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Hogan Orders New State Rhythm & Riches 2017

Development Plan

By Guy Leonard the hands of local governments where

Staff Writer it belongs.
Evan Slaughenhoupt, Calvert County
Gov. Larry Hogan signed an execu- commissioner, praised Hogans execu-
tive order this weekend calling for a new
plan to guide development throughout
tive order.
This governor has been very help-
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Commissioner To Petition Navy
on Blighted Property
By Guy Leonard Im going to the Navy and tell them
Staff Writer We did what you wanted, now what are
you going to do to help us, Morgan
County Commissioner Todd Morgan said. Its a tremendous cost to clear that
said he would speak with representa- land.
tives from the U.S. Navy at Patuxent Morgan said he would have a candid SPECTACULAR RENEWED HOME ON INCREDIBLE
River Naval AirStation this week about conversation with Navy personnel as 3 1/2 ACRE PICTURESQUE LOT!
nding solutions to the property in Lex- well as U.S. Department of Agriculture
ington Park where trees were felled in (USDA) representatives who had pushed
a vain attempt to remove vultures that for the removal of the birds as well. MUST SEE TO ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT! NEW WOOD
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The agency hired a contractor to re-
Turkey vultures have plagued down-
town Lexington Park for years and are
move the trees there at the behest of the
navy, but the vultures, which are a fed-
often drawn to wooded areas or aban-
doned properties to roost.
erally protected species, have returned. Carrion eaters by nature, they have Steve Atkocius YOUR AREA T
Worse, there was not enough money often feasted on waste left in open trash
in the housing authority budget to re- receptacles behind businesses and have Broker/Realtor
move the felled trees, leaving them there
much to the consternation of residents
even endangered ight operations at the
St. Marys County Airport in California. Purple Post Real Estate Years! N
who resented the poor appearance.
Morgan said the Navy has been less guyleonard@countytimes.net
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move the blight.
4 Local News The County Times Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Gatton Brothers

Close in Life and in Death
By Dick Myers House at 6:36 p.m.
Editor Family and friends are incredulous
that they died so close together, said
Al and Everett Gatton were always Redtop Gatton. Everyone wonders if it
close growing up in the 7th District -- was Gods plan to answer the brothers
hunting and shing and just being boys. wishes to go together.
Later on, Al owned the Hills Club in As it should be, those left behind will
Mechanicsville for 21 years and Ever- send off the brothers at the same time.
ett worked there. They both were active The family of both men will receive
with the Mechanicsville Lions Cub. friends on Sunday, August 27 from 2-5
Recently, in failing health, the Gatton p.m. with prayers recited at 3 p.m. in
Brothers became residents at St. Marys the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home,
Nursing Center. Theyd sit down togeth- Leonardtown, where a Funeral Service
er there and talk about old times. One of will be held on Monday, August 28 at 10
the things they talked about, according a.m. with Father Bob Kosty ofciating.
to Als son Philip L. Redtop Gatton, Interment will follow in Charles Memo-
was dying together. rial Gardens Leonardtown.
William Everett Gatton, 90, was re- For complete obituaries of the Gatton
cently moved to the St. Marys Hospice Brothers, see the Obituary section else-
House in Callaway. His brother Philip where in this edition of the St. Marys
Alfred Al Gatton, 85 died Saturday County Times.
August 19 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Marys
Nursing Center. Everett died at Hospice dickmyers@countytimes.net

Ridgell Files for District 1

Sell it - Buy it By Guy Leonard Ridgell said he wanted to nd a way
Staff Writer to help tackle the opioid crisis locally
atBuy it at
Sell It, Timothy Ridgell, 60, a St. Inigoes res-
but was not sure exactly how that could
be done.
ident has led as the only Democrat so The biggest concern I have is the

Real Estate Business & Inventory Personal Property/Estates far in the race to succeed Commissioner opioid crisis in the county, Ridge-
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Thursday, August 24, 2017 The County Times Local News 5

Dollar General One Step

Closer in Hollywood
By Guy Leonard Commissioners said some residents
Staff Writer were concerned about the level of park-
ing to be available at the new store.
There was no community opposition Traditionally a small neighborhood,

voiced Tuesday night at a hearing on up- the community on Mervell Dean Road
dating the water and sewer category for
a parcel of land slated for a new Dollar
has had to contend with increased traffic
and roadside parking since the addition *
General store in Hollywood sometime the Brusters ice cream shop there.
in mid-2018. Commissioners were concerned that
The hearing took place before the there would be overflow from the Dol-
Commissioners of St. Marys County lar General projects parking lot onto
who will now mull the request by the Mervell Dean Roads shoulders if the
developer of the project to move up the parking lot were not adequate.
timeline to bring public water and sew- Despite the compact arrangement of
er to the parcel on Mervell Dean Road the neighborhood, it is within the coun-
from six to 10 years down to just three tys designated Hollywood Town Center
to five years. which is set for expanded growth.
The applicant will pay all the costs, The new store is to be located on the

said Bill Hunt, Land Use and Growth north end of the road about 900 feet
Management Director to the commis-
sioners. No other property owners will
south of Clarkes Landing Road.
Camp said the developer would work
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have to hook up. to ensure there would be adequate park-
The store will be built on about 3.2
acres and have a footprint of 10,642
ing at the new store.
square feet, according to John Camp, guyleonard@countytimes.net SALE DAYS! - ALL SALES FINAL.
representative of the Oxford/Chase con- Thursday 10-6
struction company out of Pocomoke
City undertaking the project.
Maryland Gains 11,500
Private Sector Job Growth More than
Double the National Rate Last Month
THE GREAT $1,000,000
Last week the U.S. Department of
Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS)released state jobs and unemploy-
subsector and 2,900 jobs in the Health
Care and Social Assistance subsector.
The Mining, Logging, and Construction
ment data. According to the preliminary
survey data, Maryland added 11,500
sector increased by 2,700 jobs, and the
Manufacturing sector added 1,000 jobs. SELLING OUT OUR COMPLETE STOCK!
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private sector jobs over-the-month, an Other sectors that experienced growth
increase more than double the national in July included the Leisure and Hos-
rate of growth. Since January 2015, pitality and Trade, Transportation, and
Maryland has gained 110,800 jobs, with Utilities sectors.
800 total jobs added from June to July. Manufacturing and construction
Marylands job growth remains
strong, said Maryland Labor Secretary
along with many other industries are
changing Maryland for the better, said ALL BRIGHTON BEADS AND CHARMS
Kelly M. Schulz. With 1,000 new jobs
in manufacturing and continued growth
Schulz. Their production of goods and
creation of new homes, workplaces, and
in construction, Marylands economic retail are contributing to our economy


outlook is healthy. in practical ways, and providing jobs for
In July, Marylands unemployment Marylanders.
rate dropped to 4.0 percent from the Marylands preliminary jobs estimate


June rate of 4.1 percent. The states un- for June was revised upward by BLS
employment rate again falls below the from a gain of 13,300 to a gain of 16,600
national average, which currently stands jobs.
at 4.3 percent.


According to the datareleasedtoday, From Theresa Blaner,
theEducation and Health Services sec- Department of Labor,
tor increased by 9,800 jobs, including Licensing and Regulation
6,900 jobs in the Educational Services
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Maryland Has Successful Sale Hogan Administration to Provide $38.4

of $1.33534 Billion in General Million in Grants for Local Roads
Obligation Bonds
August 31 Deadline Set for Transportation Grant
Application Form
Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Treasurer Kopp commented The State Governor Larry Hogan today an- els after being severely reduced by the
Kopp announced that the Board of Pub- of Maryland has done very well today. nounced that the administration is mak- previous administration. Despite these
lic Works (BPW), composed of Governor Clearly investors see our AAA bonds as a ing $38,390,961 in grants available for efforts, the funding has been cut signi-
Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot high quality investment, especially given local roads in Baltimore City and mu- cantly and consistently by the Maryland
and Treasurer Kopp, successfully com- the very volatile times facing our nation nicipalities and counties from Western General Assembly.
pleted the sale of $1,335,340,000 of Gen- and the U.S. economy. This condence Maryland to the Eastern Shore. The The $38.4 million in grants are in
eral Obligation Bonds today in two series. translates into the State paying lower debt Maryland Department of Transportation addition to the estimated $177 million
Competitive sales for Series A and Se- service costs, which is good news for (MDOT) has released the application in Highway User Revenues that Mary-
ries B occurred at this mornings BPW Maryland taxpayers. In addition, our suc- that needs to be submitted by August 31. land counties and municipalities are
meeting. The State received bids for cessful sale of tax-exempt refunding bonds The grants will be awarded to jurisdic- set to receive in scal year 2018. These
the $550,000,000 of Tax-Exempt Gen- will save Maryland taxpayers almost $76 tions based on the existing formula for new funds for local roads are above
eral Obligation Bonds (Series A) and the million (on a present value basis) in debt the distribution of Highway User Rev- and beyond Marylands current $8 bil-
$785,340,000 of Tax-Exempt Refunding service costs. Overall, Marylands citizens enues (HURs). lion six-year investment in state roads
Bonds (Series B). benet from the investment in Marylands Since the beginning of our adminis- and bridges.
In todays competitive sales: schools, colleges, hospitals, and cultural tration, we have been committed to in- We encourage you to get your ap-
- $550 million in tax-exempt bonds projects that will be supported with these vesting in roads and bridges across the plications in quickly so we can get this
in Series A sold at a true interest cost of bond proceeds. state, said Governor Hogan. Our local funding to you, where it can make a dif-
2.285%; the winning bidder was Citigroup Maryland is one of only 11 states to cur- jurisdictions rely on these crucial funds ference for all Marylanders across the
Global Markets Inc.; and the net premium rently hold the AAA rating, the highest for long-overdue road projects that im- state, said Transportation Secretary
was $94,089,802; possible rating, from all three major bond pact the safety and quality of life of Pete Rahn.
- $785.3 million in tax-exempt refund- rating agencies. The AAA was afrmed our citizens. To be considered for the grant funds,
ing bonds in Series B sold at a true interest by Fitch Ratings, Moodys Investors, and The Hogan administration has invest- county and municipal leaders will sign
cost of 1.657%; the winning bidder was S&P Global Ratings as recently as August ed $14.8 billion in the states Consolidat- and return the Transportation Grant Ap-
Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and the 3, 2017, in anticipation of this bond sale. ed Transportation Plan, including nearly plication Form. These signed applica-
debt service savings, on a present value The Maryland State Treasurers Ofce $8 billion towards roads and bridges tions certify that jurisdictions will par-
basis, is estimated to be $75.8 million. expects to conduct another bond sale in throughout our state. Across MDOT, ticipate in the grant and use the funds
There were six bidders on Series A and February or March, 2018. from the Helen Delich Bentley Port of only on transportation projects. Here is a
ve bidders on Series B. Baltimore and the Baltimore/Washing- link to download the application: www.
ton International Thurgood Marshall mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Docu-
Airport to highways and toll facilities, ments/HUR%20FY2018%20Grant%20
we have nearly 1,000 projects totaling $9 Application.docx
billion currently under construction. For
the past three years, Governor Hogan From Hannah Marr,
has fought to return HURs to past lev- Ofce of the Governor

Jurisdictional Medical Director

The Commissioners of St. Marys at Alleghney General Hospital in Pitts-
County have appointed Daniel Geary, burgh and Director of Quality & Opera-
MD FACEP, Jurisdictional Medical Di- tions for Allegheny Health Network.
rector (JMD). The commissioners welcome Dr.
In the role of JMD, Dr. Geary will Geary as our new Jurisdictional Medi-
oversee the quality of patient care pro- cal Director, said Commissioner Presi-
vided by the Emergency Medical Ser- dent Randy Guy. He brings a wealth of
vices Operational Program (EMSOP.) experience to the position as we seek to
He will participate in and provide medi- continue providing the nest emergency
For a limited time, enjoy special savings cal expertise in all aspects of the service medical response and care to the citi-
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23306 Three Notch Rd St. Marys Hospital. He has previously at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville,
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in Natron Heights, Pennsylvania; Medi- Director is a part time position and Dr.
cal Director of Integrated Acute Care Gearys appointment is effective Sep-
Services at Somerset Hospital in Somer- tember 5.
set, Pennsylvania; EMS Medical Direc-
tor for the Berlin, Somerset and Myers- From St. Marys County PIO
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St. Marys County Sheriffs Ofce Crime Report

Criminal Summons: 07/28/17-Assault 2nd Degree-Lester On-View Arrests: 07/31/17 Bur-
Marvel Scriber, age 44, of Valley Lee glary Deputy
07/28/17-Possession of CDS Not was charged via a criminal summons 07/30/17 Assault Corporal J. Yin- First Class S. Tir-
Marijuana- Charles Edward Summers, by Deputy M. Beyer for Assault 2nd gling responded to the 40000 block of pak responded to
age 34, of California was charged via Degree. King Drive in Mechanicsville for a the 17000 block of
a criminal summons by Deputy G. 07/24/17-Theft Less than reported assault. The investigation re- Three Notch Road
Muschette for Possession of CDS Not $100-Markus Anthonio Carter, age vealed the suspect, Paul Richard Stew- in Dameron for a
Marijuana. 20, of Lexington Park was charged via art, age 62, of Mechanicsville assault- reported burglary in
07/28/17-Burglary 4th Degree-Kyle criminal summons by Deputy T. Si- ed the victim leaving visible signs of Hoyer progress. The inves-
Steven Bryant, age 19, of Charlotte ciliano for Theft Less than $100 injury. The suspect was arrested and tigation revealed the
Hall, was charged via Criminal Sum- transported to the St. Marys County suspect, Jonathan Stephen Hoyer, age
mons by Lieutenant Stephen Simonds Detention and Rehabilitation Center 24, of no xed address, broke into
for Burglary 4th Degree. where he was charged with Assault the victims residence several times,
2nd Degree. CASE # 40127-17 stealing the property of the victim, as
well as causing damage to the victims
08/01/17 Assault property. The suspect was arrested
Deputy S. Shelko and transported to the St. Marys
responded to the St. County Detention and Rehabilitation
LOCKOUT . TIRE CHANGE Marys County De- Center where he was charged with
tention and Reha- three counts of Burglary 4th Degree,
bilitation Center for Theft Less than $100 and Malicious
MOTORCYLE & ACCIDENT TOWING a reported assault on Destruction of Property, Value less
a corrections ofcer. than $1000. CASE# 40294-17
LOCAL & LONG DISTANCE Swann The investigation re-
vealed the suspect, 08/01/17 Assault
Joseph Martin Swann, age 36, of Wal- on a DOC Inmate
dorf, assaulted a corrections ofcer by Corporal J. Davis
301-737-2636 shoving and then actively resisting be- responded to the St.
ing detained. The suspect was charged Marys County De-
pjstowing247@gmail.com with Assault 2nd Degree DOC Emp. tention and Reha-
CASE #40391-17 bilitation Center for
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SLADE, L.L.C. Three Arsons Under


By Guy Leonard The rst blaze destroyed the in-

Staff Writer terior of a car, stolen from Charles
County and left in a wooded area be-
Two people living in a Pathways hind properties in the 29000 block of
home in California were able to es- Three Notch Road. Fire marshals say
cape before a blaze set there gutted the car was intentionally set ablaze but
the home early morning Tuesday. That burned itself out before it was found
re, as well as two others, are under by security personnel on the property.
investigation by state re marshals. The second arson in the north por-
The house re took 27 reght- tion of the county occurred when an
ers from the Bay District Volunteer unknown suspect or suspects ignited
Fire Department 30 minutes to knock paper products on the oor of the
down, re marshals reported. Southern States store as well as at-
Both occupants were able to escape tempted to set re to gloves on a hang-
without injury, investigators stated. ing display.
The re was started in the kitch- There was no re department re-
en, investigators stated, and caused sponse as there was little damage ex-
$70,000 in damage to the structure cept to a small amount of merchandise,
and $5,000 in damage to the contents. re investigators stated.
Charges are pending in that arson,
re investigators stated. guyleonard@countytimes.net
The others occurred in Charlotte
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Washingtons Wahoo
This isnt As the Nationals finally became a
about Char- contender in 2012, Zimmerman began
lottesville, having chronic shoulder problems. Er-
Virginia, but rant throws and stints on the disabled
rather a man list became the norm. To compensate,
who spent a Zimmerman was moved to first base on
lot of time a full-time basis in 2015. It didnt work.
there Ryan Zimmerman, who had batted under .275
Zimmerman. only once from 2005-2014, saw his aver-
Several age drop to .249 in 2015 and crater to
years ago, too many for comfort, Zim- .218 in 2016. It was painful to watch.
merman starred for the University of Wholly indecent and unfair. The one-
Virginia baseball team. He was a slick- time face of the franchise looked done.
fielding third baseman with impressive But baseballs a funny game, one
offensive chops - a rare combination that where magical seasons can appear from
earned him the eye of MLB scouts. nowhere to make or rejuvenate careers.
About the same time Zimmerman Zimmerman is in the midst of such a
was done playing ball for the Wahoos, season. With roughly 40 games remain-
a really bad MLB team was jettisoning ing, Zimmerman is hitting .307 with 29
Montreal and settling in to a new home homeruns and 86 RBI and is on-pace to
in the lower 48, one that had been with- set career highs in all categories. More
out a professional baseball team for over importantly, hes avoided the disabled
30 years. The team, of course, became list (knock on wood). It is a heart-
the Washington Nationals and it used warming renaissance that is reminiscent
the fourth overall pick in the 2005 MLB of one experienced by another franchise
Draft, its first since moving south, to se- legend in Baltimore a generation ago.
lect Zimmerman. Entering the 1991 season, Cal Ripken
It was an unlikely marriage given that Jr. hadnt hit above .264 since 1986. The
the team didnt exist when Zimmerman Streak was alive and well, but his ca-
enrolled at Virginia, but it had a story- reer was at a crossroads. Then he found
book quality too obvious to ignore: The somethingsomething spectacular.
semi-local kid Zimmerman grew up in Ripken solidified his status an immor-
Virginia Beach before moving to Char- tal by hitting .323, belting 34 homeruns,
lottesville - gets picked by the new home recording 114 RBI all career highs
team in need of a young star to enrap- and winning the 1991 American League
ture a newborn fan base. MVP award. Zimmermans not quite
Zimmerman was all the Nationals having a year like that (nor is he the
could have hoped for. With his exten- player Ripken was), but the rejuvenating
sive college experience, Zimmerman and validating effect is the same, and it
fast-tracked through the minor leagues couldnt have happened to two better or
and was called up late in the 2005 sea- more humble and classy men.
son. From 2006-2012, a period when In late 2016 and in late 1990, Zim-
Washington transitioned from a bottom- merman and Ripken, respectively, faced
feeder to playoff mainstay, Zimmerman a chasm between the players their stats
was the franchise rock. Before Stephen said they were and the players they still
Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Anthony Ren- hoped to be. Battered but not broken,
don and a whole lot of wins arrived, inspired more than deterred, both men
Zimmerman consistently batted around persevered through the ugly, the unrec-
.280, hit 20-25 homeruns a year, played ognizable and the completely unaccept-
a gold glove-level third base and was, able and rediscovered the best of them-
in short, one of the few reasons to care selves. President Barrack Obama once
about the Nationals. He also had what said, The best way not to feel hopeless
fans love a flair for the dramatic. In is to get up and do something. Zim-
his first major league at-bat, Zimmer- merman and Ripken clearly did.
man stroked a double. And in the first Thats good soul food for individu-
game at Nationals Park in 2008, Zim- als and society at large. Hmmmaybe
merman hit a walk-off homerun in the this was more about Charlottesville than
bottom of the ninth. I originally thought.
But reality sometimes intervenes to
spoil fairytales. RonaldGuyJr@gmail.com
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CSM Students Intern at University Summer

of Maryland UAS Test Site
Community College Connects Students
Sidewalk Sale
to Internships
The projects once would have been all the students included a discussion of
considered futuristic a quadcop- the challenges faced during their proj-
ter that works both in the air and in ects and lessons learned. I ew a drone Buy 2,
the water, another that ies and then for the rst time.
transforms into a rolling vehicle once Babinski ended her presentation
Get 3rd
it lands, software that translates a mas-
sive amount of information collected by
with a request for more women in the
internship program, an idea endorsed 30 %
ALL Telescope &
a swarm of drones into a coherent report by the program administrators. Babin- ALL Azaleas
for a human. College students still in the ski is president of the CSM Women in Wicker Furniture (including Encore & Bloom-a-Thon)
process of working on their bachelor de- STEM club.
grees designed these projects and others Gesser, a mechanical engineering
this summer, all applying Unmanned major at CSM, took on a project dur-
Aircraft Systems (UAS)-related solu- ing his internship that was suggested
tions to real-world challenges. by National Aeronautics and Space Ad-
These students, seated around a u- ministrations (NASA) Goddard Space
shaped brieng table, each took a turn Flight Center. I worked on two separate
Aug. 4 presenting their project cre- systems, one for the NASA project that
ated during their just-completed, two- was designed to integrate a hyper spec-
month summer internship at the Uni-
versity of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site in
tral sensor package onto a UAV and one
for NOAA, he said. The National Oce-
anic and Atmospheric Administration 50 %
25 %
ALL Berries
California, Md. (NOAA) Center for Weather and Cli-
Its been a really good experience, mate Prediction project involved Gesser
ALL Rhododendrons & Fruit Trees
said UAS Test Site Director Matt Scas- mounting a sensor payload to a UAV as
sero, commending the quality of the well as protecting the payload in case of
groups work and projects. a crash.
The 10 students included two from the The work required that Gesser create
College of Southern Maryland (CSM), this system primarily from measure-
sophomores Kristina Babinski of La ments from the payload and sensors he
Plata and Edward Gesser III of Me- was trying to protect, without having the
chanicsville, with the rest of the interns actual payload and sensors present as he

25 1/3
coming from the UMD. Babinski and worked. Gesser used a 3-D printer to
Gesser were the rst CSM interns in the create custom parts. I was quite pleased % Off
three-year history of the intern program it all t when I was nished, he said. Off
and were two of only three interns who Gesser said the two-month-long in- ALL Large Fountains ALL Metal
hadnt completed the rst half of their ternship project extensively enhanced Priced $150 & more Garden Benches
bachelors degree. his CAD skills. I enjoyed working on
They really held their own. They a larger-scale project and to be able to
have both done an excellent job, said
CSM Assistant Professor Byron Brezi-
contribute to what they are doing at the
test site, he said. Fall Color Is Here
na, who served as a mentor to Babinski While this was the rst time CSM
and Gesser during the internship. students have been invited to participate
They all brought their individual in the UMD UAS Test Site internship
challenges and strengths to the table and program, it will not be the last. Scassero
banded together to take on the research said the UMD UAS Test Site administra-
problems and solve them collaborative- tors sit on advisory boards for CSM cur-
ly, Scassero said. Once it was time to riculum and know the quality of CSMs
work and y their research it was game- faculty, staff and students, both as a
on, and they were a great team. stand-alone institution concentrating on
Babinski, an electrical engineering workforce development and as a feeder
major at CSM and the only female stu- path to other higher education centers.
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14 Feature The County Times Thursday, August 24, 2017

7th District Optimists Still in High Spirits

By Guy Leonard It was a tremendous
Staff Writer amount of work for the
volunteers, said Jim Bana-
Back in 1968 the 7th District was as rural and pristine gan, the first president of
as it is today but according to the founding members of the Optimists here.
the eponymous Optimist Club, there wasnt much to do Everybody worked,
there for young people. Banagan said, adding
So a group of intrepid residents there started the that the close-knit band
drive to have their own Optimist Club to enrich their of Optimists relished the
community for youth. challenges of serving their
Optimist Club officials who came down to counsel community no matter the
the local group didnt think there was enough interest, fundraiser or event they
though. put on.
They didnt think it would work, said Eddie Bai- We had more fun than
ley, a charter member. We chartered with 43 members anyone we had good
and that was a lot for an Optimist Club. people, Banagan said. It
It took about six to eight weeks to make it happen. never wouldve gone on if
In those days, Bailey said, even $500 or $600 the it hadnt been for them.
club raised could go a long way. In the early days of
For $500 you could put on a good affair for the kids the festival thousands of
in the 7th District, said Bailey. people would take boats
With that core group began the philanthropic efforts out to St. Clements Island, as one of the younger members of the group. But Ill
of one of the best-known community organizations in the initial landing site of English colonists, some even never quit this club.
St. Marys County. on U.S. Navy landing barges brought in to handle the Of all the challenges the group faces each year, Al-
Starting out by raising money to build baseball fields swelling crowds. derson said, the greatest was not keeping up with fun-
in the 7th District, their efforts spread to scholarships, Optimists estimated that about 10,000 would make draising events, but finding enough newer people to
sponsoring Project Graduation, donating money to their way to the island in the old days to enjoy the volunteer.
hospitals, holding oratory and essay skills competi- festivities. There are slightly more than 100 active members in
tions and helping fund the treatment of children with Few knew just what it took to make it all happen. the 7th District Optimist Club, Alderson said, and it is a
cancer. It was at least two weeks work setting it all up, challenge to get more than 20 at a meeting.
The club has grown with the programs we do, said Eddie Bailey said. This club needs to survive, Alderson said. Our
Ronald Smitty Smith. Richard Lord, head of the committee organizing biggest challenge is the level of participation in my
The club also helps those with medical needs and the Blessing of the Fleet said this years event would agegroup.
disabilities by loaning out much needed medical equip- include fireworks, a parade, a magic show for chil- Along with all the events the club puts on each year
ment like wheelchairs with their ACTS (A Community dren, pony rides, a moon bounce and a rock wall for for youth and the community, members say the bonds
That Shares) program. climbing. they forged between each other as they grew the orga-
We get 16 to 18 calls a day for help from that pro- As the biggest event of the year for the Optimists, it nization helped them make a stronger community.
gram, said Sam Bo Bailey. still remains their greatest effort as well. We worked hard and we played hard, said Eddie
The clubs biggest event, the Blessing of the Fleet Its quite an undertaking, Lord said. I got quite a Bailey. It was good to really get to know people.
coming in October, started out as a partnership be- rude awakening when I took over planning it. Weve got so many people living in the 7th District
tween the Optimists and the local Catholic church, said The organization is also holding its first Bushwood- now, they dont associate with each other.
charter member Bob Kopel, who served as one of the stock 2017 rock music festival this weekend at the 7th The example set by the older charter members pro-
clubs presidents. District Optimist Park in Bushwood on Coltons Point vides inspiration for the younger members to keep
It started out as a mass and a blessing for the oyster Road. working hard.
boat fleet, he said. It was a natural for a fundraiser. This event, too, is to raise money for scholarships We try to carry on what these men started, Alder-
This coming October will mark the 50th anniversary for local students. Sometimes the members regret sign- son said. Its a daunting task.
of the event, which, at its beginning was once held on ing on to so much work as volunteers but that feeling
St. Clements Island just off Coltons Point. passes when they see the results. guyleonard@countytimes.net
That included bringing all kinds of large items over Sometimes I regret it, but thats only when 13 or 14
to the island from the mainland including Ferris wheels things pile up in front of me that needed to be done yes-
and horses for horse pulls. terday, said Mike Alderson, who at 47 counts himself

Past Presidents Bob Kopel and Russ Cullins

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dog day rock concert

sATURDAY, aUG 26 12P-7P

Six gun south

Billy Breslin
Bob schaller & friends
Tickets $20.00 proceeds to benefit BECA and the 7th district optimist
Show your rock n roll spirit by dressing as a hippie/Hipster or a
good old fashioned southern rocker!
Food and drinks will be available for purchase and as always, lawn chairs
and blankets are welcome but please leave your coolers at home
Photo by Frank Marquart

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

David Joseph Hockaday was his game). where she served in many capacities, by her siblings: Clarence Forrest,
The family had a celebration of such as, a choir member, greeter, and Sandra Knott, Virginia Abell, and
David Joseph Life Memorial Service in his memo- she volunteered for the kitchen staff Helen Marie Langley.
Hockaday 55, ry on Thursday August 10 th, 2017 at to cater various events at church and She was a lifelong St. Marys
passed away July the Lexington Park United Method- the county fair, until her health be- County, MD resident. Florence
18th, 2017 at his ist Church where David and Cassan- gan to fail. worked as an Accounting Manager
home in Lexing- dra were members. During her past time, she enjoyed for the Harry Lunderberg School of
ton Park, MD. working word search puzzles, fish- Seamanship for 37 years, retiring on
He was born on Bertha Mae Cooley ing, gardening, bowling, traveling, July 1, 2014. She enjoyed; putting on
June 14th 1962 in and watching the Orioles. church bingo, spent countless hours
Arlington, VA. Bertha Mae Bertha maintained a close relation- baking and giving away her beloved
David was preceeded in death by Cooley sadly de- ship with her cousin Mary. Having cakes. She also loved, spending time
his parents, Margret and Graham parted this life migrated from Raleigh, NC together; with family and grandchildren.
Hockaday and his sister Ruth Greene. on Thursday, Bertha to Lexington Park and Mary Pallbearers will be; Allen Abell,
David is survived by his wife Cas- August 10, 2017 to Philadelphia, PA. They enjoyed Mike Abell, Benny Knott, Herman
sandra Bechas-Hockaday and his 4 at Calvert Me- their annual trips visiting each other Knott, Eugene Forrest, and Phil
children - Sara, Graham, Holly and morial Hospi- and together visiting the relatives Langley. Honorary Pallbearers will
Lucas Hockaday, and his 4 grand- tal, surrounded and friends they left behind in Ra- be Tyler Bean, Joseph Paiz, and
children - Emma and Katey Ander- by family. leigh. Once their health prevented Bobby Clements. Contributions may
son and Isaiah David and Prince She was born on November 10, them from traveling, they maintained be made to Hospice of St. Marys
Thomas Hockaday . David was also 1929. She was educated in the Ra- weekly telephone calls until Berthas P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD and
survived by his bother Sonny Hocka- leigh, NC public school system. She passing. Trinity Episcopal Church P.O. Box
day, sister Peggy Lee Ritter and Lu- migrated to Lexington Park, MD Berthas final trip was to Ft Lau- 207 St. Marys City, MD 20686. Ar-
cinda Cooper, and best friend/cousin in 1954. She was employed by the derdale, FL this past June to see her rangements by Mattingley-Gardiner
Randy (Nubins) Cooper and his life- St. Marys County Board of Edu- granddaughter graduate from Keiser Funeral Home.
long friend and mother of his chil- cation for nearly 20 years until her University. Despite her illness, she
dren, Patricia Jones. retirement. was determined to make that trip. Philip Alfred Al Gatton
David worked in the painters Bertha was a devoted mother, Bertha leaves to mourn her pass-
union for over 15 years enjoying his grandmother, and a loving friend. ing her devoted children, Gloria and Philip Alfred
work. He was a loving father and She had a special presence about her John (Jay); two grandchildren, Lessi- Al Gatton, 85
grandfather. Family meant the world that will truly be missed. To know ena and Terrell; a daughter-in-law, of Leonardtown,
to him. Win or lose he was and al- Bertha was to love her. LaDonna; an honorary son-in-law, MD passed away
ways will be a Redskins fan. In his Bertha was a devoted Catholic. Ricky Spriggs; a dedicated cousin, on August 19,
free time he loved to take road trips She was a member of the Immacu- Mary Fairy; other relatives, and 2017 in Leonard-
and hit the casino (Texas Hold em late Heart of Mary, Catholic Church, many friends. Preceding her in death town, MD. Born
was her mother, Ella Malachi. on June 11, 1932
Serving as pallbearers will be in Bushwood,
Duane Cooper, DeLante Edwards, MD, he was the son of the late Fran-
Jasper Jacks, John Jacks, Charlie Ne- ces Louise Gatton and Philip Domi-
smith and Jerry West Jr. nic Gatton. Al was the loving hus-
Condolences to the family may be band of the late Jeanne Sunderland
made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Gatton, whom he married on July 4,
Arrangements by the Brinsfield 1952 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic
Funeral Home, P.A. Church Compton, MD, and who pre-
ceded in death on July 22, 2013. Al
Florence Lorraine is survived by his children; Sandra
Whitten Abell (George) of Leonardtown, MD,
Joyce Downs (Preston) of Mechan-
Florence Lor- icsville, MD, and Philip L. Gatton
raine Whitten, (Tracy) of Hollywood, MD. Grand-
of Callaway, MD daughters Melissa Long (Brandon)
passed away on of Mechanicsville, MD and Shannon
August 13, 2017 Dent (Rob) of Chaptico, MD, 3 great-
in Callaway, MD. grandchildren; Hailey and Christo-
Born on Septem- pher Long and Robby Dent. Siblings:
ber 15, 1945 she Francis Morehead, Ralph Gatton
was the daughter and Ellen Hill. He was preceded in
of the late Jeanette A. Tucker Forrest death by his siblings; Doris Bussler,
An Independent Family-Owned Funeral Home and Ernest Forrest. Florence was the Everett Gatton and Calvin Gatton.
loving wife of Kenneth Ray Whitten Al was a lifelong St. Marys Coun-
Serving Southern Maryland for over 100 Years ty, MD resident and graduated from
whom she married in Trinity Episco-
pal Church St. Marys City, MD on Margaret Brent High School in 1949.
Michael K. Gardiner, C.F.S.P., C.P.C.
April 15, 1986 and who preceded her Al Served in the United States Navy
Funeral Director/President
in death on December 11, 2014. from May 11, 1951 to May 10, 1955.
Florence is survived by her chil- While serving in the United States
dren: Tommy Bean (Mary) of Valley Navy he earned the Good Conduct
Lee, MD, Christina Butler (John) of Medal and National Defense Service
Medal, his duty stations included
Providing trusted service to the community for over 100 Years Charlottesville, VA, Steven Whitten
Patuxent River Naval Air Station in
of Seattle, WA, Lucy Jo Whitten of
41590 Fenwick Street P.O. Box 270 Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 Suffolk, VA, Lori Sills of Baltimore, Patuxent River, MD. Prior to taking
www.mgfh.com MD and 21 grandchildren and 12 ownership of the Hills Club Restau-

great grandchildren and sister Jean rant he worked for Stewart Petro-
Clements. She was preceded in death leum Company for 16 years as a cook
Thursday, August 24, 2017 The County Times Obituaries 19
on their tugboats. Al was the restau- William Gatton Patuxent Motors Gulf/Chevron in late Herbert Cole in Washington,
rant proprietor of the Hills Club Res- Hughesville, MD, and Leonardtown DC.
taurant, retiring on March 18, 1990 William Ever- Golf/Chevron in Leonardtown, MD Billy worked as a Crane Operator
after 21 years. Al was a member and ett Gatton, 90, for 55 years retiring on August of for Operating Engineers Local #77.
past president of the Mechanicsville of Leonardtown, 1988. Everett enjoyed playing cards, He enjoyed classic cars, drag racing
Lions Club, Mechanicsville, MD, as MD formerly yard work, and riding his bike. and showing his 70 Chevy pickup.
well as past member of the Mechan- from St. Cle- The family will receive friends on He loved his pets, Maggie, BJ and
icsville Moose Lodge Mechanics- ments Shores Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 2:00 Teddy.
ville, MD, and American Legion in passed away on PM-5:00 PM with prayers recited at Billy is survived by his wife of
Hughesville, MD. He served on the August 19, 2017 3:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner 49 years, Sharyn Patricia McDon-
Board of Directors for the Mechanic- in Callaway, MD. Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, ald Cole, his daughter, Karen Marie
sville Vol. Rescue Squad. Al loved to Born on October 26, 1926 in Avenue, where a Funeral Service will be held Irvin, his brother, Bruce Cole, his
fish, hunt and cook. MD, he was the son of the late Fran- on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10:00 Aunt, Valerie Laing, brothers in law,
The family will receive friends on ces Louise Gatton and Philip Domi- AM with Father Bob Kosty officiat- Bruce McDonald, Mike McDonald,
Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 2:00 nic Gatton. Everett was the loving ing. Interment will follow in Charles Danny McDonald, Freddy McDonald
PM 5:00 PM with prayers recited husband of Cecilia Regina Gatton, Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, and Todd Parks; and his step-grand-
at 3:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gar- whom he married in Immaculate MD. children, Rani Irvin Brady and Cha-
diner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Conception Catholic Church in Me- Pallbearers will be Jimmy-Lee risma Irvin Brady and many other
MD, where a Funeral Service will chanicsville, MD on June 23, 1951, Berned, Jason Gatton, John Damon, relatives and friends. In addition to
be held on Monday, August 28, 2017 and who preceded him in death on Mike Tayman, Danny Johnson, and his parents, Billy is predeceased by
at 10:00 AM with Father Bob Kosty October 25, 2009. Felippe Bardales. Honorary Pallbear- his sister, Bonnie Dorman.
officiating. Interment will follow in Everett is survived by his children; ers will be Jim Berned, and Tommy A Funeral Service will be Thurs-
Charles Memorial Gardens Leonard- Deborah Berned (Jim) of Leonard- Tippett. Contributions may be made day, August 24, 2017 at 10:30AM
town, MD. Pallbearers will be: Rob- town, MD, Cheryl Tippett (Tommy) to Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home
ert Dent, Rocky Woodburn, Brandon of Lexington Park, MD, Melinda P.O. Box 299 Leonardtown, MD with interment immediately follow-
Long, Jerry Downs Joe Jarboe and Russell of Morganza, MD, 6 grand- 20650 and Hospice of St. Marys P.O. ing at Charles Memorial Gardens,
Herman Downs. Honorary Pall- children, 9 great grandchildren, and Box 325 Leonardtown, MD 20650. 26235 Point Lookout Road, Leonar-
bearers will be; George Abell, Pres- 1 great great grandchild. Siblings; Arrangements by Mattingley-Gar- dtown, MD 20650.
ton Downs, Dickie Graves, Eddie Frances Morehead, Ralph Gatton, and diner Funeral Home. Memorial donations in Billys
Copsey, Lee Downs, and IZ (Buck) Ellen Hill. He was preceded in death name may be made to: St. Marys
Swarey. by his daughter Joan Marie Raymus- Billy Cole Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box
Contributions may be made to the Bohannon and son in law Kevin Rus- 1232, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. sell, siblings; Doris Bussler, Calvin Billy Cole, 70, of Mechanicsville,
Box 50 Leonardtown, MD 20650 and Gatton, and AlfredGatton. Maryland, passed away on August
Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad He graduated from Margaret Brent 16, 2017 at MedStar St. Marys Hos-
P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD and was a lifelong resident of St. pital, Leonardtown, Maryland. Billy
20659. Marys County, MD. Everett was was born on October 1, 1946 to the
a Service station Manager for the late Catherine Bushong Cole and the

STEP 1: Selecting a location You dont need ing process. Also, add a small amount of water,
much space for this project, an area as small as you want the compost to be slightly moist, the
6 by 6 is plenty. If you plan to compost in the microbes work better in this environment.
winter, choose a sunny spot, otherwise a location
with some shade will help to keep the compost STEP 6: Heat After a week, check to see if the
moist during the summer months. pile is heating up. This is part of the compost-
ing process. The center may get as hot as 150
STEP 2: Bin design You can purchase a ready degrees F. If the center isnt warmer than the
made bin or build one yourself out of basic mate- outside of the pile, you may need to add more
rial(s). The simplest enclosure made of 3 wide, GREEN materials to get the process started.
1 wire mesh, formed into a 3 diameter circle,
securing the ends to one another using wooden STEP 7: Turn the pile Composting works best
stakes for support. under oxygen-rich conditions. The pile should

Ten Steps to Another easy enclo-

sure is by reusing four
old shipping pallets,
be turned at least once a week with a shovel
or pitchfork. This
will ensure that all

Home Composting
secured side to side, the ingredients are
making a square box. thoroughly mixed and
will become completely
STEP 3: Filling the bin All organic matter, broken down.
things that were once alive or come from living
things is compostable. This includes yard waste STEP 8: Troubleshooting Odors stem from
Why Compost at Home? such as leaves and grass clippings, kitchen two possible problems: too much GREEN, or
wastes such as fruit and vegetable leavings, cof- not enough oxygen. In either case, immediately
fee grounds, tea leaves, egg shells, etc. DO NOT turn the pile to introduce more oxygen. If the
Composting recycles your compost animal products such as meat, bones, problem is too much GREEN, add more BROWN
wastes into a valuable soil fat, grease or pet feces. material(s). An overly wet pile may also cause
bad odors, if so, use less water.
amendment that can be used STEP 4: Ecient composting Any combination
to improve your soil and plant- of organic materials will eventually degrade. For STEP 9: Compost After three to ten weeks and
ings. a higher quality product, use a mixture of com- many turnings, your compost should be dark,
patible material. Rule-of-thumb, mix equal parts moist, crumbly and ready to use.
Disposal of leaves, grass, of BROWN (dry leaves, straw, sawdust, etc.) with
GREEN (grass clippings, garden weeds, kitchen STEP 10: Using your compost Technically,
clipping and other yard waste scraps) ingredients and shred or cut larger mate- compost is not a fertilizer, it is an excellent soil
is a problem for homeowners.
rials for quick composting. Keep kitchen scraps
on the inside of the pile to decompose faster.
amendment that improves the structure and
quality of your soil. Use your compost in garden
Yard and food waste make beds to increase soil porosity and aeration,
up 30% of the solid waste stream in the U.S. STEP 5: Lets get started When combining around shrubs to keep weeds at a minimum and
your BROWN and GREEN ingredients, you help retain moisture.
Composting is easy, requiring minimal should add a shovel or two of soil, this will add
amounts of space and eort. microbes into the mix to facilitate the decompos-

For additional recycling information, contact the St. Marys County DPW&T at (301) 475-4200 or visit MDE website at:
20 In Our Community The County Times Thursday, August 24, 2017

Solomons Dragon Boat Festival has Successful Second Year

By Dick Myers son, who was one of the founders of the
Editor festivals sponsor, Southern Maryland
Community Resources (SMCR). The or-
In only its second year, the Solomons Is- ganizations Executive Director Bonnie
land Dragon Boat Festival seems destined Elward welcomed everyone during the
to be a major event on the summer sched- opening ceremony.
ule. That conclusion can be drawn from Operating in both St. Marys and Cal-
the large crowd that packed the island on vert counties, SMCR describes themselves
Saturday Aug. 19 to view the races and the on their website: SMCR promotes the
surrounding events. And, it also can be inclusion of persons with developmental
judged by the significant increase in race differences into the life of our community.
team participants, from 18 boats last year We advocate for individuals with special
to 28 his year. Each boat contained a crew needs, to recognize the inherent dignity
of 18 plus a steer paddler and a drummer. that is theirs because they are members of
Crews came from both sides of the river our one human family. We promote social
and represented churches, businesses and recreational and educational opportunities
nom-profit organizations. The crews set up where individuals with developmental dif-
tents on the parking lot along one stretch ferences can contribute their unique gifts
of the boardwalk. The staging area was to and develop their potential.
the north end of the boardwalk and the fin- Another indication of the expanding
ish line off the middle of the boardwalk. success of the event was the securing this Teams from St. Aloysius, St. Johns and Our Lady Star of the Sea compete in a heat of the Dragon Boat
The front lawn of Our Lady Star of year of a major corporate sponsor -- Cedar Races in Solomons.
the Sea Church contained food and craft Point Federal Credit Union.
vendors. That was also the location of This year also featured a challenge be-
the opening ceremony, which included tween dragon boat teams from the Calvert
the painting of the eyes and tongues on and St. Marys County sheriffs offices.
the dragons that adorned the front of the The Calvert team was called Mike and
boats. Mike after Sheriff Mike Evans and Coun-
The boats are supplied by a national ty Commissioner Mike Hart.
company called 22Dragons. Company The St. Mays team, called #Bethefirst,
President Philip Goldfinch said the adding bested the Calvert team in head-to-head
of the eyes awakened the dragons for their competition and then lost the final heat to
task ahead. a team called the Dragon Flies.
The dragons were blessed in the open-
ing ceremony by Pastor Msgr. Mike Wil- dickmyers@countytimes.net

i ng t o n e
e x
L ark A c t i v
m unity
P d ult Com
St. Johns Church team gets ready to compete.

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Msgr. Mike Wilson of Our Lady Star of the Sea blesses the dragon heads.
Thursday, August 24, 2017 The County Times In Our Community 21

Johnny Woods Annual

Fundraising Barbeque Cat of the Week
My birth name is Scarlet, but my California every Saturday and Sun-
adoptive family named me Princess day from 10:30 to 3 but I have to put
Pea (a.k.a. Pea). I was born in July myself out there so someone might
2016 so I am very young. I am timid adopt me. Will you rescue me and
and sweet. I love to be petted and give me the love I am craving? You
receive attention from my family. I can fill out an application at www.
love playing with the children and feralcatrescuemd.org and email it to
snuggling them. I am really affec- diane@feralcatrescuemd.org
tionate and when you get in bed at Love always, Princess Pea
night, I want to be right there snug-
gling with you. Sadly, my family
could not keep me due to allergies. I
really dont like going to the Petco in

Former delegate Johnny Wood talks to some of the attendees at this annual fundraising barbeque at
Olde Breton Inn on Aug. 22.

Pet of the Week

Hi, my name is Squirt. I was wan-
dering along a very busy highway
when a Good Samaritan picked me up
Bo and Eddie Bailey at Johnny Woods annual fundraising barbeque at Eddies Olde Breton Inn.
and brought me to the shelter. Im only
3 months old and I dream of nding a

Aerial Inspirations Fine Art

HOME that will LOVE me forever!
Im looking for a partner to toss
around my play mice or snuggle
and Flight at Pax Museum on the couch.
Are YOU that someone?
The Patuxent River Naval Air Mu- to earn about Mary Edna and her artistic Please Choose Me!!
seum is proud to announce the opening process. The lecture will be August 24th And remember, if there is room
of its rst art exhibition: Aerial Inspira- at 6pm. in the heart, there is room in
tions. The exhibit will feature the work Tickets for the event can be purchased the house!
of Mary Edna Fraser, a Charleston- in advance at http://www.paxmuseum.
based artist. Large scale installations of com/plan-your-visit.php and will be
Please come meet me and the won-
silk fabric dyed in batik fashion and in- available at the door. The batik art will derful gang at the Tri-County Animal
spired directly by Frasers aerial photog- be on display in the main museum hall Shelter (6707 Animal Shelter Road,
raphy of land and sea will be installed in until October 13 and viewing the works Hughesville) or call 301-932-1713 for
the new building this fall. An opening is included in the regular admission fees. more information. To see more of my
night reception is also planned with a Association members receive a dis- amazing friends available for adop-
lecture and book signing to be held the count on tickets.
following night. tion, like us on Facebook @ Tri-
Fraser will be holding a lecture and From Patuxent River Naval Air Museum County Animal Shelter Southern MD.
book signing where guests will be able
22 In Our Community The County Times Thursday, August 24, 2017

Community Calendar Yard Sale @ 2nd VFD&RS

To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar, please email timescalendar@countytimes.net
with the listing details by 12 p.m. on the Monday prior to our Thursday publication.

Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust So- The Back to School Fair will feature
Ongoing 2nd Dist. VFD&RS, 45245 Drayden cial at Summerseat Farm informational mini sessions for parents
Aqua Zumba Classes No Contract, No Rd., Valley Lee, MD 20692 26655 Three Notch Rd, Mechanicsville, and students, a school supplies giveaway
Membership! 7:00 AM - 12 Noon MD 20659 (while supplies last) and light refresh-
45779 Fire Dept Ln, California, MD Yard Sale Event 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM ments. Admission is Free! Mini ses-
20619 POC: Kelly 240-299-5261Reserve a Join PTLT and Summerseat for a day of sions include Smart Ways to Organize,
7:00 PM Table for $10.00 (preferred by Sun. 20 old-fashioned fun on Aug. 26th, 10:00 Avoiding Homework Stress, Managing
Lets bring the Zumba Party in the Aug.) or come attendSome items for AM- 2:00PM! Activities will include: Emotions/Conict Resolutions, Healthy
water. Aqua Zumba Wednesdays and saleUsed White Whirlpool: Dish- A badminton tournament (with prizes), Nutrition/Health Sleep Habits, Commu-
Saturdays washer, Oven, & Over stove Micro- hiking, archery, petanque/bocce, and nicating: Developing a Partnership Be-
Elks pool wave; & Dresser w/mirror 8 drawers. lawn games. Please bring your lawn tween the Student/Parent/Teacher, The
The Coolest Thing About Zumba is That Sponsored by the 2nd District VFD & chairs or blanket and feel free to bring Impact of Positive School Behavior on
Its For Everybody! If You Can Smile & RS Auxiliary a picnic! There will be local watermel- Achievement and more!
Have FUN, YESYou Can Do Zumba! on (for Seed Spittin contest!) Bottled
Im Looking Very Forward to Meeting Saturday, August 26 drinks available for purchase. Stay for Participants are asked to ll in a Check-
You! Zumba Fitness classes No contract, the rafe drawing! Sponsored by Patux- For more information, contact Dr. Janice
Womens ConferenceAugust 26,
no memberships, Pay as you go! ent Tidewater Land Trust. Meet YOUR Walthour at 301-862-2296 or Dr. Fran-
Monday Zumba Toning 6pm at the local Land Trust! For more information cine Dove Hawkins at 301-863-9007, or
First Missionary Baptist Church
Housing Authority call Frank: 301-862-3421. www.patux- call 301-863-3011.
46370 Pegg Lane, Lexington Park, MD
Tuesday Zumba Fitness 6pm at the ent-tidewater.org
Housing Authority Crab Feast Benet
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday Aqua Zumba 7pm at the Bushwoodstock Dog Day Outdoor Moose Lodge, 27636 Mechanicsville
The Womens Ministry of First Mission-
Elks lodge Pool Rock Concert Rd., Mechanicsville
ary Baptist Church cordially invites you
Thursday Zumba Fitness 6pm at the 21804 Coltons Point Rd., Bushwood, 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
to attend its annual Womens Confer-
Housing Authority MD 20618 Shop with a Cop Benet. Crab Feast
ence on August 26, 2017, where we will
Saturday Aqua Zumba 8:30am at the 12 Noon - 7:00 PM 1pm5pm. Entertainment 4pm8pm.
be Proceeding to the Open Door. The
Elks Lodge Pool Bushwoodstock Dog Day Outdoor $40 Advance$50 at door. Any Ques-
Womens Conference commences at
All Classes are open to everybody! Rock Concert Benet for BECA Schlor- tions Please Contact Jimmy Suite @
9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., with a Continen-
More info: 301-481-0752 ships and 7th District Optimist Club 240-417-5767
tal Breakfast being served at 8:00 a.m.
with Three BandsSix Gun South,
and with lunch being served at 11:50
Friday, August 25 a.m. Our facilitators for the occasion are
Billy Breslin Band, and Bob Schaller & Pax Lounge Grand Opening May-
Friends$20 AdmissionDress Like weather/McGregor Match
Park Place Toastmasters Club Reverend Emma Curry, Associate Min-
a Hippie/Hipster or a Good Old Fash- 28275 Point Lookout Road, Leonard-
Meeting ister, Zion Baptist Church, Welcome,
ioned Southern Rocker for This Great town, MD 20650
Church of the Ascension MD and Reverend Michelle Dockett,
Old Time Rock n Roll Celebration 5:00 PM
21641 Great Mills Road Lexington Park, First Lady of One Church, DMV and the
Be There or Be Square-Can You Dig it THE PAX LOUNGE HOOKAH BAR
MD 20653 Conference Preacher is Minister Brenda
Man. Food & Drink Available for Pur- GRAND OPENING!!! Come out and
12 Noon - 1:00 PM Palmer, First Lady of Israel Total Life
chase with ID Required for Alcohol join us for the Mayweather/Mcgregor
Come visit us to nd out how we can Ministries, Waldorf, MD. Tickets are
Bring Lawn Chairs & Blankets and Lis- ght starting at 5:00 pm and ending at
help you develop your speaking, lis- $25.00 and can be purchased by contact-
ten to Great Old Time Rock n Roll. No 2:00 am. There will be a cover charge of
tening, and leadership skills in a non- ing First Missionary Baptist Church at
Coolers. $20 unless you make a reservation on-
threatening environment! 301-863-8388. Tickets will be available
line at thepaxlounge.com. If you make a
at the door. First Missionary Baptist
NAACP 2017 Back to School Fair reservation the cover charge will only be
Celebrate Recovery Church, 46370 Pegg Lane, Lexington
St. Marys County Library, Lexington $10. Ladies will have NO cover charge
Our Fathers House45020 Patuxent Park, MD 20653.
Park Branch until 10:00 pm and we will be show-
Beach Rd, California, MD 12 Noon - 3:00 PM ing the Mayweather/Mcgregor match!
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Seasonal Farmers Market
The St. Marys County Library, in part- The Pax Lounge is located at 28275
Celebrate Recovery is a Christian 12- Historic Sotterley
nership with the NAACP and many lo- Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD
step program that addresses any hurt, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD
cal organizations, is excited to present 20650 and their phone number is (301)
hangup or habit for anyone 18 & up. 20636
the NAACP 2017 Back to School Fair at 703-2002
Wed love to see you there! For more 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
the Lexington Park branch (21677 FDR
info email OFHCR4U@gmail.com Check sotterley.org for details.
Blvd) on Saturday, August 26 from 12
noon to 3 p.m.

Publisher Thomas McKay The St. Marys County Times is a weekly newspaper providing news and information for
Associate Publisher Eric McKay the residents of St. Marys County. The St. Marys County Times will be available on news-
General Manager stands every Thursday. The paper is published by Southern Maryland Publishing Company,
Al Dailey aldailey@countytimes.net which is responsible for the form, content, and policies of the newspaper. The St. Marys
County Times does not espouse any political belief or endorse any product or service in its
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Phone 301-373-4125
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Editor 4 p.m. on the Monday prior to our Thursday publication to ensure placement for that week.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017 The County Times In Our Community 23

sica to ll out an audition form today!

Monday, August 28 Will will contact you to schedule you in- Wednesday, August 30 Overdose Awareness Day Event
Chesapeake Childrens Chorus dividual audition. For questions, contact Free Line Dance Lessons Beacon of Hope Recovery Community
Auditions us at smchoralarts@gmail.com. Last Drop Country Bar23955 Mervell Center
Leonardtown High School 23995 Point Dean Rd, Hollywood, MD 20636 21770 FDR Blvd. Lexington Park MD
Lookout Road Elks Holdem Bounty Tournament 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 20653
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM St. Marys County Elks Lodge Free beginner and intermediate line 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Do you love singing? Want to be a part 45779 Fire Department Lane dance lessons. If you can count to 8 .. Doors open at 5 p.m., activities begin at
of a fun and challenging experience? Lexington Park, MD 20653 you can line dance 6 p.m. on 8/31 as we mark International
Come audition and sing with CCC! Au- 7:00 PM Overdose Awareness Day as a commu-
ditions are open for boys and girls ages No Limit Holdem Poker Tournament Thursday, August 31 nity. Activities will include a memorial
8-15. Visit us online for more informa- $25 Buy in = 4,000 chips labyrinth meditation walk, a Lights of
$5 add-on = 1,000 chips and rafe CSMs Kickoff to College Hope lighting and display, information
tion at www.smchoralarts.org/ccc. For
drawing CSM, Leonardtown and advocacy tables and resource peo-
questions, please contact us at chesa-
Earn a BOUNTY chip worth $5 dollars 4:00 PM ple to speak with on addiction, recovery
for every person that you bust out of the College of Southern Maryland, Leonar- and grief recovery. Come to remember
tournament. This tournament is part of dtown Campus, Building A, Room 206, those lost and support those who have
St. Maries Musica Auditions
our leaderboard challenge. Earn 1 point 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. survived as well as to strengthen our
Leonardtown High School
for every person knocked out before Kickoff to College gives new and trans- communitys response to addiction and
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
you. Food and Beverage are available fer students the opportunity to learn overdose. This event is sponsored by
We are looking for new talent for the
for purchase. Cash games will start as about CSM, connect with faculty and a community collaboration and is led
upcoming season! Come be a part of
soon as there are enough players that other new students; learn about student by Walden and the St. Marys County
something spectacular! We are audition-
are interested. Holdem : $1- $2 no limit. services, clubs and athletics; discover Health Department. For more informa-
ing for ALL voice parts! Arrangements
Omaha Hi/Lo : $.50$1 no limit (starts resources available, including veterans tion or directions, please contact Laura
for alternative audition dates/times can
at 4pm). Please enter through the side services; get helpful hints for college at 301-997-1300 x 804 or lauraw@
be made. Each audition generally lasts
of the building. 301- 863- 7800. Ques- success; receive a student ID; and earn a waldensierra.org. All are welcome to
20-25 minutes. You will only need to be
tions: James Dean 240-577-0828. Email: 10 percent textbook coupon for the CSM attend this free, drug and alcohol free
there for your scheduled audition time.
jdeanjunior@yahoo.com College Store. Visit www.csmd.edu/ event.
Visit us at www.smchoralarts.org/Mu-

St. Marys Department of Aging

Lofer Senior Activity Center 301-475-4200, ext. 1658
Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050

Programs and Activities

Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 3101
Visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging for the most up-to date information
Brought to you by the Commissioners of St. Marys County: James R. Guy, President; Michael L. Hewitt; Tom Jarboe; Todd B. Morgan; John E. OConnor; and the Department of Aging & Human Services

soon be contacted to conrm your con-

Individual Nutrition Counseling tinuation. For those interested in bowling
Now Available in the league, here are a few particulars:
The Department of Aging & Human Ser- the league meets at Esperanza Lanes at Protecting Your Privacy
vices is pleased to offer individual nutri- 12:45 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday Online
tion counseling on a limited basis at the of each month. You must be 50+ years of Lexington Park Library will hold a
countys three senior activity centers. age. The cost will be approximately $14- Protecting Your Privacy Online class
Donna Taggert, a registered and licensed $15 (to be determined) for 3 games and in- on Thursday, August 24 from 5:30
dietitian as well as a Certied Diabetes cludes shoe rental and use of a ball. Each 7:30 p.m. Learn about tools you can
Educator will be available to talk to you team consists of 3 players. If you need a use to limit whats shared about you
about your nutrition needs and questions sub, you are responsible for obtaining one online. Create strong passwords and
on Monday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 29. from the list of registered subs. You will use free open source software, includ-
Call or text to 240-538-6539 to make your still pay the cost of bowling that week and Back to School Fair ing browser plug-ins, the Tor browser,
private appointment. Limited spaces are the sub will bowl for free. If you are inter- Lexington Park Library will host and VPNs to help keep your informa-
available. ested in joining in this fun-loving, easy- the NAACP 2017 Back to School Fair tion private. Attendees should be pro-
going group of men and women as either a Preparing for a Successful School cient computer users. Registration rec-
Bling Flamingos league member or a sub, call Shellie Gra- Year on Saturday, August 26 from 12
noon to 3 p.m. Information mini ses-
ommended on www.stmalib.org.
Back by popular demand! The Northern ziano at 301-475-4200, ext. *1655.
Senior Activity Center is hosting a Bling
sions on topics such as Smart Ways
to Organize, Avoiding Homework
Teen Tech Space
Flamingos class on Monday, Aug. 28 at Bowling League Kick-Off Stress, and Managing Emotions/Con-
Lexington Park Library will hold
1:30 p.m. Come customize your own plas- Teen Tech Space on Tuesday, August 29
tic amingo with paint, jewels, beads, but-
Meeting ict Resolutions will be available for
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Open Computer
If you are planning to bowl in the 2017-18 students and parents. There will be a
tons, owers, and more. The cost of the lab use for teens and tweens ages 11 to
season of the senior mixed league, spon- school supplies giveaway while sup-
session is a $5 contribution. You can also 18. Play Minecraft, Wii, games, com-
sored by the St Marys County Depart- plies last and lite refreshments. For
purchase a amingo from the group for an puters and make crafts. Hang out, bring
ment of Aging & Human Services, please more information, contact Dr. Janice
additional $3 if you dont have your own. your friends! No Registration required.
come to the Kick-off Meeting on Thurs- Walthour (301-862-2296) or Dr. Fran-
To sign up in advance, visit the front desk.
day, Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Lofer cine Dove Hawkins (301-863-9007).
For more information call 301-475-4200,
Senior Activity Center. We will use this Last Week of Storytimes Until
ext. *3101.
time to determine costs and make neces- October!
sary adjustments and corrections to team All three branches of the St. Marys
Bowling Season Starts Sept. rules, roster, schedule, team list, team County Library will be holding story-
14 and sub contact info, etc. Changes will times the week of August 28 August
The 2017-18 season of the senior mixed be made and nal copies will be printed 31. No storytimes will be held in the
league, sponsored by the St. Marys Coun- and brought to the rst game of the sea- month of September. Storytimes will
ty Department of Aging & Human Servic- son (Sept. 14). If you have any questions resume starting October 2.
es, will be starting soon. If you were reg- or interest, call Shellie Graziano at 301-
istered and bowled last season, you will 475-4200, ext. *1655.
24 In Our Community The County Times Thursday, August 24, 2017

Calvert County Jousting Tournament Still Going

Strong After 150 Years
By Dick Myers Vogel described the
Editor Port Republic tourna-
ment as, One of the big-
The Super Bowl 51 years. The Masters 83 gies. He said support
years. The World Series 130 years. The West- for the sport is strong
minster Kennel Club Dog Show 140 years. The in Southern Maryland.
Kentucky Derby 142 years. And then theres the There are 20 tournaments
Calvert County Jousting Tournament at 151 years. this year in the state; the
This Saturday, Aug. 26 marks the 151st edition of other in Southern Mary-
the Calvert County Jousting Tournament at Christ land is at the St. Mays
Church in Port Republic. And, the tournament has County Fair.
run continuously except for one year during World People are attracted
War II, making it the oldest jousting tournament to the sport because it
and putting it right up there in the ranks of sporting is so objective. You ei-
events throughout thecountry. ther spear the ring or
Jousting is indeed a sporting event, memorialized you dont, he said. It also
as the Maryland State Sport by a bill introduced in provides both sexes with
1962 by St. Marys County Delegate Henry J. Fowl- an equal opportunity to
er, Sr., passed by the Maryland General Assembly compete and excel. That
and signed into law by then Gov. J. Millard Tawes. doesnt mean its a piece
The honor was somewhat watered down in 2004 of cake. Its difficult to
when the legislature bestowed the title of State do, Vogel deadpanned.
Team Sport to lacrosse. The key to jousting
According to the Maryland Jousting Tournament success, Vogel said, is
Association, Jousting is the oldest equestrian sport for the rider ad horse to
in the world. During the Middle Ages, it was a form become one, so the rider
of waging war, but with the invention of gunpow- doesnt even think about
der, the art of jousting a man bodily from his horse, the horse so he or she
became outmoded as a battle strategy. The tourna- will focus on therings.
ment field became a place of Sport, and the knights Vogel thinks that over
turned their lances to the more sophisticated, skill- time the quality of the Lily Fisher Flaherty of Lusby, 2016 Maryland State Jousting Champion
ful task of spearing small metal rings. Jousting be- jousting riders has di-
came a civilized game of keen horsemanship, skill minished probably be- grounds will be abuzz with activities in addition to
and sportsmanship with the development of The cause they devote less tine to the sport and particu- the tournament. Included is a church bazaar that will
Ring Tournaments. larly less tine to practicing for tournaments because be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring attic trea-
The venue for the annual jousting tournament, of their busy life schedules. He said several decades sures, books, baked goods, toys, country store, pony
Christ Church on Broomes Island Road in Port Re- ago, the bar washigher. rides, a balloon artist and face painting.
public, is no slouch when it comes to its own history. The men in jousting are called Knights and the A country supper will be held from 2-6 p.m. (rain
It is the mother Episcopal Church of Calvert County women Maids, harkening back to medieval times. or shine) and will feature fried chicken, deviled crab
and its oldest continually worshipping congregation. So how does it work? According to the Maryland and ham (choice of two), side dishes, beverage and
The church is a three-bay-wide, five-bays long, beige Jousting Tournament Association, Each knight gal- dessert for $20 for adults; children (ages 6-12) $8
stucco-covered structure featuring stained glass in lops his horse down a dirt track beneath three arch- and children under 6 with a paying adult are free.
most of the tall paired round-arched sash windows. es, when he is called in turn to charge. Suspended Music will be provided in the historic, air-condi-
According to Richard Dodds, the church ves- from each arch is a metal harness ring wrapped with tioned church from 1-4 p.m., rain or shine.
trys junior warden and curator of Maritime His- white cord. The track is 80 yards long. The first arch The church grounds also contain an old, one-room
tory at Calvert Marine Museum, the earliest church is 20 yards from a starting point and each succeed- schoolhouse that taught many area children until it
records show a baptism in 1672. Dobbs, who has ing arch is 30 yards distance from one another on a closed in 1929. It has been lovingly restored by the
done research on church history, said the existing straight course. As the knight charges through the Calvert Retired Teachers Association as a bicenten-
main church building is the third on the site and arches in a time limit of 9 seconds he attempts to nial project. The schoolhouse will be open for tours
was constructed in 1772. The cemetery includes the spear the metal rings on his long, steel tipped lance. on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
gravesite of former U. S. Representative Thomas Rings vary in size from 1 3/4 in diameter to 1/4 Christ Church is getting ready to welcome its
Parran, Sr. The church was listed on the National of an inch in diameter. After each contestant has third rector in the last 65 years. The Rev. Christo-
Register of Historic Places in 1975. received 3 rides at large size rings, those with tie pher M. Garcia has accepted the position of Rector
Jousting is alive and well in Maryland says Presi- scores are given one charge at rings a size smaller. for Christ Church.He will start on October 1, 2017.
dent of the Maryland Jousting Tournament Asso- If there are still ties, a smaller size ring is used until Fr. Christopher retired from the army as colonel af-
ciation Ron Vogel. We are on the up rise now, he only the victorious knight remains in the contest. ter 25 years of active service as a lawyer in the US
said and attributed it to the number of young people The jousting field sits behind Christ Church with a and abroad. He graduated cum laude from Virginia
entering the sport. A prime example is last years permanent track that was eerily serene a week before Theological Seminary and cum laude from Cornell
Calvert County Jousting Tournament Champion, the event, during a tour of the church and grounds University LawSchool.
19-year-old Lily Fisher Flaherty of Lusby, who then for the County Times conducted by Senior Warden The first joust begins on the grounds at noon.
went on to become the 2016 Maryland State Jousting Nancy Zinn and Peter Cochran, a church member, There is no admission fee, although donations are
Champion. She will be returning to Port Republic who is also on the state jousting association board. accepted. The church is located at 3100 Broomes Is-
this Saturday to competeagain. Cochran said the tournaments are exciting and land Road (MD 264), just a short distance off MD
Vogel got started in the sport at the age of 12. He competitive, with many of the four classes requiring Routes 2/4 in Port Republic.
said he was lucky to be part of the youth group that dead heats, with ring sizes being lowered in each
had a superior mentor, Mary Lou Bartrum, well- heat so they become no bigger than the opening of dickmyers@countytimes.net
known in state jousting circles. But he got out of the a Life Saver.
sport for 30 years before returning. Hes been back The annual tournament is an important fund-
for 25 years. raiser for the church, according to Zinn. The church
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Thursday, August 24, 2017 The County Times Contributing Writers 27

Light in Shadow
For over a week nowever since the Saturday; the hostage video of a statement you have slave labor emptying your cham- ones that appeared as I wrote. They are
horrifying events unfolded in Charlot- on Monday, making it abundantly clear ber pots and farming your elds in the words about what happens when some-
tesville, VirginiaIve been struggling that he was under tremendous pressure blazing heat. And, for the record, heres thing temporarily throws into shadow
to nd the right words, or even adequate to say that he opposed things that no de- what the designer of the Confederate ag even the best and the brightest in Amer-
ones, to express my thoughts and feelings. cent human being could possibly support said it symbolizes: the heaven-ordained ica: the goodness, and the shared belief in
Ive done a fair amount of reading about (he looked and sounded like a petulant supremacy of the white man over the in- equality between people, and the recogni-
the build-up to World War II, and about child who was forced to admit to some- ferior or colored race. And thats a quote. tion that we are all the same inside, that
the Holocaust, and I couldnt help but no- thing he didnt regret doing). And then, So, no: the Confederate ag does not our hearts have a tremendous capacity for
tice that black and white photographs of on Tuesday, just in case anyone was con- represent good manners or square dances kindness and for bruising, that our same-
the Unite the Right rally last weekend fused about how he really feels, he gave or Rhett Butler sweeping a struggling ness is far more important than our differ-
were indistinguishable from newsreels an impromptu press conference/grievance Scarlett OHara into his arms and up- ences. They are words about the chill that
from the late 1930s. The jackboots and airing, saying one group was bad and stairs (for what appears to many people I, and many others, feel when the bright
swastikas, the burning torches, the anti- one was very violent, and insisting that like rape, but lets leave that discussion light that is democracy is dimmed, when
Jewish and racist chants and the at-hand- there were some very ne people in that for another day). It represents the subjuga- dark forces appear that only feel powerful
ed salutes were all scarily reminiscent of group of neo-Nazis. tion, enslavement and torture of an entire when they subjugate others.
lms and photos from Nazi Germany in He steadfastly defended the neo-Nazi people because of the color of their skin. There will be a daysoon, I pray
the pre-war years. protestors, insisting that many people were Now: bear with me for a moment, as I when this eclipse darkening our country
Even more reminiscent, and nauseating, there to peacefully protest the removal of may seem to go far aeld. will be in the past: another reminder of
were the hateful expressions on the faces Confederate statues (multiple independent As I sat down to write this column, what happens when bigotry, closed minds
of those marching. I felt as if I were watch- sources on the ground at the rally deny that the much-heralded solar eclipse was just and hate prevail; a wound to be healed; a
ing a snaking line of serial killers de- alternative fact). Trumps arguments starting on its path from west to east, and lesson to be learnedagain.
scending on the usually-peaceful college and, for that matter, the arguments of any- I planned to write about it; Id given up In the meantime, I dont think Im going
town: devoid of conscience, hate ashing one defending the Unite-the-Right protes- on trying to gure out what to say about to celebrateor even watchthis after-
in their eyes, their mouths twisted in rage torswere disingenuous, specious and Charlottesville. I am so disheartened, so noon, as the sun disappears for a time. Ive
as they chanted Nazi slogans about blood factually incorrect. The argument in favor saddened, so sickened by not only the already seen the light eclipsed by dark-
and soil. But maybe Im being unfairto of continuing to honor those who declared hateful protests, but by the explicit sup- ness, and its more than any decent person
serial killers. Is it too much information to and supported war on the United States is port the president has expressed, by the should have to bear.
say that I thought I might throw up? the equivalent of the arguments in favor of overt moral equivalency he has assigned,
Weve all read about the presidents re- viewing the Confederate ag as a symbol equating neo-Nazis with those protesting I love hearing from you: feel free to
sponses to the horror and tragedy in Char- of Southern heritage, of a more genteel bigotry and hate, that I believed words email me at thewordtech@md.metrocast.

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Rotten Watermelon
What is that saying Two steps forward and one it is because it is the loss of a dream. But I chose would become more of an issue later as I was sitting
step back? How about, Two steps forward and three manual labor/retail work instead of office work. at the dining room table finishing off a paper resto-
steps back? I am on my purge kick again and its I didnt think I could work in an office after help- ration project and started smelling an awful smell. I
not even January. Yes, I was ready Monday to start ing my mother for weeks at a time in the her Prince thought, wow, what have we put in the trash over the
again. Im gonna do it! Ive already sold a Gone With Georges County, Berwyn Heights windowless Pa- weekend? It then occurred to me I had smelled this
The Wind Scarlett figurine and other trinkets, via role and Probation office many times over the years. awful smell before when I was a child and brought
Facebook groups. Oh yeah, that really made a dent. I I felt claustrophobic for the first time back then. a cantaloupe in to my bedroom as a child without
am looking hard at all my treasured books, and why Of course now, I look back with regret that many telling anyone and thus ruined the top of a perfectly
I need to keep so many. For someone who has claus- of my friends are retired or retired with pensions. good bureau. Oh God, the watermelon!! There on
trophobic tendencies, I dont know why I have to be But, thinking on it, I realize I couldnt give up all the my china cabinet was the watermelon flooding with
surrounded by books and collectibles. I am sure part friendships I have made in picture framing over the rotten putridness and watermelon guts my Laura
of that goes back to having a compulsive gambler as years. I dont know how my mind felt that working Ashley table runner, much of my Bavarian China
a mother, who was constantly selling any antiques in a frame shop was any different than working in and little rabbit display, and also running down the
and collectibles we had. Every time I would come an office doesnt make as much sense to me now. front of the cabinet, in the cabinet and to the rug. I
home from college I would notice something else Though I am still trying to figure out how my mind tried to pick up the watermelon but it crushed in my
missing. I always figured that the next time I came works. Isnt this fun taking a deep journey with me hands spewing forth more guts. It was awful, but I
home that the house would be missing. I am sure through my mind. This always happens if I am not finally got most of it in a soup pot to take outside and
there are others out there that understand this. sleeping well I get a little more loopy than normal. spent the next two hours cleaning and re-cleaning
Even my 35 year old college text books are going Actually, I blame it all on the Solar Eclipse and rot- and spraying heavy duty Febreeze. So, Mondays
to the barn to be sold, well maybe some of them. ten watermelon guts. The day of the eclipse seemed purge didnt last, but I will take a few steps forward
Why not all of them? Will I sell any of them? You to be a day of everything breaking or going wrong, again next Monday no eclipses scheduled, right?
know I go through this every year. Why cant I get and that is bound to mess with your mind. Things
rid of them? Its not like I am ever going back for my are turned upside down for a time mine happened To each new days adventure, Shelby
Masters in Psychology/Sociology. Maybe it is the to last all day. One of the main problems was a slow- Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.
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