Schol­ar­ships cre­ated to honor wife, aid crim­i­nal jus­tice stu­dents

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A lo­cal busi­ness­man has es­tab­lished two schol­ar­ships at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) in honor of his late wife, Mary Shasho, a woman he de­scribes as “gen­tle.” She is re­mem­bered as a ha­bit­ual vol­un­teer and an en­thu­si­as­tic sup­porter of all lev­els of Scout­ing.

Harry Shasho of Shasho Con­sult­ing, a South­ern Mary­land com­mer­cial real es­tate bro­ker­age, pledged $25,000 to cre­ate both the Mary I. Shasho Me­mo­rial An­nual Schol­ar­ship and the Mary I. Shasho Me­mo­rial En­dowed Schol­ar­ship at CSM, ac­cord­ing to a CSM press re­lease. These schol­ar­ships will sup­port res­i­dents in the tri-county re­gion who are study­ing in the field of crim­i­nal jus­tice. The an­nual schol­ar­ship will be awarded to CSM stu­dents for the first time this com­ing fall. In award­ing the schol­ar­ships, a pref­er­ence will be given to vet­er­ans and to stu­dents who have been a part of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Ex­plor­ers pro­gram.

It is this lat­ter pref­er­ence that is the di­rect con­nec­tion to Mary, who helped start the Charles County Sher­iff’s Ex­plorer Unit 1658 in 1986. The ex­plor­ers are a se­nior Boy Scout unit for teenagers, Harry said, and Mary worked with the pro­gram for about 10 years.

Harry wanted the schol­ar­ship to make that con­nec­tion, if pos­si­ble, “since that was one of the things she liked the most,” he said.

Mary died in 2014. She and Harry had been mar­ried for 42 years. “As far as I’m con­cerned, I’m still mar­ried,” he said dur­ing a phone in­ter­view this month. Mary would have been 65 this week on her birth­day, Feb. 27.

The Shashos’ son, Chris Shasho of La Plata, was too young to be in his mother’s Ex­plorer pro­gram. But he re­mem­bers go­ing to many of the events with her and how all the Ex­plorer mem­bers would visit the house and con­fide in his mother.

“Ev­ery­body just kind of grav­i­tated to­ward her,” Chris said. “Ev­ery­body loved her there. They all treated her like she was their mom.”

Both Chris and Harry re­mem­ber Mary par­tic­i­pat­ing in the role-play­ing sce­nar­ios that are part of the Ex­plorer train­ing. “She would get in to the roles so much,” Chris said. “She loved do­ing it and loved get­ting in­volved.”

Jeff Holter, a 27-year po­lice of­fi­cer with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, also re­mem­bers those sce­nar­ios and Mary’s part in them.

“I was one of the orig­i­nal group that started the Ex­plorer post in Charles County,” Holter said in the press re­lease. In ad­di­tion, he said he was the first Ex­plorer hired in Charles County as a cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer in 1989.

“When the Ex­plor­ers first started, it was Cpl. [Jerry] Tor­res and Mary Shasho run­ning the post. … Jerry be­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer had a quasi-mil­i­tary ap­proach. Where Mary was the lighter side and un­der­stood kids and young adults,” Holter said. “Mary was easy to talk to and guided the post. I could tell Mary had a heart for young peo­ple and wanted to help them suc­ceed.”

Mary went far beyond just help­ing with the post. She con­tin­ued to as­sist the young peo­ple as they moved into the next phase of their lives, Holter said.

“Per­son­ally, Mary was an im­por­tant in­flu­ence on two fronts. She con­vinced me to ap­ply to Charles County in­stead of other ju­ris­dic­tions, and I be­lieve she heav­ily in­flu­enced the then-Sher­iff Jim Gart­land to take a chance and hire me. I truly be­lieve she was the key in the start of my ca­reer. I know Mary went on to in­flu­ence many oth­ers who moved on in their law en­force­ment ca­reers as well as keep­ing the Ex­plorer post mov­ing for­ward.”

Mary grew up in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. “Mary al­ways had an affin­ity for law en­force­ment,” Harry said. “Her fa­ther, Joseph DeNaves, was a guard at a D.C. jail.”

She and Harry were mar­ried in 1973 and moved to Charles County in 1976. There, they raised their two chil­dren. Both Mary and Harry worked in the com­mer­cial real es­tate busi­ness.

“She re­ally helped a lot of peo­ple in real es­tate,” Harry said. “She wouldn’t let go [when help­ing a client]. She was very gen­tle, but tena­cious.” But fam­ily and work weren’t the only fo­cus of their lives. Their Catholic faith was im­por­tant, too, Harry said. “Ab­so­lutely. We went to church ev­ery Sun­day.” And that faith was at least part of the mo­ti­va­tion for her life of ser­vice, he said.

“Mary, ba­si­cally, was a full-time vol­un­teer,” Harry said, laugh­ing. “She’s helped pretty much any or­ga­ni­za­tion you can think of.”

She worked with the home­less, LifeStyles, Ex­plor­ers, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Ki­wa­nis, and as­sisted with the Charles County Cham­ber of Com­merce, among other groups. The Ex­plor­ers were a group she par­tic­u­larly en­joyed.

Both of the Shashos’ chil­dren work in the fam­ily busi­ness. Chris is the of­fice man­ager and an agent. Teresa Shasho Clark, the Shashos’ daugh­ter, at­tended the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, where she earned the Dean’s Cup and went on to grad­u­ate from St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land. She now uses her back­ground in bank­ing and mort­gage of­fi­cer ex­pe­ri­ence to as­sist the Shasho busi­ness. Harry and Mary have four grand­chil­dren.

For in­for­ma­tion on do­nat­ing to these schol­ar­ships or cre­at­ing a schol­ar­ship at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, go to http://foun­da­tion.

Learn what to re­cy­cle

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Divi­sion en­cour­ages res­i­dents to visit its up­dated web­site and search the New Re­cy­cling Waste Wizard at www. CharlesCoun­ Re­cy­cling. Res­i­dents can uti­lize the in­tu­itive search tool to de­ter­mine which ma­te­ri­als can be reused, re­cy­cled, com­posted or dis­posed.

In ad­di­tion to ed­u­cat­ing res­i­dents on dis­posal op­tions, res­i­dents within the curb­side col­lec­tion area can ob­tain an in­di­vid­u­al­ized col­lec­tion cal­en­dar. Res­i­dents can also sign up for ser­vice re­minders and re­ceive no­tices of sched­ule changes or de­lays. Re­minders can be set per the ci­ti­zen’s pref­er­ence of text, e-mail, voice­mail, twit­ter or iCal­en­dar. A mo­bile app, called “Charles County Re­cy­cles,” is also avail­able for smart de­vice users. The free app will no­tify cit­i­zens of re­cy­cling and yard waste col­lec­tion, sched­ule changes, and help de­ter­mine what items can go into the re­cy­cling cart or should be dropped off at a cen­ter.

Curb­side re­cy­cling par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to sign up for re­minders to stay con­nected. Start­ing Satur­day, April 1, all curb­side ser­vice alerts will be com­mu­ni­cated through this new ser­vice. The Ci­ti­zen No­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem will tran­si­tion to only com­mu­ni­cate fa­cil­ity clos­ings and de­lays.

For more in­for­ma­tion on re­cy­cling, go to www. CharlesCoun­ Re­cy­cling or call the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Divi­sion at 301-932-3599 or 301-8702778. The land­fill and re­cy­cling in­for­ma­tion line is 301-932-5656.

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