Hogan vs. the Legislature: A Constitutional Clash — politicalmaryland.com

By Barry Rascovar On the surface, it seems much ado about nothing – an esoteric argument most folks can safely ignore. But the dispute over whether two state Cabinet appointees can legally remain in office without Senate confirmation raises an important constitutional question that cries out for judicial resolution. Gov. Larry Hogan precipitated this divide…

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Terry Smack elected to the board of directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank

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Huge congratulations to my friend Terry Smack for being elected to the board of directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank. She will do a great job. It is about time. This speaks well of Farmers and Merchants Bank as it is about time, that boards of directors start looking like the local community by adding women, and men and woman of color.

If you are not aware of the epic accomplishments of Ms. Smack; she is the owner of Terry’s Tag and Title Service, a tag and title agent for the State of Maryland.

And she understands that as a responsible business owner, she has a social contract with the community. She gives back to the community and in spite of her phenomenal success, she is still fun, friendly, approachable, and has never forgotten her roots.

And the greater community has recognized her efforts by naming her, and her business, in the business category, as one of the Community Foundation of Carroll County’s 11th annual Philanthropists of the Year in October 2016.

Join me in recognizing and congratulating bank director Terry Smack. June 29, 2017

Read more here: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/business_technology/farm-merch-employee-news-20170629-story.html and here: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-philanthropist-terrys-tag-and-title-20161016-story.html

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Breakfast at Applebee’s supports Carroll Co Md. NAACP education fund

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July 29th fundraising event at the Applebee’s in Westminster supports Carroll County Md. NAACP education fund

Westminster, June 30, 2017 – – Attached please find a flyer of our annual Carroll County NAACP “Continuing Education Grant” fundraiser at Applebee’s in Westminster on Saturday, July 29th at 8 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Every year, along with the Pehl Foundation, the Carroll County NAACP gives at least one $1,000 Continuing Education Award to a high achieving student in Carroll County Public Schools planning to go to a trade school, college, or university. The money raised from the Applebee’s event goes directly into the CC NAACP continuing education fund.

Tickets are only $10/person – and children under 12 are $5.00 apiece.

Please mark your calendars now and begin informing your family and friends.

20170729 CCN_ ApplebeesThe GPS address is: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 634 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster, MD 21157

I have attended several fundraisers at Applebee’s over the years for a number of different community organizations. It is actually a really unique experience in that the community organization that benefits from the fundraiser actually takes over the restaurant. Essentially every booth is filled with a family that you either know or want to get to know because you share a common interest in supporting an organization that supports the greater community. It’s like a big extended family get together.

Looking forward to seeing you on July 29th, 2017

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This year’s celebration of Juneteenth in Carroll Co. featured a documentary on the black churches in the area

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This year’s celebration of Juneteenth in Carroll Co. featured a documentary on the black churches in the area

In the last several meetings of the Carroll County NAACP, we have discussed Juneteenth.

June 30th, 2017 by Kevin E. Dayhoff

Westminster Md. – This year the Juneteenth celebration in Carroll County, June 19th, 2017 at the Carroll Arts Center, featured a special premiere screening of “The Rock of our Ancestors,” a Community Media Center (CMC) produced documentary about the origins, history, and impact of Carroll County’s small, African-American Churches. For more information go here: http://www.carrollmediacenter.org/the-rock-of-our-ancestors/

According to the April 27, 2017 minutes of the Carroll County NAACP: “It was mentioned that the Community Media Center http://www.carrollmediacenter.org/ and the CC NAACP will partner in an upcoming event involving a movie that has been made about the history of the Black churches in Carroll County.

The event will take place this year on June 19th, 2017 at the Carroll Arts Center http://www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org/index.asp.

For those not familiar with Juneteenth, it is a celebration of the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching Galveston Texas and being publicly announced by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19th, 1865 – two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been signed on January 1, 1863.

To watch a short trailer of the documentary film on the black churches in Carroll County go here: https://youtu.be/ozGHZczQt1k

According to Sherry Taylor with the Carroll Community Media center, “Throughout our history, the church has been the cornerstone around which people have gathered to build their communities. It is the rock of faith that sustains us in times of uncertainty, the foundation that supports us as we grow, and a touchstone to guide us day-by-day.

“But, some of our small churches are finding themselves on shifting sand, facing an uncertain future. Shrinking congregations, competing interests, and financial pressures create significant challenges in their survival.

“Carroll County’s houses of worship not only serve as a source of strength and comfort, but also have been vessels of history; some tracing their roots back over 100 years.

“For these parishioners, the loss of the church, is the loss of their legacy. Today, it’s not just the building or the congregation that is at risk, it is the very heritage of their ancestors and the identity of an entire community that is at stake.

I recently wrote an article on Juneteenth that appeared in the Carroll County Times – “Time Flies: June 19 is Juneteenth Independence Day,” by Kevin Dayhoff June 16, 2017.

“June 19, is “Juneteenth,” a relatively little-known holiday in approximately 45 of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia. In June 2011, when I first wrote about the importance of Juneteenth and advocated that Maryland recognize ‘Juneteenth Independence Day,’ only 38 states observed the holiday. Today, according to some recent research, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota still do not recognize the ‘19th of June.’ …”

Find the article here: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/ph-cc-dayhoff-061817-20170613-column.html

This year’s celebration of Juneteenth in Carroll Co. featured a documentary on the black churches in the area https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/year-s-celebration-juneteenth-carroll-co-featured-documentary-black-churches

This year’s celebration of Juneteenth in Carroll Co. featured a documentary on the black churches in the area

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Pretty Girls Don’t Get Less Than A Hundred Likes On Their Selfie

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I thought I was depressed because of social media.

I posted a picture of myself on Instagram and five minutes later, I deleted it, because nobody liked it. I thought I looked pretty in it. I genuinely loved the picture, but in a span of five minutes, I decided I didn’t like it anymore, because nobody else did.

Two weeks later I posted it again with a stronger filter and increased the brightness, and I got 57 likes, and I felt good again, but then an overwhelming feeling of disappointment washed over me. I liked the first picture better, so why didn’t I keep it up?

It’s because I define my worth by how many likes I get on a picture or a post, and the realization of that fact actually causes my stomach to flop.

We’re the generation of social media. We all have four core social media accounts…

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Dinner at Higgins in Ocean City on Wed., June 21, 2017

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For dinner on Wed., on our eating tour of Ocean City Md., we ate at Huggins #MSFA2017

For dinner on Wed., on our eating tour of Ocean City Md., we ate at Huggins Crab House http://www.higginscrabhouse.com at 31st St. 410-289-2581

We choose to eat outside on the rooftop, which worked out well because it gave us a great view of the sunset.

I ordered the Seafood Pasta, which includes over ½ pound of shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels sautéed, and served with a choice of Alfredo or marinara sauce $25.99.

Caroline ordered Seafood Tacos, with Mahi-Mahi. It included two tacos with a fresh vegetable blend that has been infused with a special Asian sauce. $15.49.

Our dinners were wonderful. The service was great. The restaurant was nicely appointed and decorated and quite appealing.

If you go, ask for our server, Sherwood, he was friendly and very good. We liked him.

Or ask for Emily Mitrovich. Emily is a Winter’s Mill High School graduate from Westminster, who recently graduated from Salisbury University. She has a teacher’s certificate in early childhood education and is currently looking for work in Carroll and Baltimore County public schools. Of course we encouraged her to come back to Carroll County.

It is a small world, after talking with Emily, she was able to recall that she came to the Westminster mayor’s office to interview me when she was in the third grade. I remember it well. What fun.

Ocean City Md., food, food corn, seafood, restaurants,

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The Rte 17 bridge spans the York River at Yorktown

The Rte 17 bridge spans the York River at Yorktown Photos by Kevin Dayhoff May 31, 2017

The Rte 17 bridge, which spans the York River at Yorktown and Gloucester Point is known as the “The George P. Coleman Bridge,” according to an article in “Roads to the Future.” The article explains that the bridge “is a 3,750-foot-long double-swing-span bridge located in Yorktown, Virginia, and the bridge crosses the York River. http://www.roadstothefuture.com/Coleman_Bridge.html

The article further explains, “The Coleman Bridge was built as a 2-lane facility in 1952, and it connects the counties of York and Gloucester. The bridge carries Route US-17, a 4-lane arterial highway through eastern Virginia. George P. Coleman, the bridge’s namesake, was the Commissioner (agency head) of the Virginia Department of Highways, from 1913 to 1922.

“Due to increasing traffic that had caused the 2-lane bridge to be congested during peak hours, the bridge was widened and reconstructed to 4 lanes, with construction spanning from August 1994 to August 1996. The prime design consultant for the project was Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the prime construction contractor for the project was Tidewater Construction Corporation, of Norfolk, Virginia (now Tidewater Skanska, Inc.).

“The Coleman Bridge main span has 450 feet of horizontal navigational clearance, and 60 feet of vertical navigational clearance when the movable spans are closed. When the movable spans are opened, there is unlimited vertical navigational clearance. The York River has a natural depth of over 60 feet where the bridge’s movable spans are. The movable span is needed to allow ship access to several military installations that are upstream of the bridge. The roadways are almost 90 feet above the river at the highest point of the bridge.” Read the rest of the article here: http://www.roadstothefuture.com/Coleman_Bridge.html

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On Memorial Day about 25 folks gathered at the Carroll Co. Vietnam Memorial, at the corner of Willis and Court Streets, in Westminster, Md.

On Memorial Day Charles Harrison, Walter Groomes, and Doug Battaglini shared thoughts about Vietnam

On Memorial Day about 25 folks gathered at the Carroll Co. Vietnam Memorial, at the corner of Willis and Court Streets, in Westminster, Md.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Westminster Md. – by Kevin Dayhoff

This year, about 25 folks gathered at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial, at the corner of Willis and Court Streets, in Westminster, Md. right after the Westminster Memorial Day ceremonies at the Westminster Cemetery May 29, 2017 in Westminster.

For several decades, a number of folks have gathered there, every year on Memorial Day, for an impromptu ceremony at the large black granite memorial with the names of the 18 fellow Carroll countian friends, neighbors and loved ones who gave their lives in the service of our country during the Vietnam War.

This year, Carroll County marked its 150th continuous annual observance of Memorial Day with a parade and ceremonies at the Westminster Cemetery. The annual tradition was first organized by Mary Bostwick Shellman on May 30, 1868.

In May 2008, local writer and historian Carrie Ann Knauer reported, “As best anyone can estimate, 182 Carroll countians have lost their lives in the armed services during conflicts since 1917. But tracking exactly how many have died — particularly those in earlier wars in America’s history — is a difficult task, according to a local historian.”

The Carroll County Maryland Vietnam Memorial Park at the corner of Willis and Court Street, next to the historic Courthouse was dedicated on May 28, 1990. Every year at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial, we remember those who gave their lives and try to give them a voice.

This year, in a moving tribute about the war and how Vietnam veterans were treated after the war, Vietnam combat veteran Walter Pete Groomes poignantly shared some thoughts, with our keynote speaker Charles Harrison, and my Westminster High School Class of 1971 classmate Doug Battaglini.

Both Battaglini and Groomes are held in high regard in the community for their leadership roles. They serve as a rock or many Vietnam-era veterans, whether they served in county, or like this writer, stateside.

After the war, Harrison continued to serve in the FBI, a leader in the Carroll County NAACP, volunteer leadership roles with a community focus group that served in an advisory role in the selection of a new Westminster police chief in the early 2000s, and as an Orphan Court Judge, to mention a few of his accomplishments.

In Vietnam, be served as a Captain in the U.S. Army as helicopter pilot. His service earned him the Bronze Star.

The comments of Groomes, Battaglini, and Harrison, tied-in with the moving remarks by Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo, the day before at the annual Pleasant Valley Memorial Day ceremonies. In a moving presentation, DeLeonardo spoke about his late Dad, who served in Vietnam. His Dad succumbed a number of years ago, at age 49, to complications of his exposure to Agent Orange during the war.

What many attending the ceremonies found particularly moving was his explanation, that for decades most Vietnam veterans never spoke of the war, or their service to our country. This came as a result of the way most Vietnam veterans were treated with disdain and scorn by much of society, and especially the anti-war demonstrators.

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On Memorial Day Charles Harrison, Walter Groomes, and Doug Battaglini shared thoughts about Vietnam https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/memorial-day-charles-harrison-walter-groomes-doug-battaglini-shared-thoughts https://patch.com/users/kevin-e-dayhoff?page=1

My upcoming story this Sunday, May 21, 2017, will be on Sgt. Joe Oreto – http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2017/05/my-upcoming-story-this-sunday-may-21.html Biên Hòa Memories # 32 – Biên Hòa Air Base 1960-1970 – VNAF May 15, 2017

Time Flies by Kevin Dayhoff: “This Memorial Day we remember the service and sacrifice of Joseph Oreto” http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/ph-cc-dayhoff-052117-20170520-column.html The Black Horse Regiment first arrived in South Vietnam at Vung Tau on September 7, 1966. It was engaged in heavy combat and took heavy casualties throughout the balance of the war.

Joseph Anthony Oreto was one of 730 members of the ACR lost in Vietnam. He was 21-years old when he died for our country on April 13, 1969.

Oreto was stationed at the Bien Hoa Air Base, about 16-miles above Saigon and killed in Tay Ninh Province up along the Cambodian border, during Operation Toan Thang II. Otherwise known as the defense of Saigon, the objective was a search and clear operation to discourage North Vietnamese Army campsites and rocket positions within striking distance of Saigon.

Read more here: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/ph-cc-dayhoff-052117-20170520-column.html

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My upcoming story this Sunday, May 21, 2017, will be on Sgt. Joe Oreto

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Biên Hòa Memories # 32 – Biên Hòa Air Base 1960-1970 – VNAF

May 15, 2017

On May 29, Carroll County will mark its 150th continuous annual observance of Memorial Day with a parade and ceremonies at the Westminster Cemetery. The annual tradition was first organized by Mary Bostwick Shellman on May 30, 1868.

Please remember why we have Memorial Day. The day is not set aside to have a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs or eat crabs. It is not day off from work to go buy 3 tires and get one free. I try to keep track of businesses that have Memorial Day sales and then vow, if at all possible, to never-ever do business with them.

My upcoming story this Sunday, May 21, 2017, will be on Sgt. Joe Oreto, who died in Tay Ninh Province Việt Nam up along the Cambodian border, during Operation Toan Thang II, on April 13, 1969. http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=Kevin+Dayhoff&target=all&spell=on

He was 21 years-old and had only been married for six months to a local Westminster girl who lived on Augusta Drive. He was deployed to Vietnam in November 1968, right after he married Georgia Croft, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Croft, Westminster, in October 1968. According to a Carroll County Times article on May 28, 1989, “He was against killing of any kind, but felt he should do his duty,” a relative said at the time of his death.

I lost track of the Croft family, many years ago. Have any of my Facebook friends kept-up with the family. Where is Georgia today? Does the family still live in Westminster?

I am amazed by the folks I hear from by way of Facebook. Folks I served with almost 45-years ago. I hear from the families of the folks I have written about, from all over the world.

19670600-SouthvietmapMy law enforcement friends might note that when he was drafted, after two-years of college at St. Mary’s College – then a two-year school, he was a cadet training to be a police officer with the Washington D.C. Police. His father was a U.S. Marshal stationed in Chattanooga, TN.

On May 29, Carroll County will mark its 150th continuous annual observance of Memorial Day with a parade and ceremonies at the Westminster Cemetery. The annual tradition was first organized by Mary Bostwick Shellman on May 30, 1868.

20060521-CCVNV-triptyThe Carroll County Maryland Vietnam Memorial Park at the corner of Willis and Court Street, next to the historic Courthouse was dedicated on May 28, 1990. Ever since then many of us who served, stateside, as I did, or were deployed, have spontaneously gathered there after the Memorial Day Services at the Westminster Cemetery.

There we pay homage to our friends, colleagues, and loved ones from Carroll County who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, to tell their stories for them…

The faces of the nineteen names on the monument, 17 killed in action, one missing in action, and one prisoner of war, are frozen in time. Some we knew. Some we didn’t. But they were all someone’s son or father or brother or uncle – or a cherished childhood friend. Their faces have been silent for many years, but they all have a story to tell.

The first person listed on the Carroll County Vietnam memorial was Ronald Kenny, February 1966. The last was Herbert Mulkey, Jr., March 1971. The deadliest year for Carroll County – and the war – was 1968, when Carroll County lost seven men to the memorial.

In past columns, I have shared the stories of eight of the eighteen fallen heroes from the Vietnam War whose faces are etched in the black granite memorial in the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial Park on Willis Street.

The stories of Fred Magsamen, Christopher Jesse Miller, Jr., Stanley Groomes, Joseph Blickenstaff, Herbert Eugene Mulkey, Jr., James Norman Byers, Ronald Kenny, and Sherman E. Flanagan, Jr., have been re-told in hopes that they will not be forgotten.

Of the 19 names on the monument at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial, two served in the famed 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) – known as the Black Horse Regiment.

On July 18, 2009 members of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Air Cavalry Troop – the Black Horse Regiment, came from all over the world to hold a memorial service to remember the fallen from the Vietnam War at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial Park at Willis and Court Streets in Westminster.

Oreto was stationed at the Bien Hoa Air Base, about 16-miles above Saigon and killed in Tay Ninh Province up along the Cambodian border, during Operation Toan Thang II.

Not that any of the Vietnam years – or the 1960s were easy, but 1968 and 1969 were especially difficult years.

Many folks who grew-up in the 1960s remember Walter Cronkite for many different reasons. I mention this because in the late 1960s, I referred to his newscast as “Walter Cronkite and the blues.”

It was sometime after the Tet Offensive began on January 30, 1968 that I wrote one my first essays on Vietnam. I called it “There is nothing casual about casualties.”

In that essay, which I have since, unfortunately, lost, I questioned the strategy of the war; especially why Cronkite was so fixated on the numbers.

I suggested in the essay that all those numbers had a painful personal story and that something was wrong with the picture… I felt that the death of American servicemen – in ever-increasing numbers – was certainly more meaningful than a statistics box on the screen over the shoulder of Walter Cronkite.

I guess I got into a little hot water over the essay… I guess that’s a long story for another time; but by the end of 1968, 536,040 American servicemen were stationed in Vietnam, an increase of over 50,000 from 1967. In 1968 the war cost 14,584 Americans their lives – a 56 percent increase over 1967.

For those not familiar, there is a YouTube about the Biên Hòa Air Base 1960-1970: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTLV-9pR_-k

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