They said it in 2016, Part 1

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU, AN­DREW RICHARD­SON, MICHAEL SYKES II, TIFFANY WAT­SON and DARWIN WEIGEL jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com arichard­son@somd­news.com msykes@somd­news.com twat­son@somd­news.com dweigel@somd­news.com

As we look ahead to what 2017 will bring in Charles County, we re­flect back on what hap­pened here in 2016, re­flected in quotes and pic­tures cap­tured by our edi­to­rial staff dur­ing the year. This is the first of a two-part se­ries.

Jan­uary

“Hope­fully he’ll be a run­ning back or some­thing. Oth­er­wise,

I’ll call him Boomer.” James Counce III of Waldorf, talk­ing about the birth of his son, James Counce IV, the first baby born in Charles County: Jan. 1, 2016.

“It seemed like all of the com­mis­sion­ers latched onto this air con­di­tion­ing thing as a pri­or­ity and an emer­gency

and that we have to do it right now. How many years has that shel­ter been there, for 40 years, and it hasn’t had air con­di­tion­ing in the sum­mer.”

Michelle Quig- ley, a Charles County vet­eri­nar­ian, re­fer­ring to a joint meet­ing be­tween all three South­ern Mary- land boards of county com­mis­sion­ers ad­dress­ing on­go­ing is­sues at the Tri-County An­i­mal Shel- ter. The com­mis­sion­ers voted to fix the shel­ter’s HVAC sys­tem, but Quigley in­sisted other is­sues needed to be ad­dressed first.

“Ev­ery­where that I go peo­ple are in awe of my fa­ther as a man and mu­si­cian. He has been some­one that has been so present to the world, a liv­ing leg­end while he was alive and he’s cer­tainly con­tin­u­ing that leg­endary per­sona af­ter his death. It was al­ways ex­cit­ing to see my fa­ther on television and to walk the red car­pet with him but as a daugh­ter, my fa­ther was mar­ried to the mu­sic.”

Sheila Raye Charles, daugh­ter of leg­endary mu­si­cian Ray Charles, ad­dress­ing a group at a Cel­e­brate Re­cov­ery event at New Life Church in La Plata. Charles was there to talk about over­com­ing drug ad­dic­tion.

“I’m an­gry now. My emo­tions, I couldn’t deal with be­fore. Ev­ery time I would think about it or try to put it to rest. Now, my anger is en­ergy. I want to make a change. I’m not the only per­son go­ing through this. It’s not fair to the fam­i­lies to have to be re­minded. We can never put our lives back, and just when you think you have it, then a re­minder comes up ev­ery five or 10 years.”

Linda Dun­can, daugh­ter of Geral­dine Williams, re­fer­ring to the state of Mary­land’s pa­role process that al­lows those who have been con­victed of mur­der to re­ceive a re­duced sen­tence based on good be­hav­ior. Dun­can was work­ing to en­act a law that would re­quire con­victed mur­der­ers to serve their full sen­tence and be elec­tron­i­cally mon­i­tored upon re­lease.

“It’s been truly amaz­ing to fi­nally achieve what I started so many years ago.”

Bertha Cooks, 72, upon re­ceiv­ing her as­so­ciate’s de­gree from the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land. Cooks first be­gan col­lege more than 50 years ago.

“I used only books, be­cause things on the in­ter­net aren’t al­ways true.”

Bran­don Tip- pett, fifth grader at Po­tomac Heights Chris­tian Academy, talk­ing about the re­search sources he used for his award-win- ning sci­ence project.

“In real life, you don’t al­ways get re­warded for do­ing the right thing; some­times you get pun­ished. I be­lieve in teach­ing them to do the right thing be­cause it is the right thing.”

School board mem­ber Mark Craw­ford, dur­ing a dis­cus­sion of Pos­i­tive Be­hav­ior In­ter- ven­tion and Sup­ports [PBIS], a sys­tem of in­struc­tional sup­ports used in Charles County Public Schools to pre­vent disci- plinary is­sues from oc- cur­ring in the class­room by re­ward­ing pos­i­tive be­hav­ior.

“To­day is not a good day, be­cause our home­less fam­i­lies will have to re­turn to the woods. But we are ex­tremely grate­ful; this would not have been pos­si­ble with­out all of the do­na­tions we re­ceived. We were able to keep them out of the weather for six days, be­cause of peo­ple’s sup­port. It was a bless­ing.”

Ar­line Arnold of Arnold House, dis­cussing do­na­tions that al­lowed the group to tem­porar­ily house home­less in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies dur­ing Win­ter Storm Jonas, which brought more than 20 inches of snow to the re­gion.

“That day had to hap­pen, be­cause some­times, to get at­ten­tion, you have to make a move. The driv­ers are suf­fer­ing hor­rif­i­cally, day in and day out, un­der the cur­rent sys­tem.”

Keith McGirt, school bus driver, dis­cussing a “sick out” bus driv­ers held Dec. 22, 2015.

“If that base were to re­lo­cate it would be dev­as­tat­ing to our state, our county, our town.”

Sue Greer, past-chair of the Charles County Cham­ber of Com- merce, talk­ing about Na- val Sup­port Fa­cil­ity Indi- an Head.

“I’m not go­ing to be a vic­tim. I’m tak­ing it to church, that’s why I got it.”

La Plata res­i­dent Lydia Vita on why she bought a hand­gun and ap­plied for a con­cealed carry per­mit.

“Wel­come to my spe­cial elec­tion,”

Com­mis­sioner Ken Robin­son (D) called an off-the-cuff meet­ing with res­i­dents of Cobb Is­land and asked them to vote on a bridge de­sign for the new Cobb Is­land bridge.

“Our strength as a na­tion should be re­al­iz­ing what we share in com­mon rather than em­pha­siz­ing what dis­tin­guishes us.”

The Rev. Del­man Coates speak­ing at the Charles County NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. break­fast about how to grow as a na­tion and ap­pre­ci­at­ing each other’s dif­fer­ences.

“There is too much de­bate in our coun­try about divi­sion, con­fronta­tion and ex­clu­sion. Ex­actly the op­po­site of what Dr. King wanted.”

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) at the NAACP’s MLK day break­fast. Hoyer talked about his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of King’s ideals and how im- por­tant it was to vote.

“Any­time you’re look­ing at above 15 inches, you’re look­ing at a top 10 snow­storm that is af­fect­ing this area,”

NOAA Me­te­o­rol­o­gist An­drew Sny­der. Sny­der warned ci­ti­zens in Charles County to pre­pare for the his- toric snow­storm that hit.

“We lit­er­ally got the drone two weeks be­fore Christ­mas and the pi­lots de­signed it all. The cam­era that is at­tached to the drones can pick up on bod­ies in the wa­ter faster than the hu­man eye can,”

Filer said. “It was a con­cept that we had and we didn’t know if we could do it and these guys were able to.” John Filer, chief of emer- gency ser­vices said af­ter Charles County EMS per­formed the very first drone test in Cobb Is­land.

“I’ve got a chance to talk with them all and heard all their sto­ries. And it’s very touch­ing in some in­stances. All they want is for you just to hear them, to hear their story. For some­one to sit down and just lis­ten to them, and just hear their hearts cry­ing and what’s on their mind, what got them to this point. And then our job is to find out how we can bet­ter serve them and help them.”

Mar­garet Payne, com­muni- ty ser­vices man­ager for Lifestyles, on help­ing the home­less.

“Busi­nesses, busi­ness own­ers and their em­ploy­ees are the fab­ric of our com­mu­nity. Col­lec­tively, you raise our com­mu­nity up and raise it for­ward.”

Sue Greer as she steps down as chair- woman at the Cham­ber of Com­merce’s 60th anni- ver­sary re­cep­tion.

Fe­bru­ary

“He reads all the time, all the time. He knows words I’ve never heard be­fore. He’s a smart kid, and we’re very proud of him.”

Kim Gale­gos, dis­cussing her son, John Han­son Middle School stu­dent Ni­cholas Gale­gos, the win­ner of the Charles County Spell- ing Bee.

“This is some­thing that should not have hap­pened to my fam­ily. I do not want my grand­son’s death to have been in vain. I want him to be re­mem­bered, and I don’t want this to hap­pen to an­other fam­ily.”

Von­tasha Simms, tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore a Gen­eral As­sem­bly com­mit­tee in sup­port of HB 574, the J’Aire Lee Work­group bill. Simms’ 3-year-old grand­son died in May af­ter his mother suf­fered a psy- chotic episode, push­ing him in a swing out­doors for 40 hours.

“A grad­u­a­tion rate of 92.36 is re­ally good, but not enough. We want all our stu­dents to grad­u­ate with a high school diploma.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim­berly Hill dis­cussing the im­prove­ment in Charles County grad­u­a­tion rates.

“My mom did one push, one breath, and then she can’t do it, so I came up to my mom and said, ‘I’ve got this. I just took a CPR course,’ and I started do­ing CPR un­til the po­lice ar­rived.”

Key­mar Green, 15, on per­form­ing CPR af­ter his younger brother stopped breath­ing. Green was awarded the Civil­ian Life Safety Award by the Charles County Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers.

“I’m hap­pier right here snort­ing sol­der.”

Waldorf res­i­dent Jim Hill of VVT Am­pli­fiers on why he spends his time build­ing the gui­tar am­pli­fiers while his son, Daniel, runs the busi­ness.

“It isn’t like the movies, the war. GIs were as scared as any­body else. And the Ger­mans weren’t mean. Ger­man sol­diers were just the same as we were.”

Re­tired Army Sgt. Michael J. Bar­tolomeo, 99, of La Plata on his com­bat ex­pe­ri­ence in WWII.

March

“I learned to look at my chal­lenges and say, ‘You can’t beat me down, no, not to­day, not ever.’”

James Walls dis­cussing his ex­pe­ri­ences as a Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land stu­dent with autism spec­trum dis­or­der and Tourette’s syn­drome.

“It was fun. You don’t of­ten get to hit your teacher with a pie in front of the school.”

Jamie Kost, af­ter de­liv­er­ing a pie to the face of English teacher Christina Bur­roughs as part of a school fundrais­ing event.

“There’s a dearth of black male role mod­els for stu­dents in the schools, and I hope this event will help change that.” Jan­ice Wil­son, pres­i­dent of the Charles County NAACP, which or­ga­nized its first Read Across Charles County event in co­op­er­a­tion with the school sys­tem.

“The chil­dren don’t even re­al­ize they are learn­ing, they think it is just play. That’s our job as ed­u­ca­tors, to take the in­struc­tion and make it fun.”

The God­dard School owner Akhil Govil dur­ing an open house at the school.

“It keeps the farm in the fam­ily and the fam­ily in the

farm.”

Cindy Bliss on turn­ing a to­bacco barn on her fam­ily’s La Plata farm into a wed­ding and event venue, Bliss in the Barn.

“I don’t want to rain on that pa­rade, but it is to­tally be­ing driven by in­come taxes.”

David Ei­choltz, county di­rec- tor of fis­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices. Ei­choltz was dis­cussing the county’s sur­plus and how it was com­ing from in­come taxes, which is ab­nor­mal. He ex­pected a drop, but the county re­mained in the black.

“It’s not my ex­pec­ta­tion as the board of county com­mis­sion­ers to tell the health de­part­ment what re­quire­ment would need to be in place.”

County Com­mis­sioner Amanda Ste­wart (D) when dis­cussing the county’s pend­ing food truck zon­ing text amend­ment. Ste­wart and Com- mis­sioner De­bra Davis (D) got into a dis­agree­ment when dis­cussing the role the com­mis­sion- ers would play.

“I feel as though there is a loop­hole in the process that isn’t serv­ing our con­stituents or us.”

Com­mis­sion­ers’ Vice Pres­i­dent De­bra Da- vis (D) tak­ing is­sue with the changes the Gen­eral As­sem­bly made to county leg­isla­tive re­quests say- ing the re­sults were not what ci­ti­zens asked for.

“I think the in­ten­tions were good, but it didn’t work. Not say­ing that eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment won’t hap­pen in the county, but there are other spa­ces where em­ploy­ment is avail­able.”

Plan­ning com- mis­sion mem­ber Nancy Schertler talk­ing about the In­dian Head Tech Park.

“You all use it. It is in pretty sad, sad shape.”

Del. Sally Jame­son (D-Charles) said in ref­er­ence to the Gov. Harry W. Nice Me­mori- al Bridge at a leg­isla­tive break­fast at Mid­dle­ton Hall.

“These things will make kids nuts in a heart­beat. Not only nuts, but vi­o­lent nuts.”

DeFor­est Rath­bone, mem- ber of Par­ents Af­fected by Ad­dic­tion, when talk­ing about med­i­cal cannabis. The county ap­proved a zon­ing text amend­ment per­mit­ting medic­i­nal cannabis cul­ti­va­tion, pro­cess­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion weeks later.

“In essence, you sac­ri­ficed twice. You sac­ri­ficed with your ser­vice to our na­tion and you sac­ri­ficed when you came home. I’m glad that all these years later, all of you who did serve are fi­nally be­ing rec­og­nized.”

Com­mis­sioner Ken Robin­son (D) speak­ing at a Viet­nam vet­er­ans wel- come home cer­e­mony.

“His eyes were clear, wings were fine, and we took him up on top of a lit­tle hill and re­leased him, and he flew into the woods.”

Shannon Ed­wards, Gen­tle Hands An­i­mal Res­cue, on res­cu­ing a bald ea­gle found tan­gled on a farm.

“Jimmy Carter loved wood­work­ing. I’m in there work­ing, do­ing lit­tle odds and ends … and the Pres­i­dent came down … and he said, ‘This is great, man. I’ll tell you what, you go up­stairs and sit at my desk, and I’ll work down here.’”

Bill Hester, a mu­seum ex­hibit de­signer for the De­part­ment of Vet­eran Af­fairs, on his ex­pe­ri­ence as a cab­i­net­maker at the White House.

“What’s wrong with hear­ing the public? That is what democ­racy is all about. Are they will­ing to de­bate with us?”

Ben Afroilan, a South Hampton res­i­dent, ex- press­ing his griev­ances with the plan­ning com- mis­sion over a lack of public hear­ing be­fore a new sub­di­vi­sion be­ing built nearby was ap­proved.

April

“The data is good and we don’t mind pro­vid­ing the data. But a lot of those of­fices do not carry the weight of the of­fice I have been elected to.”

Sher­iff Troy Berry (D) when asked to com­pare the du­ties and needs of his staff to other county or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“Some of them just like to feel the wind on the face and the feet thump­ing be­hind them. That’s the mo­ment we’re all here for.”

John Sprague, a mem­ber of Ath­letes Serv­ing Ath­letes, de­scrib­ing the feel­ing of help­ing with spe­cial needs run in 5k and 10k marathons.

“Just talk­ing to other peo­ple, it seems like the county didn’t know any­thing about it. It seems that there’s a pos­si­bil­ity, with the way the sys­tem works, is that you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to let the peo­ple know.”

Joe Sob­nosky, head of the Pine­field Civ- ic As­so­ci­a­tion, sat­is­fied a heavy haul through the neigh­bor­hood was pre­vented, but still dis­ap­pointed in the process.

“We do not ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing treated as com­mon crim­i­nals, like we are ne­glect­ing our chil­dren, be­cause noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. We have ev­ery right un­der the law to home­school our chil­dren.”

Sarah McMil­lan, home­school par­ent, on changes to the home­school re­view process.

“I was shocked. I thought we were on our way to a meet­ing, and so I was re­ally fo­cused on that meet­ing, and wow. I was re­ally sur­prised. They got me good.”

St. Mary’s School (Bryan­town) teacher Tri- cia Mor­ri­son, on the sur- prise an­nounce­ment that she was named one of the Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing- ton’s Golden Ap­ple Award win­ners.

“He was just an amaz­ing kid. One of the big­gest things about James was he al­ways gave to oth­ers. He was grow­ing

his hair out so he could do­nate it to Locks of Love.”

Melissa Car­pen­ter, fifth grade teacher at Wil­liam B. Wade El­e­men­tary School, de­scrib­ing stu­dent James Maples, 10, who was struck and killed by a car while cross­ing the street in a cross­walk in April.

“At the age when most peo­ple wanted to play with dolls, I wanted to play ‘school,’ and I had to be the teacher.”

So­nia Blue Jones, prin­ci­pal at Mat­ta­woman Middle School and Charles County’s 2016 Prin­ci­pal of the Year.

“I learned his daugh­ter died of a brain tu­mor and they left poop on the moon.”

An­thony Dun­can, 9, stu­dent at Dr. Sa­muel Mudd El­e­men­tary School, when asked if he learned any sur­pris­ing facts while re­search­ing the life of NASA as­tro­naut Neil Arm­strong for a “Liv­ing His­tory” pre­sen­ta­tion.

“The dogs have some med­i­cal is­sues but are over­all rel­a­tively healthy. None had been vac­ci­nated and there were no med­i­cal records, none were spayed and neutered, and there’s a lot of den­tal dis­ease. We tended to the im­me­di­ate needs right away such as the

runny eyes, up­per res­pi­ra­tory [is­sues], shav­ing them be­cause you can see how badly their fur was mat­ted with dog and chicken fe­ces. The skin of the dogs was in­flamed un­der- neath and there were also le­sions on their paws from walk­ing around on the fe­ces for so long so we gave them man­i­cures and pedi­cures.”

Cindy Sharp­ley, Last Chance An­i­mal Res­cue di­rec­tor, af­ter vol­un­teers brought 50 of 300 seized Pomera­nian dogs from Wi­comico County to its

Waldorf shel­ter.

“I truly ap­pre­ci­ate the stu­dent who asked why the Jews were picked on for so many years. That was an im­por­tant ques­tion be­cause the Holo­caust didn’t just hap­pen overnight and her ques­tion showed that the stu­dents re­ally got my mes­sage about never again al­low­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion to pre­vail.”

Holo­caust sur­vivor and re­tired NASA en­gi­neer Peter Gorog af­ter speak­ing with stu­dents at a Holo­caust re­mem­brance event at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land.

“They’re just ex­tremely grate­ful that God put me there at the right place, at the right time. I still have to pinch my­self; I can’t be­lieve I did all that. I don’t have any para­medic train­ing or any­thing. I kind of gig­gled and told my hus­band, ‘I guess all those sur­vival shows I watch paid off.’

An­gel Nel­son, 34, of In­dian Head who used a belt as a tourni­quet to help save a man’s life af­ter he ac­ci­den­tally shot him­self in the leg in a Dol­lar Store park­ing lot.

“Ryan is very lov­ing. He loves to hug peo­ple. He doesn’t have any stranger-anx­i­ety. He might not know you, but he’ll grab you and squeeze you, hug you and kiss you.”

Michael DePaulo, school re­source of­fi­cer at La Plata High School, on his son Ryan, 6, who was one of about 150 doc­u­mented cases world­wide when he was di­ag­nosed with Pitts-Hop­kins syn­drome.

May

“This is not just my cul­tural and tra­di­tional cloth­ing, it is also my re­li­gious cloth­ing. Deny­ing me the right to wear this is deny­ing my re­li­gious freedom.”

Dy­lan McCabe, a North Point High School grad­u­ate, who suc­cess­fully ap­pealed a school ad­min­is­tra­tion de­ci­sion to not al­low her to wear her cer­e­mo­nial Navajo at­tire at grad­u­a­tion.

“My par­ents say that my first day home from kinder­garten, I was talk­ing about school and said that I wanted to be a teacher.”

Jil­lian Durr, third grade teacher at Dr. James Craik El­e­men­tary School, who was named Charles County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.

“It re­ally made me re­al­ize that ev­ery­one can pro­gram, and not just smart peo­ple like Al­bert Ein­stein.”

St. Charles High School stu­dent Robert Smith, dur­ing a talk on the in­te­gra­tion of com­put- er sci­ence into the school cur­ricu­lum.

“I’ve been in the leg­is­la­ture for 22 years now and I see more prob­lems in Mary­land and South­ern Mary­land than any other time. We need young peo­ple work­ing on these prob­lems.”

Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles) speak­ing at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s So­cial En­trepreneur­ship Chal­lenge award pre­sen­ta­tion.

“Food trucks do have some of the same things restaurants have. Peo­ple love food trucks. And for those who have never ex­pe­ri­enced them, get out and check them out. Give us a shot.”

Chef Lawrence Cheeks mak­ing a case for food trucks in Charles County. The com­mis­sion­ers later ap­proved per- mit­ting process for food trucks.

“Charles County is devel­op­ing too rapidly for me. One day I’m driv­ing and say­ing ‘Wow, they cut down a tree.’ The next day I’m driv­ing and say­ing ‘There’s some­thing al­ready built.’”

Takako Mato on how rapidly Charles County de­vel­ops from day to day.

“I feel I have the lux­ury of not hav­ing a gun ... It’s right at the bot­tom of my list of things I need to worry more about. I worry more about a knife, a dog. Trust me, I’ve been chased out of gar­dens be­fore, and it’s not too much fun when you’re go­ing over a fence.”

Det. Con­sta­ble Antony Harlow of Cam­bridgeshire, Eng­land, who vis­ited the sher­iff’s of­fice with other con­sta­bles.

June

“When you have 10 kids, you’re go­ing to have de­scen­dants.”

Lin­coln as­sas­si­na­tion his­to­rian James Tay­lor quip­ping about Thomas Jones hav­ing de­scen­dants in South­ern Mary­land.

“If you’re blam­ing a food truck for your demise, I think you were prob­a­bly tank­ing any­way.”

Plan­ning Com­mis­sioner An­gela Sher­ard talk­ing about food truck de­trac­tors blam­ing their fail­ing restaurants on food trucks.

“We don’t talk, and that’s prob­lem­atic. Maybe they do com­mu­ni­cate. Maybe I’m just the one be­ing left out.”

Del. C.T. Wil­son (D-Charles) talk­ing about the state of af­fairs be­tween the Charles County delegation and him­self af­ter he was not elected chair­man.

“I feel like stu­dents have so many ideas, they just don’t know who to tell, and they’re not out­spo­ken. I’m out­spo­ken, and I like for my voice to be heard.”

Da’Juon Wash­ing­ton, stu­dent school board mem­ber.

“I chose to shave my head so I can help peo­ple who don’t have the choice to shave their heads, and to make a dif­fer­ence. Mad­die Grace War­rior Princess was a very close friend of mine … and so this is for her as well.”

Kaden Robin­son, 11, dis­cussing why he had his head shaved at the “Bald for a Cause South­ern Mary­land” event, which raises money for child­hood cancer re­search. Madi­son “War­rior Princess” Ma­jor, 10, died in 2015 fol­low­ing sev­eral bouts of leukemia.

“When you open up that door of the op­po­site sex in the bath­room, it opens up all doors.”

Crista Fawls dis­cussing the school sys­tem’s pol­icy of al­low­ing trans­gen­der stu­dents to use fa­cil­i­ties that cor­re­spond to their gen­der iden­tity.

“I feel his spirit is very alive here to­day. I know in my heart that here is where it be­longs.”

Judy Res­sal­lat, the niece of fallen WWII hero Capt. Joseph “Ron” DeRon­ima Jame­son, of Bryan­sroad as she presents his pur­ple heart to his name­sake Amer­i­can Le­gion, Post 238.

“The kids that need to be reached the most, are of­ten the hard­est to get to. Never miss the op­por­tu­nity to im­part some wis­dom.”

State’s At­tor­ney An­thony Cov­ing­ton (D) at a NAACP town hall meet­ing fo­cused on pre­vent­ing youth from en­ter­ing the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

“This one we’re es­pe­cially proud of. Darin em­bod­ies the finest qual­i­ties that we want from our law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.”

Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot (D) as he awards sher­iff’s of­fice deputy Pfc. Darin Hemn the Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer Help­ing Peo­ple Award for sav­ing the life of a 10-day-old girl who was chok­ing on a chunk of baby for­mula.

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Arch­bishop Neale School Prin­ci­pal Linda Bourne gives English teacher Christina Bur­roughs a sec­ond help­ing of pie (in the face), along with Na­tional Ju­nior Honor So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Jamie Kost and so­cial stud­ies teacher Chris Thomas. Bur­roughs was voted the teacher stu­dents would most like to see get hit with a pie in the face as part of the school’s fundraiser for Chris­tian Re­lief Ser­vices.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL SYKES II

The Lan­caster neigh­bor­hood in Waldorf cov­ered in a blan­ket of snow af­ter Snowzilla in early 2016.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL SYKES II

On Satur­day, dur­ing a Viet­nam vet­eran wel­come home ser­vice for Viet­nam War vet­er­ans at the Mary­land Vet­er­ans Mu­seum in Bel Al­ton, Charles Williams, an army of­fi­cer dur­ing the Viet­nam War pe­riod, re­ceives a medal from Charles County Com­mis­sioner Ken Robin­son.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL SYKES II

On Satur­day, April 9, Jack Sprague, cen­ter, and his team of wing­men, in­clud­ing, his fa­ther, John Sprague, right, fin­ish their 10 mile run de­spite the snow as part of the St. Charles Run­ning Fes­ti­val.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIFFANY WAT­SON

On Satur­day, Farm­ing 4 Hunger’s first ever Vol­un­teer of the Year Award re­cip­i­ent Rico Nel­son, left, Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R), Farm­ing 4 Hunger founder Bernie Fowler Jr. and Stephen T. Moyer, sec­re­tary of the De­part­ment of Public Safety and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices, dis­cuss the is­sue of hunger in South­ern Mary­land at Seren­ity Farm Inc. in Bene­dict.

STAFF PHOTO BY TIFFANY WAT­SON

Mary­land Cham­pi­onship Wrestling mem­ber Bruiser greets the Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium crowd be­fore his match against The King Satur­day evening in Waldorf. The event was the first time the Blue Crabs sta­dium hosted a pro wrestling event, and fea­tured for­mer WWE su­per­stars Billy Gunn and X-Pac.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIFFANY WAT­SON

Monique Pierre, a Calvert County res­i­dent, gets a hug dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual Tri-County Mem­ory Walk on Satur­day as she re­mem­bered her fi­ancee, Dou­glas Bea­z­ley, who died from a drug over­dose on June 17, 2015.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Emer­gency re­spon­ders sur­vey the dam­age af­ter a white pickup crashed through the wall of Korner Liquors in Waldorf Mon­day morn­ing.

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land grad­u­ate Sarah Boltz of Char­lotte Hall is greeted by her 3-year-old daugh­ter, Kylie Boltz, be­fore the start of com­mence­ment exercises.

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