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A Different Sort Of Holiday Season
Thursday, December 17, 2009 2
The County Times
I think its a
little bit ridiculous,
said Wade Coffey, 40, a
music teacher. I think
its over-sensitivity. In
my life I didnt always
practice my faith but it
never offended me
when somebody
said Merry
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What do you think of the fact that teach-
ers in some school districts are being
told to say Happy Holidays instead of
Merry Christmas to students?
I think maybe its better
to say happy holidays just to
keep the parents off their
back, said Melissa, 24, a
caretaker for Arc of South-
ern Maryland. I just say
happy holidays so I dont
offend people.
I think maybe its better to
say happy holidays but its kind
of silly, said Andrew, 26, who
works in retail. Something
tells me that if theyre getting
upset over someone saying
Merry Christmas
to them, then
theyre prob-
ably getting
upset over a
lot of other
Thursday, December 17, 2009 3
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stock market
Linda Palchinsky stands in front of her winning win-
dow display at Lindas Caf in Lexington Park. More
than 1,000 votes were cast in the Lexington Park
Business and Community Associations frst win-
dow display competition. SEE PAGE 8
An couple was taken away in a
Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue
Squad ambulance after a minor
rear-end crash on Route 235 on
Wednesday, near the intersection
with Airport Road in California.
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Dianna Diatz, who has been living out of her car for the
last couple of months, is still searching for work in St.
Marys County.
Marguerite Morris plays with Skyler,
one of the children staying at Leahs
House in Valley Lee, which will be
featured on NBCs 12 Days of Giv-
ing program on Dec. 17.
I t hi nk i f
youre a per-
former, your
job i s just to
make ever yone
have a good
ti me, dri nk
t hei r beer, tip
t hei r waiters
and waitresses
and be happy.
Dyl an Gavi n,
local si nger
and songwriter
For Weekly Stock Market
cloSing reSultS, check Page 8
in Money
Andrew Maier swims his way to victory during the Raid-
ers sweep at Lackey High School Friday night.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 4
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The county commissioner
board approved three bond issu-
ances Tuesday for the Metropoli-
tan Commission for nearly $20
The loans are designed to
be used for capital improvement
projects related to water quality.
Commissioners remarked that
the approved debt measure would
greatly increase the amount of
debt service MetCom would have
to pay in the coming years, while
Commissioner Lawrence D. Jar-
boe, who was the lone vote against
the proposals, said that the debt
service increased exponentially.
Youve almost tripled your
debt service over five years, Jar-
boe (R-Golden Beach) said.
According to MetCom fig-
ures presented to commissioners,
the current service on their debt
is $1.09 million. By 2014 the debt
service is projected to increase to
about $3.69 million.
Jacquelyn Meiser, director for
MetCom, said that while rates per
equivalent dwelling unit of water
usage have remained constant for
two fiscal years at $5.27, they are
projected to increase to $6.83 by
fiscal year 2011.
Sewer rates are also projected
to go up to $9.82 from $8.75 per
equivalent dwelling unit of usage
for residential properties, Met-
Com figures show.
Both of the increases would
go towards paying down the debt
service on the bond issues.
Some of the projects include
work on replacing arsenic wells
in the Hollywood area as well as
repairs to the Patuxent Park sewer
Repairs are also planned for
a generator at the Marlay-Taylor
wastewater treatment plant that
uses methane to help generate
Other projects include main-
tenance on community wells, wa-
ter storage tanks and water main
guyleonard@count yt i mes.
Commissioners Approve
More Debt For Metcom
The Maryland Department of the Environment
(MDE) announced a recent enforcement action against a
company in St. Marys County.
On Nov. 19, MDE issued an Administrative Com-
plaint and a $52,000 penalty on Eddie Guy, Inc., of St.
Marys County, for alleged violations of sediment control
and sediment pollution laws and water pollution, includ-
ing failure to follow the sediment and erosion control
plan during earth-moving and other construction activity
at the Avonlea Farm Subdivision in Mechanicsville.
Subdivision Fined $52,000 By MDE
An couple was taken away in a Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad ambulance after a minor rear-end crash on Route 235 on
Wednesday, near the intersection with Airport Road in California.
Rescue personnel, including Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, responded shortly after 10:15 for the crash, which was reported
to involve minor injuries. It appear a black Mitsubishi Lancer struck the rear of a Toyota Prius in the acceleration lane on Route
235, causing slight damage to the bumper. An older couple in the Prius was loaded on to stretchers with neck supports and taken
to St. Marys Hospital.
Photo by Sean Rice
Two Hospitalized After Minor Crash
About 85% or product warning labels on
household products are inadequate.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 5
The County Times
Todays Newsmakers In Brief
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The WARM nights program (Wrapping
Arms Round Many) kicked off its aid to the
homeless in St. Marys Nov. 29 and it has yet
to reach its full capacity, said the programs
chief director, though as the winter intensi-
fes the need will be much greater.
Pastor Ken Walker, of Lexington Park
United Methodist Church, said that the frst
week at the SAYSF Bible Church in Great
Mills brought in an average of about eight
The next church to take care of the
homeless will be the Church of the Immacu-
late Conception in Mechanicsville.
Though the numbers of those seeking
help is limited compared to the number of
homeless in the county most offcials es-
timate that there are nearly 2,000 people in
some stage of homelessness here so far the
program has been successful in its frst year,
Walker said.
The participants and the guests both
said they enjoyed it, Walker said.
Bret Foster, coordinator of the shelter
at SAYSF Bible church said that most of the
clients were men but at least one woman had
sought help there.
The biggest issue was that so few peo-
ple in the congregation had experience with
the homeless, Foster said. So it was a real
learning curve.
Right now the main problems lie in
getting enough host churches to take care
of the homeless for about a weeks time as
well as getting reliable transportation to pick
them up and take them to one of the shelters,
Walker said.
Right now the transportation provided
by agencies like Walden Sierra, Inc. can only
pick up about 11 people, Walker said.
Right now, the WARM nights group is
just trying to get ready for when demand for
bed space will really grow.
Most of the homeless population the
program gets is overfow from the Three
Oaks Shelter in Lexington Park.
As the weather changes its going to in-
crease, Walker said. Were going to expect
to take in as many as they can send.
WARM Nights Expecting More
Clients As Winter Intensifes
St Marys County Department of Public Safety is pleased to
announce the following CERT training opportunities for the citi-
zens of St. Marys County:
April 17-18, 2010, 8 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Dept. of Public
Safety, 23090 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown.
June 12-13, 2010, 8 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Dept. of Public Safe-
ty, 23090 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Pro-
gram educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards
that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster re-
sponse skills, such as fre safety, light search and rescue, team or-
ganization, and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during ex-
ercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood
or workplace following an event when professional responders
are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are
encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking
a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their
St Marys County Department of Public Safety encourages
anyone with an interest in public service to take the CERT Train-
ing. Volunteers include police and fre personnel, dispatchers,
EMS workers, public utility workers and other private citizens.
Individuals affliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nurs-
ing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are
also encouraged to become a CERT Team member.
To attend a CERT Training class or for more information,
please call the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Manage-
ment Division at 301-475-4200 Ext. 2124 or 2125 or email Gerald.
Citizen Emergency
Response Training Available
By Sean Rice
Staff Writer
The U.S. Congress last week passed a $1.1 trillion spending
bill that brings together six of the 12 annual spending measures
that Congress has been unable to pass since the current budget
year began on Oct. 1.
The House bill includes $447 billion in operating budgets
such as the State Department, the Department of Health and
Human Services and others, and near $650 billion in manda-
tory payments for federal beneft programs such as Medicare
and Medicaid.
The bill increases spending by an average of about 10 per-
cent to programs under immediate control of Congress, blend-
ing increases for veterans programs, NASA and the FBI with
a pay raise for federal workers and help for car dealers, the As-
sociated Press reports.
The bill also includes an estimated $3.9 billion in pork
barrel funding for more than 5,000 back-home projects sought
by individual lawmakers.
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) applauded the bills
passage in the House, and reported that he fought hard to secure
nearly $20,000,000 in projects for Southern Maryland.
While earmarks, or pork barrel funding, are targeted as
wasteful federal government spending, Congressman Hoyer
earlier this year argued in a guest column in USA Today that
focusing on earmarks is trivial.
Earmarks, however, actually make up a tiny portion of the
budget but have received a disproportionate share of attention,
Hoyer wrote. This attention is due in part to some appropriate
criticism of wasteful earmarks and, in part, to purely political
In St. Marys County, as reported by Hoyers offce, the
projects listed in the spending bill include:
Special Communications Engineering Facility, St. Ini-
goes - $11,043,000
Funding will be used to build an additional Special Com-
munications Engineering Facility at Webster Field. This ad-
ditional workspace will increase the number of Secure Com-
partmented Information Facilities to accommodate increased
workloads, allowing this special unit to continue work on com-
munications and special operations missions from fxed-base,
tactical, shipboard, and other environments.
Southern Maryland Commuter Bus Initiative
- $1,250,000
Commuter bus service has grown rapidly in Calvert,
Charles, and St. Marys counties over the past 16 years and
the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Southern
Maryland Bus program now operates more than 200 bus
trips with a total of 7,200 riders each day. This funding
will support planning, design and construction of new or
expanded commuter parking lots in Southern Maryland,
as well as the acquisition of over-the-road coaches. Hoyer
reports that he has secured $13.75 million for this initiative
since 2003.
MD 4, MD 2/4 to MD 235 including Thom-
as Johnson Bridge and MD 235 Intersection
- $750,000
The funds will be used for design, right-of-way
acquisition or construction for improvements to the
Thomas Johnson Memorial Bridge, dualization of
MD 4, stormwater management improvements, and improved
traffc operations. These investments will help address conges-
tion, improve safety, and reduce the impact of traffc on the
St. Marys College of Maryland Laboratory Equipment
Acquisition -$600,000
Funding will be used for the acquisition of laboratory
equipment and other advanced instrumentation at the college,
where there has been an increase in research activities on ac-
count of a growing number of students majoring in the sciences
and a new State of Maryland requirement that all non-science
undergraduates take a laboratory-based course.
College of Southern MD Simulation Alliance for Health
Education - $400,000
The appropriated funds will be used to purchase equip-
ment needed to furnish three clinical simulation laboratories to
enhance training for nursing students and professionals in the
Southern Maryland Region. By building on the simulation tech-
nologies and experience that currently exist at CSM, a Southern
Maryland Simulation Alliance for Health Education will work
to meet the challenges of the nursing workforce shortage.
Rebuilding Together, Safe at Home Elder Falls Prevention
Program - $350,000
According to Rebuilding Together, Medical treatment for
the elderly who have fallen cost more than $19 billion in 2000,
and is projected to increase to $43.8 billion by 2020. Rebuild-
ing Together will continue its Safe at Home, Falls Prevention
Initiative, which will cover St.
Marys, Calvert, Anne Arundel,
and Charles Counties. A number
of at-risk elderly homeowners in
the Fifth District will receive falls
prevention home modifcations,
as well as increased training for
Southern Maryland chapters of
Rebuilding Together with Christ-
mas in April and local falls pre-
vention practitioners. These funds
will prevent costly hospitaliza-
tions and ensure a better quality
of life for disadvantaged seniors
in Marylands 5th District.
St. Marys Gets Piece of $3.9 Billion
Pork Pie
Business people have to be more
creative, they have to work harder
and the local government has
to do what it can and realize there
are things we can do to help.
-Leonardtown Mayor Harry Chip
Norris, discussing local businesses.
St. Marys County must live within
its means Increased taxation is not
necessarily the answer. The answer
is better management of resources.
-Bill Mattingly, Chairman of the Board
of Education and candidate for County
Commissioner, discussing fscal policy.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 6
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To The Editor:
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I would like to respond to Mr. James
Cusicks retort that I was incorrect in stating
that the South started the Civil War for all of
the disputable points, and his claiming that I
am one of many trying to re-write American
Mr. Cusick, did your history class teach
you that in early April of 1861 Lincoln waived
the Writ Of Habeas Corpus, (a person arrested
has to be charged with a crime in timely man-
ner) and had George Kane, the police chief
of Baltimore, John Merryman, the head of
the Baltimore militia, and George Brown, the
mayor of Baltimore arrested, but not charged
with a crime?
Chief Justice Taney is another story.
They spent 18 months in jail before they
were released without being charged with a
crime. Shortly after they were arrested Lincoln
appointed northern sympathizers to replace the
people he had arrested.
Is my telling you this re-writing history,
or correcting inaccuracies in the history that
we are being taught? This is how Maryland of-
fcially became a northern state.
Did the South really start the Civil War?
Everyone admits that the frst shots of the Civil
War were fred at Fort Sumter.
When I went to school Fort Sumter was in
South Carolina, a Southern State. Please tell
me why there were northern troops in a South-
ern State if a war was not going on.
The Civil Wars frst shots were fred by
The South at the northern troops that invaded
their territory. The north started the war by oc-
cupying and threatening to bombard Charles-
ton, South Carolina.
If it were in your home, Im sure that you
would not let an intruder enter your house. The
South only reacted the way any sovereignty
would react. They shot at the intruders. Who
was the aggressor, the north or the South. So
who really started the war?
With the cotton gin and modern machin-
ery being invented, ( John Deere, Mc Cormick,
etc.) the use of slaves was starting to decline,
but did the people in Washington, at that time
see that? No. If you can see American His-
tory in a time-line, the industrial revolutions
roots started in the late 1850s, long before the
Emancipation Proclamation.
Slavery was on the way out because it was
cheaper to maintain machinery than slaves.
If the South would have won the Civil War,
and states rights would have prevailed, please
try to imagine how free we would be from Big
Brother ( the federal government) constantly
watching over you and me. PLEASE TRY TO
Michael Marcus
Mechanicsville, MD
Civil War Started When the
North Invaded the South
As citizens of the United States, we have
a right to question how our tax money is
spent. We dont, however, have an obligation
to object to every single expenditure on gen-
eral principle. None of us fnds it particularly
palatable to be paying out our own money in
taxes, but, like it or not, taxes are the dues we
contribute to the society we belong to. Our
taxes ensure that community resources such
as the police department, the hospital, the
rescue squad, our roads, our schools, are able
to function and to serve everyone, whether
or not we ourselves take advantage of them.
The library is a community resource as well,
yet many seem ready to draw the line and
object to doing anything about providing a
library in keeping with the community we
would all like to have.
Imagine 40 rows of people, 25 people
deep, of all different ages, in the center of
Leonardtown. Each one of them wants some-
thing different, whether computer access, or
a book in large print, or story time, or a space
to sit with the daily newspaper, or a DVD
for the evening, or help with homework or
a space for a community meeting. This is the
number of people who seek out the library
almost every day. If there were that many
people in one of our schools we would need
40 classrooms to house them, not counting
space for all the support services. Further-
more, the 40 rows of people who gather to-
morrow wanting all these things will be dif-
ferent. None of us would say no to a rescue
squad in need of modernization, well, just go
and soup up that 35-year-old ambulance and
thats good enough. Why should it be accept-
able to settle for a library, which is obviously
inadequate, or to agree merely to a few cos-
metic upgrades?
Make no mistake. The library at Leon-
ardtown may share a zip code with the town,
but it does not belong to the municipality. It
is part of the county system, the most cen-
trally located and fastest growing in terms
of demand of the three library branches in
the county, and it should be at the service of
all 101,000 county residents. It is, however,
inadequate. Nor can the 54-year-old armory
presently housing the library be made ade-
quate even for the current county population,
let alone one which is growing (a county,
let it be said, which aspires, among other
things, to remain attractive to the Navy at
Pax River).
I am a tutor with the Literacy Council
of St. Marys, and I meet my students on a
regular basis at a commercial establishment
several miles from Leonardtown (which
involves, by the way, a modest purchase
each time to remain in the proprietors good
graces). There is no room to meet in the li-
brary at Leonardtown. The Literacy Council
is a vital community service of the county
library, but it is unable despite the need to
establish a presence for even a few hours a
month in the library at Leonardtown due to a
lack of space. I also participate on a regular
basis in book discussions held at the library.
As often as not, we meet in the staff break
room, again, because there is no space. Yes,
you may carry a library card and feel that all
is well as is, but I carry a card as well, and
the status quo is NOT fne with me, nor, I
suspect, with many others.
Building a new library is not only about
meeting the needs of the residents of St.
Marys County; its about sending a message
about who we are and who we wish to be.
Think about it. The majority of our college-
bound high school graduates leave the county
for their education. By failing to act on a new
library for our community and our county,
the message we are sending them is dont
bother coming back to St. Marys because
were quite satisfed with a backwater book
nook behind an old [not historic] facade.

Sara Fisher
Compton, Md
Our County Needs a Better Library
Thursday, December 17, 2009 7
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Legal Notice:
To The Editor:
Guest Editorial
By Marta Hummel Mossburg
Much ado has been made about whether Maryland state legislators deserve a raise. But the
main issue is not if the nine members of the General Assembly Compensation Committee recom-
mend raising legislators $43,500 annual salary, the second-highest in the nation for part-timers.
Its why residents should pay legislators a pension for part-time work. Instead of wasting time
on state-by-state salary comparisons, the commission members should focus on what is fair to
Maryland residents when they meet Tuesday. Common sense speaks heavily in favor of dropping
or scaling back retirement benefts for legislators.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that only 11 percent of part-time workers have access
to defned beneft pensions like those given to state legislators.
And only 34 percent of part-time workers have the option to participate in defned contribu-
tion plans like a 401(K). State legislators, however, can enroll in the pension plan as soon as they
take offce and also sign up for supplemental benefts including a 401(K) plan and tax deferred
annuities, to lessen their tax load.
To make things even sweeter, three months of work counts as one year of service in the pen-
sion plan, an equation possible only when benefts are disconnected from economic reality.
Even one of Marylands largest employers, Constellation Energy, must track pay to the compa-
nys overall fnancial position. According to its Web site: Our total compensation philosophy is to
pay employees competitively and vary rewards based on individual and company performance.
The potential pay raise and increase in pension benefts that would go with it is especially
troubling in a year when many private employers dropped matching payments to employee 401(k)
programs because of deteriorating fnancial conditions.
A Watson Wyatt Worldwide survey released in September found that 11 percent of employers
suspended their 401(k) matching contributions and that 17 percent are considering the option as
a way to cut costs. Since the survey only covered employers with 1,000 or more employees, the
number is likely much higher.
The generous pay package for legislators also makes a joke of House Speaker Michael Buschs
observation that Youre down to bone and gristle now when it comes to state government.
If Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who earn $56,500 each year for
their legislative duties, joined the system when they frst took offce and retired today, they would
rake in over $3,100 each month. Benefts are capped at 66.7 percent of salary after 22 years and
three months of service.
No doubt one of the reasons pension benefts for state legislators and all state employees are
never questioned is that the Board of Trustees of the State Retirement Agency is comprised of
elected offcials, state employees and appointees of the governor. Thats equivalent of a teacher
giving students the power to assign homework and grade it.
Members of the compensation commission did not return phone calls prior to publication.
But they would do right by taxpayers if they not only rejected pay raises for state legislators but
recommended reducing pension benefts for them too.
Maryland must not follow the bad example revealed by USA Today of the federal work force,
which saw a large increase in the number of employees getting huge raises in the past year while
the economy tanked and unemployment skyrocketed.
The only fair thing to do would be to offer all new legislators only a 401(K) defned contribu-
tion plan, the kind the vast majority of private sector workers receive from their employers, and
move all existing pension plans into a 401(K). Shifting the packages puts legislators in charge of
their retirement savings after they leave offce instead of foisting the vast majority of the burden
onto taxpayers who will not enjoy the same benefts.
Changing the composition of the Board of Trustees of the State Retirement Agency should
also be on the table. Why shouldnt the people of Maryland select the members by vote? The only
requirement for candidates would be that they work in the private sector, which would beneft
taxpayers by providing an independent voice on investment policy and operations.
Legislator pensions may not be the biggest state expense, but they are a symbol of a po-
litical class who thinks they are entitled to lavish benefts regardless of the well-being of their
Washington Examiner Columnist Marta Mossburg is a senior fellow with the Maryland
Public Policy Institute and lives in Baltimore.
State Legislators Get Full-Time Pensions For
Part-Time Work
Although I am a member of the St.
Marys County Library Board, I am also a
Hospice volunteer, a member of the GFWC
Womans Club, and a driver for Meals on
Wheels. I too am a concerned citizen and
taxpayer living in St. Marys County. In
fact, all of the members of the board are tax-
payers living in St. Marys County, plus they
are giving their time voluntarily to provide
for the betterment of the county by being on
the library board and doing their part for the
community in other capacities.
As I read the Enterprise this week, I real-
ized that because the library in Leonardtown
is called the Leonardtown library, people
dont realize that is not the librarys name.
All of the libraries in our county are St.
Marys County libraries. The names Leon-
ardtown, Lexington Park, and Charlotte Hall
are used only to differentiate the locations of
the libraries. Also, I would like to reiterate
that there have been several open meetings
with the County Commissioners and else-
where this past year where concerned citi-
zens were invited to speak about the reasons
they were either for or against the building of
a new library in the Leonardtown area. The
meeting rooms were flled with citizens who
wanted a new library. During those times
and elsewhere, both the Library Director,
Mrs. Kathleen Reif and our Board president,
Mr. Alan Dillingham have recounted proven
statistics that were derived from recent stud-
ies supporting a larger library in the middle
of the county.
In these hard economic times it be-
hooves us to realize that our local library not
only provides free entertainment, it also pro-
vides free resume and computer skill class-
es. The library aids small business owners
by providing professional journals, meeting
spaces, and legal forms. Without our public
libraries low income families would fnd
it diffcult to access computers and their
children would be at a disadvantage, which
translates to low school performance. Chil-
dren who perform badly in school have a
tendency to become dropouts without dis-
cernable skills. As a concerned taxpayer, I
want to keep young adults in school so there
will be no fnancial burden on the county to
provide more shelters for people who can
not get decent paying jobs in order to make
a living.
No job also increases crime so the po-
lice force is expanded and jails are enlarged.
The Wall Street Journal noted, Folks are
focking to libraries to look for jobs. I be-
lieve my tax dollar is spent more wisely by
providing decent facilities that allow space
for more computers and the free programs
listed above, giving everyone a chance at ed-
ucation regardless of income. I also want a
facility that has room for children so children
are allowed to behave as children and their
excitability during story hour and other pro-
grams doesnt disturb others. The dedicated
staff at the libraries can only do so much
with so little space in the library located on
the Leonardtown Hollywood road. There is
no room for more fction, nonfction, refer-
ence books, computers, compact discs, mov-
ies or other documentation. These times are
hard, but good service costs money.
Mrs. Joan Springer, Treasurer
St. Marys County Library Board
Thats The Countys Library, Not
From all the recent articles and letters regarding the
Leonardtown Library, it seems as if a consensus is growing
that now is not the best time to forge ahead with this design
and building project. However, a number of letters have elo-
quently cited the present near-capacity use of the present
facility. How best to accommodate maximum benefcial us-
age now seems to be the area where focus is needed.
Several suggestions come to mind. One might be to
eliminate the daily newspapers (Washington Post, Wall
Street Journal, etc.) which people can easily buy themselves
at nominal cost. Along those lines are also popular peri-
odicals (Newsweek, Business Week, Kiplingers, etc.), which
have, nominal per copy cost when purchased as a yearly sub-
scription. This would eliminate individuals just visiting the
library to do their reading.
Another suggestion would be to eliminate CDs, DVDs,
and Videocassettes. After all, is the library supposed to be
trying to drive our local movie and game rental businesses
into bankruptcy? Removing these items would free more
space for books and computers.
The items removed could be relocated to other, more
spacious, libraries throughout Southern Maryland tempo-
rarily. When the Leonardtown library is either expanded or
relocated to a new site, these items could be easily restocked
at Leonardtown. In the meantime space could be more pro-
ductively used by the students and adults in the community
for personal research and development.
In addition to these two suggestions, Im sure library
personnel could suggest others that would increase the pro-
ductivity of the limited space available. While not a perfect
solution, it may be a compromise position that will improve
the situation in the short term. In these times we must all,
taxpayers and County Commissioners, endeavor to live with-
in our means.

Glenn Weder
Hollywood, MD
If Library is Full, Remove Material
Circuit Court for St. Marys County
Case No. A-09-17
Upon Consideration of the paper and pleadings fled in this case, it is this 20
day of
November, 2009, by the Court Ordered: That notice be given by publication while publishing
the following:
To: Unknown Parent,
You are herby notifed that and adoption case has been fled in the Circuit Court for
case St. Marys County, case number A-09-17. All persons who believe themselves to be par-
ents of a female child born on June 6, 1009 in Pomona, California, to Keisha Hogan May 5,
1971, shall fle a written response. A copy of the show cause order maybe obtained from the
clerks offce at 41605 Courthouse Drive Leonardtown, MD 20650 telephone 301-475-7844
ext. 4130. If you do not fle a written objection by January 31, 2010 you will have agreed to
the permanent loss of your parental rights to this child.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 8
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The Lexington Park Business and Com-
munity Association announced the winner for
the 1st Annual Holiday Window Display Con-
test. This competition was developed by Doro-
thy Andrews, owner/operator of Endless Sum-
mer Tanning, to be the frst marketing initiative
of the newly formed Business Association.
The competition proved to be a success
with over 1,000 votes cast over a 10-day pe-
riod. I wanted the light up Lexington Park
to show the holiday spirit of our many mer-
chants, Ms. Andrews said in a press release.
Endless Summer Tanning created a blog site
for the competition and nine merchants elected
to join in on the fun.
Competitors for the $500 prize included
the winner, Lindas Caf along with the second
highest vote getter, Hair in the Square and The
Lexington Restaurant and Lounge, The Grape-
vine Antiques and Collectibles, Sake Japanese
Steakhouse, Mattress Corner, P. Js Auto Body,
Donut Connection and Hope Place of Walden.
The competitors encouraged patrons to get out
and vote with personal appeals and direct so-
licitations such as Hope Place of Waldens mass
e-mail featuring its holiday window display.
Lindas Caf garnered a whopping 63% of
the vote. We are so excited to win. Every time
we looked at the blog, it appeared that we were
trailing behind in second place, stated Linda
Palchinsky, owner of Lindas Caf. This was
so much fun for us and great for Lexington
Park and now, my staff can have a holiday par-
ty with the winnings from the competition. In
the spirit of giving, Linda and her staff decided
to hold their holiday party at the newly opened
Lexington Restaurant and Lounge.
The Lexington Park Business and Com-
munity Association meets on the second
Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the
Bay District Fire Station Social Hall. The
meetings are open to anyone who is commit-
ted to the betterment of Lexington Park. For
more information, contact the Community De-
velopment Corporation, the host agency for the
Business Association, at 240-725-5786.
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immediate family members, of Prince Georges, Charles, Calvert and St. Marys
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When a new Navy aircraft takes to the
skies it is always a proud moment for any air-
craft program. For the actual pilot behind the
controls, it is an even greater feeling.
Lt. Roger Stanton had the privilege of be-
ing the frst Navy test pilot to fy the P-8A Po-
seidon in October.
It felt awesome, Stanton said. The frst
time you fy a new airplane its just a great ex-
perience. This is what test pilots are trained to
do, so getting this rare opportunity was really
Stanton, along with Boeing pilot Doug
Benjamin, few the frst Poseidon, designated
T1, over the Puget Sound in Washington, kick-
ing off the formal Navy fight test program.
It was a good day - a really good day,
Stanton said. All the training I received was
great. We rehearsed the fight profle many
times so we came into the fight very well pre-
pared, but it was still fun.
Stanton began T1 fight preparation in 2008
with Boeing 737 training in Seattle, consisting
of classroom courses, computer-based training
and a mixture of commercial 737 simulators as
well as time in an actual 737 aircraft. He also
spent approximately 250 hours in the Weapon
System Integration Lab, located in Kent, Wash.
The WSIL is a non-motion based simu-
lator designed to help the test team integrate
aircraft and mission systems, as well as, test
aircraft components.
For the baseline P-8, it certainly fies like
a 737, he said. They did a nice job of building
the airplane. The interesting fying for the P-8
really will come when we have to emulate the
P-3 mission high bank angle, low altitude,
autopilot integrated into our mission with mis-
siles on the wings. It will get interesting.
That type of fying will come later in the
test program. T1 actually made three fights in
October, prior to undergoing more instrumen-
tation installation in the factory. The frst fight
was to check the airworthiness, or how well
the modifed 737 aircraft fies with all the test
The second two fights practiced instru-
ment approaches with a visual restrictive de-
vice. Stanton said one of the things the Navy
closely monitors is whether or not the pilots are
capable of safely fying the plane if they cant
look out the window for visual reference.
Initial testing of T1 is being conducted in
Seattle. It will transfer to Pax in early 2010,
where fight and operational testing will be
completed by the integrated test team (ITT).
Poseidon Test Flights Begin
The Patuxent River Naval Air Warfare
Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) educa-
tion outreach coordinator, Kathy Glockner, will
be giving public information sessions regarding
student employment and engineering education
pathways at the Naval Air Systems Command
The presentations are scheduled for Jan. 7,
14 and 21 at the Frank Knox Training Center
room 120 from 5 to 6 pm. Glockners presenta-
tion will focus on summer employment for high
school and college students in technical posi-
tions, the cooperative education program for
college students and the University of Mary-
lands mechanical engineering degree program
offered at the Southern Maryland Higher Edu-
cation Center.
Parents, students and guardians are en-
couraged to attend one of the sessions to learn
more about these opportunities. The deadline
for high school students to submit their applica-
tion for NAVAIR and NAWCAD technical po-
sitions for summer 2010 employment is Feb. 1.
There is no deadline date for college student
Additionally, the Fleet and Family Readi-
ness Regional Human Resources Department
will present information on summer employ-
ment for lifeguards, water safety instructors,
camp counselors, recreation aides and a host
of other customer services positions. Specifc
job announcements, application deadlines and
the on-line application process will be cov-
ered. These positions are located at Patuxent
River, Solomons Recreation Center, Dahlgren,
and Indian Head.
The Frank Knox training center is locat-
ed south of gate two near the Cedar Point Fed-
eral Credit Union. This building is located off
base and no registration is required. Seating
is frst-come-frst-served, with a limit of 75 at-
tendees per session. Attendees must present a
picture ID card upon entrance to the building.
Info Sessions Set for Student
NAVAIR Opportunities
U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Roger Stanton (left) and Boeing test pilot Doug Benjamin sit in the P-8A Poseidon cockpit in
preparation for fight. The aircrafts Oct. 15 fight was the frst with a Navy pilot at the controls and kicked off the
formal fight test program. Photo courtesy of Boeing.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 10
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Frances Beitzell, 86
Frances Martha Beitzell (Miss
Frannie), 86 died peacefully on De-
cember 13, 2009 at her home in
Bushwood surrounded by her family.
She was born in Washington, DC on
February 14, 1923 to the late William
and Mable Battenfeld. She was the
of 10 children. She graduated
from Eastern High School and began
working at the Census Bureau as a
key-punch operator. She married
George Lee Beitzell, a farmer and
waterman from St. Marys County
on September 20
, 1947.
Life as a farmers wife was a big
change from living in the city. She
found herself in charge of cooking
large dinners for his father and in-
valid sistersin-laws and the multiple
farm hands who worked the farm.
She quickly learned to can vegetables
and to kill, clean and prepare chick-
ens, wild game, turtle and fsh. Time
after time she faced situations that
were totally new to her. Her attitude
was always I can do this. And then
she would.
Miss Frannie did everything on
the farm from sewing dresses made
of feed sacks to driving tractors to
planting and harvesting tobacco. She
even spent a season with her husband
Captain George, on the Eastern
Shore oystering off the Choptank
River. She loved to look at home
interior magazines and then recreate
these designs using paint and uphol-
stery. For her family, the smell of
paint evokes many happy memories
of Christmas, as she would always be
completing a new project just in time
for the holidays.
She raised children, chickens
and kittens with steady good hu-
mor. She reveled in the company of
her husband, children and extended
family of brothers, sisters, In-Laws
and nieces and nephews. There was
usually a friend or relative spending
the week or month down on the farm
during the summer. On weekends,
Miss Frannie and Captain George
would pack up the family and ev-
eryone would go to the museums,
art galleries or historical sites in
DC, Maryland and Virginia. Often
the family would go camping in the
mountains, the seashore, and even
New York City.
She loved to play cards and
board games with friends and family.
Many hours of storm-induced power
outages were spent with everyone
choking on Kerosene fumes while
fercely playing Monopoly around
the kitchen table.
Like many in her family, she
was an extremely gifted musician
and would play her favorite medley
of songs on either the piano or accor-
dion whenever there was a spare mo-
ment of silence. She was active with
the Holy Angels Church Sodality and
was a member of the American Le-
gion Auxiliary Post 221 for 56 years.
Miss Frannie often said that she
was just a housewife. Her family
saw her as their anchor always fear-
less, funny, unconditionally loving
and optimistically upbeat. She al-
ways had a smile or a funny story for
everyone. All who knew her loved
In addition to her parents, she
was predeceased by her husband,
George Lee Beitzell, her sisters and
their husbands, Helen and Jim Ball,
and Mable (Tuddi) and Robert Hig-
gins and her sister Charlotte Jackson.
She also was predeceased by her
brothers William (Buck) Battenfeld,
John (Juggy) Battenfeld, and Joseph
(Hop) Battenfeld and her son-in-law
Gerard (Jerry) Rolape.
She is survived by her children
Charles and Rose Beitzell, Eileen
Beitzell, Mary Ida Rolape and Mable
and Thomas Bailey; 9 grandchil-
dren; 14 great grandchildren; her
sisters and their husbands Eileen and
James Moore, Cecilia (Ya) and Cecil
Hayden and Teresa and David Law-
rence and her sisters-in-law Lovisa
(Lea) Battenfeld, and Florence (Sis)
The Family received friends on
Thursday, December 17, 2009 from
5 to 8 p.m. in the Brinsfeld Funeral
Home, P.A., Leonardtown MD with
prayers recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated
on Friday, December 18
at 10 a.m.
at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Av-
enue, MD with Reverend William
Gurnee offciating. Interment will
follow in Charles Memorial Gardens,
Leonardtown, MD
Pallbearers will be; Steve Beit-
zell, Charles Beitzell, Caton Beitzell,
Andrew McWilliams, Robert Bat-
tenfeld, John Hayden, Mike Hayden,
Brian Nelson and Leonard Nelson.
Memorial contributions may be
made to 7
District Rescue Squad,
Avenue, MD 20609, or to Hospice of
St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonard-
town, MD 20650.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Rita Briscoe, 50
Rita Maria Briscoe, age 50,
peacefully departed this life on Sun-
day, December 6, 2009. Born on June
27, 1959 in Prince Georges County,
MD, to Francis Frank Proctor
and Bertha Mae Bracey. Rita was
the oldest of fve siblings; Katima,
Luchino Gino, Devita Chere,
Andre, Angelo.
Rita was educated in the Prince
Georges County, MD Public School
Shortly after graduating from
high school, she began a career at
Southland Corporation located in
Princes County, MD where she
maintained a prominent position
for fve years. While also attending
Prince Georges Community College
full-flling a career in Radiology, she
managed to maintain employment at
Doctors Hospital while pursuing her
In 1980, Rita was united in holy
matrimony to her husband David L.
Briscoe from that union were three
beautiful children.
She had to put her career on
hold and dedicated her to life to be a
full time wife and homemaker.
Rita was a faithful member of
New Life Church located in LaPlata,
MD under the leadership of Apostle
Curtis Mackall and Pastor Janice
Mackall. She served as an usher
and held several positions within the
She was a very loving person
who enjoyed people and having lots
of fun with them. She was a devoted
and reliable mother and grandmoth-
er. She had many hobbies and interest
ranging from interior decorating and
foral design but her favorite hobby
was she loved of gospel music.
Her favorite quote was As God
is my witness.
Rita leaves to cherish her mem-
ories her beloved husband of 29
years David Briscoe, her three chil-
dren Chermere Hoyt (Alan Hoyt) of
Lexington Park, MD, Tegra Briscoe
California, MD, Brittany Briscoe
California, MD, her grandchildren
Marissa Hoyt, Trenton Hoyt, Tyese
Butler, and Christian Hoyt her moth-
er Bertha Alexander her step father
Mac Arthur Alexander her sisters
Katima Wilson of Grayson, MD,
and Devita Grose of Charlottesville,
VA, her brothers, Andre Alexander
of Centerville, VA, Angelo Alexan-
der of Culpeper,VA, Luchino Jen-
kins of Greenbelt, MD and a host of
nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Rita was preceded in death by her
paternal grandmother and grandfa-
ther and maternal grandmother and
A Funeral Service was conduct-
ed on Thursday, December 10, 2009
in Lexington Park United Methodist
Church with Reverend Ken Walker
offciating. Interment followed in St.
Georges Catholic Church Cemetery,
Valley Lee, and MD.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Arrangements provided by the
Brimfeld Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
ardtown, MD

Mark Edward Collins 50
Mark Edward Collins, 50, of
Keedysville, MD, succumbed to can-
cer surrounded by his family at his
Born on July 27, 1959, he was
the son of Naureen P. Murphy Col-
lins and the late Edward W. Collins
of Mechanicsville, Maryland. In ad-
dition to his father, he is preceded in
death by his niece, Amy Collins and
his grand child, Timothy Mattingly.
Mark was born in North Hamp-
ton, England and came to the States
in 1961.
He is survived by his wife of 25
years, Margaret R., daughters Andria
K. and her husband Jason Deaderick
of Chaptico, Maryland and Desiree
M. Mattingly and friend Josh Dea-
derick of Hollywood, Maryland;
Sons Wesley J. of Boonsboro, Mary-
land and Rossington P. of Keedys-
ville; Brother, Timothy P. Collins
and his wife Cindy of Huntingtown,
Maryland; Grandchildren; William,
Daniel, Cassi, Brittany, Kylie, Liana
and Tommy and numerous Uncles,
Aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mark was employed with Danac
Real Estate with 29 years of service.
He graduated from Chopticon High
School in 1977. Mark was a coach
for Sharpsburg Little League from
1996 to 2001, ending the season as
the coach for the All Stars. He loved
riding his Harley, was an avid Re-
publican, and a devoted family man.
He is truly missed by his family and
The family received friends on
Monday, December 7, 2009 at the fu-
neral home.
A celebration of life service was
held on Tuesday, December 8, 2009
at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, P.A.,
7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro,
MD 21713.
Anna Cox, 79
Anna Cox, 79 of Hollywood,
MD passed away on December 9,
2009 at her residence.
Born December 30, 1929 in Mil-
ton, PA she was the daughter of the
late Vito and Nancy Gnoffo.
In addition to her parents Mrs.
Cox was preceded in death by her
husband Joseph C. Cox.
Mrs. Cox was a homemaker.
Anna is survived by her daugh-
ter Lori Knell of Hollywood, MD
and 3 grandchildren.
Family will receive friends for
Annas Life Celebration on Saturday,
December 19, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 1
p.m. in the Brinsfeld Funeral Home,
P.A. Leonardtown, MD a Funeral
Service will be held at 1 p.m. in the
Funeral Home Chapel. Interment
will be private.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Arrangements provided by the
Brinsfeld Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
ardtown, MD
Gary Killen, 57
Gary Phillip Killen, 57 of Holly-
wood, MD passed away on Novem-
ber 26, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital,
Leonardtown, MD.
Born February 12, 1952 in
Statesville, VA he was the son of
the late Lionel C. and Grace Gilley
Mr. Killen was a Truck Driver.
Gary was a certifed Diver; he loved
nature, photography and life.
He is survived by his companion
of many years Elizabeth Mary Busey
of Hollywood, MD, son, Bryan W.
Killen of San Antonio, TX, siblings;
Michael Killen of Richmond, VA and
Mary Jane Killen of NC, also sur-
vived by one grandson.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneal.
Arrangements provided by the
Brinsfeld Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
ardtown, MD
Barbara Lockhart, 68
Barbara Ann Lockhart, 68, of
Fort Washington, MD, was born on
October 2, 1941 to the late Helen Re-
becca Jordan and Bernard Edison.
God called her home to fll his garden
on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
She attended public schools
in St. Marys County and complet-
ed her education in the District of
Although Barbara was an only
child, she grew up with her cous-
ins as if they were all brothers and
sisters and even shared nicknames,
hers being Stupey-Gal and others
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being Codie, Jimboy, Stupe,
Dooka, Tang, and Dukie, to
name a few.
She loved to hand dance with her
cousin Jimboy and they were good at
it, as well as listening to oldies but
goodies and the blues music.
Barbara met J.B. Lockhart at the
Hot Shop Cafeteria in Hyattsville,
MD and they were married in 1965
and out of that union were fve chil-
dren. They loved to travel together
with family and friends and enjoyed
entertaining at their home for all oc-
casions. Every year, they would plan
a trip to visit an amusement park and
believed in making sure the children
were taken care of and having a great
In the evening hours, Barbara
worked for the Architect of the Capi-
tol and retired from the Federal Gov-
ernment in 2002 after 28 years of
service. During the day, she babysat
the neighborhood children, treating
them as her own, and they all knew
her as Ms. Lockhart. Even if she
wasnt babysitting for them, they
loved spending the night and visiting
with her on weekends.
During her pastime, Barbara
enjoyed holiday shopping, especially
at JC Pennys or Pennys (as she
called it), wrapping gifts at Christmas
time, fellowshipping with family and
friends, talking on the phone daily,
especially to her aunt Estelle. She
also enjoyed looking at old comedy
shows for a good laugh and watching
a good movie on TV.
Barbara leaves fond memories
in the hearts of her husband J.B., her
children, Marsha Thompson of Bry-
ans Road, MD, Tawana Moody of
Louisville, KY, Donald Thompson of
Washington, DC, Steven Lockhart of
Bryans Road, MD and Denise Lock-
hart Reeves of Waldorf, MD and one
son-in-law Kevin Reeves of Waldorf,
MD; three grandchildren, Tiffany,
Diamond, and Destiny; two aunts,
Estelle Thompson of Lexington
Park, MD and Catherine Thompson
of Hollywood, MD; special cousins,
Geraldine Tyler, Gloria Bailey, James
Thompson and Gail Hall; her god-
daughter, Karen Miller, and a host of
cousins, relatives and friends.
Family received friends on
Monday, December 14, 2009 in Im-
maculate Heart of Mary Church,
22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington
Park, MD 20653. A Mass of Chris-
tian Burial was celebrated with Rev-
erend Jack Kennealy as the celebrant.
Interment will follow in the church
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
com. Arrangements by the Brinsfeld
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown,
David Major, 65
CPO David W. Major USN (Re-
tired) passed away at his home in
California, MD December 11, 2009.
He was born in Detroit, Michi-
gan on April 7, 1944 to the late Mil-
dred Elizabeth Townley Major. He
grew up in Lancaster, OH and Dallas,
TX where he graduated from South
Oak Cliff High School in 1963.
He entered the Navy on Septem-
ber 25, 1963 and graduated from boot
camp at Great Lakes in Chicago, Illi-
nois. He went to Aviation Storekeep-
ers School in Memphis, TN where
he met the love of his life, Katherine
Mary McCaffrey of Wilmington,
Delaware and they were married in
Wilmington on November 21, 1964
and had just celebrated their 45
versary. He had assignments at HT-8
Ellyson Field, Pensacola, FL VP-18
and VC-8 Roosevelt Roads Puerto
Rico, NAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola,
FL, NAS Milton, FL, USS Saratoga
CV-60 in Jacksonville, FL and his f-
nal assignment was at Patuxent River
NAS where he obtained the rank of
Chief and was leading Chief of Sup-
ply when he retired in 1983 staying
in the Southern Maryland area. He
was working for Compass Systems
as a logistician when he died after
having worked for other contractors
in the area.
He is survived by his three chil-
dren and their spouses, Katherine E.
Bell, (Norwood) of Crestview, FL,
Kimberly E. Intinarelli, (Michael) of
Las Vegas, NV and Kelly D. Major,
(Lori) of Mechanicsville, MD, six
grandchildren; Kristina Intinarelli,
David C. Major, Megan Intinarelli,
Ashley Bell, Amber Major and Ja-
mie Bell, two brothers; Mark Major
of Perth, Australia and Kirk Major
of Warrick, Australia, aunts; Viv-
ian T. Hughes of Lancaster, OH and
Rosanne Howard of Milton, FL, also
survived by many cousins, nieces,
nephews and special friend Tina Ap-
pel of Algoma, Wisconsin and her
daughters Amanda and Molly Anne.
In addition to his mother David was
preceded in death by his brother Bri-
an Major.
He was a member and a past-Ex-
alted Ruler of BPO Elks 2092 Lex-
ington Park and past Commander of
American Legion Post 162. He vol-
unteered with the Chief Wives Club
performing in their charity shows
and as the Easter Bunny for the St.
Marys Craft guild and as Santa
Claus for Big Brothers and Sisters.
Family will receive friends on
Friday, December 18, 2009 from 5
to 8 p.m. in the Brinsfeld Funeral
Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD a Life
Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. in
the funeral home chapel. Interment
at a later date.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Lexington Park Vol-
unteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339,
Lexington Park, MD 20653 and/or
Ridge Volunteer Fire Department,
P.O. Box 520, Ridge, MD 20680
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Robert Norris, 62
Robert Lee Norris, 62 of Me-
chanicsville, MD passed away on
December 9, 2009 at St. Marys
Nursing Center.
Born January 17, 1947 in Leon-
ardtown, MD to the late Woodrow
W. and Agnes Woodburn Norris.
Mr. Norris was a Furniture
Refnisher for the Federal Govern-
ment. Robert Lee was very close
to his family and friends, he was an
avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting
and fshing, he was also an all around
Robert Lee is survived by his
children; Robert Lee Bobby Nor-
ris, Jr. of King George, VA, Wendy
M. Harris of Mechanicsville, MD
and Laura L. Knight of Petersburg,
Siblings; James W. Chally
Norris, of Leonardtown, MD, Mar-
garet A. Pruitt of Leonardtown,
MD, Mary E. Libby Bean of Val-
ley Lee, MD and Woody Norris of
California, MD, also survived by 2
Family received friends on Sat-
urday, December 12, 2009 in the
Brinsfeld Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
ardtown, MD; a Funeral Service was
conducted in the funeral home cha-
pel. Interment will be private.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Arrangements provided by the
Brinsfeld Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
ardtown, MD
Joan Tiger, 76
Joan Elizabeth Tiger, 76 of
California, MD passed away on
December 9, 2009 at her daughters
Born August 3, 1933 in Schoha-
rie, NY she was the daughter of the
late Bates and Elizabeth Thorington
Mrs. Tiger served in the U.S.
Navy from 1952 to 1954; she was a
Licensed Practical Nurse.
Joan is survived by her children;
Deborah Caldwell of Mechanicsville,
MD, April Wobbleton of California,
MD, Connie Jameson of St. Inigoes,
MD, Phillip Tiger of Lexington Park,
MD, Randall Tiger of California,
MD and Robert Tiger of Lexington
Park, MD, siblings; Charlotte Carl-
ton of TN, Peggy Harper of NY, Neal
Haskins of NY and Mike Haskins of
MA, also survived by 12 grandchil-
dren and 7 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents Mrs.
Tiger was preceded in death by one
brother, Leonard Haskins.
A Graveside Service was con-
ducted on Monday, December 14,
2009 at Charles Memorial Gardens,
Leonardtown, MD.
Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.
Arrangements provided by the
Brinsfeld Funeral Home, P.A., Leon-
ardtown, MD
Thursday, December 17, 2009 12
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Deputies Respond To Multiple Assault Calls
On December 8, 2009, Corporal Steve Simonds responded to a residence on Circle Drive in Great
Mills for a report of an assault in progress. The investigation revealed Pamela Rose, 36, of Great Mills,
was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Rose
allegedly struck the victim in the face, shoulders and neck. Further investigation revealed Rose to be
in possession of suspected oxycodone without a prescription and suspected ecstasy. Rose was arrested
and charged with second-degree assault and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
On December 9, 2009, Corporal P. Handy responded to a residence on Goddard Court in Leonard-
town for a report of a domestic assault. The investigation revealed James Craig Proctor, 22, of Leonard-
town, was in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Proctor alleg-
edly punched the victim in the head. Proctor was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

On December 9, 2009, Deputy First Class Jason Maletto responded to a residence on Lexwood
Court in Lexington Park for a report of a domestic disturbance. The investigation revealed Robert
Harold Tiger, 39, of Lexington Park, was in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a
physical assault when Tiger allegedly punched the victim several times in the ribs. Tiger was arrested
and charged with second-degree assault.

On December 9, 2009, the St. Marys County Emergency Communications Center broadcast a
lookout for a green Toyota passenger vehicle in the California area. The vehicle contained two individ-
uals engaged in a dispute. Deputy T. Seyfried located the vehicle in the Hickory Hills Shopping Center
and spoke with the occupants. The investigation revealed Marvin Anthony Taylor, 50, of Loveville,
was in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Taylor allegedly
punched the victim in the head. Taylor was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

On December 10, 2009, Deputy P. Bowen responded to Brooke Stone Court in Lexington Park for
a report of a domestic assault. The investigation revealed Melani Dianne Goodman, 32, of Lexington
Park, was involved in a verbal dispute which escalated into a physical assault when Goodman allegedly
scratched the victim in the face. Goodman was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.
Philip H. Dorsey III
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LEONARDTOWN: 301-475-5000
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The sheriffs offce is looking for the pub-
lics help in tracking down some of the countys
most wanted offenders and suspects this holi-
day season by highlighting a fugitive profle
each day from Dec. 13 until Dec. 25.
The 12 Days of Fugitives program is de-
signed to get the public to focus on helping dep-
uties fnd the fugitives when they would nor-
mally be thinking
of just the holiday
season, said Sher-
iff Timothy K.
Were just
looking to focus
the publics atten-
tion on this, but
this isnt some-
thing we just do
over the holidays,
we do this all
year, Cameron
The people
deputies are looking for are either suspects in
violent crimes or ones who have been found
guilty of those crimes and have absconded from
parole or probation.
Also deputies are searching for suspects
who are severely arrears in child support
The frst two fugitives are Calvin Ricardo
Cunningham, who
has absconded
from probation on
a second degree
rape conviction,
and Deodis Lee
Clyburn alleg-
edly who owes
more than $91,000
in child support
D e p u t i e s
believe Clyburn
might be hiding in
Northern Virginia.
Cameron said that the fugitives sought in
the program are the kind that could have a direct
impact on public safety by their running free.
Thats huge to take offenders like that off
the streets, Cameron said. Most of them have
already been adjudicated.
Cameron has sought to decrease the back-
log of warrants for service currently on fle
with the agency, and while a woefully under-
manned staff has made progress there is still
much work to do, he said.
Anyone with information regarding Cun-
ningham, Clyburn or any other fugitives want-
ed by the sheriffs offce can contact them via
e-mail or phone at 301-475-3333 or by text mes-
sage at TIP239 with an added message to
Crimes 274637.
Sheriffs Offce Looking For Fugitives
Over The Holidays
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Police said a Mechanicsville man threat-
ened his wife with a shotgun Sunday night
after it was revealed that he had allegedly mo-
lested two young girls he had close contact
with over a period of months.
Rolf Hartman, 49, has been charged
with two counts of frst-degree assault as well
as one count each of second-and-third degree
sex offense but was released Monday on a
full $25,000 property bond.
He was ordered to stay away from the
two alleged victims in the case.
Charging documents fled against Hart-
man by Det. Robert Merritt reveal that police
responded to a disturbance at the family resi-
dence where the defendants wife told depu-
ties that he had threatened her with a shotgun
after she had been informed that he had alleg-
edly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.
When deputies arrived on the scene
Hartman fred several rounds up in the air and
told police to shoot him because he had done
something horrible, charging documents
Hartmans wife was able to get the two
female juveniles out of the house despite his
trying to keep her there at gunpoint, charg-
ing documents stated, though when he exited
the home with the shotgun he apologized for
the alleged crime and threatened to commit
The 14-year-old female had told Hart-
mans wife that he had sexually assaulted her
that evening for about 10 minutes while she
was in bed; during a subsequent interview the
12-year-old female told investigators that she
had also been sexually assaulted by Hartman
three times this year from the summer months
up to Dec. 12, charging documents stated.
When interviewed by detectives Hart-
man said he had hurt someone he loved
and that he did not deserve to be alive on this
Hartman was taken for a psychiatric
evaluation and released.
Man Charged With Threatening
Wife After Sex Assaults Alleged
Calvin Ricardo Cunningham
Deodis Lee Clyburn
Rolf Hartman
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High school pianists have until January 15
to apply to compete in the College of Southern
Maryland and ArtLinks second annual South-
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be held April 24 and 25 at the colleges Prince
Frederick Campus.
The high-level juried competition is open
to any high school student within the region as
an opportunity to promote piano performance
and reward and encourage young pianists within
Southern Maryland as they perform on the col-
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handcrafted Boesendorfer.
All pianists will audition on Saturday, April
24 on the piano, which isthe centerpiece of the
colleges Ward Virts Concert Series and located
at the Prince Frederick Campus. The piano was
gifted to the community by the Ward Virts Piano
Project Group as a tribute to the late Ward Virts,
a talented concert trained pianist from the region
who died in 1993.
Sundays performance on April 25 will fea-
ture the competition winners and a guest artist
performing on the Boesendorfer. The fnalists
will also be presented with certifcates and cash
The deadline to apply for the competition
is January 15, 2010. Applications, as well as the
competition rules are available at www.csmd.
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The College of Southern Marylands Leon-
ardtown campus will host a Career Starters open
House from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 7, at the Leonar-
dtown Campus, A Building, in the auditorium.
The event will introduce its slate of non-credit
training courses for people who want to kick-
start a new career in business, construction,
early childhood, healthcare, hospitality, infor-
mation technology, transportation or veterinary
medicine. Classes range from 10 to 16 weeks and
are offered in short sequences for students to gain
skills quickly to enter the workforce. During the
open house, prospective students can meet with
a program coordinator and instructors from each
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During its meeting of Wednesday, Dec. 9,
the Board of Education of St. Marys County
unanimously re-elected Mr. Bill Mattingly as
chairman and Mrs. Cathy Allen as vice chair-
man. This will be the third consecutive year
that they both have served in their respective
positions. Mr. Mattinglys school board term
expires December 2010 and Mrs. Allens school
board term expires December 2012.
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Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road, Building B,
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A frosty breeze swept through Lexington Park as Dianna Di-
atz, who calls herself a millionaire in training, shuffed through
a bin at Vintage Values in search of warm winter clothes. This was
but one stop for her over the weekend, where, in between visits to
her normal perches at the library and shops in Leonardtown, she
said she was taking time to stock up on cold-weather necessities
and clothes for Caroline, a fctional friend of Charles Dickens
she plays at functions and events in the county for cash.
She said her shopping spree would be necessary because she
wouldnt have a warm room to go to at the end of the day.
She would be spending another night in her car.
Its ironic when you look at the character I play, she said,
explaining that one of her recent performances in Leonardtown
featured a long discussion with listeners about homeless children
during the 19
century. Its amazing to see how little has changed
in the last 200 years.
Dianna explained that her experience with being homeless for
the last few months had taught her several useful survival skills,
such as always keeping water in her car as well as fresh foods, and
layering clothes and blankets.
Also, those refector things for the sun are actually a great
way to keep cold air out of the car and the other advantage of
the quilted refectors is nobody can see who is in the car, so its like
my motor home, my little camper, she said.
Though not her ideal living situation, Dianna said she feels
blessed to have the scant shelter her car provides, though there had
been a great deal to get used to when she found herself put out of
one of the local shelters with no place else to go.
Dianna said she found herself leaving the shelter and working
part time with a local retailer, but she lost the job because her cars
tags had expired and she was unable to drive legally. It was about
that time that Dianna said the weather had begun turning cold,
and she had to adjust rather quickly to life outside, depending on a
friend who agreed to tow her to different loca-
tions where she could sleep.
At that point Di-
anna said that
get t i ng
back into the shelter was not a possibility, and that some of
her friends had suggested to her that she pretend to be an
addict, explaining that she might have been able to secure
a place in one of the other local shelters if she had substance
abuse problems. But thats just not who I am, and I dont
want to take a space like that from people who do have a
For her, depression has been the hardest struggle to
contend with, a demon she says followed her from her home
in Alexandria, Virginia to Southern Maryland when she
moved to the area in 2008, hoping to fnd administrative or
secretarial work while she tutored or taught art or design
on the side.
I never thought Id have a problem fnding work, she
said, explaining that she had a college degree and had never
been homeless before. I thought to myself well they have
museums and they probably have temp jobs but I couldnt
fnd any of that when I got here.
According to county offcials approximately 2,000
people are in some stage of homelessness in St. Marys County,
and a growing number have never been homeless before.
Id defnitely say theres been an increase in people looking
for shelter, said Marguerite Morris, director of Leahs House, a
womens shelter in Valley Lee. There are some days when the
phone is ringing off the hook all day and people are begging us
for shelter, she added.
Carol Mathias, administrative manager at Three Oaks Cen-
ter, said that she had seen an increase in people seeking housing
For the most part, our beds stay flled year-round. We have
had an increase, and in some cases were seeing people whove
never been homeless, she said, explaining that federal money was
now coming in from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Hous-
ing grant to help the center with such cases.
The center runs a mens shelter that has 20 beds, 12 for transi-
tional housing and 8 for emergency assistance. The womens shel-
ter has 20 beds for both women and children, who stay in town-
houses in Lexington Park. Other programs funded the Department
of Housing and Urban Development include rental assistance
programs, and seven programs geared toward fnding permanent
housing for people with disabilities.
All the same Mathias said that the shelters are operating at
capacity, and overfow is being currently being directed to
the countys WARM nights program
[Wrapping Arms Round Many].
It was a program thats been operating in Charles County for
several years, and in Calvert County for three years, so we kind of
went to them were starting the same as them with churches,
she said, explaining that the program kicked off on Nov. 29 and is
set up so that people can register through the Department of Social
Services to stay in various local churches, which will provide food
and beds for up to 20 people per night.
Dianna said she recently signed up for the WARM Nights pro-
gram but she is nervous about the prospect of leaving Leonardtown,
a place where she said she has found a great deal of support.
Ive met so many angels in Leonardtown. I really dont know
where Id be if so many kind people hadnt helped me these past
weeks, she said. But I know I defnitely wouldnt have gotten any
help if I complained all the time I need a posi-
tive attitude to get through this.
Hard Times
For Some, Rough Economy Means A Different Kind Of Holiday
Photo by Frank Marquart
Photo by Frank Marquart
A car flled with someones belongings is often seen parked near the Three Oaks Shelter in
Lexington Park. Below, a group of people sit on a bench not far from the shelter.
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Not Just Another House
3 3
Mike Schwartz, owner of
Mikes Bikes in Lexington
Park, has become a local ce-
lebrity since frst starting the
Mikes Food Fund in 1983,
which now has him giving
away more than 1,000 Christ-
mas meals to needy families
all over the county. He took
some time out of his day to
talk with The County Times
about his passion for both
bikes and giving back.
CT: What did you do before
you had your shop?
MS: Nothing! I opened the
shop within a year of graduat-
ing from college St. Marys
College (where he majored
in social sciences) I was a
bike person since I was a little
kid, and I never really wanted
to do anything else except
play for the Orioles or the
CT: Youve also done the
Mikes Food Fund since 1983.
What got you to start doing
MS: Well in 83 my house
burned down, and so I went
around to several charities
and Salvation Army helped
me out, and sort of to repay
them the following Christmas
I got 11 turkeys and potatoes
and I took them out to the Sal-
vation Army.
CT: Hows this years Food
Fund going? How many tur-
key dinners have you given
out so far? Do you plan to
keep going in future years?
MS: Right now we are at
about 500. Weve got another
450 or so coming in on Thurs-
day, and 300 more coming in
on Friday. So by Christmas
Eve well be looking at over
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this has been my gig since 83
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The offce at Leahs House was packed with
donated toiletries, toys and other everyday items,
which, stacked up against the boxes of Christmas
decorations, bows and wrapping paper, practi-
cally spilled over in the small area that houses
the administrative areas of the organization.
Great Mills High School had a food drive
for us, so were trying to get everything orga-
nized, said director Marguerite Morris as she
waded through the lobby, explaining that there
had been an incredible infux of donated items
from the community.
Donations aside, the house itself will be
getting some extra media exposure this season,
with a spot on NBC Washingtons holiday pro-
gram, 12 Days of Giving which is set to air on
Thursday, Dec. 17.
Leahs House was founded in 2005 and the
house has been operating since 2008, catering
to women, children and victims of domestic vio-
lence. Morris said that an additional house is in
the planning stages, but that current plans are
being set up to address the need for upgrading
and repairs to the existing facility, and she and
her staff hope to highlight some of that need in
their upcoming spot on NBC, which will feature
interviews with Morris and some of her clients,
as well as opportunities for viewers to call in
pledges for donations to the organization.
They contacted us and asked us if wed
like to be on their program, she said, explaining
that she and a few of her staff would be taped on
the program on Thursday.
In addition, Morris said that the program
would feature footage from the organizations
recent audition tape for Extreme Makeover
Home Edition on ABC.
The house down the hill needs a lot of
work, she said, especially with the outside, so
we walked the property and told the history of
the property and a bit about our work here, talk-
ed about the walkway down there and the inside
of the house, and just the need for a larger home
so theyll be showing parts of that on NBC
when were there.
Leahs House currently has more
than 2,000 square feet and fve bedrooms
that currently can house up to 16 residents
at any given time, but Morris said that the
house itself was in need of upgrades and
repairs, as well as additional space for
classes and childcare.
Our approach to homelessness is holistic,
said Morris, explaining that the organization
was hoping to also offer classes and expanded
childcare services in addition to shelter, but that
additional growth for the housing and education
programs would be an uphill battle.
With the economy were at a small
scale plan which would be a house in the trees
behind us, and that would give us additional
space and we could still bring in some class-
room space, she said.
In the meantime Morris says that the orga-
nizations spot on television would give it some
great exposure, and that the work would contin-
ue on behalf of homeless women in St. Marys
It still remains that were a shelter, were
responding to a need, and if there was no need
for us we then wouldnt be packed, exceeding
capacity, said Morris.
Leahs House will be featured on NBC
4 for their 12 Days of Giving program at 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17. To fnd
out more about Leahs House, go to www.leah-
Marguerite Morris plays with Skyler, one of the
children staying at Leahs House in Valley Lee,
which will be featured on NBCs 12 Days of Giv-
ing program on Dec. 17.
Photo By Andrea Shiell
The County Times
Thursday, December 17, 2009 20
Happy Holidays from the
St. Marys County Museum Division!
The Board of County Commissioners for St. Marys County
Join us for special holiday exhibits and gift shopping in our museum stores!
Closed Christmas Day and New Years
Call or visit us on line for more information: www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums
24th Annual Christmas
Doll & Train Exhibit
St. Clements Island Museum
Open Wed - Sun 12 noon to 4 pm
now through January 3, 2010
Open daily Dec. 26 - Jan. 3
Ill Be Home for
Christmas Exhibit
Piney Point Lighthouse Museum
Open December 19 & 20
Then Daily December 26 - January 3, 2010
12 noon to 4 pm
Nintendo Wii Console
w/ Nintendo Wii Sports
The Nintendo Wii
Console includes:
One Wii Remote
One Nunchuk
Wii Sports Game Disc (5 games;
Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Bowling
and Boxing)
Power cord
Sensor bar
Standard AV composite cable
PLUS ... $50 Wal-Mart gift Card.
Ticket prices are $5.00 each,
$7.00 for 5 tickets and $10.00 for
10 tickets.
Tickets available from
Please call 240-925-0628, email
lora@secondhoperescue.org or
Winner will be chosen on De-
cember 20th.
St. Marys College of Maryland (SMCM) is accepting nominations for
the frst Martin Luther King, Jr. Realizing the Dream awards. The awards
will honor four St. Marys County residents who embody exemplary character
as described in Kings I Have a Dream speech, and who have made signif-
cant contributions to their communities.
One St. Marys County adult male and female, and one boy and girl from
grades 6-12 will be selected. A $100 award and a plaque will be presented
to the winners during the sixth annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther
King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast on January 18, 2010, at the college. Contact Katie
Lanham at 240-895-4191 for nomination information. Deadline is January 8,
2010, and honorees will be notifed soon after.
Nominees should exhibit qualities refected in Dr. Kings words: And
so even though we face the diffculties of today and tomorrow, I still have a
dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that
one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
A nomination form should be completed describing the individuals
qualifcations and reasons for making the nomination. Resume, curriculum
vita, letters of commendation, newspaper articles, and list of activities may be
included, but material should be limited to fve pages.
For contest instructions, visit www.smcm.edu.
When The World Is
The St. Marys Animal Welfare
League is proud to announce the
start of the SMAWL Pet Food Pan-
try, a resource for needy families
in St. Marys County to acquire pet
food and litter for their pets.
We are very excited to be able
to bring this greatly needed resource
to our community, Melissa Carnes,
President of the St. Marys Animal
Welfare League, said in a press re-
lease. We are getting calls for as-
sistance and have been unable to
fnd a food bank in the area which
has pet food. Our Board discussed
the idea, and unanimously voted to
begin the program for our county
residents in need.
The SMAWL Pet Food Pantry
would not be possible without the
support of the St. Marys County
Department of Public Safetys Ani-
mal Control Division.
It is great to have a part-
ner such as Animal Control, said
Carnes. They share our concern
for animals and work so hard to help
us in our efforts to rescue animals
and provide needed service to our
county residents. SMAWL would
not be where we are today without
the advice and support of the staff at
Public Safety and Animal Control.
Donations of food will be ac-
cepted at the Public Safety Offce in
Leonardtown during normal county
government hours. Those wishing
to donate food can also contact Ani-
mal Control at 301-475-8018, and an
Animal Control Offcer will make
arrangements to pick up food or lit-
ter at your home or offce.
SMAWL will conduct food/lit-
ter drives throughout the county at
different locations and dates. Dona-
tions will be accepted at SMAWLs
monthly adoption events at Petco in
California on the frst and third Sat-
urday of each month from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. Donation of food must
be in the form on unopened bags or
cans of food or litter. Bird food and
other foods normally sold in plastic
containers will also be accepted.
We hope this program will help
St. Marys County residents who are
experiencing fnancial hardship due
to loss of employment to keep their
beloved pets, said Carnes. As of
today, our organization, as is the
case with many rescue groups, is
full. We are seeing many animals
come through our foster homes due
to people losing their jobs and their
homes which prevent them from be-
ing able to continue to care for their
Low-income residents who
would like to receive assistance
from the SMAWL Pet Food Pan-
try should leave a message on the
SMAWL Hotline at 301-373-5659 or
contact Animal Control at 301-475-
8018. Distribution of pet food and
litter will depend on the donations
received from our community. All
donations are tax-deductible, and a
donation receipt will be provided at
the donors request. Donations of
cash will also be accepted and food
will be purchased for the Pantry;
to make a donation, please send a
check made payable to SMAWL to
PO Box 1232, Leonardtown, MD,
20650, and include a note that the
gift is to be used for the Pet Food
William Dixon Lavergne enjoys some puddle stomping near Leonard Hall in
Leonardtown with his grandmother Cathy Dixon.
Photo By Frank Marquart
Pet Food Pantry Opening
Win a Wii
and Help
Nominations Sought for First
Annual MLK Jr. Realizing the
Dream Awards
The County Times
Thursday, December 17, 2009 21
L ibrary
Libraries to be closed for
All three libraries will be
closed Thursday, Dec. 24, through
Sunday, Dec. 27. The libraries will
close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and re-
open on Sat, Jan. 2. The librarys
Internet branch, www.stmalib.org,
will be open so customers can man-
age their accounts, research using
the free online resources and down-
load audio books and movies.

Customers can download audio
books at any library
The library has made it pos-
sible for customers to download the
free online audio books to their iP-
ods or MP3 players at any branch
using designated library computers.
This new service is especially bene-
fcial to those customers who do not
have high speed Internet access.
Libraries offer free family
The Muppets put their unique
twist on Charles Dickens Christ-
mas tale in a G-rated movie, which
will be shown on Dec. 17 at 5:30
p.m. at Charlotte Hall. On Dec. 23
at 2 p.m. Lexington Park will show
a PG rated holiday comedy about
Buddy who is raised by Santas elves
and then goes to New York City to
fnd his birth father. Leonardtown
will show a Disney PG movie on
Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. about cranky Carl
Fredricksen who launches his house
into the sky and heads off to South
America unaware of an 8-year old
stowaway. Snacks are provided at
each movie.

Families can enjoy afternoon of
gaming fun
Charlotte Hall is hosting two
hours of gaming fun on Dec. 30
from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for families
and customers of all ages. Besides
Wii, a variety of board games will
be available to play. Snacks are
Public invited to discuss books
The public is invited to partici-
pate in the following book discus-
sions: Katherine Patersons book,
The Bridge to Terabithia on Dec.
17 at 7 p.m. at Leonardtown; Alex-
ander McCall Smiths book, The
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at Charlotte Hall;
and Dexter Filkins book, The
Forever War on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at
Lexington Park.
Charlotte Hall is collection site
for food drive
Charlotte Hall is a collection
site for the Mechanicsville Opti-
mist food drive. Donations of non-
perishable food can be dropped off
until Christmas.
Thursday, December 17
Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit
St. Clements Island Museum (Col-
tons Point) 12 noon
Package/Deliver Turkey
Zion Methodist Church (Lexington
Park) 5 p.m.
Each year, Mikes Food Fund
in Lexington Park provides needy
families in St. Marys County with a
turkey dinner for the Christmas Hol-
idays. Meals will be distributed by
volunteers. The initial distribution
location is the Zion United Method-
ist Church, located on Route 235,
between Gates 2 and 3 of Patuxent
River, NAS. There are approximate-
ly 50 routes which need volunteers
for delivery, as well as volunteers at
the church to help package up the
dinners for delivery.
Living Hope Christmas
Great Mills High School 6:30
Living Hope First United Pen-
tecostal Church and the St. Marys
County community will celebrate
Christmas at Great Mills High
School in Great Mills, Md. There
will be various performances and a
drama performance called The Gift
Of A Promise. Cortt Chavis, a na-
tional recording artist will be sing-
ing in the program. Free gifts for the
frst 60 children to register. Event is
free to the public. For more infor-
mation, visit our website at http://
Friday, December 18
Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit
St. Clements Island Museum
(Coltons Point) 12 noon
Package/Deliver Turkey Dinners
Zion Methodist Church (Lexington
Park) 5 p.m.
Steak & Shrimp Dinner
American Legion Post 221 in
Avenue, MD is sponsoring a steak
& shrimp dinner on Friday, De-
cember 18th, from 5 - 8 p.m. at the
Post Home, located at 21690 Colton
Point Rd in Avenue, MD. Please call
301-769-2220 for further informa-
tion or 301-769-4346 the day of the
event. The menu includes New York
Strip Steak 12 oz. for $13.00 and 1 lb
Steamed Shrimp for $13.00. Sand-
wiches are available.
Knights of Columbus Bingo
Father Andrew White School (Leon-
ardtown) 7 p.m.
17 games with a $1,000 jackpot
in 60 numbers or less. For informa-
tion call 301-475-1824 or 301-475-
0334, or visit http://www.kofc.leon-
Poker Leader Board Challenge
FOP-7 :Lodge (Great Mills) 7 p.m.
Texas HoldEm Tournament
VFW Pot 2632 (California) 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 19
Christmas Cookie Sale
Hollywood United Methodist
Church 9 a.m.
Doors will open at 9:00 am
until sold-out. Cost will be $10 per
container. Choose your favorite
cookies, and make a sweet start to
the holiday season. For more infor-
mation call 301-373-2500.
SMAWL Adoptions
Petco (California) 10 a.m.
All animals have had a com-
plete veterinary exam, are up to date
on all vaccinations, spayed or neu-
tered, and micro chipped. For more
information visit www.smawl.org.
Childrens Christmas Craft
Historic Cecils Old Mill (Great
Mills) 11 a.m.
Christmas games, crafts, talks
with Santa and more. Call 301-994-
1510 for more information.
Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit
St. Clements Island Museum
(Coltons Point) 12 noon
Holiday Exhibit
Piney Point Lighthouse 12 noon
Steak Night
VFW Post 2632 (California) 5
Texas HoldEm Saturday Night
Park Bingo Hall (California) 7
Annual Christmas Concert
44078 St. Andrews Church Rd
(California) 7:30 p.m.
feature four members of the
Washington National Opera: Pa-
tricia Hussey, mezzo-soprano; Tim
Augustin, tenor; Linda Kirk, sopra-
no; and Donald Schramm, baritone.
The concert, which features songs
of Christmas and the winter season,
will include traditional carols with
which the audience is invited to sing
along. Admission. 301-862-9541.
Sunday, December 20
Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit
St. Clements Island Museum
(Coltons Point) 12 noon
Holiday Exhibit
Piney Point Lighthouse 12 noon
Young Life Open House
Coffee Quarter (California) 12:30
Texas HoldEm Tournament
FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) 2
Deep Stack HoldEm
Bennett Building, 24930 Old
Three Notch Rd (Hollywood)
4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 21
Democratic Club Christmas
Fitzies Marina (Leonardtown)
6:30 p.m.
$10.00 per person. For more
information call Cindy at
Special Olympics Texas
HoldEm Tournament
St. Marys County
Elks Lodge
(California) 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22
Deep Stack HoldEm
Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three
Notch Rd (Hollywood) 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 23
Christmas Doll & Train
St. Clements Island Museum
(Coltons Point) 12 noon
Special Olympics Texas
HoldEm Tournament
St. Marys County Elks Lodge
(California) 7 p.m.
Poker Leader Board Challenge
FOP-7 Lodge
(Great Mills) 7 p.m.
By Mary Beth Gates
Contributing Writer
Pets are very tuned in to their
owners emotions. As most of us are
frazzled from the pressures of the
holiday season, consider what your
stress may be doing to your pets.
This time of the year is full of
changes in the household and normal
routines are disrupted. Your pets do
not understand why the furniture is
being rearranged or why a big tree
covered in ornaments and blinking
lights is covering their favorite sleep-
ing spot! Many animals will react
to stress by misbehaving. Make sure
to spend one on one time with them
and try to not sway too far from their
daily schedule and routine.
Out of town company can fur-
ther stress out the household. If your
pets are not used to having children
around, keep in mind that the nicest
animal can react unfavorably from
having his tail or ears pulled on! Crat-
ing, boarding, or asking someone
familiar with your pet to babysit him
while you have company, may be a
kind thing to do for Fido or Fluffy!
Any deviation of your pets nor-
mal diet may cause gastrointestinal
distress. In addition to chocolate and
chicken bones, table scraps should be
avoided. Mistletoe can cause gastro-
intestinal upset and cardiovascular
problems. When ingested, holly can
cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting
and diarrhea. Floral arrangements of-
ten contain different varieties of lilies,
with can cause liver failure in cats.
Consumption of human pharma-
ceuticals are one of the most common
holiday-related emergencies. Make
sure all your medications are securely
locked up, and be sure to ask your
guests to keep their meds zipped up
and out of reach, too.
Be aware of the hazardous ob-
jects whose absence may be over-
looked. Ribbons, batteries, small
ornaments and hooks, tinsel, plas-
tic pieces to toys, puzzle pieces etc.
Holiday light strands, loose wires and
electric cords can also pose a serious
danger to your pet, especially curious
puppies, who may chew on them.
Curious cats have been known
to tip over Christmas trees so be sure
they are anchored and secure. Tree
water may contain fertilizers that can
cause an upset stomach if ingested.
Stagnant tree water can also act as a
breeding ground for bacteria.
Whether it be for pets or humans,
one thing is for sure: no one wants to
spend the holidays in the emergency
room so be safe. And be happy!
Mary Beth Gates is the owner
of Peppers Pet Pantry.
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Community Calendar
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Thursday, December 17, 2009 22
Cosmics Finale Features
World Premier
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5. Singer Mama ____
9. S_____: looked fxedly
14. About organ of hearing
15. Ribosomal ribonucleic acid
16. African antelope
17. Filled chocolate cookie
18. Sparks
19. Domestic helps
20. Michaelangelo ceiling
23. Lingo or slang
24. Before
25. Make lacework
26. South American country
31. Site of chemical spill
35. Gourd instrument
36. Fail to win
37. Copycats
38. In a way, removes
41. Individualists
43. British order of honor
45. P___: verse composition
46. Road coating
47. Prohibitions
51. Michaelangelo fresco
55. One who cuts
57. Ex ruler of Iran
58. 2nd husband of Gudrun
59. Condemnation
60. British General
61. Make a portrait of
62. Alleviated
63. Affrmatives
64. Carangid fshes
1. Scornful sounds
2. Aweigh
3. East German city
4. Ivanhoe author
5. About the skull
6. Put in jail
7. 60s college Civil Rights
8. Window parts
9. Poster paints
10. Winglike structures
11. Train track
12. Finale
13. Tooth caregiver
21. 9th Greek letter
22. Starch from the cuckoopint
27. 1st Islamic republic
28. Back side of the neck
29. Maple genus
30. Catholic service
31. Bulla
32. Israeli dance
33. ex-Miami quarterback
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41. Dog tethers
42. S. American Pokeweed
44. Crummy
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The County Times
Thursday, December 17, 2009 23
The frst time, Col. Fitzhugh wasnt home.
Ann was advised that a party of British soldiers
was approaching. She instantly collected her
slaves; furnished them with such weapons of
defence as were at hand ; took a
quantity of cartridges in her apron,
and, herself forming the van, urged
her sable subalterns on to meet the
foe. Not looking for resistance, the
advancing party, on beholding the
amazon with her sooty invincibles,
hastily turned on their heels and
The second time, the British
marched to the house at midnight
on a cold and rainy night. They
banged on the door. When Col.
Fitzhugh, who was now blind, de-
manded to know who was there,
they responded they were friends to King
George. Anne went to admit them, but on the
way she awakened her four sons, put pistols in
their hands, and told them to fee.
The soldiers demanded that Col. Fitzhugh
accompany them, as their prisoner, to New
York. Anne helped her husband get dressed.
She boldly informed the soldiers that if her
husband was going, she was too. The offcer
told her she would be exposed and must suffer,
but she persisted in accompa-
nying him, saying that he could
not take care of himself, nor, if
he could, would she permit a
In her nightclothes, no
shoes, and with the mere pro-
tection of a cloak, which the of-
fcer took down and threw over
her shoulders before leaving
the house, she sallied forth with
the party.
While on the way to their
boat, the soldiers heard gun fre
(probably the Fitzhugh sons) and
thinking it was rebels, they hastily retreated,
leaving Mr. and Mrs. Fitzhugh on the shore.
In recognition of her bravery, the Anne
Frisby Fitzhugh Chapter of the Daughters of
the American Revolution was organized in Bay
City, Michigan in 1900.
By Linda Reno
Anne Frisby
was born Sep-
tember 5, 1727
in Cecil County,
Maryland and
was the daughter
of Peregrine Fris-
by and Elizabeth
Sewall (daughter of Major Nicholas Sewall and
Susanna Burgess of St. Marys County).
Anne married frst, John Rousby who died
just a few years after their marriage. John
Rousby, aged about 25, eldest son of the late
Hon. John Rousby, Collector of Customs for the
District of Patuxent (decd), died of violent fe-
vers last week at his seat on the Patuxent River
in Calvert County, leaving a widow and one
child. Their child was Elizabeth Rousby; born
1750, who married George Plater in 1764 (Plater
would later become Governor of Maryland).
One year later, Anne married William
Fitzhugh.Last week William Fitzhugh, Esq. of
Virginia was married to Mrs. Rousby, widow
of John Rousby, decd, a gentlewoman with a
handsome fortune. They made their home at
Rousby Hall in Calvert County.
During the Revolutionary War, the British
were said to have gone to Rousby Hall twice to
arrest Col. Fitzhugh, who held a commission in
the British Army (attained while serving dur-
ing the French and Indian War in 1754) but who
had now aligned himself with the rebel cause.
A Journey Through Time
The Chronicle
By Shelby Oppermann
Contributing Writer
Ive been spraying our artifcial Christmas
tree with Febreeze. There has been so much rain
this fall that our big shed, where the Christmas
tree is stored, has a bit of a moldy smell. My
husband even left the tree outside for a while
before bringing it inside to air it out some. I was
beginning to decorate last night, and sneezed
through most of it. Even Tidbit sneezed a lot.
I guess I will fnd some pine-scented candles
to put near the tree. The only problem is that I
am just as sensitive to those smells as I am to
the mold. Its going to be a sneezy Christmas
this year.
After I pulled out all the Christmas boxes
under the steps, I found the box containing all
of my Mothers old ornaments. These are the
ornaments from the 30s through the 60s. I
dont believe my Mother bought a new Christ-
mas ornament after 1965. I opened the box to
admire some of the old Christmas balls. The
smell of ffty years of cigarette smoke greeted
me it never seems to go away. All the orna-
ments were nestled in ancient gold garland with
strands of errant tinsel woven throughout. Im
surprised that there is any tinsel in the box,
since the dry heat in the old house made the
tinsel even more static and it would attach itself
to your clothes as you walked by.
The oldest ornaments in the box were my
Grandmothers. She preferred the extremely
thin colored glass balls. They have the faintest
blush of red, orange, and green. I laughed as I
noticed the elaborate hanging rigs. Most of our
old ornaments are hung with faded red ribbons
or a unique system of Bobby Pins and string.
The latter being the most popular and what I
remember most.
My favorite ornaments in the box are the
ones that have holes cut in the side where you
see a little Christmas scene. These were magi-
cal to me. It was like looking into a miniature
world that came alive only at Christmas. I loved
the one-inch colored metal balls, also tied by
faded ribbon that always went near the top of
the tree. As I sat, I was transported to my child-
hood home. I felt like I was really sitting in the
living room watching my brothers decorate the
The other memory that came back to me
while sitting sneezing in that three and a half
by ten-foot space, besides claustrophobia, was
the smell of the old lights on the tree. The old
twisted wires had a certain smell when they got
hot. When the colored lights were near tinsel
or garland, the smell of hot metal was strong. If
it was a live tree, the heat against the branches
always smelled like maple syrup to me. The sap
must have heated up too.
I replaced the box of old ornaments, and
pulled out the box underneath. This was the box
containing ornaments from the 1970s. These
are distinctive because of the gold and silver
glitter covering them similar to the shoes
I wore in the 70s. I bought these ornaments
for the little tree I had upstairs at my parents
house. When I was at college, my Mother be-
gan using them on her tree. She had quit using
the big tree and switched to a tabletop tree. By
the end of January each year, I would ask my
Mother if I could take down the tree, but she
would say she liked it. It wasnt unusual for the
little Christmas tree to stay in the living room
until Easter.
At this point another sneezing attack
occurred, and I knew it was time to go back
upstairs, and begin a new round of sneezing.
Maybe, Ill just decorate the tree a little at a
time and stop for sneezes. I should be done by
Christmas Eve.
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The Light of
a Full Moon
By Theresa Morr
Contributing Writer
Meet the awesome polar bear, the
worlds largest land carnivore. Its home is
in the Arctic region, which includes the fve
Polar Bear Nations --- the U. S. (Alaska),
Canada, Russia, Denmark (Greenland), and
Norway. Despite the Arctics harsh environ-
ment, its all systems go for these super-
insulated bears. Theyre covered with about
four inches of blubber; a layer of under fur;
and an outer layer of stiff, shiny, transpar-
ent guard hairs that look white because of
refected light. Their skin, nose, eyes, and
lips are black,
which also helps
to conserve heat.
Polar bears
are powerful
predators with
long bodies,
small ears, and
tails. Stocky legs
and large paws,
which act like
snowshoes, dis-
tribute the bears weight as it walks on snow
or ice;
and thick, black paw pads covered
with tiny bumps called papillae provide the
traction. The animals short scooped claws
are perfect for gripping prey or digging out
snow and ice.
These big boys of the Arctic stand
tall, like about eight to ten feet high. Males
can weigh 1,700 pounds or more, while fe-
males are around half that size. Polar bears
are great swimmers in open water and all
that body fat, plus water repellent fur, gives
them buoyancy. They use their large fore-
paws to dog-paddle themselves along at
around six miles per hour.
Ringed seals are the bears favorite
dinner, which they capture by still kill-
ing. But to fnd the seals, the bears have
to go where the seals go, where the ice foes
meet the water. The bears keen sense of
smell can detect a seals breathing hole a
mile or more away. The bear patiently waits
close by as the seal surfaces to breathe.
The moment the seal pops up through the
breathing hole, the bear fatally bites the seal
and fips it onto the ice. A nice fatty dinner
is served. The polar bears biology requires
large amounts of fat from marine mammals
like the ringed and bearded seals.
In November and December, females
usually give birth to twin cubs in a den
made in deep snow. The tiny cubs are blind
and toothless, and the family stays in the
den until March or April. By then, the cubs
are chubby from mamma bears fatty milk,
but she has fasted during this time, surviv-
ing on her body fat. Shes ready to leave the
den to hunt for a good meal. The cubs will
follow the mother for about
two and one-half years, while
learning how to hunt. Polar
bears live about 20 to 25 years
in the wild.
Scientists estimate there
are about 20,000 to 25,000
thousand polar bears through-
out the Arctic region. But with
the threat of global warming
and Arctic temperatures at
record highs, they fear that
two-thirds of the worlds polar bears could
disappear by 2050. The melting of the ice
packs directly affects the bears. Without
a sea ice platform, the bears cannot reach
their prey and are forced to swim longer
distances to reach ice. Scientists conduct-
ing feld work in the Arctic say ice is freez-
ing later each year and breaking up earlier,
leaving bears with less time to feed. The
sad result: Bears are becoming smaller and
weaker and females are having fewer and
less healthy cubs.
On May 14, 2008, the U. S. Depart-
ment of the Interior placed the polar bear as
a threatened species under the Endangered
Species Act. If global warming continues
unchecked, the only place you may be able
to see polar bears in the future may be at
the zoo.
For more info about this beautiful
creature, check out this great site: www.
polarbearsinternational.org. Comments to
Big Boys of the Arctic
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Thursday, December 17, 2009 24


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December 17
Fair Warning Irish
Pub Band
CJs Back Room (Lus-
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David Norris
DB McMillans Pub
(California) 6 p.m.
Vincenzos Restaurant
(Lusby) 6:30 p.m.
DJ Blacky & DJ
Hulas Bungalow (Cali-
fornia) 8 p.m.
Apehangers Bar (Bel
Alton) 9 p.m.
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Cadillac Jacks (Lex-
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Fair Warning Irish
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Donovans Pub (Cali-
fornia) 5 p.m.
David Norris
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Country Dance
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Memories (Waldorf)
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Sam Grow
Veras White Sands
Beach Club (Lusby)
9 p.m.
Apehangers Bar (Bel
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No Green
Heavy Hitters (Char-
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December 19
Fair Warning Irish
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DB McMillans (Cali-
fornia) 6 p.m.
Bent Nickel
Andersons Bar (Av-
enue) 8 p.m.
Nuttin Fancy Band
CJs Back Room (Lus-
by) 8 p.m.
Open Blues Jam
Fat Boys Country Store
(Leonardtown) 8 p.m.
Crazy Craigs
VFW Post 2632 (Cali-
fornia) 8:30 p.m.
Hulas Bungalow (Cali-
fornia) 9 p.m.
Captain Woody
Apehangers Bar (Bel
Alton) 9 p.m.
DJ Steadyrockin
Cadillac Jacks (Lex-
ington Park) 9 p.m.
Go Go Gadget
Hotel Charles Party
Room (Hughesville)
9 p.m.
Gretchen Richie
Holiday Jazz After
Caf des Artistes
(Leonardtown) 9 p.m.
Hate the Toy
Blue Dog Saloon (Port
Tobacco) 9 p.m.
Cryers Back Road Inn
(Leonardtown) 9 p.m.
Karaoke w/ DJ
Tommy T and DJ T
Applebees (California)
9 p.m.
Kajun Kelley
Drift Away Bar & Grill
(Cobb Island) 9:30
Minus One
Hotel Charles Front
Bar (Hughesville) 9
Roadhouse Band
Lone Star Caf (Indian
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The Breeze
Crooked I Sports Bar
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December 20
Joey Tippett and the
California Ramblers
Apehangers Bar (Bel
Alton) 3 p.m.
December 21
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December 22
Fair Warning Irish
Pub Band
DB McMillans Pub
(California) 6 p.m.
Dave & Kevin
Ruddy Duck Brewery
(Solomons) 7 p.m.
December 23
Captain John
DB McMillans Pub
(California) 6 p.m.*
Lexington Lounge
(Lexington Park) 7
Open Blues Jam
Beach Cove Restaurant
(Chesapeake Beach)
8 p.m.
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Hulas Bungalow (Cali-
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Rich Mascari
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Singer/Songwriter Galvin Gets Dylan-esque
By Andrea Shiell
Staff Writer
There are two schools of thought when it
comes to covers (at least according to yours tru-
ly). The frst is that a cover should do its best to
conform to the original, while the second school
of thought sees no point in such repetition, and
tends toward remaking songs in a new likeness.
According to Dylan Galvin, 24, a guitarist
and singer/songwriter from Leonardtown (who
took some time between his sets at the Ruddy
Duck on Tuesday night to talk with the County
Times), the school of thought a person followed
depended on their musical identity.
It depends on what you consider yourself,
if youre a performer or an artist, he said, smil-
ing. I think if youre a performer your job is just
to make everyone have a good time, drink their
beer, tip their waiters and waitresses and be hap-
py, and they dont care, he said. Theyre not
going to deconstruct your lyrics, its just about
having fun in the moment if youre an art-
ist or in the singer/songwriter circle, when you
put your own interpretation of a song thats when
really good things can happen, like when Jeff
Buckley covered Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
and he did an amazing job.
Galvin may not compare himself to Jeff
Buckley, but he lists him as an infuence, one
of an eclectic selection including John Mayer,
James Taylor, Paramore, Coldplay, and even Mi-
chael Jackson, and he does covers ranging from
Oasis to Cindy Lauper.
Born in Massachusetts, and later living
in Calvert County before studying at Berklee,
where he earned his degree in guitar theory and
performance, Dylan now lives in Leonardtown
and plays gigs in Calvert and Charles counties.
He has recorded his frst EP of original songs
called Second Stories, featuring a style remi-
niscent of John Mayer (with the occasional vocal
lilt of Thom Yorke or Rufus Wainright thrown
in), boasting polished-sounding production val-
ues to boot, but he said hes only starting his ca-
reer as a professional musician.
I guess Im kind of at the start right now.
Ive only been doing this professionally for a
few months now, he said. And I just started
working on my voice. I just kind of started
singing, I didnt really know how, and theres
defnitely an art to it when you sing it
shouldnt be diffcult. It should feel as natural
as talking, he said.
Galvin seems humble about his voice, but
it rings true regardless, as does his guitar play-
ing, which, combined with his track layering
during live acoustic sets, makes his solo Mar-
tin acoustic sound more like three instruments
playing in fve-part harmony.
Galvin said that he is starting a regular
gig playing at Applebees in California, which
hell begin on Thursday, Dec. 17, but in the
meantime hes toying with how to breathe new
life into familiar stuff.
Im trying to branch out and cover new
things, he said. Its hard to convincingly cover
a rock song and do justice to it, but right now Im
working on covering AC/DC, so that should be
Galvin will be performing next at Apple-
bees in California from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on
Thursday, and at Cheeseburger in Paradise from
7-10 on Friday. For more information including
music downloads and performance schedules,
go to www.dylangalvin.com.
Photo By Andrea Shiell
The County Times
Thursday, December 17, 2009 25
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Wed., Dec 9
Boys Basketball
Huntingtown 57, Chopticon 34
Girls Basketball
Great Mills 51, Colonial Beach 23
Thomas Stone 45, Leonardtown
Thurs., Dec. 10
Boys Basketball
Lackey 40, Leonardtown 36
Girls Basketball
Fallston 52, Chopticon 22
Good Counsel 79, St. Marys
Ryken 56
Fri., Dec. 11
Boys Basketball
Great Mills 93, Colonial Beach
Good Counsel 72, St. Marys
Ryken 55
Girls Basketball
Calvert 57, Great Mills 41
Ice Hockey
Leonardtown 8, Thomas Stone 2
Leonardtown 185, Patuxent 84
Leonardtown 153, Hunting-
town 124
Great Mills 153, Westlake 100
Great Mills 157, McDonough 99
Leonardtown 178, Patuxent 102
Leonardtown 193, Hunting-
town 87
Westlake 133, Great Mills 126
Great Mills 169, McDonough 99
Sat., Dec. 12
Boys Basketball
Montrose Christian 74, St.
Marys Ryken 59
Girls Basketball
Georgetown Visitation 69, St.
Marys Ryken 51
Lackey Tournament
1. Chopticon 235
2. North Point 179
3. McDonough 170
4. Bohemia Manor 152.5
5. Lackey 141
6. C.H. Flowers 141
7. Westlake 139
8. Thomas Stone 133
9. DuVal 78
10. Great Mills 57.5
11. Wise 50
12. Central 41
13. Gwynn Park 32
14. Friendly 18.5
15. Forestville 13
Mon, Dec. 14
Boys Basketball
La Plata 61, Chopticon 50
Girls Basketball
Chopticon 49, La Plata 21
By Ronald N. Guy Jr.
Contributing Writer
Admittedly, the bleachers from
where I typically provide my views
are often no more exotic a location than
my couch. This week though my der-
riere graced the cold metal seats of an
actual stadium and I witnessed a live
sporting event for the frst time in years
(look, I have two young kidsI dont
get out much). When I received the gra-
cious offer to join my cousin and fellow
domestic superman at FedEx Field, the
frst Skins game Ive attended since the
Spurrier era (or was it a circus?), my im-
mediate curiosity was assessing the state
of Skins nation. My beloved team has
been in something of an organizational
meltdown this season and just a few
weeks ago the fan base seemed poised to
bum rush Skins headquarters to claim a
pound of fesh and overthrow the current
regime. What I found though was a calm-
er, gentler crowd; a fan base apparently
accepting of another lost season and one
pleased with the teams recent improve-
ment. And interestingly enough, on the
way to the game, I passed a number of
cars whose inhabitants were, judging
from the burgundy and gold garb, head-
ed to the same place I was (dont worry,
I wasnt speedingit was research).
It was nice to see that fan support from
Southern Maryland was exactly as I re-
membered it.
Secondary to catching a Skins
game and getting a few precious hours
to decompress from the domestic grind
with an old friend, I was looking for-
ward to watching the Skins opponent
that day: the undefeated New Orleans
Saints. The Saints appear to be having
one of those magic carpet ride type of
seasons. Offensively theyre something
of a football version of a pinball ma-
chine. Behind maestro QB Drew Brees,
they average 36 points/game in a wildly
entertaining and fawlessly orchestrated
offensive symphony. Butcoming off
a huge win over the Patriots the prior
Monday night and facing a nondescript
opponent in the then 3-8 Skins, the
Saints were understandably sluggish.
Meanwhile, the home team played well
and had nothing short of an out of body
experience offensively. Despite leading
nearly wire-to-wire, the Skins eventu-
ally lost 33-30, in overtime, after a series
of bizarre events that included a missed
chip shot feld (by a kicker who is now
contributing to the nations unemploy-
ment rate), a dubious replay reversal and
a Saints wide receiver scoring a touch-
down after he stole the ball from a Skins
defensive back who seconds earlier had
intercepted a Brees pass. For Skins fans
it was insult to injury and enough bad
karma to enrage even the most emotion-
ally detached fan. Surprisingly though, I
was not only far from enraged, I wasnt
the least bit agitated.
After witnessing the Saints win
with a combination of timely big plays
and ridiculous good fortune, one had
to wonder if something bigger was
in play. Goodness knows the
Skins have had seasons like
this; seasons where you get the
calls, the bounces and the inju-
ry bug rarely bites. Dont get me
wrong, the Saints
are good certainly
far superior to the Skins
but theres just a special
vibe around this group of
canonized football players.
And you know what, good
for them and their fans be-
cause no city deserves it
more. New Orleans has
known a hell on earth few
of us have or ever will. Ka-
trina brought this cultural
gem of a city to her knees.
While shes gotten back to
her feet, she isnt yet stand-
ing as erect or as proud as
she once did. If a run by the
Saints to the Super Bowl
serves to swell civic pride,
remind us all of the work
left to do there and ease life
ever so slightly in The Big
Easy, well thats something
we can all root for. Four
years ago the Saints home,
the Superdome, was a hurri-
cane-scarred building serv-
ing as a shelter for displaced
residents. This January it
could host the NFC Cham-
pionship game and catapult
the Saints to the Superbowl.
I sure hope it does. This
year, with no apologies to
the Cowboys, the Saints are
Americas Team.
Send comments to
A View From The
Moments Of ease For The Big easy
Thurs., Dec. 17
McDonough at Leonardtown,
7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 18
Boys Basketball
Leonardtown at Great Mills,
7:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball
Great Mills at Leonardtown,
6:30 p.m.
Ice Hockey
Leonardtown vs. Thomas
Stone at Capital Clubhouse,
5 p.m.
St. Marys Ryken vs. Northern at
Tucker Road Ice Rink, 6 p.m.
Chopticon at Great Mills, 5 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 19
Boys Basketball
Don Bosco Cristo Rey at St.
Marys Ryken, 4:30 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 21
Boys Basketball
ChopticonatGlenBurnie, 6:45p.m.
St. Marys Ryken at North
County, 6:45 p.m.
Leonardtown at Westlake, 7:30
Girls Basketball
Westlake at Leonardtown, 6:30
Calvert at Great Mills, 7 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22
Girls Basketball
St. Marys Ryken
at Paul VI, 7:30 p.m.
The County Times
Thursday, December 17, 2009 27
AP Sports Writer
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) If the Balti-
more Ravens are to return to the playoffs, they
will have to break their pattern of mediocrity.
Win, lose, win, lose, win, lose, win.
Thats their ledger over the past seven
weeks, which explains why the Ravens are
7-6 and need some help to qualify for the
Coming off its most complete perfor-
mance of the year, a 48-3 rout of Detroit, Balti-
more will seek to put together its frst winning
streak since September by beating the Chicago
Bears on Sunday. If that doesnt happen, they
wont need to watch the scoreboard to see how
the other AFC wild-card hopefuls fare.
Were most interested in how we play.
Thats the bottom line. Thats what we have to
concern ourselves with, coach John Harbaugh
said Monday. If we dont take of business
against the Chicago Bears, frst and foremost
... its not going to matter what happens in those
other games.
Baltimore set team records against the Li-
ons in rushing touchdowns (5) and total yard-
age (548). Ray Rice had 151 yards rushing and
more than 200 yards in offense by halftime,
and even the reserves outscored the Lions in
the fourth quarter.
It was great to go out there and score 48
points and shut that team down to three points
and have all these yards, but we understand
that it means nothing if we cant come back and
duplicate it the following week, wide receiver
Derrick Mason said. We understand and re-
alize that from this point on, were in a three-
game playoff and we have to win those three
The day was particularly fruitful because
Denver and Jacksonville, the current wild-card
leaders, both lost.
Its good to get a win and get some help
from other teams, defensive tackle Kelly
Gregg said. More importantly, we have to
win two in a row. Thats what were focused
on now.
Harbaugh met with the veterans on the
team last week to get their take on what the
Ravens needed to do mount some momen-
tum over the fnal four weeks of the regular
The point was that they were going have
to lead the way in December, and it was going
to start in practice, Harbaugh said. We told
the young guys, Just follow the vets. Watch
what the vets do. Theyve been here before.
The message from Ray Lewis was to sa-
vor the moment, because theres nothing like
playing meaningful football games in the fnal
month of the year.
This is December football. This is some-
thing that me and Coach talked about, Lewis
said. I told him, This is the greatest time that
youll ever have in football December. The
playoffs are getting close. Just come out and
have a good time playing the game.
The remainder of the schedule is favor-
able for the Ravens. After hosting the Bears
(5-8), they face slumping Pittsburgh (6-7) and
Oakland (4-9) on the road.
We know what we have to do, running
back Willis McGahee said. We know we have
to win the rest of our games, regardless of what
AP Sports Writer
With three games remain-
ing in the regular season, the
Washington Redskins fnd
themselves in the thick of the
NFC East playoff race.
Of course, thats only be-
cause their next two opponents
are the New York Giants and
Dallas Cowboys, both at home
and in prime time.
Id love to be the Grinch
on their Christmas, rookie
linebacker Brian Orakpo said
Monday. Thats what were
aiming for. Obviously were
not going to make the playoffs,
but we would ruin some other
peoples seasons.
The Redskins (4-9) can
feel more confdent about caus-
ing some havoc after Sundays
results. The Giants (7-6) and
Cowboys (8-5) both lost, while
Washington beat Oakland 34-
13 for the frst blowout win in
Jim Zorns two years as coach.
The Redskins have held
fourth-quarter leads for fve
straight weeks. Although they
lost three of those games and
feasted on a backup quarter-
back to win the other two, they
are unquestionably playing
their best football of the season
even if it is too little, too late.
Our players are getting
it, Zorn said. The execution
of our plans at the beginning of
the year were lacking in some
areas, and now the plans are
being executed in a way that
were being successful. I just
commend our players and our
coaches for working together.
The cast of characters
certainly isnt the same as en-
visioned in September. The
touchdowns Sunday came
from running back Quinton
Ganther (two rushing) and
tight end Fred Davis (two re-
ceiving) instead of Clinton
Portis and Chris Cooley, both
on injured reserve. Graham
Gano made two feld goals in
his frst NFL game. Among
those who didnt play: injured
big-money offseason sign-
ings Albert Haynesworth and
DeAngelo Hall.
Jason Campbell had a
106.5 quarterback rating,
topping 100 for the second
straight week. Devin Thomas
29-yard catch set up a touch-
down just before halftime.
The Redskins have scored 30
points in back-to-back games
for the frst time since 2006.
Orakpo tied a franchise
record with four sacks, and
Andre Carter had a pair _
tying them for the team lead
with 11 apiece. Orakpo has a
shot at Jevon Kearses NFL
rookie record of 14.5.
We have the three games
left just to prove to everybody
were not going to lay down
for nobody and that goes for
everybody, myself included,
Orakpo said. Regardless of
what our record is. Im tired of
talking about our record, and
were not great, but were al-
ways going to fght.
Ravens Need a Winning
Streak to Reach Playoffs
Redskins Would Love to be
the Grinch in NFC East
The County Times
Thursday, December 17, 2009 28
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
The Mechanicsville White Braves 80-
pound team brought their perfect season to a
close by defeating Rockville 18-0 Sunday af-
ternoon for the Maryland State Youth Football
Division Four Championship.
The White Braves, of the newly-formed
Southern Maryland Youth Football League, fn-
ished their season 14-0 while outscoring their
opponents 385 to 7 throughout the campaign.
Being a frst-year team in a frst-year
league, the organizers of the tournament didnt
even know about us, said club president Todd
Hoffert. I knew we were had a great team but
I wanted to test our skills against other com-
petition. So with blessing of the league, coach
and parents, I reached out to the organizers and
they extended us an invitation (if we won our
The White Braves made good on their in-
vitation, blanking the top-ranked Olney Bears
8-0 on December 5, advancing to the champi-
onship at Mergenthaler Technical High School
in Baltimore this past Sunday. In spite of rainy
and windy conditions, the players, coaches and
parents made the two-hour trip with plenty of
I know the kids were absolutely excited,
we fought as a solid team all year. Our quar-
terback made the single touchdown in the
frst playoff game to get us there, BUT the de-
fense (coached by Mike Snyder) held the team
For their efforts, the players received sev-
eral nice treats A trophy, $50 Under Armour
Gift Card, a certifcate signed by Baltimore Ra-
vens head coach Jon Harbaugh, shirt and dog
Hoffert also credited SMYFL Director and
founder Pat Murphy for starting the new league
and bringing stability to the
countys youth football program.
He was my sons coach
from last year in the old league
is actually the was put through
a lot and could not fnish the season as our
coach, Hoffert said. But I really respect
and appreciate him for what he did.
Hoffert hopes that many parents will
consider the SMYFL when signing their
kids up for youth football because of the lo-
cal focus the league employees.
Now that the county is getting in-
volved hopefully there will be complete sta-
bility, he says. SMYFL can only keeping
bigger. I encourage all parents who dont
want to travel too much until the post-sea-
son to try out SMYFL.
For 9-year old Vontae Hoffert, who was
reunited with many of his old teammates
and head coach Dino Mahaffey, he summed
up the year perfectly.
It was a great year, thanks to all my
teammates for blocking for my touchdowns.
I love you guys.
Stadium construction
at St. Marys Ryken High
School moved closer to
completion last week as the
press box was delivered and
installed. During games,
the 36-ft. by 8-ft. box will
be home to a clock operator,
announcer, coaches from
both teams and the press.
It is designed to hold 12-15
people, is heated and air
conditioned and has Inter-
net access. The roof can be
used as a platform for video
St. Marys Ryken be-
gan a major reshaping of its
campus this past June with
the construction of a new
300-plus space parking lot
and new walkways for the
students. Construction of
the 1,000-seat, outdoor sta-
dium started shortly after-
wards. Students were able
to watch daily the stadium
taking shape as the bleach-
ers, goal posts and perim-
eter of the track were in-
stalled during October and
The work still to be
fnished is the fnal surfacing for the playing feld and six-lane
track, and installation of the turf. The project is on schedule for a
summer 2010 completion and is expected to begin full-time use
in August 2010.
President Mary Joy Hurlburt, noting the strength of our
faith, the history of our tradition and the power of our legacy,
said that St. Marys Ryken continues to move forward, assuring
an excellent academic environment for our current and future
St. Marys County
Volleyball Standings
Womens League
Yellow Bus 20-1
Spalding Consulting 17-4
R & S Bus Service 16-5
Safe Sets 15-6
Pinebrooke 9-12
Easy Wash 8-13
Ritas of Solomons 6-15
NBE 4-17
ABC liquors 1-23

Co-ed League
Volleyball Standings
Serves you right 23-4
Team Dumpy 22-5
Chesapeake Custom 21-6
Dicks Diggers 19-8
St. Marys Auto 18-9
Center for Cosmetic 18-9
Dig This 16-11
Spence Electrical 12-15
Block Party 9-18
Well Pet 8-19
Dirty Half Dozen 8-19
CBL 6-21
Geezer World 6-21
Gridiron Grill 3-24

Co-Ed Competitive
Volleyball Standings
Old Towne Pub 17-7
Trading Post 15-6
Ark n park 18-9
Yatch 14-13
Chili Peppers 4-20
Spikers 4-17
White Braves Cap Perfect Year With State Championship
Ryken Stadium Press Box Arrives
The Mechanicsville White Braves 80-pound squad poses with their state champion-
ship trophy.
The Press Box is lowered into position at the new stadium at St. Marys Ryken. Completion of the stadium
is set for June.
Submitted Photo
Submitted Photo
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It was pretty big for us, Ray said of the
wins, which ran the Raiders early season re-
cord to 2-0 overall and in Southern Maryland
Athletic Conference action.
Weve been training a lot more this
That renewed focus on training is some-
thing Jacobs hopes will build endurance for
Leonardtown as the season wears on.
The hardest part is swimming because
typically the kids are a little sore and tired, Ja-
cobs says. Theyll be in shape pretty soon.
The Raiders also were successful in the
relay events, winning both 200-yard medley re-
lays and 400-yard freestyle events. The Raider
girls also took the 200-yard freestyle relay as
Leonardtown has their eyes set on the
larger prizes this season (conference champion-
ships, regionals and states), but for junior C.J.
Culpepper, who won the 500-yard boys free-
style event for Leonardtown, he believes it will
take a humble attitude to achieve those goals.
We just have to keep working hard, train-
ing hard, and not get too cocky, he said.
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
deed early in the season, but the
Leonardtown boys and girls swim
teams seem to be in mid-season
form, as evidenced by their sweep of
Patuxent and Huntingtown at Lackey
on Friday night.
Credit goes to the training regi-
ment of frst-year head coach Chuck
Jacobs, who has coached and worked
with many of the swimmers on the
Raider squad and other schools, for
Its been a lot of fun because I
have a chance to work with kids Ive
worked with, Jacobs, who replaced
the now-retired Megan Shelton this
past spring. This season creates a
different atmosphere.
The Raiders were dominant in
the boys and girls meets, taking vic-
tories from the Panthers and Hurri-
canes by wide margins. The Leonar-
dtown boys defeated Patuxent 185-84
and Huntingtown 153-124, while the
girls came away with wins of 178-102
and 193-87 against the Panthers and
Hurricanes respectively.
10 different Raider swimmers
won individual events, led by junior
Olivia Rays triumphs in the 200-
yard individual medley and 100-yard
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Leonardtown 185, Patuxent 84
Leonardtown 153, Huntingtown
Boys 100-yard backstroke
Nicholas Crescini, So., 1:01.05
Boys 100-yard butterfy
Andrew Maier, Jr., 1:04.04
Boys 200-yard freestyle
Andrew Maier, Jr., 2:04.90
Boys 200-yard individual
Brendan Lessel, Fr., 2:15.15
Boys 500-yard freestyle
C.J. Culpepper, Jr., 5:25.61
Boys 200-yard medley relay
Leonardtown 1:52.27
Boys 400-yard freestyle relay
Leonardtown 3:43.04
Leonardtown 185, Huntingtown 84
Leonardtown 178, Patuxent 102
Girls 50-yard freestyle
Ashlin Rondeau, Jr., 26.62
Girls 100-yard breaststroke
Jamie Branaman, So., 1:19.12
Girls 100-yard butterfy
Olivia Ray, Jr., 1:06.44
Girls 100-yard freestyle
Michelle Robinson, Jr., 1:00.84
Girls 200-yard freestyle
Eden Mallory, Fr., 2:16.31
Girls 200-yard individual
Olivia Ray, Jr., 2:20.61
Girls 200-yard medley relay
Leonardtown, 2:04.92
Girls 400-yard freestyle
Leonardtown, 4:08.13
Raiders Sweep Panthers, Hurricanes at Lackey
Photo By Frank Marquart
Photo By Frank Marquart
Olivia Ray won two races as the Leonardtown girls won
both matches against Patuxent and Huntingtown.
The Leonardtown girls swim team cheers it up during Fridays tri-meet at Lackey High School.
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By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
Dave Tallman subscribes to former NFL
coach Herman Edwards now-famous mantra
of You play to win the game.
Tallman wasnt one for moral victories,
even after his shorthanded St. Marys Ryken
boys basketball team hung tough with nation-
ally-ranked Montrose Christian, losing 74-59
at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro on
We could have played better, Tallman
said. We had one guy (senior guard Josh Turn-
er) score 25 points but turned it over 7 times.
We didnt handle their pressure very well and
took some bad shots. You take away all those
turnovers and bad decisions and the outcome
could have been different.
The Knights (2-3 on the season) have been
hit with injuries early on as guards Traveon
Graham and Kai Smith are dealing with high
ankle sprains. Also, junior forward Dominique
Robinson has been out with a concussion, but
Tallman expects him to play when Ryken hosts
Don Bosco Cristo Rey Saturday at 4 p.m.
We are a wounded duck right now but
having to deal with these misfortunes is going
to make us a better team in the long run, Tall-
man says. Hopefully we can get healed up this
week as we are off for fnal exams.
Tallman also refuses to blame the Knights
slow start on their ill health.
Im not using the injuries as an excuse.
We are trying to turn a negative into a positive,
he says. If you think about it, we should have
pretty good depth once we get everyone back.
Younger guys have been thrown into the fre.
We need to get healthy and play smarter.
Tallman believes that the Knights valiant
showing against Montrose should be a conf-
dence booster as the team moves forward.
We learned that we are capable of playing
with anyone in the country, he said. Playing
Montrose has shown that if we tighten things
up, use better shot selection, and take care of
the ball then we can beat anyone in the country.
Right nowwe are beating ourselves.

By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
Playing a defending state champion can
only help your team get better, no matter the
For Chopticon girls
basketball coach Judy Evans,
that certainly proved to be the
case as the Braves coasted to
a 49-21 victory over La Plata
in their Southern Maryland
Athletic Conference opener
Monday night.
The Braves started the
game with a 12-0 lead, but
the Warriors fought back to
get within three points (17-14)
at halftime. Chopticon then
ran away in the second half
and moved to 2-1 on the sea-
son, 1-0 in SMAC play.
I was happy with how
we started the game. We
came out with that run, but then we let up on
defense and let them right back into the game,
Evans said. We came out in the second half
and played like I know we can play. Our de-
fense forced some turnovers and that led to
some easy transition points. This was our frst
conference match-up, so it was good to get the
Credit for that win must come from Thurs-
day nights match-up with Maryland 3A defend-
ing champion Fallston, who used superior size
and sharp shooting to defeat the Braves 52-22.
Its nice to play these out of conference
games because you get a test against a good
team like this, Evans said.
It helps us get ready for
SMAC play.
Evans believed the
team learned from defen-
sive breakdowns against the
Cougars and used those les-
sons against La Plata.
When we played
Fallston, we had to play pret-
ty close to perfect defense
in order to stop them. Any
breakdown and they were
going to get an easy bucket,
she said. You can learn a
lot from playing a team like
that. I think the work helped
make our defense better and
in my opinion our defense
was the difference in [Mondays] game.
Chopticon had balanced scoring in Mon-
days win, led by sophomore guard Kirstin
Norris 13 points. Forwards Bre Brown and
Ashya Short joined Norris in double fgures
with 11 and 10 points respectively, and senior
forward Caitlin Clarke added nine.
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
LA PLATA For two quarters Monday
night, the Chopticon boys basketball team
had a precise game plan and executed to per-
fection. Then the Braves got away from what
was working, watching host La Plata rally for
a 61-50 win in a Southern Maryland Athletic
Conference match-up.
The end of the that third quarter, we broke
down and decided to do some play ground stuff
instead of running our offense, head coach
Terry Mumau said. We never got back into a
rhythm after that.
The Braves were led in scoring by seniors
Patrick Nichols and Sterling Miles, who scored
14 and 10 points respectively. Nichols and An-
tjuan Mason did a pretty good job in Mumaus
eyes rebounding and playing in the paint.
Pat and Antjuan both were pretty good
inside tonight, we tried to get it back in to them
late, Mumau said.
Nichols, a 6-foot-3 forward, scored nine of
his 14 points in the second quarter, showcas-
ing moves that included a pair of hook shots,
a three pointer, and a two-handed tip in at the
second quarter buzzer to give the Braves a 31-
25 lead going into halftime.
La Plata used a 22-8 fourth quarter burst,
spearheaded by guard Royce Hunsburger (the
games leading scorer with 23 points) and for-
ward Juwan Wells (14 points) to run past Chop-
ticon and pick up its frst win of the season.
We lost focus, Nichols said. We thought
were up by enough points and we werent.
Just inexperience, we let them direct the
tempo, Miles said, while adding that This
was a big improvement
from the last game.
Mumau also was
happy with the improve-
ments his team made,
coming off of a 57-34
loss to Huntingtown on
December 9, but under-
stands it is indeed a long
Theres still a lot
of work to be done, but
we made a lot of im-
provements, he said,
noting that the team
was minus senior for-
ward D.J. Blackwell
before the game and lost
Damien Thomas to an
arm injury in the frst
half. We played harder
and played together but
were still a very young
Braves Improving, But
La Plata Rallies for Win
Shorthanded Knights Stand Tall
Against Montrose Christian
Chopticon Girls Learn From Tough
Opponent, Bounce La Plata
Chopticons Caitlin Clarke prepares
to inbound the ball.
Photo By Chris stevens
Photo By Chris stevens
Sterling Miles of Chopticon handles the ball as La Platas Caleb Rev-
ells defends.
Decmber 17, 2009
Photo By Frank Marquart
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Fined $52,000
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