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THE STAR A6 Mond , Januar 12, 2015 DEMOCRAT OBITUARIES Bernice C. Miller HURLOCK — Bernice C. Miller, formerly of Hurlock, passed away in Fredericksburg, TX. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at 1 pm at Grace Baptist Church in Hurlock with visitation from 12-1. A full obituary will appear in Tuesday’s paper. Jane M. Watkins EASTON — Jane Moore Watkins of William Hill Manor, Easton, Maryland; Captiva Island, Florida; and Franklin, Ohio, passed away on January 9, 2015. She was 100. Jane was born on February 12, 1914 in Fremont, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Frank Ludwig Moore M.D. and Mildred Hamilton Moore; and the sister of the late Leon (Lee) Hamilton Moore M.D. A graduate of Goucher College, Jane was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was May Queen. She was married to the late Stanley Plaxco Watkins, her husband of 60 years. After starting their family in Baltimore, they moved to Franklin, Ohio in 1952. A very active lady, with many interests, including gardening, bridge, travel, foxhunting, and golf ... Jane’s strength of character, love for her husband and large family were evident. She was a loyal, fun-loving friend to all; including those who kept their horses at Hickory Hill Farm, the family home. Surviving Jane are her three sons Stanley Jr., Frank, and Hamilton; daughters in law Gail, (the late Gracie), and Lynn; her grandchildren Leigh (Barry), Mory (Frank Jr.) (Ildiko), Elizabeth (Joaquin), Sandy (Stanley III) (Maeve), Hamilton Jr., Emilie (Kevin), and Bradford; her great grandchildren Gracie, Luke, Bence, Hannah, Isabelle, Andrew, Alex, and Ernesto. The family would like to thank those who helped make Jane’s life both independent and comfortable, which allowed her to continue to enjoy her family and many friends. A memorial service will be held at William Hill Manor Auditorium, 501 Dutchmans Lane in Easton on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM. A burial and memorial service will be held in Fremont, Ohio, in May 2015, at the Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to Chapel By the Sea, Captiva Island, Florida http://www.captivachapel. com/donate.html. For more information regarding the Ohio service in May, plus also please sign the guest register on the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home website link http://www.fhnfuneral Watkins-2/. Jane M. W OBITUARY POLICY The Star Democrat offers 45 words of an obituary free of charge for the first day it runs in the Star Democrat. Families who wish to include more information than can be presented in 45 words may do so for a nominal fee. All obituaries must come from a funeral home or director. By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press RICHMOND, VA. (AP) — From Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia to Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg, an ambitious memorial is slowly sinking roots: the planting of 620,000 trees representing the Civil War’s human toll. With only about 2,000 trees in the ground, the goal of the nonprofit Living Legacy Project will likely extend well beyond the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial, which concludes this year. The project is undaunted, with 8,000 plantings scheduled in 2015. Organizers already are looking ahead to another milestone for completion of the $65 million memorial. “What I personally envision is 50 years from now, when this country commemorates its bicentennial of the Civil War, these trees will be in full bloom,” said Shaun Butcher, spokesman for the project. “Future generations can visit this region and see that there is a national memorial for the Civil War fallen.” The project is part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, a national heritage tourism nonprofit that aims to highlight the rich American history along the 180-mile route through Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. It is not limited to Civil War attractions, such as Harpers Ferry in West Virginia and historic Frederick, Md. Designated a National Scenic Byway by Congress, the historic, 75-mile-wide corridor claims 13 national parks, nine presidential homes and hundreds of sites recognizing African-American and Native American heritage sites. It also traverses the largest concentration of Civil War battlegrounds, with Virginia claiming the most. The Living Legacy tree plantings will be within the scenic byway but it will not be an unbroken green line. The trees are being planted on public and private land, as well as at tourist attractions such as Oak Hill, James Monroe’s former estate in Leesburg. Butcher said the tree plantings are intended to honor every single Civil War death, including the many felled by disease, not just towering figures such as the South’s Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. “There’s a big Jackson statue at Manassas and other places,” Butcher said. “But then there are a lot of enlisted who don’t have a memorial, who don’t have a big statute of them on a horse in granite. The idea is to honor those individuals.” Each of the fallen, in fact, will be recognized by name through each individual tree, though many of the war dead remain unidentified. At Bliss Farm at Gettysburg, for instance, 168 apple trees were planted to restore an orchard that thrived before the battle. Students from around the country were recruited to research the soldiers who fell at the orchard and to whom the trees were dedicated. wIndividuals, businesses, schools and community groups can participate in the project, which is seeking $100 contributions for each tree. Donors may select a soldier to honor. Butcher said the project is gaining momentum as more people and groups sign on, including nurseries. “We feel we’re beginning to reach a tipping point,” he said. The Living Legacy Project has worked with local communities to enlist their support and ideas for a Civil War memorial, said Cate Magennis Wyatt, who heads the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. They told her, “We don’t want another flagpole. We don’t need another monument,” she said. Monte and Darby Gingery’s Somerset Plantation have planted red maples and redbuds, among others, as part of the Legacy Project. Located between Culpeper and Charlottesville, the farm saw many Civil War battles. Gingery is working with the local historical society to get local names of the war dead linked to the trees. “We just thought as a family it was a proper and fitting way to honor the brave fallen men from the Confederacy and the Union,” Gingery said. Project aims to honor Civil War dead with 620,000 trees AP Photo/Steve J. Montgomery Gingery stands along his fence next to several trees that he has planted as part of the Living Legacy Project on his property in Somerset, Va., Friday, Jan. 9. The project aims to honor Civil War dead with 620,000 trees for the 620,000 Civil War dead, a living memorial of trees planted from Gettysburg to Monticello. By ANNA ISAACS The Daily Record BALTIMORE (AP) — Flanked by shelves filled with jars of pickled onions and bottles of spicy mustard, Wade Jaskiewicz is shaving down a hot slab of corned beef at Attman’s Delicatessen on a Wednesday afternoon, layering the thin slices on a scale until it tips 2 pounds. His baseball cap is embroidered with what will be the final product — a sandwich — that his T-shirt promises will melt in your mouth. Jaskiewicz has worked at Attman’s since Oct. 9, 1979 — he takes no pause to recall the date. And like the parade of loyal customers that waits patiently in line for a made-to-order creation, sometimes snagging a piece from Jaskiewicz’s proffered gloved hand, he says this proudly about his more than 30-year tenure at the counter: “I never left.” Attman’s, which is celebrating its 100th year of serving up traditional Jewish-deli fare to throngs of hungry lunch-goers, is clearly in the tradition of its Manhattan kin. Latkes are served with sour cream and applesauce; the stuffed kishka is homemade; a sign instructs — nay, insists — that you order your corned beef on rye with mustard. But it’s also a distinctly Baltimore institution, with racks of Utz snacks and customers who crack open cold bottles of Natty Boh while they wait for their orders. Crab cakes are displayed next to the halvah. The soup selection includes matzo ball and Maryland crab. During the Christmas Eve lunch rush, Rex Houlihan and a friend have brought their families up from Washington, D.C., for their interfaith culinary tradition, running 10 years strong: Oysters and clams at Lexington Market, followed by corned beef at Attman’s, which he’s just learned is turning 100 years old. “Attman’s is gonna be here longer than you and me put together,” Jaskiewicz tells Houlihan “I hope so,” Houlihan says. When third-generation owner Marc Attman arrives for his daily visit, he has a different take on the Lombard Street restaurant’s longevity. “You gotta be crazy to be here more than a day,” says the 63-year-old man who has worked here since he was 8 years old. Attman comes in every day, just for an hour or so, making his presence known in small, orderly ways — straightening chairs and napkin dispensers, bending to pick up a stray scrap of paper from the floor. He says hello to familiar faces, terse but friendly, inquiring about their meal. For the rest of his professional time, he’s a local optometrist, seeing patients at two Optical Fair locations in Ingleside and Eastpoint. It was his first career, a prestigious one, but not the line of work he’s known for. “Most people who know me as a doctor know I’m a corned beef guy,” he says — but not vice versa. Marc Attman came to be that guy in a tragic way. His brother, Stuart, “was definitely the guy” to take over the family business from their father, Seymour Attman, who inherited it from his father, Harry Attman. Stuart was just like Seymour, Marc says. There was no question in anyone’s mind. In 1994, Stuart died in a freak rogue- wave accident while vacationing in Jamaica. And so, a couple of years before Seymour Attman died in 2002, there was a family discussion during which Marc Attman and his two sisters suggested that their father sell the place. But Attman says his daughter steered him into a 180, telling him afterward, “You really upset Zayde,” and then, “You’re going to have to run it.” So he did. Harry Attman came to the United States from Russia in 1908, paying his way over as a barber. He went to work in a Rhode Island grocery before coming to Baltimore, where he opened the first incarnation of Attman’s in 1915 on what would become known as Corned Beef Row — a grocery store that would later drop the “grocery” part. The walls are filled with the history of the deli’s surroundings — street scenes of Lombard in the early 20th century, including a bustling 1000 block in 1968, the same year that it would be engulfed in flames during riots in the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. “Bustling” no longer describes the street, the home of a once-thriving Jewish community. But inside Attman’s itself, little has changed since it moved to its current address in the 1930s. A sandwich is no longer 25 cents, of course. And last year, Attman’s wife, Debbie, took the helm of a second location in Potomac. (Over there, the menu is a bit tweaked — there are kale salads, for instance, at which Attman rolls his eyes.) But the rest, it seems, is very nearly frozen in time. Attman’s sees customers regularly return after decades, saying something along the lines of: “I haven’t been here since 1953. It’s just as good.” “Everyone’s got a story,” Attman says. When reflecting on the staying power of his restaurant, Attman touches on community involvement, charitable giving, loyalty to both customers and longtime staff. The deli has contributed to its own preservation in another way, helping to set up the Voices of Lombard Street exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, just around the corner. When he’s run out of reasons, he lands on a simpler conclusion. “Plus, our food really is good,” he says. It’s at least good enough to name after family members. Sandwich names he’s added include the “Ali and Tina Tuna” (tuna salad, melted Swiss, lettuce, tomato) after his daughter; the “Jessica Special” (smoked turkey breast, pastrami, Swiss, slaw, Russian dressing) for his niece; the “Slammin’ Sam” (thick-cut salami, pepper cheese, onion, tomato) for his grandson. And it’s at least good enough to wait a good half-hour for lunch: Nothing is prepared ahead of time here. “Everyone knows there’s a line, and everyone is willing to wait,” Attman says. Usually, they’re waiting for a corned- beef sandwich or Reuben, which starts in what looks like a giant keg, but filled with 300 pounds of cow. It will all be brined and cooked down to half that weight before being shaved down to form the core of menu items like “The Gay Liveration” — 14 ounces topped with chopped liver, Swiss, lettuce and Bermuda onion. For its centennial, Attman’s has some small changes in the works or just completed. The kitchen received a $400,000 upgrade this year; next year, there will be a new ceiling and a new bathroom. The doorway from the service area to the dining room will be widened. Attman is mulling a new sandwich to name for a local charity, to which proceeds from its sales will be donated. Other than that, the future of Attman’s is uncertain. Though Attman boasts of his deli’s longtime family ownership, he readily admits that may have to change — there’s simply no one else in line eager to take over, and at his age, it’s getting hard. He does know this much, though: “I know we’re gonna open tomorrow,” he says. ___ Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore. At 100, Attman’s Deli still tasting good STATE BRIEFS Man, 20, charged with murder in New Castle slaying NEW CASTLE, DEL. (AP) — Police say they’ve charged a man with first-degree murder after a fatal shooting in a townhome community in New Castle. New Castle County police say 20-year-old Maurice Cruz-Webster turned himself in Saturday night to face charges in the death of 23-year-old Kyrell Lewis. Police say Lewis was shot multiple times in Friday evening. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Police say Lewis and Cruz-Webster had argued before the shooting, and the Wilmington man was quickly identified as a suspect. In addition to the first- degree murder charge, he faces reckless endangerment and handgun charges. Baltimore officer dies from injuries sustained in Nov. crash BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say a city officer has died from injuries suffered in a crash in November. Police say Officer Craig Chandler died Saturday morning. He was one of three police officers injured in a crash on Nov. 23. Police say the officers were trying to stop a man on a moped when the two vehicles collided and the police cruiser collided with a telephone pole. Chandler was 27 years old and a 6-year veteran of the department. The last Baltimore police officer to die in the line of duty was Forrest “Dino” Taylor. He died in August 2012, also from injuries sustained in an earlier accident. Former Carroll commissioner nominated for Md. Senate seat WESTMINSTER (AP) — Republican leaders in Carroll County have recommended former county commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier to fill a vacant state Senate seat. Frazier would fill the seat that’s soon to be vacated 2 missing Del. kids found in Indiana; mother still missing SMYRNA, DEL. (AP) — Police say two children who were the subject of an Amber Alert in Delaware have been found in Indiana, where their father is in custody. Their mother is still missing. Delaware state police announced Saturday night that 4-year-old Colette Hamilton and infant Cortez Hamilton Jr. are safe and in good condition. Indiana state police say the children’s father, Cortez Hamilton Sr., was arrested in southwest Indiana. The children are with the Warwick County Division of Child Services. Hamilton was wanted on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of assault with serious bodily injury. He’s awaiting extradition back to Delaware. The children’s mother, Keisha Hamilton, was last seen with them on Friday night at their Smyrna home. Police in both states are continuing to investigate. Fire at Fort Washington apartment building displaces 27 FORT WASHINGTON (AP) — A fire at a Fort Washington apartment building is forcing 27 residents out of their homes. Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the fire Saturday afternoon damaged the top floor units and the building’s roof. There were no reports of injuries. Firefighters were called to the three-story garden style apartment building on Palmer Road about 12:30 p.m. Fire investigators determined a malfunctioning furnace caused the fire. Brady says 22 adults and five children from 11 apartments will be displaced. The apartment complex is working to find vacant homes for the affected residents. by Sen. Joe Getty. He’s been tapped to serve as policy and legislative director for Republican Gov.- elect Larry Hogan. Frazier tells The Carroll County Times that she supports Hogan’s agenda of cutting taxes and making the state more business- friendly. She was nominated by the county’s Republican Central Committee. Hogan would have to confirm her appointment to the seat. If he rejects her, he could appoint any person he wishes. Frazier served two terms as a county commissioner. She lost in a June primary to Stephen Wantz. LOCAL

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