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Evelyn Schommer’s family didn’t begin subscribing to Diabetes Forecast magazine until shortly before the 10-year-old St. Mary’s girl was featured on its cover in January 2012, and now she’s sharing time and autographs with stars who also have the illness.

She most recently met last week with singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox on March 7 after a concert in Washington, D.C. The Greenview Knolls Elementary School student had a copy of the magazine from last year to sign and give to Bowersox, and a copy from September 2011 for Bowersox, an alumna of “American Idol,” to sign.

“I was on the cover,” Schommer said, “and she was on the cover.”

The signed and framed copy with Bowersox’s face and signature has joined a collection on a wall at the Great Mills area home of the young girl’s family, a set that also includes a framed copy of her own cover edition, and one she got last May from rocker Bret Michaels during a meet-and-greet at his concert at Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. He was on the cover of the magazine in December 2010.

Jonas R. Schommer, Evelyn’s father, said he was at the museum’s offices sometime before the week of Michaels’ show to see about getting some backstage passes, and that a beer distributor gave his two passes to Schommer. The musician’s staff also sent the Schommers two passes, so the entire family of four got to meet him.

Evelyn Schommer began receiving insulin injections when she was 18 months old, according to her father, and she started using an insulin pump a few months ago. In addition to the two copies of her cover-story edition that she signed and gave to Bowersox and Michaels, she’s handed out about 20 from a stack to other people, including at her school.

“I give them away,” she said. “I signed each cover.”

Her father, who went online to find copies of Bowersox’s and Michaels’ cover editions, said that outfielder Sam Fuld of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team is on the cover of this month’s issue of the magazine, and that the family hopes to swap signed copies with him this spring when his team travels north to play the Baltimore Orioles.

Wear green, but not handcuffs

As St. Patrick’s Day weekend commences, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver, according to the sheriff’s office, during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010.

This weekend, sheriff’s deputies and Maryland State Police will participate in “Project Saving Our Loved Ones” (SOLO), a statewide initiative to combat impaired driving and underage drinking to ultimately save lives and reduce roadway deaths. The operation will deploy mass patrols on state and county roadways known to have higher instances of impaired-driving arrests and alcohol-related crashes. The high-risk zones have been identified through previous impaired-driving arrests and crash data collection, and will be patrolled throughout Southern Maryland.

To prevent tragedies from occurring, plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. Designate a sober driver, or use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home. Report drunk drivers to police. Help impaired friends make other arrangements to get to where they are going, safely.

For more information, call sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Butler, supervisor of the sheriff’s office traffic safety unit, at 301-475-4200, ext. 9006, or send email to

Eat ham and cabbage in Ridge

The Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad and its auxiliary will hold a ham and cabbage dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 16, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ridge. Dinners also will include boiled potatoes, green beans, corn bread, iced tea and coffee. There also will be a dessert table. Carry-out plates will be available.

Enjoy live music in Abell

The Morris Point Restaurant at 38869 Morris Point Road in Abell will host a musical performance from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, March 16, by David Flood. For more information, call 301-769-2500.

See the bunny on Sunday

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will present “An Afternoon with the Easter Bunny” from noon to 2 p.m. this Sunday, March 17, at the firehouse’s social hall. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. for egg hunters of all ages. Games, arts and crafts also will be presented. Lunch will be available for purchase. Take pictures of children with the Easter Bunny. For more information, send email to

Dog needs help getting home, or a new home

Dawn DiMaio reported this week that she found a 2-year-old healthy and timid female pit bull last Sunday in Drayden, and she’s trying to find the dog’s owners or a new owner for the dog. Time is short, DiMaio reports, because the dog picked up on Monday by St. Mary’s animal control officers and taken to the Tri-County Animal Shelter will be held at the Hughesville facility only until next Monday, March 18. Anyone interested in offering their assistance may contact DiMaio by email at

Concert reset for March 22

Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance will present a Homespun Coffee House Concert featuring Lynn Hollyfield next Friday, March 22, at Christ Church’s parish hall at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico.

This is a rescheduled event from a January weather cancellation, to hear the singer-songwriter whose roots hail from Staten Island, N.Y., and whose influences from jazz and rock led her to create a diverse repertoire of contemporary folk, pop, blues and jazz.

Layers, Hollyfield’s new solo recording, exploded on the folk scene in 2010, receiving air play and positive reviews, nationally and internationally, marking her as a rising star of contemporary folk music. She recently received a Wammie nomination from the Washington Area Music Association for best Contemporary Female Vocalist.

Hollyfield will be accompanied by Dave Abe on fiddle and mandolin, Mike Kelly on guitar and banjo, Steve Wolf and Jimmy Brink. For more information on Hollyfield, go online to

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30. Refreshments will be available. For more information on the concert and directions, go online to

Fish to fry on March 22

The auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department is cooking up a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at the Leonardtown firehouse. The auxiliary members will be serving fish, parsley potatoes, cole slaw, applesauce, rolls and dessert. Carry-out plates will be available.

Get barbecue in Avenue

American Legion Post 221 is sponsoring a pork loin and beef sandwich sale on March 23 and 24 at 21690 Colton’s Point Road in Avenue. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. For more information, call 301-769-4569.

Blood drive set for March 26

The auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the Leonardtown firehouse on Lawrence Avenue.

To register, call 1-800-RED-CROS or go online to, using sponsor code 05314730.

Check out cars and bikes on April 7

The 26th Annual Coming Out Car & Bike Show presented by the Southern Knights Rod & Custom Car Club will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Charlotte Hall Plaza’s park-and-ride lot at 29946 Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall. Registration for vehicles will take place from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Vendors must preregister, for limited space. The rain date would be April 14. There will be awards presented for the top 75 cars and top five motorcycles. Dash plaques will be given to the first 500 participants, and T-shirts to the first 100 people to register.

For more information, call Bill Bushey at 240-682-1189, David Grogg at 240-882-1786 or Ed Mattingly at 301-472-4646. All proceeds will be given to charities.

Learn how to help fallen riders

A Motorcycle Emergency Incident Management Training/Bystander Care program will be presented at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s social hall at 24801 Three Notch Road.

Motorcycle riders, road captains, emergency response persons and advocates are encouraged to attend the class presented by the Southern Maryland Motorcycle Safety Rally Safety Task Force and Red Knights MD 4. Doors will open and the sign-in period will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the training will take place, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants will learn what to do, and what not to do, if someone in their motorcycle club goes down, or if they arrive on the scene of a motorcycle crash, to help reduce injuries and possibly save a life. The Golden Hour, defined as the first hour after the occurrence of a traumatic injury, is considered the most critical for successful emergency treatment. Most of the fire departments and rescue squads in Southern Maryland are dependent on dedicated and educated volunteers, who are applauded for their dedication, and their fast and knowledgeable response to a motorcycle crash is important.

A Blessing of the Bikes will take place at 11 a.m. There also will be a 90-minute break to provide students with an opportunity to participate and enjoy a Southern Maryland Motorcycle Safety Rally in the parking lot.

In 2011, there were 70 motorcycle fatalities and 1,513 motorcycle crash injuries in Maryland. There were 1,881 motorcycle-related crashes that year in Maryland.

Motorcycle riders age 21 to 49 are overrepresented in crashes, compared to rates among all driver types statewide. Nine out of 10 motorcycle crashes involve a male rider, while three out of four of motorcycle passengers involved in crashes are female. According to preliminary 2011 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,612 motorcyclists were killed on the nation’s roads that year.

Instruction at April’s event in Hollywood will include Scene Safety, Scene Management, Mock Scenario, and Patient Triage. All participants will receive certification in CPR/AED and First Aid.

The training is presented in part by Southern Maryland CPS and First Aid Training, an organization which can be found online at Admission is free, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The rain date for the event would be April 28.

For more information or to register, call Kim Welling at 443-532-4409 or send email to; call Jonathan Riffe at 443-532-5315 or send email to; or call Kim Jones at 443-532-8516 or send email to More information also can be found at the Southern Maryland Motorcycle Safety Rally page on Facebook.