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Louvenia Banks missed the phone call telling her she was the grand prize winner in the annual American Cancer Society raffle, simply because she was on the phone helping others.

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The Prime Time Children’s and Youth Activity Center in Owings performed its holiday program, “Celebrating Holiday Memories of the Past,” on Dec. 7 at Bethel Way of the Cross Church in Huntingtown.

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I’m not a big snow lover. Spring — with its Peeps, budding trees and warm breezes — is much more my speed. Or autumn! Definitely fall, full of pumpkins and pies and family time.

For the first time in my adult reading life, I didn’t keep track of a single book I read last year.

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Clifton Smith and Tracie (Murphy) Smith of Prince Frederick announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Dawn Smith, on Nov. 19, 2018, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown.

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Commodore Mike Snapp, left, makes a donation of $2,410 on behalf of members of the Solomons Island Yacht Club to SMILE Ecumenical Ministries Manager Sally Hamilton. In a tradition that started in 2003 by Past Commodore Tom Sidleck and the late Joan Kocen, many members of the Solomons Island …

Because festivities last from early December until early January, Christmas is by far the most important Italian holiday of the year according to College of Southern Maryland Italian Instructor Simonetta Baldassari.

The Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad held its annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 9. More than 50 volunteer members and their families served an old-fashioned breakfast to more than 500 people.

Members of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce presented the College of Southern Maryland Foundation with a check for $2,000 for student scholarships during the chamber’s annual holiday Business After Hours event at College of Southern Maryland's Prince Frederick Campus.

A coat drive organized by Dowell Elementary School fourth-grader Raini Thacker culminated Dec. 13 with a total of 311 donations for her Be A Hero Coat Drive. The total far exceeded the 260 coats she collected last year. The coat drive was part of a 4-H community project. The 10-year-old saw …

Calvert County native Gordon Lore announces the publication of his book, “Flying Saucers From Beyond the Earth: A UFO Researcher’s Odyssey,” which is scheduled to be published Oct. 1 by BearManor Media.

Amy Schisler, a 1988 graduate of Northern High School who grew up in Owings but now lives on the Eastern Shore recently published her latest children’s book, “The Greatest Gift.” She is also the author of five novels and two children’s books. Her books, “Picture Me” and “Whispering Vines,” r…

Prince Frederick author Sharon Parker recently published her memoir “True Synergy Works — Leading Within...Seven Defining Principles of Knowing Self to Birth Greatness.” It tells her story of being a “Civil Rights baby” and her “recovery-to-discovery” life experiences.

Don Thomas of Virginia is a freelance history researcher and author of the self-published book, “The Reason Lincoln Had to Die.” His interpretation of historical events is off the beaten path of the mainstream narrative and has Southern Maryland at its epicenter.

Brenda Scott-Coleman, of Huntingtown, recently self-published her second book, “THE GIRL WITH MANY FACES.” The book was written to give encouragement to children who may have difficulties making friends because they look different.

Lusby resident Shelton Johnson recently published “Thankful for my Family,” a comedic novel about the family ties that bind us all. The story focuses on a young man who introduces his older girlfriend to his family for the first time, knowing the experience will make or break the relationship.

Andy Rickert, of Mechanicsville, recently published “TOMORROW,” a memoir of love, family and his experience helping his sister, Edna, with dementia in St. Louis, Mo. The book shares Rickert’s experience starting with the initial suspicion of abnormal behavior through the actual diagnosis and…

Lusby author Julia Maki recently published “From the Sky,” an educational book for children based on her experiences as a U.S. Navy Aircrewman. The books gives readers a taste of flight. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprised, the book is available through bookstores nationwide.

Edward Davenport of Lusby has written his first book, “Eleven Minutes,” which he says is the first and only in-depth account of the bombing of United Airlines flight 629 in 1995 and the associated investigations and manhunt that led to the capture of the man who planted dynamite in his mothe…