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Christmas carolers from Patuxent Baptist Church sing outside the home of Angela Wine in Hollywood.

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Im not going to get into the argument part of this I dont feel that we need that right now.
- St. Marys County Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Howard Thompson, talking about Buzzs Marinas request to present evidence in their zoning case.

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Leonardtowns Lauren Donovan earned the SMACs Most Outstanding Player award in leading the Raiders to the conference title and the 4A East Regional Championship.

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The St. Clements Island Museum is showing its 25th Annual Doll and Train Exhibit. Dolls on display include Henry VIII and his many wives, as well as other royalty; Gone with the Wind dolls; various Santa Claus dolls and the Disney princesses. There are also trains big and small.


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Buzzs Owner May Take County to Court Over Camping Decision
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The owner of Buzzs Marina in Ridge says that they may make a Circuit Court challenge to a recent county Board of Appeals decision that restricts them from having campers on their property, which the property has been doing since before the county had a zoning ordinance. After Board of Appeals members refused to hear evidence on the issue during a Dec. 9 meeting, they ruled that the use of land at the marina for camping was not an approved use and overruled a decision by county zoning director Derick Berlage to allow campers to remain there. Were not giving up on this, marina owner Christy Henderson said of a possible court challenge. If that is where we have to go, thats where were going. The Hendersons did not get the chance to make their case before the board of appeals on Dec. 9. The board ruled that their appeal to a previous restriction on camping on the property did not have the proper information, and that it was also not made in a timely manner. The case was decided on a legal technicality, Henderson said. We absolutely got a raw deal on this. Jacquelyn Meiser, attorney for a neighbor to the marina who complained about the camping use there, argued that Berlage did not have the authority to make his revision because that was not spelled out in the zoning ordinance. She also said that the Hendersons failed to complete their application for appeal in keeping with the 30-day deadline from the decision. Its not complex, theres a deadline and it has to be fully filed, Meiser told The County Times. The issue is one of timing, particularly with regards to the countys adoption of the zoning ordinance in 1974. If the appellants in the case could prove that there were campsites in use on the property since before 1974, and that they were in continual use since that time, then they could be granted a variance as a non-conforming use. In a March 4, 2010 letter to the Hendersons, Berlage denied their request to have the disputed campsite land re-opened because there was not enough evidence at that time to show the use pre-dated the zoning ordinance. But Berlage later reversed his decision upon seeing evidence that the campsites had been in use before the law took effect more than 35 years ago. The Hendersons attorney, John Norris said that the Board of Appeals decision effectively took away the zoning directors authority to effectively enforce the ordinance, even to correct a wrong decision in light of new evidence. One board member, Randy Guy, agreed with Norris assessment. There were some unfortunate decisions made by the board of appeals that night, Norris told The County Times. The public needs to have confidence they will have a fair hearing before the board of appeals. The board could have determined that there was substantial compliance with the application for appeal. Norris said that evidence he and the Hendersons were able to obtain showing camping at the site as far back as 1972 helped influence Berlages decision to reinstate the usage there, but Board Chairman Howard Thompson would not allow that evidence to be brought before the board on Dec. 9. Im not going to get into the argument part of this, Thompson said at the hearing. I dont feel that we need that right now. Guy said that even though the appeals board makes decisions on variances on a case-by- case basis, the recent ruling on Buzzs Marina could limit their options if a similar case came before them. Members Guy and Wayne Miedzinski voted confirming Berlages right to make administrative decisions regarding the zoning ordinance, but the other three commissioners, Thompson, George Edmonds and Gertrude V. Neale voted to remove the marinas camping rights. I agree he (Berlage) had the permission to do this, Guy said. This sets precedent for things like this in the future. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Christy Henderson, Buzzs Marina owner, stands near disputed campgrounds on her property.

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Longtime County Book Seller May Close
Bob Schaller, head of the countys economic development department, said that in his conversations with the stores owner, he learned that it has become harder and harder to compete in an age of lower prices and quick buying of books from on-line sources. But Schaller praised OBrien for running a successful business for two decades, which for a time expanded into neighboring Calvert County. The fact that its not turning the profit it had been making, Schaller said was one of OBriens reasons for considering giving up on the store. And for best sellers you can go to amazon.com. Nobody wants to pay retail anymore. Schaller said that the potential loss of the bookstore was an opportunity for entrepreneurship, if someone could find a way to compete with larger bookstore chains with greater selections. Theres a huge void now, Schaller said. Losing a book store thats kind of an institution for a community to have and you expect them to always stay open. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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ent location at the Wildewood Shopping Center in California and eventually moved to its most recent location near the centers entrance. A store employee said that Bay Books is the sole remaining original business to remain open in the shopping center. Bay Books was well known as a place to buy books on many local topics such as sailing or the nautical culture here in St. Marys; the store also in past years provided help to local school students in getting books for their summer reading lists.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Bay Books, one of the countys few book stores, may be closing its doors for good by either February or March of next year, a store employee confirmed, marking the end of a business that has served avid readers and students alike for almost 22 years. Calls to Chuck OBrien, the stores owner, went unanswered as of press time. The store first opened in 1989 at a differ-

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Another Sewer Spill Hits Lexington Park

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) reports that another sanitary sewer leak has released as much as 200,000 gallons of effluent into the Jarboesville Run and another unnamed stream in the area of Rosewood Drive and Pegg Road. This is the fifth such spill from the MetCom public water and sewer system in the past four months. In all, the sewage spills totaled about 566,000 gallons of effluent released into the environment, MetCom officials confirmed Monday. MetCom advised that residents who live in the affected area stay away from Jarboesville Run and the stream for at least seven days. The exact time the leak occurred has not been determined, according to a MetCom press release, but officials with the agency reported that it happened as a result of a blockage in the sanitary sewer pipe sometime between Dec. 14 and Monday. Daniel Ichniowski, deputy director of MetCom, said that though the agency has experienced an unusual number of spills this fall, MetCom has not let up on its maintenance procedures. Ichniowski said that the spills have resulted mostly from age of the infrastructure or faulty materials and in some cases happenstance. The senior official said this latest spill was caused by rags and other cloth-like items found clogged in the sewer line. MetCom workers had checked the pumping station earlier last week the line was hooked to, Ichniowski said, and they found no problems. Thats how fast these things can happen, Ichniowski said. The first of the other four sewer spills occurred in September when heavy rains caused sewer systems to overflow in Lexington Park spilling just over 47,000 gallons into the community. In October between 45,000 and 50,000 gallons of effluent spilled into marsh lands in St. Marys City area from a line breakage and in November a power failure at the Marlay Taylor waste treatment plant, which services the entire Lexington Park Development District, caused the spill of almost 214,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into Pine Hill Run. The official explanation for the cause of the power failure was that a squirrel chewed through a cable, causing a backup generator to fail. Later in November, sometime between Nov. 9 and Nov. 22, a collapsed sewer line in Lexington Park dumped about 55,000 gallons of effluent behind the A&E Motel on Great Mills Road. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Air MuseuM AdvocAtes Worry over FAte oF Project
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Supporters of a new naval air museum say that a county government decision to put further design of the planned project on hold puts its future at risk. The new naval air museum has been in the works for years but the economic recession has con- One early artists rendering of the proposed project. tinually pushed back design and construction of the tourist-centered facility. In a letter to County Administrator John Savich, the chairman of the board for the museum association wrote that the decision to suspend design work would further delay the project and increase costs. If the museum design were to be put on hold after the schematic design is complete in the February time frame, there would be no future near term work on the required detailed design wrote retired Rear Admiral L.F. Gus Eggert. The executive committee of the board is also very concerned about the message this action will send to the many local and corporate donors who have been very supportive and have already given $1.5 million to the actual construction of the new museum over the past 10 years. The county has put public funds up to prepare the site of the new museum on Route 235 just outside the main gate at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as well as providing the property itself. Savich said that the county had to be sure that taxpayer money would be secure in the project before moving ahead with more designs, since the U.S. Navy had informed county government and the museum association that they would not be able to fund new exhibits or operational costs. We want to make sure that we have a facility that can sustain itself, Savich said Monday. Its at least a very different project than from when it was first envisioned. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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St. Marys County Commissioners voted unanimously to support state legislation that would officially separate the director and general counsel positions at the Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) the countys water and sewer authority and place the agency under the local ethics ordinance. The ethics change has been staunchly opposed by MetCom board members, who have posited that the unmodified county code could cause the loss of Jacquelyn Meiser, the current director and general counsel. Under the county ethics ordinance county employees are not permitted to represent private citizens before a county agency. Meiser, who also runs her own private legal practice dealing with planning and zoning law, would have to stop representing clients before county government if the state delegation passes such new regulations. Meiser said Tuesday that MetCom officials have no problem with being governed substantively by county

that MetCom employees should not be allowed to represent citizens before MetCom, which she and agency officials have argued is not a county agency. I think MetComs position has been adequately stated, Meiser told The County Times. There are parts of the county ethics ordinance that dont lend themselves to non-county employees. But commissioners disagreed with their 5-0 vote Tuesday and some in the weeks leading up to the decision had questioned MetComs practice of asking for the county to back their construction loans without the agencys willingness to submit to the county ethics law. State delegates have also signaled that they are ready to place MetCom under the countys rules, since the agency does its business locally. On the measure to bifurcate the directors position and that of general counsel, Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) said it was an easy decision. It cleans up everybodys books, he said.

Commissioners Reject New Fire Sprinkler Rule

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Prospective homeowners looking to build in the countys rural areas or those not serviced by public water and sewer can stop worrying about the extra costs of having a fire suppression system installed; the St. Marys County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to have only new homes built on central water fulfill that requirement. The addition of sprinkler systems to new homes on wells was widely supported by firefighters who said that they were lifesaving instruments for both regular citizens and first responders to house fires. But builders and contractors were worried that the increased cost would deter possible buyers from investing in a new home. The states plan is a compilation of the International Residential Code and the International Building Code. Planning and zoning director Derick Berlage told commissioners that facts showed sprinkler systems were an enhancement to homeowner safety but at the average calculated cost of $3,800 per home, it did raise the price of construction significantly. Our best guess is that the systems can cost about $1.61 per square footand that can vary depending on the size of the home, Berglage said. That is significant in the current economy. Commissioners also directed land use planning staff to find a date for a public hearing on whether to extend a tax credit to homeowners who may want to retrofit their homes with sprinkler systems. That tax credit, however, only runs up to $1,500. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said that fire sprinklers were undoubtedly a welcome addition in any home, but homeowners should not be mandated to make the extra expense. In letters sent to the board regarding the issue, one member of the Amish community expressed concern that they would even be forced to leave the county if they were required to have the system installed in their electricity free homes. It would be good to promote sprinkler systems but for the government to force it is another issue, Morris said. guyleonard@countytimes.net


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By Marta Hummel Mossburg
Feeling pinched this Christmas season? Are your credit cards tapped from buying gifts? Are you underwater on your mortgage and wondering how you will be able to retire before 90? The answer is simple: Use government accounting! It will have you feeling rich in no time. Lets start with bills. If you do not have enough in your checking account to cover monthly expenses, take money from your childrens savings accounts, their college savings fund and your retirement account and run up your credit card bills, if you have any credit left on them. To replace those funds, send IOUs on nice stationery and pretend they are cash. As a reminder, that is how Maryland balances the budget. It takes hundreds of millions from accounts dedicated to pay for roads and cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, issues bonds, puts the cash in the general fund and bills future Marylanders for money spent years before they were born. Voila! Checkbook balanced. Next, lets move to assets. Feeling house poor? Book the value of your home at what you paid for it and do not debit your mortgage and any home equity lines of credit you may hold. Forget that you can only consider selling your home for $100,000 less than you paid for it. You will see your underwater mortgage float above sea level immediately! Treat your cars, clothes and gadgets the same way. Book them at what you paid for them and do not discount them by any pesky monthly payments. Assume you can sell them for what you paid for them or more. That is the logic behind state and local government forays into real estate development. It usually costs taxpayers hundreds of millions, like the disaster known as Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort, which had an operating deficit of $42.4 million as of June 2009 and has not been able to pay debt owed to bondholders and the state, according to the Department of Legislative Services. Since no one wants to build a slots casino at the luxury resort, taxpayers continue to finance its operations at a time when state workers must take furloughs because of budget deficits. And then there is the convention center hotel in Baltimore City. The $300 million city-funded hotel lost $14.2 million in 2009 and is on track to lose $10 million this year. It was supposed to be making a $3 million to $7 million per year profit by this time. As for investments, dont worry if your 401(k) is still down 20 percent since the 2008 market collapse. Smooth the losses over five years (or 10 for particularly bad years) and assume as most state governments across the nation do with their pension funds that you will always get an 8 percent return each year. That should allow you to lower the amount you save each year, use the money to buy more things you dont need, and go to sleep happy at night, sure in the brightness of your financial future just like former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon, who receives an $83,000 per year pension despite defrauding city taxpayers. To make things even more rosy, promise yourself health care benefits and regular cost of living increases during your retirement and dont put any money away for them now. As the state government knows, they will magically appear when you decide to stop working. Dont worry that all those bills will eventually come due. If the United States and Maryland can flourish under government accounting, so can you. They are not Greece or Ireland or some other far-away country that couldnt pay all of its workers. Besides, Americans are exceptional, remember? And we have correspondingly high self-esteem to go with it, according to lots of studies. Our governments will always be financially solvent, just as the countrys strongest companies (like General Motors and Citibank) will always thrive. Maryland, especially, could never go under. Its inhabitants are the wealthiest people in the nation all because of government. Feel better yet? You are probably wondering why you did not try government accounting earlier. If only banks, credit card companies, retailers and other businesses adopted the same accounting practices, we could be back to full employment and total retirement security overnight. Merry Christmas! Marta Hummel Mossburg is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

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created some beautiful monument of honor but the sad reality is that their ugly display gives one the feelings of disgust and contempt for the bigotry that would put up such an ugly memorial to our never ending white racist past. It is their memorial and not ours, so they wave their racist flag while we others carry their shame that those are too blind to see. That their claim to honor is not appreciated. James P. Cusick Sr. Hollywood, MD.

Want to Feel Rich? Think Like the Government Confederate Memorial a Disgrace to State Park
Point Lookout has since 1910 had a decent and respectful memorial to the rebels that died there, but that new traitor memorial that now stains the entrance road to Point Lookout does not memorialize the dead as it is only an unethical continuation of the racist and un-American intentions of that rebellion called the civil war. That sons of traitors group that created their memorial is lacking the shame and rightful embarrassment of its true representation, and as such every other person visiting our State Park must now bare their shame for their ignorant display. Those few persons might believe they have

Dont Ask, Dont Tell

Lets look at the ending of the Dont Ask, Dont Tell law from a practical, realistic perspective. I can only speak from 20 years of military service in the U.S. Air Force. On occasion, I lived in open bay barracks where bunks were double stacked, eight to a side a total of 32 men in one room. The best living quarters I enjoyed as a single airman or as an unaccompanied married man on overseas or temporary duty tours were those in which I shared a room with one other airman. The worst locations required hanging our clothes on open racks and stuffing things in foot lockers. The best gave us built-in wall lockers. I can see it now: My new roommate checks in. He (I think its a he hes wearing makeup). He opens one suitcase and the doors to his wall locker. First he neatly hangs his uniforms and puts away his military sox, ties, and underwear. Then he opens his other suitcase and removes some dresses, blouses, a couple of purses, and several pairs of shoes high heels, sandals, and a pretty pair of slippers. He then asks me if there are two medicine cabinets in our shared bathroom. I affirm that there is. He is overjoyed because he needs a good bit of room for his cosmetics he tells me. Im faced with a quandary. Im extremely unhappy with my new roommate. I cant stand his perfume. I dont need him to tell me he is a homosexual. To me, its pretty obvious, but in case Im a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal macho nasty man, he tells me he is gay and hopes this will

have no affect on our ability to get along. I grunt and go back to reading my book. I have a problem. If I go to my Flight Sergeant and ask for a room change Im afraid that he will refuse for fear that granting my request will identify both he and I as homophobic bigots. On the other hand, he may feel it his duty to report me to his supervisor as a homophobic bigot. On the third hand, I can be quiet about my feelings and wait until my hitch is up and I can leave the military even though it had been my desire to make it a career. I realize there is a multitude of gays in our society who are either unrecognizable as gay, or only suspected to be gay, by the straight people around them. I also realize that courage under fire has nothing to do with sexual orientation. However, like the old saying, In for a penny, in for a pound, once this law is enacted, the situation I describe above IS not only possible, but highly probable, given the liberal desire shown so often in the past to create an incident where some form of discrimination can be alleged to exist. I see in the elimination of the Dont Ask, Dont Tell law another victory in the liberals efforts to weaken our military through affecting the morale of the troops, regardless of what the military leaders warn about the adverse effects this will have. James H. Hilbert Mechanicsville, MD

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By Janet Dunphy Habitat Volunteer A simple request for information has forged what promises to be an enduring partnership between Patuxent Habitat for Humanity and the NAS Patuxent River Navy Chief Petty Officers. Command Master Chief Mark Cummings called Don Parsons, executive director of Patuxent Habitat, to get information for a web site he was building that connects volunteers with local organizations in need. By the time the conversation ended, a vision for Navy Chief Petty Officers building a Habitat home in the spring started. Then it began to move from vision to reality. I floated the idea around the chiefs community and there was a groundswell of support, said Cummings. As Chiefs, we always seek to lead by example and its also a way for us to unite as a Chief Petty Officer community and make a difference. Command Master Chief Cummings estimates that there are well over 350 active duty and retired chief petty officers in the southern Maryland area. All will be invited to participate on a volunteer basis and sponsor the build, planned for April in St. Marys County. Habitat depends on the generosity of others for continued success. Its a huge benefit for us to win the support of such an elite group as the Chiefs, Parsons said. Patuxent Habitat, a recognized affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a seven-year-old nonprofit whose purpose is to build affordable homes for working families in St. Marys and Calvert counties. The organization is also well known for its ReStore, located outside the main gate of the base in Lexington Park, which opened in 2007. A second ReStore recently opened in northern Calvert County. Our military community is the real cornerstone of our community at large. The importance of the reach and contribution of the active duty and retired military here cannot be overstated, said Dan Doherty, president of the PHH board of directors. When the senior enlisted step forward they bring a special leadership and focus to our mission that we believe will have both an immediate and long term impact. Cummings hopes this sponsorship will set an example for other military organizations and encourage them to volunteer, including enlisted, officers, other retirees, and contractors. Were grateful to be able to put the Chief Petty Officer sponsorship on this house. This is the essence of leadership from the front, he said. We hope this might grow into an annual event each spring. While Cummings is no stranger to

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organizing, planning, and executing large scale events, he admits he has no building experience. The beauty of Habitat for Humanity and volunteering is that were all going to learn some new skills, he said. The Chief Petty Officers look forward to every part of the processfrom breaking ground to watching the keys given to a family. It will be an awesome sense of accomplishment when its all over. Patuxent Habitat has built 13 homes in seven years. Habitat houses are sold at no profit to selected families with no-interest loans issued over a fixed period. Affordable monthly mortgage payments are repaid from 20 to 30 years and are used to support the construction of more houses. Habitats focus in on families whose house hold income is less than 55% of the median household income in our area. Earlier this year PHH completed and adopted a Five-Year Strategic Plan that focuses on expanding its mission from building two homes a year to five. The nonprofit expects to grow both its staff and volunteer base to achieve that goal. For more information on sponsorship or volunteering, call 301.863.6227 or 410.326.9050. Additional information can also be found at www.patuxenthabitat.org.

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Knights of Columbus Visit Home

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, Members of the Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Neale Council 2279, visited with residents of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. They expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the Veterans years of service and dedication to our country, saying it was an honor to be with them. The residents shared stories from their past as well as years in the service. During the visit, the Knights presented the residents with four new flat screen televisions. Pictured in the front row is Raymond Rowe, left, Edward Radzwich and Robert Amato. Standing from left is Ryon Mudd, John Stevens, Marcelino Santos and George Grooms.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Anybody wondering about what the construction going on next to Tom Hodges Auto now has an answer a road connecting Mervell Dean Road to Route 235 is being built. The road is being funded by Tom Hodges, the owner of the car dealership, who will be deeding it back to the county once it is finished. It should be a nice access for local traffic, Hodges said. Because the road, which will be called Tom Hodges Drive, will be a public road owned by the county, school busses and other traffic will be allowed to use it. Hodges said he hopes it will make Route 235 safer, and make commuting more convenient for the public. The road will also provide direct access to Tom Hodges Auto from Route 235. In total, Hodges said he will be donating a half acre of land to St. Marys County. Hodges said he first started seeking permission from the State Highway Administration in 2004 to build a connector road between Mervell Dean Road and Route 235. I wanted to keep the construction job local, Hodges said. Because of that, he said he only offered the bid to local contractors. The Great Mills Trading Post is doing the construction. A contractor in Waldorf did the engineering for the road. He said the road is near to being completed and he hopes to have it open in the early spring, when they can apply the final layer of asphalt. He said the community has been good to him and his business, and he wanted to give something back. He sees the road as a way to accomplish that goal. I really believe it will be a help to the community and the county, Hodges said. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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SMECO Rates Set to Increase in Janurary

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO) has submitted a revised filing with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to increase its Distribution Charge, which hasnt changed in three years. SMECO submitted its rate adjustment filing to the PSC in June. Upon approval, changes will take effect in January. Customer bills have two main components, the Standard Offer Service (SOS) and the Distribution Service. SMECOs Distribution Service charges cover the cost of the Co-ops business operations. For residential customers, the Distribution Charge will increase about 7/10 of a centless than a pennyfrom 2.89 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 3.606 cents per kWh. The adjustment will result in a monthly increase of $7.16 for someone who uses 1,000 kWh, about five percent of the overall annual electric bill, though figures will vary depending on individual usage. Beginning in January, the Customer Charge, which will remain unchanged at $8.60 per month for residential customers, will be renamed and will be identified as the Facilities Charge. The charge, which has not changed in 16 years, helps to pay for facilities required to serve customers, including billing and payment processing, and electric service and metering facilities. In addition, a Bill Stabilization Adjustment that varies each month will appear on bills beginning in March for residential and commercial customers. The PSC authorized the Bill Stabilization Adjustment to help ensure that the Co-ops revenues to cover fixed costs will not be adversely affected by abnormal weather or energy usage. SMECOs only operational revenue comes from the facilities charge and distribution charge to cover the cost of lines, poles, vehicles, buildings, and personnel. We have worked hard to control our distribution charge, and it has not changed in over three years, the facilities charge has not changed in 16 years, and energy charges have come down, said Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO.

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Two Arrested On Narcotics Charges
Sheriffs Office Vice Narcotics Detectives have been conducting a several month investigation into the alleged criminal activity by suspects Eric Tyler Ward, 22, and Andre Antwon Montgomery, 31, aka Dre. Detectives alleged that were able to confirm that the two individuals were selling cocaine and pills. Search warrants were obtained for Montgomerys person and Wards vehicle. When detectives attempted to serve the warrant to search Montgomery, he fled, police said. A foot chase ensued and he was apprehended. Police recovered several baggies of cocaine and currency were recovered from Montgomery, they alleged and Ward and his vehicle were allegedly found to have cocaine and various pills to include Percocet and Xanax. Both Suspects were arrested and additional charges are pending a review by States Attorney Richard D. Fritz.

Reward Offered in Copper Theft Cases

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Detectives with the countys Bureau of Criminal Investigations are warning citizens to be on the lookout for thieves stealing copper wire and piping from local businesses, and they say that anyone who has information on the culprits could receive an $1,000 reward for what they know. Bureau detectives report that as yet unknown suspects are likely operating vehicles that are large enough to carry large amounts of spooled copper wire and sections of copper pipe. Investigators are asking residents to be watchful for suspicious vehicles and their drivers that may not normally carry these kinds of materials, especially at night. For the past several years county detectives have dealt with intermittent thefts of materials such as copper and other precious metals for their resale value. According to kitco.com, a Web site that tracks the prices and values of precious metals, copper prices have risen to just under $4.30 per pound after a recent announcement by China that their own imports of the industrial metal recently jumped. Capt. Terry Black, the investigative agencys commander, said that copper thieves in the recent past have restricted themselves to stealing the metal out of yards where it was stored, but now the thieves are breaking into businesses to take the metal. Thieves are also stealing regular electrical wire, Black said, to get copper. Right now copper is the hot item, but when the value of components in catalytic converters rises then they get stolen, Black told The County Times. As the economy goes south precious metals go north. Maryland state law requires scrap metal dealers, who can be buyers of stolen precious metals, to report on who sells them such materials and how much, but not all of them do so, Black said. Moreover, the countys close proximity to Virginia and The District where no such reporting requirements exist, make tempting venues to sell metals originally stolen here, Black said. Anyone with information about the metal thefts is asked to call Det. Cpl. David Alexander at 301-475-4200 at extension 1954 or Det. Trooper First Class Nelson Nims at the same phone number with a 1947 extension. Residents can also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 and can remain anonymous. guyleonard@countytimes.net

On Monday, December 13, 2010 at 9:09am, Tpr. S. M. Morton responded to the 45000 block of Abell House Lane in California for a reported theft. Upon arrival, contact was made with a male complainant, 54, of Hollywood who advised between 3:45pm on Friday, December 10, 2010 and 7 a.m on Monday, December 13, 2010 various plumbing materials were stolen from the location. No suspects were established in the case, any information pertaining to the theft can be forwarded to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack at 301-475-8955.

Troopers Investigate Materials Theft

Woman Arrested In Alleged Pharmacy Theft

On Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 3:43pm, Tpr. B. T. Wiesemann responded to the CVS on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park for a reported theft. Upon arrival, contact was made with a male complainant, 35, of Herndon, Virginia who advised an internal investigation revealed that Dawn Renee Adkins, 35, of Tall Timbers was allegedly removing prescription medication from the establishment without purchasing it. Adkins was detained and questioned regarding the theft. Following information provided by Adkins, she was arrested for possession of controlled dangerous substances and theft under $100. Adkins was transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center and charged accordingly.

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Police Warn of Drunk Driving Patrols

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Marys Sheriffs deputies will be watching local highways this holiday season for drunk or impaired drivers and law enforcement officers will be looking for violators day and night through the New Years holiday. Deputies will conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the county at undisclosed locations, but officers in charge say that they will be sure to use other methods to remove or deter impaired drivers. Capt. Steven Hall, commander of the sheriffs Special Operations Division, said that officers will not choose obvious or predictable sites for sobriety check points this year in an effort to not allow offenders to slip by. We try to do things a little less predictably, Hall told The County Times. You might have drivers who think they may know where the checkpoints are and will try to avoid it. We may want to have other officers available to counter that. Motorists under the legal drinking age of 21 found to be impaired by alcohol or drugs can be arrested and are subject to losing their drivers license for any amount of alcohol found in their bloodstream. The legal blood alcohol level in Maryland is still .08, but motorists are warned that a .07 breath alcohol test can also result in impaired driving arrest, according to information from the St. Marys County Highway Safety Program. Alcohol or drug impairment was a factor in 29 percent of fatal collisions in Maryland last year, the highway safety office reported, But deputies will be on the lookout for more than just drivers with alcohol intoxication, they will also try to find drivers who are under the influence of prescription medication who do not show the same signs as alcohol inebriation. Its a whole new thing and you have to be adaptable, Hall said. Deputies will also employ new license tag reader technology that can scan plates for registry violations; the subsequent traffic stop could also serve to net impaired offenders, Hall said. Capt. Edward Willenborg, patrol division commander, said that extra deputies will be on hand through the holiday season to widen the net for impaired drivers. As a past commander of the special operations division, Willenborg said checkpoints were effective in nabbing offenders, but they were also valuable in prevention. He remembered one incident where a motorist at a checkpoint told police they had been asked by friends to come pick them up after being warned of vehicle stops. Thats good, its a deterrent, Willenborg said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Albert Bannister, 64
Albert Francis Bannister, 64 of California, MD died December 17, 2010 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Center after a long battle with illness brought on by diabetes. Born November 12, 1946 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of the late Elijah and Emma (Anderson) Bannister. Albert graduated from Banneker High School in 1964, and later joined the U.S. Army. Albert attended Columbia School of Broadcasting and became St. Marys Countys number on disc jockey (DJ). Albert was known to his audiences as Mr. B, B-Love and Mighty Mighty Burner. Albert worked several jobs; Riggs Bank as a security guard, Southern Maryland Supply as an inventory clerk, and at the Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Activity (NESEA) as a warehouse supervisor. In addition to his prominence as the countys number one DJ, Alberts hobby was coaching the Oakville Bombers softball team. Albert leaves behind his beloved wife of 43 years, Mary Elizabeth Bannister, a daughter, Darlene Elizabeth Bannister of California, MD, a son, Tyrone Francis Bannister (Kimberly) of Mechanicsville, MD, four grandchildren, Chardae Whalen, Travis Bannister, DeAngleo Bannister, and Antonio Wills, three great grandchildren, Travis Lamar Bannister, Jr., Antonio Marcellus Wills, Jr., and Emoni Tiyanna Wills, brothers, Willie Bannister (Connie) of Baltimore, MD, Harrison Bannister (Jackie) of Bowie, MD, George Bannister (Agnes) of Leonardtown, MD, sisters, Agalee Gibson of Baltimore, MD, Emma Greenfield (Charles) of Upper Marlboro, MD, sister in law, Shirley Hebb (Aloysius), brothers in law, Joe Nelson (Evangeline), Francis Nelson (Lorena), and Mickey Nelson (Annie). In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his brother, Leroy Bannister, mother and father in law, George and Edith Nelson, his nieces Sharon Bannister and Mary Frances Hart and his nephew Jerome Bannister. Family will receive friends on Thursday, December 23, 2010 from 9 until 10 a.m. in St. Josephs Catholic Church, Morganza, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Reverend Keith Woods officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

House of St. Marys. Born October 11, 1953 in Washington, DC he was the son of the late Halvor J. and Judith Miller Canter. Mr. Canter owned and operated his own cleaning business. Hal was an avid softball player. Mr. Canter is survived by his children; Aaron H. Canter of Piney Point, MD and Lindsay L. Canter of Lexington Park, MD, brother; Robert Canter of Lexington Park, MD, grandchildren; Lillian M. Canter and Benjamin A. Canter. Family received friends on Monday, December 20, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at St. Michaels Catholic Church, with Father Lee Fangmyer officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Marys, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

gion Post 255 in Ridge for 30 years. Family received friends on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Steven Draheim, 61
Steven Mark Draheim, 61, of Lusby, formerly of Morningside MD died December 13, 2010 in Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD. Born September 3, 1949 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Herbert P. and Barbara M. Draheim. Mr. Draheim was the husband of Barbara J. Draheim whom he married at his parents home in Morningside, MD. He is also survived by his daughter Kelly J. Cates of Lusby, MD, two grandchildren and his siblings; Allan

Draheim of Huntingtown, MD and Tim Draheim of Georgia. Mr. Draheim graduated in 1968 from Crossland High School. He was a USRO (Utility Systems Repair Operator) for the General Services Administration for 23 years before retiring on August 1, 2003. Mr. Draheim enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and gardening. The family received friends on Friday, December 17, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where a Memorial Service followed with Pastor Dichiacchio officiating. Interment was private. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Christine Elliott, 86
Christine Myers Chris Elliott, 86, of Leonardtown, MD formerly of Greenbelt, MD passed away on December 19, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. She was born on September 24, 1924 in Mt. Ranier, MD to the late Edith Rebecca Catterton

and the late Charles Tillman Myers. She was the loving wife to Claire Jack Elliott, Sr. whom preceded her in death. Chris graduated from Mt. Ranier High School in 1942 and went on to become the Bakery Manager of the Rolling Pin Bakery, Bladensburg, MD. She was a long time member of the College Park Moose Lodge. Chris is survived by her children, Kelly Elliott and wife Donna of Lusby, MD, Jack Elliott and wife Jeannine Finnacom of Piney Point, MD, Chris Campbell and husband Bob of Lancaster, CA, Karen Zello of Chesapeake, VA, and Louise McGinley and husband Ronnie of Frederick, MD; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The family received friends on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in the Rausch Funeral Home Chapel, Lusby, MD where a funeral service was held with Pastor Steve Fehrman officiating. Interment will be private.

Mary Fox, 94
Mary Eleanor Fox, 94 of Tall Timbers, MD passed away on December 16, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born July 28, 1916 in Kingston, PA, she was the daughter of the late, William J. and Amelia Greenfield Schmidt.

Windfield Clark, 87
Windfield L. Clark, better known as Tom, died at his home in Dameron, MD on December 15, 2010 surrounded by his family and friends. Mr. Clark was born on May 30, 1923 in Fallston, MD to the late George E. Clark, Sr. and Kathryn Beshore Clark. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Anne Wilson Clark, and his children, Larry Clark, Joe Clark (Brenda), Rose Page, Stephen Clark (Roxanne), Sarah Cannavo (Paul), all who reside in the Dameron/Ridge area. Mr. Clark has fifteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bill (Ann) of Manassas Park, VA and sister-in-law, Mary Louise Clark of Leonardtown, MD as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Tommy Clarke (1953), and Ben Clark (2010), his sister, Margaret Howard, and brothers, George and Beech Clark. He joined the Navy December 9, 1941 and was honorably discharged November 1945. He married Mary Anne Wilson on January 2, 1946 at St. Marys of Govans, Catonsville, MD. He joined the U.S. Army in 1948 and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1964. Upon retirement, he moved to St. Marys County where his parents and brothers lived and started farming with his sons. Tom was a Director on the St. Marys County Fair Board, Director of the Farm Bureau, lifetime member of the VFW Post 2632 in California, MD and a member of the American Le-

Halvor Canter, 57
Halvor Joseph Canter, 57 of Lexington Park, MD, passed away on December 17, 2010 at Hospice

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Mrs. Fox was employed for many years as an Assistant Manager with Gimbels Department Store. In addition to her parents Mrs. Fox was preceded in death by her husband Fred M. Fox, and three brothers; Joseph, George, and William Schmidt. She is survived by her daughters; Eleanor (Ralph) Russo, of Tall Timbers, MD and Helen (Robert) Eby of Levittown, P.A., brother; Robert Schmidt of Niagara Falls, NY, and sister; Margaret Wiggs of Orlando, FL, also survived by six grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Family received friends on Monday, December 20, 2010 in St. Georges Catholic Church, Valley Lee, MD with a Mass of Christian burial celebrated with Monsignor Karl Chimiak officiating. Interment took place Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Marys, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD and/or St. Georges Catholic Church, P.O. Box 9, Valley Lee, MD 20692 Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD County Hospital, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Michael Mikulewicz, 67
Michael Stanley Mikulewicz, 67, of Lexington Park, MD, passed away at his home on December 12, 2010 Born March 1, 1943 in Hackensack, NJ, he was the son of the late Stanley John Mikulewicz and Clara Anne Rabacenka. Michael was a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the U.S. Navy serving from 1967 to 1986. He also was a long time employee of Wyle, NAS PAX River. During his free time Michael loved to fish. He is survived by his loving wife Edna (Palomares) Mikulewicz of Lexington Park who he married on September 15, 1974 in the Philippines; two children, Stanley Ted Mikulewicz of Seattle, WA and Libbyanne P. Mikulewicz of California, MD, Also survived by three sisters and one grandchild. Family received friends for Michaels Life Celebration on Friday, December 17, with prayers recited in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was conducted on Saturday. December 18, 2010 with Father Jack Kennealy pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic church officiating. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Erin Mattingly, 36
Erin Leigh Payne Mattingly, 36, of Hollywood, MD was taken home and given her wings on December 17, 2010, after a hard-fought battle with A.L.S. Erin was born in Takoma Park, MD and spent most of her life growing up and living in Southern Maryland. She was an amazing spirit and devoted mother. Her smile could light up a room, her laugh warmed the heart, and her humor could bring tears to your eyes. She focused her life on loving her 3 children and living every day to the fullest. She was a fighter, to the very end, and her absence will leave those she touched forever changed. Erin is survived by her 3 children Jarrett Christopher Leavy, Camryn Ruth Leavy, and Abigail Catherine Mattingly; her father Fred Larry Payne; her mother Barbara Ruth Payne; her sister Tara Marie Woods; her brother-in-law David Woods; her nephews Brady, Tanner, and Logan Woods; her niece Makenna Woods; her special friends Kellie Harding, Cheryl Raley, Stephanie Stone, Cammie vanDalen, and Lisa Zimmerman; several close friends, including Philip Gainey, Mark Pettit, and Christopher Chop Simpson; and extended family. Erin and her children were blessed with several wonderful caregivers over the past few years. Family received friends on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD with a Life Celebration Service. There was a gathering of friends immediately following the service at Mt. Zion Church Hall, Mechanicsville, MD. In lieu of f lowers, Erin requested memorial contributions be made to the Hospice House of St. Marys, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home,

Edward Guffey Jr., 27

Edward Eugene Guffey, Jr., 27 of Lexington Park, MD died December 11, 2010 in Mechanicsville, MD. Born September 11, 1983 in Escambia County, FL, and was raised in Leonardtown, MD. He was a Landscaper, loved watching wrestling and football; he loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Agnes F. and James S. Higgs. He is survived by his mother; Teresa Higgs Milan, stepfather; Richard A. Milan, sister; Victoria Milan and his three children; daughter; Haley (9), son; Aydin (7), and daughter; Cailey (18 months). A Celebration of his life was held on Friday, December 17, 2010 in the Life Community Church, 22512 Chancellors Run Rd., Great Mills, MD 20634 Memorial contributions may be made to the Pediatrics Department of the St. Marys

Carl Neidhold, 84
Carl Dudley Neidhold, 84 of Millersville, MD passed away on December 15, 2010 after a brief illness. He was born in Appleton, WI on August 6, 1926 to the late Dr. Carl D. Neidhold and Dorothy Pierce Neidhold. He joined the United States Navy in July of 1944 and was commissioned and designated a Naval

Aviator. Released from active service after World War II, he attended Purdue University earning a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After graduation he returned to active duty, retiring from the Naval Service in February 1974. He had a distinguished Naval career that included graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, several combat tours in Viet Nam, qualification in 24 different aircraft models, over 5000 f light hours, and over 1000 carrier landings on 10 different aircraft carriers. His awards included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, numerous Individual and Strike/ Flight Air Medals, and other decorations. Upon retirement he worked for several defense contractors supporting operations at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River. He was actively involved in the community serving on the Board of (then) Ryken High School, President of the St. Marys County Rotary Club, and in leadership positions with the St. Marys City Yacht Club where he was a life member. He was a longtime resident of St. Marys City. He is survived by his son Scott (Terri) of Liberty Township, OH, daughter Kim Michie (James) of Millersville, MD, and son Carl (Caryn) of Virginia Beach, VA, and grandchildren Ens.Scott Neidhold Jr USN. of San Diego, CA , Caroline Neidhold of New York, NY, James P. Michie III of Castine, ME. Ashlyn Michie of Millersville, MD, and Sean and Samantha Neidhold of Virginia Beach, VA. Also surviving is a sister Nancy Spalding (Charles) and sister-inlaws Catherine Lanigan of Brick, NJ, Joyce Lanigan of Bridgewater, NJ, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife Mary Carolyn Neidhold. Services were held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Marys City, MD on Monday, December 20, 2010. Interment followed at Trinity Church Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of f lowers donations be made either to the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 456 Ridge, MD 20680 or St. Marys

County Meals on Wheels, c/o Department of Aging, P.O. Box 653 Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

William Trollinger, IV, 58

William Jasper Trollinger, IV of Hollywood, MD, passed away on December 7, 2010 at the Burnett Calvert Hospice House, Prince Frederick, MD. Jasper was born on October 5, 1952 in Washington, D. C. to Peggy Maddox Trollinger and William J. Trollinger, III. Jasper is survived by his daughters Lacey Elizabeth Trollinger of Ft. Mill, SC formerly of La Plata, MD and Tara Jasmin Trollinger of Marbury, MD, mother Peggy Trollinger of Lusby, MD, sisters Mary Trollinger and Alice Posey both of Charles County, MD, four nephews and his former wife Daureen of Charles County, MD. He is also survived by extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father William J. Trollinger, III. The family received friends on Saturday, December 11, at the RAUSCH FUNERAL HOME, P. A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD. A service celebrating Jaspers life was held with Father Joseph Trollinger officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Calvert Hospice, www.calverthospice.org, P. O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or to the American Cancer Society, www. cancer.org, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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The St. Marys County Schools redistricting plan to move students from Leonardtown High School to Chopticon High School to alleviate overcrowding is moving ahead. Based on the capacity and enrollment at the three high schools, Michael Martirano, superintendent of St. Marys County Public Schools, appointed a redistricting committee to review options and provide a recommendation on relieving the overcrowding at Leonardtown High School by utilizing the available capacity at Chopticon High School. The committee met October through December. The committee was comprised of 33 percent staff members and 67 percent community members, a press release states. Other community members who were not on the committee attended the meetings and provided input during the process. The committee reached consensus on the proposed boundary alignment plan on Dec. 2. The plan was then presented to the superintendent of schools on Dec. 6. According to a press release, the recommendation the committee made is for Plan 1 with grandfathering for students who are currently freshmen, sophomores and juniors, with hub transportation. Students who are in eighth grade this year in the Leonardtown High School area and fall under this redistricting proposal will attend Chopticon High School in the 2011-2012 school year. An information session regarding the facility, ac-

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Fundraising Efforts Working For Our Lady

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Our Lady Star of the Sea school held its first craft bazaar Saturday in conjunction with the annual 5K run. These two events are a part of the large fundraising campaign to keep the school open and independent. I think theyve been making a wonderful effort to keep the school open, said Amy Werking, a member of the parish. She also helped to keep score for the 5K run. Lori Sampson, who was selling products from Making Scents, said

tivities, and education opportunities at Chopticon High School has been rescheduled for Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. The open house will be held at the school, located at 25390 Colton Point Road in Morganza. The redistricting plans will be presented as an information item to the Board of Education of St. Marys County on Jan. 12. The school board will hold a public hearing on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m., in the Board of Education meeting room located on Moakley Street in Leonardtown. The board will take action on the redistricting recommendation on during their regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 9. If the school, board approves redistricting, letters will be mailed to affected families in April. Plan 1, which was selected by the committee, would affect students in the following areas - Route 234 and Big Chestnut Road, Loveville Road, Friendship School Road and Bishop Road, Maypole Road and Parsons Mill Road and Friendship School Road from Bishop Road to Route 235 and Route 235 to Clover Hill Road. Overall, 158 students will be affected by the redistricting. Plan 1 can be viewed in its entirety at http://divisions.smcps.org/dss/capital-planning-and-green-schools/ school-boundary-advisory-committee. Questions may be emailed to redistrict@smcps.org. People can also call Brad Clements, chief operating officer, at 301-475-4256 extension 7 or Kimberly Howe, coordinating supervisor of capital planning and green schools, at 301-475-4256, extension 6.

SMCM Alum Sailing in Barcelona World Race

Ryan Breymaier, a 1997 St. Marys College of Maryland alumni, is preparing to circumnavigate the world in the Barcelona World Race. The extreme sports race, begins Dec. 31, and is scheduled to finish in late March. Breymaier is the only U.S. racer in the event, teaming with German Boris Herrmann aboard Neutrogena. Their boat is one of 15 representing eight nationalities to face the daunting task of completing 25,000 nautical miles around the globe. Breymaier graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Economics. The Barcelona World Race is the only race of its kind in the world and follows the Great Circle route past three capes: the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin, and Cape Horn. Rounding any of the three is a badge of significant merit in the sailing world, but rounding them with only two sets of hands on a 60-foot boat and without the choice of holding back for severe weather is the greatest challenge. The Barcelona World Race will be an ideal opportunity for me to challenge myself physically and mentally, Breymaier said. It will also give me the incredible chance to test myself against the best sailors in the world and to advance my skills and knowledge as a sailor, navigator, and tactician.

Pauline Morgan and her daughter Elizabeth, a fifth grader at Our Lady Star of the Sea, sell raffle and 50/50 tickets at the first ever Our Lady Star of the Sea craft bazaar.

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shes looking forward to coming back to the bazaar next year. We love it, Sampson said. Its been great. Peggy Maio, who was selling blankets at the bazaar with her husband Frank, said she thought the bazaar was great. I hope this keeps the school open, Maio said. The vendors at the bazaar included Pampered Chef, Yera D Herbal Teas and Grandmas Girl Homemade Herb Dip. Crafts made by the Our Lady Star of the Sea students were also available, as well as merchandise from other independent merchants and artisans. There was also a section called Santas Workshop, where people could purchase pre-wrapped gifts and other toys for Christmas. Santa made an appearance at the workshop and was available for pictures. Carmen Gerber, a Spanish teacher with the school and the person in charge of the fundraising taskforce, said one of the reasons the school decided to have the bazaar on the same day as the 5K was because the people were going to be there anyway. Im extremely happy with the turnout, Gerber said, Its amazing. She said more than 200 runners showed up and they ran out of numbers to hand out to them because they werent expecting so many. I could cry, Im so excited, Gerber said. This was her first time organizing the marathon. Before last weekend, shes always been a participant. Sister Carolyn Marie, the principal of Our Lady Star of the Sea School, said the fundraising has been a real community builder within the school community. She said each vendor had to donate an item to the silent auction being held during the bazaar. Sister Carolyn Marie said she confident the school will be able to meet their fundraising goal by January. I know we are, because were almost there, she said. Gerber shares Sister Carolyn Maries optimism. We thank everybody who came out to support us, she said, Well be back next year. sarahmiller@countytimes.net


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Sing a Song in St. Marys County

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Who says caroling is something only done in the movies? In St. Marys County, the tradition of spreading holiday cheer through song is alive and well. Two groups that have actively gone out caroling are the Peace Pipers from Chopticon High School and members of the Patuxent Baptist Church. A group of about 40 people from the Patuxent Baptist Church went out caroling Tuesday night. They gathered at the church, piled into a bus and went out into the community to spread cheer. The group from Patuxent Baptist Church looked like a scene out of a movie a bunch of carolers gathered in front of a house, singing as people stand at the front door or on the porch. Rick Conner, pastor at Patuxent Baptist Church, said the caroling event goes on the calendar at the beginning of the year, and the people in the parish look forward to it all year. The carolers go out with a sheet of four songs- Jingle Bells, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Away in a Manger, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. We use the sheets, but usually its too dark to see them, Conner said. He said they use songs that are old favorites and songs they sing in church, so everybody knows the words and lyrics. Theres no particular way we pick people, Conner said. Joe Schmidley, a member of the church who came out with two of his daughters, said that they will go sing wherever somebody suggests. Anybody who says hey, can we go to this persons house, we try to accommodate them, Schmidley said. The church members have been going out caroling for the past five years and Conner said they try to get to people who could use encouragement. We started off with mainly shut-ins and people who have been sick, Conner said. Some years there are enough people who join in to split up into groups and cover more houses. If nothing else, its a reflection of what the Christmas season is all about, Schmidley said. He said that along with spreading holiday cheer, the church hands out small pamphlets with contact information for the church and the story of the candy cane and the various ways it is a symbol of Christmas and Jesus. Anna Hastings, a member of the church who stayed behind to look after the infants and children who were too young to spend a lot of time in the cold, said caroling is another way to get the word of God out to people. I think its a good way to witness to people through singing and doing Christmas Carols, Hastings said. She also said the event was a way to reach out to people who may not be spending Christmas under the best circumstances. I think its a great way to encourage people and let them know somebody cares, Hastings said. The people who went out with Patuxent Baptist Church werent all experienced Christmas carolers. Ive never gone Christmas caroling and I thought it would be a good experience for me, said Matthew Baker, a young member of the church who was going out singing for his first time. Not everyone the carolers visited were expecting them to show up on their doorsteps. We didnt know they were coming, said Franc Ablen, one of the people whose home the carolers stopped at. It was like they just showed up. Ablens in-laws go to bible study at the Patuxent Baptist Church and the carolers were asked to come to the house, Schmidley said. Ablens wife just had brain surgery and isnt able to get out and about yet. The Peace Pipers went out on Wednesday morning for a daylong marathon of music. Anybody who calls and asks, we try to accommodate, said Sarah Vence, the choral director at Chopticon High School. In addition to St. Marys Hospital, the Peace Pipers made appearances at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, Lettie Dent Elementary School, White Marsh Elementary School and Mechanicsville Elementary School. Michael Coleman, a senior from Chopticon High School, said he enjoys going to the elementary schools because he gets to see teachers and other familiar faces he hasnt seen in a while. Vence said they like to go to the elementary schools to promote students being involved in musical programs into middle and high school. I love it, Vence said. I only wish we had more time in the day to do it.

Photo by Sarah Miller Above, carolers from Chopticon High School sing in the hallways of St. Marys Hospital. Left and Below, carolers from Patuxent Baptist Church sing outside the home of Angela Wine in Hollywood.

Photo by Frank Marquart

She said the experience also allows the students to give back to the community in a unique way. The Peace Pipers is an audition-only choral group. They started their morning at St. Marys Hospital, going floor to floor and wandering the halls, singing their carols acapella and pausing at patients doorways for a moment before moving on. The songs in the Peace Pipers repertoire included Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Silent Night and What Child is This. The group begins preparing their carols in the summer, when the students take their music home to rehearse on their own. Vence said they try to sing carols that are old favorites and standards that people will be familiar with. Amanda Ashmore, a senior at Chopticon High School, said having to practice during the summer months keeps the students from getting rusty. I really dont mind it, Ashmore said, I like it. Ashmore said the auditions to get into the Peace Pipers are nerve-wracking. Once you get in, youre so relieved, Ashmore said. The students perform in Elizabethan-period costumes, which they have to have custom made, Vence said. They begin rehearsing their carols in September, along with other pieces for the concerts they have during the year. I love caroling at the hospital, Coleman said. Its a nice gift for people who are in the hospital right now. The carolers arent the only people who have a good time when they go out. I thought they were wonderful, said Monica Jones, a receptionist at St. Marys Hospital, about the Peace Pipers. It brings joy to the people who are sick and their loved ones, Jones said. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Green Holly Elementary School hosted a boisterous Christmas party after school Tuesday for the 21st Century After School Boys and Girls Club program. Amidst the music, dancing and a visit from Santa Claus, 20 turkeys were given to families who could use them for the Christmas holiday. The turkeys were donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs Program at Green Holly School in Lexington Park by the Secure Mitigation Group, LLC, a minority veteran-owned Information Systems Technology and Information Systems Security consulting firm located in Waldorf. The turkeys went to 20 families for Christmas from the Green Holly Boys and Girls Clubs. The Torch Club and Smart Moves Programs at

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The Boys and Girls Clubs at Green Holly have been having a food drive to put together baskets with other food items to complete their holiday meals, and Tuesday was the culmination of their efforts. Jacquelyn Fowler, the coordinator of the Smart Moves Program, said after the success of the Thanksgiving food drive, they decided to do a second, smaller food drive for Christmas. The second food drive was meant to benefit families directly connected with the 21st Century After School Boys and Girls Club and could use a turkey and some other food items. Weve done community involvement and were taking care of home, Fowler said. She said the activities are good for the children. Its about county activity and community enrichment, Fowler said. She said one of the

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employment for Information Systems Security Engineers, Analysts, Architects, Administrators, and Managers who are experienced in detailed solutions and support to commercial and federal customers. Secure Mitigation Group, LLC were recognized by the Charles County Commissioners as Charles County Entrepreneur of the Month on May 18. I feel good, said Karen Dorsey, one of the recipients of a Christmas turkey. Its great that the Boys and Girls Club donates to people in need. I appreciate it. Rebecca Quade, the Torch Club advisor, said that the event could not have happened without the childrens involvement, and they are enthusiastic about helping others. Fowler agreed with Quade. We thank our wonderful group of children, Fowler said. For more information regarding the Boys and Girls Clubs at Green Holly School, contact Wendy Heidrich at 301-737-4950 or visit our web site at www.bgcsm.net. sarahmiller@countytimes.net



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Library Board and Staff extend holiday greetings The Board of Library Trustees and the library staff thank you for a great year and continued support and look forward to serving you in 2011. They wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season. Libraries close for holidays The libraries will be closed Thursday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 31 through Sunday, Jan. 2. The Internet branch will be open for customers to manage their accounts, download both free eBooks and audio books, and to do research using the free online database resources. Each branch has a 24hour book drop for returns. Family movie to be shown at Leonardtown Families can attend a free PG rated movie about a criminal mastermind who uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme and finds himself changed by the growing love between them. The movie will be shown at Leonardtown on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Spanish storytime and LEGO fun planned A storytime about the Three Kings will be offered in both English and Spanish at Lexington Park on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown will have a regular evening storytime at 6 p.m. Families can build LEGO creations on Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Lexington Park and on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at both Leonardtown and Lexington Park. LEGOs are provided. Children are asked not to bring their own. New scanners can read smart phone app A barcode scanner with the capability to read customers library cards from their smart phones has been installed at each library. This new service can be used by customers who have an application on their phones that allows them to store their library card number. Customers who receive a new eReader or audio devices this holiday season are reminded to check out the free downloadable books that are available from the librarys collection. Instructions and online tutorials are available to help with the download process.

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Ronald Farrell, of Mechanicsville, took home the title of 2011 Maryland State Bid Calling Champion at the Auctioneers Association of Maryland Bid Calling Contest held on Oct. 17, in Boonsboro. Contestants were judged by a panel of four out-of-state judges on criteria that included opening statements, bid calling, salesmanship and professionalism. Each contestant sold three items in the first round with the Ronald Farrell finalists selling one additional item in the final round of competition. Farrell will now have the opportunity to compete at the National Auctioneers Association International Auctioneer Championship to be held in Orlando, Florida in July, a press release states. It is an honor to win such a coveted title. There are so many great auctioneers in this state and Im fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many of them over the past few years, Farrell said. Farrell is a graduate of Mendenhall School of Auctioneering, High Point, North Carolina and a graduate of the Professional Ringmens Institute, Springfield, Missouri. In addition, Farrell holds the National Auctioneers Associations Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation. He has worked for several well-established auction firms including Cochran Auctioneers and Associates, Boonsboro, MD; Chesapeake Auction House, St. Leonard; Gregorys Auctions (Associated Auctioneers & Appraisers, Inc.), West Friendship; A.J.s Auction Service, Leonardtown; and Wolfe Auctions, Frederick; and serves as part-time auctioneer for the Loveville Produce Auction, Loveville. Farrell also conducts several fund-raising/benefit auctions for numerous organizations in the area. Recently, in partnership with the Russell Brothers Farm, LLC, Morganza, they have established an annual Southern Maryland Farm and Country Christmas Auction the first of which was held this past year with plans already underway for next years event in December. Taking second at the Maryland Bid Calling Contest was John Roop of Walkersville, and Dana Dudley of Middletown, took the third place award.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The La Plata Campus of the College of Southern Maryland hosted the FIRST Robotics Competition last weekend. A local home-schooled team, Under the Son, came away from the tournament with an invitation to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Tournament in St. Louis in April. Under the Son consists of Erik, Mary and Laura and Renee Spangler as well as their moth-

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er, Lydean, who acts as the groups coach, and their father, David, who acts as their mentor. Lydean said Renee is the team captain. She is also the main programmer while Erik does most of the actual construction. Its an excellent opportunity for the kids, Lydean said. Renee said she and her siblings have to work together on the robot to get it ready for the tournaments. If we dont work together, the robot wont get done, Renee said. During the tournaments, all the teams work together, she said. On the playing field, each robot works with a partner to score

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points. Off the playing field though, the students work together to work out kinks and glitches that may develop over the course of the tournament. Thats kind of infectious during the tournament, Renee said. Under the Son made it a goal to help as many people as possible, and Renee said people helped them in Photo Courtesy of Lydean Spangler return when they needed it. Renee said this is the Renee, Erik and Mary Spangler at the robotics tournament in La Plata. They won the competition and will be going to the World Tournament in April. teams fifth competition

and second time going to the world tournament. There are only 100 teams that will be at the world tournament. David Buddenbohn, the engineering technology instructor at the Dr. James A Forrest Career and Technology Center, said the other teams in St. Marys County finished in the middle of the pack and he thought they had a good showing. The other schools represented at the tournament included St. Marys Ryken, Leonardtown High School and the Dr. James A Forrest Career and Technology Center. I think the teams at St. Marys County did very well, Buddenbohn said. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

Declaring Snow Days is Not an Easy Task

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The students of St. Marys, Charles and Calvert counties had an unplanned two-day vacation from school last week. The first snow day of the year last Thursday was declared in St. Marys County before snow even began falling. Brad Clements, chief operating officer with St. Marys County Public Schools, said that the decision to call school due to the forecast had a precedent from a couple years ago, when the county was faced with a similar situation. Clements said they opted not to close school that day and the storm hit around 8 a.m., when the students were being bussed. None of the decisions are made lightly, Clements said. Normal protocol for declaring a snow day involves people going out at 3 a.m. to drive the primary and secondary roads to determine whether the busses will be able to make it safely where they need to be and back to the schools. The people on the roads phone reports to Clements and Superintendent Michael Martirano while they monitor forecasts from multiple sources. Sometimes, Clements and Martirano will also be out on the roads. Clements said they also take into account the young high school drivers who will also be on the roads who may not have the experience necessary to drive in poor road conditions. Theres a lot that goes into it, Clements said. The school has five snow days that can be used during the year. So far, they have used three of those snow days. Clements said if they go over the amount of snow days, they have to add days to the end of the year. If they dont use them all they get those days off at the beginning of the summer. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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December 23 to Jan. 2 - 10 am -4 pm Closed Christmas and New Years 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

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Issued Marriage Applications for November 2010

Correction to October 2010 Marriage Applications Michael Andrew Kalnasy 23 California, Md Christina Lynn Corder 23 California, Md November 1, 2010 William Benjamin Johnson 32, Hollywood, Md Kristina Fay Kennett 29 California, Md November 3, 2010 Wayne William Waid 28 Mechanicsville, Md Ashley Marie Dalton 23 Mechanicsville, Md November 4, 2010 Joshua Brandon Hinefelt 20 Rock Hall, Md Arielle Kathleen Bowen 19 Mechanicsville, Md Tarek Deshon Brooks 35 Charlotte Hall, NC Shanee Latel Thomas 26 Charlotte Hall NC November 5, 2010 Thomas Alan Raley, Sr., Park Hall, Md Lisa Diane Reece 36 Park Hall, Md Robert Joseph Beeson 20 Mechanicsville, Md Aime Lynn Berry 20 Mechanicsville, Md Dennis Ezell, III 41 Great Mills, Md Natasha Cheri Williams 39 Great Mills, Md November 8, 2010 Quintin Leander Wood, Jr., 31 Mechanicsville, Md Amanda Marie Kovacic 24 Mechanicsville, Md November 9, 2010 Malcolm Devin Brennan 20 Great Lakes, Il Brittney Rose Knott 20 Hollywood, Md November 12, 2010 Shannon Dexter Knight 54 Lexington Park, Md Tamara Ann Heineck 53 Lexington Park, Md Louis Holden 79 Avenue, Md Mary Rita Garner White 68 Leonardtown, Md Michael Davis Malone 25 Lexington Park, Md Michelle Alice Mason 25 Mechanicsville, Md Dayne Christopher Stotlemyer 41 Waldorf, Md Michelle Leigh Fox 40 Waldorf, Md November 17, 2010 Wesley William Brunner 54 Mechanicsville, Md Patricia Mae Krahling 60 Mechanicsville, Md November 18, 2010 Roberto Sinclair Battle 37 Prince Frederick, Md Belinda Victoria Goldring 37 Prince Frederick, Md Roderick Rashaud Compton Lexington Park, Md Crystal Dawn Carter 31 Lexington Park, Md November 19, 2010 Justin Edward Rogers, Jr., 22 Mechanicsville, Md Mary Rashelle Fry 20 Mechanicsville, Md Elwin Vincent Anderson, Jr., 58 Severn, Md Dema Mae Porter 56 Callaway, Md Matthew Wayne Magnuson 35 California, Md Jamie Theresa Mauro 35 California, Md November 22, 2010 Russell Daniel Fjeldheim 54 Leonardtown, Md Dawn Marie Gilliland 55 Leonardtown, Md November 23, 2010 Michael Christian Holloway 30 Mechanicsville, Md Sarah Elizabeth Westcott 26 Mechanicsville, Md Roland Michael Colina Sr., 60 Lexington Park, Md Linda Darlene Cannon 45 Lexington Park, Md November 24, 2010 Allen Russell Steich 38 Hanover, Pa Jennifer Anne Dameron 40 Alexandria, Va November 29, 2010 Caleb Brubacher Weaver 24 Hillsboro, Oh Judith Stauffer Stauffer 20 Mechanicsville, Md November 30, 2010 Timothy Herbert Montgomery 28 Patuxent River, Md Ashley Marie Prier 23 Great Mills, Md


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Thursday, Dec. 23
Ornament Workshop Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) 1 p.m. Make a little something extra for your tree. Each workshop will be making a different ornament. $2 per child donation requested. Sign up early at the admissions desk early, as space is limited. Workshops are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday Night Yoga with Lynn Joy Lane Healing Center (43288 Joy Lane, Hollywood) 7 p.m. Lynn has been teaching yoga in St. Marys County for almost ten years. Lynn wants her students to come away from class truly understanding the meaning of the word, Namaste - The Divine Light within me recognizes and honors the Divine Light within you. We are all One within this Divine Light. The cost is $72 or $15 for dropins. To register, call 301-373-2522 or email info@ joylanehealingcenter.net Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) 7 p.m. $5-$5 blinds cash game. Dealers will be provided and the nightly high hand is awarded. There will be homemade fried chicken and all food and drinks will be free. Proceeds go to benefit the St. Marys Special Olympics and the Center for Life Enrichment. People who would like to help with the Special Olympics should call Mary Lu Bucci at 301-373-3469 or 240-298-0200. For more information about the poker game, call 301-373-6104 before 6:30 p.m., 240-298-9616 or 240-587-1362. Thursday Night Poker Tournament R.T.S. Building (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) 8 p.m. Texas Hold Em No Limit Tournament and side games will be available. Tournament buyin is $30, which buys 3,000 in starting chip. Blinds start at 25-50 and go up every 20 minutes. Payouts are determined according to the number of players. Sign-up begins at 7:30pm (tournament starts at 7:45pm). Food and drinks will be available. The tournament benefits the Road to Scholarship in St. Marys County. For more information, call Barry Brendlinger, the

CEO of R.T.S at 443-486-3319.

between the ages of 6 and 18 and kids 5 and under are free. For more information, call 301-769-2222. Garden in Lights at Annmarie Gardens Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 6 p.m. Garden in Lights is a magical walking tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the woods. As people stroll along the protected path, they will be transported to a magical place of spectacular lights and amazing light sculptures. Guests will be surrounded by mythical beasts, wild animals, pirates, illuminated works of art, and fantastical creations, to name but a few. Because all the light sculptures are handmade at Annmarie Garden, the designs are one of a kind. Nothing in this show is commercially available it is all made just for visitors to Annmarie Garden. Admission for people over the age of 5 is $5 and free for Annmarie Garden members and children under the age of 5.

Friday, Dec. 24
Volunteers Needed For Mikes Food Fund Mikes Bikes Bike Shop (447 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) 5 p.m. Mikes Food Fund is looking for volunteers to deliver Christmas Dinner to over 1,500 needy families in St. Marys County. Food will be passed out until Christmas Eve at Mikes Bikes on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Volunteers are needed to deliver any remaining dinners and Walk-Ins are accepted until all available dinners are gone. For more information, contact Brigid Kenney at 301-481-1233 or Mikes Bikes at 301-863-7887.

Join an interpreter in the Discovery Room for a hands-on look at these fascinating survivors. Have the chance to touch these animals that have been around since before the dinosaurs and also explore a model showing their inner anatomy. Free with museum admission, fifteen minute programs starting on the top of every hour. No Limit Texas Hold Em Bounty Tournament St. Marys County Elks Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane Lexington Park) 7 p.m. Part of the Leader board Challenge fall and winter season. Anyone can join or play at any time at no cost other than the buy-in. There is no need to be part of the points system. Buy-in is $25 or $3,000 in chips. Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every 20 minutes People earn points for every tournament they participate in. The number of points a person can earn is determined by how many people eliminated before them. Those accumulating the most points will receive a free roll to the $150 Leader board Challenge Tournament scheduled for February. The number of players receiving the free roll will be determined by the amount of money that accumulates in the pool at the end of the season. Side games will be available. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, call the lodge at 301-8637800 or Linda at 240-925-5697

Saturday, Dec. 25
Free Community Christmas Dinner Father Andrew White School (22850 Washington Street, Leonardtown) 2 p.m. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Aloysius Church is sponsoring its 7th Annual Community Christmas dinner at Father Andrew White School. This dinner is free and for anyone desiring a good meal and/or wanting to share the spirit of Christmas with others within our community. All are welcomed to attend. For more information, contact Regina at St. Vincent de Paul Society at 301-481-2942 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service St. Pauls Lutheran Church (37707 New Market Turner Road, Mechanicsville) 7 p.m. The church will hold its Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 301-884-5184.

Monday, Dec. 27
Family Yoga Class Evolve Yoga and Wellness Studio (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 10 a.m. Family yoga class for parents and children between the ages of 3 and 7. For more information, visit www.EvolveYogaWellness.com or call 301-862-1236 Piney Point Lighthouse Holiday Exhibit Piney Point Lighthouse (44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point) 12 p.m. The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park will host a military-themed holiday exhibit set up in the lighthouse keepers quarters. Visitors must check in at the museum to begin the tour which includes the holiday exhibit located on the south campus. Each room of the keepers quarters offers a display of military history from the Civil War to World War II. The tour also includes a visit to the lighthouse and the Potomac River Maritime Exhibit. The museum is open today from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and members of the military, $1.50 for kids 6 to 18 and free for children under the age of 5. For more information, call 301-994-1471. Horseshoe Crabs Survival of the Fittest Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 28
California Fitness For Women Food Drive California Fitness for Women (45315 Alton Lane, California) 9 a.m. Bring in a bag of groceries and receive one week of free fitness on machines and treadmills. Also, if a person brings in a bag of groceries, they will be charged no registration or startup fees if they decide to become a fitness member. For more information, call 301-862-3050.

Sunday, Dec. 26
Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit St. Clements Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point) 10 a.m. The exhibit includes antique and collectible dolls, toys, and miniature trains. The Crab Claw Museum Store contains an array of unique gift items and souvenirs from lighthouses to ladies jewelry. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and military members, $1.50 for children

Wednesday, Dec. 29
Jellyfish -Dont Miss This Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) 1 p.m. Join an interpreter at the Sea Nettle exhibit to take a close look at why these planktonic animals do what they do and how they do it. Free with museum admission, fifteen-minute programs starting on the top of every hour.


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Offering worship and serving opportunities at First Friendship campus Ridge 9:00 am Traditional worshipc St George Island campus Piney Point 9:45 am Children and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Traditional worship St. Pauls campus Leonardtown 8:05 am Traditional worshipna 9:15 am Contemporary worshipnca(ASL Interpreted) 10:45 am Contemporary worshipnca 6:00 pm The Refinery (interactive worship)nc
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handmade decorations of children and grandchildren adorn it, along with a few surviving bulbs from my childhood. Its as it should be. Two of our other grandsons live with their mother in Houston. Theyre now in their 20s, but yet they yearn for wrapped Christmas presents as their mother has rarely ever done that for them. The last time I shipped them wrapped presents, it almost cost me as much as the gifts, so for the ensuing years, we flew to Houston a few weeks before Christmas, split into two groups with wish lists in hand, shopped and then wrapped. It was expensive and exhausting, but well worth it. It wasnt just about the gifts it was also about being together. We didnt go this year and I regret it. We wont L-R: Billy Davis, Mabel (Davis) Dill, Richie Waddell, Mary (Davis) Hayden, Marie (Davis) Waddell, Beverly (Hayden) make the same mistake twice. My brother and I didnt have Gibson, Linda (Davis) Reno, 1959 wealthy parents, but we generally got what we wanted for Christmas. New Years Eve would find us at Aunt Every year our parents bought chocolate Mary Haydens house near Baltimore where drops, chocolate covered peanuts (both of the family would gather, eat, drink, and the which we kids devoured in no time flat), co- adults would make merry. We children coanut drops, tangerines, assorted nuts, and somehow managed to amuse and entertain other goodies. And, every year, about mid- ourselves. This was an opportunity for us to night on Christmas Eve, our parents slipped renew the relationships among the cousins out of the house to go next door to Mommy Beverly, Joan, Gloria, Richie, Billy and me. Newells (my grandmother of the heart) for We wouldnt go home until the next day. homemade oyster stew. Those days, of course, are long gone but Christmas Day, as in most families, be- the sweet memories remain. Without necesgan with the crack of dawn. This followed sarily a plan of creating traditions, we do so. the sleepless night before anticipating the Some of the new ones replace the old but next morning. After a mid-day meal, we they all have one thing in commonthey would then be off to visit friends and neigh- revolve around family and friends. Merry bors where we were fed again and again. Al- Christmas! ways good, always fun.

A Journey Through Time

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Sometimes we forget the importance of family traditions or maybe we just dont know how much they mean to our children and grandchildren. This was brought to my attention just recently. A few weeks ago one of our six grandsons came to spend


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My Christmas Newsletter
By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I have a Christmas tree fabric calendar that has been put up every year to countdown the days until Christmas. I hang it on the back of the front door so I see it every morning. This year I feel like the little Santa that I stuff into the appointed days slot must be racing ahead of me. When you see nearly the whole month of December in that small triangle you suddenly realize how little time you do have. I can think in my head, Oh, theres seven days until Christmas, I have plenty of time yet. But when I look at Santa in his cozy pocket with nothing to do all day but give me a smile that says, Ha, youll never get everything done then I want to stuff Santa back in upside down. And you know I shouldnt think that way. I should be relaxed, merry, and bright. It is just wrong thinking to treat Santa that way even in thought. When my sons were younger, it was a great treat for them to be the first one to move Santa to the next days pocket. As they got older, I had to remind them, Dont forget to move Santa! We dont want Christmas not to come. Now I am the one who hesitates with my hand just about on Santa, thinking unrealistically, maybe if I dont move him today, I will have another day until Christmas. If the tree calendar were to be accurate then it should have been made upside down, with December 25th at the point. This configuration would show graphically the fear of the approaching deadline. I didnt think this way when the boys were small. I had boundless energy, and got everything on my checklist done and on time. Ah, the old days. Now, there are new areas for me to enjoy at Christmastime. I still enjoy seeing happiness on my sons faces on Christmas day. But there are also four grandkids faces in which to see joy. Isnt that one of the most wonderful things about Christmas to see a child light up when Santa has brought one of the toys they really wanted. Tidbit has a new, red Christmas collar which makes her look very festive at all times. Her spirit and energy revives me even on days when I might be dragging. She has checked out all the Christmas boxes and let me know which ornaments she thinks should be on the tree. I think I will bring her with me to work one day, so I can take her next door to the Crafts Guild of St. Marys/Fuzzy Farmers shop. I have been unsure of which types of handmade tree ornaments to purchase, but Tidbit can let me know with a nudge from her nose which ones would work with our tree. She needs to show off her collar anyway. I know that lots of people are happy that they will have some snow around for the traditional white Christmas. As long as Mother Nature doesnt let loose with another horrendous snowstorm like the ones from the beginning of this year, then I dont mind. The amount we have is just right. I dont mind being in a warm store when the weather is cold, blustery, and snowy. The day I am writing these thoughts is one such day. Im glad because I still have presents to buy. This year at church, we will try and help two families have brighter Christmases. Its hard for parents to tell their children that there wont be many, if any presents under their Christmas tree. Or to not have enough for a full Christmas dinner. Children do understand in some cases, but every parent wants their children to have wonderful Christmas memories. I am grateful for all the wonderful holiday memories that I have, and I hope this is a year for each of you that brings love and happiness in your homes. A Christmas with fun, family, friends, and giving (of gifts and goodness) to build on the memories of years past. To each new Christmas memory, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com.

the weekend. He had spent Thanksgiving with his stepfathers family and I asked if hed had a good time. His reply was that it was o.k., Grandma, but we ate from trays in front of the television and they didnt even talk to each other. This was quickly followed with can I come to your house for Christmas dinner? With that, the idea of not putting up a Christmas tree this year went out the window. The tree is up and along with the twinkling lights and bright bulbs, the little


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Service Leonardtown High School (23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) 5:30 p.m. Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service St. Pauls Lutheran Church (37707 New Market Turner Road Mechanicsville) 7 p.m. All You Can Drink Night with D.J. Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 8 p.m. Lauries Pajama Party with D.J. Mike Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) 9 p.m. ell Road, Dowell) 5 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 23
Ornament Workshop Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) 11 a.m. Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Songs of the Holidays with Gretchen Richie Caf des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6 p.m. Garden in Lights Annmarie Gardens (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 6 p.m. Natural Progression Back Creek Bistro (14415 Dowell Road, Dowell) 6:30 p.m. Special Olympics No Limit Poker Bennett Building (24920 Old Three notch Road, Hollywood) 7 p.m. Karaoke at Damons Waldorf with D.J. Tommy Damons Waldorf (1 Saint Patricks Drive, Waldorf) 7:30 p.m. Thursday Poker Tournament R.T.S. Building (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) 8 p.m. Second Annual Christmas Eve Eve Extravaganza with No Green Jellybeenz Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 9 p.m. Karaoke Dance Party at Bowie Applebees Bowie Applebees (4100 North Crain Highway, Bowie) 9 p.m. Martini Karaoke with D.J. Steve Martinis Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) 9 p.m.

Garden in Lights Annmarie Gardens (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 27
A Winter Break Camp for Kids Painterly Printmaking Annmarie Gardens (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 9 a.m. Mason Sebastian DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. No Limit Texas Hold Em Bounty Tournament St. Marys County Elks Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park) 7 p.m. Salsa Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 8 p.m. Charity Texas Hold Em Tournament R.T.S. Building (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) 8 p.m.

Museum Holds 25th Annual Doll and Train Exhibit

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The St. Clements Island Museums annual Christmas Doll and Train exhibit is celebrating its 25th year. The former director of the museum, Mike Humphries, started the exhibit in 1985. Chris Barbour, the site supervisor of the St. Clements Island Museum, said that it was started as an effort to bring people to the museum in the winter months, when the number of tourists slackens. Two groups that always have something to offer to the exhibit are the Black-Eyed Susan Doll Club and the Southern Maryland Doll Club. The dolls in the show include attic babies, Gone with the Wind dolls and Disney dolls, among other toys. In 1987, the exhibit began incorporating trains into the exhibit. Barbour said this was because trains would be more attractive to boys than dolls, and they are as much traditional Christmas toys as dolls are. In 2000, a collector named Richard Gould donated some trains to the exhibit that children can actually handle and play with. He was a volunteer with the museum for a number of years, and left the trains even when he stopped helping with the exhibit. The trains that Gould donated are currently out of commission and replaced with another hands-on train set while they are being worked on. Barbour said even though the trains are not working currently, Gould was an important part of the history of the exhibit. Barbour said on average, about 1,600 people come through the exhibit in December and January. She said they have the largest number of people when kids are out of school and after Christmas. Its pretty well attended, she said. Barbour said the exhibit is meant to be fun for people of all ages while remaining historically significant. It is described as a holiday tradition that delights kids from one to 101. Its been a great tradition for the museum to offer an event like this, Barbour said. Admission for the museum is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and members of the military, $1.50 for children between the ages of 6 and 18, and free for children under the age of 5. The museum is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point. For more information, call 301-769-2222. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

Saturday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Service St. Pauls Lutheran Church (37707 New Market Turner Road Mechanicsville) 10:30 a.m. Free Community Dinner Father Andrew White School (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 2 p.m. Apehangers is Open Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) 3 p.m. Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 6 p.m. Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 28
Aqua Invaders The Game Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) 1 p.m. Fair Warning DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m.

Piney Point Lighthouse Offers Holiday Exhibit

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer St. Marys County has more to offer people than Christmas lights. In an area rich in history, a local museum is exhibiting a military-themed Christmas exhibit. April Havens, site supervisor for the Piney Point Lighthouse museum, said this is the fourth year the museum has held a Christmas exhibit. Weve tried to change the theme up every year, Havens said. There are exhibits in each room of the Piney Point Lighthouse keepers house representing a different was era. There is a Civil War room, a World War I room, a WWII room, a War of 1812 room, among others. People can go on guided tours of the keepers house. The tours begin in the main museum, where there are crafts and activities for children. There are also nutcrackers in different parts of the exhibit as well as trees with period decorations. For the Civil War room, Havens said they worked with people from the United States Colored Troops memorial Monument Committee, which is comprised of the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions and the Sons of the Union

Wednesday, Dec. 29
Jellyfish Presentation Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) 1 p.m. Captain John DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Karaoke with D.J. Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 7 p.m. Fraternal Order of Police Poker Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) 7 p.m. Wolfs Hot Rods and Old Gas Open Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach) 8 p.m. Birthday Night Martinis Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 26
NFL at the Duck Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) 6 a.m. Big Dog Zone Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) 11 a.m. Vera White Sands Beach Club Open Veras White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 12 p.m. Fraternal Order of Police Poker Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) 2 p.m. Back Creek Bistro Open Back Creek Bistro (14415 Dow-

Friday, Dec. 24
Mikes Food Fund Volunteers Needed Mikes Bikes (21310 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) 10 a.m. Vera White Sands Beach Club Open Veras White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 12 p.m. Dave Norris DB McMillans (23415 Three Notch Road, California) 5 p.m. Southpoint Christmas Eve

Veterans of the Civil War. The exhibit will be open until Jan. 2, and then the museum closes until March. Havens said the exhibit is one of only a few times during the year that the lighthouse keepers house is open to the public. It will also be closed on Christmas and New Years Day. The price for admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and members of the military, $1.50 for children between the ages of 6 and 18 and free for children under the age of 5. The museum is located at 44720 Light House Road, Piney Point. For more information, call 301-994-1471. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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Grund Ready for Beach Life, College Ball at North Florida

Tues., Dec. 28
Boys Basketball Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament (hosted by Leonardtown High School), 5 and 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament, 12 and 2 p.m.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Wanting to be secure in her choice of where she would attend college and play basketball, St. Marys Ryken senior Molly Grund took a look at the surroundings at the University of North Florida and decided that the Jacksonville-based school was her best bet. Its warm, its 20 minutes away from the beach and I have family down there, Grund said after she signed her letter of intent in November. She was also considering William & Mary, Cornell, Villanova, East Carolina and UNCGreensboro before accepting a full scholarship from North Florida, a school that recently became an NCAA Division I institution and plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference. I went there for a camp in August and I felt very comfortable, Grund explained. It was where I wanted to be." Accompanied by her family, Molly Grund signs her Grund, a 6-foot-2 forward, expects shell North Florida next winter. be playing the power forward position for UNF The game is so much faster, they play at and realizes she will have an adjustment to a different speed, she says. Everybody is bigmake from the high school the college game. ger, strong and quicker. Even with that, Grund, who will major in exercise science, is looking forward to starting her college journey and con-

Wed., Dec. 29
Boys Basketball Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament Consolation game, 2 p.m. Championship game, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament Consolation game, 12 p.m. Championship game, 5 p.m.

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tributing to the Ospreys success next winter. Its going to be tough, being on my own and taking care of myself, but Im excited, she said. I cant wait. chrisstevens@countytimes.net

Wed., Dec. 15
Boys Basketball Patuxent 59, Chopticon 54 Northern 67, Great Mills 52 Huntingtown 54 Leonardtown 50 Girls Basketball Chopticon 46, Patuxent 23 Great Mills 49, Northern 33 Huntingtown 56, Leonardtown 44 Boys Swimming Leonardtown 206, Thomas Stone 64 Leonardtown 177, La Plata 103 Girls Swimming Leonardtown 200, Thomas Stone 70 Leonardtown 195, La Plata 85

SMCM to host baseball spring training program

St. Marys College of Maryland will host a sixweek Spring Training 2011 baseball program for players in grades 1 through 12 from January 2 to February 6. St. Marys College head coach Lew Jenkins will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching and catching lessons at a cost as low as $99 for six weeks. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

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Fri., Dec. 17
Hockey La Plata 6, Leonardtown 1 St. Marys Ryken 15, Thomas Stone 6

Ryken seeks JV Softball and JV Girls Lacrosse Coaches

St. Marys Ryken High School is accepting resumes for two coaching positions: JV Softball and JV Womens Lacrosse. Please send resumes to Athletic Director Dave Tallman at dtallman@smrhs.org,

Sat., Dec. 18
Boys Basketball St. Marys Ryken 68, Friendly 44

Mon, Dec. 20
Boys Basketball Northern 79, Chopticon 35 Glen Burnie 58, Great Mills 56 Westlake 64, Leonardtown 48 Girls Basketball Meade 88, Great Mills 34 Westlake 65, Leonardtown 32 Paul VI 65, St. Marys Ryken 63 Boys Swimming Great Mills 165, Chopticon 99 Girls Swimming Great Mills 140, Chopticon 132 Wrestling Great Mills 39, Calvert 37 Leonardtown 48, McDonough 19

High-School Tennis Clinic Series 2010

Dates: February 27, 2011. Location: St. Marys College of Maryland, Somerset Tennis Complex 18952 East Fisher Road (Outdoor Facility) St. Marys City, Maryland 20686 Times: Sundays, 9:30 am 11:30 am (Mini-matches included) Instructors: St. Marys College Coaching Staff and Players Cost: $25.00 per session!! Players: Beginning 9th graders to Seniors!!!!

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Tues., Dec 21
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Raiders Cant Find the Net, Have Winning Streak Snapped by La Plata
goalie D.J. Dunlevy, who stopped all but one shot and allowed the Warriors to get their offense going in a 6-1 win over the Raiders, WALDORF After two big victories halting their winning streak at two games. The first two periods we played hard, in the previous nine days, the Leonardtown but in the third, we just kind of gave up, said hockey team ran into a wall. Better yet, it was the glove of La Plata senior winger Charlie Yates, who scored the only goal for Leonardtown in the first period. We missed two break-aways and that kind of killed us. I thought we did good, added senior goaltender Brett Kibler. We just had some bad breaks and [La Plata] played very well." The Warriors, tied with Huntingtown for first place in the Southern Division, struck first two minutes and 50 seconds into the game when Stosh Sitkowski scored on an assist from Travis Reece. Less than 90 seconds later, Yates led a rush down the left wing and went to the net and Photo by Frank Marquart snuck a shot past Dunlevy that Leonardtown goalie Brett Kibler covers up the puck. after a brief conference by the

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officials, was confirmed as Yates team-leading seventh goal of the season. Thats all the Raiders (2-2-0 overall, 1-2-0 in Southern Division games) would get as repeated attempts to crash the net and breakaway chances by Yates and Gordy Bonnel were all thwarted by Dunlevys quick glove and pads. Its really frustrating when you get that close, you get 10 shots back to back and you still miss, Yates said. Kibler did a pretty good job of holding down the fort, but the Warriors (6-1-0 overall, 5-1-0 Southern Division) began to come at him in waves, scoring two goals in the second period and added three more in the third for their final margin. Even with the loss, Yates and Kibler were still hopeful that they can play better Photo by Frank Marquart and crash the Maryland State Charlie Yates of Leonardtown and the Warriors Travis Reece colHockey League playoff party. lide for control of the puck. We just have to forget about this one, work hard we beat them two times last year, Kibler in practice and just play to the end of the said. Well be ready for them next time. game, Yates said. We play [La Plata] again this year and chrisstevens@countytimes.net


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of the latest fishing and hunting equipment is offered for great prices. I always buy some of the best wool socks at this show and some of the best deals on tree stands, camouflage, guns and accessories, archery equipment, game calls, and so on, are available for purchase or ordering at this show. In addition to this show, the fishing and boating shows start their winter schedule just after the New Year. Most of these shows are a short drive from Southern Maryland and can be done in a single day. The east coasts largest fishing show is in Timonium, Maryland and will be held this season on January 13 16, 2011 (www.fishingexpo.com). The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will host their fishing flea market and show on February 19 and 20, 2011 (www.pasadenasportfishing. com). The Southern Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association will host their Fishing Fair at the Solomons Fire Hall March 26 and 27, 2011 (www.mssasmc.com). And then, of course there are the local boat shows in Richmond, Baltimore and Hollywood to consider. When all is said and done, it is a good thing that the hunting season is coming to an end. After all, where would we find the time to prepare for next years hunting and fishing seasons without the break? I hope Santa Clause is good to you this year! I will be offering stories of hunting adventures in future articles for this column. If you have a particularly interesting story, drop me an email at riverdancekeith@hotmail.com. Be safe and enjoy the season.

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Fur and Feathers

By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer The good news is that Christmas is this weekend; New Years Day just a week after that! The bad news is that the hunting season is beginning to wind down. The late muzzleloader deer season ends on January 1. The late firearms deer season is January 7 and 8. Those hearty souls who love late season bow hunting for deer may continue in the pursuit of their passion until January 31st. We can continue to get after squirrels and rabbits until February 28th when they are not holed up because of the cold weather. For many of us, our thoughts turn to goose and ducks at this time of year a season that lasts until January 29 for most species. Everyone knows that January and Feb-

ruary are the roughest months of winter in our area, so it takes a special kind of person to break the ice on a local pond to wade in the water to set decoys. To that kind of person

there just isnt any better fun. To ward off the impending cabin fever, guns are thoroughly cleaned and put away, foul weather gear cleaned and stored for next season, and fishing gear gets its first consideration for the New Year. I like to review the schedules for outdoor shows during the long winter months. A show that I like to visit every year is the Eastern Outdoor Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA (www.easternsportshow.com). It will be held February 5 11, 2011. Purported to be the largest outdoor hunting and fishing sporting event, a couple of days are needed to see the entire show. If you are looking to consult with professional hunters, fisherman and well known outdoor experts then this is the show to attend. The latest hunting and fishing products are showcased by exhibitors, including fishing boats, RVs, SUVs, motorcycles and ATVs that many of us have only seen on television. Guides and outfitters from all over the world are at this show to accommodate your next adventure, and some

Eskay earns South Atlantic Region Honors
Kansas City, Kans. Sophomore Tori Eskay (Damascus, Md./Urbana) was rewarded for her stupendous sophomore campaign with selection to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Performance Subaru NCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region Second Team. Eskay becomes the fifth Seahawk to earn all-region honors in program history, following in the footsteps of Stephanie Karpinski '97 (1995, 1996); Kathy Holmes '02 (1998, 1999); Lauren Carrier '09 (2008); and Sophia Esparza '10 (2008). Along with her selection to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region Second team, Eskay picked up first team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors on November 12. During her breakout sophomore season, the 5-8 forward just about doubled her scoring output from last season as Eskay tallied team-highs of 13 goals, three assists and 29 points in 2010, following a six-goal, three-assist effort as a rookie. She finished third in the league in goals and fourth in points while tying for eighth in assists. Eskay scored seven goals in back-to-back league wins at Wesley College (3g, 1a) and against Hood College (4g) for her first two career hat tricks. Eskay was a two-time CAC Offensive Player of the Week on October 4 and November 1 while earning her first career nod as St. Mary's Athlete of the Month for month of October. St. Mary's finished third in the conference standings with a 6-8-3 (5-2-1 CAC) overall record. After eliminating the 2009 CAC champion, University of Mary Washington, in the first round, the Seahawks suffered a 2-1 setback at Frostburg State in the semifinals.

Sailor and Swimmer earn SMC Athlete of the month award

Michael Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.), a senior skipper on the third-ranked coed sailing team, and Kelly Heyde (Wilton, Conn./Wilton), a sophomore on the women's swimming team, were named St. Mary's College of Maryland's November Co-Athlete of the Month as decided by the Department of Athletics and Recreation. Menninger recorded a pair of major national results in November en route to athlete of the month honors. He (with Franny Kupersmith '11) started with a second-place finish in A Division at the Atlantic Coast Championships in Annapolis on November 13-14. The ACC's are the third and final ladder championship for the fall season in two-person dinghies. Menninger followed that up by skippering the Seahawks to a second-place finish at the InterCollegiate Sloop National Championships. St. Mary's was one of two Middle Atlantic teams to qualify for the ICSA sloop nationals. Menninger and his crew made it to the championship round of the 10-team field before coming up with a second-place finish. Heyde collected her third career athlete of the month award after knocking down the six-year old record for the 1000 freestyle with a 10:44.94 on November 12 against Washington (Md.) College. She set three pool records at York (Pa.) College during York's quad meet with Dickinson College and Susquehanna University. Heyde earned Capital Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week for the week ending November 14 after her record-setting efforts against Washington and at York. In dual meet action, she is undefeated in the 200 individual medley (4-0) and the 200 butterfly (3-0) while only finishing second twice in an event. Heyde ranks in the Top 10 in the conference in nine events, including owning the top time in the 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM, and 1000 free.

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SMAC Fall List

First Team Offense Josh Gray, senior wide receiver, Chopticon Second Team Offense Robert Newton, senior offensive lineman, Chopticon

Leonardtowns Donovan and Henderson Win SMAC Awards

In a largely successful season the Leonardtown girls soccer team, their on the field and off the field leaders were honored by the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference at the conclusion of the fall season. Senior forward Lauren Donovan was named the conferences Most Outstanding Player while Jennifer Henderson concluded her 17th year in charge of the Raiders with the SMAC coach of the year honor. Its a really big honor, I wasnt expecting it at all, said Donovan, who scored 11 goals in leading the Raiders to a 14-3 record, the SMAC crown and the 4A East region championship this past season. Henderson, highly respected in SMAC and around the state, preferred to give credit to her players and assistant coaches for her award. I have excellent support from my family, and I am very fortunate to have three outstanding assistant coaches in Ruth Marsh (who has been with the team for 15 years), Kyle Rambo and Steve Moritz, Henderson said. We have the pleasure of working with some very talented student athletes. We have established high expectations for our program and our student athletes work very hard to be successful each year. For Henderson, watching her student athletes grow through the years on and off the field is the most gratifying part of her job. We really enjoy Photo by Frank Marquart watching the girls transform Leonardtowns Lauren Donovan earned the SMACs Most Outstanding Player award in leading the Raiders to the from individual soccer playconference title and the 4A East Regional Championship. ers to a cohesive team each Donovan says Hendersons straightforwardness is what makes season," she says. Over the years, the relationships we have developed with our players have her a great coach. She doesnt tell you what you want to hear because it sounds been very rewarding. We watch them progress from scared incoming freshmen to confident graduating seniors. Many stay in touch nice - she coaches with a lot of consistency and shes very confiover the years and it is a pleasure to attend their weddings and see dent, Donovan said. She told us we would have a great season and we all believed her. them advance into successful careers. Donovan, who will play soccer and lacrosse at Lenoir-Rhyne Henderson was complimentary of Donovans clutch play, College in North Carolina next year, says she will miss the friendwhich played a huge part in the Raiders success this season. She scored the game winning goals against Huntingtown ships and bonds she formed with her teammates. We re all close, we hang out together. It was a lot of fun and North Point and had the game winning assist against Northern. These were key games in the conference title race, Hender- playing with them, she said. Im going to come back and watch son said. She was a constant scoring threat with her speed and them play next year. tenacity. Lauren had great vision this year and was equally strong chrisstevens@countytimes.net as a finisher and a playmaker as her scoring stats demonstrate.


Field Hockey
First Team Offense Ashley Slaughter, junior, Chopticon First Team Defense Kristen Busitzky, junior, Great Mills Marney Erichsen, senior, Leonardtown Erin Wetzel, senior, Chopticon First Team Utility Claire Weber, senior, Great Mills Second Team Offense Hayley Roper, senior, Leonardtown Second Team Goalkeeper Jessica Michalek, senior, Great Mills

Second Team Defense Kyle Washington, senior defensive lineman, Chopticon Michael Wroble, junior linebacker, Chopticon J.W. Smith, junior defensive back, Chopticon First Team Forward Brendan Powell, senior, Leonardtown First Team Midfielders Franck Zeba, senior, Great Mills Matt Bogdan, senior, Great Mills First Team Back Billy Clark, junior, Great Mills Second Team Forward Jason Carley, junior, Great Mills Second Team Midfielder John Milan, junior, Leonardtown Second Team Goalkeeper Daniel Erk, senior, Leonardtown Second Team Utility Jeremy Wallace, senior, Great Mills Most Outstanding Player Lauren Donovan (Leonardtown)

Boys soccer

First Team Defensive Specialist Monica Peters, senior, Leonardtown First Team Hitter Amanda Katulich, senior, Leonardtown Second Team Hitters Corrine Williams, senior, Leonardtown Loren Day, junior, Leonardtown Boys Second Team Mitchell Webster, junior, Great Mills Tony Jerome, senior, Chopticon Girls Catherine Gonzalez, senior, Leonardtown


Girls Soccer

Boys First Team Peter Offenbacher, senior, Great Mills Tyler Blake, senior, Leonardtown Conor Smith, junior, Great Mills Boys Second Team Ryan Ponse, senior, Leonardtown Tim Carey, senior, Leonardtown Kyle Vines, junior, Chopticon Girls First Team Rachel Labatt, sophomore, Leonardtown Kate Finkelston, junior, Leonardtown Girls Second Team Anna Frowein, senior, Leonardtown Jaime Branaman, junior, Leonardtown Shannon Pope, sophomore, Leonardtown Samantha Zarzaca, sophomore, Leonardtown

Cross Country

Coach of the Year Jennifer Henderson (Leonardtown) First Team Forward Lauren Donovan, senior, Leonardtown First Team Midfielders Amber Breckenridge, senior, Chopticon Hayley Wilson, junior, Leonardtown Second Team Midfielder Cara McLaughlin, senior, Leonardtown Second Team Back Olivia Carlson, junior, Leonardtown


Thursday, December 23, 2010

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Hornet Girls Defend Home Court, Rally Past Leonardtown

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer GREAT MILLS Trailing most of the game, the Great Mills girls basketball team tapped into an aggressive style of play and rallied from 11 down to defeat county rival Leonardtown 51-49 Tuesday night. Leonardtown came out and took it to us, took it to us and took it to us, but the games never over, Hornets coach Brian Weisner said. Our girls came back and took it to them. When we played aggressive, it made a huge difference. The Hornets (2-3 overall, 2-1 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference) had three players in double figures, led by senior guard TaQuana Gordons game-high 17 points. Sophomore Tyniece Woodland and senior Bria Jones each added 11 points for Great Mills, who trailed 3827 in the latter stages of the third quarter. Coach told us in time-outs we had to start pressuring the ball to make them turn it over, Jones said. We really had to come out and bring it. Early on, it was the Raiders (0-5, 0-2 SMAC) that brought the pain to Great Mills. Junior forwards Madison Pachner (13 points) and Kate Finkleston (11 points) worked an insideoutside game to perfect in the first three quarters, keeping the Hornets at bay until the final minutes, when Great Mills aggressive play took Leonardtown out of their game. I told the girls at halftime we wanted use our height advantage, but we didnt do that as much as I wouldve liked, Raiders coach Christie Doerrer said. We started to get out-rebounded at the end and that hurt us. Tied at 46 with 57 seconds to go, junior guard Ashia Joseph drove on Pachner for a lay-up and put Great Mills ahead to stay. After a Leonardtown foul, Kendrah Bowman hit one of two free throws, giving the Raiders had a chance to tie, but Jones stuffed Alli Johnsons three-point shot with 17 seconds left. Gordon then hit two foul shots to give the Hornets some breathing room. Jones said her big block was purely by chance. I know they have great threepoint shooters and I was just going for the steal - I just happened to get up there and get the ball, she said. When everybodys pressuring the ball, Bria has this innate sense to the play the ball, Weisner added. That was just her going after it. These two teams will see each other again Tuesday in the annual Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament, and both sides hope to learn something from Tuesdays game. Photo by Chris Stevens Youre happy for the girls and Leonardtowns Erin Mallory tries to get past TaQuana Gordon their effort, but theyve also got to realize theres a lot of basketball left of Great Mills during Tuesday nights girls basketball game. and a lot of things we have to work holiday tournament will be a turning point for on, Weisner said. us, Doerrer said. The girls are frustrated because they want to win and Im frustrated for them. Hopefully the chrisstevens@countytimes.net

Goals Aplenty as Ryken Hammers Stone Again

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer WALDORF Another Friday night, another battle with Thomas Stone for the St. Marys Ryken hockey team. After winning their first battle 14-3 on December 10, the Knights encountered a bit more resistance from the Cougars, but still skated off with a 15-6 win at Capital Clubhouse, their second consecutive MSHL Southern Division win. I thought Stone came out with more passion and they werent giving up, said Ryken assistant Steve Meizoso, subbing for head coach Chris Palombi Friday night. We played hard but we still have some things we need to work on going into the new year. It was hard to maintain focus, but I think we did a good job," said junior goaltender Greg Meyers. [Stone] had a lot more intensity because of the last game." The Knights (3-5-0 overall, 2-1-0 in Southern Division games), jumped out to a 9-3 lead after the first period as senior defenseman Matt McGowan recorded a natural hat trick (three goals in on period), and sophomore center Nathan Blondino added two goals and an assist in the first period. Blondino and freshman winger Stephen Meyers would also claim hat tricks on the evening as Ryken led throughout the contest. Daniel Batong and Evan Brennan scored twice while John Bouchard added a goal for Ryken. We wanted to play better this week and I think we did pretty well, Blondino said The coaches always tell us to play every shift like its our last. The Knights second line of freshman came through once again as Stephen Myers and Evan Brennan scored five goals between them. Last week, it was their line-mate Ryan Billman that scored the first two goals of the game. Meizoso feels that their efforts in

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these two games against Stone will benefit the team as the season progresses. Its good for them because they see that can contribute and be a necessary part of the team, he said. Its great to have those three because you know when you go to the bench, theyre going to be working just as hard as everybody else, Blondino added. If we practice hard and play hard, we can go all the way. Meizoso was also confident that Ryken could repeat last years success and return the MSHL playoffs. I think we can be as good, if not better, than last year, he said. We have a lot of good players and its good for us because that means we have a solid future, Meyers said. chrisstevens@countytimes.net

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December 23, 2010

Buzzs Marina May Take County to Court

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Another Sewer Spill in Lex Park

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Robot Team Heading to World Tourney

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Warriors Skate By Leonardtown

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