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Hello, everyone!

Well, Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is only 27 days away. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on the square in Leonardtown on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children can take their Christmas list and parents can bring their camera to capture this once-a-year event. In case of inclement weather, this event will be held in the Winegardner Auto Showroom.

Our county was deeply saddened recently to learn of the loss of a fine resident. Maria Morgan, 47, died at Hospice House of St. Maryís in Callaway after suffering injuries from a severe car accident on July 11, 2011.

She died with her husband holding her hand and surrounded by her family.

For a year following the accident, she spent time in hospitals and rehabilitation centers before finally coming home on July 11 to receive at-home care and to be with her husband and children.

My brother, Charles, and husband, Don, join me in extending our deepest sympathy to her devoted husband of 22 years, Commissioner Todd Morgan (R); her three children; other family members and to her many friends. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Maria was truly a fine lady, wife and mother.

The 18th Annual Health Share of St. Maryís Holiday Home Tour will be held on Dec. 2 from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will feature six lovely homes and the St. Clementís Island Museum, all located are between Bushwood and Coltonís Point. Advance tickets can be purchased at any Cedar Point Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, Community Bank of Tri-County in Leonardtown, The Apple Basket, Kevinís Corner Kafe, Lola Belle Co., Traditions of Loveville, Vintage Source and Cost is $50 for the entire tour or $10 per site. Box lunches by Kevinís Corner Kafe will also be on sale. If you have any questions, please call Anne Bell at 301-475-2129 or

The Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will sponsor a vendor/craft show on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the squad building in Avenue. There will be a variety of vendors, handmade items, baked goods, a 50/50 raffle, food and more. For more information, call 240-925-6950.

The U.S. Marines and Toys for Tots are now collecting toys in St. Maryís County. On Dec. 1 and 8, they will be collecting toys and monetary donations at Kmart, WalMart and Dress Barn in California. All toys and funds collected will benefit the children of our local community. For more information, go to

A concert and open house will be sponsored by Historic St. Maryís City on Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the State House. Entertainment will be provided by St. Maries Musica. For more information, call 240-895-4990.

Send signed news to Audrey Ridgell, P.O. Box 457, Leonardtown, MD 20650.