St. Mary’s girl and dog take turn in na­tional spot­light

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Nearly three years of train­ing, and five wins in re­gional shows, gar­nered Katharine Do­nis of St. Mary’s and Mousse, a French bull­dog, an in­vi­ta­tion to a na­tional dog show ear­lier this month in Florida.

Mousse, whose full name of Tres Chic x Di­a­mond Ridge Ma­jor Tom now is pre­ceded by the ti­tle of “cham­pion” for those ear­lier vic­to­ries in Mary­land and sur­round­ing states, was bound for the dog show life pretty much from birth.

“We bought him for that pur­pose,” the 11-year-old Leonard­town res­i­dent said last week. “We wanted to show him when we got him,” from a breeder in Ge­or­gia when he was 12 weeks old.

Since then, the girl and dog have been go­ing to one-hour classes for eight weeks in the spring and fall hosted by the South­ern Mary­land Ken­nel Club. She said they learned a great deal about each other’s per­son­al­ity.

“I had to get used to how he would work with me,” she said, “and [how] I would have to work with him.”

The pair scored the five re­quired wins in her age group, against as many as six or seven other con­tes­tants, in ju­nior com­pe­ti­tions held in Mary­land, Vir­ginia, Penn­syl­va­nia and New Jer­sey be­fore they were in­vited to the Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club Na­tional Cham­pi­onship held this month in Or­lando. All 159 ju­nior con­tes­tants, age 9 to 18, com­peted against each other, in groups of 20.

“I kind of felt a lit­tle scared [and] ner­vous. I’ve never been to that big of a show,” Do­nis said. “Once I get into that ring, I don’t get as ner­vous.”

She and Mousse didn’t make it into the next round, but they’re ready to do it again.

“He’s pretty chill about ev­ery show that we go to,” she said, adding that she’ll “keep go­ing to com­pe­ti­tions, hope­fully win­ning them, and get­ting in­vited again to give it an­other shot.”

Melanie Do­nis, the young con­tes­tant’s mother, said, “At 11 years of age, be­ing asked to go is a pretty big ac­com­plish­ment.”

Oys­ter reefs get fund­ing

The Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources re­ported last week that the state’s board of pub­lic works has ap­proved the agency’s in­vest­ment of more than $3 mil­lion in oys­ter re­cov­ery and restora­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and its trib­u­taries.

One con­tract will con­struct and re­store oys­ter reefs in di­rect sup­port of the 2014 Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Wa­ter­shed Agree­ment that calls on Mary­land to re­store na­tive oys­ter habi­tat and pop­u­la­tions in five trib­u­taries, in­clud­ing up­per St. Mary’s River.

Blue­grass band to play

Lone­some River Band will per­form at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Jan. 13, at Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 238, lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of state routes 231 and 381 in Hugh­esville.

The re­main­der of the se­ries will in­clude Rus­sell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, per­form­ing on Sun­day, Feb. 10, and an ap­pear­ance by Joe Mullins & the Ra­dio Ram­blers on Sun­day, March 10.

Food will be avail­able for sale be­fore each show for a sep­a­rate price. Guests are en­cour­aged to bring non­per­ish­able food items for the Help­ing Hands Food Bank in South­ern Mary­land.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door for all shows. For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing on ad­vance ticket sales, go on­line to www.amer­i­can­le­gion­blue­, or call 301-737-3004.

Sign up by Jan. 14 for ag mar­ket­ing course

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion is of­fer­ing a col­lege level agri­cul­ture class for the re­gion, through an es­tab­lished part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s In­sti­tute of Ap­plied Agri­cul­ture.

The Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing course will be avail­able for the spring 2019 se­mes­ter, on­line and through three in-per­son classes to be held at the com­mis­sion’s fa­cil­i­ties in Hugh­esville, and one in Wash­ing­ton.

“The goal of the classes is to pro­vide ac­ces­si­ble col­lege level agri­cul­ture ed­u­ca­tion for farm­ers, stu­dents, and work­ing adults who don’t want to travel too far from home, and also ex­pose them to the diver­sity of ca­reer and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in agri­cul­ture,” ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from Shelby Wat­son-Hamp­ton, the com­mis­sion’s di­rec­tor.

The course will ex­am­ine prin­ci­ples of mar­ket de­mand that are used to de­velop a con­sumer ori­ented mar­ket strat­egy for the agri­cul­tural busi­ness. Top­ics will in­clude mar­ket struc­tures, tar­get mar­ket­ing, mar­ket seg­men­ta­tion, niche mar­ket­ing and di­rect mar­ket­ing. Mar­ket con­cepts unique to agri­cul­tural prod­ucts also will be cov­ered. Ad­di­tion­ally, one manda­tory field-trip day will be ar­ranged for South­ern Mary­land stu­dents to visit the Dupont Cir­cle Farm­ers Mar­ket in Wash­ing­ton.

The three 6 to 8 p.m. in-per­son classes to be held at the com­mis­sion’s of­fice in Hugh­esville will take place on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 30, Wed­nes­day, March 13, and Wed­nes­day, May 15. The class at the Dupont Cir­cle Farm­ers Mar­ket, lo­cated at 1500 20th St. NW, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sun­day, April 14.

To en­roll in the Ag Class Part­ner­ship and regis­ter for the course, com­plete a UMD IAA reg­is­tra­tion process and mail it no later than Jan. 14. Once a stu­dent has en­rolled, com­mis­sion schol­ar­ships will be avail­able, in amounts of $500 to be awarded on a first­come, first-served ba­sis to stu­dents from South­ern Mary­land who are en­rolled in INAG 103: Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing.

To read the full de­tails and ac­cess the ap­pli­ca­tion form, go on­line to, and to the web­site’s links at Ag. Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Ed­u­ca­tion/Out­reach.

In ad­di­tion, the agri­cul­tural com­mis­sion and Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land have teamed up to of­fer a one-day work­shop ti­tled In­tro­duc­tion to Agri­cul­tural Ca­reers, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 23, at the col­lege’s cam­pus in La Plata.

Schol­ar­ships are avail­able from the com­mis­sion, and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served ba­sis to stu­dents from South­ern Mary­land who show proof of en­roll­ment. Work­shop reg­is­tra­tion is open now, and closes on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. Go on­line to to re­view the cri­te­ria.

Frosh is­sues warn­ing on ex­tor­tion by email

Mary­land At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian E. Frosh (D) re­cently is­sued a warn­ing to the state’s res­i­dents of an in­crease in re­ports of ex­tor­tion scams, in which thieves are us­ing email to threaten vic­tims into pay­ing a ran­som to pre­vent cer­tain per­sonal in­for­ma­tion from be­ing cir­cu­lated on­line.

“In this world of greater and greater con­nec­tiv­ity, scam­mers are prey­ing on fears that our safety, se­cu­rity, and pri­vacy are at risk in­side our own homes,” ac­cord­ing to the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s re­lease, not­ing that through “what is be­ing called the “In­ter­net ofThings,” many of our de­vices, in­clud­ing we­b­cams, watches, smart TVs, smart­phones, and even home util­i­ties are con­nected to each other and to the in­ter­net. It’s true that this con­nec­tiv­ity makes those de­vices at risk for hacking and vi­o­la­tions of pri­vacy when it comes to what data the de­vices are col­lect­ing and stor­ing. How­ever, the chances that these de­vices are be­ing used to se­cretly ‘spy’ on your ac­tiv­i­ties within your home are slim.” Scam­mers are us­ing the un­founded fears to try and ex­tort money from in­di­vid­u­als, the re­lease states, usu­ally through an email, by threat­en­ing to re­lease “em­bar­rass­ing” videos or pho­tos to the vic­tim’s email con­tacts.

If an ex­tor­tion at­tempt is re­ceived via email, the agency’s re­lease rec­om­mends chang­ing the email ac­count’s pass­word im­me­di­ately, and to not use any pass­word that was used pre­vi­ously. Do not click on any links in the email; just delete it. If pos­si­ble, block that sender from send­ing ad­di­tional emails to the ac­count.

“You are def­i­nitely not the only vic­tim,” the re­lease states, “and by re­port­ing your ex­pe­ri­ence, you can help put these crim­i­nals out of busi­ness.”


Katharine Do­nis of Leonard­town has trained with Mousse, a French bull­dog, for al­most three years.

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