Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sewing Items For Worthy Causes

From the Capital-Gazette
South County Sew Time ministry new members Carol Moran (left) and Sue Dippel work on the design 
of their first Busy Quilt for Alzheimer's patients. (By Jerri Anne Hopkins / Correspondent)
About six years ago, Cindy Beals, a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, began a small sewing group at the church to make items to donate to worthy causes.
It became so popular they were holding two monthly meetings, one during the day led by Beals, and an evening session led by Barbara Harmel.
The South County Sew Time Ministry now has more than 100 members from three local Catholic parishes – Holy Family in Davidsonville, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Edgewater, and Our Lady of Sorrows in West River. They turn out items for adults and children with life-threatening illnesses or who are experiencing difficult times.
The group holds evening meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at Holy Family, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Their current project is Busy Quilts for Alzheimer's patients. These are lap-sized quilts with various notions – pockets, zippers, buttons, bits of fur or feathers, beads – attached. Alzheimer's patients often pick at things or themselves so the quilts keep their hands safely busy.
To read the rest of this Capital-Gazette article,  go to:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sharon Bence Passes Away

     Sharon Rees Bence of Bowie, MD, passed peacefully after a short illness on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
      She was born on August 8, 1943, to the late Elsie and Donald Rees. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her beloved husband of 49 years, Robert D. Bence. She was the devoted mother to Robert Bradley Bence (Carrie) and Melissa Lynn Miller (Bobby). She was a very proud "Maama" to her five grandchildren, Bailey, Logan, Finn, Sahalie and Lily. She graduated from Clarion College in 1965 with a degree in education. After a long career in teaching she retired from the Prince George's County Public School system.
      Sharon was an active member of Davidsonville United Methodist Church where she was the President of United Methodist Women, active in youth ministries and always available to serve where needed. For over 30 years she was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Her hobbies include reading, traveling and scrapbooking.
       A funeral service was held at Davidsonville United Methodist Church, 819 W. Central Ave. Davidsonville, MD on Monday January 30, 2017 with interment at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Davidsonville United Methodist Church or a cancer organization of your choice.

Nitro Circus Gets Approval

Nitro Circus Live, the action sports show organized by motorcycle rider, race car driver and stunt man Travis Pastrana, is coming to Annapolis after all.
City of Annapolis and Naval Academy officials announced Tuesday an agreement has been reached to allow the July 23 event to be held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
“I appreciate the city’s support of our event and I want to thank the local community for their ongoing encouragement,” Pastrana said in a statement. “This performance is about being able to bring something that I am very proud of to my hometown. I hope everyone enjoys the show as much as I will enjoy performing.”
Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides, Ward Two Alderman Fred Paone and Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said issues raised by community groups opposed to the production had been addressed.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Alfred Catanzariti Passes Away.

    Alfred Michael Catanzariti "Al", 88, a resident of Annapolis, MD and formerly of Lewes, DE died on Friday, January 20.
    Born on August 14, 1928 in Dedham, MA to the late Vito and Maria Teresa Catanzariti. Al served as a heavy machine gunner in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attained the rank of sergeant upon his separation from active duty. Al earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and then worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in the Oceanography Division from 1952-61. From 1961 until his retirement, Al worked for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center where he was involved with the Manned Space Flight Program. He was a member of the NASA Alumni Association and the Northeastern University Alumni Association. He was an avid Washington Redskin and Boston Red Sox fan and he loved to discuss political issues. In his younger days, Al enjoyed bowling and playing softball.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of thirty-five years, Jean Catanzariti. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah (Ken) Halley of Edgewater, MD and Susan (Brian) Hickman of Riva, MD, his grandchildren, Joseph and Nicholas Hickman, Lindsey Sullivan, Kimberly Sweeney and Jennifer Halley and his great-grandchildren, Patrick and Kennedy Sullivan and Tripp Sweeney.
    Friends are invited to celebrate Al's life on Wednesday, January 25 from 6 to 8 pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 26 at 9:30 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena, MD 21122.

Susan Allen Passes Away

Susan was born on March 13, 1949 and passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017.
Susan was a resident of Edgewater, Maryland at the time of her passing.
When:       Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am
Location:  George P. Kalas Funeral Home-Edgewater
Address:   2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD

Service Information
When:       Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 12:00pm
Location:  Holy Family Catholic Church
Address:   826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD 

Pastrana Meets City To Resolve Dispute

Mayor Mike Pantelides hosted a City Hall meeting Tuesday in an attempt to resolve opposition to Nitro Circus action sports show proposed this summer in Annapolis.
Annapolis native Travis Pastrana hoped to bring his Nitro Circus Live franchise to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in July. Two organizations representing communities surrounding the stadium objected to the event, citing noise concerns and claiming Nitro Circus Live violated the land use agreement that applies to the facility.
The Tuesday meeting involved the mayor, Pastrana and Alderman Fred Paone, who represents Ward 2 and neighborhoods adjacent to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Paone sought assurances from Pastrana that Nitro Circus Live organizers would alter certain elements of the show to address community concerns, several people who attended the meeting said. Community leaders are worried about noise generated by the public address system, high-pitched motorcycles and pyrotechnics.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Details Of Death Of CSM Roger Haller

The following information is a report from the Multinational Corps Iraq news release published By American Forces Press Service and reprinted online January 26, 2007 on the website:

    The military statement said two coalition aircraft were flying on a routine mission when one of the aircraft crashed in a rural area northeast of Baghdad. Reports indicate a distress call from the trail aircraft. About 20 seconds later, the lead aircraft crew saw the trail aircraft go down.
    The lead aircraft immediately circled back to provide security and assistance to the crew and passengers, the statement said. After determining the area was clear, the lead helicopter landed and quickly surveyed the scene for any survivors of the downed aircraft.
    The crew observed that the aircraft was on fire and determined there were no survivors, officials said. They remained on the ground and secured the site until additional security arrived.
    An aerial coalition quick-reaction force arrived on the scene to provide additional security about three minutes after the Black Hawk was reported down. This air support arrived quickly, officials explained, because the crews were already conducting patrols in the area. The lead aircraft involved in the initial incident stayed on the scene for an additional seven minutes before leaving the secured site to fly to Forward Operating Base Balad.
    The lead aircraft crew, made up of soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment, "performed heroically in protecting and safeguarding their comrades" in the downed Black Hawk under extremely adverse conditions, the Multinational Corps Iraq statement said. 

    The soldiers in the downed helicopter, who belonged to a number of active Army and Army National Guard units, are: Col. Brian D. Allgood, 46, of Oklahoma; Col. Paul M. Kelly, 45, of Stafford, Virginia; Lt. Col. David C. Canegata III, 50, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; Capt. Michael V. Taylor, 40, of North Little Rock, Arkansas; Capt. Sean E. Lyerly, 31, of Pflugerville, Texas; CSM Marilyn L. Gabbard, 46, of Polk City, Iowa; Command Sergeant Major Roger W. Haller, 49, of Davidsonville, Maryland; First Sergeant William T. Warren, 48, of North Little Rock, Arkansas; SFC Floyd E. Lake Sr., 43, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; SFC John G. Brown, 43, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Staff Sgt. Darryl D. Booker, 37, of Midlothian, Virginia; Cpl. Victor M. Langarica, 29, of Decatur, Georgia.

CSM Roger Haller's obituary can be read at:

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:

1)    A two story home on 2.11 acres at  3505 Foxhall Dr. sold by  John Pish to Michael and Misty McCready for $660,000.

2)  A two story home on 2.00 acres at 403 Beard's Creek Road sold by Brenda Evans to  Carol and James Moloney for $965,000.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Marlee McIntire Passes Away

    Marlee H McIntire (Lee), 79, of Annapolis, went to her savior's arms on Saturday January 14, 2017. 
    Lee was born February 15, 1937, to George O and Norma R Haverty in Washington DC. She lived her entire life in the DC/Annapolis area. She graduated from Northwestern High School in 1954. Lee worked at C & P telephone for 40 years. She loved dancing for Washington Ballet and USO. She owned her own dance studio. She modeled for Capa Shell modeling agency. 
      She leaves three children, George McIntire (Kathy) of Riva, Nora Keenan (Duane) of Annapolis and John McIntire (Kay) of Riva, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was best friends with Maxine for 60 years. She had many close friends. Lee's interests included bowling, cards, dominoes, scrabble and traveling. Her greatest passion was helping others. She believed in Christ and was active in the church. She lived God's example by giving back and helping others.
      A celebration of life on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian in Davidsonville. Reception following at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grace EP or Fido's for Freedom of Laurel.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free State Fly Fishers Meet Feb. 1

     Free State Fly Fishers' meeting.  Feb. 1, 2017.   The Capital's Outdoor Columnist Capt. Chris Dollar talks fly fishing and light tackle from SUPS and kayaks. Start time 7:30 p.m. at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville. Details at

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Louis L. Cross Passes Away

Louis was born on September 5, 1921 and passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the age of 95.
Louis was a resident of Davidsonville, Maryland at the time of his passing.
Interment Information
Location:  Lakemont Memorial Gardens
Address:   900 W. Central Avenue
                 Davidsonville, MD 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Piano Recital At CCFC

From left, back row: Jackson Hall, 13; Savanah Powers, 11; Riley Herritt, 12; Jared Robinson, 15; Ryan Lomax, 14; Glen Mitchell, 12; Leah Colihan; Declan Murray, 13; Hannah Murray, 16; Caroline Anderson, 16; Rachel Disney, 16; Emma Besett, 13; and Jeannette Muffley; middle row: Brynn McClure, 9; Grayson Martien, 10; Luca Mulligan, 8; Louisa Mulligan, 9; Patrick Mitchell, 9; Kendall Foland, 9; Victoria Bailey, 11; Fiona Murray, 13; Abby Stephens, 14; Cole Stephens, 11; and Jake Besett, 11; front row: Ailia Gillingwater, 7; Sophia Richardson, 7; Tristan Hiner, 5; Leila Gillingwater, 7; Corrin Hakala, 8; Sloan Stanard, 7; Taylor Collison, 10; and William Lovelace, 11
On  Dec. 3 at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship Church in Davidsonville, more than 30 students of pianist Jeannette Muffley performed in her school's 31st piano recital, a program started by Muffley in 1996.
Muffley got the holiday recital off to a festive start with her performance of "Kincora," a piece by California composer Cindy Jordan.
More than 30 students then played a wide variety of music that included holiday classics like "Ode to Joy" and popular pieces like the theme from the "James Bond" films. Many of the student performers are seasoned pianists while, for a number of them, it was their first time performing in a recital.
"My students set very high goals for themselves and then they commit to practicing," Muffley said. "These semiannual recitals are important because it allows them to showcase what they can accomplish when they practice regularly. They are particularly impressive students because they balance very busy schedules."

Thursday, January 12, 2017

William Henry Cook Passes Away

William was born on May 6, 1924 and passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
William was a resident of Edgewater, Maryland at the time of his passing.
Service Information
When:       Sunday, January 15th, 2017, 4:00pm
Location:  Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Address:   4012 Birdsville Rd. Davidsonville, MD

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Recent Davidsonville Home Sale

Recent Davidsonville home sales include a on story home on 2.20 acres at 724 Sharpsburg Dr. sold by the Nelson Holt, Jr. Trust to Keith and Megan Cleveland for $595,000.

Rose Mascolino Passes Away

      On Monday, January 9, 2017. The beloved wife of Joseph R. Mascolino; devoted mother of Jo Rita Kelley, Teri Fitch, Andi DeLeon, Julie Witter and the late Karen Leaman; grandmother of Joey Leaman, Albert Fitch, Cole Drury and Jennifer Walcott and one great-grandson.
       Friends are invited to celebrate Rose's life with her family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 13 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD. Burial private. Online condolences and tributes may be left at:

Ronald Prass Passes Away

    Ronald (Ron) E. Prass, Jr, 53,. of Davidsonville, MD, died on January 5, 2017 in the comfort of his home after an extended illness. 
    His survivors include his son Matthew Prass (Davidsonville, MD), daughter Megan Prass (Davidsonville, MD), sister Amy Poxson and her husband Paul (Brooksville, FL) and sister Cynthia Prell (Church Hill, MD). He was predeceased by his father Ronald E. Prass, Sr., mother Patricia A. Prass and sister Kimberly Ricciuti. 
    A memorial service will be held on January 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at the Naval Academy Main Chapel followed by a committal service at the Naval Academy Columbarium and a reception at the Naval Academy Club. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that gifts be directed to the USNA Foundation "In Memory of Ron Prass" to benefit the Stockdale Center For Ethical Leadership. Gifts may be mailed to: USNAF Gift Processing, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD, 21402. Arrangements are by the Hardesty Funeral Home, Annapolis, MD.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pastrana Continues to Solicit Community Support

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides asked two neighborhood groups to reconsider their objections to a  proposed motorsports show planned at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in July.
The boards of the Admiral Heights Community Association and Germantown-Homewood Civic Association, both of which are near the stadium, voted against allowing Travis Pastrana bringing the Nitro Circus Live to the stadium.  However Pastrana and the mayor feel that the communities do not understand the shows and what they can mean to Annapolis.
“Unfortunately, in my opinion, not all the information was brought forward in those discussions, and I feel it is only fair that updated information should be presented to the homeowners associations before a final decision is made,” Pantelides said in an interview with the Capital-Gazette.
The mayor has invited Annapolis native now Davidsonville resident and the show's signature performer, Travis Pastrana, to deliver a presentation to the City Council in February.

Pantelides and Pastrana also walked through the Admiral Heights and Germantown-Homewood communities, Saturday to hear from residents and gather signatures from those supporting the show.
For interview of Travis Pastrana,  and some video of the Nitro Circus show,  go to:

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Recent Davidsonville Home Sale

Recent Davidsonville home sales include a one story home with no basement on .39 acre at 1571 Alcova sold by Keith Cleveland to Beth Woodward and Jenna Chappell Woodward for $315,000.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Capital-Gazette Supports Pastrana

Who doesn't love a hometown boy who makes good? Who doesn't love it when that person, proud of his connection with the place he grew up, decides to bring his accomplishments back to his original community and show them off in front of the people who knew him when he was young, or at least younger?
With all due respect to the officials of the Admiral Heights Improvement Association and the Germantown-Homewood Civic Association, we don't want the answer to those questions to be: "Annapolis, that's who."

To read the complete story,  go to:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Look Back at Davidsonville in 1991

From the Washington Post in 1991
In the mid-1930s, when Martin Zehner moved to the Davidsonville area of Anne Arundel County, there were plenty of horses around; draft horses were a primary source of power for tobacco farmers.
Horses still are abundant, but today they are more likely to be found galloping playfully across rolling pastures surrounding 20-acre estates. The U.S. equestrian team comes by occasionally for Olympic trials.
Halfway between Bowie and Annapolis, the Route 424 exit from Route 50 plunges into a 20-square-mile community of farms, historic estates and large-lot subdivisions.
"Davidsonville is a lifestyle," said George B. Pearce, a former grocery chain executive who dabbles in local history. "People are in tune with the ecology here. They want clean air and good land."
Another longtime resident, County Executive Robert R. Neall, said Davidsonville is an Anne Arundel County community with few connections to water. "People came here because of the allure of the rural lifestyle, and that didn't necessarily mean they had to have waterfront," Neall said.
Though its population of about 5,000 hasn't been growing much since the late 1980s, residents like it just about the way it is. Zoning and other restrictions frequently require 20-acre lots for new homes because there is no public water and sewer, and some farmers are taking advantage of agriculture preservation programs to keep their land from being broken up into high-priced subdivisions.
Yet, at Idlewilde Farm, Garland Zang looked over his groomed and fenced horse pastures and called himself a "dying breed."
"I could never live in the city," Zang said. "We're holding on, and we'll try to keep it up as long as the government lets us."
Davidsonville proper drew its name from Dr. James Davidson, who moved to the area in the 1830s. It stretches from Route 50 on the north, to the Patuxent River on the west, and the communities of Harwood on the south and Edgewater on the east. Unincorporated, the town confers citizenship by the delivery of mail at the Davidsonville Post Office.
Davidsonville, long dotted by farms, began to grow in the 1950s with the widening of Route 50, which opened it to commuters who worked in the Washington area. The 1960s and 1970s brought new subdivisions.
Only 12 miles outside the Capital Beltway, Davidsonville also is an area studded by plant nurseries, and a few rock quarries near the Patuxent River and churches.
On June 9, Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville (across Central Avenue from the general store) will move to a new church that was 15 years in the planning. The parish of about 500 families had outgrown the tiny wooden church built in 1929 after it was ordered as a kit from the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue.
But Bernadette Grizzell, co-chairman of Holy Family's dedication week activities, said the old church will remain in front of the new. "There was no way we wanted to remove the old church," Grizzell said. "The chapel feels like it's wrapping its arms around you."
Pearce, an agent with Davidsonville Realty, said many homes in subdivisions sell in the $400,000 range, when they are available. But, he added, little construction has taken place in recent years. "There was a decline, even before the so-called recession," Pearce said. "There's not much land available for development now."
Some subdivisions, such as Riverwood near the Patuxent, have houses selling for about $150,000, Pearce said. On the other end of the price scale is Harbor Hills, where houses cost $500,000 to $800,000. Elsewhere in Davidsonville, one 80-acre estate, complete with a manor house, is on the market for $3.3 million.

Zehner, chairman of the Davidsonville Area Civic Association, said residents are looking for balanced development that preserves the area's character but still allows it to flourish.
"I've felt that enough land is set aside to protect from severe development," he said. "I'm not anti-development. If density increases, it creates problems."
Activists, he said, hope to find ways of controlling the over-development of rock mining operations and are investigating stepped-up inspections to halt the dumping of hazardous materials and out-of-state rubble in the area.
When he moved to the area, Zehner said, he and other farmers knew every car that passed down their gravel and sand roads. "Now the traffic on Route 50 sounds like a freight train in the morning," he said. When Route 50 is widened and designated an interstate highway, a cloverleaf is planned at the Route 424 exit. "That's going to affect us," he said. "Some people don't want to live around all that commotion."
Still, if there is commotion in Davidsonville, it is of an intensity that few residents of the Washington metro area would recognize.

C. of C. Supports Nitro Circus

From the Capital-Gazette:
It looks like Travis Pastrana has a supporter for a stunt show he wants to hold at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce released a letter Tuesday in support of Pastrana's show, Nitro Circus, which could attract between 8,000 to 10,000 audience members. The show is billed as an "action sport collective" with stunts, dirt bike riding and other daredevil feats.
Julia Howes, executive director of the chamber of commerce, lamented pushback against the event sponsored by an Anne Arundel County resident. Pastrana's hometown is Annapolis, and he has a home in Davidsonville.

You can read the complete article at:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Annapolis Objects To Nitro Circus

From the Capital-Gazette:
       Travis Pastrana of Davidsonville has transformed Nitro Circus from a backyard indulgence into a worldwide phenomenon. 
      Now Pastrana wants to bring the popular show to his hometown — and is running into neighborhood opposition. 
      Nitro Circus officials have applied for a permit to have a show at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in July. At least one community adjacent to the stadium has formally registered its disapproval.    The board of directors for the Admiral Heights Improvement Association voted unanimously to recommend the event not be permitted at the stadium. In a letter to Mayor Mike Pantelides and Alderman Fred Paone, R-Ward 2, the board outlined its belief that Nitro Circus Live is not appropriate for a venue with residential neighborhoods on three sides.

    To read the complete article,  go to:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ruby Ring Passes Away

    Ruby Irene Ring, 74, a resident of Davidsonville, MD for 21 years and previously of Prince George's County, died on Wednesday, December 28 at her home in Annapolis, after a three month battle with lung and brain cancer.
    Born on January 2, 1942 in Washington, DC to the late Earl and Beulah Vermillion, Ruby graduated from high school and worked in the food service department with the Prince George's County Board of Education for 26 years. She enjoyed bingo, slot machines, playing cards, teaching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to swim and spending time with her family, especially her little grandkids.
    Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Ring, Sr. She is survived by her children; Delores "Chris" Underwood and , John (Karen) Ring both of Annapolis and Theresa (Gary) Bullard of Chesapeake Beach; her siblings, Carl E. Vermillion, Delores Christine Quinn, Constance Louise Ellis and Marianne Frances Ring; her grandchildren, Jackie, Ericka, Tara, Cody, Justin, Christopher, Travis and Tyler, eight great-grandchildren and her niece Anna Seaward and her children, Bre, Mikey and Spencer. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
    Friends are invited to celebrate Ruby's life on Tuesday, January 3 from 2 pm until her funeral service begins at 3 pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society
, 7500 Greenway Center Dr., Ste. 300, Greenbelt, MD 20770