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
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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
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
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
“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.
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
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
FOR EVENTS HAPPENING IN
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
H igh an s October 9-11, 2009
October 16-18, 2009
Thursday, October-2009 3
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.
“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 PatuxentRiver@ccamd.org.
Last Chance to Enter ‘Pump for the Bay’
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.
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
19 99 $
12 99 end of Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) on
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.
Commissioners New Homes Going Up
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
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 www.co.cal.md.us/gov- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Mc Mc-
SouThern CalverT real eSTaTe TranSaCTionS
Donough at 410-535-2800.
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. email@example.com
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 www.tccsmd.org. By office, are two of 37 mem- Like Robertson-Slagel,
Virginia Terhune (firstname.lastname@example.org) bers of the program, which Shepherd also welcomes the
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 www.leadsomd.org 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 email@example.com. By Virginia Terhune (vir-
“We are helping each other with trying to stay focused Robertson-Slagel is part of a subgroup that is put- firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
“When only Italian will do.” Sun Dinner: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm • Mon: Closed
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 www.mdcss.org. 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
md.us, or visit the website at www.mdcss.org. 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 www.mdreportcard.org.
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
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
seum.com. By Sean Rice (email@example.com) 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.calverthospice.org. 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
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 publishing.net)
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. (www.annmariegarden.org) 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- (www.calvertag.com) 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
(www.acltweb.org ) 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.
(www.tikibarsolomons.com) 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. (www.jefpat.org) winners in each category. Digital and
Admission is free. (www.pradinc.org) 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
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
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 email@example.com
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-
have a policy against wast-
ing everyone’s time. The
Southern Calvert Gazette
P. O. Box 250 . Hollywood, MD 20636
• A recent Federal investigation uncovered department, through the
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
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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.
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a combination of “greens” (high in
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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”.
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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
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Thursday, October-2009 13
Local Officials Fear Ca
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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 (email@example.com)
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
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;
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.
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
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 www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
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
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.
www.RauschFuneralHomes.com 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
A Safety Renovation You Can Count On
Steny H. Hoyer
there are many fundamental ideas that
most agree need to be part of a final re-
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-
Thursday, October-2009 19
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1995 Chevrolet Beretta. Needs work, will not start,
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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
93 81 9 • St. Le on ard, MD.
Ed dy R. Re qu ilm an • MH IC
Thursday, October-2009 21
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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Thursday, October-2009 23
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-
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.
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)
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.
with 2/3 cup of the juice reserved While the water heats, add the
15% • Wine Tasting
SaturdayÕ s 1-4
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.
Cook the linguine according to pack-
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
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
Ph. 410-326-2525 14090 H G Trueman Rd Add the tomatoes with reserved juice, protein; 13 g fiber; 889 mg sodium.
Solomons, MD 20688 wine, 2 tablespoons of the parsley and the
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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.,
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
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 www.calvertag.com
social, recreational, cultural and
Detectives mation visit the website, www.jef- historical impact of the tributar- (410-326-5289).
pat.org, 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. www.PRADinc.org
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
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 www.cawl.us 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. www.jefpat.org 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 email@example.com
“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.
Drummer Rosemarie Stanek
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