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By ART CALLAHAM | March 25, 2012
Over the past few weeks, I have written columns about the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and our U.S. flag; in the spirit of equal time and space today's column is about the Maryland state flag. Up front, you need to know that most of this column is taken directly from Maryland's Web pages - simply Google Maryland state flag history for further research. First, a little Maryland history, or everything you learned in school about your native state.  Where does Maryland get its name?
NEWS
November 28, 2005
U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Burger of Hagerstown recently presented Gov. Robert Ehrlich with a framed Maryland state flag that flew over Burger's camp when he was stationed in Iraq from February 2003 to January 2004. Sgt. Burger was in Iraq serving as a mortarman with the 3rd Brigade, 187th Infantry Regiment (the "Rakkasans"), 101st Airborne Division. He had the state flag framed with a small plaque for presentation to the governor. Last Monday, Ehrlich spent about an hour in his office in Annapolis with Burger, Burger's wife, Krista, and Burger's parents, Donald and Betty Burger.
NEWS
January 27, 1998
Revised logo put to use By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer The cannon draped with an American flag is gone, but the catchy phrase remains. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has come up with a new logo to replace an earlier effort that drew criticism from some veterans last November. The new logo will be in temporary use, but could become permanent if nothing better comes along, Executive Director Ben R. Hart said Monday. The new design retains the slogan "Making Maryland Memories" that had been part of the original logo.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | February 28, 1998
Tourism board chooses to use two logos The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has decided on two tourism logos, one of which is specifically targeted to Civil War tourism, the executive director said. "I think it was a great compromise. It gives us some flexibility," said Executive Director Ben R. Hart. The bureau will keep the logo featuring a banner patterned after the state flag, Hart said. A second logo will be similar, but feature the silhouette of a Civil War cannon in the center, he said.
NEWS
May 5, 2010
On Tuesday, when Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law bills about sex offenders and gang members, he also signed the following bills connected to Washington County and its delegation (with sponsors' names in parentheses). This was the second of three scheduled bill-signing days. o A Correctional Officers' Bill of Rights outlining officers' rights and procedures when officers are investigated or disciplined (Sen. Donald F. Munson) o The state public defender will serve a six-year term instead of at the pleasure of the office's board of trustees (Sen.
NEWS
February 15, 2001
Lawmakers vote for state cat By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - Even dog lovers agree - the calico should be Maryland's official state cat. Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington, said personally they prefer dogs. But both local lawmakers voted Thursday to name the calico the official state cat. Their committee, Commerce and Government Matters, agreed Wednesday to send the bill to the full House of Delegates for a vote.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | June 12, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The American flag was described in many ways Friday. Children wave it in processions. It brings tears to the eyes of athletes. In war, it reminds soldiers why they fight, and for what. At funerals, it is the last tribute to veterans. While speakers talked about what the flag meant, an AMVETS Post 10 color/honor guard and Boy Scout Troop 2 held the American flag aloft for Friday afternoon's Flag Day ceremony at University Plaza on West Washington Street. "Our flag is saluted by soldiers and revered by citizens," said Fred Shinbur, chairman of the Maryland Veterans Commission.
NEWS
by JEFF SEMLER | November 22, 2005
Imagine, if you can, that you have just walked into a courthouse. The judge is sitting on the bench, flanked by the U.S. flag and the state flag. On top of the state flag is a cross, due to Maryland owing its heritage to its Catholic founding fathers, the Calvert Family, and atop the U.S. flag is perched a tom turkey, complete with tail in full fan. Taken aback, you look above the justice and you see a turkey clutching arrows in one foot and an olive branch in the other. "Strange," you may think.
NEWS
April 2, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - You can't mine the golden topaz in Maryland. For that matter, you can't mine any gem stone in the state. But the golden topaz has friends in the General Assembly - so many friends that legislation to name it the official state gem stone was making a determined journey through the legislature until the House of Delegates killed the measure on Tuesday. "We still have no state gem," House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, jokingly declared after the 60-60 vote.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | December 26, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson was remembered for his dedication and sacrifice at a Christmas Eve funeral attended by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, about 600 police officers, and more than 400 of his friends and family members. More than 1,000 people filled the Williamsport High School gymnasium, turning the bleachers into a sea of blue, green and brown dress uniforms dotted with the gold badges of more than two dozen agencies from across the region.
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By ART CALLAHAM | March 25, 2012
Over the past few weeks, I have written columns about the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and our U.S. flag; in the spirit of equal time and space today's column is about the Maryland state flag. Up front, you need to know that most of this column is taken directly from Maryland's Web pages - simply Google Maryland state flag history for further research. First, a little Maryland history, or everything you learned in school about your native state.  Where does Maryland get its name?
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NEWS
May 5, 2010
On Tuesday, when Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law bills about sex offenders and gang members, he also signed the following bills connected to Washington County and its delegation (with sponsors' names in parentheses). This was the second of three scheduled bill-signing days. o A Correctional Officers' Bill of Rights outlining officers' rights and procedures when officers are investigated or disciplined (Sen. Donald F. Munson) o The state public defender will serve a six-year term instead of at the pleasure of the office's board of trustees (Sen.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | June 12, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The American flag was described in many ways Friday. Children wave it in processions. It brings tears to the eyes of athletes. In war, it reminds soldiers why they fight, and for what. At funerals, it is the last tribute to veterans. While speakers talked about what the flag meant, an AMVETS Post 10 color/honor guard and Boy Scout Troop 2 held the American flag aloft for Friday afternoon's Flag Day ceremony at University Plaza on West Washington Street. "Our flag is saluted by soldiers and revered by citizens," said Fred Shinbur, chairman of the Maryland Veterans Commission.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | December 26, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson was remembered for his dedication and sacrifice at a Christmas Eve funeral attended by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, about 600 police officers, and more than 400 of his friends and family members. More than 1,000 people filled the Williamsport High School gymnasium, turning the bleachers into a sea of blue, green and brown dress uniforms dotted with the gold badges of more than two dozen agencies from across the region.
NEWS
June 15, 2006
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14 of Hagerstown presented Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village with an American flag and a Maryland flag for Flag Day. Stephen L. Hansen, Fahrney-Keedy President Jay Shell and Robert Blair accepted the flag.
NEWS
November 28, 2005
U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Burger of Hagerstown recently presented Gov. Robert Ehrlich with a framed Maryland state flag that flew over Burger's camp when he was stationed in Iraq from February 2003 to January 2004. Sgt. Burger was in Iraq serving as a mortarman with the 3rd Brigade, 187th Infantry Regiment (the "Rakkasans"), 101st Airborne Division. He had the state flag framed with a small plaque for presentation to the governor. Last Monday, Ehrlich spent about an hour in his office in Annapolis with Burger, Burger's wife, Krista, and Burger's parents, Donald and Betty Burger.
NEWS
by JEFF SEMLER | November 22, 2005
Imagine, if you can, that you have just walked into a courthouse. The judge is sitting on the bench, flanked by the U.S. flag and the state flag. On top of the state flag is a cross, due to Maryland owing its heritage to its Catholic founding fathers, the Calvert Family, and atop the U.S. flag is perched a tom turkey, complete with tail in full fan. Taken aback, you look above the justice and you see a turkey clutching arrows in one foot and an olive branch in the other. "Strange," you may think.
NEWS
February 15, 2001
Lawmakers vote for state cat By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - Even dog lovers agree - the calico should be Maryland's official state cat. Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington, said personally they prefer dogs. But both local lawmakers voted Thursday to name the calico the official state cat. Their committee, Commerce and Government Matters, agreed Wednesday to send the bill to the full House of Delegates for a vote.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | January 31, 2000
ANNAPOLIS - History won't be rewritten after all. Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, has withdrawn legislation intended to correct the description of the Maryland flag. Munson filed the bill after State Archivist Edward Papenfuse told him that one of the flag's two seals represents the family of Anne Mynne, the wife of George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore. Historians have long said the red and white symbol represented the Crosslands, Calvert's mother's family. The black and yellow symbol belongs to the Calverts.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | February 28, 1998
Tourism board chooses to use two logos The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has decided on two tourism logos, one of which is specifically targeted to Civil War tourism, the executive director said. "I think it was a great compromise. It gives us some flexibility," said Executive Director Ben R. Hart. The bureau will keep the logo featuring a banner patterned after the state flag, Hart said. A second logo will be similar, but feature the silhouette of a Civil War cannon in the center, he said.
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