Two lawyers remembered for their strength of service
The deaths this month of two lawyers who practiced well their craft in St. Mary’s, one championing women’s standing in the legal field and another devoting much of his career to representing indigent defendants, brought forth tributes this week to their intellect and dedication.
Timmerman Tepel Daugherty, 76, pursued many roles in life, and an online biography by the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore detailed her transition from a Quaker upbringing in a rural part of New Jersey, to serving as founding president of a national women’s bar association, publishing a newspaper, working in public policy, and following a traumatic car accident in 1998, pursuing excellence as an artist making mosaic creations. She most recently lived in Miami Beach, Fla.
At her law office in Lexington Park, Daugherty said during a 1985 interview that her survey of Maryland’s biggest law firms showed how few women lawyers in the state had attained the title of partner in their workplace. “Women are trying harder because they know they have to,” Daugherty said.
Diana Donahue, who was a law partner with Daugherty, said this week that she “was very much an advocate for women in the law, and women in general,” and that she would recruit assistance from Jack Daugherty, her fatherin-law at that time, who headed a local bank.
“She enlisted him in many events and causes for women,” Donahue said, including starting a women’s shelter program that was the forerunner for current services in the county.
“That’s part of Timmie’s legacy,” Donahue said.
Timmerman Daugherty, who died on Oct. 8, also was the publisher of the St. Mary’s Tide, a weekly newspaper during the late 1980s.
John Richard Getz, 64, became an accomplished trombonist, eventually playing with a symphony orchestra, in concert with top pop and jazz stars and at two White House inaugurations, according to a funeral home’s obituary, amid his pursuit of a law degree and a varied career in both private and public practice.
“He was a top prosecutor in Baltimore for 10 years,” before a decade handling mostly family law and personal injury cases, private attorney Robert R. Castro said Wednesday outside a courtroom in St. Mary’s state office building, where Getz headed the public defender’s office for the better part of another decade, until transitioning about six years ago to the public defender’s office in Charles County.
Getz, who died Oct. 19 at his home across the Potomac River in Virginia, recently returned to private practice, with Castro’s office in Waldorf.
“He was doing a great job for us,” Castro said, describing Getz as “one of the best attorneys I ever met, and one of the best guys I ever met.”
Sing, play tonight in Chaptico church hall
Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance will host an open mic event today, Friday, at Christ Episcopal Church’s parish hall, located at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico.
Acoustic musicians of all skill levels are welcome to the friendly venue, a great hall to hone performance skills, meet new friends and possibly learn a few new licks.
The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30. Performers are admitted at no charge.
To sign up to perform, contact John Garner by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 301-904-4987. Go online to www.smtmd.org for more information.
War re-enactors coming Saturday to Point Lookout
Visitors to Point Lookout State Park this weekend, Oct. 27 and 28, can witness a living history re-enactment of American forces during the War of 1812.
Volunteers in period costumes and uniforms will interpret the life of soldiers and other Marylanders during the War of 1812, along with small arms demonstrations, drills and other events throughout the weekend. Camps at the historic fort area and on the beach at Point Lookout will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. There will also be a Saturday evening program.
Point Lookout figured prominently in the War of 1812 due to its vantage point at the confluence of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. American soldiers on watch were able to monitor British vessels moving toward Annapolis or the nation’s capital, Washington. “For more information, call 301-872-5688.
Turn in expired medicines Saturday
The Maryland State Police barrack and St. Mary’s sheriff’s headquarters in Leonardtown both offer year-round dropoff containers to safely dispose of expired or unwanted medication, a program to be recognized this Saturday, Oct. 27, through National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
In partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. Police report that the DEA has found that most teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.
Prescription drugs can be dropped off at any state police barrack at any time of the day throughout the year.
Get drive-through chicken dinners
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2632 off Route 235 in California will host a Boy Scout Troop 1203 drive-through chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 28, with proceeds going to scout camp programs.
For more information or to order a meal, featuring one-half of a rotisserie chicken and two sides, send email to email@example.com.
‘Boo-through’ Halloween event planned at firehouse
The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department’s “Boo Through” Halloween event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the firehouse located at 28165 Hills Club Road in Mechanicsville. Drive through the haunted firehouse during the free event, where goodie bags for children will be provided.
Pro wrestling to return Nov. 10 to Hollywood firehouse
Maryland Championship Wrestling’s Autumn Armageddon Tour will arrive on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Hollywood firehouse.
A bell time of 7:30 p.m., 90 minutes after the doors open, will kick off the eight matches, featuring Hall of Famer “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, The Boogeyman and Rosa Mendes.
A pre-show meet and greet will also take place, open to all ticket holders. Additional fees will be charged for photo ops and autographs of the stars. For more information, go online to www. mcwprowrestling.com.
Deadline extended for Christmas in April applications
The deadline has been extended to Dec. 1 to apply for assistance during next spring’s one day restoration and renovation blitz by Christmas in April-St. Mary’s County.
The 29th neighbor-helping-neighbor event is scheduled for April 27 of next year. See www. christmasinaprilsmc.org or call 301-884-2905.