Exercise your right to vote
America is one nation that gives its citizens one of the greatest rights it the world — that right to vote for who will govern our country.
And now it is that time again. Please go to the polling place on Tuesday, November 8, and your cast ballot. I know, I have said it and my friends have said it. We do not have much of a decent choice this time around in the presidential race. But there are many other people and questions on the ballot. Do your responsibility and vote on election day.
I liked what I saw in the Maryland Public Broadcasting newsletter we receive each month. It was quoting Bill Moyers, journalist and political commentator.
He said: “Although our interests as citizens vary, each one is an artery to the heart that pumps life through the body politic, and each is important to the health of democracy.”
So please remember your vote is important. Take that time and cast your ballot on Tuesday, November, 8.
••• PHOTO EXHIBITION Just a few days before you go to vote, take some time on Friday, November 4, for the opening of an exhibition of black and white photos that “capture the magic of the Eastern Shore through the faces of its people.” It will be held at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts on Commerce Street and is certain to be most interesting. The opening reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m., and I am looking forward to seeing it.
Sorry I missed the deadline to submit pictures — we have been going through a bunch of albums and boxes with pictures I and others have snapped over the years; there may have been a winner or two in there for this exhibit. The entries, I see, are being judged by local photographer Anne Neilson.
••• HEADING RELIEF
EFFORT Grasonville volunteer firefighter Justin Davis does more than fight fires, he is heading up a relief effort to aid the first responders and their families in floodravaged Lumberton, North Carolina. He was to make his first truck trip with supplies down this week. According to the story in the paper, he has been in touch with fire chief in Lumberton to see what he can do to get supplies. Apparently the need for bedding is really urgent. Here are the dropoff locations if you can help as listed in the story:
Shore Stop (South), 201 Romancoke Road, Vape Bird, 356 Romancoke Road, and Rams Head Shore House, 800 Main St., all in Stevensville; Grasonville Community Center, 5601 Main St., and Massage By Jess, 430 Kent Narrows Road, in Grasonville; A-Shore Out Bail Bonds, 101 S. Commerce St., in Centreville; and Best Western Inn & Suites, 8708 Alicia Dr., and Napa, 270 N. Washington St., in Easton.
Dynasplit Systems employees are collecting donations, so is Grasonville Elementary School, and Shore Stop is not only a drop off site but has committed to help with fuel, Davis said.
••• IT WAS A SURPRISE! My old fire company buddy, Jerry Walls was surprised by his family on his 80th birthday with a big party at the firehouse Sunday. He told me that he really was surprised as he told he was on his way to something else entirely. Jerry and I, along with a few other senior members, sit on the back row during fire company meetings and offer you our suggestions if asked. The party was really a grand affair for all.
••• DID YOU SEE IT Read in the paper where the rocket launch from Wallops Island last week could be seen up and down the Shore, so we walked out back at the proper time and spotted the rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station in the southeast sky for a few minutes. It was moving fast and suddenly the light went out. Did it reach the Space Station? I don’t recall seeing anything in the papers later about it.