Funds still sought for re­tired law­man in­jured in ac­ci­dent

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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 moul­ton.davidh@gmail.com 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.

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Timothy I. But­ler, left, and his brother, Michael But­ler, both have served long ca­reers with the St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice.

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