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Friday, February 29, 2008

20080229 Westminster Eagle: “A pie in the face for a good cause,” by Kevin Dayhoff

Westminster Eagle Article

“A pie in the face for a good cause”

February 29, 2008 by Kevin Dayhoff

Photo by Kevin Dayhoff

Former Carroll County Commissioner Perry Jones, left, takes bids from Fraternal Order of Eagles’ members for the opportunity to toss a pie in the face of the local Aeries’ president, Ralph Goodwin, right, after last Thursday’s meeting at the non-profit’s facility on Airport Drive.


Westminster - Last Thursday, after the regular board meeting of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Post 4378 in Westminster, Ralph Goodwin got a pie in the face.

However Goodwin, who is the president of the local Aerie (lodge) on Airport Drive, was all smiles.

Former Carroll County Commissioner, Perry Jones, quickly explained that Goodwin was on the receiving end of the pie as a result of a friendly and very successful contest to raise money for the Eagles’ building fund.

Goodwin acknowledged that he got the pie in the face because Jones had raised more money that he did.

Then Jones opportunistically auctioned off the chance to wield the pie to Brandon Dillon, who energetically outbid a cabal of women in the auxiliary, for the pie-tossing opportunity.

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles (FOE) purchased the former location of Bullock’s Airport Inn on May 31, 2006 after quickly outgrowing their first home base on Main Street in Westminster.

Since the move, membership has doubled in size. The FOE Auxiliary – the fundraising wing of the local lodge - was recently lauded for having the number one gain in new membership of all the Aeries in over 1700 cities across the United States and Canada,

The extraordinary membership growth has come in spite of being “the best kept secret in Carroll County,” said Josie Goodwin, Ralph Goodwin’s wife, and the president of the auxiliary.

As Mrs. Goodwin took a break from cheering on lodge member Dillon, an employee of Finch Services, she detailed with a big smile, “We’re people helping people… That’s our philosophy. In 2007, we donated $9,000 to charities. We take care of our own and we take care of the community.”

Jones, who has been a member for several years, said, “I always wanted to join when I was a commissioner and the Eagles were on Main Street, but I just couldn’t find the time to commit … and do it right… I felt it was a great way to keep working for the community. These are some of the nicest people around – and hardworking too.”

Blaine Brown, a Westminster volunteer firefighter and Aerie member said he joined because he likes the family environment of the local organization. “This lodge helps people and does good things for the community.”

Tim Kyle of Kyle Electric nodded in agreement as he munched on some popcorn. He said that he’s a member “because it is a good American diverse club” that comes together for Carroll County.

As he wiped the pie away from his mouth, Mr. Goodwin proudly concurred. “Our lodge here in Westminster – and our whole Eagles’ organization emphasizes diversity in our membership. We are an inclusive club that looks like our community.”

As Kyle looked around the room, he also pointed out that members come from all walks of life; “from white-collar professionals to laborers.”

“And the FOE just put President John F. Kennedy’s membership card in our national archives in Grove City, Ohio,” added Mr. Goodwin. “Seven U.S. presidents have been FOE members.”

Mr. Goodwin elaborated that the philosophy of the Eagles to share its good fortune as much as possible in the community. The local post contributes annually to several charitable funds throughout its national organization.

These include donations to help fight heart disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney ailments, and spinal cord injury. Then, locally, the Eagles have donated to Junction Inc., Change Inc., Carroll Hospice, the Westminster Public Library and needy families.

Funds donated by the Eagles come primarily through events at the FOE hall, and through raffles, 50/50 drawings, and members' dues. “You name it, we try it," said Mrs. Goodwin, who approved of the growing agitation that “Perry (Jones) should take a pie too.”

1977 Western Maryland College graduate Bill Treherne looked up from his sandwich and said that the lodge is “bunch of good people who support a lot of charities, while we have fun… Very family oriented and good food too…”

And smoke free too, said Gina Greene excitedly from behind the counter as she served up a BLT sandwich. The transition to a smoke free facility was “absolutely no problem. I think it’s brought out more people. The members switched (effortlessly)…”

Since it was first chartered in Westminster on July 21, 1996, the local Aerie has gathered almost 900 members.

“We have lots of members but… there’s always room for more help, and always a lot to do,” said Mr. Goodwin.

Established in Seattle in 1898, the Fraternal Order of Eagles is recognized nationally and internationally for humanitarian, charitable and community service. Each year, the Eagles raise funds to help combat diseases like cancer and diabetes, and support children and older adults in need.

For more information about the Eagles and the Eagles Auxiliary, call Ralph or Josephine Goodwin at 410-848-0668.

Kevin Dayhoff can be reached at Jim Joyner contributed to this article.

20080219 Carroll County Commissioner Mike Zimmer Press Release: Waste to Energy and solid waste management deliberations

Carroll County Commissioner Mike Zimmer Press Release: Waste to Energy and solid waste management deliberations


February 20th, 2008

I have become concerned with certain advocacy I’ve observed regarding our Commissioner Board research and discussion of solid waste management. I’ve concluded that some members of our Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) have engaged in agenda based advocacy rather than factually based advocacy.

When the EAC presented their recommendations to the Board last November 15th, 2007, I expressed grave concerns about comments shared by an EAC member to our special assistants in a private briefing prior to the formal presentation. It would appear that my concerns about politicization by certain EAC members have become reality.

I have observed advocacy by individual EAC members that is not factually accurate and contributes negatively to a dialogue based decision making path. This is most unfortunate.

On the 13th day of December, we held a panel discussion meeting that included EAC members, staff and outside experts. The discussion at that time was very strong from all parties. I do not understand why some EAC members have chosen to depart from this sort of factually based interaction in favor of what I consider pure spin.

Based on emails I’ve received from those attending a recent meeting of the Carroll County Democrat Club I have concluded that EAC member Sher Horosko provided information that was not contextually accurate when she made a presentation to this group. EAC member Dan Andrews recently wrote in a letter to the editor of a local paper that a waste-to-energy facility would contribute to higher taxes in Carroll County.

I find absolutely no basis to support the claim that waste-to-energy facilities lead to higher taxes. Our current system of long haul transfer is actually one of the most expensive methods of trash disposal available to us. In a climate of rising fuel prices this is likely to get worse over time. I’m also gravely concerned with pollution associated with trucking our trash hundreds of miles away.

Once landfills in Virginia are occupied we may be forced to truck trash even greater distances with yet greater economic and environmental costs. The time is now for this Board of Commissioners to consider more thoughtful options.

I consider burning trash to create electricity to be a viable option. That doesn’t make it the sole option. There are positives and negatives associated with just about any decision that the Board of Commissioners make. I retain an open mind on the set of solution paths we might wish to take.

We have been working on this problem for many months in an open and transparent process. One of the decision points we may have to make is whether to join in a shared waste-to-energy facility with Frederick County. The current proposal is to build 1,500 tons per day facility to be located in Frederick County. Staff from both counties believes this would be a smart solution for our mutual long terms needs.

Staff and outside experts advise that 600 tons would meet current and future needs for Carroll County. They similarly target Frederick’s need at 900 tons per day. The chief advantage of joining together in a partnership of this kind would be to lower the cost per ton of burning the trash.

As a Carroll County Board of Commissioners we can only go so far with our research and deliberation into waste-to-energy as a joint project. My view is that the Frederick County Board of Commissioners must first invite us to join in this project. If no offer is made then we need to consider our other options which might include a stand alone waste-to-energy facility located in Carroll County. If the offer is made then we as a Board would have to consider the full implications of such a partnership and the particular technology being proposed.

There are perfectly legitimate reasons to either accept or reject the regional waste-to-energy offer should it be put on the table. The fear that it might raise our taxes is not one of them. I’ve included a recent letter dated 14th day of February from an official from Montgomery County regarding various costs associated with their waste disposal system. I believe this letter explains very clearly that waste-to-energy has not led to higher taxes or fees for them.

There are some individuals who in my view have an anti-waste-to-energy agenda. They are taking things out of context with Montgomery County’s figures in order to further this agenda.

Folks need to keep in mind that in Carroll County people (outside of municipalities) hire private contractors to pick up their trash and recycling and deliver it to our county transfer station and landfill. In Montgomery County the government picks the trash up in the most densely populated areas. They charge a system user fee to cover all services. In other words instead of having private citizens pay a private hauler to pick up trash and recyclables the government does it directly. This service still costs money and the workers who pick up the trash still have to be paid.

How’s this for irony? Our towns follow the same billing procedure as Montgomery County.

According to Mr. Locke’s letter, the cost associated with trash disposal has remained constant between pre and post use of waste-to-energy. He relates, “When compared to inflation, they have substantially declined.”

This is a very simple concept. For particular EAC members to attempt to make political hay by spinning these facts is completely inappropriate. Volunteer members of an appointed government body need to be held to a higher standard.

I’ll repeat my advice to our EAC members. Those who want to wage political campaigns should do so in the right context. Such opportunities include political clubs, advocacy groups, central committees of either party or running for office. Folks should not take advantage of a government appointed position with efforts to spin public opinion.

I have now lost faith in some of our EAC members to contribute in a helpful way to our deliberative process on waste-to-energy. That is most unfortunate for them, for the public and for the Board of Commissioners.

Michael D. Zimmer


CC: Commissioner Julia W. Gouge

Commissioner Dean L. Minnich

Steve Powell, Chief of Staff

Cindy Parr, Chief of Administrative Services

Vivian Laxton, Public Information Administrator

Mike Evans, Director of Public Works

Daniel Andrews, EAC

Robyn Gilden, EAC

Sher Horosko, EAC

Jim Johnson, EAC

Karen Merkle, EAC

Kimberly Petry, EAC

David Pyatt, EAC
Brian Rhoten, EAC

Christopher Spaur, EAC

Robin Davidov, Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority

Jan Gardner, Frederick County Commissioner

David Gray, Frederick County Commissioner

Kai John Hagen, Frederick County Commissioner

Charles A. Jenkins, Frederick County Commissioner

John (Lennie) Thompson, Jr., Frederick County Commissioner

Douglas Browning, Frederick County Manager

Michael Marschner, Frederick County Director of Utilities and Solid Waste Management

County Executive David Craig, Harford County

David Bliden, Executive Director, MACo

Daniel Locke, Montgomery County, Chief of the Division of Solid Waste Services

Monday, February 25, 2008

20080224 Recent Westminster Eagle columns

Kevin E. Dayhoff Sunday, February 24 Looking at Bowling Brook one year later
More than a year has passed since, on a cold Jan. 23, 2007, Isaiah Simmons III, 17, died after being restrained by staff at Bowling Brook Preparatory School in Middleburg.

Mr. Simmons, from Baltimore, had only been at the facility for a couple of weeks -- since Jan. 10, after a court had sent him...
[Read full story]

'Tech Tax' will have crippling impact on Carroll
The frenzied and frenetic Maryland General Assembly special taxing session has been over for several months, yet the more the layers of this onion are peeled-away, the more it just wants to make you cry.

In a recent phone conversation, Ted Zaleski, Carroll County's director of management and budge...
[Read full story]

It's easy to demonstrate for peace; harder to work for it
Watching the movie, "The Singing Revolution," discussed in last week's column, brought back memories from my trip to Estonia back in Sept. 17-23, 2004.

It was a unique opportunity to represent Westminster in an "assessment and support tour" for the Maryland and Estonia Partner City Partners For Pe...
[Read full story]

How culture and song can save a nation
On Jan. 13, I had the opportunity to travel to the Charles Theater in Baltimore and watch "The Singing Revolution," a documentary by James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty about Estonia's nonviolent "singing struggle" -- which ended the brutal Soviet occupation of the tiny Baltic nation on Aug. 20, 19...
[Read full story]

Dr. Martin Luther King's enduring words
American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote in a book, "Strength to Love," published in 1963:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence and toughness multipli...
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Courthouse history seems to match theatrical flair of current case

Something we really must talk about

Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster Maryland USA.

E-mail him at: kdayhoff AT or kevindayhoff AT

His columns and articles appear in The Tentacle -; Westminster Eagle Opinion;, Winchester Report and The Sunday Carroll Eagle – in the Sunday Carroll County section of the Baltimore Sun. Get Westminster Eagle RSS Feed

“When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.” Tennessee Williams

20080222 Carroll County Board of Commissioners set meeting on solid waste for March 5 2008 at 7 PM

Carroll County Board of Commissioners set meeting on solid waste for March 5 2008 at 7 PM

Board of County Commissioners

Julia W. Gouge, President

Dean L. Minnich, Vice President

Michael D. Zimmer, Secretary

Carroll County Government

225 North Center Street

Westminster, Maryland 21157

410-386-2043; 1-888-302-8978

fax 410-386-2485; TT 410-848-9747

News Release

For more information, contact: Vivian D. Laxton, Public Information Administrator, 410-386-2973

For Immediate Release

Public meeting on solid waste set for March 5th

February 22, 2008 – The Board of County Commissioners will hold two public meetings on options for the future of solid waste.

The first is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in Room 003 of the County Office Building.

The date and time of the second meeting will be announced later. Topics include waste-to-energy, recycling and composting. The public is encouraged to attend.

Anyone seeking information prior to the March 5th meeting on solid waste management can view several in-depth presentations that have been made by the Carroll County Department of Public Works to the Board of County Commissioners and by other experts to the Environmental Advisory Council by visiting and clicking on Video Library & Agendas.

Relevant Commissioners’ meetings occurred on August 14, 2007, November 19, 2007, February 14, 2008, and February 21, 2008.

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ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: The Americans With Disabilities Act applies to the Carroll County Government and its programs, services, activities, and facilities. If you have questions, suggestions, or complaints, please contact Jolene Sullivan, the Carroll County Government Americans With Disabilities Act Coordinator, 410-386-3600 or 1-888-302-8978, or TT (410) 848-9747. The mailing address is: 10 Distillery Drive, First Floor, Suite 101, Westminster, MD 21157.


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Friday, February 15, 2008

Key West Custom House exhibit

Key West Custom House exhibit

February 14, 2008


Top - 20080210 Key West Custom House American Gothic sculpture…
Bottom - 20080214 Key West Custom House outside sculpture…

The Key West Museum of Art & History in the Custom House: The living past in a vibrant future

Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to South Florida's most important historic building. The Custom House, built in 1891, served as a post office, court house and government center when wrecking made Key West the richest city, per capita, in the U.S. But by the 1930s, the island city was bankrupt. Eventually, the building was boarded up and completely abandoned. Now, after a 9-year, $9 million restoration project, the Key West Art & Historical Society has returned the big red brick building to its former glory.

See folk artist Mario Sanchez's colorful wood paintings of old Key West.

Meet Key West's famous people through portraits by Paul Collins.

Stand in the very room where the U.S. decided to go to war with Spain, following the sinking of the battleship USS Maine.

Learn about Ernest Hemingway's life in Key West, where he wrote many of his most famous novels. See his bloodstained WWI uniform and other personal items that created his legendary status as an adventurer and writer.

Discover how pirates prowled the inlets of the Keys to hide themselves and their loot - and how the Navy rid the local waters of the "Brethren of the Coast.”

Feel the history of Key West come alive in the big red brick building - The "Coolest" Museum in Town!

Who Is Key West? Internationally acclaimed painter Paul Collins displays his modern renditions of Key West's most memorable characters past and present, featuring subjects from Henry Flagler to Mario Sanchez, Fuzzy the Cobbler to Ernest Hemingway and more.

Mario Sanchez - Painter Of Old Key West - 2nd Floor. His detailed depictions of life in Key West during the early 20th Century have made him one of the country's most sought after folk artists. Sanchez' creations are mostly reliefs carved into wood panels and then brightly colored. They reflect street scenes, places and people from his past in amazingly accurate detail and with a profound sense of humor.

Coping With Depression, the WPA in the 1930s - Dogwood Gallery - Exhibit depicts Key West in the '30s through drawings, sketches, intaglio prints, paintings and promotional brochures produced by the artists of the Works Art Project.

The Key West Museum of Art & History in the Custom House, 281 Front Street, Key West, Florida 33040

Click here to find the Custom House with Google Maps

Open Everyday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Closed Christmas

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (children under 6 Free) and students with ID. $9.00 for Seniors (62+), AAA Travelers, and Locals with ID.Members - Free.

Group Rates also available. Rental of the facility and free tours are available.

Call 305-295-6616 Ext. 16 for information.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

20080213 Daily Photoblog Key West Marina

Key West Marina

Daily Photoblog - February 13, 2006

Kevin Dayhoff

I snapped this picture while I was talking with Miss Rachelle this evening. She was explaining the weather in Westminster at the time. Snow, sleet, freezing rain and cold: By the time I had taken this photograph, the temperature in Key West was below 80 degrees…

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

20080211 Westminster Road Runners Club Schedule for May - August 2008

February 11, 2008

Westminster Road Runners Club Schedule

May-August, 2008

For other posts on running or the Westminster Road Runners Club please click on: Sports Running or Westminster Road Runners Club or Westminster Sidewalks and Trails or westminster road runners club or westminster sidewalks and trails. The Westminster Road Runners Club web site is here:

Saturday, May 3, 8:00 am, Sandymount Four Miler, Sandymount

Elementary School, Old Westminster Pike, Westminster, Md.

Joe Loveland, 410-857-1201 or


Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am, Carroll County Youth Services

Bureau 5K, Tahoma Farm Road and Rt. 31, Westminster, Md.

Gary Honeman, 410-848-2118 or

Saturday, May 17, 9:00 am, TRES 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run, Twin

Ridge Elementary School, Mt. Airy, Md. Tracy Flower, Twin

Ridge Elementary School, 1106 Leafy Hollow Circle, Mt. Airy,

Md. 21771, 240-236-2300, or

Thursday, May 29, 7:00 pm, Twilight Series #1, Falcon Two

Mile Track Run, Winters Mill High School, Westminster, Md.

David Herlocker, 410-848-8332 or


Thursday, June 12, 7:00 pm, Twilight Series #2, Run With The

Knights 5K, Century High School, Eldersburg, Md. Bob

Paczynski, 410-549-1123 or


Thursday, June 26, 7:00 pm, Twilight Series #3, Camp Hashawa

Three Mile Trail Run, Camp Hashawa, John Owings Road,

Westminster, Md. Gary Honeman, 410-848-2118 or RACE DAY ENTRY ONLY

Thursday, July 10, 7:00 pm, Twilight Series #4, FSK 6K,

Francis Scott Key High School, Uniontown, Md. Tom

Russell, 410-751-1434. RACE DAY ENTRY ONLY

Sunday, July 13, 8:15 am, Women's Distance Festival 5K Run,

Union Mills Homestead, Union Mills, Md. Liuda Galinaitis,

1796 S. Pleasant Valley Rd., Westminster, Md. 21158,

410-857-5427, or

Thursday, July 24, 7:00 pm, Twilight Series #5, Pleasant Valley

Four Mile Run, Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, Pleasant Valley,

Md. Liuda Galinaitis, 410-857-5427 or


Thursday, August 7, 7:00 pm, Twilight Series #6, Runnymede 8K,

Runnymede Elementary School, Westminster, Md. David

Herlocker, 410-848-8332 or


Sunday, August 17, 8:00 am, Kowomu Trail 5K Road Race,

Rinehart Road, Westminster, Md. David Herlocker,

410-848-8332 or RACE DAY ENTRY ONLY



20080211 “Quintessential Key West Rooster” February 11, 2008 Photo by Mrs. Owl

Daily Photoblog

“Quintessential Key West Rooster”

February 11, 2008

Photo by Mrs. Owl

(She was dropping off my absentee ballot. See this week’s Tentacle column for some additional insight…)


20080211 “Quintessential Key West Rooster” February 11, 2008 Photo by Mrs. Owl

20080208 WYPR: Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast - Wynn Rousuck reviews Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead at Centerstage

WYPR: Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast - Wynn Rousuck reviews Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead at Centerstage

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast on WYPR

Friday, February 8, 2008


J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Tom Stoppard's play, at Centerstage in Baltimore through March 9th.

External Link:

20080208 WYPR: Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast - Wynn Rousuck reviews Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead at Centerstage

Friday, February 08, 2008

20080207 “Traveling with Mr. Moose” and “Leaving Orlando Airport”

“Traveling with Mr. Moose” and “Leaving Orlando Airport

Daily Photoblog

February 7th, 2008

Kevin Dayhoff

20080207 “Traveling with Mr. Moose” and “Leaving Orlando Airport”

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

20080205 The Law of the Garbage Truck

The Law of the Garbage Truck.

February 5, 2008

Hat Tip: Analog

I received this in an e-mail and found it worthy of passing along:

How often do you let other people change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels.

However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly she/he can get back her/his focus on what's important.

Five years ago I learned this lesson in the back of a taxicab in Indianapolis.

Here's what happened: I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And, I mean, he was really friendly.

So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital.'

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.

They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and some times they'll dump it on you.

Don't take it personally.

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.

Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...

Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.


20080205 The Law of the Garbage Truck