Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thurs. May 26, 2016 Great weather and a great turnout for the annual Westminster Vol. Fire Dept. fundraiser, the Big Money Raffle.

Thurs. May 26, 2016 Great weather and a great turnout for the annual Westminster Vol. Fire Dept. fundraiser, the Big Money Raffle.

Washington Post: "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight" By Catherine Rampell May 7, 2016


Washington Post: "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight" By Catherine Rampell May 7, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2016/05/07/ivy-league-economist-interrogated-for-doing-math-on-american-airlines-flight/
Guido Menzio, an economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

[I used to be a flight attendant. Dealing with passengers’ racism is part of the job.]

On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

[…]

Finally the pilot came by, and approached the real culprit behind the delay: that darkly-complected foreign man. He was now escorted off the plane, too, and taken to meet some sort of agent, though he wasn’t entirely sure of the agent’s affiliation, he would later say.

[…]

Menzio showed the authorities his calculations and was allowed to return to his seat, he told me by email. He said the pilot seemed embarrassed. Soon after, the flight finally took off, more than two hours after its scheduled departure time for what would be just a 41-minute trip in the air, according to flight-tracking data.

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Menzio for his part says he was “treated respectfully throughout,” though he remains baffled and frustrated by a “broken system that does not collect information efficiently.” He is troubled by the ignorance of his fellow passenger, as well as “A security protocol that is too rigid–in the sense that once the whistle is blown everything stops without checks–and relies on the input of people who may be completely clueless.”

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In this true parable of 2016 I see another worrisome lesson, albeit one also possibly relevant to Trump’s appeal: That in America today, the only thing more terrifying than foreigners is…math.


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The story behind the Sacramento Rte 50 Ocean City signs



Two Coasts, Two Cities, Two Signs: The Story Behind The ‘Ocean City MD 3073’ Sign - Melody Stone, Friday, May 6, 2016 | Sacramento, CA http://www.capradio.org/72367

Motorists traveling on 50 East in Sacramento may be familiar with this perfectly normal-looking mileage sign — on first glance, it’s like every other mileage sign along California highways listing the cities you’ll be passing with the number of miles to go.

But on second glance, this sign gives pause — Placerville is about an hour away, and South Lake Tahoe double that, depending on traffic. But why does far-off Ocean City, Maryland merit a mention?

The simple fact is that US 50 paves 3,000-plus miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California, but there’s more to the story.

In the 1980s John R. Cropper, Jr. worked as the head of statewide highway maintenance for Caltrans. Cropper, now 92, was the man who instigated the sign listing Ocean City, MD as 3073 down the road.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wed. May 25, 2016 On the scene of a single vehicle tractor and trailer accident on Rte. 31 west of Westminster


 Wed. May 25, 2016 - On the scene of a single vehicle tractor and trailer accident on Rte. 31 west of Westminster half-way between Windsor Drive and Tahoma Farm Road.

The first call came in for [Sta 3 Fire] at 01:02 am CT: VC RESCUE RT 31 / WINDSOR DR BOX: 0323 DUE: X37 E31 RS6. Units from the New Windsor, and Westminster Vol. Fire Departments, Maryland State Police, MDE, SHA, and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded.

Upon arrival Westminster first responders discovered a single vehicle truck accident. A cement hauler was northbound when it left the road for unknown reasons. Although the driver walked-away from the accident and only sustained non-life threatening injuries, the driver was transported to Carroll Hospital for treatment and observation.

Firefighters remained on the scene until approximately 2:20 am. However heavy-wreckers remained several more hours removing the tractor and trailer from the scene of the accident. Rte. 31 remained closed for almost 4 hours.

The only reported injury was to the driver. There were no reports of any injuries among the first responders.

The accident remains under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin E. Dayhoff, Westminster Vol. Fire Dept. PIO AND Chaplain.

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The Hill: Washington Metro one of five national infrastructure emergencies


The Hill: Washington Metro one of five national infrastructure emergencies

Five infrastructure emergencies


Advocates for investing in the nation’s infrastructure are hesitant to single out certain projects as deserving priority over others, arguing that sustained funding and attention is needed equally across the board.

But there are some crumbling structures threatening both the economy and public safety that are just too urgent not to point out.

Here are five transportation projects around the country that experts believe are in dire need of repair.

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Washington’s Metrorail system

The transit system of the nation’s capital, once hailed as a crown jewel in public transportation, has become a symbol of Washington dysfunction.

Metrorail has been plagued by a string of high-profile safety lapses and reports of mismanagement, including a deadly accident in 2015 in which smoke from a tunnel fire filled a stalled train car and killed one passenger.

Another similar smoke incident earlier this year led to an unprecedented shutdown of the entire subway system for emergency inspections and immediate repairs.

New leadership has been charged with the herculean task of overhauling Metro, which is the second busiest transit system in the country and is used by a large share of the federal workforce. The agency is rolling out a massive, yearlong rehabilitation plan that is expected to involve partial shutdowns and major service disruptions.

But some Metro officials say more federal money is needed for its operating budget, adding that a dedicated regional funding stream is crucial for long-term maintenance and safety.

“You have to help us, otherwise we can’t survive,” Board Chairman Jack Evans told a House panel last month.


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Re-read: Daily Record: Mosby defeats Bernstein in Baltimore prosecutor’s primary - June 25, 2014


Daily Record: Mosby defeats Bernstein in Baltimore prosecutor’s primary


Marilyn J. Mosby pulled off an upset win against incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein in the Democratic primary for Baltimore City State’s Attorney.

Bernstein conceded defeat late Tuesday night when unofficial results showed him trailing Mosby significantly. Early Wednesday morning, results from all precincts showed that Mosby won by 55 percent to 45 percent.

Mosby, an assistant state’s attorney from 2005 to 2012, has been a litigator for Liberty Mutual Insurance since leaving the prosecutor’s office.

Mosby, 34, told The Daily Record in May that the “traditional approach to crime fighting in Baltimore has failed” and that one of her first priorities would be join forces with the Baltimore Police Department “to effectively manage and target the violent repeat offender list.” She also vowed to improve the office’s relationship with the community, saying he had created a “culture of mistrust.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Upcoming Trial dates for the Baltimore Six



Mark your calendars, according to the Baltimore Sun, "The next trial in the case will be that of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr, the driver of the van used to transport Gray. His trial is scheduled to begin June 6.

His trial is to be followed by those of Lt. Brian Rice (July 5), Officer Garrett Miller (July 27), Officer William Porter (Sept. 6) and Sgt. Alicia White (Oct. 13).

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They are: Lt. Brian Rice, 41, who joined the department in 1997; Officer Caesar Goodson, 45, who joined in 1999; Sgt. Alicia White, 30, who joined in 2010; Officer William Porter, 25, who joined in 2012; Officer Garrett Miller, 26, who joined in 2012; and Officer Edward Nero, 29, who joined in 2012.

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When is Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby up for re-election - 2018? She defeated incumbent Gregg Bernstein on June 24, 2014 and easily won the following general election in Nov. 2014 and took office on Jan. 8, 2015....
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Who Pays the Highest Property Taxes?

Who Pays the Highest Property Taxes?

The average median property tax rate across the nation is 1.31 percent. That means a home owner with a home valued at $200,000, on average, pays an annual amount of $2,620 in property taxes, according to an analysis by CoreLogic’s data team.
Illinois has the highest median property tax rate at 2.67 percent. Hawaii, on the other hand, has the lowest at 0.31 percent.
“While higher median tax rates are seen primarily among states in the northeast, a notable exception is Texas, which has a median property tax rate of 2.17 percent,” CoreLogic reports. “Typically, the states with the highest property tax rates, with the exception of Illinois, have multiple levels of tax collection. Conversely, the majority of states with low median tax rates have a single level of collection at the county level. Other than Hawaii, the lowest median property tax rates are primarily in the Rocky Mountain region and southeastern states.”
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TAXES:

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
Capital Gains Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Court Fines (indirect taxes)
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest expense (tax on the money)
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Local Income Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Septic Permit Tax
Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Toll Booth Taxes
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise Tax
Telephone federal universal service fee Tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge Taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge Tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges Tax
Telephone state and local Taxes
Telephone usage charge Tax
Toll Bridge Taxes
Toll Tunnel Taxes
Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
Trailer Registration Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

COMMENTS:  Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our
nation was  the most prosperous in the world, had absolutely no national
debt, had the largest middle class in the world and Mom stayed home to
raise the kids.

What the heck happened?
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Baltimore Sun: Freddie Gray case: Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero found not guilty of all charges

Baltimore Sun: Freddie Gray case: Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero found not guilty of all charges


Officer Edward Nero found not guilty on all four charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Monday acquitted Officer Edward Nero of all counts for his role in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

The judgment, following a five-day bench trial, is the first in the closely-watched case. Nero, 30, faced four misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.

Prosecutors had argued that Nero committed an assault by detaining Gray without justification, while the reckless endangerment charge related to Nero's role in putting Gray into an arrest wagon without buckling a seat belt. In closing arguments Thursday, Williams had skeptically questioned prosecutors about their theory of assault, which legal experts said was unprecedented.

Nero leaned forward after the verdict was read, and wiped his eyes. He hugged his attorneys.

Billy Murphy, the attorney for the Gray family, commended Williams for not bowing to public pressure.

Williams "stood tall and did what he believed was just" while "very careful" to make clear findings specific to Nero case," Murphy said. "He had a job to do and he did it."

Nero, a former New Jersey volunteer firefighter who joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2012, is one of three officers who were on bike patrol when they chased and arrested Gray in West Baltimore.


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Link for the Hynes Family Firefighter Fund at the Community Foundation of Carroll County


Link for the Hynes Family Firefighter Fund at the Community Foundation of Carroll County. http://www.carrollcommunityfoundation.org/funds.asp?fund_id=313

By Westminster Vol. Fire Dept. Chaplain Kevin E. Dayhoff Monday, May 23, 2016 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207803775385914&set=a.10203968656950350.1073741840.1040426835&type=3&theater
Once you click on the link for the fund at the Community Foundation, http://www.carrollcommunityfoundation.org/funds.asp?fund_id=313, look for a donate button just under the Community Foundation logo…

On Monday, May 23, 2016, a link was set up on the Foundation's web site: www.carrollcommunityfoundation.org for electronic financial donations. Find that link here: http://www.carrollcommunityfoundation.org/funds.asp?fund_id=313

Last Saturday afternoon, May 21, 2016 - A fund was established at the Community Foundation to assist the Hynes Family. See: http://www.westminstervfd.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/20160521-K-Hynes-Fund.pdf

The Westminster Volunteer Fire Dept. is collecting money to help a member of the fire department and her family get back on their feet after a fire destroyed their home Friday night, May 20, 2016

The Westminster Volunteer Fire Dept. has partnered with the Community Foundation of Carroll County to help raise funds for the Hynes family. All donations to the Hynes Family Firefighter Fund at the Community Foundation of Carroll County are tax deductible.

If you would rather write a check, donations may be sent to
Community Foundation of Carroll County
% Hynes Family
255 Clifton Boulevard
Westminster Md. 21157

Be sure to note on your check that the donation is for the Hynes family

For more information, call the Community Foundation of Carroll County at 410-876-5505 or contact the Westminster Fire Dept. at 410-848-1800 Ext. 381 and leave a message if necessary.

The Mission of the Community Foundation of Carroll County is to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the community of Carroll County through philanthropic means. The Foundation will receive, invest, and distribute funds for charitable, cultural, and educational purposes for the benefit of the citizens of Carroll County.

Further evaluation is needed to determine precisely the Hynes family needs at the moment. Friends, neighbors, the first responder and firefighter community, and the American Red Cross has been very helpful with many of their immediate needs.

Financial donations for the Hynes family are not being accepted at the Westminster Fire Dept. Our partner, the Community Foundation of Carroll County is handling that for the department - to free-up the department to continue to respond to approximately 6,000 fire and EMS calls a year. .

Please do not drop off any donations at the Westminster Fire Dept. as the department is unable to store or manage any food, furniture, clothing, or housewares. The Hynes family is being helped with donations of food, furniture, clothing, or housewares by other partners in the community.

For those who have asked to also make a donation to the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department, visit our website at http://www.westminstervfd.org/ or make a check payable to the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. #1 and mail it to: 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21157

On Friday evening, May 20, 2016 the home of the family of Hugh and Carla Hynes was destroyed by a tragic accidental fire due to a mechanical failure of their neighbor’s air conditioning unit.

According to the Maryland State Fire Marshall’s office, “Investigators determined a mechanical failure lead to the A/C unit exploding, causing the fire. Both the owner and the neighbor attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose to no avail. The fire spread rapidly upwards into the roof of the home causing extensive damage to the home and both adjoining units.” 

Over 80 firefighters from Carroll and Baltimore Co, and the Westminster Police Dept. responded with 20 pieces of equipment to a two–alarm fire in the 200 block of Gallatin Court, north of Westminster off Cranberry Rd. The first call came into the county emergency communications center at 9:39. A second alarm was quickly sounded at 9:55.

Several family pets were saved by quick action by the firefighters on the scene of a two – alarm fire late Friday night in Westminster. The cats and dogs were attended to by emergency medical personnel, including vet tech Tanya Andrews who assisted Manchester EMS personnel to provide emergency oxygen to save the life of a family pet cat stricken by smoke inhalation late Friday night

Three families were displaced and two townhouses were destroyed in the blaze, but the fire did not spread farther thanks to the prompt and well-coordinated response by firefighters. Fire was declared under control at 1024 pm, but wrap-up and clean-up operations lasted until approximately 3 am, Sat. morning

For more information or clarifications about this press release contact the Westminster Fire Dept. at 410-848-1800 Ext. 381 and leave a message if necessary or contact Westminster Fire Department Chaplain and PIO Kevin E. Dayhoff at kdayhoff@westminstervfd.org








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Dayhoff: Historical markers dedicated for the Henryton Nursing School, Tuberculosis Sanatorium


Dayhoff: Historical markers dedicated for the Henryton Nursing School, Tuberculosis Sanatorium

By Kevin Dayhoff May 22, 2016


About 50 folks huddled along the shoulder of Henryton Road at the entrance of the historic Henryton State Hospital complex May 14 to dedicate two roadside historic markers. The sun shined brightly on the ceremonies in a rare reprieve in the recent streak of endless days of rainfall.

No, the celebrants were not there to dedicate an ark, but it nearly took an act of God to get the state of Maryland to tacitly acknowledge the very existence of the historic segregated facility for the treatment of African Americans suffering from tuberculosis and the segregated nursing school that was once located there — far out of sight of urban Baltimore and the seat of state government in Annapolis.

Noted civil rights leader John Lewis Jr., the 2nd vice president of the Carroll County NAACP, was the master of ceremonies. Other community leaders, such as Pam Zappardino, Charles Collyer, Virginia and Charles Harrison, Jean Lewis, Del. Susan Krebs R-District 5, the Rev. Douglas Sands and Maryland NAACP president Gerald G. Stansbury were on hand to share in the ceremonies.


This writer began looking into the history of the hospital in the early 1970s when it caught my attention during an assignment to research the history of hospitals in Carroll County for a project for what was then-Carroll County General Hospital.

Over the years, researching the history of hospital has difficult. What little information on the hospital that was found was often conflicting, inconsistent, and only appeared in anecdotal accounts; often without a comprehensive context. Many historians contacted in the 1970s were barely aware of the facility.


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Awesome dinner by Chef Lee at the Westminster Vol. Fire Dept. Sun. May 22, 2016


Awesome dinner by Chef Lee at the Westminster Vol. Fire Dept. Sun. May 22, 2016

So far 2016 has been a long hard year with no signs of letting up.



So far 2016 has been a long hard year with no signs of letting up. Let's all keep our first responders, EMS personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, and military in your prayers. Sometimes there is justice and other times it's just us. Just saying. Sun. May 22, 2016.

Sun. May 23, 2016 Welcome to services at Grace Lutheran Church.


Sun. May 23, 2016 Welcome to services at Grace Lutheran Church. Of course, I am so surprised that it is raining, but here at Grace, it's all sunshine and rainbows.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Articles by Kevin E. Dayhoff on Westminster Patch

Articles by Kevin E. Dayhoff on Westminster Patch

MY PUBLISHED ARTICLES (Last refreshed at 8:14pm Eastern)

The Hynes Family Firefighter Fund at the Community Foundation of Carroll County.

The Hynes Family Firefighter Fund at the Community Foundation of Carroll County.

The Westminster Volunteer Fire Dept. is collecting money to help a member of the fire department and her family get back on their feet after
Wanda Pease, the former owner of Bobby's Hobby Lobby in Westminster died at age 86 on Feb. 11, 2015

Wanda Pease, the former owner of Bobby's Hobby Lobby in Westminster died at age 86 on Feb. 11, 2015

Wanda Pease, the former owner of Bobby’s Hobby Lobby on Main Street in Westminster for over 40 years, died at age 86 on February 11, 2015
Carroll County Republican Central Committee Selects Robin Bartlett Frazier to Fill Opening District 5 Senate Seat

Carroll County Republican Central Committee Selects Robin Bartlett Frazier to Fill Opening District 5 Senate Seat

I had only thought that the obvious choice was to promote Md. Delegate Justin Ready R-Carroll County.
Sherrill Cooper is the featured artist at Off Track Art for May and June 2014

Sherrill Cooper is the featured artist at Off Track Art for May and June 2014

An opening reception for Sherrill Cooper will take place on Friday, May 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Off Track Art... “Off Track Art” is an artists’ collective and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – Westminster
The Westminster Sestercentennial Babylon Oak to be dedicated April 28, 2014

The Westminster Sestercentennial Babylon Oak to be dedicated April 28, 2014

On Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Westminster will continue the year-long commemoration of the community’s 250th anniversary on the grounds of Westminster City Hall.
The Carroll County chapter of the Maryland Municipal League will offer three $1,000 scholarships to Carroll County high school students

The Carroll County chapter of the Maryland Municipal League will offer three $1,000 scholarships to Carroll County high school students

The Carroll Co. chapter of the MML will offer three $1,000 scholarships to Carroll Co. high school students. Applications may also be dropped off at the Taneytown Town Office during business hours on or before May 2, 2014.
Flyer, information and entry form for the Easter 5K Run to the Cross April 19, 2014 at Taylorsville United Methodist Church

Flyer, information and entry form for the Easter 5K Run to the Cross April 19, 2014 at Taylorsville United Methodist Church

Join us for our first ever Run To The Cross. This is a 5 K run from South Carroll High School to Taylorsville United Methodist Church (TUMC). (You can run this or walk this 5 K.) on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Jane Greenwood Stephan, office manager at Westminster and North Carroll High Schools, 89, of Westminster

Jane Greenwood Stephan, office manager at Westminster and North Carroll High Schools, 89, of Westminster

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 1200 to 200p.m. at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster, chapel entrance.
Textile artist Sue Helmken to open exhibit at Off Track Art in Westminster Friday evening March 7, 2014

Textile artist Sue Helmken to open exhibit at Off Track Art in Westminster Friday evening March 7, 2014

Sue Helmken is a textile artist with over 30 years’ experience in weaving, dyeing and teaching. She will open a new exhibit at Off Track Art in Westminster Friday evening March 7, 2014
University of Delaware students skip spring break to volunteer in Dominican Republic

University of Delaware students skip spring break to volunteer in Dominican Republic

This spring break, 10 University of Delaware Honors students will be traveling to the Dominican Republic to work with Yspaniola, an education-based non-profit working towards the promotion of social justice and education in Batey Libertad.
Feeling Blue at the holidays – When in hole stop digging.

Feeling Blue at the holidays – When in hole stop digging.

Sadly the holidays can also be a difficult time for folks who have suffered a personal loss in recent years. Especially if that personal loss occurred in the past year… Fortunately there are many resources in the community that are available to help
History indicates that this time of the year has always been busy.

History indicates that this time of the year has always been busy.

Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday in Carroll County. Of course, most Carroll countians are a fan of any holiday in which food is involved, especially turkey.
The Thai restaurant at 17 East Main Street recently changed hands.

The Thai restaurant at 17 East Main Street recently changed hands.

There has been a restaurant at 17 East Main Street as long as most folks can remember. It is believed that the “Central Restaurant” was located there as far back as the 1950s.
Artists John and Deborah Sosnowsky exhibit at Off Track Art

Artists John and Deborah Sosnowsky exhibit at Off Track Art

Meet award-winning nationally acclaimed artists John and Debby Sosnowsky, creators of jewelry, art and music; at Off Track Art. The opening for their month-long exhibit in Westminster will be on November 15, 2013
Runners raise funds to assist MSP Trooper Jackie Kline at 5K race

Runners raise funds to assist MSP Trooper Jackie Kline at 5K race

Sun. morning, Nov.10, over 800 runners participated in a 5K race at the Md State Police Training Academy in Sykesville to raise money for Md State Police Trooper Jackie Kline, who was critically injured on a traffic stop on Oct. 6.
Fall is great for running trails in Carroll Co.

Fall is great for running trails in Carroll Co.

What can be better than the sights, sounds and smells of running trails in the fall in Carroll County?
Looking Back: The Westminster Fire of July 3, 1938

Looking Back: The Westminster Fire of July 3, 1938

Over seventy years ago, Carroll County was still reeling from one of the biggest fires in the county’s history – the July 3, 1938 Smith and Reifsnider fire on John Street.
Blog: 1931 Maryland State Firemen’s Association Convention

Blog: 1931 Maryland State Firemen’s Association Convention

In July 1931, the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department and Westminster Municipal Band attended the Maryland State Firemen’s Association annual convention in Ocean City.
Blog: Public Safety Personnel Gather at Westminster Fire Hall to Mark EMS Week

Blog: Public Safety Personnel Gather at Westminster Fire Hall to Mark EMS Week

This week, May 20 – May 26, is National EMS Week. To mark the occasion, EMS providers and firefighters at the Westminster Fire Department gathered for a luncheon on Tuesday.
Blog: A History of Heroes in Westminster's Fire Department

Blog: A History of Heroes in Westminster's Fire Department

The 2012 Westminster Fire Department officers were sworn into office at the Jan. 5, 2012 meeting. These officers become a part of a history in Westminster of volunteers protecting lives and property.
Blog: Never a Dull Moment at the Westminster Fire House

Blog: Never a Dull Moment at the Westminster Fire House

In the past week, the Westminster fire department saw its steady share of both house fire calls for service and motor vehicle accidents. Along with a few pictures, a sample of the calls are included.
Blog: The first Carroll County Firemen’s Association Convention, May 15, 1924

Blog: The first Carroll County Firemen’s Association Convention, May 15, 1924

Firefighters from across the county held the first-ever Carroll Co. Firemen’s Assoc. county convention on May 15, 1924 at the Westminster fire station located at 66 E. Main St. Westminster.
Take this Time to Educate Yourself about the Dangers of Heat Exposure

Take this Time to Educate Yourself about the Dangers of Heat Exposure

As we begin to experience excessive periods of heat, the Westminster Fire Department, along with other health care partners, would like to remind the public of the dangers of prolonged heat exposure.
Welcome to the Blog for Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1

Welcome to the Blog for Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1

The volunteers of the Westminster fire department appreciate this opportunity to acquaint you with the vital work they do every single day of the year.
Accident scene responders face increasing dangers

Accident scene responders face increasing dangers

Accident scene responders face increasing dangers as roadways are more congested with motorists who aren't always taking necessary precautions in moving past an accident scene.
Expanded Westminster Memorial Day parade Well Attended

Expanded Westminster Memorial Day parade Well Attended

Westminster Main Street was packed for the May 29 145th Memorial Day parade of military units, floats, community organizations, antique vehicles, firefighting equipment, re-enactors and marching bands.
Westminster Memorial Day Address Delivered by Navy SEAL Matt Shipley

Westminster Memorial Day Address Delivered by Navy SEAL Matt Shipley

Navy SEAL CDR Shipley, a 1984 Westminster High School graduate, brought the loss and sacrifice of war home as he described his own sense of personal loss in Iraq.
Orioles Spring Training: Paying Homage to History, Looking to the Future

Orioles Spring Training: Paying Homage to History, Looking to the Future

The history of Baltimore baseball goes back 130 years.
Florida Spring Training History: Wrestling Alligators and Cash

Florida Spring Training History: Wrestling Alligators and Cash

Spring training in Florida has had a colorful history with the temptations of the warm climate for players and temptations of cash for owners.
Orioles Spring Training Pays Homage To History And Looks To The Future

Orioles Spring Training Pays Homage To History And Looks To The Future

The history of Baltimore baseball goes back 130 years. This year much of the Orioles history is not taking place on the field as much as the personnel – and physical changes - in the operations center
Annual 4-H and FFA Fair: 140 Years of Carroll County Tradition

Annual 4-H and FFA Fair: 140 Years of Carroll County Tradition

A historical perspective on the celebration of agriculture in Carroll County and the birth of the 4-H Fair.
Annual 4-H and FFA Fair: 140 Years of Carroll County Tradition

Annual 4-H and FFA Fair: 140 Years of Carroll County Tradition

A historical perspective on the celebration of agriculture in Carroll County and the birth of the 4-H Fair.
Curious Laws in Westminster, Have you Broken Any?

Curious Laws in Westminster, Have you Broken Any?

Did you know that in July of 1840 a Westminster town law was passed that it was unlawful to "fly kites" on Main Street?
Carroll County Farm Museum Gears Up for an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Carroll County Farm Museum Gears Up for an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

The Farm Museum fireworks, a Carroll County tradition, will kick off at 9:30 p.m. on July 4.
Carroll County Celebrates its Own History on the Fourth of July

Carroll County Celebrates its Own History on the Fourth of July

The real meaning of Independence Day in Carroll County is steeped in history.
Carroll County Farm Museum Gears Up for an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Carroll County Farm Museum Gears Up for an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

The Farm Museum fireworks, a Carroll County tradition, will kick off at 9:30 p.m.
Carroll County Celebrates its Own History on the Fourth of July

Carroll County Celebrates its Own History on the Fourth of July

The real meaning of Independence Day in Carroll County is steeped in history.
North Baltimore Legislators Teach Future Leaders at McDaniel College

North Baltimore Legislators Teach Future Leaders at McDaniel College

Councilman Bill Henry and Delegate Sandy Rosenberg taught legislative process at the annual American Legion’s 2011 Maryland Boys State program.
Juneteenth Independence Day and Slavery's History in Carroll County

Juneteenth Independence Day and Slavery's History in Carroll County

The holiday dates back to the end of the Civil War and celebrates freedom for more than 250,000 slaves.
Juneteenth Independence Day and Slavery's History in Carroll County

Juneteenth Independence Day and Slavery's History in Carroll County

The holiday dates back to the end of the Civil War and celebrates freedom for more than 250,000 slaves.

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