Lt. Gov. Rutherford visits Grand National
CAMBRIDGE — Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford joined the opening ceremony for the 34th annual Grand National Waterfowl Hunt in Cambridge Thursday, Nov. 17.
The annual hunt is sponsored by the Grand National Waterfowl Association, a group formed to promote Dorchester County hunting through special hunts that draw out-of-town guests. There were 17 new shooters attending this year’s event, including many U.S. Militar y veterans.
The Grand National Waterfowl Association also underwrites a college scholarship program, the Grand National Waterfowl Educational Trust. The scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing a career in a natural science.
Sen. Addie Eckardt, R37-Mid-Shore, introduced Rutherford at Thursday’s ceremony. She called Rutherford a great friend to rural Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
“Congratulations on 34 years of success,” Rutherford said. “Hunting is a rich part of Maryland heritage and tradition. I’m excited to join you to help kick off this multi-day event.
“They call Maryland ‘America in Miniature’ because we have every kind of natural feature throughout this great country,” he said. “From the mountains of Maryland in the west, to the beaches, the farms and the (Chesapeake) Bay here on the shore, we have countless natural resources. Assets we want to protect,
which is why I appreciate the tradition of conservation supported by this event and this organization. Another thing that Dorchester County can be very proud of.”
Rutherford commended the Grand National Waterfowl Association for its scholarship program.
“The scholarship program is a great way to engage the young people, and secure the future of agricultural science, forestry, marine biology, veterinarians and other conservation related professionals,” he said.
Rutherford said Gov. Larry Hogan and the entire administration will continue to be friends with rural Maryland, Dorchester County and the Eastern Shore.
“You are not forgotten any longer,” he said. “We will continue to work on policies that protect the great quality of life and traditions that you enjoy.
“We enjoy a strong relationship with your local delegation and your local elected officials that bring those needed concerns that you have to us in Annapolis,” he said. “Our administration is the first administration to fund the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund. We also have fully funded project open space and the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bay programs. We promised not to raid those funds as others have done in the past.”
Rutherford said Gov. Hogan has reduced taxes, tolls and fees to the level of more than $700 million, including the toll on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
“The Department of Transportation was collecting more fees from those tolls than what the tolls were intended to do,” he said. “They were intended to take care of the bridges and tunnels that we have in our state. But they were using the money in other places instead of being much more efficient.
“We continue to work at that because we understand that it is your money,” he said. “It is not the government’s money that we are working with. We are just entrusted with it to deliver the services that you need and that you deser ve.
“In addition, we are committed to continuing our support for programs and events that benefit the Dorchester County community, including the Grand National.”
The Grand National Waterfowl Hunt featured daily hunts on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19. The community gathered at Governors Hall at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge on Friday for the Grandtastic Jamboree. The event featured performances from Bird Dog and the Road Kings and Animal House.
The jamboree was catered by American Legion Post 91 volunteers, featuring the down home country cooking of Judy Tieder, along with oysters on the half shell by the Kool Ice Shuckers. Menu for the jamboree included oyster fritters, pit barbecue, softshell crab sandwiches, crab soup, coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans.
The Grand National culminated with an awards banquet and auction on Saturday night at the Governors Hall.
For more information about the Grand National Waterfowl Association, call 410-228-0111 or visit www.grandnationalwaterfowl.com.
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford visits the opening ceremony at the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt in Cambridge Thursday, Nov. 17.