Emmitsburg has so much activity to distill. May was a very active month. Lots of congratulations to go around. I was a Hood “Green Team Festival” forum panelist with the mayor of Frederick, County Executive Jan Gardner, and the mayor of Myersville. It was a well-attended, solid program.
May marks the 50th anniversary of the Seton Center providing service to our community. I spoke at the open house celebration. Again, congratulations to the Seton Center.
Recently, I attended with the 99th commissioning ceremony of the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) at Mount St. Mary’s University. Nine graduating students were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
The Vigilant Hose Company held the dedication ceremony of Engine 61 and the retiring of Engine 63 thirty years to the day, May 7, of Engine 63’s installation. The new Engine 61 has a 1,000-gallon water tank and much more. Engine 63 will join another VHC engine, donated by VHC 30 years ago, to the Pine Mountain, Arkansas, firehouse.
By the way, happy 120th anniversary to Woodsboro Bank.
The Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association (EBPA) hosted a spring breakfast with the town, during which County Executive Gardner was the guest speaker. Following the breakfast, the dedication of Electric Vehicle (EV) stations behind the Emmitsburg Community Building was held and County Executive Gardner participated. More ribbon cuttings will follow on future dates for the dedication of the new Wayside signs in town—at the square, Doughboy, and Emmit House.
The Seton Center had another graduating class from the Seton Center’s “Getting Ahead” program. Congratulations to the graduates who are now poised and more prepared with new tools for the management of their lives.
A big congratulations goes out to the 2019 graduating classes at Mount St. Mary’s University and Catoctin High School. Commissioner O’Donnell stood in for me at the Catoctin High School graduation, as I was in Colorado for our granddaughter’s high school graduation.
Another super Vigilant Hose Company “Spring Fling” event was held at the Vigilant Hose Company’s Activities Facility that is now accessible by a sidewalk extension, thanks to County Executive Gardner.
June is filling up quickly for me with meetings in preparation of the new Boys and Girls Club in Emmitsburg that opens this fall, as well as attending the Maryland Municipal League summer conference. This year, Commissioner Sweeney and Commissioner Ritz will join me and Commissioners Blanchard and O’Donnell for more climate leadership classes.
I am most excited about the 36th Annual Community Heritage Day celebration to be held Saturday, June 29. This year, another wonderful day is planned in the park, on the Town Square, in town, along the parade route, and all over town. Of course, the grand finale fireworks display will be spectacular, I’m sure.
Emmitsburg, a great place to live, work and visit.