Comptroller rec­og­nizes Baker’s Liquors

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CH­ESTER — Mary­land State Comptroller Peter Fran­chot stopped by Baker’s Liquors in Ch­ester Fri­day af­ter­noon, Aug. 19, to pay trib­ute to Wheeler and Holly Baker as long­time suc­cess­ful small busi­ness own­ers in Queen Anne’s County. Fran­chot found Baker as he nor­mally ap­pears at work, wheel­ing a hand-truck out­side with a smile on his face help­ing cus­tomers load merchandise they pur­chased into their ve­hi­cles.

Fran­chot then gath­ered the Baker’s and store clien­tele in the front of the store for a brief but mean­ing­ful pre­sen­ta­tion.

The two share a his­tory. Fran­chot and Baker were both elected to the House of Del­e­gates in 1990, and both served on the House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee as fresh­man del­e­gates. Fran­chot said, “I learned quickly that Wheeler is a man of in­tegrity”.

Fran­chot pre­sented a for­mal Cer­tifi­cate of Recog­ni­tion, that read: “Awarded to Baker’s Liquors: In recog­ni­tion of your suc­cess­ful fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated busi­ness and for you con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal com­mu­nity since 1971. With sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion for your strong com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing a great se­lec­tion and friendly cus­tomer ser­vice, as well as your sup­port of com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives, best wishes for con­tin­ued growth, suc­cess and pros­per­ity.”

Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Mark An­der­son was also present. He added, “Wheeler has demon­strated over and over that he cares es­pe­cially for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who can­not care for them­selves,” re­fer­ring to Baker’s lead­er­ship as a board mem­ber since 1979 with Ch­ester­wye, lo­cated in Grasonville.

Ch­ester­wye is a fa­cil­ity for adults with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties that of­fer pro­grams with lifeskills train­ing to as­sist those adults in be­come con­tribut­ing cit­i­zens. Baker is cur­rently the chair­man of Ch­ester­wye Foun­da­tion.

Fran­chot also pre­sented the Bak­ers with his sym­bolic gold coin, rep­re­sent­ing ex­cel­lence across the state as rec­og­nized by the comptroller, a tra­di­tion started by the late Louis Goldstein, for­mer comptroller. How­ever, Goldstein pre­sented man­u­fac­tured wooden coins.

Of the recog­ni­tion, Baker said, “It was very kind of him to do this, to rec­og­nize our team here at the store. You know, you don’t do this busi­ness by your­self!”

Last month, Mary­land Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan stopped by the store as Baker had ex­pressed, “I’d like to meet him — I like what he’s been do­ing through­out the state.” Ho­gan heard about it and obliged his re­quest.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Mary­land State Comptroller Peter Fran­chot, cen­ter, presents a Cer­tifi­cate of Recog­ni­tion to Baker’s Liquors in Ch­ester. From left are Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Mark An­der­son, Holly Baker, Fran­chot, Wheeler Baker and Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

This coin pre­sented by State Comptroller Peter Fran­chot to those in the state, “In Recog­ni­tion of Ex­cel­lence, Ser­vice & Sac­ri­fice.” It was pre­sented to Wheeler and Holly Baker of Ch­ester for their suc­cess­ful man­age­ment of Baker’s Liquors since 1971.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

The flip side of the Comptroller’s hon­orary coin of recog­ni­tion.

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