Hanson, the ‘face’ of John Deere dealership, dies at 66
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-294-6050.
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