An­other friend is gone

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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 md­bigtreep­ro­gram@aol.com 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!

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