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Thursday, May 26, 2005

20050526 The Night Train Foundation

The Night Train Foundation

May 26, 2005

The purpose of this Fund shall be to honor the memory, life and work of Jeff Graham and to honor his friend, Steve Shatzer. It was/is the goal of each of these men to always do the best in his career and to encourage others, especially youth to do the same. They are both good examples of the importance of honesty, hard work and friendship.

The purpose of the Foundation is to award two Scholarships for a male or female student seeking education in the fields of 1) Automotive/Motorcycle Mechanic and 1) Law Enforcement. A key elements of the Foundation is to commit funds for programs with children in mind. Consideration will be given to Shop with a Cop, the Literacy Council, COPS: Concerns of Police Survivors and other funds as deemed by the advisors.


Wednesday, May 25, 2005

20050525 Westminster Advocate Election Concession

Westminster Advocate Election Concession

by Former Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff

May 25th, 2005

It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of Westminster as your Mayor for the past four years as Westminster has continued to adjust to positive changes and prosper. Indeed, it has been a special privilege to serve as a Westminster elected official for the last six years and work with so many dedicated and talented elected and appointed officials, Westminster Boards, Commissions and Westminster employees.

A personal thank you goes out to each and every citizen, Westminster employee, community organization, Home Owners Association, business, service organization, and faith institution; with which I had the distinct pleasure to work. I have been truly blessed to have been a part of your efforts in our community. Thank you.

I congratulate Tom Ferguson, Roy Chiavacci and Kevin Utz on their election victory. I would like to take this opportunity to applaud all the hard work and efforts of not only the winning candidates, but also Greg Pecoraro, Josie Velázquez, Jeff Dixon, Kevin Alt and their families; all of whom worked hard and greatly contributed to getting out the vote and raising and discussing important issues about our community’s future.

A public thank you is also appropriate to Damian Halstad and his family for his 12 years of service to our community.

Everyone is a winner for getting involved and Westminster is the winner because of their involvement.

Westminster is only as strong as the citizens who are involved and participating in shaping our shared future. It is therefore equally important to celebrate the active participation of so many friends, family members, citizens and community organizations; who gave of their time and effort to actively participate in everyone’s campaigns.

The Carroll County Landlords Association, WTTR, Adelphia Channel 3, the Community Media Center, the Carroll County FOP and all of our local newspapers, worked hard and played an important community leadership role in getting valuable information out to the public so that citizens could make an informed decision about our future leadership.

It was exciting to see that 1106 local citizens took time out their busy day to vote and play a key and critical role in determining how Westminster will continue to prosper. Voting in the City of Westminster has been a time-honored tradition since our community’s first election on April 5th, 1819. Voicing our opinions, voting and participating in choosing our leaders is a right that none of us should take for granted. As Memorial Day approaches, it is important that we recognize that many have gone before us and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can go to the polls and vote.

I deeply appreciate the support of all those who voted for me, and worked hard for my re-election campaign. I urge everyone to join me in supporting the new mayor and council. There is much more work to be accomplished and by staying positive and working together, we will all do better.

Meanwhile, my wife has given me a long list of things to do around the house as I personally look forward to other opportunities to stay involved in our community. Please join me in sharing my excitement and enthusiasm for Westminster’s future.


Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Terms of office of the Burgesses and Mayors of Westminster

Terms of office of the Burgesses and Mayors of Westminster

May 2001 Updated May 2005

The following is a list of the distinguished citizens who have served Westminster as its Mayor.

The dates following each name indicate the period of office.

Incorporated 1818 (Chapter 128, Acts of 1818)

A communication, signed many voters, gave notice that on the 1st Monday of April the following gentlemen would be voted for:-

For Burgess, John Fisher;

For Commissioners, Ludwig Wampler, Jacob Sherman, Jacob Frenger, Isaac Shriver, John C. Cockey and Jacob Yingling.

The Westminster Chronicle and Weekly Advertiser, vol. I No. 17. The paper bears date "Westminster, Frederick County, (MD.) Friday, March 26, 1819.

BURGESSES (Chapter 418, Acts of 1838)

Westminster was incorporated as a town by chapter 418 of the Acts of 1838 under the name of the Burgess and Commissioners of Westminster. That charter was amended by chapter 335 of the Acts of 1856, which characterized the municipality as a city by changing the name to The Mayor and Common Council of Westminster.

James M. Shellman May 6, 1839 – May 6, 1840
William Shipley May 6, 1940 – May 6, 1841
George Trumbo May 6, 1841 – May 6, 1844
David Keefer May 6, 1844 – May 4, 1850
Elisha D. Payne May 14, 1850 – May 19, 1851
Abner Neal May 19, 1851 – May 13, 1852
Jacob Grove May 13, 1852 – May 10, 1853
Francis Shriver May 10, 1853 – 1856

MAYORS (Chapter 335, Acts of 1856)

Francis Shriver 1856- May 6, 1858
R. R. Booth May 6, 1858 – May 10 1859
John M. Yingling May 10, 1859 – May 12, 1860
Dr. Samuel L. Swarmstedt May 12, 1860 – May 20, 1861
Michael Baughman May 20, 1861 – May 12, 1864
Jacob Grove May 12, 1864 – June 1, 1865
Joshua Yingling June 1, 1865 – May 28, 1866
Hashabiah Haines May 28, 1866 – May 22, 1867
A. R. Durbin May 22, 1867 – May 18, 1868
David Fowble May 18, 1868 – May 13, 1869
Jacob Knipple May 13, 1869 – May 15, 1871
Daniel H. Leister May 15, 1871 – May 22, 1872
Henry H. Harbaugh May 22, 1872 – May 19, 1873
E. K. Germand May 19, 1873 – May 18, 1874
David Fowble May 18, 1874 – May 15, 1876
P. H. Irwin May 15, 1876 – June 4, 1883
William B. Thomas June 4, 1883 – May 18, 1885
Andrew B. Stephan May 18, 1885 – May 17, 1886
Milton Schaeffer May 17, 1886 – May 20, 1889
Frank K. Herr May 20, 1889 – May 16, 1892
Joseph D. Brooks May 16, 1892 – May 20, 1895
Milton Schaeffer May 20, 1895 – May 18, 1896
Joseph W. Smith May 18, 1896 – May 17, 1897
Nelson Gilbert May 17, 1897 – May 16, 1898
Fred D. Miller May 16, 1898 – May 21, 1900
Oscar D. Gilbert May 21, 1900 – May 18, 1908
John D. Saylor May 18, 1908 – May 16, 1910
Ernest J. Sponseller May 16, 1910 – May 20, 1912
David E. Walsh May 20, 1912 – May 15, 1916
Howard E. Koontz May 15, 1916 – May 17, 1926
George E. Matthews May 17, 1926 – March 15, 1938
Walter H. Davis March 15, 1938 – May 16, 1938 61 days
Frank A. Myers May 16, 1938 – May 18, 1942
Joseph L. Mathias May 18, 1942 – December 3, 1963
Scott S. Bair December 3, 1963 – May 18, 1964 5 months
Joseph H. Hahn, Jr. May 18, 1964 – May 21, 1973
LeRoy L. Conaway May 21, 1973 – May 1989
W. Benjamin Brown May 1989 – November 1994
Kenneth A. Yowan November 1994 – May 21, 2001
Kevin E. Dayhoff May 21, 2001 – May 16th, 2005
Thomas K. Ferguson May 16th, 2005 - present

Of the 46 Mayors of Westminster previous to May 2001 – 22 served only one year or less (Walter H. Davis served for only 61 days, March 15, 1938 –May 16, 1938; and Scott S. Bair only served for 5 months, December 3, 1963 – May 18, 1964).

Six served two years.

Five served three years.

Only thirteen of the previous 46 Mayors have served for four or more years.

Only one mayor has served two non-consecutive terms - Milton Schaeffer, who served from May 20, 1895 – May 18, 1896 and then May 17, 1886 – May 20, 1889.

May 2001 Updated May 2005: A Westminster Informational Brochure - assembled from multiple sources – no claim to original authorship is either claimed or implied. Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff P. O. Box 1245 Westminster, MD 21158-1245

20050517 Terms of office of the Burgesses and Mayors of Westminster
Kevin Dayhoff

Monday, May 16, 2005

20050516 199905 Maryland Municipal League Disclosure

Monday, May 16, 2005

Maryland Municipal League Disclosure

May 1999 to May 16, 2005

Please find an overview of the organization here:

Briefly: The Maryland Municipal League, founded in 1936, works as a advocate for municipalities throughout the State of Maryland, strengthening the role and capacity of municipal government through research, legislation, technical assistance, training and the dissemination of information for its members.

MML is a statewide organization in Maryland composed solely of municipal officials.

The Maryland Municipal League represents 157 municipal governments and 2 special taxing districts throughout the state of Maryland. The MML is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan association controlled and maintained by city and town governments.

Disclosure: I served on the Maryland Municipal League Board of Directors annually for five consecutive years, from June 2000 to May 2005.

I graduated from the University of Maryland Academy for Excellence in Local Government in June 2001.

I served on the Maryland Municipal League’s Legislative Committee in 1999-2000 and 2001-2002.

I served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League for five years (12/07/1999 – 05/16/2005).

I was first elected to the Westminster City Council in May of 1999 and served as the Mayor of Westminster from May 2001 until May 16th, 2005.]

Saturday, May 14, 2005

20050513 The Maryland Unemployed Mayor’s Association MMLUMA

The Maryland Unemployed Mayor’s Association MMLUMA
Main Street
Anywhere Everywhere, MD 21158-1245

Exulted Ruler elect: Presently Unemployed
Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff

Exchequer of the Treasury elect: Presently Unemployed
Berlin Mayor Rex Hailey

Exceptional Secretary elect: Presently Unemployed
Forest Heights Mayor Paula Noble

May 13th, 2005

MML President Barrie Tilghman
Maryland Municipal League
1212 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-3635

Dear Maryland Municipal League President Barrie Tilghman,

Unemployed Berlin Mayor Rex Hailey, Unemployed Forest Heights Mayor Paula Noble and myself would like to take this opportunity to petition the MML for the formulation of a new Maryland Municipal League Department to be so entitled “The Maryland Unemployed Mayor’s Association” (MMLUMA).

The MMLUMA could be of invaluable service to elected and appointed Maryland public officials, although, we would agree to not ever give anyone, any election advice. We anxiously await your decision, please advise.

Meanwhile, as I am sure you are aware, Tom Ferguson was elected Mayor of the City of Westminster on May 9th, 2005. Mayor Ferguson will do a fine job for our community. Please join me in welcoming and wishing Mayor Ferguson, Godspeed and the best of luck. Please take every opportunity to speak with Westminster Mayor Ferguson about the benefits and value of the MML.

It is with deepest regret that I resign my position as Member at Large of the Maryland Municipal League Board of Directors.

I was first elected to Maryland Municipal League’s Board of Directors, Member-at-Large on June 13th, 2000. I have had the honor to serve on the Board of Directors for the past five years.

It has been a great pleasure working with you, the other Board members, MML Executive Director Scott Hancock and the wonderful, capable and competent MML Staff, elected and appointed public officials throughout the State of Maryland.

It has been an enormous joy to have witnessed the MML continue to grow, prosper, and make an invaluable contribution to all the citizens of Maryland, for whom we have the honor to serve.

If the Board should decide to appoint a replacement for my vacated Member at Large seat, I highly recommend Mt. Airy Council President John Medve.

As I look forward to taking some time off to spend with my family and look forward to whatever opportunities await in the future. I will greatly miss working the MML.

Again, it has been my pleasure to work with you and I wish everyone associated with the MML the very best future. Thank you for all your work.

With best regard, I am

Very truly yours,


Kevin Dayhoff

Kevin Dayhoff, P. O. Box 1245, Westminster, MD 21158-1245

Monday, May 09, 2005

20050509 City of Westminster Statement Of Return Of Election

City of Westminster Statement Of Return Of Election

May 9, 2005

The meeting was then reconvened as Chief Election Judges Nancy Smelser and Susan Thomas submitted the 2005 election results for the Westminster Common Council. The following Statement of Return of Election was read aloud by Mrs. Smelser:


Mayor Dayhoff and Members of the City Council

Today’s election results are as follows. The total number of votes cast is 1,106. Of that number, the votes cast for each candidate are as follows:


Kevin J. Alt 48 or .043% of the vote

Kevin E. Dayhoff 467 or .422% of the vote

Thomas K. Ferguson 588 or .531% of the vote

Margin of Victory is [588 – 467] divided by [588 + 467] or 121 / 1,055 = 11.5%.

The candidate with the highest number of votes for the office of Mayor is Thomas Ferguson.


Roy Chiavacci 536

Jeffery Dixon 248

Gregory Pecoraro 436

Kevin Utz 505

Josephine Velazquez 305

The two candidates with the highest number of votes for Common Council are Roy Chiavacci and Kevin Utz.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Smelser and Susan Thomas

20050508 Carroll County FOP Lodge # 20 endorsements

Carroll County FOP Lodge # 20 endorsements

May 8th, 2005

Westminster May 9th, 2005 mayoral election

Perhaps you may want to read:

20050429 CC FOP Lodge #20 Candidate questionnaire


20020414 Police object to pension proposal

and make you own decision...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Ad for Art in the Park June 4 2009

Ad for Art in the Park

Carroll County Arts Council annual Art in the Park

June 4, 2005 10 AM to 5 PM on the grounds of Westminster Maryland City Hall, Westminster Maryland

20050604 Ad for Art in the Park
20050504 SDOSM
Kevin Dayhoff

Sunday, May 01, 2005

20041102 West Green St Wster Liberals by Justin Palk for the Carroll County Times

West Green St Wster Liberals by Justin Palk for the Carroll County Times

Webmaster’s note: In all three of my elections in Westminster in the past – May 1999, May 2001 and May 2005 - almost every one of my campaign signs, folks placed in their yards in the West Green Street area, were promptly removed…

Whatever… Oh there is no doubt that there are many really nice folks in the neighborhood. However, the perception of the Westminster community is that perhaps there are idiosyncratic examples of tolerance, but this area of town has a reputation for being elitist and condescending – and intolerance for anything or anyone who dares not believe as they do… May 2005/ked

Differences in politics don't prohibit folks from being friendly

By Justin Palk, Times Staff Writer, Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Lawns on West Green Street in Westminster are dotted with more Kerry-Edwards signs than might be expected, given that registered Democrats make up only one-third of registered voters in the county.

But the area is in a pretty progressive precinct, said resident Lloyd Helt.

However, with half the county's electorate composed of registered Republicans, it shouldn't be too surprising that some of those Kerry backers find their neighbors posting their own signs, urging passers-by to vote for the Bush-Cheney ticket.

Take the case of Helt and his wife, Ruth Gray, and their next-door neighbors, Jim and Mary Judge.

Helt and Gray have lived on Green Street for 10 years, and the Judges have lived there for five.

The Judges have a Bush-Cheney sign in their yard, while Helt and Gray have two signs in theirs - one supporting the Kerry-Edwards ticket, the other calling for the defeat of President George W. Bush.

Despite their differing political views, all four of them agree that they're pretty friendly neighbors. For the most part, the couples said, they don't even talk about politics.

"It's wonderful," Gray said. "It's America, it's democracy. Only through our signs do we communicate our politics."

They haven't even discussed it enough to agree to disagree about it, said Jim Judge.

"We don't have anything in common there," he said. "We just remain friendly neighbors."

Both couples said they usually have signs out.

This year, the signs are less of a mismatch than they could be, Helt said. In a year with local and state elections, the couple's lawn has signs for all the Democratic candidates. This year, with only federal races, things are a little less pronounced.

Reach staff writer Justin Palk at 410-751-5909 or

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