Update: Home damaged in early morning Westminster fire, no one injured

Update: Home damaged in early morning Westminster fire, no one injured http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/11/update-home-damaged-in-early-morning.html



House condemned after fire in Westminster - ABC2News.com: http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/carroll-county/house-condemned-after-fire-in-westminster

Home damaged in early morning Westminster fire, no one injured http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-westminster-fire-112515-20151125-story.html

November 25, 2015 S. Wayne Carter Jr. Carroll County Times

More than 50 firefighters from 10 companies in four counties were needed to get an early Wednesday morning fire under control in Westminster.

No injuries were reported, and it's unclear if anyone was home at the time of the blaze, according to an emailed report from Westminster Vol. Fire Company spokesman Kevin Dayhoff…

Read more here: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-westminster-fire-112515-20151125-story.html

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which appears to have originated in the carport of the one-story, single family home in the 500 block of Old Baltimore Road off Malcolm Drive, according to Dayhoff. The fire quickly spread to the adjacent house and a nearby vehicle and equipment trailer.

Firefighters received the call around 1:33 a.m., were on the scene by 1:37 a.m. and had the fire under control within an hour, according to Dayhoff.

About 50 firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Gamber, Hampstead and Sykesville companies were dispatched in addition to firefighters from Reisterstown and Glyndon in Baltimore County, a unit from York County and an air support unit from Howard County, according to Dayhoff.


Please be fire-safe out there for the holidays. As we were wrapping-up operations from the Old Baltimore Road fire, many of us exchanged our goodbyes and “Happy Holidays,” and in the dry dark humor of firefighters, many folks remarked how much it is a drag to see each other in the middle of the night.

After-all, face it, when we see each other in the middle of the night it is often as a result of a fire, traffic accident, illness or family tragedy. One firefighter told the truth, “Oh this is the season when we will see a lot of each other.” Sadly it is true. Although more research is needed, it always seems that fires and accidents increase in number during the holiday season. Be safe out there.


Update: 3:25 p.m., Nov. 25, 2015

No injuries were reported. There were “two individuals at home when the fire started,” according to DSFM Bruce D. Bouch, director of public education and media affairs with the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

According to a recent release by the fire marshal’s office, the cause of the fire was “Accidental due to ashes being placed in a plastic bag and put next to the shed.”

“During the winter months and the holiday season, it is especially important to dispose of all fireplace, cooking grill and wood stove ashes safely in a fireproof container away from the house and certainly away from anything combustible. Pour some water on the ashes – be fire safe to protect your property and your family,” said Dayhoff

“It is important to note that the folks who were home at the time of this fire got out safely because they had a working smoke alarm and the alarm alerted them that there was a fire... Take this opportunity to check your smoke alarm before friends and family visit for the holidays,” said Dayhoff

Firefighters and first responders see a little too much of each other during the holiday season. The fire marshal’s office and the Westminster fire department take this opportunity to remind you to not have first responders over to your house this holiday season as uninvited guests.

“Although we are very friendly, this time of the year, we are way too serious to attend your holiday get-together in the event of a fire. Ensure your guests are aware of all available exits if a fire would occur… The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. And if you are going to be careless, have extra food available in case 50 firefighters need to stop by in the middle of the night to come tromping through your house. Happy holidays from your local Carroll County fire department of the fire marshal’s office.

Westminster fire department chaplain and public information officer Kevin E. Dayhoff

Related: Westminster house fire brings heavy firefighter response By Jon Kelvey, Carroll County Times October 20, 2016 http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-fire-in-greens-westminster-20151020-story.html

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Presidents and Faith: Grover Cleveland

Originally posted by kensmind at Presidents and Faith: Grover Cleveland
Stephen Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey. His parents were Richard Falley Cleveland, a Presbyterian Minister, and Ann Neal Cleveland. The future President was named Stephen Grover in honor of the first pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, where Cleveland's father was pastor at the time. In 1850, Cleveland's father took a pastorate in Clinton, Oneida County, New York, and the family relocated there. Three years later, in 1853, Cleveland's father took an assignment in Holland Patent, New York, near Utica. The elder Cleveland passed away shortly after moving there.

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Cleveland was attending Clinton Liberal Academy at the time of his father's death. After his father died in 1853, he left school so as to help support his family. His brother William was hired as a teacher at the New York Institute for the Blind in New York City, and William obtained a place for Grover as an assistant teacher. He returned home to Holland Patent at the end of 1854 and an elder in his church offered to pay for his college education if he would promise to become a minister. Cleveland declined the offer, and in 1855 he moved to Buffalo, New York, where his uncle, Lewis F. Allen gave him a clerical job. Through his uncle, he was introduced to the partners in the law firm of Rogers, Bowen, and Rogers. Cleveland later took a clerkship with the firm. He read the law there and was admitted to the bar in New York State in 1859.

His political career advanced as Cleveland became a successful lawyer. He lost an election for district attorney in 1865, but in 1870 he was elected Sheriff of Erie County and in 1881 be won an election for Mayor of Buffalo. He held the position for less than a year and in November of 1882 he was elected Governor of New York. Two years later he was elected President of the United States, defeating Republican James G. Blaine and becoming the first Democratic President to be elected to the office since 1856.

Cleveland was not particularly attentive to attending church as a young man, despite his father's profession. Cleveland preferred to frequent the city's saloons, although some of his private correspondence indicates that his religious upbringing remained important to him. In a letter accepting his nomination to run for president in 1884, Cleveland promised to rely "upon the favor and support of the Supreme Being Who, I believe, will always bless honest human endeavor in the conscientious discharge of public duty."

Cleveland's first inaugural address was not riddled with religious themes, though he did promise to take action against the polygamy that was being practiced by the nation's Mormons, which he termed "offensive to the moral sense of the civilized world". He ended the speech with these words:

"And let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledging the power and goodness of Almighty God, who presides over the destiny of nations, and who has at all times been revealed in our country's history, let us invoke His aid and His blessings upon our labors."

As President, Cleveland became more visibly religious while in the White House. He began to regularly attend the First Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and did so throughout his time as president.

Midway through his first term in office, Cleveland married Frances Folsom in June of 1886. She was 21 years old and he was 49 at the time. She was the daughter of his friend Oscar Folson. It was Presbyterian ceremony officiated by the Reverend Byron Sutherland, assisted by the President's brother, Reverend William Cleveland.

Cleveland had the distinction of being defeated in his bid for re-election in 1888, but he became the first (and so far the only) president to serve two non-consecutive terms when he was elected to the office in 1892. He ended his second inaugural address by asking for God's help in carrying out his duties as president. He said:

"Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid."

Economic problems precluded Cleveland from seeking a third term in office. In retirement he served on the board of trustees of Princeton University. He occasionally weighed in on political issues such as women's suffrage. (He wrote that "sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.") In 1904 his eldest daughter Ruth died at age 12 from diphtheria. The child's death seemed to cause him to question his faith. In his diary, he wrote several entries about his grief over the child's death. On January 10, 1904, three days after Ruth died, he wrote "I had a season of great trouble in keeping out of my mind the idea that Ruth was in the cold, cheerless grave instead of in the arms of her Saviour." The next day, he reiterated this sentiment in his diary, writing: "It seems to me I mourn our darling Ruth's death more and more. So much of the time I can only think of her as dead, not joyfully living in heaven." Five days later, on January 15th, he wrote: "God has come to my help and I am able to adjust my thought to dear Ruth's death with as much comfort as selfish humanity will permit."

Two years later, in a letter dated March 21, 1906 Presbyterian Minister Wilton Merle Smith, he wrote:

"I have quite often, lately, found myself longing for the rest of idleness, and and the peace of inactivity; and I have sometimes even given entrance to the thought that these were my due. But you have written words to me that will help me to constantly appreciate the fact that God who has blessed me above all other men, and directed all my ways, deserves my service, and every good cause deserves my best endeavour, as long as my life and strength shall last. I know as no one else can know my limitations, and how fixed and inexorable they are but I shall trust God, as I have in the past, for strength and opportunity for further usefulness."


Cleveland's health had been declining for several years, and in the autumn of 1907 he became very ill. In 1908, he suffered a heart attack and died on June 24th. His last words were reported to be "I have tried so hard to do right." He is buried in the Princeton Cemetery of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

#Amwriting - Holly Holms upsets Ronda Rousey in Melbourne Australia for world women’s bantamweight t

#Amwriting - Holly Holms upsets Ronda Rousey in Melbourne Australia for world women’s bantamweight title http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/11/amwriting-holly-holms-upsets-ronda.html

#Amwriting - Holly Holms upsets Ronda Rousey in Melbourne Australia for world women’s bantamweight title

Nov. 15, 2015 8 a.m. Very early Sunday morning reading and the search for meaning in life on Twitter by Kevin E. Dayhoff


Labels: #amwriting, Dayhoff writing essays, Sports

If I knew that I was going to lay in bed wide awake for several hours, I would have gotten dressed and gone to church.

I stayed-up late last night and yet did not finish my writing assignment. I’ll get to it later this afternoon, after a short nap.

This morning I quickly fell into a rabbit-hole on Facebook. As I planned my escape, I smiled when a colleague said it best, “If your faith is so shaky that you need a disposable coffee cup to validate it that probably says more about you than about Starbucks.”

After this scary encounter with the slippery slope of my search for a deeper meaning in life I turned to a Washington Post story about Ronda Rousey: “How Holly Holm stunned Ronda Rousey and what’s next for the fighters,” By Cindy Boren November 15, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/11/15/how-holly-holm-stunned-ronda-rousey-and-whats-next-for-the-fighters/?tid=sm_tw

… This came right after I deftly swung around a quote about the life and times of newspaper writers; according to Melvin Mencher’s student edition of “News writing and reporting,” “When a good newspaperman dies, a lot of people are sorry, and some of them remember him for several days.” http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/11/amwriting-holly-holms-upsets-ronda.html

Okay, moving right along folks, there is nothing to see here.

Although I do not follow sports per se, I like to read sports articles. I mean, I like to read all good writing, whether I know anything about the subject or not - - or agree with the writer or disagree. But I have two secrete passions, sports writing and the writing tributes, bios and obituaries – the ‘dead beat.’ I am forever intrigued by what makes folks tick. What is the story behind the story as to what motivated people to complicated arena of accomplishment.

Yes, the vagaries and violations of cops courts and crimes can be fun for a writer with a flair for story-telling ‘in cold blood;’ as long as you can avoid being totally creeped-out by some of the subject manner and seedy, grimy characters… That’s where I learned to love the value of Lysol wipes on crime scenes.

However writing about sports – and its twin separated at birth, local government, is catnip for a frustrated short story writer that toils away with a lust for deeper meaning while shackled with the news medium shallow hook-up version of a battery-powered typewriter.

A quote by the actor Jason Sudeikis when he was hired as a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” comes to mind; “… like winning a gold in the triple jump when you consider yourself a long jumper.”

I have boxes and boxes of unrefined and unpublished short stories, but eek-out a living writing for the newspaper. A job that I love by the way. But nevertheless I live with the tension I feel when life – and my job get in the way of art and writing short stories – and running. (That’s another story for another time.)

Sports writers often have a certain “je ne sais pas,” - a certain flair that alludes me when writing history, community events and local government and such matters married to words without pictures. Although, writing about local small government can have some intrigue and drama to it that you simply cannot make up. There is an allowance for analysis and commentary that sports writers utilize with impunity.

So, if it were not for the Washington Post, I would have no clue about the career and machinations of Ronda Rousey. And not just that “Vin Diesel says Ronda Rousey is teaching his 7-year-old daughter to be a ‘beast.’

For those of us who are already sick of national politics before the 2016 presidential contest even began, this is a commentary on mixed martial arts that is a fun read.

According to Washington Post writer Marissa Payne on October 22, 2015; “Vin Diesel and Ronda Rousey are teaming up, but not to make another “Fast & Furious” film. Instead, the actor’s tapped “Auntie Ronda” to train his 7-year-old daughter Hania Riley in the ways of being a “beast.” The point isn’t to get young Hania to become a future UFC women’s bantamweight champion like Rousey, but to ward off any unwanted future suitors….”

Yes, sports fans, it is a big unknown world out there. Who knew? To peer a step further into the looking glass of this world click here: https://twitter.com/RondaRousey and https://www.instagram.com/p/-DMAcAhESQ/ - NSFW - https://www.instagram.com/rondarousey/ and here: https://twitter.com/search?q=rousey%20knockout&src=tyah

For those following along with the home edition of my mindless meanderings; late Saturday night, Nov. 14, 2015. “Holly Holm stun[ed] Ronda Rousey with 2nd-round knockout,” in their UFC world bantamweight championship match in Melbourne, Australia.

Not to worry. I also had to look-up the term, ‘UFC,’ – ultimate fighting championship, and ‘MMA’ – mixed martial arts. According to the “UFC” Facebook page, “Ultimate Fighting Championship is the world's leading mixed martial arts organization. Over the past decade, with the help of state athletic commissions throughout the United States, UFC has morphed itself from a spectacle into a highly respected sports organization. Major fights between world-renowned mixed martial arts superstars have become some of the most popular sporting events of the year, surpassing pay-per-view records previously held by boxing and professional wrestling. Sports fans have made their voices heard - they want reality when they watch sports, and UFC is clearly ‘AS REAL AS IT GETS!’”

The Los Angeles Times, a paper owned by Tribune, which also owns my paper, the Baltimore Sun, carried a story on November 14 and 15, 2015, by Todd Martin, “UFC 193 complete results: Holly Holm stuns Ronda Rousey,” which explained, “UFC193 takes place Saturday night in the United States, emanating from Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

“The event is expected to draw over 50,000 fans and set the UFC's live attendance record. Headlining the event is the undefeated UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against undefeated former boxing world champion Holly Holm. Rousey has become the sport's biggest star and a breakthrough mainstream celebrity. In the co-feature, the other UFC women's champion, strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her title against Valerie Letourneau. Rousey and Jedrzejczyk are heavy betting favorites….”

According to a number of media sources, including a national news brief on the Washington Post website, “Ronda Rousey was the UFC’s unstoppable force until Holly Holm used the former champion’s aggression against her to produce one of the sport’s biggest upsets.

“Rousey chased Holm around the ring at UFC 193 on Sunday — looking for the right hold and taking head shots along the way — until Holm saw an opening 59 seconds into the second round and snapped a kick to the head that immediately dropped her more fancied opponent to the canvas.

“Holm (10-0) jumped on the prone Rousey, delivering several blows to her head before the referee intervened, ending Rousey’s 12-fight unbeaten run and handing Holm the bantamweight title.”

See more video here: “Holly Holm KOs Ronda Rousey to win women's bantamweight title,” http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14133786

Meanwhile, according to Washington Post writer Cindy Boren, “…. Rousey ran into a buzzsaw of a boxer who left the sport for MMA, one who kept Rousey on her heels and rocking her with blows. A left kick to Rousey’s chin sent her to the floor of the Octagon and the fight was over. Rousey did not speak after the fight; she was taken to a local hospital, where she was kept overnight and was to have plastic surgery for a deep cut on her lip. Her camp said she had not suffered a concussion in the loss.

“It was a stunning upset, with Rousey coming in talking about when she won, not if. No one gave Holm much of a chance, but her height and reach, as well as her boxing experience, were clear advantages. She was 33-2-3 as a boxer and 2-1 as a pro kickboxer, with an overall fighting record of 44-3-3. But this was only her third UFC fight.” Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/11/15/how-holly-holm-stunned-ronda-rousey-and-whats-next-for-the-fighters/?tid=sm_tw

Related, please see: “Holly Holm KOs Ronda Rousey to win women's bantamweight title,” http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14133786 and “How Holly Holm stunned Ronda Rousey and what’s next for the fighters,” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/11/15/how-holly-holm-stunned-ronda-rousey-and-whats-next-for-the-fighters/?tid=sm_tw. And a story in the Los Angeles Times, “UFC 193 complete results: Holly Holm stuns Ronda Rousey,” http://www.latimes.com/sports/boxing/la-sp-sn-ufc-193-live-updates-ronda-rousey-vs-holly-holm-20151114-story.html

Nov. 14 5k honors memory of Terry Burk and Sam Case [Eagle Archives] November 6, 2015 by Kevin E. Da

Nov. 14 5k honors memory of Terry Burk and Sam Case [Eagle Archives] November 6, 2015 by Kevin E. Dayhoff http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2015/11/nov-14-5k-honors-memory-of-terry-burk.html #running

Westminster's long history of meeting demands for green space [Eagle Archives] #running #amwriting http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2015/11/nov-14-5k-honors-memory-of-terry-burk.html


On Nov. 14, the Westminster Road Runners Club and Westminster City Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor the annual Terry Burk Sam Case 5K on the Wakefield Valley Trail — better known to older local runners as the Terry Burk Trail.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Burk, a popular runner and the second generation owner of a family candy store, the Treat Shop in Westminster.

Burk was struck by a car and killed while jogging with friends on Route 97 at Kalten Road on Aug. 10, 1995. He was only 48 years old.

Sam Case was among the original members of the Westminster Road Runners Club… http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-archives-green-space-20151104-story.html

Labels: #amwriting, #running, Dayhoff running, Dayhoff writing essays running, People Burk Terry, Sports Running, Sports Running Burk Memorial 5K, Sports Running Wakefield Valley Trail, Wakefield Fenby Quarry Lime - See more at: http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2015/11/nov-14-5k-honors-memory-of-terry-burk.html#sthash.N4Af4SxH.dpuf

Related: Westminster trail a fitting site for runner's memorial [Eagle Archives] http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-1103-20131111-story.html November 7, 2013


Baltimore Sun January 2, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff: Westminster celebrated New Year in 1897 with new

Baltimore Sun January 2, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff: Westminster celebrated New Year in 1897 with new train station http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/10/baltimore-sun-january-2-2014-by-kevin-e.html

Several readers recently contacted me and were looking for this article from January 2, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff: Westminster celebrated New Year in 1897 with new train station [Eagle Archive] January 2, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff


Laws and Legislation - Crime, Law and Justice - Unrest, Conflicts and War

The big news for the New Year's celebrations in Westminster in 1897 was the opening less than a week before of a new train station in town. Westminster celebrated new year in 1897 with new train station [Eagle Archive]

According to research for the Historical Society of Carroll County by Jay Graybeal, the Democratic Advocate newspaper reported the opening of the station on Dec. 26, 1896.

A big deal was made over the fact that the station had indoor bathrooms: "Toilet rooms for ladies and gentlemen open from each of the waiting rooms… and the mirror in the ladies' department is already in active operation."

Like many areas, the growth of the county was linked to the presence of a train. Much of the expansion of the industrial, commercial and employment base in Carroll after the Civil War, for example, was partially due to the fact the railroad had arrived in 1861.

Read much more here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0105-20140103-story.html

Carroll's Christmas celebrations tempered by news of war, Great Depression [Eagle Archive]

When a gift of oranges was a Christmas treat in Westminster [Eagle Archives]

Community support for churches after disasters are Carroll tradition [Column]

Baltimore Sun 1918 The Flu - The disease that shook Baltimore


Living with the ramifications of the deadly Spanish flu of 1918
Living with the ramifications of the deadly Spanish flu of 1918
It was Oct. 11, 1918, and the headline of the Democratic Advocate addressed the local impact of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918. The headline read, "The Grip Epidemic: Disease Spreading, But No Occasion for Panic," according to research for the Historical Society of Carroll County by historian...
The sniffling and coughing season
The sniffling and coughing season
Our view: Vaccination is still the best defense against this year's outbreak of flu
Maryland needs mandatory flu vaccination
Maryland needs mandatory flu vaccination
Maryland should implement mandatory influenza vaccination for children in licensed child care and preschool programs. Influenza, a serious preventable viral disease that peaks in frequency during the winter season, is associated with high morbidity and mortality in younger children and the elderly....
Flu declared epidemic by CDC
Flu declared epidemic by CDC
Season hit earlier and harder than previous years
Ravens won"t let flu take them down
Ravens won't let flu take them down
Many NFL athletes play through the illness

Carroll County's connection to Cuba began with sugar in 1800s December 30, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff

Carroll County's connection to Cuba began with sugar in 1800s December 30, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/10/carroll-countys-connection-to-cuba.html

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On May 28, 1898, a local newspaper, the Democratic Advocate, printed a letter from Roy Powder in a section for "Bachman's Valley Items."

Powder, serving with the U.S. Army's 6th Cavalry, was waiting to be deployed to Cuba when he wrote to his sister, "Mrs. Wm. Stansbury," from Tampa, Florida:

"Dear Sister. I and our troops are still here. This is a very warm place, and is full of alligators, lizards, snakes and all kinds of reptiles. We had a fine time swimming our horses across Tampa Bay … sand is very deep; up to the knees of the horses in the streets… we are awaiting orders to move to Cuban soil most any moment..."

On Dec. 17, 2014 President Barack Obama quickly found himself knee-deep in alligators when he announced a dramatic new approach in United States foreign policy toward Cuba.

Curiously, Cuba is sprinkled liberally throughout our local history.

Cuba was probably first known in Carroll County for its large sugar trade with the United States throughout the 1800s. Sugar was a household staple — and later a valuable commodity in the early canning industry that got its start in the mid-1800s.

Read much more here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-1228-20141230-story.html

End the embargo

End U.S. embargo of Cuba

Politics must not hamper release of jailed Marylander in Cuba

It's beginning to look a lot like . . . pickle ornaments? [Eagle Archives}

Honoring a legacy of service to community and country [Eagle Archives]

Nov. 15 5k honors memory of Terry Burk and Sam Case [Eagle Archives]




Westminster Fallfest was packed this evening. And the parade was great

Baltimore Sun: Cruise on Liberty ship a reminder that freedom is not free [Eagle Archives] September

Baltimore Sun: Cruise on Liberty ship a reminder that freedom is not free [Eagle Archives] September 24, 2015 By Kevin E. Dayhoff http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-archives-liberty-ship-0927-20150921-story.html



Labels: Boats, Dayhoff Media Explore Carroll, History 1939 1945 World War II, History 1939 1945 World War II Liberty ship John W. Brown, History 1939 1945 World War II Liberty ships

My latest article is about the Liberty ship, the S.S. John W. Brown. This was absolutely fascinating to research. I will be going on the upcoming veteran's cruise and can't wait. Enjoy the article here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-archives-liberty-ship-0927-20150921-story.html

On Oct. 3 about 20 veterans from Carroll County will commemorate Veterans Day and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II early this year, as they set sail on the World War II Liberty ship, the S.S. John W. Brown.

According to Phil Mullikin, a volunteer for Project Liberty Ship and a member of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, “I teamed-up with the Kahlert Foundation to develop a grant to take Carroll County vets on this cruise. For me it is killing two birds with one stone, I’m helping to raise money for the preservation of the ship, and I’m doing something for the vets in the county. November weather can be pretty unpleasant so the cruise is made in October.”

Volunteering is nothing new for Mullikin, who also serves on the board of ‘Catherine’s Cause,’ an anti-drunk driving organization. The Kahlert Foundation is a Carroll County organization that supports veterans, and youth, education and health care initiatives and programs.

In a recent phone interview, Mullikin said that he has volunteered for Project Liberty Ship for four years. He was recruited by chief officer Larry Knapp, a fellow Delaware River pilot. A river pilot himself, Mullikin explained that he “worked with the Delaware River Pilots for about 13 years, after spending 35 years at sea as a merchant seaman. I ended my career at the rank of captain.”

Volunteering for his adopted Carroll County is nothing new for Mullikin, who also serves on the board of Catherine’s Cause, an anti-drunk driving organization. Mullikin grew-up in a Maryland eastern shore family. I’ve lived in Carroll County for almost 35 years. I got here as quickly as I could.

Mullikin said that he got involved with the restoration of the Liberty ship because his hobby is carpentry. “But I started my work on the John Brown as temporary relief chief officer. However, I did not want to continue to do that because that is what I did all my life. But my ‘unlimited master’s license upon ocean,’ allows me to make ocean transits should that need arise for the Brown.”

Find my article in The Baltimore Sun here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-archives-liberty-ship-0927-20150921-story.html

Timed just about midway between two dates that have significant meaning for veterans in this country, approximately 20 veterans from Carroll County will board a ship of that has also has significant importance.

On Oct. 3, the county residents will commemorate Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and Sept. 2, 1945 official surrender by Japan that ended World War II by coming aboard the World War II Liberty ship, the S.S. John W. Brown.

Philip W. Mullikin, a volunteer for Project Liberty Ship and a member of the Community Foundation of Carroll County said he, "teamed up with the Kahlert Foundation to develop a grant to take Carroll County vets on this cruise."

The Kahlert Foundation is a Carroll County organization that supports veterans, and youth, education and health care initiatives and programs.

"For me it is killing two birds with one stone," Mullikin said. "I'm helping to raise money for the preservation of the ship, and I'm doing something for the vets in the county."

As for the timing, "November weather can be pretty unpleasant so the cruise is made in October," he said.

The S.S. Brown website explains that the cargo ship, built in Baltimore, is "one of only two remaining, fully operational Liberty ships that participated in World War II. The first of the 2,711 Liberty ships was the SS Patrick Henry, launched on Sept. 27, 1941…"

Read much more here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-archives-liberty-ship-0927-20150921-story.html

Baltimore news reporter Mike Schuh was also a big help with this article. See his recent article here: Mike Schuh WJZ-TV Baltimore Org. Dedicated to Preserving History, Provides Unique Cruise September 16, 2015 http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/09/16/baltimore-org-dedicated-to-preserving-history-provides-unique-cruise/


Labels: Boats, Carroll County, History, History 1939 1945 World War II, Journalists Schuh-Mike Schuh, Media TV WJZ

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Project Liberty Ship, which is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the last remaining troop transport from WWII as a living memorial, is providing visitors with an opportunity to tour it and go on a cruise. WJZ’s Mike Schuh reports, the organization is a rare link to the past and needs your help…”

Read more here: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/09/16/baltimore-org-dedicated-to-preserving-history-provides-unique-cruise/

Also see: Liberty Ships, Italy, March 31st, 1948. Photo taken by Tony Linck, Time Life. http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2015/09/liberty-ships-italy-march-31st-1948.html

http://kevindayhoff.tumblr.com/post/129339853598/historicaltimes-liberty-ships-italy-march Hat Tip: historicaltimes: http://historicaltimes.tumblr.com/

“Pastor’s Study” Grace Lutheran Church Kevin E. Dayhoff September 20, 2015