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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Will Aguilar, left, and Reese Meisinger ofoad turkeys to hand out during the annual Giving Thanks at Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry.

3 County News 8 Crime 9 Business 9 Education Feature Story 14 15 Design Diaries 16 Letters 17 Entertainment 18 Senior 18 Community 19 Newsmaker 20 Obituaries 22 Out & About 22 Library Calendar 23 Games 23 Classifieds

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COUNTY NEWS Incumbent Sheriff Seeks Another Four Years

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office. Last year, he and former assistant sheriff Tom Hejl got a bill through that allows current sheriffs office employees to be appointed to the position of assistant sheriff and, if the incumbent sheriff is not reelected, take their former position in the sheriffs office instead of losing their job. This encourages sheriffs deputies to strive for promotions instead of seeing movement up the ranks as a potential risk to their career. He has encouraged employees to attend professional development courses. While he has been in office, the sheriffs office has started a partnership with the Community Mediation Center of Calvert County. Evans has been collaborating with the Board of County Commissioners to create formulas determining the number of deputies needed for all parts of sheriffs office operations. Having formulas ensures the county commissioners and the sheriff agree on the proper level of staffing and funding for the sheriffs office, Evans said. Other achievements Evans takes pride in is using grants to obtain specialized equipment, Crash and Crime Zone Computer Technology, to enhance the offices capabilities regarding prosecution of fatal and near fatal crashes, as well as major crimes. The sheriffs office is accredited through the National Law Enforcement Accreditation Process, a status recently renewed that benefits Calvert County residents by lowering insurance rates in the county. Evans is dedicated to serving Calvert County and believes in transparency within his office. I dont always have all the answers, but when someone calls I tell the truth, he said. In addition to his work as the sheriff, Evans make sure to attend as many community events as possible, often accompanied by his wife, Susan Evans. For more informaiton, including a full list of Evans achievements during the last 11 years, visit
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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer With 11 years of experience as the Calvert County Sheriff, Mike Evans has decided to run for another four years in office. Evans main goal is to make the county as safe as possible. He is still energetic and still enthusiastic and wants to continue his tradition of service to Calvert County. I enjoy putting on this uniform every day, Evans said. Evans is a native of Calvert County whose service includes 15 years with the Maryland State Police and five years with the sheriffs office before being elected sheriff. Even with all his experience, being sheriff is a constant learning experience. Not a day goes by that I dont learn something new, Evans said. During his 11 years in office, Evans has worked increase professionalism in the sheriffs

Lusby Business Association Talks Dominion Cove Point Expansion

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Lusby Business Association invited Dominion Cove Point representatives to discuss the existing liquid natural gas (LNG) import terminal and the coming expansion and its impact on the area. Dominion Cove Point Director Mark Reaser gave a brief overview of the history of the terminal, including its design and construction in the mid-1970s, Dominions acquisition of the terminal in 2002 and expansions in 2008 and 2011. Concerns the business owners brought up included the expansions effect on Cove Point Park, the possibility of fracking in Maryland and the possibility of toxic byproducts, such as methane gas, into the local atmosphere. Currently, natural gas drilling is not permitted in the State of Maryland, Reaser said, and Dominion Cove Point would not take an active role in advocating or discouraging drilling. The terminal acts as a middleman, storing LNG on a contract basis. Adding the export facility will not require additional pipeline, Reaser said, but it will require refrigeration equipment. A baffling Dominion Cove Point wall will mitigate the noise of conDirector Mark Reaser struction and the new equipment. Pre-existing trees will shield the wall from view, Reaser said. The terminal takes care to prevent any loss of LNG. The pipes are well insulated to keep it in its liquid form. LNG that is heated to the point of evaporation is used to power Dominion Cove Point, and condensation on the outside of pipes is purified and recycled. The land Cove Point Park sits on is owned by Dominion Cove Point, Reaser said. The county operates the swimming and athletic facilities. The expansion will occur within the existing terminal footprint and the park will not be closed, Reaser said. If they can obtain all permits and everything remains on schedule, he said the export facility will be operational in late 2017. For more information, visit gas-transmission/cove-point/, or e-mail

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Underage Alcohol Abuse Reduction Team (UAART) had their last meeting of the year to discuss a survey to be distributed at Patuxent High School and an upcoming poster and creative writing contest. During the meeting, Calvert County Sheriffs Office representative Andre Mitchell told the group the sheriffs office has completed two party patrols, one on Oct. 19 following the Patuxent High School prom and one on Halloween. Party Patrols are nights during which a larger number of deputies patrol the Chesapeake Ranch Estates, focusing on known party locations, in an effort to prevent underage drinking. UAART will administer a youth alcohol consumption and perception survey at Patuxent High School in De-

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cember. The data from the survey will be distributed to students to use in a Peer2Peer Art Contest. The contest will focus on teens changing teens perceptions on underage drinking through a variety of media, including photography, poetry, essays and posters. UAART was formed with the help of state grant money under the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework. The government gave funds to Maryland counties in order for the involved citizens to focus on reducing the numbers of underage alcohol users and binge drinkers, and reduce the number of alcoholrelated motor vehicle accidents involving youth ages 16-to-25. For more information, contact Matt Hanley at410-535-3079, x27or by email

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The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has released MARYLAND Prepares, the states official emergency management mobile app. The tool is designed to help Maryland residents better prepare for emergencies. Families can create interactive emergency kits, customized communications plans and view preparation guides so they are more informed on what to do before, during or after an emergency. The app is available for Apple and Android devices. The St. Marys County Department of Emergency Services & Technology Emergency encourages all citizens to be better prepared for emergencies. For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit .


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A Red Carpet Evening for Hospice

It was a gala event at the Calvert Elks Lodge during the first Great Expectations Red Carpet Live and Silent Auction, which raised nearly $22,000 for Calvert Hospice. The event featured items such as signed Redskins helmets, tickets and parking passes to Redskins and Orioles games and a restaurant wreath with gift cards from several local restaurants and a one of a kind pendant designed by local jeweler Heather Maertens. The attendees and organizers were a very generous group, according to Calvert Hospice Director of Development Linda Gottfried. Plans are already under way for next years red carpet event. The committee was talking about next year before we finished cleaning up, Gottfried said. For more information about Calvert Hospice, visit

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Margaret Thompson and Chris Hackett with Scalped Salon helped plan Great Expectations.

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Program Makes Dental Care More Affordable

Residents Can Get Up to 50 Percent Discount on Services
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners is working with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to offer a dental discount card, making dental care more affordable for residents. The NACo Dental Discount Card allows families to save money on dental care, orthodontic treatment and other dental care services through a network of participating private practice dentists. Only dentists who participate in Careington and Aetna managed care plans participate in the NACo Dental Discount Program. Enrolling in the program costs $6.95 a month or $59 a year for an individual; and $8.95 a month or $69 a year for a family. The program offers discounts of up to 50 percent on dental procedures including routine oral exams, unlimited cleanings and major work like dentures, root canals and crowns. Since the program is not insurance, anyone can join and there is no limit on use. There are also no age or income restrictions. Prince Frederick resident John Sasiadek is the first Calvert County resident to sign up for the discount card and said he is excited about the money he expects to save by using it. The 71-year-old said he was previously using another discount program to help with his dental bills, but the NACo program will save him an additional 38 percent. Sasiadek said he and his wife spent about $2,000 each in the last year on dental care and he expects that the new discount program will save them about $400 in the next year. It pays a little more and it costs a little less than his previous discount program, Sasiadek said. Im just tickled to death with it. Some dentists do not contract with Careington and Aetna. To confirm whether a particular dentist is participating, check the list of eligible dentists on the NACo website at If you use a dentist in another county, you can also check whether he or she participates through the same link. If you dont currently have a dentist, the link will provide you with the names of at least five participating dentists closest to your ZIP code. More information about the NACo Dental Discount Card Program is available at Call 877-354-NACo and mention marketing code NACo to take advantage of special rates.

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Calvert County Hospice Festival of Trees St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick Friday, Nov. 29 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival of Trees is Calvert Countys premier holiday celebration and a fundraiser for Calvert Hospice. Teams of decorators from church, community and civic groups weave their holiday magic into an enchanting parade of uniquely decorated trees for visitors to enjoy. Children will love the model train display and visiting Santa in his workshop. All proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefit Calvert Hospice.

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Holiday Bazaar Deale Elks Lodge, 6022 Drumpoint Road. Deale 9 a.m. Please join us for our annual holiday bazaar. There will be several types of vendors for your holiday shopping needs. We will also be having a bake table, all proceeds will benefit Operation Paws for Home a local pet rescue. There will be food for sale, raffles, and door prizes. For more information or to reserve a table to sell your items, e-mail rknopp0521@ JGS Church Craft/Artisan/Vendor Bazaar (Old Time) Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 1601 W. Mt. Harmony Road, Owings 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The show features many local artisans/ crafters who sell unique handmade items from candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, pottery/ceramics, photography, embroidery, crochet/knit, and much more. The event includes an Old-Fashioned Bake Sale, door prizes and Kids face painting where the child can be the artist. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under the age of 12. For more information, e-mail 443-924-4237. A Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair 1601 West Mt. Harmony Road, Owings, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Will be hosted by the Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. For further information: 443.924.4237
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Holiday Bazaar at Windy Hill Elementary WHES, 9550 Boyds Turn Road, Owings 5 to 8 p.m. Looking for all vendors and crafters for a holiday bazaar in Owings Maryland at Windy Hill Elementary. Vendors, book your space cost is $20 a table or 2 for $30. This event will also have the schools art show, kids secret holiday shop, book fair and Santa is stopping by to take pictures. Looking forward to a great crowd! Please email mrs.erin.travers@gmail. com to reserve a spot or for any questions.

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Dowell Elementary School Vendor Fair Dowell Elementary School, 12680 Hg Trueman Road in Lusby 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From vendors and auctions to reptiles and pedicures, the fourth annual Dowell Elementary School Vendor Fair will have something for everybody. This year, more than 20 vendors are signed up for the fair. The Grill Sergeant BBQ will cater the fair, and Mr. Tom the Reptile Man will be on hand with a variety of animals to play with and adopt. New to the vendor fair this year will be a silent auction designed for students, including prizes such as a Pedicure with the Principal, Shortcake with the Secretaries and a chance to guest conduct during the winter band and choir concert.

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Huntingtown High School Dance Teams 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Show, Silent Auction and Dinner Huntingtown High School Craft Show & Silent Auction 2 to 8 p.m. Dinner 5 to 8 p.m. $10 ticket/$12 at the door Crafters and Vendors wanted. $25 per space. Set-up is 12:30 to 2 p.m. Contact Rachel Dove for more information 410-414-7036, dover@calvertnet.k12.


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The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports.
During the week of Nov.18 through Nov. 24 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriffs Office responded to 1,573 calls for service throughout the community. Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriffs Office website. Go to and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward. CDS Violation Case #13-67802: On Nov. 18 at 12:55 p.m. while on routine patrol in the area of Md. Rt. 4 southbound and Cove Point Road in Lusby, Dep. G. Gotts agency issued license plate recognition system alerted to a vehicle traveling beside him. After conductMiles ing a traffic stop, the driver was found to be in possession of suspected drugs. Waynisha Rashaun Miles, 22 of Mechanicsville, was charged with possession of marijuana. Destruction of Property Case #13-67873: Someone caused $100 to the side of a recreation vehicle parked outside a residence in the 200 block of Mason Road in Prince Frederick on Nov. 18 between 2:30 p.m. and 6:39 p.m. when they spray painted it. Dep. C. Ward is investigating. Burglary Case #13-67933 A homeowner reported that on Nov. 19 shortly before 6 a.m. he was walking down the stairs inside his home and observed a flashlight sweeping motion across the bottom of the stair case. He continued down the stairs and saw the side door open. No one was in the home and it did not appear that anything had been taken. Dep. A. Ostazeski is investigating. Theft from Vehicle Case #13-67953: A woman reported to Dep. N. Lenharr that on Nov. 19 at about 8 a.m. she left her purse in her unlocked car while it was parked at the Prince Frederick Walmart. When she returned to the vehicle, she realized her red leather purse was gone. The purse, cash, prescription eyewear and other items altogether total $2,855. Dep. Lenharr is continuing the investigation. Burglary Case #13-67990: Unknown suspect(s) broke into a home in the 5800 block of Bayside Road in St. Leonard sometime between Nov. 9 and 19. Five hundred dollars in damage was done and some liquor was stolen. Dep. W. Beisel is investigating. Theft Case #13-68037: On Nov. 19 at 2:39 p.m. DFC M. Quinn was flagged down by a citizen on Bayside Road near Rolands Grocery in Chesapeake Beach. The citizen, an employee of a nearby business, advised that a woman had come inside the busiGraves ness asking to use the phone because her car had broken down. While there, she took an employees purse and fled the business. Two other employees chased down the suspect, one of them retrieved the purse but the suspect ran behind Rolands. DFC Quinn pursued the suspect, later identified as Brandee Shea Graves, 26 of Huntingtown, and took her into custody. The purse and all its contents were returned to the owner. Graves was charged with theft less than $1,000 and possession of controlled paraphernalia, four hypodermic needles. Theft Case #13-68052: On November 19 at 4:04 p.m. Dep. N. Lenharr responded to the Prince Frederick Walmart for the report of a shoplifter in custody. She cited Clyde Germaine Richardson, 31 of Prince Frederick, with theft for stealing a sweatshirt and a mans razor. Counterfeit Case #13-68082: On Nov. 19 at 6:45 p.m. a man entered the Sunderland Wine and Spirits store at 44 Dalrymple Road and purchased $21 in merchandise with a counterfeit $100 bill. The store clerk gave him $79 in change and the man left the store. The clerk then realized the bill was counterfeit. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dep. T. Holt at 410-535-2800. Destruction of Property Case #13-68426: Someone damaged a large holiday decoration belonging to the town of North Beach when they uprooted it from the ground on 3rd Street and Bay Avenue on Nov. 21 around midnight. A witness observed a man running from the decoration and getting into the passenger seat of a vehicle. The replacement cost of the item is $4,500. DFC M. Quinn is investigating. Theft Case #13-68799: A fifteen-year-old male from North Beach was charged on a youth report with theft less than $100 when he was observed by security personnel at the Dunkirk Wal-Mart stealing an IPhone 4 Life Proof Case valued at $84. The juvenile initially fled the store when confronted and shortly thereafter he called the stores loss prevention officer, threatening to blow up the store. Dep. J. Migliaccio spoke with the youth and advised him to come to the store and turn himself in. He did so and has been charged with theft, telephone misuse and threats. He was released to a parent. Theft from Vehicle Case #13-68811: Unknown suspect(s) stole a Kenwood RC DV 430 stereo with flat screen display valued at $1,700 from a vehicle while it was parked at Windy Hill Middle School in Owings on Nov. 22 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dep. D. Canning is handling the investigation. Theft Case #13-68945: Sometime between Nov. 11 and 23, someone stole $1,910 in items from a yard and unlocked garage of a home in the 5000 block of Long Cove Lane in Port Republic. Two frames for boat tops, a diesel engine cylinder head, a chainsaw and various scrap metal was all taken. Dep. W. Beisel is investigating. Burglary Case #13-68974: A home in the 9800 block of H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby was burglarized sometime between August of this year and Nov. 23 when it was discovered. Nothing appears to have been taken but $100 in damage was done during the break-in. Dep. W. Beisel is continuing the investigation.

This Thanksgiving, Buckle Up or Pay Up

Click It or Ticket Cracking Down on Seat Belt Violations
The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and to help save lives on our roadways, The Calvert County Sheriffs Office will be teaming with other state and local law enforcement officers across the country to crack down on seat belt violations. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday period, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. Fifty percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts. You will see us out in force during the long weekend, and well be showing zero tolerance for anyone who is not wearing a seatbelt. Our goal is simple: to strictly enforce the law in order to save more lives, said Sheriff Mike Evans If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed. According to the U.S. Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011. In fact, research shows that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent. Yet, too many people are still not getting the message. In 2011, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes did NOT wear seat belts at the time of the crash. Whether youre traveling across the country or just across town, one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to always buckle up. Yet too many motorists still need a tough reminder to buckle up, said Sheriff Evans Its a simple step that each of us can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones, but if you break the law and are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will face the consequences. Numerous unbelted fatalities occur at night, and especially at busier travel times, such as Thanksgiving. Nationally in 2011, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in nighttime crashes were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 43 percent during the daytime hours. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, 57 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in nighttime crashes were unbelted, while only 40 percent of daytime fatalities were unbelted. With the help of highway safety advocates and local law enforcement officers across the country, we can increase seat belt use and save lives on our roadways. Dont risk it on the road this Thanksgiving. Wear your seat belt so you can spend the holidays celebrating with your loved ones and not worrying about the cost of a ticket. Remember: Click It or Ticket.

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Personalized Fitness in Calvert County

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Sports teams in Calvert County will soon have a new facility for group training Postons Fitness in Dunkirk is soon to open a 2,500 sq. ft. of training space, which will house their sports performance training and group training programs. The new space will feature a combination of the latest technology in synthetic turf and rubber flooring. The open house for the new facility will offer an opportunity to meet the fitness centers certified personal trainers and sports conditioning specialists as they take you through demonstrations of exercises. Postons Fitness offers personalized fitness training in a one-on-one or group setting, according to owner Bob Poston.

Come Celebrate the Opening of Postons Fitnesss New Facility Ribbon Cutting: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m. Grand Opening: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Poston started Postons Fitness in 2003 with the goal of teaching individuals to use fitness equipment safely and design a personalized fitness schedule. The fitness center promoted a Triad of Health concept that consists of the body, the mind, and the spirit. According to the website, conquering the physical, the mental, and the emotional aspects of life will help you succeed in reaching your goals. Poston is one of the facilitys three trainers. The others are Scott Chamberlin and affiliate Linda Copeland, owner of Breakthrough Fitness. Postons Fitness caters to all walks of life, Poston said, from athletes to weekend warriors and ages 7 to 87. They work with individuals just out of physical therapy and people just wanting to lead a healthier life. He has already heard from local his school sports teams who want to use the new sports performance training center and is working with them to set up slots. Membership at the fitness center is on a month-to-month basis with customers signing up for slots to workout. The personalized setup is attractive to customers who would be intimidated by the typical large-gym setting, said Co-owner Theresa Poston. For more information about Postons Fitness, visit or call 1-301-327-5246 or visit Postons Fitness at 10735 Town Center Blvd, Suite 3 in Dunkirk.
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Photo by Sarah Miller Scott Chamberlin, left, Linda Copeland and Bob Poston demonstrate workout equipment.

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Dowell Elementary Vendor Fair

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer From vendors and auctions to reptiles and pedicures, the fourth annual Dowell Elementary School Vendor Fair will have something for everybody. The Dowell Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) coordinates the vendor fair every year, Artz said. This year, more than 20 vendors are signed up for the fair. The Grill Sergeant BBQ will cater the fair, and Mr. Tom the Reptile Man will be on hand with a variety of animals to play with and adopt. New to the vendor fair this year will be a silent auction designed for students, including prizes such as a Pedicure with the Principal, Shortcake with the Secretaries and a chance to guest conduct during the winter band and choir concert. Proceeds from the vendor fair will fund the school spelling bee in March, teacher and staff appreciation week in May and various assemblies through the year. One assembly the PTA hosts is a science based, interactive mobile lab with activities for younger and older students. The craft fair is scheduled for Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dowell Elementary School is located at 12680 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby.

Forum Answers Common Core Questions

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Common core sets the floor, said State Superintendent Lillian Lowery. Not a ceiling. A floor. Parents had a chance to get their questions answered about the Common Core State Standards during a forum at Huntingtown High School on Nov. 25. Common Core Standards are designed to prepare students for the 21st century workplace, where they will be required to problem solve and work well in small groups. The Common Core standards are not a curriculum. They are the anchor standards that a curriculum is based on, Lowery said. Students will be engaged in high quality thinking at their development level, according to Calvert County English Teacher Steven Van Rees. Children are still growing learners, he said. Students cant just plug in formulas and numbers any more. Students need to understand why things work the way they do and work out the answer on their own. As an English teacher, Van Rees is excited to find ways to engage students and encourage them to ask why. Students will graduate with the ability to use language to develop articulate thoughts and in-depth reasoning. Students and teachers will go much more in depth in each topic covered in the classroom, Lowery said. Of all Maryland students who graduate and go to a college or university, 48 percent have to take remedial courses, Lowery said. This costs students money, she said. We have to prepare them better.

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As far as enrichments, interventions and student services, nothing will change, Lowery said. Parents, teachers and students will still work together to find the best solutions for the student if they are struggling. Parents expressed concern regarding the impact of the common core standards on honors and advanced placement courses. Different tracks and levels of rigor will still be offered, though the curriculum is still in development, said Calvert County Interim Superintendent Nancy Highsmith. We have not yet gone full common core, she said.

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Board of Education Faced with $2.7 Million Funding Deficit

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Between a decrease in revenue and increase in expenditures, Calvert County Public Schools is facing a funding deficit of $2.7 million. This number is down from the initial projections of a more than $4 million deficit, Chief Budget and Business Officer Tammy McCourt told the Board of Education during their Nov. 21 meeting. Part of the deficit stems from a projected increase in the cost of health insurance. In her presentation, McCourt estimated a five percent increase in health insurance expenditures, a $1,010,987 jump from the budgeted amount of $20,219,747 in fiscal year 2014. This amount is still variable and could go as high as a 10 percent increase, McCourt said. In addition to health insurance, spending on pensions is projected to increase by $1,004,017. The current budget projection for fiscal year 2015 is $4,598,648 in pension spending. In addition to the increased expenditures, the county schools will see a $2,688,806 decrease in revenues, McCourt said. Mitigating the deficit are the county governments decision to keep the county schools at a steady level of funding instead of decreasing funding as the number of students in the county decreases and the use of funds from the county schools fund balance. With more than $2 million that still needs to be trimmed from the county schools budget, Board of Education President Gene Karol said he is not looking forward to the measures the schools will have to take. There are ways to do it, but its not pleasant, Karol said, adding that they may need to cut personnel to make budget. For more information visit

Photo By Sarah Miller Board of Education President Gene Karol and Interim Superintendent Nancy Highsmith consider the budget.

A Story with Someone New

Community Members Read to Windy Hill Elementary School Students
By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Windy Hill Elementary School welcomed a variety of guest readers to the school for their annual celebration of American Education Week. We get quite an array, said Principal Kelley Adams. Guests included Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans, North Beach Town Council Member Ken Wilcox, Calvert County Commissioner Susan Shaw, Windy Hill Middle School Principal James Kurtz, Adams and even retired teachers from Calvert County Public Schools. The students look forward to the guest readers, Adams said. One of the goals of inviting visitors to the school is to help students make connections in the community. Evans and Shaw encouraged students to ask them about their positions with the sheriffs office and county commissioners during their visits. Inviting the principal and other representatives from Windy Hill Middle School to read to the fifth grade students gave them the change to meet people they will encounter on a daily basis in the next school year, which will help ease the transition from middle to high school, Adams said. Resource Teacher Theresa Remington coordinates readers every year. The school begins organizing readers in early October by sending invitations to readers from the previous year and all elected officials in the area. The response has been positive, Remington said. For more information, visit
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Windy Hill Elementary School Principal Kelley Adams ells the tale of a cat and mouse who are best friends.

Recycling Creativity
By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer The College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center will be featuring work from Paho Mann. The exhibit will feature work from his collection, Collections and will be featured from Friday, Nov. 22, until Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. According to curator of the exhibit, Katherine Sifers, Manns work investigates the physical manifestation of individually using both traditional photography practice and contemporary digital technology. She also said that Mann pulled resources for his work from landfills as well as recycling bins. Currently, Mann is an assistant professor of photography at the University of North Texas. He feels that what we own and consume reveals something about our identity and culture. It is this examination that underlines the importance of making thoughtful choices in what we do with these objects, according to a press release, sent out by the College of Southern Maryland. Manns awareness of the environment, according to what he told the college, came in two major forms: the current rate of consumption of resources is unsuitable, posing a global environmental threat and that this same consumption patter has weakened the
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world economy. Mann was not available to comment further on his beliefs. Using almost 6000 photographs, Mann created his exhibit. The images attempt to show particular objects, not the abstract understanding of hundreds of millions of tons of waste, created in the United States each year, Mann told the college. The Paho Mann talk, given by Professor George Padell, will take place Tuesday,

Dec. 3, at 12 p.m. in the Fine Arts lobby. The talk is open to the public. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit www. The gallery is located at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.


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Southern Maryland Food Pantries Provide Thanksgiving Meals
By Sarah Miller and Kay Poiro Staff Writer With the holidays right around the corner, food pantries all over Southern Maryland are banding together to make sure no family goes hungry. According to the St. Marys County Department of Social Services, over 14,200 St. Marys County residents will receive some form of food assistance this holiday season. In addition to reliable constants like the Southern Maryland Food Bank and Meals on Wheels, local food pantries and private organizations are stepping up to provide food supply to meet the demand of a growing disadvantaged population. One of the largest food pantries in St. Marys County is operated by Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel Grove. Mt. Zion serves as the hub of the Hungry Team, a consortium of 7 different Southern Maryland churches. Although the churches are different denominations, their mission is the same to provide food, clothing, furniture, payment of critical utility bills and other critical needs for the less fortunate. Another hub is End Hunger in Calvert County. End Hunger is comprised of 11 food pantries throughout Calvert, each of which come up with their own food distribution plans during the holiday season, according to Director of Awareness Jacqueline Miller. Need increases dramatically during the holiday season, said Hungry Team coordinator Cindy Bowling. End Hunger has seen a growing trend of individuals in the 40 to 59 age bracket coming to food pantries for help. Families needing assistance are often victims of circumstance, she said. In several households one or more adults has lost their job, or seen a reduction in hours, leading to a need to tighten a budget. They turn to food pantries to help make ends meet, she said. Food pantries statewide saw an increase in demand when the economy crashed in 2008, according to SMILE Assistant Pantry Coordinator Janet Addiss. SMILE is an independent food pantry based out of Lusby, serving southern Calvert County. Everyone knows were here when they need us, Addiss said. The economy alone is not to blame for the growing population using food banks. The overall population in Southern Maryland has been growing, Addiss said. With more people living in the area, there will naturally be more people in need. Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry, one of End Hungers partner groups based out of Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, did their annual Giving Thanks food distribution on Nov. 23, handing out 600 turkeys total, Miller said. Families preregistered to receive food, including turkey and stuffing. Every year, End Hunger uses its connection with the Maryland Food Bank to purchase food in bulk at a discounted rate. Once End Hunger has purchased the food it is distributed to partner organizations to get into the community. This year, End Hunger purchased 2,232 turkeys, which will be handed out for Thanksgiving and Christmas at local food pantries. Each turkey comes with a turkey stuffing box to round out the meal, Miller said. Hungry Team also distributes Thanksgiving baskets, which include a turkey and side dishes from which to prepare a meal. This year, Bowling estimates over 20 turkey baskets will be handed out. SMILE hosted their annual Thanksgiving food distribution on Nov. 23, giving out 470 turkeys, stuffing and side dishes. Volunteers gathered on Nov. 22 and 23 to package non-perishable foods and give it to those in need. Individuals had to place their order early to ensure they would receive a turkey and trimmings. Late registrations were put on a waiting list. Recipients have to be registered SMILE clients, Addiss said. The number of Thanksgiving dinners distributed was on par with 2012. Last year, SMILE handed out 479 dinners. SMILE, like other food pantries, gets a spike in donations during the holiday, Addiss said. Donations and the proceeds from the SMILE thrift store help fund the food pantry year round. Just because we make a lot in December doesnt mean we spend a lot in December, Addiss said. In addition to the Thanksgiving meal distribution, SMILE hosts a Christmas meal, which is open to all members of the community seeking companionship during the holiday. The Hungry Team funds the food bank through two annual fundraising events. Monies raised from their annual two day yard sale and the silent auction are used to buy groceries and also to help the pantry offset the cost of utility bills for its clientele. In addition to its twice-yearly fundraisers, efforts of private organizations

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Photo By Sarah Miller Thomas Mancuso helps pass out food at Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry.

and fellow churches help keep its shelves stocked. On Nov. 27, All Face Episcopal Church is asking people to bring a non-perishable food item, which goes to the food bank at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. On Nov. 28, Wicomico Shores Golf Course hosts its 13th annual Thanksgiving Day charity golf event. On Thanksgiving Day, the golf course will waive green fees in exchange for non-perishable food items. When the going gets tough, the Hungry Team gets creative. This Halloween, they hosted Trick or Treat for the Hungry where trick or treaters collected nonperishable food instead of candy. Earlier this year, a food drive by St. Marys County Boy Scout Troop 1785 netted almost 1,000 pounds of food for the pantry. End Hunger holds a number of fundraisers to help purchase food, such as the Dragon Boat Races, a 5K race and Bike To End Hunger In Calvert County. Food pantries throughout Southern Maryland depend on volunteers. Johnnie Mae Sawyer started the Mt. Zion Hungry Team in 1989. Nearly 25 years ago, the Hungry Teams average distribution was two bags of food per week. Still operating out of the Mt. Zion church offices,

these days the pantry distributes between 40 and 50 bags of food a week. Andrew Moe volunteered with SMILE for the first time this year and came out on Nov. 22 to help pack canned food for the Nov. 23 distribution. I had time to give and I was looking for good volunteer opportunities, he said. Rob Mancuso and his children, Meridith and Thomas, make volunteering a family affair. The children volunteer regularly with their mother and father at Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry and came out to the Giving Thanks event to help give out Thanksgiving meals. I get enjoyment from the smiles on their faces, says Bowling. If I had my way, Id have a Thanksgiving dinner and invite anyone without the means to have their own. To Cindy Bowling and the rest of the staff at the Mt. Zion food pantry, their mission isnt just about providing dinner for Thanksgiving or the rest of the year. Its about helping someone have a good day, she says.


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complaints. There is an in-home level of care that can be provided with the goal of preserving the family unit. Two workers are available for case management of 12 families each and one is available for intensive case management of 6 families. In-home services are voluntary unless court-ordered. The case managers evaluate what services are needed to preserve the family unit, assess what is available, and refer for additional family supports, as needed. The goals should be reached in 6 months, but can extend to one year in extreme circumstances. The Adult Services Division has 7.5 employees to keep adults in their homes. (DSS is down two social workers, currently.) Adults are over 18 years old. Adult Protective Services is responsible for vulnerable adults who can not take care of their daily needs. Unlike CPS, Adult Protective Services does not have placements. The first attempt is to find a relative or community member with Adult Public Guardianship a last resort. Where possible, resources are found to keep the vulnerable adult in his/her home, perhaps with in-home aide services depending on what constitutes an adequate level of support. Project Home is based on the adult foster care model for adults who are over 18 with a physical or medical disability. There are 4 certified homes in Calvert County with 9 residents overseen by case managers. As long as funding exists, DSS can provide 164 hours of respite care per year, or approximately one week per year for adults with a functional disability, that is needing help with the activities of daily living. Tina Vann oversees 230 cases of long-term care per year. The first 1 to 20 days are 100% covered by Medicare. 20 to 100 days are covered at the 80% level by Medicare. If there are less than $2500 in assets, excluding pre-paid burial needs, Medical Assistance eligibility can be achieved. The average cost of long-term care is $7000 per month. Michelle spoke for the Child Support Division (CSD), which establishes paternity within 2 weeks at a cost of $96 for a DNA test, or by

obtain volunteer work experience. One class developed a business model called Helping Hands. They collected paper products for Project ECHO and popsicles and juice boxes for Barstow Acres Childrens Center, in the process creating 100 paid internships. Businesses who agree to hire the job training graduates are reimbursed for the first 16 weeks of employment during which required training may occur. Calvert County DSS has a 70% success rate with job placements following completion of the exacting job training program because efforts are made to remove a lot of barriers to employment, such as transportation, relationships with the non-custodial parent, who receives mentoring. 2 out of 10 applicants complete the entire program, but the long-term success rate with those 2 is very high. In order to receive Temporary Cash Assistance, the applicant must have children and must pay child support. They must submit to drug testing, must demonstrate work-seeking activities. The availability of jobs is increasing as the economy improves. This program is oriented to small businesses. Applications for the SNAP Program (food stamps), Housing and Emergency Services, and Energy Assistance are available at DSS. Finally, Mike Shaw of Calvert Healthcare Solutions discussed how to obtain health insurance. There is open enrollment (through Obamacare) until March of 2014. An Assister is available (through Calvert Healthcare Solutions) to enroll applicants in Medical Assistance. A Navigator is certified to deal with Qualified Health Plans or QHP, which are the health plans an applicant must use in order to obtain a subsidy to help pay for the QHP, previously known as insurance plan. The Assisters and Navigators are located at DSS. Whew! As you can see, Calvert DSS is the primary provider of the safety net for Calvert residents. I am pleased to report that Calvert DSS can be commended on their dedication to provision of that safety net. Any questions can be directed to Calvert DSS at 200 Duke Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Phone numbers are (443) 550-6900 or (800) 332-6347.


By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner, District 2

Besides our own responsibilities, the Board of County Commissioners interacts with community partners. One important community partner is the Calvert Department of Social Services or DSS. Despite the name, DSS is a state agency. However, the Calvert County government provides some small subsidies to DSS to hire and maintain proficient staff members. I attended a synopsis of all the DSS functions recently, and I think that you might find them of interest. Foster Care/Adoption is a traditional role of DSS. Sarah Utz is the contact person. DSS has 99 children in foster care. Most are under 5 years old and most are in kin-care with relatives. 82% of those children are in care due to parental problems with drugs and/or alcohol. 5 babies have been born addicted in Calvert County in 2013. The goal of this division is re-unification with the family of origin. There are 6 caseworkers with 18 cases each. Optimally, there should be 10. 78% of the drugs abused by the parents are prescription drugs. 30% are cocaine or crack. The children are birth to 21. Re-unification should be completed in 15 to 22 months. Foster parents are now called resource parents. Family Preservation or Child Protective Services (CPS)s contact person is Kelly Small. CPS has 24 hours to respond to an abuse complaint with 5 investigators and one in-take worker. They respond 24/7 with 5 calendar days allowed to investigate a neglect complaint. They must reach a finding within 60 days of indicated, which triggers a permanent concern; unsubstantiated, which is followed for 5 years; or ruled-out, which is gone from the computer records in 120 days. Parental drug abuse triggers most of the

an affidavit of parentage executed at birth and recorded on the birth certificate. This division enforces support quite successfully with the best recovery record in the state and is in the top 10 in the entire nation. The priority is the child. CSD can attach wages, retirement, estates, tax returns and place home liens. They will pursue criminal charges in court when required. Tammy Baker was the speaker regarding Purchase of Care for daycare, which can be either formally licensed daycare or informal care provided by a relative. This benefit is householdincome based. The applicant has to be working or in school and have a child support order. There are 264 open cases handled by one caseworker. The Temporary Disability Assistance Program or T-DAP is available to those without children waiting for a Social Security determination of disability. Families with children may be eligible for Temporary Cash Assistance, a different program. Application is made through SAIL at with one caseworker processing cash assistance for 115 cases while 6 caseworkers handle 890 cases of Family Investment. An applicant who is blind, disabled, or elderly can automatically receive $16 per month in benefits. Emergency Assistance is available to families and children for eviction and utility cut-off notices. The maximum one-time grant is $400. Singles adults may also be eligible for emergency medical assistance provided through a Salvation Army grant whereas the Primary Adult Care Program can provide emergency medical assistance to the homeless and others in dire need. Cheryl Harms spoke about Purchase of Care. Huntingtown High School can be opened as a shelter in a disaster. The shelter is a life boat, not a cruise ship. Tim Pillard handles Temporary Cash Assistance along with jobs. A rigorous career readiness course is held 6 hours a day for 4 weeks. Each participant must prepare an elevator speech (job and career goals in 2 minutes); must enumerate their three best qualities for an employer, have goals, prepare a work history that includes work experience, even if they must

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Honoring Veterans at Christmas

Charles County Right to Life (CCRTL) is working with Wreaths Across America again this year to place wreaths at the graves of veterans buried at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland. The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery is often well publicized, but similar ceremonies takes place at cemeteries throughout the world. Log onto www.wreathsacrossamerica. org <> for more information. Placing a wreath on a veterans grave is a positive way to honor and remember a relative or friend who has passed away. It can also honor someone you dont know, but who has had a positive impact on your life or the lives of your family or ancestors. For example, many veterans helped to defend England and to liberate France, Italy, the Philippines, etc. during World War II. Some fought in other wars or helped our country or other countries during natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc. It can also be a way to teach children about their familys part in history. The wreath laying ceremony starts at noon on Saturday 14 December at the main building near the entrance. It includes a color guard, prayers, and the laying of seven wreaths to honor the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA. The remaining wreaths are then handed out for the purchasers to place on the graves. If you order a wreath but cant attend the ceremony, CCRTL will place the wreath on the designated grave for you. If you do not have a designated grave, it will be placed by one of the participating organizations at a grave of their choosing. If you know of anyone who has a relative or friend buried at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery but doesnt know of this program or isnt living in the area, we would appreciate it if you would tell them about this program. Thank you in advance. The wreaths are $15, with $5 going to the organization that sold them. All orders should be in by 27 November 2013, but we may have extras available after that date. Contact Robert Boudreaux at (301) 638-7042 or to order a wreath. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, Md.

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Thursday, Nov. 28
Super DJ Charlie Thompson Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Friday, November 29
Pandoras Box Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. GrooveSpan Duo DiGiovannis Restaurant(14556 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons) 6 to 9:30 p.m Joe Parsons Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 8 p.m.

A Christmas Style Comedy

By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer The Twin Beach Players are set to host an unconventional Christmas story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson, in association with Samuel French. The play centers on a small town that throws a Christmas pageant each year. The only problem with this pageant is all the kids that have roles, hate them. They play the same role each year, they have to wear bed sheets and make-up and they feel it is a disaster. The one good thing about the pageant, the kids feel, is that they dont have to be harassed by the town bullies. This year, however, the bullies decided to audition for roles in the Christmas pageant and once they get them, they take over. The problem is, they have
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Saturday, Nov. 30
Hydra FX Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, Dec 1
18th Annual Jones Thompson Gospel Sing Hollywood Nazarene Church (24710 Sotterley Rd., Hollywood) 6:30 p.m. Festival of Trees St. John Vianney Catholic Church (105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick) 10 a.m.

no idea whats going on, they dont know the Christmas story and they say things in the play that arent even written in the script. On top of all of that, the director in the play that normally directs the pageant is sick, so a new director takes over. The new director doesnt know what to do or how to control any of the children on the stage. Basically, it turns in to one big, hysterical mess. Director of this production, Regan Cashman said that the kids are having a blast. She said that she tries to make rehearsals as funny as possible and has even added more interaction with the audience for the kids. Cashman said that she wanted this production to involve families, not just kids. The cast is made up of about 10 adults and 42 children. The cast, she said, is having a great time. Since working on the play since mid- October, the cast has worked together really well. They have fun and have really made the production their own. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is being held at the North Beach Boys and Girls Club, 9021 Dayton Avenue, in North Beach. The opening night is Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The show runs three weekends until Sunday, Dec. 15. Friday and Saturday preformances are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and cost $10 for children and $12 for adults. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, visit

Monday, Dec 2
CSM Dance Ensemble: Winter Wonderland College of Southern Maryland (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata) 7:30 p.m. Team Trivia Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Karaoke with DJ Tommy and DJ OT Hard Times Caf (1120 Smallwood Drive, West Waldorf) 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec 4
Wolf Blues Jam Londowntowne Pub (726 Londontowne Rd., Edgewater) 8 p.m. Latin Dance Night Bollywood Masala (22576 MacArthur Blvd., California) 7:30 p.m.

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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) employees held two fund raising events and donated $35,760 to three local shelters. The three groups that help the homeless in Southern Maryland, Lifestyles of Maryland of Charles County, Project Echo of Calvert County, and Three Oaks Center of St. Marys County, each received $11,920. SMECO employees raised the money through a Bike Ride held in June and a Charity Golf Tournament in September. The events are supported by a group of volunteers, vendors, and the SMECO executive team. The Co-op selects a different organization each year to benefit from the fundraising events. According to Richard Jarboe, SMECO supply chain director, Working together with SMECOs supply chain partners to help our community is a labor of love; we work hard, we enjoy the event, and local organizations, along with the clients they serve, receive the benefits. We have held the charity golf event for 10 years and have given more than $100,000 to local organizations. This contribution says a lot about SMECO, its employees, and how the co-op cares about the community and what its residents need. Our average cost to provide two meals and a bed for the night is about $15, so SMECOs contribution will help support nearly 800 bed-nights, said Sandy Washington, Executive Director of Lifestyles of Maryland. She added, We are the only facility in Charles County that provides housing for homeless men. Many of our clients are working, but they cant afford housing. We allow them to stay up to a year. While they are here, we help them establish bank accounts, develop their skills, and find more permanent housing. These are men who are trying to help themselves, and we provide a path to independent living. Our facility serves men, women and children. We offer a transition setting where people can stay up to 90 days. We give them time to get back on their feet, said Trisha Gipson, Executive Director of Project Echo. Our close working relationship with local agency resources helps to keep residents as an integral part of the com-

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Medicare Prescription Drug Program The Medicare Part D open enrollment period ends December 7. There are three ways to join or make changes to your existing coverage: Call 1-800-633-4227 to speak with a Medicare representative; go to Medicares interactive website, to use the Prescription Drug Plan Finder where you can enroll online; or call one of the three senior centers to schedule an appointment. Contact Calvert Pines, 410-535-4606/301-855-1170, North Beach, 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines, 410-586-2748. Appointments are limited. Surviving the Loss of a Loved One If you have recently lost your spouse, child, friend or relative, you may be confronting many changes and need support or advice. Even if the loss has been a few years, the holiday season can still be lonely. Free individual counseling service is available for those aged 60-plus at each senior center. Call Marcia Monnett, R.N., M.S., CS-P, at the Health Department, 410-535-5400, ext. 454 or 301-855-1353 for an appointment. Be Cautious This Holiday Season The Office on Aging wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season. Here are some tips to help keep you safe during the holidays. If traveling, have a neighbor watch your house and pick up your mail and newspapers. Make sure your home is never dark; have lights on a timer or leave them on when you leave the house. When shopping, ask a friend to shop with you, park in a well-lit area, keep packages out of sight with your car locked, and have your keys ready when you leave the store. If purchasing items online, do not respond to e-mails asking you to re-enter your personal information; instead, call the company. Check your accounts for signs of suspicious activity. If you notice transactions you did not initiate, call your financial institution or credit card provider immediately. Holiday Parties Be sure to pre-register for the Holiday Party at your local senior center, Friday, December 13. Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) Have fun bidding on gently used purses, jewelry and accessories during the Purse Auction, Friday, December 6, 12:30 p.m. North Beach Senior Center (NBSC) A Survival Sewing class being held Wednesday, December 11, 10 a.m. will show you basic sewing skills. Pre-register by December 4. Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) Sign up for the Twelve Days of Christmas Workshop, Thursday, December 5, 10 a.m., to help Anne make props for the upcoming Twelve Days of Christmas sing-along. EATING TOGETHER MENU Lunches are served to seniors aged 60-plus and their spouses through Title IIIC of the Older Americans Act. Suggested donation is $3. To make or cancel a reservation call: Calvert Pines Senior Center at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170, North Beach Senior Center at 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748. Monday, Dec. 2: Eggplant Parmesan, Mixed Vegetables, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad, Mandarin Oranges Tuesday, Dec. 3: Chicken Rotisserie, Rice, Oriental Vegetables, Lima Beans, Fresh Fruit Wednesday, Dec. 4: Tuna Casserole, Brussels Sprouts, Dinner Roll, Applesauce Thursday, Dec. 5: Meat Lasagna, Tossed Salad, Italian Green Beans, Italian Bread, Pineapple Friday, Dec. 6: Catfish Nuggets, Cole Slaw, Pineapple Bean Salad, Cornbread, Assorted Juices

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munity. The Board of Education works with us to keep kids in their neighborhood schools. Calvert Memorial Hospital offers nutrition classes and a flu shot clinic. The Health Department, Social Services, and Southern Maryland Community Network also provide services to help residents build a foundation that will support them into the future. H.S. Lanny Lancaster, Executive Director of Three Oaks Center, said, We are very grateful to receive this much-needed donation. The funds we receive from community partners like SMECO go largely to provide essential items, which arent covered by other Federal, state, and local government grants. SMECOs contribution will benefit our communitys homeless individuals, families, and veterans, and provide items such as medical supplies and medication, cold weather clothing, food, furnishings, and infant needs. Three Oaks Center is serving in excess of 1,200 individuals each year. Every day, we manage approximately 140 beds; we provided 48,409 bed-nights in FY-2013. We wish to thank the SMECO employees for their many years of support to Three Oaks Center and to the homeless in our community. Natalie Brown, SMECOs community relations specialist, added, We are especially grateful to business partners who donated thousands of dollars to help make the SMECO 75 Bike Ride a successful fundraiser. SMECO held its second annual bike ride on June 1, 2013. 46924 Shangri-La Drive Lexington Park, MD 20653 More than 440 bicyclists registered for the event. Three bike routes of 29, 47, and 75 Let me plan your next vacation! miles start at the co-ops headquarters in Hughesville and go as far as Coltons Point 301-863-9497 Shirley Walker in St. Marys County. Major contributors to SMECOs bike ride include CGI, C.W. Wright Construction Company, ICF International, and IP DataSystems. We would also like to thank the following companies for their contributions: Opower; Black & Veatch; Adams, Jenkins, and Cheatham; SunEdison; Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan; and Utilitec, Brown added. She concluded, SMECO is planning on hosting its third annual bike ride on Sat301-938-3692 urday, May 31, 2014. We hope to raise even more money for the community next year.

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By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer Over 20 years ago, Dr. Shibley Telhami began following the opinions of citizens in Arab counties where their government was concerned. In his new book, The World Through Arab Eyes, Dr. Telhami shares the results with the public. Because Arab countries had mostly dictators and kings, Americans thought public opinion didnt matter. Through his own experiment, he sought to document how the media is making societys opinion more independent. He began researching in the 1970s and ended in 2012. In the past 10 years, Dr. Telhami polled six Arab countries, approximately 4,000 people each year. In early studies, Talhami and his team had to ask indirect questions, because the countries did not have a democracy; however, as time has gone on, people have become more vocal. He asked the some of the same questions each year, but varied others. Mostly, he asked about: the attitudes on issues in the United States, the social issues of women, the idea of identity post 9/11 and other similar popular issues. When television stations were mostly national, they were government backed and funded. While radio was popular for getting news about the outside world, when satellite became popular, it changed the amount of information that was received. He found that as the media became publicized and was not filtered by respective governments, Arabs identified with their government less and less. They believe that Islam is under attack and that the government was not serving them as they should. He also found that while most citizens are hesitant of American culture, ideals and policy, that both the United States and Western Europe were preferred when it came to sending children away for educational purposes or taking a vacation. Most Americans, he said, figured that the Arab public suddenly became important, in 2010 with the uprising in Indonesia. However, he said that, Arab states are not all alike, you cant try to lump people together. In the 1990s, when Al Jazeera started broadcasting, satellite created a marked throughout the Arab world, he said, adding that they do not have to rely on information from the government anymore. When people get more information, their opinions change. The Arab/Israeli issue has causes a prism of pain through which Arabs see the world, Telhami said. As of now, less than 10 percent of Arabs agree with Al Qaeda ideology. He found that they are not endorsing extremists, even if they identify as Muslim.




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Most Arabs are prepared to talk, Telhami said. They like giving their opinion and want their voices heard. Since the polls have been released, there has been a positive reaction to the news in Arab counties. People are responsive to change, he said. The World Through Arab Eyes By Dr. Shibley Telhami is available at most major bookstores including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. For more information, visit

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Kenneth Hugh Bowen, 82

Kenneth Hugh Bowen, 82, of Prince Frederick, Md., died Nov. 19, at Calvert Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving children. He was born February 22, 1931 in Prince Frederick, Md., to the late Leroy Hilton Bowen Sr. and Nellie Mae Dalrymple Bowen. He was raised by his loving parents, along with his two brothers and one sister on Stoakley Farms. Affectionately known as Dad, Granddad Pop Pop, and Mr. Kenny, he was well known for his big heart and kind soul. Kenneth enlisted in the Army Reserves and served for two years. After his years of service, Kenneth worked as an Electrician and Plumber. Kenneth had a passion for gardening, hunting, fishing, as well as, his dogs. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Linda Ann Page, his brother Leroy Hilton Bowen Jr, and former spouse Patricia Catherine Bowen. He is survived by his two children: Melissa Kay Haines and her husband Kevin A. Haines of Lusby, Md.; Scott Lee Bowen of St. Leonard, Md.; his grandchildren: Kenneth James Frank and his wife Elizabeth of Romney, W.V.; Kristen Elizabeth Page of Romney, W.V.; Kevin Patrick Haines and his wife Jennifer of Lusby, Md.; Jordan Allen Haines of Solomons, Md.; Kayleigh Ann Haines of Lusby, Md.; Christopher Scott Bowen of St. Leonard, Md; Joshua Warren Bowen of St. Leonard, Md; his great grandchildren: Lilly, Lucas, and Austin Frank; Ryan Patrick Haines; Alexia Marie Bowen and Landon Christopher Bowen. Also surviving is his brother Raymond D. Bowen of Barstow, his sister Katherine R. Nicht of Timonium, Md.; and Kenneths former spouse Wanda Lee Lilly. The Family received friends from 10 to 11 a.m.,on Friday Nov. 22, at Rausch Funeral Home. His funeral service immediately followed the visitation. Interment was at Central Cemetery Barstow, Md.

Pallbearers were Kenneth James Frank, Kevin Patrick Haines, Jordan Allen Haines, Larry Bowen, David Bowen, and Milburn Buckler. Funeral arrangements are being provided by Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic.

Arthur Frank Hicks, Sr. 69

Arthur Frank Hicks, Sr. 69, of Lothian, Md., passed away on Nov. 11, at Mandrin Inpatient Care Center, Harwood, Md. Arthur Frank Hicks was born on August 4, 1944 to the late Williams Frank Hicks and Evelene Holland Hicks in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Arthur was the third of 14 children. Arthur received his education in the public schools in Calvert County. He received Christ as his personal savior at an early age and attended various churches to keep his faith. Arthur learned the brick trade at an early age and went to master it and become of the finest brick layers in the County and was well spoken of by many of his coworkers. Arthur loved the outdoor life. He loved gardening. He always enjoyed sharing his produce with family and friends. He was kind, generous, and compassionate. He just loved helping people. He also loved fishing with family and friends. In his last days he was talking about going on a fishing trip with a friend, but it never happened. He leaves to cherish his memory wife, Edna Hicks; son, Paul W. Hicks; three grandchildren, Brandon, Avery, Chara; four brothers, Lee, Donald, Ronald, Oliver Hicks; eight sisters, Mary Simms, Theresa Jones, Lorraine Simms, Ethel Jenkins, Nioma Jackson, Sally Jones, Emma Hicks, Fay Rollins; four brothers-in-law, Willie Jones, John Jones, Garry Simms, Michael Harris; nine sisters-in-law, Rosa Hicks, Sonja Hicks, Wendy Hicks, Catherine Hicks, Ruth Ann Hicks, Venus Stevens, Joyce Kings, Dorothymae White, Evelyn Harris; a host of

nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Arthur was preceded in death by his father, William Frank Hicks; brother, James Hicks; daughter, Roxanne Hicks; and son, Arthur Hicks, Jr. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m., at Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md., with Bishop Robert E. White, eulogist. The interment was at Patuxent UMC Cemetery, Huntingtown, Md. The pallbearers were Gary Simms, Carroll Holland, Eric Sellman, Ron Jones, John Hicks and King Jenkins. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.

Danny Anthony Pike, 63

Danny Anthony Pike passed away Nov. 18, at the age of 63. He was the beloved husband to wife Sherri for 30 years and father to three children: Sean, Danielle and David. Danny was born in Greensboro, N.C. and raised in Northern Virginia. After attending college at NVCC , he practiced carpentry for many years until he started Pike Window Treatments in 1984. Danny volunteered at the Calvert County Democratic Headquarters where he enjoyed helping with computer related duties. Danny was passionate about several things including researching the Civil War, tending to his garden and the Washington Redskins. He also loved the Chesapeake Bay, the mountains, and was very devoted to his family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave, 7th Fl, New York, NY 10001 Services and interment are private.

was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and in his leisure time enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family, especially going to his grandsons baseball games. Nate was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Joanne Allen and Roderick Call. He is survived by his wife Pauline Ann Call, and children Alan Call and wife Merri of Albany, Geo., David Call and wife Shelley of Owings, and Linda Call and husband Matt Slatalla of Winchester, Mass. Also surviving are grandchildren Alyson, Samantha, Brandon, Zachary, Abigail, Emma, Jocelyn and Jaelyn, and a sister Barbara Goodhue of West Palm Beach, Fla. Family and friends were received Saturday, Nov. 23,from 10 to 11 a.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, where a funeral service and celebration of Mr. Calls life will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Calvert Hospice. To leave condolences visit

James William Hooper, 87

James William Hooper, 87, of St. Leonard, Maryland passed away on Nov. 20, in Edgewater, Maryland. He was born on June 7, 1926 in Adelina, Md., to the late Samuel and Linda Hooper. James was known as HANK, Captn Jim, or Elvis to his friends. Jim loved music and his old guitar. He was known for his banjo picking around town. He loved to fish and crab, and if there is a river in Heaven, you can bet he is on that bank with his old fishing buddy, Herman Chew. Captn Jim will be missed by his many friends and family. Father of James Wayne Hooper of Foley, Ala., Dorothy L. Spence of Ocean City, Md., Sandra A. Markovitch of Waldorf, Md. and the late Earl L. Hooper. Grandfather of Stephanie L. Harwood, Robin L. Hooper, Stephen W. Hooper, Elizabeth M. Hooper, Angel M. Hooper, Hannah E. Trautz, Donald Spence, Angie Spence, Tammy Hooper, Jenny Williams, and Jamie Williams. He is also survived by 9 Great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, on Sunday Nov. 24, from 12 to 4 p.m., where services were held on Monday Nov. 25, 11 a.m. Interment followed in Central Cemetery, Barstow, Md.

Nathan Perry Call, 78

Nathan Perry Nate Call, 78, of Prince Frederick passed away Nov. 20, at his residence. He was born July 17, 1935 in Contoocook, New Hampshire to Everett and Helen Call. Nate was raised in New Hampshire and attended public schools. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 8, 1954 and completed his reserve obligation on July 7, 1962. Nate married Pauline Ann Fitzsimmons on August 13, 1958 and they lived in New Hampshire until moving to Calvert County in 1977, living in Chesapeake Beach, and in Prince Frederick since 2005. He attended the IBM Computer School, and also attended Charles County Community College. Nate was employed as a Systems Analyst with the U.S. Census Bureau for thirty years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. Nate

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Mary Queen Esther Chase, 90, of Port Republic, Md., passed away on November 4, at her residence. Mary Queen Esther Chase affectionately known as Aunt Queen was born November 1, 1923 to the late John Thomas Chase and Emma Frances Chase. She was the third of six children born to this union. Although she was always close to all of her siblings, she and her sisters formed a trio that worked, traveled and served together until recent years. She was Gertrude Jessie Jones, 91 preceded in death by her three brothers, Raymond, John Benson and her Gertrude Jesdisabled brother Claude whom she was sie Jones, 91, of Huna devoted caregiver for many years. tingtown, Md., passed Aunt Queen joined Brooks United away on November 11, Methodist Church at an early age at Future Care Chesaand became a dedicated member of peake, Arnold, Md. the church family. She sang with the Gertrude Jessie Jones Brooks Chorus, the Utopians, Brooks was born January 20, 1922 to the Choir and the Sanctuary Choir. She late Warren Jones and Blanche E. was an active member of WSCS and Jones of Hunting Creek, Maryland. the United Methodist Women. She also Gertrude was educated in the public served as chairperson of the Floral schools of Calvert County. She attend- Club, which she also founded. She ated Youngs United Methodist Church tended church on a regular basis until at an early age. She later moved to Bal- her health began to fail. Even when she timore, Maryland, where she worked could not attend, she was always anxas a domestic technician for many ious to find out how the service went. years until her retirement. She loved She attended elementary school in to socialize and enjoyed being with St. Leonard, Md., and later attended family and friends. She had a very the Old Two Room Pink School. Algood sense of humor and would often though she quit school at an early age travel back to Huntingtown, Maryland to help her family out, she and her to visit family and to reminisce about siblings had to walk miles to school. old times. She enjoyed cooking, fish- One thing that is undeniable about ing, crabbing and going to church. Aunt Queen is that she has always Gertrude was preceded in death by been a hard worker. She spent many her son, James Jimmy Jones (Rita years as a domestic worker and often Langford); brothers, Warren, Wallace, walked through rain and snow to get Wesley and Joseph; sisters, Mary and to work. One of her employers was Janie Jones and Marian Fauntleroy. a navy captain who was stationed at The memory of Gertrude Jessie Jones Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexingwill live forever in the hearts and ton Park, Md. She was so important to minds of one brother, Samuel Jones this family that she traveled throughof Huntingtown, Maryland; two sis- out the United States with them. ters, Maude Jones of Lusby, Maryland She loved going to church and parand Alice Jones of Washington, D.C.; ticipating in the bible fellowship two grandchildren, Jacqueline Jones study questions. Some of her other

erick and LuLu Gieswein. Charles was predeceased by his parents and his wife Syble Gieswein, Charles is survived by both his children, Robert E. Neumeister of Reston, Va. and Carol Benke of Port Republic, Md. He is also survived by his three grandchildren Robert C. Neumeister, Elizabeth A. Singhaus, and Kristin A. Benke. In addition to his immediate family he also leaves behind his sister Lena Mae Emil of Woodburn, Oregon. Charles has served his country for more than 30 years in the Air Force and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After retirement Charles developed a passion for cooking and enjoyed the happiness the end result brought to so many people. It was a way to spend time with loved ones and the people he cared for the most. He was a man who was always concerned over other peoples happiness before his own, and that is one ingredient that was in abundance in his recipe for life. He also enjoyed painting and gardening to pass the time and the enjoyment it gave him from the end result. The services for Charles will take place at Arlington National Cemetery and were entrusted to the Rausch Funeral Home of Port Republic, Md. For additional information please feel free to contact the funeral home or visit the web site www.rauschfuneralhomes. com

of Las Vegas, Nevada and Jeffrey Jones (Cynthia) of Gilbert, Arizona; two great grandchildren, Brandon and Donovan Jones; two sisters-inlaw, Shirley Jones of Prince Frederick, Maryland and Eva Jones of Huntingtown, Maryland and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral service was held on Monday, November 18, at 11a.m., at Patuxent UM Church, Huntingtown, Md., with Rev. Bryan K. Fleet officiating. The interment was at Youngs Church Cemetery, Huntingtown, Md. The pallbearers were her nephews. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.

Mary Queen Esther Chase, 90

favorite activities was cooking, doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, making crafts, going places with her sisters and receiving calls and visits from her relatives and friends. One of her favorite sayings was Lord dont move my mountain just give me the strength to climb it, another was Always treat people right and Yall need to get to know the people. Queen Esther was blessed with three children, Garnett, Ronald and Valerie. She was also blessed with a devoted cousin, Ruth Johnson and devoted friends, Ruth Reynolds, Sarah Hutchins, Christine Long, Marian Johnson, Mary Bourne, Norma Garrett-Bundley and Elaine Fowler. She was a giving and caring person who loved everybody. She was always willing to please and always put the needs of others before her own. Although failing health had taken away her physical ability to serve, it didnt change her heart or her wonderful loving spirit. Aunt Queen was truly a Queen and a blessing to many in the community and she will be greatly missed. She is survived by three children, Garnette Mason (Lawrence), Ronald Freeland (Sharon) and Valerie Johnson (Winston); 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives. Funeral service was held on Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m. at Brooks UM Church, St. Leonard, Md., with Rev. Dr. Rodney T. Smothers officiating. The interment was at Brooks UMC Cemetery, St. Leonard, Md. The pallbearers were Anthony Gantt, Gilbert Graham, Everard Johnson, Langford Johnson, Michael Johnson and Tony Johnson The honorary pallbearers were Archie Gantt, Donald Gantt, Joseph Gantt, Ryan Gray and Leroy Washington Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.

Alberta Louise Sewell, 79

Alberta Louise Sewell, 79, of Sunderland, Md., passed away on November 12, at Calvert County Nursing Center, Prince Frederick, Md. Alberta Louise Sewell was born on May 18, 1934 to late Daniel and Alberta Sewell. Alberta attended St. Edmonds United Methodist Church at a young age. She was educated in the Calvert County Public Schools. Alberta was a homemaker. Alberta leaves to cherish her memory: Children, Sylvia Mason (Brad), Donald T. Brown, Larry Brown, Philander Holland, Sherman Holland, Andrew Scott (Gail) and Juanita Scott; Grandchildren, Daysonya Holland, Jayden Holland, Iman Holland, Lakia Brown, Patrice Brown, leshia Scott, Makayia Jones, Demetrius Holland, Dion Mason and Nakia Mason; One Greatgrandchild; Nakia Mason, Jr.; Sisters; Ella Mae Sewell, Marthalene Holland (Leroy), Eleanor Harris (Albert), and Virginia Thomas (Mark), and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Alberta enjoyed spending time with family and preparing gourmet meals. Alberta was preceded in death by: her parents, Daniel & Alverta Sewell; Siblings, Langston Sewell and Charlotte Sewell. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 19, at 11a.m., at Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md., with Bishop Darnell Easton, eulogist. The interment was at St. Edmonds UM Church Cemetery, Chesapeake Beach, Md. The pallbearers were Pondell Beverly, Ikea Mason, Dion Mason, Glenn Parran, Delonte Scott and Kermit Gray. The honorary pallbearers were Anthony Gray, Calvin B. Jones and Winfield Holland. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.

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dedicated to supporting small businesses across the United States. It is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving; a great day to work on your Christmas shopping list! In honor of this event, the Calvert Marine Museum Store will be offering 20% off to anyone who mentions Small Business Saturday at checkout. The Museum Store is open 7 days a week and offers a variety of unique, high-quality wares including jewelry, home dcor, crafted serving pieces, books, clothing, toys, and much more. Find that perfect Christmas gift for everyone on your list, support Small Business Saturday, and save 20%. Saturday, Nov. 30 is the biggest day of the year to shop small! For more information on Small Business Saturday, go To learn more about the Museum Store, go towww. call 410-326-2750 learn more about these jumpy little critters. Free drop-in program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old and their care givers. Steak Dinner American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, Route 260, Chesapeake Beach,5:30 to 7 p.m. Particular about your Steak? At the American Legion in Chesapeake Beach, you order it directly from the Grill-Master. The $15.00 price tag includes sides, salad, beverage, and roll. Public welcome. For information call (301) 8556466. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Cox Art Center 32 Cox Road, Huntingtown, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 29
Chesapeake Critter Highlights Calvert Marine Museum Come and meet some of the animals in our Esturium and Discovery Room and learn more about them. Scheduled throughout the day. Festival of Trees St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, 7 to 9 p.m. Chesapeake Community Chorus Event St. John Vianneys Family Life Center, Prince Frederick, 7:15 p.m. The Chesapeake Community Chorus, an all volunteer chorus that raises money for local charities, will be performing during the Calvert Hospices Service of Remembrance at 5:50 p.m., followed by a concert at the Festival of Trees. Contact Larry Brown, Director, at or call 301-855-7477 for more information about the chorus. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 30
Festival of Trees St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair 1601 West Mt. Harmony Road, Owings, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Will be hosted by the Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. For further information: 443.924.4237 or05surfer@

Experience The Arts at CalvART Gallery The CalvART Gallery,1 to 5 p.m. CalvART Gallery offers new art workshops this Winter and Spring. Please view the CalvART Galley website,www.calvartgallery.orgfor details. This event features local potter Ray Bogle for a session using Ceramic clay, where you learn to make a pair of hand-built ceramic cups using stoneware clay. You will learn about the Artist, joining and texture of clay properties, firing techniques and glazes. Please join Ray for a relaxing afternoon learning the hand-built clay process. A great time is planned with light refreshments, while you learn more about Rays hand-built methods. The clay and tools will be furnished, bring an apron to protect your clothes. You will return one week later to pick up your fired pieces. The class is limited to 6 people at $20 per person. Reserve your spot now at the Gallery or call 410-535-9252. Workshop gift card can be purchased for you and your out-of-town guests during the long Holiday weekend. CalvART Gallery is a unique, local venue offering regular showings of new art by both our members and special exhibits by non-members. Our artists are part of your community and are dedicated to enriching the lives of others through art and through their involvement and collaboration with other organizations working to preserve and improve natural and human resources in Southern Maryland. CalvART is a program of the Arts Council of Calvert County. Please join us for future Experience the Arts workshops, sign up for classes at the Gallery or call for reservations. The CalvART Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Center at Rt. 231 and Rt. 4 between Dreamweaver Caf and Sakura Restaurant. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. View the Gallery atwww.calvartgallery.orgor call us at 410-535-9252. Small Business Saturday Calvert Marine Museum, 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The biggest day to shop small. Saturday, Nov. 30 is annual Small Business Saturday; a perfect day to support your local Museum Store at the Calvert Marine Museum. Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day

Thursday, Dec. 5
Sea Squirts presentsHoppers and Ploppers: All About Frogs Calvert Marine Museum, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Come sing songs, dance the frog dance, play some games, and meet the museums frogs to learn more about these jumpy little critters. Free drop-in program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old and their care givers. Leadshare Holiday Open House Davis, Upton, Palumbo Dougherty LLC, 132 Main Street, Prince Frederick, 5 to 7 p.m. Register at Holiday Spectacular and Expo 3150 Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown, 4 to 9 p.m. Bring a new or gently used toy to donate to Safe Harbour. Moon bounce, holiday games, scavenger hunt, and other activities for students and children of all ages. Visit Santa and the Holiday Elf at our winter wonderland. 5x7 pictures available for purchase at $7 . First 100 people receive goody bags with discounts and give away from Local businesses. Exhibits sponsored by local businesses. Ambassadors Meeting Davis, Upton, Palumbo Dougherty LLC, 132 Main Street, Prince Frederick - 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1
Festival of Trees St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free Childrens Christmas Party American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, Route 260, Chesapeake Beach, 1 to 3 p.m. Hosted by the Auxiliary, Chair Janice Marcellas. All are Welcome. For information call (301)855-6466.

Monday, Dec. 2
ArtLAB Moms Club Annmarie Garden, 10 a.m. to 12 noon Discover your little ones creative potential in the artLAB! These lightly guided sessions will help your child make great art, fun toys, creative costumes, and new friends. Perfect for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, with parent.

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Sea Squirts presentsHoppers and Ploppers: All About Frogs Calvert Marine Museum, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Come sing songs, dance the frog dance, play some games, and meet the museums frogs to

Library Events
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Library Closed Thanksgiving All Branches 5 p.m. Early for Equality Mean Today. What do you think freedom and equality mean in todays society? What have you experienced in this regard? Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Thursday, Dec. 5
De-Stress your Dec. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 7 to 8:30 p.m. Lets face it, the most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful. Try something new this year. Give yourself the gift of learning how to unwind in the midst of the seasonal chaos. Bring the joy back into your holidays! Join us for this interactive and informative event featuring local organization Barefoot Holistic Studio. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Thursday, Nov. 28
Library Closed for Thanksgiving All branches

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Writers by the Bay @ the Library Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 7 to 8:30 p.m. Looking for a writers group? All writers and would-be writers are welcome to come for critique & camaraderie. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in K 7. Please register., 410-326-5289 Gingerbread House Workshop Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings 10 to 11 a.m. Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in grades K - 7. Please register. 410-257-2101 Brain Games: Mahjongg, Scrabble & more Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 12 to 3 p.m. Want to learn Mahjongg? Hope to make your Scrabble skills killer? Games are a great way to keep your brain sharp while having fun! Join us! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 Gingerbread House Workshop Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons

2 to 3 p.m. Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in K 7. Please register. 410-326-5289 Gingerbread House Workshop Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings 2 to 3 p.m. Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in grades 1 - 7. Please register. 410-257-2101

Friday, Nov. 29
Library Closed for Thanksgiving All branches

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Art in the Stacks-Colleen Sabo (Watercolor) Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way Colleen Sabo (watercolor). For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Cinema Caf Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 6 to 8:30 p.m. Lights go down at 6 p.m. for a movie about a group of New England private school students who call themselves The Dead Poets Society. They encounter a teacher who inspires them to carpe diem seize the day. The film will be followed by a short discussion, ending by 8:30 pm. Popcorn and coffee will be served. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Friday, Dec. 6
On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Monday, Dec. 9
Book Discussion Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach 7 to 8:30 p.m. An American Childhood by Annie Dillard. A poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. (Potluck dinner off-site). 410-257-2411 For more events and information about Calvert County libraries, visit

Monday, Dec. 2
Created Equal: Community Dialogue Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Exploring What Freedom and

Saturday, Dec. 7
Gingerbread House Workshop Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons 10 to 11 a.m.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Real Estate for Sale

2.8 secluded acres overlooking a pond. Hardwood floors. Fireplace in family room is great place to spend the holidays. The kitchen has many stainless upgrades and over looks the family room. Separate dining room and living room. Large master with a room that could be used for an office. Large detached 3 car garage/shop w/ 800+ sq ft overhead storage. Hot tub and large back deck. Price: $439,000. Call 240-561-2144.

Apartment Rentals
Large 2BDRM apartment with sep kitchen and living room area. 20mins from Waldorf and Lexington Park. Electric included with monthly rent. Pets are allowed, no yard access. Price: $1200. Call 301-399-0413 or email Prince Frederick, Maryland (Calvert County). Nice room in private home with 2 closets and storage area. Less than 1 mile to all shopping, and CSM. Public transportation across the street. Includes utilities, AC, WIFI, and cable. Available immediately. Call Rick 443968-4727. Rent: $600.00

Large organization located in Piney Point, MD has a full time Laborer position open. Duties include cutting grass, trimming hedges and trees, cleaning the shop, maintaining equipment, helping with the flowerbeds, mulching, and assisting the maintenance department when needed on base and other school properties. We offer an excellent benefits package. Compensation is $7.50/hour. Please send resume via email to mszepesi@seafarers. org or fax at (301) 702-6060. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Salary can be adjusted at employers discretion based on experience, skill, ability, seniority, and/or education.

Wine & Craft Beer Position
(Calvert County) Maryland Wine & Craft Beer distributor looking for qualified and experienced sales person for Calvert County territory. We offer comprehensive salary with eventual conversion to commission (when territory generates more commission than salary). We offer monetary support for cell phone and car use. We offer medical and dental insurance and a 401K plan with generous matching funds.
Please email resume and salary history to ATTN H/R Sales

Real Estate Rentals

Rambler for Rent in Mechanicsville: Freshly painted clean home, country kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors. Non smoking home, no pets, no section 8 please. Please call Janette at (301) 884-3853. Rent: $1,250.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013