A Spy Chat with Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot

Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland, is up for re-election this fall. In a recent visit to Chestertown, Franchot met with the Spy editorial team for a free-wheeling interview. The session took place in the back room of the BookPlate bookstore on Cross Street, and Franchot took the opportunity to purchase several recent political books recommended by bookseller Tom Martin.  The store cat, KeKe, circled around once or twice to supervise the interview.

The Spy began by asking what issues Franchot saw as central to the upcoming election.

The key issue for me as Comptroller is customer service,” Franchot said. “People expect to get their refunds quickly. We returned $3 billion in refunds this year to Maryland families. We averaged 2.1 business days upon receiving their refund claim and putting their money back in their bank account. That’s a big operation. People expect that money. It’s their money, so we do a lot of bells and whistles as far as making sure they get good customer service. We answer 800,000 phone calls a year on the 800-MDTAXES number. We average 40 seconds from the first ring to getting a live, friendly helpful employee of my agency on the line. And that’s pretty unusual these days. I’m just emphasizing from my agency’s perspective that we have a top priority. I carry that across the state as a reason for people to reelect me. It’s not a Democratic issue, it’s not a Republican issue – it’s just a service issue, and I think that people are hungry for that in government.”

Asked if he has goals for another term – if re-elected, it would be his fourth – Franchot said, “Well, we’re going to continue obviously doing the things we’ve been doing. And it depends on who the next governor is. If it’s Larry Hogan, he and I have developed a very strong relationship around fiscal issues, and I’ll continue to look for areas where we can agree and work together. I think that’s the lighted path forward for American politics, for the parties to drop a lot of their partisanship, where we can. We’re different parties and different kinds of people, but where we can combine on things like procurement reform on the Board of Public Works, school maintenance on the Board of Public Works, doing things like starting school after Labor Day, which I think is a great thing for the state, I’m happy to work with Gov. Hogan. If the Democrat is elected, whoever that may be, that creates a different climate for me on the Board of Public Works.”

Speaking of the Board of Public Works, consisting of Franchot, Hogan, and state Treasurer Nancy Kopp, the General Assembly made two changes in that body’s responsibilities at the end of the 2018 session. Franchot characterized the actions as “what happens when legislative leaders are all-powerful and have no checks and balances,” and expressed hope that Hogan will veto them. One was a statute barring the Comptroller from serving as chairman of the board of trustees of the state retirement system – a $51 billion fund that covers some 400,000 current and former state employees. Franchot has been vice-chair for his entire term (12 years to date) in office. “It jeopardizes the triple-A bond rating of the state,” Franchot said. “It injects a lot of politics into the pension system,” he added, hinting that the change also directly benefits one of the leaders of the Assembly.

The other change, which Franchot said annoyed Hogan more than it did himself, was an amendment removing the Board of Public Works from jurisdiction over school construction. He said, “Gov. Hogan and I together have revolutionized the procurement system for school construction, and we’ve emphasized taking care of school buildings so we don’t have to constantly build new ones. (…) We made a lot of progress, but it irritated some of the local political bosses so this is what they served up – once again, behind closed doors, backroom. I don’t take it personally, I just take it as the dying spasms of a political boss system that is alive and well for, hopefully, just a short time more in Annapolis.”

Franchot has some ideas how the General Assembly could be made more responsive to the wishes of the voters. “I tell people if we could have independent redistricting and open primary voting, we’d have a lot better legislature. They’d be a lot more moderate and a lot less partisan, and a lot less dependent on the extremes of either party. I certainly hope we advance to that point at some time, so everybody’s not invulnerable. I mean, right now we have Democrats and Republicans and so-called “un-enrolled,” who are generally young people who don’t want to sign up to be Democrats or Republicans. There’s 700,000 of them in the state, and my suggestion is that we allow them to go to vote on primary day. They can either vote in the Republican primary or the Democratic primary – whatever they want to do – and that day they can vote in that party’s primary. I don’t know how you’d do it – some states allow an independent, as they’re called, to register, literally on the day, by picking the party. They go and vote. On their way out of the poll, they re-enroll as independents. But the key is, get them involved. I don’t care what party they pick; I just want them involved. They deserve to vote.”

Asked what he saw as important economic drivers for rural counties like Kent to pursue, Franchot turned to a favorite topic. “I’ve told Chestertown and Kent County that they’re doing great as far as getting new craft breweries, craft distilleries – there are a couple of wineries, I think, in the county. That’s terrific, that’s a manufacturing sector currently in Maryland that produces $650 million in economic activity from the beer side alone. We’re talking a billion and a half dollars when you put in the wine industry and the distillery business. So emphasizing Maryland-based craft alcohol products is a great sector for the Shore, because not only do you generate economic activity that stays local, but you also attract a lot of people from New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania who want to come down and visit.” He noted, “We’re not talking about more alcohol; we’re talking about substituting in-state produced, wonderful craft alcohol products for out-of-state stuff that gets imported.”

While his efforts to pass a bill making life easier for craft breweries were stymied in the 2018 Assembly session, Franchot was optimistic about the future of the industry. “We’re going to go right back in with a big bill that’s got even more provisions in it. We’re going to let the brewers – because they’re maturing as far as their presence in Annapolis – we’re going to let them take the leadership role in it. And I think that they’ll be very successful in terms of getting rid of some of the antiquated laws and statutes that stand in the way. As I mentioned, they already have 6,500 jobs in the state; it could be five times that within five years if we just let them brew good beer and sell it to consumers. The funny system we have – it’s called capitalism – it might actually work if we ever let it.”

Franchot said Hogan supports the craft brewers, but that the Governor decided to stay out of the issue because of the politics involved. “I think next year we’re going to send back the bill, it’s going to be stronger, it’s going to get a much better reception. I think the legislature realizes that not only did they miss the opportunity to make us the number one state in the country; because of what they did, it’s the worst state in the country for craft beer. I mean, we have breweries that are ready to pack up and move out to Virginia and Pennsylvania, right now.”

On a broader scale, Franchot suggested a new way for Maryland to invest in the future of its youth – many of who, in rural counties like Kent, leave home after high school and never return. “We need a state-wide youth employment program where veterans are brought in as team leaders. They’re assigned 15 to 20 kids. The kids come in at $10 an hour pay; they work for a year or two years, they learn skills, they get educated about the state, about the country. It’s as if they were in the army, but. They’re doing some kind of infrastructure work, and the state and the federal government should put an extra $10 in a trust fund for them, so at the end of two years, they actually have something to show for it. And the key is that we offer full employment and a real serious environment for these young people. A lot of kids will jump at it. If we can get them to be serious about their future in Maryland, they’ll stay in Maryland. No more “you have to go apply for a job” – you have a job. You’re going to have a former drill sergeant as your team leader, so it’s not going to be a gift. You’ve got to show up, you’ve got to conduct yourself with some direction, but if you do, you’re going to get $20,000 at the end, and you’ll make $10 an hour, say. And God knows, we have enough to do.”

Franchot also had some observations on the impact of the new federal tax laws on Maryland residents. “We did a very innovative analysis. We took two-and-a-half million returns, real returns from the year 2014 and ran them through a simulated version of the federal tax law and gave that information to the legislature and the Governor. They made some small adjustments, but what we found was very interesting. For example, the federal tax cut is going to benefit a lot more people than we thought. It’s going to total a net of 2.7 billion new consumer dollars in the state of Maryland this calendar year. Combined with the $3 billion in refunds that I mentioned, that’s almost $6 billion in disposable income going into consumers’ pockets. I anticipate it’ll have a big impact on small businesses, like this wonderful bookstore that we’re in.”

How does that break down for individual taxpayers per income bracket? Franchot said, “I’m a Democrat – I was told the federal tax cut was terrible, it’ll hurt the middle class. Well, facts are facts: 71 percent of Marylanders, almost the entire middle class, benefit from the tax cut. Some of it is smaller, on a percentage basis, than some of the rich people are getting. But only eight percent of Maryland individuals are going to pay more, net, on their taxes – federal and state taxes combined. Half of them are very, very, very wealthy; and the other half are people that have big business losses. But anyway, the middle class does better than I thought in the overall. We’re going to see a lot of disposable income being put in people’s pockets, and I’m hopeful they’ll spend it in Maryland.”

In closing, Franchot said, “I’d like to thank everybody for paying my salary — literally. I’m honored and privileged to be the Comptroller of the state of Maryland. We spend a lot of time on the three R’s – respect the taxpayer, respond to the taxpayer, get results for the taxpayer. And our 1,200 employees are very sensitive about that and try to do the best they can. I’m not the IRS; I’m your Comptroller. You elect me. Well, I don’t have an opponent really, this year, in the primary. In the general election, I have a very nice person who I think said she wants to beat me. And when she does beat me – she’s a Republican – she actually kind of thinks I did a good job and she’s going to hire me back as a consultant. So I figure I win either way, this election.” He smiled at this closing observation.

Congressman Harris Supports “Right to Try” Act for Experimental Drug Use

The he U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act. This legislation increases terminally ill patients’ access to experimental drugs that have not yet been approved or licensed by the FDA. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement lauding the bill’s passage:

“Today, the House of Representatives delivered new hope to patients fighting for their lives. Stunning new cures in medicine occur each and every day, and patients deserve the right to try any and all available treatments, including treatment options still in the final approval process. The federal government has no place denying terminally-ill patients the opportunity for survival, especially when there are hundreds of potential treatments stuck in the FDA’s pipeline. As a physician, I am proud to support the Right to Try Act – a bill that will bring hope and relief to families plagued by terminal illness across the United States.”

Former GOP Rep Wayne Gilchrest Endorses Jesse Colvin for 1st District House Race

1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Jesse Colvin announced an endorsement from former Representative Wayne Gilchrest on Monday.

The endorsement, coming from the moderate Republican congressman who represented the 1st District from 1991 until 2009, marks a major win for Colvin’s campaign to unseat Representative Andy Harris in a district in which many thought a Democrat couldn’t compete.

“Jesse Colvin is an honest man, who sees America through the eyes of someone rooted in the soil of our history,” Congressman Gilchrest said after he gave the endorsement. “The integration of integrity, between all of us, is the foundation of the words, ‘We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’. Jesse will continue those ideals, by taking his turn to knit our communities together.”

Congressman Gilchrest is also a military veteran, having served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marines.

Jesse has distinguished himself from the rest of the primary field by demonstrating his ability to build relationships across the aisle, which are critical to representing a district like Maryland’s CD1. Much like Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Jesse is focused on bringing people together through practical solutions to local problems.

Here is Jesse’s statement on the endorsement:

“This is big for our campaign, but it’s even bigger for our district. Representative Gilchrest served our district with integrity for nearly two decades, and I’m honored to receive his endorsement. His support shows that we have what it takes to build relationships that bridge divides, at a time when leaders in Washington are only dividing us further. We are building a coalition, because that is what it’s going to take to unseat Andy Harris in November.”

Upcoming Programming at the Library June 4 to 7

St. Michaels Library to Offer Summer Crafts

On Monday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a program of summer crafts for children of all ages.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

Easton Library to Offer Story Time

On Tuesdays, June 5 – 26 and July 10 – 31, at 10:00 a.m., and repeating at 11:00 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a Story Time program for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

Afternoon Chess Academy at Easton Library

On Tuesdays, June 5 & 19, July 3 & 17, and August 7 & 21, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host an Afternoon Chess Academy for ages 6 – 16.  Participants will learn and play chess.  Snacks will be served.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons must pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Host Maker Space

On Wednesday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free library will host a Maker Space program.  Children 6 and older are invited to come in and enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) building with Legos and Zoobs!  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Offer Arts & Crafts

On Thursday, June 7, from 10:00 a.m. – noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer an arts and crafts program for adults.  Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting will be available.  Patrons are invited to bring their coloring books, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels their passion for being creative.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this lecture.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

Small Craft Rentals Begin June 2 at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s small craft rental program launches for the 2018 season on June 2, and will continue on select weekends through October. Sailing vessels, kayaks, and rowboats will be launched from CBMM’s floating docks along Fogg’s Cove and the Miles River. Participation is limited by the number of boats available, with drop-ins welcome, but reservations encouraged.

Built over the years in CBMM’s shipyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats includes small wooden sailing skiffs, single and tandem kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families.

The small craft boat rental program began in 2015 through the generous seed money support of donors to the Jim Greenaway Memorial Fund. The fund is named after CBMM President Kristen Greenaway’s late father, an avid sailor, furniture manufacturer and boat builder, who passed away in 2015.

The program will be operating Saturdays and Sundays, June 2-10, and will expand to include Fridays June 22 through August 26; September 7-30; and October 12-21. Rentals will be closed during CBMM festivals, which are listed at cbmm.org. Hourly and daily rental reservations can be made from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with all boats returning to CBMM’s docks no later than 5:00 p.m.

Sailing vessel rates are $25 per hour for CBMM members or $30 per hour for non-members, with a daily rate of $125 for CBMM members, or $150 for non-members. Kayaks and rowboats are $15 per hour for CBMM members or $18 per hour for non-members, with a daily rate of $75 for CBMM members, or $90 for non-members.

“You can take one of our boats out for as little as one hour to an entire day,” said CBMM Shipyard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn. “For our guests it’s a unique chance to play around on the Miles River in a handcrafted wooden vessel.”

Boat renters must be 16 years of age or older, with minors accompanied by an adult, unless a boater safety certificate is presented. All participants must be physically able to get in and out of a small boat without assistance. Life jackets will be provided.  In the event of small craft warnings or inclement weather, the program will be canceled. Advanced reservations are encouraged by contacting Jennifer Kuhn at jkuhn@cbmm.org or 410-745-4980. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

Paddle with the President June 2 at CBMM

On Saturday, June 2, from 10am–noon, join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway for a morning paddle on the Miles River and a demonstration of how to use a Greenland paddle.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Greenaway spent part of her youth with her parents and two siblings living aboard a 32-foot wooden yacht her father built. She is a frequent participant in the annual WaterTribe Everglades Challenge, a 300-mile, day/night small craft event from Tampa to the Florida Keys.

Noted to reduce stress on hands, elbows, and shoulders without sacrificing control and power, the Greenland paddle is remarkable for its narrower and longer blade. Based on a 1,000-year-old Intuit design, the paddle measures about the width of the kayaker’s shoulders, with a blade that is less than four inches wide that tapers to a shaft or “loom.”

The cost for paddlers bringing their own kayak and gear is $24 for CBMM members and $30 for non-members, with kayaks dropped in on CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove. Participants can also rent a kayak and gear from CBMMat $44 for members and $55 for non-members.

Participation is limited, with advanced registration required to cbmm.org/presidentpaddle. The rain date for the paddle is Saturday, June 9. To learn more about this and other programs at CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in June

Children’s Programs

Libraries Rock!  The Summer Reading Program for all ages begins June 1 with great games and prizes.

Easton

Story Time

Tuesdays, June 5 – 26, 10:00 a.m.; program repeats at 11:00 a.m.  For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Afternoon Chess Academy

Tuesdays, June 5 & 19, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Learn and play chess.  For ages 6-16.  Snacks served.  Limited space, please pre-register.

3rd Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival (to be held this year at the Armory in Easton)

June 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Meet more than 30 of our country’s finest children’s book authors.  Enjoy live music, make-a-book, refreshments and more!  This year’s Festival, in honor of Frederick Douglass’s bicentennial, is being held in conjunction with, and across the street from, the Academy Art Museum’s Juneteenth celebration.  Register for the library’s Summer Reading Program and receive a voucher for a free book by one of the Festival authors (while supplies last).

Read with Latte, a Certified Therapy Dog

Monday, June 18, 11:00 a.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library’s shelves and read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Latte.  For children 5 and older.

Giant Walk-on Map of Maryland

Thursday, June 21, 2:30 p.m.  Special activities for ages 6 and older.  Participants must wear socks.

Friday Flix!

Fridays, June 22 & 29, 2:30 p.m.  Enjoy fun, family movies.  For a list of titles, please visit the library’s calendar of events at www.tcfl.org, or call 410-822-1626.

GSK Science in the Summer: The Science of Space

Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. – noon for scientists entering grades 2 and 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for scientists entering grades 4 – 6.  Learn about the stars, the moon, space travel, and more!  Active, hands-on learning and STEM.  Sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline and the Association for the Advancement of Science.  Limited space, pre-registration required. Online registration begins on June 1 at www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels

Family Crafts

Monday, June 4, 3:30 p.m.  Summer Crafts

Maker Space

Wednesday, June 6, 3:30 p.m.  Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) building with Legos and Zoobs!  For children 6 and older.

Story Time

Wednesdays, June 13 & 27, 10:30 a.m.  For children age 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Giant Walk-On Map of Maryland

Monday, June 25, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.  Special activities for children 6 and older.  All participants must wear socks.

Family Unplugged Games

Wednesday, June 27, 3:30 p.m.  Bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games.  For all ages (children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Teen & Adult Programs

Libraries rock!  Adult Summer Reading Program begins July 1.  Why should kids have all the fun?

From “Miles of Smiles: The Years of Struggle” film

Easton

Learn Microsoft Excel from a Pro

Monday, June 4, 6:00 p.m. Computer Training Specialist Rita Hill teaches the second class of an introductory course in Microsoft Excel.  Pre-registration required.

Afternoon Chess Academy

Tuesdays, June 5 & 19, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Learn and play chess.  For ages 6-16.  Snacks served.  Limited space, please pre-register.

Book Discussion: Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen

Monday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts

Thursday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. – noon.  Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting.  Bring your coloring books, Zentangle pens or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative.

Free Screening of the Award-Winning Film: Loving

Tuesday, June 12, noon.  This date marks the 51st anniversary of the supreme Court decision ending state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.  The movie Loving tells the story of the romance that gave birth to this critical ruling.

John Reisinger

Bay Hundred Chess

Wednesdays, June 13 & 27, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Learn and play the strategic game of chess.  Beginners welcome.  For all ages.

Memoir Writers

Thursdays, June 14 & 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Record and share your memories of life and family.  Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Free Screening of the Emmy Award-Winning Film Miles of Smiles: The Years of Struggle

Thursday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m.  This documentary tells the story of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the African-American union that (under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph) played a pivotal role in the nation’s civil rights movement.  “Library guy” Bill Peak will be on hand to talk about the film’s production and answer questions.

Author to Reveal Secrets behind Top Tourist Spots

Saturday, June 30, 2:00 p.m.  John Reisinger, author of The Secrets Behind the Structures, reveals the little-known and often bizarre stories behind some of the world’s most popular travel destinations.

Public Invited to Opening of Lines of the Floating Fleet

The public is invited to join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at its St. Michaels, Md., campus on Friday, June 1, from 5–7pm to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, Lines of the Floating Fleet.

From its opening in 1965, CBMM has exhibited historic Chesapeake Bay watercraft in their original context—afloat. These vessels have been carefully selected and preserved for their design and construction, for the work they were originally built to do, and for the stories of people whose lives were shaped by these boats. Many of the stories about the boats have been uncovered through their preservation and operation, as well as through recorded oral interviews, documents, and historic photographs collected over the years by CBMM.

Lines of the Floating Fleet is an innovative new exhibition at CBMM that will share these perspectives and stories with visitors by grouping the boats together and interpreting them through an audio tour. The exhibition is designed to engage guests and tell them more about why vessel preservation is integral to telling the story of the Chesapeake Bay. Each narrative will be posted at cbmm.org/audio.

Seven-log Old Point sits docked outside the Small Boat Shed.

“The floating fleet has been a highlight of CBMM for years,” said CBMM Shipyard Manager Michael Gorman. “What’s great about this exhibition is that it presents our watercraft in a way that hasn’t been done before, and includes something for both the member who visits CBMM every weekend and the guest who’s stepping onto our waterfront campus for the very first time.”

A cell phone or tablet is required to access the exhibition’s audio component, with earbuds available in CBMM’s Welcome Center for a suggested donation.There is no cost for the public opening on Friday, June 1, and no registration is required. The event will feature refreshments and live music, and CBMM shipwrights and curatorial staff will be on hand to answer questions about the historic watercraft.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

RBC Wealth Management Donated to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

RBC Wealth Management in Easton presented a check for $ 1,000 to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Ss. Peter and Paul Conference, to support their food pantry. Pictured (L to R) are:  RBC’s Jennifer Edgell, Aaron Gabrielian, Branch Director, Melissa Wood, St. Vincent de Paul President Alex Handy, RBC’s Karen Kruse, John Northrup, and St. Vincent de Paul Volunteer Ed Marcoon.

Nonprofits Receive Grants from Legacy Fund

Harry and Creighton Rhodes

Queenstown native Dr. Harry Clement Rhodes and his wife, Creighton, established a charitable fund at the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to support local causes and organizations.

Rhodes, a former educator and historian, spent his lifetime making sure that others had opportunities for learning. In reflecting on his years together with his wife, Harry commented, “We’ve been very fortunate in our lives. We’ve had good health and have no regrets. Because of that, we’ve always felt we wanted to give something back to the community — carrying forward our giving spirit for the next generation.”

Harry and Creighton wanted to be sure their civic legacy continued long after they were gone. To facilitate this, in 2004 they established a fund, the Harry C. and Creighton J. Rhodes Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and added to the fund through their estate.  Harry, preceded by Creighton, passed away on July 14, 2014 at the age of 99.

Recently, over $100,000.00 was distributed from the Harry C. and Creighton J. Rhodes Fund to the following organizations: Chesterwye Foundation, Chesapeake College Foundation, Washington College and to the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce to support Career and Technology Education Programs for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation administers the fund, ensuring that all instructions made by the founding contributors are carried out in perpetuity.  Each year, investment earnings from the Fund are distributed to the charitable organizations selected by the donors.

“Harry and Creighton Rhodes have enriched and will continue to enrich the lives of many in our Community and the Foundation is honored to play a role in continuing their legacy,” said Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

For information on establishing a charitable fund at the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, please call (410) 8210-8175 or visit www.mscf.org.