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Thursday, September 6, 2007 • St. Mary’s County, Maryland                                                                                                           Established 2006 • Volume 2 • Issue 36 • FREE

2007 Seniors’ Restoration Of Historic Barn                                                                                                                                                       County
Outpace       In St. Mary’s City To Begin                                                                                                                                                        Hopes to
Nation On                                                                                                                                                                                        Ace USTA
SAT, But                                                                                                                                                                                         Grant
Scores Dip                                                                                                                                                                                       Application
By Adam Ross
Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                 on Second
     St. Mary’s County high school
seniors exceeded state and national
averages on the SAT Reasoning Test,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Go Around
with an average combined score of                                                                                                                                                                By Adam Ross
1516 out of 2400, according to data                                                                                                                                                              Staff Writer
released from The College Board.
     The results reflect last year’s                                                                                                                                                                  The St. Mary’s Board of County
graduating class, although the data                                                                                                                                                              Commissioners is trying to avoid
includes scores from students’ junior                                                                                                                                                            a double fault as it reapplies for a
and senior years.                                                                                                                                                                                $50,000 United States Tennis As-
     St. Mary’s County averaged 18                                                                                                                                                               sociation grant for the renovation of
points higher than the rest of Mary-                                                                                                                                                             the Cecil Park tennis courts, money
land, and 5 points better than the                                                                                                                                                               denied by USTA last time around.
nation.                                                                                                                                                                                               The $250,000 project was fully
     However, the results produced an                                                                                                                                                            funded by the commissioners in the
18 point lower average this year than                                                                                                                                     Photo by Guy Leonard   fiscal year 2008 budget, with approx-
last, in part because more students            Martin Sullivan, executive director at St. Mary’s City, looks over the Mackall barn that is set to be restored to its original 18th century       imately $50,000 of it coming from
                                               appearance. The barn is believed to be one of the oldest surviving wooden barns in Maryland.                                                      program open space funds. If the
took the exam. St. Mary’s County
also averaged the lowest in Southern            By Guy Leonard                                                         what they had.                                                            USTA approves the grant this time
Maryland, despite scores declining in           Staff Writer                                                                “We knew it was old but there were some guesses                      around, the open space funds will be
Calvert and Charles.                                                                                                   as to it possibly being built in the 18th century,” said                  reinserted into the pipeline and used
     While St. Mary’s County Public                  The Mackall Barn at St. Mary’s City, built in 1785,               Henry Miller, the history professor overseeing the res-                   to help “someone else,” according to
Schools do not emphasize the SAT to             is one of the oldest of its type in Maryland, but its cur-             toration project. “Historical documentation of agricul-                   Phil Rollins, director of the county’s
all students, according to SMCPS Di-            rent appearance makes it stick out in a place that is try-             tural buildings is usually pretty slim.”                                  Department of Recreation, Parks and
rector of Curriculum and Instruction            ing to recreate its 18th century historical roots.                          So the staff at the time looked to tree ring dat-                    Community Services.
Dr. Charles E. Ridgell, it is encour-                The barn has two side sheds that put it out of                    ing methods to determine the age of the barn, which                            Rollins cited an incomplete ap-
aged for all students planning to ap-           place, and the red color of the barn is not historically               turned out to be exactly 1785, with the timbers being                     plication, as a possible reason the
ply for college.                                accurate.                                                              felled in 1784.                                                           grant wasn’t awarded.
     “It is essential and critical for stu-          But that is about to change now that the St. Mary’s                    “Certainly it’s one of the oldest wooden barns in                         “We didn’t’ have a site plan
dents going to a four-year college,”            City Commission has raised enough money to stabi-                      Maryland if not the oldest,” Miller said. “We were                        done at that time,” Rollins said of the
said Ridgell. “But it’s really only             lize the barn, which is structurally weak and unsafe,                  quite amazed by that.”                                                    grant application, which was origi-
for students going into college, we             and return it to its original look.                                         During its lifespan, the barn served as a grain                      nally submitted in March. “We have
are pleased more students are taking                 “We looked at the barn and thought we really                      storage area and then as a tobacco barn for its original                  since done so and included it in the
it because that is an indication that           needed to do something about that,” said Martin Sul-                   builder, John Mackall, who bought the virtual entirety                    package, we are hopeful to get the
more students are going to college.”            livan, executive director at St. Mary’s City. “[The 18th               of St. Mary’s City in 1774, just before the Revolution-                   grant.”
     The College Board reported that            century] is what we really wanted to bring it back to.”                ary War broke out.                                                             The project includes the renova-
49.6 percent of the school system’s                  The funding package includes grants from three                         Mackall served as an officer in the local forces,                    tion of the two existing tennis courts
seniors were administered the SAT               separate groups, including the Southern Maryland                       fighting the British, but returned to agriculture at the                  at Cecil Park and the construction of
assessment this year, the highest par-          Heritage Area Consortium, the Ford Foundation and                      end of the war and had this barn built, likely with slave                 two additional courts. The courts
ticipation rate to date. Leonardtown            the 1772 Foundation, and totals about $70,000.                         labor.                                                                    there currently are poor condition
High School administered the SAT                     The work was to begin this week on restoring the                       With all the wars going on around the world at                       from over 20 years of wear and tear.
to 60.5 percent of its seniors, Great           barn, which has a unique history all its own.                          that time, the prices of grain were high, so the barn                          Members of the St. Mary’s
Mills High School to 54.7 percent of                 When St. Mary’s City acquired the barn from the
seniors, and Chopticon High School              Brome-Howard family in 1980, they weren’t quite sure                                                            See Restoration page A-8                          See Tennis page A-6
tested 33.9 percent of its seniors.
     To encourage continued par-
ticipation and gains, SMCPS has ad-
opted the official SAT online course
through The College Board. The
program is Internet based, with ac-
                                               Former Ryken Teacher Faces Sex                                                                         student.
cess to eight real SAT exams to help
students practice and refine critical
reading, math, and writing skills.
The program is accessible 24 hours a
                                               Offense Charges                                                                                             The allegations against Spoelker are a result of a five-month investiga-
                                                                                                                                                      tion where the victim came forward to tell his story after the alleged incident
                                                                                                                                                      in 1978, according to Lt. Rick Burris, commander of BCI.
                                                                                                                                                           That investigation included recorded phone conversations with Spoekler
day, seven days a week. Additionally,          By Guy Leonard                                                                                         as well as with other witnesses regarding the alleged incident, Burris said.
SMCPS has made the online course               Staff Writer                                                                                                Spoelker faces one count of child abuse and one count of 4th degree sex
accessible in school, and adopted its                                                                                                                 offense when upon his expected return to Maryland next week.
own SAT course that students can                   Detectives with the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investiga-                                     He was arrested on a fugitive warrant in Florida last week but was re-
register for and take as part of their         tion are waiting for the return Sept. 10 from Florida of a former teacher                              leased on $25,000 bond.
daily regiment.                                at Ryken High School and current Xaverian Brother on charges that he                                        Burris said the investigation of Spoelker is continuing to include whether
     “That class also uses a lot of the        molested a student nearly three decades ago.                                                           there might be other alleged victims.
online materials,” Ridgell added of                Detectives with BCI allege that Bro. Philip Michael Spoelker per-                                       Burris said BCI is not releasing the name of the alleged victim in this
                                               suaded a male freshman student who was 15 years old at the time to                                     case, but he is a 44-year-old county resident.
              See SAT Scores page A-2          come with him into a storage room where Spoelker allegedly fondled the                                                                                           See Ryken page A-4

                                                                     County Secures Six Townhouses
                Inside                                               For Affordable Housing
                                  Op.-Ed .......... Page A - 4
                                                                      By Adam Ross
                                  Obituaries..... Page A - 7          Staff Writer
                                  Community... Page B - 4
                                  Police ............ Page B - 7
  Special Olympics B-1            Games........... Page B - 8              The St. Mary’s Board of County
                                  Classifieds.....	Page	B	-	9         Commissioners approved funding to
                                                                      install a 6-inch water pipe across Shan-
                                                                      gri-La Drive in Lexington Park to ac-
                                    For Continual News                commodate an indoor sprinkler system
                                         Updates                      for six townhouses in renovation for
                                          Visit:                      workforce housing.
                                                                           The decision was approved in light
      Graduates B-4                                                   of an ordinance that requires multi-
                                                                      family homes to have a sprinkler sys-
                                                                      tem, costing the project $75,000.
                       Local Weather                                       The townhouses currently have a 4-
                                                                      inch pipe that services the property, but
     Thursday                         Saturday                        in order to properly install the sprinkler
   Partly Cloudy                    Partly Cloudy                     systems the Metropolitan Commission
        84°                                                           says a 6-inch pipe is required.
                                         84°                               The project calls to bring a 6-inch
     Friday                           Sunday                          pipe across Shangri-La Drive into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Adam Ross
                                                                      townhouses, and to improve the wa-                      Director of Economic and Community Development Bob Schaller (bottom) and Housing Authority Director
   Mostly Sunny                    Partly Cloudy
                                                                                                                              Dennis Nicholson go over the before and after pictures of 46799 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park,
       84°                              84°                                          See Townhouses page A-4                  a development slated for workforce housing.
	Section	A	-		                                                                                   The County Times	                                                                  Thursday,	September	6,	007

Park	Rock	Event	Gives	Bands	Chance	To	Get	Noticed
By	Guy	Leonard                           “We just chanced it,” said       Park, and this time they added       it.”                                        Now the concert has              and regional bands coming
Staff	Writer                        Joey Testa, 20. “We’ve played         a fifth stage to accommodate              The electrical engineer          more than 100 acts coming to           together and doing something
                                    here three years and it’s dif-        rhythm and blues, hip hop and        employed at Patuxent River            fill its playbill, including some      that was awesome on Labor
     The five members of the        ferent every year.                    go-go acts as well.                  Naval Air Station was in-             artists from as far away as To-        Day weekend,” Heather said.
band “Yours for Mine” played             “No one remembers us.”                Heather started the con-        spired to recreate something          ronto, Canada.                              At the other end of the
their sets on the small stage            His band mate John               cert in 2000 after watching          like that here in the county.               The acts this year includ-       park, Latrice Carr was putting
at the Park Rock festival in        Woods protested.                      MusikFest in Bethlehem, Pa.               He got back from vaca-           ed genres like classic rock,           out her own brand of Gospel
Chancellors Run Park vig-                “No, no, some people re-         on family vacation.                  tion that year and put together       hard rock, heavy metal, hard-          vocals. She didn’t have to
orously as a small crowd of         member us,” Wood said. “We                 “It was huge,” Heather          a concert in three weeks with         core, rhythm and blues, go-go,         go nearly as far as “Yours
young people gathered round         play everywhere, we’ve been           said of the event that music         more than 20 bands on two             punk, pop punk, screamo and            for Mine”, which also had a
     The sounds they played         as far south as Dallas and as         from Rock and Roll to polkas         stages.                               a host of other alternative and        Christian message in its lyr-
ranged from screaming with          far north as New Hampshire.           and bag pipes. “Any music                 “It was a humble begin-          independent music acts.                ics, because she lives in Great
rhythm at others.                        “We’re just trying to get        you could think of they had          ning,” Heather said.                        “This was about local            Mills.
     Once their 45 minutes          the name out there.”                                                                                                                                         But her hopes for success
was up, they quickly packed              And that’s exactly the kind                                                                                                                        were much the same as the
up their instruments, amps          of opportunity the concert’s                                                                                                                            band from Harrisonburg.
and other gear, fit it into their   founder and promoter, Fred                                                                                                                                   “I’m starting to record my
trunk and got ready to hit the      Heather, of Lexington Park,                                                                                                                             first album this year,” Carr
road again.                         wants to give aspiring musi-                                                                                                                            said during a break from sing-
     It was a long way to come      cians from all backgrounds; a                                                                                                                           ing. “Hopefully I can just get
for less than an hour of play,      chance to gain recognition.                                                                                                                             my CD out to the masses.”
and they were lucky to get               And the county, which                                                                                                                                   Carr had done most of
that much due to another band       sponsors the event, gets to                                                                                                                             her music at church in Prince
running behind schedule, but        hold a worthwhile commu-                                                                                                                                Frederick but now she wants
to them it was worth the trek       nity event that is alcohol, ob-                                                                                                                         to spread her wings and hope-
to St. Mary’s County.               scenity and drug free.                                                                                                                                  fully sing full time if she’s
     They take the pains of              This is the fifth year the                                                                                                                         successful.
traveling, often for little to no   concert has been setting up                                                                                                                                  “This is my coming out
money, in stride.                   stages at Chancellors Run                                                                                                                               my debut,” Carr said. “I had
                                                                                                                                                                                            my family and my friends
                                                                                                                                                                                            here, that’s all the support I
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Heather said that support-
                                                                                                                                                                                            ing musicians was also a way
                                                                                                                                                                                            of supporting the community.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 “You work with musicians
                                                                                                                                                                                            and you create outings for the
                                                                                                                                                                                            community,” Heather said.
                                                                                                                                                                                            “That’s the whole idea and the
                                                                                                                                                                                            world is a better place.”
                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Guy Leonard
                                                                          Members of the band “Yours for Mine” out of Harrisonburg, Va, play for attendees of the Park Rock event held at
                                                                          Chancellors Run Park over the Labor Day weekend.

                                                                          Witness	Was	Key	In	Arresting	
                                                                          College	Robbery	Suspects
                                                                           By	Guy	Leonard                           While the scene the wit-         theft and disturbing school            the college was lifted before
                                                                           Staff	Writer                         ness saw didn’t last long,           activities.                            3p.m. that day, according
                                                                                                                the student was also able                The      alleged     crime         to press releases from the
                                                                                County detectives acted         to identify one of the sus-          caused St. Mary’s College of           college.
                                                                           quickly to arrest two sus-           pects in the alleged armed           Maryland to initiate a “shel-               Apter said that there
                                                                           pected armed robbers who             robbery.                             ter in place” response that            would be no changes at the
                                                                           allegedly held up a visitor              At the time, though, the         had all students stay where            college with regards to pro-
                                                                           near St. Mary’s College last         student witness was some-            they were in class or in resi-         viding security in the wake
                                                                           week, but the information            what confused by what was            dences. Students who were              of the alleged armed rob-
                                                                           they got which was vital to          seen, but took the time to           walking around on campus               bery but that the incident
                                                                           the arrest came from an ob-          get the make and model of            were taken inside until the            was certainly unexpected
                                                                           servant student.                     the alleged getaway vehicle          any danger had passed.                 given the usually tranquil
                                                                                The witness, who asked          as well as a license number.             E-mail        notifications        and open atmosphere at the
                                                                           not to be named for security             Investigaters      appre-        were sent out as well as mes-          college.
                                                                           reasons, had just gotten out         hended the two suspects,             sages to individual students                “The realities of the 21st	
                                                                           of class and saw the after-          Nathan Shelly, 21, of Lex-           via phones.                            century come to St. Mary’s
                                                                           math of the alleged crime.           ington Park and Gene M.                  Once the alert of the              College,” Apter said.
                                                                                “I just saw the suspect         Jenkins, 20, from Leonar-            alleged robbery at Trinity                  Just after the incident,
                                                                           fleeing the scene and the            dtown, about an hour later           Church Road occurred at                students said they felt safe
                                                                           getaway car speed away,”             and used the information             about 1 p.m. Aug. 29, it took          on campus.
                                                                           the student witness said. “I         from the witness and the             the college about 13 minutes                “They did a good job
                                                                           was just in the right place at       victim to make the actual            to enact its emergency pro-            of letting everyone know
                                                                           the right time.”                     arrest.                              cedure, according to Marc              [about the incident],” said
                                                                                                                      The witness said the           Apter, spokesman for the               senior Ryan D’Antuono.
                                                                                                                events took place only about         college.                               “No matter where you were
                       Heron’s Way Gallery Presents:                                                            30 feet away.                            “We had the procedures             you had to stay inside.
                                                                                                                    “I didn’t know what              in place and everyone got                   “Word spread really
                                                                                                                was happening until later,”          an E-mail or a voicemail,”             quick, there wasn’t a person
                                                                                                                the witness said, who later          Apter said. “Each office was           in sight.”
                                                                                                                informed police investiga-           called.”                                    One senior, Ali Femi,
                                                                                                                tors what happened. “I fig-              Apter said the emergen-            said the memories of the
                                                                                                                ured he was running from             cy procedure worked well               tragic mass murders at Vir-
                                Original Works on Paper - thru September 30th
                                                                                                                something so I tried to get          during the incident.                   ginia Tech earlier this spring
                           2 Receptions: Friday, Sept. 7th 5 – 8 pm (Gallery Crawl                              a make, a model and a tag                “We were very pleased              informed the colleges quick
                                                          – Live Music in the Plaza)                            number.                              with the way the staff,                response time.
                                         Saturday, Sept. 15th from 12 – 4 pm                                        “I just sort of put two          students and faculty per-                   “I think everyone was
                                    The Gallery is located within the MD Antiques Center
                                                                                                                and two together.”                   formed under stress,” Ap-              a little surprised; with the
                                                                                                                    Both Jenkins and Shelly          ter said. “The cooperative             Virginia Tech situation hap-
            25006 Pt. Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD   (240) 925-3280                 were charged with armed              agreements we had with                 pening the school was very
                    Receptions Catered by Chef John Urquidez of the Tea Room!                                   robbery, first degree assault,       the sheriff’s office worked            cautious,” Femi said. “But I
                                                                                                                using a handgun in the com-          flawlessly.”                           didn’t feel like I was in dan-
                                                                                                                mission of a violent crime               The emergency state at             ger or anything.”

                                                                                                                SAT	Scores                                                                  ing section. The math sec-
                                                                                                                                                                                            tion touches on topics such
                                                                                                                                                                                            as exponential growth, ab-
                                                                                                                Continued from page A-                                                     solute value, and functional
                                                                                                                                                           Leonardtown        High          notation. The SAT places
                                                                                                                the course’s structure.
                                                                                                                                                      School led the other two              greater emphasis on linear
                                                                                                                    Ridgell said the school
                                                                                                                                                      high schools with 240 test            functions,     manipulations
                                                                                                                system has worked dili-
                                                                                                                                                      takers and an average score           with exponents, and prop-
                                                                                                                gently to communicate with
                                                                                                                                                      of 1567. Great Mills High             erties of tangent lines in its
                                                                                                                parents, students and teach-
                                                                                                                                                      School SAT takers averaged            math section.
                                                                                                                ers by newsletter and open
                                                                                                                                                      1415, while Chopticon High                 The critical reading
                                                                                                                house parent nights so they
                                                                                                                                                      School averaged 1543 with             section, once referred to as
                                                                                                                “understand the process and
                                                                                                                                                      123 test takers. Great Mills          the verbal section, includes
                                                                                                                                                      was the only high school of           short reading passages along
                                                                                                                    And these programs ap-
                                                                                                                                                      the three to average below            with long reading passages.
                                                                                                                pear to be working for the
                                                                                                                                                      state and national averages.          Analogies have been elimi-
                                                                                                                system as a whole. African
                                                                                                                                                           Chief Academic Officer           nated from the SAT, but sen-
                                                                                                                American students posted
                                                                                                                                                      Linda Dudderar said she has           tence-completion questions
                                                                                                                increases on all three-test
                                                                                                                                                      not heard any discussions             and passage-based reading
                                                                                                                areas, with an 11-point gain
                                                                                                                                                      coming down the pipeline to           questions remain. The writ-
                                                                                                                in writing, 39-point gain in
                                                                                                                                                      institute more intensive pro-         ing section includes both
                                                                                                                reading and 38-point gain
                                                                                                                                                      grams for the SAT through             multiple-choice     questions
                                                                                                                in mathematics. Their com-
                                                                                                                                                      public schools. However,              and a direct writing mea-
                                                                                                                bined score of 1332 showed
                                                                                                                                                      Ridgell said SMCPS is al-             sure in the form of an es-
                                                                                                                an 88-point gain overall from
                                                                                                                                                      ways looking for more ma-             say. Students can access the
                                                                                                                2006, and is building on Su-
                                                                                                                                                      terials in the classrooms and         College Board’s materials by
                                                                                                                perintendent Michael J. Mar-
                                                                                                                                                      opportunities to provide in-          visiting www.collegeboard.
                                                                                                                tirano’s vision of ending the
                                                                                                                                                      formation to students.                com/satonlineecourseschool.
                                                                                                                achievement gap. Fifty-nine
                                                                                                                African Americans took the                 The SAT includes a criti-
                                                                                                                SAT in 2007.                          cal reading, math and writ-
Thursday, September 6, 2007                                                      The County Times                                                                               Section A - 
                                                                                                                                                           remaining displaced residents own

Commissioners Authorize Relocation                                                                                                                         a mobile home. While less of a pri-
                                                                                                                                                           ority, the remaining renters are still
                                                                                                                                                           eligible for moving assistance and
                                                                                                                                                           in some cases rental assistance.

Help To Mobile Home Residents                                                                                                                                  With last week’s commis-
                                                                                                                                                           sioners vote, the funds should be
                                                                                                                                                           available immediately. Once a new
                                                                                                                                                           home is found and selected by the
By Adam Ross                        the Comprehensive Zoning Ordi-               “It’s something to look at given   housing authority is only a “sup-      resident, the housing authority
Staff Writer                        nance’s six-year review is due next     housing prices and where they are       plemental resource,” and that the      makes a direct check payment to
                                    year.                                   today, but I haven’t had anybody        public sector “does not have all the   the vendor upon approval.
     Of the nearly 200 displaced         “Depends on where [the mobile      approach me with an interest in de-     answers to say where everyone is           Thomas Builders in Leonar-
residents of National and White     home park] is located,” Mattingly       veloping a mobile home park.”           going to find a place to live.”        dtown purchased the White Oak
Oak mobile home parks, 80 still     said of his support to amend the or-         For some, moving could mean            Availability continues to be       property for $3.9 million.
need monetary assistance and a      dinance. “It could work in the de-      selling their mobile homes and          residents’ main concern, especially
place to go, according to Dennis    velopment districts with public wa-     renting a town house, while others      for mobile home owners who have
Nicholson, director of St. Mary’s   ter and sewer, but I’m not sure how     have vowed to leave the county.         an asset to secure, Nicholson said.
County Housing Authority.           it would work in the rural areas.            Nicholson cautioned that the       Approximately 47 to 59 of the 80
     To aid in the placement
and moving costs for mobile
home owners and renters,
St. Mary’s County govern-
ment secured $385,288 Aug.
28 in state and federal funds
to conjoin with buyout pack-
ages offered from developers
that residents said did not ad-
equately cover moving costs.
White Oak Property Man-
ager Richard Eshelman of-
fered $3,100 to residents who
agreed to remove their homes
and vacate the lot, but many
owners argued that moving
a trailer could cost $5,000 to
$12,000 depending on trailer
     The grant money was
gathered from left over funds
used during the Lexington                                         Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice
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tional funds from the state.
     “Our focus is securing
the money, visiting residents
and working out individual
plans the best we can,” Nich-
olson said.
     Redevelopment of both

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sites located off Route 235
came separately and unex-
pectedly this spring – resi-

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dents of White Oak were
given until April of 2008 to
     Even with the excess
money from last week’s grant
acquisition, not everyone is
expected to receive finan-
cial assistance. Nicholson
estimated in June that 74
of the 160 displaced house-
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holds could be helped, and of
those, money allotted would
be broken down into four cat-
egories: elderly and disabled
trailer owners, who get first
priority, then other owners,
then elderly/disabled trailer
renters, and finally all other
renters. Nicholson said the
housing authority is working
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closely with each resident to
develop a strategy contingent
with the resident’s needs.
Additionally, he said not all
families within the same pri-
ority category are guaranteed
the same amounts of money;
allocations are determined
by need, distance of a move
and size of a trailer. How-                                                Yoplait Go-Gurt or Kid’s Yogurt
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resident might receive is un-
certain, although Commis-
sioner Thomas A. Mattingly
Sr. (D-Leonardtown) said
earlier discussions rendered
a figure of $3,000 to $3,500
per family.
     Meanwhile,       choosing
where to move is also a con-
cern for many of the resi-
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dents. Some have been able
to successfully move to St.
Clement’s Crossing, a trailer
park on Great Mills Road,
but others consider the park
to be dirty and crime ridden.
Under current St. Mary’s
County zoning ordinances,                                                  Prices Effective 9/7/07 - 9/13/07
trailer parks are not allowed
to be built unless as part of
a Planned Unit Develop-
ment (PUD), which must go
through the proper planning
processes with the Planning
Commission and be approved
by the Board of County Com-
missioners. Additionally, re-
locating individual trailers in
the Rural Preservation Dis-
trict can only be done with
ownership of five acres. Such
relocation would cost own-
ers hundreds of thousands
of dollars in land acquisition
     “We ourselves have
looked at other options,
but they are limited and on
a smaller scale,” Nichol-
son said. “The county isn’t
blessed with available land
and the supporting zoning
ordinance that it had two
decades ago for a mobile
     Mattingly said the com-
missioners have held no
discussions about changing
the zoning ordinance, but it
would likely come up when
	Section	A	-		                                                                                   The County Times	                                                                         Thursday,	September	6,	2007

                                             Editorial	&	Opinion
Increase	Household	Incomes	Not	All	Good	Labor	Day	News
     By	 most	 accounts,	 it’s	 a	     to	$71,158.			By	and	large,	this	     much less significance then           er-protection	 laws	 were	 not	         munity	“better”.		Things	such	        munity	 can	 afford	 it,	 things	
good	time	to	live	in	Southern	         is	 good	 news	 for	 the	 region,	    say	 Fourth	 of	 July,	 Thanks-       enacted	until	the	1930’s.		Still	       as	forcing	new	homes	to	have	         get	 even	 worse.	 	 For	 lower	
Maryland.	 	 	 Last	 week	 the	        and most elected officials are        giving,	and	Christmas.		Most	         the	working	class	today,	while	         one,	two,	or	three	development	       to	 middle	 income	 folks	 who	
Census	 Bureau	 released	 in-          speaking	out	with	excitement.	    	   people	do	not	even	know	how	          much	better	off	than	those	of	          rights	 purchased	 from	 large	       are sacrificing to make ends
come	 statistics	 for	 the	 Wash-      With	 household	 incomes	 on	         or	 why	 Labor	 Day	 became	 a	       the	 1800’s	 and	 early	 1900’s,	       property	 owners	 causing	 the	       meet	 already,	 even	 a	 $100	 a	
ington	 metropolitan	 region.	     	   the rise, many elected officials      national	holiday.                     carry	the	nations	manual	labor	         cost	of	new	homes	to	increase	        year	tax	increase	can	make	a	
The	report	shows	that	income	          see	 that	 as	 an	 opportunity	 to	         The	Central	Labor	Union	        burden,	 while	 continuing	 to	         by	$20,000	to	$50,000.                difference.
levels	 and	 personal	 wealth	 is	     use	 more	 government	 as	 a	         first conceived Labor Day in          lose financial ground to higher              Plans	 to	 require	 new	               And	when	taxes	are	raised	
growing	 substantially	 in	 the	       catalyst	 to	 provide	 additional	    1882	in	New	York	City.		At	the	       income	families.                        homes	to	have	automatic	sprin-        on	 businesses	 and	 those	 with	
Southern	Maryland	region.              services	in	our	community.	It	        time,	working	conditions	were	             In	 communities	 like	             klers	will	add	another	$8,000	        higher	income	levels,	this	bur-
     Our	 neighboring	 coun-           is	also	a	signal	to	most	elected	     much	different	than	today	with	       Southern	Maryland,	“blessed”	           to	$10,000	to	the	cost	of	a	new	      den	is	ultimately	passed	down	
ties,	 Calvert	 and	 Charles	 are	     officials that the citizens can       the	 average	 work	 day	 being	       with	 rapidly	 rising	 median	          home.	 	 Suddenly	 even	 me-          to	those	who	can	least	afford	
now	 considered	 to	 be	 among	        afford	 more,	 especially	 more	      closer	to	12	hours,	six	or	seven	     household	incomes,	the	work-            dian	household	income	levels	         it.		For	those	who	still	believe	
the	10	wealthiest	small	coun-          government.	                          days	 a	 week.	 	 Workers	 enjoy	     ing	 class	 struggles	 to	 keep	        aren’t	enough	to	afford	a	new	        that	 business	 can	 absorb	 cost	
ties	in	the	United	States.		Cal-            So	 for	 those	 elected	 of-     little	in	the	way	of	protections.		   pace.	 	 In	 fact,	 the	 rapid	 rise	   home,	what	are	lower	income	          increases	 without	 raising	
vert	 County’s	 median	 house-         ficials who are sitting back          Government	 was	 largely	 not	        in	income	levels	is	a	result	of	        workers	suppose	to	do?		What	         prices,	those	are	the	most	dan-
hold	income	is	the	highest	of	         counting	the	ways	to	raise	tax-       involved	 as	 a	 watchdog	 for	       large	 increases	 in	 upper	 in-        about	young	families	starting	        gerous elected officials of all.
the	 three	 Southern	 Maryland	        es	on	our	increasingly	wealthy	       workers	rights.                       come	levels,	while	those	mak-           out	with	income	levels	in	the	        And	 when	 prices	 rise	 at	 the	
Counties	 with	 $84,891,	 only	        community,	it	may	be	a	good	                In	 1894,	 President	 Gro-      ing	$50,000	a	year	or	less	have	        $20,000	and	$30,000	range?            grocery	store,	the	gas	pumps,	
a	small	increase	over	the	pre-         time to reflect on why we cel-        ver	 Cleveland	 signed	 the	 law	     seen	little	increase	in	income	              And	for	the	thousands	of	        the	 clothing	 store,	 etc.,	 those	
vious	 year.	 	 Charles	 County	       ebrate	 “Labor	 Day”	 and	 how	       making Labor Day an official          levels	over	the	past	year.		Most	       workers	who	are	actually	mak-         who	 have	 the	 least	 suffer	 the	
experienced	a	15.2%	increase	          statistics	 can	 many	 times	 be	     United	States	holiday.		Labor	        people,	 especially	 the	 “work-        ing	even	less,	government	will	       most.	
over	 the	 prior	 year,	 with	 me-     misleading	when	viewed	from	          Day	 became	 known	 as	 the	          ing	class”	people	are	actually	         force	itself	to	use	tax	dollars	to	         So	 as	 many	 boast	 about	
dian	 household	 income	 now	          a	small	window.                       “working	man’s	holiday”.		            worse	off,	not	better	off.              house	and	feed	those	folks.           the	 healthy	 state	 of	 Southern	
reported	at	$80,179.                        For	 many	 people,	 La-                It	 still	 took	 many	 more	         Recently	 local	 govern-                Then	 when	 elected	 of-         Maryland,	let	us	not	forget	why	
     Here	in	St.	Mary’s	Coun-          bor	 Day	 is	 simply	 a	 summer	      years	 for	 things	 to	 improve	      ment	has	been	busy	using	St.	           ficials use the rising wealth         Labor	Day	is	important,	even	
ty,	median	household	income	           bookend	 to	 Memorial	 Day.	      	   for	 the	 working	 class	 in	 this	   Mary’s	 County	 rising	 wealth	         argument	to	say	tax	increases	        here	in	Southern	Maryland
rose	 13%	 over	 the	 prior	 year	     Certainly	 Labor	 Day	 carry’s	       country.	 	 Most	 federal	 work-      to	 justify	 making	 our	 com-          are	 necessary	 and	 our	 com-

To The Editor:
Dear Fellow SMECO Members:
     	 This	 year	 marks	 Southern	 Maryland	             Thomas	 Stone	 High	 School’s	 Army	 Junior	                       Do	you	have	something	to	say?
Electric	 Cooperative’s	 (SMECO’s)	 70th	                 ROTC	 for	 the	 Presentation	 of	 Colors,	 and	
anniversary.		On	behalf	of	the	Board	of	Directors	
of	SMECO,	I	would	like	to	thank	you	for	your	
                                                          Miss	 Rachel	 Escolopio	 for	 her	 outstanding	
                                                          rendition	of	our	national	anthem.		Thanks	also	
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Annual	Members’	Meeting.			          More	 than	
2,000	of	you	joined	together	and	attended	the	
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                                                                                                                                    what’s on your mind!
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Mary’s	counties.		All	the	incumbent	directors	            our president and chief executive officer, said                                                            Send to:
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                                                                             to	 preliminary	 cost	 analy-         current	 plan	 would	 be	 the	          be	 open	 to	 the	 community,	        to	the	community,”	Commis-
Townhouses                                                                   sis,	 Nicholson	 said	 each	 unit	
                                                                             would	 cost	 roughly	 $12,000	
                                                                             to	install	the	system,	because	
                                                                                                                   cheapest	and	most	reasonable	
                                                                                                                   way to fulfill the sprinkler
                                                                                                                                                           however	family’s	with	a	com-
                                                                                                                                                           bined	 income	 of	 $60,000	 or	
                                                                                                                                                           less,	 depending	 on	 size,	 will	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 sioner	 Francis	 Jack	 Russell	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 (D-Point	Lookout)	said.			
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mattingly	 took	 Russell’s	
Continued from page A-
                                                                             of	the	level	of	rehab	the	proj-             Once	 the	 project	 is	 com-      be	who	the	project	targets.           comment	one	step	further	and	
ter	 line	 and	 plumbing	 where	       new	 residential	 developments	       ect	will	require.		The	building	      plete	 Nicholson	 hopes	 to	 sell	           “The	 housing	 authority	        said	the	with	the	work	done	to	
necessary.		                           to	 have	 an	 indoor	 sprinkler	      was	constructed	in	the	1970s.		       each	 townhouse	 for	 $150,000	         is	going	to	own	them,	but	the	        the library, school, fire house
      “This	is	the	way	MetCom	         system,	with	a	possible	excep-              MetCom	 does	 have	 a	          to	 $160,000,	 but	 said	 each	         ultimate	goal	is	to	pass	home	        and	 church	 in	 that	 area,	 this	
gave	 us	 to	 provide	 necessary	      tion	to	the	Amish	and	Menno-          pumping	station	located	close	        property	 would	 be	 available	         ownership	 to	 the	 homeown-          project	 would	 just	 add	 onto	
water	 service	 to	 the	 town-         nite	 communities	 throughout	        to	the	property,	where	8-inch	        for	 rent,	 or	 on	 a	 rent	 to	 own	   ers,”	Nicholson	added.				            a	 “dramatic	 change	 in	 the	
houses,”	 said	 Dennis	 Nichol-        the	county.		                         pipes	are	installed.		Commis-         continuum	 depending	 on	 the	               Nicholson	 hopes	 the	           community.”		
son,	director	of	the	St.	Mary’s	            The	 bulk	 of	 the	 cost	 is	    sioner	 Thomas	 A.	 Mattingly	        buyer’s financial status.               project	 could	 be	 completed	             With	 partnership	 from	
County	Housing	Authority.		            not	in	bringing	the	water	line	       Sr.	 (D-Leonardtown)	 asked	                “It	could	go	a	number	of	         as	 soon	 as	 January	 of	 2008,	     Mercantile	 Southern	 Mary-
      The	cost	was	a	concern	to	       across	 the	 four	 lane	 Shangri-     Nicholson	 if	 tapping	 into	 the	    directions,”	 Nicholson	 said,	         but	 anticipates	 a	 spring	 2008	    land	 Bank,	 the	 housing	 au-
the	 commissioners,	 who	 this	        La,	 but	 the	 with	 the	 system’s	   station	 would	 be	 more	 eco-        “we	 don’t’	 want	 to	 limit	 our	      grand	opening.	                       thority	was	able	to	secure	the	
month	will	hold	a	public	hear-         installation	 into	 each	 unit,	      nomically	 feasible,	 but	 Nich-      opportunities.”		                            “It looks like the finished      six	townhouses	for	affordable	
ing	 to	 look	 into	 requiring	 all	   Nicholson	 said.	 	 According	        olson	 maintained	 that	 the	               The	 six	 townhouses	 will	       product	is	going	to	be	an	asset	      housing.		

                                                                                                                   enforcement.                                                                       Ryken	 High	 School	
                                                                             Ryken                                      No	 charges	 are	 pending	
                                                                                                                   against those officials, Burris
                                                                                                                                                                                                 merged	with	St.	Mary’s	Acad-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 emy,	to	form	the	coeducation-
         County	                                                             Continued from page A-
                                                                                   “We’re	 certainly	 contact-
                                                                                                                        Mary	Joy	Hurlburt,	presi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 al	St.	Mary’s	Ryken	in	1981
                                                                                                                                                                                                      According	to	information	

      Government	to	                                                         ing	people	who	were	there	at	
                                                                             the	time	who	may	have	infor-
                                                                                                                   dent	of	St.	Mary’s	Ryken	High	
                                                                                                                   School,	 in	 a	 released	 state-
                                                                                                                   ment	on	the	incident,	said	that	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 from	 BCI,	 detectives	 trav-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 eled	 to	 Venice,	 Fla.	 Aug.	 30	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 to	 affect	 the	 fugitive	 arrest	

       Hold	Annual	                                                          mation	that	can	help	us,”	Bur-
                                                                             ris	said.	“We	believe	there	may	
                                                                             be	at	least	one	other	victim.”
                                                                                                                   Spoelker	 had	 started	 teach-
                                                                                                                   ing	 at	 Ryken	 High	 School	 in	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 of	 Spoelker,	 64,	 an	 adjunct	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 teacher	 at	 Manatee	 Commu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 nity	College.
     9/11 Remembrance                                                              Burris	said	detectives	are	
                                                                             still trying to confirm whether
                                                                             an	incident	that	was	alleged	to	
                                                                                                                        “The	 school	 takes	 all	 al-
                                                                                                                   legations	of	abuse	against	stu-
                                                                                                                   dents	very	seriously,”	Hurlburt	
                                                                                                                                                           Bro. Philip Spoelker’s arrest photo

                                                                                                                                                           member	 of	 our	 community	
                                                                                                                                                                                                      According	to	the	college’s	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 spokeswoman	          Katherine	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Walker,	 because	 he	 could	 no	
          Ceremony                                                           have	occurred	in	1982	involv-
                                                                             ing	 a	 female	 child	 who	 was	
                                                                                                                   wrote	 in	 her	 statement.	 “Our	
                                                                                                                   hearts	 go	 out	 to	 the	 person	
                                                                                                                                                           but	 we	 take	 any	 such	 claim	
                                                                                                                                                           very	 seriously	 and	 will	 fully	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 longer fulfill his duties as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 science	 teacher,	 Spoelker’s	
                                                                             not	a	student	at	the	school	ac-       who	 came	 forward.	 We	 will	          cooperate	 with	 civil	 authori-      employment	was	terminated.
The	Board	of	County	Commissioners	invites	the	public	                        tually	happened.                      cooperate	 with	 the	 local	 and	       ties	in	the	investigation,”	Har-           “We	 had	 no	 [reports	 of]	
and	County	staff	to	attend	the	Annual	Remembrance	                                 This	 event	 may	 have	         state	authorities.”                     vey	stated	in	the	release.	“We	       sexual	 allegations	 against	
                                                                             led	 to	 Spoelker’s	 leaving	 his	         Bro.	 Lawrence	 Harvey,	           understand	 that	 even	 though	       him,”	Walker	said.
Ceremony to reflect on the tragedies that occurred to                        teaching	 position	 there	 that	      general	superior	of	the	Xave-           an	incident	of	abuse	may	have	             A	 release	 from	 Manatee	
our	nation	on	September	11,	2001.		The	ceremony	                             same	year,	Burris	said.               rian	 Brothers	 order,	 released	       occurred	decades	ago,	the	ef-         Community	 College	 stated	
will	be	held	on	Tuesday,	September	11,	2007,	at	noon,	                             Burris	 added	 that	 inves-     a	 similar	 prepared	 statement	        fects	of	that	abuse	on	a	victim	      that	a	complete	state	and	fed-
outside of the Governmental Center at the flagpole                           tigators believed officials           regarding	the	charges	against	          is	 lifelong.	 We	 earnestly	 and	    eral	 background	 check	 was	
                                                                             at	 Ryken	 High	 School	 dur-         his	fellow	religious.                   readily	 apologize	 to	 anyone	       completed	 on	 Spoelker’s	 ap-
and	the	Freedom	Garden.		For	more	information,	                              ing the first alleged incident             “The	 Xaverian	 Brothers	          who	 may	 have	 experienced	          plication	 for	 employment	 in	
contact the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200                        were	 aware	 of	 it	 but	 it	 was	    have	not	been	fully	informed	           any	form	of	abuse	involving	a	        2004	 and	 came	 back	 without	
extension	1340.                                                              not	reported	as	a	crime	to	law	       of	 the	 allegations	 against	 the	     member	of	our	congregation.”          any	criminal	history.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Kouznetsov face charges of
Investigators Looking For Stolen
                                                                                                                                                    two days later to hold up a
                                                                                                                                                    bank in Rockville.                first degree assault, conspira-
                                                                                                                                                         The morning of the Rock-     cy to commit armed robbery
                                                                                                                                                    ville robbery, according to       and armed robbery for their

Money In Bank Robbery                                                                                                                               information from the Mont-
                                                                                                                                                    gomery County Police De-
                                                                                                                                                    partment, one of the suspects
                                                                                                                                                                                      alleged crimes in St. Mary’s.
                                                                                                                                                                                           In Montgomery County,
                                                                                                                                                                                      Concepcion faces charges

Suspects face court in Montgomery County first
                                                                                                                                                    attempted to gain entry to the    of attempted armed robbery,
                                                                                                                                                    United Bank located on Rock-      armed carjacking, felony
                                                                                                                                                    ville Pike with what witnesses    theft, and the unlawful taking
                                                                                                                                                    described as a handgun.           of a motor vehicle.
By Guy Leonard                         Concepcion, 33, both from               in Montgomery County.                   “All the evidence kind of         A teller did not allow the        Kouznetsov was charged
Staff Writer                           Rockville, were captured by                  Burris said it would be      fell together.”                    suspect into the second foyer     with attempted armed rob-
                                       Montgomery County police                some time before the two sus-           Burris said that after the   of the bank and the suspect       bery, two counts of armed
    Detectives with the St.            Aug. 27 after allegedly at-             pects could be arraigned and      Mechanicsville robbery, de-        fled into a black Chevrolet       carjacking, two counts of
Mary’s County Bureau of                tempting a bank robbery                 tried here in St. Mary’s be-      tectives were able to use a        Cavalier driven by the second     felony theft and two counts
Criminal Investigations say            which failed.                           cause of all the charges they     partial tag number and vehicle     suspect.                          of unlawful taking of a motor
they have two suspects they                Lt. Rick Burris, com-               face in Montgomery County.        description matching that of a          Montgomery police later      vehicle.
believe are responsible for the        mander of BCI, said the search               “They’ll have to go          carjacking that had occurred       found the car and the two sus-         Burris said the robbery
robbery at the Bank of Ameri-          continues for the money that            through various legal process-    in Montgomery County.              pects and arrested them. They     here in St. Mary’s was among
can branch office in Mechan-           was allegedly stolen from               es before we can bring them             The two suspects con-        recovered a replica of a semi-    the most serious in recent
icsville Aug. 17, but they have        Bank of America.                        down,” Burris said. “We’d         tinued their alleged crime         automatic handgun during the      memory.
not found the money those                  According to Burris, the            been working with them            spree when they reportedly         search of the vehicle, accord-         “It’s pretty brazen,” Burris
suspects allegedly stole.              two suspects reportedly used            [Montgomery County police]        carjacked another vehicle in       ing to Montgomery police          said. “We were certainly glad
    The two suspects, Valeriy          a vehicle in that robbery they          since the [Aug.17] robbery        Montgomery County Aug. 25          reports.                          to get them into custody.”
V. Kouznetsov, 23 and David            had carjacked earlier Aug. 17           occurred.                         and used it in another attempt          Both Concepcion and

Structured Settlements: Providing Economic Peace of Mind
     October 10, 1995, is a day           sion that would guarantee me         members in a wrongful death       cover major life events such       Megan. “However, by opting        basic needs.”
that changed Megan O’Neil’s               money every month so I could         suit have the option of receiv-   as mortgage, loan payoffs,         for a structured settlement,          People should know about
life forever. Megan was rid-              focus on recovery and eventu-        ing payments for life via an      college tuition or ongoing         having that safety and secu-      structured settlements even
ing as a passenger on her way             ally on living my life.” Today,      annuity contract issued by a      medical procedures.”               rity allows them to take risks,   though the majority of Ameri-
back from a school-related                Megan works for the World            reputable life insurance com-          “Many people don’t            like it did me, with the peace    cans may never need to worry
trip when she was in a car ac-            Institute on Disability as a         pany, such as American Gen-       choose structured settlements      of mind knowing they have         about using one, she adds.
cident that left her paralyzed.           leading advocate for people          eral Life Insurance Company       because they’re too safe,” says    regular cash flow to meet their
In addition to the physical and           with disabilities. A graduate        (American General Life).
emotional recovery, Megan                 of The University of Texas                It is true that a lump
was forced to make a financial            at Austin, she is empower-           sum can earn a considerable
decision that would impact the            ing people with disabilities to      amount of interest when in-
rest of her life.                         know the facts about financial       vested or placed in a high-
     She was awarded a finan-             planning.                            yield savings account. How-
cial settlement for her injuries               Megan’s situation is not        ever, the interest earned (not
from her accident and faced               unique. Each year, tens of           the sum itself) is subject to
twIn the event of a financial
settlement in a personal in-
                                          thousands of people in the
                                          United States win settlements
                                                                               state and federal income tax
                                                                               regulations. This can add up              Mechanicsville
jury case, structured settle-             as plaintiffs in personal in-        quickly even on a modest                        28967 Route 5 South
ments are a smarter long-term             jury cases. During the ex-           settlement.
financial investment than one
lump sum.choices: take the
                                          panse of time between court
                                          dates and depositions, many
                                                                                    Structured settlements,
                                                                               on the other hand, are free
settlement as a onetime lump              personal injury plaintiffs are       from state and federal income
                                                                               taxes. Payments made are
                                                                                                                                  Fax: 301-884-5382
sum payment or receive the                unemployed and coping with
money through a structured                injuries some times for years.       non-taxable by state and fed-
settlement annuity contract,              This situation can quickly de-       eral tax guidelines outlined in
which would provide her with              plete savings and result in the      Section 104(a)(2) of the Inter-
a future stream of payments               need to borrow money from            nal Revenue Code.                                                  The DeluxeBed by Tempur-Pedic™
exempt from state and federal             family or incur large amounts             “In addition to the tax                                    Therapy and comfort, perfectly balanced.
income taxes.                             of debt. So when the verdict         benefits, structured settle-
     While the lump sum was               arrives in the plaintiff’s favor,    ments provide peace of mind
enticing, Megan opted for the             or a settlement is reached out       and other benefits,” adds J.P.
structured settlement. As a               of court, the idea of receiving      Steele, president of structured
young woman with limited                  a large sum of money all at          settlements of American
investment experience and                 once could be very attractive.       General Life and immediate
facing a lifetime of expenses                  But many financial ex-          past president of the National
associated with her injury,               perts agree that structured          Structured Settlements Trade
she recognized that she was               settlement payments may be           Association (NSSTA). “For
too young to make long-term               the smarter option long-term.        example, the individual can
investment decisions asso-                “Many people view those              receive a set stream of pay-
ciated with the lump sum                  who receive lump sum pay-            ments punctuated by larger
settlement.                               ments as just the recipients         individual payments to help
     “I knew that while I                 of a big financial windfall,”
couldn’t change the circum-
stance I was in, what I could
do was make the right de-
                                          says Susan Bradley, founder
                                          of Sudden Money Institute.
                                          “However it’s important to
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Megan. “So, I made a deci-
                                          remember that those involved
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                                                       more than just a                 • Materials conveyed up to 60ft
                                                       financial event,                  • Basements and crawl spaces
                                                                                          • Into trenches and drain tile
                                                                                     • Over fences & other difficult areas
                                                       it’s a life event.
                                                       So it is vital for
                                                       these people and                     • Many types of aggregate
                                                                                           • Topsoil, fill dirt, and more
                                                       their families to
                                                       deal with this new
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Daryl Huber
                                                       reality carefully
                                                       and take the time
                                                       to make the best
                                                       financial decision
                                                       possible for their
                                                       future.”                                                                                                                                 Save Time
                                                       taking a lump
                                                       sum at the time of
In the event of a financial settlement in a personal settlement, the in-
injury case, structured settlements are a smarter jured party or the
long-term financial investment than one lump surviving family

                                     St. Mary’s City
                                          St. Mary's City

      DATE                   HIGH                     LOW                        HIGH             LOW
  Fri. Sept. 7              --------                5:30 a.m.                 11:27 a.m.        5:33 p.m.
  Sat. Sept. 8          9/7 11:52 p.m.              6:23 a.m.                 12:23 p.m.        6:30 p.m.
 Sun. Sept. 9             12:46 a.m.                7:12 a.m.                  1:13 p.m.        7:23 p.m.
 Mon. Sept. 10            1:35 a.m.                 7:56 a.m.                  1:59 p.m.        8:11 p.m.
 Tue. Sept. 11            2:19 a.m.                 8:36 a.m.                  2:41 p.m.        8:56 p.m.
 Wed. Sept. 12            3:00 a.m.                 9:12 a.m.                  3:20 p.m.        9:39 p.m.
 Thu. Sept. 13            3:39 a.m.                 9:44 a.m.                  3:56 p.m.       10:19 p.m.

                          LOCATION                    HIGH                       LOW
                         Breton Bay                "+31 min."                 "+29 min."
                       Bushwood Wharf              "+45 min."                 "+45 min."
                        Colton's Point             "+50 min."                 "+24 min."
                        Point Lookout               "-7 min."                  "+6 min."
                         Piney Point                "+9 min."                  "-8 min."
                       Wicomico Beach              "+58 min."                 "+63 min."
                       Solomons Island             "+32 min."                 "+50 min."
	Section	A	-		                                                                                    The County Times	                                                                     Thursday,	September	,	2007

Ramblings of a Country Girl                                                                                                                              It’s	 50	 crummy	 cents,	 surely	
                                                                                                                                                         most	people	could	afford	the	
                                                                                                                                                         difference.	 	 But	 they	 have	
                                                                                                                                                         chosen	 not	 to	 and	 by	 mak-
                                                                                                                                                         ing	that	choice,	we	have	sent	
                                                                                                                                                                                                you	calling?		India.		Why	are	
                                                                                                                                                                                                we	unable	to	do	anything	here	
                                                                                                                                                                                                any more? I find it sad and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     More	 people	 are	 paying	
                                                                                                                                                         countless	manufacturing	jobs	          attention	 now	 -	 after	 the	 dog	
                                                                                                                                                         overseas,	most	to	China.		             food	scare,	the	toothpaste	scare	
                                                                                                                                                               Go	 in	 the	 stores	 and	 try	   and	 the	 lead	 paint	 toy	 scare.		
                                                                                                                                                         to find something made in the          The	Christmas	shopping	sea-
                                                                                                                                                         USA. Try to find something             son	will	be	upon	us	soon.		Try	
                                                                                                                                                         made	 somewhere	 other	 than	          this	–	do	an	internet	search	on	
                                                                                                                                                         China.		Look	at	every	product	         made	in	America	and	made	in	
                              Photo by Adam Ross
                                                                                                                                                         you	 pick	 up	 –	 until	 you	 start	   USA. You’ll find a surpris-
                                                                                                                                                         looking	 at	 everything,	 you	         ing	 number	 of	 hits,	 there	 are	
                                                                                                                                                         don’t	 realize	 the	 magnitude	        sites	dedicated	to	this	and	an	
                                                                                                                                                         of	 what	 I’m	 talking	 about.	    	   encouraging	number	of	small	
                                                                                                                                                         We	 hardly	 make	 anything	 in	        companies	still	making	goods	
                                                                                                                                                         America	 anymore.	 	 Major	            in	 America.	 	 Support	 them.	    	
                                                                                                                                                         light	 bulb	 brand	 –	 made	 in	       And	support	your	local	shops	
                                                                                                                                                         China.		Bandages	and	all	sorts	        that	 carry	 handmade	 goods,	
                                                                                                                                                         of	medical	supplies	–	made	in	         local	 wine,	 and	 original	 art.	 	
                                                                                                                                                         China.		Most	shoes	are	made	           There	are	also	lots	of	retailers,	
                                                                                                                                                         in	China.		Every	purse	in	the	         both	 virtual	 and	 brick-and-
                                                                                                                                                         world	 is	 apparently	 made	           mortar,	that	carry	handcrafted	
                                                                                                                                                         in	 China.	 	 There	 are	 a	 few	      goods	made	in	other	parts	of	
                                                                                                                                                         American	 companies	 mak-              the	 world	 that	 are	 beautiful	
                                                                                                                                                         ing	shoes	but	they	are	mostly	         and	 interesting.	 Understand	

                                                                                                                    Made	in	                             special	items	like	work	shoes	
                                                                                                                                                         and	boots.		I	challenge	you	to	
                                                                                                                                                         try	and	buy	not	made	in	China	
                                                                                                                                                                                                this,	 I’m	 not	 against	 all	 im-
                                                                                                                                                                                                ports.	 I’m	 against	 the	 rising	
                                                                                                                                                                                                monopoly	 of	 goods	 made	 in	
                                                                                                                    China                                for	a	week.		It’s	nearly	impos-
                                                                                                                                                         sible.		Even	a	surprising	num-
                                                                                                                                                         ber	of	food	products	are	made	
                                                                                                                                                                                                one	country	that	is	impacting	
                                                                                                                                                                                                the	rest	of	the	world	economy.	
                                                                                                                                                                                                I	 am	 against	 cheap,	 shoddy	
                                                                                                                                                         in	China.                              goods	 that	 have	 replaced	
Terri	Bartz	Bowles                    making	anything	in	America	           turers	are	competing	for	con-           goods,	 shipping,	 packaging	              We	 just	 don’t	 make	 any	      quality	items.	And	I’m	against	
                                      anymore.	 But	 of	 course	 we	        sumer	dollars	and	consumers	            and	marketing;	that	seems	like	      products	 here	 any	 more,	 so	        people with personal financial
     People	 who	 know	 me	           are.	 We	 simply	 don’t.	 	 Why?	 	   want	 things	 cheap.	 	 But	 the	       a pretty large profit margin.        what	 do	 we	 do?	 	 Service,	         tunnel-vision	 who	 refuse	 to	
know	that	I	have	been	railing	        Greed.	 	 Plain	 and	 simple,	 it	    manufacturers’ profit margins           Consumers	 are	 also	 guilty	        people	 tell	 me,	 we	 do	 ser-        see	the	difference.		
against	 the	 tsunami	 hitting	       comes	 down	 to	 greed.	 	 And	       are	pretty	large.	I	read	an	ar-         –	if	there	were	two	packages	        vice.		Not	so	much.	Have	you	               I’m	going	to	have	a	T-shirt	
our	 shores	 in	 recent	 years	 of	   it’s	not	only	on	the	part	of	the	     ticle	that	stated	only	35	cents	        of	 pencils	 and	 the	 one	 made	    called	your	cell	phone	carrier	        made	that	says	“China	–	I	told	
goods	 made	 in	 China.	 	 Ab-        manufacturers,	 it’s	 also	 con-      stayed	in	China	for	a	product	          in	China	sold	for	50	cents	and	      lately?		Tried	to	make	a	medi-         you	so.”
solutely	everything,	it	seems,	       sumer	greed.		                        that	 retails	 in	 America	 for	        the	one	made	in	the	USA	sold	        cal	 appointment?	 	 Called	 the	
is	 made	 in	 China.	 	 Appar-              Manufacturer	 greed	 is	 a	     $20.	 	 Wow.	 Even	 when	 you	          for	$1.00,	an	awful	lot	of	folks	    800	number	on	the	back	of	the	
ently,	 we’re	 not	 capable	 of	      big	 part	 of	 it,	 but	 manufac-     consider	 the	 cost	 of	 the	 raw	      would	opt	to	save	the	50	cents.	     shampoo	 bottle?	 	 Where	 are	

                                                                                                                               players	in	St.	Mary’s	County	who	could	                  They	have	also	worked	closely	with	
Odd	News                                                                    Continued from page A-

                                                                            County	 Tennis	 Association	 (SMCTA)	
                                                                                                                               benefit from the Cecil Park project, ac-
                                                                                                                               cording	to	Katie	Keen,	a	board	member	
                                                                                                                               for	SMCTA,	who	spoke	with	The	County	
                                                                                                                               Times	in	March.		
                                                                                                                                    “I	see	this	as	a	way	our	whole	team	
                                                                                                                               can	 practice	 at	 one	 time,”	 Keen	 said	 of	
                                                                                                                                                                                   Rollins	to	make	the	project	go	forward.	
                                                                                                                                                                                   Rollins proposed lighting to Dorsey
                                                                                                                                                                                   Park’s courts in fiscal year 2010, in part
                                                                                                                                                                                   because	the	project	at	Cecil	Park	does	not	
                                                                                                                                                                                   include	nighttime	playing	lights.		
                                                                                                                                                                                        The	commissioners	unanimously	ap-
     CHESTERFIELD, Mo. - The last straw was the fake palm                   have	been	strong	advocates	of	the	park’s	
trees for Dwight DeGolia’s neighbors. The 62-year-old retiree               revitalization	 effort,	 including	 lend-          her	 16-person	 team.	 “It’s	 just	 so	 excit-      proved	resubmitting	the	grant	application	
had spent years fixing up the sliver of sloping land outside his            ing	hands	to	write	the	grant	proposal	to	          ing	 to	 have	 four	 courts	 at	 one	 [public]	     to	USTA,	which	requires	them	to	sign	a	
home,	adding	two	putting	greens	that	were	almost	30	feet	long,	             USTA.		                                            location.”		                                        letter.		
a	small	creek	and	a	gazebo.	Then	he	added	50	tons	of	beach	                      For	 years,	 SMCTA	 members	 have	                 The	 courts	 are	 expected	 to	 have	 a	            Commissioner Kenny Dement (R-
sand	to	complete	the	illusion	of	a	tropical	golf	vacation,	as	well	         played	 at	 local	 schools,	 but	 those	 facili-   softer	 surface,	 not	 quite	 as	 soft	 as	 clay	   Callaway)	 made	 the	 motion,	 which	 was	
as	a	portable	golf	hitting	cage	and	a	bar	with	a	pergola	roof.	   	         ties	are	often	congested	with	after-school	        that	 will	 help	 maintain	 the	 vitality	 of	      seconded by by Commissioner Daniel H.
“We had that place really shining,” DeGolia said. But the 8- to             activities,	and	a	lack	of	open	bathrooms	          older	players.		                                    Raley (D-Great Mills).
12-foot	palm	trees	made	it	impossible	for	neighbors	to	ignore	              and	shelters	from	the	sun.		                            SMCTA is a non-profit charter asso-
DeGolia’s project anymore, a passion that they said was mak-                     There	are	roughly	1,600	active	tennis	        ciation	partnered	with	the	USTA.		
ing the neighborhood look tacky and led them to take DeGolia
to court. “We gave it a nickname,” said Dennis Taylor, a for-
mer	subdivision	trustee.	“Wally	World.”		Cities	and	neighbor-
hood	associations	have	struggled	for	years	with	how	to	handle	
situations	in	which	eccentric	people	with	a	penchant	for	lawn	
decoration get into fights with nearby homeowners. The battles
often	feature	issues	that	are	far	from	straightforward,	such	as	
                                                                            Fifth	Annual	Skateboard	Series	Results
whose	property	rights	are	more	important	—	the	woman	who	                        The	 Ledo	 Pizza	 2007	                2.	Jake	Hilbish	                     3.	Olivia	Branch	                  Tyrone	Reed
fancies	dozens	of	cupid	statues	on	her	front	lawn,	or	the	next-             Mid	Atlantic	Skate	Series	cel-              3. Daniel Hobson                                                            Arlington:	Trevor	Colden
door	neighbor	who	has	to	look	at	it?	In	any	event,	he	and	his	              ebrated	the	conclusion	of	our	                                                   Longboard	Bowl:                        Olney:	         Jonathan	
wife moved to Oklahoma, in part because of the fight with                   5th	year	at	St.	Mary’s	County	              14-17	Bowl:	                         1.	Frank	Schaffroth                Lankford
landscaping.		                                                              Skatepark	 last	 weekend,	 and	             1.	Corey	Rubin	                      2.	Coco	Branch                         Old	School	Skatepark	#2:	
                                                                            what	a	year	it	was!	                        2. Charles Dagley                    3.	Neal	Hailey                     Trevor	Colden
     BIGGS,	Ore.	-	Three	commercial	truck	drivers	blocked	a	                     MASS	 2007	 included	 8	               3.	Chuck	Morris	                                                            Charles	 County:	 Chris	
car	leading	authorities	on	a	high-speed	chase	for	more	than	50	             contests	 and	 over	 400	 skat-                                                  Novice	Street:                     Williams
miles.		The	truckers	pulled	alongside	each	other	and	slowed	to	             ers	 representing	 11	 states,	 an	         18-29	Bowl:	                         1.	Neal	Hailey                         St.	 Mary’s:	 Chris	 Van	
about 5 mph, forming a rolling roadblock. The fleeing driver                army	 of	 tremendous	 volun-                1.	Chris	Williams	                   2. Daniel Crowe                    Eeklin	
stopped and fled on foot but was quickly captured, authorities              teers,	 and	 a	 lot	 of	 great	 skat-       2.	Ed	Latus	                         3.	Myles	Willard
said.		Trucker	Edwin	Beach	said	he	had	heard	police	radio	traf-             ing.		For	complete	results	see	             3.	Ryan	Magyar	                                                            Big	Air	(at	Olney)
fic and said, “OK, where’s the high-speed chase at?” He coordi-             www.ledopizzaskateboard-                                                         Intermediate	Street:                  1.	Tom	Knox
nated	with	two	other	drivers	over	CB	and	placed	his	truck	in	the	                                  30-39	Bowl:	                         1.	Korey	Gandy	and	Trev-              2.	 Ronnie	 Oneal	 and	
middle	on	Interstate	84.		“We	were	all	kind	of	laughing	because	                                                        1.	John	Fudala	                  or	Colden	(tie)                        Tommy	Little	(tie)
he	was	running	down	the	freeway,”	said	Beach,	of	Kelso,	Wash.	                                                          2.	Robert	Roper	                     2.	Coco	Branch
Identities	of	the	other	two	truckers	were	not	immediately	avail-            Top	3	overall	in	each	                      3.	Zac	Reed	                         3. Charles Dagley              I	 would	 like	 to	 sincerely	
able.		The	chase	began	Saturday	near	Boardman	and	ended	near	               class	were:	                                                                                               thank	 Ledo	 Pizza,	 Red	 Bull	
the John Day Dam on the Columbia River about 100 miles east                      	                                      40+	Bowl:	                           Expert	Street:            and	 all	 of	 our	 sponsors,	 and	
of	Portland,	police	said.	Speeds	during	the	chase	exceeded	100	                  10	and	Under	Bowl:	                    1.	Bob	Pribble	                      1.	Alex	Johns             the	 many	 volunteers	 we	 de-
mph. The fleeing car had been reported to have been involved                     1.	Neal	Hailey	                        2.	Curt	Kimbel	                      2.	Chris	Williams         pend	 on	 each	 week	 to	 make	
in	a	hit-and-run.                                                                2.	Joe	Rutkowski	                      3.	Jeff	Swayne	                      3. Dakota Welty           the	series	come	alive.	It	was	a	
                                                                                 3.	Nic	Potts	                                                                                         great	year,	and	I	look	forward	
     FLAGSTAFF,	Ariz.	-	A	Flagstaff	man	allegedly	climbed	                                                              Women	Bowl:	                         Red	Bull	Manny	Mania	 to	 seeing	 everyone	 again	 in	
into a hearse during a funeral to nap a pile of flowers. Chris-                  11-13	Bowl:	                           1.	Alexandra	Hailey	             Best	Trick:                   2008!
topher	Billie,	37,	was	booked	into	the	Yavapai	County	jail	on	                   1.	Frank	Schaffroth	                   2. Jackie Dorney                     Old	School	Skatepark	#1:	      Curt
one	count	of	auto	burglary,	said	Sgt.	Tom	Boughner,	a	Flagstaff	
police	spokesman.		Police	were	called	to	Our	Lady	of	Guada-
lupe	 Church	 just	 after	 8	 p.m.	 Thursday	 by	 a	 funeral	 director	
who	watched	as	Billie	opened	the	hearse	door,	climbed	inside	
and began grabbing flower vases, Boughner said. Billie, who
reportedly	was	intoxicated,	was	detained	by	the	mortician	until	
officers arrived.
                                                                            Navy News
     ELK	RIVER,	Minn.	-	A	7-foot	statue	of	Buddha,	covered	
in	 copper-landen	 bronze	 was	 stolen	 from	 an	 outdoor	 temple	
shire	at	the	Thai	Buddhist	Center	of	Minnesota	because	of	what	
                                                                            NAVAIR	Vice	Commander	Retiring	at	
appears	to	be	growing	prices	for	scrap	metal,	police	said.			Po-
lice	Chief	Jeff	Beahen	said	a	45-year-old	Elk	River	woman	was	
arrested	 Friday	 night,	 and	 a	 male	 family	 member	 was	 being	
                                                                            Month’s	End                                                                  ewold	 since	 test	 pilot	 school	
                                                                                                                                                         in	1991.
                                                                                                                                                              “What	I	learned	way	back	
                                                                                                                                                                                                been	much	different	than	any-
                                                                                                                                                                                                thing	 he’s	 ever	 done	 before.	
                                                                                                                                                                                                “As	a	program	manager	I	fo-
looked	at	as	another	suspect	in	the	theft.		The	statue,	valued	at	                                                                                       then,	and	[what]	I	still	see	to-       cused	on	a	product,	but	in	the	
$10,000,	 was	 stolen	 Wednesday	 night,	 and	 a	 detective	 issued	        Amy	Kaper                               United	States	Naval	Test	Pilot	      day,	is	that	Rear	Admiral	En-          command office, I focused on
a	statewide	alert	to	police	and	scrap	dealers	Thursday	with	a	              Staff	Writer                            School	 at	 Naval	 Air	 Station	     ewold	is	a	true	people	person	         the	people	and	facilities	of	the	
photo	of	the	stolen	statue.		Early	Friday	afternoon,	a	recycling	                                                   Patuxent	 River	 from	 1988-         whose	caring	 and	 easy-going	         organization.”
company	 in	 Monticello	 called	 the	 detective,	 saying	 they	 had	             Rear	 Admiral	 Steven	 L.	         1991.	 “More	 than	 half	 of	 the	   manner	 puts	 people	 at	 ease	             According	 to	 Enewold,	
taken	in	two	pieces	of	scrap	they	believed	to	be	from	the	statue.	 	        Enewold,	 Vice	 Commander	              military	 program	 managers	         right	 away,”	 Portnoy	 said.	 “I	     the	people	that	make	up	NA-
Police	recovered	the	right	shoulder	and	right	hip	of	the	statue,	           of	 Naval	 Air	 Systems	 Com-           within	 NAVAIR	 are	 my	 for-        think	his	willingness	to	tackle	       VAIR	 are	 a	 unique	 and	 rare	
each	weighing	about	60	pounds,	and	with	the	help	of	the	recy-               mand	(NAVAIR),	will	end	his	            mer	students,”	he	said.              big	 jobs	 as	 the	 vice	 com-         commodity.	
cler	 were	 able	 to	 identify	 the	 woman	 who	 had	 brought	 them	        Navy	career	Sept.	26	after	35	               “Rear	 Admiral	 Enewold	        mander	is	complemented	and	                 However,	 he	 is	 looking	
in.		“There	are	another	10	pieces	or	so,	and	I	hope	the	other	              years	of	service.                       has	 always	 been	 people	 fo-       enabled	 because	 he	 works	 so	       forward	to	change	as	he	seeks	
recycling	companies	are	as	diligent	in	talking	with	us,”	Bea-                    Enewold	took	over	as	Vice	         cused.	His	call	sign,	‘Smiley,’	     well	with	people.”                     employment	 within	 the	 aero-
hen	said.		The	statue	was	specially	made	in	Thailand	for	the	               Commander	in	August	2006.	              captures	 the	 essence	 of	 his	          Captain	Mat	Winter,	Pro-          nautical	community.	
center.		“It’s	too	bad,”	said	temple	member	Jay	Cramer.	“The	               Within	NAVAIR,	he	has	acted	            character,”	 Captain	 Barbara	       gram	 Manager	 for	 the	 Preci-             “I	was	spoiled	as	the	pro-
whole	community	is	real	sad.	It’s	a	sacred	piece.”		But	Cramer	             as Program Executive Officer            Bell,	 a	 member	 of	 Enewold’s	     sion	Strike	Weapons	Program	           gram	manager	for	Joint	Strike	
said	there	was	some	relief	in	knowing	that	the	statue	was	stolen	           for	 the	 Joint	 Strike	 Fighter	       team	at	NAVAIR,	said.	“He	is	        Office (PMA-201), knows En-            Fighter	 (JSF),”	 he	 said.	 “I’m	
for	money	and	not	because	of	bigotry.		A	new	law	took	effect	               Program Office; Director,               continually	engaged	in	coach-        ewold	as	a	true	leader,	mentor	        really	 looking	 forward	 to	
in	Minnesota	Aug.	1	requiring	scrap	dealers	to	keep	detailed	               Air Vehicle Division; Pro-              ing,	 mentoring,	 and,	 most	        and	friend.                            building	something	again.”	
records of all transactions. Sellers must show state-issued IDs,            gram	Manager	for	the	EA-6B	             importantly,	 empowering	 the	            “He	 combines	 the	 right	             Rear	 Admiral	 William	
and	dealers	must	pay	them	with	checks	or	electronic	transfers	              (PMA-234);	and	Program	Ex-              people	who	work	for	him.”            mix	of	authority	and	camara-           Shannon,	 NAVAIR’s	 Assis-
and	take	pictures	of	them	and	their	vehicles.                               ecutive Officer for Air ASW,                 Captain	 Ralph	 Portnoy,	       derie	to	bring	out	the	absolute	       tant	Commander	for	Logistics	
                                                                            Assault	and	Special	Missions	           co-lead	 of	 the	 Total	 Force	      best	in	each	person	he	touch-          and	 Industrial	 Operations,	
                                                                            Program	(PEO-A).                        Strategy	 and	 Management	           es,”	said	Winter.                      will	assume	the	duties	of	Vice	
                                                                                 Enewold	also	taught	at	the	        Department, has known En-                 Enewold	said	his	job	has	         Commander	Oct.	1”
Thursday, September 6, 2007                                                            The County Times                                                                                   Section A - 7

Charlotte Louise (Prois)         to Recorded Books at your lo-      Joseph Earl Combs, Joseph         rial Gardens, Leonardtown,              She is survived by her             The family will receive
      Andes, 85                  cal library.                       Franklin Combs, Franklin          Md.                                son, John R. Hughes and his        friends Thursday, Sept. 6,
                                      Arrangements by the           E.Combs, John R. Combs,                Arrangements by the           wife Phyllis, of Lexington         2007 from 4-8 p.m. and Fri-
                                 Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.      Louis M. Combs, Michael H.        Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.      Park, Md, five grandchil-          day, Sept. 7, 2007 from 5-8
                                 in Leonardtown, Md.                Combs, Paul Jenifer Combs,        in Leonardtown, Md.                dren, Carol and David De-          p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral
                                                                    Margaret Cullison, Lucy Lo-            Condolences to the fam-       Benedictis, Linda and Mark         Home Chapel, Leonardtown,
                                      Marco Bellosi, Sr.            retta Combs and Rose Celeste      ily may be left at www.brins-      Paolini, Mark Hughes, all of       Md. Prayers will be recited
                                                                    Combs.                                    Philadelphia, Pa, Nicole and       at 7 p.m. on both evenings.
                                      On Thursday, Aug. 23,              Mr. Combs attended                A full obituary will ap-      John Grant-Barajas of Hono-        A Mass of Christian Burial
                                 2007, of Dunkirk, MD, be-          Great Mills High School. He       pear at a later date.              lulu, HI, and Brittany Grant       will be celebrated Saturday,
                                 loved husband of Linda Bello-      moved to Washington, D.C. in                                         of Hollywood, Md., and five        Sept. 8, 2007 at 11 a.m. in St.
                                 si; loving father of Marco, Jr.,   1937, where he joined the C.C.     George Louis Holloway,            great-grandchildren, Gianna        John Francis Regis Catholic
                                 Ricky, Gracy, Kim, Brian, D-       Camp as a heavy equipment                   III                      Paolini, Marcella DeBene-          Church, Hollywood, Md. Fa-
                                 bo, Madison, Little Gracy and      operator. In 1939 he joined the                                      dictis, Mariano DeBenedictis,      ther Ray Schmidt will conduct
                                 Vincent; brother of Joe, Rosey     U.S. Merchant Marines as an            George Louis Holloway         Zeke Grant and Emily Grant.        the service. Interment will fol-
                                 and John. Also survived by         ordinary seaman. He sailed        passed away peacefully at his           In addition to her parents,   low in the church cemetery.
                                 20 grandchildren; numerous         around the world and was on       home on Aug. 26, 2007. He is       she was preceded in death               Arrangements by the
                                 cousins, nieces, nephews and       two ships that were torpedoed     survived by his beloved wife,      by her husband, John M.            Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.
                                 other family. Family invite        during World War II. He was       Barbara A. Holloway; loving        Hughes.                            in Leonardtown, MD.
     Charlotte Louise (Prois)    friends to call at the LEE FU-     honorably discharged in 1943      daughter, Vicki A. Weeks                A Memorial Service to              A full obituary will ap-
Andes, 85, of Hollywood,         NERAL HOME, CALVERT,               as a boatswain. He then owned     (James); two sons, Marc L.         celebrate her life will be an-     pear at a later date.
Md., died Aug. 29, 2007 at her   P.A., 8125 Southern Maryland       and operated an Auto Body         (Jonese) and Michael G. Hol-       nounced by the family.
residence.                       Blvd., (Rt. 4 and Fowler Rd.)      Shop in Washington, D.C.          loway; two loving grandsons,            Memorial contributions          Dorothy Lee Johnson
     Born Dec. 25, 1921 in       Owings, MD, on Wednesday           He worked as an auto body         Zachary J. and Devin A.            may be made to Susan G. Ko-               Seipp, 74
Rutherford, N.J., she was the    and Thursday, from 2 to 4 and      repairman until his retire-       Weeks.                             men Breast Cancer Founda-
daughter of the late Eman        6 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian      ment in 1984. He then moved            Visitation was Thursday,      tion, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite           Dorothy Lee Johnson
Prois and Sophie Satinover       Burial was celebrated on Fri-      to Valley Lee, Md., where he      August 30, 2007 6 to 8 p.m.        250, Dallas, TX 75244.             Seipp, 74, a 23-year resident
Prois.                           day, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. at Jesus     made his home until moving        at LEE FUNERAL HOME,                    Arrangements by the           of Tracys Landing, died of
     She attended Rutherford     the Good Shepherd Catholic         to Greenville, N.H. in 2005 to    INC., Branch Ave. and Cov-         Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.      cancer Aug. 25 at her home
school system. She gradu-        Church, 1601 W. Mount Har-         be near his daughter and fam-     entry Way, Clinton, MD and         in Leonardtown, Md.                after a brief illness.
ated from Passaic School of      mony Rd., Owings, MD.              ily. His greatest passions in     Friday, August 31 from 10                                                  Mrs. Seipp was born
Nursing and joined the Army                                         life were his family, fishing,    a.m. until time of service 11        Alma Mae Mason, 86               Nov. 10, 1932, in Charlottes-
Nurse Corp during World                                             crabbing and gardening.           a.m. at Israel Baptist Church,                                        ville, Va., and attended Prince
War II, serving in the Philip-   William Clayton Combs,                  The family will receive      1251 Saratoga Ave., NE. In-             Alma Mae Mason, 86, of        George\’s Community Col-
pines, Manila and Cebu. She                                         friends on Friday, Sept. 7,       terment Arlington National         White Plains died of lung can-     lege. She worked in human
                                           85                       2007 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the
then took her discharge from                                                                          with Full Military Honors at a     cer on Aug.16, 2007 at Civista     resources for the former C&P
the Army in Hawaii and for                                          Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral       later date.                        Medical Center.                    Telephone Co. for more than
several months ran a Nursery                                        Home, where prayers will               In lieu of flowers, con-           Born April 11, 1921, in       28 years, retiring in 1995.
school at Schofield Barracks                                        be said at 7 p.m.. A Mass of      tributions may be made to          Millville, N.J., she was one       In 1999 she started her own
for the Army. Upon returning                                        Christian Burial will be cel-     the scholarship fund at Israel     of ten children born to the        business, Dorothy\’s Gifts and
to Rutherford, she attended                                         ebrated on Saturday, Sept. 8      Baptist Church.                    late Raymond and Elizabeth         Consignments, in Deale.
Seton Hall College majoring                                         2007 at 10 a.m. in Holy Face                                         Stormes.                                She lived in Washington,
in Public Health and went 38                                        Catholic Church, Great Mills,                                             On June 15, 1941, she         D.C., with her former husband,
                                                                    Md., with Fr. Joseph Sileo of-     Anna Marie Hughes, 86
years in Occupational Health.                                                                                                            marreid Wilbur S. Mason            the late Cecil W. Johnson, un-
She was employed at Olonite                                         ficiating. Interment will fol-                                       of Brookneal,Va. They were         til 1966 when she moved to
in Passaic, N.J. and Wyoming                                        low in the church Cemetery.                                          married nearly 45 years before     Churchton. An avid Oriole
Industries, American Bosch                                          Pallbearers will be Brian                                            his death in 1986. They lived      fan, she also enjoyed playing
in Springfield, Mass. and                                           T. Combs, David J. Combs,                                            most of their married life in      bingo at the Deale Elks lodge,
in the Trenton, N.J. area for                                       James M. Combs, Joseph M.                                            Marlow Heights, Md., where         collecting porcelain dolls and
GTE. GM. Essex Rubber and                                           Combs, Richard T. Combs                                              they raised their five chil-       taking trips to Charles Town,
retired after 24 years of ser-                                      and Stephen Todd Combs.                                              dren. Alma moved to Charles        W.Va.
vice at Circle F. Industry.                                         Honorary pallbearers will be                                         County where she lived with
     She was a member of                                            Richard Goldsborough, James                                          her son Gary, his wife Sandy            Surviving are her hus-
the Rutherford Alumni, the                                          Hansen and Earl Russell.                                             and their two children until       band, LeRoy Seipp, whom
Medical Center of Passaic                                           Contributions may be made to                                         her death. She is survived by      she married April 24, 1984;
Alumni, A/A/O/H/N, Senior                                           the Second District Volunteer                                        her five children, Wayne Ma-       one son, Danny Johnson of
                                      William Clayton Combs,        Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad,                                         son of Mechanicsville,MD,
Center Club D in Trenton,        85, of Greenville, N.H., for-                                                                                                              Ellicott City; two daughters,
N.J., a lifetime member of the                                      P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD                                           Sherry Green of College            Patricia Smith of Waldorf
                                 merly of Valley Lee, Md., died     20692. Arrangements pro-                                             Park, Md., Barbara Shisler
American Legion Post 162,        Sept. 2, 2007 at home after a                                                                                                              and Diane Powers of Church-
Lexington Park, Md., VFW in                                         vided by the Mattingley-Gar-                                         of Glen Allen, Va, Gary Ma-        ton; five grandchildren; four
                                 long illness.                      diner Funeral Home, P.A.                                             son of White Plains, Md. and
California, Md., Red Hat So-          Born in Valley Lee, Md.                                                                                                               great-grandchildren; and six
ciety, Calvert County Market                                                                                                             Lori Sullivan of Pomfret, Md.      stepchildren, Susan Owen,
                                 on Jan. 8, 1922 he was the          Salvatore Victor Greco,                                             She is also survived by 11
in Prince Frederick, Md., and    son of the late Joseph Frank-                                                                                                              LeRoy Seipp III, Kate Kalins,
the Northern Senior Center.                                                    89                          Anna Marie Hughes, 86,        grandchildren, Mike Mason,         John Seipp, Joseph \”Samuel\”
                                 lin and Margaret Lucille Red-                                                                           Cheryl Iverson, Terry Green,
She enjoyed making coiled        man Combs Sr. He was the                                             of Mayfair, Pa., died Aug. 25,                                        Seipp and Sally Leapley. She
rugs and listening to recorded                                           Salvatore Victor Greco,      2007 in St. Mary’s Hospital,       Dawn Green, Heathr Shisler,        was the mother of the late
                                 husband of Mary Virginia                                                                                Jessica Shisler, Megan Yancy,
books.                           Crump, whom he married at          89, of Lexington Park, Md.,       Leonardtown, Md. She has                                              Louis Johnson.
     She is survived by her                                         died Sept. 3, 2007 at his         gone home to live evermore         Aaron Mason, Sarah Mason,               Visitation is from 2 to 4
                                 St. Gabriel’s Church in Wash-                                                                           Eric Morris and Kevin Sulli-
daughter, Barbara Jane Fer-      ington, D.C. on July 13, 1945.     residence.                        in the kingdom of God.                                                and 6 to 8 p.m. at Lee Funeral
rante with whom she lived,                                               Born June 19, 1918 in             Born Sept. 7, 1920 in         van plus nine great-grandchil-     Home Calvert, 8125 Southern
                                 He is survived by his wife of                                                                           dren. Her surviving siblings
granddaughter, Jillian Marie,    62 years; his daughter, Nancy      Manhattan, N.Y., he was the       Philadelphia, Pa., she was                                            Maryland Blvd., Owings on
both of Hollywood, Md., a                                           son of the late Frank Greco       the daughter of the late Rob-      are Peggy, Mary, and Junior        Wednesday, where services
                                 Lee Courage and husband Da-                                                                             from Millville, N.J.
niece and two nephews. In        vid M. Courage; three grand-       and Filomena DiGiorno             ert Wallace and Emma Yates                                            will be at 11:30 a.m. Thurs-
addition to her parents, she                                        Greco.                            Wallace.                                Memorial Contributions        day. Burial will follow at 1
                                 children, Christopher and                                                                               can be made to the American
was preceded in death by her     William Courage and Kelly               The family will receive           She was recently the                                             p.m. in Maryland Veterans
husband, Leonard Andes,                                             friends on Friday, Sept. 7,       proud recipient of the Pres-       Cancer Society.                    Cemetery, 11301 Crain High-
                                 Ann Clark; two great-grand-
son-in-law, Ralph Ferrante,      sons, Colby and Jordan Clark.      2007 from 10 a.m. to 12           ident’s Volunteer Service                                             way, Cheltenham. In lieu of
and sister, Rhoda Wood.          Mr. Combs is also survived by      p.m. in Leonardtown Baptist       Award. Her life epitomized             Marilyn Elizabeth              flowers, contributions may be
     All services will be        his sister, Loretta Marie Rule,    Church, Leonardtown, Md.,         selflessness, a servant’s heart,         Mathes, 57                   made to Hospice of the Chesa-
private.                         of Leonardtown, Md. He was         where a Funeral Service will      and the unconditional love of                                         peake, 445 Defense Highway,
     Memorial contributions      preceded in death by his son,      be conducted at 12 p.m. Rev-      God. Memories of her will               Marilyn      Elizabeth        Annapolis, MD 21401.
may be to Hospice of St.         Robert William Combs in            erend Clyde Phillips will con-    forever cling to the heart,        Mathes, 57, of Hollywood,
Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leon-      1992 and his brothers and sis-     duct the service. Interment       soul, and mind of all who had      Md., died September 1, 2007
ardtown, MD 20650 or donate      ters, Thomas Lester Combs,         will follow in Charles Memo-      the pleasure to know her.          at her residence.
	Section	A	-		                                                                                       The County Times	                                                                            Thursday,	September	6,	2007

Continued from page A-

first saw use for grain storage,       said.
Miller said, but once grain                   By boring down into
prices dropped and tobacco             the ground underneath the
was in demand the purpose of           barn, where no rain has fallen
the barn was changed to keep           since 1785 and the pollen has
profits rolling in to Mackall’s        stopped seeping and winding
1,700-acre estate.                     through the soil, historians
     Aside from its uses in the        and scientists can ascertain
agricultural life of Maryland          from pollen samples what
in the 18th century, the barn’s        crops were grown in the area
structure gives historians a           and when.
glimpse into ancient English                  This gives historians and
building methods.                      scientists a more accurate vi-
     While the barn was built          sion of what the environment
in 1785, the techniques used           was like around St. Mary’s
to erect it came from 17th cen-        City centuries ago and chang-
tury England nearly 100 years          es that have occurred since.
before.                                       Richard Moe, chair of the
     The use of tilted false           St. Mary’s Commission, said
plates as a way of securing the        the tobacco barns of Southern
roof, a kind of pegging tech-          Maryland were an endangered
niques0 to keep the timbers of         breed and worth preserving.
the barn together for so long                 The Mackall barn was
point to a time long past, Mill-       particularly important, he
er said.                               said.
     “We’re lucky this has sur-               “It’s been an anomaly for
vived, so lucky,” Miller said          a long time and we thought
of the Mackall barn.                   about what to do with it,” Moe                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Guy Leonard
     But the story the barn can        told The County Times. “It              The Mackall barn, built in 1785, was used to store grain, tobacco and livestock throughout its life. It has also given scientists and historians insight into the
tell historians about the land’s       was never an option to destroy          environment and agriculture in Maryland’s colonial era.
past doesn’t end there, Miller         it, it was too significant.”

MSDE	Awarded	$6.2	Million	Grant	to	Create	                                          West said all of the state’s        gram in local schools. One               for new funding to continue              centers at local school sys-

Online	Portal                                                                  local school systems have
                                                                               unique needs, but the grant
                                                                               is broad based dealing with
                                                                               training and recruitment of
                                                                                                                        currently exists where teach-
                                                                                                                        ers can partner up and co-
                                                                                                                        teach in a content area, how-
                                                                                                                        ever MSDE would like to see
                                                                                                                                                                 this important work.”
                                                                                                                                                                      Part of future funding
                                                                                                                                                                 efforts will go towards the
                                                                                                                                                                 improvement of preschool
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tems,” West said. “Also a pos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          sibility of using computers at
                                                                                                                                                                                                          libraries across the state.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The parent information
By	Adam	Ross                           special education teachers,             highly qualified teachers, and           an additional program imple-             special education, including             and training centers are locat-
Staff	Writer                           along with enhancing interest           access for parents to the state’s        mented for special education.            knowledge and personnel                  ed within each school system.
                                       and awareness of the state’s            special education curriculum.                 Furthermore,       another          enhancements.                            Parents can also contact their
     Using a $6.2 million fed-         curriculum.                                  The portal will contain             goal is to increase interest and              “This is a collaborative            local special education citi-
eral grant awarded this month,              The grant is spread out            links for teachers interested            awareness of special educa-              partnership to provide state-            zens advisory committee for
the Maryland State Depart-             over five years, with the first         in obtaining a highly qualified          tion, enhancing the quality of           wide resources for parents               any issues they might have.
ment of Education is cook-             planning meeting scheduled              status by acquiring different            life for students. MSDE has              with questions about what is                  “Anything we can do to
ing up a special education             for Sept. 18, according to              certifications offered through-          partnered with John Hopkins              happening for their child at             enhance communication with
development portal, a “super           Sharon West, a section chief            out the state.                           University Center for Tech-              the preschool age,” West said            parents is critical,” West said.
site” with online resources,           for instructional support and                “With special education             nology in Education to meet              of the preschool portion.                     The grant is worth $1.24
courses and tools to help edu-         professional development at             a lot has to do with service             the project’s seven goals.                    For parents without Inter-          million a year, awarded from
cators and parents manage the          MSDE.                                   delivery,” West said. “Highly                 “This grant will help               net access, West said MSDE               the U.S. Education Depart-
educations of children with                 “We are going to come              qualified status for special ed-         MSDE’s work in several areas             is working with Parents Place            ment’s Office of Special
disabilities.                          together and roll out a plan,”          ucators, if they are a teacher,          critical to improving success            of Maryland, a center for fam-           Education and Rehabilitative
     The site will be read-            West said of the first meeting.         they are responsible for con-            for many of our most vulner-             ilies and children with disabil-         Services.
ily accessible to local school         “But we would like to first             tent, they have to be certified          able students,” said State Su-           ities, to address the issue.
systems across the state via           see what pieces we have on-             in a content area.”                      perintendent of Schools Nan-                  “We would like to use an-
the Internet, outlining seven          line and get those together as               The money will also go              cy S. Grasmick in a written              other grant funding to maybe
MSDE solutions to train-               a foundation and build from             towards bringing on an addi-             release. “We continue to place           buy some computers to be
ing, retraining and retaining          there.”                                 tional alternative teacher pro-          a high priority on the search            housed at the parent training

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The St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners declared September as National Youth Court month, in response
to the overwhelmingly successful teen court program. Commissioners Thomas A. Mattingly Sr. and Francis Jack
Russell give a proclamation to Cynthia Brown, the county’s community services manager and Kelsey Bush, a
county youth coordinator. The teen court program has offered resolution to nearly 250 cases, with just a 15
percent recidivism rate, half of the national average. In teen court, juvenile offenders try their own cases, acting
as lawyers, judges and prosecutors.

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