Monday, August 31, 2015

Special DACA Meeting Sept. 3

     The Davidsonville Area Civic Assn. will hold a  Special Public Meeting  in lieu of the September board meeting and will serve as an information and discussion forum with county and state officials about the "Davidsonville Salt Dome" proposal by the Maryland State Highway Administration.
     The meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 PM at the DFRC

Richard Van Iderstine Receives BS

      Richard Van Iderstine of Davidsonville received a BS degree from Virginia Tech in mechanical engineering.

Steven Kremer Receives BS

      Steven Kremer of Davidsonville received a BS degree from Virginia Tech in industrial and systems engineering.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Zoe Cyphers At Catholic U.

    South River High graduate Zoe Cyphers is on the Catholic University soccer roster this year.  The freshman daughter of David Cyphers and Diana Lambird is an architecture major.    Her bio can be read at:  

Lauren Fisher To Play At Salisbury U.

    Lauren Fisher, who plays defense on the Davidsonville Warriors,  will graduate in 2016 and has verbally committed to play soccer at Salisbury University.

Julia Heck Commits To Delaware U.

    Julia Heck of Davidsonville will be playing soccer in college next  year.    She has verbally committed to the University of Delaware.  She will be a 2016 graduate of Archbishop Spalding and has played club soccer with the Davidsonville Warriors.
    You can visit a web site with info and several videos of Julia playing soccer at:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Signs About Salt Barn

Signs on 424near Rt. 50.

For more info,  go to: 

Updated Photos Of Park and Ride

Old part of lot.

New part of lot behind old part.

Looking toward Rt 50 in new section.

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:

1)    A split foyer home on 1.97 acres at 1266 Lavall Drive was sold by Jay Rightnour  to Shaun Lewis for $405,000.

2)    A two story home on 2.08 acres at 1016 Double Gate Rd. was sold by William Wood, Jr. to Jonathan and Erika Herbert for $782,500.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

June Pearce Passes Away

      June Kilby Pearce died on Friday, August 21, 2015.
      Wife of Warren Pearce, Jr. for 70 years; mother of Ruth Pearce Hartman (Gerry) and Linda Pearce Collinson (Ronald); grandmother of Kelly Collinson, Budge Collinson, and Alexandra Shigo. She is survived by a host of other relatives and friends.
      Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 5, 12:30 PM at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home, 3401 Bladensburg rd., Brentwood, MD. Inurnment private. Celebration of Life to follow at 3 PM at the Harbor Hills Yacht Club, 1 Carson Cove, Davidsonville, MD 21035

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Janice Bahm Passes Away

      Janice Luckett Brahm died suddenly on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
       Loving wife of John Joseph Brahm, Jr. and loving mother of son, Joey Brahm. She is also survived by her parents, Arlene and James Luckett; her sister, Kellee Gibson and brother, Michael Luckett.
      A memorial service will be held at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship Church, 377 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD on Friday, August 28 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the hospice of your choice.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tracie Hovermale Honored

Notable Today™ is recognizing Tracie Hovermale with inclusion in the prestigious Notables List™.
Hovermale of Davidsonville, Maryland is among a number of individuals to have demonstrated or achieved notability, as determined by the editors of Notable Today™.
Recognition on a Notables List™ highlights individuals who have become worthy of attention or notice in their local communities though either through career success, demonstration of a high level of personal integrity, worthwhile volunteer contributions or other considerations.
Tracie is a manager at Trace International, Inc.
The complete article can be read at:

Conor Baldwin At Catholic U.

    Conor Baldwin of Davidsonville is a freshman at  Catholic University  and on their football roster.     The    6' 0" 238 lb.  defensive lineman played at St. Mary's High School earning the team's Unsung Hero award.  The son of Marrc and Cheryl Baldwin has an older brother, Stuart, majoring in business. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Davidsonville Horse For Sale

    If you are looking to purchase a riding horse,  there is one available in Davidsonville.

Bicycle/SUV Accident Leads To Charges

Police  report that Michael John Moody, 61, of Davidsonville,  
was charged with leaving a scene of an accident,   reckless driving,
negligent driving and second-degree assault 

after a Saturday morning accident.
A witness told police that Moody, driving an SUV, assaulted the 59-year-old Edgewater resident after the accident near St. George Barber and Governor Bridge roads.  He then, threw a bicycle tire into the nearby woods and then left the scene, Anne Arundel County police said.    Moody was arrested  by county police after a traffic stop nearby on Riva Road.
The cyclist was listed in stable condition at AAMC with  injuries to
his leg as well as a broken arm and broken rib.

Jake Vermillion At DVU

    Jake Vermillion of Davidsonville is a freshman at Delaware Valley University and is a  5' 9" 215 lb. fullback on their football team.

Lt. Col. Theodore Huntington Passes

Lt. Col. Theodore (Ted) L. Huntington, age 73, of Davidsonville,  died on Saturday, July 25, 2015 following a 13 years bout with Alzheimers.

Ted was born on October 30, 1941 in Manitowoc, WI. He was the son of the late Wilber N. and Esther P. Huntington. Ted was a graduate of Lincoln High School with the class of 1960 and continued his education at the Alexian Brother School of Nursing in Chicago, IL. He was an army nurse and served in Vietnam and the Gulf War. Ted was an artist, painter, photographer, sculptor, ceramicist and writer. He would have celebrated his 50th anniversary this summer with his wife, Clarita Jabonillo Huntington, who preceded him in death in January 2015.

He is survived by four children: Joe, Jay, Julie, and Jeff, all of Maryland; eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, one sister and brother-in-law: Kathleen "Kitty" and Dennis Ryan; sister-in-law: Margaret Huntington; brother-in-law: Wes Jolin; all of Manitowoc, nieces, nephews, cousins, along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Wilber and Esther Huntington; four sisters: Pauline (Lester) Graebel, Wilma (Emil) Budysz, Angeline Hernandez, and Betty Jolin; two brothers: Wilber (Mae) Huntington and Reuben Huntington; also nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville, MD with interment in Maryland's Veteran Cemetery, Crownsville, MD. 

Online condolences to the family may be sent to

Piano Recital at CCF

From the Capital-Gazette:

Forty-three students performed at Jeannette Muffley's 28th spring piano recital June 13 at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship in Davidsonville. Performers included: Patrick Carey, 8; James Lowery, 7; Micah Disney, 7; Elise Lancaster, 8; Remy Browne, 10; Kendall Foland, 7; Laney Bray, 8; Quinn Cerino, 9; Corrin Hakala, 7; Jake Besett, 10; Ava Strissel, 6; Alyssa Gunther, 13; Henry Lowery, 9; Beatrice Lowery, 11; Marlee Lancaster, 11; Anna Ballard, 11; Fiona Murray, 11; Cody Bray, 12; Declan Murray, 12; Simmrit Vaidyanathan, 11; Cameron Bray, 11; Emma Besett, 12; Tess Theodorakos, 12; Alexandra Blunk, 15; Natalia Pereira, 13; Rachel Disney, 16; Caraline Bothmer, 13; Sarah Gershman, 11; Emily Salehi, 11; Bethany Eisenstein; Vinny Vaidyanathan, 14; Hannah Murray, 14; Jada Ito, 14; and Alexander Theodorakos, 12

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Theresa Cox Passes Away

      Theresa Marie Cox died on Tuesday, August 18th of metastatic breast cancer at the age of 59. She died peacefully surrounded by her family.
      She was born to James J. and Anita B. O'Connor. She is survived by her partner Al Bishara, son Brian Cox and wife Monique, daughter Stacy Cox-Tubaya and husband Ralph Tubaya, grandchildren Benjamin Cox, Kai Tubaya, and Zane Cox. In addition, she is survived by brothers, J. Michael O'Connor and wife Kay, Donald J. O'Connor and wife Jamie, Thomas J. O'Connor, and sister, Kathleen M. Cramer and partner Douglas Pruett, as well as many nieces and nephews.
      She attended Riva Trace Baptist Church for over 15 years and lived a life loving and serving others, including mission trips with her church to Latin America.
      A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 10am on Friday, August 28th, at Riva Trace Baptist Church, 475 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, Md. 21035. In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make donations to Metavivor.Org in Annapolis, Md. Arrangements by John M. Taylor Funeral Home, online condolences may be made to

Friday, August 21, 2015

Joseph Anthony Passes Away

      "You're as tall as you want to be!" Joe Anthony told his daughters, his niece and nephew, and later his granddaughters and grandson. This life motto has served everyone well and will not be soon forgotten. Joseph Peter Anthony, Jr. (Joe) was a lifelong coach, on and off the field. He inspired those around him to aim high and to play how they wanted to play, to be what they wanted to be. A coach for many recreational league sports teams and an avid fan of every family member,
      Joe started off as a football star. He also excelled at baseball and basketball. He attended Archbishop Carroll High School, Duke University, and the University of Maryland. His mother is known to have said that he was one of the two smartest guys she ever met - an honor held by both Joe and surviving brother, Bruce Richard Anthony, of Severna Park, MD. Joe was born in Washington, DC on December 27, 1941 and, unfortunately for his family and community, he passed away on August 17, 2015 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
      His loss is deeply felt by his wife, Susan Lillie Anthony; two surviving daughters, Betsy Anthony and Leah Anthony Geiger; grandchildren, Rachel, Elise, and Nathan Geiger; brother Bruce Richard Anthony; niece Jennifer Anthony Grizzle; and nephew Christopher Anthony.
      Joe received his Bachelor's and his Master's degrees from the University of Maryland, and worked for 31 years at the US Department of Agriculture as an economist. He was active in the church - most recently at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Solomons, MD, and before that at St. Andrew the Fisherman in Mayo, MD. Joe was a stained glass artist and for many years was a softball and basketball coach in the Davidsonville recreational athletic leagues.
      A visitation to celebrate Joe Anthony's life will be held on Saturday, August 22 from 2-4 pm at Rausch Funeral Home (20 American Lane, Lusby, MD 20657) and his funeral will be held on Sunday, August 23 at 1 pm at St. Peter's Episcopal Church (14590 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons, MD 20688). In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Middleham Chapel, PO Box 277, Lusby, MD 20657 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:

1)    A two story home on .90 acre at 1012 Howard Grove Ct. was sold by the Charles Fate Trust to Adam Turner and Megan McElhenny for $810,000.

2)    A two story home with no basement on 2.51 acres at 3895 Greenmeadow Lane was wold by Eric Conklin to Alim and Sara Pirmohamed for $865,000.

Biycle Rider Injured.

      A bicycle rider in Davidsonville was seriously injured Wed evening in Davidsonville.   The incident occurred shortly before 7:50 p.m. in the area of Patuxent River Road and Governor Bridge Road.
      When paramedics arrived on the scene, they discovered a 35-year-old man had fallen off his bike and sustained a possible head injury, said fire department Lt. Eric Hammack.
      The man was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center with injuries that appeared serious but not life-threatening, Hammack said.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Madison Carter Will Play For Penn State

#24 / 5-8 / Attack/Midfield / Davidsonville, Md. / South River / Maryland United

Before Penn State
Lettered four years at South River High School ... As a senior, earned Under Armour All-America Lacrosse nomination and served as team captain ... Named school's 2015 Female Athlete of the Year ... As a junior in 2014, had a standout season earning U.S. Lacrosse All-America and Academic All-America honors ... Named to the All-County, Maryland Capital Gazette All-County First Team, Washington Post honorable mention All-Metro and named team's MVP, while serving as team captain ... In 2013 as a sophomore was named All-County and Maryland Capital Gazette All-County Second Team ... Played six years with Maryland United Lacrosse Club ... Lettered four years in volleyball earning All-County honors all four seasons ... Was a two-time captain for the volleyball team.

Carter on Penn State
"I chose Penn State for the balance of great academics and athletics along with the whole school atmosphere."

Doherty on Carter
"Madison is an outstanding player who is ready to contribute quickly. She does a great job on the draw, and we are looking forward to seeing how she develops at the attacking end."

Monday, August 17, 2015

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville homes sales include:

1)    A two story home on 2.13 acres at 1005 Double Gate Drive sold by National Residential Nominee Services, Inc.,  which bought the property the same day from the Garold B Adams Trust,  to Catherine E. Nolan for $$760,000.

2)    A one story home with no basement on 1.80 acres at 964 Mt. Airy Rd. was sold by the Joy D. Wood Living Trust to Darlene and Kenneth Tapp for $435,000.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Serious Injury Accident Sun. Morning

      A man was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore just after midnight Sunday from a single car accident in Davidsonville.
      Firefighters arrived on the scene of the 12:05 a.m. call at the intersection of Route 214 and Patuxent River Road to find a single vehicle wreck with a 21-year-old man trapped in the vehicle.
      It took 15 minutes to free the sole occupant of the car who was flown to shock trauma with serious, life-threatening injuries, said fire department spokesman Lt. Eric Hammack.
      No further information was immediately available

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Park and Ride Finishing Up

    Was a welcome sight today to drive by the Park and Ride and see a large number of workmen and equipment busy paving and striping the lot.

Abbey Ritter At VCU

       Abbey Ritter of Davidsonville is a senior at VCU and  will play  defense on the women's soccer team.  Last year as a junior,  she started 16 of their games.  You can read her bio at:

Theodore Lombard Passes Away

      On August 12, Theodore E. (Ted) Lombard died at the age of 91 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland due to a recent illness.
      He was the devoted husband of 62 years of the late Margaret B. Lombard and loving father of Julia A. Venuti, Catherine M. Langer, Thomas A. Lombard, the late Francis W. Lombard, Ann Marie Pessagno, Mary M. St. Denis, Monica L. Phillips, Joseph C. Lombard, Margaret H. Maurizi and Patricia C. Case. He was the brother of the late Dorothy Mottola of New Jersey. Thirty-three grandchildren survive him: Christopher, Nancy, Theodore, Jeremiah, Vincent, and Nicholas Venuti; Margaret, Marc, Melissa and Molly Langer; Michael Scott and Joshua, Sarah and Gillian Lombard; Marie and Matthew Pessagno; Richard, Josephine and Alexandra St. Denis; Jonothan, Drew Barnts and Alli Phillips; Eilis, Aidan, and Declan Lombard; Nelia, Patrick, Grace and Jamie Maurizi; Phillip Case IV, Elizabeth, Zachary and Robert Case. He had fourteen great-grandchildren: Ava Marie and Finn Wilson; Emma, Claire and Allison Lombard; William and Eleanore Venuti; Sadie, Benjamin and Samuel Pessagno; Liam and Leila Lydon; Lily Pessagno and Caden Agee.
      An Eagle Scout and decorated World War II veteran, Ted served as a gunner in B-24 Liberators in 1944 and 1945. He flew 35 combat missions over Germany and Central Europe. He attended Georgetown University on the GI Bill, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1947 and a law degree in 1949.
      He practiced law in Washington, D.C. for over 50 years. Together with his son-in-law, Marc Langer, Ted founded several successful technology companies, including Recovery Point Systems of Germantown, MD. Formed in 1982, Recovery Point is one of the leading providers of disaster recovery services in the country today.
      Ted devoted much of his later professional life to serving the poor through the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and similar organizations. Ted was a longstanding and loyal member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville, MD and before that, Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, MD. He became the first Chairman of the Mount Calvary Parish Council immediately following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He served as a leader of St. Vincent de Paul Society at both Mount Calvary and Holy Family, and in 1988 received the Society's highest honor, the Top Hat Award. Ted was devoted to the perpetual adoration of the Eucharistic presence of Christ, and was instrumental in the establishment of Holy Family's Adoration Oratory, a chapel dedicated to that ministry.
      Friends are invited to celebrate Ted's life on Monday, August 17 from 7 to 9 pm at the GEORGE P. KALAS FUNERAL HOME, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 18 at 10:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Holy Family St. Vincent De Paul Society (826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD), or (in the name of Frank Lombard) to the The Mann House, a recovery facility focused on alcoholism and chemical dependency (14 Williams Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014) would be appreciated.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Judge Eugene Childs Passes Away

     EUGENE MACKALL CHILDS, a former associate and also Chief Judge of Maryland's Fifth Judicial Circuit died on August 5, 2015.
     He was the son of Eugene P. Childs and Dryden Hodges Childs of Anne Arundel County both of whom predeceased him. He was born in Baltimore, but lived in Anne Arundel County all of his life except for five years during World War II spent as an aeronautical engineer and second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve, assigned to Pan American World Airways. While with Pan Am he was a maintenance engineer for Panair do Brasil for four years and a senior aeronautical engineer at La Guardia Field in New York, for one year he helped to design the first around-the-world scheduled commercial flight.
     He attended the Annapolis Grammar School and graduated from St. Albans School in Washington, DC. Thereafter, he received a BME degree from the University of Virginia, and after resigning from Pan Am, he was awarded a JD degree from the University of Maryland.
     Thereafter, he became assistant to the vice president and general counsel of the Western Maryland Railway for one year. After that, he established a private law practice in Annapolis. On July 1, 1965 Governor Tawes appointed him to the Circuit Judgeship for Anne Arundel, Howard, and Carroll Counties which position he held for sixteen years.
     Judge Childs married Elizabeth Blackmer of Salisbury, NC. The couple was married for seventy-four years. He is survived by his wife and three children: Elizabeth Dryden Murck of St. Simons Island, GA, Walter B. Childs, recently of Annapolis, but now of Cape Charles, VA, and Eugene M. Childs, Jr. of Richmond, VA, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
     He was president of the A. A. County Bar Association and the Southern Maryland Society. He was a vestryman of St. Anne's Church for 14 years and a past senior warden of that church. He was the oldest standing member of the South River Club. He held membership in the American Bar Association. His interests consisted of world traveling with his wife. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, boat building, boating, wood working, and flying.
     A memorial service will be held Monday September 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in All Hallows Episcopal Chapel, 864 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. Inurnment to follow at All Hallows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Fund of Ginger Cove, 4000 River Crescent Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Recent Davidsonville Home Sale

Recent Davidsonville home sales include a one story home with no basement on 3.08 acres at 3673 Patuxent River Road sold by Michael Maslanik to Michael  Reese and Kathryn Yorke for $475,000.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Walk The Walk

Feom rhe Capital-Gazette

Things are usually peaceful and quiet on the Garden family farm in Davidsonville.
Owner Richard Garden, an oral surgeon, has made the 50-acre farm self-sustaining by raising chickens and heritage-breed pigs and selling their pasture-raised, non-GMO products. The farm is also the current home base for Eco-Goats, a large herd of goats used to economically and ecologically clear overgrown land of unwanted or invasive plants by simply eating them.

Generally, the only excitement comes when the Integrity Lacrosse Team, of which Garden's daughters are members, comes to practice and play. Garden keeps two flat fields mowed and ready for the team. Recently, that excitement ramped up with the arrival of a huge, colorful trailer loaded with backpacks and school supplies, followed by team members, their families and friends, dental practitioners and their families and friends, friends of friends, and volunteers from the Walk the Walk Foundation (WTWF).
WTWF is a local nonprofit, organized to help Anne Arundel County schoolchildren who can't afford the school supplies. For each fundraising event, WTWF buys the supplies in bulk, fills the trailer and brings it to the event location. For a $30 donation, the donors are given the name of a needy student and an empty backpack. The donor then goes through the trailer, filling the backpack with the supplies. At this event, the Integrity team members did the filling. WTWF then delivers the backpacks to students.
Mary Picirilli, whose daughter is also on the Integrity Team, and her husband, Mark, organized the WTWF event.

"The event was a huge success," Picirilli said. "Nearly the entire Integrity Club showed up. We were able to have 210 backpacks donated in just 2 1/2 hours - most events generate 50 to 100 at best."
WTWF is completely philanthropic, Garden said. She said 100 percent of the donations goes to the backpacks.
"I think they also do a toy drive for Christmas, which I'm sure Integrity will get involved with and we'll probably have it here in the fall. They hopped on the truck, they did what they needed to do, and they had fun. We're very lucky."
For more information on the Walk the Walk Foundation, visit

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Woman Critical After Accident

    A 16 year old woman was critically injured about 11 PM Monday night in a collision with a tree in the 3100 block of Beards Point Road.    No one else was in the 2003 Buick Rendezvous  and it took 20 minutes to free her before she was flown to the U. of Md Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
    The Davidsonville resident was southbound on Beards Point Rd when her vehicle drifted off the right shoulder of the road.  She over-corrected causing the vehicle to spin and go off the road to the left striking a fence and tree.

    The cause appears to be driver error with no sign of excessive speed or alcohol usage. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:

1)  A two story home on .92 acres at 908 Malvern Hill Drive was sold by Ryan Principi to Tyler and Jennifer Turvold for $849,000.

2)  A two story home on 3.55 acres at 605 Churchill Circle was sold by Lighthouse Development to John and Anna Budock for $877,770.

Car Accident On Bell Branch Rd

      AA County firefighters responded to the 2300 block of Bell Branch Road in Davidsonville at 8:30 PM Sunday evening for reports of a motor vehicle accident.

      Two men, both age 18, were in the vehicle when it overturned.  One of the men was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries.   The other man was taken to Shock Trauma by  ambulance.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Stop The Salt Barn Petition

    To sign a petition opposing the construction of a Salt Barn on the Y Worry Farm  near the 50/424 intersection,  go to:

    To read more about the issue,  go to a previous article:

Saturday, August 8, 2015

DUMC Peach Festival Successful

Carol Bergmann, left, of Edgewater, looks for the right jars of peach jam Saturday as Davidsonville United Methodist Church member Diane Sprecher, right, loads more on the table. Money raised from the sales at the church's annual peach festival goes toward funding mission work. (By Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)
      Seafood lovers beware.    Another food is vying for the top spot in the region.
      Crabs covered in Old Bay might sound nice, but what do you reach for when it's time for dessert?
      Eastport knows, Davidsonville knows and even Sudlersville knows.
      Haven't you heard?
      The peach is back for its seasonal appearance, here to steal hearts and entice taste buds.  With peach festivals in Eastport last weekend and in Sudlersville and Davidsonville yesterday, the plump fruit, ripe for picking, is in high demand.    Just ask the folks at Davidsonville United Methodist Church.
      "We had 437 of these," Diane Sprecher said, pointing to jars of peach jam Saturday. "Now we have 80."
      It was just after 1 p.m., and hoards of visitors had already poured onto the church grounds for the annual Peach Festival, in search of a peachy keen treat — and there were plenty of options.      Peach pies, peach cheesecake, peach smoothies, peach cobbler and peach jam were some of the offerings at the church's annual peach fest on Saturday.                There were also whole peaches, of course.    Hot dogs, burgers and barbecue were also available, but the tasty pale-orange fruit dominated the spotlight at the festival in its honor.
      "People just go crazy about those peach pies," said the Rev. Lisa Bandel, the pastor.
      "It's pretty amazing to me. They'll get here an hour early to make sure they get their pie. They get in line and you can get rid of 200 pies in less than an hour."
      For Saturday's festivities, church members ordered 95 bushels of peaches from Baugher's Orchards and Farms in Westminster to prepare 277 pies, 437 jars of jam and other sweet treats.
      It wasn't easy.
      "It takes a village to do this," said Pat Weems, one of the founders of the church peach fest.
      "What it does is, it unites the church. You get to know someone pretty well when you're sitting there for hours peeling peaches."
      Weems said peach festivals began at the church about 28 years ago to raise money for missions.
      That effort continues to day, and men, women and children all contribute to the festival's success.    Church members gathered in the kitchen as early as the prior week to begin peeling peaches.    On Friday, prep work began for the cobbler, pies and jams.
      "I stirred the pot for nine hours making jam," Sprecher said. "It's well worth it." 

Ella Tobin Obituary

      Ella Bertie Tobin, 90, a five year resident of Davidsonville, MD and formerly of Las Vegas, NV died on Saturday, August 1 due to injuries received in an automobile accident. 
      Bertie was born on June 17, 1925 in Roanoke, VA to the late Eugene and Rosa Dunmon Spraker . In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Tobin and her sister, Juanita Haiber. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Edward J. Tobin; daughters, Teresa Shenk of Davidsonville and Helena Glovier of Tracys Landing; sons, Carl Spraker of Palm Bay, FL, Sean Tobin of Waldorf and Edward Tobin of Las Vegas, NV. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. 
      Friends are invited to celebrate Bertie's life from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm on Monday, August 10 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Tuesday, August 11 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville, MD. Interment will follow at George Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, MD.

     Info about the accident in which she died can be read at:

Friday, August 7, 2015

Davidsonville Little League At State Tourney

The Maryland State Little League tournament was played July 25-31 at Easton.
The seven teams competing included the District 1 champions — West End (Hagerstown), District 2 — Montgomery County (Germantown), District 4 — South Maryland (Davidsonville), District 5 — Rising Sun, District 6 — South Caroline (Preston), District 7 — Bethesda and District 8 — Delmar.
On opening day, the results were: Delmar 6, Rising Sun 2; West End 18, South Maryland 2; and Bethesda 5, Montgomery County 4.
Results of the winners bracket semifinal were Delmar 14, S. Caroline 3; Bethesda 4, West End 3.

In the elimination-bracket round one, the remaining teams played on Monday, July 27. Montgomery County scored 7 to defeat South Maryland 4, so South Maryland was eliminated from the tournament.

Daylily Sale Saturday

    The National Capital Daylily Club will hold a daylily sale from 9 AM to 3 PM Saturday at the Maryland Farm Bureau,  3358 Davidsonville Rd.
    Most of the daylilies will be sold as bareroot double fans for $5 and newer and potted daylilies will be slightly more.
    At noon,  there will be an auction of club plants.
    For more info,  call Faith and Jerry Bange at 420-798-9207 or email them at

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Vivian Gills Passes Away

     Vivian  Gills,  a well known former real estate broker from Edgewater, passed away Aug. 2, 2015, at the age of 89.
     Her obituary can be read at:

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Park and Ride Progress

Views of the Park and Ride Lot on Aug. 4.

Salt Barn For Davidsonville Road?

      Mark and Betsy Scible, and their extended family, operate Y Worry Farm next to the Route 50 interchange at Davidsonville Road.
      Now they have a reason to worry: the State Highway Administration wants to build a 10,000-ton salt storage facility where the Scible family has planted crops since 1951, and their cousins the Doepkins family has worked since the 1920s.
      "We didn't know anything about it until I saw a survey crew in the field, on a Sunday," Mark Scible said.
      That was back in April. Since then they learned about the state's plans and hope the agency will find another spot to store salt that will be redistributed to salt domes in bad winters.
      Now here's the rub — the state owns the 3.94 acres in question.
      The state took the land by imminent domain 55 years ago to build an off ramp from Route 50 to Davidsonville Road (424). But it never built the ramp after road officials selected a different design.
      Part of the final agreement said the Scible's could continue to farm the remainder of the condemned property that was not used for a ramp.  They have done so since the 1960 state takeover.  This year that swath  of land has patches of sweet corn and pumpkins growing on it. The pumpkins are sold at the farm's popular Y Worry Pumpkin Patch.
      "That would shut the pumpkin patch down," said Betsy Scible. "People have been coming here for generations for it. Who is going to want to come for a day in the country next to an industrial facility?"
      State Highway Administration spokesman David Buck said the agency has been adding salt reserve barns around the state as backup supply for the 94 salt dome it has around the state. There are barns in Baltimore, Howard and Prince Georges counties.
      "We have also been looking to add a salt reserve location in Anne Arundel County," Buck said. "SHA is currently narrowing the list of potential sites on state-owned land in Anne Arundel to construct a 10,000-ton salt barn reserve."    Other sites include Interstate 97 at Route 32, and I-97 near Glen Burnie, he added.
      Buck explained the salt would not be accessed regularly but be drawn from toward the end of a harsh winter.
      But that is little comfort to the Scibles and cousin William Doepkins whose farm is across Davidsonville Road.
      "At a time when the state of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and other organizations are working to save farms and open space it is beyond my comprehension why SHA is even considering such a project at this site," Doepkins told the SHA in a June letter. "It will destroy established woodland and open space … and the rural character citizens of Davidsonville and Crofton have come to know and value as part of (their) community."
      Standing up on the hill of the Scible place one would hardly notice Route 50 was right next to the property. That is in large part due to the effort of William Doepkins father, William Sr., who at is own expense planted over 50,000 trees on all fours sides of the interchange, beautifying what would otherwise be a desolate vista and deafening most of the sound and lights from highway traffic. It also provides habitat for wildlife.
      All the land in the area was once part of the Duvall plantation in Colonial days. Henry Doepkins, William's grandfather, bought a large tract in the 1920s. The youngest of the eight children raised on the farm, Mary, married Jack Scible in 1949, and they bought a section of the land in 1951.
      That was right about the time Maryland was building Route 50 to hook up to the Bay Bridge which was still under construction. Route 50 split their farm in two.
      Then in 1959 the state wanted to buy the nearly 4 acres for the ramp. Jack Scible refused and the land was taken at a reduced rate.
      In 1990, SHA wanted to build a salt dome, holding about 1,800 tons of salt at the same location where they now want to store 10,000 tons. But the family and community resisted arguing, in part, that the land was taken for a ramp and nothing else should be built there under terms of the sale.
      Now the farm families and their community supporters are gearing up for another effort to hold on.
      The SHA expects to reach a decision in the fall.
      The Scible family has started an online petition to fight the salt facility:

Dodon Winery Now Operating

From the Capital-Gazette
Wine is poured at an open house event at the Vineyards at Dodon, a new winery on the historic Dodon Farm in Davidsonville. (By Joshua McKerrow / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

      A day in the country, a glass of wine, good food, music.
      Dodon 'til Dusk also offered a bit of education — about the land, the vineyard and winemaking.
      The summer event was held last week at The Vineyards at Dodon, a five-year-old winery in Davidsonville that is owned by Polly Pittman and Tom Croghan. Pittman grew up at historic Dodon Farm, founded in 1725, and is the eighth generation of her family on the land.
      The operation, with some 15 acres planted, grows 13 varieties of grapes from vines chosen from France, Italy and California. At 550 acres, it's considered the largest working farm in Anne Arundel County.
      "In all my years in the area, I never knew there was this huge farm there," said Pat McGrath, of Churchton. "It is nice to see the growth in Maryland wines."
      Many of the close to 100 people who came took a tour with Croghan in the field and the winery building. They learned how much care is taken to nurture the soils, the varieties of grapes and the search to find just the right stock.
      "Our job is to build and maintain healthy, living soils," Croghan said. "We try to be as sensitive to the ecology as possible."
      The farm is completely solar, and most of the work is done by hand. That includes a recent culling of nearly half the grapes growing on the vine to have the right balance on the vines and focus the energy and nutrients to get the best yield.
      The tour swung to the new winery building where Croghan offered a simple lesson in winemaking.
      "We only put in the tank, what we want in the tank," he said, meaning the grapes are sorted three or four times before being crushed and put into the fermenting process.
      Then the small crowd moved inside to see 15 foot tall stainless steel tanks and other vessels used during the fermentation. From there the batches of grapes are taste-tested to determine how much of which will go into Dodon's wine blends. The blended wines are stored in casks made of wood from a forest in France.
      After two years, the red wines are ready to bottle. Dodon's chardonnays are bottled in their first year.
      A vineyard takes time to develop — young vines can take years to build enough flavor into the grapes.
      "Our first year's harvest, in 2010, we sold the bulk of it," said Polly Pittman. "Now our vines are maturing."
      Pittman is hopeful for the cabernet sauvignon grapes that are typically hard to grow in the area. "But the soils and sloping in that area seems to be ideal for them. They seem to ripen early."
      The event was sponsored by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., which is already planning next year's summer series.
For details about AAEDC's agriculture program, visit
      For details about The Vineyards at Dodon,

Monday, August 3, 2015

Ella Tobin Dies In Accident

Ella Tobin of Davidsonville  died Saturday following a two-vehicle crash in Tracys Landing that sent five other people to area hospitals.
Anne Arundel County Police say the crash happened about 4:15 p.m. Saturday on Solomons Island Road between Old Solomons Island Road and Jewell Road in the southern part of the county.
Investigators say a 2012 Jeep driven by Hector Guillermo Calixto, 49, of Arnold, was northbound on Solomons Island Road when it crossed the double yellow line and struck a southbound 2007 Dodge Caravan.    Both vehicles sustained extensive damage requiring the fire department to extricate the occupants.
Ella Tobin,  90 years of age, was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries and died from those injuries.
The other accident victims were:
  • Calixto, who suffered serious injuries and was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Lydia Castellanos,  of Annapolis, a passenger in the Jeep, who suffered serious injuries and was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Francisca Tobar,  of Annapolis, a passenger in the Jeep, who suffered serious injuries and was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Jeffery T. Glovier,  of Lothian, the driver of the Caravan, who suffered serious injuries and was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Helena Alberta Glovier,  of Lothian, a passenger in the van who suffered serious injuries and was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center
Anyone with additional information regarding this crash is asked to contact the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.

Ella's obituary can be read at:

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Peach Festival Aug. 8

The Davidsonville United Methodist Church, located at 819 W. Central Ave in Davidsonville, MD will have its annual Peach Festival on Saturday, August 8th 11:00-2:00. Proceeds benefit the church’s mission ministries.

The United Methodist Women will be selling their very popular homemade peach pies for $13.00. Please note that tickets are required to purchase a peach pie and there is a limit of one pie/customer. Tickets will be distributed starting at 10:00a.m. on the day of the festival. Other items available for purchase include peach jam, peach cobbler, peach smoothies, and peaches and ice cream, as well as peaches by the bag or basket.

The “Tongues of Fire” BBQ Ministry Team will be serving sandwiches and platters featuring pulled pork and pulled chicken, pit beef and pit chicken, along with bbq beans, slaw, homemade tea and real lemonade. The United Methodist Men will be grilling hot dogs, bratwursts and hamburgers, frying french fries, and offering peach smoothies and beverages for purchase.

Music will be provided by Chesapeake Pickers Noon-2:00 There will also be vendors selling a variety of crafts and goods. If you are interested in renting vendor space please call Marilyn Fate at 410-266-8406. Contact the church office, 410-798-5511 for more information;