Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spay & Neuter Nook to have Grand Opening

The Spay Spa & Neuter Nook — a state-of-the-art, low-cost spay and neuter clinic at 1251 West Central Ave. in Davidsonville — will celebrate its official grand opening from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.
The event will include tours of the clinic, pet care tips, contests, games, drawings and refreshments. As a special, added attraction, the clinic’s surgical vet, Dr.Alison Mocko, will be available to perform teddy bear repair surgeries in the surgery suite during the open house. Teddy bears and other beloved stuffed animals that have suffered superficial injuries from repeated hugs and cuddles will be made almost new.
For the past 15 years, Rude Ranch Animal Rescue has rescued, spayed-neutered and found homes for more than 10,000 animals. The Spay Spa & Neuter Nook is the culmination of Rude Ranch’s mission to end euthanasia of companion pets because of overpopulation. It is open to anyone, regardless of income level or geographic location. The clinic is part of the Humane Alliance National Spay/Neuter Response Team and is partially funded by PetSmart Charities.
“Our goal is to make spay-neuter services more affordable to pet owners who might not otherwise be able to sterilize their pets,” said Katherine Evans, president of Rude Ranch Animal Rescue. “With thousands of homeless and unwanted dogs and cats euthanized every year, spaying and neutering services are essential to solving our homeless-pet overpopulation problem.”

Three Charged in Davidsonville Fire

Anne Arundel County fire investigators have charged three teens with arson in a Jan. 21 vehicle fire in Davidsonville.
According to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, two 16-year-old males and one 17-year-old-male were arrested on juvenile citations.
All three teens were charged with first-degree malicious burning, second-degree conspiracy to commit arson, first-degree conspiracy to commit malicious burning and malicious destruction of property.
On Jan. 21 at 4 a.m. firefighters respond to the 1400 block of Della Way in Davidsonville for a report of a vehicle fire. First-responding units reported than an SUV was engulfed in flames, which firefighters quickly brought under control.  Della Way is in Cambria which is off of Riva Road.
An investigation revealed that fire was incendiary in nature and caused an estimated $9,500 in damage, according to a release.
Two of the teens charged were released to their parents custody. The other teen remained at the Cheltenham Youth Facility on an unrelated matter.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Havens, McCaffrey, Mussler on Dean's List

Taylor Havens, Megan McCaffrey and Alexandra Mussler of Davidsonville have been named to the Dean's List at the University of Delaware for the fall semester.

Lori-AnnBalzano Teacher of the Year Nominee

Lori-Ann Balzano, a Second Grade teacher at Davidsonville Elementary is one of eight teachers from the south county area nominated for A. A. Co. Teacher of the Year.

Jennifer Selby Combines Martial & Visual Arts

    Davidsonville resident Jennifer Selby has been taking martial arts classes at Balanced Life Skills in Annapolis for eight years. This spring she will test to earn her Black Belt, an accomplishment she has dreamed of over the years with each practiced punch and kick.
    To obtain the Black Belt, Selby must not only complete the endurance phase of the test which includes hundreds of sit-ups, push-ups, squats, running and other physically demanding elements. Selby must also complete a project of her choosing that enhances every part of her life including the body, mind and spirit.
    Along with her passion for martial arts, Selby is a huge fan of the visual arts.  With a minor in studio art, Selby has always wanted to educate children about the importance of art in everyday life.
    When presented with this opportunity, Selby decided to combine her two passions and create, “Art in Mind,” a series of visual-thinking workshops that will introduce children to all different types of artists, art forms and art movement.
    To read more about Jennifer,  to to:

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Edgar Wayson Passes Away

    Edgar P. Wayson, Jr., 91, died January 26 at his home in Davidsonville.
    Edgar was born April 17, 1921 in Dunkirk, and worked as a farmer his entire life. In 1987, he retired from his State of Maryland position as a carpenter with the Crownsville Hospital Center. He was a lifelong member of the Davidsonville United Methodist Church, for which he served as a Chairman of the Trustees, in addition to other church positions. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau for which he once served as Director. He enjoyed following the Baltimore Orioles and coaching little league baseball, which he had been interested in since playing on the Davidsonville team in his youth.
    Edgar was preceded in death by his wife Doris Price Wayson, who after 57 years of marriage died January 2, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Clifton Wayson; and sister, Peggy Moreland.
    He was survived by his son, Gregg (Luisa) Wayson of Davidsonville; daughter, Sharon Wayson Loss of Davidsonville; sister, Nancy Clayton of Crofton; and granddaughter Sierra Nicole Wayson.
    Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, January 28 at Davidsonville United Methodist Church, 819 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, also at Davidsonville United Methodist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy, Annapolis, MD 21401 or to 
Alzheimer's Association , 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093-5142. Online condolences may be left for the family

Friday, January 25, 2013

Kory Johnson On Most Wanted List

Annapolis Police have added Kory Johnson of Davidsonville to their Most Wanted list. Johnson, 21, was last known to live at 407 Heitzman Road, off Beards Point Road, in Davidsonville.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Recent Home Sales in Davidsonville

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales include a 3  brm raised rancher at 1328 Double Gate Rd.
and a 5 brm colonial at 2514 Howard Grove Rd.

Woman Injured in Fall

A woman estimated to be in her early- to mid-80s was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after falling Tuesday night in Davidsonville.
Fire and rescue personnel responded to the 400 block of Heitzman Road shortly after 8 p.m. The woman reportedly fell after fainting, fire department spokesman Lt. Jack Beall said.
She was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Additional details were unavailable.

Ray Black Passes Away

   M. RAY BLACK, 95, long-time resident of Harwood, MD and beloved husband of Anna Casey for 63 years, died on January 22, 2013.
    Ray was born in Pennsylvania and enjoyed a rural-agrarian upbringing with his brother in the Juniata neighborhood of industrial Altoona. He spent summers working on the farms of his grandparents.
    Ray was preceded in death by his father, Raymond, his mother, Lessie and brother Ronald. Ray was deeply saddened in hearing of the tragic death in July 2012 of his doting Pennsylvania cousin, Larry; perhaps they commiserate now over some verdant Penn meadow brimming with children and family fellowship. Ray is survived by Anna; his five children, Susan (Michael Duff), Kathleen (Todd Redlin), Julie (William Carlson), Daniel (Marie White) and David (Lisa); grandchildren, Trevor (Emi), Andrew (Kourtney), Brian (Liv), Lindsey, Bridget (Rob), Allison (Jeff), Rena, Emmet, Patricia, Kerry, Margaret Mary, Katie, Casey, and Rory; and great-grandchildren, Ainsley, Adelaide, and Benjamin; a niece and nephews.
    Ray migrated to Washington D.C. to work for the federal government where he met Anna while working at the Bureau of Census. After serving in the
Army during WWII, Ray returned to the federal government, eventually ending a long career at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    He then fulfilled a life's dream in retiring from federal service to his beloved All Seasons Farm, to sink his Pennsylvania roots in Anne Arundel soil. It is from his gardens, with the beautiful tomatoes he would never eat, the watermelons and blueberries which nurture and entertain his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, that he derived much pleasure and satisfaction.
    Ray was an avid follower of popular culture and politics. As an enthusiastic reader, he read two daily papers, and was a fan of autobiographies. After many years of trying to convince Ray that spending a sunny fall afternoon indoors was a good idea, Anna was able to convert him into an enthusiastic Redskins fan. He possessed an enlightened world view and was intolerant of unkindness and thoughtlessness.
    While raising his children, Ray was a doting and creative father who customized his children's spaces, and who never stopped upgrading and decorating in his inimitable and uniquely homespun way. In later years, Ray delighted in adapting his love of decorative arts to the manufacturing of greeting cards which regularly and humorously warmed the hearts of family and friends; in fact his industry is such that some may yet enjoy a posthumous birthday greeting. What sustained Ray was chasing idleness, most happily done in the out-of-doors. He was a great appreciator of all trappings of farm life, admiring handsome horses, well-kept fences, all manner of tractors or the breathtaking green of young alfalfa. He loved Irish music and culture with which he indoctrinated his offspring. He will be remembered as a man of curiosity, industry, humor and grace. The family is grateful to his doctors, nurses and care-givers at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
    Friends are invited to Ray's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 25 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 26 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410. An online guestbook is available at

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Werner Fornous Passes Away

By Jacques Kelly of the Baltimore Sun
Werner H. Fornos, who fled post-World War II Germany as a teen and became an advocate for global population control after serving in the Maryland House of Delegates, died of diabetic complications Jan. 16 at his home in Basye, Va.

The former Davidsonville resident was 79.

Born Werner Horst Farenhold in Leipzig, Germany, he was separated from his family during the World War II during Allied bombing when the apartment building where the family lived was destroyed. In a 1993 article in Current Biography, he recalled being trapped beneath rubble for three days before a search party rescued him after hearing him tapping on water pipes.

Nazi authorities later charged him with playing with firecrackers on a church roof that led to "a plot to aid enemy forces in locating the city." He was put in a political reform school and whipped.

He related in the Current Biography article that in July 1944 he escaped from the school "by hiding in the brake box of a train transporting German troops to Normandy, France."

"Werner made several attempts to get into the United States," said a co-worker, Hal Burdett, who lives inAnnapolis. "In the first of these, he was smuggled onto a troop ship by soldier friends, but was discovered by Army officers who turned him over to German welfare workers while the vessel was still docked in Bremerhaven."

He was then about 12 years old and made three additional attempts to hide on troop ships. He twice got as far as New York and then reached Ohio. "An infantry corporal had given him his address and told him to look him up if he ever got to the States," Mr. Burdett said. "By the time Fornos reached the address, the corporal had moved and there was no forwarding address. He was again turned over to immigration officials and sent back."

Mr. Fornos remained determined to leave Germany. He hid in a U.S. transport plane's baggage compartment and made it to Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts. Again he faced deportation when he was discovered.

Elizabeth L. Fornos, a church group member from Newton, Mass., was visiting persons due for deportation at the East Boston Immigration Detention Center. She and her husband, Jaime Fornos, received permission to house him temporarily.

Mr. Burdett said the couple thought the 16-year-old would be shipped back to East Germany, then controlled by Russian authorities. They were joined by neighbors and other groups in bringing the case to the attention of U.S. Rep. Christian Herter. They lobbied successfully to have him declared a legal immigrant. House of Representatives Majority Leader John W. McCormack intervened, and he was declared an American citizen by an act of Congress. He was subsequently adopted by the Fornoses and changed his name to Werner Fornos, Mr. Burdett said.

He went on to serve in the Army and was stationed in Fort Meade. He later bought a small farm in Davidsonville and became a Pan American airlines public relations spokesman. He ran successfully as Democrat for the Maryland House of Delegates. He served from 1967 to 1970. Mr. Burdett recalled that Mr. Fornos served on the environmental matters committee and worked on Chesapeake Bay protection. He also advocated a second Bay Bridge and led a fight to keep slot machines out of the state.

He ran unsuccessfully for Anne Arundel county executive and in 1970 was named assistant secretary for manpower in the state's Department of Employment and Social Services. He also ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives in 1972 and 1976.

Mr. Burdett said that Mr. Fornos was advised by former Sen. Joseph Tydings to take a post at the Washington, D.C., Planned Parenthood offices. He did and in 1982 also joined the Population Action Council, a division of the Population Institute. He later became president of the Population Institute and spoke out for world population stabilization.

"He was a tremendous speaker and an energetic guy," Mr. Burdett said. "He was at his best while on the road, talking to colleges and service organizations."

Following his retirement as president of the institute in 2005, he established Global Population Education.

"He was a leader in the forward march against excess fertility," said Rei Ravenholt, a retired U.S. Agency for International Development global population leader who lives in Seattle, Wash. "He had an indefatigable pursuit for what he was interested in."

He received the 2003 United Nations Population Award and the 1991 Humanist of the Year Award of the American Humanist Association.

A life celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at Bryce Mountain Lodge in Basye, Virginia.

Survivors include his life partner, Moyne Gross of Basye, Va.; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Kellerman of Stone Mountain, Ga.; two sons, Jaime Martin Fornos of Queen Anne and Werner Fornos Jr. of Northampton, Pa.; his partner's children, Jennifer Jeanne Gross of Branford, Conn., Paul Edward Gross of Boulder, Colo., and Jon Gross of Moraga, Calif.; three brothers, Karl Heinz Farenhold of Berlin, Germany, Joachim Farenhold and Berbel Farenhold, both of Leipzig; a sister, Monika Farenhold of Berlin; and 12 grandchildren.

Amy Moody On Dean's List

  Amy A. Moody, a marine science major at Coastal Carolina University,  was named to the school's Dean's List for the fall semester.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Edith Stockett Passes Away

    Edith M. Stockett, age 92,  a lifelong resident of Davidsonville,  died on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Heritage Harbour Health and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes.
    She was born 2/12/1920 in Mitchellville to the late Walter Benjamin and Blanche Coale Carrick.
    For her complete obituary,  go to:

Gen. John Morrison Passes Away

    Major General John E. Morrison, Jr., (ret), 94, a 40-year resident of Davidsonville, died January 11 at his home.
    He was born on April 20, 1918 in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1939 with a Juris Doctor degree.He also graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1949 and from the Air War College in 1959. In 1942, John was commis- sioned in the Army Signal Corps and was assigned to the Signal Intelligence Service, Army Air Forces in Washington, DC.He served in the Pacific theater during 
World War II, participating in the invasions of Munda, Bougainville, Green, Emirau and Luzon Islands.In 1947, John transferred to the U.S. Air Force.In 1949, he was detailed to the Air Command and Staff School as a student.Upon graduation, he was retained as a member of the faculty until he assumed command of the 6981stRadio Group Mobile in Alaska in 1953.In 1956, John transferred to Air Force Headquarters in Washington, DC where he later became Chief of the Policy and Objectives Division in the Telecommunications Directorate.In this role, he was a direct counsel to President Kennedy during the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion.In 1963, he was designated Chief of the National Security Agency's Pacific Command and later became Assistant Director for Production, a position he held until his retirement from the Air Force in 1973.John continued working at the NSA until his retirement from government service in 1979. John's military awards included the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation medal and the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Air force Longevity Service Award and the Philippine Liberation Award,He also received the Order of Service Merit, Third Class, from the president of the Republic of Korea in 1966.In 1979, John received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and was inducted into the NSA Hall of Honor in 2001.
    John was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Historical Intelligence Museum; founder, president and chairman of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Board; and a member of the Joint Military Intelligence College Foundation Board. He was a Scottish Rite Freemason for over 60 years.
    He enjoyed gardening, traveling and Civil War history and crabbing.John was known as "The Singing General". He enjoyed entertaining family, friends, colleagues and even strangers.One of John's past times was entering a restaurant singing "If I Loved You" in his Irish Tenor voice. During the last several years of his life, John enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
    John is survived by his children, Patricia A. Zasadil of Springhill, FL and Karen M. Sutton of Crofton and John E. Morrison III of Evergreen, CO; his former wife, Flora H. Morrison; six grandchildren, Kimberly A., Laura L. and John M. Zasadil, Kristine E. Ford, Tammy M. Taylor, Jason P. Sutton;and 14 great-grandchildren.
    Friends are invited to John's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 17 and from 10 a.m. until his funeral service begins at 11 a.m., Friday, January 18 at the Riva Trace Baptist Church, 475 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made toNationalCryptologic Museum Foundation, Inc, P.O. Box 1682, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. An online guestbook is available at

Friday, January 18, 2013

George Gray Passes Away

    George Dale Gray, 96, of Berlin and formerly of Annapolis, died January 15 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.
    He was born on February 6, 1916 in Bluefield, WV. At the age of 12, George helped workers build the Hoover Dam by carrying pails of water. As a hard worker, he purchased his first car, a 1926 Model T Ford, at the age of 13. His career started as a truck driver for Silver Hill Sand and Gravel Company. He retired as shop foreman in 1977 after 33 years of service. George had a natural talent for gardening. The beauty of his flower gardens inspired many, and were enjoyed by all. George loved his family, and most enjoyed being a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
    He was preceded in death by his former wife, Elsie M. Nacke. George is survived by his beloved wife, Anita R. Gray; a daughter, Eleanora J. Musgrove of Frankford, DE; son, Daniel Lee Gray of Annapolis; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
    Friends are invited to George's Life Celebration from 11 a.m. until his funeral service begins at 1 p.m., on Saturday, January 19, at Davidsonville United Methodist Church, 819 West Central Ave., Davidsonville. Interment church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in George's name to the Davidsonville United Methodist Church. An online guestbook is available at

Davidsonville Chess Team Champions

Check Mate! Davidsonville Chess Team Captures Spot at Championship Competition

Congratulations to the Davidsonville Elementary Chess Club Team for their success this past weekend at the Second Annual Franklin Toys Chess Challenge, and to Kyler Davis, Owen Fleming, Peter Rozner and Ben Keith who have been selected to represent their school at the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Team Championships.
Here’s a summary of the team’s recent wins from the Davidsonville Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and chess club co-chair Pamela Davis:
The Second Annual Franklin Toys Chess Challenge was held this past Sunday, Jan. 13. The challenge was sponsored by the Davidsonville Elementary (DES) Chess Club with 20 participants.

Davidsonville Elementary School’s  Chess Club
Congratulations to the following players who won or tied their divisions:
  • Asher Zumwalt
  • Tabitha Oakes
  • Daniel Holbrook
  • Connor Lawrence
  • Kameron Davis
  • Ryan Billings and
  • Patrick Suplee
It was a great opportunity for the intermediate players to gain experience with tournament-style playing using a clock.
The DES Chess Club also congratulates Kyler Davis, Owen Fleming, Peter Rozner and Ben Keith for being selected to represent Davidsonville Elementary at the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Team Championships on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Towson.
The DES team will compete in the Elementary School JV division for the first time. This tournament is part of the US Chess Association—Maryland Chapter. The team will be competing against other rated elementary teams. This will be the team’s first time participating at the state level.
The DES Chess Club is sponsored by the PTO Enrichment Committee and meets once a week before or after school. The classes are offered to students in first through fifth grades. New players are always encouraged.

Lil Angels Calendar Fund Raiser

For a half-dozen years now, Linda McCarthy of Visual Concepts Photography,in Davidsonville, has been raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Anne Arundel Medical in Annapolis through her “Lil Angels” calendar. Thus far, McCarthy has handed over $70,000. That isn’t a typo. $70K!

Linda McCarthy with last year’s Lil Angels calendar for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
This year she will be doing two calendars. One for the NICU and one for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society(LLS)  of Maryland.
The way the fundraiser works is pretty simple for parents—though still a lot of work for McCarthy. Families come in to get a photo of their “Lil Angel,” a boy or girl from birth to age 3 (or up to age 5 for the LLS calendar). Once an appointment is made, McCarthy bedecks the little cuties in knit hats, feathers, beads, straw hats and then photographs them. The parents pay a $100 session fee, which is donated to the charity.
From there, the photos are posted online and families, friends and hospital or LLS patrons get to vote, for $1 each. No personal information about the babies is released to the public. The babies/models with the most votes—and most funds—get a page in the calendar. The most votes overall gets the cover.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Young and Childers To Marry

    Anne Arundel County has issued a marriage license to  Michael Eugene Young, age 48, of Davidsonville, and  Gayle Vilen Childers, age 51, also of Davidsonville.

Man Injured in Fall on Dodon Rd.

    A man estimated to be in his early 30s was taken to a hospital with serious injuries Monday afternoon after falling at a construction site in Davidsonville.
    At 2:30 p.m. county fire and rescue personnel responded to the 400 block of Dodon Road, the site of a winery under construction, fire department spokesman Capt. Michael Pfaltzgraff said.
    The man was taken by ambulance to the Prince George's Trauma Center in Cheverly with injuries that were not life-threatening, Pfaltzgraff said.

John Morrison, Jr., Passes Away

John E. Morrison Jr., 95, a 40-year resident of Davidsonville. Survived by his two daughters, a son, his former wife and six grandchildren. Morrison served in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II as an active member of the U.S. Air Force—including several invasions. He also served as a direct counsel to President Kennedy during the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion.

Jeanne Burwell Passes Away

    Jeanne Peel Burwell, 92, a 13-year resident of Annapolis and previously of Warrenton, NC, died January 14 in Harwood from natural causes.
    Born December 15, 1920 in Woburn, MA to the late Joseph and Mary Peel, Jeanne graduated from Boston City Hospital's Nursing School in 1943 and became a registered nurse. Jeanne entered the U. S. Navy's Nursing Corp in 1943 and served in the Philippines during World War II. In 1957, she appeared in the movie, Hellcats of the Navy, starring Ronald Reagan. Jeanne retired from the Navy in 1963 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She was a parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville.  She enjoyed needlepoint, needlework, cooking and entertaining.
    Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Captain George A. Burwell, USNR, who died in 1998. She is survived by her son, George A. (Virginia) Burwell, Jr. of Charleston, SC; daughter, Jane B. (Robert) Beery of Davidsonville; five grandchildren, Joseph Burwell, Robert Beery, Jr., Michael Beery, Stephanie Dobbins, Kristin Mette; and six great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to Jeanne's Life Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m.,Thursday, January 17 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m., Friday, January 18 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. Interment 12 noon, Saturday, January 19 at Fairview Cemetery in Warrenton, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the 
American Cancer Society , 1041 Route 3 N., Bldg. A, Gambrills, MD 21054. An online guestbook is available

Charles Carrick Passes Away

    Charles Melvin Carrick, 69, a life-long resident of Davidsonville, died December 31 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
    He was born October 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C. 
    Charles was a Navy veteran, and a longtime antique clock repairman. As an artist, he enjoyed painting, and greyhound dogs. He was a member of the Catholic faith.
    Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Lee Carrick in 1995.  He is survived by his sons, Mark Carrick and Brian Carrick; daughter, Tina Marie Moore; brother, Gary Carrick; sister, Kathleen Lynch; and two grandchildren.
    A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., with a funeral service at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, January 5, at Hardesty Funeral Home P.A., 905 Galesville Rd., Galesville. Interment at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham.
Online condolences can be made at

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Giant Art in Davidsonville

Giant yard art
What  explains the girant screw with Dr. Robert Graw standing beside it.  Or the 10-foot metal ball and shackle and 6-foot high ball and jacks sitting in fields around Davidsonville Pediatrics on Rutland Road?

Kids, er, patients at Dr.  Graw’s office have been engaged in a contest trying to solve the puzzle. Contestants have been submitting artwork or a story about who escaped from the giant ball and shackle across the road from the office. We’ll know the winner this week.
Maybe it was Shrek? What if there is a great big beanstalk nearby?
Meanwhile, just among us adults, the back story emerged Friday.
The large metal art works are the creation of Vermont-based artist David Tanych, whom Graw befriended through a common friend. Tanych has been spending winters, and more, on the West Coast and needed a place to keep the larger-than-life pieces as he tries to sell them.
Unless you have a really big yard or a very understanding homeowner’s association, the steel structures are definitely in the public art realm.
Out in the country, Graw needn’t worry about such.
“It is for the children,” he said.
The doctor has cows and sheep and a pride of peacocks wandering the field next to the office. He had picture windows installed just so the children can peer at the menagerie. Graw is especially happy to see mothers stopping their cars to let their children look at the ball and jacks with cows and sheep wandering amidst the steel.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Edit Stockett Passes Away

    Edith M. Stockett, 92, a lifelong resident of Davidsonville, died January 10 at Heritage Harbour Health and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes.
    Born on February 12, 1920 in Mitchellville to the late Walter Benjamin and Blanche Coale Carrick, Edith was a graduate of Upper Marlboro High School.
    A former bookkeeper with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Edith and her late husband, Calvin Chaney Stockett, worked farmland in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties for most of their lives. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents and husband, Edith was preceded in death by her son, David Carrick Stockett, five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her son, Calvin D. (Gail) Stockett of Annapolis; daughter, Anita M. (Jack) Parker of Davidsonville; sister, Jennie Spicknall of Riva; grandson, Jay Parker; five granddaughters, Tammy Murphy, Ginger Sutphin, Laura Wooster, Sabrina Reed and Brooke Reich; and five great-grandsons and eight great-granddaughters.
    Friends are invited to Edith's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 13 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, where a funeral service will be held 12 noon, Monday, January 14. Interment will follow at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the 
American Diabetes Association , 800 Wyman Park Dr., Ste. 110, Baltimore, MD 21211 or the Alzheimer's Association , 1850 York Rd., Ste. D, Timonium, MD 21093. An online guestbook is available at: