Funds still sought for retired lawman injured in accident
Two months after the bicycle he was riding struck a stopped police vehicle, a retired St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy, most recently working as a courthouse security officer, remains in longterm medical care, and fundraising efforts are continuing.
Timothy I. Butler’s coworkers at the law enforcement agency include his brother, Michael Butler, who recently wrote in a GoFundMe page’s campaign description about his sibling’s ongoing recovery from severe injuries to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord.
“Surgeons were able to reconstruct the damaged vertebrae,” Michael Butler wrote, “but the spinal cord damage remains. Sadly, Tim has no mobility or feeling below his shoulders, … but with God’s good grace, Tim will recover. He has been working diligently on his respiratory system as that has been affected as well. The recovery process for Tim is very long and difficult.”
On the evening of July 18, Tim Butler, the 54-year-old law enforcement veteran described by the agency as an avid cyclist long appreciating the activity’s fitness benefits, was riding north along Route 235 in Hollywood when he hit the unmarked Maryland State Police Ford Explorer. Police reported that the trooper in the stationary SUV, stopped on the shoulder of the highway, had conducted a traffic stop of another motorist, and that the SUV’s emergency lights had been activated.
Sheriff’s Maj. Michael Merican said last week that Butler has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility in Washington.
“A simple bicycle accident — who would ever think,” the major said of the severity of Butler’s injuries. “It’s very sad,” he said, repeating that the result is “unbelievable. Unbelievable.”
The fundraising webpage to support Butler can be found online at www.gofundme.com/51-quottiquot-strong. As of earlier this week, more than $10,000 of a $30,000 goal had been achieved.
Children’s music day in Chaptico canceled
The Southern Mary- land Youth Outreach Workshop scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, at Christ Church in Chaptico has been canceled due to the potential for bad weather from Hurricane Florence. The event will be rescheduled for a later date. Go to SMTMD. org for more information about upcoming events.
Dinners and other events canceled due to storm’s threat
A chicken carry-out dinner that was scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 15, at the 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee has been canceled.
A crab cake dinner planned for Saturday at First Saints Community Church in Piney Point has been postponed to Oct. 13.
The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad also has canceled a drivethrough chicken dinner planned for this Sunday, Sept. 16, due to the weather forecast.
A chicken dinner at the 7th District Volunteer Rescue Squad in Avenue that was set for Sunday has also been canceled.
Additionally, the fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day event, scheduled for this Saturday at the St. Andrew’s Landfill in California, has been postponed. The event has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10.
Spies, songbirds and scares coming to Sotterley soon
This year’s speaker series at Sotterley Plantation’s barn in Hollywood continues at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 19, with a talk on “The Taking of K-129,” a missing Soviet ballistic missile submarine located in 1968 by the U.S. Navy in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean.
The job of salvaging the sub was given to the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology, a release states, and Project Azorian commenced, a massive five-year covert operation that produced one of the greatest feats of engineering in history. Author Josh Dean will discuss the operation, and the incredible cover story developed by the CIA to disguise it.
The speaker series event is free to the public, but due to limited seating, call 301-373-2280 for reservations.
In addition, David Moulton will lead a “Birding the Fields and Trails of Historic Sotterley” tour from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, to experience the beauty of fall on an excursion along the Patuxent River property. Bald eagles, migrant songbirds, lingering meadowlarks, sparrows and waterfowl can be found on Sotterley’s extensive trail system and natural habitats. There is no charge to attend the event, but donations are always appreciated.
Respond by Sept. 22 by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 240-278-4473.
Additionally, the historic landmark’s Ghosts of Sotterley 2018 Tours have been scheduled for Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, beginning each day at 7 p.m., in 10-minute intervals.
Advance reservations are required, and no walk-ins will be allowed. Group rates are available for an entire block of time.
Call 301-373-2280, or go online at www.sotterley. org.
Apply now to be listed in farms’ holiday guide
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission is accepting listings through Sept. 22 for the 2018 edition of Farms for the Holidays, a guide to Southern Maryland winter farm products.
The commission publishes the full-color booklet annually to highlight farms in Southern Maryland that offer products and services and hold events during the holidays and winter months. Listings feature farms offering fresh holiday greenery, locally grown Christmas trees, meats, dairy, seafood, produce, baked goods, wine, beer and distilled spirits, plus farm-made gifts, festive farm-hosted events, and food and beverage tastings.
All Southern Maryland businesses that offer the region’s farm products are encouraged to submit an application to be included.
There is no charge to be listed. Free copies of the guide will be available to the general public by early November at regional libraries, visitor centers, participating farms and businesses, and may be viewed or downloaded online at www.smadc.com.
To download the application and submit a listing, go online to the website, or call 301-2741922, ext. 1.
Timothy I. Butler, left, and his brother, Michael Butler, both have served long careers with the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office.