Priceless Southern Calvert
Everything Solomons, Lusby,
Dowell, and St. Leonard
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The Spiggy Bobble
Head is Here
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In St. Leonad
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Photo by Sean Rice
Do you support the addition
of a third nuclear reactor
at Calvert Clif fs Nuclear
“Yea, it’s going
to create jobs, which
is great for us. But the
‘con’ is, I think we’re on
a hit list for the Taliban
now, and what’s it go-
ing to do for our traffic
problem?” asked Tim
Lafaive, of Solomons, a
Lieutenant at the Solo-
mons Island Volunteer
“This county’s al-
ready congested as it is,
and 5,000 more jobs, I
don’t know,” he said.
“They say the Bay is al-
ready polluted, and all
the new nuclear waste,
what are they going to
do with it?”
“I think it’s an excellent idea, because of all the short-
term jobs, bringing money into the local economy. And
400 long-term jobs. That’s more job opportunities for the
area in this declining economy,” said Killian McCarthy,
of Broomes Island, who volunteers at the Solomons Island
Volunteer Fire Department. “It’s not going to do anything
to the Bay. The only downfall is what are we going to do
with it when it’s filled up, when it’s done.”
think it’s a great
idea, because of all those
jobs it will make,” said Jordan
Haines, a junior at Patuxent High
School, who volunteers at the Solo-
mons Island Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment. “Maybe I can get one.”
Haines said although there may be con-
cerns about the environmental effects
of using nuclear power, the positive
impact it will have on the econo-
my outweighs that. “It does
for me at least.”
2 Thursday, November-2009
On T he Cover
Ed Miller, 85, of Drum Point, hold a photograph
of himself from when he worked in the Pentagon
in Washington D.C. In the background is the On
Watch sculpture which looks out over the water
near Solomons Island.
4 Local News
7 Delegate Column
County Commissioner President Wilson Parran talks at Middleham Chapel 8 Community
in Lusby on Nov. 1, celebrating the parish’s 325 anniversary. SEE PAGE 6
Bonnie Blackwell holds one of the giant
14 Cover Story
lollypops she has for sale at Sweet Dreams
Candy Shoppe, which is in a new location in 17 Obituaries
the St. Leonard town center. SEE PAGE 13
18 Business Directory
19 Out & About
FOR EVENTS HAPPENING IN community
YOUR AREA, CHECK PAGE 23 IN World-renowned violinist Jose Cuerto, left, is joined with David 22 Entertainment
OUT AND ABOUT Kung, at the COSMIC Symphony Orchestra’s seventh season
opener. SEE PAGE 9 23 On The Water
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Thursday, November-2009 3
Nuclear Merger OK’d – With Concessions
$4.5 billion joint venture be- customers of Baltimore Gas and Electric, a
tween Constellation Energy subsidiary of Baltimore-based Constellation.
Group, owner of Calvert Cliffs The credit would give each BGE customer
Nuclear Power Plant, and France’s EDF re- $100. The PSC said the company should im-
ceived approval from the Maryland Public plement the credit before the end of March
Service Commission (PSC) on Oct. 30. 2010 to help offset winter heating bills.
The approval marks one of the last reg- The PSC said in its order that it’s not
ulatory hurdles in a deal to sell nearly half enough for the companies to prove the trans-
of Constellation’s nuclear assets to EDF, action is consistent with the public interest.
but the approval comes with $360 million The PSC said Baltimore Gas and Electric
in add-on concessions demanded by Gov. Customers “must receive benefits directly ...
Martin O’Malley that must be paid. not just their share of the transactions’ im-
On Monday, Nov. 2, Constellation En- pact on the public at large.”
ergy released a statement saying the merg- The PSC’s order also noted concerns
ing companies have agreed with the condi- about the availability of capital to support
tions set by Maryland regulators to move BGE after Constellation nearly went bank-
forward with the $4.5 billion joint nuclear rupt last year, saying Constellation’s “near-
venture. death experience in September 2008 demon-
“We are pleased that the Maryland strated all too vividly how vulnerable BGE
Public Service Commission concluded the is if, and when, things go badly for CEG.”
Constellation Energy-EDF nuclear joint The approval directs Constellation to
venture is in the public interest and repre- infuse BGE with $250 million to strengthen
sents an important element in Maryland’s the company and protect consumers.
energy future,” Constellation Energy said O’Malley issued a statement after the
in the statement. “We have consulted with announcement, stating: “Although this has
our Board and received its approval. We been a contentious proceeding at times, the
are now moving to close the transaction as process and the law worked -- and ratepayers
quickly as possible so that we can begin to and BGE are better off because of it. I look
deliver the many benefits of this investment forward to working with Constellation and
to all stakeholders across the state.” EDF … to move forward on the anticipated
The conditions mandated by the PSC construction of Calvert Cliffs III.” By Sean
include a one-time, $110.5 million credit for Rice (email@example.com)
Stimulus Money Coming to Calvert
ocal residents can now easily see – $86,378;
which agencies in Calvert Coun- • Boys and Girls Club of Southern Mary-
ty have received a share of the land – $42,500;
federal government’s $787 billion in stimu- • County – congregate nutrition services
lus money, thanks to data now available on – $9,615.
the updated Recovery.gov Web site. Work on the site was done by Smartron-
The interactive Web site was recently ix, which employs about 120 people in South-
revamped by a team headed by Smartronix, ern Maryland, of which nearly a third live in
a technology company based in St. Mary’s Calvert County.
County that is partly owned by Alan Parris, Founded by Alan Parris, his brother John
an engineer who lives in Saint Leonard. Parris, and partner and fellow engineer Ar-
In mid-October, the site began posting shed Javaid in 1995, Smartronix now employs
data from companies and other recipients about 540 people in offices around the world
around the country that received direct con- and generated sales of $90 million last year.
tracts from the federal government. “At times it was very, very scary – we
On Oct. 31, it posted another 121,000 barely made payroll,” said Alan Parris, about
reports, most of which are about grants to the company’s early years in a basement office
prime and sub-recipients, such as states, non- in Lexington Park.
profits and universities. Earlier this year, Smartronix won the Re-
Calvert County so far has received more covery.gov contract, potentially valued at $18
than $15 million in grants, but no contracts or million over the next five years, with a team
loans, according to the site. Below is a sam- that also includes KPMG LLP, Synteractive
pling of the grants: Corp. and TMP Government.
• Board of Education – $4.2 million; Critics questioned why the relatively
• Transportation – $1.4 million for park small company won the award, noting that
and ride expansion; Southern Maryland Congressman Steny Hoy-
• Transit system improvements er had received contributions from the owners
– $740,200; and had also visited the company in October
• University of Maryland Center for En- 2008.
vironmental Science – $403,536; Hoyer’s office said he did not know the
• Housing Authority – $158,555 for company had received the contract and indi-
capital projects, $145,398 for prevention of cated it had not been awarded in exchange for
homelessness; contributions. By Virginia Terhune (virginiaterhune@
• County – crime victims, public safety countytimes.net)
4 Thursday, November-2009
Safe Nights Opens Doors
ommissioners Arrest for Pain-Killer
To Help The Homeless Free Prescription Card Possession
At 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Calvert Sheriff’s
Keeping Health Care
he shelter program for served 40 throughout the winter Deputy Thomas Rickard checked a ve-
the homeless that spans season. hicle that was stopped in the roadway of
about 40 churches and
congregations throughout Calvert
This season some of the
churches may take a group of
Costs in Check the Fox Run shopping center at Steeple
Chase Drive in Prince Frederick. The
driver, later identified as Grover M.
County is expanding its opera-
tions this year as it is gearing up to
homeless for two weeks instead By Gerald “Jerry” Clark, Ladd, Jr., 39 of Port Republic, was found
of just one, she said, which means
help the homeless this winter. that more volunteers would be County Commissioner, District 1 to be in possession of suspected drugs.
He was arrested and charged with pos-
Mary Ann Zaversnick, one of
welcome assistance. session of Meperidine and possession
the lead coordinators for the Safe nyone who has may be used by all Calvert
“If we continue to do this of Meperidine in sufficient quantity to
Nights project, told The Southern ever been sick and County residents, regardless of
year after year” it could burn out received a helpful indicate intent to distribute same.
Calvert Gazette that 18 of the 40 age, income or existing health
volunteers, she said. prescription from their doctor coverage and approximately 17
church groups will be able to pro-
Orange Car Stolen
The program began operation can appreciate the beauty and county pharmacies and 59,000
vide shelter for an extra two weeks Nov. 1 and will run until April 4.
this winter stretching into the ear- benefit of modern medicine. retail pharmacies nationwide Unknown suspects stole a 2002
The program has churches Sometimes it only takes a few accept the NACo card.
ly spring over the usual 20 weeks open their doors for a certain Pontiac 2 door orange Trans Am while
doses of a simple and inex- I am happy to report that it was parked in the lot of the College of
of the program. number of registered homeless pensive antibiotic to make us since the introduction of this Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick
The 22 remaining churches people for what is usually a one- whole and put us back on our free prescription drug dis-
will support the others during the week period of time. on Oct. 22 between 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
feet. But at other times an ill- count program three months Anyone with information is asked to
shelter operations. Once that week is completed ness or underlying disease is ago, county residents have
Zaversnick said, however, contact Cpl. Gary Shrawder at 410-535-
the homeless group can then move more complicated and requires filled 463 prescriptions with 2800.
that program administrators are to another church to continue the expensive medicines to restore the cards at discounts averag-
not sure what the level of partici- cycle of care. health. When those medicines ing about $13.64 per prescrip-
pation in the program will be this The program also provides are not covered by a prescrip- tion, for a total savings of more Paraphernalia Charge
year, although she said that with transportation from Prince Freder- tion drug plan and must be paid than $6,300. This is a substan- A routine traffic stop revealed sus-
the economic recession the prob- ick to the shelter location and back for out of pocket, the expenses tial savings for both uninsured pected drug paraphernalia on Oct. 21
lem has likely grown. to Prince Frederick. Shelters open can become very burdensome. and underinsured residents at 12:30 a.m. on Route 4 south at Route
“I think it’s probably getting at 7 p.m. and then close at 7a.m. The Henry J. Kaiser Fam- and can be very helpful in en- 509 in St. Leonard. Reginald Simmons
worse,” said Zaversnick, a parish and some meals are provided. ily Foundation (not affiliated suring that our citizens receive Tyler, 33 of St. Leonard, was charged by
member at Saint John Vianney Despite the challenges, the with Kaiser Permanente) notes the medical care they need. Calvert Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Rick-
Roman Catholic Church in Prince that, while modern pharma- If you have not yet re- ard with possession with the intent to
rewards for helping others were
Frederick. “It’s like the invisible ceuticals are crucial for ensur- ceived your card, don’t wait use drug paraphernalia, a glass pipe.
great, Zaversnick said. ing longer, healthier and more to take advantage of this pro-
population. A lot of them have “We’ve not had one coor-
been around and we just didn’t dinator or church tell us that the
comfortable lives, Americans
are spending more than ever on
gram. You do not have to be
a Medicare beneficiary, and House Damaged
notice.” rewards weren’t greater than the At 2 p.m. Oct. 18, Trooper First
Last year the program had 65 prescription drugs. The Foun- even residents with insurance
efforts,” Zaversnick said. By Guy dation reported in September coverage can use the card Class Lass responded to the 1500 block
registrants, Zaversnick said, and of Pine Road in St. Leonard for a report-
Leonard (CT) firstname.lastname@example.org 2008 that an inability to pay when their plan does not cover
for prescription drugs due to a particular drug. The pro- ed burglary and destruction of property.
lack of insurance coverage can gram, administered by CVS Unknown suspects had broken into the
home causing damages to a window and
Lane Closures have adverse affects on health-
care. In fact, a public opinion
Caremark, allows Calvert
County to provide the drug two door frames. Anyone with informa-
tion about this crime is asked to contact
on Thomas Johnson Bridge survey conducted in April
2008 found that uninsured non-
discount program at no tax-
payer expense and requires the Maryland State Police at 410-535-
elderly adults between the ages no enrollment form, no mem-
he Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway of 18 and 64 “are more than bership fee and no restric-
Administration will perform inspections of the Governor
Thomas Johnson Bridge, which carries Route 4 traffic over
twice as likely as insured non-
elderly adults to say that they or
tions or limits on frequency of Handgun Violation
use. To use the discount card, After conducting a traffic stop
the Patuxent River between Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. a family member did not fill a residents simply present it at a on a vehicle on Oct. 12 at 8:55 p.m. on
The bridge will be down to one lane during the next three week- prescription (45 percent vs. 22 participating pharmacy. Barreda Blvd. near Lake Drive in Lusby,
ends during the inspection times. The work is part of SHA’s bridge percent) or cut pills or skipped Cards are available at Calvert Sheriff’s DFC Mark Fitzgerald
inspection program. doses of medicine (38 percent all Calvert County librar- found the driver to be in possession of a
Crews will close a single lane between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the vs.18 percent) in the past year ies, senior centers, the Health handgun and rifle. The Deputy arrested
following weekends: Nov. 7 and 8, Nov. 14 and 15 and Nov. 21 and 22, because of the cost.” Department and the Calvert James Aaron Smith, 31 of Lusby, and
weather permitting. To help ensure that our res- County Department of Com- charged him with transporting a hand-
Flagpersons will alternate traffic in one lane of the two-lane idents can afford the treatment munity Resources, located at gun in a vehicle on public roads.
bridge. Crews will have two large “snooper” vehicles on site for use they need while coping with 30 Duke Street in Prince Fred-
St. Leonard House
during the inspection. the high price of prescription erick. County residents can
Residents with questions about this project or any other State- drugs, Calvert County intro- call toll free 1-877-321-2652
numbered routes in Southern Maryland may contact SHA’s District 5
duced a discount card program
on July 1, 2009. The program,
or visit www.caremark.com/
naco for more information or
Office at 800-331-5603. Sometime between Oct. 9 and 13,
sponsored by the National As- assistance with the program. unknown suspects broke into a home on
sociation of Counties (NACo), We all know that good Harvard Street in St. Leonard. Approxi-
makes free prescription drug health is vitally important to mately $100 in damage was done and a
discount cards available that of- a happy and fulfilling life. But $50 Ipod and some currency were stolen
fer average savings of 22 percent it never hurts to save a little from within. Anyone with information is
off the retail price of commonly money along the way. asked to contact Lt. Steve Jones at 410-
prescribed drugs. These cards 535-2800 ext. 2462.
Thursday, November-2009 5
Companion Animals Granted Amnesty Week rity chef Rob-
ert Hesse, a
he Calvert County to get more people to purchase we’ll have that tag on file … also trapped 12 dogs and 356 success,” he said. “We’d like petitor on
Com m issione r s licenses from the county, as it’s helping keep them out of cats. So far only 229 animals to go back to talking to the the prime-
unanimously ap- Calvert officials noticed a the shelter,” said Dichter, who were released to owners who county commissioners about time TV
proved a request to decrease sharp decrease in the number added that the licenses would claimed them before they other similar programs in the show “Hells
pet licensing fees for the week of licenses sold to pet owners help animal control return were transferred to the animal future.” Kitchen”, will
of Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 for what in the last year. stray animals to pet owners, shelter. To find out more infor- be spending a
they are calling an Animal Licenses currently cost thereby reducing the number Dichter said that this will mation about pet licenses and lot of time in
Amnesty Week, during which $7 for spayed and neutered sent to be ultimately eutha- be the first year that the coun- the county’s Animal Amnesty Solomons this
required pet licenses will cost pets and $20 for pets that have nized at the Tri-County animal ty will offer such a program, Week, call 410-535-1600, ext. winter, serving
$3 for spayed and neutered not been spayed or neutered, shelter, which Dichter said has but that he would like to see it 2526. By andrea Shiell (CT) as the new execu-
pets, and $10 for pets that have but only 1,400 licenses have become overcrowded. expanded in future years. email@example.com
tive chef at Cata-
not been fixed. been sold this year, as com- Since January 2009, Di- “We might look into, marans restaurant.
Craig Dichter, an animal pared with 3,200 in 2008. chter said that the county’s for next year, doing some- “He’s got the
control officer for the Calvert “We just want people animal control center has thing like this more often, or flair I want,” said
County Sheriff’s Office, said to buy the licenses and with picked up 483 stray dogs, something close to it …we’re
owner Jim Seymour,
that the program is an attempt the owners in our database 348 stray cats, and they have hoping it’ll be a real good who’s been looking
Middleham Celebrates 325 Years
for a chef for about two
Hesse, who lives in
Long Island, N.Y., was one
of the top-five finalists on
“Hell’s Kitchen” last year but
dropped out for medical rea-
sons. He was invited back this
year but was eliminated from the
reality show in August.
Hesse will be in town to cook
for the annual Thanksgiving dinner
at Catamarans, and he will also be there
with other “Hell’s Kitchen” contestants on
Dec. 5, for the reopening of the restaurant
and bar after a period of remodeling. (Sey-
mour said he has spent about $50,000 on the
interior, including new floors and kitchen, and
another $40,000 on the roofs and shingles.)
“The idea is to really bring ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ to
Solomons Island,” Hesse told the Southern Calvert
Gazette. “My personality might bring people in the
’C first time, but it’s the food that will bring them back for
a second, third and fourth time.”
Photo By Sean Rice Seymour said he met Hesse after e-mailing “Hell’s
Kitchen” in hopes of hiring one of the competitors. Hesse
Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish finished up its autumn lecture series titled “Excavating the Past – Exploring the Future,”
which celebrated the 325th anniversary of the Middleham Chapel in Lusby, with a final symposia titled “Appreciating the Involve- subsequently came down for a visit and “fell in love with
ment of African Americans in the Evolving Life of Calvert County and Maryland.” County Commissioner President Wilson Parran Solomons.”
was one of the featured speakers at the Nov. 1 event. The event also featured Mary Klein, archivist for the Diocese of Maryland and “I’m used to the whole lifestyle, the boaters, the fishing,
Russell Costly, a retired teacher who was one of the first African American teachers hired in Calvert County after desegregation.
and I love to fish,” said Hesse, who plans to bring something
different to the area by building on the basics with new ideas to
St. Leonard Creek Joins Oyster Recovery Project pique and keep customer interest – all without losing the relaxed
atmosphere of Catamarans and Solomons that appeals to him.
alvert County’s St. Leonard Creek reproduce.” He speculates that if the new menu at Catamarans draws a
became the eighth creek this year in The CCA MD project is a joint activity crowd, it may inspire other local restaurants to revamp theirs.
the Coastal Conservation Associa- between recreational anglers, local homeown- “You’ve go to keep reinventing, to make things better and
‘Hel l ’s
tion Maryland’s oyster restoration project. ers, businesses and government. Dominion Re- fresher,” he said.
Under the leadership of father-daughter sources, which operates the Cove Point liquefied Local crab cakes are some of the best he’s ever tasted, but Hesse
Creek Captains John and Laura Kelly, 25 hom- natural gas facility in Calvert County, supported says he might also present them with a Southwest remoulade and a
eowners on St. Leonard Creek and five volunteers the CCA project with a $25,000 grant earlier this coconut lemongrass cream, resulting in a mix of spice,
from CCA MD’s Patuxent River Chapter placed year, and it is part of Governor O’Malley’s Mary- sweet and coconut flavors.
100,000 oysters in 100 cages that were hung from landers Grown Oysters program. Kelly Genera- “It’s not overly fine dining – it’s still caca-
piers on the creek. tor and Equipment, Inc., of Owings supported the sual dining – but it can still be sexy and new,”
In addition to the homeowners and CCA vol- St. Leonard Creek launch providing staff work he said.
unteers, eight students from the U.S. Department and resources. Hesse speculated that the restaurants in
of Agriculture Graduate School participated in “We all have a responsibility to restore the Solomons could become a critical mass large
the launch as part of their class work. health of the Bay,” said John Kelly, president, enough to attract some of the people who line
“Today’s efforts have raised the number Kelly Generator and Equipment, Inc. “Business- up at chain restaurants along Route 235 across
of oysters we have distributed this summer to es throughout the state can become involved in the bridge in St. Mary’s County.
750,000,” said Scott McGuire, president, Patux- efforts such as this to make our natural resources Why wait 45 minutes at an Appleby’s
ent River Chapter. “These oysters will be raised more valuable to all Marylanders.” or an Outback, when you can go to a locally
to adult size of approximately three inches by the Anyone wishing to participate in these oys- owned restaurant that offers fresh food and
homeowners and then transferred to a protected ter restoration projects can contact McGuire at unique selections? asks Hesse.
area where they will continue to filter water and firstname.lastname@example.org. “We just need to give them a rea rea-
son to come back,” he said. By Virgin-
6 Thursday, November-2009 Hesse
ia Terhune (email@example.com)
ach year the Board of County
Commissioners for Calvert Coun-
ty has a meeting with the local del-
egation to the Maryland General Assembly to
present a list of legislative recommendations
for the upcoming session. This year the meet-
ing was held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 at the
Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Freder-
ick. The meeting was open to the public and
was attended by all 5 members of the BOCC
and Senators Miller and Dyson and Delegates
Kullen, Proctor, Vallario, and myself. Below
are the five recommendations submitted to
the delegation for our consideration.
I would be very interested in hearing from Calvert County residents regarding their opin-
ions or questions pertaining to these 5 matters. These items are requests and are not guaranteed
to be submitted by the delegation. The last item on the list is actually a notice that the Calvert
County Compensation Review Board will be submitting recommendations for salary adjust-
ments for local elected officials to the delegation prior to the legislative session.
1. Request: Authority to enact a noise control ordinance.
The enabling legislation would permit the BOCC to establish maximum noise levels
throughout the county, establish procedures for the measurement of ambient noise, authorize
the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office to enforce levels, provide that a violation of the ordinance is
a civil offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000, and to enact such other measures as
are reasonably necessary to protect the citizens of Calvert County from excessive, unnecessary,
and unreasonable noises.
2. Request: Amend Title 4 of the Public Local Laws of Calvert County (Special Taxing Dis-
tricts) to provide for refunds of any tax revenues remaining at the termination of a special taxing
district by adding the following as Section 4-103 (d): Any funds remaining in a special taxing
district at the termination of the district may be applied to a future special taxing district created
for the same subdivision or may be returned to the property owners of the district. If the County
Commissioners elect to return the funds to the property owners, the funds shall be returned
proportionally to the owners of record at the termination of the district by way of credit against
future property tax bills or by refund, as shall be determined by the County Commissioners.
3. Request: Amend Chapter 661, Laws 2009 by deleting Section 2, which prohibits counties
from assessing new fees and taxes on instant bingo machines.
Section 2 of Chapter 661 was added to HB193 by way of amendment in the 2009 legislative
session. Originally, HB193 made several modifications to existing law that phased-out the use
of certain instant bingo machines. The amendment to HB 193 deprives counties of the right to
impose additional fees and taxes on the machines.
4. Request: Bonding authorization for the following projects:
Amount Issuance Dates
College of Southern Maryland* 4,630,000 FY2011-FY2012
PF Sewer Line CMH to CMS 1,285,000 FY2011-FY2013
PF WWPS Upgrade 720,000 FY2011
PF Sewer Relining 772,500 FY2011
Solomon’s WWTP Upgrade 1,181,500 FY2011-FY2012
Solomon’s WWPS 1,000,000 FY2011
Hunting Hills Water System Upgrade 816,000 FY2011
Lakewood Water System Upgrade 870,000 FY2011
Total Request $11,275,000
*Contingent upon State funding approval.
5. Request: Compensation Review Board request will be forwarded in the near future.
As always, feel free to contact my local legislative office at (410) 326-0081 or email at
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments or concerns regarding these
items or other matters.
Calvert Museum Staff Authors Book
he Calvert Marine Museum is building wooden boats has almost died out in
announcing the publication of its the region. The book serves as an overview of
newest book on the building and the last generation of wooden boatbuilding, a
builders of wooden boats in Southern Mary- period of about 70 years from the 1930s until
land. Boats for Work, Boats for Pleasure: the first years of the twenty-first century.
The Last Era of Wooden Boatbuilding in Boats for Work, Boats for Pleasure: The
Southern Maryland is co-authored by Rich- Last Era of Wooden Boatbuilding in South-
ard J. Dodds, curator of maritime history, ern Maryland is for sale in the museum store
and Robert J. Hurry, museum registrar. for $19.95. For more information about the
Building wooden boats in Southern publication, please contact Richard Dodds at
Maryland is a tradition that goes back almost 410-326-2042, ext. 31 or Robert Hurry at 410-
four centuries. Today, the art and skill of 326-2042, ext. 35. Thursday, November-2009 7
Red, Yellow and Gold
By Joyce Baki high school R.O.T.C. squads. The ceremo-
ny will take place at 11 a.m.
Chamber Holds Annual Awards Dinner
he leaves are beautiful shades Enjoy Texas-style blues and power
of red and gold, the air is crisp. rock sounds with The Fabulous Thunder-
Fall is upon us and winter is not birds will perform at the Calvert Marine
far behind. Enjoy some great things to do Museum on Friday, Nov. 13. General ad-
in Calvert County in this beautiful time of mission is $45. Doors open at 6 p.m., the
the year. show starts at 7:30 p.m. Beer, wine, soda
Saturday, Nov. 7, the Calvert Alliance and water will be available. For more in-
Against Substance Abuse will host its 9th formation, call 410-326-2042 or visit their
Annual Step-by-Step 5K Fun Run/Walk. website, www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Runners and walkers (and strollers!) are Nov. 7-29, Artworks at 7th, an artist’s
welcome. Be at the Calvert Marine Mu- coop in North Beach, will feature the works
seum for registration and check-in at 8 a.m. of Betty Leppin and Suzanne Nawrot. For
Advance registration is $20, but you can more information call 410-286-5278 or visit
register the day of the Run/Walk for $25. their website at www.artworksat7th.com.
Get out in the brisk air for a great cause! CalvART Gallery, located in the
The Calvert County Office on Aging Prince Frederick Shopping Center, will
invites veterans to a special ceremony on feature a gallery showing New Works, fea-
Nov. 10, “Remembering Courage and Hon- turing Abbey Griffin and Mimi Little, Nov.
11-22. The opening reception will be held
he Calvert Coun- the Year and John C. Smith Barbara Huber oring Sacrifices.” Wear your old military
uniform, bring in photos or just come to be on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
ty Chamber Public Service Award. • Small Business of the Year (www.calvartgallery.org)
of Commerce This year’s award win- – Dickinson’s Jewelers honored. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.
at the Southern Pines Senior Center, 90 Ap- You’re invited to the Southern Mary-
held its Annual Meeting ners were: • New Business of the Year land Style Fair hosted by the Republic
and Awards Dinner on •John C. Smith Public – Running Hare Vineyard peal Lane, Lusby. All veterans and guests
will receive lunch and a gift of thanks. Pre- Women of Southern at the Holiday Inn Sol-
Oct. 28, at the Holiday Inn Service Award – Posthu- The event was spon- omons on Friday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. – 10
Solomons. mously, Sam Young (Tyler sored by Constellation registration is required, call 410-586-2748.
Remember our servicemen and service p.m. Enjoy a variety of vendors, New York
Awards were presented Fadely accepted the award) Energy Group, Dominion, fashions, music, entertainment and hors
in the following categories: women on Veterans Day. A National Veter-
•Ambassador of the Year – SMECO, Holiday Inn Solo- d’oeuvres. Advance admission is $30, $35
Small Business of the Year, ans Day Ceremony is held Wednesday, Nov.
Barbara DeHenzel mons Conference Center at the door. For more information e-mail
New Business of the Year, 11 at Arlington national Cemetery. A color
• Chamber Member of the & Marina, PNC Bank and Melissa Bless at email@example.com.
Home-based Business of guard, made up of members from each of the
Year - Amber Hernandez Show Place Arena, College Get a head start on your holiday
the Year, Chamber Member military services will render honors to those
• Home-Based Business of of Southern Maryland and shopping at the Alpaca Christmas Bazaar
of the Year, Ambassador of lost during war in a traditional ceremony at
the Year – Silpada Designs, Comcast. on Nov. 21-22. The Finca Serena Alpaca
the Tomb of the Unknowns. The ceremony
Ranch will offer an array of Alpaca acces-
takes place inside of the Memorial Amphi-
theater at 11 a.m. sories, hand-made items and products for
Closer to home there, will be a cer- the entire family, all made from the fleece
emony on the lawn of the Calvert County of their Alpacas. Stop by and meet the Al-
Courthouse. Honoring our war dead will pacas and the llamas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
be units from American Legion Posts and Finca Serena Alpaca Ranch is located at
Veterans of Foreign Wars throughout the 1930 Rosemary Lane, Port Republic. For
county, as well as units from the county more information call 443-498-8476.
Md Environmental Service has a vacan- Arise! Calverton School Parents
cy for an Environmental Systems Supervi- Cry Out! Holding Basket Bingo
sor at the Point Lookout facility. Respon- Moms In Touch Inter-
national, in celebration of
Join The Calverton
School Parents Association
accompanied by an adult.
Door prizes and raffles
sibilities include supervising and assisting 25 years of praying for chil-
dren and schools, is hosting
for a Holiday Basket Bingo
on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009
will be available. Raffle
prizes include “Dream Seat”
in the operation, monitoring and mainte- a unique prayer and fast-
ing event called Arise! Cry
at The Calverton School’s
Leitch Memorial Gym-
tickets to a Washington
Redskins game and a Lon-
nance of one or more water, wastewater or Out!
On this day women
nasium. Doors open at 12
p.m. with early-bird games
gaberger basket filled with
Williams Sonoma gourmet
industrial wastewater treatment systems. around the world will
unite with one heart, one
beginning at 1 p.m. Prizes
include over $5,000 of Lon-
food and cookware, valued
at over $1,400. Raffle tick-
Wastewater experience required. voice and in one spirit for a
worldwide day of extraordi-
gaberger baskets and Vera
Bradley products filled with
ets may be purchased for $5
each or 5 for $20 before and
nary prayer for children and gift items. during the event. Refresh-
schools. Admission is $20 per ments and snacks will also
For complete job description, required Please join us at South-
ern Calvert Baptist Church’s
person for 20 regular games
and $5 for each additional
be available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit The
qualifications, visit http://www.menv.com/ Fellowship Hall 12140 H.G.
Trueman Road, Lusby,
game packet. Seating is lim-
ited and everyone attending
Calverton School, a 501(c)
(3) non-profit organization.
Nov. 14, from 9 am - 1pm.
on the event must have a paid
All donations are tax-de-
ductible. For more informa-
For more info contact Tickets can be pur- tion, visit the school website
Send resumes Attn: 800152 to MES HR, 259 Najoles Rd, Millersville, Erika Hugh at 410-326- chased in advance and held at www.calvertonschool.org
3398 or visit www.Mom- at the will call box. Credit or contact Pat
MD 21108, or fax to 410-729-8235, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org sInTouch.org to register. cards are accepted. Chil- Jenkins at The Calver-
dren are admitted at the ton School, 410-535-0216 or
8 Thursday, November-2009 admission cost and must be email@example.com.
COSMIC Begins 7th Season
COSMIC Symphony Orchestra, Southern Maryland’s community
orchestra, opened its 7th season on Nov. 1 at Huntingtown High School
with “Heartstrings,” a concert that included Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concert, Op. 35, featuring world-renowned violinist
Jose Cuerto, left, who is joined in the photo with David Kung, who has a
day job as a mathematics professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
COSMIC Symphony, directed by Vladimir Lande, is a community or- Success at
Halloween in the
chestra, based in Southern Maryland, which presents three full programs
per year as well as special, seasonal events. For more information, go to
Info Sought for 2010 Visitors
Guide and Calendar
he Calvert County Depart- sites and those that wish to note
ment of Economic Develop- changes should use the online
ment is currently compiling form and fax it to the Depart-
information for the 2010 Calvert County ment of Economic Develop-
Visitors Guide and Calendar of Events. ment no later than November
The Visitors Guide section provides 15, at 410.535.4585.
free promotion for museums, dining and The 2009 Visitors Guide Photo By Sean Rice
shopping destinations, hotels, inns and is available online at www.
recreational boating organizations with ecalvert.com/content/tourism/ Community groups, civic organiza-
locations in Calvert County. visitorsguide. tions, churches, visitor sites, cultural and
Forms are available by calling Information for the 2010 Calvert arts societies, or other associations pro-
410.535.4583 or 800.331.9771 or online County Calendar of Events is being gath- ducing an event in Calvert County are en-
at www.ecalvert.com/content/visitors- ered online at www.ecalvert.com. The couraged to submit 2010 events for inclu-
guideforms/index.asp. online entry system allows organizations sion in the online calendar free of charge.
Sites that were included in last year’s to update listings throughout the year Instructions for entering events online
Visitors Guide are requested to submit a with the latest information. are available on the Web site.
new form only if there are changes. New
110-Year-Old Tennison Wraps Up 30 Years of Cruising Submitted Photo
“Halloween in the Garden” at Annmarie
Garden in Solomons was a success, reports the
he Wm. B. arts center, with more than $3,300 raised for the
Te n n i s o n , Holiday Food Basket Program.
Calvert Ma- “This is our best year to date. I wish that you
rine Museum’s historic could witness firsthand the difference that these
tour boat, recently com- food baskets mean to them,” said Phyllis Lester,
pleted 30 years of cruis- Coordinator for the Holiday Food Basket Pro-
ing, since acquired by gram. “My hope is that some day there will be no
the county government in need for programs like this one because everyone
1979. It was 110 years ago will have enough food.”
that the Tennison was first More than 5500 people attended the event on
launched at Crab Island, Saturday, Oct. 24, estimating that approximately
in Somerset County. 3,000 children filled their trick-or-treat bags with
Constructed with wonderful and fantastic delights. The weather
nine large pitch-pine logs, was eerily spooky and spectacular.
the sixty-foot former buy- The award winners for the golden pumpkin
boat holds 47 passengers for best overall booth display were presented to:
and is designated as a Dominion Cove Point LNG, Sherry’s Dance Cen-
National Historic Land- ter and Solomons Day Care Center. More than
mark and listed on the Na- 50 community organizations and local business-
tional Register of Historic es decorated their spaces and wore costumes to
Places. hand out candy and treats to children of all ages.
Built as a two-masted The Leomonaders, from Annmarie Garden’s
oyster-dredging bugeye summer camp, made $200 to donate to St. Jude’s
for brothers B. P. and R. L. Children’s Research Hospital. The hard work of
Miles, she was converted the Leomonaders will benefit children from all
to a motor-powered oyster over.
buyboat in 1906-07, and The event was made possible by sponsors
spent most of her early Submitted Photo including: Dominion Cove Point LNG, Solomons
years in Virginia. The nison has carried almost 200,000 passen- experience the beautiful Patuxent River. Town Centre, BAHR Insurance Agency, Broth-
Tennison was purchased by the J. C. Lore gers on her regularly scheduled runs and The current crew is shown above on ers Johnson, Community Bank of Tri-County,
& Sons oyster packing house in 1945, and charter trips during May through Octo- the deck of the Wm. B. Tennison. From Gateau Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Jan
served both as a buyboat and dredge boat ber. For many visitors to Calvert County, left is Capt. Don Prescott, Bill Nichols, Kleponis/ O’Brien Realty, SMECO and World
on their leased oyster beds until the com- the Wm. B. Tennison provides the only a relief captain and mate, Marvin Coon, Gym.
pany closed in 1978. Since 1979, the Ten- opportunity to get out on the water and mate, and Bill Keefe, relief captain.
Thursday, November-2009 9
Students Receive AP
hree hundred eighty three Distinction Award by earning an average
(383) Calvert County public grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken,
high school students received and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of
awards from the College Board in recog- these exams.
nition of their exceptional achievement on Twenty (20) students qualified for the
the college-level Advanced Placement Pro- National AP Scholar Award by earning
gram Exams. an average grade of 4 or higher on all AP
One hundred sixty one students (161) Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on
earned the AP Scholar Award by complet- eight or more of these exams.
ing three or more AP Exams with grades According to the College Board, the
of 3, 4 or 5. AP Program offers students the opportunity
Seventy eight (78) students qualified to take challenging, college-level courses
for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by while still in high school and to receive col-
earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on lege credit, advanced placement credit in
a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, college, or both for successful performance
and grades of 3 or higher on four or more on the AP Exams.
of these exams. Students took the AP exams in May
One hundred twenty four (124) stu- 2009 after completing AP courses in their
dents qualified for the AP Scholar with Calvert County public high schools.
Photo by Sean Rice
Emma File, left, Neil Winston, and Matt Schlogel are members of the Patuxent High School Jazz En-
semble, which performed Oct. 28 to kick off the Fall Preview Concert at the high school.
‘Speak Up’ Survey Under Way
alvert County Schools is par- • Use the data to stimulate local
ticipating in the “Speak Up” conversations.
Survey again this year. • Raise national awareness about the
This is a voluntary survey that is used importance of including the viewpoints of
for students, teachers, administrators and students, parents, and teachers in the edu-
parents (in both English and Spanish) to cation dialogue.
share their opinions and perspectives re- All schools in Calvert County have
garding technology in our schools. been registered. The Speak Up 2009 survey
Speak Up is an annual national re- will be open from: Oct. 19 – Dec. 18, 2009.
search project facilitated by Project Tomor- To access the survey during these dates
row. The purpose of the project is to: students, parents, teachers and adminis-
• Collect and report the unfiltered trators will need to use the URL www.
feedback from students, parents and teach- speakup4schools.org/speakup2009
ers on key educational issues. Use the password: ccps
10 Thursday, November-2009
The Spiggy Bobble
Head Has Arrived
he long awaited firm in DC covered the costs for
“Spiggy Bobble” having these guys made and cov-
has arrived just in ered the costs for packaging and
time for Christmas! It’s taken 6 shipping them to us.
months, but this past Friday, three I am the fourth Hogette to be
pallets with 1,000 of these little honored with my own bobblehead
guys arrived here at Hog Heaven, and I have to tell you, it is a little bit
nicely packaged and ready to put of a “rush” to see this little “mini
under the Christmas Tree. me” sitting on the dash of my RV!
They are being sold at the [Did I say he was “cute”???]
“Sports Paradise” store in St. Finally, let me leave you with
Mary’s Square in Lexington Park this thought - you don’t have to be
and at the “Lighthouse Furnish- a Redskin Fan to buy one of these,
ings” store in the Lusby Town Cen- but by purchasing one or more, you
ter next to Food Lion. will be helping very needy families
They are priced at $25 each whose children are receiving won-
and include a Certificate of Au- derful life saving care at Children’s
thenticity signed by me. Each Hospital over the Holiday period.
Bobble is serialized. As of now Think about it, how many gifts can
200+ of them have been promised you buy where all of the money
to various benefactors and friends goes to a great charity such as this!
of the Hogettes. You will see one P.S. One of the neat things
on the “Mike & Mike” Show on about these little guys is that they
ESPN. Several sportswriters have always “nod” yes! All my life I
requested their own “Spiggy” and have tried to always say yes and
Coach Zorn displays them on his really have tried to avoid the word
desk at Redskins Park. “no”
Please note, ALL the money Thanks for listening.
we earn from selling these little Your buddy in a dress!
dudes goes to Children’s Hospital- Dave “Spiggy” Spigler
we do not make a penny! A great Lusby
Toys For Tots in Full Swing, Help Needed
here are only a few weeks until Christ- Aid Inc. at 410-414-4998.
mas but there is still time to support the St. Mary’s County residents should contact
2009 Calvert and St. Mary’s County GySgt David Trantham.
Toys for Tots campaign. Here are locations to take toys for the program:
The mission of the Calvert and St. Mary’s Dunkirk: Town Center BP; North Beach: Palm’s
County Toys for Tots Program is to collect new and Day Salon; Chesapeake Beach: American Legion
unwrapped toys, and accept cash donations for the Post 206, Calvert County Public Library, Roland’s
purpose of purchasing toys during the months of Market; Owings: Southern Maryland Automo-
October, November and December. These toys will tive, Calvert County Public Library; Huntingtown:
be distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children Lord Calvert Bowling
in Calvert and St. Mary’s County. Center, Power Sports Inc.;
You can support the local campaign by donat- Prince Frederick: Bayside Publisher Thomas McKay
ing a new unwrapped toy to your community’s Toys Chevrolet Toyota, Calvert Associate Publisher Eric McKay
for Tot campaign, volunteering your time to assist County Public Library, Editor Sean Rice
your community’s Toys for Tots campaign, donate Applebee’s, Educate Cel- Office Manager Tobie Pulliam
service support to your community’s Toys for Tots ebrate, Radiology Imaging Graphic Artist Angie Stalcup
campaign, allow Toys for Tots to place a toy collec- Associates; St. Leonard: Advertising Preston Pratt
tion box at your company/business or make a tax Calvert Self Storage; Lus- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
deductible donation to Toys for Tots through our by: Calvert County Public Phone 301-373-4125
local website www.calverttoysfortots.com. Library, American Legion Staff Writers
This year, there are more than 20 drop-off sites Post 274; Solomons: PNC Guy Leonard Government Correspondent
in Southern Maryland, according to Jerry Kepich Bank; Waldorf: Babies Andrea Shiell Community Correspondent
Chris Stevens Sports Correspondent
with the American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake R Us, Toys R Us, Three
Beach, which is sponsoring the local drive. Brothers Italian Restau- Contributing Writers
Please help Toys for Tots deliver a message of rant; LaPlata: Three Broth- Tony O’Donnell
Southern Calvert Gazette
hope to needy children in Calvert and St. Mary’s ers Italian Restaurant. P. O. Box 250 . Hollywood, MD 20636
County. For more information, visit www.calvert- The deadline for drop- Gerald Clark
toysfortots.com or for Calvert County contact PO1 ping off toys is Dec. 18.
Jerry Kepich at 301-379-1557 or jerrykepich@hot- Southern Calvert Gazette is a bi-weekly newspaper providing news and information for the residents of
mail.com and St. Mary’s County contact GySgt Jerry Kepich Southern Calvert County. The Southern Calvert Gazette will be available on newsstands every other
David Trantham at 301-342-7776 for assistance. American Legion Post Thursday of the month. The paper is published by Southern Maryland Publishing Company, which
If you are a Calvert County resident and would 206, Chesapeake Beach is responsible for the form, content, and policies of the newspaper. Southern Calvert Gazette does not
like to request toys for your family, please contact espouse any political belief or endorse any product or service in its news coverage. Articles and letters
one of the approved local Toys for Tots distributors: submitted for publication must be signed and may be edited for length or content. Southern Calvert
Catholic Charities at 410-535-0309 or Children’s Gazette is not responsible for any claims made by its advertisers.
Thursday, November-2009 11
P ages P
We’re stuck on helping our ast
communities stay healthy.
Drum Point Lighthouse
By Joyce Baki lighthouse, shaking the fog bell machinery.
During a cold winter in 1895, an ice floe
Dominion supports health outreach programs that ear the shoals of the northern from the river struck the station, knocking
educate communities about wellness. approach to the Patuxent River over chairs, but doing little damage to the
where a number of ships had lighthouse.
grounded, the Drum Point Lighthouse be- James Weems was the keeper of Drum
gan operation on August 20, 1883. The Point from 1891 to 1919. He had requested
structure was prefabricated and took thir- a transfer to a lighthouse on land to be near
ty-three days to build, at a cost of $25,000. his family and his sick daughter, Mary.
The first lighthouse keeper was Benjamin Normally a keeper’s family would not live
Gray, who had worked at the nearby Cove on a screwpile, but an exception was made
Point Lighthouse as assistant keeper. because Drum Point stood only a few hun-
Forty-two cottage-style screwpile dred yards from shore. Sadly, Mary would
lighthouses were built on the Chesapeake die in1893. A granddaughter, Anna, was
Bay. Of these, only four survive today. It is born at the lighthouse in 1906.
a white hexagonal cottage sheathed in clap- Change occurred in the 20th century.
board siding. The Allentown Rolling Mills In 1909 the red chimney was replaced with
of Philadelphia provided the wrought iron three red panels, showing red in three sec-
piles for the foundation, which were ten tors and white in two, which allowed ships
inches in diameter and bored directly into to navigate the river entrance by follow-
the sandy river bottom. ing the white lights. In 1919 a phone was
On the main level of the one-and-a- installed. A severe storm in 1933 would
half story structure there is a gallery deck, sweep away the station’s motor boat, some
weather equipment and flooding the first Bo
first level sitting room, dining room, kitch- lyp
en and a bedroom for the keeper. Extend- floor. The keeper, J.J. Daley, swam to shore Ca
ing through the center is a wooden support to report the damage. Electricity came to in
column with a spiral staircase winding the lighthouse in 1944 and became fully
around the pole to the second story, which automated in 1960. The lighthouse would
provides an extra bedroom and space for be discontinued in 1962. The last civilian
the fog bell. Another staircase goes up to keeper was John Hansen who would serve
the lantern room. from 1943 – 1959.
The original light was a fourth-order With the help of the Calvert County
Fresnel lens that displayed a red light which Historical Society, grants and the timely
could be seen at a distance of eleven nautical assistance of the B.F. Diamond Construc-
miles. Manufactured by the French firm of tion Company (whose barge would help
Henry LePaute, the light was made to shine with the move), the lighthouse was moved
over only 270 degrees of a full circle be- to the Calvert Marine Museum in 1975, re-
cause the remaining light would have been stored to its early twentieth century appear-
cast over land. The light was later changed ance, and opened to the public on June 24,
to a fixed white light with three red sectors. 1978. Anne Weems Ewalt, granddaughter
The octagonal lantern is painted black, and of Keeper James Weems, oversaw refur-
is made of wood sheathed in metal. nishing of the light, and even donated the
Rung in foul weather, the fog bell was original china used by the Weems family.
produced by the McShane Bell Foundry of
Baltimore and weighed 1400 pounds. It
had a 30-pound bell hammer which struck
a double blow four times a minute. One
of the duties of the keeper was to wind
the 600-pound weights that powered the NOAA Photo
at Dominion, it’s our job to provide reliable healthy habits, teach disease prevention and
fog bells. Done every two hours when the
energy that helps our customers stay safe, lead to better, more productive lives. to learn weather obscured visibility, the keeper was
happy and healthy. But we’re not content to more about how we’re putting our energy to allotted two minutes to rewind the striking
leave it there. as committed members of the work keeping our communities fit and healthy, mechanism once the weight was complete-
communities we serve, we also play an active visit www.dom.com, keyword: health. ly unwound.
role in supporting programs that promote The complete logbooks exist
(1883-1943) and provide an ex-
cellent glimpse in the life of
a lighthouse keeper. While
generally uneventful, a few
incidents stand out. A sloop
dragging its anchor would
strike the lighthouse in 1885.
It was believed that the boat’s
crew was drunk. In 1886 an
earthquake that hit Charleston,
South Carolina was felt at the
12 Thursday, November-2009
L Sweet Dreams Relocates
to St. Leonard
fter five years in business well for a while, but with the down-
at two other locations, turn in the economy, and another
Bonnie Blackwell has candy store in town, it got to be a little
relocated her Sweet Dreams Candy expensive.
Shoppe to the St. Leonard town “Now I’m closer to home, in a
center. better location. I like being in the mid-
“St. Leonard, it’s almost like dle of the county,” she said. “I’m just
coming home to me, because when I
was a teenager, my father ran a gro-
trying to get the word out still.”
And the word is that Sweet
“Hi, my name is Garth and I’m a
beautiful approximately three year old Garth
male German Shepherd Dog. I’m very
cery store where the sub shop is now,” Dreams stocks just about every type smart and always try my best to please.
Blackwell told The Southern Calvert of candy one could think up, from I’m presently living in a foster home with
Gazette. gumballs, giant lollypops and giant children and lots of other dogs both large
Sweet Dreams is now located a Jaw Breakers to hard-to-find Asher’s and small. What I REALLY love is to
few doors down from her father’s old Chocolates, and even an old-fashioned ride in the car and do road trips! Now, I’m
store, in a house at 4902 St. Leonard penny candy section. looking for that perfect person like YOU
Road. She opened the doors in mid- “Though it averages out to about to give me the home I deserve. I’m up
October. 6 cents now,” Blackwell said. to date on vaccinations, neutered, house
Blackwell now has more space Blackwell hopes her new central- and crate trained and identification micro
to work with than either of her pre- ized location will bring in customers chipped. For more information, please call
vious locations, which she plans to from both ends of the county. The SECOND HOPE RESCUE at 240-925-
use for special events, meetings, store is open from Tuesday to Satur- 0628 or email lora@secondhoperescue.
birthday parties, movie nights, game day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 1-5 org. Please Adopt, Don’t Shop!”
nights and other fun things she is still p.m. Sundays.
developing. Nonetheless, running a small
“I have board games, free Wi-Fi, business is in her blood, she said. And
so customers can come in, sit down, it’s also in memory of her husband,
eat some candy, watch a movie or play Michael Blackwell, who was killed by
Photo by Sean Rice a game,” she said. a drunk driver in 2001 while he was
Bonnie Blackwell holds one of the giant lol- Blackwell started the business at jogging.
lypops she has for sale at Sweet Dreams Calvert County Market in Prince Fred- “I decided to open the store and
Candy Shoppe, which is in a new location erick, where the Green Turtle is now call it Sweet Dreams, because when-
in the St. Leonard town center. located. ever we went on vacation, he had to
“When they closed the market, find an old-fashioned candy store and
everybody had to find different places, buy Boston Baked Beans,” Blackwell
I found a tiny house in North Beach.” said. BY SEAN RICE (SCG) (info@somdpub-
She said North Beach worked out lishing.net)
Would You Eat What’s Swept Up
Off The Floor?
By Ann Bowman provided. And because the manufacturer added needed
vitamins and minerals to the recipes, the lives of the dogs
f the seven dogs we have cared for in our and cats were sustained. However, many dogs and cats are
family through the years, three have died now suffering from diseases rarely seen by veterinarians
of cancer. The dogs we owned had been in the past.
bred by individuals who cared passionately about the Fortunately, there are manufacturers of dog and cat
breed (Pembroke Welsh Corgis) and wanted to ensure food who see the link between food, nutrition, and health.
that only the best were reproduced to continue the Manufacturers of high quality petfood brands use whole
line. And yet many of these initially healthy dogs suc- food ingredients certified as safe for human consumption.
cumbed to the devastating affects of cancer. With hind- No growth hormones, antibiotics, or artificial flavorings
sight I know the importance of diet in good health. I are found in these foods. They are naturally preserved
blame myself for not paying more attention to the diets with mixed tocopherols such as vitamin E. Toxins such
of my dogs back then, and I blame the commercial dog as BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, chemicals that have either
food I was feeding my dogs. I trusted the manufactur- been banned or are heavily regulated in food for humans
ers, not realizing that they were more concerned with because they have been proven to be carcinogenic, are not
profit then the good health of my pets.
After World War II, great strides were made in all
We follow guidelines provided by The Whole Dog Christmas Items
areas of industrialization in the United States, and this
was evident in the food industry. Large companies who
Journal: Look for foods that contain a lot of high-quality
animal proteins; Reject any food containing meat by-prod-
Now In Stock!
manufactured food for people realized that they could use ucts or poultry by-products; Reject foods containing fat or
the byproducts left over that were deemed unfit for hu- protein not identified by species; Look for use of whole
grains and vegetables; Eliminate all foods with artificial
man consumption and make food for dogs and cats. Grain www.spayspot.org
was used as a binder for the food that could withstand the colors, flavors, or preservatives; and Eliminate all foods
high temperatures and long cooking required in the manu- with added sweeteners. By following these guidelines in
facturing process. By adding chemical preservatives, the making educated, informed decisions about which type
highly processed pet food would have a long shelf life. By of food is best for our pets, we can avoid compromising
their health and focus on providing excellent nutrition as
adding chemical food enhancers, flavorings, and color, the
manufacturer made the basically worthless food product the foundation for good care. ALL PROFITS FOR ANIMALS
palatable. Since dogs were often given nothing else to Bowman is owner of Clipper’s Canine Café on Solo- Wed - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
eat and dogs are by nature scavengers, they ate the food mons Island
Thursday, November-2009 13
Italian Seafood Restaurant
Tues - Thurs: 5:00 to 9:00 • Fri - Sat: 5:00 to 9:30
Sun Brunch/Lunch: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
“When only Italian will do.” Sun Dinner: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm • Mon: Closed
1 Man, 3
rowing up in the grips of the Great Before being shipped overseas, he had a
Depression, Ed Miller always good year of training – which began in Fort
wanted to be a newspaperman. Myer, Va. and took him to South Carolina, Mi
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ness ever since I was a little kid. I wanted to ginia, then to California. At long last he was
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chair in the living room of his bay-view home nese troops for the islands and territories they an
in Drum Point. took since attacking Pearl Harbor. last
After serving in the U.S. Army for three “We landed in Hawaii on April Fools Day, pla
consecutive wars (World War II, Korea and 1944, and I said, ‘Boy this is a joke’,” Miller
Wednesday Tuesday Thursday Vietnam), Miller has earned that easy chair. recalled.
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In his teenage years in the 1930s, he had “I wouldn’t like to go through all of it in
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Army stationed in Panama. That relationship,
again, but I enjoyed it when I had to … I got
into a lot of different things. I don’t regret a bit
SaturdayÕ s 1-4 combined with the news of a surprise 353-war-
plane attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec,
of it,” Miller said.
“Through it all, I just had a good time. I
discount on 7, 1941, ushered in Miller’s second calling in lived life to the fullest,” he said. “I never knew
life. whether I was going to be alive or dead the next wo
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mixed or But he was only 17, his mother secretly combat when his unit, the 77th Infantry Divi- to b
didn’t want him to go, and the young George- sion, landed on Guam to help the U.S. Marines ree
matched*. town native had recently started his dreamed-of
newspaper career with the Washington bureau
liberate the former U.S. possession from the
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never returned to) the worst in battle, Miller readily like to talk dir
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Solomons, MD 20688 Army began accepting 18-year-olds and Miller “They say war is hell, and it is. There’s no elin
was down at the recruiting station signing up. getting around it, war is hell.” wit
14 Thursday, November-2009
On The Cover
he Solomons World
n, 3 Wars, 1 Fulfilling Life
War II Monument,
“On Watch.” is an
eight-foot tall bronze statue at
the end of Dowell Road cre-
ad a ated by Maryland artist and
Fort The day came when sculptor Antonio Tobias Men-
ina, Miller wasn’t sure if it was his dez commemorating the people
was After liberating Guam,
and work done at Amphibious
s of he wound up on the islands Training Base, Solomons dur-
apa- of Okinawa in April 1945, ing World War II.
hey an island chain that was the This, the nation’s first
last stepping-stone before the amphibious training facility,
Day, planned big invasion of Japan was active for four years, from
iller (which never occurred due to 1942-1945, and its effect on the
the atomic bombing of Hiro- area continues to be felt today.
rmy shima and Nagasaki and Ja- Over 68,000 servicemen trained
also pan’s surrender). there, and many of the local
Miller’s unit was one population worked there. The
of the first to land on the men who trained there formed
islands that make up OkiOki- the major components of the
nawa, and he was island- Miller, receiving one of his two Army Commendation medals. amphibious forces that served
hopping with the 77th, in both the European and Pa-
easily taking the smaller cific Theaters of War - at places
islands in the chain. said. “We had PX’s, we had Officers’ clubs,
such as North Africa, Gua-
“I must have been on 10 of them suck- NCO clubs and people were playing money dalcanal, Luzon, Sicily, Bou-
ers,” he said. games, They were sliding money out.”
There were only 15 people doing the in- ganville, Anzio, Iwo Jima, and
They faced staunch resistance on the Normandy. They served their
island of Ie Shima. vestigations Miller was involved in, and he
The day Miller was struck with a mor- trained them all. They became good friends
country in some of the fiercest
tar blast (his only injury in three wars), he and traveled the world. When he went into a and most famous of America’s
had been sleeping behind a small wall on new location to investigate suspect theft, the campaigns of World War II.
the beach when he woke up to a familiar men working next to him were not aware he
voice talking to his commanding officers – was an investigator, until of course when ar- Photo By Sean Rice
news- rests were made.
it was the famous wartime battlefield news
man, and friend of Miller’s, Ernie Pyle. His “I was very fortunate. I went through three
battlefield articles were syndicated in an wars and only got hit that one time,” he said. “I
estimated 350 newspapers at the time, and got through the rest of them with no problem.”
Miller knew him when they both worked in During his career he earned two Bronze
the news business in D.C. Stars, two army commendation medals and the
“So we were standing there talking Purple Heart, among other recognitions.
about that time when the Japanese opened The end came when his father-in-law died
up on us,” Miller said. And he got hit with and his wife wanted him home. To continue his
a machine gun and killed him, and I got hit Army career, he had three choices – move the
with a mortar shell.” family to Germany or Hawaii, or take a job in
The battle for Okinawa was one of the the Pentagon.
deadliest battles of WWII, leaving more “Every time I came back to the States, I
dead than possibly the two atomic bomb bomb- wound up in the Pentagon,” Miller said. “And I
ings, with more than 250,000 Japanese didn’t like that five-sided squirrel cage.”
troops, American soldiers and civilians So he retired on Dec. 31, 1970, at Fort
killed in Okinawa. The Japanese used an Meyer, Va., where his Army career began “28
estimated 1,500 kamikaze planes on the years, two months and 19 days” before.
orld, 1,600 Allied ships that surrounded Okinawa. If he were 18 years old again today, would
After recovering, he rejoined his unit Miller be eager to enlist again to fight in
of it in the Philippines, which was lined up to be Afghanistan?
got among the first divisions to lead the invasion “No, I don’t think so. Not with the feeling
a bit of Japan. After the war ended, Miller’s unit en- I have right now anyway.”
tered Japan not far from where he would have “I just feel bad about those kids over there
me. I landed during the invasion. getting killed,” Miller said. “I think it’s a waste
new “It was estimated that the first 10 waves of bodies. A waste of the youth of this coun-
next would have been totally wiped out on the land- try. It’s politics and money, and the two of them
was ing, and I was in the first wave to go in,” he don’t mix.”
said. “But, I’m well pleased with what has hap-
ious Months later, Miller was back in the States, pened with me. I can’t fuss. I had two good
Divi- to begin the second portion of his military ca- wives. I have eight great kids and 20-some-
ines reer. He spent years in two more war zones – thing grandkids.”
the Korea and Vietnam – but he didn’t take part in Miller had four children with his first wife
any more combat. He spent his time working as in Italy, and four more with his current wife,
st of a top-secret financial investigator, answering Carol, with whom he celebrates 40 years of
marriage this month.
talk directly to the Adjutant General of the Army.
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Virginia Lee Adams, 76 encourage on-line at www. Republic, MD, with Father John In addition to her love of music in 1949, and they moved to her
calverthospice.org. Howanstine officiating. Honor- she loved to travel and enjoyed mother’s family place, known
Virginia ary pallbearers were Philip many trips with friends, as well as “The Reserve,” near Prince
Lee Ad- Briscoe, John Briscoe, Thomas as planning and hosting trips. Frederick, a 500-acre farm
ams, 76, of
James Thompson Bris- Briscoe, James McNatt, Barton She is survived by a son which was an English land grant
Lusby, MD, coe, III, 80 Ewalt and Marshall Bacot. In- Mark Denton of Austin, TX; a in the 1600’s, and renovated the
passed away urnment followed the services daughter Julie Denton of Edge- 17th century house one room at
peacefully at James Thompson Briscoe, in the church cemetery. water, MD; a brother John Hen- a time. Mrs. Vaughan worked in
Calvert Me- III, 80, of St. Leonard, MD, Should friends desire con- dricks of Shepherdstown, WV real estate with her husband for
morial Hos- passed away peacefully at his tributions may be made in and a sister Mary Catherine many years. At one time they
pital, Prince residence on October 29, 2009. his memory to The Calverton Handzo of Summerville, SC. operated a nursery with stock
Freder ick, Mr. Briscoe was born Decem- School, 300 Calverton School The family received friends from the Carolinas. She was an
MD on Oc- ber 21, 1928 in Calvert County, Rd., Huntingtown, MD 20639, on Sunday, October 25, 2009 avid horticulturalist, growing
tober 29, Maryland to the late Jeannie www.calvertonschool.org or from 2 – 5 PM at the Rausch camellias and azaleas, and an
2009. Mrs. Adams was born on Parran Dawkins Briscoe and H. to the charity of your choice. Funeral Home, Port Republic, active member of the Calvert
September 23, 1933 in Takoma Clare Briscoe. Arrangements by the Rausch MD. Funeral Services were held Garden Club for many years.
Park, Maryland to the late Vir- Mr. Briscoe was a life long Funeral Home, P.A., Port Re- Monday, October 26, 2009 at Artistic and skilled in geneal-
ginia Crawford Payne and John resident of Calvert County, MD, public, MD. 11AM in Trinity United Meth- ogy, she painted coats-of-arms
Edward Payne. who attended the public schools odist Church, Prince Frederick, and did pastel portraits. She
Mrs. Adams worked for there. He graduated from the MD with Rev. Charles Harrell was a member of the Central
numerous Doctors offices as a University of Maryland with a Ruth Marie Hendricks officiating. Interment followed Committee of the Maryland
Medical Assistant and also with B.S. Degree. He served in the in the Christ Church Cemetery, House and Garden Pilgrimage,
Veterinarians. Virginia loved U.S. Marine Corps in Japan and Denton, 68 Port Republic, MD. since 1989, arranging tours of
being surrounded by her fam- returned home to join his father Memorial contributions Calvert County houses, and an
ily and friends and her beloved on the family farm. He served Ruth Marie Hendricks may be made to the Trinity active member of the Calvert
animals especially her devoted on various local and state com- Denton, 68, of Broomes Island, United Methodist Church Choir County Historical Society. An
companion Zachary. mittees. He was a member of MD passed away October 22, Fund, 90 Church Street, Prince original member of the Calvert
She is survived by her Christ Episcopal Church where 2009 at the Asbury~Solomons Frederick, MD 20678 and / or County Architectural Review
son James R. Adams of Lusby, he served as registrar and ves- Health Care Center. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Committee, which approves de-
MD; daughter Kari Wotton of try member, a member and past She was born January Society Donor Services, P.O. signs of new commercial build-
Melborne, FL; granddaughter president of the Southern Mary- 17, 1941 in Martinsburg, WV, Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 ings, she served for 20 years and
Kelli Clark of Aquasco, MD land Society and vice president daughter of the late Bessie and received an outstanding service
and her grandson Steven R. of the founding Board of Direc- John W. Hendricks. She was award when she retired in 2008.
tors of the Calverton School. preceded in death by her hus- Anne Digges Vaughan,
Adams of Lusby, MD. Mrs. Ad- She was an active communicant
ams was preceded in death by He is survived by his wife band Charles W. Denton. 94 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
her beloved husband Carlton R. of 51 years, Cassandra Parran She graduated from Shep- from 1949 until recently when
Adams. Briscoe, a daughter Shannon herdstown High School in 1958 Anne Digges Vaughan, 94, her health failed.
The family received Briscoe Campbell and two and Shepherd College in 1962 of Prince Frederick, MD died of Mrs. Vaughan is survived
friends on Monday, November sons, Crofton Briscoe and Par- with a Bachelor of Arts Degree pulmonary by her daughter, Anne-Steuart
2, from 6 to 8 PM at the Rausch ran Briscoe, all of St. Leonard, in Music Education. She taught hypertension Vaughan Palmer (husband
Funeral Home, P.A., 20 Ameri- MD. He is also survived by five music education in the Balti- on October Charles H. Palmer, III) of Ro-
can Lane, Lusby, MD. Where grandchildren. Mr. Briscoe was more City Schools and Calvert 19, 2009 at land Park, MD and their daugh-
funeral services were held on preceded in death by his two County Maryland Schools. She Calvert Me- ters, Mary, Emily and Julia
Tuesday, November 3, at 1:00 brothers Dr. Philip Briscoe and was a secretary for many years morial Hos- Palmer, and her son, Henry S.
PM with Pastor William Davis John D. Briscoe. and was Choir Director for 40 pital, Prince “Hal” Vaughan (wife Jacque-
officiating. Interment followed The family received friends years at Trinity United Method- Freder ick, line Vaughan) of Huntingtown,
in Solomons United Methodist on Monday, November 2, from ist Church in Prince Frederick, MD. MD and their children, Sarah
Church Cemetery, Solomons, 4 to 7 PM at “Stonesby” 7210 MD. While at Trinity United She was Vaughan and James B. Whit-
MD. Should friends desire con- Parkers Wharf Road, St. Leon- Methodist Church she received born in Bal- ney. Her husband predeceased
tributions may be made in her ard, MD. A memorial service much inspiration, fun, fellow- timore, MD on July 2, 1915 to her in 1994. She is also sur-
memory to Calvert Hospice, was held on Tuesday, November ship, and lasting friendships the late Dr. Francis Henry Dig- vived by her first cousins, Sarah
P. O. Box 838, Prince Freder- 3, at Christ Episcopal Church, with fellow members, choir ges and Nina Chesley Bond. W. Geary of Alexandria,, VA,
ick, MD 20678, Donations are 3100 Broomes Island Road, Port voices, and handbell members. She married E. Stuart Vaughan and Dr. Robert B. Welch of An-
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napolis, MD. Rausch Funeral Home, P.A. in Randuullah Islam “Vanessa”, provided by Sewell Funeral liamsburg, VA; her stepmother,
The family received friends Lusby, MD on Thursday , Oc- Claudia Wilson (Oscar), Joyce Home, Prince Frederick, MD. Dorothy Barton of Hunting-
on Friday, October 23, from 2-4 tober 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Wilson, Robert Sylvester Wil- town, MD; and five nieces and
and 6-8 PM at St. Paul’s Episco- Funeral services were held at son (Earline), and Robert Louis Susan Helen Barton, 53 nephews.
pal Church, 25 Church Street, 11:00 AM, Friday, October 23 Wilson Jr.; three brothers Wal- She was preceded in death
Prince Frederick, MD where at Middleham Chapel in Lusby, ter Parran (Jill), Wilson Par- Susan Helen Barton, 53, by her father, Richard E. Bar-
funeral services were held on MD, with internment following ran (Roberta), Oliver Parran passed away at her home on Fri- ton, Sr., her mother, Mildred
Saturday, October 24th at 11:00 the service. (Ava), two sisters June Parran day, September 25, 2009 after a Helen Barton, grandparents
AM. Interment followed in the Memorial contributions and Ruby Neely; two more brief illness. Susan was born George E. and Helen E. Bar-
church cemetery. Memorial can be made to Calvert Hos- sisters-in-law Marie Parran and June 18, 1956 in Cheverly, MD. ton of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and
Contributions may be made to pice, www.calverthospice.org, Marydell Jones; close cousins She was a graduate of the Stanley and Anne Rinkunas of
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or P.O. Box 838, Prince Freder- Oliver “Pete”, Rosalie, Vivian, University of Maryland and Bethlehem, PA.
or to the Calvert County His- ick, MD 20678. Wilson Jr., Ann, Rosalie, Thel- was a lifelong Maryland resi- Services were held to re-
torical Society, P. O. Box 358, ma and Carrie . She also leaves dent. Susan had worked for member and honor Susan’’s life
Prince Frederick, MD 20678. nine step-grandchildren and her beloved at 11 a.m., Monday, October
Arrangements by the Rausch Hortense Virginia Wil- nine step-great grandchildren, Wa sh i ng t o n 19, 2009 at the Good Samari-
Funeral Home, P.A., Port Re- a host of nieces, nephews, one Redskins, tan Presbyterian Church, 13025
public, MD. son, 76 godson Ronald Freeland and Good Samaritan Dr., Waldorf.
other relatives to cherish her Independent, The family received friends
Hortense Virginia Wilson, memory. following the service at the
76, of Chesapeake Beach, MD The Wash-
Annabelle Horner Funeral service was held ington Post church.
departed this life from under on Friday, October 16, 2009 In lieu of flowers, dona-
Glascock, 76 the sun on Saturday, October and Carey In-
at 11:00 am at Mt. Olive UM t e r n a t io n a l , tions may be made in memory
10, 2009 at Church, Prince Frederick, MD of Susan to The Eric and Cara
Annabelle Horner Glas- Anne Arun- Inc.
with Pastor Patricia M. Berry, She is Thorn Memorial Scholar-
cock, 76, of Solomons Island, del Medical officiating. The interment was ship Fund http://www.bcf.org/
MD, died at home on October Center in survived by her daughter, Bri-
at Mt. Olive UM Church Cem- anne Alexandra Barton, who scholarships/scholarshipdetail.
18, 2009 af- Annapolis etery, Prince Frederick, MD. aspx?sid=11 or The Interna-
ter a long and Mar yland. was the center of her life. She
The pallbearers were Barry is also survived by her brothers, tional Wolf Center http://www.
courageous She was born Parran, David Parran, Hamilton wolf.org/wolves/support/give/
battle with in Prince Ric Barton and wife of Cleve-
M. Parran, II, Wilson Parran, land, OH and Dr. James Barton memorial.asp
cancer. Freder ick, Jr., Melvin Sherbert and Oliver
B o r n MD on June and wife of Williamsburg, VA;
Sherbert. Funeral arrangements her sister, Sally Barton of Wil-
in Somerset 24, 1933 to
County on the late Caleb Sherbert and
March 30, Mary Geneva Hicks. Hortense
1933, she was fought a long hard battle but
the daughter never once complained. She had
of Luther been a resident of the Heritage
and Ruth Horner of Mt. Ver- Harbor Rehabilitation Center in
Starting a Community of faith in LuSby
non, MD. She married Bedford Annapolis, MD.
C. Glascock on December 31, She attended and gradu-
1992 and moved to Solomons. ated from William Sampson
After graduating from Brooks High School in 1950. Are you interested in learning about and participating in a new
Washington High School in In 1959, Hortense married Rob-
Princess Anne, she attended ert Louis Wilson, Sr. From this community of faith in Lusby?
college and trained as an X-Ray union, she mothered two step-
technologist. Her twenty-plus
year career in this field at the
children, Joan and Randuullah
(Sterling). If so, you are invited to a six week Bible study that will meet
Peninsula General Hospital, in Hortense worked for the every Saturday evening from October 17 – November 21 at
Salisbury, MD, was a source of
pride and satisfaction through-
late Louis L. Goldstein, the
Calvert County School system
7:00PM in the Boardroom at the Holiday Inn Solomons, 155
out her life. as a Teacher’s Aide and retired Holiday Drive, Solomons, Maryland.
Annabelle was preceded from the Department of Veter-
in death by her father, Luther. ans Administration as an Ex-
She is survived by her husband, ecutive Assistant. Each study will last one hour, using the Bible to teach the God
Bedford: her mother, Ruth, She was a lifetime member given mission and purpose of a Church.
of Manokin Manor: daughter, of Mt. Olive United Methodist
Lisa Sherman and husband Church in Prince Frederick, MD
Jon, of Dallas, TX: son, Wayne and was also a lifetime member Find out more about The Christian and Missionary Alliance in
Layfield and wife Elizabeth of
Westover, MD: stepson, Bill
of the Eastern Star, Chapter 28.
She was well known for being
Lusby by going to www.cmamad.org/Lusby.
Glascock and wife Kathleen, of one of the members of the Way-
Solomons: stepdaughter, Beth ward Travelers Gospel Singing Solomons, 155 Holiday Drive,
Wyrough and husband Page, Group and also as a member of Solomons, Maryland.
of Lothian, MD, as well as five the Christ Calling Crusaders.
grandchildren. Hortense was preceded in Find out more about The Alliance in Lusby by going to
Pallbearers were Alton death by her husband, Robert www.cmamad.org/Lusby
Kersey, Terrence Gibson, Wil- Louis Wilson, Sr. and beloved
liam Glascock, Page Wyrough brothers, John “Olandus” and
and Leroy Gardner. Honorary Charles Parran.
pallbearers are Donald Smith She leaves to cherish her
and Edward Adams. memories step-children Joan
Visitation was held at the R. Smith-Sharps (Norman),
Thursday, November-2009 17
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‘Hearts Fall Apart’ Saturday, Nov. 7 Saturday, Nov. 14 ments created by talented artists from
across the region. www.annmariegar-
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Library Prince Frederick will stance Abuse’s 9th Annual Step- Griffin and Mimi Little
host Patuxent Pearls from 4:30 by-Step 5K Fun Run/Walk CalvART Gallery, located in the
– 5 p.m. in the Café where they will enter- Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Prince Frederick Shopping Center, Tuesday, Nov. 24–
tain with a collection of patriotic songs. Solomons Island Road, Solomons. 9 will feature a gallery showing New
This will be followed by a pre-Veter- a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Works, featuring Abbey Griffin and Feb. 14, 2010
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Wednesday Nov. 25 –
Weeks, Rosalie Safreed, Carolyn Graessle
and Jim Zegal. The second half of the 90 Appeal Lane, Lusby, 11 a.m. – 1 shopping at the Alpaca Christmas Ba- Jan. 3, 2010
program will be open to public sharing of p.m. zaar. The Finca Serena Alpaca Ranch
similar war era experiences. Wear your old military uniform, will offer an array of Alpaca accesso- • Gifts for a Lifetime
Please come to honor our veterans, bring in photos, or just come to be ries, hand-made items and products CalvArt Gallery, Prince Freder-
their families, and their sacrifices in this honored. The ceremony begins at for the entire family, all made from ick Shopping Center.
evening of colorful reminiscence and re- 11 a.m. All veterans and guests will the fleece of their Alpacas. Stop by Gallery showing of all artists.
spect. This is an excellent opportunity to receive lunch and a gift of thanks. and meet the Alpacas and the llamas Opening reception Saturday, Decem-
show your family part of the real meaning Preregistration is required. 410-586- from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more infor- ber 5, 2009, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. www.
of Veteran’s Day. 2748 mation call 443-498-8476. calvertarts.org or 410-257-7005
Nov. 24, 2009 – Friday, Nov. 27 – 29
Thursday, Nov. 12
Free Estate January 2, 2010 • Festival of Trees
Planning Workshop • Manga Night at Calvert
Library • Annual Ornament Show &
Calvert Hospice, Huntingtown
T he Southern Maryland Agricul- Illustrator McNevin Hayes will Sale Over 70 beautifully decorated
tural Development Commission be teaching a manga workshop here Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park trees. Preview gala, vendors, gift
(SMADC) will host a free Ad- at the Calvert Library Prince Freder- & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, shop, entertainment, breakfast and
vanced Estate Planning Workshop, the sec- ick at 7 p.m. Manga is the popular Solomons, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. lunch with Santa. www.calver-
ond in an ongoing series of four workshops Japanese-style cartooning so rabidly Find one-of-a-kind orna- thospice.org or 410-535-0892
on Estate Planning specifically designed to popular in the United States. If you
benefit the region’s agricultural and farm are an artist, young or otherwise,
business community. looking to appeal to the teen audience
The Advanced Estate Planning Work- or just expand your horizons, this is be
shop is a follow up to the Estate Planning
seminar held earlier this year and will be
the workshop for you. Registration
N o vem
is required, so sign up soon! Teens
a more in-depth discussion covering the and anime fans of all ages are wel-
key elements of advanced estate planning come. For more information please
strategies. call Calvert Library at 301-855-1862
The Advanced Workshop will stress or 410-535-0291 or visit us online at
the importance of estate planning to protect
the family farm and financial assets from http://calvert.lib.md.us.
excessive taxation. Topics will include sell-
ing or keeping the farm business in the fam-
ily, transferring assets within the family,
preparing the family for the transfer of as-
Friday, Nov. 13
sets, including business structures, protect-
ing and growing your money, philanthropy, • Republican Women of South-
and selecting your financial team. ern Calvert Style Fair
Anyone interested in the topic of estate Holiday Inn Solomons Confer-
planning is invited to attend. Forthcoming ence Center & Marina, 155 Holiday
SMADC workshops will feature sessions Drive, Solomons.
on Insurance and Long Term Care on De- Enjoy a variety of vendors, New
cember 7 and Retirement Planning and In- York fashions, music, entertainment
vestments on January 11, 2010. and hors d’oeuvres. Advance admis-
The Advanced Estate Planning Work- sion $30; $35 at the door. E-mail • The Fabulous Thunderbirds
shop is free to the public and will take place email@example.com Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
on Monday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in the SMECO
Auditorium located at 15035 Burnt Store Enjoy Texas-style blues and power rock sounds of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. General ad-
Road, Hughesville. mission $45 (additional service fees apply). Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Beer,
wine, soda and water available. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or 410-326-2042
Thursday, November-2009 19
Patuxent Takes Two
t was a tough two weeks for the Istvan finished his day completing
Patuxent High School football team 4 of 11 passes for 93 yards.
as they took two tough losses to Taitano scored again for
Westlake and Chopticon ending their 2-A Patuxent on a one-yard run in the
playoff hopes. fourth quarter and finished the
On Friday Oct. 23 they headed to Wal- night with 138 yards rushing on
dorf and faced a very tough Westlake team 10 carries as well as 40 receiv-
that had already clinched a playoff birth and ing yards. Reese scored on a one
the Wolverines took the victory 41-14. yard run ending his night with 60
After a scoreless first quarter, Frank yards on 15 carries and three TD’s.
Taitano started the scoring in the for Patux- Kendall Jefferson led all Westlake Staff Photo
ent breaking a 89-yard run for a touchdown runners with 78 yards rushing. The Patuxent High School Panthers line up against the Chopticon High School Braves during their match up on Oct.
to start the second quarter. Desmond Betts finished the scor- 30. The Braves squeaked out a 7-6 win.
It was all Westlake after that as Antoine ing with a 68-yard TD run late in line kept Star Running back Frank Taitano ties that were lost as the Chopticon defense
Reese scored twice in the second, with scor- the game. in check holding him to 90 yards rushing kept coming up with big plays to stop drives.
ing runs of one and four yards. The West- Last Friday, it was Senior Night in Lus- and no touchdowns. Chopticon got its only Patuxent’s defensive unit was led in both
lake attack was very balanced as five players by and the Chopticon Braves spoiled the par- points on a third quarter TD pass from new games by Marquez Stewart, totaling 21 tack-
rushed for over 50 yards and the Wolverines ty with a 7-6 win. The Braves knocked the QB Tyler Hayhurst to Michael Gilmartin for les and 17 assists.
totaled 390 yards on the ground. Panthers out of the playoff picture in a very 15 yards. Zach Hagelin had the only score Patuxent will finish their season tomor-
Julian Blair scored on a 61-yard pass tough defensive battle. Nick Landavazo, Vir- for Patuxent and the extra point was missed. row night with a trip to Baltimore to face
from Chris Istvan to begin the second half. gil Dickerson and the Braves defensive front Patuxent had a few second half opportuni- Eastern Tech. Game time is 7 p.m.
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St. Mary’s County
Elks Lodge #2092 Supports the
To Benefit Wounded
Warrior Project UpCoMing EvEntS:
Nov 14th & 15th November 21st Thanks for
November 14 th Fishing tournament Charity Ball
Buzz’s Marina Ridge, Maryland
Special Guest Speaker -
1st Lt. Denis Oliverio USMC
Date – November 14th & 15th (ret) - Wounded Warrior
5K Walk/Run Times – Dawn to 3:30PM Project
Entry Fee - $125.00 Dinner: Lobster &
Pre-register @ bpoe2092.org
Call Buzz’s for more details at 301-872-5887
New York Strip Roast
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Cheeseburger In Paradise
at 7:00 a.m.
Start time 8:00 a.m.
All pavement course
closes at 9:15 a.m.
$25 entry fee
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Thursday, November-2009 21
‘Flea Bops’ Share the
here’s something to be said for the classics, Stray Cats. ing guy named Lance LeBeau (drums). His wife, Wendy
whether you’re talking Ludwig Van Beethoven And as a genre rockabilly is anything but subtle. It (stand-up bass and vocals), and his younger brother, Pres-
or “Roll Over Beethoven”, each seems in- oozes nostalgia. ton (lead guitar).” During a break the trio, who had been
fused with its own sense of charm, and whether you lived Ronnie wrote in an email interview that the conversa- stealing glances at Joyner’s 50s-inspired hairdo, asked him
through the era that produced such sounds, they still make tion that led him to his band mates was over a hairstyle, of if he’d be interested in singing in their new band, and for the
you nostalgic. all things. last 17 years, that’s exactly what he’s been doing, though he
Such may have been the fervor that led to guitarist At a small rockabilly show in Oxon Hill in 1992, “I did admit it had been difficult for him to adjust.
and singer Ronnie Joyner starting up what may be the was approached by a guy wearing a Sun Records t-shirt. “My singing had always been relegated to show-
only rockabilly band in Southern Maryland, the Flea Bops Sun Records is the legendary label that put out the semi- ers or stairwells where the natural acoustics elevated my
(the name inspired by “The Lord Flea Band” featured nal recordings by guys like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl ‘talent’ -- so I’d never performed in public before,” but
in a campy 1957 rock-n-roll B-movie called “Bop Girl Perkins and Johnny Cash to name a few … that Sun t-shirt after performing their first awkward show at the Laugh Laugh-
Goes Calypso”), harkening back to that blend of rock and grabbed me right away. Looking at my hair (which was ing Lizard Lounge in Alexandria, Va., and meshing more
“hillbilly” music that made fashionable the likes of Elvis, styled in a “piled-high slicked-up pompadour”), he asked often at Lance and Wendy’s house as the band practiced, a
Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and later emulators like the me if I was a rockabilly fan.” comfortable dynamic emerged. Since then they’ve played
From there Ronnie said he was invited to come see shows all over D.C., Arlington and Baltimore, also making
a band called Go Cat Go, where appearances at Rockabilly tribute shows like the Rocka Rocka-
he met their drummer, billy Rave in Las Vegas, where they debuted their third
“a stylish Gene release on Vinylux Records, a 10-inch 33-RPM vinyl-only
Krupa- 6-song EP called “Gotta Bop”.
l o o k- As for local gigs, Ronnie said that most that occur
within the tri-county area are “oddball” gigs, “like the
Cobb Island gig we have coming up at The Drift Away Inn
… for the most part we do not play too many local gigs.
There are not a lot of local venues that cater to our niche.”
Still, it’s a niche this group fits in many more ways
“To us, the “old school mentality” applies to all
aspects of our craft. Our original songs are written to
the same tried and true themes of the pioneers of the
genre -- love, heartbreak and regular down-home life
issues,” wrote Joyner. “When we play our songs, we
keep it simple and in line with the basic blueprint
that was laid down in the 1950s. When we record, we
do it the way it was done ‘back in the day’ -- live in
studio to one track (tape) with no overdubs.”
Such an approach makes for an interesting
blend of “slap-back” echoing sound – defined as
a characteristic of the genre, this same sort of rere-
verberating sound that characterized surf music in
the 1960s, and which highlights Ronnie’s singing,
a blend of vocal styles echoing Elvis and Buddy
Holly, among others. And of course, the nostalgia
still oozes freely.
The Flea Bops will be playing next at the Drift
Away Inn at Cobb Island on Friday, Nov. 6. For
more information on the band and copies of their
albums, go to http://vinylux.com/fleabops.
BY ANDREA SHIELL (CT) info@somdpublishing.
22 Thursday, November-2009
Affinity – Making the Connection Water
By Sherrod Sturrock Canoe and Kayak Club whose members gather through-
out the spring, summer, and fall to explore the creeks and
ne of back waters of the area in their canoes and kayaks, as well
t h e as helping novices learn new skills in the museum’s boat
bu z z basin.
words in muse- Not to be outdone by the boat-oriented affinity groups,
ums these days is we have the Fossil Club. These enthusiastic hunters comb
“affinity groups” the beaches and by-ways searching out rare fossil clues
as in, getting peo- from the distant past, which they hold dearer than precious
ple who share a metals. Working with the museum’s paleontologist, Dr.
common interest Stephen Godfrey, they publish “The Ecphora” a quarterly
to use the muse- newsletter, hold quarterly lectures on topics of interest, and
um as a meeting go on fossil hunting excursions.
place. Here at the And then there are the lighthouse people. Being an
Calvert Marine institution that boasts two lighthouses, we are a natural
Museum this is not a new concept, but one that has grown spot for these folks to alight. They come twice a year, for
and evolved quite naturally over the 39 years of the mu- the September Lighthouse Challenge, and in January for
seum’s existence. In essence, our mission is grounded in Chesapeake Lights, a day that highlights lighthouses of the
community and built on the concept of affinity. Chesapeake Bay. Not as closely linked to us as the other
So, what does that mean? Well, one of the first museum clubs, they make up for it in the intensity of their dedica-
‘affinity groups’ dates back to the earliest days of the mu- tion. Perhaps our largest, most diverse, and most active af-
seum’s history when Pepper Langley started the Carving finity group is our volunteer corps – individuals who have
Club and invited anyone interested in traditional maritime found friends and purpose here while using their skills and
carving to join him in the shop on Saturdays. The Patuxent talents in a way that gives back to the community.
Small Craft Guild is another affinity group that has grown The museum is in the unique position of being able
up with the museum. Working with Boatwright George to bring people together to do things they are passionate
Surgent, these boat enthusiasts come together twice a week about in an atmosphere of support and encouragement. It
to build, repair, or refinish traditional wooden boats. The is reminiscent of childhood, when you shared your collect-
Solomons Island Model Boat Club is another affinity group ing passion with like-minded friends. So, if you’re looking
with a thriving membership. The notion of ‘boys and their for an affinity group, check us out. We’re all about making
toys’ comes to mind watching these men “play” with their connections.
carefully crafted radio controlled model boats in the basin Sherrod Sturrock is the Deputy Director of the Calvert
behind the museum. They take their play very seriously, Marine Museum. She can be reached at sturrosa@
and have a wonderful time doing it. And then there is the co.cal.md.us. CMM Photo
Thanksgiving Buffet American Legion Post 274
Thursday, November 26th, served 12 noon to 6 pm H G Trueman Rd in Lusby
Roast Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham, Bull & Oyster Roast
Baked New England Cod, November 14th 2-6 pm
Carrot-Ginger Orange Soup, Oyster Stew, Scalloped Oysters,
Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes and gravy,
Traditional Bread Stuffing, Cornbread Dressing, Brussels Sprouts,
Las Vegas Night starting at 3 pm
Green Bean Casserole, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Corn Pudding,Tossed Salad, $25/person advance/$30 @ the door
Ambrosia Salad, Waldorf Salad, Broccoli Salad and Red Potato Salad Public Welcome
Plus: Apple Crisp, Mini Fruit Tarts, Cheese Cake,
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$28.95 Adults $15.95 Children 5-10
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