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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Grilled cheese sandwiches

Apparently, according to a study cited here, "79 percent of us like grilled cheese" sandwiches. However, I guess I 100 percent like grilled cheese sandwiches. I'm just putting that out there.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Placing a wreath at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial

Walter Pete Groomes, Kevin Earl Dayhoff, Caroline Babylon, and Melissa Babylon Cimbala laid a wreath at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial today for all our friends who guaranteed that we could enjoy the holidays – but can no longer be with us. So we celebrate Christmas for them. And we said all their names outloud. May God Bless them. 25Dec2019. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Westminster Fire Department donation to the Westminster Rescue Mission

After the Breakfast with Santa event 21Dec2019, the Westminster Fire Department made a donation of food to the Westminster Rescue Mission. The day before the Westminster Fire Department took pies to our brothers and sisters in blue at the Westminster Police Department. Looking after our community is our business. Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Dinner at the fire house

Dinner at the fire house - and of course, we got a call. 21Dec2019. Oh, do not tell the Lt. - Kim Zepp Darby that I posted this picture. Don't tell Mike Michael Erdman, Seth Robinson, Michael Karolenko, Chris Miles, Max Nickey, or Vishal A, either.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Carroll County Literacy Council Celebrates 40-years

Last Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 Westminster Councilmember Ben Yingling and I joined many great folks at a luncheon to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Literacy Council of Carroll County.

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Carroll County Literacy Council Celebrates 40-years

By Westminster Councilmember Kevin Dayhoff

Last Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, the Literacy Council of Carroll County celebrated its 40th anniversary with a luncheon at the Carroll Nonprofit Building.

In attendance were Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees, Circuit Court Judge Richard Titus, Md. St. Delegate Haven Q. Shoemaker, Carroll Commissioners Dennis Frazier and Steve Wantz, Bernard Jones, Westminster Councilmembers Ben Yingling and Kevin Dayhoff.

The Literacy Council’s Executive Director Sam Greenholtz was the master of ceremonies for the event. In addition to his years of work with the Literacy Council, Greenholtz served on the Westminster Common Council from 1985 to 1991 and for many years was the chair of the Greater Westminster Development Corporation, a downtown Westminster advocacy organization.





Related: Carroll County Times - Dayhoff Time Flies: Literacy Council of Carroll County celebrates 40-years - Time Flies for Sunday, December 8, 2019 by Kevin Dayhoff https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/lifestyles/cc-lt-dayhoff-120819-20191206-vtnvaafiifev3nl54hao4gjfpq-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2smU142YsWxGV0RNyMFh2b9LI-gxA7Zu3CHp0Gd3eH7PMgWT3QApGB7rk

The September newsletter for the Literacy Council reports, “In the U.S., over 40 million adults have low literacy, including 20% of adults with a high school diploma. The U.S. ranked 21st in numeracy and 16th in literacy out of 24 countries in a 2013 assessment of adults’ skills.

“Two-thirds of U.S. adults scored at the two lowest levels of proficiency in solving problems in technology rich environments. Yet, the publicly funded adult education system is able to serve only around 2 million young and older adults per year.”

Fortunately in Carroll County, the Literacy Council is active in the community in many ways, including its ever-popular annual spelling bee. Last April was the 20th anniversary of the spelling bee.

According to a history of the council provided by Executive Director Greenholtz, “The Literacy Council of Carroll County (LCCC) was founded in April, 1979, by Sister Rosalia, the principal of St. John's Catholic School in Westminster, and Kathryn Sieverts, a Lutheran laywoman. The mission of the organization was to promote literacy and to train tutors to teach phonics, reading, speaking, spelling, and math to youth and adults in Carroll County.

“At the time, we were affiliated with Laubach Literacy Action which later merged with ProLiteracy Worldwide, a parent of ProLiteracy America. We primarily began with students who read at or below a fifth-grade level. The LCCC was formed with the policy of working with anyone regardless race, creed, color, or national origin. We have always assisted those individuals who may be mentally challenged, physically disabled, and foreign born, those in substance and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs and those who are incarcerated by our legal system.

“The first volunteers worked out of St. John's School, Grace Lutheran Church, Carroll County Public Library, and various members' spare rooms and basements. Judy Ritchie was the first Director. Through the generosity of Grace Lutheran Church, the Council moved into its first office. Marian Carr took over as Director and Student/Tutor Coordinator in 1988. The Council occupied the second floor (a three-room suite) of a two-story house at 30 Carroll Street in Westminster. In 1994, in need of more space, the Council moved to the second floor of 95 Carroll Street, Westminster.

“In 1995, Marian Carr turned the reins over to Betsy Fowble as Executive Director, followed by Dee Hines in 1997. In October of 2002, Dee Hines received Carroll County's Most Beautiful Person Award. In 2009, after serving the Carroll Community as a volunteer for over 22 years, Dee Hines retired from her position at the Literacy Council. Carol Sapora took over as Director. Janet Garcia took over as Executive Director in December 2011. In June of 2014, Brenda Lewis was named as Executive Director and served until December of 2014 when Samuel Greenholtz was appointed and continues in that position.

“Volunteer numbers increased substantially between 1997 and 2006, when the Council moved again to its present home in the Carroll Non-Profit Building, 255 Clifton Boulevard. Laubach International and Literacy Learners of America merged during that time to become ProLiteracy Worldwide, the umbrella organization for most literacy organizations.

“In 2015, Brenda Lewis became the President of the Board of Directors. Past presidents of the Board of Directors include Edie Haschert, Barbara Weir, Dorothy Stoltz, Mike Memphis, Terry Toney, and Lou Scharon.

“The Council receives no government funding and operates on donations from the community, and various grants, along with its fundraising programs. There is never a charge for Council services to the student.

“Along with our normal tutoring program, we have embarked on numerous other programs during our existence. In 1994, the LCCC was called upon to work at the Maryland Central Laundry Camp, a Maryland Department of Corrections minimum security prison. We started with 13 men and when the program was terminated we were teaching 31 men to read and write. (The prison was switched to a short-term facility and there was not enough time to tutor the inmates before they moved on.) We have also run a program at the Carroll County Detention Center for the female population. (The men were tutored under a grant through the Community College of Carroll County.) We run a program for court ordered drug and alcohol students at a rehabilitation facility in southern Carroll County. We have run tutoring program at Springfield State Hospital. We have found the demand for training is changing from the 5th grade level we began at to a focus on Pre-GED training as well as greater demand for ESOL lessons, citizenship training, and work-related training requirements. Thus, our program has been upgraded over the years to reflect these changes. Another of our newer programs is working with the military veterans. We are aiding in many different elements than we have normally provided to our students. These same programs are available for all students

“Our tutors represent a broad range of careers and education. They come from a wide variety of professions and work history. The predominate tutors’ group is made up from the field of education but, we have former executives, administrative workers and others among our teaching staff.


“The Carroll County Public Library has been a tremendous supporter of our efforts. They have contributed in numerous ways and have provided us with direct assistance when called upon. McDaniel College has worked with us on numerous programs that are offered to the public especially in the field of ESL (English as Second Language), primarily through the Palabra to Word Student Organization. As a Partner of the Literacy Council they have provided us with student interns over the years to work with us on various specialized projects and programs. A relative new partner has been Carroll Community We work closely with BERC, HRS, and other county organizations to provide training to their clients. We have partnerships with the Judy Centers, Carroll County Board of Education, Carroll County Youth Services Bureau, and HSP. We have an excellent relationship with each and every one of the organizations at the Non-Profit Center. We are able to refer our students to them as well as have them send clients to us.”
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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Westminster Mayor’s Cup and Miracle on Main Street parade winners announced

Westminster Mayor’s Cup and Miracle on Main Street parade winners announced

On Dec. 9, 2019 Westminster Mayor Dominick announced the winners of the Mayor’s Cup contest and the Miracle on Main parade.

By Kevin Dayhoff, December 10, 2019



At the Dec. 9, 2019 meeting of the Westminster Mayor and Common Council, Westminster Mayor Joe Dominick announced the winners of the annual Mayor’s Cup contest and the annual Miracle on Main Street parade winners.

According to a Dec. 5, 2019 press release by Sandy Anderson, the Westminster Main Street manager, “The Mayor’s Cup is a long-standing contest to encourage downtown Westminster businesses to decorate their storefronts and office windows for the holiday season. The Mayor’s Cup recognizes the best overall display. The winning business’ name is engraved on the Cup each year, which is proudly displayed by the winning business.

“This year, 17 businesses offered eye-grabbing entries, making it difficult for Mayor Dominick to select a winner from all the outstanding entries. Below are the businesses selected by Mayor Dominick in the various award categories: Mayor’s Cup Recipient/Best Overall – Flip Yours Fitness & Wellness; Best Kid Friendly – Flowers by Evelyn; Best Business Promotion – LUX Boutique; Best Non-Traditional – Ting.”

Mayor Dominick also announced the winner of the Miracle on Main Street parade. According to information from a Dec. 4, 2019 release from Abby Gruber, the Westminster Director of Recreation and Parks, “The annual Miracle on Main Street Parade was held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 5 p.m. This year, the parade boasted nearly 50 entries ranging from walking groups, car clubs, marching bands, and floats.

“To encourage well-crafted and brightly lit parade entries, the City offers a trophy and a $100 cash prize in three different categories: Spirit of the Season, Best & Brightest, and Main Street Champion. To help evaluate and fairly determine the winner in each category, judges are selected from the local business community. The judges are provided with a list of all parade participants, their corresponding parade numbers, and a list of criteria to aid in evaluating the entries.

“The 2019 Miracle on Main Street parade winners are: Spirit of the Season, Carroll County Veterinary Clinic; Best & Brightest, Shelter Systems Limited; Main Street Champion, White Pine Paving Inc.”

During the awards presentation on Monday evening, Dec. 9th, Mayor Dominick, said in part, “It is my pleasure this evening to announce the winners of the 2019 Miracle on Main Street, Electric Holiday Parade. A panel of three judges consisting of local business owners assessed each parade entry on theme, detail, and brightness in the following award categories: Best & Brightest, Spirit of the Season, and Main Street Champion.

“All winners receive $100 gift card, a trophy, and of course bragging rights.

“First I would like to recognize Margaret Welliver, Lenny Mills, Dave Strevig, & Randy Rickels accepting on behalf of Shelter Systems Limited for their winning entry that earned the award for Best & Brightest

“The next award goes to Lynn Wimmer & Check Cregger accepting tonight on behalf of Carroll County Veterinary Clinic for their entry that best reflected the Spirit of the Season.

“And last but certainly not least will I would like to recognize White Pine Paving as the Main Street Champion. Unfortunately representatives from White Pine Paving could not join us this evening but staff from the recreation and parks department will see that they receive their award.

“A big thank you to all of you and to all of our 2019 parade entries; your creativity, time and attention to detail make this parade a proud Westminster tradition. The Miracle on Main Street Electric Holiday Parade could not exist without your support and participation.

“And speaking of support on behalf of the City of Westminster I would like extend our sincerest gratitude to Mark Degasperi, owner of Interstate Battery for his steadfast support of this phenomenal community event. Every year Interstate Battery provides power sources for all electric parade entries plus Interstate Battery staff members are available onsite at parade line up and disbandment to help safely illuminate and breakdown the floats.”

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2019 downtown Westminster events – courtesy photo

Mayor’s Cup Recipient/Best Overall – Flip Yours Fitness & Wellness. Courtesy Photo

On Dec. 9, 2019 Westminster Mayor Dominick announced the winners of the Mayor’s Cup contest and the Miracle on Main parade. Kevin Dayhoff 20191209_MCC (1)

On Dec. 9, 2019 Westminster Mayor Dominick announced the winners of the Mayor’s Cup contest and the Miracle on Main parade. Kevin Dayhoff 20191209_MCC (2)

On Dec. 9, 2019 Westminster Mayor Dominick announced the winners of the Mayor’s Cup contest and the Miracle on Main parade. Kevin Dayhoff photo [20191209_MCC (3) b]

On Dec. 9, 2019 Westminster Mayor Dominick announced the winners of the Mayor’s Cup contest and the Miracle on Main parade. Kevin Dayhoff photo 20191209_MCC (4)




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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

The tough celebrate Bustelo coffee. 30Nov2019

When the going gets tough, the tough celebrate Bustelo coffee. 30Nov2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The American flag flies proudly

The American flag flies proudly at the New Windsor State Bank at the College Square Shopping Center. 20Nov2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sixth Police Crisis Intervention Team class Graduate

Sixth Police Crisis Intervention Team class Graduates - Carroll County Public Safety Training Center, November 8, 2019 by Kevin Dayhoff


Smart policing at its best for the 21st Century: Twenty-five police officers from multiple Carroll County law enforcement agencies recently graduated from the sixth Carroll County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training class.

The police agencies included the Westminster Police Department, the Mount Airy Police Department, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Detention Center, Carroll Community College Campus Police Department, McDaniel College Department of Campus Safety, and the Maryland State Police

The ceremonies, led by Westminster Police Captain Thomas Kowalczyk, were held November 8, 2019 at the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center. The audience included Westminster Councilwoman Ann Thomas Gilbert; Veronica Dietz, LCSW-C- Carroll County Health Department Crisis Services; Carol Carr-Meinecke- NAMI Carroll County; Captain Nikki Heuer, Chief Tom Ledwell, McDaniel College Campus Safety officer Tom Davis, and over 100 law enforcement officers and their families.

Westminster Police Officers Allen Ecker, Mindy Phillips, are Brian Smith, were among the twenty-five officers that recently graduated from the CIT training – pictured here with Westminster Police Chief Tom Ledwell.

Councilmembers Ann Thomas Gilbert and I were there representing Westminster Mayor Joe Dominick, Council President Greg Pecoraro, Tony Chiavacci, and Benjamin Yingling.




https://dayhoffwestminster.blogspot.com/2019/11/sixth-police-crisis-intervention-team.html

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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lisa Murray Gregory interviews my boss, Bob Blubaugh is the editor of the Carroll County Times

Lisa Murray Gregory interviews my boss, Bob Blubaugh is the editor of the Carroll County Times

Hat Tip: Lisa Murray Gregory. The Human Condition with Lisa Gregory

How Journalism is Changing in Today's World NOVEMBER 17, 2019

In today's world journalism has become a risky business. Newspapers are closing up shop every day in light of the digital age and in many ways it seems the profession is under attack both figuratively and literally. Reporters are being gunned down in newsrooms and the public is becoming more and more suspicious of the profession as the result of the concept of fake news. Bob Blubaugh is the editor of the Carroll County Times in Maryland and has been in the journalism field first as a sports reporter and now as an editor for over 20 years. He is experiencing these concerns firsthand and yet remains committed to the idea of community journalism and the important role it continues to play in our lives.

The profession of journalism is in a precarious state these days as a result of the concept of "fake news," the influence of social media and the threat to the very existence of print media as a result of the digital age.

Bob Blubaugh, editor of the Carroll County Times in Maryland, recently talked with me for my first episode of The Human Condition with Lisa Gregory. He gives an insider's view of the challenges editors and reporters are facing, including the very real threats and violence inflicted upon on them, as well as talking about his love of community journalism and how important it is now more than ever.

Please view my podcast at thehumanconditionpodcast.com.



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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Women have served voluntarily since this nation began.


Women have served voluntarily since this nation began.

Last mission: On May 18, 1944, 2nd Lt. Eloise M. Richardson was on a routine flight between the western coast of Bougainville and Guadalcanal. The plane was carrying wounded men including officers and parcels of mail. The plane never arrived at its destination. No evidence of its whereabouts has ever been recovered.

I had this in the back of my mind when Tom Beyard and I did the "Missing American Table and Honors Ceremony" at the Veterans Independence Project Second Annual “Red, White & Blue” Gala – Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at the Westminster Riding Club, 366 North Colonial Ave. Westminster, MD 21157

The empty place setting represents Americans, men and women, still missing in action - from each of the five services -- Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard – and civilians. This Honors Ceremony symbolizes that they are with us tonight in spirit.


Most of the stories about military personnel MIA - Missing in Action - are about men. One doesn't think of women in those terms. One family does and they were gracious enough to share that story.

2nd Lt. Eloise M. Richardson was born April 18, 1920, the second eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. and Cora (Corrigan) Richardson. Their home was in Marseilles (LaSalle County) Illinois. Eloise was graduated from Marseilles High School at the age of 17. She needed only three years of high school to earn her diploma.

Eloise had planned to attend Ryburn-King School of Nursing in Ottawa, Illinois but was forced to defer her plans until she met the age requirement of 18 years. She began her nursing training in February of the following year. Upon graduation from Ryburn-King, Eloise was on the nurses staff at the hospital and later did general duties at Cook county hospital in Chicago.

In 1942, Eloise enlisted in the Army with the 24th evacuation unit and received her basic training at Breckenridge, KY. She earned her gold wings from an air evacuation unit at Bowman Field, Kentucky in October, 1943.

In December of 1943, at age 23, 2nd Lieutenant Eloise Richardson transferred to the Army Air Force division of nurses. She came home on leave sometime around the first of November, 1943.

On March 8th of 1944, Eloise left San Francisco for overseas duty. She was stationed on Guadalcanal as a flight nurse. Flight nurses duties included removal of the wounded from combat areas by air. On the trip between the combat zone and the hospital behind the lines the flight nurse is in complete control of the C-47 hospital ships.

A WWII Flight Nurse tending wounded troops on board an air evac flight.

On May 18, 1944, Eloise was on a routine flight between the western coast of Bougainville and Guadalcanal. The plane was carrying wounded men including officers and parcels of mail. The plane never arrived at its destination. No evidence of its whereabouts has ever been recovered.

On May 19, 1945, one year and a day after her disappearance, Eloise was declared officially dead. In August of 1945, Eloise was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. The decoration was sent by Brig. Gen. Roland Walsh of the Philadelphia Quartermaster depot. The medal was received by her parents.

Lt. Eloise M. Richardson, N-731623, Army Nurse Corps, MIA May 18, 1944, FOD May 19, 1945, gave her life in service to her country.

Let history remember that women have served voluntarily since this nation began.


Please note: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is displayed without profit or payment for those who have expressed an interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. Photos and images are from the National Archives, The Naval History Center, The U.S. Army, USMC, U.S. Navy, USAF, U.S. Coast Guard, the Defense Visual Information Center, The Army Nurse Corps, and the personal collections of this author. Nothing on this site is for sale nor is it a commercial venture of any kind - it is a one person page for, and about military women - by one retired military woman. Contents copyrighted 2000 by Captain Barbara A. Wilson, USAF (Ret).


Related:

Lots of great folks turned out for the 2nd Annual CCVIP Red, White & Blue Gala November 16, 2019 at The Riding Club in Westminster.

Hats off to everyone who made the evening a success – in particular, the gala committee members: Ann Gilbert, Donna Jean Shybunko, Lexi Schafer, Robin Marinucci, Lauren Hickey, Anna-Maria Halstead, Bobbi Hollingsworth, and Kimberly Harris

And the board Members - Frank Valenti – President, Ed Cramer - Vice President, Ann Gilbert – Secretary, Ken Bonner-Treasurer, Anna-Maria Halstead – Director, Sam Cangewsi, and Cristina Holmes




Be Determined on Your Goals

Be Determined on Your Goals

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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

When the going gets tough

When the going gets tough, the tough go for a grilled cheese sandwich at the VFW. 15Nov2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019

First Presbyterian Church of Westminster at 65 Washington Road

I have always found the First Presbyterian Church of Westminster at 65 Washington Road to be very photogenic. 2Nov2019.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Grilled cheese sandwich at the VFW for lunch

Grilled cheese sandwich at the VFW for lunch. The food of champions. Good food with good friends. It does not get any better. 23Oct2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Lunch at Bullock's

Lunch at Bullock's. 17Oct2019

Harford County Committee of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project.: Members of the Harford County Committee Attend Mar...

ANNAPOLIS, Sept. 7, 2019 -- Saturday morning the first Equal Justice Initiative historical marker in Maryland was unveiled at W...


ANNAPOLIS, Sept. 7, 2019 -- Saturday morning the first Equal Justice Initiative historical marker in Maryland was unveiled at Whitmore Park. The marker, part of the remembrance and reconciliation project, recalls a tragic story from our past, the lynching of five African-American men in Anne Arundel County. Their names were John Sims, George Briscoe, Wright Smith, Henry Davis, and King Johnson. The unveiling took place on Calvert Street across from the former site of the Anne Arundel County Jail. Henry Davis was forcibly removed from the jail by a mob, dragged through the streets, and lynched in 1906... 





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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Judge Charles Harrison

It was great to catch up with my good friend Judge Charles Harrison at the annual Westminster Fallfest Touch a Truck event. 29Sep2019

Westminster Fire Dept. has on display it’s new Engine 32

Today at the annual Westminster Fallfest Touch a Truck event, the Westminster Fire Dept. has on display it's new Engine 32. It is a custom built 2018 Rosenbauer pumper with a 1,000 gallon water tank, and a 450 Cummins motor. Engine 32 is an efficient and user friendly piece of fire suppression equipment for our firefighters. It keeps us moving quickly and safely to serve our city. 29Sep2019.

I had a chance to catch-up some with the awesome Sgt. Rachel Krumheuer Walter

At the annual Westminster Fallfest Touch a Truck event, I had a chance to catch-up some with the awesome Sgt. Rachel Krumheuer Walter with the Maryland National Guard. 29Sep2019 The Maryland National Guard has in the past, always stood ready to help emergency responders in Carroll County – at the drop of a hat. RESPECT. Thank you.

Md. Dept. of Transportation - State Highway Administration at the annual Westminster Fallfest Touch a Truck event

It was good to see the Md. Dept. of Transportation - State Highway Administration at the annual Westminster Fallfest Touch a Truck event. The State Highway Administration has in the past, always helped emergency responders in Carroll County, night and day – in all kinds of weather. Thank you. 29Sep2019

Westminster Mayor Joe Dominick and First Lady Andi Dominick,

Westminster Mayor Joe Dominick, First Lady Andi Dominick, and Max Dominick all stopped by to visit the new Westminster Fire Department Engine 32 at the annual Westminster Fallfest Touch a Truck event. It is a custom built 2018 Rosenbauer pumper with a 1,000 gallon water tank, and a 450 Cummins motor. Mayor Dominick has always been a strong supporter of public safety – and it was good to see the mayor and his family at Fallfest. 29Sep2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

PFLAG in the annual Westminster Fallfest Parade. 26Sep2019

It was good to see my friends Bob Lord, Erin Snell, Joy Fisher, and the rest of the folks from PFLAG in the annual Westminster Fallfest Parade. 26Sep2019

Welcome to this year's Westminster Fallfest.

Welcome to this year's annual Westminster Fallfest. The opening parade was a lot of fun. 26Sep2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, are dressed appropriately

The stone bunnies, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, are dressed appropriately for the upcoming chilly fall nights, while they look over the progress of the Monarch caterpillars. 12Sep2019

Say no to winter

Leaves are already falling upon my back patio. This psychologically violent and wrong on so many levels. Say no to the coming winter. 15Sep2010

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cheez-It white cheddar crackers.

When the going gets tough, the tough reach for Cheez-It white cheddar crackers.

Ann Thomas Gilbert

The lay leader for the 9 a.m. Sunday church service at Grace Lutheran Church is Ann Thomas Gilbert. Ann rocks. Just putting out there. Grace Lutheran, http://gracelc.org/ 21 Carroll Street Westminster, MD 21157, Phone: 410.848.7020, Email: info@gracelc.org

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 news and information

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 news and information

There are events all throughout Carroll County…

According to a release from the Westminster Police Department:

WESTMINSTER COMMUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN 2019 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, seven neighborhoods throughout the City of Westminster will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 36th Annual National Night Out event. National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) sponsors NNO in partnership with law enforcement and community groups. Westminster neighborhoods will host a variety of special events, including block parties, cookouts, youth activities, and visits from police officers, fire/EMS and elected officials.

Chief Thomas Ledwell states, “National Night Out is a great opportunity for community members to get to know their local police officers and fellow neighbors during a fun event designed to promote crime prevention awareness. We encourage everyone who is able to participate to bring your families out and enjoy your local neighborhood event with us.” 

In a recent newsletter, Delegate Susan Krebs wrote:

Come out and join your neighbors for National Night Out. NNO is a FREE Family Event bringing neighbors together to promote a positive community-police relationship- making our communities safer. The fun- filled event hosts vendors, food, and interactive activities for kids, while learning about the services of the Police and Emergency Services.

Residents in Carroll County are invited to join our First Responders at one of the locations below. You are encouraged to lock your home, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening meeting and greeting neighbors and police.

LOCATIONS, ACTIVITIES & TIMES

Freedom- Sykesville Area at Sykesville Carnival Grounds, 6680 Sykesville Road - 6:00- 9:00 pm

Hosted by the Sykesville Police Department, Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department and the Freedom District Lions Club, neighbors can enjoy foods from Jimmy Johns and Oscar's, hot dogs and snow cones served by the volunteer fire department and the Lions Club's famous french fries.  Carroll County Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Center 1 will exhibit their K-9 team and drone. Participate in safety demonstrations, face painting, and giveaways from 20+ community businesses and organizations.     

Hampstead Fire Department 6:30-9:00 pm

The Hampstead Police will be hosting this special event, a "FREE Block Party", featuring face painting, entertainment of Daniel Israel, bounce obstacle course, FREE raffle with many prizes including new bicycles…  Carroll County Sheriff's Office K-9 Demonstration, FREE food donated by Outlaw BBQ Smokehouse, Dunkin', Beijing Palace Restaurant, Ricky's Bistro, Illiano's J&P Restaurant, JJ Hoffman's Creamery, Daughter's CafĂ©, Jiffy Mart, Snickerdoodles, Luna Zul, and more.

Manchester Carnival Ground 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Meet and Greet local police and fire personnel, enjoy area Boy Scout Troop kid activities, interactive demonstrations to include "Jaws of Life", fire hose and drunk driving simulation, Carroll County Sheriff K-9 Team and drone demonstrations, hot dogs, popcorn, snowballs and drinks.         

Mt. Airy Carnival Grounds 6:00 - 8:00 pm   
Enjoy food, entertainment, and demonstrations                         

Taneytown Carnival Grounds    49 Memorial Drive, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

An evening of pony rides, 40 foot obstacle course, information and demonstrations by Taneytown Volunteer Fire Department, US Army Reserves, Carroll County Animal Control, Maryland State Police Crime Laboratory, "Dunk-A-Cop" dunk tank, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, food and beverages.  FAMILY FUN and much more...... 

New Windsor Carnival Grounds 101 High Street 6:30-8:30 pm
Over 40 vendors, food by Uncle B's snow ball stand, hot dogs, chips, ice cream and drinks- Lions Club, moon bounce, bean bag toss, obstacle course, Stars and Strips Petting Corral, McGruff Suit by Carroll County Library,  photo booth and police tape maze. Carroll County Sheriff's Office's Mobile Command Center 1 will exhibit their K-9 team and drone.

Westminster Participating Neighborhoods:

Dutterer's Park & Pavilion Area 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Sponsored by the GFWC- JWC of Westminster, the event features pizza, cake, drinks, 15+ informational tables, kids' door prizes and more!

Belle Grove Square / Park Avenue side 7:00 to 8:30pm
11th Annual NNO with an ice cream social sponsored by Historic Belle Grove Square Neighborhood Association

The Green's of Westminster 7:00 to 9:00pm
City Pool parking lot and community room

Eagle View 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Firestone Road and Tahoma Farm Road
Meet our local Police and Fire Department

Furnace Hills 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Palmer Terrace Overflow Parking

Carroll Lutheran Village- Garden of Memories 7:00 to 8:00 pm

King Park 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Neighbors will be greeted by mascot "Armadillo" from Texas Roadhouse handing out coupons, "the Cow" from a local frozen custard restaurant offering frozen treats, pizza, Tristar Martial Arts demonstrations, Kelly's face painting, music and more...

Bring back the "True Sense of Community" by attending National Night Out

https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/national-night-out-tuesday-august-6th-2019-news-information

https://kevindayhoff.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/national-night-out-tuesday-august-6th-2019-news-and-information/

https://dayhoffwestminster.blogspot.com/2019/08/national-night-out-tuesday-august-6th.html

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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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October 5, 2014: Westminster Community Pond

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By Kevin E. Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sixty years ago on Sat., Sept. 18, 1954, the Route 140 “Roadside Picnic Area and Community Fish Pond” was dedicated with great fanfare by then-Md. Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin in a program that lasted all afternoon beginning at 2 p.m..

Today most folks know the ‘Community Fish Pond’ at the intersection of Routes 97-north and 140 as the ‘Westminster Community Pond’ but many know it as the ‘Westminster Duck Pond.’ In the late 1950s it simply known as Bloom Pond – named after the family, Russell and Mary Bloom that ‘sold’ the property for $10.00 to “the State of Maryland, to the use of the Department of Game and Inland Fish of Maryland” as described in a deed executed on June 10, 1954.

Recently the pond has been in the news. It is undergoing major reconstruction. Many folks have asked about the work being done on the pond – and curious about the history of the park.

A January 13, 2014 press release from Jeff R. Degitz, administer of Carroll County recreation and parks explained the “Pond will be closed for construction and major renovations beginning Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Planned renovations include the enlargement of the pond… and additional parking…”

On Feb. 27, 2011, writer Katie V. Jones reported in the Carroll Eagle that the “popular Westminster park could see its pond triple in size with the addition of walking trails and a fishing pier…”

It just so happens that I was getting a haircut at Cal Bloom’s Barber Shoppe, just after 2 in the afternoon a couple of weeks ago on Sept. 18. The barber, Cal Bloom, is the son of Russell and Mary Bloom.

And of course, our conversation drifted to the history of the pond and the barber shop that he opened on May 1, 1985. Bloom explained that his father started the pond in the middle of what was then, a large swamp; in part, in an attempt to drain the area to help protect the family farm’s livestock that were getting stuck in the wetlands.

The pond was dedicated just a few short months after Route 140 opened in July 1954. In his remarks McKeldin noted, “The increase in travel, the expansion of tourist business which we are encouraging, and the rapid growth of our highway system under our 12-year road construction program creates some problems…The Kiwanis Club of Westminster is due high praise for sponsoring this Community fish pond and roadside picnic area.”

After the pond and park area was turned-over to the state, the picnic area and other improvements to the pond were undertaken by the Kiwanis Club of Westminster and the Carroll County Chapter of the Isaac Walton League.


Although the practice of taking bread to the pond to feed the ducks has been discredited for many years; some of my fondest childhood memories are of feeding the ducks on a Saturday afternoon or after church on Sunday after having lunch at Baugher’s restaurant or the nearby “Snaks By Twin Kiss Drive-In.” 
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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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