2018

In their own words

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By RECORDER STAFF

As an­other year ends, The Calvert Recorder would like to take an op­por­tu­nity to re­cap what we’e seen and heard through­out the year. In the pages that fol­low, take a look at some of Calvert County’s best mo­ments cap­tured in pho­to­graphs, and re­call those we’ve quoted through­out our pages this year. From elected of­fi­cials and other VIPs to the ev­ery­day peo­ple whose sto­ries ap­pear week in and week out in the Recorder, here’s what they had to say in 2018 ...

Jan­uary

“The court rul­ing vin­di­cates what we’ve been say­ing and serves as a les­son for all sit­ting on county boards. When ten­ure turns to ar­ro­gance, the cit­i­zens de­serve know­ing their elected of­fi­cials can and do step in.” — Then Com­mis­sion­ers’ Pres­i­dent Evan Slaugh­en­houpt (R), fol­low­ing an ap­peals court judge’s dis­missal of for­mer Plan­ning Com­mis­sion chair and vice chair Mau­rice Lusby and Michael Phipps’ case against the Calvert com­mis­sion­ers al­leg­ing their

wrong­ful re­moval in 2016.

“He was a very ded­i­cated law en­force­ment of­fi­cer and very ded­i­cated to the county. He de­manded 100 per­cent of your time and ded­i­ca­tion when you worked for him.” — Then Com­mis­sioner Pat Nut­ter (R), on the death of for­mer sher­iff Lawrence Ch­ester “Boot­sie” Stin­nett.

“Would you want to share a ho­tel room with some­one you don’t know?” — An­thony Bladen, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of CalvertHealth, on part of the rea­son­ing be­hind the hos­pi­tal’s ex­pan­sion to in­clude pri­vate rooms for pa­tients.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to get all three bus lines to come to the same place at the same time. This is a big step for­ward in mak­ing it much eas­ier to travel from Prince Fred­er­ick to Wal­dorf, to Lex­ing­ton Park — we’re fi­nally there.” — Tri-County Coun­cil of South­ern Mary­land Pres­i­dent John Hart­line, on the launch of a new tran­sit line from Prince Fred­er­ick to Char­lotte Hall.

Fe­bru­ary

the “The re­spon­si­bil­ity main rea­son for for ne­go­ti­at­ing this is that con­tracts is with the with board the of [su­per­in­ten­dent] ed­u­ca­tion, not with some­thing the county like this com­mis­sion­ers. were to pass, If there tive, no would end be, to from the pos­si­bil­i­ties.” my per­spec— Calvert County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber Bill Phalen, re­gard­ing the county com­mis­sion­ers’ leg­isla­tive re­quest to cease the com­pen­sa­tion and ben­e­fits of the pub­lic schools su­per­in­ten­dent upon re­tire­ment, dis­missal, ter­mi­na­tion or re­moval, un­less the ben­e­fits are pro­por­tion­ate to a school sys­tem em­ployee with the same ten­ure. no “Once clos­ing this it.” door — Com­mis­sioner opens, there’s Mike Hart (R), ex­press­ing reser­va­tion on the county’s de­ci­sion to hire its first paid EMS per­son­nel.

“Calvert County has had a great history of vol­un­teerism. It’s a tough time, but it is time.” — County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Terry Shan­non, re­gard­ing that same de­ci­sion.

“I would have died that day with him if it hadn’t been for my daugh­ter be­cause I know she still needs me. I hope no one ever has to go through that.” — Mary Wil­lis of Owings re­calls the De­cem­ber 2008 death of her son, Joseph “Mikie” Simms, from sui­cide fol­low­ing his long strug­gle with opi­oid ad­dic­tion. Wil­lis spoke at a fo­rum on the opi­oid epi­demic in Ch­e­sa­peake Beach.

“It was kind of like he brought the sun­shine with him wher­ever he went. He was one of those peo­ple who was mag­netic. Peo­ple wanted to be around him.” — Jessica Val­adie, su­per­vi­sor of fine and per­form­ing arts for Calvert County Pub­lic Schools, on the death of choral teacher Dan Boyer.

“The whole idea on their end to come out and say there’s no pub­lic harm, that’s just not true. Any emis­sion into the air causes harm. … It’s

com­mon sense.” — We Are Cove Point’s Donny Wil­liams, on the Mary­land Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion’s ap­proval of Do­min­ion Cove Point LNG’s re­quest to mod­ify its state-is­sued cer­tifi­cate to re­move a nu­mer­i­cal limit on volatile or­ganic com­pound emis­sions. The com­mis­sion con­cluded the amend­ment would not ad­versely im­pact pub­lic health.

“We’re deal­ing with peo­ple’s prized pos­ses­sions ev­ery day and we un­der­stand that, and we hope they un­der­stand they are our prized pos­ses­sions when they are in our care, too.” — Kim Roof, di­rec­tor of stu­dent ser­vices for CCPS, ad­dresses school safety con­cerns af­ter the Park­land, Fla., school shoot­ing.

“I of­ten say to her I don’t know when she sleeps. Rhonda founded LEAP For­ward and truly she leaps.” — Con­cerned Black Women of Calvert County co-founder Doris Cam­mack-Spencer lauds LEAP For­ward founder Rhonda Thomas as she was pre­sented with the comptroller’s Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer Help­ing Peo­ple Award.

March

“Mr. Reid was a pil­lar of this com­mu­nity for decades. His con­tri­bu­tions had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the qual­ity of life in our com­mu­nity.” — CCPS Trans­porta­tion Di­rec­tor Ed Cas­sidy, on the death of Calvert’s first black com­mis­sioner and a well-known bus con­trac­tor and for­mer teacher, Jesse Reid.

“No one — ab­so­lutely no one — whether a stu­dent, teacher, aide, cus­to­dian, par­ent or even a vis­i­tor, should feel un­safe to be in a school.” — Then Com­mis­sion­ers’ Vice Pres­i­dent Tom Hejl (R), as the board of county com­mis­sion­ers chal­lenged the school board to match its $2 mil­lion ef­fort to fund school safety im­prove­ments. The school board ac­cepted.

“It’s not fair to pluck the li­brary out of the town via a tainted process. To be treated like this is very shock­ing.” — Ch­e­sa­peake Beach Mayor Pat “Ir­ish” Ma­honey, af­ter the Li­brary Board of Trus­tees ac­cepted a new site pro­posal from the town of North Beach for the new Twin Beaches li­brary branch, with­out no­ti­fy­ing Ch­e­sa­peake Beach, which had also sub­mit­ted a site pro­posal. The li­brary ul­ti­mately re­opened the process, choos­ing North Beach’s new site to rec­om­mend to the county com­mis­sion­ers. Later in Oc­to­ber, the li­brary board re­opened the process once again af­ter North Beach re­port­edly failed to de­liver on its end of the deal re­gard­ing the site. North Beach’s new lo­cale was even­tu­ally cho­sen. “It sounds to me like sour grapes.”

— North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer re­sponds to Ma­honey’s con­cerns that the li­brary process was tainted.

“I’m here to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mis­takes I made. I love my grand­son with all my heart and I’m still con­cerned about him and I want

him to be happy and healthy.” — Ju­dith Anne Te­treault, 56, of Lusby, who was sen­tenced to 18 months for re­port­edly poi­son­ing her 15-month-old grand­son with methadone.

“He re­ally helped cre­ate the foun­da­tion of what we know to­day as

high­way main­te­nance.” — Calvert County Plan­ning and Zon­ing Di­rec­tor Mark Wil­lis, on the death of the county’s first high­way main­te­nance di­vi­sion su­per­vi­sor Amos Young Jr.

“Chil­dren of ne­glect and abuse of­ten feel very iso­lated. I want the chil­dren that come in to know the county is re­ally sup­port­ing them and

re­ally think­ing of them.” — Then deputy state’s at­tor­ney Kathryn Marsh, on the Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter she spear­headed. The com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a lease for it in March and the cen­ter opened in the sum­mer.

“He was a real gen­tle­man, a good judge, a good farmer, just a good

man.” — For­mer Mary­land sec­re­tary of agri­cul­ture Hag­ner Mis­ter, on the death of re­tired judge Perry Gray Bowen. “I am tired of be­ing afraid and I

know you all are, too.” — Calvert High stu­dent Amauri Brown speaks dur­ing a na­tional gun vi­o­lence protest day.

“These things are all go­ing to take time to get in place. In my opin­ion, we don’t have time. We need to act now. … The one thing we can do right now is let our safety ad­vo­cates be armed in our schools to pro­tect

our kids and our staff.” — School board mem­ber and then-com­mis­sion­ers’ can­di­date Kelly McCon­key, on his push to arm school safety ad­vo­cates within the county’s pub­lic schools, a mea­sure that was met with wide­spread sup­port from cit­i­zens and reser­va­tion from fel­low board mem­bers and school of­fi­cials. He made the pro­posal within the days fol­low­ing a Great Mills High School shoot­ing in St. Mary’s that left two stu­dents dead, in­clud­ing the shooter, and in­jured an­other.

“As part of the safety ad­vo­cates’ em­ploy­ment with Calvert County Pub­lic Schools, we don’t know any­thing about their gun skills. More guns in schools may not make stu

dents safer from gun deaths.” — Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Pres­i­dent Tracy McGuire re­sponds to McCon­key’s pro­posal, a move that ul­ti­mately did not hap­pen.

April

“When I’m no longer mayor, I would feel like I lost a child.” — Frazer, on his de­ci­sion to re­tire from pub­lic of­fice at the end of his fi­nal term.

“I’ve been try­ing to do this for years and years. … I won’t rest un­til

it’s done.” — Gla­dys Jones, on ef­forts to re­store aban­doned one­room African-Amer­i­can church Brown’s United Methodist.

“I would hate to have to give my kid the talk ev­ery morn­ing … in or­der for him to come home ev­ery day af

ter school.” — Mark Wil­liams, a par­ent op­posed to over-polic­ing in the county’s schools, dur­ing a spe­cial school board meet­ing to ad­dress safety is­sues.

“I al­ways thought I would go first be­cause I’m the mom. Septem­ber 10 of 2017 for­ever changed my life. I ask

that this ends to­day.” — Mara Savoy-Wil­son ad­dresses the court dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing of twins Ja­marr and La­marr Jef­fer­son, 28, who were ac­cused of stab­bing her son, DeVaughn Savoy, 29, who died from his wounds. For their al­leged roles in the in­ci­dent, Ja­marr re­ceived 25 years in prison, while La­marr re­ceived three.

“My very best thing is that ev­ery sin­gle stu­dent is mine … and ev­ery sin­gle staff mem­ber is on my team.” — Mt. Har­mony El­e­men­tary me­dia spe­cial­ist Me­laney Sanchez, Calvert County Teacher of the Year.

“When kids know you know their name, you care about them … they

feel safer.” — Patux­ent High safety ad­vo­cate Dean Jones, Calvert County Ed­u­ca­tional Sup­port Per­son of the Year.

“I’m ready. I want to do the trans­porta­tion plan up­date and I want it to be avail­able be­fore we adopt the zon­ing or­di­nance.” — Mark Wil­lis, spear­head­ing an ef­fort to up­date the county’s 20-year-old trans­porta­tion plan.

“First and fore­most, she was an out­stand­ing com­mu­nity ac­tivist. She loved Calvert County. She was in­volved in ev­ery­thing. She en­joyed peo­ple tremen­dously.” — Grace Mary Brady, on the death of her mother, long­time com­mu­nity ser­vant Grace Mead Rymer.

May

“We stay true to our word.” — Hejl, on the com­mis­sion­ers’ de­ci­sion to lower the prop­erty tax rate af­ter hav­ing raised it in tougher times in 2016 but promised at that time to re­visit it when fi­nances im­proved.

“It’s not enough. It’s not fast enough. And it’s not enough money. You are look­ing at the guy who ac­tu­ally took the best swing at this thing. And I’m promis­ing to you that I’m gonna go back and swing at it again.” — Sen. Steve Waugh (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s), at a fo­rum on school safety. Waugh was a leader in pas­sage of the Safe to Learn Act, aimed at im­prov­ing school safety and se­cu­rity. He was ousted in the pri­mary elec­tion by Jack Bai­ley.

“It’s much more than grow­ing veg­eta­bles, corn and pota­toes. It’s about grow­ing hope for those who have lost it.” — Comptroller Peter Fran­chot (D), pre­sent­ing Farm­ing 4 Hunger with the Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer Help­ing Peo­ple Award.

“If the guy wants to, he can keep the sign up. We con­ferred with the state’s at­tor­ney, and as of right now, he is not vi­o­lat­ing any laws. We are at the mercy of the law.” — Sher­iff’s of­fice Capt. Dave Payne, on a con­tro­ver­sial bill­board along Route 4 in Hunt­ing­town that mocked lib­er­als. The sign changed its mes­sage a few times over the course of the sum­mer and also at times served as cam­paign ad place­ment for Sher­iff Mike Evans (R) and then-com­mis­sion­ers’ can­di­date Tim Hutchins (R).

“She ab­so­lutely en­joyed be­ing on the am­bu­lance. When the call went out, she’s the first one there. Peo­ple would say, ‘Pat, take a break.’ But no … she’s there.’” — Kristina Dil­lon, fol­low­ing the death of her mother, North Beach Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment res­cue Capt. Pat Os­burn, in the line of duty.

June

“The whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been re­ally in­cred­i­ble. It’s re­ally been a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m re­ally happy and thank­ful that I was able to come here out of the other 50 kids in the county spell­ing bee.” — Sadie Storm, then-eighth­grader at Plum Point Mid­dle School, who par­tic­i­pated in the Scripps Na­tional Spell­ing Bee. Storm made it the far­thest of any South­ern Mary­land stu­dent in the 2018 na­tional bee, reach­ing Round 3. “I signed it be­cause that was the de­ci­sion that the arch­dio­cese made.” — The Rev. James Stack of St. An­thony of Padua, one of three parishes served by Car­di­nal Hickey Academy, re­gard­ing a let­ter he and the other church lead­ers signed in­form­ing the school’s fam­i­lies that Jennifer Grif­fith would not re­turn as prin­ci­pal of the K-8 Catholic school fol­low­ing a re­view by the Arch­dio­cese of Washington. No school or church of­fi­cials wished to com­ment any fur­ther on the mat­ter. The arch­dio­cese con­firmed the re­view took place and said its re­view had closed and no other changes were ex­pected at that time.

“I think it is re­ally vi­tal that for the sake of cur­rent and fu­ture plan­ning com­mis­sion mem­bers that they be able to make rec­om­men­da­tions free of in­ter­fer­ence from the gov­ern­ing body — the com­mis­sion­ers, in our case.” — Phipps, as he and Lusby an­nounced they would ap­peal the court de­ci­sion dis­miss­ing their ap­peal against the com­mis­sion­ers for their al­leged wrong­ful re­moval from the plan­ning com­mis­sion.

“Don’t hide it from the world. There is go­ing to be peo­ple who hate you but there is go­ing to be peo­ple, like your fam­ily, that love you.” — Jade Smith, 19, of Calvert County, ad­dresses the crowd at the South­ern Mary­land Pride Rally & Pic­nic in Solomons.

“I am proud of the deputies in this sit­u­a­tion. They showed great re­straint and re­lied on their train­ing to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion.” — Sher­iff Evans, in re­sponse to po­lice body cam­era footage show­ing a driver pro­duc­ing a con­cealed hand­gun dur­ing a traf­fic stop with a deputy.

“The fact that this hap­pened still has me in such dis­be­lief. … She was al­ways mega-en­cour­ag­ing, pos­i­tive and lov­ing.” — Christine Ch­ester, on the death of close friend Jenna Sut­phin, 28, of Hunt­ing­town, af­ter her fi­ance’s dog at­tacked her out­side their home.

“I think it was a lot of hard work from my cam­paign team, a lot of get­ting out and speak­ing to vot­ers and telling them about what I in­tend to do.” — An­drew Rap­pa­port (R), on his pri­mary elec­tion win in the state’s at­tor­ney’s race. With­out a gen­eral elec­tion chal­lenger, Rap­pa­port cruised to an of­fi­cial vic­tory in Novem­ber. “The peo­ple have spo­ken — that is what elec­tions are for.” — Rap­pa­port’s pri­mary op­po­nent Marsh, who added that she would con­tinue to serve in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties in Calvert. Marsh later left her role as deputy state’s at­tor­ney to work in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

“I think my team did an ex­cel­lent job. I think we worked hard and it just didn’t fall our way.” — Sgt. Craig Kon­tra, who was con­sid­ered the can­di­date most likely to de­feat Evans in the pri­mary, af­ter los­ing to the in­cum­bent for a sec­ond elec­tion.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed, but I also rec­og­nize that there are forces that are not in fa­vor of what me and my fel­low com­mis­sion­ers were try­ing to do.” — Hejl, re­fer­ring to ef­forts to boost eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and cre­ate work­force hous­ing, af­ter he failed to ad­vance beyond the pri­mary elec­tion in the com­mis­sion­ers’ race. “When my watch ends, I will leave my post bet­ter than I found it.” — Waugh, af­ter he lost his re-elec­tion bid to Bai­ley.

July

“They weren’t just re­porters, they

were friends.” — Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s), on the shoot­ing deaths of five staff mem­bers at The Cap­i­tal news­pa­per in An­napo­lis. “The whole purpose is to save lives and give peo­ple a sec­ond chance.”

— Ch­e­sa­peake Beach Coun­cil­man Keith Pardieck, chair­man of the Twin Beach Opi­oid Aware­ness Com­mit­tee, af­ter the town re­jected a re­quest for nalox­one train­ing for wa­ter park staff, cit­ing li­a­bil­ity con­cerns.

“Ev­ery time we ride to Prince Fred­er­ick in the car, he looks for it. It’s very dis­ap­point­ing.” — Theresa Pirner, re­fer­ring to 7-year-old grand­son Everett Pirner and his love of the an­nual Prince

Fred­er­ick Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment car­ni­val, which was can­celed this year due to equip­ment and ma­te­ri­als for con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment in Prince Fred­er­ick con­sum­ing too much space where the car­ni­val is typ­i­cally held.

“How dare you write such a note to me about the folks in this county.” [Balls up printed copy of email and tosses it into a trash can.] “That’s what I think of your let­ter.” — Nut­ter, re­act­ing at a com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing to an email a Cal­i­for­nian sent him blast­ing the county for al­low­ing the con­tro­ver­sial bill­board mock­ing lib­er­als to stand.

Au­gust

“No mat­ter how im­por­tant a po­si­tion she held at the state or na­tional level, Joyce never for­got her friends or Calvert County. Like many oth­ers, I am grate­ful to have had her as my friend and be­lieve our best me­mo­rial is to carry on her goals.” — Calvert County Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Chair Ella En­nis, on the death of for­mer com­mis­sioner and state GOP stal­wart Joyce Lyons Ter­hes.

“If it wasn’t for the first responder who re­vived me that morn­ing, I would have died, never get­ting an­other chance to re­ally live life. So thank you, thank you all for all that you do. It’s not for noth­ing. We do

re­cover.” — Drew Li­curgo, 29, thank­ing Dfc. Eric Durner at a First Responder Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Din­ner for Durner’s ad­min­is­ter­ing the nalox­one that saved his life and helped him turn his life around af­ter he over­dosed on heroin in 2016.

“He was do­ing good once we cut him free. He just laid in the net. I think he knew we were try­ing to

help him.” — North Beach town at­ten­dant Jessica Hens­ley, who worked with fel­low at­ten­dant Lauren Granville to res­cue a lo­cal os­prey dubbed “Edgar Jr.” af­ter the bird be­came tan­gled in fish­ing line and started to drown.

“This case is ex­tremely hard on ev­ery­one. Two fam­i­lies have been

for­ever de­stroyed.” — Marsh, in her open­ing ar­gu­ment be­fore the sen­tenc­ing of James Wal­ter Harley Jr., 39, of Lusby, who re­ceived a life sen­tence for the 2017 mur­der of his wife.

“I loved my wife. What I did was wrong. … This was not meant to

hap­pen.” — Harley, ad­dress­ing Calvert Cir­cuit Judge Mark Chan­dlee at his sen­tenc­ing. “You treated her like prop­erty, not

some­one you loved.” — Chan­dlee, to Harley in court.

Septem­ber

“She was just a com­mit­ted, com­pas­sion­ate pros­e­cu­tor. She was ex­cel­lent as my sec­ond, the deputy state’s at­tor­ney. I com­pletely trusted her. To lose some­one like that is dev­as­tat­ing for the state’s

at­tor­ney’s of­fice.” — Out­go­ing Calvert County State’s At­tor­ney Laura Martin (R), on Marsh’s de­ci­sion to ac­cept a po­si­tion in Prince Ge­orge’s.

“When the project first started there were so many naysay­ers run­ning around with ban­ners and ev­ery­thing. The project’s com­plete. No­body’s com­plain­ing. It’s an asset to the county. It’s an asset to Domin

ion.” — Hejl gives his com­pli­ments to Do­min­ion Cove Point on its com­pleted ex­port ter­mi­nal, as the county fi­nal­ized an agree­ment with Do­min­ion to ac­cept a trans­fer of land used in the com­pany’s con­struc­tion that will be­come a new Lusby park.

“This is the most vi­able ap­proach given what we know now at the time, sub­ject to change in the fu­ture. The prob­lem has to be solved. I think this is the path that our county

is go­ing to move to.” — Slaugh­en­houpt, on a pro­posed lon­grange fa­cil­i­ties strat­egy that in­cludes build­ing a new county ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing at Ar­mory Square.

“The bud­get is what the bud­get is and we’re try­ing to do what we

can within the bud­get.” — CCPS Di­rec­tor of School Con­struc­tion Shu­chita Warner on a tour of the new North­ern High re­place­ment, re­gard­ing com­plaints from the ath­letic com- mu­nity that the weight room will not re­ceive new equip­ment and ath­letic fields are not be­ing ad­e­quately im­proved, among other con­cerns.

“It’s like a throt­tle, right? It al­lows you to ease up or com­press a lit­tle bit. It’s a mat­ter of about al­low­ing some ad­di­tional de­vel­op­ment to oc­cur, but not be­ing out of con­trol. Makes it a lit­tle eas­ier to get some ad­di­tional de­vel­op­ment.” — Slaugh­en­houpt, dur­ing com­mis­sioner talks on in­creas­ing schools’ ca­pac­ity to al­low for more po­ten­tial res­i­den­tial growth, a mea­sure that would pri­mar­ily af­fect north­ern Calvert. The plan­ning com­mis­sion shot the mea­sure down the next night.

“I as­saulted a young lady; 1st to 4th grade birthday gaunt­let in school. Child­hood friend of my af­fec­tion had a birthday had to run the aisles. As did oth­ers, I smacked her on her but­tocks. I feel so dis­qual­i­fied for any po­si­tion to­day. NOT! Get over it peo­ple. Con­firm Ka­vana

ugh.” — Slaugh­en­houpt’s tweet, in which he said he was try­ing to make a point not to com­pare events that hap­pened decades ago to to­day, al­lud­ing to al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault in the 1980s made against Supreme Court Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh dur­ing his nom­i­na­tion process. The tweet in­curred the wrath of many lo­cal res­i­dents as well as those beyond Calvert and led to a silent protest from about 20 women at a com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing.

“I was that girl at that party. I was the girl that was slapped on the ass. I was the girl who was ha­rassed, I was that girl who was pushed down and

it’s not ac­cept­able ever.” — Jackie Cut­lip-Niles of Dunkirk, who joined the women’s protest against Slaugh­en­houpt’s re­marks.

Oc­to­ber

“We shared many laughs and cries to­gether. She will never be for­got

ten.” — Bri­anna Gun­son re­mem­bers her sis­ter, 18-year-old Danielle Gun­son of Owings, who was found dead in Bal­ti­more in an ap­par­ent homi­cide case af­ter go­ing miss­ing in Anne Arun­del County. Po­lice ar­rested and charged Liam Cameron Penn, 25, of Wood­stock about a month later.

“Her foot­print from be­ing com­mis­sioner is all over the county, but by far this has to be the big­gest.” — Tom Kel­ley, wid­ower of the late for­mer com­mis­sioner Linda L. Kel­ley, in whose honor the county’s first an­i­mal shel­ter was named, at the new fa­cil­ity’s rib­bon cut­ting.

“Some­one is se­ri­ously hurt. I’m not gonna give you a sen­tence that looks

the other way.” — Chan­dlee, upon sen­tenc­ing 20-year-old Jaquan Mar­quis Devon Wills of Lusby to 10 ac­tive years in prison for shoot­ing a man dur­ing a drug deal in 2017.

“It’s not just a school with fam­i­lies, it’s a school of fam­i­lies. That’s what

makes this place so great.” — Our Lady Star of the Sea School Prin­ci­pal Mary Bartsch, on the Solomons Catholic school’s 85th an­niver­sary.

“We had to do some­thing. Those stair­ways, you can’t imag­ine — it

was like a ski jump.” — Nut­ter, at the rib­bon cut­ting for the new Prince Fred­er­ick Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad, as he re­called what ini­tially moved him to fight for the fa­cil­ity’s re­place­ment.

“Calvert County, you did the right thing. You gave us a new build­ing and we were in dire need of that

build­ing — you saw it first­hand.” — PFVRS life­time mem­ber Sonny Brady, at the rib­bon cut­ting.

“My kids had made me [Mother’s Day] cards and bought the in­gre­di­ents to make me break­fast in bed. What if my hus­band had to tell them that night that they wouldn’t be able to give me those cards the next morn­ing, or ever, be­cause I was dead, the way his mom had to tell her sons that their dad was dead?” — Rachel Brod­er­ick of Hunt­ing­town, the driver of one of two ve­hi­cles that caught fire in a crash caused by Ni­cole Marie Bland, 32, of Lusby, who pleaded guilty to in­tox­i­cated driv­ing. “I feel like I’m on top of the

world.” — Naquan Free­land, 21, of Calvert County dur­ing the adult ed­u­ca­tion grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Prince Fred­er­ick cam­pus.

“He left him there for a day as if he was trash. Show­ing that level of dis­re­spect to a fel­low hu­man be­ing … he de­serves ev­ery bit of the

three years.” — Se­nior As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Lisa Ridge dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing of Mark Steven Gar­ner II, 30, of Calvert, for re­port­edly con­spir­ing with an­other to move the body of over­dose vic­tim Ge­orge Lee Rome Jr. in 2016. Calvert Cir­cuit Judge Mar­jorie Clagett dealt Gar­ner just one year.

“I try to find redemp­tion in ev­ery per­son that comes be­fore me. … It was clear that Mr. Rome was a child­hood friend. He over­dosed. He died. And all of that is so tragic.” — Clagett, at Gar­ner’s sen­tenc­ing.

Novem­ber

“We be­lieve strongly that this was never a mur­der or man­slaugh­ter. Ms. Brown should never have been charged.” — Luke Woods, pub­lic de­fender for 32-year-old Port Repub­lic res­i­dent Hol­lie Marie Brown, who was ini­tially in­dicted on mur­der and man­slaugh­ter charges that were later dropped, in the 2017 death of her 4-month-old son, Michael Bur­ton. She and the baby’s fa­ther, David Robert Bur­ton, pleaded guilty to child ne­glect. Brown served six months, while Bur­ton re­ceived 18 months of ac­tive time.

“We re­ally feel like if you build it they will come — that’s re­ally been our phi­los­o­phy and it’s been such a goal for us to get and tar­get that type of busi­ness to be a neigh­bor for Do­min­ion. We truly feel like that’s go­ing to fol­low.” — Calvert Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Kelly Robert­son-Sla­gle, on the an­nounce­ment that Grey Ops LLC plans to build and be­come the sec­ond ten­ant in the Patux­ent Busi­ness Park. “Very emo­tional — I’ve been cam­paign­ing for 12 years for this seat.”

— McCon­key, upon be­ing elected county com­mis­sioner.

“It was ex­cit­ing. We had friends and friends there. We worked hard, and it paid off.” — Mike Ben­ton, af­ter be­ing voted in as the new North Beach mayor.

“Let’s get beyond cam­paign rhetoric — the par­ti­san time is over; it ended with the elec­tion. We now must move for­ward as one Calvert.” — Hutchins, the day af­ter he was elected com­mis­sioner. “I guess I was ide­al­is­tic. Peo­ple do

put party first.” — Susie HanceWells, one of five Democrats (and three women) run­ning for com­mis­sioner elected, mak­ing who the failed new board to get the li­can third board con­sec­u­tive and sec­ond all-Repub- con­sec­u­tive “I feel all-male so grat­i­fied board. that the cit­i­zens of It’s this a hard-fought county voted bat­tle, to keep a big me pri- on. mary. lasted a It’s long been time.” a tough — Evans, race that on his re-elec­tion to a fifth term as sher­iff.

“I knew it was dif­fi­cult turn­ing a red county blue. I didn’t have any delu­sion of grandeur. But this county was blue be­fore, so it can be blue

again.” — Evans’ Demo­cratic op­po­nent Michael Hawkins, on his loss.

“There’s so much sat­is­fac­tion in know­ing you are able to help peo

ple.” — Reg­is­ter of Wills Mar­garet Phipps (D), on her re-elec­tion to an 11th term.

“The mem­ory I will have of her is that she will al­ways stay with me, whether I live an­other day or an­other 10 years. I just loved her so dear

ly.” — For­mer se­na­tor Bernie Fowler Sr., on the death of his wife Betty.

“She has a great sense of judg­ment and jus­tice. She’s com­pletely an asset to the of­fice and the coun

ty.” — Rap­pa­port, on se­lect­ing Jennifer Mor­ton as new deputy state’s at­tor­ney.

“Hor­ri­ble — hate is a learned be­hav­ior. We have to re­sist any no­tion of hate and speak out boldly against it. We are bet­ter than hate. It’s very trou­bling that Calvert County is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing such a thing.” — Del. Michael Jack­son (D-Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s), af­ter Ku Klux Klan re­cruit­ment fliers were dis­trib­uted in parts of Calvert and neigh­bor­ing coun­ties.

“You’re tak­ing away the cit­i­zens’ rights to say how big they want their town cen­ters be­cause you are set­ting

it in stone in this plan.” — For­mer county plan­ner Miriam Gholl, dur­ing a plan­ning com­mis­sion meet­ing in which mem­bers voted to move for­ward with the new com­pre­hen­sive plan draft.

De­cem­ber

“I knew it would sur­prise them, and they would get a kick out of it. It means a lot to be home for the

hol­i­days.” — Air Force Sgt. Derek Rea, af­ter re­turn­ing early from over­seas and sur­pris­ing his kids at Plum Point Mid­dle School.

“I’m al­ways gonna be an ad­vo­cate for Calvert County Pub­lic Schools and the teach­ers and the staff, and I look for­ward to do­ing more for the school sys­tem with where I’m at now.” — McCon­key’s part­ing words to his fel­low school board mem­bers as he tran­si­tions to his new role as com­mis­sioner.

“She is one of the best trial at­tor­neys I’ve ever seen. I learned more by watch­ing her than I did in law

school.” — Marsh, on out­go­ing state’s at­tor­ney Laura Martin’s (R) re­tire­ment. “You just know in­ter­nally when it’s

time to move on.” — Martin, on the cusp of re­tire­ment.

“We don’t sit on our lau­rels and say, ‘Well, five stars will be five

stars for­ever.’” — Su­per­in­ten­dent Dan Curry, af­ter most of Calvert’s the state’s schools school re­port fared well cards. on omon’s “For me split-the-baby this is very much de­ci­sion.” like Sol- — Slaugh­en­houpt, the li­brary board on in sid­ing choos­ing with North the new Beach Twin to Beaches host the branch. site of of “It Calvert’s is clear fu­ture.” to me that — Slaughen- this is part houpt, the new as county the de­sign ad­min­is­tra­tion con­cept for build­ing at Ar­mory Square is re­vealed.

“The rea­son that we have an agree­ment with Com­cast is be­cause Com­cast has all the in­fra­struc­ture in our county. If an­other com­pany wants to come, they’re cer­tainly wel­come to.” — Hejl, af­ter the board re­newed a 10-year fran­chise agree­ment with Com­cast, fol­low­ing mixed pub­lic feel­ings on the mat­ter.

“The dry year will scare you to death; the wet year will flat out drown you.” — Owings farmer Joe-Sam Swann, re­fer­ring to an old say­ing passed down from his grand­fa­ther, re­gard­ing 2018 be­com­ing the wettest year on record since 1895, mak­ing life mis­er­able for farm­ers, wa­ter­men and water­front towns. “We need to move for­ward in the name of ci­vil­ity.” — Hutchins, af­ter be­ing sworn in and elected by his fel­low com­mis­sion­ers as board pres­i­dent.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one for col­lab­o­rat­ing with us to en­cour­age our stu­dents to strive for ex­cel­lence.” — Mt. Har­mony El­e­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Charles Treft, in a let­ter sent home to par­ents af­ter the school was named a Mary­land Blue Rib­bon re­cip­i­ent.

“It made me so mad be­cause I had done ev­ery­thing right. But some­one still came along and shot her.” — Va­lerie Gun­son, mother of slain teen Danielle Gun­son, re­flects on the strug­gles of car­ry­ing on af­ter learn­ing the news of her daugh­ter’s mur­der.

“I’m an African-Amer­i­can. If some­one is call­ing me a n-----, I would take that as a threat. If some­one is say­ing I ‘won’t live to be a cer­tain age,’ I would take that as a threat.” — The Calver­ton School’s head basketball coach Jerome McArthur’s re­sponse to school ad­min­is­tra­tors say­ing they did not per­ceive al­leged racial re­marks made by a lacrosse player against basketball play­ers to be a threat. Three basketball play­ers were re­port­edly sus­pended for al­leged re­marks they made on so­cial me­dia in re­sponse.

“Par­tic­u­larly in the 21st cen­tury, is­sues of race are ex­tremely im­por­tant. It is a pri­or­ity for us as a school to help our stu­dents to con­sis­tently treat oth­ers with re­spect both with lan­guage and ac­tions.” — Calver­ton Head of School Christo­pher Hayes makes as­sur­ances that if the school is aware of se­ri­ous racial threats, it will take them se­ri­ously. Hayes called the in­ci­dent “a teach­able mo­ment” re­gard­ing so­cial me­dia.

STAFF PHOTO BY TA­MARA WARD

Bri­ana Smith of North Beach learns what hap­pens when you drink and drive at the 2018 Na­tional Night cel­e­bra­tion in North Beach in Au­gust. Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Dfc. Mark Rob­shaw gives Smith point­ers.

STAFF PHOTO BY DAN­DAN ZOU

North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer, left, shares a mo­ment with Town Clerk Stacy Wilk­er­son on Nov. 1 at town hall af­ter Wilk­er­son tear­fully thanked him for his ser­vice and friend­ship.

PHOTO BY AN­DREW CEPHAS

Pro­test­ers con­gre­gate in front of the Brooks Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in March to de­mand im­me­di­ate ac­tion from the board of ed­u­ca­tion to in­crease school safety af­ter board mem­ber Kelly McCon­key’s mo­tion to arm school safety ad­vo­cates failed to get a sec­ond. Fel­low board mem­bers ar­gued he did not make the mo­tion at the proper time dur­ing the meet­ing.

PHOTO BY AMY EL­LIOTT

Res­i­dents mo­tor through the town of North Beach in July, af­ter rain from a storm event ex­hausted the town’s stormwa­ter management sys­tem, leav­ing flood­ing and high wa­ter.

STAFF PHOTO BY DAN­DAN ZOU

Lt. Tim Frid­man from the sher­iff’s of­fice, left, watches while Brenda Carr and Kristi Bing­ham cut the rib­bon for the new Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter by the Dis­trict Court in Prince Fred­er­ick. Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Kathryn Marsh, sec­ond from right, and Sher­iff Mike Evans (R) also ob­serve the late July rib­bon cut­ting.

PHOTO BY CAROLYN HARDY

Fire­fight­ers, of­fi­cers and other of­fi­cials salute the cas­ket of North Beach Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment Res­cue Capt. Pat Os­burn, who died May 26 in the line of duty, as the cas­ket is car­ried from St. An­thony’s Church to an am­bu­lance wait­ing to bring Os­burn to her fi­nal rest­ing place at Cedar Hill Ceme­tery in Suit­land.

PHOTO BY SARAH FALLIN

Mill Creek Mid­dle School quilt club mem­bers pose with Sher­iff Mike Evans (R) cov­ered in quilts last spring. The club do­nated 20 quilts to the sher­iff’s of­fice.

STAFF PHOTO BY TA­MARA WARD

Prince Fred­er­ick Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad Pres­i­dent Clarke Rawl­ings, left, life­time mem­ber Sonny Brady and Com­mis­sioner Pat Nut­ter (R) pose for a photo in Oc­to­ber at the much-needed el­e­va­tor within the new res­cue fa­cil­ity.

STAFF PHOTO BY DAN­DAN ZOU

Re­turn­ing Sgt. Derek Rea, cen­ter, sticks his tongue out in an emo­tional mo­ment af­ter he sur­prised his two chil­dren, McCart­nie and Jacob, on Nov. 30 at Plum Point Mid­dle School by com­ing home ear­lier than ex­pected.

STFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Jayde Mor­ris, left, Emmry Grow, and Kins­ley Sand­vik pre­pare for liftoff aboard the Cliff Hanger ride dur­ing Youth Day at the Calvert County Fair.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

An­i­mal Care Su­per­vi­sor April Sim­mons helps un­load the an­i­mals Oct. 31 at the Linda L. Kel­ley An­i­mal Shel­ter. The an­i­mals, which were trans­ported from the tri-county shel­ter, were among the first to ar­rive at the new shel­ter, which of­fi­cially opened Nov. 1.

STAFF PHOTO BY DAN­DAN ZOU

Dfc. Eric Durner, left, re­ceives an award from Drew Li­curgo on July 26 at a ho­tel ball­room in Solomons dur­ing the First Responder Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Din­ner. Durner re­vived Li­curgo from a heroin over­dose in May 2016.

STAFF PHOTO BY DAN­DAN ZOU

Kier­nan Allen, 4, kisses his mother Shan­non Allen, when she puts a hel­met on his head be­fore his round of joust­ing at the an­nual Christ Church Joust­ing Tour­na­ment in Port Repub­lic in Au­gust.

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