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Michael Allen Coleman, 73,

Michael Allen Coleman, 73,

Michael Allen Coleman, 73, of Huntingtown passed away November 7, 2023 at his home. He was born October 20, 1950 in Prince George’s County to Forrest Allen and Betty Lou (Fitzwater) Coleman. Michael grew up in Mitchellville and attended Frederick Sasscer High School. He was drafted into the United States Army at 20 years...
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JoAnne Sturdevant-Beach, 72,

JoAnne Sturdevant-Beach, 72,

JoAnne Sturdevant-Beach, 72, of Dares Beach, MD passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2023 in Dares Beach, MD surrounded by her husband, John (Jack) Beach, and loving family. JoAnne was born on August 10th,1951 in Dares Beach, MD to Harry and Grace E. Sturdevant. She grew up with her 4 siblings, Patricia,...
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Allen L. Manges

Allen L. Manges

Allen L. Manges of Partlow, Spotsylvania County, Virginia passed away October 30, 2023. Allen was born in Drury, Anne Arundel County, Maryland on August 16, 1941. He attended Southern High School in Lothian. He served in the United States Air Force as a radio operator with the 6910th Radio Group, USAFSS, from 1959 through 1963...
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John “Jack” Gregory Cullison

John “Jack” Gregory Cullison

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, October 21st, 2023 angels were commissioned to escort John Gregory “Jack” Cullison to Heaven to be reunited with his wife Franny. John Gregory Cullison, better known as “Jack”, was born on October 30th, 1934, at his family home in Ridge, Maryland.  He was the seventh child in...
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Myroslaw Kowalskyj, 97,

Myroslaw Kowalskyj, 97,

Myroslaw Kowalskyj, 97, of Dunkirk and formerly of Hoffman Estates, IL passed away September 12, 2023. He was preceded in death by his wife Eugenia Kowalskyj. Survived by children Oleh Kowalskyj (Irene) and Nadia Doerrler, grandchildren Terry and Lydia Kowalskyj and Michael Doerrler (Jessica), and great-grandchildren Benedict and Alexandria. A private service and interment...
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Mary Josephine Kemp, “Mary Jo”, 87,

Mary Josephine Kemp, “Mary Jo”, 87,

Mary Josephine Kemp, “Mary Jo”, 87, of Avenue, MD, passed away on August 29, 2023 at her home. Born on September 14, 1935 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Kathryn Lovenia Carroll and the late Joseph Benjamin Carroll. Mary was the loving wife of the late William Leslie Kemp, whom...
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Mrs. Shirley “Big Shirl” Rooney (née Pfeifer), 88,

Mrs. Shirley “Big Shirl” Rooney (née Pfeifer), 88,

Mrs. Shirley “Big Shirl” Rooney (née Pfeifer) passed away peacefully at home August 24, 2023 in Chesapeake Beach, MD at the age of 88. Shirley is survived by her daughter Katherine “Kathie” Marie Stapleton (Rick), Prince Frederick, MD, granddaughter and caregiver Jennifer Spadaro, her partner Nicole Raftery, Chesapeake Beach, MD, and grandson John Michael...
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Ellen Fahey Kubisiak, 89,

Ellen Fahey Kubisiak, 89,

Ellen Fahey Kubisiak, 89, of Solomons, MD and formerly of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on June 4, 2023 at the Hermitage at Solomons. Born December 31, 1933 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Joseph J. Fahey and Gertrude (Lucas) Fahey. Ellen graduated from Notre Dame Academy, Washington, DC in...
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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Monday, May 29, 2023, is Memorial Day. This day is a national holiday, for remembering and honoring men and women, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Waterloo, New York, was declared the official birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. The holiday had many origins,...
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Letter to the Editor: 23rd Annual Relay For Life Thank You!

Letter to the Editor: 23rd Annual Relay For Life Thank You!

Letter to the Editor, Oct. 2021 To the Editor; On behalf of the Relay For Life of St. Mary’s County, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the community for your support of the 23rd annual Relay For Life that was held at Historic St. Mary’s City on October 3, 2021. The...
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Parks & Recreation Seeks Public Input for New Harriet E. Brown Community Center

Parks & Recreation Seeks Public Input for New Harriet E. Brown Community Center

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation will hold a virtual public meeting to receive input for the planning and construction of the new Harriet E. Brown Community Center. The meeting will be held Monday, June 7, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. through Zoom. Citizens are invited to participate to provide input on the...
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Mary Evelyn O’Neill Pineault

Mary Evelyn O’Neill Pineault

Mary Evelyn O’Neill Pineault, widow of James Martin O’Neill and Edward J. Pineault, died at Sunrise of Mount Vernon Assisted Living Facility in Alexandria, Virginia on April 11, 2021, just a month shy of her 89th birthday, from advanced dementia. The youngest child of Howard Marvin Humphreys and Catherine Isabel Gott, Mary Evelyn was...
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Letter to the Editor – “In the Same Boat as Me”

Letter to the Editor – “In the Same Boat as Me”

“In the Same Boat as Me” By Meghan Cobourn On the surface, it would appear that Evan McCarthy is your average, talented sailor. With years of experience on Broadneck High School’s racing team and a US Sailing Level 2 Instructor certification under his belt, it would be easy to think that he was born in...
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Letter to the Editor – Organ Donation: The Heart of the Matter

Letter to the Editor – Organ Donation: The Heart of the Matter

Yvette Jefferson is doing her part to raise awareness about the critical importance of organ donation. Years ago, Yvette’s father Junious was in end-stage heart failure and passed away while waiting for a heart transplant. Since her father’s lifesaving gift didn’t come in time, Yvette has become a Donate Life ambassador to encourage others...
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Jordan Andrew Topolski, 29

Jordan Andrew Topolski, 29

Jordan Andrew Topolski, 29 of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on February 4, 2021. He was born on November 26, 1991 in Leonardtown, MD to Mark Edward Topolski and Amy Lynn Reeger Topolski. Jordan is a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He attended Chopticon High School and was employed for over three years as...
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Letter to the Editor: New Community Center Needed in Calvert County, Will Provide a Safe Place for Children and Youth to Play and Be Creative

Letter to the Editor: New Community Center Needed in Calvert County, Will Provide a Safe Place for Children and Youth to Play and Be Creative

I am writing on behalf of Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth.  There is a great need for a permanent community center in Prince Frederick to ensure that residents have recreational, community building, learning and outdoor activities that come with having a robust community.  This need has been documented over the years by Calvert...
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Letter to Editor: Bustin’ Out of the Barn Livestock Auction to be Held on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Letter to Editor: Bustin’ Out of the Barn Livestock Auction to be Held on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Letter to Editor: It’s been a year of disappointment and challenges for the St. Mary’s County youth with livestock.  Shows were cancelled.  Maryland 4-H cancelled in person activities. Learning opportunities were limited to online and virtual sessions.  The St. Mary’s County Fair was cancelled.  The St. Mary’s County 4-H Livestock Auction was cancelled.  Morale...
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UPDATE: Landover Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison After Armed Robberies in Calvert, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties

UPDATE: Landover Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison After Armed Robberies in Calvert, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties

UPDATE: 5/19/2020: U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm today sentenced Dante Tyler-El, age 54, of Landover, Maryland, to 150 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for carjacking and for using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Tyler-El entered his guilty plea...
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Letter to the Editor From Former Sergeant at St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Letter to the Editor From Former Sergeant at St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

To the Editor, The following comments are addressed very specifically to St. Mary’s County Commissioners Hewitt, Guy, and Morgan. From 2006 to 2016 I was a Deputy Sheriff with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. I held assignments in Patrol, Investigations, and Special Operations as well as a number of collateral duties. I often...
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Letter to the Editor – Drag Queen Story Hour at Lexington Park Library

Letter to the Editor – Drag Queen Story Hour at Lexington Park Library

The following letter to the editor was submitted to SMNEWSNET.COM. Letter to the Editor: The group called: Southern MD area Secular Humanist (SMASH) are sponsoring an event of teaching young boys how to be “Drag Queens” on this coming June 23, 2019, at 2:00pm, starting with their so called “Story Hour” which gives the...
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Southern Maryland Roller Derby’s First Bout of 2019

Southern Maryland Roller Derby’s First Bout of 2019

WALDORF – Southern Maryland Roller Derby’s first bout of 2019 is coming to a track near you!   This rematch versus the Mason Dixon Roller Vixens will be at Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, on Saturday May 18.  Come and enjoy a day of derby with us! Doors open at 5:30pm, and the first whistle blows...
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FOP Letter to the Editor

FOP Letter to the Editor

The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7 for St. Mary’s County submitted the following letter to the editor: Dear Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7 for St. Mary’s County is writing you this letter to address the issue of the pay disparity between our agency, the Maryland State...
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PRESS RELEASE: Governor Larry Hogan Uses Veto to Protect Maryland Jobs and Economy

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Larry Hogan Uses Veto to Protect Maryland Jobs and Economy

Governor Larry Hogan today vetoed Senate Bill 280 and House Bill 166 – Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage, saying it “could cost us jobs, negatively impact our economic competitiveness, and devastate our state’s economy.” Read the governor’s veto letter, which emphasizes three key points: This measure would cost Maryland more...
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Letter to the Editor – Maryland’s Move Over Law

Letter to the Editor – Maryland’s Move Over Law

Every day more than 16,000 Maryland law enforcement officers say goodbye to their families and head out to protect and serve their communities. As a police officer, both you and your family know the risks of the job when you’re sworn in to wear the badge – impaired drivers, weapons, domestic incidents gone wrong,...
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Poll Finds Support for $15 Minimum Wage, Legalizing Marijuana, Banning Styrofoam and Aiding the Terminally ill in Dying

Poll Finds Support for $15 Minimum Wage, Legalizing Marijuana, Banning Styrofoam and Aiding the Terminally ill in Dying

Maryland voters in November re-elected a Republican governor for only a second time in history, but they also elected a Democratic legislature that has moved further to the left. A new Goucher College poll taken earlier this month found broad support among Maryland adults for some of the top policy initiatives by Democrats that...
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