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Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on all that God has given us. I know that many people will be traveling to visit family and friends and we all pray for safety and a relaxing and fun time. For me, after a long and tough election season for our nation, this Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to reflect on the greatness of America, its founding vision, and the fact that even when things are most contentious – even with the protests that we do not agree with - we still have a peaceful transfer of power.

President Ronald Reagan, in his 1981 Thanksgiving message said the following:

“Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.”

I can’t think of a better sentiment as we head into the weekend. From my family to yours, have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

 

This update contains information about Governor Hogan’s continued commitment to improve state agencies customer service, the Carroll County delegation’s legislative public hearing, a grant for the  Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, and an initiative by Carroll Hospital to improve the health of our community.

 

STATE  NEWS:

Governor Hogan Announces New Phase of Statewide Customer Service Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday the next phase of the administration’s statewide Customer Service Initiative, an ongoing program launched in June 2016 to foster improvements in customer service across Maryland state agencies.  This new phase focuses on three core deliverables: a renewed focus on a strong service culture in state agencies, improved customer service training for Maryland’s 50,000 state employees, and the establishment of new service performance metrics.  “Marylanders deserve the best possible customer service from their state government, and our goal is to provide exactly that, “ said Governor Hogan. “This initiative will ensure that Maryland citizens always come first in this administration.”

 

LOCAL NEWS:

Carroll County Delegation Legislative Public Hearing

The Carroll County Delegation legislative public hearing and  meeting will take place on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 4-6 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Reagan Room of the County Office Building, 225 North Center Street, Westminster.

Governor Hogan Announces Funding for Rape Crisis Intervention of Carroll County

Governor Hogan announced today that the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County will receive a Victims Of Crime Act grant in the amount of $98,800 to support services such as rape crisis intervention, counseling, emergency transportation to court, temporary housing, criminal justice support, and advocacy. “Here in Maryland, we are working tirelessly to ensure that victims have the right to information, the right to input, the right to receive restitution, and perhaps most importantly, the expectation of being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” said Governor Hogan.

Carroll Hospital Faith Community Health Network

Carroll Hospital has launched an initiative in conjunction with faith communities.  The goal is to have individuals take a more active role in helping members of their community stay healthy, to help ill members in their homes, and to provide needed education and support in their communities.  Anyone interested in finding out more about how Carroll Hospital can work with your community should contact Sharon McClearnan at Carroll Hospital, at 410-848-3000.

 

As I prepare for the start of the 2017 session, I welcome your thoughts and opinions.  Please feel free to contact me or my staff with any thoughts, questions, or concerns that you have.