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It is hard to believe it was 20 years ago that we saw vicious evil and hatred and then uncommon heroism and valor demonstrated right in front of our eyes. I know I’ll never forget where I was, in the hallway on the second floor of Carroll Community College’s main building when a friend came up to me after I had left class to tell me what had happened at the World Trade Center. We then proceeded to watch television and see everything else that was going on.

Throughout that day and the following days and weeks we watched with a mixture of sadness, anger, disbelief and…ultimately…resolve. Resolve to do whatever it took to bring those perpetrators to justice, to secure our country from terrorists and fight against groups that would seek to use violence against innocents to further an insane and evil agenda.

Ronald Reagan famously said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” and those words are being proven over and over again during these times we are now living through.  

September 11th, 2001 must never - ever - be forgotten. Our country and the world changed forever. Let us always remember those brave men and women who ran toward the flames, the smoke and the cockpit on Flight 93 too. Remember the incredible first responders and then the men and women who signed up to serve America and take the fight to the terrorists. There is much to be solemn and sad about but also much to be thankful for. Let us never forget the feeling of togetherness that we all felt in those months following the attacks. Let us work to ensure that our children and grandchildren are taught about this day and the lessons we’ve learned, but most importantly about the greatness of America found in the God-given right of freedom for every individual – and the responsibility to use that freedom to help our neighbors and build strong communities.

We must never forget September 11th. God bless America.

Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission Begins Second Round of Virtual Public Meetings

The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission (Citizens Commission), a bipartisan commission created by Governor Larry Hogan to draw fair and representative legislative and congressional district maps for the 2022 elections, will begin its second round of virtual meetings. Individuals from all of Maryland are encouraged to join the meeting.

These meetings will allow Marylanders to present testimony on map submissions or 2020 Census data results and their impact on district boundaries to the Citizens Commission. If you are registering to provide LIVE TESTIMONY regarding one or more maps, you MUST submit your map(s) no later than 24 hours in advance of the meeting. You must also reference the map(s) submission identification number(s), which will be assigned and emailed to the individual who submitted the plan. 

All map submissions will be posted to the website. Members of the public can comment on any map(s) but must provide the map identification number(s) upon registration. 

For more information about how to provide testimony at a public meeting, either in advance or during the meeting, please click here. The meeting, which includes closed captioning, will conclude upon the completion of testimony from the last speaker.

This is the second of three rounds of public meetings, the third round will occur in October after the Commission has further developed legislative and congressional maps. Second round meetings will be held at 6 p.m. each evening on Monday, September 13, Tuesday, September 14, and Monday, September 20. 

WHO: Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission

WHAT: Virtual Meeting with Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission (See agenda)

WHEN: Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. until all speakers are complete

HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING OR SUBMIT TESTIMONY IN ADVANCE OF OR DURING THE VIRTUAL MEETING: To register for the meeting, sign up to give live testimony from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or to simply watch the meeting, click here. The meeting will be streamed in both English and Spanish. You can also dial in by calling (301) 715-8592 and entering the webinar ID 849 8786 8337. You can also submit your comments electronically or send a redistricting question to [email protected].

SDAT Tax Homeowners’ or Renters’ Property Tax Credit

The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) recently announced the implementation of its 2021 Tax Credit Awareness Campaign, urging Marylanders to

consider whether they may be eligible to receive a homeowners’ or renters’ property tax credit. The

quickest and easiest way to find out more information and submit an application is by accessing the

innovative online tax credit application system, which strengthens SDAT’s ability to continue processing all tax credit applications in an accurate and timely manner. The deadline to file for both tax credits is October 1, 2021.

In 2020, over 42,300 homeowners received an average of $1,422 in tax relief, and 7,500 renters received an average of $445.64 in tax relief.

Sober Truth Golf Tournament

Sober Truth located in Taneytown offers intensive outpatient treatment, One on One Counseling, DWI Education Classes, Gambling Addiction, Abuse Intervention Program and Family support Groups

Sober Truth will host a golf tournament on Wednesday, September 29th at the Links of Gettysburg, 601 Mason Dixon Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Registration & Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am/Shotgun Start: 9:30 am

Entrance Fee: $500 / Foursome

Power Package: $20 (Mulligan, Power Drive)

50/50 Raffle, Breakfast beverage cart and dinner included.

Email foursome info to: [email protected] or call 433-834-3381

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected]. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.


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