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