Hanson, the ‘face’ of John Deere deal­er­ship, dies at 66

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Brenda Lee Hanson knew her trac­tors, es­pe­cially the green and yel­low ones. Hanson, who ran Car­roll’s Equip­ment in Dameron for many years with her fa­ther and brother, died on Nov. 8.

She was born on July 15, 1951, to Richard Wil­liam “Dick” Car­roll and Clara Ann “Dolly” Donatelli Car­roll. Hanson grad­u­ated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1969 and, four years later, earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree from St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land.

Rick Car­roll, who ran the shop with his sis­ter and worked with her day in and day out for about 40 years, said she got along with just about ev­ery­one.

Hanson and the rest of her sib­lings grew up in Dameron on John Deere trac­tors and lawn mow­ers. The busi­ness, started by her grand­fa­ther in the early 1930s, has re­mained a main­stay for farm­ers and home­own­ers for nearly nine decades. She was known for her friendly smile and help­ful dis­po­si­tion at the shop.

“Brenda was the face of the deal­er­ship, be­cause of her per­son­al­ity,” Rick Car­roll said. “She would han­dle the sales, ac­count­ing and fi­nance.”

Rick Car­roll said that he closed the deal­er­ship on Mon­day for his sis­ter’s funeral. Con­do­lences con­tin­ued to pour in Tues­day morn­ing when the shop re­opened, he said, ad­ding that the fam­ily will keep run­ning the store, tak­ing it a day at a time.

Hanson had also served sev­eral terms as a mem­ber on the St. Mary’s County Metropoli­tan Com­mis­sion.

In ad­di­tion to her work, Hanson was an ex­cel­lent cook, and en­joyed hav­ing friends and fam­ily over for cook­outs, ac­cord­ing to her obit­u­ary. As an avid trav­eler, she and her hus­band, Jimmy, vis­ited many places through­out Europe and across Amer­ica, even though they al­ways re­turned to St. Mary’s early be­cause they loved their home. Hanson also en­joyed spend­ing time on the wa­ter, whether it be in the boat catch­ing rays, pic­nick­ing at the pier, or re­lax­ing on beaches along the Po­tomac River.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band, Brenda is also sur­vived by her son, Matthew Hanson, and his fam­ily, as well as her sib­lings, Rick Car­roll, Cyn­thia “Cindy” Brad­burn, Stephanie “St­effie” Lan­g­ley and Deanna Dun­bar.

A life cel­e­bra­tion and prayer ser­vice were held on Sun­day at Brins­field Funeral Home in Leonard­town, and a Mass of Chris­tian Burial was cel­e­brated Mon­day at St. Ge­orge’s Catholic Church in Val­ley Lee.

Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Se­cond District Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and Res­cue Squad and St. Ge­orge’s Catholic Church. Con­do­lences to the fam­ily may be made at www.brins­field­fu­neral.com.

Ge­neal­ogy sem­i­nar planned for today

An Em­pow­er­ment and African Amer­i­can Ge­neal­ogy pre­sen­ta­tion led by Chris Ha­ley, Mary­land State Archives re­search di­rec­tor for the history of slav­ery, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing room in Leonard­town. The pre­sen­ta­tion is spon­sored by the St. Mary’s County His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion, St. Mary’s County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and St. Mary’s County Li­brary. For more in­for­ma­tion, email Su­san Wolfe at lr.wolfejr@ver­i­zon.net.

Opi­oid abuse to be ad­dressed to­mor­row

A panel dis­cus­sion to ed­u­cate par­ents on pre­ven­tion, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and treat­ment of opi­oid abuse will be held to­mor­row, Thurs­day, Nov. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Ryken High School’s Ro­muald Hall Au­di­to­rium. This is an adult-only event, and will fea­ture Dr. Meena Brew­ster, the county health of­fi­cer.

Fol­low­ing the panel, mem­bers of the health depart­ment will of­fer Nalox­one train­ing to ad­min­is­ter a life-sav­ing drug that can help in an over­dose sit­u­a­tion. RSVP at www.sm­rhs.org/page.cfm?p=8961.

Reg­is­ter now for crops con­fer­ence

Farm­ers can plan to at­tend the 36th an­nual South­ern Mary­land Crops Con­fer­ence to hear the lat­est ad­vances in crop pro­duc­tion and man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy. The con­fer­ence, spon­sored by the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion and lo­cal agribusi­ness firms and or­ga­ni­za­tions, will be held on Nov. 28 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Baden Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment in Brandy­wine. The con­fer­ence pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for those in­volved in agri­cul­ture to meet and dis­cuss com­mon prob­lems and hear from ex­perts on the lat­est in agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion and man­age­ment. Topics sched­uled for the con­fer­ence in­clude manag­ing com­mon soy­bean dis­eases, manag­ing her­bi­cide-re­sis­tant weeds, and up­dates on lo­cal fer­til­ity and pest is­sues. The reg­is­tra­tion fee of $10 in­cludes a catered din­ner. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-475-4484.

Re­call of some fire ex­tin­guish­ers is­sued

The Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice this week shared in­for­ma­tion about a re­cent re­call of por­ta­ble fire ex­tin­guish­ers man­u­fac­tured by the Kidde Corp.

A list of the spe­cific ex­tin­guish­ers listed in the re­call is avail­able at www. cpsc.gov/Re­calls/2018/ Kidde-Re­calls-Fire-Ex­tin­guish­ers-with-Plas­tic%20 Han­dles-Due-to-Fail­ure-toDis­charge-and-Noz­zle-De­tach­ment-One-Death-Re­ported.

The state fire mar­shal’s of­fice en­cour­ages all res­i­dents to take a mo­ment and check ex­tin­guish­ers against the list. On Nov. 2, Kidde an­nounced a re­call of al­most 38 mil­lion fire ex­tin­guish­ers in the United States.

They may not work dur­ing a fire emer­gency if they be­come clogged and re­quire a lot of force to use.

Also, the noz­zle can come off with enough force to strike and hurt some­one, the of­fice says. Kidde rec­om­mends own­ers im­me­di­ately re­place these fire ex­tin­guish­ers.

Col­lege’s democ­racy cen­ter seeks do­na­tions

This year the Cen­ter for the Study of Democ­racy at St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land is mark­ing its 15th an­niver­sary as a pre­mier source of civic ed­u­ca­tion in South­ern Mary­land.

The col­lege is ask­ing that res­i­dents cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion by mak­ing a do­na­tion to the cen­ter.

With a gift, the cen­ter, a self-sup­port­ing en­tity, will con­tinue to ed­u­cate young peo­ple about Amer­i­can democ­racy and of­fer Mary­lan­ders free pub­lic lec­tures and fo­rums on pol­i­tics, cur­rent af­fairs, and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

Make a gift online at www.smcm.edu/give or by check made out to “The Cen­ter for the Study of Democ­racy” and mailed to SMCM Foun­da­tion, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686.

Thanks­giv­ing meal open to all at church Nov. 23

A Thanks­giv­ing din­ner for the com­mu­nity will be held at The Church of the As­cen­sion on Thurs­day, Nov. 23, from noon to 3 p.m. The tra­di­tional din­ner, which in­cludes tur­key, dress­ing, mashed pota­toes, dessert and more, is free and ev­ery­one is wel­come. The church is at 21641 Great Mills Road in Lex­ing­ton Park. Call 301-863-8551.

Lo­cal au­thor’s book fea­tured in Ger­many

Jonathan Nord­strom’s multi-award win­ning book, “Some­times Sleep,” will be on dis­play at Klingspor Mu­seum in Ger­many from Nov. 25 through Feb. 12 next year in an in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s book ex­hi­bi­tion.

Re­leased in 2015, “Some­times Sleep” has gar­nered mul­ti­ple awards in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized Mom’s Choice Award – Gold Award Hon­or­ing Ex­cel­lence, Gelett Burgess Chil­dren’s Book Award for best bed­time story, and was cho­sen as a top 100 No­table book from Shelf Un­bound Best In­die/Self-Pub­lished Book Com­pe­ti­tion.

Nord­strom, a Michi­gan na­tive, now lives in St. Mary’s with his wife and chil­dren. He is avail­able for book events as well as school pre­sen­ta­tions by con­tact­ing agent Wendy Dean at wendy@om­nibus­pub.com or 410-294-6050.

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