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March, 2011



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Nuclear Officials
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Tout Plant Safety
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On The Cover Austin Clark, of Owings, takes time deciding which hand-made bowl he will
On The Cover
Austin Clark, of Owings, takes time deciding which
hand-made bowl he will choose during the 11th Annual
Empty Bowl Supper for Project ECHO held at St. John
Vianney’s Family Life Center.
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Local News
Jason Linett uses the power of suggestion to get his on-stage participants to do
hilarious things. Linett and his show are returning to Calvert County this weekend.
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On Water
During a meeting at
the Charlotte Hall
Veterans’ Home on
Monday, Gov. Martin
O’Malley (D) talked
about progress on
veterans’ issues.
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Anissa Swanzy, left, and Kelly Downs are co-owners of SKD Studios in Lusby
Commons, and now also in Dunkirk.
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Thursday, March-2011

K9, SWAT End Cove Point West Manhunt

Residents of Cove Point West, in Lusby, who happened to be outside near 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, witnessed Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies in a manhunt for an armed robber. The activity centered around one particu- lar house. According to residents on the street, that particu- lar homeowner was out of town and not aware of the inci- dent until their neighbors called them. The Cove Point West neighborhood has one road, which had as many as six law enforcement vehicles parked along the street while officers and K9 units searched for a black male wearing a black sweatshirt and grey sweatpants. Sheriff Mike Evans said the office used the “Reverse 911” feature to alert residents in the area about the hunt. One resident received the call at 6:59 p.m. stating, “This

message a message from the Calvert County Sheriff’s office. Residents in the area of Comanche Road and Gun Smoke Trail (on the back side of Cove Point West) in Lusby should be aware of that law enforcement is looking for a black male … The subject is armed with a gun”. The Southern Calvert Gazette expected to receive spe- cific details about the robbery and suspect via a press re- lease, which had not arrived by press time. One officer, who was aware of the situation, said the Sheriff’s K-9s tracked the suspect to the attic of a residence. Protocol requires the K-9 officer to call in SWAT to extract suspects from enclosed spaces. SWAT was able to confirm the suspect in the attic with use of a camera. Shortly after 8:30 p.m. residents received a second call


stating the suspect had been caught without incident. Earlier that day a liquor store in Solomons was robbed. A K-9 unit tracked the suspect down Newtown Road, be- hind the Solomons Food Lion to the parking lot of Rita’s where the dog lost the scent. At press time, no further infor- mation was available about this situation. From staff reports.

Constellation Officials Tout Reactor Safety

Officials with the Constellations Energy Group (CENG) and Calvert County emergency management said last week that, Calvert Cliffs, the only nuclear reactor facility in Mary- land, is sturdy enough to resist natural calamities like the kind that hit reactors in Fukushima, Japan. Also Constellation and county officials drill regularly to hone their emergency response skills in the event of a reactor accident, they said during a presentation Friday. In the aftermath of a massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, questions have swirled about the effectiveness of nuclear emergency response proto- cols here as some lawmakers have become more vocal about holding off on building any new nuclear reactors, of which the proposed third reactor at Calvert Cliffs is one. George Gellrich, vice president for CENG at the reactor

site, said Friday that the facility is built on a 45-foot hill above sea level, making it resistant to tsunami waves and that the fuel for backup generators used to keep the flow of cooling water to reactors is housed in a concrete bunker designed to handle tornado force winds as well as flying debris that such

a storm could bring. “It’s a very robust design,” Gell- rich said. “We know what’s important and we stay on top of it.” Bobby Fenwick, emergency management director for Calvert County, said that there were more than 92,000 doses of potassium io- dide available for Calvert residents in the 10-mile emergency radiation fallout zone that surrounds the reac- tor. About 30,000 doses have already been distributed and there are still 62,000 available. Fenwick said that the county’s emergency operations center would keep in constant contact with its Con- stellation counterpart on Skipjack Road in Prince Frederick in case of a reactor accident or emergency. Of the four levels of emergen-

cies for the facility, the third, a site area emergency activates the two emergency response centers, and also alerts schools and parks within the 10-mile zone to possibly close down. At this level of emergency, ra- diation release from the nuclear reac- tors is possible. At the fourth and highest level of emergency, a general emergency, the redundant safety features at the facil- ity have failed and a radiation release

is a real possibility.

Officials could then open up evacuation routes as well as advise sheltering animals and taking potas- sium iodine pills. The reactor plant has only ever had one alert in its history, said Rick

Woods, senior emergency preparedness analyst for CENG, when all outside power sources to the plant failed. This is a reactor emergency of the second kind, Woods said, and backup generators at the plant activated to forestall the emergency while main power was later restored; the situ- ation did not call for the emergency centers to activate. “Everything worked as designed,” Woods said. “But that’s not a situation we want to be in.” Reports have surfaced of a Calvert Cliffs plant manager warning of lax safety standards at the plant, specifically roof leaks, which were linked to a February 2010 shutdown of the reactors after back up power generators failed. Thomas Trepanier, general manager at the plant, noted in an internal presentation to the company that staff at the plant had become complacent. “The station had developed a reactive culture rather than a preventive strategy on dealing with roof leaks, thereby elim- inating an increased sensitivity to and tolerating degraded roof conditions,” Trepanier stated in his presentation, though he praised plant personnel with ensuring last year’s failure

did not get worse. “Good human performance, fundamental behaviors and training prevented the situation from deteriorating,” Tre- panier stated in the presentation. By Guy Leonard (CT) info@

By Guy Leonard (CT) info@ Bobby Fenwick, emergency management director for Calvert

Bobby Fenwick, emergency management director for Calvert Coun- ty, talks with members of the media about the county’s emergency response plans in the event of a radiation release from Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Behind Fenwick is an electronic display of a 10-mile radius for predicted fallout around the plant.

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Thursday, March-2011



Shoreline Preservation Meeting

Calvert County residents with property on the Chesapeake Bay are invited to a community meeting on shoreline erosion control on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at Crossroad Christian Church, Route 4 & Ball Rd., Saint Leonard. Planned by an ad hoc group of interested county residents, the meeting will explore your rights and possible remedial action you can take to save your home. Hear what actions have been taken by government officials in the past year since Del. Tony O’Donnell hosted a town hall meeting on erosion control. Learn more about applying for a permit to control erosion. Find out what constitutes a “taking” of your property, which re- duces its market value. Hear what DC attorneys with Saltman & Stevens, PC, think can be done to help Chesapeake Bay homeowners in Calvert County. For additional information or questions, contact protectour-

Photo by Guy Leonard During a meeting at the Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home on Monday,
Photo by Guy Leonard
During a meeting at the
Charlotte Hall Veterans’
Home on Monday, Gov.
Martin O’Malley (D) talked
about progress on veter-
ans’ issues and ongoing
opportunities for further
collaboration to support
troops returning home from

Veteran’s Forum


Thursday, March-2011

Patuxent River Cleaning to Start

The annual Myrtle Point Park cleanup is getting ready to start. On Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon the public is welcome to join the Friends of Myrtle Point Park in their annual cleanup effort. To get involved, come to the park picnic area where we will have a sign in sheet. Here people will get their as- signments, trash bags and work gloves. It is advisable to wear sturdy work clothes and sturdy shoes and volunteer registration is required. The cleanup efforts have been once per year, in the spring, but they’re planning to do another cleanup in the fall, Bob Boxwell the Executive Director of Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust, said. Boxwell said the Patuxent River Cleanup is one of several across the state for both the Patuxent and the Po- tomac Rivers. He said the efforts at Myrtle Point Park have been

going on for a few years, but last year there was an “in- credible increase” in the amount of trash at the site that coincided with the increase of traffic through the park. “We find an unusual assortment of junk out there,” Boxwell said. There is also a large assortment of people who show up to the Myrtle Point cleanup. Families, college students and even a local Cub Scout troop come to help get the garbage out of the park, Boxwell said. “It’s a good way to spend your morning, weather permitting,” Boxwell said. He said the cleanup is a good way to introduce peo- ple to Myrtle Point Park and get them to care about the park and its wellbeing. Here are also plans to have atten- dants at the park on weekends and a larger staff overall. “This is a fulltime park with part time employees,” Boxwell said. “It doesn’t work.” By Sarah Miller (CT) info@

CSM Joins Campus Compact for Student Veterans

The College of Southern Maryland has joined community colleges and public four-year in- stitutions in signing the Maryland Campus Compact for Student Veterans. The compact aims to improve on-campus services for veteran students. Participating institutions pledge to designate an office or staff person as a ‘go- to’ for all student veterans to help them navigate everything from GI Bill paperwork to behavioral health counseling. “Our student body has one of the highest percentages of veter- ans in the state,” CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried, said in a press release. “We value their service and work closely with them to en- sure that they are getting the ser- vice they need to be successful.” At the beginning of the spring 2011 semester, CSM pro-

vided veteran certification for 456 students, according to CSM Veterans Affairs Coordina- tor Christine Deen. For the 2010-11 academic year to date more than 600 students have received veteran certification status at CSM. Among those students is Madison Gardner of Holly- wood who served in the U.S. Navy. Gardner enrolled at CSM in September 2009, using her GI benefits to pay for tuition. After four years of ser- vice in the Navy, Gardner decided to transition out of the

military to pursue an early childhood education degree. “I wouldn’t be a student right now,” Gardner said, without CSM’s student support services team that assisted her in obtaining Post-911 GI benefits certification, enrolling at CSM and registering for classes. “Through CSM’s Online Services, I was able track each step in the process. It was a huge help.” Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to serve a tour of duty in Iraq, convened a signing ceremony in Annapolis to bring together veteran advocates and higher education leaders including CSM’s President, to forge the important partnerships that will ease student veterans’ transition to campus life.

will ease student veterans’ transition to campus life. In Annapolis, CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried, left,

In Annapolis, CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried, left, signs the Maryland Campus Compact for Student Veterans. With more than 600 students receiving veteran certification since the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year, CSM has one of the highest percentage of veter- ans in Maryland. The college has had a veteran’s affairs coordinator since 2008.

“Veterans bring a unique maturity and life experience to the classroom--an experience that in most cases en- hances classroom discussions and benefits every student’s learning,” said Brown in his opening remarks. “We have an obligation to serve those who served and we must do more to ease student veterans’ transitions from combat to campus.” The Compact calls on Maryland’s higher education community to do more for the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and seeks to ensure the educational success of veterans who choose to return to a Maryland school. The Compact also requires campus officials to pro- vide training for faculty, staff and student leadership to promote greater awareness of veteran issues; and it encour- ages campuses to create student veteran organizations to provide incoming veteran students with necessary support from their peers who are also transitioning back into our communities. More than 22,000 Iraq-Afghanistan veterans and more than 15,000 Maryland veterans received GI Bill edu- cation benefits during the fall 2010 semester. For information on CSM services available to student veterans, visit

SKD Expands; Now in Lusby and Dunkirk

SKD Expands; Now in Lusby and Dunkirk Photo by Sean Rice Anissa Swanzy, left, and Kelly

Photo by Sean Rice

Anissa Swanzy, left, and Kelly Downs are co-owners of SKD Studios in Lusby Commons, and now

also in Dunkirk.

“You don’t have to go to Annapolis or Washington

DC any more for great design services,” says Anissa

Swanzy of SKD Studios. “We’re no longer Southern Maryland’s best kept secret, either!” In fact, it now works the other way around. Their clients are now coming out here for help in creating beautiful spaces in DC and Annapolis. Swanzy, Kelly Downs and their creative, talented team of assistants now has a Northern Calvert office in Dunkirk. Their Southern Calvert Studio houses an extensive showroom in the new Lusby Commons Shopping Center. Their firm offers world class design, as well as guidance and support for area homeowners desiring a renovation of their kitchens, bathrooms or any other space in their home.

These days, you go into a flooring store and they are selling cabinets in the back, or you go into a cabi-

net store and they have flooring samples all over the

place. That’s not the case with SKD Designs.

“We know who we are, what we do, and we not only do it well, we enjoy every minute of it,” says Swanzy. “We have been doing this for so long, we have relationships with some of the best reps in the busi- ness giving us access to amaz- ing products from all over the world. It is nothing for us to call one of our tile reps and say ‘we need the perfect glass tile that is turquoise, with a touch of amber and it needs to sparkle like diamonds.’ We expect the best from ourselves as well as those that we work closely with.” In this economic down- turn, with the housing market

frame you can expect,” she says. “In just one meeting, you can clarify what you want and we can determine how it can be done within your budget. We are going to spend a lot of time together, so we have to trust one another and really just like each other.” She adds, “Our team approach has proven to be successful with each and every job. We bounce ideas off each other and feed off each others’ creativity. We know that together we will create a space that any one of us would love to live in . and we have a lot of fun while doing it.” Look for this dynamic team to be featured on HGTV’s Designers Profile and don’t hesitate to call them for your complimentary in home consultation. For more information call 443-404-5686 or visit www. By Diane Burr (CC) editor@chesapeak-

decline, it could be that the home you love is undervalued. While you’re staying put, your kitchen and master bath are out- dated, and you need a change. Or, it could be that you’re a new homeowner, just hav- ing purchased a home in the area, perhaps on a river or creek, for a great price in this market. The only drawback to the deal is the dated kitchen and bathrooms. “That’s where we can help tremen- dously,” Swanzy adds. SKD Studios will come out for a complimentary consultation of your kitchen and/or bathroom spaces to include design suggestions and a home measure. “If you are wondering if you can afford to call us, think of it this way, can you af- ford not to? The amount you spend depends greatly on the desired result, and at SKD Studios we offer you a product you will love, on a budget you can afford, in a time

product you will love, on a budget you can afford, in a time State Wants to

State Wants to Buy Back Crab Licenses

Despite the rising levels in the crab populations in Maryland waters, officials with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) want to buy back as many com-

mercial crab licenses that they can to fur- ther protect the species. The licenses DNR wants to buy back are the unlimited tidal fish and crab har- vester variety and will use some of the $15 million in federal blue crab disaster funds from 2008 to do that. “We have all worked hard, sacrificed

and invested money to nurse the ailing

blue crab population back to health,” stat- ed DNR Secretary John Griffin in a press release. “By offering to buy unused licens- es, we are ensuring the number of water- men is not growing disproportionately to

the blue crab population.” The buy-back program is voluntary, according to DNR officials, and has al-

ready brought back in nearly 700 limited crab catcher licenses. “At the moment, there are about 650 inactive watermen who hold [unlimited

crab licenses], which presents a significant

fisheries management challenge,” said

DNR Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell.

“It becomes very difficult to manage the

crab fishery to our annual target harvest level if even a fraction of these unused licenses choose to re-enter the fishery.” DNR will offer between $4,000 and $12,000 depending on the type of license and number of crab pots registered to the user;

DNR states that they do not antici- pate any action that would affect anyone with a license who did not take part in the buy-back program, the release stated. DNR is currently working on finishing the winter dredge survey, which indicates the crab population in the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding watershed, but officials say they have no prelimi- nary findings of the current survey efforts. Lynn Fegely, assistant direc- tor of DNR fisheries, said that trimming the number of licenses could actually result in higher catch limits for those water- men still harvesting this coming

season. “We wouldn’t have to have as much

of a buffer [to keep enough crabs in the

fishery] for safety,” Fegely said.

Leonard (CT)

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Thursday, March-2011



Annual Senior Arts Competition Underway

Third Annual Calvert County Green Expo Visitors are invited to join in a celebration of
Third Annual Calvert
County Green Expo
Visitors are invited to join in a celebration of the envi-
ronment, healthy living, community and social conscious-
ness at the third annual Calvert County Green Expo on
Saturday, April 9, 2011, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the College of
Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus.
The Green Expo is the place to learn about the latest
in energy efficiency and sustainable living. The family-
friendly event will feature product displays and a host of
exhibits on a wide variety of green issues. Visitors will find
eco-friendly products and a wealth of ideas on how to apply
green principles as a part of everyday living, a press release
The event is organized by the Calvert County Citizens
Green Team, an active and enthusiastic group of county res-
idents working to promote green initiatives. More than 40
vendors are already signed on for the event. Locally sourced
food will be available and door prize drawings will take
place throughout the day.
Admission is free and open to all ages. Exhibit space
for vendors is still available for a registration fee of $60, or
$20 for 501(C)(3) non-profit organizations. A table (two feet
by six feet) and two chairs will be provided if needed.
The Calvert County Green Expo is sponsored by Do-
minion, Bayside Toyota, Continental Services and Constel-
lation Energy in partnership with the College of Southern
Maryland and the Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation.
A “Volunteer Appreciation Party” hosted by
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity was held on Saturday,
March 5, at Middleham St. Peter’s Parish in
Lusby to
thank all volunteers and businesses that support Habi-
tat’s mission for affordable housing in Calvert and St.
Mary’s Counties. More than 100 volunteers
the event, which included prizes and over 70
Music was provided by DJ Johnny G! All of the food
and refreshments were donated by the following local
businesses: Bob Evans, Bear Creek BBQ, Giant/First
Colony, WalMart, B.J.’s Wholesale, Guy Distributing,
Target, Panera, Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday, Olive Gar-
den, WaWa , Starbucks, Food Lion/Lusby, Food Lion/
California, McKay’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise and
Chick Fil-A.
20 Appeal Lane
Lusby, Md. 20657
Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
College of Southern Maryland
Prince Frederick Campus
Join us for this third annual, FREE, family-friendly event.
Learn how to:
• Lower energy bills and reduce water usage
• Find green products and services
• Help reduce waste through easy recycling and composting
• Identify tax incentives and rebates for weatherization,
HVAC upgrades and solar/wind/geothermal installations
• And much, much more!
Sponsored by
Constellation Energy
In partnership with CSM and the Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation
Enjoy a day of fun for children, youth
and adults at the Time Travel Adventure Fair,
organized by the Calvert Crusade for Chil-
dren and Youth on Saturday, April 30, 10 am
to 4 pm at King Memorial Park in Old Prince
Frederick between the Old Library on Duke
Street and the Gazebo on Church Street. The
Honorable Bernie and Mrs. Betty Fowler are
the honorary family.
In the park’s amphitheater youth groups
and school choirs will perform. Throughout
the park, Living History Encampments, fun
activity booths, face painting, service pro-
vider information, and handouts will add to
Historic skits from the County’s 350th
anniversary will be performed on large front
porch at the Phillips House at the top of the

All Calvert County artists age 50 and older are encouraged to submit artworks for

the annual Senior Arts Competition, a jur- ied competition and exhibit organized by the Calvert County Office on Aging. Artwork submissions are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 1. Seniors will compete across 53 overall categories in seven divisions: Fiber Arts, Two Dimensional, Paper Art, Hand Crafts, Three Dimensional, Ceramics and Just For Show. Ribbons will be award for first, sec- ond and third places in each category. The top three winners will be invited to show- case their works at the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick. Winners in the “Best in Division” category will receive $100 from the senior center councils and an opportu- nity to showcase their works at the CalvART Gallery. A “Best in Show” winner will re- ceive a $500 check from the Arts Council of Calvert County and will also be invited to showcase their works. An Instructor’s Wall (Just for Show category) will dis- play artworks not in competition.

Artwork must have been completed between April 2010 and March 2011. Two-dimen- sional artwork must be ready for display and properly framed with hook and wire. Three-dimen- sional artwork must have its own stand, be stable and have a cleanly finished base. Artwork size must not exceed 30 inches by 30 inches. Entry forms must be completed for each entry and entries are limited to one per category. Ad- ditional rules are available at local senior centers.

Southern Pines Senior Center

at local senior centers. Southern Pines Senior Center Awards will be presented by the Calvert County

Awards will be presented by the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 17, 1 p.m., to be held at the Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick. For information on events offered by the Calvert County Office on Aging, contact Keri Lipperini at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170 or visit default.asp.

Time Travel Adventure Fair

hill. Good food and beverages will be available. Historic Linden, across Church Street and next to Trinity United Methodist Church, is joining the celebration beginning with a Maypole Dance at 10 am, and continuing with old-fashioned children’s games, wool-spinning demonstrations, a living map of the county, herb-planting and “Children of Yesteryear” family stick-your-face-through-the-hole photo- graph opportunities until 2 pm. Treasure hunts with prizes and a drawing cost a small fee: children ages 2 – 12 ($3) and older youth and adults ($5), with no family to exceed $15. These are a fundraiser to benefit the child and youth-centered activities of the Calvert Crusade for Children and Youth. More information is available at: http://


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Applications Sought for Farm Guide

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) announces that it will be updating the printed version of the So. Maryland, So Good Farm Guide. Since 2002, the Farm Guide has been a popular and proven resource for connecting the area’s farming commu- nity with consumers. The guide is a comprehensive listing of Southern Maryland farms (including equine farms), and also of restaurants, stores and other institutions that feature South- ern Maryland farm products, a press release states. SMADC is now accepting applications for new partici- pants and also renewal applications for those currently listed in the guide. There is no charge to farms and businesses to be listed in the guide; however, advertising opportunities are available for participants and any other interested businesses at affordable rates. From arugula and alpacas to zinnias and beyond, the So. Maryland, So Good Farm Guide provides a remarkable in- ventory of the vibrant diversity of Southern Maryland’s ag- ricultural community, and directs customers to some of the region’s finest and freshest farm products and services. To be listed in the farm guide, or to purchase ad space, download an application at or call SMADC staff at (301) 274-1922. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2011.

Rock & Roll for Rescues Was the Cat’s Meow

4, 2011. Rock & Roll for Rescues Was the Cat’s Meow The Humane Society of Calvert

The Humane Society of Calvert County reports that the second annual Rock-n-Roll for Rescues a success. This event featured the Fabulous Hubcaps and fans came from as far away as Delaware and Pennsylvania to see and hear them. All the proceeds benefit the animals waiting for per- manent homes at the HSCC, après release states. The event was made successful by sponsors, includ- ing: Abby Bell-Mills, PNC Mortgage; Jason McGee, Mc- Gee Fence and Deck; Mike Tennity, Century 21 New Mil- lennium; Mary Beth Gates, Peppers Pet Pantry, Jack and Barbara Brown and Holiday Inn Select Solomons. Spon- sors helped defer expenses and raise more money for the rescued animals in our care. A special thanks goes to Jeff Shepherd, Melissa Bless, and David Sarkissian. Along with the Holiday Inn we would like to thank Jim Godbold, Calvert County’s own Rockin’ Elvis, for donating his time and talent for the evening. As usual he rocked the house! Maggie Mudd-Stewart of Maggie Mudd Photogra- phy graciously donated her time and took many pictures throughout the evening. And a big thank you to Becky Phillips-Heuman for offering to teach swing dance lessons

during our Meet and Greet with the band. Thank you to Peppers Pet Pantry for selling tickets. The SPOT Thriftshop also sold tickets and donated many of the essentials we needed to make the evening a success. HSCC would also like to thank everyone who donat- ed items to our silent auction that evening. Cheryl Golden; Maertens Fine Jewelry and Gifts; David Lewis; Countryside Pet Paradise; Viviane Flaherty; Sherry Dennison-Sherry’s Dance Center; Washington Redskins; Baltimore Ravens; Lee Am- menhauser; Betty Mudd-Bette’s Bags; Tinder Box in Waldorf; Tiki Bar; EmbroiderMe; Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center; Diane Nape; Robert and Sandy Meicht; The Fabulous Hubcaps; Outback Steakhouse; Don “Reedman” Mark of The Fabulous Hubcaps; Bonny Woltz; the Prom family; Pat Harvey; Digiovanni’s; Jerry’s Place; Barbara Barker; Dunkirk Wine and Spirits; Dudley and Gail Prisel; Kerry Prisel of Kerry Out Designs; Bowie Baysox; World Gym; Julie Jacobus-Training By Julie; Sally Lounsbury; Sheron Watson; Kelly St.Marie; Sacchetti Music; and Debbie and Becky Samler. To all of HSCC’s dedicated volunteers, thank you so much for all your help in the planning and putting togeth- er of this fantastic event. A big thank you to Abby Bell- Mills, Gail Prisel, Kelly St. Marie, Sally Lounsbury, Sarah Lounsbury Jill Lee, Gary Lee, Sheron Watson, Kristy An- derson, Elleen Kane, Steve Donaldson, Debbie Samler, and Janet Gibson. Visit our website for pictures of the event, By the Humane Society of Calvert County Fundraising Committee.

THIRD ANNUAL SOUTHERN MARYLAND HUNGER CONFERENCE Please join us for the 3rd Annual Southern Maryland
Please join us for the 3rd Annual Southern Maryland Hunger
Conference. This event is being hosted by the Southern Maryland Food
Bank. If you are a food service provider such as a pantry, soup kitchen,
shelter, non-profit or government agency, then we encourage you to
attend for a day of learning and fellowship !
The Hunger Conference will consist of informational guest
speakers and presentations relating to the increasing issues of
hunger in Southern Maryland and what we, as providers, are and
can do to meet the growing demand.
It will offer a great
opportunity to network with fellow providers in and around
Southern Maryland!
Date: April 20, 2011
Where: Calvert County Fair Grounds
140 Calvert Fair Drive Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Time: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Program Fair: 8:00am - 9:15am (sign in during this time)
Guest Speakers begin at 9:30am
Light Lunch Provided
Seating is limited, to register for this FREE event or for more
information please call 301-274-0695 or email
RSVP by April 6th!
Together We CAN Make A Difference!
Thursday, March-2011

Gourd Orchestra Performing for Earth Day

When was the last time you heard a Gourd Orchestra, planted a terracotta starter pot, made a tree print or took home a free tree? The answer is most likely, not lately!! Celebrate Earth Day and Honor Arbor Day with Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 11am-4pm. All of these tree-mendous activi- ties are FREE with admission. New to the Earth Day Celebration at An- nmarie is the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Or- chestra. The Gourd Orchestra, according to their

words, are a band of musicians with dirt under

their fingernails! The Gourd Orchestra puts the

“cult” back into culture, and “culture” back into


“In an age prone to technological idolatry and

cultural narcissism, where electronic media seems

endlessly fascinated with itself, the Gourd Or-

chestra directly reaffirms their relationship with

nature,” a Gourd Orchestra spokesman said in a pres release.

They will perform, keeping environment and

place in tune with worldly musical themes. An-

nmarie is honoring the Earth and celebrating the

environment with the following activities on this

day: 11am - 2pm, join the Calvert County Master

Gardeners in a fun Paint-n-Pot activity. Paint your own unique terracotta starter pot, and learn how to plant and care for native plant species at your home. Embark on an Azalea Search and Find as you explore our varied collection of Glenn Dale Azaleas. 11 am - 4pm -- Free Trees to the first 50 families to pay admission! Take home an Eastern White Pine seedling to plant in your yard in cel- ebration of Arbor Day. Learn about native trees in our area, and explore the garden in search of our favorite specimens with our TREE-mendous Scavenger Hunt! 11am-4pm TREE-HUGGERS UNITE! Kids and families can bring a white t-shirt, pillowcase, or use a large sheet of paper to paint and hug their way to a fabulous tree-bark printed painting. All activities free with admission. 1pm-4pm -- Gourd Orchestra & Gourd Pet- ting Zoo. Get ready to groove with gourds. Enjoy a fun family concert, featuring the Richmond In- digenous Gourd Orchestra (www.gourdorchestra. com). Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center is a sculpture park and arts center located just off Route 2-4 on Dowell Road in Solomons.

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Calvert Cliffs Has an Unwavering Commitment to Safety

By Brew Barron, President and CEO Constellation Energy Nuclear Group

As a leading producer of safe, reliable and eco- nomical electricity from nuclear energy in Mary- land and New York, we take seriously our role to communicate how the Japan situation impacts our industry and energy facilities. On behalf of my colleagues at Constellation En- ergy Nuclear Group, LLC (CENG), I extend our sin- cere sympathies to those suffering due to the tragic earthquake and tsunami. Our hearts are with those in Japan and those who have family and friends in the region. Our shareholders (Constellation Energy and the EDF Group) are providing financial dona- tions, and the world’s nuclear industry is providing supplies, and technical and humanitarian support. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the plant em- ployees and emergency response workers at Fuku- shima Daiichi, we understand conditions at all six of the reactors have significantly improved. The primary reactor containment structures of each of the three reactors that were in operation at the time of the tsunami are all reported to be intact. We also understand that radiation levels both on and off-site

are decreasing. Nuclear energy is our nation’s current largest source of low carbon electricity and is a significant producer of 24/7 electricity. It helps preserve our Earth’s climate, avoids ground-level ozone forma- tion and acid rain. The 104 U.S. reactors produce about 20 percent of our country’s electricity, with safety and environmental stewardship as our goals. I have worked in the nuclear energy industry for four decades. Safety is our passion. Nothing comes before the protection of our employees and communities. As one CENG employee mentioned to me recently, safety is part of our DNA. We will never waver from our safety commitment. Our in- dustry’s highest commitments are safety and contin- uous improvement. CENG employees live by these overriding principles, and as a result, our nuclear power plants are safe. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, all U.S. nuclear energy facilities underwent comprehensive reviews. The objective of

these safety and security assessments was to evalu- ate severe scenarios that are beyond existing regulatory requirements to identify ex- traordinary and additional protective measures that assure U.S. plants can with- stand extreme events. We have invested mil- lions of dollars into CENG’s Calvert Cliffs facility in Maryland, and Ginna and

Nine Mile Point sites in New York to make them even more secure and safe. We agree that a fresh review of the industry with a focus on protective actions in the event of unusual natural events is appropriate. We are a busi- ness built on a foundation of continuous learning and reaching new levels of operational excellence. As nuclear energy facility operators, safety is our number one priority, and our job is to protect the public and the environment. Even before there are lessons learned from the events in Japan, all U.S. companies with nuclear power plants are already verifying their capability to maintain safety even in the face of severe chal- lenges, including natural disasters. Our CENG sites are designed, built and maintained to sustain se- vere man-made and natural disasters. We also have multiple safety and security features and redundant backup systems. An integral part of our safety commitment is to keep the public and government officials fully informed in the unlikely event of an accident im- pacting any facility. We routinely conduct intense training exercises and drills to test our ability to ef- fectively implement our emergency response plans with local, state and federal government officials as well as with the media. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) independently measures our performance in these areas and the Federal Emer- gency Management Agency (FEMA) evaluates the state and local responses to those scenarios. The communities in which we operate are im- portant to us. Our outstanding employees are ac- tively involved donating time, money and talent to many charitable organizations, mentoring students, coaching youth sports teams, and supporting other civic, charitable and religious groups. CENG’s roots are deep in the communities we serve. We operate with the community’s consent and value our strong partnerships with local, state, regional and national leaders and organizations. We feel fortunate to operate our business and employ thousands of outstanding people in Mary- land and New York. Our dedicated employees are committed to performing work at the highest levels of safety and operational excellence in producing electricity for millions of homes and businesses. Our Calvert Cliffs facility in Lusby, MD, em- ploys more than 900 people. Its reactors are licensed until 2034 (Unit 1) and 2036 (Unit 2). The site has also received numerous honors for its achieve- ments, including the ISO 14001 certification and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) award for stellar Operational Excellence. At Calvert alone, we have invested nearly $27 million in security and safety upgrades. We are proud of the difference our em- ployees are making. Rest assured, we will maintain our unwavering commitment to safety and our staunch support for the continuous application of lessons learned.

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Churches Oppose Same Sex Marriage

As a Christian, I was very pleased to hear that the same-sex marriage bill was withdrawn in the House of Delegates, effectively killing it for this session of the General Assembly. I was even more pleased to hear that some churches finally got off their pews and opposed this sin. For too long many churches have remained silent on sins, such as homosexuality and abortion. This is especially true of black churches, who supposedly have influ- ence in the black community. And yet, 90 percent of black votes go to the pro-homosexuality, pro-abortion Democrat party. That’s the party that recently cancelled the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and that controls the Maryland General Assembly where the gay marriage bill was almost passed and is expected to pass in the future. And Democrat President Obama has told his Attorney General not to defend the Defense of Mar- riage Act. The Democrats are also the party that supports abortion and funds Planned Parenthood, who sets up abortion facilities in poor and minority (black) neighborhoods. By 2010 approximately 18,000,000 abortions (35% of 52,000,000) had been performed on black women since the Supreme Court decisions in 1973. Besides decreasing the black population, many women suffer physical, medical, emotional/spiritual harm from abortions. And since most blacks are Christian, unless they repent they will have a very dif- ficult time explaining to God at the Last Judgment why they murdered their innocent unborn babies. It is good that the black churches are finally awakening and taking a stand against homosexuality. They should also open their eyes and see the damage that abortion has done and is still doing to their community. And they should also remember that God is merciful and forgiving. If you are truly sorry, repent and ask His forgiveness for your involvement with abortion/homosexuality, He will forgive you. Lent is an appropriate time for a Christian revival in this country. I hope the churches’ opposition to the same-sex marriage bill is the begin- ning of one.

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Panthers Coach Hopes for Chemistry on Lacrosse Field Sp rts With their regular season opener
Panthers Coach Hopes for Chemistry on Lacrosse Field
With their regular season opener delayed a few
days due to rain, Patuxent boys’ lacrosse coach Cliff
Hunsicker was slightly disappointed that the Panthers
had to halt last Monday’s game with Chopticon be-
cause of a quick but heavy storm that zipped through
the Southern Maryland area that night. The game re-
sumed Wednesday with the Panthers leading 6-3 with
1:42 remaining in the first half.
“It was a momentum swing to the bad, the team
was just started to get comfortable in the game,” Hun-
sicker explained. “It’s tough to start up where we left
off and still have the same momentum.”
Hunsicker was happy with the way the Panthers
came alive in the second period after a 1-1 tie with the
Braves after one period of play.
“I was really pleased with the unselfish play,” he
said. “The offense started moving the ball and we really
looked like a lacrosse team.”
Teamwork is what Hunsicker is hoping will carry
his team to an improvement on last season’s solid 7-7
overall record (5-5 in Southern Maryland Athletic Con-
ference games).
“Team chemistry is going to be a key with under-
Spring Fling Tennis
The Spring Fling Tennis Tournament will be held
at Cove Point Park on April 16th and 17th.
There are mens singles, 3.5 mens singles, womens
singles along with womens doubles and mens doubles.
There will also be mixed doubles.
The proceeds from this event will fund clinics for
mentally and physically challenged.
To find more information check out our web site at
www. or call Pete Siegert at 410 326
4822. Also you can call Bryan Howell at 410 586 3115.
Photo By Frank Marquart
Patuxent’s Jacob Hayden makes a move toward the goal in a recent boys’ lacrosse
match against Chopticon.
classmen and seniors working together,” he says.
Those underclassmen include sophomores Jacob
Hayden, Eric Brauner and Travis Weldon and seniors Kieran
Patuxent Panthers Visit
Appeal Elementary
Kelly, Zach Kane and Jordan Haines, who all scored goals in
Monday’s abbreviated season opener.
“I am really counting on the underclassmen as a group. A
lot of my starters (which are underclassmen) are seeing the var-
sity field for the first time,” Hunsicker says. “To go with that,
the underclassmen success goes along with senior support and
previous six lacrosse playing schools in the conference is the ad-
dition of Charles County’s public schools to the mix. After three
years of club play, Charles County is fielding varsity teams this
season, which means teams have to be even more ready for the
traditional SMAC powers.
“We take on a football schedule of sorts, only playing each
team once. This means there is only one chance to beat the bet-
ter teams in the league so we will need to be on each and every
A new wrinkle in this season for the Panthers and the other
game,” Hunsicker said. By Chris Stevens (CT) info@somdpublishng.
Sabres Midget Team Takes Championship
The Sabres Midget U18 team took home the CBHL Pat-
rick Lower A Division Championship trophy on March 6 by
defeating the Metro Maple Leafs 7-3.
Under the leadership of first-time head coach Brian Mc-
Carthy, assisted by coaches Dean Schultz and Brian Keelan,
the Midgets finished the regular season in 2nd place behind the
Virginia Wild after losing only two games all season.
The championship weekend kicked off with a 10-1 win
over the Bowie Bruins in the semi-final round, with just about
every Sabre scoring a point and without incurring a single pen-
alty minute.
After the 1st seed Wild fell to 4th seed Metro on Saturday,
the stage was set for the championship match on Sunday. Met-
ro scored first but the Sabres followed it up with 5 unanswered
goals and overwhelmed Metro with a total of 43 shots. Goalies
Jeff Fuhr and Brett Kibler did a superb job minding the net and
together stopped a total of 23 shots. Matt Fischer (not pictured)
was unable to play due to injury but was nonetheless a valued
contributor on defense during the regular season.
The Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club is based in
Waldorf and draws players from Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert,
Prince George’s counties and beyond. Travel teams play in the
Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL) and recreational
teams play in the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL).
The Sabres also offer Learn to Play Hockey, Little Stars, Spring
and Summer Skating Skills programs, goalie clinics and sum-
The playground looked smaller, the halls seemed
shorter, and some of the faces had changed. That was
the sentiment of some members of the Patuxent Foot-
ball team that made a special trip to Appeal Elementary
school last week to visit with some students and play
some touch football. The trip was initiated by Appeal
teacher Ms. Kim Blackistone and Patuxent Offensive
Line coach Nick Allen.
The experience was part of the Appeal Elementary
“Buckets of Fun” event which raffles different prizes
for students in support of the school’s PBIS program.
Blackistone and Allen coordinated the “Football Visit”
and two students were chosen to participate, in addition
they were able to choose three of their friends to share
in the fun.
While the experience was exciting for the young
students of Appeal, Coach Allen said it also had and im-
pact on his own players.
“It is important for our high school players to give
back to a community that gives so much to them! It is es-
pecially nice because a lot of these guys were reminisc-
ing about their days at Appeal as they walked through
the hallways. Now they are the ones being looked up to,
it is an amazing thing to see these kids begin to accept
their positions as role models for the players of the fu-
ture,” Allen said in a press release.
Anyone interested in having a “Patuxent Football
Visit” can contact Head Coach Steve Crounse or Nick
Allen at Patuxent High School. The football program is
continuously looking for experiences like these to build
character and give something back to their community.
mer camps at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf.
For more information, visit www.somdsabres.
Celebrity Basketball Game for Autism
Saturday April 9, “Team AIP” (Anything is Possi-
ble) will be hosting the 2nd annual celebrity basketball
game at Patuxent High School in Lusby to raise money
for Autism awareness. Team AIP was founded in 2001
by world renown basketball star Patrick Robinson aka
Pat the Roc in hopes to inspire kids to utilize their tal-
ents and pursue their dreams. Team AIP hosted the 1st
annual game last February and sold out the gym.
Players consist of streetball stars, NFL players,
and entertainers. Pat the Roc, Baby Shaq, White Choc-
olate, Kyle Arrington (New England Patriots), Bobby
Maze (Univ of Tennessee), and more.
Come on out and support the cause. There will
also be a $5 clinic for kids prior to the game from
3-4pm hosted by the streetballers. Merchandise, give-
aways, and raffles available at the game.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a local All Star
game at 6 p.m. and the celebrity game at 7:30 p.m. Ad-
vance tickets are $7 for students, $10 for the public and
$12 for VIP tickets. Call 401-535-7865 for information.
Thursday, March-2011

“Here is an empty bowl,” Project ECHO’s Executive Director Trisha Gipson laughed in a mild panic as she looked at the clock. “It’s only 5:30 and we’ve already sold 341 tickets. We have an hour and a half left. I hope we have enough food.” The 11th Annual Empty Bowl Supper fundraiser for Project ECHO packed Prince Frederick’s St. John Vian- ney’s Family Life Center on Saturday, March. All the tables were filled. People sat in six rows of blue bleach- ers balancing their pottery bowls of soup and salad while a dozen teenagers quickly served a double line of people backed out the gym doors. More people lined two sides of the gym walls looking at silent auction items while additional teenagers walked around serving spicy smelling hot wings from Hooters in Waldorf. Paul America entertained the room with the mel- ancholy song “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. America was just one of several students from Hun- tingtown High School’s musical/theater group performing the first 30 minutes. “We set up 26 tables which seat seven each. We also have the bleachers pulled out, but I don’t think we are going to have enough room. Next year we’ll have to find a bigger place. Or some other solution,” said past Board of Director President Bill Stanton who has participated in all the home- less shelter’s annual fundraisers. “The first year (11 years ago) we raised $500. Last year we raised $22,000. This year we hope to raise at least that much,” he said. Gipson said the Empty Bowl Supper is the largest fun- draiser they hold all year. The money raised goes toward paying for maintenance at the homeless shelter, which is ap- proximately $200,000 a year. New ECHO Board of Director President Henry Trent- man wrote in the program, “We will also have two new fundraisers this year – Camp Out for Calvert and an An- nual Appeal campaign. The first one will be lots of fun and educational to boot.” According to Stanton, Project ECHO provides tempo- rary shelter up to 90 days for 20 men and a combination of 20 women and children. Although the Empty Bowl Supper does not raise all the funds necessary, he is proud of the fact that everything they raise “is pure profit.” Everyone one involved in the dinner was quick to point out that everything was donated and everyone was a vol- unteer. Approximately 19 local restaurants donated soups, breads, salads and cakes. “I picked up soup from one restaurant who said the pot they gave us was the equivalent of $700 worth of soup,” said Craig Langrall, one of ECHO’s Board of Directors, whose job for the day was providing transportation and any needed manual labor. “The unsung heroes are the restaurants. It is amazing to get so much food.” There were plenty of heroic efforts to pull off the event, according to Gipson. The $20 price of admission buys a handcrafted bowl. “Made from dirt, water and a potter’s wheel.” Thirty-seven individuals listed in four different orga- nizations and Huntingtown High School Donna Baker’s class made 600 bowls available this year. Sharon Sirman brought her three daughters to the Empty Bowl Supper for the fifth year in a row. Sofia, 4, said she likes to come for the bowl and desserts. Sirman and her daughters spent their time walking up and down the table full of bowls picking out the right one. She says the girls have their own collection of bowls, which they use all year

long. Lynn and Brett Hanson, of Lusby, said they missed last year, but have been attending the fundraiser for four or five


Thursday, March-2011

400 Pack St. John’s For Empty Bowl Supper

400 Pack St. John’s For Empty Bowl Supper

400 Pack St. John’s For Empty Bowl Supper
March-2011 400 Pack St. John’s For Empty Bowl Supper years now. “I think this is the

years now. “I think this is the most people I’ve ever seen here,” said Brett. Stanton said the last couple of years the function has averaged 225 to 250 people. Although the formula for their event “is essentially the same this year, we added a time for appetizers.” The first half hour, as people gathered, found their bowls and places to sit, they could help themselves to one of the many types of appetizers floating around the room. “A lot of people come year after year. And they don’t leave until 7,” said Stanton, who bounced a baby girl on his

of our parents for helping out at the shelter,” said Katie. Gipson mentioned the community efforts also includ- ed public student art work used for placemats, Girl Scout Troop 3144 walking around to make sure everyone received an original piece of art, the catholic church’s donation of the building, the local performers and artists who donated works to the silent auction. Project ECHO’s dependence upon volunteers and do- nations doesn’t stop at the Empty Bowl Supper. Recently someone donated all the necessary equipment to keep the grounds around the house. Between staff and residents, Gipson said this saves them $75 each time they had to hire someone to take care of the yard. “Three hundred and sixty five hot meals come from the community each year.” Gipson said on Monday, following the fundraiser, they sold 400 admissions and know they collected at least $32,000 but might be closer to $38,000 by the time they finish counting the money. This included the $10,000 check from HELP. “We exceeded what we brought in last year even with- out the donation from HELP.” By Corrin M. Howe (SCG) info@ Photos by Victor Marquart Marissa Cirillo, of Huntingtown, while holding her brother Andrew, found
Photos by Victor Marquart
Marissa Cirillo, of Huntingtown, while holding
her brother Andrew, found a suitable bowl to

lap. The rest of the money to fund Project ECHO’s elec- tricity, insurance, utilities, and other typical household ex- penses come from federal, state and county grants, private organizations, estates, and Calvert Interfaith Council, to name a few sources. Both Gipson and Stanton were excited to be announc- ing a $10,000 donation from HELP at the end of the evening. Norma Houston, President of HELP Association, Inc., a thrift store in “the beaches” said her 40 member organiza- tion votes where they want to give their profits. A non-profit since 1973, the organization sells new and gently used cloth- ing, housewares, books and more and then gives the money back to Calvert County. She had never been to the

Empty Bowl Supper before and wanted to come and see it for herself. Besides money, her organization has given Project ECHO blankets and coats to the residents who needed them. “We’ve given to 90 organizations but by far we give the most to End Hunger in Calvert and Project ECHO.” The silent auction is a relatively new addition to the event, according to Stanton. This year they limited the number of items because many things didn’t sell well in the past. Among one of the fea- tured items was an authenticated signed ice hockey puck from Capitols’ Alex Ovechkin. Project ECHO’s Executive Director was also excited about a starter guitar donated by a former resident of the house who has gone on to do well for himself. Four years ago he got down on his luck. He was an alcoholic or drug addict, according to Gipson. He came in for a couple weeks and got the help he needed to get back on his feet. “Little stories like this really make the event,” she said. Katie and Danny Tress, children of ECHO board members/volunteers Kathy and Neil Tress, were roped into helping out at the event. Katie, a graduate of Northern High School, walked around the tables selling raffle tickets for the 32 inch Sam- sung television while her brother, a student at Hun- tingtown High School, alternated between follow- ing his sister with a roll of tickets or serving salad. “I think it’s a great cause. We are really proud


rt L Photos by Corrin Howe WOW Guest Speaker Jane Walters, who is a Senior Associate

Photos by Corrin Howe WOW Guest Speaker Jane Walters, who is a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and Founding Member of Women in Defense.

Booz Allen Hamilton and Founding Member of Women in Defense. Women of The Hour The power

Women of The Hour

The power and influence of a handful of Calvert County women resonated as the moderator read their accomplishments out loud. The first woman trained in radar development at MIT during the Second World War; the first woman to receive a mortgage in her own name in her home- town; the first woman elected judge in Southern Maryland; and a former teenage girl who led the pro- test for girls to wear pants in junior high school. Yet none of these women were being formally recognized that day. Instead they participated in a chance to share their “firsts” as women. Approximately 100 women (and about five men) filled St. Paul’s Episcopal Church fellowship hall in Prince Frederick on Saturday, for the Ninth Annual Women of the World Awards Luncheon. The entire luncheon featured and celebrated women. A local Girl Scout Troop presented the flags, Rev. Julie Wizorek gave the invocation, Deb- bie Hammond, Expressions Catering, made the food while Makayla Seay, 9, and Abigail Seay, 2, sold the raffle tickets to build the scholarship fund for women. Inspired by International Women’s Day but celebrated during March, Women’s History month, the Calvert County League of Women Voters, Cal- vert County Commission for Women and other local organizations joined together to honor the contribu- tions of women in Calvert County.

Among the few men in the room were U.S. Senator Mike Miller, a male representative for Maryland Delegate Mark Fisher’s representative, and Calvert County Commissioners Evan Slaugh- enhopt and Pat Nutter, who formed a receiving line to congratulate the dozen honorees. Barbara Milkulski sent a letter which men- tioned her recent accomplishment as the longest serving woman in the U.S. Senate. “I took on City Hall to stop a road from de- stroying Baltimore’s ethic and black home own- ership neighborhoods. In other countries they put protesters in jail. In American, they put you in pub- lic office,” she wrote. The day’s guest speaker Jane Walters’ resume

listed a 40-year history of firsts, including being the first woman in an engineering world dominated by men. “I was often the only woman in the meeting.” She briefly shared her secrets to success say- ing she learned to “ask permission, be resilient, do good work and be flexible.” Praising women in business for already being “collaborative, inclu- sive, flexible and emphatic,” Walters encouraged women to do a better job at “networking, developing a personal brand, tak- ing credit for what you do and assuming leadership roles.” Former Maryland Delegate Sue Kullen re- ceived the only standing ovation

Award Recipients: American Association of University Women honoree Norma Powers Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast
Award Recipients:
American Association of University Women honoree Norma
Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer honoree Kasia
Calvert County Commission for Women honorees:
Advocacy: Sue Kullen
Business: Carolyn McHugh
Advocacy: Rev. Margaret VanAuker
Calvert Chamber of Commerce honoree Victoria Ronan
Community Medication Center honoree Vicki Rhodes
Concerned Black Women honoree Annette Funn
Daughters of Abraham of Southern Maryland honoree Julie
Girl Scouts honorees Laura Belkofer and Carol Harrision
League of Women Voters honoree Sue Kullen

during the ceremony. Stating she was humbled by the response, she stepped up to the podium and said, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Next year’s Women of the World celebration planning is al- ready underway with intentions to combine the U.S. Girl Scout’s 100 th Anniversary and the 10 th Annual WOW Awards Luncheon. By Corrin

M. Howe (SCG) info@somdpublishing. net

Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer honoree Kasia Sweeney shakes hands with BOCC Evan Slaughenhopt.

Kasia Sweeney shakes hands with BOCC Evan Slaughenhopt. In the center is Concerned Black Women honoree

In the center is Concerned Black Women honoree Annette Funn, who has an extensive 40 history of volunteering, leading and managing. She believes “the best in life is yet to come.”

Thursday, March-2011


Katina Giles, 66 June Gott, 84 Katina Wills Giles, 66, of Forestville, Maryland, was born
Katina Giles, 66 June Gott, 84 Katina Wills Giles, 66, of Forestville, Maryland, was born
Katina Giles, 66 June Gott, 84 Katina Wills Giles, 66, of Forestville, Maryland, was born
Katina Giles, 66
June Gott, 84
Katina Wills Giles, 66, of
Forestville, Maryland, was born
on January 17, 1945, to the late
Edward and Lola Wills. She
was “coined” Aunt Tee by fam-
her bedroom to check on her. To
Carla’s surprise she was alone
and singing, this is The Day
That the Lord Has Made. Aunt
Tee was showing those around
her that God’s Word, found in 2
Corinthians 5:17, is true. “There-
fore if any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold all things
are become new.” She had been
given the grace to leave this
world and enter into her eternal
abode - Heaven.
Aunt Tee was proud of her
youthful days and loved tell-
ing us about her mischievous
ways. She wanted her hair short
and asked permission from her
mother to cut it. She was told
no and was promised a whoop-
ing - not a spanking - if she were
to cut her hair. Aunt Tee was not
threatened by the promise from
her mother. So, she cut her hair
and took her whooping from her
mother. She was proud of the fact
that she hated doing chores - es-
Tee “attempted” various jobs.
The most memorable one she
talked about was driving a metro
bus for Montgomery County De-
partment of Transportation - the
passengers got on her nerves - so
she quit.
In November of 1984, she
was hired by the VA Medical
The honorary pallbearers
were Rodrickus Spriggs, Donald
Rawlings, and Andre Williams.
Funeral arrangements pro-
vided by Sewell Funeral Home,
Prince Frederick, MD.
ily and friends. On January 29,
2011, God sent an angel to take
her home. Her physical body
that is before us will one day be
changed into a perfect glorified
Katina was educated in the
Calvert County Public School
system. Earlier in life, she at-
tended Mt. Hope United Meth-
odist Church. Later in life, she
attended special events at vari-
ous churches. However, God was
merciful. He stood waiting with
outstretched hands beckoning
to her, “Come unto me, all ye
that labour and are heavy laden
and I will give you rest.” Family
and friends we announce to you
that Christine, Elizabeth, Diane,
Carla, Pastor Titus, and Joanie
can attest to the fact that on Janu-
ary , 2011, on her hospital bed at
Prince George’s Hospital Center,
Aunt Tee accepted the Lord Je-
sus Christ as her personal Savior.
She was gloriously saved and her
soul is in heaven today. From that
day forward, she requested from
those who visited her prayer and
Bible reading.
When she went home
from the hospital, her
niece, Carla,
pecially getting water from the
well. Aunt Tee knew her parents
weren’t going to let her go to the
well after dark alone so she pur-
posefully waited until dark to go
to the well. Her sisters were made
to go with her. They too got into
trouble because she waited too
late to get the water.
Her parents had a rule that
the girls, when going out, must
go out together. One night her
mother told her that she could not
go out with her sisters. Aunt Tee
cried all night long. In the morn-
ing her eyes were swollen and
her pillow was soaking wet. Her
mother thought she was sick and
began attending to her - hoping
she would feel better. Aunt Tee
loved the special attention she
got that day. Therefore, she saw
no need to set the record straight.
Aunt Tee loved life and had
fun living it. Her family was very
special to her. She made it a point
to attend all family gatherings
and she was the life of every one
of them. She instituted a sisters’
night out and looked forward to it
each time they got together. She
loved sports and enjoyed watch-
ing tennis with her sister, Eliza-
beth. In her younger years,
Center in Washington, DC. Dur-
ing her 21- year tenure there, she
worked in radiology and fiscal
services performing a variety of
duties. She retired from there in
2005. It was God’s divine plan
that she retire. Aunt Tee was
needed to take care of her baby
sister, Audrey Mae, whose health
was failing.
She leaves to mourn: one
brother - Lee S. Wills (Mel-
valee) of Upper Marlboro; four
sisters-Geraldine Holloway
(Roy) of Sunderland, Christine
Wills of Forestville, and Mad-
eline Spriggs of Dunkirk; two
god-children, Jynell Madison
and JaJeanna Eason; and a host
of nieces, nephews, cousins, and
friends. She had a special place
in her heart for the Giles fam-
ily (Edwin, Glenn, and Benja-
min; Gilbert and Margie Ann
Booth; Wilbert and Mary Booth;
and James and Thelma Barnett.
She also loved and adored the
Shields’ family and considered
them to be some of her dearest
Preceding her in death were
her parents Lola and Edward
Wills; four brothers, Carroll and
Nathaniel Holland, Leroy Jones,
and Montgomery Wills; and two
sisters, Rita Wills and Audrey
Funeral service was held
on Saturday, February 5, 2011
at 11:00 AM at Mt. Hope United
Methodist Church, Hunting-
town, MD with Pastor Ronald A.
Titus officiating.
The interment was held at
Brooks United Methodist Church
Cemetery in Saint Leonard, MD.
The pallbearers were Greg
Clark, Robert Hall, Damian
Wills, Lynn Holloway, Der-
rick Spriggs, and
June Frances (Moreland)
Gott, passed away peacefully,
on March 14, 2011, at Asbury
Retirement Community in Solo-
mons, MD. She was born on June
5, 1926, in Owensville, MD, and
grew up on the family farm in
Lothian, MD.
June graduated from South-
ern High School in 1943, and
graduated from Church Home
Hospital as a registered nurse in
1946. She worked as a nurse at
Calvert Memorial Hospital for
five years. Later she became a
teacher’s aide at Tracy’s Landing
Elementary School. She enjoyed
spending time with her family,
playing games, making arts and
crafts, and cooking.
June married Edgar Leslie
Gott, of Owings, MD, on June
7, 1947. She is survived by her
three children, Edgar L. Gott,
Jr. (Nancy) of Lusby, MD, Linda
Horsmon (Frank) of Solomons,
MD, and Dennis Gott (Loren) of
Dunkirk, MD. She was the proud
grandmother of seven grandchil-
dren, a great-granddaughter, and
step great granddaughter. She
took great pride in her family,
with whom she enjoyed spend-
ing time.
She was preceded in death
by her mother, Minnie Rog-
ers Moreland, father, Benjamin
Wallace Moreland, and brother
David Moreland. She is survived
by her husband, Edgar Leslie
Gott of Solomons, MD, brothers
Benjamin Moreland of Annapo-
lis, MD, and Everett Moreland
of Lothian, MD, and her sister,
Betty Rae Gott of Lothian, MD.
Viewing for friends and
family was at Rausch Funeral
Home, P. A., 20 American Lane,
Lusby, MD, on Thursday, March
24, 2011. A celebration of June’s
life was held on Friday, March
25, 2011, at Asbury~Solomons
Auditorium, 11100 Asbury Cir-
cle, Solomons, MD. Interment
followed at Mt. Harmony United
Methodist Church, Owings.
In lieu of flowers, me-
morials may be made to
Asbury~Solomons Benevolent
Care Fund, c/o Melissa Carnes,
11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons,
MD, 20688.
Joseph Jones, 74
went to
Thursday, March-2011
Joseph Ennis Jones, 74, known as “Paddle Head” was born December 27, 1936 to the
Joseph Ennis Jones, 74, known as “Paddle Head” was born December 27, 1936 to the

Joseph Ennis Jones, 74, known as “Paddle Head” was born December 27, 1936 to the

late Warren E. Jones and Blanche

E. Jones of Hunting Creek,

Maryland. He departed this life on Friday, March 18, 2011 at Community Hospices in Wash-

ington, D.C. He was united in holy mat- rimony to Shirley C. Harvey. Out of this union six children were born. Joseph was educated in the public schools of Calvert Coun- ty. He attended Young’s United Methodist Church at an early

age. He worked as a construction

worker for many years until his

health began to failed. He was a member of Local Union 657, for- merly Local Union 74. He was an

avid sports fan, although wres-

tling was his favorite. He was

also a great sports commenta-

tor in the presence of his living

room. He would often call Fran- cis, Sharon and Tawana after the games were over to comment on the highlights or just to tease them if their favorite team lost. He also loved to hunt and fish and would travel lengthy distances to get a good catch. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Warren, Wallace

and Wesley Jones and sisters,

Mary and Janie Jones and Mar- ian Fauntleroy. The memory of Joseph En- nis Jones will live forever in the

hearts and minds of: three sons, Joseph Michael of Prince Fred- erick, MD, Francis of Port Re- public, MD and Nathan Jones of Tacoma, WA; three daughters, Shirlene Jones of Baltimore, MD,

Sharon Jones of Prince Frederick,

MD and Tawana Daniel of Bal-

timore, MD; one brother, James

Samuel Jones of Huntingtown, MD; three sisters, Gertrude of Baltimore, MD, Maude of Lus- by, MD and Alice of Washing-

ton, DC; one sister-in-law, Eva

Jones of Huntingtown, MD; two daughter-in-laws, Gladys and Frances Jones; thirteen grand- children, Jermaine, Laverne, Joseph, Jr., Brian, Marcus, An- drea, Asiha, Tyrone, Rudy Lee, Nyesha, Trey, Denzel and Andre;

twelve great grandchildren; a long-time friend, Margaret Rob-


and a host of nieces, neph-


cousins and friends. Funeral service was held

on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Patuxent UM

Church, Huntingtown, MD with Rev. Tunde E.O. Davies, eulogist. The interment was at Patux-

ent UMC Cemetery, Hunting-

town, MD. The pallbearers were Dwight Giles, Laveille Jones, Clarence Hall, Rusty Jones, Douglas Jones, and Tyrone Jones.

Funeral arrangements pro- vided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Robert Lee King, III

Robert Lee King, III, of Lusby, came into this world for

a very brief stay on Monday,

March 14, 2011. He was the son of Robert Lee King, Jr. and Lashawn Alana Reed. He is survived by his sib- lings; Maria King, Ashlyn King, Shantel King, Kaylee King and

Dayonna Jones. He is the grand-


to Josephine Reed and the


Joseph Campbell and Lo-

retta and Kenneth Smith. He

is also survived by many other

loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were private.

Mildred Pennington,


Mrs. Mildred Delores Pen-

nington, 84, of Port Republic,

MD died at her home on March

15, 2011. She was born on De-

cember 9, 1926 in Mitchellville,

MD to the late Francis and Jessie

Farrell Hall. She had lived in Calvert County for 25 years and had worked as a bank manager. Her hobbies included watching the game show network and sewing.

She is survived by her son, Donald Beyer of Port Repub- lic and his former wife, Karen Pitcher; daughters, Sharon and husband Larry Cooper of Rom-

ney, WV and Ann and husband

Tom Parker of Loveville, MD;

sister Margaret Smith of Lewes,

DE; nine grandchildren and six

great-grandchildren. Her hus- band, Clarence Pennington pre- deceased her. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 18, 2011 at Raymond-Wood Funeral Home.

Deacon Ed Chrzanowski of St.

John Vianney Catholic Church

officiated. Entombment followed

at Southern Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Dereck

Hall, John Hurley, Michael Coo-

per, Larry Cooper, Jr., Michael

Cooper and Donald Michael. Arrangements provided by

Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk.

Helen Tippet, 87

by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk. Helen Tippet, 87 Helen Marie Tippet, age 87, of Huntingtown, Maryland

Helen Marie Tippet, age 87,

of Huntingtown, Maryland died on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the Calvert County Nursing Center. Helen was born in Waterloo, Iowa to Beulah and Paul Andre- sen, on March 21, 1923. In 1947, Helen married the

late Paul E. Tippet. While resid- ing in Elkhart, Indiana, Helen attended Nursing School and re- ceived her RN degree. She was the loving mother of Michael A. Tippet, Carol Ann Raffensperger and Paula Marie Fogleman. She was a devoted grandmother of Steven Tippet, Harvey Raffens- perger, Christina Cox, Danielle Raffensperger and Susan Marie Fogleman. Helen was the lov- ing great-grandmother of five great-grandchildren. In 1958 the family moved to the DC area, then to the David- sonville area in 1971. In 1997, Paul and Helen celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Af- ter 54 years of marriage, Paul passed away

in 2001. Helen was always busy. As a member of the Black- eyed Susan Cat Club, she demonstrated her love of animals, espe- cially her cats. She enjoyed bowling at the

Dodge Park Bowling Al- ley, watching the wild birds in her yard and crocheting nu-

merous items for her family. All of these brought much joy to her

life. Helen was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Hun- tingtown, Maryland and a for- mer member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

To know Helen was to love

her and witness her love of God,

family and life. The love Helen had for and received from her family enabled her to get through many difficult times. It also gave her many blessings, wonderful memories and lots of laughter.

A Memorial Service was

held at the First Lutheran Church in Huntingtown, Maryland on Friday, March 18, 2011. Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to: ASPCA, 520 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10018, 800-628-0028. Friends are welcome to visit the Lee Funeral Home Website at to sign Helen’s memorial register book under the obituary section of our home page.

Alice Plater, 86

Alice Gilbert Plater, 86, of Sunderland, MD passed away on March 1, 2011 at Holy Cross Hos- pital, Silver Spring, MD. She was born Alice Gilbert on December 14, 1924 in Limestone Co., Ala- bama. Alice was the youngest of 9 children born to the late William and Gentry Gilbert. All of her sib- ling preceded her in death. Alice left home at an early age to obtain employment in Lou- isville, KY. While living there she met her “soul-mate” Wardell W. Plater who was serving in the United States Army. They were married on April 8, 1944 in Fort

Knox, KY. From this union they were blessed with 9 children. Alice heard about the Gos- pel of Jesus Christ at Bethel Way of the Cross Church by the late Bishop Jacob Green. The words of life pierced her heart and soul and lead her to be baptized in the precious name of Jesus Christ in 1961. She later received the gift of the Holy Ghost. In 1996 she moved her membership to Mount Gethsemane Holiness Church in Huntingtown, MD. She leaves to cherish her memories: two devoted daughters, Casaundra (Nathaniel Easton),

Gloria (Elder Caroll Spriggs); seven sons, Eugene (Gurlene), Terry (Alice), Elsworth (Regina), Dwight (Monica), Wardell (Cher- yl), William (Gloria), Scotwyn Plater (Virginia); one sister-in-law Willa Mae Plater; Learlean Can- non, her niece whom she grew up with as a sister; forty grand- chil- dren; fifty great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews cousins, and her church family and friends. Mother Plater leaves her earthly family to join her husband Wardell Plater that preceded her in death in January 1992. Funeral service was held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Bethel Way of the Cross Church, Huntingtown, MD with Bishop Darnell Easton officiating. The interment followed in the church cemetery. The pallbearers were Ronnie Plater, Edwin Plater, Tony Plater, Gerald Plater, Kenneth Plater, and Tyrone Plater. The honorary pallbearers were Deacon Chester Mackall, Brother Jeffrey Long, Deacon John Long, and Deacon Irving Cook.

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Calvert Students Get Ready For Envirothon

By President Obama Calvert Students Get Ready For Envirothon Photos courtesy of Linda Subda Students preparing

Photos courtesy of Linda Subda Students preparing for the Envirothon learn to identify different species of birds.

It’s that time of year again. Schools are pre- paring to go against one another and test students’ environmental knowledge in the annual Envirothon.

Linda Subda, the environ- mental educator for second and seventh graders with Chespax, said the schools are involved with the Envirothon as a part of the Maryland Green Schools Program. According to the website,, the Canon Envirothon is a 501(c) 3 not-for- profit organization established to coordinate the delivery of an en- vironmental education program for high school students through- out North America. The environmental educa- tion program consists of the an- nual Canon Envirothon Compe- tition in which winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition is centered on four universal testing categories and a current environmental issue. Subda said the four topics that stay the same form year to

year are forestry, wildlife, aquat- ics and soil. The fifth topic changes every year, and this year’s topic is estuaries. Some districts have teams of stu- dents who view Envirothon as a club, but in Calvert County, the AP Environ- mental Studies students are the ones who compete in Envirothon. Because of this, the students change every year and Calvert County doesn’t have the benefit of having students competing

who have been involved in Envi- rothon for four years “We only have one shot,” Subda said. She said the Calvert County team normally places around the mid-range in the state com- petition, which will be held at St. Mary’s College of Maryland this year. The winner of the state competition will move on to the national competition in Canada. “The Envirothon program is an effective educational tool, ca- pable of supplementing environ- mental education both inside and outside the classroom. Led by a volunteer advisor, teams usu- ally meet from late autumn until spring. Teams work collabora- tively to develop their knowledge of ecology and natural resource

management and to practice their environmental problem-solving skills in preparation for Envirothon competi-

skills in preparation for Envirothon competi- Photos courtesy of Linda Subda A Calvert County student

Photos courtesy of Linda Subda A Calvert County student learns to identify the slope of a hill.

tions,” according to the Envirothon website. Subda said while it would be nice to have Calvert County go to the national competition, the real goal is teaching students and raising aware- ness about the environment. For more information about the nationwide Envirothon, visit For infor- mation about Maryland’s Envirothon, visit www. By Sarah Miller (CT) info@

Out of 103 math and science teach- ers recognized across the country, two are from Maryland. Of those two, one was from Calvert County. Radhika Plakkot, a biology teach- er from Huntingtown High School, as named by President Barack Obama as one of the recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Sci- ence Teaching. She said she applied for consideration in 2009, and it came down to three final- ists in 2010. All the finalists were biology teachers from schools that were similar in size and makeup and they all had leader- ship positions in the schools they taught at, Plakkot said. “I wasn’t sure what would set me apart from them,” Plakkot said. Something set Plakkot apart, because she was the one science teacher chosen to receive the recognition in Maryland. Plakkot said she has also been the Calvert County Teacher of the Year, the

Maryland Teacher of the Year, the STEM Teacher of the Year and the recipient of the SMECO Outstand Science Teacher award. She said the school has been support- ive of her and she feels “really blessed” to be teaching at Calvert County Public Schools. “She’s an outstanding teacher and works really hard,” said Rick Weber, the principal at Huntingtown High School. He said Plakkot works constantly to improve her teaching and find ways to en- gage her students, which reflects well on her and the school. Plakkot said she cares about her in- dividual students and believes every child can learn if the right environment is given to them. She said she keeps her expecta- tions for the students high, lets them know about her high expectations, and works with the students to help them be the best

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The Ordinary



fore the begins and decide to use

The Ordinary Angler Angler season fore the begins and decide to use water that he’s using


that he’s using a glove

Look for Rick at the

a net, use one of the rubberized or knotless nets available from our local tackle shops. These nets will also be avail- able at the Fishing Fair. Unlike a regular landing net, these

nets do less harm to the protective slime that coats the sides

of fish. Lots of folks believe that catch and release fish-

ing harms the fish, but the harm is most often non- fatal when done correctly. Every sport fishery in the country can and does benefit from catch and release fishing. For the best practices in catch and release fishing check out,

a website sponsored by the Coastal Conservation

Association Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Foun- dation, the Boat U.S. Foundation and others. These techniques can even be used during the regular sea- son starting in April.

Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesa- peake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

Careful Catch

By Keith McGuire

The trophy rockfish season opens on April 16th to kick off the fishing year for most anglers. Purveyors of prod- ucts needed to support our sport are fully stocked and ready to sell. If you have done your homework like I suggested last week, you will be ready for the Fish- ing Fair at the Solomon’s Fire Hall on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM ‘till

3:00 PM. All manner of fishing and boating products will be sold. Look for me at

The Tackle Box booth. Also last week, I told you about the terrific catch and release opportunity at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The attached picture is my son, Scott McGuire, posed with a fine fish that was caught and subsequently released last Friday. Jigging was the name of the game. He used a ¾ ounce jig head adorned with a 10” Bass Kandy Delight for the big- ger fish and a 6” Bass Kandy Delight for smaller ones. Capt Steve Seigel will have a complete selec- tion of BKD’s at the Solomon’s show. Stop by his booth and check them out. Scott practices “Careful Catch” with the stripers – a method of hooking, landing and releas- ing the fish unharmed. He uses a barbless hook and does not use a net. The barbless hook allows for easy hook removal because there is no barb to prevent the hook from easily backing out. Scott frequently chooses to remove the hook from the

fish while it is still in the water beside the boat – a

fish while it is still in the water beside the boat – a task that is

task that is only practical with barbless hooks. When he pulls a fish onto the boat for a picture, he grabs the lower

jaw of the fish with his left hand and pulls it out of the water with the support of his right hand under the body of the fish. The hook is quickly removed, a picture is taken, wows are exchanged and the fish is gently lowered back into the water in a matter of seconds. His guideline is holding his breath. If Scott has to breathe during

the process, he has had the fish out of too long.

A glove makes the process easier and

prevents unnecessary abrasions to fingers and

thumbs. You’ll notice in the picture

on his left hand that is marketed by Rick Long of Pax River

Products called the Fish-Off Glove.

Solomon’s Fishing Fair this weekend for good demonstra- tion of the specialized glove. Should you decide to try catch and release fishing be -

Should you decide to try catch and release fishing be - Why Teach History? By Sherrod
Why Teach History? By Sherrod Sturrock We are raising a generation of chil- dren that

Why Teach History?

By Sherrod Sturrock

Why Teach History? By Sherrod Sturrock We are raising a generation of chil- dren that can’t

We are raising a generation of chil- dren that can’t iden- tify the symbols on the American flag.




I have always believed that history is important ― not because memorizing dates and names improve our quality of life, but because of the lessons history teaches us. Peo - ple who know history will look at the revolutionary spirit abroad in the Middle East and hearken back to another era when revolution swept the world in 1848. Or they might recall the American Revolution, which in its turn helped spark the French Revolution. Learning about the history of America instills understanding of what it means to be an American. Knowing about the hardships that the early

settlers endured to gain a foothold in the New World, and the impossible odds faced by the colonists revolting against the overwhelming might of Britain, make us value the in- dependence that they won, and we enjoy. The long, bloody Civil War waged to keep the country united and to abolish the dehumanizing institution of slavery annealed the na- tion. The constant effort to maintain the precarious balance between church and state, federal vs. state’s rights, to strive for fair representation in government, to ensure civil rights for all Americans, all of this is all grounded in our history, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights. Knowing our story arms us against anyone who would rob us of these hard won civil rights and freedoms. And yet, in today’s public school classrooms, precious little time is spent learning the critical lessons of history. The No Child Left Behind legislation, designed to en- sure that every child can read and compute on grade level by the year 2014, has had unintended consequences. Ini- tially only math and reading were tested, with science a recent addition. Each year schools test students, and each year they are expected to show “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP). Failing to make this mark has direct implications on funding, staffing, and ultimately job security. As a result, there is less emphasis placed on teaching non-tested sub -

jects like history, the arts, and literature. Even the national voluntary standards do not include history. In 2009, on the most recent national history test, only 47 percent of the students tested reached the “basic” level (The Economist, February 19, 2011, p.36). In Governor O’Malley’s proposed 2012 budget, the requirement for high school seniors to pass an American government test in order to graduate has been eliminated to save money ― because it is not federally mandated. Teachers receive little professional development in history. Part of the mission of the Calvert Marine Museum is the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the cultural history of Southern Maryland. Instilling a respect for our history is ingrained in our work. We, and our cultural partners across the state and the country, must reach out and do more to backfill the void left by public education. We must find creative ways to help children un- derstand and appreciate the critical, absolutely central ne - cessity of this sadly neglected subject.

Sherrod Sturrock is the Deputy Director of the Cal- vert Marine Museum. Send comments to: sturrosa@


Thursday, March-2011

Join the Calvert Marine Museum as they celebrate Kite Day Saturday, April 2. Wings Over Washington returns to Solomons to fly kites in Glascock Field, di- rectly across the street from the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your own kite or make one at the muse- um. You may purchase a kit for $5 (cash only). (www.

Spring Temptations offers the irresistible art of El- len Robinson and Megan Richard at CalvART Gallery, Prince Frederick Shopping Center. Primarily a water- color artist, Megan finds inspiration from the natural world. Hours spent walking in the woods behind her home, hiking with her husband and three children and long summers spent on Manitoulin Island in Lake Hu- ron have all influenced her work. A ceramic artist, and a retired art teacher, Ellen Robinson is known for her functional pottery as well as her “textural crab dishes.” Ellen’s new works are rich in color, dynamic and very useful. The show will run from April 6 to May 1. Join the artists for their opening reception on Saturday, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. (

The Calvert Library will host an American Girl Tea Party at each of their branches for doll lovers ages 7 to 11. Learn about the life and times of Felicity through activity, craft and a tea party. American Girl dolls are welcomed. Dress as your favorite doll and bring along other generations of doll lovers from your family. Be- cause this activity is so popular, the Calvert Library will offer it at all of their locations. On Saturday, April 9, tea parties will be hosted at the Prince Frederick Branch at 10 a.m. and the Southern Branch beginning at 2 p.m. On Saturday, April 16, the Fairview Branch will host their tea party at 10 a.m. and the Twin Beach Branch tea party will begin at 2 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information or to register please call 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862 or 410-257-2411. (http://

“Swing into Spring” with the Chesa- peake Swing Band at the Calvert Elks Lodge, Saturday, April 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. This alcohol-free event, sponsored by Kelly’s Tree and Landscaping, will benefit the Adult Day Care of Calvert County. Hot and cold hors

d’oeuvres will be available. Tickets are $20 per person and each ticket purchased enters you to win


free iPad, donated by Delegate Mark Fisher. To buy

or reserve tickets call 410-535-0133. (www.adcofcal-

Did you know that parrots make up their own jokes and mice giggle when they’re tickled? On Sun- day, April 10, journey into the world of animals to learn how they communicate, play and survive at the Calvert Marine Museum. The Sunday Conversations with Chesapeake Authors series will conclude with Dr. Karen Shanor, neuropsychologist and co-author of “Bats Sing, Mice Giggle” at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. The book explores the surprising science of the inner lives of animals. Books are available in the museum store and a book signing will follow the presentation. (

On Sunday, April 10, the College of Southern Maryland Ward Virts Concert Series presents Keith Wright on flute accompanied by pianist Stephen John- son. A faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland, Wright received a doctorate at the Univer- sity of Kansas with a focus on applied flute, music ap- preciation, chamber music and music technology. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. at the Prince Frederick campus, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. For more information call 443-550-6011.

Ever wonder what archaeologists do? Join the staff

at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Saturday, April

16, for Discovering Archaeology Day. Discover the where, what and how of archaeology. Tours of the mu- seum grounds and the Maryland Archaeological Con-

Out& About

servation Lab will be available. Stop by the “Knap-in” at the Indian Village to discover how stone tools are made. Visit the ongoing excavations of an 18th century plantation site. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with demonstrations, tours, displays and hands- on activities for all ages. Admission is free. (www.

Celebrate Earth Day and Honor Arbor Day with Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center on Satur- day, April 16. Kids and their families can bring a white T-shirt, pillowcase or large sheet to paint and “hug” their way to a fabulous tree-bark printed painting. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. join the Calvert Master Garden- ers to learn how to plant and care for native plant spe- cies. You will paint your own unique terracotta starter pot. Groove with the Gourd Orchestra and Gourd Pet- ting Zoo from 1 to 4 p.m. The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra is a band of musicians with dirt under their fingernails who put the “culture” back into agri- culture. All of these tree-mendous activities are FREE with admission. (

A new event comes to Chesapeake Beach this spring! The Chesapeake Beach Easter Festival will feature a 45-foot inflated caterpillar that children may crawl through, pony rides, a moon bounce and a trackless train. Headlining the event will be the Easter Bunny along with other “characters” from around town to pass out Easter eggs to the children. There will be a wide variety of games and prizes to add to the fun. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 16, noon to 1:30 p.m. and don’t forget an Easter basket to gather your treats. For more information, contact Town Hall, 410-257-2230 or 301-855-8398. (Rain date - April 23) (

Cinema Café Film Series

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, join Calvert Li- brary Prince Frederick as we continue our Cinema Café film series with an Italian film that takes a moving look at the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love in the face of adversity. Lights go down at 6:30 p.m. and the film, presented in high definition, will be followed by a short discussion ending by 8:30 p.m. The 1997 film, set during World War II, tells the story of bookkeeper Guido, a man who has a fairytale life

with his wife and young son until the Nazis turn their world upside down. Finding himself and his son trapped in a concentration camp, Guido turns to his marvelous sense of humor to try to protect his son from harm. Academy Award winner Rob- ert Benigni directs and stars. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. For more information call Molly Crumbley at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862.

Asbury Solomons Sale

There will be a sale on Saturday the 2nd of April from 9am to 3pm at Asbury Solomons Retirement Community, 11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons, in the auditorium. This will include Betty’s Closet a resale clothing bou- tique with better quality gently used clothing and accessories. We will also have a wonderful collection of evening gowns. Books will also be on sale from the Asbury library. All proceeds will benefit Asbury Solomons Benevolent Care Fund. For More information call 410-394-3483

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P NewLocationinMechanicsville ages P ast From Sandy Island to Solomons Island fishing and oyster businesses.
ages P ast
From Sandy Island to Solomons Island
fishing and oyster businesses.
These shipyards built schoo-
ners and sloops, and became
famous for its bugeyes, which
through several conversions
would become skipjacks. Solo-
mons Island would also provide
support for the Navy, first in the
War of 1812 and again in World
War II.
By Joyce Baki
The town of Solomons covers the area
south of Dowell Road and is surrounded by
water – Back Creek and the Patuxent as it
winds its way to the Chesapeake Bay. In
1680 the island of Solomons was known
as Bourne’s Island, the name taken from
the family that owned the land. When the
Somervell family bought the land around
1740, the name would change to Somervell
Island. In 1865 records show Solomons as
an area of roughly 80 acres called “Sandy
Island” when it was sold to Isaac Solomon
for $6000.
Isaac Solomon, born in 1819, dealt in
oysters. He had established a canning fac-
tory in Baltimore in the early 1860s and
was expanding his business. According to
Islands in a River a book written by Rich-
ard Dodds, “this was the first large-scale
canning factory on the Patuxent River, and
in addition to the cannery business includ-
ed a wharf, lime kilns, marine railway, and
housing for 200 workers.” The home of
Isaac Solomon is believed to be the build-
ing owned by the Chesapeake Biological
Laboratory on the end of the island known
as “Old Solomons House.”
Solomons Methodist Church would
become the first church in Solomons. It
was built in 1870 and dedicated in June
1871 as the Solomons Methodist Episcopal
During the War of 1812
Commodore Joshua Barney
would sail his flotilla from Solomons Island
into the Patuxent in an effort to slow or stop
the British from using the Patuxent in its
military efforts against Washington, DC.
The flotilla consisted of armed shallow-
draft barges that could fire upon the British
then retreat into shallow waters where the
British could not follow. During the month
of June 1814, Barney’s flotilla fought the
British in the waters of the Patuxent near
Jefferson Patterson Park, retreating into
shelter of St. Leonard’s Creek. Unable to
defeat the well-armed British Navy, Bar-
ney would move the flotilla up the Patux-
ent to the town of Queen Anne near Up-
per Marlboro, where he would scuttle the
remainder of his flotilla rather that let them
fall into the hands of the British. If you
would like to learn more, visit any of our
Welcome Centers and ask for a Byways
Map. You will be able to follow the path
of the Chesapeake Campaign throughout
During World War II, Solomons was
designated by Allied Command as the site
to train amphibious invasion forces. This
would be the nation’s first amphibious
training facility and would be active for
four years (1942-1945). More than 68,000
servicemen trained at this location. The
lessons they would learn would prove in-
valuable on D-Day, in the Guadalcanal, at
Iwo Jima, Normandy and other numerous
military operations. At the end of Dowell
Road, the former location of the base, a stat-
ue stands looking out to sea. “On Watch”
commemorates all of the men and women
whose lives were touched by the Amphibi-
ous Training Base. The monument was de-
signed and created by Maryland artist and
sculptor Antonio Tobias Mendez.
27725 Three Notch Rd.
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Church. In 1968 it would be renamed the
Solomons United Methodist Church. The
first Catholic Church was Our Lady Star of
the Sea, established in 1888. The first site
of the church is marked by a cemetery in an
area of Solomons that was known as Avon-
dale. The church was moved to its present
site in the 1920s. St. Peters Protestant Epis-
copal Church was built in 1889. It is the
only surviving board-and-batten, Gothic
style church in Calvert County. Board and
batten is a style of exterior siding that has
alternating wide boards and narrow strips,
called battens. The boards are generally
one foot wide, while the battens are usu-
ally ½ inch wide and placed over the seams
between the boards.
Shipyards developed to support the
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Weekend of Comedy Set for Southern Maryland Ok, he never found God in a flower
Weekend of Comedy Set for Southern Maryland Ok, he never found God in a flower

Weekend of Comedy Set for Southern Maryland

Ok, he never found God in a flower but it sounded cool. Despite that, he

Ok, he never found God in a flower but it sounded cool. Despite that, he does talk about deeply personal experiences in a way that relates to everyone.” As an actor, Laurence has landed roles on both “Law & Order: CI” and “Forensic Files.” His film work includes “Shooter” with Mark Wahlberg along with key roles in Indie films like “Sheep Skin” and “Karma.” He is currently working on the sitcom pilot “Get a Grip” with 3PPG Productions.” For more information, or to make a reservation, call Mattingly at 301-475-5966 or email Rogr69@veri- By Sarah Miller (CT)

n e t . By Sarah Miller (CT) Communities on both side of the bridge

Communities on both side of the bridge are prepar- ing for a weekend bound to tickle your funny bone and leave you with a smile just in time for April Fool’s Day. First up is Jason Linett’s stage hypnosis show at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Calvert High School. Tickets will be $5 at the door, which goes to benefit the school. Linett’s show includes bringing people up to the stage, putting them under hypnosis and suggesting them to do things like pretend they’re on a beach, or a movie star. Unlike cinema hypnosis, where a person can be persuaded to do anything under the sun, Linett said in real life, people will not take suggestions they would not accept in their normal frame of mind. None of the volunteers are made to do anything embarrassing, or that could be seen as inappropriate even out of context. Because Linett performs at so many schools, he said he keeps his act family and kid friendly. Linett described his show as an “interactive com- edy event where you can be the star of the show.”

Scott Angrave
Scott Angrave

He said he does between 60 and 80 shows a year, in addition to appearing at 120 schools across the country. He said it’s rewarding to go to a place he’s been in the past and find that people are still talking about what hap- pened the year before. “It’s really great to go back for a second year,” he

said. Linett is being brought to Calvert High School by the Parent, Teachers and Student Association (PTSA). For more information on Linett and his show, visit For individuals whose thirst for laughter hasn’t been quenched by Linett on Friday night, there will be a double dose of comedy at the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. for Attitude Adjustment, fol- lowed by dinner and “two really awesome comedians,” said Roger Mattingly, who helped to coordinate the event for the fire department. For $50, Mattingly said people can come have din- ner, which consists of round of beef, crab imperial and roasted turkey and all of the trimmings. There will also

Jason Linett
Jason Linett

be an open bar all evening. All proceeds benefit the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. Mattingly said the show is meant for an adult audi- ence and, while he said they steer clear of anything ob- scene, he would give the evening a PG-13 rating. He also said it is best to purchase tickets in advance. The comedians making an appearance at the fire department will be Laurence Mullaney and headliner Scott Angrave. Angrave’s website,, names him England’s funniest export. According to the website, “Scott Angrave is a col- lege graduate, a former accountant and a ‘not-so-per- fect’ English gentleman. Born in Liverpool some ‘forty-

odd’ years ago, he is often asked about his connection to The Beatles. His only claim to fame to the Fab Four is that he ‘was born the same year George Harrison finally reached puberty.’ Since 1987 he has spent approximately seven months out of every

year touring the United States making fun of the people that inhabit his ‘home away from home.’” Angrave also has

a book published called

“How To Speak Proper English (Like What I Do).” Mullaney is an actor

as well as a comedian and

will be taking the stage first

to get he audience warmed

up, Mattingly said. According to his website, www.laurence-, “audiences are drawn to Laurence’s signature intensity as he explores topics from be- ing in the Marine Corps to finding God in a flower.

to Laurence’s signature intensity as he explores topics from be- ing in the Marine Corps to

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