop until May 5. For more information, call 301-9971644 or visit www.craftguildshop.com. Lincoln Reagan Dinner The Olde Breton Inn, 21890 Society Hill Road, Leonardtown, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Join the St. Marys County Republican Party for the Lincoln Reagan dinner for a very special event with our featured speaker Grover Norquist. Norquist is the founder

and president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), promoter of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Author of Rock the House; Leave Us Alone- Getting the Governments Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, and Our Lives. And Co-Author of Debacle: Obamas War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future. Grover Norquist will be signing as well! Tables of eight, $60 per person, $35 for high school/ college students. Hors doeuvres and dinner included (cash bar). Reservations required. Reserve seats before April 26 by contacting Julie Burk-Greer at: jburk@md.metrocast. net. Send payment to: The St. Marys County Republican Central Committee P.O. Box 126 Hollywood, MD 20636.

Friday, May 3
Recycled Art Show and Benefit Auction Crossroad Christian Church, 150 Ball Rd., St. Leonard, 6 to 9p.m. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity presents the Recycled Art Show and Benefit Auction. Tickets are available online at www. patuxenthabitat.org or the Lexington Park ReStore. The cost is $25 per ticket. Hors doeuvers and refreshments will be served. Entertainment by DJ Johnny G. For more information, call 301-863-6227 Spring Dine and Dance Valley Lee Firehouse, Valley Lee, 6 to 11:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1
CSM Night Of Engineering Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, 6 to

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Southern Maryland Jam Band

By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Mike Starkey Band brings a unique style of blues and classic rock to the band scene in Southern Maryland. Most of their set list is drawn from the late 1960s and early 1970s that people are not used to hearing local groups cover; they cover artists such as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana in addition to mixing in a few original songs. Its a little conglomeration of everything, Mike Starkey, guitarist, summed up, adding the music is geared towards people 35 and older because they are likely to recall when the songs were just released and at the top of the music charts. Starkey added, the group is not the normal 80s rock band, because along with the unique set, which gets a lot of positive feedback from the audience, the band puts their own style on the songs often playing songs differently each time they perform. A self-proclaimed jam band, Mike Starkey group will add and subtract wrinkles to the songs unique to each show, and people that listen to them play one night could listen to an entirely different show the next, Starkey said. If one person is having a particularly great night playing, they could just go and go playing riff after riff, Starkey said. It keeps us fresh on our toes, Starkey, who has four decades of experience playing the guitar, said, and we enjoy that. At 23-years-old, lead guitarist Barry Grubbs is about 30 years younger than the rest of his band mates, and he occasionally adds hints of more modern rock into the jam bands shows. Despite being younger than the rest of the group, Starkey said Grubbs style fits right in. He loves the classic music as much as the rest of us do, Starkey said. The group is rounded out by Kevin Herren on drums and Brian Sullivan on bass. All four members contribute to the vocal work. Starkey had been playing for four years with Herren as an acoustic duo, and the four-piece band formed in December. After Starkey recruited his band mates through local open mic nights and throughout Southern Maryland, they began performing for small crowds on weekends when guys did not have other gigs already lined up. Starkey met Grubbs where he currently teaches music Everett studio. It just started sounding good and everybody kind of liked it, Starkey said. Before they knew it, the group became a fullblown band. He believes the crowd enjoys their performances because in addition to the music, the group members clown around and are animated on stage, which creates a more lively and energetic atmosphere. Starkey explained, If the band is having fun, more than likely everyone else is too. We just have fun with it, he concluded. alexpanos@countytimes.net

Barry Grubs on guitar

Mike Starkey plays guitar and harmonica

Kevin Herren on drums

Sam Grow Band Raises $2,400

The Sam Grow band performed a charity concert for Hospice at the Hotel Charles last Sunday, raising $2,400 $800 each for Calvet, Charles and St. Marys county hospice. Grows guitar was won in a raffle by Mike Batson, who then gave it to cancer patient Kayla Kiley as a gift. Grow thanked the community and musicians for coming together to put on the event for a worthy cause.

Photo By Mike Batson Photography


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Monday, April 29
Superheroes of Southern Maryland Star Wars Night Tequila Grill & Cantina (30320 Triangle Drive, Charlotte Hall) 5 p.m. Radio Caroline Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina RoadPrince Frederick) 1 p.m.

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Friday, April 26
Stereo Case Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. Hydra FX ABC Liquor Store (22741 Three Notch Rd, California) 7 p.m. Swamp Candy Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Open Mic Christ Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) 7 p.m. Angie Miller Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina RoadPrince Frederick) 6 p.m. Steppin Out in Leonardtown Fabulous Fifties Weekend April 26-28 Town square, Leonardtown 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30
Cantina Trivia Tequila Grill & Cantina (30320 Triangle Drive, Charlotte Hall) 7:30 p.m. Justin Myles Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 1
Open Mic Night with Mike Damron Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 2
Gretchen Richie Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6 p.m.


Friday, May 3
Fortune Favors the Brave Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 27
Bar Dogs Quades Store (23445 Bushwood Rd, Bushwood) 7 p.m. Kappa Danielson and Paul Larson The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m. Dont Call Me Shirley Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. Mike Butler Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina RoadPrince Frederick) 12 p.m. Wolfs Open Blues Jam Fat Boys Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) 8 p.m. R&R Train Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 4
Random Impact Sea Breeze Restaurant (27130 South Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville) 8 p.m. Country Memories Band St. Marys Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) 4 p.m. Charles Thompson Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Monday, May 13
Family Karaoke Tequila Grill & Cantina (30320 Triangle Drive, Charlotte Hall) 7 p.m.

Monday, May 20
Superheroes of Southern Maryland Meet and Greet with Iron Man Tequila Grill & Cantina (30320 Triangle Drive, Charlotte Hall) 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 28
Charles Thompson Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) 3 p.m.

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Book Review
Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
c.2013, William Morrow $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 278 pages
By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer


Your memories could fill a thousand scrapbooks. On this page here, youd glue that first-day-of-school smell. If you could, youd paste the sound of your father coming home from work. Your mothers voice would be saved between pages of perfect-weather days, lost loves, and hot cocoa. Youd fasten down puppy breath, running through sprinklers, and birthday cake. You could fill volumes with the memories you hold, but Vivian Daly has packed hers in boxes enough to fill an attic. And in the new book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, the time has come to empty them. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayers hoped that Ralph and Dinas house would be the last one shed have to endure; shed cycle out of the foster care system soon, and a last-minute move was ridiculous. It was obvious, though, that Dina didnt like her, so Molly started packing after she was caught stealing a ratty library paperback. She wanted the book and she was sure Dina wanted a convenient excuse to kick her out. Molly knew she was facing either a new foster home or short-time juvie, until her friend-cum-boyfriend, Jack, came up with another solution: his mother worked for a ninety-one-yearold woman who needed help cleaning her house. It was the perfect place for Molly to serve her community-service punishment. It was the perfect place to wait out her time in the foster system. Molly figured shed be bored. She didnt figure that Vivian Daly would be so interesting, and she began

to think Vivian would be a good subject for a senior-year project on portage. Surely in her ninety-one years, Vivian had carried something dear from one place to another Nine-year-old Niahm (pronounced Neev) Power held tight to the claddagh necklace that her Gram had given her. It was 1929 and the gift was a lifetime ago: Gram gave it to her before the boat ride to America; before Da, Maisie and the twins died in the fire, and before Niahm was put on the train heading west. It was before Naihm learned that trust was everything when you have nothing else. I always know that Ive got a good novel in my hands when I spontaneously gasp, Oh, no! while Im reading. I did that a lot with Orphan Train. And yet, I have a hard time nailing down why. The appeal of this book isnt the well-crafted characters or the what-would-I-do-if-it-was-me feeling they give you. Its not that author Christina Baker Kline based it loosely on real historical events that many adults are surprised to learn about although thats pretty appealing in itself. No, I think the draw here is in those gasping moments, the You dont want me anymore? poignancy, the desperate sense of loss embedded in this story, all of which sneak up on you while youre reading and make it unforgettable. Crack this book open just one page, in fact, and I dont think youll be able to let it go. Orphan Train is one of those books that sticks to your heart like glue.

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ANNOUNCING In the End: OUR WINNERS! Its Just Common Decency

parties and songs that celebrate someones passLaura Joyce ing. Theyre impossible to miss, and theyre meanContributing Writer spirited, and theyre done when its too late to cre ate change in any case. The protests simply create Thatcher, Margaret a painful backdrop for a family grieving a personal Great Britains Iron Lady loss, albeit of a public figure. No matter who has (and first female Prime died, there is probably a small child somewhere, even Minister), died last week at if only inside of an adult, who knew the one who has age 88. Shed suffered a sepassed only as someone they loved. ries of strokes over the past I didnt agree with Margaret Thatchers economseveral years, and had also ic policies or her hawkish cronyism with Reagan and developed Dementia. The other world leaders who seemed hell-bent on war, but gradual loosening of somethat was over 30 years ago. Since, she has lost those ones connections to the most precious of gifts, her health and her memory. world is always sad, whatHer family has surely suffered those losses even lonever you may think of their ger and harder than she has. politics or beliefs. It seems to me that laughter and cheering and Since her death, the song, Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead from the Wizard of Oz has risen to delight at this one final loss is in poor taste, at best. the top of the music charts in England. Britons are Even more importantly, it denies another human berequesting it as a paean to Thatchers term in office, ing what we should surely all earn after a lifetime of when her economic and other policies resulted in a navigating the world in the way we think best, even deepening recession and widespread unemployment. if others disagree: the chance for our families to put She was also unpopular with many for her rigidly us to rest, in peace. conservative politics. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me What does this have to do with us? Not much, on one hand: if a bunch of people from across the at thewordtech@md.metrocast.net if you have compond want to hear an incredibly annoying song per- ments or questions about the column. formed by Munchkins, cheerio and all that rot. Watching the news coverage got me thinking, though. Groups of people, many of them too young to have been born, let alone unemployed, when Thatcher ruled, are dancing in the street and celebrating her death. Theyre holding up banners that read Good Riddance! and Ding Dong! (for those who arent creative enough to come up with their own slogans). Im imagining her family, though; she has a daughter and a son, as well as grandchildren, seeing the glee of the British protesters as they celebrate in the face of the familys sorrow. And while I believe in the First Amendments guarantee of free speech beyond perhaps any other right, the protesters behavior disgusts me, too. Whatever hapThe County Times & Calvert Gazette pened to common 301-373-4125 decency? Empathy? If someone has to be 43251 Rescue Lane, Hollywood MD 20636 glad that another perjennifer@somdpublishing.net son has died, cant www.countytimes.net they be quietly glad? Thats the problem with the street


By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Today is Earth day, and Im wondering what I should do to make the day special. I dont have anything here to plant, and its one of those Mondays off where I dont feel like going anywhere to buy anything. The washer and dryer are quietly humming along, and Im thinking of just taking this day as a rest day before the busy week ahead. I had plenty of places I thought I wanted to go, and plenty of things I wanted to do, but maybe I should stay home and conserve gas on Earth Day. Maybe I could sit outside for the rest of the day, look at whats blooming and sneeze. I know my allergies are bad this season. All I did was look at pictures of flowers on TV yesterday and I started sneezing. I dont know if there really is a season for my allergies; I wake up every day between 3:30 and 5 a.m. with my nose acting up. I suppose instead of checking facebook and e-mails I could start dusting away the pollen that settles on everything caused by leaving our windows open. I cleaned out my car on Saturday morning before going to work, and by the time I was back home there was a thin film of greenish-yellow dust on the dashboard. Considering I only went to work for a little over an hour before heading to an event that is pretty amazing. My allergies are much better now than years ago that might be because of the few years of allergy shots from the late Dr. Roa. My allergic reactions have been mild to moderate in these last 15 years, and I appreciate every minute of it. Now I can manage with an Alavert pill a few times a week. I love flowers and would cover the yard if I could. Speaking of flowers, I am very excited right now. Tidbit and I just took a little break and took a walk through our paths and through the yard. We stopped at an area I planted with bulbs a month or so ago, and much to my surprise I saw some bright green shoots starting to come up. Im excited because the day after I planted them all, I watched the squirrels digging lots of holes and thought that they had devoured every bulb. When you think about it there are plenty of Earthly wonders in our own yards. I am thrilled to see the Zoysia grass starting to turn a lush green. Vinca vine and Lillies of the Valley are starting to spread their beauty all around. The beautiful Dog wood trees are flowering, and the Daylily greens are nearly a foot tall. I dont need to go anywhere but my own little patch of Earth to enjoy all that nature sets out for us to behold. So, I guess Ive decided the course of my dayback outside with Tidbit to explore and enjoy. Earth Day isnt just a day; only this one day in April - its a gradual process of learning and change. To each new Earths Day adventure, Shelby
Please send your comments or ideas to:shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

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