Annapolis Notes - Feb. 7

February 06, 2011
  • Leah Mack represented Washington County last week when the Maryland Independent Consumers and Farmers Association held its "Taste of Maryland" in Annapolis. She brought a container of raw milk to the event and said she doesn't agree with the government's requirement that milk be pasteurized.
By Andrew Schotz/Staff Writer

Teacher and senator, reunited

The state Senate took time last week to honor teachers and students who take part in Maryland History Day.

According to the Maryland Humanities Council’s website, History Day is a chance for students to “learn about issues, ideas, people and events in history, and apply what they have learned through creative and original productions.”

One teacher recognized for her work on History Day was Ginger Scally of E. Russell Hicks Middle School in Hagerstown.

Scally was the Washington County District History Teacher of the Year and was named the statewide Patricia Behring Middle School Teacher of the Year.

During the Jan. 31 Senate session, Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, told his colleagues that Scally was his sixth-grade teacher.

As proof, Shank had his Hicks yearbook with him, he told his Senate colleagues.

A GOP leader

Washington County lost a spot in Republican leadership in the House of Delegates when Christopher B. Shank, the minority whip, won a seat in the Senate in November.

This session, the county has a different representative in the GOP power structure.

Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, has been named one of six deputy minority whips.

“Basically, it’s to be a line of communication to members of the caucus, mostly from the Western Maryland area,” said Serafini, who was appointed to his delegate seat in 2008. “As things get complicated, as things start moving quickly, it’s a line of communication from the caucus down.”

A raw-milk advocate

When the Maryland Independent Consumers and Farmers Association held its “Taste of Maryland” in Annapolis last week, Leah Mack was there representing Washington County.

The group had an array of food and drink to show the importance of local foods.

Mack said she has four cows, three pigs and chickens on a 6 1/2-acre farm in Knoxville.

She brought a container of raw milk to the event.

She said she doesn’t agree with the government’s requirement that milk be pasteurized, a heating process designed to kill harmful bacteria.

Mack argued that pasteurization damages beneficial nutrients, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disagrees.

“Research shows no meaningful difference in the nutritional values of pasteurized and unpasteurized milk,” the FDA’s website says.

Mack said she has testified in favor of raw-milk bills in Annapolis.

— Andrew Schotz,

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