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Annapolis notes

January 15, 2001

Annapolis notes



ANNAPOLIS - In addition to its tax money, Washington County made a significant contribution to the new $24.4 million Thomas V. Mike Miller Senate Office Building dedicated last week.

The 275,000 bricks used in the building were designed and manufactured at Cushwa Brick in Williamsport, said Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

Munson rose on the Senate floor to note Cushwa's workmanship as well as the company's ties to the Maryland Senate. Two predecessors to Munson's seat were Patricia Cushwa and her husband, the late Victor Cushwa.

"He would really be proud to be here today and see that building," Munson said.

In addition, the Bragunier Masonry Contractors Inc. of Clear Spring laid all the bricks, he said.

ANNAPOLIS - On opening day, Del. Sue Hecht was appointed to a special committee to communicate with the executive branch.

Sound important? Yes.

But Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, found out that the job is just ceremonial.

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It dates back to the days before phones and computers, when legislators had to personally tell the governor who was appointed House speaker and Senate president.

"It wasn't a difficult job," she said.

- Laura Ernde

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