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Thursday, February 25, 2016

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State Shuts Down


Veterans Charity

By Guy Leonard
Staff Writer
The Southern Maryland Veterans
Association, which has purported to
collect donations to benefit veterans locally, was ordered to cease and desist
all operations last week by order of the
Maryland Secretary of State John C.
Wobensmith.
According to a press release from
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh both Daniel Brashear, the charitys founder, and Norman
Randolph McDonald, who up until recently was in charge of
collections, were named in the cease and desist order.
The shut down of the charity was in response to multiple
complaints, according to state authorities, and an investigation alleged that the organization was not assisting the housing
needs of veterans as was claimed in marketing materials.
I commend the investigators who took these complaints
seriously and took steps to make sure that any potential fraud
was stopped, Frosh said in a prepared statement. This case
shows again that we all must be vigilant, because there are
unscrupulous people who care more about their own pockets
than the welfare of the community.
There had been questions surrounding the nature of the
charity for weeks before the latest action by the state.
McDonald was charged by his own employer, Brashear, in
Calvert County with embezzling money from the charity and
intimidating collections agents not to inform Brashear of McDonalds alleged actions.
McDonald, 48, allegedly stole money from the charity between June and December of last year from the Safeway and
Wal-Mart in Dunkirk and also the Giant food store in Dunkirk.

According to charging documents written out


by Brashear, McDonald was employeed as solicitation supervisor for the veterans charity.
Brashear alleged in charging documents that
McDonald embezzled approximately $6,000 in
community donated funds by collecting SMVA
donation containers from our solicitors, counting
out the funds before the other solicitors and pocketing the funds.
Brashear said that his charity has been investigated by law officers in the tri-county area and that
he has never faced legal problems because of it.
No charges have ever been filed agaisnt me on that,
Brashear said. We are not misleading the public.
He said he would still not give up, and that McDonald had documents that could show the expenditures of the
organization.
Im going to go down fighting, Brashear said.
The charity also made claims that it was registered properly
with the state, when it was in fact not, according to the attorney generals office.
The charity appeared to collect thousands of dollars in 2014
and 2015 in cash and donated goods, according to Froshs office. But exact totals of contributions and their use could not
immediately be determined by investigators.
The order from the state also alleged that the charity violated the Maryland Solicitations Act on several occassions,
including misleading donors, using false and misleading advertising and failing to register with the Secretary of
State before beginning solicitations, Froshs office reported.
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Prince Frederick Lodge No. 142 recently presented Brother Bernie Fowler his 60 Year Service
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Brother Dodson, PM served as Worshipful
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Calvert Alliance Against


Substance Abuse Provides New
Resources to Calvert County
Pharmacies, First Responders

The Calvert Alliance Against Substance


Abuse (CAASA) has developed two new
sources of information for county pharmacies and first responders to use in the battle
against heroin and opioid abuse.
The CAASA team has provided every
pharmacy in the county with a card to attach to customers prescriptions that lists
the medication drop-box locations. Dropboxes are padlocked receptacles for unused and expired medications and are located outside on the Calvert County Sheriffs Office porch, and outside at the front
door of the Maryland State Police Barrack
in Prince Frederick, 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
These cards will hopefully serve as a
reminder to our residents to properly dispose of unused prescriptions, said CAASA Director Candice DAgostino. Study
after study has shown that prescription
drug abuse is a gateway to heroin and opioid addiction. We have to attack our drug
crisis from every angle and we are hopeful
this card serves as a reminder.
In addition, CAASA has put together
packets of information for the countys
first responders to give out when they
answer the call for a drug overdose. The
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about where to seek help for addiction and


numerous other resources available for the
entire family.
Calvert Alliance Against Substance
Abuse Provides New Resources to Calvert
County Pharmacies, First Responders
Feb. 23, 2016
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Continued actions to educate everyone
in our community about the risks of opioid
use and how to get help for addiction are
critical to public health and safety, said
Dr. Larry Polsky, Calvert County Health
Department Health Officer. CAASAs
partnerships with pharmacies and first responders are vital to these efforts.
CAASA is a grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to
fighting alcohol and other drug abuse in
Calvert County.
Learn more about CAASAs mission
and the resources it provides by contacting DAgostino by email at DAgostCM@
co.cal.md.us, or by phone at 410-535-FREE
(3733). Visit CAASA online at www.co.cal.
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During the week of February 16 through February 21 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriffs Office
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Letters

Thank You
Commissioners Corner
Chesapeake
Market and Deli
Not Transparency,
and Patrons
Solely Politics
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun, reported that Democrat leaders of the General
Assembly want to restrict the governors
power to decide what transportation projects to fund. http://www.baltimoresun.com/
news/maryland/politics/bs-md-transportation-plan-20160216-story.html
Interesting such legislation was not proposed when this leadership had a Governor of the same political party.
Reportedly, the bill would affect future
governors, but for citizens, it clearly smacks
of political favoritism towards more highly density populations (which tend to vote
Democrat) while ignoring valid needs of
the more rural areas (which tend to vote
Republican).
Supposedly, some new process would
be created to score transportation projects based on some undefined anticipated
benefits.
The pushers of this bill claim as Dresser
writes, House Speaker Michael E. Busch
said, such a process was not needed under previous governors because there were
opportunities for legislators and local government to give input. This is such a false
claim as typically, the State Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, and other state related officials routinely meet with local officials. Watch the
various meetings the Calvert County Board
of County Commissioners have with these
officials.

Local officials also meet and derive regional transportation priorities for presentation to the state. Besides all that, our county transportation employees routinely meet
with their state counterparts. State lawmakers participation in those meetings is rare,
but welcomed when they do participate.
Maryland citizens are seldom safe this
time of year when the legislature is in session and this year is no different. How will
this proposed bill be changed or passed is
yet to be seen. It certainly appears that if
passed, the bill will likely receive a veto
by the Governor. Look out next year, as the
majority party could then once again insist
upon their total domination by over-riding
any veto; further awarding those high density areas over the rural ones. The War on
Rural Maryland did not end with the election of Governor Hogan; the front of the
battle lines changed to be solely with the
legislature and their interest groups.
Hogan spokesman Matthew A. Clark,
said it clearly, Todays thinly veiled power
grab is a reckless attempt by legislators to
weaken the role of county executives and
other local authorities in order to drown the
states crucial investments in roads, bridges
and transit projects into the bilge of Annapolis politics and lobbying

Chesapeake Grille and Deli in


Dunkirk collected tips for Calvert Hospice from Nov. 1 to 7,
2015, and Chesapeake Market
and Deli in North Beach collected tips for the entire month
of January, 2016. We want to offer them our sincere thanks and
appreciation for the donations.
We would also like to extend
our thanks to everyone who ate
at the restaurants and left us a
tip. We could not continue to
serve our patients and fami-

lies without the generous support of our community. Calvert


Hospice cares for patients with
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Sincerely,
Jean Fleming, EdD, RN
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Evan K. Slaughenhoupt, Jr. President (R)


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and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to
news@countytimes.net after noon on Mondays may run in the following weeks edition.

Robert Ray
Bob Miller, 90
Robert Ray Bob
Miller, 90 of Solomons,
MD passed away peacefully on February 19,
2016 in Solomons, MD.
He was born on May 11,
1925 in Cleveland, TN
to the late Minnie Yoder Miller and Fred L. Miller. He was
the loving husband to Augusta Woolford Miller whom he married on June
26, 1947 in St. Paul United Methodist
Church, Lusby, MD and she preceded
him in death.
Bob graduated from Bradley High
School in Cleveland, TN and went on to
join the U.S. Navy on October 11, 1943.
He was honorably discharged on June 4,
1946 and was recalled in 1951 during the
Korean War. He served on the USS Eaton DDE-510 and was stationed at the
U.S. Naval Mine Warfare Test Station
in Solomons, MD. Bob moved to Calvert Co. in 1944 from Tennessee where
he met his wife Augusta. He worked for
SMECO as a Lead Supervisor for 43
years. He was a member of the St. Paul

United Methodist Church, St. Leonard


Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue
Squad Auxillary, Calvert County Lions
Club, and the American Cancer Society.
The family received friends on Tuesday, February 23rd at the St. Paul United
Methodist Church where a funeral service was offered on Wednesday, February 24th with Rev. Walter Beaudwin,
Rev. Charles Harrell, and Rev. David
Showalter officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving
as pallbearers were Donald ONeill,
James Tettimer, Jason Atherton, Brian
Thrasher, Thomas Hance, III, Thomas
ONeill, Joshua Tettimer, Matthew Tettimer, and Christopher Tettimer. Honorary Pallbearers were the members of
St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department.
The family request memorial contributions to be made to the St. Paul United
Methodist Church, 11000 H.G. Trueman
Road, Lusby, MD 20657, St. Leonard
Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue
Squad, 200 Calvert Beach Road, St.
Leonard, MD 20685, and / or Asbury
Solomons Benevolent Care Fund, 11100
Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688.
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Margaret Rae
Charnley-Hallstead, 59
Margaret Rae Charnley-Hallstead of Calvert Beach, Maryland,
was born on October 13,
1956 in Prince Frederick
to Robert Benjamin and
Mary Harris Charnley.
She was called home to be
with the Lord on February 17, 2016. Her
faith in God was of the utmost importance,
and she put her total trust in the Lord
Maggie worked for over 15 years with
the Calvert County Public Schools, teaching alternative education students. In addition, she owned and operated a therapeutic
massage business. A lover of dance and
music, she taught Zumba classes and had
an extensive record collection. Maggie
was devoted to serving her community,
volunteering countless hours with many organizations, including S.M.I.L.E, womens
shelters, local churches, and much, much
more.
While service to her community was
important to her, Maggies most treasured
times were with her children, Carly & Danny. One of her greatest accomplishments
was watching them graduate college. Although its not easy being a single mother
of two, Maggie made it look effortless
through her unwavering love and positive
spirit. She drew strength from her family
and often said, Raising my children were
the best days of my life.
Maggie leaves loving memories to her
son Danny Charnley-Hallstead and daughter Carly Anne Conway & husband Kirk.
She is the beloved Grammie of Joy and
Grace Conway, and Brielle Medina. Maggie is also survived by her sister, Caroline
Groom & husband Kenny, as well as her
4 brothers: George & wife Loretta, Robert
Bobby Jr. & wife Inge, Truman & wife
Lynn, and Charlie & wife Deborah. She
also leaves to cherish her memory many
nieces, nephews, and other family and
friends.
Although words cannot describe how
much she will be missed, her infectious

laugh, angelic smile, and thoughtful kindness will live in our hearts for eternity.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the
Rausch Funeral Home, 4005 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Maryland. A
Memorial Mass will be offered on Wednesday February 24, 2016, 11 AMat Our Lady
Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Solomons,
Maryland. The Interment will be private.

Eugene Pennington, 85
Eugene Pennington, 85,
of St. Leonard, Maryland
passed away on February
14, 2016 in Prince Frederick, Maryland. He was
born on April 26, 1930 in
Flatwood, Kentucky to the
late John and Bertha Shelton Pennington. Besides his parents, Eugene is predeceased by his first wife, Joan
Pennington, brother John Pennington and
sister Ardeth Lloyd.
Eugene retired from the Air Force after
serving for 20 years. He was a member of
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
in Solomons, Maryland.
He is survived by his wife Adelina
A. Pennington, daughter, Karen Hoffman and her husband Ashby Hoffman Jr.
Grandfather of Diana Scott and her husband Brandon, Kelly Hoffman and Ashby
Hoffman, III. He is also survived by a
brother Herman Pennington and a sister
Joanne Dickerson.
The family will receive friends on
Friday February 19, 2016 from 2-4 and
6-8 PM at the Rausch Funeral Home,
4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Maryland . Mass of Christian Burial
will be offered on Saturday February 20,
2016, 10 AM at Our Lady Star of the Sea
Catholic Church, Solomons, Maryland.
Interment will follow in St. John Vianney Catholic Cemetery Prince Frederick,
Maryland. Memorial Contributions may
be made to either St. Judes Children Hospital or Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.
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Candidates Want More Time To Stay The Course


Three School Board Incumbents Seek Reelection
By Crista Dockray
Staff Writer

Calvert Countys Board of Education will be seeing a


new set of board members in the near future as current
members four year terms are ending.
Nine candidates have filed for the seats, including three
incumbents, Kelly McConkey, Tracy McGuire, and James
Piatt.
McConkey, serving in District 3 and elected in 2012, has
been on the board of education for three years.
McConkey will be running against two others, Erin
Knowles and Monica Lee Silbas.
McConkey said he came onto the board when money
was starting to become tight.
Despite this, he said, In the three years, we have been
able to accomplish a lot of things.
When McConkey first ran he called Lawson Software,
a business management program, a huge mistake. He said
he spoke with many staff members who told him the issues
they faced.
The software was making errors with paychecks and
overall caused a lot of unnecessary headaches.
The school board had spent over three millions dollars to
put this financing software into place and it cost thousands
more to update and maintain it.
When he was elected, McConkey and the board were
able to replace it with a company called SunGard, which
employs e-finance.
McConkey said he is also very proud of the fact that he
has worked hard to address the bullying issues in Calvert
schools. He said when he first was elected he got an excessive amount of calls with bullying complaints.
He said that he and the board members hold a bullying
summit every year at the College of Southern Maryland
as well as encourage students to come forward and file
complaints.
McConkey said that although it will never go away, bullying has become less prevalent within Calvert schools.
One of McConkeys goals upon reelection is to get the
new Northern High School built.
Its a huge step that I want to take care of and that I have
been a part of since the beginning, said McConkey.
He said that the bids came in much higher than expected,
but he does not support downsizing the school.
He said by downsizing they would not build a new gym
and it would not accommodate the growing population of
Calvert County.
Another one of his goals is to get the teachers pay increases restored. McConkey said he and the board have
been working very closely with the County Commissioners to make sure that all employees get their deserved pay.
We are working very well together, said McConkey,
adding that many counties do not experience this. We all
have the same goals.
He is also a supporter of safety for the students. McConkey said he pushed hard to get buzzers on the doors and
key swipe pads.
He said he would like to continue to tighten security.
McConkey feels that he is very accessible. He attends
games, visits every school, and talks frequently with the
staff about issues and to get opinions on the decisions the
school board is making.
I want to know how they feel about it, said McConkey.
I am a big advocate for the employees, if we dont have
good employees, we are not going to have good schools.
McConkey said he is looking forward to another possible term.
There was no doubt in my mind that I was running
again, I still have a lot to do, said McConkey. I love the
job, its a great job. You are able to help so many people
whether its from a bus stop issue to a transfer request.
McGuire will be running a third time for District Two.
McGuire will be running against two others, Nancy
Highsmith and Casey Smith.
McGuire served as president of the board last year and
vice president of the board for this current year.
I still have something to offer the citizens, said McGuire about her decision to run again, adding that she believes she has a powerful resume.
McGuire believes she played a large part in creating a

board that works together.


As board president last year, McGuire coordinated two
retreats so that all of the board members could get on the
same page, something McGuire said they had not done for
a long time.
McGuire said she has also worked closely on policy.
She finds it important that the policies the board adopts
are clear and concise to not allow loopholes or exceptions.
As a part of the Barstow Elementary School redistricting
McGuire worked hard and closely with all of the people
involved, she said.
Although I would say that not everyone was happy with
the results, everyone understood why we were doing what
we were doing and that hasnt always been true in redistricting, said McGuire.
She and current board president Pamela Cousins were
also responsible for scheduling quarterly meetings with
the County Commissioners to open communication and
under McGuires leadership, evening board meetings were
scheduled to accommodate the public.
If elected, McGuire would like to work on closing the
achievement gap.
One thing that is very clear to me is that Calvert County
has a problem with sub-groups, said McGuire. When you
look at our overall student achievement, it is very good.
When you segregate the data and look at individual groups,
we dont do very good work with them.
McGuire said she has seen the system dedicate resources
to close this achievement gap, but feels that these particular
resources are not showing results.
McGuire said if she gets reelected, she will look at why
this is happening and do what she can to fix the problem.
According to McGuire, in place now are outreach programs for students and parents.
But we are just not breaking through, said McGuire.
Its our big problem.
She plans to do this with an Equity Education policy
that is currently up for review. With this new policy, if reelected, the board will be able to direct more of the school
systems resources and focus to solving the problem of
achievement gap. One way to do this is to make sure that
the most qualified teachers are working with the most challenged students.
McGuire would also like to see staff get their steps,
which most have not received since 2009 and to get more
digital learning within the schools.
Piatt will be running for his second term for District 1.
Piatt will be running against two others, Dawn Balinski
and Stephen Jones.
Piatt has served on the board of education for a little over
a year. Piatt took over for Joe Chenelly who left office two
years into his term.
With two children in Calvert schools, years working
with the Navy, two masters degrees, and a background in
management and large-scale budgets, Piatt ran for the election and won.
It was an opportunity for me to get more intimately involved with the decision making process that will directly

McGuire

McConkey

There was no doubt in my


mind that I was running
again, I still have a lot to do.

affect my kids lives and all of the kids in the county, said
Piatt about his original decision to run.
His reason for running again he said: Two years, it goes
quick. There is still so much I want to do.
Piatt feels that he and the others on the board have started making great business decisions for the budget and as
Piatt described it, righting the ship.
Looking at the budget for the past couple of years, we
havent been in the best of shape, said Piatt.
He and the board members met with Superintendent Dr.
Daniel Curry and discussed how they were going to plan
for the present and the future.
I think its probably one of the best things thats happened in a number of years in this county, said Piatt.
One decision to remove 68 jobs from the school system
did not go over as well.
It wasnt a popular call for what we had to do last year
with the budget, but it was a good decision to set the platform for what we are going to do in the next couple of
years, said Piatt on the matter.
Piatt plans to work closely on the budget upon his reelection to make sure the right budget for the county gets put
in place.
This would include getting teachers their STEPS, which
according to Piatt, they are about three behind.
Another one of his goals is to increase technology in the
classrooms.
Whats near and dear to my heart is the change of technology and the use of technology, said Piatt.
Piatt believes that the county needs to get ahead on the
technology and the new teaching methods that come from
it.
Piatt wants to see more laptops in students hands, he
wants to see a larger portion of the county have access to
broadband Internet, and he wants to see some textbooks
and assignments convert to a digital platform.
He will be reaching out to companies to make this
happen.
I am not opposed to typing up an email, picking up the
phone and giving someone a call. You start with those cold
intros but then you develop some good relationships with
companies and out of that you can get some great deals and
get some movement toward good things happening for the
county, said Piatt.
Piatt said he hopes that people will understand that although last year was rough, they are making progress and
he hope to progress even further should he be reelected
once again.
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Running in District 3 is MonBalinski would also like to
ica Silbas. Silbas is a veteran and
see a close in the achievement
she spent 25 years in the airline
gap. Balinski said that she is
industry.
uniquely qualified because,
Silbas is a mother with two
with her past experience, she
Smith
children that attended the Calvert
can hit the ground running.
County public school system. She
Stephen Jones is another Disholds a position on the Executrict 1 candidate. Jones served
tive Board of the Boy Scouts Na32 years in the Navy. He has
tional Capital Area Council and
extensive experience training
was recently elected to represent
and educating enlisted and ofthe council on the BSAs National
ficers whether it was an instrucBoard. For 15 years, she was also
tor at boot camp or teaching
a labor educator. Currently she
electrician mates how to repair
works as a Legislative Representaaircrafts. He currently works
Knowles
tive in Washington, D.C. and is acfor Wiley as a systems engineer
tive in local politics.
and program manager.
I had been thinking about runJones said that he is great at
ning for office for some time. At
figuring out how to do more
this point in my life, it just felt like
with what is given. He said the
it was the right choice, Silbas said.
budget isnt getting bigger so
The biggest issue Silbas sees is
he wants to figure out how he
the relationship between the board
can do more with new, dynamic
and teachers believing that teachapproaches.
Balinski
ers voices are not heard. She also
Before the election he plans
wants to see Calvert schools be one
to send a letter to all of the prinof the top education systems in the
cipals to educate himself on
state like it had been in the past.
current issues. When he comes
Another District 3 candidate is
into office he wants to have a list
Erin Knowles. Knowles is fairly
of things that are making people
new to the county. She has two
unhappy, he wants to find the
young children in the system.
common themes, then he wants
She is involved in the PTA and
to turn it around.
the school library. She is also a
Candidate Casey Smith is
local coordinator for foreign exrunning in District 2. Smith has
change students. Before her chilserved 36 years in various eduSilbas
dren, she had an 11-year career
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Knowles wants to see a part time
system, she taught grades one
support staff in the schools and for
through eight and was a mentor
teachers to see the raises they defor new teachers. She now conserve. She would also like to see
ducts home school reviews for
less testing. She plans to visit all of
Calvert schools. Smith wants to
the schools, speak with staff and atsee everyone working together,
tend meetings while she is running.
from the teachers and students,
District 1 candidate Dawn Balinto the community, to the county
ski is a former board member for
commissioners, to colleges.
the 2010 to 2014 term. She ran for
She wants to see teachers
Jones
her second term and did not win, so
have more resources and skills
she is trying once again.
to help students achieve more
The biggest issues Balinski sees, besides academically. She wants to focus on differthe funding, is that there has been an in- ent styles of teaching as each student has a
crease in class size. Balinski said that Cal- different way to learn.
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Starting March 14, Culinary Services Group will be the new food
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Calvert Nature Society works to preserve and protect public lands, while
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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 410-2572549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748.
Lunches are subject to change.
Monday, Feb. 29

Italian Meatball Sub, Tomato


Soup, Spring Salad, Mandarin Oranges

Tuesday, March 1

Braised Pork, Scalloped Potatoes, Broccoli, White Wheat


Bread, Applesauce

Wednesday, March 2

Hot Dog, Hearty Bean Soup,

tance, funds would not be available for


educational and environmental grants.
To request an application for a
P.R.A.D. Inc. grant, please call Melissa
McCormick at 410-326-2042, ext. 41 or
email mccormmj@co.cal.md.us. Applicants must provide the name of the
non-profit organization, contact persons
name, complete mailing address and a
daytime telephone number or email address. Deadline for receipt of completed
applications is April 29, 2016. (Must be
postmarked by this date)
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults,
$7.00 for seniors, military with valid
I.D. and AAA members, and $4.00 for
children ages 5 - 12; children under 5
and museum members are always admitted free. For more information
about the museum, upcoming events, or
membership, visit the website at www.
calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410326-2042. Like us on Facebook, follow
us on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and
Pinterest.
Press Release from P.R.A.D. Inc.

$2 OFF

Vendors are wanted for the Big Indoor Yard Sale, Saturday,
March 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $12 per table. Must register by
Feb. 29.

North Beach Senior Center (NBSC)

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ANY LUNCH MENU ITEM


One Coupon Per Table Mon - Fri 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exp 2/28/16 *Valid at both locations

HAPPY HOUR $1 OFF

ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES


MON - THUR 3 P.M. TO 7 P.M.

Excludes Trivia Night & Live Music at the Cantina *Valid at both locations

KIDS MEALS
$3.50

SUNDAY & MONDAY

LENT
SPECIALS
ALL MONTH
LONG

Coleslaw, Orange

TRIVIA NIGHT EVERY TUESDAY


LIVE MUSIC EVERY THURSDAY

Thursday, March 3

AT

Chili, Marinated Cucumbers


and Onions, White Wheat
Bread, Pears

Friday, March 4

Beef Tips with Gravy, Mashed


Potatoes, Carrot Raisin Salad, Kale, White Wheat Bread,
Mandarin Oranges

28255 Three Notch Road


Mechanicsville, Md. 20659

30320 Triangle Drive


Charlotte Hall, Md. 20622

301-884-9730

240-249-3380

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In Our Community
Education

The Calvert County Times

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Register Now for National Weather


Services SKYWARN Tropical Class

The St. Marys County Department of


Emergency Services & Technology is hosting a SKYWARN Tropical training session
on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6 9 p.m. in
the commissioners meeting room inside the
Chesapeake Building. The address is 41770
Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.
Many Americans feel the effects of severe
weather every year. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather
Service (NWS), established SKYWARN
with partner organizations. SKYWARN is
a volunteer program which trains citizens to

become severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities
safe by providing timely and accurate reports
of severe weather to the National Weather
Service.
Training in the Tropical class is a good
overview of tropical weather threats in our
area. It is intended for everyone. The prerequisite for this class is Basics I. The Tropical
class includes:
Types of tropical cyclones
Ingredients of meteorology necessary for
Tropical cyclones

Hazards from tropical cyclones (storm


surge, inland flooding, winds, tornadoes)
Hurricane climatology (where they form,
typical tracks, season)
Local hurricane history
How they are observed and forecast
How to prepare and react?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management


Agency (FEMA), in coordination with state,
local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and state broadcasters associations,
will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert
System (EAS) in twenty-two states, two
territories, and the District of Columbia on
Wednesday, February 24, at 2:20 p.m.
Broadcasters across Maryland will join
fellow broadcasters from 21 states, the Dis-

trict of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S.


Virgin Islands for the test. The EAS test is
being made available to radio, broadcast and
cable television systems and is scheduled to
last approximately one minute.
The test will verify the delivery and broadcast, and assess the readiness for distribution
of a national-level test message. The message of the test will be similar to the regular monthly test message of EAS, normally
heard and seen by the public: This is a na-

tional test of the Emergency Alert System.


This is only a test.
The EAS test might also be seen and heard
in states and tribes bordering the states participating in the test.
Public safety officials need to be sure that
in times of an emergency or disaster they
have methods and systems that will deliver
urgent alerts and warnings to the public when
needed. Periodic testing of public alert and
warning systems is a way to assess the opera-

tional readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine
what improvements in technologies need to
be made.
More information on the Public Alert and
Warning System and Wireless Emergency
Alerts (WEA) is available at www.fema.gov/
ipaws or www.ready.gov/alerts.

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative


(SMECO) employees will host their fifth annual bike ride on June 4, 2016. Three bike
routes of 29, 47, and 75 miles will start at the
Co-ops headquarters in Hughesville and go
as far as Coltons Point in St. Marys County.
Profits from the bike ride will be donated to
Melwoods Operation: Tohidu.
Natalie Cotton, SMECOs community and
public affairs director, said, We invite local
businesses and organizations to help sponsor
the bike ride. For people who want to donate,
but are unable to participate, contributions
can also be made via PayPal on SMECOs
website.
She added, Operation: Tohidu is a program
for active duty military personnel and veterans
who need help integrating into the communi-

ty. The funds raised at this event will benefit


Southern Maryland veterans and military.
Last year, the event raised more than
$23,000 and had 470 cyclists who participated.
Another $18,000 was raised by the SMECO
Annual Charity Golf Outing held in October.
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.
Cari DeSantis, Melwoods President &
CEO, said We are looking forward to working with the SMECO team to help raise funds
for this meaningful program. According to
the Melwood.org website, Operation: Tohidu
is a seven-day holistic retreat designed for
wounded veterans and active duty military

who are dealing with post-traumatic stress


disorder (PTSD), mild to moderate traumatic
brain injury (mTBI), and other deployment related traumas. It is designed to help them overcome obstacles to their recovery and support
their successful reintegration into their homes
and communities. DeSantis added, SMECOs dedication to the community it serves
is admirable, and their employees charitable
spirit is heartwarming.
Tohidu is a Cherokee word meaning
peace of mind, body, and spirit. Melwoods
Operation: Tohidu is an experiential rehabilitation program that focuses on confidencebuilding, outdoor activities, and group discussion in a relaxed, positive environment using
proven techniques for the self-management of
symptoms, stressors, and responses. Operation: Tohidu sessions are scheduled throughout the year at Melwoods Retreat and Recre-

ation Center in Nanjemoy, Maryland.


Jim Hudnall of the Oxon Hill Bicycle and
Trail Club said, Our club members collaborated with SMECO on the first ride in 2012
to help celebrate the co-ops 75th anniversary,
and weve been very pleased with the way the
event has grown. As a cyclist who participates
in a lot of rides, this is one of the most wellorganized and most enjoyable. Our club members rave about the SMECO 75 and put it at the
top of their list.
Cotton expressed gratitude for the support
provided by companies and organizations who
contribute to the fundraisers. She said, Because of the resources that our business partners provide, we are able to raise a substantial
amount of money that makes a significant impact on local charities.

Registering for a SKYWARN Class


Pre-registration is required for all classes.
This is necessary to control class size and provide the proper amount of handouts. Seating
is limited. If you register for a class and are

unable to attend, you are asked to notify us so


your spot can be made available to someone
else. Future classes will be announced on this
page. All training classes and SKYWARN
membership are free.
To register for the SKYWARN Tropical
class go to http://www.weather.gov/lwx/skywarn For more information, please call 301475-4200 Ext. *2124.
Press Release from St. Marys County Department of Public Information

FEMA, State Broadcasters and Emergency


Managers to Test Emergency Alert System

Press Release from St. Marys County Department of Public Information

HELP SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT VETERAN PTSD

SMECO 75 Bike Ride to Raise Funds for Operation: Tohidu

JOIN US! RUCK


BETWEEN THE
BEACHES @
9:00 A.M.
SUPPORT OUR
HEROES!

www.activeheroes.org

TO DONATE or JOIN OUR TEAM!


https://activeheroes.org/event/carry-thefallen-chesapeake-beach-md/

Press Release from SMECO

Calvert Hospice Announces


New Session of Grief
Art Therapy Group
Calvert Hospice is hosting The
Art of Mourning:A Grief Art Therapy Group. The group will meet on
Tuesdays from 1:304 p.m., from
March 8 to April 26. Sessions will be
held at the Burnett Calvert Hospice
House located at 4559 Sixes Road,
PrinceFrederick,Md. 20678. You do
not have to be an artist to participate!
Grief Art Therapy allows you to share your
experiences and story, remember your loved
one, receive support from others who have

suffered loss, identify and process


your feelings, and create an artistic expression of your memories and
grief.
The fee for the class is $50, which
includes all supplies. Pre-registration
is required. Contact Melinda
Ruppert at mruppert@calverthospice.org or 410-535-0892 for more information or to register.
Press Release

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Calvert County Times

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In Entertainment

Thursday, Feb. 25
Mike Damron
The Ruddy Duck (13200
Dowell Rd., Dowell)- 7:30 p.m.
Monthly Comedy Night
The Lounge at Bollywood
(22576 MacArthur Blvd.,
California)
Friday, Feb. 26
Kajun Kelley
Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371
Southern Maryland Blvd.,
Dunkirk)
Jen Van Meter
The Ruddy Duck (13200
Dowell Rd., Dowell)- 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27
DJ Ernie: Rock What You
Forgot
The Lounge at Bollywood
(22576 MacArthur Blvd.,
California)
Sunday, Feb. 28
Higher Standards
The Ruddy Duck (16800 Piney
Point Rd., Piney Point)- 11
a.m.
Monday, Feb. 29
Makhni Monday
The Lounge at Bollywood
(22576 MacArthur Blvd.,
California)

Pizza and Pint Night


The Ruddy Duck (13200
Dowell Rd., Dowell)- 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1
Team Feud
The Ruddy Duck (13200
Dowell Rd., Dowell)- 6:30 p.m.
Burger and Pint Night
The Ruddy Duck (13200
Dowell Rd., Dowell)- 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2
Open Mic Night
The Ruddy Duck (13200
Dowell Rd., Dowell)- 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 3
Bourbon Dinner Menu
The Ruddy Duck (16800 Piney
Point Rd., Piney Point)- 6 p.m.
Swamp Candy
The Ruddy Duck (13200
Dowell Rd., Dowell)- 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 4
Mitch Harrell and the
Classics
Anthonys Bar and Grill (10371
Southern Maryland Blvd.,
Dunkirk)
Josh Airhart
The Ruddy Duck (13200
Dowell Rd., Dowell)- 7:30 p.m.

The Calvert County Times


is always looking for more local
talent to feature! To submit art
or band information for
our entertainment section,
e-mail info@somdpublishing.net.
Please submit calendar listings
by noon on the Tuesday prior
to our Thursday publication.

Entertainment

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Hollywood Rescue
Squad Bluegrass
Festival In April
Sister Sadie, a groundbreaking, five member, allfemale, super band will be
bringing there show to the
annual Hollywood Rescue
Squad Bluegrass Festival
on Saturday April 2 at the
St. Marys County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 11
a.m. and the show starts at
Noon.
Sister Sadie is a straight
ahead bluegrass band comprised of five good friends:
Dale Ann Bradley Fivetime IBMA Female Vocalist of the year brings her beautiful
heartfelt vocals to the band, along with
her special talent of finding songs from
other genres and changing them to fit the
Sister Sadie style of music;
Tina Adair - playing mandolin for Sister Sadie is very talented and soulful.
Tina is such a powerful singer and musician and brings a youthful confidence to
the group;
Gena Britt comes from the great
state of North Carolina and has played
with several critically acclaimed bluegrass bands over the years and is known
for her solid and tasteful banjo playing.
Gena is also currently a member of Alan
Bibey & Grasstowne;
Deanie Richardson - on fiddle is always charismatic. If you've never seen
Deanie play live, you're in for such a
treat. She commands the stage like no
other. Deanie has performed with Bob
Seger, The Chieftains, Vince Gill and
Patty Loveless;
Beth Lawrence she is well known
and respected by her peers as a phenomenal bass player. Beth free-lances
as well and brings a comedic element to
their stage show!
Born out of what was originally supposed to be a one-time jam, at The Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee back in
2013, turned out to be a sold out show.
Shortly after that, the band began getting calls for gigs and the girls decided
to officially form Sister Sadie.
The
name, Sister Sadie, was inspired by a
Tony Rice song, Little Sadie, and the
fact that the ladies feel as though they
are sisters. They showcased at IBMAs
World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC in
2014 and they created quite a stir. They
did not expect the high impact they received. After that first performance in
Nashville, these five busy musicians
learned that, not only did the audience
love them, but they loved what they did.
Sister Sadie has signed a record deal
with Pinecastle Records and has completed an album that will be available
for the first time at this years Hollywood Rescue Squad Bluegrass Festival.
It will be comprised of a mix of memberwritten originals and many other songs.
"This will be one of the most highly-anticipated new recordings in recent years.
Seems like a cant miss recording." John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

As quoted by these five busy ladies,


After we performed an impromptu concert at the Station Inn in Nashville, all
five of us women knew that there would
be more that we would do together. We
are all in a very natural state when we
perform as a group. No strugglejust in
tune with thought, spirit and musical expression. Along with these factors, being on what we feel is one of the most
creative and artist friendly labels in the
business, Pinecastle Records, we have
a sense of excitement that Sister Sadie
will be in the perfect musical environment to be who we are and offer our
style in the purest way.which is what
this band wants. We are pumped and excited to be teaming up with Pinecastle
for this project and cant wait to get it out
to our fans! ~ Sister Sadie
To learn more about Sister Sadie,
please visit their website at: www.sistersadieband.com.
This year the Hollywood Rescue
Squad Bluegrass Festival will take place
in memory of Southern Maryland musician, Charlie Thompson. And will
also feature Thompsons band, Bottom
County Bluegrass paying tribute to him
performing some of his favorites that he
always loved to play. Charlie Thompson and the Bottom County Bluegrass
have played at the festival for the past
three years. Also performing will be
local favorites, David Norris, Recycled
Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel Express,
Bubby Abell and Spoon Creek, and Jay
Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition.
Troy Jones will be doing the sound for
the festival.
The event will be held indoors, rain or
shine. Food & Drink will be available
for purchase and its BYOB. There will
be 50/50 raffles and all proceeds from
the days event will go toward the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. Tickets
will be available at the gate for $25 per
person and under 12 are free with a paying adult. The gates open at 11 a.m. and
the event runs from noon to 8 p.m. The
St. Marys County Fairgrounds is located at 42455 Fairgrounds Rd. in Leonardtown, Md. For more information, go to
www.hvrs.org or call 301-737-3004.
Press Release

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Community
Month Long, February

The Calvert County Times

Calendar

Art Exhibit Opening: Artists in Action


Workshop
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts
Center - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A few months each year, Annma
ries spectacular Main Gallery is trans
formed from exhibition space into artist
studios, allowing visitors the opportu
nity to appreciate the artistic process
as well as the product. Annmarie seeks
artists working in any media to submit
proposals to set up a working studio
space in the Main Gallery for 1 to 2
week periods. These studios utilize the
artists own supplies and equipment.
Artists work in their studios demon
strating their processes and techniques
to curious visitors. Artists are also af
forded space to hang artwork for sale
within the gallery for the duration of
their studio time. It is our goal to ex
pose visitors to the working process of
artistsfrom concept to finished prod
uct. As such, this show is ideal for art
ists working on a large project or series.
Artists must be willing to speak with
visitors informally about their work and
their process. Overnight

accommoda
tions for out-of-town artists are avail
able on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Through this exhibition, artists gain ex
posure, sell artwork, and work in a free
studio space in a beautiful setting. This
is a nice occasion for a serene retreat
to immerse yourself in your artwork. Fu
ture group or solo show opportunities
may also be awarded. Dates: Feb. 7-13
and 15-21.
CO. 7 Alarmers Friday Night Bingo
St. Leonard Volunteer Fire and Rescue
(200 Calvert Beach Rd.)
Bingo every Friday. Doors open at 6
p.m. Early bird at 7 p.m. Regular bingo
at 7:30 p.m. Food available for sale. Help
support your local fire department.

Thursday, Feb. 25
Little Minnows
Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons) 10 to 11 a.m.
Whales are Mammals Too! Children
3 to 5 years old are invited to use their
senses to investigate how these giants

of the sea adapt to living in the water.


CMM members are free; $5 for nonmembers. www.calvertmarinemuseum.
com.

Friday, Feb. 26
Meat or Lenten Dinner
American Legion Stallings Williams
Post 206 Route 260 (Chesapeake
Beach) - 5:30 to 7 p.m.
You wont be disappointed when you
come and join us for the Chef Brendas
Meatloaf or Fish Dinner to benefit the
Southern District Children & Youth Pro
gram. It will be served in the lower-level
Dining Room hosted by the Auxiliary of
the American Legion Stallings-Williams
Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. Public
Welcome. The $12 price includes en
tre, salad, sides, roll, and beverage.
Call 301-855-6644 for more informa
tion. www.ALpost206.org.

Saturday, Feb. 27
Build A Toy Boat
Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons) - 2
to 4 p.m.
Make your own toy boat in the Mari
time History Hall with sessions starting
on the half hour. $2 donation requested
with museum admission. www.calvert
marinemuseum.com.
Save the Date-Nature Trivia! (participants must be 21 or older)
Kings Landing Park (3255 Kings Landing Rd, Huntingtown) - 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Think you are a nature expert well
grab your friends and come test out
your skills at Nature Trivia! Well have
beverages from some local breweries
as well and fun prizes. As more details
are finalized we will update our website
and post updates on our Facebook
page so stay tuned! If you register now,
well send
you updates on location, fees, and
other details. See link provided.

Sunday, Feb. 28
Calvert Tide 9u Breakfast Fundraiser
American Legion Post 274 (Lusby) - 8
to 11 a.m.
The Calvert Tide 9u travel baseball

Thursday, February 25, 2016

To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar,


please email news@countytimes.net with the listing details by
12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.
team is a hosting a fundraising break
fast at the American Legion post 274 in
Lusby. Price:$10. Breakfast includes:
Made to order eggs, pancakes, bacon,
sausage, scrapple, fried potatoes, bis
cuits and gravy.
Vendor Quarter Auction for 4H
Calvert County Fairgrounds (Route 231,
Barstow) - Noon to 3 p.m.
Doors open at NOON. Auction from
1 to 3 p.m. Win prizes from over 15 dif
ferent companies; all items will be only
1-4 quarter bids - most items are only 1
or 2 quarter bids. Paddles are $3 each
or 2 for $5. If youve never been to a
quarter auction, come out and enjoy!
Well show you to play, and youll have
over 75 chances to win! For info or res
ervations, call 240-416-4224. Proceeds
benefit Calvert 4H.
Captured Sea Glass
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts
Center - 1 to 4 p.m.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts
Center invites adults to register for
Captured Sea Glass Pendants, taught
by Tricia Hall. Using .999% pure silver
wire, students will learn to solder the
wire and capture a piece of frosty Ches
apeake Bay Sea Glass. Not your typical
wire wrapped sea glass! 2 pieces will
be completed in class. Pre-registration
is required. Call 410-326-4640 or visit
www.annmariegarden.org.

Monday, Feb. 29
Leap Day--Session A
Flag Ponds Nature Park (1525 Flag
Ponds Parkway, Lusby) - 9:30 to 10:30
a.m.
Leap long, leap tall - its Leap Day! Not
every year has one, so well celebrate
Leap Day by looking at animals that can
make spectacular leaps. Well compare
how far we can leap, too! Will include
both indoor and outdoor fun. Registra
tion required (see link provided).
Leap Day--Session B
Flag Ponds Nature Park (1525 Flag
Ponds Parkway, Lusby) - 11 a.m. to
Noon
Leap long, leap tall - its Leap Day! Not
every year has one, so well celebrate

Leap Day by looking at animals that can


make spectacular leaps. Well compare
how far we can leap, too! Will include
both indoor and outdoor fun. Registra
tion required (see link provided).

Tuesday, March 1
Fur and Feather in Watercolor
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts
Center 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Member cost: $125 and nonmember
cost: $135. Materials fee: materials list
provided OR $15 due at class. Instruc
tor: Nancy Thompson. Learn special
watercolor techniques on how to paint
pet portraits, animals and birds. Learn
to make fur soft, and feathers smooth
and reflective using floating techniques.
Watercolor is the easiest way to paint
these subjects! Join us for fur, feathers,
and fun!

Wednesday, March 2
Fur and Feather in Watercolor
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts
Center 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Member cost: $125 and nonmember
cost: $135. Materials fee: materials list
provided OR $15 due at class. Instruc
tor: Nancy Thompson. Learn special
watercolor techniques on how to paint
pet portraits, animals and birds. Learn
to make fur soft, and feathers smooth
and reflective using floating techniques.
Watercolor is the easiest way to paint
these subjects! Join us for fur, feathers,
and fun!

Thursday, March 3
Calvert Toastmasters Club
1st Floor Conference Room (205 Main
Street, Prince Frederick) - 11:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m.
Do you want to become a confident
public speaker and strong leader? If
so, Toastmasters is the place for you.
Youll find a supportive learn-by-doing
environment that allows you to achieve
your goals at your own pace. Learn how
Toastmasters has changed the lives of
members. Free Membership Kit ($20
value) if you join during the months of
February or March.This week is our
speech and evaluation contests.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, February 25
Shake It Out Music and Movement
Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920
H. G. Trueman Rd., Solomons- 10 to
10:30 a.m.
Shake It Out Music and Movement will
create a rich environment that promotes
social, emotional and physical skills.
Come join us for some shaken fun.

JobSource Mobile Career Center


Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920
H. G. Trueman Rd., Solomons- 1 to 3
p.m.
Stop by to get job counseling, resume
help, search for jobs and get connected
with Southern Maryland JobSource. This
38 mobile center features 11 computer
workstations, smart board instructional
technology, satellite internet access, exterior audio visual and broadcasting capabilities; state-of-the-art workforce applications and connectivity for wireless
mobile device access.

Drop-in Computer Coding


Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch,
3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach- 5
to 6 p.m.
Have fun learning the languages of
computers. Its fun, Its easy.

Dr. Seuss Celebration


Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920
H. G. Trueman Rd., Solomons- 6:30 to
7:30pm.
Come and celebrate Dr. Seusss birthday at the library with stories, songs,
crafts and fun!

Dr. Seuss Celebration


Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch,
3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach6:30 to 7:30pm.
Come and celebrate Dr. Seusss birthday at the library with stories, songs,
crafts and fun!
Dr. Seuss Celebration
Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and
Chaneyville Rd., Owings- 7 to 8 p.m.
Come and celebrate Dr. Seusss birthday at the library with stories, songs,
crafts and fun!

Friday, February 26

On Pins and 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.

Saturday, February 27

Lego Challenge
Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 2 to 4 p.m.
Lego enthusiasts can visit the storytime room to take part in a weekly,
themed challenge. Legos supplied by
library. Registration not required.

Monday, February 29

Monday Morning Movies and More


Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 10 to 11 a.m.
Bring the little ones for a movie and a
story!

The Calvert County Times

On Pins and Needles


Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch,
3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach- 1
to 4 p.m.
Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an
afternoon of conversation and shared
creativity.

Drop-in Minecraft
Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and
Chaneyville Rd., Owings- 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Try your hand at building and participate in special projects using minecraft.
edu. No registration!

Tuesday, March 1
Drop-in Computer Coding
Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Have fun learning the languages of
computers. Its fun, Its easy. Younger
children will need the help of an adult.
Flying Needles
Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920
H. G. Trueman Rd., Solomons- 6 to 9
p.m.
Knitting, crocheting and portable crafting group open to anyone wanting to join
in and share talents, crafting time or learn
a new skill.

Meet The Artists


Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920
H. G. Trueman Rd., Solomons- 5:30 to 7
p.m.
Meet local artists Peggy Hovermale
and Karen Zuza in the Living Room at
Calvert Library Southern Branch. Light
refreshments will be served.

Writers by the Bay at 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 and camaraderie.

Manga Otaku Artist Nights


Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch,
3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach- 7
to 8:30 p.m.
On the first Tuesday of every month,
from 7 to 8:30 pm, at the Twin Beaches
Branch, comics and manga fans from
ages 10 to 17 gather to draw their own
comics! Artist and illustrator (and Calvert librarian) McNevin Hayes will guide
you through the basics of story layout,
thumbnails, and character construction.
Please register.

Wednesday, March 2

Book Discussion (Lotus Caf)


Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920
H. G. Trueman Rd., Solomons- 6:30 to 8
p.m.
Recurring monthly book discussion
held at Lotus Cafe. This month is Kitchens of the Midwest: A Novel, J. Ryan
Stradal. Date and location subject to
change.

Thursday, March 3

Shake It Out Music and Movement


Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920
H. G. Trueman Rd., Solomons- 10 to
10:30 a.m.

Shake It Out Music and Movement will


create a rich environment that promotes
social, emotional and physical skills.
Come join us for some shaken fun.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop


Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 1 to 3 p.m.
Need help with your resume? Join job
counselor Sandra Holler in a small group
to learn what makes a strong resume and
cover letter. If you have one started, bring
it with you so editing can happen on the
spot. One printed copy helps. Please
register.

Drop-in Computer Coding


Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch,
3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach- 5
to 6 p.m.
Have fun learning the languages of
computers. Its fun, Its easy.

Got Your Back: Self-Defense for


Tweens
Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Back by popular demand, Kyle Webber
of Black Belt Academy will be presenting a self-defense workshop for 5th-7th
graders. Topics will include situational
awareness, assertiveness training, and
escape strategies. Participants should
wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable
clothes. Please register.

Code Name 4-5-6


Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch,
3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For 4th-6th grade eyes only! 4th to 6th
grade students are invited to this series
of events which uses plenty of handson activities to have fun with reading!
Each month we will explore a new theme
and introduce a great chapter book on
the topic. No advanced preparation is
needed and a snack will be provided.
This months topic: New York, New York.
Please register.

Friday, March 4

Introduction to Proposal Writing


Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This class will provide you with an
overview of how to write a standard
project proposal to a foundation. It will
include: The basic elements of a proposal; The dos and donts of writing
and submitting a proposal; How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no;
30-minute hands-on exercise to develop
a proposal outline. This class is taught by
Aryn Dagirmanjian from the State Library
Resource Center. Please register.

On Pins and 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.

Saturday, March 5

Garden Smarter: Put a Buzz in Your


Garden
Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Every third bite we eat has been pol-

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linated primarily by bees which are


declining. You can help by planting their
favorite nectar plants, creating a beautiful, interesting yard buzzing with activity.

Brain Games: Mahjongg, Scrabble


and more
Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- Noon 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! Please register.

Lego Challenge
Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 2 to 4 p.m.
Lego enthusiasts can visit the storytime room to take part in a weekly,
themed challenge. Legos supplied by
library. Registration not required.

A Disney Dazzler!
Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 2 to 3 p.m.
For all young and old Disney musical
lovers out there, Sandy Griese will perform on piano as Emily Bowen Mudd,
Nathan Bowen, James Huchla and Caitlin
Fagan sing a magical romp through Disney favorites. This is an abbreviated performance of the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundations Disney Dazzler concert
originally directed by Robin Henshaw.

Downton Abbey Tea Party


Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Calvert Library Meets-up at Dream
Weaver Caf to enjoy sweets and savories while talking all about the last season
of Downton Abbey. Period attire encouraged! $25 per person. Sorry no refunds.
Please register.

Monday, March 7

Monday Morning Movies and More


Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 10 to 11 a.m.
Join us at 10 am for dancing, stories,
movies and fun.

On Pins and Needles


Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch,
3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach- 1
to 4 p.m.
Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an
afternoon of conversation and shared
creativity.

Drop-in Minecraft
Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and
Chaneyville Rd., Owings- 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Try your hand at building and participate in special projects using minecraft.
edu. No registration!

Summer Camp Fair 2016


Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850
Costley Way- 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Come explore the variety of summer
camps offered in our area.

Contact your Local Library!


Fairview: 410-257-2101
Twin Beaches: 410-257-2411
Prince Frederick : 410-535-0291 or
301-855-1862
Southern: 410-326-5289
www.calvert.lib.md.us

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CLUES ACROSS
1. UN Sec-Gen Hammarskjold
4. Sum up
7. Shame & disgrace
12. Favorite Dr. Seuss
15. About earth
16. Lockjaw
18. 14th Greek letter
19. Durham school
20. Sodium
21. Ancient Olympic Site
24. Used to be United __
27. Audio sound network
30. Girls actress Dunham
31. 1000 calories
33. Mekong people
34. Floor covering
35. Moroccan capital
37. Curtsy
39. Cheer
41. Database mgmt. system
42. Enough (archaic)
44. Release for a price
47. Similar
48. Not frequently experienced
49. Doctor
50. __ King Cole, musician

52. Lady Spencer


53. Nauseated
56. More
61. Stevenson classic
63. Uncontrolled
64. Homesick
65. Law
CLUES DOWN
1. A continuous tube
2. Wet nurse
3. Rural France vacation
retreat
4. Greek capital
5. Synthetic hormone
6. Qatar capital
7. Of she
8. Maya __ of Vietnam
Veterans Memorial
9. Not out
10. Tip of Aleutian Islands
11. __ Ling, Chinese
mountain range
12. NW Netherlands resort
island
13. One who acclaims
14. Adjust for functioning

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22. Bury
23. Adventure stories
24. Swedish krona
25. Several carangid fishes
26. Spiritual leader of a
Jewish congregation
28. Cavalry-sword
29. Mahogany family genus
32. In a way, goes away
36. Thyrotropin
38. Axe killer Lizzie
40. Solomon Islands capital
43. Eerie
44. Root mean square (abbr.)
45. A nearly horizontal
entrance to a mine
46. Assembled
51. Racketeer
54. Grand __, vintage
55. Cognizances
56. Hair product
57. Iranian monetary unit
58. This (Spanish)
59. Jeopardys Trebek
60. Small amount
62. Atomic #44

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M

ost people have gold jewelry or other valuables


tucked away in a drawer or closet. It might be mismatched earrings or damaged ring . It could
be an old forgotten coin collection or musical instrument.
Whatever it is, Eric from Calvert
Pawn can probably help turn
it back into cash. The most
common item we take in is gold
jewelry, however we do accept
a wide variety of items such as
flat panel tv's, laptop computers, coins, video games systems, ipad tablets, ipods, commercial power tools, musical
instruments, and collectibles,
just to name a few things. he
says. If the item is acceptable
to the pawnshop we can evaluate your items and either buy
it directly from you, or offer you
a pawn loan.
We have many customers who
just wish to sell their items.
However, we also have individ-

uals who have an unexpected


bill or emergency and just need
a temporary loan against their
item. Not everyone has access
to a savings account or credit card. he says. Up until the
1950s, pawnbrokers were the
number one source of consumer credit in the United States.
A pawn loan put simply is when
a customers pledge property
as collateral, and in return,
pawnbrokers lend them money. When customers pay back
the loan, their merchandise is
returned to them. Pawn loans
are made on everything from
jewelry to electronics. If the
customer elects not to redeem
his or her collateral, there is no
credit consequence to the borrower and the items are sold at
a value price to retail consumers. We usually have a nice selection of pre-owned electronics, jewelry, tools and musical
instruments. I have been doing
this for over 15 years and you

Bring us an item
to be evaluated by
our trained team
members.

never know what you are going


to have come in. he says.
Television reality shows such
as "Pawn Stars" have helped
to change the image of the
industry. High prices for gold
and other precious metals,

meanwhile, have brought out


more people as borrowers and
sellers. Gold and silver prices
have fluctuated quite a bit the
last few years, but overall prices are still high and customers
are getting good value for their
jewelry.

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