Another friend is gone
I just had just turned in my column for last week when I heard about Bob Middleton’s death; another one of the finest police officers I had ever met and was friends with over the years.
It made for a difficult week as we attended the funeral of another good friend and neighbor, Bob Williams, also a retired state trooper, and then turned around to pay last respects to another of Maryland’s finest Bob Middleton. I was in contact with both men during their careers at the local state police barracks when I was editor of the Record-Observer and became friends with both — something newspaper guys really don’t do in regards to law enforcement people.
I was fortunate to know them both well, and our state was indeed fortunate to have them serving as law enforcement officers for so many years — we are all safer for having them in uniform.
Farewell Bob, my friend. Rest in peace.
••• ON CHRISTMAS DAY Let us move on with this week’s visit with a happier note as we point out that our church, Centreville United Methodist, will be having Christmas care packages delivered on Christmas Day to those who have to work on that day.
There are many groups raising money and preparing gifts for those in need at this season of the year, but our church will have a Christmas Day worship service at 10 a.m., and sing a few carols and go out and deliver the care packages to those folks who must work on this most holy of days of the year.
Oh, and don’t forget the young people of our church good world — still stands in Wye Mills. I took more than one photo of the massive oak when it was still standing.
You may learn more about Maryland’s Big Tree program by contacting John Bennett, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-287-4980.
••• MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION AND PLEDGE
TIME The Maryland Public Television (MPT) people have a few “pledge periods” during the year but I never recall them having having them during the noon hour and beyond. They started it during the last week or so, and made me miss two episodes of my favorite BBC comedy, “Last of the Summer Wine.” All my friends know not to call during my 1-to-2 lunch hour as I watch my show from 1:30 to 2 p.m. But for several days last week, it came on at 1 p.m. and I was a half-hour late twice. I almost did not send in our membership check for the year, I was so upset. But MPT has many shows we watch, so I guess I will forgive them this time — just don’t do it again, without warning me!
••• MORE TRAFFIC? Is it just me, or do we have more traffic on the highways — especially Routes 50, 301 and 213?
Traveling on 50-301 the other day to visit the model train layouts at Kent Narrows and again for a dinner meeting at Fisherman’s Inn, it seemed to me that there were more 18-wheelers than ever, plus traffic on the northbound side of the dual highway that almost appeared as bumper-to-bumper.
Maybe I better stick to just driving around the Heights, and into town these days!