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January 12, 2012

Parties, Events and (ugh) Work

Joan Marie Aquilino

Well, we are bringing in the New Year on full throttle – elections, taxes, property rights, work place fraud. The list doesn’t end there.


As I write this, it’s the day before I leave to drive to Annapolis for the start of another 90 days of knocking our heads against the wall as the General Assembly convenes. Luckily I happen to work for a delegate who has pretty much mastered the art of fine negotiations without compromising her values in the process.


Del. Kelly Schulz (R., Frederick’s 4A) set out on a mission of doing what she could for us, her community and state. Going into her second session has proven to be full of things yet to be accomplished for all of us. Somehow she knows the battles to take on. She usually wins – across the board.


Watching her in action is pure entertainment at moments. When you next listen to Roberta Flacks song “Killing Me Softly” ….. interject with her words instead of love and you’ll get the drift of how Delegate Schulz works her magic.


She has a job to complete for us and she’s only just begun. Thankfully she sees her position as a commitment many soon forget once sworn into office. She puts her community before self-promotion; and I, for one, am very happy she does. The farmers, business owners and every other citizen have been touched by her efforts and will continue to be as she sees her job through to the end.


You’ll hear enough about the comings and goings of Annapolis in the next 90 days, so I’ll deviate and give you some good stuff for now. Just keep us all in your prayers and pray we can save your property, money and jobs.


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Friday, January 6th was the annual Holiday Party. This is the 2nd year for our editor and his fabulous and oh, so patient wife, Gaile to host in their home, a party the likes of which the public really shouldn’t see. We didn’t leave anyone out from gossip, rumors or even a few facts. All in fun and it never leaves the home in Thurmont.


Just like the Vegas line, what goes on in Thurmont, stays in Thurmont. Much thanks to John and Gaile. It couldn’t have been a more perfect evening. John was very generous this year and all writers that attended got a 100% raise. Not quite sure how I’ll spend John’s 2 cents worth, but I’ll give it my best effort.


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Earlier that evening we had the first ever Frederick County Republican Club “meet and greet.” There was no agenda, no speeches, and no requirements of any kind other than to come, have a bite to eat and drink, and visit with each other and our elected officials. The GOP and a few of the elected officials footed the entire bill. It was open and free to us citizens. What a nice treat and I hope this continues in some form or another, especially in non-election years, without the pressure of campaigning.


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On Sunday there was yet another event. It was the 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Birthday Bash for Delegate Schulz. As with last year it was held it at the Morningside Inn, near New Market.


I can’t even begin to praise Roger and Jeannie, the owners, or Teresa and Shannon and the rest of the staff for an outstanding performance. It goes without saying that the location was perfection and the excellent weather made it even better.


We had a down-home old fashion supper of spaghetti, with several different sauces made by Chef Tim. He complimented that with salad and garlic bread. Then the feast was topped it off with a make-your-own Sundae Bar that the children and, yes, a good portion of the adults were over the moon about. Grown men turn down right goofy when it comes to ice cream, hot fudge and ,oh yes, let’s not forget all the toppings, nothing left to chance, Chef Tim had it all covered.


The room was filled to capacity and not one complaint. I even had children telling me they had a good time coming to Miss Kelly’s Birthday Party. They didn’t even notice there were a couple speeches and a wee bit of political gibberish.


Yes, there was birthday cake to finish it all off, not one but two, one chocolate and one vanilla. Full and satisfied doesn’t begin to describe the feelings of the day. When we filled the room and extra tables were needed they literally appeared dressed and ready. Morningside, you were far beyond anyone’s expectations and we can’t thank you enough.


Anyone that hasn’t visited Morningside Inn or thought about them for a wedding, corporate event or just about anything should. The location, the owners, the staff and, of course, the chef, will make any event perfect.


Thank you to all who came and celebrated with us. A very special moment for me was in realizing how many new faces were with us and meeting so many who hadn’t been involved previously. Gives you hope and maybe, just maybe, this energy will be our beginning of great change for Maryland and Frederick County. If this crowd was any indication of what is to come, I, for one, am very excited to be part of it.


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. . . . .'til next time . . .


“Just Joan” saying be safe and “don’t believe everything you think.”


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