Lt. Gov. Ruther­ford vis­its Grand Na­tional

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

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.grand­na­tion­al­wa­ter­


Lt. Gov. Boyd Ruther­ford vis­its the open­ing cer­e­mony at the Grand Na­tional Water­fowl Hunt in Cam­bridge Thurs­day, Nov. 17.

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