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The Tentacle


December 26, 2011

The Year in Review

Michael Kurtianyk

It’s been quite a year in Frederick County. Let’s take a look back, with apologies up front for missing things.

 

On Redistricting

 

Well, as it happens around the country, when one political party takes control, the party will do all it can to change the borders. The humor occurs when the losing party cries foul, and rails at the leaders with pugilistic rhetoric rarely seen – this same losing party who redistricted in years prior and had to suffer the pugilistic rhetoric from the then losing party.

 

It is possible that the redistricting may not work for the Democrats in the 2012 elections. This remains to be seen. In the meantime, things are what they are, and we’ll know more after the April Primary here in Maryland.

 

On Frederick C Public Schools

 

In April, the Frederick County Board of Education named Theresa Alban as the new superintendent of schools. Her most recent position was chief operating officer for the Howard County school system. When she was on WFMD’s Frederick’s Forum, I found her to be knowledgeable about our schools, with an emphasis on the teachers and children. Many look forward to seeing how she engages the Board of Education and the Board of County Commissioners during the Spring 2012 budget hearings.

 

On Frederick City

 

Halfway through their term, the mayor and Board of Aldermen have begun to separate themselves and begin the two-year track that will be known as Election 2013. We saw the city leaders take stands on the Keys Stadium and city police renegotiations. The battle lines are drawn and will continue to be played out in the local media.

 

On Local Sports

 

It was a great year for the Middletown High School sports programs. This fall, the Knights became state champions in girls soccer (second year in a row), and in football (first time). We were able to go to both games, and it was a thrill to see the high school athletes succeed in both championships. At both stadiums, it seemed as if every citizen in the Middletown Valley went. We sat inside a sea of black and orange. Now we’ll see if we can be repeat as champions next year.

 

On Mother Nature

 

It was crazy to have had an earthquake in these parts back in August. It turned out to be a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, and it was felt up and down the East Coast. It only lasted a few seconds, but it was one of those events that everyone remembers where they were when it occurred. Schools were inspected and some buildings in the county were evacuated.

 

The earthquake came on the heels of a wet summer. There were the typical flash floods throughout the county; however, in July, 1.2 inches of rain fell during a 30-minute period.

 

On Wegmans

 

It was great to see the Wegmans store open in June at Clemson Corner, having missed the chain store since moving here in 2000. Residents of Frederick County now understand how important customer service adds to their shopping experience. The other grocery stores have followed the friendly service model in order to stay competitive.

 

All in all, it was a fun year. See you next year!

 

Michael.kurtianyk@gmail.com

 



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