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Parental Rights Amendment Proposed

I wonder how many Crofton families realize that parental rights of Americans are being threatened by an International Treaty our Congress is considering?   

Family Getty 200433433-001The UN “Convention on the Rights of the Child” (CRC) has implications for American families that Treaty supporters may not have considered.  According to information posted on, this threat from International Treaty Law would give Government the power to override your parental choices.

It’s not too hard to imagine a situation where your political or religious views might differ from the Administration du jour. (All of us have experienced this just within the past year, under the Bush OR Obama Administration.)  Could this lead to your children being taken away and put into a government home and school that teaches the State-approved politics and religion?  It happens in other countries, why not here?  

Don’t think it can’t happen in America because an International Treaty supersedes the laws of all 50 states by virtue of a specific provision in the U.S. Constitution.

The only thing which can override an International Treaty is the U.S. Constitution.  That’s why Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan and more than 50 co-sponsors are introducing the Parental Rights Amendment on March 31.  Under this Amendment, American legislators would continue to determine public policy for American family law rather than International tribunals which are NOT based on a democratic form of government like we have in this country.

Here’s what Crofton residents can do:

1.  Read Why We Need the Parental Rights Amendment by Michael P. Farris, Esq.

2.  Sign this petition supporting the Parental Rights Amendment.

3.  Find out if your Congressman is one of the co-sponsors or supporters of the Amendment. 

4.  Go to and put in your zip code (upper right or top of the left navigation bar) to find your Representatives’ office and contact information.

5.  Contact your Congressman and urge him/her to become a co-sponsor and/or to support the Parental Rights Amendment.

6.  Forward this post to other people in your family and sphere of influence, and encourage them to follow these six steps.  Just click on the “Share This” link at the very bottom of this post, and then click on the “E-mail” tab.

My Congressional Representative is John Sarbanes, and I hope he at least votes for the Amendment!  After all, this is not a Democrat or Republican issue, a liberal or conservative one – it’s an AMERICAN one preserving American family law as it now exists!

I’m sure there are other provisions in the Treaty which we all could support, and having this Constitutional Amendment in place would allow our country to sign the Treaty (which is supported by our President and Secretary of State) without risking American parental rights.

Many thanks to Katerina Gasset of Wellington, Florida, who called this matter to my attention.  I welcome suggestions of blog topics from all Focus On Crofton readers.  


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It’s Time for Crofton to “Spring Ahead”

Spring Ahead

If you’ve got “Spring Fever” and you’re itching to look at Crofton homes for sale, just click on the link to your left.  For a custom search to your specific criteria, click on the Search for Homes tab at the top of this page.


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Crofton – A Lumber, Mining and Mill Town in Canada

Crofton B.C. CanadaCrofton, NOT Maryland –

Caught your attention, did I?  We’ve all read and heard about the agricultural roots of Crofton, Maryland, and communities throughout Western Anne Arundel County.  And it sure seems that Crofton, Kentucky, which I visited and wrote about last summer, has an agricultural heritage.  Well, that’s not true of Crofton, in the Vancouver Islands of British Columbia, Canada.

That Crofton was named after Australian native Henry Croft, a lumber and mining magnate who invested profits from his Mount Sicker mine in a nearby town site in 1902.  Since his mine was producing more copper ore than railway cars could load and haul to the ports of Ladysmith and Nanaimo, he wanted to build a new copper smelter there and provide housing for workers.  Within a few years, however, copper prices plummeted and the mine closed in 1908, making fishing and logging the primary industries. 

Crofton BC Old School House MuseumIt was nearly half a century later when a large pulp and paper mill was built near Crofton.  With today’s decline of the print media, demand for their paper is down and layoffs are occurring at the mill.  While the region faces new challenges to its economy, one local real estate agent says that odor from the paper mill is less than pleasant and helps suppress property values in Crofton.  He seems to feel that Crofton would not only survive closing of the mill but perhaps be a more desirable place to live in the long run.  Of couse, that’s little comfort to those whose livelihood is negatively impacted by this economy.  (Photo:  Old School House Museum)

As to living there, here’s some information about Crofton real estate today:  The lowest price home in the area is a 4–bedroom mobile home at $97,500 and the highest priced home is a 1600–sq. ft. 3 bedroom home on 1.6 acres at $515,000.  Crofton’s newest water-view community offers 1300 sq. ft. duplexes at just under $300,000.   For more information about Crofton area real estate, visit Realtor.CA, where I found these listings.

Crofton BC Ferry TerminalAccording to, Crofton is located off the Trans-Canada Highway 1, on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, 5 miles north of Maple Bay and 7 miles south of Chamainus. A 20–minute ferry ride connects Crofton with Saltspring Island, the largest, most populated, and most visited of the Gulf Islands chain.  (Photo:  Crofton Ferry Terminal.)

There seems to be plenty to do when you visit Crofton, B.C. in Canada, whether it’s a visit to Saltspring Island, Osborn Bay, the Forestry Museum, the Old School House Museum (pictured above), the Japanase Garden, or the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Museum.  You’ll also find golf, swimming, fishing, hiking, and lots of wildlife and birds to watch.  I encourage you to click on Crofton, British Columbia for more details and help in planning your visit to our northern Crofton sister.

News item:  Catalyst Shuts Mills (in Crofton and Campbell River)

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Family Watchdog – Get to Know This Website

Every parent in America should sign up for alerts from Family Watchdog.

Boys on bikeOf course, you’d like to know why I even suggest that, since Crofton is probably safer than any neighborhood in the Baltimore-Washington area.  But this is no accident… vigilance by residents is one of the reasons.  A perfect example is the Greater Crofton Council, which made community safety the focus of their February meeting.  You can visit their website for more information about that meeting.

A few weeks ago I asked the question, How Safe Is Crofton.  In that post, I told you about a website called, where you could go online to find out for yourself about any recent incidents in the area. 

And I’m sure you’re well aware of the Maryland Sex Offender Registry, which everyone should check periodically.  Here’s another tool you may want to become familiar with, as well…  It’s called Family Watchdog.   On this site, you’ll see a map indicating both the residence and workplace of registered sex offenders.  Dryden Way, Cabrini Court, Lowell Court, Gunwood Place, Cambridge Drive, and Kemper Road are some of the nearby locations that show up when I do a search for zipcode 21114. 

One of the things families like about Family Watchdog is the free email alerts.  If there is any change, you will be notified immediately by email.   How simple is that?  I’ve received two such notices in recent weeks.

Every parent in America should set up this alert system.

NOTE:  Of course, there’s no guarantee that every sexual predator is actually registered.   And they’re as close as your child’s computer, regardless of where they live.  Be sure to keep an eye on your children’s computer cache, for their safety.


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A Valentine’s Day Challenge

Make something special for your Valentine this year

Be My Valentine!

A special dinner, flowers, a box of chocolates, jewelry…  You can’t go wrong with any of these Valentine’s Day staples.  I’ve given or received them many times over the years, and they were always a big hit.

One year, however, Larry made something special – a chocolate bag filled with strawberries and whipped cream – and it’s a Valentine I’ll never forget.  I promise you, nothing says “I love you” like a gift from the heart, something you make for your sweetie. 

Whether you’ve been married “forever” like we have, or you’re celebrating your first Valentine’s Day with someone special, I challenge you to try something creative like this. 

What you’ll need:


1.  Place chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave ’til chocolate is melted and smooth (about 3 minutes, but stirring every 20-30 seconds); OR melt the chocolate in a double-boiler over a low heat on the stove, stirring until smooth.

2.  Pour a little of the melted chocolate in the bottom of the bag, making sure to cover the entire bottom with a thin layer, and using a pastry brush to spread it into the corners.

3.  Coat the sides of the bag interior with a thin layer of chocolate, again using the pastry brush.

4.  Place the bag (on a plate) in the freezer for about an hour.

5.  Repeat the chocolate coating, if desired (optional), and place it in the freezer for several hours before serving.  (If it’s cold enough outside, you may use your garage as a freezer so your Valentine doesn’t see it.)

6.  At serving time, carefully peel off the wax-coated bag and place the chocolate shell on a plate.

7.  Fill the chocolate bag with layers of whipped cream and strawberries, and serve to your Valentine.  (You’ll need TWO spoons because there’s more than enough to share.)

There’s just one problem with this special Valentine… it will be a hard act to follow in future years!

Photo:  Larry Woda
Copyright 2009.  All rights reserved.  Margaret Woda

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