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Thursday, June 28, 2007

20070627 Westminster Eagle Week in Review

June 27th, 2007

Local News

Kevin E. Dayhoff


Library has been at the center of the bookshelf in Westminster history

As noted in Katie Jones' story in The Eagle on June 13, plans were recently announced for the renovation of the 27-year-old Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

This news prompted some discussions of the history and origins of the library in Westminster.

Of course, the histor...

[Read full story]


War between the states returns to Westminster

If you thought you saw Civil War ghosts roaming the streets of Westminster this past weekend, it wasn't your imagination.

On Saturday, re-enactors participated in a parade through the city to honor those who fought in the Civil War battle of Corbit's Charge. And throughout the weekend, re-enactors and visitors kept a camp along Center Street bustling with activities and lessons from more than a century ago.

Every year, the locally-based Pipe Creek Civil War Roundtable hosts an event commemorating the battle of Corbit's Charge, which took place in Westminster.

On June 29, 18...

[Read full story]


School plans net approval

Education took center stage at Monday night's meeting of the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission, as the group approved three school projects and reviewed the Carroll County Public School's Educational Facilities Master Plan.

Two of those projects involved the Gerstell Academy, a ...

[Read full story]

Celebrating July 4 at Farm Museum

The Carroll County Farm Museum will host its Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration and Fireworks next Wednesday, July 4, beginning at noon.

The festivities last all day, and culminate with the annual fireworks show organized by the Rotary Clubs of Carroll County at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The celeb...

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Teen Patrol

The Charles County K-9 unit was on the scene and the Carroll County Crisis Response Team pulled out the riot gear.

But the units weren't responding to an incident. The exercises were part of the culminating demonstrations for the Junior Police Academy, held last week at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville.

The week-long program for high school students began a decade ago, and has been held at the Sykesville facility for the past three years.

But this was special for local residents -- it was the first year the program has been open to Carroll Count...

[Read full story]

Business Briefs


Starry Night adds line to serve special dietary needs

With its thick layer of icing and moist texture, the chocolate "vegan" cupcake could easily be confused for one of the many other delicious cupcakes at Starry Night Bakery in Westminster.

But this cupcake, as well as the vegan muffins and cookies, are completely dairy-free -- with no milk, butter or eggs to be found in its ingredients.

Many of the bakery's selections at Starry Night are also sugar-free, including flavorings for coffee.

"I try to have a little bit of a variety available every day," said Shannon Clarke, owner and pastry chef, of her vegan and sugar-free selec...

[Read full story]

Opinion


Rotary clubs collecting a little green for the red, white and blue

EDITORIAL

Joe Legge of the Rotary Clubs of Carroll County is in his usual pre-Fourth of July frame of mind these days.

That is, he's scrambling to line up the final aspects of the fireworks show that will go off at the Carroll County Farm Museum next week ... and worrying about how to pay for it...

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Culleton on Carroll


This Independence Day, let's fight for fiscal freedom

What is the biggest issue facing Carroll County?

In times past I would have said the imbalance between residential and industrial tax base, which in turn is caused by the still-continuing residential building boom.

That problem hasn't gone away, and we must be ever vigilant in electing local and...

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Wolf at the Door


People with determination needed to combat airport plan

I had a column all written the other day, but when I received a letter from a local reader stating that they disagree with my opinions, I had to stop the presses.

Actually, this person wrote that while they usually disagree with me, they now see that I'm on the right track in opposition to the exp...

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Community Calendar


Community Calendar

ARTS

The family film, "Stuart Little" based on the classic E.B. White book will be screened at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, on Thursday, June 28, 1 p.m. The film is Rated PG and runs 85 minutes. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for CCAC members, seniors 60 and over and ...

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People Forms


Wedding Announcement

The Westminster Eagle wants to share your good news with the community! Wedding announcements run free of charge in The Eagle.

Just print out this form, or cut and paste it into either a word document or an e-mail. Remember - you are NOT bound to follow this form, it's just designed to give you ideas. Feel free to include more, or less, information.

When you're done, mail it to The Westminster Eagle, 121 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157, or fax to 410-386-0340 or e-mail to thewestminstereagle@patuxent.com.

Black and white or color photographs are welcome, and may...

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20070627 Davis Library part 1

20070627 Davis Library part 1

Library is at the center of the bookshelf of Westminster history

Davis Library part 1
Westminster Eagle
June 27th, 2007 © by Kevin Dayhoff (669 words – as filed)

Plans were recently announced for the renovation of the 27-year-old Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

This news prompted some discussions of the history and origins of the library in Westminster. Of course, the history of the library in Westminster, like most successes in Carroll County, is the history of a tradition and heritage of private – public partnerships, great leadership, and selfless philanthropy from community leaders.

Writing for this paper, Katie Jones noted, “Two years ago, the Westminster Public Library celebrated 25 years of service” in its present location. She also noted that the “students of Medora Lynn's school of ballet, The Ballet Slipper,” put on a recent benefit performance to help raise money for the renovations.

The current site of the library on Main Street is the fulcrum point of old traditional Westminster and is steeped in history. It was preceded by several different church structures for the St. John Catholic Church community dating back to 1789 when four acres were donated to the Catholic community for a cemetery and a church.

However, in those days, the church property was not in Westminster. It was in an outlying area which was laid out in 1812 as the town of “Bedford.” The town of Bedford comprised the area between Main and Green Streets, from where Longwell Avenue is now, to near where Bond Street currently exists.

On the other side of Main Street was the “Town of Winter’s Addition to Westminster,” which was recorded with the Frederick County clerk on December 5th, 1815 by John Winter and John Winter, Jr. It is the area between Main Street and Winter’s Alley.

At the time, Westminster, then “Winchester,” laid out in 1764,- was comprised of King’s Street (now Main Street) from Manchester Road to Court Street.

In between the town of Bedford and “Winchester,”, was the competing town of “New London,” which was laid out in 1765 by Captain John White.

New London included that area along King’s Street from Court Street to Longwell Avenue. On February 5th, 1819, “Westminster,” and the first annexation of the town, in 1788, of the area along Green Street from Washington Road to Church Street, plus “Winter’s Addition” and “New London” were incorporated as Westminster by the Maryland General Assembly.

“Bedford” was not a part of Westminster until a re-incorporation occurred in 1830 and the town expanded as far as “The Forks” where Pennsylvania Avenue begins at West Main Street. The area at “The Forks” and beyond was a rival thriving business area, parts of which were known as “Pigstown,” “Fanny’s Meadow” and “Logsdon Tavern.”

In those days St. John Catholic Church was a mission church of the Conewago, Pennsylvania parish. It soon became parish mission of Taneytown’s St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Construction began of the last of several church structures in 1865 (four years after the railroad arrived). On Thursday, June 19, 1952 at 4:45 in the afternoon, the steeple of that church was destroyed by a tornado and the church damaged. In 1968 the building was deemed unusable. In 1972, a new church was built on Monroe Avenue and the Main Street property remained unused until March 1980 when the current 40,000-square-foot library facility opened with a chilly parade – of sorts.

It was a “book parade” which followed the tradition of how the books were moved by schoolchildren from the old Westminster High School at Green and Center Streets to the then-new Westminster High School on Longwell Avenue on an equally cold Monday afternoon on November 23rd, 1936.

This time it was a cold Saturday morning when, according to published accounts, about 500 citizens hand-carried 60,000 books and other library items from the Davis Library building at 129 East Main Street to the new building.

The roots of the library in Westminster began during the Civil War, in 1863, at the other end of town, the Odd Fellows Hall, now known as the Opera House Printing Company at 140 East Main Street.

For now, bookmark this introduction until next week’s chapter.

Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster Maryland USA.
E-mail him at:
kdayhoff at carr.org
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20070627 Davis Library part 1

Carroll County Public Library, Dayhoff Art writing essays and articles, Dayhoff Media Westminster Eagle, History Westminster, Westminster Scrapbook Davis Library

20070627 Davis Library part 1

20070627 Davis Library part 1

Library is at the center of the bookshelf of Westminster history

Davis Library part 1
Westminster Eagle
June 27th, 2007 © by Kevin Dayhoff (669 words – as filed)

Plans were recently announced for the renovation of the 27-year-old Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

This news prompted some discussions of the history and origins of the library in Westminster. Of course, the history of the library in Westminster, like most successes in Carroll County, is the history of a tradition and heritage of private – public partnerships, great leadership, and selfless philanthropy from community leaders.

Writing for this paper, Katie Jones noted, “Two years ago, the Westminster Public Library celebrated 25 years of service” in its present location. She also noted that the “students of Medora Lynn's school of ballet, The Ballet Slipper,” put on a recent benefit performance to help raise money for the renovations.

The current site of the library on Main Street is the fulcrum point of old traditional Westminster and is steeped in history. It was preceded by several different church structures for the St. John Catholic Church community dating back to 1789 when four acres were donated to the Catholic community for a cemetery and a church.

However, in those days, the church property was not in Westminster. It was in an outlying area which was laid out in 1812 as the town of “Bedford.” The town of Bedford comprised the area between Main and Green Streets, from where Longwell Avenue is now, to near where Bond Street currently exists.

On the other side of Main Street was the “Town of Winter’s Addition to Westminster,” which was recorded with the Frederick County clerk on December 5th, 1815 by John Winter and John Winter, Jr. It is the area between Main Street and Winter’s Alley.

At the time, Westminster, then “Winchester,” laid out in 1764,- was comprised of King’s Street (now Main Street) from Manchester Road to Court Street.

In between the town of Bedford and “Winchester,”, was the competing town of “New London,” which was laid out in 1765 by Captain John White.

New London included that area along King’s Street from Court Street to Longwell Avenue. On February 5th, 1819, “Westminster,” and the first annexation of the town, in 1788, of the area along Green Street from Washington Road to Church Street, plus “Winter’s Addition” and “New London” were incorporated as Westminster by the Maryland General Assembly.

“Bedford” was not a part of Westminster until a re-incorporation occurred in 1830 and the town expanded as far as “The Forks” where Pennsylvania Avenue begins at West Main Street. The area at “The Forks” and beyond was a rival thriving business area, parts of which were known as “Pigstown,” “Fanny’s Meadow” and “Logsdon Tavern.”

In those days St. John Catholic Church was a mission church of the Conewago, Pennsylvania parish. It soon became parish mission of Taneytown’s St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Construction began of the last of several church structures in 1865 (four years after the railroad arrived). On Thursday, June 19, 1952 at 4:45 in the afternoon, the steeple of that church was destroyed by a tornado and the church damaged. In 1968 the building was deemed unusable. In 1972, a new church was built on Monroe Avenue and the Main Street property remained unused until March 1980 when the current 40,000-square-foot library facility opened with a chilly parade – of sorts.

It was a “book parade” which followed the tradition of how the books were moved by schoolchildren from the old Westminster High School at Green and Center Streets to the then-new Westminster High School on Longwell Avenue on an equally cold Monday afternoon on November 23rd, 1936.

This time it was a cold Saturday morning when, according to published accounts, about 500 citizens hand-carried 60,000 books and other library items from the Davis Library building at 129 East Main Street to the new building.

The roots of the library in Westminster began during the Civil War, in 1863, at the other end of town, the Odd Fellows Hall, now known as the Opera House Printing Company at 140 East Main Street.

For now, bookmark this introduction until next week’s chapter.

Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster Maryland USA.
E-mail him at:
kdayhoff at carr.org
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20070627 Davis Library part 1

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

20070627 Davis Library part 1

20070627 Davis Library part 1

Library is at the center of the bookshelf of Westminster history

Davis Library part 1
Westminster Eagle
June 27th, 2007 © by Kevin Dayhoff (669 words – as filed)

Plans were recently announced for the renovation of the 27-year-old Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

This news prompted some discussions of the history and origins of the library in Westminster. Of course, the history of the library in Westminster, like most successes in Carroll County, is the history of a tradition and heritage of private – public partnerships, great leadership, and selfless philanthropy from community leaders.

Writing for this paper, Katie Jones noted, “Two years ago, the Westminster Public Library celebrated 25 years of service” in its present location. She also noted that the “students of Medora Lynn's school of ballet, The Ballet Slipper,” put on a recent benefit performance to help raise money for the renovations.

The current site of the library on Main Street is the fulcrum point of old traditional Westminster and is steeped in history. It was preceded by several different church structures for the St. John Catholic Church community dating back to 1789 when four acres were donated to the Catholic community for a cemetery and a church.

However, in those days, the church property was not in Westminster. It was in an outlying area which was laid out in 1812 as the town of “Bedford.” The town of Bedford comprised the area between Main and Green Streets, from where Longwell Avenue is now, to near where Bond Street currently exists.

On the other side of Main Street was the “Town of Winter’s Addition to Westminster,” which was recorded with the Frederick County clerk on December 5th, 1815 by John Winter and John Winter, Jr. It is the area between Main Street and Winter’s Alley.

At the time, Westminster, then “Winchester,” laid out in 1764,- was comprised of King’s Street (now Main Street) from Manchester Road to Court Street.

In between the town of Bedford and “Winchester,”, was the competing town of “New London,” which was laid out in 1765 by Captain John White.

New London included that area along King’s Street from Court Street to Longwell Avenue. On February 5th, 1819, “Westminster,” and the first annexation of the town, in 1788, of the area along Green Street from Washington Road to Church Street, plus “Winter’s Addition” and “New London” were incorporated as Westminster by the Maryland General Assembly.

“Bedford” was not a part of Westminster until a re-incorporation occurred in 1830 and the town expanded as far as “The Forks” where Pennsylvania Avenue begins at West Main Street. The area at “The Forks” and beyond was a rival thriving business area, parts of which were known as “Pigstown,” “Fanny’s Meadow” and “Logsdon Tavern.”

In those days St. John Catholic Church was a mission church of the Conewago, Pennsylvania parish. It soon became parish mission of Taneytown’s St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Construction began of the last of several church structures in 1865 (four years after the railroad arrived). On Thursday, June 19, 1952 at 4:45 in the afternoon, the steeple of that church was destroyed by a tornado and the church damaged. In 1968 the building was deemed unusable. In 1972, a new church was built on Monroe Avenue and the Main Street property remained unused until March 1980 when the current 40,000-square-foot library facility opened with a chilly parade – of sorts.

It was a “book parade” which followed the tradition of how the books were moved by schoolchildren from the old Westminster High School at Green and Center Streets to the then-new Westminster High School on Longwell Avenue on an equally cold Monday afternoon on November 23rd, 1936.

This time it was a cold Saturday morning when, according to published accounts, about 500 citizens hand-carried 60,000 books and other library items from the Davis Library building at 129 East Main Street to the new building.

The roots of the library in Westminster began during the Civil War, in 1863, at the other end of town, the Odd Fellows Hall, now known as the Opera House Printing Company at 140 East Main Street.

For now, bookmark this introduction until next week’s chapter.

Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster Maryland USA.
E-mail him at:
kdayhoff at carr.org
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20070627 Davis Library part 1

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Kym Byrnes: Family that plays, stays together

Family that plays, stays together
By Kym Byrnes
06/20/07 Westminster Eagle

Ken, Stephanie and Ryan Koons have turned their love for music into a family affair.

The husband, wife and son trio, known as Wherligig, will perform traditional Celtic and Nordic music in celebration of the Summer Solstice this Thursday, June 21, at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.

Initially formed in 1985, Wherligig has evolved over the years in the type of music the group plays, the instruments they use and the members who play in the band.

Ken and Stephanie have been the core of the band since its inception, and several years ago son Ryan joined them to make it a family gig. In addition to creating their own music based on the traditional sounds of Nordic and Celtic music, Ken also hand crafts many of the unique instruments they play.

"We are really excited that Ryan will be playing the nyckelharpa at the concert. This is one of the oldest continually played instruments in the world," said Ken. "It is an unusual instrument, shaped like a violin but with keys on it. It took me a year to build it and just hours for Ryan to play notes on it."

According to Ken, music is a passion for the entire family, an opportunity to spend time together doing something they love. He said the pursuit of music is full time for the family -- they are constantly working on music and instruments and preparing for upcoming shows.

When they're not performing or preparing, Ken is a photographer and Stephanie is a kindergarten teacher. Ryan will be starting his sophomore year at Dickinson College in the fall.

"Wherligig is full time as far as effort, we are always working and preparing for the next job," Ken said.

He said that Wherligig has also been a musical journey for the family over the years.

Each genre they have played led them to something else; Ken said they were always searching for the roots of the music they were playing.

They started in American Old Time music, transitioned to Celtic, then Nordic.

"For us, it's all about the instruments. When we perform we mix in all elements and take the time to explain the importance and influence of each," Ken said. "We are lucky that Ryan is in college in Pennsylvania, he's close enough that we can still play together," said Ken. "The music is really good for the family and the family is really good for the music.

"Our goal is to have fun. We enjoy it because we're together, and I think the music shows that," Ken concluded.

For more information about Wherligig, visit www.wherligig.com.

Wherligig will perform a Summer Solstice Concert on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for CCAC members, seniors and students 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased through the Arts Council by calling 410-848-7272.

20070620 Kym Byrnes Family that plays stays together



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Monday, June 25, 2007

20070625 CyberAlert

CyberAlert

Media Resarch Center

A usually-daily report, edited by Brent H. Baker, CyberAlert is distributed by the Media Research Center, the leader since 1987 in documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.

The 2,434th CyberAlert. Tracking Liberal Media Bias Since 1996

6:15am EDT, Monday June 25, 2007 (Vol. Twelve; No. 107)


1. NBC: 'Ugly Emotions' on Illegal Immigration 'Fanned' by Limbaugh On Sunday's NBC Nightly News, reporter John Yang distorted Pat Buchanan's point about the level of crime committed by illegal immigrants as he impugned Rush Limbaugh for helping to "fan" such "ugly emotions." Previewing the expected Senate vote Tuesday on whether to revive the immigration bill, Yang asserted that "the outcome is uncertain, largely because of the heated debate over how to treat people illegally in the country." Yang charged: "On NBC's Meet the Press today, that debate turned ugly." Viewers then saw a soundbite from Buchanan: "Many of them are child molesters or drunk drivers, they're rapists, they're robbers, they've got a variety of crimes but they commit a felony by being here." After a clip of Democratic Congressman Luis Guttierrez, on the same show, condemning Buchanan for casting "aspersions" and reasonably insisting that "the vast, overwhelming majority of immigrants that come here to this country come here to work hard, sweat, toil, and make our country a better place," Yang, presumably referring back to Buchanan, alleged: "Those emotions are being fanned by conservative radio talk show hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh." Yang played an audio clip of Limbaugh: "They want low-skilled, uneducated, cheap labor in the country -- because that's their next class of victims."

2. ABC's Marlantes: Bush Policies Worse than Illegal CIA of Past On ABC's World News Sunday, during a story about the release of classified information regarding the CIA's "cloak and dagger" past in the 1960s and 1970s, correspondent Liz Marlantes suggested that the Bush administration engages in abuses that are worse than the illegal activities detailed in the documents: "But this all comes when the CIA is under fire for an alleged array of current abuses, including the use of secret prisons and torture. Some say the activities of the past may look mild by comparison."

3. NYT Movie Critic Praises 'Sicko,' Frets Lack of 'Social Welfare' New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott called Michael Moore "a credit to the Republic" after Fahrenheit 9-11 and now thinks Sicko is his "funniest," "most broadly appealing" film yet. In Friday's paper, Scott again defended (in a markedly defensive manner) dubious left-wing documentarian Moore in his glowing review of Sicko, Moore's new documentary on the U.S. health care system. Scott empathized with Moore's bewilderment over why the U.S. is now more like Western European nations: "He wants us to be more like everybody else. When he plaintively asks, 'Who are we?,' he is not really wondering why our traditions of neighborliness and generosity have not found political expression in an expansive system of social welfare. He is insisting that such a system should exist, and also, rather ingeniously, daring his critics to explain why it shouldn't."

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

20070621 Westminster Eagle Week in Review

June 21st, 2007

Local News


News Briefs

By Kevin Dayhoff

City takes delivery of new diesel dump truck

Last Friday, instead of getting an early start on the weekend, many employees of the Westminster Street Department hung around the shop a few minutes after work.

They were waiting with anticipation for the expected delivery of a new, 2007 10-ton Inter...

[…]

The $125,400 truck replaces a vehicle that was 13 or 14 years old. The new truck was included in the fiscal year budget that will end June 30 and came-in $10,000 under budget, according to Larry Bloom, Westminster's superintendent of Parks, Buildings and Streets.

"We worked carefully with Bare Truck Center, used the state bidding contract, ordered it early, and saved the city money," said Bloom.

[…]

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Kevin E. Dayhoff


Carroll working to save and share 'Our Barn'

I recently had the opportunity to visit Carroll County's historic Marlin K. Hoff log barn, which was built between 1785 and 1795.

Those accompanying me included Community Media Center videographers Joe Cimino and Rod Boudreaux, who are planning an educational video of the barn and its relocation t...

[…]

These two talented artists have completed a number of great documentaries, including recent videos on the work of the Westminster Municipal Band and the Carroll County Children's Chorus.

[…]

Who could deny the appeal of a dancing chorus line including Dave Roush, County Chief of Staff Steve Powell and Commissioner Dean Minnich singing "Our Barn" to the tune of Petula Clark's hit, "Downtown?"

[…]

[Read full story]


Mom is the law

Prior to six months ago, Elizabeth Duvall of Westminster could be found driving her two sons around in her minivan.

While she still drives her family around in a minivan, Duvall's driving techniques have been "tweaked" a bit after attending the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission Academy in Sykesville.

Last Friday, Duvall graduated with the academy's latest class, and was recognized as the top driver of emergency vehicles.

"They would tease me that I probably don't drive my minivan the same way," Duvall laughed of her classmates' comments.

But she added ...
[Read full story]


Airport groups vow to continue opposition
Despite last week's approval by the Carroll's Board of County Commissioners to expand the runway at Carroll County Regional Airport, citizen groups say they will continue to oppose the issue as it enters its next phase -- a two-year environmental study.

The results of the study could still halt th...
[Read full story]


Family that plays, stays together

Ken, Stephanie and Ryan Koons have turned their love for music into a family affair.

The husband, wife and son trio, known as Wherligig, will perform traditional Celtic and Nordic music in celebration of the Summer Solstice this Thursday, June 21, at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.

Initially formed in 1985, Wherligig has evolved over the years in the type of music the group plays, the instruments they use and the members who play in the band.

Ken and Stephanie have been the core of the band since its inception, and several years ago son Ryan joined them to make it a...
[Read full story]

Business Briefs


Main Street Minute
Turn up the heat for a new summer look

It's the first week of summer vacation and the transition from spring fashions to summer flip flops has begun.

If you're looking to add some pizzazz to your summer look without venturing too far from home, just take a walking, shopping tour of Downtown West...
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Recreation


Sideline View

Athletes offered a banner year in Carroll County

It wasn't long ago that Carroll County was barely a factor when it came to state high school championships.

With the significant population boom of the past 15 years and the accompanying growth of youth feeder programs throughout the county, Carroll's high school teams started to become more competitive.

County programs took another huge step during the 2006 -07 school year, as five of seven Carroll high schools won state titles.

The run began in the fall, when the Francis Scott Key boys cross country team won the Class 2A...
[Read full story]

Opinion


Familiar face at police barrack is benefit for Carroll County
Editorial

One of the first moves for the new Maryland State Police Superintendent Terrance Sheridan was a welcome one for Carroll County.

Last week Sheridan announced that he was reinstating longtime Westminster Barrack commander Lt. Dean Richardson to that post.

Richardson has been the comman...
[Read full story]

Wolf at the Door


It's all over but the shouting, unless there's a legal battle
When Commissioner Michael Zimmer voted against the expansion of the Carroll County airport last week, my faith in human nature was renewed. I remember clearly who was holding up his signs on election day.

Now that the expansion has been included in the airport's master plan, there's still much to ...
[Read full story]

The Passing Parade


There's a full house in the theater of the absurd ...
And it's little wonder, what with the series of absurdities that have dominated the media lately.

On center stage -- where I fear she'll remain until she's either carried off in a straight jacket or loses her girlish figure -- is that living Barbie doll, Paris Hilton, who was born into a fortune a...
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Healthy Recipe
Appealing taste comes from fresh bananas

This week's recipe focuses on the good health and taste of bananas, and is provided by JaDenna Jones, Health Educator and Cessation Coordinator for the Carroll County Health Department.

Discovered by Alexander the Great on his conquest of India in 327 B.C...
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Sunday, June 17, 2007

20070617 Happy Father’s Day

Happy Fathers Day

June 17th, 2007

In case you missed it, the Carroll County Times ran a number of excellent articles today on Father’s Day.

One of the pieces is about a gentleman with whom I have worked very closely with for a number of years, Jimmy Bangerd.

When you look up in the dictionary, what it is to be a good husband, Dad and contributing member of the community, a picture of Jimmy Bangerd appears and although I was not aware that he would be one of the Dads featured today, I’m thrilled for the entire Bangerd family.

And yes, the Carroll County Times does not use permalinks. If you are accessing this at a later point in time and dealing with dead links, please call it to my attention… and e-mail me…

Dads' involvement varies throughout decades

The history of fatherhood over the last century is complicated and doesn't necessarily match conventional wisdom. In each generation, we hear a story that says the previous generation's men were distant, uninvolved in childrearing and absolutely neve…

Like father, like sons: Teenagers plan to pursue careers that they're well acquainted with

In the James Bangerd family of Westminster, both teenage sons are following in their father’s footsteps. All three are members of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co., a volunteer organization, and like their father, the sons want to become…

Dad faces son going to war

He was a young hippie during the Vietnam War era, born too late for the draft. Instead, Michael Heimbach of Manchester became a Baltimore County police officer, a job he's held for 25 years. Now his son, Justin Heimbach, 18, is off to war, as part of…

Like best buddies: He's 68 and single with a 5-year-old son. but despite the age gap, Ernie Fredrikis says he and Jayson are 'Like best buddies'

Ernie Fredrikis of Littlestown, Pa., has been full-time dad to his 5-year-old son Jayson since the child was born. His story is a window into what fatherhood might look like if men were released from some of their traditional stresses. Fredrikis is 6…

A father faces his son’s deployment

He was a young hippie during the Vietnam War era, born too late for the draft. Instead, Michael Heimbach of Manchester became a Baltimore County police officer, a job he’s held for 25 years. Now his son, Justin Heimbach, 18, is off to war, as p…

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20070616 Petula Clark, Commissioner Minnich, Steve Powell, and Dave Roush sing “Our Barn.”

Petula Clark, Commissioner Minnich, Steve Powell, and Dave Roush sing “Our Barn.”

Saturday evening, June 16th, 2007

I just filed my next Westminster Eagle column and in it Commissioner Dean Minnich, commissioners’ chief of staff Steve Powell, and Dave Roush are speculated as dancing in a chorus line singing “Our Barn” to the tune of Petula Clark’s November 1964 hit, “Downtown”

Hmmm.

Well, you should have read the first draft… Enough said.

This week’s column will be on the continuing efforts to relocate the historic Marlin K. Hoff log barn to the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Meanwhile, for the younger folks reading the blog, this is Petula Clark singing her November 1964 hit, “Downtown:”

Here – you can sing along with the lyrics:

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DOWNTOWN lyrics

And for a bonus, here’s “Petula Clark - This Is My Song

I had wanted to post “Don’t Sleep in the Subway Darling,” but came across this and liked the video better...

An intelligent comment noted, “this song was originally written for the feature film "A Countess From Hong Kong" (starring Sophia Loren & Marlon Brando), with music and lyrics by Charlie Chaplin, who produced and directed the movie as well [his final film]. This performance came from "THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE" around the time the film was first released, in January 1967.”

Oh what the heck… here’s Don’t Sleep in the Subway Darling

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Friday, June 15, 2007

20070613 Model Ts visiting Westminster on June 19

June 14th, 2007

Westminster Eagle…

I’m looking forward to June 19th, 2007 when the Model Ts visit Westminster.

One of our spring projects has been to get the family’s 1929/1930 Model A out for a drive and get some maintenance accomplished.

As you can see from the picture above – I help my wife take care of work on the car

Anyway – writing for the Westminster Eagle last Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, Kym Byrnes says:

On June 19, the streets of Westminster will be filled with more than 60 Model T Fords as the antique cars, and their owners, journey down Main Street as part of a weeklong summer tour hosted by the Blue & Grey Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America (MTFCA).

Vernon Keeler of Keymar is a member of the Blue and Grey Chapter, and expects to be on hand with his family's 1926 Model T Roadster pickup.

According to Keeler, the chapter is based in Hagerstown, but has members throughout the region, including his wife, Dottie Keeler, who is the current president.

For the summer tour, though, Model T owners come from as far as Colorado, Arizona, Maine and Florida, and spend the week, June 17-22, traveling to different locales in Maryland.

On Tuesday, June 19, members will travel to Westminster to visit the Wheeler Automotive Museum on Railroad Avenue, arriving at an estimated time of about 10:30 a.m.

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Keeler, who said Model Ts move at about 35 miles per hour…

(Editor’s note: Which seems a bit slow but many folks are unaware that 35 mph was the national speed limit during World War II…)

For more information on the club, visit www.clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/mdbluegrey

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20070614 Westminster Eagle Week in Review

June 14th, 2007

Kevin E. Dayhoff


Commissioners should start 'coffin' up cash on 144-year-old debt
On June 23 and 24, Westminster and the Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table will host a commemoration of the 144th anniversary of Corbit's Charge.

For those unaware of this piece of history:

On June 29, 1863, Capt. Charles Corbit led approximately 100 Union cavalrymen from the 1st Delaware Cavalry, ...
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Opinion


Father's Day also keeps alive the memory of a local mother
EDITORIAL

As we all know by now -- and if you don't, there are still four days to shop -- Sunday is Father's Day.

It's ironic that in Carroll County, it's also become a day to remember a local wife and mother, Joanna Nicolay, a Finksburg woman who died in 2003 from complications of melanoma.

I...
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Community Calendar


Community Calendar
ARTS

Coffey Music and Downtown Westminster are hosting the annual Friday Summer Concert Series on Locust Lane, every Friday in June, noon-1 p.m. The concerts are free. Call 410-848--5003 for details. The lineup is as follows:

*June 15, Ken Baldwin.

*June 22, Russ Reiter.

*June 29, Chasmo....
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Local News Friday, June 15 News Briefs
Bureau of Aging plans community meetings

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging will hold community meetings in June and July to discuss the agency's four-year plan for fiscal years 2008-11.

To comply with the federal Older Americans Act, the state Department of Aging requires each area to develop a...
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Model T-ease

On June 19, the streets of Westminster will be filled with more than 60 Model T Fords as the antique cars, and their owners, journey down Main Street as part of a weeklong summer tour hosted by the Blue & Grey Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America (MTFCA).

Vernon Keeler of Keymar is a member of the Blue and Grey Chapter, and expects to be on hand with his family's 1926 Model T Roadster pickup.

According to Keeler, the chapter is based in Hagerstown, but has members throughout the region, including his wife, Dottie Keeler, who is the current president.

For the summer tour, though, M...
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Locust Lane earns park designation
Council vote designed to add rules for behavior

Locust Lane, the small courtyard on Westminster's Main Street across from the Westminster Branch Library, was officially designated as a "city park" at Monday's meeting of the Mayor and Common Council.

The vote is designed to impose park-like rules...
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Library is scheduled for facelift
Renovation will upgrade interior, replace shelving

Two years ago, the Westminster Public Library celebrated 25 years of service, and in recognition of this milestone, the Board of County Commissioners gave the library a birthday "gift" -- money for new carpeting.

But while staff of the Carroll C...
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Education Notes
FSK students go to bat for the Red Cross

Francis Scott Key High School was recently recognized by the American Red Cross for being one of the top 20 high schools in the region for blood donations.

The region includes Maryland, northern Virginia and southern Pennsylvania.

Francis Scott Key stud...
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More Headlines County employees cited for cost-saving ideas

Commissioners approve expansion in airport plan

Business Briefs

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