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By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The nickname for Maryland may be The
Free State, but according to a study published
recently by a policy center affliated with George
Mason University, it may need to change its
name.
The study, titled Freedom in the 50 States:
An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom
disseminated by the Mercatus Center, ranks
Maryland as the ffth least-free state in the union,
and when it comes to personal freedom it ranks
dead last.
The studys authors contend in their study
that their rankings are based on the defnition of
individual freedom as the ability to dispose of
ones own life, liberty, and justly acquired prop-
erty however one sees ft, so long as one does not
coercively infringe on another individuals ability
to do the same.
Key issues that the study measures from
state to state include citizens ability to educate
their own children, own and carry frearms and
freedom from unreasonable search and seizure
by authorities, the studys introduction states.
The study also measures the effects of state
fscal policies on individual economic freedom;
in that category Maryland ranks 34
th
, in the bot-
tom half of the union.
Marylands impositions on personal free-
dom include the second-strictest gun law in the
country, and marijuana laws are fairly harsh (ex-
cept that the frst offense of high-level possession
is a misdemeanor and there is a weak medical
marijuana law), the study states.
Motorists freedoms are highly restricted,
gambling laws are tight, home schooling laws are
burdensome [and] centralized land-use planning
is very advanced.
The study also criticizes Maryland for emi-
nent domain abuse and for not recognizing civil
unions.
The overall picture drawn for Maryland
is not good, said House Minority Leader Del.
Anthony ODonnell (R-Dist. 29C). The nanny
state factor is very high in Maryland.
ODonnell said the studys showing that
Maryland has the second highest amount of
health insurance mandates in the nation that
drove up the cost up by 67 percent was another
black mark for the state.
That is not a good measure, that is not a
good statistic, ODonnell said.
Michael Cain, director of St. Marys Col-
lege of Marylands Center for the Study of De-
mocracy, said that the report was insightful and
well done and could provide red meat for Mary-
land conservatives looking for a battle plan in a
strongly Democratic-held state.
People in the Republican party should take
a serious look at this, Cain said. It goes to the
core issues republicans fnd important.
But, he said, the study had a specifc inter-
pretation of individual freedom that not everyone
was bound to accept.
It [the study] has a philosophical perspec-
tive and thats classical liberalism, Cain said.
Not everybody would agree with the perspec-
tive this study takes to measure freedom and gov-
ernment intervention.
For instance, Cain said, the study made no
effort to capture environmental justice issues
that he contends can infringe on individual prop-
erty rights should the government not intervene
to stop or clean up pollution from other nearby
property owners.
This study couldnt pick that up, Cain
said.
Also, he said, the study cast a pall on states
that redistribute wealth, but, using that standard,
the highly popular state system to give more
money to poorer counties to boost their public
education was anathema.
So the Thornton plan would be counted
against Maryland [in the study], Cain said.
Thats seen as interventionist fscal policy.
Its very popular and it does redistribute
income.
Cain said that the states view to taking up
social issues, such as providing health care access
and aiding in economic redevelopment of poor or
inner-city sections of the state, might be consid-
ered as hindering freedom in the study, but many
others had a different view.
Maryland takes itself as a state rather a col-
lection of localities, Cain said. Many believe
its the governments job to help parts of the com-
munity that arent doing very well.
Maryland Ranks Low For Individual Freedoms
By Andrea Shiell
Staff Writer
As the weather warms and area residents ush-
er in another boating season, area fre departments
are polishing off their boats in anticipation of an-
other busy spring, spent not only rescuing visitors
and residents from fres and medical emergencies,
but also from the waters of the Patuxent, the Poto-
mac and the Chesapeake.
Three county departments boast rescue boats,
including Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, 2
nd

District Volunteer Fire Department in Valley Lee,
and the 7
th
District Volunteer Fire Department in
Avenue, while other departments operate smaller
crafts for pond and lakeside rescues.
Chief Bruce Raley smiled as he walked past
his offce at Ridge Volunteer Fire Department,
motioning towards a photograph of a small vessel
and explaining its history within the department.
This was our original boat. Valley Lee has
that one now. It was a 22-foot Sea Hawk, he said,
explaining that the boat had been too small for
continued use at Ridge, since they service the area
where the bay and the river meet.
Where the river and the bay meet is the
roughest part of the Chesapeake Bay, pretty much,
because of the current with those two bodies of
water, said Raley. So we knew we needed a big-
ger boat.
To help them in the rough waters, in 2003
the department bought a SeaArk Marine Enforcer
with a 500 gallon-per-minute water pump, and on
a good day it can clear 45 knots, with twin engines
and a spacious cab. Since then they have been
plowing the waves along their portion of more than
400 miles of shoreline in St. Marys County, offer-
ing water rescue and recovery services in tandem
with the local Department of Natural Resources,
the Coast Guard and offcials at Patuxent River
Naval Air Station.
A lot of our calls are at the point actually,
said Deputy Chief Raymond Mercure, explain-
ing that popular swimming and boating areas like
Cove Point could bring sun and water worshippers
out in droves, particularly when the economy was
good.
When it comes to near drowning and things
like that, it may be more this year, it may be less,
depending on the crowd and how many people
come, he said.
Raley said one of the perks of the SeaArk was
its radar system.
Thats one thing we upgraded when we went
with this new boat was the radar, because at night
you lose a lot of visibility, especially on foggy or
stormy days, he said.
Between them, Raley and Mercure have doz-
ens of water rescue stories to tell, as do many of the
other volunteers across the county.
I remember this one time this Canadian
boater anchored out here, and he got run over, I
mean completely run over by another sailboat,
said Mercure, laughing as he recalled the incident.
The worst call Ive ever had was El Toro,
said Raley, describing the storm that sunk the fsh-
ing boat El Toro II in the 1990s as one of the ferc-
est he had ever seen. The wind was moving, the
current was moving, and three people died from
hypothermia.
Raley said he had seen several common
threads between his departments water rescues
and recoveries, and offered his own bits of advice
to area boaters to avoid some of the area boaters
most common, and costly, mistakes.
They should make sure they have safety
gear on, make sure they know how to use it, make
sure they know their equipment, and at night,
make sure you know what youre doing, he said,
explaining that many calls came in from people
who had misread their navigation systems and
gotten lost.
Both Raley and Mercure said that even
though a boater safety course is all thats required
to operate a vessel, more was typically needed to
train people properly on the water.
The boater safety course is just general
knowledge, said Mercure, but we have a lot of
people who get out on the water who have no clue
about boater safety.
Fortunately for boating enthusiasts, safety
and equipment courses are offered through the
Coast Guard and the Department of Natural
Resources.
For other departments in the area servicing
different points along the shore, the statistics tend
to remain consistent year after year. Ridge Volun-
teer Fire Department responded to 25 calls on the
water last year, accounting for about 10 percent of
their total calls for the year.
As with most rescue stories, some are amus-
ing, with happy endings, while others have ended
in tragedy. But each week at the drill nights for
rescue departments in Ridge, Valley Lee and Av-
enue, the boat engines whir and volunteers still
scan the water, waiting for the next call.
Watching The Water
The countys new Child Advocacy Center
that opened Wednesday in Lexington Park is a
place designed to minimize the trauma to child
victims of sexual abuse and serious physical
abuse.
A room in the center allows one inter-
viewer to talk to the child, while others observe
from another room or watch a videotape of the
interview later.
The goal is to ensure that children are not
re-victimized by the very system designed to
protect them, said Ella May Russell, director
of the county Department of Social Services,
in a press release.
The center also provides for better com-
munication and coordination between inves-
tigators, service providers and prosecutors
so that the best interest of the child can be
served.
The center, the 21
st
to open in the state,
will be managed by an interagency team with
the help of a part-time coordinator. The team,
made up of more than a dozen partners, has
been working for a year to develop procedures,
plan how to use the space and ensure long-term
funding.
New Center for Abused Children
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With the Asian oyster ban a
reality, do watermen have much
hope to stay in business?
Theyve got to try and exist
on what we have now, but the water
business is in terrible straits.
Commissioner President
Francis Jack Russell
On a George Mason University
study ranking Maryland
near the bottom on personal
and economic freedom.
We used to be called the free
state, my how things have changed.
Del. Anthony ODonnell
(R-Dist.29C)
Todays Newsmakers In Brief
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Two amendments to the zoning ordinance
could allow businesses to use digital signs to ad-
vertise, and Realtors and homeowners to adver-
tise home sales, if county commissioners approve
them, but there are free speech issues that off-
cials should be concerned about, said one county
attorney.
With any sign ordinance, there [are con-
stitutional questions], David Weiskopf, deputy
county attorney said Wednesday. Its a very con-
fusing issue.
Under the U.S. Constitution regulation of
the content of signs is looked at suspiciously,
Weiskopf said, and can amount to censorship.
The Board of County Commissioners held
public hearings on both ordinances Tuesday
night.
If you have to read the sign to determine
whether it [the sign ordinance] is constitutional, it
probably isnt, Weiskopf said of a rule of thumb
used for such questions.
County offcials, he said, must tread cau-
tiously with limiting what can be shown on digital
signs or with how many real estate signs can be
placed off site of a for-sale property.
Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (R-Gold-
en Beach) said he did not believe there was any
measure in the ordinances that would be a specifc
sticking point, but he also said that sign ordinances
in general carried free speech baggage.
Every sign ordinance in America probably
has constitutional problems, because they limit
a persons freedom of expression, Jarboe said.
Were just going to have to fnd a balance.
He said the possibility of off-site, real estate
sign proliferation to sell the 980 or so homes on the
listings in St. Marys County could be real issue.
The ordinance allows three additional off-
site signs on anothers property with his or her
permission.
People have a right to sell their home and
to put up a sign, Jarboe said, adding a balance
would have to be struck between the constitution
and the law.
For digital signs, Jarboe said, it could open
up a whole new can of worms.
The possibility existed, he said, that digital
signs could be used not only for advertising but for
political speech as well, since the county could not
legally limit free speech.
Commissioner President Francis Jack Rus-
sell (D-St. Georges Island) said that the commis-
sioner board would tread carefully with the text
amendments, to help ensure that what ever they
passed would not get taken straight to court.
Were going to look at it and fnd some kind
of common ground and get the issue off the
table, Russell said.
At the public hearing there was no public
support for digital signs, though one citizen, who
later spoke in opposition to off-site advertising for
real estate sales, warned of sign pollution and safe-
ty hazards from people being distracted by their
fashing messages.
I dont want St. Marys County looking
like Las Vegas East, said Wayne Abernathy of
Mechanicsville.
Members of the Southern Maryland As-
sociation of Realtors spoke in support of off-site
advertising and their president-elect Tim Wood,
pledged that members would not overuse signage.
Some feared that the new ordinance could
bring about more than 3,000 new real-estate ad-
vertisements that could reach up to 18 feet high
and be 12 square feet in size.
We will self regulate because we live here,
too, Wood said.
As Commissioners Mull Sign Rule Changes, Free Speech Questions A Concern
Watermen Say Future Bleak
Without Asian Oyster
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Local watermen say that the Asian oyster
could have been a real hope for reviving their
trade harvesting seafood from the Chesapeake
Bay, but with last months decision by state and
federal offcials to ban the alien oyster they feel
like they are running out of time.
A study that took about fve years and $17
million to complete did not decisively recom-
mend any options for reviving the native oyster
in the bay, but environmental groups worried
over the potential impacts of a placing a non-
native oyster in the bays declining ecosystem.
Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert
County Watermans Association, said that the
state was determined to push aquaculture, or
farming of the oyster on beds rented from the
state, rather than allow harvesting on the pub-
lic oyster bars that need a healthy reproductive
population to replenish each year.
Its going to drive the price of the [native]
oyster higher, Zinn told The County Times.
We hate to se the tradition go but we arent
getting much help from the state.
Zinn and other watermen supported a bill
in the legislature this year that would have al-
lowed more dredging of the bay system that he
claimed would have helped remove and clean
away silt that was detrimental to the native
oyster.
That bill was defeated however, he said, be-
cause of environmental groups in opposition.
He said that with traditional oyster har-
vesting methods failing and aquaculture likely
too expensive for watermen, he said watermen
could be driven out of business.
Were already losing 10-to-15 percent of
our watermen a year because of the economy,
Zinn said.
But Richard Pelz, who runs an oyster
ranch in Ridge, said that the Asian oyster would
have done far more harm than good.
The Asian oyster actually accumulates
human pathogens, Pelz claimed. If you eat
them raw you can come down with all kind of
interesting diseases.
And in any case, Pelz said, farming the
bottom of the rivers and the bay wasnt the way
to go.
The answer, he said, was to farm them
on fats as he does at the Circle C Oyster
Ranch, though he admitted it was an expensive
venture.
You get more for your product, its a su-
perior product, Pelz said.
Oysters farmed off the bottom, he said,
had more chance of being infected with Dermo,
a disease that wastes away the animal.
Watermen blame that disease and MSX
for decimating the native oyster population
over the years.
He said those oyster may fetch $40 a bush-
el, while his fetch $150 a bushel.
St. Marys County Commissioner Presi-
dent Francis Jack Russell, also a waterman,
said that the impact of the Asian oyster was
uncertain but he said recent projections of a re-
surgence in hard crabs offered hope.
Watermen dont have a whole lot of op-
tions to be honest, Russell (D-St. Georges Is-
land) said. Maybe well turn a corner on hard
crab production in the Chesapeake [Bay] and
that will provide some relief.
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By Guy Leonard
Staff Write
The Town of Leonardtown has dropped its efforts to dis-
miss an appeal by developer Ronald Russo in Circuit Court for
judicial review of a town decision last year that declared his
plans to develop the town wharf had expired.
This means that Russos appeal fled in November of last
year before the town condemned the two parcels he owns at
the wharf in March will now proceed.
The developers lawyers claim in their appeal that the
town dragged its heels in participating in the judicial review
process to prevent development there and drive down the val-
ue of the land. The town must compensate Russo for land it
condemns.
Russo had said previously that he would be willing to
walk away from the land after the condemnation and that deal
if given fair market value.
This appeal will help determine what that fair value is,
said Eileen Powers, Russos attorney. They say that the con-
ceptual site plan expired, we say it never expired and the he
still has approval for a mixed use development,
Phillip H. Dorsey III, attorney for the town, declined
comment because of pending litigation.
Russo, likewise, also declined to comment.
The towns board of appeals ruled in October of last year
that his plans approval times had run out, upholding the town
planners assessment.
Town offcials have said that the condemnation exercise
was necessary because the two parcels represented a blight
on the town, and that the land was needed for public park
expansion.
They also said that they hoped to see economic develop-
ment projects spring up their again after years of being fallow.
Appeal Moves Forward
On Wharf Site
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The Leonardtown Winery project co-
operative will receive a grant of $25,000,
following approval by county commis-
sioners Tuesday of an agreement that al-
lows the new enterprise to receive state
economic development funds.
The grant is from the Maryland Agri-
culture and Resource-Based Industry De-
velopment Corporation.
The overall budget for the winery is
about $600,000, split between state and
county funds, to help establish a new cot-
tage industry in the county.
Were on a very tight budget were
all pinching pennies, said Town Admin-
istrator Laschelle Miller, who added that
construction and renovation of an old State
Highway Administration garage building
on Route 5 was on schedule to make the
winerys new home.
We think we are on track for a Sep-
tember opening, Miller said.
The demolition of the old interior
has been completed, she reported to com-
missioners, and most of the plumbing and
electrical work was set in to make way for
a new concrete foor.
Members of the Southern Maryland
Wine Growers Cooperative, which will
supply the grapes for the winerys op-
erations, will not have enough produce
to meet their contract agreement of three
tons for the winery this season, but that
should not present a problem according to
its head.
Itll give us enough grapes to reach
our frst years goal, said Rich Fuller
about this seasons grape yields.
Winery To Get More State Money
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The Leonardtown Town Council will help St. Marys Ryken High
School get tax-exempt economic development bonds from the state fol-
lowing a unanimous vote of support from council members Monday.
The $8.5 million in state bonds will go towards building a new
stadium and athletic felds at the school to support soccer and football.
But in a letter from a town resident, Fred Millhiser advised against
the town aiding a religious-affliated school getting taxpayer funds.
He stated in his letter that he believed the town could be held at
least partially fnancially liable for the bonds if the school defaulted, de-
spite legal opinions from the towns lawyers that that was not the case.
I doubt if the town will be completely off the hook, he stated in
his letter.
He also said that the towns decision to help the school would force
it to consider helping every school that was religious-affliated in the
town limits.
Milheisers was the only opposing voice on record at the meeting.
But the bonds could only be used for the intended purpose of the
project and not for any sectarian activities, according to one legal advi-
sor, and the town would not be liable for the bonds if the school did
default on them.
Its in the state law that we are not obligated to pay back the
bonds, said Council Member Tom Collier.
The bonds will be issued to a local bank and the school will draw
the money from them; none of the funds will be held in town accounts
despite the town helping the school to get the bonds in its role as a con-
duit issuer.
Council Member Leslie Roberts said that the towns decision to
help the Catholic high school would not commit it to help other religious
affliated schools in the future.
We look at [the project] and will it be good for the town and make
our decision on that, Roberts said of the councils deliberations over
projects.
Bonds Voted For Ryken
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BALTIMORE (AP) _ Thou-
sands of Marylanders are wait-
ing longer than the federal 30-day
legal limit for approval of their
applications for food or medical
assistance.
In one case, Miracyle Thomp-
son, a Baltimore County mother,
and a group of attorneys for the
poor sued the state after Thompson
waited two months for approval.
They hope to speed up the process.
State Department of Human
Resources data shows that as of
March, there were about 7,100 over-
due medical assistance applications
from children and parents, and
4,100 backlogged food assistance
requests.
Offcials say the approval pro-
cess was already overwhelmed
and the bad economy has made it
worse.
For Thompson the waiting is
over. She was told the same day the
suit was fled last month that she
had been approved.
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Marylanders Wait
Too Long For
Food, Medical Aid
By Virginia Terhune
Staff Writer
A bill passed by state legislators in Annapo-
lis last winter could signifcantly revamp the way
waterman harvest oysters from the Chesapeake
Bay.
Called the Aquaculture Shellfsh Leasing
bill, the legislation creates large underwater en-
terprise zones, sections of which can be leased
now by companies as well as individuals.
Work to implement the program will begin
this summer, and offcials expect watermen will
be able to begin farming oysters next spring.
The goal is to spur signifcant private invest-
ment to revive the once-abundant oyster bars that
provide jobs for waterman and help contain nitro-
gen levels in the water.
Establishing large enterprise zones will
make it easier for applicants, because the zones
will be pre-permitted, reducing the time and
money it takes to apply for a lease, according to
offcials.
Large zones will also make it easier for
agencies to enforce regulations. Right now, par-
ties lease sites, many of them undeveloped, that
are scattered around the bay.
One of the frst steps, to start this summer,
will be to defne and map the boundaries of the
public (nonleased) areas used by commercial
waterman for oyster harvesting. Once deter-
mined, the state will hold hearings inviting public
comment.
The next step will be to set aside large areas
50 acres , for example in parts of the bay not
in the defned public boundaries for designation
as enterprise zones for private leasing.
Meanwhile, individuals who already lease
privately through the state are grandfathered un-
der the law, but they will still see some changes
as a result of it.
Because many leases are unused, they will
be for the frst time required to report by next
January their plans for the areas; areas not used
would then become available for others to use.
Letters about the program are expected to go
out to leaseholders, probably next month, accord-
ing to offcials.
The state also plans to reinstate its fee per
acre, which it had abated for the past several
years. The annual fee for a lease is currently $3.50
per acre per year, but that may go up in the future,
with the increase still to be determined.
In addition, leaseholders, both old and new,
will be charged a new Aquaculture Development
Surcharge, a fat fee that will be collected by the
state Department of Natural Resources (which
regulates the program) to the state Department of
Agriculture, which will use the money to market
it.
The aquaculture legislation (Senate Bill 271/
House Bill 312) was developed in part from rec-
ommendations of the Maryland Oyster Advisory
Commission, which is scheduled to meet Wed.,
May 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Patter-
son Park and Museum meeting room in St. Leon-
ard in Calvert County.
Oyster Aquaculture Expanded
FORESTVILLE, Md. (AP)
Prince Georges County fire investi-
gators have ruled that a recent gas ex-
plosion at a strip mall was accidental.
Officials say Thursdays explosion at the
Penn Mar shopping center in Forestville
was due to a buildup of natural gas. They
say insurance investigators from the cen-
ters management company are going to
try to identify the cause of the gas release..
Officials from the county fire depart-
ment also will review the incident with
the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health. The federal agency
makes recommendations on how to pre-
vent work-related injuries and illness.
Nine people, including eight firefighters,
were injured in the blast and taken to area
hospitals. Authorities say all of them have
been
Shopping Center Explosion Ruled Accidental
Thursday, May 14, 2009 8
The County Times
To The Editor:
Editorial:
On April 2, 2009, the Washington Posts
Southern Maryland Extra ran Senate Prayer Not
by the Book in its Maryland Notebook. Following
is my response.
The piece declared that prayers offered within
the Maryland House of Delegates and state Senate
are generally ecumenical (all inclusive) occasion-
ally mentioning God but rarely mentioning Jesus.
Such prayers amount to meaningless drivel and are
disrespectful to God Almighty (of the Holy Bible)
and a search of his Word will not attest to multiple
Gods of multiple names approachable via multiple
terms. Further, can one attest to an altered state of
affairs resulting from prayers that emanated from
within the House of Delegates, state Senate or any-
where else that were not submitted in accordance
with his Holy Word?
Pastor Mark Lehmann concluded his public
prayer in Jesus name and was publicly criticized
for doing so. And the thunderous lack of support
for such on the part of southern Maryland ministers
is deafening. This man dared to be a Daniel, dared
to take a stand, and yet, not one positive follow-up
letter to the editor, by clergy or layman, has been
noted.
One wonders if ministers have just been too
busy about the Lords work to respond of if theyve
personally forgotten how to submit prayers to The
Almighty and appropriately close such prayers.
Many seem to have become indifferent to this Holy
Name that is above all others, and sadly, within this
new political climate, yet others appear to have be-
come affrighted.
May God be pleased to raise up some major
prophets to replace those hes recently taken home.
Not prophets dreaming dreams, seeing visions and
espousing how to gain worldly favor, but those, who
correctly interpret the Holy Bible and dare to de-
clare it as thus saith the Lord. Those called of God
are to preach the Word; be instant in season, out of
season; to reprove, rebuke and exhort with all long-
suffering and doctrine (II Timothy 4-2). Though he
was not conducting a revival service or an invitation
to receive Christ, in essence, Lehmann, in invoking
Jesus, was praying precisely by The Book.
The article further stated that Lehmanns
remarks not be journalized; that is, saved for pos-
terity. No doubt, instructions were followed and
his words have been so stricken from the states
record. However, Lehmanns prayer is unalterably
recorded in the annals of Heaven, and so too, are the
aforementioned instructions. Regarding the ques-
tion asked of the secretary, Do we see these things
ahead of time? Do we? Be assured, God sees!
Ministers, be strong in the Lord and in the
power of his might America has forgotten God
and he is not moved by ecumenical sound bites.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and
turn from their wicked ways; then, will I hear from
Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal
their land (II Chronicles -14). This is my beloved
Son; hear ye Him (Luke 9-35). Bro, Lehmann, I
salute you.
Thanks for this opportunity.
Chester M. Seaborn Jr.
Mechanicsville, Md.
God Sees These Things
On April 18, The Greenwell Foundation held
its ffth annual Evening for Greenwell. Thank-
fully, we were able to raise $13,000, all of which
will directly support the inclusive programs of-
fered by the Foundation at Greenwell State Park.
An event like this is only possible through
the generosity of many community sponsors and
donors. For their outstanding support this year,
our sincere thanks go to the Combs & Drury In-
surance Agency, Robert Randall RDT&E, Blazer
Enterprises, Guy Distributing Co., Inc., Research
and Engineering Development, Inc., Amelex, Tri-
County Abstract, Taylor Gas Co., The Patuxent
Partnership, ManTech International Corporation,
GTMR, Inc., Technology Security Associates, Inc,
Technology Security Associates, Inc., Wyle, PNC,
PSA-Dewberry, Joseph R. Densford, P.C., Mary
Blakely, and to the many people who donated items
for the silent auction.
The contributions of the following also helped
make to this evening not only successful, but also
very enjoyable. Our great thanks goes to Danny
Rebarchick for the use of Lennys new and beauti-
ful banquet room; the staff at Lennys for their su-
perb service and delicious food; Robin Rebarchick
for all of her behind-the-scenes support, and to the
popular local band Geezer for their great music,
which had everybodys toes tappin.
Of course thanks also go to the staff, volun-
teers, and members of the board of The Greenwell
Thanks to Greenwell Supporters
On behalf of the Board of Governors of the
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and
the thousands of women and men in the South-
ern Maryland workforce who have been able to
upgrade their education and training at center for
relevant, upwardly mobile job opportunities right
here at home, Id like to once again thank Delegate
John Bohanan for his leadership during this years
legislative session in successfully increasing our
permanent baseline level of operating budget fund-
ing from $350,000 to $450,000.
This was a signifcant accomplishment in
light of the current economic situation facing our
state, but John was able to successfully convince
the legislature and Gov. OMalley, that this was an
important investment in the future of our workforce
that will pay signifcant dividends in the future, not
only to the individuals who attend the center and
their families, but that will also enhance the eco-
nomic well being of our county, region and state.
During the past two legislative sessions, in
his role as a member of the House Appropriations
Committee, and as chairman of its important Edu-
cation and Economic Development subcommittee
which is responsible for all higher education fund-
ing in the state, John has employed his consider-
able political skills on behalf of his constituents, by
bringing the centers operating budget into a much
more equitable position in relation to other regional
higher education centers elsewhere in the state.
Thanks to John, we are no longer getting the short
end of the stick.
With more than 81 mostly graduate-degree
programs and many more training programs cur-
rently being offered at the center and attended
by 2,900 students, we will be able to continue to
increase the number of relevant educational and
training programs we offer, such as the UMD
Clarke School of Engineering undergraduate ma-
jors in mechanical and aeronautical engineering
slated to begin at the center this fall, helping to as-
sure that the quality of our workforce is second to
none in the state of Maryland.
Thanks again, John, for a job well done.
Joe Anderson, chairman
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
Board of Governors
Ed Center Thanks Bohanan
Foundation for their hard work and dedication,
not just for your help with this event, but for what
you do throughout the year.
Finally, Id like to thank all of the people
who attended this years event. Our programs are
for you, and we couldnt do what we do without
you.
St. Marys County is a generous communi-
ty, and her people always seem to come through.
This is especially evident and appreciated in these
diffcult economic times. Generosity like this will
help Greenwell to continue to make our many
inclusive programs which include recreational
and therapeutic horseback riding, Vacations for
Vets, River Riders Kayaking and Camp Green-
well available to all members of our community.

Thank you.
Joe Anderson,
President
The Greenwell Foundation Board of
Trustees
This Saturday the middle jewel of the cov-
eted Triple Crown will take place once again
in Maryland. Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore
will host Marylands largest single day sport-
ing event, the 134th running of the Preakness
Stakes. In total, Preakness weekend features
16 stakes races with more than $2.3 million in
purses.
The main event, the Preakness Stakes, will
have a purse of more than one million dollars.
A thoroughbred horse race featuring the fn-
est, fastest 3 year old horses around today. A
crowd of more than 100,000 betters, partiers,
and spectators will food the stands, the infeld
and the city to witness this great event steep in
tradition.
No doubt Marylands horse racing indus-
try is important to our state. The economic
beneft from this weeks events alone justifes
the preservation of this industry. Yet it is more
than just that, the traditions and the enjoyment
many of us take for granted cannot be overstat-
ed. Additionally, the preservation of farmland,
Marylands rural character, and protection from
sprawl are all benefted by the preservation of
this great industry. Farming as a proftable in-
dustry will stave off the need for taxpayer bail-
out, and the thousands of acres of horse farms in
northern Baltimore County and outlying areas
are heavily reliant on the horse racing industry
to be proftable.
In 2003, to answer the call of this fnan-
cially troubled industry, Republican Gov. Bob
Ehrlich sought approval from the Maryland
legislature to permit slot machines at Mary-
lands horse racing tracks. The successful track
record of West Virginia doing the same to pre-
serve their horse racing industry was a model
Maryland would follow. Because Ehrlich was
a Republican, the legislature controlled for the
past 100 years by the Democrats, as they did
throughout Ehrlichs four year term, decided to
play politics to hurt Republicans rather than co-
operate to help the state.
The Democratic leader of Marylands
House of Delegates, Speaker Mike Busch de-
clared, If the Preakness wasnt here, would
anybody care? I think the amount of people who
care is next to none. With the economy right,
the gambling industry hungry, and the plan well
defned, all the stars were aligned to preserve
the horse racing industry except for Marylands
one-party politics. For four years Marylands
Democratic Senators and Delegates refused to
play with the Republican Governor.
By the time Gov. OMalley was elected
in 2006, Pennsylvania had already begun in-
stalling thousands of slot machines on Mary-
lands northern border and West Virginia had
expanded slots on Marylands western border,
the economy had started a down turn and the
gambling industry was not so hungry anymore.
Even though the Democrats under a Democrat-
ic governor were now willing to play, it was too
late.
So this past legislative session the gover-
nor and the legislature devised a new scheme
to protect the coveted Preakness because as
Speaker Mike Busch declared, The Preakness
is an important part of Marylands history and
an economic engine for our state. Wow, Busch
cares about Maryland so long as its the Demo-
crats Maryland.
Unfortunately, as we have seen over and
over again from this one-party rule monopoly,
the action taken has left Maryland horse rac-
ing industry, and Maryland in general in worse
peril. Your Democratic Senators and Delegates
passed legislation giving Gov. OMalley the
authority to exercise eminent domain, to seize
control and ownership of Marylands two thor-
oughbred racetracks and all their possessions.
And not just the tracks, OMalley can seize all
copyrights, trademarks, the training track, a ca-
tering company and all other assets, including
the million dollar Preakness trophy, the Wood-
lawn Vase.
Think of how good Marylands business
leaders must feel knowing they are doing busi-
ness in a state that believes they can just come
in and take possession of private business assets
when they feel the desire. Remember 26 years
ago when the Baltimore City Council tried to do
the same thing only to wake up the next morn-
ing and fnd that Robert Irsay had loaded up the
assets of the Baltimore Colts in the dark of night
and left Maryland to get away from those raging
government lunatics.
On March 5th, Manga Entertainment Co.
which owns the Preakness as well as Pimlico
and Laurel racetracks fled for bankruptcy pro-
tection. It is highly likely that a bankruptcy
judge will declare that Maryland has damaged
Manga Entertainment by placing the cloud of
eminent domain over their assets, thereby low-
ering their value. What potential buyer would
be willing to pay top dollar knowing the state
of Maryland can walk in and take ownership at
any time?
In the end, Maryland will probably never
take over these assets, if they do it is certain to
set the stage for another high court ruling that
could seriously damage state and local govern-
ments ability to exercise eminent domain in its
proper form, to bring needed roads and schools
and other public assets to communities. Acting
with emotional recklessness can cause greater
damage to the public good.
The Democrats have fumbled this ball
over and over again and have left us danger-
ously close to losing one of Marylands jewels,
the second leg of the Triple Crown, The Preak-
ness. Hopefully wiser minds can somehow
be heard and the governor and legislature will
understand that government taking over private
industry is not the solution, but rather govern-
ment working with private industry to create an
environment that will be proftable is the only
solution. There are many ways government can
do this, including tax incentives, infrastructure
assistance, regulation changes and so forth.
Maybe OMalley should call Ehrlich and
ask for some help on this one, after all isnt it
time we put Maryland ahead of politics? We all
have a horse in this race.
A Jewel of A Legislative Debacle,
Your Bet Sure To Be Lost.
Thursday, May 14, 2009 9
The County Times
I am saddened to share with you Torre
Meringolos departure from the college
effective July 2, 2009. Torre has accepted
the position of vice president for university
advancement and external relations at the
University of Mary Washington.
Torre leaves a remarkable record of ac-
complishment at St. Marys. Hired 15 years
ago as director of the library and informa-
tion services, Torre directed a comprehen-
sive modernization effort that encompassed
library partnerships with the University of
Maryland System, raised $2 million for li-
brary endowment, and provided the foun-
dation for our contemporary, networked IT
system. Torres previous employment at the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
Penn State University, and UNC Charlotte
provided for us an individual with a formi-
dable knowledge of information systems.
The challenge presented by our small-
scale and modest resources was largely
overcome by the talents of a very thought-
ful, experienced, and strategic colleague.
In 1992, the college entered into its
current relationship with the State of Mary-
land creating a unique, private-public part-
nership in higher education that required
the college to supplement State funds with
private funds as a source of revenue. The
college has benefted greatly from the past
15 years of growth as a public honors col-
lege and an abundance of thanks for our
successful transition is, again, attributable
to Torre.
In 1997, Torre was asked to serve the
college in the position he continues to hold
today, vice president for development. In
concert with Trustee Terry Rubenstein,
chair of the boards development commit-
tee, a professional development team was
built to accomplish a $40.4 million cam-
paign. With endowed funds as the primary
focus of fund-raising, our endowment has
grown from under $5 million to over $24
million during Torres tenure. Torre worked
as well with foundation directors Jim Stone,
Jim Kenney, John Roberts, Tom Daugherty,
Mike OBrien, Bob Waldschmitt, Blu Put-
nam, Dave Burdette, Susan Messitte, Bon-
nie Green, and Harry Weitzel to create a
modern, professionally run foundation that
granted over $16 million for the colleges
programs over the past 10 years.
Moreover, Torre initiated our federal
funding strategies in 2000 that have pro-
vided over $6 million for programs such as
the St. Marys River Project and campus IT
and networking infrastructure. Torres par-
ticular passion for supporting students with
fnancial needs has assured the graduation
of many alumni during his tenure. Under
Torres leadership the Alumni Offce now
serves 11,000 proud alumni with regular
events and SMCMail to keep alumni in-
volved and informed.
Meanwhile, major events such as Re-
union Weekend, Governors Cup, Madri-
gals, and now the River Concert Series on
the Townhouse Greens, bring thousands of
alumni and friends back to the college an-
nually. The Alumni Council is actively en-
gaged in the life of the college and through
their excellent leadership they initiated the
renaming of the college roads, raised funds
for the ARC, the Muldoon River Center
and Boat House, and worked with admis-
sions on special recruiting programs. In
addition, the publications and public rela-
tions staff have revived the Mulberry Tree,
inaugurated the River Gazette and brought
the colleges reputation into national fo-
cus with frequent articles in the Washing-
ton Post, Baltimore Sun, the Chronicle of
Higher Education and the national news
magazines.
For the past three years, Torre has also
served as Secretary to the Board of Trust-
ees, coordinating their quarterly meetings
and keeping Trustees informed of campus
developments. He has served as staff sup-
port to the Board development, governance
and executive committees and staffed as
well the college foundation meetings and
Joint Investment Committee meetings.
Often representing the college in the
local community, Torre was for 10 years
vice president of the Patuxent Partnership,
a member of the Navy Alliance, and the
Colleges representative to the Economic
Development Commission of St. Marys
County. When the College and Historic St.
Marys City joined forces to create the $65
million Maryland Heritage Project funded
by Governor Parris Glendening and Lt.
Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, it
was Torre, and his assistants Pat Kiers and
Anna Yates, who worked weekends and
evenings to ensure a compelling and time-
ly submission. It is an accurate statement
to say that the facilities of St. Marys Col-
lege were reshaped over the last decade as
a result of the Maryland Heritage Project.
We all share a deep affection for and
gratitude towards Torre. We wish him well,
we wish his family every blessing, and we
thank him for generously and deftly touch-
ing all of our lives students, faculty, staff,
alumni, trustee, directors and friends
with his intelligence, sound judgment and
innate kindness. Torre, we are honored to
have served this college alongside you.
Dr. Jane Maggie OBrien,
President
St. Marys College of Maryland
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Meringolo To Leave St.
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Torre Meringolo vice president for development
resigns after 15 years of service to St. Marys Col-
lege of Maryland
Thursday, May 14, 2009 10
The County Times
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
For about three quarters of a century, the
Gatton family has been in the business of cut-
ting hair.
John Gatton Sr.s father started the busi-
ness and for 50 years Gatton has been keeping
the tradition alive.
But Gatton, and his fam-
ily, are just as well known for
their service to the community
through the Hollywood volun-
teer fre and rescue services.
Gatton has been a commu-
nity servant with those organiza-
tions for 48 years, nearly as long
as hes been cutting hair.
Its been fun, Gatton said, after being
honored by nearly every county politician at his
Hollywood shop with eight proclamations for
fve decades of work. Weve had a family busi-
ness for 75 years.
Gattons shop is known not only for offer-
ing a reasonably priced haircut but also as being
a friendly place where information and witty
banter are freely exchanged.
This is the stop, man, one customer said.
If you want to know whats going in the coun-
ty, this the place.
County insiders and politicians get their
manes trimmed there as well as law en-
forcement offcers; seldom does a day
go by without Gattons parking
lot flled with marked and un-
marked police vehicles.
Among the many
proclamations he re-
ceived Monday was one
from Sheriff Timothy
K. Cameron, mak-
ing him an honorary
deputy sheriff.
Capt. Mike
Merican, who pre-
sented the honor,
said hed never seen
such a proclamation
given out during his
entire career.
Gatton took the
time to trim Commis-
sioner Kenneth R. De-
ments hair after he re-
ceived his honors, and the
two just couldnt help ribbing each other.
He got some of it, but I dont think it was
$11 worth, Dement said.
The haircut was a penny, the $11 was for
putting up with you, Gatton retorted.
Sometimes being known so well for your
business and fre and rescue work can be a bit
awkward.
Weve had people call and
say we need an ambulance and
I tell them to call 911, Gatton
said. Dont jam up the system
like that.
Other times, Gatton said,
people use him to unload their
troubles, but he said he doesnt
mind.
It doesnt bother me, Gat-
ton said. If I can help somebody, Ill do it.
Kimberly Sullivan, Gattons daughter,
loves working with her father and said that hav-
ing fun on the job is normal.
A lot of our customers have been coming
so long theyre like extended family, Sullivan
said. Its fun to come to work; I dont mind
getting up and working.
Gatton said that working with family was
one of the most rewarding things about being
on the job.
Its better working with family than for
somebody else.
Its better
working with family
than for somebody
else.
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Longtime Barber Honored
For Fifty Years Of Service
Lorraine Diana, who is associated with
St. Marys Hospital, has been awarded the
2009 Nurse Practitioner Award for Excel-
lence by the American Association of Nurse
Practitioners.
Founded in 1991, the award is given an-
nually to a nurse practitioner in each state
who demonstrates excellence in practice,
research, nurse practitioner education or
community affairs.
A certified family nurse practitioner,
Diana specializes in womens health and ob-
stetrics/gynecology and works for Dr. Larry
Polsky and Shah Associates, a member of
the St. Marys Hospital Medical Staff.
She is also the outgoing president of the
Maryland Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.
The best part of my job is my patients,
she said in a press release. I love the inter-
actions I have with them and like being able
to help them get healthier or be healthier. I
also enjoy working with Dr. Polsky and the
entire staff I have a wonderful job!
A nurse practitioner since 1981, Diana
became inspired to pursue her career when
she was assigned to work with a pediatric
nurse practitioner in the clinics at Andrews
Air Force Base. She left knowing she want-
ed to become a nurse practitioner, finding
out years later that the person who inspired
her was actually the first nurse practitioner
in the United States.
Diana will be recognized at the
2009 American Association of Nurse
Practitioners
National Conference in June. She was
nominated by nurse practitioner Angela
Borger.
Nurse Practitioner Wins Award
The inventor of the Waffe
Iron did not like waffes.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) recently testifed
before the Commerce Subcommittee on Commu-
nications, Technology, and the Internet about a bill
he is sponsoring that would allow the creation of
non-proft newspapers.
Cardins Newspaper Revitalization Act
would allow qualifed newspapers to attain 501(c)
(3) status, the same IRS status that is utilized by
churches, hospitals, educational institutions, public
broadcasting and other non-proft entities.
Today, newspapers across the country are
closing their doors, slashing their staff, and shut-
tering bureaus in the United States and around the
world, Cardin said in a press release. Cardin said
his bill is not a government bailout of a failing in-
dustry. If some newspapers choose to restructure
as non-profts, it would not bring about government
control of the media newspapers just would re-
frain from making political endorsements.
Senator Cardins full testimony is available at
cardin.senate.gov.
Cardins Newspaper Bill Not a Government Bailout
Photo by Guy Leonard
Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D), left, jokes with fellow Commissioner
Kenneth R. Dement (R), seated, before he gets a haircut from John Gatton, Sr.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 11
The County Times
Eighty golfers helped raise $14,000 for
wounded veterans at the second annual Claude D.
Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament held May 8
at the Cedar Point Golf Course, Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, in Lexington Park.
The proceeds will be split evenly between the
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Wounded
Warrior Project, which provide unique, direct pro-
grams and services to meet the needs of severely in-
jured service members, said one of the organizers,
Capt. Ted Harwood, a retired Navy reserve captain
who lives in Hollywood and helped organize the
tournament with his wife Nancy. Harwood is also
a vice president with Sentel, which helped sponsor
the event and has an offce in California.
Alexander, a 1969 West Point graduate and
a Vietnam War amputee, was a peer visitor to the
wounded veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medi-
cal Center and was instrumental in helping the vets
who served in Iraq and Afghanistan integrated
back into their environment, Harwood said in an
e-mail. This included helping local volunteers to
bring the wounded veterans to southern Maryland
for rest, relaxation and fshing in the Chesapeake
Bay. Alexander died in a sports parachute accident
in October 2007.
The tournament was organized by local vol-
unteers who have ties to the Marine Corps, Navy,
Army and Air Force. These volunteers, with the
help of veterans like Alexander and other Walter
Reed peer visitors, provide one-on-one contact
with the wounded Marines, soldiers, sailors, and
airmen and their families and bring them down
to southern Maryland for long weekends to relax,
fsh, eat home cooking, and to just get away from
the hospital and therapeutic routines.
The Claude D. Alexander Memorial Golf
Committee, a 501(c)(3) organization, would like
to thank everyone who participated in and sup-
ported the tournament, Harwood wrote. That
includes the following sponsors for their sup-
port: Gold Sponsors Sentel Corp., Intergraph
Corp., Heritage Printing (programs and signage),
Bear Creek BBQ (lunch); Blue Sponsors: Senator
Robert J. Dole, Advanced Rehab Technologies,
Professional Solutions, TSA, Rolls Royce North
America, Landstar, Wyle, VFW Post 2632, Mil
Corporation, Patuxent Mortgage Co., Sikorsky,
and Juan OCallahan Research.
Thanks also go to donors Patty Payne,
Chesapeake Cuisine, Tides Restaurant, MTEQ,
Ken Sparks, Robert Parkinson, Dan Rebarchick,
Lennys Restaurant, Okada Japanese Seafood and
Steak House, Avenue Flags and Flagpoles, Randy
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Bertie Cecelia Bowman, 88
Bertie Cecelia Bowman, 88, of
Lexington Park, Md., died May 12, 2009,
at her residence. Born Feb. 18, 1921, in
Chaptico, Md., she was the daughter of
the late Charles Henry and Mary Fran-
ces Miles Bowman. She was preceded
in death by her husband Edward Lin-
coln Welch. Condolences to the family
may be left at www.mgfh.com. A full
obituary will appear at a later date. Ar-
rangements provided by the Mattingley-
Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Irene Anthony Connie Bromley, 69
Irene Anthony Connie Bromley,
69, of Summerville, S.C., and formerly
of Leonardtown, Md., died of compli-
cations related to liver failure on May
7, 2009, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. She is
survived by a daughter and two sons:
Diana Bromley of Mechanicsville, Md.,
Michael Bromley of Summerville, S.C.
and Harald Bromley of Valley Lee, Md.,
as well as eight grandchildren: Jessica,
Veronica, Jacob, Eric, Zay, Meredith,
Morgan and Evan.
Connie Bromley, born Aug. 28,
1939, lived her life as a person free of
many guidelines that most would use.
She was a kind, loving mother and
friend to many and was never short
on words when she chose to speak her
mind. She will be remembered by all
for her kindness, wit and willingness to
enjoy a conversation or good time with
friends and family.
The family will receive friends for
a visitation on Sat., May 16, 2009, from
10 to 11 a.m. in the Mattingely-Gardiner
Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md.,
where a memorial service will be held
at 11 a.m. Contributions may be made to
Hospice of Charleston, Hospice Center,
676 Wando Park Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC
29464. Condolences to the family may
be made to www.mgfh.com. Arrange-
ments provided by the Mattingley-Gar-
diner Funeral Home, P.A.
Susan Duby-Holmes, 51
Susan Duby-
Holmes, 51, born
Feb. 15, 1958, in
Santa Monica,
Calif., passed
away Thurs., May
7, 2009, at her
residence. She is
survived by her
husband Randy
Holmes, many loving friends and her
children Sterling and Penny. Susan was
a dedicated social worker that helped
many domestic violence and sexual
assault victims. She was a shelter man-
ager for the local shelter in Oak Harbor,
Wash. Susan also worked at the housing
authority to assist with people creating
positive change in their lives and learn-
ing to become self-suffcient. Susan
was a wonderful friend and great men-
tor to many. She is an angel and will
be greatly missed. In honor of her, you
are welcome to make a donation in her
name to the American Cancer Society
at the Gambrills offce located at 1041
Rt. 3 North, Gambrills, MD 21054. To
leave a condolence for the family, visit
www.mgfh.com. Arrangements pro-
vided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral
Home, P.A.
Erwin Cowels Howard, Jr., 82
Erwin Cowels Howard, Jr., 82 of
Lehigh Acres, Fla., and formerly of
Loveville, Md., died May 9, 2009, in
Cape Coral, Fla. Born July 30, 1926,
in Washington, D.C., he was the son of
the late Erwin Cowels and Edna Clarke
Howard Sr. He was the loving husband of
Lillian Marie Howard of Lehigh Acres,
Fla. He is also survived by his children:
Dennis Clarke Howard and Ernest Lee
Howard, both of Lehigh Acres, Fla.,
and Kenneth Dale Howard of Reston,
Va., as well as four grandchildren and
four great-grandchildren. He was pre-
ceded in death by his siblings Louise
Licklighter, Corrine Soper and Carol
Howard. Erwin served in the U.S. Air
Force for four years beginning in Feb.,
1951. The family will receive friends on
Sun., May 17, 2009, from 2 to 5 p.m. in
the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home,
Leonardtown, Md., where prayers will
be said at 3 p.m. A funeral service will
be held on Mon., May 18, 2009, at 9:30
a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral
Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nick-
erson offciating. Interment will follow
in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Chel-
tenham, Md. Condolences to the fam-
ily may be left at www.mgfh.com. Ar-
rangements provided by the Mattingley-
Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Thomas John Keaveny, 76
Thomas John Keaveny, 76, of
Ramona, Calif., died May 8, 2009, in
Hollywood, Md. Born June 14, 1932,
in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of
the late John and Julia Moore Keaveny.
He was the loving husband of Joyce A.
Keaveny of Ramona, Calif. A Memorial
Mass will be celebrated on Thurs., May
14, 2009, at 9 a.m. in St. Nicholas Chapel
at Patuxent River Naval Air Station with
Fr. Mudd offciating. Interment will be
private. Condolences to the family may
be left at www.mgfh.com. A full obitu-
ary will appear at a later date. Arrange-
ments provided by the Mattingley-Gar-
diner Funeral Home, P.A.
Mary Elizabeth Kelly, 83
Mary Elizabeth Kelly, 83, of Great
Mills, Md., died May 6, 2009, at St.
Marys Hospital.
Born Dec. 9, 1925, in Hollywood,
Md., she was the daughter of the late Jo-
seph J. Kelly and Mary Naney (Dorsey)
Kelly.
Elizabeth is survived by her daugh-
ter Susan Kelly of Lexington Park, Md.;
sisters, Mary B. Kelly and Ada Marie
Kelly of Great Mills, Md.; and brother,
Joseph J. Kelly of Park Hall, Md.
Family will receive friends on Fri.,
May 15, 2009, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church,
22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington
Park, MD 20653. A Mass of Chris-
tian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m.
with Reverend Jack Kennealy as the
celebrant. Interment will follow in the
church cemetery.
A full obituary will appear at a lat-
er date. Condolences to the family may
be made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.com.
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld Funeral
Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.
Robert Bobby Lee Medley Sr., 46
Robert Bobby Lee Medley Sr.,
46, born Jan. 11, 1963, unexpectedly
passed away Fri., May 8, 2009. Robert
was the son of the late Joseph William
and Mary Loretta
Medley Sr. He is
survived by his
wife Mary Med-
ley, son Robert Lee
Medley Jr, grand-
son Jaylen Amari
Medley, siblings
Joseph William
Medley Sr. and
his wife Beverly,
Barbara Ann Bankins, all of Lexington
Park, Md.; Donna Sue Cannon and her
husband Rickie of St. Louis, Mo., Caro-
lyn Ann Johnson and her husband Chris
of Jacksonville, Fla., Ann Briscoe and
her husband John of Mechanicsville,
Md., and Betty Jefferies of Upper Marl-
boro, Md., along with a host of aunts, un-
cles, relatives and close friends. Robert,
known by many as Bobby, will forever
be a dearly loved father, grandfather,
brother, uncle and nephew who loved
his family, driving, shooting pool, play-
ing chess, in addition to, watching his
beloved Redskins. Bobby also enjoyed
playing the Lotto, John Madden foot-
ball, wrestling with his grandson and
was never seen not without his infectious
smile. Bobby was employed by Lin-
coln Management, located on Patuxent
River Naval base as a housing/grounds
technician, but will be forever remem-
bered as Bobby the taxi cab driver.
The family will receive friends Fri.,
May 15, 2009, from 9 to 10 a.m in the
Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home,
Leonardtown, Md., where the funeral
service will be held at 11 a.m. with Pas-
tor Henry E. Briscoe. Interment will
follow in Queen of Peace Cemetery.
Arrangements provided by Mattingly-
Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Henry Ralph
Wise, 90
Henry Ralph
Wise, 90, of St.
Marys City, Md.,
passed away on
May 7, 2009, at
his home. He was
born Oct. 8, 1918,
to the late George
Henry Wise and Laura Eunice (Taylor)
Wise. He was born and raised on Old
Wise Farm which was located off of Ev-
ergreen Park Road.
Ralph spent many years work-
ing sawmills here in St. Marys and in
Charles County. He owned and oper-
ated his sawmill on Mattapany Road
in St. Marys City, Md. He also enjoyed
the water, oystering, crabbing and fsh-
ing. In his later years, he looked forward
to spending time at his second home in
Florida and enjoying the warm weather.
He will be greatly missed by his family
and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Ro-
salee M. Reece (Eddie) of Mechanics-
ville, Md.; four stepdaughters, Elizabeth
G. Kelsea (George) of Lexington Park,
Md., Shirley M. Parcel of Lexington
Park, Md., Betty Aldridge (Gordon) of
Ridge, Md., and Tiny Lou Owens (Jack)
of St. Inigoes, Md.; fve stepsons; Wil-
liam H. Pulliam (Patricia) of Ridge,
Md., Louis E. Pulliam (Eleanor) of
Leonardtown, Md., Charles K. Pulliam
(Susan) of Lexington Park, Md., Alex
C. Pulliam (Patricia) of St. Inigoes, Md.,
and Capt. Eddie Davis (Edith) of Ridge,
Md.; 41 grandchildren, many great-
grandchildren and great- great-grand-
children. He was preceded in death by
his wives, Mary A. (Dudley) Wise, Ka-
tie E. (Dudley) Wise and Luella (Price-
Davis) Wise; a stepson, Thomas (Chuck)
Pulliam; a grandson, Eddie Gene Re-
ece; sisters Lois (Wise) Gough, Lydia
(Wise) Whal, Dorothy (Wise) Bennett
and brother Albert Wise.
Family received friends for Hen-
rys Life Celebration on Mon., May 11,
2009, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the
Brinsfeld Funeral Home, 22955 Holly-
wood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
A funeral service was conducted at 12
p.m. by Pastor Michael D. Thorness.
Interment followed in Trinity Memorial
Gardens, Waldorf, Md.
Serving as pallbearers were David
Pulliam, Christopher Pulliam, Dickie
Pulliam, Glen Pulliam, Kevin Orencia
and Jeffrey Thompson.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Ridge Volunteer Res-
cue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, Md.
20680.
Condolences to the family may be
made at www.brinsfeldfuneral.com .
Arrangements by the Brinsfeld
Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.
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Mon., May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon on at
the La Plata Campus, Center for Business
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Home-school parents and students
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of study, including dual and concurrent
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home-schooled students.
Registration is required by May 15.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information call 301-934-7765 or
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College Hosts Home-
schoolers Day
Patricia DeCarlo, a para-educator at
Park Hall Elementary School, and Warren
Trossbach, who works in the maintenance
department of the Division of Supporting
Services, were recognized by school Supt.
Michael Martirano Educational Support
Professional of the Year for 2009. This year
the honor is being shared by two individu-
als who have provided outstanding support
to the school system and the community.
Also recognized was Susan Tippett, a
secretary in the Department of Curriculum
and Instruction, who received honorable
mention for her contributions to the school
system and community. The school board
will recognize all nominees and winners at
its next meeting on May 26.
School Support
Professionals Honored
The public school system has been
recognized this year for the excellence of
its professional development program by
the Maryland Council of Staff Developers.
The systems Professional Develop-
ment Institute, under the direction of Jeff
Maher, director of professional and orga-
nizational development, and Deb Faller, in-
structional resource teacher, was launched
in 2008 as a year-long program to build the
design, implementation and evaluation of
high-quality professional development.
The program began with a three-
day session last June and continued with
monthly follow-up sessions where program
participants received coaching and de-
signed activities.
The Recognition of Excellence Award
will be presented to school system repre-
sentatives at the councils conference in
October 2009.
Schools
Recognized for Staff
Development
The next quarterly meeting of the
Board of Trustees of St. Marys College of
Maryland will be held Fri., May 15, at St.
Marys College of Maryland in St. Marys
City. The General Session is open to the
public and will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the
Glendening Hall Annex. Call Marc Apter
at 240-895-4381 for more information.
College Trustees to
Meet
The state has again chosen
Town Creek Elementary School
to be a Maryland Physical Edu-
cation Demonstration School for
2009-2011. Chosen are schools
whose physical education pro-
grams are considered to be ex-
emplary and thus serve as mod-
els for other schools
On April 20, 2009, a three-
person team of physical educa-
tors from other Maryland school
systems visited Town Creek to
assess the schools application
and its overall physical educa-
tion program. Applicants must
provide information about qual-
ity teaching; philosophy; or-
ganization and administration;
curriculum and planning; as-
sessment and evaluation; profes-
sionalism; and facilities, equip-
ment and supplies.
Debbie S. Settle, the
schools physical education
teacher, will receive an award
from the Maryland Association
of Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance, which
will be presented at the associa-
tions annual convention in Oc-
tober. The school will receive a
demonstration-school banner,
as well as a certificate from the
Presidents Council for Physical
Fitness.
We are thrilled that Town
Creek has received this recog-
nition, said Andrew Roper,
supervisor of instruction for
physical education, health and
athletics for the school system.
We hope that others from oth-
er districts can take notice and
come to see the schools won-
derful program.
State
Recognizes
Town Creek
Elementary
The can opener was invented
48 years after the can.
St. Marys College of Maryland senior Jay Fleming, of Annapolis, won the Annual Student Art Exhibits
Joseph Marion Gough Jr. Excellence in Art Award for his photograph titled Osprey. The award is given annu-
ally by a committee from the Leonardtown PNC Bank who, along with other local business leaders in the county,
made up the jury for the student art show. The photograph, along with other works from the show, are on display
through August at the bank. For more information, visit www.jayfemingphotography.com or contact him at
jaypfeming@gmail.com or 410-279-8730.
Fleming Photograph
Honored
Torre Meringolo, vice president for development
at St. Marys College, is resigning, effective July 2.
Meringolo will become vice president for university ad-
vancement and external relations at the University of
Mary Washington in Frederickburg, Va., according to a
college press release.
He joined the college in 1994 as director of library
and information services. In that position, Meringolo di-
rected a modernization effort that encompassed library
partnerships with the University of Maryland System;
raised $2 million for library endowment; and provided the
foundation for the contemporary, networked IT system,
according to the release.
In 1997, he became vice president for development.
Meringolo led the professional development team that
raised $40.4 million for the college in the schools largest
fundraising campaign, culminating in 2005.
With endowed funds as the primary focus of fund-
raising, our endowment has grown from under $5 mil-
lion to more than $24 million during Torres tenure, said
College President Jane Maggie OBrien in the release.
Torre initiated our federal funding strategies in 2000 that
have provided more than $6 million for programs such as
the St. Marys River Project and campus IT and network-
ing infrastructure. Torres particular passion for support-
ing students with fnancial needs has assured the gradua-
tion of many students during his tenure.
Meringolo organized the grant submission that re-
sulted in the $65 million Maryland Heritage Project fund-
ed by Governor Parris Glendening. The facilities of St.
Marys College have nearly doubled over the last decade
as a result of the Maryland Heritage Project.
Under his leadership, the alumni offce now serves
11,000 alumni with regular events and SMCMail to keep
them involved and informed.
For the past three years, he has also served as secretary
to the Board of Trustees, coordinating quarterly meetings
and keeping trustees informed of campus developments.
Meringolo was also vice president of the Patuxent Part-
nership for 10 years, a member of the Navy Alliance and
the colleges representative to the Economic Development
Commission of St. Marys County.
Meringolo To Leave St. Marys College
By Andrea Shiell
Staff Writer
The Board of Education voted on Wednesday to approve the lat-
est draft of Superintendent Michael Martiranos 2010 budget, which
has suffered significant blows from reductions in state and county
funding, but for which the board and the superintendent still have
high hopes.
Numbers indicate that the Fiscal Year 2010 operating budget
will increase over Fiscal Year 2009 numbers, $881,334 compared
to $181,479,862, which matches the projected total revenues for the
year, but Martirano pointed out that the school system will be using
$5.2 million of its own fund balance to make up for $2.4 million in
shortfalls.
In factoring in the allocation of fund balance dollars to cover re-
ductions in state and county spending on education, Martirano said
that the FY 2010 budget is, for the first time, less than the operating
budget for the previous year.
The countys appropriation for the school systems 2010 budget
will shrink by $193,090, as it has also backed out on Other Post-
Employment Benefits funding for 2010.
That burden is actually placed on the school system this year
because of our fund balance, said Martirano, explaining that the
school systems fund balance has swelled due to strategic savings
strategies to more than $13 million, which will be used to cover
shortfalls and pay off the school systems outstanding debts in the
next few years.
But the most significant cut will be in state funding, which is set
to decrease from the current year by $3.1 million, bringing their total
allocation to just under $91 million.
Right now the only numbers that are not as concrete are what
the school system can expect from the American Recovery and Re-
investment Act, the funds from which will be restricted to special
education, educational technology and Title 1 programs.
The Board of Education will again modify its FY 2010 op-
erating budget in June to account for stimulus funds.
Meanwhile school officials say they are most interested in
maintaining the school systems current staff and student programs,
and they do not plan to impose furloughs or staff reductions.
Weve trimmed the fat, weve cut the fat, so now were try-
ing to avoid nicking the f lesh, said Martirano.
School Budget Still In Limbo
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Briefs
Punishment
Crime
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Kevin J. McDevitt
Attorney At Law
Former Baltimore City Assist. States Attorney
Former St. Marys County Assist. States Attorney
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CRIMINAL & DUI/DWI CRIMINAL & DUI/DWI
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Cell: 410-925-8992
Dorsey Professional Building
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P.O. Box 952, Leonardtown, MD 20650
www.kjmcdevittlaw.com
Detectives Make Multiple Narcotics Arrests
Vice/Narcotics detectives, assisted by the Sheriffs Offce Emergency Services Team,
executed a search and seizure warrant on a Lexington Park residence. Once inside,
more than two pounds of marijuana, nearly $1,600 in currency, $300 worth of cocaine and
a handgun were recovered. Jerome Anthony Chase, a.k.a. Boogie, age 46, of Lexington
Park, and Charlie Earl Horn, a.k.a. Squeaky, age 34, of Lexington Park, were arrested and
charged accordingly.
Additional charges are pending a review with States Attorney Richard D. Fritz. Vice/
Narcotics detectives and members of the Sheriffs Offce Emergency Services Team also
executed a search warrant on a residence in Great Mills. Marijuana was recovered and Mi-
chael Winfeld Proctor and Geneva Proctor were arrested for misdemeanor possession of
marijuana. Additional charges are pending a States Attorneys Offce review.
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A man accused of abusing and assault-
ing his two children remains incarcerated
in the county detention center after being
denied bond.
Christopher Donnie Smith Sr. was
arrested by detectives last week with the
countys Bureau of Criminal Investiga-
tions unit on charges that several weeks
ago he pushed his 13-year-old son down a
f light of steps after an argument, charging
documents alleged.
The defendants son was born with
spina bifada and wears leg braces and uses
crutches, according to the documents.
The son was also recently diagnosed
with scoliosis, court papers showed; he did
not tell his mother for fear of his father,
court papers went on to say.
Smiths 16-year-old daughter also al-
leged in charging documents that her father
punched her in the face several times and
also threatened her by pointing a handgun
at her over the spring-break holiday when
she had asked if she could stay out late.
The mother also revealed in charg-
ing documents that Smith had punched
his daughter several times two year ago
but that she never reported the assault to
police.
The defendants wife and mother to
the children, alleged in charging docu-
ments that events came to a head May 3
when she returned home after a deputy had
left from a call for a disturbance.
The wife told police that her husband
showed her a handgun, went upstairs and
began cycling the action of the weapon and
stating Im going to make you famous
and I dont have anything to lose.
The wife suspected that her husband
was preparing for a confrontation with po-
lice, charging documents state, while the
defendant apparently believed that police
would try to arrest him on what turned out
to be a nonexistent child support warrant
from Baltimore.
The next day, according to police re-
ports, the mother took her children out of
the home and on May 5 made the accusa-
tions to police about her husbands alleged
actions.
Police, along with the countys tactical
team, made the arrest of Smith and charged
him with first-degree assault, two counts
of second degree assault, two counts of
child abuse and being a felon in possession
of a firearm.
According to charging documents,
Smith had convictions for assault with a
deadly weapon with the intent to kill and
assaulting a law enforcement officer with a
firearm from 1998 in North Carolina.
Man Arrested For Assaulting,
Abusing His Children
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
A man charged with the shooting
death of his estranged girlfriends boy-
friend now claims that his is not crimi-
nally responsible for his alleged crime.
Jeremiah J. Watson, who was sched-
uled for a motions hearing in county Cir-
cuit Court on Monday, filed a plea that
same day claiming that he did not have the
mental capacity to appreciate the grav-
ity of his alleged killing of Christopher
Patty.
His plea also requested a mental eval-
uation to ascertain whether he is compe-
tent to stand trial.
Watsons attorney, public defender
John Getz, said that Watsons latest de-
fense had a basis in his medical history.
There is some history of mental
health treatment, Getz told The County
Times.
Prosecutors declined to comment on
the latest development in the case.
Police allege that during the Nov. 24
incident in Dameron, Watson used a shov-
el to break into Deans home on Premier
Lane and then allegedly used the same
shovel to begin beating both her and Pat-
ty, who was from Charles County, about
the head and body.
Dean is the mother of three children
with Watson.
Dean got away from her alleged as-
sailant and retrieved a handgun, accord-
ing to an application by police for a state-
ment of charges.
Dean shot Watson with the handgun,
but Watson was able to wrest control of
the weapon away from her, court papers
state.
Watson then allegedly shot Patty
twice with the weapon and turned it on
Dean, court papers reveal.
Watson is alleged to have placed the
gun to Deans head and pulled the trig-
ger, but the gun did not fire, court papers
state.
Watson then f led the residence while
Dean called 911, court papers state. Wat-
son was found soon after by police near the
house suffering from gunshot wounds.
Patty and Dean were transported
to St. Marys Hospital where Patty later
died. Dean was treated and released.
Murder Suspect Claims Insanity
By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
Joseph Franklin Brown, of California, is
the fourth and fnal conspirator to plead guilty
in the PNC Bank heist from September of last
year, where Brown and fellow conspirator Wil-
liam Cordell Johnson were alleged to have kid-
napped the bank manager and her two children
from their Lusby home at gunpoint, accord-
ing to information from U.S. Attorney Rod J.
Rosenteins offce.
Brown, 35, pleaded guilty to charges that
he, Johnson and two others took part in the rob-
bery of $169,000 from the bank by having the
bank manager go in and get the funds while they
held one of her children in her vehicle, which
they had commandeered in Calvert County, ac-
cording to federal authorities.
Quinita Ennis, 31, of Lexington Park, who
earlier pleaded to her part in the heist, drove both
Brown and Johnson to the bank managers home
in Lusby after conducting surveillance of her
routine before the robbery.
Edwin Jones, 41, of Lexington Park, plead-
ed guilty to being an accessory after the fact in
the robbery.
Both Ennis and Jones are scheduled for sen-
tencing June 1; Johnson, 38, is set for sentencing
July 20.
Brown faces 25 years in prison for armed
robbery, fve years incarceration for conspiracy
to commit armed bank robbery, a minimum
seven years for brandishing a frearm during a
crime of violence and 10 years for being a felon
in possession of a frearm.
Final Perpetrator Of PNC Bank Heist
Pleads Guilty
Thursday, May 14, 2009 18
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The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar business,
with American women spending thousands of dollars each
year on new products and treatments. Given the current state
of the economy, even self-proclaimed "beauty addicts" are
rethinking what they spend on lotions and potions.
The good news? There is no need to let the recession
cause a beauty depression thanks to new products,
old favorites and some smart solutions for under $30.
* Look for multi-purpose products or those with
unexpected benefts. Items that feature two key ben-
efts --such as a moisturizer with tint and sunscreen --
can be less expensive than buying separate products,
and will save you another commodity: time. Makeup
artist Petra Strand's Pixi by Petra collection offers
skin-benefcial ingredients and face-awakening color
in every product so women can soothe their skin and
freshen up their look in one step.
* Choose a few bright, of-the-moment colors to
give your look an update. Former model Jemma Kidd
offers high-intensity eyeshadow shades within her JK
Jemma Kidd collection. Prefer a classic red? Then go
for a product with staying power like L'Oreal Paris
Infallible(TM) Never Fail Lipcolour in Target Red for
fashy long wear. Even when paired with last season's
dress, you'll look au courant!
* Be smart about choosing colors. Avoid wasted
money and the wrong shades with a handpicked pal-
ette that really makes sense for your skin tone and
style. The NP Set palettes by Napoleon Perdis have
step-by-step instructions built into the case so no
color goes unused. A makeup lesson by a celebrity
makeup artist and smooth, satiny colors perfect for
you for just $29? Now that's a beauty bargain.
* Take Stock. Keep your cosmetics orga-
nized so you know what you have and don't buy
what you don't need. Rely on the Contents Yellow Bee
cosmetic train case made from recycled cotton avail-
able exclusively at Target to make storing your beauty essen-
tials easy, chic and eco-friendly.
* At-home spa. Skip the spa day price tag and gather
some skin-soothing items to lift your spirits right at home.
Detox in your tub with Soap & Glory I Foam, an ultra-
creamy body wash with orange and grapeseed oils to soothe
your body and soul.
* Protect the beauty investments you make. Are you
a fan of salon hair coloring services? Choose products that
will help your color last longer and protect your hair from
damage. Color- and heat-protectant shampoos and stylers
cost less than a single process haircolor service. Two to try:
Umberto Beverly Hills and Ted Gibson.
* Each hairstylist was once a student. Find a reputable
training program in your area and request a student cut.
They're usually free or low-cost.
* Shop smart to save. Find quality beauty products for
less at the same places you buy your fashion must-haves, gro-
ceries and electronics. Target, for instance, continues to bring
beauty mavens everywhere the best brands from around the
globe for less. For more information, or to shop online, log
on to www.target.com.
Bailouts Abound For Beauties, Too Bailouts Abound For Beauties, Too
Despite the current recession, women need not sacrifce beauty to save a buck or
two. In fact, a host of products for under $30 are available for women hoping to look
their best in spite of the struggling economy.
Over the past year, "green" has grown from some-
thing that everyone sort of hedgingly cared about into
being heralded the new black, the new purple -- what-
ever hue is the standard for red-hot right now.
That's green as in the environment, not the color.
Recycling, save-the-planet green.
Ironically, this welcome trend actually presents
a potential obstacle to shoppers seeking gifts for that
special Earth-minded someone in their lives. When
green was something you still had to go digging to
find, your gift was bound to reap rave reviews. But
with so much recycled-this and reclaimed-that crop-
ping up on store shelves and in Internet search results
this holiday season, how do you now find a green gift
that's truly golden?
* Something that looks eco-friendly, but not like
blatant marketing. (A bamboo-sided computer hard
drive? Yes, such a thing exists, but why?)
* Something creative that isn't merely artsy-
crafty. (A recycled-wine-bottle coat rack? Really?)
* Something affordable.
* Something cool.
With time, you'd no doubt unearth a number of
workable options. But for right now, here's a gift idea
that's plainly heads above the rest: The Real Deal
Brazil recycled-tarp hat.
Amy Wolfe, travel editor for Sunset magazine,
has heralded the RDB hat as "an ecologically genius
idea" that's "also sort of sexy."
These Indiana Jones-ish hats origi-
nate in Brazil, in a steamy crossroads
town out where the pavement's often
crumbled away and highway pirates
aren't uncommon. The brawny fabric is
cut from reclaimed canvas tarps that once covered
the beds of cargo trucks hauling freight from the Am-
azon out to the Brazilian coast. The tarps' exposure
to different combinations of tropical rain, equatorial
sun, abrasive wind and f lying road debris, along with
occasional smatterings of Portuguese writing in wa-
terproof black ink, makes each RDB hat a true one-
of-a-kind.
Truck tarps are frequently replaced in equatorial
Brazil, but this steady stream of trash is now diverted
into a steady source of cash for one economically dis-
advantaged backcountry town.
Recycled tarps are thoroughly cleaned before be-
ing cut and sewn, and leftover scraps get stitched onto
other RDB hats, so nothing gets wasted. Wire used in
the bendy brim is pulled from abandoned truck tires.
Many specialty retailers and specialty-goods cat-
alogs carry the RDB hat (manufacturer's suggested
retail price $29.99), as do a variety of online stores,
including realdealbrazil.com.
This ruggedly stylish, Earth-friendly fedora also
tends to turn other people green when they see it.
Green, that is, with envy.
Green That's Heads Above the Rest
Ha i r b a n d s
and other unique hair
accessories are popping up all over
the fashion world, from gala openings
to red carpet walks. A blushing bride who
wants to explore new possibilities to complement
her wedding day look can experiment with hair
accessories, which add beauty and originality to her
big day.
While bridal veils and tiaras are common
adornments for a stroll down the aisle, trendy brides are
realizing the versatility and affordability of hairhands.
One to try is this vintage inspired band of champagne
beaded Austrian crystals on a silk ribbon halo from
band-do. Shimmer and sparkle as you celebrate
your marriage union. Country sensation Taylor
Swift wore this very halo as she made the
party rounds after the American
Country Music Awards in
April.
Thursday, May 14, 2009 19
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you and your family will remember for
a lifetime. Whether its a one day adven-
ture or a weekend excursion, you will not
be disappointed.
Situated on St. Jeromes Creek, just
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Last weekend a 46 inch rockfsh was
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is for sale, as well as a small camp store
for all your last minute needs, including
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During the summer of 2008, Buzzs
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On July 30, 2008, President Bush
signed H.R. 3221, the Housing and Eco-
nomic Recovery Act of 2008, a huge $300
billion rescue plan that may help struggling
homeowners avoid foreclosure, and hope-
fully boost condence in the sluggish hous-
ing market.
The bill is 694 pages long and very
complex, and with help from the National
Association of Realtors, below are some of
the highlights.
This legislation contains a number of
victories for American homeowners includ-
ing GSE reform, FHA reform, permanent
loan limit increases and a $7,500 homeown-
er tax credit. This bill will help a limited
number of homeowners facing foreclosure
nd ways to renance.
The bill includes the following
provisions:
Homebuyer Tax Credit a $7,500 tax
credit that would be available for any quali-
ed purchase between April 8, 2008, and
June 30, 2009. The credit is repayable over
15 years (making it, in effect, an interest
free loan). This has been amended to now
be an $8,000 tax credit for homes purchased
between Dec. 31, 2008, and Dec. 1, 2009.
FHA Reform including permanent
FHA loan limits for St. Marys County
capped at $417,000; streamlined process-
ing for FHA condos; reforms to the Home
Equity Conversion Mortgage program, and
reforms to the FHA manufactured housing
program. The downpayment requirement
on FHA loans will go up to 3.5 percent
(from 3 percent).
Government Sponsored Enterprises
Reform for St. Marys this means that our
GSE loan limits will stay at the higher rate
that was established during the passing of
the economic stimulus package earlier this
year.
FHA foreclosure rescue development
of a renance program for homebuyers with
problematic subprime loans. Lenders would
write down qualied mortgages to 85 percent
of the current appraised value and qualied
borrowers would get a new FHA 30-year
xed mortgage at 90 percent of appraised
value. Borrowers would have to share 50 per-
cent of all future appreciation of their home
if they sell with FHA. The loan limit for this
program is $550,440 nationwide. Program is
effective on Oct. 1, 2008.
Seller-funded downpayment assistance
programs codies existing FHA proposal
to prohibit the use of downpayment assis-
tance programs funded by those who have
a nancial interest in the sale; does not pro-
hibit other assistance programs provided by
nonprots funded by other sources, church-
es, employers, or family members. This pro-
hibition does not go into effect until Oct. 1,
2008.
VA loan limits temporarily increases
the VA home loan guarantee loan limits to
the same level as the Economic Stimulus
limits through Dec. 31, 2008.
Risk-based pricing puts a moratori-
um on FHA using risk-based pricing for one
year. This provision is effective from Oct. 1,
2008 through Sept. 30, 2009.
GSE Stabilization includes language
proposed by the Treasury Department to au-
thorize Treasury to make loans to and buy
stock from the GSEs to make sure that Fred-
die Mac and Fannie Mae could not fail. This
is potentially a huge mess that we could be
getting our children into, potentially $300
billion. If managed properly it can work
well.
National Affordable Housing Trust
Fund develops a Trust Fund funded by a
percentage of prots from the GSEs. In its
rst years, the Trust Fund would cover costs
of any defaulted loans in FHA foreclosure
program. In out years, the Trust Fund would
be used for the development of affordable
housing.
CDBG Funding provides $4 billion
in neighborhood revitalization funds for
communities to purchase foreclosed homes.
This will help low income communities with
the problem of having so many run down
foreclosed home sin any one area.
LIHTC modernizes the Low Income
Housing Tax Credit program to make it more
efcient.
Loan Originator Requirements
strengthens the existing state-run nationwide
mortgage originator licensing and registra-
tion system (and requires a parallel HUD
system for states that fail to participate). Fed-
eral bank regulators will establish a parallel
registration system for FDIC-insured banks.
The purpose is to prevent fraud and require
minimum licensing and education require-
ments. The bill exempts those who only per-
form real estate brokerage activities and are
licensed or registered by a state, unless they
are compensated by a lender, mortgage bro-
ker, or other loan originator.
PatrickDugan@mris.com
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 21
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Constructing an environmentally conscious home may
seem like a monumental task, but many components can be
yours with just one choice. Start construction with concrete,
not wood.
In just one step, you can achieve a high level of sus-
tainability in your new house, says Todd Blyth at Nudura,
the manufacturer of insulated concrete forms. Build your
walls, oors and ceilings with stay-in-place, interlocking
concrete units. With this Lego-like method (of reinforced
concrete sandwiched between two layers of expanded poly-
styrene foam insulation) the total building envelope stands
to be up to nine times stronger, far more re resistant, and
far more sound insulated. Furthermore, this certied inno-
vation (nudura.com) is design-friendly for architects, much
faster for builders, creates less construction waste, and pro-
vides defense against toxicity and mold that is so often as-
sociated with traditional wood framed walls. And of equal
importance, its a building method that will deliver energy
savings of up to 70 percent.
Industry analysts agree that the overall quality of a
green home will pay dividends immediately, and it will
continue to do so for years to come. When building, pay
special attention to materials and systems for water, sew-
age, energy, and your indoor environment. These are rated
by an internationally accredited organization called Lead-
ership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), so ask
your builder to make choices based on this designation.
A green home uses less energy, water and natural re-
sources, Blyth explains. It is less wasteful and is healthier
and more comfortable for the occupants. Equally impor-
tant benets include lower energy and water bills, reduced
greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to mold, mil-
dew and other indoor toxins. As a result, the net cost of
owning a sustainable home is comparable to cost of a con-
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Consumers in the market for a premium
countertop surface are discovering early in
their search that quartz, and not granite, has be-
come the highest rated and most popular option
available.
Thats because quartz countertops have
emerged as the new worry-free, elegant alter-
native to high-maintenance granite for archi-
tects, designers and homeowners alike. Theyre
stronger than granite, require no resealing, are
highly resistant to scratches and stains, come in
a huge variety of colors, and soon to be manu-
factured in Canada.
In fact, Consumer Reports Magazine rated
quartz as the top performer among countertop
materials such as granite, ceramic tile, stainless
steel, laminate, marble, limestone, and concrete
when it came to resisting prime kitchen hazards
such as stains, heat and scratches.
According to the recent Freedonia Group
Report on countertop industry trends, there has
been a denite shift in the marketplace over the
last few years as quartz has become the fastest
growing market segment in the industry with
13 percent growth compared to granites ve
percent.
Quartz surfaces are growing in popular-
ity because they have the appearance of natu-
ral stone, but unlike granite, these surfaces
never need to be sealed. Quartz is a nonporous
material, which means it will not promote the
growth of mold, mildew or bacteria. This is
why leading brands such as HanStone Quartz
surfaces are certied NSF 51 (with the National
Sanitation Foundation).
HanStone quartz countertops have an
aesthetic that can emulate the look of gran-
ite, but are also available in unique colors and
surface effects not found in natural stone, ex-
plained Mark Hanna, President of Montreal-
based Leeza Distribution Inc., one of North
Americas leading distributors of HanStone
Fine Quartz Surfaces (leezadistribution.com).
The benet of quartz is that it doesnt have
any of the drawbacks associated with materials
such as granite.
What is quartz?
Quartz is silicon dioxide and it occurs as
individual crystals and ne-grained masses in
a large variety of forms, patterns, and colors. It
is naturally hard and scratch resistant.
Most quartz countertops are manufac-
tured with up to 93 percent quartz mixed with
pigments and resins. This prescribed mixture
results in a product that is non-porous, exceed-
ingly durable, and more than twice as strong as
granite.
The top rated quartz surface in the industry
by designers, architects and developers alike is
HanStone, because it contains a higher quartz
content than the norm and includes clear and
multiple quartz colors, bringing greater depth,
dimension and style to its surfaces.
The popularity and growth of quartz in
North America led to one of Koreas largest
industrial corporations, Hanwha Living & Cre-
ative Corporation, to break ground recently on
a new manufacturing and distribution plant in
London, Ontario for its Hanwha Surfaces prod-
ucts. The building solidies Hanwhas presence
in North America as one of the leading produc-
ers of ne quartz surfaces -- via its HanStone
product line. The new plant promises to boost
the local economy while lessening the indus-
trys environmental impact. More information
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Columnist Linda Reno
is a historian and genealogist
specializing in Southern
Maryland history. Mrs. Reno is a
member of the St. Marys County
Historical Society, St. Marys County
Genealogical Society, Charles County
Genealogical Society, Maryland Historical
Society and the Maryland Genealogical
Society. She has authored many books
and articles on local history. We
hope you will enjoy these articles
and welcome your comments
and suggestions for
future subjects.
A Journey Through Time A Journey Through Time
The Chronicle
By Linda Reno
Contributing Writer
Remember the Maine, to Hell
with Spain became the battle cry
of U.S. citizens when the battleship
Maine was either blown up or self-
destructed in the harbor at Havana,
Cuba, on Feb. 15, 1898.
At that time Cubans were
revolting in Havana, seeking
independence from Spain, and the
U.S. had sent the Maine there to
show our support for Cuba, not to
ght. After the sinking of the
Maine, however, that would
change. This short-lived
war that lasted from
April to August in
1898 resulted in
the U.S. defeating
Spain and
acquiring Cuba,
the Philippines,
Puerto Rico and
Guam.
A b o a r d
the Maine that
fateful day were
355 servicemen
under the command of
Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee.
Capt. Sigsbee testied that at
9:10 p.m. on the evening of
Feb. 15, he was in his cabin
writing a letter to his family when the
ships bugler began playing Taps to
indicate days end. I laid down my
pen to listen to the notes of the bugle,
which were singularly beautiful in the
oppressive stillness of the night. All
was quiet until 9:40 when the Maine
exploded.
Only two ofcers were lost in the
blast, as their quarters were located in
the back of the ship. It was the crews
quarters, two decks above the powder
magazines, that would take the brunt
of the explosion. One of the ofcers
testied: The whole starboard of the
deck, with its sleeping berth, burst
out and ew into space, as a crater of
ame came through, carrying with it
missiles and objects of all kinds, steel,
wood and human.
Captain Sigsbee ordered the
survivors to abandon ship and as is
traditional, he was the last one to leave
the ship. The search for survivors
continued through the night with the
captain calling out at one point in
desperation, If there is anyone living
on board, for Gods sake say so!
Spanish ofcials denied any
involvement in the sinking of the
Maine. The U.S. conducted an
investigation in an effort to determine
the cause of the explosion. Charles
Morgan, a trained navy diver, spent
two weeks diving in and around the
wreckage of the ship. His report was
chilling.
It was horrible! As I descended
into the death-ship, the dead rose
up to meet me. They oated toward
me with outstretched arms, as if to
welcome their shipmate. Their faces
for the most part were bloated with
decay or burned beyond recognition,
but here and there the light of my
lamp ashed upon a stony face I knew,
which when I last saw it had smiled a
merry greeting, but now returned my
gaze with staring eyes and fallen jaw.
The dead choked the hatchways and
blocked my passage from stateroom
to cabin. I had to elbow my way
through them, as you do in a crowd.
While I examined twisted iron and
broken timbers they brushed against
my helmet and touched my shoulders
with rigid hands, as if they sought to
tell me the tale of the disaster. I often
had to push them aside to make my
examinations of the interior of the
wreck. I felt like a live man in command
of the dead. From every part of the
ship came sighs and groans. I knew it
was the gurgling of the water through
the shattered beams and battered sides
of the vessel, but it made me shudder;
it sounded so much like echoes of
that awful February night of death.
The water swayed the bodies to and
fro, and kept them constantly moving
with a hideous semblance of life. Turn
which way I would, I was confronted
by a corpse.
It has now been 110 years since
the Maine sank, and the real cause
for her loss has never been ofcially
determined. Of the men who died,
165 bodies were recovered and buried
in Cuba. In 1899 their remains were
exhumed and reburied at Arlington
National Cemetery. Only 63 of them
were ever identied.
One of the unidentied men was
Apprentice First Class Benjamin H.
Herriman, born 1876, in Chaptico, son
of Melvin Harrison Herriman and his
second wife, Mary Ellen Lyon.
Ironically, Melvin Herriman
was a native of Kennebec County,
Maine. Why he came to settle here
is unknown. In Washington, D.C.,
in 1860, he married Martha Bond,
daughter of Samuel Bond and Eliza
Kitchen of St. Marys County and they
were living in Chaptico by1863 when
he was arrested by Union ofcials for
selling goods for contraband trade.
His second wife, Mary Ellen Lyon,
was the daughter of William Alexander
Lyon and Catherine Ann Swann of
Charles County, whom he married in
1872. She died in childbirth in 1893.
Melvin Herriman died at his home in
Chaptico in 1913, never knowing for
the sure, the resting place of his son.
Got pictures or stories youd
like to share? Please contact me at:
lindareno@comcast.net
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AP Movie Critic
J.J. Abrams hugely anticipated summer ex-
travaganza Star Trek boldly goes to the
past within the distant future of the Trek
universe, years ahead of the TV series and the
myriad movies and spin-offs it spawned.
And in doing so, he and his longtime collabo-
rators, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtz-
man, change everything you know or obsess
about, if youre into this kind of thing about
the kitschy pop-culture phenomenon.
Its a daring and exciting approach thats sure
to tickle and provoke purists, while at the
same time probably cause neophytes to feel
a bit lost.
A major plot twist pops up which includes
the arrival of Leonard Nimoy about halfway
through the lm, a twist that doesnt exactly
work and from which the lm never com-
pletely recovers.
Having said that, Abrams clearly aimed to
appeal to the broadest possible audience with
this dazzling visual spectacle while also leav-
ing plenty of Easter eggs for the hardcore
fans to nd. If theres any social or political
subtext, as in the original series, its difcult
to determine; this Star Trek seems solely
made to entertain. Its an absolutely gorgeous
lm with impeccable production design the
lighting is wondrous, almost heavenly and
lovely, tiny details frequently emerge within
the larger, grander images.
Abrams certainly puts on a good show be-
tween televisions Lost and the 2006 Mis-
sion: Impossible sequel he directed, theres
no question the man knows how to stage an
action sequence, and the opening gets things
off to a thrilling start. He efciently and sat-
isfyingly presents the back stories of the men
who will become Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris
Pine) and the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr.
Spock (Zachary Quinto) and puts them on a
collision course with each other, which ups
the excitement level early.
Kirk and Spock, you see,
werent always pals at least
not in this revisionist history.
This Star Trek pits them
as opposites and adversaries
until they must reluctantly
learn to function side by side
for the greater good. Kirk
was a brilliant young hotshot
causing trouble in rural Iowa,
talented beyond his years but
self-destructive nonetheless;
Spock was a brilliant young
math whiz whose mixed eth-
nic heritage made him the
target of Vulcan bullies who
were just as geeky as he was.
Pine gets the womanizing and
the ego of Kirk, but in
a younger state theres
also a likable boyish
enthusiasm about him;
Quinto, meanwhile, plays Spock as a little
more tentative and less Zen-like. But maybe
that sense of inner peace comes in time.
All that informs their interaction once they
join the Stareet Academy and ultimately
climb aboard the shiny U.S.S. Enterprise
which looks familiar but has been signicant-
ly updated from 40 years ago. Among them
are the usual cast of supporting characters:
Communications Ofcer Uhura (the grace-
ful Zoe Saldana, who gets more to do than
Nichelle Nicholls ever did on TV); over-the-
top Medical Ofcer Leonard Bones McCoy
(Karl Urban, who gets to growl familiar lines
like: Dammit, man! Im a doctor, not a physi-
cist!); Chief Engineer Montgomery Scotty
Scott (Simon Pegg in a lively bit of casting);
reliable Helmsman Sulu (John Cho, showing
he can do much more than comedy) and 17-
year-old supergenius Chekov (Anton Yelchin,
doing an intentionally cartoony Russian ac-
cent as an homage, even though he really is
Russian).
Their shared enemy is the angry Romulan
leader Nero (Eric Bana, borrowing Mike
Tysons elaborate facial tattoos), whose sharp,
spiky ship resembles a malevolent version of
Gaudis Sagrada Familia. The source of his
vendetta against Spock, and the entire Federa-
tion, is revealed as the lm progresses, and its
a crucial part of that distractingly perplexing
twist we mentioned earlier.
Either youll go with it or you wont. Regard-
less, based on Abrams ambition and scope in
rejuvenating the franchise, its clear it still has
plenty of room to live long and prosper.
(A Paramount Pictures release; Rated PG-
13 for sci- action and violence, and brief
sexual content; Running Time 127 minutes;
Two and a half stars out of four.)
Movie Review: Star Trek
By Andrea Shiell
Staff Writer
The Cosmic Symphony Orches-
tra will be performing its season nale,
titled Made in America, this week-
end in St. Marys and Calvert counties.
This program is a big one, said
Lynn Keates, secretary on the board of
directors, explaining that this years show
will also feature a large art exhibition titled
Do You See what I Hear? linked to the
groups performance of selections from com-
poser Leonard Bernsteins West Side Story.
In addition, composer Sean Hickey will
also premier his Concerto for Solo Cello,
which was composed specically for Cosmic
and slated for performance in Russia.
Work on the student art exhibition started
early.
What we did in January was send out
letters and CDs to all the Calvert County and
St. Marys County art teachers, said Keates,
explaining that students were then presented
with recordings of West Side Story.
Students were then asked to interpret
the Broadway show, rst produced in 1957
and made into a movie in 1961, on canvas or
through any other medium.
They selected the ones that they wanted
to display, so those items will be on display at
the concert, she said, encouraging audience
members to come early to view the artwork.
Because it was January when we sent
out the CDs, that gave the students a lot of
time to really listen to it, and then try to put
that down on paper or canvas, said Keates,
adding that several mediums were being used
in this years exhibit.
Weve had a couple of sculptures, and
weve had a couple of different mediums in
the past, and Im always amazed by what the
students come up with, she said.
Along with more than 200 pieces of
original art by local students, this years pro-
gram will feature selections from West Side
Story, the beloved American spin-off of
Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet.
West Side Story is ambitious, because
its a different way of playing the music, and
what theyre going to play is sort of an over-
ture, a mix of pieces, and then the orchestra
will of course accompany the singers ... so its
a totally different sound, said Keates. West
Side Story is so beloved, and its going to be so
nice to really do it up right.
The group will also perform another
piece that was also made in America, which
Keates said was uniquely challenging.
World-renowned composer Sean Hickey
will premier his Concerto for Solo Cello,
which was composed specically for Cosmic.
The piece itself was commissioned by
renowned cellist Dmitry Kouzov, who will
be performing the three-movement work in
its entirety for the rst time on a Southern
Maryland stage before touring with the piece
in Russia, where it will be performed with the
St. Petersburg Symphony.
Sean Hickey is a friend of our music di-
rector, Vladimir Lande, and thisll be the rst
time itll be played, said Keates, explaining
that nobody would hear the nished product
until the group performed it for the public, but
its exciting to think that this is the rst time
itll be played here in America, or anywhere.
Along with selections from Cosmics
ute choir, one American classic, and one
more American premier, Keates said, theres
another little something that the orchestras
going to play thats kind of one of those please
play that again things, and Im not going to
tell what it is, but its a crowd favorite and an
orchestra favorite ... and its NOT made in
America.
Cosmic Symphony Orchestras Season
Finale will be performed at Great Mills High
School on Sat., May 16, at 7 p.m. and at Hun-
tingtown High School at 4 p.m. on
Sunday. For tickets, call 301-373-5277
or go to www.cosmicmusic.org.
Musical Director Vladimir Lande leads
COSMIC symphony in one of their nal re-
hearsals before their season nale, Made
in America, which will feature both an art
show and the world premier of Sean Hickeys
Concerto for Solo Cello.
Photo
By Andrea
Shiell
The County Times
is always looking
for more local
talent to feature!
To submit art or
entertainment
announcements,
or band
information for
our entertainment
section, e-mail
andreashiell@county-
times.net.
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Thursday, May 14
Wing Night
VFW Post 2632 (California) 5 p.m.
UpStroke
Chefs American Bistro (San Souci Plaza)
6 p.m.
Ladies Night
Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown)
7 p.m.
DJ Jamie
Cadillac Jacks (Lexington Park) 9 p.m.
Friday, May 15
Annual Potomac Wildlife Art Show
College of Souther Maryland (La Plata
campus) 6 p.m.
Texas HoldEm Tournament
VFW Post 2632 (California) 7 p.m.
Poker Leader Board Challenge
FOP-7 Lodge (Chancellors Run Road,
Great Mills) 7 p.m.
S.T.O.R.M. Reggae Band
Hulas Bungalow (23900 N. Patuxent
Beach Road, California) 8 p.m.
4 Friends
Chefs American Bistro (San Souci Plaza)
8:30 p.m.
David & Kevin
Applebees (California) 9 p.m.
Shout at the Devil
Memories Bar 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16
Our Ladys Church yard sale
In the church parking lot from 8 a.m. to
noon. Cost to rent a space is $10; bring
your own table or rent a table from us for
$5; leave the advertising up to us. Call
301-475-8403 to reserve your space.
Strawberry Festival
37497 Zach Fowler Road (Chaptico)
1:30 p.m.
Steak Night
VFW 2632 (California) 5 p.m.
COSMIC Symphony Season Finale
Great Mills High School 7 p.m.
Idle Americans host Open Blues Jam
Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown)
8 p.m.
Sam Grow
Hulas Bungalow (23900 N. Patuxent
Beach Road, California) 8 p.m.
Nia Olabesi
Chefs American Bistro (San Souci Plaza)
8:30 p.m.
Bent Nickel
Cryers Back Road Inn (Compton) 9
p.m.
DJ Jamie
Cadillac Jacks (Lexington Park) 9 p.m.
Frankie and the Actions
Memories Bar 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17
COSMIC Symphony Season Finale
Huntingtown High School (Huntingtown)
4 p.m.
Drive Thru Chicken Dinner
Hosted by the Ridge Volunteer Fire De-
partment Auxiliary from 12:30 to 3:30
p.m. at the rehouse located at 13820
Point Lookout Road. Dinners are $10
and will include half a chicken, parsley
potatoes, vegetable, cole slaw and a roll.
Limited dine-in seating will be available.
Come and support a worthy cause. For
more information, call 301-872-5090 or
301-872-5671.
Mechanicsville Rescue Open House
Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad
is celebrating 50 years of serving the com-
munity with an open house from noon to 4
p.m. at the Rescue Squad building off Old
Flora Corner Road. Cold drinks, hot dogs
and hamburgers will be available while
you meet the members, tour the station
and view our apparatus. Ritas will also
be serving Italian Ice. Some of the guests
attending include Health Connections,
Walden Sierra, Department of Aging, The
Maryland State Police Charger and the Me-
chanicsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Activities throughout the day include ex-
trication and demolition of a vehicle, free
blood pressure checks, moon bounce and
slide, and different games such as horse
balls. Anyone with memories of the Me-
chanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad over
the past 50 years please bring it with you
to share with us.
Monday, May 18
Blood Drive
The American Red Cross will be hold-
ing a blood drive at the 2nd District Vol-
unteer Fire Department Rescue Squad in
Valley Lee from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Donors
may call 301-994-1038 to schedule an ap-
pointment or for information. Walk-ins
are welcome.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 26
Today in
St. Marys County
we have many
wonderful options for
dining out. Each week we
will feature a local
restaurant and give our
readers an overview of what
they can enjoy on the menu
at each location.
Bon Apptit!
Cuisine
& More
Cuisine
People come from miles away to enjoy the down-home cooking at Lindas Caf. For 20 years, owner
Linda Palchinsky has been drawing crowds with her just like mom makes meals. Offering breakfast all
day from open til close and daily dinner specials, it is no wonder Lindas has such a loyal following of
customers.
Conveniently located outside Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Lindas has been a favorite spot for
breakfast or lunch meetings for years. Lindas Caf is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lindas breakfast menu is loaded with every imaginable omelet or eggs any style, breakfast meats ga-
lore, wafes, pancakes or French toast with all the xings on the side. Try its famous home fries with your
breakfast choice. Special selections are available on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast entrees range in price
from $2.49 to $8.99 and your coffee cup will never stay empty.
Lunch choices include specialty sandwiches, burgers, salads and hot roast beef
or turkey. Lunch prices range from $3.49 to $8.99. Daily $6.99 specials on the menu
feature baked chicken on Monday, ham and cabbage on Tuesday, meatloaf Wednesday,
liver and onions on Thursday and Salisbury steak on Friday.
Dinner specials include Monday chicken night, Tuesday pork chops and seafood,
Wednesday is steak night, Thursday is Italian night and Friday is sh night. Try some
down- home cooking served up with old-fashioned hospitality at Lindas Caf today!
On The Menu
LINDAS CAF
21779 Tulagi Place, Lexington Park
301-862-3544
Alice White Australian Wines
www.alicewhite.com
Established in 1933, Tomasello Winery is run by third generation
New Jersey winegrowers, Charlie and Jack Tomasello. Passionate about
their wines, the Tomasellos grow 24 different varieties of grapes on
their 70 acres. The Tomasellos believe that, Quality in wine making is
a function of quality fruit. The quality shows in the nished product
of Tomasello wines.
Known for premium wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit
Verdot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Reisling the Tomasellos have
also had great success with French hybrids. Additionally Toma-
sello has won much acclaim for its high end dessert wines; six fruit
wines intense in their fruit character with layers of fruit on the
palette and balanced acidity and sweetness. The Red Raspberry
is a perfect complement to chocolate and chocolate desserts. The
Cranberry should be served with foods traditionally served with
cranberries such as turkey. The Cranberry also goes great with
creamy cheesecake. Blackberry is wonderful served as a dessert
wine or used in a dessert. Blueberry is delightful as an aperitif
before dinner or serve it over salad in a blueberry wine vinaigrette
salad dressing. Tomasello Cherry is amazing with white chocolate
cheesecake. Their Pomegranate wine is perfect paired with poul-
try. These delightful fruit wines can be found locally for under
$11.00 per bottle. With close to 40 wines being produced Toma-
sello has a wine for every wine drinker.
Healthy Bites
By JIM ROMANOFF
For The Associated Press
Frosty, dessert-like and
packed with delicious, nutritional
ingredients, its no wonder fruit
smoothies are so popular.
Whats particularly nice
about smoothies is that they are
fast and easy to make, and indul-
gent without being loaded with fat
and calories. Plus, the only equip-
ment you need is a blender.
Of course, a smoothie is only
as healthy and tasty as the ingredi-
ents you put in it. So avoid dump-
ing in sugar or thickening with
full-fat dairy products. There are
easy, healthy alternatives.
To give a fruit smoothie its
icy, thick consistency, use crushed
ice or frozen fruit as the base. The
advantage of ice is that you
add volume and texture
without calories. The down-
side is that your smoothie
can become watery as the
ice melts.
Thickening with fro-
zen fruit adds calories, but
also plenty of vitamins, ber
and antioxidants.
For convenience, wash, cut
and freeze fruits such as melons,
stone fruits and berries when they
are in season so you have them on
hand when smoothie inspiration
hits.
Peeled and cut tropical fruits,
such as bananas, pineapples and
mangoes, also are great ingredi-
ents to keep in the freezer.
For greater convenience, use
store-bought frozen fruits, such
as berries, cherries and peaches.
These usually are an excellent
value and good enough quality for
blending into smoothies.
Be sure to buy individually
quick-frozen fruits rather than
those frozen in blocks of sug-
ary liquid. They are healthier
and much easier to toss into the
blender.
Many fruit smoothies also
contain milk or frozen yogurt to
give them a thick, creamy, milk-
shake-like texture. These two
smoothie recipes go a little out of
the box by using nonfat butter-
milk to add a rich-tasting, pleas-
ant tang.
The strawberry-banana
smoothie uses frozen berries and
fresh bananas, which add addi-
tional creaminess. Antioxidant-
rich blueberries and pomegran-
ate juice make a shocking purple
smoothie thats as healthy as it is
avorful.
Use leftover buttermilk to
make dressings, marinades or
as a healthy ingredient in baked
goods, such as biscuits and cakes.
Consider the salt in these
recipes optional. Just a pinch
heightens the avors of the fruit
without adding much sodium.
On The Vine
Blend up breakfast,
indulgent snack
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 27
By Shelby Oppermann
Contributing Writer
(I hope all the moms had a great Mothers
Day. What perfect weather. My sons asked
where I wanted to go. I said Vegas or Tahoe.
They said Arbys. That would have been ne
too, but they took me to Old Town Alexandria
for a wonderful day. I also hope Kay had a spe-
cial Mothers Day birthday.)
Now, what will I do with my day off? Do
you sometimes feel, as I do, that your days off
are as busy as your days working? Every ap-
pointment, errand and chore is crammed into
seven hours and then in the evening you are left
wondering, This was my relaxation?
And then if you just stay home, its Do
I clean, straighten, plant or transplant owers,
paint a painting, write poetry, write a story, do
computer work, etc. etc.? I had a friend once
of an
Aimless

Mind
ask me why I didnt take a handful of those Rit-
alin pills for ADHD. Sometimes I feel like the
whirlwind around my husbands center.
But there was a time in my 30s that I didnt
know what to do with all this creative energy.
I wanted to do all those things: paint, write,
crafts. So at rst, I thought about it all and did
nothing. It would worry me when these creative
bursts would come. I might start something once
in awhile, but it wasnt perfect. That I couldnt
tolerate. I would get completely overwhelmed
all in my head. This could be a day like that
with so much I want to do, and not sure where
to start. Everyone has their own methods to mo-
tivate themselves, mine happened to be a small
bumper sticker that I put on my dashboard back
then, rst things rst, and I created my own
mantra, focus, focus, focus, which seems to
center and calm me.
The biggest thing I did was to simply start
things. If you have the perfectionist gene in you,
that is the hardest obstacle to overcome. How to
paint that perfect painting, or write that perfect
rst line or perfect article. As you can plainly
see, that doesnt worry me so much anymore. I
simply start and see where my heart takes me. I
am not and never will be perfect, but the creative
energy will be released. I have days where I
paint an entire painting in the morning and write
several poems throughout the day and maybe a
song in the middle of the night. Then I go several
months and nothing happens. But the point is to
go with the feeling when it is there you dont
know where it will take you.
I mention all this because in my line of
work, I hear all the time, I could never paint
like you or as this artist does, or I could never
write poetry or stories. And I always tell people
that I didnt start painting until I was 32 and that
I believe you can start painting or doing any-
thing at any time in your life. You look at things
in a different way than when you are naturally
born with the talent. I was a stick-gure artist,
but after writing a childrens story for my sons,
I gradually began illustrating in a more detailed
way. For me its the fun of matching the paint
colors and visually judging distance between
objects in the painting. Truly anyone can pick
up a paintbrush and express themselves in some
way.
Yes, I have plenty of unnished paintings
that I will nish at some point and plenty of un-
nished stories. I started them, and sometimes
that is all your creative soul needs to feel re-
leased. Is perfection the end all and be all? No,
or so many wonderful innovations or art would
never have been created had the creator said,
Its not perfect, I might as well stop. Walk into
any gallery here in St. Marys County or at the
Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, and see if you
dont come away in amazement as to what cre-
ative minds have brought forth for us to see. Get
inspired. Start something new. I will too.
Okay, Ive had my tea, done my reading
and writing. What will this beautiful day hold
in store? Take a breath, focus, focus, focus.
Ooooh, how about a nap? That restores the soul
and body too, doesnt it? Then Ill focus, focus,
focus all over again after that. Transplant day-
lilies, thats the ticket, clean the bathroom, may-
be start that new painting. Oh no, focus, .
Every day you wish away is a day gone forever.
Shelby
Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.
wanderings@yahoo.com.
Wanderings
Perfextion, no,
Perfection?
Book Review
c.2009, Crown $23.95 / $27.95 Canada 268 pages
Faith Under Fire by Roger Benimoff
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Contributing Writer
Your schedule is so
jam-packed, you cant
possibly add another
thing to it.
The word no is not
in your vocabulary these
days. Between family ob-
ligations, work overload,
appointments, household
chores and 1,001 other
things that pull you 1,001
other ways, you do what
you need to do and you
stretch yourself thinner
than the page on this
newspaper. Thats just
the way it is.
But pretty soon, you
begin to crash. You learn,
one way or another, that
you cant do it all and that
taking care of yourself
sometimes needs to move
up on the calendar. In the
new book, Faith Under
Fire, by Roger Benimoff (with Eve Conant),
an Army chaplain learned that lesson the hard
way, and it almost destroyed him.
At the tender age of 8, Roger Benimoff
walked the aisle to accept Christ in his fam-
ilys Baptist church. By high school, he knew
he wanted a better relationship with God, but
he felt aimless. On the advice of his stepfa-
ther, Benimoff joined the Army.
Life in the barracks was lled with drink-
ing and partying, but it also taught Benimoff
perseverance and self-assuredness. Later, af-
ter entering college and the National Guard
and starting a family, he began to feel drawn
to military chaplaincy.
He re-entered the Army on a full-time
basis and was almost immediately sent to
Iraq. Weeks after his rst deployment ended,
his regiment was sent back. Capt. Benimoff
was the only chaplain for his squadron of a
thousand soldiers.
Despite feeling stretched thin, Benimoff
did his best. Chaplains are not allowed to car-
ry weapons, so Benimoff
was defenseless when vis-
iting the troops. He had no
way of protecting himself
outside the wire. He was
vulnerable but stoic as he
ministered to his troops,
held hands with the fear-
ful and dying, and bol-
stered the grieving who
lost friends and limbs. He
was on constant alert for
signs of post-traumatic
stress disorder among the
troops, and he was vigilant
for signs of depression, re-
lationship problems, and
battle fatigue.
While he tried to help
his troops keep their trust
in God, he never thought
hed lose his own faith.
I have to admit, I
didnt much like this book
right away. The rst third
of Faith Under Fire is really a lot like so
many other books about the war in Iraq, and I
almost felt as if Id read it before.
But, wow, was I surprised when I reached
the point where author Roger Benimoff writes
about being sent home for good. From there
on, his story quickly goes from divine faith
to dispirited foreboding and the feeling that
God had pushed him aside. The chaplain who
knew how to help his troops was powerless to
help himself, and Benimoffs journey through
PTSD makes this one lump-in-the-throat,
powerfully unique war story that shouldnt be
missed.
Veterans will devour this book, as will
anyone with a loved one at war and anybody
considering military chaplaincy, so pick up
a copy of Faith Under Fire. It may spark a
whole lot of awareness.
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14. Red ___, baseball team
15. Titan
17. Irish Republic
18. NYC art district
19. Portable PC
22. Velocities
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24. Sea eagle
25. Dried up vegetation
26. Parking area
27. Rhode Island
28. Mama ____, rock singer
29. Element #30
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32. Coach Parseghian
33. Vegas actor R. ____h
35. Pimples
37. Stars
39. Catholic order
41. Talk show hostess
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48. Hostelry
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50. Singer Horne
51. Electrocardiogram
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2. Carpenters instruments
3. Get free
4. Oozes
5. Musician Clapton
6. Poi ingredient
7. Conned to an inner circle
8. Cling
9. Wife (Latin)
11. Expressions of praise
13. ____ster: school term
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21. Foot (Latin)
28. Holiday singing
29. Zen Buddhist meditation
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33. Remove connection
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36. Strained for lumps
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Question
Interview
Interviewing:
Bethany Miller
Bethany Miller taught yoga for more than 30
years in California before coming to Southern
Maryland to settle in Callaway with her hus-
band, Frank. Though she has stopped teach-
ing, she says she still practices daily.
CT: What kind of yoga did you teach? Explain
how this style differs from others.
BM: I taught a style called Ashtanga, and it
was popularized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois after
he studied with a guru in Tibet who taught him
the practice. I think that was back in the 1920s.
There are a lot of different types of yoga, and
this one is known as a vinyasa series, where
the yogi transitions smoothly from one posi-
tion to the next, almost like a dance I think
the biggest difference between this and other
styles is the amount of time a normal session
lasts. To do one series from beginning to end
can take more than two hours.
CT: What other styles have you studied? What
attracted you to that particular style?
BM: I started off studying whats called Ananda
yoga, which is a very classic hatha style, mean-
ing its focus is on the stretching and poses, or
asanas is what theyre called Over the years
I must have tried about 10 different styles, but
I think I was drawn to Ashtanga because its a
xed series of movements, and you progress
slowly through each of the series. There are six
of them, and they all include harder and harder
movements as you go on. As for me, I always
liked the rigor of it, the challenge.
CT: Whats the hardest asana to do?
BM: That really just depends on the person.
For me the hardest things to learn were the arm
balances, because they really require some
solid strength, and it took me a while to build
that up when I was rst practicing. It took me
more than a year to learn the ying crow pose,
for example, just because its very hard to keep
your balance and hold it long enough.
By Andrea Shiell
Staff Writer
County commissioners honored Marvin
Kaminetz, a former circuit court administra-
tive judge, for the decades of work he has done
on behalf of young people in St. Marys Coun-
ty during a ceremony Friday marking the 30th
annual Child Welfare Day, an event which Ka-
minetz initiated in the 1970s.
Child Welfare Day is a day when county
agencies and nonprots meet to discuss issues
related to public outreach and the streamlining
of services for local children and families.
It became very obvious to me that in
St. Marys County there were a lot of people
working together to help children, and back in
1974-1975 time frame, all these people never
had a chance to get together and to meet and
spend a day not only learning but also net-
working, Kaminetz said.
So we got a little committee together of
different agencies and we had our rst child
welfare day at Breton Bay it was very
successful, and the rest is history, he said.
Kaminetz, who continues to work part
time for the courts, served as a juvenile mas-
ter and circuit court administrative judge. He
was also a member of the countys committee
on juvenile law, the foster-care court improve-
ment implementation committee and has been
the presiding judge of the St. Marys juvenile
drug court program since 2006.
At Fridays event at the Forrest Career and
Technology Center in Leonardtown, Kaminetz
received a proclamation and commendation
for his work. Present were commissioners and
representatives from the department of social
services, Walden Sierra, the police department
and the school system, among others.
Weve been very fortunate to have great
support from the county, and the county com-
missioners, one program after another, weve
been able to nd grants, said
Kaminetz. Its been a long 30
or 35 years, but whats been so
overwhelming for me today
is seeing all the young people
now who are continuing on.
What Im seeing here to-
day is exactly what Child Wel-
fare Day was set up to accomplish, he said.
The idea is to get these people together to
work together, to have a common topic that we
all can relate to, and to have the opportunity
to meet each other, and get information from
each other.
The events keynote speaker William
Stixrud, a licensed psychologist who has been
in private practice as a neuropsychologist since
1985, gave a stirring and informative speech
about the effects of stress on both adults and
children.
Kaminetz said he could relate to Stixruds
topic, having kept up his responsibilities to the
court even after his retirement in November
2005.
Im still sitting 80 days a year for the
court Im still doing private arbitration
and mediation, but Im still on what you call
on recall status with the courts, he said. Im
technically a part-time state employee, still.
And it is stressful, balancing private and work
schedules.
As Kaminetz left the days event, he re-
marked that he would be jumping right into a
hotly contested child custody case, which in
and of itself was stressful.
Some of the most difcult cases the
courts decide on are child custody, making
sure you make the right decision for the kids,
he said, but the payoff is great.
Judge Kaminetz Commended
for Youth Work
Photo By Andrea Shiell
From left to right: Kenny Dement, Bennett Con-
nelly, Marvin Kaminetz, and Dan Raley.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 32
Guests to include:
-Mechanicsville Volunteer
Rescue Squad
-Health Connections from SMH
-Mechanicsville Volunteer
Fire Dept
-Maryland State Police
Charger
-Walden Sierra
Department of Aging
Ritas Italian Ice
Activities Include:
-Extrication/Demolition
of a vehicle
-Free Blood Pressure
Checks
-Handouts on many sub
ject matters
-Moon Bounce/Slide
-Food/Drinks
-Games: Horseballs etc
DATE: May 17, 2009
TIME: 12-4pm
PLACE: 28120 Old Flora Corner Road
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
If you have any memories of the Mechanicsville
Volunteer Rescue Squad over the past 50 years,
please bring it with you to share with us.
Mechanicsville Volunteer
Rescue Squad
Come Join Us!
Community
Hi, my name is Courage and Im a
beautiful approximately four year old
male Mastif mix. Id make a wonder-
ful walking, jogging or hiking partner.
My foster mom says Im a loyal and
loving companion. I havent had any
experience with children or cats so Id
probably be happier in a home without
them. Im crate and house trained, up
to date on vaccinations, neutered, and
identifcation micro chipped. For more
information, please call Second Hope
Rescue at 240-925-0628 or email mary@
secondhoperescue.org.
LIBRARY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Childrens Book Week
Drawing
To celebrate, each branch is hosting a chil-
drens drawing for a book and stuffed animal.
Entry forms are available in each childrens
area. Winners will be drawn on May 18.
Teen Writing Workshop
Teens, ages 12-18, have the opportunity
to attend a free writing workshop conducted
by local author Amber Lough on May 18 from
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lexington Park. Regis-
tration is required.
Reception for Artist
The public is invited to an opening recep-
tion for local artist J. Sutton, whose artwork is
on display from May 16 through June 30. The
reception is Wednesday May 20 from 5 p.m. to
8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gal-
lery. Her paintings portray the Potomac basin
region and other natural scenes. She mixes
color, texture and line to invite the viewer to
come with her into the outdoors.
Artists interested in displaying their work
at the library gallery should contact Candy
Cummings at 301-863-6693.
Summer Volunteers
Wanted
Students entering the sixth grade or
higher this fall are needed this summer to
help register children and give out prizes for
the summer reading clubs. Volunteers commit
to one two-hour block of time each week for
eight weeks starting mid-June. Applications
are due May 22 and can be picked up at any
library or downloaded from the librarys teen
page.
Groups discuss books
Book discussion groups meet monthly at
each branch. The following titles will be dis-
cussed: Gail Godwins Queen of the Under-
world at Leonardtown on May 21 at 7 p.m.;
Gregory Macguires Wicked: The Life and
Times of the Wicked Witch of the West at
Charlotte Hall on June 1 at 7 p.m. and Alston
Chasess Harvard and the Unabomber at
Lexington Park on June 8 at 6 p.m. Books are
available for checkout at the library hosting
the discussion.
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Final Casting Call
Driving around motorcyclists, drivers of other vehi-
cles that collide with motorcycles frequently
report not observing the motorcycle prior to the colli-
sion. Drivers tend to look for other cars, not motorcycles.
More than two-thirds of car-motorcycle crashes are caused
by drivers, not motorcyclists. It is difcult to estimate a
motorcycles speed, and because motorcycles are small,
they are sometimes hard to see.
Advice to Drivers
Respect the motorcyclist. Motorcycles are vehicles
with the same privileges as any vehicle on the roadway.
Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel.
Be on the lookout for motorcycles.
Give motorcyclists plenty of space. Trafc, weather
and road conditions require motorcyclists to react and ma-
neuver differently than the vehicle driver.
Be courteous. Being courteous, non-aggressive and
cooperative can go a long way in reducing crashes. Mo-
torcyclists have an equally important role in safety. Never
assume
that the driver of another vehicle can see you. It is
your responsibility to make your presence known and fol-
low all trafc laws.
Advice to Motorcyclists
Wear the proper gear. The proper equipment, includ-
ing a motorcycle helmet, will protect your in the event of a
crash, and reective material will enhance your visibility
to other motorists.
Ride so you are seen. Use lane positioning to be
seen. Ride with your headlight on and consider using a
modulating headlight.
Give yourself space and time to react. Allow space
for emergency braking. Make lane moves gradually.
Signal your intentions. Signal before changing lanes.
Avoid weaving between lanes. Flash your brake light when
you are slowing down and before stopping.
Be courteous and respect other motorists.
Current Motorcycle Laws
Despite Marylands helmet law, less than two-thirds
of motorcyclists involved in crashes were reported as
wearing a helmet.
Required Rquipment
Helmets All motorcycle operators and passengers
are required to wear a helmet that meets Motor Vehicle
Administration standards.
Eye protection A person may not operate a motor-
cycle unless the motorcycle has a windscreen or the opera-
tor wears an approved eye-protective device.
May is Motorcycle Safety Month. For more informa-
tion on motorcycle safety or other trafc safety informa-
tion, go to www.choosesafetyforlife.com.
Watch Out for Motorcycles
Members of the Public Action Committee Frank Sowell, Viola Gardner and
Evaughn Lennon recently presented library Director Kathleen Reif and board mem-
bers Joseph Bush and Everlyn Holland with a $1,000 check for the Librarys Technology
Fund. This brings the committees total donation to $1,400. The Technology Fund was
created to sustain the new computers purchased with the Gates Grant funds and dona-
tions from local donors and had a goal of $30,000 by June 2009. To date, $22,704.13 has
been raised. Contact Director Reif at the library to nd out how you can help.
Check for
Technology Fund
The Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers to join them at their summer camps,
working with girls on a range of hands-on activites, games, songs and crafts. With-
out volunteer help, organizers may have to place girls on a waiting list or even face
the possibility of having to say
no to them. Please, help us to
welcome all girls to camp and
volunteer today.
For more information
about camp locations, go to
www.girlscouts4u.org or call
Lori Davis at 1-800-834-1702
or 301-638-5373.
Camp Volunteers Needed
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 33
St. Marys County Girl Scouts had a very
successful Leader/Daughter event on Sat. May
9 at the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue
Squad. The girls and moms participated in ac-
tivities such as crafts, songs, and swaps. Din-
ner was donated by a local sub shop, and all the
girls and adults in attendance had an awesome
time.
The Its a Girls Life Community Based
Spring Camp received rave reviews by the
campers. This was an American Girl themed
camp. Participants experienced history as they
explored the periods of time the American Girl
Dolls represent. They enjoyed playing games
and learning crafts from the different eras.
They discussed many topics such as manners,
being a good friend, accepting others, and also
learning about being an American Girl today.
The camp served 130 girls with 113 being new
to Girl Scouting.
In Calvert County, a sampler troop for
middle school girls was started in a Boys &
Girls Club in Calvert County as part of the 21st
Century Grant program. The girls were select-
ed to participate by the Boys & Girls Club.
At the beginning of the rst troop meet-
ing, the girls demonstrated a lack of interest
by doing other things like reading, drawing,
falling asleep and nding excuses to leave the
room. However, after discussing what the girls
liked to do, it was decided that the troop would
organize a fashion show.
The eld director was able to enlist a local
fashion designer to help the cause, and at the
second troop meeting, a change in attitude in
the girls became apparent. The girls came up
with lots of great ideas, accepted responsibili-
ties for different tasks and took ownership of
the project. The girls now talk about the fash-
ion show not only with the other girls in the
troop, but also with their friends outside of the
Boys & Girls Club and Girl Scouts. The girls
are learning a lot about fashion, responsibil-
ity, organization, planning and budgeting, all
while having fun.
If you are interested in joining Girl Scouts
or becoming a volunteer, please contact Lori
Davis at 1-800-834-1702 or 301-638-5373 or
ldavis@gscnc.org.
Girl Scout News
Dinner at Applebees
Helps Greenwell
Eat lunch or dinner at Applebees in
California on Tues. May 19 and help raise
money for the Greenwell Foundation. Pres-
ent your server with a Dining to Donate
coupon and Applebees will donate 15 per-
cent of the days prots (not including alcohol
sales) to the Foundation. Coupons are avail-
able at the Greenwell Foundation Web site at
www.greenwellfoundation.org. Applebees
will also accept the coupons for its Carside
To Go service.
Participation in this event helps support
the Greenwell Foundations inclusive and
accessible horseback riding, summer camp,
kayaking, and outdoor nature programs held
at Greenwell State Park. Proceeds will also
support Vacations for Vets,, a respite pro-
gram for wounded servicemen and women.
BMX
&
Recreation Parks
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Rank Riders Name Age Group Points
BOYS
1 EVAN SINCHAK 8 1154
2 RORY OCONNOR 12 710
3 BRIAN NEMEC 16 693
4 JUSTIN BOHANNON 15 667
5 CHRISTOPHER AGARD 28 & Over 608
GIRLS
1 CASSIDY ELLIS 10 786
2 BAILEY FOUST 12 535
3 ELIZABETH PRICE 12 503
4 SARAH SYKES 16 474
5 LINDSAY MOST 13 421
BOYS CRUISER
1 CHRIS CARLOSS 36-40 952
2 NORMAN BROWN 36-40 708
3 WAYNE WILT 51-55 682
4 DAVID RIVERA 41-45 557
5 BRUCE ROSE 46-50 454
GIRLS CRUISER
1 DEBBIE MOST 399
2 TAMMIE BOWERS 36-40 311
3 PATTY ICE 250
4 ELEANOR SCHWARTZ 206
5 LINDA MACK 128
American Bicycle
Association Standings
New Horizons
Summer Camp
Cheerleading
Coaches Needed
The New Horizons Summer Camp program will
again be offered again this year, running from Mon. June
22 through Fri., July 31.
Run by the county Department of Recreation and
Parks and county school system, the program operates
on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Holly-
wood Elementary School. Registration is $750; help
nding nancial assistance is available.
Children receive a free breakfast and lunch each day
through the U.S. Department of Agricultures Summer
Food Service Program.
For information, call Christi Bishop, therapeutic
recreation specialist, at 301-475-4200 ext. 1802.
Recreation & Parks is looking for volunteers to coach in the middle school cheerleading program.
Through cheerleading, the girls will learn team spirit and school pride and build self-esteem.
Needed for the job are cheer experience (preferred); creativity; stunt knowledge; and a passion to teach
and challenge through positive actions.
The season runs from September to April, and the commitment averages two afternoons per week for
approximately eight months. Also included:
Additional time commitment
Winter basketball games
Competitions
Other program activities
Organizing team fundraisers
Candidates are subject to a criminal background check and must attend a coaching clinic before coach-
ing. For more information, call the cheerleading coordinator at 301-475-4200 ext. 1803.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 34
Thurs., May 7
Boys Lacrosse
Class 4A-3A East Region First Round
Chopticon 7, Meade 4
Broadneck 20, Great Mills 1
Leonardtown 13, North County 10
WCAC Seminals
St. Marys Ryken 10, Good Counsel 9
Fri., May 8
Baseball
Class 3A South Region First Round
Great Mills 5, Westlake 0
Class 4A East Region First Round
Broadneck 4, Leonardtown 3
WCAC Play-In
Bishop McNamara 9, St Marys Ryken 8
Girls Lacrosse
Class 4A-3A East First Round
Huntingtown 16, Chopticon 7
Old Mill 18, Great Mills 17
Softball
Class 3A South Region First Round
Chopticon 20, Crossland 0
Class 4A East Region First Round
Leonardtown 6, Severna Park 4
Sat., May 9
Girls Lacrosse
Class 4A-3A East Region Quarternals
Leonardtown 17, Glen Burnie 4
Mon, May 11
Baseball
Class 3A South Region Quarternals
Great Mills 2, Chopticon 1
Girls Lacrosse
Class 4A-3A East Region Seminals
South River 15, Leonardtown 6
Softball
Class 3A South Region Quarternals
Northern 9, Chopticon 0
Great Mills 3, Lackey 0
Class 4A East Quarternals
Chesapeake 7, Leonardtown 0
Tues., May 12
Boys Lacrosse
WCAC Championship Game
DeMatha 9, St. Marys Ryken 7
Softball
WCAC Seminals
St. Marys Ryken 1, Elizabeth Seton 0
By Doug Watson
Contributing Writer
BUDDS CREEK Severn Marylands Kyle Lear drove the race
of his young career as he scored his rst-ever,
late-model feature win in last Friday nights
Stinger 50 at Southern Marylands Potomac
Speedway. Lears winning run was quite prof-
itable as he collected a cool $5,036 for his
efforts.
World of Outlaw invader Josh Richards
and Austin Hubbard brought the 24-car starting
eld down to the green ag. Richards wasted
little time as he was scored the race leader by
the events rst circuit. As Richards continued
to set a torrid pace, Lear was on the move and
had entered the top ve from his 13th starting
spot by the 23rd lap. However, Lear was on a
mission as he took second by lap 36 and set
his sights on leader Richards. Lear made the
winning pass on lap 38 and would then lead
the remainder of the event to score his rst-
career, Potomac late model feature win.
This is unbelievable, Lear stated from
Potomacs victory lane. I wasnt even sure
the checkered ag was for me.
Lear raced and beat some of the best dirt late model
drivers in the business.
Josh is a great racer and when we came off of turn four, I gave
him the outside lane and we raced hard into turn one and we were
able to take the lead, he said.
A fresh power plant under the hood of his Ken Festerman-owned
Rocket gave Lear all the advantage he needed.
This is the rst time out with the new Leggett motor in the car
and it was absolutely awesome, he said
Jim Bernheisel came on strong late in the event to collect sec-
ond; defending MACS champion Jason Co-
vert placed third; early leader Josh Richards
faded to fourth and Outlaws regular Rick
Eckert completed the top ve.
Setting fast time in time trials over the
33-car eld was Kirk Ryan with a one-lap
time of 15.833. Heats went to Jeremy Miller,
Kirk Ryan, Ricky Elliott and Richards with
Harold Dorsey Jr. winning the consolation.
Richards would also take the win in the dash
which gave him the pole for the feature.
In the 16-lap Street Stock feature, Kurt
Zimmerman scored his second win of the sea-
son. Fifth-starting Zimmerman took the top
spot from Craig Tankersley on lap six and would
have to repel the challenges of a pesky Kyle
Nelson to preserve the win. Point leader Donnie
Smith was third, Kevin Cooke took fourth and
two-time winner Ben Bowie completed the top
ve. Heats went to Tankersley and Bowie.
In other action defending track champion
Brett Hamilton shook off his early season dol-
drums as he was victorious for the rst time this season in the 20-lap
modied main and Buddy Dunagan, also a defending class cham-
pion, annexed his rst win of the season in the 15-lap Hornet event.
Shocker at Potomac Lear
Collects First-Ever Late-Model Win
Late Models
33 entries 50 laps (lap leaders Josh Richards 1-36, Kyle Lear 37-50)
1. Kyle Lear 2. Jim Bernheisel 3. Jason Covert 4. Josh Richards 5. Rick Eckert 6. Ricky Elliott 7. Austin Hubbard 8. Ross Robinson 9. Andy Anderson 10. Deane Guy 11. Billy Wampler 12. Dale Hollidge 13. Harold Dorsey Jr. 14. Roland Mann 15. George Moreland 16. Rob Schirmer 17. DJ Myers 18. Jamie Lathroum 19. Ray Kable Jr. 20. Roy Deese Jr. 21. Da- ryl Hills 22. Greg Roberson 23. Jeremy Miller 24. Bo Feathers Did Not Qualify - David Williams, Matt Quade, Alan Sagi, Barry Lear, Rick Hulson, Scott LeBar- ron, Louie Littlepage, Jeff Plikerton. Did Not Start - Kirk Ryan
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 35
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Track
By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
GREAT MILLS Led
by junior Jessica Gass out-
standing individual effort,
the Leonardtown girls
track and eld team claimed
rst place in the Southern
Maryland Athletic Confer-
ence Championship Meet,
edging North Point High
School 107-105 in the con-
ference championships,
held at Great Mills this past
weekend.
We came out and tried
to do our best because every
point counts, Gass said.
How right she was.
With Alex Evitts motoring
to a second place nish in
the girls 4 X 400-meter re-
lay, that was enough for the
Raiders to win the SMAC
meet, one week after losing
the regular season championship to the Eagles.
Im very proud of everybody on our team, Gass
said. We did a lot better than we expected.
We had a lot of good times in our sprinting and dis-
tance events, said head coach Shawn Snyder.
Other people lled in and picked up the slack, so I
can truly say this was a total team effort.
Even with teamwork being the operative theme, Gass
outshined all of her SMAC counterparts, as she won the
1600-meter and 3200-meter individual events and was
a part of the winning team in the girls 4 X 800-relay
event.
She did very well, Snyder said. Jessica is
a competitor, and she decided to be the one that
was going to step up and assert herself.
Gass won the 3200-meters Thursday night, running
after a brief rain, hail and thunderstorm triple threat that
battered Great Mills for a couple of hours.
You cant really control the weather, everybody has
to run through it, she said.
Everybodys trying their best.
Everybodys in the same boat with all the wa-
ter, Snyder jokingly added. [All the athletes] have
to have the same focus.
Snyder never takes conference championships
for granted, but does admit that the regular season
and conference tournament meet helps prepare them
for the regional and state meets coming in the next
two weeks.
I think were peaking, were motivated and
were settling into our events nicely, he says. They
can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
SMAC is important all on its own, Gass adds.
But regionals and states is what Im looking for-
ward to.
Raider Girls Run To SMAC Track and Field Title
Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) Leonardtown 107 2) North Point 105
3) Henry E. Lackey 62 3) Huntingtown 62
5) La Plata 39.50 6) Westlake 37
7) Patuxent 35 8) Northern-Cal 23.50
9) McDonough 20 10) Chopticon 16
11) Calvert 15 12) Great Mills 4
13) Thomas Stone 1
Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) North Point 144 2) Northern-Cal 68
3) Leonardtown 50.50 4) Huntingtown 43
5) Patuxent 40 6) Westlake 38
7) Chopticon 30 8) McDonough 26
8) La Plata 26 10) Thomas Stone 24
11) Henry E. Lackey 22 12) Great Mills 15
13) Calvert 0.50
Boys Triple Jump
1 Paul Herbert 12 Chopticon 44-00.50
Girls 4x800 Meter Relay
1st Place: Leonardtown Team A 9:51.68
1) Cara McLaughlin 10 2) Jessica Gass 11
3) Carolyn Whiteman 12 4) Davi Clark 12
Girls 3200-Meter Run
Jessica Gass 11 Leonardtown 12:01.60 10
Girls 1600-Meter Run
Jessica Gass 11 Leonardtown 5:29.42 10
Girls 800-Meter Run
Melissa Messer 12 Chopticon 2:25.20 10
SMAC TRACK
RESULTS
Photo By Frank Marquart
Photo By Frank Marquart
Photo By
Frank Marquart
Photo By Frank Marquart
James Price of Chopticon High School ies with the greatest of
ease in the long jump nals.
Great Mills Maya Chaplin completes her high jump
attempt during the SMAC Track and Field meet.
Alexandra Greissinger of Leonardtown hops to it in the girls 100-meter nals
Thursday afternoon.
Leonardtown was the leader of the pack, winning the girls track and eld championship
by two points this past weekend.
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Thurs., May 14
Slow-Pitch League
Budweiser vs. Bombers at Pax River, 6:30 p.m.
Back Road vs. Wentworth at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m.
Bookkeeping By Blanche vs. VFW2632 at Chancellors Run, 6:30 p.m.
Eagles Nest vs. Chaneys at The Brass Rail, 8 p.m.
Mens Over 40 League
Rita Bs vs. Tri-County Aire at Back Road Inn
Andersons Bar vs. Hole-In-The-Wall at Tippets Field
Hobos vs. Mom & Pops at Fenwick Field
Seabreeze vs. Clements at Andersons Bar
Captain Sams vs. Nationwide at Knight Life
Fri., May 15
Young Mens Softball League
(all games begin at 6:30 p.m.)
Raley Softball vs. Shockers at Captain Sams
A.C. Moose vs. Big Dogs at Andersons Bar
Knotts Construction vs. Straight Cuts at Moose Lodge
Team Moose vs. Jeff Rocks at Andersons Bar
Cryers at Liberty O.S.
Sat., May 16
Young Mens League
Dew Drop Inn vs. Knotts Construction at Captain Sams, 4 p.m.
Big Dogs vs. Shockers at Captain Sams, 6 p.m.
Sun., May 17
Young Mens/Slow-Pitch Inter-league play
Budweiser vs. Raley Softball at Back Road Inn, 4 p.m.
Jeff Rocks vs. Eagles Nest at Chancellors Run Park, Field # 3, 4 p.m.
VFW2632 vs. Straight Cuts at Moose Lodge, 4 p.m.
Cryers vs. Chaneys at The Brass Rail, 6 p.m.
Dew Drop Inn vs. Back Road Inn at Back Road Inn, 6 p.m.
Knotts Construction vs. Bookkeeping By Blanche at Chancellors Run
Park, Field # 3, 6 p.m.
Wentworth vs. AC Moose at Moose Lodge, 6 p.m.
Premier League (All Games at Knight Life)
G-Quest vs. Elks, noon
Park Cougars vs. Backstabbers, 1:15 p.m.
Boatman vs. Ballers, 2:30 p.m.
Budweiser vs. Stars, 3:45 p.m.
Raiders vs. Country Boyz, 5 p.m.
True Players vs. Stars, 6 p.m.
Mon, May 18
Womens Softball League
Andersons Bar vs. Captain Sams at Captain Sams, 6:30 p.m.
Back Road Inn vs. Dew Drop/Two PT Construction/PJs Autobody/Bry-
an Jones Paint at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m.
Moose Lodge vs. Xtreme at Chancellors Run Park, 6:30 p.m.
Just Us vs. Chesapeake Custom Embroidery at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m.
Bud Light vs. Knockouts at The Brass Rail, 8 p.m.
Tues., May 19
Slow-Pitch League
VFW2632 vs. Budweiser at Captain Sams, 6:30 p.m.
Bombers vs. Chaneys at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m.
Eagles Nest vs. Back Road Inn at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m.
Bookkeeping By Blanche vs. Wentworth at The Brass Rail, 8 p.m.
Wed. May 20
Womens League
Captain Sams vs. Southern at 7th District Park, 6:30 p.m.
Moose Lodge vs. Bud Light at Chancellors Run, Park, 6:30 p.m.
Dew Drop/Two PT Construction/PJs Autobody/Bryan Jones Paint vs.
Coors Light at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m.
Moose Lodge vs. Bud Light at Chancellors Run Park, 6:30 p.m.
Just Us vs. Knight Life at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Custom Embroidery vs. Simms at The Brass Rail, 8 p.m.
Knockouts vs. Xtreme at Chancellors Run Park, 8 p.m.
SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
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By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
GREAT MILLS There junior pitcher Tori Bradburn
stood Monday afternoon, holding herself accountable for
a leadoff triple in the top of the fourth inning that had the
potential to put herself and the Great Mills softball team
in a hole.
I realize that Im the one that put the runner on, and
it was big to leave her there, she said after stranding Lack-
eys Kayla Frazier and any chance the Chargers had to win
the game.
Bradburn came to bat in the bottom half of the inning
and hit the go-ahead RBI triple to help give the Hornets a
3-0 victory in the 3A South Regional quarternals.
That was huge for our condence, head coach O.J.
Lewis said of Bradburn bouncing back to strike out Alyssa
Cargill and Kavina Queen sandwiched around a pop-up by
Torrie Goodman-Wright to end the Lackey threat.
Tori pitched extremely well today, he said.
Through 3 innings, the game remained scoreless
until Hornet catcher Nicole Boggs lead off the bottom half
of the fourth with a single and promptly stole second base.
After fouling off several pitches, Bradburn yanked a triple
in the right centereld gap to score Boggs easily. Bradburn
would score after Brittany Norris reached rst base on an
error and third baseman Lauren Fairfax drove in Norris
with a solid single to left eld to account for all the Great
Mills runs.
We play a lot better when were in front than we do
from behind, Bradburn said.
After the Hornets offensive outburst, Bradburn was
on cruise control, striking out nine Lackey batters and al-
lowing just two hits.
Bradburn credited her changeup pitch for her clutch
performance Monday.
It always works well for me in big games, she says.
With that in mind, Great Mills advanced to another
big game Wednesday, as they traveled to Huntingtown to
play the No. 1-seeded Hurricanes in the region seminals
(the game nished too late for inclusion in this edition of
the County Times).
The Hornets dropped a 10-0 decision to the Canes two
weeks ago, but Lewis wasnt concerned.
It was 1-0 through three and a half, and then they
started to hit, Lewis said. I think you just have to bring
your best game and thats what its about.
Its one game at a time, Bradburn adds. We started
this game well and its going to carry us to the next game.
Hornets Advance to Softball
Semis Behind Bradburn
Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By
Chris Stevens
Tori Bradburn worked her way out of a jam and helped
Great Mills advance to the 3A South seminals, defeating
Lackey 3-0 on Monday.
Nicole Boggs of Great Mills connects on a pitch during
Monday afternoons 3A South quarternal softball game.
The Hornets Courtney Stewart takes a ball off the ankle in the bottom of the second inning.
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By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
COLLEGE PARK No one expected the
St. Marys Ryken boys lacrosse team to be
playing for the Washington Catholic Athletic
Conference championship at Maryland Col-
lege Park, especially after returning just three
starters to this years team.
We have a great bunch of kids who work
hard and never hang their heads if they make
a mistake, head coach John Sothoron said as
the Knights dropped a 9-7 decision to DeMatha
Tuesday night, their second WCAC title game
appearance in the last three seasons. Im in-
credibly proud of this team, because no one
gave us a shot.
The Knights, who end their season with a
record of 13-4-1, seemed poised to shoot
the Stags right off of Ludwig Field
in the early going. Sophomore at-
tacker Connor Cook started the
scoring six minutes and 24
seconds into the game, tak-
ing a feed from Addison
Goodley and riing a shot
underneath DeMatha goal-
keeper Ryan Brant. Will
Fejes and Patrick Brennan
scored goals 33 seconds apart soon after and
Ryken was ahead 3-0 after seven minutes in the
rst period, and were in control by a 4-2 count
at halftime.
Every time we see this team, we really
want to get them, said senior defender Kyle
Nazarek. Even if we havent played them yet,
we always want to beat DeMatha.
Its the most intense game Ive ever played
in, Cook said. The captains settled me down
and got me to prepare like it was just another
game.
The Stags rallied from a 5-3 third quarter
decit on the shoulders of a three-goal blitz in
one minute and 23 seconds of action to take a
6-5 lead going into the nal period.
The Knights refused to quit, and at the 8:55
mark of the fourth, Cook scored
his third goal of the game
to tie the score at 6.
Pat [Brennan]
dodged and found
me, Cook ex-
plained of the
goal. When
we play of-
fense like
were sup-
posed to,
were a very
hard team to
stop.
D e -
Matha closed
the game by out-
scoring Ryken
3-1 in the nal
eight minutes
of game action,
winning their
10th WCAC title
in 11 seasons.
The only other team to win a title in that span?
St. Marys Ryken.
The thing I love about this team is that
everybody gelled and worked hard together,
Nazarek said, reecting on the close of his
high school career. I feel absolutely wonder-
ful about this, playing on this eld was the best
feeling Ive ever had.
For Cook, who will no doubt lead the re-
turning players in 2010, this unexpected run
will serve as motivation to seal the deal.
Weve got two more chances, he said.
We know what its like to play here now.
Knights Fall Short
in WCAC Title Game
Photo By Frank Marquart
Photo By
Frank Marquart
Photo By Frank Marquart
The Knights stand together as a team in the nal minutes of the WCAC championship game.
Mason Cook makes a save
in the fourth quarter.
St. Marys Rykens Connor Cook scores one of
his three goals in Tuesday nights WCAC boys
lacrosse championship game.
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By Chris Stevens
Staff Writer
GREAT MILLS While
Carlos Cruz is considered to
be the Great Mills baseball
teams pitching ace, head
coach Steve Wolfe has an-
other outstanding hurler he
can turn to when necessary
Matt Brown.
He only threw 87 pitch-
es in seven innings, which is
great, Wolfe said after Brown
struck out 11 Westlake batters
on the way to a 5-0 victory in
the rst round of the 3A South
regional playoffs Friday af-
ternoon, giving the Hornets a
quarternal date with county
rival Chopticon.
Brown said that his slid-
er and off-speed pitches were
the keys to his success Friday,
but also gave credit to his de-
fense behind him.
Spencer Weir over at
second base and Will An-
derson behind
the plate did an
excellent job,
Brown said.
We were condent we
could get a win.
Anderson, normally the
starting second baseman, was
pressed into duty as a catcher
after the teams leading hit-
ter, senior Alex Mancil, was
ejected for a play at home
plate that caused a near-riot
between the two teams.
With Cruz (who played
rst base Friday) at the plate,
a pitch got away from Wol-
verines catcher John Buntz,
allowing Anderson to score
from third and gave Mancil
the green light to go from sec-
ond. As the ball came back
to Buntz, Mancil crashed
into him, injuring Buntz and
igniting angry protests from
the Westlake dugout. Order
was restored shortly thereaf-
ter and Mancil was ejected,
and will be suspended for the
Chopticon game.
I tried to plead the case
that his cleat got caught in
the dirt, Wolfe said of the
headrst slide that may mean
Fridays game was the last
high school game of Mancils
career.
If the umpires rule its
malicious like it says in the
rulebook, then thats their
call. Hopefully we win so
that wont be the end of his
career. Its tough anytime
you take a .459 hitter out of
your lineup.
Anderson, at least for
Fridays game, proved worthy
of picking up the slack. In the
bottom of the fourth inning,
Anderson smoked a two-run
triple off of Westlake reliever
Alex Hedlesky to give the
Hornets enough breathing
room to rely on Brown the
rest of the way.
I caught once before for
Alex when he couldnt play,
Anderson said. All of us, we
just kept our heads up and we
were ready to play.
Will stepped in and got
his shine, Brown said. He
did an awesome job today.
Hornets Brown
Stifles Westlake in
3A Playoffs
Matt Browns 11
strikeouts lifted
the Hornets past
Westlake Friday
afternoon.
Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By Chris Stevens
Photo By Chris Stevens
Derrick Pettet swings through a pitch.
Great Mills Spencer Weir
hustles down the line during
Fridays 5-0 3A South Playoff
victory over Westlake.
THURSDAY
MAY 14, 2009
Photo By Frank Marquart
Story Page 5
Constitutional Issues
Raised with Sign Law
Leonardtown
Leaps to Victory
Story Page 31
Judge Kaminetz
Commended
Story Page 10
Gattons Barber Shop
a County Landmark
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