Monday, December 30, 2013

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Home Sales in Davidsonville include:
1)    A split level home on 2.39 acres at 1277 Lake Forest Drive was sold by Angelo Catucci to Michael and Audra McElhenny for $643,000.
2)    A two story home on 21.50 acres at 1334 Anglesey Drive  was sold by John Morris to Eric and Katherine Grey for $682,000.

Two Vehicles Fires on 50

From the Capital Gazette Online:
Anne Arundel County firefighters responded to two apparently unrelated vehicle fires Monday morning on Route 50 near Davidsonville.

Firefighters responded to westbound Route 50 about a mile before Route 424 around 7:20 a.m., where they found the first vehicle on fire. As they were preparing to leave the scene after bringing the blaze under control, firefighters discovered a second vehicle fire farther up the road around 7:45 a.m., fire department spokesman Lt. Russ Davies said.

Firefighters were able to bring the second blaze under control. No one was injured, Davies said.
The accident scene caused traffic delays during the morning commute on westbound Route 50.

Christopher Scott at Renditions

    A recent addition to the pro shop staff at Renditions Golf Course is Christopher Scott.  He attended U. of MD. and is active in many organizations.  You can read about him at:

Dixie Hoyle In Alpha Chi


    Dixie Hoyle of Davidsonville was recently inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society  at Stevenson University.   Alpha Chi admits only junior and senior students from all academic disciplines who have been endorsed by their faculty and who have achieved a grade point average putting them in the top 10% of their class.
    In November, Dixie was inducted into the Maryland Epsilon chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national Mathematics Honor Society  along with seven other students at Stevenson University.
     Dixie was also named to the Spring, 2013, semester Dean's List.  To make the Dean's List,  the student must have a 3.50 or better GPA.    She is a senior majoring in Biology.   You can follow Dixie's Stevenson experiences at:


Connor Cox On Honor Roll at Loomis Chaffee

Connor Cox, a senior from Davidsonville, was named to the honor roll at The Loomis Chaffee School for the fall semester.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Short History of Homestead Gardens

From the CaptialGazette Online
Homestead Gardens started as a dream and a roadside stand opened by Don Riddle in 1973. The company has grown to encompass greenhouses, nurseries and retail space across the region.
Homestead Gardens has won national retail and landscaping awards. The company is well known for their motto: “Because Life Should Be Beautiful.”
They offer the area’s most extensive array of landscape plants as well as several thousand square feet of retail space for home d├ęcor items — everything from patio sets to place settings and pillows.
In 2011, the company opened a second location in Severna Park on Route 2.
In 2014, Homestead will premiere Homestead Farm and Pet, a new division that will showcase premium pet foods for both farm animals and household pets, as well as toys, accessories and grooming supplies. The barnyard will re-open in late spring with backyard chickens, geese, turkey, miniature donkeys and the now-famous Homestead llamas.
Homestead offers winter workshops during January and February that are often free. Visit their website to learn

Message From AVFD

    As president of the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department I would like to thank the citizens of Grambrills, Crofton and Davidsonville, along with the surrounding communities, for making the special effort to buy their tree from AVFD.
    We recently completed the ninth year of selling trees to our friends and neighbors and at the same time raising the needed funds to provide the best fire and emergency services to the community. We sold a record 490 trees and nearly 100 wreaths in record-breaking time to support our efforts and these and other efforts will help to fund the acquisition of a new engine that we hope to purchase and put in service in the next year. As a reminder, all the proceeds from the sale of the trees go directly to the AVFD and are used in our community.
    The volunteer department began operating in 1956 — less than two years after the deaths of three children in a house fire inspired more than 50 local farmers to establish a fire department. The first call for service was received in the early minutes of Jan. 1. Slightly more than 50 calls were received in 1956. Last year, that number was up to over 3,500.
Since the beginning the community has been outstanding as a whole. Whenever we ask for things, people come out to help. Thank you for your continued support.
AVFD Presiden

Friday, December 27, 2013

Delores McDonald Passes Away

    MCDONALD, DOLORES MARIE - 10/03/1929 to 12/23/2013 
    Dolores, 84, was the matriarch of her family; the glue; the soul. She had been a resident of Heritage Harbour in Annapolis for 26 years, however she spent the last three and a half years in Davidsonville with her daughter Jane due to illness.
    Married at age 17 to Roland "Gene" Eugene Gray, the two created her proudest life accomplishment; their children. They had four children over 13 years Jane Marie Sykes of Davidsonville, MD, Everett "Tim" Eugene Gray of Milton, DE, Anna Lee Trammell of St. Leonard, MD and the late James "Jimmy" Melvin Gray. After 22 wonderful years and at age 38, she became a widow. Dolores felt love and experienced loss with not just one, but with two more husbands; the late Glenn Hampton for 22 years who passed in 1995 and the late William "Bill" McDonald for 13 years having just recently passed in August 2012.
     At age 13, Dolores was the youngest graduate from Chamberlain Vocational School in D.C. Not yet old enough to leave school and work full time in her trade of cosmetology, she took a bookkeeping class and enrolled in the early release program which enabled her to work at her mother's salon on Pennsylvania Avenue where she remained until she married and started her family. She then worked in her home salon and eventually ventured into business with her mother yet again and opened Dolores and Marie's Beauty Salon and Hair Designs for Men and Women in Upper Marlboro, MD. She had the joy of not only working with her mother, the late Ruth Marie Chaney, for 36 years but also with both of her daughters who are still working in the trade today. At 52, Dolores transitioned into real estate and worked with Coldwell Banker and then Long & Foster for 10 years working with both of her sons selling custom homes for Gray Enterprises, Timmy's business. Before retiring, she returned to her roots and worked for Jane's business Lady Jane Hair Works, helping to keep the salon flowing smoothly and clients happy.
    The last decade of her life was badgered with illness which started with the MRSA infection after a knee replacement causing the loss of her right leg. Regardless of the hurdles, she fought the fight and displayed the drive and determination that runs deep in her veins. Her joys were her family, home, giving service and pleasing people. Her greatest attribute was her positive attitude in life itself and inadvertently being a role model for those who knew her. Her church, when attending, was Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Loch Haven Edgewater.
    She is survived by her sister Linda Lee Crum of Katy, TX; three children, Jane, Tim and Anna; eight granddaughters, Shannon Reese, Selene Annadale, Julie Klara, Megan Kitburee, Chasity Kisling, Jessica Trammell-Purner, Rebecca Clark and Elizabeth Trammell and 14 great grandchildren.
    Friends are invited to Dolores' Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm on Friday, December 27 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd. Edgewater where her funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday, December 28. Interment will follow at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville. Hospice of the Chesapeake provided compassionate care and service making it possible for Dolores to be in the comfort of her home for the past 10 months; thank you. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena, MD 21122. An online guestbook is available at

Charles Faddis Interview on Syria

Here is an article about Davidsonville author and former CIA operative Charles Faddis.

Jeff Dunhus Book Up For Awards

Davidsonville author Jeff Gunhus's latest book, Jack Templar, Monster Hunter, is up for several awards.  To read more,  go to Jeff's website at:

Alex Watson at LaSalle U.

Alex Watson of Davidsonville is a freshman at LaSalle University and is on their lacrosse team.   She attended South River High School.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Recent Davidsonville Home Sale

Recent Davidsonville home sales include a split foyer on 2.00 acres at 3229 Beard's Point Rd. was sold by  David Carr to Bret and Victoria Whetzel for $375,000.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ben Chisolm at U. of MD.

    Ben Chisolm, son of Gwyn and Jennifer Chisolm of Davidsonville, is on the 2014 Lacrosse roster for the U. of Maryland.  He was a Two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American,  four-time letterwinner for coach Paul Noone at South River HS, helped lead the Seahawks to back-to-back Class 4A/3A state championship games and the 2012 state title with a 20-0-0 record.  He finished his senior season with 38 goals and 17 assists and was a two-time all-county selection by the Capital Gazette, a two-time second team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun, and a 2012 Kelly Award winner for Class 4A/3A.  He is majoring in communications.

   His bio can be read at:

Nick Allen Plays Football

    Nick Allen, a 6'-3" 245# Offensive Tackle from Davidsonville is on the Carnegie Mellon football team this year,  Nick is a junior and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and attended Bishop Spalding High School.

Patti Ritchie's Christmas Gift

From The Capital
    While some gifts tug at the heart strings, others fall way short.  Patti and Steven Ritchie of Davidsonville were married in November 1968. For their first Christmas, Patti received an unexpected gift from her husband — a blonde wig.
    Patti was a brunette and her new mother-in-law had suggested it, Patti said.    Although Patti posed for a picture in the wig, it was only because she felt obligated, she said.
    “I was not happy,” she said.
    Patti said she later found out her mother-in-law only suggested the wig because she knew how much women get tired of fooling with their hair. The two women became very close over the years.
    “She was, believe it or not, a wonderful woman,” Patti said.
    Patti and her husband are still married. And she still has the wig, which she laughingly posed in last week for this story.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Timothy Murnane Nominated

    Timothy Murnane, who has his legal office in Davidsonville,  has been nominated to serve as Annapolis City Attorney by new mayor John Pantelides.  Mr. Murnane is the subject of a long front page article in the Dec. 22 Capital.

Brenna Wojno Earns National Board Certification

    Brenna M. Wojno, a teacher at Davidsonville Elementary,  was one of forty-five teachers in Anne Arundel County that earned National Board Certified status, the highest teaching credential in the nation, according to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
    The teachers who achieved initial or renewal certification will be honored at a ceremony Jan. 15 at Annapolis High.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Eve and Day Church Services

This is a list of Davidsonville churches and their services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  For more info,  you can go to the links to each church at the bottom of this page.

Grace Baptist Church
 475 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville
    5 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service
    8 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Holy Family Catholic Church
 826 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville
    4 p.m., 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m, and 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
    10 a.m. Christmas Day Service
All Hallows Episcopal Church
 3604 Solomon’s Island Road, Edgewater (Brick Church)
 864 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville (Chapel)
    4 p.m. Christmas Eve Pageant and Family Eucharist
    9 p.m. Christmas Eve Music
    9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Fest
    10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist
Davidsonville United Methodist Church
 819 Central Avenue West, Davidsonville
    5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service
    8 and 11 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Communion
Chesapeake Christian Fellowship
 377 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville
    7 p.m. Christmas Eve Traditional Service and Children’s Musical
Grace Evangelical Presbyterian
 4012 Birdsville Road, Davidsonville
    7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight, Communion and Worship
Union Memorial Methodist Church
 3328 Davidsonville Road, Davidsonville
South River Bible Church
 744 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cat Shot With Arrow Has Recovered

    Xena,  the Davidsonville cat found with an arrow in its shoulder a few months ago,  has recovered and is very happy in its new home.

Ten Homes To Be Built On Churchill Farm Rd.

    Davidsonville is growing.  Koch Homes is selling lots for 10 homes on Churchill Farm Road, off Governors Bridge Road in Davidsonville. 

Jean Desmond Creates Jewelry Trees

    Davidsonville resident Jean Desmond  creates "Jewelry Trees" using jewelry found in consignment, antique and thrift shops, as well as online. Desmond created the one-of-a-kind, themed Jewelry Trees to help her cope with the tragic deaths of five close family members. She is hoping to donate some of the artworks to locally-based charities as auction items.   To read more about Jean and her family,  go to:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dianne Lloyd Advances to Semi-Finals.

    South County schools had six teachers  out of the 53 from  AA Co.  that were nominated for Teacher Of The Year.  Today,  the list was pared to 15 semi-finalists.  Among the remaining semi-finalists is Dianne Lloyd who teaches at Davidsonville Elementary, and is the only remaining nominee from South County.
      The semi-finalists will be further reduced to five finalists  and they will be announced at a later date.  The AA Co. Teacher of the Year will be selected from those five.  The AA Co. public school teacher will be in the competition for Maryland State Teacher of the Year. 

Melissa Stanton Publishes "My Pen Pal Santa"

Melissa Stanton and 11 year old daughter Ava
.    Melissa Stanton, who lives in Davidsonville, published "My Pen Pal Santa" this past fall.  It is  based  on letters written to Santa Claus by her daughter, Ava, starting when she was 6. The book is published by Random House and was recommended in "People" magazine  in their holiday gift guide.

New Home at 915 Gov. Br. Rd.

    A new home is under construction at 915 Governors Bridge Road by Lancaster County Timber Frame Homes.  The lot is owned by Christopher and Dana Bobik of Washington, DC.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Unique Home For Sale

Here is a rather unusual log home for sale at 2554 Davidsonville Road in the Davidsonville Farmettes subdivision.  It is listed at $650,000.
You can see more pictures and read about the home at:

Recent Davidsonville Home Sale

Recent home sales in Davidsonville include a two story home on 2.01 acres at 3893 Greenmeadow Lane sold by Stephen McElhennon to Brian and Angela Sedor for $ 585,000

Sunday, December 15, 2013

William "Ernie" Andrews Passes Away

    William E. "Ernie" Andrews Jr., 46, a 13-year resident of Tracys Landing and formerly of Davidsonville, died December 12.
    Born on September 6, 1967 in Annapolis to Laura Jane and William E. Andrew Sr., Ernie graduated from South River High School in 1985. He was the owner-operator of Diversified Welding Service, Inc. in Tracys Landing. Ernie enjoyed working and relaxing on his farm and spending time with his family.
    In addition to his parents, Ernie is survived by his wife, Kelli Andrews; children, Jack and Kaylin Andrews, both of Tracys Landing; and brother, Matt Andrews of Lothian.
    Friends are invited to Ernie's Life Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 19. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, 110 South Paca Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. An online guestbook is available at

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dianne Lloyd Nominated for Teacher of the Year

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools announced their fifty-six Teacher of the Year nominees on Friday.  Fifty three area from public schools and three from private schools.   The semi-finalists will be announced next week and the five finalists will be announced at a later date. The AA Co. public school teacher will be in the competition of Maryland State Teacher of the Year.
Davidsonville Elementary's nominee is Dianne Lloyd. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tree Trimmer Seriously Hurt

    A tree trimmer was seriously injured Friday when he fell about 40 feet while working in the 3500 block of Riva Road in Davidsonville.  The 31 year old man fell around 4:40 PM on Friday and was taken by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. 

Three Arrested For Mail Theft In Davidsonville

    A. A. Co. Police said officers conducted a traffic stop on Double Gate Court at Double Gate Road in Davidsonville around 10:30 a.m. Thursday for suspicious activity with a vehicle.
    Authorities said the suspects stopped at a mailbox that had the mail flag in the upright position, which is an indication of outgoing mail. The officers knew immediately that the vehicle, with three people inside, was not a postal vehicle, police said.
    Ronnie Lavern Trice, 22, of Capital Heights; James Robert Dorsey, 23, of Capital Heights; and Darnell Charles Atkinson, 26, of Fairmont Heights, were arrested, police said.
    Any information regarding this incident can be given to the Southern District Detective Unit at 410-222-1965.

    Read more:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

South County Rotary Club Donations

    The Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County presented a check for $2,000 to the Rotary Club of Leonardtown for their Oyster Restoration Project, The Leonardtown Club provided a check for $3,000 to participate with South County Rotary in a collaborative international project to provide additional water wells in Malawi, Africa.  The idea of Rotary Clubs  miles  apart working together makes for a greater  impact with  larger projects that are beneficial to society.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A. A. Co. Purchases Carr Property

    Anne Arundel County has purchased the Anna L. Carr property at 3569 Riva Road in Davidsonville for $1,050,000.   The property is 36.32  acres with a 1,168 Sq. ft. one story home with no basement.

Dr. Graw Donates $10,000 To Summit School

From The South River Source:


Davidsonville’s Dr. Robert Graw Donates $10K to Summit School’s Literacy Program

Thanks to Robert G. Graw Jr., MD, of Righttime Medical Care in Davidsonville, Maryland, three students will receive weekly one-on-one tutoring for one year through Literacy Counts, an outreach program of The Summit School. Since 2008, the Literacy Counts program has provided tutors who reinforce reading skills of at-risk youth identified by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and the Stanton Community Center. This generous donation will continue this important community outreach work by The Summit School.
Dr. Graw, Dr. Mele-McCarthy, Takisha Robinson and Kalia Lamkin
Left to right: Dr. Robert Graw; Summit’s Executive Director, Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy; Summit Tutor Coordinator, Takisha Robinson Ubiera of Clinton; and student, Kalia Lamkin of Annapolis.
About The Summit School: The Summit School, located in Edgewater, MD, is a coed, non-profit school for grades 1-8. Now in its 25th year, Summit offers a highly individualized academic program for bright students with dyslexia and other learning differences. For more information visit

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pictures and articles always wanted.

If you have a nice picture of the snow today,  a Davidsonville accident, or,  any other event,  send it to

Nick Mazza at PSU

Here is the Penn State bio of Nick Mazza, now a freshman at PSU  on a Lacrosse scholarship.

Nick Mazza 5 – Fr. – M – 6-2 / 195 – Davidsonville, Md. / The Calverton School
BEFORE PENN STATE Five-year letter winner at The Calverton School, earning three Under Armour All-America accolades (2011-13) and five MILL titles (2009-13)…Named first-team All-MILL four times (2010-13)…Earned All-Met and All-State honors junior year…Ranked 44th by Inside Lacrosse for incoming freshmen…Participated in the Under Armour All-American Senior Showcase in 2013…Teammates at Calverton with fellow Nittany Lion classmate Cole Rainier…Twice earned first-team All-MILL honors in golf (2010-11).

PERSONAL Dominick Sanio Mazza was born September 23, 1994 in Baltimore, Md. to Frank and Dana Mazza…Has a younger brother, Jonathan, and a younger sister, Lia…Uncle, Craig Johnson, and aunt, Debbie Royer, both attended Penn State…Intends to major in business.

QUOTING MAZZA ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because of its great reputation and I wanted to play lacrosse for Coach Tambroni.”

Here is a highlight video of Nick's freshman year at Calverton School.

And here is another highlight video from 2012.

Monday, December 9, 2013

South River Ice Hockey Club

     The South River Ice Hockey Club started its season with a win against Eleanor Roosevelt last Friday night.  With the addition of five new players, the team is optimistic about the upcoming season.  The next game is away, at Talbot Community Center this Friday at 6:15.  The first home game is on 12/13 at 5:10 at the McMullen Hockey Rink near Annapolis.    See the below link for more team info, schedule,  and directions to the McMullen Rink.

Sydney Newman Irish Step Dancer

    Sydney Newman of Davidsonville is one of  four local Irish dancers that competed in the Southern Regionals  at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor Dec. 7-8.  For more info,  go to:

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Recent Davidsonville Home Sale

    Recent Davidsonville home sales include a one story home with no basement on 3.38 acres at 3317 Royale Glen Ct. which was sold by Nicole Burgess to Scott and Pamela Griffiths for $425,000.

Doepkens Flower Mural

    Here is a nice article about the Doepkens Farm on MD 424 in Davidsonville.

Davidsonville Farms

     Here is a guide to some of the farms located in Davidsonville:

Tagalong Farm Web Site

    There are a number of horse farms in the Davidsonville area that offer various services, such as the boarding of horses.  Here is the web site of Tagalong Farm.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Students to Sing For Brightview Seniors

    Nancy Woelfel's first grade students  at Davidsonville Elementary  will be dressing up in their holiday best and singing for the seniors at Brightview in Edgewater on Dec. 14 @ 10:30. After singing, they will pair up with a senior and read to them, then talk to them. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Kory Johnson Charged With Robbery

  Kory Johnson of  Davidsonville  is being held at  the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $175,000 bond after being charged with armed robbery,  robbery, theft, and a related handgun charge.
  Annapolis police arrested  Johnson, age 22, in connection with a robbery that happened around 5 p.m. Monday (Dec. 2, 2013) afternoon in the unit block of Bens Drive. Johnson allegedly brandished a handgun and robbed another man of an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
  Kory Caleb Johnson of Heitzman Road in Davidsonville has a long list of convictions for driving and drug offenses.  He was given a suspended sentence and placed on 2 years probation on Oct. 15, 2013. 
  He was released on bond on Dec. 7, 2013.


Carroll and Shields Win in TCS Half Marathon

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (3,029 finishers), Nov. 23

Winners from Davidsonville include:

In the 40-44 Female age group:  Colleen Carroll, Davidsonville, 1:40:17
In the 60-64 Female age group:  Maria Shields, Davidsonville, 1:54:41

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ducks Unlimited Dinner/Auction

    The Patuxent River Ducks Unlimited will hold their annual banquet and auction on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Mayo American Legion, rather than the Davidsonville Ruritan.  For more info or reservations,  go to:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lauren Surber and Jason Ghaemi Are Married

    Lauren Surber and Jason Ghaemi were married Sept. 21 at the home of Lauren's parent,  Timberlake Farm, in Davidsonville.
    A rather extensive wedding website,  with lots of pictures,  can be seen at: