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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Only 4 days left to buy your Freedom Fund Banquet tickets at a discounted price

Only 4 days left to buy your Freedom Fund Banquet tickets at a discounted price

Annual Carroll County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet set for Friday, October 20, 2017

October 12, 2017

The Carroll County NAACP is busily planning our 15th annual Freedom Fund Banquet Friday, October 20 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Martin's Westminster
505 Jermor Ln, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

Have you purchased your annual Carroll County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet tickets yet?

Receive a $5 discount by purchasing your tickets in advance. $60 at the door.


Or contact President Jean at 410-861-6872 or email jjlewis2@comcast.net or Bernard Jones (410) 876-2358 before Monday, October 16th to your guarantee your seat!

The highest ranking African American in the Maryland State Police Major Roland Butler, Assistant Bureau Chief of Field Operations, is our Keynote Speaker for the evening

Bring a new or gently used children’s book for our Appy Time For Learning Book Drive. For more information on Appy Time, please go to: http://www.appytimeforlearning.com/index.html  

Visit our local author’s tables and get a personalized copy of their books.

Confirmed local authors and Carroll County NAACP Members Dr. Charles Collyer and Elizabeth Plume Fuss will be present along with Carroll County native Warren Dorsey.

Come early and bid on a few African American framed prints at 6:30 pm while enjoying a cash bar and networking with others.

A special prize will be given to one lucky member that signs up by the end of the evening

Please make checks payable to: Carroll County NAACP Branch7014 and mail to 255 Clifton Blvd. Ste. 203 Westminster, MD 21157

Contributions or gifts to this NAACP unit are generally not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Our vision is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

Join us for our next meeting: Every 4th Thursday of the month @ 7pm in 1st floor conference room Carroll Non-Profit Center on 255 Clifton Blvd.  November and December meetings are held on 3rd Thursdays.

Carroll County MD NAACP Branch #7014
255 Clifton Blvd.
Westminster, MD  21157
410-751-7667

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ben Cardin speaking at the Carroll Co Democratic Central Committee breakfast Oct. 14, 2017

Ben Cardin speaking at the Carroll Co Democratic Central Committee breakfast Oct. 14, 2017

At the last Carroll County NAACP meeting last on Sept. 28, 2017 it was requested that we call to the membership’s attention that U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will be speaking in Westminster at the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee breakfast October 14, 2017

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Ben Cardin Speaking in Westminster Carroll County Democratic Central Committee breakfast October 14, 2017

Please join the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee for our annual Fall Breakfast on Saturday, October 14th, from 9am - 11:30am at the Best Western Motel & Conference Center in Westminster.

The featured speaker for the morning will be US Senator Ben Cardin.

Cost is $40/person ($30 for students) and are available at the door. Organize a table of 8 or more in advance, and the cost is only $35 per person.

For more information contact Anita Riley - 410-781-0206 or dolcevitaap@verizon.net

Checks should be made out to "CCDCC" and mailed it to:

CCDCC
P. O. Box 2004
Westminster, MD 21158

Also please keep in mind other upcoming events & reminders from September Meeting

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Annual Civil Rights Tour January 4, 2018 – January 7, 2018

First Vice President Pam Zappardino asked for the flyer for this year’s Civil Rights Tour to be distributed to the membership. This year’s tour will take place from January 4, 2018 – January 7, 2018. More information will be coming. Until then - FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT DR. CHARLES COLLYER, (401)-258- 9834, or DR. PAMELA ZAPPARDINO at PAXWARTHOG@AOL.COM

Patriot Rally every Saturday at Locust Lane at Main Street across from the Library in downtown Westminster.

Pam also asked that the membership be reminded of the weekly gathering for Inclusion/Patriot Rally: Every Saturday from 1pm to 2pm in front of the Westminster Library (50 East Main Street). This is a peaceful gathering to spread the love! Make a sign to celebrate inclusion.

Ben Cardin will be speaking in Westminster Carroll County Democratic Central Committee breakfast Saturday, October 14, 2017. President Jean asked that I send out a notification for folks to be in touch with her, if you would like to join several others members of the Carroll County NAACP – to fill a table. Any questions, please contact President Jean. She may be reached at 410-861-6872 at home or (443) 386-7191 or jjlewis2@comcast.net Jean also texts…

The annual breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 14th, from 9am - 11:30am at the Best Western Motel & Conference Center in Westminster. Cost is $40/person ($30 for students) and are available at the door. Organize a table of 8 or more in advance, and the cost is only $35 per person. For more information contact Anita Riley - 410-781-0206 or dolcevitaap@verizon.net Checks should be made out to "CCDCC" and mailed it to: CCDCC, P. O. Box 2004, Westminster, MD 21158

Alice's Ordinary People film to be shown at the Carroll Arts Center on Oct. l6, 2017 at 7 p.m.

At the last Carroll County NAACP meeting last on Sept. 28, 2017 President Jaen Lewis requested that we call to the membership’s attention a free screening of Alice's Ordinary People with filmmaker Craig Dudnick at the Carroll Arts Center, Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm.

In Honor of National Work and Family Month, the Carroll County Public Library presents, in partnership with Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality, The Community Media Center of Carroll County and the NAACP Carroll County,

A free screening of Alice's Ordinary People with filmmaker Craig Dudnick at the Carroll Arts Center, Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm.

ABOUT THE FILM

Born in 1929, civil rights activist Alice Tregay was best known for fighting segregation in Chicago schools. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960s to improve educational opportunities for blacks. She directed local and national voter registration campaigns under Operation Breadbasket, which worked to improve job opportunities for African Americans. In the 1990s, she marched in Washington D.C. to demand that Congress and the White House create jobs. She received many prestigious awards for her outstanding work in civil rights and community service, most notably one presented in March of 2004 by young Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, who would become the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold that office.

The screening will take place at the Carroll County Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD. A Celebrating America program.

For more information contact the Carroll County Public Library 410.386.4488

To register for this event click here: https://library.carr.org/programs/reg_one.asp?record=44136

The Carroll County NAACP is busily planning our 15th annual Freedom Fund Banquet Friday, October 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Martin's Westminster 505 Jermor Ln, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

Purchase your tickets by October 19, 2017 for only $55! (Tickets are $60 at the door.) Buy your tickets online - Or contact Jean (410)861-6378 or Bernard (410)876-2358. To purchase your tickets online, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/15th-annual-carroll-county-naacp-freedom-fund-banquet-tickets-37678478343

Appy Time For Learning Fundraiser When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar (634 Baltimore Blvd. Westminster, MD 21157) Cost: $9.00 per person, Kids 8 and under - $4.50 Click this link for a flier: http://appytimeforlearning.com/uploads/8/2/3/9/82394148/flapjackfundraiser.pdf

The Former Students & Friends of Robert Moton High School's Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 4 pm. Featuring these Gospel performers: Chosen Vessels - Damascus, MD; Who So Ever Will - Frederick, MD; Kermit Golden - Baltimore, MD; Voices of Affirmed Odyssey - Baltimore, MD; Spiritual Harmonizers – VA; With Special Guest; The Yancey Brothers – Newark, DE. For more information, contact Ernest Thomas 301-418-0333 or go to the Carroll Arts Council Website: http://www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org/eventdetail.asp?event_id=1774
Phone: 410-848-7272   Email: info@CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org Carroll County Arts Council: 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157

St. Paul's United Church of Christ's 3rd Annual Community-Wide Racial Justice event October 22, 2017 Busting Stereotypes about Racism: Beyond Confederate Monuments and Racist Relatives. An informational program aimed at understanding STRUCTURAL RACISM and exploring ways to alleviate it. Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3-5 p.m., St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 17 Bond Street (corner of Bond and Green) Westminster, MD 21157. Followed by Amazing Appetizers and Superb Desserts. A Free Will Offering will be taken to benefit: Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality and Carroll County NAACP. Scheduled speakers: Dr. Roxanna Harlow, Dr. Charlie Collyer, Dr. Richard Smith, Ms. Judy Jones, Dr. Jim Kunz, Mr. Gary Honeman, and the Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma

The Woman's Club of Westminster will sponsor a Domestic Violence Education & Prevention Forum on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Carroll Arts Center from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Keynote speaker will be Keynote Speaker: Ms. Terry Smack, Founder, Terry’s Tag & Title. There will be a panel discussion: “Sharing Services & Consequences,” moderated by: Ms. Babs Condon, GFWC International Past President 2014-16. The event will also feature Three Live Skits by “Foolproof” Drama Group. There is no charge for admission and light refreshments will be served. Panel Discussion: “Sharing Services & Consequences” Moderated by: Ms. Babs Condon, GFWC International Past President 2014-16. For more information, feel free to contact me.

MD State NAACP Conference Convention Oct. 27-28, 2017

Carroll County One Book at Westminster Library on November 2, 2017. Book is "In Carrie's Footprints” by Warren Dorsey
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I am out of time – more when I get a chance. Any additions, corrections, or edits are always welcome with me.

Sent by CC NAACP Branch 7014 Secretary Kevin Dayhoff. I can be reached at 410-259-6403 kevindayhoff@gmail.com

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255 Clifton Blvd., Suite 310,
Westminster, MD 21157

NAACP STATEMENT ON ENDORSEMENTS OF POLITICAL CANDIDATES OR PARTIES BALTIMORE, MD – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not endorse candidates or political parties, or engage in direct campaigning.

As the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP actively works with our more than 2,000 branches to inform and encourage civic engagement through voter registration activities and public forums, and actively opposes voter discrimination and other policies that make it more difficult for citizens to cast their ballot.

The NAACP works to educate all political candidates to support policies that improve access to quality education and economic opportunity, criminal justice reform, the environment, healthcare and youth empowerment, with a dedication to removing race-based hatred and discrimination from society.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here. (Feb 11, 2016 http://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-statement-on-endorsements-of-political-candidates-or-parties/
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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Sunday morning services at Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster


Sunday morning services at Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster. www.gracelc.org Kayla Sherfey officiated - somewhat. 8Oct2017 The takeaway from the service this morning comes from Matthew 21: 33-46, "The Trouble with Vineyards."

At the Columbia Orchestra for a performance of Sibelius and Chaplin

At the prelude discussion by Bill Scanlon Murphy and composer Andrew Earle Simpson at the Columbia Orchestra for a performance of Sibelius and Chaplin, Sat. Oct. 7, 2017 at the Jim Rouse Theater. Tonight's performance is music to accompany the 1917 silent film, "The Immigrant," by Charlie Chaplin. A discussion of Chaplin's ability to place pathos and comedy next to each other. An observation that a film about the challenges of immigration portrayed in a movie from 100 years ago. Murphy always delights in explaining the obscure intracacies and complexities of the music that is about to be performed. 

At the Columbia Orchestra for a performance of music to accompany the 1917 silent film The Immigrant

At the Columbia Orchestra for a performance of Sibelius and Chaplin, Sat. Oct. 7, 2017 at the Jim Rouse Theater. Music to accompany the 1917 silent film, "The Immigrant," by Charlie Chaplin. This is the world premiere of a work commissioned by the Columbia Orchestra in honor of the 4th anniversary of the Columbia Orchestra. 

Friday, October 06, 2017

At the 25th annual Westminster Urban and Community Forestry Workshop

At the 25th annual Westminster Urban and Community Forestry Workshop took place at the Westminster Fire Department on Friday, October 6, 2017.


Dr. Bruce Fraederich presented the latest research in the goals and objectives of pruning systems.


A regulatory update was presented by Veronica Johnson, from the Maryland Department of Agriculture at the 25th annual Westminster Urban and Community Forestry Workshop took place at the Westminster Fire Department on Friday, October 6, 2017.


An update on insect pests and problems was presented by Dr. Mike Raupp, University of Maryland.


According to the City of Westminster and the Westminster Tree Commission, the workshop was, "Presented by Bartlett Tree Experts, the Westminster Tree Commission, and the City of Westminster.


"The annual workshop was established with the goal of improving the skills of arborists, foresters, gardeners, and landscapers from government agencies. To this end, the one day event brings in industry experts from around the country to provide professional training and education. State Foresters and private arborists and foresters are welcomed as well.


"All eligible attendees receive Maryland Pesticide Applicator--Full Recertification and Continuing Education Credits from SA (International Society of Arborists) and the American Society of Foresters. Offering these re-certification and continuing education credits is an ongoing service which recognizes the professional achievements of the attendees."

25th annual Westminster Urban and Community Forestry Workshop

Dr. Bruce Fraederich presented the latest research in the goals and objectives of pruning systems at the 25th annual Westminster Urban and Community Forestry Workshop took place at the Westminster Fire Department on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

‘The Rodney Kelley Experience’ Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm


‘The Rodney Kelley Experience’ Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Carroll County Arts Council in Westminster: A Night of Jazz & Blues with ‘The Rodney Kelley Experience’ Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm


Scheduled: Friday, September 29, 2017     7:30 pm

Cost:  $20 advance / $25 day of the show

Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157

The excitement of hot jazz and blues comes to the Carroll Arts Center with The Rodney Kelley Experience. One of the hardest working bands in the Baltimore metro area, The Rodney Kelley Experience appears regularly with high energy performances at area nightclubs, festivals, and corporate events; this will be the first visit by the quintet to the Westminster area.

Playing and performing on the guitar for over 35 years, Rodney Kelley has been committed to straight ahead jazz, his mainstay, but he has been known to not only dabble in contemporary jazz, some blues but also a bit of rock (Jimi Hendrix style). Easily switching from electric to acoustic guitar, and adding vocals on occasion, multi-talented Kelley is a fan of legendary jazz artist Wes Montgomery and excitedly admits the influence of the late master guitarist on his own performances. A phenomenal performer, Kelley frequently discusses the benefits of great live performance to build and continuing to grow the audience for jazz.

In the Baltimore area, The Rodney Kelley Experience has appeared at Artscape, Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, The National Aquarium, The Heritage Art Festivals, Harborplace, The Tremont Plaza Hotel, Clyburn Arboretum, WBFF TV, The Walters Art Gallery, School 33, Club 347, and for a number of corporations such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, The FOXO Corporation, and many others.

A Night of Jazz & Blues is the third presentation by WEAA FM’s Your Girl Cheryl & YGC Productions this year at the Carroll Arts Center that also brought the annual MOTOWN & MORE: The Legacy Lives production in April and saxophonist Art Sherrod, Jr in August. The final presentation, MOTOWN & MORE: A Holiday Celebration is scheduled for early December at the Carroll Arts Center.



Art Carroll Co Arts Council, Music Jazz, Music Blues, #Westminster, Art Artists, 

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Maryland Troopers Association Lodge #20 awards education scholarships


Maryland Troopers Association Lodge #20 awards education scholarships

Maryland State Troopers and the law firm of Warnken Attorneys at Law to award eight scholarships to local Carroll countians for future education expenses.

Westminster Md. September 12, 2017 by Kevin E. Dayhoff

Earlier in the summer, the Maryland State Police teamed-up with the Maryland Troopers Association Lodge #20, the Maryland Troopers Foundation, and the law firm of Warnken Attorneys at Law to award eight scholarships to local Carroll countians for future education expenses.

Retired MSP Captain Earl Bredenburg, president of the Carroll County Troopers Association Lodge, was the master of ceremonies for the event at the Westminster MSP Barrack that brought together current and retired troopers, friends and families.

Bredenburg was accompanied by retired US Department of Justice Sr. Special Agent Tim Clark, representing the Foundation; MSP Lt. Pat McCrory, and Captain Holly Barrett, representing the Maryland State Police; and attorney Rebecca Smith representing the Warnken law firm.

Bredenburg reported, “four of these winners will be receiving their awards from Warnken LLC, the MTA attorney, two will receive their awards from the Maryland Troopers Foundation, one got an award from the local Carroll County Lodge - # 20 of the Maryland Troopers Association… and one award was shared by the foundation and the lodge…

“Statewide, the Maryland Troopers Association alone, awarded a total of 20 scholarships, totaling $12,500. Across the state, Warnken…, the foundation and the association awarded scholarships to 30 students and two troopers – to further their education, for a total of $19,000.

“Carroll County residents took 8 of these scholarships, that's 25% of the state wide total amounting to $4,500. Well done by these students…,” said Bredenburg. The association is made-up of twenty lodges across the state. Lodge #20 represents Carroll County.

Prior to the awards ceremony, McCrory said that the scholarships, “were a good thing… This is a good investment in our future.” After giving-out the two foundation awards, Clark said, “The foundation is here to help…. We’re glad to lend a hand and help out….”

Smith observed, “This is our 20th year with the MTA. We just think that giving to the children of Maryland State Troopers is important…” Warnken has represented the Maryland Troopers Association since 1997.

In addition to helping to provide scholarships for member’s children, according to Bredenburg, Lodge # 20 has worked hard over the years to raise money to support many civic and law enforcement projects and initiatives.

The lodge works to provide a social network for our retired and active members and work for better working conditions and pay for our troopers. The lodge also works hard to help support fellow officers when financial support is needed, providing financial assistance when troopers are injured, and helping with families needing lodging while attending to injured troopers.

The lodge was proud to stand by our brothers and sisters in the Baltimore Police Department and help financially support several of the officers caught-up in the Freddie Grey case.

For over 30-years, the lodge sponsored a Christmas for Kids program, a youth softball team, and donated to local community projects at the VFW and local churches.

Bredenburg added after the ceremonies, that as long as he can remember the Troopers Association has been giving out the education awards. “Helping troopers and their families continue their education has always been important to the lodge – I bet we’ve been doing it for over twenty-years.”

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Congratulations to Commissioner Steve Wantz for graduating from the Univ. of MD Academy for Excellence in Local Governance

Congratulations to Commissioner Steve Wantz for graduating from the Univ. of MD Academy for Excellence in Local Governance

Commissioner Steve Wantz, District 1, graduated from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance on Sunday, September 24, 2017
 
September 28, 2017 by Kevin Dayhoff

It was announced today that Commissioner Steve Wantz, District 1, graduated from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

The graduation ceremony took place at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy Academy Fellows graduation ceremony in the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel.

I would like to be among the first to congratulate Commissioner Wantz on his accomplishment. Graduating from the academy takes long hours, and a great deal of perseverance, and dedication, on top of attending to the day-to-day time and energy challenges of being an elected official.

Westminster Common Council Member Suzanne Albert and I graduated among a total of five local Carroll County officials on June 2, 2001. We are well-aware of the challenges of attending out of town classes and spending long hours in the classroom in order to complete a minimum of 12 classes in a two year period, in order to be eligible to graduate.

In 1999, I was encouraged to take the classes, by my late father-in-law Dave Babylon, who had served on the Westminster Common Council for 25 years in the 1970s-1980s. He was a big supporter of the MML and emphasized looking beyond our walls – beyond of city limits for learning opportunities in order that we maintain Westminster’s reputation for being on the cutting edge of forward thinking governance.

On October 18, 1999, I explained in a memo, “The Academy is a joint effort of the Maryland Municipal League (MML), the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT,) and the University of Maryland Institute for Governmental Service (IGS.)

“The Academy is a voluntary training program designed as an educational response to the professional needs of local officials in Maryland. Local Officials are increasingly asked to do more, often with fewer resources. As more governmental decision making is made at the local level, increasingly, local officials are called on to understand and make decisions on highly complex issues with weighty implications to their jurisdictions.

“The Academy has been designed to help local officials meet the challenges of their roles. To receive the Academy certificate local government officials must complete training sessions on six core topics and six elective topics. Classes will be of varying lengths. On average, it is expected each Fellow will have completed between 25 and 40 hours of training.” 

On September 28, 2017, Carroll County government announced that “Commissioner Wantz joined more than 90 public officials from across the state to receive an Academy certificate in the presence of family and friends. All Academy Fellows completed a substantial number of program hours, which included core and elective classes designed to meet their professional needs as municipal or county officials in local government. Through the program, Academy Fellows not only enhanced their understanding of local government issues and ethical standards for public service, but also developed a foundation for informed policy making and effective governance.

Commissioner Steve Wantz said in a county media release, “This professional development program greatly increased my knowledge as a government official. The curriculum was challenging and included topics such as risk management, county financial management, employment issues, ethics, open meetings, and the Public Information Act. I thoroughly enjoyed working with officials from other jurisdictions and believe the program made me a stronger, more informed and effective leader for Carroll County.”

The release further explained “The Academy, which offered its first classes in 1998, is a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, the Maryland Municipal League, the Maryland Association of Counties, and the Local Government Insurance Trust.

“The School of Public Policy is recognized as one of the country’s premier programs in public policy and management. The School has more than 25 years of experience delivering acclaimed leadership development and public policy programs to public (federal, state and local) clients as well as for- and non-profit organizations and government agencies from abroad.”

Congratulations Commissioner Wantz. The classes you took to graduate from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance will serve you well and all of Carroll County will benefit.




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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The nicely dressed tree may be found at the Winchester Exchange at 15 East Main St


The tree all dressed-up in the knitted attire does make me smile. The nicely dressed tree may be found at the Winchester Exchange at 15 East Main Street in historic downtown Westminster. I take my hat off for the folks who dressed the tree. Each of us needs to do whatever we can to promote the community we love. The best progress comes from a positive approach. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Caroline, Grammy Evelyn, and I enjoyed dinner with our friend Joyce Hashert and her dad, Mr. Hashert


Caroline, Grammy Evelyn, and I enjoyed dinner with our Westminster High School Class of 1971 classmate friend Joyce Haschert and her dad, Mr. Walter Haschert, 95, at Buttersburg Inn in Union Bridge. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Our server is Tess. She is wonderful. It was good to see Jim and Frank. And our dinner was exquisite.

Lonely is the runner who comes upon a truck on the Wakefield Valley Trail

Lonely is the runner who comes upon a truck on the Wakefield Valley Trail that obviously took a wrong turn off the Baltimore Beltway. Just saying. Thurs. Sept. 21, 2017


Mr. Truck looks like it is emerging from a brief visit to the woods and returning to the trail.


Over the years, I have seen many things on the Wakefield Valley Trail. Large bunnies, and spacecrafts, and attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate… Oh, sorry. That's another story for another time…


I really did see the truck. Really I did. 

Sept. 20, 2017, I ate lunch at Sclafani’s New York Bagels and Bread in Winchester Va.

On Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, I ate lunch at Sclafani's New York Bagels and Bread in Winchester Va. #sclafanis My coffee and cinnamon raisin bagel were great. Wonderful family christian atmosphere. And they support law enforcement and military. I also really liked the idea that they gave away free Bibles at the door. And I witnessed several folks picking,through the Bibles, and carrying them out the door with them.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Josh Gursky, Guy Garheart, Kyle Stull, and Chris Orrison

Josh Gursky, Guy Garheart, Kyle Stull, and Chris Orrison of the Westminster Fire Dept. stopped by Westminster Fallfest to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pam and Charlie at Buttersburg Inn on Sat..Sept. 9, 2017

Pam and Charlie at Buttersburg Inn on Sat..Sept. 9, 2017. The past several weeks have way too busy and I cannot recall if I posted this picture of my sister Pam - and Charlie, over at the Buttersburg Inn, or not. I really like this picture...


Caroline, Grammy and I went to dinner at the Buttersburg Inn, in New Windsor. It was really good to see Jim and Frank, Pam Zappardino and Charlie Collyer there. The place was full. Our dinner was great. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Coca Cola Syrup distributed by Rasinsky’s Pharmacy, 30 West Main Street, Westminster, Md

Coca Cola Syrup distributed by Rasinsky's Pharmacy, 30 West Main Street, Westminster, Md Tilden 8-7100.

I found this in an upper cupboard in the family kitchen. 
I was fascinated that the ingredients listed on the label read:

"Prepared with sugar and water; phosphoric acid, caffeine, extractives from coca leaves (cocaine removed) and cola nuts, and other flavoring materials, colored with caramel."

Sadly there is no date on the bottle anywhere.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Caroline and I had a late lunch at Mollies Cafe

Caroline and I had a late lunch at Mollies Cafe, 199 East Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157 We really liked our lunch - and especially the friendly, homely atmosphere of the restaurant. It reminded me of places to eat in Westminster when I was growing-up in town. We really recommend Mollies. Thurs. Sept. 14, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Phil Grout, Kevin Dayhoff, Sherri Hosfeld Joseph, and Keith Meisel

Stop the presses, Phil Grout, Kevin Dayhoff, Sherri Hosfeld Joseph, and Keith Meisel got together this afternoon at Birdie's for a mini writers' conference. Photo by Lance Garber. Sept. 12, 2017.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

A great tribute by Fred Rasmussen to a wonderful member of the community, Dr. Pete Nickolas

A great tribute by Fred Rasmussen to a wonderful member of the community, Dr. Pete Nickolas. He will be greatly missed. Sat. Sept. 9, 2017 in the Carroll County Times.

Caroline, Grammy and I went to dinner at the Buttersburg Inn, in New Windsor

Caroline, Grammy and I went to dinner at the Buttersburg Inn, in New Windsor. It was really good to see Jim and Frank, Pam Zappardino and Charlie Collyer there. The place was full. Our dinner was great. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Friday, September 08, 2017

We are privileged to be at an event with so many friends to celebrate the sculpture garden

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 We are privileged to be at an event with so many friends to celebrate the sculpture garden at the Westminster Branch of the Carroll County Public Library in historic downtown Westminster. As usual, the library staff put on a fantastic event. With Lynn Wheeler, Sarah Syzmanski, and Amber Maurer Farran. We had a great time. Thanks.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

“The art of bicycling” at the Denver Civic Center Park

"The art of bicycling" at the Denver Civic Center Park and Colorado Capital and Denver City and County Building Complex Aug. 29, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Touring the Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder CO. Sat. Aug. 26, 2017

Touring the Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder CO. Sat. Aug. 26, 2017 with Caroline and David. It is quite fascinating

Celestial Seasonings Factory and Tour Center

Celestial Seasonings Factory and Tour Center, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, CO www.celestialseasonings.com Caroline, David and I are visiting the Celestial Seasonings facility. We are all big tea drinkers - and this must be what heaven looks like. Sat. Aug. 26, 2017

Best bumper sticker of the year - so far. “I brake for squirrels. (Then yell at them like a concerned parent.)”

Best bumper sticker of the year - so far. "I brake for squirrels. (Then yell at them like a concerned parent.)" Sat. Aug. 26, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

For dinner we ate at Sushi North www.sushinorth.net in Westminster Colorado


For dinner we ate at Sushi North www.sushinorth.net in Westminster Colorado - - With David Babylon and Caroline Babylon. We had Miso soup, Colorado, Reg. Dragon, and a House Roll. Thurs. August 24, 2017. 

Everything is bigger out west in Big Sky country. Butterfly Park in Westminster Colorado

Everything is bigger out west in Big Sky country. Butterfly Park in Westminster Colorado. Thurs. August 24, 2017.

We interviewed the prairie dogs at the Big Dry Creek Exploration Trail at Butterfly Park in Westminster Colorado.

We interviewed the prairie dogs at the Big Dry Creek Exploration Trail at Butterfly Park in Westminster Colorado. We need to have prairie dogs in Westminster Md. According to Caroline, "they are precious." Thurs. August 24, 2017. 

Bart Walters’ “Wapiti Circle,” in Westminster, Colorado


Caroline and I are visiting Bart Walters' "Wapiti Circle," in Westminster, Colorado. Thurs. August 24, 2017. It appears that municipalities in Colorado have a vibrant public art public policy. 

Westminster Colorado is huge, both in size and population. There are approximately 100,000 folks living here, just north of Denver, in what appears, at first impression, to be in reclaimed desert, within sight of the Rocky Mountains.

Of course, Mr. Walters is a local Westminster, Md. artist. Caroline and I visited the elks featured in this sculpture display at Reed St. and Walnut Creek, when they were being created in Westminster Md.

The sculptures are magnificent.

Friday, August 04, 2017

At the annual livestock auction at the Carroll Co. Fair

At the annual livestock auction at the Carroll Co. Fair. This is where the very foundation of Carroll Co. gives back to 4H, FFA, and the future leaders of the community. 4Aug2017

A visit with the chickens in the poultry building at the Carroll County Fair

A visit with the chickens in the poultry building at the Carroll County Fair. 3Aug2017

At the Carroll County Fair, when the National Anthem is played, everyone stops immediately and stands

At the Carroll County Fair, at the CC AG Center, when the National Anthem is played, everyone stops immediately and stands. It gives you goosebumps. 4Aug2017

We had lunch with Bob Shirley in the dining hall at the Carroll Co Fair

We had lunch with Bob Shirley in the dining hall at the Carroll County Fair. 4Aug 2017

One of the new features, at the Carroll County Fair

One of the new features, at the Carroll County Fair that we really like, are the American flags that line the pedestrian walkway from the parking. And every time we walk up the walkway, Caroline stops to stand and straighten each flag. She's a keeper. 4Aug2017