Sunday was the annual Royce Hanson Awards given out by the Countryside Alliance in upper Montgomery County. Peter Eeg introduced the 2010 honoree, Anthony (Tony) Cohen, who traced the path of the Underground Railroad by walking across Maryland and elsewhere, highlighting many areas in Montgomery County. His book won national renown and he has been acclaimed for his scholarship in this area. Tony who began his first journey in the historic community of Sandy Spring, now lives in Olney, Maryland.
The Countryside Alliance is a group which advocates for the Upper Montgomery County area; the Executive Director is Caroline Taylor; information can be found at: http://mocoalliance.org/
The evening ended with a talented blues band playing very spirited music to a then sparse crowd, unfortunately.
In the days of a volunteer military, fewer families have members in the military forces, unlike the days of World War ll when nearly every family was touched by war. There can sometimes be a disconnect between the civilian and the military populations. Some espouse peace, others advocate for war. Either way, when our country calls, the military answers the call and whether we personally agree with the mission or not, we need to be grateful for their service.
The week ended on a decidedly strange note as news reports told of the FBI's arrest of Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, Leslie, a newly elected -- but not yet installed -- County Council member, on charges of corruption, witness and evidence tampering as well as destruction and alteration of records in a federal investigation. Apparently wiretaps were made of incriminating conversations and videos were taken of illegal actions. Of course, all are innocent until proven guilty, but initial reports do not look good for many in our neighboring county. Newly elected County Executive, Rushern Baker, will soon take office in an atmosphere much more difficult than he earlier anticipated.
As one who has run for office, valued the trust of others and cheered public integrity, I can only ask: what were they thinking? And, as someone asked me this morning, how could $79,000 supposedly fit into a bra? As is said -- stay tuned.