McCaslin followed politics for most of her 100 years
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Dorothy McCaslin sits on her perch in St. Inigoes last fall.