Comp­trol­ler vis­its Ch­ester­town, rec­og­nizes Goodall’s ded­i­ca­tion

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@thekent­coun­tynews.com

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Mary­land Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot vis­ited Ch­ester­town Tues­day, giv­ing awards and com­men­da­tions to lo­cal busi­nesses and their own­ers. Fran­chot pre­sented the Wil­liam Don­ald Schaefer Help­ing Peo­ple Award for Kent County to Dixon Valve and Cou­pling CEO Dick Goodall. Fran­chot said his cre­ation of the award was to honor name­sake, Wil­liam Don­ald Schaefer, former Bal­ti­more mayor, gover­nor and comp­trol­ler. “If you go to his tomb­stone, where he rests in peace, he doesn’t have any­thing about be­ing gover­nor of the state, any­thing about be­ing comp­trol­ler or the four-term mayor of Bal­ti­more city, none of that on his tomb­stone,” Fran­chot said. “It’s just his name, his dates and two words: ‘ He cared.’” Fran­chot said that he could think of no bet­ter per­son to re­ceive the award than Goodall. He said Goodall had fab­u­lous com­mit­ment to his fam­ily busi­ness and to ed­u­ca­tion in the county. Fran­chot specif­i­cally high­lighted Goodall’s work with Char­ac­ter Counts! Kent County, a pro­gram that pro­vides char­ac­ter ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents. “I think you’ve changed the cul­ture of ed­u­ca­tion in Kent County, the time and en­ergy that you’ve spent at Gar­net El­e­men­tary School fur­ther ex­em­pli­fies the ded­i­ca­tion you have to your lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Fran­chot said. Goodall said Fran­chot vis­it­ing ar­eas around the state was won­der­ful. Goodall said he thought there were other peo­ple who de­served the award more than he did. “I know I don’t rep­re­sent my­self, I re­ally do be­lieve that, I rep­re­sent all the peo­ple that I get to work with,”

Goodall said. “There’s a lot of peo­ple ... who de­serve this way more than I do, but I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it and we’re go­ing to keep work­ing for peo­ple just like you do.” Fran­chot also in­tro­duced former Speaker of the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates, R. Clay­ton Mitchell Jr., thank­ing him for his ser­vice. Fran­chot spoke briefly about work­ing as a politi­cian and its chal­lenges. “We kid a lot about pol­i­tics and some of it is par­tic­u­larly un­sa­vory and off putting to peo­ple, all the back­room stuff but, over­all, pol­i­tics is a no­ble pro­fes­sion and a lot of what we do is ben­e­fi­cial to all the peo­ple,” Fran­chot said. Kent County Com­mis­sioner Bill Short also spoke dur­ing the event. He said that he was happy the Goodall fam­ily had de­cided to build its busi­ness park in the county. “So they are gra­cious peo­ple. They take great care of our county,” Short said. Later, Fran­chot toured Bad Al­fred’s Dis­tillery on High Street, pre­sent­ing owner Al Cassinelli with a procla­ma­tion rec­og­niz­ing the dis­tillery’s con­tri­bu­tions to the in­dus­try and its im­pact on the com­mu­nity. Cassinelli gave an over­view of how the busi­ness dis­tills dif­fer­ent al­co­hols and gen­eral in­for­ma­tion about his menu and prod­ucts. He said he had re­cently been granted a fed­eral brewer’s li­cense and hopes to have a state li­cense to brew beer by June. Cassinelli then showed Fran­chot bour­bon be­ing dis­tilled, say­ing that by Satur­day it would be moved to a larger still. Fran­chot said that the com­men­da­tion not only high­lighted the com­mu­nity im­pact of the dis­tillery, but also rec­og­nized the busi­ness for its en­tre­pre­neur­ial com­pe­tence. “Tourism for craft al­co­hol prod­ucts pro­duced in Mary­land — dis­til­leries, winer­ies and brew­eries — is ab­so­lutely im­por­tant,” Fran­chot said. Fran­chot also vis­ited Un­cle Char­lie’s Bistro, rec­og­niz­ing owner Chuck Min­is­tero for the restau­rant’s culi­nary ex­per­tise and cus­tomer ser­vice. Fran­chot thanked Min­is­tero for his con­tri­bu­tions to the com- mu­nity, read­ing aloud from procla­ma­tion. “I want to give a shoutout to all my staff who make this all pos­si­ble,” Min­is­tero said. Short said that Un­cle Char­lie’s Bistro had been in the county for six years and said that the com­mu­nity sup­ports the busi­ness. “All the em­ploy­ment, even a small restau­rant like this, cre­ates is a great thing for Kent County and we all sup­port him and we sup­port him in what­ever he does,” Short said.

PHO­TOS BY LEANN SCHENKE

Bad Al­fred’s Distilling owner Al Cassinelli, right, gives Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot an in­side look at how the dis­tillery cre­ates its bev­er­ages Tues­day. Fran­chot pre­sented Cassinelli with a procla­ma­tion to rec­og­nize his busi­ness con­tri­bu­tions to...

PHOTO BY LEANN SCHENKE

Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot, left, awards Dick Goodall, CEO of Dixon Valve and Cou­pling Co., the Wil­liam Don­ald Schaefer Help­ing Peo­ple Award.

PHOTO BY LEANN SCHENKE

From left are Kent County Com­mis­sioner Bill Short, Chuck Min­is­tero, Jimmy Rich, Ra­mak Deitz, Sylvia Hough, Lisa Barry and Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot. As part of his day in Ch­ester­town, Fran­chot pre­sented Min­is­tero, owner of Un­cle Char­lie’s Bistro, with...

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