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Annapolis Notes - Jan. 31

January 30, 2011
  • Del. John P. Donoghue holds a Washington County seal he retrieved from his office after hearing that the Washington County delegation room didn't have one.
By Andrew Schotz/Staff Writer

Together again

For a while, Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, couldn’t be found at events that Sen. (and former Del.) Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, attended, including Washington County delegation meetings.

But last week, past tensions appeared to have drifted away for a little while. Donoghue and Shank both were at the delegation’s second (and final) scheduled meeting of the session.

They laughed at some of the same jokes.

Twice, Shank made a motion to submit a delegation bill and Donoghue seconded it.

A rekindled legislative friendship, perhaps?

Needed: one seal

As the Washington County delegation started a light agenda of business on Wednesday, Sen. George C. Edwards made a lighthearted motion — that a Washington County seal be hung on the wall near the Allegany, Garrett and Carroll county seals.

The room is used for Washington County and Western Maryland delegation meetings.

It turns out that a seal was ordered, but hadn’t arrived yet.

Del. John P. Donoghue jumped into service. He said he had an extra Washington County seal in his office down the hall, then hurried off to get it.

Casualties of war remembered

In separate ceremonies on Thursday, the House of Delegates and the Senate honored veterans and remembered those who died at war.

In each chamber, the names of the 10 members of the military who died at war in the last year were read.

Delegates in the House took turns reading aloud the names of victims from their legislative territory. Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, read U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Maung P. “Samuel” Thaik’s name.

In the Senate, each legislator pressed a voting light when a casualty from his or her district was named. Shank activated his light to honor Thaik (pronounced “Ty”).

Thaik, who lived just outside Hagerstown and graduated from Smithsburg High School, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Jan. 1.

Three of the 10 who were killed in action were from Frederick County and one was from Allegany County.

Current lawmakers with military service also were recognized — including Sen. George C. Edwards, who was in the Maryland National Guard from 1970-76, and Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., who was in the U.S. Army Reserves during that same period.

Myers said he was a helicopter crew chief, based at the 357th Transportation Co. in Greencastle, Pa.

Classmates on both sides of the bars

During a Western Maryland delegation meeting with state prison officials a week ago, Del. Andrew A. Serafini recalled being called for jury duty.

He said it was difficult to find an impartial jury in a case involving something that happened in a prison.

Serafini added: “I always say all the people I went to school with are either in the prison or work at the prison.”

— Andrew Schotz,
andrews@herald-mail.com

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