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In a time when many people are looking to do so, Lilly Pond Foal Rescue in Dunkirk has found a way to honor one of the young victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

The shelter’s newest horse is named “Rekos” in honor of Jessica Rekos, who was one of the 20 children killed in the elementary school shooting. Jessica was 6 years old.

Sharon Hancock, the president of the horse rescue, said the full-grown horse was rescued from a kill-pen in New Holland, Penn., where he would have been slaughtered and processed for meat.

Hancock said her organization was able to raise $400 for the horse’s safety.

“We were able to pull him out and we brought him home Monday [Dec. 17],” Hancock said, continuing that she had read an article about how Jessica had loved horses and wanted one of her own for her next birthday.

Since the horse was a male, Hancock said “we obviously couldn’t name him Jessica,” so they went with her last name instead.

Hancock said Rekos is currently at a healthy weight but will need nutrition and dental and foot work done.

“We’re going to rehabilitate him and retrain him and then put him up for adoption,” she said.

Hancock said she sent what her organization had done to a Connecticut newspaper and was hoping they would tell Jessica’s family.

“At least we could do this one small thing to let them know we’re thinking of them. Even though she didn’t get her horse, it represents a memorial to her,” Hancock said.

Take the plunge

The annual North Beach Polar Bear Plunge will be held rain or shine at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day. The plunge will benefit the North Beach Boys & Girls Club. Participants can preregister at Preregistration costs $25 and includes a T-shirt and certificate. The last day to preregister is Dec. 28, and participants can also register the day of the event.

Inspirational film shown at library

Join Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, for a film based on Dan Millman’s book, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior.” A press release from the library described the book as the story of a young athlete who is involved in an accident and has to rely on “a mysterious stranger” and “an elusive young woman,” to help him overcome the odds.

The press release said the film will be followed by a short discussion ending by 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Learn about beekeeping

The Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers will be hosting a five-session Beginning Beekeeping course during February 2013 at the Charlotte Hall Library. According to an email from the organization, topics covered include improved pollination, producing honey and improving the environment for the honey bee.

The course fee is $40 per person and is limited to the first 50 respondents. To check class availability and enroll, call Ralph Whipkey at 240-925-2196, or email him at

JPPM holding Point Farm tours on Mondays

Each Monday in January, the public is invited to a free Monday Memories guided tour of Point Farm, located at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard. Tours will be given each Monday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will feature a 1933 Colonial Revival brick house and gardens designed by Gertrude Sawyer and Rose Greely. Call 410-586-8501, or go to, for more information.

Beaches to host youth celebration event

The towns of North Beach and Chesapeake Beach are holding an event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the North Beach Town Hall, highlighting the Twin Beaches’ support for children, youth and families. The event will also be to celebrate Calvert County being named one of “The 100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise Alliance. For further information, call the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth at 410-286-8300.

Deadline for Homestead Tax Credit is Monday

Calvert County homeowners who have not filed a Homestead Eligibility Application have until Dec. 31 to submit an application to continue to be eligible for this credit. According to a press release from Calvert County Government, the credit helps homeowners deal with assessment increases on their principal residence.

According to the press release, the credit will be granted if these conditions are met during the previous tax year:

ź The property was not transferred to new ownership;

ź There was no change in the zoning classification requested by the homeowner resulting in an increased value of the property;

ź A substantial change did not occur in the use of the property; and

ź The previous assessment was not clearly erroneous.

The dwelling must be the owner’s principal residence and the owner must have lived in it for at least six months of the year, including July 1 of the year for which the credit is applicable, unless the owner was temporarily unable to do so by reason of illness or need of special care. An owner can receive a credit only on one property — the principal residence.

For questions about the Homestead Tax Credit, call 1-866-650-8783; email the Homestead unit at; or go to