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                                                                 October 2009
                         Southern Calvert                        Priceless

                             Everything Solomons, Lusby,
                             Dowell, and St. Leonard

O’Malley Putting Calvert
nuClear exPansiOn at risk?                                            Page 14

Report: More Veterans           New Homes                   Patuxent H.S. Band
Services Needed                  Going Up                  Marching to Victory
Story Page 6                      Story Page 5                        Story Page 8
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                              Your Paper...
                                Your Thoughts
                              Do you agree with the new
                               state law that bans text
                              messaging while driving?
                               Does it go far enough?
                                                                      “I don’t think any-
                                                                one should be texting
                                                                while driving,” said
                                                                Wesley Chester, a Hun-
                                                                tingtown resident who
                                                                works in Solomons
                                                                Island. “I see people
                                                                texting while driving
                                                                all the time, and they’re
                                                                either going too slow, or
                                                                they’re going too fast and
                                                                their swerving in and out
                                                                of their lane, I mean, it’s
                                                                      Chester      doesn’t
                                                                think a full ban on talk-
                                                                ing while driving is nec-
                                                                essary, because you aren’t
                                                                typically looking at the
                                                                phone while talking.

                                  “I think it’s an excellent idea,
                             because distracted driving is
                             a problem. To me talking
                             on a cell phone is bad
                             enough,” said Mary
                             Beth Gates, of Lus-
                             by. “I saw a guy on
                             a Harley Davidson
                             one day reading his
                             text messages. It’s
                             dangerous enough
                             out there, with all the
                             deer, There’s some
                             distractions you can-
                             not control, and some
                             you can, and to me texting
                             is the worst.” Gates said she
                             would support a expanded law
                             that bans talking on cell phones
                             while driving.

                                          “I think it’s a great idea, because of the num-
                                     ber of lives that will be saved,” said Al Scroggs of
                                     Drum Point. “ I was watching something just the
                                                    other day, the movie Seven Pounds
                                                       with Will Smith. That’s exactly
                                                          what he was doing, was tex-
                                                          ting, and he looked down and
                                                         then looked back up too late and
                                                         ran into a van and killed seven
                                                              Scroggs doesn’t think a
                                                       complete ban on cell phone while
                                                       driving is necessary. “I think if
                                                        you have hands-free stuff that’s

2   Thursday, October-2009
                                                                                                                          On T he Cover
                                                                                                                        Gov. Martin O’Malley, after a tour of the Calvert
                                                                                                                        Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant on May 1, 2008, said
                                                                                                                        we have a “moral imperative” to expand nuclear
                                                                                                                        generation in the country to combat climate
                                                                                                                        change. Behind O’Malley are Calvert County
                                                                                                                        Commissioner Wilson Parran and Maryland
                                                                                                                        Environment Secretary Shari Wilson.

                                                                                                                                  Also Inside
                                        community                                                                         4                               Local News
                                        More than 150 guests attended the second annual Concerned Black                   7                          Delegate Column
                                        Women of Calvert County annual luncheon and awards gala, held at
                                        Holiday Inn Select in Solomons on Oct. 3. SEE PAGE 9                              8                                 Education
                                                                                                                          9                               Community
                                                                                                                          11                                   Letters
                                                                                                                          12                                   History
                                                                                                                          13                                    Locals
                                                                                                                          14                              Cover Story
Volunteers hauled 50,000 adult-sized                                                                                      16                               State News
oysters to their permanent home,
protected from harvesting, in Calvert                                                                                     17                                Obituaries
County’s Hellen Creek. SEE PAGE 4                                                                                         20                        Business Directory
                                                                                                                          21                            On The Water
EVENTS                                                                                                                    22                                    Sports
                                                                                                                          24                              Bon Appétit
     YOUR AREA, CHECK PAGE 26 IN                  entertainment                                                           25                      Restaurant Directory
     OUT AND ABOUT                              When he’s not welding at Calvert Cliffs, Matt Garrett straddles the       26                             Out & About
                                                line between Calvert and St. Mary’s counties playing his acoustic
                                                mix of old and new styles. SEE PAGE 27                                    27                            Entertainment

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             Catering   NEWS
    CJ’s Now
                 day 50,000 Oysters Moved to Permanent Sanctuary
         our Holieeds T
    All Y arty N
                                                           he Patuxent River Chapter of the Coast-
                                                           al Conservation Association Maryland

                                                           (CCA MD) completed the final phase of
                                               its first oyster restoration project last weekend by
                                               transferring more than 31,000 adult-sized oysters to
                                               a sanctuary on Hellen Creek in Calvert County. The
                                               oysters had been grown at the St. Thomas Creek Oys-
Call For Info: 410-326-4077                    ter Company, owned by Bob Parkinson, on St. Marys
                                               County’s St. Thomas Creek.
                                                     Additionally, approximately 19,000 oysters were
                                               moved from homeowner’s piers in Hellen Creek to
CJ’s Backroom Saloon                           the sanctuary.
                                                     “This weekend’s work was the culmination of
                                               a two-year effort that brought together recreational
                                               anglers, homeowners concerned with marine re-                                                         Submitted Photo
                Tuesday –                      sources, aquaculturists and local businessmen to help      Volunteers hauled 50,000 adult-sized oysters to their per-
                                                                                                          manent home, protected from harvesting, in Calvert County’s
                                               cleanse water in the Patuxent River watershed,” Scott
            Shuffle Bar Night                  McGuire, chapter president, said in a press release.
                                                                                                          Hellen Creek.

                                               “More than 900 volunteer hours went into the work          the Patuxent watershed and everyone who uses it for
               Wednesday –                     in Hellen and St. Thomas Creeks.”                          years to come.”
                                                                                                                The oysters at St. Thomas Oyster Company were
          Live Music & Karaoke                       The oysters grown in St. Thomas Creek were
                                               provided by two local aquaculturists—Jon Far-              placed in floats March 2008 and the Hellen Creek
          Thursday – Irish Trio                rington, Johnny Oyster Seed Company, and Richard
                                               Pelz, Circle C Oyster Ranchers’ Association— and
                                                                                                          oysters were placed in floats in July, 2008, at the piers
                                                                                                          of 27 homeowners. CCA volunteers and homeowners
            Friday – DJ Katie                  were transferred to the sanctuary on a barge provided
                                               by Magnum Boat Lifts.
                                                                                                          flipped the floats every three weeks during the sum-
                                                                                                          mer to eliminate algae.
          Saturday – Live Bands                      “This cooperative project is a great example of
                                               the difference that can be made in marine resources
                                                                                                                In the two years of its oyster restoration work, the
                                                                                                          Patuxent River Chapter has distributed more than 1.5
                                               when various groups come together,” McGuire said.          million oysters in St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties and
          Drink Specials – Daily               “As adults, each of the oysters will filter up to 50       is looking for property owners on creeks who would
                                               gallons of water a day, ridding the water of harmful       like to participate in the continuing project. McGuire
    “Not on an island; but close to home!”     sediments and algae. Potentially, they will benefit        can be reached at

                                                       Last Chance to Enter ‘Pump for the Bay’
    C                                               R
                                                            esidents of Calvert County can help re-
                                                            duce pollution in the Bay and win great
                                                            prizes at the same time. If you’ve had
                                               your septic tank pumped between Oct. 10, 2008 and
                                               Oct. 8, 2009, you are eligible to enter the Calvert
                                                                                                          6:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month in the
                                                                                                          Planning and Zoning Conference Room in Prince
                                                                                                          Frederick. More information can be found on the
                                                                                                          Calvert County Environmental Commission Web
410-326-4077                                   County Environmental Commission’s annual “Pump
                                               for the Bay” contest.

     “Proudly serving Lusby and Southern             Last year’s winner took home a one-night stay
                                               at the Holiday Inn in Solomons, reimbursement for
         Calvert County since 1983”            the cost of the septic pump out, and free passes to
                                               the Calvert Marine Museum. Other winners received
       Captain Canadian            Crown       prizes donated by several county businesses, accord-
                                               ing to a press release from the Commission.
       Morgan Mist
       1.75 Liter 1.75 Liter       Royal             Applications for this year’s drawing are still be-
                                               ing accepted and winners will be announced at the
                                      750 ml
       19    99 $
                   12   99                     end of Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) on
                                               Oct. 11.
                                                     Applications can be mailed or faxed to the De-
                                               partment of Planning and Zoning or dropped off at the
                                               Environmental Commission’s booth at PRAD. The
                                               annual contest aims to raise homeowner awareness
Jack                Keystone                   of the importance of regular septic tank maintenance
                                               and introduce improved septic system technologies.
Daniels               Light                          The Environmental Commission, established
1.75 Liter        30 Pack                      by the Board of County Commissioners focuses on
                      1199                     county issues including: environmental planning, en-

                                               ergy and water conservation, resource conservation,
                                               effectiveness of County environmental regulations,
$                                              and environmental education. The Environmental                                                            Submitted Photo
                                               Commission also represents the commissioners and           Effective Oct. 1, under the Chesapeake Bay Nitrogen Reduc-
                                               the Department of Planning and Zoning at environ-          tion Act of 2009 all new construction and replacement of old
             Prices Good Through 10/22/09      mental forums and public hearings.                         septic systems located within the Critical Area will be required
                                                     The eleven-member Environmental Commis-              to use nitrogen removing septic tanks. Funding for upgrad-
4         Thursday, October-2009               sion holds a regularly scheduled public meeting at         ed septic tanks like the one shown above may be available
                                                                                                          through the Calvert County Bay Restoration Fund Grant.
                                                                                                                             LOCAL NEWS
Commissioners                            New Homes Going Up
 Seek Second
                                                       espite the stagnant economy, new          Gilbert, Jr.
Span for Bridge                                        subdivisions and homes are being
                                                       built, such as two new develop-
                                                                                                      Greg Cocimano, a ReMax broker that is
                                                                                                 marketing the neighborhood, said the first sale is            Drive-Thru Fight

                                        ments being constructed now on Dowell Road in            complete and the first house is in the middle of                    On Sept. 26 at 12:10 a.m., Troop-
             he Calvert County          Solomons.                                                construction now.
             Commissioners        re-                                                                                                                          er Logsdon responded to the Taco Bell
                                             Not far from the entrance to Annmarie Gar-               “I’m marketing them and getting several in-              in Solomons for a reported assault in
             ceived briefings on
                                        dens, across the street, heavy equipment can             quiries, it’s just a matter for finding the right buy-        progress. Upon arrival, Trooper Logs-
Sept. 22 and 29 from the Mary-
land Department of Transporta-          been seen moving earth as teams of builders are          ers,” Cocimano said. “It’s going to be a very nice            don found several suspects standing
tion (MDT) regarding alternatives       constructing homes at two separate locations on          subdivision. David builds some very nice homes,               in the drive through area arguing.
for the expansion or replacement        Dowell Road.                                             he has a lot of homes in the Calvert area and                 Investigation revealed that a minor
of the Thomas Johnson Bridge                 The road, infrastructure and one house are          they’ve been in business for over 15 years.”                  vehicle collision had occurred in the
between Calvert and St. Mary’s          already built in the new Backcreek Woods sub-                 The unrestricted neighborhood has 15 homes               drive-thru resulting in an assault. As-
counties.                               division, which Michael DeCasaris, a salesman            planned for it, with seven coming in the first phase.         sault charges are pending.
      The state is considering alter-   with ReMax Colonial Homes, says is a neighbor-           It has public water and sewer installed and black-
natives that include building a sec-    hood with special zoning that is restricted to resi-     top roads are going in soon, Cocimano said.                   Oxycontin Confiscated
ond span next to the current bridge     dents that are aged “55 or better.”                                       Homes will be built has they are or-              Calvert County Sheriff’s DFC
with either two or four lanes,               The homes sit tucked back off Dow-                                        dered, he said, which allows            Moises Velasquez stopped a vehicle
completely replacing the existing       ell Road on the newly built Gideon                                                    the customer to stipu-           for a traffic violation on Sept. 26 at
bridge or taking no action.             Lane and feature public water                                                              late customizations         3:50 a.m. at Route 4 and Cove Point
      The options for replacing the     and sewer on small lots.                                                                       and    changes.         Road in Lusby. The driver, identified
bridge or adding a span would           One home is built and                                                                          By Sean Rice            as Joshua Adam Lutz, 22 of St. Leon-
result in a structure considerably      another is going up.                                                                             ( i nfo @ s o m d -   ard, was found to be in possession of
smaller in height, reaching ap-              Individual                                                                                      publishing)       suspected drugs, police report. He
proximately 75 feet high. The cost      builders have been                                                                                                     was arrested and charged with pos-
for the construction options range      working in there,                                                                                                      session of Oxycontin, a schedule II
from $440 million to nearly $700        but now Bernie                                                                                                         drug and possession with the intent
million. State officials say environ-                                                                                                                          to use drug paraphernalia, for a hose
                                        Fowler Homes,
mental and economic impact stud-                                                                                                                               clamp.
ies are underway now. Additional        of Prince Fred-
                                        erick, is negoti-
                                                                                                                                                               Golf Cart, Bicycles
public hearings will be scheduled
for this winter, officials said.        ating to take an
      The commissioners voted
to direct staff to prepare a letter
                                        option on the
                                        entire proper-                                                                                                         Stolen
                                        ty, DeCasaris                                                                                                                A golf cart valued at $600 was
of support to the Southern Mary-                                                                                                                               stolen from the Calvert Marina on
land Delegation in support of State     confirmed.
                                                                                                                                                               Dowell Road in Solomons sometime
funds for the second span of the             A       little
                                                                                                                                                               between Sept. 25 and 26.
Thomas Johnson Bridge.                  further     down                                                                                                             Two bicycles, one green with a
      The a video of the expanded       Dowell Road is                                                                                                                                            me-
                                                                                                                                                               white seat and white tires and one me
briefing to the county commission-      Danielle’s Place,                                                                                                      tallic blue with pink rims and a pink
ers can be viewed on the county’s       a new subdivision                                                                                                      seat were stolen from outside a home
Web site at       under construction                                                                                                     on Red Cloud Road in Lusby. Any  Any-
ernment/bocc, under the tab ‘pre-       by D & D Homes Inc.,                                                                                                   one with information on either theft
vious agendas and summaries.” By                                                                                                      Photo By
                                        of Lusby, owned by David                                                                     Sean Rice                 is asked to contact Calvert County
Sean Rice (
                                                                                                                                                               Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Mc   Mc-

SouThern CalverT real eSTaTe TranSaCTionS
                                                                                                                                                               Donough at 410-535-2800.

                                                                                                                                                               Shotgun Incident
The following real estate transactions for home sales were recorded in the last two weeks and are on file at the Calvert County Circuit Court:                       On Sept. 25 at 8:35 p.m., Trooper
                                                                                                                                                               Wyer responded to the 1300 block of
• Daniel W. Blakenship Jr. purchased 4106          A mortgage was secured from MetLife Home            peake Ranch Estates, for $253,000. A first-time         Gregg Drive in Lusby for a report of a
Oakdale Lane, Port Republic, for $244,000          Loans in the amount of $239.693.                    buyer affidavit was filed. A mortgage was se-           fight. George L. Daniels, 42 of Lusby,
from LaSalle Bank National Association. Doc-       • James B. Curtin IV purchased 410 Coyote           cured from Realty Home Mortgage Company                 was charged with first- and second-
uments state the property was a previous fore-     Trail, Lusby, in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates,      in the amount of $258,439.                              degree assault and reckless endanger-
closure. A first-time buyer affidavit was filed.   for $220,000 from C&B Custom Home Build-            • Patrick D. and Kelly Y. Day purchased 12795           ment after he fired a shotgun in the
A mortgage was secured from Acacia Federal         ers (Darrell B. Harless, president). A first-time   Mill Creek Drive, Lusby, in Drum Point Beach,           air during the incident. He was trans-
Savings Bank in the amount of $239.580.            buyer affidavit was filed. A mortgage was se-       for $450,000 from Caroline D. and Luther T.             ported to the Calvert County Deten-
• Gregory D. Burns purchased 1149 Aztec            cured from Envoy Mortgage in the amount of          Reynolds. A mortgage was secured from Sun-              tion Center for processing.
Trail, Lusby, in the Chesapeake Ranch Es-          $224,400.                                           trust Mortgage in the amount of $441,849.
tates, for $315,000 from Aurora Loan Services.
Documents state the property was a previous
                                                   • Carl L. and Lisa R. Feusahrens purchased
                                                   14261 Calvert Street, Solomons Island, for
                                                                                                       • Cheryl Warner purchased 245 Laurel Drive,
                                                                                                       White Sands, for $132,000 from U.S. Bank                Wii Taken
foreclosure. A mortgage was secured from 1st       $245,000 from Mary Cecilia Koslofsky. A             National Association. A mortgage was secured                 A home on Delaware Drive in
Mariner Bank in the amount of $252,000.            mortgage was secured from MetLife Home              from JPMorgan Chase Bank in the amount of               Lusby was burglarized sometime
•Leon O. Watkins purchased 5320 Majesty            Loans in the amount of $196,000.                    $134,694.                                               during the daytime hours on Sept.
Lane, St. Leonard, for $389.900 from Robert        • Craig S. and Peggy L. Bradley purchased           • Christopher J. and Annette Buonconsiglio              24. The unknown suspects stole a
G. and Jennifer L. Lawrence. A mortgage was        640 Lisa Lane, Lusby, in the Hemlock Estates        purchased 358 Longhorn Circle, Lusby, in the            Wii game system and game valued
secured from Prosperity Mortgage Company           subdivision, for $250,000 from Robert Jr. and       Chesapeake Ranch Estates, for $250,000 from             at $450. Anyone with information
in the amount of $397,689.                         Betty Parrott. A first-time buyer affidavit was     Christian J. Schimer. A first-time buyer affi-          is asked to contact Calvert County
• Aaron Grollman purchased 528 Gunsmoke            filed. A mortgage was secured from 1st Mari-        davit was filed. A mortgage was secured from            Sheriff’s DFC John Harms at 410-
Trail, Lusby, in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates,     ner Bank in the amount of $255,375.                 U.S. Bank National Association in the amount            535-2800.
for $234,900 from James E. and Juliette A          • Jay C. and Michelle L. Lamson purchased           of $255,375.
Daniel. A first-time buyer affidavit was filed.    966 Santa Rosa Lane, Lusby, in the Chesa-                                                  Thursday, October-2009                               5
        Report: More Veterans                                                     SMECO Says Rates Will Drop
          Services Needed                                               R
                                                                                atepayers in the tri-county        watt hour in September of this year to                SMECO officials also provided an
                                                                                area can expect to see a           a projected $55 per megawatt hour in            update on their project to take over run-

              ight now, some veterans need to travel one to                     reduction in their electric        August of 2010.                                 ning the power plant at Patuxent River
              three hours to Washington or Baltimore to get        bills next year, because the cost of en-              Those costs are far below those of        Naval Air Station, Webster Field and
              medical care, a trip which some veterans cannot      ergy has dropped during the economic            2007 and 2008 into the first half of 2009.      the Solomons Island annex.
 do because they don’t have access to transportation.              downturn, officials with the Southern                 From 2007 to 2008 the costs                     The plan stretches out over five
       To help solve that problem, the Tri-County Council for      Maryland Electric Cooperative said              ranged from $60 a megawatt hour to              years and will result in the moderniza-
 Southern Maryland recommends expanding the existing out-          last week.                                      about $80 a megawatt hour.                      tion of aging facilities and utilities on
 patient clinic at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in northern          “Right now the prices are the low-              From 2008 into 2009 it was slight-        the base.
 St. Mary’s County.                                                est we’ve seen in the three years,” said        ly more expensive.                                    SMECO technicians will install
       Since 2000, the clinic’s enrollment from the three coun-    Sonya Cox, chief financial officer for                The pricing translated into cost of       or update new meters on the base and
 ties has grown from about 1,000 enrollees to more than 3,000,     SMECO. “It’s about a six-and-a-half             about $.15 per kilowatt hour of electric-       modernize utility vaults on the base
 according to report recently released by the Council. Last        percent decrease on their bill our cus-         ity this year, which is expected to drop        that do not meet the cooperative’s stan-
 year, 562 veterans enrolled from Calvert County, 1,151 from       tomers should see in 2010.”                     to about $.14 in 2010.                          dards for safety.
 St. Mary’s and 1,663 from Charles.                                      According to figures from                       Small and large commercial cus-                 “We’ll invest about $20 million
       The Veterans Home serves older veterans, but it also        SMECO, the cost of buying power                 tomers can expect to pay less next year         in these campuses,” said Ken Capps,
 has a small outpatient center, which has not been able to keep    from the PJM power pool, of which it            as well, with costs of $.13 and $.12 a          chief operating officer. By guy Leonard
 up with the need for services. The rise in demand, limited        is a part, will run from $30 per mega-          kilowatt hour respectively.           
 medical staff and delays, for example, of 30 to 45 days to get
 Veterans Administration private practice mental care, justify
 expanding the center, according to officials who applied for a
 Veterans Administration grant earlier this year.                                Leaders Learn from Each Other
       The request was denied, and the report recommends ap-                     elly Robertson-Slagel’s family goes back six              ting itself in the shoes of a master electrician who wants
 plying again during the second round of funding.                                generations in Southern Maryland, but she                 to build a house near the water. The task is find out about
       In the meantime, the network will continue to work with                   is still meeting new people and learning new              the rules in Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles counties that
 private providers, including hospitals and the Naval Air Sta-     things about the area she grew up in as a member of the                 regulate such a project.
 tion Patuxent River, to provide services.                         Leadership Southern Maryland program, which recently                          “These scenarios get you thinking a bit more,” said
       Law enforcement agencies are already training first-                                        started its second year.                Robertson-Slagel, who works with small businesses as
 responders in how to best help veterans with post traumatic                                             “I’m finding out more             part of her job.
 stress syndrome or a traumatic brain injury, according to the                                     about what’s going on,”                       Shepherd is particularly looking forward to the ses-
 report, which was produced by the Veterans Regional Advi-                                         said Robertson-Slagel, a re-            sion on transportation, which
 sory Committee.                                                                                   tention specialist with the             he considers one of the region’s
       Among those serving on the committee are Calvert                                            Calvert County Department               biggest challenges.
 County Commissioner Susan Shaw and Delegate Tony                                                  of Economic Development.                      “We have the same trans-
 O’Donnell, who represents southern Calvert County.                                                      She and colleague                 portation corridors, but it’s
       There are 39,000 veterans living in Southern Maryland                                       James Shepherd, a business              taking longer and longer to get
 – nearly 10,000 in Calvert County and more than 12,000 in                                         development specialist with             to places,” he said about the
 St. Mary’s County.                                                                                the Economic Development                burgeoning traffic.
       To view the complete report, go to By                                       office, are two of 37 mem-                    Like Robertson-Slagel,
 Virginia Terhune (                                                bers of the program, which              Shepherd also welcomes the
                                                                   Kelly Robertson-Slagel
                                                                                                   is designed to bring a diverse          chance to bounce off ideas
  Group Has Openings for                                                                           group of people together to
                                                                   work on problems common to the tri-county region.
                                                                                                                                           with people in different fields.
                                                                                                                                                 “I might call them and
   Targeted Businesses                                                   A spinoff of the Leadership Maryland program based
                                                                   in Annapolis, the nine-month program is less about devel-
                                                                                                                                           ask them, ‘What do you think
                                                                                                                                           about this? Does this make James Shepherd

              he Calvert County Chamber of Commerce has            oping leadership qualities and more about gathering those               sense to you?”
              formed a Lead Share Group where local busi-          who already have them to focus on challenges.                                 Leadership Southern Maryland will hold information
              ness people can help other industry professionals,         “It brings people together to figure out what the prob-           breakfasts in January about next year’s program. The dead-
 while at the same time helping themselves gain additional         lems are and help craft a solution to it,” said Shepherd.               line for applying is April 30, the application fee is $250 and
 business.                                                               Experts speak at the monthly meetings, and par-                   tuition is $2,500.
       Lead Share is a dynamic group that is dedicated to see-     ticipants also work on special projects, which involve                        For more information, go to or
 ing businesses and the community grow through the econom-         looking at issues through the eyes of people in various                 contact Karen Holcomb, executive director, at 301-481-
 ic downturn, said Sheree Walsh, coordinator of Lead Share.        circumstances.                                                          2727 or By Virginia Terhune (vir-
       “We are helping each other with trying to stay focused            Robertson-Slagel is part of a subgroup that is put-     
 on the county. It’s a good way for us to keep in touch, to keep
 the pulse,” Walsh told The Southern Calvert Gazette. “Basi-       Michael Frederick, center, director of LNG operations at Dominion’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas facility in Lusby, presents a check from
 cally it’s business owners and entrepreneurs, and we are look-    the Dominion Foundation for $5,000 to the board of directors of Leadership Southern Maryland during the kickoff reception for the Leader-
 ing for other professionals,”                                     ship Class of 2010 at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons on Sept. 21.                                                     Submitted Photo
       Chamber members that are looking to build business
 through the relationships that are developed during their
 twice-monthly meetings are urged to join.
       There is only one slot open for each business type, and
 at this time the Lead Share Group has openings in the follow-
 ing categories: mortgage lenders, title company’s, real estate,
 phone equipment vendor, corporate moving company and
 commercial construction company.
       For more information, or to register contact Walsh at
 410-903-5312 or email
       Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the
 month, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Chesapeake Church, Hun-
 tingtown. By Sean rice (
 6          Thursday, October-2009
                                                                                                                                               Italian Seafood Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                             Tues - Thurs: 5:00 to 9:00 • Fri - Sat: 5:00 to 9:30
                                                                                                                                                                     Sun Brunch/Lunch: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
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                                                    eight lanes on 235, seemingly endless shop-
                                                    ping centers and retail outlets, restaurants
                                                    too numerous to mention, service industry
                                                    and defense contractor office buildings, and
                                                    the endless traffic that goes with all of this
                                                    made quite an impression, some good and
                                                    some bad.                                                                                                                   Waterfront Dining
                                                           The tour of the base was also impres-
                                                    sive. Paul is now retired from a 34 year           World Class Venetian Chef,
                                                    career as a civil servant for the DOD, work-       Anna Maria DeGennaro
                                                    ing mainly at the New Cumberland Army
    Delegate Tony           O’Donnell               Depot after he left the navy. He worked in
    District 29C Calvert and St. Mary’s             procurement, supply and quality control ac-
                                                    tivities in support of our military. He has
                                                                                                        Wednesday                              Tuesday                          Thursday
              ast weekend one of my older           witnessed and participated in many BRACs
              brothers and his wife, Paul and       over the years and he was aware that PAX                 All You                         Special Stimulus                      Pizza & Salad
              Annette O’Donnell, paid my wife       had grown as result. Seeing it was still dra-        Can Eat Mussels                      2 Course Menu
and I a visit here in Southern Calvert County.      matic for him with all the “new” facilities                                              Including Salad & Entrée                  $12.95
Paul and Annette currently live outside of          and infrastructure on base very apparent.                 $12.95
Harrisburg in South Central Pennsylvania.                  We then took a trip to just north of St.                                                   $9.95
Such a visit from family would normally             Mary’s College to see where they had lived
not be noteworthy enough to be the subject          back then. We took a drive through of the                 digiovannisrestaura
of a column such as this. I thought this visit      College and Historic St. Mary’s City. We           www.                                  nt. co
was different though because it had a dis-          drove out to the entrance of Webster Field at                                                     m
tinct purpose and highlights how life has a         St. Inigoes which he regularly visited when        Celebrating 10 Years of Italian
way of sometimes coming full circle. It also        he was stationed here as part of a part time       Culinary Excellence on Solomons Island
highlights how our “neck of the woods” here         job for the Navy Exchange. He remembered           from its Scenic Location on Solomons Harbor.
in Southern Maryland has impacted untold
lives around the world through their service
at Pax River.
                                                    making deliveries of food and drinks to “a
                                                    little gedunk they had out there at the time”                DiGiovanni’s Dock of the Bay
                                                    and how that compares to the activities go-        14556 Solomons Island Rd. • Solomons, Maryland, 20688. • Telephone: 410 394 6400
      My brother Paul happened to be sta-           ing on there today. We drove down to Point
tioned as a young enlisted sailor at Patuxent       Lookout State Park and recalled how they                         Wedding Receptions & Special Parties • Outdoor Deck Dining
River Naval Air Station some 40 years ago. I                                                                            Restaurant Available for daytime meetings, luncheons
                                                    had taken me swimming there as a kid. Fi-
remember as a young kid periodically com-           nally we visited St. Michaels Manor and got
ing to stay with my older brother and his           a fifty cent tour of the manor house by re-
young wife during that time of his service.         tired Navy Captain Joe Dick. We even tasted
I was growing up in Pennsylvania. This              and bought some local wine there.
trip was to allow Paul and Annette to get a                From there we went and had a late lunch
true gauge of the changes that have occurred        at Nicoletti’s. Paul and Annette remembered
here in Southern Maryland over the decades.         when the Hardee’s restaurant opened in Lex-
Although they had visited Lori and I a few          ington Park decades ago that it was such a big
times since we have lived here, those trips         deal and was the only “fast food” in the en-
were always scheduled around other events           tire area. We drove to Leonardtown to attend
and never really allowed them to assess the         the St. Mary’s County Fair, which elicited a
area’s changes and to fully reminisce about         discussion as to how tobacco production has
how they remembered things to be back               essentially been curtailed. They recalled
then.                                               the seemingly endless numbers of roadside
      This trip allowed us to discuss the area      tobacco fields and tobacco barns and how
in detail, and our experiences here, through        they seemed to have “just disappeared”.
the lens of time. Although families that have       That evening we had dinner at Stoney’s
lived here for generations have witnessed           Kingfisher on Solomon’s Island. Watermen
dramatic changes to the landscape and ways          from around the bay were coming into the
of life, I think the view of change is quite dif-   restaurant for the waterman’s festival as we
ferent for someone like Paul and Annette who        ate. This caused a discussion about how the
have effectively not been living here for 40        waterman’s heritage and the Chesapeake Bay
years and then come back. I can tell you that       itself had changed over the last 40 years.
both my brother and his wife were amazed                   Lastly, we discussed with some amuse-
at what they saw as compared to what they           ment how none of us would ever have
remembered.                                         dreamed in our wildest dreams 40 years ago
      On Saturday I had arranged for us to          that someday Paul and Annette’s little broth-
take make a visit to Pax River Naval Air Sta-       er would move to Southern Maryland him-
tion. So over the Governor Thomas Johnson           self after having served his own stint in the
Bridge we went. This bridge of course did           U.S. Navy, to work and raise a family. How
not exist in 1969 and elicited long discus-         ironic that he would have to wrestle with all
sions of the nature of change and growth in         the myriad public policy issues related to and
this area. It also included much discussion         surrounding all of the changes after 40 years
about the need for new bridges and highways         of absence from the area. We wondered at
and how this area was likely to continue to         how our lives may have been impacted by
change in the near and distant future. The          Paul’s service here and how many others
dramatic changes obvious to Paul and An-            might have similar stories to tell. Not a little
nette as we travelled south on Route 235 to-        of the concept of past being prologue was
wards the base were something that many of          lost on any of us. Life certainly does have a
us have become somewhat used to because
we live here every day. Six and sometimes
                                                    funny way of coming full circle.
                                                                                                                                                      Thursday, October-2009                                  7
    Spotlight On                                                                         Patuxent High School Band
                                                                                         Making Gains as They March
                                                                                          o far it has been a good    Larry Hogan, who has been help-

23rd Annual Social Studies
                                                                                          debut year for Patuxent     ing with visual effects.
                                                                                          High School’s new band            Humfled, who played trum-
                                                                              director, Brooke Humfeld, who re-       pet for most of her band career in

  Conference to Feature                                                       cently graduated from the Univer-
                                                                              sity of Delaware with a Bachelor
                                                                              of Music in Instrumental Music
                                                                                                                      school and who still has a silver-
                                                                                                                      plated Bach Stradivarius sitting at
                                                                                                                      home, said she had been impressed
    Mary Beth Tinker                                                          Education. After only a few weeks
                                                                              of competing in the Tournament of
                                                                                                                      with her students’ dedication to
                                                                                                                      marching, which she said resem-

             n Friday, Oct. 16, social studies educators from across          Bands, Patuxent High School has         bles a sport much more than many
             Maryland will meet at Huntingtown High School to share           scored high marks for each of their     people realize.
             stories, teach new methods, and expand their teaching            performances.                                 “You hear a lot that it’s not very
repertoires by participating in the Maryland Council for the Social                 “Each week you choose to go       athletic at all, or it doesn’t take a lot
Studies (MDCSS) Annual Conference. In addition to attending ses-              to a competition and face off against   of energy to produce the show that
sions about innovating teaching programs, teachers will also have the         bands the same size as yours,” said     we produce, and that’s so far from
chance to learn about opportunities for their students in and beyond          Humfeld as she explained the band       the truth,” she said. “It’s an activity
the classroom in an Exhibitors Hall a press release states.                   competition circuit, which includes     that takes a lot of energy, you exert
     MDCSS is proud to bring Mary Beth Tinker to the conference as            bands from all along the east coast.    a lot while you’re performing, and
this year’s keynote speaker. Tinker was one of the plaintiffs in Tinker       “Our first weekend out we came in       by the end of an eight-minute show
v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969). Tin-              first place out of six bands, which     these kids are whipped. For eight                                 Submitted Photo
ker v. Des Moines was a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that de-           was really rewarding for the stu-       minutes their muscles in their core
                                                                              dents and for myself. It was a really   are all tightened, and they’re do-          en bands in their class. Though the
fined the constitutional rights of students in public schools. Tinker was                                                                                         band went down slightly in ratings
one of three students who wore black armbands with peace symbols              great way to start the season.”         ing a lot of breathing to get the air
                                                                                    This year’s show, called          through their instruments, and so I         they earned their highest perfor-
on them to protest the Vietnam War and in support of the Christmas                                                                                                mance score so far of the season.
Truce. For their actions, the school suspended the students. The Su-          “Mundus Novus” (meaning “New            wouldn’t compare it to playing on a
                                                                              World”) tells the story of Chris-       varsity football team, but there’s a             Humfeld said it was reward-
preme Court ruled in favor of the students and the Tinker test is still                                                                                           ing to see her band performing so
used by courts today to determine whether a school’s disciplinary ac-         topher Columbus discovering the         lot involved in putting these shows
                                                                              Americas, with original music by        together. It’s a difficult thing to do.     well, but that they still had a lot of
tions violate students’ First Amendment rights. Conference attendees                                                                                              work to do.
will have the opportunity to hear about Tinker’s experience as a 13-          Key Poulan.                             You’re working on music and drill
                                                                                    “He’s the composer for our        and thinking of a million things at              “That’s the great thing about
year-old fighting for her first amendment rights as well as her continu-                                                                                          these students. They know even
ing struggle in support of freedom of speech.                                 show this year, so all the music was    one time.”
                                                                              originally written for this show,”            Patuxent High School’s per-           when they come in first place
     Registration is available on line at Walk in reg-                                                                                             they’re still thinking that wasn’t the
istrants are also welcome. For additional information, contact Scott          said Humfled.                           cussion section took home the
                                                                                    This year’s drill was written     best percussion award at their sec-         best show. We can do better than
McComb at 410-535-7248, by email at McCombs@calvertnet.k12.                                                                                                       that. So they’re really motivated, or visit the website at                                 by Evan Doyle, who has worked           ond competition at Arundel High
                                                                              for the marching band for the last      School. Their most recent competi-          students, which is very cool,” she
                                                                              few years, and the new director has     tion at Severna Park High School            said. By AndreA Shiell (info@somd-

  Dean Fleming is Rotary’s
                                                                              also been joined by her assistant       netted them fourth place out of sev-

     Newest Member                                                                Class of 2009 meets HSA
                                                                              Requirement, Drop Out Rate Drops
               r. Richard Fleming, recently appointed Vice President
               and Dean of the Prince Frederick campus of the College

               of Southern Maryland, has joined the Prince Frederick
                            Rotary Club. He was officially accepted as                     ll Calvert County public school students         No Child Left Behind requirement that all students
                            a member on Sept. 21, transferring from                        in the class of 2009 met Maryland’s high         and all subgroups of students meet or exceed state
                            his previous Rotary Club in Virginia.                          school testing requirements in algebra,          learning standards in reading and math by 2014.
                                  Dr. Fleming has more than 30 years of       biology, English and government. This was the first                Calvert High School did not make adequate
                            experience in higher education instruction        class required to meet the High School Assessment             yearly progress (AYP) in 2009 in the area of read-
                            and administration. During his tenure in          (HSA) requirement in order to graduate.                       ing for the students with disabilities subgroup. Since
                            Hampton, Va., and previously in Colorado,               Students can meet the HSA graduation require-           Calvert High made AYP in all areas in 2008, the
                            New Mexico and Arizona, Fleming was               ment through four avenues - by passing all four ex-           school is considered by the state department to be a
                            active in local Rotary clubs.                     ams, by obtaining a combined score of 1602 on the             school in need of local attention and is not subject
                                  “I was looking for a college where I        four tests, by completing Bridge projects to show             to state intervention. Schools that do not make AYP
                            could, once again, become actively in-            mastery in the subject area, or by obtaining a waiver.        for two consecutive years in the same subject and
                            volved in the community,” Fleming said in         Calvert County HSA results show that 89.5% of the             NCLB subgroup enter the state’s prescribed pathway
                            a press release. His membership in Rotary         2009 graduating seniors passed all four exams, 8.6%           of interventions.
                            will be one way to achieve that goal.             passed through the combined score option, 1.9% com-                The state department also determined that Cal-
                                  The Rotary Club of Prince Frederick         pleted projects, and no students were granted waiv-           vert Country School, a kindergarten through grade
                            is the local affiliate of Rotary International,   ers, a news release from the school district states.          12 special education center, did not make AYP in the
Dr. Richard Fleming         the oldest international service club. Rota-            The Maryland State Department of Education              area of student attendance. Calvert Country School’s
ry club members are business and professional leaders who volunteer           also released student graduation and dropout rates.           attendance rate for 2009 was 85.2% which did not
in their communities and promote world understanding and peace.                     The graduation rate for Calvert public schools          reach the required rate of 93.5%. Attendance is an
      Rotary’s 31,000 clubs in more than 165 countries and regions en-        increased from 87.72% five years ago to 91.99% in             additional measure used by the state to determine a
courage high ethical standards and carry out humanitarian projects            2009. Over the same time period, the graduation               school’s progress.
to address such issues as poverty, health, hunger, education, and the         rate for African-American students increased from                  Students in Calvert County’s class of 2010 - this
environment.                                                                  84.62% to 93.04% and the dropout rate for all stu-            year’s seniors - are well positioned to meet all HSA
      The Rotary Club of Prince Frederick meets every Monday at               dents declined from 2.4% to 1.6%.                             graduation requirements. So far, the pass rates for
Stoney’s in Prince Frederick. For further information, contact Dave                 HSA results for English and algebra are also used       this class are 96.5% for algebra, 97.4% for biology,
Elkinton at 410-535-6139.                                                     to determine whether individual high schools are              93.0% for English, and 98.0% for government.
                                                                              making adequate yearly progress toward meeting the                 For more information, visit

8          Thursday, October-2009
       Time to Celebrate
      Alan Jackson Plays the Patuxent
     Tto Packed House
              he public is invited to come out this weekend             New this year, on Saturday only, the Bounty of the
              for the 32nd annual Patuxent River Apprecia-        Patuxent will be featured in the new Corbin Nature Pavil-
              tion Days, a free event on Saturday and Sun-        ion. Local wineries will offer wine tasting, locally grown
day, Oct. 10-11, on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Mu-
seum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                                                  produce from the farmer’s market, and other tasty treats
                                                                  will be available to sample and buy.                                 U.S. Navy Celebrating
      This year’s festival will include a “Green Village”,
which features dozens of groups that celebrate the river
in a variety of ways. Included will be children’s activi-
                                                                        The weekend will be topped off Sunday with the an-
                                                                  nual PRAD Parade, with a one mile route along Solomons
                                                                  Island Road, beginning at 2 p.m., followed by a concert
                                                                                                                                          234th Birthday
ties (including pony rides for a fee), arts, crafts and infor-    by the Southern Maryland Concert Band at the museum.                            he Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy
mation. There will be an art show, a food court, musical          This year cash prizes are being offered for the “Best Float”                    Birthday is one of the two Navy wide dates to be cel-
performances, and an open house at the Calvert Marine             entry.                                                                          ebrated annually.
Museum.                                                                 On Friday before PRAD, Oct. 9, the “State of the                  The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental
      See exhibits, demonstrations, displays, and education-      River Summit” will be returning for the fourth consecutive        Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October
al activities about ‘green’ products, recycling, oyster resto-    year between 1 and 5 p.m. in the museum auditorium.               1775 by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dis-
ration, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, and more.         The summit is titled this year “The Local Challenges        patch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships
      Free cruises up the Patuxent also will be offered           of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change.”                            supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also estab-
aboard two historic vessels: the 110-year-old bugeye, Wil-              During the Summit, participants will have an oppor-         lished a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the
liam B. Tennison, and the sailing skipjack the Nathan of          tunity to hear for themselves what the predicted changes          Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the
Dorchester.                                                       are, and the probable affect on our climate and environ-          war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum
      The music stage will host live performances by lo-          ment. From rising temperatures to increased precipitation         strength.
cal musicians including Joe Norris, Patuxent Voices, Joey         to stronger storms, all of these changes contribute to a                After the American War for Independence, Congress sold the
Tippett and the California Ramblers, Fortune’s Turn, and          domino affect on the ecosystem that has direct and impor-         surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen
Some Assembly.                                                    tant implications for those of us living here today and into      and officers. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789,
                                                                  the future.                                                       empowered Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on
                                                                        The Summit, chaired annually by former Maryland             this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of
                                                                  Senator Bernie Fowler and moderated by Jack Greer of              six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval
                                                                  Maryland Sea Grant, will feature several speakers who             affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of
                                                                  participated in the Maryland Commission on Climate                the Navy on 30 April 1798.
                                                                  Change.                                                                 Not to be confused with the Navy Birthday or the founding of
                                                                        For more information, visit www.calvertmarinemu-            the Navy Department is Navy Day. The Navy League sponsored
                                                         By Sean Rice (                  the first national observance of Navy Day in 1922 designed to give
                                                                                                                                    recognition to the naval service. The Navy League of New York
                                                                      Lost a Loved One? Find                                        proposed that the official observance be on 27 October in honor of
                                                                                                                                    President Theodore Roosevelt, who had been born on that day.
                                                                      Help to Bridge the Gap                                              In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R.
                                                                                                                                    Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s birth-

                                                                               alvert Hospice is offering “Bridges”, an eight-      day. In contrast to Navy Day, the Navy Birthday is intended as an in-
                                                                               session grief support program designed to ad-        ternal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well
                                                                               dress the needs of families who are grieving the     as retirees, and dependents. Since 1972 each CNO has encouraged
                                                                 loss of a loved one.                                               a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion “to enhance a greater ap-
                                                                       Children ages 3-12, teens ages 13-18 and adult family        preciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence
                                                                 members are welcome to attend together. Students are di-           toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.”
                                                                 vided into age-appropriate groups where creative activities
                                                                 and discussion are used to assist with coping and healing.
                                                                       Adult family members learn the similarities and differ-       Military Officers Invited
                                                                                                                                      To Join Association
                                                                 ences between childhood and adult grief and gain knowledge
                                                                 on how to support their children and adolescents as well as
                                                                 gain support for them selves.

                                               Submitted Photo
                                                                                                         This        informative,                he Southern Maryland Chapter of the Military Officers
                                                                                                   growth oriented program is                    Association of America (MOAA) will host a catered
‘Salute to Excellence’                                                                             being held through Nov. 19
                                                                                                   on Thursday evenings from
                                                                                                                                                 picnic lunch for new or prospective members from 11
                                                                                                                                    a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Beach House at NAS Patux-
                                                                                                   7 to 8:30 p.m. Trinity United    ent River. The Beach House is located about 4 miles from Gate 2
                                                                                                   Methodist Church Main St.        on the Cedar Point Road.
                                                                                                   Prince Frederick.                      Active duty, retired, Reserve and National Guard officers
                                                                                                         Time to Heal: Death of     are encouraged to attend this event. The luncheon will be free
                                                                                                   a Spouse                         for prospective members and their guests, but reservations are
                                                                                                         Time to Heal support       requested.
                                                                                                   group for persons grieving             Please call (410) 257-0439, (410) 326-0486, (301) 475-3694 or
                                                                                                   the death of a spouse will       e-mail at by Wednesday, Oct. 14.
                                                                                                   meet each Tuesday from Oct.      Children are invited.
                                                                                                   20 to Dec. 8 from 6 to 7:30            MOAA is the fourth largest veteran’s organization in the
                                                                                                   p.m. at the Calvert Hospice      country and the nation’s largest military service organization.
                                                                                                   office 238 Merrimac Ct. in             Membership is open to active duty, retired and former officers
                                                                                                   Prince Frederick.                of all of the uniformed services, including the Reserves and Na-
                                                                                                         Registration is required   tional Guard. Membership is also open to the widows and widow-
                                                                                                   for all programs. Call (410)     ers of deceased officers.
                                                                                                   535-0892 or (301) 855-1226             MOAA is dedicated to preserving the earned entitlements of
                                                                                                   for more information or to       all members of the uniformed services, as well as their families
                                                                                                   register. All Calvert Hospice    and survivors, and to promoting a strong national defense.
                                                                                                   bereavement programs are               New members will receive a free membership in the chapter
                                                                                                   available to Calvert County      for the rest of the year. If they are not already members of the
                                                                                                   residents at no charge. Dona-    national MOAA, active duty officers will receive a free one-year
Annette J. Funn, left, president and co-founder of Concerned Black Women of Calvert County,                                         membership in the national organization. Retired officers will re-
and Honorable Lynn K. Stewart, Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, thank      tions are greatly appreciated.
the more than 150 guests for attending the second annual Concerned Black Women of Calvert          ceive a two-year membership for the price of one.
County annual luncheon and awards gala, held at Holiday Inn Select in Solomons on Oct. 3.
                                                                                                                                                   Thursday, October-2009                            9
                                                                                                                                             Pretty Scary:
                                                                                                                                           Halloween Almost Here
 Yacht Club Expanding
             he Solomons Island        and has been there ever since.
             Yacht Club is em-               The plans for the expansion
             barking on a mil-         include a 2,400 square-foot addi-
lion-dollar expansion project          tion on the waterside of the club,
that will result in a expanded         and the existing interior will see
and completely renovated club-         extensive renovation, including
house at its waterfront Solomons       a sprinkler system, new bath-
Island location.                       rooms and an expanded kitchen,
      Club Commodore Gerald            reports Bobby Swann, current
Eastwood confirmed this week           member and past commodore.
that a groundbreaking and dedi-              The club now has 200
cation ceremony will take place        members from all over the re-
on Saturday morning, Oct. 17.          gion, some from as far away as
      The original clubhouse was       Washington D.C. The clubhouse
built in 1944 and first used as the    is location on Solomons Island,
Solomons Island USO Club for           behind St. Peters Episcopal
the Navy. The yacht club took it       Church. By Sean Rice (info@somd-
over after World War II in 1948
                                                                                                                     Photo By Sean Rice

                           There’s a Chill in The Air
By Joyce Baki                                  & Arts Center new exhibit is ECHO,
                                               the works of nine artists who have cre-
                                                                                           ber 18, 2009 when Spider Hall Farm,
                                                                                           Prince Frederick, opens its doors for

              an you feel the chill in the     ated large scale installations using re-    visitors to get a closer look at farming
              air? I love the fall. It is a    petitive elements and motifs. The art       in Southern Maryland. The Calvert
              wonderful time of the year       is a delight to the senses. While the       County Farm Tour is designed for fam-           A cowboy skeleton riding a tarantula might be one of the
for you and that special someone to take       theme of the show is repetition – ma-       ily fun and learning. Visit with farm           various decorations one might see at the annual Halloween
long walks and watch the leaves change.        terials, motifs or patterns, the art will   animals; enjoy hay rides, corn maze,            in The Garden event at Annmarie Garden in Solomons.
Throughout Calvert County – and there          delight your senses with color and tex-     exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments

is a trail for everyone, whether you are       ture. The show runs through Novem-          and much more. The event will run                             t the Halloween event at Annmarie Gar-
an avid hiker or, like me, just like to        ber 8th. (           from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The 362-acre                            den there will be lots of treats, but not as
mosey along. The American Chestnut                   Everyone knows how much I love        farm owned by David and Susan Cox                             many tricks.
Land Trust offers fifteen miles of serene      my two “puppies” Petey and Monk.            is one of the few remaining working                   Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 24, Annmarie
public hiking trails at their two loca-        Well it seems the Tiki Gods also have       farms of its size in Calvert County.            Garden off Dowell Road in Solomons will hold their
tions. The South Trail is just off Sci-        an incredible soft spot for pets. The       Producing wheat, barley, corn, pump-            annual “Halloween in the Garden” event, which is one
entists Cliffs Road, Port Republic and         Tiki Bar will throw its first “That Dog-    kins, soybeans and tobacco, the farm            of the most anticipated family events of the year for
the North Trail can be found off Double        gone Tiki Bar Family Pet Day” on Sun-       also provides fall fun with a pumpkin           the art center.
Oak Road, Prince Frederick. The trails         day, October 11th. The event (Noon to       patch, 8-acre corn maze and hay rides.                “It’s a very popular event. It’s one of the most
are provided free of charge. If you en-        5 p.m.) will raise money for the Patux-     (                             well attended and people look forward to it year after
joy the trails consider volunteering on        ent Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).                                                          year,” said Kathy Magiera, marketing specialist for
                                               PAWS recently purchased a building in
Oct. 24 for “Vine Vindicator Work Day”
to remove non-native invasive plants           Huntingtown that will become Calvert
                                               County’s new and much needed low-
                                                                                             Teen Photo                                    Annmarie, adding that the day is being billed as a “no
                                                                                                                                           scare” event, so it’s safe for children of all ages.
improving the native plant species on
ACLT lands. It’s a great family project!       cost spay/neuter/wellness pet clinic.
                                               A variety of pet rescue organizations,
                                                                                           Contest Underway                                      More than 60 local organizations are expected to
                                                                                                                                           set up decorated booths along the wooden pathway on

( )                                                                                                                         the property, rain or shine, giving out treats or little
                                               vendors, and clinics will be participat-                   how off your creativity and
      Patuxent River Appreciation Days                                                                                                     prizes. There also will be face painting, crafts and
                                               ing in this fundraiser. The Tiki Bar will                  artistic talent by participat-
(PRAD) marks its 32nd anniversary on                                                                                                       other free activities.
                                               provide live music and food. No “ruff”                     ing in Calvert Library’s
Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11.                                                                                                              “There are no vehicles on the path so the kids
                                               housing is allowed, but there will be         Teen Photo Contest! Drop off your
PRAD was created to raise the aware-                                                                                                       can go through there safety,” Magiera said. “So it’s
                                               some playful competition for everyone         work at Calvert Library Prince Freder-
ness of the economic, cultural and his-                                                                                                    real fun.”
                                               with the Best Pet Owner Look Alike,           ick from Oct. 5-10, and come back on
torical impact the Patuxent River has                                                                                                            Annmarie Garden asks for a suggested donation
                                               Longest Tail, Muttliest Mutt and Best         Oct. 24, from 2-4 p.m., for our awards
on our community. The festival offers                                                                                                      of a dollar per person, which goes towards their Holi-
                                               Pet Trick. It’s going to be the purrfect      ceremony for participants.
a wide variety of events - children’s ac-                                                                                                  day Food Basket program, to benefit food pantries of
                                               day filled with lots of pawsitive fun.              You can submit work for three dif-
tivities, an arts and crafts show, musi-                                                                                                   Southern Maryland.
                                               (                     ferent categories: Portrait, Landscape,
cal performances, an open house at the                                                                                                           “So it’s our way to give back to the community
                                                     Saturday October 17, 2009, Jef-         and Fine Art. Each participant may
Calvert Marine Museum and on Sun-                                                                                                          and to provide a fun and safe environment for the kids
                                               ferson Patterson Park and Museum              enter up to 3 pieces per category. The
day a parade at 2 p.m. New this year                                                                                                       and family,” Magiera said.
                                               will host the American Indian Life-           artwork may be no larger than 8” x 10”,
– taste the bounty of the Patuxent in the                                                                                                        Families are encouraged to bring their costumes
                                               ways Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,         and must be matted no larger than 11” x
Corbin Pavilion with local wineries,                                                                                                       and cameras.
                                               featuring hands-on demonstrations of          14”. Please include your name, age, con-
local produce and other goodies. Free                                                                                                            This year’s event also features a public art proj-
                                               traditional American Indian skills and        tact info, and category on each piece.
harbor cruises are offered on board                                                                                                        ect called “Nesting”, which explored the comforts of
                                               crafts like basketry, pottery and flint             On Oct. 24, the Friends of Calvert
two historic vessels: the bugeye, Wm.                                                                                                      home as visitors painted an “egg” to contribute to one
                                               knapping. Visit the recreated Eastern         Library will be giving away gift cards
B. Tennison and the sailing skipjack,                                                                                                      of several large nests along the wooded path. View
                                               Woodland Indian Village and experi-           in different denominations as prizes
Nathan of Dorchester. Come hungry –                                                                                                        the creations that celebrate their favorite things about
                                               ence music, dance, storytelling and           for the first, second, and third place
there is a great variety of food vendors!                                                                                                  home, and contribute their art to the ever-growing
                                               more. (                        winners in each category. Digital and
Admission is free. (                                                                                                       masterpiece. The completed sculptural installation
                                                     Celebrate centuries of agriculture      traditional darkroom photographs will
      Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park                                                                                                       will remain on view through the event. By Sean Rice
                                               in Calvert County on Sunday, Octo-            be accepted as long as they are matted
10          Thursday, October-2009                                                           as specified. For more information,
                                                                                             call Rachel Hummel at 410.535.0291.
    ET to thR

                                                                 The Health of the Bay

                                                                                                                                                    Southern Calvert
                                                                      Starts With You
                                        The health of       migrate into waters of the Chesapeake Bay and
                                    the    Chesapeake       its watershed. This is a big problem in Calvert
                                    Bay starts in your      County.
                                    own      backyard.           Proper septic tank maintenance is one way
    Nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) in          local residents can help improve the water qual-
    moderate amounts are essential to the health of         ity in the Chesapeake Bay. Experts recommend
    the Chesapeake Bay - but excessive amounts can          that in order to keep your septic tank function-
    be detrimental. Most of the nitrogen found in our       ing properly it should be pumped out every three

                                                                                                                      You’re invited!
    local waters originates from the septic tanks in        to five years. Another way to reduce nutrient
    our backyards.                                          loading from your septic system is by adding a
          In Calvert County, nearly 90 percent of           nitrogen removal tank. The nitrogen removal
    homes use septic systems to breakdown house-            tank converts the soluble nitrate ion to harmless
    hold waste. Waste from the kitchen sink, shower         nitrogen gas that is allowed to escape to the at-
    and toilet decompose, creating nitrogen which can       mosphere. These types of systems are capable of
    leach into the groundwater – eventually leading to      removing up to 93 percent of the nitrogen from
    excessive nutrients in our creeks, rivers and the       the septic system.
    Chesapeake Bay. In a typical septic system, the              The nitrogen removal tank can be expensive,                      The Southern Calvert Gazette is
    household waste collects in a 1000 or 1500 gallon       but through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund
    tank buried in the backyard. Solids in the waste        (CBRF) grant, many Calvert County households                              your local newspaper.
    settle in the tank and bacteria begin the process       have obtained one free-of-charge. In fact, since
    of converting particles of nitrogenous materials        2006 CBRF has paid for 70 nitrogen removing                            This page is your page.
    to water soluble forms – mainly ammonium ions.          systems in Calvert County. On May 7, 2009 the               and we invite you to submit letters for publication
    Dissolved nitrogen is also present in the wastewa-      Chesapeake Bay Nitrogen Reduction Act of 2009               here the first and third Thursdays of each month.
    ter and it is converted to ammonium ion. Depend-        was signed by the Governor. This new law, effec-
    ing on the volume of household waste produced,          tive October 1, 2009, requires all new construc-              Share your thoughts about the things that con-
    the wastewater typically resides in the tank for        tion and replacement of old septic systems located          cern you around the Southern Calvert community.
    a number of days. Then it exits via the drain           within the Critical Area, to use nitrogen removing
    field where any dissolved materials can enter the       septic tanks.                                                 Just as important, share with your friends and
    groundwater. Under oxygenated conditions in the                                                                       neighbors community well wishes and positive
    drain field, the ammonium ion is converted to a                                Brendan Sweeney, Chair
    nitrate ion, which enters the groundwater and can            Calvert County Environmental Commission
                                                                                                                         thoughts. This space is reserved for you to give
                                                                                                                                 Southern Calvert a “shout out”.
    CCA Maryland Blasts Proposed Gill Net Increase                                                                          The Southern Calvert Gazette also welcomes
         Calling them “lacking in common sense”             and killed but not used for harvest.
    and “unnecessary,” the Coastal Conservation As-               • Increased net gills will mean less opportu-            pictures and announcements from you and your
    sociation Maryland (CCA MD), a group of 1,700           nity for other anglers, whether they are hook and                 family to be published as space allows in our
    recreational anglers and conservation-minded            liners or recreational fishermen.
    Marylanders, urged Maryland’s Department of                   • Fish caught in gill nets historically have                 Community sections. So send us your stuff.
    Natural Resources to withdraw proposed regula-          the lowest price, and increasing gill net length
    tions that would dramatically increase the allow-       will have a negative economic impact on the fish-             Letters and pictures must be received no later than the Friday
    able length of gill nets.                               ery and the state of Maryland.                                prior to the Thursday publication date. All items received after
         “CCA MD strongly opposes a regulation                    “Striped bass would provide the most so-
    change that would increase the allowable length         cioeconomic value to Maryland if they were al-                Friday will be considered for the next publication.
    of gill nets from 2,400 yards to 3,500 yards,” said     located to a different gear type,” McGuire said.
    Scott McGuire, chair, CCA MD government rela-           “Providing more length for gill net fishermen to
    tions committee, during a public hearing in An-         meet their quota sooner
    napolis. “This is a 45 percent increase and almost      will drive the price even
    an additional mile of net. This increase would          lower, reducing tax rev-          Publisher                      Thomas McKay
    also lead to serious problems for the management        enue generated from this          Associate Publisher            Eric McKay
    of the fishery.”                                        fishery.“                         Editor                         Sean Rice
         McGuire cited six reasons why the regula-                McGuire also ques-          Office Manager                 Tobie Pulliam
    tions should be withdrawn:                              tioned why the DNR is             Graphic Artist                 Angie Stalcup
         • The gill net harvest quota already is eas-       even bringing these pro-          Advertising                    Preston Pratt
    ily met each year with the existing length of gill      posed regulations to the          Email                
    nets. Frequently, he explained, there are quota         public.                           Phone                          301-373-4125
    overruns, such as a 108,000-pound overrun in                  “Regulations that do        Staff Writers
    January, 2009.                                          not make sense should not         Guy Leonard                    Government Correspondent
         • Gill nets are the most difficult type of gear    make it this far in the regu-     Andrea Shiell                  Community Correspondent
    for the Natural Resources Police (NRP) to en-           latory process,” he said.         Chris Stevens                  Sports Correspondent
    force. This proposal regulation would create an         “The department should            Contributing Writers
    additional enforcement burden on the already-
    overstretched NRP.
                                                            have a policy against wast-
                                                            ing everyone’s time. The
                                                                                              Tony O’Donnell
                                                                                              Joyce Baki
                                                                                                                                                          Southern Calvert Gazette
                                                                                              Gerald Clark
                                                                                                                                                          P. O. Box 250 . Hollywood, MD 20636
         • A recent Federal investigation uncovered         department, through the
                                                                                              J. Brown
    widespread cheating in the commercial striped           leadership of the governor,
    bass fishery, and more gear could lead to more          needs to stand stronger on        Southern Calvert Gazette is a bi-weekly newspaper providing news and information for the residents of
    illegal activity.                                       regulations that don’t pass Southern Calvert County. The Southern Calvert Gazette will be available on newsstands every other
         • Increasing the length of gill nets will cre-     a simple common sense Thursday of the month. The paper is published by Southern Maryland Publishing Company, which
    ate greater potential for lost nets, especially since   test.”                           is responsible for the form, content, and policies of the newspaper. Southern Calvert Gazette does not
    there are widespread reports that commercial                   Scott McGuire, Chair espouse any political belief or endorse any product or service in its news coverage. Articles and letters
    fisherman leave gill nets unattended, a violation            CCA MD Government submitted for publication must be signed and may be edited for length or content. Southern Calvert
    of the law. This could result in fish being caught             Relations Committee Gazette is not responsible for any claims made by its advertisers.
                                                                                                                                                Thursday, October-2009                          11
P ages P
 The Old Wallville School
     By Joyce Baki                                collapse. The Friends of the Old Wall-
                                                  ville School, a non-profit organization,
                                                                                              though attendance was smaller
                                                                                              when pupils needed to be at

                  n Oct. 17, the Friends of the   raised funds to stabilize, relocate and     home for farm chores or care for
                  Old Wallville School will       restore the school. In 2004, under the      younger brothers and sisters
                  hold a dedication ceremony      sponsorship of Del. Sue Kullen and Sen.           The restoration returned the
     for the historic Old Wallville School.       Roy Dyson and with the support of Del.      Old Wallville School to a period
     The ceremony marks a new chapter in          Tony O’Donnell, the Maryland legisla-       when it served as a functional
     the school’s history. Built in the 1880’s,   ture passed a bond bill. With a gener-      school. To ensure the authentic-
     the Old Wallville School is the oldest       ous gift from Dominion Energy and the       ity, the Friends of the Old Wall-
     standing one-room schoolhouse for Af-        assistance of local churches, funds were    ville School used oral histories
     rican Americans in Calvert County.           raised to meet the match, realizing the     collected from former students, Harriet Brown
          Originally located in Wallville,        dream to relocate, restore and interpret    teachers and the school’s last              Court of the United States.
     a small community near Broomes Is-           the school for the public.                  principal.                                       The last principal/teacher was Ms.
     land, the building was moved to private           The first African American schools           The structure is a wooden building Regina Brown, sister of Ms. Elizabeth
     property when it closed in 1934. It re-      after the Civil War were built with funds   approximately 18’ X 18’. Salvageable Brown, who taught at Old Wallville
     mained on the family property of Mrs.        and labor from the local community,         portions of the original wood frame, School from 1931-1934. Ms. Brown pro-
     Edith Gray, who had been a student of        churches and philanthropic organiza-        windows, stone piers and the chimney vided a perspective on the school to the
     the school in the 1910’s. Mrs. Gray was      tions. The schools were poorly main-        were retained in the reconstruction. Calvert County Historical Society.
     instrumental in ensuring that the build-     tained. Educational materials were          Newer wood and the roof represent re-            “This was a segregated school of
     ing survived all of these years. Over        scarce. Teachers were underpaid and         productions of the original construction. thirty-five black pupils in grades on
     time, however, the physical condition        classrooms were overcrowded. Class          Using a combination of antique fur- through seven. I was principal, teacher,
     of the school deteriorated to the point of   size could range up to 45 children, al-     nishings and reproductions, the interior secretary, custodian, and trouble-shoot-
                                                                                               reflects the appearance of a classroom er. The room was about fifteen by fifteen
                                                                                               from the 1930’s.                           feet with space for only a dozen double
                                                                                                     The Old Wallville School provides desks for pupils. The smaller children
                                                                                               an opportunity to tell the story of Ms. sat three at a desk. On days of good at-
                                                                                               Harriet Elizabeth Brown, a teacher who tendance, the overflow sat on the floor
                                                                                               sued the Calvert County Board of Edu- in the aisle and used flat topped logs for
                                                                                               cation in the 1937 for equal pay for Afri- desktops. Our supplies consisted of text-
                                                                                               can-American teachers. Her lawyer was books, a register, one box of white chalk,
                                                                                               a young man working for the NAACP. a water pail and dipper, and one corn
                                                                                               The case was settled on December 27, broom. The customary airtight stove
                                                      We have mulches,                         1937. The result was the Calvert County was the only source of heat.”
                                                      top soils, humus,                        Board of Education agreed to equalize           The Old Wallville School sits adja-
                                                                                               the salaries of white and black teachers. cent to the Calvert County Elementary
                                                         potting soils,                        The case paved the way for the Mary- School on Dares Beach Road in Prince
                                                       fertilizers, lime,                      land Teachers Pay Equalization Law. Frederick. The Calvert County School
                                                                                               The landmark case was cited across the System will integrate into the curriculum
Lumber            Competitive                         straw...and more.                        nation. The young attorney, Thurgood a history of the school, and plan to use it
under Cover                                                                                    Marshall, would become the first Afri- as a platform for African-American cul-
                                                                                               can American to serve on the Supreme ture and the history of integration.
No need to cross the bridge!

                                                      *The Lusby location now has seasonal
                                                      live plants and garden pond supplies.

12       Thursday, October-2009
L                               Autumn is The
                          Time For Composting
             his season, don’t send    essential to life, as air and water.       able at the core of the bin. The hot
             your leaves or grass      You can duplicate this natural             compost pile requires attention,
             clippings to the land-    process in your own backyard by            but the results are quick. You can
fill. Use them to make compost for     building a compost pile.                   also build a “cold compost” pile
your lawn and garden. Compost is            You don’t have to be a math           which requires less labor, but more
the dark, crumbly, earthy smelling     whiz to create a compost pile, but         patience. Cold or passive piles will
material that results from the de-
composition of organic materials.
                                       you do need to build the pile using
                                       a combination of “greens” (high in
                                                                                  produce compost in a year.
                                                                                        Leaves, newspapers, shrub           “Hi, my name is Bella and I’m an ador-                     Bella
Gardeners call finished compost        nitrogen) and “browns” (high in            trimmings, corn stalks, wood                able approximately three year old
“black gold” because when added        carbon). The ideal carbon to nitro-        chips, and sawdust are all good           female German Shepherd Dog/Black
to your lawn or garden, it supplies    gen ratio is 30:1, but equal weights       sources of carbon. Fruit and veg-         Labrador Retriever mix. I have a won-
nutrients and improves the overall     of grass clippings and shredded            etable scraps, grass clippings,            derful personality and I’ve never met
                                                                                                      coffee grounds,         a stranger. “Friendly” is my middle
                                                                                                      fresh hay, and        name! I get along great with children
                                                                                                      cow,       horse,     and other dogs but I’d be happier in a
                                                                                                      sheep, chicken,        home without cats. I’m a fully grown
                                                                                                      and rabbit ma-        and weigh about 40lbs. I’m up to date
                                                                                                      nure are fine        on vaccinations, spayed, house trained
                                                                                                      sources of ni-        and identification micro chipped. For
                                                                                                      trogen. Be care-       more information, please email kat-
                                                                                                      ful not to add or call 240-
                                                                                                      meat,      bones,     925-0628. Please Adopt, Don’t Shop!”
                                                                                                      dairy products,

                                                                                                                            Potty Train That Puppy
                                                                                                      oil, or dog or
                                                                                                      cat wastes to the
                                                                                                      pile. These items
                                                                                                      will attract pests
                                                                                                      or possibly in-
                                                                                                                            By Mary Beth Gates

                                                                                                      troduce disease.                  ately, we have been getting questions about potty training
                                                                                                            Ba ck ya rd                 puppies. Puppies have a difficult time “holding it” and just
                                                                                                      composting                        like a baby in diapers; they are used to just going when
                                                                                                      can drastically      they have to.
                                                                                                      reduce      waste          Puppies need to relieve themselves frequently; as often as once
                                                                                                      going to the         an hour. They should go outside immediately after eating, sleeping or
                                                                                                      landfill and by      playing. Learn the clues that indicate your puppy needs to potty.
                                                                                                      using compost,             These clues include: restlessness, sniffing the floor, or return-
                                                                                                      you are replen-      ing to a previously soiled spot. When you take your puppy outside
                                                                                                      ishing the rich      to potty, go to the same spot each time and don’t play. You want your
                                                                                                      humus in the         puppy to focus on one thing only during puppy potty training -- going
                                                                                                      soil.    Autumn      in the right area.
Master Gardeners, Jean McDougall, Lin Gauchat, both of Solomons, and Nancy       Radcliffe, of Lusby,
present the three stages of compost at the Calvert County Green Expo Sept. 27.                        provides your              As soon as your puppy potties, praise enthusiastically. Give your
                                                                                                      family with an       puppy a small food treat to reinforce the positive behavior. Some peo-
                                                                                                      opportunity to       ple find it helpful to have a word associated with elimination such as
                                                                                                      take part in one     “potty”.
soil structure.                        leaves will produce the perfect ra-        of nature’s most fascinating pro-              Ask the dog if he has to go potty, and after he is done say “good
      As autumn leaves fall, hun-      tio! The ideal “hot compost” pile          cesses—that of decomposition             potty.” Taking the pup out on a leash may also be helpful; particularly
dreds of tiny creatures are waiting    will measure 3’ x 3’ x 3’. Layer           and replenishment.                       if the elimination place is in the same area as the place he plays, for
to chew, shred, grind, and other-      carbon materials (browns) with                   Adapted from Home and              example the back yard.
wise digest the fallen debris. They    nitrogen materials (greens), add           Garden Information Center Memo                 When you are not home for short periods of time, plan on crating
excrete organic matter which is        water, and air. The temperature            #35. For more information visit          your pup or confining them to an area such as a kitchen and provide
food for millions of microorgan-       will rise to 130-170º F and you            the University of Maryland Ex-           weewee pads for him to relieve himself on.
isms. This natural process of de-      will be able to harvest your com-          tension Service Home and Garden                Accidents will happen in the training phase. If he relieves himself
composition provides an environ-       post in six-eight weeks. Turn the          Information Center, www.hgic.            in the house, don’t lose your temper, hit the puppy or rub his nose in
ment for nutrient transfer within      materials regularly so that fresh By NaNcy Radcliffe              it. Your pup could become frightened and confused about what you
the soil. These nutrients are as       materials, air, and water is avail-       (
                                                                                                                           expect. Clean the area with a good enzymatic cleaner and increase
                                                                                                                                                               your outside “potty” trips.

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                                                                                                                                                 Thursday, October-2009                        13
                                           On The

                              Local Officials Fear Ca
                               Hearings on
                                                                                       Leaders in Southern Maryland say             th
                                                                                 it would be a sad day for Maryland if the          th
                                                                                 deal to build a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs    m

                                                                                 Nuclear Power Plant fell through.                  bu
                                                                                       Many local Republicans and Demo-             be
                                                                                 crats alike are accusing Gov. Martin               no

                                                                                 O’Malley of playing politics with the multi-
                                                                                 billion dollar merger deal between Calvert         on
                                                                                 Cliff’s owner Constellation Energy Group           St

                                                                                 and Électricité de France (EDF).                   wo
                                                                                       With the question of playing politics        al
                                                                                 aside, local officials say negotiations that
                                                                                 would only benefit Baltimore Gas & Elec-           as
                                                                                 tric customers are ignoring the rest of the        be
                                   The Maryland Public Service Commis-           state.                                             to
                              sion (PSC) has extended its hearings on the              “There are a lot of different utilities      co
                              financial effects of the proposed merger be-       that purchase power from Constellation.
                              tween Électricité de France (EDF) and Con-         I’m not going to agree with the fact that it’s     en
                              stellation Energy Group, owner of Calvert          fair for one group of rate payers to perhaps       be
                              Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.                        receive a rebate, versus not considering all       lea
                                   Constellation has already received a          of the people,” said Delegate Sally Jameson        te
                              “Certificate of Public Convenience and Ne-         (D-Dist. 28), chairwoman of the Southern
                              cessity” from the state to build a third nuclear   Maryland Delegation.                               fir
                              reactor at Calvert Cliffs, a project that sup-           “We need our administration in An-           de
                              porters says would bring hundreds of mil-          napolis to be paying attention to Southern         a
                              lions of dollars in tax revenues, including        Maryland. I realize that in Maryland …             ce
                              an immediate $130 million in taxes from the        there are four or five jurisdictions that typi-    as
                              merger; 4,000 short-term construction jobs         cally elect governors. But I definitely want       po
                              and upwards of 400 permanent jobs at the           the administration to pay attention to the
                              plant in Lusby.                                    economic priorities of Southern Maryland,”         sa
                                                                                 said Gary Hodge, who is a Democrat on the          po
                                   But, officials for the companies involved
                                                                                 Charles County Board of Commissioners              ad
                              have said plans for the third reactor would        and chairman of Tri-County Council for
                              be jeopardized if the merger does not go           Southern Maryland.                                 O’
                              through. The merger would transfer nearly                “What has (O’Malley) done for rate           ex
                              $4.5 billion, or 49.99 percent, of Constella-      relief for the customers of Pepco, or the          ste
                              tion’s nuclear assets to EDF.                      customers of Allegany Power, or the cus-           no
                                   Gov. Martin O’Malley called for the           tomers of SMECO?” asked Delegate Tony
                              PSC hearings on the merger deal to make            O’Donnell (R-Dist. 29C), minority leader           He
                              sure Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) cus-           in the Maryland House of Delegates, “What          bi
                              tomers are not harmed by the deal.                 he doesn’t care about the rest of the state?       w
                                   The PSC is reviewing how the merger           He’s willing to jeopardize a potentially           “Y
                              would affect BGE customers, a Constellation        $10 billion new nuclear power plant for a
                              subsidiary, and whether the deal would serve       small benefit, for small part of the state, it’s   sa
                              the public interest.                               ridiculous.”                                       O’
                                   In June, O’Malley proposed a settlement             “I don’t want anything to jeopardize
                              that would require BGE Maryland residential
                              customers to receive a one-time credit of 10
                              percent of an average annual bill by the end
                              of 2009.
                                   State Attorney General Douglas Gansler
                              pressed the PSC for more hearing dates after
                              the final details of the merger deal were re-
                              leased, which he claimed the companies pur-
                              posefully held back until after the hearings
                              ended last month.
                                   Constellation officials say there have
                              been no substantive changes, and Maryland
                              would still receive the estimated $130 million
                              in tax payments soon after the deal is sealed.
                                   The additional hearings are set for Oct.
                              14 and, if needed, Oct. 15, in the Commis-
                              sion’s 16 Floor Hearing Room, William Don-
                              ald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, Balti-
                              more. By Sean Rice (

14   Thursday, October-2009
                                                                                                                                      On The Cover
Calvert Cliffs Expansion May Be in Jeopardy
ay     the expansion of the plant,” said Hodge. “I
he     think it’s unfortunate that projects of this
ffs    magnitude and complexity get entangled in
       bureaucratic turf wars … I think it would
 o-    be a real setback for the community here to
tin    not have this go forward.”
 ti-         Jameson said her recent visit to France
ert    on behalf of the National Conference of
up     State Legislators showed her that EDF is a
       world-class company that is building plants
ics    all over the globe.
hat          “They’re good at what they do and we
ec-    as a state need to make them feel welcome,
 he    because they are very clear, they don’t want
       to be somewhere where they are not wel-
ies    come,” Jameson said.
on.          Aside from the windfall of tax rev-
 t’s   enues, the state would also receive added
 ps    benefits, such as Maryland becoming a
all    leader in the U.S. in the field of nuclear
on     technology.
 rn          “We may very well end up being the
       first area to build a new nuclear reactor in
 n-    decades, therefore that is going to generate
 rn    a lot of interest in Maryland,” she said. “I
…      certainly don’t want Maryland to be known
pi-    as a state where we make it difficult for cor-
ant    porations to get here.”
 he          Delegate John Wood (D-Dist.29 A)
d,”    said that the current situation smacked of
 he    political gamesmanship on the part of the
ers    administration.                                                                                     Photo By Frank Marquart
for          Wood said that several years ago           Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant
       O’Malley’s campaign pledge to not allow
ate    excessive electricity rates desired by Con-
 he    stellation Energy and others failed, and that    from,” Wood said. “There’s no question in      ernor neglects to point
us-    now he might be seeking retribution.             anyone’s mind [the new reactor is] need-       out that BGE rates
 ny          “I don’t know if he’s playing a game.      ed. A third reactor won’t do anything but      are the same or lower
der    He may want to make them bleed a little          help.”                                         than other Maryland
hat    bit because Constellation didn’t do what he            Not only would the third reactor aid     utilities’ rates and that
 e?    wanted two or three years ago,” Wood said.       in production of more energy that an ever      BGE ratepayers were
lly    “You know how politics is.”                      growing state needs to avoid expected          among the last in the
ra           Other than the first theory, Wood          shortages, officials have said, but it would   state to transition from
 t’s   said, he could not make much sense of            also give the state an instant cash infusion   frozen and artificially re-
       O’Malley’s demands.                              of $130 million in business related taxes.     duced rates.”
 ze          “I don’t know where he’s coming                  Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist.29B) said            DO’Donnell said the
                                                        that he believed the project would eventu-     PSC has already performed
                                   Submitted Photo      ally happen but that the decision had to be    “its due diligence” on the proj-
                                                        made soon.                                     ect, after an 18-month review of the
                                                              “I have expressed to the governor we     new reactor proposal,
                                                        don’t what to see the project derailed in            “What the governor is now doing is,
                                                        any way and we need to move forward,”          to me, highly unprofessional, where he is
                                                        Bohanan said. “I have full confidence we’ll                                       Constella-
                                                                                                       trying to ratchet money out of Constella              “We’re looking to be part of that, it’s
                                                        get it done.”                                  tion,” O’Donnell said. “Unfortunately, most     another source of employment,” Schaller
                                                              The Board of Commissioners in Cal-       Southern Marylanders would get none of          said. “Anywhere from 35 percent of the
                                                        vert County, on the other hand, are starting   that benefit, only Baltimore Gas and Elec-      employees at Calvert Cliffs are from this
                                                        to lose confidence in O’Malley’s ability to    tric ratepayers. To me that’s ridiculous and    county.”
                                                        get the job done.                              it borders on extortion.”                             “Your talking about the first new reac-
                                                              The commissioners authored a letter            Pundits in St. Mary’s County say that     tor built in the last 20 to 25 years, you could
                                                        last week accused O’Malley of trying to        the third reactor represents not only an in-    be at the forefront of that technology… and
                                                        “torpedo” the project with his demands.        crease in economic prosperity, but also an      if we get into a political fight someone else
                                                              “O’Malley’s myopic focus on BGE          opportunity to stay ahead on cutting edge       is going to get that reactor and we’ll be out
                                                        ratepayers is curious,” the commissioners’     technology.                                     in left field wondering what we did wrong,”
                                                        letter states. “In 2008 his administration           St. Mary’s chief economic develop-        said Todd Morgan, president of the South-
                                                        squeezed $187 million in customer rebates      ment officer, Bob Schaller, said that the       ern Maryland Navy Alliance.
                                                        from the utility, yet he continues to sound    county still has high hopes of getting some           “It’s almost a no-brainer.” By Sean Rice
                                                        the alarm on further “risks” that the joint    of the 4,000 construction jobs that would be    and Guy LeonaRd (
                                                        venture holds for BGE customers. The gov-      needed to build the new reactor.
                                                                                                                                                  Thursday, October-2009                         15
       Ban on Texting                                         Speed Cameras Among Other New Laws
       While Driving                                               ANNAPOLIS (AP) In addition            10 year period. Other new laws crim-       2007.

        Takes Effect                                          to a new law banning text messaging
                                                              while driving, several other new laws
                                                              also took effect Oct. 1.
                                                                                                         inalize supplying alcohol to minors
                                                                                                         and increase penalties for violating
                                                                                                         driving restrictions resulting from a
                                                                                                                                                          Other high-profile laws that took
                                                                                                                                                    effect Oct. 1:
                                                                                                                                                          • Maryland will become the first
      ANNAPOLIS - “BTW,” “LOL” and “TTYL”                          Speed-monitoring cameras will         previous conviction.                       state to include homeless people in a
are now outlawed from the driver’s seat for Maryland          now be allowed near schools and                 Laws to protect victims of do-        hate crimes statute. The state’s hate-
motorists.                                                    highway work zones to zap speeders         mestic violence, a central public          crimes law allows prosecutors to
      (For the non-texters, the acronyms above stand          with $40 fines, if they go at least 12     safety initiative of O’Malley’s and        seek stronger penalties for those who
for “by the way,” “laughing out loud,” and “talk to you       miles an hour over the posted limit.       Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s during the        target people because of race, ethnic-
later.”)                                                      The legislation was particularly con-      legislative session, also are taking ef-   ity, religion and sexual orientation.
      Regardless of texting IQ, a state law prohibiting       tentious, failing on the first full Sen-   fect. Brown, whose cousin was shot               • Capital punishment in Mary-
most cell phone text messaging while driving went into        ate vote before senators decided to        to death last summer by an estranged       land also will be limited to murder
effect Oct. 1.                                                reconsider the idea and approved it.       boyfriend, led efforts to take guns        cases with biological or conclusive
      “There’s just no way a person can use both hands             A group opposing the law tried        away from abusers.                         videotaped evidence. O’Malley’s
on an electronic device and focus on a conversation and       to collect 53,000 signatures to over-           People who have a final protec-       push to ban the death penalty ran
at the same time drive safely,” said Sen. Jamie Raskin,       turn it in a referendum, but the effort    tive orders filed against them will be     into a sharply divided state Senate,
D-Montgomery, a co-sponsor of the bill. “It makes no          failed.                                    required by a judge to give up any         and lawmakers settled on the com-
sense.”                                                            Laws affecting drunk driv-            firearms. Judges also will be able         promise as a safeguard to reduce the
      Texting is one of the most distracting things a driv-   ers also take effect. People who are       to take guns away from people who          chances of an innocent person being
er can do behind the wheel, said Dr. John Lee, an engi-       convicted twice of impaired driv-          have temporary protective orders           executed while keeping the law on
neering professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madi-        ing crimes will have their license         against them for the duration of the       the books.
son. Speaking Wednesday at the Distracted Driving             automatically suspended for a year.        protective order.
Summit, a two-day conference organized by the U.S.            The state also won’t allow convicted            Maryland has seen an increase
Department of Transportation in Washington, Lee said          drunken drivers to receive probation       in domestic violence deaths, with 75
texting was “the perfect storm” of distraction because it     before judgment more than once in a        fatalities in 2008 compared to 52 in
takes the driver’s eyes, hands and brain off the road.
      “I’m sure there are worse things [than texting], but
it’s hard to imagine them,” Lee said.

                                                                        Despite Cuts, Layoffs Local Health
      In Maryland, more than 30 percent of the roughly
95,000 traffic accidents last year resulted from distract-
ed driving, according to the Maryland State Highway
Administration. While this includes not only texting but
also eating and talking on a cell phone, Lori Rakowski,                 Departments Ready for Swine Flu
spokesman for MSHA, said it’s “impossible” to text and
drive safely at the same time.                                     WASHINGTON - County health officials say they               staff members to meet a $900,000 budget cut, according
      “Clearly, distraction plays a major role in crashes,”   are prepared for the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic despite              to Dr. Peter Beilenson, health officer at the department.
Rakowski said. “The texting law sends a positive mes-         layoffs and service cuts necessitated by the state budget             “Yes, it will affect the department,” Beilenson said.
sage that drivers should avoid distractions and focus on      shortfall, but they remain worried about the effects on          “Clearly, by having fewer staff, it becomes difficult to
safe driving.                                                 other programs.                                                  deal with the (H1N1) situation.”
      Maryland joins 18 other states that have already             The health departments hope to combat the staff                  The department, however, plans to “fill the gap” by
outlawed texting, with nine additional states banning         shortage by hiring temporary nurses for the H1N1 vac-            working with fire and rescue and hiring temporary nurses
the practice for young and inexperienced drivers.             cination campaign. These nurses will be paid using the           to administer H1N1 vaccines, when they become avail-
      While the law only prohibits writing and sending        federal Public Health Emergency Response grants pro-             able. Howard County will receive a $600,000 PHER
text messages -- reading them is still legal -- Maryland      vided to states through the Centers for Disease Control          grant, Beilenson said.
State Police spokesman Elena Russo was confident that         and Prevention, officials said.                                       In total, Maryland will receive more than $4.5 mil-
police would be able to tell the difference.                       The H1N1 vaccines are expected to be available by           lion in PHER grants, according to a Department of Health
      “Like everything else, people are going to be bla-      mid-October,            and Maryland’s MedImmune will            and Human Services press release in July.
tant about texting and driving,” Russo                                                   be the first vaccine manufac-              St. Mary’s County Health Department announced 12
said, noting that a driver writing                                                        turer to provide the vaccines in     layoffs “as a consequence of state budget cuts for county
a message is clearly distinguish-                                                         the form of nasal sprays, CDC        health departments” last week.
able from one who is merely                                                                announced.                               The layoffs which included “mostly support staff”
reading one, particularly with                                                                  In the second round            would not affect “any vaccination or immunization pro-
the full keyboards offered on                                                             of state budget cuts since           gram,” according to Tracy Kubinec, St. Mary’s deputy
many cell phones. “You can                                                                July, Maryland Gov. Martin           health officer.
tell when someone is                                                                     O’Malley proposed a reduc-                 “We fully intend to man the clinics,” Kubinec
texting while driv-                                                                      tion of $454 million last month.      said. “This will, however, put a strain on some other
ing.” By BoBBy                                                                           Those cuts have rippled through       activities.”
McMahon                                                                                 other departments, including lo-            Kubinec also said her department expects $118,000
(capital news                                                                                     cal health agencies.         in PHER grants for implementation and personnel for
Service)                                                                                                 The       Howard      mass vaccination clinics on top of the $149,000 it’s al-
                                                                                                     County Health De-         ready received for planning, Kubinec said. By SharMina
                                                                                                      partment will lay off    Manandhar (capital news Service)
                                                                                                       10 percent of its 160
                                                                                        Staff Photo

16        Thursday, October-2009
       Bert E. Hubbard, 81                           Erin Rochelle Norris, 11                  Virginia “Carol” Viado, 72                   Mary Ruth Lacock, 79
      Bert E. Hubbard, 81, a member of                E r i n                                    Virginia “Carol” Viado, 72, of             Mary Ruth Lacock, 79, of Lusby
the mathematics faculty at the University       Rochelle                                    Lusby, MD formerly of Oxon Hill, MD        MD, went to be with the Lord Septem-
of Maryland, College Park, for 30 years,        Norris, 11,                                 passed away on September 24, 2009 at       ber 18, 2009.
died Oct. 3 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in     of      Lusby,                              Solomons Nursing Home, Solomons,                Mary was born February 12, 1930
Prince Frederick following a recurrence of      p a s s e d                                 MD.                                        in Huntington, WV, daughter of the
bladder cancer. Since his retirement in 1991    away Sept.                                       She was born on January 9, 1937       late Lloyd Wilmoth and Ada Burns
he had lived in Port Republic, Md.
                                                29, 2009 in                                 in Washington, DC to the late War-         Wilmoth Clark Adkins.
      While Dr. Hubbard had an extensive
background in mathematics research and          C h i ld r e n’s                            ren Michael and Florence Elizabeth              She was preceded in death by hus-
the universi-                                   Hospital,                                   Schaeffer.                                  band, Henry Lacock; sisters, Helen
ty’s graduate                                    Wa s h i n g -                                  Carol                                  Litchfield Jones, Thelma “Pete” Grant
program, he                                      ton, DC.                                   graduated                                   Lang, Madeline Hill Robinson; broth-
preferred not                                         She was                               from Oxon                                   er, Lloyd Wilmoth and half brother
to stray far                                     born       Au-                             Hill High                                   James Leslie Wilmoth.
from the un-                                     gust 6, 1998                               School and                                       She is survived by her daughter
dergraduate                                      in Leonar-                                 went       on                               and son-in-law, Gail and Jack Che-
classroom. He                                    dtown, MD                                  to work at                                  nevey of Lusby, MD; brother Floyd
considered it                                    to Dawn Marie Norris and Ernest I.         G.C. Mur-                                   “Ford” Wilmoth of Huntington, WV;
essential for                                    Norris, Jr. She is survived by her moth-   phy’s as a                                  two grandchildren, Susan Willey of
students to be                                   er, father, her sister Rachel Marie Nor-   Retail Stock                                Annandale, VA, Dr. Jennifer Willey
fully compe-                                     ris, her brother Joshua Shane Norris,      Clerk. She                                  of Las Vegas, NV, and two step grand-
tent in algebra                                  and many family and friends.               moved       to                                                      children;
and calculus
before purs-                                          Erin was a very special treasure      Lusby, MD                                                           Tonya Chen-
ing more advanced work in mathematics            from the day she was born and brought      in Septem-                                                          evey of New
and the sciences in general.                    much happiness and joy to her family        ber of 1994.                                                        London, CT,
      In 1992 he was named emeritus profes-     and friends. She loved everyone and         Carol loved                                                         and     Isaac
sor of the University of Maryland in recog-     would quickly give smiles, hugs, and        going out to eat, had a large Doll and                              Chenevey of
nition of his outstanding work with students    kisses. It seemed that love just flowed     Bell collection, and loved all animals,                             Long Beach,
at all levels.                                  out of her and people were immediately      especially her dogs. Carol’s favorite                               CA.
      Born Aug. 6, 1928, in Cameron, Ill.,      drawn to her sweet spirit. She cared for    thing to do was spending time with her                                   The fam-
Dr. Hubbard received his BS degree from         people very much and it would upset         great granddaughter Lillian.                                        ily received
what is now Western Illinois University. Ad-    her if someone was sick or hurt so she           Carol is survived by her daughter                              friends    on
vanced degrees were earned the University       would pray for them to be healed. She       Debbie Lee Viado and friend Michael                                 Tu e s d a y,
of Iowa and the University of Maryland.         loved workbooks and markers, bubbles,       Oswald of Lusby, MD; brothers, War-                                 September
      In Navy service during the early 1950s,   butterflies, hummingbirds, and spend-       ren M. “Sonny” Schaeffer and wife                                   22,     2009
he was both an explosive ordnance dispos-       ing time with her friends, especially       Joan of Oxon Hill, MD, and Kenneth                                  from 4 – 6
al officer and diving officer on an aircraft
                                                her classmates and neighbors. But her       W. Schaeffer and wife Scottie of GA,                                PM in the
      Before joining the University of Mary-    best friend who she enjoyed the most        formerly of Accokeek, MD; grandchil-       Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby,
land staff, Dr. Hubbard was a mathemati-        was her big sister, Rachel. They were       dren, Christopher M. Viado and Jona-       MD where a funeral service was held
cian with the U.S. Naval Ordnance Labo-         buddies and Erin enjoyed their special      than E. Bell both of Lusby, MD; great      at 6 PM with Rev. William Davis of-
ratory for six years. He was the author of      times together.                             grandchild, Lillian Joy Viado; and niec-   ficiating. Graveside services were
technical books and a member of numerous              The family received friends on        es Darlene, Dawn, and Melissa.             held, Thursday, September 24, 2009
professional organizations.                     Friday, October 2, 2009 in the Patux-            The family received friends on        in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington,
      An avid hiker and outdoorsman, he         ent River Assembly of God, 45020            Thursday, October 1, 2009 in the           WV where she was buried next to her
biked the many trails in the Washington,        Patuxent Beach Road, California, MD         Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby,          late husband.
D.C., area. He loved classical music, was a     20619. Prayers were recited at 6:30 p.m.    MD. Funeral Services were held on
determined learner even in his late years,      A Funeral Service was held on Satur-        Friday, October 2, 2009 in the funeral
and never lost his passion as an advocate       day, October 3, 2009 with Pastor Lanny      home chapel with Rev. William Davis
of social justice. Dr. Hubbard and his wife     Clark officiating. Interment followed in    officiating. Interment will be private.
were volunteers in a Prince Frederick           Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonard-
homeless shelter for five years.
                                                town, MD.
      Dr. Hubbard was a founding mem-
ber of the United Christian Church in                 Serving as pallbearers were:
California, Md. His entire life he was ac-      Brandon Elliott, Robert Elliott, Joey
tive in the Christian (Disciples of Christ)     Burch, Jeff Mayor, Carl Butler and Joe
denomination.                                   Caruso.
      Survivors include his wife Sylvia,              Contributions may be made to the
whom he married in 1980; a son, David           Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad &
N. Hubbard, Silver Spring, and a daughter,      Fire Department, P.O. Box 189, Solo-
Bari L. Langley, Ellicott City, both from his   mons, MD 20688 or Victory Junc-
marriage to his first wife, Doris, who died     tion Gang Camp, 4500 Adam’s Way,
in 1976; stepson Richard A. Rogers, Port        Randleman, NC 27317.
St. John, Fla., and stepdaughter, Ronda A.            Condolences to the family may be
Clark, Fort Lee, Va.                            made at
      The family is especially saddened         Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funer-
by the fact that 11 grandchildren and two       al Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
great-grandchildren have lost a wise and
loving grandparent.
      Arrangements by Bausch Funeral
Home, Port Republic, Md.
                                                                                                                                Thursday, October-2009                   17
      Raymond Herbert, 83                    mind on something, there wasn’t a task              Nancy Sue Lowe, 63                           She was one of twelve children born
                                             that he couldn’t handle. He enjoyed                                                         to the late Joseph and Annie Holland in
     Raymond Herbert, 83, of Washing-        gardening, cooking, reading, complet-             Nancy Sue Lowe, 63, of Lusby MD,          Calvert County, Maryland. Nine sib-
                              ton, DC        ing word search puzzles, tinkering and                                      passed          lings, Edward (Brooks) Holland, Rosher
                              passed         making people laugh from his funny                                          away       at   (Roach) Holland, Thomas (Tommy) Hol-
                              away on        and corny jokes. He was affectionately                                      her resi-       land, Norman (Banks) Holland, Eugene
                              September      called “Parr”, “Chief” and “Police-                                         dence on        (Jake) Holland, Ralph Holland, Carroll
                              18, 2009 at    man #1” by many who knew and loved                                          September       (Sonny) Holland, Annie Hall and Fran-
                              Washing-       him.                                                                        16, 2009.       ces Haskins all preceded her in death.
                              ton Hospi-          He leaves to cherish with fond                                         N a n c y            Marie attended Calvert County
                              tal Center,    memories: His loving and devoted wife,                                      was born        Public Schools and joined Wards United
                              Washing-       Landous; six children: Shirlene Booth;                                      on     May      Methodist Church at an early age. She
                              ton, DC.       Dexter Herbert, Sr., (Melissa); Deborah                                     4, 1946 in      was a faithful and dedicated member of
                              Ray mond       Banks; Denise Herbert; Deana Herbert;                                       Annapo-         this church and after relocating to Wash-
                              Herbert        Derrick Herbert (Darlene); two broth-                                       lis, MD,        ington, DC she continued to worship at
                              (Ch ief )      ers, Lawrence Herbert, Jr., and Robert                                      daughter        God’s Deliverance Center, Southeast
                              was born       Chambers; ten grandchildren: Anthony                                        of the late     Washington, DC.
                              on     July    Ellis, Michelle Fletcher, Michelle                                          Jesse Hugh           Upon moving to Washington, DC,
                              11, 1926,           Crawford, Melissa Booth, Melinda                                       Trott, Jr.      she lived with her brother, Tommy and
                              to the late    Booth, Richard Booth, Jr., Dexter V.        and Anita Franklin Trott. She was the           assisted him in caring for his foster chil-
                              Lawrence       Herbert, Jr., Devon Banks-Moulden,          step-daughter of Celeste H. Trott King.         dren. She ensured they were nurtured
and Mary Frances Herbert in Sunder-          Dale H. Banks, Jr., and Dominique Her-            She is survived by her loving daugh-      and cared for until they became adults.
land, Maryland.                              bert; twelve great grandchildren: Antho-    ter Stacey Graves of Lusby, MD and be-               She began her work career as a do-
     Raymond attended Chesapeake             ny Ellis, Brian Fletcher, Sanai Williams,   loved grandchildren Wil “B. J.” Brady of        mestic worker in Washington, DC and
Beach Public Schools. At a young age,        Fletcher Watson, Dale Booth, Danielle       Prince Frederick, MD and Ashley Graves          loved cooking, cleaning and commu-
he worked as a farmer before enlisting       Booth, Donte Booth, Deonte Banks,           of Lusby, MD.                                   nicating with those she worked for as
in the U.S. Army in 1945 during World        Diamond Herbert, Daiyanna Herbert,                Nancy was affectionately known            well as her family. Her favorite pastimes
War II, and received a honorable dis-        Damaris Herbert , Monet Crawford and        as grandma to R. J., Juliet, Ethan, Hope,       were dusting and humming one of those
charge. In 1949, Raymond moved to            a host of other relatives and friends.      Jake, Kailey and Juliana as well as numer-      good old spiritual hymns.
Washington, DC where he worked as a               His son Gregory Ellis and brothers     ous others. Nancy graduated from South-              Marie met and married the late Jo-
construction worker, truck driver, and       Wayne Herbert and Russell Howe pre-         ern High School in 1964. She moved from         seph Jenkins and to this union two chil-
a security guard until his retirement in     ceded him in death.                         Annapolis, MD in 1974 and relocated to          dren were born, William Holland bet-
1991.                                             Funeral service was held on Fri-       Calvert County where she resided with           ter known as Essie, who preceded her
     Raymond married the lovely, Land-       day, September 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM at      her daughter Stacey until the time of her       in death and Gloria Mackall, known as
ous M. Booth, June 3, 1961. Raymond          Peace Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.      death. Nancy was a sales representative         Pick. She also had four grandchildren to
and Landous were married for 48 years        with Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell officiat-     for Stanley Home Products for most of her       precede her in death.
and from this union were born five chil-     ing. The interment was at Cheltenham        life. In her spare time Nancy loved to play          She loved family and had several
dren: Dexter, Deborah, Denise, Deana         Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.          bingo.                                          who were near and dear to her heart that
and Derrick. Raymond was a kind and               The pallbearers were Dale H.                 A memorial service was held on            preceded her in death also, two nieces,
loving husband and father who always         Banks, Jr., Dexter V. Herbert, Jr., Wayne   Sunday, October 4, at St. James Parrish,        Odell and June and a dear friend, Glendi
encouraged his family to trust in God.       Herbert III, Wayne Herbert II, Willie       Lothian, MD with Father William H. C.           Chew.
He was highly devoted to his mother.         Freeman, and Mark Taylor. The honor-        Ticknor officiating. Interment is private.           Marie leaves to cherish her mem-
Chief lived his life based on a positive     ary pallbearers were George Blakeney,             Should friends desire memorial con-       ory, one daughter, Gloria Mackall of
set of values: Love one Another, Hon-        Nelson Daniels, Rodney Thomas, and          tributions may be made in her memory to         Huntingtown, MD; one daughter-in-
or Your Mother and Father, and Treat         Michael Tyson.                              the charity of your choice. Arrangements        law, Bertina Holland of Washington,
Others How You Would Like to Be                   Funeral arrangements provided by       by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby,       DC; thirteen grandchildren, Darlene,
Treated.                                     Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick,      MD.                                             Jocelyn, Bryon, Derrick, Angus, Beni-
     Raymond was a driven man of             MD.                                                                                         ta, Dean, Judy, Wendy, Patricia, Keith,
many talents and gifts. Once he set his                                                                                                  Regina and Marilyn; two sisters, Doro-
                                                                                            Marie Holland Jenkins, 100                   thy Pinkney and Louise Morsell of Sun-
                                                                                                                                         derland, MD; a special nephew, Fred
                                                                                               Marie Holland Jenkins, 100, of            Holland of Sunderland, MD; four spe-
               Where Life and Heritage are Celebrated                                                               Hunting-             cial nieces, Vera, Marietta, Laverne and
                                                                                                                    town, MD             Vernita; a very dear and special friend,
                                                                                                                                         Mildred Edward of Washington, DC
                                                During a difficult                                                  quietly
                                                                                                                    slipped              and a host of nieces , nephews, cousins,
                                            time… still your best choice.                                           away on              other relatives and friends.
                                                                                                                    Fr i d a y,               Funeral service was held on Satur-
                                                                                                                    Septem-              day, September 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM at
                                         Affordable Funerals, Caskets, Vaults,                                      ber     11,          Mt. Gethsemane Holiness Church with
                                      Cremation Services and Pre-Need Planning                                      2 0 0 9              Elder Robert Watts officiating. The in-
                                            Family Owned and Operated by                                            at      the          terment was at Wards UM Church, Ow-
                                             Barbara Rausch and Bill Gross                                          Calver t             ings, MD.                                                                                         County                    The pallbearers were Stephen Col-
                                                                                                                    Nursing              lins, Calvin Holland, Philander Holland,
        Owings                 Port Republic                      Lusby                                             Center,              Mark Robinson, Delante’ Scott, Sr. and
  8325 Mt. Harmony Lane 4405 Broomes Island Rd.               20 American Lane                                      Prince               Lincoln Washington.
      410-257-6181                410-586-0520                 410-326-9400                                         Fre de r-                 Funeral arrangements provided by
                                                                                          ick, MD.                                       Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick,
18       Thursday, October-2009

           Smartest Improvement?
                                                                                                                                        Heal h
                                                                                                                 Health Care
            A Safety Renovation                                                                               You Can Count On
                                                                                                                                                             By Congressman
                                                                                                                                                              Steny H. Hoyer
                                                                                                                                               there are many fundamental ideas that
                                                                                                                                               most agree need to be part of a final re-
                                                                                                                                               form bill.
                                                                                                                                                     First, reform will build on the cur-
                                                                                                                                               rent system of employer-sponsored
                                                                                                                                               health care. It adds to that system greater
                                                                                                                                               peace of mind for workers: if they lose
                                                                                                                                               or change jobs, they will still be guaran-
                                                                                                                                               teed affordable, high-quality insurance
                                                                                                                                               through a national health insurance ex-
                                                                                                                                               change where private plans will compete
                                                                                                                                               for their business.

                                                                                                               ealth insurance reform is es-         Second, reform will provide secu-
                                                                                                               sential for our families, our   rity and stability for the middle class. We
                                                                                                               businesses, and our country.    will protect families from medical bank-
                                                                                                       Our families are being strained by      ruptcy and limit out-of-pocket costs. We
                                                                                                  skyrocketing premiums. If we do noth-        will also end insurance companies’ deni-
                                                                                                  ing, the average Maryland family can ex-     al of coverage for those with pre-existing
                                                                                                  pect to spend nearly $25,000 per year on     conditions - everything from cancer and
                                                                                                  health care premiums by 2016, up from        diabetes to pregnancy and asthma. And
                                                                                                  $12,000 now. Across America, families        we will eliminate caps, so that no insur-
                                                                                                  are dealing with the same out-of-control     ance company can tell a patient that they
                                                                                                  costs: this decade, premiums have risen      have gotten too sick for the coverage they
                                                                                                  three times faster than wages, meaning       paid for.
                                                                                                  that health care eats up a bigger and big-         Third, reform will bring cover-
                                                                                                  ger share of your budget every year.         age to America’s uninsured. Not only
                                                                                                       Our businesses are also struggling      will a healthier country provide an eco-
                                                                                                  under the burden of an outdated system.      nomic boost; broader coverage will end

          nstalling a new roof, updating a       eries and clothing.                              Starbucks spends more on health care         the “hidden tax” of about $1,100 in each
          kitchen, adding another room to             • Don’t store flammable items, or just      than coffee; GM spends more on health        family’s premium that goes to subsidize
          a home -- these are the things that    about anything too close to furnaces or hot      care than steel. American companies pay      the care of the uninsured.
come to mind when one thinks of a home-          water tanks.                                     twice as much for health care as their             Fourth, if you have Medicare, your
improvement project. However, what good               • Carefully monitor the electrical sys-     foreign competitors—a serious handicap       health care will not change and reforms
are these improvements if you don’t also         tem for shorts and sparks. Do not run cords      that can send jobs overseas. And small       will strengthen the program by ending
renovate the way you think about safety in       under rugs or heavy furniture, and do not        businesses continue to struggle to cover     the prescription drug “donut hole” that
the home? A safety hazard can quickly esca-      overload electrical outlets.                     their workers; their premiums going up       arbitrarily cuts off many seniors’ pre-
late and ruin all of your hard work.                  • Keep chemical cleaning products,          by 129% in this decade.                      scription drug coverage, eliminating
      According to recent accident statis-       home-repair items, like paint and mineral                                                     cost-sharing for preventative care and
                                                                                                       Finally, our country will face a dire
tics from the National Safety Council, the       spirits, and tools under lock and key or out                                                  enhancing access to your doctors.
National Center for Injury Prevention and        of reach of children.                            fiscal future without reform. In 2006,
                                                                                                  health care costs ate up 16% of our econ-          Fifth and finally, the insurance ex-
Control and other advocacy groups, approx-            • Do not store combustible materials
                                                                                                  omy. If we do nothing, by 2025, health       change helps small business owners get
imately 45 percent of unintentional injury       like newspapers and rags in the basement or
deaths occurred in and around the home.          garage.                                          care will take up a quarter of our econo-    lower rates on insurance. By leveraging
Unintentional home injury deaths to chil-             • Burn only dry, seasoned hardwood in       my—and within this century, one out of       the purchasing power that now is only
dren are caused primarily by fire and burns,     your fireplace, and regularly have the chim-     every two dollars spent in America will      available to their larger competitors,
suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, chok-    ney inspected and cleaned.                       eventually be going to health care.          small businesses will find it easier to
ing, and poisoning.                                   • Install a working smoke detector and           Health care reform has been on the      cover their employees.
      It is important to keep safety in mind     carbon monoxide detector on every floor of       national agenda since the days of Teddy            From those who have every been
with everything you do as a homeowner.           the home.                                        Roosevelt—but today, we are closer than      denied coverage for a pre-existing condi-
Therefore, take the time to assess these areas        • Inspect surrounding trees and cut         ever to achieving the goal. All five con-    tion, or have seen their health care costs
of potential concern as part of any home-im-     down any dead limbs. If a tree doesn’t seem      gressional committees with jurisdiction      eat up more of their budgets every year,
provement plans:                                 sound to you, bring in an expert tree service    have come forward with bills, and we are     and everyone who has struggled with the
      • Periodically check your hot water        to remove it. You don’t want a tree crashing     now in the middle of an extensive public     inefficiencies and inequities of our cur-
tank, washing machine, dishwasher, and re-       down during a powerful storm.                    debate about various proposals. While        rent health care system, these common-
frigerator icemaker to see if they are secure         • Make sure steps, both indoors and         some issues remain under discussion,         sense reforms are long overdue.
and leak-free.                                   outdoors, are level and intact. Install better
      • Keep supplemental heating sources,       lighting at entryways to improve safety.
such as wood-burning stoves, or kerosene,             • Install a safety fence around a pool                The South Calvert Gazette welcomes comments both
propane or electrical heaters at least 3 feet    with a locked gate.                                             in agreement or opposing this viewpoint.
away from flammable items including drap-
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20 Thursday, October-2009
A Life on The Water – Like Father, Like Son
By Capt. Dale Weems                                     I made a turn and
                                                  told him to take the

              s a Charter Captain I fish a lot    wheel. As I entered the
              and I enjoy it very much.           cabin to get something,
                   I started as a young boy       he proceeded to let his
with my father in an old plywood boat             mother know that she
made by Broadwater Boats. Fishing here            should be ready to take
in the Solomons area some 40 years ago,           over when we caught a
a lot of good memories - and values were          fish.
passed down over the years with the time                As he ran to the
spent on the water with him.                      back of the boat telling
      There were days I didn’t want to be         her to take the wheel, to
anywhere else and as I got older there were       get the rod that had the
days as a pre-teen and teenager that I didn’t     largest Spanish macker-
want to be there at all. There were lots of       el of the day, and of his
other things a young boy could get into be-       young career.
sides going fishing with the old man.                   Once it was in the
      He’s gone now and I would give any-         boat I told him it may be
thing to be able to go fishing with him           a citation size fish but it
again. But the seed had been planted, and         missed it by a half inch,
the passion for the sport continues to grow       it didn’t matter to him
to this day.                                      -- it was the biggest he
      Now I have a 9-year-old son named           had ever caught. and my        Captain Weems and son Josh with his big catch. Below,
                                                  heart swelled with pride       Captain Weems and Josh during his early days.
Josh who has been fishing with me since
before he was born (at 8 months pregnant          when he asked if he
my wife would tell me “slow this boat             could get it mounted.
down or I’m going to have this baby right               His birthday was in
here!”).                                          2 weeks so we said we
      I would strap his car seat to the seat of   would check into it, and
the boat before he could walk, and we be-         thanks to Mr. George
lieve he learned to walk very early because       McGinnity at Mcgin-
of the time spent on the boat. Some of his        nity Marine Art we made it a surprise gift
first words were “FISH ON”.                       for him.T
      I know as he gets older there will more           he smile and the look on his face when
things that he will get involved in like          he opened it told me that 40 years from
baseball, soccer and eventually girls. I’m        now hopefully in this same publication
sure the day will come that the last thing he     there might be a story very similar to this
wants to do is go fishing with the old man.       one. The authors may be different but the

                                                                                                                        H OM E R E MOD E
And that’s OK - because at the end of Au-         last names may be the same.
                                                        A note to all fisherman out there --
gust this year I found out that I also planted
a seed in a young fisherman that I hope will      pass it on!                                                                            LI N G
continue to grow just as mine did.
                                                                                                                        & CONST RU CT IO
      We were fishing out in the bay catch-       Capt Dale Weems, Time Off Charters
ing blue fish and Spanish Mackerel. I was           (410-808-3832)
driving and watching him at 8-years-
old catch, leader and boat -- better
than 15 fish in no time at all.                                                                                                  • Additions
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                                                                                                                                          Thursday, October-2009              21
Sp rts
Panthers Defeat Patriots,
Taitano Scores Four Times
             he Patuxent Panthers returned home           with five catches for 44 yards, and on the defensive
             to Lusby Friday night, Oct. 2, for a big     side of the ball, Francis Baker had 11 tackles.
             county rivalry game against Northern               The previous week did not go as well when
– the Panthers scored first and never looked back in      Patuxent headed to Pomfret to face the improving
their 40-13 victory against the Patriots.                 pistol spread offense of McDonough and losing 34-
      With the Northern defense keying on star run-       14. The first few games were a struggle for the Rams
ning back Frank Taitano, Zach Hagelin fooled the          as they were without their starting QB.
Patriots with a 15-yard TD run to open the scoring. In          However, Byron Campbell was healthy for the
the second quarter, Northern’s Jake Taylor found pay      first time this season and showed why the coaches
dirt from three yards out.                                around SMAC are impressed with him. Campbell
      After that, it was all Patuxent with Taitano tak-   threw for three TD passes on 205 yards passing, com-
ing over with three unanswered touchdowns scoring         pleting 13 of his 18 passes. For Patuxent, Frank Taita-
from five yards out, then on a spectacular run of 76      no was only able to rush for 72 yards and a TD against
yards. Before he came out of the game, Taitano scored     a fast Rams defense. He also caught six passes for 63
in the third quarter again from five yards, finishing     yards. Marcus Stout added the other TD on a 1-yarder
his day with 138 yards in 13 carries and a defensive      for Patuxent. Marquez Stewart and Francis Baker had
interception.                                             seven tackles each for the Panther defense.

                                                                                                                                  View From the
      Quarterback Ed Massengill was effective all               Patuxent is at 3-2 for the season and will face an
night finishing 12 of 17 passing for 138 yards, includ-   improving Great Mills team (3-2)
ing a 15-yard TD strike to Brandon Hillegas in the              at home tomorrow night and will follow that

                                                                                                                                    Cheap Seats
3rd quarter. Jordan Haines added an 8-yard TD run         game with a trip to northern Calvert county for a
for Patuxent in the 4th quarter to complete the Patux-    game against undefeated Huntingtown on Thursday
ent scoring.                                              Oct. 15. Both games start at 7 p.m. by john hunt
      Northern added a short TD run with the clock
running out. Patuxent’s Tyler Austin led receivers
                                                                                                                                           By John Hunt
                                                                                                                                                 For the local sports fan, this is the best time of
                                                                                                                                          the year as you can get your choice of just about every
                                                                                                                                          possible sporting event. The baseball season is head-
                                                                                                                                          ing into the playoffs and to no one’s surprise the Yan-
                                                                                                                                          kees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Angels among others are
                                                                                                                                          still in the hunt. For the local fan however, our Orioles
                                                                                                                                          and Nationals are going home to play golf…Maybe
                                                                                                                                          someone can talk them into the WORST Series as
                                                                                                                                          they BOTH finished at the bottom or their respective
                                                                                                                                          leagues. But, then again, who would PAY to see it?
                                                                                                                                                 NASCAR has the “Race For The Chase” and the
                                                                                                                                          final 12 drivers are fighting for the championship with
                                                                                                                                          a few surprises. Mark Martin leads the field with Hen-
                                                                                                                                          drick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson close
                                                                                                                                          behind. The big chase surprise is Juan Pablo Montoya
                                                                                                       lurking close by in third place with 6 races before the final at Homstead Miami Speed-
                                                                                                       way om November 11th. Here’s hoping ANYONE besides a Hendrick driver comes
                                                                                                       home with a championship…Speaking of Hendrick drivers, anyone seen Dale Jr lately
                                                                                                       near a checkered flag lately?
                                                                                                            The NBA is underway with the Wizards starting the season with ANOTHER new
                                                                                                       head coach as Flip Saunders is trying to get his players to believe that defense wins
                                                                                                       championships…oh yeah, and having Gilbert Arenas for the entire season would not
                                                                                                       hurt either. At the college level, Gary Williams will get the most out of his improving
                                                                                                       team and should compete for the ACC title this season. By the way, what was Debbie
                                                                                                       Yow thinking last season for even considering letting Williams coach anywhere else?
                                                                                                            Now, if Coach Ralph Friedgen could get the most out of his players on the Mary-
                                                                                                       land football field on a consistent basis they would be 4-1 now. But, after a victory
                                                                                                       against Clemson, they are in the battle for an ACC title. Yes, really!
                                                                                                            The Redskins are struggling after a loss to the Lions and just barely beating Tampa
                                                                                                            It is tough to decide where to lay the blame here. Is it a quarterback (Campbell)
                                                                                                       who chokes in the clutch, an inconsistent playcaller (Zorn) or the 100 milllion dollar
                                                                                                       defensive acquisition (Haynesworth) who can’t keep himself on the field? Or maybe it
                                                                                                       starts inn the owners box? The Ravens are playing great ball despite a tough loss to the
                                                                                                       Patriots last Sunday. Joe Flacco has matured into a complete threat at Quarterback, and
                                                                                                       is controlling the offense. Possible AFC champs?
                                                                                                            And how can I forget about “Friday Night Lights” with Patuxent playing well be-
                                                                                                       hind the rushing attach of Frank Taitano. Calvert is a surprising 3-2 and Huntingtown is
                                                                                                       the cream of the SMAC crop sitting atop the division at 5-0.
                                                                                                            The most exciting team in our area has to be the Washington Capitals beginning
                                                                                                       the season with 2 victories and the talented trio of Alex Semin, Nikolas Backstrom and
                                                                                                       “The Great Eight” Alex Ovechkin leading the charge. The Caps should challenge for the
22         Thursday, October-2009                                                                      Stanley Cup and have built the start of an actual sports dynasty in our area. Any way we
                                                                                                       can get Ted Leonis to buy the Redskins, Orioles or Nationals?
        St. Mary’s County
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               Warrior Project
                                   To Benefit Wounded
                                     Warrior Project                       UpCoMing EvEntS:
                                      November 14th Nov 14th & 15th November 21st

       October 24th                    5K Walk/Run  Fishing tournament
                                             Location –
                                       Cheeseburger In Paradise
                                                                       Charity Ball
                                                                                         Location –
                                                                               Buzz’s Marina Ridge, Maryland
                                                                                                                              (Black Tie Dinner)

                                        Registration at 7:00 a.m.               Date – November 14th & 15th                        6:00 p.m.
                                          Start time 8:00 a.m.                    Times – Dawn to 3:30PM                         Presentation:
                                                                                     Entry Fee - $125.00
                                     All pavement course closes at 9:15 a.m.                                                       7:00 p.m.
                                              $25 entry fee                             Cash Prizes                             Entertainment:
                                                                                       Pre-register @                 8:00 p.m.

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            Bon Appétit Healthy Bites
                            On The Menu
                                                                                                              Whole-Grain Pasta is Getting
                                                                                                              Easier to Love
                                                                                                              By JIM ROMANOFF
                                                                                                              For The Associated Press
                        Filling Up On Healthy Soups
                                                                                                                    Not so long ago, whole-wheat pasta
                                                  By JIM ROMANOFF                                             tasted too much like the boxes it came in.
                                                  For The Associated Press                                          Much has changed. At many grocers,
                                                                                                              the whole-wheat or multigrain pasta selec-
                                                         Soup as a main course is a great way to fill up on   tion can take up more than a quarter of the
                                                  low-calorie vegetables and liquid, leaving you satis-       section, and the quality and taste have im-
                                                  fied without feeling stuffed.                               proved considerably.
                                                         Choosing the right soup is the trick. Canned               This is good news because whole-
                                                  soups can throw a few nutritional curveballs into this      grain pastas, compared to their white-
                                                  healthy eating plan. They’re usually loaded with so-        flour equivalents, are a much better source
                                                  dium, and creamy soups can pack plenty of unwanted          of the fiber and nutrients that get stripped
                                                         To make your own broth-based soup, be sure to        away when grains are refined.
                                                  start with a reduced-sodium broth, then add plenty of             If you have a hard time switching
                                                  filling vegetables and beans.                               from your favorite refined pastas, experi-
                                                         For creamy but low-fat soups, consider starting      ment with brands until you find one that
                                                  with a base of pureed vegetables. Pumpkins and sweet        has a satisfactorily mild flavor. Or transi-
                                                  potatoes can be roasted to intensify the flavors, then      tion by mixing half whole-grain and half
                                                  run through a food mill, blender or food processor.         refined pastas when preparing your favor-
                                                         Beans, pureed with a bit of broth or water, also     ite dishes.
                                                  make a velvety, flavorful soup base. Use convenient               Of course, the flavors of some dishes
                                                  canned beans, but be sure to rinse them under cold          are specifically created for whole-grain
                                                  water to wash away some of the salt that is in the can-
                                                  ning liquid.
                                                                                                              flavors, such as bigoli (a traditional Ital-
                                                         Even tofu (the soft or silken variety) can be pu-    ian buckwheat pasta) with caramelized
                                                  reed to create a smooth and protein-rich foundation         onions and anchovies.
                                                                                                                    The key to such dishes is the bold             Healthy, low-in-fat shrimp, acidic
                                                  on which you can build a creamy soup with little fat
                                                  and no dairy.                                               flavors that are brought in to match the as-    tomatoes, pungent garlic, oregano and
                                                                                                              sertiveness of the whole-grain pasta.           salty olives and feta cheese balance out
                                                                                                                    Whole-grain pasta with shrimp, to-        whole-grain linguine. To complete the
                                                                                                              matoes and feta cheese is another delicious     meal, serve with a salad of romaine let-
                                                                                                                                                              tuce dressed with a lemon juice and olive
       Port of Call                                                                                           example of this kind of flavor pairing.
                                                                                                                                                              oil vinaigrette.

      Wine and Spirits
     Serving Southern Maryland for 30 years                                                                          WHOLE-GRAIN PASTA WITH SHRIMP,
                                                                                                                         TOMATOES AND FETA CHEESE
      With this Coupon                                                                                                              Start to finish: 50 minutes (30 minutes active)
                                                                                                                                                                       Servings: 6
     Take an additional                                                                                       1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil             oregano. Bring to a simmer. Cook over low,
                                                               •     Deep Selection
      5% for a total of                                                                                       1 medium yellow onion, chopped
                                                                                                              1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
                                                                                                                                                              stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                    Bring a large pot of salted water to a
                                                                     of Craft Beers                           28-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped,           boil.
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              15%                                              •     Wine Tasting
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                                                                                                              1/2 cup dry white wine
                                                                                                              3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley,
                                                                                                              1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
                                                                                                              1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and

                                                                                                                                                              olives and lemon zest to the tomato sauce
                                                                                                                                                              and simmer until the shrimp are opaque
                                                                                                                                                              at the center, about 3 to 5 minutes. Season
         discount on                                                                                          deveined
                                                                                                              12 black olives, coarsely chopped
                                                                                                                                                              with salt and pepper.
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        cases of wine                                          •     Huge Selection                           1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
                                                                                                              1/4 teaspoon salt
                                                                                                                                                              age directions. Drain and serve topped with
                                                                                                                                                              the sauce and sprinkled with the feta cheese
                                                                                                              Ground black pepper, to taste                   and the remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped
                                                                     of Spirits
          mixed or                                                                                            1 pound whole-grain linguine
                                                                                                              1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

                                                                                                                                                              Nutrition information per serving (values
          matched*.                                                                                                 In a large saucepan over medium, heat
                                                                                                              the oil. Add the onion and saute until it be-
                                                                                                                                                              are rounded to the nearest whole num-
                                                                                                                                                              ber): 494 calories; 121 calories from fat;
       *Kendall Jackson Chardonnay not included
                                                                                                              gins to color, about 4 minutes. Add the gar-    13 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 126
                                                                                                              lic and stir for 30 seconds more.               mg cholesterol; 58 g carbohydrate; 31 g
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     Thursday, Oct. 8
                                        • Speaker Series- From Boats
                                        to Bones: Archaeology is in the
                                                                              free food, live entertainment, pet
                                                                              photographer, demonstrations in
                                                                                                                    ister. Calvert Library Southern
                                                                                                                    Branch, 20 Appeal Way, Lusby.
                                                                                                                                                            3915 Hallowing Point Rd.,
                                                                                                                                                            Prince Frederick.
                                        Details                               agility and search and rescue, ven-   (410-326-5289).                              Enjoy a day in the country
                                        Jefferson Patterson Park & Mu-        dors and more! The event starts at                                            at the Calvert County Farm Tour
• Sea Squirts                           seum: 7 p.m.                          12 noon and runs to 6 p.m.                                                    starting at 1 p.m. The 362 acre
Calvert Marine Museum: 9:30 a.m.
– 10 a.m.
                                              Marine Archaeological Con-
                                        servation: A Never-Ending Quest
                                                                                                                       Wednesday, Oct. 14                   farm produces wheat, barley,
      This Thursday morning
drop-in program is for children 18
                                        for Perfection. Speaker: Paul
                                        Mardikian, Clemson University
                                                                               Saturday and Sunday,                 • Yes, You CAN Build a Resume
                                                                                                                                                            corn, pumpkins, soybeans, and
                                                                                                                                                            tobacco. Visitors to the farm can
                                                                                                                    and Search for a Job
                                                                                     Oct. 10-11
                                                                                                                                                            try to find their way out of an 8
months – 3 years and their care-        Conservation Center. Conserva-                                                   Participants will learn the        acre corn maze, take a hay wagon
givers. In Oct., the theme is Tyke      tion of large iron-based composite                                          basics of formatting a resume us-       ride, visit a pumpkin patch, pet-
Hike! Look at the world under your      artifacts from shipwreck sites like   • 32nd Annual Patuxent River          ing Microsoft Word and will learn
feet and each week we will explore      the Confederate submarine H.L.                                                                                      ting farm, and much more for
                                                                              Appreciation Days (10 a.m. – 5        about job searching web sites. The      families to enjoy. FREE admis-
a new habitat to see what we can        Hunley and the Titanic is a com-      p.m.)                                 training will last one hour and will
find. Open to Calvert Marine Mu-        plex process. The methods used to                                                                                   sion. Activities are free except
                                                                              Calvert Marine Museum                 take place in a small group. Call       for corn maze ($5 per person).
seum members only.                      research and preserve these impor-         PRAD creates awareness           to register or register online. 2:00-
                                        tant marine cultural resources will                                                                                 For information, 410-535-4583,
                                                                              and promotion of the economic,        3:00pm. Calvert Library Southern
• Little Minnows: Wetland               be explained. For additional infor-                                         Branch, 20 Appeal Way, Lusby  
                                                                              social, recreational, cultural and
Detectives                              mation visit the website, www.jef-    historical impact of the tributar-    (410-326-5289).
                              , or call 410-586-8501.
                                                                                                                                                                Saturday, Oct. 24
Calvert Marine Museum: 10 a.m.                                                ies and environs of the Patux-
      Whose tracks are those? Is                                              ent River. Celebration includes
that a nest I see? What ate that nut?
Who made that hole? As we walk              Saturday, Oct. 10                 free boat rides, music activities
                                                                              and more.
                                                                                                                         Thursday, Oct. 15                  • Halloween in the Garden, An-
through the marsh, we will look for                                           or www.calvertmarinemuseum.                                                   nmarie Garden Sculpture Park
the clues that tell us what animals                                                                                 • Southern Book Group: Water
                                        • That Dog-Gone Tiki Bar Fam-         com or 410-326-2042                   for Elephants by Sara Gruen.            & Arts Center, Solomons. (11
spend time here. Using magnify-         ily Pet Day                                                                                                         a.m. – 4 p.m.)
ing glasses, binoculars, and other                                                                                       Wild and wondrous days
                                              The Tiki Bar on Solomons Is-                                          with the Benzini Brothers Most               More than sixty local busi-
tools you can become a wetland
detective too. 10:00 a.m. to 11:00
                                        land will host a fundraising event
                                        to raise money for Calvert County’s
                                                                                   Tuesday, Oct. 13                 Spectacular Show on Earth dur-          nesses and organizations hand
                                                                                                                                                            out candy and treats during this
a.m. The fee is $4 for members, $5                                                                                  ing the Great Depression. 2:00-
                                        new low cost spay/neuter and well     • Kids Just Want to Have Fun:         3:30pm. Calvert Library South-          daytime trick-or-treating parade.
for non-members for children ages       pet clinic in Huntingtown. Eight      Apples.                               ern Branch, 20 Appeal Way,              $1 per person donation benefits a
3 – 5. Space is limited and pre-reg-    rescue groups will attend with
istration required. Call 410-326-                                                  Reading, discussion and          Lusby (410-326-5289).                   charity. www.annmariegarden.
                                        adoptable dogs and cats looking for   projects for children in K - 3rd                                              org or 410-326-4640
2042 ext. 41.                           forever homes. There will be a pet    grade. 7:00-8:00pm. Please reg-
                                        parade, contests, raffles, auction,
                                                                                                                         Saturday Oct. 17
                                                                                                                                                                Thursday, Oct. 29
                                                                                                                    • Pet Walk 2009
                                                                                                                          Please join us for a fun-filled   •       Halloween       Evening
                                                                                                                    day for your pets and your family at    Storytime
                                                                                                                    Annmarie Garden, Solomons, from              Wear your costumes and join
                                                                                                                    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PetWalk 2009 is       us for an evening of Halloween
                                                                                                                    the biggest pet-lover event of the      thrills and chills for your little
                                                                                                                    year. We have activities all day        ones. Family storytime for pre-
                                                                                                                    long, so bring your family, friends,    schoolers. 7:00-8:00pm Calvert
                                                                                                                    and pets!
                                                                                                                                                            Library Southern Branch, 20 Ap-
                                                                                                                          Fun, Food, Contests, Prizes.
                                                                                                                    Pet Costume Contest - Dress your        peal Way, Lusby (410-326-5289).
                                                                                                                    pet or your whole family. Pet Photo
                                                                                                                    Contest. Vendors, Demonstrations -
                                                                                                                    Experts will share tips and informa-    Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                (4 – 5:30 p.m.)
                                                                                                                    tion. Micro-chipping - Trained techs
                                                                                                                    will micro-chip your dog or cat.
                                                                                                                          For more information call 410-
                                                                                                                    535-9300, email cawl@comcast.           Monster Mash Cruise, Calvert
                                                                                                                    net, or visit               Marine Museum
                                                                                                                                                            14150 Solomons Island Road,
                                                                                                                    • American Indian Lifeways Fes-         Solomons, MD
                                                                                                                    tival, 10515 Mackall Road, St.                8th Annual Monster Mash
                                                                                                                    Leonard. (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)             Cruise and Costume Contest
                                                                                                                         Visit their recreated Indian       aboard the Wm. B. Tennison.
                                                                                                                    village and experience hands-on         This costume cruise is for the
                                                                                                                    American Indian crafts and skills,      little goblins and their families.
                                                                                                                    archery, music, dance, storytell-
                                                                                                                                                                  Adults $7, children 5-12 $6,
                                                                                                                    ing and more. or
                                                                                                                    410-586-8501                            children 4 and under $4. Ad-
                                                                                                                                                            vance registration required by
                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday, Oct. 28. To purchase
                                                                                                                          Sunday, Oct. 18                   tickets, please contact Melissa
                                                                                                                                                            McCormick at 410-326-2042 x41
                                                                                                                    • 12th Annual Calvert County
                                                                                                                    Farm Tour, Spider Hall Farm,

26         Thursday, October-2009
                   Matt Garrett Rocks it … Naturally
      Matt Garrett, 24, is known      which he sang and played lead       you can usually find me run-          spare
for straddling the line between       guitar for nine and a half years.   ning sound and lights for other       time.
Calvert and St. Mary’s with his       Since the band split up in March    bands,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I
acoustic sets, and juggling his       2008, Matt said he’s been jam-      was always interested in sound
duties as both a musician and         ming acoustically at venues and     but didn’t have time to pur-               Any
a sound tech for his production       open mic nights in the area.        sue it while I was playing with       other time
company, Meerkat Sound, which              Bringing with him some of      Anomaly, so when that ended, I        though,
he owns with friends Matt Viv-        his rock, reggae and alternative    teamed up with Matt and Justin        he’ll be on-
lamore and Justin Myles.              influences, Matt’s stage show       and Meerkat Sound was born.”          stage with his guitar.
      And it’s easy to hear his       might best be described as a             As a nuclear welder work-             Matt Garrett performed at
sound expertise as he plays,          mishmash of old and new, as he      ing at Calvert Cliffs by day, Matt    Calypso Bay on Solomons Is-                                  com /
sending clear chords splicing the     combines the likes of Tom Petty,    wrote that he’s working on a solo     land on Oct. 3 and will play next   mattgarrett.   By AndreA Shiell
air of whichever venue he’s at.       Matchbox 20, Train, and even        album and still working sound         at Cheeseburger In Paradise in
       “I was about 12 when I first   covers of Rihanna mixed in.         and lights for other bands in his     California on Nov. 6. For more
started learning guitar but had            Drummer          Rosemarie                                           information visit www.myspace.
always been interested and took       Stanek joins him most often, but
piano lessons from age 6 till I was   he could perform with friends
about 10,” he told The Southern       Justin Myles, Mark Martinez
Calvert Gazette, adding that the      or Vince Lawson on any given
first song he learned to play was     night.
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s             Matt said that he stays busy
“Bad Moon Rising.”                    behind the scenes as well with
      Matt said he got his start      his production company, Meer-
playing in concert, jazz and          kat Sound, which specializes in
marching band during his ten-         providing live sound and light-
ure at Great Mills High School,       ing effects.
during which time he hooked                 “We have 2 complete sys-
up with the band Anomoly, for         tems, so when I’m not playing

                                                                                                               Photo By Andrea Shiell
                                                                                  Matt Garrett playing at Brewki’s Tavern in
                                                                                  Loveville with drummer Rosemarie Stanek.

                                                                                                                       Submitted Photo
                                                                                                                       Drummer Rosemarie Stanek

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