Fran­chot cel­e­brates Church Creek’s 150th an­niver­sary

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com Follow me on Twitter @vic­to­ri­adorstar and on In­sta­gram @dorch­ester.star.

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.”

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

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.

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