Janet and Charles Hesler showed up at an informational meeting Friday morning opposing a proposal to put sludge on a neighbor's farm, but their objections quickly dissipated.
"Information tends to kill a lot of dragons," Janet Hesler said after the meeting. Charles Hesler said he came away from the meeting satisfied with the information he was given.
Donald Beard applied for a Maryland Department of the Environment permit to use sludge as fertilizer on 25 acres of a 40-acre farm his family has owned for several generations. The land, on a farm road off Garis Shop Road, is owned by his son, Edwin. The Heslers live at 9604 Garis Shop Road.
Of the 10 people who showed up at Friday's hearing, the Heslers were the only two who did not work for the state or county government. Donald Beard said he forgot the hearing was Friday.