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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Weaver farm featured on MPT's “Maryland Farm & Harvest.” show

Local farm featured on ‘Md. Farm & Harvest’

Finksburg’s Hickory Hollow to appear on spirits episode. By Jennifer Turiano Carroll County Times

Hickory Hollow Farm in Finksburg is the latest Carroll County farm to be featured on Maryland Public Television’s television show “Maryland Farm & Harvest.”

The farm is featured on the final episode of the series’ sixth season, about locally produced spirits, which will be airing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The segment featuring Hickory Hollow will delve into a Baltimore distiller’s commitment to producing traditional Maryland rye whiskey from local ingredients.


Hickory Hollow Farm, run by Chris Weaver and his father Richard Weaver, is one of three farms that produce rye for Sagamore Spirit, and has been partnered with them for a little over a year. Before last year, Sagamore’s rye came from out of state.


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Former Carroll County Commissioner John B. Joy, 85, of Taneytown

Former Carroll County Commissioner John B. Joy, 85, of Taneytown

John "Dick" Joy, Jr. MARCH 17, 1933 ~ FEBRUARY 8, 2019 (AGE 85)

John B. “Dick” Joy, Jr., 85, of Taneytown died on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Gettysburg Hospital. Born March 17, 1933 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late John B. Joy, Sr. and the late Ella Louise (Kiefer) Joy. He was the devoted husband of Janet (Rodkey) Joy, to whom he was married for 64 years.

John was a graduate of New Windsor High School, class of ’51 and earned a B.A. degree in Economics from Western Maryland College in 1959.  He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown.  He served as Carroll County Commissioner from 1974-1978, was a member of the Carroll County Farm Museum Board for several years, and was a life-member of the Westminster Elks Lodge. John enjoyed cooking, gardening, and watching western movies. He was a fan of the former Baltimore Colts and had met many of the Colts players over the years.

Surviving, in addition to his beloved wife Janet, are his 5 children, John B. Joy III and wife Renee of Atlanta, GA, James T. Joy and wife Tawny of Shippensburg, PA, Susan J. Bowersox and husband Roy of Westminster, Alan B. Joy and wife Lynn of Littlestown, PA, and Robert P. Joy and wife Joyce of Sykesville;

Brothers-in-law, Fern Rodkey of Taneytown and Terry Smith and wife Janet of Hanover, PA; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by brother, Thomas F. Joy, sister, Betty J. Bowman, and sister-in-law, Doris J. Rodkey.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, MD with Deacon Charles E. Barnhart, Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, MD 21787.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

4-wheel hose cart in the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1

4-wheel hose cart in the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 12Feb2019

The writer's lunch – with cold coffee

The writer's lunch – with cold coffee. #amwriting #onassignment #partylikeajournalist 12Feb2019

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Dinner at the Westminster Fire Company

Dinner at the Westminster Fire Company featuring stories by Ed. 12feb2019

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019 meeting of the Westminster mayor and Common Council

Feb. 11, 2019 meeting of the Westminster mayor and Common Council

Feb. 11, 2019

What a difference a month makes. A month ago there was standing room only at the Jan. 14, 2019 meeting of the Westminster mayor and Common Council. Monday, in the middle of the snow storm, there were less than 10 folks in the audience and the meeting lasted 15 minutes. I am not quite sure if that is a record or not – but if it is not a record, it is close to it.

Agenda for the CITY OF WESTMINSTER Mayor and Common Council Meeting Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7 pm

Council Chambers of City Hall, 1838 Emerald Hill Lane, Westminster, MD

The weather was bad. It had snowed and rained freezing rain for the last 24-hours. Most of staff did not attend the meeting – as per the request of Ms. Matthews.

1.   CALL TO ORDER The meeting began at 7 p.m.


A)  Mayor and Common Council Meeting of January 14, 2019

B)  Mayor and Common Council Meeting of January 28, 2019



A)  Approval – Standardized Public Works Agreements and other Development-related Documents – Mr.



No report.


A)  Arts Council – No report.

B)  Economic & Community Development Committee

Ben Yingling had Ms. Matthews deliver a report on the city’s water re-use initiative.

C)  Finance Committee – No report.

D)  Personnel Committee – No report.

E)  Public Safety Committee – No report.

F)  Public Works Committee – No report.



Adoption - Resolution No. 19-05 of the Mayor and Common Council of Westminster, amending the adopted Water and Wastewater Allocation Policy for 2018-2024 – Mr. Mackey

The resolution was adopted.


A)  Approval - Annexation Agreement A-1121 for Parcels 1 and 5 of the EOB and DASY properties – Mr. Mackey

Brooks Leahy attended the meeting with Mark and Dave Bollinger.


The only report was Westminster Fire Company President Jamie Petry’s report for the fire department.


13. ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 7:15.

Kevin Dayhoff at the 2nd Off Track Art show February 11, 2009 – July 5, 2009.

Kevin Dayhoff at the 2nd Off Track Art show February 11, 2009 – July 5, 2009. "OFF TRACK ART" an Artist Cooperative at 11 Liberty St— side entrance in downtown Westminster, MD. 20081209 20131231 OTA


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Museum at The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1.

Museum at The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1. 8Feb2019

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Maryland State Police Warning Public about Telephone Scams

Maryland State Police Warning Public about Telephone Scams

#ALERT Maryland State Police is warning the public regarding several recently reported phone scams. As a reminder, never give your personal information out over the phone.

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According to a release from the Maryland State Police on February 7, 2019

(PIKESVILLE, Md.) — Maryland State Police are warning the public about a reported telephone scam in which the caller cloned a state police number and requested personal information from people as part of a criminal investigation.

A woman called the Maryland State Police on Thursday morning and reported she had received a call in which the caller ID on her phone showed “Maryland State Government” and the number 301-475-8955, which is the number for the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack. When she answered the call, the person on the other end told her she was a suspect in a drug trafficking investigation and that she needed to provide them her Social Security number and other identifying personal information.

This is just one of several phone scams recently reported to Maryland State Police. The Salisbury Barrack reported that some of the scams reported include victims receiving telephone calls where they are threatened with arrest or the continued detention of family members if they do not provide money, account numbers or purchase a re-loadable gift or credit cards.

Another telephone scam includes the victim being called by a representative of the Internal Revenue Service and threatened in the same fashion. The Salisbury Barrack reported that other victims have had their computers infected with a computer virus and were prompted to take immediate action in order to salvage the computer, which included purchasing up to $2,000 in gift cards to pay the company to correct the issue.

This came after the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack was recently inundated with numerous telephone calls regarding a scam in which a man or woman claiming to be from the Social Security Administration requested information and threatened to have the police respond to their address to arrest them.

These scammers are using scare tactics and sophisticated technology to attempt to take advantage of the public. If you are a senior citizen, or have a family member that is a senior citizen, please be aware and ensure they are aware of these scams so they do not fall victim to them.

The Maryland State Police, along with government agencies like the Social Security Administration or the Internal Revenue Service, would never solicit such information or services over the phone from any citizen. Never give any personal information over the phone, and only allow a qualified reputable computer technician the ability to repair your computer should it become infected with a virus. Many of these telephone scams are disguising themselves by utilizing local telephone number prefixes.

Anyone who receives such a phone call should hang up and then contact their local state police barrack. Callers may remain anonymous.



Carroll Community Media Center: January 26, 2019 NAACP Martin Luther King Breakfast

Carroll Community Center: NAACP Martin Luther King Breakfast

CC NAACP’s 16th Annual MLK Breakfast Jan. 26, 2019 9 am at Martins

On Saturday, Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 9 a.m., Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven A. Lockard was the guest speaker at the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast at Martin’s of Westminster, sponsored by the Carroll County NAACP Branch 7014.

The Carroll Community Center presents coverage of the 2019 Carroll County NAACP Martin Luther King Breakfast featuring guest speaker Dr. Steven Lockard, Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent:

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Friday, February 08, 2019

Marine, local business owner Charles Zincon, 93, of Westminster

Marine, local business owner Charles Zincon, 93, of Westminster

Charles Zincon, a quiet community leader who owned Modern Ideal Laundry and Dry Cleaners for 40-years, passed away on January 12, 2019

By Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff

February 7, 2019

About a month ago, a fellow Marine, Charles Zincon, a quiet community leader, who worked hard and tirelessly and helped make Westminster what it is today – passed away on January 12, 2019 at the age of 93. He was born in Tannery on September 22, 1925.

He attended Westminster High School before he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific Theater throughout World War II. After returning home, he and his late wife owned Modern Ideal Laundry and Dry Cleaners on East Green Street in Westminster, for over 40-years.

Mr. Zincon was awesome people. A little known fact – he was the bartender at my wedding reception.

He was not a sports star or a Hollywood actor. However, he was a big deal. He a local community business owner, who got up every day and worked about a 12-hour day, contributed to his community, his local church and local civic organizations.

He did not make a fuss. He was not one to boast or draw attention to himself. He died with little notice from the community. Many folks these days are not aware of his quiet contributions to our community.

His death was not the topic of headlines in the newspaper, or a segment on the local television news. There was little mention of his passing on social media.

Athletes and movie stars have never been my heroes. I always felt that such hero worship was misplaced, displaced, and inappropriate.

I always felt such Hollywood and sports hero worship sent the wrong message to our children and demonstrated a wrong set of values for our community. My heroes have always been local business owners, teachers, soldiers, police officers, fire fighters, and public servants.

As a native of Westminster and an avid amateur historian, I realized as a child that one could not study the history of accomplishment for a city such as Westminster without first understanding the history of leadership that this community has been provided by local business owners, teachers, soldiers, police officers, fire fighters, and public servants.

We all belong to God and to Him we shall return.

Rest in peace brother, your watch is over we will take it from here, you duty is done here, God has your place in heaven. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13


Obituary for Charles L. Zincon, Jr.

Charles L. Zincon Jr. “Junior,” 93, of Westminster passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Wellspring Village at Brightview surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on September 22, 1925 in Tannery (Westminster), Maryland, the son of the late Charles Lewis Zincon Sr. and Esther Freberthauser Lockard, brother of the late Eileen Zincon Gill, and the loving and devoted husband of the late Catherine Jane Zincon.

He attended Westminster Senior High School until he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Charles served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After his service, he received an honorable discharge.

After his discharge, Charles attended the National Institute of Dry Cleaning. With his brother-in-law, Roy E. Gill Jr., he bought New Ideal Cleaning and Laundry. For over 40 years, he and his late wife owned Modern Ideal Laundry and Dry Cleaners.

Charles was a member of the Door to Virtue Masonic Lodge #46, Life Member of the V.F.W. Molleville Farm Post 467, and American Legion Post 31. He is a past President of the Westminster Optimist, and Parishioner and Council Member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Westminster.

Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Joyce A. and Michael Dempsey of Westminster, son and daughter-in-law Charles L. Zincon III and Joni Zincon of Westminster.

Grandchildren Kelly Dempsey and partner Chad Brough, Liam Dempsey and wife Casey, Haley Zincon, Macy Zincon; great-grandchildren Devin Andrews, Courtney Andrews, and Kieran Dempsey; nieces Sharon Gill, Melissa Stump, and Mary Armacost; and Brightview Family and Friends.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 11am at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Leister’s Church Rd. Reception to follow. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Carroll Hospice, St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, and any charitable organization supporting veterans.

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

USDA launches high-speed broadband e-connectivity resource guide

Broadband e-connectivity guide available

USDA launches high-speed broadband e-connectivity resource guide

PUBLISHED ON February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new toolkit to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities.

“High-speed broadband e-Connectivity is becoming more and more essential to doing business, delivering health care, and, for schoolchildren, doing homework in rural communities,” Hazlett said. “This user-friendly tool will help rural customers find the many resources USDA has available to support the expansion and use of e-Connectivity in rural America.”

The e-Connectivity Toolkit (PDF, 4.3 MB) features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. The easy-to-use resource is a simple guide that allows customers to identify their type of e-Connectivity project and locate resources the federal government offers for planning, equipment, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. Resources such as grants, loans and technical assistance are available from multiple Mission Areas at USDA, including Rural Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Forest Service.

The toolkit highlights examples of how e-Connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities. It is free and available to the public online, and can be easily printed for offline use.

USDA’s launch of the e-Connectivity Toolkit closely follows Secretary Sonny Perdue’s unveiling of the ReConnect Program, a pilot program authorized by the Consolidated Budget Act of 2018, to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas that lack sufficient access to broadband.

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit


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Community leader, past Carroll County Chamber president, Richard Haddad, 77, of Westminster

Community leader, past Carroll County Chamber president, Richard Haddad, 77, of Westminster

By Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff

Westminster Md. 6Feb2019 - It is with deep sadness that the brothers and sisters of the Westminster Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 announces the passing of Rich Haddad, the father of member Jon Haddad.

Prayers for the Haddad family as family, friends, and loved ones who wish to express their condolences and pay their respects at Pritts Funeral Home as a result of the loss of Rich Haddad, a community and amazing role model who passed on Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thank you for your service. Rest in peace, Sir. We will take the watch from here.

God be merciful to his good soul. We take this opportunity to thank Mr. Haddad for his great service and dedication to our community, state, and country.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haddad family at this very difficult time.

Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.

May memories of happy times sustain us, the support of family and friends comfort us, and may God's love embrace you and your family and bring you peace.

Praying for you and your family. So sorry for loss. You and the family are in our prayers. We are all singing,

"The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all." Semper Fi


Richard Haddad, 77, of Gettysburg, PA, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at home. Born October 27, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late John and Grace Haddad.

He was the husband of Valorie Townsend Haddad, his wife of 35 years. Rich was a loving husband, a proud dad and a very proud grandpa. He was a good man, an honest man, a hard worker and a man you could rely on.

In addition to his wife Valorie, Richard is survived by his children:

Steven Haddad and his wife Tiffany, of Basalt, CO,
Jason Haddad and his wife Hilary of Atlanta, GA,
Erin Haddad of Westminster, MD,
Ashleigh Haddad and her husband Nick Morrison of Baltimore,
Jonathan Haddad and his wife Mary of Westminster;

And his four grandchildren Sebastian and Luca Del Cid, and Alex and Jake Haddad; and two brothers Ronald Haddad of Tarpon Springs, FL and Robert Haddad of Chapel Hill, NC; five nieces and nephews; and his first wife Janet Haddad of Columbia, MD.

Over the span of his 48 year career, Richard managed support services functions such as human resources and information systems for organizations in industries including banking, utilities, and healthcare.

For several years, he also provided services in organizational development and strategic planning as an independent consultant, and for five years was the President of the Carroll County (MD) Chamber of Commerce.

He was heavily involved in civic and community activities, serving on the Howard County (MD) Human Rights Commission, and on the board of directors or advisory council of fourteen other organizations including the Carroll County (MD) Public Schools Business Roundtable and the Rotary Club of Bonds Meadow.

He was a co-founder and for several years the Executive Director of Free Men, a national non-profit educational organization dedicated to raising awareness of the ways in which traditional gender roles limit men as well as women.

He also advocated in a number of capacities for individuals with developmental disabilities, at one point serving as Maryland State Coordinator for the national organization, Voice of the Retarded (VOR).

Richard wrote extensively; essays and opinion articles on social issues as well as book reviews, fiction, satire and poetry. His work was published in newspapers including the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Times; in periodicals including the Baltimore Business Journal, on websites including American Thinker and in anthologies.

For several years he also edited and published American Man, a periodical devoted to a serious exploration of the male gender role and the male experience.

In reflecting on his career, his writing, his involvement in men’s issues and in community activities, Richard would frequently remark that the greatest accomplishment was raising his five children to be the good people they became.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February,6, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, MD.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 11 am at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Meadow Branch Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.

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Reflections upon the view

Reflections upon the view from the other side of the tracks. To paraphrase Leonard Cohen, "It's not a cry that you hear tonight, And it's not some pilgrim who claims to have seen the light, No, it's a cold and … very broken [rainy night.] " 7Feb2019

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019

What a total PIA!

Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019

January 30, 2019

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts.

Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April.

Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.

As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities, or events. See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.

If you’re a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. Learn more

If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You’ll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons. Learn more

If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more

If you’re a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account should remain active. Contact your G Suite administrator for more details. You can also expect a new look and new features soon. Learn more

If you're a developer using Google+ APIs or Google+ Sign-in, click here to see how this will impact you.

From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. We are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.

July 7, 1929 “Pleasure Crazed” movie set

July 7, 1929 “Pleasure Crazed” movie set.

Kevin Dayhoff February 5, 2019

This is a picture featuring an elegant art nouveau – art deco entranceway from the set from an obscure black and white American movie, “Pleasure Crazed,” which was released by Fox Film Corporation on July 7, 1929.

The movie was based upon “The Scent of Sweet Almonds” by Monckton Hoffe and features themes involving a poor writer, con-artists, intrigue, deception, infidelity, and suicide.

The 60-minute film was directed by Donald Gallaher and Charles Klein and written by Douglas Z. Doty and Clare Kummer. The cinematographers were Glen MacWilliams and Ernest Palmer. It was edited by J. Edwin Robbins.

The melodramatic movie featured the work of Marguerite Churchill, Kenneth MacKenna, Dorothy Burgess, Campbell Gullan, Douglas Gilmore, and Henry Kolker.

The movie was made when the Great Depression was just beginning and film design and technology were in its infancy. It was a time when art deco was transitioning into ‘modernism,’ and many highly stylized movies and literary works featured the excesses of the life of the rich and famous. In retrospect, many historians view the era as an attempt to distract much of the population from the rigors and depravations of the Great Depression.  

It is hard to find information about the movie. According to the American Film Institute, an April 21, 1920 New York Times news item, “Fox bought the rights to Monckton Hoffe's story, which was written as a play but never produced. The same article included Earle Foxe in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed…

“Alma Dean and her husband, Anthony, rent a house from a trio of crooks who have the intention of stealing the wife's jewels. The female member of the group remains in the guise of a housekeeper, and gradually she and Anthony become very fond of each other.

“In the meantime, Alma is playing around with a poor writer, and Anthony, miserable, leaves her, accidentally carrying away a flask containing poison.

“Previously, the writer dared Alma to commit suicide, but when she sees her husband take this very flask, she says nothing. The "housekeeper," learning of the state of affairs, chases after Anthony and wrecks her car at the garage where he is buying gasoline. The situation is satisfactorily resolved…”


Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen

“Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten Feb. 5, 2019

Hat Tip: Leslie Eckard

Sharon Van Etten is epic. I follow her here:

She reminds me somewhat of a combination of Leonard Cohen, and Marianne Faithfull…

She is in DC this coming Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the 9:30 Club. Speaking of the theme of this video – when was the last time you did the club scene in DC?

This songs reminds me of my downtown New York City Greenwich Village, Sherman Square - Needle Park, Verdi Square, Washington Square years, going from gallery to gallery and agent to agent with my art slides.

There is a good interview with her in the Jan. 3, 2019 New York Times by Joe Coscarelli, “The Many Lives of Sharon Van Etten - After her first child and a turn toward television, the singer-songwriter returns with a fresh outlook and a new sound on “Remind Me Tomorrow,” her fifth album.” Find the article here:


Monday, February 04, 2019

Commentary Tomlinson: Pay attention, but don't fear idea of charter government

Commentary Tomlinson: Pay attention, but don't fear idea of charter government

On Jan. 10, the Board of County Commissioners had a lengthy conversation about charter government and a motion was made — not a motion to transition our county to charter government, but a motion to learn more about charter by having county leaders from across the state come to Westminster to educate the board

The commissioners are not the only ones considering menu options that include charter government. Recently, readers of the Carroll County Times have been served several helpings of articles and columns discussing the issue. Folks navigating the waters of social media have to navigate the facts and fake news about charter that been posted like a boat skipper steering his boat through sunken debris in the Chesapeake Bay. However, for the majority of us who call Carroll County home, pay our taxes, and make an honest living, the idea of charter government is a foreign concept that means very little.

The counties of Maryland operate under one of three forms of government; Commissioner, “Code” Home Rule, or “Charter” Home Rule. There are currently six counties operating under the commissioner-style of government, including Carroll County. The largest share of Maryland’s counties (11 in all) have adopted a charter form of government. How do these two forms differ from each other?


Christopher Tomlinson in the Carroll County Times

Christopher Tomlinson in the Carroll County Times

February 4, 2019

A collection of the results of a recent search on mentions, articles, columns, and work by local writer Chris Tomlinson…

Well-written, thoughtful, and interesting. Give him a good read….

Christopher Tomlinson
On Jan. 10, the Board of County Commissioners had a lengthy conversation about charter government and a motion was made — not a motion to transition our county to charter government, but a motion to learn more about charter by having county leaders from across the state come to Westminster to educate...

Christopher Tomlinson
The year 2018 has left us, but not without bringing some intriguing and exciting changes in local and state politics. Two new county commissioners took their seats as two longtime members of the board were retired by term limits. Carroll County voters managed to complete the reboot of the Board...

Christopher Tomlinson
Last week, the Board of County Commissioners met with our Annapolis delegation to propose several bills they would like to see introduced during the upcoming General Assembly Session. The commissioners and members of our legislative delegation discussed a number of bills that focused on everything...

Christopher Tomlinson
For most, December means the start of the holiday season. For some, the start of season is marked by unboxing lights and decorations. For others, December is when newly-elected officials across Carroll County take their seats. On Dec. 4, both the new Board of County Commissioners and the new Board...

Christopher Tomlinson
Across the country, cable news pundits and talking heads are breaking down the results of the 2018 midterm general election like coaches breaking down film on a Monday. Democrats want to run the I formation (investigate and impeach) now that they have recovered the ball in the House of Representatives,...

Christopher Tomlinson
Last month, Commissioner Richard Weaver asked his fellow commissioners if they would consider opening North Carroll High School’s beautiful auditorium for public usage — an auditorium that is still in pristine shape. Weaver made the motion, but he was unable to get a single commissioner to second...

Christopher Tomlinson
This month, the 11th installment in the “Halloween” film series hit theaters. Once again, moviegoers were terrified as Michael Myers raised hell and committed dreadful acts. Unfortunately for Marylanders, it is not Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger they should fear. The real horror...

Christopher Tomlinson
Recently, Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, possibly the next Speaker of the House, spoke at Martin’s Westminster at a fundraiser for the Carroll County Republican Central Committee. Representative Jordan spoke about his faith, politics, family and even his days as an amateur wrestler. What registered...

Christopher Tomlinson
Last Monday, Maryland voters tuned into to watch the first and only gubernatorial debate between Gov. Larry Hogan and his challenger, Ben Jealous. Hogan reminded viewers what Maryland looked like before he took over as our state’s executive, and made the argument why we need four more years of...

Christopher Tomlinson
At the July 25 Board of Education work session, the clouds parted, the heavens opened up and the prayers of thousands of Carroll residents were answered. At long last, Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Guthrie announced his long-awaited retirement. Now, before any readers get...

Christopher Tomlinson
Early last month, a downtown Westminster resident expressed her concern at a Common Council meeting over the spike in criminal activity in her neighborhood. A few weeks later, two separate shootings and an armed robbery occurred in the heart of Westminster. More recently, a car was stolen and later...

Christopher Tomlinson
Earlier this year, the Board of County Commissioners organized the Carroll County Long Term Advisory Board. This advisory board was put together to think past the usual five- to 10-year horizon line commonly seen in county planning. They are tasked with advising the commissioners on decisions and...

Christopher Tomlinson
On Sept. 5, the Mayor and Town Council of Manchester hosted a meeting to discuss the traffic issues on Main Street. Drivers can spend up to 20 minutes crossing only a 2-mile stretch of road during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Many Pennsylvanians use Md. 30 as part of their commute to travel...

Christopher Tomlinson
This past Saturday, Democrat candidate for House of Delegates in District 5, Emily Shank, held a fundraiser in downtown Westminster. Her special guest was none other than Maryland’s Attorney General Brian Frosh, who was greeted by two dozen rambunctious protestors (myself included). I have to give...

Christopher Tomlinson
Maryland’s 2018 primary election has come and gone, and what an election it was! Democrats selected Bernie Sanders-lite, Ben Jealous, to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan. Four Democratic legislative leaders, Sens. McFadden, Conway, Middleton and Del. Vallario, lost their primary races, which means they...

Christopher Tomlinson
Recently, on Westminster’s Main Street, two women participating in a peaceful protest were hit with small fireworks by an unknown assailant. Thankfully the women only received minor injuries, and nobody was terribly hurt. This was an assault pure and simple. Westminster Police are taking the matter...

Christopher Tomlinson
Last week, Commissioner Doug Howard presented an idea to the residents of Hampstead that would not only utilize the former North Carroll High School campus but bring a high school back to their town. The idea that Howard proposed was a charter school. According to the Maryland Alliance of Public...

Christopher Tomlinson
Since the beginning of time in Maryland, our governor and General Assembly reserved the power to decide on whether to sue the federal government to themselves. If they decided to exercise that power, then the attorney general would be instructed to move forward and file suit. This all changed this...

Christopher Tomlinson
Less than two weeks ago, the board of trustees of Carroll Community College made a decision that will change our local community college landscape forever. The board decided to move forward with submitting applications to the two major junior college athletic organizations with the full intention...

Christopher Tomlinson
As a North Carroll High School graduate, I wistfully watch with envy as other Carroll graduates prepare to attend their alma maters’ fall homecoming football games. For those of us who claim North Carroll High as our home, we will never again find ourselves seated in the bleachers of Powelson Field...

Christopher Tomlinson
I spent this past Labor Day weekend in Ocean City, and had an absolutely splendid end-of-summer getaway. The sun was shining bright, the waves were crashing, and the crabs were jumbo-sized! However, what stood out for me was the large number of tourists, particularly the number of families with...

Christopher Tomlinson
Union Bridge, located in northwestern Carroll County, with a population of under 1,000 residents, is a nice throwback to what a small rural town may have looked like in the late 19th or early 20th century. This year, my girlfriend and I visited this wonderful town several times: to attend the Union...

Christopher Tomlinson
Millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Whether it be to start attending the gym, or to save money, we’ve all heard the same old resolutions time and again. It would be refreshing to see local politicians and candidates come out and say what they resolve to do in 2018. Since the chances...

Christopher Tomlinson
Since the massacre that occurred Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Carroll County has witnessed multiple false alarms within our own public school system. First, it was Francis Scott Key High School, followed by North Carroll Middle School and Manchester Valley High School,...

Christopher Tomlinson
’Twas a few nights before Session 2018, when all through the State House every legislator was stirring, thinking of ways to make Maryland great. On Jan. 10, all 188 state senators and delegates will reassemble for 90 days in Annapolis. With the governor and all members of the General Assembly up...

Christopher Tomlinson
Before nibbling at some leftovers, I would like to confirm that I did not receive a concussion on Thanksgiving Day playing touch football in the backyard. With that being said, please brace yourself for the next few paragraphs. Uncharacteristically, I am about to express some glowingly positive...

Christopher Tomlinson
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Westminster Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were able to work together and take down two suspects who they believe are the culprits behind almost a dozen vehicle break-ins in the Westminster area committed over a five-day span. The man and woman, both...

Christopher Tomlinson
With the 2018 legislative session now underway, one may have missed the passage of one of the most controversial bills in recent memory. Unfortunately, between the local media’s fascination with whether students in our public schools can dress like cousins Bo and Luke Duke, or the national media’s...

Christopher Tomlinson
It’s hard to fathom that Thanksgiving will be here in only 10 short days. As sure as the first frost, I will travel with my immediate family up the mountainside to the cozy little town of Boonsboro out in Washington County where my extended family lives. One of our cherished traditions on Thanksgiving...

Christopher Tomlinson
On Dec. 22, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The final version of the act brought several changes to our tax system that many tax reform advocates have long desired. The act repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate. The corporate tax rate was reduced from...

Christopher Tomlinson
In the recently released second season of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things,” police Chief Jim Hopper explains to the young telekinetic Eleven the definition of compromise. “It’s something that is kind of in-between. It’s like halfway happy.” That’s exactly what Gov. Larry Hogan’s Paid Leave...

Christopher Tomlinson
The Democrats in Annapolis have called an all-out blitz on parental rights and youth recreational sports programs in Maryland via the introduction of House Bill 1210. This bill introduced by Del. Terri Hill, representing Baltimore and Howard counties, would ban — most commonly played under the...

Wiley Hayes, Carroll County Times A question about residence is settled, allowing a run for mayor

Christopher Tomlinson
This past spring, Carroll's cities and towns held their municipal elections. Turnout was less than desirable. Some towns had fewer than 35 ballots cast, while others, such as Manchester, went from having nearly 500 residents vote two years ago, to barely tallying 100 voters in this year's election....

Emily Chappell
The Carroll County Republican Central Committee added a new member last week, though no vote was officially taken, creating internal conflict among the group. Chris Tomlinson was officially sworn in on Tuesday, Nov. 14, after being chosen by committee Chair Larry Helminiak. Tomlinson was one of...

Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate my full support for Chris Tomlinson for mayor of Manchester. Although I currently reside in Hampstead and (until very recently) served that town as a councilman, I was born and raised in Manchester. More importantly, my family and many of my...

Wiley Hayes, Carroll County Times
A hearing will be held soon to determine if Chris Tomlinson, a resident of Manchester who filed a certification of nomination to run for mayor in the upcoming municipal election, is eligible to seek town office. The town's Board of Supervisors of Elections issued a letter Friday, April 10, informing...

Extended bar hours won’t reduce drunk driving As someone who has personally experienced the loss of a father-in-law due to a drunk driver — and seen his broken family’s never-ending anguish — I found Mr. Christopher Tomlinson’s Dec. 24 opinion letter “Keep Carroll Bars Open and Hour Later” as appalling...

Wiley Hayes
Manchester will be moving forward with construction of a new town hall expected to cost $2.1 million, but the means of financing the project won't be decided until later this year. The Manchester Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the project on Victory Street near Christmas...

My name is Christopher Tomlinson and I am a member of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC). All nine committee positions are up for grabs in the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, June 26. With 19 candidates on the ballot, how do Republican voters in Carroll decide who to...

Christopher Tomlinson
Carroll County taxpayers who send checks to the Comptroller in Annapolis soon should pay close attention to who they send to Annapolis to represent them in the newly-created District 5 for House of Delegates in the upcoming election. An examination of the voting records of the three incumbents reveals...

Christopher Tomlinson
Recently, Donald Elliott, an incumbent in the House of Delegates for nearly 30 years, defended his votes to levy both the flush tax and the car tax.He said that he voted for these taxes at the urging of the Ehrlich Administration to fund transportation projects and the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. Now,...

Not that I don't find qualities in Carroll County to be thankful for in your recent column Chris Tomlinson, but the headline made me think about throwing up because make nice is not what I like to be told in my morning newspaper.As disconcerting as bad news (and opinions) may be, I prefer the precious,...

Incumbent delegates have been AWOL I am writing in response to Mr. Tomlinson’s editorial that ran in the Times this week that told us ridiculous stories about the “horrors” of electing Democrats to local office in Carroll County and how we desperately need to re-elect our incumbent state delegates....

Carroll Democrats condemns editorial cartoon The members of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee unanimously condemn the editorial cartoon in the Nov. 15 Carroll County Times. The cartoon targets Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, who was appointed by former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush as Broward...

A ray of light With all the upheaval in our country and around the world, I recently has the opportunity to see a ray of light through all this darkness. At an event at McDaniel College a few weeks ago, I met several senior cadets of the college’s ROTC (Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) program....

Oesterreicher would be asset as Circuit Court Judge I would like to recommend Maria Oesterreicher as candidate to appointment in the Circuit Court for Carroll County. Maria was appointed my attorney in a domestic violence case. Not only did she see that I was represented, she worked hard to ensure...

MAGIC held its fifth Capture the Flag Cybersecurity Competition on April 21, with a new record set for total participants. More than 160 students registered across nine locations throughout the country, including the main arena located at the Community Media Center in Westminster, as well as the...

I recently received a mailer from Sheriff Jim DeWees asking me to support candidates on the ballot on Tuesday, June 26 in the Republican primary. At the top was Gov. Hogan, who is running unopposed. There were other familiar names such as Dels. Susan Krebs, April Rose, and Haven Shoemaker, who...

Disagreements among GOP Central Committee members As a member of the Carroll Republican Central Committee I want to alert voters about deceptions being perpetrated by our committee. In September, we authorized our current Chair and Vice Chair, Larry Helminiak and Karen Leatherwood, to create a...

Programs offered at Lifepoint Church aim to help those raising preschoolers

Emily Chappell
Seven people have applied for an open seat in the Carroll County Republican Central Committee.The county's Republican Central Committee received applications for a vacancy until June 17. The vacancy occurred when Don Hoffman resigned during the monthly meeting in May.The applicants are: Commissioner...

Heather Mongilio
Remarkable. Memorable. Historical. That was how Carroll County residents who attended President Donald J. Trump's inauguration described the experience. The new president was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at almost exactly noon on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Among...

In his March 1 letter to the editor, Manchester mayor candidate Chris Tomlinson pushed his fictional narrative of speed camera use in Manchester to create an issue where none exists. Apparently his mentor, Del. Haven Shoemaker, was issued a traffic ticket due to speeding in a construction zone....

The Lineboro-Manchester Lions installed several new members at the club's dinner meeting Sept. 17 at Spargos restaurant in Manchester. Christopher Tomlinson, Kim Boucher and Bruce Kleb were sponsored by club President Andrew DeMario and past President Andrew DeMario Jr. The installation was performed...

Apathy is the fuel for which the monster known as the status quo thrives and survives on. In April 2015, I said that "the town (of Manchester) is currently governed by apathy." Apathy meaning a lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern. That statement could not be more true than in 2017 as we approach...
With the presidential race dominating the headlines, it is easy to forget that voters will be able to decide on other races on Nov. 8. One of those races is for the vacant United States Senate seat. Voters should think long and hard about which candidate will put the safety and security of our...

Editor: On May 19, Manchester residents will have an opportunity to break with the status quo and elect a new leader as mayor. My name is Christopher Tomlinson and I ask for your vote this Tuesday. If elected, I will promote business development, hold the line on taxes and unnecessary spending,...

Carroll County Times staff
The filing deadline for the 2018 primary election was 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Here is a list of candidates in local races that affect Carroll County, according to the Maryland Board of Elections, including state legislative and U.S. congressional races. An (i) after a person’s name indicates they...

Westminster is only Carroll municipality that requires reporting

Emily Chappell
Almost three months after an inconclusive vote, the Carroll County Republican Central Committee named its newest member. Fallon Patton, 21, of Finksburg, was named the newest member of the committee Tuesday, after Don Hoffman resigned during the monthly meeting in May. Patton’s position was filled...

Board of Education candidate Julie Kingsley's recent reflection on Carroll County Public Schools' predicament regarding funding offered no concrete solutions. However, Kingsley, a Howard County teacher and union member, has made it abundantly clear via her statements in public candidate forums...

On April 26, you published two letters from candidates for the two different Carroll County central committees. I was struck by how different the two letters were. Mr. Edelman's letter was urging all citizens to vote without any pressure to vote for a particular person. Mr. Tomlinson's letter basically...

Anyone reading District 5 Commissioner Doug Howard's recent comments in the Carroll County Times slamming Gov. Hogan and our county legislative delegation for not providing enough funding for education in Carroll might have spit out his coffee and dropped his toast over Howard's outrageous and...

Recently the Carroll County Times castigated Del. Haven Shoemaker, R-District 5, over his bill prohibiting the use of automated speed cameras on state roads under the headline: "Break the law, pay the price." Using machines to enforce speed limits deprives drivers of their constitutional right...

In the very near future, the Board of Education will have to choose one of four options that the Boundary Adjustment Committee has presented them. If one is given the opportunity to take a good look at all of the proposed options, it becomes clear that only one option is best for the entire county....

Editor: The 2015 Manchester Municipal Election was held a little over a month ago. It was quite the journey leading up to May 19, but I would not have had it any other way. I want to thank the residents of Manchester for the great election cycle we had in our small town. The results were unfortunately...

Jon Kelvey
Vincent Pacelli and Jennifer Warner won council seats

Jon Kelvey
Three candidates are running for mayor in Manchester's May 19 election, while an additional three candidates are competing for two seats on the Manchester Town Council. The mayor and council members will each serve four-year terms. The mayoral race features incumbent Ryan Warner, current Councilwoman...