Annapolis Notes

March 01, 2009

Cardin meets with Western Maryland delegation

U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Maryland, spoke Friday with members of the General Assembly's Western Maryland delegation, which includes state lawmakers representing Washington County.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, said Cardin was there to provide information about the federal economic stimulus package. He also answered questions from lawmakers.

"He gave us some good information and answered tough questions," Myers said. "We wanted to know what (the stimulus package) meant for Western Maryland, especially places like Hagerstown and Cumberland."


The meeting was attended by most members of Washington County's delegation.

"The nice thing was, he was receiving the questions from an obviously very Republican district, but it goes to show the quality of person he is because no politics were played in the room," Myers said.

Boonsboro hat makes impact

When Boonsboro officials and first responders were in Annapolis last week, they saw a little piece of home.

Israel C. "Izzy" Patoka, executive director for Gov. Martin O'Malley's Office of Community Initiatives, met with the group, wearing a baseball cap that had the word "Boonsboro" on it. The hat was given to Patoka almost one year ago by Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr.

Boonsboro officials were in Annapolis being recognized for their efforts in rebuilding downtown buildings after a devastating fire one year ago. Kauffman gave Patoka the hat March 14, 2008, at the Boonsboro mayor and council's appreciation banquet honoring first responders.

"I love that hat," Patoka said.

Mayberry in Washington County?

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, played the theme from "The Andy Griffith Show" while presenting a bill to the Maryland General Assembly's Judiciary Committee last week.

Myers said it was a way to lighten things up while asking lawmakers to consider a bill that would allow the Washington County sheriff to grant special deputy powers.

Myers accompanied the theme song with a PowerPoint presentation with pictures from the show.

-- Erin Cunningham

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