Franchot celebrates Church Creek’s 150th anniversary
CHURCH CREEK — Comptroller Peter Franchot, on a tour of Dorchester County, made a stop in Church Creek to present proclamations to the town’s governing body and the Church Creek Volunteer Fire Department on Monday, July 31.
Franchot recognized the Town of Church Creek for its 150th anniversary, as well as for their early history of a thriving shipbuilding industry along the creek and their contributions to the economy of the State of Maryland.
The proclamation was accepted by Mayor of Church Creek Robert Herbert.
“Church Creek is a wonderful little town,” Herbert said. “It’s a wonderful town because of the people. It’s a town where ever ybody pulls together. If somebody needs some help, somebody volunteers. Great neighbors, and we keep the town nice and neat. It’s a wonderful place to live.”
The creek in the small town was named Church Creek for Trinity Church, now the oldest, active episcopal church in the country. Eventually, it became the name of the town itself.
The Church Creek Volunteer Fire Department was also recognized by Franchot for their years of first-rate, faithful service to the community. The honor was accepted by Fire Chief Zach White.
“The State of Maryland would be paying a lot of taxpayer money if you guys weren’t here,” said Franchot. “The work you do to strengthen the community, it’s both fiscally, and from a standpoint of being a great community, very important.”
Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, also presented the fire department with a Maryland State flag and an American flag.
“It’s an honor, on behalf of our district, to present the firehouse with a new Maryland State flag, and a brand new Old Glor y,” Mautz said.
Dorchester County Sheriff Jimmy Phillips praised the Church Creek Volunteer Fire Department on their willingness to help in times of heightened service, such as under threat of natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and blizzards.
“Because of the proximity of Church Creek to the rest of the lower part of the county, we always call and ask to pre-stage men and equipment here, so we can respond wherever we’re needed,” Phillips said. “Without hesitation, they always step up, and they go one step further: there’s never been a National Guardsman, a deputy sheriff, or a state trooper that’s stayed in this fire house that hasn’t been fed and well taken care of.”
Comptroller Peter Franchot greets members of the Church Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Comptroller Peter Franchot presented Church Creek Mayor Robert Herbert with a proclamation to recognize the town’s 150th anniversary.
Dorchester County Sheriff James Phillips and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, accompanied Comptroller Peter Franchot to Church Creek.
Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the Church Creek Volunteer Fire Department with a proclamation recognizing them for their great service to the community, accepted by Chief Zach White.