This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


Well it only took me a couple weeks or so to find it, but here is a short video of Berta in Buzzy's Country Store back in 2008 timeframe.  

Although Berta refused to talk in the video, she did give off a nice little smile or two and in her own way seemed to be enjoying herself even if the camera did make her feel a bit uncomfortable.  This was one of the very first videos that I ever attempted on the Flip Device that Chief Larry bought for me.  Most of the conversation then is about the camera and not Berta.  In retrospect wish I had talked more to and about Berta versus the camera and its capabilities.

I am grateful that somewhere along the line, Capt. Jimmy Cullison took over for me and allowed me to pose next to Berta.  I'll give Jimmy credit for doing a pretty good job with the camera as he focuses on Berta and catches her tossing Bruno a treat (00:50 mark.)  Jimmy then gave the camera back to me and in retrospect I should have let him continue filming because Carol Norris then smacked me when I tried to film her.   I don't get any respect from these women you know?

You can also tell from Larry's and my conversation at the very end of this that I didn't know how to turn the camera off either.  However, the video does end appropriately enough showing Berta sitting there peacefully in Buzzy's having a drink.  

Nice to think that Buzzy and Berta are somewhere now reminiscing about old times and sipping a Black Velvet or two or three as the case may be.

Here is the video.  Note that that is my former tenant Brian Higby making a cameo appearance at the very beginning of the video.  May he and Berta rest in peace.

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