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Wednesday, november 21, 2012


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


“Gone are paper and pencil. Those are extinct tools.”
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County News 34 Money Education Letters Feature Story Community Crime Community Calendar 25

- Dr. Michael Martirano, superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

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23 Entertainment Calendar

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Morris Says ‘Show Me The Science’
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners has questions for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Monday on the state mandated Watershed Implementation Plan designed to reduce pollution going into the regional watershed. In anticipation of the event, some commissioners said they wanted to hear from the advocacy group, especially since they were coming with advice on how to make it work. Commissioners have been worried about the costs associated with the plan, estimated to be $200 million. “I’m all ears and I have questions,” said Commissioner Larry Jarboe (RGolden Beach). Jarboe has been critical of the plan, saying it concentrates too much on regulations and not enough on getting natural filters, like the oysters and submerged aquatic vegetation, could combat the nitrogen and phosphorus labeled as the biggest problems. Jarboe also wants to hear from Funk and Bolton, a Baltimore law firm, trying to build a rural coalition of counties to counter the WIP plan. “I’d like to watch them bat it back and forth,” he said. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said when the foundation first contacted commissioners he was of the understanding the foundation wanted to meet with commissioners in private. He wanted them to go on the record in a regular session. “I wanted them to be out there in the public,” Morris said, adding that he wanted to hear from the CBF about how the state came to believe that septic systems needed to be targeted so heavily by the plan. “Show me the science,” Morris said. Morris recently voted against a $25 million loan to upgrade the county’s main wastewater treatment plant with enhanced nutrient removal technology. The measure passed but he said the county should have refused and let the state penalize them. “The state is not willing to listen to anybody,” Morris said. “Let them fine us and we’ll take them to court.” Beth McGee, senior water quality scientist with CBF, said the 2025 deadline for the plan means counties can use bond financing to help pay for the cleanup and jurisdictions have been making steady progress over the years in fighting pollution. “Now’s not the time to throw up our hands and say we can’t do it,” McGee said. “We’re not going to have the silver bullet [at the commissioner meeting] if we did we probably would have used it a long time ago.” [email protected]

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O’Malley Pushes Back Against Anti-WIP Coalition
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Gov. Martin O’Malley, along with environmental advocates, is pushing back against efforts by Dorchester County and a Baltimore law firm to counteract the watershed implementation plan (WIP) that drastically curbs the total maximum daily load (TMDL) of nitrogen and other pollutants going into the Chesapeake Bay. Funk and Bolton, a Baltimore firm, asked rural counties to join the coalition to challenge the plan. Dorchester County elected officials joined and invited other counties – including St. Mary’s and Calvert – to do so. Local leaders have chaffed at the governor’s plan saying that the cost is too much, especially because it requires connecting septic systems to main sanitary sewer systems or replacing them altogether with enhanced nutrient removal technology. The state offers no financial assistance for the plan and county officials have said such an undertaking would likely cost upwards of $200 million, or virtually an entire year’s operating budget. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, supporting O’Malley’s plan, argues the law firm misrepresented the nature of pollution in the bay as coming from upstream sources and not nearly as much from local sources like septic systems. The law firm has attacked enhanced nutrient removal technology as not being as effective as advertised in actually reducing nitrogen loads, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation “They are preying on the fear that counties have over how to pay for clean-up efforts,” CBF President William C. Baker and state Executive Director Alison Prost wrote in a letter to O’Malley. “We believe the state needs an aggressive, targeted re-

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sponse to counter this effort by some counties to ignore their legal obligations under the Clean Water Act and Maryland law.” Leaders here have been anxious to find a way to either pay for the clean up efforts or another alternative altogether that will not come at an exorbitant price but those options have not materialized. Commissioner Larry Jarboe (RGolden Beach) said the key to improving the bay is not so much reducing pollutants like nitrogen but improving the numbers of natural filters like the menhaden fish, submerged aquatic vegetation and the oysters. Nitrogen makes up 78 percent of the atmosphere, he said. “They’re [the state] going after things that are not the problem,” Jarboe said. “It’s about an agenda based on politics to drive people into cities.” [email protected]

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Local Captain Indicted in Rockfish Probe
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Federal authorities indicted a Stoney Kingfisher’s charter boat captain, out of Solomons, for allegedly illegally harvesting rockfish out of a Virginian inlet. David Wayne Scott, of Lusby faces charges of trafficking in illegally harvested rockfish and destroying evidence connected to a charter fishing trip back in 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice stated. Scott, as well as four other captains, is charged with harvesting the rockfish from the Exclusive Economic Zone, an area where the U.S. government has control over environmental resources. Federal authorities stated it is illegal to harvest from that zone. In addition, Scott faces charges that he violated the Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to acquire in any fashion any wildlife in the United States that is prohibited from being taken. Charges include making false statements to law enforcement officers connected to the investigation. If convicted of the charges, Scott faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and $250,000 in fines per count. Scott might also have to forfeit his fishing vessel, The Stoney Kingfisher. [email protected]

Deputies Receive Explosives Training
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Loud explosions in the Piney Point community starting Nov. 19 are a joint exercise between the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said training on improvised explosive devices, more commonly known as IEDs, has become important for law enforcement officers, who are more likely to come across them in their daily duties. The FBI course will be held at the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, Cameron said. “It’s about what we’re seeing domestically and internationally,” Cameron said. “We’ve seen pipe bombs here and even tennis balls with a fuse filled with gun powder.” IEDs often have the connotation of being high explosives attached to a detonator — like a cell phone — but Cameron said they can be very simple affairs and patrol officers could be the ones first on the scene to deal with the device. The class brings together patrol deputies and other agencies, and not just tactical team members. “It’s not just for SWAT (special weapons and tactics) but for first responders, too,” Cameron said. “It’s the question of what does a bomb look like and the answer is anything.” [email protected]


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Board Seeks Citizens for TriCounty Council
The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County is seeking applications from citizens who are interested in volunteering their time to the community by serving as the St. Mary’s County member at-large on the Tri County Council for Southern Maryland Executive Board. Formed in 1964, the Tri-County Council is a cooperative planning and development agency fostering the social and economic development of the Southern Maryland Region. The Council serves as a forum for the resolution of region-wide issues and the attainment of regional goals. TriCounty Council for Southern Maryland is a partnership of State and local government and acts as the regional development and planning organization for Southern Maryland. Executive Board meetings are generally held once per month, and the term for this voluntary position is for one year. Citizens interested in this opportunity should provide a letter of interest and a bio or resume, including complete contact information, to the Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Information can also be emailed to: [email protected] Deadline for information to be received is Friday, Nov. 30.

Judge Fines Company for Illegal Dumping
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A Temple Hills man working for a construction contractor has pleaded guilty to illegally dumping soil and solid waste at a site in Dunkirk that contained a stream flowing into the Patuxent River, according to Attorney General Douglas Gansler’s office. Gilbert W. Francis, 55, an employee working for Hyattsville-based American Contractors, Inc., allegedly used an earth-moving vehicle to push construction and demolition debris, including old mattresses, pipes and even toilet fixtures down a steep embankment on Yellow Bank Road. Gansler’s office stated that the incident stemmed from an ad that the property owner’s son had responded to for free fill dirt. He had contracted with Francis’ employer to deliver the dirt to the property. “Preserving our state’s troubled waterways becomes even more challenging when individuals recklessly add to the problem,” Gansler said in a prepared statement. “This irresponsible action demonstrates the importance of enforcing laws designed to protect the environment.” Calvert County’s planning and zoning department discovered the violation after responding to a complaint for dumping, the office’s press release stated. Circuit Court Judge Warren J. Krug sentenced Francis to a 30-day jail sentence that was suspended and

a $500 fine. Krug placed Francis on one year’s probation and imposed 20 hours of community service. Francis’ employer pleaded guilty in Calvert to unlawfully disposing of solid waste and performing construction work without a proper plan to control sediment. The court ordered American Contractors, Inc. to pay $14,290 in restitution to the property owners for the cost they incurred in cleaning up the waste, according to Gansler’s office. The court imposed a $30,000 fine on the contractor with $20,000 suspended, and five years of probation. [email protected]


Iron Mine Antique Auction
Saturday November 24th, 2012 9:00 A.M.
Located at Rudy Hostetler 13267 Iron Mine Place Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20622
A couple full estates of antique furniture and glassware Directions: From route 5 take 236 3 miles to Ryceville Rd. Turn right 3 miles on left. From: 234 Take Trinity Church Road. Go 1 mile to Ryceville Rd. Turn right, half mile on right. Follow Schlabach auction signs.
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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Robert Brown, president of the St. Mary’s County Waterman’s Association, said Monday that after a few weeks into the oyster harvest conditions are looking better than they have in several years. Though it is far from a renaissance in the local oyster harvesting industry it is still good news for local watermen who depend on the bivalve to help make a living. “It’s up over last year,” Brown said of natural and manmade production of oysters in local waters. “And that’s throughout the state.” Brown said that the Patuxent River has done somewhat better in oyster production this year, as have the Wicomico and St. Mary’s rivers. St. Mary’s has been a local bright spot in oyster production in recent years because it provides a healthy habitat for natural production. Watermen have received assistance from the county to lay down oyster spat to spur growth in rivers like the Wicomico. Donna Sasscer, agriculture and seafood specialist with the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said the effort seems to be paying

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“We’re happy that it is,” Sasscer said. Brown said that this year’s prices per bushel of oysters stands at about $30 to $35, down from last year’s prices of about $40 to $45. He said the price shift was likely due to the increased supply. Aquaculture specialists with the Department of Natural Resources have said that the oyster population, while still historically low, might be on it’s way to a resurgence because the animal is building a

resistance to diseases which have decimated in population over the years. Sasscer said that the quality of local oysters so far has been fine. “They were really good at the Oyster Festival,” she said. Watermen will still have to work hard, though, to make a living off of seafood, Brown said. “We’re far from out of the woods,” he said. [email protected]


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Vice Admiral David Dunaway Briefing – November 29 The Patuxent Partnership invites members and the regional community to a briefing by Special Guest Speaker Vice Admiral David Dunaway Commander, Naval Air Systems Command. The briefing will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Building 2, Center Hall (44219 Airport Road, California). Check-in and coffee will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 8 a.m. This is a no-cost program. There is limited seating, so advance registration is required to guarantee your seat. Register at www.paxpartnership.org/index. cfm?action=CL2&Entry=1017. Manufacturer’s Focused Panel Discussion and Match-Up Event - November 29 Maryland Procurement and Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) in conjunction with the BASE Business Initiative (BBI) is hosting a special Manufacturer’s focused Panel Discussion and Match-Up Event on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, 9250 Bendix Road, Franklin Room, Columbia from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is unique in that it will combine information on contract opportunities and professional development, for small businesses navigating the Manufacturing sector. The event will start with a panel discussion where experts share insight on the manufacturing industry and business development solutions for manufactures, which can help keep them increase competitive advantage in an ever changing environment. Invited panelist include Regional Manufacturing Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership In the second half of the program both CECOM and Northrop Grumman Electronics Division will discuss procurement opportunities one-on-one with Match-UP Participants. The 15-minute Match-Up meetings will give manufacturers an opportunity to discuss capabilities and understand procurement needs. Participants include Kenyata L. Wesley, Chief Associate Director for CECOM Office of Small Business Programs; Voltaire Walker, Manager, Socio-Economic Business Programs, Supply Chain Management Northrop Grumman; and FLIR, Desigh Manufacturers. They are looking at companies to fulfill needs as either prime or subcontractors. If you are a manufacturing business with any of the following NAICS codes: 541330, 334220, 334511, 334111, 541712, 334210, 336413, 334290, 333314, or 335312, please come to this event. Seating is limited to 20 companies, so register early. For event questions contact Kellyann Few at [email protected] To register, go to www. eventbrite.com/event/4770277027.

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School System Gives Annual Report
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Last week Michael Martirano, school superintendent, addressed executives from local businesses on the state of the schools during the 2012 annual report. He took time to note the success of students, and the remarkably high graduation rate, which, pending official word, is expected to be the highest in the county’s history. Martirano said the school system’s continued emphasis on technology in the classroom is well on its way thanks in part to a recent $2.5 million technology grant from the Department of Defense. The money received from the award will go towards computer tablets and laptops for students along with proper training for instructors. Martirano explained in the future, classrooms in the county are going to utilize web-tools, apps and books on Kindle. “Gone are paper and pencil. Those are extinct tools,” he said. School curriculum is transitioning to a state common core initiative, which Martirano says is leveling the playing field in terms of competitiveness. Common core focuses on preparing students to act independently and demonstrate individual perseverance. Students are now being trained to use technology tools, resources and varying strategies to come up with solutions. Martirano emphasizes teaching children to read in kindergarten, so by third and fourth grade they do not fall behind when curriculum becomes more intense. He hopes for children to be able to communicate orally and in writing. “We are transitioning right now,” he said, “and defining new assessments.” The school system is evaluating teachers using a new criteria directly correlating teacher success with the overall improvement of students in the classroom. The total budget was $183,512,668, with salaries accounting for 80 percent. Maintaining the high-quality teachers of the “robust school system” needs to be the number one goal. “We’re all 10’s [out of 10],” Martirano said. “The best teachers cost more.” Martirano believes paying for topnotch instructors is a necessary investment in the students – which are exceeding national and state averages on Advanced Placement exams and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Students in St. Mary’s are scoring more 3 out of 5’s on Advanced Placement tests, 66.5 percent, more than the national average of 59.2 percent. “I want more students taking rigorous courses,” Martirano said. Therefore, the school system will continue to reimburse student test fees for scores of 3 or higher. The average St. Mary’s County SAT score was1,539 – above both the national and state average. Admitting he is “a little competitive,” Martirano took a moment to note that this number is higher than Charles and Calvert counties as well. “The race to the top drives what we do every day,” he said. “Our work is never done.” The Board of Education recently approved the construction of a new elementary school in Leonardtown, which is to be completed by 2015. The school is in response to the growing number of children entering the system, expected to increase from the current 17,000 to 20,000 students as early as five years. [email protected]

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St. Michael’s Festival Is a Family Affair
By Alex Panos Staff Writer It wasn’t a school day, but St. Michael’s Catholic School’s halls were packed Sunday afternoon as community members took part in the annual fall festival. People filtered through the school enjoying a number of vendors, gift sales, dinner catered by Thompson’s seafood, raffles, and kids pictures with Santa – with all proceeds going towards St. Michael’s School. Michele Slade, one of the event’s coordinators, said the community’s participation displays the strong drive they have to carry on the tradition, beliefs and values taught at St. Michael’s School. “It shows their love of the school and the love of the parish,” she said.

Sarah Burke, left, Kelly Coulby, and Chris McBride make crafts in the children’s craft room at St. Michael’s Fall Festival Sunday.

The fall festival is one of the larger events of the year, she said, with the two largest being the Cash Bash at the beginning of November and the auction in June. She believes the festival is important to the existence of the school because it is difficult to determine how successful the other two major fundraisers will be each year. “We can’t rely on a set amount of money from those

two [events],” she said. “We need to continue to raise money.” She added, the event provides an opportunity for St. Michael’s students, alumni, staff, parents and church members to come together on a Sunday afternoon. “It’s a big family affair,” said the former St. Michael’s third grade teacher. As of 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, St. Michaels had sold 100 dinein meals and 125 carryout. Located in Ridge, St. Michael’s School is a catholic private school for children, kindergarten through eighth grade. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement and is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington. [email protected]

Emerson, left and Wyatt Taylor visit with Santa Claus.

Community members enjoy a dinner, catered by Thompson’s Seafood, with all proceeds going towards St. Michael’s School.


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To The Editor
First, I would like to thank all of my supporters and poll workers, many of whom are current or retired teachers. In spite of the less than ideal weather, they spent long hours at the polls engaging voters. I am glad that the St Mary’s County community has strongly supported my efforts on behalf of all of the children of the county. Many of the people I spoke to during the campaign recognized the importance of the long hours that I devote to my position. I would like to talk about the issue of parent involvement. Since my first day as a teacher and continuing until

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Crosby Thanks Voters
today I have been a strong advocate of parental involvement in education. I would like to remind the parents that Board members can be reached by email at [email protected] The mail address is: Board of Education of St. Mary’s County, 23160 Moakley Street, P.O. Box 641, Leonardtown, MD 20650. I would like to thank the voters of St. Mary’s County for providing me the opportunity to continue to serve all of the students. Marilyn Crosby Board of Education Member

NARFE Thankful for Support
St. Mary’s Chapter 969 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) wants to thank all of the businesses in the area that so graciously participated in our Alzheimer’s & Hospice of St. Mary’s fundraiser in September by allowing our volunteers to collect donations. Their support and assistance was a major factor in our success: California: McKay’s Food Store, Wal-Mart, Monterey Restaurant, and Giant Food Store Lexington Park: McKay’s Food Store Ridge: Ridge Market Leonardtown: McKay’s Food Store and True Value Charlotte Hall: McKay’s Food Store, Aprils Pool & Spa, True Value, and Farmers Market & Auction The kind and generous people contributing at these establishments in St. Mary’s County donated over $8,000 to our volunteers. The St. Mary’s Chapter 969 of NARFE wants to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of you that contributed. NARFE will donate 100 percent of the money collected to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Hospice of St. Mary’s, two extremely important causes. A special thanks also goes to our many volunteers who gave their time and dedication to collect for these very worthwhile organizations. If you are an active or retired federal employee and would like more information on our organization, please contact Judy Loflin at 301-872-0064 or the NARFE Service Center at 301-757-4121. Robert D. Schultz, President St. Mary’s Chapter 969, NARFE

School Plan for Weather Closings
The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance, as they are traveling to and from school and when they are on school property. This is especially true during inclement weather. When making decisions on whether to delay or open schools, we take many things into consideration. Our county is oriented such that quite often weather conditions differ greatly from one area of the county to another. Sometimes there is a snow event where the northern part of the county receives the most accumulation. In making the decision, we look at what the temperatures will be and whether the sun is out providing for melting. At times our buses have to maneuver in very tight areas. Quite often they are turning around by having to back into driveways or do three point turns in cul-de-sacs. There are six staff members that are assigned to various regions of the county during a weather event. They are on the road at approximately 2 a.m. checking the road conditions, as well as the school parking lots and sidewalks. This information is relayed to the director of transportation and the deputy superintendent of schools and operations, who is in constant communication with me. We are also in contact with the State Highway Department, county roads, Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, and the Emergency Operations Center, as well as surrounding counties, for weather and road conditions. The decision to delay the opening of schools or close schools is made by approximately 5 a.m. At such time, communications are relayed to television and radio stations, posted on the SMCPS web site, and through our communications call out. Whenever possible, the decision to delay opening or closing school is made the evening before. If the storm occurs during the day, we follow the same protocol; however, the timeframe is different. Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Hoyer Confident Marylanders Will Work
It is my honor to be re-elected to represent the Fifth Congressional District in Congress and it is with great appreciation that I thank everyone who voted for me on Election Day. I look forward to addressing the priorities and concerns of all of our local residents, and will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reach consensus and compromise on our nation's challenges. From protecting local jobs to investing in our communities, I have worked in a bipartisan way to deliver results for Fifth District residents throughout my career and am eager to continue to do so. In the next Congress, I will remain focused on the Make It In America jobs plan so that we can create good-paying jobs and boost our economy. I will also work toward reaching agreement on a responsible, balanced deficit reduction plan. Working together, I’m confident that we can continue to put Marylanders back to work, strengthen the middle class, and improve the quality of life in the Fifth District. There is much to do in the next Congress, and I will work hard on behalf of Maryland families and businesses. I encourage you to share your concerns and thoughts with me by contacting my office or visiting my website at www.hoyer. house.gov. Thanking you again for this honor and with kindest regards, I am Sincerely yours, Steny H. Hoyer 5th Congressional District

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Chopticon Marching Band is Nation’s Best
By Alex Panos Staff Writer Chopticon High School’s marching band continued their phenomenal season, which will conclude with a performance in Hawaii at the Pearl Harbor Day Parade, by winning the II A class national championship in Annapolis, Md. The team competed against 15 other high school bands from all over the east coast. Todd Burroughs, Chopticon’s band director, says the field performance and musical rendition were executed to perfection. “It was one of those performances where everything just clicked,” Burroughs said. The entire band season culminated with the national competition. They have been practicing for three hours a day, four days a week, on the same nine-minute routine all season. He added, Chopticon’s band has tweaked the performance, and improved all season long since “laying the building blocks” during the first walk through. The band was graded on visual appeal, musical performance and overall effect – “how well the show connects with the audience.” “They’re incredibly dedicated,” Burroughs said, noting their intense focus from the first practice. “They’re the hardest working group of kids I’ve had. The

drive to get better was incredible.” Burroughs graduated from Chopticon in 1997, before returning as the band director six years ago. In all, he has been teaching in St. Mary’s County Public Schools for 10 years. Burroughs says each group he has each year has had a different dynamic, and must be handled uniquely. Sometimes as a director it is impor-

tant to be more supportive or help kids through the season, he explained, but this year’s kids responded to an emphasis of improving one day at a time. All Burroughs had to do was give the band instruction, and they would correct the problems the first time he asked. “They bought into that philosophy,” he said, adding he’s running out of things to have them improve. “It’s hard to get

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much better.” He says it is ironic this is the season Chopticon won the national championship, because they were the second youngest group Burroughs has had at the high school. Chopticon has been among the state’s elite for years – they won the state championship for the last four years. The four state titles, dedication and hard-work were enough to land them a spot – even before being named national champs – in Pearl City, Hawaii this year to take part in the 50th annual Pearl Harbor Day Parade, said Burroughs. Only eight marching bands from the continental United States were invited to participate, according to band booster Jennifer Schmidt. Chopticon is representing the USS Maryland. Band members and boosters have been raising funds for months for the trip through raffles, auctions, fun-runs and a pig roast. Despite the efforts and planning, the band still needs approximately $10,000 to ship all the instruments and equipment needed for the parade. Burroughs says although shipment plans for the equipment fell through at the last minute, they will do whatever it takes to perform in the parade on Dec. 7, even if that means charging the money to a credit card. “No matter what. We’re going,” he

said, because they have already formally agreed to participate, and the trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids. Along with participating in the parade, the band will spend a few days in town touring the islands and the sites in historic Pearl Harbor. Scheduled activities range from experiencing an authentic Hawaiian luau and snorkeling, to visiting the memorial built for the USS Arizona – the most famous battle ships sunk during the Japanese attack in 1941. “I think it’s going to be a life-changing experience for them,” Burroughs said of the trip, both culturally and historically. “They’re really going to get the true Hawaiian experience.” He added, the community recognizes the significance and honor that comes with being invited to participate in the day’s parade, and has been very supportive of raising money for the program. “The community loves us,” Burroughs said. “They always seem to have fun when they see us perform.” Burroughs says the band will accept donations, and potentially hold fundraisers, even after the parade. He said they will keep raising money until they paid for the trip. People can make donations at any time to chopticonband.org. [email protected]

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By Joany Nazdin Contributing Writer Frank and Christina Allen of Great Mills celebrate Thanksgiving for an entire week. For seven days they feature a different food – one day is pie day, or the next is stuffing day. The amazing part is, the Allen family never goes shopping. “It has been six to eight months at least since I have been to the grocery store,” said Christina. “We do buy some of our foods in bulk from a food co-op, but we raise hundreds of different kinds of heirloom vegetables and fruits right here. Every month we have something different in season, and even in the winter I can dig up carrots, mustard, cilantro and beets the size of footballs.” Frank added, “We even grew a 14 pound sweet potato one year.” The Allen family homesteads on a 10-acre parcel of land, which provides them with everything they need to live. They make their own clothes from cotton and wool, which they raise, and soap from the sheep fat to wash bodies and clothes. Christina is most proud of her salad greens, growing 40 different varieties in a 1,500 foot bed. They raise turkeys, chickens, catfish and sheep for meat, fish and eggs. “We take what we need first, and then sell the surplus,” Christina said. The hot surplus item now for the holiday season is naturally the free-range all organic turkeys the family raises and sells. The Allen family has raised the heirloom breed of Jersey Buff turkeys for about 10 years now. “This year we are selling about 25 Jersey Buff Turkeys to people for the holElizabeth Mills, 7, of Silver Spring Md, came with her grandparents to the Allen's Great Mills homestead on Sunday to pick up a Thanksgiving Turkey.

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idays. We started taking orders this year for the turkeys I am selling now before some of them even hatched from the eggs. I guess that is like counting your chickens before they hatch,” Christina laughed. Elizabeth Mills, 7, came from Silver Spring this past weekend with her grandparents, Rose Mills and Bob Park. “This is the second turkey we have gotten from the Allen’s,” Park said. “You have never tasted turkey until you have tasted one of these birds. The breast meat is not real white, and as long as you cook it low and slow, it will turn out great.” Park uses a pint of pear juice in the body cavity to increase the flavor while he cooks the turkey. Debra and John Birtwistle of Medley’s Neck also came to pick up their second turkey. “The Allen’s have the best tasting turkey anywhere,” Debra said. “We tried another farm’s natural turkeys, and they just did not have the taste these turkeys have.” “Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year,” Debra said. “I love having everybody over and cooking for them. I come from a Hispanic heritage, so I cook my turkey with Tarragon and butter, but I agree that low and slow is the best ways to cook the free-range birds.” While her grandparents were buying their turkey, Elizabeth was having fun with the different animals on the farm. “I like the baby turkey, and the white rooster,” said Elizabeth. “I saw some chicken eggs that were white pink and blue. I also got to play with Chip.” Chip is the star of the farm. Christina wrote and illustrated a book about rehabbing the wounded poult after a possum mauled his leg when he was three-days-old. “If I was a good farmer, I would have just snapped his neck after he got injured,” Christina said. “Instead I started him on a three-week course of physical therapy, and he healed. I needed to keep him warm, so he stayed inside my shirt.” The book is called “A Micro-Chip on my Shoulder”, and it won Indie Award for Excellence Children’s Book Non-Fiction for 2011. Chip needed to be taught to eat, and turkeys like shiny things, so the Allens put marbles in his food so he would peck at it. Frank would point at bugs till Chip got the idea to peck at the bug also. “We did a good job raising Chip, because he knows he is a turkey,” Christina said. “We would Photos by Andy Phillips not have done such a good Chip the Turkey is the main character in a story written by Christina Allen. job if he wanted to hang butcher turkeys, and something that usuout with the humans all of the time.” When Chip does feel like hanging ally takes me from sunrise till about 9:30 out with humans, he is perfectly happy to a.m. took me until 10 or 11 a.m. People have child-sized humans almost as big as ask a lot of questions, and it disturbs my he is come over and pet and hug him. He concentration. I think I need a break from poses for photo ops just like any celebrity. the Woofers, also. I think I am getting Chip has no fear of anyone, even a school Woolfed out.” When the stress of teaching things to field trip full of children. people gets a little too much, the Allens Last week, the Bay Montessori School from Lexington Park came on go for a row on the 14-foot mahogany several different days for their field trip wineglass wherry that Christina built herself. to the homestead. “People are always asking if my Jim Pool is the owner operator of the husband built this boat,” Christina said. school, and this is the second year they “They are amazed when they find out that have done the trip. “We are going to make these field a woman did it.” Frank chose St. Mary’s County to trips to the farm a regular thing,” Pool settle in after a life in the navy, as he alsaid. “They do such a great job over there, and the Allens are great naturalists. The ways wanted to be near the water, havkids loved seeing Christina weaving the ing grown up on the North-East Coast. wool she got from the sheep. Being able A time being a commercial fisherman to pet the sheep was something the kids taught him to love the water. Frank also loves the land and the garenjoyed, too. It is very educational, even inside the house, as they use solar passive dening, though. “I have had a garden since I was heat. The kids enjoyed learning about the three-years-old,” Frank said. “I would organic gardens.” The Allen family enjoys sharing plant tulips and dig them up the next day, their knowledge with people who wish to just to see how they were doing.” When Christina is not working the learn. farm, she paints, and her work is on disThe Allens host people with an interest in organic farming methods through play in galleries all over Southern Maryan organization called World Wide Op- land, including her studio, the Corn Crib portunities on Organic Farms, or WOOF. Studio, which is right next to her house. Christina walks by the feather pluck“We have had 17 different Woofers er during her farm tour, and explains they this year,” Christina said. “They come to stay and work the farm in exchange use every part of the turkey, right down for the chance to learn about our farm- to the feathers. “We had a Hungarian woman come ing techniques. We have had people from and pick up boxes of feathers to make as far away as South Korea, Austria and feather pillows with,” Christina said. Russia.” “It is a lot of work teaching some- “After you wash and strip the pillows, one,” Christina said. “We just had a class you have a pillow that will last you your where we taught seven people how to entire lifetime.”


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Deer Donations Are Down
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Business is usually much more brisk during the hunting season at the Nice Rack Butcher Shop. But business is a little slow for the Mechanicsville shop – whether from the hunters bringing their deer to harvest or from donations of deer meat to feed the needy. Some of those hunters donate the deer they take from local woods to the Hunters Feeding the Hungry program. Meat from one deer can feed as many as 200 people. “The whole deer gets ground into burger,” said Leroy Owens, who processes deer at the shop. “But donations are down this year.” The meat goes to local churches and soup kitchens providing meals to the needy. The Southern Maryland Food Bank also gets a share, said Owens, processing deer for both regular customers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry for four years. “It’s the warm weather and people are keeping the meat as opposed to donating it,” Owens said. “Times are hard so I think they’re filling their freezer first and then come and donate later.” The unseasonably warm weather this hunting season means that deer aren’t moving about nearly as much as they would if the temperature were colder, Owens said, which could mean fewer opportunities to harvest deer. Owens has seen only 20 to 25 deer donated since the hunting season started with one only to process in his freezer as of Saturday. “Over the last two or three weeks I think we’ve had just seven deer donated,” Owens said, adding that was far lower than years past. Mike McWilliams, who runs Wild Game Processors on Indian Bridge Road, said he has received 40 to 45 deer donations so far this season, which puts him on track for prior years during the same time frame. “Overall the kills seem to be down a little bit, especially for muzzleloader season,” McWilliams said. “The deer didn’t have to move as much to get food.” Acorn falls were heavy this season suggesting deer could eat well without much effort, according to McWilliams. “I’m hoping shotgun season will be good,” McWilliams said. Heavy deer harvesting by regional hunters may account for what he believes may be a somewhat smaller herd here. “We’re not seeing as many as we

Leroy Owens has a donated deer to process for Hunters Feeding the Hungry program.

used to see here, like say, three years ago,” he said. “And we’ve got coyotes here now so that could be affecting the deer to.” Coyotes, spotted in locales like Ridge, are known to prey on deer, especially fawns.

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When your turkey feast is a pleasant memory and guests are ready to move away from the table, set your GPS to 17th-century Maryland and discover how the first citizens celebrated a bountiful harvest. Historic St. Mary’s City will present Hearth and Home in Early Maryland on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the focus is on a local culinary tradition – stuffed ham. There are as many recipes for stuffed ham as there are stories about who first thought to meld greens, pork, and spices. Some suspect African American origins and there is a good argument that the idea of “stuffed chine,” served in Elizabethan England, was brought to the New World by

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the Maryland colonists. George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore and Maryland’s proprietor, wrote that he dined on stuffed ham while at the family estate in Yorkshire. During Hearth and Home, visitors can watch the process of making stuffed ham: volunteers Pete Himmelheber and Becky McDonald will demonstrate the technique they have honed over decades of stuffing together. Savor a sample – while supplies last – and record your memories of making and enjoying this special dish. Meet some unique and historically accurate pigs at the Spray Plantation. Pig stories and a special “pig passport” for youngsters will encourage the whole family to get into the day’s theme. Enjoy seasonal, hands-on activities and demonstrations of early food preservation techniques and open-hearth cooking at each of the museum’s four living history sites. Each will feature colonial consumables that are stuffed, including “stuffed chine” at the Town Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 seniors, $6 students, and free for those five-years and under and Friends members. Visitors contributing a nonperishable food item will receive a $1 discount off admission benefiting the Southern Maryland Food Bank. The Stuffed Ham project during Hearth and Home is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation. Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland. For more information about the museum contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800SMC-1634, or [email protected]

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a hill. His vehicle came over the hill and struck Wallace Maddox, 27, the passengers, according to reports. Maddox was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The 23-year-old driver, sustained serious injuries, and was admitted to hospital care. Police say they do not know why the suspects were speeding away from the altercation at the American Legion post. [email protected]

Lexington Park Man Killed
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigators are investigating a crash leading to the death of a Lexington Park man early last week. The crash occurred Nov. 11 around 12:30 a.m., Charles law officers reported. Officers responded to a call for a large fight in progress at the American Legion post in the 4300 block of Livingston Road in Indian Head. Once on the scene officers observed a Volkswagen Jetta speeding away from the scene and posted a lookout for the vehicle. Shortly after an officer spotted the vehicle on Livingston Road in the 3900 block, he made a U-turn and attempted to follow the vehicle onto Pomfret Road. The suspect vehicle continued speeding down the road at a high rate of speed and was far ahead of the officer when it crested a hill near Ray Drive and the driver lost control, police said. The car collided with an embankment. The impact ejected both driver and passenger from the vehicle. The officer did not see the accident on the other side of

Search For Suspects in Shooting, Stabbing
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County investigators are looking for the shooter of a man in the River Bay community on Hermanville Road Friday night. According to police sources the victim in the case was shot twice but not fatally. Police found the victim outside at the scene of the shooting, sources said. A witness at the scene told investigators a possible suspect and three others ran into a nearby house shortly after the shooting. Police have not identified the suspect, sources said. That same day police answered a call at the Green Door bar in Park Hall where the victim had been stabbed in the left side near his rib cage in an altercation. An unknown white male wearing red shirt and bow tie stabbed the victim, police sources say. Both incidents took place within a short time span of each other, according to police sources. [email protected]

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Thursday, Nov. 22
• Zumba Fitness St. Mary’s Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. Zumba is a Latin inspired Aerobic work out that’s fun and energetic. The cost is $7 per class or $25 for a 5-class pass.

Saturday, Nov. 24
• Thanksgiving Classic Soccer Tournament The Central Maryland Soccer Association is currently accepting team registrations for the 23rd Thanksgiving Classic soccer tournament scheduled for November 24th & 25th at venues in the Dundalk - North Point communities in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The tournament is USSF sanctioned thru Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) and is open to all school; recreation and club USSF affiliated travel teams from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Single age competition is offered for both boys and girls teams in the age groupings of eight thru 14; with dual age competition for high school U16 and U18 teams. Registration forms are available at the tournament’s web page located at cmsasoccer.com. For more information e-mail [email protected]

(no cost other than your buy-in to each tournament). No need to be part of the points system, you can just play to win. Buy-in is $25 for $3,000 in chips. Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every 20 minutes. For more information, call the lodge at 301863-7800, Linda at 240-925-5697, James at 240-577-0828 or Chuck at 301-904-8747.

Friday, Nov. 23
• Hearth and Home in Early Maryland Nov. 23 and 24 Historic St. Mary’s City (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City) – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Getting stuffed! St. Mary’s stuffed ham is examined, tasted, and, yes, stuffed! Explore the colonial table and discover how Maryland’s first settlers celebrated the end of the harvest season. Help churn butter, shuck beans, grind corn and learn about the many tasks required to cook the family feast over a 17th-century hearth. For more information, call 240-895-4991 or 240-895-4967. • Fill the Van 2012 Nov. 23 and 24 Walmart (45485 Miramar Way, California) – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Kmart (16080 Three Notch Road, California) – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dress Barn (45147 First Colony Boulevard) – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Toys for Tots for St Mary’s County has begun its official toy collection for the 2012 Holiday Season with local events including “Fill the Van 2012” which takes place until For further information on how to sign up to receive toys, as well as information other toy drop-off/collection events/places, go to www.toysfortots.org, choose Maryland, then St Mary’s County and complete the appropriate form. • Unify to Unity – Community Bus Trip to Washington, D.C. Depart from Wildewood Shopping Center – 9 a.m. Come discover the truth about the power of faith in unity that inspired people to unite and overcome two of the greatest challenges of humanity. Lunch provided. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 240-431-2112.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
• No Limit Poker Tourney & Cash Game (24930 Old 3 Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. $40 No Limit Poker Tournament starts at 7 p.m. $25 to the prize pool and $5 to the charity buys $5,000 in. Cash Game with $1 and $2 blinds starts as soon as players available. Dealers are provided. All food and drink is free. For more information, contact Jim Bucci Sr. at 240-298-9616 or 301-273-6104.

Sunday, Nov. 25
• Holiday Craft Bazaar Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is hosting their Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. Start your Christmas shopping as you browse through the variety of crafters and vendors. Bring the kids to get their picture taken with Santa and don’t forget to get your tickets for our beautiful handmade Amish made Quilt. For More information or to reserve a table Contact Peggy at 301-884-4519.

Wednesday, Nov. 28
• Free Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m. The Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland offer free beginner line dance lessons every Wednesday. Guests may stay and watch, or even participate in, the more advanced practice session that follows the beginner lessons. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about these lessons can contact us through the Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland website at www.bootscootersofsomd.blogspot.com.

Monday, Nov. 26
• Zumba Fitness Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point Lookout Road, Callaway) – 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. No dance experience required. Zumba is designed for all ages, all background, and all fitness level. No need to pre-register, stop by any time on Mondays. Get a $25 fitness card for six classes. Admission is $5 each class. For more information, call 301-247-1322. • No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em “Bounty” Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. Part of our Leaderboard Challenge Fall-Winter Season (Monday sessions) Anyone can join or play at any time

Thursday, Nov. 29
• Vice Admiral David Dunaway Briefing Maryland Higher Education Center, Building 2, Center Hall (44219 Airport Road, California) – 7:30 a.m. The Patuxent Partnership invites members and the regional community to a briefing by Special Guest Speaker Vice Admiral David Dunaway Commander, Naval Air Systems Command. This is a free program. There is limited seating, so advance registration is required to guarantee your seat. Register at www.paxpartnership.org/index. cfm?action=CL2&Entry=1017. • Manufacturer’s Focused Panel Discussion and Match-Up Event Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (9250 Bendix Road, Franklin Room, Columbia) – 10 a.m. Maryland Procurement and Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) in conjunction with the BASE Business Initiative (BBI) is hosting a special Manufacturer’s focused Panel. This event is unique in that it will combine information on contract opportunities and professional development, for small businesses navigating the Manufacturing sector. The event will start with a panel discussion where experts share insight on the manufacturing industry and business development solutions for manufactures that can help help them increase competitive advantage in an ever changing environment. Invited panelist include Regional Manufacturing Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership In the second half of the program both CECOM and Northrop Grumman Electronics Division will discuss procurement opportunities one-on-one with Match-UP Participants. The 15-minute Match-Up meetings will give manufacturers an opportunity to discuss capabilities and understand procurement needs. Participants include Kenyata L. Wesley, Chief Associate Director for CECOM Office of Small Business Programs; Voltaire Walker, Manager, Socio-Economic Business Programs, Supply Chain Management Northrop Grumman; and FLIR, Desigh Manufacturers. They are looking at companies to fulfill needs as either prime or subcontractors. If you are a manufacturing business with any of the following NAICS codes: 541330, 334220, 334511, 334111, 541712, 334210, 336413, 334290, 333314, or 335312, please come to this event. Seating is limited to 20 companies, so register early. For event questions contact Kellyann Few at [email protected] To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/ event/4770277027.

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Live Music: “Matt Zimmerman” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m. Live Music: “Diane Daly” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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provided service to more than 600 taxpayers last tax season at five tax sites and saved an average of $60,000 in tax preparation fees for folks who simply could not afford paid tax assistance. St. Mary’s County AARP Tax-Aide Program needs volunteer tax counselors to provide free federal and state tax preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers with special attention to the senior population.
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Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” and “No Green Jelly Beenz” Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Mason Sebastian” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Live Music: “Juke Box Thieves” The Greene Turtle (6 St. Mary’s Avenue Suite 104, La Plata) – 9 p.m. Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 25
Live Music: “RetroPhyt” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m. Live Music: “Gretchen Richie” Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, On-the-Square, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 26
Zumba Fitness Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point Lookout Road, Callaway) – 6:30 p.m. No Limit Poker Tourney and Cash Game Elk’s Lodge Counseling Service of Hollywood (45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 23
Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” The Greene Turtle (6 St. Mary’s Avenue Suite 104, La Plata) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Dave Norris” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

and serve at least one day a week at a tax site during tax season.
AARP Tax-Aide is administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. Tax sites are located throughout the County. Training and the majority of site work are held during normal working hours during the work week. Occasional service events are scheduled for evenings and Saturdays.

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Saturday, Nov. 24
Live Music: “R&R Train” Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Hydra FX” Loveville Tavern (28275 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Stickey Wicket” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Flow in the Dark Band” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Pet the Monster” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Live Music: “Justin Myles” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. No Limit Poker Tourney and Cash Game Counseling Service of Hollywood (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

For more information contact the St. Mary’s County District Coordinator, Dana Davis by e-mail at [email protected]

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Live Music: “Mason Sebastian” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m.

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‘From This Day Forward’ at Sotterley
By Alex Panos Staff Writer A live holiday performance at Sotterley Plantation will revisit each Christmas between 1826 and 1885, the years leading up to and following the Civil War, and 60-years of marriage. Jeanne Pirtle, playwright and director, says highlights of the re-enactment include the visit on Christmas Day in 1862, after the Battle of Fredericksburg, and the emancipation of a former slave and his family in 1864. Audience members will walk through the plantation as the characters around them come to life and act as they might have during actual events that once took place on the plantation. Titled, “From This Day Forward,” the performance is historically accurate, with the exception of minor character assumptions. Pirtle says she took historical facts and documents to interpret the information, giving the characters life. “It’s a living history,” she said, comparing similarities to this summer’s “The Choice” of a runaway slave during the War of 1812. “My goal is to bring more [quality and research unique to Sotterley] for people to remember.” Sotterley Plantation’s annual candlelight plays are slated to provide what people have called “better production quality than Monticello,” Pirtle said. She believes watching the play is an unusual opportunity to see how lives unfolded during a long period of time, and the many significant events people can live through. “People don’t realize how much really happens during one life span,” Pirtle said. The shows provide a unique opportunity to learn about Sotterley’s history while still enjoying traditional holiday songs and traditions, according to the feedback Pirtle received last year, her first year writing the script. “It’s going to lift your spirit.” The Family Plantation Christmas, which Pirtle says is more “geared toward children and families” than the plays, takes place the following weekend on Dec. 8. Plantation Christmas features a variety of outdoor, holiday-themed activities including horse-drawn carriage rides, sing along with carolers, holiday crafts, and numerous outdoor holiday decorations, says Pirtle. She added, kids will even have an opportunity to shop for treats from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and shop for presents in Santa’s shop without their parents, so the gifts remain a surprise for family members until

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Christmas. Seasonal greens, handcrafted items from the Garden Guild and food from vendors such as Bear Creek Barbeque will be available for purchase on the property as well. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. “From this day forward” performs on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Tickets are available on sotterley. org for $15 each. The show runs every 10 minutes, starting at 6:30 p.m. and do not have a specific cut off time. “We’ll start at 6:30 and depending on ticket sales, go from there,” Pirtle said. [email protected]


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Local Riding Champ Looks to Three-peat
By Alex Panos Staff Writer A retired Navy pilot, local resident Ray Coutley, has changed from flying to horseback riding. Coutley recently won first place riding horse Navier “Naven” Stokes and second on Naven’s sister Ruby’s Work of Art “Georgia” as an amateur rider in the national quarter horse jumping competition. Coutley, who spent 20 years as a Navy officer and went to Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, won Naven’s third national championship – also taking home the first place golden “globe” trophy in 2007 and 2010. Alfred Hewitt, Coutley’s trainer, took second place riding Naven in the open competition – the professional rounds. “These are very, very talented horses,” Coutley said of Naven and his sister, who are the offspring of his first horse Ferns Ruby. Coutley bought Ruby for $5,000 in 1990 because his girlfriend at the time was into horses. After buying Ruby, Coutley began riding in his spare time.


Coutley poses with this year’s championship trophies

Just five years later he was competing in national competitions, and has been riding ever since. Ruby went on to win three national jumping championships. “The relationship didn’t work out, but the horse did,” he said in his home decorated with horse riding trophies, ribbons, championship belt buckles and first-place jackets. Riders take their horses through a 12 to 14-piece obstacle course in the first round, in hopes of qualifying to the second round in a shorter, six to eight obstacle course. The obstacles are three-foot six-inches high in the amateur rounds and three-foot nine-inches in the open. Scoring is based on time and faults, a slower horse with fewer obstacles knocked down will finish higher than a horse with a faster time. Coutley works with the horses at least twice a week during the riding season to keep them in shape. Currently employed full-time as a senior analyst at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, he says he rides whenever he can get a chance. Ray Coutley, center, with first and second place champs Navier Stokes and Ruby’s Work of Art “I constantly work on my equestrian skills,” Coutley said, two years. in 2012,” Coutley said. “We don’t think anyadding he continues to This year, he anticipates Naven com- one will catch him.” improve his leg posi- pleting a three-peat. tion, hand position and “It looks like he’s going to win it again [email protected] controlling the horses’ speed. Coutley travels all over the east coast to take part in competitions and accumulate points. In the near future, Coutley plans on breeding the next generation of elite horse jumpers through Georgia. He hopes Naven, meanwhile, will compete in the Washington International Horse Show, because he is among the elite jumpers in the nation. In fact, Naven has been the high-point horse in open and amateur jumping for the last

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Hand Crafted Items for Sale at Loffler Holiday Bazaar The arts and crafts programs at Loffler Senior Activity Center will offer beautiful, handmade treasures at very reasonable prices at their holiday bazaar on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This one-day event is open to the public. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done. Proceeds from the sale will go to the arts and crafts council, which supports programs at Loffler Senior Activity Center. For more information call 301737-5670, ext. 1658. Introduction to Facebook In this class at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Mondays, Nov. 26 – Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to Noon, you’ll learn what Facebook is about. Learn how to set up your own Facebook account. Use Facebook to find friends and connect and share with the people in your life. Pre-requisite: This class is designed for the person with basic computer experience and new to Facebook. Participants are asked to bring a photo of themselves saved in digital format. Cost: $10. Space is limited so register early with the Garvey Senior Activity Center Receptionist. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1062 for more information. Scratch Happy Bingo Play bingo and win Maryland Lottery Scratch Off Tickets at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost to play is $1 per bingo card for up to three cards. Make reservations for this special bingo by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Maybe you will win big in time for the holidays. New Arts & Crafts Class Started at Loffler Senior Activity Center Form-a-Line is a unique method of card embroidery that makes stunning greeting cards and gifts. A design is punctured onto card stock then embellished with embroidery floss. Each week a new design will be featured. For your first class, bring $4 to cover supply costs and a small pair of scissors for snipping thread. This class meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. For more information, call 301-7375670, ext. 1658. Northern One-Stop Holiday Shoppe The Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall can make your holiday shopping easy with an assortment of lovely and useful gifts that can be wrapped at a courtesy wrap station (we provide all the supplies.) All porcelain, ceramics and pottery is fired in-house and crafted with pride by programs within the Northern Village Arts Studio. Choose from porcelain lattice edged plates, ornaments, Tea Sets for one, three piece tea sets, nightlight covers, religious pieces and seasonal ceramics. Functional pottery is available as pitchers, pots and bowls with a more rustic touch. Our beaded treasures sparkle with nightlights and snowflake ornaments perfect for the tree or as window dressings. These are just some of the unique gifts available if you need something different and are buying on a budget. More formal gifts/ sets may be able to be customized with advance notice. Come visit the Center or call with any questions, 301-4754002 ext. 1001.

Sheriff Cameron Set to Meet With the Seniors On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m., Sheriff Tim K. Cameron will visit with area seniors at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The event is for attendees to hear about activities in the area and learn how the Sheriff’s office is making safety a priority for the community. The session begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. To register for the event, call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 by noon on Nov. 28. The lunch menu includes: chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine and blueberry pie. The cost for lunch is $5.50 for those under 60 and by donation for those over 60 years old. “Senior Matters” On Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10:45 a.m., the “Senior Matters” discussion group will meet at the Northern Senior Activity Center. This group meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. Structured like a small study or focus group, participants explore issues and concerns related to aging in a small group setting. Elizabeth Holdsworth, LCSW-C, will facilitate a discussion about seniors and nutrition. Please contact the center for more information at 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.

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“Grateful for… Everything”
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The Clement Wathen Family, Part II
By Linda Reno Contributing Writer On April 12, 1866 the St. Mary’s Gazette reported “Clement Wathen, Esq., who left this county during the year 1860, is reported to have died on the Yazoo River in 1862. He was several times elected a Justice of the Peace in this District, prior to his departure for the South, and was noted for his frank and ingenuous disposition and for his devotion to the principles of the State Rights Democracy. He was a member of the Company raised here by Capt. R. T. Merrick for service in the Mexican war; and he returned to us in 1849, an experienced and accomplished soldier. He was unanimously chosen Orderly Sergeant to the “Riley’s Rifle,” organized here in the winter of 1859, and this Company was greatly indebted to him for the marked efficiency it attained in soldierly bearing and the minutia of the drill. All here respect the memory of Clement Wathen. He has left among us many warm and earnest friends and a wife and three children to mourn his untimely demise.” Missouri (Morgan) Wathen died in Leonardtown on June 10, 1879. Of the three children of Clement and Missouri, only Felix (1860-1905, known as F. Eugene) married, but had no children. Upon his death, the Maryland Bar Association said: “F. Eugene Wathen, a member of this association, died very suddenly on November 7, 1905, aged forty-four years. He was originally from St. Mary’s County and was born in Leonardtown just as the Civil War commenced. His father was killed in the celebrated charge of the Second Maryland Confederate Infantry at Gettysburg. (Not true). The subject of this sketch graduated from St. John’s College, Annapolis, with highest honors, after which he made Annapolis his home, studied law, graduated and settled there …. Subsequently he purchased the Maryland Republican and edited that paper until his death. He was examiner and treasurer of the public schools of Anne Arundel County and took a leading part in educational matters of the State. He married Miss Bettie Revell, of Annapolis, who now survives him. He was loyal to his friends as a knight of old, but never showed bitterness to his foes. He was a good writer, a fair speaker, a warm-hearted companion and in his life typified the adage that ‘An honest man is the noblest work of God’.” Bettie died in 1951. She was a founder and, for a number of years, president of the Alumnae Association of St. Mary’s Seminary and Junior College (now St. Mary’s College of Maryland). At the time of her death, she was a member of its board of trustees. She was also historian of the Ark and Dove Society. Robert Henry Wathen (1833-1871), the youngest child of Clement and Mary Ann (Spalding) Wathen, married Mary Priscilla Duke (1840-1887, daughter of John Duke, Jr. and Mary Ann Dent) in 1855. They had seven children: Lillian, 1855-1879; Ruth, 18571867; Robert Duke, 1860-1924; Edith, 1867-1926 (married George McCully); Minnie, b. 1867; Mary S., b. 1870; and Robert H., 1872-aft. 1940.

I had been noticing that several Facebook friends had been posting things that they are grateful for in numerical order such as: Day #1: I am grateful for my family, Day #2 I am grateful for having a home to live in, and so on; though I didn’t at first see that this was so widespread across the internet. A few times, I thought about joining in, but the first time I noticed this thread was about day 9 or 10. I was too far behind to start. But each time I read what someone else was grateful for I thought, “Well I’m grateful for that too, and also such & such.” And anyway I found out it was a 30 day challenge of Thanksgiving for the whole month of November. There was still time to join in. This morning I decided to start my 30 day Thanksgiving challenge on Facebook, and began to write my “catch-up” things I’m grateful for. The problem is that you can’t stop. You are thankful for your spouse, your children, step-children, grand-children, siblings, cousins, in-laws of siblings and cousins, parents that are either still here, or your parents and loved ones in Heaven, all your friends, your pets, unknown siblings of your pets, unknown mothers and fathers of your pets, teachers and mentors you’ve had, the trees, the water, Earth in all its glory, your church, your warm bed, your home, your car, your stash of hidden Snickers bars…Wow! This is a good thing. I believe that Sarah Ban Breathnach started the “Gratitude” trend in 1995 with the publication of her book, Simple Abundance: A daybook of Comfort and Joy, and follow-up book, The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude a few years later. I first saw her on Oprah promoting the book and immediately bought Simple Abundance for myself, and a few more for friends. Ms. Ban Breathnach wrote beautiful essays for all 365 days of the year, and changed my life in many ways; we even corresponded by old-fashioned letters for a time. Oprah started her gratitude journey because of this book. I have read and re-read it many times over the years, going day by day through the year. It is nice to see that social media has also embraced daily gratitude challenges and posts. As I read my friend’s posts, I wondered where this particular 30 day gratitude challenge had begun, and found lots of pages devoted to this. Growing in Gratitude page was a nice one and the largest by far was the 30 days of Gratitude page; with all linking back to nice websites. I never did find the exact one, but I found so many great thoughts and quotes that it made me realize again how much the simple things in life can make you happy. The “God path” in the trails in our front yard and my “God spot” on Mechanicsville Road can make me unbelievably grateful and manically happy, and they are simple things. My husband and I spending our Mondays off travelling around country roads or sharing a steak dinner and a glass of Sangiovese out at the fire pit are some of the most wonderful things I am grateful for with my husband. Sharing the last vestiges of my morning tea with ten year old Tidbit is a simple pleasure I am grateful for, yet fearful that it will end all too soon. My children and grand-children are sources of endless happiness and gratitude. I am especially grateful for long conversations or excursions with my sons – two of the greatest treasures of my life. And I am grateful for the readers of my column. I know I’ve said it many times, but in these last four years of writing “Wanderings” I have heard from and met so many wonderful people through this column. Every letter and visit is appreciated…I just want to say thank you and how grateful I am to all of you. Have a wonderful, warm Thanksgiving. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: [email protected]

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By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer It has happened at least four times before and I remember every detail of each encounter. Each big buck provided a story that I’ve told over and over again, and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. Lesser deer that I’ve taken provided neither the thrill nor as much excitement. That domain is reserved for “The Big Boys.” I make it a point to be in the woods on Veterans Day and the days before and after the holiday every year. It is the peak of the rut; a time of high deer

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I Got Him
activity during their mating season. I don’t see big deer on every outing, but it is not uncommon to see small bucks and does. The big bucks tend to remain elusive. Even when deer don’t come within shooting range, it is a time of excitement as they run through the woods with abandon, intent on procreating. The members of the group who hunt our little piece of woods have poured over trail camera photographs of most of the big bucks frequenting our woods this year. We’ve identified each big buck and have given nicknames to some of the more spectacular. It is a time of high anxiety among deer hunters. On Wednesday morning, like several days before, I placed doein-estrus scent bombs in three locations around my stand in the dark, and took a seat 16 feet high in a tree stand to see what the woods had in store for this day. The sun came up slowly, revealing a beautiful morning, crisp and clear with seasonably mild temperatures. The winds were light from the North, and the new moon was set to rise at 7:29 a.m. I contemplated the cool pleasure of being in the woods at this time of year. Then I heard it. Grrrruuuunnnnttt! I strained to look through the woods over my left shoulder in the direction of the unmistakable sounds of a buck in pursuit of a ready doe. Long periods of silence and mild grunts followed. I could only catch glimpses of the pair and I was not at all sure that they would head in my direction. The little doe soon appeared, tentative, in a small clearing just 30 yards away. She was quickly followed by “The Big Boy” intent on keeping her attention as she moved on. He was oblivious to any other details of his surroundings. I didn’t recognize this one from the trail camera pictures, but he was spectacular. This was my chance. Can I hit this target at 30 yards? I released the arrow and watched in slow motion as it carried to the buck. A perfect hit. The big buck bolted off 80 yards and I watched him fall. I checked the time: 7:26 a.m. I was fumbling, knowing that I had to wait at least 30 minutes before going after him. I quietly sent a text to hunting buddies, none of whom hunted on this morning, “I got him! I don’t recognize him! He is BIG!” Time passed while I dealt with a barrage of text replies until I was able to get down. Tracking him to where he fell, I realized that help would be needed to get this one out of the woods. Easily over 200 pounds on the hoof, a day of heavy lifting was upon me now.

Photo courtesy of Keith McGuire Keith McGuire with “The Big Boy” on Nov. 14.

Keith has hunted wild game and waterfowl in Maryland and other states for more than 45 years. When the fishing season wanes, you will find him in the woods until deer season finishes.

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