Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Free State Fly Fishers' Dec. Meeting

     The Free State Fly Fishers' will hold their "Holiday Dinner" on Dec. 7 at Mike's Crab House on the South River at the  Riva Road Bridge. Details are at

Beard and Stachitas Married

    Jonathan Beard and Jessica Stachitas were married at Fairview Farm in Davidsonville on Oct. 15, 2016.   You can read about the couple and their wedding at:

Elizabeth Duswalt At Bucknell U.

Elizabeth Duswalt of Davidsonville is a goalie on the Bucknell University lacrosse team for 2017.  The daughter of Jim and Tern Duswalt of Davidsonville letter in both field hockey and lacrosse at South River High.  She is majoring in international relations and French and was a member of the 2015 Patriot League Academic honor roll.

She has pictures on the Bucknell roster web page and her bio can be read at:

Christmas Cards For Soldiers

 sponsored by Knights of Columbus South County Council #8251 
in support of the Men and Women of the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. 
Our goal is to mail 2,000 plus cards this year. We ask that you purchase one or more boxes of Christmas Cards (20+). Personalize your cards and address the envelopes to: A Special Soldier, U.S. Army. You may bring the cards to Holy Family Church. A collection box will be in the Narthex until December 5th. Your efforts will be most appreciated in supporting this worthwhile program to provide a joyous greeting and continued welcome of encouragement to our incredible soldiers of the U.S. Army.

Santa At HFCC On Dec. 18

At Holy Family Catholic Church
Save the date! Sunday, December 18th 
after all the Masses in Unity Hall. 
$5 at the door for all you can eat breakfast. 
Bring your camera for a picture with Santa

Monday, November 28, 2016

Recent Farm Sale

A 35.3 acre parcel of land at 1176 Old Davidsonville Rd was sold by Robert Gaug to B & B Farm LLC for $995,000

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sarah King Is Field Hockey Player of the Year

South River's Sarah King isn't exactly taking it easy during her senior year.
While a lot of seniors are taking just a few classes to wind down their high school careers, King is taking five Advanced Placement classes as she prepares for the next phase of her educational career at Yale next year.
Somehow, King found the time to be a key contributor on the state championship field hockey team. She was such a vital part of the championship run, she has earned Capital Gazette Communications Player of the Year honors.
King's numbers don't jump off the stat sheet, but for a team that went 7-0 in one-goal games, so much of what she did that didn't show up in the box score was needed for the Seahawks to win their first state title since 2012.
"I can't imagine the success that we had this year happening without her," Seahawks' coach Megan Atkinson said. "Not because she scored a goal every once in a while. She might not have had the highest stats, but in the field you noticed her. She had incredible skill. She could carry the ball down the field, she had power and she was a key part of what we were trying to do."
King finished the season with 15 goals and four assists. She had four goals in her first three games, which included matchups with powerful out-of-conference teams Westminster and Archbishop Spalding. She had three goals in a victory over defending county champion and eventual 3A state champion Chesapeake, then had five goals and two assists in the playoffs. She had the perfect cap to her season and career when she scored three goals in a 6-0 victory over Winston Churchill in the Class 4A state final at Washington College.
"On the field, her speed and ball-handling are dangerous, but couple that with her unrelenting effort and she was a major weapon for the Seahawks," Atkinson said. "Sarah created an abundance of scoring opportunities and was a major threat inside the circle. She has the ability to re-defend and tackle, making her an unexpected two-way player."
While the goals are great — and she scored a lot of hers when the team needed them most — King was happy to put her teammates in position to score. Whether it's commanding the attention of the other teams' top defenders or taking the first shot off the insert of a penalty corner, so much of what she did led to better chances for others. Maia Cheeks led the Seahawks with 17 goals, while five other players had at least four.
"What I do when I'm on the field is set my teammates up for success," King said. "I think this year I was more of a threat on the field and teams payed more attention to me. It helps that I have a well-rounded team that we can adjust to things. I really have to give a lot of credit to my teammates."
A part of her game that ended up being a huge asset this year was King's ability to score on penalty strokes. She converted a key stroke in an early-season victory over Archbishop Spalding that was decided on strokes after the teams were tied after overtime. She scored on a stroke early in the game in the victory over Chesapeake, then scored the go-ahead goal on a stroke early in the second half of a 2-1 victory over Broadneck two weeks later. With the Seahawks trailing Broadneck in the second half of the Class 4A East Region Section II final, Cheeks tied the game and King put the Seahawks ahead on a stroke two minutes later.
It got to the point that when the Seahawks were awarded a stroke, Atkinson didn't have to say anything and King knew it was hers to take.
"I know my team is counting on me and my coaches are counting on me. I definitely felt the pressure each time, but I got more confident the farther we got into the season," King said. "I just have to calm myself down and focus because I know a lot is riding on that one shot."
King, who said she always gets straight A's and has never even had a B, is interested in studying environmental science at Yale. The Davidsonville resident has lived on a farm all her life and has taken an interest in nature. She'll find time outside of her studies to play for the field hockey team in hopes of making the same impact on the Bulldogs she had on the Seahawks.
For now, though, she'll continue to focus on her studies through the end of the school year while also playing for her club team, the Atlantic Storm Chasers. She also helps coach some of the rec programs at the Davidsonville Athletic Association.
"We worked so hard and every single person put so much effort into it. It's cool to get the recognition, but I never really wanted it to be about me," King said. "So many people on the team are deserving of recognition. I also want to thank my coaches. We have an incredible coaching staff that is so proud of us. I would not be where I am today without them."

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Powerfhawks Robot Expo

2016 Power Hawks 9th Annual

FLL® Qualifier & FLL® Jr. Expo

South County Showdown!

Date: December 17th 2016

Times: AM-PM

Location: South River High School

Composting Meeting

From the DACA Villager:
Homestead neighbors meet to learn about Composting Bill 75-16
      On Saturday, November 12, residents of Governors Bridge Road, DACA members, and residents of arwood, about 30 people in all, met at Homestead Horticultural Supply to hear Councilman Jerry Walker, Homestead President Brian Riddle, and Justen Garrity, owner of Veteran Compost, discuss Mr. Walker’s proposed Bill to allow composting facilities in South County RA districts and to learn how a well-managed composting facility is a benefit to farmers and stable operators. Many homeowners and farmers compost horse manure and bedding, yard waste, kitchen scraps, and who knows what else, in their back yards or stable areas. Bill 75-16 would establish parameters and regulations to allow big producers of compost to accept compostable materials and sell the product to gardeners and other users of compost. See page 4 for a brief summary of the bill, and pages 5, 6,
and 7 for a summary of the County Council’s first hearing of the bill on November 7. The next hearing will be November 21.
      Veterans Compost operates two composting facilities – one comprising a three acre plot on a property of 30 acres in Virginia, and one in Harford County with a half acre on a 200 acre property, where they accept chemical-free matter that results in compost approved for Organic Farming. If Homestead Gardens should get into composting they envision no more than a three-acre plot on their 100+ acres.
      The basic recipe is horse manure, wood chips as in bedding, water, and plant waste, in the correct proportions. Most of those at the Saturday morning meeting support composting as a better use of these materials than sending them to the county landfills. They expressed their confidence in  Homestead Gardens and Veteran Compost to maintain a clean, safe operation. They were less confident about Maryland Department of the Environment’s enforcement of regulations if unscrupulous operators if the bill does not provide adequate safeguards.
      MDE has a past record of trying to help violators comply rather than punishing them, which some do not recognize as effective enforcement. Punitive measures do not solve the problem of what to do with the stuff. Mr. Garrity has forwarded a 16-page pdf of MDE’s Permitting Guidance for Maryland Composting Facilities, too long to include here. It is said that MDE has improved its administration of the regulations over the past 20 years.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary Closing

After four decades of taking in injured and abandoned animals, the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary is preparing to close its doors.
The decision is being made after the death this month of the sanctuary's founder and director, Sandy Carr, who was 74.
The sanctuary on 10.5 acres off Beards Point Road has been home over the years to turkeys and pigs, raccoons and squirrels, peacocks and geese, burros and groundhogs — all brought to Carr, or simply left on her doorstep.
"She never turned an animal away," said David Carr, Sandy's son.
The sanctuary is finding homes for its remaining animals, which include elderly horses, a llama, a sheep, a goat, and a fox that is deaf and blind, according to Gregory Trigg, who has helped manage the sanctuary for the past four years.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Santa At Homestead Gardens

Santa Claus Comes To  Davidsonville

November 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event Navigation

Santa Claus makes his grand debut Saturday after Thanksgiving – arriving in his alternative sleigh….a firetruck!

Grand Entrance – 10am
Visit with Santa – 10am-4pm
Santa will return every Saturday & Sunday thru December 18th.
Saturdays: 10am-4pm
Sundays: 12pm-4pm
Grab a hot beverage at Java2U!
Serving Coffee, Hot Chocolate & More!
From Noon -4pm enjoy live music from Gary Harmon and watch Master Vegetable and Fruit Carver, Ernesto Alvarez, create an incredible holiday display!
Stroll through our iconic showroom for holiday inspiration galore – there are trees decked to the brim in over 30 themes


Emma Washington Passes Away

      Emma Louise Washington, a long-time resident of Fort Washington, MD, departed this life on Saturday, November 19th , 2016 after a long battle with leukemia.
      Born Emma Louise Brooks on November 25, 1936 in Davidsonville, Maryland, she was the second child of James Henry and Emma Brooks.   
She married Francis Raymond Washington on July 29, 1961. They were blessed with four children. When her youngest child was school age she started a 20 year career working for the Prince George’s County Public School System 
      For the complete obituary,  go to:

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:

1)    A one story home on .40 acre at 3711 Nile was sold by Teri Jack to Katherine Harmon for $401,000

2)    A two story home on 1.03 acre at 3564 Ashland was sold by Patrick McLain to Stacy and Isora Ruble for $1,010,000.

Monday, November 21, 2016

D'Ville Grandma On Food Network

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s nothing like grandma’s on Thanksgiving. One local grandma is sharing her Maryland-style recipes on national TV.
      The holidays are just around the corner, that means family, friends and food, especially if you’re stopping by grandma’s house. Now, one Maryland grandma is showcasing her cooking skills on the Food Network.
      Robin Daumit is whipping up mac and cheese crab rolls. The signature dish for the the grandmother of three, and one she is sharing with the nation as a contestant on a cooking competition “Clash of the Grandmas” is a new series on Food Network where grandmas compete for a $10,000 prize.
      “It’s really about bringing grandmas into the kitchen to beat eachother,” said Daumit.
Only 24 grandmas from across the U.S. were chosen to be on the show and Daumit is the only one from Maryland.
      Daumit spends a lot of time in her Davidsonville kitchen, coming up with recipes for her video channel and blog, The Food Fetish.
      She says it’s good practice for the show.
      “When I saw there was crab in the refrigerator, when I was given a challenge I went right for it. And I happened to see there was old bay on shelf as well. So I was like that’s a done deal,” said Daumit.
      The six episodes of Food Network‘s “Clash of the Grandmas” will air through the holidays.
      “Everything that everyone ever celebrates is always over food,” she said
Daumit says she and the other grandmas from the show are now friends. Her episode airs Sunday night, November 20, at 10 p.m.
      For a nice video of her cooking and being interviewed by WJZ, go to:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Margaret Zagami Passes Away

Margaret Zagami passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
Margaret was a resident of Edgewater, Maryland.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Peggy's life on Sunday November 20 2016 from 2 pm to 4p m and from 6 pm to 8 pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home 2973 Solomons Island Road Edgewater MD 21037. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday November 21 2016 at 11:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church Chapel 826 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville MD 21035. Interment will follow at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood MD.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Holy Family Catholic Church will have a Thanksgiving Day Mass at 10 AM.

Ralph Davis Passes Away

    Ralph Lawrence "Newny" Davis, Sr., 73, of Davidsonville, MD, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
    Loving father of Ralph Jr., Cindy, Cheryl, Casi, Torri, Jane and their respective spouses, step-children, Alan, Anita, and Aimee. Devoted grandfather to 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Also survived sisters, Jane Andrew, Mary Long-Thomas, Julie Fowler, and Nancy Reed, uncle and friend to Anne, Renee, Betty, and many others. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Norman "Spike" Davis.
    In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to Riva Volunteer Fire Department, 3123 Riva Road, Riva, MD 21140. All Services and Interment will be PRIVATE at the convenience of the family.

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:

1.    A 1 1/2 story home on 2.45 acres at 720 Sumpter Rd sold by Michael Kirby to Drew and Lauren Fuller for $639,000.

2.    A one story home with no basement on 2.15 acres at 3506 Mobile Ct. sold by Michael Mishou to Steven and Susan Cofer for $ 480,000.

3.    A one story home on .34 acre at 3714 Nile Rd. sold by David Dehmel to Michael and Maureen Berry for $380,000

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Melva Heer Passes Away

      Melva Hukill Heer, of Gambrills, MD, passed away on November 4th, 2016. 
      She was born in Louisville, KY in 1923. Melva earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Louisville and went on to become a teacher in English for elementary students; Home Economics and Physical Education for Regina High School with the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. She was the Vice President of Alumni of Zeta Tau Alpha in the NE area; AAUW Book Chairman; American Cancer Society Daffodil Chair & Volunteer; Partners in Care Volunteer, and President of the Evergreen Social Club. Melva enjoyed gardening, travel, tennis, family, homemaking, sewing, and knitting. 
       Melva was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Raymond R. Heer, Jr., and her sister, Joyce H. Wellman She is survived by her three children Raymond R. Heer, III, of Gambrills, MD, Christopher L. Heer, of Columbia, MD and Elise H. Lynch, of Turner, OR. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 
       A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD 21035. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30am immediately following the visitation. Interment will be held privately at the Maryland Veteran Cemetery in Crownsville, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to SOAR - Support Our Aging Religions, P.O. Box 96409, Washington, D.C. 20090-6409. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Joe Ballard Honored by Missouri S & T

  Joe Ballard of Davidsonville was one of ten graduates of Missouri University of Science and Technology honored as Missouri S & Ts 2016 Alumni of Influence during a special event on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Hasselmann Alumni House on the Missouri S & T campus.   Joe Ballard is a retired U. S. Army lieutenant general,  former commander of the Army Corps of Engineers and CEO of the Ravens Group Inc.  He earned a master of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S & T in 1972.

    This the second time Missouri S & T has honored a group of graduates as influential alumni.  The inaugural celebration was held in 2011.

Sandra Carr Passes Away

      Sandra Jean Carr, "Sandy", passed away on November 3, 2016. Beloved wife for 55 years to Maurice "Snooks" Carr. 
      Born on June 9, 1942, in Washington, DC, to the late Samuel and Dorothy Bayly. Sandy graduated from Annapolis High School in 1960. 
      A longtime resident of Davidsonville, MD, she retired as a draftsman from Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning after 36 years. A lifelong animal lover, she founded and served as Director of the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary for many years until her passing. Her many friends, both two and four legged, mourn her passing. 
      Sandy is preceded in death by her brothers, John and Larry Bayly. She is survived by her children, Deborah Carr, Brenda (Greg) Evans, and David (Lisa) Carr, grandchildren, Kyle Carr, Dylan Carr and Colton Evans. 
      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the wildlife or pet rescue organization of the donor's choice. Some of the organizations that Sandy supported include SPCA of Annapolis, Black Beauty Ranch (Murchinson, TX), and the National Wildlife Federation. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 4 until a service begins at 7 p.m., at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Teen Of Week Is Student Leader

    This weeks Teen  of the Week is Airelle Hall  of Harwood, who attends Southern High and also attends the Davidsonville United Methodist Church.  You can read about her at:

Friday, November 4, 2016

Recent Davidsonville Homes Sales

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales include:

1)    A two story home on 1.51 acre at 3483 Olynpia  Es. sold by Charles Moore to Grant and Rachel Schweikert for $765,000.

2)    A one story home on .50 acre at 3765 Danube Dr. sold by Thomas J. Dean to Tad and Jordan Nicholson for $380,000.

Spay Spa & Neuter Clinic Special

The Spay Spa & Neuter Nook in Davidsonville reports over 6,000 spay/neuter surgeries this year. However, there are still too many unaltered, unwanted, homeless and family pets.
During November "Don't Let Your Pet 'Fall' Into Parenthood," SS&NN is offering low-cost spay/neuter services, as well as vaccines, nail trims, microchipping and testing at affordable prices.
In addition, to help control the community cat population, they offer a Feral/Community Cat Special: spay or neuter, rabies vaccine, and ear tip for $35.
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