A wel­come rain ar­rives

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

That sure was a wel­come rain we had Sun­day night — the grass and flow­ers needed it. Maybe I won’t have to get out the hose any­more for a while.

But our Mag­gie didn’t sleep well. Our lit­tle Corgie mix doesn’t like storms, all of the noise and light­ning scares her, and she trem­bles all over. But then I sup­pose a lot of dogs are that way.

Just hap­pened think: does thun­der and light­ning af­fects cats like that also?

• • • A RATHER WILD

PARTY-GIVER Queen Anne’s own Wil­liam Paca, when gov­er­nor of Mary­land, was re­ported to have given a num­ber of “rau­cous” parties in the Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion be­tween 1782 and 1785, ac­cord­ing to a story in the Sun the other morn­ing. The sotry men­tioned that Gov. Ho­gan was host­ing his daugh­ter’s wedding and that it was ex­pected to be a large af­fair. The Sun claimed that Paca’s events earned their own nick­name — gov­er­nor’s routs — “and in­spired poetry, such as this stanza by Charles County lawyer and party guest Gephenial Turner:

The liquor at length get­ting into their heads,/ They though(t) it high time to go home to their beds,/ Some in coaches were car­ried, thers … thro the street/ For scarce one of them all could stand on his feet.

The Sun also said, “Paca’s parties were held at the orig­i­nal man­sion, which later be­came part of Naval Acad­emy grounds, said Mimi Calver, a staffer with the Mary­land Archives.

“Since 2009, Calver has been help­ing to com­pile a his­tory of ma­jor events at Gov­ern­ment House. Calver sums the his­tor­i­cal re­seach on Paca’s parties this way: ‘They were pretty crazy.’”

• • • THE ORI­ENT EX­PRESS I was look­ing through this four-drawer file in the cor­ner the other day for some­thing and ran across a col­or­ful brochure I did not re­call. I pulled it out and it was all about the Ori­ent Ex­press, com­plete with a cou­ple of post­cards and writ­ing pa­per with en­velopes.

Now where in the world did that come from? We have never been near the Ori­ent Ex­press and I don’t re­call writ­ing about it in my years ham­mer­ing away at this col­umn.

• • • SEV­ERAL LE­GION

AWARDS I see by the Free State War­rior, the pub­li­ca­tion by the Smer­i­can Le­gion in Mary­land that Jeff Davis Post 18 and Kent Is­land Post 278 won a cou­ple awards dur­ing the 98th an­nual con­ven­tion of the Le­gion in Ocean City back in July.

For posts with 151 to 300 mem­bers, Jeff Davis was pre­sented the Joseph A. O’Grady Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for posts ex­celling in com­mu­nity ser­vice. The lo­cal post also re­ceived the Past De­part­ment Com­man­der D. John Markey Mmo­rial Tro­phy for posts re­portin the best Me­mo­rial pro­gram.

Kent Is­land ‘s post re­ceived the Ge­orge Har­man Me­mo­rial Boy Scout Tro­phy, given to a post in each District for hav­ing the most help and sup­port of the Boy Scout Pro­gram. The Kent Is­land Post is in the North East­ern Shore District.

•• • HELP KER­MIT THE JACK RUS­SELL See by the Record Ob­server that the An­i­mal Re­source Foun­da­tion is at­tempt­ing to raise funds to fix Ker­mit, the 3- or 4-year-old Jack Rus­sell mix that has a dis­lo­cated kneecap, which can cause in­tense pain and limp­ing.

We had one of those hy­per Jack Rus­sells, named Penny, a few years ago be­fore we got Mag­gie. He was a great pet, but do not get one if you don’t like a su­per-hy­per dog.

Any­way, you can help the ARF peo­ple by writ­ing a check marked “for Ker­mit” to their of­fice at P.O. Box 396, Ch­ester, MD 21619. You may also con­tact them at 410-643-8700.

• • • NOT FOR ME I do not think I will want to stay overnight in the new $200 mil­lion Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel that just opened up in Washington, D.C. Ac­cord­ing to the pa­pers, it will be run by Trump’s 34-year-old daugh­ter Ivanka. The price tag for the Ivanka Suite is $1,050 per night!

Sounds like Trump him­self, not only over-priced, but some­thing else to boost his over-the-top ego!

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