Lessons From a Tourism Pushback in Hawaii – Skift


Fascinating discussion about post-COVID-19 tourism... FTA: Maui resident
comments range from “[a]ll of Hawaii needs to get rid of tourism and go
more into agriculture” to suggestions on controlling the amount of rental
car availability.

Kauai’s survey results express disappointment in the proposed destination
plan’s failure “to acknowledge the core problem (overtourism)” and that
“the Steering Committee is deluding itself if it believes that Kauai
residents’ tourism-related concerns and hostility are primarily due to
insensitive tourists, rather than the direct result of there being too many

Carroll County Food Sunday

Holiday Hope: Carroll County Food Sunday's 'tremendous' executive director helped strengthen ... Baltimore Sun Leister plans to retire at the end of the year and Caroline Babylon will take over as executive director Jan. 4. Leister will continue to work until March to...

FTA: “Dominic Jollie founded Carroll Food Sunday in 1982. Members of his church would bring in food to be distributed to people in need and Jollie would deliver the items from the trunk of his car after church services. Awareness of Jollie’s efforts continued to grow, and he developed the idea to serve even more families in crisis…”

Holiday Hope: Carroll County Food Sunday’s ‘tremendous’ executive director helped strengthen organization’s community involvement by MEGAN WOODWARD CARROLL COUNTY TIMES | NOV 29, 2020



Carroll County Temporary Rental Support Program

Carroll County Temporary Rental Support Program

Carroll County Government, in Partnership with Human Services Programs of
Carroll County, Launches Temporary Rental Support Program Beginning
September 1, 2020

Westminster, MD, Monday, August 31, 2020 – On August 13th, the Board of
Carroll County Commissioners authorized $500,000 of Federal Coronavirus
Relief Funding (CRF) to be used for eviction prevention for Carroll County

The funding will provide a temporary rental support program to assist
people who lost income because of COVID-19 and were unable to pay their
rent. Support for up to 6 months of rental arrears may be available to
those households meeting eligibility guidelines.

Human Services Programs of Carroll County will administer the program which
will begin accepting applications on September 1st and continue through
November 20th or until funding is depleted.

To access additional information about the program, please visit the county
Housing & Community Development webpage:

If you wish to apply, please contact Human Services Programs of Carroll
County at 410-857-2999 or visit their website https://hspinc.org/.

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Attorney General Frosh Files Suit Against U.S. Department of Education and Secretary DeVos

Attorney General Frosh Files Suit Against U.S. Department of Education and Secretary DeVos for Unlawfully Repealing Critical “Borrower Defense” Regulations

BALTIMORE, MD (July 15, 2020) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general in a lawsuit against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) challenging their action to unlawfully repeal the 2016 “borrower defense” regulations and replace them with regulations that benefit predatory for-profit schools at the expense of defrauded students.

The 2016 borrower defense regulations established critical protections for student-borrowers who have been misled or defrauded by predatory schools by providing borrowers an efficient pathway to get relief from their federal student loans, and creating robust deterrents for schools that engage in predatory conduct.  Under the Trump administration, ED repealed the 2016 regulations and replaced them with new regulations that make it virtually impossible for victimized students to obtain financial relief, while also rolling back oversight over unscrupulous and predatory schools.  In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that ED’s decision to repeal and replace the Obama-era regulations violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and asks the court to vacate ED’s new regulations.

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Ellsworth Cemetery to receive $65K grant

Ellsworth Cemetery to receive $65K grant


Ellsworth Cemetery in Westminster is going to receive a $65,000 grant to help with mapping and upkeep.

Last week, the State Board of Public Works approved a request from the Maryland Historical Trust, to approve a $65,000 grant to the Community Foundation of Carroll County, Incorporated under the African American Heritage Preservation Program to provide mapping of Ellsworth Cemetery as well as conservation of grave markers, according to a news release from state Sen. Justin Ready’s office. 

In 1876, six African American Union Army veterans established this cemetery to provide a burial place for Westminster’s African American residents. The cemetery was named after Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, the first Union officer to die in the Civil War. This request was seconded in writing and supported by District 5′s state legislators, Ready and Dels. Susan Krebs, April Rose, and Haven Shoemaker.

Read much more here: https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/news/cc-ellsworth-update-20200708-lv3r3icelzcttp4nggg6tqypii-story.html#nt=oft-Double%20Chain~Flex%20Feature~homepage-main-chain~cct5~~1~yes-art~curated~curatedpage 

Carroll volunteers working to restore cemetery for black veterans, ‘make amends’ for vandalism, decay »

The Westminster Municipal Band

The Westminster Municipal Band

Musicians wanted – The Westminster Municipal Band. I found this recruitment display on June 11, 2020 in the window at Coffey Music in Westminster and it made me smile. No matter how much I tried – I could not get a better picture of the window display. If you are interested in joining the band – email the band with this address: recruiting@westminsterband.com. For more information go to: www.westminsterband.com 

I have great childhood memories of playing in the Wm. F. Myers and Sons Band. My wife, Caroline, currently plays the bassoon in the Westminster Band.

I have written about the band on a number of occasions – but this piece, from 16-years ago in 2004 might be my favorite. Interestingly enough, although I wrote it in 2004 for the Baltimore Sun, this version has never been published.

A History of the Westminster Municipal Band

Excerpted from the July 15th, 2004 unpublished long version of “Heavy Metal Garage Band in Westminster finds Home” by Kevin Dayhoff

Between 1857 and 1952 there were 40 bands incorporated in Carroll County. Records of the Westminster Municipal Band go back as far as the 1860s. 

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July 6, 1866 Benjamin Disraeli

July 6, 1866 Benjamin Disraeli

Not sure of my favorite date in history, but July 6, 1866 is fairly significant. On that date the Earl of Beaconsfield Benjamin Disraeli succeeded Wm. Ewart Gladstone as the Chancellor of the Exchequer. From 1850 through the 1860s, Lord Derby had formed three governments. Disraeli served as the Leader of the House of Commons and Chancellor of the Exchequer for all three governments. 

It was during this third term as the Leader of the House of Commons and Chancellor of the Exchequer that he expertly guided The Reform Act of 1867 through Parliament "marvelous parliamentary skill." This signal act of Parliament increased the number of voters in the UK by 88 per cent. 

It was this momentous victory over overwhelming odds that helped lead him to become Prime Minister in February 1868 – after serving in government since he was first elected in July 1837. After Queen Victoria gave him permission to form a government he is known to have said, “"I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole." He went on to be one of the most influential prime ministers in English history. 


The second day of the Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most significant in history. As far as an encounter that only lasted “hours,” I might rank the Battle of Cannae, August 2, 216 B.C., in the 2nd Punic War – for it effect on socio-political public policy dynamics to this very day. 

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Editor and Publisher: July 2, 2006: Survey Shows Some Columnists Get "Hot" While Writing

Editor and Publisher: July 2, 2006: Survey Shows Some Columnists Get "Hot" While Writing

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002765302 By Dave Astor Published: July 02, 2006

(Sadly – the link is dead….. When I was double-checking to make sure the link is dead I came across this - Read what Wonkette says about this column here: https://www.wonkette.com/breaking-17-of-newspaper-columnists-clearly-virgins)

BOSTON There are thousands of columnists in America, so a survey that drew 154 responses should be taken with a grain of salt. But the poll did offer some insights into the profession, including an interesting comparison to sex.

The University of San Francisco's J. Michael Robertson unveiled the results of his survey Saturday at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) conference here. Columnists polled included salaried and freelance writers from 38 states and Canada who write in categories such as political, general-interest, humor, and metro.

When asked "what writing a column is like," 26% of salaried columnists called it a job and 17% likened it to sex. But Robertson explained that this wasn't necessarily a positive thing; he said some columnists feel like they're "married to a nymphomaniac" because they have to start working on another column as soon as they're finished with the previous one.

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BLACKPINK(블랙핑크) - How You Like That @인기가요 inkigayo 20200628

I guess my favorite is Blackpink (“How you like that,”) – but I started out with BTS when they were still considered Hip Hop. And I got to K-pop by way of trance… Mostly listening to it before I saw much in the way of videos. For a sample go here: https://youtu.be/3h2ldViJ75c

Read much more here: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/24/882867577/k-pops-digital-army-musters-to-meet-the-moment-baggage-in-tow

Related: I guess my favorite is Blackpink (“How you like that,”) – but I started out with BTS when they were still considered Hip Hop. And I got to K-pop by way of trance… Mostly listening to it before I saw much in the way of videos. For a sample go here: https://youtu.be/3h2ldViJ75c https://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/2020/07/blackpink-how-you-like-that-inkigayo.html

You would like my art web site: http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/

NPR: K-Pop's Digital 'Army' Musters To Meet The Moment, Baggage In Tow https://www.npr.org/2020/06/24/882867577/k-pops-digital-army-musters-to-meet-the-moment-baggage-in-tow