Mc­Caslin fol­lowed pol­i­tics for most of her 100 years

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Dorothy Ann “Dot” Mc­Caslin passed away ear­lier this month at the age of 100.

In an interview last fall, when Mc­Caslin said she was ex­cited to vote for a woman to be pres­i­dent of the United States, she re­called grow­ing up in a small town in North Dakota, where “farm kids … would ride horses to school” and the fam­ily’s base­ment looked like a gro­cery store be­cause of shelves full of home­made canned foods. She was born three years be­fore the pas­sage of the 19th Amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, which granted women the right to vote.

Mc­Caslin was al­ways a very stylish woman, of­ten wear­ing “flap­per” cloth­ing of that era. “When I moved down here, I moved with 20 pairs of shoes, 20 hats and 20 pairs of long gloves,” she said. She en­joyed going to lo­cal dances and clubs through­out most of her life, some­thing she said was “won­der­ful ex­er­cise.”

“She al­ways prided her­self that she could name ev­ery pres­i­dent in or­der,” Mc­Caslin’s daugh­ter, Carolyn Triebel, said last fall.

Mc­Caslin trav­eled ex­ten­sively, was a news junkie and loved dis­cussing pol­i­tics, her daugh­ter said. Mc­Caslin’s fa­ther had held sev­eral elected of­fices, in­clud­ing mayor, in the small North Dakota town where the first-gen­er­a­tion American grew up with nine sib­lings.

Last fall, Mc­Caslin at­trib­uted her longevity to eat­ing three meals a day and getting enough rest — she liked stay­ing up late, but also would usu­ally sleep in. She never smoked, but did en­joy a glass of beer oc­ca­sion­ally, she said. She was also a fan of gin­soaked raisins — “You put nine raisins in your oat­meal in the morn­ing.”

Mc­Caslin was born in Cathay, N.D., but lived most of her life in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., re­gion, in­clud­ing more than 40 years in St. Ini­goes.

“My daugh­ter lived [in St. Mary’s in the early 1970s], and my daugh­ter said you bet­ter get down here and get some water­front prop­erty. It’s going fast,” Mc­Caslin re­called last fall. Mc­Caslin said she had made many friends in the county over the last four decades, and en­joyed their com­pany, es­pe­cially play­ing cards.

Triebel said that her mother had a health in­ci­dent last month and then died 10 days later on Sept. 1. Up un­til that time, she had lived on her own at the fam­ily home in St. Ini­goes.

Triebel said that her mother’s rel­a­tives and friends were “all there to greet her” in heaven, and that “I’m sure she’s just talk­ing pol­i­tics” still.

Mc­Caslin is sur­vived by her two daugh­ters, Pat Cole of St. Mary’s City and Triebel of San Diego, Calif., as well as sev­eral grand­chil­dren, 13 great-grand­chil­dren and three great-great-grand­chil­dren.

A memo­rial ser­vice was cel­e­brated last Sun­day at Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church in St. Mary’s City. Con­do­lences to the fam­ily may be made at www.brins­field­fu­neral.com.

Spots still open for girls run­ning pro­gram in South­ern Mary­land

Reg­is­tra­tion is still open for the South­ern Mary­land chap­ter of Girls on the Run at four lo­ca­tions in St. Mary’s and Charles coun­ties. The fall 2017 sea­son starts this week, but reg­is­tra­tion is still open on a first-come, first-served ba­sis un­til Fri­day, Sept. 15, at Lit­tle Flower School for third through fifth grade; Mar­garet Brent Mid­dle School for sixth through eighth grades; C. Paul Barn­hart El­e­men­tary School in Wal­dorf for third through fifth grades; and Wil­liam B. El­e­men­tary School in Wal­dorf for third through fifth grades.

The 10-week train­ing pro­gram will cul­mi­nate in a 5K event on Nov. 18 at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gotr­somd.org.

Be pre­pared to see the lights dur­ing chal­lenge

The Ch­e­sa­peake Chap­ter of the United States Light­house So­ci­ety will host the 11th an­nual Mary­land Light­house Chal­lenge this week­end, Sept. 16 and 17.

Par­tic­i­pants who visit par­tic­i­pat­ing light­houses will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary sou­venir of that light­house. Those who score a per­fect ten by vis­it­ing all the light­house at­trac­tions that are part of this year’s chal­lenge will re­ceive an ad­di­tional sou­venir pro­claim­ing that “they’ve seen the lights.” Light­houses in South­ern Mary­land in­clude Piney Point, Point Look­out, Drum Point and Cove Point.

Or­ga­niz­ers are of­fer­ing three bonus lights — Sandy Point Shoal (to be viewed off­shore from one of Mary­land’s most pop­u­lar state parks), the Black­i­stone Light­house replica at St. Cle­ment’s Is­land, and Millers Is­land Light­house to be viewed from the Dock of the Bay Restau­rant in Spar­rows Point.

In­struc­tions and de­tailed driv­ing di­rec­tions, one light to the next, are avail­able at www. ches­lights.org.

Eat crab cakes, sup­port Piney Point school

A crab cake din­ner at First Saints Com­mu­nity Church, St. Ge­orge Is­land Cam­pus, will be held on Satur­day, Sept. 16, from noon to 6 p.m. to raise funds for the Piney Point El­e­men­tary Snack Sack pro­gram. Eat in or drive through at the church in Piney Point.

Cost for the din­ner is $22, and in­clud­ing three 3-ounce crab cakes, or $1 for a kids hot dog meal. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-475-7200 or visit www.first­saints.org.

NAACP to host an­nual ban­quet next month

The St. Mary’s County Branch of the NAACP will hold its an­nual Free­dom Fund Ban­quet on Satur­day, Oct. 21, start­ing at 6 p.m. at the Leonard­town fire­house so­cial hall. The theme for this year’s ban­quet is “We are in it To­gether: Your Vote Counts.” The civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tion will be hold­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion and voter ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties through Souls to the Polls events for the up­com­ing 2018 elec­tion year. Tick­ets for the din­ner, which in­cludes speak­ers and entertainment, are $60.

For more in­for­ma­tion, contact Char­lot­tis Wood­ley at wood748@aol.com, call 301863-3011 or visit www.stmarys­naacp.org.

Out­door mar­ket planned for Satur­day at Ce­cil’s Old Mill

There will be a fall out­door mar­ket this Satur­day, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ce­cil’s Old Mill on In­dian Bridge Road in Cal­i­for­nia. There are still a few spots open for ven­dors; contact Dar­lene Cu­cinotta at 301-247-6553 for more in­for­ma­tion.

St. Mary’s Col­lege to hold open houses

St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land in­vites prospec­tive stu­dents and their fam­i­lies to learn more about the public lib­eral arts col­lege at one of three open house events on Satur­days, Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11.

Each open house will fea­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn about aca­demic pro­grams, cam­pus life and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, as well a fi­nan­cial aid, schol­ar­ships and work-study pro­grams. Stu­dent-led tours of the col­lege’s water­front cam­pus will also be of­fered. To reg­is­ter for an open house, visit www.smcm.edu/ad­mis­sions/ visit-cam­pus and scroll down to se­lect an open house date.

STAFF PHOTO BY JESSE YEAT­MAN

Dorothy Mc­Caslin sits on her perch in St. Ini­goes last fall.

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