Calvert hon­ors its most beau­ti­ful vol­un­teers

A 16-year-old is among the 2018 year’s re­cip­i­ents

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By TA­MARA WARD tward@somd­news.com

The Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers pre­sented seven Calvert County res­i­dents with the 2018 Calvert You Are Beau­ti­ful Award on Tues­day for their com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity through vol­un­teer­ing.

The an­nual awards pro­gram, in its 12th year, was held at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land in Prince Fred­er­ick.

This year, 16 year-old Ben Springer, a ju­nior at Calvert High School, was among the hon­orees.

A vol­un­teer with the Calvert Stew­ard pro­gram, a part­ner­ship be­tween Calvert Na­ture So­ci­ety and the Calvert County Di­vi­sion of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Springer works with na­ture pro­grams at Bat­tle Creek Cy­press Swamp Na­ture Cen­ter where he is in­volved in con­struc­tion, videog­ra­phy, re­search mon­i­tor­ing, teach­ing and coun­sel­ing.

Springer has par­tic­i­pated in re­search ef­forts such as the Prothono­tary War­bler Project, which in­volved build­ing, in­stalling and mon­i­tor­ing bird nest boxes, and the Mary­land At­las of Rep­tiles and Am­phib­ians Project. The goal of this five-year study was to sur­vey all of the rep­tiles and am­phib­ians found in this geo­graphic area.

“Isn’t he amaz­ing,” Chief of Calvert County’s Nat­u­ral Re­sources Di­vi­sion Karyn Mo­lines said of Springer. “He’s a real as­set.”

Mo­lines, who nom­i­nated Springer, said the di­vi­sion has 100 vol­un­teers and when she had to think who is that one per­son that ex­em­pli­fies the vi­sion of the di­vi­sion, Springer im­me­di­ately came to mind.

“The ded­i­ca­tion he has with na­ture — he has grown up with nat­u­ral re­sources and as soon as he was able to, he joined the pro­gram.

Mo­lines said the award gives Springer the op­por­tu­nity to know peo­ple value what he is do­ing.

Bar­bara Glover, a vol­un­teer and award re­cip­i­ent, is the prin­ci­pal lead for the Ladies of Char­ity Food Pantry in North Beach, which serves an av­er­age of 275 house­holds in north­ern Calvert County. She or­ders food and sup­plies, keeps the pantry clean and or­ga­nized and leads a team of roughly 40 vol­un­teers.

Glover estab­lished the prac­tice of giv­ing clients “bonus bags” filled with per­sonal care items that are not el­i­gi­ble for pur­chase un­der the food stamp pro­gram. She also pre­pares hol­i­day meals

for pantry clients.

Glover also leads the dis­tri­bu­tion of fresh farm pro­duce and man­ages the dis­tri­bu­tion of back­packs filled with school sup­plies in Au­gust. Glover re­ceived the Arch­bishop of Wash­ing­ton’s “Man­i­fest­ing the King­dom Award” in 2017 for her ef­forts. She also vol­un­teers with the Knights of Colum­bus and the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica. Ann Klein nom­i­nated Glover.

Honoree Barry Briscoe is a vol­un­teer at South­ern Pines Se­nior Cen­ter in Lusby where he has at­tended and par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams there for a num­ber of years. Briscoe serves lunches to se­niors who have dif­fi­culty walk­ing and of­ten as­sists with set­ting up and clean­ing up for se­nior cen­ter pro­grams. Oc­ca­sion­ally, he will play the piano.

Briscoe also pre­pares a his­tory lec­ture and fa­cil­i­tates the se­nior cen­ter’s dis­cus­sion ti­tled “Our His­tory.” Briscoe was nom­i­nated by Ed Sul­li­van.

Award re­cip­i­ent Bev­erly Barth is no stranger to help­ing those in cri­sis. Shortly af­ter mov­ing to Calvert County two dozen years ago, she be­gan train­ing to help women in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sit­u­a­tions. Over the years, she has ac­com­pa­nied vic­tims to court, vis­its them in emer­gency rooms and helps them get pro­tec­tive or­ders from their abu­sive part­ners. Barth is on call week­ends at the Cri­sis In­ter­ven­tion Cen­ter in Prince Fred­er­ick.

Barth was re­cently sworn in as a court-ap­pointed spe­cial ad­vo­cate work­ing with fos­ter chil­dren, sup­port­ing them as they nav­i­gate their way through the court sys­tem and find per­ma­nent homes. She also served with the Calvert County Lions Club for 13 years. Cor­rita My­ers nom­i­nated Barth for the award.

Award re­cip­i­ent Linda Dens­more has been a vol­un­teer at the Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum in Solomons for nearly two decades.

Most re­cently, Dens­more comes to the mu­seum ev­ery Wed­nes­day morn­ing to serve as a guide for the skates and rays ex­hibit, in­ter­pret­ing the ex­hibit for vis­i­tors and an­swer­ing ques­tions.

Des­n­more was voted the mu­seum’s 2017 Vol­un­teer of the Year, re­ceiv­ing their Golden Ot­ter award in March of this year.

Sherri Reed nom­i­nated Dens- more. Dens­more was un­able to at­tend the award due to ill­ness.

Diane Hol­loway nom­i­nated Lusby res­i­dent Kevin Franco for tend­ing the South­ern Com­mu­nity Cen­ter’s com­mu­nity gar­den and but­ter­fly gar­den, as well as plants within the cen­ter.

In ad­di­tion to his land­scap­ing, Franco in­stalled stone work for the walk­way in the cen­ter’s but­ter­fly gar­den. Franco also vol­un­teers with the Calvert County Depart­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation and the Of­fice on Ag­ing by as­sist­ing with set­ting up for var­i­ous events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fran­cis “Randy” Kozik nom­i­nated award re­cip­i­ent Carolyn Mohler as chair­per­son of Calvert County Christ­mas in April, a pro­gram that re­pairs the houses of se­lected low-in­come Calvert home­own­ers with the help of 900 vol­un­teers.

Mohler re­ceives and process- es more than 115 ap­pli­ca­tions and phone calls through­out the year in sup­port of the pro­gram, or­ga­nizes com­mit­tee mem­bers into teams to as­sess ap­pli­cants’ needs and pri­or­i­tize re­pairs, and then over­sees the se­lec­tion process with the 20-mem­ber panel.

Mohler no­ti­fies ap­pli­cants of their se­lec­tion sta­tus. For those who are se­lected, Mohler vis­its the homes to meet and pho­to­graph vol­un­teers work­ing on houses and to in­ter­view home­own­ers. She en­cour­ages those who are not se­lected to re-ap­ply the next year. She pub­lishes a 16-page il­lus­trated news­let­ter of the Christ­mas in April work­day that in­cludes data from the event.

STAFF PHOTO BY TA­MARA WARD

Carolyn Mohler, left, Ben Springer, Bev­erly Barth, Bar­bara Glover, Barry Briscoe and Kevin Franco each re­ceive the 2018 Calvert You Are Beau­ti­ful Award for vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity. Not pic­tured is award re­cip­i­ent Linda Dens­more. The award cer­e­mony was held at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land in Prince Fred­er­ick on Sept. 25.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Above left, Ben Springer, a ju­nior at Calvert High School, was among the hon­orees at the 2018 Calvert You Are Beau­ti­ful Award for vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity. Springer, 16, vol­un­teers with the Calvert Stew­ard pro­gram. Above right, Kevin Franco was among the hon­orees for vol­un­teer­ing at the South­ern Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Franco land­scapes at the cen­ter and also vol­un­teers with the county’s Depart­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation and the Of­fice on Ag­ing. Be­low, Carolyn Mohler, chair­per­son of Calvert County Christ­mas in April, was nom­i­nated for her com­mit­ment to the pro­gram that re­pairs the houses of low-in­come Calvert County home­own­ers.

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